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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726731/the-use-of-imaging-in-the-prediction-and-assessment-of-cancer-treatment-toxicity
#1
REVIEW
Hossein Jadvar
Multimodal imaging is commonly used in the management of patients with cancer. Imaging plays pivotal roles in the diagnosis, initial staging, treatment response assessment, restaging after treatment and the prognosis of many cancers. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine modern precision cancer care without the use of multimodal molecular imaging, which is advancing at a rapid pace with innovative developments in imaging sciences and an improved understanding of the complex biology of cancer. Cancer therapy often leads to undesirable toxicity, which can range from an asymptomatic subclinical state to severe end organ damage and even death...
July 20, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698484/dual-energy-x-ray-absorptiometry-of-both-hips-helps-appropriate-diagnosis-of-low-bone-mineral-density-and-osteoporosis
#2
Pia Afzelius, Mette-Marie Garding, Stig Molsted
Controversy still remains regarding the use of bilateral hip scanning when bone mineral density (BMD) is measured, and bilateral hip scanning is not mandatory in international guidelines for screening of osteoporosis. BMD of both hips and the lumbar spine was analyzed in 133 consecutive individuals. There were discrepancies between the lowest T-scores of both hips. Fourteen of the 133 participants (11%) were diagnosed with a poorer BMD status when the BMD of the hip of the dominant leg was analyzed. The total hip BMD of the dominant hip was lower than in the non-dominant hip, (p = 0...
July 9, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677648/advancing-point-of-care-poc-testing-using-human-saliva-as-liquid-biopsy
#3
REVIEW
Rabia Sannam Khan, Zohaib Khurshid, Faris Yahya Ibrahim Asiri
Salivary diagnostics is an emerging field for the encroachment of point of care technology (PoCT). The necessity of the development of point-of-care (PoC) technology, the potential of saliva, identification and validation of biomarkers through salivary diagnostic toolboxes, and a broad overview of emerging technologies is discussed in this review. Furthermore, novel advanced techniques incorporated in devices for the early detection and diagnosis of several oral and systemic diseases in a non-invasive, easily-monitored, less time consuming, and in a personalised way is explicated...
July 4, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677632/ultrasonographic-diagnosis-of-thoracic-outlet-syndrome-secondary-to-brachial-plexus-piercing-variation
#4
Vanessa Leonhard, Gregory Caldwell, Mei Goh, Sean Reeder, Heather F Smith
Structural variations of the thoracic outlet create a unique risk for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) that is difficult to diagnose clinically. Common anatomical variations in brachial plexus (BP) branching were recently discovered in which portions of the proximal plexus pierce the anterior scalene. This results in possible impingement of BP nerves within the muscle belly and, therefore, predisposition for nTOS. We hypothesized that some cases of disputed nTOS result from these BP branching variants...
July 4, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654016/salivary-immune-and-metabolic-marker-analysis-simma-a-diagnostic-test-to-predict-caries-risk
#5
Alex Mira, Alejandro Artacho, Anny Camelo-Castillo, Sandra Garcia-Esteban, Aurea Simon-Soro
By using ELISA and colorimetric tests, we have measured 25 compounds in individuals with and without dental caries at different time points of dental biofilm formation and time of the day. We find that some compounds appear to be affected by circadian rhythms, others by dental plaque maturity, and others show constant values during a 24 h period. Using univariate analysis and cross-validation techniques, we have selected six components measured at specific time points that maximize the diagnostic separation of health and disease conditions...
June 27, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644402/choosing-surgery-for-neurogenic-tos-the-roles-of-physical-exam-physical-therapy-and-imaging
#6
REVIEW
David P Kuwayama, Jason R Lund, Charles O Brantigan, Natalia O Glebova
Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is characterized by arm and hand pain, paresthesias, and sometimes weakness resulting from compression of the brachial plexus within the thoracic outlet. While it is the most common subtype of TOS, nTOS can be difficult to diagnose. Furthermore, patient selection for surgical treatment can be challenging as symptoms may be vague and ambiguous, and diagnostic studies may be equivocal. Herein, we describe some approaches to aid in identifying patients who would be expected to benefit from surgical intervention for nTOS...
June 23, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629121/creating-a-registry-for-patients-with-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
#7
Misty D Humphries
The creation of any patient database requires substantial planning. In the case of thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a rare disease, the Society for Vascular Surgery has defined reporting standards to serve as an outline for the creation of a patient registry. Prior to undertaking this task, it is critical that designers understand the basics of registry planning and a priori establish plans for data collection and analysis.
