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Meng Li, Shichao Feng, Ning Wu, Li Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess radiation dose reduction and image quality for enhanced chest CT examinations with a scout-based automated tube potential selection technique (kV Assist) compared with a standard 120-kV protocol. METHODS: Prospective study of enhanced chest CT examinations was performed in 100 consecutive patients with kV Assist and in 100 consecutive patients with conventional 120-kV protocol on a multislice CT (Discovery CT750 HD)...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
K Rajkumar, P Mukhopadhyay, Ramen Sinha
PURPOSE: The study assessed the efficacy of orthopedic suture anchor as a modified suture anchor for disc repositioning in case of a closed lock of TMJ. PATIENT AND METHODS: Disc repositioning was undertaken via a mini preauricular approach. The disc was repositioned on the surface of the condyle and stabilized using an orthopedic suture anchor. Postoperatively functional outcomes were assessed in terms of reduction in pain, joint movement and absence of joint noise and clicking sounds...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Ana'am Alkharabsheh, Fen Xiong, Senthilvelan Manohar, Guangdi Chen, Richard Salvi, Wei Sun
The neural mechanisms that give rise to hyperacusis, a reduction in loudness tolerance, are largely unknown. Some reports suggest that hyperacusis is linked to childhood hearing loss. However, the evidence for this is largely circumstantial. In order to rigorously test this hypothesis, we studied loudness changes in rats caused by intense noise exposure (12 kHz narrow band noise, 115 dB SPL, 4 h) at postnatal 16 days. Rats without noise exposure were used as controls. The exposed noise group (n = 7) showed a mean 40-50 dB hearing loss compared to the control group (n = 8) at high frequencies (>= 8 kHz) and less hearing loss at lower frequencies...
October 13, 2016: Hearing Research
T Steffens
BACKGROUND: The impact of hearing loss on the ability to participate in verbal communication can be directly quantified through the use of speech audiometry. Advances in technology and the associated reduction in background noise interference for hearing aids have allowed the reproduction of very complex acoustic environments, analogous to those in which conversations occur in daily life. These capabilities have led to the creation of numerous advanced speech audiometry measures, test procedures and environments, far beyond the presentation of isolated words in an otherwise noise-free testing booth...
October 14, 2016: HNO
M Müller, M Tisch, H Maier, H Löwenheim
BACKGROUND: High-intensity noise exposure from impulse and blast noise events often leads to acute hearing loss and may cause irreversible permanent hearing loss as a long-term consequence. Here, a treatment regime was developed to limit permanent damage based on a preclinical animal model of acute noise trauma. AIM: To develop clinical trials for the treatment of acute noise traumas using approved drugs. The otoprotective potential of glucocorticoids applied locally to the inner ear was examined...
October 14, 2016: HNO
You Li, Dongwoon Hyun, Lotfi Abou-Elkacem, Juergen Willmann, Jeremy Dahl
Power Doppler (PD) imaging is a widely used technique for flow detection. Despite the wide use of Doppler ultrasound, limitations exist in the ability of Doppler ultrasound to assess slow flow in small-diameter vasculature, such as the maternal spiral arteries and fetal villous arteries of the placenta and focal liver lesions. The sensitivity of PD in small vessel detection is limited by the low signal produced by slow flow and the noise associated with small vessels. The noise sources include electronic noise, stationary or slowly moving tissue clutter, reverberation clutter, and off-axis scattering from tissue, among others...
October 10, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Jun Sakuma, Daisuke Anzai, Jianqing Wang
Wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) is attracting much attention in daily healthcare applications, and human body communication (HBC) technology provides an evident advantage in making the sensing electrodes of ECG also working for transmission through the human body. In view of actual usage in daily life, however, non-contact electrodes to the human body are desirable. In this Letter, the authors discussed the ECG circuit structure in the HBC-based wearable ECG for removing the common mode noise when employing non-contact capacitive coupling electrodes...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Ronan McGarrigle, Piers Dawes, Andrew J Stewart, Stefanie E Kuchinsky, Kevin J Munro
Hearing loss is associated with anecdotal reports of fatigue during periods of sustained listening. However, few studies have attempted to measure changes in arousal, as a potential marker of fatigue, over the course of a sustained listening task. The present study aimed to examine subjective, behavioral, and physiological indices of listening-related fatigue. Twenty-four normal-hearing young adults performed a speech-picture verification task in different signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) while their pupil size was monitored and response times recorded...
