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Sensitivity and specificity are the basic measures of accuracy of a diagnostic test; however, they depend on the cut point used to define "positive" and "negative" test results. As the cut point shifts, sensitivity and specificity shift. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve is a plot of the sensitivity of a test versus its false-positive rate(More)
PURPOSE To compare conventional T2-weighted spin-echo imaging with a rapid acquisition relaxation enhanced (RARE) technique in the routine evaluation of lumbar degenerative disk disease. METHODS Thirty consecutive patients referred for evaluation of the lumbar spine for suspected degenerative disk disease were evaluated with sagittal and axial T1-weighted(More)
BACKGROUND ROC curves have become the standard for describing and comparing the accuracy of diagnostic tests. Not surprisingly, ROC curves are used often by clinical chemists. Our aims were to observe how the accuracy of clinical laboratory diagnostic tests is assessed, compared, and reported in the literature; to identify common problems with the use of(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively determine in patients with acute low back pain (LBP) or radiculopathy, the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings, prognostic role of these findings, and effect of diagnostic information on outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval and informed consent were obtained. This study was HIPAA compliant. A(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and safety of presurgical devascularization of meningiomas. METHODS Matched samples of embolized and nonembolized groups of meningiomas were compared. The study variables for clinical efficacy were estimated blood loss, number of transfusions, surgical resection time, and length of(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the work described here was to characterize quality of life (QOL) and its determinants in a large cohort of adult patients with epilepsy. METHODS Validated measures reflecting disease severity and psychosocial functioning were electronically collected on all outpatients seen during 2009. Multivariate regression adjusting for repeated(More)
The purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of any correlation between recurrent radicular pain during the first six months following first surgery for herniated lumbar intervertebral disc and the amount of lumbar peridural fibrosis as defined by MR imaging. 197 patients who underwent first-time single-level unilateral discectomy for lumbar(More)
The purpose of this article is to report on the safety and effectiveness of brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) embolization for two series of patients, of which one was treated with particulate embolization and the other with acrylic embolization. Sixty-five consecutive patients from embolization logs and patient records from 1988 to 1993 were reviewed.(More)
The authors undertook this study to compare bright and dark CSF three-dimensional (3D) gradient-echo (GE) MR techniques to answer the following questions: Could a single Gd-DTPA enhanced T1-weighted GE volume sequence (with multiplanar reformats) be diagnostically equivalent for degenerative cervical disk disease to a standard sequence consisting of(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Several statistical methods have been developed for analyzing multireader, multicase (MRMC) receiver operating characteristic (ROC) studies. The objective of this article is to increase awareness of these methods and determine if their results are concordant for published datasets. MATERIALS AND METHODS Data from three previously(More)