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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915125/artificial-neural-networks-as-a-powerful-numerical-tool-to-classify-specific-features-of-a-tooth-based-on-3d-scan-data
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Stefan Raith, Eric Per Vogel, Naeema Anees, Christine Keul, Jan-Frederik Güth, Daniel Edelhoff, Horst Fischer
Chairside manufacturing based on digital image acquisition is gainingincreasing importance in dentistry. For the standardized application of these methods, it is paramount to have highly automated digital workflows that can process acquired 3D image data of dental surfaces. Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) arenumerical methods primarily used to mimic the complex networks of neural connections in the natural brain. Our hypothesis is that an ANNcan be developed that is capable of classifying dental cusps with sufficient accuracy...
November 27, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915118/a-streamlined-acquisition-for-mapping-baseline-brain-oxygenation-using-quantitative-bold
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Alan J Stone, Nicholas P Blockley
Quantitative BOLD (qBOLD) is a non-invasive MR technique capable of producing quantitative measurements of the haemodynamic and metabolic properties of the brain. Here we propose a refinement of the qBOLD methodology, dubbed streamlined-qBOLD, in order to provide a clinically feasible method for mapping baseline brain oxygenation. In streamlined-qBOLD confounding signal contributions are minimised during data acquisition through the application of (i) a Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR) preparation to remove cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) signal contamination, (ii) a Gradient Echo Slice Excitation Profile Imaging (GESEPI) acquisition to reduce the effect of macroscopic magnetic field gradients and (iii) an Asymmetric Spin Echo (ASE) pulse sequence to directly measure the reversible transverse relaxation rate, R2'...
November 30, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915116/7t-mr-of-intracranial-pathology-preliminary-observations-and-comparisons-to-3t-and-1-5t
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Emmanuel C Obusez, Mark Lowe, Se-Hong Oh, Irene Wang, M S Jennifer Bullen, Paul Ruggieri, Virginia Hill, Daniel Lockwood, Todd Emch, Doksu Moon, Gareth Loy, Jonathan Lee, Matthew Kiczek, D O Manoj Massand, Volodymyr Statsevych, Todd Stultz, Stephen E Jones
PURPOSE: There have been an increasing number of studies involving ultra-high-field 7T of intracranial pathology, however, comprehensive clinical studies of neuropathology at 7T still remain limited. 7T has the advantage of a higher signal-to-noise ratio and a higher contrast-to-noise ratio, compared to current low field clinical MR scanners. We hypothesized 7T applied clinically, may improve detection and characterization of intracranial pathology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed an IRB-approved 7T prospective study of patients with neurological disease who previously had lower field 3T and 1...
November 30, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915115/a-novel-measure-of-reliability-in-diffusion-tensor-imaging-after-data-rejections-due-to-subject-motion
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V Sairanen, L Kuusela, O Sipilä, S Savolainen, S Vanhatalo
Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) is commonly challenged by subject motion during data acquisition, which often leads to corrupted image data. Currently used procedure in DTI analysis is to correct or completely reject such data before tensor estimations, however assessing the reliability and accuracy of the estimated tensor in such situations has evaded previous studies. This work aims to define the loss of data accuracy with increasing image rejections, and to define a robust method for assessing reliability of the result at voxel level...
November 30, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915062/rosette-forming-glioneuronal-tumor-originating-from-the-spinal-cord-report-of-two-cases-and-literature-review
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Lian Duan, Yunkun Zhang, Weilun Fu, Sumin Geng
Rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor (RGNT) is a recently recognized and rarely encountered tumor occurring in the fourth ventricle. Histologically, it is composed by two distinct features: a glial component, resembling pilocytic astrocytoma, and a neurocytic component forming neurocytic rosettes and/or perivascular rosettes. The authors describe two extremely rare cases of RGNT arising from the spinal cord, which were misdiagnosed as ependymoma and astrocytoma preoperatively. Symptoms included dissociated sensory disturbance, episodic pain and fatigue, as well as motor disturbance, had been presented for two years and two months, respectively...
