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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-1084
    Keywords: Key words: Coronary vessels ; Calcification ; CT ; Stenosis ; Coronary heart disease ; Coronary angiography ; Helical CT
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical relevance of coronary artery calcifications detected by spiral CT, congruence with fluoroscopy (FS) and coronary angiography, and comparison with studies reporting on application of double-helical CT and ultrafast CT. Forty patients underwent spiral CT (2-mm slice thickness, table feed 3 mm/s), coronary angiography, and FS (performed in the usual manner). Stenosis and calcifications were evaluated semiquantitatively. Nineteen patients suffering from a stenosis ≥ 75 % were verified at coronary angiography. All had coronary artery calcification on spiral CT. Fluoroscopy did not detect 8 of 19 patients with a stenosis ≥ 75 % (1 vessel: n = 1; 2 vessels: n = 3; 3 vessels: n = 4). In spiral CT sensitivity was 100 % and specificity was 33 % (FS: 58 and 48 %). Positive predictive value was 83 % for spiral CT (FS: 50 %), and negative predictive value was 100 % (FS: 56 %). A significant linear increase in the calcification score was found for increasing maximal stenosis (p 〈 0.005). Spiral CT is more sensitive than FS in the recognition of hemodynamic relevant stenoses using the detection of coronary artery calcifications. Statistical parameters are comparable to ultrafast-CT. Spiral CT is a suitable non-invasive diagnostic technique in coronary heart disease. Coronary calcifications found incidentally in symptomatic patients at chest CT should be reported to the referring physician for further cardiological workup.
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    ISSN: 1432-1084
    Keywords: Key words: Computed tomography ; Therapeutic radiology ; Gene therapy ; p53
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract. The objective of this study was to prove the principle of CT-guided gene therapy by intratumoral injection of a tumor suppressor gene as an alternative treatment approach of incurable non-small-cell lung cancer. In a prospective clinical phase I trial six patients with non-small-cell lung cancer and a mutation of the tumor suppressor gene p53 were treated by CT-guided intratumoral gene therapy. Ten milliliters of a vector solution (replication-defective adenovirus with complete wild-type p53 cDNA) were injected under CT guidance. In four cases the vector solution was completely applied to the tumor center, whereas in two cases 2 ml aliquots were injected into different tumor areas. For the procedure the scan room had been approved as a biosafety cabinet. Gene transfer was assessed by reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction in biopsy specimens obtained under CT guidance 24–48 h after therapy. Potential therapeutic efficacy was evaluated on day 28 after treatment using spiral CT. The CT-guided gene therapy was easily performed in all six patients without intervention-related complications. Besides flu-like symptoms, no significant adverse effects of gene therapy were noted. Three of the four patients with central injection exhibited gene transfer in the posttreatment biopsy. Gene transfer could not be proven in the two patients with multiple 2 ml injections. After 28 days, four of the six patients showed stable disease at the treated tumor site, whereas other tumor manifestations progressed. Computed tomography-guided injections are an adequate and easy-to-perform procedure for intratumoral gene therapy.
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