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Arterial stiffness predicts cardiovascular events beyond traditional risk factors. However, the relationship with aging of novel noninvasive measures of aortic function by MRI and their interrelationship with established markers of vascular stiffness remain unclear and currently limit their potential impact. Our aim was to compare age-related changes of(More)
Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) is increasingly used as an alternative to invasive coronary angiography. Although computed tomographic coronary angiography (CTCA) has been validated against invasive coronary angiography and nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging, the potential of MDCT to evaluate perfusion has not been fully explored. We sought to(More)
The computerized study of the regional contraction of the left ventricle has undergone numerous developments, particularly in relation to echocardiography. A new method, parametric analysis of main motion (PAMM), is proposed in order to synthesize the information contained in a cine loop of images in parametric images. PAMM determines, for the intensity(More)
The aim of this paper is to develop an automated method which operates on echocardiographic dynamic loops for classifying the left ventricular regional wall motion (RWM) in a four-point scale. A non-selected group of 37 patients (2 and 4 chamber views) was studied. Each view was segmented according to the standardized segmentation using three manually(More)
A computer-assisted method is proposed to estimate transmural extent of myocardial infarction. In 40 patients with chronic myocardial infarction and 3 control subjects, late gadolinium enhancement images were acquired with magnetic resonance imaging. Segmental infarct transmural extent was visually assessed by two experts on a 5-point scale. A fuzzy c-means(More)
Although the ability of multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) to detect perfusion abnormalities associated with acute and chronic myocardial infarction (MI) has been demonstrated, this methodology is based on visual interpretation of selected 2D slices. We sought to develop a new technique for quantitative volumetric analysis of myocardial perfusion(More)
PURPOSE To assess if segmentation of the aorta can be accurately achieved using the modulus image of phase contrast (PC) magnetic resonance (MR) acquisitions. MATERIALS AND METHODS PC image sequences containing both the ascending and descending aorta of 52 subjects were acquired using three different MR scanners. An automated segmentation technique, based(More)
MDCT-derived myocardial perfusion has not yet been validated against accepted standards. We developed a technique for quantification of myocardial perfusion from MDCT images and studied its diagnostic value against SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). Ninety-eight patients were studied. Abnormal perfusion was detected by comparing normalized segmental(More)
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS), with the recent development of both contrast-specific imaging modalities and microbubble-based contrast agents, allows noninvasive quantification of microcirculation in vivo. Nevertheless, functional parameters obtained by modeling contrast uptake kinetics could be impaired by respiratory motion. Accordingly, we(More)