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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937491/improved-calcium-scoring-at-dual-energy-computed-tomography-angiography-using-a-high-z-contrast-element-and-novel-material-separation-technique
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Jack W Lambert, Yuxin Sun, Karen G Ordovas, Robert G Gould, Sizhe Wang, Benjamin M Yeh
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of existing dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography coronary artery calcium scoring methods to those obtained using an experimental tungsten-based contrast material and a recently described contrast material extraction process (CMEP). METHODS: Phantom coronary arteries of varied diameters, with different densities and arcs of simulated calcified plaque, were sequentially filled with water, iodine, and tungsten contrast materials and scanned within a thorax phantom at rapid-kVp-switching dual-energy CT...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936780/ct-based-spect-attenuation-correction-and-assessment-of-infarct-size-results-from-a-cardiac-phantom-study
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Alexander Stephan Kroiss, Stephan Gerhard Nekolla, Georg Dobrozemsky, Thomas Grubinger, Barry Lynn Shulkin, Markus Schwaiger
RATIONALE: Myocardial perfusion SPECT is a commonly performed, well established, clinically useful procedure for the management of patients with coronary artery disease. However, the attenuation of photons from myocardium impacts the quantification of infarct sizes. CT-Attenuation Correction (AC) potentially resolves this problem. This contention was investigated by analyzing various parameters for infarct size delineation in a cardiac phantom model. METHODS: A thorax phantom with a left ventricle (LV), fillable defects, lungs, spine and liver was used...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929810/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-perfusion-area-detector-ct-preliminary-comparison-of-diagnostic-performance-for-n-stage-assessment-with-fdg-pet-ct-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Yoshiharu Ohno, Yasuko Fujisawa, Naoki Sugihara, Yuji Kishida, Shinichiro Seki, Hisanobu Koyama, Takeshi Yoshikawa
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to directly compare the capability of dynamic first-pass contrast-enhanced (CE) perfusion area-detector CT (ADCT) and FDG PET/CT for differentiation of metastatic from nonmetastatic lymph nodes and assessment of N stage in patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients, 45 men (mean age ± SD, 70.4 ± 5.9 years) and 32 women (71.2 ± 7.7 years), underwent dynamic first-pass CE-perfusion ADCT at two or three different positions for covering the entire thorax, FDG PET/CT, surgical treatment, and pathologic examination...
September 20, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917595/perioperative-and-oncologic-outcomes-of-nephrectomy-and-caval-thrombectomy-using-extracorporeal-circulation-and-deep-hypothermic-circulatory-arrest-for-renal-cell-carcinoma-invading-the-supradiaphragmatic-inferior-vena-cava-and-or-right-atrium
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Alessandro Nini, Umberto Capitanio, Alessandro Larcher, Paolo Dell'Oglio, Federico Dehò, Nazareno Suardi, Fabio Muttin, Cristina Carenzi, Massimo Freschi, Roberta Lucianò, Giovanni La Croce, Alberto Briganti, Renzo Colombo, Andrea Salonia, Alessandro Castiglioni, Patrizio Rigatti, Francesco Montorsi, Roberto Bertini
BACKGROUND: Radical nephrectomy (RN) and caval thrombectomy (CT) for renal cell carcinoma, with extracorporeal circulation (ECC) and deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) is a challenging surgical approach. OBJECTIVE: To assess peri-operative and oncologic outcomes of renal cell carcinoma patients treated with RN and CT, using ECC and DHCA. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: We retrospectively evaluated 46 patients who underwent RN and CT using ECC and DHCA...
September 13, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901616/regularization-of-nonlinear-decomposition-of-spectral-x-ray-projection-images
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Nicolas Ducros, Juan Felipe Perez-Juste Abascal, Bruno Sixou, Simon Rit, Françoise Peyrin
PURPOSE: Exploiting the x-ray measurements obtained in different energy bins, spectral computed tomography (CT) has the ability to recover the 3-D description of a patient in a material basis. This may be achieved solving two subproblems, namely the material decomposition and the tomographic reconstruction problems. In this work, we address the material decomposition of spectral x-ray projection images, which is a nonlinear ill-posed problem. METHODS: Our main contribution is to introduce a material-dependent spatial regularization in the projection domain...
September 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900998/-associated-factors-of-postoperative-relapse-and-metastasis-in-pt1bn0m0-pt4an0m0-thoracic-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wenbiao Pan, Yangwei Xiang, Zhitao Gu, Chunyu Ji, Teng Mao, Wentao Fang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the associated high risk factors of postoperative relapse and metastasis for patients with confined tumors (grade pT1b-4a) without lymph-node metastases (pN0) in thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). METHODS: Clinicopathological and follow up data of ESCC patients undergoing radical surgical resection as primary treatment in the Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Chest Hospital between January 2004 and December 2012 from Hospital Database were retrospectively collected...