June 17, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604623/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-of-colorectal-liver-metastases-as-an-imaging-modality-for-early-response-prediction-to-chemotherapy
#8
Marie Benzon Mogensen, Martin Lundsgaard Hansen, Birthe Merete Henriksen, Thomas Axelsen, Ben Vainer, Kell Osterlind, Michael Bachmann Nielsen
Our aim was to investigate whether dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (DCE-US) can detect early changes in perfusion of colorectal liver metastases after initiation of chemotherapy. Newly diagnosed patients with colorectal cancer with liver metastases were enrolled in this explorative prospective study. Patients were treated with capecitabine or 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy with or without bevacizumab. DCE-US was performed before therapy (baseline) and again 10 days after initiation of treatment. Change in contrast-enhancement in one liver metastasis (indicator lesion) was measured...
June 12, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604581/vascular-tos-creating-a-protocol-and-sticking-to-it
#9
REVIEW
Meena Archie, David Rigberg
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) describes a set of disorders that arise from compression of the neurovascular structures that exit the thorax and enter the upper extremity. This can present as one of three subtypes: neurogenic, venous, or arterial. The objective of this section is to outline our current practice at a single, high-volume institution for venous and arterial TOS. VTOS: Patients who present within two weeks of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are treated with anticoagulation, venography, and thrombolysis...
June 10, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590428/building-relations-with-radiology-administrators
#10
Megan Kalambo, Jay R Parikh
In some radiology departments, the lack of alignment between administrators and radiologists can pose significant challenges. This article describes how differences in background and priorities between administrators and radiologists can contribute to conflict and presents strategies on how to manage the conflict in a way that can leverage positive change. Strategies to build relations between radiologists and radiology administrators are described.
June 7, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574444/validation-of-the-performance-of-international-ovarian-tumor-analysis-iota-methods-in-the-diagnosis-of-early-stage-ovarian-cancer-in-a-non-screening-population
#11
Wouter Froyman, Laure Wynants, Chiara Landolfo, Tom Bourne, Lil Valentin, Antonia Testa, Povilas Sladkevicius, Dorella Franchi, Daniela Fischerova, Luca Savelli, Ben Van Calster, Dirk Timmerman
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess and compare the performance of different ultrasound-based International Ovarian Tumor Analysis (IOTA) strategies and subjective assessment for the diagnosis of early stage ovarian malignancy. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a prospective multicenter cross-sectional diagnostic accuracy study that included 1653 patients recruited at 18 centers from 2009 to 2012. All patients underwent standardized transvaginal ultrasonography by experienced ultrasound investigators...
June 2, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561781/comparison-of-the-peripheral-reactive-hyperemia-index-with-myocardial-perfusion-reserve-by-82-rb-pet-ct-in-hiv-infected-patients
#12
Mathilde Ørbæk, Philip Hasbak, Rasmus Sejersten Ripa, Andreas Kjær, Anne-Mette Lebech, Andreas Knudsen
After the introduction of antiretroviral therapy (ART) the life expectancy of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is now approaching that of the general population and the importance of non-AIDS co-morbidities is increasing. Specifically, the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) seems to be higher in HIV-infected patients and an accurate risk prediction of CAD is of high importance for optimal long term treatment. In this study, we assessed the correlation of the endoPAT, which is an office-based CVD screening tool with the myocardial perfusion reserve by (82)-rubidium PET/CT...
May 31, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561776/qualitative-versus-quantitative-mammographic-breast-density-assessment-applications-for-the-us-and-abroad
#13
REVIEW
Stamatia Destounis, Andrea Arieno, Renee Morgan, Christina Roberts, Ariane Chan
Mammographic breast density (MBD) has been proven to be an important risk factor for breast cancer and an important determinant of mammographic screening performance. The measurement of density has changed dramatically since its inception. Initial qualitative measurement methods have been found to have limited consistency between readers, and in regards to breast cancer risk. Following the introduction of full-field digital mammography, more sophisticated measurement methodology is now possible. Automated computer-based density measurements can provide consistent, reproducible, and objective results...
May 31, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555034/analytical-tools-to-improve-optimization-procedures-for-lateral-flow-assays
#14
REVIEW
Helen V Hsieh, Jeffrey L Dantzler, Bernhard H Weigl
Immunochromatographic or lateral flow assays (LFAs) are inexpensive, easy to use, point-of-care medical diagnostic tests that are found in arenas ranging from a doctor's office in Manhattan to a rural medical clinic in low resource settings. The simplicity in the LFA itself belies the complex task of optimization required to make the test sensitive, rapid and easy to use. Currently, the manufacturers develop LFAs by empirical optimization of material components (e.g., analytical membranes, conjugate pads and sample pads), biological reagents (e...