November 30, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914983/neuropeptide-y-y1-receptor-mediated-biodegradable-photoluminescent-nanobubbles-as-ultrasound-contrast-agents-for-targeted-breast-cancer-imaging
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Juan Li, Yuchen Tian, Dingying Shan, An Gong, Leyong Zeng, Wenzhi Ren, Lingchao Xiang, Ethan Gerhard, Jinshun Zhao, Jian Yang, Aiguo Wu
Targeted molecular imaging has attracted great attention in cancer diagnosis and treatment. However, most clinically used ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) are non-targeted microbubbles seldom used for cancer imaging. Here, we fabricated fluorescent nanobubbles (NBs) by encapsulation of liquid tetradecafluorohexane (C6F14) within biodegradable photoluminescent polymers (BPLPs) through an emulsion-evaporation process and conjugation of PNBL-NPY ligand for specific targeting of Y1 receptors overexpressed in breast tumors...
November 22, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914956/individual-refinement-of-attenuation-correction-maps-for-hybrid-pet-mr-based-on-multi-resolution-regional-learning
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Kuangyu Shi, Sebastian Fürst, Liang Sun, Mathias Lukas, Nassir Navab, Stefan Förster, Sibylle I Ziegler
PET/MR is an emerging hybrid imaging modality. However, attenuation correction (AC) remains challenging for hybrid PET/MR in generating accurate PET images. Segmentation-based methods on special MR sequences are most widely recommended by vendors. However, their accuracy is usually not high. Individual refinement of available certified attenuation maps may be helpful for further clinical applications. In this study, we proposed a multi-resolution regional learning (MRRL) scheme to utilize the internal consistency of the patient data...
November 19, 2016: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914884/clinical-presentation-diagnosis-and-survival-in-cholangiocarcinoma-a-prospective-study
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Larisa Vasilieva, Stefanos I Papadhimitriou, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Ioannis Kostopoulos, Konstantinos Papiris, Dimitrios Pavlidis, Dimitrios Xinopoulos, Andreas Romanos, Spyridon P Dourakis
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: The diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is difficult. The present study aimed to assess the clinical features, diagnosis, and survival in CCA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a prospective study on 46 patients with CCA who underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) or surgical resection and 20 controls with a clinical and ERCP suspicion for CCA in whom surgical biopsy and/or 4-year follow-up showed a benign biliary stricture...
November 30, 2016: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914831/optic-nerve-head-drusen-prevalence-and-associated-factors-in-clinically-normal-subjects-measured-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Mark P Ghassibi, Jason L Chien, Ramiz K Abumasmah, Jeffrey M Liebmann, Robert Ritch, Sung Chul Park
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of optic nerve head drusen (ONHD) in clinically normal subjects using enhanced depth imaging (EDI) optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to evaluate associated factors. DESIGN: Prospective, cross-sectional, observational study. PARTICIPANTS: Total of 130 clinically normal subjects. METHODS: Serial horizontal and vertical EDI OCT B-scans (interval between scans, ∼30 μm) of the optic nerve head (ONH) were obtained in both eyes of clinically normal subjects...
November 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914779/what-do-radiation-oncologists-require-for-future-advancements-in-lung-sbrt
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REVIEW
Umberto Ricardi, Serena Badellino, Andrea Riccardo Filippi
Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT) is a well established therapeutic option for patients affected with peripheral early stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), given the positive clinical evidence accumulated so far on its efficacy and safety. SBRT is regarded as the best choice for inoperable patients, and could also be offered as an alternative to surgery to selected operable patients. More recently, its use for lung metastases progressively increased, and SBRT is now regarded as a low toxic and highly effective local therapy for lung oligometastases from different primary tumors, especially colorectal cancer...
