Stefan L. Zimmerman

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PURPOSE To retrospectively assess the findings of idiopathic eosinophilic esophagitis (IEE) at barium studies and determine the frequency of the ringed esophagus in patients with this condition. MATERIALS AND METHODS The institutional review board approved all aspects of this retrospective study and did not require informed consent from patients whose(More)
BACKGROUND Presence of delayed enhancement (DE) on cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is associated with worse clinical outcomes in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We investigated the relationship between DE on CMR and myocardial ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. METHODS AND RESULTS Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy patients (n=47) underwent CMR for(More)
BACKGROUND Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is a progressive cardiomyopathy. We aimed to define long-term outcome in a transatlantic cohort of 1001 individuals. METHODS AND RESULTS Clinical and genetic characteristics and follow-up data of ARVD/C index-patients (n=439, fulfilling of 2010 criteria in all) and family(More)
BACKGROUND Atrial fibrillation (AF) is an important cause of stroke. Given the morbidity and mortality associated with stroke, the risk stratification of patients based on left atrial appendage (LAA) characteristics is of great interest. OBJECTIVE To explore the association between LAA morphology and LAA characteristics including the extent of(More)
BACKGROUND Ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) frequently requires multiple procedures to achieve durable restoration of sinus rhythm. Early studies have suggested that delayed enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DE-MRI) of the left atrium (LA) can assist in performing repeat ablation procedures. OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to(More)
Aortic intramural hematoma is among the spectrum of pathologies that comprises acute aortic syndrome and carries a risk of progression to aortic dissection, aneurysm, rupture, and other complications. Evaluation by CT can identify imaging features associated with higher risk of complications. Ulcer-like projections, enlarged aortic diameter, increased(More)
Recent software developments enable interactive, real-time axial, 2D and 3D CT display on an iPad by cloud computing from a server for remote rendering. The purpose of this study was to compare radiologists’ interpretative performance on the iPad to interpretation on the conventional picture archive and communication system (PACS). Fifty de-identified(More)
OBJECTIVES To quantify resting myocardial blood flow (MBF) in the left ventricular (LV) wall of HCM patients and to determine the relationship to important parameters of disease: LV wall thickness, late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), T2-signal abnormalities (dark and bright signal), LV outflow tract obstruction and age. MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventy(More)
There is growing interest in the ability to monitor, track, and report exposure to radiation from medical imaging. Historically, however, dose information has been stored on an image-based dose sheet, an arrangement that precludes widespread indexing. Although scanner manufacturers are beginning to include dose-related parameters in the Digital Imaging and(More)
Noninvasive anatomic imaging is critical to management of pediatric congenital heart disease. With the introduction of high-pitch dual-source computed tomography (CT), comprehensive, high-temporal resolution cardiovascular imaging can now be performed without the need for breath-holding or patient sedation with very low radiation dose. In this article, we(More)