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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432822/focal-liver-lesions-segmentation-and-classification-in-nonenhanced-t2-weighted-mri
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Ilias Gatos, Stavros Tsantis, Maria Karamesini, Stavros Spiliopoulos, Dimitris Karnabatidis, John D Hazle, George C Kagadis
PURPOSE: To automatically segment and classify focal liver lesions (FLLs) on nonenhanced T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans using a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) algorithm. METHODS: 71 FLLs (30 benign lesions, 19 hepatocellular carcinomas, and 22 metastases) on T2-weighted MRI scans were delineated by the proposed CAD scheme. The FLL segmentation procedure involved wavelet multiscale analysis to extract accurate edge information and mean intensity values for consecutive edges computed using horizontal and vertical analysis that were fed into the subsequent fuzzy C-means algorithm for final FLL border extraction...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431822/detecting-bursts-in-the-eeg-of-very-and-extremely-premature-infants-using-a-multi-feature-approach
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John M O'Toole, Geraldine B Boylan, Rhodri O Lloyd, Robert M Goulding, Sampsa Vanhatalo, Nathan J Stevenson
AIM: To develop a method that segments preterm EEG into bursts and inter-bursts by extracting and combining multiple EEG features. METHODS: Two EEG experts annotated bursts in individual EEG channels for 36 preterm infants with gestational age < 30 weeks. The feature set included spectral, amplitude, and frequency-weighted energy features. Using a consensus annotation, feature selection removed redundant features and a support vector machine combined features...
April 18, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431106/ultrasound-cut-off-values-for-intima-media-thickness-of-temporal-facial-and-axillary-arteries-in-giant-cell-arteritis
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Valentin S Schäfer, Aaron Juche, Sofia Ramiro, Andreas Krause, Wolfgang A Schmidt
Objective.: To evaluate the intima-media thickness (IMT) of arteries involved in GCA for determining cut-off values. Methods.: Forty newly diagnosed GCA patients in a fast-track GCA clinic and 40 age- and sex-matched controls were included. IMT measurement was performed at or within 24 h after diagnosis. The common superficial temporal arteries with their frontal and parietal branches and the facial arteries were bilaterally examined with a 10-22 MHz probe and the axillary artery with a 6-18 MHz probe...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430369/quantitative-segmental-analysis-of-myocardial-perfusion-to-differentiate-stress-cardiomyopathy-from-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography-study
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Sun-Yang Min, Jong-Min Song, Yewon Shin, Min-Jung Sin, Dae-Hee Kim, Duk-Hyun Kang, Jae-Kwan Song
BACKGROUND: Both stress cardiomyopathy (SCMP) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) present with similar clinical symptoms and signs, and apical akinesis. HYPOTHESIS: Quantitative segmental analysis of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) helps to differentiate AMI from SCMP. METHODS: Real-time MCE was performed in 33 consecutive patients who presented with an acute symptom/sign and a new apical akinesis on echocardiography. In 18 left ventricular (LV) myocardial segments, a replenishment curve was obtained in each segment to measure peak plateau myocardial contrast intensity (MCI) (A) and the replenishment curve slope (β)...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429348/diagnostic-value-of-copeptin-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
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M O Ay, A K Erenler, T Dogan, M Yetim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of copeptin in the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), and to compare the diagnostic efficacy of copeptin with other cardiac markers. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 160 cases were enrolled in the study. All were over 18 years of age, and consisted of 54 non-ST elevation MI (NSTEMI), 54 ST segment elevation MI (STEMI), and 52 healthy subjects (controls). Serum troponin-I, CK-MB mass, copeptin and CRP levels were measured in each of the cases, and were compared between the three groups for statistical differences...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429195/computer-assisted-diagnosis-system-for-breast-cancer-in-computed-tomography-laser-mammography-ctlm
