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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534924/very-large-scale-characterization-of-graphene-mechanical-devices-using-a-colorimetry-technique
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Santiago Jose Cartamil-Bueno, Alba Centeno, Amaia Zurutuza, Peter Gerard Steeneken, Herre Sjoerd Jan van der Zant, Samer Houri
We use a scalable optical technique to characterize more than 21 000 circular nanomechanical devices made of suspended single- and double-layer graphene on cavities with different diameters (D) and depths (g). To maximize the contrast between suspended and broken membranes we used a model for selecting the optimal color filter. The method enables parallel and automatized image processing for yield statistics. We find the survival probability to be correlated with a structural mechanics scaling parameter given by D(4)/g(3)...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534870/time-compressed-preplay-of-anticipated-events-in-human-primary-visual-cortex
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Matthias Ekman, Peter Kok, Floris P de Lange
Perception is guided by the anticipation of future events. It has been hypothesized that this process may be implemented by pattern completion in early visual cortex, in which a stimulus sequence is recreated after only a subset of the visual input is provided. Here we test this hypothesis using ultra-fast functional magnetic resonance imaging to measure BOLD activity at precisely defined receptive field locations in visual cortex (V1) of human volunteers. We find that after familiarizing subjects with a spatial sequence, flashing only the starting point of the sequence triggers an activity wave in V1 that resembles the full stimulus sequence...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534816/roi-based-on-board-compression-for-hyperspectral-remote-sensing-images-on-gpu
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Rossella Giordano, Pietro Guccione
In recent years, hyperspectral sensors for Earth remote sensing have become very popular. Such systems are able to provide the user with images having both spectral and spatial information. The current hyperspectral spaceborne sensors are able to capture large areas with increased spatial and spectral resolution. For this reason, the volume of acquired data needs to be reduced on board in order to avoid a low orbital duty cycle due to limited storage space. Recently, literature has focused the attention on efficient ways for on-board data compression...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534800/a-deep-convolutional-neural-network-based-framework-for-automatic-fetal-facial-standard-plane-recognition
#4
Zhen Yu, Ee-Leng Tan, Dong Ni, Jing Qin, Siping Chen, Shenli Li, Baiying Lei, Tianfu Wang
Ultrasound imaging has become a prevalent examination method in prenatal diagnosis. Accurate acquisition of fetal facial standard plane (FFSP) is the most important precondition for subsequent diagnosis and measurement. In the past few years, considerable effort has been devoted to FFSP recognition using various hand-crafted features, but the recognition performance is still unsatisfactory due to the high intra-class variation of FFSPs and the high degree of visual similarity between FFSPs and other non-FFSPs...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534798/alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-using-landmark-based-features-from-longitudinal-structural-mr-images
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Jun Zhang, Mingxia Liu, Le An, Yaozong Gao, Dinggang Shen
Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been proven to be an effective tool for Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis. While conventional MRI-based AD diagnosis typically uses images acquired at a single time point, a longitudinal study is more sensitive in detecting early pathological changes of AD, making it more favorable for accurate diagnosis. In general, there are two challenges faced in MRI-based diagnosis. First, extracting features from structural MR images requires timeconsuming nonlinear registration and tissue segmentation, whereas the longitudinal study with involvement of more scans further exacerbates the computational costs...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534768/personalized-age-progression-with-bi-level-aging-dictionary-learning
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Xiangbo Shu, Jinhui Tang, Zechao Li, Hanjiang Lai, Liyan Zhang, Shuicheng Yan
Age progression is defined as aesthetically re-rendering the aging face at any future age for an individual face. In this work, we aim to automatically render aging faces in a personalized way. Basically, for each age group, we learn an aging dictionary to reveal its aging characteristics (e.g., wrinkles), where the dictionary bases corresponding to the same index yet from two neighboring aging dictionaries form a particular aging pattern cross these two age groups, and a linear combination of all these patterns expresses a particular personalized aging process...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534732/evaluation-of-adaptive-noise-management-technologies-for-school-age-children-with-hearing-loss
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Jace Wolfe, Mila Duke, Erin Schafer, Christine Jones, Lori Rakita
BACKGROUND: Children with hearing loss experience significant difficulty understanding speech in noisy and reverberant situations. Adaptive noise management technologies, such as fully adaptive directional microphones and digital noise reduction, have the potential to improve communication in noise for children with hearing aids. However, there are no published studies evaluating the potential benefits children receive from the use of adaptive noise management technologies in simulated real-world environments as well as in daily situations...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534612/sers-activated-platforms-for-immunoassay-probes-encoding-methods-and-applications
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Zhuyuan Wang, Shenfei Zong, Lei Wu, Dan Zhu, Yiping Cui
Owing to their excellent multiplexing ability, high sensitivity, and large dynamic range, immunoassays using surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) as the readout signal have found prosperous applications in fields such as disease diagnosis, environmental surveillance, and food safety supervision. Various ever-increasing demands have promoted SERS-based immunoassays from the classical sandwich-type ones to those integrated with fascinating automatic platforms (e.g., test strips and microfluidic chips). As recent years have witnessed impressive progress in SERS immunoassays, we try to comprehensively cover SERS-based immunoassays from their basic working principles to specific applications...
