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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096695/hysterosalpingo-foam-sonography-patient-selection-and-perspectives
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Hemashree Rajesh, Serene Liqing Lim, Su Ling Yu
We present an overview of the common types of tubal patency tests, with a focus on hysterosalpingo-foam sonography (HyFoSy). Current evidence suggests that HyFoSy is an accurate alternative to X-ray hysterosalpingography (HSG) for outpatient tubal evaluation in women who are at low risk for tubal disease. It may be superior to saline hysterosalpingo-contrast sonography (HyCoSy) in excluding tubal occlusion. A hyperechogenic medium may enhance contrast visualization and enable clearer delineation of tubal anatomy...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095993/evaluation-of-the-short-term-fate-and-transport-of-chemicals-of-emerging-concern-during-soil-aquifer-treatment-using-select-transformation-products-as-intrinsic-redox-sensitive-tracers
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Meriam Muntau, Manoj Schulz, Kevin S Jewell, Nina Hermes, Uwe Hübner, Thomas Ternes, Jörg E Drewes
In this study, known products from oxic transformation of the X-ray contrast medium iopromide were introduced for the first time as intrinsic tracer for in situ characterization of the transition zone between oxic and suboxic conditions during the initial phase of soil-aquifer treatment (SAT). Two wet-dry cycles of a full-scale infiltration basin were monitored to characterize hydraulic retention times, redox conditions, removal of bulk organic parameters and the fate of chemicals of emerging concern (CECs)...
January 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095878/black-blood-thrombus-imaging-bti-a-contrast-free-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-approach-for-the-diagnosis-of-non-acute-deep-vein-thrombosis
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Guoxi Xie, Hanwei Chen, Xueping He, Jianke Liang, Wei Deng, Zhuonan He, Yufeng Ye, Qi Yang, Xiaoming Bi, Xin Liu, Debiao Li, Zhaoyang Fan
BACKGROUND: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a common but elusive illness that can result in long-term disability or death. Accurate detection of thrombosis and assessment of its size and distribution are critical for treatment decision-making. In the present study, we sought to develop and evaluate a cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) black-blood thrombus imaging (BTI) technique, based on delay alternating with nutation for tailored excitation black-blood preparation and variable flip angle turbo-spin-echo readout, for the diagnosis of non-acute DVT...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094942/simulation-of-dbs-dbs-cooh-and-dbs-conhnh2-as-hydrogelators
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Dafna Knani, David Alperstein
The organic gelator 1,3(R):2,4(S)-dibenzylidene-D-sorbitol (DBS) self-organizes to form a 3-D network at relatively low concentrations in a variety of nonpolar organic solvents and polymer melt. DBS could be transformed into a hydrogelator by introduction of hydrophilic groups, which facilitate its self-assembly in aqueous medium. In this work, we have investigated the hydrogelators DBS-COOH and DBS-CONHNH2 and the organogelator DBS by molecular modeling. We have used quantum mechanics (QM) to elucidate the preferred geometry of one molecule and a dimer of each of the gelators, and molecular dynamics (MD) to simulate the pure gelators and their mixtures with water...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093693/a-simple-post-mortem-room-angiography-method-for-the-investigation-of-traumatic-basal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Christopher P Johnson, Mike Murphy, George A Johnson, Stephen M Wills, Jonathan E Medcalf
Identifying the site of vascular bleeding in fatal cases of traumatic basal subarachnoid hemorrhage (TBSAH) is important, but can be very difficult to achieve when there is extensive blood clot in the posterior cranial fossa. Post mortem angiography in these circumstances has been reported previously but with mixed results, and is rarely used in current practice within the United Kingdom. We have developed a simple and effective post mortem angiography method, using fluoroscopy and clear modern contrast medium, suitable for use in the autopsy room...
