Anthony J. Romano

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We present a novel extension of standard magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) measurement and analysis methods, which is applicable in cases where the medium is characterized by waveguides or fiber bundles (i.e., muscle) leading to constrained propagation of elastic waves. As a demonstration of this new method, MRI is utilized to identify the pathways of(More)
The study purpose was to examine dose-response relationships between behavior on a computer-delivered treatment program and outcome in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and to report the use of human-computer interactions (HCIs) as a process measure in psychotherapy research. Thirteen OCD patients completed three 45-minute sessions at weekly intervals on(More)
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) measurements of shear stiffness (mu) in a spherical phantom experiencing both static and cyclic pressure variations were compared to those derived from an established pressure-volume (P-V)-based model. A spherical phantom was constructed using a silicone rubber composite of 10 cm inner diameter and 1.3 cm thickness. A(More)
The goal of this current study was to determine whether an MRI-based elastography (MRE) method can visualize and assess propagating mechanical waves within fluid-filled vessels and to investigate the feasibility of measuring the elastic properties of vessel walls and quantitatively assessing stenotic lesions by using MRE. The ability to measure the Young's(More)
A novel imaging technique is described in which the mode conversion of longitudinal waves is used for the qualitative detection of stiff lesions within soft tissue using magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) methods. Due to the viscoelastic nature of tissue, high-frequency shear waves attenuate rapidly in soft tissues but much less in stiff tissues. By(More)
Pretreatment measures of personality and symptom levels in agoraphobic subjects (N = 18) were correlated with their behavior on an interactive computer simulation that provided vicarious exposure to a phobia of elevators. Behavior during treatment sessions was assessed via human-computer interactions (HCIs). Automated programs analyzed these interactions to(More)
Magnetic resonance elastography is a noninvasive imaging technique capable of quantifying and spatially resolving the shear stiffness of soft tissues by visualization of synchronized mechanical wave displacement fields. However, magnetic resonance elastography inversions generally assume that the measured tissue motion consists primarily of shear waves(More)
A numerical study is carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of using measured surface displacements resulting from acoustic speaker excitation to detect and localize flaws in a domed, plaster ceiling. The response of the structure to an incident acoustic pressure is obtained at four frequencies between 100 and 400 Hz using a parallel h-p structural(More)