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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345547/contrast-dose-and-radiation-dose-reduction-in-abdominal-enhanced-computerized-tomography-scans-with-single-phase-dual-energy-spectral-computerized-tomography-mode-for-children-with-solid-tumors
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Tong Yu, Jun Gao, Zhi-Min Liu, Qi-Feng Zhang, Yong Liu, Ling Jiang, Yun Peng
BACKGROUND: Contrast dose and radiation dose reduction in computerized tomography (CT) scan for adult has been explored successfully, but there have been few studies on the application of low-concentration contrast in pediatric abdominal CT examinations. This was a feasibility study on the use of dual-energy spectral imaging and adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASiR) for the reduction of radiation dose and iodine contrast dose in pediatric abdominal CT patients with solid tumors...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342386/association-between-environmental-factors-and-emergency-hospital-admissions-due-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-madrid
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D R Culqui, C Linares, C Ortiz, R Carmona, J Díaz
INTRODUCTION: There are scarce studies of time series that analysed the short-term association between emergency hospital admissions due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and environmental factors. The objective is to analyse the effect of heat waves, noise and air pollutants on urgent hospital admissions due to AD in Madrid. METHODS: Longitudinal ecological time series study was performed. The dependent variable was the emergency AD hospital admissions occurred in Madrid during the period 2001-2009...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342291/advances-in-mri-around-metal
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Pia M Jungmann, Christoph A Agten, Christian W Pfirrmann, Reto Sutter
The prevalence of orthopedic metal implants is continuously rising in the aging society. Particularly the number of joint replacements is increasing. Although satisfying long-term results are encountered, patients may suffer from complaints or complications during follow-up, and often undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Yet metal implants cause severe artifacts on MRI, resulting in signal-loss, signal-pileup, geometric distortion, and failure of fat suppression. In order to allow for adequate treatment decisions, metal artifact reduction sequences (MARS) are essential for proper radiological evaluation of postoperative findings in these patients...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341967/new-organ-based-tube-current-modulation-method-to-reduce-the-radiation-dose-during-computed-tomography-of-the-head-evaluation-of-image-quality-and-radiation-dose-to-the-eyes-in-the-phantom-study
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Jung-Su Kim, Soon-Mu Kwon, Jung-Min Kim, Sang-Wook Yoon
A new organ-based tube current modulation (NOB-TCM) method was designed with the intent to decrease tube current by 30% over a prescribed 90° radial arc across the anterior aspect of the radiosensitive organ, without increasing tube current in the remaining radial arc. We compared a reference scan and five other dose-reducing methods with regard to effects on dose, practicality, and image quality to determine the most effective method for the reduction of the radiation dose to the eyes during CT examinations of the head...
March 24, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338472/robust-cardiac-motion-estimation-using-ultrafast-ultrasound-data-a-low-rank-topology-preserving-approach
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Angelica I Aviles, Thomas Widlak, Alicia Casals, Maartje Nillesen, Habib Ammari
Cardiac motion estimation is an important diagnostic tool to detect heart diseases and it has been explored with modalities such as MRI and conventional ultrasound (US) sequences. US cardiac motion estimation still presents challenges because of the complex motion patterns and the presence of noise. In this work, we propose a novel approach to estimate the cardiac motion using ultrafast ultrasound data. -- Our solution is based on a variational formulation characterized by the L2-regularized class. The displacement is represented by a lattice of b-splines and we ensure robustness by applying a maximum likelihood type estimator...
March 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337139/a-mixed-methods-trial-of-broad-band-noise-and-nature-sounds-for-tinnitus-therapy-group-and-individual-responses-modeled-under-the-adaptation-level-theory-of-tinnitus
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Mithila Durai, Grant D Searchfield
Objectives: A randomized cross-over trial in 18 participants tested the hypothesis that nature sounds, with unpredictable temporal characteristics and high valence would yield greater improvement in tinnitus than constant, emotionally neutral broadband noise. Study Design: The primary outcome measure was the Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI). Secondary measures were: loudness and annoyance ratings, loudness level matches, minimum masking levels, positive and negative emotionality, attention reaction and discrimination time, anxiety, depression and stress...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335695/impact-of-cognition-and-noise-reduction-on-speech-perception-in-adults-with-unilateral-cochlear-implants
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Suzanne Carolyn Purdy, David Welch, Ellen Giles, Catherine Louise Anne Morgan, Renique Tenhagen, Abin Kuruvilla-Mathew
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of cognition and noise reduction (NR) technology in cochlear implants (CIs) on speech perception and listening effort. METHODS: Thirteen adults fitted with unilateral CIs (Nucleus(®) 6, CP900) participated in this study. Participants performed: (I) cognitive tests of working memory and processing speed, (II) speech perception in noise tests, and (III) an auditory-visual dual-task paradigm to quantify listening effort, as a part of the three-phase experimental study...
