Thomas Bernatik

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PURPOSE The acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) technology is a novel ultrasound method that provides information about the local elasticity of tissue in real-time. ARFI is integrated in a conventional ultrasound system. The aim of this exploratory study was to evaluate this new technique in the assessment of liver fibrosis in a cohort with chronic(More)
Diagnosis of chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) is based on a combination of clinical symptoms, laboratory tests and imaging data. Imaging of the morphological characteristics of IBD includes the assessment of mucosal alterations, transmural involvement and extraintestinal manifestations. No single imaging technique serves as a diagnostic gold(More)
AIM The aim of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) for the characterization of focal liver lesions in a prospective multi-center study in clinical practice. For this purpose CEUS was compared with the spiral-CT (SCT), the standard radiological method. MATERIAL AND METHODS 1349 patients with unclear liver(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this prospective multicenter study was to assess the diagnostic role of CEUS in the diagnosis of newly discovered focal liver lesions in clinical practice. One important aspect is the comparison of CEUS with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS From 05 / 2004 to 12 / 2006, standardized CEUS was performed prospectively(More)
AIM To evaluate the incidence and diagnostic accuracy of tumor-specific vascularization pattern in contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in the differential diagnosis of liver tumors in clinical practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS From May 2004 to December 2006 1349 patients (male 677, female 672) with a hepatic tumor lacking a definite diagnosis based on(More)
PURPOSE Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) is a new method for the quantification of tissue elasticity. To date, ARFI technology has not been applied systematically to establish an abdominal and thyroid status. The aim of this prospective feasibility study was to evaluate ARFI elastometry performed on various healthy abdominal organs and the thyroid(More)
OBJECTIVE The potential diagnostic value of performing Doppler measurements of liver vasculature to assess early stages of liver fibrosis has not been established. Due to the potential clinical impact, this study focused on the correlation between Doppler measurements and histologically proven liver fibrosis. METHODS Forty-three consecutive patients with(More)
PURPOSE The technology of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) represents an innovative method for the quantification of tissue elasticity. The aim of this prospective pilot study was to evaluate the role of ARFI elastometry of focal liver lesions (FLL) and the surrounding liver parenchyma. MATERIALS AND METHODS All patients with unclear FLL in B-mode(More)
BACKGROUND EUS is a precise method for detection and staging of pancreatic tumors. However, differentiation between inflammatory pseudotumor and pancreatic carcinoma remains difficult. The aim of this study was to evaluate contrast-enhanced EUS as a method of differentiating inflammation and carcinoma based on perfusion characteristics. METHODS Patients(More)
BACKGROUND Confocal laser endomicroscopy (CLE) allows microscopic imaging within the mucosal layer of the gut during ongoing endoscopy. Different studies have addressed the potential of CLE for in vivo diagnosis of ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis. However, there are no data on the utility of CLE for in vivo diagnosis of Crohn's disease (CD). The(More)