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Afsaneh Jalalian, Syamsiah Mashohor, Rozi Mahmud, Babak Karasfi, M Iqbal Saripan, Abdul Rahman Ramli
Computed tomography laser mammography (Eid et al. Egyp J Radiol Nucl Med, 37(1): p. 633-643, 1) is a non-invasive imaging modality for breast cancer diagnosis, which is time-consuming and challenging for the radiologist to interpret the images. Some issues have increased the missed diagnosis of radiologists in visual manner assessment in CTLM images, such as technical reasons which are related to imaging quality and human error due to the structural complexity in appearance. The purpose of this study is to develop a computer-aided diagnosis framework to enhance the performance of radiologist in the interpretation of CTLM images...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427736/interactions-between-reciprocal-st-segment-downsloping-during-st-elevated-myocardial-infarction-and-global-cardiac-perfusion-and-functional-abnormalities
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Riccardo Liga, Enrico Orsini, Paolo Caravelli, Marco De Carlo, Anna Sonia Petronio, Mario Marzilli
Reciprocal ST-segment downsloping on electrocardiogram is a frequent finding during ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI), but its etiology is still disputed. We sought to evaluate the relation between reciprocal ST-segment downsloping during STEMI and major cardiac perfusion and functional parameters. One hundred eighty-five patients with STEMI underwent emergency coronary angiography. The presence of reciprocal ST-segment downsloping was assessed. At coronary angiography, the corrected TIMI frame count (cTFC) was computed both on culprit and remote vessels and the occurrence of "no/slow reflow" phenomenon after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) identified...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427400/monitoring-mandibular-movements-to-detect-cheyne-stokes-breathing
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Jean-Benoît Martinot, Jean-Christian Borel, Nhat-Nam Le-Dong, Hervé Jean-Pierre Guénard, Valerie Cuthbert, Philip E Silkoff, David Gozal, Jean-Louis Pepin
BACKGROUND: The patterns of mandibular movements (MM) during sleep can be used to identify increased respiratory effort periodic large-amplitude MM (LPM), and cortical arousals associated with "sharp" large-amplitude MM (SPM). We hypothesized that Cheyne Stokes breathing (CSB) may be identified by periodic abnormal MM patterns. The present study aims to evaluate prospectively the concordance between CSB detected by periodic MM and polysomnography (PSG) as gold-standard. The present study aims to evaluate prospectively the concordance between CSB detected by periodic MM and polysomnography (PSG) as gold-standard...
April 20, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425755/thrombus-aspiration-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-prevalence-procedural-success-change-in-serial-troponin-t-levels-and-clinical-outcomes-in-a-contemporary-swiss-cohort
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Soheila Aghlmandi, Nadine Schärer, Dik Heg, Lorenz Räber, Marcel Zwahlen, Baris Gencer, David Nanchen, David Carballo, Sebastian Carballo, Peter Jüni, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ulf Landmesser, Nicolas Rodondi, François Mach, Stephan Windecker, Christian M Matter, Thomas F Lüscher, Roland Klingenberg
BACKGROUND: Randomised controlled trials have provided conflicting results regarding procedural and clinical outcomes of thrombus aspiration combined with percutaneous coronary intervention, when compared with primary percutaneous coronary intervention alone in patients with acute coronary syndromes. METHODS: Acute coronary syndrome patients referred for coronary angiography to four Swiss university hospitals between 2009 and 2012 were enrolled in the SPUM-ACS cohort...
