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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437341/measurement-of-thoracic-inlet-alignment-on-mri-reliability-and-the-influence-of-body-position
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Jun Qiao, Feng Zhu, Zhen Liu, Leilei Xu, Zezhang Zhu, Bangping Qian, Xu Sun, Qing Jiang, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure thoracic outlet parameters and whether supine MRI could supersede upright x-ray in measuring these parameters. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: On x-ray, overlapped soft and bony tissues make sternum contour invisible. Thus, measuring thoracic inlet (TI) alignment on x-ray may be inaccurate. MRI could clearly show anatomy around TI...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434767/extrarenal-rhabdoid-tumor-presented-with-an-immobile-arm-in-a-one-year-old-boy
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Chi-Ting Chung, Yen-Lin Liu, Chien-Jui Cheng, Kevin Li-Chun Hsieh, Min-Lan Tsai, Tai-Tong Wong
Infants with an immobile arm may be easily overlooked in primary care settings. Differential diagnoses include injuries, infections, neuropathies, ischemia and rarely, neoplasms. We report the case of a one-year-old boy with weakness in his left arm after minor trauma with a diagnosis of brachial plexus palsy initially. After rehabilitation for 2months, his weakness progressed to unsteady gait and quadriparesis. MRI revealed a huge solid tumor in the left supraclavicular fossa, which also involved the left brachial plexus, upper thoracic cavity, and left paravertebral space with invasion into the spinal canal...
April 20, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422344/use-of-blood-pool-agents-with-steady-state-mri-to-assess-the-vascular-system
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Avnesh S Thakor, John Chung, Premal Patel, Anthony Chan, Amdad Ahmed, Graeme McNeil, David M Liu, Bruce Forster, Darren Klass
Over the past two decades there have been significant advances in the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assess the vascular system. New imaging sequences and improvements in magnet design have enabled the creation of higher spatial resolution images. MRI is now a viable alternative imaging modality when compared to both invasive angiography and computed tomographic angiography. The use of blood pool agents has further facilitated the use of MR angiography (MRA); their high molecular weight allows for lower doses of contrast medium administration while their prolonged presence in the blood stream allows for repeated high-quality volumetric imaging of both the arterial and venous circulation...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420598/1-5-t-augmented-reality-navigated-interventional-mri-paravertebral-sympathetic-plexus-injections
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David R Marker, Paweena U Thainual, Tamas Ungi, Aaron J Flammang, Gabor Fichtinger, Iulian I Iordachita, John A Carrino, Jan Fritz
PURPOSE: The high contrast resolution and absent ionizing radiation of interventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be advantageous for paravertebral sympathetic nerve plexus injections. We assessed the feasibility and technical performance of MRI-guided paravertebral sympathetic injections utilizing augmented reality navigation and 1.5 T MRI scanner. METHODS: A total of 23 bilateral injections of the thoracic (8/23, 35%), lumbar (8/23, 35%) and hypogastric (7/23, 30%) paravertebral sympathetic plexus were prospectively planned in twelve human cadavers using a 1...
April 18, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419635/canine-histiocytic-sarcoma-presenting-as-a-target-lesion-on-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-as-a-solitary-pulmonary-mass
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Jill Hicks, Renee Barber, Bronwen Childs, Shannon Gm Kirejczyk, Elizabeth W Uhl
A 6-year-old spayed female miniature schnauzer presented with generalized seizures and progressive multifocal intracranial neurologic disease. Thoracic radiographs and computed tomography (CT) revealed a large solitary pulmonary mass within the right cranial lung lobe. On brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a solitary intraparenchymal mass within the left piriform lobe had a "target" appearance on both pre- and postcontrast sequences. Cerebrospinal fluid was unremarkable and histopathology indicated both masses represented histiocytic sarcoma...
April 17, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411110/impaired-wnt-signaling-and-the-spine-heterozygous-wnt1-mutation-causes-severe-age-related-spinal-pathology
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Riikka E Mäkitie, Tuukka Niinimäki, Miika T Nieminen, Camilla Schalin-Jäntti, Jaakko Niinimäki, Outi Mäkitie
BACKGROUND: WNT signaling plays a major role in bone and cartilage metabolism. Impaired WNT/β-catenin signaling leads to early-onset osteoporosis, but specific features in bone and other tissues remain inadequately characterized. We have identified two large Finnish families with early-onset osteoporosis due to a heterozygous WNT1 mutation c.652T>G, p.C218G. This study evaluated the impact of impaired WNT/β-catenin signaling on spinal structures. METHODS: Altogether 18 WNT1 mutation-positive (age range 11-76years, median 49years) and 14 mutation-negative subjects (10-77years, median 43years) underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine...
