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Excisional biopsy is the standard method of distinguishing benign from malignant masses of the breast. However, alternative, less invasive methods of diagnosis are needed to reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies, allay anxiety of the patient, and control costs. In this study, we evaluated breast masses in a series of patients using color Doppler(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES In January 2002, the Bavarian Statutory Health Care Administration ("Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns", KVB) started a recertification program for quality assurance and quality improvement in mammography reading. MATERIALS AND METHODS All accredited radiologists and gynecologists are asked to prove their qualification every 1-2(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of glycosylated recombinant human tumor necrosis factor binding protein-1 (r-hTNF binding protein-1), the extracellular domain of the tumor necrosis factor receptor p55 produced in mammalian cells, in a rabbit model of circulatory shock due to Escherichia coli. DESIGN Prospective, randomized, controlled trial. SETTING(More)
This study was designed to quantify the relative contribution of the inferior and superior epigastric systems to infraumbilical TRAM flap skin blood flow, using laser Doppler flowmetry. In twelve flaps (11 patients), blood-flow measurements were obtained during routine elevation of the TRAM flap for breast reconstruction. Baseline readings were obtained and(More)
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