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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214036/impact-of-filling-gas-on-subharmonic-emissions-of-phospholipid-ultrasound-contrast-agents
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Emma Kanbar, Damien Fouan, Charles A Sennoga, Alexander A Doinikov, Ayache Bouakaz
Subharmonic signals backscattered from gas-filled lipid-shelled microbubbles have generated significant research interest because they can improve the detection and sensitivity of contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging. However, the emission of subharmonic signals is strongly characterized by a temporal dependence, the origins of which have not been sufficiently elucidated. The features that influence subharmonic emissions need to be identified not only to better develop next-generation microbubble contrast agents, but also to develop more efficient subharmonic imaging (SHI) modes and therapeutic strategies...
February 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213111/childhood-maltreatment-is-associated-with-alteration-in-global-network-fiber-tract-architecture-independent-of-history-of-depression-and-anxiety
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Kyoko Ohashi, Carl M Anderson, Elizabeth A Bolger, Alaptagin Khan, Cynthia E McGreenery, Martin H Teicher
Childhood maltreatment is a major risk factor for psychopathology. It is also associated with alterations in the network architecture of the brain, which we hypothesized may play a significant role in the development of psychopathology. In this study, we analyzed the global network architecture of physically healthy unmedicated 18-25 year old subjects (n=262) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) MRI and tractography. Anatomical networks were constructed from fiber streams interconnecting 90 cortical or subcortical regions for subjects with no-to-low (n=122) versus moderate-to-high (n=140) exposure to maltreatment...
February 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207758/an-improved-schlieren-method-for-measurement-and-automatic-reconstruction-of-the-far-field-focal-spot
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Zhengzhou Wang, Bingliang Hu, Qinye Yin
The schlieren method of measuring far-field focal spots offers many advantages at the Shenguang III laser facility such as low cost and automatic laser-path collimation. However, current methods of far-field focal spot measurement often suffer from low precision and efficiency when the final focal spot is merged manually, thereby reducing the accuracy of reconstruction. In this paper, we introduce an improved schlieren method to construct the high dynamic-range image of far-field focal spots and improve the reconstruction accuracy and efficiency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207240/interfaces-in-heterogeneous-catalysts-advancing-mechanistic-understanding-through-atomic-scale-measurements
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Wenpei Gao, Zachary D Hood, Miaofang Chi
Developing novel catalysts with high efficiency and selectivity is critical for enabling future clean energy conversion technologies. Interfaces in catalyst systems have long been considered the most critical factor in controlling catalytic reaction mechanisms. Interfaces include not only the catalyst surface but also interfaces within catalyst particles and those formed by constructing heterogeneous catalysts. The atomic and electronic structures of catalytic surfaces govern the kinetics of binding and release of reactant molecules from surface atoms...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206676/thoracic-ct-mri-co-registration-for-regional-pulmonary-structure-function-measurements-of-obstructive-lung-disease
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Fumin Guo, Sarah Svenningsen, Miranda Kirby, Dante P I Capaldi, Khadija Sheikh, Aaron Fenster, Grace Parraga
PURPOSE: Recent pulmonary imaging research has revealed that in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, structural and functional abnormalities are spatially heterogeneous. This novel information may help optimize treatment in individual patients, monitor interventional efficacy and develop new treatments. Moreover, by automating the measurement of regional biomarkers for the 19 different anatomical lung segments, there is an opportunity to embed imaging biomarkers into clinically-acceptable clinical workflows and improve lung disease clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205308/fast-and-robust-multimodal-image-registration-using-a-local-derivative-pattern
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Dongsheng Jiang, Yonghong Shi, Xinrong Chen, Manning Wang, Zhijian Song
PURPOSE: Deformable multimodal image registration, which can benefit radiotherapy and image guided surgery by providing complementary information, remains a challenging task in the medical image analysis field due to the difficulty of defining a proper similarity measure. This article presents a novel, robust and fast binary descriptor, the discriminative local derivative pattern (dLDP), which is able to encode images of different modalities into similar image representations. METHODS: dLDP calculates a binary string for each voxel according to the pattern of intensity derivatives in its neighborhood...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197744/efficiency-of-quantitative-echogenicity-for-investigating-supraspinatus-tendinopathy-by-the-gray-level-histogram-of-two-ultrasound-devices
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Jiun-Cheng Hsu, Po-Han Chen, Kuo-Chin Huang, Yao-Hung Tsai, Wei-Hsiu Hsu
PURPOSE: The gray-level histogram of ultrasound is a promising tool for scanning the hypoechogenic appearance of supraspinatus tendinopathy, and the aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that the gray-level value of the supraspinatus tendon in the painful shoulder has a lower value on B-mode images even though in different ultrasound devices. METHODS: Sixty-seven patients who had unilateral shoulder pain with rotator cuff tendinopathy underwent bilateral shoulder ultrasonography, and we compared the mean gray-level values of painful shoulders and contralateral shoulders without any pain in each patient using two ultrasound devices...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193376/radiology-research-in-quality-and-safety-current-trends-and-future-needs
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Matthew E Zygmont, Jason N Itri, Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Phuong-Anh T Duong, Lori Mankowski Gettle, Mishal Mendiratta-Lala, Elena P Scali, Ronald S Winokur, Linda Probyn, Justin W Kung, Eric Bakow, Nadja Kadom
Promoting quality and safety research is now essential for radiology as reimbursement is increasingly tied to measures of quality, patient safety, efficiency, and appropriateness of imaging. This article provides an overview of key features necessary to promote successful quality improvement efforts in radiology. Emphasis is given to current trends and future opportunities for directing research. Establishing and maintaining a culture of safety is paramount to organizations wishing to improve patient care. The correct culture must be in place to support quality initiatives and create accountability for patient care...
