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[en] Purpose: Evaluation of the emphasis of themes pertaining to radiation dose and dose reduction at the Meeting of the German Radiological Society from 1998-2008 in comparison to international data. Materials and Methods: Retrospective analysis of 9440 abstracts with documentation of study presentation character, type of imaging, and examined body region. Abstracts stating radiation dose or primarily dealing with radiation dose/dose reduction were documented. Results were compared with a Pubmed query. Results: The percentage of purely scientific presentations sank in the observation period from 88 to 66%. While contributions dealing with MRI sank from 48 to 34%, those dealing with CT rose from 30 to 34%. The percentage of abstracts dealing with radiation dose rose from 7 to 10%, while that of work primarily pertaining to dose/dose reduction grew from 4 to 6% and 2 to 4%, respectively. Of all abstracts concerning CT, 15% touched on radiation dose, while 9% and 6% primarily dealt with dose and dose reduction. The respective numbers for cardiac CT, whose relative share of all CT abstracts rose from 3% in 1998 to 12% in 2008, were 10%, 7%, and 5%. An online query produced 137,791 publications on CT, and 2% of these abstracts mentioned radiation dose and 0.5% mentioned dose reduction. Conclusion: The number of presentations dealing with dose at the Meeting of the German Radiological Society has risen with time and is higher than the international number. On the other hand, >90% of all presentations and >85% of all CT abstracts do not mention radiation dose. In light of increasing public concern relating to radiation exposure, more intensive research of these themes is warranted. (orig.)
[en] Objective: To evaluate efficacy of CT-guided spinal biopsy (CTSB) in patients with spondylitis considering patient characteristics, technical issues, antibiotic therapy, histopathological, and microbiological findings. Materials and methods: All CTSB procedures performed between 1995 and 2009 in patients with proven spondylitis were re-evaluated. Patient sex and age, antibiotic treatment, biopsy approach, number of specimens, length of needle path, laboratory results (CRP, WBC), and histopathological/microbiological findings were documented and compared to the final diagnosis of spondylitis. Statistical analysis was performed using Chi-square test and Student's t-test. The p-value was set to 5%. Results: 164 CTSB procedures were performed in 159 patients (mean age 65 years, 60% men) in which spondylitis was histopathologically verified in 95%. Neither patient sex nor age, positioning, localization of the spinal lesion, bioptic approach, number of specimens, or depth of the needle showed significant impact on the rate of positive histopathological findings. A causative germ was identified in 40/127 biopsies (32%) with Staphylococcus aureus being identified in 50%. Tuberculous spondylitis was diagnosed in ten cases (6%). CRP significantly correlated with bacterial growth (13.3 ± 12.2 mg/dl versus 8.8 ± 7.6 mg/dl; p = .015) whereas administration of antibiotics did not show any significant impact on bacterial growth (29% versus 36% in patients without antibiotics; p = 0.428). Patients with histopathological signs of active spondylitis showed a significantly higher CRP (16.5 ± 15.8 mg/dl versus 8.9 ± 8.0 mg/dl, p < .001). Complication rate was 0.6% (one focal bleeding). Conclusion: CTSB of the spine in suspected spondylitis is an effective and safe procedure for establishing final histopathological diagnosis. However, microbiological yield is low regardless of technical issues and antibiotic therapy. Other than CRP values, laboratory investigations added little useful information to diagnose infection in our study group. CRP values significantly correlated with bacterial growth and with histopathological signs of active spondylitis.
[en] Children with chronic infectious interstitial lung disease often have to undergo open lung biopsy to establish a final diagnosis. Open lung biopsy is an invasive procedure with major potential complications. Transthoracic lung biopsy (TLB) guided by computed tomography (CT) is a less-invasive well-established procedure in adults. Detailing the role of low-dose CT-guided TLB in the enhanced diagnosis of chronic lung diseases related to infection in children. A group of 11 children (age 8 months to 16 years) underwent CT-guided TLB with a 20-gauge biopsy device. All investigations were done under general anaesthesia on a multidetector CT scanner (SOMATOM Volume Zoom, Siemens, Erlangen, Germany) using a low-dose protocol (single slices, 120 kV, 20 mAs). Specimens were processed by histopathological, bacteriological, and virological techniques. All biopsies were performed without major complications; one child developed a small pneumothorax that resolved spontaneously. A diagnosis could be obtained in 10 of the 11 patients. Biopsy specimens revealed chronic interstitial alveolitis in ten patients. In five patients Chlamydia pneumoniae PCR was positive, in three Mycoplasma pneumoniae PCR was positive, and in two Cytomegalovirus PCR was positive. The average effective dose was 0.83 mSv. Low-dose CT-guided TLB can be a helpful tool in investigating chronic infectious inflammatory processes in children with minimal radiation exposure. It should be considered prior to any open surgical procedure performed for biopsy alone. In our patient group no significant complication occurred. A disadvantage of the method is that it does not allow smaller airways and vessels to be assessed. (orig.)
