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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103289/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-five-competing-strategies-for-the-management-of-multiple-recurrent-community-onset-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-france
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Emilie Baro, Tatiana Galperine, Fanette Denies, Damien Lannoy, Xavier Lenne, Pascal Odou, Benoit Guery, Benoit Dervaux
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is characterized by high rates of recurrence, resulting in substantial health care costs. The aim of this study was to analyze the cost-effectiveness of treatments for the management of second recurrence of community-onset CDI in France. METHODS: We developed a decision-analytic simulation model to compare 5 treatments for the management of second recurrence of community-onset CDI: pulsed-tapered vancomycin, fidaxomicin, fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) via colonoscopy, FMT via duodenal infusion, and FMT via enema...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102959/x-ray-scatter-correction-for-multi-source-interior-computed-tomography
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Hao Gong, Hao Yan, Xun Jia, Bin Li, Ge Wang, Guohua Cao
PURPOSE: The schemes of multi-source interior computed tomography (CT) have shown promise for ultra-fast, organ-oriented, and low-dose dynamic imaging. Besides forward scattering, x-ray cross scattering from multiple x-ray sources activated simultaneously can further degrade image quality. Here, we investigate the overall x-ray scattering artifact in a recently proposed multi-source interior CT architecture, and present two methods for scatter correction. METHODS: Compared to single-source global CT, scattering in multi-source interior CT architecture is affected by two new factors: cross scattering from simultaneously activated multiple x-ray sources and region-of-interest (ROI) oriented interior CT mode...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102956/experimental-verification-of-4d-monte-carlo-simulations-of-dose-delivery-to-a-moving-anatomy
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Sara Gholampourkashi, Miro Vujicic, Jason Belec, Joanna E Cygler, Emily Heath
PURPOSE: To evaluate a novel 4D Monte Carlo simulation tool by comparing calculations to physical measurements using a respiratory motion phantom. METHODS: We used a dynamic Quasar phantom in both stationary and breathing states (sinusoidal motion of amplitude of 1.8 cm and period of 3.3 s) for dose measurements on an Elekta Agility linear accelerator. Gafchromic EBT3 film and the RADPOS 4D dosimetry system were placed inside the lung insert of the phantom to measure dose profiles and point-dose values at the center of the spherical tumor inside the insert...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102951/direct-and-fast-measurement-of-ct-beam-filter-profiles-with-simultaneous-geometrical-calibration
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Kai Yang, Xinhua Li, X George Xu, Bob Liu
PURPOSE: To accurately measure the beam filter profiles from a variety of CT scanner models and to provide reference data for Monte Carlo simulations of CT scanners. METHODS: This study proposed a new method to measure CT beam filter profiles using a linear-array x-ray detector (X-Scan 0.8f3-512; Detection Technology Inc., Espoo, Finland) under gantry rotation mode. A robust geometrical calibration approach was developed to determine key geometrical parameters by considering the x-ray focal spot location relative to the linear-array detector and the gantry's angular increment at each acquisition point...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102829/absorbed-dose-evaluation-of-auger-electron-emitting-radionuclides-impact-of-input-decay-spectra-on-dose-point-kernels-and-s-values
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Nadia Falzone, Boon Lee, José Fernández-Varea, Christiana Kartsonaki, Andrew Stuchbery, Tibor Kibedi, Katherine Vallis
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of decay data provided by the newly developed stochastic atomic relaxation model <i>BrIccEmis</i> on dose point kernels (DPKs- radial dose distribution around a unit point source) and <i>S</i>-values (absorbed dose per unit cumulated activity) of 14 Auger electron (AE) emitting radionuclides, namely <sup>67</sup>Ga, <sup>80m</sup>Br, <sup>89</sup>Zr, <sup>90</sup>Nb, <sup>99m</sup>Tc, <sup>111</sup>In, <sup>117m</sup>Sn, <sup>119</sup>Sb, <sup>123</sup>I, <sup>124</sup>I, <sup>125</sup>I, <sup>135</sup>La, <sup>195m</sup>Pt and <sup>201</sup>Tl...
January 19, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102503/reducing-unintended-pregnancies-as-a-strategy-to-avert-zika-related-microcephaly-births-in-the-united-states-a-simulation-study
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Katherine A Ahrens, Jennifer A Hutcheon, Loretta Gavin, Susan Moskosky
Introduction There is increasing evidence that infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy can lead to severe brain abnormalities in infants exposed in utero. The objective of our analysis was to estimate the contribution of enhanced contraception access to averting ZIKV-related microcephaly births in the United States, alone and in combination with another possible strategy, anti-ZIKV vaccination. Methods We used Monte Carlo sampling techniques (n = 100,000 simulations) to estimate the number of microcephaly births expected under strategies of enhanced contraception only, vaccination only, both enhanced contraception and vaccination, and status quo (no intervention)...