April 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422654/novel-mri-technique-enables-non-invasive-measurement-of-atrial-wall-thickness
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Marta Varela, Ross Morgan, Adeline Theron, Desmond Dillon-Murphy, Henry Chubb, John Whitaker, Markus Henningsson, Paul Aljabar, Tobias Schaeffter, Christoph Kolbitsch, Oleg V Aslanidi
Knowledge of atrial wall thickness (AWT) has the potential to provide important information for patient stratification and the planning of interventions in atrial arrhythmias. To date, information about AWT has only been acquired in post-mortem or poor-contrast CT studies, providing limited coverage and highly variable estimates of AWT. We present a novel contrast agent-free MRI sequence for imaging AWT and use it to create personalized AWT maps and a biatrial atlas. A novel black-blood phase-sensitive inversion recovery protocol was used to image 10 volunteers and 2 atrial fibrillation patients, as proof of concept...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421732/comparison-of-absolute-fluid-restriction-versus-relative-volume-redistribution-strategy-in-low-central-venous-pressure-anesthesia-in-liver-resection-surgery-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jan Zatloukal, Richard Pradl, Jakub Kletečka, Tomáš Skalický, Václav Liška, Jan Benes
BACKGROUND: Lowering central venous pressure (CVP) can decrease blood loss during liver resection and it is associated with improved outcomes. Multiple CVP reducing maneuvers have been described, but direct comparison of their effectiveness and safety has never been performed. METHODS: Patients undergoing resections of 2 or more liver segments were equally randomized to absolute fluid restriction (AR, N = 17) or relative volume redistribution group (RR, N = 17)...
April 19, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419509/automatic-diagnosis-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-from-pap-smear-images
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M Momenzadeh, M Sehhati, A Mehri Dehnavi, A Talebi, H Rabbani
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is the most common genital infections that are seen every day in clinics. This infection is due to excessive growth of Candida that are normally present in the vagina in small numbers. Diagnosis of VVC is routinely done by direct microscopy of Pap smear samples and searching for the Candida in the Pap smear glass slides. This manual method is subjective, time consuming, labour-intensive and tedious. This study presents a computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) method to improve human diagnosis of VVC...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419396/correlation-between-mesopic-retinal-sensitivity-and-optical-coherence-tomographic-metrics-of-the-outer-retina-in-patients-with-non-atrophic-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Tudor C Tepelus, Amir H Hariri, Mayss Al-Sheikh, SriniVas R Sadda
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation between mesopic retinal sensitivity and optical coherence tomographic metrics of the outer retina in patients with intermediate age-related macular degeneration (AMD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Participants with nonatrophic dry AMD underwent mesopic MP-3 microperimetry (Nidek, Padova, Italy) and both Nidek and Cirrus (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA) spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). The volume of the outer retinal layers was measured on the Nidek SD-OCT scans using the automatic segmentation algorithm of Navis-EX software...
April 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418103/neurogenic-and-myogenic-patterns-of-electrical-activity-in-isolated-intact-mouse-colon
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T J Hibberd, M Costa, L Travis, S J H Brookes, D A Wattchow, J Feng, H Hu, N J Spencer
BACKGROUND: Relatively little is known about the electrical rhythmicity of the whole colon, where long neural pathways are preserved. METHODS: Smooth muscle electrical activity was recorded extracellularly from the serosa of isolated flat-sheet preparations consisting of the whole mouse colon (n=31). KEY RESULTS: Two distinct electrical patterns were observed. The first, long intense spike bursts, occurred every 349±256 seconds (0.2±0.2 cpm), firing action potentials for 31±11 seconds at 2...
April 18, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417181/colonic-inflammation-in-pediatric-inflammatory-bowel-disease-detection-with-magnetic-resonance-enterography
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Alessandro Campari, Marcello Napolitano, Giovanna Zuin, Luciano Maestri, Giovanni Di Leo, Francesco Sardanelli
BACKGROUND: Colonic involvement in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease is common. Magnetic resonance (MR) enterography is considered the best imaging modality for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease evaluation. It is unclear whether the lack of a dedicated large bowel preparation prevents a reliable colonic assessment. OBJECTIVE: To determine the diagnostic performance of standard MR enterography in detecting and grading colonic inflammatory activity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated children who underwent both MR enterography and ileocolonoscopy with biopsies <4 weeks apart...
