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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430738/three-dimensional-fractal-analysis-of-99mtc-maa-spect-images-in-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-for-evaluation-of-response-to-balloon-pulmonary-angioplasty-association-with-pulmonary-arterial-pressure
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Yasuhiro Maruoka, Michinobu Nagao, Shingo Baba, Takuro Isoda, Yoshiyuki Kitamura, Yuzo Yamazaki, Koichiro Abe, Masayuki Sasaki, Kohtaro Abe, Hiroshi Honda
OBJECTIVE: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) is used for inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), but its effect cannot be evaluated noninvasively. We devised a noninvasive quantitative index of response to BPA using three-dimensional fractal analysis (3D-FA) of technetium-99m-macroaggregated albumin (Tc-MAA) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Forty CTEPH patients who underwent pulmonary perfusion scintigraphy and mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) measurement by right heart catheterization before and after BPA were studied...
April 20, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430547/enhancing-insights-into-pulmonary-vascular-disease-pvd-through-a-precision-medicine-approach-a-joint-nhlbi-cmref-workshop-report
#2
John H Newman, Stuart Rich, Steven H Abman, John H Alexander, John Barnard, Gerald J Beck, Raymond L Benza, Todd M Bull, Stephen Y Chan, Hyung J Chun, Declan Doogan, Jocelyn Dupuis, Serpil C Erzurum, Robert P Frantz, Mark Geraci, Hunter Gillies, Mark Gladwin, Michael P Gray, Anna R Hemnes, Roy S Herbst, Adrian F Hernandez, Nicholas S Hill, Evelyn M Horn, Kendall Hunter, Zhi-Cheng Jing, Roger Johns, Sanjay Kaul, Steven M Kawut, Tim Lahm, Jane A Leopold, Greg D Lewis, Stephen C Mathai, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Evangelos D Michelakis, Steven D Nathan, William Nichols, Grier Page, Marlene Rabinovitch, Jonathan Rich, Franz Rischard, Sharon Rounds, Sanjiv J Shah, Victor F Tapson, Naomi Lowy, Norman Stockbridge, Gail Weinmann, Lei Xiao
The Division of Lung Diseases of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, (NHLBI) and the Cardiovascular Medical Education and Research Fund (CMREF), held a workshop to discuss to leverage of the anticipated scientific output from the recently launched "Redefining Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) through Pulmonary Vascular Disease Phenomics" (PVDOMICS) program. PVDOMICS is a protocol driven network to analyze PH patient populations to define novel pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) phenotypes. Basic, translational and clinical investigators, patient advocacy organizations, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical industry experts discussed the application of precision medicine to PVD clinical trials...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429207/organizational-and-welfare-mode-of-breast-centers-network-a-survey-of-sicilian-radiologists
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Maria Adele Marino, Orazio Pennisi, Annalisa Donia, Carmelo Sofia, Claudio Guerra, Carmelo Privitera, Placido Romeo
The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists has created quality indicators for breast units to establish the minimum standards of care for patients. In Italy, each region differs, indeed, in terms of health care and services warranted to patients suffering from breast cancer. Since Sicilian Regional Administration today is still disregarding implementation of the provisions contained in the proposal of the Ministry of Health entitled "Guidelines on Organizational and Health Care Methods of Breast Centers Network" in November 2015 the Sicilian Regional Group of the Italian Society of Radiology (SIRM) decided to carry out a survey to see the position of the Sicilian Healthcare System and define the gap to bridge over...
April 20, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428068/comparative-analysis-of-gene-expression-profiles-for-several-migrating-cell-types-identifies-cell-migration-regulators
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Young-Kyung Bae, Frank Macabenta, Heather Leigh Curtis, Angelike Stathopoulos
Cell migration is an instrumental process that ensures cells are properly positioned to support the specification of distinct tissue types during development. To provide insight, we used fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) to isolate two migrating cell types from the Drosophila embryo: caudal visceral mesoderm (CVM) cells, precursors of longitudinal muscles of the gut, and hemocytes (HCs), the Drosophila equivalent of blood cells. ~350 genes were identified from each of the sorted samples using RNA-seq, and in situ hybridization was used to confirm expression within each cell type or, alternatively, within other interacting, co-sorted cell types...
