Francesca Fornasa

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This study assessed the usefulness of magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in distinguishing between benign and malignant breast lesions. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and DWI with determination of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) were performed on 78 women, each with a focal breast lesion at least 7 mm in(More)
PURPOSE To assess prospectively the accuracy of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) in differentiating between metastatic and benign axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS In all, 215 patients with histologically proven breast cancer, prior to axillary dissection, underwent breast and axillary 1.5 T MRI.(More)
Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DWI) obtains information useful in diagnosing several diseases through the measurement of random, Brownian diffusion of water molecules in tissues. This pictorial essay illustrates the main factors, i.e., ratio between the volume occupied by cells and the extracellular space, composition of the extracellular(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the diagnostic accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in prospectively differentiating between fibrotic and active inflammatory small bowel stenosis in patients with Crohn's disease (CD). MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 111 patients with histologically proven CD presenting with clinical and plain radiographic signs of small(More)
BACKGROUND Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) is increasingly used in the diagnosis of endometrial disease. No complete knowledge, however, exists yet of the influence of physiology on the endometrial apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values on which DWI is based. PURPOSE To establish whether the ADC values measured with DWI in the(More)
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