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Riti Sharan, Hee-Jeong Yang, Preeti Sule, Jeffrey D Cirillo
Reporter enzyme fluorescence (REF) utilizes substrates that are specific for enzymes present in target organisms of interest for imaging or detection by fluorescence or bioluminescence. We utilize BlaC, an enzyme expressed constitutively by all M. tuberculosis strains. REF allows rapid quantification of bacteria in lungs of infected mice. The same group of mice can be imaged at many time points, greatly reducing costs, enumerating bacteria more quickly, allowing novel observations in host-pathogen interactions, and increasing statistical power, since more animals per group are readily maintained...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Wilhelm H Flatz, Annika Henneberger, Maximilian F Reiser, Robert Gürkov, Birgit Ertl-Wagner
Analysis of neural structures in Menière's Disease (MD) is of importance, since a loss of such structures has previously been proposed for this patient group but has yet to be confirmed. This protocol describes a method of in vivo evaluation of neural changes especially well suitable for cranial nerve analysis using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MD-patients and normal hearing persons were examined in a 3-T MR-scanner using a scan protocol including strongly T2-weighted 3D gradient-echo-sequence (3D-CISS)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Madeleine S Durkee, Landon D Nash, Fatemeh Nooshabadi, Jeffrey D Cirillo, Duncan J Maitland, Kristen C Maitland
The rapid development of new optical imaging techniques is dependent on the availability of low-cost, customizable, and easily reproducible standards. By replicating the imaging environment, costly animal experiments to validate a technique may be circumvented. Predicting and optimizing the performance of in vivo and ex vivo imaging techniques requires testing on samples that are optically similar to tissues of interest. Tissue-mimicking optical phantoms provide a standard for evaluation, characterization, or calibration of an optical system...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Monica Terracciano, Michela Napolitano, Luca De Stefano, Anna Chiara De Luca, Ilaria Rea
Diatomite is a fossil material made of amorphous porous silica. In this work, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-modified diatomite NPs (PEG-DNPs) are decorated with gold NPs (AuNPs) by one-pot liquid-phase synthesis. Nanocomplexes (PEG-DNPs@AuNPs), with an average size of about 450 nm, are characterized by dynamic light scattering, electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption analysis, UV-VIS and photoluminescence spectroscopies. Preliminary studies on the use of the nanocomplex in nanomedicine are also presented...
March 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Musallam Abukhalil, Osama Mehjez, Mohammed Aladdam, Bettina Bottcher, Sobhi Skaik, Mohammed Matter
BACKGROUND: In 2013, al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip, introduced an assessment programme for potential kidney donors on the basis of medical and radiological evaluation. The aims of this study and an associated clinical audit were to examine the final outcome of the potential live kidney donors assessment programme, to review the findings and determine the level of accuracy of the radiological evaluations, to assess the completeness and standard of radiological record keeping, and to evaluate adherence to guidelines...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Carlo Alberto Scirè, Cristina Rossi, Leonardo Punzi, Augusto Genderini, Claudio Borghi, Walter Grassi
Despite being regarded as an easily-treatable disease, gout diagnosis and management can be challenging. We discuss here current issues in gout management and propose some potential solutions. Gout diagnosis should be reached as early as possible and often requires specific tests, such as synovial fluid analysis or imaging techniques that are not available in most centers, leaving health care professionals to rely only on clinical presentations and their experience. In addition, gout management requires the evaluation of multiple aspects, such as monitoring of serum uric acid (sUA) level (which should be reduced to <6 mg/dL) to ensure adherence and efficacy of treatment, evaluation of patient's risk profile and comorbidities, and continuous assessments to manage clinical manifestations...
March 19, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Milena L Pachowsky, Arnd Kleyer, Lisa Wagner, Andreas Langenbach, David Simon, Rolf Janka, Matthias May, Goetz H Welsch
Objective A minimally invasive treatment of osteoporotic and nonosteoporotic thoracic and lumbar spine fractures is cement augmentation (kyphoplasty). Little is known about the impact on adjacent intervertebral discs. A quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approach in addition to morphological MRI is desirable to evaluate changes in the intervertebral disc. Our study aims to evaluate the feasibility of T2 mapping for the detection of subtle changes in the intervertebral discs in spines after kyphoplasty...
