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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646331/textural-features-of-18-f-fdg-pet-after-two-cycles-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-can-predict-pcr-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-breast-cancer
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Lin Cheng, Jianping Zhang, Yujie Wang, Xiaoli Xu, Yongping Zhang, Yingjian Zhang, Guangyu Liu, Jingyi Cheng
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to evaluate the utility of textural features for predicting pathological complete response (pCR) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). METHODS: Sixty-one consecutive patients with locally advanced breast cancer underwent (18)F-FDG PET/CT scanning at baseline and after the second course of NAC. Changes to imaging parameters [maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG)] and textural features (entropy, coarseness, skewness) between the 2 scans were measured by two independent radiologists...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645510/the-nonlinear-flexural-response-of-a-whole-teleost-fish-contribution-of-scales-and-skin
#2
Lawrence Szewciw, Deju Zhu, Francois Barthelat
The scaled skin of fish is an intricate system that provides mechanical protection against hard and sharp puncture, while maintaining the high flexural compliance required for unhindered locomotion. This unusual combination of local hardness and global compliance makes fish skin an interesting model for bioinspired protective systems. In this work we investigate the flexural response of whole teleost fish, and how scales may affect global flexural stiffness. A bending moment is imposed on the entire body of a striped bass (Morone saxatilis)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645163/variations-in-chloroplast-movement-and-chlorophyll-fluorescence-among-chloroplast-division-mutants-under-light-stress
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Siddhartha Dutta, Jeffrey A Cruz, Saif M Imran, Jin Chen, David M Kramer, Katherine W Osteryoung
Chloroplasts divide to maintain consistent size, shape, and number in leaf mesophyll cells. Altered expression of chloroplast division proteins in Arabidopsis results in abnormal chloroplast morphology. To better understand the influence of chloroplast morphology on chloroplast movement and photosynthesis, we compared the chloroplast photorelocation and photosynthetic responses of a series of Arabidopsis chloroplast division mutants with a wide variety of chloroplast phenotypes. Chloroplast movement was monitored by red light reflectance imaging of whole plants under increasing intensities of white light...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643447/simultaneous-mapping-of-metabolites-and-individual-macromolecular-components-via-ultra-short-acquisition-delay-1-h-mrsi-in-the-brain-at-7t
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Michal Považan, Bernhard Strasser, Gilbert Hangel, Eva Heckova, Stephan Gruber, Siegfried Trattnig, Wolfgang Bogner
PURPOSE: Short-echo-time proton MR spectra at 7T feature nine to 10 distinct macromolecule (MM) resonances that overlap with the signals of metabolites. Typically, a metabolite-nulled in vivo MM spectrum is included in the quantification`s prior knowledge to provide unbiased metabolite quantification. However, this MM model may fail if MMs are pathologically altered. In addition, information about the individual MM peaks is lost. In this study, we aimed to create an improved MM model by parameterization of the in vivo MM spectrum into individual components, and to use this new model to quantify free induction decay MR spectroscopic imaging (FID-MRSI) data...
June 22, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643295/fat-suppression-techniques-for-breast-mri-dixon-versus-spectral-fat-saturation-for-3d-t1-weighted-at-3%C3%A2-t
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Anastasia Kalovidouri, Natacha Firmenich, Benedicte M A Delattre, Marlise Picarra, Christoph D Becker, Xavier Montet, Diomidis Botsikas
OBJECTIVE: To compare two fat suppression techniques used for 3D T1-weighted sequence in breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), namely Dixon versus spectral fat saturation (fat sat). MATERIALS AND METHODS: All breast MRI examinations performed in a Philips 3 T unit between March 2013 and October 2015 including either a Dixon or a fat sat sequence were retrospectively analyzed. The examinations were subjectively evaluated by two independent experienced readers in a scale of 5 for overall quality of fat suppression, homogeneity of fat suppression, definition of anatomic structures and focal lesions, diagnostic confidence for axillary and internal mammary regions and the presence of artifacts, 1 corresponding to excellent and 5 to non-diagnostic quality...
June 22, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641703/a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-cost-effectiveness-of-intensive-versus-no-scheduled-follow-up-in-patients-who-have-undergone-resection-for-colorectal-cancer-with-curative-intent
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David Mant, Alastair Gray, Siân Pugh, Helen Campbell, Stephen George, Alice Fuller, Bethany Shinkins, Andrea Corkhill, Jane Mellor, Elizabeth Dixon, Louisa Little, Rafael Perera-Salazar, John Primrose
BACKGROUND: Intensive follow-up after surgery for colorectal cancer is common practice but lacks a firm evidence base. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether or not augmenting symptomatic follow-up in primary care with two intensive methods of follow-up [monitoring of blood carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels and scheduled imaging] is effective and cost-effective in detecting the recurrence of colorectal cancer treatable surgically with curative intent. DESIGN: Randomised controlled open-label trial...
