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Diana Di Pinto, Marta Adragna
INTRODUCTION: Alagille syndrome (AS) is a cholestatic disease secondary to scarcity of interlobular bile ducts. It is associated with extrahepatic manifestations, and renal involvement is frequent. OBJECTIVES: To describe the prevalence, type and outcome of renal pathology in children with AS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The presence and outcome of renal pathology was retrospectively studied in 21 children who met AS criteria. RESULTS: Renal pathology was observed in 18 patients (85...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Yujia You, Xiaolong Liang, Tinghui Yin, Min Chen, Chen Qiu, Chuang Gao, Xiaoyou Wang, Yongjiang Mao, Enze Qu, Zhifei Dai, Rongqin Zheng
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) holds promise for focal therapy of prostate cancer (PCa). However, the therapeutic efficacy needs improvement, and further development of PDT for PCa has challenges, including uncertainty of photosensitizers (PSs) accumulation at the tumor site and difficulty in visualizing lesions using conventional ultrasound (US) imaging. We have developed novel porphyrin-grafted lipid (PGL) microbubbles (MBs; PGL-MBs) and propose a strategy to integrate PGL-MBs with US imaging to address these limitations and enhance PDT efficacy...
2018: Theranostics
Jongbok Choi, Mingcan Cui, Yonghyeon Lee, Jeonggwan Kim, Yeomin Yoon, Min Jang, Jeehyeong Khim
In order to enhance sonocatalytic oxidation of a recalcitrant organic pollutant, rhodamine B (RhB), it is necessary to study the fundamental aspects of sonocatalysis. In this study, TiO2 -incorporated nano-structured carbon (i.e., carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphene (GR)) composites were synthesized by coating TiO2 on CNTs or GR of different mass percentages (0.5, 1, 5, and 10 wt%) by a facile hydrothermal method. The sonocatalytic degradation rates of RhB were examined for the effect of ultrasound (US) frequency and calcination temperature by using the prepared TiO2 -NSC composites...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Kristoffer Johansen, Jae Hee Song, Paul Prentice
We describe the design, construction and characterisation of a broadband passive cavitation detector, with the specific aim of detecting low frequency components of periodic shock waves, with high sensitivity. A finite element model is used to guide selection of matching and backing layers for the shock wave passive cavitation detector (swPCD), and the performance is evaluated against a commercially available device. Validation of the model, and characterisation of the swPCD is achieved through experimental detection of laser-plasma bubble collapse shock waves...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Nitika Paudel, Kevin P Bethke, Lilian C Wang, Jonathan B Strauss, John P Hayes, Eric D Donnelly
PURPOSE: The current standard of care for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is breast-conserving surgery (BCS) followed by external beam radiation therapy, commonly delivered over 3-6 weeks. As an alternative, select patients can undergo intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) at the time of BCT. This technique delivers a single fraction of radiation at the time of surgery, enabling patients to undergo both surgery and radiation in a single session. Our current study analyzed the value of incorporating breast MRI into the routine work-up of patients deemed eligible for IORT, to quantify the impact on patient eligibility and requirement for additional work-up...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
Jorge Vilar-Palop, Ildefonso Hernandez-Aguado, María Pastor-Valero, José Vilar, Isabel González-Alvarez, Blanca Lumbreras
OBJECTIVES: To determine the appropriateness of medical imaging examinations involving radiation and to estimate the effective radiation dose and costs associated. DESIGN: Cross-sectional retrospective study. SETTING: Two Spanish public tertiary hospitals. PARTICIPANTS: 2022 medical imaging tests were extracted from the radiology information system in February and March of 2014. MRI and ultrasound examinations were excluded...
March 16, 2018: BMJ Open
Aloma L D'Souza, John R Chevillet, Pejman Ghanouni, Xinrui Yan, Muneesh Tewari, Sanjiv S Gambhir
We have previously shown that low frequency ultrasound can release biomarkers from cells into the murine circulation enabling an amplification and localization of the released biomarker that could be used as a blood-based method to detect cancer earlier and monitor therapy. In this study, we further demonstrate that this technique could be used for characterization of tumors and/or identification of cellular masses of unknown origin due to the release of multiple protein and nucleic acid biomarkers in cells in culture, mice and patients...
