Byoung-Wook Choi

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AIMS Right ventricular (RV) failure is known to be the main cause of mortality and is closely related to prognosis in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). A decrease in the duration of tricuspid regurgitation corrected for heart rate (TRDc) has recently been shown to be associated with advanced RV failure and poor clinical outcomes. The aim(More)
The efficient compression of radiographic images is of importance for improved storage and network utilization in support of picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) applications. The DICOM Working Group 4 adopted JPEG2000 as an additional compression standard in Supplement 61 over the existing JPEG. The wavelet-based JPEG2000 can achieve higher(More)
Automatic computer-assisted detection (auto-CAD) of significant coronary artery disease (CAD) in coronary computed tomography angiography (cCTA) has been shown to have relatively high accuracy. However, to date, scarce data are available regarding the performance of auto-CAD in the setting of acute chest pain. This study sought to demonstrate the(More)
The recently developed multislice computed tomography (MSCT) is capable of rapid imaging of cardiac structures, including coronary arteries, during a single breath-hold. We evaluated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patency by comparing MSCT results to those of contrast angiography. MSCT and contrast angiography were performed in 39 patients (10 women,(More)
The anti-HIV-1 activities of butanol, hexane, chloroform and water extracts from four widely used folk medicinal plants (Sophora flavescens, Tulipa edulis, Herba ephedra, and Pachyma hoelen Rumph) were evaluated in this study. The hexane extract of Pachyma hoelen Rumph, PH-4, showed effective inhibition against HIV-1. The 50% effective concentration (EC50)(More)
BACKGROUND Increased stiffness of the pulmonary vascular bed is known to increase mortality in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH); and pulmonary artery (PA) stiffness is also thought to be associated with exercise capacity. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI)-derived PA(More)
AIMS High calcium (Ca), phosphate (P), and Ca-P product (CPP) are associated with cardiovascular disease in patients with chronic kidney disease. Whether this relationship persists in individuals with normal kidney function is not yet elucidated. We explored the relationship of serum Ca, P, and CPP to coronary atherosclerosis assessed by cardiac computed(More)
While valvular involvement of rheumatic heart disease can be easily detected with conventional echocardiography by evaluating morphologic change of the valve, it still remains problematic to determine whether there is myocardial fibrosis after rheumatic fever and if yes, how much extent it involves. This case demonstrated that contrast-enhanced magnetic(More)
To validate the right ventricular outflow tract systolic flow acceleration (RVOTACC; peak flow velocity/time-to-peak velocity) measured by phase-contrast (PC)—cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) as a novel index of right ventricular (RV) function, and to investigate its clinical implications in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Thirty(More)