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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911950/a-specialized-multi-transmit-head-coil-for-high-resolution-fmri-of-the-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Shubharthi Sengupta, Alard Roebroeck, Valentin G Kemper, Benedikt A Poser, Jan Zimmermann, Rainer Goebel, Gregor Adriany
PURPOSE: To design, construct and validate radiofrequency (RF) transmit and receive phased array coils for high-resolution visual cortex imaging at 7 Tesla. METHODS: A 4 channel transmit and 16 channel receive array was constructed on a conformal polycarbonate former. Transmit field efficiency and homogeneity were simulated and validated, along with the Specific Absorption Rate, using [Formula: see text] mapping techniques and electromagnetic simulations. Receiver signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), temporal SNR (tSNR) across EPI time series, g-factors for accelerated imaging and noise correlations were evaluated and compared with a commercial 32 channel whole head coil...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911321/the-effects-of-meditation-on-grey-matter-atrophy-and-neurodegeneration-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
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Nicole Last, Emily Tufts, Leslie E Auger
The present systematic review is based on the premise that a variety of neurodegenerative diseases are accompanied by grey matter atrophy in the brain and meditation may impact this. Given that age is a major risk factor for many of these progressive and neurodegenerative diseases and that the percentage of the population over the age of 65 is quickly increasing, there is an obvious need for prompt treatment and prevention advances in research. As there is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, many are seeking non-pharmacological treatment options in attempts to offset the disease-related cognitive and functional declines...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911262/magnetic-resonance-elastography-vs-transient-elastography-in-detection-of-fibrosis-and-noninvasive-measurement-of-steatosis-in-patients-with-biopsy-proven-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Charlie C Park, Phirum Nguyen, Carolyn Hernandez, Ricki Bettencourt, Kimberly Ramirez, Lynda Fortney, Jonathan Hooker, Ethan Sy, Mosab H Alquiraish, Mark A Valasek, Emily Rizo, Lisa Richards, David Brenner, Claude B Sirlin, Rohit Loomba
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Magnetic-resonance-imaging (MRI) techniques and ultrasound-based transient elastography (TE) can be used in noninvasive diagnosis of fibrosis and steatosis in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We performed a prospective study to compare the performance of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) vs TE for in diagnosis of fibrosis, and MRI-based proton density fat fraction (MRI-PDFF) analysis vs TE-based controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) for diagnosis of steatosis in patients undergoing biopsy to assess NAFLD...
October 27, 2016: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910089/bilateral-endolymphatic-hydrops-in-a-patient-with-migraine-variant-without-vertigo-a-case-report
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Isabelle Y Liu, Akira Ishiyama, Ali R Sepahdari, Kevin Johnson, Gail Ishiyama
OBJECTIVE: To use modern high-resolution inner ear imaging modalities to evaluate for endolymphatic hydrops (EH) in a patient with migraine-associated fluctuating hearing loss without vertigo spells or dizziness. BACKGROUND: EH has been well described in patients with Meniere's disease on both human temporal bone studies and modern high-resolution imaging; however, there is no study to date, to our knowledge, that examines the presence of EH in a patient with migraine and bilateral hearing loss...
December 2, 2016: Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908306/comparing-diffusion-weighted-imaging-with-clinical-and-blood-parameters-and-with-short-tau-inversion-recovery-sequence-in-detecting-spinal-and-sacroiliac-joint-inflammation-in-axial-spondyloarthritis
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Ho Yin Chung, Xiaopei Xu, Vince Wing Hang Lau, Grace Ho, Ka Lai Lee, Philip Hei Li, Helen Hoi Lun Tsang, Suet Kei Kwok, Chak Sing Lau, Chun Sing Wong
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the usefulness of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) by comparing with clinical features, blood parameters and traditional short tau inversion recovery (STIR) sequence in detecting spinal and sacroiliac (SI) joint inflammation in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) patients. METHODS: One hundred and ten axSpA patients were recruited. Clinical, radiological and blood parameters were recorded. DWI and STIR MRI were performed simultaneously and results were scored according to the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) for comparison...
November 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907080/development-of-an-automated-mri-based-diagnostic-protocol-for-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-using-disease-specific-pathognomonic-features-a-quantitative-disease-state-classification-study
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Christina Schuster, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede
BACKGROUND: Despite significant advances in quantitative neuroimaging, the diagnosis of ALS remains clinical and MRI-based biomarkers are not currently used to aid the diagnosis. The objective of this study is to develop a robust, disease-specific, multimodal classification protocol and validate its diagnostic accuracy in independent, early-stage and follow-up data sets. METHODS: 147 participants (81 ALS patients and 66 healthy controls) were divided into a training sample and a validation sample...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906119/degrading-traumatic-memories-with-eye-movements-a-pilot-functional-mri-study-in-ptsd
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Kathleen Thomaes, Iris M Engelhard, Marit Sijbrandij, Danielle C Cath, Odile A Van den Heuvel
BACKGROUND: Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During EMDR, the patient recalls traumatic memories while making eye movements (EMs). Making EMs during recall is associated with decreased vividness and emotionality of traumatic memories, but the underlying mechanism has been unclear. Recent studies support a "working-memory" (WM) theory, which states that the two tasks (recall and EMs) compete for limited capacity of WM resources...
