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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534802/organ-location-determination-and-contour-sparse-representation-for-multi-organ-segmentation
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Siqi Li, Huiyan Jiang, Yu-Dong Yao, Benqiang Yang
Organ segmentation on computed tomography (CT) images is of great importance in medical diagnoses and treatment. This paper proposes organ location determination and contour sparse representation methods (OLD-CSR) for multiorgan segmentation (liver, kidney, and spleen) on abdomen CT images using an extreme learning machine (ELM) classifier. First, a location determination method is designed to obtain location information of each organ, which is used for coarse segmentation. Second, for coarse-to-fine segmentation, a contour gradient and rate change based feature point extraction method is proposed...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534430/variability-in-axillary-lymph-node-delineation-for-breast-cancer-radiotherapy-in-presence-of-guidelines-on-a-multi-institutional-platform
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Delia Ciardo, Angela Argenone, Genoveva Ionela Boboc, Francesca Cucciarelli, Fiorenza De Rose, Maria Carmen De Santis, Alessandra Huscher, Edy Ippolito, Maria Rosa La Porta, Lorenza Marino, Ilaria Meaglia, Isabella Palumbo, Francesca Rossi, Paolo Alpi, Mario Bignardi, Alessio Bonanni, Domenico Cante, Tino Ceschia, Letizia Fabbietti, Marco Lupattelli, Elisa Donatella Mantero, Alessia Monaco, Patrizia Porcu, Vincenzo Ravo, Sonia Silipigni, Angelo Tozzi, Vincenza Umina, Dario Zerini, Luigi Bordonaro, Giorgia Capezzali, Elena Clerici, Sarah Pia Colangione, Michela Dispinzieri, Jessica Dognini, Laura Donadoni, Sara Falivene, Alessandra Fozza, Barbara Grilli, Roberta Guarnaccia, Eva Iannacone, Valentina Lancellotta, Agnese Prisco, Rosalinda Ricotti, Roberto Orecchia, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Maria Cristina Leonardi
AIM: To quantify the variability between radiation oncologists (ROs) when outlining axillary nodes in breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For each participating center, three ROs with different levels of expertise, i.e., junior (J), senior (S) and expert (E), contoured axillary nodal levels (L1, L2, L3 and L4) on the CT images of three different patients (P) of an increasing degree of anatomical complexity (from P1 to P2 to P3), according to contouring guidelines...
May 23, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533804/the-use-of-trans-applicator-intracavitary-ultrasonography-in-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-phantom-study-of-a-novel-approach-to-3d-image-guided-brachytherapy
#3
Tomoaki Tamaki, Kazunori Miyaura, Toshihiro Murakami, Yu Kumazaki, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, Takashi Nakano, Shingo Kato
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of applying trans-applicator intracavitary ultrasonography to image-guided brachytherapy for cervical cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For this experiment, a phantom was created and included a polyethylene tube, intended to simulate a tandem applicator, which was inserted into chicken meat and embedded in agar, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-compatible ovoid applicators. Three-dimensional images of the phantom were obtained using computed tomography (CT), MRI (T2-weighted), and intracavitary ultrasonography sectional images acquired at 1 mm slice intervals...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533802/interobserver-variations-of-target-volume-delineation-and-its-impact-on-irradiated-volume-in-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-with-intraoperative-interstitial-breast-implant
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Ritu Raj Upreti, Ashwini Budrukkar, Tabassum Wadasadawala, Shagun Misra, Lavanya Gurram, Rima Pathak, Deepak D Deshpande
PURPOSE: To investigate the interobserver variations in delineation of lumpectomy cavity (LC) and clinical target volume (CTV), and its impact on irradiated volume in accelerated partial breast irradiation using intraoperative multicatheter brachytherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Delineation of LC and CTV was done by five radiation oncologists on planning computed tomography (CT) scans of 20 patients with intraoperative interstitial breast implant. Cavity visualization index (CVI), four-point index ranging from (0 = poor) to (3 = excellent) was created and assigned by observers for each patient...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533798/optimal-bladder-filling-during-high-dose-rate-intracavitary-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-a-dosimetric-study
