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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532617/first-french-experiences-of-total-body-irradiations-using-helical-tomotherapy-%C3%A2
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R Sun, X Cuenca, R Itti, S Nguyen Quoc, J-P Vernant, J-J Mazeron, C Jenny, M Chea
PURPOSE: Dynamic conformal radiotherapy with helical TomoTherapy(®) (HT) offers a more quantitative paradigm for total body irradiation. Treatment planning, delivery, dose verification of the first French experiences of total body irradiation using helical TomoTherapy(®) are presented. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients planned for total body irradiation at our institution from February 2012 to May 2013 were reported. Total body irradiation consisted in a single fraction of 2Gy...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528253/pressure-induced-transformations-in-sorbic-acid
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G D Saraiva, J R Maia, J A Lima, C E S Nogueira, P T C Freire, F F de Sousa, A M R Teixeira, J Mendes Filho
This research reports a pressure dependent Raman study of the sorbic acid between 0.0 and 10.0GPa. The unpolarized Raman spectra were measured in the spectral range of 20-3000cm(-1). The high-pressure Raman scattering study of the sorbic acid showed that it underwent a gradual, disordering process. At the room temperature and at the ambient pressure conditions, the crystal structure of the sorbic acid belongs to the monoclinic system with a C2/c (C2h(6)) space group. The pressure increase induced a higher disorder in the monoclinic unit cell, since a single bending mode, and only very broad stretching Raman modes are present at pressure of ~10GPa...
May 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506136/predictors-to-intravenous-fluid-responsiveness
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Jorge Iván Alvarado Sánchez, William Fernando Amaya Zúñiga, Manuel Ignacio Monge García
Management with intravenous fluids can improve cardiac output in some surgical patients. Management with static preload indicators, such as central venous pressure and pulmonary artery occlusion pressure, has not demonstrated a suitable relationship with changes in the cardiac output induced by intravenous fluid therapy. Dynamic indicators, such as the variability of arterial pulse pressure or stroke volume variation, have demonstrated a suitable relationship. Since improvement in cardiac output does not guarantee an adequate perfusion pressure, in patients with hypotension, it is also necessary to know whether arterial pressure will also increase with intravenous fluid therapy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472627/neuroimaging-markers-associated-with-maintenance-of-optimal-memory-performance-in-late-life
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Maria Dekhtyar, Kathryn V Papp, Rachel Buckley, Heidi I L Jacobs, Aaron P Schultz, Keith A Johnson, Reisa A Sperling, Dorene M Rentz
BACKGROUND: Age-related memory decline has been well-documented; however, some individuals reach their 8th-10th decade while maintaining strong memory performance. OBJECTIVE: To determine which demographic and biomarker factors differentiated top memory performers (aged 75+, top 20% for memory) from their peers and whether top memory performance was maintained over 3 years. METHODS: Clinically normal adults (n=125, CDR=0; age: 79.5±3.57 years) from the Harvard Aging Brain Study underwent cognitive testing and neuroimaging (amyloid PET, MRI) at baseline and 3-year follow-up...
May 1, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468363/modelling-and-calibration-of-depth-dependent-distortion-for-large-depth-visual-measurement-cameras
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Peng Sun, Naiguang Lu, Mingli Dong
Lens distortion parameters vary with the distance between the object point and the image plane. We propose an analytical model of depth-dependent distortion for large depth-of-field digital cameras used for high accuracy photogrammetry. Compared with the magnification-dependent model, the proposed one does not need focusing operation during calibration, thus eliminates focusing errors and guarantees the stability of camera interior parameters. Compared with the widely used constant distortion parameter model, the proposed model reduces the maximum distortion variation from 8...
