Joachim Eichhorn

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After childhood Kawasaki syndrome (KS) the coronary arteries undergo a lifelong dynamic pathological change, and follow-up coronary artery imaging is essential. At present, conventional coronary catheterization (CCC) and angiography is still regarded as the gold standard. Less-invasive methods such as multidetector CT angiography (MDCT-A) and MRI have been(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested the feasibility of a non-invasive quantification of vascular trans-stenotic pressure gradients (DeltaP) by phase-contrast MR imaging (PC-MRI). Our purpose was to assess the value of MRI estimated pressure gradients as a screening tool for assessing hemodynamically significant (re-)coarctation of the aorta (CoA) in(More)
Ultrafast CT and MR angiography are noninvasive, accurate and robust techniques for preoperative diagnosis and planning of congenital heart disease and vascular abnormalities in pediatric patients. While they seem to be equivalent to conventional catheter angiocardiography for detecting vascular abnormalities, they are more accurate for the diagnosis of(More)
The study was done to determine the clinical feasibility and reproducibility of tissue Doppler echocardiography (TDE) with strain rate imaging (SRI) at rest and under physical exercise in healthy young individuals and to report normal values for parameters of regional myocardial function under exercise. Forty-five young volunteers (age 9–29 years) underwent(More)
PURPOSE To develop a method for computing and visualizing pressure differences derived from time-resolved velocity-encoded three-dimensional phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (4D flow MRI) and to compare pressure difference maps of patients with unrepaired and repaired aortic coarctation to young healthy volunteers. METHODS 4D flow MRI data of(More)
BACKGROUND Ventricular dysfunction represents one of the major problems in the long-term follow-up of patients after atrial repair for dextrotransposition of the great arteries. We aimed to study the role of tissue Doppler derived isovolumic acceleration (IVA) to detect early myocardial dysfunction in these patients. METHODS Twenty-four patients with(More)
To assess spatial and temporal pressure characteristics in patients with repaired aortic coarctation compared to young healthy volunteers using time-resolved velocity-encoded three-dimensional phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (4D flow MRI) and derived 4D pressure difference maps. After in vitro validation against invasive catheterization as gold(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate time-resolved, multiphasic 3D MR angiography (MRA) for the non-invasive assessment of the pulmonary vascular system in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS 10 children aged 6 to 15 years (mean age 10 years) ware examined on a 1.5 T whole body MR system with time-resolved, multiphasic 3D MRA after injection of 0.2 mmol/kg body weight of(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to assess the visibility of lumen narrowing of pediatric vascular stents using various CT dose parameters in an in vitro model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ten steel stents of varying designs and sizes commonly used in the treatment of congenital heart disease were implanted in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tubes and three of(More)