Mechthild Westhoff-Bleck

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Conventional two-dimensional (2-D) texture parameters serve as the "gold standard" of texture analysis. The authors compared a new stochastic model, based on autoregressive periodic random field models (APRFM) with conventional texture analysts (CTA) parameter, which were defined as measures of the co-occurrence matrix, i.e., entropy, contrast, correlation,(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic heart failure is an important cause for morbidity and mortality in adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). While NT-proBNP is an established biomarker for heart failure of non-congenital origin, its value in ACHD has limitations. Asymmetrical dimethylarginine (ADMA) correlates with disease severity and independently predicts adverse(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic heart failure is an important cause for morbidity and mortality in adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD). While NT-proBNP is an established biomarker for heart failure of non-congenital origin, its application in ACHD has limitations. The angiogenic factors Angiopoietin-1 and -2 (Ang-1, Ang-2), vascular endothelial growth factor(More)
PURPOSE Gray scale image assessment in clinical ultrasound requires working in dim light or a dark room. Daylight conditions offer the advantage of shorter visual reaction time and enhanced visual perception. Look-up table manipulations could improve image brightness. MATERIALS AND METHODS We investigated the possibility of brightness and contrast(More)
OBJECTIVES Decellularized homografts have shown auspicious early results when used for pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) in congenital heart disease. The first clinical application in children was performed in 2002, initially using pre-seeding with endogenous progenitor cells. Since 2005, only non-seeded, fresh decellularized allografts have been implanted(More)
OBJECTIVES The choice of valve prosthesis for aortic valve replacement (AVR) in young patients is challenging. Decellularized pulmonary homografts (DPHs) have shown excellent results in pulmonary position. Here, we report our early clinical results using decellularized aortic valve homografts (DAHs) for AVR in children and mainly young adults. METHODS(More)
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