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Vivek Rathi, Gavin Wright, Diana Constantin, Siok Chang, Huong Pham, Kerryn Jones, Atha Palios, Sue-Anne Mclachlan, Matthew Conron, Penny McKelvie, Richard Williams
The advent of massively parallel sequencing has caused a paradigm shift in the ways cancer is treated, as personalised therapy becomes a reality. More and more laboratories are looking to introduce next generation sequencing (NGS) as a tool for mutational analysis, as this technology has many advantages compared to conventional platforms like Sanger sequencing. In Australia all massively parallel sequencing platforms are still considered in-house in vitro diagnostic tools by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and a comprehensive analytical validation of all assays, and not just mere verification, is a strict requirement before accreditation can be granted for clinical testing on these platforms...
November 29, 2016: Pathology
Yi Li, Xue Tian, Zu-Ying Xiong, Jin-Lan Liao, Li Hao, Gui-Ling Liu, Ye-Ping Ren, Qin Wang, Li-Ping Duan, Zhao-Xia Zheng, Wen-Xiang Quan, Jie Dong
PURPOSE: While Cognitive impairment (CI) has been identified as an independent risk factors for mortality in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD), it is inadequately assessed. We evaluated the applicability of the Modified Mini-Mental State Examination (3MS) in assessing specific cognitive function and compared it to a detailed neuropsychological test battery as the reference standard. METHODS: In this multicentric cross-sectional study, we enrolled 445 clinically stable patients from five PD units, who were undergoing PD for at least 3 months...
2016: PloS One
M E Eckart, K R Boyce, G V Brown, M P Chiao, R Fujimoto, D Haas, J-W den Herder, Y Ishisaki, R L Kelley, C A Kilbourne, M A Leutenegger, D McCammon, K Mitsuda, F S Porter, M Sawada, G A Sneiderman, A E Szymkowiak, Y Takei, M Tashiro, M Tsujimoto, C P de Vries, T Watanabe, S Yamada, N Y Yamasaki
The Hitomi Soft X-ray Spectrometer (SXS) was a pioneering non-dispersive imaging x-ray spectrometer with 5 eV FWHM energy resolution, consisting of an array of 36 silicon-thermistor microcalorimeters at the focus of a high-throughput soft x-ray telescope. The instrument enabled astrophysical plasma diagnostics in the 0.3-12 keV band. We introduce the SXS calibration strategy and corresponding ground calibration measurements that took place from 2012-2015, including both the characterization of the microcalorimeter array and measurements of the x-ray transmission of optical blocking filters...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
M Brombin, M Dalla Palma, R Pasqualotto, N Pomaro
The prototype radio frequency source of the ITER heating neutral beams will be first tested in SPIDER test facility to optimize H(-) production, cesium dynamics, and overall plasma characteristics. Several diagnostics will allow to fully characterise the beam in terms of uniformity and divergence and the source, besides supporting a safe and controlled operation. In particular, thermal measurements will be used for beam monitoring and system protection. SPIDER will be instrumented with mineral insulated cable thermocouples, both on the grids, on other components of the beam source, and on the rear side of the beam dump water cooled elements...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
M Nocente, D Rigamonti, V Perseo, M Tardocchi, G Boltruczyk, A Broslawski, A Cremona, G Croci, M Gosk, V Kiptily, S Korolczuk, M Mazzocco, A Muraro, E Strano, I Zychor, G Gorini
Gamma-ray spectroscopy measurements at MHz counting rates have been carried out, for the first time, with a compact spectrometer based on a LaBr3 scintillator and silicon photomultipliers. The instrument, which is also insensitive to magnetic fields, has been developed in view of the upgrade of the gamma-ray camera diagnostic for α particle measurements in deuterium-tritium plasmas of the Joint European Torus. Spectra were measured up to 2.9 MHz with a projected energy resolution of 3%-4% in the 3-5 MeV range, of interest for fast ion physics studies in fusion plasmas...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Y M Hou, C R Wu, J Huang, W W Heidbrink, M G von Hellermann, Z Xu, Z Jin, J F Chang, Y B Zhu, W Gao, Y J Chen, B Lyu, R J Hu, P F Zhang, L Zhang, W Gao, Z W Wu, Y Yu, M Y Ye
In toroidal magnetic fusion devices, fast-ion D-alpha diagnostic (FIDA) is a powerful method to study the fast-ion feature. The fast-ion characteristics can be inferred from the Doppler shifted spectrum of Dα light according to charge exchange recombination process between fast ions and probe beam. Since conceptual design presented in the last HTPD conference, significant progress has been made to apply FIDA systems on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). Both co-current and counter-current neutral beam injectors are available, and each can deliver 2-4 MW beam power with 50-80 keV beam energy...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
E Stefanikova, M Peterka, P Bohm, P Bilkova, M Aftanas, M Sos, J Urban, M Hron, R Panek
