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  • 1
    Keywords: Diagnostic Imaging ; radiology ; MULTISLICE CT ; imaging ; CT ; CT ANGIOGRAPHY ; ANGIOGRAPHY ; arteries
    Type of Publication: Book chapter
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    Keywords: Germany ; THERAPY ; chest ; CT ; imaging ; segmentation ; TOOL ; VOLUME ; NEW-YORK ; NUCLEAR-MEDICINE ; TIME ; PATIENT ; QUALITY ; CARE ; REPRODUCIBILITY ; metastases ; MELANOMA ; VARIABILITY ; MALIGNANT-MELANOMA ; malignant melanoma ; nuclear medicine ; FEASIBILITY ; radiology ; ONCOLOGY ; RE ; THERAPIES ; monitoring ; SOFTWARE ; SOLID TUMORS ; analysis ; methods ; NUCLEAR ; CRITERIA ; USA ; lymph node metastases ; lymph nodes ; CANCER-TREATMENT ; MULTISLICE CT ; SMALL PULMONARY NODULES ; therapy monitoring ; postprocessing ; MEDICINE ; VALUES ; INTEROBSERVER ; RECIST ; RECIST CRITERIA ; RESPONSE ASSESSMENT ; volumetric analysis
    Abstract: Therapy monitoring in oncological patient care requires accurate and reliable imaging and post-processing methods. RECIST criteria are the current standard, with inherent disadvantages. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of semi-automated volumetric analysis of lymph node metastases in patients with malignant melanoma compared to manual volumetric analysis and RECIST. Multislice CT was performed in 47 patients, covering the chest, abdomen and pelvis. In total, 227 suspicious, enlarged lymph nodes were evaluated retrospectively by two radiologists regarding diameters (RECIST), manually measured volume by placement of ROIs and semi-automated volumetric analysis. Volume (ml), quality of segmentation (++/-) and time effort (s) were evaluated in the study. The semi-automated volumetric analysis software tool was rated acceptable to excellent in 81% of all cases (reader 1) and 79% (reader 2). Median time for the entire segmentation process and necessary corrections was shorter with the semi-automated software than by manual segmentation. Bland-Altman plots showed a significantly lower interobserver variability for semi-automated volumetric than for RECIST measurements. The study demonstrated feasibility of volumetric analysis of lymph node metastases. The software allows a fast and robust segmentation in up to 80% of all cases. Ease of use and time needed are acceptable for application in the clinical routine. Variability and interuser bias were reduced to about one third of the values found for RECIST measurements
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18274757
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    Keywords: CANCER ; INVASION ; tumor ; carcinoma ; evaluation ; Germany ; CT ; DIAGNOSIS ; FOLLOW-UP ; SPIRAL CT ; TOOL ; DISEASE ; TUMORS ; computed tomography ; RESOLUTION ; PATIENT ; primary ; NO ; METASTASIS ; adenocarcinoma ; COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY ; sensitivity ; specificity ; VESSELS ; QUESTIONNAIRE ; pancreatic carcinoma ; HELICAL CT ; HYDRO-CT ; methods ; ROW CT ; CURVED PLANAR REFORMATIONS ; invasion score ; MULTISLICE SPIRAL CT ; resectability ; VASCULAR INVASION
    Abstract: Objective: It was the aim of this study to evaluate a new infiltration score to determine the resectability of pancreatic carcinomas in preoperative planning. Materials and Methods: Eighty patients with suspected pancreatic tumor were examined prospectively using 16-row spiral CT. The scans were evaluated for the presence of pancreatic carcinoma, peripancreatic tumor extension and vascular invasion using a standardized questionnaire. Invasion of the surgically relevant vessels was evaluated using a new invasion score. The operative and histological findings and the clinical follow-up served as the gold standard. Results: Forty patients had a pancreatic carcinoma, 5 had metastasis of a different primary tumor, and in 35 patients, there was no malignant pancreatic disease. The sensitivity for tumor detection was 100%, with a specificity of 88% for differentiating between malignant and benign pancreatic tumors. Invasion of the surrounding vessels was evaluated correctly using the invasion score, with a sensitivity of 89% and a specificity of 99%. In evaluation of resectability, a sensitivity of 94% and a specificity of 89% were achieved. Conclusion: Using 16-row spiral CT, the invasion score is a valid tool for correctly assessing invasion in relevant vessels in cases of pancreatic carcinoma and for determining resectability. Copyright (C) 2008 S. Karger AG, Basel and IAP
