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Jayanta Paul, Raj Vigna Venugopal, Lorance Peter, Kula Naresh Kumar Shetty, Mohit P Shetti
BACKGROUND: Liver biopsy is a gold standard method for hepatic steatosis assessment. However, liver biopsy is an invasive and painful procedure and can cause severe complications therefore it cannot be frequently used in case of follow-up of patients. Non-invasive assessment of steatosis and fibrosis is of growing relevance in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). To evaluate hepatic steatosis, transient elastography with controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) measurement is an option now days...
January 2018: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
Srilatha Vantipalli, Jiasong Li, Manmohan Singh, Salavat R Aglyamov, Kirill V Larin, Michael D Twa
SIGNIFICANCE: Measured corneal biomechanical properties are driven by intraocular pressure, tissue thickness, and inherent material properties. We demonstrate tissue thickness as an important factor in the measurement of corneal biomechanics that can confound short-term effects due to UV riboflavin cross-linking (CXL) treatment. PURPOSE: We isolate the effects of tissue thickness on the measured corneal biomechanical properties using optical coherence elastography by experimentally altering the tissue hydration state and stiffness...
March 21, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Xiang Tu, Shi Qiu, Tiancong Chang, Kun Jin, Yige Bao, Lu Yang, Qiang Wei
BACKGROUND: The role of real-time elastography (RTE)-targeted biopsy in the detection and diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) remains controversial. METHODS: We searched Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Library from inception to July 31, 2017 and used the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies (QUADAS-2) tool to assess the quality of the identified studies. We applied the relative sensitivity value to assess the diagnostic accuracy of RTE-targeted biopsy using the 10-core systematic biopsy as the reference standard...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Nazarii Kobyliak, Ludovico Abenavoli, Galyna Mykhalchyshyn, Liudmyla Kononenko, Luigi Boccuto, Dmytro Kyriienko, Oleg Dynnyk
BACKGROUND: Probiotics have a beneficial effect on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in animal models. Randomized placebo-controlled trials (RCTs) in NAFLD are still lacking in humans despite a large number of data from animal research. AIM: We performed a double-blind single center RCT of live multi-strain probiotic vs. placebo in type 2 diabetes patients with NAFLD. METHODS: A total of 58 patients met the criteria for inclusion. They were randomly assigned to receive the multi-probiotic "Symbiter" (concentrated biomass of 14 probiotic bacteria genera Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, Lactococcus, Propionibacterium) or placebo for 8-weeks administered as a sachet formulation in double-blind treatment...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Eun Jee Song, Yu-Mee Sohn, Mirinae Seo
OBJECTIVE: To correlate clinico-radiologic and pathologic features of breast cancer with quantitative and qualitative shear wave elastographic parameters. METHODS: 82 breast cancers in 75 patients examined by B-mode ultrasound (US) and shear wave elastography (SWE) were included. SWE parameters including quantitative factors [maximum elasticity (Emax ), mean elasticity (Emean ), elasticity ratio (Eratio ) and standard deviation (SD)] and qualitative factor (color pattern) were correlated with clinico-radiologic and pathological features using univariate and multivariate linear regression analyses...
March 20, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Brent James Raiteri, Andrew Graham Cresswell, Glen Anthony Lichtwark
The factors that drive variable aponeurosis behaviors in active versus passive muscle may alter the longitudinal stiffness of the aponeurosis during contraction, which may change the fascicle strains for a given muscle force. However, it remains unknown whether these factors can drive variable aponeurosis behaviors across different muscle-tendon unit (MTU) lengths and influence the subsequent fascicle strains during contraction. Here, we used ultrasound and elastography techniques to examine in vivo muscle fascicle behavior and central aponeurosis deformations of human tibialis anterior (TA) during force-matched voluntary isometric dorsiflexion contractions at three MTU lengths...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Shang Wang, Manmohan Singh, Thuy Tien Tran, John Leach, Salavat R Aglyamov, Irina V Larina, James F Martin, Kirill V Larin
Myocardial infarction (MI) leads to cardiomyocyte loss, impaired cardiac function, and heart failure. Molecular genetic analyses of myocardium in mouse models of ischemic heart disease have provided great insight into the mechanisms of heart regeneration, which is promising for novel therapies after MI. Although biomechanical factors are considered an important aspect in cardiomyocyte proliferation, there are limited methods for mechanical assessment of the heart in the mouse MI model. This prevents further understanding the role of tissue biomechanics in cardiac regeneration...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Eduardo F C Fleury, Ana Claudia Gianini, Karem Marcomini, Vilmar Oliveira
OBJECTIVES: To determine the applicability of a computer-aided diagnostic system strain elastography system for the classification of breast masses diagnosed by ultrasound and scored using the criteria proposed by the breast imaging and reporting data system ultrasound lexicon and to determine the diagnostic accuracy and interobserver variability. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted between March 1, 2016, and May 30, 2016. A total of 83 breast masses subjected to percutaneous biopsy were included...
