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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351655/establishing-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-in-saudi-arabia
#1
Ali B Alhailiy, Peter L Kench, Mark F McEntee, Patrick C Brennan, Elaine A Ryan
Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a commonly used diagnostic imaging tool for cardiovascular disease. Despite constant improvements to imaging technologies, the radiation dose to patients remains a concern when using this procedure. Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are used as a trigger to identify and alert individual facilities that are using high doses during CT. This study aims to assess patient radiation dose and establish new national DRLs (NDRL) associated with CCTA in Saudi clinical practices...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351654/what-is-the-role-of-imaging-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-osteoarthritis-and-disease-management
#2
Xia Wang, Win Min Oo, James M Linklater
While OA is predominantly diagnosed on the basis of clinical criteria, imaging may aid with differential diagnosis in clinically suspected cases. While plain radiographs are traditionally the first choice of imaging modality, MRI and US also have a valuable role in assessing multiple pathologic features of OA, although each has particular advantages and disadvantages. Although modern imaging modalities provide the capability to detect a wide range of osseous and soft tissue (cartilage, menisci, ligaments, synovitis, effusion) OA-related structural damage, this extra information has not yet favourably influenced the clinical decision-making and management process...
January 16, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351635/reversibility-of-severe-mitral-valve-regurgitation-after-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-single-centre-observations-from-a-real-life-population-of-patients
#3
Monica Dobrovie, Ricardo A Spampinato, Elena Efimova, Jaqueline G da Rocha E Silva, Julia Fischer, Michael Kuehl, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Ann Belmans, Agnieszka Ciarka, Fernanda Bonamigo Thome, Valerie Schloma, Yaroslava Dmitrieva, Sven Lehmann, Jochen Hahn, Elfriede Strotdrees, Friedrich-Wilhelm Mohr, Jens Garbade, Anna L Meyer
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluates the impact of untreated preoperative severe mitral valve regurgitation (MR) on outcomes after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: Of the 234 patients who received LVAD therapy in our centre during a 6-year period, we selected those who had echocardiographic images of good quality and excluded those who underwent mitral valve replacement prior to or mitral valve repair during LVAD placement. The 128 patients selected were divided into 2 groups: Group A with severe MR (n = 65) and Group B with none to moderate MR (n = 63, 28 with moderate MR)...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351615/18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-computed-tomography-and-computed-tomography-angiography-in-prosthetic-heart-valve-endocarditis-from-guidelines-to-clinical-practice
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Laurens E Swart, Asbjørn M Scholtens, Wilco Tanis, Koen Nieman, Ad J J C Bogers, Fred J Verzijlbergen, Gabriel P Krestin, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Ricardo P J Budde
The timely diagnosis of prosthetic heart valve endocarditis remains challenging yet of utmost importance. 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18 F-FDG) positron emission/computed tomography (PET/CT) and cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) were recently introduced as additional diagnostic tools in the most recent ESC guidelines on infective endocarditis. However, how to interpret PET/CT findings with regard to what is to be considered abnormal, what the potential confounders may be, as well as which patients benefit most from these additional imaging techniques and how to best perform them in these often-complex patients, remains unclear...
January 16, 2018: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351243/awake-versus-asleep-deep-brain-stimulation-surgery-technical-considerations-and-critical-review-of-the-literature
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Ryan B Kochanski, Sepehr Sani
Advancements in neuroimaging have led to a trend toward direct, image-based targeting under general anesthesia without the use of microelectrode recording (MER) or intraoperative test stimulation, also referred to as "asleep" deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. Asleep DBS, utilizing imaging in the form of intraoperative computed tomography (iCT) or magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI), has demonstrated reliable targeting accuracy of DBS leads implanted within the globus pallidus and subthalamic nucleus while also improving clinical outcomes in patients with Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2018: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351123/accuracy-of-18f-naf-pet-ct-in-bone-metastasis-detection-and-its-effect-on-patient-management-in-patients-with-breast-carcinoma
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Wouter A M Broos, Friso M van der Zant, Maurits Wondergem, Remco J J Knol
OBJECTIVE: Determination of the accuracy of sodium fluorine-18-fluoride (F-NaF) PET/computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of bone metastases, and the impact on patient management in breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with breast cancer, referred for F-NaF PET/CT between February 2014 and June 2016, were included in a database. Baseline characteristics, clinical indication, definitive diagnosis according to follow-up data, as well as changes in patient management were recorded...
