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Scott Seaman, Paul Nelson, Jacob Alexander, Andrew Swift, James Fick
The authors present the case of a 53-year-old man who was referred with disabling retching provoked by left arm abduction. At the time of his initial evaluation, a cervical MRI study was available for review and revealed an anatomical variation of the ipsilateral juxtamedullary vertebrobasilar junction. After brain imaging revealed contact of the medulla by a dolichoectatic vertebral artery at the dorsal root entry zone of the glossopharyngeal and vagus nerves, the patient was successfully treated by microvascular decompression of the brainstem and cranial nerves...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Ke Yuan, Sang Soo Lee, Vincent De Andrade, Neil C Sturchio, Paul Fenter
The mobility of toxic elements, such as lead (Pb) can be attenuated by adsorption, incorporation, and precipitation on carbonate minerals in subsurface environments. Here, we report a study of the bulk transformation of single-crystal calcite (CaCO3) into polycrystalline cerussite (PbCO3) through reaction with acidic Pb-bearing solutions. This reaction began with the growth of a cerussite shell on top of calcite surfaces followed by the replacement of the remaining calcite core. The external shape of the original calcite was preserved by a balance between calcite dissolution and cerussite growth controlled by adjusting the Pb(2)(+) concentration and pH...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Martin Leder, Christopher Grossert, Lukas Sitta, Maximilian Genske, Achim Rosch, Martin Weitz
To describe a mobile defect in polyacetylene chains, Su, Schrieffer and Heeger formulated a model assuming two degenerate energy configurations that are characterized by two different topological phases. An immediate consequence was the emergence of a soliton-type edge state located at the boundary between two regions of different configurations. Besides giving first insights in the electrical properties of polyacetylene materials, interest in this effect also stems from its close connection to states with fractional charge from relativistic field theory...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Belfor Antonio Galaz, Rodrigo Hernan Acevedo
Ultrasound poroelastography is an imaging modality used to characterize the temporal behavior of soft tissue that can be modeled as a solid permeated by interconnected pores filled with liquid (poroelastic medium). It could be useful in the stage classification of lymphedema. Generally, time-constant models are applied to strain images, and precision of the fitting process, computational cost and versatility in response to changes in tissues properties are crucial aspects of clinical applications. In the work described here, we performed creep experiments on poroelastic phantoms and used rheologic models to visualize the changes in viscoelastic response associated with fluid mobility...
October 17, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Gerhard Batz, Michael Dinkel
Echocardiography as an imaging method in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine has enabled a new dimension of hemodynamic monitoring: the direct visualization of the cardiac function and its disruptions. Preconditions for a broad application in this area was the development of mobile, high-definition ultrasonic devices and the origination of focused examination techniques. A successful application of this method requires the respective know-how of the examiner, in order to take relevant decisions and avoid misdiagnoses...
October 2016: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
Sen Cong, Yu Cao, Xin Fang, Yufeng Wang, Qingzhou Liu, Hui Gui, Chenfei Shen, Xuan Cao, Eun Sok Kim, Chongwu Zhou
Active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) is the most widely used display technology nowadays. Transparent display is one of the emerging technologies to provide people with more features such as displaying images on transparent substrates and simultaneously enabling people to see the scenery behind the panel. Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) is a possible active matrix transparent display technology due to its high transparency, good visibility, and low power consumption. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with excellent mobility, high transparency, and room-temperature processing compatibility are ideal materials for the driver circuit of the PDLC display...
October 20, 2016: ACS Nano
Radu Danescu, Razvan Itu, Andra Petrovai
The driving environment is complex and dynamic, and the attention of the driver is continuously challenged, therefore computer based assistance achieved by processing image and sensor data may increase traffic safety. While active sensors and stereovision have the advantage of obtaining 3D data directly, monocular vision is easy to set up, and can benefit from the increasing computational power of smart mobile devices, and from the fact that almost all of them come with an embedded camera. Several driving assistance application are available for mobile devices, but they are mostly targeted for simple scenarios and a limited range of obstacle shapes and poses...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
Ümit Aygün, Yalkçn Çalçk, Barçş Alkan, Cengiz Işçk
In this study, we present the case of a 42-year-old man with a fracture and dislocation of the left talus neck, and a fracture of the right talus neck due to a fall. This kind of fracture can be considered rare, and thus few cases have been reported. Fracture fixation was provided through cannulated screws on either side. Splints were removed after 6 weeks, and passive/active joint movement exercises were started. The patient was able to walk with partial weightbearing at 2 months and with full weightbearing at 3 months...
September 2, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Jelle Hendrix, Tomas Dekens, Waldemar Schrimpf, Don C Lamb
Combining imaging with correlation spectroscopy, as in raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS), makes it possible to extract molecular translational diffusion constants and absolute concentrations, and determine intermolecular interactions from single-channel or multicolor confocal laser-scanning microscopy (CLSM) images. Region-specific RICS analysis remains very challenging because correlations are always calculated in a square region-of-interest (ROI). In this study, we describe a generalized image correlation spectroscopy algorithm that accepts arbitrarily shaped ROIs...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Dilraj S Grewal, Sharon Fekrat
The authors present an incidentally noted pigmented anterior vitreous cyst in an asymptomatic male adult. Observation was elected. Stability during the course of 2 years and mobility of the vitreous cyst using dynamic imaging are demonstrated. [Ophthalmic Surg Lasers Imaging Retina. 2016;47:975-977.].
