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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339486/a-top-down-manner-based-dcnn-architecture-for-semantic-image-segmentation
#1
Kai Qiao, Jian Chen, Linyuan Wang, Lei Zeng, Bin Yan
Given their powerful feature representation for recognition, deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) have been driving rapid advances in high-level computer vision tasks. However, their performance in semantic image segmentation is still not satisfactory. Based on the analysis of visual mechanism, we conclude that DCNNs in a bottom-up manner are not enough, because semantic image segmentation task requires not only recognition but also visual attention capability. In the study, superpixels containing visual attention information are introduced in a top-down manner, and an extensible architecture is proposed to improve the segmentation results of current DCNN-based methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337343/long-term-outcomes-of-primary-trabeculectomy-in-diabetic-patients-without-retinopathy-with-primary-angle-closure-glaucoma
#2
Jian Liu, Miaomiao Zhang, Bin Li, Jianrong Wang
Purpose. To evaluate primary trabeculectomy with adjunctive mitomycin-C (MMC) in diabetic patients without retinopathy with primary angle-closure glaucoma (PACG). Design. This is a retrospective case series comparison. Participants. This retrospective trial compared outcomes of 88 eyes that underwent trabeculectomy in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) without retinopathy and in 97 patients without DM. Methods. In this study, the intraocular pressure (IOP), visual acuity, visual field, and postoperative complications were compared between the two groups...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337061/an-introduction-to-darc-technology
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REVIEW
Syed Shoeb Ahmad
Glaucoma is a multi-factorial neurodegenerative disorder. The common denominator in all types of glaucomas is retinal ganglion cell death through apoptosis. However, this cellular demise in glaucoma is detected late by structural or functional analyses. There can be a 10-year delay prior to the appearance of visual field defects and pre-perimetric glaucoma is an issue still being addressed. However, a new cutting-edge technology called detection of apoptosing retinal cells (DARC) is being developed. This technique is capable of non-invasive, real-time visualization of apoptotic changes at the cellular level...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336905/a-nanostructured-matrices-assessment-to-study-drug-distribution-in-solid-tumor-tissues-by-mass-spectrometry-imaging
#4
Silvia Giordano, Valentina Pifferi, Lavinia Morosi, Melinda Morelli, Luigi Falciola, Giuseppe Cappelletti, Sonja Visentin, Simonetta A Licandro, Roberta Frapolli, Massimo Zucchetti, Roberta Pastorelli, Laura Brunelli, Maurizio D'Incalci, Enrico Davoli
The imaging of drugs inside tissues is pivotal in oncology to assess whether a drug reaches all cells in an adequate enough concentration to eradicate the tumor. Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MALDI-MSI) is one of the most promising imaging techniques that enables the simultaneous visualization of multiple compounds inside tissues. The choice of a suitable matrix constitutes a critical aspect during the development of a MALDI-MSI protocol since the matrix ionization efficiency changes depending on the analyte structure and its physico-chemical properties...
March 21, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336568/cholinergic-but-not-dopaminergic-or-noradrenergic-enhancement-sharpens-visual-spatial-perception-in-humans
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Caterina Gratton, Sahar Yousef, Esther Aarts, Deanna L Wallace, Mark D'Esposito, Michael A Silver
The neuromodulator acetylcholine (ACh) modulates spatial integration in visual cortex by altering the balance of inputs that generate neuronal receptive fields. These cholinergic effects may provide a neurobiological mechanism underlying the modulation of visual representations by visual spatial attention. However, the consequences of cholinergic enhancement on visuospatial perception in humans are unknown. We conducted two experiments to test whether enhancing cholinergic signaling selectively alters perceptual measures of visuospatial interactions in human subjects...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336341/visuospatial-information-processing-load-and-the-ratio-between-parietal-cue-and-target-p3-amplitudes-in-the-attentional-network-test
#6
Dimitri M Abramov, Monique Pontes, Adailton T Pontes, Carlos A Mourao-Junior, Juliana Vieira, Carla Quero Cunha, Tiago Tamborino, Paulo R Galhanone, Leonardo C deAzevedo, Vladimir V Lazarev
In ERP studies of cognitive processes during attentional tasks, the cue signals containing information about the target can increase the amplitude of the parietal cue P3 in relation to the 'neutral' temporal cue, and reduce the subsequent target P3 when this information is valid, i.e. corresponds to the target's attributes. The present study compared the cue-to-target P3 ratios in neutral and visuospatial cueing, in order to estimate the contribution of valid visuospatial information from the cue to target stages of the task performance, in terms of cognitive load...
