Andreas M. Wahl

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BACKGROUND Dobutamine stress MR (DSMR) is highly accurate for the detection of inducible wall motion abnormalities (IWMAs). Adenosine has a more favorable safety profile and is well established for the assessment of myocardial perfusion. We evaluated the diagnostic value of IWMAs during dobutamine and adenosine stress MR and adenosine MR perfusion compared(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to demonstrate that the presence of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) is a predictor of death and other adverse events in patients with suspected cardiac sarcoidosis. BACKGROUND Cardiac sarcoidosis is the most important cause of patient mortality in systemic sarcoidosis, yielding a 5-year mortality rate between 25% and 66%(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with a patent foramen ovale (PFO) and paradoxical embolism are at risk for recurrent thromboembolic events. This study investigated the long-term risk of recurrent thromboembolic events in patients with PFO and paradoxical embolism after percutaneous PFO closure. METHODS AND RESULTS Since 1994, a total of 80 patients with PFO and at(More)
AIMS To determine the safety of high-dose dobutamine-atropine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (stress-CMR), which recently emerged as a highly accurate modality for diagnosis of inducible myocardial ischaemia. METHOD AND RESULTS From 1997 to 2002, 1000 consecutive stress-CMR examinations were performed. Images were acquired at rest and during a(More)
BACKGROUND Transient apical ballooning syndrome (TABS) or Takotsubo cardiomyopathy mimics acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction, but is considered to have a good prognosis with only moderate elevation of myocardial enzymes and full recovery of left ventricular function. Although it is increasingly reported, its exact incidence, clinical presentation, and(More)
BACKGROUND Low-dose dobutamine challenge (DSMR) by MRI was compared with delayed enhancement imaging with Gd-DTPA (SCAR) as a predictor of improvement of wall motion after revascularization (RECOVERY). METHODS AND RESULTS In 29 patients with coronary artery disease (68+/-7 years of age, 2 women, 32+/-8% ejection fraction), wall motion was evaluated(More)
PURPOSE To determine the value of high-dose dobutamine-atropine stress cardiovascular magnetic resonance (MR) imaging for diagnosis of ischemia in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who had undergone revascularization and have wall motion abnormalities at rest, with quantitative invasive coronary angiography serving as reference standard. (More)
Contrast between blood and myocardium in standard turbo gradient echo MR techniques (TFE) used routinely in clinical practice is mainly caused by unsaturated inflowing blood. Steady-state free precession (SSFP) has excellent contrast even in the absence of inflow effects. In 45 subjects cardiac cine loops in two long axis projections were acquired using TFE(More)
BACKGROUND The options for secondary prevention of cryptogenic embolism in patients with patent foramen ovale are administration of antithrombotic medications or percutaneous closure of the patent foramen ovale. We investigated whether closure is superior to medical therapy. METHODS We performed a multicenter, superiority trial in 29 centers in Europe,(More)
BACKGROUND At present there is no consensus on irradiation treatment volumes for intermediate to high-risk primary cancers or recurrent disease. Conventional imaging modalities, such as CT, MRI and transrectal ultrasound, are considered suboptimal for treatment decisions. Choline-PET/CT might be considered as the imaging modality in radiooncology to select(More)