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OBJECT The aim of this study was to determine if subthalamotomy is effective in treating advanced Parkinson disease (PD). METHODS The authors performed microelectrode mapping-guided stereotactic surgery on the subthalamic nucleus in eight patients with PD. Lesioning was performed using radiofrequency heat coagulation and confirmed with magnetic resonance(More)
Our aim in this study was to explore the neural substrates of executive function in frontal and nonfrontal white matter using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). We studied the relationship between executive dysfunction and DTI measurements on 13 subjects with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), 11 subjects with early Alzheimer's disease (AD), and 16(More)
White matter damage and its contribution to clinical manifestations in patients with dementia have been increasingly recognized. To explore white matter changes in different types of dementia, we examined brain water diffusivity with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). We measured fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity of multiple white matter regions in(More)
BACKGROUND Arterial dissection involving cervicocranial arteries usually results in ischemia or SAH. This study correlated the clinical manifestations, image characteristics, and outcome of arterial dissection and compared the differences between arterial dissection of anterior and posterior circulation at our institute. METHODS Clinical symptoms and(More)
The purpose of this work was to evaluate the efficacy of labeling human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) by ionic superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) without a transfection agent and verifying its capability to be detected with clinical 1.5 T magnetic resonance (MR) at the single-cell level. Human hMSCs were incubated for 24 h with an ionic SPIO,(More)
The centerlines of tubular structures are useful for medical image visualization and computer-aided diagnosis applications. They can be effectively extracted by using a thinning algorithm that erodes an object layer by layer until only a skeleton is left. An object point is "simple" and can be safely deleted only if the resultant image is topologically(More)
BACKGROUND Unilateral subthalamotomy has been reported to be effective in the treatment of rigidity, bradykinesia, and tremor of the contralateral limb. However, gait, clinical fluctuation, and postural stability are not significantly improved by unilateral lesioning of the STN in the long term. We sought to determine if bilateral surgery of the STN offers(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Diffusion tensor (DT) images can provide information about the nature of white matter changes, including axonal loss and demyelination. We applied DT imaging to verify white matter changes in patients with malignant phenylketonuria (PKU) and to correlate the findings with clinical intelligence quotients (IQs). METHODS We compared DT(More)
BACKGROUND Regional CBF study has been reported effective in the selection of patient with NPH. However, controversial outcome had been reported. We sought to determine if the combination of rCBF measurement, cerebrovascular reactivity, and regional metabolism were positive predictors of shunt responsiveness in NPH syndrome. METHODS Twenty-eight patients(More)