Trump administration hits brakes on law to curb unneeded Medicare CT scans, MRIs

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CONCLUSION: Parasitic diseases, such as those caused by Fasciola hepatica, should be kept in mind in the differential diagnosis of primary or metastatic liver tumors, such as colorectal cancer liver metastasis, in patients living in endemic areas. PMID: 31528248 [PubMed]
Source: World Journal of Hepatology - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: World J Hepatol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Freeze-dried bone allograft with collagen wound dressing as a barrier was used successfully for ridge preservation in intact molar extraction sites (
Source: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The zirconia implant generated more image artifacts than the titanium implant. Increasing kVp and the metal artifact reduction tool are efficient in decreasing the CBCT artifacts for both implants, whereas resolution does not affect their production. PMID: 31528863 [PubMed - in process]
Source: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants Source Type: research
We report 2 cases of infants with subglottic hemangioma, in which the diagnosis was later discovered. These two infants had initially presented with stridor. They were both thoroughly investigated, but no abnormality was found after different procedures and investigations. Later, a subglottic hemangioma was seen during direct laryngobronchoscopy in the first infant. The second infant underwent multiple direct laryngobronchoscopies that were unremarkable, but the last one showed a blue rubber mass covered by normal mucosa in the subglottic area. A CT scan of the neck with contrast confirmed the diagnosis of subglottic heman...
Source: Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionAlthough malrotation is rare in adults, clinical and radiologic findings play an important role in the correct diagnosis of adult malrotation for appropriate and timely intervention.
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
ConclusionPortal and mesenteric venous thrombosis after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy is an unusual complication but it has life threatening consequences if it is not diagnosed early and treated adequately. The patients with porto-mesenteric venous thrombosis (PMVT) usually present themselves with vague abdominal symptoms. As so, the physicians should have high index of suspicion to recommend computed tomography (CT) abdomen to confirm diagnosis and start adequate treatment.
Source: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
A 67-year-old man with recurrent left lower lobe pneumonia and abscess was referred for a calcified lesion within the left chest, initially detected on non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scan. CT angiography revealed an aneurysmal, aberrant left lower lobe pulmonary artery with scarred lung parenchyma (A). The aneurysm was bilobed with a 3.6-cm maximum diameter in the distal portion. In addition, the artery was aneurysmal at its origin from the descending thoracic aorta (A), just above the diaphragm.
Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Vascular images Source Type: research
Duplex ultrasound examination, computed tomography scans, and magnetic resonance angiography have traditionally been used as noninvasive methods to assess carotid stenosis severity. The degree of stenosis in asymptomatic patients has often been used as the main criterion to assess risk for plaque embolization and stroke. There has been an effort to find alternate methods to assess vulnerable plaques. This has included many modalities, including magnetic resonance imaging and other ultrasound techniques.
Source: Journal of Vascular Surgery - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Invited commentary Source Type: research
ConclusionsAnatomic ACL reconstruction could restore not only the normal anterior knee laxity, but also the normal tibiofemoral relationship even under an anterior tibial load.
Source: Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology - Category: Sports Medicine Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Three-dimensional computed tomography reconstruction, as well as the hollow appearance of a tubular structure after removal of a central catheter may help differentiate a fibroblastic sheath from a retained catheter fragment. Accurate surgical notes mentioning the length of the catheter at implant and explant are also of paramount importance. PMID: 31526092 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Journal of Vascular Access - Category: Surgery Tags: J Vasc Access Source Type: research
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