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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646593/mri-assisted-dual-motion-correction-for-myocardial-perfusion-defect-detection-in-pet-imaging
#1
Xinhui Wang, Arman Rahmim, Jing Tang
PURPOSE: Myocardial perfusion (MP) PET imaging is a powerful tool in risk assess-assessment and stratification of patients with coronary artery disease. Involuntary organmotion degrades cardiac PET image resolution while respiratory and/or cardiac gating to freeze the motion leads to noisier reconstructed images due to reduced counts in the gated frames. In this work, we propose an MRI assisted dual motion correction method to compensate for respiratory and cardiac motion in MP PET data and study the impact of dual motion correction on MP defect detection using systematically designed experiments...
June 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646374/item-usage-in-a-multidimensional-computerized-adaptive-test-mcat-measuring-health-related-quality-of-life
#2
Muirne C S Paap, Karel A Kroeze, Caroline B Terwee, Job van der Palen, Bernard P Veldkamp
PURPOSE: Examining item usage is an important step in evaluating the performance of a computerized adaptive test (CAT). We study item usage for a newly developed multidimensional CAT which draws items from three PROMIS domains, as well as a disease-specific one. METHODS: The multidimensional item bank used in the current study contained 194 items from four domains: the PROMIS domains fatigue, physical function, and ability to participate in social roles and activities, and a disease-specific domain (the COPD-SIB)...
June 23, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646251/cardiac-dose-sparing-effects-of-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-in-left-breast-irradiation-is-imrt-more-beneficial-than-vmat
#3
Mazen Sakka, Leonie Kunzelmann, Martin Metzger, Gerhard G Grabenbauer
BACKGROUND: Given the reduction in death from breast cancer, as well as improvements in overall survival, adjuvant radiotherapy is considered the standard treatment for breast cancer. However, left-sided breast irradiation was associated with an increased rate of fatal cardiovascular events due to incidental irradiation of the heart. Recently, considerable efforts have been made to minimize cardiac toxicity of left-sided breast irradiation by new treatment methods such as deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) and new radiation techniques, particularly intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)...
June 23, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646012/scatter-correction-with-combined-single-scatter-simulation-and-monte-carlo-simulation-scaling-improved-the-visual-artifacts-and-quantification-in-3d-brain-pet-ct-imaging-with-15-o-gas-inhalation
#4
Keiichi Magota, Tohru Shiga, Yukari Asano, Daiki Shinyama, Jinghan Ye, Amy E Perkins, Piotr J Maniawski, Takuya Toyonaga, Kentaro Kobayashi, Kenji Hirata, Chietsugu Katoh, Naoya Hattori, Nagara Tamaki
In three-dimensional positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) imaging of the brain with (15)O-gas inhalation, high radioactivity in the face mask creates cold artifacts and affects the quantitative accuracy when scatters is corrected by conventional methods (e.g., single-scatter simulation [SSS] with tail-fitting scaling [TFS-SSS]). Here we examined the validity of a newly developed scatter correction method that combines SSS with a scaling factor calculated by Monte Carlo simulation (MCS-SSS)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645849/thermal-management-in-closed-incubators-new-software-for-assessing-the-impact-of-humidity-on-the-optimal-incubator-air-temperature
#5
Stéphane Delanaud, Pauline Decima, Amandine Pelletier, Jean-Pierre Libert, Estelle Durand, Erwan Stephan-Blanchard, Véronique Bach, Pierre Tourneux
BACKGROUND: Low-birth-weight (LBW) neonates are nursed in closed incubators to prevent transcutaneous water loss. The RH's impact on the optimal incubator air temperature setting has not been studied. METHODS: On the basis of a clinical cohort study, we modelled all the ambient parameters influencing body heat losses and gains. The algorithm quantifies the change in RH on the air temperature, to maintain optimal thermal conditions in the incubator. RESULTS: Twenty-three neonates (gestational age (GA): 30...
June 20, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645684/detection-and-quantification-of-223-ra-uptake-in-bone-metastases-of-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-carcinoma-with-the-aim-of-determining-the-absorbed-dose-in-the-metastases
#6
P Mínguez, A Gómez de Iturriaga, I L Fernández, E Rodeño
PURPOSES: To obtain the necessary acquisition and calibration parameters in order to evaluate the possibility of detecting and quantifying (223)Ra uptake in bone metastases of patients treated for castration resistant prostate carcinoma. Furthermore, in the cases in which the activity can be quantified, to determine the absorbed dose. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Acquisitions from a Petri dish filled with (223)Ra were performed in the gamma camera. Monte Carlo simulations were also performed to study the partial volume effect...
June 20, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645318/detecting-consistent-patterns-of-directional-adaptation-using-differential-selection-codon-models
#7
Sahar Parto, Nicolas Lartillot
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic codon models are often used to characterize the selective regimes acting on protein-coding sequences. Recent methodological developments have led to models explicitly accounting for the interplay between mutation and selection, by modeling the amino acid fitness landscape along the sequence. However, thus far, most of these models have assumed that the fitness landscape is constant over time. Fluctuations of the fitness landscape may often be random or depend on complex and unknown factors...
