Stefania Vaga

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The dynamic stabilization of lumbar spine is a non-fusion stabilization system that unloads the disc without the complete loss of motion at the treated motion segment. Clinical outcomes are promising but still not definitive, and the long-term effect on instrumented and adjacent levels is still a matter of discussion. Several experiments have been devised(More)
Our hypothesis was that the enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC) imaging protocol could be used in patients to quantify the sulfated glycosaminoglycan (sGAG) in intervertebral discs (IVD). To test this hypothesis, 23 patients with degenerative disc pathology scheduled for surgery were studied by a specific dGEMRIC protocol: each patient underwent two MRI(More)
AIMS The assessment of progenitor cell survival and efficacy after transplantation is one of the major challenges in cardiovascular cell therapy. Translation of currently used imaging techniques to patients is not immediate. Possible options include iron oxide particle loading into cells to be tracked using magnetic resonance (MR) and by MR-based water(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the mid-term effects of implant of dynamic neutralization system (Dynesys) on disc tissue in patients with lumbar discopathy, through the quantification of glycosaminoglycans (GAG) concentration, both in treated and adjacent levels, by analysis of delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI contrast (dGEMRIC) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS Ten(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effects of reducing the number of segments in which the intervertebral disc (IVD) can be subdivided on the accuracy in estimating its sGAG content by computation of the parameter DeltaT1 from delayed Gadolinium-Enhanced MRI of Cartilage (dGEMRIC) protocol. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-three herniectomy patients underwent dGEMRIC(More)
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