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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650514/automatic-segmentation-of-the-spine-by-means-of-a-probabilistic-atlas-with-a-special-focus-on-ribs-suppression
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Silvia Ruiz-España, Juan Domingo, Antonio Díaz-Parra, Esther Dura, Víctor D'Ocón-Alcañiz, Estanislao Arana, David Moratal
PURPOSE: The development of automatic and reliable algorithms for the detection and segmentation of the vertebrae are of great importance prior to any diagnostic task. However, an important problem found to accurately segment the vertebrae is the presence of the ribs in the thoracic region. To overcome this problem, a probabilistic atlas of the spine has been developed dealing with the proximity of other structures, with a special focus on ribs suppression. METHODS: The data sets used consist of Computed Tomography images corresponding to 21 patients suffering from spinal metastases...
June 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650110/reproducibility-of-in-vivo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-t1-rho-and-t2-relaxation-time-measurements-of-hip-cartilage-at-3-0t-in-healthy-volunteers
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Angeline Nemeth, Lucy Di Marco, Florent Boutitie, Michael Sdika, Denis Grenier, Muriel Rabilloud, Olivier Beuf, Jean-Baptiste Pialat
PURPOSE: To assess the T1 ρ and T2 values in the hip cartilage of healthy volunteers and to evaluate the reproducibility of these measurements. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The right hip joint of 30 asymptomatic volunteers was explored with 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Quantitative 3D T1 ρ- and T2 -maps sequences were repeated twice with a 30-minute delay (immediate reproducibility). The same protocol was repeated 14 days later (short-term reproducibility). Immediate and short-term reproducibility were estimated using coefficients of variation and correlation concordance coefficients (CCC)...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649209/map-learning-with-a-3d-printed-interactive-small-scale-model-improvement-of-space-and-text-memorization-in-visually-impaired-students
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Stéphanie Giraud, Anke M Brock, Marc J-M Macé, Christophe Jouffrais
Special education teachers for visually impaired students rely on tools such as raised-line maps (RLMs) to teach spatial knowledge. These tools do not fully and adequately meet the needs of the teachers because they are long to produce, expensive, and not versatile enough to provide rapid updating of the content. For instance, the same RLM can barely be used during different lessons. In addition, those maps do not provide any interactivity, which reduces students' autonomy. With the emergence of 3D printing and low-cost microcontrollers, it is now easy to design affordable interactive small-scale models (SSMs) which are adapted to the needs of special education teachers...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649155/evaluation-of-methods-to-produce-an-image-library-for-automatic-patient-model-localization-for-dose-mapping-during-fluoroscopically-guided-procedures
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Josh Kilian-Meneghin, Z Xiong, A Oines, S Rudin, D R Bednarek
The purpose of this work is to evaluate methods for producing a library of 2D-radiographic images to be correlated to clinical images obtained during a fluoroscopically-guided procedure for automated patient-model localization. The localization algorithm will be used to improve the accuracy of the skin-dose map superimposed on the 3D patient-model of the real-time Dose-Tracking-System (DTS). For the library, 2D images were generated from CT datasets of the SK-150 anthropomorphic phantom using two methods: Schmid's 3D-visualization tool and Plastimatch's digitally-reconstructed-radiograph (DRR) code...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649154/skin-dose-mapping-for-non-uniform-x-ray-fields-using-a-backscatter-point-spread-function
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Sarath Vijayan, Zhenyu Xiong, Alok Shankar, Stephen Rudin, Daniel R Bednarek
Beam shaping devices like ROI attenuators and compensation filters modulate the intensity distribution of the x-ray beam incident on the patient. This results in a spatial variation of skin dose due to the variation of primary radiation and also a variation in backscattered radiation from the patient. To determine the backscatter component, backscatter point spread functions (PSF) are generated using EGS Monte-Carlo software. For this study, PSF's were determined by simulating a 1 mm beam incident on the lateral surface of an anthropomorphic head phantom and a 20 cm thick PMMA block phantom...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648002/-application-value-of-whole-brain-3d-artery-spin-labeling-in-diagnosis-of-intracranial-tumors
#6
Q Q Zhao, Q X Yang, G X Xu, Y C Lü, D L Rong, L Liu, R Zhang
Objective: To investigate the perfusion characteristics of arterial spin labeling (ASL) in intracranial tumor and its application value in classification. Methods: The clinical, pathological and imaging data of 44 patients with gliomas confirmed by pathology were analyzed retrospectively, including 9 low grade gliomas, 15 high grade gliomas, 11 cases of meningiomas, 6 cases of neurilemmoma, 3 cases of metastatic tumors.Conventional plain scan, 3D- ASL and MRI dynamic enhanced imaging (DSC-MRI) were performed...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644810/action-recognition-using-3d-histograms-of-texture-and-a-multi-class-boosting-classifier
#7
Baochang Zhangm, Yun Yangm, Chen Chen, Linlin Yang, Jungong Han, Ling Shao
Human action recognition is an important yet challenging task. This paper presents a low-cost descriptor called 3D Histograms of Texture (3DHoTs) to extract discriminant features from a sequence of depth maps. 3DHoTs are derived from projecting depth frames onto three orthogonal Cartesian planes, i.e., the frontal, side and top planes, and thus compactly characterize the salient information of a specific action, on which texture features are calculated to represent the action. Besides this fast feature descriptor, a new multi-class boosting classifier (MBC) is also proposed to efficiently exploit different kinds of features in a unified framework for action classification...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643923/micro-anatomical-responses-in-periodontal-complexes-of-mice-to-calibrated-orthodontic-forces-on-the-crown
