Franca Wagner

Franca Wagner
Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern · University Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology

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August 2012 - September 2020
Inselspital, Universitätsspital Bern
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Publications (133)
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Imaging of parotid gland tumors is challenging due to the wide variety of differential diagnoses. Malignant parotid tumors can have very similar features to benign ones, such as slow growth and displacement instead of infiltration of neighboring structures. Malignant and benign tumors may therefore not be clinically distinguishable. Correct charact...
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Brain morphometry is usually based on non-enhanced (pre-contrast) T1-weighted MRI. However, such dedicated protocols are sometimes missing in clinical examinations. Instead, an image with a contrast agent is often available. Existing tools such as FreeSurfer yield unreliable results when applied to contrast-enhanced (CE) images. Consequently, these...
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Background Leptomeningeal inflammation in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) mainly affects meningeal B-cell follicle-like structures linked to cortical and subpial lesions and can be visualized as leptomeningeal enhancement (LME). Objective To evaluate the evolution of LME under different MS immunotherapies. Methods A total of 214 MS patients...
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Objective Measuring the Vestibular-Ocular-Reflex (VOR) gains with the video head impulse test (vHIT) allows for accurate discrimination between peripheral and central causes of acute vestibular syndrome (AVS). In this study, we sought to investigate whether the accuracy of artificial intelligence (AI) based vestibular stroke classification applied...
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Peripheral vestibular dysfunction has been found associated with altered volumes in different brain structures in previous studies, especially in the hippocampus. However, published evidence is conflicting. Based on previous findings, we compared hippocampal volume, as well as supramarginal, superior temporal and postcentral gyrus in a sample of 55...
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Introduction: The aim of this study is to evaluate signal alteration in the inner ear using three-dimensional (3D)-constructive interference in steady state (CISS) sequence in patients with Ménière's disease and labyrinthitis and its correlation with clinical and audiological parameters. Methods: The medical records of the department of otorhino...
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Purpose Otospongiotic plaques can be seen on conventional computed tomography (CT) as focal lesions around the cochlea. However, the resolution remains insufficient to enable evaluation of intracochlear damage. MicroCT technology provides resolution at the single micron level, offering an exceptional amplified view of the otosclerotic cochlea. In t...
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Objective A three-step bedside test (“HINTS”: Head Impulse-Nystagmus-Test of Skew), is a well-established way to differentiate peripheral from central causes in patients with acute vestibular syndrome (AVS). Nowadays, the use of videooculography gives physicians the possibility to quantify all eye movements. The goal of this study is to compare the...
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Robot-assisted systems offer great potential for gentler and more precise cochlear implantation. In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of the clinical workflow for robotic cochlear implantation using a robotic system specifically developed for a minimally invasive, direct cochlear access. The clinical workflow involves experts from v...
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Purpose This study aimed to investigate the variability of the retrotympanum in patients undergoing surgical treatment for cholesteatoma. Methods We included 59 ears of patients undergoing middle ear surgery for cholesteatoma who had preoperative computed tomography scans. A retrospective analysis of the medical records was conducted. The sinus ty...
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Importance: The mechanisms driving neurodegeneration and brain atrophy in relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS) are not completely understood. Objective: To determine whether disability progression independent of relapse activity (PIRA) in patients with RMS is associated with accelerated brain tissue loss. Design, setting, and participants: In th...
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Superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS) is a structural bony defect of the roof of the superior semi-circular canal into the middle cranial fossa and is responsible for the creation of a third window, which alters the dynamics of the inner ear. During humming, vibratory waves entering the vestibulum and cochlea are re-routed through the dehiscenc...
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Diabetic ketoacidosis is a severe complication of diabetes mellitus. We report a case of global hypoperfusion in an elderly patient on CT, with complete resolution shown on early MRI follow‐up. Metabolic causes have always to be included in the differential diagnosis of diffuse hypoperfusion in the appropriate clinical setting. Diabetic ketoacidosi...
