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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198517/a-monte-carlo-study-for-optimizing-the-detector-of-spect-imaging-using-a-xcat-human-phantom
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Mohammad Khoshakhlagh, Jalil Pirayesh Islamian, Seyyed Mohammad Abedi, Babak Mahmoudian, Masoud Shayesteh Azar
BACKGROUND: Acquiring a high quality image has assigned an important concern for obtaining accurate diagnosis in nuclear medicine. Detector is a critical component of Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) imaging system for giving accurate information from exact pattern of radionuclide distribution in the target organ. The images are strongly affected by the attenuation, scattering, and response of the detector. The conventional detector is mainly made from sodium iodide activated by thallium [NaI(Tl)] in nuclear medicine imaging...
2017: Nuclear Medicine Review. Central & Eastern Europe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179594/nuclear-cardiology-practice-in-asia-analysis-of-radiation-exposure-and-best-practice-for-myocardial-perfusion-imaging%C3%A3-results-from-the-iaea-nuclear-cardiology-protocols-cross-sectional-study-incaps
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Thomas N B Pascual, Mathew Mercuri, Noura El-Haj, Henry Hee-Sung Bom, Vikram Lele, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Osnat Luxenburg, Ganesan Karthikeyan, Joao Vitola, John J Mahmarian, Nathan Better, Leslee J Shaw, Madan M Rehani, Ravi Kashyap, Diana Paez, Maurizio Dondi, Andrew J Einstein
BACKGROUND: This paper examines the current status of radiation exposure to patients in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in Asia.Methods and Results:Laboratories voluntarily provided information on MPI performed over a 1-week period. Eight best practice criteria regarding MPI were predefined by an expert panel. Implementation of ≥6 best practices (quality index [QI] ≥6) was pre-specified as a desirable goal for keeping radiation exposure at a low level. Radiation effective dose (ED) in 1,469 patients and QI of 69 laboratories in Asia were compared against data from 239 laboratories in the rest of the world (RoW)...
February 8, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161235/practical-use-of-imaging-technique-for-management-of-bone-and-soft-tissue-tumors
#3
Shinji Miwa, Takanobu Otsuka
Imaging modalities including radiography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are necessary for the diagnosis of bone and soft tissue tumors. The history of imaging began with the discovery of X-rays in the 19th century. The development of CT, MRI, ultrasonography, and positron emission tomography (PET) have improved the management of bone and soft tissue tumors. X-ray imaging and CT scans enable the evaluation of bone destruction, periosteal reaction, sclerotic changes in lesions, condition of cortical bone, and ossification...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160993/three-cycles-of-human-biomonitoring-in-flanders-time-trends-observed-in-the-flemish-environment-and-health-study
#4
Greet Schoeters, Eva Govarts, Liesbeth Bruckers, Elly Den Hond, Vera Nelen, Stefaan De Henauw, Isabelle Sioen, Tim S Nawrot, Michelle Plusquin, Annette Vriens, Adrian Covaci, Ilse Loots, Bert Morrens, Dries Coertjens, Nicolas Van Larebeke, Sam De Craemer, Kim Croes, Nathalie Lambrechts, Ann Colles, Willy Baeyens
To follow time trends in exposure to environmental chemicals, three successive campaigns of the Flemish Environment and Health Study (FLEHS) have recruited and sampled in total 5825 participants between 2002 and 2014. Cord samples from newborns, urine and blood samples from 14 to 15 years old adolescents and from adults between 50 and 65 years old were analysed in geographical representative samples of the Flemish population. The data of the different campaigns were considered per age group and per biomarker after adjustment for predefined covariates to take into account differences in characteristics of the study populations over time...
