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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102958/sliding-window-prior-data-assisted-compressed-sensing-for-mri-tracking-of-lung-tumors
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Eugene Yip, Jihyun Yun, Keith Wachowicz, Zsolt Gabos, Satyapal Rathee, B G Fallone
PURPOSE: Hybrid magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy devices are capable of imaging in real-time to track intrafractional lung tumor motion during radiotherapy. Highly accelerated magnetic resonance (MR) imaging methods can potentially reduce system delay time and/or improves imaging spatial resolution, and provide flexibility in imaging parameters. Prior Data Assisted Compressed Sensing (PDACS) has previously been proposed as an acceleration method that combines the advantages of 2D compressed sensing and the KEYHOLE view-sharing technique...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102956/experimental-verification-of-4d-monte-carlo-simulations-of-dose-delivery-to-a-moving-anatomy
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Sara Gholampourkashi, Miro Vujicic, Jason Belec, Joanna E Cygler, Emily Heath
PURPOSE: To evaluate a novel 4D Monte Carlo simulation tool by comparing calculations to physical measurements using a respiratory motion phantom. METHODS: We used a dynamic Quasar phantom in both stationary and breathing states (sinusoidal motion of amplitude of 1.8 cm and period of 3.3 s) for dose measurements on an Elekta Agility linear accelerator. Gafchromic EBT3 film and the RADPOS 4D dosimetry system were placed inside the lung insert of the phantom to measure dose profiles and point-dose values at the center of the spherical tumor inside the insert...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102933/what-if-a-tumor-is-significantly-enlarged-just-before-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
Hung-Jen Chen, Ji-An Liang, Chih-Yi Chen, Yang-Hao Yu, Chun-Ru Chien
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) plays an important role in early stage non-small cell lung cancer. Tumor growth before radiotherapy planning (RTP) or during SBRT has been reported in lung cancer patients; however, little is known of growth during the period in-between (i.e. after RTP but before SBRT). An 83-year-old man referred to our hospital and diagnosed with medically inoperable non-small cell lung cancer was noted to have significant tumor progression on day 1 of cone beam computed tomography just before the planned SBRT delivery...
November 18, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101733/3d-absorbed-dose-distribution-estimated-by-monte-carlo-simulation-in-radionuclide-therapy-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-synovial-sarcoma
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David Sarrut, Jean-Noël Badel, Adrien Halty, Gwenaelle Garin, David Perol, Philippe Cassier, Jean-Yves Blay, David Kryza, Anne-Laure Giraudet
BACKROUND: Radiolabeled OTSA101, a monoclonal antibody targeting synovial sarcoma (SS) developed by OncoTherapy Science, was used to treat relapsing SS metastases following a theranostic procedure: in case of significant (111)In-OTSA101 tumor uptake and favorable biodistribution, patient was randomly treated with 370/1110 MBq (90)Y-OTSA101. Monte Carlo-based 3D dosimetry integrating time-activity curves in VOI was performed on (111)In-OTSA101 repeated SPECT/CT. Estimated absorbed doses (AD) in normal tissues were compared to biological side effects and to the admitted maximal tolerated absorbed dose (MTD) in normal organs...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101675/operative-planning-aid-for-optimal-endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-entry-points-in-pediatric-cases
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Zsolt Zador, David J Coope, Abteen Mostofi, Ian D Kamaly-Asl
OBJECT: Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) uses anatomical spaces of the ventricular system to reach the third ventricle floor and create an alternative pathway for cerebrospinal fluid flow. Optimal ETV trajectories have been previously proposed in the literature, designed to grant access to the third ventricle floor without a displacement of eloquent periventricular structures. However, in hydrocephalus, there is a significant variability to the configuration of the ventricular system, implying that the optimal ETV trajectory and cranial entry point needs to be planned on a case-by-case basis...
January 18, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101185/hypokalemic-myopathy-in-primary-aldosteronism-a-case-report
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Chuifen Wu, Jun Xin, Minghua Xin, Hai Zou, Lie Jing, Caoyong Zhu, Wenhui Lei
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a rare disorder. The majority of patients with PA present with typical features and are easily diagnosed. This disorder is usually diagnosed with hypokalemia, hypertension or an adrenal mass. However, patients with atypical symptoms may present a challenge for diagnosis and treatment. In the present study, a case of PA is described that presented with hypokalemic myopathy simulating polymyositis. The patient was a 44-year-old woman who presented with weakness and difficulty walking...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100922/the-effects-of-missed-doses-of-amlodipine-and-losartan-on-blood-pressure-in-older-hypertensive-patients
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Peter W de Leeuw, Robert Fagard, Abraham A Kroon
This randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, multicenter study compared the efficacy of amlodipine and losartan in an older hypertensive population, focusing on therapeutic coverage in the case of missed doses. Following a 4-week, single-blind, placebo washout period, 211 patients were randomly assigned to receive either 5 mg of amlodipine once daily or 50 mg of losartan once daily. Doses were doubled after 6 weeks of treatment if the diastolic blood pressure exceeded 90 mm Hg. After the 12-week treatment period, patients received the placebo for 2 days (drug holiday) to simulate two missed doses of antihypertensive medication...
