Michael J. Vonesh

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In vitro data have shown that the myocardium exhibits nonlinear passive stress-strain relationship and a non-linear pressure-volume relationship. A finite element (FE) analysis and optimization algorithm was used on three-dimensional reconstructed left ventricular (LV) geometry using echocardiographic images, along with hemodynamic measurements, in seven(More)
Analysis of three-dimensional velocity profiles and wall shear stress distribution in a segment of an artery reconstructed from in vivo imaging data are presented in this study. Cross-sectional images of a segment of the abdominal aorta in dogs were obtained using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging employing a constant pull back technique. Simultaneous(More)
BACKGROUND The geometrical accuracy of conventional three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction methods for intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) data (coronary and peripheral) is hampered by the inability to register spatial image orientation and by respiratory and cardiac motion. The objective of this work was the development of improved IVUS reconstruction(More)
Aortic helical flow may play an important role in plaque deposition, dissection formation, and organ perfusion. The authors have previously demonstrated, using in vitro flow models and transesophageal echocardiography, that helical flow begins in the mammalian aortic arch and continues into the descending thoracic aorta. The purpose of this study was to(More)
To determine whether rotational blood flow or chiral asymmetry exists in the human descending thoracic aorta, we established the ability of color Doppler ultrasound to detect rotational flow in a tornado tube model of a vortex descending fluid column. In a model of the human aortic arch with a pulse duplicator, color Doppler was then used to demonstrate(More)
An application of finite-element analysis with an optimisation technique to assess the myocardial material properties in diastasisin vivo is described. Using the data collected from an animal model, the three-dimensional geometry of the left ventricular chamber, at several times in diastole, was reconstructed. From the measurement of the ventricular chamber(More)
BACKGROUND We have developed a novel method of diagnosing stress-induced vascular injury. This approach uses the sound energy released from atherosclerotic arterial tissue during in vitro balloon angioplasty to characterize type and severity of induced trauma. METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty-two postmortem human peripheral arterial specimens 1.0 cm long were(More)
Background Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) of arteries is limited by the inability of current instruments to visualize beyond the catheter tip. We have developed a prototype 4-mm-diameter forward-viewing IVUS catheter (Cardiovascular Imaging Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif) that has the ability to provide B-mode cross-sectional ultrasound data for a distance of(More)
BACKGROUND Bioprosthetic heart valve use is limited by progressive degeneration. Early degenerative changes are often occult, making assessment of tissue integrity difficult. Ultrasound tissue characterization may detect alterations in tissue structure and allow early detection of leaflet degeneration. METHODS Using a modified echocardiographic unit(More)
A method employing intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and simultaneous hemodynamic measurements, with resultant finite element analysis (FEA) of accurate three-dimensional IVUS reconstructions (3-DR), was developed to estimate the regional distribution of arterial elasticity. Human peripheral arterial specimens (iliac and femoral, n = 7) were collected(More)