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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136248/determination-of-national-diagnostic-reference-levels-in-computed-tomography-examinations-of-iran-by-a-new-quality-control-based-dose-survey-method
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Mehdi Sohrabi, Masoumeh Parsi, Fereidoun Mianji
National diagnostic reference levels (NDRLs) of Iran were determined for the four most common CT examinations including head, sinus, chest and abdomen/pelvis. A new 'quality control (QC)-based dose survey method', as developed by us, was applied to 157 CT scanners in Iran (2014-15) with different slice classes, models and geographic spread across the country. The NDRLs for head, sinus, chest and abdomen/pelvis examinations are 58, 29, 12 and 14 mGy for CTDIVol and 750, 300, 300 and 650 mGy.cm for DLP, respectively...
November 10, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127575/bright-light-therapy-improves-cancer-related-fatigue-in-cancer-survivors-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jillian A Johnson, Sheila N Garland, Linda E Carlson, Josée Savard, J Steven A Simpson, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Tavis S Campbell
PURPOSE: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a common and distressing symptom that can persist after cancer treatment has concluded. Bright light therapy has shown preliminary efficacy in reducing CRF, but its impact on other psychosocial factors is unclear. The purpose was to examine the impact of a 1-month light therapy intervention on fatigue, mood, and quality of life in cancer survivors with fatigue. METHODS: This 4-week blinded randomized controlled trial recruited cancer survivors who met diagnostic criteria for CRF...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065425/multimodal-evaluation-of-the-fellow-eye-of-patients-with-retinal-angiomatous-proliferation
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Amélia Martins, Cláudia Farinha, Miguel Raimundo, Marta Lopes, Ana Rita Santos, Pedro Melo, Marco Marques, João Pedro Marques, Patrícia Barreto, Maria Luz Cachulo, Catarina Neves, José Cunha-Vaz, Rufino Silva
INTRODUCTION: We conducted a multimodal, cross-sectional evaluation. METHODS: Eyes were divided into 4 study groups: controls, early/intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD), fellow eyes of retinal angiomatous proliferation (RAP), and RAP eyes. Patients were evaluated with spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), enhanced depth imaging-OCT, and OCT angiography (OCTA). OCTA images were processed to generate maps of the vessel density and perfusion density of the superficial and deep retinal layers (SRL and DRL) and the choriocapillaris level (CL)...
October 25, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059890/design-of-semg-detecting-circuit-for-emg-bridge
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Xiao-Bin Chen, Yu-Xuan Zhou, Hai-Peng Wang, Xiao-Ying Lu, Zhi-Gong Wang
A surface electromyography (sEMG) signal typically results from the electrical activities of many muscle fibers, and can be utilized as a signal source in prostheses due to its abundance of movement information. This paper proposes an sEMG-detection circuit for the acquisition of the controlling signal in EMG-Bridge (EMGB) systems. The detection circuit mainly comprises a preamplifier, a driven right leg (DRL) circuit, a high-pass filter (HPF), a low-pass filter (LPF), and a gain adjustable amplifying circuit...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059849/an-integrated-multichannel-neural-recording-analog-front-end-asic-with-area-efficient-driven-right-leg-circuit
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Tao Tang, Wang Ling Goh, Lei Yao, Jia Hao Cheong, Yuan Gao
This paper describes an integrated multichannel neural recording analog front end (AFE) with a novel area-efficient driven right leg (DRL) circuit to improve the system common mode rejection ratio (CMRR). The proposed AFE consists of an AC-coupled low-noise programmable-gain amplifier, an area-efficient DRL block and a 10-bit SAR ADC. Compared to conventional DRL circuit, the proposed capacitor-less DRL design achieves 90% chip area reduction with enhanced CMRR performance, making it ideal for multichannel biomedical recording applications...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057780/5-drl-for-computed-tomography-examination
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Kosuke Matsubara
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040783/patient-exposure-from-nuclear-medicine-in-france-national-follow-up-and-influence-of-the-technology-through-diagnostic-reference-levels-data-analysis
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Patrice Roch, David Celier, Cécile Dessaud, Cécile Etard
The Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection French Institute (IRSN) presents its latest assessment from up-to-date diagnostic reference levels (DRL) national data in nuclear medicine (NM). NM departments annually send data to IRSN to estimate the representativeness of current DRLs. Complementary analyses of the data have been performed to evaluate the influence of equipment evolution on practice and patient radiation exposure. Based on data from almost 90% of the French NM departments, some DRL update are proposed...
