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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350595/motor-network-recovery-in-patients-with-chronic-spinal-cord-compression-a-longitudinal-study-following-decompression-surgery
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Kayla Ryan, Sandy Goncalves, Robert Bartha, Neil Duggal
OBJECTIVE The authors used functional MRI to assess cortical reorganization of the motor network after chronic spinal cord compression and to characterize the plasticity that occurs following surgical intervention. METHODS A 3-T MRI scanner was used to acquire functional images of the brain in 22 patients with reversible cervical spinal cord compression and 10 control subjects. Controls performed a finger-tapping task on 3 different occasions (baseline, 6-week follow-up, and 6-month follow-up), whereas patients performed the identical task before surgery and again 6 weeks and 6 months after spinal decompression surgery...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350536/diagnostic-accuracy-of-functional-imaging-and-biochemical-tests-for-patients-presenting-with-chest-pain-to-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mario Iannaccone, Sebastiano Gili, Ovidio De Filippo, Salvatore D'Amico, Marco Gagliardi, Maurizio Bertaina, Silvia Mazzilli, Sara Rettegno, Federica Bongiovanni, Paolo Gatti, Fabrizio Ugo, Giacomo G Boccuzzi, Salvatore Colangelo, Silvia Prato, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'Amico, Patrizia Noussan, Roberto Garbo, David Hildick-Smith, Fiorenzo Gaita, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ischaemia tests and biomarkers are widely adopted to rule out acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Their diagnostic accuracy has yet to be precisely defined. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane Library CENTRAL, EMBASE and Biomed Central were systematically screened (start date 1 September 2016, end date 1 December 2016). Prospective studies (observational or randomised controlled trial) comparing functional/imaging or biochemical tests for patients presenting with chest pain to the emergency department were included...
January 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343986/radiotherapy-for-esophageal-carcinoma-dose-response-and-survival
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REVIEW
Yijun Luo, Qingfeng Mao, Xiaoli Wang, Jinming Yu, Minghuan Li
Esophageal cancer (EC) is an extremely aggressive, lethal malignancy that is increasing in incidence worldwide. At present, definitive chemoradiotherapy is accepted as the standard treatment for locally advanced EC. The EC guidelines recommend a radiation dose of 50.4 Gy for definitive treatment, yet the outcomes for patients who have received standard-dose radiotherapy remain unsatisfactory. However, some studies indicate that a higher radiation dose could improve local tumor control, and may also confer survival benefits...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343908/pet-ct-and-pet-mr-in-urological-cancers-other-than-prostate-cancer-an-update-on-state-of-the-art
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REVIEW
Abdul Razik, Chandan Jyoti Das, Sanjay Sharma
Hybrid positron emission tomography with computed tomography (PET/CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) have enabled the combination of morphologic and functional imaging with the promise of providing better information in guiding therapy. Further advance has been made in the past decade with the development of newer radiotracers and optimization of the technical aspects. We performed a search in PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar for peer-reviewed literature concerning the advances and newer developments in the imaging of nonprostate urologic cancers between 2005 and 2017...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341000/basic-pulse-sequences-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Daniel Calle, Teresa Navarro
Magnetic resonance images are obtained by a combination of different radiofrequency pulses and gradient waveforms applied to the subject inside a magnetic field. There are multiple pulse sequences used in clinical and preclinical studies adjusted to whatever physician or researches want to analyze, from basic anatomic images to accurate diagnostic techniques as diffusion, perfusion, or functional imaging. In this chapter, we present the most used radiofrequency pulse combinations of the two groups of sequences available in magnetic resonance imaging: spin-echo and gradient-echo sequences...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340386/on-chip-functional-neuroimaging-with-mechanical-stimulation-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-larvae-for-studying-development-and-neural-circuits
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Yongmin Cho, David N Oakland, Sol Ah Lee, William R Schafer, Hang Lu
Mechanosensation is fundamentally important for the abilities of an organism to experience touch, hear sounds, and maintain balance. Caenorhabditis elegans is a powerful system for studying mechanosensation as this worm is well suited for in vivo functional imaging of neurons. Many years of research using labor-intensive methods have generated a wealth of knowledge about mechanosensation in C. elegans, and the recent microfluidic-based platforms continue to push the boundary for this field. However, developmental aspects of sensory biology, including mechanosensation, are still not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337133/cathodal-tdcs-of-the-bilateral-anterior-temporal-lobes-facilitates-semantically-driven-verbal-fluency
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Richard J Binney, Bonnie M Zuckerman, Hilary N Waller, Jinyi Hung, Sameer A Ashaie, Jamie Reilly
In a verbal fluency task, a person is required to produce as many exemplars of a given category (e.g., 'animals', or words starting with 'f') as possible within a fixed duration. Successful verbal fluency performance relies both on the depth of search within semantic/phonological neighborhoods ('clustering') and the ability to flexibly disengage between exhausted clusters ('switching'). Convergent evidence from functional imaging and neuropsychology suggests that cluster-switch behaviors engage dissociable brain regions...