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Background Flat detector computed tomography (FDCT) is widely used for periprocedural imaging in the angiography suite. Sine Spin FDCT (SFDCT) is the latest generation of cone beam CT using a double oblique trajectory for image acquisition to reduce artefacts and improve soft tissue brain imaging. This study compared the effective dose, image quali...
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Objective Skew deviation results from a dysfunction of the graviceptive pathways in patients with an acute vestibular syndrome (AVS) leading to vertical diplopia due to vertical ocular misalignment. It is considered as a central sign, however, the prevalence of skew and the accuracy of its test is not well known . Methods We performed a prospectiv...
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Objective Cold and warm water ear irrigation, also known as bithermal caloric testing, has been considered for over 100 years the ‘Gold Standard’ for the detection of peripheral vestibular hypofunction. Its discovery was awarded a Nobel Prize. We aimed to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of Caloric Testing when compared to the video head impulse...
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Purpose The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often limited in patients with auditory implants because of the presence of metallic components and magnets. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical usefulness of a customized MRI sequence for metal artifact suppression in patients with BONEBRIDGETM BCI 602 implants (MED-EL, Innsbruc...
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Hypothesis: The use of freehand stereotactic image-guidance with a target registration error (TRE) of μ TRE + 3σ TRE < 0.5 mm for navigating surgical instruments during neurotologic surgery is safe and useful. Background: Neurotologic microsurgery requires work at the limits of human visual and tactile capabilities. Anatomy localization comes at th...
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Background and Objective: Quantitative assessment of bone density and thickness in computed-tomography images offers great potential for preoperative planning procedures in robotic ear surgery. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed computed-tomography scans of subjects undergoing cochlear implantation ( N = 39). In addition, scans of Thiel-fixated e...
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Background: Delayed cerebral ischemia and cerebral vasospasm remain the leading causes of poor outcome in survivors of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Refractory cerebral vasospasms can be treated with endovascular vasodilator therapy, which can either be performed in conscious sedation or general anesthesia. The aim of this study is to compare...
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A 36-year-old man of central Asian origin was diagnosed with subacute disseminated tuberculosis. Initially, central nervous system involvement was suggested by an encephalopathic condition and MRI showing extensive basal and spinal meningitis. After initiation of anti-tuberculosis drugs and corticosteroid therapy, clinical and radiological deterior...
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Background/Aims The aim of this study was to identify specific MRI characteristics of anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (AION) and optic neuritis (ON) that would aid in the differentiation between these two diagnoses. Methods We retrospectively analysed a consecutive case series including all patients with an MRI study of brain and orbit and the...
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Aims To retrospectively analyse the Bernese radiologically isolated syndrome (RIS) cohort with the goal of developing a prediction score for conversion to multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods A total of 31 patients with RIS were identified by screening medical records of neurological patients seen at the University Hospital of Bern between 2004 and 20...
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Objective Gaze-evoked nystagmus (GEN) is a central sign in patients with the acute vestibular syndrome (AVS); however, discriminating between a pathological and a physiologic GEN is a challenge. Here we evaluate GEN in patients with AVS. Methods In this prospective cross-sectional study, we used video-oculography (VOG) to compare GEN in the light...
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Background: Delayed cerebral ischemia and cerebral vasospasm remain the leading causes of poor outcome in survivors of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Refractory cerebral vasospasms can be treated with endovascular vasodilator therapy, which can either be performed in conscious sedation or general anesthesia. The aim of this study is to compare...
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Background A peripheral spontaneous nystagmus (SN) is typically enhanced or revealed by removing fixation. Conversely, failure of fixation suppression of SN is usually a sign of a central disorder. Based on Luebke et al., (1988), who suggested the normal fixation mechanism is disengaged during pursuit, we hypothesized that vertical tracking in the...