September 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900525/a-case-of-legionella-pneumophila-evaluated-with-ct-and-ultrasound
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Alessio D'Angelo, Chiara De Simone, Marco Pagnottella, Stefano Rossi, Raffaele Pepe, Giacomo Ruggieri, Giulio Cocco, Cosima Schiavone
A 36-year-old man was admitted to the emergency department of "SS Annunziata" hospital in Chieti complaining of a sharp chest pain arisen some hours before admission. On examination, the patient looked sweaty; his vital signs showed tachycardia and augmented breath rate; sinus tachycardia and normal ventricular repolarization were observed on ECG, and no abnormalities were observed in the echoscan of the hearth. According to the clinical and electrocardiographic findings, and to previous episode of DVT in anamnesis, a thorax CT scan was performed in order to rule out pulmonary embolism...
September 2017: Journal of Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898129/trans-atlantic-comparison-of-ct-radiation-doses-in-the-era-of-radiation-dose-tracking-software
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Anushri Parakh, Andre Euler, Zsolt Szucs-Farkas, Sebastian T Schindera
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to compare diagnostic reference levels from a local European CT dose registry, using radiation-tracking software from a large patient sample, with preexisting European and North American diagnostic reference levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data (n = 43,761 CT scans obtained over the course of 2 years) for the European local CT dose registry were obtained from eight CT scanners at six institutions. Means, medians, and interquartile ranges of volumetric CT dose index (CTDIvol), dose-length product (DLP), size-specific dose estimate, and effective dose values for CT examinations of the head, paranasal sinuses, thorax, pulmonary angiogram, abdomen-pelvis, renal-colic, thorax-abdomen-pelvis, and thoracoabdominal angiogram were obtained using radiation-tracking software...
September 12, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889136/electro-navigational-bronchoscopy-for-bilateral-peripheral-lung-lesions-a-case-report
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A H Faisal, A W Sopian, H Tidi
Electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy (ENB), one of the methods of navigational bronchoscopy is an advanced diagnostic tool allowing tissue sampling at the lung peripheries which were previously accessible only by computed tomography (CT) guidance or video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). We report a 53-year-old man who presented with a cough and dyspnea with constitutional symptoms for one month. CT thorax revealed multiple bilateral peripheral lung nodules and there were no endobronchial lesions on flexible bronchoscopy...
August 2017: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886789/air-repatriation-with-a-medium-sized-pneumothorax-without-thoracic-tube-a-special-case-of-a-repatriation-accompanied-by%C3%A2-an%C3%A2-experienced-surgeon
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Melissa B Blau, Michael Weinlich, Werner Lauchart, Stefan Piatek, Felix Walcher
We report on the repatriation of a 28-year old female from Germany, who was involved in a serious bus accident and was transported to the nearest hospital in Oruro, Bolivia. CT scans and x-rays performed in this hospital demonstrated a complete pneumothorax right. Thorax drainage was inserted, which was removed after 5 days. Since the hospital refused to acknowledge the presence of a residual middle-sized pneumothorax on the repatriation day and did not want to insert another tube, the decision was made to repatriate the patient on commercial flight back home to Germany without a thoracic tube...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884462/benchmarking-adult-ct-dose-levels-to-regional-and-national-references-using-a-dose-tracking-software-a-multicentre-experience
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Lotte Pyfferoen, Tom H Mulkens, Federica Zanca, Timo De Bondt, Paul M Parizel, Jan W Casselman
OBJECTIVES: To benchmark CT-dose data for standard adult CT studies to regional and national reference levels using a dose-tracking system. METHODS: Data from five CT systems from three hospitals were collected over a 1- to 2.5-year period (2012-2014), using the same type of dose management system. Inclusion criteria were adult patients and standard CT-head, CT-abdomen-pelvis, CT-thorax, CT-lumbar spine, CT-pulmonary embolism, CT-cervical spine and CT-thorax-abdomen studies, with one helical scan...
September 7, 2017: Insights Into Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868105/primary-fusiform-superior-vena-cava-aneurysm
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Rajesh Sharma, Manoj Ravi, T Govindan Unni
Superior vena cava (SVC) aneurysms are rare mediastinal vascular lesions. We report a case of a 42-year-old female, who presented to the outpatient department with features suggestive of lower respiratory tract infection. Chest X-ray showed abnormal contour and widening of right border of mediastinum. Computed tomography (CT) thorax revealed fusiform aneurysmal ectasia of SVC measuring 4.5 × 5.5 × 8.9 cm without internal thrombosis or dissecting flap. Management options include observation with follow-up and in some cases anticoagulation and surgical excision may be considered...
August 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855951/migrating-pleural-plaque-in-a-patient-with-asbestos-induced-pleural-disease-a-case-report
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Christian Eisenhawer, Michael K Felten, Thomas Hager, Mikhail Gronostayskiy, Philipp Bruners, Andrea Tannapfel, Thomas Kraus
BACKGROUND: Health surveillance of formerly asbestos exposed individuals focus on early detection of asbestos related diseases, such as lung fibrosis (asbestosis), pleural plaques, mesothelioma and lung cancer in particular. One main concern is the early and clear identification of lesions with a high risk of malignant changes and their undelayed clinical work-up. False positive results may lead to unnecessary and often painful diagnostic interventions, which create high costs when applied to a large cohort and also may discredit the whole program...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840142/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-pleural-epithelioid-hemangioendothelioma
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Domenico Albano, Giovanni Bosio, Andrea Tironi, Francesco Bertagna
Pleural epithelioid hemangioendothelioma (EHE) is a rare malignancy of vascular-endothelial origin with non-specific symptoms and an unpredictable outcome. Diagnosis of this condition by imaging modalities is challenging, and no standard therapeutic approaches have been established in this regard. In this paper, we described the case of a patient with a low-grade fever, coughing and chest pain who underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT after a positive thorax CT showing multiple bilateral calcified pulmonary nodules and extensive right-sided pleural effusion...