June 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645065/cross-validation-of-short-forms-of-the-screener-and-opioid-assessment-for-patients-with-pain-revised-soapp-r
#8
Matthew D Finkelman, Robert N Jamison, Ronald J Kulich, Stephen F Butler, William C Jackson, Niels Smits, Scott G Weiner
BACKGROUND: The Screener and Opioid Assessment for Patients with Pain-Revised (SOAPP-R) is a 24-item assessment designed to assist in the prediction of aberrant drug-related behavior (ADB) among patients with chronic pain. Recent work has created shorter versions of the SOAPP-R, including a static 12-item short form and two computer-based methods (curtailment and stochastic curtailment) that monitor assessments in progress. The purpose of this study was to cross-validate these shorter versions in two new populations...
June 13, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644920/genome-scale-metabolic-models-applied-to-human-health-and-disease
#9
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Daniel J Cook, Jens Nielsen
Advances in genome sequencing, high throughput measurement of gene and protein expression levels, data accessibility, and computational power have allowed genome-scale metabolic models (GEMs) to become a useful tool for understanding metabolic alterations associated with many different diseases. Despite the proven utility of GEMs, researchers confront multiple challenges in the use of GEMs, their application to human health and disease, and their construction and simulation in an organ-specific and disease-specific manner...
June 23, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644782/how-should-resident-physicians-respond-to-patients-discomfort-and-students-moral-distress-when-learning-procedures-in-academic-medical-settings
#10
Bonnie M Miller
In this scenario, a medical student, Lauren, experiences moral distress because she feels that learning to perform a procedure on a patient who requested not to be used for "practice" puts her own interests above the patient's. Lauren might also worry that the resident physician is misrepresenting her abilities. The resident physician could help alleviate Lauren's distress and align her interests with the patient's by more clearly explaining the training situation to the patient and seeking the patient's approval...
June 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644546/-18-f-fluoromisonidazole-uptake-in-advanced-stage-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-voxel-by-voxel-pet-kinetics-study
#11
Daniel R McGowan, Ruth E Macpherson, Sara L Hackett, Dan Liu, Fergus V Gleeson, W Gillies McKenna, Geoff S Higgins, John D Fenwick
PURPOSE: To determine the relative abilities of compartment models to describe time-courses of 18F-fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) uptake in tumor voxels of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) imaged using dynamic positron emission tomography. Also to use fits of the best-performing model to investigate changes in fitted rate-constants with distance from the tumor edge. METHODS: Reversible and irreversible two- and three-tissue compartment models were fitted to 24,662 individual voxel time activity curves (TACs) obtained from tumors in 9 patients, each imaged twice...
June 23, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644152/incorporating-hypr-de-noising-within-iterative-pet-reconstruction-hypr-osem
#12
Ju-Chieh Kevin Cheng, Julian C Matthews, Vesna Sossi, Jose Anton-Rodriguez, Andre Salomon, Ronald Boellaard
HighlY constrained back-PRojection (HYPR) is a post-processing de-noising technique originally developed for time-resolved Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It has been recently applied to dynamic imaging for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and shown promising results. In this work, we have developed an iterative reconstruction algorithm (HYPR-OSEM) which improves the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in static imaging (i.e. single frame reconstruction) by incorporating HYPR de-noising directly within the ordered subsets expectation maximization (OSEM) algorithm...
June 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644151/ecg-based-4d-dose-reconstruction-of-cardiac-arrhythmia-ablation-with-carbon-ion-beams-application-in-a-porcine-model
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Daniel Richter, H Immo Lehmann, Anna Eichhorn, Anna M Constantinescu, Robert Kaderka, Matthias Prall, Patrick Lugenbiel, Mitsuru Takami, Dierk Thomas, Christoph Bert, Marco Durante, Douglas L Packer, Christian Graeff
Noninvasive ablation of cardiac arrhythmia by scanned particle radiotherapy is highly promising, but especially challenging due to cardiac and respiratory motion. Irradiations for catheter-free ablation in intact pigs were carried out at the GSI Helmholtz Center in Darmstadt using scanned carbon ions. Here, we present real-time electrocardiogram (ECG) data to estimate time-resolved (4D) delivered dose. For 11 animals, surface ECGs and temporal structure of beam delivery were acquired during irradiation. R waves were automatically detected from surface ECGs...
