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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231337/4d-dose-simulation-in-volumetric-arc-therapy-accuracy-and-affecting-parameters
#1
Thilo Sothmann, Tobias Gauer, René Werner
Radiotherapy of lung and liver lesions has changed from normofractioned 3D-CRT to stereotactic treatment in a single or few fractions, often employing volumetric arc therapy (VMAT)-based techniques. Potential unintended interference of respiratory target motion and dynamically changing beam parameters during VMAT dose delivery motivates establishing 4D quality assurance (4D QA) procedures to assess appropriateness of generated VMAT treatment plans when taking into account patient-specific motion characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230107/regulation-of-visual-wulst-cell-responsiveness-by-imprinting-causes-stimulus-specific-activation-of-rostral-cells
#2
Tomoharu Nakamori, Tomomi Kato, Hiroyuki Sakagami, Kohichi Tanaka, Hiroko Ohki-Hamazaki
Imprinting behaviour in chicks can be induced exclusively during a short period after hatching. During this period, visual information on the imprinting stimulus is conveyed to the visual Wulst (VW) in the telencephalon, which corresponds to the visual cortex of mammals, and then to the memory-storing region known as the intermediate medial mesopallium. These two regions are indispensable for imprinting. We previously showed that imprinting training altered the response pattern of the VW to the imprinting stimulus; however, the precise distribution of cells and the mechanism involved with this altered response remains unclear...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228330/assessment-of-monitor-unit-limiting-strategy-using-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-cancer-of-hypopharynx
#3
Shabbir Ahamed, Navin Singh, Deleep Gudipudi, Suneetha Mulinti, Anil Talluri, Bhudevi Soubhagya, Madhusudhana Sresty
PURPOSE: To quantify relative merit of MU deprived plans against freely optimized plans in terms of plan quality and report changes induced by progressive resolution optimizer algorithm (PRO3) to the dynamic parameters of RapidArc. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten cases of carcinoma hypopharynx were retrospectively planned in three phases without using MU tool. Replicas of these baseline plans were reoptimized using "Intermediate dose" feature and "MU tool" to reduce MUs by 20%, 35%, and 50%...
February 19, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227875/smart-autism-a-mobile-interactive-and-integrated-framework-for-screening-and-confirmation-of-autism
#4
Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun, Sharmistha Bardhan, Md Anwar Ullah, Evdokia Anagnostou, Jessica Brian, Shaheen Akhter, Mohammod Golam Rabbani, Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun, Sharmistha Bardhan, Md Anwar Ullah, Evdokia Anagnostou, Jessica Brian, Shaheen Akhter, Mohammod Golam Rabbani, Evdokia Anagnostou, Sharmistha Bardhan, Shaheen Akhter, Md Anwar Ullah, Mohammod Golam Rabbani, Jessica Brian, Khondaker Abdullah Al Mamun
Smart Autism is a cloud based, automated framework for autism screening and confirmation. In developing countries, due to lack of resources and expertise, autism is detected later than early ages which consequently delays timely intervention. Therefore a mobile, interactive and integrated framework is proposed to screen and confirm autism in different age group (0 to 17 years) with 3 layers of assessment process. Firstly, it screens by evaluating the responses of pictorial based screening questionnaire through mobile application...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227534/quantifying-the-human-finger-reachable-space
#5
Trieu H Pham, Pubudu N Pathirana, Trieu H Pham, Pubudu N Pathirana, Trieu H Pham, Pubudu N Pathirana
Describing the flexibility of the hand using the reachable space concept has drawn the attention of many researchers in recent years. Existing approaches involving numerical techniques to obtain the reachable space are generally computationally expensive. In this study, we propose a resource-friendly approach to determine and quantify the bidimensional reachable space of the finger. The fundamental idea of the approach connects to a set of arc formulae for the boundary of the reachable space. These formulae of the boundary result a unique description to calculate the area of the reachable space using Green's theorem...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227441/novel-ti-nb-alloys-with-improved-wear-resistance-for-biomedical-implant-application
#6
Praveen Chapala, Swati Ghosh Acharyya, S M Shariff, Ganesh Naik, Praveen Chapala, Swati Ghosh Acharyya, S M Shariff, Ganesh Naik, Ganesh Naik, S M Shariff, Praveen Chapala, Swati Ghosh Acharyya