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A Pal, L Chen, L Yang, F Yang, B Meng, A H Jheon, S P Ho
OBJECTIVE: Correlating mechanical forces with quantifiable physical changes in the dentoalveolar complex. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: Male 6-week C57BL/6 mice (N=3), micro X-ray-computed tomography; post-analysis software to extract physical changes in periodontal ligament (PDL)-space. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Silicone-elastic bands were placed between maxillary molars for 1 week, with the contralateral side as internal control. Average displacements between crowns and roots, and changes in PDL-spaces were evaluated by registering X-ray tomograms of experimental and control hemi-maxillae...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643389/combined-molecular-modelling-and-3d-qsar-study-for-understanding-the-inhibition-of-nqo1-by-heterocyclic-quinone-derivatives
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Claudia Lopez-Lira, Jans H Alzate-Morales, Margot Paulino, Jaime Mella-Raipán, Cristian O Salas, Ricardo A Tapia, Jorge Soto-Delgado
A combination of three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR), and molecular modelling methods were used to understand the potent inhibitory NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) activity of a set of 52 heterocyclic quinones. Molecular docking results indicated that some favourable interactions of key amino acid residues at the binding site of NQO1 with these quinones, would be responsible for an improvement of the NQO1 activity of these compounds. The main interactions involved are hydrogen bond of the amino group of residue Tyr128, π-stacking interactions with Phe106 and Phe178, and electrostatic interactions with flavin adenine dinucleotide (FADH) cofactor...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641210/comparative-analysis-of-polyspecificity-of-the-endogenous-trna-synthetase-of-different-expression-host-towards-photocrosslinking-amino-acids-using-an-in-silico-approach
#10
Nadarajan Saravanan Prabhu, Hyungdon Yun
Photo-induced covalent crosslinking has emerged as the powerful strategy for analyzing and characterizing the protein-protein interaction and mapping protein 3D conformations. In the last decades, a number of photocrosslinking amino acids have been reported but only a few have been efficiently utilized for photocrosslinking purposes. Recently, incorporation of diazirine containing photoactivatable analogs such as photo-methionine, photo-leucine, photo-isoleucine and photo-lysine into target proteins were accomplished in live cells (Human A549cells, HEK 293) by depleting corresponding natural amino acid and supplementing these analogs in the medium...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641018/three-dimensional-imaging-of-transparent-tissues-via-metal-nanoparticle-labeling
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Abdullah Muhammad Syed, Shrey Sindhwani, Stefan Wilhelm, Benjamin R Kingston, Dennis S W Lee, Jennifer L Gommerman, Warren C W Chan
Chemical probes are key components of the bioimaging toolbox as they label biomolecules in cells and tissues. The new challenge in bioimaging is to design chemical probes for 3-Dimensional (3D) tissue imaging. Here, we discovered that the scattering of metal nanoparticles can provide imaging contrast in intact tissues in 3D. The nanoparticles can act as a template for chemically growing a metal layer to further enhance the scattering signal. The use of chemically-grown nanoparticles in whole tissues can amplify the scattering to produce a 1...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640923/how-much-detail-is-needed-in-modeling-a-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-figure-8-coil-measurements-and-brain-simulations
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Petar I Petrov, Stefano Mandija, Iris E C Sommer, Cornelis A T van den Berg, Sebastiaan F W Neggers
BACKGROUND: Despite TMS wide adoption, its spatial and temporal patterns of neuronal effects are not well understood. Although progress has been made in predicting induced currents in the brain using realistic finite element models (FEM), there is little consensus on how a magnetic field of a typical TMS coil should be modeled. Empirical validation of such models is limited and subject to several limitations. METHODS: We evaluate and empirically validate models of a figure-of-eight TMS coil that are commonly used in published modeling studies, of increasing complexity: simple circular coil model; coil with in-plane spiral winding turns; and finally one with stacked spiral winding turns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639668/a-strategy-for-fabrication-of-controllable-3d-pattern-containing-clusters-and-nanoparticles-inside-a-solid-material
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Qiuqun Chen, Hui Song, Fangteng Zhang, Hang Zhang, Yongze Yu, Zhi Chen, Rongfei Wei, Ye Dai, Jianrong Qiu
Directly controlling the growth process of clusters and nanoparticles is an effective way to tune their specific properties, which has been considered as a significant issue lying at the heart of nanotechnology. For technological applications, great strides have been made in the assembly of clusters and nanoparticles. However, controllable synthesis of clusters and nanoparticles inside a bulk solid-state medium remains a tremendous challenge, which is important for integrated devices. Here we report a strategy for space-selective control of elemental tellurium (Te) precipitation as clusters or nanoparticles in glass by femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639310/high-resolution-31-p-echo-planar-spectroscopic-imaging-in-vivo-at-7t
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Andreas Korzowski, Peter Bachert
PURPOSE: Conventional (31) P chemical shift imaging is time-consuming and yields only limited spatial resolution. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate feasibility of (31) P echo-planar spectroscopic imaging (EPSI) in vivo at 7T. METHODS: A 3D (31) P EPSI sequence with trapezoidal-shaped gradient pulses was implemented on a 7T MR scanner. To increase spectral width with reduced demand on gradient performance, a multishot approach was chosen. Acquisition weighting and (31) P-{(1) H} double resonance for nuclear Overhauser signal enhancement were applied to increase sensitivity...
