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Dynamic contrast imaging

Feng Feng, Fulin Qiang, Aijun Shen, Donghui Shi, Aiyan Fu, Haiming Li, Mingzhu Zhang, Ganlin Xia, Peng Cao
Objective: To prospectively compare the discriminative capacity of dynamic contrast enhanced-magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) with that of18 F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18 F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in the differentiation of malignant and benign solitary pulmonary nodules (SPNs). Methods: Forty-nine patients with SPNs were included in this prospective study. Thirty-two of the patients had malignant SPNs, while the other 17 had benign SPNs...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
Shotaro Kanao, Masako Kataoka, Mami Iima, Debra Masako Ikeda, Masakazu Toi, Kaori Togashi
OBJECTIVES: Benign and malignant inflammatory breast lesions demonstrate similar findings on both T2 weighted imaging (T2WI) and dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) images. We hypothesized that benign inflammatory lesions might be differentiated form malignancies using a combination of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values derived from diffusion weighted images (DWI) and T2WI. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 162 patients undergoing breast MRI (T2WI, DWI and DCE images) between 2008 and 2015 who had breast lesions with high T2WI signal intensity (High T2 SI) including 14 benign inflammatory lesions, 69 benign non-inflammatory lesions, 16 malignant inflammatory lesions and 63 malignant non-inflammatory lesions...
March 12, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Margarita Braunagel, Florian Ortner, Ulf Schönermarck, Antje Habicht, Andreas Schindler, Manfred Stangl, Frederik F Strobl, Maximilian Reiser, Dirk A Clevert, Christoph Trumm, Andreas Helck
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess an optimized renal multiphase computed tomography angiography (MP-CTA) protocol regarding reduction of contrast volume. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients underwent MP-CTA (12 phases, every 3.5 seconds, 80 kV/120 mAs) using 30 mL of contrast medium. The quality of MP-CTA was assessed quantitatively measuring vessel attenuation, image noise, and contrast-to-noise ratio. MP-CTA was evaluated qualitatively regarding depiction of vessels, cortex differentiation, and motion artifacts (grades 1-4, 1 = best)...
March 12, 2018: Academic Radiology
Benjamin J Zimmerman, Austin T Mudd, Joanne E Fil, Ryan N Dilger, Bradley P Sutton
Accurate quantitative non-invasive assessments of arterial cerebral blood volume (aCBV) can greatly benefit the study of cerebral vascular health in both humans and in animal models. In recent years, progress has been made in the techniques available to quantify CBV with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we compared a non-invasive technique, measuring inflowing vascular space occupancy with dynamic subtraction (iVASO-ds) with a contrast-based vascular space occupancy measurement in piglets. In addition, we measured how the iVASO-ds derived aCBV changed with piglet development from 4 weeks to 8 weeks...
March 11, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Edmund Burke, Sanjeev A Datar
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The essential role of the lymphatic system in fluid homeostasis, nutrient transport, and immune trafficking is well recognized; however, there is limited understanding of the mechanisms that regulate lymphatic function, particularly in the setting of critical illness. The lymphatics likely affect disease severity and progression in every condition, from severe systemic inflammatory states to respiratory failure. Here, we review structural and functional disorders of the lymphatic system, both congenital and acquired, as they relate to care of the pediatric patient in the intensive care setting, including novel areas of research into medical and procedural therapeutic interventions...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Shu Fen Tan, Sanoj Raj, Geeta Bisht, Harshini V Annadata, Christian A Nijhuis, Petr Král, Utkur Mirsaidov
Self-assembly of solvated nanoparticles (NPs) is governed by numerous competing interactions. However, relatively little is known about the time-dependent mechanisms through which these interactions enable and guide the nanoparticle self-assembly process. Here, using in situ transmission electron microscopy imaging combined with atomistic modeling, it is shown that the forces governing the self-assembly of hydrophobic nanoparticles change with the nanoparticle shapes. By comparing how gold nanospheres, nanocubes, nanorods, and nanobipyramids assemble, it is shown that the strength of the hydrophobic interactions depends on the overlap of the hydrophobic regions of the interacting nanoparticle surfaces determined by the nanoparticle shapes...
