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Ablation Techniques

Aloma L D'Souza, John R Chevillet, Pejman Ghanouni, Xinrui Yan, Muneesh Tewari, Sanjiv S Gambhir
We have previously shown that low frequency ultrasound can release biomarkers from cells into the murine circulation enabling an amplification and localization of the released biomarker that could be used as a blood-based method to detect cancer earlier and monitor therapy. In this study, we further demonstrate that this technique could be used for characterization of tumors and/or identification of cellular masses of unknown origin due to the release of multiple protein and nucleic acid biomarkers in cells in culture, mice and patients...
2018: PloS One
Yan Qu, Ying Wang, Yan Zhang, Chunyu Han, Dong Gao, Waishu Jin, Jinning Liang, Xiujuan Xia
BACKGROUND: Because of long-term exposure of skin, skin aging is an unavoidable natural law with age. Traditional Vitamin A and novel ablative fractional laser technique both have the effects of skin rejuvenation, and studies have demonstrated both of them have apparent clinical efficacy and histology-improving effects on photo-aging skin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 45 female healthy Wistar rats were selected and the depilation areas of every rat were divided into four regions: control region(Region A), Vitamin A acid region(Region B), combination treatment region(Region C), and fractional laser region(Region D)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy: Official Publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology
Monica R Drylewicz, Kathryn Robinson, Cary Lynn Siegel
Global endometrial ablation is a commonly performed, minimally invasive technique aimed at improving/resolving abnormal uterine bleeding and menorrhagia in women. As non-resectoscopic techniques have come into existence, endometrial ablation performance continues to increase due to accessibility and decreased requirements for operating room time and advanced technical training. The increased utilization of this method translates into increased imaging of patients who have undergone the procedure. An understanding of the expected imaging appearances of endometrial ablation using different modalities is important for the abdominal radiologist...
March 14, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Sophinese Iskander-Rizk, Pieter Kruizinga, Antonius F W van der Steen, Gijs van Soest
Catheter-based radiofrequency ablation for atrial fibrillation has long-term success in 60-70% of cases. A better assessment of lesion quality, depth, and continuity could improve the procedure's outcome. We investigate here photoacoustic contrast between ablated and healthy atrial-wall tissue in vitro in wavelengths spanning from 410 nm to 1000 nm. We studied single- and multi-wavelength imaging of ablation lesions and we demonstrate that a two-wavelength technique yields precise detection of lesions, achieving a diagnostic accuracy of 97%...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Xue Chen, Xiaohui Li, Sibo Yang, Xin Yu, Aichun Liu
Lymphoma is a significant cancer that affects the human lymphatic and hematopoietic systems. In this work, discrimination of lymphoma using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) conducted on whole blood samples is presented. The whole blood samples collected from lymphoma patients and healthy controls are deposited onto standard quantitative filter papers and ablated with a 1064 nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. 16 atomic and ionic emission lines of calcium (Ca), iron (Fe), magnesium (Mg), potassium (K) and sodium (Na) are selected to discriminate the cancer disease...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Giuseppe Magistro, Philipp Weinhold, Christian G Stief, Christian Gratzke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The main objective of novel minimally invasive treatment options is to provide relief of bothersome lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) equally effective to current standard techniques, but with a more favorable safety profile. Here we present the first clinical experience with the prostatic urethral lift (Urolift) and the convective water vapor energy ablation (Rezūm). RECENT FINDINGS: Urolift offers rapid and durable relief of LUTS with complete preservation of sexual function...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Fabian Moser, Andreas Rieger, Christian Pönisch, Hans Kottkamp
INTRODUCTION: Box isolation of fibrotic areas (BIFA) is a promising ablation approach for atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. However, complete isolation of fibrotic anteroseptal left atrial area, where Bachmann's bundle is blending into the left atrial myocardium, is very specific and complex. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 34 AF patients with anteroseptal fibrosis, circumferential BIFA was performed in addition to pulmonary vein isolation. In 8/34 patients, complete isolation of the fibrotic area was achieved with BIFA alone...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Aaron M Thomas, Michael Lucas, Long Zhao, Jerid Liddiard, Ralf I Kaiser, Alexander M Mebel