April 11, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407704/delayed-epidural-mucin-collection-after-surgery-for-spinal-metastatic-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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Dong Ha Kim, Dong Hwan Kim, Hwan Soo Kim, Kyoung Hyup Nam, Byung Kwan Choi, In Ho Han
A rare case of delayed large epidural mucin collection causing neurologic deficit after surgery for metastatic pancreatic cancer is reported. A 65-year-old man presented with intractable upper-thoracic back pain radiating to the chest and gait disturbance. He had a history of subtotal pancreatectomy due to intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) of the pancreas and concurrent chemotherapy. Eight months after pancreatectomy, multiple thoracic spinal metastasis was diagnosed with routine up positron emission tomography-computed tomography...
March 2017: Korean Journal of Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405171/estimation-of-the-depth-of-the-thoracic-epidural-space-in-children-using-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Tariq M Wani, Mahmood Rafiq, Arif Nazir, Hatem A Azzam, Usama Al Zuraigi, Joseph D Tobias
BACKGROUND: The estimation of the distance from the skin to the thoracic epidural space or skin to epidural depth (SED) may increase the success rate and decrease the incidence of complications during placement of a thoracic epidural catheter. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most comprehensive imaging modality of the spine, allowing for the accurate determination of tissue spaces and distances. The present study uses MRI-derived measurements to measure the SED and define the ratio between the straight and inclined SEDs at two thoracic levels (T6-7 and T9-10) in children...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402198/ventral-longitudinal-intraspinal-fluid-collection-rare-presentation-as-brachial-amyotrophy-and-intracranial-hypotension
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Veeramani Preethish-Kumar, Seena Vengalil, Sarbesh Tiwari, Kiran Polavarapu, M Netravathi, Aravinda Hanumanthapura Ramalingaiah, Atchayaram Nalini
CONTEXT: Ventral longitudinal intraspinal fluid collection (VLISFC) presenting as hand amyotrophy has been described only in a few cases and there are no reports on associated intracranial CSF hypovolemia (ICH). We describe the clinical and imaging findings of a case with combined brachial amyotrophy and ICH secondary to VLISFC. FINDINGS: A 31 year old man presented with severe positional neck discomfort, radiating pain, progressive asymmetrical wasting and weakness of distal upper limbs...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401686/axonal-loss-in-the-multiple-sclerosis-spinal-cord-revisited
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N Petrova, D Carassiti, D R Altmann, D Baker, K Schmierer
Preventing chronic disease deterioration is an unmet need in people with multiple sclerosis, where axonal loss is considered a key substrate of disability. Clinically, chronic multiple sclerosis often presents as progressive myelopathy. Spinal cord cross-sectional area assessed using MRI predicts increasing disability and has, by inference, been proposed as an indirect index of axonal degeneration. However, the association between cross-sectional area and axonal loss, and their correlation with demyelination, have never been systematically investigated using human post mortem tissue...
April 12, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400659/does-lumbar-paraspinal-muscles-improve-after-corrective-fusion-surgery-in-degenerative-flat-black
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Jung Hwan Lee, Sang-Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: Degenerative flat back (DFB) is characterized by sagittal imbalance resulting from the loss of lumbar lordosis (LL). Extensive degeneration and weakness of lumbar paraspinal extensor muscle (PSE) are thought to be the main cause of DFB. This study is to evaluate correlation between preoperative PSE conditions and angular severity of DFB and to evaluate correlation between preoperative PSE conditions and degree of improvement of DFB obtained by corrective surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty five patients with DFB who took magnetic resonance image (MRI) preoperatively and conducted simple radiography and three-dimensional gait analysis before and 6 months after corrective surgery were included...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391424/optimal-radiation-therapy-for-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Michael F Gensheimer, Billy W Loo
Radiation therapy plays an important role in the management of both limited stage and extensive stage small cell lung cancer. For limited stage disease, there has been a trend toward reduced size of thoracic radiation fields, which has the potential to reduce toxicity. FDG-PET staging helps make this possible by more accurately identifying areas of nodal and metastatic involvement. Trials have demonstrated similar outcomes using a range of radiation fractionation schedules, allowing flexibility in individualizing treatment...
April 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390002/a-tool-for-validating-mri-guided-strategies-a-digital-breathing-ct-mri-phantom-of-the-abdominal-site
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Chiara Paganelli, Paul Summers, Chiara Gianoli, Massimo Bellomi, Guido Baroni, Marco Riboldi
Dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is emerging as the elected image modality for organ motion quantification and management in image-guided radiotherapy. However, the lack of validation tools is an open issue for image guidance in the abdominal and thoracic organs affected by organ motion due to respiration. We therefore present an abdominal four-dimensional (4D) CT/MRI digital phantom, including the estimation of MR tissue parameters, simulation of dedicated abdominal MR sequences, modeling of radiofrequency coil response and noise, followed by k-space sampling and image reconstruction...
