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Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology

Roberta Cirincione, Federica Maria Di Maggio, Giusi Irma Forte, Luigi Minafra, Valentina Bravatà, Laura Castiglia, Vincenzo Cavalieri, Giovanni Borasi, Giorgio Russo, Domenico Lio, Cristina Messa, Maria Carla Gilardi, Francesco Paolo Cammarata
In recent years, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has emerged as a new and promising non-invasive and non-ionizing ablative technique for the treatment of localized solid tumors. Extensive pre-clinical and clinical studies have evidenced that, in addition to direct destruction of the primary tumor, HIFU-thermoablation may elicit long-term systemic host anti-tumor immunity. In particular, an important consequence of HIFU treatment includes the release of tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), the secretion of immuno-suppressing factors by cancer cells and the induction of cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) activity...
October 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Doo Kyoung Kang, Yongsik Jung, Sehwan Han, Ji Young Kim, Tae Hee Kim
This study evaluated the usefulness of magnetic resonance (MR)-navigated ultrasound (US) for evaluation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-detected lesions not visible on second-look US and analyzed differences in lesion-to-nipple distance between supine and prone positions. Of the 831 consecutive patients who were diagnosed with breast cancer and examined with breast MRI from June 2013 to September 2015, 40 lesions in 37 patients who underwent MR-navigated US for MRI-detected lesions that were not visible on second-look US were included...
October 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
David E Clay, Annika C Linke, Daniel J Cameron, Bobby Stojanoski, Stephen Rulisa, Aggrey Wasunna, Sandrine de Ribaupierre, Rhodri Cusack
Neuroimaging is a valuable diagnostic tool for the early detection of neonatal brain injury, but equipment and radiologic staff are expensive and unavailable to most hospitals in developing countries. We evaluated an affordable, portable ultrasound machine as a quantitative and qualitative diagnostic tool and to establish whether a novice sonographer could effectively operate the equipment and obtain clinically important information. Cranial ultrasonography was performed on term healthy, pre-term and term asphyxiated neonates in Rwandan and Kenyan hospitals...
October 20, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Belfor Antonio Galaz, Rodrigo Hernan Acevedo
Ultrasound poroelastography is an imaging modality used to characterize the temporal behavior of soft tissue that can be modeled as a solid permeated by interconnected pores filled with liquid (poroelastic medium). It could be useful in the stage classification of lymphedema. Generally, time-constant models are applied to strain images, and precision of the fitting process, computational cost and versatility in response to changes in tissues properties are crucial aspects of clinical applications. In the work described here, we performed creep experiments on poroelastic phantoms and used rheologic models to visualize the changes in viscoelastic response associated with fluid mobility...
October 17, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Taynara Q Santos, André V Alvarenga, Débora P Oliveira, Rodrigo P B Costa-Felix
The speed of sound and attenuation are important properties for characterizing reference materials such as biological phantoms used in ultrasound applications. There are many publications on the manufacture of ultrasonic phantoms and the characterization of their properties. However, few studies have applied the principles of metrology, such as the expression of the uncertainty of measurement. The objective of this study is to validate a method for characterizing the speed of sound and the attenuation coefficient of tissue-mimicking material (TMM) based on the expression of the measurement of uncertainty...
October 15, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Myung-Won You, Kyung Won Kim, Junhee Pyo, Jimi Huh, Hyoung Jung Kim, So Jung Lee, Seong Ho Park
We aimed to evaluate the correlation between liver stiffness measurement using transient elastography (TE-LSM) and hepatic venous pressure gradient and the diagnostic performance of TE-LSM in assessing clinically significant portal hypertension through meta-analysis. Eleven studies were included from thorough literature research and selection processes. The summary correlation coefficient was 0.783 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.737-0.823). Summary sensitivity, specificity and area under the hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) were 87...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Boriphat Methachan, Kamolrat Thanapprapasr
The emergence of theranostics with ultrasound technology is a promising development, as it opens pathways to providing more effective treatments for cancer. Advancements in ultrasound imaging would give a more detailed and accurate image for better diagnosis and treatment planning. Polymeric ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are appealing because they are stable and easily modified for active targeting. In addition, a better therapy could be achieved in conjunction with advancements in UCAs. The active targeting not only makes the precise imaging possible, but also leads to targeted delivery of active components to specific local treatment sites...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Molly A B Blank, James F Antaki
In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we report measured elasticities of benign and malignant breast pathologies from shear wave elastography (SWE), quantitatively confirm the effect of the selected region of interest (ROI) on these measures and test the hypothesis that a metric of heterogeneity based on the mean and maximum elasticity can improve specificity of diagnosis. The elasticities of benign, malignant and specific pathologic states are reported from 22 publications encompassing 2989 patients, identified from a structured search of the literature from May to September 2015...
