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Ruben V C Buijs, Eva L Leemans, Marcel Greuter, Ignace F J Tielliu, Clark J Zeebregts, Tineke P Willems
OBJECTIVE: Quantification software for coronary calcification is often used to measure abdominal aortic calcification on computed tomography (CT) images. However, there is no evidence substantiating the reliability and accuracy of these tools in this setting. Differences in coronary and abdominal CT acquisition and presence of intravascular contrast may affect the results of these tools. Therefore, this study investigates the effects of CT acquisition parameters and iodine contrast on automated quantification of aortic calcium on CT...
2018: PloS One
Hironobu Sugiyama, Ryo Tohma, Takuya Misato, Kazuma Okamoto, Taro Hayashi, Satoshi Tobe, Tatsuro Matsuo, Kotaro Tsunemi, Takanori Oka, Nobuhiro Tanimura
We report a rare case of right heart failure caused by distal aortic aneurysm. Although aortopulmonary fistula is a common complication of giant aortic arch aneurysm, right heart failure caused by mechanical pressure by aneurysm is very rare. A 79-year-old female patient presented dyspnea. Contrast computed tomography (CT) of the thorax delineated a 78 mm aortic arch aneurysm pressing the main to left pulmonary artery and a 40 mm pericardial effusion at maximum depth at posterior side. Echocardiography showed the acceleration flow from main to left pulmonary artery and moderate pulmonary hypertension...
February 17, 2018: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Daniel Paech, Kerstin Klopries, Sara Doll, Ralph Nawrotzki, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Frederik L Giesel, Thomas Kuner
OBJECTIVES: To establish contrast-enhanced (CE) cadaver-specific post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) in first-year gross anatomy teaching and quantitatively evaluate its learning benefit. METHODS: 132 first-year medical students were included in this IRB-approved study and randomly assigned to an intervention group (n=59) provided with continuous access to CE and non-enhanced (NE) cadaver-specific PMCT-scans during the first-semester gross anatomy course, and a control group (n=73) that had only NE cadaver-specific PMCT data available...
January 30, 2018: European Radiology
Helmut J M H Dittmann, Daniel Kopp, Juergen Kupferschlaeger, Diana Feil, Gerd Groezinger, Roland Syha, Matthias Weissinger, Christian La Fougère
Hepatopulmonary shunt fraction (LSF)-estimation using Tc-99m-Macroalbumine (MAA) imaging is performed prior to selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) of the liver in order to reduce risk of pulmonary irradiation burden. Generally, planar scans are acquired after injection of MAA into the hepatic artery. However, validity of this approach is limited by different attenuation of liver and lung tissue as well as inaccurate segmentation of the organs. Aim of this study was to evaluate quantitative SPECT/CT for LSF-assessment in a prospective clinical cohort...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Johannes Clemens Godt, Torsten Eken, Anselm Schulz, Cathrine K Johansen, Anette Aarsnes, Johann Baptist Dormagen
Background Split-bolus computed tomography (CT) is a recent development in trauma imaging. Instead of multiple scans in different contrast phases after a single contrast bolus, split-bolus protocols consist of one single scan of the thorax and abdomen after two or three contrast injections at different points of time. Purpose To evaluate and compare image quality and injury findings of a new triple-split-bolus CT (TS-CT) protocol of thorax and abdomen with those of a portal venous phase CT (PV-CT) in the same patient group...
January 1, 2018: Acta Radiologica
Konstantinos Tigkiropoulos, Omiros Chalvatzoulis, Eleftherios Chalvatzoulis, Kyriakos Stavridis, Dimitrios Karamanos, Ioannis Lazaridis, Andreas Efstathiou, Nikolaos Saratzis
Purpose: To present a rare case of a patient with a 12-cm posttraumatic right subclavian artery aneurysm successfully treated with aneurysmectomy and innominate-axillary bypass. Case report: A 54-year-old man presented to the emergency department due to progressive dyspnea and hoarseness of voice. His medical record was unremarkable except that he had right-sided pneumothorax and multiple rib fractures from a car accident 16 years ago. A chest X-ray showed a mass in the upper lobe of the right lung, and the patient was hospitalized for further investigation...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
Alexandra Rose Pain, Josh Pomroy, Andrea Benjamin
Hamman's syndrome (spontaneous subcutaneous emphysema and pneumomediastinum) is a rare complication of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), with a multifactorial etiology. Awareness of this syndrome is important: it is likely underdiagnosed as the main symptom of shortness of breath is often attributed to Kussmaul's breathing and the findings on chest radiograph can be subtle and easily missed. It is also important to be aware of and consider Boerhaave's syndrome as a differential diagnosis, a more serious condition with a 40% mortality rate when diagnosis is delayed...
2017: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
Hizuru Amano, Jun Fujishiro, Akinari Hinoki, Hiroo Uchida
BACKGROUND: Intralobar pulmonary sequestration (ILS) is defined as a portion of parenchyma that is contained within the normal pleural investment of the lung but not connected to the tracheobronchial tree, and supplied by anomalous systemic arteries. As ILS is enveloped within the lobe of the normal lung, it is extremely rare for ILS to invade into the mediastinum. We report two atypical cases of infants with ILS expanded toward the posterior mediastinum and contralateral thorax through the pulmonary ligament...