January 19, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101956/aggregates-finding-structures-in-simulation-results-of-solutions
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Carlos E S Bernardes
Molecular Dynamic and Monte-Carlo simulations are widely used to investigate the structure and physical properties of solids and liquids at a molecular level. Tools to extract the most relevant information from the obtained results are, however, in considerable demand. One such tool, the program AGGREGATES, is described in this work. Based on distance criteria, the program searches trajectory files for the presence of molecular clusters and computes several statistical and shape properties for these structures...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101733/3d-absorbed-dose-distribution-estimated-by-monte-carlo-simulation-in-radionuclide-therapy-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-synovial-sarcoma
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David Sarrut, Jean-Noël Badel, Adrien Halty, Gwenaelle Garin, David Perol, Philippe Cassier, Jean-Yves Blay, David Kryza, Anne-Laure Giraudet
BACKROUND: Radiolabeled OTSA101, a monoclonal antibody targeting synovial sarcoma (SS) developed by OncoTherapy Science, was used to treat relapsing SS metastases following a theranostic procedure: in case of significant (111)In-OTSA101 tumor uptake and favorable biodistribution, patient was randomly treated with 370/1110 MBq (90)Y-OTSA101. Monte Carlo-based 3D dosimetry integrating time-activity curves in VOI was performed on (111)In-OTSA101 repeated SPECT/CT. Estimated absorbed doses (AD) in normal tissues were compared to biological side effects and to the admitted maximal tolerated absorbed dose (MTD) in normal organs...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101727/reliable-prediction-of-adsorption-isotherms-via-genetic-algorithm-molecular-simulation
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L LoftiKatooli, A Shahsavand
Conventional molecular simulation techniques such as grand canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) strictly rely on purely random search inside the simulation box for predicting the adsorption isotherms. This blind search is usually extremely time demanding for providing a faithful approximation of the real isotherm and in some cases may lead to non-optimal solutions. A novel approach is presented in this article which does not use any of the classical steps of the standard GCMC method, such as displacement, insertation, and removal...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101403/quantitative-assessment-of-hemodynamic-and-structural-characteristics-of-in-vivo-brain-tissue-using-total-diffuse-reflectance-spectrum-measured-in-a-non-contact-fashion
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Yinchen Song, Sarahy Garcia, Yisel Frometa, Jessica C Ramella-Roman, Mohammad Soltani, Mohamed Almadi, Jorge J Riera, Wei-Chiang Lin
Here we present a new methodology that investigates the intrinsic structural and hemodynamic characteristics of in vivo brain tissue, in a non-contact fashion, and can be easily incorporated in an intra-operative environment. Within this methodology, relative total diffuse reflectance spectra (RTD(λ)) were acquired from targets using a hybrid spectroscopy imaging system. A spectral interpretation algorithm was subsequently applied to RTD(λ) to retrieve optical properties related to the compositional and structural characteristics of each target...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100788/genomic-infectious-disease-epidemiology-in-partially-sampled-and-ongoing-outbreaks
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Xavier Didelot, Christophe Fraser, Jennifer Gardy, Caroline Colijn
Genomic data is increasingly being used to understand infectious disease epidemiology. Isolates from a given outbreak are sequenced, and the patterns of shared variation are used to infer which isolates within the outbreak are most closely related to each other. Unfortunately, the phylogenetic trees typically used to represent this variation are not directly informative about who infected whom - a phylogenetic tree is not a transmission tree. However, a transmission tree can be inferred from a phylogeny while accounting for within-host genetic diversity by colouring the branches of a phylogeny according to which host those branches were in...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099990/statistical-significance-for-hierarchical-clustering
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Patrick K Kimes, Yufeng Liu, David Neil Hayes, James Stephen Marron
Cluster analysis has proved to be an invaluable tool for the exploratory and unsupervised analysis of high-dimensional datasets. Among methods for clustering, hierarchical approaches have enjoyed substantial popularity in genomics and other fields for their ability to simultaneously uncover multiple layers of clustering structure. A critical and challenging question in cluster analysis is whether the identified clusters represent important underlying structure or are artifacts of natural sampling variation...
