Francesca Greco

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An amorphous silicon (a-Si) electronic portal imaging device (EPID) was implemented to perform transit in vivo dosimetry for dynamic conformal arc therapy (DCAT). A set of images was acquired for each arc irradiation using the EPID cine acquisition mode, that supplies a frame acquisition rate of one image every 1.66 s, with a monitor unit rate equal to 100(More)
Point mutations in mtDNA-encoded tRNA genes frequently cause isolated myopathies but rarely cause the facioscapulohumeral phenotype. We report on a patient affected with chronic progressive weakness of facioscapulohumeral/peroneal muscles whose muscle biopsy showed a mitochondrial myopathy. mtDNA direct sequencing and RFLP analysis revealed a heteroplasmic(More)
Nephropathy caused by poliomavirus (BKVAN) in transplant recipients is responsible for the loss of the transplanted organ. In this study we suggest a non-invasive diagnostic protocol for the early identification of BKVAN during follow-up treatments. In 117 kidney transplant recipients follow-up was performed every three months during a two year period after(More)
It is well known that nitric oxide (NO) is generated by a family of constitutively (nNOS and eNOS) or inducibly (iNOS) expressed enzymes and takes part in different aspects of the inflammatory response; nevertheless, its effective role in the pathogenesis of multiple organ dysfunction and septic shock is not fully understood. To investigate the Nitric Oxide(More)
Nickel (Ni) is often the trigger of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)-like gastrointestinal disorders: its ingestion may cause allergic contact mucositis, identifiable by means of oral mucosa patch test (omPT). OmPT effectiveness has been proven, but it is still an operator-dependent method. Laser Doppler perfusion imaging (LDPI) was tested to support omPT in(More)
Polymers which can respond to externally applied stimuli have found much application in the biomedical field due to their (reversible) coil-globule transitions. Polymers displaying a lower critical solution temperature are the most commonly used, but for blood-borne (i.e., soluble) biomedical applications the application of heat is not always possible, nor(More)
This work reports a method based on correlation functions to convert EPID transit signals into in vivo dose values at the isocenter point, D iso, of dynamic IMRT beams supplied by Varian linac. Dose reconstruction for intensity-modulated beams required significant corrections of EPID response, due to the X-ray component transmitted through multileaf(More)
A practical and accurate generalized in vivo dosimetry procedure has been implemented for Siemens linacs supplying 6, 10, and 15 MV photon beams, equipped with aSi electronic portal imaging devices (EPIDs). The in vivo dosimetry method makes use of correlation ratios between EPID transit signal, s (t) (0) (TPR,w,L), and phantom mid-plane dose, D(More)
The transit in vivo dosimetry performed by an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) is a very practical method to check error sources in radiotherapy. Recently, the present authors have developed an in vivo dosimetry method based on correlation functions, F (w, L), defined as the ratio between the transit signal, S(t) (w, L), by the EPID and the mid-plane(More)
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