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Comparative protein structure prediction is limited mostly by the errors in alignment and loop modeling. We describe here a new automated modeling technique that significantly improves the accuracy of loop predictions in protein structures. The positions of all nonhydrogen atoms of the loop are optimized in a fixed environment with respect to a pseudo(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to compare the diagnostic accuracy of liver apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) versus normalized liver ADC using the spleen as a reference organ for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-six patients, 34 with liver disease and 22 control subjects, were assessed with breath-hold(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the ability of dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE-MRI) to predict pathological complete response (pCR) after preoperative chemotherapy for rectal cancer. METHODS In a prospective clinical trial, 23/34 enrolled patients underwent pre- and post-treatment DCE-MRI performed at 1.5T. Gadolinium 0.1 mmol/kg was injected at a rate of 2 mL/s.(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to assess splenic volume and to correlate unidimensional measurements with reference volumetric changes in chemotherapy-treated patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) liver metastases. METHODS Forty consecutive patients were selected from the cohort of a previously reported study of chemotherapy-related morbidity following(More)
PURPOSE Transarterial chemoembolization is accepted therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). No randomized trial has demonstrated superiority of chemoembolization compared with embolization, and the role of chemotherapy remains unclear. This randomized trial compares the outcome of embolization using microspheres alone with chemoembolization using(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this retrospective study was to measure interobserver agreement in the assessment of malignant imaging features of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs) on MDCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS Pancreatic protocol CT studies were reviewed for 84 patients with resected IPMNs. Maximal diameter of the dominant cyst, presence of a(More)
BACKGROUND Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is associated with poor survival. This study compared the outcomes of patients with unresectable ICC treated with hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) plus systemic chemotherapy (SYS) with the outcomes of patients treated with SYS alone. METHODS Consecutive patients with ICC were retrospectively reviewed.(More)
Purpose To determine the diagnostic performance of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) parameters and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) to assess response to combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CRT) in patients with rectal cancer by using histogram analysis derived from whole-tumor volumes and single-section regions of interest (ROIs). Materials(More)
BACKGROUND Intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN) may represent a field defect of pancreatic ductal instability. The relative risk of carcinoma in regions remote from the radiographically identified cyst remains poorly defined. This study describes the natural history of IPMN in patients initially selected for resection or surveillance. METHODS(More)
INTRODUCTION Primary pancreatic lymphoma (PPL) is a rare tumor that is often misdiagnosed. Clinicopathologic features, optimal therapy, and outcomes are not well defined. We reviewed our institutional experience with PPL. METHODS Search of our institutional database identified that between 1987-2012, 21,760 patients with lymphoma and 11,286 patients with(More)