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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)
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)
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)
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)
BACKGROUND The most widely distributed software packages to compute left ventricular (LV) volume and ejection fraction (EF) from gated perfusion tomograms are QGS and the Emory Cardiac Toolbox (ECTb). Because LV modeling and time sampling differ between the algorithms, it is necessary to document relationships between values produced by them and to(More)
Artifacts are produced in 201TI cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging because of a variety of causes including soft-tissue attenuation, overlying abdominal viscera, variable myocardial thickness, left bundle branch block, cardiac rotation, patient motion, and technical errors. Careful attention to quality control, utilization of(More)