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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432806/rapid-acceptance-testing-of-modern-linac-using-on-board-mv-and-kv-imaging-systems
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Sridhar Yaddanapudi, Bin Cai, Taylor Harry, Steven Dolly, Baozhou Sun, Hua Li, Keith Stinson, Camille Noel, Lakshmi Santanam, Todd Pawlicki, Sasa Mutic, S Murty Goddu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to develop a novel process for using on-board MV and kV Electronic Portal Imaging Devices (EPIDs) to perform linac acceptance testing (AT) for two reasons: 1) to standardize the assessment of new equipment performance, and 2) to reduce the time to clinical use while reducing physicist workload. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In this study, Varian TrueBeam linacs equipped with amorphous silicon based EPID (aS1000) were used. The conventional set of AT tests and tolerances were used as a baseline guide...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432727/efficacy-of-fractionated-microneedle-radiofrequency-with-and-without-adding-subcision-for-the-treatment-of-atrophic-facial-acne-scars-a-randomized-split-face-clinical-study
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Gita Faghihi, Nazila Poostiyan, Ali Asilian, Bahareh Abtahi-Naeini, Masoom Shahbazi, Fariba Iraji, Farahnaz Fatemi Naeini, Mohammad Ali Nilforoushzadeh
BACKGROUND: There is no gold standard treatment for facial acne scars, and overall, little literature exists about the combination therapy for treatment of acne scar. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of fractionated microneedle radiofrequency (FMR) vs FMR combined with subcision for the treatment of atrophic acne scars. PATIENTS/METHODS: This was a randomized, split-face clinical study of 25 patients with II-IV Fitzpatrick skin types with moderate to severe facial atrophic acne scars...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432136/selective-modulation-of-the-pupil-light-reflex-by-prefrontal-cortex-microstimulation
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R Becket Ebitz, Tirin Moore
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is thought to flexibly regulate sensorimotor responses. One way the PFC regulates sensorimotor transformations is to modulate activity in other circuits. However, the scope of that control remains unknown: it remains unclear whether the prefrontal cortex can modulate basic reflexes. One canonical example of a central reflex is the pupil light reflex (PLR): the automatic constriction of the pupil in response to luminance increments. Unlike pupil size, which depends the interaction of multiple physiological and neuromodulatory influences, the PLR reflects the action of a simple brainstem circuit...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432111/regional-vascular-density-visual-field-sensitivity-relationship-in-glaucoma-according-to-disease-severity
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Joong Won Shin, Jiyun Lee, Junki Kwon, Jaewan Choi, Michael S Kook
AIMS: To study whether there are global and regional relationships between peripapillary vascular density (pVD) assessed by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and visual field (VF) mean sensitivity at different glaucoma stages. METHODS: Microvascular images and peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer (pRNFL) thicknesses were obtained using a Cirrus OCT-A device in 91 glaucoma subjects. The pVD was measured at various spatial locations according to the Garway-Heath map, using a MATLAB software (The MathWorks, Natick, Massachusetts)...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432110/anterior-but-not-posterior-choroid-changed-before-and-during-valsalva-manoeuvre-in-healthy-chinese-a-ubm-and-ss-oct-study
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Fei Li, Kai Gao, Xingyi Li, Shida Chen, Wenbin Huang, Xiulan Zhang
PURPOSE: To determine if the anterior choroid is involved in ocular change during the Valsalva manoeuvre (VM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-three healthy volunteers aged 18-65 years with normal visual field test results and no history of intraocular pressure (IOP) exceeding 21 mm Hg were recruited. Anterior and posterior choroidal changes before and during VM were recorded by ultrasound microscope and swept-source optical coherence tomography, respectively. Parameters of the anterior segment included ciliary body thickness (CBT0), thickness of the choroid at a distance of 4 mm from the root of the iris (CT4), anterior placement of the ciliary body (APCB) and trabecular-ciliary angle (TCA)...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431627/sequential-naion-presenting-as-pseudo-foster-kennedy-syndrome
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Anuja Patil, Aastha Takkar, Manoj Goyal, Ramandeep Singh, Vivek Lal
PURPOSE: To review recurrent NAION as a cause for PFK syndrome. METHODS: In an observational study patients presenting with sudden loss of vision were evaluated. We reviewed patients presenting with disc edema on one side and optic atrophy in contralateral eye on fundus examination. Their visual field defects and fundus fluorescein angiography was assessed. RESULTS: Of the 7 patients evaluated 4 (57.1%) were females. Mean age at presentation was 53...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431435/regional-extent-of-peripheral-suppression-in-amblyopia
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Raiju J Babu, Simon Clavagnier, William R Bobier, Benjamin Thompson, Robert F Hess
