Matthew D. Blackledge

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PURPOSE To describe computed diffusion weighted (DW) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging as a method for obtaining high-b-value images from DW MR imaging performed at lower b values and to investigate the feasibility of the technique to improve lesion detection in oncologic cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was approved by the institutional and research(More)
The purpose was to determine the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements in a two-centre phase I clinical trial; and to track ADC changes in response to the sequential administration of the vascular disrupting agent, combretastatin A4 phosphate (CA4P), and the anti-angiogenic drug, bevacizumab. Sixteen patients with solid(More)
To determine the measurement reproducibility of perfusion fraction f, pseudodiffusion coefficient D * and diffusion coefficient D in colorectal liver metastases and normal liver. Fourteen patients with known colorectal liver metastases were examined twice using respiratory-triggered echo-planar DW-MRI with eight b values (0 to 900 s/mm2) 1 h apart. Regions(More)
We describe our semi-automatic segmentation of whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI (WBDWI) using a Markov random field (MRF) model to derive tumor total diffusion volume (tDV) and associated global apparent diffusion coefficient (gADC); and demonstrate the feasibility of using these indices for assessing tumor burden and response to treatment in patients with(More)
To compare geometric distortion, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), efficacy of fat suppression and presence of artefact between monopolar (Stejskal and Tanner) and bipolar (twice-refocused, eddy-current-compensating) diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) sequences in the abdomen and pelvis. A semiquantitative distortion index(More)
OBJECTIVE We examine the clinical impetus for whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI and discuss how to implement the technique with clinical MRI systems. We include practical tips and tricks to optimize image quality and reduce artifacts. The interpretative pitfalls are enumerated, and potential challenges are highlighted. CONCLUSION Whole-body(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) typically demonstrates a non-spherical growth pattern, so it is often difficult to accurately categorize change in tumour burden using size-based tumour response criteria (e.g., WHO (World Health Organisation), RECIST (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours) and modified RECIST). Functional imaging techniques are(More)
Advances in hardware and software enable high-quality body diffusion-weighted images to be acquired for oncologic assessment. 3.0 T affords improved signal/noise for higher spatial resolution and smaller field-of-view diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). DWI at 3.0 T can be applied as at 1.5 T to improve tumor detection, disease characterization, and the(More)
Silicone breast prostheses prove technically challenging when performing diffusion-weighted MR imaging in the breasts. We describe a combined fat and chemical suppression scheme to achieve dual suppression of fat and silicone, thereby improving the quality of diffusion-weighted images in women with breast implants. MR imaging was performed at 3.0 and 1.5 T(More)
We present pyOsiriX, a plugin built for the already popular dicom viewer OsiriX that provides users the ability to extend the functionality of OsiriX through simple Python scripts. This approach allows users to integrate the many cutting-edge scientific/image-processing libraries created for Python into a powerful DICOM visualisation package that is(More)