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UNLABELLED A meta-analysis was performed to assess and compare the accuracies of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for the staging of hepatic fibrosis. Online journal databases and a manual search from January 2000 to May 2011 were used. We identified 41 studies, but only 14 met the criteria to perform a(More)
AIM To retrospectively analyze the imaging features of solid-pseudopapillary tumors (SPTs) of the pancreas on multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) and define the imaging findings suggestive of malignant potential. METHODS A total of 24 consecutive cases with surgically and pathologically confirmed SPTs of the pancreas underwent preoperative(More)
Common functional polymorphisms in the promoter region of microRNAs (miRNAs), based on multiple lines of evidence, might participate in transcriptional regulation and other biological processes, which interact to increase the risk of developing breast cancer. Since 2005, many studies have investigated the association between breast cancer risk and common(More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate the feasibility of the ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (USPIO) modified by cyclo (Arg-Gly-Asp-Try-Cys) peptide (c(RGDyC)-USPIO) for targeting hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). MATERIALS AND METHODS A c(RGDyC)-USPIO probe was prepared by conjugating c(RGDyC) with USPIO through a thiol-maleinide interaction. The specificity of(More)
AIM To retrospectively evaluate the imaging features of pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) in multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT). METHODS A total of 20 patients with pathologically-confirmed intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) were included in this study. Axial MDCT images combined with CT angiography (CTA)(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate and describe computed tomographic (CT) and endoscopic (ES) imaging findings in patients with pathologically confirmed upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract heterotopic pancreas (HP). METHODS Findings from imaging examinations in 11 patients with pathologically confirmed HP were retrospectively reviewed (CT images obtained from 11(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using CT to differentiate malignant from benign lesions in patients with pathologically confirmed appendiceal mucoceles. MATERIALS AND METHODS CT scans of 18 consecutively registered patients (11 men, seven women; age range, 21-78 years) with pathologically confirmed appendiceal mucocele(More)
Endothelin (ET) is a peptide released by vascular endothelial cells. Except for the potent vasoconstrictor function it plays an important physiological role in tissue differentiation and development, cell proliferation and hormone production. Investigation of the role of ET axis in a variety of tumors such as prostatic, cervical, breast carcinoma has(More)
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