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Pulmonary disease caused by Mycobacterium avium complex usually occurs in patients with chronic lung disease or deficient cellular immunity, and its prevalence is increasing. We describe 21 patients (mean age, 66 years) with such infection without the usual predisposing factors, representing 18 percent of the 119 patients surveyed. Seventeen women and 4 men(More)
MR is a highly sensitive alternative to plain films, CT, and radionuclide studies for the imaging of normal and abnormal marrow and can characterize differences between fatty, fibrotic, cellular, hypercellular, and hemosiderotic marrow. MR is helpful in depicting the extent of disease and has been a useful method to follow the clinical course of many(More)
Parenchymal iron deposition occurs in hemochromatosis, while iron is deposited in reticuloendothelial (RE) cells after blood transfusions or rhabdomyolysis. Magnetic resonance images of patients with decreased liver signal intensity on T2-weighted images at 1.5 T were blindly compared in an effort to distinguish these conditions. In each of five patients(More)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has value in characterizing normal and abnormal bone marrow because of its ability to distinguish fat from other tissues. Due to this advantage, hematologic disorders resulting in alterations of the normal cellular and fatty marrow distribution can be appreciated. In this article, the role of MRI in diffuse hematologic(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the demographic, clinical, and radiographic characteristics of corticosteroid-treated patients with sarcoidosis who developed relapse following a period of clinical stability lasting longer than 1 month, and to compare these characteristics with those of a group of patients with sarcoidosis who were not treated. DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE To determine the relative degree of participation by radiologists and other specialists in percutaneous interventional procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS By using 1992 Medicare Part B claims data that covered seven states, the specialty of the physician provider was determined for all services performed within various percutaneous vascular and(More)
OBJECTIVE One of the indications for the rapidly expanding use of thoracoscopic surgery as an alternative to thoracotomy is the excision of peripheral lung nodules. Nodules judged too small or too far from the pleural surface to be seen or palpated during thoracoscopy must be localized beforehand. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility(More)
PURPOSE The goal of this work was to identify and categorize the spectrum of pulmonary parenchymal and pleural abnormalities identified by CT in patients with acute pulmonary thromboembolism (PE). METHOD A review of interpretations from 4,715 consecutive contrast-enhanced thoracic CT studies identified 41 examinations in which the diagnosis of PE was(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary fibrosis, a frequent manifestation of systemic sclerosis (SSc), is considered incurable. Our aim was to assess the effect of therapy with intravenous (i.v.) cyclophosphamide on the course of pulmonary fibrosis in patients with SSc. METHODS Five patients with SSc and clinical, laboratory, or radiographic findings of interstitial lung(More)