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  1. Simultaneous measurement of pulmonary partial pressure of oxygen and apparent diffusion coefficient by hyperpolarized 3He MRI

    Yu, Jiangsheng; Law, Michelle; Kadlecek, Stephen; Emami, Kiarash; Ishii, Masaru; Stephen, Michael; Woodburn, John M.; Vahdat, Vahid; Rizi, Rahim R.

    2009-01-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He) MRI shows promise to assess structural and functional pulmonary parameters in a sensitive, regional and non-invasive way. Structural HP 3He MRI has applied the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for the detection of disease-induced lung microstructure changes at the alveolar level, and HP 3He pulmonary partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) imaging measures the oxygen transfer efficiency between the lung and blood stream. Although both parameters are affected in chroni...

  2. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva;

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements from hyperpolarized (HP) helium ((3)He)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with quantitative data from multislice Computed Tomography (CT) (MSCT) of the whole lungs and pulmonary function tests (PFT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty...... from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. RESULTS: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392+/-0.119 cm(2)/s for the established emphysema group and 0...

  3. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Purpose: To compare apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements from hyperpolarized (HP) helium (3He)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with quantitative data from multislice Computed Tomography (CT) (MSCT) of the whole lungs and pulmonary function tests (PFT). Materials and methods: Twenty-seven subjects, 22 with established emphysema and 5 with preclinical emphysema defined by PFT criteria, were examined with HP 3He-MRI and MSCT. Mean age was 55 (±12) years, 18 female and 9 male. Mean ADC from 3He-MRI was compared with emphysema index (EI), 15th percentile and mean lung density (MLD) values from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. Results: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392 ± 0.119 cm2/s for the established emphysema group and 0.216 ± 0.046 for the pre-clinical emphysema group. MSCT values for the established emphysema group and pre-clinical emphysema group were: EI (%) 11 ± 12 and 0.4 ± 0.6, respectively; 15th percentile (Hounsfield Units (HU)), -956 ± 25 and -933 ± 13, respectively and MLD (HU) -877 ± 20 and -863 ± 15, respectively. Correlations between mean ADC and EI and 15th percentile were both r = 0.90 and for MLD r = 0.59. There was higher correlation between mean ADC and %predicted DLCO (r = 0.90) than between EI and %predicted DLCO (r = 0.76). Conclusion: HP 3He-MRI correlates well with density measurements from MSCT and agrees better than MSCT with %predicted DLCO which is the PFT most related to emphysema.

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient of hyperpolarized (3)He with minimal influence of the residual gas in small animals.

    Carrero-González, L; Kaulisch, T; Ruiz-Cabello, J; Pérez-Sánchez, J M; Peces-Barba, G; Stiller, D; Rodríguez, I

    2012-09-01

    The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of hyperpolarized (HP) gases is a parameter that reflects changes in lung microstructure. However, ADC is dependent on many physiological and experimental variables that need to be controlled or specified in order to ensure the reliability and reproducibility of this parameter. A single breath-hold experiment is desirable in order to reduce the amount of consumed HP gas. The application of a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) causes an increase in the residual gas volume. Depending on the applied PEEP, the ratio between the incoming and residual gas volumes will change and the ADC will vary, as long as both gases do not have the same diffusion coefficient. The most standard method for human applications uses air for breathing and a bolus of pure HP (3)He for MRI data acquisition. By applying this method in rats, we have demonstrated that ADC values are strongly dependent on the applied PEEP, and therefore on the residual gas volume in the lung. This outcome will play an important role in studies concerning certain diseases, such as emphysema, which is characterized by an increase in the residual volume. Ventilation with an oxygen-helium mixture (VOHeM) is a proposed single breath-hold method that uses two different gas mixtures (O(2)-(4)He for ventilation and HP (3)He-N(2) for imaging). The concentration of each gas in its respective mixture was calculated in order to obtain the same diffusion coefficient in both mixtures. ADCs obtained from VOHeM are independent of PEEP, thus minimizing the effect of the different residual volumes. PMID:22275333

  5. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva;

    2008-01-01

    -seven subjects, 22 with established emphysema and 5 with preclinical emphysema defined by PFT criteria, were examined with HP (3)He-MRI and MSCT. Mean age was 55 (+/-12) years, 18 female and 9 male. Mean ADC from (3)He-MRI was compared with emphysema index (EI), 15th percentile and mean lung density (MLD) values...... from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. RESULTS: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392+/-0.119 cm(2)/s for the established emphysema group and 0....... Correlations between mean ADC and EI and 15th percentile were both r=0.90 and for MLD r=0.59. There was higher correlation between mean ADC and %predicted DLCO (r=0.90) than between EI and %predicted DLCO (r=0.76). CONCLUSION: HP (3)He-MRI correlates well with density measurements from MSCT and agrees better...

  6. Hyperpolarized 3He apparent diffusion coefficient MRI of the lung: reproducibility and volume dependency in healthy volunteers and patients with emphysema

    Diaz, S.; Casselbrant, I.; Piitulainen, E.; Pettersson, G.; Magnusson, Stig Peter; Peterson, B.; Wollmer, P.; Leander, P.; Ekberg, O.; Åkeson, Per Arne Gustav; Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva; Pettersson, Goran; Magnusson, Peter; Peterson, Barry; Wollmer, Per; Leander, Peter; Ekberg, Olle; Akeson, Per

    2008-01-01

    -day period and received two different volumes (6% and 15% of total lung capacity [TLC]) of HP (3)He each day. ADC maps and histograms were calculated. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of the ADC at different days and volumes were compared. RESULTS: The reproducibility of the mean ADC and SD over several...... days was good in both healthy volunteers and patients (SD range of 0.003-0.013 cm(2)/second and 0.001-0.009 cm(2)/second at 6% and 15% of TLC for healthy volunteers, and a SD range of 0.001-0.041 cm(2)/second and 0.001-0.011 cm(2)/second, respectively, for patients). A minor but significant increase in...

  7. Magnetization and spin diffusion of liquid 3He in aerogel

    We report theoretical calculations and experimental measurements of the normal-state spin diffusion coefficient of 3He in aerogel, including both elastic and inelastic scattering of 3He quasiparticles, and compare these results with data for 3He in 98% porous silica aerogel. This analysis provides a determination of the elastic mean free path within the aerogel. Measurements of the magnetization of the superfluid phase in the same aerogel samples provide a test of the theory of pairbreaking and magnetic response of low-energy excitations in the 'dirty' B phase of 3He in aerogel. A consistent interpretation of the data for the spin-diffusion coefficient, magnetization, and superfluid transition temperature is obtained by including correlation effects in the aerogel density

  8. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  9. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

    Minard, Kevin R.; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Kabilan, Senthil; Jacob, Rick E.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Carson, James P.; Corley, Richard A.

    2012-08-01

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  10. In vivo lung morphometry with hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI: Theoretical background

    Sukstanskii, A. L.; Yablonskiy, D. A.

    2008-02-01

    MRI-based study of 3He gas diffusion in lungs may provide important information on lung microstructure. Lung acinar airways can be described in terms of cylinders covered with alveolar sleeve [Haefeli-Bleuer, Weibel, Anat. Rec. 220 (1988) 401]. For relatively short diffusion times (on the order of a few ms) this geometry allows description of the 3He diffusion attenuated MR signal in lungs in terms of two diffusion coefficients—longitudinal (D) and transverse (D) with respect to the individual acinar airway axis [Yablonskiy et al., PNAS 99 (2002) 3111]. In this paper, empirical relationships between D and D and the geometrical parameters of airways and alveoli are found by means of computer Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of non-Gaussian signal behavior (dependence of D and D on b-value) are also taken into account. The results obtained are quantitatively valid in the physiologically important range of airway parameters characteristic of healthy lungs and lungs with mild emphysema. In lungs with advanced emphysema, the results provide only "apparent" characteristics but still could potentially be used to evaluate emphysema progression. This creates a basis for in vivo lung morphometry—evaluation of the geometrical parameters of acinar airways from hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI, despite the airways being too small to be resolved by direct imaging. These results also predict a rather substantial dependence of 3He ADC on the experimentally-controllable diffusion time, Δ. If Δ is decreased from 3 ms to 1 ms, the ADC in normal human lungs may increase by almost 50%. This effect should be taken into account when comparing experimental data obtained with different pulse sequences.

  11. Emphysematous changes and normal variation in smokers and COPD patients using diffusion 3He MRI

    Introduction: This study aims to quantify global and regional changes of diffusive motion of 3He gas within the lung, as determined by hyperpolarized 3He MR apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurement, in non-smokers, smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Methods: Age-matched groups of six healthy non-smokers, five healthy smokers and five patients with COPD. The experiments were performed with approval from the local Research Ethics Committee. Diffusion imaging was performed following hyperpolarized 3He gas inhalation, producing ADC maps. Mean and standard deviation of the ADCs were used to compare the subject groups and assess regional variations within individuals. Results: The intra-individual standard deviation of ADC in the healthy smokers was significantly larger than that of the non-smoking group (P < 0.02). Compared to the non-smoking group, COPD patients had significantly higher mean and standard deviation of ADC (P < 0.01). The mean ADC in the anterior half of the chest was systematically higher than in the posterior half in the healthy non-smoking subject group. Discussion: This study suggests that there are regional trends in the ADC values of healthy volunteers that may have implications for the clinical interpretation of ADC values. Less homogeneous ADC values have been detected in asymptomatic smokers, indicative of damage to the distal air spaces

  12. Magnetization and Spin-Diffusion of Liquid 3He in Aerogel

    Sauls, J. A.; Bunkov, Yu. M.; Collin, E.; Godfrin, H.; P.Sharma

    2004-01-01

    We report theoretical calculations of the normal-state spin diffusion coefficient of 3He in aerogel, including both elastic and inelastic scattering of 3He quasiparticles, and compare these results with experimental data for 3He in 98% porous silica aerogel. This analysis provides a determination of the elastic mean free path within the aerogel. Measurements of the magnetization of the superfluid phase provide a test of the theory of pairbreaking and magnetic response of low-energy excitation...

  13. Spin diffusion in normal fluid 3He in 97% porous silica-aerogel

    Spin-relaxation and spin-diffusion were investigated in a liquid 3He sample in contact with solid 3He which was adsorbed on the SiO2 strands of an aerogel. NMR experiments at 950 kHz were performed at pressures and temperatures ranging from 0 to 20 bar and from 0.2 to 100 mK, respectively. The results for the diffusion coefficient D0 are not only affected by the effective mean free path in the aerogel but also by the solid-layer magnetization. For T0∼T has been observed which is caused by scattering processes associated with the spin-polarization of adsorbed solid 3He-layers

  14. 3D MRI of non-Gaussian 3He gas diffusion in the rat lung

    Jacob, Richard E.; Laicher, Gernot; Minard, Kevin R.

    2007-10-01

    In 3He magnetic resonance images of pulmonary air spaces, the confining architecture of the parenchymal tissue results in a non-Gaussian distribution of signal phase that non-exponentially attenuates image intensity as diffusion weighting is increased. Here, two approaches previously used for the analysis of non-Gaussian effects in the lung are compared and related using diffusion-weighted 3He MR images of mechanically ventilated rats. One approach is model-based and was presented by Yablonskiy et al., while the other approach utilizes the second order decay contribution that is predicted from the cumulant expansion theorem. Total lung coverage is achieved using a hybrid 3D pulse sequence that combines conventional phase encoding with sparse radial sampling for efficient gas usage. This enables the acquisition of nine 3D images using a total of only ˜1 L of hyperpolarized 3He gas. Diffusion weighting ranges from 0 s/cm 2 to 40 s/cm 2. Results show that the non-Gaussian effects of 3He gas diffusion in healthy rat lungs are directly attributed to the anisotropic geometry of lung microstructure as predicted by the Yablonskiy model, and that quantitative analysis over the entire lung can be reliably repeated in time-course studies of the same animal.

  15. NMR measurements of hyperpolarized 3He gas diffusion in high porosity silica aerogels

    Tastevin, Geneviève; Nacher, Pierre-Jean

    2005-01-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He is used to nondestructively probe by NMR the structure of custom-made and commercial silica aerogels (97% and 98.5% porous). Large spin-echo signals are obtained at room temperature and very low magnetic field (2mT) even with small mounts of gas. Attenuation induced by applied field gradients results from the combined effects of gas diffusion and confinement by the porous medium on atomic motion. Nitrogen is used as a buffer gas to reach equivalent 3He pressures ranging fro...

  16. Dynamical Behavior of Core 3 He Nuclear Reaction-Diffusion Systems and Sun's Gravitational Field

    DU Jiulin; SHEN Hong

    2005-01-01

    The coupling of the sun's gravitational field with processes of diffusion and convection exerts a significant influence on the dynamical behavior of the core 3He nuclear reaction-diffusion system. Stability analyses of the system are made in this paper by using the theory of nonequilibrium dynamics. It is showed that, in the nuclear reaction regions extending from the center to about 0.38 times of the radius of the sun, the gravitational field enables the core 3He nuclear reaction-diffusion system to become unstable and, after the instability, new states to appear in the system have characteristic of time oscillation. This may change the production rates of both 7Be and 8B neutrinos.

  17. Response to Commentary on "The influence of lung airways branching structure and diffusion time on measurements and models of short-range 3He gas MR diffusion".

    Parra-Robles, Juan; Wild, Jim M

    2014-02-01

    Our extensive investigation of the cylinder model theory through numerical modelling and purpose-designed experiments has demonstrated that it does produce inaccurate estimates of airway dimensions at all diffusion times currently used. This is due to a variety of effects: incomplete treatment of non-Gaussian effects, finite airway size, branching geometry, background susceptibility gradients and diffusion time dependence of the (3)He MR diffusion behaviour in acinar airways. The cylinder model is a good starting point for the development of a lung morphometry technique from (3)He diffusion MR but its limitations need to be understood and documented in the interest of reliable clinical interpretation. PMID:24342570

  18. Observation of quasi-fast diffusion process in sup 3 He- sup 4 He solid solutions near BCC-HCP

    Mikhin, N P; Rudavskij, E Y

    2001-01-01

    By means of pulsed NMR one investigated into diffusion processes i sup 3 He dilute solid solution in sup 4 He at the BCC-HCP phase equilibrium line and in a melting-point curve. The applied techniques of the spin echo enabled to separate contributions made by all co-existing phases. It is determined that alongside with the contributions relevant to the equilibrium phases a secondary diffusion process characterized by anomalously high value of the diffusion coefficient manifests itself. It is shown to be close to the value of diffusion coefficient for liquid helium while diffusion is a spatially restricted one. One assumes that the observed effect may be associated with occurrence of liquid drops in the BCC-HCP transition process

  19. Time course of the apparent diffusion coefficient after cerebral infarction

    Ahlhelm, F.; Backens, M.; Reith, W.; Hagen, T. [Department of Neuroradiology, University of Saarland, 66424 Homburg/Saar (Germany); Schneider, G. [Department of Radiology, University of Saarland, 66424 Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    2002-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitative apparent diffusion changes in the center of infarction by measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and to investigate the influence of ischemia on the contralateral hemisphere. By diffusion echo-planar imaging (EPI) 52 patients showing cerebral infarction were studied within 5 h to >12 months after onset of clinical symptoms. Using three diffusion gradient strengths (b1=30 s/mm{sup 2}; b2=300 s/mm{sup 2}, b3=1100 s/mm{sup 2}) ADC maps were generated. After onset of ischemia, ADC in the center of infarction was lower than in the contralateral regions of human brain. At first ADC declined for approximately 28 h to a minimum of approximately 150 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}/s. Then the ADC reincreased and reached a ''pseudonormalization'' after approximately 5 days. Chronic infarctions did show much higher ADC values (2000 x 10{sup -8} cm{sup 2}/s) than unaffected areas. Neither localization nor size of infarctions showed a significant influence on this time course. In the center of infarction diffusion is isotropic. Even brain regions of the contralateral hemisphere are influenced by cerebral ischemia. In these regions ADC is higher than for physiological conditions. The ADC also declines especially for the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms, also followed by reincrease. The ADC calculation enables determination of the onset of infarction more exactly than is possible using only diffusion-weighted imaging. Diffusion in the center of infarction is isotropic; hence, orientation of the diffusion gradients has no significant influence on sensitivity of measurements. The calculation of the ADC ratio based on data derived from the center of infarction and the contralateral hemisphere seems to be critical because the ADC in the unaffected contralateral hemisphere also changes. (orig.)

  20. Time course of the apparent diffusion coefficient after cerebral infarction

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate quantitative apparent diffusion changes in the center of infarction by measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and to investigate the influence of ischemia on the contralateral hemisphere. By diffusion echo-planar imaging (EPI) 52 patients showing cerebral infarction were studied within 5 h to >12 months after onset of clinical symptoms. Using three diffusion gradient strengths (b1=30 s/mm2; b2=300 s/mm2, b3=1100 s/mm2) ADC maps were generated. After onset of ischemia, ADC in the center of infarction was lower than in the contralateral regions of human brain. At first ADC declined for approximately 28 h to a minimum of approximately 150 x 10-8 cm2/s. Then the ADC reincreased and reached a ''pseudonormalization'' after approximately 5 days. Chronic infarctions did show much higher ADC values (2000 x 10-8 cm2/s) than unaffected areas. Neither localization nor size of infarctions showed a significant influence on this time course. In the center of infarction diffusion is isotropic. Even brain regions of the contralateral hemisphere are influenced by cerebral ischemia. In these regions ADC is higher than for physiological conditions. The ADC also declines especially for the first 2-3 days after onset of symptoms, also followed by reincrease. The ADC calculation enables determination of the onset of infarction more exactly than is possible using only diffusion-weighted imaging. Diffusion in the center of infarction is isotropic; hence, orientation of the diffusion gradients has no significant influence on sensitivity of measurements. The calculation of the ADC ratio based on data derived from the center of infarction and the contralateral hemisphere seems to be critical because the ADC in the unaffected contralateral hemisphere also changes. (orig.)

  1. Isotropic apparent diffusion coefficient mapping of postnatal cerebral development

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) allows us to image the motion of tissue water. This has been used to demonstrate acute ischaemia. Diffusion imaging is also sensitive to water movement along neuronal tracts. Our objective was to map brain maturation in vivo using maps of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC). We studied 22 children without neurological disease aged between 2 and 720 days. MRI was performed at 1.5 tesla. Multislice single-shot echoplanar DWI was performed at b 0 and 1000 s/mm2. ADC maps were generated automatically and measurements were performed in the basal ganglia, frontal and temporal white matter and the pons. There was a decrease over time in water diffusion in the areas examined, most marked in the frontal (0.887-1.898 x 10-3 mm2/s) and temporal (1.077-1.748 x 10-3 mm2/s)lobes. There was little change, after an initial decrease, in the basal ganglia (0.690-1.336 x 10-3 mm2/s). There was a difference in water diffusion between the anterior (0.687-1.581 x 10-3 mm2/s) and posterior (0.533-1.393 x 10-3 mm2/s) pons. These changes correlate well with those observed in progressive myelination: the increased water content probably reflects incomplete myelination and the decrease with time in water motion reflects the increase in myelinated brain. (orig.)

  2. Apparent diffusion coefficient correlation with oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis

    Aoyagi, Tomoyoshi; Shuto, Kiyohiko; Okazumi, Shinichi; Hayano, Kohichi; Satoh, Asami; Saitoh, Hiroshige; Shimada, Hideaki; Nabeya, Yoshihiro; Matsubara, Hisahiro [Chiba University, Department of Frontier Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba (Japan); Kazama, Toshiki [Chiba University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba (Japan)

    2012-06-15

    Because diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can predict the prognosis of patients with oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), we hypothesised that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values might be correlated with the collagen content and tumour angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between ADC values of ESCC before treatment and oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis. Seventeen patients with ESCC were enrolled. The ADC values were calculated from the DWI score. Seventeen patients who had undergone oesophagectomy were analysed for tumour stroma, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and CD34. Tissue collagen was stained with azocarmine and aniline blue to quantitatively analyse the extracellular matrix in cancer stroma. Tissues were stained with VEGF and CD34 to analyse the angiogenesis. The ADC values decreased with stromal collagen growth. We found a negative correlation between the tumour ADC and the amount of stromal collagen (r = -0.729, P = 0.001), i.e. the ADC values decreased with growth of VEGF. We also found a negative correlation between the ADC of the tumours and the amount of VEGF (r = 0.538, P = 0.026). Our results indicated that the ADC value may be a novel prognostic factor and contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. circle Magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient values inversely indicate tumour stromal collagen circle There is also negative correlation between ADCs and vascular endothelial growth factor circle ADC values may contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. (orig.)

  3. Apparent diffusion coefficient correlation with oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis

    Because diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) can predict the prognosis of patients with oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), we hypothesised that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values might be correlated with the collagen content and tumour angiogenesis. The purpose of this study was to determine the correlation between ADC values of ESCC before treatment and oesophageal tumour stroma and angiogenesis. Seventeen patients with ESCC were enrolled. The ADC values were calculated from the DWI score. Seventeen patients who had undergone oesophagectomy were analysed for tumour stroma, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and CD34. Tissue collagen was stained with azocarmine and aniline blue to quantitatively analyse the extracellular matrix in cancer stroma. Tissues were stained with VEGF and CD34 to analyse the angiogenesis. The ADC values decreased with stromal collagen growth. We found a negative correlation between the tumour ADC and the amount of stromal collagen (r = -0.729, P = 0.001), i.e. the ADC values decreased with growth of VEGF. We also found a negative correlation between the ADC of the tumours and the amount of VEGF (r = 0.538, P = 0.026). Our results indicated that the ADC value may be a novel prognostic factor and contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. circle Magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient values inversely indicate tumour stromal collagen circle There is also negative correlation between ADCs and vascular endothelial growth factor circle ADC values may contribute to the treatment of oesophageal cancer. (orig.)

  4. Radiation-damage-controlled He diffusion and 4He/3He spectra in apatite: an example of mutually consistent results from the Grand Canyon (Invited)

    Farley, K. A.; Flowers, R. M.

    2009-12-01

    Recent work indicates that He diffusion from apatite is impeded by the accumulation of radiation damage from actinide decay. Supporting evidence includes laboratory diffusion measurements as well as (U-Th)/He dates positively correlated with effective uranium (eU) concentration in certain geologic situations. Here we investigate whether the radiation damage effect can be identified in 4He concentration profiles, as it must be if the system behaves as we anticipate. Apatites from nearby igneous basement samples in the Upper Gorge of the Grand Canyon showing a strong date-eU correlation were proton irradiated, step-heated, and analyzed for 4He/3He spectra. The low eU apatites with younger He dates yielded nearly flat spectra, while the high eU apatites with older He dates yielded highly rounded spectra (see Figure). This implies that the higher eU apatites were partially retaining He while the lower eU apatites were still acting as an open system. Using the RDAAM kinetic model (Flowers et al. 2009) and local geologic constraints we confirm that this behavior is consistent with the observed differences in date and eU, providing compelling evidence that both the He dates and the 4He profiles are sensitive to radiation damage accumulation. Equally importantly, the combination of multiple samples with differing eU and thus differing 4He/3He spectra yields remarkably tight constraints on the time-temperature path experienced by these rocks, from ~90oC down to < 30oC.

  5. Apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in progressive supranuclear palsy

    We measured the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and signal intensity on T2-weighted MRI in the cerebral white matter of patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and age-matched normal subjects. In PSP, ADC in the prefrontal and precentral white matter was significantly higher than in controls. There was no significant difference in signal intensity on T2-weighted images. The ADC did correlate with signal intensity. The distribution of the elevation of ADC may be the consequence of underlying pathological changes, such as neurofibrillary tangles or glial fibrillary tangles in the cortex. Our findings suggest that ADC measurement might be useful for demonstrating subtle neuropathological changes. (orig.)

  6. Apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in progressive supranuclear palsy

    Ohshita, T.; Oka, M.; Imon, Y.; Yamaguchi, S.; Mimori, Y.; Nakamura, S. [Hiroshima Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine

    2000-09-01

    We measured the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and signal intensity on T2-weighted MRI in the cerebral white matter of patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and age-matched normal subjects. In PSP, ADC in the prefrontal and precentral white matter was significantly higher than in controls. There was no significant difference in signal intensity on T2-weighted images. The ADC did correlate with signal intensity. The distribution of the elevation of ADC may be the consequence of underlying pathological changes, such as neurofibrillary tangles or glial fibrillary tangles in the cortex. Our findings suggest that ADC measurement might be useful for demonstrating subtle neuropathological changes. (orig.)

  7. Age dependence of the renal apparent diffusion coefficient in children

    Diffusion imaging has proved to be a powerful tool for diagnosing ischemic lesions in the brain, and the technique is now being applied to other organs, including the kidneys. For quantitative studies it is important to define the normal values of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), given the important physiological changes that occur in the kidney during early childhood it is likely that the ADC changes markedly during this period. To evaluate the age dependent changes in the ADC of normal kidneys in the pediatric population. The whole kidney ADC was calculated for 62 pediatric patients on a 1.5-T system using a respiratory-triggered, single-shot diffusion tensor imaging sequence with b values of 50, 200, and 350 mm2/s. The ADC was found to increase with age with the largest increase being in the first year of life, the rate of change being described by a constant plus a power function, specifically 1349+{358.5*{age0.34}}, (P < 0.001). The renal ADC changes significantly during childhood. (orig.)

  8. Apparent diffusion coefficients of breast tumors. Clinical application

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for the differential diagnosis of breast tumors and to determine the relation between ADC and tumor cellularity. One hundred and thirty-six female patients (age range, 17-83 years; average age, 51.7 years) with 140 histologically proven breast tumors underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging (DWI) using the spin-echo echo-planar technique, and the ADCs of the tumors were calculated using 3 different b values, 0, 500, and 1000 s/mm2. The diagnoses consisted of fibroadenoma (FA, n=16), invasive ductal carcinoma, not otherwise specified (IDC, n=117), medullary carcinoma (ME, n=3) and mucinous carcinoma (MU, n=4). Tumor cellularity was calculated from surgical specimens. The ADCs of breast tumors and cellularity were compared between different histological types by analysis of variance and Scheffe's post hoc test. The correlation between tumor cellularity and ADC was analyzed by Pearson correlation test. Significant differences were observed in ADCs between FA and all types of cancers (P2=0.451). The ADC may potentially help in differentiating benign and malignant breast tumors. Tumor ADC correlates inversely with tumor cellularity. (author)

  9. Solid focal liver lesion characterisation with apparent diffusion coefficient ratios

    Non-invasive characterisation of focal liver lesions using diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has been heavily investigated and has shown substantial overlap between benign and malignant lesions. We have calculated a ratio of lesion to normal liver to determine if it improves accuracy for correct categorisation. All hepatic MRI studies performed between 1st April 2009 and 26th September 2011 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients with solid focal liver lesions in whom a diagnosis could be established and had lesions over 10mm were included. Haemangiomas, cysts and patients with chronic liver disease were excluded. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were calculated for each lesion and adjacent normal liver on breath hold DWI. Two hundred fifty-eight studies were performed and 206 were excluded leaving 52 scans and 58 lesions of which 47 were benign and 11 were malignant. The mean ADC value for benign lesions was 1196.6 (two standard deviations (2SD)=±399.9) and of benign liver 1101.5 (2SD=±329.8) with a ratio of benign lesion to benign liver of 1.1005 (2SD=±0.3783). The mean ADC of malignant lesions was 1153.0 (2SD=±604.9) and malignant liver of 1080.7 (2SD=±533.4) giving a malignant lesion to malignant liver ratio of 1.0890 (2SD=±0.4975). None of these results were statistically significant (all P>0.5). DWI is unable to reliably differentiate solid benign lesions from solid malignant lesions.

  10. Discrimination of paediatric brain tumours using apparent diffusion coefficient histograms

    Bull, Jonathan G.; Clark, Christopher A. [UCL Institute of Child Health, Imaging and Biophysics Unit, London (United Kingdom); Saunders, Dawn E. [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

    2012-02-15

    To determine if histograms of apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) can be used to differentiate paediatric brain tumours. Imaging of histologically confirmed tumours with pre-operative ADC maps were reviewed (54 cases, 32 male, mean age 6.1 years; range 0.1-15.8 years) comprising 6 groups. Whole tumour ADC histograms were calculated; normalised for volume. Stepwise logistic regression analysis was used to differentiate tumour types using histogram metrics, initially for all groups and then for specific subsets. All 6 groups (5 dysembryoplastic neuroectodermal tumours, 22 primitive neuroectodermal tumours (PNET), 5 ependymomas, 7 choroid plexus papillomas, 4 atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumours (ATRT) and 9 juvenile pilocytic astrocytomas (JPA)) were compared. 74% (40/54) were correctly classified using logistic regression of ADC histogram parameters. In the analysis of posterior fossa tumours, 80% of ependymomas, 100% of astrocytomas and 94% of PNET-medulloblastoma were classified correctly. All PNETs were discriminated from ATRTs (22 PNET and 4 supratentorial ATRTs) (100%). ADC histograms are useful in differentiating paediatric brain tumours, in particular, the common posterior fossa tumours of childhood. PNETs were differentiated from supratentorial ATRTs, in all cases, which has important implications in terms of clinical management. (orig.)

  11. Hyperpolarized 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Stavngaard, Trine; Søgaard, Lise; Mortensen, J;

    2005-01-01

    compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. METHODS: HP 3He MRI, 81mKr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The...... visual defect score (r=0.80, p<0.0001) and objective estimate of ventilation (r=0.45, p=0.0157). In addition, both scanswere well correlated with reference methods for the diagnosis of emphysema (pulmonary function test and HRCT). The defect scores were largest on 81mKr SPECT (the score on HP 3He MRI was...... defect scores are comparable on HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP 3He MRI. HP 3He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution...

  12. Electrodisintegration of 3He

    An experimental study of the reaction 3He(e, d) e'p was carried out by measuring differential cross sections of deuterons as a function of deuteron energy and angle for three incident electron energies. The electrodisintegration cross section was also calculated using an Irving-Gunn wave function for the ground state with a plane wave for the final-state. As in the case of photodisintegration calculations the result indicates the need for including complete final-state rescattering effects

  13. ^3He Spin Pump

    Yamaguchi, A.; Ishimoto, H.; Kojima, H.

    2009-03-01

    The superfluid component of ^3He A1 phase is spin-polarized. The process of forcing the superfluid component through a spin filtering structure, in a manner of mechano-magnetic effect, can be used to increase the spin polarization beyond the equilibrium under a given applied magnetic field. We have constructed a test cell in which a glass capillary array acts as the spin (and entropy) filter and an electrostatically actuated diaphragm forces the superfluid flow through it. Preliminary results show that a maximum relative increase of polarization by 50 % could be achieved. The maximum increase in polarization appears to be limited by the critical superfluid flow through the channels in the glass capillary array. The dependence of the observed effects on temperature, pressure and magnetic field will be presented.

  14. Diffusion of πsup(+-) mesons on D, 3He, 4He with a streamer self-shunted camera in a magnetic field

    A streamer self-shunted camera has been developed with the study of interactions of πsup(+-) mesons on D, 3He, 4He. The camera can operate at high beam currents (10 sup(5)/10sup(6)ssup(-1)), so processes with small cross sections can be studied

  15. Hyperpolarised 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    During recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarised (HP) 3He gas has emerged as a promising new method for the imaging of lung ventilation. However, systematic comparisons with nuclear medicine techniques have not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. HP 3He MRI, 81mKr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The three scans were scored visually as percentage of non-ventilated/diseased lung, and a computer-based objective measure of the ventilated volume in HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT and an emphysema index in HRCT were calculated. We found a good correlation between HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT for both visual defect score (r=0.80, p81mKr SPECT (the score on HP 3He MRI was one-third less than that on 81mKr SPECT), but the difference was reduced after normalisation for different breathing depths (HP 3He MRI at total lung capacity; 81mKr SPECT at tidal breathing at functional residual capacity). HP 3He MRI provides detailed ventilation distribution images and defect scores are comparable on HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP 3He MRI. HP 3He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution. (orig.)

  16. Diffusion-weighted MR and apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of severe brain injury

    Purpose: To study apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps in severely brain-injured patients. Material and Methods: Four deeply comatose patients with severe brain injury were investigated with single-shot, diffusion-weighted, spin-echo echo planar imaging. The tetrahedral diffusion gradient configuration and four iterations of a set of b-values (one time of 0 mm2/s, and four times of 1000 mm2/s) were used to create isotropic ADC maps with high signal-to-noise ratio. ADC values of gray and white matter were compared among patients and 4 reference subjects. Results: one patient was diagnosed as clinically brain dead after the MR examination. The patient's ADC values of gray and white matter were significantly lower than those of 3 other brain-injured patients. In addition the ADC value of white matter was significantly lower than that of gray matter. Conclusion: The patient with fatal outcome shortly after MR examination differed significantly from other patients with severe brain injury but non-fatal outcome, with regard to ADC values in gray and white matter. This might indicate a prognostic value of ADC maps in the evaluation of traumatic brain injury

  17. Apparent charge symmetry violation in the D(d,p)T and D(d,n){sup 3}He fusion reactions at stellar energies; Violation apparente de la symetrie de charge dans les reactions de fusion D(d,p)T et D(d,n){sup 3}He aux energies stellaires

    Nebia, F.; Ouichaoui, S. [Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Faculte des Sciences, Alger (Algeria); Beaumevieille, H. [Universite Joseph-Fourier, Institut des Sciences Nucleaires, IN2P3-CNRS, Grenoble I, 38 (France)

    2002-08-01

    The existing experimental data concerning the D(d,p)T and D(d,n){sup 3}He reactions at stellar energies are analysed using the WKB approximation. The s and p partial waves decomposition of the astrophysical S(E) factor is presented; the anisotropies are also investigated. An interpretation coherent with the charge symmetry of the p wave astrophysical factor, S{sup i}{sub 1}(E), and the anisotropy, A{sub i}(E) (i=n,p), for these fusion reactions is given in terms of two known 1{sup -} levels in {sup 4}He at Ex = 23.64 MeV (T=1) and 24.25 MeV (T=0). (author)

  18. The 3He Supply Problem

    Kouzes, Richard T.

    2009-05-01

    One of the main uses for 3He is in gas proportional counters for neutron detection. Radiation portal monitors deployed for homeland security and non-proliferation use such detectors. Other uses of 3He are for research detectors, commercial instruments, well logging detectors, dilution refrigerators, for targets or cooling in nuclear research, and for basic research in condensed matter physics. The US supply of 3He comes almost entirely from the decay of tritium used in nuclear weapons by the US and Russia. A few other countries contribute a small amount to the world’s 3He supply. Due to the large increase in use of 3He for homeland security, the supply has dwindled, and can no longer meet the demand. This white paper reviews the problems of supply, utilization, and alternatives.

  19. Hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging: Preliminary evaluation of phenotyping potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Rationale and objectives: Emphysema and small airway obstruction are the pathological hallmarks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this pilot study in a small group of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was to quantify hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) functional and structural measurements and to explore the potential role for 3He MRI in detecting the lung structural and functional COPD phenotypes. Materials and methods: We evaluated 20 ex-smokers with stage I (n = 1), stage II (n = 9) and stage III COPD (n = 10). All subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, 1H MRI and hyperpolarized 3He MRI at 3.0 T. 3He ventilation defect percent (VDP) was generated from 3He static ventilation images and 1H thoracic images and the 3He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was derived from diffusion-weighted MRI. Results: Based on the relative contribution of normalized ADC and VDP, there was evidence of a predominant 3He MRI measurement in seven patients (n = 3 mainly ventilation defects or VDP dominant (VD), n = 4 mainly increased ADC or ADC dominant (AD)). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significantly lower ADC for subjects with predominantly elevated VDP (p = 0.02 compared to subjects with predominantly elevated ADC; p = 0.008 compared to mixed group) and significantly decreased VDP for subjects with predominantly elevated ADC (p = 0.003, compared to mixed group). Conclusion: In this small pilot study, a preliminary analysis shows the potential for 3He MRI to categorize or phenotype COPD ex-smokers, providing good evidence of feasibility for larger prospective studies.

