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Rosa Dolz-Marco, David Sarraf, Vincent Giovinazzo, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: To describe multimodal imaging findings of an evolving case of acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy occurring in a young healthy male. METHODS: Case report of a patient with acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy including comprehensive systemic and ocular examinations. Ultra-widefield autofluorescence, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, and serial optical coherence tomography angiography were performed...
October 18, 2016: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
Richard F Spaide
PURPOSE: To investigate the structural optical coherence tomography and related microvascular flow characteristics in eyes with retinal vasculitis. METHODS: Regions involved with perivascular infiltration in eyes with retinal vasculitis, but no evidence of large vessel occlusion were evaluated with optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, and fluorescein angiography. RESULTS: Ten eyes of 5 patients with a variety of etiologies of retinal vasculitis were evaluated...
October 18, 2016: Retina
Yuandong Li, Woo June Choi, Wan Qin, Utku Baran, Lauren M Habenicht, Ruikang K Wang
BACKGROUND: Arteriogenesis describes the active growth of the pre-existing collateral arterioles, which is a crucial tissue-saving process in occlusive vascular diseases. NEW METHOD: We propose to use optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based microangiography (OMAG) to monitor arteriogenesis following artery transection in mouse ear and focal stroke in mouse brain. RESULTS: Our longitudinal mouse ear study shows that the growth phase of arteriogenesis, indicated by changes in collateral vessel diameter and velocity, occurs between 12-24hours after vessel occlusion...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Gavin D Merrifield, James Mullin, Lindsay Gallagher, Carl Tucker, Maurits A Jansen, Martin Denvir, William M Holmes
Increasing scientific interest in the zebrafish as a model organism across a range of biomedical and biological research areas raises the need for the development of in vivo imaging tools appropriate to this subject. Development of the embryonic and early stage forms of the subject can currently be assessed using optical based techniques due to the transparent nature of the species at these early stages. However this is not an option during the juvenile and adult stages when the subjects become opaque. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques would allow for the longitudinal and non-invasive assessment of development and health in these later life stages...
October 14, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
S Longhi
Parity-time (PT) symmetry is one of the most important accomplishments in optics over the past decade. Here the concept of PT mode-locking (ML) of a laser is introduced, in which active phase-locking of cavity axial modes is realized by asymmetric mode coupling in a complex time crystal. PT ML shows a transition from single- to double-pulse emission as the PT symmetry breaking point is crossed. The transition can show a turbulent behavior, depending on a dimensionless modulation parameter that plays the same role as the Reynolds number in hydrodynamic flows...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Richard F Spaide, Mihoko Suzuki, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, Alexandre Matet, Francine Behar-Cohen
PURPOSE: To evaluate multimodal imaging including volume-rendered angiographic and structural optical coherence tomography of macular telangiectasia Type 2 (MacTel2) for right-angle vein complexes, macular cavitations, and signs of deeper retinal vascular invasion. METHODS: Retrospective review of imaging performed in a community-based retinal referral center. The eyes were scanned using optical coherence tomography using split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation techniques to derive flow information...
September 30, 2016: Retina
Eric M Moult, Nadia K Waheed, Eduardo A Novais, WooJhon Choi, ByungKun Lee, Stefan B Ploner, Emily D Cole, Ricardo N Louzada, Chen D Lu, Philip J Rosenfeld, Jay S Duker, James G Fujimoto
PURPOSE: To investigate choriocapillaris (CC) alteration in patients with nascent geographic atrophy (nGA) and/or drusen-associated geographic atrophy (DAGA) using swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). METHODS: A 1,050-nm wavelength, 400 kHz A-scan rate swept-source optical coherence tomography prototype was used to perform volumetric swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography over 6 mm × 6 mm fields of view in patients with nGA and/or DAGA...
September 30, 2016: Retina
Anna C S Tan, Kunal K Dansingani, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, David Sarraf, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: To study the cross-sectional and en face optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) findings in Type 3 neovascularization (NV). METHODS: Optical coherence tomography angiography imaging of 27 eyes of 23 patients with Type 3 NV was analyzed with 9 eyes having consecutive follow-up OCTA studies. RESULTS: Type 3 NV appeared as a linear high-flow structure on cross-sectional OCTA corresponding to a high-flow tuft of vessels seen on en face OCTA...
October 5, 2016: Retina
C Dincer, A Kling, C Chatelle, L Armbrecht, J Kieninger, W Weber, G A Urban
Here, we present a novel approach to increase the degree of miniaturization as well as the sensitivity of biosensor platforms by the optimization of microfluidic stop-flow techniques independent of the applied detection technique (e.g. electrochemical or optical). The readout of the labeled bioassays, immobilized in a microfluidic channel, under stop-flow conditions leads to a rectangular shaped peak signal. Data evaluation using the peak height allows for a high level miniaturization of the channel geometries...
October 17, 2016: Analyst
Luca Fortunato, Sanghyun Jeong, Yiran Wang, Ali R Behzad, TorOve Leiknes
Fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBR) is acknowledged to be complex and unclear. An integrated characterization methodology was employed in this study to understand the fouling on a gravity-driven submerged MBR (GD-SMBR). It involved the use of different analytical tools, including optical coherence tomography (OCT), liquid chromatography with organic carbon detection (LC-OCD), total organic carbon (TOC), flow cytometer (FCM), adenosine triphosphate analysis (ATP) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The three-dimensional (3D) biomass morphology was acquired in a real-time through non-destructive and in situ OCT scanning of 75% of the total membrane surface directly in the tank...
