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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651069/automatic-mpst-cut-for-segmentation-of-carpal-bones-from-mr-volumes
#1
Laura Gemme, Sonia Nardotto, Silvana G Dellepiane
In the context of rheumatic diseases, several studies suggest that Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) allows the detection of the three main signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) at higher sensitivities than available through conventional radiology. The rapid, accurate segmentation of bones is an essential preliminary step for quantitative diagnosis, erosion evaluation, and multi-temporal data fusion. In the present paper, a new, semi-automatic, 3D graph-based segmentation method to extract carpal bone data is proposed...
June 12, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650110/reproducibility-of-in-vivo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-t1-rho-and-t2-relaxation-time-measurements-of-hip-cartilage-at-3-0t-in-healthy-volunteers
#2
Angeline Nemeth, Lucy Di Marco, Florent Boutitie, Michael Sdika, Denis Grenier, Muriel Rabilloud, Olivier Beuf, Jean-Baptiste Pialat
PURPOSE: To assess the T1 ρ and T2 values in the hip cartilage of healthy volunteers and to evaluate the reproducibility of these measurements. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The right hip joint of 30 asymptomatic volunteers was explored with 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Quantitative 3D T1 ρ- and T2 -maps sequences were repeated twice with a 30-minute delay (immediate reproducibility). The same protocol was repeated 14 days later (short-term reproducibility). Immediate and short-term reproducibility were estimated using coefficients of variation and correlation concordance coefficients (CCC)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650021/non-isothermal-kinetics-of-spin-crossover
#3
Mark B Bushuev, Elena B Nikolaenkova, Viktor P Krivopalov
Non-isothermal magnetic studies can be used to estimate the activation energy of cooperative spin transition. Model-free isoconversional integral methods give reliable estimates of the activation barrier height for highly cooperative spin crossover systems with wide thermal hysteresis.
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650016/prediction-of-1-h-nmr-chemical-shifts-for-clusters-of-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids
#4
Su Chen, Ekaterina I Izgorodina
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has been widely used to elucidate the bulk structure of ionic liquids. In this work, we calculated (1)H NMR chemical shifts of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium (C2mim(+)) ionic liquids combined with various anions such as chloride (Cl), tetrafluoroborate (BF4), hexafluorophosphate (PF6), acetate (OAc), trifluoroacetate (TFA), and dicyanamide (DCA). The previously established level of theory, HF/6-311G+(3df,2p), was used for the accurate prediction of NMR chemical shifts both in gas phase and in solvents with varying dielectric constant such as CHCl3 and ethanol...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649677/outcome-prediction-for-patient-with-high-grade-gliomas-from-brain-functional-and-structural-networks
#5
Luyan Liu, Han Zhang, Islem Rekik, Xiaobo Chen, Qian Wang, Dinggang Shen
High-grade glioma (HGG) is a lethal cancer, which is characterized by very poor prognosis. To help optimize treatment strategy, accurate preoperative prediction of HGG patient's outcome (i.e., survival time) is of great clinical value. However, there are huge individual variability of HGG, which produces a large variation in survival time, thus making prognostic prediction more challenging. Previous brain imaging-based outcome prediction studies relied only on the imaging intensity inside or slightly around the tumor, while ignoring any information that is located far away from the lesion (i...
October 2016: Medical Image Computing and Computer-assisted Intervention: MICCAI ..
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649194/seeing-double-exploring-the-phenomenology-of-self-reported-absence-of-rivalry-in-bistable-pictures
#6
Elisa Filevich, Maxi Becker, Yuan-Hao Wu, Simone Kühn
Ambiguous images such as Rubin's vase-face can be interpreted in at least two different ways. These interpretations are typically taken to be mutually exclusive, and ambiguous images have thus served as models of perceptual competition. Here, we present data that challenges this view. In an online survey, we found that a large proportion of people within the general population reported that the two percepts were not competing but could be perceived simultaneously. Of those who reported that they could see both percepts simultaneously, we invited 17 participants to take part in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) experiment...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648927/silibinin-capsules-improves-high-fat-diet-induced-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-hamsters-through-modifying-hepatic-de-novo-lipogenesis-and-fatty-acid-oxidation
#7
Chun-Xue Cui, Jing-Na Deng, Li Yan, Yu-Ying Liu, Jing-Yu Fan, Hong-Na Mu, Hao-Yu Sun, Ying-Hong Wang, Jing-Yan Han
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Silibinin Capsules (SC) is a silybin-phospholipid complex with silybin as the bioactive component. Silybin accounts for 50-70% of the seed extract of Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.. As a traditional medicine, silybin has been used for treatment of liver diseases and is known to provide a wide range of hepatoprotective effects. AIM OF THE STUDY: High fat diet (HFD)-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a worldwide health problem...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648719/modification-to-the-rice-vannucci-perinatal-hypoxic-ischaemic-encephalopathy-model-in-the-p7-rat-improves-the-reliability-of-cerebral-infarct-development-after-48hours
#8
Adam B Edwards, Kirk W Feindel, Jane L Cross, Ryan S Anderton, Vincent W Clark, Neville W Knuckey, Bruno P Meloni