April 17, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428048/multi-center-machine-learning-in-imaging-psychiatry-a-meta-model-approach
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Petr Dluhoš, Daniel Schwarz, Wiepke Cahn, Neeltje van Haren, René Kahn, Filip Španiel, Jiří Horáček, Tomáš Kašpárek, Hugo Schnack
One of the biggest problems in automated diagnosis of psychiatric disorders from medical images is the lack of sufficiently large samples for training. Sample size is especially important in the case of highly heterogeneous disorders such as schizophrenia, where machine learning models built on relatively low numbers of subjects may suffer from poor generalizability. Via multicenter studies and consortium initiatives researchers have tried to solve this problem by combining data sets from multiple sites. The necessary sharing of (raw) data is, however, often hindered by legal and ethical issues...
April 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426945/testosterone-levels-in-healthy-men-correlate-negatively-with-serotonin-4-receptor-binding
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Erik Perfalk, Sofi da Cunha-Bang, Klaus K Holst, Sune Keller, Claus Svarer, Gitte M Knudsen, Vibe G Frokjaer
The serotonergic system integrates sex steroid information and plays a central role in mood and stress regulation, cognition, appetite and sleep. This interplay may be critical for likelihood of developing depressive episodes, at least in a subgroup of sensitive individuals. The serotonin 4 receptor (5-HT4R) indexes central serotonergic tonus, which may be related to endogenous sex-steroid levels in the mentally healthy state even though this remains elusive. Here we evaluate if peripheral levels of estradiol and testosterone are associated with 5-HT4R binding as imaged by [(11)C]SB207145 positron emission tomography in a group of 41 healthy men...
March 22, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426840/multimodality-multiparametric-brain-tumors-evaluation
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Vasiliki Tsitsia, Patricia Svolou, Eftichia Kapsalaki, Kyriaki Theodorou, Katerina Vassiou, Varvara Valotassiou, Panagiotis Georgoulias, Ioannis Fezoulidis, Ioannis Tsougos
Brain tumors represent a vast group of lesions, originating from different neuronal cells with different degrees of aggressiveness. Despite some technological advances either pre or post-treatment, these tumors may share similar imaging findings and properties, rendering diagnosis/prognosis, an ambiguous process. Gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging remains the gold standard for providing detailed morphologic information, but presents several limitations due to the overlap of findings, in cases such as progressive tumor and post-radiation related effects...
January 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423751/web-validation-service-for-ensuring-adherence-to-the-dicom-standard
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Jorge Miguel Silva, Tiago Marques Godinho, David Silva, Carlos Costa
The DICOM Standard has been fundamental for ensuring the interoperability of Picture Archive and Communications Systems (PACS). By compiling rigorously to the standard, medical imaging equipment and applications from different vendors can share their data, and create integrated workflows which contributes to better quality healthcare services. However, DICOM is a complex, flexible and very extensive standard. Thus, it is difficult to attest the conformity of data structures produced by DICOM applications resulting in unexpected behaviors, errors and malfunctions...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421812/the-frequency-of-incidental-findings-and-subsequent-evaluation-in-low-dose-ct-scans-for-lung-cancer-screening
#9
Lillie Morgan, Humberto Choi, Michal Reid, Ali Khawaja, Peter J Mazzone
RATIONALE: The USPSTF recommends lung cancer screening with low-dose chest CT scans (LDCT) for a well-defined high-risk population. Data on the frequency and impact of incidental findings on LDCT scans performed within a centralized lung cancer screening program has not been reported. OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have reported IFs in the setting of clinical trials. We present our findings in a real clinical setting where the decision to manage these findings may depend on factors that are not captured in a research trial such as disclosing IFs, patient preferences, severity of comorbidities, and physician expertise...
