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Gaucher disease, the most common lysosomal storage disorder, is a heterogeneous multisystem condition. Patients with non-neuronopathic (type 1) Gaucher disease may suffer from hepatomegaly, splenomegaly, thrombocytopenia, bleeding tendencies, anemia, hypermetabolism, skeletal pathology, growth retardation, pulmonary disease, and decreased quality of life.(More)
Type 1 Gaucher disease can be effectively treated with enzyme supplementation therapy. Bone disease is a debilitating feature of the disorder and results from infiltration of the bone marrow by Gaucher cells. The effect of treatment on bone marrow infiltration is difficult to measure, necessitating the development of sensitive techniques to allow adequate(More)
This paper reports on a survey amongst software groups in a multinational organization. The survey was initiated by the Software Process Improvement (SPI) Steering Committee of Philips, a committee that monitors the status and quality of software process improvement in the global organization. The paper presents and discusses improvement targets,(More)
PURPOSE This investigation correlates the marrow response with the degree of increase in hemoglobin (Hb) and platelet count (Plt); decrease in concentrations of plasma tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase, serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), serum ferritin, and plasma chitotriosidase; and decrease in liver and spleen size, measured by ultrasonography.(More)
To investigate the accuracy, procedure time, fluoroscopy time, and dose area product (DAP) of needle placement during percutaneous vertebroplasty (PVP) using cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) guidance versus fluoroscopy. On 4 spine phantoms with 11 vertebrae (Th7–L5), 4 interventional radiologists (2 experienced with CBCT guidance and two inexperienced)(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cell tracking has become an important non-invasive technique to interrogate the fate of cells upon transplantation. At least 6 clinical trials have been published at the end of 2010, all of which have shown that real-time monitoring of the injection procedure, initial engraftment, and short-term biodistribution of cells is(More)
Plasma CCL18/PARC, a member of the CC chemokine family, has been found to be several ten-fold increased in symptomatic Gaucher type I patients. Elevated plasma chitotriosidase levels are a well-known abnormality in Gaucher patients, however, its diagnostic use is limited by the frequent genetic deficiency in the protein. Like the situation in Gaucher(More)
PURPOSE In this paper, a method for the estimation of arterial hemodynamic flow from x-ray video densitometry data is proposed and validated using an in vitro setup. METHODS The method is based on the acquisition of three-dimensional rotational angiography and digital subtraction angiography sequences. A modest contrast injection rate (between 1 and 4(More)