Ruta Jasaityte

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With the developments in ultrasound transducer technology and both hardware and software computing, real-time volumetric imaging has become widely available, accompanied by various methods of assessing three-dimensional (3D) myocardial strain, often referred to as 3D speckle-tracking echocardiographic methods. Indeed, these methods should provide(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the noninvasively constructed slope of the relationship between left ventricular (LV) regional systolic strain and stretch during atrial contraction represents LV inotropic state. BACKGROUND LV systolic response to a changing preload depends on its inotropic state. Changing the preload has(More)
Although real-time 3-D echocardiography has the potential to allow more accurate assessment of global and regional ventricular dynamics compared with more traditional 2-D ultrasound examinations, it still requires rigorous testing and validation should it break through as a standard examination in routine clinical practice. However, only a limited number of(More)
Despite the availability of multiple solutions for assessing myocardial strain by ultrasound, little is currently known about the relative performance of the different methods. In this study, we sought to contrast two strain estimation techniques directly (speckle tracking and elastic registration) in an in vivo setting by comparing both to a gold standard(More)
BACKGROUND This cross-sectional study provides a practical approach for the clinical assessment of Friedreich ataxia (FA) cardiomyopathy (FA-CM). METHODS AND RESULTS A comprehensive cardiac assessment, including standard echocardiography, color Doppler myocardial imaging, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, ECG, and exercise stress testing, was performed(More)
An alternative approach to extract 3D myocardial strain based on elastic registration of the ultrasound images (3DSE) was developed by our lab. The aim of the present study was to test its clinical performance by comparing strain values obtained by 3DSE with the ones obtained with 2D speckle tracking (2DST). Standard 2D B-mode and volumetric datasets were(More)
High frame rate (HFR) echocardiography may be of benefit for functional analysis of the heart. In current clinical equipment, HFR is obtained using multi-line acquisition (MLA) which typically requires broadening of transmit beams. As this may result in a significant degradation of spatial resolution and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), the capacity of MLA to(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, advanced postprocessing of three-dimensional echocardiographic (3DE) data sets was used to identify tricuspid valve (TV) leaflets in two-dimensional echocardiographic (2DE) views, and the feasibility of the subcostal view to obtain 2DE en face views of the TV, as an alternative imaging option to image reconstruction from 3DE(More)
The consistency of the normal spatial distribution of segmental passive stretch (PreS) and systolic strain (SS) within the left ventricle was investigated and a recently proposed echocardiographic estimate of left ventricular (LV) contractility was used to detect contractility changes with age. Hereto, in 54 healthy subjects, segmental PreS and SS were(More)