April 17, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416358/non-gated-high-pitch-computed-tomography-aortic-angiography-myocardial-perfusion-defects-in-patients-with-suspected-aortic-dissection
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Li-Ting Huang, Shih-Hung Chan, Chia-Chang Chuang, Yi-Shan Tsai
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of first-pass myocardial perfusion defects visualised in non-gated high-pitch computed tomography angiography (CTA) in patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) for suspected aortic dissection. METHODS: We recruited 174 ED patients who underwent high-pitch CTA of the aorta because of suspected aortic dissection. We divided these patients into two groups (diseased and control groups) based on whether their clinical data fulfilled the third universal definition of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), specifically an increase in cardiac troponin (cTn) with at least one of the following: (a) symptoms of ischemia; (b) new ST-segment-T wave (ST-T) changes or new left bundle branch block (LBBB); (c) development of pathological Q wave; (d) new loss of viable myocardium or new regional wall motion abnormality; or (e) identification of an intracoronary thrombus by angiography or autopsy...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415531/new-synthesis-of-poly-ortho-methoxyaniline-nanostructures-and-its-application-to-construct-modified-multi-wall-carbon-nanotube-graphite-paste-electrode-for-simultaneous-determination-of-uric-acid-and-folic-acid
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Hossein Rajabi, Meissam Noroozifar
Uric acid (UA) and folic acid (FA) are compounds of biomedical interest. In humans, about 70% of daily uric acid disposal occurs via the kidneys, and in 5-25% of humans, impaired renal (kidney) excretion leads to hyperuricemia. Folate is another form folic acid of which is known as, is one of the B vitamins. It is used as a supplement by women to prevent neural tube defects developing during pregnancy. Polyortho-methoxyaniline nanostructures (POMANS) was synthesized with a new two phase (organic-water) synthesis method...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415421/simple-synthesis-of-hierarchical-aupt-alloy-nanochains-for-construction-of-highly-sensitive-hydrazine-and-nitrite-sensors
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Ya-Cheng Shi, Jiu-Ju Feng, Sai-Sai Chen, Gao-Mei Tu, Jian-Rong Chen, Ai-Jun Wang
Herein, a single-step co-reduction aqueous route was designed for preparation of hierarchical AuPt alloy nanochains, firstly using amprolium hydrochloride as a new stabilizing agent and structure-director. The morphology, structure, composition, and size of the products were characterized by a series of technique. The growth mechanism of AuPt nanochains was discussed in details. The AuPt nanochains modified glassy carbon electrode showed the improved analytical performances for determination of nitrite and hydrazine...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415410/biodegradable-polyurethane-micelles-with-ph-and-reduction-responsive-properties-for-intracellular-drug-delivery
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Yayuan Guan, Yuling Su, Lili Zhao, Fancui Meng, Quanxin Wang, Yongchao Yao, Jianbin Luo
Polyurethane micelles with disulfide linkage located at the interface of hydrophilic shell and hydrophobic core (PU-SS-I) have been shown enhanced drug release profiles. However, the payloads could not be released completely. The occurrence of aggregation of hydrophobic cores upon shedding hydrophilic PEG coronas was considered as the reason for the incomplete release. To verify the above hypothesis and to develop a new polyurethane based micelles with dual stimuli respond properties and controllable location of pH and reduction responsive groups in the PU main chains, a tertiary amine was incorporated into the hydrophobic core PU-SS-I, which resulted polyurethane with both reduction and pH sensitive properties (PU-SS-N)...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413858/epr-studies-on-the-properties-of-model-photoreceptor-membranes-made-of-natural-and-synthetic-lipids
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Mariusz Duda, Katarzyna Kawula, Anna Pawlak, Tadeusz Sarna, Anna Wisniewska-Becker
The membranes of retina photoreceptors have unique lipid composition. They contain a high concentration of polyunsaturated docosahexaenoic acid, with six double bonds, and are enriched in phosphatidylethanolamines. Based on their phospholipid composition and cholesterol content, membranes of photoreceptors can be divided into three types: plasma membrane, young disks membranes, and old disks membranes. High amount of docosahexaenoic acid, abundant illumination, and high respiratory demands make these membranes sensitive to oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation...
April 17, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
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