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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932947/integration-of-digital-dental-casts-in-cone-beam-computed-tomography-scans-a-clinical-validation-study
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Frits A Rangel, Thomas J J Maal, Martien J J de Koning, Ewald M Bronkhorst, Stefaan J Bergé, Anne Marie Kuijpers-Jagtman
OBJECTIVES: Images derived from cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans lack detailed information on the dentition and interocclusal relationships needed for proper surgical planning and production of surgical splints. To get a proper representation of the dentition, integration of a digital dental model into the CBCT scan is necessary. The aim of this study was to validate a simplified protocol to integrate digital dental models into CBCT scans using only one scan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Conventional protocol A used one combined upper and lower impression and two CBCT scans...
September 20, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923845/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-as-a-gatekeeper-for-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-and-stress-testing-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Maros Ferencik, Thomas Mayrhofer, Michael T Lu, Pamela K Woodard, Quynh A Truong, W Frank Peacock, Fabian Bamberg, Benjamin C Sun, Jerome L Fleg, John T Nagurney, James E Udelson, Wolfgang Koenig, James L Januzzi, Udo Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: Most patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergo noninvasive cardiac testing with a low diagnostic yield. We determined whether a combination of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and cardiovascular risk factors might improve selection of patients for cardiac testing. METHODS: We included patients from the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT) I and II trials who presented to the ED with acute chest pain and were referred for cardiac testing...
September 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922275/indications-for-ct-angiography-of-the-vertebral-arteries-after-trauma
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Joseph P Drain, Douglas S Weinberg, James S Ramey, Timothy A Moore, Heather A Vallier
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this project is to identify factors that predict vertebral artery injury (VAI) in an effort to assess risks and benefits of computed tomography angiography (CT-A) of the neck in the trauma setting. We seek to develop guidelines for practitioners to stratify patients at medium/high risk of VAI from those who are at low risk. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: VAI and blunt carotid injury (BCI) together comprise blunt cerebrovascular injury (BCVI)...
September 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922116/iterative-low-dose-ct-reconstruction-with-priors-trained-by-artificial-neural-network
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Dufan Wu, Kyungsang Kim, Georges El Fakhri, Quanzheng Li
Dose reduction in computed tomography (CT) is essential for decreasing radiation risk in clinical applications. Iterative reconstruction algorithms are one of the most promising way to compensate for the increased noise due to reduction of photon flux. Most iterative reconstruction algorithms incorporate manually designed prior functions of the reconstructed image to suppress noises while maintaining structures of the image. These priors basically rely on smoothness constraints and cannot exploit more complex features of the image...
September 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921009/radiation-overexposure-from-repeated-ct-scans-in-young-adults-with-acute-abdominal-pain
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Massimo Tonolini, Elena Valconi, Angelo Vanzulli, Roberto Bianco
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to assess the dose of ionizing radiation caused by repeated CT scans performed to investigate non-traumatic acute abdominal conditions in young adults. METHODS: Over 26 months, we collected a cohort of patients aged 18 to 45 years who were subject to at least one urgent contrast-enhanced abdomen/pelvis CT. Patients affected with urolithiasis, HIV infection, tumors, and vascular and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases were excluded...
September 18, 2017: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917433/surveillance-imaging-in-patients-with-endometrial-cancer-in-first-remission
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Yazan Z Alabed, Su-Chun Cheng, Christopher Mudge, Christopher Sakellis, Annick D Van den Abbeele, Susana M Campos, Heather A Jacene
OBJECTIVE: The clinical benefit of surveillance imaging in endometrial cancer remains undefined. This retrospective study was conducted to evaluate the positive predictive value (PPV) of surveillance imaging in endometrial cancer. METHODS: A total of 128 patients in first remission after treatment for endometrial cancer (uterine papillary serous, clear cell, stage III endometroid) who had surveillance imaging were retrospectively identified. The surveillance period was defined from the time of first-negative scan after treatment to the time when treatment was started for recurrent disease...
August 24, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910997/paediatric-nuclear-medicine-imaging
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Lorenzo Biassoni, Marina Easty
Background: Nuclear medicine imaging explores tissue viability and function by using radiotracers that are taken up at cellular level with different mechanism. This imaging technique can also be used to assess blood flow and transit through tubular organs. Nuclear medicine imaging has been used in paediatrics for decades and this field is continuously evolving. Sources of data: The data presented comes from clinical experience and some milestone papers on the subject...
September 1, 2017: British Medical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900827/lifetime-radiation-exposure-in-patients-with-recurrent-nephrolithiasis
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Mohamed A Elkoushy, Sero Andonian
Patients presenting with nephrolithiasis often undergo repeated imaging studies before, during, and after management. Considering the significant risk of stone recurrence in primary stone-formers, repeated imaging studies are not uncommon. Cumulative effects of ionizing radiation exposure from various imaging studies could potentially increase the risk for developing cataracts and solid malignancies in urolithiasis patients. Therefore, practitioners planning or performing imaging studies with ionizing radiation are compelled to keep radiation exposure to humans and the environment as low as possible, thus strictly adhering to the ALARA (As Low as Reasonably Achievable) principles...
