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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048520/we-a-brc-03-lessons-learned-iroc-audits
#1
D Followill
: Quality and safety in healthcare are inextricably linked. There are compelling data that link poor quality radiation therapy to inferior patient survival. Radiation Oncology clinical trial protocol deviations often involve incorrect target volume delineation or dosing, akin to radiotherapy incidents which also often involve partial geometric miss or improper radiation dosing. When patients with radiation protocol variations are compared to those without significant protocol variations, clinical outcome is negatively impacted...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048442/su-d-206-02-evaluation-of-partial-storage-of-the-system-matrix-for-cone-beam-computed-tomography-using-a-gpu-platform
#2
D Matenine, G Cote, J Mascolo-Fortin, Y Goussard, P Despres
PURPOSE: Iterative reconstruction algorithms in computed tomography (CT) require a fast method for computing the intersections between the photons' trajectories and the object, also called ray-tracing or system matrix computation. This work evaluates different ways to store the system matrix, aiming to reconstruct dense image grids in reasonable time. METHODS: We propose an optimized implementation of the Siddon's algorithm using graphics processing units (GPUs) with a novel data storage scheme...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048404/we-h-201-03-enthusiasm-and-generosity-of-spirit-necessitate-a-volunteering-structure-to-make-them-more-meaningful
#3
Y Pipman
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048384/su-d-207b-06-predicting-breast-cancer-malignancy-on-dce-mri-data-using-pre-trained-convolutional-neural-networks
#4
N Antropova, B Huynh, M Giger
PURPOSE: We investigate deep learning in the task of distinguishing between malignant and benign breast lesions on dynamic contrast-enhanced MR images (DCE-MRIs), eliminating the need for lesion segmentation and extraction of tumor features. We evaluate convolutional neural network (CNN) after transfer learning with ImageNet, a database of thousands of non-medical images. METHODS: Under a HIPAA-compliant IRB protocol, a database of 551 (357 malignant and 194 benign) breast MRI cases was collected...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048367/th-a-207b-00-shear-wave-imaging-and-a-qiba-us-biomarker-update
#5
Paul Carson
: Imaging of tissue elastic properties is a relatively new and powerful approach to one of the oldest and most important diagnostic tools. Imaging of shear wave speed with ultrasound is has been added to most high-end ultrasound systems. Understanding this exciting imaging mode aiding its most effective use in medicine can be a rewarding effort for medical physicists and other medical imaging and treatment professionals. Assuring consistent, quantitative measurements across the many ultrasound systems in a typical imaging department will constitute a major step toward realizing the great potential of this technique and other quantitative imaging...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047772/we-a-brc-00-the-quality-gap
#6
Jatinder Palta
: Quality and safety in healthcare are inextricably linked. There are compelling data that link poor quality radiation therapy to inferior patient survival. Radiation Oncology clinical trial protocol deviations often involve incorrect target volume delineation or dosing, akin to radiotherapy incidents which also often involve partial geometric miss or improper radiation dosing. When patients with radiation protocol variations are compared to those without significant protocol variations, clinical outcome is negatively impacted...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047760/we-h-201-04-models-for-developing-medical-physics-educators-and-education-programs-in-the-developing-countries-and-the-potential-role-of-us-universities-and-individual-medical-physicists
#7
P Sprawls
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047721/th-a-207b-01-basics-and-current-implementations-of-ultrasound-imaging-of-shear-wave-speed-and-elasticity
#8
S Chen
: Imaging of tissue elastic properties is a relatively new and powerful approach to one of the oldest and most important diagnostic tools. Imaging of shear wave speed with ultrasound is has been added to most high-end ultrasound systems. Understanding this exciting imaging mode aiding its most effective use in medicine can be a rewarding effort for medical physicists and other medical imaging and treatment professionals. Assuring consistent, quantitative measurements across the many ultrasound systems in a typical imaging department will constitute a major step toward realizing the great potential of this technique and other quantitative imaging...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047637/we-h-201-00-opportunities-for-physicists-to-support-low-and-mid-income-countries
#9
Julianne Pollard
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047511/th-f-209-00-pitfalls-reliability-and-performance-of-diagnostic-x-ray-sources
#10
Rolf Behling
PURPOSE: Performance and reliability of medical X-ray tubes for imaging are crucial from an ethical, clinical and economic perspective. This lecture will deliver insight into the aspects to consider during the decision making process to invest in X-ray imaging equipment. Outdated metric still hampers realistic product comparison. It is time to change this and to comply with latest standards, which consider current technology. Failure modes and ways to avoid down-time of the equipment shall be discussed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047117/we-a-brc-01-introduction-to-the-certificate-course
#11
J Palta
: Quality and safety in healthcare are inextricably linked. There are compelling data that link poor quality radiation therapy to inferior patient survival. Radiation Oncology clinical trial protocol deviations often involve incorrect target volume delineation or dosing, akin to radiotherapy incidents which also often involve partial geometric miss or improper radiation dosing. When patients with radiation protocol variations are compared to those without significant protocol variations, clinical outcome is negatively impacted...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047072/th-a-207b-02-qiba-ultrasound-elasticity-imaging-system-biomarker-qualification-and-user-testing-of-systems
#12
B Garra
: Imaging of tissue elastic properties is a relatively new and powerful approach to one of the oldest and most important diagnostic tools. Imaging of shear wave speed with ultrasound is has been added to most high-end ultrasound systems. Understanding this exciting imaging mode aiding its most effective use in medicine can be a rewarding effort for medical physicists and other medical imaging and treatment professionals. Assuring consistent, quantitative measurements across the many ultrasound systems in a typical imaging department will constitute a major step toward realizing the great potential of this technique and other quantitative imaging...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046986/we-h-201-01-the-opportunities-and-benefits-of-helping-lmics-how-helping-them-can-help-you
#13
J Pollard
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046855/th-f-209-01-pitfalls-reliability-and-performance-of-diagnostic-x-ray-sources
#14
R Behling
PURPOSE: Performance and reliability of medical X-ray tubes for imaging are crucial from an ethical, clinical and economic perspective. This lecture will deliver insight into the aspects to consider during the decision making process to invest in X-ray imaging equipment. Outdated metric still hampers realistic product comparison. It is time to change this and to comply with latest standards, which consider current technology. Failure modes and ways to avoid down-time of the equipment shall be discussed...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046835/mo-fg-brc-02-low-z-switching-linear-accelerator-targets-new-options-for-image-guidance-and-dose-enhancement-in-radiotherapy
#15
J Robar
Experimental research in medical physics has expanded the limits of our knowledge and provided novel imaging and therapy technologies for patients around the world. However, experimental efforts are challenging due to constraints in funding, space, time and other forms of institutional support. In this joint ESTRO-AAPM symposium, four exciting experimental projects from four different countries are highlighted. Each project is focused on a different aspect of radiation therapy. From the USA, we will hear about a new linear accelerator concept for more compact and efficient therapy devices...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046454/we-a-brc-02-lessons-learned-clinical-trials-and-operations
#16
S Evans
: Quality and safety in healthcare are inextricably linked. There are compelling data that link poor quality radiation therapy to inferior patient survival. Radiation Oncology clinical trial protocol deviations often involve incorrect target volume delineation or dosing, akin to radiotherapy incidents which also often involve partial geometric miss or improper radiation dosing. When patients with radiation protocol variations are compared to those without significant protocol variations, clinical outcome is negatively impacted...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046328/we-h-201-02-emerging-models-and-opportunities-in-global-health-for-medical-physicists-powered-by-information-and-communication-technologies
#17
W Ngwa
: The desperate need for radiotherapy in low and mid-income countries (LMICs) has been well documented. Roughly 60 % of the worldwide incidence of cancer occurs in these resource-limited settings and the international community alongside governmental and non-profit agencies have begun publishing reports and seeking help from qualified volunteers. However, the focus of several reports has been on how dire the situation is and the magnitude of the problem, leaving most to feel overwhelmed and unsure as to how to help and why to get involved...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040097/hospital-based-multidisciplinary-youth-mentoring-and-medical-exposure-program-positively-influences-and-reinforces-health-care-career-choice-the-reach-one-each-one-program-early-experience
#18
Omar K Danner, Carl Lokko, Felicia Mobley, Montreka Dansby, Michael Maze, Brene' Bradley, Elizabeth Williams, Leslie Ray Matthews, Emma Harrington, Lisa Mack, Clarence Clark, Ken Wilson, Derrick Beech, Sheryl Heron, Ed Childs
BACKGROUND: According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, underrepresented minorities (URMs) are more likely to leave science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at higher rates than their peers during undergraduate studies. Many institutions of higher learning have implemented pipeline programs aimed at preparing and inspiring high school and college aged students in select careers in health sciences with varying levels of success. Research has shown that a health care workforce that mirrors the community they serve is more effective in reducing health disparities and increasing positive health outcomes...
December 14, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035841/rehabilitation-robotics-for-the-upper-extremity-review-with-new-directions-for-orthopaedic-disorders
#19
Renée M Hakim, Brandon G Tunis, Michael D Ross
The focus of research using technological innovations such as robotic devices has been on interventions to improve upper extremity function in neurologic populations, particularly patients with stroke. There is a growing body of evidence describing rehabilitation programs using various types of supportive/assistive and/or resistive robotic and virtual reality-enhanced devices to improve outcomes for patients with neurologic disorders. The most promising approaches are task-oriented, based on current concepts of motor control/learning and practice-induced neuroplasticity...
December 30, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011335/using-simulation-to-improve-the-capability-of-undergraduate-nursing-students-in-mental-health-care
#20
Elicia L Kunst, Marion Mitchell, Amy N B Johnston
INTRODUCTION: Mental health care is an increasing component of acute patient care and yet mental health care education can be limited in undergraduate nursing programs. The aim of this study was to establish if simulation learning can be an effective method of improving undergraduate nurses' capability in mental health care in an acute care environment. INTERVENTION: Undergraduate nursing students at an Australian university were exposed to several high-fidelity high-technology simulation activities that incorporated elements of acute emergency nursing practice and acute mental health intervention, scaffolded by theories of learning...
December 18, 2016: Nurse Education Today
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