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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432983/improved-resolution-and-simplification-of-the-spin-diffusion-based-nmr-method-for-the-structural-analysis-of-mixed-linker-mofs
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Andraž Krajnc, Bart Bueken, Dirk De Vos, Gregor Mali
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy combined with modeling represents a powerful tool for the structural analysis of heterogeneous materials. In this contribution we describe an upgraded method, particularly suited for the structural analysis of mixed-linker metal-organic framework materials, which is based on the measurement and modeling of proton spin diffusion among constituents. We tested the method on a UiO-66-type metal-organic material, in which the organic building units were 1,4-benzenedicarboxylate and trans-1,4-cyclohexanedicarboxylate anions distributed within the framework in an unknown manner...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432954/fully-automatic-left-ventricular-segmentation-from-long-axis-cardiac-cine-mr-scans
#2
Rahil Shahzad, Qian Tao, Oleh Dzyubachyk, Marius Staring, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt, Rob J van der Geest
With an increasing number of large-scale population-based cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging studies being conducted nowadays, there comes the mammoth task of image annotation and image analysis. Such population-based studies would greatly benefit from automated pipelines, with an efficient CMR image analysis workflow. The purpose of this work is to investigate the feasibility of using a fully-automatic pipeline to segment the left ventricular endocardium and epicardium simultaneously on two orthogonal (vertical and horizontal) long-axis cardiac cine MRI scans...
April 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432876/effect-of-pistachio-consumption-on-the-modulation-of-urinary-gut-microbiota-related-metabolites-in-prediabetic-subjects
#3
Pablo Hernández-Alonso, Daniel Cañueto, Simona Giardina, Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Nicolau Cañellas, Xavier Correig, Mònica Bulló
The specific nutritional composition of nuts could affect different metabolic pathways involved in a broad range of metabolic diseases. We therefore investigated whether chronic consumption of pistachio nuts modifies the urine metabolome in prediabetic subjects. We designed a randomized crossover clinical trial in 39 prediabetic subjects. They consumed a pistachio-supplemented diet (PD, 50% carbohydrates, 33% fat, including 57 g/d of pistachios daily) and a control diet (CD, 55% carbohydrates, 30% fat) for 4 months each, separated by a 2-week wash-out...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432852/correlation-between-expression-of-high-temperature-requirement-serine-protease-a1-htra1-in-nucleus-pulposus-and-t2-value-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Dapeng Li, Jiawei Yue, Lu Jiang, Yonghui Huang, Jifu Sun, Yan Wu
BACKGROUND Degrading enzymes play an important role in the process of disc degeneration. The objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between the expression of high temperature requirement serine protease A1 (HtrA1) in the nucleus pulposus and the T2 value of the nucleus pulposus region in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-six patients who had undergone surgical excision of the nucleus pulposus were examined by MRI before surgery. Pfirrmann grading of the target intervertebral disc was performed according to the sagittal T2-weighted imaging, and the T2 value of the target nucleus pulposus was measured according to the median sagittal T2 mapping...
April 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432835/detection-of-soft-tissue-abscess-comparison-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-to-contrast-enhanced-mri
#5
Chang Woo Chun, Joon-Yong Jung, Jun Seung Baik, Won-Hee Jee, Sun Ki Kim, Seung Han Shin
PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic performances of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)-combined magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) performed without intravenous contrast material with gadolinium contrast material-enhanced (CE) MRI for diagnosing soft-tissue abscesses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 119 patients (mean age: 56 years) with skin and soft-tissue infection who underwent contrast-enhanced MRI with DWI (b = 0-800) were included. Two readers independently reviewed both image sets-nonenhanced conventional MR images (NECI)+DWI, and NECI+contrast enhanced fat-suppressed T1 -weighted imaging (CEFST1 )-for the presence of abscess...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432822/focal-liver-lesions-segmentation-and-classification-in-nonenhanced-t2-weighted-mri
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Ilias Gatos, Stavros Tsantis, Maria Karamesini, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis, John D Hazle, George C Kagadis
PURPOSE: To automatically segment and classify focal liver lesions (FLLs) on nonenhanced T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans using a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) algorithm. METHODS: 71 FLLs (30 benign lesions, 19 hepatocellular carcinomas, and 22 metastases) on T2-weighted MRI scans were delineated by the proposed CAD scheme. The FLL segmentation procedure involved wavelet multiscale analysis to extract accurate edge information and mean intensity values for consecutive edges computed using horizontal and vertical analysis that were fed into the subsequent fuzzy C-means algorithm for final FLL border extraction...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432796/an-acetone-based-phantom-for-quantitative-diffusion-mri
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Xiaoke Wang, Scott B Reeder, Diego Hernando
