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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550818/blochsolver-a-gpu-optimized-fast-3d-mri-simulator-for-experimentally-compatible-pulse-sequences
#1
Ryoichi Kose, Katsumi Kose
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) simulator, which reproduces MRI experiments using computers, has been developed using two graphic-processor-unit (GPU) boards (GTX 1080). The MRI simulator was developed to run according to pulse sequences used in experiments. Experiments and simulations were performed to demonstrate the usefulness of the MRI simulator for three types of pulse sequences, namely, three-dimensional (3D) gradient-echo, 3D radio-frequency spoiled gradient-echo, and gradient-echo multislice with practical matrix sizes...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550786/two-giant-peritoneal-loose-bodies-were-simultaneously-found-in-one-patient-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#2
Qingxing Huang, Aihong Cao, Jun Ma, Zhenhua Wang, Jianhong Dong
INTRODUCTION: Peritoneal loose body(PLB) is usually small, therefore giant Peritoneal loose body(gPLB) with a diameter >5cm has rarely been described in the literatures. We report a case of two gPLB simultaneously found in one patient. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A healthy 79-year-old man palpated himself a solid mass with alternating localizations in his peritoneal cavity 6 months ago. It was not the complaint of frequency of urinatior until he saw the doctor a week ago...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550769/mk-8776-a-novel-chk1-inhibitor-exhibits-an-improved-radiosensitizing-effect-compared-to-ucn-01-by-exacerbating-radiation-induced-aberrant-mitosis
#3
Motofumi Suzuki, Tohru Yamamori, Tomoki Bo, Yuri Sakai, Osamu Inanami
Checkpoint kinase 1 (Chk1) is an evolutionarily conserved serine/threonine kinase that plays an important role in G2/M checkpoint signaling. Here, we evaluate the radiosensitizing effects of a novel selective Chk1 inhibitor MK-8776, comparing its efficacy with a first-generation Chk1 inhibitor UCN-01, and attempt to elucidate the mechanism of radiosensitization. In a clonogenic survival assay, MK-8776 demonstrated a more pronounced radiosensitizing effect than UCN-01, with lower cytotoxicity. Importantly, radiosensitization by MK-8776 can be achieved at doses as low as 2...
May 24, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550762/forensic-age-estimation-by-morphometric-analysis-of-the-manubrium-from-3d-mr-images
#4
Naira P Martínez Vera, Johannes Höller, Thomas Widek, Bernhard Neumayer, Thomas Ehammer, Martin Urschler
Forensic age estimation research based on skeletal structures focuses on patterns of growth and development using different bones. In this work, our aim was to study growth-related evolution of the manubrium in living adolescents and young adults using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is an image acquisition modality that does not involve ionizing radiation. In a first step, individual manubrium and subject features were correlated with age, which confirmed a statistically significant change of manubrium volume (Mvol:p<0...
May 12, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550746/zn-doped-cdo-nanoparticles-structural-morphological-optical-photocatalytic-and-anti-bacterial-properties
#5
Vinod Kumar Gupta, Ali Fakhri, Shiva Tahami, Shilpi Agarwal
Pure and zinc-doped CdO NPs (Zn-CdO NPs) were synthesized through a facile co-precipitation method. The structural, morphology, chemical composition, optical and antibacterial activity of the NPs were studied with respect to pure and Zn-doped CdO concentration (0-7.5mol.%). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images reveal that pure and Zn-doped CdO NPs were in the nano-scale regime with different crystalline morphology. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) spectrum predicts the presence of Cadmium (Cd), Zinc (Zn) and Oxygen (O) in the prepared samples...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550740/multi-resolution-classification-of-exhaled-aerosol-images-to-detect-obstructive-lung-diseases-in-small-airways
#6
Jinxiang Xi, Weizhong Zhao, Jiayao Eddie Yuan, Biwei Cao, Linlin Zhao
Exhaled aerosol patterns have been used to detect obstructive respiratory diseases in the upper airways. Signals from small airway diseases are weak and may not manifest themselves in the exhaled aerosol patterns. Therefore, it will be more challenging to detect abnormalities in small airways. The objective of this study is to develop a simulation-based classification model that can accurately classify small airway diseases. The model performance was evaluated in five obstructed models that are located in lung bifurcations G7-9...
May 20, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550719/morphometric-analysis-of-thalamic-volume-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-in-vivo-evidence-of-regionally-specific-bilateral-thalamic-atrophy
#7
Brian D Power, David Jakabek, Mitchell Hunter-Dickson, Fiona A Wilkes, Danielle van Westen, Alexander F Santillo, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis, Christer Nilsson, Jeffrey C L Looi
We investigated whether differences were detectable in the volume and shape of the dorsal thalamus on magnetic resonance imaging in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Manual segmentation of the left and right thalami on magnetic resonance imaging scans occurred in 22 patients with clinically diagnosed PSP and 23 healthy controls; thalamic volumes (left, right, total) were calculated. Between group differences were explored by multivariate analysis of co-variance, using age and intracranial volume as covariates...
