European Journal of Ultrasound Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Elsevier

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The European Journal of Ultrasound (EJU) serves as the forum for the European scientific and clinical community, working in the field of ultrasound in medicine and biology. EJU addresses all aspects of this field by review and original research articles on clinical and basic/technical science, clinical (case) reports and technical notes. Since EJU is the official journal of the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB), a special section is reserved for the communication of federation matters to the societies and/or individual members. Further sections are related to education, instrumentation and clinical cases. Special issues of EJU are devoted to a single medical discipline, application or technique and arranged by an invited Guest Editor. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed. Member societies and organizers of international events (courses, seminars, conferences) are invited to publish the proceedings and/or abstracts as special issues or supplements of EJU. Manuscripts are welcomed from all countries, but must be in English. An additional abstract written in the native language of the author may be added to the manuscript, ready for reproduction, but without responsibility of the Editors, or the Publisher for language corrections.

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Website European Journal of Ultrasound website
Other titles European journal of ultrasound (Online)
ISSN 0929-8266
OCLC 38945691
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To quantify the pressure exerted on the maternal abdominal wall during ultrasound examination and evaluate its effect on the fetal middle cerebral artery (MCA) peak systolic velocity (PSV). Materials and Method: Gravid women with singleton pregnancies in their 2nd-3 rd trimester undergoing fetal sonographic evaluation for various indications were recruited. Each subject underwent transabdominal US measuring fetal distance from the probe, abdominal thickness, amniotic fluid index and biophysical profile. The applied pressure was measured simultaneously using an electronic pressure sensor attached directly to the US probe. For each subject baseline values of the pressure required for proper visualization were obtained. Fetal MCA was then demonstrated using color Doppler US. The PSV was measured at different pressure ranges with each subject used as her own control. Care was taken not to exceed the baseline pressure for each subject. Results: 29 women were recruited. 24 subjects (82.7 %) demonstrated a statistically significant positive correlation between the pressure exerted and MCA-PSV (R-0.37, p < 0.0001). Of these, 4 subjects (13.8 % of study population) demonstrated elevation of PSV values above 1.29 MOM and 5 subjects (17.2 %) demonstrated elevation of PSV values above 1.5 MOM for gestational age with increasing pressure. In total, 9 subjects (31 %) demonstrated significant changes in the MCA-PSV measurements (owing to increase in pressure applied) that could potentially falsely influence clinical obstetric diagnosis and management. Conclusion: The pressure exerted on the maternal abdominal wall during US examination is an important parameter, producing clinically significant measurable changes in fetal MCA hemodynamics. Further study is needed in order to demonstrate the potential effect of pressure as a parameter influencing the diagnostic accuracy of the MCA-PSV in the setting of fetal anemia.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 09/2015; s01(36):1-7. DOI:10.1055/s-0035-1553332
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    ABSTRACT: Case report of a neonate presenting within 1 h of birth with right side scrotal swelling and a dusky skin discoloration thought clinically to be a hydrocele or testicular torsion. Ultrasound examination demonstrated bilateral hydroceles, more prominent on the right, scrotal oedema and a perinephric loculated fluid collection secondary to right adrenal hemorrhage. We review the ultrasound appearance of the normal and haemorrhagic neonatal adrenal and discuss the differential diagnosis of both neonatal adrenal lesions and scrotal swellings. The role and benefits of ultrasound in the primary diagnosis and management of neonatal adrenal hemorrhage is emphasized.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):261-4. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00081-2
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    ABSTRACT: Ultrasound (US) measurement of thyroid volume is used in diagnosis and follow-up of patients with thyroid disease. We assessed a new formula and technique for thyroid volume calculation, based on an automatically continuous trace transverse surface area (aTSA) calculation, to ascertain where this technique could reduce inter-observer variation. Three observers with a different level of US expertise, using a 12-5 MHz linear transducer, examined 25 volunteers. Inter-observer variations were calculated for diameter measurements and for the thyroid lobe volume calculations using the single factor ANOVA method. Using the new technique and formula, no statistically significant differences existed, in contradistinction to using the classical formula for an ellipsoid (P=0.02). When thyroid volume measurements are required, we recommend using a new method of thyroid volume calculation based on the use of an automatically calculated continuous trace aTSA measurement to avoid significant inter-observer variation in calculation of thyroid lobe volumes.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):207-10. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00074-5