  20. Diffusion-weighted imaging in breast cancer: relationship between apparent diffusion coefficient and tumour aggressiveness

    Costantini, M.; Belli, P.; Rinaldi, P. [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Bufi, E., E-mail: reagandus@alice.i [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Giardina, G. [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Franceschini, G. [Department of Surgery, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Petrone, G. [Department of Pathology, Catholic University, Rome (Italy); Bonomo, L. [Department of Bio-Sciences and Radiological Imaging, Catholic University, Rome (Italy)

    2010-12-15

    Aim: To assess the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging in diagnosing and characterizing breast malignancy. Materials and methods: From April 2006 to April 2009, all consecutive patients with breast cancer undergoing breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and subsequent surgery in our hospital were enrolled in this study. MRI was performed using a 1.5 T MRI unit using a dedicated, bilateral, four-channel breast coil. The MRI protocol included a diffusion sequence acquired using b values of 0 and 1000 s/mm{sup 2}. For each malignant lesion the relationships between tumour grade and histology and the relative value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) were analysed. Results: There were 136 female patients with 162 lesions. Histology revealed 149 invasive carcinomas and 13 ductal carcinomas in situ. There were 34 grade 1, 61 grade 2, and 67 grade 3 lesions. The mean ADC value of all malignant lesions was 1.03 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. The mean ADC values for invasive and in situ carcinomas were 1.03 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s and 1.05 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, respectively. The mean ADC values for grade 1, 2, and 3 tumours were 1.25 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, 1.02 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, and 0.92 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, respectively. A statistically significant (p < 0.001) inverse correlation was disclosed between the ADC value and the tumour grading. The mean ADC value of the 'less aggressive' group of disease (G1 and in situ lesions) was 1.19 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, whereas the mean ADC value of the 'more aggressive' group (G2-G3 invasive carcinomas) was 0.96 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The study confirms the usefulness of diffusion imaging in assessing the aggressiveness of breast tumours. ADC appears to be a promising parameter in the evaluation of the degree of malignancy of breast cancer tissue.

  1. Association of early CT abnormalities, infarct size, and apparent diffusion coefficient reduction in acute ischemic stroke

    Somford, DM; Marks, MP; Thijs, VN; Tong, DC

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Diffusion-weighted (DW) imaging is more sensitive for early ischemia than CT, and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) mapping permits quantification of the severity of cytotoxic edema. We examined the relationship between early CT findings, ischemic lesion volume on DW image

  2. In vivo measurement of apparent diffusion coefficients of hyperpolarized 13C‐labeled metabolites

    Søgaard, Lise Vejby; Schilling, Franz; Janich, Martin A.; Menzel, Marion I.; Ardenkjær-Larsen, Jan Henrik

    2014-01-01

    The combination of hyperpolarized MRS with diffusion weighting (dw) allows for determination of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), which is indicative of the intra‐ or extracellular localization of the metabolite. Here, a slice‐selective pulsed‐gradient spin echo sequence was implemented t...

  3. Usefulness of apparent diffusion coefficient in ovarian cystic tumors using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging

    To evaluate the usefulness of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) in patients with ovarian cystic tumors. During past 12 months, we studied 30 patients who were clinically suspected of having ovarian cystic tumors and who underwent DWI using a 1.5 T MR unit, Eight patients with small cystic ovarian lesions of less than 3 cm in diameter and insufficient DWI were excluded from the calculation of the ADC values. The remaining twenty-six cystic ovarian lesions in 22 patients were classified into four groups; ovarian cysts, cystadenomas, other benign tumors, and malignant tumors. DWI was obtained using single-shot spin echo planar imaging and two gradient steps (b values of 0, 800 sec/mm2). The ADC values were measured using regions-of-interest (ROI) in the cystic components of the DWI located in the same section as the T2-weighted image and away from the septation and solid components. The mean ADC values were 0.196 ± 0.105 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the ovarian cysts, 1.312 ± 1.064 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the cystadenomas, 0.274 ± 0.124 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the other benign tumors, and 1.011 ± 0.080 x 10-3 mm2/sec in the malignant tumors. The differences in the ADC values between the ovarian cysts and cystadenomas, the ovarian cysts and malignant tumors, the cystadenomas and other benign tumors, and the other benign tumors and mailgnant tumors were statistically significant (ρ 0.05). The calculated ADC values using DWI should be helpful in the differential diagnosis of cystic ovarian tumors

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient of diffusion weighted MRI in endometrial carcinoma—Relationship with local invasiveness

    Objective: To evaluate the relationship between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value and the local invasiveness of endometrial carcinoma. Methods and materials: The MR imaging of seventy-three patients with endometrial carcinoma proved by post-operative pathology and sixty-four patients with healthy uteri were retrospectively reviewed. All MR examinations included axial T2WI and T1WI, sagittal T2WI and diffusion-weighted sequences (b = 0 and b = 1000 s/mm2). Tumor size, mean ADC value (ADCm) and quartile ADC (ADCq) were acquired on post-processing workstation using voxel-analysis software. Differences between the ADC values among three layers of normal uterine body and endometrial carcinomas were compared by ANOVA test. Groups were divided according to pathologic type, histologic grade, depth of myometrial infiltration, presence of cervical invasion and lymphovascular space invasion, and lymph node metastasis. Tumor size and ADC values were compared and analyzed. Results: ADC values were different in three zones of uterine body (P −3 mm2/s] and highest in outer myometrium [(1.496 ± 0.196) × 10−3 mm2/s]. Mean ADC value of endometrial carcinomas [(1.011 ± 0.121) × 10−3 mm2/s] was lower than the normal uterine body. Quartile ADC and tumor size were greater in groups with more invasive pathologic factors (P < 0.05). Deep myometrial infiltration, cervical invasion, lymphovascular space invasion and lymph node metastasis were more common as quartile ADC values and tumor sizes increased. Conclusion: Mean ADC value was lower in endometrial carcinoma was lower than the normal uterus. Quartile ADC, representing the intra-tumor heterogeneity of water movement, had a profound relationship with invasiveness of endometrial carcinomas, while mean ADC value did not. ADC values may serve as a quantitative indicator to complement routine sequences.

  5. Apparent diffusive motion of centrin foci in living cells: implications for diffusion-based motion in centriole duplication

    Rafelski, Susanne M.; Keller, Lani C.; Alberts, Jonathan B.; Marshall, Wallace F.

    2011-04-01

    The degree to which diffusion contributes to positioning cellular structures is an open question. Here we investigate the question of whether diffusive motion of centrin granules would allow them to interact with the mother centriole. The role of centrin granules in centriole duplication remains unclear, but some proposed functions of these granules, for example, in providing pre-assembled centriole subunits, or by acting as unstable 'pre-centrioles' that need to be captured by the mother centriole (La Terra et al 2005 J. Cell Biol. 168 713-22), require the centrin foci to reach the mother. To test whether diffusive motion could permit such interactions in the necessary time scale, we measured the motion of centrin-containing foci in living human U2OS cells. We found that these centrin foci display apparently diffusive undirected motion. Using the apparent diffusion constant obtained from these measurements, we calculated the time scale required for diffusion to capture by the mother centrioles and found that it would greatly exceed the time available in the cell cycle. We conclude that mechanisms invoking centrin foci capture by the mother, whether as a pre-centriole or as a source of components to support later assembly, would require a form of directed motility of centrin foci that has not yet been observed.

  6. Apparent diffusive motion of centrin foci in living cells: implications for diffusion-based motion in centriole duplication

    The degree to which diffusion contributes to positioning cellular structures is an open question. Here we investigate the question of whether diffusive motion of centrin granules would allow them to interact with the mother centriole. The role of centrin granules in centriole duplication remains unclear, but some proposed functions of these granules, for example, in providing pre-assembled centriole subunits, or by acting as unstable 'pre-centrioles' that need to be captured by the mother centriole (La Terra et al 2005 J. Cell Biol. 168 713–22), require the centrin foci to reach the mother. To test whether diffusive motion could permit such interactions in the necessary time scale, we measured the motion of centrin-containing foci in living human U2OS cells. We found that these centrin foci display apparently diffusive undirected motion. Using the apparent diffusion constant obtained from these measurements, we calculated the time scale required for diffusion to capture by the mother centrioles and found that it would greatly exceed the time available in the cell cycle. We conclude that mechanisms invoking centrin foci capture by the mother, whether as a pre-centriole or as a source of components to support later assembly, would require a form of directed motility of centrin foci that has not yet been observed

  7. Role of magnetic resonance diffusion imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient values in the evaluation of spinal tuberculosis in Indian patients

    To define a range of apparent diffusion coefficient values in spinal tuberculosis and to evaluate the sensitivity of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and apparent diffusion coefficient values in patients of spinal tuberculosis. This study was conducted over a period of 20 months and included 110 patients with a total of 230 vertebral bodies. The study was performed in two parts. The first part included all patients of known tuberculosis and patients with classical features of tuberculosis. The second part included patients with spinal pathology of indeterminate etiology. All the patients underwent a routine MRI examination along with diffusion sequences. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were calculated from all the involved vertebral bodies. The mean ADC value of affected vertebrae in first part of the study was found to be 1.4 ± 0.20 × 10−3 mm2/s. This ADC value was then applied to patients in the second part of study in order to determine its ability in predicting tuberculosis. This range of ADC values was significantly different from the mean ADC values of normal vertebrae and those with metastatic involvement. However, there was an overlap of ADC values in a few tuberculous vertebrae with the ADC values in metastatic vertebrae. We found that DW-MRI and ADC values may help in the differentiation of spinal tuberculosis from other lesions of similar appearance. However, an overlap of ADC values was noted with those of metastatic vertebrae. Therefore diffusion imaging and ADC values must always be interpreted in association with clinical history and routine MRI findings and not in isolation

  8. The apparent diffusion coefficient does not reflect cytotoxic edema on the uninjured side after traumatic brain injury

    Lu, Hong; Lei, Xiaoyan

    2014-01-01

    After traumatic brain injury, vasogenic and cytotoxic edema appear sequentially on the involved side. Neuroimaging investigations of edema on the injured side have employed apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in diffusion tensor imaging. We investigated the changes occurring on the injured and uninjured sides using diffusion tensor imaging/apparent diffusion coefficient and histological samples in rats. We found that, on the injured side, that vasogenic edema appeared at 1 hour and in...

  9. Apparent diffusion coefficient and beyond: what diffusion MR Imaging can tell us about tissue structure

    In summary, cellular components are greatly responsible for the reduced diffusion coefficient in biologic tissues, and there is growing evidence that membranes, even if they are permeable, are likely the main actor that 'hinders' the water diffusion process. Even if one reduces the diffusion process to membrane interactions, the ADC is expected to depend on both the membrane permeability and its geometry within the tissue, which could have conflicting results on the overall diffusion MR imaging signal. Such considerations have led to some speculations on how the ADC is modulated by cell size (decrease in ADC associated with cell swelling and membrane surface increase, as observed in stroke or neuronal activation), cell density (decrease in ADC associated with the increased membrane content), or cell or membrane orientation (diffusion anisotropy in white matter fibers). But those 'explanations' have remained desperately qualitative. Clearly one would like to know much more: amount of cell swelling, or cell density, and so on. To understand better, some physical modeling comes in as a necessity. Simulation work shows that the ADC which is obtained at low b values (typically a few hundred up to 1000 sec/mm2) mostly reflects the extracellular space unless cells or some cellular elements are strongly elongated along the diffusion measurement direction. The intracellular space remains invisible (and variations of intracellular diffusion cannot be seen), as long as membrane permeability remains normal (that is not particularly high). The variations in ADC according to physiologic or pathologic conditions that have been observed, thus, result from the negative indirect imprint of the cells on the topology of the extracellular space: Cell swelling and cell proliferation tend to 'squeeze' the extracellular space, resulting in an increase in tortuosity and a decrease in ADC. However, specificity remains low. For instance, in the presence of two

  10. The Correlation between Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Tumor Cellularity in Patients: A Meta-Analysis

    Chen, Lihua; Liu, Min; Bao, Jing; XIA, YUNBAO; Zhang, Jiuquan; Zhang, Lin; Huang, Xuequan; Jian WANG

    2013-01-01

    Objective To perform a meta-analysis exploring the correlation between the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and tumor cellularity in patients. Materials and Methods We searched medical and scientific literature databases for studies discussing the correlation between the ADC and tumor cellularity in patients. Only studies that were published in English or Chinese prior to November 2012 were considered for inclusion. Summary correlation coefficient (r) values were extracted from each study...

  11. A multipurpose 3He refrigerator

    Pizzo, L.; Dall'Oglio, G.; Martinis, L.; Sabbatini, L.

    2006-10-01

    We introduce a mini 3He refrigerator, operating at ˜300 mK starting from 4.2 K without pumping on the main 4He bath. The innovative idea is that the present one is suitable for a very fast operation; for its use, it is sufficient a storage 4He Dewar. In this way we drastically reduce the time required to cool it down, because there is no need for a classic cryostat. This prototype is particularly aimed for all those operations in which it is necessary to test a large number of samples that do not require long duration measurements at low temperature.

  12. Hyperpolarized {sup 3}He magnetic resonance imaging: Preliminary evaluation of phenotyping potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Mathew, Lindsay, E-mail: lmathew@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Kirby, Miranda, E-mail: mkirby@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Etemad-Rezai, Roya, E-mail: Roya.EtemadRezai@lhsc.on.ca [Department of Medical Imaging, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Wheatley, Andrew, E-mail: awheat@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); McCormack, David G., E-mail: David.McCormack@lhsc.on.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Lawson Health Research Institute, London (Canada); Parraga, Grace, E-mail: gep@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Lawson Health Research Institute, London (Canada)

    2011-07-15

    Rationale and objectives: Emphysema and small airway obstruction are the pathological hallmarks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this pilot study in a small group of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was to quantify hyperpolarized helium-3 ({sup 3}He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) functional and structural measurements and to explore the potential role for {sup 3}He MRI in detecting the lung structural and functional COPD phenotypes. Materials and methods: We evaluated 20 ex-smokers with stage I (n = 1), stage II (n = 9) and stage III COPD (n = 10). All subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, {sup 1}H MRI and hyperpolarized {sup 3}He MRI at 3.0 T. {sup 3}He ventilation defect percent (VDP) was generated from {sup 3}He static ventilation images and {sup 1}H thoracic images and the {sup 3}He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was derived from diffusion-weighted MRI. Results: Based on the relative contribution of normalized ADC and VDP, there was evidence of a predominant {sup 3}He MRI measurement in seven patients (n = 3 mainly ventilation defects or VDP dominant (VD), n = 4 mainly increased ADC or ADC dominant (AD)). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significantly lower ADC for subjects with predominantly elevated VDP (p = 0.02 compared to subjects with predominantly elevated ADC; p = 0.008 compared to mixed group) and significantly decreased VDP for subjects with predominantly elevated ADC (p = 0.003, compared to mixed group). Conclusion: In this small pilot study, a preliminary analysis shows the potential for {sup 3}He MRI to categorize or phenotype COPD ex-smokers, providing good evidence of feasibility for larger prospective studies.

  13. Emphysema Quantification in Inflation-Fixed Lungs Using Low-Dose Computed Tomography and 3He Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Jacob, Rick E.; Bierhals, Andrew J.; Choong, Cliff K.; Bartel, Seth T.; Chang, Yulin V.; Das, Nitin A.; Hong, Cheng; Lutey, Barbara; Ritter, Jon H.; Pilgram, Thomas K.; Cooper, Joel D.; Patterson, G Alexander; Battafarano, Richard J.; Meyers, Bryan F.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.; Conradi, Mark S.

    2010-09-02

    Abstract: Objective: To evaluate the use of inflation-fixed lung tissue for emphysema quantification with CT and 3He MR diffusion imaging. Methods: Fourteen subjects representing a range of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severity who underwent complete or lobar lung resection were studied. CT measurements of lung attenuation and MR measurements of the hyperpolarized 3He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in resected specimens fixed in inflation with heated formalin vapor were compared with measurements obtained before fixation. Results: The mean CT emphysema index was 56% ± 17% before and 58% ± 19% after fixation (P=0.77;R=0.76). Index differences correlated with differences in lung volume (R2=0.47). The mean 3He ADC was 0.40 ± 0.15 cm2/sec before and 0.39 ± 0.14 cm2/sec after fixation (P=0.03, R=0.98). The CT emphysema index and the 3He ADC were correlated before (R=0.89) and after fixation (R=0.79). Conclusion: Concordance of CT and 3He MR imaging measurements in unfixed and inflation-fixed lungs supports the use of inflation-fixed lungs for quantitative imaging studies in emphysema.

  14. Apparent diffusion coefficients of normal uterus in premenopausal women with 3 T MRI

    Aim: To investigate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the normal uterine cervical zonal structures (cervical epithelium, the junctional zone, and myometrium) during different phases of the menstrual cycle among premenopausal women in different age groups. Materials and methods: Seventy healthy women, who were divided into three age groups (group A, 24 women in their twenties; group B, 23 women in their thirties; group C, 23 women in their forties), underwent 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) during the mid-proliferative and the mid-secretory phases. Results: The ADC values of each cervical zonal structure were significantly different from one another (p 0.05). Conclusion: ADC values of normal cervical epithelium and the junctional zone change with different phases of the menstrual cycle, which should be taken into consideration when early cervical disease is detected, when monitoring treatment response, and differentiating early tumour recurrence

  15. Applications of 3He neutron spin filters at the NCNR

    At the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), we have applied 3He neutron spin filters (NSFs) to the instruments where 3He NSFs are advantageous, such as thermal triple-axis spectrometry, small-angle neutron scattering, and diffuse reflectometry. We present the status of our development and application of this method, including polarized gas production by spin-exchange optical pumping, magnetostatic cavities for storage of the polarized gas on the beam line, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based, on-line monitoring and reversal of the 3He polarization. We present the status of developing user-friendly interfaces incorporated into the instrument software to handle these 3He neutron spin filters while taking data and performing data analysis. Finally we discuss the status of development of a polarization capability on the multi-axis crystal spectrometer, which requires polarization analysis over a 220 deg. angular range.

  16. Models and Applications of in Vivo Lung Morphometry with Hyperpolarized 3He MRI in a Mild COPD Population

    Quirk, James D.; Sukstanskii, Alexander L.; Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Conradi, Mark S.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.

    2008-12-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI is increasingly used to non-invasively quantify local alveolar structure changes, such as those from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Previously, we described an in vivo lung morphometry technique that decouples the helium apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) into components oriented along the longitudinal (DL) and transverse (DT) axes of the acinar airways. Herein, we discuss our recent expansion of this theory, which relates the anisotropy of the MRI diffusion signal to the geometrical parameters of the acinar airways. We demonstrate the utility of this model in human studies and compare the measured airway radii with prior ex vivo experiments.

  17. A new in-situ method to determine the apparent gas diffusion coefficient of soils

    Laemmel, Thomas; Paulus, Sinikka; Schack-Kirchner, Helmer; Maier, Martin

    2015-04-01

    Soil aeration is an important factor for the biological activity in the soil and soil respiration. Generally, gas exchange between soil and atmosphere is assumed to be governed by diffusion and Fick's Law is used to describe the fluxes in the soil. The "apparent soil gas diffusion coefficient" represents the proportional factor between the flux and the gas concentration gradient in the soil and reflects the ability of the soil to "transport passively" gases through the soil. One common way to determine this coefficient is to take core samples in the field and determine it in the lab. Unfortunately this method is destructive and needs laborious field work and can only reflect a small fraction of the whole soil. As a consequence insecurity about the resulting effective diffusivity on the profile scale must remain. We developed a new in-situ method using new gas sampling device, tracer gas and inverse soil gas modelling. The gas sampling device contains several sampling depths and can be easily installed into vertical holes of an auger, which allows for fast installation of the system. At the lower end of the device inert tracer gas is injected continuously. The tracer gas diffuses into the surrounding soil. The resulting distribution of the tracer gas concentrations is used to deduce the diffusivity profile of the soil. For Finite Element Modeling of the gas sampling device/soil system the program COMSOL is used. We will present the results of a field campaign comparing the new in-situ method with lab measurements on soil cores. The new sampling pole has several interesting advantages: it can be used in-situ and over a long time; so it allows following modifications of diffusion coefficients in interaction with rain but also vegetation cycle and wind.

  18. Apparent diffusion coefficient parametric response mapping MRI for follow-up of glioblastoma

    Yoon, Ra Gyoung [Catholic Kwandong University International St. Mary' s Hospital, Catholic Kwandong University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Seo-gu, Incheon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ho Sung; Hong, Gil Sun; Kim, Sang Joon [Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Songpa-Gu, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dae Yoon [Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Department of Radiology, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    To determine the diagnostic superiority of parametric response mapping of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADCPR) for predicting glioblastoma treatment response, compared to single time point measurement. Fifty post-treatment glioblastoma patients were enrolled. ADCPR was calculated from serial apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps acquired before and at the time of first detection of an enlarged contrast-enhancing lesion on voxel-by-voxel basis. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR and tenth percentile histogram cutoff value of ADC (ADC10) were compared at subsequent 3-month and 1-year follow-ups. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR was significantly higher in the progression group (mean = 33.2-38.3 %) than in the stable-response group (mean = 9.7 %) at 3 months follow-up (corrected p < 0.001 for both readers). ADCPR significantly improved area under the receiver operating characteristic curve from 0.67 to 0.88 (corrected p = 0.037) and from 0.70 to 0.92 (corrected p = 0.020) for both readers, respectively, compared to ADC10 at 3-month follow-up, but did not significantly improve at 1-year follow-up. The inter-reader agreement was higher for ADCPR than ADC10 (intraclass correlation coefficient, 0.93 versus 0.86). Voxel-based ADCPR appears to be a superior imaging biomarker than ADC, particularly for predicting early tumour progression in patients with glioblastoma. (orig.)

  19. Apparent diffusion coefficient parametric response mapping MRI for follow-up of glioblastoma

    To determine the diagnostic superiority of parametric response mapping of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADCPR) for predicting glioblastoma treatment response, compared to single time point measurement. Fifty post-treatment glioblastoma patients were enrolled. ADCPR was calculated from serial apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps acquired before and at the time of first detection of an enlarged contrast-enhancing lesion on voxel-by-voxel basis. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR and tenth percentile histogram cutoff value of ADC (ADC10) were compared at subsequent 3-month and 1-year follow-ups. The percentage-decrease in ADCPR was significantly higher in the progression group (mean = 33.2-38.3 %) than in the stable-response group (mean = 9.7 %) at 3 months follow-up (corrected p < 0.001 for both readers). ADCPR significantly improved area under the receiver operating characteristic curve from 0.67 to 0.88 (corrected p = 0.037) and from 0.70 to 0.92 (corrected p = 0.020) for both readers, respectively, compared to ADC10 at 3-month follow-up, but did not significantly improve at 1-year follow-up. The inter-reader agreement was higher for ADCPR than ADC10 (intraclass correlation coefficient, 0.93 versus 0.86). Voxel-based ADCPR appears to be a superior imaging biomarker than ADC, particularly for predicting early tumour progression in patients with glioblastoma. (orig.)

  20. Correlation between 3 T apparent diffusion coefficient values and grading of invasive breast carcinoma

    Highlights: • Apparent diffusion coefficient is a quantitative parameter which reflects molecular water movement. • Grading is an independent prognostic factor which correlates with other histopathological features. • Apparent diffusion coefficient values were significantly different between G1 and G3 classes. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) provided by 3.0 T (3 T) magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) varied according to the grading of invasive breast carcinoma. Materials and methods: A total of 92 patients with 96 invasive breast cancer lesions were enrolled; all had undergone 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for local staging. All lesions were confirmed by histological analysis, and tumor grade was established according to the Nottingham Grading System (NGS). MRI included both dynamic contrast-enhanced and DWI sequences, and ADC value was calculated for each lesion. ADC values were compared with NGS classification using the Mann–Whitney U and the Kruskal–Wallis H tests. Grading was considered as a comprehensive prognostic factor, and Rho Spearman test was performed to determine correlation between grading and tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. Pearson's Chi square test was carried out to compare grading with the other prognostic factors. Results: ADC values were significantly higher in G1 than in G3 tumors. No significant difference was observed when G1 and G3 were compared with G2. Tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index correlated significantly with grading but there was a significant difference only between G1 and G3 related to the ER and PR status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. There was no statistically significant difference in lesion size between the two groups. Conclusion: ADC values obtained on 3 T DWI correlated with low-grade (G1) and high-grade (G3) invasive breast carcinoma. 3

  1. Correlation between 3 T apparent diffusion coefficient values and grading of invasive breast carcinoma

    Cipolla, Valentina, E-mail: valentina.cipolla@yahoo.it [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Santucci, Domiziana; Guerrieri, Daniele; Drudi, Francesco Maria [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Meggiorini, Maria Letizia [Department of Gynaecological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy); Felice, Carlo de [Department of Radiological Sciences, University of Rome “Sapienza”, Viale del Policlinico 155, 00161 Rome (Italy)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Apparent diffusion coefficient is a quantitative parameter which reflects molecular water movement. • Grading is an independent prognostic factor which correlates with other histopathological features. • Apparent diffusion coefficient values were significantly different between G1 and G3 classes. - Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) provided by 3.0 T (3 T) magnetic resonance diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) varied according to the grading of invasive breast carcinoma. Materials and methods: A total of 92 patients with 96 invasive breast cancer lesions were enrolled; all had undergone 3 T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for local staging. All lesions were confirmed by histological analysis, and tumor grade was established according to the Nottingham Grading System (NGS). MRI included both dynamic contrast-enhanced and DWI sequences, and ADC value was calculated for each lesion. ADC values were compared with NGS classification using the Mann–Whitney U and the Kruskal–Wallis H tests. Grading was considered as a comprehensive prognostic factor, and Rho Spearman test was performed to determine correlation between grading and tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. Pearson's Chi square test was carried out to compare grading with the other prognostic factors. Results: ADC values were significantly higher in G1 than in G3 tumors. No significant difference was observed when G1 and G3 were compared with G2. Tumor size, hormonal receptor status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index correlated significantly with grading but there was a significant difference only between G1 and G3 related to the ER and PR status, HER2 expression and Ki67 index. There was no statistically significant difference in lesion size between the two groups. Conclusion: ADC values obtained on 3 T DWI correlated with low-grade (G1) and high-grade (G3) invasive breast carcinoma. 3

  2. The Panofsky ratio in 3He

    The branching ratios have been measured for γ-ray channels produced by π- stopping in liquid 3He. The results for the Panofsky ratio are P3 = ω(π-3He → π0t)/ω(π-3He → γt) = 2.83±0.07, and for the ratio of the radiative breakup channels, B3 = ω(π-3He → γnd+γnnp)/ω(π-3He → γt) = 1.35±0.11. (orig.)

  3. The application of diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients mapping in monitoring the development of cerebral infarction

    Objective: To study the roles of isotropic diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) mapping in diagnosing cerebral infarction, monitoring the development of cerebral infarction and defining the infarction stages. Methods: 86 work-ups in 70 patients with cerebral infarction (8 hyperacute, 13 acute, 32 subacute, 11 steady, and 22 chronic) were imaged with both conventional MRI and single-shot echo-planar isotropic diffusion weighted imaging. The change of the infarct lesion in DWI and T2WI was also analyzed. The average ADC, relative ADC (rADC), and the ADC from center to periphery of the lesion were calculated. Results: 8 hyperacute cerebral ischemic regions were revealed at DWI and ADC mapping. Hyperacute and acute infarcts appeared as areas of hyperintensity on DWI, and their average ADC was significantly depressed compared with that of homologous contralateral tissue [(0.698±0.104) x 10-3 mm2/s versus (0.990±0.161) x 10-3 mm2/s; t=-14.372, P2WI, ADC values can differentiate different stages of infarction and may portend the time when stroke may be treated more effectively and with individually tailored therapy, and may be used to define the core and penumbra of ischemic lesions, and to evaluate the efficacy of treatments by dynamic observation

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy of newly diagnosed grade II gliomas.

    Khayal, Inas S; McKnight, Tracy R; McGue, Colleen; Vandenberg, Scott; Lamborn, Kathleen R; Chang, Susan M; Cha, Soonmee; Nelson, Sarah J

    2009-05-01

    Distinguishing between low-grade oligodendrogliomas (ODs) and astrocytomas (AC) is of interest for defining prognosis and stratifying patients to specific treatment regimens. The purpose of this study was to determine if the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA) from diffusion imaging can help to differentiate between newly diagnosed grade II OD and AC subtypes and to evaluate the ADC and FA values for the mixed population of oligoastrocytomas (OA). Fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed grade II gliomas were studied using a 1.5T whole body scanner (23 ODs, 16 ACs, and 14 OAs). The imaging protocol included post-gadolinium T1-weighted images, T2-weighted images, and either three and/or six directional diffusion imaging sequence with b = 1000 s/mm(2). Diffusion-weighted images were analyzed using in-house software to calculate maps of ADC and for six directional acquisitions, FA. The intensity values were normalized by values from normal appearing white matter (NAWM) to generate maps of normalized apparent diffusion coefficient (nADC) and normalized fractional anisotropy (nFA). The hyperintense region in the T2 weighted image was defined as the T2All region. A Mann-Whitney rank-sum test was performed on the 25th, median, and 75th nADC and nFA among the three subtypes. Logistic regression was performed to determine how well the nADC and nFA predict subtype. Lesions diagnosed as being OD had significantly lower nADC and significantly higher nFA, compared to AC. The nADC and nFA values individually classified the data with an accuracy of 87%. Combining the two did not enhance the classification. The patients with OA had nADC and nFA values between those of OD and AC. This suggests that ADC and FA may be helpful in directing tissue sampling to the most appropriate regions for taking biopsies in order to make a definitive diagnosis. PMID:19125391

  5. Apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy of newly diagnosed grade II gliomas†

    Khayal, Inas S.; McKnight, Tracy R.; McGue, Colleen; Vandenberg, Scott; Lamborn, Kathleen R.; Chang, Susan M.; Cha, Soonmee; Nelson, Sarah J.

    2013-01-01

    Distinguishing between low-grade oligodendrogliomas (ODs) and astrocytomas (AC) is of interest for defining prognosis and stratifying patients to specific treatment regimens. The purpose of this study was to determine if the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and fractional anisotropy (FA) from diffusion imaging can help to differentiate between newly diagnosed grade II OD and AC subtypes and to evaluate the ADC and FA values for the mixed population of oligoastrocytomas (OA). Fifty-three patients with newly diagnosed grade II gliomas were studied using a 1.5T whole body scanner (23 ODs, 16 ACs, and 14 OAs). The imaging protocol included post-gadolinium T1-weighted images, T2-weighted images, and either three and/or six directional diffusion imaging sequence with b = 1000 s/mm2. Diffusion-weighted images were analyzed using in-house software to calculate maps of ADC and for six directional acquisitions, FA. The intensity values were normalized by values from normal appearing white matter (NAWM) to generate maps of normalized apparent diffusion coefficient (nADC) and normalized fractional anisotropy (nFA). The hyperintense region in the T2 weighted image was defined as the T2All region. A Mann–Whitney rank-sum test was performed on the 25th, median, and 75th nADC and nFA among the three subtypes. Logistic regression was performed to determine how well the nADC and nFA predict subtype. Lesions diagnosed as being OD had significantly lower nADC and significantly higher nFA, compared to AC. The nADC and nFA values individually classified the data with an accuracy of 87%. Combining the two did not enhance the classification. The patients with OA had nADC and nFA values between those of OD and AC. This suggests that ADC and FA may be helpful in directing tissue sampling to the most appropriate regions for taking biopsies in order to make a definitive diagnosis. PMID:19125391

  6. The apparent diffusion coefficient does not reflect cytotoxic edema on the uninjured side after traumatic brain injury

    Hong Lu; Xiaoyan Lei

    2014-01-01

    After traumatic brain injury, vasogenic and cytotoxic edema appear sequentially on the in-volved side. Neuroimaging investigations of edema on the injured side have employed apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in diffusion tensor imaging. We investigated the changes occurring on the injured and uninjured sides using diffusion tensor imaging/apparent diffusion coefficient and histological samples in rats. We found that, on the injured side, that vasogen-ic edema appeared at 1 hour and intracellular edema appeared at 3 hours. Mixed edema was observed at 6 hours, worsening until 12-24 hours post-injury. Simultaneously, microglial cells proliferated at the trauma site. Apparent diffusion coefficient values increased at 1 hour, decreased at 6 hours, and increased at 12 hours. The uninjured side showed no significant pathological change at 1 hour after injury. Cytotoxic edema appeared at 3 hours, and vasogen-ic edema was visible at 6 hours. Cytotoxic edema persisted, but vasogenic edema tended to decrease after 12-24 hours. Despite this complex edema pattern on the uninjured side with associated pathologic changes, no significant change in apparent diffusion coefficient values was detected over the first 24 hours. Apparent diffusion coefficient values accurately detected the changes on the injured side, but did not detect the changes on the uninjured side, giving a false-negative result.

  7. Apparent diffusion coefficient ratio correlates significantly with prostate cancer gleason score at final pathology

    Boesen, Lars; Chabanova, Elizaveta; Løgager, Vibeke; Balslev, Ingegerd; Thomsen, Henrik S

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE: To evaluate the correlation between apparent diffusion coefficient measurements (ADCtumor and ADCratio ) and the Gleason score from radical prostatectomy specimens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-one patients with clinically localized prostate cancer scheduled for radical prostatectomy...... correlated with the Gleason score from the prostatectomy specimens. RESULTS: The association between ADC measurements and Gleason score showed a significant negative correlation (P < 0.001) with Spearman's rho for ADCtumor (-0.421) and ADCratio (-0.649). There was a statistically significant difference...... ) and 0.90 (ADCratio ) when discriminating Gleason score ≤7(3+4) from Gleason score ≥7(4+3). CONCLUSION: ADC measurements showed a significant correlation with tumor Gleason score at final pathology. The ADCratio demonstrated the best correlation compared to the ADCtumor value and radically improved...

  8. The effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient values in normal spleen: A preliminary study

    Aim: To investigate and characterize the effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in normal spleen. Materials and methods: A population of 127 patients (age range 10–79 years, mean age 44.4 years) without magnetic resonance imaging findings in abdominal scans, was selected over a 5-year period. The ADC values of the spleen were analysed in all ages, and dependency of ADC values on age was characterized using Spearman's correlation coefficient test. Results: A reduction of ADC values with ageing was found in the spleen (r = −0.702, p < 0.001). Conclusions: The ADC values of the spleen decline with age. This should be taken into consideration when disease is diagnosed

  9. Impact of Hygrothermal and Loading Conditions on Apparent Diffusivity of GFRP Composites

    Sushma SINGH

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP has been used as an alternative to steel in concrete due to high strength-to-weight ratio, high stiffness-to-weight ratio, and corrosion and fatigue resistance. The main environmental factors for the deterioration of GFRP sandwich composites are temperature, sunshine, water/moisture, alkalinity and load. Most of the early durability tests were carried out with reference to application of FRP (Fibre Reinforced Polymer in aerospace industries. Hygrothermal behaviour of preloaded sandwich structure immersed in water is examined herein. Moisture uptake was monitored for 50 days yielding percentage weight gain curves for samples of matrix (epoxy and sandwich structure with different core thickness. The apparent diffusivity values extracted from the weight gain are significantly greater for initial days for greater core thickness sandwich structures.

