Michael Hamm

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UNLABELLED Several factors have to be considered for implementing an accurate attenuation-correction (AC) method in a combined MR-PET scanner. In this work, some of these challenges were investigated, and an AC method based entirely on the MRI data obtained with a single dedicated sequence was developed and used for neurologic studies performed with the(More)
BACKGROUND Continuous intravenous infusion of epoprostenol (prostacyclin) is an effective treatment for primary pulmonary hypertension. This approach requires the insertion of a permanent central venous catheter, with the associated risk of serious complications. Recently, aerosolized iloprost, a stable prostacyclin analogue, has been introduced as an(More)
Assessment of cardiac output is an important part of the management of patients with pulmonary hypertension. The accuracy of the thermodilution technique in patients with low cardiac output or severe tricuspid regurgitation has been questioned. To address this issue, we simultaneously compared 105 cardiac output measurements by the Fick method and(More)
INTRODUCTION Having in mind the promising results of lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma probe application for the detection of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) in malignant melanoma, breast and penis cancer, we tried to identify the SLN in prostate cancer by applying a comparable technique. MATERIALS AND METHOD 350 patients with prostate cancer were(More)
OBJECT To examine possible side effects of neurotizations in which the phrenic nerve was used, pulmonary function was analyzed pre- and postoperatively in patients with brachial plexus injury and root avulsions. METHODS Twenty-three patients with complete brachial plexus palsy underwent neurotization of the musculocutaneous nerve, with the phrenic nerve(More)
PURPOSE Unenhanced helical computerized tomography (CT) has proved to be an excellent diagnostic tool for evaluating acute flank pain with reported 95% to 100% sensitivity, 92% to 100% specificity, 96% to 100% positive and 91% to 100% negative predictive values. The diagnostic value of a new low dose protocol was prospectively studied and compared with the(More)
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) half-life calculated in 51 patients subsequent to radical prostatectomy was found to identify patients with residual disease earlier and more reliably than the criterion of not achieving undetectable PSA levels postoperatively. It is proposed that residual tumor affects the half-life by contributing to the serum level of PSA.(More)
PURPOSE We compare the performance of eight parallel transmit (pTx) body arrays with up to 32 channels and a standard birdcage design. Excitation uniformity, local specific absorption rate (SAR), global SAR, and power metrics are analyzed in the torso at 3 T for radiofrequency (RF)-shimming and 2-spoke excitations. METHODS We used a fast cosimulation(More)
PURPOSE The localization of lymph node metastases in prostate cancer varies enormously. Due to high morbidity complete pelvic lymphadenectomy is often decreased to modified staging lymphadenectomy, resulting in loss of sensitivity for detecting micrometastases. Based on the promising results of intraoperative gamma probe application for identifying sentinel(More)
OBJECTIVES Pelvic lymph node metastases indicate a poor prognosis for patients with clinically localized prostate cancer. The aim of the study was to investigate the value of extended histopathological techniques considering the extent of pelvic lymphadenectomy and preoperative risk factors. METHODS Total of 194 patients with prostate cancer were(More)