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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437565/relaxed-ordered-subset-preconditioned-alternating-projection-algorithm-for-pet-reconstruction-with-automated-penalty-weight-selection
#2
C Ross Schmidtlein, Yizun Lin, Si Li, Andrzej Krol, Bradley J Beattie, John L Humm, Yuesheng Xu
PURPOSE: Performance of the preconditioned alternating projection algorithm (PAPA) using relaxed ordered subsets (ROS) with a non-smooth penalty function was investigated in positron emission tomography (PET). A higher order total variation (HOTV) regularizer was applied and a method for unsupervised selection of penalty weights based on the measured data is introduced. METHODS: A ROS version of PAPA with HOTV penalty (ROS-HOTV-PAPA) for PET image reconstruction was developed and implemented...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437527/ocular-motor-nerve-development-in-the-presence-and-absence-of-extraocular-muscle
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Suzanne M Michalak, Mary C Whitman, Jong G Park, Max A Tischfield, Elaine H Nguyen, Elizabeth C Engle
Purpose: To spatially and temporally define ocular motor nerve development in the presence and absence of extraocular muscles (EOMs). Methods: Myf5cre mice, which in the homozygous state lack EOMs, were crossed to an IslMN:GFP reporter line to fluorescently label motor neuron cell bodies and axons. Embryonic day (E) 11.5 to E15.5 wild-type and Myf5cre/cre:IslMN:GFP whole mount embryos and dissected orbits were imaged by confocal microscopy to visualize the developing oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves in the presence and absence of EOMs...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437444/transcriptional-bursting-in-drosophila-development-stochastic-dynamics-of-eve-stripe-2-expression
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David M Holloway, Alexander V Spirov
Anterior-posterior (AP) body segmentation of the fruit fly (Drosophila) is first seen in the 7-stripe spatial expression patterns of the pair-rule genes, which regulate downstream genes determining specific segment identities. Regulation of pair-rule expression has been extensively studied for the even-skipped (eve) gene. Recent live imaging, of a reporter for the 2nd eve stripe, has demonstrated the stochastic nature of this process, with 'bursts' in the number of RNA transcripts being made over time. We developed a stochastic model of the spatial and temporal expression of eve stripe 2 (binding by transcriptional activators (Bicoid and Hunchback proteins) and repressors (Giant and Krüppel proteins), transcriptional initiation and termination; with all rate parameters constrained by features of the experimental data) in order to analyze the noisy experimental time series and test hypotheses for how eve transcription is regulated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437341/measurement-of-thoracic-inlet-alignment-on-mri-reliability-and-the-influence-of-body-position
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Jun Qiao, Feng Zhu, Zhen Liu, Leilei Xu, Zezhang Zhu, Bangping Qian, Xu Sun, Qing Jiang, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure thoracic outlet parameters and whether supine MRI could supersede upright x-ray in measuring these parameters. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: On x-ray, overlapped soft and bony tissues make sternum contour invisible. Thus, measuring thoracic inlet (TI) alignment on x-ray may be inaccurate. MRI could clearly show anatomy around TI...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437332/ultrasound-assessment-of-the-abdominal-muscles-at-rest-and-during-the-aslr-test-among-adolescents-with-scoliosis
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Paweł Linek, Edward Saulicz, Michał Kuszewski, Tomasz Wolny
STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. OBJECTIVE: Are there deviations in the thickness of abdominal muscles at rest in individuals with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)? Are there deviations in abdominal muscular activity in people with AIS during the active straight leg raise (ASLR) test? SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Ultrasound imaging can be used to assess the lateral abdominal muscle. Some authors suggest that scoliosis develops through a weakness or improper functioning of the abdominal muscles that cannot provide adequate support to the spinal segments...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437011/noise-reduction-and-functional-maps-image-quality-improvement-in-dynamic-ct-perfusion-using-a-new-k-means-clustering-guided-bilateral-filter-kmgb
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Francesco Pisana, Thomas Henzler, Stefan Schönberg, Ernst Klotz, Bernhard Schmidt, Marc Kachelrieß
PURPOSE: Dynamic CT perfusion (CTP) consists in repeated acquisitions of the same volume in different time steps, slightly before, during and slightly afterwards the injection of contrast media. Important functional information can be derived for each voxel, which reflect the local hemodynamic properties and hence the metabolism of the tissue. Different approaches are being investigated to exploit data redundancy and prior knowledge for noise reduction of such datasets, ranging from iterative reconstruction schemes to high dimensional filters...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437010/technical-note-comparison-of-peripheral-patient-dose-from-mr-guided-60-co-therapy-and-6mv-linear-accelerator-igrt
#8
Pascal Hauri, Roger A Hälg, Uwe Schneider
PURPOSE: The use of X-ray imaging in radiation therapy can give a substantial dose to the patient. A Cobalt machine combined with an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was recently introduced to clinical work. One positive aspect of using non-ionizing imaging devices is the reduction of the patient exposure. The purpose of this study was to quantify the difference in out-of-field dose to the patient between the image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) treatment applied with a linear accelerator with cone beam CT (CBCT) equipment and a Cobalt machine combined with an MRI...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436815/moyamoya-in-a-patient-with-fires-a-first-case-report
#9
Taylor Kaufman, Andrew White
