Klaus Bacher

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BACKGROUND Because of the higher radiosensitivity of infants and children compared with adults, there is a need to evaluate the doses delivered to pediatric patients who undergo interventional cardiac procedures. However, knowledge of the effective dose in pediatric interventional cardiology is very limited. METHODS AND RESULTS For an accurate risk(More)
The aim of this study was twofold: firstly, to determine whether the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) dosage card results in weight-independent effective doses or weight-independent count rates; secondly, to determine whether one dosage card is sufficient for 95 different radiopharmaceuticals, and, if not, how many cards we reasonably need to(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of digital tomosynthesis in comparison with digital radiography in the detection of urinary stones with MDCT as the reference standard. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Fifty consecutively enrolled patients (32 men, 18 women; mean age, 51.5 years; range, 19-83 years) referred for(More)
BACKGROUND A better knowledge of patient x-ray dose and the associated radiation risk in pediatric interventional cardiology is warranted in view of the extensive use of x-rays and the higher radiosensitivity of children. In the present study, gamma-H2AX foci were used as a biomarker for radiation-induced effects. Patient-specific dose was assessed and(More)
OBJECTIVE We sought to compare the radiation dose delivered to patients undergoing clinical chest imaging on a full-field digital amorphous silicon flat-panel detector radiography system with the doses delivered by a state-of-the-art conventional film-screen radiography system and a storage phosphor-based computed radiography system. Image quality was(More)
OBJECTIVES Computed tomography (CT) exams contribute for a large part to the population's radiation burden. This study addresses the question if dose settings of scanners expressed by dose-length product (DLP) are correlated with directly measurable biological effects in patients. METHODS DLP, blood dose, effective dose and DNA damage were analyzed for(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the association between six transforming growth factor beta1 gene (TGFbeta1) polymorphisms (-1.552delAGG, -800G>A, -509C>T, Leu10Pro, Arg25Pro, Thr263Ile) and the occurrence of late normal tissue reactions after gynecologic radiotherapy (RT). METHODS AND MATERIALS Seventy-eight women with cervical or endometrial cancer and 140(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the combined effects of liquid crystal display (LCD) resolution, image magnification and window/level adjustment on the low-contrast performance in soft-copy image interpretation in digital radiography and digital mammography. In addition, the effect of a new LCD noise reduction mechanism on the low-contrast(More)
This study reports on the optimization of the labelling procedure of clinical grade 123I-rh-annexin V and on the investigation of the biodistribution and dosimetry of 123I-rh-annexin V, a tracer proposed for the study of apoptosis in mice and humans. Research grade 123I-rh-annexin V was prepared as described previously, whereas clinical grade(More)
In this paper, a large-scale multicentre patient dose study performed in eight Belgian interventional cardiology departments is presented. Effective dose (E) was calculated based on a detailed dose-area product (DAP)-registration during each procedure and by using conversion coefficients generated by the Monte Carlo-based computer program PCXMC. Conversion(More)