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Gamma probes have been used for sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma and breast cancer. However, these probes can provide only radioactivity counts and variable pitch audio output based on the intensity of the detected radioactivity. We have developed a small semiconductor gamma camera (SSGC) that allows visualisation of the size, shape and location of(More)
Several small gamma cameras (SGCs) intended for surgical use are now in development or currently being marketed. In this review, we discuss the characteristics, performance, and clinical use of SGCs which are hand-held and small enough to be easily managed by surgeons during their procedures. We expect that SGCs have the potential to be used more widely in(More)
Osteogenic potential of biomaterials used in bone regenerative therapy has been mainly examined in an animal-implantation study. We have here evaluated the applicability of bone scintigraphy in imaging ectopic bone formation, especially its initial phase, by beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP) particles that were implanted in rat dorsal subcutaneous(More)
BACKGROUND We propose a new approach to facilitate sentinel node biopsy examination by multimodality imaging in which radioactive and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent nanoparticles depict deeply situated sentinel nodes and fluorescent nodes with anatomical resolution in the surgical field. For this purpose, we developed polyamidoamine (PAMAM)-coated silica(More)
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has been widely applied in regenerative therapy due to its high concentration of growth factors. Previous in vitro and in vivo studies have provided evidence supporting the angiogenic activity of PRP. To more directly demonstrate how PRP acts on endothelial cells, we examined the PRP-induced changes in the motility of human(More)
We sought to develop dual-modality imaging probes using functionalized silica nanoparticles to target human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-overexpressing breast cancer cells and achieve efficient target imaging of HER2-expressing tumors. Polyamidoamine-based functionalized silica nanoparticles (PCSNs) for multimodal imaging were synthesized with(More)
UNLABELLED We previously reported the basic performance of a prototype small cadmium telluride (CdTe) gamma-camera (SSGC) intended for use in radioguided surgeries. In this study, we sought to confirm the favorable previous results and to extend the preliminary findings to examine the efficacy of the SSGC in an animal study and a clinical setting for(More)
In preparing cell-based products for regenerative therapy, cell quality should be strictly controlled. Methodologies for evaluating cell viability, identity, and purity are established and used routinely, whereas current methodologies for evaluating cell safety, particularly genetic integrity or tumorigenicity, are time-consuming and relatively insensitive.(More)
Nodular fasciitis (NF) is a benign reactive lesion of the soft tissues related to the fascia and characterized by fibroblastic proliferation. The most common site is the upper extremities (46%), followed by the head and neck region (20%). In the orofacial region, the lesion typically develops within the subcutaneous structures overlying the angle and(More)
Cancer cells produce parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) in the early phase of malignancy development, before hypercalcemia occurs. The relationship between PTHrP and the clinicopathologic features of oral squamous cell carcinoma is poorly understood. We studied 60 patients (43 men, 17 women; mean age, 64.8 +/- 11.2 years) with primary oral squamous(More)