November 28, 2017: BMC Surgery
Angela Steinmann, R Jason Stafford, Gabriel Sawakuchi, Zhifei Wen, Laurence Court, Clifton D Fuller, David Followill
PURPOSE: Synthetic tissue equivalent (STE) materials currently used to simulate tumor and surrounding tissues for IROC-Houston's anthropomorphic head and thorax QA phantoms cannot be visualized using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The purpose of this study was to characterize dual MR/CT-visible STE materials that can be used in an end-to-end QA phantom for MR-guided radiotherapy (MRgRT) modalities. METHODS: Over 80 materials' MR, CT, and dosimetric STE properties were investigated for use in MRgRT QA phantoms...
February 2018: Medical Physics
Jack W Lambert, Yuxin Sun, Karen G Ordovas, Robert G Gould, Sizhe Wang, Benjamin M Yeh
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of existing dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography coronary artery calcium scoring methods to those obtained using an experimental tungsten-based contrast material and a recently described contrast material extraction process (CMEP). METHODS: Phantom coronary arteries of varied diameters, with different densities and arcs of simulated calcified plaque, were sequentially filled with water, iodine, and tungsten contrast materials and scanned within a thorax phantom at rapid-kVp-switching dual-energy CT...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Yoshiharu Ohno, Yasuko Fujisawa, Naoki Sugihara, Yuji Kishida, Shinichiro Seki, Hisanobu Koyama, Takeshi Yoshikawa
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to directly compare the capability of dynamic first-pass contrast-enhanced (CE) perfusion area-detector CT (ADCT) and FDG PET/CT for differentiation of metastatic from nonmetastatic lymph nodes and assessment of N stage in patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Seventy-seven consecutive patients, 45 men (mean age ± SD, 70.4 ± 5.9 years) and 32 women (71.2 ± 7.7 years), underwent dynamic first-pass CE-perfusion ADCT at two or three different positions for covering the entire thorax, FDG PET/CT, surgical treatment, and pathologic examination...
November 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Nicolas Ducros, Juan Felipe Perez-Juste Abascal, Bruno Sixou, Simon Rit, Françoise Peyrin
PURPOSE: Exploiting the x-ray measurements obtained in different energy bins, spectral computed tomography (CT) has the ability to recover the 3-D description of a patient in a material basis. This may be achieved solving two subproblems, namely the material decomposition and the tomographic reconstruction problems. In this work, we address the material decomposition of spectral x-ray projection images, which is a nonlinear ill-posed problem. METHODS: Our main contribution is to introduce a material-dependent spatial regularization in the projection domain...
September 2017: Medical Physics
Brett W Carter, Sonia L Betancourt, Marcelo F Benveniste
The mediastinum contains vital vascular and nonvascular structures and organs, and a wide variety of abnormalities may arise from this region of the thorax. Although mediastinal masses may be initially detected on chest radiography, cross-sectional imaging plays an important role in the identification and evaluation of mediastinal lesions, enabling the formulation of focused differential diagnoses and ultimately guiding management. Computed tomography (CT) is considered the imaging modality of choice for evaluating most mediastinal masses; however, the role of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging continues to expand, as it is superior to CT in differentiating between cystic and solid masses, identifying cystic and solid components within complex lesions, and distinguishing thymic hyperplasia and normal thymus from thymic epithelial neoplasms and other neoplasms...
August 2017: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
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
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
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
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
Monika Uhrig, David Simons, David Bonekamp, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer
OBJECTIVE: Metastatic disease in melanoma has an unpredictable nature with deposits in rare locations such as musculature. Dual energy CT (DECT) provides high contrast-visualization of enhancement by using spectral properties of iodine. Purpose of this study was to evaluate whether iodine maps from DECT improve lesion detection in staging examinations of melanoma patients. METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by IRB and written informed consent was obtained from all patients...
May 2017: European Journal of Radiology
M Oporto, F Cepa, N Orta, S Rubí, H Navalón, C Peña
Radioiodine uptake in the thyroid tissue, metastasis of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), and in other tissues, depends on the expression of sodium-iodide symporter (NIS). Vascular permeability, effusions, inflammation, and other mechanisms may also play a role in the accumulation of radioactive iodine. A 63-year-old woman underwent radioiodine therapy, as well as a post-therapy whole-body scan, as she was suspected of having lung metastasis from thyroid carcinoma. The scan not only showed uptake at the lung metastasis but also a faint diffuse bilateral uptake in the posterior thorax...
May 16, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
Aaron D Stirling, Conor P Murray, Mark A Lee
PURPOSE: To investigate the blood supply to the nipple areola complex (NAC) on thoracic CT angiograms (CTA) to improve breast pedicle design in reduction mammoplasty. METHODS: In a single centre, CT scans of the thorax were retrospectively reviewed for suitability by a cardiothoracic radiologist. Suitable scans had one or both breasts visible in extended fields, with contrast enhancement of breast vasculature in a female patient. The arterial sources, intercostal space perforated, glandular/subcutaneous course, vessel entry point, and the presence of periareolar anastomoses were recorded for the NAC of each breast...
October 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
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