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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529918/advances-in-dyslipidemia-management-for-prevention-of-atherosclerosis-pcsk9-monoclonal-antibody-therapy-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Nathan D Wong, Paul D Rosenblit, Robert S Greenfield
In 2003, select families with familial hypercholesterolemia were first identified to have gain-of-function mutations for proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) followed, in 2006, by the identification of those with lifelong low levels of LDL-C and lowered atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk who had loss-of-function PCSK9 mutations. These discoveries led to the rapid development of PSCK9-targeted monoclonal antibody (PCSK9 mAb) therapies and, in 2015, 2 'fully-humanized' PCSK9 mAbs (alirocumab and evolocumab) were marketed in the United States, Europe, and other countries...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528586/white-matter-connectivity-disruptions-in-early-and-chronic-schizophrenia
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M A Di Biase, V L Cropley, B T Baune, J Olver, G P Amminger, C Phassouliotis, C Bousman, P D McGorry, I Everall, C Pantelis, A Zalesky
BACKGROUND: White matter disruptions in schizophrenia have been widely reported, but it remains unclear whether these abnormalities differ between illness stages. We mapped the connectome in patients with recently diagnosed and chronic schizophrenia and investigated the extent and overlap of white matter connectivity disruptions between these illness stages. METHODS: Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance images were acquired in recent-onset (n = 19) and chronic patients (n = 45) with schizophrenia, as well as age-matched controls (n = 87)...
May 22, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528461/novel-imaging-using-a-touchless-display-for-computer-assisted-hepato-biliary-surgery
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Yukio Oshiro, Kenoki Ohuchida, Toshiyuki Okada, Makoto Hashizume, Nobuhiro Ohkohchi
PURPOSE: We developed a touchless display system that allows the user to control the medical imaging software via hand gestures in the air. We conducted this study to verify the effectiveness of this novel touchless display system as a tool for assisting with surgical imaging. METHODS: The patient's computed tomography (CT) data are generally observed on a display during surgery. The "Dr. aeroTAP" touchless display system was developed to generate virtual mouse events based on the position of one hand...
May 20, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528388/fertility-sparing-for-young-patients-with-gynecologic-cancer-how-mri-can-guide-patient-selection-prior-to-conservative-management
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REVIEW
Sinead H McEvoy, Stephanie Nougaret, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Hebert Alberto Vargas, Elizabeth A Sadowski, Christine O Menias, Fuki Shitano, Shinya Fujii, Ramon E Sosa, Joanna G Escalon, Evis Sala, Yulia Lakhman
Historically, cancer treatment has emphasized measures for the "cure" regardless of the long-term consequences. Advances in cancer detection and treatment have resulted in improved outcomes bringing to the fore various quality of life considerations including future fertility. For many young cancer patients, fertility preservation is now an integral component of clinical decision-making and treatment design. Optimal fertility-sparing options for young patients with gynecologic cancer are influenced by patient age, primary cancer, treatment regimens, and patient preferences...
May 20, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528267/using-mri-to-non-invasively-and-accurately-quantify-preoperative-hepatic-steatosis
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Callisia N Clarke, Haesun Choi, Ping Hou, Catherine H Davis, Jingfei Ma, Asif Rashid, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, Thomas A Aloia
BACKGROUND: The obesity epidemic has significantly increased the incidence and severity of hepatic steatosis in liver surgery patients and liver donors, potentially impacting postoperative liver regeneration and function. Development of a non-invasive means to quantify hepatic steatosis would facilitate selection of candidates for liver resection and transplant donation. METHODS: An IRB-approved protocol prospectively enrolled 28 patients with liver tumors requiring hepatic resection...
