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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550355/coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-using-128-slice-dual-source-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-severe-calcification
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Suguru Sato, Yosuke Horii, Norihiko Yoshimura, Takuya Yagi, Hidefumi Aoyama
PURPOSE: To compare coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and coronary angiography (CAG) with regard to luminal graphic definition of calcified segments using 128-slice dual-source computed tomography (DSCT), specifically for patients with an Agatston score >400. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Of 1148 consecutive patients who underwent coronary CTA using a 128-slice DSCT, 132 subjects had severe calcification with an Agatston score >400. Thirty-nine of the 132 patients who had undergone CAG within 3 months before or after coronary CTA were included...
May 26, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549538/processing-of-word-stress-related-acoustic-information-a-multi-feature-mmn-study
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Ferenc Honbolygó, Orsolya Kolozsvári, Valéria Csépe
In the present study, we investigated the processing of word stress related acoustic features in a word context. In a passive oddball multi-feature MMN experiment, we presented a disyllabic pseudo-word with two acoustically similar syllables as standard stimulus, and five contrasting deviants that differed from the standard in that they were either stressed on the first syllable or contained a vowel change. Stress was realized by an increase of f0, intensity, vowel duration or consonant duration. The vowel change was used to investigate if phonemic and prosodic changes elicit different MMN components...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
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Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548002/precursors-of-language-development-in-asc-a-longitudinal-single-subject-study-of-gestures-in-relation-to-phonetic-prosody
#4
Pia M Nordgren
We longitudinally investigated the development of deictic and general accompanying gestures in one 5-year-old boy with autism spectrum condition (ASC) and intellectual disability. The investigation was performed during an intervention focusing on phonological segments. The purpose was to see whether gestures developed in conjunction with language. We found that deictic and general accompanying gestures increased during the study, despite not being trained. There was also a positive temporal correlation between deictic gestures and speech...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities: JOID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546863/ecg-signal-analysis-using-modified-s-transform
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Birendra Biswal
Accurate detection of QRS complexes is essential for the investigation of heart rate variability. Several transform techniques have been proposed and extensively used for the detection and analysis of QRS complexes. In this proposed work, the de-noised ECG signal is subjected to a modified S-transform for QRS complex detection.The performance analysis of the proposed work is evaluated using parameters such as sensitivity, positive predictivity and accuracy. The algorithm delivers sensitivity, positive predictivity and overall accuracy of 99...
April 2017: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546663/comparison-of-outcome-of-normal-and-high-risk-pregnancies-based-upon-cerebroplacental-ratio-assessed-by-doppler-studies
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Anita Kant, Namrata Seth, Deepti Rastogi
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the cerebroplacental ratio which is the ratio of pulsatility index of fetal middle cerebral and umbilical arteries, in normal and high-risk pregnancies during 30-36 weeks of gestation. METHODS: In this study, we included 70 patients, who were scanned for Doppler parameters of Middle cerebral artery and Umbilical artery pulsatility index ratio of fetus, between 30 and 36 weeks, and then were followed till delivery. Thirty-five patients with normal pregnancy and 35 patients with high-risk pregnancy were included...
June 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543787/accurate-determination-of-brain-metabolite-concentrations-using-eretic-as-external-reference
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Niklaus Zoelch, Andreas Hock, Susanne Heinzer-Schweizer, Nikolai Avdievitch, Anke Henning
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) can provide in vivo metabolite concentrations in standard concentration units if a reliable reference signal is available. For (1) H MRS in the human brain, typically the signal from the tissue water is used as the (internal) reference signal. However, a concentration determination based on the tissue water signal most often requires a reliable estimate of the water concentration present in the investigated tissue. Especially in clinically interesting cases, this estimation might be difficult...
May 25, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540445/indications-for-kidney-biopsy-in-idiopathic-childhood-nephrotic-syndrome
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Alanoud Alshami, Abishek Roshan, Marisa Catapang, Jasper J Jöbsis, Trevor Kwok, Nonnie Polderman, Jennifer Sibley, Matt Sibley, Cherry Mammen, Douglas G Matsell
BACKGROUND: Most cases of childhood nephrotic syndrome (NS) are due to minimal change disease (MCD), while a minority of children have focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and an unfavorable clinical course, requiring a kidney biopsy to confirm diagnosis. We hypothesized that clinical characteristics at diagnosis and initial response to corticosteroid treatment accurately predict FSGS and can be used to guide consistent practice in the indications for kidney biopsy. METHODS: This was a case control study (1990-2012)...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538023/magnetic-resonance-imaging-based-assessment-of-breast-cancer-related-lymphoedema-tissue-composition
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Marco Borri, Kristiana D Gordon, Julie C Hughes, Erica D Scurr, Dow-Mu Koh, Martin O Leach, Peter S Mortimer, Maria A Schmidt
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to propose a magnetic resonance imaging acquisition and analysis protocol that uses image segmentation to measure and depict fluid, fat, and muscle volumes in breast cancer-related lymphoedema (BCRL). This study also aims to compare affected and control (unaffected) arms of patients with diagnosed BCRL, providing an analysis of both the volume and the distribution of the different tissue components. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The entire arm was imaged with a fluid-sensitive STIR and a 2-point 3-dimensional T1W gradient-echo-based Dixon sequences, acquired in sagittal orientation and covering the same imaging volume...