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the heating caused by selected pulsed Doppler and physiotherapy ultrasound beams by measurements made using thermal test objects. Thermal test objects were used to measure temperature rises in selected ultrasound fields. These were compared with theoretical predictions based on standard exposure measurements. A separate thermocouple was used to measure heating at the transducer surface. Temperature rises of up to 6 degrees C were measured for Doppler fields using a thermal test object. The attenuation-corrected temperature rises that were measured generally agreed with calculated Thermal Indices. Temperature rises of up to 2 degrees C were observed for physiotherapy ultrasound fields in pulsed operation. Significant overlap between the measured temperature rises of selected pulsed Doppler and physiotherapy ultrasound fields was observed.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):243-52. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00079-4
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with colorectal metastases confined to the liver may be cured by resection. Combined bimanual palpation and intraoperative ultrasound (IOUS) augment the detection of colorectal hepatic metastases. The importance of IOUS in the surgical management of hepatic tumors has been demonstrated and should arguably be considered the final diagnostic procedure. To determine the relevance of routine IOUS prior to hepatic resection compared with improved preoperative Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Eighty patients with metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma underwent hepatic resection between 1998 and 2001. The IOUS results were compared with preoperative MRI, bimanual palpation, and resection histopathology. The preoperative surgical plan was compared with the surgical procedure performed. Data were retrospectively analyzed. IOUS provided additional useful information not available preoperatively for 37 (47%) patients, including the identification of subcentimetre metastatic lesions, characterization of the lesion, and the anatomy of the hepatic vasculature. The preoperative surgical plan was changed secondary to the IOUS findings alone in 14/80 (18%) patients. IOUS did not provide any additional useful information for 43 (53%) patients. A correlation was demonstrated between the preoperative diagnosis, intraoperative findings, and resection histopathology. Accurate diagnostic studies facilitate critically decisive actions during planned hepatic resection(s). The current findings suggest that IOUS provide the most useful additional information for hepatic lesions, despite recent improvements in preoperative MRI scanning. Furthermore, routine IOUS should be employed during hepatic resection for colorectal metastases.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):211-6. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00075-7
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the diagnostic value of Levovist in the ultrasound imaging of visceral arteries in patients with clinical symptoms of abdominal angina, before and after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). During a 12-month period (2000/2001) five patients with visceral arterial stenoses had ultrasound examinations and a subsequent PTA procedure. Indications for ultrasound examination were abdominal angina symptoms persisting for 3-5 years, (postprandial abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting). In all patients ultrasound examinations were performed using color and spectral Doppler before and after Levovist injections. Color Doppler images and maximum blood flow velocity in stenosed visceral arteries were assessed. Patients underwent control Doppler examinations with Levovist injections to assess the effect of PTA. In three patients conventional Doppler examination did not allow proper evaluation of visceral arteries, because of weak color and spectral Doppler signal and in two remaining patients visceral arteries were not visualized at all. In all five patients strong enhancement of color and spectral Doppler signal was observed after Levovist administration. In all these cases a hemodynamically significant stenosis was diagnosed: coeliac trunk-2 and superior mesenteric artery-3. PTA was performed successfully in these patients. In one of them ultrasound examination done before Levovist injection allowed good visualization of treated SMA and showed good PTA result. In the remaining four patients Doppler examination with the use of Levovist demonstrated visceral arteries well and confirmed successful PTA procedures. The use of Levovist makes the diagnostic efficiency of Doppler examinations much higher. In most cases it allows an unequivocal diagnosis of visceral artery stenosis in patients with abdominal angina symptoms. The Doppler examination with the use of Levovist is the method of choice in follow-up after PTA.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):225-35. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00077-0
