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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352498/autofocusing-based-phase-correction
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Alexander Loktyushin, Philipp Ehses, Bernhard Schölkopf, Klaus Scheffler
PURPOSE: Phase artifacts due to B0 inhomogeneity can severely degrade the quality of MR images. The artifacts are particularly prominent in long-TE scans and usually appear as ghosting and blur. We propose a retrospective phase correction method based on autofocusing. The proposed method uses raw data acquired with standard imaging sequences, and does not rely on navigators or external measures of field inhomogeneity. METHODS: We formulate and solve the optimization problem, where we seek the latent phase offsets that are associated with an optimal value of the image quality measure that is evaluated in the spatial domain...
January 19, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352389/detailed-t1-weighted-profiles-from-the-human-cortex-measured-in-vivo-at-3-tesla-mri
#2
Bart Ferguson, Natalia Petridou, Alessio Fracasso, Martijn P van den Heuvel, Rachel M Brouwer, Hilleke E Hulshoff Pol, René S Kahn, René C W Mandl
Studies into cortical thickness in psychiatric diseases based on T1-weighted MRI frequently report on aberrations in the cerebral cortex. Due to limitations in image resolution for studies conducted at conventional MRI field strengths (e.g. 3 Tesla (T)) this information cannot be used to establish which of the cortical layers may be implicated. Here we propose a new analysis method that computes one high-resolution average cortical profile per brain region extracting myeloarchitectural information from T1-weighted MRI scans that are routinely acquired at a conventional field strength...
January 19, 2018: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352372/improving-pet-quantification-of-small-animal-68ga-dota-labeled-pet-ct-studies-by-using-a-ct-based-positron-range-correction
#3
Jacobo Cal-Gonzalez, Juan José Vaquero, Joaquín L Herraiz, Mailyn Pérez-Liva, María Luisa Soto-Montenegro, Santiago Peña-Zalbidea, Manuel Desco, José Manuel Udías
PURPOSE: Image quality of positron emission tomography (PET) tracers that emits high-energy positrons, such as Ga-68, Rb-82, or I-124, is significantly affected by positron range (PR) effects. PR effects are especially important in small animal PET studies, since they can limit spatial resolution and quantitative accuracy of the images. Since generators accessibility has made Ga-68 tracers wide available, the aim of this study is to show how the quantitative results of [68Ga]DOTA-labeled PET/X-ray computed tomography (CT) imaging of neuroendocrine tumors in mice can be improved using positron range correction (PRC)...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352136/gphenovision-a-ground-mobile-system-with-multi-modal-imaging-for-field-based-high-throughput-phenotyping-of-cotton
#4
Yu Jiang, Changying Li, Jon S Robertson, Shangpeng Sun, Rui Xu, Andrew H Paterson
Imaging sensors can extend phenotyping capability, but they require a system to handle high-volume data. The overall goal of this study was to develop and evaluate a field-based high throughput phenotyping system accommodating high-resolution imagers. The system consisted of a high-clearance tractor and sensing and electrical systems. The sensing system was based on a distributed structure, integrating environmental sensors, real-time kinematic GPS, and multiple imaging sensors including RGB-D, thermal, and hyperspectral cameras...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351872/low-cortical-iron-and-high-entorhinal-cortex-volume-promote-cognitive-functioning-in-the-oldest-old
#5
Jiri M G van Bergen, Xu Li, Frances C Quevenco, Anton F Gietl, Valerie Treyer, Sandra E Leh, Rafael Meyer, Alfred Buck, Philipp A Kaufmann, Roger M Nitsch, Peter C M van Zijl, Christoph Hock, Paul G Unschuld
The aging brain is characterized by an increased presence of neurodegenerative and vascular pathologies. However, there is substantial variation regarding the relationship between an individual's pathological burden and resulting cognitive impairment. To identify correlates of preserved cognitive functioning at highest age, the relationship between β-amyloid plaque load, presence of small vessel cerebrovascular disease (SVCD), iron-burden, and brain atrophy was investigated. Eighty cognitively unimpaired participants (44 oldest-old, aged 85-96 years; 36 younger-old, aged 55-80 years) were scanned by integrated positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging for assessing beta regional amyloid plaque load (18F-flutemetamol), white matter hyperintensities as an indicator of SVCD (fluid-attenuated inversion recovery-magnetic resonance imaging), and iron load (quantitative susceptibility mapping)...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351787/scl20a2-mutation-presenting-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-case-report
#6
Xiaoyu Zhang, Gaoting Ma, Zhangning Zhao, Meijia Zhu
BACKGROUND: Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC) is a rare disorder characterized by distinctive bilateral brain calcification and variable clinical presentations. However, cerebrovascular attack was rarely reported in PFBC patients. We here reported a SLC20A2 mutation patient presenting with acute ischemic stroke. CASE PRESENTATION: A 56 years old man was transferred to our hospital because of 6 days of melena and 3 days of somnolence, agitation and mood changes...