January 18, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351112/dimensional-variations-in-the-soft-tissue-profile-after-removal-of-implant-supported-fixed-interim-restorations-a-pilot-clinical-study
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Juan C Duran, Felipe Aguirre, Rodrigo Pino, Diego Velásquez
PURPOSE: To measure dimensional changes of the periimplant soft tissue profile after removal of a single implant fixed interim restorations using digital impression procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten participants presenting with single implant-supported fixed interim restorations (ISFIRs) on the maxillary esthetic zone. A 2-step silicone impression was made of the maxillary arch with the ISFIRs. The experimental procedure was obtained by making digital impressions of the gingival contours immediately after ISFIR removal...
January 17, 2018: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351042/secondary-alveolar-bone-grafting-in-patients-born-with-unilateral-cleft-lip-and-palate-a-20-year-follow-up
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Fatemeh Jabbari, Laila Wiklander, Erika Reiser, Andreas Thor, Malin Hakelius, Daniel Nowinski
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors of oral health important for the final outcome, after secondary alveolar bone grafting in patients born with unilateral cleft lip and palate and compare occlusal radiographs with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in assessment of alveolar bone height. DESIGN: Observational follow-up study. SETTING: Cleft Lip and Palate Team, Craniofacial Center, Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden. PATIENTS: 40 nonsyndromic, Caucasian patients with unilateral complete cleft lip and palate...
February 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350878/perfusion-ct-in-posterior-circulation-stroke-predictors-and-prognostic-implications-of-focal-hypoperfusion
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Lars-Peder Pallesen, Dimitris Lambrou, Ashraf Eskandari, Jessica Barlinn, Kristian Barlinn, Heinz Reichmann, Vincent Dunet, Philippe Maeder, Volker Puetz, Patrik Michel
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine predictors of focal hypoperfusion on CT Perfusion (CTP) in patients with acute posterior circulation stroke and its association with long-term outcome. METHODS: We selected patients with posterior circulation stroke from the Acute STroke Registry and Analysis of Lausanne (ASTRAL) who underwent CTP within 24 hours of stroke onset as part of the stroke imaging protocol. Hypoperfusion was defined as an area of visually well demarcated mean-transit-time (MTT) prolongation corresponding to an arterial territory on standard reconstruction CTP imaging maps...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350784/novel-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-cmr-oxygenation-approaches-in-understanding-pathophysiology-of-cardiac-diseases
#10
Karthigesh Sree Raman, Gaetano Nucifora, Joseph B Selvanayagam
Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMR) permits accurate phenotyping of many cardiac diseases. CMR's inherent advantages are its non-invasive nature, lack of ionizing radiation and high accuracy and reproducibility. Furthermore, it is able to assess many aspects of cardiac anatomy, structure and function. Specifically, it can characterize myocardial tissue, myocardial function, myocardial mass, myocardial blood flow/perfusion, irreversible and reversible injury, all with a high degree of accuracy and reproducibility...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350650/clinical-and-instrumental-assessment-of-herniated-discs-after-nucleoplasty-a-preliminary-study
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Alessandro Liguori, Federica Galli, Martina Gurgitano, Anna Borelli, Marco Pandolfi, Ferdinando Caranci, Alberto M Magenta Biasina, Giovanni G M Pompili, Claudia L Piccolo, Vittorio Miele, Carlo Masciocchi, Giampaolo Carrafiello
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The therapy for low back pain boasts different approaches; one of these is nucleoplasty. We wanted to assess the effectiveness of nucleoplasty both by clinical response both by MR imaging evaluation, including even extrusions larger than one third of the spinal canal. METHODS: Fifty-seven patients were treated with nucleoplasty in our hospital, 11 of these patients accepted both clinical and MRI evaluation after six months from treatment. The clinical evaluation was performed with Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) of pain, scored before and after the procedure...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350642/acute-and-overuse-elbow-trauma-radio-orthopaedics-overview