November 18, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159221/trace-elements-in-early-phase-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-population-based-study-the-hunt-study-in-norway
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Ailin Falkmo Hansen, Anica Simić, Bjørn Olav Åsvold, Pål Richard Romundstad, Kristian Midthjell, Tore Syversen, Trond Peder Flaten
Differences in trace elements levels between individuals with type 2 diabetes and controls have been reported in several studies in various body fluids and tissues, but results have been inconsistent. In order to examine trace element levels in the early phase of type 2 diabetes, we investigated the association between whole blood levels of 26 trace elements and the prevalence of previously undiagnosed, screening-detected type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted as a case-control study nested within the third survey of the population-based Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT3 Survey)...
March 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150111/spect-and-pet-in-ischemic-heart-failure
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George Angelidis, Gregory Giamouzis, Georgios Karagiannis, Javed Butler, Ioannis Tsougos, Varvara Valotassiou, George Giannakoulas, Nikolaos Dimakopoulos, Andrew Xanthopoulos, John Skoularigis, Filippos Triposkiadis, Panagiotis Georgoulias
Heart failure is a common clinical syndrome associated with significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of heart failure, at least in the industrialized countries. Proper diagnosis of the syndrome and management of patients with heart failure require anatomical and functional information obtained through various imaging modalities. Nuclear cardiology techniques play a main role in the evaluation of heart failure. Myocardial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with thallium-201 or technetium-99 m labelled tracers offer valuable data regarding ventricular function, myocardial perfusion, viability, and intraventricular synchronism...
February 2, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131980/feooh-loaded-mno2-nano-composite-an-efficient-emergency-material-for-thallium-pollution-incident
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Meiqing Chen, Pingxiao Wu, Langfeng Yu, Shuai Liu, Bo Ruan, Haihui Hu, Nengwu Zhu, Zhang Lin
A FeOOH-loaded MnO2 nano-composite was developed as an emergency material for Tl(I) pollution incident. Structural characterizations showed that FeOOH successfully loaded onto MnO2, the nanosheet-flower structure and high surface area (191 m(2) g(-1)) of material contributed to the excellent performance for Tl(I) removal. FeOOH-loaded MnO2 with a Fe/Mn molar ratio of 1:2 exhibited a noticeable enhanced capacity for Tl(I) removal compared to that of pure MnO2. The outstanding performance for Tl(I) removal involves in extremely high efficiency (achieved equilibrium and drinking water standard within 4 min) and the large maximum adsorption capacity (450 mg g(-1))...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107725/photo-release-of-nitrous-oxide-from-the-hyponitrite-ion-studied-by-infrared-spectroscopy-evidence-for-the-generation-of-a-cobalt-n2o-complex-experimental-and-dft-calculations
#8
M Elizabeth Chacón Villalba, Carlos A Franca, Jorge A Güida
The solid state photolysis of sodium, silver and thallium hyponitrite (M2N2O2, M=Na, Ag, Tl) salts and a binuclear complex of cobalt bridged by hyponitrite ([Co(NH3)5-N(O)-NO-Co(NH3)5](4+)) were studied by irradiation with visible and UV light in the electronic absorption region. The UV-visible spectra for free hyponitrite ion and binuclear complex of cobalt were interpreted in terms of Density Functional Theory calculations in order to explain photolysis behavior. The photolysis of each compound depends selectively on the irradiation wavelength...
January 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106187/layer-separable-and-gap-tunable-topological-insulators
#9
Kai-Wei Chang, Wei Ji, Chao-Cheng Kaun
The way in which states of a topological insulator (TI) transform from monolayer to bulk is an important issue for applications in spintronics. However, unlike graphite, most layered materials are difficult to exfoliate. Using first-principles calculations, we predict that thallium selenide (TlSe) will be a layered TI with rather weak interlayer coupling and thus it should be exfoliated easily. The evolution of the topological states can also be driven by doping with indium (In) atoms or applying lateral strains...