January 19, 2018: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351686/basilar-artery-ectasia-causing-trigeminal-neuralgia-an-evolved-technique-of-transpositional-suture-pexy
#7
Harminder Singh, Harley Brito da Silva, Mehdi Zeinalizadeh, Turki Elarjani, David Straus, Laligam N Sekhar
BACKGROUND: Microvascular decompression for patients with trigeminal neuralgia (TGN) is widely accepted as one of the modalities of treatment. The standard approach has been retrosigmoid suboccipital craniotomy with placement of a Teflon pledget to cushion the trigeminal nerve from the offending artery, or cauterize and divide the offending vein(s). However, in cases of severe compression caused by a large artery, the standard decompression technique may not be effective. OBJECTIVE: To describe a unique technique of vasculopexy of the ectatic basilar artery to the tentorium in a patient with TGN attributed to a severely ectatic and tortuous basilar artery...
February 1, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351655/establishing-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-in-saudi-arabia
#8
Ali B Alhailiy, Peter L Kench, Mark F McEntee, Patrick C Brennan, Elaine A Ryan
Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a commonly used diagnostic imaging tool for cardiovascular disease. Despite constant improvements to imaging technologies, the radiation dose to patients remains a concern when using this procedure. Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are used as a trigger to identify and alert individual facilities that are using high doses during CT. This study aims to assess patient radiation dose and establish new national DRLs (NDRL) associated with CCTA in Saudi clinical practices...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351334/endothelin-1-is-associated-with-fibrosis-in-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-membranes
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William Chang, Michelle Lajko, Amani A Fawzi
PURPOSE: To characterize the relationship between endothelin-1 and fibrosis in epiretinal membranes in proliferative diabetic retinopathy and explore the role of endothelial-mesenchymal transition in these membranes. METHODS: Membranes were obtained from eyes undergoing pars plana vitrectomy for complicated proliferative diabetic retinopathy or idiopathic epiretinal membrane. Through standard immunohistochemical techniques, we labeled membranes to explore the distribution of endothelin-1 and endothelin receptor B, comparing proliferative diabetic retinopathy and idiopathic epiretinal membranes...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351284/magnetic-resonance-angiography-with-compressed-sensing-an-evaluation-of-moyamoya-disease
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Takayuki Yamamoto, Tomohisa Okada, Yasutaka Fushimi, Akira Yamamoto, Koji Fujimoto, Sachi Okuchi, Hikaru Fukutomi, Jun C Takahashi, Takeshi Funaki, Susumu Miyamoto, Aurélien F Stalder, Yutaka Natsuaki, Peter Speier, Kaori Togashi
Compressed sensing (CS) reconstructions of under-sampled measurements generate missing data based on assumptions of image sparsity. Non-contrast time-of-flight MR angiography (TOF-MRA) is a good candidate for CS based acceleration, as MRA images feature bright trees of sparse vessels over a well-suppressed anatomical background signal. A short scan time derived from CS is beneficial for patients of moyamoya disease (MMD) because of the frequency of MR scans. The purpose of this study was to investigate the reliability of TOF-MRA with CS in the evaluation of MMD...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351261/three-dimensional-terahertz-coded-aperture-imaging-based-on-single-input-multiple-output-technology
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Shuo Chen, Chenggao Luo, Bin Deng, Hongqiang Wang, Yongqiang Cheng, Zhaowen Zhuang