May 23, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534329/-predictive-value-of-procalcitonin-in-postoperative-intra-abdominal-infections-after-definitive-operation-of-intestinal-fistulae
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Huajian Ren, Gefei Wang, Guosheng Gu, Qiongyuan Hu, Guanwei Li, Zhiwu Hong, Xiuwen Wu, Jianan Ren
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of procalcitonin(PCT) in postoperative intra-abdominal infections (IAI) after definitive operation of intestinal fistulae(IF). METHODS: With the exclusion of emergence operation, preoperative clinical infection, preoperative renal or hepatic dysfunction, and age less than 18 years, a total of 356 consecutive patients who underwent elective digestive tract reconstruction of intestinal fistulae from February 2012 to December 2015 at Intestinal Fistula Center of Jinling Hospital were prospectively enrolled in the study...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534311/scale-space-for-empty-catheter-segmentation-in-pci-fluoroscopic-images
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Ketan Bacchuwar, Jean Cousty, Régis Vaillant, Laurent Najman
PURPOSE: In this article, we present a method for empty guiding catheter segmentation in fluoroscopic X-ray images. The guiding catheter, being a commonly visible landmark, its segmentation is an important and a difficult brick for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedure modeling. METHODS: In number of clinical situations, the catheter is empty and appears as a low contrasted structure with two parallel and partially disconnected edges. To segment it, we work on the level-set scale-space of image, the min tree, to extract curve blobs...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534244/proposal-of-a-simple-optical-coherence-tomography-based-scoring-system-for-progression-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Jianqin Lei, Siva Balasubramanian, Nizar Saleh Abdelfattah, Muneeswar G Nittala, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To develop a simple, clinically practical, optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based scoring system for early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to prognosticate risk for progression to late AMD. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed OCT images (512 × 128 macular cube, Cirrus) from 138 patients diagnosed of early AMD in at least one eye and follow-up of at least 12 months. For patients with early AMD in both eyes, only the right eye was chosen as the study eye for longitudinal assessment...
May 22, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533960/body-composition-estimation-from-selected-slices-equations-computed-from-a-new-semi-automatic-thresholding-method-developed-on-whole-body-ct%C3%A2-scans
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Alizé Lacoste Jeanson, Ján Dupej, Chiara Villa, Jaroslav Brůžek
BACKGROUND: Estimating volumes and masses of total body components is important for the study and treatment monitoring of nutrition and nutrition-related disorders, cancer, joint replacement, energy-expenditure and exercise physiology. While several equations have been offered for estimating total body components from MRI slices, no reliable and tested method exists for CT scans. For the first time, body composition data was derived from 41 high-resolution whole-body CT scans. From these data, we defined equations for estimating volumes and masses of total body AT and LT from corresponding tissue areas measured in selected CT scan slices...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533140/3d-interactive-surgical-visualization-system-using-mobile-spatial-information-acquisition-and-autostereoscopic-display
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Zhencheng Fan, Yitong Weng, Guowen Chen, Hongen Liao
Three-dimensional (3D) visualization of preoperative and intraoperative medical information becomes more and more important in minimally invasive surgery. We develop a 3D interactive surgical visualization system using mobile spatial information acquisition and autostereoscopic display for surgeons to observe surgical target intuitively. The spatial information of regions of interest (ROIs) is captured by the mobile device and transferred to a server for further image processing. Triangular patches of intraoperative data with texture are calculated with a dimension-reduced triangulation algorithm and a projection-weighted mapping algorithm...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533102/real-time-electronic-dashboard-technology-and-its-use-to-improve-pediatric-radiology-workflow
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Randheer Shailam, Ariel Botwin, Markus Stout, Michael S Gee
The purpose of our study was to create a real-time electronic dashboard in the pediatric radiology reading room providing a visual display of updated information regarding scheduled and in-progress radiology examinations that could help radiologists to improve clinical workflow and efficiency. To accomplish this, a script was set up to automatically send real-time HL7 messages from the radiology information system (Epic Systems, Verona, WI) to an Iguana Interface engine, with relevant data regarding examinations stored in an SQL Server database for visual display on the dashboard...
