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Zhongbing Chen, Jan Vymazal, Peter Kuschk
Three different flow regimes were carried out in a pilot-scale horizontal subsurface flow constructed wetland-treating sulfate rich wastewater contaminated with monochlorobenzene (MCB) and perchloroethene (PCE). The three regimes were continuous flow, 7-day cycle discontinuous flow, and 2.5-day cycle discontinuous flow. The results show that intensifying the tidal regime (2.5-day cycle) significantly enhanced MCB removal before 2 m from the inlet and increasing PCE removal efficiency at 0.5 m. The PCE dechlorination process was promoted with tidal operation, especially under the 2...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Rosemarie Forstner, Isabelle Thomassin-Naggara, Teresa Margarida Cunha, Karen Kinkel, Gabriele Marselli, Rahel Kubik-Huch, John A Spencer, Andrea Rockall
: An update of the 2010 published ESUR recommendations of MRI of the sonographically indeterminate adnexal mass integrating functional techniques is provided. An algorithmic approach using sagittal T2 and a set of transaxial T1 and T2WI allows categorization of adnexal masses in one of the following three types according to its predominant signal characteristics. T1 'bright' masses due to fat or blood content can be simply and effectively determined using a combination of T1W, T2W and FST1W imaging...
October 21, 2016: European Radiology
Sungheon Gene Kim, Melanie Freed, Ana Paula Klautau Leite, Jin Zhang, Claudia Seuss, Linda Moy
PURPOSE: To assess the diagnostic utility of contrast kinetic analysis for breast lesions and background parenchyma of women undergoing MRI-guided biopsies, for whom standard clinical analysis had failed to separate benign and malignant lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 115 women who had indeterminate lesions based on routine diagnostic breast MRI exams and underwent an MRI (3 Tesla) -guided biopsy of one or more lesions suspicious for breast cancer...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Emily Ward, Michael Baad, Yahui Peng, Ambereen Yousuf, Shiyang Wang, Tatjana Antic, Aytekin Oto
PURPOSE: To describe MP-MRI features of the normal anterior fibromuscular stroma (AFMS) and identify MR imaging findings that can differentiate it from anterior prostate cancer. METHODS: We reviewed MP-MR images and histopathology of patients who underwent pre-operative MRI and prostatectomy between October 2012 and August 2014. Thirty-seven patients with anterior prostate cancer larger than 5 mm and 40 patients with no anterior cancer were included in this study...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Xiuli Tao, Lvhua Wang, Zhouguang Hui, Li Liu, Feng Ye, Ying Song, Yu Tang, Yu Men, Tryphon Lambrou, Zihua Su, Xiao Xu, Han Ouyang, Ning Wu
In this prospective study, 36 patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC), who underwent dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) before concurrent chemo-radiotherapy (CCRT) were enrolled. Pharmacokinetic analysis was carried out after non-rigid motion registration. The perfusion parameters [including Blood Flow (BF), Blood Volume (BV), Mean Transit Time (MTT)] and permeability parameters [including endothelial transfer constant (K(trans)), reflux rate (Kep), fractional extravascular extracellular space volume (Ve), fractional plasma volume (Vp)] were calculated, and their relationship with tumor regression was evaluated...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
N Andres Parra, Amber Orman, Kyle Padgett, Victor Casillas, Sanoj Punnen, Matthew Abramowitz, Alan Pollack, Radka Stoyanova
PURPOSE: This study aimed to develop an automated procedure for identifying suspicious foci of residual/recurrent disease in the prostate bed using dynamic contrast-enhanced-MRI (DCE-MRI) in prostate cancer patients after prostatectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 22 patients presenting for salvage radiotherapy (RT) with an identified gross tumor volume (GTV) in the prostate bed were analyzed retrospectively. An unsupervised pattern recognition method was used to analyze DCE-MRI curves from the prostate bed...