2018: PloS One
Kim Nylund, Fredrik Sævik, Sabine Leh, Frank Pfeffer, Trygve Hausken, Odd Helge Gilja
AIM:  To examine if there are perfusion differences in fibrotic versus inflammatory lesions in patients with Crohn's disease (CD) and to assess the interobserver reliability of the analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  37 patients with Crohn's disease were prospectively recruited. 20 were operated and 18 of them had fibrotic disease. 17 received and were mostly responsive to medical treatment (14/17). Each patient underwent clinical scoring and ultrasound (US) examination with high-frequency linear transducers and US contrast...
March 14, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Adegbenro Omotuyi John Fakoya, David Adeiza Otohinoyi, Francis Adelade Fakoya
Background: Most studies have focused on ill-tendons with a little insight on how intrinsic factors correlate with the Achilles tendon (AT) morphology. Aim: This study aims at establishing how blood pressure (BP), blood glucose (BG), and body mass index (BMI) correlate with the morphology of the AT with emphasis on width changes. Materials and Methods: Participants were volunteers who were recruited during and after an organized health fair by the Medical Students' body of All Saints University, School of Medicine, Commonwealth of Dominica...
April 2018: Annals of African Medicine
Christie L Glau, Thomas W Conlon, Adam S Himebauch, Donald L Boyer, Samuel A Rosenblatt, Akira Nishisaki
High-frequency oscillatory ventilation (HFOV) is a mode of mechanical ventilation used in severe pediatric respiratory failure. Thoracic ultrasound (US) is a powerful tool for diagnosing acute pathophysiologic conditions during spontaneous respiration and conventional noninvasive and invasive mechanical ventilation. High-frequency oscillatory ventilation differs from conventional modes of ventilation in that it does not primarily use bulk flow delivery for gas exchange but, rather, a number of alternative mechanisms as the result of pressure variations oscillating around a constant distending pressure...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Tian Zhou, Wenbin Cai, Hengli Yang, Huizhong Zhang, Minghua Hao, Lijun Yuan, Jie Liu, Li Zhang, Yilin Yang, Xi Liu, Jianling Deng, Ping Zhao, Guodong Yang, Yunyou Duan
In vivo assessment of apoptotic response to cancer therapy is believed to be very important for optimizing management of treatment. However, few noninvasive strategies are currently available to monitor the therapeutic response in vivo. Ultrasonography has been used to detect apoptotic cell death in vivo, but a high-frequency transducer is needed. Fortunately, the capability of ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) to exit the leaky vasculature of tumors enables ultrasound-targeted imaging of molecular events in response to cancer therapy...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
R A J Wain, D J Smith, D R Hammond, J P M Whitty
Arterial thrombus formation is directly related to the mechanical shear experienced by platelets within flow. High shear strain rates (SSRs) and large shear gradients cause platelet activation, aggregation and production of thrombus. This study, for the first time, investigates the influence of pulsatile flow on local haemodynamics within sutured microarterial anastomoses. We measured physiological arterial waveform velocities experimentally using Doppler ultrasound velocimetry, and a representative example was applied to a realistic sutured microarterial geometry...
March 6, 2018: Microvascular Research
Nina Klemann, Martin Andreas Røder, John Thomas Helgstrand, Klaus Brasso, Birgitte G Toft, Ben Vainer, Peter Iversen
OBJECTIVE: Incidence rates of prostate cancer in Denmark resemble those of countries that endorse prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening. So far, no studies have described the consequences of PSA testing on diagnostic activity on a population level. The aim of this study was to describe the frequency of systematic transrectal ultrasound-guided biopsy (TRUS-gb) activity, including rebiopsy rates, in Denmark between 1995 and 2011. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All men who underwent TRUS-gb during the period were identified in the Danish Prostate Cancer Registry...