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 18434758
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    Keywords: Germany ; chest ; CT ; SYSTEM ; TOOL ; DEATH ; DISEASE ; MORTALITY ; RISK ; SURGERY ; PATIENT ; INJURIES ; MECHANISM ; IMPACT ; CONTRAST ; mechanisms ; treatment ; EXPERIENCE ; DISRUPTION ; REPAIR ; REGION ; ANGIOGRAPHY ; MANAGEMENT ; THORACIC AORTA ; HEIGHT ; wound ; STABILIZATION ; endovascular ; Cause of Death ; BLUNT ; DELAYED TREATMENT ; intracranial ; RUPTURE
    Abstract: Acute traumatic aortic tear (ATAT) is the second most common cause of deaths in trauma patients (about 8,000 deaths/year in the USA). Due to circumferential aortic disruption, up to 90% die at the scene. Responsible trauma mechanisms are: penetrating (gunshot/stab wounds), iatrogenic (interventional catheterization) and, most frequently, blunt chest trauma (high-speed motor vehicles, falls from heights, crushes, explosions) resulting in injury at the aortic isthmus region (loco typico, about 90%). Severe multiple system injuries (polytrauma), especially to intracranial and intraabdominal organs, are characteristic and prognostically predicitive. Immediate transthoracic open repair of ATAT has a mortality risk of 8% to 33% and paraplegia risk of 2% to 26%. Contrast enhanced CT scan has replaced the classical angiography as the diagnostic tool of choice. Patients with life-threatening multisystem injuries are scheduled for delayed repair after initial stabilization. Currently, the use of endovascular stent-grafts (EVAR) is being investigated. Our personal series confirms that EVAR for ATAT is a viable alternative to open repair while minimizing the morbidity and mortality of the open procedure and having a limited impact on trauma destabilization. The assessment of long-term durability of EVAR is one of the key issues to consider EVAR as the first choice of treatment
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 16533692
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    Keywords: THERAPY ; CT ; QUANTIFICATION ; VOLUME ; REPRODUCIBILITY ; malignant melanoma ; SOLID TUMORS ; CRITERIA ; lymph nodes ; SMALL PULMONARY NODULES ; therapy monitoring ; PRECISION ; RECIST ; volumetric analysis ; COMPUTER-AIDED VOLUMETRY ; INTEROBSERVER-VARIABILITY ; VIVO PORCINE LUNGS
    Abstract: OBJECTIVE: Quantification of tumour burden in oncology requires accurate and reproducible evaluation. The current standard is RECIST measurement with its inherent disadvantages. Volumetric analysis is an alternative for therapy monitoring. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of volumetric analysis of lymph node metastases using a software prototype in a follow-up setting. METHODS: MSCT was performed in 50 patients covering the chest, abdomen and pelvis. A total of 174 suspicious lymph nodes were evaluated by two radiologists regarding short axis diameters and volumetric analysis using semi-automated software. Quality of segmentation, time, maximum diameter and volume were documented. Variability of the derived change rates was computed as the standard deviation of the difference of the obtained respective change rates. RESULTS: The software performance provides robust volumetric analysis. Quality of segmentation was rated acceptable to excellent in 76-79% by each reader. Mean time spent per lesion was 38 s. The variability of change in effective diameters was 10.6%; for change rates of RECIST maximum diameter variability was 27.5%. CONCLUSION: Semi-automated volumetric analysis allows fast and convenient segmentation of most lymph node metastases. Compared with RECIST the inter-observer-variability in baseline and follow-up is reduced. This should principally allow subtle changes to be subclassified within the RECIST stable range as minor response [-15% to +10%].
