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A Del Sole, S Malaspina, Alberto Magenta Biasina
Neuroimaging, both with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET), has gained a pivotal role in the diagnosis of primary neurodegenerative diseases. These two techniques are used as biomarkers of both pathology and progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and to differentiate AD from other neurodegenerative diseases. MRI is able to identify structural changes including patterns of atrophy characterizing neurodegenerative diseases, and to distinguish these from other causes of cognitive impairment, e...
October 26, 2016: Functional Neurology
Jonathan M Behar, Simon Claridge, Tom Jackson, Ben Sieniewicz, Bradley Porter, Jessica Webb, Ronak Rajani, Stamatis Kapetanakis, Gerald Carr-White, Christopher A Rinaldi
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an effective pacemaker delivered treatment for selected patients with heart failure with the target of restoring electro-mechanical synchrony. Imaging techniques using echocardiography have as yet failed to find a metric of dyssynchrony to predict CRT response. Current guidelines are thus unchanged in recommending prolonged QRS duration, severe systolic function and refractory heart failure symptoms as criteria for CRT implantation. Evolving strain imaging techniques in 3D echocardiography, cardiac MRI and CT may however, overcome limitations of older methods and yield more powerful CRT response predictors...
October 26, 2016: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Itsuko Tsukimura, Hideki Murakami, Makoto Sasaki, Hirooki Endo, Daisuke Yamabe, Ryosuke Oikawa, Minoru Doita
The safety of metallic spinal implants in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed using ultrahigh fields has not been established. Hence, we examined whether the displacement forces caused by a static magnetic field and the heating induced by radiofrequency radiation are substantial for spinal implants in a 7 T field. We investigated spinal rods of various lengths and materials, a screw, and a cross-linking bridge in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials guidelines. The displacement forces of the metallic implants in static 7 T and 3 T static magnetic fields were measured and compared...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
M Aurich, D Albrecht, P Angele, C Becher, S Fickert, J Fritz, P E Müller, P Niemeyer, M Pietschmann, G Spahn, M Walther
Background: Osteochondral lesions (OCL) of the ankle are a common cause of ankle pain. Although the precise pathophysiology has not been fully elucidated, it can be assumed that a variety of factors are responsible, mainly including traumatic events such as ankle sprains. Advances in arthroscopy and imaging techniques, in particular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have improved the possibilities for the diagnosis of OCLs of the ankle. Moreover, these technologies aim at developing new classification systems and modern treatment strategies...
October 21, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Yasmine Mendes Pupo, Leticia Lopes Quirino Pantoja, Flavia Fusco Veiga, José Stechman-Neto, Liete Figueiredo Zwir, Paulo Vitor Farago, Graziela De Luca Canto, André Luís Porporatti
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic validity of clinical examination protocols compared with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in adults with temporomandibular joint disk displacement disorders. STUDY DESIGN: According to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, a systematic review was undertaken using a selection process in 2 phases; 283 different references were identified, and 10 articles were included for qualitative analysis and 7 for meta-analysis...
November 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Saif Al-Najafi, Frank Sanchez, Stamatios Lerakis
Transcatheter valve interventions have emerged as one of the most important developments in structural heart disease over the past 20 years. Initially, these interventions were directed at patients with severe aortic stenosis and high surgical risk; however, their applications have extended to involve other native valves' pathologies, degenerated prosthetic valves, as well as patients of lower surgical risk. In this article, we discuss the importance of cardiac imaging in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) by exploring the current practices, guidelines, and recommendations with the supporting data...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Amy E Burchell, Jonathan C L Rodrigues, Max Charalambos, Laura E K Ratcliffe, Emma C Hart, Julian F R Paton, Andreas Baumbach, Nathan E Manghat, Angus K Nightingale
European guidelines recommend that patients with hypertension be assessed for asymptomatic organ damage and secondary causes. The authors propose that a single magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan can provide comprehensive first-line imaging of patients assessed via a specialist hypertension clinic. A total of 200 patients (56% male, aged 51±15 years, office BP 168±30/96±16 mm Hg) underwent MRI of the heart, kidneys, renal arteries, adrenals and aorta. Comparisons were made with other imaging modalities where available...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Monique C Minnema, Eva Kimby, Shirley D'Sa, Luc-Matthieu Fornecker, Stéphanie Poulain, Tom J Snijders, Efstathios Kastritis, Stéphane Kremer, Aikaterini Fitsiori, Laurence Simon, Frédéric Davi, Michael Lunn, Jorge J Castillo, Christopher J Patterson, Magali Le Garff-Tavernier, Myrto Costopoulos, Véronique Leblond, Marie-José Kersten, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Steven P Treon
Bing Neel syndrome is a rare disease manifestation of Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia that results from infiltration of the central nervous system by malignant lymphoplasmacytic cells. In this guideline, we describe the clinical symptoms, as well as the appropriate laboratory and radiological studies that can aid in the diagnosis. The presentation of Bing Neel syndrome may be very diverse, and include headaches, cognitive deficits, paresis, and psychiatric symptoms. The syndrome can present in patients with known Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, even in the absence of systemic progression, but also in previously undiagnosed patients...
October 6, 2016: Haematologica
S A Taylor, F Avni, C G Cronin, C Hoeffel, S H Kim, A Laghi, M Napolitano, P Petit, J Rimola, D J Tolan, M R Torkzad, M Zappa, G Bhatnagar, C A J Puylaert, J Stoker
OBJECTIVES: To develop guidelines describing a standardised approach to patient preparation and acquisition protocols for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) of the small bowel and colon, with an emphasis on imaging inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS: An expert consensus committee of 13 members from the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) and European Society of Paediatric Radiology (ESPR) undertook a six-stage modified Delphi process, including a detailed literature review, to create a series of consensus statements concerning patient preparation, imaging hardware and image acquisition protocols...
