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Kaan Gokcen, Gokhan Gokce, Gokce Dundar, Resul Cicek, Halil Gulbahar, Emin Yener Gultekin
INTRODUCTION: Ureteropelvic junction obstruction and concomitant calculus disease may coexist. We demonstrate our use of flexible renoscopy during laparoscopic pyeloplasty for caliceal stone removal. PATIENT AND METHODS: A 28-year-old female patient presented with recurrent attacks of flank pain of two years duration. When noncontrast-CT and DTPA were performed, the patient was diagnosed with ureteropelvic junction stenosis and 3 stones with a total burden of 14mm in the lower pole of right kidney...
December 18, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
G Cito, P A Della Camera, S Degli Innocenti, M E Coccia, G Nesi, A Cocci, S Morselli, A Minervini, M Carini, M Serni, M Gacci, A Natali
Infertility occurs in up to 54% of men with bilateral undescended testes. Orchiectomy is considered the best therapeutic approach, especially when cryptorchidism is diagnosed in adulthood, due to a high risk of malignancy. A 33-year-old man was referred with a clinical presentation of empty scrotum and an ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of intra-abdominal bilateral cryptorchidism. Follicle-stimulating hormone was 23.20 IU/L, luteinising hormone was 14.10 IU/L, total testosterone was 12...
December 15, 2017: Andrologia
Andrea Campos-Candela, Miquel Palmer, Salvador Balle, Josep Alós
1.The measurement of animal density may take advantage of recent technological achievements in wildlife video recording. Fostering the theoretical links between the patterns depicted by cameras and absolute density is required to exploit this potential. 2.We explore the applicability of the Hutchinson-Waser's postulate (i.e., when animal density is stationary at a given temporal and spatial scale, the absolute density is given by the average number of animals counted per frame), which is a counter-intuitive statement for most ecologists and managers who are concerned with counting the same individual more than once...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
Markus Greinwald, Patrick A Varady, Peter Augat
INTRODUCTION: External fixation is associated with the risk of pin loosening and pin infection potentially associated to thermal bone necrosis during pin insertion. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate if the use of external fixator systems with unicortical pins reduces the heat production during pin insertion compared to fixators with bicortical pins. METHODS: Porcine bone specimens were employed to determine bone temperatures during insertion of fixator pins...
December 14, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
R C Hamdy, A Kinser, A Depelteau, T Kendall-Wilson, J V Lewis, K Whalen
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the middle ground between normal, age-appropriate memory impairment, and dementia. Whereas patients with MCI are able to cope with the memory deficit, those with dementia are not: Their memory impairment and other cognitive deficits are of sufficient magnitude to interfere with the patients' ability to cope independently with daily activities. In both MCI and dementia, there is evidence of declining cognitive functions from a previously higher level of functioning. In both the conditions, there is also an evidence of dysfunction in one or more cognitive domains...
January 2017: Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
Takanaga Niimi, Mamoru Nanasato, Mitsuo Sugimoto, Hisatoshi Maeda
Purpose: The differences in performance between the cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) camera or collimation systems and conventional Anger single-photon emission computed tomography (A-SPECT) remain insufficient from the viewpoint of the user. We evaluated the performance of the D-SPECT (Spectrum Dynamics, Israel) system to provide more information to the cardiologist or radiological technologist about its use in the clinical field. Materials and Methods: This study evaluated the performance of the D-SPECT system in terms of energy resolution, detector sensitivity, spatial resolution, modulation transfer function (MTF), and collimator resolution in comparison with that of A-SPECT (Bright-View, Philips, Japan)...
December 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Stephen G Matthews, Amy L Miller, Thomas PlÖtz, Ilias Kyriazakis
Since animals express their internal state through behaviour, changes in said behaviour may be used to detect early signs of problems, such as in animal health. Continuous observation of livestock by farm staff is impractical in a commercial setting to the degree required to detect behavioural changes relevant for early intervention. An automated monitoring system is developed; it automatically tracks pig movement with depth video cameras, and automatically measures standing, feeding, drinking, and locomotor activities from 3D trajectories...
