Francesca Chessa

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AIM Given the few controversial data about the effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) on bone mass in HIV patients, we investigated whether a relationship between osteopenia/osteoporosis risk and HAART exists. METHODS In 172 HIV patients, 152 on HAART, 92 including and 60 not including protease inhibitors (PI), 20 naïve and 64 controls, we(More)
UNLABELLED Planar 131I scintigraphy is routinely used to detect radioiodine-avid metastases of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC). However, the modality has limitations, such as low sensitivity and lack of anatomic landmarks. We investigated whether SPECT with integrated low-dose CT may have additional value over planar imaging in detecting residue and(More)
UNLABELLED Pinhole SPECT (P-SPECT) has proven to be a high-resolution and sensitive method in both experimental and clinical studies. In this study, we investigated whether P-SPECT combined with conventional planar scintigraphy can give additional information in hyperfunctioning parathyroid gland detection in both primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) and(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of 99mTc-tetrofosmin single-photon emission tomography (SPET) in the detection of both primary breast cancer and axillary lymph node metastasis. We studied 192 consecutive patients in whom primary breast cancer was suspected on the basis of mammography and/or physical examination. After intravenous(More)
OBJECTIVE Given that few and controversial data have been reported on thyroid function in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) patients on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), we further investigated whether HAART affects thyroid hormones. DESIGN AND PATIENTS Two hundred two consecutive adult HIV patients in stable clinical condition were enrolled,(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the usefulness of planar scintimammography (SM) with a high-resolution dedicated breast camera (DBC) compared to SPECT in unifocal and multifocal/multicentric primary breast cancer (BC) detection. DBC planar SM and conventional SPECT were acquired using 99mTc-tetrofosmin as radiotracer in 85 consecutive patients suspect(More)
AIM We evaluated the usefulness of (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin axillary pinhole (P)-SPECT in breast cancer (BC) non palpable axillary lymph node metastasis detection compared with conventional planar and SPECT scintimammography. METHODS We studied prospectively 188 consecutive patients with suspected primary BC, negative at axillary clinical examination. Ten(More)
Planar scintimammography (SM) acquired with a conventional gamma camera has proved a useful complementary tool to mammography (Mx) in breast cancer (BC) diagnosis, but with unsatisfactory sensitivity in small size carcinomas. In this study we assessed the role of planar SM with a high-resolution dedicated breast camera (DBC) in BC diagnosis, comparing the(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of supine 99mTc-tetrofosmin SPECT in the detection of small size breast carcinomas (BC), for which planar scintimammography has showed a low sensitivity. We studied 93 patients with breast lesions </=10 mm, 69 with BC (14 T1a and 55 T1b, 39 palpable and 30 non-palpable) and 24 with benign lesions (16(More)
To evaluate the usefulness of 99mTc-tetrofosmin (TF) SPECT in the detection of intrathoracic malignant lesions, we studied 304 patients, 261 with malignant and 43 with benign lesions; 196 of the former had non-treated primary tumors, 193 lung cancer (LC) and 3 mesotheliomas, 11 had LC recurrences and 54 had metastases from different kinds of tumors.(More)