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Dual energy CT

Hillary W Garner, Michelle M Paturzo, Gabriela Gaudier, Perry J Pickhardt, Daniel E Wessell
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to investigate the variation in attenuation values (expressed as Hounsfield units) for L1 vertebral body trabecular bone at different tube voltages used in dual-energy CT (DECT) and to remind physicians to consider changes in attenuation values when they approach opportunistic screening for osteoporosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent DECT examination of the abdomen and pelvis for suspected urolithiasis were included in the study...
October 20, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Karin Slebocki, Bastian Kraus, De-Hua Chang, Martin Hellmich, David Maintz, Christopher Bangard
PURPOSE: To assess correlation between attenuation measurements of incidental findings in abdominal second generation dual-energy computed tomography (CT) on true noncontrast (TNC) and virtual noncontrast (VNC) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-three patients underwent arterial dual-energy CT (Somatom Definition Flash, Siemens; pitch factor, 0.75-1.0; gantry rotation time, 0.28 seconds) after endovascular aneurysm repair, consisting of a TNC single energy CT scan (collimation, 128 × 0...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Patrick Omoumi, Pascal Zufferey, Jacques Malghem, Alexander So
In this article, the authors consider the manifestations of intraarticular and periarticular crystal deposits. Most cases of crystal deposits are asymptomatic and represent incidental findings at imaging. In symptomatic arthropathies, imaging can play an important role in the diagnosis and assessment of disease progression and the extent of crystal deposits. Conventional radiography is the most common imaging modality. But ultrasound, conventional computerized tomography (CT), dual-energy CT, and MRI play an increasing role...
November 2016: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
H Bastian, M Worsch, A Huppertz, A Krause, W A Schmidt
Clinical manifestations of gouty arthropathy are usually acute inflammatory arthritis, bursitis and accumulation of urate crystals in the form of tophi. Manifestations on the axial skeleton are also known and have been described but occur infrequently and for this reason play a subordinate role in the awareness of rheumatologists. With dual energy computed tomography (CT) gout tophi can be detected even in unusual regions or regions that are difficult to access for puncturing. We describe two rare cases of gouty arthropathy of the axial skeleton in a 76-year-old male patient with spinal involvement and in a 53-year-old female patient with involvement of the sacroiliac joint...
October 11, 2016: Der Internist
Harald Kramer, Perry J Pickhardt, Mark A Kliewer, Diego Hernando, Guang-Hong Chen, James A Zagzebski, Scott B Reeder
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate the accuracy of proton-density fat-fraction, single- and dual-energy CT (SECT and DECT), gray-scale ultrasound (US), and US shear-wave elastography (US-SWE) in the quantification of hepatic steatosis with MR spectroscopy (MRS) as the reference standard. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty adults who did not have symptoms (23 men, 27 women; mean age, 57 ± 5 years; body mass index, 27 ± 5) underwent liver imaging with un-enhanced SECT, DECT, gray-scale US, US-SWE, proton-density fat-fraction MRI, and MRS for this prospective trial...
October 11, 2016: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Maureen van Eijnatten, Juha Koivisto, Kalle Karhu, Tymour Forouzanfar, Jan Wolff
PURPOSE: Medical additive manufacturing requires standard tessellation language (STL) models. Such models are commonly derived from computed tomography (CT) images using thresholding. Threshold selection can be performed manually or automatically. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of manual and default threshold selection on the reliability and accuracy of skull STL models using different CT technologies. METHOD: One female and one male human cadaver head were imaged using multi-detector row CT, dual-energy CT, and two cone-beam CT scanners...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Andrea Ferrero, Juan C Montoya, Lisa E Vaughan, Alice E Huang, Ian O McKeag, Felicity T Enders, James C Williams, Cynthia H McCollough
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have demonstrated a qualitative relationship between stone fragility and internal stone morphology. The goal of this study was to quantify morphologic features from dual-energy computed tomography (CT) images and assess their relationship to stone fragility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-three calcified urinary stones were scanned with micro-CT. Next, they were placed within torso-shaped water phantoms and scanned with the dual-energy CT stone composition protocol in routine use at our institution...
