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Liang Zhang, Danli Sheng, Dong Wang, Yuanzhi Yao, Ke Yang, Zhigang Wang, Liming Deng, Yu Chen
Background: The construction of theranostic nanosystems with concurrently high biosafety and therapeutic performance is a challenge but has great significance for the clinical translation of nanomedicine for combating cancer. Methods: Bio-inspired melanin-based nanoliposomes (Lip-Mel) as theranostic agents were constructed for simultaneous photoacoustic (PA) imaging- and T1 -weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided photothermal ablation of tumors, which was demonstrated both in vitro and in vivo . The high biosafety of Lip-Mel was also systematically evaluated...
2018: Theranostics
Bin Cai, Olga L Green, Rojano Kashani, Vivian L Rodriguez, Sasa Mutic, Deshan Yang
The fast evolution of technology in radiotherapy (RT) enabled the realization of adaptive radiotherapy (ART). However, the new characteristics of ART pose unique challenges for efficiencies and effectiveness of quality assurance (QA) strategies. In this paper, we discuss the necessary QAs for ART and introduce a practical implementation. A previously published work on failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) of ART is introduced first to explain the risks associated with ART sub-processes. After a brief discussion of QA challenges, we review the existing QA strategies and tools that might be suitable for each ART step...
March 14, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
Virendra Kumar, Girdhar S Bora, Rajeev Kumar, Naranamangalam R Jagannathan
Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most prevalent cancers in men. A large number of men are detected with PCa; however, the clinical behavior ranges from low-grade indolent tumors that never develop into a clinically significant disease to aggressive, invasive tumors that may rapidly progress to metastatic disease. The challenges in clinical management of PCa are at levels of screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up after treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods have shown a potential role in detection, localization, staging, assessment of aggressiveness, targeting biopsies, etc...
April 2018: Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
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
Junichi Tokuda, Laurent Chauvin, Brian Ninni, Takahisa Kato, Franklin King, Kemal Tuncali, Nobuhiko Hata
Patient-mounted needle guide devices for
 percutaneous ablations are vulnerable to patient motion. The objective of this study is to develop and evaluate a software system for MRI-compatible patient-mounted needle guide device that can adaptively compensate for the displacement of the device due to the patient motion using a novel image-based automatic device-to-image registration.
 Materials and Methods. We developed a software system for an MRI-compatible patient-mounted needle guide device for percutaneous ablations...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Alan H Nagahara, Bayard R Wilson, Iryna Ivasyk, Imre Kovacs, Saytam Rawalji, John R Bringas, Phillip J Pivirotto, Waldy San Sebastian, Lluis Samaranch, Krystof S Bankiewicz, Mark H Tuszynski
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) gene delivery to the entorhinal cortex is a candidate for treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD) to reduce neurodegeneration that is associated with memory loss. Accurate targeting of the entorhinal cortex in AD is complex due to the deep and atrophic state of this brain region. Using MRI-guided methods with convection-enhanced delivery, we were able to accurately and consistently target AAV2-BDNF delivery to the entorhinal cortex of non-human primates; 86 ± 3% of transduced cells in the targeted regions co-localized with the neuronal marker NeuN...