  10. Apparent diffusion coefficient histogram analysis of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

    Cauley, Keith A. [University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Radiology, Worcester, MA (United States); New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Filippi, Christopher G. [New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States)

    2014-06-15

    Diffusion-weighted imaging is a valuable tool in the assessment of the neonatal brain, and changes in diffusion are seen in normal development as well as in pathological states such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Various methods of quantitative assessment of diffusion values have been reported. Global ischemic injury occurring during the time of rapid developmental changes in brain myelination can complicate the imaging diagnosis of neonatal HIE. To compare a quantitative method of histographic analysis of brain apparent coefficient (ADC) maps to the qualitative interpretation of routine brain MR imaging studies. We correlate changes in diffusion values with gestational age in radiographically normal neonates, and we investigate the sensitivity of the method as a quantitative measure of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. We reviewed all brain MRI studies from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at our university medical center over a 4-year period to identify cases that were radiographically normal (23 cases) and those with diffuse, global hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (12 cases). We histographically displayed ADC values of a single brain slice at the level of the basal ganglia and correlated peak (s-sD{sub av}) and lowest histogram values (s-sD{sub lowest}) with gestational age. Normative s-sD{sub av} values correlated significantly with gestational age and declined linearly through the neonatal period (r {sup 2} = 0.477, P < 0.01). Six of 12 cases of known HIE demonstrated significantly lower s-sD{sub av} and s-sD{sub lowest} ADC values than were reflected in the normative distribution; several cases of HIE fell within a 95% confidence interval for normative studies, and one case demonstrated higher-than-normal s-sD{sub av}. Single-slice histographic display of ADC values is a rapid and clinically feasible method of quantitative analysis of diffusion. In this study normative values derived from consecutive neonates without radiographic evidence of

  11. LUNG DIFFUSION CAPACITY CAN PREDICT MAXIMAL EXERCISE IN APPARENTLY HEALTHY HEAVY SMOKERS

    Alfredo Chetta

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Chronic exposure to tobacco smoking may damage lung and heart function. The aim of this study was to assess maximal exercise capacity and its relationship with lung function in apparently healthy smokers. We recruited 15 heavy smokers (age 47 years ± 7, BMI 25 kg/m2 ± 3, pack/years 32 ± 9 without any cardiovascular or pulmonary signs and symptoms. Fifteen healthy non smoking subjects were enrolled as a control group. All subjects underwent pulmonary function tests, electrocardiograms at rest and graded cycle exercise tests. In smokers and controls, resting lung and cardiac function parameters were in the normal range, apart from diffusing lung capacity (TLCO values which were significantly lower in smokers (p < 0.05. As compared to controls, smokers presented lower maximal exercise capacity with lower values at peak of exercise of oxygen uptake (peak VO2, workload, oxygen uptake/watt ratio and oxygen pulse (p < 0.05 and higher dyspnoea perception (p < 0.05. Moreover, peak VO2, maximal workload and oxygen pulse at peak exercise were related to and predicted by TLCO (p < 0. 05. Our study confirms that maximal exercise capacity is reduced in apparently healthy heavy smokers, and shows that TLCO explains some of the variance in maximal exercise

  12. Minimal mass-size of a stable 3He cluster

    Guardiola Barcena, Rafael; Navarro Faus, Jesús

    2004-01-01

    The minimal number of 3He atoms required to form a bound cluster has been estimated by means of a Diffusion Monte Carlo procedure within the fixed-node approximation. Several importance sampling wave functions have been employed in order to consider different shell-model configurations. The resulting upper bound for the minimal number is 32 atoms.

  13. Early Changes in Apparent Diffusion Coefficient From Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging During Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

    Purpose: To investigate the feasibility of diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) as an early and reproducible change indicator in patients receiving radiotherapy for prostate cancer (PC). Methods and Materials: Eight consecutive patients with biopsy-proven PC underwent DWI at 3T. All patients who received external-beam radiotherapy had four serial MR scans, as follows: before therapy (PreTx); after 1 week of therapy (PostT1); after 3 weeks of therapy (PostT2); and 1 month after the completion of therapy (PostT3). At each time, the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was measured in tumors and normal tissues. For reproducibility of the ADC measurement, five patients also had two separate pretreatment DWI scans at an interval of −3 mm2/s in sequence, respectively. Compared with PreTx, PostT1 (p = 0.005), PostT2 (p = 0.003), and PostT3 (p −3 mm2/s in sequence, respectively. Reproducibility of ADC measurements was confirmed with a mean difference in ADC of –0.04 in peripheral zone and –0.017 in transition zone between two separate pretreatment MR scans. The mean PSA levels from PreTx to PostT3 were 9.05, 9.18, 9.25, and 4.11 ng/mL in sequence, respectively. Conclusions: DWI, as a reproducible biomarker, has the potential to evaluate the early therapeutic changes of PC to radiotherapy.

  14. Diffusion-weighted MRI of the normal adult pancreas: The effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient values

    Aim: To investigate and characterize the effect of age on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the normal adult pancreas using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI). Materials and methods: Five hundred and fifty-nine adult patients without pancreatic disease, ranging from 20–81 years of age (mean 50.9 years; 436 men, 123 women), were included in this study. Breath-hold single-shot echo-planar DWI (b-values = 0, 500 s/mm2) was employed to determine the ADCs across all patients. Dependency of ADCs on age was characterized using a Spearman rank-order correlation test. Results: Across the age spectrum, there was no significant correlation between ADC and age (p = 0.409). Conclusion: The findings of the present study suggest that the effect of age on ADCs can be excluded from the diagnosis of pancreatic diseases and design of future studies using breath-hold single-shot DWI and ADCs (as calculated with b-values of 0 and 500 s/mm2)

  15. Regional apparent diffusion coefficient values in 3rd trimester fetal brain

    Hoffmann, Chen [Tel Aviv University, Department of Radiology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine), Tel Aviv (Israel); Sheba Medical Center, Diagnostic Imaging, 52621, Tel Hashomer (Israel); Weisz, Boaz; Lipitz, Shlomo; Katorza, Eldad [Tel Aviv University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine), Tel Aviv (Israel); Yaniv, Gal; Bergman, Dafi [Tel Aviv University, Department of Radiology, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer (affiliated to the Sackler School of Medicine), Tel Aviv (Israel); Biegon, Anat [Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Stony Brook, NY (United States)

    2014-07-15

    Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the developing fetus can be used in the diagnosis and prognosis of prenatal brain pathologies. To this end, we measured regional ADC in a relatively large cohort of normal fetal brains in utero. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was performed in 48 non-sedated 3rd trimester fetuses with normal structural MR imaging results. ADC was measured in white matter (frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes), basal ganglia, thalamus, pons, and cerebellum. Regional ADC values were compared by one-way ANOVA with gestational age as covariate. Regression analysis was used to examine gestational age-related changes in regional ADC. Four other cases of CMV infection were also examined. Median gestational age was 32 weeks (range, 26-33 weeks). There was a highly significant effect of region on ADC, whereby ADC values were highest in white matter, with significantly lower values in basal ganglia and cerebellum and the lowest values in thalamus and pons. ADC did not significantly change with gestational age in any of the regions tested. In the four cases with fetal CMV infection, ADC value was associated with a global decrease. ADC values in normal fetal brain are relatively stable during the third trimester, show consistent regional variation, and can make an important contribution to the early diagnosis and possibly prognosis of fetal brain pathologies. (orig.)

  16. The use of MRI apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC in monitoring the development of brain infarction

    Yuan Jian-Jun

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To study the rules that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC changes with time and space in cerebral infarction, and to provide the evidence in defining the infarction stages. Methods 117 work-ups in 98 patients with cerebral infarction (12 hyperacute, 43 acute, 29 subacute, 10 steady, and 23 chronic infarctions were imaged with both conventional MRI and diffusion weighted imaging. The average ADC values, the relative ADC (rADC values, and the ADC values or rADC values from the center to the periphery of the lesion were calculated. Results The average ADC values and the rADC values of hyperacute and acute infarction lesion depressed obviously. rADC values in hyperacute and acute stage was minimized, and increased progressively as time passed and appeared as "pseudonormal" values in approximately 8 to 14 days. Thereafter, rADC values became greater than normal in chronic stage. There was positive correlation between rADC values and time (P Conclusion The ADC values of infarction lesions have evolution rules with time and space. The evolution rules with time and those in space can be helpful to decide the clinical stage, and to provide the evidence in guiding the treatment or judging the prognosis in infarction.

  17. Apparent diffusion coefficient in cervical cancer of the uterus: comparison with the normal uterine cervix

    Naganawa, Shinji; Sato, Chiho; Ishigaki, Takeo [Nagoya University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Nagoya (Japan); Kumada, Hisashi; Miura, Shunichi [Toyohashi Municipal hospital, Department of Radiology, Toyohashi, Aich (Japan); Takizawa, Osamu [Siemens-Asahi Medical Technologies Ltd, Tokyo (Japan)

    2005-01-01

    A relation between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and tumor cellular density has been reported. The purpose of this study was to measure the ADC values of cervical cancers in the uterus and compare them with those of normal cervical tissues, and to test whether ADC could differentiate between normal and malignant cervical tissues in the uterus. Twelve consecutive female patients with cervical cancer of the uterus and ten female patients with other pelvic abnormalities were included in this study. ADC was measured at 1.5 T with b-factors of 0, 300 and 600 s/mm{sup 2} using single-shot echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging and a parallel imaging technique. The mean ADC value of cervical cancer lesions was 1.09{+-}0.20 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, and that of normal cervix tissue was 1.79{+-}0.24 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (P<0.0001). In nine patients treated by chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy, the mean ADC value of the cervical cancer lesion increased significantly after therapy (P<0.001). The present study showed, with a small number of patients, that ADC measurement has a potential ability to differentiate between normal and cancerous tissue in the uterine cervix. Further study is necessary to determine the accuracy of ADC measurement in monitoring the treatment response. (orig.)

  18. Diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficient for the accurate assessment and differentiation of intracranial meningiomas

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) along with the calculation of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), is a novel, non-invasive, and reliable technique of choice for accurate assessment and for the treatment planning of different types of brain tumors. It is more advantageous in the distinction and differentiation of benign from malignant meningiomas on the basis of ADC values. To investigate the utility of DW magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and to compare the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) obtained at two b-values for an authentic and preoperative characterization of meningiomas. Twenty-six patients with clinically diagnosed or histologically verified meningioma (18 benign and 8 malignant) underwent imaging including DWI at 1.5 T. DW images were obtained at b = 1000 s/mm2 and b = 2000 s/mm2, ADC maps were generated at both the b-values. Signal intensities (SIs) and ADCs for solid tumorous tissues, contralateral normal tissues, and peritumoral edema were calculated and normalized ADC (NADC) ratio were determined for tumorous tissues. SI scores, ADC maps, and ADC values were analyzed visually and quantitatively, and were compared at both the b-values. DW images at b = 2000 s/mm2 were more conspicuity (either hyperintense or hypointense) with improved contrast. The mean ADC of malignant meningiomas (0.64 ± 0.05 and 0.42 ± 0.03) was significantly lower (P < 0.05) as compared with benign meningiomas (1.04 ± 0.12 and 0.80 ± 0.07) at both the b-values. Mean NADC ratio in the malignant type was also significantly lower (P < 0.05) than the benign type at both the b-values. Mean ADC values for peritumoral edema do not differ between benign and malignant meningiomas. 1.5-T DWI using high b-values improved our ability to differentiate benign from malignant meningiomas. DWI may play an important role in the preoperative radiological evaluation and the recognition of these types for proper surgical treatment

  19. Serial analysis of the apparent diffusion coefficient time course in human stroke

    Acute cerebral ischemic injury can be rapidly detected on diffusion-weighted images. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) depends on the stage of cytotoxic edema and water content in the infarcted parenchyma. The purpose of this study is to determine the time course of ADC during the first days of ischemic stroke. These data should make it possible to distinguish between multiple stroke and a single progressive infarction. Eight patients with clinically diagnosed acute cerebral ischemia were examined by diffusion-weighted MRI from 2 to 20 h after onset of symptoms. Daily control scans were performed for up to 10 days. ADC values were analyzed from 55 MRI studies. Furthermore, ADC was measured in the tissue which showed a hyperintense signal at the first examination and in the contralateral tissue. White and gray matter were analyzed separately. Data were expressed as the ratio ADC (rADC) of lesion to control region of interest. All patients showed a uniform reduction in rADC from the first hours of stroke and decreasing to the 3rd day. The rADC increased again from the 4th day up to the point of pseudo-normalization on day 9. The gray matter showed a slightly faster increase than the white matter. rADC shows significant changes in the first days after stroke, following a rather uniform time course. Together with T2-weighted MRI this makes it possible to differentiate between hyperacute, acute, and chronic stroke. Furthermore, the age of an ischemia can be determined and multiple strokes can be distinguished from a single progressive stroke. (orig.)

  20. Relationship of apparent diffusion coefficient to survival for patients with unresectable primary hepatocellular carcinoma after chemoembolization

    Objectives: to evaluate the prognostic value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values from MR diffusion-weighted imaging of unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma after chemoembolization. Methods: our study was proved by our institute and informed consent was obtained from all patients before commencement of the study. Twenty-three patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma were scanned immediately before and after chemoembolization within 24 h using conventional anatomical MR imaging and diffusion-weighted imaging, from which ADC values in the lesions were measured. The changes in ADC values after chemoembolization were calculated. The relationship between the lesion ADC and the survival time was analyzed by correlation analysis. The overall cumulative survival was analyzed by the Kaplan–Meier method, and survival curves were compared by the log-rank test. Results: the mean overall survival period was (25.0 ± 8.7) months. The pre-chemoembolization lesion ADC value was (1.36 ± 0.249) ×10−3 mm2/s; the change in ADC values post-chemoembolization was (0.377 ± 0.332) ×10−3 mm2/s. There were significant linear regression relation between the survival time and pre-chemoembolization lesion ADC values (r = −0.698, P 2 = 7.339, P = 0.007) or the changes in ADC value post-chemoembolization (χ2 = 9.820, P = 0.002) significantly influenced the overall cumulative survival. Conclusion: Pre-treatment ADC values as well as changes in ADC values after treatment may provide useful information for predicting survival for patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma.

  1. Diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficients to differentiate benign from malignant vertebral bone marrow lesions

    Balliu, E. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: eballiu@gmail.com; Vilanova, J.C. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, Clinica Girona, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: Kvilanova@comg.es; Pelaez, I. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: isapelaezrx@yahoo.es; Puig, J. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: jpuigalcantara@yahoo.es; Remollo, S. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: sremollo@gmail.com; Barcelo, C. [Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, University of Girona (Spain)], E-mail: carles.barcelo@udg.es; Barcelo, J. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, Clinica Girona, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: rmgirona@comg.es; Pedraza, S. [Department of Magnetic Resonance, IDI Girona, Hospital Universitari de Girona Dr Josep Trueta, Girona (Spain)], E-mail: sapedraza@gmail.com

    2009-03-15

    Aim: The aim of this study is to evaluate the value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) obtained in diffusion-weighted (DW) MR sequences for the differentiation between malignant and benign bone marrow lesions. Method: Forty-five patients with altered signal intensity vertebral bodies on conventional MR sequences were included. The cause of altered signal intensity was benign osteoporotic collapse in 16, acute neoplastic infiltration in 15, and infectious processes in 14; based on plain-film, CT, bone scintigraphy, conventional MR studies, biopsy or follow-up. All patients underwent isotropic DW MR images (multi-shot EPI, b values of 0 and 500 s/mm{sup 2}). Signal intensity at DW MR images was evaluated and ADC values were calculated and compared between malignancy, benign edema and infectious spondylitis. Results: Acute malignant fractures were hyperintense compared to normal vertebral bodies on the diffusion-weighted sequence, except in one patient with sclerotic metastases. Mean ADC value from benign edema (1.9 {+-} 0.39 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) was significantly (p < 0.0001) higher than untreated metastasic lesions (0.9 {+-} 1.3 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s). Mean ADC value of infectious spondilytis (0.96 {+-} 0.49 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) was not statistically (p > 0.05) different from untreated metastasic lesions. ADC value was low (0.75 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) in one case of subacute benign fracture. Conclusions: ADC values are a useful complementary tool to characterize bone marrow lesions, in order to distinguish acute benign fractures from malignant or infectious bone lesions. However, ADC values are not valuable in order to differentiate malignancy from infection.

  2. Brachial and lumbar plexuses in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy: MRI assessment including apparent diffusion coefficient

    Adachi, Yuko; Sato, Noriko; Yamashita, Fumio; Kida, Jiro; Takahashi, Tomoyuki [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Radiology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Okamoto, Tomoko [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Neurology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Sasaki, Masayuki; Komaki, Hirofumi [National Center Hospital of Neurology and Psychiatry, Department of Child Neurology, Kodaira, Tokyo (Japan); Matsuda, Hiroshi [Saitama Medial University Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Iruma-gun, Saitama (Japan)

    2011-01-15

    Our purpose was to clarify the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging characteristics of the brachial and lumbar plexuses in patients with chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) using various kinds of sequences, including diffusion-weighted images (DWI). We evaluated the MR imaging findings for lumbar and/or brachial nerve plexuses in 13 CIDP patients and 11 normal volunteers. The nerve swelling was evaluated in comparison with normal controls by coronal short tau inversion recovery (STIR), and signal abnormalities were evaluated by coronal STIR, T1-weighted images, and DWIs. The degrees of contrast enhancement and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of the plexus were also assessed. In the patient group, diffuse enlargement and abnormally high signals were detected in 16 out of 24 plexuses (66.7%) on STIR, a slightly high signal was detected in 12 of 24 plexuses (50%) on T1-weighted images, and a high-intensity signal was detected in 10 of 18 plexuses (55.6%) on DWIs with high ADC values. Contrast enhancement of the plexuses was revealed in 6 of 19 plexuses (31.6%) and was mild in all cases. There were statistically significant differences between the ADC values of patients with either swelling or abnormal signals and those of both normal volunteers and patients without neither swelling nor abnormal signals. There were no relationships between MR imaging and any clinical findings. STIR is sufficient to assist clinicians in diagnosing CIDP. T1-weighted images and DWIs seemed useful for speculating about the pathological changes in swollen plexuses in CIDP patients. (orig.)

  3. Apparent diffusion coefficient values of normal testis and variations with age

    Athina C Tsili

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The usefulness of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI in the evaluation of scrotal pathology has recently been reported. A standard reference of normal testicular apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC values and their variations with age is necessary when interpreting normal testicular anatomy and pathology. We evaluated 147 normal testes using DWI, including 71 testes from 53 men aged 20-39 years (group 1, 67 testes from 42 men aged 40-69 years (group 2 and nine testes from six men older than 70 years (group 3. DWI was performed along the axial plane, using a single shot, multislice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s mm−2 . The mean and standard deviation of the ADC values of normal testicular parenchyma were calculated for each age group separately. Analysis of variance (ANOVA followed by post hoc analysis (Dunnett T3 was used for statistical purposes. The ADC values (× 10−3 mm 2 s−1 of normal testicular tissue were different among age groups (group 1: 1.08 ± 0.13; group 2: 1.15 ± 0.15 and group 3: 1.31 ± 0.22. ANOVA revealed differences in mean ADC among age groups (F = 11.391, P < 0.001. Post hoc analysis showed differences between groups 1 and 2 (P = 0.008 and between groups 1 and 3 (P = 0.043, but not between groups 2 and 3 (P = 0.197. Our findings suggest that ADC values of normal testicular tissue increase with advancing age.

  4. Apparent diffusion coefficient evaluation for secondary changes in the cerebellum of rats after middle cerebral artery occlusion.

    Yang, Yunjun; Gao, Lingyun; Fu, Jun; Zhang, Jun; Li, Yuxin; Yin, Bo; Chen, Weijian; Geng, Daoying

    2013-11-01

    Supratentorial cerebral infarction can cause functional inhibition of remote regions such as the cerebellum, which may be relevant to diaschisis. This phenomenon is often analyzed using positron emission tomography and single photon emission CT. However, these methods are expensive and radioactive. Thus, the present study quantified the changes of infarction core and remote regions after unilateral middle cerebral artery occlusion using apparent diffusion coefficient values. Diffusion-weighted imaging showed that the area of infarction core gradually increased to involve the cerebral cortex with increasing infarction time. Diffusion weighted imaging signals were initially increased and then stabilized by 24 hours. With increasing infarction time, the apparent diffusion coefficient value in the infarction core and remote bilateral cerebellum both gradually decreased, and then slightly increased 3-24 hours after infarction. Apparent diffusion coefficient values at remote regions (cerebellum) varied along with the change of supratentorial infarction core, suggesting that the phenomenon of diaschisis existed at the remote regions. Thus, apparent diffusion coefficient values and diffusion weighted imaging can be used to detect early diaschisis. PMID:25206615

  5. Transport properties of spin polarized 3He-4He mixtures

    We have calculated the viscosity, thermal conductivity, and longitudinal spin diffusion coefficient in 3He-4He mixtures which are spin polarized. The calculation applies to all temperature regimes. We have also calculated the Onsager cross coefficient which arises because of the coupling between heat and longitudinal spin currents. The interaction between 3He quasiparticles is taken to be a constant as a first approximation. We have also investigated the changes brought about by allowing the interaction to vary with the momentum of the quasiparticle

  6. Effects of MR parameter changes on the quantification of diffusion anisotropy and apparent diffusion coefficient in diffusion tensor imaging: Evaluation using a diffusional anisotropic phantom

    To validate the usefulness of a diffusional anisotropic capillary array phantom and to investigate the effects of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameter changes on diffusion fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) using the phantom. Diffusion tensor imaging of a capillary array phantom was performed with imaging parameter changes, including voxel size, number of sensitivity encoding (SENSE) factor, echo time (TE), number of signal acquisitions, b-value, and number of diffusion gradient directions (NDGD), one-at-a-time in a stepwise-incremental fashion. We repeated the entire series of DTI scans thrice. The coefficients of variation (CoV) were evaluated for FA and ADC, and the correlation between each MR imaging parameter and the corresponding FA and ADC was evaluated using Spearman's correlation analysis. The capillary array phantom CoVs of FA and ADC were 7.1% and 2.4%, respectively. There were significant correlations between FA and SENSE factor, TE, b-value, and NDGD, as well as significant correlations between ADC and SENSE factor, TE, and b-value. A capillary array phantom enables repeated measurements of FA and ADC. Both FA and ADC can vary when certain parameters are changed during diffusion experiments. We suggest that the capillary array phantom can be used for quality control in longitudinal or multicenter clinical studies.

  7. Effects of MR parameter changes on the quantification of diffusion anisotropy and apparent diffusion coefficient in diffusion tensor imaging: Evaluation using a diffusional anisotropic phantom

    Kim, Sang Joon; Choi, Choong Gon; Kim, Jeong Kon [Dept. of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Sung Cheol [Dept. of Biostatistics, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Ha Kyu [Dept. of Radiology, East-West Neomedical Center, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eun Ju [Clinical Scientist, MR, Philips Healthcare, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    To validate the usefulness of a diffusional anisotropic capillary array phantom and to investigate the effects of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) parameter changes on diffusion fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) using the phantom. Diffusion tensor imaging of a capillary array phantom was performed with imaging parameter changes, including voxel size, number of sensitivity encoding (SENSE) factor, echo time (TE), number of signal acquisitions, b-value, and number of diffusion gradient directions (NDGD), one-at-a-time in a stepwise-incremental fashion. We repeated the entire series of DTI scans thrice. The coefficients of variation (CoV) were evaluated for FA and ADC, and the correlation between each MR imaging parameter and the corresponding FA and ADC was evaluated using Spearman's correlation analysis. The capillary array phantom CoVs of FA and ADC were 7.1% and 2.4%, respectively. There were significant correlations between FA and SENSE factor, TE, b-value, and NDGD, as well as significant correlations between ADC and SENSE factor, TE, and b-value. A capillary array phantom enables repeated measurements of FA and ADC. Both FA and ADC can vary when certain parameters are changed during diffusion experiments. We suggest that the capillary array phantom can be used for quality control in longitudinal or multicenter clinical studies.

  8. Hyperpolarised {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Stavngaard, Trine [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet (Denmark); Copenhagen University Hospital, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre (Denmark); Soegaard, Lise Vejby; Hanson, Lars G. [Copenhagen University Hospital, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre (Denmark); Mortensen, Jann; Berthelsen, Anne Kiil [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet (Denmark); Schmiedeskamp, Joerg [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Physik, Mainz (Germany); Dirksen, Asger [Gentofte University Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hellerup (Denmark)

    2005-04-01

    During recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarised (HP) {sup 3}He gas has emerged as a promising new method for the imaging of lung ventilation. However, systematic comparisons with nuclear medicine techniques have not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. HP {sup 3}He MRI, {sup 81m}Kr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The three scans were scored visually as percentage of non-ventilated/diseased lung, and a computer-based objective measure of the ventilated volume in HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT and an emphysema index in HRCT were calculated. We found a good correlation between HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT for both visual defect score (r=0.80, p<0.0001) and objective estimate of ventilation (r=0.45, p=0.0157). In addition, both scans were well correlated with reference methods for the diagnosis of emphysema (pulmonary function test and HRCT). The defect scores were largest on {sup 81m}Kr SPECT (the score on HP {sup 3}He MRI was one-third less than that on {sup 81m}Kr SPECT), but the difference was reduced after normalisation for different breathing depths (HP {sup 3}He MRI at total lung capacity; {sup 81m}Kr SPECT at tidal breathing at functional residual capacity). HP {sup 3}He MRI provides detailed ventilation distribution images and defect scores are comparable on HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP {sup 3}He MRI. HP {sup 3}He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution. (orig.)

  9. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) as a quantitative parameter in diffusion weighted MR imaging in gynecologic cancer: Dependence on b-values used

    Kallehauge, Jesper Folsted; Tanderup, Kari; Haack, Søren;

    2010-01-01

    Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) has gained interest as an imaging modality for assessment of tumor extension and response to cancer treatment. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the choice of b-values on the calculation of the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) for locally ad...

  10. Evaluation of true diffusion, perfusion factor, and apparent diffusion coefficient in non-necrotic liver metastases and uncomplicated liver hemangiomas using black-blood echo planar imaging

    K. Coenegrachts; J. Delanote; L. ter Beek; M. Haspeslagh; S. Bipat; J. Stoker; L. Steyaert; H. Rigauts

    2009-01-01

    PURPOSE: To assess the added value of true diffusion (D), perfusion factor (f) and apparent diffusion coefficient at low b-values (ADC(low)) for differentiation between liver metastases and hemangiomas based on respiratory-triggered high-resolution Black-Blood Single-Shot SpinEcho Echo Planar Imagin

  11. Diffusion-weighted imaging of the abdomen at 3.0 Tesla: image quality and apparent diffusion coefficient reproducibility compared with 1.5 Tesla.

    Rosenkrantz, A.B.; Oei, M.T.H.; Babb, J.S.; Niver, B.E.; Taouli, B.

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare single-shot echo-planar imaging (SS EPI) diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI) of abdominal organs between 1.5 Tesla (T) and 3.0T in healthy volunteers in terms of image quality, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, and ADC reproducibility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight healthy vol

  12. Apparent diffusion coefficient value of gastric cancer by diffusion-weighted imaging: Correlations with the histological differentiation and Lauren classification

    Highlights: • Gastric cancers’ ADC values were significantly lower than normal gastric wall. • Gastric adenocarcinomas with different differentiation had different ADC values. • Gastric adenocarcinomas’ ADC values correlated with histologic differentiations. • Gastric cancers’ ADC values correlated with Lauren classifications. • Mean ADC value was better than min ADC value in characterizing gastric cancers. - Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlations between histological differentiation and Lauren classification of gastric cancer and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). Materials and methods: Sixty-nine patients with gastric cancer lesions underwent preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3.0T) and surgical resection. DWI was obtained with a single-shot, echo-planar imaging sequence in the axial plane (b values: 0 and 1000 s/mm2). Mean and minimum ADC values were obtained for each gastric cancer and normal gastric walls by two radiologists, who were blinded to the histological findings. Histological type, degree of differentiation and Lauren classification of each resected specimen were determined by one pathologist. Mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications were compared. Correlations between ADC values and histological differentiation and Lauren classification were analyzed. Results: The mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers, as a whole and separately, were significantly lower than those of normal gastric walls (all p values <0.001). There were significant differences in the mean and minimum ADC values among gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications (p < 0.05). Mean and minimum ADC values correlated significantly (all p < 0.001) with histological differentiation (r = 0.564, 0.578) and Lauren

  13. Role of PROPELLER diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient in the diagnosis of sellar and parasellar lesions

    Mahmoud, Omar M., E-mail: omarmostafa2008@yahoo.co [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Department of Radiology, South Egypt Cancer Institute, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Tominaga, Atsushi, E-mail: atom@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Amatya, Vishwa Jeet, E-mail: amatya@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Ohtaki, Megu, E-mail: ohtaki@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Environmetrics and Biometrics, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Sugiyama, Kazuhiko, E-mail: brain@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Saito, Taiichi, E-mail: taiichi@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Sakoguchi, Tetsuhiko, E-mail: sakog@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Kinoshita, Yasuyuki, E-mail: d055634@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Shrestha, Prabin, E-mail: prabinshrestha@hotmail.co [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Abe, Nobukazu, E-mail: abebe@hiroshima-u.ac.j [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima Univ., Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan)

    2010-06-15

    Objective: To evaluate the role of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) using periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) in the differentiation between sellar and parasellar mass lesions. Materials and methods: The study protocol was approved by our institutional review board. We retrospectively studied 60 patients with sellar and parasellar lesions who had undergone PROPELLER DWI on a 3-T MR imager. Conventional MRI findings were expressed as the ratio of signal intensity (SI) in the lesions to the normal white matter and the degree of contrast enhancement. ADC values were calculated as the minimum (ADC-MIN), mean (ADC-MEAN), and maximum (ADC-MAX). All patients underwent surgery and all specimens were examined histologically. Logistic discriminant analysis was performed by using the SI ratios on T1- and T2-weighted images (T1-WI, T2-WI), the degree of enhancement, and absolute ADC values as independent variables. Results: ADC-MIN of hemorrhagic pituitary adenomas was lower than of the other lesions with similar appearance on conventional MRI (non-hemorrhagic pituitary adenomas, craniopharyngiomas, Rathke's cleft cysts; accuracy 100%); the useful cut-off value was 0.700 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. ADC-MAX of meningiomas was lower than of non-hemorrhagic pituitary adenomas (accuracy 90.3%; p < 0.01). ADC-MIN of craniopharyngiomas was lower than of Rathke's cleft cysts (accuracy 100%; p < 0.05). Conclusion: As PROPELLER DWI is less sensitive to susceptibility artifacts than single-shot echoplanar DWI, it is more useful in the examination of sellar and parasellar lesions. Calculation of the ADC values helps to differentiate between various sellar and parasellar lesions.

  14. Relationships between brain water content and diffusion tensor imaging parameters (apparent diffusion coefficient and fractional anisotropy) in multiple sclerosis

    Fifteen multiple sclerosis patients were examined by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to determine fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in a superventricular volume of interest of 8 x 8 x 2 cm3 containing gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) tissue. Point resolved spectroscopy 2D-chemical shift imaging of the same volume was performed without water suppression. The water contents and DTI parameters in 64 voxels of 2 cm3 were compared. The water content was increased in patients compared with controls (GM: 244±21 vs. 194±10 a.u.; WM: 245±32 vs. 190±11 a.u.), FA decreased (GM: 0.226±0.038 vs. 0.270±0.020; WM: 0.337±0.044 vs. 0.402±0.011) and ADC increased [GM: 1134±203 vs. 899±28 (x 10-6 mm2/s); WM: 901±138 vs. 751±17 (x 10-6 mm2/s)]. Correlations of water content with FA and ADC in WM were strong (r=-0.68, P<0.02; r=0.75; P<0.01, respectively); those in GM were weaker (r=-0.50, P<0.05; r=0.45, P<0.1, respectively). Likewise, FA and ADC were more strongly correlated in WM (r=-0.88; P<0.00001) than in GM (r=-0.69, P<0.01). The demonstrated relationship between DTI parameters and water content in multiple sclerosis patients suggests a potential for therapy monitoring in normal-appearing brain tissue. (orig.)

  15. Apparent diffusion coefficient value of gastric cancer by diffusion-weighted imaging: Correlations with the histological differentiation and Lauren classification

    Liu, Song, E-mail: songliu532909756@gmail.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Guan, Wenxian, E-mail: wenxianguan123@126.com [Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Wang, Hao, E-mail: wanghao20140525@126.com [Department of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Pan, Liang, E-mail: panliang2014@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Zhou, Zhuping, E-mail: zhupingzhou@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Yu, Haiping, E-mail: haipingyu2012@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Liu, Tian, E-mail: tianliu2014@126.com [Radiation Oncology and Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322 (United States); Yang, Xiaofeng, E-mail: xiaofengyang2014@126.com [Radiation Oncology and Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322 (United States); He, Jian, E-mail: hjxueren@126.com [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China); Zhou, Zhengyang, E-mail: zyzhou@nju.edu.cn [Department of Radiology, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University Medical School, Nanjing 210008 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Gastric cancers’ ADC values were significantly lower than normal gastric wall. • Gastric adenocarcinomas with different differentiation had different ADC values. • Gastric adenocarcinomas’ ADC values correlated with histologic differentiations. • Gastric cancers’ ADC values correlated with Lauren classifications. • Mean ADC value was better than min ADC value in characterizing gastric cancers. - Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlations between histological differentiation and Lauren classification of gastric cancer and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI). Materials and methods: Sixty-nine patients with gastric cancer lesions underwent preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (3.0T) and surgical resection. DWI was obtained with a single-shot, echo-planar imaging sequence in the axial plane (b values: 0 and 1000 s/mm{sup 2}). Mean and minimum ADC values were obtained for each gastric cancer and normal gastric walls by two radiologists, who were blinded to the histological findings. Histological type, degree of differentiation and Lauren classification of each resected specimen were determined by one pathologist. Mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications were compared. Correlations between ADC values and histological differentiation and Lauren classification were analyzed. Results: The mean and minimum ADC values of gastric cancers, as a whole and separately, were significantly lower than those of normal gastric walls (all p values <0.001). There were significant differences in the mean and minimum ADC values among gastric cancers with different histological types, degrees of differentiation and Lauren classifications (p < 0.05). Mean and minimum ADC values correlated significantly (all p < 0.001) with histological differentiation (r = 0.564, 0.578) and

  16. Diffusion-weighted MRI with parallel imaging technique: apparent diffusion coefficient determination in normal kidneys and in nonmalignant renal diseases.

    Macarini, Luca; Stoppino, Luca Pio; Milillo, Paola; Ciuffreda, Pierpaolo; Fortunato, Francesca; Vinci, Roberta

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to assess the capability and the reliability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements in the evaluation of different benign renal abnormalities. Twenty-five healthy volunteers and 31 patients, divided into seven different groups (A-G) according to pathology, underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) of the kidneys using 1.5-T system. DW images were obtained in the axial plane with a spin-echo echo planar imaging single-shot sequence with three b values (0, 300, and 600 s/mm²). Before acquisition of DW sequences, we performed in each patient a morphological study of the kidneys. ADC was 2.40±0.20×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹ in volunteers. A significant difference was found between Groups A (cysts=3.39±0.51×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹) and B (acute/chronic renal failure=1.38±0.40×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹) and between Groups A and C (chronic pyelonephritis=1.53±0.21×10⁻³ mm² s⁻¹) (P.05). A considerable correlation between glomerular filtration rate and ADC was found (P=.04). In conclusion, significant differences were detected among different patient groups, and this suggests that ADC measurements can be useful in differentiating normal renal parenchyma from most commonly encountered nonmalignant renal lesions. PMID:21092872

  17. The role of apparent diffusion coefficient values in detecting testicular intraepithelial neoplasia: Preliminary results

    Tsili, Athina C., E-mail: a_tsili@yahoo.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Ntorkou, Alexandra, E-mail: alexdorkou@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Baltogiannis, Dimitrios, E-mail: Greece.dbaltog@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Goussia, Anna, E-mail: agoussia@uoi.gr [Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Astrakas, Loukas G., E-mail: astrakas@uoi.gr [Department of Medical Physics, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Malamou-Mitsi, Vasiliki, E-mail: vmalamou@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Pathology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Sofikitis, Nikolaos, E-mail: akrosnin@hotmail.com [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Argyropoulou, Maria I., E-mail: margyrop@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • ADC values proved useful in the discrimination between TGCNs and normal testis. • Testicular intraepithelial neoplasia represents the precursor of most TGCNs. • ADC values cannot be used to detect testicular intraepithelial neoplasia. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to improve detection of testicular intraepithelial neoplasia (TIN) by measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. Materials and methods: Fifty-six MRI examinations of the scrotum, including 26 histologically proven testicular germ cell neoplasms were retrospectively evaluated. DWI was performed using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s mm{sup −2}. ADC measurements were classified into three groups according to their location: group 1 (n = 19), non-tumoral part, adjacent to testicular carcinoma, where the possible location of TIN was; group 2 (n = 26), testicular carcinoma; and group 3 (n = 60), normal testicular parenchyma. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by post hoc analysis (Dunnett T3) was used for statistical purposes. Results: The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (×10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s) of different groups were: group 1, 1.08 ± 0.20; group 2, 0.72 ± 0.27; and group 3, 1.11 ± 0.14. ANOVA revealed differences of mean ADC between groups (F = 38.859, P < 0.001). Post hoc analysis showed differences between groups 2 and 3 (P < 0.001), groups 2 and 1 (P < 0.001), but not between groups 3 and 1 (P = 0.87). Conclusions: Based on our preliminary results, ADC values do not provide a reliable differentiation between TIN and testicular carcinoma or normal testicular parenchyma.

