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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102954/dosimetric-impact-of-lipiodol-in-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-on-liver-after-trans-arterial-chemoembolization
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Daisuke Kawahara, Shuichi Ozawa, Akito Saito, Teiji Nishio, Tomoki Kimura, Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Kazunari Hioki, Takeo Nakashima, Yoshimi Ohno, Yuji Murakami, Yasushi Nagata
PURPOSE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) combining trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE) with Lipiodol is expected to improve local control. This study is aimed to estimate the dose enhancement in Lipiodol's proximity and to evaluate the dose calculation accuracy of the Acuros XB (AXB) algorithm and anisotropic analytical algorithm (AAA) in the Eclipse treatment planning system (TPS) (ver. 11, Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, USA), compared with that of the Monte Carlo (MC) calculation (using BEAMnrc/DOSXYZnrc code) for a virtual phantom and a treatment plan for liver SBRT after TACE...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102710/development-and-validation-of-a-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-fotagliptin-and-its-two-major-metabolites-in-human-plasma-and-urine
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Zhenlei Wang, Ji Jiang, Pei Hu, Qian Zhao
AIM: Fotagliptin is a novel dipeptidyl peptidase IV inhibitor under clinical development for the treatment of Type II diabetes mellitus. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a specific and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)-MS/MS method for simultaneous determination of fotagliptin and its two major metabolites in human plasma and urine. Methodology & results: After being pretreated using an automatized procedure, the plasma and urine samples were separated and detected using a UPLC-ESI-MS/MS method, which was validated following the international guidelines...
January 19, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102467/mypod-an-emr-based-tool-that-facilitates-quality-improvement-and-maintenance-of-certification
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Loren Berman, Brian Duffy, B Randall Brenn, Charles Vinocur
Maintenance of Certification (MOC) was designed to assess physician competencies including operative case volume and outcomes. This information, if collected consistently and systematically, can be used to facilitate quality improvement. Information automatically extracted from the electronic medical record (EMR) can be used as a prompt to compile these data. We developed an EMR-based program called MyPOD (My Personal Outcomes Data) to track surgical outcomes at our institution. We compared occurrences reported in the first 18 months to those captured in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric (ACS NSQIP-P) over the same time period...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102237/tracking-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-with-fluorescence-endomicroscopy-imaging-in-radiotherapy-induced-lung-injury
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Jessica R Perez, Norma Ybarra, Frederic Chagnon, Monica Serban, Sangkyu Lee, Jan Seuntjens, Olivier Lesur, Issam El Naqa
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have potential for reducing inflammation and promoting organ repair. However, limitations in available techniques to track them and assess this potential for lung repair have hindered their applicability. In this work, we proposed, implemented and evaluated the use of fluorescence endomicroscopy as a novel imaging tool to track MSCs in vivo. MSCs were fluorescently labeled and injected into a rat model of radiation-induced lung injury via endotracheal (ET) or intravascular (IV) administration...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101760/a-cad-of-fully-automated-colonic-polyp-detection-for-contrasted-and-non-contrasted-ct-scans
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Gökalp Tulum, Bülent Bolat, Onur Osman
PURPOSE: Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems are developed to help radiologists detect colonic polyps over CT scans. It is possible to reduce the detection time and increase the detection accuracy rates by using CAD systems. In this paper, we aimed to develop a fully integrated CAD system for automated detection of polyps that yields a high polyp detection rate with a reasonable number of false positives. METHODS: The proposed CAD system is a multistage implementation whose main components are: automatic colon segmentation, candidate detection, feature extraction and classification...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101700/predicting-brain-metastases-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-based-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Gang Yin, Churong Li, Heng Chen, Yangkun Luo, Lucia Clara Orlandini, Pei Wang, Jinyi Lang
In this study the relationship between brain structure and brain metastases (BM) occurrence was analyzed. A model for predicting the time of BM onset in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was proposed. Twenty patients were used to develop the model, whereas the remaining 69 were used for independent validation and verification of the model. Magnetic resonance images were segmented into cerebrospinal fluid, gray matter (GM), and white matter using voxel-based morphometry. Automatic anatomic labeling template was used to extract 116 brain regions from the GM volume...