The crossed molecular beams technique was utilized to explore the formation of three isomers of resonantly stabilized (C5 H3 ) radicals along with their d2 -substituted counterparts via the bimolecular reactions of singlet/triplet dicarbon [C2 (X1 Σ/a3 Πu )] with methylacetylene [CH3 CCH(X1 A1 )], d3 -methylacetylene [CD3 CCH(X1 A1 )], and 1-butyne [C2 H5 CCH(X1 A')] at collision energies up to 26 kJ mol-1 via chemically activated singlet/triplet C5 H4 /C5 D3 H and C6 H6 intermediates. These studies exploit a newly developed supersonic dicarbon [C2 (X1 Σ/a3 Πu )] beam generated via photolysis of tetrachloroethylene [C2 Cl4 (X1 Ag )] by excluding interference from carbon atoms, which represent the dominating (interfering) species in ablation-based dicarbon sources...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Carlo Pappone, Giuseppe Ciconte, Gabriele Vicedomini, Jan O Mangual, Wenwen Li, Manuel Conti, Luigi Giannelli, Felicia Lipartiti, Luke McSpadden, Kyungmoo Ryu, Marco Guazzi, Lorenzo Menicanti, Vincenzo Santinelli
BACKGROUND: Clinical outcomes after ablation of persistent atrial fibrillation remain suboptimal. Identification of AF drivers using a novel integrated mapping technique may be crucial to ameliorate the clinical outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS: Persistent AF patients were prospectively enrolled to undergo high-density electrophysiological mapping to identify repetitive-regular activities (RRas) before modified circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) ablation. They have been randomly assigned (1:1 ratio) to ablation of RRa followed by modified circumferential PV ablation (mapping group; n=41) or modified circumferential PV ablation alone (control group; n=40)...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Hannes Petersen, Alexandra Gliese, Yannick Stober, Stephanie Maier, Nils-Owe Hansen, Sebastian Kruber, Dennis Eggert, Miklós Tóth, Tobias Gosau, Hartmut Schlüter, Klaus Püschel, Udo Schumacher, Robert John Dwayne Miller, Adrian Münscher, Carsten Dalchow
OBJECTIVE: Using a contact-free laser technique for stapedotomy reduces the risk of mechanical damage of the stapes footplate. However, the risk of inner ear dysfunction due to thermal, acoustic, or direct damage has still not been solved. The objective of this study was to describe the first experiences in footplate perforation in cadaver tissue performed by the novel Picosecond-Infrared-Laser (PIRL), allowing a tissue preserving ablation. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTION: Three human cadaver stapes were perforated using a fiber-coupled PIRL...
April 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Cristian A Linte, Jon J Camp, Maryam E Rettmann, Dieter Haemmerich, Mehmet K Aktas, David T Huang, Douglas L Packer, David R Holmes
In spite of significant efforts to improve image-guided ablation therapy, a large number of patients undergoing ablation therapy to treat cardiac arrhythmic conditions require repeat procedures. The delivery of insufficient thermal dose is a significant contributor to incomplete tissue ablation, in turn leading to the arrhythmia recurrence. Ongoing research efforts aim to better characterize and visualize RF delivery to monitor the induced tissue damage during therapy. Here, we propose a method that entails modeling and visualization of the lesions in real-time...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
Tarek Zghaib, Ashkan A Malayeri, Esra G Ipek, Mohammadali Habibi, Dong Huang, Muhammad A Balouch, David A Bluemke, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian, Stefan L Zimmerman
BACKGROUND: Ablation-induced left atrial (LA) edema may result in procedural failure due to reversible pulmonary vein (PV) isolation. Conventional T2-weighted magnetic resonance edema imaging is limited by low spatial resolution. OBJECTIVE: In this pilot study, our goal was to 1) optimize and validate a 3D-SPACE sequence for quantification of T2-signal in the LA and 2) apply in recently ablated patients, comparing myocardial edema on T2-SPACE to tissue damage on late gadolinium-enhancement (LGE) imaging...
March 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Joseph Acquaye, Michael S Borofsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) becomes a more common disease, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of investigational procedures being developed to manage it. We seek to present an overview of the most recently developed treatments and present clinical data related to application wherever available. RECENT FINDINGS: As a greater number of treatments become available for BPH, improved diagnostic testing could prove beneficial in helping guide patient selection...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Urology
Anthony Li, Joseph Samuel Davis, Alexander Grimster, Jeremiah Wierwille, Keith Herold, Dennis Morgan, Elijah R Behr, Stephen Shorofsky, Magdi Saba
Aims: To determine if a software algorithm can use an individualized distance-morphology difference model, built from three initial pacemaps, to prospectively locate the exit site (ES) of ventricular arrhythmias (VA). Methods and results: Consecutive patients undergoing ablation of VA from a single centre were recruited. During mapping, three initial pacing points were collected in the chamber of interest and the navigation algorithm applied to predict the ES, which was corroborated by conventional mapping techniques...