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    ABSTRACT: The value of color Doppler sonography in thyroid disease continues to be a matter of debate. Over the past few years, several studies have proved unable to yield unequivocal results. Only a few studies concerning color Doppler sonography in patients with hypothyroidism have been published. 89 patients with hypothyroidism have been evaluated. They were examined clinically; laboratory tests on thyroid function and color Doppler sonography have been performed. The color flow distribution and intensity were estimated and the fastest flow velocity (PSV) detectable with a pw-doppler was registered. The color pattern was graded from 0 to III as has been described by others and the color Doppler findings were then correlated to both the clinical picture and the laboratory results. 56 of the 89 hypothyroid patients showed pattern 0 with a PSV of 22 cm/s. In 33 patients different degrees of increased parenchymal color could be found with a concordant PSV: 16 patients showed pattern I with a PSV of 39 cm/s; 11 showed pattern II with PSV 58 cm/s, and 6 showed pattern III with PSV 63 cm/s. Regarding the corresponding clinical and laboratory variables, there was a very close correlation between color intensity and anti-Tg/anti-TPO antibody levels: pattern 0: anti-Tg 474 IU/ml, anti-TPO-Ab 810 IU/ml; pattern I: 1053/1733; pattern II: 1774/2432; pattern III: 1951/2633. Some correlation could also be found for the TSH values and the calculated volume of the thyroid gland, whereas the duration of hypothyroidism showed an inverse correlation to color intensity. (Pattern 0: TSH 3.1 mE/ml, volume 9.2 ml, duration 43 months; pattern I: 4.2 mE/l, 15.7 ml, 24 mos.; pattern II: 11.5 mE/l, 22.3 ml, 16 mos.; pattern III: 38.2 mE/l, 34.3 ml, 10 mos, respectively). The color Doppler pattern of intense hypervascularization of the thyroid gland formerly attributed only to the hyperthyroid state of active Graves' Disease can also be seen in hypothyroidism. Our data support the concept that the color flow appearance is not the result of stimulated thyroid hormone production, but a measure of the activity of an autoimmune process.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):183-9. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00072-1
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    ABSTRACT: Among other factors, the cerebral blood flow (CBF) is regulated in accordance to the arterial CO(2) tension and the cortical activity. The CO(2) test is commonly used to measure the vascular reserve capacity. Most functional imaging studies rely on the activity-flow coupling (AFC). We aimed to combine both challenges in order to increase the insight into mechanisms of CBF regulation. Fifteen healthy students underwent a functional transcranial Doppler test using a visual stimulation paradigm: firstly under normocapnia and secondly under conditions of hypercapnia. Hypercapnia was induced by breathing a carbogene gas mixture of 5% CO(2) and 95% O(2). The entire time course of flow velocity adaptation in the posterior cerebral artery (PCA) was analyzed mathematically using a control system approach. Resting CBF velocities increased by nearly 26% under conditions of hypercapnia, whereas the slight increase in arterial blood pressure (ABP) and the decrease in the Pourcelot-Pulsatility index (PI) were statistically not significant. From the control system parameters which were time delay, rate time, gain, attenuation and natural frequency, only the parameter rate time, indicative for the initial steepness of flow velocity increase, showed a statistically significant decrease, consistently for the peak systolic and enddiastolic flow velocity data. As concluded from the unchanged gain parameter the absolute amount of blood flow evoked by the same visual stimulus increased also by 26%. Evaluated by Doppler measurements hypercapnia seems to influence the AFC in two ways: It decreases the steepness of the initial increase in blood flow velocity and enhances the absolute amount of blood flow evoked by the same stimulus.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):169-75. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00070-8
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    ABSTRACT: The possibilities and the limits of transabdominal ultrasonography (US) in the diagnosis of bilio-pancreatic diseases are reviewed here in the light of the last 10 years' research. US remains the method of choice for the diagnosis of gallstones and is generally accepted as an initial imaging technique in gallstone complications, such as acute cholecystitis. Moreover the method can be useful for the detection of the biliary complications after laparoscopic cholecystectomy and after liver transplantation. US is still considered the first diagnostic procedure when stones are suspected in the common bile duct. The use of color Doppler can provide a differential diagnosis of gallbladder cancer with respect to other benign inflammatory or polypoid lesions. Color Doppler US allows to detect vascular complications of acute pancreatitis such as pseudoaneurysms. US is still considered useful for the initial screening of the pancreatic cancer. However, for staging other imaging techniques must be employed. With US useful informations are obtained in the diagnosis of cystic tumors of the pancreas and of pancreatic metastases. US is generally of little use for the diagnosis of endocrine tumors.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):141-59. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00068-X
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    ABSTRACT: The Authors evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of echography in hepatic echinococcosis, particularly in the completely liquid types of cysts without septa or hydatid sand and in the solidified forms where the differential diagnosis with other hepatic pathologies can be difficult. The study was carried out with a 7.5 MHz probe and the results were compared with those from the use of a 3.5 MHz probe and from CT, serology for hydatidosis and echoguided sampling. Seventy one patients, 36 with liquid hepatic lesions and 35 with solid hepatic lesions (31 hydatid and 40 non-parasitic), were evaluated echographically, first with a 3.5 MHz probe and subsequently with a 7.5 MHz probe. All the patients underwent serology for hydatidosis. All the liquid lesions were subjected to percutaneous echoguided aspiration and all the solid lesions to CT; echoguided biopsy was performed in only 24 of the latter lesions. With the 7.5 MHz probe, a wall was revealed in 96.77% of parasitic cysts but in only 5% of non-hydatid ones. Moreover, using the 7.5 MHz probe, it was possible to see a triple-layered aspect of the wall in the hydatid cysts. The results obtained with the 7.5 MHz probe demonstrate a high diagnostic accuracy comparable to that of MR.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):217-23. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00076-9
