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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Radiotherapy is a crucial treatment for acromegalic patients with growth hormone (GH)-secreting pituitary tumors. However, its effect takes time. We retrospectively reviewed the long-term outcome of linear accelerator stereotactic radiosurgery (LINAC SRS) for patients with acromegaly from the perspective of biochemical remission and(More)
It is the well-known visual secret sharing (VSS) technique that encrypts a secret image into several share images and, later, decrypts the secret by stacking the share images and recognizing by the human visual system. Due to the perfect secrecy, VSS is one of well-candidate for achieving secure e-commerce. Furthermore, the other visual secret sharing(More)
Pituitary apoplexy is a rare neurovascular insult. Early surgical decompression is the most effective treatment, especially for rapid deterioration of visual acuity or for altered consciousness. The timing of rapidly expanded mass was strongly related to the treatment outcome. Thirteen patients who presented with severe visual defect after pituitary(More)
BACKGROUND Liposomal drug packaging is well established as an effective means for increasing drug half-life, sustaining drug activity, and increasing drug efficacy, whether administered locally or distally to the site of disease. However, information regarding the relative effectiveness of peripheral (distal) versus local administration of liposomal(More)
BACKGROUND Stereotactic radiosurgery has been used to treat intracranial tumors. Recently, it has also been used for the treatment of head and neck tumors involving the base of skull, including recurrent NPC. METHODS From October 1994 to April 1999, 36 patients with recurrent NPC, were retreated by stereotactic radiosurgery. These patients received(More)
Nanomedicine can provide a multi-functional platform for image-guided diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Although gold nanorods (GNRs) have been developed for photoacoustic (PA) imaging and near infra-red (NIR) photothermal applications, their efficiency has remained limited by low thermal stability. Here we present the synthesis, characterization, and(More)
OBJECTIVE Stereotactic biopsy is a widely used surgical technique for the histological diagnosis of intracranial lesions. Potential risks of this procedure, such as hemorrhage, seizure, and infection have been established, and different risk factors have been characterized. However, these risks have been addressed by only few studies conducted in Asian(More)
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a highly malignant brain tumor. The blood-brain barrier (BBB) provides a major obstacle to chemotherapy since therapeutic doses cannot be achieved by traditional drug delivery without severe systemic cytotoxic effects. Recently, microbubble (MB)-enhanced focused ultrasound (FUS) was shown to temporally and locally disrupt(More)
We prospectively compared the fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) of the peritumoral edema of meningiomas and metastatic brain tumors with diffusion-tensor magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The study protocol was approved by the local ethics committee, and written informed consent was obtained. Preoperative diffusion-tensor MR imaging was(More)
PURPOSE To demonstrate the feasibility of using focused ultrasound to enhance delivery of 1,3-bis(2-chloroethyl)-1-nitrosourea (BCNU) to glioblastomas in rats with induced tumors and determine if such an approach increases treatment efficacy. MATERIALS AND METHODS All animal experiments were approved by the animal committee and adhered to the experimental(More)