June 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643607/diabetes-self-management-training-in-a-virtual-environment
#14
Louise Reagan, Katherine Pereira, Vanessa Jefferson, Kathryn Evans Kreider, Susan Totten, Gail D'Eramo Melkus, Constance Johnson, Allison Vorderstrasse
Diabetes self-management training (DSMT) improves diabetes health outcomes. However, low numbers of patients receive DSMT. Using virtual environments (VEs) for DSMT is an innovative approach to removing barriers for patients. The purpose of this paper is to describe the experience of health professionals and diabetes educators establishing and teaching DSMT in a VE, Diabetes LIVE© (Learning in Virtual Environments), and the implications for future use of VEs in DSMT. It was found that providing DSMT in a VE preserves real-time interaction between patients and educators...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes Educator
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643447/simultaneous-mapping-of-metabolites-and-individual-macromolecular-components-via-ultra-short-acquisition-delay-1-h-mrsi-in-the-brain-at-7t
#15
Michal Považan, Bernhard Strasser, Gilbert Hangel, Eva Heckova, Stephan Gruber, Siegfried Trattnig, Wolfgang Bogner
PURPOSE: Short-echo-time proton MR spectra at 7T feature nine to 10 distinct macromolecule (MM) resonances that overlap with the signals of metabolites. Typically, a metabolite-nulled in vivo MM spectrum is included in the quantification`s prior knowledge to provide unbiased metabolite quantification. However, this MM model may fail if MMs are pathologically altered. In addition, information about the individual MM peaks is lost. In this study, we aimed to create an improved MM model by parameterization of the in vivo MM spectrum into individual components, and to use this new model to quantify free induction decay MR spectroscopic imaging (FID-MRSI) data...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643374/population-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-modeling-of-ly2510924-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
#16
S Bihorel, E Raddad, J Fiedler-Kelly, J R Stille, J Hing, E Ludwig
The objectives of this study were to characterize the pharmacokinetics (PK) of LY2510924, a potent peptide antagonist of the CXCR4 receptor, after subcutaneous administration in patients with advanced cancer forms and quantify LY2510924 stimulatory effects on the mobilization of cells bearing the cluster of differentiation 34 (CD34) as an indirect reflection of the chemokine C-X-C motif ligand 12/CXCR4 axis inhibition. LY2510924 PK were best characterized by a 2-compartment model with first-order absorption and dose-dependent clearance predicting steady state after three daily doses and little accumulation (accumulation ratio <1...
June 23, 2017: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643370/developing-a-natural-history-progression-model-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-using-the-six-minute-walk-test
#17
Lora Hamuro, Phyllis Chan, Giridhar Tirucherai, Malaz AbuTarif
The six minute walk test (6MWT) is used as a clinical endpoint to evaluate drug efficacy in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) trials. A model was developed using digitized 6MWT data that estimated two slopes and two intercepts to characterize 6MWT improvement during development and 6MWT decline. Mean baseline 6MWT was 362 (± 87) meters. The model predicted an improvement at a rate of 20 meter/year (9.4-30, 95% confidence interval (CI)) up until 10 years old (6.78-13.1, 95% CI), and then decline at a rate of 85 meter/year (72-98, 95% CI)...
June 23, 2017: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643347/off-resonance-based-assessment-of-metallic-wear-debris-near-total-hip-arthroplasty
#18
Kevin M Koch, Matthew F Koff, Thomas W Bauer, Parina H Shah, Andrew S Nencka, S Sivaram Kaushik, Hollis G Potter
PURPOSE: The presence of metallic debris near total hip arthroplasty can have a significant impact on longitudinal patient management. Methods for magnetic resonance imaging-based quantification of metallic debris near painful total hip replacements are described and applied to cohorts of symptomatic and control subject cases. METHODS: A combination of metal artifact reduction, off-resonance mapping, off-resonance background removal, and spatial clustering methods are utilized to quantify off-resonance signatures in cases of suspected metallosis...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643178/economic-evaluation-of-tobramycin-inhalation-powder-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pulmonary-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#19
Srilekha Panguluri, Praveen Gunda, Laurie Debonnett, Kamal Hamed
BACKGROUND: Chronic lung infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa occurs in approximately 50% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This infection further compromises lung function, and significantly contributes to the increased healthcare costs. OBJECTIVES: Inhaled tobramycin, used to manage P. aeruginosa infection in CF patients, is available as powder (tobramycin inhalation powder, TIP) and solution (tobramycin inhalation solution, TIS). Evidence suggests increased adherence with the use of TIP over TIS...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642875/rapid-elimination-of-blood-alcohol-using-erythrocytes-mathematical-modeling-and-in-vitro-study
#20
Yuliya G Alexandrovich, Elena A Kosenko, Elena I Sinauridze, Sergey I Obydennyi, Igor I Kireev, Fazoil I Ataullakhanov, Yuriy G Kaminsky
Erythrocytes (RBCs) loaded with alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALD) can metabolize plasma ethanol and acetaldehyde but with low efficiency. We investigated the rate-limiting factors in ethanol oxidation by these enzymes loaded into RBCs. Mathematical modeling and in vitro experiments on human RBCs loaded simultaneously with ADH and ALD (by hypoosmotic dialysis) were performed. The simulation showed that the rate of nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) generation in RBC glycolysis, but not the activities of the loaded enzymes, is the rate-limiting step in external ethanol oxidation...
2017: BioMed Research International
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