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Ventricular wall stress is believed to be responsible for many physical mechanisms taking place in the human heart, including ventricular remodeling, which is frequently associated with heart failure. Therefore, normalization of ventricular wall stress is the cornerstone of many existing and new treatments for heart failure. In this paper, we sought to(More)
We use artificial neural networks (ANNs) to detect signs of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in ECGs. The 12-lead ECG is decomposed into Hermite basis functions, and the resulting coefficients are used as inputs to the ANNs. Furthermore, we present a case-based method that qualitatively explains the operation of the ANNs, by showing regions of each ECG(More)
OBJECTIVE Ferumoxytol is increasingly reported as an alternative to gadolinium-based contrast agents for MR angiography (MRA), particularly for patients with renal failure. This article summarizes more than 3 years of clinical experience with ferumoxytol-enhanced MRA for a range of indications and anatomic regions. CONCLUSION Ferumoxytol-enhanced MRA has(More)
BACKGROUND Quantification of the longitudinal- and transverse relaxation time in the myocardium has shown to provide important information in cardiac diagnostics. Methods for cardiac relaxation time mapping generally demand a long breath hold to measure either T1 or T2 in a single 2D slice. In this paper we present and evaluate a novel method for 3D(More)
OBJECTIVES Rupture/dissection of ascending thoracic aortic aneurysms (aTAAs) carries high mortality and occurs in many patients who did not meet size criteria for elective surgery. Elevated wall stress may better predict adverse events, but cannot be directly measured in vivo, rather determined from finite element (FE) simulations. Current computational(More)
High resolution MRI of the intracranial vessel wall provides important insights in the assessment of intracranial vascular disease. This study aims to refine high resolution 3D MRI techniques for intracranial vessel wall imaging at both 3 and 7 T using customized flip angle train design, and to explore their comparative abilities. 11 patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION The aortic wall and intraluminal thrombus (ILT) have been increasingly studied as potential markers of progressive disease with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Our goal was to develop a high resolution, 3D black blood MR technique for AAA wall and ILT imaging within a clinically acceptable scan time. METHODS Twenty two patients with AAAs(More)
A method to acquire multiple displacement encoded slices within a single breath hold is presented. Efficiency is improved over conventional DENSE without compromising image quality by readout of multiple slices in the same cardiac cycle, thus utilizing the position-encoded stimulated echo available in the whole heart. The method was evaluated by comparing(More)
INTRODUCTION Phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging has the ability to accurately measure blood flow and myocardial velocities in the human body. Unwanted spatially varying phase offsets are, however, always present and may deteriorate the measurements significantly. Some of these phase offsets can be estimated based on the pulse sequence (1), but(More)
BACKGROUND Artificial neural networks have successfully been applied for automated interpretation of myocardial perfusion images. So far the networks have used data from the myocardial perfusion images only. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether the automated interpretation of myocardial perfusion images with the use of artificial neural(More)