March 20, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336221/the-use-of-contact-lens-telescopic-systems-in-low-vision-rehabilitation
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REVIEW
Stephen J Vincent
Refracting telescopes are afocal compound optical systems consisting of two lenses that produce an apparent magnification of the retinal image. They are routinely used in visual rehabilitation in the form of monocular or binocular hand held low vision aids, and head or spectacle-mounted devices to improve distance visual acuity, and with slight modifications, to enhance acuity for near and intermediate tasks. Since the advent of ground glass haptic lenses in the 1930's, contact lenses have been employed as a useful refracting element of telescopic systems; primarily as a mobile ocular lens (the eyepiece), that moves with the eye...
March 20, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334353/suppression-of-v1-feedback-produces-a-shift-in-the-topographic-representation-of-receptive-fields-of-lgn-cells-by-unmasking-latent-retinal-drives
#8
Jordi Aguila, F Javier Cudeiro, Casto Rivadulla
In awake monkeys, we used repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to focally inactivate visual cortex while measuring the responsiveness of parvocellular lateral geniculate nucleus (LGN) neurons. Effects were noted in 64/75 neurons, and could be divided into 2 main groups: (1) for 39 neurons, visual responsiveness decreased and visual latency increased without apparent shift in receptive field (RF) position and (2) a second group (n = 25, 33% of the recorded cells) whose excitability was not compromised, but whose RF position shifted an average of 4...
March 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334291/smartr-an-open-source-platform-for-interactive-visual-analytics-for-translational-research-data
#9
Sascha Herzinger, Wei Gu, Venkata Satagopam, Serge Eifes, Kavita Rege, Adriano Barbosa Da Silva, Reinhard Schneider
In translational research, efficient knowledge exchange between the different fields of expertise is crucial. An open platform that is capable of storing a multitude of data types such as clinical, pre-clinical, or OMICS data combined with strong visual analytical capabilities will significantly accelerate the scientific progress by making data more accessible and hypothesis generation easier. The open data warehouse tranSMART is capable of storing a variety of data types and has a growing user community including both academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies...
March 9, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334175/attenuated-fast-steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials-during-human-sleep
#10
Omer Sharon, Yuval Nir
During sleep, external sensory events rarely elicit a behavioral response or affect perception. However, how sensory processing differs between wakefulness and sleep remains unclear. A major difficulty in this field stems from using brief auditory stimuli that often trigger nonspecific high-amplitude "K-complex" responses and complicate interpretation. To overcome this challenge, here we delivered periodic visual flicker stimulation across sleep and wakefulness while recording high-density electroencephalography (EEG) in humans...
February 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334171/brown-marmorated-stink-bug-hemiptera-pentatomidae-infestations-in-tree-borders-and-subsequent-patterns-of-abundance-in-soybean-fields
#11
B L Aigner, T P Kuhar, D A Herbert, C C Brewster, J W Hogue, J D Aigner
The invasive brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), is an important pest of soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) in the Mid-Atlantic United States. In order to assess the influence of nonmanaged wooded borders on H. halys infestation patterns in soybean, 12 soybean fields in Orange and Madison Counties, VA, were sampled each week from July to October in 2013 or 2014 for H. halys. At each location, five 2-min visual counts of H. halys life stages were made on tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima Mill...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334122/a-laboratory-evaluation-of-chemigation-to-manage-stink-bugs-hemiptera-pentatomidae
#12
Xing Wei, Phillip M Roberts, Wesley M Porter, Calvin D Perry, Michael D Toews
Application of insecticides for stink bug management through overhead irrigation, also called chemigation, could reduce application costs, soil compaction, and applicator exposure, while enabling growers to treat multiple fields simultaneously. The objective of these laboratory experiments was to compare knockdown, survival, and efficacy of insecticides when appropriately diluted for ground sprayer and chemigation applications. Treatments included water, bifenthrin [0.11 kg (AI)/ha] and dicrotophos [0.56 kg (AI)/ha] diluted for a ground sprayer (93...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333996/evaluating-erroneous-offside-calls-in-soccer
#13
Stefanie Hüttermann, Benjamin Noël, Daniel Memmert
The ability to simultaneously attend to multiple objects declines with increases in the visual angle separating distant objects. We explored whether these laboratory-measured limits on visual attentional spread generalize to a real life context: offside calls by soccer assistant referees. We coded all offside calls from a full year of first division German soccer matches. By determining the x-y coordinates of the relevant players and assistant referee on the soccer field we were able to calculate how far assistant referees had to spread their visual attention to perform well...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333895/visual-field-defects-in-young-patients-with-open-angle-glaucoma-comparison-between-high-tension-and-normal-tension-glaucoma