October 18, 2016: European Radiology
Lin Shi
According to the seventh report of Joint National Committee (JNC 7), hypertensive emergency (HE), a kind of hypertensive crisis, is defined as a sudden and abrupt elevation in blood pressure so as to cause acute target organ dysfunctions, including central nervous system, cardiovascular system or kidneys. Patients with HE require immediate reduction in markedly elevated blood pressure. Currently, there are no international guidelines for children HE, so the JNC definition is commonly used. Hypertensive emergency in children is rare but a life-threatening emergency...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
J Bonenfant, E Bajeux, V Deburghgraeve, E Le Page, G Edan, A Kerbrat
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The benefits of immunomodulatory treatments in secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) are unclear, calling into question their continuation. In the present observational study, we investigated the effect of treatment withdrawal on the clinical course of SPMS. METHODS: We included 100 consecutive patients with SPMS who regularly attended our multiple sclerosis clinic. Inclusion criteria were (i) secondary progressive phenotype for at least 2 years, (ii) immunomodulatory treatment for at least 6 months and (iii) treatment stopped with no plans to switch to another...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Vincenza Granata, Roberta Fusco, Alfonso Reginelli, Luca Roberto, Francesco Granata, Daniela Rega, Antonio Rotondo, Roberto Grassi, Francesco Izzo, Antonella Petrillo
Anal cancer is uncommon neoplasm with an incidence of 2 new cases per 100,000 per year in the USA, accounting approximately 0.4 % of all tumors and 2.5 % of gastrointestinal malignancies. An early detection of the anal cancer is crucial for the patient management, whereas the diagnosis at an early stage allows conservative management with sphincter sparing, on the contrary a delays in diagnosis might lead to an advance cancer stage at presentation with worst survival. According to National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Anal Carcinoma guidelines the patients should be subjected to a careful clinical examination, including a digital rectal examination (DRE), an anoscopic examination, and palpation of inguinal nodes...
2016: Infectious Agents and Cancer
Tejinder Kataria, Deepak Gupta, Shikha Goyal, Shyam Singh Bisht, Ravi Chaudhary, Kushal Narang, Susovan Banerjee, Trinanjan Basu, Ashu Abhishek, Sasikumar Sambasivam, Nisha T Vishnu
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is being increasingly utilized in the treatment of prostate cancer. With the advent of high precision radiosurgery systems, it is possible to obtain dose distributions akin to High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy with SBRT. However, urethral toxicity has a significant impact on the quality of life in prostate cancer patients. Contouring the male urethra on a computed tomography scan is difficult in the absence of an indwelling catheter. In this pictorial essay, we have used the magnetic resonance imaging obtained for radiotherapy planning to aid in delineation of the male urethra and have attempted to define guidelines for the same...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Marco Krengli, Carla Pisani, Letizia Deantonio
The guidelines of the European and American Societies of Radiation Oncology (GEC-ESTRO and ASTRO) defined the selection criteria to offer partial breast irradiation (PBI) after lumpectomy in patients with low risk breast cancer regardless pre-operative staging. A recent publication by Tallet et al. explored the impact of preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on patient eligibility for PBI. From their study, an ipsilateral BC was detected in 4% of patients, excluding these patients from intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT)...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Ernst-Wilhelm Radue, Matthias Weigel, Roland Wiest, Horst Urbach
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In neuroradiology, highly sophisticated methods such as MRI are implemented to investigate different entities of the central nervous system and to acquire miscellaneous images where tissues display varying degrees of characteristic signal intensity or brightness. Compared to x-ray, CT, and ultrasound, MRI produces clearer images of tissues, body fluids, and fat. The basics of MRI may be unknown to neurologists; this article introduces MRI physics, techniques, and interpretation guidelines...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
A E Bobrov, E G Starostina, M M Aleksandrova
AIM: To study mental disorders in acromegaly due to somatotropinoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 115 consecutively recruited patients with acromegaly (95 female and 20 male, aged from 21 to 78 years). Acromegaly was diagnosed by endocrinologists according to current guidelines based on clinical, laboratory data and brain MRI. All patients underwent a clinical psychiatric interview based on ICD-10 criteria. The Mini-Mental State Examination scale and Hypomania-Checklist (HCL-32) were used...
2016: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
Ehud J Schmidt, Ronald D Watkins, Menekhem M Zviman, Michael A Guttman, Wei Wang, Henry A Halperin
BACKGROUND: Subjects undergoing cardiac arrest within a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner are currently removed from the bore and then from the MRI suite, before the delivery of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation, potentially increasing the risk of mortality. This precludes many higher-risk (acute ischemic and acute stroke) patients from undergoing MRI and MRI-guided intervention. An MRI-conditional cardiac defibrillator should enable scanning with defibrillation pads attached and the generator ON, enabling application of defibrillation within the seconds of MRI after a cardiac event...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
P De Visschere, N Lumen, P Ost, K Decaestecker, E Pattyn, G Villeirs
AIM: To determine the added value of dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging (DCE) over T2-weighted imaging (T2-WI) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for detection of clinically significant prostate cancer (csPC) in patients with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Two hundred and forty-five patients with elevated PSA underwent multiparametric (mp) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate before biopsy. mpMRI was performed using a 3 T MRI system without an endorectal coil...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Radiology
Annemieke S Littooij, Neil J Sebire, Øystein E Olsen
PURPOSE: To explore the potential relation between whole-tumor apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) parameters in viable parts of tumor and histopathological findings in nephroblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Children (n = 52) with histopathologically proven nephroblastoma underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (1.5T) before preoperative chemotherapy. Of these, 25 underwent an additional MRI after preoperative chemotherapy, shortly before resection...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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