May 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550716/ex-vivo-measurement-of-scalp-follicular-infundibulum-delivery-of-zinc-pyrithione-and-climbazole-from-an-anti-dandruff-shampoo
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Guoqiang Chen, Chengdong Ji, Miao Miao, Kang Yang, Yajun Luo, Michael Hoptroff, Luisa Z Collins, Hans-Gerd Janssen
Efficient delivery of anti-dandruff (AD) actives into the scalp follicular infundibulum as well as onto the scalp surface is critical for the efficacy of AD shampoos. A method involving scalp cyanoacrylate (CA) biopsy sampling, a tailor made cutting device, ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurement and Raman imaging has been developed for the measurement of delivery of zinc pyrithione (ZPT) and climbazole (CBZ) from an AD shampoo into the scalp follicular infundibulum...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550674/-a-comparison-of-dosimetric-variance-for-external-beam-partial-breast-irradiation-using-three-dimensional-and-four-dimensional-computed-tomography
#9
B Guo, J B Li, W Wang, M Xu, Q Shao, T H Liu
Objective: To investigate the potential dosimetric benefits of four-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) compared to three-dimensional CT (3DCT) in the planning of radiotherapy for external-beam partial breast irradiation (EB-PBI). Methods: Three-DCT and 4DCT scan sets were acquired for 20 patients who underwent EB-PBI. For each patient a conventional 3D conformal plan (3D-CRT) was generated based on end-inhalation phase (EI). The treatment plan based on the 4DCT EI phase images was copied and applied to the end-exhalation phase (EE) and 3DCT images (defined as EB-PBI(EI), EB-PBI(EE), EB-PBI(3D), respectively)...
April 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550650/single-breath-hold-3-d-cine-imaging-of-the-left-ventricle-using-cartesian-sampling
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Jens Wetzl, Michaela Schmidt, François Pontana, Benjamin Longère, Felix Lugauer, Andreas Maier, Joachim Hornegger, Christoph Forman
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to evaluate a single-breath-hold approach for Cartesian 3-D CINE imaging of the left ventricle with a nearly isotropic resolution of [Formula: see text] and a breath-hold duration of [Formula: see text]19 s against a standard stack of 2-D CINE slices acquired in multiple breath-holds. Validation is performed with data sets from ten healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A Cartesian sampling pattern based on the spiral phyllotaxis and a compressed sensing reconstruction method are proposed to allow 3-D CINE imaging with high acceleration factors...
May 26, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550642/post-heroin-dose-tissue-distribution-of-6-monoacetylmorphine-6-mam-with-maldi-imaging
#11
Belin G Teklezgi, Annapurna Pamreddy, Sooraj Baijnath, Nirmala D Gopal, Tricia Naicker, Hendrik G Kruger, Thavendran Govender
Heroin is an illicit opioid drug which is commonly abused and leads to dependence and addiction. Heroin is considered a pro-drug and is rapidly converted to its major active metabolite 6-monoacetylmorphine (6-MAM) which mediates euphoria and reward through the stimulation of opioid receptors in the brain. The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution and localization of 6-MAM in the healthy Sprague Dawley rat brain following intraperitoneal (i.p) administration of heroin (10 mg/kg), using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometric imaging (MALDI-MSI), in combination with quantification via liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550632/optimization-of-palm-oil-mill-sludge-biochar-preparation-for-sulfur-dioxide-removal
#12
Nursashabila Iberahim, Sumathi Sethupathi, Mohammed J K Bashir
In this study, palm oil mill sludge was used as a precursor to prepare biochar using conventional pyrolysis. Palm oil mill sludge biochar (POSB) was prepared at different preparation variables, i.e., heating temperature (300-800 °C), heating rate (10-20 °C/min) and holding time (60-120 min). The prepared biochars were tested for sulfur dioxide (SO2) adsorption in a fixed bed reactor using 300 ppm of SO2 gas at 300 ml/min (with N2 gas as balance). Response surface central composite experimental design was used to optimize the production of biochar versus SO2 removal...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550611/-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-the-diagnosis-of-malignancy-in-patients-with-paraneoplastic-neurological-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ana María García Vicente, Roberto C Delgado-Bolton, Mariano Amo-Salas, Jesús López-Fidalgo, Ana Paula Caresia Aróztegui, José Ramón García Garzón, Javier Orcajo Rincón, María José García Velloso, María de Arcocha Torres, Soledad Alvárez Ruíz
PURPOSE: The detection of occult cancer in patients suspected of having a paraneoplastic neurological syndrome (PNS) poses a diagnostic challenge. The aim of our study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the diagnostic performance of FDG PET for the detection of occult malignant disease responsible for PNS. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature (MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, and DARE) was undertaken to identify studies published in any language...