January 11, 2018: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332986/fadttster-accelerating-hypothesis-testing-with-functional-analysis-of-diffusion-tensor-tract-statistics
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Jean Noel, Juan C Prieto, Martin Styner
Functional Analysis of Diffusion Tensor Tract Statistics (FADTTS) is a toolbox for analysis of white matter (WM) fiber tracts. It allows associating diffusion properties along major WM bundles with a set of covariates of interest, such as age, diagnostic status and gender, and the structure of the variability of these WM tract properties. However, to use this toolbox, a user must have an intermediate knowledge in scripting languages (MATLAB). FADTTSter was created to overcome this issue and make the statistical analysis accessible to any non-technical researcher...
March 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332985/civility-cloud-based-interactive-visualization-of-tractography-brain-connectome
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Danaële Puechmaille, Martin Styner, Juan C Prieto
Cloud based Interactive Visualization of Tractography Brain Connectome (CIVILITY) is an interactive visualization tool of brain connectome in the cloud. This application submits tasks to remote computing grids were the CIVILITY-tractography pipeline is deployed. The application will list the running tasks for the user and once a task is completed the brain connectome is visualized using Hierarchical Edge Bundling. The analysis pipeline uses FSL tools (bedpostx and probtrackx2) to generate a triangular matrix indicating the connectivity strength between different regions in the brain...
March 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332928/optical-coherence-tomography-for-precision-brain-imaging-neurosurgical-guidance-and-minimally-invasive-theranostics
#10
Yingwei Fan, Yan Xia, Xinran Zhang, Yu Sun, Jie Tang, Liwei Zhang, Hongen Liao
This review focuses on optical coherence tomography (OCT)-based neurosurgical application for imaging and treatment of brain tumors. OCT has emerged as one of the most innovative and successful translational biomedical-diagnostic techniques. It is a useful imaging tool for noninvasive, in vivo, in situ and real-time imaging in soft biological tissues, such as brain tumor imaging. OCT can detect the structure of biological tissue in a micrometer scale, and functional OCT has some clinical researches and applications, such as nerve fiber tracts and neurovascular imaging...
January 15, 2018: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332107/the-sleep-architecture-of-saudi-arabian-patients-with-kleine-levin-syndrome
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Saad M Al Shareef, Aljohara S Almeneessier, Omeima Hammad, Richard M Smith, Ahmed S BaHammam
To establish baseline sleep architecture during an acute attack of Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS) in a cohort of Saudi Arabian KLS patients and compare these characteristics with other published cohorts. Methods: This was a retrospective cohort study of the polysomnographic characteristics of 10 typical symptomatic Saudi Arabian KLS patients attending the University Sleep Disorders Center, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between 2002 and 2015. Data were captured by nocturnal polysomnography during an acute attack of hypersomnia and compared with other published cohorts identified via a systematic literature search...
January 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322583/motor-imagery-training-kinesthetic-imagery-strategy-and-inferior-parietal-fmri-activation
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Florent Lebon, Ulrike Horn, Martin Domin, Martin Lotze
Motor imagery (MI) is the mental simulation of action frequently used by professionals in different fields. However, with respect to performance, well-controlled functional imaging studies on MI training are sparse. We investigated changes in fMRI representation going along with performance changes of a finger sequence (error and velocity) after MI training in 48 healthy young volunteers. Before training, we tested the vividness of kinesthetic and visual imagery. During tests, participants were instructed to move or to imagine moving the fingers of the right hand in a specific order...
January 10, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313542/a-programmable-platform-for-sub-second-multichemical-dynamic-stimulation-and-neuronal-functional-imaging-in-c-elegans
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T Rouse, G Aubry, Y Cho, M Zimmer, H Lu
Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) is a prominent model organism in neuroscience, as its small stereotyped nervous system offers unique advantages for studying neuronal circuits at the cellular level. Characterizing temporal dynamics of neuronal circuits is essential to fully understand neuronal processing. Characterization of the temporal dynamics of chemosensory circuits requires a precise and fast method to deliver multiple stimuli and monitor the animal's neuronal activity. Microfluidic platforms have been developed that offer an improved control of chemical delivery compared to manual methods...
January 9, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311610/interneuron-specific-signaling-evokes-distinctive-somatostatin-mediated-responses-in-adult-cortical-astrocytes
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Letizia Mariotti, Gabriele Losi, Annamaria Lia, Marcello Melone, Angela Chiavegato, Marta Gómez-Gonzalo, Michele Sessolo, Serena Bovetti, Angelo Forli, Micaela Zonta, Linda Maria Requie, Iacopo Marcon, Arianna Pugliese, Cécile Viollet, Bernhard Bettler, Tommaso Fellin, Fiorenzo Conti, Giorgio Carmignoto
The signaling diversity of GABAergic interneurons to post-synaptic neurons is crucial to generate the functional heterogeneity that characterizes brain circuits. Whether this diversity applies to other brain cells, such as the glial cells astrocytes, remains unexplored. Using optogenetics and two-photon functional imaging in the adult mouse neocortex, we here reveal that parvalbumin- and somatostatin-expressing interneurons, two key interneuron classes in the brain, differentially signal to astrocytes inducing weak and robust GABAB receptor-mediated Ca2+ elevations, respectively...