February 1, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091884/pre-mining-trace-element-and-radiation-exposure-to-biota-from-a-breccia-pipe-uranium-mine-in-the-grand-canyon-arizona-usa-watershed
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Jo Ellen Hinck, Danielle Cleveland, William G Brumbaugh, Greg Linder, Julia Lankton
The risks to wildlife and humans from uranium (U) mining in the Grand Canyon watershed are largely unknown. In addition to U, other co-occurring ore constituents contribute to risks to biological receptors depending on their toxicological profiles. This study characterizes the pre-mining concentrations of total arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), thallium (Tl), U, and zinc (Zn); radiation levels; and histopathology in biota (vegetation, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals) at the Canyon Mine...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068407/significant-association-of-urinary-toxic-metals-and-autism-related-symptoms-a-nonlinear-statistical-analysis-with-cross-validation
#11
James Adams, Daniel P Howsmon, Uwe Kruger, Elizabeth Geis, Eva Gehn, Valeria Fimbres, Elena Pollard, Jessica Mitchell, Julie Ingram, Robert Hellmers, David Quig, Juergen Hahn
INTRODUCTION: A number of previous studies examined a possible association of toxic metals and autism, and over half of those studies suggest that toxic metal levels are different in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Additionally, several studies found that those levels correlate with the severity of ASD. METHODS: In order to further investigate these points, this paper performs the most detailed statistical analysis to date of a data set in this field...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050865/creation-and-characterization-of-normal-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-databases-using-the-iq%C3%A2-spect-system
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Koichi Okuda, Kenichi Nakajima, Shinro Matsuo, Chisato Kondo, Masayoshi Sarai, Yoriko Horiguchi, Takahiro Konishi, Masahisa Onoguchi, Takeshi Shimizu, Seigo Kinuya
BACKGROUND: Image acquisition by short-time single-photon emission-computed tomography (SPECT) has been made feasible by IQ·SPECT. The aim of this study was to generate normal databases (NDBs) of thallium-201 ((201)Tl) myocardial perfusion imaging for IQ·SPECT, and characterize myocardial perfusion distribution. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively enrolled 159 patients with a low likelihood of cardiac diseases from four hospitals in Japan. All patients underwent short-time (201)Tl myocardial perfusion IQ·SPECT with or without attenuation and scatter correction (ACSC) in either supine or prone position...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039881/deriving-depth-dependent-light-escape-efficiency-and-optical-swank-factor-from-measured-pulse-height-spectra-of-scintillators
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Adrian Howansky, Boyu Peng, Anthony R Lubinsky, Wei Zhao
PURPOSE: Pulse height spectroscopy has been used by investigators to deduce the imaging properties of scintillators. Pulse height spectra (PHS) are used to compute the Swank factor, which describes the variation in scintillator light output per x-ray interaction. The spread in PHS measured below the K-edge is related to the optical component of the Swank factor, i.e., variations in light escape efficiency from different depths of x-ray interaction in the scintillator, denoted ε¯(z)...
December 31, 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013152/incorporation-of-no-carrier-added-200-203-pb-and-200-201-202-tl-in-calcium-alginate-and-hesperidin-incorporated-calcium-alginate-beads
#14
Kangkana Sarkar, Susanta Lahiri, Kamalika Sen
When radioisotopes are injected to human body, instantly free radicals are generated due to the interaction of ionizing radiation with water and fluids present in the body. The vehicle carrying radionuclides into human body should therefore be designed in a way which could also eliminate or reduce such possibilities. For the first time we have used free radical scavenger hesperidin, a polyphenolic compound having a benzo-γ-pyrone with a benzene ring moiety for extraction of no-carrier added (NCA) (200,203)Pb and (200,201,202)Tl...
