Heidi Roberts

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BACKGROUND Women with breast carcinoma commonly experience psychologic distress following their diagnosis. Women who participate in breast cancer support groups have reported significant reduction in their psychologic distress and pain and improvement in the quality of their lives. Web-based breast cancer social support groups are widely used, but little is(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that stroke costs now exceed 45 billion dollars per year. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of adult disability in North America, Europe, and Asia. A number of well-designed randomized stroke trials and case series have now been reported in the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging may be used to quantify tissue fractional blood volume (fBV) and microvascular permeability. We tested this technique in patients with brain tumors to assess whether these measurements correlate with tumor histologic grade. METHODS Twenty-two patients with newly diagnosed gliomas underwent MR(More)
We previously described restrictive allograft syndrome as a form of chronic lung allograft dysfunction, demonstrating restrictive pulmonary function decline. However, the histopathological correlates of restrictive allograft syndrome have yet to be satisfactorily described. We hypothesized that pulmonary pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis, as has recently(More)
PURPOSE Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) remains associated with poor outcome. We examined the results of trimodality therapy with cisplatin-based chemotherapy followed by extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) and adjuvant high-dose (50 to 60 Gy) hemithoracic radiation therapy for MPM. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective review of all(More)
BACKGROUND Bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) with small-airway pathology and obstructive pulmonary physiology may not be the only form of chronic lung allograft dysfunction (CLAD) after lung transplantation. Characteristics of a form of CLAD consisting of restrictive functional changes involving peripheral lung pathology were investigated. METHODS(More)
We present two patients with metastatic brain tumors who underwent dynamic contrast-enhanced CT that yielded estimates of blood volume, blood flow, and microvascular permeability. For one patient, these CT-based quantifications were compared with contrast-enhanced MR-based assessments of fractional blood volume and permeability. Regional blood volume(More)
A new macromolecular contrast agent, gadolinium diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-DTPA)-24-cascade-polymer, was compared with Gd-DTPA for time-dependent delineation of acute myocardial ischemia. Acute myocardial ischemia was produced in 12 rats by occluding the anterior branch of the left coronary artery for 20-40 minutes. Dynamic spin-echo magnetic(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Dynamic contrast material-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging may be used to quantify fractional blood volume (fBV) and microvascular permeability in human brain tumors. Hypothesis is that these measurements correlate with tumor histologic grade and immunohistologically assessed mitotic activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS(More)