A new technique for fitting the full radial profiles of electron density and temperature obtained by the Thomson scattering diagnostic in H-mode discharges on the COMPASS tokamak is described. The technique combines the conventionally used modified hyperbolic tangent function for the edge transport barrier (pedestal) fitting and a modification of a Gaussian function for fitting the core plasma. Low number of parameters of this combined function and their straightforward interpretability and controllability provide a robust method for obtaining physically reasonable profile fits...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
J R Howorth, J S Milnes, Y Fisher, A Jadwin, R Boni, P A Jaanimagi
The fusion diagnostic community, including the National Ignition Facility, the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Megajoule in France, and others require optical recording instruments with precise time resolution covering a dynamic range of many orders of magnitude. In 2012, LLE, Photek, and Sydor Instruments embarked on the re-design of an improved streak tube for fusion diagnostics. As a baseline we started with the Photek ST-Y streak tube which is a member of the RCA design dating back to 1957, because the tube body can accommodate a 35 mm long photocathode, and consequently more fibre coupled diagnostic channels than smaller designs...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
P Beiersdorfer, E W Magee, N Hell, G V Brown
We describe a crystal spectrometer implemented on the Livermore electron beam ion traps that employ two spherically bent quartz crystals and a cryogenically cooled back-illuminated charge-coupled device detector to measure x rays with a nominal resolving power of λ/Δλ ≥ 10 000. Its focusing properties allow us to record x rays either with the plane of dispersion perpendicular or parallel to the electron beam and, thus, to preferentially select one of the two linear x-ray polarization components. Moreover, by choice of dispersion plane and focussing conditions, we use the instrument either to image the distribution of the ions within the 2 cm long trap region, or to concentrate x rays of a given energy to a point on the detector, which optimizes the signal-to-noise ratio...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
C B Yeamans, N Gharibyan
At the National Ignition Facility, the diagnostic instrument manipulator-based neutron activation spectrometer is used as a diagnostic of implosion performance for inertial confinement fusion experiments. Additionally, it serves as a platform for independent neutronic experiments and may be connected to fast recording systems for neutron effect tests on active electronics. As an implosion diagnostic, the neutron activation spectrometers are used to quantify fluence of primary DT neutrons, downscattered neutrons, and neutrons above the primary DT neutron energy created by reactions of upscattered D and T in flight...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
A G MacPhee, A K L Dymoke-Bradshaw, J D Hares, J Hassett, B W Hatch, A L Meadowcroft, P M Bell, D K Bradley, P S Datte, O L Landen, N E Palmer, K W Piston, V V Rekow, T J Hilsabeck, J D Kilkenny
We report simulations and experiments that demonstrate an increase in spatial resolution of the NIF core diagnostic x-ray streak cameras by at least a factor of two, especially off axis. A design was achieved by using a corrector electron optic to flatten the field curvature at the detector plane and corroborated by measurement. In addition, particle in cell simulations were performed to identify the regions in the streak camera that contribute the most to space charge blurring. These simulations provide a tool for convolving synthetic pre-shot spectra with the instrument function so signal levels can be set to maximize dynamic range for the relevant part of the streak record...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
H Sio, J A Frenje, J Katz, C Stoeckl, D Weiner, M Bedzyk, V Glebov, C Sorce, M Gatu Johnson, H G Rinderknecht, A B Zylstra, T C Sangster, S P Regan, T Kwan, A Le, A N Simakov, W T Taitano, L Chacòn, B Keenan, R Shah, G Sutcliffe, R D Petrasso
A Particle X-ray Temporal Diagnostic (PXTD) has been implemented on OMEGA for simultaneous time-resolved measurements of several nuclear products as well as the x-ray continuum produced in High Energy Density Plasmas and Inertial Confinement Fusion implosions. The PXTD removes systematic timing uncertainties typically introduced by using multiple instruments, and it has been used to measure DD, DT, D(3)He, and T(3)He reaction histories and the emission history of the x-ray core continuum with relative timing uncertainties within ±10-20 ps...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
L M Reusch, D J Den Hartog, P Franz, J Goetz, M B McGarry, H D Stephens
The two-color soft x-ray (SXR) tomography diagnostic on the Madison Symmetric Torus is capable of making electron temperature measurements via the double-filter technique; however, there has been a 15% systematic discrepancy between the SXR double-filter (SXRDF) temperature and Thomson scattering (TS) temperature. Here we discuss calibration of the Be filters used in the SXRDF measurement using empirical measurements of the transmission function versus energy at the BESSY II electron storage ring, electron microprobe analysis of filter contaminants, and measurement of the effective density...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
X M Pan, Z J Yang, X D Ma, Y L Zhu, N C Luhmann, C W Domier, B W Ruan, G Zhuang
