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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221154/prospective-outcomes-of-11-13ch-ultra-mini-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-ump-a-consecutive-cohort-study
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Janak D Desai
: Ultra mini PCNL (UMP) has been described as a less invasive technique of PCNL for the treatment of small to medium sized stones in attempt to reduce the surgical morbidity. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate prospectively the outcomes of UMP. METHODS: Single surgeon prospective concurrent cohort study of UMP in India. Effectiveness was assessed by stone-free rates, operative time, complications including transfusion, sepsis rates, length of stay and analgesic requirements...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220189/simple-and-practical-nomograms-for-predicting-the-stone-free-rate-after-shock-wave-lithotripsy-in-patients-with-a-solitary-upper-ureteral-stone
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Naoya Niwa, Kazuhiro Matsumoto, Makoto Miyahara, Minami Omura, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Eiji Kikuchi, Akira Miyajima, Kazutoyo Miyata, Mototsugu Oya
PURPOSE: To develop practical nomograms for predicting the stone-free rate after shock wave lithotripsy (SWL) in patients with a solitary stone in the proximal ureter. METHODS: Between July 2006 and June 2015, 319 patients with a proximal ureteral stone who underwent preoperative non-contrast enhanced computed tomography (NCCT) and subsequently received SWL were identified. Patients' age, gender, laterality, stone size, mean and maximum Hounsfield Unit (HU) of the stone, and skin-to-stone distance (SSD) were assessed...
February 20, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216688/computed-tomographic-measurement-of-canine-urine-concentration
#3
Allison L Zwingenberger, Danielle D Carrade Holt
Computed tomography (CT) is able to measure the attenuation of urine in Hounsfield units (HU) on abdominal imaging studies. This study was designed to measure the correlation of urine attenuation with urine specific gravity in urine samples of 40 dogs, providing a noninvasive measure of urine concentration. The HU of urine explained 72% of the variance in measured urine specific gravity [R(2) = 0.72, F(1,38) = 95.55, P < 0.001]. This noninvasive measurement can be used to estimate urine concentration in dogs undergoing abdominal CT imaging...
February 2017: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207619/iliac-crest-regeneration-a-retrospective-study-of-14-years-of-follow-up
#4
Anastasios Christodoulou, Achilleas Boutsiadis, Evangellos Christodoulou, Petros Antonarakos, Panagiotis Givissis, Ippokratis Hatzokos
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective study analysis. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to evaluate the healing process of the ilium after being used as a bone graft donor site in the treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Iliac crest bone grafts have been proven to be the most reliable means for solid fusion in spine surgery. Nevertheless, few reports in the literature describe the ability of the iliac crest to regenerate...
March 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204857/low-dose-ct-imaging-of-a-total-hip-arthroplasty-phantom-using-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-and-orthopedic-metal-artifact-reduction
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R H H Wellenberg, M F Boomsma, J A C van Osch, A Vlassenbroek, J Milles, M A Edens, G J Streekstra, C H Slump, M Maas
OBJECTIVE: To compare quantitative measures of image quality, in terms of CT number accuracy, noise, signal-to-noise-ratios (SNRs), and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs), at different dose levels with filtered-back-projection (FBP), iterative reconstruction (IR), and model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) alone and in combination with orthopedic metal artifact reduction (O-MAR) in a total hip arthroplasty (THA) phantom. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Scans were acquired from high- to low-dose (CTDIvol: 40...
February 15, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185281/technical-note-analysis-of-motion-blurring-artifact-in-fast-helical-free-breathing-thoracic-ct-scans
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Daniel A Low, Lisa Yang, Jingjia Chen, Dylan O'Connel, John H Lewis, David H Thomas, Percy Lee
PURPOSE: To measure and characterize breathing-induced motion artifacts in fast helical free-breathing CT scans. METHODS: 10 lung cancer patients were scanned using fast-helical CT during free breathing. In each case, 25 low-dose CT scans were acquired in alternating craniocaudal and caudocranial directions. A bellows-based breathing surrogate was simultaneously acquired. A published breathing motion model was used to estimate the diaphragm craniodaudal velocity at each CT scan...
February 10, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169260/evaluation-of-indirect-pulp-capping-using-three-different-materials-a-randomized-control-trial-using-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Vijay Prakash Mathur, Jatinder Kaur Dhillon, Ajay Logani, Gauri Kalra
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the most suitable material for indirect pulp treatment (IPT) clinically and to determine the thickness (in mm) and type of tissue in terms of radiodensity (in Hounsfield units [HU]) formed after pulp capping using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A longitudinal interventional single-blind randomized clinical trial was conducted on 94 children (7-12 years) with a deep carious lesion in one or more primary second molar and permanent first molar without the history of spontaneous pain indicated for indirect pulp capping (IPC) procedure...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132073/effective-use-of-the-hounsfield-unit-in-the-age-of-variable-energy-ct
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David Bolus, Desiree Morgan, Lincoln Berland
BACKGROUND: The increasing use of dual-energy computed tomography (CT) and of reduced kVp protocols exposes the marked energy dependence of the Hounsfield unit (HU) as a measure of X-ray attenuation. This dependence of HU on energy limits its use as a quantitative diagnostic parameter, potentially leading to inaccurate diagnoses. PURPOSE: To describe a method for annotating the HU using superscripts and subscripts that inform the observer of the origin of the unit...