May 27, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550601/potential-toxicity-of-trace-elements-and-nanomaterials-to-chinese-cabbage-in-arsenic-and-lead-contaminated-soil-amended-with-biochars
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Yasser Mahmoud Awad, Meththika Vithanage, Nabeel Khan Niazi, Muhammad Rizwan, Jörg Rinklebe, Jae E Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Sang Soo Lee
To our knowledge, this is the first report on exploring the interactive effects of various biochars (BCs) and nanomaterials (NMs) on plant growth and bioavailability of trace elements in soil. This study evaluated the bioavailability and toxicity of arsenic (As), lead (Pb), and NMs to cabbage plants. The BCs were produced from rice husk (RB), sewage sludge, and bamboo wood (WB). The BCs at 2.5 and 5% (w w(-1)), NMs for removing As (NMs-As) and heavy metals (NMs-HM) at 3000 mg kg(-1), and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNT) at 1000 mg kg(-1) were applied in bioassay and incubation experiments (40 days), along with the unamended soil as the control...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550586/stress-echocardiography-with-smartphone-real-time-remote-reading-for-regional-wall-motion
#15
Maria Chiara Scali, Clarissa Carmona de Azevedo Bellagamba, Quirino Ciampi, Iana Simova, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Claudio Dodi, Lauro Cortigiani, Angela Zagatina, Paolo Trambaiolo, Marco R Torres, Rodolfo Citro, Paolo Colonna, Marco Paterni, Eugenio Picano
The diffusion of smart-phones offers access to the best remote expertise in stress echo (SE). To evaluate the reliability of SE based on smart-phone filming and reading. A set of 20 SE video-clips were read in random sequence with a multiple choice six-answer test by ten readers from five different countries (Italy, Brazil, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia) of the "SE2020" study network. The gold standard to assess accuracy was a core-lab expert reader in agreement with angiographic verification (0 = wrong, 1 = right)...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550516/mapping-the-spatio-temporal-distribution-of-key-vegetation-cover-properties-in-lowland-river-reaches-using-digital-photography
#16
Veerle Verschoren, Jonas Schoelynck, Kerst Buis, Fleur Visser, Patrick Meire, Stijn Temmerman
The presence of vegetation in stream ecosystems is highly dynamic in both space and time. A digital photography technique is developed to map aquatic vegetation cover at species level, which has a very high spatial and a flexible temporal resolution. A digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera mounted on a handheld telescopic pole is used. The low-altitude (5 m) orthogonal aerial images have a low spectral resolution (red-green-blue), high spatial resolution (∼1.9 pixels cm(-2), ∼1.3 cm length) and flexible temporal resolution (monthly)...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550508/metastatic-gestational-choriocarcinoma-a-masquerader-in-obstetrics
#17
REVIEW
C M McCarthy, J Unterscheider, C Burke, J Coulter
We describe a case of a 36-year-old woman presenting with vaginal bleeding and suboptimally rising serum human chorionic gonadotropin levels, who was investigated for a pregnancy of unknown location. Ultrasonography, laparoscopy and dilatation and curettage failed to reveal signs of an intra-uterine or intra-abdominal pregnancy. Following computed tomography imaging, a mediastinal mass was histologically determined to be a gestational choriocarcinoma. Following surgical resection and chemotherapy, the patient recovered and proceeded to have a successful intra-uterine pregnancy...
May 26, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550499/systematic-review-of-fmri-compatible-devices-design-and-testing-criteria
#18
REVIEW
V Hartwig, N Carbonaro, A Tognetti, N Vanello
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) is at present one of the most used methodologies for functional brain exploration, both in clinical and research settings. fMRI can noninvasively measure neural activity by using specific experimental paradigms. Often, these paradigms require the stimulation of the subject to perform sensorimotor tasks: in the past, the stimuli have been administered manually for investigating fundamental aspects of tactile perception and somatosensory processing. Nowadays, the use of mechatronic devices to stimulate the subject during fMRI studies is growing, also to assure reproducibility, control, and monitoring of task performances...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550488/the-value-of-preoperative-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-in-node-negative-endometrial-cancer-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Jeong-Yeol Park, Jong Jin Lee, Hyuck Jae Choi, In Hye Song, Chang Ohk Sung, Hye Ok Kim, Sun-Young Chae, Young-Tak Kim, Joo-Hyun Nam
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the value of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG-PET/CT) in predicting lymph node status in node-negative endometrial cancer on preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Patients with endometrial cancer who underwent both preoperative MRI and FDG-PET/CT followed by hysterectomy and lymphadenectomy were initially included. We then enrolled patients with MRI-defined node-negative disease (lymph nodes <1 cm in the short-axis diameter, or no visible lymph node)...
May 26, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550466/schizophrenia-symptomatic-associations-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging-measured-fractional-anisotropy-of-brain-a-meta-analysis
#20
Xu Yang, Ding Cao, Xiumei Liang, Jiannong Zhao
PURPOSE: Several studies have examined the relationships between diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)-measured fractional anisotropy (FA) and the symptoms of schizophrenia, but results vary across the studies. The aim of this study was to carry out a meta-analysis of correlation coefficients reported by relevant studies to evaluate the correlative relationships between FA of various parts of the brain and schizophrenia symptomatic assessments. METHODS: Literature was searched in several electronic databases, and study selection was based on précised eligibility criteria...
May 26, 2017: Neuroradiology
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