Vol. 6, No. 3, 2003

Table of Contents


Influence of Tumour Volume on the Probability of Local Control after Radiotherapy for Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

WM Mendenhall, AA Mancuso, CG Morris, RJ Amdur, RW Hinerman, NP Mendenhall

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:119-25

The purpose of this literature review is to determine the influence of the primary tumour volume on the likelihood of local control after radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Tumour volume varies within T stage. The extent of this variability

Advances in Mammography Have Improved Early Detection of Breast Cancer

KH Ng, M Muttarak

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:126-31

Breast cancer remains a leading cause of death among women throughout the world. The incidence is increasing globally and the disease remains a significant public health problem. Mammography is currently the best method to detect early breast cancer before it


Bolus Versus Continuous Infusion of Fluorouracil Plus Radiotherapy for Preoperative Treatment of Rectal Cancer

JS Gilroy, RA Zlotecki, WM Mendenhall, CG Morris, SR Schell, WR Rout,RJ Desnoyers, EM Copeland III, SN Hochwald

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:132-6

Objective: To evaluate preoperative bolus versus continuous infusion chemoradiation.

Patients and Methods: Sixty eight patients received either bolus fluorouracil or continuous infusion fluorouracil combined with radiotherapy.

Results: The pathologic stages for bolus fluorouracil, continuous infusion fluorouracil, and overall were pT0,

Morbidity and Mortality of Invasive Procedures Performed at Caritas Medical Centre

KH Pay, YW Lee, L Ho, CT Wong, H Huang

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:137-43

Objective: Since more invasive procedures are being performed in radiology departments, this study was performed to ascertain the mortality and morbidity rate of these procedures as part of continuous quality improvement.

Patients and Methods: Five procedure categories of biopsy (lung,

Correlation of Clinical Presentation, Radiography, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Low Back Pain—a Preliminary Survey

PY Yong, NAA Alias, IL Shuaib

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:144-51

Purpose: To determine the correlation between clinical presentation, plain radiographic signs, and magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbosacral spine for patients with low back pain.

Patients and Methods: Fifty seven patients were included in this study and their clinical presentation,


Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Diagnosis of Disseminated Histoplasmosis of the Adrenal Glands

A Vijayananthan, BJJ Abdullah, SP Chan

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:152-4

Disseminated histoplasmosis is a rare and potentially fatal disease caused by the dimorphic soil fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. This report is of a 66-year-old man who was initially diagnosed with a tooth abscess that was revealed to be histoplasmosis at biopsy.

An Unusual Case of Pure Germinoma in a Patient With Tourette's Syndrome

HD Pacholke, DW Pincus, NP Mendenhall

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:155-7

Tourette’s syndrome is a rare, neuropsychiatric disorder of complex aetiology. Although the exact mechanism is not completely understood, neuroendocrine dysfunction is related to the pathogenesis of Tourette’s syndrome. Clinical characteristics of the disorder, including motor tics and coprolalia, are associated

Vertebral Artery Dissection in a 5-year-old Child: Serial Magnetic Resonance Angiography Appearance

TW Fan, KW Tang, KF Chan, SP Wu

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:158-61

This report is of a 5-year-old boy presenting with complex partial seizures. These were subsequently found to be due to vertebral artery dissection by magnetic resonance imaging and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography. Serial changes of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography

Kasaback-Merritt Syndrome Treated by Transarterial Embolisation of Giant Cavernous Haemangioma

EPY Fung, WH Luk, TK Loke, JCS Chan

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:162-4

Cavernous haemangiomas of the liver are the most common benign tumours of the liver. With modern imaging modalities, haemangiomas are detected more frequently. This report describes a patient with a giant cavernous haemangioma with consumptive coagulopathy that was successfully treated


Advances in Endocrine Therapy for Early and Advanced Breast Cancer

AU Buzdar

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:165-72

Significant advances have been made in the treatment of breast cancer since the link was made between the endocrine system and the disease more than 100 years ago. Tamoxifen was the first successful endocrine therapy although, despite its proven effectiveness,


Uterine Artery Embolisation for the Treatment of Symptomatic Uterine Leiomyomata—Technique

R Ryan, C Johnston, N McEniff

Hong Kong J Radiol 2003;6:173-6

Uterine leiomyomata (fibroids) are extremely commonly encountered in gynaecological practice. Treatment has traditionally focused on medical and surgical modalities, but the interventional radiology technique of uterine artery embolisation has evolved as an alternative in the past few years. The purpose