Nkiruka C. Atuegwu

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PURPOSE The purpose of this pilot study is to determine (1) if early changes in both semiquantitative and quantitative DCE-MRI parameters, observed after the first cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, show significant difference between responders and nonresponders and (2) if these parameters can be used as a prognostic indicator of(More)
In some medical procedures, it is difficult or impossible to maintain a line of sight for a guidance system. For such applications, people have begun to use electromagnetic trackers. Before a localizer can be effectively used for an image-guided procedure, a characterization of the localizer is required. The purpose of this work is to perform a volumetric(More)
Current mathematical models of tumor growth are limited in their clinical application because they require input data that are nearly impossible to obtain with sufficient spatial resolution in patients even at a single time point--for example, extent of vascularization, immune infiltrate, ratio of tumor-to-normal cells, or extracellular matrix status. Here(More)
Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging data obtained early in the course of therapy can be used to estimate tumor proliferation rates, and the estimated rates can be used to predict tumor cellularity at the conclusion of therapy. Six patients underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging immediately before, after one cycle, and after all(More)
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS First of all, I will like to thank my advisor and mentor Dr Bob Galloway for his support, guidance and encouragement. This work and my PhD career will not have been possible without him. I will like to thank my other committee members Dr Louise Mawn, Dr Michael Miga, Dr Jay West and Dr Alfred Bonds for all their help and advice throughout(More)
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