José G. Venegas

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BACKGROUND Imaging studies have demonstrated that ventilation during bronchoconstriction in subjects with asthma is patchy with large ventilation defective areas (Vdefs). Based on a theoretical model, we postulated that during bronchoconstriction, as smooth muscle force activation increases, a patchy distribution of ventilation should emerge, even in the(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES The reliability of positron emission tomographic (PET) images depends on the number of annihilation events that are detected. Short image durations are required to capture rapid tracer dynamics, and the resultant images are noisy. Consequently, direct parameter estimation from time-activity curves at high resolution often is(More)
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