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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723285/case-244-systemic-amyloidosis-a-complication-of-waldenstr%C3%A3-m-macroglobulinemia
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Maja Hrabak-Paar, Marko Kralik
History A 68-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for work-up because of generalized fatigue, anorexia, chronic diarrhea, and weight loss. Laboratory work-up revealed an erythrocyte sedimentation rate of 58 mm/h (reference range, 3-23 mm/h), a hemoglobin level of 14.1 g/dL (reference range, 13.8-17.5 g/dL), a leukocyte count of 8.1 × 10(9)/L (reference range, [3.4-9.7] × 10(9)/L), a platelet count of 223 × 10(9)/L (reference range, [158-424] × 10(9)/L), an alkaline phosphatase level of 85 U/L (1.42 μkat/L) (normal level, <142 U/L [2...
August 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716518/virtual-animation-of-victim-specific-3d-models-obtained-from-ct-scans-for-forensic-reconstructions-living-and-dead-subjects
#2
C Villa, K B Olsen, S H Hansen
Post-mortem CT scanning (PMCT) has been introduced at several forensic medical institutions many years ago and has proved to be a useful tool. 3D models of bones, skin, internal organs and bullet paths can rapidly be generated using post-processing software. These 3D models reflect the individual physiognomics and can be used to create whole-body 3D virtual animations. In such way, virtual reconstructions of the probable ante-mortem postures of victims can be constructed and contribute to understand the sequence of events...
July 5, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709492/diagnosis-at-a-glance-of-radiological-imaging
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Ankush Chaudhary, Unnati Desai, Vinaya Karkhanis, Jyotsna M Joshi
A 14-year-old boy was referred to our outpatient department with complaints of dry cough, high-grade fever for 20 days and chest X-ray (CXR) opacity. The clinical examination was normal. His CXR showed a right mid-zone lobulated, homogenous opacity. Computed tomography (CT) of thorax showed a well-defined cystic lesion in right upper lobe with 5-10HU (Hounsfield unit) suggesting a fluid filled cyst. CT guided aspiration of cyst was undertaken and revealed clear fluid with no cells. Post-aspiration high-resolution CT images demonstrated classical signs of hydatid cyst...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708876/presentation-at-computed-tomography-ct-scan-of-the-thorax-and-first-year-diagnostic-and-treatment-utilization-among-patients-diagnosed-with-lung-cancer
#4
Adam C Powell, Amin J Mirhadi, Bryan A Loy, Laura E Happe, James W Long, Erin M Kren, Amit K Gupta
BACKGROUND: As Medicare expands the use of computed tomography (CT) for diagnosing lung cancer, there is increased opportunity to diagnose lung cancer in asymptomatic patients. This descriptive study characterizes the disease-specific diagnostic and treatment services that patients with a positive diagnosis following CT received, stratified by presentation at CT. METHODS: Patients who were diagnosed with lung cancer following CT in 2013, had no history of lung cancer, survived at least 1 year, were aged 55-80 years, and had Medicare Advantage insurance were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687285/a-jafroc-study-of-nodule-detection-performance-in-ct-images-of-a-thorax-acquired-during-pet-ct
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J D Thompson, A Wareing, K R Szczepura, S Vinjamuri, P Hogg
PURPOSE: Two types of CT images (modalities) are acquired in PET/CT: for attenuation correction (AC) and diagnosis. The purpose of the study was to compare nodule detection and localization performance between these two modalities. METHODS: CT images, using both modalities, of an anthropomorphic chest phantom containing zero or more simulated spherical nodules of 5, 8, 10 and 12 mm diameters and contrasts -800, -630 and 100 HU were acquired. An observer performance study using nine observers interpreting 45 normal (zero nodules) images and 47 abnormal images (1-3 nodules; average 1...
August 2017: Radiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681192/role-of-interim-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-for-the-early-prediction-of-clinical-outcomes-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-during-radiotherapy-or-chemo-radiotherapy-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Marta Cremonesi, Laura Gilardi, Mahila Esmeralda Ferrari, Gaia Piperno, Laura Lavinia Travaini, Robert Timmerman, Francesca Botta, Guido Baroni, Chiara Maria Grana, Sara Ronchi, Delia Ciardo, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Cristina Garibaldi, Roberto Orecchia
BACKGROUND: Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is characterized by aggressiveness and includes the majority of thorax malignancies. The possibility of early stratification of patients as responsive and non-responsive to radiotherapy with a non-invasive method is extremely appealing. The distribution of the Fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) in tumours, provided by Positron-Emission-Tomography (PET) images, has been proved to be useful to assess the initial staging of the disease, recurrence, and response to chemotherapy and chemo-radiotherapy (CRT)...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668419/dose-reduction-techniques-in-coronary-calcium-scoring-the-effect-of-iterative-reconstruction-combined-with-low-tube-voltage-on-calcium-scores-in-a-thoracic-phantom
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Marleen Vonder, Gert Jan Pelgrim, Mathias Meyer, Thomas Henzler, Matthijs Oudkerk, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
OBJECTIVES: To define a dose-reduced coronary calcium CT protocol that provides similar calcium score values as a conventional 120kVp protocol. METHODS: A thorax phantom containing 100 calcifications was scanned with the reference protocol (120kVp, 90 ref mAs, FBP) and 30 dose-reduced protocols (70-110kVp, 90 ref mAs, FBP and iterative reconstruction (IR) levels 1-5) with 3rd generation dual-source CT. For protocols that yielded similar detectability and calcium scores as the reference protocol, additional scans were acquired at reduced ref mAs...
