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PURPOSE To prospectively compare the sensitivity and specificity of ultrasonography (US) with those of contrast material-enhanced US in the depiction of solid organ injuries in children with blunt abdominal trauma, with contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study protocol was approved by the ethics(More)
OBJECTIVE To prospectively evaluate the vascularization of the thickened terminal ileum in Crohn's disease patients using contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and to compare the clinical activity measured by the Crohn's disease activity index (CDAI) with the CEUS findings. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-eight of 104 consecutive patients (17 females and 31(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to evaluate the role of magnetic resonance cholangiography (MRC) in the diagnosis of biliary tract complications (BC) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). MATERIALS AND METHODS Among 21 OLT patients who underwent routine follow-up MRC using a breath-hold T2-weighted turbo spin-echo sequence with half-Fourier(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the PROMETEO-01 Study was to define the diagnostic accuracy of imaging techniques in colorectal cancer liver metastasis (CRCLM) patients. METHODS Patients referred to Bologna S. Orsola-Malpighi Hospital performed a computed-tomography scan (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), 18F-FDG-PET/CTscan (PET/CT) and liver(More)
This review illustrates the state of the art clinical applications and the future perspectives of ultrasound elastographic methods for the evaluation of chronic liver diseases, including the most widely used and validated technique, transient elastography, followed by shear wave elastography and strain imaging elastography. Liver ultrasound elastography(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to prospectively compare the diagnostic value of sonography and contrast-enhanced sonography with CT for the detection of solid organ injuries in blunt abdominal trauma patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Sonography, contrast-enhanced sonography, and CT were performed to assess possible abdominal organ injuries in 69(More)
Sonography is widely used in the initial diagnostic assessment of blunt abdominal trauma in adults and children. It has been formally incorporated worldwide into the routine armamentarium available for emergency diagnosis and treatment as a means of rapid detection of free abdominal fluid, normally referred to as FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in(More)
BACKGROUND Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) has been suggested as a new treatment option for patients with locally advanced cancer. This study aimed to prospectively evaluate the efficacy and safety of intraoperative RFA in patients with unresectable, locally advanced, non-metastatic carcinoma of the pancreatic head. METHODS RFA was the first step of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the results of surgical therapy for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC), the incidence and the management of recurrence, and to analyze the change in approach during 2 different periods. DESIGN Retrospective study. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patient and tumor characteristics, and overall and disease-free survival were analyzed in a(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to investigate the value and limitation of the different Doppler ultrasound modalities (spectral analysis, color, and power Doppler imaging) in the differential diagnosis of small liver tumors to identify the optimal diagnostic approach with the presently available Doppler technology. METHODS Presence and distribution of color(More)