  18. Apparent diffusion coefficient values and dynamic contrast enhancement patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous testicular neoplasms

    Highlights: • Functional MRI in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors was assessed. • ADC values proved useful in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors. • Testicular germ cell tumors had similar enhancement patterns of dynamic MRI. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to investigate the role of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE) patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). Materials and methods: The MRI examinations of the scrotum of 26 men with histologically proven testicular GCTs were reviewed. DWI was performed in all patients, using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s/mm2. Subtraction DCE-MRI was performed in 20 cases using a 3D fast-field echo sequence after gadolinium administration. Time-signal intensity curves were created and semi-quantitative parameters (peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate) were calculated. The Student's t-test was used to compare the mean values of ADC, peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate between seminomas and NSGCTs. ROC analysis was also performed. Results: Histopathology disclosed the presence of 15 seminomas and 11 NSGCTs. The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (× 10−3 mm2/s) of seminomas (0.59 ± 0.009) were significantly lower than those of NSGCTs (0.90 ± 0.33) (P = 0.01). The optimal ADC cut-off value was 0.68 × 10−3 mm2/s. No differences between the two groups were observed for peak enhancement (P = 0.18), time to peak (P = 0.63) wash-in rate (P = 0.32) and wash-out rate (P = 0.18). Conclusions: ADC values may be used to preoperatively differentiate seminomas from NSGCTs

  19. The use of MRI apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in monitoring the development of brain infarction

    To study the rules that apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) changes with time and space in cerebral infarction, and to provide the evidence in defining the infarction stages. 117 work-ups in 98 patients with cerebral infarction (12 hyperacute, 43 acute, 29 subacute, 10 steady, and 23 chronic infarctions) were imaged with both conventional MRI and diffusion weighted imaging. The average ADC values, the relative ADC (rADC) values, and the ADC values or rADC values from the center to the periphery of the lesion were calculated. The average ADC values and the rADC values of hyperacute and acute infarction lesion depressed obviously. rADC values in hyperacute and acute stage was minimized, and increased progressively as time passed and appeared as 'pseudonormal' values in approximately 8 to 14 days. Thereafter, rADC values became greater than normal in chronic stage. There was positive correlation between rADC values and time (P < 0.01). The ADC values and the rADC values in hyperacute and acute lesions had gradient signs that these lesions increased from the center to the periphery. The ADC values and the rADC values in subacute lesions had adverse gradient signs that these lesions decreased from the center to the periphery. The ADC values of infarction lesions have evolution rules with time and space. The evolution rules with time and those in space can be helpful to decide the clinical stage, and to provide the evidence in guiding the treatment or judging the prognosis in infarction

  20. The role of apparent diffusion coefficient values in detecting testicular intraepithelial neoplasia: Preliminary results

    Highlights: • ADC values proved useful in the discrimination between TGCNs and normal testis. • Testicular intraepithelial neoplasia represents the precursor of most TGCNs. • ADC values cannot be used to detect testicular intraepithelial neoplasia. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to improve detection of testicular intraepithelial neoplasia (TIN) by measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. Materials and methods: Fifty-six MRI examinations of the scrotum, including 26 histologically proven testicular germ cell neoplasms were retrospectively evaluated. DWI was performed using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s mm−2. ADC measurements were classified into three groups according to their location: group 1 (n = 19), non-tumoral part, adjacent to testicular carcinoma, where the possible location of TIN was; group 2 (n = 26), testicular carcinoma; and group 3 (n = 60), normal testicular parenchyma. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) followed by post hoc analysis (Dunnett T3) was used for statistical purposes. Results: The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (×10−3 mm2/s) of different groups were: group 1, 1.08 ± 0.20; group 2, 0.72 ± 0.27; and group 3, 1.11 ± 0.14. ANOVA revealed differences of mean ADC between groups (F = 38.859, P < 0.001). Post hoc analysis showed differences between groups 2 and 3 (P < 0.001), groups 2 and 1 (P < 0.001), but not between groups 3 and 1 (P = 0.87). Conclusions: Based on our preliminary results, ADC values do not provide a reliable differentiation between TIN and testicular carcinoma or normal testicular parenchyma

  1. Density dependence of the single particle kinetic energy in {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He

    Azuah, R.T. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics]|[Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom); Stirling, W.G. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Gibbs, M.R. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Sokol, P.E. [Dept. of Physics, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Mayers, J. [Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom)

    1995-08-01

    We present inelastic neutron scattering measurements of liquid {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He mixtures at 1.5 K and at {sup 3}He concentrations of 0,15,40,70 and 100%. There is little apparent concentration dependence of the {sup 3}He kinetic energy, in disagreement with recent variational calculations for mixtures. The kinetic energy of the {sup 4}He component for the lower concentration mixtures is consistent with theoretical predictions. (orig.).

  2. The efficacy of diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficients mapping for liver metastasis of colonic adenocarcinomas

    Metin, Melike R.; Aydın, Hasan; Çetin, Hüseyin; Özmen, Evrim; Kayaçetin, Serra

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: To establish retrospectively the relation between the histopathologic grade of colorectal liver metastasis and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of hepatic metastases of colorectal adenocarcinomas. Methods: The diagnoses of liver metastases were confirmed with biopsy, surgery, and follow-up imaging findings. Twenty-six patients with 94 liver metastasis were included in the study. Of 94 masses, 59 were poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma, 18 were moderately-differentiated adenocarcinoma, and 17 were well-differentiated regarding the diameters, ADC values, and ratio index (RI) values. Kolmogorov-smirnov normality test, Kruskal-wallis analysis of variance, Mann-Whitney U test with Bonferroni correction, Spearman correlation analysis, and receiver operating characteristics curve methods were applied to evaluate the statistical relations. Results: There was a statistically significant difference in terms of ADC values and RI between poorly-differentiated adenocarcinoma and moderately-differentiated adenocarcinoma plus well-differentiated adenocarcinomas. Poorly-differentiated adenocarcinomas have the lowest ADC values and highest RI values among other groups. Conclusion: Use of ADC values alone can be executed for the diagnosis of focal hepatic masses and also can aid in the differentiation of benign and malignant hepatic lesions. PMID:27052280

  3. Reproductibility of apparent diffusion coefficients measurements in diffusion-weighted MRI of the abdomen with different b values

    Purpose: To test the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) measurements of the normal liver, kidney and spleen parenchyma with different b values. Materials and methods: Eleven healthy volunteers were imaged twice with use of the same protocol. Each DWI was performed with b-factors of 0, 100 and 500 s/mm2. The ADCs were organized according to session (1 or 2), anatomic location and repetition (twice with two different b value per session). The ADC data were analyzed with repeated-measures analysis of variance to demonstrate the influence of anatomic location, session and different b values. The coefficient of variation was calculated for each subject, b value and anatomic location, then analyzed by using repeated-measures analysis of variance. Results: There were significant differences in mean ADCs among the three anatomic locations and with different b values (P .05). The CV values range between 7.3% and 14.7%. There were no significant differences in CV values neither between the two b values nor for the various organ locations (P > .05). Conclusion: Using the same technical parameters, patients and the same observer, CV values range between 7.3% and 14.7%. And we recommend to be careful in examination and comparison of the measured ADC values, below these limits, without knowledge technical parameters that has been used, otherwise differences that are merely because of changes in the measurement technique could be interpreted as differences because of progression of disease or therapy

  4. Measurement of polarization of {sup 3}He with mobile polarized {sup 3}He neutron spin filter

    Ino, T. [Neutron Science Laboratory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, KEK, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Ibaraki-ken 305-0801 (Japan); Kim, G.N., E-mail: gnkim@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daehak-ro 80, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, M.W. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daehak-ro 80, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.M. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, J.Y. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.W. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Skoy, V.R. [Division of Advanced Nuclear Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    A mobile polarized {sup 3}He neutron spin filter was developed for both optical pumping and transportation, and the polarization of {sup 3}He was measured with cold neutrons of HANARO in KAERI. The progress of polarization build-up during the optical pumping of the {sup 3}He cell was observed by adiabatic fast-passage NMR system. The {sup 3}He cell was made of an alumino-silicate glass GE-180 with a cylindrical shape of 40 mm in diameter and 60 mm in length from KEK. A cell contained 5.74 bar⋅cm of {sup 3}He gas. The whole installation after 8 h pumping was transported to the general-purpose test station of the HANARO research reactor and the polarization of {sup 3}He was measured with cold neutrons. The measured polarization of {sup 3}He was 0.18 ± 0.01 by measuring the neutron transmission through the {sup 3}He cell.

  5. Study of the apparent diffusion coefficient values in the grading of cerebral astrocytic tumors

    Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the grading of cerebral astrocytic tumors. Methods: Diffusion weighted MR imaging (DWI) was performed for 56 cases of cerebral astrocytic tumors proved pathologically. The ADC and the exponential diffusion coefficient (EDC) values were measured at the tumoral core, per/tumoral edematous region, peritumoral normal-appearance white matter and the contralateral white matter. The rADC and rEDC values of the tumoral core, peritumoral edematous region and peritumoral normal-appearance white matter were calculated. The relationship between the various diffusion coefficient values and tumor grading was analyzed. Results: Fifty six cases of cerebral astrocytic tumors included 2 pilocytic astrocytoma (grade I), 33 astrocytoma (grade II), 8 anaplastic astrocytoma (grade III), 13 glioblastoma multiforme (grade IV). The ADC values of the tumor core of low grade astrocytoma, anaplastic astrocytoma and glioblastoma multiforme were (1.44 ± 0.26) x 10-3, (0.98 ± 0.22) x 10-3 and (0.83 ± 0.15) x 10-3 mm2/s respectively, and the rADC values were (1.91±0.39)%, (1.34±0.33)% and (1.06± 0.20)% respectively. The EDC values were 0.26±0.11, 0.39±0.09 and 0.44±0.07 respectively, and the rEDC values were (0.55±0.20)%, (0.81±0.19)% and (0.98±0.16)% respectively. Significant differences of these values at the tumoral core were seen between different pathological grades of the astrocytic tumors (F=36.189, 31.756, 19.623 and 24.760, P=0.000). The ADC and rADC values of high-grade astrocytic tumors were (0.89 ± 0.19) x 10-3 mm2/s and (1.17±0.28)% respectively, which were lower than those of low-grade astrocytic tumors (t=8.332 and 7.620, P=0.000), while the EDC and rEDC values of high-grade tumors were 0.42±0.08 and (0.91±0.18)% respectively, being higher than those of low-grade turnors (t=-6.082 and -6.776, P=0.000). The accuracy was 89.3% when rADC of 1.52% was set as the

  6. Spin dynamics of 3He in aerogel

    The authors report continuous-wave NMR measurements on superfluid 3He contained inside high porosity aerogel at 3.24 MPa, in a 28.4 mT magnetic field, and down to 0.9 mK. Three different purities of 3He were used: pure 3He, 3He with enough 4He to replace the first localized layer, and 3He with enough 4He to replace both localized layers. Below 2.26mK, the NMR spectrum does not consist of a single Lorentzian, but a distribution of NR resonant frequencies both above and below the Larmor frequency, ωL. Upon cooling, the component of the spectrum at frequencies below the Larmor frequency moves to higher frequencies over a narrow temperature range and does not return to ω L upon warming. The higher frequency component of the spectrum displays two resolvable peaks which become a complex structure upon removal of the localized 3He spins. The spectrum changes as the magnetic field is rotated about the axis of the aerogel sample, indicating that the 3He is able to detect a preferred direction in the aerogel. The shape of the spectrum shows no rotation or magnetic field hysteresis. The authors find that the average frequency shifts of the NMR spectra do not depend on the presence of the localized 3He spins. These frequency shifts and the presence of a temperature-independent magnetization for the liquid 3He suggest that the aerogel stabilizes a single equal-spin-pairing state in the experiments

  7. 3He melting pressure temperature scale

    Halperin, W.P.; Archie, C.N.; Richardson, R.C.;

    1976-01-01

    The latent heat for solidification of **3He has been measured along the **3He melting curve between 23 and 1 mK. A temperature scale is established which depends only on measurements of heat, pressure and volume, and on the condition that the entropy of solid **3He approaches R ln 2 at high...... temperatures. The A feature of the melting curve which suggests itself as a thermometric fixed point is found to be T//A equals 2. 75 plus or minus 0. 11 mK. The agreement between this value and independent measurements of T//A, based on nuclear or electronic paramagnetism, Johnson noise thermometry...

  8. On the Relationship Between the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient and Extravascular Extracellular Volume Fraction in Human Breast Cancer

    Arlinghaus, Lori R.; Xia LI; Rahman, A. Ridwan; Welch, E. Brian; Xu, Lei; Gore, John C.; Yankeelov, Thomas E.

    2011-01-01

    MRI techniques have been developed that can noninvasively probe the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of water via diffusion weighted MRI (DW-MRI). These methods have found much application in cancer where it is often found that the ADC within tumors is inversely correlated with tumor cell density, so that an increase in ADC in response to therapy can be interpreted as an imaging biomarker of positive treatment response. Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) methods have also been develo...

  9. Value of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient(ADC) of Diffusion eighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Common Renal Disease Diagnosis

    Yuelang Zhang; Xingwang Sun; Guangnan Quan; Yongqian Qiang; Chenxia Li

    2008-01-01

    Objective:To find the value of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging of common renal diseases. Methods: There were 30 healthy subjects and 81 patients with renal lesions (56 cases of renal carcinoma, 18 lesions of 12 cases of renal angiomyolipoma, and 21 lesions of 13 cases of renal cysts). Conventional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging were carded out. We measured the average ADC value of the renal lesions and normal kidneys. ADC maps from different b values were generated by a statistical package. Results: The ADC values of normal kidneys with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1000 sec/mm2) were 2.78±0.14×10-3mm2s-1,2.45±0.13×10-3mm2s-1, 2.13±0.14×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. The ADC values of renal cell carcinoma with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1008 sec/mm2) were 1.63±0.14×10-3mm2s-1, 1.31±0.18×10-3mm2s-1, 1.07±0.15-310-3mm2s-1, respectively. Among the renal cell carcinoma, the ADC value of clear cell type were 1.67±0.09×10-3mm2s-1, 1.36±0.13×10-3mm2s-1, 1.15±0.14×10-3mm2s-1,respectively; the ADC values of granular cell type were 1.59±0.19×10-3mm2s-1, 1.25±0.22×10-3mm2s-1, 0.97±0.12×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. The ADC values of renal angiomyolipoma with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1008 sec/mm2) were 0.88±0.08×10-3mm2s-1, 0.63±0.07×10-3mm2s-1, 0.43±0.04×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. The ADC values of renal cystic lesions with three different motion-probing gradients(b=500, 800, 1000 sec/mm2) were 3.73±0.18×10-3mm2s-1, 3.44±0.13×10-3mm2s-1, 3.09±0.21×10-3mm2s-1, respectively. Statistically significant differences exists between the ADC values of normal kidney, renal carcinomas, renal angiomyolipomas and renal cysts when the b value is the same. Among the different cell types of renal carcinomas, the ADC value of granular cell carcinoma is lower than that of clear cell

  10. Role of PROPELLER diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of pituitary adenomas

    Mahmoud, Omar M. [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Department of Radiology, South Egypt Cancer Institute, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Tominaga, Atsushi [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Amatya, Vishwa Jeet [Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Ohtaki, Megu [Department of Environmetrics and Biometrics, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Sugiyama, Kazuhiko; Sakoguchi, Tetsuhiko; Kinoshita, Yasuyuki [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Takeshima, Yukio [Department of Pathology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Abe, Nobukazu; Akiyama, Yuji [Department of Clinical Radiology, Hiroshima University Hospital, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); El-Ghoriany, Ahmad I. [Department of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Alla, Abdel Karim H. Abd; El-Sharkawy, Mostafa A.M. [Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut 71515 (Egypt); Arita, Kazunori [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima (Japan); Kurisu, Kaoru [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan); Yamasaki, Fumiyuki, E-mail: fyama@hiroshima-u.ac.jp [Department of Neurosurgery, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Hiroshima University, 1-2-3 Kasumi, Minami-ku, Hiroshima 734-8551 (Japan)

    2011-11-15

    Objective: The relationship between tumor consistency and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values is controversial. We evaluated the role of the ADC using an advanced diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) technique. We employed periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) DWI acquired on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to assess the consistency of pituitary adenomas and examined the relationship between the ADC and the hormone secretion status of the tumors and their MIB-1 labeling index (MIB-1 LI). Materials and methods: The study protocol was approved by our institutional review board. We retrospectively studied 24 operated patients with pituitary adenomas who had undergone PROPELLER DWI on a 3-T MRI scanner. Conventional MRI findings were expressed as the ratio of the signal intensity (SI) in the lesions to the SI of the normal white matter and the degree of contrast enhancement. Minimum-, mean-, and maximum ADC (ADC{sub min}, ADC{sub mean}, ADC{sub max}) values were calculated. The consistency of the tumors was determined by neurosurgeons. All surgical specimens were submitted for histological study to calculate the MIB-1 LI and the percent collagen content. Preoperative MRI-, intraoperative-, and histological findings were analyzed by a statistician. Results: Our study included 15 soft-, 5 fibrous-, and 4 hard tumors. Tumor consistency was strongly associated with the percent collagen content. However, neither the tumor consistency nor the percent collagen content was correlated with MRI findings or ADC values. The SI of growth hormone-producing adenomas on T2-WI was lower than of the other pituitary adenomas studied (p < 0.01); no other significant difference was found in the ADC or on conventional MRI between pituitary adenomas with different secretory functions. The MIB-1 LI of pituitary adenomas was not correlated with their appearance on conventional MRI or their ADC values. Conclusion: Using the

  11. Role of PROPELLER diffusion-weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of pituitary adenomas

    Objective: The relationship between tumor consistency and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values is controversial. We evaluated the role of the ADC using an advanced diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) technique. We employed periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) DWI acquired on a 3-T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to assess the consistency of pituitary adenomas and examined the relationship between the ADC and the hormone secretion status of the tumors and their MIB-1 labeling index (MIB-1 LI). Materials and methods: The study protocol was approved by our institutional review board. We retrospectively studied 24 operated patients with pituitary adenomas who had undergone PROPELLER DWI on a 3-T MRI scanner. Conventional MRI findings were expressed as the ratio of the signal intensity (SI) in the lesions to the SI of the normal white matter and the degree of contrast enhancement. Minimum-, mean-, and maximum ADC (ADCmin, ADCmean, ADCmax) values were calculated. The consistency of the tumors was determined by neurosurgeons. All surgical specimens were submitted for histological study to calculate the MIB-1 LI and the percent collagen content. Preoperative MRI-, intraoperative-, and histological findings were analyzed by a statistician. Results: Our study included 15 soft-, 5 fibrous-, and 4 hard tumors. Tumor consistency was strongly associated with the percent collagen content. However, neither the tumor consistency nor the percent collagen content was correlated with MRI findings or ADC values. The SI of growth hormone-producing adenomas on T2-WI was lower than of the other pituitary adenomas studied (p < 0.01); no other significant difference was found in the ADC or on conventional MRI between pituitary adenomas with different secretory functions. The MIB-1 LI of pituitary adenomas was not correlated with their appearance on conventional MRI or their ADC values. Conclusion: Using the PROPELLER DWI

  12. Diffusion-weighted MRI of epithelial ovarian cancers: Correlation of apparent diffusion coefficient values with histologic grade and surgical stage

    Highlights: •The solid component of all invasive epithelial cancers showed high b1000 signal intensity. •ADCs can predict the histologic grade of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs correlate negatively to the surgical stage of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs may be useful imaging biomarkers to assess epithelial ovarian cancer. -- Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this article is to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of epithelial ovarian cancers with histologic grade and surgical stage. Materials and methods: We enrolled 43 patients with pathologically proven epithelial ovarian cancers for this retrospective study. All patients underwent preoperative pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted images with b value of 0 and 1000 s/mm2 at 3.0-T unit. The mean ADC values of the solid portion of the tumor were measured and compared among different histologic grades and surgical stages. Results: The mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers differed significantly between grade 1 (well-differentiated) and grade 2 (moderately-differentiated) (P = 0.013) as well as between grade 1 and grade 3 (poorly-differentiated) (P = 0.01); however, no statistically significant difference existed between grade 2 and grade 3 (P = 0.737). The receiver-operating characteristic analysis indicated that a cutoff ADC value of less than or equal to 1.09 × 10−3 mm2/s was associated with 94.4% sensitivity and 85.7% specificity in distinguishing grade 1 and grade 2/3 cancer. The difference in mean ADC values was statistically significant for early stage (FIGO stage I) and advanced stage (FIGO stage II-IV) cancer (P = 0.011). The interobserver agreement for the mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers was excellent. Conclusion: The mean ADC values of the solid portion of epithelial ovarian cancers negatively correlated to histologic grade and surgical stage. The mean ADC values may be useful imaging biomarkers for assessment of

  13. Diffusion-weighted MRI of epithelial ovarian cancers: Correlation of apparent diffusion coefficient values with histologic grade and surgical stage

    Oh, Ji-Won, E-mail: fromentin@naver.com [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Rha, Sung Eun, E-mail: serha@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Oh, Soon Nam, E-mail: hiohsn@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Michael Yong, E-mail: digirave@kmle.com [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Byun, Jae Young, E-mail: jybyun@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Ahwon, E-mail: klee@catholic.ac.kr [Department of Hospital Pathology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, 222 Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul 137-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: •The solid component of all invasive epithelial cancers showed high b{sub 1000} signal intensity. •ADCs can predict the histologic grade of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs correlate negatively to the surgical stage of epithelial ovarian cancer. •ADCs may be useful imaging biomarkers to assess epithelial ovarian cancer. -- Abstract: Objective: The purpose of this article is to correlate the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of epithelial ovarian cancers with histologic grade and surgical stage. Materials and methods: We enrolled 43 patients with pathologically proven epithelial ovarian cancers for this retrospective study. All patients underwent preoperative pelvic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted images with b value of 0 and 1000 s/mm{sup 2} at 3.0-T unit. The mean ADC values of the solid portion of the tumor were measured and compared among different histologic grades and surgical stages. Results: The mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers differed significantly between grade 1 (well-differentiated) and grade 2 (moderately-differentiated) (P = 0.013) as well as between grade 1 and grade 3 (poorly-differentiated) (P = 0.01); however, no statistically significant difference existed between grade 2 and grade 3 (P = 0.737). The receiver-operating characteristic analysis indicated that a cutoff ADC value of less than or equal to 1.09 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s was associated with 94.4% sensitivity and 85.7% specificity in distinguishing grade 1 and grade 2/3 cancer. The difference in mean ADC values was statistically significant for early stage (FIGO stage I) and advanced stage (FIGO stage II-IV) cancer (P = 0.011). The interobserver agreement for the mean ADC values of epithelial ovarian cancers was excellent. Conclusion: The mean ADC values of the solid portion of epithelial ovarian cancers negatively correlated to histologic grade and surgical stage. The mean ADC values may be useful imaging

  14. Pancreatic cancer: Lack of association between apparent diffusion coefficient values and adverse pathological features

    Aim: To identify retrospectively potential associations between apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and tumour grade as well as other pathological features, using histopathological assessment from the Whipple procedure as the reference standard. Materials and methods: Thirty patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) including diffusion-weighted imaging with b-values of 0 and 500 s/mm2 before the Whipple procedure. Two radiologists independently recorded the ADC values of the tumour and benign pancreas for all cases. ADC values were compared with histopathological findings following the Whipple procedure. Results: The intra-class correlation coefficient was 0.689 for benign pancreas and 0.695 for tumours, indicating good inter-reader agreement for ADC values. The mean ADC value was significantly lower in tumours than in benign pancreas for both readers (reader 1: 1.74 ± 0.34 × 10−3 mm2/s versus 2.08 ± 0.48 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p = 0.006; reader 2: 1.69 ± 0.41 × 10−3 mm2/s versus 2.11 ± 0.54 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p −3 mm2/s versus 1.78 ± 0.33 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p = 0.491; reader 2: 1.62 ± 0.33 × 10−3 mm2/s versus 1.75 ± 0.49 × 10−3 mm2/s, respectively, p = 0.405). The area under the curve (AUC) for differentiation of poorly and well/moderately differentiated tumours was 0.611 and 0.596 for readers 1 and 2, respectively, and was not significantly better than an AUC of 0.500 for either reader (p ≥ 0.306). In addition, ADC was not significantly different for either reader between tumours with stage T3 versus stage T1/T2, between tumours with and without metastatic peri-pancreatic lymph nodes, or between tumours located in the pancreatic head versus other pancreatic regions (p ≥ 0.413). Conclusion: No associations between ADC values of pancreatic adenocarcinoma and tumour grade or other adverse pathological features were observed

  15. Apparent diffusion coefficient values and dynamic contrast enhancement patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous testicular neoplasms

    Tsili, Athina C., E-mail: a_tsili@yahoo.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Sylakos, Anastasios, E-mail: anasylakos@yahoo.gr [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Ntorkou, Alexandra, E-mail: alexdorkou@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Stavrou, Sotirios, E-mail: s.sotiris@yahoo.gr [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Astrakas, Loukas G., E-mail: astrakas@uoi.gr [Department of Medical Physics, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Sofikitis, Nikolaos, E-mail: akrosnin@hotmail.com [Department of Urology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Argyropoulou, Maria I., E-mail: margyrop@cc.uoi.gr [Department of Radiology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Functional MRI in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors was assessed. • ADC values proved useful in the characterization of testicular germ cell tumors. • Testicular germ cell tumors had similar enhancement patterns of dynamic MRI. - Abstract: Introduction: The aim of this study is to investigate the role of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE) patterns in differentiating seminomas from nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). Materials and methods: The MRI examinations of the scrotum of 26 men with histologically proven testicular GCTs were reviewed. DWI was performed in all patients, using a single shot, multi-slice spin-echo planar diffusion pulse sequence and b-values of 0 and 900 s/mm{sup 2}. Subtraction DCE-MRI was performed in 20 cases using a 3D fast-field echo sequence after gadolinium administration. Time-signal intensity curves were created and semi-quantitative parameters (peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate) were calculated. The Student's t-test was used to compare the mean values of ADC, peak enhancement, time to peak, wash-in and wash-out rate between seminomas and NSGCTs. ROC analysis was also performed. Results: Histopathology disclosed the presence of 15 seminomas and 11 NSGCTs. The mean ± s.d. of ADC values (× 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s) of seminomas (0.59 ± 0.009) were significantly lower than those of NSGCTs (0.90 ± 0.33) (P = 0.01). The optimal ADC cut-off value was 0.68 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s. No differences between the two groups were observed for peak enhancement (P = 0.18), time to peak (P = 0.63) wash-in rate (P = 0.32) and wash-out rate (P = 0.18). Conclusions: ADC values may be used to preoperatively differentiate seminomas from NSGCTs.

  16. Seasonal changes of apparent thermal diffusivity of different kinds of soils

    Dedecek, Petr; Safanda, Jan; Correia, Antonio; Rajver, Dusan; Cermak, Vladimir; Kresl, Milan

    2013-04-01

    The paper addresses the problem of seasonal changes of apparent thermal diffusivity (ATD) in different types of soils in different climatic conditions. The long-term (several years) temperature series recorded at observatories in Czechia, Slovenia and Portugal were processed using a program based on the error function solution of the heat conduction equation for a semi-infinite solid. The program simulates penetration of temperature changes represented by the observed time-temperature series in differently wide time floating intervals, and in different depth levels of the soil profile. Synthetic temperature series for different values of thermal diffusivity (with a step of 1E-8 m2/s) are automatically compared with measured temperature time series in a given depth. The ATD value minimizing the standard deviation of difference between the measured and computed temperature series is considered as the best approximation of reality. The method has been applied to the temperature series from (i) observatory in Prague, where the temperature monitoring in different kinds of soil (sand, bare clayey soil, grassy soil) and asphalt is running from 2002, (ii) Evora - Portugal (gravelly sand, running from 2005), and finally (iii) Malence - Slovenia (grassy clayey soil, running from 2003). The soil temperature is measured at the depths of 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cm at each of the observatories. Results have shown a gradual increase of the ATD with depth caused by the soil density gradient in case of Malence and Prague (excluding asphalt). The ATD of the upper part of sand (2 - 5 cm), contrary to grassy surface, is quite sensitive to weather pattern (e.g. periods of rain or drought), when the strong convective heat transport in soil can occur. The ATD values in Evora show an annual run connected with a long dry summer season. The seasonal pattern is characterized, especially in the upper part of soil, by a rapid decrease from 7*E-7 to 4*E-7 m2/s in June and a return to higher values

  17. Value of normalized apparent diffusion coefficient for estimating histological grade of vesical urothelial carcinoma

    Aim: To compare the efficacy of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and normalized ADC (nADC) for estimating the histological grade of vesical urothelial carcinoma and to identify an optimal reference for nADC calculation. Materials and methods: Thirty patients with histologically confirmed vesical urothelial carcinomas underwent preoperative diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) of the pelvis. nADC of the tumour was calculated as ADC (tumour)/ADC (reference) using urine in the bladder lumen, and the obturator internus and gluteus maximus muscles as reference. Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were constructed and compared to identify an optimal reference for nADC calculation. Results: Both ADC and nADC of low-grade tumours (1.112 ± 0.159 × 10−3 mm2/s, 0.403 ± 0.047 × 10−3 mm2/s) were significantly (p < 0.001) higher than those of high-grade tumours (0.772 ± 0.091 × 10−3 mm2/s, 0.276 ± 0.033 × 10−3 mm2/s). The area under the nADC ROC curve using urine as reference was significantly (p = 0.000) larger (0.995) than those using obturator internus (0.960) and gluteus maximus (0.945). Conclusions: nADC is superior to ADC for estimating the histological grade of bladder carcinoma using urine in the bladder lumen as an optimal reference for nADC calculation. - Highlights: • We use a new non-invasive method in bladder cancer preoperative pathological grade evaluation. • We first use the normalized ADC value in bladder cancer. • Normalized ADC value was confirmed to be more reliable than ADC value

  18. A preliminary study of apparent diffusion coefficient in chemotherapy-induced liver damage

    Objectives: To investigate changes in the hepatic apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in patients undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: We enrolled 54 patients (25 women; mean age 57.0 ± 13.1 years, range 29–89 years) undergoing chemotherapy for tumor and 10 controls (7 women; mean age 55.1 ± 17.5 years, range 23–81 years). The patients were tested for serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) activity (abnormal, normal) and fatty liver. Hepatic ADC values were compared among controls, patients and subgroups. Pearson correlation coefficient was used to assess the correlation between ADC and ALT activity. Results: Hepatic ADC0,850 (×10−3 mm2/s) was lower for patients than controls (1.14 ± 0.18 vs. 1.28 ± 0.12, P = 0.02) and was lower for patients with than without fatty liver and controls (1.01 ± 0.06 vs. 1.18 ± 0.18 and 1.28 ± 0.12, respectively, all P < 0.01), with no significant difference between patients without fatty liver and controls (P = 0.07). ADC0,850 was lower for patients with abnormal ALT than normal ALT activity and controls (0.99 ± 0.06 vs. 1.17 ± 0.18 and 1.28 ± 0.12, respectively, all P < 0.05), with a significant difference also being seen between patients with normal ALT activity and controls (P = 0.04). Hepatic ADC0,850 was not correlated with ALT activity in patients (r = -0.24, P = 0.08). Conclusions: Although ADC did not correlate with ALT values, it did distinguish patient likely to have chemotherapy-induced liver damage as indicated by abnormal ALT values or fatty liver. These mechanisms need to be disentangled.

  19. Fluctuations above the superfluid transition in liquid 3He

    It is shown that fluctuations above the superfluid transition in liquid 3He depend strongly upon the relative angular momentum l of a Cooper pair but are insensitive to the fourth order term in the Ginsburg-Landau free energy. The effects are shown to be observable in the static magnetization, viscosity and spin diffusion and give a means of determining the value of l. (U.S.)