January 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101660/pocketecg-a-new-noninvasive-method-for-continuous-and-real-time-ecg-monitoring-initial-results-in-children-and-adolescents
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Katarzyna Bieganowska, Agnieszka Kaszuba, Maciej Bieganowski, Krzysztof Kaczmarek
Long-term ECG is widely used in diagnosis and assessment of many cardiac symptoms which may be caused by dangerous arrhythmias that sometimes can be difficult to document. The PocketECG system is a new technological solution for a long-term, noninvasive, continuous and real-time ECG monitoring that provides automatic diagnosis of dysrhythmias. ECG data transmission occurs over a mobile network. The goal of this study was to assess the reliability of long-term ECG recordings acquired with the PocketECG system...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100929/quantitative-computed-tomography-analysis-of-the-airways-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-using-automated-software-correlation-with-spirometry-in-the-evaluation-of-severity
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Marcel Koenigkam Santos, Danilo Lemos Cruvinel, Marcelo Bezerra de Menezes, Sara Reis Teixeira, Elcio de Oliveira Vianna, Jorge Elias Júnior, José Antonio Baddini Martinez
OBJECTIVE: To perform a quantitative analysis of the airways using automated software, in computed tomography images of patients with cystic fibrosis, correlating the results with spirometric findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four patients with cystic fibrosis were studied-20 males and 14 females; mean age 18 ± 9 years-divided into two groups according to the spirometry findings: group I (n = 21), without severe airflow obstruction (forced expiratory volume in first second [FEV1] > 50% predicted), and group II (n = 13), with severe obstruction (FEV1 ≤ 50% predicted)...
November 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100633/automated-mitotic-spindle-tracking-suggests-a-link-between-spindle-dynamics-spindle-orientation-and-anaphase-onset-in-epithelial-cells
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Matthew Larson, William Bement
Proper spindle positioning at anaphase onset is essential for normal tissue organization and function. Here we develop automated spindle tracking software and apply it to characterize mitotic spindle dynamics in the Xenopus laevis embryonic epithelium. We find that metaphase spindles first undergo a sustained rotation that brings them on-axis with their final orientation. This sustained rotation is followed by a set of striking, stereotyped rotational oscillations that bring the spindle into near contact with the cortex and then move it rapidly away from the cortex...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100101/espresso-coffee-foam-delays-cooling-of-the-liquid-phase
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Yasuhiro Arii, Kaho Nishizawa
Espresso coffee foam, called crema, is known to be a marker of the quality of espresso coffee extraction. However, the role of foam in coffee temperature has not been quantitatively clarified. In this study, we used an automatic machine for espresso coffee extraction. We evaluated whether the foam prepared using the machine was suitable for foam analysis. After extraction, the percentage and consistency of the foam were measured using various techniques, and changes in the foam volume were tracked over time...
January 19, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099673/accelerated-second-degree-bachelor-of-science-in-nursing-graduates-transition-to-professional-practice
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Cheryl L Brandt, Melissa R Boellaard, Kaitlyn M Wilberding
: HOW TO OBTAIN CONTACT HOURS BY READING THIS ISSUE Instructions: 1.2 contact hours will be awarded by Villanova University College of Nursing upon successful completion of this activity. A contact hour is a unit of measurement that denotes 60 minutes of an organized learning activity. This is a learner-based activity. Villanova University College of Nursing does not require submission of your answers to the quiz. A contact hour certificate will be awarded after you register, pay the registration fee, and complete the evaluation form online at http://goo...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099195/systolic-peak-foot-to-apex-time-interval-a-novel-oscillometric-technique-for-systolic-blood-pressure-measurement
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Amir M Benmira, Antonia Perez-Martin, Sarah Coudray, Iris Schuster, Isabelle Aichoun, Jérémy Laurent, Fethi Bereski-Reguig, Michel Dauzat
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive blood pressure (BP) measurement is essential for the study of human physiology but automatic oscillometric devices only estimate SBP and DBP using various, undisclosed algorithms, precluding standardization and interchangeability. We propose a novel approach by tracking, during pneumatic cuff deflation, the time interval from the foot to the apex of the systolic peak of the oscillometric signal, which reaches a maximum concomitant with the first Korotkoff sound...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099136/alexithymia-and-automatic-processing-of-emotional-stimuli-a-systematic-review
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Uta-Susan Donges, Thomas Suslow
Alexithymia is a personality trait characterized by difficulties in recognizing and verbalizing emotions and the utilization of a cognitive style that is oriented toward external events, rather than intrapsychic experiences. Alexithymia is considered a vulnerability factor influencing onset and course of many psychiatric disorders. Even though emotions are, in general, elicited involuntarily and emerge without conscious effort, it is surprising that little attention in etiological considerations concerning alexithymia has been given to deficits in automatic emotion processing and their neurobiological bases...
January 18, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099035/-let-the-algorithm-do-the-work-reduction-of-hypoglycemia-using-sensor-augmented-pump-therapy-with-predictive-insulin-suspension-smartguard-in-pediatric-type-1-diabetes-patients
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Torben Biester, Olga Kordonouri, Martin Holder, Kerstin Remus, Dorothee Kieninger-Baum, Tanja Wadien, Thomas Danne
BACKGROUND: A sensor-augmented insulin pump (SAP) using the MiniMed(®) 640G system with SmartGuard™ technology allows an automatic stop of insulin delivery based on prediction of low glucose levels. Since pediatric patients are particularly prone to hypoglycemia, this device may offer additional protection beyond conventional sensor-augmented therapy. METHODS: This prospective, pediatric multicenter user evaluation assessed 6 weeks of SAP with SmartGuard (threshold setting for hypoglycemia: 70 mg/dL) compared to a preceding period of 2 weeks with SAP only...