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    ABSTRACT: The objectives are to study the correlation between the women's perception of transvaginal sonography (TVS) and the gender of the examiner and the state of the pregnancy. The population studied was unselected women attending the early assessment unit at Sharoe Green Hospital with various complications of early pregnancy. All the women were in the first trimester. Only women who had TVS and who gave informed consent were included. Four hundred and twenty five (425) women were recruited. A male doctor examined 215 (50.6%), while a female doctor examined the remaining 210 (49.4%). Two hundred and ninety eight (70.1%) of the pregnancies were viable and 127 (29.9%) were non-viable. About 98.1% of the women found TVS acceptable. There was no statistically significant difference in the women's perception of the procedure with regard to the gender of the examiner or the state of the pregnancy. The majority of women (98.1%) perceived TVS favourably. The gender of the examiner and the state of the pregnancy have no influence on the women's perception of the procedure.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):237-41. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00078-2
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    ABSTRACT: As an object rotates with respect to a stationary planar ultrasonic beam, the scattering centres within the object return echoes that are Doppler-shifted in frequency by amounts depending on the velocities of the individual scatterers. The backscattered echo amplitude at any particular frequency is the line integral of the scattered radiation at the cross-range corresponding to that frequency. The amplitude as a function of frequency can be interpreted as a tomographic projection. A tomographic reconstruction algorithm can produce an image of the distribution of scattering centres in the insonified object from these projections. This paper describes the development and characterisation of a microscanner to investigate the approach of using continuous wave ultrasound for three-dimensional cross-sectional imaging. The results of preliminary tissue investigation, conducted using bovine coccygeal intervertebral discs, are described. The radial imaging resolution improves as the Doppler frequency resolution improves but the circumferential resolution degrades proportionally. As the number of projections increases, there is a finite increase in image quality. Two- and three-dimensional images of the intervertebral disc reveal an alternate light and dark banding pattern that is characteristic of the laminar structure of the annulus fibrosus.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 03/2003; 16(3):253-60. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00080-0
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    ABSTRACT: Ultrasonography is an established diagnostic modality in the follow-up of thyroid cancer. Color flow Doppler has been proposed by some authors as an additional tool for differentiating benign from malignant cervical lesions in various types of head and neck cancer. Over the last few years, a new generation of high-resolution ultrasound platforms with the "power-mode" feature has become available, that also enables the imaging of small vessel blood flow. The objective of our study was to find ways of optimizing the differentiation of benign and malignant cervical tumors in thyroid cancer follow-up by means of sonography. Hundred and twelve cervical lesions in 90 patients with thyroid cancer were evaluated by high-end ultrasonography (Sonoline Elegra, Siemens) using a small-part transducer (7.5 L 40, Siemens). B-mode sonography was performed at a frequency of 8 MHz. The Solbiati index (SI= ratio of largest to smallest diameter), configuration, echogenicity, intranodular structures, and margins were assessed. Perinodular and intranodular blood flow was evaluated by color flow Doppler (PRF 1250 Hz for conventional color flow Doppler, 868 Hz for power-mode Doppler). Possible malignancy was validated by histology, cytology, scintigraphy, and follow-up. Thirty five lesions were benign (diameter 0.4-3.0 cm) and 77 were malignant (0.4-5.4 cm). The patients were randomized into a test group and a learning group to determine the diagnostic value of various ultrasound criteria by means of statistical analysis. In the learning group, decision rules based on the dichotomized criteria were developed using a logistic regression model. Sensitivity and specificity of these decision rules were then evaluated in the test group. The presence of an echocomplex pattern or irregular hyperechoic small intranodular structures (criterion A) and the presence of an irregular diffuse intranodular blood flow (criterion B) are the best indicators of malignancy, whereas an SI >2 is highly indicative of benign changes. Color flow Doppler is a useful addition to B-mode scanning for distinguishing benign and malignant neoplasms in the follow-up of thyroid cancer. Power-mode Doppler sonography significantly improves imaging of perinodular and intranodular blood flow when compared with conventional color flow Doppler. We propose the following decision rules based on a combination of the criteria above: (A) and (B) fulfilled: malignant, if SI< or =4; (B) but not (A) fulfilled: malignant, if SI< or =3; (A) but not (B) fulfilled: malignant, if SI< or =2; neither (A) nor (B) fulfilled: malignant, if SI approximately equal to 1 (sensitivity: 90%; specificity: 82%; accuracy 88%).