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Umesh Mahantshetty, Saurabha Shetty, Dipanjan Majumder, Pranjal Adurkar, Jamema Swamidas, Reena Engineer, Supriya Chopra, Shyamkishore Shrivastava
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to compare 3D dose volume histogram (DVH) parameters of bladder and other organs at risk with different bladder filling protocol during high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy (HDR-ICBT) in cervical cancer, and to find optimized bladder volume. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This dosimetric study was completed with 21 patients who underwent HDR-ICBT with computed tomography/magnetic resonance compatible applicator as a routine treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533050/dual-core-steered-non-rigid-registration-for-multi-modal-images-via-bi-directional-image-synthesis
#6
Xiaohuan Cao, Jianhua Yang, Yaozong Gao, Yanrong Guo, Guorong Wu, Dinggang Shen
In prostate cancer radiotherapy, computed tomography (CT) is widely used for dose planning purposes. However, because CT has low soft tissue contrast, it makes manual contouring difficult for major pelvic organs. In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides high soft tissue contrast, which makes it ideal for accurate manual contouring. Therefore, the contouring accuracy on CT can be significantly improved if the contours in MRI can be mapped to CT domain by registering MRI with CT of the same subject, which would eventually lead to high treatment efficacy...
May 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532608/assessment-of-the-novel-online-delineation-workshop-dummy-run-approach-using-falcon-within-a-european-multicentre-trial-in-cervical-cancer-raids
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Eleonor Rivin Del Campo, Sofia Rivera, María Martínez-Paredes, Philippe Hupé, Andrea Slocker Escarpa, Isabelle Borget, Renaud Mazeron, Suzy Scholl, Amalia Palacios Eito, Christine Haie-Meder, Cyrus Chargari, Eric Deutsch
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Online delineation workshops (ODW) permit training of geographically dispersed participants. The purpose is to evaluate the methodology of an ODW using FALCON to harmonize delineation within a European multicentre trial on locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two ODW included 46 clinicians (14 centres). Clinicians completed baseline (C1), guideline (C2) and final contours (C3) for external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and brachytherapy (BT) for LACC...
May 19, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531226/intercenter-validation-of-a-knowledge-based-model-for-automated-planning-of-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer-the-experience-of-the-german-rapidplan-consortium
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Carolin Schubert, Oliver Waletzko, Christian Weiss, Dirk Voelzke, Sevda Toperim, Arnd Roeser, Silvia Puccini, Marc Piroth, Christian Mehrens, Jan-Dirk Kueter, Kirsten Hierholz, Karsten Gerull, Antonella Fogliata, Andreas Block, Luca Cozzi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of a model-based optimisation process for volumetric modulated arc therapy applied to prostate cancer in a multicentric cooperative group. The RapidPlan (RP) knowledge-based engine was tested for the planning of Volumetric modulated arc therapy with RapidArc on prostate cancer patients. The study was conducted in the frame of the German RapidPlan Consortium (GRC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: 43 patients from one institute of the GRC were used to build and train a RP model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530847/repeatability-of-mr-elastography-of-liver-a-meta-analysis
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Suraj D Serai, Nancy A Obuchowski, Sudhakar K Ventakesh, Claude B Sirlin, Frank H Miller, Edward Ashton, Patricia E Cole, Richard L Ehman
Purpose To perform a meta-analysis to generate an estimate of the repeatability coefficient (RC) for magnetic resonance (MR) elastography of the liver. Materials and Methods A systematic search of databases was performed for publications on MR elastography during the 10-year period between 2006 and 2015. The identified studies were screened independently and were verified reciprocally by all authors. Two reviewers independently determined the percentage RC and effective sample size from each article. A forest plot was constructed of the percentage RC estimates from the 12 studies...