  20. Evaluation of the pyramidal tract in patients with brain tumor in terms of diffusion anisotropy, apparent diffusion coefficient and eigenvalues

    Diffusion anisotropy index, diffusion trace and eigenvalues of the pyramidal tracts were measured in 19 patients with supratentorial brain tumor using diffusion tensor MR imaging. These indices reflected condition of pyramidal tract, being compressed and/or being T2-high. Estimation of eigenvalues, in addition to diffusion anisotropy and the trace, should provide more detailed information about the pyramidal tract in brain tumor cases. (author)

  1. Photodisintegration of 3H and 3He

    The photoneutron cross sections for 3H and 3He have been measured from threshold to approx. 25 MeV with monoenergetic photons from the annihilation in flight of fast positrons at the LLL Electron-Positron Linear Accelerator facility. These reactions include the two-body breakup of 3H and the three-body breakup of both 3H and 3He; these measurements for 3H are the first to span the energy region across the peaks of the cross sections. An efficient BF3-tube-and-paraffin neutron detector and high-pressure gaseous samples of several moles each (the activity of the 3H sample was approx. 200,000 Ci) were employed in these measurements. Measurements on 16O and 2H also were performed to verify the absolute cross-section scale. The results, when compared with each other and with results for the two-body breakup cross section for 3He from the literature, show that the two-body breakup cross sections for 3H and 3He have nearly the same shape, but the one for 3He lies lower in magnitude; the three-body breakup cross section for 3He lies higher in magnitude and is broader in the peak region and also rises less sharply from threshold than that for 3H; and these measured differences between the cross sections for the breakup modes largely compensate in their sum, so that the total photon absorption cross sections for 3H and 3He are nearly the same in both size and shape at energies near and above their peaks. Theoretical results from the literature disagree with the experimental results to a certain extent over the entire photon-energy region for which the photoneutron cross sections were measured. 50 figures, 7 tables

  2. The value of the apparent diffusion coefficient in MR diffusion weighted imaging for the differential diagnosis of sinonasal masses

    Objective: To investigate the diagnostic value of apparent diffusion coefficient in the evaluation of sinonasal masses. Methods: Sixty-seven sinonasal solid masses over 1 cm in diameter confirmed by pathology were retrospectively analyzed, all patients underwent preoperative routine MRI with DWI, the ADC values were measured in ROI within the solid mass. The patients were divided into benign and malignant groups by the histopathology, according to pathological findings, the patients were further divided into the hematolymphoid tumors, the malignancy of epithelium and mesenchymal tissue, the benign tumors of epithelial and mesenchymal tissue, and vasogenic masses. ANOVA test and t test were used to compare the ADC values of different groups. The receiver operating characteristic curve (ROC) was constructed using various cut points of ADC for different parameters to confirm the diagnostic threshold value and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy. Results: All lesions were solitary. There were 22 malignant tumors, of which 6 lesions were hematolymphoid tumors and 16 lesions malignancy from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue. There were 45 benign tumors, of which 22 lesions were benign tumors from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue and 23 lesions vasogenic masses. The mean ADC value of malignant and benign masses was (0.88 ± 0.26) × 10-3 mm2/s and (1.54 ± 0.41) × 10-3 mm2/s respectively. There was statistically significant differences between them (t=6.897, P <0.01). The mean ADC value was(0.63 ± 0.10) × 10-3 mm2/s in hematolymphoid tumors,(0.97 ±0.24) × 10-3 mm2/s in malignancy from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue, (1.38 ± 0.23) × 10-3 mm2/s in benign tumors from epithelium and mesenchymal tissue,(1.68 ± 0.49) × 10-3 mm2/s in vasogenic masses respectively. There was statistically significant difference among all 4 groups(F=22.788, P<0.01), and the differences between any 2 groups were still statistically significant (P <0.05). The area under the ROC calculated

  3. Understanding the apparent diffusivity of Sr-85 ion for MX-80 in different salinity condition at low dry density

    The apparent diffusivity of strontium-85 in the compacted MX-80 bentonite under different salinity conditions and dry densities was conducted were studied from the viewpoint of activation energy. Through in-diffusions experiments the effect of salinity on diffusion behavior of Sr-85 ions can also can be explained. As we know, Sr-90 is by product of the fission materials of nuclear wastes and should be manage properly. Sr-85 is radioactive isotope with the same chemical properties of Sr-90. Adsorption affects only non-steady-state diffusion while at the steady state (e.g., a constant concentration gradient between a constant source and a constant sink), there is no net uptake or release by adsorption, so adsorption has no effect on diffusion (Drever, James I., 1997). The changes in the basal spacing of bentonite as a function of salinity are needed to be observed by the X-ray diffraction method to understand the microstructure changes in diffusion pathways for Sr-85 in MX-80 bentonite. As we know, there could be three potential pathways for radionuclide diffusion in solution-saturated, compacted montmorillonite, i.e., pore water, external surfaces and the internal surface (interlayer spaces) of montmorillonite aggregates (Kozaki et al., 2008). So, it is important to understand the diffusion processes in term of apparent diffusivity of Sr-85 ions in different salinity concentration at low dry density of MX-80. Several parameters are needed in explaining the process such as dry density, activation energy, temperature dependence and concentration of the salinity solutions. (author)

  4. The influence of restricted geometry of the diamagnetic nanoporous media on the 3He relaxation

    The spin kinetics of 3He in contact with diamagnetic samples of inverse SiO2 opals and LaF3 nanopowders is investigated experimentally. The experimental results testify that the nuclear magnetic relaxation of adsorbed 3He occurs through the modulation of dipole-dipole interactions by quantum movements in a 2D layer while the relaxation of liquid 3He occurs through a spin-diffusion to the adsorbed layer. It is shown that the restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media influences the 3He relaxation process.

  5. Heat capacity of 3He in aerogel

    The heat capacity of pure 3He in low density aerogel is measured at 22.5 bars. The superfluid response is simultaneously monitored with a torsional oscillator. A slightly rounded heat capacity peak, 65 μK in width, is observed at the 3He-aerogel superfluid transition, Tca. Subtracting the bulk 3He contribution, the heat capacity shows a Fermi-liquid form above Tca. We can fit the heat capacity attributed to superfluid within the aerogel with a rounded BCS form accounting for 0.30 of the nonbulk fluid in the aerogel, or by assuming a substantial reduction in the superfluid order parameter. Both approaches are consistent with earlier superfluid density measurements

  6. Progression of Emphysema Evaluated by MRI Using Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He) Measurements in Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency Compared with CT and Lung Function Tests

    Stavngaard, T.; Vejby Soegaard, L. (Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen Univ. Hospital Hvidovre, Hvidovre (Denmark)); Batz, M. (Inst. of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany)); Schreiber, L.M. (Dept. of Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology, Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Medical School, Mainz (Germany)); Dirksen, A. (Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Gentofte Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark))

    2009-11-15

    Background: The progression of emphysema is traditionally measured by pulmonary function test, with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) being the most accepted and used measurement. However, FEV1 is insensitive in detecting mild/slow progression of emphysema because of low reproducibility as compared to yearly decline. Purpose: To investigate the progression of emphysema over a period of 2 years using diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (HP) 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency. Material and Methods: Nine patients with severe A1AT deficiency were studied over a period of 2 years (baseline, year 1, and year 2) with HP 3He MRI using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), lung function tests (FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion capacity [DL,CO]), and computed tomography (CT) using densitometric parameters (15th percentile density [CT-PD15] and relative area of emphysema below -910 HU [CT-RA-910]). Results: Seven patients were scanned three times, one patient two times, and one patient only at baseline. The mean increase in ADC values from first to last HP 3He MR scanning was 3.8% (0.014 cm2/s [SD 0.024 cm2/s]; not significant). The time trends for FEV1, DL,CO, CT-PD15, and CT-RA-910 were all statistically significant. We found a high correlation between ADC and DL,CO (P<0.001). Conclusion: This pilot study indicates the possible use of nonionizing HP 3He MRI for monitoring the progression of emphysema. However, in the future, larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results

  7. Progression of Emphysema Evaluated by MRI Using Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He Measurements in Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency Compared with CT and Lung Function Tests

    Background: The progression of emphysema is traditionally measured by pulmonary function test, with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) being the most accepted and used measurement. However, FEV1 is insensitive in detecting mild/slow progression of emphysema because of low reproducibility as compared to yearly decline. Purpose: To investigate the progression of emphysema over a period of 2 years using diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (HP) 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency. Material and Methods: Nine patients with severe A1AT deficiency were studied over a period of 2 years (baseline, year 1, and year 2) with HP 3He MRI using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), lung function tests (FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion capacity [DL,CO]), and computed tomography (CT) using densitometric parameters (15th percentile density [CT-PD15] and relative area of emphysema below -910 HU [CT-RA-910]). Results: Seven patients were scanned three times, one patient two times, and one patient only at baseline. The mean increase in ADC values from first to last HP 3He MR scanning was 3.8% (0.014 cm2/s [SD 0.024 cm2/s]; not significant). The time trends for FEV1, DL,CO, CT-PD15, and CT-RA-910 were all statistically significant. We found a high correlation between ADC and DL,CO (P3He MRI for monitoring the progression of emphysema. However, in the future, larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results

  8. Quantum prewetting transitions in liquid 3He

    Multilayer 3He film growth on weak-binding alkali substrates is investigated with a non-local density functional theory. Although 3He wets all substrates, prewetting transitions are predicted to occur on cesium and potassium. Emphasis is put on the role played by the Fermi statistics. Prewetting critical temperatures are estimated. Continuous wetting at zero temperature is recovered with increasing strength of substrate potential. The heat capacity and the magnetization of the films exhibits steps associated with the occupation of two-dimensional (2D) Fermi discs. (authors). 24 refs., 4 figs

  9. Assessment and quantification of sources of variability in breast apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements at diffusion weighted imaging

    Giannotti, E., E-mail: ytteb84@hotmail.com [Breast Imaging Department, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Waugh, S., E-mail: shelley.waugh@nhs.net [Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Department of Clinical Radiology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Priba, L., E-mail: lpriba@nhs.net [Department of Medical Physics, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Davis, Z., E-mail: zoedavis@doctors.org.uk [Breast Imaging Department, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Crowe, E., E-mail: e.crowe@nhs.net [Department of Clinical Radiology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom); Vinnicombe, S., E-mail: s.vinnicombe@dundee.ac.uk [Division of Imaging and Technology, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 9SY (United Kingdom)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Inter-scan errors have minimal contribution to ADC measurement variability. • Intra-observer measures of ADC values in breast cancer are excellent. • ADC measures in whole tumour are more reproducible than minimum ADC measures. • ADC measurement error is most influenced by multiple readers. - Abstract: Purpose: Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) measurements are increasingly used for assessing breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy although little data exists on ADC measurement reproducibility. The purpose of this work was to investigate and characterise the magnitude of errors in ADC measures that may be encountered in such follow-up studies- namely scanner stability, scan–scan reproducibility, inter- and intra- observer measures and the most reproducible measurement of ADC. Methods: Institutional Review Board approval was obtained for the prospective study of healthy volunteers and written consent acquired for the retrospective study of patient images. All scanning was performed on a 3.0-T MRI scanner. Scanner stability was assessed using an ice-water phantom weekly for 12 weeks. Inter-scan repeatability was assessed across two scans of 10 healthy volunteers (26–61 years; mean: 44.7 years). Inter- and intra-reader analysis repeatability was measured in 52 carcinomas from clinical patients (29–70 years; mean: 50.0 years) by measuring the whole tumor ADC value on a single slice with maximum tumor diameter (ADC{sub S}) and the ADC value of a small region of interest (ROI) on the same slice (ADC{sub min}). Repeatability was assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) and coefficients of repeatability (CoR). Results: Scanner stability contributed 6% error to phantom ADC measurements (0.071 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s; mean ADC = 1.089 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s). The measured scan-scan CoR in the volunteers was 0.122 × 10{sup −3} mm{sup 2}/s, contributing an error of 8% to the mean measured values (ADC

  10. Assessment and quantification of sources of variability in breast apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements at diffusion weighted imaging

    Highlights: • Inter-scan errors have minimal contribution to ADC measurement variability. • Intra-observer measures of ADC values in breast cancer are excellent. • ADC measures in whole tumour are more reproducible than minimum ADC measures. • ADC measurement error is most influenced by multiple readers. - Abstract: Purpose: Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) measurements are increasingly used for assessing breast cancer response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy although little data exists on ADC measurement reproducibility. The purpose of this work was to investigate and characterise the magnitude of errors in ADC measures that may be encountered in such follow-up studies- namely scanner stability, scan–scan reproducibility, inter- and intra- observer measures and the most reproducible measurement of ADC. Methods: Institutional Review Board approval was obtained for the prospective study of healthy volunteers and written consent acquired for the retrospective study of patient images. All scanning was performed on a 3.0-T MRI scanner. Scanner stability was assessed using an ice-water phantom weekly for 12 weeks. Inter-scan repeatability was assessed across two scans of 10 healthy volunteers (26–61 years; mean: 44.7 years). Inter- and intra-reader analysis repeatability was measured in 52 carcinomas from clinical patients (29–70 years; mean: 50.0 years) by measuring the whole tumor ADC value on a single slice with maximum tumor diameter (ADCS) and the ADC value of a small region of interest (ROI) on the same slice (ADCmin). Repeatability was assessed using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) and coefficients of repeatability (CoR). Results: Scanner stability contributed 6% error to phantom ADC measurements (0.071 × 10−3 mm2/s; mean ADC = 1.089 × 10−3 mm2/s). The measured scan-scan CoR in the volunteers was 0.122 × 10−3 mm2/s, contributing an error of 8% to the mean measured values (ADCscan1 = 1.529 × 10−3 mm2/s; ADCscan2 = 1.507 × 10

  11. 3He-4He II mixtures

    A theoretical study of the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic properties of 3He-4He II mixtures at temperatures below 250 mK is described. A hydrodynamic model is set up which incorporates mutual friction between the two components. Results of an investigation into the quantitative calculation of the mutual friction are reported. 148 refs.; 34 figs.; 4 tabs

  12. Extraterrestrial 3He in marine polymetallic nodules: a potential method for measuring growth rate of nodules

    李延河; 宋鹤彬; 李金城

    2002-01-01

    The comparative measurements of helium isotope compositions between marine polymetallic nodules and their surrounding sediments, their magnetic fractions and bulk from C-C Zone of the East Pacific Basin are reported. The 4He content and 3He/4He ratio of polymetallic nodules and their surrounding sediments are extremely high; the 3He, 4He concentrations and most 3He/4He ratios of magnetic fractions in nodules and sediments are apparently higher than those in bulk. The helium isotope data points of nodules and sediments are all distributed along or closely to the mixing curve of the interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and the terrigenous sediments in the chart of 3He-3He/4He. In the same sampling site, the 3He/4He ratios of nodules and their surrounding sediments are very similar, and the changes of both ratios are synchronous. It shows that the high 3He/4He ratios in nodules and sediments may all result from IDPs. So, if the flux of extraterrestrial 3He into the nodules and sediments is constant, the growth rate of polymetallic nodules and the sedimentation rate of sediments can be independently calculated according to the concentration of extraterrestrial 3He in nodules and sediments.

  13. Apparent diffusive motion of centrin foci in living cells: implications for diffusion-based motion in centriole duplication

    Rafelski, Susanne M.; Keller, Lani C.; Alberts, Jonathan B.; Marshall, Wallace F

    2011-01-01

    The degree to which diffusion contributes to positioning cellular structures is an open question. Here we investigate the question of whether diffusive motion of centrin granules would allow them to interact with the mother centriole. The role of centrin granules in centriole duplication remains unclear, but some proposed functions of these granules, for example in providing pre-assembled centriole subunits, or by acting as unstable “pre-centrioles” that need to be captured by the mother cent...

  14. Investigation of a phantom for diffusion weighted imaging that controlled the apparent diffusion coefficient using gelatin and sucrose

    When studying diffusion weighted imaging (DWI), it is important to create a phantom that has a reliably controlled diffusion coefficient. In this study, we investigated phantoms to control both the diffusion coefficient and the T2-value by changing the concentration of gelatin or sucrose and MnCl2, respectively. The results showed that the diffusion coefficient decreased linearly with increases in the gelatin or sucrose concentration, and decreasing of their relaxation times was observed. By properly adjusting the MnCl2 concentrations, we were able to equalize the T2-values between phantoms having different gelatin or sucrose concentrations. Temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficient was also revealed. This phantom can be made stable for a few months by adding a small amount of NaN3 as an antiseptic agent, has a diffusion coefficient similar to that of neural tissue or clinical tumor, and is able to control the T2-value properly. We consider this phantom suitable for studying SE-type DWI and contributes to elucidation of this technique. (author)

  15. Orientationally invariant metrics of apparent compartment eccentricity from double pulsed field gradient diffusion experiments

    Jespersen, Sune Nørhøj; Lundell, Henrik; Sønderby, Casper Kaae;

    2013-01-01

    orientation dispersion when applied to macroscopically anisotropic systems. Here we propose a new framework, the d-PFG 5-design, to enable rotationally invariant estimation of double wave vector diffusion metrics (d-PFG). The method is based on the idea that an appropriate orientational average of the signal...... pairs of diffusion wave vectors (the d-PFG 5-design) facilitating a theoretically exact determination of the fourth order Taylor or cumulant expansion of the orientationally averaged signal. The d-PFG 5-design is evaluated with numerical simulations and ex vivo high field diffusion MRI experiments in a...... nonhuman primate brain. Specifically, we demonstrate rotational invariance when estimating compartment eccentricity, which we show offers new microstructural information, complementary to that of fractional anisotropy (FA) from diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). The imaging observations are supported by a new...

  16. NMR experiments on pure 3He and 3He-4He mixtures in silica aerogel

    We have carried out a series of NMR experiments on 4He systems filling the pores of silica aerogel with 95% porosity. The systems studied included 3He-4He mixtures with a wide range of 3He concentrations x3 as well as pure 3He. All experiments were conducted in an 8 T field and for temperatures T ≥ 6 mK. This resulted in strong spin polarization at the lowest temperatures (up to approximately 80%) for the localized layer observed for a pure 3He sample. For pure 3He, the magnetic behavior is dominated by the localized spins, which are found to constitute 6% of the sample. The coupled system of localized plus liquid spins displays rapid transverse magnetization relaxation with an anomalous temperature dependence. For intermediate x3 magnetization measurements provide a preliminary indication of the phase diagram of mixtures filling this porous material. The magnetization is hysteretic over some ranges of x3

  17. 3He Spin Filter for Neutrons

    Batz, M.; Baeßler, S.; Heil, W.; Otten, E. W.; Rudersdorf, D.; Schmiedeskamp, J.; Sobolev, Y.; Wolf, M.

    2005-01-01

    The strongly spin-dependent absorption of neutrons in nuclear spin-polarized 3He opens up the possibility of polarizing neutrons from reactors and spallation sources over the full kinematical range of cold, thermal and hot neutrons. This paper gives a report on the neutron spin filter (NSF) development program at Mainz. The polarization technique is based on direct optical pumping of metastable 3He atoms combined with a polarization preserving mechanical compression of the gas up to a pressure of several bar, necessary to run a NSF. The concept of a remote type of operation using detachable NSF cells is presented which requires long nuclear spin relaxation times of order 100 hours. A short survey of their use under experimental conditions, e.g. large solid-angle polarization analysis, is given. In neutron particle physics NSFs are used in precision measurements to test fundamental symmetry concepts.

  18. X-rays from pionic 3He

    Pionic X-ray energies, lorentzian widths, and relative intensities have been measured for the transitions in liquid 3He. The pion-nucleus interaction is found to result in an attractive shift of the 1s level of 27 +- 5 eV and in a lorentzian width of 65 +- 12 eV. The measured Ksub(β) to Ksub(α) intensity ratio is 1.05 +- 0.07. (Auth.)

  19. The apparent diffusion coefficient of water in gray and white matter of the infant brain

    Toft, P B; Leth, H; Peitersen, Birgit;

    1996-01-01

    at the basal ganglia level was investigated with the diffusion-encoding gradients in the slice-selection direction. RESULTS: On ADC maps, the corpus callosum and the optic radiations appeared dark before the onset of myelination, and the crus posterior of the internal capsule could be visualized...

  20. Size effects in superfluid 3He

    The superfluid density and transition temperature of 3He filling the pores of packed alumina powder have been measured by fourth sound. The measurements were performed simultaneously for three separate fourth sound resonators, each packed with a different nominal grain size of 1.0 μm. 0.3 μm and 0.05 μm. The bulk 3He superfluid transition temperature, which was determined independently, was compared to the transition temperature of each resonator. We observed a systematic depression for both the superfluid density and transition temperature as the powder size was decreased. The depressions in the transition temperature were compared with theoretical estimates of size dependent transition temperatures for the ideal geometry of an infinite cylinder. In the analysis the cylinder radius was replaced by defining an average radius of the pore structure which was empirically determined by nitrogen gas sorption and mercury intrusion techniques. The pressure dependence of the transition temperature depression is found to be consistent with theoretical estimates of the superfluid coherence length. The experimentally determined magnitude of the coherence length based on the pore structure analysis is in agreement with theoretical estimates, confirming that the coherence length of superfluid 3He is about two orders of magnitude larger than that of He II

  1. Apparent diffusion coefficients in GEC ESTRO target volumes for image guided adaptive brachytherapy of locally advanced cervical cancer

    Haack, Soeren (Dept. of Clinical Engineering, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)), E-mail: Soeren.haack@stab.rm.dk; Morre Pedersen, Erik (Dept. of Radiology, Aarhus Sygehus, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)); Jespersen, Sune N. (Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)); Kallehauge, Jesper F. (Dept. of Medical Physics, Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark)); Lindegaard, Jacob Christian; Tanderup, Kari (Dept. of Oncology Aarhus Univ. Hospital (Denmark))

    2010-10-15

    Background and purpose. T2 weighted MRI is recommended for image guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT) in cervical cancer. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and the derived apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) may add additional biological information on tumour cell density. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the distribution of the ADC within target volumes as recommended by GEC-ESTRO: Gross Tumour Volume at BT (GTVBT), High-Risk Clinical Tumour Volume (HR-CTV) and Intermediate-Risk Clinical Target Volume (IR-CTV) and to evaluate the change of diffusion between fractions of IGABT. Material and methods. Fifteen patients with locally advanced cervical cancer were examined by MRI before their first (BT1) and second (BT2) fraction of IGABT, resulting in a total of 30 MR examinations including both T2 weighted and DWI sequences. The Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) was calculated by use of three levels of b-values (0, 600, 1000 s/mm2). ADC maps were constructed and fused with the GEC ESTRO target contours. The mean ADC value within each target volume was calculated. Furthermore, volumes of low diffusion (ADClow) were defined based on an ADC threshold of 1.2 x 10-3 mm2/s, and overlap with target volumes was evaluated. Change of ADC level in target volumes and change of ADClow volume from BT1 to BT2 was also evaluated. Results. The mean ADC was significantly lower in GTVBT than in HR-CTV (p<0.001) which again was significantly lower than in IR-CTV (p<0.001). There was no significant change of the ADClow volume or ADC level within each target structure between BT1 and BT2 (p=0.242). All three GEC-ESTRO volumes contained volumes with low diffusion. The GTVBT contained 37.2% volume of low diffusion, HR-CTV 20.3% and IR-CTV 10.8%. Conclusion. With DWI we were able to find a significant difference in ADC-values for the three different GEC ESTRO targets. This supports the assumption that the target volumes used for dose prescription in IGABT contain tissues with

  2. Coupling between Solid 3He on Aerogel and Superfluid 3He in the Low Temperature Limit

    We have cooled liquid 3He contained in a 98% open aerogel sample surrounded by bulk superfluid 3He-B at zero pressure to below 120 μK. The aerogel sample is placed in a quasiparticle blackbody radiator cooled by a Lancaster-style nuclear cooling stage to ∼200 μK. We monitor the temperature of the 3He inside the blackbody radiator using a vibrating wire resonator. We find that reducing the magnetic field on the aerogel sample causes substantial cooling of all the superfluid inside the blackbody radiator. We believe this is due to the demagnetization of the solid 3He layers on the aerogel strands. This system has potential for achieving extremely low temperatures in the confined fluid

  3. The ground state energy of 3He droplet in the LOCV framework

    The (extended) lowest order constrained variational method was used to calculate the ground state energy of liquid helium 3 (3He) droplets at zero temperature. Different types of density distribution profiles, such as the Gaussian, the Quasi-Gaussian and the Woods-Saxon were used. It was shown that at least, on average, near 20 3He atoms are needed to get the bound state for 3He liquid droplet. Depending on the choice of the density profiles and the atomic radius of 3He, the above estimate can increase to 300. Our calculated ground state energy and the number of atoms in liquid 3He droplet were compared with those of Variational Monte Carlo method, Diffusion Monte Carlo method and Density Functional Theory, for which a reasonable agreement was found.

  4. Measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient in paediatric mitochondrial encephalopathy cases and a comparison of parenchymal changes associated with the disease using follow-up diffusion coefficient measurements

    Objectives: To reveal the contribution of MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to the diagnosis of mitochondrial encephalopathy (ME) and to evaluate the parenchymal changes associated with this disease in the involved parenchymal areas using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) parameter. Methods: Ten patients who had undergone MRI and DWI analysis with a pre-diagnosis of neurometabolic disease, and who were subsequently diagnosed with ME in laboratory and/or genetic studies, were included in our study. ADC values were compared with a control group composed of 20 patients of similar age with normal brains. Evaluations involved measurements made in 20 different areas determined on the ADC map. The dominance or contribution of ADC coefficient measurements to the conventional sequences was compared with the controls. Results: In the first examination, an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was detected in six cases and diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three patients. While an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was demonstrated in four cases, there was diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three cases in the control examinations. Conclusions: DWI provides information that complements conventional MRI sequences in the diagnosis of ME

  5. Measurement of the apparent diffusion coefficient in paediatric mitochondrial encephalopathy cases and a comparison of parenchymal changes associated with the disease using follow-up diffusion coefficient measurements

    Uysal, Fatma, E-mail: afatmauysal@gmail.com [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Izmir (Turkey); Çakmakçı, Handan, E-mail: handan.cakmakci@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Izmir (Turkey); Yiş, Uluç, E-mail: ulucyis@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Izmir (Turkey); Ellidokuz, Hülya, E-mail: hulyaellidokuz@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Medical Statistics, Izmir (Turkey); Hız, Ayşe Semra, E-mail: aysesemrahiz@deu.edu.tr [Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Pediatric Neurology, Izmir (Turkey)

    2014-01-15

    Objectives: To reveal the contribution of MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) to the diagnosis of mitochondrial encephalopathy (ME) and to evaluate the parenchymal changes associated with this disease in the involved parenchymal areas using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) parameter. Methods: Ten patients who had undergone MRI and DWI analysis with a pre-diagnosis of neurometabolic disease, and who were subsequently diagnosed with ME in laboratory and/or genetic studies, were included in our study. ADC values were compared with a control group composed of 20 patients of similar age with normal brains. Evaluations involved measurements made in 20 different areas determined on the ADC map. The dominance or contribution of ADC coefficient measurements to the conventional sequences was compared with the controls. Results: In the first examination, an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was detected in six cases and diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three patients. While an increase in both diffusion and ADC values was demonstrated in four cases, there was diffusion restriction and a decrease in ADC values in three cases in the control examinations. Conclusions: DWI provides information that complements conventional MRI sequences in the diagnosis of ME.

  6. Coronal Diffusion-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Kidney: Agreement with Axial Diffusion-weighted Magnetic Imaging in Terms of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Values

    Hai-Yi Wang; Jia Wang; Ye-Huan Tang; Hui-Yi Ye; Lin Ma

    2015-01-01

    Background:Coronal diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values have gradually become applied (following conventional axial DW-MRI) in the renal analysis.To explore whether data obtained using coronal DW-MRI are comparable with those derived using axial DW-MRI,this preliminary study sought to assess the agreement in renal ADC values between coronal DW-MRI and axial DW-MRI.Methods:Thirty-four healthy volunteers were enrolled in the study; written consents were obtained.All subjects underwent respiratory-triggered axial and coronal DW-MRI using a 1.5-MR system with b values of 0 and 800 s/mm2.The signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) of the two DW-MRI sequences were measured and statistically compared using the paired t-test.The extent of agreement of ADC values of the upper pole,mid-pole,and lower pole of the kidney; the mean ADC values of the left kidney and right kidney; and the mean ADC values of the bilateral kidneys were evaluated via calculation of intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) or Bland-Altman method between the two DW-MRI sequences.Results:The SNR of coronal DW-MR images was statistically inferior to that of axial DW-MR images (P < 0.001).The ICCs of the ADC values of each region of interest,and the mean ADC values of bilateral kidneys,between the two sequences,were greater than 0.5,and the mean ADCs of the bilateral kidneys demonstrated the highest ICC (0.869; 95% confidence interval:0.739-0.935).In addition,94.1% (32/34),94.1% (32/34),and 97.1% (31/34) of the ADC bias was inside the limits of agreement in terms of the mean ADC values of the left kidneys,right kidneys,and bilateral kidneys when coronal and axial DWI-MRI were compared.Conclusions:ADC values derived using coronal DW-MRI exhibited moderate-to-good agreement to those of axial DW-MRI,rendering the former an additional useful DW-MRI method,and causing the ADC values derived using the two types of DW-MRI to be comparable.

  7. Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations resolve apparent diffusion rate differences for proteins confined in nanochannels

    Highlights: • WGA proteins in nanochannels modeled by Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo. • Protein surface coverage characterized by atomic force microscopy. • Models indicate transport characteristics depend strongly on surface coverage. • Results resolve of a four orders of magnitude difference in diffusion coefficient values. - Abstract: We use Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to examine molecular transport phenomena in nanochannels, explaining four orders of magnitude difference in wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) protein diffusion rates observed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and by direct imaging of fluorescently-labeled proteins. We first use the ESPResSo Molecular Dynamics code to estimate the surface transport distance for neutral and charged proteins. We then employ a Monte Carlo model to calculate the paths of protein molecules on surfaces and in the bulk liquid transport medium. Our results show that the transport characteristics depend strongly on the degree of molecular surface coverage. Atomic force microscope characterization of surfaces exposed to WGA proteins for 1000 s show large protein aggregates consistent with the predicted coverage. These calculations and experiments provide useful insight into the details of molecular motion in confined geometries

  8. Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations resolve apparent diffusion rate differences for proteins confined in nanochannels

    Tringe, J.W., E-mail: tringe2@llnl.gov [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA (United States); Ileri, N. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA (United States); Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA (United States); Levie, H.W. [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 7000 East Avenue, Livermore, CA (United States); Stroeve, P.; Ustach, V.; Faller, R. [Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA (United States); Renaud, P. [Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, (EPFL) (Switzerland)

    2015-08-18

    Highlights: • WGA proteins in nanochannels modeled by Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo. • Protein surface coverage characterized by atomic force microscopy. • Models indicate transport characteristics depend strongly on surface coverage. • Results resolve of a four orders of magnitude difference in diffusion coefficient values. - Abstract: We use Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to examine molecular transport phenomena in nanochannels, explaining four orders of magnitude difference in wheat germ agglutinin (WGA) protein diffusion rates observed by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and by direct imaging of fluorescently-labeled proteins. We first use the ESPResSo Molecular Dynamics code to estimate the surface transport distance for neutral and charged proteins. We then employ a Monte Carlo model to calculate the paths of protein molecules on surfaces and in the bulk liquid transport medium. Our results show that the transport characteristics depend strongly on the degree of molecular surface coverage. Atomic force microscope characterization of surfaces exposed to WGA proteins for 1000 s show large protein aggregates consistent with the predicted coverage. These calculations and experiments provide useful insight into the details of molecular motion in confined geometries.

  9. Pion absorption in flight on 3He

    Pion absorption in flight on 3He has been measured in a kinematically complete manner. The experiment was done in the πE1-channel at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research, SIN, using π+- and π--beams of 120 and 165 MeV kinetic energy. Two of the emitted particles were measured in coincidence and identified by their time-of-flight/pulseheight relation. The obtained two-dimensional energy representation enabled a separation of the different kinematical regions and exhibited a clear enhancement in the region of quasifree absorption, QFA. (orig./WL)

  10. 3He and 4f instable compounds

    The high localization of the 4f electron and the possibility of a weak delocalization through the coupling with the itinerant electrons lead to Fermi liquid properties. With the example of CeAl3, the main role of the coherence between the Ce is emphasized at low temperature. Thermal dilatation data show the transition from a regime of almost independent Kondo centers to a regime of coherent Kondo centers. The occurence of the superconductivity in the heavy fermion CeCu2Si2 is discussed and compared to the superfluidity of liquid 3He

  11. Comparison of apparent diffusion coefficient in spondylarthritis axial active inflammatory lesions and type 1 modic changes

    Objective: The goal of this study was to evaluate whether the values of ADC in spondylarthritis axial active inflammatory lesions are different from ADC values in type 1 Modic changes. Subjects and methods: 95 patients with recent lumbar pain, including 46 patients with diagnosed or suspected spondylarthritis and 49 patients with purely degenerative history, underwent spine MRI. T1w, STIR, and diffusion-weighted images (DWI) were obtained. Two musculoskeletal radiologists interpreted the images. Axial active inflammatory lesions from the SpA group and type 1 Modic changes from the degenerative group were identified on T1w and STIR sequences. ADC values from these lesions and from healthy subchondral bone were compared. Results: All axial active inflammatory lesions (n = 27) and type 1 Modic changes (n = 22) identified in T1w and STIR images were visible on DWI. ADC values were significantly higher (p < 0.05) for axial active inflammatory lesions (median = 0.788 × 10−3 mm2/s, IQR 25–75 [0.7 × 10−3 mm2/s; 0.9 × 10−3 mm2/s]) than for type 1 Modic changes (median = 0.585 × 10−3 mm2/s, IQR 25–75 [0.55 × 10−3 mm2/s; 0.60 × 10−3 mm2/s]) and normal subchondral bone (median = 0.443 × 10−3 mm2/s, IQR 25–75 [0.40 × 10−3 mm2/s; 0.50 × 10−3 mm2/s]). Intra-class correlation coefficients for intra- and inter-reader ADC values comparison were excellent (0.89 and 0.98 respectively). Conclusion: DWI is a sensitive and fast sequence that offer the possibility of quantifying diffusion coefficients of the lesions, which could help to discriminate between spondylarthritis axial active inflammatory and type 1 Modic changes

  12. Analysis of the utility of diffusion-weighted MRI and apparent diffusion coefficient values in distinguishing central nervous system toxoplasmosis from lymphoma

    Toxoplasmosis and lymphoma are common lesions of the central nervous system in patients with AIDS. It is often difficult to distinguish between these lesions both clinically and radiographically. Previous research has demonstrated restricted diffusion within cerebral lymphomas and bacterial abscesses. However, little work has been done to evaluate the diffusion characteristics of toxoplasmosis lesions. This study was designed to explore further the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps and values in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of 36 patients, including 22 with toxoplasmosis (all of whom had AIDS) and 14 with lymphoma (8 of whom had AIDS), at two institutions were reviewed retrospectively. The characteristics of the lesions on DWI were evaluated, and the ADC ratios of the lesions were calculated and compared. There was significant overlap of the ADC ratios of toxoplasma and lymphoma, most notably in the intermediate (1.0-1.6) range. There was variability in ADC ratios even among different lesions in the same patient. In only a minority of the lymphoma patients were the ADC ratios low enough to suggest the correct diagnosis. Our study showed that toxoplasmosis exhibits a wide spectrum of diffusion characteristics with ADC ratios which have significant overlap with those of lymphoma. Therefore, in the majority of patients, ADC ratios are not definitive in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. (orig.)

  13. Analysis of the utility of diffusion-weighted MRI and apparent diffusion coefficient values in distinguishing central nervous system toxoplasmosis from lymphoma

    Schroeder, Paul C.; Donovan Post, M. Judith; Bruce-Gregorios, Jocelyn [University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL (United States); Oschatz, Elizabeth; Stadler, Alfred; Thurnher, Majda M. [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology Neuroradiology Section, Vienna (Austria)

    2006-10-15

    Toxoplasmosis and lymphoma are common lesions of the central nervous system in patients with AIDS. It is often difficult to distinguish between these lesions both clinically and radiographically. Previous research has demonstrated restricted diffusion within cerebral lymphomas and bacterial abscesses. However, little work has been done to evaluate the diffusion characteristics of toxoplasmosis lesions. This study was designed to explore further the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps and values in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of 36 patients, including 22 with toxoplasmosis (all of whom had AIDS) and 14 with lymphoma (8 of whom had AIDS), at two institutions were reviewed retrospectively. The characteristics of the lesions on DWI were evaluated, and the ADC ratios of the lesions were calculated and compared. There was significant overlap of the ADC ratios of toxoplasma and lymphoma, most notably in the intermediate (1.0-1.6) range. There was variability in ADC ratios even among different lesions in the same patient. In only a minority of the lymphoma patients were the ADC ratios low enough to suggest the correct diagnosis. Our study showed that toxoplasmosis exhibits a wide spectrum of diffusion characteristics with ADC ratios which have significant overlap with those of lymphoma. Therefore, in the majority of patients, ADC ratios are not definitive in making the distinction between toxoplasmosis and lymphoma. (orig.)

  14. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) as a quantitative parameter in diffusion weighted MR imaging in gynecologic cancer: Dependence on b-values used

    Background. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) has gained interest as an imaging modality for assessment of tumor extension and response to cancer treatment. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact of the choice of b-values on the calculation of the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) for locally advanced gynecological cancer and to estimate a stable interval of diffusion gradients that allows for best comparison of the ADC between patients and institutions. Material and methods. Six patients underwent a high resolution single shot EPI based DWI scan with 16 different diffusion gradients on a 3 Tesla Philips Achieva MR-scanner. Data analysis was performed by applying a monoexponential and a biexponential model to the acquired data. The biexponential function models the effect of both perfusion and diffusion. Results and conclusion. ADC changes of up to 40% were seen with the use of different b-values. Using a lower b-value = 150 s/mm2 and an upper b-value = 700 s/mm2 limited the variation to less that 10% from the reference ADC value. By eliminating the contribution of perfusion the uncertainty of quantitative ADC values were significantly reduced.

  15. The origin of a large apparent tortuosity factor for the Knudsen diffusion inside monoliths of a samaria-alumina aerogel catalyst: a diffusion NMR study.