December 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kun-Ruey Shieh, Rong-Jie Chen, Shu-Chuan Yang
The diurnal rhythm is the common event in nature and specially shows in the behavioral patterns. Using the infrared sensor or photo beam detector to detect this 24-h rhythmicity in behaviors of mammalian, including in the rats and mice, is also the common way. The photo-sensory detecting mean is friendly and its advantage is unrestricted by light density and light-dark transition. However, this kind of equipment is cost-expensive and uneasy to fit for home cage in rodents. In this study, we tried to use the video-tracking system to detect the rhythmic activity of rats in their home cages...
December 15, 2017: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Garrett C Mathews, Christopher S Goldenstein
This work presents the development of wavelength-modulated planar laser-induced fluorescence (WM-PLIF) and its initial application to infrared imaging of carbon monoxide in a laminar flame. A continuous-wave quantum-cascade laser producing 50 mW near 4.8 μm was injection-current modulated at 1 kHz and scanned across the P(20) transition of CO at 20 Hz. The corresponding infrared-laser-induced fluorescence from 2065  cm-1 to 2155  cm-1 was imaged orthogonal to the laser sheet using a high-speed IR camera, and digital lock-in detection of the WM-PLIF first-harmonic signal (SF,1f) was performed to provide high-fidelity, background-free imaging of CO...
December 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Pascal Berto, Hervé Rigneault, Marc Guillon
We propose and implement a broadband, compact, and low-cost wavefront sensing scheme by simply placing a thin diffuser in the close vicinity of a camera. The local wavefront gradient is determined from the local translation of the speckle pattern. The translation vector map is computed thanks to a fast diffeomorphic image registration algorithm and integrated to reconstruct the wavefront profile. The simple translation of speckle grains under local wavefront tip/tilt is ensured by the so-called "memory effect" of the diffuser...
December 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Alain Morand, Pierre Benech, Martine Gri
A low-cost and simple Fourier transform spectrometer based on the Lloyd's mirror configuration is proposed in order to have a very stable interferogram. A planar waveguide coupled to a fiber injection is used to spatially disperse the optical beam. A second beam superposed to the previous one is obtained by a total reflection of the incident beam on a vertical glass face integrated in the chip by dicing with a specific circular precision saw. The interferogram at the waveguide output is imaged on a near-infrared camera with an objective lens...
December 10, 2017: Applied Optics
Mingchi Feng, Shuai Huang, Jingshu Wang, Bin Yang, Taixiong Zheng
Multi-camera systems are widely applied in many fields, but the camera calibration is particularly important and difficult. In the application of a multi-camera system, it is very common for multiple cameras to be distributed on both sides of the measured object with overlapping field of view. In this paper, we present a novel calibration method for a multi-camera system based on flat refractive geometry. All cameras in the system can acquire calibration images of a transparent glass calibration board (TGCB) at the same time...
December 10, 2017: Applied Optics
Yi Xu, Qinghua Hou, Chuhuai Wang, Andrew J Sellers, Travis Simpson, Bradford C Bennett, Shawn D Russell
Objective: Barefoot technology shoes are becoming increasingly popular, yet modifications are still needed. The present study aims to gain valuable insights by comparing barefoot walking to neutral shoe walking in a healthy youth population. Methods: 28 healthy university students (22 females and 6 males) were recruited to walk on a 10-meter walkway both barefoot and in neutral running shoes at their comfortable walking speed. Full step cycle kinematic and kinetic data were collected using an 8-camera motion capture system...
2017: Applied Bionics and Biomechanics
Ye Wang, Michal E Pawlowski, Tomasz S Tkaczyk
A prototype fiber-based imaging spectrometer was developed to provide snapshot hyperspectral imaging tuned for biomedical applications. The system is designed for imaging in the visible spectral range from 400 to 700 nm for compatibility with molecular imaging applications as well as satellite and remote sensing. An 81 × 96 pixel spatial sampling density is achieved by using a custom-made fiber-optic bundle. The design considerations and fabrication aspects of the fiber bundle and imaging spectrometer are described in detail...
