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Articles by J Jacobs
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  J Tumlin , J Goldman , D. M Spiegel , D Roer , K. A Ntoso , M Blaney , J Jacobs , B. S Gillespie and S. M. Begelman

Background and objectives: Despite widespread use of tunneled hemodialysis (HD) catheters, their utility is limited by the development of thrombotic complications. To address this problem, this study investigated whether the thrombolytic agent tenecteplase can restore blood flow rates (BFRs) in dysfunctional HD catheters.

Design, setting, participants, & measurements: In this randomized, double-blind study, patients with dysfunctional tunneled HD catheters, defined as a BFR <300 ml/min at –250 mmHg pressure in the arterial line, received 1-hour intracatheter dwell with tenecteplase (2 mg) or placebo. The primary endpoint was the percentage of patients with BFR ≥300 ml/min and an increase of ≥25 ml/min above baseline 30 minutes before and at the end of HD. Safety endpoints included the incidence of hemorrhagic, thrombotic, and infectious complications.

Results: Eligible patients (n = 149) were treated with tenecteplase (n = 74) or placebo (n = 75). Mean baseline BFR was similar for the tenecteplase and placebo groups at 151 and 137 ml/min, respectively. After a 1-hour dwell, 22% of patients in the tenecteplase group had functional catheters compared with 5% among placebo controls (P = 0.004). At the end of dialysis, mean change in BFR was 47 ml/min in the tenecteplase group versus 12 ml/min in the placebo group (P = 0.008). Four catheter-related bloodstream infections (one tenecteplase, three placebo) and one thrombosis (tenecteplase) were observed. There were no reports of intracranial hemorrhage, major bleeding, embolic events, or catheter-related complications.

Conclusions: Tenecteplase improved HD catheter function and had a favorable safety profile compared with placebo.

  E Shaheen , F Zanca , F Sisini , G Zhang , J Jacobs and H. Bosmans

Digital breast tomosynthesis is a new three-dimensional (3D) breast-imaging modality that produces images of cross-sectional planes parallel to the detector plane from a limited number of X-ray projections over a limited angular range. Several technical and clinical parameters have not yet been completely optimised. Some of the open questions could be addressed experimentally; other parameter settings cannot be easily realised in practice and the associated optimisation process requires therefore a theoretical approach. Rather than simulating the complete 3D imaging chain, it is hypothesised that the simulation of small lesions into clinical (or test object) images can be of help in the optimisation process. In the present study, small 3D objects have been simulated into real projection images. Subsequently, these hybrid projection images are reconstructed using the routine clinical reconstruction tools. In this study, the validation of this simulation framework is reported through the comparison between simulated and real objects in reconstructed planes. The results confirm that there is no statistically significant difference between the simulated and the real objects. This suggests that other small mathematical or physiological objects could be simulated with the same approach.

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