    Mueller, R; Zhang, S; Klink, M; Bäumer, M; Vasenkov, S

    2015-11-01

    Pulsed field gradient (PFG) NMR was applied to measure tortuosity factors for carbon dioxide diffusion in the Knudsen and gas regimes inside monoliths of a samaria-alumina aerogel catalyst, a high porosity material containing micropores in addition to meso- and macropores. The apparent tortuosity factor obtained from PFG NMR measurements for the Knudsen diffusion in the meso- and macropores of the catalyst has an unexpectedly large value of approximately 6 if carbon dioxide adsorption in the micropores and other types of surface adsorption sites of the catalyst is ignored. At the same time, the corresponding apparent tortuosity factor in the gas regime was found to be around 2. Application of a proposed model which describes fast molecular exchange between the surface adsorption sites and the main pore volume of the catalyst yields corrected tortuosity factors which depend only on the pore system geometry. Using this model, the corrected tortuosity factors were found to be around 2 for both diffusion regimes, in agreement with the expectations based on a high porosity of the studied catalyst. PMID:26426141

  16. Duoplasmatron source modifications for 3He+ operation

    A duoplasmatron ion source is used to produce 25 mA of 3He+ with a pulse width of ∼80ms at 360 Hz for acceleration to 10.5 MeV. At this energy, 3He striking water or carbon targets can produce short lived isotopes of 11C, 13N, 15O, and 18F for medical positron emission tomography (PET). A duoplasmatron ion source was chosen originally since it is capable of a sufficient singly charged helium beam with an acceptable gas consumption. Stable long-term operation of the source required a change in the filament material to molybdenum, and a careful understanding of the oxide filament conditioning, operation and geometry. Other improvements, particularly in the electronics, were helpful to increasing the reliability. The source has operated for many months at ∼2.5% duty factor without significant problems and with good stability. We report here the effort that was done to make this source understandable and reliable

  17. A density functional for liquid 3He

    We present a density functional for the description of liquid 3He properties at zero temperture in a mean field approximation. Its basic ingredients are a zero-range, particle- and spin-density dependent effective interaction of Skyrme type, and a long-range effective interaction of Lennard-Jones type supplemented with a weighted density approximation similar to the one used in the study of classical fluids, to phenomenologically account for short range correlations. After fixing the value of its parameters, the functional yields a good desription of the equation of state and Landau parameters (spin symmetric and spin antisymmetric as well) from saturation to solidification densities. The zero sound propagation at finite momentum transfer is quantitatively reproduced up to the Fermi momentum, and qualitatively above it. The surface tension is in agreement with experiment, which makes the functional well suited for 3He drop calculations. We describe the structure of drops made of up to 516 atoms. As a novel application, we discuss the possible appearance of triplet pairing in a nl-shell of a drop applying the formalism to the 1j-shell holding up to 30 atoms from N=169 to 198. (orig.)

  18. Gene interference regulates aquaporin-4 expression in swollen tissue of rats with cerebral ischemic edema Correlation with variation in apparent diffusion coefficient

    Hui Hu; Hong Lu; Zhanping He; Xiangjun Han; Jing Chen; Rong Tu

    2012-01-01

    To investigate the effects of mRNA interference on aquaporin-4 expression in swollen tissue of rats with ischemic cerebral edema, and diagnose the significance of diffusion-weighted MRI, we injected 5 μL shRNA- aquaporin-4 (control group) or siRNA- aquaporin-4 solution (1:800) (RNA interference group) into the rat right basal ganglia immediately before occlusion of the middle cerebral artery. At 0.25 hours after occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, diffusion-weighted MRI displayed a high signal; within 2 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient decreased markedly, aquaporin-4 expression increased rapidly, and intracellular edema was obviously aggravated; at 4 and 6 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient slowly returned to control levels, aquaporin-4 expression slightly increased, and angioedema was observed. In the RNA interference group, during 0.25- 6 hours after injection of siRNA- aquaporin-4 solution, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient slightly fluctuated and aquaporin-4 expression was upregulated; during 0.5-4 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient was significantly higher, while aquaporin-4 expression was significantly lower when compared with the control group, and intracellular edema was markedly reduced; at 0.25 and 6 hours, the relative apparent diffusion coefficient and aquaporin-4 expression were similar when compared with the control group; obvious angioedema remained at 6 hours. Pearson's correlation test results showed that aquaporin-4 expression was negatively correlated with the apparent diffusion coefficient (r = -0.806, P < 0.01). These findings suggest that upregulated aquaporin-4 expression is likely to be the main molecular mechanism of intracellular edema and may be the molecular basis for decreased relative apparent diffusion coefficient. Aquaporin-4 gene interference can effectively inhibit the upregulation of aquaporin-4 expression during the stage of intracellular edema with time

  19. Automatic Detection and Quantification of Acute Cerebral Infarct by Fuzzy Clustering and Histographic Characterization on Diffusion Weighted MR Imaging and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Map

    Jang-Zern Tsai

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Determination of the volumes of acute cerebral infarct in the magnetic resonance imaging harbors prognostic values. However, semiautomatic method of segmentation is time-consuming and with high interrater variability. Using diffusion weighted imaging and apparent diffusion coefficient map from patients with acute infarction in 10 days, we aimed to develop a fully automatic algorithm to measure infarct volume. It includes an unsupervised classification with fuzzy C-means clustering determination of the histographic distribution, defining self-adjusted intensity thresholds. The proposed method attained high agreement with the semiautomatic method, with similarity index 89.9 ± 6.5%, in detecting cerebral infarct lesions from 22 acute stroke patients. We demonstrated the accuracy of the proposed computer-assisted prompt segmentation method, which appeared promising to replace the laborious, time-consuming, and operator-dependent semiautomatic segmentation.

  20. Assessment of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Values as Predictor of Aggressiveness in Peripheral Zone Prostate Cancer: Comparison with Gleason Score

    Purpose. To determine association between apparent diffusion coefficient value on diffusion-weighted imaging and Gleason score in patients with prostate cancer. Methods. This retrospective case series was conducted at Radiology Department of Aga Khan University between June 2009 and June 2011. 28 patients with biopsy-proven prostate cancer were included who underwent ultrasound guided sextant prostate biopsy and MRI. MRI images were analyzed on diagnostic console and regions of interest were drawn. Data were entered and analyzed on SPSS 20.0. ADC values were compared with Gleason score using one-way ANOVA test. Results. In 28 patients, 168 quadrants were biopsied and 106 quadrants were positive for malignancy. 89 lesions with proven malignancy showed diffusion restriction. The mean ADC value for disease with a Gleason score of 6 was 935 mm2/s (SD = 248.4 mm2/s); Gleason score of 7 was 837 mm2/s (SD = 208.5 mm2/s); Gleason score of 8 was 614 mm2/s (SD = 108 mm2/s); and Gleason score of 9 was 571 mm2/s (SD = 82 mm2/s). Inverse relationship was observed between Gleason score and mean ADC values. Conclusion. DWI and specifically quantitative ADC values may help differentiate between low-risk (Gleason score, 6), intermediate-risk (Gleason score, 7), and high-risk (Gleason score 8 and 9) prostate cancers, indirectly determining the aggressiveness of the disease

  1. Formation of 3He droplets in dilute 3He-4He solid solutions

    Huan, Chao; Candela, Don; Kim, Sung; Yin, Liang; Xia, Jiang-Sheng; Sullivan, Neil

    2015-03-01

    We review the different stages of the formation of 3He droplets in dilute solid 3He-4He solutions. The studies are interesting because the phase separation in isotopic helium mixtures is a first-order transition with a conserved order parameter. The rate of growth of the droplets as observed in NMR studies is compared with the rates expected for homogeneous nucleation followed by a period of coarsening known as Ostwald ripening. Work suported by the National Science Foundation - DMR-1303599 and DMR- 1157490 (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory).

  2. Reversal of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) following transient focal cerebral ischemia in cats

    To determine the minimal threshold ADC ratio suggesting reversible ischemia in a temporary model of MCAO. Seven Korean cats weighing 3-3.5 kg were used as a temporary model of MCAO. The MCA was occluded for 1 hour, and diffusion-weighted images (DWI), and ADC and regional cerebral blood volume (rCBV) maps, were obtained at 1, 3, 6 and 24 hours after reperfusion using a 1.5T MR unit. The Cats were sacrificed 24 hours after imaging. Triphenyl tetrazolium chloride (TTC) staining of brain slices was performed, and DWI images and TTC-stained brain slices were compared with the naked eye. Reversible ischemia was defined as the area of high signal intensity at 1-hour DWI that normalized at follow-up DWI and in which TTC staining was normal. Using the ADC image obtained at 1 hour after reperfusion, 60 ADC ratios were obtained in the periphery of the infarct and reversible ischemia. Tissue survival showing normal TTC staining was used for final determination. The sensitivity and specificity of each ADC ratio was obtained and an ROC curve was plotted. Five of seven cats showed the reversible ischemia. An area of high signal intensity was seen on DWI images obtained 1 hours after reperfusion, and this improved at follow-up imaging. The distribution of the ADC ratio in the periphery of the infarct core was 0.71-0.81, and in the periphery of reversible ischemia it was 0.79-0.93. The ADC ratio of 0.80 obtained 1 hr after reperfusion predicted the survival of the ischemic tissure with 93% sensitivity and 90% specificity. The ADC ratio of the reversible ischemia was 0.82 ±0.03 at 1 hour after reperfusion, and this was higher than that of the infarct, which was 0.74±0.03. The minimal threshold ADC ratio suggesting reversible ischemia in this temporary model of MCAO was 0.80

  3. Comparison of Dynamic and Liver-Specific Gadoxetic Acid Contrast-Enhanced MRI versus Apparent Diffusion Coefficients.

    John N Morelli

    Full Text Available Hepatic lesions often present diagnostic connundrums with conventional MR techniques. Hepatobiliary phase contrast-enhanced imaging with gadoxetic acid can aid in the characterization of such lesions. However, quantitative measures describing late-phase enhancement must be assessed relative to their accuracy of hepatic lesion classification.To compare quantitative parameters in gadoxetic acid contrast-enhanced dynamic and hepatobiliary phase imaging versus apparent diffusion coefficients in hepatic lesion characterization.57 patients with focal hepatic lesions on gadoxetic acid MR were included. Lesion enhancement at standard post-contrast time points and in the hepatobiliary phase (HB; 15 and 25 minutes post-contrast was assessed via calculation of contrast (CR and enhancement ratios (ER. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC values were also obtained. Values for these parameters were compared among lesions and ROC analyses performed.HB enhancement was greatest with FNH and adenomas. HB ER parameters but not HB CR could distinguish HCC from benign entities (0.9 ER ROC AUC versus 0.5 CR ROC AUC. There was no statistically significant difference found between the 15 and 25 minutes HB time points in detection of any lesion (p>0.4. ADC values were statistically significantly higher with hemangiomas (p<0.05 without greater accuracy in lesion detection relative to HB phase parameters.Hepatobiliary phase gadoxetic acid contrast-enhanced MR characterizes focal hepatic lesions more accurately than ADC and conventional dynamic post-contrast time point enhancement parameters. ER values are generally superior to CR. No discernible benefit of 25 minute versus 15 minute delayed imaging is demonstrated.

  4. Low temperature adsorption of 3He on silica aerogel surface and its influence on 3He spin kinetics

    Significant influence of the aerogel surface heterogeneity on the processes of 3He nuclear magnetic relaxation at temperatures 1.5 − 4.2 K is discovered. This influence appears, for instance, in differences of the 3He T1 relaxation times for small portion of 3He, adsorbed at different temperatures. Binding energy data of 3He and distributions of this energy in two types of aerogel were obtained experimentally. Adsorbed 3He molecules with binding energies 60 – 250 K play supreme role in processes of nuclear magnetic relaxation of gaseous and liquid 3He in aerogel.

  5. Can measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient before treatment predict the response to uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis?

    Park, Yaewon; Kim, Man Deuk; Jung, Dae Chul; Lee, Shin Jae; Kim, Gyoungmin; Park, Sung Il; Won, Jong Yun; Lee, Do Yun [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Severance Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-01

    To determine the usefulness of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in predicting response to uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic adenomyosis. A prospective study was performed on 25 patients who underwent diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before UAE between June 2011 and December 2012. All patients underwent 3-month follow-up MRI after UAE using non-spherical polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles ranging from 150 to 500 μm. Quantitative measurement of the ADC was performed for each adenomyosis. Complete response and incomplete response were defined as ≥90 % or <90 %, respectively, of the non-perfusion area with adenomyosis at the follow-up MRI. The ADC values were compared between patients who achieved complete or incomplete response which was assessed according to the MRI findings after UAE. Nineteen patients showed complete response, and six showed incomplete response. The ADC value ranged from 0.842 to 1.346 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (mean 1.075 ± 0.117). The mean ADC was 1.043 ± 0.237 in the complete response group and 1.176 ± 0.429 in the incomplete response group (0.012). Using a threshold of <1.147 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, the sensitivity and specificity of the ADC to predict success after UAE were 83.3 % and 84.2 %. The ADC of adenomyosis may potentially predict a successful response to UAE for adenomyosis. (orig.)

  6. Can measurement of apparent diffusion coefficient before treatment predict the response to uterine artery embolization for adenomyosis?

    To determine the usefulness of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in predicting response to uterine artery embolization (UAE) for symptomatic adenomyosis. A prospective study was performed on 25 patients who underwent diffusion-weighted (DW) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) before UAE between June 2011 and December 2012. All patients underwent 3-month follow-up MRI after UAE using non-spherical polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) particles ranging from 150 to 500 μm. Quantitative measurement of the ADC was performed for each adenomyosis. Complete response and incomplete response were defined as ≥90 % or <90 %, respectively, of the non-perfusion area with adenomyosis at the follow-up MRI. The ADC values were compared between patients who achieved complete or incomplete response which was assessed according to the MRI findings after UAE. Nineteen patients showed complete response, and six showed incomplete response. The ADC value ranged from 0.842 to 1.346 x 10-3 mm2/s (mean 1.075 ± 0.117). The mean ADC was 1.043 ± 0.237 in the complete response group and 1.176 ± 0.429 in the incomplete response group (0.012). Using a threshold of <1.147 x 10-3 mm2/s, the sensitivity and specificity of the ADC to predict success after UAE were 83.3 % and 84.2 %. The ADC of adenomyosis may potentially predict a successful response to UAE for adenomyosis. (orig.)

  7. Efficiency of apparent diffusion coefficients in differentiation of colorectal tumor recurrences and posttherapeutical soft-tissue changes

    Nural, Mehmet Selim, E-mail: msnural@omu.edu.tr [Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Danaci, Murat, E-mail: danacim55@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Soyucok, Ahmet, E-mail: soyucokac@hotmail.com [Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey); Okumus, Nilgun Ozbek, E-mail: 2121@omu.edu.tr [Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical Faculty, Ondokuz Mayis University, 55139 Samsun (Turkey)

    2013-10-01

    Objective: To evaluate effectiveness of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values measured by diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) in differentiation of colorectal tumor recurrences and posttherapeutical soft tissue changes. Methods: For this prospective study, 30 patients (22 males, 8 females; age range 30–81 years; mean age 61 ± 12 years) who underwent surgery for colorectal tumors and had a mass detected by computed tomography (CT) and/or MRI during follow-up examinations were divided into 2 groups [17 patients (Group 1) with recurrence and 13 patients (Group 2) with benign fibrosis/granulation tissue]. Final diagnoses were based on histopathological examination in 14 patients and clinical follow-up at least 6 months in the remaining 16. In the latter, the diagnosis of recurrence was made in cases in which the lesion was larger on follow-up CT and MRI; recurrence was ruled out in cases of stable or shrinking lesions without any increase in tumor markers. DW-MRI was performed in the axial plane, for two different b values (b = 0 and 800 s/mm{sup 2}). The mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values were measured by manual delineation of regions of interest on ADC maps. Results: The median ADC values were 1.07 × 10{sup −3} mm/s{sup 2} (min: 0.82, max: 2.05) and 1.91 × 10{sup −3} mm/s{sup 2} (min: 1.51, max: 2.22) in Groups 1 and 2, respectively. A statistically significant difference was detected between the two groups (P < 0.001). When the threshold value used to determine whether the lesions recurred was 1.48 × 10{sup −3} mm/s{sup 2} based on ROC analysis, the sensitivity was 82% and the specificity was 100%. There were three patients with a false-negative diagnosis, and the primary histopathological diagnosis of all was mucinous adenocarcinoma. Conclusions: Because recurrences in mucinous adenocarcinomas have high ADC values, they may show overlap with benign lesions. In the detection of the local recurrence of colorectal

  8. Critical opalescent light scattering from 3He

    The experimental work reported in this paper was stimulated by the widespread revival of interest in critical phenomena. In this experiment the authors measured the intensity of light scattered from 3He while very slowly warming the sample at constant pressure through the critical region. About 0.3 mW from a helium-neon laser was incident on the cell; cell temperature was recorded continuously, as was the light scattered at 45 degrees and 135 degrees. A succession of passes was made at different pressures, all less than c, so these results apply only in the one-phase region above the critical point. Sample density at the beginning of a pass began at ρ > c, then decreased as the sample warmed to ρ c. The scattering intensity increased monotonically as the molar density decreased toward the critical density, then decreased monotonically thereafter on that isobaric pass. The scattering maximum on each pass occurred at the temperature max where the isothermal compressibility was a maximum. The asymptotic divergence of T was evaluated along the locus of these maxima

  9. Initial Experience of 3-Tesla Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Values in Characterizing Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck

    Background: With the increased clinical use of 3-Tesla (3T) magnets, it becomes important to identify the potential applications of advanced magnetic resonance (MR) imaging techniques such as diffusion-weighted imaging in head and neck pathologies. Purpose: To establish the 3T apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for normal neck structures, and to examine the utility of ADC values in distinguishing head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) from normal neck anatomy. Material and Methods: 3T diffusion-weighted imaging was performed on 10 normal volunteers and 10 patients with known HNSCC. In the volunteers, mean ADC was calculated in the parotid gland, submandibular gland, base of the tongue, pterygoid muscle, masseter muscle, paraspinal muscles, true vocal cord, thyroid gland, thyroid cartilage, cricoid cartilage, and lymph nodes. The mean tumor ADC value was calculated from the 10 patients with HNSCC and compared with the normal ADC values from various neck structures. Results: The mean ADC value measured in the HNSCC was 1.101 (±0.214)x10-3mm2/s. This was significantly lower than ADC values of paraspinal muscles, pterygoid muscle, masseter muscle, thyroid gland, and base of the tongue (P=0.0006, 0.0002, 0.0001, 0.001, and 0.002, respectively). The tumor ADC values were not significantly different from ADC values of parotid and submandibular glands (P=0.057 and 0.14, respectively). Conclusion: 3T ADC values show potential for distinguishing HNSCC from normal extracranial head and neck structures

  10. Possibility of optically pumped 3He as an internal target

    A number of techniques can be listed for obtaining polarized 3He nuclei. This paper focuses only on direct optical pumping of 3He(3S1) with collisional transfer to 3He. A comprehensive review is not attempted. The basic aspects of the method are presented followed by a discussion of only the most recent work

  11. The relation between temperature and concentration gradients in superfluid sup 3 He- sup 4 He solutions

    Zadorozhko, A A; Rudavskij, E Y; Chagovets, V K; Sheshin, G A

    2003-01-01

    The temperature and concentration gradients nabla T and nabla x in a superfluid sup 3 He- sup 4 He mixture with an initial concentration 9,8 % of sup 3 He are measured in a temperature range 70-500 mK. The gradients are produced by a steady thermal flow with heating from below. It is shown that the value of nabla x/nabla T observed in the experiment is in good agreement with the theoretical model derived from the temperature and concentration dependences of osmotic pressure. The experimental data permitted us to obtain a thermal diffusion ratio of the solution responsible for the thermal diffusion coefficient.

  12. Assessment of treatment response by total tumor volume and global apparent diffusion coefficient using diffusion-weighted MRI in patients with metastatic bone disease: a feasibility study.

    Matthew D Blackledge

    Full Text Available We describe our semi-automatic segmentation of whole-body diffusion-weighted MRI (WBDWI using a Markov random field (MRF model to derive tumor total diffusion volume (tDV and associated global apparent diffusion coefficient (gADC; and demonstrate the feasibility of using these indices for assessing tumor burden and response to treatment in patients with bone metastases. WBDWI was performed on eleven patients diagnosed with bone metastases from breast and prostate cancers before and after anti-cancer therapies. Semi-automatic segmentation incorporating a MRF model was performed in all patients below the C4 vertebra by an experienced radiologist with over eight years of clinical experience in body DWI. Changes in tDV and gADC distributions were compared with overall response determined by all imaging, tumor markers and clinical findings at serial follow up. The segmentation technique was possible in all patients although erroneous volumes of interest were generated in one patient because of poor fat suppression in the pelvis, requiring manual correction. Responding patients showed a larger increase in gADC (median change = +0.18, range = -0.07 to +0.78 × 10(-3 mm2/s after treatment compared to non-responding patients (median change = -0.02, range = -0.10 to +0.05 × 10(-3 mm2/s, p = 0.05, Mann-Whitney test, whereas non-responding patients showed a significantly larger increase in tDV (median change = +26%, range = +3 to +284% compared to responding patients (median change = -50%, range = -85 to +27%, p = 0.02, Mann-Whitney test. Semi-automatic segmentation of WBDWI is feasible for metastatic bone disease in this pilot cohort of 11 patients, and could be used to quantify tumor total diffusion volume and median global ADC for assessing response to treatment.

  13. sup 3 He- sup 3 He dating: A case for mixing of young and old groundwaters

    Kamensky, I.L.; Tolstikhin, I.N. (Kola Science Center (Russian Federation)); Tokarev, I.V. (Leningrad Mining Inst., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation))

    1991-10-01

    {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He and {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He ratios were measured in shallow underground waters (opened by water-supplying wells) of the Large Vud-Javr intramountain artesian basin in the Khibiny alkaline massif, the Kola Peninsula. The ratios vary from 1.321 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} to 2.065 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} and from 1.412 to 2.941, respectively, and a well-defined correlation is observed between them. Both these ratios in aquifers are known to be time-dependent, the former increases with time due to accumulation of {sup 3}He, produced in waters by {sup 3}H {beta}-decay; the latter decreases due to migration of helium from water-bearing rocks into the waters. The correlation is interpreted as a result of the mixing of two different types of waters. The approximation line enables the authors to estimate the isotopic ratios for the endmembers participating in the mixing and the mean residence time ({tau}) of tritigenic helium-3 in the water: (1) {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 3.655 {times} 10{sup {minus}6}, {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He = 4.03, and taking into consideration {sup 3}H concentrations in the well waters, {sup 3}H = 31.1 TU (practically the same for all samples), {tau} = 15.8 {plus minus} 1.5 years for the young water; (2) {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 0.20 {times} 10{sup {minus}6}, {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He = 0.18 and T = 0.11 Ma for the old one, the contribution of the old water being less than 10%. In one well a considerable contribution of modern-day meteoric water, about 16%, is observed.

  14. Comparative Analysis of Signal Intensity and Apparent Diffusion Coefficient at Varying b-values in the Brain : Diffusion Weighted-Echo Planar Image (T2 and FLAIR) Sequence

    Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has been demonstrated to be a practical method for the diagnosis of various brain diseases such as acute infarction, brain tumor, and white matter disease. In this study, we used two techniques to examine the average signal intensity (SI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of the brains of patients who ranged in age from 10 to 60 years. Our results indicated that the average SI was the highest in amygdala (as derived from DWI), whereas that in the cerebrospinal fluid was the lowest. The average ADC was the highest in the cerebrospinal fluid, whereas the lowest measurement was derived from the pons. The average SI and ADC were higher in T2-DW-EPI than in FLAIR-DW-EPI. The higher the b-value, the smaller the average difference in both imaging techniques; the lower the b-value, the greater the average difference. Also, comparative analysis of the brains of patients who had experienced cerebral infarction showed no distinct lesion in the general MR image over time. However, there was a high SI in apparent weighted images. Analysis of other brain diseases (e.g., bleeding, acute, subacute, chronic infarction) indicated SI variance in accordance with characteristics of the two techniques. The higher the SI, the lower the ADC. Taken together, the value of SI and ADC in accordance with frequently occurring areas and various brain disease varies based on the b-value and imaging technique. Because they provide additional useful information in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with various brain diseases through signal recognition, the proper imaging technique and b-value are important for the detection and interpretation of subacute stroke and other brain diseases.

  15. Acoustic and optical investigations of superfluid 3He. Doctoral thesis

    Manninen, A.

    1993-06-15

    The thesis is an experimental survey of properties of rotating and stationary superfluid (3)He. Two techniques, acoustics and optics, were used. Ultrasound, together with NMR, has provided most of the present experimental knowledge about the superfluid phases of (3)He. The author applied acoustics for the first time to study rotating (3)He. The main result was the discovery of a new vortex in (3)He-A when the magnetic field is low. New phenomena were observed in stationary (3)He as well. Most importantly, one of the collective modes, the real squashing (rsq) mode, of (3)He-B could be excited by means of two-phonon absorption. Superfluid (3)He was studied optically for the first time. No one has previously seen (3)He in the superfluid state. The principal achievement was developing techniques which facilitate optical experiments at temperatures below 1 mK, required to study superfluid (3)He. Optical fibers were used to transmit light between room temperature and the cold parts of the cryostat. Before these investigations, photography had not been done below 10 mK. The usefulness of optics as a proble of the superfluid phases of (3)He was demonstrated by studying the macroscopic shape of the free surface of rotating (3)He-B. The classical parabolic meniscus was observed, which is indicative of the equilibrium density of vortices.

  16. Influence of fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery on stroke apparent diffusion coefficient measurements and its clinical application

    Background and purpose: The application of a fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery pulse with a conventional diffusion-weighted MRI sequence (FLAIR DWI) decreases the partial volume effects from cerebrospinal fluid on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements. For this reason, FLAIR DWI may be more useful in the evaluation of ischemic stroke, but few studies have looked at the effect of FLAIR on ADC measurements in this setting. This study quantitatively compares FLAIR DWI and conventional DWI in ischemic stroke of varying ages to assess the potential advantages of this technique. Methods: We respectively analyzed 139 DWI studies in patients with ischemic stroke with and without FLAIR at varying time points ranging from hyperacute to chronic. ADC values were measured in each lesion, as well as in the contralateral normal side. Comparisons were made between the ADC values obtained from the DWI sequences with and without FLAIR for both the lesion and the normal contralateral side. Results: The ADC measurements within the ischemic lesion were very similar on FLAIR DWI and conventional DWI for lesions less than 14 days old (p > 0.05), but were significantly decreased on FLAIR DWI for lesions between 15 and 30 days old and in lesions >31 days old (chronic stage) (p < 0.01). The contralateral ADC values were all significantly decreased on the FLAIR DWI sequence compared with conventional DWI (p < 0.01). Conclusions: The application of an inversion pulse does not significantly affect the ADC values for early stage ischemic stroke (less than 14 days from symptom onset), but results in a more accurate relative ADC measurement by reducing the cerebrospinal fluid partial volume effects of the normal contralateral side. In addition, combined with the conventional DWI, FLAIR DWI may be helpful in determining the age of ischemic lesions.

  17. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC value: a potential imaging biomarker that reflects the biological features of rectal cancer.

    Yiqun Sun

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: We elected to analyze the correlation between the pre-treatment apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC and the clinical, histological, and immunohistochemical status of rectal cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-nine rectal cancer patients who received surgical resection without neoadjuvant therapy were selected that underwent primary MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI. Tumor ADC values were determined and analyzed to identify any correlations between these values and pre-treatment CEA or CA19-9 levels, and/or the histological and immunohistochemical properties of the tumor. RESULTS: Inter-observer agreement of confidence levels from two separate observers was suitable for ADC measurement (k  =  0.775. The pre-treatment ADC values of different T stage tumors were not equal (p  =  0.003. The overall trend was that higher T stage values correlated with lower ADC values. ADC values were also significantly lower for the following conditions: tumors with the presence of extranodal tumor deposits (p  =  0.006 and tumors with CA19-9 levels ≥ 35 g/ml (p  =  0.006. There was a negative correlation between Ki-67 LI and the ADC value (r  =  -0.318, p  =  0.026 and between the AgNOR count and the ADC value (r  =  -0.310, p  =  0.030. CONCLUSION: Significant correlations were found between the pre-treatment ADC values and T stage, extranodal tumor deposits, CA19-9 levels, Ki-67 LI, and AgNOR counts in our study. Lower ADC values were associated with more aggressive tumor behavior. Therefore, the ADC value may represent a useful biomarker for assessing the biological features and possible relationship to the status of identified rectal cancers.

  18. Using the apparent diffusion coefficient to identifying MGMT promoter methylation status early in glioblastoma: importance of analytical method

    Accurate knowledge of O6-methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) gene promoter subtype in patients with glioblastoma (GBM) is important for treatment. However, this test is not always available. Pre-operative diffusion MRI (dMRI) can be used to probe tumour biology using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC); however, its ability to act as a surrogate to predict MGMT status has shown mixed results. We investigated whether this was due to variations in the method used to analyse ADC. We undertook a retrospective study of 32 patients with GBM who had MGMT status measured. Matching pre-operative MRI data were used to calculate the ADC within contrast enhancing regions of tumour. The relationship between ADC and MGMT was examined using two published ADC methods. A strong trend between a measure of ‘minimum ADC’ and methylation status was seen. An elevated minimum ADC was more likely in the methylated compared to the unmethylated MGMT group (U = 56, P = 0.0561). In contrast, utilising a two-mixture model histogram approach, a significant reduction in mean measure of the ‘low ADC’ component within the histogram was associated with an MGMT promoter methylation subtype (P < 0.0246). This study shows that within the same patient cohort, the method selected to analyse ADC measures has a significant bearing on the use of that metric as a surrogate marker of MGMT status. Thus for dMRI data to be clinically useful, consistent methods of data analysis need to be established prior to establishing any relationship with genetic or epigenetic profiling

  19. Intra- and interobserver variability of whole-tumour apparent diffusion coefficient measurements in nephroblastoma: a pilot study

    Littooij, Annemieke S. [University Medical Centre Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Humphries, Paul D. [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom); University College London Hospital, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom); Olsen, Oeystein E. [Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

    2015-10-15

    The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is potentially useful for assessing treatment response in nephroblastoma (Wilms tumour). However the precision of ADC measurements in these heterogeneous lesions is unknown. To assess intra- and interobserver variability of whole-tumour ADC measurements in viable parts of nephroblastomas at diagnosis and after preoperative chemotherapy. We included children with histopathologically proven nephroblastoma who had undergone MRI with diffusion-weighted imaging before and after preoperative chemotherapy. Three independent observers performed whole-tumour ADC measurements of all lesions, excluding non-enhancing areas. One observer evaluated all lesions on two occasions. We performed analyses using Bland-Altman plots and concordance correlation coefficient (CCC) calculations with 95% limits of agreement for median ADC, difference between pre- and post-chemotherapy median ADC (ADC shift) and percentage of pixels with ADC values <1.0 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s. In 22 lesions (13 pretreatment and 9 post-treatment) in 10 children the interobserver variability in median ADC and ADC shift were within the interval of approximately ±0.1 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s (limits of agreement for median ADC ranged -0.08-0.11 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s and for ADC-shift -0.11-0.09 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s). The interobserver variability for percentage of low-ADC pixels was larger and also biased. The calculated CCC confirmed good intra- and interobserver agreement (ρ-c ranging from 0.968 to 0.996). Measurements of whole-tumour ADC values excluding necrotic areas seem to be sufficiently precise for detection of chemotherapy-related change. (orig.)

  20. Using the apparent diffusion coefficient to identifying MGMT promoter methylation status early in glioblastoma: importance of analytical method

    Rundle-Thiele, Dayle [Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Day, Bryan; Stringer, Brett [Brain Cancer Research Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Fay, Michael [Department of Radiation Oncology, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Martin, Jennifer [Discipline of Clinical Pharmacology, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales (Australia); Jeffree, Rosalind L [Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Thomas, Paul [Queensland PET Service, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Bell, Christopher [Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Salvado, Olivier [CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO, Herston, Queensland (Australia); Gal, Yaniv [Centre for Medical Diagnostic Technologies in Queensland, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Coulthard, Alan [Discipline of Medical Imaging, University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland (Australia); Department of Medical Imaging, Royal Brisbane and Women' s Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Crozier, Stuart [Centre for Medical Diagnostic Technologies in Queensland, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia); Rose, Stephen, E-mail: stephen.rose@csiro.au [CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, CSIRO, Herston, Queensland (Australia); Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)

    2015-06-15

    Accurate knowledge of O{sup 6}-methylguanine methyltransferase (MGMT) gene promoter subtype in patients with glioblastoma (GBM) is important for treatment. However, this test is not always available. Pre-operative diffusion MRI (dMRI) can be used to probe tumour biology using the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC); however, its ability to act as a surrogate to predict MGMT status has shown mixed results. We investigated whether this was due to variations in the method used to analyse ADC. We undertook a retrospective study of 32 patients with GBM who had MGMT status measured. Matching pre-operative MRI data were used to calculate the ADC within contrast enhancing regions of tumour. The relationship between ADC and MGMT was examined using two published ADC methods. A strong trend between a measure of ‘minimum ADC’ and methylation status was seen. An elevated minimum ADC was more likely in the methylated compared to the unmethylated MGMT group (U = 56, P = 0.0561). In contrast, utilising a two-mixture model histogram approach, a significant reduction in mean measure of the ‘low ADC’ component within the histogram was associated with an MGMT promoter methylation subtype (P < 0.0246). This study shows that within the same patient cohort, the method selected to analyse ADC measures has a significant bearing on the use of that metric as a surrogate marker of MGMT status. Thus for dMRI data to be clinically useful, consistent methods of data analysis need to be established prior to establishing any relationship with genetic or epigenetic profiling.

  1. Evaluation of true diffusion, perfusion factor, and apparent diffusion coefficient in non-necrotic liver metastases and uncomplicated liver hemangiomas using black-blood echo planar imaging

    Purpose: To assess the added value of true diffusion (D), perfusion factor (f) and apparent diffusion coefficient at low b-values (ADClow) for differentiation between liver metastases and hemangiomas based on respiratory-triggered high-resolution Black-Blood Single-Shot SpinEcho Echo Planar Imaging (BB SS SE-EPI). Materials and methods: Twenty-five patients suspected for malignant colorectal liver lesions were included in this study. A total of 106 lesions were examined. Different b-value images were compared for lesion conspicuity, image quality and artifacts using rank order statistic (RIDIT) and Student's t-test. D, f, and ADClow values were calculated. Pearson correlation coefficient is used for comparison of interobserver variability. Results: Best lesion conspicuity (p 2); best image quality (p 2. Image artifacts were lowest (p 2. Over the whole sample, D in metastases (Dmet) was significantly (p hem); f and ADClow of metastases (fmet, respectively, ADClowmet) were significantly (p low of hemangiomas (fhem, respectively, ADClowhem). All Pearson correlations were statistically significant at a 0.01 level. Conclusions: This preliminary study shows the potential of BB SS SE-EPI as a useful technique to aid in differentiating between liver metastasis and hemangioma. The calculation of D, f and ADClow provides useful additional information for differentiating metastases from hemangiomas

  2. Role of diffusion-weighted imaging, apparent diffusion coefficient and correlation with hepatobiliary phase findings in the differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma from dysplastic nodules in cirrhotic liver

    To investigate the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the correlation with hepatobiliary phase (delayed phase imaging, DPI) findings in the differentiation of cirrhotic hepatocellular nodules. Forty-three patients with 53 pathology-proven nodules (29 hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), 13 high-grade (HGDNs) and 11 low-grade dysplastic nodules (LGDNs); mean size 2.17 cm, range 1-4 cm), who underwent liver MRI with DWI and DPI sequences, were retrospectively reviewed. Lesions were classified as hypointense, isointense, or hyperintense relative to the adjacent liver parenchyma. ADC of each nodule, of the surrounding parenchyma, and lesion-to-liver ratio were calculated. Hyperintensity versus iso/hypointensity on DWI, hypointensity versus iso/hyperintensity on DPI, and the mean lesion-to-liver ratio showed a statistically significant difference both between HCCs versus DNs and between ''HCCs + HGDNs'' versus LGDNs (p < 0.05); sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of ''HCCs + HGDNs'' were 96.8 %, 100 %, 97.4 % respectively when combining hyperintensity on DWI and hypointensity on DPI, and 90.9 %, 81.0 %, 83.6 % respectively when lesion-to-liver ratio was <0.95. Hyperintensity on DWI, especially in association with hypointensity on DPI, and low lesion-to-liver ratios should raise the suspicion of HCC, or at least of HGDN, thus helping the characterization of atypically enhancing lesions. (orig.)

