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BACKGROUND The major sites of obstruction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are small airways (<2 mm in diameter). We wanted to determine whether there was a relationship between small-airway obstruction and emphysematous destruction in COPD. METHODS We used multidetector computed tomography (CT) to compare the number of airways measuring(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the effect of radiation dose and scanner manufacturer on quantitative CT scan measurements of lung morphology in smokers. METHODS Low-dose and high-dose, inspiratory, multislice CT scans were obtained in 50 subjects at intervals of approximately 6 months (mean [+/- SD] interval, 0.5 +/- 0.2 years). In another 30 subjects, multislice(More)
Calcitonin-like pituitary peptide, which is synthesized and secreted by gonadotrophs of the rat anterior pituitary (AP) gland, is a potent inhibitor of prolactin biosynthesis and lactotroph cell proliferation. Because TGF-beta 1 is an autocrine inhibitor of lactotroph cell proliferation, we investigated a possibility that calcitonin (CT) interacts with(More)
OBJECTIVE Our objective was to evaluate the performance of a computer-aided detection (CAD) system for pulmonary nodule detection using low-dose screening CT images. MATERIALS AND METHODS One hundred fifty consecutive low-dose screening CT examinations were independently evaluated by a radiologist and a CAD pulmonary nodule detection system (R2(More)
PURPOSE To compare quantitative and subjective image quality and radiation dose between standard computed tomographic (CT) pulmonary angiography (CTPA) and CTPA with a dual-energy technique with reduced iodine load. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board and each participant provided informed consent.(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to determine the most reproducible multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) measurements of the aortic annulus and to determine methods to improve the applicability of these measurements for transcatheter aortic valve implantation. BACKGROUND The reproducibility and applicability of MDCT annular measurements to guide(More)
We sought to determine the relationship between lung size and airway size in men and women of varying stature. We also asked if men and women matched for lung size would still have differences in airway size and if so where along the pulmonary airway tree would these differences exist. We used computed tomography to measure airway luminal areas of the large(More)
It was previously shown that calcitonin-like pituitary peptide (pit-CT) is synthesized and secreted by gonadotrophs, and pit-CT inhibits PRL gene transcription and lactotroph cell proliferation. Present studies examined long-term consequences of pit-CT overexpression on the functioning of mouse anterior pituitary (AP) gland. Targeted overexpression of(More)
OBJECTIVE To refine the CT prediction of emphysema by comparing histology and CT for specific regions of lung. To incorporate both regional lung density measured by CT and cluster analysis of low attenuation areas for comparison with histological measurement of surface area per unit lung volume. METHODS The histological surface area per unit lung volume(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to document the characteristic sonographic findings of clonorchiasis for the diagnosis of active infection in an endemic area. METHODS In a village in northeastern China, residents underwent fecal examinations for detection of Clonorchis sinensis eggs. Shortly thereafter, residents were examined with abdominal sonography.(More)