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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650514/automatic-segmentation-of-the-spine-by-means-of-a-probabilistic-atlas-with-a-special-focus-on-ribs-suppression
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Silvia Ruiz-España, Juan Domingo, Antonio Díaz-Parra, Esther Dura, Víctor D'Ocón-Alcañiz, Estanislao Arana, David Moratal
PURPOSE: The development of automatic and reliable algorithms for the detection and segmentation of the vertebrae are of great importance prior to any diagnostic task. However, an important problem found to accurately segment the vertebrae is the presence of the ribs in the thoracic region. To overcome this problem, a probabilistic atlas of the spine has been developed dealing with the proximity of other structures, with a special focus on ribs suppression. METHODS: The data sets used consist of Computed Tomography images corresponding to 21 patients suffering from spinal metastases...
June 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648482/comparison-of-intravascular-ultrasound-and-centerline-computed-tomography-determined-aortic-diameters-during-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-repair
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Sukgu M Han, Ramsey S Elsayed, Sung W Ham, Anuj Mahajan, Fernando Fleischman, Vincent L Rowe, Mark J Cunningham, Fred A Weaver
BACKGROUND: Accurate sizing of stent grafts during thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is critical for a successful outcome. Centerline measurements using three-dimensional reconstruction of preoperative computed tomography angiography (CTA) is the current standard for stent graft sizing. However, this technique is predicated on an idealized straightened aorta and does not account for the variability in the aortic diameter during the cardiac cycle or the overall status of the patient's volume...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648385/fluorescence-imaging-of-lymphatic-outflow-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-mice
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Sunkuk Kwon, Christopher F Janssen, Fred Christian Velasquez, Eva M Sevick-Muraca
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is known to be reabsorbed by the lymphatic vessels and drain into the lymph nodes (LNs) through peripheral lymphatic vessels. In the peripheral lymphatics, the contractile pumping action of lymphangions mediates lymph drainage; yet it is unknown whether lymphatic vessels draining cranial and spinal CSF show similar function. Herein, we used non-invasive near-infrared fluorescence imaging (NIRFI) to image (i) indocyanine green (ICG) distribution along the neuraxis and (ii) routes of ICG-laden CSF outflow into the lymphatics following intrathecal lumbar administration...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647095/increased-detection-of-blunt-carotid-and-vertebral-artery-injury-after-implementation-of-diagnostic-imaging-pathway-in-level-1-trauma-centre-in-western-australia
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Manimaran Sinnathamby, Sudhakar V Rao, Dieter G Weber
BACKGROUND: The incidence of Blunt Carotid Artery and Vertebral Artery Injury (BCVI) is relatively low in modern trauma practice. However, these injuries may be associated with severe neurological consequences. Following the introduction of a Diagnostic Imaging Pathway in Department of Health of Western Australia, we hypothesized that this injury would be less likely to be missed, and accordingly diagnosed more frequently. METHOD: A review of all major trauma (Injury Severity Scale>15) admissions at the State Major Trauma Centre in Royal Perth Hospital was undertaken from 1995 until 2013...
June 13, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645458/pulmonary-3-he-magnetic-resonance-imaging-biomarkers-of-regional-airspace-enlargement-in-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Eric Lessard, Heather M Young, Anurag Bhalla, Damien Pike, Khadija Sheikh, David G McCormack, Alexei Ouriadov, Grace Parraga
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Thoracic x-ray computed tomography (CT) and hyperpolarized (3)He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provide quantitative measurements of airspace enlargement in patients with emphysema. For patients with panlobular emphysema due to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), sensitive biomarkers of disease progression and response to therapy have been difficult to develop and exploit, especially those biomarkers that correlate with outcomes like quality of life. Here, our objective was to generate and compare CT and diffusion-weighted inhaled-gas MRI measurements of emphysema including apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and MRI-derived mean linear intercept (Lm) in patients with AATD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ex-smokers, and elderly never-smokers...
June 20, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644402/choosing-surgery-for-neurogenic-tos-the-roles-of-physical-exam-physical-therapy-and-imaging
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REVIEW
David P Kuwayama, Jason R Lund, Charles O Brantigan, Natalia O Glebova
Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (nTOS) is characterized by arm and hand pain, paresthesias, and sometimes weakness resulting from compression of the brachial plexus within the thoracic outlet. While it is the most common subtype of TOS, nTOS can be difficult to diagnose. Furthermore, patient selection for surgical treatment can be challenging as symptoms may be vague and ambiguous, and diagnostic studies may be equivocal. Herein, we describe some approaches to aid in identifying patients who would be expected to benefit from surgical intervention for nTOS...
