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The purpose of this study was to apply a novel method of multiscale echo texture analysis for distinguishing benign (hemangiomas) from malignant (hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) and metastases) focal liver lesions in B-mode ultrasound images. In this method, regions of interest (ROIs) extracted from within the lesions were decomposed into subimages by(More)
We have developed a new computer-aided diagnosis scheme for automated detection of lung nodules in digital chest radiographs based on a combination of morphological features and the wavelet snake. In our scheme, two processes were applied in parallel to reduce the false-positive detections after initial nodule candidates were selected. One process consisted(More)
OBJECTIVES : To evaluate dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) parameters in the prediction of the immediate therapeutic response of MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) therapy in the treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids MATERIALS AND METHODS : Institutional review board approved this study, and informed(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the energy efficiency of differently sized volumetric ablations in MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MR-HIFU) treatment of uterine fibroids. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was approved by the institutional review board and informed consent was obtained from all participants. Ten symptomatic uterine fibroids (mean diameter(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this prospective multicenter study was to assess the safety and technical feasibility of volumetric Magnetic Resonance-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (MR-HIFU) ablation for treatment of patients with symptomatic uterine fibroids. METHODS Thirty-three patients with 36 fibroids were treated with volumetric MR-HIFU(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate initial clinical outcomes of volumetric magnetic resonance (MR)-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation by using a one-layer strategy to treat large (>10 cm in diameter) uterine fibroids, with investigation of the correlation between effectiveness of the one-layer strategy and dynamic contrast material-enhanced (DCE) MR(More)
OBJECTIVE MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation is increasingly adopted for treating symptomatic uterine fibroids. As a noninvasive therapy performed on an outpatient basis, it has been viewed by patients to have distinct advantages over other treatment options. However, its breadth of clinical application is still limited. To address(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether intraprocedural thermal parameters as measured with magnetic resonance (MR) thermometry can be used to predict immediate or delayed therapeutic response after MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation of uterine fibroids. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval and subject informed consent(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the accuracy of the size and location of the ablation zone produced by volumetric magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation of uterine fibroids on the basis of MR thermometric analysis and to assess the effects of a feedback control technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study was(More)