May 1, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451499/iatrogenic-spinal-cord-injury-resulting-from-cervical-spine-surgery
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Alan H Daniels, Robert A Hart, Alan S Hilibrand, David E Fish, Jeffrey C Wang, Elizabeth L Lord, Zorica Buser, P Justin Tortolani, D Alex Stroh, Ahmad Nassr, Bradford L Currier, Arjun S Sebastian, Paul M Arnold, Michael G Fehlings, Thomas E Mroz, K Daniel Riew
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: To examine the incidence of iatrogenic spinal cord injury following elective cervical spine surgery. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter case series study involving 21 high-volume surgical centers from the AOSpine North America Clinical Research Network was conducted. Medical records for 17 625 patients who received cervical spine surgery (levels from C2 to C7) between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2011, were reviewed to identify occurrence of iatrogenic spinal cord injury...
April 2017: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437777/testing-decontaminated-sediments-as-a-substrate-for-ornamentals-in-field-nursery-plantations
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Francesca Ugolini, Costanza Calzolari, Giuseppe Mario Lanini, Luciano Massetti, Stefania Pollaki, Antonio Raschi, Francesco Sabatini, Giacomo Tagliaferri, Fabrizio Ungaro, Daniele Massa, Maurizio Antonetti, Carlos Garcia Izquierdo, Cristina Macci, Grazia Masciandaro
When canals and harbours are dredged, huge amount of polluted sediments has to be stocked and transported to the landfill with incredibly high costs of management. Among the remediation techniques for the reclamation of polluted sediments and soils, phytoremediation represents a sustainable and effective technique though still not fully promoted or commercialized. In this study we have tested the suitability for plant nursing of a substrate resulting from sediments dredged from a canal and treated with phytoremediation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427915/-multimorbidity-in-general-practice-and-the-ariadne-principles-a-person-centred-approach
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Alexandra Prados-Torres, Isabel Del Cura-González, Juan Daniel Prados-Torres, Francisca Leiva-Fernández, Juan Antonio López-Rodríguez, Amaia Calderón-Larrañaga, Christiane Muth
Multimorbidity, defined as the coexistence of two or more chronic conditions in one same individual, has negative consequences for people suffering from it and it poses a real challenge for health systems. In primary care, where most of these patients are attended, the clinical management of multimorbidity can be a complex task due, among others, to the high volume of clinical information that needs to be handled, the scarce scientific evidence available to approach multimorbidity, and the need for coordination among multiple health providers to guarantee continuity of care...
April 17, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416951/spirometry-and-bronchodilator-test
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REVIEW
Yun Su Sim, Ji-Hyun Lee, Won-Yeon Lee, Dong In Suh, Yeon-Mok Oh, Jong-Seo Yoon, Jin Hwa Lee, Jae Hwa Cho, Cheol Seok Kwon, Jung Hyun Chang
Spirometry is a physiological test for assessing the functional aspect of the lungs using an objective indicator to measure the maximum amount of air that a patient can inhale and exhale. Acceptable spirometry testing needs to be conducted three times by an acceptable and reproducible method for determining forced vital capacity (FVC). Until the results of three tests meet the criteria of reproducibility, the test should be repeated up to eight times. Interpretation of spirometry should be clear, concise, and informative...
April 2017: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388117/rapid-sampling-of-stochastic-displacements-in-brownian-dynamics-simulations
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Andrew M Fiore, Florencio Balboa Usabiaga, Aleksandar Donev, James W Swan
We present a new method for sampling stochastic displacements in Brownian Dynamics (BD) simulations of colloidal scale particles. The method relies on a new formulation for Ewald summation of the Rotne-Prager-Yamakawa (RPY) tensor, which guarantees that the real-space and wave-space contributions to the tensor are independently symmetric and positive-definite for all possible particle configurations. Brownian displacements are drawn from a superposition of two independent samples: a wave-space (far-field or long-ranged) contribution, computed using techniques from fluctuating hydrodynamics and non-uniform fast Fourier transforms; and a real-space (near-field or short-ranged) correction, computed using a Krylov subspace method...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340895/post-operative-consequences-of-hemodynamic-optimization
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A Lazkani, G Lebuffe
Hemodynamic optimization begins with a medical assessment to identify the high-risk patients. This stratification is needed to customize the choice of hemodynamic support that is best adapted to the patient's level of risk, integrating the use of the least invasive procedures. The macro-circulatory hemodynamic approach aims to maintain a balance between oxygen supply (DO2) and oxygen demand (VO2). Volume replacement plays a crucial role based on the titration of fluid boluses according to their effect on measured stroke volume or indices of preload dependency...