March 14, 2018: Advanced Materials
Amir Pourmorteza, Noemie Keller, Richard Chen, Albert Lardo, Henry Halperin, Marcus Y Chen, Elliot McVeigh
Resting regional wall motion abnormality (RWMA) has significant prognostic value beyond the findings of computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography. Stretch quantification of endocardial engraved zones (SQUEEZ) has been proposed as a measure of regional cardiac function. The purpose of the work reported here was to determine the effect of lowering the radiation dose on the precision of automatic SQUEEZ assessments of RWMA. Chronic myocardial infarction was created by a 2-h occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery in 10 swine (heart rates 80-100, ejection fraction 25-57%)...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Elinor Goshen, Leonid Beilin, Eli Stern, Tal Kenig, Ronen Goldkorn, Simona Ben-Haim
BACKGROUND: The performance of a prototype novel digital single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) camera with multiple pixelated CZT detectors and high sensitivity collimators (Digital SPECT; Valiance X12 prototype, Molecular Dynamics) was evaluated in various clinical settings. Images obtained in the prototype system were compared to images from an analog camera fitted with high-resolution collimators. Clinical feasibility, image quality, and diagnostic performance of the prototype were evaluated in 36 SPECT studies in 35 patients including bone (n = 21), brain (n = 5), lung perfusion (n = 3), and parathyroid (n = 3) and one study each of sentinel node and labeled white blood cells...
March 14, 2018: EJNMMI Physics
Frank E Garcea, Quanjing Chen, Roger Vargas, Darren A Narayan, Bradford Z Mahon
A whole-brain network of regions collectively supports the ability to recognize and use objects-the Tool Processing Network. Little is known about how functional interactions within the Tool Processing Network are modulated in a task-dependent manner. We designed an fMRI experiment in which participants were required to either generate object pantomimes or to carry out a picture matching task over the same images of tools, while holding all aspects of stimulus presentation constant across the tasks. The Tool Processing Network was defined with an independent functional localizer, and functional connectivity within the network was measured during the pantomime and picture matching tasks...
March 13, 2018: Brain Structure & Function
Lejo Johnson Chacko, Dominik T Schmidbauer, Stephan Handschuh, Alen Reka, Karl D Fritscher, Patrik Raudaschl, Rami Saba, Michael Handler, Peter P Schier, Daniel Baumgarten, Natalie Fischer, Elisabeth J Pechriggl, Erich Brenner, Romed Hoermann, Rudolf Glueckert, Anneliese Schrott-Fischer
Stable posture and body movement in humans is dictated by the precise functioning of the ampulla organs in the semi-circular canals. Statistical analysis of the interrelationship between bony and membranous compartments within the semi-circular canals is dependent on the visualization of soft tissue structures. Thirty-one human inner ears were prepared, post-fixed with osmium tetroxide and decalcified for soft tissue contrast enhancement. High resolution X-ray microtomography images at 15 μm voxel-size were manually segmented...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Emmet A Francis, Volkmar Heinrich
Global bursts in free intracellular calcium (Ca2+ ) are among the most conspicuous signaling events in immune cells. To test the common view that Ca2+ bursts mediate rearrangement of the actin cytoskeleton in response to the activation of G protein-coupled receptors, we combined single-cell manipulation with fluorescence imaging and monitored the Ca2+ concentration in individual human neutrophils during complement-mediated chemotaxis. By decoupling purely chemotactic pseudopod formation from cell-substrate adhesion, we showed that physiological concentrations of anaphylatoxins, such as C5a, induced nonadherent human neutrophils to form chemotactic pseudopods but did not elicit Ca2+ bursts...
March 13, 2018: Science Signaling
Thais Roque, Laurent Risser, Veerle Kersemans, Sean Smart, Danny Allen, Paul Kinchesh, Stuart Gilchrist, Ana L Gomes, Julia A Schnabel, Michael A Chappell
Predicting tumor growth and its response to therapy remains a major challenge in cancer research and strongly relies on tumor growth models. In this paper, we introduce, calibrate, and verify a novel image-driven reaction-diffusion model of avascular tumor growth. The model allows for proliferation, death and spread of tumor cells, and accounts for nutrient distribution and hypoxia. It is constrained by longitudinal time series of dynamic contrast-enhancement-MRI images. Tumor specific parameters are estimated from two early time points and used to predict the spatio-temporal evolution of the tumor volume and cell densities at later time points...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Wataru Jomoto, Masao Tanooka, Hiroshi Doi, Keisuke Kikuchi, Chiemi Mitsuie, Yusuke Yamada, Toru Suzuki, Toshiko Yamano, Reiichi Ishikura, Noriko Kotoura, Shingo Yamamoto
We sought to develop a surgical navigation system using magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and a three-dimensional (3D) printer for robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP). Six patients with pathologically proven localized prostate cancer were prospectively enrolled in this study. Prostate magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), consisting of T2-weighted sampling perfection with application-optimized contrasts using different flip-angle evolutions (SPACE) and true fast imaging with steady-state precession (true FISP), reconstructed by volume rendering, was followed by dynamic contrast-enhanced MRA performed with a volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination (VIBE) during intravenous bolus injection of gadobutrol...
