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Dual energy CT

Tristan Pascart, Frédéric Lioté
This review article summarizes the relevant English literature on gout from 2010 through April 2017. It emphasizes that the current epidemiology of gout indicates a rising prevalence worldwide, not only in Western countries but also in Southeast Asia, in close relationship with the obesity and metabolic syndrome epidemics. New pathogenic mechanisms of chronic hyperuricaemia focus on the gut (microbiota, ABCG2 expression) after the kidney. Cardiovascular and renal comorbidities are the key points to consider in terms of management...
March 13, 2018: Rheumatology
Bhavik N Patel, Alfredo Farjat, Christoph Schabel, Petar Duvnjak, Achille Mileto, Juan Carlos Ramirez-Giraldo, Daniele Marin
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine in vitro and in vivo the optimal threshold for renal lesion vascularity at low-energy (40-60 keV) virtual monoenergetic imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A rod simulating unenhanced renal parenchymal attenuation (35 HU) was fitted with a syringe containing water. Three iodinated solutions (0.38, 0.57, and 0.76 mg I/mL) were inserted into another rod that simulated enhanced renal parenchyma (180 HU). Rods were inserted into cylindric phantoms of three different body sizes and scanned with single- and dual-energy MDCT...
March 16, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Li-Hua Ni, Ri-Ning Tang, Lin-Li Lv, Min Wu, Bin Wang, Feng Mei Wang, Hai-Feng Ni, Kai-Yun Song, Li-Ting Wang, Meng-Zuo, Qiang Chen, Bi-Cheng Liu
The study of parathyroid hyperplasia with bone disease as a critical manifestation of chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBDs) is challenging due to the lack of a suitable research model. Here, we established a rat model with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) and bone disease induced by adenine and a high phosphorous diet and analyzed the skeletal characteristics. We performed blood analysis, emission computed tomography (ECT), dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), bone histomorphometry, and bone mechanical tests...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Katsuyuki Taguchi, Toshihide Itoh, Matthew K Fuld, Eric Fournie, Okkyun Lee, Kyo Noguchi
OBJECTIVES: A novel imaging technique ("X-map") has been developed to identify acute ischemic lesions for stroke patients using non-contrast-enhanced dual-energy computed tomography (NE-DE-CT). Using the 3-material decomposition technique, the original X-map ("X-map 1.0") eliminates fat and bone from the images, suppresses the gray matter (GM)-white matter (WM) tissue contrast, and makes signals of edema induced by severe ischemia easier to detect. The aim of this study was to address the following 2 problems with the X-map 1...
March 14, 2018: Investigative Radiology
Gérard A Ndongo, Marthe O Boyomo, Pierre A Owono
The photophysical properties of some 3-hydroxychromones (3-HC) and 3-hydroxyquinolones (3-HQ) derivatives are investigated in polar and non-polar aprotic solvents using the TDDFT method and the PCM formalism. In acetonitrile and n-hexane, 2-(2-benzothienyl)-3-HC) (BTHC), 2-furyl-3-HQ (FHQ), and 1-methyl-2-furyl-3-HQ (MFHQ) have exhibited dual emission bands due to the excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction, leading to a single excited tautomer form. Our results indicate a very high BTHC light absorption efficiency and radiative rate constant...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Vinit Baliyan, Hamed Kordbacheh, Bimal Parameswaran, Balaji Ganeshan, Dushyant Sahani, Avinash Kambadakone
PURPOSE: To study the impact of keV levels of virtual monoenergetic images generated from rapid kVp-switching dual-energy CT (rsDECT) on CT texture analysis (CTTA). METHODS: This study included 30 consecutive patients (59.3 ± 12 years; range 34-77 years; 17M:13F) who underwent portal venous phase abdominal CT on a rsDECT scanner. Axial 5-mm monoenergetic images at 5 energy levels (40/50/60/70/80 keV) were created and CTTA of liver was performed. CTTA comprised a filtration-histogram technique with different spatial scale filter (SSF) values (0-6)...