March 8, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
Anna Maria Ierardi, Valeria Savasi, Salvatore Alessio Angileri, Mario Petrillo, Sara Sbaraini, Antonio Pinto, Francesco Hanozet, Anna Maria Marconi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Uterine fibroids are the most common benign pelvic tumor of the female genital tract and tend to increase with age; they cause menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, pelvic pressure symptoms, back pain, and subfertility. Currently, the management is based mainly on medical or surgical approaches. The nonsurgical and minimally invasive therapies are emerging approaches that to the state of the art include uterine artery embolization (UAE), image-guided thermal ablation techniques like magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) or radiofrequency ablation (RF), and percutaneous microwave ablation (PMWA)...
2018: BioMed Research International
Marine de Ciantis, Christelle Faure, Pierre-Etienne Heudel, Olivier Tredan, Christine Rousset-Jablonski
In premenopausal women treated for breast cancer, endocrine therapy combining an aromatase inhibitor (AI) and a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonist (GA) for ovarian suppression may be indicated in high-risk or in metastatic cancer. AIs are effective in premenopausal women only when ovarian estrogen production is suppressed, a state achievable through the use of GAs. However, a complete suppression sometimes proves elusive. We report here three cases of ovarian suppression failure in premenopausal breast cancer patients who received adjuvant AI+GA...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
Cosimo Durante, Giorgio Grani, Livia Lamartina, Sebastiano Filetti, Susan J Mandel, David S Cooper
Importance: Thyroid nodules are common, being detected in up to 65% of the general population. This is likely due to the increased use of diagnostic imaging for purposes unrelated to the thyroid. Most thyroid nodules are benign, clinically insignificant, and safely managed with a surveillance program. The main goal of initial and long-term follow-up is identification of the small subgroup of nodules that harbor a clinically significant cancer (≈10%), cause compressive symptoms (≈5%), or progress to functional disease (≈5%)...
March 6, 2018: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
Adrian J Y Chee, Alfred C H Yu
The eigen-based filter has theoretically established itself as a potent solution in ultrasound color flow imaging (CFI) for combating against clutter arising from moving tissues. Yet, it remains poorly understood on how much gain in flow detection sensitivity and specificity can be delivered by this adaptive clutter filter. Here, we investigated the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) of the eigen-based clutter filter to statistically evaluate its efficacy. Our investigation was conducted using a new vascular phantom testbed that incorporated both intrinsic tissue motion (vessel pulsation: 7...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Colas Schretter, Shaun Bundervoet, David Blinder, Ann Dooms, Jan D'hooge, Peter Schelkens
Upcoming phased-array 2-D sensors will soon enable fast high-definition 3-D ultrasound imaging. Currently, the communication of raw radio-frequency (RF) channel data from the probe to the computer for digital beamforming is a bottleneck. For reducing the amount of transferred data samples, this paper investigates the design of an adapted sparse sampling technique for image reconstruction inspired by the compressed sensing framework. Echo responses from isolated points are generated using a physically based simulation of ultrasound wave propagation through tissues...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Maira Giannelou, Andrianos Nezos, Sofia Fragkioudaki, Dimitra Kasara, Kyriaki Maselou, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Dimitris Ioakeimidis, Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Clio P Mavragani
OBJECTIVE: Elevated concentrations of homocysteine have been previously identified as an independent risk factor for subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Given that heightened homocysteine levels are known to be strongly influenced by genetic factors, in the current study we investigated the contribution of high homocysteine levels as well as of functional polymorphisms of the gene encoding for the enzyme 5, 10- methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase to atherosclerotic disease characterizing SLE patients...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Changhe Sun, Senlin Jiang, Yufei Liu
A dual-frequency ultrasound transducer (DFUT) is usually preferred for its numerous advantageous applications, especially in biomedical imaging and sensing. However, most of DFUTs are based on the combination of fundamental and harmonic operations, or integration of multiple different single-frequency ultrasound transducers, hindering perfect beam alignment and acoustic impedance matching. A novel single-element DFUT has been proposed in this paper. A small piezoelectric membrane is used as the high-frequency ultrasound transducer, which is stacked on a large non-piezoelectric elastic membrane with a groove used as the low-frequency capacitive ultrasound transducer...
February 27, 2018: Sensors
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