January 1, 2018: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
Olivier Villemain, Mafalda Correia, Elie Mousseaux, Jérome Baranger, Samuel Zarka, Ilya Podetti, Gilles Soulat, Thibaud Damy, Albert Hagège, Mickael Tanter, Mathieu Pernot, Emmanuel Messas
OBJECTIVES: The goal of our study was to investigate the potential of myocardial shear wave imaging (SWI) to quantify the diastolic myocardial stiffness (MS) (kPa) noninvasively in adult healthy volunteers (HVs) and its physiological variation with age, and in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) populations with heart failure and preserved ejection function (HFpEF). BACKGROUND: MS is an important prognostic and diagnostic parameter of the diastolic function. MS is affected by physiological changes but also by pathological alterations of extracellular and cellular tissues...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
R S Goertz, C Lueke, D Wildner, F Vitali, M F Neurath, D Strobel
AIM: To evaluate acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) shear-wave velocities of the bowel wall in patients with Crohn's disease (CD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: ARFI shear-wave elastography was analysed within the wall of the stomach, terminal ileum, and sigmoid, and correlated with ultrasound signs of activity in CD patients both retrospectively and in a prospective cohort. RESULTS: A total of 77 retrospective and 21 prospective CD patients were included...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Radiology
Christopher G Roth, Dina Halegoua-De Marzio, Flavius F Guglielmo
MRI has transformed from the theoretical, investigative realm to mainstream clinical medicine over the past four decades and has become a core component of the diagnostic toolbox in the practice of gastroenterology (GI). Its success is attributable to exquisite contrast and the ability to isolate specific proton species through the use of different pulse sequences (i.e., T1-weighted, T2-weighted, diffusion-weighted) and exploiting extracellular and hepatobiliary contrast agents. Consequently, MRI has gained preeminence in various GI clinical applications: liver and pancreatic lesion evaluation and detection, liver transplantation evaluation, pancreatitis evaluation, Crohn's disease evaluation (using MR enterography) rectal cancer staging and perianal fistula evaluation...
March 16, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Xiaoming Zhang, Boran Zhou, Andre Miranda, Landon W Trost
INTRODUCTION: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that is characterized by progressive corporal smooth muscle fibrosis. There is currently no widely accepted methods to characterize the extent and severity of penile fibrosis. AIM: The purpose of this study is to translate a novel ultrasound vibro-elastography (UVE) technique for noninvasively measuring viscoelasticity of the penis. METHODS: A pilot study was performed of UVE in men with ED and/or Peyronie's disease (PD)...
March 13, 2018: Urology
Zaiyang Long, Donald J Tradup, Pengfei Song, Scott F Stekel, Shigao Chen, Katrina N Glazebrook, Nicholas J Hangiandreou
Because of the rapidly growing use of ultrasound shear wave elastography (SWE) in clinical practices, there is a significant need for development of clinical physics performance assessment methods for this technology. This study aims to report two clinical medical physicists' tasks: (a) acceptance testing (AT) of SWE function on ten commercial ultrasound systems for clinical liver application and (b) comparison of SWE measurements of targets across vendors for clinical musculoskeletal application. For AT, ten GE LOGIQ E9 XDclear 2...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Wes M Allen, Kelsey M Kennedy, Qi Fang, Lixin Chin, Andrea Curatolo, Lucinda Watts, Renate Zilkens, Synn Lynn Chin, Benjamin F Dessauvagie, Bruce Latham, Christobel M Saunders, Brendan F Kennedy
Currently, 20-30% of patients undergoing breast-conserving surgery require a second surgery due to insufficient surgical margins in the initial procedure. We have developed a wide-field quantitative micro-elastography system for the assessment of tumor margins. In this technique, we map tissue elasticity over a field-of-view of ~46 × 46 mm. We performed wide-field quantitative micro-elastography on thirteen specimens of freshly excised tissue acquired from patients undergoing a mastectomy. We present wide-field optical coherence tomography (OCT) images, qualitative (strain) micro-elastograms and quantitative (elasticity) micro-elastograms, acquired in 10 minutes...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Harshavardhan Nagolu, Sudhakar Kattoju, Chidambaranathan Natesan, Meera Krishnakumar, Sunil Kumar
Objective: The purpose of the study is to investigate the usefulness of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography in the characterization of focal solid liver lesions as benign, malignant, or metastatic using ARFI two-dimensional (2D) imaging and ARFI quantification (shear wave velocities [SWVs]). Materials and Methods: Sixty lesions were included in this study. The lesions were classified into three groups: Group I included benign lesions ( n = 25), Group II included malignant lesions ( n = 27), and Group III included metastatic lesions ( n = 8)...