March 14, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Carmelo Messina, Gabriele Maffi, Jacopo Antonino Vitale, Fabio Massimo Ulivieri, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Luca Maria Sconfienza
Osteoporosis and sarcopenia represent two major health problems with an increasing prevalence in the elderly population. The correlation between these diseases has been widely reported, leading to the development of the term "osteosarcopenia" to diagnose those patients suffering from both diseases. Several imaging methods for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis exist, with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) being the most commonly used for measuring bone mineral density (BMD). Imaging technique other than DXA is represented by conventional radiography, computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US)...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Sara Guerri, Daniele Mercatelli, Maria Pilar Aparisi Gómez, Alessandro Napoli, Giuseppe Battista, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Alberto Bazzocchi
Bone and muscle are two deeply interconnected organs and a strong relationship between them exists in their development and maintenance. The peak of both bone and muscle mass is achieved in early adulthood, followed by a progressive decline after the age of 40. The increase in life expectancy in developed countries resulted in an increase of degenerative diseases affecting the musculoskeletal system. Osteoporosis and sarcopenia represent a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the elderly population and are associated with a significant increase in healthcare costs...
February 2018: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Masaki Katsura, Jiro Sato, Masaaki Akahane, Akira Kunimatsu, Osamu Abe
Artifacts caused by metallic implants appear as dark and bright streaks at computed tomography (CT), which severely degrade the image quality and decrease the diagnostic value of the examination. When x-rays pass through a metal object, depending on its size and composition, different physical effects negatively affect the measurements in the detector, most notably the effects of photon starvation and beam hardening. To improve image quality and recover information about underlying structures, several artifact reduction methods have been introduced in modern CT systems...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Jeremy R Wortman, Jennifer W Uyeda, Urvi P Fulwadhva, Aaron D Sodickson
Computed tomography (CT) is key to the assessment of hemodynamically stable patients with blunt or penetrating trauma to the abdomen and pelvis. Dual-energy (DE) CT is a technology that allows acquisition of data at both high and low kilovolt peaks, allowing materials that have different x-ray absorption behaviors as a function of kilovolt peak (such as iodine) to be differentiated and quantified. DE CT has a variety of postprocessing applications that may be helpful in abdominal and pelvic trauma, including iodine-selective imaging, virtual monenergetic imaging, and virtual noncalcium imaging...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Pierre Durieux, Pierre Alain Gevenois, Alain Van Muylem, Nigel Howarth, Caroline Keyzer
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the magnitude of differences between attenuation values measured on virtual unenhanced images and true unenhanced images obtained using third-generation dual-source dual-energy CT (DECT). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 83 patients requiring thoracoabdominal CT for cancer workup were included in this prospective study. CT examinations included true unenhanced acquisitions (tube potential, 120 kVp) and arterial and portal phase dual-energy CT (DECT) acquisitions (tube potential, 100 kVp and Sn 150 kVp [where Sn denotes the interposition of a tin filter in the high-energy beam]; tube current-exposure time product, 190 and 95 mAs)...
March 12, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
S Haji-Momenian, W Parkinson, N Khati, K Brindle, J Earls, R K Zeman
AIM: To determine the sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values of single-energy non-contrast hepatic steatosis criteria on dual-energy virtual non-contrast (VNC) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-eight computed tomography (CT) examinations, which included single-energy non-contrast (TNC) and contrast-enhanced dual-energy CT angiography (CTA) of the abdomen, were enrolled. VNC images were reconstructed from the CTA. Region of interest (ROI) attenuations were measured in the right and left hepatic lobes, spleen, and aorta on TNC and VNC images...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Susanne Roser-Page, Tatyana Vikulina, Kanglun Yu, Meghan E McGee-Lawrence, M Neale Weitzmann
Objective: Immunosuppressive biologics are used in the management of RA and additional immunomodulators are under investigation including modulators of the CD40/CD40 ligand (CD40L) costimulation pathway. Tampering with immune function can have unanticipated skeletal consequences due to disruption of the immuno-skeletal interface, a nexus of shared cells and cytokine effectors serving discrete functions in both immune and skeletal systems. In this study, we examined the effect of MR1, a CD40L neutralizing antibody, on physiological bone remodelling in healthy mice...