January 18, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098788/evaluation-of-potential-average-daily-doses-adds-of-pm2-5-for-homemakers-conducting-pan-frying-inside-ordinary-homes-under-four-ventilation-conditions
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Seonyeop Lee, Sol Yu, Sungroul Kim
Several studies reported that commercial barbecue restaurants likely contribute to the indoor emission of particulate matters with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less (PM2.5) while pan-frying meat. However, there is inadequate knowledge of exposure level to indoor PM2.5 in homes and the contribution of a typical indoor pan-frying event. We measured the indoor PM2.5 concentration and, using Monte-Carlo simulation, estimated potential average daily dose (ADD) of PM2.5 for homemakers pan-frying a piece of pork inside ordinary homes...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098323/two-dimensional-melting-of-colloids-with-long-range-attractive-interactions
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Di Du, Manolis Doxastakis, Elaa Hilou, Sibani Lisa Biswal
The solid-liquid melting transition in a two-dimensional (2-D) attractive colloidal system is visualized using superparamagnetic colloids that interact through a long-range isotropic attractive interaction potential, which is induced using a high-frequency rotating magnetic field. Various experiments, supported by Monte Carlo simulations, are carried out over a range of interaction potentials and densities to determine structure factors, Lindermann parameters, and translational and orientational order parameters...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097712/force-generation-by-titin-folding
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Zsolt Mártonfalvi, Pasquale Bianco, Katalin Naftz, György G Ferenczy, Miklós Kellermayer
Titin is a giant protein that provides elasticity to muscle. As the sarcomere is stretched, titin extends hierarchically according to the mechanics of its segments. Whether titin's globular domains unfold during this process and how such unfolded domains might contribute to muscle contractility are strongly debated. To explore the force-dependent folding mechanisms, here we manipulated skeletal-muscle titin molecules with high-resolution optical tweezers. In force-clamp mode, after quenching the force (<10 pN), extension fluctuated without resolvable discrete events...
January 18, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097674/monte-carlo-simulations-of-ceiling-scatter-in-nuclear-medicine-99m-tc-131-i-and-18-f
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Roald S Schnerr, Anouk N de Jong, Guillaume Landry, Cécile R L P N Jeukens, Roel Wierts
PURPOSE: In the design of nuclear medicine treatment and examination rooms, an important consideration is the shielding required for ionizing radiation from the radioactive isotopes used. The shielding in the walls is normally limited to a height lower than the actual ceiling height. The direct radiation, possibly with build-up correction, can be calculated relatively easily. However, little data is available to estimate the dose contribution from ionizing radiation traveling over the wall shielding and scattering off the ceiling...
January 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097418/heterogeneous-network-epidemics-real-time-growth-variance-and-extinction-of-infection
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Frank Ball, Thomas House
Recent years have seen a large amount of interest in epidemics on networks as a way of representing the complex structure of contacts capable of spreading infections through the modern human population. The configuration model is a popular choice in theoretical studies since it combines the ability to specify the distribution of the number of contacts (degree) with analytical tractability. Here we consider the early real-time behaviour of the Markovian SIR epidemic model on a configuration model network using a multitype branching process...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097210/preclinical-positron-emission-tomography-scanner-based-on-a-monolithic-annulus-of-scintillator-initial-design-study
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Alexander V Stolin, Peter F Martone, Gangadhar Jaliparthi, Raymond R Raylman
Positron emission tomography (PET) scanners designed for imaging of small animals have transformed translational research by reducing the necessity to invasively monitor physiology and disease progression. Virtually all of these scanners are based on the use of pixelated detector modules arranged in rings. This design, while generally successful, has some limitations. Specifically, use of discrete detector modules to construct PET scanners reduces detection sensitivity and can introduce artifacts in reconstructed images, requiring the use of correction methods...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095605/influence-of-distribution-of-animals-between-dose-groups-on-estimated-benchmark-dose-and-animal-distress-for-quantal-responses
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Fereshteh Kalantari, Joakim Ringblom, Salomon Sand, Mattias Öberg
Increasingly, dose-response data are being evaluated with the benchmark dose (BMD) approach rather than by the less precise no-observed-adverse-effect-level (NOAEL) approach. However, the basis for designing animal experiments, using equally sized dose groups, is still primed for the NOAEL approach. The major objective here was to assess the impact of using dose groups of unequal size on both the quality of the BMD and overall animal distress. We examined study designs with a total number of 200 animals distributed in four dose groups employing quantal data generated by Monte Carlo simulations...
January 17, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
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