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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808586/quality-of-vision-after-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty-fluid-dissection-compared-to-penetrating-keratoplasty-for-the-treatment-of-keratoconus
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Islam Mahmoud Hamdi, Momen Mahmoud Hamdi
PURPOSE: To compare the visual quality of patients with keratoconus who underwent penetrating keratoplasty (PKP) or deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) with fluid dissection. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational study. METHODS: Twelve eyes that underwent PKP (PKP group) were compared to 24 eyes that underwent DALK (DALK group) after complete removal of sutures and stability of refraction. Visual, refractive, corneal topographic, corneal aberrometry, and ocular aberrometry parameters were compared for both groups...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802856/different-mathematical-processing-of-absorption-ratio-and-derivative-spectra-for-quantification-of-mixtures-containing-minor-component-an-application-to-the-analysis-of-the-recently-co-formulated-antidiabetic-drugs-canagliflozin-and-metformin
#2
Hayam M Lotfy, Dalia Mohamed, Mona S Elshahed
In the presented work several spectrophotometric methods were performed for the quantification of canagliflozin (CGZ) and metformin hydrochloride (MTF) simultaneously in their binary mixture. Two of these methods; response correlation (RC) and advanced balance point-spectrum subtraction (ABP-SS) were developed and introduced for the first time in this work, where the latter method (ABP-SS) was performed on both the zero order and the first derivative spectra of the drugs. Besides, two recently established methods; advanced amplitude modulation (AAM) and advanced absorbance subtraction (AAS) were also accomplished...
August 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799106/chemical-sterilization-of-allograft-dermal-tissues
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Abigail Phipps, Edward Vaynshteyn, John B Kowalski, Manh-Dan Ngo, Karen Merritt, Joel Osborne, Evangelia Chnari
Common terminal sterilization methods are known to alter the natural structure and properties of soft tissues. One approach to providing safe grafts with preserved biological properties is the combination of a validated chemical sterilization process followed by an aseptic packaging process. This combination of processes is an accepted method for production of sterile healthcare products as described in ANSI/AAMI ST67:2011. This article describes the validation of the peracetic acid and ethanol-based (PAAE) chemical sterilization process for allograft dermal tissues at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF, Edison, NJ)...
August 10, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789661/reference-free-determination-of-tissue-absorption-coefficient-by-modulation-transfer-function-characterization-in-spatial-frequency-domain
#4
Weiting Chen, Huijuan Zhao, Tongxin Li, Panpan Yan, Kuanxin Zhao, Caixia Qi, Feng Gao
BACKGROUND: Spatial frequency domain (SFD) measurement allows rapid and non-contact wide-field imaging of the tissue optical properties, thus has become a potential tool for assessing physiological parameters and therapeutic responses during photodynamic therapy of skin diseases. The conventional SFD measurement requires a reference measurement within the same experimental scenario as that for a test one to calibrate mismatch between the real measurements and the model predictions. Due to the individual physical and geometrical differences among different tissues, organs and patients, an ideal reference measurement might be unavailable in clinical trials...
August 8, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771544/comparison-of-postoperative-visual-quality-after-smile-and-lasek-for-high-myopia-a-1-year-outcome
#5
Xiaoyu Zhu, Leilei Zou, Manrong Yu, Chen Qiu, Minjie Chen, Jinhui Dai
PURPOSE: To compare the 1-year outcome of visual quality after laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) and femtosecond laser-assisted small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) for high myopia correction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective, comparative study included 24 eyes of 24 patients in the LASEK group, with a mean spherical equivalent (SE) of -7.59 ± 1.32 diopters, and 26 eyes of 26 patients in the SMILE group, with a mean SE of -7.91 ± 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764971/development-and-validation-of-two-phantoms-for-quality-control-in-cone-beam-ct
#6
Wilson Otto Gomes Batista
This study aimed at the development and validation of the models of phantom: CQ-02-IFBA and CQ-01-IFBA, the first filled with water and the second fully with a solid structure in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Both models allow its use in various models of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), independent of the size of the field of view. The two phantoms are used to evaluate seven parameters of quality control: intensity or average value of pixels of five different plastics, signal to noise ratio, resolution, low contrast, spatial resolution, the accuracy of distances on the z axis, the geometric distortion and image uniformity...