January 17, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092637/non-invasive-classification-of-breast-microcalcifications-using-x-ray-coherent-scatter-computed-tomography
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Bahaa Ghammraoui, Lucretiu M Popescu
We investigate the use of energy dispersive x-ray coherent scatter computed tomography (ED-CSCT) as a non-invasive diagnostic method to differentiate between type I and type II breast calcifications. This approach is sensitive to the differences of composition and internal crystal structure of different types of microcalcifications. The study is carried out by simulating a CSCT system with a scanning pencil beam, considering a polychromatic x-ray source and an energy-resolving photon counting detector. In a first step, the multidimensional angle and energy distributed CSCT data is reduced to the projection-space distributions of only a few components, corresponding to the expected target composition: adipose, glandular tissue, weddellite (calcium oxalate) for type I calcifications, and hydroxyapatite for type II calcifications...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092272/material-dependent-implant-artifact-reduction-using-semac-vat-and-mavric-a-prospective-mri-phantom-study
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Lukas Filli, Lukas Jud, Roger Luechinger, Daniel Nanz, Gustav Andreisek, Val M Runge, Sebastian Kozerke, Nadja A Farshad-Amacker
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the degree of artifact reduction in magnetic resonance imaging achieved with slice encoding for metal artifact correction (SEMAC) in combination with view angle tilting (VAT) and multiacquisition variable resonance image combination (MAVRIC) for standard contrast weightings and different metallic materials. METHODS: Four identically shaped rods made of the most commonly used prosthetic materials (stainless steel, SS; titanium, Ti; cobalt-chromium-molybdenum, CoCr; and oxidized zirconium, oxZi) were scanned at 3 T...
January 13, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091539/an-electromagnetic-modulator-based-on-electrically-controllable-metamaterial-analogue-to-electromagnetically-induced-transparency
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Yuancheng Fan, Tong Qiao, Fuli Zhang, Quanhong Fu, Jiajia Dong, Botao Kong, Hongqiang Li
Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) is a promising technology for the enhancement of light-matter interactions, and recent demonstrations of the EIT analogue realized in artificial micro-structured medium have remarkably reduced the extreme requirement for experimental observation of EIT spectrum. In this paper, we propose to electrically control the EIT-like spectrum in a metamaterial as an electromagnetic modulator. A diode acting as a tunable resistor is loaded in the gap of paired wires to inductively tune the magnetic resonance, which induces remarkable modulation on the EIT-like spectrum through the metamaterial sample...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089453/serum-uromodulin-is-a-predictive-biomarker-for-cardiovascular-events-and-overall-mortality-in-coronary-patients
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Andreas Leiherer, Axel Muendlein, Christoph H Saely, Janine Ebner, Eva M Brandtner, Peter Fraunberger, Heinz Drexel
BACKGROUND: Uromodulin is a protein produced exclusively by the kidneys and present in urine and blood. In contrast to weak and in part contradictory study data on uromodulin in urine samples, the analysis of serum samples recently proved uromodulin's value as superior biomarker for ongoing kidney disease. Whether serum uromodulin is associated with cardiovascular event risk and whether it has predictive power for overall mortality is still unknown and has been evaluated in the present study...
December 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089049/variation-in-virulence-of-beauveria-bassiana-and-b-pseudobassiana-to-the-pine-weevil-pissodes-nemorensis-in-relation-to-mycelium-characteristics-and-virulence-genes
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Pedro Romón, Hardus Hatting, Arturo Goldarazena, Juan Carlos Iturrondobeitia
Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria spp. have potential applications in the biocontrol of insect pests but little is known regarding their infectivity to the pine weevil Pissodes nemorensis. In this study, five isolates of Beauveria pseudobassiana and five isolates of Beauveria bassiana were tested for characteristics correlating with virulence on P. nemorensis. Isolate UAMH301 had the lowest mean lethal concentration value whereas the highest value was obtained with isolate LRC137. Growth rate was negatively correlated with virulence in B...