September 12, 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887589/assessment-of-ct-dose-to-the-fetus-and-pregnant-female-patient-using-patient-specific-computational-models
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Tianwu Xie, Pierre-Alexandre Poletti, Alexandra Platon, Christoph D Becker, Habib Zaidi
PURPOSE: This work provides detailed estimates of the foetal dose from diagnostic CT imaging of pregnant patients to enable the assessment of the diagnostic benefits considering the associated radiation risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To produce realistic biological and physical representations of pregnant patients and the embedded foetus, we developed a methodology for construction of patient-specific voxel-based computational phantoms based on existing standardised hybrid computational pregnant female phantoms...
September 8, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868185/t2-vertebrectomy-with-combined-anterior-and-posterior-arthrodesis-for-treatment-of-a-solitary-plasmacytoma
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Gordon Preston, Toomas Anton
BACKGROUND: Plasma cell neoplasmas are a heterogenous group of neoplastic tumor lesions occurring secondary to disordered proliferation of cells from a monocyte lineage. Plasmacytoma is a rare lesion that accounts for 5% of all plasma cell neoplasms. The current recommended treatment for solitary plasmacytoma is moderate dose radiation therapy. For patients who are suffering from axial back pain, spinal instability, radiculopathy, or bowel/bladder dysfunction secondary to spinal cord compression, surgical intervention with spinal decompression and stabilization can be used as an adjuvant to radiation therapy...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867358/radiation-induced-large-vessel-cerebral-vasculopathy-in-pediatric-patients-with-brain-tumors-treated-with-proton-radiation-therapy
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Stephen F Kralik, Gordon A Watson, Chie-Schin Shih, Chang Y Ho, Whitney Finke, Jeffrey Buchsbaum
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research was to evaluate the incidence, time to development, imaging patterns, risk factors, and clinical significance of large vessel cerebral vasculopathy in pediatric patients with brain tumors treated with proton radiation therapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A retrospective study was performed on 75 consecutive pediatric patients with primary brain tumors treated with proton radiation therapy. Radiation-induced large vessel cerebral vasculopathy (RLVCV) was defined as intracranial large vessel arterial stenosis or occlusion confirmed on magnetic resonance angiography, computed tomographic angiography, catheter angiography, or a combination of these within an anatomic region with previous exposure to proton beam therapy and not present before radiation therapy...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867331/reference-ranges-for-serum-s100b-neuroprotein-specific-to-infants-under-four-months-of-age
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Jeanne Simon-Pimmel, Fleur Lorton, Damien Masson, Damien Bouvier, Matthieu Hanf, Christèle Gras-Le Guen
BACKGROUND: Minor head traumatisms are a common reason for consultation in paediatric emergency departments. The diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries involves performing a cranial computed tomography (CCT), associated with a risk of cancer due to the radiation. The serum S100B is an effective biomarker used to reduce reliance on CCT. While reference ranges have been determined, the limited number of cases regarding infants less than 4months of age has not allowed this biomarker to be used with this age group...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28852812/pediatric-providers-and-radiology-examinations-knowledge-and-comfort-levels-regarding-ionizing-radiation-and-potential-complications-of-imaging
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Benjamin Wildman-Tobriner, Victoria M Parente, Charles M Maxfield
BACKGROUND: Pediatric providers should understand the basic risks of the diagnostic imaging tests they order and comfortably discuss those risks with parents. Appreciating providers' level of understanding is important to guide discussions and enhance relationships between radiologists and pediatric referrers. OBJECTIVE: To assess pediatric provider knowledge of diagnostic imaging modalities that use ionizing radiation and to understand provider concerns about risks of imaging...