October 19, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
P Li, Y Huang, Y Li, L Cai, G H Ji, Y Zheng, Z Q Chen
Objective: To evaluate the value of multi-parametric MRI (Mp-MRI) in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of early prostate cancer(PCa) in the peripheral zone(PZ) and low T2WI signal intensity of prostatitis. Methods: A total of 40 patients with PZ early PCa and 37 with prostatitis of hypointense T2WI signal in PZ were retrospectively analyzed, which were collected from the General Hospital of Ningxia Medical University from Janurary 2009 to June 2015, who underwent T2WI, DWI, and DCE-MRI examination and all patients were confirmed by pathology...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Chengxiang Tang, Judy Xu, Meng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Public health care dominated the services provision in China before 1980s. However, the number of private health care providers in China has been increasing since then. The growth of private hospitals escalated after a market-oriented reform was implemented in 2001. Through an experimental approach, this study aims to a better understanding of the dynamic change in preference of health care utilisation among the residents in urban China. METHODS: Based on a discrete choice experiment (DCE) from a random sample of respondents in urban China, the study evaluated preference over health care attributes affecting individuals' choice for the utilisation of hospital health care...
October 18, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Laixi Sun, Jin Huang, Hongjie Liu, Xin Ye, Jingjun Wu, Xiaodong Jiang, Liming Yang, Wanguo Zheng, Weidong Wu
In this Letter, an effective combined process of reaction ion etching (RIE) and dynamic chemical etching (DCE) is applied for significantly improving the damage resistance of fused silica optics, while minimizing the removal amount. By optimizing the combination process and removal depth, a near-perfect optical surface of fused silica with relatively low roughness (<0.7  nm) is created with 1 μm RIE pretreatment and 3 μm DCE retreatment. In this case, the sample has a 2.4 times enhanced 0% probability damage threshold compared to the original sample...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Jessica M Winfield, Geoffrey S Payne, Alex Weller, Nandita M deSouza
Multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) offers a unique insight into tumor biology by combining functional MRI techniques that inform on cellularity (diffusion-weighted MRI), vascular properties (dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI), and metabolites (magnetic resonance spectroscopy) and has scope to provide valuable information for prognostication and response assessment. Challenges in the application of mpMRI in the clinic include the technical considerations in acquiring good quality functional MRI data, development of robust techniques for analysis, and clinical interpretation of the results...
October 2016: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
Zhao-Yan Feng, Liang Wang, Xiang-De Min, Shao-Gang Wang, Guo-Ping Wang, Jie Cai
BACKGROUND: Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) is a globally acceptable standardization for multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mp-MRI) in prostate cancer (PCa) diagnosis. The American College of Radiology revised the PI-RADS to address the limitations of version 1 in December 2014. This study aimed to determine whether the PI-RADS version 2 (PI-RADS v2) scoring system improves the diagnostic accuracy of mp-MRI of the prostate compared with PI-RADS v1. METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Feng Xie, Eleanor Pullenayegum, A Simon Pickard, Juan Manuel Ramos Goñi, Min-Woo Jo, Ataru Igarashi
Discrete choice experiments (DCEs) are a promising alternative to more resource-intensive preference elicitation methods such as time trade-off (TTO), as pairwise comparisons are more amenable to online completion, which can save time and money. However, modeling DCE data produces latent utilities which are on an unknown scale. Therefore, latent utilities need to be transformed to a full health-dead scale before they can be used in quality-adjusted life year calculations. We aimed to explore transformation functions from DCE-derived latent utilities to TTO-derived health utilities...
October 16, 2016: Health Economics
Sung Bin Park
Using functional MR imaging techniques, we can approach the functional assessment of gynecologic malignancies. Among them, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI) are two important techniques. This article provides an overview of functional MR imaging techniques, focusing DWI and DCE-MRI on clinical application in gynecologic malignancies. Functional MR imaging techniques play an important role in detection, characterization, staging, treatment response, and outcome prediction, as well as providing conventional morphologic imaging...