October 4, 2016: Academic Radiology
Xijin Mao, Shanshan Wang, Xingyue Jiang, Lin Zhang, Wenjian Xu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism has become the third most common cardiovascular disease, which can seriously harm human health. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of dual-source computerized tomography (CT) and perfusion imaging for peripheral pulmonary embolism. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty-two patients with suspected pulmonary embolism underwent dual-source CT exams. To compare the ability of pulmonary embolism detection software (PED) with CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) in determining the presence, numbers, and locations of pulmonary emboli, the subsequent images were reviewed by two radiologists using both imaging modalities...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
E Coche
Lung tumor response to therapy may be evaluated in most instances by morphological criteria such as RECIST 1.1 on computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). However, those criteria are limited because they are based on tumoral dimensional changes and do not take into account other morphologic criteria such as density evaluation, functional or metabolic changes that may occur following conventional or targeted chemotherapy. New techniques such as dual-energy CT, PET-CT, MRI including diffusion-weighted MRI has to be considered into the new technical armamentarium for tumor response evaluation...
October 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
Shun-Yu Gao, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Wei Wei, Xiao-Ting Li, Yan-Ling Li, Min Xu, Ying-Shi Sun, Xiao-Peng Zhang
This study proposed to determine whether in vivo iodine concentration measurement by single-source dual energy (SSDE) CT can improve differentiation between benign and malignant thyroid nodules. In total, 53 patients presenting with thyroid nodules underwent SSDE CT scanning. Iodine concentrations were measured for each nodule and normal thyroid tissue using the GSI-viewer image analysis software. A total of 26 thyroid nodules were malignant in 26 patients and confirmed by surgery; 33 nodules from 27 patients were benign, with 10 confirmed by surgery and others after follow-up...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Lotte E J R Schyns, Isabel P Almeida, Stefan J van Hoof, Benedicte Descamps, Christian Vanhove, Guillaume Landry, Patrick V Granton, Frank Verhaegen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to investigate if quantitative dual energy CT (DECT) imaging is feasible for small animal irradiators with an integrated cone beam CT (CBCT) system. METHODS: The optimal imaging protocols were determined by analyzing different energy combinations and dose levels. The influence of beam hardening effects and the performance of a beam hardening correction were investigated. In addition, two systems from different manufacturers were compared in terms of errors in the extracted effective atomic numbers ([Formula: see text]) and relative electron densities ([Formula: see text]) for phantom inserts with known elemental compositions and relative electron densities...
September 28, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
M-A Geibel, F Löffler, D Kildal
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis is still underdiagnosed in Germany. OBJECTIVES: Is it possible to detect osteoporosis on the basis of a cone-beam computed tomography image of the mandible and several measuring methods? MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixteen cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) images from patients of the dental clinic at the University of Ulm were reinvestigated. When the CBCT images were processed the subjects were at least 55 years old, and the mandible was completely mapped on the image...
September 28, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Vidhya Kumar, James K Min, Xin He, Subha V Raman
Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) improves material and tissue characterization compared with single-energy CT; we sought to validate coronary calcium quantification in advancing cardiovascular DECT. In an anthropomorphic phantom, agreement between measurements was excellent, and Bland-Altman analysis demonstrated minimal bias. Compared with the known calcium mass for each phantom, calcium mass by DECT was highly accurate. Noncontrast DECT yields accurate calcium measures and warrants consideration in cardiac protocols for additional tissue characterizations...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
K Hellbach, A Sterzik, W Sommer, M Karpitschka, N Hummel, J Casuscelli, M Ingrisch, M Schlemmer, A Graser, Michael Staehler
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the potential role of dual energy CT (DECT) to visualize antiangiogenic treatment effects in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer (mRCC) while treated with tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKI). METHODS: 26 patients with mRCC underwent baseline and follow-up single-phase abdominal contrast enhanced DECT scans. Scans were performed immediately before and 10 weeks after start of treatment with TKI. Virtual non-enhanced (VNE) and colour coded iodine images were generated...