March 24, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335471/mobile-phonocardiogram-diagnosis-in-newborns-using-support-vector-machine
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Amir Mohammad Amiri, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Nick Constant, Kunal Mankodiya
Phonocardiogram (PCG) monitoring on newborns is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the heart assessment in the early ages of life. In this paper, we present a novel approach for cardiac monitoring applied in PCG data. This basic system coupled with denoising, segmentation, cardiac cycle selection and classification of heart sound can be used widely for a large number of the data. This paper describes the problems and additional advantages of the PCG method including the possibility of recording heart sound at home, removing unwanted noises and data reduction on a mobile device, and an intelligent system to diagnose heart diseases on the cloud server...
March 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335260/a-label-free-microelectrode-array-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-chitosan-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-thionine-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen
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Huiren Xu, Yang Wang, Li Wang, Yilin Song, Jinping Luo, Xinxia Cai
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been an extensively used tumor marker responsible for clinical early diagnosis of cervical carcinomas, and pancreatic, colorectal, gastric and lung cancer. Combined with micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) technology, it is important to develop a novel immune microelectrode array (MEA) not only for rapid analysis of serum samples, but also for cell detection in vitro and in vivo. In this work, we depict a simple approach to modify chitosan-multi-walled carbon nanotubes-thionine (CS-MWCNTs-THI) hybrid film through one-step electrochemical deposition and the CS-MWCNTs-THI hybrid films are successfully employed to immobilize anti-CEA for fabricating simple, label-free, and highly sensitive electro-chemical immune MEAs...
July 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333635/blind-facial-image-quality-enhancement-using-non-rigid-semantic-patches
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Ester Hait, Guy Gilboa
We propose a new way to solve a very general blind inverse problem of multiple simultaneous degradations such as blur, resolution reduction, noise and contrast changes, without explicitly estimating the degradation. The proposed concept is based on combining semantic non-rigid patches, problem-specific high quality prior data and non-rigid registration tools. We show how a significant quality enhancement can be achieved, both visually and quantitatively, in the case of facial images. The method is demonstrated on the problem of cellular photography quality enhancement of dark facial images for different identities, expressions and poses, and is compared to state-of-the-art denoising, deblurring, super-resolution and colorcorrection methods...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333584/unsupervised-2d-dimensionality-reduction-with-adaptive-structure-learning
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Xiaowei Zhao, Feiping Nie, Sen Wang, Jun Guo, Pengfei Xu, Xiaojiang Chen
In recent years, unsupervised two-dimensional (2D) dimensionality reduction methods for unlabeled large-scale data have made progress. However, performance of these degrades when the learning of similarity matrix is at the beginning of the dimensionality reduction process. A similarity matrix is used to reveal the underlying geometry structure of data in unsupervised dimensionality reduction methods. Because of noise data, it is difficult to learn the optimal similarity matrix. In this letter, we propose a new dimensionality reduction model for 2D image matrices: unsupervised 2D dimensionality reduction with adaptive structure learning (DRASL)...
March 23, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325351/flexible-fiber-optic-high-speed-imaging-of-vocal-fold-vibration-a-preliminary-report
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Peak Woo, Peter Baxter
OBJECTIVE: High-speed video (HSV) imaging of vocal fold vibration has been possible only through the rigid endoscope. This study reports that a fiberscope-based high-speed imaging system may allow HSV imaging of naturalistic voicing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two subjects were recorded using a commercially available black and white high-speed camera (Photron Motion Tools, 256 × 120 pixel, 2000 frames per second, 8 second acquisition time). The camera gain is set to +6 db...
March 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324965/high-dielectric-material-in-mri-numerical-assessment-of-the-reduction-of-the-induced-local-power-on-implanted-cardiac-leads
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Eugenio Mattei, Elena Lucano, Federica Censi, Leonardo M Angelone, Giovanni Calcagnini
High dielectric materials (HDM) have been proposed in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the images acquired while reducing the radiofrequency (RF) absorption in tissue. The aim of this study is to assess the potential merit of using HDM to reduce power induced at the tip of an endocardial lead in patients undergoing MRI. Numerical simulations were performed using a commercial finite-differences time-domain (FDTD) software to model the RF field generated by a birdcage body coil at 64 MHz on a human body model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324790/a-new-approach-to-estimating-the-evoked-hemodynamic-response-applied-to-dual-channel-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Reza Arefi Shirvan, Seyed Kamaledin Setarehdan, Ali Motie Nasrabadi
BACKGROUND: Brain activity can be measured non-invasively by means of functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) which records hemodynamics of the brain tissue. Sensitivity of fNIRS to the brain activity is however being affected by natural physiological brain hemodynamics (systemic interferences). Functional hemodynamic signal extraction from physiological interferences still remains a challenging task. NEW METHOD: This paper presents a novel effective algorithm for real-time physiological interference reduction and recovery of the evoked brain activity using a dual channel fNIRS system...
