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Wilhelm H Flatz, Annika Henneberger, Maximilian F Reiser, Robert Gürkov, Birgit Ertl-Wagner
Analysis of neural structures in Menière's Disease (MD) is of importance, since a loss of such structures has previously been proposed for this patient group but has yet to be confirmed. This protocol describes a method of in vivo evaluation of neural changes especially well suitable for cranial nerve analysis using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MD-patients and normal hearing persons were examined in a 3-T MR-scanner using a scan protocol including strongly T2-weighted 3D gradient-echo-sequence (3D-CISS)...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Aida Niñerola-Baizán, Judith Gallego, Albert Cot, Pablo Aguiar, Francisco Lomeña, Javier Pavía, Domenec Ros
The aim of this work was to obtain a set of parameters to be applied in [123I]FP-CIT SPECT reconstruction in order to minimize the error between standardized and true values of the Specific Uptake Ratio (SUR) in dopaminergic neurotransmission SPECT studies. To this end, Monte Carlo simulation was used to generate a database of 1,380 projection data-sets from 23 subjects, including normal cases and a variety of pathologies. Studies were reconstructed using Filtered Back Projection (FBP) with attenuation correction and Ordered Subset Expectation Maximization (OSEM) with correction for different degradations (attenuation, scatter and PSF)...
March 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Lisa A Sawicki, Leila H Choe, Katherine L Wiley, Kelvin H Lee, April M Kloxin
Cells interact with and remodel their microenvironment, degrading large extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins (e.g., fibronectin, collagens) and secreting new ECM proteins and small soluble factors (e.g., growth factors, cytokines). Synthetic mimics of the ECM have been developed as controlled cell culture platforms for use in both fundamental and applied studies. However, how cells broadly remodel these initially well-defined matrices remains poorly understood and difficult to probe. In this work, we have established methods for widely examining both large and small proteins that are secreted by cells within synthetic matrices...
March 12, 2018: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Thomas J Allen, Olumide Ogunlade, Edward Zhang, Paul C Beard
A laser scanning optical resolution photoacoustic microscopy (LS OR-PAM) system based on a stationary fibre optic sensor is described. The sensor comprises an optically resonant interferometric polymer cavity formed on the tip of a rounded single mode optical fibre. It provides low noise equivalent pressure (NEP = 68.7 Pa over a 20 MHz measurement bandwidth), a broad bandwidth that extends to 80 MHz and a near omnidirectional response. The latter is a significant advantage, as it allows large areas (>1cm2 ) to be imaged without the need for translational mechanical scanning offering the potential for fast image acquisition...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Bo Cai, Xiaomin Zhai, Zeguan Wang, Yan Shen, Ronald Xu, Zachary J Smith, Quan Wen, Kaiqin Chu
Monitoring and manipulating neuronal activities with optical microscopy desires a method where light can be focused or projected over a long axial range so that large brain tissues (>100 [Formula: see text] thick) can be simultaneously imaged, and specific brain regions can be optogenetically stimulated without the need for slow optical refocusing. However, the micron-scale resolution required in neuronal imaging yields a depth of field of less than 10 [Formula: see text] in conventional imaging systems...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
P J Zarco-Tejada, A Hornero, R Hernández-Clemente, P S A Beck
The operational monitoring of forest decline requires the development of remote sensing methods that are sensitive to the spatiotemporal variations of pigment degradation and canopy defoliation. In this context, the red-edge spectral region (RESR) was proposed in the past due to its combined sensitivity to chlorophyll content and leaf area variation. In this study, the temporal dimension of the RESR was evaluated as a function of forest decline using a radiative transfer method with the PROSPECT and 3D FLIGHT models...
March 2018: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Mandy Berndt-Paetz, Luise Herbst, Annett Weimann, Andreas Gonsior, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Jochen Neuhaus
PURPOSE: Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) regulate a number of important physiological functions. Alteration of mAChR expression or function has been associated in the etiology of several pathologies including functional bladder disorders (e.g bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis - BPS/IC). In a previous study we found specific mAChR expression patterns associated with BPS/IC, while correlation between protein and gene expression was lacking. Posttranslational regulatory mechanisms, e...