  3. Apparent diffusion coefficient values of diffusion-weighted imaging for distinguishing focal pulmonary lesions and characterizing the subtype of lung cancer: a meta-analysis

    Shen, Guohua; Jia, Zhiyun; Deng, Houfu [Sichuan University, Department of Nuclear Medicine, West China Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan (China)

    2016-02-15

    The potential performance of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions, further characterizing the subtype of lung cancer was assessed. PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, EBSCO, and three Chinese databases were searched to identify eligible studies on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of focal pulmonary lesions. ADC values of malignant and benign lesions were extracted by lesion type and statistically pooled based on a linear mixed model. Further analysis for subtype of lung cancer was also performed. The methodological quality was assessed using the quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies tool. Thirty-four articles involving 2086 patients were included. Malignant pulmonary lesions have significantly lower ADC values than benign lesions [1.21 (95 % CI, 1.19-1.22) mm{sup 2}/s vs. 1.76 (95 % CI, 1.72-1.80) mm{sup 2}/s; P < 0.05]. There is a significant difference between ADC values of small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (P < 0.05), while the differences were not significant among histological subtypes of lung cancer. The methodological quality was relatively high, and the data points from Begg's test indicated that there was probably no obvious publication bias. The ADC value is helpful for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions and provides a promising method for differentiation of SCLC from NSCLC. (orig.)

  4. Patterns of accentuated grey-white differentiation on diffusion-weighted imaging or the apparent diffusion coefficient maps in comatose survivors after global brain injury

    Aim: To determine what disease entities show accentuated grey-white differentiation of the cerebral hemisphere on diffusion-weighted images (DWI) or apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps, and whether there is a correlation between the different patterns and the cause of the brain injury. Methods and materials: The DWI and ADC maps of 19 patients with global brain injury were reviewed and evaluated to investigate whether there was a correlation between the different patterns seen on the DWI and ADC maps and the cause of global brain injury. The ADC values were measured for quantitative analysis. Results: There were three different patterns of ADC decrease: a predominant ADC decrease in only the cerebral cortex (n = 8; pattern I); an ADC decrease in both the cerebral cortex and white matter (WM) and a predominant decrease in the WM (n = 9; pattern II); and a predominant ADC decrease in only the WM (n = 3; pattern III). Conclusion: Pattern I is cerebral cortical injury, suggesting cortical laminar necrosis in hypoxic brain injury. Pattern II is cerebral cortical and WM injury, frequently seen in brain death, while pattern 3 is mainly WM injury, especially found in hypoglycaemic brain injury. It is likely that pattern I is decorticate injury and pattern II is decerebrate injury in hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy.Patterns I and II are found in severe hypoxic brain injury, and pattern II is frequently shown in brain death, whereas pattern III was found in severe hypoglycaemic injury.

  5. Role of diffusion-weighted imaging, apparent diffusion coefficient and correlation with hepatobiliary phase findings in the differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma from dysplastic nodules in cirrhotic liver

    Inchingolo, Riccardo; De Gaetano, Anna Maria; Curione, Davide; Ciresa, Marzia; Bonomo, Lorenzo [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Bioimaging and Radiological Sciences, Institute of Radiology, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy); Miele, Luca; Pompili, Maurizio [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Internal Medicine, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy); Vecchio, Fabio Maria [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Anatomo-Pathology, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy); Giuliante, Felice [Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Department of Surgery, ' ' Agostino Gemelli' ' Hospital, Rome (Italy)

    2015-04-01

    To investigate the utility of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the correlation with hepatobiliary phase (delayed phase imaging, DPI) findings in the differentiation of cirrhotic hepatocellular nodules. Forty-three patients with 53 pathology-proven nodules (29 hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs), 13 high-grade (HGDNs) and 11 low-grade dysplastic nodules (LGDNs); mean size 2.17 cm, range 1-4 cm), who underwent liver MRI with DWI and DPI sequences, were retrospectively reviewed. Lesions were classified as hypointense, isointense, or hyperintense relative to the adjacent liver parenchyma. ADC of each nodule, of the surrounding parenchyma, and lesion-to-liver ratio were calculated. Hyperintensity versus iso/hypointensity on DWI, hypointensity versus iso/hyperintensity on DPI, and the mean lesion-to-liver ratio showed a statistically significant difference both between HCCs versus DNs and between ''HCCs + HGDNs'' versus LGDNs (p < 0.05); sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy for the diagnosis of ''HCCs + HGDNs'' were 96.8 %, 100 %, 97.4 % respectively when combining hyperintensity on DWI and hypointensity on DPI, and 90.9 %, 81.0 %, 83.6 % respectively when lesion-to-liver ratio was <0.95. Hyperintensity on DWI, especially in association with hypointensity on DPI, and low lesion-to-liver ratios should raise the suspicion of HCC, or at least of HGDN, thus helping the characterization of atypically enhancing lesions. (orig.)

  6. Apparent diffusion coefficient values of diffusion-weighted imaging for distinguishing focal pulmonary lesions and characterizing the subtype of lung cancer: a meta-analysis

    The potential performance of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions, further characterizing the subtype of lung cancer was assessed. PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, EBSCO, and three Chinese databases were searched to identify eligible studies on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of focal pulmonary lesions. ADC values of malignant and benign lesions were extracted by lesion type and statistically pooled based on a linear mixed model. Further analysis for subtype of lung cancer was also performed. The methodological quality was assessed using the quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy studies tool. Thirty-four articles involving 2086 patients were included. Malignant pulmonary lesions have significantly lower ADC values than benign lesions [1.21 (95 % CI, 1.19-1.22) mm2/s vs. 1.76 (95 % CI, 1.72-1.80) mm2/s; P < 0.05]. There is a significant difference between ADC values of small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer (P < 0.05), while the differences were not significant among histological subtypes of lung cancer. The methodological quality was relatively high, and the data points from Begg's test indicated that there was probably no obvious publication bias. The ADC value is helpful for distinguishing malignant and benign pulmonary lesions and provides a promising method for differentiation of SCLC from NSCLC. (orig.)

  7. Improvised Levelset method for segmentation and grading of brain tumors in dynamic contrast susceptibility and apparent diffusion coefficient magnetic resonance images

    Vijayakumar Chinnadurai

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available A novel Neuro – level set algorithm is proposed and evaluated for simultaneous segmentation and grading of brain tumors. The algorithm utilizes vascular and cellular information provided by the reconstructed images of dynamic contrast susceptibility magnetic resonance images and apparent diffusion coefficient images. The reconstructed images are relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV image, time to peak (TTP image and percentage of base at peak (PBP image along with apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC maps. The proposed neural - levelset algorithm utilizes a neural block to provide the speed image for the levelset methods. In this study, two different architectures of levelset method have been implemented and their results are compared. The results show that the proposed Neuro- Levelset method performs better in differentiating the tumor, edema,necrosis in reconstructed images of dynamic contrast susceptibility magnetic resonance images and apparent diffusion coefficient MR images.

  8. Diffusion weighted imaging of the normal breast: reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient measurements and variation with menstrual cycle and menopausal status

    O' Flynn, Elizabeth A.M.; Morgan, Veronica A.; Giles, Sharon L. [Cancer Research UK and ESPSRC Cancer Imaging Centre, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Group, Surrey (United Kingdom); deSouza, Nandita M. [Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Clinical Magnetic Resonance Group, Institute of Cancer Research, Surrey (United Kingdom)

    2012-07-15

    To establish the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements in normal fibroglandular breast tissue and to assess variation in ADC values with phase of the menstrual cycle and menopausal status. Thirty-one volunteers (13 premenopausal, 18 postmenopausal) underwent magnetic resonance twice (interval 11-22 days) using diffusion-weighted MRI. ADC{sub total} and a perfusion-insensitive ADC{sub high} (omitting b = 0) were calculated. Reproducibility and inter-observer variability of mean ADC values were assessed. The difference in mean ADC values between the two phases of the menstrual cycle and the postmenopausal breast were evaluated. ADC{sub total} and ADC{sub high} showed good reproducibility (r% = 17.6, 22.4). ADC{sub high} showed very good inter-observer agreement (kappa = 0.83). The intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC) were 0.93 and 0.91. Mean ADC values were significantly lower in the postmenopausal breast (ADC{sub total} 1.46 {+-} 0.3 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, ADC{sub high} 1.33 {+-} 0.3 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s) compared with the premenopausal breast (ADC{sub total} 1.84 {+-} 0.26 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, ADC{sub high} 1.77 {+-} 0.26 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s; both P < 0.001). No significant difference was seen in ADC values in relation to menstrual cycle (ADC{sub total} P = 0.2, ADC{sub high} P = 0.24) or between postmenopausal women taking or not taking oestrogen supplements (ADC{sub total} P = 0.6, ADC{sub high} P = 0.46). ADC values in fibroglandular breast tissue are reproducible. Lower ADC values within the postmenopausal breast may reduce diffusion-weighted contrast and have implications for accurately detecting tumours. (orig.)

  9. In Vitro Assessment of Factors Affecting the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient of Ramos Cells Using Bio-phantoms

    Sasaki,Takanori

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The roles of cell density, extracellular space, intracellular factors, and apoptosis induced by the molecularly targeted drug rituximab on the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC values were investigated using bio-phantoms. In these bio-phantoms, Ramos cells (a human Burkittセs lymphoma cell line were encapsulated in gellan gum. The ADC values decreased linearly with the increase in cell density, and declined steeply when the extracellular space became less than 4 μm. The analysis of ADC values after destruction of the cellular membrane by sonication indicated that approximately 65% of the ADC values of normal cells originate from the cell structures made of membranes and that the remaining 35% originate from intracellular components. Microparticles, defined as particles smaller than the normal cells, increased in number after rituximab treatments, migrated to the extracellular space and significantly decreased the ADC values of bio-phantoms during apoptosis. An in vitro study using bio-phantoms was conducted to quantitatively clarify the roles of cellular factors and of extracellular space in determining the ADC values yielded by tumor cells and the mechanism by which apoptosis changes those values.

  10. Enhancing tumor apparent diffusion coefficient histogram skewness stratifies the postoperative survival in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme patients undergoing salvage surgery.

    Zolal, Amir; Juratli, Tareq A; Linn, Jennifer; Podlesek, Dino; Sitoci Ficici, Kerim Hakan; Kitzler, Hagen H; Schackert, Gabriele; Sobottka, Stephan B; Rieger, Bernhard; Krex, Dietmar

    2016-05-01

    Objective To determine the value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram parameters for the prediction of individual survival in patients undergoing surgery for recurrent glioblastoma (GBM) in a retrospective cohort study. Methods Thirty-one patients who underwent surgery for first recurrence of a known GBM between 2008 and 2012 were included. The following parameters were collected: age, sex, enhancing tumor size, mean ADC, median ADC, ADC skewness, ADC kurtosis and fifth percentile of the ADC histogram, initial progression free survival (PFS), extent of second resection and further adjuvant treatment. The association of these parameters with survival and PFS after second surgery was analyzed using log-rank test and Cox regression. Results Using log-rank test, ADC histogram skewness of the enhancing tumor was significantly associated with both survival (p = 0.001) and PFS after second surgery (p = 0.005). Further parameters associated with prolonged survival after second surgery were: gross total resection at second surgery (p = 0.026), tumor size (0.040) and third surgery (p = 0.003). In the multivariate Cox analysis, ADC histogram skewness was shown to be an independent prognostic factor for survival after second surgery. Conclusion ADC histogram skewness of the enhancing lesion, enhancing lesion size, third surgery, as well as gross total resection have been shown to be associated with survival following the second surgery. ADC histogram skewness was an independent prognostic factor for survival in the multivariate analysis. PMID:26830088

  11. 3He charge form factors by nuclear recoil detection

    3He charge form factors were measured by observing the scattering reaction 3He(e,3He)e from square momentum transfers 0.885 to 3.20 fm-2. The results compare favorably with earlier electron scattering experiments. A model-independent determination of the radial charge density gives an rms radius of 1.877 +- 0.019 fm, in excellent agreement with previous radii determinations

  12. Improving malignancy prediction in breast lesions with the combination of apparent diffusion coefficient and dynamic contrast-enhanced kinetic descriptors

    Aim: To assess how the joint use of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and kinetic parameters (uptake phase and delayed enhancement characteristics) from dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) can boost the ability to predict breast lesion malignancy. Materials and methods: Breast magnetic resonance examinations including DCE and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) were performed on 51 women. The association between kinetic parameters and ADC were evaluated and compared between lesion types. Models with binary outcome of malignancy were studied using generalized estimating equations (GEE), (GEE), and using kinetic parameters and ADC values as malignancy predictors. Model accuracy was assessed using the corrected maximum quasi-likelihood under the independence confidence criterion (QICC). Predicted probability of malignancy was estimated for the best model. Results: ADC values were significantly associated with kinetic parameters: medium and rapid uptake phase (p<0.001) and plateau and washout curve types (p=0.004). Comparison between lesion type showed significant differences for ADC (p=0.001), early phase (p<0.001), and curve type (p<0.001). The predicted probabilities of malignancy for the first ADC quartile (≤1.17×10−3 mm2/s) and persistent, plateau and washout curves, were 54.6%, 86.9%, and 97.8%, respectively, and for the third ADC quartile (≥1.51×10−3 mm2/s) were 3.2%, 15.5%, and 54.8%, respectively. The predicted probability of malignancy was less than 5% for 18.8% of the lesions and greater than 33% for 50.7% of the lesions (24/35 lesions, corresponding to a malignancy rate of 68.6%). Conclusion: The best malignancy predictors were low ADCs and washout curves. ADC and kinetic parameters provide differentiated information on the microenvironment of the lesion, with joint models displaying improved predictive performance. -- Highlights: •ADC and kinetic parameters provide diverse information regarding lesion environment. •The best predictors of

  13. Nuclear Overhauser Enhancement imaging of glioblastoma at 7 Tesla: region specific correlation with apparent diffusion coefficient and histology.

    Daniel Paech

    Full Text Available To explore the correlation between Nuclear Overhauser Enhancement (NOE-mediated signals and tumor cellularity in glioblastoma utilizing the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC and cell density from histologic specimens. NOE is one type of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST that originates from mobile macromolecules such as proteins and might be associated with tumor cellularity via altered protein synthesis in proliferating cells.For 15 patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma, NOE-mediated CEST-contrast was acquired at 7 Tesla (asymmetric magnetization transfer ratio (MTRasym at 3.3ppm, B1 = 0.7 μT. Contrast enhanced T1 (CE-T1, T2 and diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI were acquired at 3 Tesla and coregistered. The T2 edema and the CE-T1 tumor were segmented. ADC and MTRasym values within both regions of interest were correlated voxelwise yielding the correlation coefficient rSpearman (rSp. In three patients who underwent stereotactic biopsy, cell density of 12 specimens per patient was correlated with corresponding MTRasym and ADC values of the biopsy site.Eight of 15 patients showed a weak or moderate positive correlation of MTRasym and ADC within the T2 edema (0.16≤rSp≤0.53, p0.05, n = 4 or yielded rSp≈0 (p0.05, n = 6. The biopsy-analysis within CE-T1 tumor revealed a strong positive correlation between tumor cellularity and MTRasym values in two of the three patients (rSppatient3 = 0.69 and rSppatient15 = 0.87, p<0.05, while the correlation of ADC and cellularity was heterogeneous (rSppatient3 = 0.545 (p = 0.067, rSppatient4 = -0.021 (p = 0.948, rSppatient15 = -0.755 (p = 0.005.NOE-imaging is a new contrast promising insight into pathophysiologic processes in glioblastoma regarding cell density and protein content, setting itself apart from DWI. Future studies might be based on the assumption that NOE-mediated CEST visualizes cellularity more accurately than ADC, especially in the CE-T1 tumor region.

  14. Evaluation of the normal-to-diseased apparent diffusion coefficient ratio as an indicator of prostate cancer aggressiveness

    We tested the feasibility of a simple method for assessment of prostate cancer (PCa) aggressiveness using diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to calculate apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) ratios between prostate cancer and healthy prostatic tissue. The requirement for institutional review board approval was waived. A set of 20 standardized core transperineal saturation biopsy specimens served as the reference standard for placement of regions of interest on ADC maps in tumorous and normal prostatic tissue of 22 men with PCa (median Gleason score: 7; range, 6–9). A total of 128 positive sectors were included for evaluation. Two diagnostic ratios were computed between tumor ADCs and normal sector ADCs: the ADC peripheral ratio (the ratio between tumor ADC and normal peripheral zone tissue, ADC-PR), and the ADC central ratio (the ratio between tumor ADC and normal central zone tissue, ADC-CR). The performance of the two ratios in detecting high-risk tumor foci (Gleason 8 and 9) was assessed using the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). Both ADC ratios presented significantly lower values in high-risk tumors (0.48 ± 0.13 for ADC-CR and 0.40 ± 0.09 for ADC-PR) compared with low-risk tumors (0.66 ± 0.17 for ADC-CR and 0.54 ± 0.09 for ADC-PR) (p < 0.001) and had better diagnostic performance (ADC-CR AUC = 0.77, sensitivity = 82.2%, specificity = 66.7% and ADC-PR AUC = 0.90, sensitivity = 93.7%, specificity = 80%) than stand-alone tumor ADCs (AUC of 0.75, sensitivity = 72.7%, specificity = 70.6%) for identifying high-risk lesions. The ADC ratio as an intrapatient-normalized diagnostic tool may be better in detecting high-grade lesions compared with analysis based on tumor ADCs alone, and may reduce the rate of biopsies

  15. Prognostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging summation scores or apparent diffusion coefficient maps in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

    Cavalleri, Francesca; Todeschini, Alessandra [Azienda Unita Sanitaria Locale di Modena, Neuroradiology Unit, Department of Neuroscience, Nuovo Ospedale Civile S. Agostino Estense di Modena, Modena (Italy); Lugli, Licia; Pugliese, Marisa; Della Casa, Elisa; Gallo, Claudio; Frassoldati, Rossella; Ferrari, Fabrizio [Modena University Hospital, Institute of Pediatrics and Neonatal Medicine and NICU, Modena (Italy); D' Amico, Roberto [University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Medicine and Public Health, Modena (Italy)

    2014-09-15

    The diagnostic and prognostic assessment of newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) comprises, among other tools, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. To compare the ability of DWI and ADC maps in newborns with HIE to predict the neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years of age. Thirty-four term newborns with HIE admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Modena University Hospital from 2004 to 2008 were consecutively enrolled in the study. All newborns received EEG, conventional MRI and DWI within the first week of life. DWI was analyzed by means of summation (S) score and regional ADC measurements. Neurodevelopmental outcome was assessed with a standard 1-4 scale and the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales - Revised (GMDS-R). When the outcome was evaluated with a standard 1-4 scale, the DWI S scores showed very high area under the curve (AUC) (0.89) whereas regional ADC measurements in specific subregions had relatively modest predictive value. The lentiform nucleus was the region with the highest AUC (0.78). When GMDS-R were considered, DWI S scores were good to excellent predictors for some GMDS-R subscales. The predictive value of ADC measurements was both region- and subscale-specific. In particular, ADC measurements in some regions (basal ganglia, white matter or rolandic cortex) were excellent predictors for specific GMDS-R with AUCs up to 0.93. DWI S scores showed the highest prognostic value for the neurological outcome at 2 years of age. Regional ADC measurements in specific subregions proved to be highly prognostic for specific neurodevelopmental outcomes. (orig.)

  16. FDG PET/CT and diffusion-weighted imaging for breast cancer: prognostic value of maximum standardized uptake values and apparent diffusion coefficient values of the primary lesion

    Nakajo, Masatoyo [Nanpuh Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kagoshima (Japan); Kagoshima University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima (Japan); Kajiya, Yoriko; Tani, Atsushi; Ueno, Masako [Nanpuh Hospital, Department of Radiology, Kagoshima (Japan); Kaneko, Tomoyo; Kaneko, Youichi [Kaneko Clinic, Department of Breast Surgery, Kagoshima (Japan); Takasaki, Takashi [Department of Pathology, Clinical Pathology Laboratory, Kagoshima (Japan); Koriyama, Chihaya [Kagoshima University, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima (Japan); Nakajo, Masayuki [Kagoshima University, Department of Radiology, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima (Japan)

    2010-11-15

    To correlate both primary lesion {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) with clinicopathological prognostic factors and compare the prognostic value of these indexes in breast cancer. The study population consisted of 44 patients with 44 breast cancers visible on both preoperative FDG PET/CT and DWI images. The breast cancers included 9 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and 35 invasive ductal carcinomas (IDC). The relationships between both SUVmax and ADC and clinicopathological prognostic factors were evaluated by univariate and multivariate regression analysis and the degree of correlation was determined by Spearman's rank test. The patients were divided into a better prognosis group (n = 24) and a worse prognosis group (n = 20) based upon invasiveness (DCIS or IDC) and upon their prognostic group (good, moderate or poor) determined from the modified Nottingham prognostic index. Their prognostic values were examined by receiver operating characteristic analysis. Both SUVmax and ADC were significantly associated (p<0.05) with histological grade (independently), nodal status and vascular invasion. Significant associations were also noted between SUVmax and tumour size (independently), oestrogen receptor status and human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 status, and between ADC and invasiveness. SUVmax and ADC were negatively correlated ({rho}=-0.486, p = 0.001) and positively and negatively associated with increasing of histological grade, respectively. The threshold values for predicting a worse prognosis were {>=}4.2 for SUVmax (with a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 80%, 75% and 77%, respectively) and {<=}0.98 for ADC (with a sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of 90%, 67% and 77%, respectively). SUVmax and ADC correlated with several of pathological prognostic factors and both indexes may have the same potential for predicting the

  17. Diffusion weighted imaging of liver lesions suspect for metastases: Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values and lesion contrast are independent from Gd-EOB-DTPA administration

    Purpose: Gadolinium ethoxybenzyl diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA) enhanced liver MRI is widely used for detection and differentiation of focal liver lesions. Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) including apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements is increasingly utilised as a fast and, with limitations, quantitative method for liver lesion detection and characterisation. Herein we investigate whether the administration of Gd-EOB-DTPA affects DWI. Materials and methods: 31 consecutive patients referred to standardised liver MRI (1.5 T, Gd-EOB-DTPA, 0.025 mmol/kg) were retrospectively reviewed. All underwent a breathhold DWI sequence before and after contrast agent administration (EPI-DWI, TR/TE (effective): 2100/62 ms, b-values: 0 and 800 s/mm2). Patients with previously treated liver lesions were excluded. Signal intensity of lesion, parenchyma and noise on DWI images as well as the ADC value were measured after identification by two observers in consensus using manually placed regions of interest. The reference standard was imaging follow-up determined separately by two radiologists. Data analysis included signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) calculations, comparisons were drawn by employing multiple Bonferroni corrected Wilcoxon signed-rank tests. Results: 50 malignant and 39 benign lesions were identified. Neither SNR, CNR nor ADC values showed significant differences between pre- and postcontrast DWI. Both pre- and postcontrast ADC values differed significantly between benign and malignant lesions (P < 0.001). Conclusion: We did not identify a significant influence of Gd-EOB-DTPA on DWI of liver lesions. This allows for individual tailoring of imaging protocols according to clinical needs.

  18. Prognostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging summation scores or apparent diffusion coefficient maps in newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

    The diagnostic and prognostic assessment of newborn infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) comprises, among other tools, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. To compare the ability of DWI and ADC maps in newborns with HIE to predict the neurodevelopmental outcome at 2 years of age. Thirty-four term newborns with HIE admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Modena University Hospital from 2004 to 2008 were consecutively enrolled in the study. All newborns received EEG, conventional MRI and DWI within the first week of life. DWI was analyzed by means of summation (S) score and regional ADC measurements. Neurodevelopmental outcome was assessed with a standard 1-4 scale and the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales - Revised (GMDS-R). When the outcome was evaluated with a standard 1-4 scale, the DWI S scores showed very high area under the curve (AUC) (0.89) whereas regional ADC measurements in specific subregions had relatively modest predictive value. The lentiform nucleus was the region with the highest AUC (0.78). When GMDS-R were considered, DWI S scores were good to excellent predictors for some GMDS-R subscales. The predictive value of ADC measurements was both region- and subscale-specific. In particular, ADC measurements in some regions (basal ganglia, white matter or rolandic cortex) were excellent predictors for specific GMDS-R with AUCs up to 0.93. DWI S scores showed the highest prognostic value for the neurological outcome at 2 years of age. Regional ADC measurements in specific subregions proved to be highly prognostic for specific neurodevelopmental outcomes. (orig.)

  19. Polarization phenomena for low energy d + 3He collisions

    Polarization phenomena are studied for the reaction d + 3He → p + 4He (for Ed ≤ 1 MeV) using a formalism of partial amplitudes. The nuclei are considered as elementary particles with definite values of spin and P-parity. A general parametrization of the matrix element in terms of a limited number of partial amplitudes (for d + 3He-interaction in s - and p- states) is given and the expressions for all polarization observables are derived for the s-interaction. Relations between different polarization observables are derived and the conditions for maximizing the differential cross section of the process d + 3He → p + 4He are indicated. The spin structure of the matrix elements of the processes d + 3He → d +3He, d + 3He → n +p + 3He, d + 3He → p + p + 3H and d + 3He → d + d + p is established in the near-threshold region. (author)

  20. Measurements of the 3He fusion product in TFTR

    The 0.8-MeV 3He ion created in the d(d,n)3He fusion reaction is confined in TFTR and can undergo d(3He,p)α fusion reactions. The time evolution, and profile of the 14.7-MeV proton emission indicates that collisional energy transfer with plasma electrons is the dominant process influencing the charged 3He fusion product for TFTR plasmas and that there is no observable anomalous transport. The magnitude of the burnup exceeds classical expectations by a factor-of-two-to-three which is a little beyond experimental uncertainties. 19 refs., 11 figs

  1. 3He Neutron Spin Filter cell development program at JCNS

    In order to produce high-quality 3He Neutron Spin Filters (NSF) with a high polarisation level, it is necessary to achieve a long 3He relaxation time by the reduction of the wall relaxation. This requires one to minimise the amount of impurities at the surface of the glass cells, and to have as few contaminants as possible in the gas filling system. In this report we describe the detailed procedure we employ to produce 3He cells using our newly built filling station. The obtained life times for a number of cells are practically approaching the fundamental limit imposed by the dipole-dipole interaction between 3He atoms.

  2. 3He functions in tokamak-pumped laser systems

    3He placed in an annular cell around a tokamak fusion generator can convert moderated fusion neutrons to energetic ions by the 3He(n,p)T reaction, and thereby excite gaseous lasants mixed with the 3He while simultaneously breeding tritium. The total 3He inventory is about 4 kg for large tokamak devices. Special configurations of toroidal-field magnets, neutron moderators and beryllium reflectors are required to permit nearly uniform neutron current into the laser cell with minimal attenuation. The annular laser radiation can be combined into a single output beam at the top of the tokamak

  3. Three-body 3He photodisintegration in the Δ region

    Three-body 3He photodisintegration was measured in the photon energy range (Eγ) of 145--425 MeV. The total cross section for photon absorption on the np pairs in 3He, σ(3He(γ,np)psp), where psp is a spectator proton, is reported here for the first time. The Eγ dependence of the σ is found to scale to that of σ(2H(γ,np)), and the ratio is determined to be σ(3He(γ,np)psp)/σ(2H(γ,np))=1.24±0.,26

  4. Quantitative {sup 1}H and hyperpolarized {sup 3}He magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy never-smokers

    Owrangi, Amir M., E-mail: aowrangi@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Wang, Jian X., E-mail: jxwang@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Applied Science Laboratories, General Electric Healthcare (Canada); Wheatley, Andrew, E-mail: awheat@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); McCormack, David G., E-mail: David.Mccormack@lhsc.on.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Parraga, Grace, E-mail: gparraga@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada)

    2014-01-15

    Objective: The aim of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the relationship between short echo time pulmonary {sup 1}H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity (SI) and {sup 3}He MRI apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), high-resolution computed tomography (CT) measurements of emphysema, and pulmonary function measurements. Materials and methods: Nine healthy never-smokers and 11 COPD subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, short echo time ((TE) = 1.2 ms) {sup 1}H and diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized {sup 3}He MRI (b = 1.6 s/cm{sup 2}) at 3.0 T. In addition, for COPD subjects only, CT densitometry was also performed. Results: Mean {sup 1}H SI was significantly greater for never-smokers (12.1 ± 1.1 arbitrary units (AU)) compared to COPD subjects (10.9 ± 1.3 AU, p = 0.04). The {sup 1}H SI AP-gradient was also significantly greater for never-smokers (0.40 AU/cm, R{sup 2} = 0.94) compared to COPD subjects (0.29 AU/cm, R{sup 2} = 0.968, p = 0.05). There was a significant correlation between {sup 1}H SI and {sup 3}He ADC (r = −0.58, p = 0.008) and significant correlations between {sup 1}H MR SI and CT measurements of emphysema (RA{sub 950}, r = −0.69, p = 0.02 and HU{sub 15}, r = 0.66, p = 0.03). Conclusions: The significant and moderately strong relationship between {sup 1}H SI and {sup 3}He ADC, as well as between {sup 1}H SI and CT measurements of emphysema suggests that these imaging methods and measurements may be quantifying similar tissue changes in COPD and that pulmonary {sup 1}H SI may be used to monitor emphysema as a complement to CT and noble gas MRI.

  5. Quantitative 1H and hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy never-smokers

    Objective: The aim of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the relationship between short echo time pulmonary 1H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity (SI) and 3He MRI apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), high-resolution computed tomography (CT) measurements of emphysema, and pulmonary function measurements. Materials and methods: Nine healthy never-smokers and 11 COPD subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, short echo time ((TE) = 1.2 ms) 1H and diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized 3He MRI (b = 1.6 s/cm2) at 3.0 T. In addition, for COPD subjects only, CT densitometry was also performed. Results: Mean 1H SI was significantly greater for never-smokers (12.1 ± 1.1 arbitrary units (AU)) compared to COPD subjects (10.9 ± 1.3 AU, p = 0.04). The 1H SI AP-gradient was also significantly greater for never-smokers (0.40 AU/cm, R2 = 0.94) compared to COPD subjects (0.29 AU/cm, R2 = 0.968, p = 0.05). There was a significant correlation between 1H SI and 3He ADC (r = −0.58, p = 0.008) and significant correlations between 1H MR SI and CT measurements of emphysema (RA950, r = −0.69, p = 0.02 and HU15, r = 0.66, p = 0.03). Conclusions: The significant and moderately strong relationship between 1H SI and 3He ADC, as well as between 1H SI and CT measurements of emphysema suggests that these imaging methods and measurements may be quantifying similar tissue changes in COPD and that pulmonary 1H SI may be used to monitor emphysema as a complement to CT and noble gas MRI

  6. Diagnostic accuracy of apparent diffusion coefficient and 123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine for differentiation of multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease.

    Atsushi Umemura

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: It is often hard to differentiate Parkinson's disease (PD and parkinsonian variant of multiple system atrophy (MSA-P, especially in the early stages. Cardiac sympathetic denervation and putaminal rarefaction are specific findings for PD and MSA-P, respectively. PURPOSE: We investigated diagnostic accuracy of putaminal apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC test for MSA-P and (123I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG scintigram for PD, especially in early-stage patients. METHODS: The referral standard diagnosis of PD and MSA-P were the diagnostic criteria of the United Kingdom Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank Criteria and the second consensus criteria, respectively. Based on the referral standard criteria, diagnostic accuracy [area under the receiver-operator characteristic curve (AUC, sensitivity and specificity] of the ADC and MIBG tests was estimated retrospectively. Diagnostic accuracy of these tests performed within 3 years of symptom onset was also investigated. RESULTS: ADC and MIBG tests were performed on 138 patients (20 MSA and 118 PD. AUC was 0.95 and 0.83 for the ADC and MIBG tests, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity were 85.0% and 89.0% for MSA-P diagnosis by ADC test and 67.0% and 80.0% for PD diagnosis by MIBG test. When these tests were restricted to patients with disease duration ≤ 3 years, the sensitivity and specificity were 75.0% and 91.4% for the ADC test (MSA-P diagnosis and 47.7% and 92.3% for the MIBG test (PD diagnosis. CONCLUSIONS: Both tests were useful in differentiating between PD and MSA-P, even in the early stages. In early-stage patients, elevated putaminal ADC was a diagnostic marker for MSA-P. Despite high specificity of the MIBG test, careful neurological history and examinations were required for PD diagnosis because of possible false-negative results.

  7. Peritumoral apparent diffusion coefficients for prediction of lymphovascular invasion in clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer

    Mori, Naoko; Mugikura, Shunji; Takasawa, Chiaki; Shimauchi, Akiko; Ota, Hideki; Takase, Kei; Takahashi, Shoki [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Sendai (Japan); Miyashita, Minoru; Ishida, Takanori [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Surgical Oncology, Sendai (Japan); Kasajima, Atsuko [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Sendai (Japan); Kodama, Tetsuya [Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Sendai (Japan)

    2016-02-15

    To evaluate whether visual assessment of T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) or an apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) could predict lymphovascular invasion (LVI) status in cases with clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer. One hundred and thirty-six patients with 136 lesions underwent MRI. Visual assessment of T2WI, tumour-ADC, peritumoral maximum-ADC and the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio (the ratio between them) were compared with LVI status of surgical specimens. No significant relationship was found between LVI and T2WI. Tumour-ADC was significantly lower in the LVI-positive (n = 77, 896 ± 148 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s) than the LVI-negative group (n = 59, 1002 ± 163 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s; p < 0.0001). Peritumoral maximum-ADC was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (1805 ± 355 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s) than the LVI-negative group (1625 ± 346 x 10{sup -6} mm{sup 2}/s; p = 0.0003). Peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (2.05 ± 0.46) than the LVI-negative group (1.65 ± 0.40; p < 0.0001). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that the area under the curve (AUC) of the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was the highest (0.81). The most effective threshold for the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was 1.84, and the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 77 % (59/77), 76 % (45/59), 81 % (59/73) and 71 % (45/63), respectively. We suggest that the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio can assist in predicting LVI status on preoperative imaging. (orig.)

  8. Peritumoral apparent diffusion coefficients for prediction of lymphovascular invasion in clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer

    To evaluate whether visual assessment of T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) or an apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) could predict lymphovascular invasion (LVI) status in cases with clinically node-negative invasive breast cancer. One hundred and thirty-six patients with 136 lesions underwent MRI. Visual assessment of T2WI, tumour-ADC, peritumoral maximum-ADC and the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio (the ratio between them) were compared with LVI status of surgical specimens. No significant relationship was found between LVI and T2WI. Tumour-ADC was significantly lower in the LVI-positive (n = 77, 896 ± 148 x 10-6 mm2/s) than the LVI-negative group (n = 59, 1002 ± 163 x 10-6 mm2/s; p < 0.0001). Peritumoral maximum-ADC was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (1805 ± 355 x 10-6 mm2/s) than the LVI-negative group (1625 ± 346 x 10-6 mm2/s; p = 0.0003). Peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was significantly higher in the LVI-positive (2.05 ± 0.46) than the LVI-negative group (1.65 ± 0.40; p < 0.0001). Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that the area under the curve (AUC) of the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was the highest (0.81). The most effective threshold for the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio was 1.84, and the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value were 77 % (59/77), 76 % (45/59), 81 % (59/73) and 71 % (45/63), respectively. We suggest that the peritumour-tumour ADC ratio can assist in predicting LVI status on preoperative imaging. (orig.)

