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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213581/a-program-aimed-toward-inclusive-excellence-for-underrepresented-undergraduate-women-in-the-sciences
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Laura A Katz, Kathryn M Aloisio, Nicholas J Horton, Minh Ly, Sara Pruss, Kate Queeney, Cate Rowen, Patricia Marten DiBartolo
Created to foster inclusive excellence, Smith College's Achieving Excellence in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (AEMES) Scholars program provides early faculty-mentored research opportunities and other programming as a way to foster success in academic outcomes for underrepresented women in science. Using academic record data, we compared Scholars' outcomes over time with those of underrepresented students before program launch and to relevant peer comparison groups. Since its launch, AEMES Scholars have achieved significantly higher gateway life sciences course grade point averages (GPAs), rates of persistence in life and natural sciences, and participation in natural sciences advanced research relative to baseline...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213448/detection-and-monitoring-of-acute-myocarditis-applying-quantitative-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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Florian von Knobelsdorff-Brenkenhoff, Johannes Schüler, Serkan Dogangüzel, Matthias A Dieringer, Andre Rudolph, Andreas Greiser, Peter Kellman, Jeanette Schulz-Menger
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance based on the Lake Louise Criteria is used to make the diagnosis of acute myocarditis. Novel quantitative parametric mapping techniques promise to overcome some of its limitations. We aimed to evaluate quantitative cardiovascular magnetic resonance to detect and monitor acute myocarditis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighteen patients with clinical diagnosis of acute myocarditis (25 years [23-38 years]; 78% males) were prospectively enrolled and repeatedly underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance at 1...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213116/pushing-the-limits-of-ultra-high-resolution-human-brain-imaging-with-sms-epi-demonstrated-for-columnar-level-fmri
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David A Feinberg, An T Vu, Alexander Beckett
Encoding higher spatial resolution in simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) EPI is highly dependent on gradient performance, high density receiver coil arrays and pulse sequence optimization. We simulate gradient amplitude and slew rate determination of EPI imaging performance in terms of minimum TE, echo spacing (ES) and spatial resolution. We discuss the effects of image zooming in pulse sequences that have been used for sub-millimeter resolutions and the trade-offs in using partial Fourier and parallel imaging to reduce TE, PSF and ES...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213112/laminar-imaging-of-positive-and-negative-bold-in-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Alessio Fracasso, Peter R Luijten, Serge O Dumoulin, Natalia Petridou
Deciphering the direction of information flow is critical to understand the brain. Data from non-human primate histology shows that connections between lower to higher areas (e.g. retina→V1), and between higher to lower areas (e.g. V1←V2) can be dissociated based upon the distribution of afferent synapses at the laminar level. Ultra-high field scanners opened up the possibility to image brain structure and function at an unprecedented level of detail. Taking advantage of the increased spatial resolution available, it could theoretically be possible to disentangle activity from different cortical depths from human cerebral cortex, separately studying different compartments across depth...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212081/a-comparative-analysis-of-cmut-receiving-architectures-for-design-optimization-of-integrated-transceiver-front-ends
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Marco Sautto, Alessandro Stuart Savoia, Fabio Quaglia, Giosue Caliano, Andrea Mazzanti
A formal comparison between fundamental RX amplifier configurations for Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducers (CMUT) is proposed in this paper. The impact on both RX and the pulse-echo frequency response and on the output SNR are thoroughly analysed and discussed. It is shown that the resistive-feedback amplifier yields a band-pass RX frequency response, while both open-loop voltage and capacitivefeedback amplifiers exhibit a low-pass frequency response. For a given power dissipation, it is formally proved that a capacitivefeedback amplifier provides a remarkable SNR improvement against the commonly adopted resistive feedback stage, achieved at the expense of a reduced pulse-echo center frequency, making its use convenient in low and mid-frequency ultrasound imaging applications...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210455/morphea-en-coup-de-sabre-an-unusual-oral-presentation
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Sven Niklander, Constanza Marín, René Martínez, Alfredo Esguep
Morphea, or localized scleroderma, is an inflammatory disease that leads to sclerosis of the skin and underlying tissues due to excessive collagen deposition. Oral involvement is unusual and it may produce white linear fibrotic areas with a scar-like appearance, atrophy of tongue papillae, gingival recession and alveolar bone resorption. We report a case of a 13-year-old girl who consulted for progressive recession on the attached gingiva of her upper left incisors. She also presented a hypopigmented line on the left side skin of her upper lip, which continued through the vermilion and the lip mucosa, including the gingiva of the affected teeth...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207858/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-whole-lesion-histogram-analysis-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-for-assessment-of-tumor-grade-lymphovascular-invasion-and-pleural-invasion
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Naoko Tsuchiya, Mariko Doai, Katsuo Usuda, Hidetaka Uramoto, Hisao Tonami
