Ernesto Casciaro

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Aim of the present work was to evaluate the performance of a novel fully automatic algorithm for 3D segmentation and volumetric reconstruction of liver vessel network from contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) datasets acquired during routine clinical activity. Three anonymized CECT datasets were randomly collected and were automatically analyzed by(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the diagnostic performance of gold nanorod (GNR)-enhanced optoacoustic imaging employing a conventional echographic device and to determine the most effective operative configuration in order to assure optoacoustic effectiveness, nanoparticle stability, and imaging procedure safety. METHODS The most suitable laser parameters were(More)
Halloysite Nanotubes (HNTs) are nanomaterials composed of double layered aluminosilicate minerals with a predominantly hollow tubular structure in submicron range. HNTs are characterized by a wide range of applications in anticancer therapy, sustained agent delivery, being particularly interesting because of their tunable release rates and fast adsorption(More)
— Nowadays the decision between Caesarean Sections (CS), natural or operative child delivery is taken upon interpretation of manually measured anatomical parameters and recorded fetal heart rate, exposing the clinical staff and patients to human errors and determining the continuously rising rate of CS above the ideal 15% recommended by the World Health(More)
Aim of this work was to investigate the automatic echographic detection of an experimental drug delivery agent, halloysite clay nanotubes (HNTs), by employing an innovative method based on advanced spectral analysis of the corresponding "raw" radiofrequency backscatter signals. Different HNT concentrations in a low range (5.5-66 × 1010 part/mL, equivalent(More)
The MRI signal, in terms of amplitude and phase, was simulated for susceptibility-based brain venography (BV) without and with administration of contrast agent (CA) under standard clinical parameters and field magnitude of 1.5 T (Tesla). Then, in order to compare the enhancement due to CA and that one obtained through susceptibility weighted magnitude image(More)
Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) methods for osteoporosis diagnosis potentially provide information about the bone quality and its elastic properties. In this context, a novel ultrasound-based method for spinal and femoral densitometry was developed by our research group. In order to maximize its accuracy, it is very important to properly detect the bone(More)
Labor progression is routinely assessed through transvaginal digital inspections, meaning that the clinical decisions taken during the most delicate phase of pregnancy are subjective and scarcely supported by technological devices. In response to such inadequacies, we combined intrapartum echographic acquisitions with advanced tracking algorithms in a new(More)