Thoracic imaging

Section edited by Marcus Carlsson

This section aims to publish articles related to the development, evaluation, and use of imaging techniques and image processing tools to image the organs and tissues of the thoracic cavity. 

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  1. Research article

    The effect of initial teaching on evaluation of left ventricular volumes by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging: comparison between complete and intermediate beginners and experienced observers

    High reproducibility and low intra- and interobserver variability are important strengths of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). In clinical practice a significant learning curve may however be observed. Basic C...

    Erik Hedström, Masaki Ishida, Alvaro Sepúlveda-Martínez, Daniel Salehi, Johannes Sperling, Henrik Engblom and Eike Nagel

    BMC Medical Imaging 2017 17:33

    Published on: 17 May 2017

  2. Research article

    Image quality improvement using model-based iterative reconstruction in low dose chest CT for children with necrotizing pneumonia

    Model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) is a promising reconstruction method which could improve CT image quality with low radiation dose. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the advantage of usin...

    Jihang Sun, Tong Yu, Jinrong Liu, Xiaomin Duan, Di Hu, Yong liu and Yun Peng

    BMC Medical Imaging 2017 17:24

    Published on: 16 March 2017

  3. Research article

    Focused cardiac ultrasound by unselected residents—the challenges

    Focus Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) performed by internal medicine residents on call with 2 h of training can provide a means for ruling out cardiac disease, but with poor sensitivity. The purpose of the present ...

    Vidar Ruddox, Ingvild Billehaug Norum, Thomas Muri Stokke, Thor Edvardsen and Jan Erik Otterstad

    BMC Medical Imaging 2017 17:22

    Published on: 4 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Time-resolved tracking of the atrioventricular plane displacement in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images

    Atrioventricular plane displacement (AVPD) is an indicator for systolic and diastolic function and accounts for 60% of the left ventricular, and 80% of the right ventricular stroke volume. AVPD is commonly mea...

    Felicia Seemann, Ulrika Pahlm, Katarina Steding-Ehrenborg, Ellen Ostenfeld, David Erlinge, Jean-Luc Dubois-Rande, Svend Eggert Jensen, Dan Atar, Håkan Arheden, Marcus Carlsson and Einar Heiberg

    BMC Medical Imaging 2017 17:19

    Published on: 28 February 2017

  5. Case report

    A case report in cardiovascular magnetic resonance: the contrast agent matters in amyloid

    Cardiac amyloidosis is a progressive but underdiagnosed and underappreciated cause of heart failure. In the last few years, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has become the gold standard for non invasive...

    Marianna Fontana, Thomas A. Treibel, Ana Martinez-Naharro, Stefania Rosmini, Raymond Y. Kwong, Julian D. Gillmore, Philip N. Hawkins and James C. Moon

    BMC Medical Imaging 2017 17:3

    Published on: 7 January 2017

  6. Research article

    FDG PET using SUVmax for preoperative T-staging of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma with and without neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy

    Accurate T-staging is pivotal for predicting prognosis and selecting appropriate therapies for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). The diagnostic performance of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emissio...

    Yung-Cheng Huang, Hung-I Lu, Shun-Chen Huang, Chien-Chin Hsu, Nan-Tsing Chiu, Yu-Ming Wang, Yi-Chun Chiu and Shau-Hsuan Li

    BMC Medical Imaging 2017 17:1

    Published on: 5 January 2017

  7. Research article

    The effect of patient anxiety and depression on motion during myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging

    Patient motion during myocardial perfusion SPECT imaging (MPI) may be triggered by a patient’s physical and/or psychological discomfort. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of state anxiety (pa...

    Vassiliki Lyra, Maria Kallergi, Emmanouil Rizos, Georgios Lamprakopoulos and Sofia N. Chatziioannou

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:49

    Published on: 22 August 2016

  8. Case report

    Counter-clockwise vortical blood flow in the main pulmonary artery in a patient with patent ductus arteriosus with pulmonary arterial hypertension: a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging case report

    In patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH), duration of vortical blood flow along the main pulmonary artery enables estimation of the mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) non-invasively. It remains to dat...