March 13, 2018: Gene Therapy
Evangelia Tsolaki, Angela Downes, William Speier, W Jeff Elias, Nader Pouratian
Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused UltraSound (MRgFUS) offers an incisionless approach to treat essential tremor (ET). Due to lack of evident internal anatomy on traditional structural imaging, indirect targeting must still be used to localize the lesion. Here, we investigate the potential predictive value of probabilistic tractography guided thalamic targeting by defining how tractography-defined targets, lesion size and location, and clinical outcomes interrelate. MR imaging and clinical outcomes from 12 ET patients that underwent MRgFUS thalamotomy in a pilot study at the University of Virginia were evaluated in this analysis...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
Yu Cheng, Xiaoxiao Tan, Jinping Wang, Yidan Wang, Yilin Song, Qing You, Qi Sun, Li Liu, Siyu Wang, Fengping Tan, Jiao Li, Nan Li
Recently, ultrasmall gadolinium oxide (Gd2 O3 ) nanoparticles with high longitudinal relaxation rate have received enormous attention. However, it can't be concentrated in tumor site through intravenous administration due to its ultrasmall size. In this project, we coated ultrasmall Gd2 O3 nanoparticles with a near-infrared (NIR) light-absorbing polymer polypyrrole (PPy), modifying with hyaluronic acid (HA) and loaded aluminum phthalocyanine (AlPc), the Gd2 O3 @PPy/AlPc-HA nanoparticles could be used for fluorescence (FL)/magnetic resonance (MR)/photoacoustic (PA) imaging guided as well as remotely controlled PTT/PDT combined anti-tumor therapy...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Esma A Akin, Elsa Stephen Kuhl, Robert K Zeman
All women, during their lifetime, are at risk of developing some form of gynecologic malignancy. The role of FDG-PET/CT has become more established in the management of gynecologic malignancies in the last decade. In this article, we will review the role of FDG-PET/CT in endometrial, cervical, ovarian, and vaginal cancer, by highlighting its strengths and limitations. While the role in initial or pre-operative staging for FDG-PET/CT is controversial, it allows noninvasive detection of equivocal or distant metastases, may alter stage and prognosis, and can guide or help eliminate unnecessary interventions that may not be beneficial...
March 8, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
K J Heaphy-Henault, C V Guimaraes, A R Mehollin-Ray, C I Cassady, W Zhang, N K Desai, M J Paldino
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Congenital aqueductal stenosis is a common cause of prenatal ventriculomegaly. An accurate diagnosis provides prognostic information and may guide obstetric management. The purpose of this study was to identify specific anatomic findings on prenatal MR imaging that can be used as predictors of congenital aqueductal stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prenatal and postnatal MRIs of fetuses referred to our institution for ventriculomegaly between June 2008 and August 2015 were reviewed...
March 8, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Nasim Sheikh-Bahaei, S Ahmad Sajjadi, Roido Manavaki, Mary McLean, John T O'Brien, Jonathan H Gillard
OBJECTIVES: To determine if the level of metabolites in MR Spectroscopy (MRS) is a representative marker of underlying pathological changes identified in PET images in Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS: We performed PET-guided MRS in cases of probable AD, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and healthy controls (HC). All participants were imaged by11 C-Pittsburgh Compound B (11 C-PiB) and18 F-fluorodeoxy-glucose (18 F-FDG)-PET followed by 3T MRS. PET images were assessed both visually and using standardized uptake value ratios (SUVR)...
March 8, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Ellis Beld, Marinus A Moerland, Frank Zijlstra, Max A Viergever, Jan J W Lagendijk, Peter R Seevinck
For the purpose of MR-guided high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, a method for real-time localization of an HDR brachytherapy source was developed, which requires high spatial and temporal resolutions. MR-based localization of an HDR source serves two main aims. First, it enables real-time treatment verification by determination of the HDR source positions during treatment. Second, when using a dummy source, MR-based source localization provides an automatic detection of the source dwell positions after catheter insertion, allowing elimination of the catheter reconstruction procedure...
March 8, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Georg Hille, Sylvia Saalfeld, Steffen Serowy, Klaus Tönnies
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In this work we propose a 3D vertebral body segmentation approach for clinical magnetic resonance (MR) spine imaging. So far, vertebrae segmentation approaches in MR spine imaging are either limited to particular MR imaging sequences or require minutes to compute, which can be hindering in clinical routine. The major contribution of our work is a reasonably precise segmentation result, within seconds and with minimal user interaction, for spine MR imaging commonly used in clinical routine...