January 19, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100215/a-discrete-event-simulation-model-to-evaluate-the-use-of-community-services-in-the-treatment-of-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease-in-the-united-kingdom
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Reda Lebcir, Eren Demir, Raheelah Ahmad, Christos Vasilakis, David Southern
BACKGROUND: The number of people affected by Parkinson's disease (PD) is increasing in the United Kingdom driven by population ageing. The treatment of the disease is complex, resource intensive and currently there is no known cure to PD. The National Health Service (NHS), the public organisation delivering healthcare in the UK, is under financial pressures. There is a need to find innovative ways to improve the operational and financial performance of treating PD patients. The use of community services is a new and promising way of providing treatment and care to PD patients at reduced cost than hospital care...
January 18, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099756/levofloxacin-effect-on-erlotinib-absorption-evaluation-of-the-interaction-in-undernutrition-situations-through-population-pharmacokinetic-analysis-in-rats
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Alejandro Pérez Pitarch, Beatriz Guglieri-López, Amparo Nacher, Virginia Merino, Matilde Merino-Sanjuan
The main objective of this study was to develop a pharmacokinetic model in order to describe the intestinal absorption of erlotinib in rat and to quantify the interaction of levofloxacin on this process in well- and undernourished rats. Absorption studies were performed in male Wistar rats. Concentration-time profiles in proximal and distal intestine were analysed through non-linear mixed effect modelling using the NONMEM software version 7.3. Simulations were performed in order to explore the influence of covariates on apparent absorption rate constant...
January 18, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099675/a-newly-licensed-nurse-orientation-program-evaluation-focus-on-outcomes
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Nancy Phoenix Bittner, Gayle Gravlin, Claire MacDonald, Darlene Bourgeois
The aim of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness and outcomes of a redesigned newly licensed nurse orientation program. A unique aspect of this program was an end-of-orientation simulated four-patient assignment that was designed to assess five categories of critical thinking: prioritization and delegation, problem recognition, clinical decision making, clinical implementation, and reflection. Newly licensed nurses' critical thinking was measured by the Advisory Board's Critical Thinking Diagnostic tool at 10 weeks, 6 months, and 12 months...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099256/diagnosis-of-chronic-pancreatitis-incorporating-endosonographic-features-demographics-and-behavioral-risk
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Linda S Lee, Ying P Tabak, Vivek Kadiyala, Xiaowu Sun, Shadeah Suleiman, Richard S Johannes, Peter A Banks, Darwin L Conwell
OBJECTIVES: Diagnosing chronic pancreatitis remains challenging. Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is utilized to evaluate pancreatic disease. Abnormal pancreas function test is considered the "nonhistologic" criterion standard for chronic pancreatitis. We derived a prediction model for abnormal endoscopic pancreatic function test (ePFT) by enriching EUS findings with patient demographic and pancreatitis behavioral risk characteristics. METHODS: Demographics, behavioral risk characteristics, EUS findings, and peak bicarbonate results were collected from patients evaluated for pancreatic disease...
January 18, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099182/reliability-of-the-revised-swiss-emergency-triage-scale-a-computer-simulation-study
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Olivier T Rutschmann, Olivier W Hugli, Christophe Marti, Olivier Grosgurin, Antoine Geissbuhler, Michel Kossovsky, Josette Simon, François P Sarasin
BACKGROUND: The Swiss Emergency Triage Scale (SETS) is a four-level emergency scale that previously showed moderate reliability and high rates of undertriage due to a lack of standardization. It was revised to better standardize the measurement and interpretation of vital signs during the triage process. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the inter-rater and test-retest reliability, and the rate of correct triage of the revised SETS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty clinical scenarios were evaluated twice at a 3-month interval using an interactive computerized triage simulator by 58 triage nurses at an urban teaching emergency department admitting 60 000 patients a year...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098411/an-efficient-basket-trial-design
#14
Kristen M Cunanan, Alexia Iasonos, Ronglai Shen, Colin B Begg, Mithat Gönen
The landscape for early phase cancer clinical trials is changing dramatically because of the advent of targeted therapy. Increasingly, new drugs are designed to work against a target such as the presence of a specific tumor mutation. Because typically only a small proportion of cancer patients will possess the mutational target, but the mutation is present in many different cancers, a new class of basket trials is emerging, whereby the drug is tested simultaneously in different baskets, that is, subgroups of different tumor types...
