The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

MRI evaluation of right ventricular pressure overload in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the development of pulmonary hypertension is common. This study was performed to assess the signs of right ventricular (RV) pressure overload and RV failure in COPD. In 8 COPD patients without primary cardiac disease, RV wall thickness, mass, and end-diastolic volume were measured by cardiac-triggered cine MRI. MR phase-contrast velocity quantification was used to measure stroke volume and the patterns of flow into and out of the RV. Data of patients were tested versus those of a control group matched for age (n = 8). Results showed that the RV wall thickness was increased (.6 +/- 0.1 vs 0.4 +/- 0.1 cm, P < .001). RV mass was increased (67 +/- 11 vs 57 +/- 5 g, P < .005). RV stroke volume was decreased (57 +/- 13 vs 71 +/- 13 ml, P < .01), but RV ejection fraction was not different. In the main pulmonary artery flow, the quotient of acceleration time divided by ejection time was decreased (33 +/- 5% vs 38 +/- 4%, P < .05), which is indicative of pulmonary hypertension. In conclusion, this MRI protocol provides a tool to assess the effects of RV pressure overload in COPD before heart failure has become manifest.[1]


  1. MRI evaluation of right ventricular pressure overload in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Marcus, J.T., Vonk Noordegraaf, A., De Vries, P.M., Van Rossum, A.C., Roseboom, B., Heethaar, R.M., Postmus, P.E. Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI. (1998) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities