Min Jung Park

Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Gwangju, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: In patients with diabetes, studies investigating the association between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) have shown conflicting results. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between NAFLD and CACS in diabetic patients. This is the cohort study performed in Seoul National University Hospital Gangnam Healthcare Center. NAFLD was defined as cases with the typical ultrasonographic findings without excessive alcohol consumption, medications causing hepatic steatosis or other chronic liver diseases. CACS was evaluated using the Agatston method. Diabetes was defined as cases with fasting serum glucose ≥ 126 mg/dl, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) ≥ 6.5%, or those taking anti-diabetic medications. Multivariate linear regression analyses were performed with use of the interaction term of NAFLD × glycemic level and other confounders of CACS such as age, sex, hypertension, body mass index, waist circumference, HDL cholesterol and triglyceride. A total of 213 participants with diabetes were included in the study. As 77 subjects (36.2%) had CACS 0, causing left sided skewness, CACS was analyzed after log transformation to Ln (CACS + 1). A statistically significant interaction was observed between NAFLD and HbA1c ≥ 7% (P for interaction = 0.014). While NAFLD was not associated with CACS in the group with HbA1c < 7% (P = 0.229), it was significantly associated in the group with HbA1c ≥ 7% (P = 0.010) after adjusting for covariates in multivariate analyses. This study demonstrated an effect modification of glycemic level on the association between NAFLD and CACS. NAFLD was independently associated with CACS only in diabetes patients with higher HbA1c, after adjustment for confounders.
    Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome 12/2015; 7(1):28. DOI:10.1186/s13098-015-0025-4 · 2.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the efficacy of topical 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-d-ribofuranoside (AICAR) in a mouse model of experimental dry eye (EDE). Eye drops consisting of 0.001% or 0.01% AICAR, 0.05% cyclosporine A (CsA), or balanced salt solution (BSS) were applied for the treatment of EDE. Tear volume, tear film break-up time (BUT), and corneal fluorescein staining scores were measured 10 days after treatment. Levels of interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interferon (IFN)-γ, interferon gamma-induced protein 10 (IP-10), and monokine induced by interferon-γ (MIG) were measured in the conjunctiva. In addition, Western blot, periodic acid-Schiff staining for evaluating goblet cell density, flow cytometry for counting the number of CD4+CXCR3+ T cells, and immunohistochemistry for detection of 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4HNE) were performed. Mice treated with 0.01% AICAR showed a significant improvement in all clinical parameters compared with the EDE control, vehicle control, and 0.001% AICAR groups (P < 0.001). A significant decrease in the levels of IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, IFN-γ, IP-10, and MIG, the number of CD4+CXCR3+ T cells, and the number of 4HNE-positive cells were also observed in the 0.01% AICAR group (P < 0.001). Although 0.05% CsA also led to an improvement in clinical parameters and inflammatory molecule levels, its therapeutic effects were comparable or inferior to those of 0.01% AICAR. Topical application of 0.01% AICAR can markedly improve clinical signs and decrease inflammation in the ocular surface of EDE, suggesting that AICAR eye drops may be used as a therapeutic agent for dry eye disease.
    Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 05/2015; 56(5):3149-3158. DOI:10.1167/iovs.14-16153 · 3.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Many studies have proposed that putative ovarian stem cells (OSCs) derived from the ovarian surface epithelium (OSE) layer of adult mammalian ovaries can produce oocytes. Few studies have reported that ovaries of aged mammalian females including mice and women possess rare premeiotic germ cells that can generate oocytes. However, no studies have reported the changes of OSCs according to the age of the female. Therefore, this study evaluated pluripotent and germ cell marker expression in the intact ovary, scraped OSE, and postcultured OSE according to age in female mice. C57BL/6 female mice of 2 age groups (6-8 and 28-31 weeks) were superovulated by injection with 5 IU equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG). Both ovaries were removed after 48 hours and scrapped to obtain OSE. Gene expressions of pluripotent (Oct-4, Sox-2, Nanog) and germ cell markers (c-Kit, GDF-9, and VASA) were evaluated by RT-PCR. VASA and GDF-9 were immune-localized in oocyte-like structures. Expressions of germ cell markers in the intact ovary were significantly decreased in aged females, whereas expressions of pluripotent markers were not detected, regardless of age. Scraped OSE expression of all pluripotent and germ cell markers, except for c-Kit, was similar between both age groups. Three week post-cultured OSE had significantly decreased expression of GDF-9 and VASA , but not c-Kit, in old mice, as compared to young mice; however there was no difference in the expression of other genes. The number of positively stained Oct-4 by immunohistochemistry in postcultured OSE was 2.5 times higher in young mice than aged mice. Oocyte-like structure was spontaneously produced in postcultured OSE. However, while that of young mice revealed a prominent nucleus, zona pellucida-like structure and cytoplasmic organelles, these features were not observed in old mice. These results shows that aged female mice have putative OSCs in OSE, but their differentiation potential, as well as the number of OSCs differs from those of young mice.
    Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology 11/2014; 12(1):113. DOI:10.1186/1477-7827-12-113 · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Goals: The aim of this study was to prospectively assess the effects of the order of colonoscopic procedures and other possible factors on the adenoma detection rate (ADR). Background: There have been conflicting studies regarding the timing or order of a colonoscopy and its ability to detect adenomas. Study: Between March 2011 and July 2011, consecutive colonoscopies were prospectively performed by 7 board-certified staff endoscopists at the Seoul National University Hospital Healthcare System Gangnam Center. The primary outcome was the overall ADR according to the procedure order of the colonoscopies, and the secondary outcome was the identification of other possible factors influencing the ADR. Results: A total of 1908 colonoscopies were analyzed. The detection rate was 56.5% for all polyps and 37.3% for adenomas. The ADR increased as the performance order of the colonoscopy increased and was highest for the third procedure (43.4%). However, the ADR of the remaining procedures, including later procedures, was similar throughout the workday. In the multivariable analysis, the ADR was significantly associated with older age, male sex, high body mass index, personal history of colorectal polyps, long withdrawal time, and an experienced endoscopist. However, the colonoscopy procedure order was not significantly associated with the ADR. Conclusions: The ADR was stable according to the procedure order for the later procedures of the workday in a setting of moderate daily procedure volumes. The withdrawal time and experience level of the endoscopist were more important than the procedure order in detecting adenomas by colonoscopy. Copyright
    Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology 10/2014; DOI:10.1097/MCG.0000000000000258 · 3.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Objective. Various factors including age, sex, body mass index (BMI) and history of operation have been linked to the colonoscopic intubation time. The aims of this study were to identify the factors predicting cecal intubation time (CIT) and to evaluate the effect of the visceral adipose tissue (VAT) area on CIT. Material and methods. A total of 1386 consecutive subjects who underwent colonoscopy and abdominal CT on the same day for a health checkup at a single health care center in Korea from August to December 2011 were studied prospectively. Age, sex, BMI, height, waist circumference, history of operation, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, bowel preparation status, experience of colonoscopists, VAT amount on abdominal CT and time required to reach the cecum were analyzed. Results. The mean age of the subjects was 53.0 ± 9.6 years, and 63.5% were male. The median CIT was 271 s. Univariate analyses showed that female gender, old age, shorter height, lower BMI, prior history of surgery and lower VAT were associated with longer CIT. To adjust for confounding effects of the gender, we investigated the genders separately in multivariate analysis. Older age and lower VAT were associated with prolonged CIT. However, the significance of association of VAT on prolonged CIT disappeared in women. Conclusion. This study demonstrates that CIT is prolonged by lower VAT area in men. This is the first study to demonstrate a direct association between VAT area and CIT.
    Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 08/2014; 49(10):1-7. DOI:10.3109/00365521.2014.950695 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Schematic diagram describing the tertiary structures of the RIPL peptide and Hpn (A) and uptake mechanism and intracellular pathways of RIPL-Lipo in Hpn (+) and Hpn (-) cells (B). RIPL-Lipo selectively bound to Hpn, therefore, less interacted with Hpn (-) cells. Protease cleaved polyarginine of RIPL sequence. The uptake of liposomes by endocytosis would cause temporary entrapment in endosome, however, liposomes could escape into cytosol or be degraded by lysozyme.
    European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics: official journal of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V 08/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.ejpb.2014.03.016 · 4.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose To evaluate the benefit of adding diffusion-weighted (DW) imaging to conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the preoperative detection of small pancreatic adenocarcinoma (≤3.0 cm). Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and waived the requirement for informed consent. This study included 83 patients (56 men, 27 women) with surgically confirmed pancreatic adenocarcinoma of 3.0 cm or smaller and 12 patients (nine men, three women) with histologically proven focal pancreatitis who underwent gadoxetic acid-enhanced MR imaging and DW imaging at 3.0 T. Two observers reviewed the two image sets, a conventional MR image set and a combined image set including DW images, to evaluate tumor conspicuity using receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. Contrast ratios between the tumor and proximal or distal pancreas on T1- and T2-weighted images, arterial and portal phase images, and DW images obtained with a b value of 800 sec/mm(2) were compared by using one-way analysis of variance or Kruskal-Wallis test. Results On DW images, all tumors but two were delineated as completely (32 of 83, 39%) or partially (49 of 83, 59%) hyperintense. Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve values for the two observers were 0.890 and 0.884 for the conventional image set and 0.976 and 0.978 for the combined image set (P = .01 and P = .04), respectively. In regard to tumor detection, the combined image set (98%, 81 of 83 [observer 1]; 96%, 80 of 83 [observer 2]) yielded better sensitivity than the conventional image set (75%, 62 of 83 [observer 1]; 76%, 63 of 83 [observer 2]) (P < .001). Contrast ratios of tumor to proximal or distal pancreas were significantly higher with DW images than with other images (P < .001). Conclusion In preoperative evaluation of small pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the addition of DW imaging to conventional MR imaging improves the sensitivity of cancer detection. © RSNA, 2014 Online supplemental material is available for this article.
    Radiology 07/2014; DOI:10.1148/radiol.14132563 · 6.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose To compare the diagnostic performance of the noncontrast MRI including DWI to the standard MRI for detecting hepatic malignancies in patients with chronic liver disease. Materials and methods We included 135 patients with 136 histologically-confirmed hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), 12 cholangiocarcinomas, and 34 benign lesions (≤ 2.0 cm), and 22 patients with cirrhosis but no focal liver lesion who underwent 3.0 T liver MRI. Noncontrast MRI set (T1- and T2-weighted images and DWI) and standard MRI set (gadoxetic acid-enhanced and noncontrast MRI) were analyzed independently by three observers to detect liver malignancies using receiver operating characteristic analysis. Results The Az value of the noncontrast MRI (mean, 0.906) was not inferior to that of the combined MRI (mean, 0.924) for detecting malignancies by all observers (P > 0.05). For each observer, no significant difference was found in the sensitivity and specificity between the two MRI sets for detecting liver malignancies and distinguishing them from benign lesions (P > 0.05), whereas negative predictive value was higher with the combined MRI than with the noncontrast MRI (P = 0.0001). When using pooled data, the sensitivity of the combined MRI (mean 94.8%) was higher than that of the noncontrast MRI (mean, 91.7%) (P = 0.001), whereas specificity was equivalent (78.6% vs 77.5%). Conclusion Noncontrast MRI including DWI showed reasonable performance compared to the combined gadoxetic acid-enhanced and noncontrast MRI set for detecting HCC and cholangiocarcinoma and differentiating them from benign lesions in patients with chronic liver disease.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging 07/2014; 32(6). DOI:10.1016/j.mri.2013.12.021 · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. The purposes of this study were to assess the widths of the intercostal spaces of the right inferior human rib cage through which high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy would be applied for treating liver cancer and to elucidate the demographic factors associated with intercostal space width. SUBJECTS AND METHODS. From March 2013 to June 2013, the widths of the intercostal spaces and the ribs at six areas of the right inferior rib cage (area 1, lowest intercostal space on anterior axillary line and the adjacent upper rib; area 2, second-lowest intercostal space on anterior axillary line and the adjacent upper rib; areas 3 and 4, lowest and second-lowest spaces on midaxillary line; areas 5 and 6, lowest and second-lowest spaces on posterior axillary line) were sonographically measured in 466 patients (214 men, 252 women; mean age, 53.0 years) after an abdominal sonographic examination. Demographic factors and the presence or absence of chronic liver disease were evaluated by multivariate analysis to investigate which factors influence intercostal width. RESULTS. The width of the intercostal space was 19.7 ± 3.7 mm (range, 9-33 mm) at area 1, 18.3 ± 3.4 mm (range, 9-33 mm) at area 2, 17.4 ± 4.0 mm (range, 7-33 mm) at area 3, 15.4 ± 3.5 mm (range, 5-26 mm) at area 4, 17.2 ± 3.7 mm (range, 7-28 mm) at area 5, and 14.5 ± 3.6 mm (range, 4-26 mm) at area 6. The corresponding widths of the ribs were 15.2 ± 2.3 mm (range, 8-22 mm), 14.5 ± 2.3 mm (range, 9-22 mm), 13.2 ± 2.0 mm (range, 9-20), 14.3 ± 2.2 mm (range, 9-20 mm), 15.0 ± 2.2 mm (range, 10-22 mm), and 15.1 ± 2.3 mm (range, 8-21 mm). Only female sex was significantly associated with the narrower intercostal width at areas 1, 2, 3, and 5 (regression coefficient, 1.124-1.885; p = 0.01-0.04). CONCLUSION. There was substantial variation in the widths of the intercostal spaces of the right inferior rib cage such that the anterior and inferior aspects of the intercostal space were relatively wider. Women had significantly narrower intercostal spaces than men.
    American Journal of Roentgenology 07/2014; 203(1):201-8. DOI:10.2214/AJR.13.11744 · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the enhancement of the efficacy of systemic doxorubicin by pulsed high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)-induced, localized mild hyperthermia. For the in vitro study, the intranuclear uptake of doxorubicin by squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)-7 cells incubated at different temperatures was compared. For the in vivo study, mice with SCC-7 tumors were assigned to either the control, conventional hyperthermia, HIFU hyperthermia, doxorubicin-alone, conventional hyperthermia + doxorubicin or HIFU hyperthermia + doxorubicin group. Conventional hyperthermia was induced by immersing the tumor in warm water (42.5°C), and HIFU hyperthermia was induced by HIFU after optimizing the parameters with direct temperature measurements (frequency = 1 MHz, pulse repetition frequency = 5 Hz, power = 12 W, duty cycle = 50%). In the in vitro study, fluorescence was more intense at 42°C than at 37°C and was time dependent. In the in vivo study, tumor growth in the HIFU hyperthermia + doxorubicin group was most prominently suppressed with the highest apoptotic index compared with all other groups (p < 0.05). Pulsed HIFU-induced localized mild hyperthermia enhanced the anti-cancer efficacy of systemic doxorubicin more than conventional mild hyperthermia.
    Ultrasound in medicine & biology 07/2014; 40(7). DOI:10.1016/j.ultrasmedbio.2014.01.005 · 2.10 Impact Factor
  • Gastroenterology 05/2014; 146(5):S-271. DOI:10.1016/S0016-5085(14)60958-6 · 13.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine imaging features of infiltrative hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) on 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including gadoxetic acid-enhanced and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). Eighteen patients with infiltrative HCC underwent liver MRI that consisted of T1- and T2-weighted image (T2WI), gadoxetic acid-enhanced arterial, portal, 3-min late and 20-min hepatobiliary phase (HBP), and DWI. Two reviewers evaluated in consensus tumor characteristics and lesion conspicuity using a 4-point scale. The tumor-to-liver contrast ratio was also measured. Most of the tumors (n = 16, 88.9%) were seen as irregular permeative masses (4.0-23.0 cm, mean 10.5 cm in diameter) and the remaining two as poorly defined amorphous infiltration among thrombosed portal veins. Internal reticulation within the tumor was characteristic and was most frequently observed on 3-min late phase (n = 18), followed by HBP (n = 15). Tumor conspicuity and tumor-to-liver contrast ratio was highest with b-800 DWI, which was significantly higher than those of other images (P < 0.05). DWI provides the highest conspicuity for infiltrative HCC compared to unenhanced T1- and T2WI and gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI. The gadoxetic acid-enhanced 3-min late image is useful in characterizing infiltrative HCC, as it clearly depicts internal reticulation in all tumors.J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2013;00:000-000. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 05/2014; 39(5). DOI:10.1002/jmri.24265 · 2.79 Impact Factor
  • Gastroenterology 05/2014; 146(5):S-687. DOI:10.1016/S0016-5085(14)62493-8 · 13.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation is increasingly adopted for treating symptomatic uterine fibroids. As a noninvasive therapy performed on an outpatient basis, it has been viewed by patients to have distinct advantages over other treatment options. However, its breadth of clinical application is still limited. To address this issue, various techniques have been implemented. CONCLUSION. In this article, we discuss techniques that contribute to widening patient selection for MRI-guided HIFU therapy of uterine fibroids.