January 18, 2017: Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098831/a-fast-multimodal-ectopic-beat-detection-method-applied-for-blood-pressure-estimation-based-on-pulse-wave-velocity-measurements-in-wearable-sensors
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Maik Pflugradt, Kai Geissdoerfer, Matthias Goernig, Reinhold Orglmeister
Automatic detection of ectopic beats has become a thoroughly researched topic, with literature providing manifold proposals typically incorporating morphological analysis of the electrocardiogram (ECG). Although being well understood, its utilization is often neglected, especially in practical monitoring situations like online evaluation of signals acquired in wearable sensors. Continuous blood pressure estimation based on pulse wave velocity considerations is a prominent example, which depends on careful fiducial point extraction and is therefore seriously affected during periods of increased occurring extrasystoles...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098797/nonlinear-fusion-of-multispectral-citrus-fruit-image-data-with-information-contents
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Peilin Li, Sang-Heon Lee, Hung-Yao Hsu, Jae-Sam Park
The main issue of vison-based automatic harvesting manipulators is the difficulty in the correct fruit identification in the images under natural lighting conditions. Mostly, the solution has been based on a linear combination of color components in the multispectral images. However, the results have not reached a satisfactory level. To overcome this issue, this paper proposes a robust nonlinear fusion method to augment the original color image with the synchronized near infrared image. The two images are fused with Daubechies wavelet transform (DWT) in a multiscale decomposition approach...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098395/first-uhplc-ms-ms-method-coupled-with-automated-on-line-spe-for-quantification-both-of-tacrolimus-and-everolimus-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-and-its-application-on-samples-from-co-treated-pediatric-patients
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Debora Pensi, Amedeo De Nicolò, Michele Pinon, Clarissa Pisciotta, Pier Luigi Calvo, Antonello Nonnato, Renato Romagnoli, Francesco Tandoi, Giovanni Di Perri, Antonio D'Avolio
Tacrolimus (TAC, FK-506) and everolimus (EVE, RAD001) are immunosuppressors used to treat pediatric patients undergoing liver transplantation. Their hematic TDM by liquid chromatography became standard practice. However, it does not always reflect concentrations at their active site. Our aim was to develop and validate a new method for the simultaneous TAC and EVE quantification into target cells: Peripheral-Blood-Mononuclear-Cells (PBMCs). PBMCs were collected using Cell-Preparation-Tubes; cells number and MCV were evaluated by an automatic cell counter...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098056/follow-up-of-multicentric-hcc-according-to-the-mrecist-criteria-role-of-320-row-ct-with-semi-automatic-3d-analysis-software-for-evaluating-the-response-to-systemic-therapy
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M Telegrafo, G Dilorenzo, G Di Giovanni, I Cornacchia, A A Stabile Ianora, I Cornacchia, A A Stabile Ianora, G Angelelli, M Moschetta
AIM: To evaluate the role of 320-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) with 3D analysis software in follow up of patients affected by multicentric hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with systemic therapy by using modified response evaluation criteria in solid tumors (mRECIST). PATIENTS AND METHODS: 38 patients affected by multicentric HCC underwent MDCT. All exams were performed before and after iodinate contrast material intravenous injection by using a 320-detection row CT device...
September 2017: Il Giornale di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097934/automatic-and-quantitative-measurement-of-laryngeal-video-stroboscopic-images
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Chung-Feng Jeffrey Kuo, Joseph Kuo, Shang-Wun Hsiao, Chi-Lung Lee, Jih-Chin Lee, Bo-Han Ke
The laryngeal video stroboscope is an important instrument for physicians to analyze abnormalities and diseases in the glottal area. Stroboscope has been widely used around the world. However, without quantized indices, physicians can only make subjective judgment on glottal images. We designed a new laser projection marking module and applied it onto the laryngeal video stroboscope to provide scale conversion reference parameters for glottal imaging and to convert the physiological parameters of glottis. Image processing technology was used to segment the important image regions of interest...
January 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097525/automated-bone-segmentation-and-surface-evaluation-of-a-small-animal-model-of-post-traumatic-osteoarthritis
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Austin J Ramme, Kevin Voss, Jurinus Lesporis, Matin S Lendhey, Thomas R Coughlin, Eric J Strauss, Oran D Kennedy
MicroCT imaging allows for noninvasive microstructural evaluation of mineralized bone tissue, and is essential in studies of small animal models of bone and joint diseases. Automatic segmentation and evaluation of articular surfaces is challenging. Here, we present a novel method to create knee joint surface models, for the evaluation of PTOA-related joint changes in the rat using an atlas-based diffeomorphic registration to automatically isolate bone from surrounding tissues. As validation, two independent raters manually segment datasets and the resulting segmentations were compared to our novel automatic segmentation process...
January 17, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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