As a promising radar imaging technique, terahertz coded-aperture imaging (TCAI) can achieve high-resolution, forward-looking, and staring imaging by producing spatiotemporal independent signals with coded apertures. In this paper, we propose a three-dimensional (3D) TCAI architecture based on single input multiple output (SIMO) technology, which can reduce the coding and sampling times sharply. The coded aperture applied in the proposed TCAI architecture loads either purposive or random phase modulation factor...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351123/accuracy-of-18f-naf-pet-ct-in-bone-metastasis-detection-and-its-effect-on-patient-management-in-patients-with-breast-carcinoma
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Wouter A M Broos, Friso M van der Zant, Maurits Wondergem, Remco J J Knol
OBJECTIVE: Determination of the accuracy of sodium fluorine-18-fluoride (F-NaF) PET/computed tomography (CT) for the evaluation of bone metastases, and the impact on patient management in breast cancer patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with breast cancer, referred for F-NaF PET/CT between February 2014 and June 2016, were included in a database. Baseline characteristics, clinical indication, definitive diagnosis according to follow-up data, as well as changes in patient management were recorded...
January 18, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350640/scapular-fractures-a-common-diagnostic-pitfall
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Daniela Berritto, Antonio Pinto, Anna Russo, Fabrizio Urraro, Antonella Laporta, Maria Paola Belfiore, Roberto Grassi
Scapular fractures are one of the most difficult fractures to diagnose on radiographs. Detection can be challenging because of the obscuration by the overlying structures or incomplete imaging due to difficult patient collaboration. Familiarity with imaging characteristics of these abnormalities will allow radiologists to better diagnose and characterize scapular fractures. Three-dimensional computed tomographic scans are considered the gold standard for scapular diagnoses. Treatment strategies differ depending on the type of scapular fractures, but the site and degree of displacement will determine whether surgical intervention should be considered...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350638/weight-bearing-mri-of-the-knee-a-review-of-advantages-and-limits
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Federico Bruno, Antonio Barile, Francesco Arrigoni, Antonella Laporta, Anna Russo, Marina Carotti, Alessandra Splendiani, Ernesto Di Cesare, Carlo Masciocchi
Standard knee imaging with MRI is usually performed with patient in recumbent position under non-weight-bearing conditions. Recently, magnetic resonance imaging systems to scan the knee joint under weight bearing conditions has been proposed as an approach to improve the clinical utility of musculoskeletal MRI. Imaging under loading can be useful to understand the natural motion behavior of the knee joint and to identify conditions that are challenging to diagnose by using standard position. We reviewed the literature on weight-bearing MR imaging of the knee to describe the current state of use of such MRI technologies, evaluating the advantages and the potential limitations of these technologies...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350579/evaluation-of-respiratory-motion-corrected-cone-beam-ct-at-end-expiration-in-abdominal-radiotherapy-sites-a-prospective-study
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Russell E Kincaid, Agung E Hertanto, Yu-Chi Hu, Abraham J Wu, Karyn A Goodman, Hai D Pham, Ellen D Yorke, Qinghui Zhang, Qing Chen, Gig S Mageras
BACKGROUND: Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) for radiotherapy image guidance suffers from respiratory motion artifacts. This limits soft tissue visualization and localization accuracy, particularly in abdominal sites. We report on a prospective study of respiratory motion-corrected (RMC)-CBCT to evaluate its efficacy in localizing abdominal organs and improving soft tissue visibility at end expiration. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In an IRB approved study, 11 patients with gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancer and five with pancreatic cancer underwent a respiration-correlated CT (4DCT), a respiration-gated CBCT (G-CBCT) near end expiration and a one-minute free-breathing CBCT scan on a single treatment day...