March 19, 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533028/optimizing-targeted-untargeted-metabolomics-by-automating-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-gc-gc-ms-and-gc-ms-workflows
#15
Albert Robbat, Nicole Kfoury, Eugene Baydakov, Yuriy Gankin
New database building and MS subtraction algorithms have been developed for automated, sequential two-dimensional gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-GC/MS). This paper reports the first use of a database building tool, with full mass spectrum subtraction, that does not rely on high resolution MS data. The software was used to automatically inspect GC-GC/MS data of high elevation tea from Yunnan, China, to build a database of 350 target compounds. The database was then used with spectral deconvolution to identify 285 compounds by GC/MS of the same tea...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532892/a-decade-of-studying-implicit-racial-ethnic-bias-in-healthcare-providers-using-the-implicit-association-test
#16
Ivy W Maina, Tanisha D Belton, Sara Ginzberg, Ajit Singh, Tiffani J Johnson
Disparities in the care and outcomes of US racial/ethnic minorities are well documented. Research suggests that provider bias plays a role in these disparities. The implicit association test enables measurement of implicit bias via tests of automatic associations between concepts. Hundreds of studies have examined implicit bias in various settings, but relatively few have been conducted in healthcare. The aim of this systematic review is to synthesize the current knowledge on the role of implicit bias in healthcare disparities...
May 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532704/the-bright-and-the-dark-sides-of-motor-simulation
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Maria Serena Panasiti, Giuseppina Porciello, Salvatore Maria Aglioti
While the acquisition of knowledge about the sensory, emotional, and motor states of others has long been thought to derive from abstract inferential operations, recent theories based on neuroscientific and psychological models emphasize that motor simulation is essential to a variety of complex functions ranging from the monitoring of one's own performance to the understanding of others' actions, and matching self and others' states to optimize social interactions. In this review, we discuss evidence that simulating the actions of others has both bright and dark sides...
May 19, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532606/verifying-tumor-position-during-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-delivery-using-limited-arc-cone-beam-computed-tomography-imaging
#18
Colien Hazelaar, Max Dahele, Stefan Scheib, Ben J Slotman, Wilko F A R Verbakel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Proof of tumor position during stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) delivery is desirable. We investigated if cone-beam CT (CBCT) scans reconstructed from (collimated) fluoroscopic kV images acquired during irradiation could show the dominant tumor position. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Full-arc CBCT scans were reconstructed using FDK filtered back projection from 38kV fluoroscopy datasets (16 patients) continuously acquired during volumetric modulated spine SBRT...
May 19, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532530/automated-image-acquisition-for-low-dose-stem-at-atomic-resolution
#19
Andreas Mittelberger, Christian Kramberger, Christoph Hofer, Clemens Mangler, Jannik C Meyer
Beam damage is a major limitation in electron microscopy that becomes increasingly severe at higher resolution. One possible route to circumvent radiation damage, which forms the basis for single-particle electron microscopy and related techniques, is to distribute the dose over many identical copies of an object. For the acquisition of low-dose data, ideally no dose should be applied to the region of interest before the acquisition of data. We present an automated approach that can collect large amounts of data efficiently by acquiring images in a user-defined area-of-interest with atomic resolution...
May 23, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532013/exercise-enhance-the-ectopic-bone-formation-of-calcium-phosphate-biomaterials-in-muscles-of-mice
#20
Lijia Cheng, Shuo Yan, Jiang Zhu, Peiling Cai, Ting Wang, Zheng Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether exercise can enhance ectopic bone formation of calcium phosphate (Ca-P) biomaterials in muscles of mice. METHODS: Firstly, ten transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily member 1 (TRPV1) knockout mice (group KO) and ten C57BL/6 mice (group WT) were randomly chosen, 10μg Ca-P biomaterials were implanted into the thigh muscle pouch of each mouse which was far away from femur; after that, all animals were kept in open field for free exploration 5min, and the movement time and distance were automatically analyzed...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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