Peter G. Herman

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The diagnosis of thoracic actinomycosis is readily made when the patient presents with the constellation of poor oral hygiene, pulmonary infiltrates, empyema, sinus tracts, and osteomyelitis of the ribs. However, in the absence of rib and chest wall involvement, the disease may be overlooked. Three cases of primary pulmonary actinomycosis are presented(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to determine whether significant reduction in radiation dose (250 mAs-->50 mAs), in chest computed tomography (CT) using volume acquisition affects image quality or the detectability of pathologic findings in the lung and mediastinum. METHODS Phantom studies were conducted to evaluate resolution and noise(More)
Morphometric analysis of brain structures recently has become a main focus of interest in studies of some neuropsychiatric diseases. Limitations in imaging and mensuration methodology that is available currently for quantitative measurement of anatomic structures have prompted the development of a computerized system to study brain morphometry. A menudriven(More)
Usefulness of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) in locating pulmonary parenchymal disease in relation to the pulmonary lobule was evaluated in 71 patients, including 30 with normal pulmonary parenchyma and 41 with various pulmonary diseases. Both 10-mm-thick sections and 1.5- or 3.0-mm-thick HRCT scans were obtained. Distribution of pulmonary(More)
An effect of clinical information on interpretation of radiographs has been assumed, on the basis of experimental studies. To investigate this effect in a real-life setting, test films were included in the dialy work load of readers who were unaware that a study was being carried out. Eight subtle but unambiguous abnormalities (three lung nodules, lobar(More)
The diagnostic yields and complication rates of closed lung biopsies were determined by responses to a questionnaire. Of 5,255 procedures reported, 30% were aspiration biopsies (AB), 7% tissue core biopsies (CB), 2% trephine biopsies (TR), 37% bronchial brush biopsies (BB), and 23% transbronchial biopsies (TB). Of these biopsies, 70% were done for suspected(More)
In this department 22% of examinations are interpreted independently by residents outside of normal hours. Staff radiologists review these studies in a process designed to train residents and assure appropriate radiologic consultation. The resident's written reports on 2,619 examinations were analyzed before and after staff review. Each film review session(More)
The purpose of this investigation was to optimize the reconstruction algorithm and the slice thickness of computed tomography (CT) for the study of the fine structure of the lung. In 75 patients, we performed routine thoracic CT examination and obtained two high-resolution CT (HRCT) slices at the same level using the standard and bone algorithms, or using(More)
The detection of simulated pulmonary nodules was measured in three different situations that required: (1) reports of all significant chest findings (Free Search), (2) only reports of possible nodules (Nodule Search), or (3) evaluation of particular film locations as nodules (Specified Location). ROC curves from these conditions compared how accurately(More)
Standard, thin-section, and reference phantom computed tomography (CT) were performed to evaluate 75 consecutive patients with solitary pulmonary nodules. Follow-up was available for 62 nodules in 59 patients; 53 of the nodules were benign and nine were malignant. Twenty-one of the 62 nodules were assessed as benign with thin-section CT, while 33 of the 62(More)