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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)
To determine the ability of dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE-MRI) to predict pathological complete response (pCR) after preoperative chemotherapy for rectal cancer. 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. Using a(More)
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. Forty consecutive patients were selected from the cohort of a previously reported study of chemotherapy-related morbidity following major hepatectomy(More)
Focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) is rare in the general pediatric population but is increasingly found in treated pediatric cancer patients. FNH can be incidentally found on CT and MRI and can be misdiagnosed as liver metastasis in patients with an oncological history. To describe the MR imaging findings of FNH in pediatric cancer patients. Ten children who(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)
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. Patients with IPMN(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)
UNLABELLED This study evaluates the performance of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) for the detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in pre-liver transplantation patients, compared and combined with contrast-enhanced T1-weighted imaging (CET1WI), using liver explant as the standard of reference. We included 52 patients with cirrhosis(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)