    American Journal of Roentgenology 02/2014; 202(2):443-51. DOI:10.2214/AJR.13.10753 · 2.74 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine whether the diagnostic performance of combined gadoxetic acid-enhanced dynamic phases and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is comparable to the standard protocol with hepatobiliary phase (HBP) and DWI for detection and characterization of focal liver lesions in chronic liver disease. A total of 176 patients with 181 HCCs, 15 cholangiocarcinomas, and 32 benign lesions were included. Three combined gadoxetic acid-enhanced and DWI sets (dynamic phases [arterial, portal, and 3-min delay {3-min set} and dynamic phases with 10-min HBP [10-min set] or 20-min HBP [20-min set]) were analyzed by two observers to determine the diagnostic accuracy and sensitivity in detection of malignancy, and ability for lesion characterization. There was a trend, although not statistically significant, toward highest diagnostic accuracy and sensitivity for detecting malignancies in the 20-min set (mean, 0.945, 96.2), followed by the 10-min set (0.937, 95.9), and the 3-min set (0.923, 94.1) (P > 0.05). For lesion characterization, three image sets were equivalent (P > 0.05). For lesion detection and characterization in chronic liver diseases, 3-min set with DWI showed comparable efficacy to 10-min or 20-min set. However, the best diagnostic performance could be achieved by combination of all image sets. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 01/2014; 39(1). DOI:10.1002/jmri.24122 · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The aim of this study is to examine the differential expression of stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α)/CXCR4 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the third trimester placental bed of normotensive controls and preeclamptic patients. Methods: Placental bed tissues were collected from 15 patients with preeclampsia (PE) and 15 gestational-matched normotensive controls at the time of their cesarean delivery. Placental bed expressions of SDF-1α, CXCR4 and VEGF were evaluated by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), real-time PCR and immunohistochemical staining. Results: No statistical difference was found between the PE and the normotensive control group with respect to their age and parity, gravidity and body mass index. The placental bed expressions of SDF-1α/CXCR4 and VEGF were significantly decreased in the PE group compared with the normotensive control group. Conclusions: This study showed decreased expressions of SDF-1α/CXCR4 and VEGF in the third trimester placental bed of pregnancies with PE. This result suggests that decreased expressions of SDF-1α/CXCR4 and VEGF in the placental bed could be associated with the pathogenesis of PE.
    Hypertension in Pregnancy 12/2013; DOI:10.3109/10641955.2013.828068 · 1.19 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the safety and therapeutic efficacy of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (US) ablation of symptomatic uterine fibroid tumors with an immediate nonperfused volume (NPV) ratio of 80% or more. A total of 79 women with 117 uterine tumors were treated with MR-guided high-intensity focused US ablation. Immediate NPV, complications, and therapeutic efficacy (tumor volume reduction ratio and symptom severity score [SSS] decrease at 3-mo follow-up) were retrospectively assessed. Statistical comparisons of the frequency of complications and therapeutic efficacy were performed between patients with NPV ratios of at least 80% and less than 80%. Technical success was achieved in 93.7% of cases (n = 74) of cases, and the immediate NPV ratio was 62.7% ± 25.5. Twenty-four patients exhibited an NPV ratio of at least 80% (89.7% ± 5.8), and 50 patients showed an NPV ratio of less than 80% (49.8% ± 20.7). All complications were minor in severity, and the incidences were not significantly different between groups (P > .05). The 3-month volume reduction ratio was significantly greater in patients with an NPV ratio of at least 80% (0.43 ± 0.17) than in those with an NPV ratio of less than 80% (0.20 ± 0.26; P = .002), although the decreases in SSS were not significantly different (20.9 ± 19.6 vs 12.1 ± 10.1; P = .097). In MR-guided high-intensity focused US ablation of symptomatic uterine fibroid tumors, achievement of an immediate NPV ratio of at least 80% is safe, with greater tumor volume shrinkage compared with cases with a lower NPV ratio.