[en] To assess if pulmonary CT angiography (CTA) can predict outcome in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Retrospective analysis of CTA studies of patients with PE and documentation of pulmonary artery (PA)/aorta ratio, right ventricular (RV)/left ventricular (LV) ratio, superior vena cava (SVC) diameter, pulmonary obstruction index (POI), ventricular septal bowing (VSB), venous contrast reflux (VCR), pulmonary infarction and pleural effusion. Furthermore, duration of total hospital stay, necessity for/duration of ICU therapy, necessity for mechanical ventilation and mortality were recorded. Comparison was performed by logistic/linear regression analysis with significance at 5%. 152 patients were investigated. Mean duration of hospital stay was 21 ± 24 days. 66 patients were admitted to the ICU; 20 received mechanical ventilation. Mean duration of ICU therapy was 3 ± 8 days. Mortality rate was 8%. Significant positive associations of POI, VCR and pulmonary infarction with necessity for ICU therapy were shown. VCR was significantly associated with necessity for mechanical ventilation and duration of ICU treatment. Pleural effusions were significantly associated with duration of total hospital stay whereas the RV/LV ratio correlated with mortality. Selected CTA findings showed significant associations with the clinical course of PE and may thus be used as predictive parameters. (orig.)
[en] Aim: Evaluation of the emphasis on themes pertaining to paediatric radiology and radiation dose at the Meeting of the German Radiological Society from 1998 to 2008 in comparison to international data. Materials and methods: Retrospective analysis of 9440 abstracts with documentation of type of contribution, imaging modality, and examined body region. Abstracts primarily dealing with paediatric radiology and those stating radiation dose were documented. Results were compared with a Pubmed query. Results: 448 contributions in paediatric radiology were presented corresponding to 5% of all abstracts with an increase from 5 (1998) to 7% (2008). The proportion of prospective studies of all congress contributions was 10%, whereas in paediatric radiology, the share of prospective studies was 6%. From 1998 to 2008, the share of MRI fell from 48 to 38%, while CT contributions rose from 30 to 34%. Within paediatric radiology, the proportion of CT rose from 23 to 29%, while MRI and ultrasound fell from 63 to 48% and 35 to 19%, respectively. The share of abstracts dealing with radiation dose rose from 7 to 10% while that primarily pertaining to dose reduction grew from 2 to 4%. Of all abstracts concerning CT, 15% touched on radiation dose, whereas 6% primarily dealt with dose reduction. Among all abstracts dealing with paediatric radiology, 20 and 6% mentioned radiation dose and dose reduction, respectively. In the subgroup of paediatric radiology CT abstracts, radiation dose and dose reduction were mentioned in 34 and 16%, respectively. An online query produced 137,791 publications on CT, of whose abstracts 3% mentioned radiation dose and 0.5% mentioned dose reduction. 11% of all CT publications dealt with paediatric populations and 2% of these publications examined questions of radiation dose. Conclusions: In the last 11 years the Meeting of the German Radiological Society has presented a growing number of contributions pertaining to paediatric radiology. CT has shown the most pronounced growth of all contributions. Paediatric radiology has significantly more often dealt with questions of radiation exposure than those from general radiology. However, contributions with definite reference to radiation dose, both pertaining to all publications and specifically to those dealing with CT, remain a minority, albeit with a higher proportion when compared to international data.
[en] Objective: To assess paediatricians' knowledge regarding radiation exposure of chest imaging. Materials and methods: German paediatricians were surveyed using a questionnaire. Participants were asked to estimate effective dose (ED) of radiographs (CR) and computed tomography (CT). Further questions included dose-saving of paediatric CT-protocols, ALARA principle, and awareness of the link between radiation and cancer development. Length and type of occupation and amount of ordered procedures were evaluated. Results: 137 paediatricians participated with 59% and 39% correctly estimating ED of an adult (0.01-0.1 mSv) and newborn CR (0.01-0.1 mSv), respectively. ED of an adult chest CT (1-10 mSv) was underestimated by 28%, whereas ED of cardiac CT (10-100 mSv) was underestimated by 54%. 35% of participants correctly estimated ED of a chest CT in an infant (10-100 mSv) which was underestimated by 56%. Neither length nor type of occupation showed significant impact on dose estimations. 14% of paediatricians stated that MRI causes radiation, whereas 4% correctly estimated the potential of paediatric CT-protocols. 15% were familiar with the ALARA principle and 26% were aware of a publication concerning radiation and malignancy. Conclusion: Paediatricians demonstrated an increased level of awareness compared to previous surveys. However, estimation of ED of CT remained difficult. Increased information transfer and education seem pressing in the light of increasing radiological examinations.