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Technetium Tc-99m disofenin cholescintigraphy (CS) and ultrasonography (US) are two major clinical methods used in differentiating biliary atresia (BA) from neonatal jaundice. To compare the diagnostic utility of these two modalities, 66 patients with neonatal cholestasis (15 BA, 3 choledochal cyst (CC), 32 neonatal hepatitis, 13 prolonged jaundice, 2 total(More)
Growth impairment has been described in patients with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA). Both the direct action of underlying disease and prolonged corticosteroid usage for disease management may contribute to growth impairment. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the effect of systemic corticosteroid treatment on attained adult height(More)
The authors propose a low-power testing methodology for the scan-based built-in self-test. This approach combines a low-power test pattern generator (TPG) with scan-chain reordering to achieve low-power testing without losing fault coverage. Three main issues are addressed. First, a smoother is included in the TPG to reduce the average power consumption.(More)
In most patients with progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS) the oesophagus is affected. Reflux symptoms are most frequent, whilst dysphagia also occurs. Cisapride, a prokinetic agent, may enhance motility along the gastrointestinal tract. The effects of cisapride on oesophageal transit were evaluated in 12 PSS patient using a solid-phase radionuclide(More)
In a retrospective study involving 25 patients with occult sepsis in the ICU of Taichung Veterans General Hospital, the sensitivity and specificity of the new diagnostic method, Tc-99m HMPAO labelled white blood cells (WBCs) scan, were compared with other evaluating methods including clinical information, radiograph, ultrasound, bacterial culture, operative(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of age on bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar spine for healthy Chinese men. In 430 healthy Chinese men (ages 20–92 years) living on Taiwan, BMD at the level of the 2nd to 4th lumbar vertebraes (L2–L4) was determined with a commercial dual-energy X-ray absorptiometer (DXA). Our study found that the(More)
Tc-99m MDP bone scans were used to evaluate the articular inflammation in 38 patients with Reiter's disease and compared with clinical examination and radiologic findings. Our data showed that Reiter's disease predominantly involves the lower limbs, especially the heels, which may be a characteristic feature of Reiter's disease. Bone scans revealed a high(More)
Systemic sclerosis (SS) alters smooth muscle function throughout the gastrointestinal tract, the oesophagus being the segment most often involved. Involvement of the colon, though less common, may lead to life-threatening complications. We studied 23 unselected patients with SS and 20 age-matched healthy controls using radionuclide colon transit studies.(More)
Forty-one children (15 girls, 26 boys; ages 3.0±2.1 years) with Kawasaki disease (KD) were included in our study. The diameters of a total of 82 coronary arteries (CA), comprising 41 left (LCA) and 41 right (RCA), were computed by two-dimensional echocardiography (2D-Echo). If the diameter of the CA was≥20 mm, it was considered as dilated. The severity of(More)
Lung ventilation (LV) and alveolar permeability (AP) were measured in 24 male chronic renal failure (CRF) patients on regular hemodialysis (HD). LV and AP were determined by Tc-99m DTPA aerosol inhalation lung scintigraphy using commercial lung radioaerosol delivery units. The equilibrium LV images were visually interpreted by two independent and(More)