    Gert Reiter, Ursula Reiter, Gabor Kovacs, Gabriel Adelsmayr, Andreas Greiser, Aurelien F. Stalder, Horst Olschewski and Michael Fuchsjäger

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:45

    Published on: 8 August 2016

  9. Software

    Validation of T1 and T2 algorithms for quantitative MRI: performance by a vendor-independent software

    Determination of the relaxation time constants T1 and T2 with quantitative magnetic resonance imaging is increasingly used for both research and clinical practice. Recently, groups have been formed within the ...

    Sebastian Bidhult, George Kantasis, Anthony H. Aletras, Håkan Arheden, Einar Heiberg and Erik Hedström

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:46

    Published on: 8 August 2016

  10. Technical advance

    A statistical shape modelling framework to extract 3D shape biomarkers from medical imaging data: assessing arch morphology of repaired coarctation of the aorta

    Medical image analysis in clinical practice is commonly carried out on 2D image data, without fully exploiting the detailed 3D anatomical information that is provided by modern non-invasive medical imaging tec...

    Jan L. Bruse, Kristin McLeod, Giovanni Biglino, Hopewell N. Ntsinjana, Claudio Capelli, Tain-Yen Hsia, Maxime Sermesant, Xavier Pennec, Andrew M. Taylor and Silvia Schievano

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:40

    Published on: 31 May 2016

  11. Research article

    Current T1 and T2 mapping techniques applied with simple thresholds cannot discriminate acute from chronic myocadial infarction on an individual patient basis: a pilot study

    Studying T1- and T2-mapping for discrimination of acute from chronic myocardial infarction (AMI, CMI).

    Florian von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, Marcel Prothmann, Matthias A. Dieringer, Ralf Wassmuth, André Rudolph, Wolfgang Utz, Julius Traber, Andreas Greiser, Thoralf Niendorf and Jeanette Schulz-Menger

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:35

    Published on: 29 April 2016

  12. Technical advance

    - LAA Occluder View for post-implantation Evaluation (LOVE) - standardized imaging proposal evaluating implanted left atrial appendage occlusion devices by cardiac computed tomography

    A standardized imaging proposal evaluating implanted left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion devices by cardiac computed tomography angiography (cCTA) has never been investigated.

    Michael Behnes, Ibrahim Akin, Benjamin Sartorius, Christian Fastner, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Martin Borggrefe, Holger Haubenreisser, Mathias Meyer, Stefan O. Schoenberg and Thomas Henzler

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:25

    Published on: 24 March 2016

  13. Technical advance

    Automatic segmentation of myocardium at risk from contrast enhanced SSFP CMR: validation against expert readers and SPECT

    Efficacy of reperfusion therapy can be assessed as myocardial salvage index (MSI) by determining the size of myocardium at risk (MaR) and myocardial infarction (MI), (MSI = 1-MI/MaR). Cardiovascular magnetic r...

    Jane Tufvesson, Marcus Carlsson, Anthony H. Aletras, Henrik Engblom, Jean-François Deux, Sasha Koul, Peder Sörensson, John Pernow, Dan Atar, David Erlinge, Håkan Arheden and Einar Heiberg

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:19

    Published on: 5 March 2016

  14. Research article

    Whole body cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging to stratify symptomatic and asymptomatic atherosclerotic burden in patients with isolated cardiovascular disease

    The aim of this study was to use whole body cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (WB CVMR) to assess the heart and arterial network in a single examination, so as to describe the burden of atherosclerosis...

    Jonathan R. Weir-McCall, Suzanne L. Duce, Stephen J. Gandy, Shona Z. Matthew, Patricia Martin, Deirdre B. Cassidy, Lynne McCormick, Jill J. F. Belch, Allan D. Struthers, Helen M. Colhoun and J. Graeme Houston

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:18

    Published on: 29 February 2016

  15. Technical advance

    Radiomics-based differentiation of lung disease models generated by polluted air based on X-ray computed tomography data

    Lung diseases (resulting from air pollution) require a widely accessible method for risk estimation and early diagnosis to ensure proper and responsive treatment. Radiomics-based fractal dimension analysis of ...

    Krisztián Szigeti, Tibor Szabó, Csaba Korom, Ilona Czibak, Ildikó Horváth, Dániel S. Veres, Zoltán Gyöngyi, Kinga Karlinger, Ralf Bergmann, Márta Pócsik, Ferenc Budán and Domokos Máthé

    BMC Medical Imaging 2016 16:14

    Published on: 11 February 2016

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