October 13, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034482/deep-reinforcement-learning-for-automated-radiation-adaptation-in-lung-cancer
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Huan-Hsin Tseng, Yi Luo, Sunan Cui, Jen-Tzung Chien, Randall K Ten Haken, Issam El Naqa
PURPOSE: To investigate deep reinforcement learning (DRL) based on historical treatment plans for developing automated radiation adaptation protocols for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients that aim to maximize tumor local control at reduced rates of radiation pneumonitis grade 2 (RP2). METHODS: In a retrospective population of 114 NSCLC patients who received radiotherapy, a 3-component neural networks framework was developed for deep reinforcement learning (DRL) of dose fractionation adaptation...
October 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021989/patient-dose-monitoring-and-the-use-of-diagnostic-reference-levels-for-the-optimization-of-protection-in-medical-imaging-current-status-and-challenges-worldwide
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Hannu Järvinen, Jenia Vassileva, Ehsan Samei, Anthony Wallace, Eliseo Vano, Madan Rehani
Optimization is one of the key concepts of radiation protection in medical imaging. In practice, it involves compromising between the image quality and dose to the patient; the dose should not be higher than necessary to achieve an image quality (or diagnostic information) needed for the clinical task. Monitoring patient dose is a key requirement toward optimization. The concept of diagnostic reference level (DRL) was introduced by the International Commission on Radiological Protection as a practical tool for optimization...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981859/the-psychology-of-decision-making-and-its-relevance-to-radiation-protection-of-the-patient-in-medicine
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B Michael Moores
An analysis and review of the fundamental psychological basis of decision making has been undertaken in respect of radiation protection of the patient in medicine. Both clinical and scientific aspects of patient protection have been considered. Every stage of the clinical process of radiological examinations, from referral through to diagnostic outcome, has been shown to be subject to proven psychological effects including biases, framing, anchoring and prospect theory, which deals with perceived gains and losses...
August 5, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981727/simple-method-of-size-specific-dose-estimates-calculation-from-patient-weight-on-computed-tomography
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Akiko Iriuchijima, Yasuhiro Fukushima, Takahito Nakajima, Yoshito Tsushima, Akio Ogura
The purpose of this study is to develop a new and simple methodology for calculating mean size-specific dose estimates (SSDE) over the entire scan range (mSSDE) from weight and volume CT dose index (CTDIvol). We retrospectively analyzed data from a dose index registry. Scan areas were divided into two regions: chest and abdomen-pelvis. The original mSSDE was calculated by a commercially available software. The conversion formulas for mSSDE were estimated from weight and CTDIvol (SSDEweight) in each region. SSDEweight were compared with the original mSSDE using Bland-Altman analysis...
July 28, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922928/differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate-schedules-reduce-severe-problem-behavior
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Andrew C Bonner, John C Borrero
Differential-reinforcement-of-low-rate (DRL) schedules are reinforcement contingencies designed to reduce response rates. A common variation of the DRL arrangement is known as full-session DRL ( f-DRL), in which a reinforcer is presented at the end of an interval if the response rate during that interval is below a predetermined criterion. Prior human operant research involving arbitrary mouse clicks has shown that the f-DRL is likely to reduce target responding to near zero rates. Similarly, applied research has shown that the f-DRL is likely to reduce minimally disruptive classroom behavior...
September 1, 2017: Behavior Modification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880761/predictive-validity-of-the-braden-scale-for-assessing-risk-of-developing-pressure-ulcers-and-dependence-related-lesions
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A Roca-Biosca, L Rubio-Rico, M I de Molina Fernández, N García Grau, G Tuset Garijo, F P García Fernández
OBJECTIVE: In 2014, a new theoretical model explained the mechanism of the development of pressure ulcers (PUs) and that of seven types of lesions known as dependence-related lesions (DRL). The aim of this study was to calculate the incidence of DRL that have been classified as PUs and to check the predictive validity of the Braden scale for assessing DRL in accordance with the new theoretical model in an intensive care unit (ICU). Method This longitudinal, prospective study was conducted in a Spanish ICU...
September 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864206/mice-lacking-hippocampal-left-right-asymmetry-show-non-spatial-learning-deficits
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Akihiro Shimbo, Yutaka Kosaki, Isao Ito, Shigeru Watanabe
Left-right asymmetry is known to exist at several anatomical levels in the brain and recent studies have provided further evidence to show that it also exists at a molecular level in the hippocampal CA3-CA1 circuit. The distribution of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor NR2B subunits in the apical and basal synapses of CA1 pyramidal neurons is asymmetrical if the input arrives from the left or right CA3 pyramidal neurons. In the present study, we examined the role of hippocampal asymmetry in cognitive function using β2-microglobulin knock-out (β2m KO) mice, which lack hippocampal asymmetry...