March 7, 2018: Rheumatology
Mark Gainey, Montserrat Carles, Michael Mix, Philipp T Meyer, Michael Bock, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Dimos Baltas
Recently, there has been an increase in the imaging modalities available for radiotherapy planning and radiotherapy prognostic outcome: dual energy computed tomography (CT; DECT), dynamic contrast enhanced CT, dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion-weighted MRI, positron emission tomography-CT, dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography-MR. These techniques enable more precise gross tumor volume definition than CT alone and moreover allow subvolumes within the gross tumor volume to be defined which may be given a boost dose or an individual voxelized dose prescription may be derived...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
Buxin Chen, Zheng Zhang, Dan Xia, Emil Y Sidky, Xiaochuan Pan
PURPOSE: We seek to investigate an optimization-based one-step method for image reconstruction that explicitly compensates for non-linear spectral response (i.e., the beam-hardening effect) in dual-energy CT, to investigate the feasibility of the one-step method for enabling two dual-energy partial-angular-scan configurations, referred to as the short- and half-scan configurations, on standard CT scanners without involving additional hardware, and to investigate the potential of the short- and half-scan configurations in reducing imaging dose and scan time in a single-kVp-switch full-scan configuration in which two full rotations are made for collection of dual-energy data...
March 8, 2018: Medical Physics
Robbert W van Hamersvelt, Nienke G Eijsvoogel, Casper Mihl, Pim A de Jong, Arnold M R Schilham, Nico Buls, Marco Das, Tim Leiner, Martin J Willemink
We investigated the feasibility and extent to which iodine concentration can be reduced in computed tomography angiography imaging of the aorta and coronary arteries using low tube voltage and virtual monochromatic imaging of 3 major dual-energy CT (DECT) vendors. A circulation phantom was imaged with dual source CT (DSCT), gemstone spectral imaging (GSI) and dual-layer spectral detector CT (SDCT). For each scanner, a reference scan was acquired at 120 kVp using routine iodine concentration (300 mg I/ml). Subsequently, scans were acquired at lowest possible tube potential (70, 80, 80 kVp, respectively), and DECT-mode (80/150Sn, 80/140 and 120 kVp, respectively) in arterial phase after administration of iodine (300, 240, 180, 120, 60, 30 mg I/ml)...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Yunhe Xie, Christopher Ainsley, Lingshu Yin, Wei Zou, James McDonough, Timothy D Solberg, Alexander Lin, Boon-Keng Kevin Teo
A major source of uncertainty in proton therapy is the conversion of Hounsfield unit (HU) to proton stopping power ratio relative to water (SPR). In this study, we measured and quantified the accuracy of a stoichiometric dual energy CT (DECT) SPR calibration. We applied a stoichiometric DECT calibration method to derive the SPR using CT images acquired sequentially at [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text]. The dual energy index was derived based on the HUs of the paired spectral images and used to calculate the effective atomic number (Zeff ), relative electron density ([Formula: see text]), and SPRs of phantom and biological materials...
March 7, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Kenichi Goto, Emiko Ogawa, Kaoruko Shimizu, Hironi Makita, Hidenobu Suzuki, Yoshiki Kawata, Noboru Niki, Masaharu Nishimura, Yasutaka Nakano
Background: Osteoporosis is a well-known comorbidity in COPD. It is associated with poor health status and prognosis. Although the exact pathomechanisms are unclear, osteoporosis is suggested to be either a comorbidity due to shared risk factors with COPD or a systematic effect of COPD with a cause-effect relationship. This study aimed to evaluate whether progression of osteoporosis is synchronized with that of COPD. Materials and methods: Data from 103 patients with COPD included in the Hokkaido COPD cohort study were analyzed...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Doris Leithner, Julian L Wichmann, Scherwin Mahmoudi, Simon S Martin, Moritz H Albrecht, Thomas J Vogl, Jan-Erik Scholtz
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of low-tube-voltage 90-kVp acquisition combined with advanced modeled iterative reconstruction algorithm (Admire) on radiation exposure, image quality, artifacts, and assessment of stenosis in carotid and intracranial CT-angiography (CTA). METHODS: Dual-energy CTA studies of 43 patients performed on a third-generation 192-slice dual-source CT were retrospectively evaluated. Intraindividual comparison of 90-kVp and linearly-blended 120-kVp equivalent image series (M_0...
March 1, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
T Grieser
CLINICAL ISSUE: Both benign and malignant tumours are encountered in the foot and ankle. Due to their rarity, however, diagnosis is often uncertain. Usual criteria such as tumour size, invasiveness or pain fail to differentiate benign from malignant neoplasias. STANDARD RADIOLOGICAL METHODS: Plain radiography and-due to the complex foot anatomy-CT are important in the diagnostic evaluation of primary bone tumours. In the case of soft tissue tumours, ultrasonography is used to identify ganglion cysts...
February 28, 2018: Der Radiologe
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