November 30, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914778/familial-haemophagocytosis-lymphohisticytosis-type-3-a-case-report
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F Kamoun, M Hsairi, V Grandin, S Ben Ameur, G De Saint Basile, M Hachicha
Familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (FHL) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of immune regulation. Here, we report on a fatal case of type 3 FHL (FHL3) in a 45-day-old boy. Clinically, the infant presented with fever and hepatosplenomegaly. Biology showed pancytopenia, elevated ferritin, and decreased fibrinogen. Images of hemophagocytosis were found at the bone morrow examination. The diagnosis of FHL type 3 was made by the identification of homozygous mutation in the Munc13-4 gene (UNC13D) located in exon 20: 1822 del 12bp (V608fs)...
November 30, 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914723/evaluation-of-knee-cartilage-thickness-a-comparison-between-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging-methods
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Randy J Schmitz, Hsin-Min Wang, Daniel R Polprasert, Robert A Kraft, Brian G Pietrosimone
BACKGROUND: Establishing clinically accessible measures of cartilage health is critical for assessing effectiveness of protocols to reduce risk of osteoarthritis (OA) development and progression. Cartilage thickness is one important measure in describing both OA development and progression. The objective was to determine the relationship between ultrasound and MRI measures of cartilage thickness in the medial femoral condyle. METHODS: Mean cartilage thicknesses of the left medial femoral cartilage were measured via T1 weighted MRI and ultrasound imaging from transverse, anterior, middle, and posterior medial femoral regions in 10 healthy females (Mean±Std Dev) (1...
November 30, 2016: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914502/rationale-and-design-of-the-progression-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-determined-by-computed-tomographic-angiography-imaging-paradigm-registry-a-comprehensive-exploration-of-plaque-progression-and-its-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-from-a-multicenter-serial-coronary
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Sang-Eun Lee, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Asim Rizvi, Martin Hadamitzky, Yong-Jin Kim, Edoardo Conte, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Valentina Volpato, Matthew J Budoff, Ilan Gottlieb, Byoung Kwon Lee, Eun Ju Chun, Filippo Cademartiri, Erica Maffei, Hugo Marques, Jonathon A Leipsic, Sanghoon Shin, Jung Hyun Choi, Namsik Chung, James K Min
BACKGROUND: The natural history of coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with low-to-intermediate risk is not well characterized. Although earlier invasive serial studies have documented the progression of atherosclerotic burden, most were focused on high-risk patients only. The PARADIGM registry is a large, prospective, multinational dynamic observational registry of patients undergoing serial coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA). The primary aim of PARADIGM is to characterize the natural history of CAD in relation to clinical and laboratory data...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914496/computed-tomography-derived-skeletal-muscle-index-a-novel-predictor-of-frailty-and-hospital-length-of-stay-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Vishal Dahya, Jingjie Xiao, Carla M Prado, Penny Burroughs, Dan McGee, Aline C Silva, Julian E Hurt, Shafi G Mohamed, Thomas Noel, Wayne Batchelor
: To determine the prevalence of low skeletal muscle mass in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and whether skeletal muscle mass measured from preoperative computed tomography (CT) images provides value in predicting postoperative length of stay (LOS). BACKGROUND: There are limited data on the use of body composition as a frailty measure in TAVR patients and no studies have determined if this measure predicts LOS. METHODS: We studied 104 consecutive patients who underwent TAVR at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital from 2012 to 2016...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914382/multichannel-processing-for-dispersion-curves-extraction-of-ultrasonic-axial-transmission-signals-comparisons-and-case-studies
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Kailiang Xu, Dean Ta, Didier Cassereau, Bo Hu, Weiqi Wang, Pascal Laugier, Jean-Gabriel Minonzio