Purpose: Previously, we have mapped amblyopic eye suppression within the central 20° of the visual field and observed a gradient of suppression that is strongest in central vision and weakens with increasing eccentricity. In this study, using a large dichoptic display, we extend our novel suppression mapping approach further into the periphery (from 20°-60°) to assess whether suppression continues to decline with eccentricity or plateaus. Methods: Sixteen participants with amblyopia (10 with strabismus, 6 with anisometropia without strabismus; mean age: 37...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430975/behavioral-response-of-the-brown-marmorated-stink-bug-hemiptera-pentatomidae-to-semiochemicals-deployed-inside-and-outside-anthropogenic-structures-during-the-overwintering-period
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William R Morrison, Angelita Acebes-Doria, Emily Ogburn, Thomas P Kuhar, James F Walgenbach, J Christopher Bergh, Louis Nottingham, Anthony Dimeglio, Patricia Hipkins, Tracy C Leskey
The brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), is an invasive species from Asia capable of causing severe agricultural damage. It can also be a nuisance pest when it enters and exits anthropogenic overwintering sites. In recent years, pheromone lures and traps for H. halys have been developed and used to monitor populations in field studies. To date, no study has investigated the applicability of these monitoring tools for use indoors by building residents during the overwintering period. Herein, we 1) assessed when in late winter (diapause) and spring (postdiapause) H...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430860/increased-brainstem-perfusion-but-no-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-during-attacks-of-migraine-with-aura
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Anders Hougaard, Faisal M Amin, Casper E Christensen, Samaira Younis, Frauke Wolfram, Stig P Cramer, Henrik B W Larsson, Messoud Ashina
The migraine aura is characterized by transient focal cortical disturbances causing dramatic neurological symptoms that are usually followed by migraine headache. It is currently not understood how the aura symptoms are related to the headache phase of migraine. Animal studies suggest that cortical spreading depression, the likely mechanism of migraine aura, causes disruption of the blood-brain barrier and noxious stimulation of trigeminal afferents leading to activation of brainstem nuclei and triggering of migraine headache...
April 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429124/how-bumblebees-use-lateral-and-ventral-optic-flow-cues-for-position-control-in-environments-of-different-proximity
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Nellie Linander, Emily Baird, Marie Dacke
Flying insects frequently navigate through environments of different complexity. In this study, buff-tailed bumblebees (Bombus terrestris L.) were trained to fly along tunnels of different widths, from 60 to 240 cm. In tunnel widths of 60 and 120 cm, bumblebees control their lateral position by balancing the magnitude of translational optic flow experienced in the lateral visual field of each eye. In wider tunnels, bumblebees use translational optic flow cues in the ventral visual field to control their lateral position and to steer along straight tracks...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427072/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-injections-the-new-standard-of-care-in-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
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Xintong Li, Marco A Zarbin, Neelakshi Bhagat
For decades, panretinal photocoagulation (PRP) has been the standard of care for the treatment of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). The relatively recent advent of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) formulations for intravitreal injection has provided a fresh perspective on PDR treatment, especially in eyes with concurrent diabetic macular edema (DME). The anti-VEGF agent ranibizumab has demonstrated a potentially protective effect on eyes with DME in terms of progression to PDR in the RIDE/RISE trials, as has aflibercept in the VIVID/VISTA trials...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427064/emerging-issues-for-ultra-wide-field-angiography
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Alessandro Rabiolo, Luigi Antonio De Vitis, Riccardo Sacconi, Adriano Carnevali, Lea Querques, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques
Fluorescein angiography (FA) is a useful test in patients affected by diabetic retinopathy (DR) to evaluate the blood-retinal barrier integrity and the presence of non-perfused areas, vascular leakage, microvascular abnormalities, and neovascularization. The peripheral retina is involved in most DR lesions, and, thus, its proper visualization is crucial for the screening, diagnosis, monitoring, treatment, and prognosis of DR. To expand the field of view, wide-field and ultra-wide-field imaging have been developed, allowing images up to 200° of retinal surface in one single photo...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425920/development-of-a-fast-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-system-for-online-adaptive-radiation-therapy-quality-assurance
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Yuhe Wang, Thomas Mazur, Justin Park, Deshan Yang, Sasa Mutic, H Harold Li
Online adaptive radiation therapy (ART) based on real-time magnetic resonance imaging represents a paradigm-changing treatment scheme. However, conventional quality assurance (QA) methods based on phantom measurements are not feasible with the patient on the treatment couch. The purpose of this work is to develop a fast Monte Carlo system for validating online re-optimized tri-60Co IMRT adaptive plans with both high accuracy and speed. The Monte Carlo system is based on Dose Planning Method (DPM) code with further simplification of electron transport and consideration of external magnetic fields...
