Simon Winther

A novel approach to diagnosing coronary artery disease: acoustic detection of coronary turbulence

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  • Joseph L. Thomas, Harbor UCLA Med Ctr, University of California System, University of California Los Angeles, University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, Div Cardiol
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  • Simon Winther
  • Robert F. Wilson, Univ Minnesota, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, University of Minnesota System, Sch Med, Div Cardiol
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  • Morten Bottcher

Atherosclerotic disease within coronary arteries causes disruption of normal, laminar flow and generates flow turbulence. The characteristic acoustic waves generated by coronary turbulence serve as a novel diagnostic target. The frequency range and timing of microbruits associated with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) have been characterized. Technological advancements in sensor, data filtering and analytic capabilities may allow use of intracoronary turbulence for diagnostic and risk stratification purposes. Acoustic detection (AD) systems are based on the premise that the faint auditory signature of obstructive CAD can be isolated and analyzed to provide a new approach to noninvasive testing. The cardiac sonospectrographic analyzer, CADence, and CADScore systems are early-stage, investigational and commercialized examples of AD systems, with the latter two currently undergoing clinical testing with validation of accuracy using computed tomography and invasive angiography. Noninvasive imaging accounts for a large percentage of healthcare expenditures for cardiovascular disease in the developed world, and the growing burden of CAD will disproportionately affect areas in the developing world. AD is a portable, radiation-free, cost-effective method with the potential to provide accurate diagnosis or exclusion of significant CAD. AD represents a model for digital, miniaturized, and internet-connected diagnostic technologies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Volume33
Issue1
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
ISSN1569-5794
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017

    Research areas

  • Coronary artery disease, Acoustic cardiography, Stress testing, FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE, DIASTOLIC MURMUR, HEART-ASSOCIATION, CT ANGIOGRAPHY, STENOSIS, SOUND, ANGIOPLASTY, STETHOSCOPE, PERFORMANCE, GUIDELINES

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