August 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660225/incidental-unilateral-tuberculous-sacroiliitis-detected-by-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-a-patient-with-abdominal-tuberculosis
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Domenico Albano, Giorgio Treglia, Paolo Desenzani, Francesco Bertagna
Tuberculosis is a systemic disease which involves skeletal and articular system very rarely. Osteoarticular tuberculosis commonly occurs in the vertebral column and more rarely in the sacroiliac joints. In this study, we report a 44-years-old male patient with low-grade fever, malabsorption syndrome, abdominal and pelvic ascites and low-back pain, that underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT for identifying the cause of signs and symptoms after a negative abdominal CT and negative thorax radiography. The study revealed increased tracer uptake at the peritoneal ascites and at the right sacroiliac joint in absence of bone alteration suggesting a sacroiliitis...
2017: Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658505/fast-kvp-switching-dual-energy-contrast-enhanced-thorax-and-cardiac-ct-a-phantom-study-on-the-accuracy-of-iodine-concentration-and-effective-atomic-number-measurement
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Antonios E Papadakis, John Damilakis
PURPOSE: To assess the effect of vessel diameter and exposure parameters on the estimation accuracy of concentration and effective atomic number (Zeff ) of iodine (I) in contrast-enhanced thorax and cardiac dual-energy CT using a modern fast kVp-switching CT scanner. METHODS: A standard semi-anthropomorphic cardiac CT phantom devised to simulate the human chest at three different body habitus i.e. medium-sized, large-sized, and obese, was scanned using a fast kVp-switching Revolution-GSI GE CT scanner...
June 28, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657247/giant-desmoid-tumour-of-the-thorax-following-latissimus-dorsi-and-implant-breast-reconstruction-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
A M Collins, A M Granahan, D G Healy, C A Lawlor, S P O'Neill
The case of a giant thoracic desmoid tumour in a 44-year-old woman, who presented two years following a breast reconstruction with a latissimus dorsi (LD) flap and implant, is reported. Clinical findings included a rapidly growing, painless mass. Computed tomography (CT) suggested skin and intercostal soft tissue invasion. The tumour was resected en bloc with the LD muscle, implant capsule and underlying rib segments. The resultant thoracic and abdominal wall defects were reconstructed with Dualmesh® and polypropylene meshes respectively...
March 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653494/an-amazing-cause-of-false-pet-positivity-diagnosed-after-a-lung-cancer-surgery
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Ayperi Ozturk, Zafer Aktas, Aydin Yilmaz, Pinar Tari, Funda Demirag
Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) has an effective role in both diagnosis and management of patients with lung cancer. There are many reasons could cause false positivity on PET/CT.A 60-year-old man was admitted a mass on thorax CT and diagnosed as squamous cell carcinoma. Lobectomy with lymph node dissection was performed after evaluation of distant metastases. There were pathological lymph nodes detected on PET/CT at six month following period. Endobronchial ultrasonography guided transbronchial needle aspiration was performed for differantial diagnosis...
June 26, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649708/potential-benefits-of-crawl-position-for-prone-radiation-therapy-in-breast-cancer
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Bert Boute, Wilfried De Neve, Bruno Speleers, Annick Van Greveling, Christel Monten, Tom Van Hoof, Joris Van de Velde, Leen Paelinck, Werner De Gersem, Tom Vercauteren, Jan Detand, Liv Veldeman
PURPOSE: To investigate crawl position with the arm at the treated side alongside the body and at the opposite side above the head for prone treatment in patients requiring breast and regional lymph node irradiation. METHODS: Patient support devices for crawl position were built for CT simulation and treatment. An asymmetric fork design resulted from an iterative process of prototype construction and testing. The fork's large horn supports the hemi-thorax, shoulder, and elevated arm at the nontreated side and the head...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639924/cushing-syndrome-diagnostic-workup-and-imaging-features-with-clinical-and-pathologic-correlation
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Nicolaus A Wagner-Bartak, Ali Baiomy, Mouhammed Amir Habra, Shalini V Mukhi, Ajaykumar C Morani, Brinda R Korivi, Steven G Waguespack, Khaled M Elsayes
OBJECTIVE: Cushing syndrome (CS) is a constellation of clinical signs and symptoms resulting from chronic exposure to excess cortisol, either exogenous or endogenous. Exogenous CS is most commonly caused by administration of glucocorticoids. Endogenous CS is subdivided into two types: adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) dependent and ACTH independent. CONCLUSION: Cushing disease, which is caused by a pituitary adenoma, is the most common cause of ACTH-dependent CS for which pituitary MRI can be diagnostic, with bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling useful in equivocal cases...