A new 2D Electron Cyclotron Emission Imaging (ECEI) diagnostic is being developed for the J-TEXT tokamak. It will provide the 2D electron temperature information with high spatial, temporal, and temperature resolution. The new ECEI instrument is being designed to support fundamental physics investigations on J-TEXT including MHD, disruption prediction, and energy transport. The diagnostic contains two dual dipole antenna arrays corresponding to F band (90-140 GHz) and W band (75-110 GHz), respectively, and comprises a total of 256 channels...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
B H Deng, M Beall, J Schroeder, G Settles, P Feng, J S Kinley, H Gota, M C Thompson
A high sensitivity multi-channel far infrared laser diagnostics with switchable interferometry and polarimetry operation modes for the advanced neutral beam-driven C-2U field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasmas is described. The interferometer achieved superior resolution of 1 × 10(16) m(-2) at >1.5 MHz bandwidth, illustrated by measurement of small amplitude high frequency fluctuations. The polarimetry achieved 0.04° instrument resolution and 0.1° actual resolution in the challenging high density gradient environment with >0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
V E Fatherley, D A Bingham, M D Cartelli, R A DiDomizio, J R Griego, H W Herrmann, F E Lopez, J A Oertel, M J Pollack
The gas Cherenkov detector 3 was designed at Los Alamos National Laboratory for use in inertial confinement fusion experiments at both the Omega Laser Facility and the National Ignition Facility. This instrument uses a low-Z gamma-to-electron convertor plate and high pressure gas to convert MeV gammas into UV/visible Cherenkov photons for fast optical detection. This is a follow-on diagnostic from previous versions, with two notable differences: the pressure of the gas is four times higher, and it allows the use of fluorinated gas, requiring metal seals...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
R Clary, A Roquemore, J Douglass, D Jaramillo, S Korepanov, R Magee, S Medley, A Smirnov
C-2U is a high-confinement, advanced beam driven field-reversed configuration plasma experiment which sustains the configuration for >5 ms, in excess of typical MHD and fast particle instability times, as well as fast particle slowing down times. Fast particle dynamics are critical to C-2U performance and several diagnostics have been deployed to characterize the fast particle population, including neutron and proton detectors. To increase our understanding of fast particle behavior and supplement existing diagnostics, an E ∥ B neutral particle analyzer was installed, which simultaneously measures H(0) and D(0) flux with large dynamic range and high energy resolution...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
E M Granstedt, P Petrov, K Knapp, M Cordero, V Patel
The C-2U device employed neutral beam injection, end-biasing, and various particle fueling techniques to sustain a Field-Reversed Configuration (FRC) plasma. As part of the diagnostic suite, two fast imaging instruments with radial and nearly axial plasma views were developed using a common camera platform. To achieve the necessary viewing geometry, imaging lenses were mounted behind re-entrant viewports attached to welded bellows. During gettering, the vacuum optics were retracted and isolated behind a gate valve permitting their removal if cleaning was necessary...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
X Y Peng, Z J Chen, X Zhang, T F Du, Z M Hu, L J Ge, Y M Zhang, J Q Sun, G Gorini, M Nocente, M Tardocchi, L Q Hu, G Q Zhong, N Pu, S Y Lin, B N Wan, X Q Li, G H Zhang, J X Chen, T S Fan
The 2.5 MeV TOFED (Time-Of-Flight Enhanced Diagnostics) neutron spectrometer with a double-ring structure has been installed at Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) to perform advanced neutron emission spectroscopy diagnosis of deuterium plasmas. This work describes the response function of the TOFED spectrometer, which is evaluated for the fully assembled instrument in its final layout. Results from Monte Carlo simulations and dedicated experiments with pulsed light sources are presented and used to determine properties of light transport from the scintillator...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
K W Hill, M Bitter, L Delgado-Aparicio, P C Efthimion, R Ellis, L Gao, J Maddox, N A Pablant, M B Schneider, H Chen, S Ayers, R L Kauffman, A G MacPhee, P Beiersdorfer, R Bettencourt, T Ma, R C Nora, H A Scott, D B Thorn, J D Kilkenny, D Nelson, M Shoup, Y Maron
A high resolution (E/ΔE = 1200-1800) Bragg crystal x-ray spectrometer is being developed to measure plasma parameters in National Ignition Facility experiments. The instrument will be a diagnostic instrument manipulator positioned cassette designed mainly to infer electron density in compressed capsules from Stark broadening of the helium-β (1s(2)-1s3p) lines of krypton and electron temperature from the relative intensities of dielectronic satellites. Two conically shaped crystals will diffract and focus (1) the Kr Heβ complex and (2) the Heα (1s(2)-1s2p) and Lyα (1s-2p) complexes onto a streak camera photocathode for time resolved measurement, and a third cylindrical or conical crystal will focus the full Heα to Heβ spectral range onto an image plate to provide a time integrated calibration spectrum...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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