October 1, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Adam Wylęgała, Sławomir Teper, Dariusz Dobrowolski, Edward Wylęgała
BACKGROUND: Retinal vascular diseases are one of the most common causes of blindness in the developed world. Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) is a new noninvasive method that uses several algorithms to detect blood movement. This enables the creation of high-resolution vascular images with contrast depicting motionless tissue. METHODS: This review presents the results of articles relevant to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and OCT-A...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
S P Mollan, P A Keane, A K Denniston
PurposeThe diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) is an area of major challenge. This is the first reported use of the directed use of transdermal optical coherence tomography (OCT) to image the superficial temporal artery (STA).MethodsThis proof of concept study used a commercially available transdermal OCT instrument to identify and image the STA in eight patients (suspected GCA, confirmed GCA, and in healthy controls). Three cases are presented to demonstrate the preliminary imaging findings.ResultsIn all eight cases the STA was identified...
October 14, 2016: Eye
Jiangbo Lu, Yu Li, Hongsheng Yang, Dongbo Min, Weiyong Eng, Minh Do
Though many tasks in computer vision can be formulated elegantly as pixel-labeling problems, a typical challenge discouraging such a discrete formulation is often due to computational efficiency. Recent studies on fast cost volume filtering based on efficient edge-aware filters provide a fast alternative to solve discrete labeling problems, with the complexity independent of the support window size. However, these methods still have to step through the entire cost volume exhaustively, which makes the solution speed scale linearly with the label space size...
October 11, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Jingjing Zhao, Zheng You
This work introduces three rectangular quasi-flat-top spots, which are provided by binary optical elements (BOEs) and utilized for the illumination in a microflow cytometer. The three spots contain, respectively, one, two, and three rectangles (R1, R2, and R3). To test the performance of this mechanism, a microflow cytometer is established by integrating the BOEs and a three-dimensional hydrodynamic focusing chip. Through the experiments of detecting fluorescence microbeads, the three spots present good fluorescence coefficients of variation in comparison with those derived from commercial instruments...
September 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Bruce A Berkowitz, Tiffany Schmidt, Robert H Podolsky, Robin Roberts
Purpose: In humans, rodents, and pigeons, the dark → light transition signals nonretinal brain tissue to increase choroidal thickness, a major control element of choroidal blood flow, and thus of photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelium function. However, it is unclear which photopigments in the retina relay the light signal to the brain. Here, we test the hypothesis that melanopsin (Opn4)-regulated phototransduction modulates light-evoked choroidal thickness expansion in mice. Methods: Two-month-old C57Bl/6 wild-type (B6), 4- to 5-month-old C57Bl/6/129S6 wild-type (B6 + S6), and 2-month-old melanopsin knockout (Opn4-/-) on a B6 + S6 background were studied...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Neila Ben Sassi, Xavier Averós, Inma Estevez
Consideration of animal welfare is essential to address the consumers' demands and for the long term sustainability of commercial poultry. However, assessing welfare in large poultry flocks, to be able to detect potential welfare risks and to control or minimize its impact is difficult. Current developments in technology and mathematical modelling open new possibilities for real-time automatic monitoring of animal welfare and health. New technological innovations potentially adaptable to commercial poultry are appearing, although their practical implementation is still being defined...
October 11, 2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Adeleh Yarmohammadi, Linda M Zangwill, Alberto Diniz-Filho, Min Hee Suh, Siamak Yousefi, Luke J Saunders, Akram Belghith, Patricia Isabel C Manalastas, Felipe A Medeiros, Robert N Weinreb
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between vessel density measurements using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and severity of visual field loss in primary open-angle glaucoma. DESIGN: Observational, cross-sectional study. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 153 eyes from 31 healthy participants, 48 glaucoma suspects, and 74 glaucoma patients enrolled in the Diagnostic Innovations in Glaucoma Study. METHODS: All eyes underwent imaging using OCT-A (Angiovue; Optovue, Fremont, CA), spectral-domain OCT (Avanti; Optovue), and standard automated perimetry (SAP)...
October 7, 2016: Ophthalmology
Yosuke Shimo, Tomohiro Uchimura
Multiphoton ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry was applied to the measurement of an oil-in-water emulsion that contained toluene as a dispersed phase. Before the measurement, the sample was sufficiently creamed, and then stirred for a short period of time for dispersion. As a result, several intense spikes appeared on the time profile constructed from the peak area for toluene. In the present study, an optical microscope was used to observe the capillary column for sample introduction, and small toluene droplets along with their aggregates were found in the images of the emulsion flowing through the capillary...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Mark W Kennedy, Enrico Fabris, Alexander J Ijsselmuiden, Holger Nef, Sebastian Reith, Javier Escaned, Fernando Alfonso, Niels van Royen, Wojtek Wojakowski, Adam Witkowski, Ciro Indolfi, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Harry Suryapranata, Elvin Kedhi
BACKGROUND: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a widely used tool for the identification of ischaemia-generating stenoses and to guide decisions on coronary revascularisation. However, the safety of FFR-based decisions in high-risk subsets, such as patients with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) or vulnerable stenoses presenting thin-cap fibro-atheroma (TCFA), is unknown. This study will examine the impact of optical coherence tomography (OCT) plaque morphological assessment and the identification of TCFA, in combination with FFR to better predict clinical outcomes in DM patients...
October 10, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Ioannis Mademlis, Anastasios Tefas, Nikos Nikolaidis, Ioannis Pitas
Video summarization is a timely and rapidly developing research field with broad commercial interest, due to the increasing availability of massive video data. Relevant algorithms face the challenge of needing to achieve a careful balance between summary compactness, enjoyability and content coverage. The specific case of stereoscopic 3D theatrical films has become more important over the past years, but not received corresponding research attention. In the present work, a multi-stage, multimodal summarization process for such stereoscopic movies is proposed, that is able to extract a short, representative video skim conforming to narrative characteristics from a 3D film...
October 5, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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