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The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a difference in the frequency of file distortion and separation between nickel-titanium (Ni-Ti) ProFile 0.04 ISO taper rotary files and Ni-Ti Pow-R 0.04 ISO taper rotary files. For this study, 60 mesial root canals in 30 human mandibular first molars were chosen with the curvature angle of the(More)
The surgical devices for the treatment of degenerative disc disease are based on different concepts (rods for spine fusion, ROM-restricting or load-bearing devices for dynamic stabilization). In the present work, the effects of some stabilization systems on the biomechanics of the lumbar spine were investigated by means of a finite element model of the(More)
A post contrast magnetic resonance imaging study has been performed in a wide population of low back pain patients to investigate which radiological and phenotypic characteristics influence the penetration of the contrast agent in lumbar discs in vivo. 37 patients affected by different pathologies (disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, foraminal stenosis,(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the mid-term effects of implant of dynamic neutralization system (Dynesys) on disc tissue in patients with lumbar discopathy, through the quantification of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) concentration, both in treated and adjacent levels, by analysis of delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI contrast (dGEMRIC) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ten(More)
Background: Semi-quantitative evaluation of Modic changes (MCs) has recently been proposed as a way to standardise and increase repeatability of clinical studies. This study is aimed at developing semi-quantitative measures of enhancement, given by contrast agent injection, on T1-weighted images in MCs, and to investigate their reliability and relation with(More)
BACKGROUND The study of lung parenchyma anatomical modification is useful to estimate dose discrepancies during the radiation treatment of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) patients. We propose and validate a method, based on free-form deformation and mutual information, to elastically register planning kVCT with daily MVCT images, to estimate lung(More)
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