July 27, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763775/heat-indicators-of-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-metal-transport-show-dependence-of-cadmium-pollution-history-in-the-liver-of-female-zebrafish
#7
Qing-Ling Zhu, Sai-Nan Guo, Shuang-Shuang Yuan, Zhen-Ming Lv, Jia-Lang Zheng, Hu Xia
Environmental stressors such as high temperature and metal exposure may occur sequentially, simultaneously, previously in aquatic ecosystems. However, information about whether responses to high temperature depend on Cd exposure history is still unknown in fish. Zebrafish were exposed to 0 (group 1), 2.5 (group 2) and 5μg/L (group 3) cadmium (Cd) for 10 weeks, and then each group was subjected to Cd-free water maintained at 26°C and 32°C for 7days respectively. 26 indicators were used to compare differences between 26°C and 32°C in the liver of female zebrafish, including 5 biochemical indicators (activity of Cu/Zn-SOD, CAT and iNOS; LPO; MT protein), 8 molecular indicators of oxidative stress (mRNA levels of Nrf2, Cu/Zn-SOD, CAT, HSF1, HSF2, HSP70, MTF-1 and MT), 5 molecular indicators of inflammation (mRNA levels of IL-6, IL-1β, TNF-α, iNOS and NF-κB), 8 molecular indicators of metal transport (mRNA levels of, ZnT1, ZnT5, ZIP8, ZIP10, ATP7A, ATP7B and CTR1)...
July 20, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748781/a-versatile-liquid-chromatographic-method-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-metformin-sitagliptin-simvastatin-and-ezetimibe-in-different-dosage-forms
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Asmaa A El-Zaher, Ehab F Elkady, Hanan M Elwy, Mahmoud Abo El Makarim Saleh
A new LC method is introduced with the concept of its versatile application to widely used drugs from different pharmacological classes. Metformin hydrochloride (MTF), sitagliptin phosphate (SIT), simvastatin (SIM) and ezetimibe (EZB) were simultaneously determined with a simple reversed-phase LC method in which a SIT-SIM binary mixture, present in a dosage form brand, was considered central for its development. Chromatographic separation was achieved with a mobile phase of acetonitrile and 0.02 M potassium dihydrogen phosphate (pH 5...
July 27, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746183/visual-outcomes-after-balanced-salt-solution-infiltration-during-lenticule-separation-in-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-for-myopic-astigmatism
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Ting Liu, Xiaomin Zhu, Kaijian Chen, Ji Bai
To evaluate the refractive outcomes of balanced salt solution infiltration during small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE).This randomized prospective study enrolled 52 patients (104 eyes) with myopic astigmatism. Patients underwent SMILE to correct the myopic astigmatism in Daping Hospital of the Third Military Medical University between January and July 2013. One eye of each patient received traditional SMILE (control group) and the other received a modified SMILE procedure (liquid infiltration group)...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733419/myc2-orchestrates-a-hierarchical-transcriptional-cascade-that-regulates-jasmonate-mediated-plant-immunity-in-tomato
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Minmin Du, Jiuhai Zhao, David T W Tzeng, Yuanyuan Liu, Lei Deng, Tianxia Yang, Qingzhe Zhai, Fangming Wu, Zhuo Huang, Ming Zhou, Qiaomei Wang, Qian Chen, Silin Zhong, Chang-Bao Li, Chuanyou Li
The hormone jasmonate (JA), which functions in plant immunity, regulates resistance to pathogen infection and insect attack through triggering genome-wide transcriptional reprogramming in plants. We show that the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor (TF) MYC2 in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) acts downstream of the JA receptor to orchestrate JA-mediated activation of both the wounding and pathogen responses. Using chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-seq) coupled with RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) assays, we identified 655 MYC2-targeted JA-responsive genes...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732606/visual-performance-after-bilateral-implantation-of-2-new-presbyopia-correcting-intraocular-lenses-trifocal-versus-extended-range-of-vision