June 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638963/attenuation-of-the-atmospheric-migration-ability-of-polychlorinated-naphthalenes-pcn-2-based-on-three-dimensional-qsar-models-with-full-factor-experimental-design
#15
Wenwen Gu, Ying Chen, Yu Li
Based on the experimental subcooled liquid vapor pressures (P L) of 17 polychlorinated naphthalene (PCN) congeners, one type of three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR) models, comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA), was constructed with Sybyl software. Full factor experimental design was used to obtain the final regulation scheme for PCN, and then carry out modification of PCN-2 to significantly lower its P L. The contour maps of CoMSIA model showed that the migration ability of PCN decreases when the Cl atoms at the 2-, 3-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-positions of PCNs are replaced by electropositive groups...
June 21, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638137/optimized-microwave-illusion-device
#16
Benjamin Vial, Max Munoz Torrico, Yang Hao
We report the design, fabrication and experimental verification of an illusion device working at microwave frequencies. A two dimensional topology optimization procedure is employed to find the binary layout of a dielectric coating that, when wrapped around a metallic cylinder, mimics the scattering from a predefined, arbitrarily-shaped dielectric object. Fabrication is carried out with 3D-printing and spatially resolved near field measurements in a waveguide configuration were performed, allowing us to map the illusion effect...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637410/new-research-for-quinazoline-2-4-diones-as-hppd-inhibitors-based-on-2d-mlr-and-3d-qsar-models
#17
Ying Fu, Yi-Na Sun, Hai-Feng Cao, Ke-Han Yi, Li-Xia Zhao, Jia-Zhong Li, Fei Ye
4-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD), converting p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate to homogentisate, is an important target for treating type I tyrosinemia and synthesizing novel herbicides due to its significant role in tyrosine catabolism. HPPD inhibitors, sulcotrione, mesotrione and benzobicylon etc. have been used in commercialized herbicides by binding to HPPD. Based on the structure-activity relationships, a series of quinolinone-2,4-diones derivatives were studied using combined of 2D-MLR and 3D-QSARand the structural requirements for their HPPD inhibition have been investigated...
June 21, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636340/three-dimensional-modeling-of-quasicrystal-structures-from-x-ray-diffraction-an-icosahedral-al-cu-fe-alloy
#18
Seung-Tae Hong
Quasicrystals (QCs) are well-ordered but aperiodic crystals with classically forbidden symmetries (such as 5-fold). High-dimensional (HD) crystallography is a standard method to locate atom positions explicitly. However, in practice, it is still challenging because of its complexity. Here, we report a new simple approach to three-dimensional (3D) atomic modeling derived from X-ray diffraction data, and apply it to the icosahedral QC Al0.63Cu0.25Fe0.12. Electron density maps were calculated directly from 3D diffraction data indexed with noninteger (fractional) numbers as measured, with proper phases; each of 2(5) = 32 possible phase assignments for the five strongest reflections was used for Fourier synthesis...
June 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636001/wataa-atlas-of-protein-hydration-exploring-synergies-between-data-mining-and-ab-initio-calculations
#19
Jiří Černý, Bohdan Schneider, Lada Biedermannová
Water molecules represent an integral part of proteins and a key determinant of protein structure, dynamics and function. WatAA is a newly developed, web-based atlas of amino-acid hydration in proteins. The atlas provides information about the ordered first hydration shell of the most populated amino-acid conformers in proteins. The data presented in the atlas are drawn from two sources: experimental data and ab initio quantum-mechanics calculations. The experimental part is based on a data-mining study of a large set of high-resolution protein crystal structures...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635493/the-structure-of-lamin-filaments-in-somatic-cells-as-revealed-by-cryo-electron-tomography
#20
Y Turgay, O Medalia
Metazoan nuclei are equipped with nuclear lamina - a thin layer of intermediate filaments (IFs) mostly built of nuclear lamins facing the inner nuclear membrane (INM). The nuclear lamina serves as an interaction hub for INM-proteins, soluble nuclear factors and DNA. It confers structural and mechanical stability to the nucleus, transduces mechanical forces and biochemical signals across the nuclear envelope (NE) and regulates the organization of chromatin. By utilizing cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET), we recently provided an unprecedented view into the 3D organization of lamin filaments within the lamina meshwork in mammalian somatic cells...
June 21, 2017: Nucleus
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