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Philippe De Vloo, Stefaan Nijs, Sandra Verelst, Johannes van Loon, Bart Depreitere
OBJECTIVE: According to level 2 evidence, earlier evacuation of acute subdural or epidural hematomas necessitating surgery is associated with better outcome. Hence, guidelines recommend performing these procedures "immediately". Literature on extent and causes of pre- and intra-hospital intervals in trauma patients requiring emergent craniotomies is almost completely lacking. Studies delineating and refining the interval before thrombolytic agent administration in ischemic stroke have dramatically reduced the "door-to-needle time"...
March 13, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Benjamin D Smith, Jennifer R Bellon, Rachel Blitzblau, Gary Freedman, Bruce Haffty, Carol Hahn, Francine Halberg, Karen Hoffman, Kathleen Horst, Jean Moran, Caroline Patton, Jane Perlmutter, Laura Warren, Timothy Whelan, Jean L Wright, Reshma Jagsi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this guideline is to offer recommendations on fractionation for whole breast irradiation (WBI) with or without a tumor bed boost and guidance on treatment planning and delivery. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) convened a task force to address 5 key questions focused on dose-fractionation for WBI, indications and dose-fractionation for tumor bed boost, and treatment planning techniques for WBI and tumor bed boost...
March 8, 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
Refael Vivanti, Leo Joskowicz, Naama Lev-Cohain, Ariel Ephrat, Jacob Sosna
Radiological longitudinal follow-up of tumors in CT scans is essential for disease assessment and liver tumor therapy. Currently, most tumor size measurements follow the RECIST guidelines, which can be off by as much as 50%. True volumetric measurements are more accurate but require manual delineation, which is time-consuming and user-dependent. We present a convolutional neural networks (CNN) based method for robust automatic liver tumor delineation in longitudinal CT studies that uses both global and patient specific CNNs trained on a small database of delineated images...
March 10, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Jessica Stevenson, Allison Tong, Katrina L Campbell, Jonathan C Craig, Vincent W Lee
OBJECTIVE: To describe the perspectives of healthcare providers on the nutritional management of patients on haemodialysis, which may inform strategies for improving patient-centred nutritional care. DESIGN: Face-to-face semistructured interviews were conducted until data saturation, and thematic analysis based on principles of grounded theory. SETTING: 21 haemodialysis centres across Australia. PARTICIPANTS: 42 haemodialysis clinicians (nephrologists and nephrology trainees (15), nurses (12) and dietitians (15)) were purposively sampled to obtain a range of demographic characteristics and clinical experiences...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Lorna G Keenan, Kathy Rock, Aini Azmi, Osama Salib, Charles Gillham, Orla McArdle
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have investigated the anatomical distribution of para-aortic lymph nodes (PAN) in patients with cervical cancer. However, an atlas for accurate clinical target volume (CTV) delineation has yet to be defined. The purpose of this study was to design and verify a computerized tomography (CT) atlas to provide guidance for contouring the PAN CTV in patients with cervical cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study included 21 cervical cancer patients (design cohort) with 39 pathological PAN identified on (18)F-FDG PET-CT...
March 6, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Nisbah Mushtaq, Ayesha Younas, Azhar Mashiatullah, Tariq Javed, Arslan Ahmad, Abida Farooqi
Geochemical investigation was carried out for delineating factors responsible for the mobilization of arsenic (As) from aquifer material into the groundwater. Four sites along Ravi River, (Samada, Sarai Chimba, Kot Maiga and Chah Fatehwala), were selected based on the blanket survey. Groundwater-rock interaction and evaporation were the key phenomena controlling groundwater chemistry, as shown by the hydrogeochemical data. Groundwater was predominantly Na-Cl type, with other principle facies being Na-HCO3 , Na-Ca-HCO3 and Ca-Mg-Cl...