May 19, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536087/workflow-sensitivity-of-post-processing-methods-in-renal-dce-mri
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Erik Hanson, Eli Eikefjord, Jarle Rørvik, Erling Andersen, Arvid Lundervold, Erlend Hodneland
OBJECTIVE: Estimation of renal filtration using dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging (DCE-MRI) requires a series of analysis steps. The possible number of distinct post-processing chains is large and grows rapidly with increasing number of processing steps or options. In this study we introduce a framework for systematic evaluation of the post-processing chains. The framework is later used to highlight the workflow processing chain sensitivity towards accuracy in estimation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR)...
May 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534798/alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-using-landmark-based-features-from-longitudinal-structural-mr-images
#11
Jun Zhang, Mingxia Liu, Le An, Yaozong Gao, Dinggang Shen
Structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been proven to be an effective tool for Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis. While conventional MRI-based AD diagnosis typically uses images acquired at a single time point, a longitudinal study is more sensitive in detecting early pathological changes of AD, making it more favorable for accurate diagnosis. In general, there are two challenges faced in MRI-based diagnosis. First, extracting features from structural MR images requires timeconsuming nonlinear registration and tissue segmentation, whereas the longitudinal study with involvement of more scans further exacerbates the computational costs...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532506/clinical-evaluation-of-myocardial-involvement-in-acute-myopericarditis-in-young-adults
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Ersin Saricam, Yasemin Saglam, Tuncay Hazirolan
BACKGROUND: Myocardial involvement in young adults has various causes. Acute myopericarditis is one of the myocardial involvements in young adults. It is easy to confuse with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction because of the electrocardiographic features. This study aims to investigate a number of imaging techniques and clinical features for acute myopericarditis in young adults (<30 years of age). METHODS: This retrospective study included 147 patients selected from the 2147 patients at the age of <30 with acute chest pain admitted into emergency service between 2010 and 2016...
May 22, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532442/an-integrated-enhancement-and-reconstruction-strategy-for-the-quantitative-extraction-of-actin-stress-fibers-from-fluorescence-micrographs
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Zhen Zhang, Shumin Xia, Pakorn Kanchanawong
BACKGROUND: The stress fibers are prominent organization of actin filaments that perform important functions in cellular processes such as migration, polarization, and traction force generation, and whose collective organization reflects the physiological and mechanical activities of the cells. Easily visualized by fluorescence microscopy, the stress fibers are widely used as qualitative descriptors of cell phenotypes. However, due to the complexity of the stress fibers and the presence of other actin-containing cellular features, images of stress fibers are relatively challenging to quantitatively analyze using previously developed approaches, requiring significant user intervention...
May 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531810/a-novel-scheme-for-the-validation-of-an-automated-classification-method-for-epileptic-spikes-by-comparison-with-multiple-observers
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Niraj K Sharma, Carlos Pedreira, Maria Centeno, Umair J Chaudhary, Tim Wehner, Lucas G S França, Tinonkorn Yadee, Teresa Murta, Marco Leite, Sjoerd B Vos, Sebastien Ourselin, Beate Diehl, Louis Lemieux
OBJECTIVE: To validate the application of an automated neuronal spike classification algorithm, Wave_clus (WC), on interictal epileptiform discharges (IED) obtained from human intracranial EEG (icEEG) data. METHOD: Five 10-min segments of icEEG recorded in 5 patients were used. WC and three expert EEG reviewers independently classified one hundred IED events into IED classes or non-IEDs. First, we determined whether WC-human agreement variability falls within inter-reviewer agreement variability by calculating the variation of information for each classifier pair and quantifying the overlap between all WC-reviewer and all reviewer-reviewer pairs...
May 4, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528881/impact-of-calcium-score-on-agreement-between-multidetector-computed-tomography-and-invasive-coronary-angiography
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José Alberto de Agustín, José Juan Gómez de Diego, Pedro Marcos-Alberca, Patricia Mahía, José Luis Rodrigo, María Luaces, Iván Javier Núñez-Gil, Joaquín Ferreiros, Ana Bustos, Beatriz Cabeza, Miguel Ángel García-Fernández, Carlos Macaya, Leopoldo Pérez de Isla
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) has been demonstrated as a feasible alternative to invasive coronary angiography (ICA). However, contradictory results have been reported regarding the effect of coronary artery calcium score (CS) on the diagnostic accuracy of MDCT. Our aim was to assess the agreement of MDCT and ICA and to evaluate the influence of CS on this agreement. METHODS: We enrolled 266 consecutive patients who underwent evaluation with 64-slice MDCT and ICA...