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Elisabetta Antonia Nocerino, Davide Cucchi, Paolo Arrigoni, Marco Brioschi, Cristiano Fusi, Eugenio A Genovese, Carmelo Messina, Pietro Randelli, Carlo Masciocchi, Alberto Aliprandi
The correct management of acute, subacute and overuse-related elbow pathologies represents a challenging diagnostic and therapeutic problem. While major trauma frequently requires a rapid surgical intervention, subluxation and minor trauma allow taking more time for diagnostics and planning the correct elective treatment after careful clinical and radiological investigation. In these conditions, communication between orthopaedic surgeon and radiologist allow to create a detailed radiology report, tailored to the patient's and surgeon's needs and optimal to plan proper management...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350641/traumatic-fractures-in-adults-missed-diagnosis-on-plain-radiographs-in-the-emergency-department
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Antonio Pinto, Daniela Berritto, Anna Russo, Federica Riccitiello, Martina Caruso, Maria Paola Belfiore, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Marina Carotti, Fabio Pinto, Andrea Giovagnoni, Luigia Romano, Roberto Grassi
Radiography remains the imaging standard for fracture detection after trauma. The radiographic diagnosis of most fractures and dislocations poses little difficulty to radiologists: however, occasionally these injuries are quite subtle or even impossible to detect on radiographs. Missed diagnoses of fracture potentially have important consequences for patients, clinicians, and radiologists. Radiologists play a pivot role in the diagnostic assessment of the trauma patients: emergency radiologists who are more practiced at seeking out and discerning traumatic fractures can provide an invaluable service to their clinical colleagues by ensuring that patients do not endure delayed diagnoses...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350640/scapular-fractures-a-common-diagnostic-pitfall
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Daniela Berritto, Antonio Pinto, Anna Russo, Fabrizio Urraro, Antonella Laporta, Maria Paola Belfiore, Roberto Grassi
Scapular fractures are one of the most difficult fractures to diagnose on radiographs. Detection can be challenging because of the obscuration by the overlying structures or incomplete imaging due to difficult patient collaboration. Familiarity with imaging characteristics of these abnormalities will allow radiologists to better diagnose and characterize scapular fractures. Three-dimensional computed tomographic scans are considered the gold standard for scapular diagnoses. Treatment strategies differ depending on the type of scapular fractures, but the site and degree of displacement will determine whether surgical intervention should be considered...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350638/weight-bearing-mri-of-the-knee-a-review-of-advantages-and-limits
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Federico Bruno, Antonio Barile, Francesco Arrigoni, Antonella Laporta, Anna Russo, Marina Carotti, Alessandra Splendiani, Ernesto Di Cesare, Carlo Masciocchi
Standard knee imaging with MRI is usually performed with patient in recumbent position under non-weight-bearing conditions. Recently, magnetic resonance imaging systems to scan the knee joint under weight bearing conditions has been proposed as an approach to improve the clinical utility of musculoskeletal MRI. Imaging under loading can be useful to understand the natural motion behavior of the knee joint and to identify conditions that are challenging to diagnose by using standard position. We reviewed the literature on weight-bearing MR imaging of the knee to describe the current state of use of such MRI technologies, evaluating the advantages and the potential limitations of these technologies...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350637/clinical-utility-of-eco-color-power-doppler-ultrasonography-and-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-interpretation-and-quantification-of-joint-synovitis-a-review
#16
Marina Carotti, Vittoria Galeazzi, Francesca Catucci, Marcello Zappia, Francesco Arrigoni, Antonio Barile, Andrea Giovagnoni