2016: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905341/heidenhain-variant-of-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-in-a-patient-who-had-bovine-bioprosthetic-valve-implantation
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Jehard Hashoul, Waleed Saliba, Irina Bloch, Haneen Jabaly-Habib
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a rare neurodegenerative disorder characterized by rapidly progressing dementia, general neurologic deterioration, and death. When the leading symptoms are visual disturbances, it is termed as the Heidenhain variant of CJD (HvCJD). CJD was reported following prion-contaminated pericardium transplants but never after bovine bioprosthetic cardiac valve. In this case report, we describe HvCJD in a patient who had a bovine bioprosthetic cardiac valve implant. An 82-year-old-woman was referred to neuro-ophthalmology clinic for unexplained visual loss that started 1 month previously...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901096/image-based-in-vivo-assessment-of-targeting-accuracy-of-stereotactic-brain-surgery-in-experimental-rodent-models
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Janaki Raman Rangarajan, Greetje Vande Velde, Friso van Gent, Philippe De Vloo, Tom Dresselaers, Maarten Depypere, Kris van Kuyck, Bart Nuttin, Uwe Himmelreich, Frederik Maes
Stereotactic neurosurgery is used in pre-clinical research of neurological and psychiatric disorders in experimental rat and mouse models to engraft a needle or electrode at a pre-defined location in the brain. However, inaccurate targeting may confound the results of such experiments. In contrast to the clinical practice, inaccurate targeting in rodents remains usually unnoticed until assessed by ex vivo end-point histology. We here propose a workflow for in vivo assessment of stereotactic targeting accuracy in small animal studies based on multi-modal post-operative imaging...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898647/diffusion-weighted-mri-and-18f-fdg-pet-ct-imaging-competition-or-synergy-as-diagnostic-methods-to-manage-sarcoma-of-the-uterus-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Julien Dubreuil, Jeremie Tordo, Domenico Rubello, Francesco Giammarile, Andrea Skanjeti
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/computed tomography (F-FDG-PET/CT) and MRI with diffusion-weighted images (DWI) in uterine sarcomas (US). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A systematic review was performed on Medline, ISI web of knowledge, and Scopus databases for studies reporting the diagnostic performance of F-FDG-PET/CT and DWI-MRI in US published up to 15 February 2016. Exclusion criteria were articles with fewer than five cases of US, without DWI-MRI, and previous series of patients from the same researcher team...
January 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898602/novel-high-spatiotemporal-resolution-versus-standard-of-care-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-breast-mri-comparison-of-image-quality
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Courtney K Morrison, Leah C Henze Bancroft, Wendy B DeMartini, James H Holmes, Kang Wang, Ryan J Bosca, Frank R Korosec, Roberta M Strigel
OBJECTIVE: Currently, dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prioritizes spatial resolution over temporal resolution given the limitations of acquisition techniques. The purpose of our intrapatient study was to assess the ability of a novel high spatial and high temporal resolution DCE breast MRI method to maintain image quality compared with the clinical standard-of-care (SOC) MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients, each demonstrating a focal area of enhancement (29 benign, 1 cancer) on their SOC MRI, consented to undergo a research DCE breast MRI on a second date...
November 28, 2016: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898453/resolution-of-rectal-prolapse-by-vaginal-reconstruction
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Hemikaa Devakumar, Neeraja Chandrasekaran, Alexandriah Alas, Laura Martin, G Willy Davila, Eric Hurtado
BACKGROUND: Rectal prolapse is a disorder of the pelvic floor in which the layers of the rectal mucosa protrude outward through the anus. Surgical repair is the mainstay of treatment. Options include intra-abdominal procedures such as rectopexy and perineal procedures such as the Delorme and Altemeier perineal rectosigmoidectomy. Rectal and vaginal prolapse can often coexist. However, to our knowledge, there are no reported cases of rectal prolapse resolved by the repair of a compressive enterocele abutting the anterior rectal wall through a vaginal approach alone...
November 28, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898305/view-aligned-hypergraph-learning-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-with-incomplete-multi-modality-data
#13
Mingxia Liu, Jun Zhang, Pew-Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen
Effectively utilizing incomplete multi-modality data for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and its prodrome (i.e., mild cognitive impairment, MCI) remains an active area of research. Several multi-view learning methods have been recently developed for AD/MCI diagnosis by using incomplete multi-modality data, with each view corresponding to a specific modality or a combination of several modalities. However, existing methods usually ignore the underlying coherence among views, which may lead to sub-optimal learning performance...