October 12, 2016: Psychophysiology
Richard Kijowski, Humberto Rosas, Alexey Samsonov, Kevin King, Rob Peters, Fang Liu
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of using compressed sensing (CS) to accelerate three-dimensional fast spin-echo (3D-FSE) imaging of the knee. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 3D-FSE sequence was performed at 3T with CS (CUBE-CS with 3:16-minute scan time) and without CS (CUBE with 4:44-minute scan time) twice on the knees of 10 healthy volunteers to assess signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) using the addition-subtraction method and once on the knees of 50 symptomatic patients to assess diagnostic performance...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Zhiguo Zhou, Haixi Chen, Wei Wei, Shanghui Zhou, Jingbo Xu, Xifu Wang, Qingguo Wang, Guixiang Zhang, Zhuoli Zhang, Linfeng Zheng
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose in computed tomography urography (CTU) images acquired with a low kilovoltage peak (kVp) in combination with an adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASiR) algorithm. METHODS: A total of 45 subjects (18 women, 27 men) who underwent CTU with kV assist software for automatic selection of the optimal kVp were included and divided into two groups (A and B) based on the kVp and image reconstruction algorithm: group A consisted of patients who underwent CTU with a 80 or 100 kVp and whose images were reconstructed with the 50% ASiR algorithm (n=32); group B consisted of patients who underwent CTU with a 120 kVp and whose images were reconstructed with the filtered back projection (FBP) algorithm (n=13)...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Clara Park, Tatjana Gruber-Rouh, Doris Leithner, Amelie Zierden, Mortiz H Albrecht, Julian L Wichmann, Boris Bodelle, Mohamed Elsabaie, Jan-Erik Scholtz, Moritz Kaup, Thomas J Vogl, Martin Beeres
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of latest generation automated attenuation-based tube potential selection (ATPS) impact on image quality and radiation dose in contrast-enhanced chest-abdomen-pelvis computed tomography examinations for gynaecologic cancer staging. METHODS: This IRB approved single-centre, observer-blinded retrospective study with a waiver for informed consent included a total of 100 patients with contrast-enhanced chest-abdomen-pelvis CT for gynaecologic cancer staging...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
Yun Zhang, Xiaoxiang Yang, Xiangkai Liu, Yongbing Zhang, Gangyi Jiang, Sam Kwong
In Three-Dimensional (3D) video systems, imperfect depth images often induce annoying temporal noise, e.g., flickering, to the synthesized video. However, the quality of synthesized view is usually measured with Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio (PSNR) or Mean Squared Error (MSE), which mainly focuses on pixel-wise frame-by-frame distortion regardless of the obvious temporal artifacts. In this paper, a novel full reference Synthesized Video Quality Metric (SVQM) is proposed to measure the perceptual quality of the synthesized video in 3D video systems...
October 5, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Gabriel Aldaz, Sunil Puria, Larry J Leifer
BACKGROUND: Previous research has shown that hearing aid wearers can successfully self-train their instruments' gain-frequency response and compression parameters in everyday situations. Combining hearing aids with a smartphone introduces additional computing power, memory, and a graphical user interface that may enable greater setting personalization. To explore the benefits of self-training with a smartphone-based hearing system, a parameter space was chosen with four possible combinations of microphone mode (omnidirectional and directional) and noise reduction state (active and off)...
October 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Christian Hauptmann, Alexander Wegener, Hendrik Poppe, Mark Williams, Gerald Popelka, Peter A Tass
BACKGROUND: Sound-based tinnitus intervention stimuli include broad-band noise signals with subjectively adjusted bandwidths used as maskers delivered by commercial devices or hearing aids, environmental sounds broadly described and delivered by both consumer devices and hearing aids, music recordings specifically modified and delivered in a variety of different ways, and other stimuli. Acoustic coordinated reset neuromodulation therapy for tinnitus reduction has unique and more stringent requirements compared to all other sound-based tinnitus interventions...
