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The purpose of this study was to estimate dose reduction after implementation of asymmetrical cone beam processing using exposure differences measured in a water phantom and a small cohort of clinical coronary CTA patients. Two separate 320 × 0.5 mm detector row scans of a water phantom used identical cardiac acquisition parameters before and after software(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to evaluate the difference in coronary enhancement provided by 60 versus 80 mL of contrast medium (370 mg I/mL) for prospectively ECG-gated single-heartbeat axial 320-MDCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively evaluated 108 consecutive 320-MDCT angiography studies. Group 1 (n = 36) received 60 mL of an(More)
To retrospectively evaluate prognostic accuracy of subjective assessment of right ventricle (RV) enlargement on CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) images in comparison with objective measures of RV enlargement in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). For 200 consecutive patients with acute PE, two readers blinded to patient outcomes subjectively(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate variability in right ventricular-to-left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratios introduced by differences in measurement methods and the subsequent influence on the accuracy of predicting outcomes for patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS For 200 consecutive computed tomography pulmonary angiograms positive(More)
PURPOSE The aim of the study was to compare the prognostic value of right ventricular (RV) dysfunction detected on computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS From all consecutive CTPAs performed between August 2003 and May 2010 that were(More)
PURPOSE To test the hypothesis that subjects with a known malignancy at the time of acute pulmonary embolism (PE) have different clinical characteristics and predictors of 30-day all-cause mortality when compared with subjects with no known malignancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective (August 2003 to March 2010) cohort of 1596 consecutive positive(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Risk stratification in pulmonary embolism (PE) guides patient management. The purpose of this study was to develop and test novel mortality risk prediction models for subjects with acute PE diagnosed using computed tomographic pulmonary angiography in a large cohort with comprehensive clinical data. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is an important pro-inflammatory cytokine expressed at sites of inflammation. We have assessed this factor (MIF) in urinary tract infections with the aim of determining a non-invasive and sensitive method to differentiate upper and lower renal involvement. Thirty-three pediatric patients with urinary track(More)
We reported a series of ten patients with lupus nephritis (five patients in the relapse phase and five in the remission phase) and measured the macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF), an important pro-inflammatory cytokine with probable role in the pathogenesis of many inflammatory diseases, in their urine samples. MIF/creatinine (Cr) ratio directly(More)
In this paper we describe an efficient tool based on natural language processing for classifying the detail state of pulmonary embolism (PE) recorded in CT pulmonary angiography reports. The classification tasks include: PE present vs. absent, acute PE vs. others, central PE vs. others, and subsegmental PE vs. others. Statistical learning algorithms were(More)