January 18, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097689/investigating-magnetic-susceptibility-of-human-knee-joint-at-7-tesla
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Hongjiang Wei, Russell Dibb, Kyle Decker, Nian Wang, Yuyao Zhang, Xiaopeng Zong, Weili Lin, Daniel B Nissman, Chunlei Liu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the magnetic susceptibility properties of different anatomical structures within the knee joint using quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM). METHODS: A collagen tissue model was simulated and ex vivo animal cartilage experiments were conducted at 9.4 Tesla (T) to evaluate the B0 orientation-dependent magnetic susceptibility contrast observed in cartilage. Furthermore, nine volunteers (six healthy subjects without knee pain history and three patients with known knee injury, between 29 and 58 years old) were scanned using gradient-echo acquisitions on a high-field 7T MR scanner...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097386/biomechanical-analysis-of-clavicle-hook-plate-implantation-with-different-hook-angles-in-the-acromioclavicular-joint
#16
Li-Kun Hung, Kuo-Chih Su, Wen-Hsien Lu, Cheng-Hung Lee
PURPOSE: A clavicle hook plate is a simple and effective method for treating acromioclavicular dislocation and distal clavicle fractures. However, subacromial osteolysis and peri-implant fractures are complicated for surgeons to manage. This study uses finite element analysis (FEA) to investigate the post-implantation biomechanics of clavicle hook plates with different hook angles. METHODS: This FEA study constructed a model with a clavicle, acromion, clavicle hook plate, and screws to simulate the implantation of clavicle hook plates at different hook angles (90°, 95°, 100°, 105°, and 110°) for treating acromioclavicular joint dislocations...
January 18, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096708/evaluating-medical-students-proficiency-with-a-handheld-ophthalmoscope-a-pilot-study
#17
Gregory Gilmour, James McKivigan
INTRODUCTION: Historically, testing medical students' skills using a handheld ophthalmoscope has been difficult to do objectively. Many programs train students using plastic models of the eye which are a very limited fidelity simulator of a real human eye. This makes it difficult to be sure that actual proficiency is attained given the differences between the various models and actual patients. The purpose of this article is to introduce a method of testing where a medical student must match a patient with his/her fundus photo, ensuring objective evaluation as well as developing skills on real patients which are more likely to transfer into clinical practice directly...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096476/accuracy-of-oxygen-consumption-and-carbon-dioxide-elimination-measurements-in-2-breath-by-breath-devices
#18
Craig D Smallwood, John N Kheir, Brian K Walsh, Nilesh M Mehta
BACKGROUND: Although accurate quantification of oxygen consumption (V̇O2 ) and carbon dioxide elimination (V̇CO2 ) provides important insights into a patient's nutritional and hemodynamic status, few devices exist to accurately measure these parameters in children. Therefore, we assessed the accuracy and agreement of 2 devices currently on the market using a pediatric in vitro model of gas exchange. METHODS: We utilized a Huszczuk simulation model, which simulates oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production using gas dilution, to examine the accuracy of two FDA-cleared respiratory modules (E-COVX and E-sCAiOVX-00)...
January 17, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096442/kinetic-modeling-of-incremental-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis-exchanges
#19
Steven Guest, John K Leypoldt, Michelle E Cassin, Martin J Schreiber
♦ Background: Incremental peritoneal dialysis (PD), the gradual introduction of dialysate exchanges at less than full-dose therapy, has been infrequently described in clinical reports. One concern with less than full-dose dialysis is whether urea clearance targets are achievable with an incremental regimen. In this report, we used a large database of PD patients, across all membrane transport types, and performed urea kinetic modeling determinations of possible incremental regimens for an individual membrane type...
January 17, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096164/pharmacodynamics-of-ceftaroline-plus-ampicillin-against-enterococcus-faecalis-in-an-in-vitro-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-model-of-simulated-endocardial-vegetations
#20
Brian J Werth, Laura M Shireman
The combination of ampicillin plus ceftaroline has been suggested to be more reliably synergistic against E. faecalis than ampicillin plus ceftriaxone using time-kill methods. The purpose of this study was to determine if this trend persists in a two-compartment-model of simulated endocardial vegetations(SEV) using clinically relevant pharmacokinetic exposures of these antimicrobials. Three clinically-derived E. faecalis strains were included in the study. The MICs of study antimicrobials were determined by broth microdilution...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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