May 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641257/fast-segmentation-from-blurred-data-in-3d-fluorescence-microscopy
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Martin Storath, Dennis Rickert, Michael Unser, Andreas Weinmann
We develop a fast algorithm for segmenting 3D images from linear measurements based on the Potts model (or piecewise constant Mumford-Shah model). To that end, we first derive suitable space discretizations of the 3D Potts model which are capable of dealing with 3D images defined on non-cubic grids. Our discretization allows us to utilize a specific splitting approach which results in decoupled subproblems of moderate size. The crucial point in the 3D setup is that the number of independent subproblems is so large that we can reasonably exploit the parallel processing capabilities of the graphics processing units (GPU)...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635625/soil-moisture-content-estimation-based-on-sentinel-1-and-auxiliary-earth-observation-products-a-hydrological-approach
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Dimitrios D Alexakis, Filippos-Dimitrios K Mexis, Anthi-Eirini K Vozinaki, Ioannis N Daliakopoulos, Ioannis K Tsanis
A methodology for elaborating multi-temporal Sentinel-1 and Landsat 8 satellite images for estimating topsoil Soil Moisture Content (SMC) to support hydrological simulation studies is proposed. After pre-processing the remote sensing data, backscattering coefficient, Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), thermal infrared temperature and incidence angle parameters are assessed for their potential to infer ground measurements of SMC, collected at the top 5 cm. A non-linear approach using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) is tested...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633083/adsorption-of-cu-ii-pb-ii-and-cr-vi-from-aqueous-solutions-using-black-wattle-tannin-immobilized-nanocellulose
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Qinghua Xu, Yulu Wang, Liqiang Jin, Yu Wang, Menghua Qin
A novel nanocomposite based on black wattle (BW) tannin and nanocellulose was prepared and applied in heavy metal ions adsorptive removal from aqueous solutions. Firstly, nanocrystalline cellulose was oxidized by sodium periodate to get dialdehyde nanocellulose (DANC). BW tannin was then covalently immobilized onto DANC, which was used as both the matrix and crosslinker, to obtain tannin-nanocellulose (TNCC) composite. The resulting nanocomposite was characterized using FTIR, AFM, and TG. The successful immobilization was confirmed by the chromogenic reaction between FeCl3 and TNCC and FT-IR analysis...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632922/comparison-of-manual-and-automated-measurements-of-tracheobronchial-airway-geometry-in-three-balb-c-mice
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Asef Islam, Michael Oldham, Anthony Wexler
Mammalian lungs are comprised of large numbers of tracheobronchial airways that transition from the trachea to alveoli. Studies as wide ranging as pollutant deposition and lung development rely on accurate characterization of these airways. Advancements in CT imaging and the value of computational approaches in eliminating the burden of manual measurement are providing increased efficiency in obtaining this geometric data. In this study, we compare an automated method to a manual one for the first six generations of three Balb/c mouse lungs...
June 20, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632557/vertebral-end-plate-perforation-for-intervertebral-disc-height-preservation-after-single-level-lumbar-discectomy-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Miha Vodičar, Robert Košak, Matevž Gorenšek, Robert Korez, Tomaž Vrtovec, Jadran Koder, Vane Antolič, Rok Vengust
STUDY DESIGN: Pilot single-centre, stratified, prospective, randomized, double-blinded, parallel-group, controlled study. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether vertebral end-plate perforation after lumbar discectomy causes annulus reparation and intervertebral disc volume restoration. To determine that after 6 months there would be no clinical differences between the control and study group. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Low back pain is the most common long-term complication after lumbar discectomy...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631853/high-sensitivity-mr-acoustic-radiation-force-imaging-using-transition-band-balanced-steady-state-free-precession
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Yuan Zheng, Michael Marx, G Wilson Miller, Kim Butts Pauly
PURPOSE: MR acoustic radiation force imaging (MR-ARFI) provides a method to visualize the focal spot of a focused ultrasound (FUS) beam without introducing a significant temperature rise. With conventional spoiled MR-ARFI pulse sequences, the ARFI phase always equals the motion-encoded phase. In this work, MR-ARFI using transition band balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) is presented, which improves the sensitivity of MR-ARFI with high acquisition speed. THEORY AND METHODS: Motion-encoding gradients (MEG) are inserted into bSSFP sequences for MR-ARFI...