October 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Audiology
Liulin Deng, Yehia M Ibrahim, Sandilya V B Garimella, Ian K Webb, Ahmed M Hamid, Randolph V Norheim, Spencer A Prost, Jeremy A Sandoval, Erin S Baker, Richard D Smith
The initial use of traveling waves (TW) for ion mobility (IM) separations using structures for lossless ion manipulations (SLIM) employed an ion funnel trap (IFT) to accumulate ions from a continuous electrospray ionization source and was limited to injected ion populations of ∼10(6) charges due to the onset of space charge effects in the trapping region. Additional limitations arise due to the loss of resolution for the injection of ions over longer periods, such as in extended pulses. In this work a new SLIM "flat funnel" (FF) module has been developed and demonstrated to enable the accumulation of much larger ion populations and their injection for IM separations...
October 7, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
H S Wong, S K He, H J Chung, M S Zhang, Kelvin Cher, Melvin Low, T J Zhou, Y Yang, S K Wong
Replacing Ir with Rh in a CoIr system possessing negative uniaxial magnetocrystalline anisotropy (K u ) substantially reduces its magnetic damping and coercivity by more than half while retaining its high negative K u . Moreover, a higher saturation magnetization (M s ) and more isotropic coercivity are achieved. Such material development makes it particularly suitable for use as the soft underlayer (SUL) of magnetic recording media for reducing noise, and as the oscillation layer of a spin-torque oscillator (STO) for achieving higher oscillation frequency, larger AC magnetic field and lower driving current, which can be readily integrated with the current recording head for microwave-assisted magnetic recording...
November 11, 2016: Nanotechnology
L Sun, J-C Xu, W Wang, Y Yin
Cancer subtype recognition and feature selection are important problems in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors. Here, we propose a novel gene selection approach applied to gene expression data classification. First, two classical feature reduction methods including locally linear embedding (LLE) and rough set (RS) are summarized. The advantages and disadvantages of these algorithms were analyzed and an optimized model for tumor gene selection was developed based on LLE and neighborhood RS (NRS). Bhattacharyya distance was introduced to delete irrelevant genes, pair-wise redundant analysis was performed to remove strongly correlated genes, and the wavelet soft threshold was determined to eliminate noise in the gene datasets...
August 30, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Chih-Chen Chang, Yon-Cheong Wong, Cheng-Hsien Wu, Huan-Wu Chen, Li-Jen Wang, Yu-Hsien Lee, Patricia Wanping Wu, Wiwan Irama, Wei Yuan Chen, Chee-Jen Chang
BACKGROUND: Low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) techniques can reduce exposure to radiation. Several previous studies have shown that radiation dose reduction in LDCT does not decrease the diagnostic performance for appendicitis among attending radiologists. But, the LDCT diagnostic performance for acute appendicitis in radiology residents with variable training levels has not been well discussed. OBJECTIVES: To compare inter-observer and intra-observer differences of diagnostic performance on non-enhanced LDCT (NE-LDCT) and contrast-enhanced standard dose CT (CE-SDCT) for acute appendicitis among attending and resident radiologists...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Matthew Winn
People with hearing impairment are thought to rely heavily on context to compensate for reduced audibility. Here, we explore the resulting cost of this compensatory behavior, in terms of effort and the efficiency of ongoing predictive language processing. The listening task featured predictable or unpredictable sentences, and participants included people with cochlear implants as well as people with normal hearing who heard full-spectrum/unprocessed or vocoded speech. The crucial metric was the growth of the pupillary response and the reduction of this response for predictable versus unpredictable sentences, which would suggest reduced cognitive load resulting from predictive processing...
October 3, 2016: Trends in Hearing
Henrik Harnisch, Jens Hühner, Christian Neusüß, Andreas Koschella, Thomas Heinze, Gerhard K E Scriba
To characterize sulfoethyl cellulose samples, a capillary electrophoresis method was developed and validated. Sulfoethyl cellulose was hydrolyzed, and the resulting d-glucose derivatives were analyzed after reductive amination with 4-aminobenzoic acid using 150 mM boric acid, pH 9.5, as background electrolyte at 20°C and a voltage of 28 kV. Peak identification was derived from capillary electrophoresis with mass spectrometry using 25 mM ammonia adjusted to pH 6.2 by acetic acid as electrolyte. Besides mono-, di- and tri-sulfoethyl-d-glucose, small amounts of disaccharides could be identified resulting from incomplete hydrolysis...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
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