December 2016: Journal of Visceral Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339918/can-clinically-relevant-dose-errors-in-patient-anatomy-be-detected-by-gamma-passing-rate-or-modulation-complexity-score-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-intracranial-tumors
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Shingo Ohira, Yoshihiro Ueda, Masaru Isono, Akira Masaoka, Misaki Hashimoto, Masayoshi Miyazaki, Masaaki Takashina, Masahiko Koizumi, Teruki Teshima
We investigated whether methods conventionally used to evaluate patient-specific QA in volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for intracranial tumors detect clinically relevant dosimetric errors. VMAT plans with coplanar arcs were designed for 37 intracranial tumors. Dosimetric accuracy was validated by using a 3D array detector. Dose deviations between the measured and planned doses were evaluated by gamma analysis. In addition, modulation complexity score for VMAT (MCSv) for each plan was calculated. Three-dimensional dose distributions in patient anatomy were reconstructed using 3DVH software, and clinical deviations in dosimetric parameters between the 3DVH doses and planned doses were calculated...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333046/effect-of-competing-ions-and-causticization-on-the-ammonia-adsorption-by-a-novel-poly-ligand-exchanger-ple-ammonia-adsorption-reagent
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Quanzhou Chen, Kanggen Zhou, Yuanjuan Hu, Fang Liu, Aihe Wang
In this paper, a poly ligand exchanger, Cu(II)-loaded chelating resin named ammonia adsorption reagent (AMAR), bearing the functional group of weak iminodiacetate acid, was prepared to efficiently remove ammonia from solutions. Batch adsorption equilibrium experiments were conducted under a range of conditions. The effects of pH on the removal of ammonia by AMAR were investigated at 25 °C. The copper loaded on the resin forms a complex with NH3 in solution under alkaline condition. The effect of alkaline dosage (AD) on the ammonia adsorption was investigated...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327655/thin-film-metallic-glass-an-effective-diffusion-barrier-for-se-doped-agsbte2-thermoelectric-modules
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Chia-Chi Yu, Hsin-Jay Wu, Ping-Yuan Deng, Matthias T Agne, G Jeffrey Snyder, Jinn P Chu
The thermal stability of joints in thermoelectric (TE) modules, which are degraded during interdiffusion between the TE material and the contacting metal, needs to be addressed in order to utilize TE technology for competitive, sustainable energy applications. Herein, we deposit a 200 nm-thick Zr-based thin-film metallic glass (TFMG), which acts as an effective diffusion barrier layer with low electrical contact resistivity, on a high-zT Se-doped AgSbTe2 substrate. The reaction couples structured with TFMG/TE are annealed at 673 K for 8-360 hours and analyzed by electron microscopy...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324929/hyperthermia-by-electromagnetic-fields-to-enhanced-clinical-results-in-oncology
#15
Gerard C van Rhoon, Maarten M Paulides, Jeannette M L van Holthe, Martine Franckena
Confining treatment to the tumor to improve therapeutic outcome and reduce toxicity, is a hot issue in cancer research. Hyperthermia is recognized as a strong sensitizer for radiotherapy and chemotherapy enhancing tumor control without increasing toxicity. Today's electromagnetic hyperthermia systems heat large tissue volumes with limited ability to selectively heat the tumor. Fortunately, tremendous improvements in 3-dimensional electromagnetic & temperature modelling provide an exciting opportunity to design advanced multi-element electromagnetic applicator systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315990/model-based-registration-of-preprocedure-mr-and-intraprocedure-us-of-the-lumbar-spine
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Delaram Behnami, Alireza Sedghi, Emran Mohammad Abu Anas, Abtin Rasoulian, Alexander Seitel, Victoria Lessoway, Tamas Ungi, David Yen, Jill Osborn, Parvin Mousavi, Robert Rohling, Purang Abolmaesumi
