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PURPOSE Percutaneous microwave coagulation therapy (PMCT) is an interventional alternative for inoperable malignant liver tumors. In this paper, we report the results of our 3-year experience of PMCT in order to establish suitable indications for this treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS We studied a total of 27 inoperable liver tumors in 24 patients.(More)
BACKGROUND The association between a gadolinium-based contrast material and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis has been discussed. The purpose of our study was to evaluate whether non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) might provide sufficient information of renal artery stenosis. METHODS AND RESULTS The non-contrast MRA of 26 patients with(More)
The efficacy of the nonenhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) technique known as fresh-blood imaging (FBI), using electrocardiograph (ECG)-triggered 3D half-Fourier fast spin-echo (FSE), was evaluated for the detection and characterization of aortic diseases. Seventy-five consecutive patients with aortic disease underwent the FBI examination on a(More)
In addition to variceal bleeding, haematemesis may occur due to haemorrhagic gastritis in patients with portal hypertension. This has been known as portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG). We have evaluated the effects of the transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) on portal venous pressure (PVP) and endoscopic gastric mucosal changes observed in(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to compare the in vitro and clinical value of two-dimensional multislice breath-hold MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) with a single-shot projection technique using a half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo sequence. SUBJECTS AND METHODS We examined 108 patients with pancreaticobiliary diseases, using(More)
OBJECTIVE Images of breath-hold MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) using HASTE (half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo) sequences were taken in healthy volunteers. The technique was then evaluated as a noninvasive alternative to direct cholangiopancreatography in patients with pancreaticobiliary diseases. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Forty healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE Our aim was to investigate the image quality of MDCT angiography of the brain at a low-volume of contrast material. SUBJECTS AND METHODS One hundred patients were randomly assigned to one of two groups, which differed with regard to contrast material volume and subsequent saline bolus: group A was administered 300 mg I/mL, 50 mL at an injection(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the morphology and composition of atherosclerotic coronary plaques in patients with stable coronary artery disease by 64-row multidetector computed tomography (CT) angiography. A total of 56 patients were divided into an ischemia-related (n = 31) and a nonischemia-related lesion group (n = 25) based on myocardial(More)
OBJECTIVE Helical CT scanners allow multiple-phase sequential scans of the entire liver to be obtained during a single bolus injection of contrast material. The purpose of this study was to compare two injection protocols and to establish timing that would optimize detection of hepatomas less than 3 cm in diameter. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Triple-phase(More)
PURPOSE To compare contrast material-enhanced dynamic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with helical computed tomography (CT) for the detection of small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic liver damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty patients with chronic hepatitis or liver cirrhosis underwent dynamic contrast-enhanced fast low-angle shot(More)