PURPOSE: Investigating the diagnostic accuracy of histogram analyses of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values for determining non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumor grades, lymphovascular invasion, and pleural invasion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We studied 60 surgically diagnosed NSCLC patients. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was performed in the axial plane using a navigator-triggered single-shot, echo-planar imaging sequence with prospective acquisition correction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207839/plasma-fibrin-d-dimer-and-the-risk-of-left-atrial-thrombus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Huaibin Wan, Shuang Wu, Yanmin Yang, Jun Zhu, Aidong Zhang, Yan Liang
BACKGROUND: Plasma fibrin d-dimer has been taken as a marker for thrombus. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between d-dimer (DD) levels and left atrial spontaneous echo contrast (SEC)/left atrial thrombus (LAT). METHODS: We identified clinical studies by systematic search of MEDLINE and EMBASE databases up to Feb 2016. All observational studies that considered DD as a study factor and trans-esophageal echocardiography (TEE) identified SEC/LAT as an outcome were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207703/your-echo-is-listening
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David Pogue
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207657/3-tesla-kinematic-mri-of-the-cervical-spine-for-evaluation-of-adjacent-level-disease-after-monosegmental-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-arthroplasty-results-of-2-year-follow-up
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Steffen K Fleck, Soenke Langner, Christian Rosenstengel, Rebecca Kessler, Marc Matthes, Jan-Uwe Müller, Inga Langner, Sascha Marx, Henry W S Schroeder
STUDY DESIGN: We prospectively evaluated adjacent disc levels after anterior cervical discectomy and arthroplasty (ACDA) using kinematic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and plain functional radiographs. OBJECTIVE: ACDA is an established treatment for degenerative cervical disc disease. The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of kinematic MRI for assessing the range of motion (ROM) before and after ACDA compared with plain functional radiographs and to evaluate adjacent degenerative disc disease (aDDD) at mid-term follow-up...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205602/a-new-joint-blade-sense-reconstruction-for-accelerated-propeller-mri
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Mengye Lyu, Yilong Liu, Victor B Xie, Yanqiu Feng, Hua Guo, Ed X Wu
PROPELLER technique is widely used in MRI examinations for being motion insensitive, but it prolongs scan time and is restricted mainly to T2 contrast. Parallel imaging can accelerate PROPELLER and enable more flexible contrasts. Here, we propose a multi-step joint-blade (MJB) SENSE reconstruction to reduce the noise amplification in parallel imaging accelerated PROPELLER. MJB SENSE utilizes the fact that PROPELLER blades contain sharable information and blade-combined images can serve as regularization references...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205280/within-and-between-session-reproducibility-of-gaba-measurements-with-mr-spectroscopy
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Maiken K Brix, Lars Ersland, Kenneth Hugdahl, Gerard E Dwyer, Renate Grüner, Ralph Noeske, Mona K Beyer, Alexander R Craven
PURPOSE: The reproducibility of the MEGA-PRESS (MEshcher-GArwood Point RESolved Spectroscopy) MR spectroscopy sequence for the measurement of gamma- aminobutyric acid (GABA) is addressed, focusing on optimizing the number of repetitions at two voxel locations in the human brain and associated possibilities in analysis tools. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two 20-min MEGA-PRESS acquisitions were run (echo time = 68 ms, repetition time = 1800 ms, repetitions = 328): one from a 21 mL volume in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and one from a 22 mL volume in the left Broca's area in 21 healthy male volunteers (age 32 years ± 6[SD])...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205251/multishot-echo-planar-mreit-for-fast-imaging-of-conductivity-current-density-and-electric-field-distributions
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Munish Chauhan, Rohini Vidya Shankar, Neeta Ashok Kumar, Vikram D Kodibagkar, Rosalind Sadleir
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography (MREIT) sequences typically use conventional spin or gradient echo-based acquisition methods for reconstruction of conductivity and current density maps. Use of MREIT in functional and electroporation studies requires higher temporal resolution and faster sequences. Here, single and multishot echo planar imaging (EPI) based MREIT sequences were evaluated to see whether high-quality MREIT phase data could be obtained for rapid reconstruction of current density, conductivity, and electric fields...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202466/time-varying-auditory-gain-control-in-response-to-double-pulse-stimuli-in-harbour-porpoises-is-not-mediated-by-a-stapedial-reflex
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Asger Emil Munch Schrøder, Kristian Beedholm, Peter Teglberg Madsen
Echolocating animals reduce their output level and hearing sensitivity, presumably to stabilize the perceived echo intensity during target approaches. In bats this variation in hearing sensitivity is formed by a call-induced stapedial reflex that tapers off over time after the call. Here we test the hypothesis that a similar mechanism exists in toothed whales by subjecting a trained harbour porpoise to a series of double sound pulses varying in delay and frequency, while measuring the magnitudes of the evoked ABRs...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202349/muscle-ultrasound-and-sarcopenia-in-older-individuals-a-clinical-perspective
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REVIEW
Andrea Ticinesi, Tiziana Meschi, Marco V Narici, Fulvio Lauretani, Marcello Maggio
INTRODUCTION: A precise quantitative measurement of skeletal muscle mass is fundamental for diagnosing sarcopenia in older individuals. The current techniques of assessment, including dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA), bioimpedance analysis (BIA), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are either difficult to perform in everyday clinical practice or biased by concurrent clinical confounders. B-mode muscle ultrasound can be helpful in assessing muscle mass and architecture, and thus possibly useful for diagnosing or screening sarcopenia...