April 8, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388971/non-contrast-enhanced-navigator-gated-balanced-steady-state-free-precession-magnetic-resonance-angiography-as-a-preferred-magnetic-resonance-technique-for-assessment-of-the-thoracic-aorta
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F van Kesteren, M A Elattar, K P van Lienden, J Baan, H A Marquering, R N Planken
AIM: To compare the objective and subjective image quality of non-contrast three-dimensional (3D) navigator-gated balanced steady state free precession magnetic resonance angiography (NC-MRA) and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) along the entire thoracic aorta. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty consecutive patients with thoracic aortic disease underwent NC-MRA and CE-MRA using a 1.5 T MRI system. Vessel sharpness was assessed using signal intensity profiles at five predefined levels of the thoracic aorta...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382694/quantitative-analysis-of-hyperpolarized-129-xe-gas-transfer-mri
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Ziyi Wang, Scott Haile Robertson, Jennifer Wang, Mu He, Rohan S Virgincar, Geoffry M Schrank, Elianna A Bier, Sudarshan Rajagopal, Yuh Chin Huang, Thomas G O'Riordan, Craig R Rackley, H Page McAdams, Bastiaan Driehuys
PURPOSE: Hyperpolarized (129) Xe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using Dixon-based decomposition enables single-breath imaging of (129) Xe in the airspaces, interstitial barrier tissues, and red blood cells (RBCs). However, methods to quantitatively visualize information from these images of pulmonary gas transfer are lacking. Here, we introduce a novel method to transform these data into quantitative maps of pulmonary ventilation, and (129) Xe gas transfer to barrier and RBC compartments...
April 6, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382554/measurement-of-vertebral-bone-marrow-proton-density-fat-fraction-in-children-using-quantitative-water-fat-mri
#17
Stefan Ruschke, Amber Pokorney, Thomas Baum, Holger Eggers, Jeffrey H Miller, Houchun H Hu, Dimitrios C Karampinos
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the feasibility of employing a 3D time-interleaved multi-echo gradient-echo (TIMGRE) sequence to measure the proton density fat fraction (PDFF) in the vertebral bone marrow (VBM) of children and to examine cross-sectional changes with age and intra-individual variations from the lumbar to the cervical region in the first two decades of life. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Quantitative water-fat imaging of the spine was performed in 93 patients (49 girls; 44 boys; age median 4...
April 5, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377250/acute-spinal-epidural-hematoma-after-acupuncture-personal-case-and-literature-review
#18
Maurizio Domenicucci, Daniele Marruzzo, Alessandro Pesce, Antonino Raco, Paolo Missori
BACKGROUND: Spinal acupuncture is a relatively safe and common analgesic treatment, but it may be complicated by serious adverse effects such as direct spinal cord and nerve root injury, subdural empyema and epidural abscesses. In this report we are comparing our case of an extremely uncommon spinal epidural hematoma which appeared following treatment by acupuncture with other similar documented cases. CASE DESCRIPTION: This is the case of a 64-year-old man who presented a left hemiparesis associated with paraesthesias...
April 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367388/delayed-recognition-of-thoracic-and-lumbar-vertebral-compression-fractures-in-minor-accident-cases
#19
Jesse Hatgis, Michelle Granville, Robert E Jacobson
Osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) in the elderly are commonly diagnosed after a minor fall or trauma; however, the majority of these patients have either been previously evaluated for osteoporosis or are already under some form of medical treatment for osteoporosis at the time of the fall. Although accidents are a known cause of VCFs, these fractures are too often undiagnosed. In reviewing a group of patients seen after minor falls or automobile accidents who were complaining of general spine pain, we found a smaller subgroup with previously undiagnosed VCFs...
February 23, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365857/a-case-report-of-atypical-long-segmental-thoracic-hypertrophic-pachymeningitis-with-ossification-of-ligamentum-flavum-and-literature-review
#20
Ruofu Tang, Fangcai Li, Qixin Chen
BACKGROUND: Thoracic spinal stenosis caused by ossification of ligamentum flavum (OLF) is frequently seen, but long segmental thoracic spinal cord compressed by consequent thickened ligament posteriorly was rarely reported. OBJECT: To report a case of thoracic spinal cord compression caused by atypical long segmental thoracic hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) with OLF. METHODS: A 55-year-old woman presenting with weakness and numbness in lower extremities was admitted to our department...
April 1, 2017: European Spine Journal
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