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Luis Manuel Rodriguez-Mendez, Jose de Jesus Martinez-Ruiz, Ruben Perez-Manzo, Jorge Luis Corona-Hernandez, Juan Luis Alcala-Zermeno, Sergio Sanchez-Enriquez
The incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries is rising every year. The autologous hamstring tendon graft, using semitendinosus tendon (SMT) and gracilis tendon (GR), is a common repair technique in the management of ACL injuries due to its multiple advantages. Using a final graft with a minimum diameter of 8 mm is necessary to avoid graft failure. The aim of this study was to find a correlation between preoperative ultrasound (USG) measurement of the SMT and GR tendon diameters (SMTd and GRd) and their actual diameters measured during the grafting procedure...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Knee Surgery
Dae Woo Park, Andrea Sebastiani, Choon Hwai Yap, Marc A Simon, Kang Kim
Mechanical and structural changes of right ventricular (RV) in response to pulmonary hypertension (PH) are inadequately understood. While current standard biaxial testing provides information on the mechanical behavior of RV tissues using surface markers, it is unable to fully assess structural and mechanical properties across the full tissue thickness. In this study, the mechanical and structural properties of normotensive and pulmonary hypertension right ventricular (PHRV) myocardium through its full thickness were examined using mechanical testing combined with 3D ultrasound speckle tracking (3D-UST)...
2016: PloS One
Martin Pekař, Wendy U Dittmer, Nenad Mihajlović, Gijs van Soest, Nico de Jong
The information in an ultrasound image depends on the frequency that is used. In a clinical examination it may therefore be beneficial to generate ultrasound images acquired at multiple frequencies, which is difficult to achieve with conventional transducers. Capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) offer a frequency response that is tunable by the bias voltage. In this study we investigate this frequency tunability for ultrasonic imaging. We characterized a CMUT array operated at bias voltages up to three times higher than the collapse-voltage...
October 6, 2016: Ultrasonics
Xuan-Binh D Pham, Jerry J Kim, Aaron B Parrish, Cynthia Tom, Ezinne J Ihenachor, David Mina, Christian de Virgilio
Prior studies have shown racial and gender differences with respect to maturation of arteriovenous fistulas. Women and minorities have lower maturation rates for unclear reasons. Small arterial diameter and high brachial artery bifurcation (HBB) are also implicated in reduced maturation rates. We sought to correlate differences in upper extremity arterial anatomy to race and gender. All upper extremity vascular mapping ultrasounds from 2013 to 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. A total of 509 arms in 284 patients were evaluated...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Trevor P E Williams, Scott Shaw, Adam Porter, Larry Berkwitt
OBJECTIVE: To review information regarding etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment options for aortic thrombotic disease in dogs. ETIOLOGY: Diseases resulting in hypercoagulable states can cause thrombus formation in the distal aorta, and account for the majority of cases of aortic thrombosis (ATh) in dogs, although a substantial number of cases have no identifiable underlying cause. Aortic thromboembolism (ATE) also occurs but appears to be much less frequently documented...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Anthony E Samir
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 25, 2016: Cancer
Loren Fields, Alison Hathaway
Pregnancy of unknown location (PUL) is a descriptive term for when a woman with a positive pregnancy test has a transvaginal ultrasound that cannot determine the site of the pregnancy. While the majority of women with PUL are subsequently diagnosed with a spontaneous abortion or viable intrauterine pregnancy, 7% to 20% of these women have an ectopic pregnancy. The potential for morbidity and mortality related to an ectopic pregnancy means that considerable care is necessary in the evaluation and management of women with PUL...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Simone A Winkler, Paul A Picot, Michael M Thornton, Brian K Rutt
PURPOSE: To develop a new method capable of directly measuring specific absorption rate (SAR) deposited in tissue using the thermoacoustic signal induced by short radiofrequency (RF) pulse excitation. THEORY: A detailed model based on the thermoacoustic wave generation and propagation is presented. METHODS: We propose a new concept for direct measurement of SAR, to be used as a safety assessment/monitoring tool for MRI. The concept involves the use of short bursts of RF energy and the measurement of the resulting thermoacoustic excitation pattern by an array of ultrasound transducers, followed by image reconstruction to yield the 3D SAR distribution...
October 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Mingchen Ba, Hui Long, Xiangliang Zhang, Yunqiang Tang, Yinbing Wu, Shuai Wang, Zhaofei Yan, Bohuo Zhang, Shuzhong Cui
BACKGROUND: Malignant ascites, a complication often seen in patients with ovarian cancer (OC), is difficult to treat, but hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) has a good efficacy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of cytoreductive surgery (CRS) combined with HIPEC for controlling malignant ascites from OC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From December 2009 until December 2014, 53 patients with OC and malignant ascites were treated with CRS and HIPEC...