January 28, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130587/a-novel-method-to-estimate-blood-flow-velocity-in-the-left-atrial-appendage-using-enhanced-computed-tomography-role-of-hounsfield-unit-density-ratio-at-two-distinct-points-within-the-left-atrial-appendage
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Ryobun Yasuoka, Takashi Kurita, Yasuhito Kotake, Yuzuru Akaiwa, Naotaka Hashiguchi, Koichiro Motoki, Hiromi Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Kobuke, Yoshitaka Iwanaga, Yutaka Hirano, Shunichi Miyazaki
Low blood flow velocity in the left atrial appendage (LAA) indicates a high risk of thromboembolism. Although transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been the standard method with which to evaluate the LAA blood flow velocity, a clinically noninvasive method is desired. We hypothesized that the ratio of the Hounsfield unit (HU) density at two distinct points within the LAA represents the blood flow velocity in the LAA. We retrospectively investigated 60 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation (paroxysmal type, n = 29) who underwent enhanced computed tomography (CT) and TEE...
January 27, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112410/hybrid-zte-dixon-mr-based-attenuation-correction-for-quantitative-uptake-estimation-of-pelvic-lesions-in-pet-mri
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Andrew P Leynes, Jaewon Yang, Dattesh D Shanbhag, Sandeep S Kaushik, Youngho Seo, Thomas A Hope, Florian Wiesinger, Peder E Z Larson
PURPOSE: This study introduces a new hybrid ZTE/Dixon MR-based attenuation correction (MRAC) method including bone density estimation for PET/MRI and quantifies the effects of bone attenuation on metastatic lesions uptake in the pelvis. METHODS: Six patients with pelvic lesions were scanned using fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) in an integrated time-of-flight (TOF) PET/MRI system. For PET attenuation correction, MR imaging consisted of two-point Dixon and zero echo-time (ZTE) pulse sequences...
January 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109248/characteristics-of-incidentally-found-thyroid-nodules-in-computed-tomography-comparison-with-thyroid-scintigraphy
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Shahin Zandieh, Dina Muin, Reinhard Bernt, Karl Hittmair, Joerg Haller, Klaus Hergan
BACKGROUND: In our daily experience, the differentiation between a cold and hot nodule is a very important factor for further clinical management of the patient. In this study, we compared the characteristics of incidentally found thyroid nodules detected on computed tomography (CT) to thyroid scintigraphy (TS). METHODS: Diagnostic reports from chest CT with intravenous contrast and TS examinations performed from January 2013 to January 2016 were analyzed retrospectively...
January 21, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108839/sporadic-insulinomas-on-volume-perfusion-ct-dynamic-enhancement-patterns-and-timing-of-optimal-tumour-parenchyma-contrast
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Liang Zhu, Wen-Ming Wu, Hua-Dan Xue, Wei Liu, Xuan Wang, Hao Sun, Ping Li, Yu-Pei Zhao, Zheng-Yu Jin
OBJECTIVES: To assess enhancement patterns of sporadic insulinomas on volume perfusion CT (VPCT), and to identify timing of optimal tumour-parenchyma contrast. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent VPCT for clinically suspected insulinomas were retrospectively identified. Patients with insulinomas confirmed by surgery were included, and patients with familial syndromes were excluded. Two radiologists evaluated VPCT images in consensus. Tumour-parenchyma contrast at each time point was measured, and timing of optimal contrast was determined...
January 20, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108802/opportunistic-screening-for-osteoporosis-by-routine-ct-in-southern-europe
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Elena Alacreu, David Moratal, Estanislao Arana
: Feasibility evaluation of early detection of osteoporosis in oncologic patients by bone mineral density (BMD) on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans performed for other clinical indications, by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as reference. Abdominal CT images can identify patients with osteoporosis BMD without additional radiation exposure or cost. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the study is to evaluate the feasibility of early detection of osteoporosis by bone mineral density (BMD) on abdominal computed tomography (CT) scans performed in oncologic patients, comparing calibrated and uncalibrated measurements by using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) as reference...