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) is a form of epileptic encephalopathy with severe refractory epilepsy that presents in previously healthy, school-aged children after significant febrile illness with concomitant rise in body temperature. Suspected causes include genetic or acquired channelopathies, as well as mitochondrial disturbances. In FIRES, the EEG shows diffuse slowing, generalized, and/or multifocal discharges. Seizures are present and resistant to treatment. Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is characterized by progressive stenosis of cerebral arteries and subsequent development of a network of collateral circulation that is prone to rupture...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436567/an-ultrastructural-study-of-chondroptosis-programmed-cell-death-in-degenerative-intervertebral-discs-in%C3%A2-vivo
#10
Li-Bo Jiang, Hai-Xiao Liu, Yu-Long Zhou, Sun-Ren Sheng, Hua-Zi Xu, En-Xing Xue
Apoptosis has been regarded to mediate intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD); however, the basic question of how the apoptotic bodies are cleared in the avascular intervertebral disc without phagocytes, which are essential to apoptosis, remains to be elucidated. Our goals were to investigate the ultrastructure of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells undergoing chondroptosis, a variant of apoptotic cell death, in a rabbit annular needle-puncture model of IDD. Experimental IDD was induced by puncturing discs with a 16-G needle in New Zealand rabbits...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436506/electrostatic-interactions-between-ions-near-thomas-fermi-substrates-and-the-surface-energy-of-ionic-crystals-at-imperfect-metals
#11
V Kaiser, J Comtet, A Niguès, A Siria, B Coasne, L Bocquet
The electrostatic interaction between two charged particles is strongly modified in the vicinity of a metal. This situation is usually accounted for by the celebrated image charges approach, which was further extended to account for the electronic screening properties of the metal at the level of the Thomas-Fermi description. In this paper we build upon a previous approach [M. A. Vorotyntsev and A. A. Kornyshev, Zh. Eksp. Teor. Fiz., 1980, 78(3), 1008-1019] and successive works to calculate the 1-body and 2-body electrostatic energy of ions near a metal in terms of the Thomas-Fermi screening length...
April 24, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436102/nutrition-in-adolescents-physiology-metabolism-and-nutritional-needs
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REVIEW
Jai K Das, Rehana A Salam, Kent L Thornburg, Andrew M Prentice, Susan Campisi, Zohra S Lassi, Berthold Koletzko, Zulfiqar A Bhutta
Adolescence is the period of development that begins at puberty and ends in early adulthood. Most commonly, adolescence is divided into three developmental periods: early adolescence (10-14 years of age), late adolescence (15-19 years of age), and young adulthood (20-24 years of age). Adolescence is marked by physical and sexual maturation, social and economic independence, development of identity, acquisition of skills needed to carry out adult relationships and roles, and the capacity for abstract reasoning...
April 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436094/dosimetric-validation-of-a-magnetic-resonance-image-gated-radiotherapy-system-using-a-motion-phantom-and-radiochromic-film
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James M Lamb, John S Ginn, Dylan P O'Connell, Nzhde Agazaryan, Minsong Cao, David H Thomas, Yingli Yang, Mircea Lazea, Percy Lee, Daniel A Low
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance image (MRI) guided radiotherapy enables gating directly on the target position. We present an evaluation of an MRI-guided radiotherapy system's gating performance using an MRI-compatible respiratory motion phantom and radiochromic film. Our evaluation is geared toward validation of our institution's clinical gating protocol which involves planning to a target volume formed by expanding 5 mm about the gross tumor volume (GTV) and gating based on a 3 mm window about the GTV...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435961/single-photon-coulomb-explosion-of-methanol-using-broad-bandwidth-ultrafast-euv-pulses
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Itamar Luzon, Krishna Jagtap, Ester Livshits, Oleg Lioubashevski, Roi Baer, Daniel Strasser
Single-photon Coulomb explosion of methanol is instigated using the broad bandwidth pulse achieved through high-order harmonics generation. Using 3D coincidence fragment imaging of one molecule at a time, the kinetic energy release (KER) and angular distributions of the products are measured in different Coulomb explosion (CE) channels. Two-body CE channels breaking either the C-O or the C-H bonds are described as well as a proton migration channel forming H2O(+), which is shown to exhibit higher KER. The results are compared to intense-field Coulomb explosion measurements in the literature...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435455/the-netpet-score-combining-fdg-and-somatostatin-receptor-imaging-for-optimal-management-of-patients-with-metastatic-well-differentiated-neuroendocrine-tumors
#15
EDITORIAL
Elif Hindié
Neuroendocrine tumors (NET) are often metastatic at the time of diagnosis. Metastatic well-differentiated (G1/G2) NET may display a wide range of behaviors, ranging from indolent to aggressive, even within apparently homogeneous categories. Thus, selecting the optimal treatment strategy is a challenging task. Somatostatin receptor imaging (SRI) is the standard molecular imaging technique for well-differentiated NET. When performed with (68)Ga-labeled somatostatin analogs (SRI-PET), it offers exquisite sensitivity for disease staging...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435349/proposal-of-a-new-estimation-method-of-colonization-rate-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-in-the-roots-of-chengiopanax-sciadophylloides
#16
Seitaro Deguchi, Yosuke Matsuda, Chisato Takenaka, Yuki Sugiura, Hajime Ozawa, Yoshimune Ogata
This study proposed a rapid method to quantify the colonization rate of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in plant roots. The method involved the use of an image analysis software (WinRHIZO Pro). The colonization rate is defined as the ratio of the fungal body to the plant root area in a micrograph. Three seedlings of Chengiopanax sciadophylloides, a woody species that accumulates radiocesium, were collected from a secondary forest in the Yamakiya district of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture during May-September 2014...