BACKGROUND: The Rice-Vannucci model of hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy (HIE) has been associated with a high degree of variability with respect to the development of cerebral infarction and infarct lesion volume. For this reason, we examined the occurrence of communicational blood flow within the common carotid (CCA), internal (ICA), and external (ECA) carotid arteries following CCA occlusion as a source of variability in the model. NEW METHOD: We propose a novel modification to the Rice-Vannucci model, whereby both the CCA and ECA are permanently ligated; mitigating communicational blood flow...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648478/imaging-vulnerable-plaques-by-targeting-inflammation-in-atherosclerosis-using-fluorescent-labeled-dual-ligand-microparticles-of-iron-oxide-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#9
Joyce M S Chan, Claudia Monaco, Marzena Wylezinska-Arridge, Jordi L Tremoleda, Jennifer E Cole, Michael Goddard, Maggie S H Cheung, Kishore K Bhakoo, Richard G J Gibbs
OBJECTIVE: Identification of patients with high-risk asymptomatic carotid plaques remains an elusive but essential step in stroke prevention. Inflammation is a key process in plaque destabilization and a prelude to clinical sequelae. There are currently no clinical imaging tools to assess the inflammatory activity within plaques. This study characterized inflammation in atherosclerosis using dual-targeted microparticles of iron oxide (DT-MPIO) as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probe...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648301/associations-of-early-kidney-disease-with-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-cognitive-function-in-african-americans-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#10
Barry I Freedman, Kaycee M Sink, Christina E Hugenschmidt, Timothy M Hughes, Jeff D Williamson, Christopher T Whitlow, Nicholette D Palmer, Michael E Miller, Laura C Lovato, Jianzhao Xu, S Carrie Smith, Lenore J Launer, Joshua I Barzilay, Robert M Cohen, Mark D Sullivan, R Nick Bryan, Benjamin C Wagner, Donald W Bowden, Joseph A Maldjian, Jasmin Divers
BACKGROUND: Relationships between early kidney disease, neurocognitive function, and brain anatomy are poorly defined in African Americans with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional associations were assessed between cerebral anatomy and cognitive performance with estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and urine albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR) in African Americans with T2DM. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: African Americans with cognitive testing and cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the African American-Diabetes Heart Study Memory in Diabetes (AA-DHS MIND; n=512; 480 with MRI) and Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) MIND (n=484; 104 with MRI) studies...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648070/magnetic-resonance-imaging-quantification-of-fasted-state-colonic-liquid-pockets-in-healthy-humans
#11
Kathryn Murray, Caroline L Hoad, Deanna M Mudie, Jeff Wright, Khaled Heissam, Nichola Abrehart, Susan E Pritchard, Salem Al Atwah, Penny A Gowland, Martin C Garnett, Gregory E Amidon, Robin C Spiller, Gordon L Amidon, Luca Marciani
The rate and extent of drug dissolution and absorption from solid oral dosage forms is highly dependent on the volume of liquid in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT). However, little is known about the time course of GIT liquid volumes after drinking a glass of water (8 oz), particularly in the colon, which is a targeted site for both locally and systemically acting drug products. Previous Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) studies offered novel insights on GIT liquid distribution in fasted humans in the stomach and small intestine, and showed that freely mobile liquid in the intestine collects in fairly distinct regions or 'pockets'...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647540/reversible-swelling-of-sbmv-is-associated-with-reversible-disordering
#12
Jade Li, Carl Fricks, Donald L D Caspar, Ivan Rayment
The structures of the compact and swollen southern bean mosaic virus (SBMV) particles have been compared by X-ray diffraction and proton magnetic resonance (PMR). Small-angle X-ray scattering showed that removal of divalent cations at alkaline pH causes the particle diameter to increase from 289Å in the native SBMV by 12% in solution and by 9% in microcrystals. The swelling is fully reversible upon re-addition of Ca(2+)and Mg(2+) ions, as shown by the X-ray patterns at 6 Å resolution and by the 270 MHz PMR spectra...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647539/chemical-addressability-of-potato-virus-x-for-its-applications-in-bio-nanotechnology
#13
Duc H T Le, He Hu, Ulrich Commandeur, Nicole F Steinmetz
Potato virus X (PVX), a type member of the plant virus potexvirus group, offers a unique nanotechnology platform based on its high aspect ratio, flexible filamentous shape. The PVX platform has already been engineered and studied for its uses in imaging, drug delivery, and immunotherapies. While genetic engineering procedures are well established for PVX, there is limited information about chemical conjugation strategies for functionalizing PVX, partly due to the lack of structural information of PVX at high resolution...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647385/hunger-and-disinhibition-but-not-cognitive-restraint-are-associated-with-central-norepinephrine-transporter-availability
#14
A Bresch, M Rullmann, J Luthardt, G A Becker, M Patt, Y-S Ding, A Hilbert, O Sabri, S Hesse
The relationship between food-intake related behaviours measured by the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ) and in vivo norepinephrine transporter (NET) availability has not been explored yet. We investigated ten obese individuals (body mass index (BMI) 42.4 ± 3.7 kg/m(2)) and ten normal-weight healthy controls (HC, BMI 23.9 ± 2.5 kg/m(2)) with (S,S)-[(11)C]-O-methylreboxetine ([(11)C]MRB) positron emission tomography (PET). All participants completed the TFEQ, which measures cognitive restraint, disinhibition and hunger...
