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The regional activity of the contralateral primary (SI) and the bilateral secondary (SII) somatosensory areas during median nerve stimulations at five intensity levels (ranging from nonpainful motor threshold to moderate pain) was studied by means of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The aim was to characterize the functional topography of SII(More)
We studied MEG and fMRI responses to electric median and tibial nerve stimulation in five healthy volunteers. The aim was to compare the results with those of a previous study using only fMRI on the primary and secondary somatosensory cortices in which the somatotopic organization of SII was observed with fMRI. In the present work we focus on the comparison(More)
The topographical organization of SI and SII somatosensory areas was investigated using fMRI at 1.5 T and electrical sensory stimulation. Electrical stimuli were delivered unilaterally to the median nerve at the wrist and to the tibial nerve at the medial malleolus, during a block paradigm study. In all subjects, activation was observed, contralaterally to(More)
Fifty volunteers were studied by means of MR angiography of the intracranial vessels, with a 1.5 T Siemens Magnetom. The technical features of the most employed MR angiographic techniques were analyzed. The inflow technique was tested with refocused gradient-echo sequences for the FISP 3DFT flow and a dedicate coil. The study was aimed at evaluating the(More)
PURPOSE To determine sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE MRA) compared to digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in the study of carotid stenosis. METHODS AND MATERIAL We studied 23 patients with suspected cerebro-vascular insufficiency by carotid stenosis. Diagnostic examinations by(More)
Lung cancer is the most frequently fatal cancer, with poor survival once the disease is advanced. Annual low dose computed tomography has shown a survival benefit in screening individuals at high risk for lung cancer. Based on the available evidence, the European Society of Radiology and the European Respiratory Society recommend lung cancer screening in(More)
Aim. to compare 18 F-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) to sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for regional lymph nodal staging in patients with melanoma. Methods. We performed a literature review discussing original articles which compared FDG-PET to SLNB for regional lymph nodal staging in patients with melanoma. Results and(More)
Peripheral blood monocytes obtained from 55 aged donors were evaluated for their chemotactic and phagocytic capacity. In the same subjects, polymorphonuclear cell-mediated functions were studied by chemotaxis, phagocytosis, nylon fiber adherence and nitroblue-tetrazolium reduction assay. Monocytes showed a normal chemotactic responsiveness to(More)
We performed a preliminary study comparing three-dimensional time-of-flight (3 D TOF) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and spiral CT angiography (SCTA) in the detection and assessment of internal carotid artery stenosis. Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) was the reference examination. We examined 20 patients with signs of cerebrovascular(More)