June 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631141/cell-labeling-with-magneto-endosymbionts-and-the-dissection-of-the-subcellular-location-fate-and-host-cell-interactions
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Kayla R Lee, Abdul Wakeel, Papia Chakraborty, Chandler S Foote, Lauren Kajiura, Joyce C Barrozo, Andrea C Chan, Alexey V Bazarov, Ryan Spitler, Peter M Kutny, Jim M Denegre, Rob A Taft, Joachim Seemann, Bradley W Rice, Christopher H Contag, Brian K Rutt, Caleb B Bell
PURPOSE: The purposes of this study are to characterize magneto-endosymbiont (ME) labeling of mammalian cells and to discern the subcellular fate of these living contrast agents. MEs are novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents that are being used for cell tracking studies. Understanding the fate of MEs in host cells is valuable for designing in vivo cell tracking experiments. PROCEDURES: The ME's surface epitopes, contrast-producing paramagnetic magnetosomal iron, and genome were studied using immunocytochemistry (ICC), Fe and MRI contrast measurements, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), respectively...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630487/multicolor-two-photon-imaging-of-endogenous-fluorophores-in-living-tissues-by-wavelength-mixing
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Chiara Stringari, Lamiae Abdeladim, Guy Malkinson, Pierre Mahou, Xavier Solinas, Isabelle Lamarre, Sébastien Brizion, Jean-Baptiste Galey, Willy Supatto, Renaud Legouis, Ana-Maria Pena, Emmanuel Beaurepaire
Two-photon imaging of endogenous fluorescence can provide physiological and metabolic information from intact tissues. However, simultaneous imaging of multiple intrinsic fluorophores, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide(phosphate) (NAD(P)H), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and retinoids in living systems is generally hampered by sequential multi-wavelength excitation resulting in motion artifacts. Here, we report on efficient and simultaneous multicolor two-photon excitation of endogenous fluorophores with absorption spectra spanning the 750-1040 nm range, using wavelength mixing...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628783/automatic-retrieval-of-shoeprint-images-using-blocked-sparse-representation
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Sayyad Alizadeh, Cemal Kose
Shoe marks are regarded as remarkable clues which can be usually detected in crime scenes where forensic experts use them for investigating crimes and identifying the criminals. Hence, developing a robust method for matching shoeprints with one another is of critical significance which can be used for recognizing criminals. In this paper, a promising method is proposed for retrieving shoe marks by means of developing blocking sparse representation technique. In the proposed method, the queried image was divided into two blocks...
June 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627878/tilted-two-dimensional-array-multi-focus-confocal-raman-microspectroscopy
#16
Sohshi Yabumoto, Hiro-O Hamaguchi
A simple and efficient two-dimensional multi-focus confocal Raman microspectroscopy featuring the tilted-array technique is demonstrated. Raman scattering from a 4×4 square foci array passing through a 4×4 confocal pinhole array is tilted with a periscope. The tilted array of Raman scattering signals is dispersed by an imaging spectrograph onto a CCD detector, giving 16 independent Raman spectra formed as 16 bands with different heights on the sensor. Use of a state-of-the-art imaging spectrograph enables high-precision wavenumber duplicability of the 16 spectra...
June 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626789/dataset-on-the-electronic-and-thermal-transport-properties-of-quaternary-compounds-of-pbte-0-95-x-pbse-x-pbs-0-05
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Dianta Ginting, Chan-Chieh Lin, Lydia Rathnam, Junpil Hwang, Woochul Kim, Rabih Al Rahal Al Orabi, Jong-Soo Rhyee
The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled "High thermoelectric performance in pseudo quaternary compounds of (PbTe)0.95-x (PbSe)x(PbS)0.05 by simultaneous band convergence and nano precipitation" (Ginting et al., 2017) [1]. We measured electrical and thermal transport properties such as temperature-dependent Hall carrier density nH , Hall mobility μH , thermal diffusivity D, heat capacity Cp , and power factor S(2)σ in (PbTe)0.95-x (PbSe)x(PbS)0.05 (x=0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625174/quantification-of-cardiomyocyte-alignment-from-three-dimensional-3d-confocal-microscopy-of-engineered-tissue
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William J Kowalski, Fangping Yuan, Takeichiro Nakane, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Marc Dwenger, Fei Ye, Joseph P Tinney, Bradley B Keller
Biological tissues have complex, three-dimensional (3D) organizations of cells and matrix factors that provide the architecture necessary to meet morphogenic and functional demands. Disordered cell alignment is associated with congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and neurodegenerative diseases and repairing or replacing these tissues using engineered constructs may improve regenerative capacity. However, optimizing cell alignment within engineered tissues requires quantitative 3D data on cell orientations and both efficient and validated processing algorithms...
June 19, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622670/adaptive-clutter-demodulation-for-non-contrast-ultrasound-perfusion-imaging
#19
Jaime Tierney, Crystal Coolbaugh, Theodore Towse, Brett Byram
Conventional Doppler ultrasound is useful for visualizing fast blood flow in large resolvable vessels. However, frame rate and tissue clutter caused by movement of the patient or sonographer make visualizing slow flow with ultrasound difficult. Patient and sonographer motion causes spectral broadening of the clutter signal, which limits ultrasound's sensitivity to velocities greater than 5-10mm/s for typical clinical imaging frequencies. To address this, we propose a clutter filtering technique that may increase the sensitivity of Doppler measurements to at least as low as 0...
June 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622669/matching-by-monotonic-tone-mapping
#20
Gyorgy Kovacs
In this paper, a novel dissimilarity measure called Matching by Monotonic Tone Mapping (MMTM) is proposed. The MMTM technique allows matching under non-linear monotonic tone mappings and can be computed efficiently when the tone mappings are approximated by piecewise constant or piecewise linear functions. The proposed method is evaluated in various template matching scenarios involving simulated and real images, and compared to other measures developed to be invariant to monotonic intensity transformations...
June 2, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
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