February 12, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199932/giant-cell-tumor-of-soft-tissues-a-case-report-of-extra-articular-diffuse-type-giant-cell-tumor-of-the-quadriceps
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Kochbati Rateb, Ben Ghozlen Hassen, Abid Leila, Farah Faten, Daghfous Med Samir
INTRODUCTION: Giant cell tumors of soft tissue (GCTs) are a relatively rare entity. It is a distinct but uncommon group of neoplasms morphologically identical to osseous giant cell tumor. The diffuse type of extra-articular GCT arising within muscle is a rare benign soft tissue tumor with a wide spectrum of clinical presentation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: This article reports a rare case of a 44-year-old woman with a mass arising from her right thigh. MRI showed only a few areas of low T2 signal in a mass that was hyper intense to muscle...
January 26, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199041/feasibility-of-accelerated-simultaneous-multislice-diffusion-weighted-mri-of-the-prostate
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Jakob Weiss, Petros Martirosian, Jana Taron, Ahmed E Othman, Thomas Kuestner, Michael Erb, Jens Bedke, Fabian Bamberg, Konstantin Nikolaou, Mike Notohamiprodjo
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of simultaneous multislice (SMS) single-shot echo-planar-imaging (EPI) for accelerated diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of the prostate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For phantom measurements a dedicated DWI phantom with different sucrose concentrations was used. In addition, 10 volunteers and 16 patients with suspected prostate cancer were examined for in vivo measurements. All examinations were performed with a 3T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198928/biotypology-regionalism-and-the-construction-of-a-plural-brazilian-bodily-identity-1930s
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Ana Carolina Vimieiro-Gomes
This article investigates regional biotypological studies and the construction of biological deterministic discourses about the Brazilian identity in the 1930s. Biotypological research was undertaken to determine the normal body type of the Brazilian man, using its peculiar classificatory lexicon. Studies into the bodily profile of specific regions, like the northeast and São Paulo state, featured in this research. In the context of the contemporary debates about race, miscegenation, and national identity, these investigations were geared towards biological determinism and the influence of the environment and social and cultural aspects on the bodily development of Brazilians...
December 2016: História, Ciências, Saúde—Manguinhos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197872/mr-arthrography-of-the-shoulder-evaluation-of-isotropic-3d-intermediate-weighted-fse-and-hybrid-gre-t1-weighted-sequences
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Giovanni Foti, Paolo Avanzi, William Mantovani, Flavia Dal Corso, Emanuele Demozzi, Claudio Zorzi, Giovanni Carbognin
PURPOSE: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) fast spin echo (FSE) intermediate-weighed (IW-3D) and 3D hybrid double-echo steady-state T1-weighted sequences (Hy-3D) and two-dimensional (FSE) images (2D) at shoulder MR arthrography (MRA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained and informed consent was waived for this retrospective study. From September 2011 to October 2014, 102 patients who had undergone 1...
February 15, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196797/left-atrial-structure-in-relationship-to-age-sex-ethnicity-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-mesa-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Filip Zemrak, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Gabriella Captur, Jonathan Chrispin, Ela Chamera, Mohammadali Habibi, Saman Nazarian, Saidi A Mohiddin, James C Moon, Steffen E Petersen, João A C Lima, David A Bluemke
BACKGROUND: Left atrial (LA) size is a marker of diastolic function and is associated with atrial fibrillation and cardiovascular outcomes. However, there are no large population studies measuring LA structure. The relationship of demographics and cardiovascular risk factors to LA size is largely unknown. This study aimed to determine associations of LA size with demographic factors, cardiac structure and function, and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: LA volume indexed to body surface area was measured by cardiovascular magnetic resonance steady-state free precession and fast gradient echo cine long- and short-axis images in 2576 asymptomatic participants of MESA ([Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis] 68...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
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