#14
Ji-Hye Park, Chungkwon Yoo, Jinhwan Park, Yong Yeon Kim
PURPOSE: To investigate the clinical features of young Korean patients with open-angle glaucoma (OAG), and to compare visual field (VF) defects between patients with normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and those with high-tension glaucoma (HTG). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with OAG younger than 40 years of age were divided into NTG and HTG groups based on untreated intraocular pressure (IOP) level. The patients were matched according to the mean deviation of standard automated perimetry...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333894/m-s-smart-system-contrast-sensitivity-measurements-compared-with-standard-visual-function-measurements-in-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-patients
#15
Jessica L Liu, J Jason McAnany, Jacob T Wilensky, Ahmad A Aref, Thasarat S Vajaranant
PURPOSE: To evaluate the nature and extent of letter contrast sensitivity (CS) deficits in glaucoma patients using a commercially available computer-based system (M&S Smart System II) and to compare the letter CS measurements to standard clinical measures of visual function. METHODS: Ninety-four subjects with primary open-angle glaucoma participated. Each subject underwent visual acuity, letter CS, and standard automated perimetry testing (Humphrey SITA 24-2). All subjects had a best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of 0...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333890/the-association-between-clinical-features-seen-on-fundus-photographs-and-glaucomatous-damage-detected-on-visual-fields-and-optical-coherence-tomography-scans
#16
Paula A Alhadeff, Carlos G De Moraes, Monica Chen, Ali S Raza, Robert Ritch, Donald C Hood
PURPOSE: To classify the appearance of the optic disc seen on fundus photographs of healthy subjects and patients with or suspected glaucoma whose diagnosis was based upon visual fields (VFs) and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (sdOCT) results. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One eye of 100 patients with or suspected glaucoma and 62 healthy subjects were prospectively tested with 24-2 and 10-2 VF and macular and disc sdOCT cube scans. All eyes with or suspected glaucoma had a 24-2 mean deviation better than -6...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333632/enhanced-just-noticeable-difference-model-for-images-with-pattern-complexity
#17
Jinjian Wu, Leida Li, Weisheng Dong, Guangming Shi, Weisi Lin, C-C Jay Kuo
The just noticeable difference (JND) in an image, which reveals the visibility limitation of the human visual system (HVS), is widely used for visual redundancy estimation in signal processing. To determine the JND threshold with the current schemes, the spatial masking effect is estimated as the contrast masking, and this cannot accurately account for the complicated interaction among visual contents. Research on cognitive science indicates that the HVS is highly adapted to extract the repeated patterns for visual content representation...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332919/the-attention-window-a-narrative-review-of-limitations-and-opportunities-influencing-the-focus-of-attention
#18
Stefanie Hüttermann, Daniel Memmert
PURPOSE: Visual attention is essential in many areas ranging from everyday life situations to the workplace. Different circumstances such as driving in traffic or participating in sports require immediate adaptation to constantly changing situations and frequently the conscious perception of 2 objects or scenes at the same time. METHOD: The attention window task, a measure of attentional breadth, in which people must attend to 2 equally attention-demanding stimuli simultaneously, was introduced...
March 23, 2017: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332158/first-clinical-use-of-the-echotrack-guidance-approach-for-radiofrequency-ablation-of-thyroid-gland-nodules
#19
Alfred Michael Franz, Alexander Seitel, Nasrin Bopp, Christian Erbelding, Dominique Cheray, Stefan Delorme, Frank Grünwald, Hüdayi Korkusuz, Lena Maier-Hein
PURPOSE: Percutaneous radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of thyroid nodules is an alternative to surgical resection that offers the benefits of minimal scars for the patient, lower complication rates, and shorter treatment times. Ultrasound (US) is the preferred modality for guiding these procedures. The needle is usually kept within the US scanning plane to ensure needle visibility. However, this restricts flexibility in both transducer and needle movement and renders the procedure difficult, especially for inexperienced users...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331828/radiomics-of-pulmonary-nodules-and-lung-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Ryan Wilson, Anand Devaraj
The large number of indeterminate pulmonary nodules encountered incidentally or during CT-based lung screening provides considerable diagnostic and management challenges. Conventional nodule evaluation relies on visually identifiable discriminators such as size and speculation. These visible nodule features are however small in number and subject to considerable interpretation variability. With the development of novel targeted therapies for lung cancer the diagnosis and characterization of early stage lung tumours has never been more important...
February 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
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