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Objective Failure of fixation suppression of spontaneous nystagmus is sometimes seen in patients with vestibular strokes involving the cerebellum or brainstem, however, the accuracy of this test for the discrimination between peripheral and central causes in patients with an acute vestibular syndrome (AVS) is unknown. Methods Patients with AVS were...
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Objectives: We aimed to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of Caloric Testing and video Head Impulse Testing (vHIT) in differentiating between vestibular neuritis and strokes in acute dizziness. Design: Prospective cross-sectional study. Setting: Emergency department of a tertiary referral center. Participants: 1677 adult patients were screened be...
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Background Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has been recognized as a first-line treatment option for small to moderate sized vestibular schwannoma (VS). Our aim is to evaluate the impact of SRS doses and other patient and disease characteristics on vestibular function in patients with VS. Methods Data on VS patients treated with single-fraction SRS...
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Objective: To assess the factors affecting early local and audiometric outcomes in vestibular schwannoma (VS) patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). Study design: A retrospective review of medical records. Setting: Tertiary referral center. Patients: Records of all adult patients who underwent SRS between 2010 and 2016 for th...
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Objectives: To assess the feasibility of radiologic measurements and find out whether hearing outcome could be predicted based on computer tomography (CT) scan evaluation in patients with temporal bone fractures and suspected ossicular joint dislocation. Methods: We assessed 4002 temporal bone CT scans and identified 34 patients with reported os...
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Segmentation of white matter lesions and deep grey matter structures is an important task in the quantification of magnetic resonance imaging in multiple sclerosis. In this paper we explore segmentation solutions based on convolutional neural networks (CNNs) for providing fast, reliable segmentations of lesions and grey-matter structures in multi-m...
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Background/Objective In order to monitor tissue oxygenation in patients with acute neurological disorders, probes for measurement of brain tissue oxygen tension (ptO 2 ) are often placed non-specifically in a right frontal lobe location. To improve the value of ptO 2 monitoring, placement of the probe into a specific area of interest is desirable....
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Background Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has been recognized as a first-line treatment option for small to moderate sized vestibular schwannoma (VS). Our aim is to evaluate the impact of SRS doses and other patient and disease characteristics on vestibular function in patients with VS.Methods Data on VS patients treated with single-fraction SRS t...
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Background Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has been recognized as a first-line treatment option for small to moderate sized vestibular schwannoma (VS). Our aim is to evaluate the impact of SRS doses and other patient and disease characteristics on vestibular function in patients with VS.Methods Data on VS patients treated with single-fraction SRS t...
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Aims: Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibodies (MOG-IgG) have been proposed to define "MOG encephalomyelitis" (MOG-EM), with published diagnostic and "red flag" criteria. We aimed to evaluate these criteria in a routine clinical setting. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed patients with borderline/positive MOG-IgG and applied the diagnost...
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Background: Vestibular symptoms are a frequent reason for presenting at the emergency department (ED). Underlying conditions range in severity from life-threatening to benign, but often remain undiagnosed despite extensive investigations. We aimed to identify clinical characteristics that are associated with ED consultations by patients with vesti...
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Predicting outcome in comatose patients after successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation is challenging. Our primary aim was to assess the potential contribution of resting-state-functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI) in predicting neurological outcome. RS-fMRI was used to evaluate functional and effective connectivity within the default mod...
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Aim: Multimodal prognostication in comatose patients after cardiac arrest (CA) is complicated by the fact that different modalities are usually not independent. Here we set out to systematically correlate early EEG and MRI findings. Methods: 89 adult patients from a prospective register who underwent at least one EEG and one MRI in the acute pha...
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Metal artifacts resulting from coiling or clipping of a brain aneurysm degrade image quality and reduce diagnostic usefulness of computed tomography perfusion CTP. Our aim was to assess the diagnostic value of the iterative metal artifact reduction algorithm (iMAR) in CTP studies after coiling or clipping of ruptured intracranial aneurysms. Fifty-e...