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20953870
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    Keywords: CT ; QUANTIFICATION ; echocardiography ; DISSECTION ; INSIGHT ; ROOT MOTION ; STENT-GRAFT TREATMENT
    Abstract: Previous analyses of aortic displacement and distension using computed tomography angiography (CTA) were performed on double-oblique multi-planar reformations and did not consider through-plane motion. The aim of this study was to overcome this limitation by using a novel computational approach for the assessment of thoracic aortic displacement and distension in their true four-dimensional extent. Vessel segmentation with landmark tracking was executed on CTA of 24 patients without evidence of aortic disease. Distension magnitudes and maximum displacement vectors (MDV) including their direction were analyzed at 5 aortic locations: left coronary artery (COR), mid-ascending aorta (ASC), brachiocephalic trunk (BCT), left subclavian artery (LSA), descending aorta (DES). Distension was highest for COR (2.3 +/- A 1.2 mm) and BCT (1.7 +/- A 1.1 mm) compared with ASC, LSA, and DES (p 〈 0.005). MDV decreased from COR to LSA (p 〈 0.005) and was highest for COR (6.2 +/- A 2.0 mm) and ASC (3.8 +/- A 1.9 mm). Displacement was directed towards left and anterior at COR and ASC. Craniocaudal displacement at COR and ASC was 1.3 +/- A 0.8 and 0.3 +/- A 0.3 mm. At BCT, LSA, and DES no predominant displacement direction was observable. Vessel displacement and wall distension are highest in the ascending aorta, and ascending aortic displacement is primarily directed towards left and anterior. Craniocaudal displacement remains low even close to the left cardiac ventricle.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 24135852
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    Keywords: Germany ; COMMON ; CT ; DIAGNOSIS ; FOLLOW-UP ; imaging ; DISEASE ; MORTALITY ; NEW-YORK ; ACCURACY ; computed tomography ; NUCLEAR-MEDICINE ; PATIENT ; REPAIR ; EFFICIENT ; tomography ; COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY ; sensitivity ; specificity ; CT ANGIOGRAPHY ; ANGIOGRAPHY ; ARTERY ; nuclear medicine ; DISSECTION ; radiology ; HIGH-RESOLUTION ; THORACIC AORTA ; MORBIDITY ; PRINCIPLES ; NUCLEAR ; USA ; aneurysm ; Aorta ; MEDICINE ; NOV ; medical imaging ; ANEURYSMS ; German ; aortic dissection ; aortic disease ; INTRAMURAL HEMATOMA ; MULTIDETECTOR-ROW CT ; multisclice computed tomography (MSCT)
    Abstract: Aortic disease is associated with high morbidity and mortality and thus require an efficient and accurate diagnostic approach, especially in the acute setting. Multislice computed tomography (MSCT) with the option of high-resolution CT angiography (CTA) has emerged as the standard of reference in diagnosis and follow-up of patients with acquired aortic disease. Aortic dissection is the most common aortic emergency, but it remains undiscovered in up to 38% of cases. Sensitivity and specificity of MSCT in the assessment of aortic dissection are greater than 99%. The sensitivity of CT in the detection of inflammatory changes is 83%; its specificity is almost 100%; and its diagnostic accuracy is ca. 94%. This article outlines state-of-the-art principles in diagnostic CT imaging of acquired aortic disease
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17938873
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    Keywords: MODEL ; CT ; imaging ; SURGERY ; MRI ; RECONSTRUCTION ; FABRICATION ; THORACIC AORTA ; computer-assisted image processing ; TECHNOLOGY ; BENEFITS ; stereolithography ; Medical education ; Patient care ; Prostheses and implants ; Rapid prototyping ; RAPID PROTOTYPING TECHNIQUES
    Abstract: PURPOSE: Generation of graspable three-dimensional objects applied for surgical planning, prosthetics and related applications using 3D printing or rapid prototyping is summarized and evaluated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Graspable 3D objects overcome the limitations of 3D visualizations which can only be displayed on flat screens. 3D objects can be produced based on CT or MRI volumetric medical images. Using dedicated post-processing algorithms, a spatial model can be extracted from image data sets and exported to machine-readable data. That spatial model data is utilized by special printers for generating the final rapid prototype model. RESULTS: Patient-clinician interaction, surgical training, medical research and education may require graspable 3D objects. The limitations of rapid prototyping include cost and complexity, as well as the need for specialized equipment and consumables such as photoresist resins. CONCLUSIONS: Medical application of rapid prototyping is feasible for specialized surgical planning and prosthetics applications and has significant potential for development of new medical applications.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20467825
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