April 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425905/more-than-words-using-visual-graphics-for-community-based-health-research
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Melody E Morton Ninomiya
With increased attention to knowledge translation and community engagement in the applied health research field, many researchers aim to find effective ways of engaging health policy and decision makers and community stakeholders. While visual graphics such as graphs, charts, figures and photographs are common in scientific research dissemination, they are less common as a communication tool in research. In this commentary, I illustrate how and why visual graphics were created and used to facilitate dialogue and communication throughout all phases of a community-based health research study with a rural Indigenous community, advancing community engagement and knowledge utilization of a research study...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424922/assistive-technology-for-ultrasound-guided-central-venous-catheter-placement
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Mohammad Ikhsan, Kok Kiong Tan, Andi Sudjana Putra
This study evaluated the existing technology used to improve the safety and ease of ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. Electronic database searches were conducted in Scopus, IEEE, Google Patents, and relevant conference databases (SPIE, MICCAI, and IEEE conferences) for related articles on assistive technology for ultrasound-guided central venous catheterization. A total of 89 articles were examined and pointed to several fields that are currently the focus of improvements to ultrasound-guided procedures...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424915/optimal-eye-movement-strategies-a-comparison-of-neurosurgeons-gaze-patterns-when-using-a-surgical-microscope
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Shahram Eivazi, Ahmad Hafez, Wolfgang Fuhl, Hoorieh Afkari, Enkelejda Kasneci, Martin Lehecka, Roman Bednarik
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have consistently demonstrated gaze behaviour differences related to expertise during various surgical procedures. In micro-neurosurgery, however, there is a lack of evidence of empirically demonstrated individual differences associated with visual attention. It is unknown exactly how neurosurgeons see a stereoscopic magnified view in the context of micro-neurosurgery and what this implies for medical training. METHOD: We report on an investigation of the eye movement patterns in micro-neurosurgery using a state-of-the-art eye tracker...
April 19, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424635/preferential-processing-of-social-features-and-their-interplay-with-physical-saliency-in-complex-naturalistic-scenes
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Albert End, Matthias Gamer
According to so-called saliency-based attention models, attention during free viewing of visual scenes is particularly allocated to physically salient image regions. In the present study, we assumed that social features in complex naturalistic scenes would be processed preferentially irrespective of their physical saliency. Therefore, we expected worse prediction of gazing behavior by saliency-based attention models when social information is present in the visual field. To test this hypothesis, participants freely viewed color photographs of complex naturalistic social (e...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424467/the-time-course-of-spatial-attention-shifts-in-elementary-arithmetic
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Dixiu Liu, Danni Cai, Tom Verguts, Qi Chen
It has been proposed that elementary arithmetic induces spatial shifts of attention. However, the timing of this arithmetic-space association remains unknown. Here we investigate this issue with a target detection paradigm. Detecting targets in the right visual field was faster than in the left visual field when preceded by an addition operation, while detecting targets in the left visual field was faster than in the right visual field when preceded by a subtraction operation. The arithmetic-space association was found both at the end of the arithmetic operation and during calculation...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424394/-brodmann-areas-17-18-and-19-in-the-human-brain-an-overview
#19
Juro Kawachi
Brodmann areas 17, 18, and 19 in the human brain are visual cortices of the occipital lobe. Each area has its own retinotopic representations, particulary area 19, which has many small retinotopic areas representing half or all of the contralateral visual field, several functional areas, and nine cytoarchitectonic areas. Several fasciculi are known as occipital fiber connections, but their precise endpoints are not clear. Lesions in the visual cortices cause several visual disorders including visual field defect, visual hallucinations, metamorphopsia, and different kinds of visual agnosia...
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424389/-brodmann-areas-8-and-9-including-the-frontal-eye-field
#20
Masataka Watanabe
Based on cytoarchitectonic analyses, Brodmann assigned numbers 8 and 9 to certain areas of the dorsal and medial prefrontal cortex (PFC) in humans and monkeys. Petrides and Pandya re-analyzed the cytoarchitectures of the human and monkey PFCs, and proposed slightly different brain maps for both species. They assigned numbers 8, 9 and 9/46 to the areas that were originally named areas 8 and 9. Areas 8 and 9 have both lateral and medial regions respectively. The lateral area 8 is important for conditional discrimination learning...
April 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
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