November 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
K M Meiburger, S Y Nam, E Chung, L J Suggs, S Y Emelianov, F Molinari
Blood vessels are the only system to provide nutrients and oxygen to every part of the body. Many diseases can have significant effects on blood vessel formation, so that the vascular network can be a cue to assess malicious tumor and ischemic tissues. Various imaging techniques can visualize blood vessel structure, but their applications are often constrained by either expensive costs, contrast agents, ionizing radiations, or a combination of the above. Photoacoustic imaging combines the high-contrast and spectroscopic-based specificity of optical imaging with the high spatial resolution of ultrasound imaging, and image contrast depends on optical absorption...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Alec Hughes, Yuexi Huang, Aki Pulkkinen, Michael L Schwartz, Andres M Lozano, Kullervo Hynynen
Recent clinical data showing thermal lesions from treatments of essential tremor using MR-guided transcranial focused ultrasound shows that in many cases the focus is oblique to the main axis of the phased array. The potential for this obliquity to extend the focus into lateral regions of the brain has led to speculation as to the cause of the oblique focus, and whether it is possible to realign the focus. Numerical simulations were performed on clinical export data to analyze the causes of the oblique focus and determine methods for its correction...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Harriet Lea-Banks, Boon Teo, Eleanor Stride, Constantin C Coussios
A significant barrier to successful drug delivery is the limited penetration of nanoscale therapeutics beyond the vasculature. Building on recent in vivo findings in the context of cancer drug delivery, the current study investigates whether modification of nanoparticle drug-carriers to increase their density can be used to enhance their penetration into viscoelastic materials under ultrasound exposure. A computational model is first presented to predict the transport of identically sized nanoparticles of different densities in an ultrasonic field in the presence of an oscillating microbubble, by a combination of primary and secondary acoustic radiation forces, acoustic streaming and microstreaming...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Niraj R Joshi, Eduardo H Miyadahira, Yalda Afshar, Jae-Wook Jeong, Steven L Young, Bruce A Lessey, Paulo C Serafini, Asgerally T Fazleabas
CONTEXT: Endometriosis results in aberrant gene expression in the eutopic endometrium(EuE) and subsequent progesterone(P) resistance. MicroRNA(miR) microarray data in a baboon model of endometriosis showed an increased expression of miR-29c. OBJECTIVES: To explore the role of miR-29c in P resistance in a subset of women with endometriosis. DESIGN: MiR-29c expression was analyzed in the endometrium of baboons and women with or without endometriosis...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Richard S Legro, Allen R Kunselman, Christy M Stetter, Carol L Gnatuk, Stephanie J Estes, Eleanor Brindle, Hubert W Vesper, Julianne C Botelho, Peter A Lee, William C Dodson
CONTEXT: Daughters of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are thought to be at increased risk for developing stigmata of the syndrome, but the ontogeny during puberty is uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To phenotype daughters (N = 76) of mothers with PCOS and daughters (N = 80) from control mothers for reproductive and metabolic parameters characteristic of PCOS. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: Matched Case/Control Study, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Non-Hispanic, Caucasian girls age 4-17 INTERVENTION: Obtain birth history, biometric, ovarian ultrasounds, whole body DXA scan for body composition, 2 hour glucose challenged salivary insulin levels and two timed urinary collections (12 hours overnight and 3 hours AM) for gonadotropins and sex steroids...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Lessandro Curcio, Bruno Salama, Daniel Luis Pinto, Antonio Claudio Ahouagi
BACKGROUND: Nephron sparing surgery (NSS) is well established as the standard of care for most surgical small renal tumors when technically feasible. While the majority of sporadic renal tumors are solitary, multifocal tumors have been reported in 5.4% to 25% of patients with tumors smaller than 5cm. We present a video where we approach, through laparoscopy, four tumors on the same kidney. CASE STUDY: Male, 58y, went through a routine abdominal ultrasound which showed a 5cm left kidney nodule...
October 20, 2016: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Cosimo De Nunzio, Fabrizio Presicce, Riccardo Lombardo, Simon Carter, Carlo Vicentini, Andrea Tubaro
AIMS: To evaluate the role of Bladder wall thickness (BWT) as a predictor of Detrusor overactivity (DO) in patients with Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)/Benign prostatic enlargement without Bladder Outlet Obstruction. METHODS: From January 1996 to December 2000, each new patient, aged 45 years or older with LUTS, underwent standard diagnostic assessment, urodynamic studies (cystometry and pressure flow studies), and ultrasound measurements of the bladder wall thickness (BWT) in two centers...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Ingrid Volløyhaug, Isabelle van Gruting, Kim van Delft, Abdul H Sultan, Ranee Thakar
AIMS: To study changes in bladder neck, urethral mobility and urinary incontinence (UI) from pregnancy to 4 years postpartum and demonstrate any association to mode of delivery or presence of levator ani muscle (LAM) injury. Secondly, we aimed to correlate bladder neck and urethral mobility to UI symptoms. METHODS: Prospective study of 180 women, recruited in their first pregnancy and followed up 1 and/or 4 years postpartum. UI symptoms were assessed with a validated questionnaire...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Christiane Marita Nyhsen, Hilary Humphreys, Carlos Nicolau, Gerhard Mostbeck, Michel Claudon
OBJECTIVES: Although ultrasound (US) is considered one of the safest imaging modalities, concerns have been raised regarding potential infection transmission risks through US procedures. A survey was undertaken by the European Society of Radiology (ESR) to establish infection prevention and control measures in US and to highlight the importance of good medical practice. METHODS: An online survey was sent to all 22,000 full ESR members. RESULTS: The response rate of completed surveys was 4...
October 24, 2016: Insights Into Imaging
Edina Ćatić Ćuti, Nadan Rustemović, Dražen Perkov
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Ultrasound Journal
Emmanuel Amabebe, Steven Reynolds, Victoria Stern, Graham Stafford, Martyn Paley, Dilly O C Anumba
Changes in vaginal microbiota that is associated with preterm birth (PTB) leave specific metabolite fingerprints that can be detected in the cervicovaginal fluid (CVF) using metabolomics techniques. In this study, we characterize and validate the CVF metabolite profile of pregnant women presenting with symptoms of threatened preterm labor (PTL) by both (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and enzyme-based spectrophotometry. We also determine their predictive capacity for PTB, singly, and in combination, with current clinical screening tools - cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin (FFN) and ultrasound cervical length (CL)...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
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