January 19, 2018: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350571/intimate-partner-violence-perpetration-corresponds-to-a-dorsal-ventral-gradient-in-medial-pfc-reactivity-to-interpersonal-provocation
#16
David S Chester, C Nathan DeWall
Intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration is often preceded by perceived interpersonal provocations such as slights, insults, and rejections. Yet the neural mechanisms that link provocation to IPV remain unclear. In the context of interactions with strangers, the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) has been repeatedly shown to respond to provocation, with more dorsal activation associated with more aggressive reactions and more ventral activation associated with less aggressive reactions. We used functional brain imaging to test whether this dorsal-ventral MPFC reactivity gradient would also correlate with greater aggression towards an unexamined target: intimate partners...
January 19, 2018: Social Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350403/influence-of-contrast-administration-on-computed-tomography-based-analysis-of-visceral-adipose-and-skeletal-muscle-tissue-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#17
Michael T Paris, Helena F Furberg, Stacey Petruzella, Oguz Akin, Andreas M Hötker, Marina Mourtzakis
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) scans are being utilized to examine the influence of skeletal muscle and visceral adipose quantity and quality on health-related outcomes in clinical populations. However, little is known about the influence of contrast administration on these parameters. METHODS: Precontrast, arterial, and 3-minute postcontrast CT images of 45 patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma were downloaded from The Cancer Imaging Archive and retrospectively analyzed for visceral adipose cross-sectional area (CSA) and density, and muscle CSA and density at the third lumbar vertebrae...
January 19, 2018: JPEN. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350368/clinical-features-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-traumatic-pulmonary-pseudocysts
#18
Seray Hazer, Umut Perçem Orhan Söylemez
BACKGROUND: Traumatic pulmonary pseudocysts (TPP) are rare complications of blunt chest trauma. The aim of this study is to increase the understanding of this rare entity with imaging and clinical parameters for preventing complications and determining the correct treatment approach by observing 15 cases. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical data and thoracic computed tomography scans of 185 patients who underwent examinations in our department after chest trauma between July 2014 and December 2015...
January 2018: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350330/role-of-dual-energy-ct-in-the-diagnosis-and-follow-up-of-gout-systematic-analysis-of-the-literature
#19
André Ramon, Amélie Bohm-Sigrand, Pierre Pottecher, Pascal Richette, Jean-Francis Maillefert, Herve Devilliers, Paul Ornetti
The aim of this systematic review was to determine the potential role of dual-energy CT in the diagnosis and follow-up of gout with regard to the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) filter. A systematic analysis of the literature was conducted using the MEDLINE and Cochrane databases and published abstracts of international congresses, according to the criteria of the OMERACT filter: feasibility, reproducibility, validity versus laboratory (serum urate, MSU synovial fluid aspirate) and other imaging modalities for gout, and its sensitivity to change in patients on urate lowering therapy (ULT)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350191/a-prospective-gating-method-to-acquire-a-diverse-set-of-free-breathing-ct-images-for-model-based-4dct
#20
Dylan O'Connell, Dan Ruan, David H Thomas, Tai H Dou, John H Lewis, Anand P Santhanam, Percy P Lee, Daniel A Low
Breathing motion modeling requires observation of tissues at sufficiently distinct respiratory states for proper 4D characterization. This work proposes a method to improve sampling of the breathing cycle with limited imaging dose. We designed and tested a prospective free-breathing acquisition protocol with a simulation using datasets from 5 patients imaged with a model-based 4DCT technique. Each dataset contained 25 free-breathing fast helical CT scans with simultaneous breathing surrogate measurements...
January 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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