February 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087996/grating-lobes-suppression-by-adding-virtual-receiving-subaperture-in-synthetic-aperture-imaging
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Janusz Wojcik, Marcin Lewandowski, Norbert Żołek
A method of suppression of grating lobes is presented, analyzed, and verified. The method is based on creating a Virtual Receiving Subaperture (VRS) by adding virtual transducer elements not existing in the physical layout of the receiver. The VRS channels are filled with data based on signals from real channels. The analytical model of the synthetic aperture imaging system's impulse response is presented to describe the properties of the VRS. The model shows a reduction of the receiving grating lobes' amplitude (with a comparison to the main lobe's amplitude) by a magnitude equal to the number of receiving transducer elements...
December 21, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087567/interventions-to-increase-adherence-to-therapeutic-exercise-in-older-adults-with-low-back-pain-and-or-hip-knee-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Philippa J A Nicolson, Kim L Bennell, Fiona L Dobson, Ans Van Ginckel, Melanie A Holden, Rana S Hinman
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether interventions aimed at increasing adherence to therapeutic exercise increase adherence greater than a contextually equivalent control among older adults with chronic low back pain and/or hip/knee osteoarthritis. DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Five databases (MEDLINE (PubMed), CINAHL, SportDISCUS (EBSCO), Embase (Ovid) and Cochrane Library) were searched until 1 August 2016. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR SELECTING STUDIES: Randomised controlled trials that isolated the effects of interventions aiming to improve adherence to therapeutic exercise among adults ≥45 years of age with chronic low back pain and/or hip/knee osteoarthritis were included...
January 13, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087066/use-of-water-soluble-contrast-medium-gastrografin-does-not-decrease-the-need-for-operative-intervention-nor-the-duration-of-hospital-stay-in-uncomplicated-acute-adhesive-small-bowel-obstruction-a-multicenter-randomized-clinical-trial-adhesive-small-bowel-obstruction
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Michel Scotté, Francois Mauvais, Michael Bubenheim, Cyril Cossé, Leslie Suaud, Celine Savoye-Collet, Isabelle Plenier, Aurelien Péquignot, Thierry Yzet, Jean Marc Regimbeau
BACKGROUND: This study evaluated the association between oral gastrografin administration and the need for operative intervention in patients with presumed adhesive small bowel obstruction. METHODS: Between October 2006 and August 2009, 242 patients with uncomplicated acute adhesive small bowel obstruction were included in a randomized, controlled trial (the Adhesive Small Bowel Obstruction Study, NCT00389116) and allocated to a gastrografin arm or a saline solution arm...
January 10, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077187/lysosome-like-compartments-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-trypomastigotes-may-originate-directly-from-epimastigote-reservosomes
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Juliana C Vidal, Carolina DE L Alcantara, Wanderley DE Souza, Narcisa L Cunha-E-Silva
Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigote reservosomes store nutrients taken up during the intense endocytic activity exhibited by this developmental form. Reservosomes were classified as pre-lysosomal compartments. In contrast, trypomastigote forms are not able to take up nutrients from the medium. Interestingly, trypomastigotes also have acidic organelles with the same proteases contained in epimastigote reservosomes. Nevertheless, the origin and function of these organelles have not been disclosed so far. Given the similarities between the compartments of epimastigotes and trypomastigotes, the present study aimed to investigate the origin of metacyclic trypomastigote protease-containing organelles by tracking fluorospheres or colloidal gold particles previously stored in epimastigotes' reservosomes throughout metacyclogenesis...
January 12, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076003/reducing-functional-mr-imaging-acquisition-times-by-optimizing-workflow
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Wilson B Chwang, Michael Iv, Jason Smith, Aleksandrs Kalnins, Jake Mickelsen, Roland Bammer, Dominik Fleischmann, David B Larson, Max Wintermark, Michael Zeineh
Functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a complex, specialized examination that is able to noninvasively measure information critical to patient care such as hemispheric language lateralization ( 1 ). Diagnostic functional MR imaging requires extensive patient interaction as well as the coordinated efforts of the entire health care team. We observed in our practice at an academic center that the times to perform functional MR imaging examinations were excessively lengthy, making scheduling of the examination difficult...
