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Both multislice computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are emerging as methods to detect coronary artery stenoses and assess cardiac function and morphology. Non-cardiac structures are also amenable to assessment by these non-invasive tests. We investigated the rate of significant and insignificant non-cardiac findings using CT and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the possible extent of dose reduction for low-dose computed tomography (CT) in the detection of body-packing (ingested drug packets) as an alternative to plain radiographs in an animal model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twelve packets containing cocaine (purity >80%) were introduced into the intestine of an experimental animal (crossbred(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to compare left ventricular (LV) function assessed with multislice computed tomography (MSCT), biplane cineventriculography (CVG), and transthoracic echocardiography (Echo), with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the reference standard. BACKGROUND With the same data as acquired for noninvasive coronary angiography, MSCT enables(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the potential of a new detection tool for multislice CT (MSCT) coronary angiography with automatic display of curved multiplanar reformations and orthogonal cross-sections. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-five patients were consecutively enrolled in a prospective intention-to-diagnose study and examined using a MSCT scanner with 16 x(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the safety, the tolerability and the diagnostic effectiveness of iobitridol under daily practice conditions in the general population and at-risk patients in a post-marketing surveillance study. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 160,639 patients (55.1% male, 43.6% female, mean age 58.6 years) were analysed in 555 centers. Patients(More)
BACKGROUND Multislice computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are the main candidates for noninvasive coronary angiography; however, multislice CT, unlike MRI, exposes patients to radiation and an iodinated intravenous contrast agent. OBJECTIVE To compare the diagnostic accuracy of multislice CT and MRI for noninvasive detection of(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the use of a novel battery-powered drill, enabling specimen requirement while drilling, in radiofrequency ablation of osteoid osteoma as an alternative to conventional orthopedic drills. MATERIALS AND METHODS Between 2009 and 2013, altogether 33 patients underwent CT-guided radiofrequency ablation of an osteoid osteoma at our(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the feasibility of a battery powered intraosseous device to perform CT-fluoroscopy guided bone biopsy. METHODS Retrospective analysis of 12 patients in whom bone specimen were acquired from different locations under CT-fluoroscopy guidance using the OnControl bone marrow biopsy system (OBM, Vidacare, Shavano Park, TX, USA). Data of the(More)
PURPOSE To analyze the incremental diagnostic value of a combination of two approaches (free-breathing and breathhold) vs. the sole free-breathing approach to coronary magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) for detection of significant stenoses. MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty patients were consecutively included in this prospective trial. CMRA was performed(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES We sought to prospectively compare multisegment and halfscan reconstruction of 16-slice computed tomography (CT) for the assessment of regional and global left ventricular myocardial function with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty-two patients underwent CT with 16 x 0.5-mm(More)