June 23, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642733/a-case-of-pulmonary-carcinoid-tumor-with-a-superimposed-aspergilloma-presenting-as-a-covert-ectopic-adrenocorticotropic-hormone-syndrome
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Kyoung Jin Kim, Ji Hee Yu, Nan Hee Kim, Young Hye Kim, Young Sik Kim, Ji A Seo
Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) syndrome is a challenging diagnosis only responsible for approximately 10% of Cushing syndrome cases. It has been associated with a variety of benign and malignant tumors including a carcinoid tumor accompanied by aspergilloma in our case that was significantly difficult to be detected. We report a patient over 70 years old with uncontrolled hypertension and hypokalemia presenting with generalized edema. Laboratory results revealed ACTH-dependent Cushing syndrome, but imaging studies did not show any discrete lesions secreting ACTH...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640779/nonoperative-management-rather-than-endovascular-repair-may-be-safe-for-grade-ii-blunt-traumatic-aortic-injuries-an-eleven-year-retrospective-analysis
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Stephen M Spencer, Karen Safcsak, Chadwick P Smith, Michael L Cheatham, Indermeet S Bhullar
BACKGROUND: The Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS) guidelines currently suggest thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) for grade II-IV and non-operative management (NOM) for grade I blunt traumatic aortic injury (BTAI). However, there is increasing evidence that grade II may also be observed safely. The purpose of this study was to compare the outcome of TEVAR and NOM for grade I-IV BTAI and determine if grade II can be safely observed with NOM. METHODS: The records of patients with BTAI from 2004 to 2015 at a Level I trauma center were retrospectively reviewed...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640112/cement-leakage-in-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-with-cortical-defect-using-high-viscosity-bone-cement-during-unilateral-percutaneous-kyphoplasty-surgery
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Tie Liu, Zhe Li, Qingjun Su, Yong Hai
The purpose of this study was to investigate cement leakage (CL) in osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) with cortical defect using high-viscosity bone cement during unilateral percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP) surgery.This study included a series of 77 patients (23 males, 54 females) with single level osteoporotic vertebral body fracture (OVCF) who underwent unilateral PKP in our hospital. Preoperative x-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, and 3-dimensional reconstructions were studied. During the PKP procedure, needle was carefully put to avoid too near to the cortical defect according to CT image...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639046/is-multidetector-ct-based-bone-mineral-density-and-quantitative-bone-microstructure-assessment-at-the-spine-still-feasible-using-ultra-low-tube-current-and-sparse-sampling
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Kai Mei, Felix K Kopp, Rolf Bippus, Thomas Köhler, Benedikt J Schwaiger, Alexandra S Gersing, Andreas Fehringer, Andreas Sauter, Daniela Münzel, Franz Pfeiffer, Ernst J Rummeny, Jan S Kirschke, Peter B Noël, Thomas Baum
OBJECTIVE: Osteoporosis diagnosis using multidetector CT (MDCT) is limited to relatively high radiation exposure. We investigated the effect of simulated ultra-low-dose protocols on in-vivo bone mineral density (BMD) and quantitative trabecular bone assessment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained. Twelve subjects with osteoporotic vertebral fractures and 12 age- and gender-matched controls undergoing routine thoracic and abdominal MDCT were included (average effective dose: 10 mSv)...
June 21, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638620/chest-pain-and-recurrent-chylothorax-an-unusual-presentation-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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David R Darley, Emily Granger, Allan R Glanville
Malignant mesothelioma presenting with recurrent chylous effusion is rare. We describe the case of a 34-year-old female Macedonian immigrant who presented with central chest pain and subsequently a left-sided chylous pleural effusion. The diagnosis was made on pleural biopsy via video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Our case demonstrates the utility of thoracic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and the difficulties associated with pleural cytology and cervical lymph node biopsy in the establishment of a diagnosis of mesothelioma...
September 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636528/three-dimensional-reconstruction-of-energy-stores-for-jumping-in-planthoppers-and-froghoppers-from-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy
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Igor Siwanowicz, Malcolm Burrows
Jumping in planthopper and froghopper insects is propelled by a catapult-like mechanism requiring mechanical storage of energy and its quick release to accelerate the hind legs rapidly. To understand the functional biomechanics involved in these challenging movements, the internal skeleton, tendons and muscles involved were reconstructed in 3-D from confocal scans in unprecedented detail. Energy to power jumping was generated by slow contractions of hind leg depressor muscles and then stored by bending specialised elements of the thoracic skeleton that are composites of the rubbery protein resilin sandwiched between layers of harder cuticle with air-filled tunnels reducing mass...
