Tung-Hsin Wu

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In positron emission tomographic (PET) scanning, transmission measurements for attenuation correction are commonly performed by using external germanium-68 rod sources. Recently, combined PET and computed tomographic (CT) scanners have been developed in which the CT data can be used for both anatomical-metabolic image formation and attenuation correction of(More)
OBJECTIVE In this retrospective non-randomized cohort study, the image quality and radiation dose were compared between prospectively electrocardiogram (ECG)-gated axial (PGA) and retrospectively ECG-gated helical (RGH) techniques for the assessment of coronary artery bypass grafts using 256-slice CT. METHODS We studied 124 grafts with 577 segments in 64(More)
To evaluate the imaging quality of head CT at lowered radiation dose by combining filtered back projection (FBP) and iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithms. Experimental group A (n = 66) underwent CT with 43 % tube current reduction, and group B (n = 58) received an equivalent reduced dose by lowering the tube voltage. An age- and sex-matched control(More)
Urinary proteins (5 mg/ml) collected from a group of 16 patients including 13 with IgA nephropathy and 3 with Schönlein-Henoch purpura (SHP) and from a control group consisting of 6 patients with diabetic nephropathy, 5 patients with hypertensive nephrosclerosis, and 5 healthy hospital staff members were studied for the contents of interleukins (IL) 1 beta,(More)
BACKGROUND Central obesity in relation to insulin resistance is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, data regarding the association between pericardial and peri-aortic adiposity, a potential estimate of visceral adipose tissue burden, and pre-diabetes status remains unclear.The aim of this study was to examine whether the degree(More)
Tubulointerstitial nephritis is a less frequently recognized but important complication of systemic lupus erythematosus. We have investigated the cytokine beta2-microglobulin (beta2M) and Tamm-Horsfall glycoprotein (THG) excretions in the urine of systemic lupus erythematosus patients to identify indices for evaluation of tubulointerstitial inflammation in(More)
IgG anti-double stranded DNA antibodies (anti-dsDNA) purified from serum of patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), have been found to be cytotoxic to the cultured rat mesangial cells (MC). In the present study, by use of immunofluorescent staining, immunoblotting, radioimmunoprecipitation, and cell cycle analysis, we showed that IgG(More)
BACKGROUND In current combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) systems, high-quality CT images not only increase diagnostic value by providing anatomic delineation of hyper- and hypometabolic tissues, but also shorten the acquisition time for attenuation correction compared with standard PET imaging. However, this technique(More)
BACKGROUND Digital subtraction angiography (DSA) provides detailed hemodynamic information. However, the imaging interpretation is mainly based on the physician's experience and observation. We aimed to quantitatively study the peritherapeutic blood flow changes of a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM) treated by embolization using optical flow(More)
The presence of a damaged tube has been suggested in recent studies to have a negative effect on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) outcome. Performing bilateral salpingectomy prior to IVF to maximize pregnancy rates may also result in unnecessary surgery. This case is also an example of the occurrence of interstitial pregnancy after salpingectomy. This unusual(More)