March 1, 2018: Cartilage
Cumhur Murat Tulay, Sadık Yaldız, Adnan Bilge
PURPOSE: To identify occult pneumothorax with oblique chest X-ray (OCXR) in clinically suspected patients. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we examined 1082 adult multitrauma patients who were admitted to our emergency service between January 2016 and January 2017. Clinical findings that suggest occult pneumothorax were rib fracture, flail chest, chest pain, subcutaneous emphysema, abrasion or ecchymosis and moderate to severe hypoxia in clinical parameters...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
D Messineo, S Masieri, C Cavaliere
Rhinitis is an underestimated clinical condition, which has a considerable impact on the quality of life of the affected patients. The subject of this review focuses on three fundamental aspects: the development of knowledge concerning anatomic landmarks, the development of radiological imaging technology, and developments that can make a difference in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. The anatomical study of paranasal sinuses has been conducted since the time of the ancient Egyptians. Development of radiological equipment from the early 1900s has helped to improve information on the morphology of paranasal sinuses, sufficient to be considered valuable information regarding frontal anatomy and its variability...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Habiba Hashimi, David T Cooke, Elizabeth A David, Lisa M Brown
Accurate staging for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is essential to guide therapy. While computed tomography (CT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scan can indicate whether mediastinal lymphadenopathy is present, histologic confirmation is required to complete the staging evaluation. Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is a minimally invasive technique associated with similar diagnostic yield and improved postoperative pain and complication rates compared to mediastinoscopy...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Etienne Cavaignac, Gregoire Laumond, Nicolas Reina, Karine Wytrykowski, Jérôme Murgier, Marie Faruch, Philippe Chiron
Ultrasonography (US) is a nonirradiating, low-cost, real-time imaging modality that has very good spatial resolution. US can be used to view the anterolateral ligament (ALL) and injuries to the ALL. Several authors have sought to analyze the anterolateral aspect of the knee using US with varying luck. All of them analyzed the ALL statically only. The goal of this Technical Note is to describe in detail the technique that we use to analyze the anterolateral aspect of the knee in patients with an anterior cruciate ligament tear...
January 2018: Arthroscopy Techniques
Nicusor Iftimia, Jesung Park, Gopi Maguluri, Savitri Krishnamurthy, Amanda McWatters, Sharjeel H Sabir
We report the development and the pre-clinical testing of a new technology based on optical coherence tomography (OCT) for investigating tissue composition at the tip of the core biopsy needle. While ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging are routinely used to guide needle placement within a tumor, they still do not provide the resolution needed to investigate tissue cellularity (ratio between viable tumor and benign stroma) at the needle tip prior to taking a biopsy core. High resolution OCT imaging, however, can be used to investigate tissue morphology at the micron scale, and thus to determine if the biopsy core would likely have the expected composition...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Zhang Li, Fan Huang, Jiong Zhang, Behdad Dashtbozorg, Samaneh Abbasi-Sureshjani, Yue Sun, Xi Long, Qifeng Yu, Bart Ter Haar Romeny, Tao Tan
Multi-modal retinal image registration is often required to utilize the complementary information from different retinal imaging modalities. However, a robust and accurate registration is still a challenge due to the modality-varied resolution, contrast, and luminosity. In this paper, a two step registration method is proposed to address this problem. Descriptor matching on mean phase images is used to globally register images in the first step. Deformable registration based on modality independent neighbourhood descriptor (MIND) method is followed to locally refine the registration result in the second step...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Xiao-Li Chen, Hong Pu, Long-Lin Yin, Jun-Ru Li, Zhen-Lin Li, Guang-Wen Chen, Neng-Yi Hou, Hang Li