February 26, 2018: Chemosphere
Zongliang Gao, Elena Herrera-Carrillo, Ben Berkhout
Type 3 Pol III promoters such as U6 are widely used for expression of small RNAs, including short hairpin RNA for RNAi applications and guide RNA in CRISPR genome-editing platforms. RNA polymerase III uses a T-stretch as termination signal, but the exact properties have not been thoroughly investigated. Here, we systematically measured the in vivo termination efficiency and the actual site of termination for different T-stretch signals in three commonly used human Pol III promoters (U6, 7SK, and H1). Both the termination efficiency and the actual termination site depend on the T-stretch signal...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Carl Salembier, Geert Villeirs, Berardino De Bari, Peter Hoskin, Bradley R Pieters, Marco Van Vulpen, Vincent Khoo, Ann Henry, Alberto Bossi, Gert De Meerleer, Valérie Fonteyne
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Delineation of clinical target volumes (CTVs) remains a weak link in radiation therapy (RT), and large inter-observer variation is seen. Guidelines for target and organs at risk delineation for prostate cancer in the primary setting are scarce. The aim was to develop a delineation guideline obtained by consensus between a broad European group of radiation oncologists. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An ESTRO contouring consensus panel consisting of leading radiation oncologists and one radiologist with known subspecialty expertise in prostate cancer was asked to delineate the prostate, seminal vesicles and rectum on co-registered CT and MRI scans...
February 26, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Jessica G Y Luc, Jae Hwan Choi, Syed-Saif Abbas Rizvi, Kevin Phan, Ester Moncho Escrivà, Sinal Patel, Gordon R Reeves, Andrew J Boyle, John W Entwistle, Rohinton J Morris, H Todd Massey, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili
Background: Transplant coronary artery vasculopathy (TCAV) is the major cause of late allograft failure and death in heart transplant recipients. The aim of this systematic review was to examine the outcomes of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) as compared to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery in the management of TCAV. Our secondary objective was to compare the use and outcomes of drug eluting stents (DES) as compared to bare metal stents (BMS) in this patient population...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Qiping Hu, Hongyan Chai, Wei Shu, Peining Li
Background: Constitutional ring chromosomes are rare orphan chromosomal disorders. Ring chromosome syndrome featuring growth retardation and mild to intermediate intellectual disability is likely caused by the dynamic behavior of ring chromosome through cell cycles. Chromosomal and regional specific phenotypes likely result from segmental losses and gains during the ring formation. Although recent applications of genomic copy number and sequencing analyses revealed various ring chromosome structures from an increasing number of case studies, there was no organized effort for compilating and curating cytogenomic and clinical finding for ring chromosomes...
2018: Molecular Cytogenetics
K Schiller, M Devecka, T Maurer, M Eiber, J Gschwend, M Schwaiger, S E Combs, G Habl
BACKGROUND: 68 Ga-PSMA-PET-imaging has proven to be a highly sensitive and specific diagnostic element for patients with prostate cancer (PC). Does the standard clinical target volume (CTV) cover the majority of68 Ga-PSMA-PET detected lymph nodes (LNs) in a primary setting? METHODS: 25 out of 159 patients with primary PC who underwent68 Ga-PSMA-PET-imaging were analyzed in the process of this study. These 25 high-risk patients had a total of 126 LNs with positive68 Ga-PSMA-ligand uptake...
March 1, 2018: Radiation Oncology
Li Lin, Yao Lu, Xiao-Ju Wang, Hui Chen, Sha Yu, Jiao Tian, Guan-Qun Zhou, Lu-Lu Zhang, Zhen-Yu Qi, Jiang Hu, Jun Ma, Ying Sun
PURPOSE: To establish the regional lymph node (LN) distribution probability map and draw the neck clinical target volume specific to nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: One thousand patients with pathologically proven NPC were enrolled from January 2010 to December 2011. The center point of the LNs with a minimal axial diameter of ≥4 mm was marked on a single treatment planning computed tomography scan. The neck LN levels I to X using the 2013 updated international consensus guidelines were also contoured...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
M Duijm, H Tekatli, E Oomen-de Hoop, W Verbakel, W Schillemans, B J Slotman, S Senan, J J Nuyttens
PURPOSE: To correlate esophagus toxicity and dose-volume histogram (DVH) parameters in order to assess risks, and derive a Normal Tissue Complication Probability (NTCP) model. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients with a central lung tumor from 2 centers, who underwent stereotactic or hypofractionated radiotherapy (≤12 fractions), were analyzed. Doses were recalculated to an equivalent dose of 2 Gy with an α/β ratio of 10 (EQD2 10 ). The esophagus was manually delineated and DVH-parameters (Dmax,EQD2 , D1cc,EQD2 , D2cc,EQD2 , D5cc,EQD2 ) were analyzed and used for NTCP modeling based on logistic regression analysis...