October 14, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Juyoung Park, Muna Aryal, Natalia Vykhodtseva, Yong-Zhi Zhang, Nathan McDannold
Drug delivery in brain tumors is challenging because of the presence of blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the blood-tumor barrier (BTB). Focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with microbubbles can enhance the permeability of the BTB in brain tumors, as well as disrupting the BBB in the surrounding tissue. In this study, dynamic contrast-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) was used to characterize FUS-induced permeability changes in a rat glioma model and in the normal brain and to investigate the relationship between these changes and the resulting concentration of the chemotherapy agent doxorubicin (DOX)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Dejing Ma, Feng Lu, Xuexue Zou, Hu Zhang, Yangyang Li, Lin Zhang, Liang Chen, Dongjing Qin, Bin Wang
PURPOSE: To investigate the value of use of intravoxel incoherent motion diffusion-weighted imaging (IVIM-DWI) as an adjunct to dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) to distinguish benign from malignant breast lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of data pertaining to 117 patients with breast lesions who underwent DCE-MRI and IVIM-DWI examination with 3.0T MRI was conducted. A total of 128 lesions were pathologically confirmed (47 benign and 81 malignant)...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Simona Marzi, Francesca Piludu, Chiara Forina, Giuseppe Sanguineti, Renato Covello, Giuseppe Spriano, Antonello Vidiri
OBJECTIVE: To correlate intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHODS: Forty untreated patients with HNSCC were included retrospectively in the study. Perfusion fraction f, diffusion coefficient D and perfusion-related diffusion coefficient D* were extracted by bi-exponential fitting of IVIM data. Semi-quantitative DCE-MRI parameters, including positive enhancement integral (PEI) and maximum slope of increase (MSI), were calculated...
October 11, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Robert Gabriel Coumine Riis, Henrik Gudbergsen, Ole Simonsen, Marius Henriksen, Nasir Al-Mashkur, Mikkel Eld, Kristian Kjær Petersen, Olga Kubassova, Anne C Bay Jensen, Janus Damm, Henning Bliddal, Lars Arendt-Nielsen, Mikael Ploug Boesen
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between MRI, macroscopic and histological assessments of synovitis in end-stage knee osteoarthritis (KOA). METHODS: Synovitis of end-stage osteoarthritic knees was assessed using non-contrast-enhanced (CE), CE-MRI and dynamic-CE (DCE)-MRI prior to total knee replacement and correlated with microscopic and macroscopic assessments of synovitis obtained intraoperatively. Multiple bivariate correlations were used with a pre-specified threshold of 0...
October 10, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Luana Soriano Mota, Claudia Maria Costa de Oliveira, Francisco Martho Leal Pinheiro, Larissa Costa de Oliveira Santos, Danilo Gonçalves Nóbrega, Paula Fbc Fernandes, Alda Angélica de Melo Costa, Sônia Leite da Silva
Introduction: Kidney transplants with expanded criteria donor have been associated with improved patient survival compared to those who remain on dialysis. Objective: To compare renal function and survival of the kidney graft of deceased donor with expanded criteria and standard criteria over a year in a single transplant center. Methods: 255 kidney transplant recipients with deceased donor were included in the study between the years 2011 to 2013 and they were separated into two groups according to the type of donor (expanded criteria donor - ECD - and standard criteria donor - SCD)...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
Henrik B W Larsson, Mark B Vestergaard, Ulrich Lindberg, Helle K Iversen, Stig P Cramer
PURPOSE: Capillary transit time heterogeneity, measured as CTH, may set the upper limit for extraction of substances in brain tissue, e.g., oxygen. The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of dynamic contrast-enhanced T1 weighted MRI (DCE-MRI) at 3 Tesla (T), in estimating CTH based on a gamma-variate model of the capillary transit time distribution. In addition, we wanted to investigate if a subtle increase of the blood-brain barrier permeability can be incorporated into the model, still allowing estimation of CTH...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
P De Visschere, N Lumen, P Ost, K Decaestecker, E Pattyn, G Villeirs
AIM: To determine the added value of dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging (DCE) over T2-weighted imaging (T2-WI) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) for detection of clinically significant prostate cancer (csPC) in patients with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Two hundred and forty-five patients with elevated PSA underwent multiparametric (mp) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the prostate before biopsy. mpMRI was performed using a 3 T MRI system without an endorectal coil...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Radiology
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