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PURPOSE To assess the success and safety of tunneled peritoneal drainage catheters for the management of ascites refractory to medical management. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 188 consecutive patients (83 male, 105 female; average age 59 y) with refractory ascites were treated with tunneled peritoneal drainage catheters from January 1, 2006, to August(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the radiation dose distribution and image quality for organ-based dose modulation during adult thoracic MDCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS Organ doses were measured using an anthropomorphic adult female phantom containing 30 metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor detectors on a dual-source MDCT scanner(More)
A study of the fiber type composition of fourteen muscles spanning the human glenohumeral joint was carried out with the purpose of determining the contribution of fiber types to overall muscle cross-sectional area (CSA) and to estimate the maximum shortening velocity (V(max)) of those muscles. Muscle biopsies were procured from 4 male cadavers (mean age(More)
A 38-year-old man with melanoma of the right flank underwent a staging 18F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT scan, which demonstrated a hypermetabolic extrarenal mass in the left retroperitoneal space, concerning for metastatic melanoma. However, surgical pathology demonstrated an angiomyolipoma (AML). Although AMLs can rarely occur in an extrarenal(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether a bacteriophage antimicrobial-lock technique can reduce bacterial colonization and biofilm formation on indwelling central venous catheters in a rabbit model. MATERIALS AND METHODS Cuffed central venous catheters were inserted into the jugular vein of female New Zealand White rabbits under image guidance. Catheters were(More)
Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) insertion has been well established as an effective treatment in the management of sequelae of portal hypertension. There are a wide variety of complications that can be encountered, such as hemorrhage, encephalopathy, TIPS dysfunction, and liver failure. This review article summarizes various approaches(More)
OBJECTIVE Financial interest in imaging equipment may affect the imaging referral patterns of ordering physicians. The purpose of this article is to determine whether ownership of MRI equipment by ordering physicians predicts the likelihood and prevalence of positive findings on lumbar spine MRI as a metric for comparison of utilization. MATERIALS AND(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate gray-scale inversion in nodule detection on chest radiography. Simulated nodules were superimposed randomly onto normal chest radiographs. Six radiologists interpreted 144 chest radiographs during three reading sessions: traditional presentation, inverted gray-scale, and a choice session allowing use of(More)
PURPOSE In the current political and economic climate, there is a desire to reduce health care costs; diagnostic imaging expenditure is one area of particular interest. The authors present a meta-analysis of the relative frequency of imaging utilization in the setting of self-referral compared with that of non-self-referral and a simulation of increased(More)
Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is a well-described complication of solid organ and bone marrow transplants. The most common presentation is intra-abdominal lymphadenopathy or single or multiple intraparenchymal masses involving the liver, spleen, or kidneys. Here we describe the imaging and pathology findings of an unusual case of PTLD(More)