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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)
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. A total of 142 patients were prospectively enrolled to receive CT-guided NAB with (Group I, n = 72) or without (Group II, n = 70) fluoroscopic(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)
PURPOSE To classify anomalous origins of the right coronary artery (RCA) from the left coronary sinus (AORL) with an interarterial course into two subtypes and to evaluate the clinical importance of each. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective study, and informed consent was waived. Through a(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of 64-slice computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography in the quantification and characterization of obstructive coronary plaques in comparison with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). MATERIALS AND METHODS Thirty-nine patients were selected who underwent both CT coronary angiography(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)
AIMS The clinical implication of a zero coronary calcium score (CCS) in patients with chest pain syndrome has been under debate. This study was undertaken to determine the meaning of a CCS of zero in a large sample of symptomatic patients referred for coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS We consecutively enrolled 2088(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)
We present two cases of sclerosing hemangioma of the lung with a peculiar radiologic finding: an air-trapping zone surrounding the tumor. On microscopic examinations, the tumor was of the hemangiomatous subtype, and the radiolucent zone corresponded to enlarged alveoli with septal destruction. A possible mechanism in the production of an air-trapping zone(More)