Rob J. S. Lamers

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The value of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) in diagnosing and assessing inflammatory activity in sarcoidosis is well established. The aim of the present study was to address the intra- and inter-observer agreements of the HRCT score by Oberstein et al. [8], and to evaluate the relationship between HRCT findings and disease severity expressed in(More)
The aim of this study was to assess whether the cellular bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) profile, particularly the number of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), is associated with disease severity of sarcoidosis and its usefulness in determining remission. Twenty-six nonsmoking outpatients with sarcoidosis were included in this study. The patients(More)
PURPOSE To compare the computed tomographic (CT) lung densitometry results in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and in control subjects (healthy persons). MATERIALS AND METHODS Spirometrically gated CT sections at 5 cm above and 5 cm below the carina at 90% and 10% vital capacity (VC) were imaged in patients and controls. Various(More)
To assess the interobserver variability of computed tomography in determining nodal status in non-small cell lung carcinoma, four experienced radiologists reviewed the computed tomographic scans of 147 patients. Interobserver variability was calculated using the kappa statistic. In addition, the accuracy of CT assessment of the nodal status by the four(More)
PURPOSE Our goals were to determine the dependence of CT number histograms of the lung on section thickness and reconstruction filter and to evaluate the consequences for scan protocol conformity required for universally comparable densitometry of the lungs. METHOD The effects of section thickness and reconstruction filter were parameterized with the CT's(More)
In the present study, the diagnostic yield of high resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is evaluated in patients with thoracoscopically-verified idiopathic spontaneous pneumothorax (SP). Visual assessment as well as densitometry of lung parenchyma was performed. In eight of the 20 prospectively-evaluated SP patients, emphysema-like (EL) changes such as(More)
This study was performed to assess density resolution in quantitative computed tomography (CT) of foam and lung. Density resolution, a measure for the ability to discriminate materials of different density in a CT number histogram, is normally determined by quantum noise. In a cellular solid, variations in mass in the volumes sampled by CT cause an(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to assess the prognostic value of the expression of p53 and bcl-2, the apoptotic index and the expression of topoisomerase II alpha in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with high dose radiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS A number of 161 patients with inoperable NSCLC treated with high(More)
Ultimately CT-densitometry of the lung should give comparable results on all scanners. One prerequisite for this is the use of the same density resolution. Unfortunately, density resolution is impractical as a performance specifying parameter because it depends on the cellular material scanned. Therefore, another parameter that can be used for scanner and(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in respiratory symptoms and quality of life (QoL) in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) receiving radical radiotherapy (60 Gy). Additionally, the association between the level of symptom relief and objective tumor response, as well as with radiation-induced pulmonary changes, was(More)