April 19, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421481/cancer-as-a-risk-factor-for-cardiovascular-disease
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REVIEW
Dana Elena Giza, Gloria Iliescu, Saamir Hassan, Konstantinos Marmagkiolis, Cezar Iliescu
Improvements in early diagnosis and cancer treatments have contributed to high survival rates for many cancer patients. However, these patients often die of cardiovascular disease rather than recurrence of their cancer. Heart disease manifesting after cancer may be due to several mechanisms: shared cardiovascular risks between cancer and cardiovascular disease, inflammatory states associated with malignancies, and/or cardiotoxic effects of cancer therapy. Cancer treatment increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases directly by damaging critical structures of the heart or indirectly by promoting accelerated atherosclerosis...
June 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419607/subjective-and-objective-sleep-quality-modulate-emotion-regulatory-brain-function-in-anxiety-and-depression
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Heide Klumpp, Julia Roberts, Mary C Kapella, Amy E Kennedy, Anand Kumar, K Luan Phan
BACKGROUND: Disturbances in emotion regulation and sleep are shared across anxiety and mood disorders. Poor sleep has been shown to impair cognitive processes which may undermine cognitive regulatory function. However, it remains unknown if sleep quality impacts regulatory mechanisms in clinical anxiety and depression. METHODS: During fMRI, 78 patients with social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and/or major depressive disorder completed a validated emotion regulation task, which involved reappraisal (i...
April 18, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419324/improving-data-workflow-systems-with-cloud-services-and-use-of-open-data-for-bioinformatics-research
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Md Rezaul Karim, Audrey Michel, Achille Zappa, Pavel Baranov, Ratnesh Sahay, Dietrich Rebholz-Schuhmann
Data workflow systems (DWFSs) enable bioinformatics researchers to combine components for data access and data analytics, and to share the final data analytics approach with their collaborators. Increasingly, such systems have to cope with large-scale data, such as full genomes (about 200 GB each), public fact repositories (about 100 TB of data) and 3D imaging data at even larger scales. As moving the data becomes cumbersome, the DWFS needs to embed its processes into a cloud infrastructure, where the data are already hosted...
April 16, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410387/mathematical-algorithm-for-the-automatic-recognition-of-intestinal-parasites
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Alicia Alva, Carla Cangalaya, Miguel Quiliano, Casey Krebs, Robert H Gilman, Patricia Sheen, Mirko Zimic
Parasitic infections are generally diagnosed by professionals trained to recognize the morphological characteristics of the eggs in microscopic images of fecal smears. However, this laboratory diagnosis requires medical specialists which are lacking in many of the areas where these infections are most prevalent. In response to this public health issue, we developed a software based on pattern recognition analysis from microscopi digital images of fecal smears, capable of automatically recognizing and diagnosing common human intestinal parasites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410288/the-utility-of-the-combination-of-a-spect-study-with-123i-fp-cit-of-dopamine-transporters-and-123i-mibg-myocardial-scintigraphy-in-differentiating-parkinson-disease-from-other-degenerative-parkinsonian-syndromes
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Naoto Uyama, Hideki Otsuka, Takayoshi Shinya, Yoichi Otomi, Masafumi Harada, Wataru Sako, Yuishin Izumi, Ryuji Kaji, Yuya Watanabe, Satoru Takashi, Yamato Kunikane
OBJECTIVE: Molecular imaging of nigrostriatal dopamine transporters (DAT) and sympathetic cardiac innervation with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are useful tools for differentiating idiopathic Parkinson disease (PD) from other degenerative parkinsonian syndromes (non-PD). Nevertheless, these modalities are often insufficient for achieving a definite diagnosis. The aims of this study were to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the combination of these tools. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The SPECT radiotracers [I]-N-ω-fluoropropyl-2β-carbomethoxy-3β-(4-iodophenyl)-nortropane (FP-CIT) and meta-[I]-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) were used to research presynaptic dopaminergic projections (DAT SPECT) and myocardial adrenergic innervation (MIBG scintigraphy), respectively...
