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OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to show the usefulness of nongated low-dose chest CT for coronary screening by comparing the results of coronary artery calcium measurement with that of dedicated calcium-scoring CT. MATERIALS AND METHODS One hundred twenty-eight consecutive participants (all men; mean age, 52 +/- 7 years) underwent low-dose chest CT(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to assess the diagnostic performance of adenosine-stress dual-energy myocardial computed tomography perfusion (DECTP) imaging using 128-slice dual-source computed tomography (CT) for the detection of myocardial perfusion defects in comparison with stress-perfusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS This prospective study(More)
A Gram-positive, slightly acid-alcohol-fast, carbon monoxide-oxidizing bacterium, strain Y2(T), was isolated from a soil sample collected from a roadside in Seoul, Korea. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence comparative analyses, strain Y2(T) was shown to belong to the genus Tsukamurella and was most closely related to Tsukamurella tyrosinosolvens DSM(More)
LDD175 (4-chloro-7-trifluoromethyl-10H-benzo[4,5]furo[3,2-b]indole-1-carboxylic acid) is a benzofuroindole compound characterized previously as a potent opener of the large conductance calcium activated (BK(Ca)) channels. Activators of the BK(Ca) channels are potential therapies for smooth muscle hyperactivity disorders. The present study investigates the(More)
The aim of this work was to compare thin-section CT (TSCT) findings of drug-sensitive (DS) tuberculosis (TB), multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB, and nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) pulmonary disease in nonAIDS adults. During 2003, 216 (113 DS TB, 35 MDR TB, and 68 NTM) patients with smear-positive sputum for acid-fast bacilli (AFB), and who were subsequently(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary collateral flow is an alternative source of myocardial perfusion in patients with totally occluded coronary arteries. Clinical evaluation of collateral flow has been limited by the need of invasive measurements. We investigated whether noninvasive coronary computed tomographic angiography can evaluate the angiographic extent of coronary(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate coronary arterial lesions and to assess their correlation with clinical findings in patients with Takayasu arteritis (TA) by using coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS This retrospective study was approved by the hospital internal review board, and informed consent was waived. A total of 111 consecutive(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose in adenosine-stress dynamic myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) imaging using different tube voltages, tube current settings, and contrast materials containing different iodine concentrations in subjects with normal body mass indices (BMI). We included 92 patients (BMI range, 18.5-24.8)(More)
OBJECTIVE This study assessed the outcomes of using vascular closure devices following percutaneous transfemoral endovascular procedures in the patients who were treated with heparin, abciximab or thrombolytics (urokinase or t-PA) during the procedures. MATERIALS AND METHODS From March 28, 2003 to August 31, 2004, we conducted a prospective and randomized(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigated the role of fractional myocardial mass (FMM), a vessel-specific myocardial mass, in the evaluation of physiological severity of stenosis. Using computed tomography angiography, the study investigated fractional myocardial mass, a concept of myocardial mass subtended by specific vessel, which could reduce(More)