PURPOSE: To propose and evaluate an acetone-D2 O phantom that has an extended range of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for quantitative diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as well as to compare its properties to previously described water-based phantoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The proposed acetone-D2 O, and previously described sucrose water solution and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) water solution phantoms, were constructed in a number of concentrations between 0% and 50%...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432782/the-good-lies-altruistic-goals-modulate-processing-of-deception-in-the-anterior-insula
#8
Lijun Yin, Yang Hu, Dennis Dynowski, Jian Li, Bernd Weber
When it comes to lies, the beneficiaries of one's dishonesty play an important role in the decision-making process. Altruistic lies that are made with the intention of benefiting others are a specific type of lies and very common in real life. While it has been shown that altruistic goals influence (dis)honest behaviors, the neural substrates of this effect is still unknown. To reveal how the brain integrates altruistic goals into (dis)honest decisions, this study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine the neural activity of participants in a real incentivized context while they were making (dis)honest decisions...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432767/categorical-learning-revealed-in-activity-pattern-of-left-fusiform-cortex
#9
Jessica E Goold, Ming Meng
The brain is organized such that it encodes and maintains category information about thousands of objects. However, how learning shapes these neural representations of object categories is unknown. The present study focuses on faces, examining whether: (1) Enhanced categorical discrimination or (2) Feature analysis enhances face/non-face categorization in the brain. Stimuli ranged from non-faces to faces with two-toned Mooney images used for testing and gray-scale images used for training. The stimulus set was specifically chosen because it has a true categorical boundary between faces and non-faces but the stimuli surrounding that boundary have very similar features, making the boundary harder to learn...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432758/specificity-and-sensitivity-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-in-the-diagnosis-of-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
#10
REVIEW
Stephen Bacchi, Ivana Chim, Sandy Patel
Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative condition that can only be diagnosed conclusively on pathological examination. Currently, the diagnosis is based upon the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Society for PSP criteria. These criteria consist of purely clinical findings. Elements of brain MRI that are being investigated for this role include identifying structural features on conventional MRI, volume changes, signal abnormalities and diffusion changes. The aim of this study is to conduct a systematic search to identify which MRI findings have evidence to support their sensitivity/specificity/accuracy in the diagnosis of PSP...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432747/whole-body-adipose-tissue-and-lean-muscle-volumes-and-their-distribution-across-gender-and-age-mr-derived-normative-values-in-a-normal-weight-swiss-population
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Erika J Ulbrich, Daniel Nanz, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, Magda Marcon, Michael A Fischer
PURPOSE: To determine age- and gender-dependent whole-body adipose tissue and muscle volumes in healthy Swiss volunteers in Dixon MRI in comparison with anthropometric and bioelectrical impedance (BIA) measurements. METHODS: Fat-water-separated whole-body 3 Tesla MRI of 80 healthy volunteers (ages 20 to 62 years) with a body mass index (BMI) of 17.5 to 26.2 kg/m(2) (10 men, 10 women per decade). Age and gender-dependent volumes of total adipose tissue (TAT), visceral adipose tissue (VAT), total abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue (ASAT) and total abdominal adipose tissue (TAAT), and the total lean muscle tissue (TLMT) normalized for body height were determined by semi-automatic segmentation, and correlated with anthropometric and BIA measurements as well as lifestyle parameters...
April 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432645/efficacy-of-lomitapide-in-the-treatment-of-familial-homozygous-hypercholesterolemia-results-of-a-real-world-clinical-experience-in-italy
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Laura D'Erasmo, Angelo Baldassare Cefalù, Davide Noto, Antonina Giammanco, Maurizio Averna, Paolo Pintus, Paolo Medde, Giovanni Battista Vigna, Cesare Sirtori, Laura Calabresi, Chiara Pavanello, Marco Bucci, Carlo Sabbà, Patrizia Suppressa, Francesco Natale, Paolo Calabrò, Tiziana Sampietro, Federico Bigazzi, Francesco Sbrana, Katia Bonomo, Fulvio Sileo, Marcello Arca
INTRODUCTION: Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia (HoFH) is a rare form of inherited dyslipidemia resistant to conventional cholesterol-lowering medications so that lipoprotein apheresis (LA) is usually required. Lomitapide has been approved for the treatment of HoFH. The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefits of lomitapide in HoFH patients followed with the usual clinical care. METHODS: Clinical and biochemical data were retrospectively collected in 15 HoFH patients (10 with mutations in the LDLR gene and 5 in the LDLRAP1 gene) treated for at least 6 months with lomitapide in addition to lipid-lowering therapies (LLT) in different Lipid Clinics across Italy...
April 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432605/cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-heart-failure-where-the-alphabet-begins
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REVIEW
Ahmed Aljizeeri, Abdulbaset Sulaiman, Naji Alhulaimi, Ahmed Alsaileek, Mouaz H Al-Mallah
Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging has become a cornerstone in the evaluation of heart failure. It provides a comprehensive evaluation by answering all the pertinent clinical questions across the full pathological spectrum of heart failure. Nowadays, CMR is considered the gold standard in evaluation of ventricular volumes, wall motion and systolic function. Through its unique ability of tissue characterization, it provides incremental diagnostic and prognostic information and thus has emerged as a comprehensive imaging modality in heart failure...