    European Journal of Ultrasound 02/2003; 16(3):191-206. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00073-3
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    ABSTRACT: To define alterations in the blood flow velocities of the ophthalmic artery (OA), central retinal artery (CRA), posterior ciliary artery (PCA) in essential hypertension and to evaluate the effect of a new antihypertensive drug, candesartan which is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, on the blood flow velocity in hypertensive patients. Blood flow velocity and resistive index (RI) of the OA, CRA, and PCA were measured in 22 hypertensive patients off medication and 15 controls by color Doppler imaging. After treatment with candesartan, blood flow velocity and RI were again measured in the hypertensive patients. In controls (n=15), the OA had a mean peak systolic flow velocity (PSFV) of 48.1+/-2.6 cm/s, mean end diastolic flow velocity (EDFV) of 16+/-1.0 cm/s, and RI of 0.65+/-0.01; the CRA had a PSFV of 20.8+/-0.4 cm/s, EDFV of 9.4+/-0.3 cm/s, and RI of 0.54+/-0.01; the PCA had a PSFV of 23.6+/-0.7 cm/s, EDFV of 11.2+/-0.3 cm/s, and RI of 0.52+/-0.01. There was a significant decrease in the PSFV and EDFV of the vessels in the medication free hypertensive patients when compared with controls (P<0.05). In the hypertensive patients off medication (n=22), the OA had a PSFV of 29.4+/-1.2 cm/s, EDFV of 10.4+/-0.5 cm/s, and RI of 0.71+/-0.01; the CRA had a PSFV of 15.1+/-0.6 cm/s, EDFV of 5.4+/-0.3 cm/s, and RI of 0.65+/-0.02; the PCA had a PSFV of 17.2+/-0.6 cm/s, EDFV of 6.7+/-0.3 cm/s, and RI of 0.61+/-0.01. RI measured in the OA, CRA, PCA were significantly increased in the hypertensive patients when compared with the controls (P<0.05). In hypertensive patients after medication (n=22), OA had a PSFV of 38.3+/-2.5 cm/s, EDFV of 12.3+/-0.7 cm/s, and RI of 0.68+/-0.01; CRA had a PSFV of 19.2+/-0.5 cm/s, EDFV of 7.8+/-0.3 cm/s, and RI of 0.59+/-0.01; PCA had a PSFV of 20.8+/-0.8 cm/s, EDFV of 9.2+/-0.4 cm/s, and RI of 0.56+/-0.01. There was a significant increase in the blood flow velocities of the OA, CRA, PCA (P<0.05) and significant decrease in the RI values in the treated hypertensive patients when compared with the controls (P<0.05). But blood flow velocities and RI values did not reach the control level. The increase in the RI values and the decrease in the blood flow velocity of extraocular vessels in the hypertensive patients are thought to be caused by increased peripheral resistance in the vessels of the eye and orbit. Although, it increases blood flow velocity and decreases RI significantly, candesartan treatment in the hypertensive patients cannot increase blood flow velocity and decrease RI to the control level.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 02/2003; 16(3):177-82. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00071-X
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to investigate whether ultrasonography can characterise plaque morphology and surfaces independent of the observer. Computer-assisted image analysis of the grey scales of B-mode scans from 15 patients with stenoses of the internal carotid artery was performed and compared with the histopathological reports. In vitro angioscopy, was used to visualise the plaque surfaces of the thromboendarterectomy specimens. Assessment of the internal plaque structure by ultrasound showed close agreement between the two observers (P<0.01) without correlation with the histopathological results. Ultrasonography was able to characterise the plaque surfaces in 93% of cases. This investigation showed that standardised computer-assisted analysis of the internal plaque structure correlates less closely than histological investigation, but agrees closely with the surface structure of the plaque. The exclusive use of digital image processing and standardisation of the investigative technique are expected to provide even better results.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 02/2003; 16(3):161-7. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00069-1
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    ABSTRACT: In the pivotal clinical trials of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (TPA) therapy for ischemic stroke, a low rate of early arterial recanalization was suspected due to the small numbers of patients who had early dramatic clinical improvement. TPA activity can be enhanced with ultrasound including 2 MHz transcranial Doppler (TCD). TCD can identify residual signals around the thrombus with the thrombolysis in brain ischemia (TIBI) flow grading system and therefore expose more thrombus surface to circulating TPA. A phase I clinical study, monitoring TPA infusion with diagnostic ultrasound resulted in an unexpectedly high rate of complete recanalization (36% of proximal middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusions) and associated early dramatic clinical recovery (24%) among treated patients. The external application of diagnostic ultrasound in our studies raised the possibility that a synergistic TPA and ultrasound action accelerated flow improvement and achieved faster and more complete thrombus dissolution as predicted from experimental models. The CLOTBUST (combined lysis of thrombus in brain ischemia using transcranial ultrasound and systemic TPA) trial is testing this hypothesis in a phase II clinical randomized multi-center setting. Dramatic clinical recovery from stroke and complete recanalization shortly after TPA bolus are feasible goals for thrombolysis assisted with TCD monitoring.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 12/2002; 16(1-2):131-40. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00040-X