May 22, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528853/sarcomatoid-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-collecting-duct-carcinoma-discrimination-from-common-renal-cell-carcinoma-subtypes-and-benign-rcc-mimics-on-multiphasic-mdct
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Jonathan R Young, Jocelyn A Young, Daniel J A Margolis, Steven Sauk, James Sayre, Allan J Pantuck, Steven S Raman
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether imaging features on multiphasic multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) can help discriminate sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and collecting duct carcinoma (CDC) from other solid renal masses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: With institutional review board approval for this HIPAA-compliant study, we derived a cohort of 7 sarcomatoid RCCs, 4 CDCs, 165 clear cell RCCs, 56 papillary RCCs, 22 chromophobe RCCs, 49 oncocytomas, and 16 lipid-poor angiomyolipomas with preoperative multiphasic MDCT with up to four phases (unenhanced, corticomedullary, nephrographic, and excretory)...
May 18, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527445/conformations-and-orientational-ordering-of-semiflexible-polymers-in-spherical-confinement
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Andrey Milchev, Sergei A Egorov, Arash Nikoubashman, Kurt Binder
Semiflexible polymers in lyotropic solution confined inside spherical nanoscopic "containers" with repulsive walls are studied by molecular dynamics simulations and density functional theory, as a first step to model confinement effects on stiff polymers inside of miniemulsions, vesicles, and cells. It is shown that the depletion effects caused by the monomer-wall repulsion depend distinctly on the radius R of the sphere. Further, nontrivial orientational effects occur when R, the persistence length ℓp, and the contour length L of the polymers are of similar magnitude...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527394/elucidation-of-penetration-enhancement-mechanism-of-emu-oil-using-ftir-microspectroscopy-at-emira-laboratory-of-sesame-synchrotron
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Randa S H Mansour, Alsayed A Sallam, Imad I Hamdan, Enam A Khalil, Ibraheem Yousef
It has been proposed that Emu oil possesses skin permeation-enhancing effect. This study aimed to address its possible penetration enhancement mechanism(s) using IR microscopy, in accordance with LPP theory. The penetration of Emu oil through the layers of human skin was accomplished by monitoring oil-IR characteristic feature at 3006cm(-1). The unsaturated components of Emu oil accumulated at about 270μm depth of skin surface. The interaction of Emu oil with lipid and protein constituents of SC was investigated in comparison with a commonly used enhancer, IPM...
May 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527003/the-effects-of-kanizsa-contours-on-temporal-integration-and-attention-in-rapid-serial-visual-presentation
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Aytaç Karabay, Elkan G Akyürek
Performance in rapid serial visual presentation tasks has been shown to depend on the temporal integration of target stimuli when they are presented in direct succession. Temporal target integration produces a single, combined representation of visually compatible stimuli, which is comparatively easy to identify. It is currently unknown to what extent target compatibility affects this perceptual behavior, because it has not been studied systematically to date. In the present study, the effects of compatibility on temporal integration and attention were investigated by manipulating the Gestalt properties of target features...
May 19, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526986/implementation-of-quality-by-design-for-formulation-of-rebamipide-gastro-retentive-tablet
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Jung-Myung Ha, Jeong-Woong Seo, Su-Hyeon Kim, Ju-Young Kim, Chun-Woong Park, Yun-Seok Rhee, Eun-Seok Park
The purpose of the present study was to develop a rebamipide (RBM) gastro-retentive (GR) tablet by implementing quality by design (QbD). RBM GR tablets were prepared using a sublimation method. Quality target product profile (QTPP) and critical quality attributes (CQAs) of the RBM GR tablets were defined according to the preliminary studies. Factors affecting the CQAs were prioritized using failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA). Design space and optimum formulation were established through a mixture design...