August 29, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843375/mr-opera-a-multicenter-multivendor-validation-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-only-prostate-treatment-planning-using-synthetic-computed-tomography-images
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Emilia Persson, Christian Gustafsson, Fredrik Nordström, Maja Sohlin, Adalsteinn Gunnlaugsson, Karin Petruson, Niina Rintelä, Kristoffer Hed, Lennart Blomqvist, Björn Zackrisson, Tufve Nyholm, Lars E Olsson, Carl Siversson, Joakim Jonsson
PURPOSE: To validate the dosimetric accuracy and clinical robustness of a commercially available software for magnetic resonance (MR) to synthetic computed tomography (sCT) conversion, in an MR imaging-only workflow for 170 prostate cancer patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The 4 participating centers had MriPlanner (Spectronic Medical), an atlas-based sCT generation software, installed as a cloud-based service. A T2-weighted MR sequence, covering the body contour, was added to the clinical protocol...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840168/size-based-quality-informed-framework-for-quantitative-optimization-of-pediatric-ct
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Ehsan Samei, Xiang Li, Donald P Frush
The purpose of this study was to formulate a systematic, evidence-based method to relate quantitative diagnostic performance to radiation dose, enabling a multidimensional system to optimize computed tomography imaging across pediatric populations. Based on two prior foundational studies, radiation dose was assessed in terms of organ doses, effective dose ([Formula: see text]), and risk index for 30 patients within nine color-coded pediatric age-size groups as a function of imaging parameters. The cases, supplemented with added noise and simulated lesions, were assessed in terms of nodule detection accuracy in an observer receiving operating characteristic study...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836506/unintended-and-accidental-medical-radiation-exposures-in-radiology-guidelines-on-investigation-and-prevention
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Colin J Martin, J Vassileva, Eliseo Vano, M Mahesh, Steve Ebdon-Jackson, K Ng, Donald P Frush, R Loose, John Damilakis
This paper sets out guidelines for managing radiation exposure incidents involving patients in diagnostic and interventional radiology. The work is based on collation of experiences from representatives of international and national organizations for radiologists, medical physicists, radiographers, regulators, and equipment manufacturers, derived from an International Atomic Energy Agency Technical Meeting. More serious overexposures can result in skin doses high enough to produce tissue reactions, in interventional procedures and computed tomography, most notably from perfusion studies...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832956/early-stage-hodgkin-lymphoma-outcomes-after-combined-modality-therapy-according-to-the-post-chemotherapy-5-point-score-can-residual-pet-positive-disease-be-cured-with-radiotherapy-alone
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Sarah A Milgrom, Chelsea C Pinnix, Hubert Chuang, Yasuhiro Oki, Mani Akhtari, Osama Mawlawi, Naveen Garg, Jillian R Gunther, Jay P Reddy, Grace L Smith, Eric Rohren, Frederick B Hagemeister, Hun J Lee, Luis E Fayad, Wenli Dong, Eleanor M Osborne, Zeinab Abou Yehia, Michelle Fanale, Bouthaina S Dabaja
Early-stage classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients are evaluated by an end-of-chemotherapy positron emission tomography-computed tomography (eoc-PET-CT) after doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine (ABVD) and before radiation therapy (RT). We determined freedom from progression (FFP) in patients treated with ABVD and RT according to the eoc-PET-CT 5-point score (5PS). Secondarily, we assessed whether patients with a positive eoc-PET-CT (5PS of 4-5) can be cured with RT alone. The cohort comprised 174 patients treated for stage I-II HL with ABVD and RT alone...
August 18, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826742/a-comprehensive-review-and-update-on-crohn-s-disease
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Mahesh Gajendran, Priyadarshini Loganathan, Anthony P Catinella, Jana G Hashash
The term inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers principally to two major categories of chronic relapsing inflammatory intestinal disorders: Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). In the United States, it is currently estimated that about 1.5 million people suffer from IBD, causing considerable suffering, mortality and economic loss every year. Yet the cause of IBD is unknown, and until we understand more, prevention or cure will not be possible. There is a lot of variation in the incidence and prevalence of CD based on geographic region, environment, immigrant population, and ethnic groups...
August 18, 2017: Disease-a-month: DM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809584/risk-of-meningioma-after-ct-of-the-head
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Arvid C Nordenskjöld, Robert Bujila, Peter Aspelin, Olof Flodmark, Magnus Kaijser
Purpose To investigate the association between exposure to head computed tomography (CT) and subsequent risk of meningioma. Materials and Methods The study was approved by the local ethics committee. A cohort of 26 370 subjects was retrospectively collected from a radiology archive of CT examinations of the head performed from 1973 through 1992. For comparison, an age- and sex-matched cohort of 96 940 subjects who were not exposed to CT (unexposed cohort) was gathered. The risk of meningioma was assessed by using data from the Swedish Cancer Registry; however, one-third of patients with meningioma had to be excluded because they either had a prevalent meningioma or other brain tumor at the first CT examination or had undergone radiation treatment to the head...
August 14, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797254/relationship-between-radiation-dose-and-microbleed-formation-in-patients-with-malignant-glioma
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Michael Wahl, Mekhail Anwar, Christopher P Hess, Susan M Chang, Janine M Lupo
BACKGROUND: Cranial irradiation is associated with long-term cognitive changes. Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) have been identified on susceptibility-weighted MRI (SWI) in patients who have received prior cranial radiation, and serve as radiographic markers for microvascular injury thought to contribute to late cognitive decline. The relationship between CMB formation and radiation dose has not previously been quantified. METHODS: SWI was performed on 13 patients with stable WHO grade III-IV gliomas between 2 and 4 years after chemoradiotherapy to 60 Gy...
August 10, 2017: Radiation Oncology
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