September 27, 2016: European Radiology
Kathleen Hartwich, Alejandro Lorente Gomez, Jaroslaw Pyrc, Radosław Gut, Stefan Rammelt, René Grass
BACKGROUND: We performed a biomechanical comparison of 2 methods for operative stabilization of pronation-abduction stage III ankle fractures; group 1: Anterior-posterior lag screws fixing the posterior tibial fragment and lateral fibula plating (LSLFP) versus group 2: locked plate fixation of the posterior tibial fragment and posterior antiglide plate fixation of the fibula (LPFP). METHODS: Seven pairs of fresh-frozen osteoligamentous lower leg specimens (2 male, and 5 female donors) were used for the biomechanical testing...
September 26, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
Tobias Kiefer, Torsten Diekhoff, Sandra Hermann, Andrea Stroux, Jürgen Mews, Jörg Blobel, Bernd Hamm, Kay-Geert A Hermann
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of single-source dual-energy computed tomography (SDECT) in gouty arthritis and to compare its capability to detect urate depositions with digital radiography (DR) and conventional computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Forty-four patients who underwent SDECT volume scans of the feet for suspected gouty arthritis were retrospectively analyzed. SDECT, CT (both n=44) and DR (n=36) were scored by three blinded readers for presence of osteoarthritis, erosions, and tophi...
October 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Víctor González-Pérez, Estanislao Arana, María Barrios, Albert Bartrés, Julia Cruz, Rafael Montero, Manuel González, Carlos Deltoro, Encarnación Martínez-Pérez, Karol De Aguiar-Quevedo, Miguel Arrarás
PURPOSE: To determine whether parameters generated by Dual-Energy Computed Tomography (DECT) can distinguish malignant from benign lung lesions. METHODS: A prospective review of 125 patients with 126 lung lesions (23 benign and 103 malignant) who underwent lung DECT during arterial phase. All lesions were confirmed by tissue sampling. A radiologist semi-automatically contoured lesions and placed regions of interest (ROIs) in paravertebral muscle (PVM) for normalization...
October 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Kyo Noguchi, Toshihide Itoh, Norihito Naruto, Shutaro Takashima, Kortaro Tanaka, Satoshi Kuroda
BACKGROUND: We evaluated whether X-map, a novel imaging technique, can visualize ischemic lesions within 20 hours after the onset in patients with acute ischemic stroke, using noncontrast dual-energy computed tomography (DECT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six patients with acute ischemic stroke were included in this study. Noncontrast head DECT scans were acquired with 2 X-ray tubes operated at 80 kV and Sn150 kV between 32 minutes and 20 hours after the onset. Using these DECT scans, the X-map was reconstructed based on 3-material decomposition and compared with a simulated standard (120 kV) computed tomography (CT) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
A Neisius, C Thomas, F C Roos, W Jäger, I Tsaur, G Bartsch, T Knoll, A Haferkamp
BACKGROUND: Urolithiasis is a widespread disease. Diagnostic imaging plays an important role in the evaluation and management of patients with suspected urolithiasis. Furthermore, modern imaging methods may provide information on stone location, size, fragility and composition aiding the urologist to determine the appropriate treatment modality. PURPOSE: Based on the current literature and guidelines, this review reports on the various new and established diagnostic imaging modalities...
October 2016: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
Jens Altenbernd, Axel Wetter, Michael Forsting, Lale Umutlu
PURPOSE: The aim of this prospective study was to examine the diagnostic value of dual-energy CT (DECT) in the assessment of response of HCC after radioembolisation (RE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: 40 HCC patients with 82 measurable target lesions were included in this study. At baseline and follow-up examination target lesions were evaluated with (IU), AASLD and Choi measurement criteria. Disease control was defined as the sum of complete response (CR), partial response (PR), progression disease (PD) and stable disease (SD)...
2016: European Journal of Radiology Open
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