2017: Optical Engineering: the Journal of the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers
Alessia Gimelli, Riccardo Liga, Alberto Clemente, Emilio Maria Pasanisi, Brunella Favilli, Paolo Marzullo
Aims: To evaluate the impact of diabetes mellitus (DM) on the accuracy of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) in detecting coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods and results: Two hundred and sixteen patients with DM and 432 matched controls were submitted to MPS on a dedicated cardiac camera equipped with cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) detectors and coronary angiography. Exercise stress was performed in 442 (68%) patients, while the remainders underwent vasodilator stress...
December 11, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
J Bielecki, K Drozdowicz, D Dworak, A Igielski, W Janik, A Kulinska, L Marciniak, M Scholz, M Turzanski, U Wiacek, U Woznicka, A Wójcik-Gargula
Plastic organic scintillators such as the blue-emitting BCF-12 are versatile and inexpensive tools. Recently, BCF-12 scintillators have been foreseen for investigation of the spatial distribution of neutrons emitted from dense magnetized plasma. For this purpose, small-area (5 mm × 5 mm) detectors based on BCF-12 scintillation rods and Hamamatsu photomultiplier tubes were designed and constructed at the Institute of Nuclear Physics. They will be located inside the neutron pinhole camera of the PF-24 plasma focus device...
December 11, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Carla J Berg, Lisa Henriksen, Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, Gillian L Schauer, Bridget Freisthler
As recreational marijuana expands, it is critical to develop standardized surveillance measures to study the retail environment. To this end, our research team developed and piloted a tool assessing recreational marijuana retailers in a convenience sample of 20 Denver retailers in 2016. The tool assesses: (i) compliance and security (e.g. age-of-sale signage, ID checks, security cameras); (ii) marketing (i.e. promotions, product availability and price) and (iii) contextual and neighborhood features (i.e. retailer type, facilities nearby)...
December 11, 2017: Health Education Research
K Yokawa, T Kagenishi, A Pavlovic, S Gall, M Weiland, S Mancuso, F Baluška
Background and Aims: Anaesthesia for medical purposes was introduced in the 19th century. However, the physiological mode of anaesthetic drug actions on the nervous system remains unclear. One of the remaining questions is how these different compounds, with no structural similarities and even chemically inert elements such as the noble gas xenon, act as anaesthetic agents inducing loss of consciousness. The main goal here was to determine if anaesthetics affect the same or similar processes in plants as in animals and humans...
December 11, 2017: Annals of Botany
Grigorios-Aris Cheimariotis, Mariam Al-Mashat, Kostas Haris, Anthony H Aletras, Jonas Jögi, Marika Bajc, Nicolaos Maglaveras, Einar Heiberg
OBJECTIVE: Image segmentation is an essential step in quantifying the extent of reduced or absent lung function. The aim of this study is to develop and validate a new tool for automatic segmentation of lungs in ventilation and perfusion SPECT images and compare automatic and manual SPECT lung segmentations with reference computed tomography (CT) volumes. METHODS: A total of 77 subjects (69 patients with obstructive lung disease, and 8 subjects without apparent perfusion of ventilation loss) performed low-dose CT followed by ventilation/perfusion (V/P) SPECT examination in a hybrid gamma camera system...
December 13, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
Mitsutaka Yamaguchi, Yuto Nagao, Koki Ando, Seiichi Yamamoto, Makoto Sakai, Raj Kumar Parajuli, Kazuo Arakawa, Naoki Kawachi
A feasibility study on the imaging of monochromatic carbon-ion beams for carbon-ion therapy was performed. The evaluation was based on Monte Carlo simulations and beam-irradiation experiments, using a pinhole X-ray camera, which measured secondary electron bremsstrahlung (SEB). The simulation results indicated that the trajectories of the carbon-ion beams with injection energies of 278, 249 and 218 MeV/u in a water phantom, were clearly imaged by measuring the SEB with energies from 30 to 60 keV, using a pinhole camera...
December 13, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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