PURPOSE: Epidural and spinal needle insertions, as well as facet joint denervation and injections are widely performed procedures on the lumbar spine for delivering anesthesia and analgesia. Ultrasound (US)-based approaches have gained popularity for accurate needle placement, as they use a non-ionizing, inexpensive and accessible modality for guiding these procedures. However, due to the inherent difficulties in interpreting spinal US, they yet to become the clinical standard-of-care...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298784/ventilation-of-nonparalyzed-patients-under-anesthesia-with-laryngeal-mask-airway-comparison-of-three-modes-of-ventilation-volume-controlled-ventilation-pressure-controlled-ventilation-and-pressure-controlled-ventilation-volume-guarantee
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Maroun Badwi Ghabach, Elie M El Hajj, Rouba D El Dib, Jeanette M Rkaiby, May S Matta, May R Helou
BACKGROUND: Pressure controlled ventilation (PCV) is the preferable mode of ventilation of nonparalyzed patients undergoing anesthesia with laryngeal mask airway (LMA) as compared to volume controlled ventilation (VCV) and spontaneously breathing patient. In this study, we compared the PC-volume guarantee (PC-VG) mode of ventilation with VCV and PCV modes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 30 patients, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status Classes I and II, scheduled for elective surgery under general anesthesia with a classic LMA were ventilated, subsequently, with the three modes of ventilation: VCV, PCV, and PC-VG for 10 min each mode...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296311/analysis-of-setup-error-based-on-ctvision-for-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-during-igrt
#18
Shuxu Zhang, Xiang Zhou, Quanbin Zhang, Shaohui Jiang, Ruihao Wang, Guoqian Zhang, Huaiyu Lei, Shengqu Lin
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of CTVision in interfractional setup errors during intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in 12 nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. The trend of setup errors as a function of time during a fractionated radiotherapy course was investigated, and the influence of reconstructive thickness on image reconstruction for setup errors was analyzed. The appropriate planning target volume (PTV) margin and planning risk volume (PRV) margin were defined to provide a reference for the design of IMRT for NPC...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266834/direct-probing-of-the-dielectric-scavenging-layer-interface-in-oxide-filamentary-based-valence-change-memory
#19
Umberto Celano, Jonathan Op de Beeck, Sergiu Clima, Michael Luebben, Paul M Koenraad, Ludovic Goux, Ilia Valov, Wilfried Vandervorst
A great improvement in valence change memory performance has been recently achieved by adding another metallic layer to the simple metal-insulator-metal (MIM) structure. This metal layer is often referred to as oxygen exchange layer (OEL) and is introduced between one of the electrodes and the oxide. The OEL is believed to induce a distributed reservoir of defects at the metal-insulator interface thus providing an unlimited availability of building blocks for the conductive filament (CF). However, its role remains elusive and controversial owing to the difficulties to probe the interface between the OEL and the CF...
March 29, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249595/non-contact-synchronous-dynamic-measurement-of-respiratory-rate-and-heart-rate-based-on-dual-sensitive-regions
#20
Bing Wei, Xuan He, Chao Zhang, Xiaopei Wu
BACKGROUND: Currently, many imaging photoplethysmography (IPPG) researches have reported non-contact measurements of physiological parameters, such as heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR), etc. However, it is accepted that only HR measurement has been mature for applications, and other estimations are relatively incapable for reliable applications. Thus, it is worth keeping on persistent studies. Besides, there are some issues commonly involved in these approaches need to be explored further...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
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