2017: Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838563/a-volumetric-technique-for-fossil-body-mass-estimation-applied-to-australopithecus-afarensis
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Charlotte A Brassey, Thomas G O'Mahoney, Andrew T Chamberlain, William I Sellers
Fossil body mass estimation is a well established practice within the field of physical anthropology. Previous studies have relied upon traditional allometric approaches, in which the relationship between one/several skeletal dimensions and body mass in a range of modern taxa is used in a predictive capacity. The lack of relatively complete skeletons has thus far limited the potential application of alternative mass estimation techniques, such as volumetric reconstruction, to fossil hominins. Yet across vertebrate paleontology more broadly, novel volumetric approaches are resulting in predicted values for fossil body mass very different to those estimated by traditional allometry...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825890/case-245-erdheim-chester-disease
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Mark D Mamlouk, Mariam S Aboian, Christine M Glastonbury
History A 53-year-old man experienced headache and double vision that progressed over 1 year. After a traumatic fall, he was hospitalized, and proptosis was identified at physical examination. Laboratory tests were remarkable for leukocytosis. Hematocrit level, thyroid stimulating hormone level, autoimmune antibody level, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and C-reactive protein level were normal. Computed tomography (CT) of the head revealed bilateral intraconal masses, for which magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the orbits was subsequently performed ( Fig 1 )...
September 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819093/non-seminomatous-germ-cell-tumor-presenting-with-superior-vena-cava-syndrome
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Paolo K Soriano, Muhammad F Iqbal, Omar M Siddiqui, Jeff F Wang, Meghna R Desai
BACKGROUND Primary mediastinal non-seminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs) are aggressive and carry a poor five-year disease free survival rate even with aggressive treatment. We describe a young adult male with primary mediastinal NSGCT presenting with airway obstruction and superior vena cava syndrome (SVCS). CASE REPORT The patient presented with four weeks of nonproductive cough, weight loss, and right-sided pleuritic chest pain. Chest computed topography (CT) imaging demonstrated a right-sided mediastinal mass determined as a yolk sac tumor on biopsy...
August 18, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817381/advanced-radiation-dosimetry-phantom-ardos-a-versatile-breathing-phantom-for-4d-radiation-therapy-and-medical-imaging
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Natalia Kostiukhina, Dietmar Georg, Sofia Rollet, Peter Kuess, Andrej Sipaj, Piotr Andrzejewski, Hugo Furtado, Ivo Rausch, Wolfgang Lechner, Elisabeth Steiner, Hunor Kertesz, Barbara Knaeusl
A novel breathing phantom was designed for being used in conventional and ion-beam radiotherapy as well as for medical imaging. Accurate dose delivery and patient safety are aimed to be verified for four-dimensional (4D) treatment techniques compensating for breathing-induced tumor motion. The phantom includes anthropomorphic components representing an average human thorax. It consists of real tissue equivalent materials to fulfill the requirements for dosimetric experiments and imaging purposes. The different parts of the torso (lungs, chest wall, and ribs) and the tumor can move independently...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791214/cavitary-lung-lesions-melioidosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-causing-necrotizing-pneumonia
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N Mohammad, W S Wan Ghazali
Cavitary lung lesions of various etiologies may be encountered in patients with respiratory symptoms associated with fever. Non-malignant cavitary lesions may mimic malignant lung lesions on most of radiographic modalities including chest radiographs or thoracic computed tomography (CT). Primary lung malignancy can be detected in as high as one-fifths of CT thorax as cavitary lesions and the remaining aetiologies may be due to bacterial, parasitic, and invasive fungal infections, as well as Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), sarcoidosis, septic thrombo-embolism, and lung metastasis from extra-pulmonary primaries...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790240/-successful-treatment-of-acute-empyema-due-to-rupture-of-pyogenic-liver-abscess
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Isamu Watanabe, Naoki Kanauchi, Hikaru Watanabe, Akira Hamada
Cases of rescue after rupture of pyogenic liver abscess into the thorax are rare. Here, we report 2 cases of rescue in patients with acute empyema due to rupture of a suppurative abscess into the thorax. Case 1:A 61-year-old male had high fever of 39 °C and right abdominal pain. Thoracic computed tomography(CT) showed encapsulated pleural effusion in the right thorax and ring-like enhancement in the right liver. The diagnosis was acute empyema caused by rupture of liver abscess. The pathogenic bacteria were Streptococcus group...
August 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
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