With the introduction of new biologics such as anti-TNF-alpha antibodies and other therapies in the treatment of inflammatory arthritis, capable of halting joint destruction and functional disability, there are new pressures on diagnostic and prognostic imaging. Early demonstration of pre-erosive inflammatory features and monitoring of the long-term effects of treatment are becoming increasingly important. Early detection of synovitis offers advantages in terms of allowing early instigation of therapy and may allow the identification of those patients displaying more aggressive disease who might benefit from early intervention with expensive DMARD therapy...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350636/imaging-of-pediatric-foot-disorders
#17
Alfonso Reginelli, Anna Russo, Fabrizio Turrizziani, Roberto Picascia, Elisa Micheletti, Vittoria Galeazzi, Umberto Russo, Assunta Sica, Fabrizio Cioce, Alberto Aliprandi, Andrea Giovagnoni, Salvatore Cappabianca
Infants and children undergo imaging studies to evaluate a wide variety of congenital and acquired disorders. Imaging protocols have to consider the patient's comfort, level of anxiety, and smaller size. The first imaging study is usually made with plain radiographs. The routine radiographic examination of the foot includes the anteroposterior (AP), lateral, and oblique projections. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (RMI) provides excellent anatomic detail of cartilage, vasculature and soft tissue thanks to superior soft tissue contrast and spatial resolution, so is valuable in many cases...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350635/magnetic-resonance-imaging-correlates-of-benign-and-malignant-alterations-of-the-spinal-bone-marrow
#18
Ferdinando Caranci, Enrico Tedeschi, Lorenzo Ugga, Alessandra D'Amico, Serena Schipani, Silvia Bartollino, Claudio Russo, Alessandra Splendiani, Francesco Briganti, Marcello Zappia, Mariarosa A B Melone, Carlo Maschiocchi, Luca Brunese
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF THE WORK: Bone marrow (BM) abnormalities in the spine are a common, sometimes unexpected, finding on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which is the most sensitive imaging modality to evaluate the marrow, and their interpretation can be difficult for the unexperienced radiologist. In this review, the MRI appearance of normal age-related BM changes, as well as the imaging features of benign and malignant diseases, are presented. DISCUSSION: A large variety of BM signal alterations has been identified and described, including normal variants, BM reconversion,  degenerative changes, infections, spondyloarthritis and osteonecrosis, trauma, neoplastic lesions (both primary or metastatic), post-radiation and chemotherapy sequelae...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350598/diffusion-tensor-imaging-and-ventricle-volume-quantification-in-patients-with-chronic-shunt-treated-hydrocephalus-a-matched-case-control-study
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Kristy Tan, Avital Meiri, Wenzhu B Mowrey, Rick Abbott, James T Goodrich, Adam L Sandler, Asif K Suri, Michael L Lipton, Mark E Wagshul
OBJECTIVE The object of this study was to use diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) to characterize the long-term effects of hydrocephalus and shunting on white matter integrity and to investigate the relationship of ventricular size and alterations in white matter integrity with headache and quality-of-life outcome measures. METHODS Patients with shunt-treated hydrocephalus and age- and sex-matched healthy controls were recruited into the study and underwent anatomical and DTI imaging on a 3-T MRI scanner...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350490/chronic-exposure-to-high-doses-of-selenium-in-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy-case-report-and-brief-literature-review
#20
Luisa D'Oria, Massimo Apicella, Carmen De Luca, Angelo Licameli, Caterina Neri, Marcella Pellegrino, Daniela Simeone, Marco De Santis
BACKGROUND: Obstetricians usually prescribe supplements during pregnancy without actual indication. The use of selenium during pregnancy has increased, due to its function in several antioxidant mechanisms. CASE: A pregnant woman received 200,000 micrograms (μg) per day of a selenium galenic formulation, since gestational week (g.w.) 7 to 12, due to a prescription error. The patient experienced nausea, vomiting, hand and foot paresthesia, followed by fatigue, loss of fingernails and hair...
January 19, 2018: Birth Defects Research
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