The present study involved fabrication of titanium niobium based alloys having elastic modulus close to that of human bone and subsequently determining the wear resistance of these alloys for biomedical application. In the present study three beta stabilized titanium niobium alloys having composition Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn, Ti-35Nb-4Sn and Ti-29Nb-13Ta-7Zr were made by vacuum arc melting. The alloys were then aged at 1000 C for 6 hours in an argon atmosphere. Detailed microstructural characterization and phase identification was carried out using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction respectively...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227190/street-rehab-linking-accessibility-and-rehabilitation
#7
Catherine Holloway, Behzad Heravi, Giulia Barbareschi, Sarah Nicholson, Stephen Hailes, Catherine Holloway, Behzad Heravi, Giulia Barbareschi, Sarah Nicholson, Stephen Hailes, Giulia Barbareschi, Behzad Heravi, Catherine Holloway, Sarah Nicholson, Stephen Hailes
As part of the Accessible Routes from Crowdsourced Cloud Services project (ARCCS) we conducted a series of experiments using the ARCCS sensor to identify push style of wheelchair users. The aim of ARCCS is to make use of a set of well-calibrated sensors to establish a processing chain that then provides ground truth of known accuracy about location, the nature of the environment, and physiological effort. In this paper we focus on two classification problems 1) The push style employed by people as they push themselves and 2) Whether the person is being pushed by an attendant or pushing themselves (independent of push style)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226703/cerebra-a-3-d-visualization-tool-for-brain-network-extracted-from-fmri-data
#8
Baris Nasir, Fatos T Yarman Vural, Baris Nasir, Fatos T Yarman Vural, Baris Nasir, Fatos T Yarman Vural
In this paper, we introduce a new tool, CEREBRA, to visualize the 3D network of human brain, extracted from the fMRI data. The tool aims to analyze the brain connectivity by representing the selected voxels as the nodes of the network. The edge weights among the voxels are estimated by considering the relationships among the voxel time series. The tool enables the researchers to observe the active brain regions and the interactions among them by using graph theoretic measures, such as, the edge weight and node degree distributions...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225170/vascularization-of-the-selaginella-rhizophore-anatomical-fingerprints-of-polar-auxin-transport-with-implications-for-the-deep-fossil-record
#9
Kelly K S Matsunaga, Nevin P Cullen, Alexandru M F Tomescu
The Selaginella rhizophore is a unique and enigmatic organ whose homology with roots, shoots, or neither of the two remains unresolved. Nevertheless, rhizophore-like organs have been documented in several fossil lycophytes. Here we test the homology of these organs through comparisons with the architecture of rhizophore vascularization in Selaginella. We document rhizophore vascularization in nine Selaginella species using cleared whole-mounts and histological sectioning combined with three-dimensional reconstruction...
February 22, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224420/early-osseointegration-of-implants-with-cortex-like-tio2-coatings-formed-by-micro-arc-oxidation-a-histomorphometric-study-in-rabbits
#10
Hong-Zhi Zhou, Ya-da Li, Lin Liu, Xiao-Dong Chen, Wei-Qiang Wang, Guo-Wu Ma, Yu-Cheng Su, Min Qi, Bin Shi
In our previous studies, a novel cortex-like TiO2 coating was prepared on Ti surface through micro-arc oxidation (MAO) by using sodium tetraborate as electrolyte, and the effects of the coating on cell attachment were testified. This study aimed to investigate the effects of this cortex-like MAO coating on osseointegration. A sand-blasting and acid-etching (SLA) coating that has been widely used in clinical practice served as control. Topographical and chemical characterizations were conducted by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, contact angle meter, and step profiler...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224417/neuroanatomical-circuitry-between-kidney-and-rostral-elements-of-brain-a-virally-mediated-transsynaptic-tracing-study-in-mice
#11
Ye-Ting Zhou, Zhi-Gang He, Tao-Tao Liu, Mao-Hui Feng, Ding-Yu Zhang, Hong-Bing Xiang
The identity of higher-order neurons and circuits playing an associative role to control renal function is not well understood. We identified specific neural populations of rostral elements of brain regions that project multisynaptically to the kidneys in 3-6 days after injecting a retrograde tracer pseudorabies virus (PRV)-614 into kidney of 13 adult male C57BL/6J strain mice. PRV-614 infected neurons were detected in a number of mesencephalic (e.g. central amygdala nucleus), telencephalic regions and motor cortex...
