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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)
Marfan syndrome is considered a clinical diagnosis. Three diagnostic classifications comprising first, Marfan genotype with a causative FBN1 gene mutation; second, Marfan phenotype with clinical criteria of the original Ghent nosology (Ghent-1); and third, phenotype with clinical criteria of its current revision (Ghent-2) in 300 consecutive persons referred(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)
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 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)
OBJECTIVE An alternate approach to the ganglion impar was chosen to minimize the risk of adverse events. Efficacy of the procedure was evaluated. METHODS Charts and computed tomography (CT)-scans of patients who underwent block and neuroablation of the ganglion impar (Walther) between 2003 and 2007 were systematically reviewed with respect to adverse(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the diagnostic performance of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WBMRI) versus (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for determination of remission status in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) after stem cell transplantation (SCT). METHODS Thirty-one patients were examined(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)
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)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to evaluate four in-house optimized, non-contrast enhanced sequences for MRI-investigation of maxillo-mandibular and dental structures by use of 3 T. METHODS 12 volunteers with different dental status were examined by using a 3 T MRI with a 20-channel standard head-and-neck coil. All images performed were evaluated(More)