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Using the MEM-net program to report on mapping the EchoColorDoppler assessment for chronic cerebro spinal venous insufficiency

Authors Mandolesi S, d'Alessandro A, Manconi E, Niglio T, Orsini A, Mandolesi D, d'Alessandro A, Fedele F

Received 11 January 2014

Accepted for publication 17 February 2014

Published 10 July 2014 Volume 2014:2 Pages 59—66


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Sandro Mandolesi,1 Aldo d’Alessandro,2 Ettore Manconi,3 Tarcisio Niglio,4 Augusto Orsini,5 Dimitri Mandolesi,Alessandro d'Alessandro,7 Francesco Fedele1

1Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences, Sapienza University Rome, Rome, Italy; 2Department of Angiology, “T Masselli-Mascia” Hospital, San Severo (FG), Foggia, Italy; 3Department of Cardiovascular and Neurological Sciences, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy; 4Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy; 5Department of Vascular Surgery, “Gioia” Hospital, Sora (FR), Sora, Italy; 6Medicina del lavoro Sapienza University Roma, Rome, Italy; 7Faculty of Medicine, Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Counsel,” Tirana, Albania

Introduction: Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by multiple stenosis/obstructions affecting the principal extracranial outflow pathways of the cerebrospinal venous system. Using EchoColorDoppler (ECD) to assess chronic CCSVI is a very difficult and long examination. It takes about an hour even for an expert sonographer.
Methods: Hemodynamic morphological map (MEM-Net) is a program that works on the Internet. All the morphological and hemodynamic data of the patient can be entered into the program’s anatomical scheme to create a map of the ECD report. The program also allows us to collect all the data during the ECD assessment and, using its algorithm, make the report uniform.
Conclusion: Reporting on the map by using MEM-net shortens the time of ECD written reporting that is done automatically. The program also makes a blind control of the report and enables the use of it for scientific research. We hope that in the future everyone will use this data collection tool for all scientific work on this topic.

Keywords: CCSVI, ECD, Map, cerebral venous system, sonography

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