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Journal: European journal of radiology


To evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of endovascular stent placement for the treatment of symptomatic spontaneous isolated superior mesenteric artery dissection.

Concepts: Superior mesenteric artery, Superior mesenteric vein


To evaluate the local tumor control and survival data after transarterial chemoembolization with different drug combinations in the palliative treatment of patients with liver metastases of gastric cancer.

Concepts: Cancer, Metastasis, Oncology, Chemotherapy, Palliative care, Stomach, Stomach cancer, Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the accuracy of 128-slice dual-source CT using high-pitch spiral mode (HPS) for the assessment of coronary stents. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study on patients with previous stent implantation due to recurred suspicious symptoms of angina with positive findings at stress testing scheduled for coronary angiography (CA), while dual source computed tomography (DSCT) examinations were randomly done by one of the three different scan modes [HPS, sequential mode (SEQ), low-pitch spiral mode (LPS)] one week before CA examinations. The image quality, radiation dose and stent patency of DSCT were evaluated blinded to the results of CA. RESULTS: 180 patients with total 256 stents were enrolled in this study. There was no significant difference on the image quality of DSCT by HPS (1.4±0.5), SEQ (1.5±0.5) and LPS (1.3±0.6) (P>0.05). The noise of images reconstructed with B26f kernel in HPS is significantly increased than in SEQ/LPS (P<0.05), while no significant difference with images reconstructed with B46f kernel (P>0.05). Heart rate (HR) variability had a slight impact on the image quality for HPS (P<0.05), not for LPS/SEQ (P>0.05). In the assessment of stent restenosis compared with CA on per-stent basis, there was no significant difference on sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), and negative predictive value (NPV) of DSCT using HPS (100%, 97.1%, 83.3%, 100%), LPS (92.3%, 95.9%, 80%, 98.6%) and SEQ (93.3%, 97.3%, 87.5%, 98.6%) (P>0.05). The effective dose of DSCT by HPS (1.0±0.5mSv) is significant less than that by SEQ (3.0±1.4mSv) or LPS (13.0±5.4mSv) (P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: DSCT using HPS provides good diagnostic accuracy on coronary stent patency compared with CA, similar to that by SEQ/LPS, whereas with lower effective dose in patients with HR lower than 65bpm.

Concepts: Angina pectoris, Positive predictive value, Negative predictive value, Cardiology, Sensitivity and specificity, Stent, Drug-eluting stent, Coronary stent


OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measured with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in predicting and assessing response of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) to transarterial chemoembolization (TACE). METHODS: Thirty-six patients with cirrhosis and untreated HCC who underwent TACE and MRI within 3 months before and after TACE were assessed. MRI included DWI and contrast-enhanced T1-weighted imaging. Two observers measured ADC of HCCs and liver parenchyma on pre- and post-TACE MRIs and measured degree of tumor necrosis on subtracted post-contrast images on post-TACE MRI. Pre-, post-TACE tumor ADC, and changes in tumor ADC (ΔADC) were compared between lesions stratified by degree of tumor necrosis (measured on post-TACE MRI). RESULTS: Forty seven HCCs were evaluated (mean size 4.4cm, range 1.0-14.1cm). HCCs with poor and incomplete response to TACE (<50% necrosis on post-TACE MRI) had significantly lower pre-treatment ADC and lower post TACE ADC compared to HCCs with good/complete response (≥50% necrosis): ADC pre-TACE 1.35±0.42 vs. 1.64±0.39×10(-3)mm(2)/s (p=0.042); post-TACE ADC 1.34±0.36 vs. 1.92±0.47 (p=0.0008). There was no difference in ΔADC values. CONCLUSION: This preliminary data suggests that pre-TACE tumor ADC can be used to predict HCC response to TACE.

Concepts: Cancer, Medical imaging, Prediction, Futurology, Magnetic resonance imaging, Assessment, Diffusion, Diffusion MRI


OBJECTIVES: The current gold standard for diagnosing vesicoureteric reflux in unsedated infants is the X-ray-based Micturating CystoUrethroGram (MCUG). The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of interactive MRI for voiding cysto-urethrography (iMRVC). METHODS: 25 infants underwent conventional MCUG followed by iMRVC. In iMRVC, patients were examined using a real-time MR technique, which allows interactive control of image contrast and imaging plane location, before, during and after micturition. Images were assessed for presence and grade of VUR. Parental feedback on both procedures was evaluated. RESULTS: iMRVC gave a sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 90.5% (95% CI: 81.6-99.4%), PPV of 66.7% and NPV of 100% in this population. There was 88% concordance (44/50 renal units) according to the presence of VUR between the two methods, with iMRVC up-grading VUR in 6 units (12%). There was very good agreement regarding VUR grade: Kappa=0.66±0.11 (95% CI 0.43-0.88). 60% of parents preferred the MRI, but did not score the two tests differently. CONCLUSION: Interactive MRI allows dynamic imaging of the whole urinary tract without ionising radiation exposure. iMRVC gives comparable results to the MCUG, and is acceptable to parents.

Concepts: X-ray, Medical imaging, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Magnetic resonance imaging, Radiology, Gold standard, Vesicoureteral reflux, Voiding cystourethrogram



Widely used (18)F 2'-deoxy-2'-fluoro-d-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) can be problematic with false positives in cancer imaging. This study aims to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of a candidate PET tracer, (18)F 2',3'-dideoxy-3'-fluoro-2-thiothymidine (FLT), in diagnosing pulmonary lesions compared with FDG.

Concepts: Diagnosis, Medical imaging, Positron emission tomography, Neuroimaging, Positron, Positron emission, Carbon-11, Fluorine-18


To describe the initial and follow-up CT features of interstitial lung disease associated with anti-synthetase syndrome (AS-ILD).

Concepts: Pulmonology


The goal of this study was to measure corpus cavernosum (CC) penis rigidity with shear wave elastography (SWE) in healthy volunteers and to evaluate the change of rigidity with age.

Concepts: Andrology, Wave, Penis, Corpus cavernosum penis, Glans penis, Corpus spongiosum penis


To investigate the efficiency of radiomics signature in discriminating between benign and malignant prostate lesions with similar biparametric magnetic resonance imaging (bp-MRI) findings.