March 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435337/treatment-strategies-for-the-female-athlete-triad-in-the-adolescent-athlete-current-perspectives
#17
REVIEW
Jill Thein-Nissenbaum, Erin Hammer
Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, female sports participation has dramatically increased. The benefits of physical activity, including decreased risk for heart disease and diabetes as well as improved body image and self-esteem, far outweigh the risks. However, a select population of adolescent and young adult females may experience symptoms related to the female athlete triad (Triad), which refers to the interrelatedness of energy availability, menstrual function, and bone mineral density (BMD). These conditions often manifest clinically as disordered eating behaviors, menstrual irregularity, and stress fractures; an individual may suffer from 1 or all of the Triad components simultaneously...
2017: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434822/current-and-potential-imaging-applications-of-ferumoxytol-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#18
REVIEW
Gerda B Toth, Csanad G Varallyay, Andrea Horvath, Mustafa R Bashir, Peter L Choyke, Heike E Daldrup-Link, Edit Dosa, John Paul Finn, Seymur Gahramanov, Mukesh Harisinghani, Iain Macdougall, Alexander Neuwelt, Shreyas S Vasanawala, Prakash Ambady, Ramon Barajas, Justin S Cetas, Jeremy Ciporen, Thomas J DeLoughery, Nancy D Doolittle, Rongwei Fu, John Grinstead, Alexander R Guimaraes, Bronwyn E Hamilton, Xin Li, Heather L McConnell, Leslie L Muldoon, Gary Nesbit, Joao P Netto, David Petterson, William D Rooney, Daniel Schwartz, Laszlo Szidonya, Edward A Neuwelt
Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging is a commonly used diagnostic tool. Compared with standard gadolinium-based contrast agents, ferumoxytol (Feraheme, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Waltham, MA), used as an alternative contrast medium, is feasible in patients with impaired renal function. Other attractive imaging features of i.v. ferumoxytol include a prolonged blood pool phase and delayed intracellular uptake. With its unique pharmacologic, metabolic, and imaging properties, ferumoxytol may play a crucial role in future magnetic resonance imaging of the central nervous system, various organs outside the central nervous system, and the cardiovascular system...
April 14, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434640/imaging-guidance-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-is-transoesophageal-echocardiography-the-gold-standard
#19
REVIEW
Bo Xu, Philip M Mottram, Siobhan Lockwood, Ian T Meredith
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is traditionally performed under cardiac imaging guidance. In the early TAVR experience, intra-procedural transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) is recommended to guide device deployment, in the context of general anaesthesia (GA). Intra-procedural TOE imaging is particularly useful during TAVR deployment as a contrast-saving strategy for patients with renal impairment. Evidence has emerged recently demonstrating that in selected patients, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can be used to provide intra-procedural guidance for TAVR...
March 27, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434243/-clinical-and-neuropathological-characteristics-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
#20
János Bencze, Viktória Simon, Erika Bereczki, Réka Majer, Gréta Varkoly, Balázs Murnyák, János Kálmán, Tibor Hortobágyi
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is the second most common neurodegenerative dementia. The accurate diagnosis is often possible only by neuropathological examination. The morphologic hallmarks are the presence of α-synuclein-rich Lewy bodies and Lewy neurites, identical to those seen in Parkinson's disease (PD) and Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD). Neurotransmitter deficits, synaptic and ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) dysfunction play major role in the pathomechanism. Characteristic symptoms are cognitive fluctuation, parkinsonism and visual hallucinations...
April 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
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