February 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224401/synchronous-bilateral-breast-cancer-irradiation-clinical-and-dosimetrical-issues-using-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-and-simultaneous-integrated-boost
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Alba Fiorentino, Rosario Mazzola, Stefania Naccarato, Niccolò Giaj-Levra, Sergio Fersino, Gianluisa Sicignano, Umberto Tebano, Francesco Ricchetti, Ruggero Ruggieri, Filippo Alongi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present retrospective analysis was to evaluate dosimetric parameters, feasibility and outcome for Synchronous Bilateral Breast Cancer (SBBC) patients treated with adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) by Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT). METHODS: From September 2011 to April 2016, 1100 Breast Cancer (BC) patients were referred to our institution to receive adjuvant breast RT, and those with SBBC were selected for the present analysis. A total of 16 patients were identified...
February 21, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224068/arthroscopic-remplissage-and-open-latarjet-procedure-for-the-treatment-of-anterior-glenohumeral-instability-with-severe-bipolar-bone-loss
#13
J Christoph Katthagen, Jack Anavian, Dimitri S Tahal, Peter J Millett
Bipolar bone loss in patients with anterior glenohumeral instability is challenging to treat. The goal of the treatment is to restore stability by ensuring that the humeral head remains within the glenoid vault. This can be achieved either with the combination of an arthroscopic Bankart procedure and remplissage (glenoid bone loss <25%), or with a Latarjet procedure (glenoid bone loss >25%). In cases with more severe bipolar bone loss of both the glenoid and the humeral head, the conventional approach has been to lengthen the articular arc of the glenoid and to ignore the Hill-Sachs lesion...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222972/the-neurologic-control-of-arousal-and-orgasm-with-specific-attention-to-spinal-cord-lesions-integrating-preclinical-and-clinical-sciences
#14
Marcalee Sipski Alexander, Lesley Marson
Preclinical research in animal models is important for understanding the neural pathways and pathophysiology underlying changes in sexual function after SCI. In vivo animal models, primarily rodents, have provided valuable information on the central pathways regulating sexual arousal and orgasm; however, further research is required in females and preclinical modeling of SCI that can be better translated to men and women. Translation of the autonomic and somatic regulation of sexual responses from preclinical models through clinical research correlates well with respect to the peripheral-spinal systems involved...