Purpose: To determine whether gross tumor volume of resectable gastric adenocarcinoma on multidetector computed tomography could predict presence of lymphovascular invasion and T-stages. Results: Gross tumor volume increased with the lymphovascular invasion ( r = 0.426, P < 0.0001) and T stage ( r = 0.656, P < 0.0001). Univariate analysis showed gross tumor volume could predict lymphovascular invasion ( P < 0.0001). Multivariate analyses indicated gross tumor volume as an independent risk factor of lymphovascular invasion ( P = 0...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Minhee Park, Ho Kyoung Hwang, Mijin Yun, Woo Jung Lee, Hoguen Kim, Chang Moo Kang
Objective: We aimed to investigate the metabolic characteristics of Solid pseudopapillary neoplasms (SPNs) in relation signal intensities on18 F-FDG PET scans. Summary Background Data: SPNs of the pancreas commonly show high uptake of 18F-FDG. However, the metabolic characteristics underlying the high18 F-FDG uptake in SPNs are not well characterized. Materials and Methods: mRNA expressions for glucose metabolism were analyzed in five SPNs, five pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PCAs), and paired normal pancreatic tissues...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Yankai Meng, Chongda Zhang, Shuangmei Zou, Xinming Zhao, Kai Xu, Hongmei Zhang, Chunwu Zhou
To evaluate the importance of MRI texture analysis in prediction and early assessment of treatment response before and early neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). This retrospective study comprised of 59 patients. The tumoral texture parameters were compared between pre- and early nCRT. Area Under receiver operating characteristic (ROC) Curves [AUCs] were used to compare the diagnostic performance of statistically significant difference parameters and logistic regression analysis predicted probabilities for discriminating responders and nonresponders...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Jun Yang, Chengde Liao, Yifan Liu, Guangjun Yang, Tengfei Ke, Yingying Ding, Qinqing Li
The beginning and the end of the vascular normalization window are not clear in response to anti-angiogenic therapies. We used dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) and intravoxel incoherent motion MRI (IVIM-MRI) to noninvasively evaluate the vascular normalization window. MRI was performed five times: before treatment and on the second, fourth, sixth and eighth days of treatment. Quantitative perfusion parameters were calculated at each time point, including the volume transfer coefficient (Ktrans), reverse transfer constant (Kep), pseudodiffusion coefficient (D* ) and perfusion fraction (f)...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Gregory Wade, Jonathan Revels, Lauren Hartman, Wendy Brown
We present a case of metastatic neuroblastoma to the mandible in an 11-month-old patient presenting with worsening right-sided proptosis and scalp swelling after a fall 2 weeks prior. Initial evaluation with computed tomography of the head demonstrated soft tissue masses centered at the right sphenoid and right mandible. These masses proved to be metastatic lesions from an intra-abdominal neuroblastoma. Review of the literature revealed 20 cases of neuroblastoma metastasis to the mandible over the past 70 years...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Luigi Cavanna, Pietro Seghini, Camilla Di Nunzio, Elena Orlandi, Emanuele Michieletti, Elisa Maria Stroppa, Patrizia Mordenti, Chiara Citterio, Stefano Vecchia, Adriano Zangrandi
Central nervous system (CNS) metastases from cancers of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) are rare, and occur in 0.16-0.69% of patients with gastric or gastro-esophageal (GE) junction cancer. Overexpression of the human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER-2) is associated with poor prognosis in the absence of HER-2-targeted therapy, and with an increased incidence of CNS metastases in patients with breast cancer. The role of HER-2 overexpression in CNS metastases is not well known in gastric adenocarcinoma. The purpose of the present retrospective study was to assess the incidence of CNS metastases and to evaluate the associations between the CNS and HER-2 status in a series of consecutive patients with gastric or GE junction cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Huan Tong, Li-Geng Duan, Hong-Ying Zhou, Shi Feng
The hepatic VX2 carcinoma model in rabbits is widely used for the preclinical study of hepatocellular carcinoma. In the present study, a modification was made to the conventional method to establish the animal model, as the conventional method gives rise to frequent tumor seeding due to the drop-out of tumor fragments. In order to evaluate each distinct method of establishing the model, the rabbits were divided into two groups: Group A (the conventional method; n=20) and group B (the modified method; n=20)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
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