January 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074469/development-of-cone-photoreceptors-and-their-synapses-in-the-human-and-monkey-fovea
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Anita Hendrickson, Chi Zhang
During retinal development, ribbon synapse assembly in the photoreceptors is a crucial step involving numerous molecules. While the developmental sequence of plexiform layers in human retina has been characterized, the molecular steps of synaptogenesis remain largely unknown. In the present study, we focused on the central rod-free region of primate retina, the fovea, to specifically investigate the development of cone photoreceptor ribbon synapses. Immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy were utilized to track the expression of photoreceptor transduction proteins and ribbon and synaptic markers in fetal human and Macaca retina...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073563/genetic-and-toxinological-characterization-of-north-atlantic-strains-of-the-dinoflagellate-ostreopsis-and-allelopathic-interactions-with-toxic-and-non-toxic-species-from-the-genera-prorocentrum-coolia-and-gambierdiscus
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María García-Portela, Pilar Riobó, José Mariano Franco, Rosa Mª Bañuelos, Francisco Rodríguez
The genus Ostreopsis includes several toxic species that can develop blooms in benthic ecosystems, with potential harmful consequences for human health and marine invertebrates. Despite of this, little is known about the allelopathic interactions between these organisms and other co-occurring microalgae that exploit similar spatial and nutrient resources in benthic ecosystems. The aim of this study was to follow these interactions in cultures of two Ostreopsis ribotypes with different toxin profiles (O. cf...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072623/effect-of-substituting-50-isovue-for-sterile-water-as-the-delivery-medium-for-sir-spheres-improved-dose-delivery-and-decreased-incidence-of-stasis
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Cherng Chao, S William Stavropoulos, Jeffrey I Mondschein, Mandeep Dagli, Deepak Sudheendra, Gregory Nadolski, Michael C Soulen
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of substituting 50% Isovue (Bracco Diagnostics Inc, Monroe Township, NJ) for sterile water on the delivery of Y resin microspheres (SIR-Spheres [Sirtex Medical Limited, Sydney, Australia]). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors retrospectively reviewed all SIR-Spheres radioembolizations at the authors' institution from January 1, 2011, to February 10, 2014. From January 1, 2011, to April 30, 2013, all users performed SIR-Spheres radioembolization per the manufacturer's original instructions using sterile water in the B and D lines and intermittently checking the progress of the embolization by injecting contrast via the B line...
January 9, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068861/a-reformative-shear-precipitation-procedure-for-the-fabrication-of-vancomycin-loaded-poly-lactide-co-glycolide-microspheres
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Lei Wang, Qinmeng Yang, Yirong Chen, Yu Chai, Jiao Jiao Li, Lin Du, Ruizhe Tan, Shenyu Yang, Mei Tu, Bin Yu
This study reports the encapsulation of vancomycin, as a model hydrophilic drug, into poly(lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres using a novel reformative shear precipitation procedure. In contrast to the external aqueous phase used in the conventional microencapsulation technique based on emulsion solvent evaporation/extraction, the reformative shear precipitation procedure explored in this study uses a shear medium composed of glycerol as the viscous medium and ethanol as polymer antisolvent, which is relatively immiscible with the hydrophilic drug...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068536/application-of-uv-absorbance-and-fluorescence-indicators-to-assess-the-formation-of-biodegradable-dissolved-organic-carbon-and-bromate-during-ozonation
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Wen-Tao Li, Meng-Jie Cao, Tessora Young, Barbara Ruffino, Michael Dodd, Ai-Min Li, Gregory Korshin
This study examined the significance of changes of UV absorbance and fluorescence of dissolved organic matter (DOM) as surrogate indicators for assessing the formation of bromate and biodegradable dissolved organic carbon (BDOC) during the ozonation of surface water and wastewater effluent. Spectroscopic monitoring was carried out using benchtop UV/Vis and fluorescence spectrophotometers and a newly developed miniature LED UV/fluorescence sensor capable of rapidly measuring UVA280 and protein-like and humic-like fluorescence...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
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