We have implemented an MR technique that employs a rapid gradient echo sequence, preceded by magnetization preparation pulses to provide T1- and T2-weighted tissue contrast. With this technique, which can be identified as a member of a new family of pulse sequences, generically named Magnetization Prepared RApid Gradient Echo (MP-RAGE), very short… (More)
Software development for imaging workstations has lagged behind hardware availability. To guide development and to analyze work flow involved in interpretation of cross-sectional imaging studies, we assessed the cognitive and physical processes. We observed the performance and interpretation of body computed tomography (CT) scans and recorded the events… (More)
PURPOSE To compare breath-hold T1-weighted magnetization-prepared gradient-echo (MP-GRE) imaging with conventional T2-weighted spin-echo (SE) imaging in evaluation of focal liver disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Images of 68 patients evaluated for focal liver disease were reviewed. Five sets of images were analyzed: axial, sagittal, and coronal breath-hold… (More)
Advances in handheld computing now allow review of DICOM datasets from remote locations. As the diagnostic ability of this tool is unproven, we evaluated the ability to diagnose acute appendicitis on abdominal CT using a mobile DICOM viewer. This HIPAA compliant study was IRB-approved. Twenty-five abdominal CT studies from patients with RLQ pain were… (More)
Ascites is found in a variety of conditions, both acute and chronic, and computed tomography (CT) is usually successful in detecting its presence. We reviewed the CT images from a three-month window of patients in order to evaluate the prevalence and utility of a new radiographic sign for diagnosing ascites.
The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)  imposes security standards for electronic Protected Health Information (PHI) that become effective April 21, 2005. One of these security requirements is that PHI that is stored in or transmitted over any " open " network (e.g., the Internet) must include technical safeguards for… (More)