March 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008559/optimal-thallium-201-dose-in-cadmium-zinc-telluride-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#15
Masaru Ishihara, Yasuyo Taniguchi, Masahisa Onoguchi, Takayuki Shibutani
BACKGROUND: We aimed to determine the optimal thallium 201 chloride (thallium-201) dose using a novel ultrafast cardiac gamma camera with cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) solid-state semiconductor detectors (D-SPECT). METHODS AND RESULTS: The optimal thallium-201 dose for obtaining left ventricular (LV) myocardial counts was determined from a phantom study. Consecutive 292 patients underwent stress myocardial perfusion imaging with a thallium-201 injection. Stress test comprised exercise or pharmacological (adenosine) provocation...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000393/prediction-of-herg-liability-using-svm-classification-bootstrapping-and-jackknifing
#16
Hongmao Sun, Ruili Huang, Menghang Xia, Sampada Shahane, Noel Southall, Yuhong Wang
Drug-induced QT prolongation leads to life-threatening cardiotoxicity, mostly through blockage of the human ether-à-go-go-related gene (hERG) encoded potassium ion (K(+) ) channels. The hERG channel is one of the most important antitargets to be addressed in the early stage of drug discovery process, in order to avoid more costly failures in the development phase. Using a thallium flux assay, 4,323 molecules were screened for hERG channel inhibition in a quantitative high throughput screening (qHTS) format...
December 21, 2016: Molecular Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988844/comparison-of-8-frame-and-16-frame-thallium-201-gated-myocardial-perfusion-spect-for-determining-left-ventricular-systolic-and-diastolic-parameters
#17
Satoshi Kurisu, Yoji Sumimoto, Hiroki Ikenaga, Noriaki Watanabe, Ken Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Dohi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yasuki Kihara
The myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography synchronized with the electrocardiogram (gated SPECT) has been widely used for the assessment of left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic functions using Quantitative gated SPECT. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of 8-frame and 16-frame thallium-201 (Tl-201) gated SPECT for determining LV systolic and diastolic parameters. The study population included 42 patients with suspected coronary artery disease who underwent gated SPECT by clinical indication...
December 17, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939790/thallium-bromide-iodide-crystal-acoustic-anisotropy-examination
#18
S N Mantsevich
Thallium bromide iodide crystal also known as KRS-5 is the well known material used in far infrared radiation applications for optical windows and lenses fabrication. The main advantage of this material is the transparency in wide band of wavelengths from 0.53 to 50μm. Despite such advantages as transparency and large acousto-optic figure of merit values, KRS-5 is rarely used in acousto-optics. Nevertheless this material seems to be promising for far infrared acousto-optic applications. The acoustic and acousto-optic properties of KRS-5 needed for the full use in optoelectronics are not well understood to date...
March 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931767/blood-and-urinary-levels-of-metals-and-metalloids-in-the-general-adult-population-of-northern-france-the-imepoge-study-2008-2010
#19
Catherine Nisse, Romuald Tagne-Fotso, Mike Howsam, Camille Richeval, Laurence Labat, Ariane Leroyer
BACKGROUND: The assessment of human chemical risks related to occupational or environmental exposure to pollutants requires the use of both accurate exposure indicators and reference values. The objective of this study was to evaluate the blood and urinary levels of various metals and metalloids in a sample of adults aged 20-59 years of the general population of Northern France, a formerly heavily industrialised area that retains some industrial activity. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted between 2008 and 2010, enrolling 2000 residents of Northern France...
October 3, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923374/a-case-of-infected-schwannoma-mimicking-malignant-tumor
#20
Mamer S Rosario, Norio Yamamoto, Katsuhiro Hayashi, Akihiko Takeuchi, Shinji Miwa, Hiroyuki Inatani, Takashi Higuchi, Hiroyuki Tsuchiya
BACKGROUND: Infected schwannoma has been reported, this being one of the four cases published in the literature. Infected schwannoma has proven to be a tough diagnostic challenge to the treating tumor surgeon, mimicking infectious entities and most essentially, a malignant tumor. CASE PRESENTATION: The authors report the case of a 64-year-old male with a soft tissue mass in his right gluteal area that presented initially with right leg pain, then later with signs of inflammation on the tumor area...
December 7, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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