Philip W. P. Bearcroft

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BACKGROUND Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with increased cardiovascular risk, which is not explained by traditional cardiovascular risk factors but may be due in part to increased aortic stiffness, an independent predictor of cardiovascular mortality. In the present study, our aim was to establish whether aortic stiffness is increased in RA and to(More)
The aim of this study was to compare prospectively a breath-hold projection magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) technique with diagnostic endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Seventy-six patients with suspected strictures or choledocholithiasis were referred for MRCP and subsequent ERCP examination, which were performed(More)
We have investigated the reliability of communication of uncertainty in radiological reports. The 18 most commonly used verbal expressions of probability were identified from a series of radiological reports. 11 clinicians (three radiologists, three rheumatologists and five orthopaedic surgeons) recorded the probability that they ascribed to each of the 18(More)
A large family with dominantly inherited rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, premature arthropathy, and development of phalangeal epiphyseal dysplasia, resulting in brachydactyly was linked to COL2A1, the gene encoding proalpha1(II) collagen. Mutational analysis of the gene by exon sequencing identified a novel mutation in the C-propeptide region of the(More)
Assessment of quantitative cerebral blood flow on a conventional fast CT machine without the use of specialized equipment may be valuable in the investigation of acute stroke and head injury. We aimed to compare a single slice CT perfusion sequence with H2(15)O positron emission tomography using the sagittal sinus as an input function, a method that avoids(More)
Objective: Neck masses are common in children. Although there is a low incidence of therapeutically significant pathology, biopsy is occasionally required for evaluation. Open biopsy or fine needle aspiration may be used to obtain tissue. Open biopsy provides material suitable for histological analysis but requires general anaesthesia. Cytological material(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Increased rates of bone loss and fracture have been reported after liver transplantation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a pre-transplant infusion of pamidronate on fracture incidence and bone loss during the first year after transplantation. METHODS Ninety-nine adults awaiting orthotopic liver transplantation(More)
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to assess the potential use of MDCT in the detection of occult scaphoid fractures. Fifty-one patients with suspected radiographically occult scaphoid fractures at 10-14 days after trauma were investigated prospectively with skeletal scintigraphy and CT on the same day. Planar images of the wrist were taken 3 hr after IV injection(More)
AIM To review the published diagnostic performance statistics for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the wrist for tears of the triangular fibrocartilage complex, the intrinsic carpal ligaments, and for osteonecrosis of the carpal bones. MATERIALS AND METHODS We used Medline and Embase to search the English language literature. Studies evaluating the(More)
Current imaging guidelines recommend that many cancer patients undergo soft-tissue staging by computed tomography (CT) whilst the bones are imaged by skeletal scintigraphy (bone scan). New CT technology has now made it feasible, for the first time, to perform a detailed whole-body skeletal CT. This advancement could save patients from having to undergo(More)