March 15, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Linda C Chu, Pamela T Johnson, Elliot K Fishman
Pancreatic cancer is the third most common cause of cancer death and CT is the most commonly used modality for the initial evaluation of suspected pancreatic cancer. Post-processing of CT data into 2D multiplanar and 3D reconstructions has been shown to improve tumor visualization and assessment of tumor resectability compared to axial slices, and is considered the standard of care. Cinematic rendering is a new 3D-rendering technique that produces photorealistic images, and it has the potential to more accurately depict anatomic detail compared to traditional 3D reconstruction techniques...
March 17, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Nils Gessert, Matthias Schlüter, Alexander Schlaefer
Tracking the pose of instruments is a central problem in image-guided surgery. For microscopic scenarios, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is increasingly used as an imaging modality. OCT is suitable for accurate pose estimation due to its micrometer range resolution and volumetric field of view. However, OCT image processing is challenging due to speckle noise and reflection artifacts in addition to the images' 3D nature. We address pose estimation from OCT volume data with a new deep learning-based tracking framework...
March 10, 2018: Medical Image Analysis
Dirk van den Brand, Cornelia Veelken, Leon Massuger, Roland Brock
Drug delivery into tumors and metastases is a major challenge in the eradication of cancers such as epithelial ovarian carcinoma. Cationic cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) are a promising group of delivery vehicles to mediate cellular entry of molecules that otherwise poorly enter cells. However, little is known about their penetration behavior in tissues. Here, we investigated penetration of cationic CPPs in 3D ovarian cancer spheroids and patient-derived 3D tumor explants. Penetration kinetics and distribution after long-term incubation were imaged by confocal microscopy...
March 14, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Florent Lalys, Ketty Favre, Alexandre Villena, Vincent Durrmann, Mathieu Colleaux, Antoine Lucas, Adrien Kaladji
PURPOSE: Interventional endovascular treatment has become the first line of management in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). However, contrast and radiation exposure continue to limit the feasibility of these procedures. This paper presents a novel hybrid image fusion system for endovascular intervention of PAD. We present two different roadmapping methods from intra- and pre-interventional imaging that can be used either simultaneously or independently, constituting the navigation system...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
J-P Suuronen, M Sayab
Zircon is the most widely used mineral in petrochronology and provides key information about magmatic and crustal differentiation history of plutonic rocks, transport paths of clastic material 'from source to sink' and significantly contributes in the reconstruction of enigmatic planetary-scale tectonic episodes since the Archaean. However, detailed textural analysis of this accessory mineral has always been hampered by two-dimensional (2D) analytical limitations. With the advancements in X-ray nanotomography technology, it is now possible to non-destructively, yet digitally, cut, visualize, compare and quantify internal textures within zircons, their growth and zoning patterns and chemical distribution of trace elements in three dimensions (3D)...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Francesca Uccheddu, Marco Ghionzoli, Yary Volpe, Michaela Servi, Rocco Furferi, Lapo Governi, Flavio Facchini, Roberto Lo Piccolo, Kathleen S McGreevy, Alessandra Martin, Monica Carfagni, Antonio Messineo
BACKGROUND: Current approaches to quantifying the severity of pectus excavatum (PE) require internal measurements based on cross-sectional imaging. The aim of this study is to exploit a novel index evaluated on the external surface of the chest with a 3D optical scanner. METHODS: 51 children (41 males, 10 females), between 2 and 17 years old, were evaluated with a 3D optical scanner. PE severity was calculated by using an ad hoc instant 3D scanner and defining an automatic procedure to generate an optical 3D index (CI-3D)...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Satoshi Matsuo, Noritaka Komune, Ryota Kurogi, Yojiro Akagi, Koji Iihara
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine whether the line between the digastric point and posterior edge of the occipital condyle (DC line) could be a new surface landmark for the posterior margin of the horizontal part of the sigmoid sinus. METHODS: Cadaveric specimens were used to show the relationship between the DC line and retrosigmoid craniotomy. Three-dimensional computed tomography angiography (3D-CTA) images of adult heads (56 sides) were analyzed to measure the distance between the DC line and the horizontal part of the sigmoid sinus at the digastric point, posterior edge of the condyle, and midpoint of the line...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Yew-Weng Fong, Szu-Kai Hsu, Chih-Ta Huang, Cheng-Ta Hsieh, Ming-Hong Chen, Jing-Shan Huang, Chih-Ju Chang, I-Chang Su