January 8, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295569/extent-of-resection-in-newly-diagnosed-glioblastoma-impact-of-a-specialized-neuro-oncology-care-center
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Amer Haj, Christian Doenitz, Karl-Michael Schebesch, Denise Ehrensberger, Peter Hau, Kurt Putnik, Markus J Riemenschneider, Christina Wendl, Michael Gerken, Tobias Pukrop, Alexander Brawanski, Martin A Proescholdt
Treatment of glioblastoma (GBM) consists of microsurgical resection followed by concomitant radiochemotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy. The best outcome regarding progression free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) is achieved by maximal resection. The foundation of a specialized neuro-oncology care center (NOC) has enabled the implementation of a large technical portfolio including functional imaging, awake craniotomy, PET scanning, fluorescence-guided resection, and integrated postsurgical therapy. This study analyzed whether the technically improved neurosurgical treatment structure yields a higher rate of complete resection, thus ultimately improving patient outcome...
December 25, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289371/glucose-modulates-human-ventral-tegmental-activity-in-response-to-sexual-stimuli
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Martin Ulrich, Philipp Stauß, Georg Grön
BACKGROUND: Attribution of salience to sexual stimuli is mediated by the dopaminergic midbrain, including the ventral tegmental area (VTA). The existence of glucose-sensing neurons in the VTA, as suggested by animal studies, offers the opportunity to modulate aberrant salience coding involved in sexual disorders such as sexual addiction. Recent neuroimaging work supported that VTA activity in humans can be modulated by intravenously infusing a small bolus of glucose. However, that study used appetitive food stimuli, leaving the possibility that glucose modulation of VTA-mediated salience coding might be bound to this class of stimuli...
January 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288107/memory-deficits-after-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-an-fmri-study
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Jiabin Su, Tongzhou E, Qihao Guo, Yu Lei, Yuxiang Gu
BACKGROUND: Patients suffer from aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) are thought to have cognitive impairment. However, little is known about characteristics of functional imaging in aSAH patients OBJECTIVE: To explore the whole brain activity pattern in aSAH patients using amplitude of low-frequency fluctuation (ALFF) and functional connectivity (FC). METHOD: 50 aSAH patients and 30 healthy controls were recruited and subjected to a resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging scan and cognitive tasks...
December 26, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285569/the-enigma-of-site-of-action-of-migraine-preventives-no-effect-of-metoprolol-on-trigeminal-pain-processing-in-patients-and-healthy-controls
#18
Julia M Hebestreit, Arne May
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers are a first choice migraine preventive medication. So far it is unknown how they exert their therapeutic effect in migraine. To this end we examined the neural effect of metoprolol on trigeminal pain processing in 19 migraine patients and 26 healthy controls. All participants underwent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during trigeminal pain twice: Healthy subjects took part in a placebo-controlled, randomized and double-blind study, receiving a single dose of metoprolol and placebo...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280068/clinical-significance-of-patterns-of-increased-18f-fdg-uptake-in-the-thyroid-gland-a-pictorial-review
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REVIEW
Fumihiro Tsubaki, Seiji Kurata, Junichi Tani, Akiko Sumi, Kiminori Fujimoto, Toshi Abe
In the diagnosis and staging of oncologic patients, [18F]-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is well recognized as an important functional imaging modality. FDG-PET also has been used for cancer screening in healthy individuals. In general, the normal thyroid gland shows absent or low uptake on FDG-PET, which is often identified as an incidental finding on PET. Today, thyroid FDG uptake can be seen in three patterns: diffuse; focal; and diffuse-plus-focal. Diffuse thyroid uptake is mainly considered an indicator of chronic thyroiditis...
December 27, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277650/macroscale-variation-in-resting-state-neuronal-activity-and-connectivity-assessed-by-simultaneous-calcium-imaging-hemodynamic-imaging-and-electrophysiology
#20
Matthew C Murphy, Kevin C Chan, Seong-Gi Kim, Alberto L Vazquez
Functional imaging of spontaneous activity continues to play an important role in the field of connectomics. The most common imaging signal used for these experiments is the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) signal, but how this signal relates to spontaneous neuronal activity remains incompletely understood. Genetically encoded calcium indicators represent a promising tool to study this problem, as they can provide brain-wide measurements of neuronal activity compared to point measurements afforded by electrophysiological recordings...
December 22, 2017: NeuroImage
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