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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to assess the physiologic significance of coronary artery lesions with an integrated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) device. BACKGROUND Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with SPECT is of value for assessing the physiologic significance of(More)
CONTEXT Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are under evaluation as a therapy for ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM). Both autologous and allogeneic MSC therapies are possible; however, their safety and efficacy have not been compared. OBJECTIVE To test whether allogeneic MSCs are as safe and effective as autologous MSCs in patients with left ventricular (LV)(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate feasibility and accuracy of a fully automatic algorithm (FAA) for calculating left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction (LVEF) from multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) studies versus a previously validated method based on Simpson's method serving as our reference standard (RS), and left ventriculography (LVG), in patients(More)
IMPORTANCE Whether culture-expanded mesenchymal stem cells or whole bone marrow mononuclear cells are safe and effective in chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy is controversial. OBJECTIVE To demonstrate the safety of transendocardial stem cell injection with autologous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMCs) in patients with(More)
The objective of this study was to compare textural to attenuation/backscatter indices of fatty liver correlated to histology to suggest the better approach for an objective noninvasive ultrasonic "biopsy". Forty-four patients with severe steatosis by histopathology were selected for this study. Ten patients had "pure" fatty liver and 34 had in addition(More)
Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) of the heart is a rapidly developing technique mainly used to evaluate the coronary arteries. However, it is also capable of evaluating ventricular function. It compares well with magnetic resonance imaging in calculating volumes and ejection fractions, but little has been reported on its ability to assess left(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to prospectively evaluate the usefulness of CT coronary angiography versus invasive coronary angiography for the detection of clinically significant coronary artery disease in patients hospitalized for acute chest pain syndrome. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Sixty-six consecutive patients (52 men and 14 women; average age, 57(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of percutaneous ultrasonographically guided thrombin injection as treatment of unusually positioned and unusually large iatrogenic pseudoaneurysms. METHODS Five patients with iatrogenic pseudoaneurysms were evaluated by color duplex ultrasonography. Two patients had additional digital angiography, and 2(More)
Sixteen-slice multidetector CT findings of a pulsatile pseudoaneurysm of the mitral-aortic intervalvular fibrosa, in a woman following aortic valve replacement, are presented. Multidetector CT depicted the pseudoaneurysm and enabled dynamic evaluation of its lumen through the cardiac cycle, documenting expansion during systole and almost complete collapse(More)