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RATIONALE Oxygen-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been proposed as a useful tool for assessing regional morphological and functional changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). OBJECTIVES To prospectively and directly compare the efficacy of O(2)-enhanced MRI and quantitative computed tomography (CT) for smoking-related pulmonary(More)
It is well-known that orthodontic treatment usually causes some discomfort and pain to the patients. Recently, it has been reported that low-power laser irradiation is effective in reducing the pain accompanying tooth movement. However, the mechanism of such pain relief cannot be elucidated. Since high levels of prostaglandin (PG) E2 and interleukin (IL)-1(More)
The prognostic significance of the SYNTAX (Synergy between PCI with Taxus and cardiac surgery) score has recently been demonstrated in patients with stable multivessel or left main coronary artery disease (CAD). The present study determines whether adding the SYNTAX score to Framingham risk score (FRS), left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and presence(More)
It is believed that the degree of periodontal tissue breakdown and tooth loss increase with age. In periodontal tissues which are gingiva, periodontal ligament (PL), alveolar bone and tooth cementum, the PL which is soft connective tissue, lies between the tooth cementum and alveolar bone, having the primary function of tooth support, and maintaining the(More)
The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in the optic nerve was measured from diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging using an intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) sequence. The subjects were seven normal volunteers and eight patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) with a total of four optic nerves with acute neuritis and nine nerves with chronic(More)
INTRODUCTION Miliary brain metastasis is a rarity and refers to the presence of numerous small tumors in a perivascular distribution without intraparenchymal invasion and focal edema. Although the presence of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation and good response to gefitinib have been reported in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION Interstitial lung disease associated with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS-ILD) shows several patterns such as nonspecific interstitial pneumonia (NSIP) and usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP). Although UIP is a well-recognized prognostic determinant in idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, whether this is also the case in pSS-ILD is unclear. The(More)
PURPOSE We investigated whether the distribution of emphysema on computed tomography (CT) images can affect chest wall motion in patients with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). MATERIALS AND METHODS The subjects were 35 male patients with COPD (age, 69.7 ± 6.2 years). The RA-950 (the ratio of lung volume under -950 HU to total lung volume on CT)(More)
AIMS To investigate the pathological features of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP)-associated pulmonary adenocarcinoma. METHODS AND RESULTS Surgically resected adenocarcinomas associated with IIP (the IIP group) and adenocarcinomas without IIP (the non-IIP group) were subjected to analysis. Adenocarcinomas in the IIP group were subdivided into two(More)
PURPOSE Pirfenidone is a new, anti-fibrotic drug used for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of computed tomography (CT) in the imaging assessment of the response to pirfenidone therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS Subjects were 78 patients with IPF who underwent CT on two occasions with(More)