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PURPOSE To assess the diagnostic accuracy of two-phase 64-section cardiac computed tomographic (CT) angiography for detection of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi and differentiation between thrombus and circulatory stasis in patients with stroke, with transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A noninvasive method with high reliability and accuracy comparable to transesophageal echocardiography for identification of left atrial appendage thrombus would be of significant clinical value. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of a dual-enhanced cardiac CT protocol for detection of left atrial appendage(More)
OBJECTIVE We evaluated radiation doses, complication rates, and diagnostic accuracy for CT-guided percutaneous needle aspiration biopsy (NAB) procedures of pulmonary lesions performed with or without fluoroscopic guidance. METHODS A total of 142 patients were prospectively enrolled to receive CT-guided NAB with (Group I, n = 72) or without (Group II, n =(More)
PURPOSE To assess the diagnostic performance of dual-energy cardiac computed tomography (CT) in the detection of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi and differentiation between thrombus and circulatory stasis in patients with stroke, by using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS The institutional review(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of CT fluoroscopy-guided percutaneous needle aspiration biopsy of ground-glass opacity (GGO) pulmonary lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-eight patients with GGO lesions who underwent CT fluoroscopy-guided needle aspiration biopsy were enrolled in this study. GGO lesions(More)
PURPOSE To assess the diagnostic performance of 64-section cardiac computed tomographic (CT) angiography for detection of left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombi in stroke patients by using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as the reference standard. MATERIALS AND METHODS This study was approved by the institutional review board. Records were reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We assessed the diagnostic performance of 2-phase 64-slice cardiac computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) for the detection of a cardiac source of embolism in stroke patients using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) as the reference standard. METHODS We selected 137 patients who had experienced a recent episode of stroke and(More)
To determine the feasibility of dual-source coronary CT angiography (CTA) using a prospectively electrocardiogram (ECG)-triggered axial mode to target end-systole in patients with high heart rates (HR) as compared with the retrospective mode. One hundred fifty consecutive patients with regular HR > 75 bpm who underwent coronary CTA were enrolled; 75(More)
BACKGROUND The use of Automatic Tube Potential Selection with Tube Current Modulation (APSCM) may lower radiation dose, but it is unknown whether image quality is maintained. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiation dose and image quality of APSCM application compared with conventional body mass index (BMI)-based examination protocol(More)
Cytological fluid from a needle aspiration biopsy (NAB) is obtained directly from tumor tissue, therefore many biomarker candidates will be present in high concentrations. The aim of this study was to prospectively assess and validate the tumor markers CYFRA 21–1, CEA, and SCC in cytological fluid obtained from NAB samples to determine if they improved the(More)