Thomas Zontsich

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AIM To determine the frequency and the distribution of early pulmonary lesions in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and a normal chest X-ray on thin-section CT and to correlate the CT findings with the results of pulmonary function tests and clinical data. MATERIALS AND METHODS Twenty-five patients with clinically proven AS and no history of(More)
PURPOSE Dendritic cell (DC)-based immunotherapy is rapidly emerging as a viable tool in cancer treatment. This approach has been used mostly in patients in the presence of defined tumor antigens such as melanoma. In this study, cancer patients with advanced disease that lacks defined tumor antigens were vaccinated with tumor lysate-pulsed DCs. PATIENTS(More)
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of the double inversion recovery fast spin echo (DIR-FSE) sequence for brain imaging compared to the fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) sequence. DIR-FSE and FLAIR-FSE sequences were obtained and compared side by side. Image assessment criteria included lesion conspicuity, contrast(More)
We prospectively examined 137 limbs in 112 consecutive patients with clinical evidence of severe varicosis by color coded duplex sonography and ascending venography (including varicography in 48 limbs) to evaluate the diagnostic capabilities of color coded duplex sonography in the assessment of venous anatomy, variant varicosis, postthrombotic changes, and(More)
The authors studied 37 consecutive patients with primary Sjögren syndrome and normal chest radiographs. Thin-section CT images were analyzed using a semiquantitative grading system. The presence, distribution, and severity of 9 morphologic parameters were assessed. In 34 patients, CT findings were correlated to pulmonary function tests (PFTs). Abnormal high(More)
Ultrasound has emerged as the primary imaging modality in conditions where either renal obstruction or renal medical disease is suspected on the basis of clinical and laboratory findings. In urinary tract obstruction, pathophysiologic changes affecting the pressure in the collecting system and kidney perfusion are well understood and form the basis for the(More)
Spiral CT venography is a technical innovation in vascular imaging that can optimize vessel contrast in the deep venous system and, therefore, is an accurate diagnostic tool to detect deep venous thrombosis. Compared with conventional venography, the amount of contrast material can be reduced by 80%. While using spiral CT as the primary imaging technique(More)
The effect of observer training on sensitivity, specificity and interobserver agreement in the differentiation between normal and pathological bronchi on computed tomography (CT) was studied. The wall thickness of bronchi with normal walls and with pathologically thickened walls were subjectively scored by three independent observers before and after a(More)
Diagnosing calf vein thrombosis (CVT) by color Doppler ultrasound (US) is often a difficult task because of swelling or obesity. The purpose of this study was to assess if IV infusion of Levovist can improve the accuracy and reduce the rate of indeterminate examinations. A total of 20 patients with suspected CVT underwent color Doppler US without and with(More)
PURPOSE To compare the efficacy of spiral computed tomographic (CT) venography with conventional venography in the diagnosis of suspected deep venous thrombosis (DVT). MATERIALS AND METHODS In a prospective study, 52 consecutive patients with clinically suspected unilateral or bilateral DVT were studied with CT venography and conventional venography. In(More)