April 22, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432584/clinical-features-and-long-term-outcomes-of-pediatric-spinal-meningiomas
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Liang Wu, Chenlong Yang, Tie Liu, Jingyi Fang, Jun Yang, Yulun Xu
Pediatric spinal meningiomas are very rare. Most studies on pediatric spinal meningiomas are case reports with literature reviews. This study presented a surgical series of 14 pediatric patients with histologically proven sporadic spinal meningiomas, including 5 WHO grade II tumors. In this series, there were 9 male and 5 female patients with a mean age of 11.1 years. Seven tumors were located in the cervical spine, 5 in the thoracic spine, and 2 in the lumbar spine. Gross total resection (GTR) of the tumor with a well-demarcated dissection plane was achieved in 11 cases, subtotal resection was achieved in 2 cases, and partial resection was performed in 1 case...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432515/mri-predicts-pathologic-complete-response-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer-after-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
#15
Mette S van Ramshorst, Claudette E Loo, Emilie J Groen, Gonneke H Winter-Warnars, Jelle Wesseling, Frederieke van Duijnhoven, Marie-Jeanne T Vrancken Peeters, Gabe S Sonke
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer frequently leads to a pathologic complete response (pCR), which is associated with favourable long-term outcome. Treatment regimens typically consist of 6-9 cycles of trastuzumab-based chemotherapy, although many patients achieve early radiologic complete response (rCR). If rCR accurately predicts pCR, the number of chemotherapy cycles can possibly be reduced. METHODS: We performed a diagnostic accuracy study to determine the association between rCR and pCR in patients with stage II-III HER2-positive breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant trastuzumab-based chemotherapy at the Netherlands Cancer Institute...
April 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432505/3d-double-echo-steady-state-sequence-assessment-of-hip-joint-cartilage-and-labrum-at-3-tesla-comparative-analysis-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-intraoperative-data
#16
Christoph Schleich, Tobias Hesper, Harish S Hosalkar, Fanni Rettegi, Christoph Zilkens, Rüdiger Krauspe, Gerald Antoch, Bernd Bittersohl
OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of a high-resolution, three-dimensional (3D) double-echo steady-state (DESS) sequence with radial imaging at 3 Tesla (T) for evaluating cartilage and labral alterations in the hip. METHODS: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data obtained at 3 T, including radially reformatted DESS images and intraoperative data of 45 patients (mean age 42 ± 13.7 years) who underwent hip arthroscopy, were compared. The acetabular cartilage and labrum of the upper hemisphere of the acetabulum and the central femoral head cartilage were evaluated...
April 21, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432469/renal-findings-in-patients-with-mulibrey-nanism
#17
Johanna Sivunen, Susann Karlberg, Jouko Lohi, Niklas Karlberg, Marita Lipsanen-Nyman, Hannu Jalanko
BACKGROUND: Mulibrey nanism (MUL) is a rare inherited disease caused by genetic defects affecting peroxisomal TRIM37 protein. MUL affects multiple organs, leading to growth retardation and early onset type 2 diabetes. We aimed to characterize the structure and function of kidneys and the urinary tract in a large cohort of Finnish MUL patients. METHODS: Ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and autopsy findings of the kidneys and urinary tract from 101 MUL patients were retrospectively analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432404/pediatric-neuro-mri-tricks-to-minimize-sedation
#18
REVIEW
Matthew J Barkovich, Duan Xu, Rahul S Desikan, Cassandra Williams, A James Barkovich
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the workhorse modality in pediatric neuroimaging because it provides excellent soft-tissue contrast without ionizing radiation. Until recently, studies were uninterpretable without sedation; however, given development of shorter sequences, sequences that correct for motion, and studies showing the potentially deleterious effects of sedation on immature laboratory animals, it is prudent to minimize sedation when possible. This manuscript provides basic guidelines for performing pediatric neuro MRI without sedation by both modifying technical factors to reduce scan time and noise, and using a multi-disciplinary team to coordinate imaging with the patient's biorhythms...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432403/bone-marrow-fat-content-in-70-adolescent-girls-with-anorexia-nervosa-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-assessment
#19
Kirsten Ecklund, Sridhar Vajapeyam, Robert V Mulkern, Henry A Feldman, Jennifer M O'Donnell, Amy D DiVasta, Catherine M Gordon
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and women with anorexia nervosa have increased bone marrow fat and decreased bone formation, at least in part due to hormonal changes leading to preferential stem cell differentiation to adipocytes over osteoblasts. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate marrow fat content and correlate with age and disease severity using knee MRI with T1 relaxometry (T1-R) and MR spectroscopy (MRS) in 70 adolescents with anorexia nervosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 70 girls with anorexia nervosa who underwent 3-T knee MRI with coronal T1-W images, T1-R and single-voxel proton MRS at 30 and 60 ms TE...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432402/predictors-of-missed-appointments-in-patients-referred-for-congenital-or-pediatric-cardiac-magnetic-resonance
#20
Jimmy C Lu, Ray Lowery, Sunkyung Yu, Maryam Ghadimi Mahani, Prachi P Agarwal, Adam L Dorfman
BACKGROUND: Congenital cardiac magnetic resonance is a limited resource because of scanner and physician availability. Missed appointments decrease scheduling efficiency, have financial implications and represent missed care opportunities. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the rate of missed appointments and identify modifiable predictors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-center retrospective study included all patients with outpatient congenital or pediatric cardiac MR appointments from Jan...
April 21, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
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