Michael A. Blake

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Recent technologic advances have markedly enhanced the clinical applications of computed tomography (CT). While the benefits of CT exceed the harmful effects of radiation exposure in patients, increasing radiation doses to the population have raised a compelling case for reduction of radiation exposure from CT. Strategies for radiation dose reduction are(More)
PURPOSE To compare image quality and lesion conspicuity on abdominal computed tomographic (CT) images acquired with different x-ray tube current-time products (50-200 mAs) and reconstructed with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) and filtered back projection (FBP) techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-two patients (mean age, 60.1(More)
PURPOSE To assess radiation dose reduction for abdominal computed tomography (CT) examinations with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS With institutional review board approval, retrospective review of weight adapted abdominal CT exams were performed in 156 consecutive patients with ASIR and in 66 patients(More)
Incidental adrenal lesions are commonly detected at computed tomography, and lesion characterization is critical, particularly in the oncologic patient. Imaging tests have been developed that can accurately differentiate these lesions by using a variety of principles and techniques, and each is discussed in turn. An imaging algorithm is provided to guide(More)
The widespread application of computed tomography (CT) in different clinical situations has increased the detection of intussusception, particularly non-lead point intussusception, which tends to be transient. Consequently, determining the clinical significance of intussusception seen at CT poses a diagnostic challenge. Patients with intussusception may or(More)
To report a technique for target directed transperineal ultrasound guided biopsy using high resolution endorectal MRI images Ultrasound fusion. Two patients presented after external beam irradiation for prostate cancer with a rising PSA. An Endorectal MRI using a 1.5 Tesla scanner was obtained. Subsequently a Transrectal Ultrasound guided biopsy was(More)
Pheochromocytomas are rare catecholamine-secreting tumors with many clinical and imaging manifestations. They may produce overwhelming cardiovascular crises if the diagnosis is not made or if appropriate treatment is delayed. It is thus important to recognize both their characteristic and atypical imaging appearances. Pheochromocytomas are encountered,(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to evaluate a large cohort of patients with PET/CT to determine whether qualitative (visual) assessment, quantitative standardized uptake value (SUV), or standardized uptake ratio (SUR) techniques should be used when attempting to characterize adrenal masses in patients with cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to determine the frequency of discrepancies in side of findings (side discrepancies) in the body and the impression sections of radiology reports. In addition, we determined the frequency of corrected side discrepancies between radiology reports and images in a larger database of radiology reports. MATERIALS AND(More)
Whole-body MR imaging is in evolution, and although accepting and recognizing limitations, it is likely that both technique and incurred acquisition times will shorten over the next decade. Although the development of dedicated whole-body MR scanners appears to offer the greatest promise for the future, the development of moving table tops, optimized pulse(More)