  9. Usefulness of Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging for Breast Lesions: Comparing the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) Values and the Pathologic Results

    We wanted to evaluate the ability of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values to differentiate between benign and malignant breast lesions and the normal breast parenchyma. We used breast MRI, including DWI, to obtain images of 167 breast lesions (18 benign lesions and 149 malignant lesions) of 152 women (mean age: 48.6 years, range: 24-80 years). The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were compared to those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma. We compared the ADC values of IDC, DCIS and other types of breast cancer and we also compared the ADC values with the nuclear grade of IDC. The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were lower than those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma (p-3 mm2/s for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion showed a specificity of 53% and a sensitivity of 100%, and the ADC threshold value of 1.33 X 10-3 mm2/s showed a specificity of 93% and a sensitivity of 94% for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion.

  10. Role of the apparent diffusion coefficient measurement by diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica in the liver

    The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic role of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurement in the diagnosis of focal parenchymal lesions and to understand the discriminating role of the ADC value for differentiating Fasciola lesions from other focal liver lesions. We measured ADC values of parenchymal lesions and liver parenchyma in 18 patients with Fasciola hepatica infestation at b 100, b 600, and b 1000 s/mm2 gradients. We further measured average ADC values of hepatic metastases (n=21), hepatocellular carcinomas (n=21), cholangiocarcinomas (n=7), hydatid cysts (n=12), and focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) (n=12) and compared them with average ADC values for Fasciola hepatica. The differences between average ADC values of lesions (2.16±0.36 x 10-3 mm2/s) and parenchyma (1.64±0.2 x 10-3 mm2/s) at three gradients were statistically significant (P<0.05). Mean ADC values of Fasciola hepatica lesions were significantly different from most of the other focal hepatic lesions, except FNH at all gradients and hydatid cyst at only the b 100 gradient. ADC measurement may be a complementary method in the diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica, and it may be used to differentiate these lesions from other focal liver lesions. (author)

  11. Study of diffusion phenomenon using an experimental magnetic resonance system (SIS 200/400) for small animals. Reliability and apparent diffusion coefficient of normal animals

    We have developed a magnetic resonance (MR) spin echo method to obtain diffusion weighted imaging using motion probing gradient (MPG) pulses in orthogonal direction before and after a 180 degree pulse. Phantom models containing water, acetone, cupric sulfate and agar, and normal brains of Wistar rats and puppies were examined. MRI was performed using a SISCO SIS 200/400 MRI/MRS experimental system for small animals (4.7 tesla, 400 mm bore). The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, given in mm2/sec, were 2.19±0.02 x 10-3 in water, 4.51±0. 18 x 10-3 in acetone, and the ADC of water was independent on longitudinal (T1) or transverse (T2) relaxation time. Time-dependent ADC changes were not demonstrated, however position-dependent ADC changes were significant. It is therefore important to set the sample at the same position for repeated MRI studies and for the evaluation of the time course of experimental studies. Mean ADC values of rat brains were 0.65 x 10-3 for cortex, 0.69 x 10-3 for caudate-putamen, 0.69 x 10-3 (perpendicular to axon) for corpus callosum, 1.11 x 10-3 (parallel to axon) for optic nerve, and 1.38 x 10-3 (parallel to axon) for trigeminal nerve. Those of puppies were 1.14- 1.42 x 10-3 for gray matter, 1.17 (parallel to axon) and 0.89 (perpendicular to axon) x 10-3 for white matter, 1.66 (parallel to axon) and 0.57 (perpendicular to axon) x 10-3 for internal capsule, and 0.91-0.95 x 10-3 for thalamus. On the in vivo ADC maps, white matter tracts successfully showed anisotropic diffusion. This technique has promising implications for the evaluation of the time course of cerebral damage and degenerative changes. (author)

  12. Transport properties of spin polarized /sup 3/He-/sup 4/He mixtures

    Hampson, T.M.M.; Bowley, R.M.; Brugel, D.; McHale, G.

    1988-12-01

    We have calculated the viscosity, thermal conductivity, and longitudinal spin diffusion coefficient in /sup 3/He-/sup 4/He mixtures which are spin polarized. The calculation applies to all temperature regimes. We have also calculated the Onsager cross coefficient which arises because of the coupling between heat and longitudinal spin currents. The interaction between /sup 3/He quasiparticles is taken to be a constant as a first approximation. We have also investigated the changes brought about by allowing the interaction to vary with the momentum of the quasiparticle.

  13. Model formalism of liquid 3He-B at equilibrium

    The approximate formal treatment of the nuclear spin system of normal liquid 3He given some time ago is extended to the ordered 3He phase. The formalism leads to the prediction of normal thermal behavior of 3He-B at lower pressures and at temperatures approaching its phase-boundary temperatures. In contrast to the disordered normal liquid phase, which is thermally anomalous, the entropy of the 3He-B decreases on isothermal compression, or its isobaric volume expansion coefficient is positive. The equilibrium thermal behavior of ordered 3He-B is thus qualitatively different from that of disordered liquid 3He. Experimental control of these aspects of the liquid 3He phase transformation is lacking at the present time. Both early and new 3He-B paramagnetic susceptibility data, extended recently over a wide reduced-temperature range, disclose a fundamental competition between the spontaneous ordering mechanism responsible for the existence of 3He-B and the specific ordering process imposed upon this phase on application of an external constant and uniform magnetic field. As a consequence, magnetized 3He-B will be shown to increase its entropy on isothermal magnetization and to cool on adiabatic magnetization. The magnetocaloric effect is, however, only moderate. The competition of the ordering process leads to the delay or possibly even to the suppression of the formation of the ordered phase, a state of affairs foreseen in our earlier work. At low or moderate magnetic field strengths, the zero-field phase-boundary temperatures are shown to shift toward lower temperatures while, simultaneously, the order of the phase change decreases, from second order, in the absence of the field, to first order. Although of model-theoretic character, involving limitations of various types, the rich physical content of 3He-B at equilibrium clearly emerges in the present work

  14. 3He(3H,γ)6Li

    The authors have calculated the 3He(3H,γ)6Li reaction rate at big bang temperatures based on a microscopic study in the framework of the Generator Coordinate Method. It is discussed whether 6Li could be made by 3He + 3H fusion in the early epoch of our universe

  15. Some new NMR effects in superfluid 3He--A

    Longitudinal and transverse satellite lines have been observed by CW techniques in superfluid 3He-A under a variety of experimental conditions. A new metastable mode has been observed in superfluid 3He-A using pulsed NMR techniques. The frequency shift of this mode is related to the frequency shift of the transverse satellite line

  16. magnetic resonance of 3He nuclei in porous media

    The data on 3He spin kinetics in porous media above the Fermi temperature of 3He are summarized. Presented results are obtained in Kazan Federal University in last ten years and are the base of developing method of helium porometry. Guidelines for investigation of samples with unknown pore sizes and superficial their properties are proposed

  17. Ions Preheated in 3He-Rich Solar Particle Events

    王德焴

    2003-01-01

    A wave-particle resonance absorption model in the two-ion plasma is suggested in explanation to the coronal ions preheating in 3He-rich solar particle events. It is found that 3He and Fe ions are preferably preheated by the ion-ion hybrid waves at their fundamental and second harmonic ion cyclotron frequencies, respectively.

  18. Feasibility study of a sup 3 He-magnetometer for neutron electric dipole moment experiments

    Borisov, Y; Leduc, M; Lobashev, V; Otten, E W; Sobolev, Y

    2000-01-01

    We report on a sup 3 He-magnetometer capable of detecting tiny magnetic field fluctuations of less than 10 sup - sup 1 sup 4 T in experiments for measuring the electric dipole moment (EDM) of the neutron. It is based on the Ramsey technique of separated oscillating fields and uses nuclear spin-polarized sup 3 He gas which is stored in two vessels of V approx =10 l in a sandwich-type arrangement around the storage bottle for ultra-cold neutrons (UCN). The gas is polarized by means of optical pumping in a separate, small discharge cell at pressures around 0.5 mbar and is then expanded into the actual magnetometer volume. To detect the polarization of sup 3 He gas at the end of the storage cycle the gas is pumped out by means of an oil-diffusion pump and compressed again into the discharge cell where optical detection of nuclear polarization is used.

  19. Pulsed NMR experiments in superfluid 3He confined in aerogel

    Pulsed NMR experiments have been performed in both B and supercooled A phases of superfluid 3He in aerogel. Dependencies of spin precession frequency on tipping angle in B-phase of superfluid 3He in aerogel are found to be different for pure 3He and for the cell preplated with 4He. A sharp increase of the frequency for tipping angles greater than 104 deg. was observed in low temperature superfluid phase of 3He in 4He preplated aerogel as it is expected for the B-phase structure of the order parameter. Dependencies of the frequency on the tipping angle in supercooled A-phase are similar for both pure 3He and 4He preplated aerogel

  20. Experimental hypoxic-ischemic brain damage comparison research of apparent diffusion coefficients, proton MR-spectroscopy and pathologic study

    Objective: To compare the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), proton MR spectroscopy (1H-MRS) and pathologic changes in young pigs subjected to acute hypoxic-ischemic brain damage (HIBD). Methods: Thirty 7-day-old neonatal pigs were divided into sham-operation group (n=5) and hypoxic-ischemic group (n=25). HI group was divided into five small groups. ADC value, NAA/Cho, NAA/Cr, Lac/NAA, Lac/Cho and Lac/Cr were calculated on cessation of the insult, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h after resuscitation in subcortical white matter, periventricular white matter and basal ganglia. Immediately after MR examinations, injury of the brains was evaluated by hematoxylin-eosin-stained and histopathologic study. Results: The hypoxic-ischemic piglets showed ADC (3.69±1.45) reduction, NAA/Cho (0.712± 0.080) and NAA/Cr(1.040±0.137) decrease, Lac/NAA(1.798±0.139), Lac/Cho(1.280±0.167) and Lac/Cr(1.876±0.357)increase on cessation of the insult; transient ADC, Lac/NAA, Lac/Cho and Lac/Cr recovery, NAA/Cho progressive decrease (P0.05) flora 3 h to 12 h after resuscitation; secondary ADC (4.06±1.25)reduction, Lac/NAA (1.221±0.128), Lac/Cho (0.716±0.088) and Lac/Cr (1.212±0.177) increase 24 hours after resuscitation. Corresponding pathologic study revealed astrocytes gradually swelled and collapsed after resuscitation, while neurons changed mildly. The control piglets showed normal ADC, H-MRS and pathologic investigations. Conclusions: ADC value and 1H-MRS can sensitively detect lesions of early HIBD. NAA/Cho has the highest correlation with the pathological changes of early HIBD and is superior to ADC value and the other metabolite ratios in evaluating early HIBD. (authors)

  1. Degassing of 3H/3He, CFCs and SF6 by denitrification: measurements and two-phase transport simulations.

    Visser, Ate; Schaap, Joris D; Broers, Hans Peter; Bierkens, Marc F P

    2009-01-26

    The production of N2 gas by denitrification may lead to the appearance of a gas phase below the water table prohibiting the conservative transport of tracer gases required for groundwater dating. We used a two-phase flow and transport model (STOMP) to study the reliability of 3H/3He, CFCs and SF6 as groundwater age tracers under agricultural land where denitrification causes degassing. We were able to reproduce the amount of degassing (R2=69%), as well as the 3H (R2=79%) and 3He (R2=76%) concentrations observed in a 3H/3He data set using simple 2D models. We found that the TDG correction of the 3H/3He age overestimated the control 3He/3He age by 2.1 years, due to the accumulation of 3He in the gas phase. The total uncertainty of degassed 3H/3He ages of 6 years (+/-2 sigma) is due to the correction of degassed 3He using the TDG method, but also due to the travel time in the unsaturated zone and the diffusion of bomb peak 3He. CFCs appear to be subject to significant degradation in anoxic groundwater and SF6 is highly susceptible to degassing. We conclude that 3H/3He is the most reliable method to date degassed groundwater and that two-phase flow models such as STOMP are useful tools to assist in the interpretation of degassed groundwater age tracer data. PMID:19042054

  2. The diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging and the apparent diffusion coefficient values in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions

    The goal of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions. Between June 2012 and March 2013, 60 patients with 63 lesions (age range 29-70 years, mean age 48.6 years) were included in our study. All lesions, except complicated cysts and intra-mammary lymph nodes, were confirmed histopathologically. The patients were evaluated with a 1.5 Tesla MR scanner using dedicated bilateral breast coil. DWI images were obtained by echo planar imaging sequence and 'b' values were selected as 200, 600 and 1000 s/mm2. Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of both breast lesions and the normal fibroglandular tissue of the contralateral breast were calculated and statistically compared using Shapiro-Wilk test, Student's t-test, Mann-Whitney U test, chi-square test and the receiver operating curve. Of 63 lesions, 22 were malignant and 41 were benign. In malignant lesions, the mean ADC values were 1.40 ± 0.41 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 200, 1.05 ± 0.28 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 600 and 0.91 ± 0.20 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 1000 and in benign lesions, the mean ADC values were 2.13 ± 0.85 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 200, 1.64 ± 0.47 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 600 and 1.40 ± 0.43 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 1000. The success of ADC values in differentiation of benign and malignant lesions was statistically significant (P = 0.0001). The threshold values were determined to be 1.50 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 200, 1.22 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 600 and 0.98 × 10−3mm2/s for b = 1000 (P < 0.05). DWI can be an effective radiological method in the differentiation of benign and malignant breast lesions.

  3. Usefulness of Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging for Breast Lesions: Comparing the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) Values and the Pathologic Results

    Ahn, Hye Shin; Chang, Yun Woo; Choi, Kyung Hee; Kim, Hyun Joo; Hong, Seong Suk; Hwang, Jung Hwa; Kwon, Kui Hyang [Dept.of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yong Bae [Dept. of Preventive Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-04-15

    We wanted to evaluate the ability of the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values to differentiate between benign and malignant breast lesions and the normal breast parenchyma. We used breast MRI, including DWI, to obtain images of 167 breast lesions (18 benign lesions and 149 malignant lesions) of 152 women (mean age: 48.6 years, range: 24-80 years). The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were compared to those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma. We compared the ADC values of IDC, DCIS and other types of breast cancer and we also compared the ADC values with the nuclear grade of IDC. The mean ADC values of the malignant lesions were lower than those of the benign lesions and the normal parenchyma (p<0.001, respectively). The mean ADC value of IDC was lower than those of DCIS and other breast cancers (p<0.001, respectively). The mean ADC value of mucinous carcinoma among the other breast cancer was characteristic high compared with that of the normal parenchyma. There was no significant differentiation of the ADC values between the nuclear grades of IDC (p<0.828). The ADC threshold value of 0.98 X 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion showed a specificity of 53% and a sensitivity of 100%, and the ADC threshold value of 1.33 X 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s showed a specificity of 93% and a sensitivity of 94% for discriminating between malignant and benign lesion.

  4. Feasibility studies of D—3He fusion power in China

    DengBai-Quan; FengKei-Ming; 等

    1997-01-01

    The systematic study on D-3He advanced fuel fusion in China has been performed.Comparisons between D-3He and D-T fuel cycles in physics,engineering,environmental safety and so on have been made.D-3He fusion offers significant adavantages for reducing the neutron yield by a factor of 10-60,The 3He resource and mining possibility are investigated.The energy payback factor of 97 for mining lunar 3He resource is calculated.The operating parameter scope for D-3He fueled Tokamak reactor is analyzed.The prompt energy broadening for fusion products is calculated and results are consistent with those obtained by Lehner using a different method.Centrally peaked current drive with high efficiency is studied utilizing plasma synchrotron radiation.Centrally peaked current drive with gigh efficiency is studied utilizing plasma synchrotron radiation.More than 80% of plasma current required can be driven passively.A D-3He fueled Tokamak commercial reactor-Mooncity was designed.Neutronics calculations show that the radioactivity,afterheat,BHP value for Mooncity are 10-60 times less than those for D-T fusion.

  5. Cosmogenic and nucleogenic ^3He in apatite, titanite, and zircon

    Farley, K. A.; Libarkin, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S; Amidon, W.

    2006-01-01

    Cosmogenic ^3He was measured in apatite, titanite, and zircon and cosmogenic ^(21)Ne in quartz at 13 depth intervals in a 2.7-m long drill core in a Miocene ignimbrite from the Altiplano of Bolivia. All three ^3He depth profiles as well as the ^(21)Ne profile attenuate exponentially with depth, indicating that both of these isotopes are cosmogenic in origin with no significant contribution from other sources. The attenuation lengthscale for ^3He production of Λ = 180 ± 11 g/cm^2 is consistent...

  6. D-3He fuel cycles for neutron lean reactors

    The intrinsic potential of D-3He as a reactor fuel is investigated for a large range of 3He to D density ratios. A steady-state zero-dimensional reactor model is developed in which much care is attributed to a proper treatment of fast fusion products. Useful ranges of reactor parameters as well as temperature-density windows for driven and ignited operation are identified. Various figures of merit are calculated, such as power densities, net power production, neutron production, tritium load and radiative power. These results suggest several optimistic conclusions about the performance of D-3He as a reactor fuel

  7. Dressed Spin of Polarized 3He in a Cell

    Chu, P H; Peng, J C; Beck, D H; Chandler, D E; Clayton, S; Hu, B Z; Ngan, S Y; Sham, C H; So, L H; Williamson, S; Yoder, J

    2010-01-01

    We report a measurement of the modification of the effective precession frequency of polarized 3He atoms in response to a dressing field in a room temperature cell. The 3He atoms were polarized using the metastability spin-exchange method. An oscillating dressing field is then applied perpendicular to the constant magnetic field. Modification of the 3He effective precession frequency was observed over a broad range of the amplitude and frequency of the dressing field. The observed effects are compared with calculations based on quantum optics formalism.

  8. Apparent diffusion coefficient histogram analysis stratifies progression-free and overall survival in patients with recurrent GBM treated with bevacizumab: A multi-center study

    Pope, WB; Qiao, XJ; Kim, HJ; Lai, A.; Nghiemphu, P; Xue, X.; Ellingson, BM; Schiff, D.; Aregawi, D; Cha, S; Puduvalli, VK; Wu, J.; Yung, WKA; Young, GS; Vredenburgh, J

    2012-01-01

    We have tested the predictive value of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram analysis in stratifying progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in bevacizumab-treated patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) from the multi-center BRAIN study. Available MRI's from patients enrolled in the BRAIN study (n = 97) were examined by generating ADC histograms from areas of enhancing tumor on T1 weighted post-contrast images fitted to a two normal distribution mixtu...

  9. Safeguards Technology Factsheet 3He-free Neutron Coincidence Counter

    A full scale thermal neutron coincidence counter (High Level Neutron Counter - Boron: HLNB) based on 3He alternative detection technology was designed and built at LANL and field tested at Plutonium Conversion Development Facility (PCDF) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) during FY15. HLNB is based on boron-lined proportional plates that replace the traditional 3He proportional tubes and was designed as a direct alternative to 3He-based High Level Neutron Coincidence Counter (HLNC-II). During the JAEA field trial the HLNB demonstrated comparable performance to HLNC-II, which represents a key development in the area of 3He alternative technologies and provides a complete demonstration of the technology for nuclear safeguards applications including high mass MOX samples.

  10. Electromagnetic physics with a polarized 3He target

    In the trinucleon system, 3He is preferable for polarization measurements because it is stable and a well-understood polarization method exists. Also, to a good approximation, the 3He spin is effectively due to the spin of its neutron and hence acts as a polarized neutron target. This is important because dense targets of polarized free neutrons are not possible. Thus, in a simple-minded picture, one can think of polarization measurements on 3He as a means of tagging the neutron in this nucleus. In a general program of polarization measurements on the proton, deuteron, and 3He, one could investigate the form-factors and small wave-function components of the nucleon and its excited states in the nuclear medium. (orig./WL)

  11. The SLAC high-density gaseous polarized 3He target

    A large-scale high-pressure gaseous 3He polarized target has been developed for use with a high-intensity polarized electron beam at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. This target was used successfully in an experiment to study the spin structure of the neutron. The target provided an areal density of about 7 x1021 nuclei/cm2 and operated at 3He polarizations between about 30% and 40% for the six-week duration of the experiment

  12. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M; Scopetta, S.

    2012-01-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which could be measured in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: The peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation could allow to access for the first ti...

  13. Extracting generalized neutron parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M; Scopetta, S.

    2012-01-01

    An impulse approximation analysis is described of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS). The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the ...

  14. Analytic vortices in rotating superfluid 3He-A

    Recent works on analytic vortices in rotating 3He-A are reviewed. It is shown that the circular-hyperbolic vortex lattice has the lowest free energy in an axial magnetic field. The associated nuclear magnetic resonance satellites account for not only the observed satellite frequencies in a rotating 3He-A experiment but also the observed intensity of the satellite resonances. 15 references, 3 figures

  15. Elastic and charge exchange scattering of pions from 3He

    Elastic and charge exchange scatterings of pions from 3He are studied using on optical potential in the momentum representation, which includes the second order effect as well as the nucleon binding correction. These corrections are found to be appreaciable but still not enough to resolve the discrepancy between theoretical calculations and recent experimental data on the reaction 3He(π-, π0)3H. (author)

  16. The 3He spectral function in light-front dynamics

    Rinaldi, Matteo; Kaptari, Leonid; Pace, Emanuele; Salmè, Giovanni; Scopetta, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    A distorted spin-dependent spectral function for 3He is considered for the extraction of the transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions in the neutron from semi-inclusive deep inelastic electron scattering off polarized 3He at finite momentum transfers, where final state interactions are taken into account. The generalization of the analysis to a Poincar\\'e covariant framework within the light-front dynamics is outlined.

  17. Test of 3He-based neutron polarizers at NIST

    Neutron spin filters based on polarized 3He are useful over a wide neutron energy range and have a large angular acceptance among other advantages. Two optical pumping methods, spin-exchange and metastability-exchange, can produce the volume of highly polarized 3He gas required for such neutron spin filters. We report a test of polarizers based on each of these two methods on a new cold, monochromatic neutron beam line at the NIST Center for Neutron Research

  18. Electroproduction of low energy π+ from 3He

    Differential cross sections were measured for the electro-pion production from H and 3He at an incident energy of 200 MeV and pion energies from 7.3 to 12.1 MeV. Pion-angular distributions are presented and compared with theory. For hydrogen there is good agreement. A simple three-channel calculation performed for the pion production from 3He was found to over estimate the cross section at forward pion angles

  19. Polar Phase of Superfluid (3)He in Anisotropic Aerogel.

    Dmitriev, V V; Senin, A A; Soldatov, A A; Yudin, A N

    2015-10-16

    We report the first observation of the polar phase of superfluid (3)He. This phase appears in (3)He confined in a new type of aerogel with a nearly parallel arrangement of strands which play the role of ordered impurities. Our experiments qualitatively agree with theoretical predictions and suggest that in other systems with unconventional Cooper pairing (e.g., in unconventional superconductors) similar phenomena may be found in the presence of anisotropic impurities. PMID:26550884

  20. Two dimensional sup 3 He adsorbed on Grafoil plated with a bilayer of HD

    Casey, A J

    2001-01-01

    sup 3 He films adsorbed on graphite preplated with a bilayer of hydrogen deuteride were studied by heat capacity measurements, in a nuclear demagnetisation cryostat down to temperatures below 1mK. The work focused on several areas of interest in 2D sup 3 He. Firstly coverages approaching solidification were investigated. Here we observed an apparent divergence in the effective mass of the sup 3 He quasi-particle as it approached solidification at a density in agreement with that predicted by the sq root 7x sq root 7 commensurate phase. We interpret this in terms of a Mott-Hubbard transition between a 2D Fermi liquid and a magnetically disordered solid occurring via the Brinkman-Rice scenario. We also observe finite temperature corrections to the linear heat capacity of the formT sup 2 going over to TlnT. Further investigations were carried out into solid coverages in which sup 3 He forms a two-dimensional quantum solid of spin 1/2 particles whose magnetism is influenced by reduced dimensionality, exchange and...

  1. Radiation measurement and inverse analysis techniques applied on the determination of the apparent mass diffusion coefficient for diverse contaminants and soil samples

    Full text of publication follows: The study of the dispersion of radioactive materials in soils and in engineering barriers plays an important role in the safety analysis of nuclear waste repositories. In order to proceed with such kind of study the involved physical properties must be determined with precision, including the apparent mass diffusion coefficient, which is defined as the ratio between the effective mass diffusion coefficient and the retardation factor. Many different experimental and estimation techniques are available on the literature for the identification of the diffusion coefficient and this work describes the implementation of that developed by Pereira et al [1]. This technique is based on non-intrusive radiation measurements and the experimental setup consists of a cylindrical column filled with compacted media saturated with water. A radioactive contaminant is mixed with a portion of the media and then placed in the bottom of the column. Therefore, the contaminant will diffuse through the uncontaminated media due to the concentration gradient. A radiation detector is used to measure the number of counts, which is associated to the contaminant concentration, at several positions along the column during the experiment. Such measurements are then used to estimate the apparent diffusion coefficient of the contaminant in the porous media by inverse analysis. The inverse problem of parameter estimation is solved with the Levenberg-Marquart Method of minimization of the least-square norm. The experiment was optimized with respect to the number of measurement locations, frequency of measurements and duration of the experiment through the analysis of the sensitivity coefficients and by using a D-optimum approach. This setup is suitable for studying a great number of combinations of diverse contaminants and porous media varying in composition and compacting, with considerable easiness and reliable results, and it was chosen because that is the

  2. The (t,3He) and (3He,t) reactions as probes of Gamow-Teller strength

    Zegers, R G T; Austin, S M; Bazin, D; Berg, G P A; Brown, B A; Cole, A L; Daito, I; Fujita, Y; Fujiwara, M; Galès, Sydney; Harakeh, M N; Hashimoto, H; Hayami, R; Hitt, G W; Howard, M E; Itoh, M; Jänecke, J; Kawabata, T; Kawase, K; Kinoshita, M; Nakamura, T; Nakanishi, K; Nakayama, S; Okamura, S; Richter, W A; Roberts, D A; Sherrill, B M; Shimbara, Y; Steiner, M; Uchida, M; Ueno, H; Van den Berg, A M; Yamagata, T; Yosoi, M; Austin, Sam M.

    2006-01-01

    Charge-exchange reactions are an important tool for determining weak-interaction rates. They provide stringent tests for nuclear structure models necessary for modeling astrophysical environments such as neutron stars and core-collapse supernovae. In this paper we demonstrate via a study of 26Mg(t,3He) that the (t,3He) reaction at 115 MeV/nucleon is an accurate probe for extracting Gamow-Teller strengths. This study is complemented by 26Mg(3He,t) data taken at 140 MeV/nucleon which allows for a comparison of T=2 analog states excited via the mirror reactions. A good correspondence is found between Gamow-Teller distributions measured via the 26Mg(3He,t) and 26Mg(p,n) experiments, indicating probe-independence of the strength extraction. Results from 26Mg(t,3He) and 26Mg(d,2He) also display good correspondence, showing that with the (t,3He) reaction a new tool has become available for studying Gamow-Teller strengths in the beta+ direction. Furthermore, we test shell-model calculations using the new USD-05B inte...

  3. Experimental Search for μd 3He Fusion

    The vast majority of muon catalyzed fusion research has been concerned with muonic molecules of hydrogen isotopes only, since the dynamics of higher-Z muonic atoms in general preclude the formation of molecular systems. In the specific case of hydrogen-helium mixtures, bound muonic molecular states can exist, and thus it is possible to search for the reactionμd 3Heλ-tilde fμ+α(3.66 MeV)+p(14.64 MeV).Until recently, the theoretical predictions for the nuclear fusion rate in the μd 3He molecule, λ-tildef, ranged over one order of magnitude, from 105 to 106 per second. An experimental upper limit has been measured for λ-tildef in HD + 3He giving a value (4 s-1 [1]). We report on the analysis of an experiment in D2 + 3He which has shown a signal coming either from the muon catalyzed reaction, or from the fusion in flight of 3He's formed from dμd fusion.

  4. Magnetic resonance imaging in children with sickle cell disease - detecting alterations in the apparent diffusion coefficient in hips with avascular necrosis

    MacKenzie, John D. [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); UCSF Benioff Children' s Hospital, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, San Francisco, CA (United States); Hernandez, Andrea; Pena, Andres; Khrichenko, Dmitry; Gonzalez, Leonardo; Jaramillo, Diego [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Ruppert, Kai [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Philadelphia, PA (United States); University of Virginia, Department of Radiology, Charlottesville, VA (United States); Jawad, Abbas F. [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Pediatrics, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Wells, Lawrence [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Orthopedics, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Smith-Whitley, Kim [Children' s Hospital of Philadelphia, Department of Hematology, Philadelphia, PA (United States)

    2012-06-15

    Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a common morbidity in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) that leads to pain and joint immobility. However, the diagnosis is often uncertain or delayed. To examine the ability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements on diffusion-weighted imaging to detect AVN in children with SCD. ADC values were calculated at the hips of normal children (n = 19) and children with SCD who were either asymptomatic with no known previous hip disease (n = 13) or presented for the first time with clinical symptoms of hip pathology (n = 12). ADC values were compared for differences among groups with and without AVN using non-parametric statistical methods. The ADC values were elevated in the hips of children with AVN (median ADC = 1.57 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s [95% confidence interval = 0.86-2.10]) and differed significantly in pairwise comparisons (all P < 0.05) from normal children (0.74 [0.46-0.98]), asymptomatic children with SCD (0.55 [0.25-0.85]), and SCD children who had symptoms referable to their hips but did not show findings of hip AVN on conventional MRI or radiographs (0.46 [0.18-0.72]). Children with sickle cell disease have elevated apparent diffusion coefficient values in their affected hips on initial diagnosis of avascular necrosis. (orig.)

  5. Magnetic resonance imaging in children with sickle cell disease - detecting alterations in the apparent diffusion coefficient in hips with avascular necrosis

    Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a common morbidity in children with sickle cell disease (SCD) that leads to pain and joint immobility. However, the diagnosis is often uncertain or delayed. To examine the ability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements on diffusion-weighted imaging to detect AVN in children with SCD. ADC values were calculated at the hips of normal children (n = 19) and children with SCD who were either asymptomatic with no known previous hip disease (n = 13) or presented for the first time with clinical symptoms of hip pathology (n = 12). ADC values were compared for differences among groups with and without AVN using non-parametric statistical methods. The ADC values were elevated in the hips of children with AVN (median ADC = 1.57 x 10-3 mm2/s [95% confidence interval = 0.86-2.10]) and differed significantly in pairwise comparisons (all P < 0.05) from normal children (0.74 [0.46-0.98]), asymptomatic children with SCD (0.55 [0.25-0.85]), and SCD children who had symptoms referable to their hips but did not show findings of hip AVN on conventional MRI or radiographs (0.46 [0.18-0.72]). Children with sickle cell disease have elevated apparent diffusion coefficient values in their affected hips on initial diagnosis of avascular necrosis. (orig.)

  6. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    Solvignon, P; Chen, J -P; Choi, Seonho; Aniol, K; Averett, T; Boeglin, W; Camsonne, A; Cates, G D; Chang, G; Chudakov, E; Craver, B; Cusanno, F; Deur, A; Dutta, D; Ent, R; Feuerbach, R; Frullani, S; Gao, H; Garibaldi, F; Gilman, R; Glashausser, C; Gorbenko, V; Hansen, O; Higinbotham, D W; Ibrahim, H; Jiang, X; Jones, M; Kelleher, A; Kelly, J; Keppel, C; Kim, W; Korsch, W; Krämer, K; Kumbartzki, G; LeRose, J J; Lindgren, R; Ma, B; Margaziotis, D J; Markowitz, P; McCormick, K; Meziani, Z -E; Michaels, R; Moffit, B; Monaghan, P; Camacho, C Munoz; Paschke, K; Reitz, B; Saha, A; Sheyor, R; Singh, J; Slifer, K; Sulkosky, V; Tobias, A; Urciuoli, G M; Wang, K; Wijesooriya, K; Wojtsekhowski, B; Woo, S; Yang, J -C; Zheng, X; Zhu, L

    2008-01-01

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g_1 of the neutron and $^3$He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)^2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g_1 down to at least Q^2 = 1.8 (GeV/c)^2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A_1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q^2-dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)^2.

  7. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    Solvignon, Patricia; Liyanage, Nilanga; Chen, Jian-Ping; Choi, Seonho; Aniol, Konrad; Averett, Todd; Boeglin, Werner; Camsonne, Alexandre; Cates, Gordon; Chang, C.; Chang, C.C.; Chang, C.; Chang, C.C.; Chudakov, Eugene; Craver, Brandon; Cusanno, Francesco; Deur, Alexandre; Dutta, Dipangkar; Ent, Rolf; Feuerbach, Robert; Frullani, Salvatore; Gao, Haiyan; Garibaldi, Franco; Gilman, Ronald; Glashausser, Charles; Gorbenko, Viktor; Hansen, Jens-Ole; Higinbotham, Douglas; Ibrahim, Hassan; Jiang, Xiaodong; Jones, Mark; Kelleher, Aidan; Kelly, J.; Keppel, Cynthia; Kim, Wooyoung; Korsch, Wolfgang; Kramer, Kevin; Kumbartzki, Gerfried; LeRose, John; Lindgren, Richard; Ma, Bin; Margaziotis, Demetrius; Markowitz, Pete; McCormick, Kathy; Meziani, Zein-Eddine; Michaels, Robert; Moffit, Bryan; Monaghan, Peter; Munoz-Camacho, Carlos; Paschke, Kent; Reitz, Bodo; Saha, Arunava; Sheyor, Ran; Singh, Jaideep; Slifer, Karl; Sulkosky, Vince; Sulkosky, Vincent; Sulkosky, Vince; Sulkosky, Vincent; Tobias, William; Urciuoli, Guido; Wang, Kebin; Wijesooriya, Krishni; Wojtsekhowski, Bogdan; Woo, Seungtae; Yang, Jae-Choon; Zheng, Xiaochao; Zhu, Lingyan

    2008-10-01

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g_1 of the neutron and $^3$He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)^2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g_1 down to at least Q^2 = 1.8 (GeV/c)^2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A_1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q^2-dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)^2.

  8. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g1 of the neutron and 3He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g1 down to at least Q2=1.8 (GeV/c)2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q2 dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)2

  9. 3He Neutron Detector Pressure Effect and Comparison to Models

    Reported here are the results of measurements performed to determine the efficiency of 3He filled proportional counters as a function of gas pressure in the SAIC system. Motivation for these measurements was largely to validate the current model of the SAIC system. Those predictions indicated that the neutron detection efficiency plotted as a function of pressure has a simple, logarithmic shape. As for absolute performance, the model results indicated the 3He pressure in the current SAIC system could not be reduced appreciably while meeting the current required level of detection sensitivity. Thus, saving 3He by reducing its pressure was predicted not to be a viable option in the current SAIC system.

  10. Light-Front Dynamics and the 3He Spectral Function

    Pace, Emanuele; Kaptari, Leonid; Rinaldi, Matteo; Salme', Giovanni; Scopetta, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    Two topics are presented. The first one is a novel approach for a Poincare' covariant description of nuclear dynamics based on light-front Hamiltonian dynamics. The key quantity is the light-front spectral function, where both normalization and momentum sum rule can be satisfied at the same time. Preliminary results are discussed for an initial analysis of the role of relativity in the EMC effect in 3He. A second issue, very challenging, is considered in a non-relativistic framework, namely a distorted spin-dependent spectral function for 3He in order to take care of the final state interaction between the observed pion and the remnant in semi-inclusive deep inelastic electron scattering off polarized 3He. The generalization of the analysis within the light-front dynamics is outlined.