January 20, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100899/effectiveness-of-computed-tomography-attenuation-values-in-characterization-of-pericardial-effusion
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Mehmet Serkan Çetin, Elif Hande Özcan Çetin, Mustafa Özdemir, Serkan Topaloğlu, Dursun Aras, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydoğdu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of computed tomography (CT) attenuation values in the characterization of pericardial effusion. METHODS: This study consisted of 96 patients with pericardial effusion who underwent pericardiocentesis. For further diagnostic evaluation of pericardial effusion, all the patients were assessed by thorax CT. CT attenuation values were measured from at least 5 different areas of pericardial fluid by specifying the largest region of interest...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099359/evaluation-of-pulmonary-function-using-single-breath-hold-dual-energy-computed-tomography-with-xenon-results-of-a-preliminary-study
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Hiroyuki Kyoyama, Yusuke Hirata, Satoshi Kikuchi, Kosuke Sakai, Yuriko Saito, Shintaro Mikami, Gaku Moriyama, Hisami Yanagita, Wataru Watanabe, Katharina Otani, Norinari Honda, Kazutsugu Uematsu
Xenon-enhanced dual-energy computed tomography (xenon-enhanced CT) can provide lung ventilation maps that may be useful for assessing structural and functional abnormalities of the lung. Xenon-enhanced CT has been performed using a multiple-breath-hold technique during xenon washout. We recently developed xenon-enhanced CT using a single-breath-hold technique to assess ventilation. We sought to evaluate whether xenon-enhanced CT using a single-breath-hold technique correlates with pulmonary function testing (PFT) results...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094420/evaluation-of-the-optimal-plate-position-for-the-fixation-of-supraglenoid-tubercle-fractures-in-warmbloods
#16
Sina Frei, Hans Geyer, Seamus Hoey, Anton E Fuerst, Andrea S Bischofberger
OBJECTIVES: To determine scapular cortex thickness, distal scapular bone density and describe the exact suprascapular nerve course to evaluate the best plate position for the fixation of supraglenoid tubercle fractures in horses. METHODS: Twelve equine cadaveric shoulders were examined with computed tomography. Computed tomography morphometry and density measurements (Hounsfield units [HU]) of the scapula were recorded. Statistical comparisons were made between the cranial and caudal aspects of the scapula...
January 17, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094413/electrical-impedance-tomography-for-lung-ventilation-monitoring-of-the-dog
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Simon Gloning, Korbinian Pieper, Martin Zoellner, Andrea Meyer-Lindenberg
BACKGROUND: Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a radiation free technique which takes advantage of the different electrical conductivities of different tissues. Its main field of application is lung ventilation monitoring. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the feasibility of collecting EIT information on a sample of dogs with different thoracic shapes under clinical conditions by connecting an electrode belt without fur clipping. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifteen pulmonary healthy dogs were anaesthetized, positioned in sternal recumbency and ventilated in a pressure-controlled mode at three different positive end-expiratory pressure levels (PEEP) of 0, 5 and 10 cmH2O for five breaths each, with a peak inspiratory pressure of 15 cmH2O...
February 9, 2017: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe K, Kleintiere/Heimtiere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091837/peritoneal-fluid-of-low-ct-hounsfield-units-as-a-screening-criterion-for-traumatic-bowel-perforation
#18
Yon-Cheong Wong, Li-Jen Wang, Cheng-Hsien Wu, Huan-Wu Chen, Being-Chuan Lin, Yu-Pao Hsu
PURPOSE: To investigate whether peritoneal fluid of low CT Hounsfield units is an important screening criterion for traumatic bowel perforation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective study on two cohorts of blunt trauma patients who had peritoneal fluid. Intravenous and oral contrast was used for the first cohort (61 patients) as opposed to intravenous contrast only for the second cohort (60 patients). We compared the CT Hounsfield units of peritoneal fluid with bowel perforation...
January 13, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089254/volumetric-analysis-of-carotid-plaque-components-and-cerebral-microbleeds-a-correlative-study
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Luca Saba, Roberto Sanfilippo, Michele di Martino, Michele Porcu, Roberto Montisci, Pierleone Lucatelli, Michele Anzidei, Marco Francone, Jasjit S Suri
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to explore the association between carotid plaque volume (total and the subcomponents) and cerebral microbleeds (CMBs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-two consecutive (male 53; median age 64) patients were retrospectively analyzed. Carotid arteries were studied by using a 16-detector-row computed tomography scanner whereas brain was explored with a 1.5 Tesla system. CMBs were studied using a T2*-weighted gradient-recalled echo sequence...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072512/a-high-performance-hybrid-bismuth-carbon-nanotube-based-contrast-agent-for-x-ray-ct-imaging
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Mayra Hernández-Rivera, Ish Kumar, Stephen Y Cho, Benjamin Y Cheong, Merlyn X Pulikkathara, Sakineh E Moghaddam, Kenton Herbert Whitmire, Lon J Wilson
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been used for a plethora of biomedical applications including their use as delivery vehi-cles for drugs, imaging agents, proteins, DNA, and other materials. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of a new CNT-based contrast agent (CA) for X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging. The CA is a hybrid material derived from ultra-short single-walled carbon nanotubes (20-80 nm long, US-tubes) and Bi(III) oxo-salicylate clusters with four Bi(III) ions per cluster (Bi4C). The element bismuth was chosen over iodine, which is the conventional element used for CT CAs in the clinic today, due to its high X-ray attenuation capability and its low toxicity, which make bismuth a more promising element for new CT CA design...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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