March 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Xuan Mei, Wei Wang, Liang Yan, Tingting Hu, Ruizheng Liang, Dan Yan, Min Wei, David G Evans, Xue Duan
Recently, theranostic has drawn tremendous attention by virtue of the nanotechnology development and new material exploration. Herein, we reported a novel theranostic system by loading Au nanoclusters (AuNCs) and Chlorin e6 (photosensitizer, Ce6) onto the monolayer nanosheet surface of Gd-doped layered double hydroxide (Gd-LDH). The as-prepared Ce6&AuNCs/Gd-LDH exhibits a largely enhanced fluorescence quantum yield (QY) of 18.5% relative to pristine AuNCs (QY = 3.1%) as well as superior T1 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performance (r1  = 17...
February 19, 2018: Biomaterials
Amie Y Lee, Vicky T Nguyen, Vignesh A Arasu, Heather I Greenwood, Kimberly M Ray, Bonnie N Joe, Elissa R Price
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine the frequency of correlation of sonographic and MRI findings after percutaneous sampling of presumed ultrasound correlates to suspicious lesions detected on breast MRI and to describe our initial experiences with limited-sequence MRI for postprocedural clip verification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 1, 2014, and March 31, 2016, a total of 1947 contrast-enhanced breast MRI examinations were performed, and 245 targeted ultrasound examinations were conducted to identify correlates to suspicious MRI findings...
February 28, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Chunmei Li, Min Chen, Ben Wan, Jingying Yu, Ming Liu, Wei Zhang, Jianye Wang
Background Although several studies have been reported on evaluating the performance of Gaussian and different non-Gaussian diffusion models on prostate cancer, few studies have been reported on the comparison of different models on differential diagnosis for prostate cancer. Purpose To compare the utility of various metrics derived from monoexponential model (MEM), biexponential model (BEM), stretched-exponential model (SEM) based diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in the differential diagnosis of prostate cancer...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
Piotr Szkodziak, Filip Szkodziak, Kamila Trzeciak, Piotr Czuczwar
Uterine fibroids are benign uterine tumors. In women during the reproductive period, uterine fibroids occur in about 25%, whereas after this time, they are observed in more than 40% of women. In the majority of women (about 20-50%), such tumors do not cause discomfort and do not require treatment. Asymptomatic uterine fibroids usually undergo only regular medical control, whereas symptomatic fibroids are an indication for treatment. Current treatment methods include surgical, pharmacological and minimally invasive treatment...
December 2017: Przeglad Menopauzalny, Menopause Review
Gigin Lin, Chyong-Huey Lai, Tzu-Chen Yen
Molecular imaging (mainly PET and MR imaging) has played important roles in gynecologic oncology. Emerging MR-based technologies, including DWI, CEST, DCE-MR imaging, MRS, and DNP, as well as FDG-PET and many novel PET radiotracers, will continuously improve practices. In combination with radiomics analysis, a new era of decision making in personalized medicine and precisely guided radiation treatment planning or real-time surgical interventions is being entered into, which will directly impact on patient survival...
April 2018: PET Clinics
Francesca Boria, Corrado Tagliati, Silvia Baldassarre, Paola Ercolani, Elisabetta Marconi, Barbara Franca Simonetti, Alfredo Santinelli, Gian Marco Giuseppetti
OBJECTIVE: Assess the correlation between MRI characteristics of invasive breast cancer and tumor prognostic features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 95 women with invasive breast cancer underwent pre-treatment MR. Morphological findings and quantitative ADC were retrospectively evaluated. RESULTS: Smaller size, round shape, spiculated margins and homogeneous internal enhancement pattern on dynamic MRI were independently associated with established predictors of good prognosis, while larger size and rim enhancement pattern were related to predictors of poor prognosis...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Imaging
Lian Shanshan, Shi Feng, Wei Kaikai, Zhang Yijun, Liu Huiming, Xie Chuanmiao
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate the value of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM)-derived parameters for early evaluation of the efficiency of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) treatment for rabbit liver VX2 tumor. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen rabbit liver VX2 tumor models were constructed, and computed tomography-guided RFA was performed. One day before and 7 days after RFA, 18 models underwent magnetic resonance imaging, including contrast-enhanced imaging and IVIM diffusion-weighted imaging with 16 b-factors (0-1000 s/mm2 )...
February 22, 2018: Academic Radiology
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