May 19, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526429/use-of-a-cad-cam-poly-methyl-methacrylate-interim-prosthesis-for-direct-intraoral-splinting
#15
Periklis Proussaefs
This article describes a technique where an interim computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD-CAM) prosthesis is milled from a poly(methyl methacrylate) blank to confirm esthetics, occlusion, function, phonetics, and accessibility for oral hygiene. The interim prosthesis is then sectioned and reconnected intraorally with autopolymerizing acrylic resin. This interim prosthesis is used to fabricate the definitive stone cast. The interim prosthesis is then scanned with a laboratory scanner. By applying this technique, the implant positioning can be related to the occlusal plane, the contours of the teeth, and the flange...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526196/use-of-a-numerical-simulation-approach-to-improve-the-estimation-of-air-water-exchange-fluxes-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-a-coastal-zone
#16
I-Chien Lai, Chon-Lin Lee, Fung-Chi Ko, Ju-Chieh Lin, Hu-Ching Huang, Ruei-Feng Shiu
The air-water exchange is important for determining the transport, fate, and chemical loading of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the atmosphere and in aquatic systems. Investigations of PAH air-water exchange are mostly based on observational data obtained using complicated field sampling processes. This study proposes a new approach to improve the estimation of long-term PAH air-water exchange fluxes by using a multivariate regression model to simulate hourly gaseous PAH concentrations. Model performance analysis and the benefits from this approach indicate its effectiveness at improving the flux estimations and at decreasing the field sampling difficulty...
May 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523261/rejuvenation-using-platelet-rich-plasma-and-lipofilling-for-vaginal-atrophy-and-lichen-sclerosus
#17
Seok Hwan Kim, Eun Soo Park, Tae Hee Kim
Vaginal atrophy is a common condition among peri- and post-menopausal women. Symptoms of vaginal dryness, pruritus, irritation, loss of subcutaneous fat, sparse pubic hair and dyspareunia occur due to decreased estrogen level. Estrogen-based treatments are effective. But many patients are reluctant to be treated due to health concerns. As alternatives, we explored the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and lipofilling. A 67-year-old female patient with vaginal atrophy was referred to our department. Treatment using estrogen cream had failed to improve patient's symptoms...
April 2017: Journal of Menopausal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521759/dosimetric-comparison-of-interstitial-brachytherapy-with-multi-channel-vaginal-cylinder-plans-in-patients-with-vaginal-tumors
#18
Lucas C Mendez, Moti Paudel, Matt Wronski, Ananth Ravi, Lisa Barbera, Eric Leung
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the dosimetric performance of multi-channel vaginal cylinder (MCVC) against interstitial brachytherapy (ISBT) for the treatment of vaginal tumors. METHODS: Vaginal tumors with extension of > 0.5 cm and ≤ 2 cm from the lateral vaginal wall and/or ≤ 1 cm in height above the vaginal vault were retrospectively selected from a ISBT registry trial database. The selected patients were treated with ISBT and targets included the intermediate (IRCTV) or high-risk (HRCTV) clinical target volumes...
May 18, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521476/differentiation-between-gastrointestinal-schwannomas-and-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-by-computed-tomography
#19
Ming-Yan He, Rong Zhang, Zhenpeng Peng, Yin Li, Ling Xu, Mengjie Jiang, Zi-Ping Li, Shi-Ting Feng
The aim of the present study was to identify computed tomography (CT) features to assist in differentiating gastrointestinal schwannomas from gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). CT images of gastrointestinal schwannomas (n=15) and GISTs (n=50) were analyzed. The absolute CT values of tumor/aorta during plain scan/arterial phase/venous phase were recorded as tumor plain scan (Tp)/aorta plain scan (Ap), tumor arterial phase (Ta)/aorta arterial phase (Aa) and tumor venous phase (Tv)/aorta venous phase (Av), respectively, and normalized CT values of the three phases were calculated as Sp=Tp/Ap, Sa=Ta/Aa and Sv=Tv/Av, respectively...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516314/harmonic-subtraction-for-evaluating-right-ventricle-ejection-fraction-from-planar-equilibrium-radionuclide-angiography
#20
Dacian V Bonta, John N Aarsvold, Sandra F Grant, Naomi P Alazraki
We report an initial investigation of a subtraction-based method to estimate right ventricle ejection fraction (RVEF) from ECG-gated planar equilibrium radionuclide angiography (ERNA) data. Twenty-six consecutive patients referred for scintigraphic evaluation of cardiac function prior to chemotherapy had ECG-gated first-pass (FP) imaging and ERNA imaging performed following the same radiotracer injection. RVEF was computed from FP images (RVEFFP) and separately from ERNA images (RVEFERNA). Standard methods for computing ejection fractions were used to obtain RVEFFP values...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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