June 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633595/central-venous-catheter-insertion-into-the-false-lumen-of-a-complicated-aortic-dissection
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Ahmet Bas, Deniz Goksedef, Sedat G Kandemirli, Fatih Gulsen, Furuzan Numan
Thoracic endovascular repair is considered the first-line treatment in complicated acute type B dissection. Central venous catheters provide valuable vascular access during endovascular treatments. However, central venous catheters are not without complications. Herein, we report a case of central venous catheter insertion into the false lumen of a complicated acute type B aortic dissection by direct aortic puncture. The tip of the central venous catheter was in the false lumen. The central venous catheter was left in place initially and was removed after graft stent deployment...
January 1, 2017: Scottish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632655/scientific-abstracts-4th-world-congress-of-thoracic-imaging
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July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632553/lumbar-retrolisthesis-in-aging-spine-what-are-the-associated-factors
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Feng Zhu, Hongda Bao, Zhen Liu, Zezhang Zhu, Shouyu He, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to demonstrate that lumbar retrolisthesis serves as an important compensatory mechanism and to identify the possible factor related to lumbar retrolisthesis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Lumbar instability is one of the common degenerative changes, which presents as 2 radiologic features: anterolisthesis and retrolisthesis. Compared with the extensive studies on anterolisthesis, limit data are available on the characteristics and clinical relevance of lumbar retrolisthesis...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632551/comparative-study-of-c-arms-for-intraoperative-3-dimensional-imaging-and-navigation-in-minimally-invasive-spine-surgery-part-i-applicability-and-image-quality
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Jan-Helge Klingler, Ronen Sircar, Christian Scheiwe, Evangelos Kogias, Florian Volz, Marie T Krüger, Ulrich Hubbe
STUDY DESIGN: This was a retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: This study compares 2 different 3-dimensional (3D) C-arm devices for intraoperative imaging and navigation with regard to clinical applicability and image quality. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Minimally invasive spine surgery requires intraoperative imaging techniques to adequately visualize the unexposed spine. For this purpose, mobile 3D C-arms became available along with the evolution of intraoperative navigation techniques...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630831/unusual-presentation-of-mycetoma-of-the-foot-a-rare-case-report
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Amit Grover, Prashanth Nagaraj, Vinay M Joseph, Daksh Gadi
INTRODUCTION: Mycetoma is a chronic granulomatous infection. It is caused by actinomycetes or fungi. It is common in tropical countries and males. Predisposing conditions include malnutrition, poor hygiene, history of trauma, wounds on barefeet, and systemic infections. Eumycotic mycetoma commonly involves lower extremities whereas actinomycosis affects the cervicofacial, thoracic, and abdominal regions. Mycetoma presents with a chronic indurated ulcerated plague with swelling and yellowish discharge of sulfur granules...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629561/multi-contrast-and-three-dimensional-assessment-of-the-aortic-wall-using-3t-mri
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Thomas Wehrum, Iulius Dragonu, Christoph Strecker, Jürgen Hennig, Andreas Harloff
OBJECTIVES: To develop a 3D-multi-contrast MRI protocol allowing for high resolution imaging of the wall and of atheroma in the thoracic aorta. METHODS: Eleven healthy volunteers and eleven acute stroke patients with aortic plaques detected by TEE underwent MRI at 3T. The MRI-protocol consisted of a T1w-bright-blood, a T2w- and a PDw-black-blood sequence (spatial resolution=1.15mm(3)). Image quality was assessed by two blinded investigators using a 3-point score and intra- and inter-rater agreement was tested...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629434/reduction-of-breathing-irregularity-related-motion-artifacts-in-low-pitch-spiral-4d-ct-by-optimized-projection-binning
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René Werner, Christian Hofmann, Eike Mücke, Tobias Gauer
BACKGROUND: Respiration-correlated CT (4D CT) is the basis of radiotherapy treatment planning of thoracic and abdominal tumors. Current clinical 4D CT images suffer, however, from artifacts due to unfulfilled assumptions concerning breathing pattern regularity. We propose and evaluate modifications to existing low-pitch spiral 4D CT reconstruction protocols to counteract respective artifacts. METHODS: The proposed advanced reconstruction (AR) approach consists of two steps that build on each other: (1) statistical analysis of the breathing signal recorded during CT data acquisition and extraction of a patient-specific reference breathing cycle for projection binning; (2) incorporation of an artifact measure into the reconstruction...
June 19, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628646/the-impact-of-glycemic-status-on-radiological-manifestations-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-diabetic-patients
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Li-Kuo Huang, Hsueh-Han Wang, Yi-Chun Lai, Shi-Chuan Chang
SETTING: Diabetes mellitus (DM) may increase risk of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) and influence its radiological manifestations. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of glycemic status on radiological findings of PTB in diabetic patients. METHODS: Between January 2010 and December 2015, chest radiographs (CXRs) in consecutive 214 DM patients with culture-proved PTB and 123 available thoracic computed tomography (CT) scans were enrolled. An equal number of non-DM patients with similar demographics was included as the control group...
2017: PloS One
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