June 21, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647020/reprint-of-a-comprehensive-review-of-group-level-model-performance-in-the-presence-of-heteroscedasticity-can-a-single-model-control-type-i-errors-in-the-presence-of-outliers
#15
Jeanette A Mumford
Even after thorough preprocessing and a careful time series analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data, artifact and other issues can lead to violations of the assumption that the variance is constant across subjects in the group level model. This is especially concerning when modeling a continuous covariate at the group level, as the slope is easily biased by outliers. Various models have been proposed to deal with outliers including models that use the first level variance or that use the group level residual magnitude to differentially weight subjects...
July 1, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646748/the-influence-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-upon-the-adsorption-of-organic-matter-on-magnetic-powdered-activated-carbon
#16
Kim Maren Lompe, David Menard, Benoit Barbeau
Combining powdered activated carbon (PAC) with magnetic iron oxides has been proposed in the past to produce adsorbents for natural organic matter (NOM) removal that can be easily separated using a magnetic field. However, the trade-off between the iron oxides' benefits and the reduced carbon content, porosity, and surface area has not yet been investigated systematically. We produced 3 magnetic powdered activated carbons (MPAC) with mass fractions of 10%, 38% and 54% maghemite nanoparticles and compared them to bare PAC and pure nanoparticles with respect to NOM adsorption kinetics and isotherms...
June 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646692/specific-subcortical-structures-are-activated-during-seizure-induced-death-in-a-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy-sudep-a-manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-study
#17
Srinivasa P Kommajosyula, Marcus E Randall, Thomas J Brozoski, Boris M Odintsov, Carl L Faingold
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major concern for patients with epilepsy. In most witnessed cases of SUDEP generalized seizures and respiratory failure preceded death, and pre-mortem neuroimaging studies in SUDEP patients observed changes in specific subcortical structures. Our study examined the role of subcortical structures in the DBA/1 mouse model of SUDEP using manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI). These mice exhibit acoustically-evoked generalized seizures leading to seizure-induced respiratory arrest (S-IRA) that results in sudden death unless resuscitation is rapidly instituted...
May 25, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646674/a-multimodal-spatiotemporal-cardiac-motion-atlas-from-mr-and-ultrasound-data
#18
Esther Puyol-Antón, Matthew Sinclair, Bernhard Gerber, Mihaela Silvia Amzulescu, Hélène Langet, Mathieu De Craene, Paul Aljabar, Paolo Piro, Andrew P King
Cardiac motion atlases provide a space of reference in which the motions of a cohort of subjects can be directly compared. Motion atlases can be used to learn descriptors that are linked to different pathologies and which can subsequently be used for diagnosis. To date, all such atlases have been formed and applied using data from the same modality. In this work we propose a framework to build a multimodal cardiac motion atlas from 3D magnetic resonance (MR) and 3D ultrasound (US) data. Such an atlas will benefit from the complementary motion features derived from the two modalities, and furthermore, it could be applied in clinics to detect cardiovascular disease using US data alone...
June 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646672/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-to-visual-cortex-induces-suboptimal-introspection
#19
Megan A K Peters, Jeremy Fesi, Namema Amendi, Jeffrey D Knotts, Hakwan Lau, Tony Ro
Blindsight patients with damage to the visual cortex can discriminate objects but report no conscious visual experience. This provides an intriguing opportunity to allow the study of subjective awareness in isolation from objective performance capacity. However, blindsight is rare, so one promising way to induce the effect in neurologically intact observers is to apply transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the visual cortex. Here, we used a recently-developed criterion-free method to conclusively rule out an important alternative interpretation of TMS-induced performance without awareness: that TMS-induced blindsight may be just due to conservative reporting biases for conscious perception...
June 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646305/the-effect-of-hydrodynamic-and-thermodynamic-factors-and-the-addition-of-citric-acid-on-the-precipitation-of-calcium-oxalate-dihydrate
#20
Anamarija Šter, Silvija Šafranko, Katarina Bilić, Berislav Marković, Damir Kralj
This paper reports on the investigation of experimental conditions relevant for spontaneous precipitation of significant amount of pure calcium oxalate dihydrate (COD). For this purpose, the hydrodynamic and thermodynamic parameters, such as mode of agitation, temperature, supersaturation and concentration of additives (citrate ions), have been studied. The results show that in the model systems, without the citrate addition and applied mechanical stirring, calcium oxalate monohydrate (COM) was observed as dominant modification after 20 min of aging, while the magnetic stirring resulted in a formation of a mixture of COM and calcium oxalate trihydrate (COT), regardless of the temperature applied...
June 23, 2017: Urolithiasis
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