January 2, 2018: Curēus
Yuanwei Fan, Graham M Burkart, Ram Dixit
The contribution of microtubule tip dynamics to the assembly and function of plant microtubule arrays remains poorly understood. Here, we report that the Arabidopsis SPIRAL2 (SPR2) protein modulates the dynamics of the acentrosomal cortical microtubule plus and minus ends in an opposing manner. Live imaging of a functional SPR2-mRuby fusion protein revealed that SPR2 shows both microtubule plus- and minus-end tracking activity in addition to localization at microtubule intersections and along the lattice...
February 28, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Mohammad A Charsooghi, Ali-Reza Moradi
In this paper, we measure the proximity effect of a flat wall on the sedimentation of colloidal particles by the use of digital holographic microscopy (DHM). DHM provides quantitative phase contrast and three-dimensional (3D) imaging in arbitrary time scales that are suitable to investigate various phenomena, including dynamic behavior of colloids. 3D information is obtained by post-processing of the recorded digital holograms through the angular spectrum propagation approach for numerical reconstruction. We have measured the trajectory and velocity of spherical colloids in various distances from a flat wall while they sediment under gravity...
March 1, 2018: Applied Optics
Mark Gainey, Montserrat Carles, Michael Mix, Philipp T Meyer, Michael Bock, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Dimos Baltas
Recently, there has been an increase in the imaging modalities available for radiotherapy planning and radiotherapy prognostic outcome: dual energy computed tomography (CT; DECT), dynamic contrast enhanced CT, dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion-weighted MRI, positron emission tomography-CT, dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography-MR. These techniques enable more precise gross tumor volume definition than CT alone and moreover allow subvolumes within the gross tumor volume to be defined which may be given a boost dose or an individual voxelized dose prescription may be derived...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
Tomoya Watanabe, Haruo Isoda, Yasuo Takehara, Masaki Terada, Takehiro Naito, Takafumi Kosugi, Yuki Onishi, Chiharu Tanoi, Takashi Izumi
PURPOSE: We performed computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for patients with and without paraclinoid internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms to evaluate the distribution of vascular biomarkers at the aneurysm initiation sites of the paraclinoid ICA. METHODS: This study included 35 patients who were followed up for aneurysms using 3D time of flight (TOF) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and 3D cine phase-contrast MR imaging. Fifteen affected ICAs were included in group A with the 15 unaffected contralateral ICAs in group B...
March 8, 2018: Neuroradiology
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March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
J R Si, Y L Zhang
Objective: To investigate the static and dynamic features of the normal lacrimal sac (LS)-nasolacrimal duct (NLD), and find out if tear flows while the subject is in supine position with eyes closed. Methods: Cross-sectional study. Healthy volunteers and patients whose head were examined by MRI in Guangdong Provincial Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine with normal LS-NLD were recruited. The normal lacrimal ducts of the candidates were scanned, while candidates remained in supine position, by static or dynamic imaging procedures with a 1...
March 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
D J Li, W L Yang, Z Y Wang, W Chen, Q Zhao, Y F Li, R Cui, L Shen, W B Wei
Objective: To compare the significance of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) in the diagnosis of uveal melanoma. Methods: It was a retrospective case series study. Sixty-three cases (63 eyes) of uveal melanoma patients (confirmed by histopathology) who underwent CEUS and DCE-MRI examination at Beijing Tongren Hospital during January 2010 and May 2014 were collected, including 30 males and 33 females, with average age of 47 years (ranged from 27 to 69 years)...
March 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
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