OBJECTIVE: mThree-dimensional (3D) rotational angiography (RA), a gold-standard imaging tool for the post-clipping evaluation of cerebral aneurysms, can currently be performed intraoperatively in a hybrid operating room (OR). However, its role in intraoperative aneurysmal surgery is unclear. We aimed to study the value of intraoperative two-dimensional digital subtraction angiography (2D-DSA) and 3D-RA for the post-clipping evaluation of aneurysms, in terms of clip repositioning. METHODS: We included patients with cerebral aneurysms who were treated via microsurgical clipping in a hybrid OR...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Aaron Abajian, Nikitha Murali, Lynn Jeanette Savic, Fabian Max Laage-Gaupp, Nariman Nezami, James S Duncan, Todd Schlachter, MingDe Lin, Jean-François Geschwind, Julius Chapiro
PURPOSE: To use magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and clinical patient data to create an artificial intelligence (AI) framework for the prediction of therapeutic outcomes of transarterial chemoembolization by applying machine learning (ML) techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 36 patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with transarterial chemoembolization. The cohort (age 62 ± 8.9 years; 31 men; 13 white; 24 Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 0, 10 status 1, 2 status 2; 31 Child-Pugh stage A, 4 stage B, 1 stage C; 1 Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer stage 0, 12 stage A, 10 stage B, 13 stage C; tumor size 5...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Tsutomu Nomura, Munetaka Ushio, Kenji Kondo, Shigeru Kikuchi
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research is to examine the changes in nasal airflow dynamics before and after the nasal perforation repair. METHODS: Three dimensional (3D) models of the nasal cavity before and after septal perforation repair was reconstructed using preoperative and postoperative computed tomography (CT) images of a patient. The numerical simulation was carried out using ANSYS CFX V15.0. Pre- and post-operative models were compared by their velocity, pressure (P), pressure gradient (PG), wall shear (WS), shear strain rate (SSR) and turbulence kinetic energy (TKE) in three plains...
March 13, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Marcie Harris-Hayes, Karen Steger-May, Linda R Van Dillen, Mario Schootman, Gretchen B Salsich, Sylvia Czuppon, John C Clohisy, Paul K Commean, Travis J Hillen, Shirley A Sahrmann, Michael J Mueller
Study Design Ancillary analysis, time-controlled randomized clinical trial. Background Movement pattern training (MPT) has been shown to improve function among patients with chronic hip joint pain (CHJP). Objective Determine the association among treatment outcomes and mechanical factors associated with CHJP. Methods Twenty-eight patients with CHJP, 18-40 years, participated in MPT, either immediately after assessment or after a wait-list period. MPT included task-specific training to reduce hip adduction motion during functional tasks and hip muscle strengthening...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
David Hasler, Dominik Obrist
The flow field past a prosthetic aortic valve comprises many details that indicate whether the prosthesis is functioning well or not. It is, however, not yet fully understood how an optimal flow scenario would look, i.e. which subtleties of the fluid dynamics in place are essential regarding the durability and compatibility of a prosthetic valve. In this study, we measured and analyzed the 3D flow field in the vicinity of a bio-prosthetic heart valve in function of the aortic root size. The measurements were conducted within aortic root phantoms of different size, mounted in a custom-built hydraulic setup, which mimicked physiological flow conditions in the aorta...
2018: PloS One
Kazuma Takashima, Takashi Sakai, Hidetoshi Hamada, Masaki Takao, Nobuhiko Sugano
BACKGROUND: Many studies have confirmed that the size and location of necrotic lesions are major factors that affect the prevalence of collapse and prognosis in patients with osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). Although several classification systems categorize and quantify ONFH, there is no agreement on which one is most useful for the purpose. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We compared the Steinberg, modified Kerboul, and Japanese Investigation Committee (JIC) classifications of ONFH in terms of (1) the correlation among the three different classification systems...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
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