2018: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
Sunao Shoji, Akio Hashimoto, Tomoya Nakamura, Shinichiro Hiraiwa, Haruhiro Sato, Yoshinobu Sato, Takuma Tajiri, Akira Miyajima
The present study evaluated three-dimensional shear wave elastography (3D SWE) in the detection of clinically significant prostate cancer. Clinically significant prostate cancer was defined by a minimum of one biopsy core with a Gleason score of 3+4 or 6 with a maximum cancer core length >4 mm. Patients with serum prostate-specific antigen levels of 4.0-20.0 ng/ml who were suspected of having prostate cancer from multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) were prospectively recruited. The 3D SWE was performed pre-biopsy, after which patients underwent MRI-transrectal ultrasound image-guided targeted biopsies for cancer-suspicious lesions and 12-core systematic biopsies...
April 2018: Biomedical Reports
Min Wang, Feng Gao, Xiaoqi Wang, Yanqing Liu, Ruoyun Ji, Lizhuo Cang, Yu Shi
BACKGROUND: Early detection and classification of chronic pancreatitis (CP) are both important and challenging. PURPOSE: To investigate the diagnostic performance of MR elastography (MRE) and T1 mapping of the pancreas for different stages of CP. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective. SUBJECTS: Clinical and imaging records of 81 patients (from 5/2015 to 7/2017) with suspected CP were analyzed. Patients were categorized into the normal control (n = 35), mild CP (n = 30), and moderate/severe CP groups (n = 16) according to the Cambridge Classification based on concordant endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography or ultrasound endoscopy findings...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Julia L Marcus, Leo B Hurley, Scott Chamberland, Jamila H Champsi, Laura C Gittleman, Daniel G Korn, Jennifer B Lai, Jennifer O Lam, Mary Patricia Pauly, Charles P Quesenberry, Joanna Ready, Varun Saxena, Suk Seo, David J Witt, Michael J Silverberg
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Treatment with the combination of ledipasvir and sofosbuvir for 12 weeks has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for patients with genotype 1 hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection; some patients can be treated with an 8-week course. Guidelines recommend a 12-week treatment course for black patients, but studies have not compared the effectiveness of 8 vs 12 weeks in black patients who are otherwise eligible for an 8-week treatment regimen. METHODS: We conducted an observational study of Kaiser Permanente Northern California members with HCV genotype 1 infection who were eligible for 8 weeks of treatment with ledipasvir and sofosbuvir (treatment-naïve, no cirrhosis, no HIV infection, level of HCV RNA <6 million IU/mL) and were treated for 8 or 12 weeks from October 2014 through December 2016...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Xiao-Yan Zhang, Bo Zhang, Yu-Xin Jiang, Xiao Yang, Rui-Na Zhao, Xing-Jian Lai
Objective To evaluate the diagnostic performance of elastography in the diagnosis of thyroid nodules in the context of Hashimoto's thyroiditis(HT). Methods The study evaluated 43 thyroid nodules by conventional ultrasound (CU) and elastography in 38 patients co-existed with HT who were referred for operation. The patients underwent CU and elastography before operation. The sensitivity,specificity,positive and negative predictive values,and accuracy for CU,elastography,and combination of these two techniques were assessed by using histopathological results as the gold standard...
February 28, 2018: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
Li-Ting Xie, Chun-Hong Yan, Qi-Yu Zhao, Meng-Na He, Tian-An Jiang
Two-dimensional shear wave elastography (2D-SWE) is a rapid, simple and novel noninvasive method that has been proposed for assessing hepatic fibrosis in patients with chronic liver diseases (CLDs) based on measurements of liver stiffness. 2D-SWE can be performed easily at the bedside or in an outpatient clinic and yields immediate results with good reproducibility. Furthermore, 2D-SWE was an efficient method for evaluating liver fibrosis in small to moderately sized clinical trials. However, the quality criteria for the staging of liver fibrosis are not yet well defined...
March 7, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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