January 25, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220991/molten-ag2so4-based-ion-exchange-preparation-of-a-novel-ag0-5la0-5tio3-material-for-photocatalytic-o2-evolution
#15
Shichao Zong, Cheng Cheng, Jinwen Shi, Zhenxiong Huang, Yuchao Hu, Honghui Yang, Liejin Guo
A novel material, Ag0.5La0.5TiO3, with ABO3 perovskite structure was synthesized by a newly developed ion-exchange method. Molten Ag2SO4 instead of traditional molten AgNO3 was used as Ag+ source in view of high decomposition temperature (1052 oC) of Ag2SO4, thereby guaranteeing the complete substitution of Ag+ for Na+ in Na0.5La0.5TiO3 with stable ABO3 perovskite structure, in which it is difficult to exchange Na+ with Ag+, to obtain Ag0.5La0.5TiO3 at a high ion-exchange temperature (700 oC) above the melting temperature (652 oC) of Ag2SO4...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217086/increased-sparsity-of-hippocampal-ca1-neuronal-ensembles-in-a-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome-assayed-by-arc-expression
#16
Constance L Smith-Hicks, Peiling Cai, Alena V Savonenko, Roger H Reeves, Paul F Worley
Down syndrome (DS) is the leading chromosomal cause of intellectual disability, yet the neural substrates of learning and memory deficits remain poorly understood. Here, we interrogate neural networks linked to learning and memory in a well-characterized model of DS, the Ts65Dn mouse. We report that Ts65Dn mice exhibit exploratory behavior that is not different from littermate wild-type (WT) controls yet behavioral activation of Arc mRNA transcription in pyramidal neurons of the CA1 region of the hippocampus is altered in Ts65Dn mice...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214420/prevention-of-radiotherapy-induced-neurocognitive-dysfunction-in-survivors-of-paediatric-brain-tumours-the-potential-role-of-modern-imaging-and-radiotherapy-techniques
#17
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Thankamma Ajithkumar, Stephen Price, Gail Horan, Amos Burke, Sarah Jefferies
Neurocognitive dysfunction is the leading cause of reduced quality of life in long-term survivors of paediatric brain tumours. Radiotherapy is one of the main contributors to neurocognitive sequelae. Current approaches for prevention and reduction of neurocognitive dysfunction include avoidance of radiotherapy in young children and reduction of the radiotherapy dose and volume of brain irradiated. Substantial advances have been made in brain imaging, especially with functional imaging and fibre tracking with the use of diffusion tensor imaging...
February 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212753/the-trail-induced-cancer-secretome-promotes-a-tumor-supportive-immune-microenvironment-via-ccr2
#18
Torsten Hartwig, Antonella Montinaro, Silvia von Karstedt, Alexandra Sevko, Silvia Surinova, Ankur Chakravarthy, Lucia Taraborrelli, Peter Draber, Elodie Lafont, Frederick Arce Vargas, Mona A El-Bahrawy, Sergio A Quezada, Henning Walczak
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is known for specifically killing cancer cells, whereas in resistant cancers, TRAIL/TRAIL-R can promote metastasis via Rac1 and PI3K. It remains unknown, however, whether and to what extent TRAIL/TRAIL-R signaling in cancer cells can affect the immune microenvironment. Here we show that TRAIL-triggered cytokine secretion from TRAIL-resistant cancer cells is FADD dependent and identify the TRAIL-induced secretome to drive monocyte polarization to myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and M2-like macrophages...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211890/local-melting-to-design-strong-and-plastically-deformable-bulk-metallic-glass-composites
#19
Yue-Sheng Qin, Xiao-Liang Han, Kai-Kai Song, Yu-Hao Tian, Chuan-Xiao Peng, Li Wang, Bao-An Sun, Gang Wang, Ivan Kaban, Jürgen Eckert
Recently, CuZr-based bulk metallic glass (BMG) composites reinforced by the TRIP (transformation-induced plasticity) effect have been explored in attempt to accomplish an optimal of trade-off between strength and ductility. However, the design of such BMG composites with advanced mechanical properties still remains a big challenge for materials engineering. In this work, we proposed a technique of instantaneously and locally arc-melting BMG plate to artificially induce the precipitation of B2 crystals in the glassy matrix and then to tune mechanical properties...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211709/pt-symmetric-real-dirac-fermions-and-semimetals
#20
Y X Zhao, Y Lu
Recently, Weyl fermions have attracted increasing interest in condensed matter physics due to their rich phenomenology originated from their nontrivial monopole charges. Here, we present a theory of real Dirac points that can be understood as real monopoles in momentum space, serving as a real generalization of Weyl fermions with the reality being endowed by the PT symmetry. The real counterparts of topological features of Weyl semimetals, such as Nielsen-Ninomiya no-go theorem, 2D subtopological insulators, and Fermi arcs, are studied in the PT symmetric Dirac semimetals and the underlying reality-dependent topological structures are discussed...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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