January 15, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831734/interactions-of-hallucinogens-with-the-glutamatergic-system-permissive-network-effects-mediated-through-cortical-layer-v-pyramidal-neurons
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Gerard J Marek
Recordings made from layer V (L5) pyramidal cells of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and neocortex in rodent slice preparations have shown that serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) and serotonergic hallucinogens induce an increase in the frequency of spontaneous excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) in the apical dendritic field by activating 5-HT2A receptors. Serotonergic hallucinogens induce late EPSCs and increase recurrent network activity when subcortical or mid-cortical regions are stimulated at low frequencies (e...
August 23, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822742/strategy-set-shifting-and-response-inhibition-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-an-environmental-polychlorinated-biphenyl-mixture-during-adolescence
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Supida Monaikul, Paul Eubig, Stan Floresco, Susan Schantz
Converging evidence from studies with animal models and humans suggests that early developmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) leads to deficits in cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. These processes are mediated to a large extent by the prefrontal cortex, thus we examined the effects of PCB exposure during adolescence-a period of robust prefrontal cortical development-on both processes. Specifically, we used operant set-shifting and differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL) tasks to assess cognitive flexibility and response inhibition, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819817/estimation-of-entrance-surface-air-kerma-due-to-diagnostic-x-ray-examinations-of-adult-patients-in-uttarakhand-india-and-establishment-of-local-diagnostic-reference-levels
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Satish C Uniyal, Vineet Chaturvedi, Sunil D Sharma, Shailendra Raghuvanshi
It is well established that diagnostic X-ray practices must be optimised to keep patient radiation dose as low as compatible with providing the diagnostic information required. For effective optimisation of diagnostic exposures, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) introduced the concept of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in 1996. The present study aimed to carry out an extensive dose survey of diagnostic radiography installations in the Uttarakhand region of India to establish local DRL Values for the different diagnostic practices...
September 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794076/swept-source-oct-angiography-imaging-of-the-macular-capillary-network-in-glaucoma
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Handan Akil, Vikas Chopra, Mayss Al-Sheikh, Khalil Ghasemi Falavarjani, Alex S Huang, SriniVas R Sadda, Brian A Francis
PURPOSE: To evaluate the macular capillary network density of superficial and deep retinal layers (SRL/DRL) by swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and to compare the results with those of normal subjects. METHOD: In this prospective study, 24 eyes of 24 normal individuals and 24 eyes of 24 patients with mild to moderate POAG underwent fovea centred 6×6 mm cube macular OCTA imaging by a swept-source OCTA device (Triton, Topcon, Tokyo, Japan)...
August 9, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790900/maladaptive-decision-making-in-adults-with-a-history-of-adolescent-alcohol-use-in-a-preclinical-model-is-attributable-to-the-compromised-assignment-of-incentive-value-during-stimulus-reward-learning
#19
Lauren C Kruse, Abigail G Schindler, Rapheal G Williams, Sophia J Weber, Jeremy J Clark
According to recent WHO reports, alcohol remains the number one substance used and abused by adolescents, despite public health efforts to curb its use. Adolescence is a critical period of biological maturation where brain development, particularly the mesocorticolimbic dopamine system, undergoes substantial remodeling. These circuits are implicated in complex decision making, incentive learning and reinforcement during substance use and abuse. An appealing theoretical approach has been to suggest that alcohol alters the normal development of these processes to promote deficits in reinforcement learning and decision making, which together make individuals vulnerable to developing substance use disorders in adulthood...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782425/the-effect-of-lighting-conditions-and-use-of-headlights-on-drivers-perception-and-appraisal-of-approaching-vehicles-at-junctions
#20
Yee Mun Lee, Elizabeth Sheppard
Use of Daytime Running Lights (DRL) is mandatory in many countries for motorcycles, and in some for cars. However, in developing countries, DRLs may be optional or compliance low. The effect of car or motorcycle headlights and lighting conditions on Malaysian drivers' ability to perceive and judge the safety of pulling out was investigated. Stimuli were photographs depicting either daytime or nighttime taken at a T-junction with approaching vehicles with headlights on or off. Headlights improved drivers' ability to perceive cars and motorcycles in the nighttime photographs but not the daytime photographs, although this could be due to the bright weather in the photographs...
August 16, 2017: Ergonomics
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