April 13, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409843/reproducibility-of-quantitative-high-throughput-bi-rads-features-extracted-from-ultrasound-images-of-breast-cancer
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Yuzhou Hu, Mengyun Qiao, Yi Guo, Yuanyuan Wang, Jinhua Yu, Jiawei Li, Cai Chang
PURPOSE: Digital Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) features extracted from ultrasound images are essential in computer-aided diagnosis, prediction, and prognosis of breast cancer. This study focuses on the reproducibility of quantitative high-throughput BI-RADS features in the presence of variations due to different segmentation results, various ultrasound machine models, and multiple ultrasound machine settings. METHODS: Data set 1 consists of 399 patients with invasive breast cancer and is used as the training set to measure the reproducibility of features, while data set 2 consists of 138 other patients and is a validation set used to evaluate the diagnosis performances of the final reproducible features...
April 13, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409458/labeling-of-peroxisomes-for-live-cell-imaging-in-the-filamentous-fungus-ustilago-maydis
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Sofia C Guimarães, Sreedhar Kilaru, Michael Schrader, Martin Schuster
The basidiomycete fungus Ustilago maydis has emerged as a powerful model organism to study fundamental biological processes. U. maydis shares many important features with human cells but provides the technical advantages of yeast. Recently, U. maydis has also been used to investigate fundamental processes in peroxisome biology. Here, we present an efficient yeast recombination-based cloning method to construct and express fluorescent fusion proteins (or conditional mutant protein alleles) which target peroxisomes in the fungus U...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405948/a-de-identification-pipeline-for-ultrasound-medical-images-in-dicom-format
#17
Eriksson Monteiro, Carlos Costa, José Luís Oliveira
Clinical data sharing between healthcare institutions, and between practitioners is often hindered by privacy protection requirements. This problem is critical in collaborative scenarios where data sharing is fundamental for establishing a workflow among parties. The anonymization of patient information burned in DICOM images requires elaborate processes somewhat more complex than simple de-identification of textual information. Usually, before sharing, there is a need for manual removal of specific areas containing sensitive information in the images...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405807/management-and-outcomes-of-acute-surgical-patients-at-a-district-hospital-in-uganda-with-non-physician-emergency-clinicians
#18
Caleb Dresser, Usha Periyanayagam, Brad Dreifuss, Robert Wangoda, Julius Luyimbaazi, Mark Bisanzo
INTRODUCTION: Acute surgical care services in rural Sub-Saharan Africa suffer from human resource and systemic constraints. Developing emergency care systems and task sharing aspects of acute surgical care addresses many of these issues. This paper investigates the degree to which specialized non-physicians practicing in a dedicated Emergency Department contribute to the effective and efficient management of acute surgical patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of an electronic quality assurance database of patients presenting to an Emergency Department in rural Uganda staffed by non-physician clinicians trained in emergency care...
April 12, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402972/eeg-a-valuable-biomarker-of-brain-injury-in-preterm-infants
#19
Elena Pavlidis, Rhodri O Lloyd, Geraldine B Boylan
This review focuses on the role of electroencephalography (EEG) in monitoring abnormalities of preterm brain function. EEG features of the most common developmental brain injuries in preterm infants, including intraventricular haemorrhage, periventricular leukomalacia, and perinatal asphyxia, are described. We outline the most common EEG biomarkers associated with these injuries, namely seizures, positive rolandic sharp waves, EEG suppression/increased interburst intervals, mechanical delta brush activity, and other deformed EEG waveforms, asymmetries, and asynchronies...
April 13, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402227/developing-the-cyber-victimization-experiences-and-cyberbullying-behaviors-scales
#20
Lucy R Betts, Karin A Spenser
The reported prevalence rates of cyber victimization experiences and cyberbullying behaviors vary. Part of this variation is likely due to the diverse definitions and operationalizations of the constructs adopted in previous research and the lack of psychometrically robust measures. Through 2 studies, the authors developed (Study 1) and evaluated (Study 2) the cyber victimization experiences and cyberbullying behaviors scales. Participants in Study 1 were 393 (122 boys, 171 girls) and in Study 2 were 345 (153 boys, 192 girls) 11-15-year-olds who completed measures of cyber victimization experiences, cyberbullying behaviors, face-to-face victimization experiences, face-to-face bullying behaviors, and social desirability...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Genetic Psychology
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