February 22, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Gábor Horváth, Zsuzsanna Gerlei, Judit Gervain, Gabriella Lengyel, Mihály Makara, Alajos Pár, László Rókusz, Ferenc Szalay, István Tornai, Klára Werling, Béla Hunyady
Diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis D virus infection mean for the patient to be able to maintain working capacity, to increase quality of life, to prevent cancer, and to prolong life expectancy, while the society benefits from eliminating the chances of further transmission of the viruses, and decreasing the overall costs of serious complications. The guideline delineates the treatment algorithms from 22 September 2017 set by a consensus meeting of physicians involved in the treatment of these diseases...
February 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Akash A Chandawarkar, Daniel J Gould, W Grant Stevens
Background: Ethical guidelines for appropriate use of social media are beginning to be delineated. As social media becomes ingrained in plastic surgery culture, education of residents on appropriate use of social media is increasingly important. Recently, plastic surgery residency programs have begun to utilize social media. Objectives: This study characterizes the trends and content of plastic surgery residency-associated Instagram accounts. Methods: Active individual residency program Instagram accounts were identified for integrated plastic surgery programs...
February 21, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Ahmad Algohary, Satish Viswanath, Rakesh Shiradkar, Soumya Ghose, Shivani Pahwa, Daniel Moses, Ivan Jambor, Ronald Shnier, Maret Böhm, Anne-Maree Haynes, Phillip Brenner, Warick Delprado, James Thompson, Marley Pulbrock, Andrei S Purysko, Sadhna Verma, Lee Ponsky, Phillip Stricker, Anant Madabhushi
BACKGROUND: Radiomic analysis is defined as computationally extracting features from radiographic images for quantitatively characterizing disease patterns. There has been recent interest in examining the use of MRI for identifying prostate cancer (PCa) aggressiveness in patients on active surveillance (AS). PURPOSE: To evaluate the performance of MRI-based radiomic features in identifying the presence or absence of clinically significant PCa in AS patients. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Wadi Mawad, Luc L Mertens
Cardiac imaging is central to today's pediatric cardiology practice not only to diagnose structural congenital defects and delineate cardiac and extracardiac anatomy but also for determining the hemodynamic impact of the structural defects and acquired pediatric diseases. Not so long ago, clinicians had to heavily rely on angiography as the main cardiac imaging modality to visualize the heart. Particularly, the development of echocardiography in the 1970s and 1980s together with the development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) resulted in a non-invasive diagnostic revolution with diagnostic catheterization becoming obsolete apart for very specific indications...
February 21, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Xiaomin Xing, Chun-Fang Wu
GCaMP is an optogenetic Ca2+ sensor widely used for monitoring neuronal activities but the precise physiological implications of GCaMP signals remain to be further delineated among functionally distinct synapses. The Drosophila neuromuscular junction (NMJ), a powerful genetic system for studying synaptic function and plasticity, consists of tonic and phasic glutamatergic and modulatory aminergic motor terminals of distinct properties. We report a first simultaneous imaging and electric recording study to directly contrast the frequency characteristics of GCaMP signals of the three synapses for physiological implications...
January 2018: ENeuro
Jason R Sims, Nandan S Anavekar, Krishnaswamy Chandrasekaran, James M Steckelberg, Walter R Wilson, Bernard J Gersh, Larry M Baddour, Daniel C DeSimone
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard imaging study used in the diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE). Computed tomography angiography (CTA) has undergone rapid advancement as a cardiac imaging technique and has previously shown promise in small non-randomized studies for evaluation of IE. We hypothesized that cardiac CTA would perform similarly to TEE in the detection of endocarditic lesions and that there would be no difference in clinical outcomes whether the coronary arteries were evaluated by CTA or invasive coronary angiography (ICA)...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Shimrit Ringelstein-Harlev, Irit Avivi, Mona Fanadka, Netanel A Horowitz, Tami Katz
Circulating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells share phenotypic features with certain subsets of regulatory B-cells (Bregs). The latter cells have been reported to negatively regulate immune cell responses, mostly by provision of IL-10. The purpose of the current study was to identify and delineate Breg properties of CLL cells. B-cells and T-cells were obtained from the peripheral blood of untreated CLL patients diagnosed according to the 2008 Guidelines of the International Workshop on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia...
February 15, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
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