October 14, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Emmelie Stock, Katrien Vanderperren, Hendrik Haers, Luc Duchateau, Myriam Hesta, Jimmy H Saunders
Contrast-enhanced ultrasound is a valuable and safe technique for the evaluation of organ perfusion. Repeated injections of ultrasound contrast agent are often administered during the same imaging session. However, it remains unclear if quantitative differences are present between the consecutive microbubble injections. Therefore, the first and second injection of contrast agent for the left renal cortex, renal medulla and the splenic parenchyma in healthy cats were compared. A lower peak intensity and area under the curve were observed for the first injection of contrast agent in the feline kidney, both for the renal cortex and medulla, and spleen...
October 13, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Jakub Żmigrodzki, Szymon Cygan, Beata Leśniak-Plewińska, MirosŁaw Kowalski, Krzysztof KaŁużyński
The identification of a sub-endocardial infarction is of major interest in cardiology. This study evaluates the sensitivity of selected measures to the thickness of such an infarction. Synthetic ultrasonic data (long-axis view) of left ventricular models with inclusions were generated using Field II and meshes obtained from finite-element simulations, which also provided the reference for the estimates obtained from ultrasonic data. The displacements, the first and second component of the principal strain (ε1 and ε2), and several measures derived from these quantities were estimated...
October 13, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Diego D B Carvalho, Andres Mauricio Arias Lorza, Wiro J Niessen, Marleen de Bruijne, Stefan Klein
An automated method for registering B-mode ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the carotid arteries is proposed. The registration uses geometric features, namely, lumen centerlines and lumen segmentations, which are extracted fully automatically from the images after manual annotation of three seed points in US and MRI. The registration procedure starts with alignment of the lumen centerlines using a point-based registration algorithm. The resulting rigid transformation is used to initialize a rigid and subsequent non-rigid registration procedure that jointly aligns centerlines and segmentations by minimizing a weighted sum of the Euclidean distance between centerlines and the dissimilarity between segmentations...
October 13, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Stephanie Preuss, Claudius Kuechle, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Christoph Schmaderer, Lutz Renders, Uwe Heemann, Konrad Stock
The aim of this retrospective single-center study was to examine ultrasound-detected complications after diagnostic parenchymal renal biopsies. After 471 ultrasound-guided kidney biopsies (225 native kidneys and 246 renal allografts), ultrasound revealed hematomas (21.9%), arterio-venous fistulas (8.9%), active bleeding (1.1%) and hematuria (0.4%). Only 0.8% of all patients required invasive intervention such as coiling (n = 3) and surgical procedures (n = 1). Three episodes of bleeding (0.6%) were solved with manual compression...