May 18, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528633/correlative-light-electron-microscopy-in-liquid-using%C3%A2-an-inverted-sem-asem
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Chikara Sato, Takaaki Kinoshita, Nassirhadjy Memtily, Mari Sato, Shoko Nishihara, Toshiko Yamazawa, Shinya Sugimoto
In atmospheric scanning electron microscope (ASEM), the inverted scanning electron microscope (SEM) observes the wet sample from below, while an optical microscope observes it from above simultaneously. The ASEM sample holder has a disposable dish shape with a silicon nitride film window at the bottom. It can be coated variously for the primary-culture of substrate-sensitive cells; primary cells were cultured in a few milliliters of culture medium in a stable incubator environment. For the inverted SEM observation, cells and the excised tissue blocks were aldehyde-fixed, immersed in radical scavenger solution, and observed at minimum electron dose...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526688/loss-of-the-anion-exchanger-dra-slc26a3-or-pat1-slc26a6-alters-sulfate-transport-by-the-distal-ileum-and-overall-sulfate-homeostasis
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Jonathan M Whittamore, Marguerite Hatch
The ileum is considered the primary site of inorganic sulfate (SO4(2-)) absorption. In the present study, we explored the contributions of the apical chloride/bicarbonate (Cl(-)/HCO3(-)) exchangers DRA (Slc26a3), and PAT1 (Slc26a6), to the underlying transport mechanism. Transepithelial (35)SO4(2-) and (36)Cl(-) fluxes were determined across isolated, short-circuited segments of the distal ileum from wild-type (WT), DRA-knockout (KO) and PAT1-KO mice, together with measurements of urine and plasma sulfate. The WT distal ileum supported net sulfate absorption (197...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526539/diagnostic-accuracy-of-lung-subtraction-iodine-mapping-ct-for-the-evaluation-of-pulmonary-perfusion-in-patients-with-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension-correlation-with-perfusion-spect-ct
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Masashi Tamura, Yoshitake Yamada, Takashi Kawakami, Masaharu Kataoka, Yu Iwabuchi, Hiroaki Sugiura, Masahiro Hashimoto, Tadaki Nakahara, Shigeo Okuda, Seishi Nakatsuka, Fumiya Sano, Takayuki Abe, Yuichiro Maekawa, Keiichi Fukuda, Masahiro Jinzaki
BACKGROUND: For treatment of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), the evaluation of segmental pulmonary perfusion is important. There are no previous reports about lung subtraction iodine mapping (LSIM) computed tomography (CT) for evaluation of segmental pulmonary perfusion in patients with CTEPH, using lung perfusion SPECT/CT (LPS) as the reference. METHODS: 50 patients (age, 60.7±16.7years) with known or suspected CTEPH were enrolled in this study...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525912/clinicopathologic-characteristics-of-endometrial-cancer-in-lynch-syndrome-a-french-multicenter-study
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Léa Rossi, Marie-Aude Le Frere-Belda, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Bruno Buecher, Antoine De Pauw, Dominique Stoppa-Lyonnet, Geoffroy Canlorbe, Olivier Caron, Bruno Borghese, Chrystelle Colas, Hélène Delhomelle, Nathalie Chabbert-Buffet, Sophie Grandjouan, Fabrice Lecuru, Anne-Sophie Bats
BACKGROUND: Limited data exist on Lynch syndrome (LS)-related endometrial cancer (EC) features. Amsterdam criteria II, commonly used, have poor sensitivity for detection of LS, which is underdiagnosed. AIM: The aim of this study was to describe the clinical and pathological features of LS-related EC among mutation-proven patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study from 1977 to 2013 in 5 hospitals. The inclusion criteria were patients who had a primary EC associated to LS proven by a germline mutation...
June 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523350/comparison-of-a-radiomic-biomarker-with-volumetric-analysis-for-decoding-tumour-phenotypes-of-lung-adenocarcinoma-with-different-disease-specific-survival
#20
Mei Yuan, Yu-Dong Zhang, Xue-Hui Pu, Yan Zhong, Hai Li, Jiang-Fen Wu, Tong-Fu Yu
OBJECTIVES: To compare a multi-feature-based radiomic biomarker with volumetric analysis in discriminating lung adenocarcinomas with different disease-specific survival on computed tomography (CT) scans. METHODS: This retrospective study obtained institutional review board approval and was Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliant. Pathologically confirmed lung adenocarcinoma (n = 431) manifested as subsolid nodules on CT were identified...
May 18, 2017: European Radiology
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