July 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639051/adjuvant-treatment-for-pancreatic-ductal-carcinoma
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REVIEW
T Macarulla, T Fernández, M E Gallardo, O Hernando, A M López, M Hidalgo
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a tumor with a very poor prognosis. Most of the patients are diagnosed in advanced stages of the disease, and 5-year survival rates in these patients remains <10%. Surgery still remains the only radical treatment option, although only 15-20% of patients are candidates for surgical resection at the time of the diagnosis. Patients who undergo radical surgery still have a limited survival rate, being the average of 23 months. Three clinical trials have shown that adjuvant chemotherapy therapy after surgery may improve survival: CONKO-1, ESPAC-3, and ESPAC-4...
June 21, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618854/verification-of-organ-doses-calculated-by-a-dose-monitoring-software-tool-based-on-monte-carlo-simulation-in-thoracic-ct-protocols
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Nika Guberina, Saravanabavaan Suntharalingam, Kai Naßenstein, Michael Forsting, Jens Theysohn, Axel Wetter, Adrian Ringelstein
Background The importance of monitoring of the radiation dose received by the human body during computed tomography (CT) examinations is not negligible. Several dose-monitoring software tools emerged in order to monitor and control dose distribution during CT examinations. Some software tools incorporate Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS) and allow calculation of effective dose and organ dose apart from standard dose descriptors. Purpose To verify the results of a dose-monitoring software tool based on MCS in assessment of effective and organ doses in thoracic CT protocols...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614134/value-of-99mtc-mibi-spect-ct-parathyroid-imaging-and-ultrasonography-for-concomitant-thyroid-carcinoma
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Rui Guo, Jiqiu Wang, Min Zhang, Miao Zhang, Hongping Meng, Yifan Zhang, Biao Li
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the frequency of carcinoma in cases with suspected parathyroid adenoma and test the value of Tc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (Tc-MIBI) single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) parathyroid imaging and neck ultrasonography in detecting concomitant thyroid carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 741 patients with clinically suspected parathyroid adenoma who underwent Tc-MIBI planer scans and SPECT/CT of the skull base, neck, and thorax; patients also underwent ultrasonography within 1 month before SPECT/CT...
August 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611938/anatomic-study-of-the-vascular-perfusion-of-the-sternum-and-its-clinical-relevance-in-deep-sternal-wound-infection
#17
Nick Spindler, Florian Kaatz, Christine Feja, Christian Etz, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Ingo Bechmann, Christoph Josten, Stefan Langer, Sabine Loeffler
Introduction: Deep sternal wound infections (DSWI) are a rare but devastating complication after median sternotomy. Minor perfusion in bone and soft tissue, especially after recruiting the internal mammary artery for bypass supports the development of wound infection and nonunion of the sternal bone. The aim of the study was the macroscopic and radiological presentation of the vascular system supplying the sternum, in particular the compensating blood supply routes in the event that the internal mammary artery is no longer available after use as a bypass vessel...
2017: GMS Interdisciplinary Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery DGPW
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609321/change-in-lung-volume-following-thoracoscopic-anterior-spinal-fusion-surgery-a-3-dimensional-computed-tomography-investigation
#18
Caroline G Yu, Caroline A Grant, Maree T Izatt, Robert D Labrom, Geoffrey N Askin, Clayton J Adam, J Paige Little
STUDY DESIGN: Lung volumes and thoracic anatomy were measured from low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans preoperatively and 2 years following thoracoscopic anterior spinal fusion (TASF) for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess changes in lung volume after TASF surgical correction. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: AIS patients are known to have decreased pulmonary function as a consequence of their spinal and ribcage deformity...
June 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604581/vascular-tos-creating-a-protocol-and-sticking-to-it
#19
REVIEW
Meena Archie, David Rigberg
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) describes a set of disorders that arise from compression of the neurovascular structures that exit the thorax and enter the upper extremity. This can present as one of three subtypes: neurogenic, venous, or arterial. The objective of this section is to outline our current practice at a single, high-volume institution for venous and arterial TOS. VTOS: Patients who present within two weeks of acute deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are treated with anticoagulation, venography, and thrombolysis...
June 10, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595774/feasibility-of-using-single-photon-counting-x-ray-for-lung-tumor-position-estimation-based-on-4d-ct
#20
Katharina P Aschenbrenner, Christian V Guthier, Yulia Lyatskaya, Judit Boda-Heggemann, Frederik Wenz, Jürgen W Hesser
PURPOSE: In stereotactic body radiation therapy of lung tumors, reliable position estimation of the tumor is necessary in order to minimize normal tissue complication rate. While kV X-ray imaging is frequently used, continuous application during radiotherapy sessions is often not possible due to concerns about the additional dose. Thus, ultra low-dose (ULD) kV X-ray imaging based on a single photon counting detector is suggested. This paper addresses the lower limit of photons to locate the tumor reliably with an accuracy in the range of state-of-the-art methods, i...
June 5, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
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