May 17, 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528146/prognostic-value-of-coronary-ct-angiography-with-selective-pet-perfusion-imaging-in-coronary-artery-disease
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Teemu Maaniitty, Iida Stenström, Jeroen J Bax, Valtteri Uusitalo, Heikki Ukkonen, Sami Kajander, Maija Mäki, Antti Saraste, Juhani Knuuti
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of sequential hybrid imaging strategy in which positron emission tomography (PET) perfusion imaging is performed selectively in patients with suspected obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). BACKGROUND: Coronary CTA is an accurate diagnostic test for excluding obstructive CAD. However, the positive predictive value is suboptimal. METHODS: We investigated 864 consecutive symptomatic patients with intermediate probability of CAD who adhered to the sequential imaging approach...
May 15, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527673/minimal-access-surgery-compared-to-laparotomy-for-secondary-surgical-cytoreduction-in-patients-with-recurrent-ovarian-carcinoma-perioperative-and-oncologic-outcomes
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Ane Gerda Z Eriksson, Ashley Graul, Miao C Yu, Anthony Halko, Dennis S Chi, Oliver Zivanovic, Ginger J Gardner, Yukio Sonoda, Richard R Barakat, Nadeem R Abu-Rustum, Mario M Leitao
OBJECTIVES: To assess the perioperative outcomes of minimal access surgery (MAS) in secondary surgical cytoreduction (SSCR) for recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer (ROC); to compare oncologic outcomes with laparotomy (LAP). METHODS: Using an institutional database, we identified all patients with ROC undergoing SSCR from 1/5/09-6/14/14. Selection for MAS or LAP was based on surgeon preference. To minimize selection bias, preoperative imaging was reviewed for all LAP cases...
May 17, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527087/migraine-with-aura-and-white-matter-lesions-an-mri-study
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Carla Uggetti, Silvia Squarza, Fabio Longaretti, Alberto Galli, Paola Di Fiore, Paolo Filippo Reganati, Adriana Campi, Andreana Ardemagni, Maurizio Cariati, Fabio Frediani
Several studies report the presence of white matter lesions on brain magnetic resonance imaging in patients with migraine. The aim of our study was to detect the entity of white matter T2-hyperintensities in 90 high selected patients affected by migraine with aura, compared to a group of 90 healthy controls. We found no significant difference of incidence of white matter alterations comparing these two groups.
May 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527022/comparison-of-echocardiographic-parameters-to-assess-right-ventricular-function-in-pulmonary-hypertension
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Hirohisa Amano, Shichiro Abe, Suguru Hirose, Ryutaro Waku, Taiki Masuyama, Masashi Sakuma, Shigeru Toyoda, Isao Taguchi, Teruo Inoue, Chuwa Tei
Although measurement of right ventricular ejection fraction (RVEF) may be relevant for evaluation of therapeutic efficacy and/or prognosis in patients with pulmonary hypertension, RVEF obtained by echocardiography has limited accuracy. In contrast, radionuclide and/or magnetic resonance imaging can measure RVEF more reliably. In this study, we investigated the relationship between RVEF measured by radionuclide angiography and the echocardiographic parameters that are recommended by the American Society of Echocardiography as representative of right heart function...
