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PURPOSE The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of ¹⁸F-choline PET/CT (18FCH-PET/CT) in restaging patients previously treated by radical prostatectomy for a prostate cancer, presenting with biochemical relapse during follow-up (FU). PATIENTS AND METHODS Three hundred thirty-one patients referred to us from January 2009 to April 2011 to perform(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to analyze the characteristics of accident and emergency department (A and E) access, process management and outcome after grouping patients by their citizenship. METHODS The study was conducted using the recorded linkage database at a local public health agency in north-east Italy. We investigated 35,541 adult(More)
BACKGROUND Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) remain an important public health problem in developed countries. Hospital records were reviewed to ascertain the epidemiology of TBIs in Northeast Italy. METHODS The annual rates of TBI-associated hospitalisation were estimated by analysing data collected from hospital records from 1996 to 2000. TBIs were(More)
The technological development of telemedicine has performed important progress, assuming a diagnostic relief role inside of the processes. Among the fields in fast evolution, telepathology is placed among those of greater interest. Up to some years ago, telepathology allowed us to observe at a distance and in real time, histological or cytological slides(More)
BACKGROUND Mortality due to coronary heart disease has been declining as a result of better clinical patient management, including secondary prevention with the aid of effective drugs. The clinical challenge remains how to improve adherence to evidence-based cardiac care for all patients who can benefit from it. The present study aimed to assess the(More)
In recent years, hand-held mini γ-cameras have been increasingly used to perform scintigraphic imaging during surgery. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the physical characteristics of a new high-sensitivity hand-held mini γ-camera through specific phantom measurements. To characterize the performances of the imaging probe Guardian2 hand-held(More)
PURPOSE This study aimed to assess the feasibility and potential usefulness of a new intraoperative portable high-resolution imaging γ-camera for the localization of sentinel lymph node in patients with breast cancer. METHODS Sixteen T1 to T2 breast cancer female patients were evaluated (mean age, 62 years) with preoperative lymphoscintigraphy, acquired(More)
BACKGROUND The values such as participation/empathy, communication/sharing, self-awareness, moral integrity, sensitivity/trustfulness, commitment to ongoing professional development, and sense of duty linked to the practice of the medical professionalism were defined by various professional oaths. AIMS The aim of this study was to evaluate how these(More)
BACKGROUND The epidemiology of cardiovascular risk (CV) in the elderly is far from being defined, and the reasons why some subjects retain a healthy body while growing old while others are affected by different diseases or die prematurely are still unknown. AIMS To compare the CV risk pattern in two elderly cohorts living in North-East Italy. MATERIALS(More)