March 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189091/standardization-of-68-ge-68-ga-using-4%C3%AF-%C3%AE-ls-%C3%AE-coincidence-counting-system-for-activity-measurements
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D B Kulkarni, Leena Joseph, R Anuradha, M S Kulkarni, B S Tomar
(68)Ga has great scope for use in future for positron emission tomography (PET) imaging due to its very fast blood clearance and fast target localization, even though at present (18)F is widely used. (68)Ge in equilibrium with (68)Ga ((68)Ge-(68)Ga) can also be used as a surrogate for (18)F calibration, as (18)F source standardization can be done at national metrology institute (NMI) but, these standards cannot be sent to nuclear medicine centers (NMCs) across India for calibration of isotope calibrators, due to the short half-life of (18)F (110min)...
January 31, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187891/automated-classification-of-maxillofacial-cysts-in-cone-beam-ct-images-using-contourlet-transformation-and-spherical-harmonics
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Fatemeh Abdolali, Reza Aghaeizadeh Zoroofi, Yoshito Otake, Yoshinobu Sato
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Accurate detection of maxillofacial cysts is an essential step for diagnosis, monitoring and planning therapeutic intervention. Cysts can be of various sizes and shapes and existing detection methods lead to poor results. Customizing automatic detection systems to gain sufficient accuracy in clinical practice is highly challenging. For this purpose, integrating the engineering knowledge in efficient feature extraction is essential. METHODS: This paper presents a novel framework for maxillofacial cysts detection...
February 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186893/fuzzy-contextual-contrast-enhancement
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Anil Parihar, Om Verma, Chintan Khanna
This paper presents contrast enhancement algorithms based on fuzzy contextual information of the images. We introduce fuzzy similarity index and fuzzy contrast factor to capture the neighborhood characteristics of a pixel. A new histogram, using fuzzy contrast factor of each pixel is developed, and termed as the fuzzy dissimilarity histogram (FDH). A cumulative distribution function (CDF) is formed with normalized values of FDH and used as a transfer function to obtain the contrast enhanced image. The algorithm gives good contrast enhancement and preserves the natural characteristic of the image...
February 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185951/evaluation-of-slice-dithered-enhanced-resolution-simultaneous-multislice-slider-sms-for-human-fmri
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An T Vu, Alex Beckett, Kawin Setsompop, David A Feinberg
High isotropic resolution fMRI is challenging primarily due to long repetition times (TR) and insufficient SNR, especially at lower field strengths. Recently, Simultaneous Multi-Slice (SMS) imaging with blipped-CAIPI has substantially reduced scan time and improved SNR efficiency of fMRI. Similarly, super-resolution techniques utilizing sub- voxel spatial shifts in the slice direction have increased both resolution and SNR efficiency. Here we demonstrate the synergistic combination of SLIce Dithered Enhanced Resolution (SLIDER) and SMS for high-resolution, high-SNR whole brain fMRI in comparison to standard resolution fMRI data as well as high-resolution data...