May 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526968/computer-aided-diagnosis-of-lung-nodules-in-computed-tomography-by-using-phylogenetic-diversity-genetic-algorithm-and-svm
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Antonio Oseas de Carvalho Filho, Aristófanes Corrêa Silva, Anselmo Cardoso de Paiva, Rodolfo Acatauassú Nunes, Marcelo Gattass
Lung cancer is pointed as the major cause of death among patients with cancer throughout the world. This work is intended to develop a methodology for diagnosis of lung nodules using images from the Image Database Consortium and Image Database Resource Initiative (LIDC-IDRI). The proposed methodology uses image processing and pattern recognition techniques. In order to differentiate between the patterns of malignant and benign nodules, we used phylogenetic diversity by means of particular indexes, that are: intensive quadratic entropy, extensive quadratic entropy, average taxonomic distinctness, total taxonomic distinctness, and pure diversity indexes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526831/selection-of-a-horizontal-reference-plane-in-3d-evaluation-identifying-facial-asymmetry-and-occlusal-cant-in-orthognathic-surgery-planning
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Daniel Lonic, Ali Sundoro, Hsiu-Hsia Lin, Pei-Ju Lin, Lun-Jou Lo
Facial asymmetry and dental occlusal cant have been detected in two-dimensional cephalometry using different horizontal reference lines, but equivalent 3-dimensional (3D) reference planes have not been thoroughly investigated. In this study, 3D cone-beam computed tomography scans of 83 consecutive patients were evaluated using a standardized 3D frame and three horizontal reference planes, Supraorbitale (Sor), Frontozygomatic (Z), and Frankfurt horizontal (FH) for cant detection. Canting was defined as a vertical difference between left and right sides of 2 mm or more, and in at least two investigated planes...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526560/limb-flexion-induced-axial-compression-and-bending-in-human-femoropopliteal-artery-segments
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William Poulson, Alexey Kamenskiy, Andreas Seas, Paul Deegan, Carol Lomneth, Jason MacTaggart
BACKGROUND: High failure rates of femoropopliteal artery (FPA) interventions are often attributed in part to severe mechanical deformations that occur with limb movement. Axial compression and bending of the FPA likely play significant roles in FPA disease development and reconstruction failure, but these deformations are poorly characterized. The goal of this study was to quantify axial compression and bending of human FPAs that are placed in positions commonly assumed during the normal course of daily activities...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525664/near-infrared-fluorescence-with-indocyanine-green-for-diagnostics-in-urology-initial-experience
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Andrey O Morozov, Yuri G Alyaev, Leonid M Rapoport, Dmitrii G Tsarichenko, Eugene A Bezrukov, Denis V Butnaru, Eugene S Sirota
INTRODUCTION: Fluorescence imaging with indocyanine green is used in urology for the detection of sentinel lymph nodes and identification of prostate margins in radical prostatectomy for delineation of resection zone and selective clamping of vessels in partial nephrectomy; for identification and evaluation of length of ureteral strictures; for assessment of perfusion and viability of anastomoses during reconstructive stage of cystectomy. Safety of this technique is proven, while its diagnostic value and usefulness is still controversial...
May 16, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525561/decade-long-profile-of-imaging-biomarker-use-in-ophthalmic-clinical-trials
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Edoardo Villani, Domenico Massaro, Matteo Scaramuzzi, Pedram Hamrah, Felipe A Medeiros, Paolo Nucci
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of imaging biomarkers in published clinical trials (CTs) in ophthalmology and its eventual changes during the past 10 years. Methods: We sampled from published CTs in the fields of cornea, retina, and glaucoma between 2005-2006 and 2015-2016. Data collected included year of publication, phase, subspecialty, location, compliance with Consolidated Standards for Reporting Trials, impact factor, presence and use of imaging biomarkers (diagnostic, prognostic and predictive; primary and secondary surrogate endpoints), and use of centralized reading centers...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525480/a-new-entrance-technique-for-c2-pedicle-screw-placement-and-the-use-in-patients-with-atlantoaxial-instability
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Jia-Ming Liu, Jian Jiang, Zhi-Li Liu, Xin-Hua Long, Wen-Zhao Chen, Yang Zhou, Song Gao, Lai-Chang He, Shan-Hu Huang
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study and a technique note. OBJECTIVES: To introduce a new entrance technique for C2 pedicle screw placement and to measure the related linear and angular parameters about the entrance point on computed tomography (CT) images. The safety of this technique for patients with atlantoaxial instability was also evaluated. BACKGROUND DATA: Although earlier studies have introduced different methods for C2 pedicle screw placement, the entry points and the angular parameters may be variable...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525292/comparison-of-adjacent-segment-degeneration-after-nonrigid-fixation-system-and-posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-for-single-level-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-new-method-of-mri-analysis-of-lumbar-nucleus-pulposus-volume
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Shaofeng Yang, Yanan Liu, Zhaohua Bao, Jun Zou, Huilin Yang
PURPOSE: To evaluate the influence of a nonrigid fixation system and posterior lumbar interbody fusion on adjacent intervertebral disc degeneration by using MRI analysis of lumbar nucleus pulposus volume for single-level lumbar disc herniation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selected 112 patients who underwent nonrigid fixation (17 men and 44 women) or posterior lumbar interbody fusion (13 men and 38 women) for this retrospective study. Based on the T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans taken preoperatively, and 6, 12, and 24 months after surgery, the nucleus pulposus in the upper segments of the operated level was considered an ellipsoid, and their volumes were measured respectively and then compared between the two groups...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524006/circulating-tumor-cells-a-reliable-biomarker-for-prostate-cancer-treatment-assessment
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Chiara Ciccarese, Rodolfo Montironi, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Guido Martignoni, Matteo Brunelli, Roberto Iacovelli, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Liang Cheng, Marina Scarpelli, Holger Moch, Giampaolo Tortora, Francesco Massari
Prostate cancer is a common malignancy with highly molecular heterogeneity responsible for a wide spectrum of clinical behavior. To date, several treatment options are available, whose selection is currently based mainly on clinical criteria. Given the weakness of conventional imaging and PSA assay, the identification of a prognostic and predictive biomarker for choosing the appropriate treatment and monitoring its efficacy is a very topical issue in prostate cancer management. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have substantial promise for early tumor diagnosis, disease recurrence and metastatic spread monitoring as well as for biological tumor characterization, thus representing a reliable translational real-time biomarkers of prostate cancer...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523634/are-blind-injections-of-gleno-humeral-joint-ghj-really-less-accurate-imaging-guided-injections-a-narrative-systematic-review-considering-multiple-anatomical-approaches
#18
Paolo Simoni, Marco Grumolato, Olivier Malaise, Marco Preziosi, Francoise Pasleau, Fréderic de Lemos Esteves
AIM: To perform a systematic review to establish whether blind injections of the gleno-humeral (GHJ) joint may be an accurate alternative to injections performed imaging guidance, considering multiple anatomical approaches. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our search strategy yielded 478 articles for Scopus, 815 articles for MEDLINE, 128 articles for Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and 555 articles for Embase until May 2016. One hundred and sixty-seven abstracts were retrieved after duplicates removal...
May 18, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523472/assessment-of-coronary-artery-by-prospective-ecg-triggered-256-multi-slice-ct-on-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
#19
Li-Ping Yao, Li Zhang, Hui-Ming Li, Ming Ding, Ling-Wei Yu, Xin Yang, Xiao-Ming Li, Kun Sun
This study aims to investigate the imaging quality and radiation dose of prospective ECG-triggered 256 multi-slice computer tomography (MSCT) in accessing the coronary artery (CA) in children. Coronary arteries of 149 children were evaluated using prospective ECG-triggered 256 MSCT with the same system settings. A four-point scoring system was applied to study the capability of MSCT in detecting CA in these patients. Signal, noise and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR) were analyzed to investigate the association of image quality with age...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523274/identification-of-braf-positive-cases-based-on-whole-slide-image-analysis
#20
Vlad Popovici, Aleš Křenek, Eva Budinská
A key requirement for precision medicine is the accurate identification of patients that would respond to a specific treatment or those that represent a high-risk group, and a plethora of molecular biomarkers have been proposed for this purpose during the last decade. Their application in clinical settings, however, is not always straightforward due to relatively high costs of some tests, limited availability of the biological material and time, and procedural constraints. Hence, there is an increasing interest in constructing tissue-based surrogate biomarkers that could be applied with minimal overhead directly to histopathology images and which could be used for guiding the selection of eventual further molecular tests...
2017: BioMed Research International
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