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Dilraj S Grewal, Tamer H Mahmoud
A 54-year-old male developed symptomatic scleral buckle exposure 16 years after placement and presented with large conjunctival defects with fibrosed edges. Following surgical removal of the buckle elements, primary conjunctival closure could not be achieved due to significant wound tension despite undermining the conjunctival edges to mobilize the conjunctiva. A dehydrated amniotic membrane graft (Ambio5; IOP Ophthalmics, Costa Mesa, CA) was placed on the scleral bed and secured in place with fibrin sealant (TISSEEL; Baxter International, Westlake Village, CA)...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Luis Schiper, Bluma Linkowski Faintuch, Roberto José da Silva Badaró, Erica Aparecida de Oliveira, Victor E Arana Chavez, Elisangela Chinen, Joel Faintuch
OBJECTIVES: Conventional imaging methods are excellent for the morphological characterization of the consequences of osteonecrosis; however, only specialized techniques have been considered useful for obtaining functional information. To explore the affinity of radiotracers for severely devascularized bone, a new mouse model of isolated femur implanted in a subcutaneous abdominal pocket was devised. To maintain animal mobility and longevity, the femur was harvested from syngeneic donors...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Carolina Fernández-Lao, Irene Cantarero-Villanueva, Noelia Galiano-Castillo, Elena Caro-Morán, Lourdes Díaz-Rodríguez, Manuel Arroyo-Morales
BACKGROUND: Mobile learning (m-learning) has becoming very popular in education due to the rapidly advancing technology in our society. The potentials of the mobile applications should be used to enhance the education process. Few mobile applications have been designed to complement the study of physical therapy skills for physiotherapy students. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a mobile application, as a supplement to traditional learning, is useful for physiotherapy students in the acquisition of palpation and ultrasound skills in the shoulder area...
October 19, 2016: BMC Medical Education
Eliot J Martin, Matthew L Carlson, Eric J Moore, Ryan S Jackson
OBJECTIVE: To report hemifacial spasm (HFS) as a rare presenting symptom of a benign parotid neoplasm involving the stylomastoid foramen. METHODS: Case report with literature review. RESULTS: An 18-year-old woman presented with a 1-year history of a progressively enlarging right infra-auricular mass with new onset ipsilateral severe HFS. Clinical vetting unveiled a palpable 2 cm, firm, minimally mobile mass medial to the angle of the mandible...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Yu Ding, Di-Ke Ruan, Qing He, Li Sheng Hou, Jian Ning Lin, Hong Peng Cui
STUDY DESIGN: The clinical and radiologic data of total disk allografting (TDA) cases were collected and analyzed to explore the correlation between neurological function improvements and imaging changes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the medium-term and long-term outcome and radiographic character after TDA, and, furthermore, to explore the significance of the changes of imaging signs after the transplantation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal fusion may result in the adjacent segment degeneration...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Erik V de Kelft
STUDY DESIGN: This is a feasibility study to confirm the design, patient population, and the surgical technique for FENIX implants. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the safety and the clinical and radiologic performance of bilaterally implanted FENIX facet resurfacing device. INTRODUCTION: Facet joint osteoarthritis is responsible for up to 30% of chronic low back pain. Arthroplasty is a surgical treatment option that aims to relieve pain while maintaining or restoring motion...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Li Li, Yang Lu, Min Li, Xunwei Liu, Peng Jin, Lijun Wang, Gang Sun
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Percutaneous vertebroplasty (PV) changes mechanical stress of vertebral column and can cause recurrent pain at the treated level. However, there were a few reports on the therapeutic effects of the repeat PV for patients with recurrent pain at the treated level. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of repeat PV at previously treated vertebral level for patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCFs) having recurrent pain after initial PV...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Yuen Ting Lam, Laura Lecce, Joanne T M Tan, Christina A Bursill, David J Handelsman, Martin K C Ng
Increasing evidence indicates that androgens regulate ischemia-induced neovascularization. However, the role of genomic androgen action mediated by androgen receptor (AR), a ligand-activated nuclear transcription factor, remains poorly understood. Using an AR knockout mouse strain that contains a transcriptionally inactive AR (AR(Δex3)KO), we examined the role of AR genomic function in modulating androgen-mediated augmentation of ischemia-induced neovascularization. Castrated wildtype (AR(WT)) and AR(Δex3)KO mice were implanted with dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or placebo pellets following hindlimb ischemia (HLI)...
October 18, 2016: Endocrinology
Ban Xuan Dong, Jojo A Amonoo, Geoffrey E Purdum, Yueh-Lin Loo, Peter F Green
Charge-carrier mobilities in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) increase five-fold when OTFTs composed of P3HT films on trichloro (1H, 1H, 2H, 2H-perfluorooctyl) silane (FTS) monolayers supported on SiO2 dielectric substrates (P3HT/FTS/SiO2/Si) are subjected to supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) processing. In contrast, carrier mobilities in P3HT/octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS)/SiO2 OTFTs processed using scCO2 are comparable to mobilities measured in as-cast P3HT/OTS/SiO2/Si devices...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
A Dangin, N Tardy, M Wettstein, O May, N Bonin
With the development of conservative hip surgery techniques, new entities such as microinstability have been identified. Microinstability is a painful supra-physiological mobility of the hip. It results from the association of architectural and functional abnormalities impairing joint stability. These risk factors concern hip joint bone architecture or peri-articular soft tissues. Bone abnormalities are identified on hip assessment parameters. Soft tissues also play a key role in the static and dynamic stability of the hip: the joint capsule, labrum, ligamentum teres and adjacent myotendinous structures affect joint coaptation; any abnormality or iatrogenic lesion concerning these structures may constitute a risk factor for microinstability...
October 12, 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
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