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[en] Purpose: To provide an overview of the methods and clinical applications of three dimensional (3D) medical imaging in the oncologic patient. Methods and Materials: We briefly outline the techniques currently used to create 3D medical images with an emphasis on their strengths and shortcomings as they relate to oncologic imaging and radiation therapy planning. We then discuss some of the most important and promising oncologic applications of 3D imaging and suggest likely future directions in this rapidly developing field. Results: Since the first application of 3D techniques to medical data over a decade ago, 3D medical images have evolved from relatively crude representations of musculoskeletal abnormalities to detailed and accurate representations of a variety of soft tissue, vascular, and oncologic pathology. The rapid development of both computer hardware and software coupled with the application of 3D techniques to a variety of imaging modalities have expanded the clinical applications of this technology dramatically. Conclusions: 3D medical images are clinically practical tools for oncologic evaluation and effective radiation therapy planning
[en] ConclusionSpiral CT represents an excellent noninvasive technique for acquiring data to create 3-D angiographic maps of the aorta. Coupling the data sets with 3-D imaging provides new and exciting capabilities for aortic imaging in a potentially more correct and accurate fashion.
[en] Background: The past decade has seen a proliferation in the number of CT procedures. As increasing numbers of elderly patients with multiple comorbidities undergo contrast media (CM)-enhanced procedures, more patients are at risk for contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN). Objectives: To understand whether radiologists are sufficiently aware of the incidence, impact and risk factors of CIN, and whether they are taking sufficient measures to prevent CIN among patients undergoing CT. Materials and methods: A telephone or online survey was conducted in 2005 with 509 radiologists from 10 European countries. Participants had a minimum of 3 years' experience and performed at least 50 CT scans per week. Results: Most (88%) radiologists believed that CIN is an important issue. While 45% identify that a patient is experiencing CIN when the serum creatinine level increases >25% (0.5 mg/dL) from baseline within 48 h, the remainder used criteria that might lead to significant under-diagnosis. Most (72%) radiologists believed that CIN is associated with increased morbidity; 56% did not believe that it is associated with increased mortality. Most respondents agreed that pre-existing renal impairment (97%), dehydration (90%) and diabetes (89%) were risk factors for CIN; however, 26%, 30% and 46%, respectively, did not identify advanced age, CM dose or congestive cardiac failure as risk factors. Only 7% of radiologists thought they were always made aware of CIN associated with their cases and 28% never consulted a nephrologist to discuss patients at risk of CIN or who had developed CIN. Conclusion: There is highly variable awareness of the definition, impact and risk factors for CIN among European radiologists. Data regarding the importance of CIN in CT are limited. Improved efforts are required to better educate radiologists and referring physicians and to institute appropriate protocols to identify at-risk patients and prevent CIN
[en] The purpose of this article is to discuss the features of Lisfranc injuries and identify their typical imaging findings on radiographs, CT, and MR imaging. Lisfranc injuries are most often caused by hyperplantarflexion of the foot, often during a sporting injury or in high-speed motor vehicle collisions. The most common radiographic findings include diastasis of the base of the first and second metatarsals and the ''fleck'' sign, though neither is necessarily present in every Lisfranc fracture-dislocation. Owing to their often subtle radiographic presentation, clinically suspected Lisfranc injuries warrant imaging with a more sensitive test for the detection of osseous and ligamentous Lisfranc injuries. 3D CT imaging provides a comprehensive evaluation of the injury for optimal treatment planning, with resultant decreased long-term patient morbidity. Furthermore, 3D volume-rendered CT and CT multiplanar reconstructions (MPRs) provide osseous and neurovascular anatomic detail that may be a considerable help with surgical planning for operative cases of Lisfranc injuries. Also, with 3D CT and MPRs, other occult fractures, which are common in patients with high-energy injury and multiple trauma, may become evident. (orig.)