    Journal of vascular and interventional radiology: JVIR 12/2013; 25(2). DOI:10.1016/j.jvir.2013.11.011 · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE To compare the accuracy of CT and MRI with liver-specific contrast agent for the evaluation of complete response in CRCLM after chemotherapy in a retrospective multicenter setting and to find out alternative role of non-contrast enhanced MRI (NE-MR) with Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for the evaluation of complete response in CRCLM after chemotherapy METHOD AND MATERIALS Among patients treated for CRCLM between 2008 and 2011 at eight hospitals in Korea, 90 patients (63men, 27women; mean age, 57 years; age range, 36–77 years) with the following criteria were retrospectively included: fewer than 10 liver metastases (LM) before chemotherapy; neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by liver resection; disappearance of at least one LM on post-chemotherapy multidetector CT portal venous phase images with slice thickness≤5mm; post-chemotherapy gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI including DWI of b-value≥500sec/mm2; time interval≤4weeks between post-chemotherapy CT and MRI; follow-up at least 1 year after surgery. We retrospectively evaluated 445 LM in these patients on CT and MRI. Pathologic report of surgical specimen, sonographic finding on radiofrequency ablation and follow-up CT or MRI were served as reference standard. The diagnostic accuracies of MRI and CT were determined and compared using the McNemar test. RESULTS In diagnosing complete response after chemotherapy, gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI showed significantly higher accuracy (89%), sensitivity (75%), and specificity (94%) compared to CT (59%; 91%; 49%), respectively (P<0.001; P<0.001; P<0.001) on per lesion basis. Also, the diagnostic accuracy (80%) and specificity (77%) of NE-MR were significantly higher than those of CT (P<0.001; P<0.001), and the sensitivities were similar. On per patient basis, the diagnostic accuracies, sensitivities, specificities were 97%, 25%, 100% for gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI, 93%, 50%, 95% for NE-MR, and 81%, 100%, 80% for CT, respectively. CONCLUSION MRI with liver-specific contrast agent is more accurate than CT for the evaluation of complete response in CRCLM after chemotherapy. And NE-MR with DWI could be an alternative tool as it is more accurate than CT. CLINICAL RELEVANCE/APPLICATION MRI with liver-specific contrast agent and diffusion weighted imaging is more accurate than CT for the evaluation of complete response in colorectal cancer liver metastasis after chemotherapy.
    Radiological Society of North America 2013 Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting; 12/2013
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    ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in differentiating hepatic abscess from malignant mimickers with an emphasis on periphery of the lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with hepatic abscess and 74 patients with malignant hepatic tumors were included, who underwent gadoxetic acid-enhanced MRI. For qualitative and quantitative analysis, signal intensities and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the periphery were assessed. Two observers reviewed DWI and ADC maps rated using a 5-point scale. Diagnostic performance was evaluated using the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve analysis. RESULTS: The periphery of hepatic abscesses was T1-hypointense, arterial hyperintense, and hypointense on hepatobiliary phase less frequently than that of malignant tumors (P < 0.05). No hepatic abscesses showed peripheral washout on 3-min late phase compared with malignant tumors (59.5%) (P < 0.001). Both groups showed hyperintense rims on DWI, but, 37(94.9%) abscesses revealed rims with high ADC values compared with one (1.4%) malignant tumor (P < 0.001). Mean ADC values of abscesses (1.47 × 10(-3) mm(2) /s ± 0.36 [standard deviation]) were significantly higher than those of malignancies (0.68 × 10(-3) mm(2) /s ± 0.20). Diagnostic performance (area under the ROC curve [Az]) of DWI in identifying hepatic abscess was 0.986 and 0.982 for each observer. CONCLUSION: In addition to conventional MRI, DWI is helpful in differentiating hepatic abscess from malignant mimickers. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2013;. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 12/2013; 38(6). DOI:10.1002/jmri.24112 · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE. In MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound ablation of uterine fibroids, bowel interposition in the sonication path is often problematic. The purpose of this article is to discuss a bowel-manipulation technique to displace the bowel loop, which consisted of sequential applications of urinary bladder filling, rectal filling, and urinary bladder emptying. CONCLUSION. This technique contributed to a decreased screening failure rate and succeeded in consistently displacing the bowel loop, thus allowing safe treatment of fibroids in the anteverted or anteflexed uterus.
    American Journal of Roentgenology 11/2013; 201(5):W761-4. DOI:10.2214/AJR.12.10081 · 2.74 Impact Factor

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  • 2010–2015
    • Chonnam National University
      • • College of Veterinary Medicine
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      Gwangju, Gwangju, South Korea
    • Ajou University
      • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2003–2015
    • Seoul National University Hospital
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2013–2014
    • Chung-Ang University
      • College of Pharmacy
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Yonsei University Hospital
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Yonsei University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2008–2014
    • Sungkyunkwan University
      • • Samsung Medical Center
      • • Department of Radiology
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Ewha Womans University
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2006–2013
    • Gyeongsang National University
      Shinshū, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
  • 2003–2013
    • Pusan National University
      • Department of Molecular Biology
      Tsau-liang-hai, Busan, South Korea
  • 2012
    • University of Seoul
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Samsung Medical Center
      • Department of Radiology
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2011–2012
    • Good Moonhwa Hospital
      Kŭmhae, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
    • Korea University
      • Department of Food Bioscience and Technology
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2006–2012
    • Catholic University of Korea
      • Rheumatism Research Center
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007
    • Seoul National University Bundang Hospital
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2000–2002
    • Seoul National University
      • Department of Biological Sciences
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea