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Alexander Arévalo-Sandi, Paulo Estefano D Bobrowiec, Victor Juan Ulises Rodriguez Chuma, Darren Norris
There is increasing interest in the restoration/regeneration of degraded tropical habitats yet the potential role of natural regenerators remains unclear. We test the hypothesis that the richness and functional diversity of terrestrial mammals differs between forest regrowth stages. We quantified the richness and functional diversity of eight terrestrial mammal seed-disperser species across a forest regrowth gradient in the eastern Brazilian Amazon. We installed camera-traps in 15 sites within small-holder properties with forest regrowth stage classified into three groups, with five sites each of: late second-regrowth forest, early second-regrowth forest and abandoned pasture...
2018: PloS One
Ryutaro Tomita, Tetsuju Sekiryu, Hiroaki Shintake, Kuniharu Saito
PURPOSE: To report a 67-year-old woman with polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome, showing bilateral serous retinal detachment. The retinal lesion was evaluated by multimodal imaging using spectral domain optical coherence tomography and an adaptive optics (AO) camera. METHODS: A case report. RESULTS: Optical coherence tomography showed hyperreflective foci mainly in the inner retina in both eyes...
March 15, 2018: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Kurtis H Dekker, Rubin Hazarika, Matheus A Silveira, Kevin J Jordan
Optical cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanning of radiochromic gel dosimeters, using a CCD camera and a low stray light convergent source, provides fast, truly 3D radiation dosimetry with high accuracy. However, a key limiting factor in radiochromic gel dosimetry at large (⩾10 cm diameter) volumes is the initial attenuation of the dosimeters. It is not unusual to observe a 5-10×  difference in signal intensity through the dosimeter center versus through the surrounding medium in pre-irradiation images...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Hsuan-Ming Huang, Chih-Chieh Liu, Meei-Ling Jan, Ming-Wei Lee
The Compton camera is an imaging device which has been proposed to detect prompt gammas (PGs) produced by proton-nuclear interactions within tissue during proton beam irradiation. Compton-based PG imaging has been developed to verify proton range because PG rays, particularly characteristic ones, have strong correlations with the distribution of the proton dose. However, accurate image reconstruction from characteristic PGs is challenging because the detector efficiency and resolution are generally low. Our previous study showed that point spread functions can be incorporated into the reconstruction process to improve image resolution...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Kazuhisa Matsui, Takashi Tachibana, Katsuya Nobuhara, Yasushi Uchiyama
BACKGROUND: The glenohumeral joint is subjected to opposing forces when the direction of shoulder motion is changed, accelerating and decelerating to make the movements. The influence of motion velocity or acceleration on translation of the humeral head has not been evaluated although direction and distance of humeral head translation has been analyzed in real time in normal shoulders. We hypothesized that, in a normal shoulder, the humeral head does not deviate significantly or suddenly during active shoulder rotation regardless of motion velocity...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics
Long Chen, Wen Tang, Nigel W John, Tao Ruan Wan, Jian Jun Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: While Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) offers considerable benefits to patients, it also imposes big challenges on a surgeon's performance due to well-known issues and restrictions associated with the field of view (FOV), hand-eye misalignment and disorientation, as well as the lack of stereoscopic depth perception in monocular endoscopy. Augmented Reality (AR) technology can help to overcome these limitations by augmenting the real scene with annotations, labels, tumour measurements or even a 3D reconstruction of anatomy structures at the target surgical locations...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
David J Tennent, Stefanie M Shiels, Jessica A Jennings, Warren O Haggard, Joseph C Wenke
BACKGROUND: Contaminated traumatic open orthopedic wounds are frequently complicated by polymicrobial contamination and infection. In high-risk wounds, the standard of care comprises debridement and irrigation combined with antibiotics which can be applied directly or combined with systemic antibiotics. Recently, bioabsorbable chitosan sponges have been shown to be an effective single-agent delivery device for local antibiotics with and without negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT). Severely contaminated orthopedic wounds, however, are often complicated by polymicrobial infections, necessitating multiple antibiotic agents...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Alberto Gómez, Manuel Nieto-Díaz, Ángela Del Águila, Enrique Arias
Transparency in science is increasingly a hot topic. Scientists are required to show not only results but also evidence of how they have achieved these results. In experimental studies of spinal cord injury, there are a number of standardized tests, such as the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan locomotor rating scale for rats and Basso Mouse Scale for mice, which researchers use to study the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury and to evaluate the effects of experimental therapies. Although the standardized data from the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan locomotor rating scale and the Basso Mouse Scale are particularly suited for storage and sharing in databases, systems of data acquisition and repositories are still lacking...
March 2, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Robert Xiao, Julia Schwarz, Nick Throm, Andrew D Wilson, Hrvoje Benko
We present MRTouch, a novel multitouch input solution for head-mounted mixed reality systems. Our system enables users to reach out and directly manipulate virtual interfaces affixed to surfaces in their environment, as though they were touchscreens. Touch input offers precise, tactile and comfortable user input, and naturally complements existing popular modalities, such as voice and hand gesture. Our research prototype combines both depth and infrared camera streams together with real-time detection and tracking of surface planes to enable robust finger-tracking even when both the hand and head are in motion...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Andrew MacQuarrie, Anthony Steed
360° images and video have become extremely popular formats for immersive displays, due in large part to the technical ease of content production. While many experiences use a single camera viewpoint, an increasing number of experiences use multiple camera locations. In such multi-view 360° media (MV360M) systems, a visual effect is required when the user transitions from one camera location to another. This effect can take several forms, such as a cut or an image-based warp, and the choice of effect may impact many aspects of the experience, including issues related to enjoyment and scene understanding...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Bicheng Luo, Feng Xu, Christian Richardt, Jun-Hai Yong
We propose a novel 360° scene representation for converting real scenes into stereoscopic 3D virtual reality content with head-motion parallax. Our image-based scene representation enables efficient synthesis of novel views with six degrees-of-freedom (6-DoF) by fusing motion fields at two scales: (1) disparity motion fields carry implicit depth information and are robustly estimated from multiple laterally displaced auxiliary viewpoints, and (2) pairwise motion fields enable real-time flow-based blending, which improves the visual fidelity of results by minimizing ghosting and view transition artifacts...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Suyoung Seo
This paper presents a method of modeling edge profiles with two blur parameters, and estimating and predicting those edge parameters with varying brightness combinations and camera-to-object distances (COD). First, the validity of the edge model is proven mathematically. Then, it is proven experimentally with edges from a set of images captured for specifically designed target sheets and with edges from natural images. Estimation of the two blur parameters for each observed edge profile is performed with a brute-force method to find parameters that produce global minimum errors...
June 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Jun Ma, Bin Chen, Dong Li, Yue Zhang, Zhaoxia Ying
Port-wine stain (PWS) birthmark is a congenital microvascular malformation of the skin. A 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser can achieve a deeper treatment, but the weak absorption by blood limits its clinical application. Multiple laser pulses (MLPs) are a potential solution to enhance the curative effect of a Nd:YAG laser. To reduce the pulse number (pn ) required for the thermal destruction of the blood vessel, the effect of glucose in conjunction with MLP was investigated. In vivo experiments were performed on a dorsal skin chamber model...
March 14, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
Afrina Mustari, Naoki Nakamura, Satoko Kawauchi, Shunichi Sato, Manabu Sato, Izumi Nishidate
To evaluate cerebral hemodynamics and spontaneous low-frequency oscillations (SLFOs) of cerebral blood flow in rat brain, we investigated an imaging method using a digital RGB camera. In this method, the RGB values were converted into tristimulus values in the CIE (Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage) XYZ color space, which is compatible with the common RGB working spaces. Monte Carlo simulation for light transport in tissue was then used to specify the relationship among the tristimulus XYZ values and the concentrations of oxygenated hemoglobin ( C HbO ), deoxygenated hemoglobin ( C HbR ), and total hemoglobin ( C HbT ) and cerebral tissue oxygen saturation ( StO 2 )...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Alexander Trumpp, Johannes Lohr, Daniel Wedekind, Martin Schmidt, Matthias Burghardt, Axel R Heller, Hagen Malberg, Sebastian Zaunseder
BACKGROUND: Camera-based photoplethysmography (cbPPG) is a measurement technique which enables remote vital sign monitoring by using cameras. To obtain valid plethysmograms, proper regions of interest (ROIs) have to be selected in the video data. Most automated selection methods rely on specific spatial or temporal features limiting a broader application. In this work, we present a new method which overcomes those drawbacks and, therefore, allows cbPPG to be applied in an intraoperative environment...
March 14, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Michelle de Lima Farah, Murillo Santinello, Luis Eduardo Morato Rebouças de Carvalho, Carlos Fumiaki Uesugui, Ronaldo Boaventura Barcellos
PURPOSE: To describe a new method for measuring anomalous head positions by using a cell phone. METHODS: The photo rotation feature of the iPhone® PHOTOS application was used. With the patient seated on a chair, a horizontal stripe was fixed on the wall in the background and a sagittal stripe was fixed on the seat. Photographs were obtained in the following views: front view (photographs A and B; with the head tilted over one shoulder) and upper axial view (photographs C and D; viewing the forehead and nose) (A and C are without camera rotation, and B and D are with camera rotation)...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
Ying-Ren Chien, Yu-Xian Chen
This study designed a radio-frequency identification (RFID)-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform to create the core of a smart nest box. At the sensing level, we have deployed RFID-based sensors and egg detection sensors. A low-frequency RFID reader is installed in the bottom of the nest box and a foot ring RFID tag is worn on the leg of individual hens. The RFID-based sensors detect when a hen enters or exits the nest box. The egg-detection sensors are implemented with a resistance strain gauge pressure sensor, which weights the egg in the egg-collection tube...
March 14, 2018: Sensors
Anne-Sophie Zenses, Morgane A Evin, Viktória Stanová, Marie-Annick Clavel, Paul Barragan, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-François Obadia, Philippe Pibarot, Régis Rieu
AIMS: Valve-in-Valve (ViV) procedure has become a valuable alternative for the treatment of failed surgical bioprostheses (BP) in high risk patients. However, in small BPs, the clinical outcomes have been suboptimal due to high post-procedural gradients. We aimed at examining the effect of size and position of the self-expanding transcatheter heart valve (THV) CoreValve on the hemodynamics of ViV within small BPs. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sizes 23 and 26 mm of the CoreValve were implanted in sizes 19 and 21 mm of 3 BP models: Trifecta, Mitroflow and Epic Supra...
March 13, 2018: EuroIntervention
Gao Yuan, Yang Pei-Cai, Yang Su, Xu Fei
OBJECTIVE: To develop a dynamic automatic identification system (device) of Schistosoma japonicum miracidia to achieve the automatic detection and improve the detection rate and efficiency of schistosome miracidia. METHODS: The dynamic automatic identification system (device) of S.japonicum miracidia was composed of an optical stereoscope, a digital camera, dynamic automatic tracking recognition software, and a computer. Under different conditions, the detection rates and efficiency of the system were compared with those of five professional persons...
February 24, 2018: Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Schistosomiasis Control
Marion Semmler, Michael Döllinger, Rita R Patel, Anke Ziethe, Anne Schützenberger
OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: Laser-based three-dimensional (3D) imaging allows realistic visualization and absolute measurement of the vocal folds for comprehensive characterization of the oscillation pattern. STUDY DESIGN: Exploratory study with descriptive data analysis in healthy cohort. METHODS: The custom-developed miniaturized measuring device is an endoscopic camera-laser setup for stereo triangulation and suitable for in vivo application...
March 14, 2018: Laryngoscope
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