Some pioneering studies have shown the clinical feasibility of long bones evaluation using ultrasonic guided waves. Such a strategy is typically designed to determine the dispersion information of the guided modes to infer the elastic and structural characteristics of cortical bone. However, there are still some challenges to extract multimode dispersion curves due to many practical limitations, e.g., high spectral density of modes, limited spectral resolution and poor signal-to-noise ratio. Recently, two representative signal processing methods have been proposed to improve the dispersion curves extraction...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914348/favorable-minimal-invasive-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-superior-mesenteric-artery-syndrome-case-report
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Leandro Cardoso Barchi, Aline Marcílio Alves, Carlos Eduardo Jacob, Claudio José Caldas Bresciani, Osmar Kenji Yagi, Tarsila Gasparotto Nogueira, Ivan Cecconello, Bruno Zilberstein
INTRODUCTION: The Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome (SMAS) is a rare form of intestinal obstruction. The diagnosis is based on findings from imaging studies, including vascular compression of the duodenum by the SMA and can be associated with duodenal dilatation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report a case of a patient with SMAS and recurrent episodes of intestinal obstruction, which was successfully treated by laparoscopic duodenojejunostomy. DISCUSSION: The initial treatment is usually conservative for patient's clinical improvement...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914246/tract-based-analysis-of-white-matter-integrity-in-psychotic-and-nonpsychotic-bipolar-disorder
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Andrew Ji, Douglass Godwin, Jerrel Rutlin, Sridhar Kandala, Joshua S Shimony, Daniel Mamah
BACKGROUND: At least 50% of individuals with bipolar disorder (BD) present with psychosis during their lifetime. Psychotic symptoms have sometimes been linked to specific genetic and phenotypic markers. This study aims to explore potential differences between bipolar disorder subtypes by measuring white matter integrity of the brain and relationships with clinical measures. METHODS: Diffusion tensor imaging and clinical measures were acquired from 102 participants, grouped as psychotic bipolar disorder (PBD) (n=48), non-psychotic bipolar disorder (NBD) (n=24), and healthy controls (n=30)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914152/pediatric-multiple-sclerosis-in-portugal-a-multicentre-study
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Ana Sofia Correia, Luís Augusto, Joana Meireles, Joana Pinto, Ana Paula Sousa
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis is most often diagnosed among young adults but less frequently it may present during childhood or adolescence. In Portugal, there has been only one previous single-center, pediatric multiple sclerosis study. The main objective was the evaluation of the demographic, clinical, laboratorial and neuroradiological characteristics of patients with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis in Portugal. The secondary objectives were to compare the characteristics of childhood-onset multiple sclerosis and adolescent-onset multiple sclerosis and to characterize the treatments prescribed...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914043/a-revisit-to-quantitative-pet-with-18-f-fdopa-of-high-specific-activity-using-a-high-resolution-condition-in-view-of-application-to-regenerative-therapy
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Go Akamatsu, Akihito Ohnishi, Kazuki Aita, Hiroyuki Nishida, Yasuhiko Ikari, Masahiro Sasaki, Nobuo Kohara, Michio Senda
OBJECTIVE: With the advent of regenerative/cell therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD), (18)F-FDOPA has drawn new attention as a biomarker of the therapeutic that cannot be evaluated with radiopharmaceuticals for dopamine transporter. Since most previous (18)F-FDOPA PET studies were carried out many years ago with a PET scanner of lower resolution and with (18)F-FDOPA of low specific activity synthesized from (18)F-F2, we used a newer PET/CT scanner with a high-resolution condition and (18)F-FDOPA synthesized from (18)F-F(-) to re-evaluate this technique on normal subjects and patients with PD, together with D2 receptor imaging with (11)C-raclopride (RAC)...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914006/accurate-myocardial-blood-flow-measurements-quality-from-start-to-finish-is-key-to-success
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EDITORIAL
James Case
Overall repeatability and accuracy of myocardial blood flow measurements depend on the quality of the image data, the proper use of the quantitative software, and the training of clinical staff. Unlike most imaging tests, absolute blood flow measurements have the potential to provide accurate information beyond what is seen visually. This additive information has been shown to help identify multivessel disease, balanced ischemia, true normal studies, and quality control problems that may not be visible in the relative perfusion pattern...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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