March 8, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Prashanthi N Thota, Zubin Arora, John A Dumot, Gary Falk, Tanmayee Benjamin, John Goldblum, Sunguk Jang, Rocio Lopez, John J Vargo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Endoscopic ablation therapy has become the mainstay of treatment of Barrett's associated dysplasia and intramucosal cancer (IMC). The widely available techniques for ablation are radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and cryotherapy. Our aim was to compare eradication rates of metaplasia and dysplasia with both these modalities. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of prospectively collected database of patients who underwent endoscopic therapy for Barrett's dysplasia or IMC from 2006 to 2011 was performed...
March 9, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Samer Bassilios Habre, James Bradford Depew, Robert D Wallace, Petros Konofaos
Neuroma pain can be severe, persistent, and treatment-resistant. Forehead and scalp anesthesia is troublesome for patients. Following an iatrogenic ablative injury to the right supraorbital nerve, with subsequent painful neuroma formation, a human cadaveric nerve allograft (AxoGen, Alachua, FL) was used to restore sensation of the right forehead and treat pain. At 1-year follow-up, the patient was pain-free, and protective sensation to the right forehead was recovered with comparable static and dynamic 2-point discrimination between the injured (20 mm, 12 mm respectively) and the normal side (15 mm, 10 mm respectively)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Pavel Kubáček, Lubomír Prokeš, Annapurna Pamreddy, Eladia María Peña-Méndez, José Elias Conde, Milan Alberti, Josef Havel
RATIONALE: Only a few arsenic phosphides are known. High potential for the generation of new compounds is offered by Laser Ablation Synthesis (LAS) and when Laser Desorption Ionisation (LDI) is coupled with simultaneous Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry (TOFMS), immediate identification of the clusters can be achieved. METHODS: LAS was used for the generation of arsenic phosphides via laser ablation of phosphorus-arsenic mixtures while quadrupole ion trap time-of-flight mass spectrometry (QIT-TOFMS) was used to acquire the mass spectra...
March 8, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Tarek Zghaib, Ali Keramati, Jonathan Chrispin, Dong Huang, Muhammad A Balouch, Luisa Ciuffo, Ronald D Berger, Joseph E Marine, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Hugh Calkins, Saman Nazarian, David D Spragg
Background: Bipolar voltage mapping, as part of atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, is traditionally performed in a point-by-point (PBP) approach using single-tip ablation catheters. Alternative techniques for fibrosis-delineation include fast-anatomical mapping (FAM) with multi-electrode circular catheters, and late gadolinium-enhanced magnetic-resonance imaging (LGE-MRI). The correlation between PBP, FAM, and LGE-MRI fibrosis assessment is unknown. Objective: In this study, we examined AF substrate using different modalities (PBP, FAM, and LGE-MRI mapping) in patients presenting for an AF ablation...
January 2018: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
Davit L Aghayan, Egidijus Pelanis, Åsmund Avdem Fretland, Airazat M Kazaryan, Mushegh A Sahakyan, Bård I Røsok, Leonid Barkhatov, Bjørn Atle Bjørnbeth, Ole Jakob Elle, Bjørn Edwin
Background: Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) of colorectal liver metastases (CLM) is increasingly performed in specialized centers. While there is a trend towards a parenchyma-sparing strategy in multimodal treatment for CLM, its role is yet unclear. In this study we present short- and long-term outcomes of laparoscopic parenchyma-sparing liver resection (LPSLR) at a single center. Patients and methods: LLR were performed in 951 procedures between August 1998 and March 2017 at Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway...
March 2018: Radiology and Oncology
Merle I Ronden, David Palma, Ben J Slotman, Suresh Senan
Distinctive patterns of early and late benign fibrosis are commonly observed after stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for lung malignancies. These changes on computed tomographic scans need to be distinguished from so-called 'high-risk' radiological features, which can be associated with a higher risk for tumor recurrence. This pictorial report illustrates the different radiological changes seen following SABR delivered using the volumetric modulated radiotherapy, a technique which is increasingly used in clinical care...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
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