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Gaspare Monaco, Mariangela Gari, Fabio Di Censo, Andrea Poscia, Giada Ruggi, Antonio Scialdone
PURPOSE: To compare the visual outcomes and quality of vision of 2 new diffractive multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs) with those of a monofocal IOL. SETTING: Fatebenefratelli e Oftalmico Hospital, Milan, Italy. DESIGN: Prospective case series. METHODS: Patients had bilateral cataract surgery with implantation of a trifocal IOL (Panoptix), an extended-range-of-vision IOL (Symfony), or a monofocal IOL (SN60WF). Postoperative examinations included assessing distance, intermediate, and near visual acuity; binocular defocus; intraocular and total aberrations; point-spread function (PSF); modulation transfer function (MTF); retinal straylight; and quality-of-vision (QoV) and spectacle-dependence questionnaires...
June 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687287/impact-of-ct-parameters-on-the-physical-quantities-related-to-image-quality-for-two-mdct-scanners-using-the-acr-accreditation-phantom-a-phantom-study
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B Alikhani, L Jamali, H-J Raatschen, F Wacker, T Werncke
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the image quality provided by MDCT scanners using an ACR phantom an to find out the relationship between CT parameters and physical quantities related to image quality. METHODS: A GE Lightspeed VCT and a GE Lightspeed Pro 16 are used. The ACR phantom consists of four modules for evaluating physical parameters. The image quality parameters, such as CT number, linearity, CNR, image uniformity, SNR and at least spatial resolution using MTF, by different sets of image acquisition protocols (IAPs) are characterized...
August 2017: Radiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683049/improving-readiness-and-reducing-costs-an-analysis-of-factors-that-influence-site-selection-for-army-outpatient-surgical-services
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Katherine E Little, Katie M Martinez, Jessica L Forman, Jason P Richter, Michael L Wade
The variable costs of providing surgical procedures for military beneficiaries are greater when care is rendered in the civilian purchased care network than when provided at a direct care military treatment facility (MTF). To reduce healthcare-related costs, retaining surgical services is a priority at MTFs across the U.S. Army Medical Command. This study is the first to identify factors significantly associated with outpatient surgical service site selection in the military health system (MHS). We analyzed 1,000,305 patient encounters in fiscal year 2014, of which 970,367 were direct care encounters and 29,938 were purchased care encounters...
July 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668422/effects-of-pure-and-hybrid-iterative-reconstruction-algorithms-on-high-resolution-computed-tomography-in-the-evaluation-of-interstitial-lung-disease
#14
Masaki Katsura, Jiro Sato, Masaaki Akahane, Yoko Mise, Kaoru Sumida, Osamu Abe
OBJECTIVES: To compare image quality characteristics of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) in the evaluation of interstitial lung disease using three different reconstruction methods: model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR), adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR), and filtered back projection (FBP). METHODS: Eighty-nine consecutive patients with interstitial lung disease underwent standard-of-care chest CT with 64-row multi-detector CT...
August 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664275/barriers-to-secondary-fracture-prevention-in-primary-care
#15
A S Mendis, K Ganda, M J Seibel
This study of current osteoporosis management patterns in general practice found that the majority of patients presenting to their local health practitioner with a recent low-trauma fracture was not managed appropriately. The analysis demonstrated that failure to investigate was highly predictive of failure to treat and that one of the major barriers to effective osteoporosis management is a lack of specific knowledge about who to investigate and treat. INTRODUCTION: Osteoporotic fractures are associated with significant morbidity and mortality...