February 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182758/a-multimodal-image-guiding-system-for-navigated-ultrasound-bronchoscopy-ebus-a-human-feasibility-study
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Hanne Sorger, Erlend Fagertun Hofstad, Tore Amundsen, Thomas Langø, Janne Beate Lervik Bakeng, Håkon Olav Leira
BACKGROUND: Endobronchial ultrasound transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is the endoscopic method of choice for confirming lung cancer metastasis to mediastinal lymph nodes. Precision is crucial for correct staging and clinical decision-making. Navigation and multimodal imaging can potentially improve EBUS-TBNA efficiency. AIMS: To demonstrate the feasibility of a multimodal image guiding system using electromagnetic navigation for ultrasound bronchoschopy in humans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182557/automatic-attribute-profiles
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Gabriele Cavallaro, Nicola Falco, Mauro Dalla Mura, Jon Atli Benediktsson
Morphological attribute profiles are multilevel decompositions of images obtained with a sequence of transformations performed by connected operators. They have been extensively employed in performing multi-scale and region-based analysis in a large number of applications. One main, still unresolved, issue is the selection of filter parameters able to provide representative and non-redundant threshold decomposition of the image. This paper presents a framework for the automatic selection of filter thresholds based on Granulometric Characteristic Functions (GCFs)...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179529/differential-disruption-of-nucleocytoplasmic-trafficking-pathways-by-rhinovirus-2a-proteases
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Kelly Watters, Bahar Inankur, Jaye C Gardiner, Jay Warrick, Nathan M Sherer, John Yin, Ann C Palmenberg
The RNA rhinoviruses (RV) encode 2A proteases (2A(pro)) that contribute essential polyprotein processing and host-cell shutoff functions during infection, including the cleavage of Phe/Gly-containing nucleoporin proteins (Nups) within nuclear pore complexes (NPC). Within the 3 RV species, multiple divergent genotypes encode diverse 2A(pro) sequences which act differentially on specific Nups. Since only subsets of Phe/Gly motifs, particularly those within Nup62, Nup98 and Nup153, are recognized by transport receptors (karyopherins) when trafficking large molecular cargos through the NPC, the processing preferences of individual 2A(pro) predict RV genotype-specific targeting of NPC pathways and cargos...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179195/multiplexed-mri-methods-for-rapid-estimation-of-global-cerebral-metabolic-rate-of-oxygen-consumption
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Hyunyeol Lee, Michael C Langham, Ana E Rodriguez-Soto, Felix W Wehrli
The global cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2), which reflects metabolic activity of the brain under various physiologic conditions, can be quantified using a method, referred to as 'OxFlow', which simultaneously measures hemoglobin oxygen saturation in a draining vein (Yv) and total cerebral blood flow (tCBF). Conventional OxFlow (Conv-OxFlow) entails four interleaves incorporated in a single pulse sequence - two for phase-contrast based measurement of tCBF in the supplying arteries of the neck, and two to measure the intra- to extravascular phase difference in the superior sagittal sinus to derive Yv [Jain et al...
February 6, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178293/%C3%AE-ct-of-ex-vivo-stained-mouse-hearts-and-embryos-enables-a-precise-match-between-3d-virtual-histology-classical-histology-and-immunochemistry
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Christian Dullin, Roser Ufartes, Emanuel Larsson, Sabine Martin, Marcio Lazzarini, Giuliana Tromba, Jeannine Missbach-Guentner, Diana Pinkert-Leetsch, Dörthe M Katschinski, Frauke Alves
The small size of the adult and developing mouse heart poses a great challenge for imaging in preclinical research. The aim of the study was to establish a phosphotungstic acid (PTA) ex-vivo staining approach that efficiently enhances the x-ray attenuation of soft-tissue to allow high resolution 3D visualization of mouse hearts by synchrotron radiation based μCT (SRμCT) and classical μCT. We demonstrate that SRμCT of PTA stained mouse hearts ex-vivo allows imaging of the cardiac atrium, ventricles, myocardium especially its fibre structure and vessel walls in great detail and furthermore enables the depiction of growth and anatomical changes during distinct developmental stages of hearts in mouse embryos...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168704/positron-emission-tomography-with-additional-%C3%AE-ray-detectors-for-multiple-tracer-imaging
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Tomonori Fukuchi, Takashi Okauchi, Mika Shigeta, Seiichi Yamamoto, Yasuyoshi Watanabe, Shuichi Enomoto
PURPOSE: Positron emission tomography (PET) is a useful imaging modality that quantifies the physiological distributions of radiolabeled tracers in vivo in humans and animals. However, this technique is unsuitable for multiple-tracer imaging because the annihilation photons used for PET imaging have a fixed energy regardless of the selection of the radionuclide tracer. This study developed a multi-isotope PET (MI-PET) system and evaluated its imaging performance. METHODS: Our MI-PET system is composed of a PET system and additional γ-ray detectors...
February 7, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166758/stromal-alterations-in-ovarian-cancers-via-wavelength-dependent-second-harmonic-generation-microscopy-and-optical-scattering
#19
Karissa B Tilbury, Kirby R Campbell, Kevin W Eliceiri, Sana M Salih, Manish Patankar, Paul J Campagnola
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer remains the most deadly gynecological cancer with a poor aggregate survival rate; however, the specific rates are highly dependent on the stage of the disease upon diagnosis. Current screening and imaging tools are insufficient to detect early lesions and are not capable of differentiating the subtypes of ovarian cancer that may benefit from specific treatments. METHOD: As an alternative to current screening and imaging tools, we utilized wavelength dependent collagen-specific Second Harmonic Generation (SHG) imaging microscopy and optical scattering measurements to probe the structural differences in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of normal stroma, benign tumors, endometrioid tumors, and low and high-grade serous tumors...
February 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166488/single-shot-t2-mapping-through-overlapping-echo-detachment-oled-planar-imaging
#20
Congbo Cai, Yiqing Zeng, Yuchuan Zhuang, Shuhui Cai, Lin Chen, Xinghao Ding, Lijun Bao, Jianhui Zhong, Zhong Chen
OBJECTIVE: Develop a reliable single-shot T2 mapping method with extra robustness to motion and the potential for realtime dynamic and quantitative MR imaging. METHODS: A singleshot T2 mapping sequence was proposed based on spin-echo planar imaging (SE-EPI) acquisition scheme. Two overlapped echo signals with different T2 weighting were obtained simultaneously by using two small flip-angle excitation pulses and corresponding echo-shifting gradients. Detachment algorithm based on structure similarity constraint was proposed to separate the two echo signals...
January 31, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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