  • European Journal of Ultrasound 12/2002; 16(1-2):105-13. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00050-2
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    ABSTRACT: Microembolic signals can be detected by transcranial ultrasound as signals of high intensity and short duration. These signals represent circulating gaseous or solid particles. To optimize the differentiation from artefacts and the background signal and to facilitate the clinical use, several attempts have been made to automatize the detection of microemboli. Microemboli occur spontaneously in various clinical situations but their clinical impact and possible therapeutical implications are still under debate. This article provides a review of the actual literature concerning the current state of technical and clinical aspects of microembolus detection.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 12/2002; 16(1-2):21-30. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00046-0
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    ABSTRACT: The role of patent foramen ovale (PFO) in cryptogenic stroke is still debated, but from recent follow-up studies it seems that the amount of right-to-left shunt (RLS) and the association with atrial septal aneurysm (ASA) are major determinants of stroke recurrence. PFO and RLS through the atrial chambers have been recently studied in a number of conditions not or marginally related to cerebrovascular disease. Historically the first studies addressed the presence of RLS in scuba divers as a possible abnormality related to decompression sickness (DS) of unknown aetiology. Despite initial debate there is now robust evidence to claim that patency of foramen ovale increases the risk of developing DS by two and half to four times. Patients with PFO-related DS tend to have early occurrence of symptoms after surfacing and a clinical presentation that indicates brain or upper cervical spinal cord involvement. Recent reports suggest that divers with hemodynamically significant RLS may have an increased risk of developing clinically asymptomatic multiple brain lesions. PFO has been found in patients suffering from migraine with aura with approximately the same frequency as that encountered in cryptogenic stroke patients. This finding has prompted speculations on the possible role of RLS in increasing the stroke risk in migraineurs and in the pathophysiology of the aura. Recent reports showing that migraine with aura is dramatically improved after transcatheter closure of PFO suggest that migraine with aura may indeed be triggered by humoral factors that reach the brain by escaping the pulmonary filter. A RLS is involved in a rare condition known as platypnea-orthodeoxia and perhaps underlies an increased risk of cerebral complications after major orthopedic surgery. Valsalva-like activities often precede the occurrence of attacks of transient global amnesia (TGA) and abnormalities consistent with hypoperfusion of deep limbic structures have been reported during a typical TGA episode. This had raised the hypothesis that TGA may be triggered by paradoxical embolism of platelets aggregates in the posterior circulation, but the search for an increased frequency of PFO in TGA patients has yielded conflicting results. Conditions that determine an increase in pulmonary pressure may facilitate the opening of the virtual interatrial valve and thus promoting shunting of blood to the left heart chambers which in turn might contribute to further desaturation of arterial blood. It is therefore not surprising that RLS has been found in 70% of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and increased pulmonary pressure and in the same proportion of patients with obstructive sleep apnoea, a condition that ultimately may result in pulmonary hypertension. In conclusion, from the evidence gathered so far the picture is emerging of an important role of PFO in a number of non-stroke conditions, either as causative factor or as associated condition predisposing to complications. The availability of simple diagnostic techniques such as transcranial Doppler (TCD) to assess RLS will undoubtedly contribute a great deal of knowledge on the relevance in medicine of this hitherto neglected condition.
    European Journal of Ultrasound 12/2002; 16(1-2):11-20. DOI:10.1016/S0929-8266(02)00043-5