Hans-Jørgen Smith

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BACKGROUND Left ventricular (LV) torsion is due to oppositely directed apical and basal rotation and has been proposed as a sensitive marker of LV function. In the present study, we introduce and validate speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) as a method for assessment of LV rotation and torsion. METHODS AND RESULTS Apical and basal rotation by STE was(More)
Objectives: The aim of the present study was to establish the accuracy and reproducibility of left atrial volume measurements by three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography compared to 2D biplane and monoplane measurements. Background: No echocardiographic technique is generally accepted as optimal for estimation of left atrial size. Methods: Left atrial(More)
Thirty-six temporomandibular joints (TMJs) in 28 symptomatic patients (aged 14-40 years) with rheumatic disease (mostly rheumatoid arthritis) were studied with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and hypocycloidal tomography. MR images of four TMJs were normal. Another four TMJs showed internal derangement. Of the 28 TMJs presumed to show rheumatic disease(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to investigate whether strain Doppler echocardiography performed immediately after revascularization by percutaneous coronary intervention could predict the extent of myocardial scar, determined by contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). BACKGROUND There is considerable variability in survival rate(More)
We undertook clinical and ultrasonographic examination of the shoulders of 420 asymptomatic volunteers aged between 50 and 79 years. MRI was performed in selected cases. Full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff were detected in 32 subjects (7.6%). The prevalence increased with age as follows: 50 to 59 years, 2.1%; 60 to 69 years, 5.7%; and 70 to 79 years,(More)
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of 36 temporomandibular joints (TMJs) in 27 patients and six healthy volunteers was performed before and after injection of gadopentetate dimeglumine. Twelve asymptomatic joints were used as controls, 12 TMJs had symptomatic internal derangement, and 12 TMJs had rheumatic inflammatory disease. A small or moderate joint(More)
PURPOSE To assess the long-term temporomandibular joint (TMJ) manifestations of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), as depicted at computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, in 47 adult patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was approved by a regional committee for medical research ethics, and informed consent was obtained from all(More)
2D-STE (two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography) is a novel echocardiographic modality that enables angle-independent assessment of myocardial deformation indices. In the present study, we tested whether peak systolic epsilon(parallel) (longitudinal strain) values measured by 2D-STE could identify areas of MI (myocardial infarction) as determined(More)