November 16, 2016: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894675/the-manifestation-of-vortical-and-secondary-flow-in-the-cerebral-venous-outflow-tract-an-in-vivo-mr-velocimetry-study
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Sarah Kefayati, Matthew Amans, Farshid Faraji, Megan Ballweber, Evan Kao, Sinyeob Ahn, Karl Meisel, Van Halbach, David Saloner
Aberrations in flow in the cerebral venous outflow tract (CVOT) have been implicated as the cause of several pathologic conditions including idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), multiple sclerosis (MS), and pulsatile tinnitus (PT). The advent of 4D flow magnetic resonance imaging (4D-flow MRI) has recently allowed researchers to evaluate blood flow patterns in the arterial structures with great success. We utilized similar imaging techniques and found several distinct flow characteristics in the CVOT of subjects with and without lumenal irregularities...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893647/cervical-spine-mri-in-patients-with-negative-ct-a-prospective-multicenter-study-of-the-research-consortium-of-new-england-centers-for-trauma-reconect
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Adrian A Maung, Dirk C Johnson, Kimberly Barre, Thomas Peponis, Thomas Mesar, George C Velmahos, Daniel McGrail, George Kasotakis, Ronald I Gross, Michael S Rosenblatt, Kristen C Sihler, Robert J Winchell, Walter Cholewczynski, Kathryn L Butler, Stephen R Odom, Kimberly A Davis
BACKGROUND: Although cervical spine CT (CSCT) accurately detects bony injuries, it may not identify all soft tissue injuries. While some clinicians rely exclusively on a negative CT to remove spine precautions in unevaluable patients or patients with cervicalgia, others use MRI for that purpose. The objective of this study was to determine the rates of abnormal MRI after a negative CSCT. METHODS: Blunt trauma patients who either were unevaluable or had persistent midline cervicalgia and underwent an MRI of the C-spine after a negative CSCT were enrolled prospectively in 8 Level I and II New England trauma centers...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892880/mri-cross-sectional-atlas-of-normal-canine-cervical-musculoskeletal-structure
#16
M Alizadeh, C Zindl, M J Allen, G G Knapik, N Fitzpatrick, W S Marras
Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been increasingly used as a diagnostic tool for cervical spine injuries in canines, a comprehensive normal MRI anatomy of the canine cervical spine muscles is lacking. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to build a magnetic resonance imaging atlas of the normal cross sectional anatomy of the muscles of the canine cervical spine. MRI scans were performed on a canine cadaver using a combination of T1 and T2-weighted images in the transverse, sagittal and dorsal planes acquired at a slice thickness of 1mm...
September 30, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889652/cloud-gpu-based-simulations-for-squaremr
#17
George Kantasis, Christos G Xanthis, Kostas Haris, Einar Heiberg, Anthony H Aletras
Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a research tool, used more and more in clinical practice, as it provides objective information with respect to the tissues being imaged. Pixel-wise T1 quantification (T1 mapping) of the myocardium is one such application with diagnostic significance. A number of mapping sequences have been developed for myocardial T1 mapping with a wide range in terms of measurement accuracy and precision. Furthermore, measurement results obtained with these pulse sequences are affected by errors introduced by the particular acquisition parameters used...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889333/magnetoencephalography-meg-past-current-and-future-perspectives-for-improved-differentiation-and-treatment-of-epilepsies
#18
Hermann Stefan, Eugen Trinka
In addition to visual analysis digital computerized recording of electrical and magnetic fields by using EEG and MEG opened a new window for research concerning improved understanding of pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of epilepsies. In the last 25 years MEG was used more and more in clinical studies concerning localization of focal epileptic activity, functional cortex and network analysis. Simultaneous MEG/EEG recording and analysis offer the use of complimentary information increasing the sensitivity for tracing primary epileptic activity...
November 15, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888020/neural-correlates-of-affective-empathy-and-reinforcement-learning-in-boys-with-conduct-problems-fmri-evidence-from-a-gambling-task
#19
Christina Schwenck, Angela Ciaramidaro, Marina Selivanova, Jennifer Tournay, Christine M Freitag, Michael Siniatchkin
BACKGROUND: Conduct problems (CP) comprise abnormal behaviors associated with aberrant aspects of affective empathy as well as learning. However, behavioral measures for affective empathy are challenging, and previous results concerning learning in patients with CP are inconsistent. METHODS: Nineteen boys with CP and 24 typically developing (TD) boys aged 11-17 years (M=14.34, SD=1.93) participated in the study. An ultimatum-game was applied in order to elicit the feeling of like or dislike towards the opponent for a subsequent gambling task, which was played by the opponents (OTHER-condition) and by the participants themselves (SELF-condition)...
November 22, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884852/diagnostic-and-prognostic-biomarkers-in-the-rational-assessment-of-mesothelioma-diaphragm-study-protocol-of-a-prospective-multicentre-observational-study
#20
Selina Tsim, Caroline Kelly, Laura Alexander, Carol McCormick, Fiona Thomson, Rosie Woodward, John E Foster, David B Stobo, Jim Paul, Nick A Maskell, Anthony Chalmers, Kevin G Blyth
INTRODUCTION: Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an asbestos-related cancer, which is difficult to diagnose. Thoracoscopy is frequently required but is not widely available. An accurate, non-invasive diagnostic biomarker would allow early specialist referral, limit diagnostic delays and maximise clinical trial access. Current markers offer insufficient sensitivity and are not routinely used. The SOMAmer proteomic classifier and fibulin-3 have recently demonstrated sensitivity and specificity exceeding 90% in retrospective studies...
November 24, 2016: BMJ Open
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