May 28, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555024/new-diagnostic-and-treatment-modalities-for-neurogenic-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
#15
REVIEW
M Libby Weaver, Ying Wei Lum
Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome is a widely recognized, yet controversial, syndrome. The lack of specific objective diagnostic modalities makes diagnosis difficult. This is compounded by a lack of agreed upon definitive criteria to confirm diagnosis. Recent efforts have been made to more clearly define a set of diagnostic criteria that will bring consistency to the diagnosis of neurogenic thoracic syndrome. Additionally, advancements have been made in the quality and techniques of various imaging modalities that may aid in providing more accurate diagnoses...
May 27, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498350/comparison-of-direct-sequencing-real-time-pcr-high-resolution-melt-pcr-hrm-and-pcr-restriction-fragment-length-polymorphism-pcr-rflp-analysis-for-genotyping-of-common-thiopurine-intolerant-variant-alleles-nudt15-c-415c-t-and-tpmt-c-719a-g-tpmt-3c
#16
Wai-Ying Fong, Chi-Chun Ho, Wing-Tat Poon
Thiopurine intolerance and treatment-related toxicity, such as fatal myelosuppression, is related to non-function genetic variants encoding thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) and Nudix hydrolase 15 (NUDT15). Genetic testing of the common variants NUDT15:NM_018283.2:c.415C>T (Arg139Cys, dbSNP rs116855232 T allele) and TPMT: NM_000367.4:c.719A>G (TPMT*3C, dbSNP rs1142345 G allele) in East Asians including Chinese can potentially prevent treatment-related complications. Two complementary genotyping approaches, real-time PCR-high resolution melt (PCR-HRM) and PCR-restriction fragment length morphism (PCR-RFLP) analysis were evaluated using conventional PCR and Sanger sequencing genotyping as the gold standard...
May 12, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498337/imaging-of-early-response-to-predict-prognosis-in-the-first-line-management-of-follicular-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-with-iodine-131-rituximab-radioimmunotherapy
#17
Murali Kesavan, Jan Boucek, William MacDonald, Andrew McQuillan, J Harvey Turner
The purpose of this study was to evaluate prediction of prognosis after first-line radioimmunotherapy (RIT) of advanced follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma (FL), by imaging with fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography with computed tomography ((18)F-FDG-PET/CT) three months after induction treatment by Iodine-131-rituximab ((131)I-rituximab). Objective response was determined using the Deauville 5-point scale in 68 prospective clinical trial patients. Baseline (18)F-FDG-PET/CT studies were used to calculate total-metabolic-tumor-volume (TMTV)...
May 12, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452952/ultrasound-monitoring-of-extant-adnexal-masses-in-the-era-of-type-1-and-type-2-ovarian-cancers-lessons-learned-from-ovarian-cancer-screening-trials
#18
REVIEW
Eleanor L Ormsby, Edward J Pavlik, John P McGahan
Women that are positive for an ovarian abnormality in a clinical setting can have either a malignancy or a benign tumor with probability favoring the benign alternative. Accelerating the abnormality to surgery will result in a high number of unnecessary procedures that will place cost burdens on the individual and the health delivery system. Surveillance using serial ultrasonography is a reasonable alternative that can be used to discover if changes in the ovarian abnormality will occur that favor either a malignant or benign interpretation...
April 28, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448435/a-resident-s-perspective-of-ovarian-cancer
#19
Christopher G Smith
Identifying, understanding, and curing disease is a lifelong endeavor for any medical practitioner. Equally as important is to be cognizant of the impact a disease has on the individual suffering from it, as well as on their family. Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic malignancies. Symptoms are vague, and the disease is generally at an advanced stage at diagnosis. Efforts have been made to develop methods to identify ovarian cancer at earlier stages, thus improving overall mortality...
April 27, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430133/nuclear-molecular-imaging-strategies-in-immune-checkpoint-inhibitor-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Kasper F Guldbrandsen, Helle W Hendel, Seppo W Langer, Barbara M Fischer
Immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy (ICT) is a new treatment strategy developed for the treatment of cancer. ICT inhibits pathways known to downregulate the innate immune response to cancer cells. These drugs have been shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of cancers, including metastatic melanoma and lung cancer. Challenges in response evaluation of patients in ICT have risen as immune related side effects and immune cell infiltration may be confused with progressive disease. Furthermore, the timing of the evaluation scan may be challenged by relatively slow responses...
April 21, 2017: Diagnostics
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