October 13, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Chor-Kuan Lim, Che-Liang Chung, Yen-Ting Lin, Chia-Hao Chang, Yi-Chun Lai, Hao-Chien Wang, Chong-Jen Yu
Ultrasound elastography has shown promising result in the diagnosis of various diseases; however, its application for pulmonary diseases has yet to be clarified. This study aimed to assess the application and feasibility of ultrasound elastography in various pulmonary lesions and diseases. We enrolled 45 patients with radiographic evidence of pneumonia, tumors or obstructive pneumonitis, and 70 ultrasonic lesions were identified (eight necrosis, 17 atelectasis, seven consolidation and 38 tumors). Ultrasound elastography was performed and the strain ratio, which is the ratio of strain of the reference tissue to an equally measuring region of interest of a lesion, was measured...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Antonio Corvino, Fabio Corvino, Orlando Catalano, Fabio Sandomenico, Antonella Petrillo
No highly specific sonographic imaging findings to evaluate melanoma spread along the lymphatic vessels have ever been described. Between January 2009 and December 2012, a consecutive group of 531 melanoma patients at their initial stage or during follow-up for nodal or extra-nodal superficial metastasis were evaluated retrospectively to assess the presence of two sonographic findings demonstrating superficial lymphatic metastasis: a "tail" sign (a thin hypoechoic prolongation from one or both poles of a superficial metastasis) and a "string" sign (multiple in-transit lesions connected to each other in a rosary image)...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Guillaume Zahnd, Kostas Kapellas, Martijn van Hattem, Anouk van Dijk, André Sérusclat, Philippe Moulin, Aad van der Lugt, Michael Skilton, Maciej Orkisz
The aim of this study was to introduce and evaluate a contour segmentation method to extract the interfaces of the intima-media complex in carotid B-mode ultrasound images. The method was applied to assess the temporal variation of intima-media thickness during the cardiac cycle. The main methodological contribution of the proposed approach is the introduction of an augmented dimension to process 2-D images in a 3-D space. The third dimension, which is added to the two spatial dimensions of the image, corresponds to the tentative local thickness of the intima-media complex...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Gamze Durhan, Hatice Ünverdi, Canan Deveci, Mehmet Büyükşireci, Jale Karakaya, Tülin Değirmenci, Ahmet Bayrak, Pınar Koşar, Sema Hücümenoğlu, Yusuf Ergün
The aim of this study was to investigate the differences of placental elasticity between intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) and normal pregnancies to show whether or not there is any association between histopathological changes and placental elasticity. Fifty-five human placentas were collected at delivery, including 25 with IUGR and 30 controls. Strain elastography (SE) was performed ex vivo and all placentas were examined histopathologically. Elasticity index (EI) and histopathological findings were compared between groups...
October 11, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Sébastien Aubry, Jean-Philippe Nueffer, Mathieu Carrié
In highly anisotropic biological tissues such as muscle or tendons, calculating Young's modulus from the shear wave speed (csw) by using shear wave elastography (SWE) involves a complex transversally isotropic rheological model not yet used in common practice. To our knowledge, the effect of muscle anisotropy on csw of intra-muscular lesions has not yet been investigated. The objective of our study was to define the effect of an anisotropic medium on csw of intra-muscular gelatinous inclusions. We conducted a prospective monocentric, in vitro study in order to examine the quantitative and qualitative SWE behavior of a 9-mm gelatinous intra-muscular implant depending on the orientation of the probe relative to the muscle fibers...
October 11, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Nathan S S Atkinson, Robert V Bryant, Yi Dong, Christian Maaser, Torsten Kucharzik, Giovanni Maconi, Anil K Asthana, Michael Blaivas, Adrian Goudie, Odd Helge Gilja, Christian Nolsøe, Dieter Nürnberg, Christoph F Dietrich
Gastrointestinal ultrasound (GIUS) is an ultrasound application that has been practiced for more than 30 years. Recently, GIUS has enjoyed a resurgence of interest, and there is now strong evidence of its utility and accuracy as a diagnostic tool for multiple indications. The method of learning GIUS is not standardised and may incorporate mentorship, didactic teaching and e-learning. Simulation, using either low- or high-fidelity models, can also play a key role in practicing and honing novice GIUS skills...
October 11, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Manuela Porso, Simona Loreti, Sveva Maria Nusca, Sara Luziatelli, Donatella Caccia, Giulia Taborri, Donatella Trischitta, Maurizio Taurino, Luca Padua, Vincenzo Maria Saraceni, Maria Chiara Vulpiani, Mario Vetrano
Chronic soft tissue wounds of the lower limbs are debilitating, painful and often unresponsive to advanced dressing treatments. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) could represent an alternative treatment. Ten patients with chronic soft tissue wounds of the legs, unresponsive to advanced dressing treatments for more than 3 mo, underwent three defocused ESWT sessions at 72-h intervals. In every session, the sum of 300 standard pulses + 100 pulses per square centimeter was applied at 0.15 mJ/mm(2) and 4 Hz over the edge of the wound...
October 10, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Paul S Sheeran, Kimoon Yoo, Ross Williams, Melissa Yin, F Stuart Foster, Peter N Burns
Phase-shift perfluorocarbon droplets have been investigated for over 20 years as pre-clinical ultrasound contrast agents with distinctive advantages in imaging and therapy. A number of formulation strategies exist, each with inherent advantages and limitations. In this note, we demonstrate a unique opportunity: that phase-shift droplets can be generated directly from commercially available microbubbles. This may facilitate pre-clinical and translational development by reducing the in-house synthesis expertise and resources required to generate high concentration droplet emulsions...
October 7, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
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