[en] Urothelial carcinoma of the upper urinary tract (UUT) is a relatively uncommon genitourinary malignancy, accounting for about 5–7% of urothelial tumors. The significant features of this tumor are multifocality and high rate of recurrence. Computed tomography urography (CTU) has replaced excretory urography (EU) and retrograde pyelography (RP) for imaging of upper tract urothelial carcinoma. While many studies have confirmed high sensitivity (88–100%) and specificity (93–100%) of CTU, an optimized CT protocol is of critical importance in screening, staging, and post-operative follow-up of patients (Chlapoutakis, Eur J Radiol 73(2):334–338, 2010; Caoli and Cohan, Abdom Radiol (NY) 41(6):1100–1107, 2016). The key element of the CT protocol is to have adequate distension of the collecting system with excreted contrast, to detect subtle lesions at an early stage. In this article, we discuss the background of upper urinary tract TTC, pathogenesis, CT protocol and the role of imaging in evaluation of this malignancy, staging, as well as different imaging appearances.
[en] Multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) is a powerful noninvasive imaging tool with a number of advantages over previous computed tomography (CT) technology. The incorporation of multiple detector rows enables faster scanning and thinner collimation. As a result, the entire body can be imaged in a single breath hold with improved z-axis resolution. These improvements have also expanded the clinical applications of CT. MDCT is considered an acceptable alternative to conventional imaging techniques such as catheter angiography, intravenous urography, and barium enema. This article will provide an overview of MDCT technology and its use in the diagnosis of diseases affecting coronary and peripheral vasculature, head and neck, lungs, as well as the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts
[en] Radiologic manifestations of X-linked chondrodysplasia punctata (CDPX1) typically include chondrodysplasia, epiphyseal stippling, punctate calcification of cartilage, distal phalangeal hypoplasia, and nasal/midface hypoplasia. We present an infant with CDPX1 demonstrating calcification and stenosis of the entire trachea and mainstem bronchi, as well as possible anterior C1 subluxation due to progression of congenital vertebral dysplasia. (orig.)
[en] Highlights: • Local recurrence of renal cell carcinoma occurs in approximately 5% of patients. • Metastatic disease from RCC develop in up to 20–30% of patients following surgical management for localized disease. • Computed Tomography (CT) is the most commonly used imaging tool for surveillance of RCC following nephrectomy. • The three most common sites for distant metastasis from RCC is lung, bone, and lymph nodes. • Imaging surveillance protocol varies in terms of frequency, modality, and duration among different international organizations. - Abstract: Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is the most common renal malignancy, accounting for approximately 2% of adult malignancies and 4% of new cancer cases in the United States every year. Imaging guided ablative therapy, including radiofrequency (RF) ablation, cryotherapy and microwave has gained popularity over the last decade in treatment of small tumors. Antiangiogenic therapy has set itself to be the standard of care for many patients with metastasis these days. With hope for more research, survival rates of metastatic RCC may increase from a current 2-year survival rate of approximately 20%. Variation in imaging surveillance protocol in terms of frequency, modality, and duration is noted among guidelines developed by several organizations. In this review article, we will discuss follow-up imaging protocols, patterns of RCC recurrence following different modalities of treatment, imaging appearance, as well as usual and unusual sites of metastatic disease.
[en] Whereas stress fractures occur in normal or metabolically weakened bones, pathologic fractures occur at the site of a bone tumor. Unfortunately, stress fractures may share imaging features with pathologic fractures on plain radiography, and therefore other modalities are commonly utilized to distinguish these entities. Additional cross-sectional imaging with CT or MRI as well as scintigraphy and PET scanning is often performed for further evaluation. For the detailed assessment of a fracture site, CT offers a high-resolution view of the bone cortex and periosteum which aids the diagnosis of a pathologic fracture. The character of underlying bone marrow patterns of destruction can also be ascertained along with evidence of a soft tissue mass. MRI, however, is a more sensitive technique for the detection of underlying bone marrow lesions at a fracture site. In addition, the surrounding soft tissues, including possible involvement of adjacent muscle, can be well evaluated with MRI. While bone scintigraphy and FDG-PET are not specific, they offer a whole-body screen for metastases in the case of a suspected malignant pathologic fracture. In this review, we present select examples of fractures that underscore imaging features that help distinguish stress fractures from pathologic fractures, since accurate differentiation of these entities is paramount. (orig.)