Christian R. Habermann

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PURPOSE To compare the performance of helical computed tomography (CT) and endoscopic ultrasonography (US) in the preoperative staging of gastric cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-one consecutive patients with a primary malignant gastric tumor (stage T2-T4) were preoperatively evaluated with both helical CT and endoscopic US within 3 days. Each tumor(More)
BACKGROUND To analyze clinical courses and outcome of postpancreatectomy hemorrhage (PPH) after major pancreatic surgery. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Although PPH is the most life-threatening complication following pancreatic surgery, standardized rules for its management do not exist. METHODS Between 1992 and 2006, 1524 patients operated on for pancreatic(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Our aim was to determine the value of echo-planar diffusion-weighted MR imaging (epiDWI) in differentiating various types of primary parotid gland tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS One hundred forty-nine consecutive patients with suspected tumors of the parotid gland were examined with an epiDWI sequence by using a 1.5T unit. Image(More)
The presence of distant metastases is the main prognostic factor in patients with breast cancer and has a significant influence in the choice of therapy. Therefore, chest X-ray, bone scintigraphy and ultrasound of the abdomen are performed to detect distant metastases at diagnosis and follow-up. Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) has(More)
BACKGROUND The presence, extent and localization of distant metastases are key prognostic factors in breast cancer patients and play a central role in therapeutic decision making. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic performance of positron emission tomography using 2-[fluorine-18]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG-PET) with that of computed(More)
AIMS Non-compaction of the left ventricular myocardium (NCVM) is reportedly exceedingly rare and associated with a high morbidity and mortality. A different genetic background has been suggested for NCVM with [non-isolated NCVM (ni-NCVM)] and without [isolated NCVM (i-NCVM)] other congenital heart defects. We prospectively evaluated both the NCVM subgroups(More)
The aim of the study was to determine the diagnostic performance of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/CT for the detection and localization of residual or recurrent disease in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) after stem cell transplantation. A total of 197 whole-body 18F-FDG PET/CT scans were performed in 99 patients with MM(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to retrospectively evaluate radiologically totally implanted central venous access ports (VAPs) of the upper arm in terms of safety, technical feasibility, and device-related complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS Five hundred seven consecutive patients (mean [± SD] age, 59.2 ± 11.4 years) who received a totally(More)
To compare the diagnostic performance of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WBMRI) versus 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for determination of remission status in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) after stem cell transplantation (SCT). Thirty-one patients were examined by both WBMRI and PET/CT(More)
BACKGROUND A pancreatic duct diameter (PDD) ranging from 4 to 5 mm is regarded as "normal." The "large duct" form of chronic pancreatitis (CP) with a PDD >7 mm is considered a classic indication for drainage procedures. In contrast, in patients with so-called "small duct chronic pancreatitis" (SDP) with a PDD <3 mm extended resectional procedures and even,(More)