June 29, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663837/hyperopic-q-optimized-algorithms-a-theoretical-study-on-factors-influencing-optical-quality
#16
Jose R Jiménez, Aixa Alarcón, Rosario G Anera, L Jiménez Del Barco
In this work, we analyze the way in which pupil size, optical zone, and initial hyperopic level influence optical quality for hyperopic Q-optimized corneal refractive surgery. Different Q-optimized algorithms and the Munnerlyn formula were tested to analyze the optical quality of the final retinal image for initial hyperopic errors from 1D to 5D. Three optical zones (5.5, 6, and 6.5 mm) and two pupil diameters (5 and 7 mm) were considered. To evaluate optical quality, we computed the modulation transfer function (MTF) and the area under MTF (MTFa)...
March 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662629/in-vitro-optical-quality-measurements-of-three-intraocular-lens-models-having-identical-platform
#17
Hyeck Soo Son, Tamer Tandogan, Stephanie Liebing, Patrick Merz, Chul Young Choi, Ramin Khoramnia, Gerd U Auffarth
BACKGROUND: With recent advances in technology and introduction of new intraocular lens (IOL) models, surgeons today have the opportunity to choose from various optical designs, which can influence the postoperative quality of vision. In our laboratory study, we compared the optical quality of three different IOLs that use the identical platform and are produced by the same manufacturer. The study included two diffractive multifocal IOLs, a bifocal and a trifocal one, as well as a monofocal IOL...
June 29, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656103/the-effect-of-the-degree-of-astigmatism-on-optical-quality-in-children
#18
Jing Gao, Xiao-Xia Wang, Lin Wang, Yuan Sun, Rui-Fen Liu, Qi Zhao
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of the degree of astigmatism on optical quality in children. The important objective evaluation parameters we focus on include the RMS of the high-order aberrations, MTF, and PSF. METHODS: The children, age ranging from 7 to 10 years old, underwent an optometry examination. Fifty-nine children who met the inclusion criteria were divided into three groups: A (1.0 D ≤ astigmatism < 2.0 D), B (2.0 D ≤ astigmatism < 3...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641936/combined-vaginoplasty-technique-for-male-to-female-sex-reassignment-surgery-operative-approach-and-outcomes
#19
Nikolaos A Papadopulos, Dmitry Zavlin, Jean-Daniel Lellé, Peter Herschbach, Gerhard Henrich, Laszlo Kovacs, Benjamin Ehrenberger, Hans-Guenther Machens, Juergen Schaff
BACKGROUND: Several therapy options exist for male-to-female (MTF) transgenders desiring sex reassignment. Surgery includes numerous different procedures. Of those, vaginoplasty is predominant and aims at providing attractive esthetics and fully functional genitals. This study aimed to present the surgical results of our modified combined vaginoplasty technique in a consecutive patient cohort. METHODS: We included 40 MTF transgender patients who underwent a two-stage sex reassignment surgery (SRS) in an observational prospective study between September 2012 and January 2014...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636792/mtf-and-dqe-enhancement-using-an-apodized-aperture-x-ray-detector-design
#20
Tomi F Nano, Terenz Escartin, Elina Ismailova, Karim S Karim, Jan Lindstrȍm, Ho Kyung Kim, Ian A Cunningham
PURPOSE: Acquisition of high-quality x-ray images using low patient exposures requires detectors with high detective quantum efficiency (DQE). We describe a novel apodized-aperture pixel (AAP) design that increases high-frequency modulation transfer function (MTF) and DQE values. The AAP design makes a separation of physical sensor elements from image pixels by using very small sensor elements (e.g. 0.010-0.025 mm) to synthesize desired larger image pixels (e.g. 0.1-0.2 mm). METHODS: A cascaded systems model of signal and noise propagation is developed to describe the benefits of the AAP approach in terms of the MTF, Wiener noise power spectrum (NPS) and DQE...
June 21, 2017: Medical Physics
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