Ernest V. Garcia

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UNLABELLED A new technique for computing left ventricular function, including left ventricular volumes, mass and ejection fraction, has been developed. This method is a logical extension of the results of a standard perfusion quantification technique; thus, it allows integration of perfusion and functional information. METHODS Anatomically based models of(More)
BACKGROUND A count-based method using technetium-99m sestamibi electrocardiography-gated myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography imaging has been developed to extract the left ventricular (LV) regional phase of contraction (onset of mechanical contraction [OMC]) throughout the cardiac cycle. This study was performed to develop OMC(More)
UNLABELLED Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is now a well-recognized therapeutic option for patients with end-stage heart failure. However, not all patients respond to CRT, and, therefore, preimplantation identification of responders is desirable. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the degree of left ventricular (LV)(More)
BACKGROUND Two methods of computing left ventricular volumes and ejection fraction (EF) from 8-frame gated perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) were compared with each other and with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-five subjects underwent 8-frame gated dual-isotope SPECT imaging and 12- to 16-frame gated(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a method for quantifying the uptake, redistribution, and washout of thallium-201 (201Tl) obtained with rotational tomography. This method generates maximum count circumferential profiles of the short-axis slices of the left ventricle, translates them into polar coordinate profiles, and displays them as a(More)
In this paper we begin to investigate how to <i>automatically</i> determine the subjectivity orientation of questions posted by real users in community question answering (CQA) portals. Subjective questions seek answers containing private states, such as personal opinion and experience. In contrast, objective questions request objective, verifiable(More)
AIMS The last guidelines recommend a standardized 17-segment model for tomographic imaging of the left ventricle. The aim of this study is to analyse the correspondence of the 17 left ventricular segments with each coronary artery by myocardial perfusion SPECT studies. METHODS AND RESULTS Fifty patients selected for percutaneous revascularization of one(More)
Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging has attained widespread clinical acceptance as a standard of care for patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease. A significant contribution to this success has been the use of computer techniques to provide objective quantitative assessment in interpreting these(More)
Despite advancements in technologies, non-uniform soft tissue attenuation still affects the diagnostic accuracy of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging. A variety of indirect measures have been used to reduce the impact of attenuation, most notably electrocardiography-gated SPECT imaging. However, all available(More)
Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is a well-validated, reimbursable means to assess myocardial perfusion, left ventricular (LV) function, and viability. Presently, there is a proliferation of PET and PET/computed tomography (CT) instrumentation as well as an increase in educational programs that specifically address PET and PET/CT imaging.(More)