March 18, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321502/molecularly-imprinted-polymers-as-selective-adsorbents-for-ambient-plasma-mass-spectrometry
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Michał Cegłowski, Marek Smoluch, Edward Reszke, Jerzy Silberring, Grzegorz Schroeder
The application of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as molecular scavengers for ambient plasma ionization mass spectrometry has been reported for the first time. MIPs were synthesized using methacrylic acid as functional monomer; nicotine, propyphenazone, or methylparaben as templates; ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as a cross-linker; and 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile as polymerization initiator. To perform ambient plasma ionization experiments, a setup consisting of the heated crucible, a flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow (FAPA) plasma ion source, and a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer has been used...
March 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321330/ct-venography-after-knee-replacement-surgery-comparison-of-dual-energy-ct-based-monochromatic-imaging-and-single-energy-metal-artifact-reduction-techniques-on-a-320-row-ct-scanner
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Masafumi Kidoh, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Seitaro Oda, Takeshi Nakaura, Yoshinori Funama, Hideaki Yuki, Kenichiro Hirata, Masahiro Hatemura, Tomohiro Namimoto, Yasuyuki Yamashita
BACKGROUND: An optimal metal artifact reduction (MAR) technique is needed for a reliable and accurate image-based diagnosis. PURPOSE: Using a 320-row scanner, we compared the dual-energy computed tomography (CT)-based monochromatic and the single-energy metal artifact reduction (SEMAR) techniques for CT venography (CTV) to identify the better imaging method for diagnosing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients who had undergone knee replacement surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-three consecutive patients with suspected DVT after unilateral knee replacement surgery underwent dual-energy CT (135/80 kVp)...
February 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320678/reinforced-robust-principal-component-pursuit
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Pratik Prabhanjan Brahma, Yiyuan She, Shijie Li, Jiade Li, Dapeng Wu
High-dimensional data present in the real world is often corrupted by noise and gross outliers. Principal component analysis (PCA) fails to learn the true low-dimensional subspace in such cases. This is the reason why robust versions of PCA, which put a penalty on arbitrarily large outlying entries, are preferred to perform dimension reduction. In this paper, we argue that it is necessary to study the presence of outliers not only in the observed data matrix but also in the orthogonal complement subspace of the authentic principal subspace...
March 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320324/quickmirseq-a-pipeline-for-quick-and-accurate-quantification-of-both-known-mirnas-and-isomirs-by-jointly-processing-multiple-samples-from-microrna-sequencing
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Shanrong Zhao, William Gordon, Sarah Du, Chi Zhang, Wen He, Li Xi, Sachin Mathur, Michael Agostino, Theresa Paradis, David von Schack, Michael Vincent, Baohong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide miRNA expression data can be used to study miRNA dysregulation comprehensively. Although many open-source tools for microRNA (miRNA)-seq data analyses are available, challenges remain in accurate miRNA quantification from large-scale miRNA-seq dataset. We implemented a pipeline called QuickMIRSeq for accurate quantification of known miRNAs and miRNA isoforms (isomiRs) from multiple samples simultaneously. RESULTS: QuickMIRSeq considers the unique nature of miRNAs and combines many important features into its implementation...
March 20, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318637/impact-of-multiple-en-face-image-averaging-on-quantitative-assessment-from-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-images
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Akihito Uji, Siva Balasubramanian, Jianqin Lei, Elmira Baghdasaryan, Mayss Al-Sheikh, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of multiple en face image averaging on quantitative measurements of the retinal microvasculature using optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA). DESIGN: Prospective, observational, cross-sectional case series. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-one healthy individuals with normal eyes. METHODS: Macular OCTA images were acquired from all participants using the Zeiss Cirrus 5000 with Angioplex OCTA software (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA)...
March 16, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316637/noise-attenuation-estimation-for-maximum-length-sequences-in-deconvolution-process-of-auditory-evoked-potentials
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Xian Peng, Yun'er Chen, Tao Wang, Lei Ding, Xiaodan Tan
The use of maximum length sequence (m-sequence) has been found beneficial for recovering both linear and nonlinear components at rapid stimulation. Since m-sequence is fully characterized by a primitive polynomial of different orders, the selection of polynomial order can be problematic in practice. Usually, the m-sequence is repetitively delivered in a looped fashion. Ensemble averaging is carried out as the first step and followed by the cross-correlation analysis to deconvolve linear/nonlinear responses...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
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