Francesco Conversano

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Effective prevention and management of osteoporosis would require suitable methods for population screenings and early diagnosis. Current clinically-available diagnostic methods are mainly based on the use of either X-rays or ultrasound (US). All X-ray based methods provide a measure of bone mineral density (BMD), but it has been demonstrated that other(More)
The aim of this work is to obtain a chemically cross-linked hydrogel from hyaluronic acid and cellulose derivatives that exhibits sensitivity to variation of the composition of the external absorbing medium and an equilibrium sorption capacity higher than a common hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel, in view of its potential use in prevention of postsurgical(More)
OBJECTIVES To experimentally investigate the acoustical behavior of silica nanoparticles within conventional diagnostic ultrasound fields and to determine a suitable configuration, in terms of particle size and concentration, for their employment as targetable contrast agents. We also assessed the effectiveness of a novel method for automatic detection of(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)
Aim of the present work was, first, to demonstrate feasibility and usefulness of subharmonic imaging of silica nanospheres (SiNSs) at diagnostic ultrasound (US) frequencies and, second, to investigate the acoustic effectiveness of a new class of multimodal nanocomposite contrast agents, towards dual mode investigations combining US and magnetic resonance(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)
Fetal malformations are very frequent in industrialized countries. Although advanced maternal age may affect pregnancy outcome adversely, 80%-90% of fetal malformations occur in the absence of a specific risk factor for parents. The only effective approach for prenatal screening is currently represented by an ultrasound scan. However, ultrasound methods(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to identify the optimal parameter configuration of a new algorithm for fully automatic segmentation of hepatic vessels, evaluating its accuracy in view of its use in a computer system for three-dimensional (3D) planning of liver surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS A phantom reproduction of a human liver with(More)
Ultrasound medical imaging (UMI) is the most widely used image analysis technique, and often requires advanced in-vitro set up to perform morphological and functional investigations. These studies are based on contrast properties both related to tissue structure and injectable contrast agents (CA). In this work, we present a three-dimensional structure(More)
Tissue mimicking phantoms have been widely reported to be an important tool for development, optimisation and performance testing of ultrasound-based diagnostic techniques. In particular, modern applications of tissue mimicking phantoms often include characterisation of the nonlinear behaviour of experimental ultrasound contrast agents. In such cases, the(More)