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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231555/edge-preserving-denoising-for-intra-operative-cone-beam-ct-in-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
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Yi Liu, Miguel Castro, Mathieu Lederlin, Huazhong Shu, Adrien Kaladji, Pascal Haigron
C-arm cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) acquisition during endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) is an emergent technology with more and more applications. It offers real time imaging with a stationary patient and provides 3-D information to achieve guidance of intervention. However, there is growing concern on the overall radiation doses delivered to patients all along the endovascular management due to pre-, intra-, and post-operative X-ray imaging. Manufactures may have their low dose protocols to realize reduction of radiation dose, but CBCT with a low dose protocol has too many artifacts, particularly streak artifacts, and decreased contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR)...
January 30, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230351/fabrication-and-demonstration-of-mercury-disc-well-probes-for-stripping-based-cyclic-voltammetry-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy
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Zachary J Barton, Joaquín Rodríguez-López
Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) is a rising technique for the study of energy storage materials. Hg-based probes allow the extension of SECM investigations to ionic processes, but the risk of irreversible Hg amalgam saturation limits their operation to rapid timescales and dilute analyte solutions. Here, we report a novel fabrication protocol for Hg disc-well ultramicroelectrodes (UMEs), which retain access to stripping information but are less susceptible to amalgam saturation than traditional Hg sphere-caps or thin-films...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229420/noninvasive-assessment-of-cell-fate-and-biology-in-transplanted-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Federico Franchi, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel
Recently, molecular imaging has become a conditio sine qua non for cell-based regenerative medicine. Developments in molecular imaging techniques, such as reporter gene technology, have increasingly enabled the noninvasive assessment of the fate and biology of cells after cardiovascular applications. In this context, bioluminescence imaging is the most commonly used imaging modality in small animal models of preclinical studies. Here, we present a detailed protocol of a reporter gene imaging approach for monitoring the viability and biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells transplanted in a mouse model of myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229041/hemispheric-asymmetry-in-myelin-after-stroke-is-related-to-motor-impairment-and-function
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Bimal Lakhani, Kathryn S Hayward, Lara A Boyd
The relationships between impairment, function, arm use and underlying brain structure following stroke remain unclear. Although diffusion weighted imaging is useful in broadly assessing white matter structure, it has limited utility in identifying specific underlying neurobiological components, such as myelin. The purpose of the present study was to explore relationships between myelination and impairment, function and activity in individuals with chronic stroke. Assessments of paretic upper-extremity impairment and function were administered, and 72-hour accelerometer based activity monitoring was conducted on 19 individuals with chronic stroke...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228973/duchenne-regulatory-science-consortium-meeting-on-disease-progression-modeling-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Jane Larkindale, Richard Abresch, Enrique Aviles, Abby Bronson, Janice Chin, Pat Furlong, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Elizabeth Habeeb-Louks, Erik Henricson, Hans Kroger, Charles Lynn, Stephen Lynn, Dana Martin, Glen Nuckolls, William Rooney, Klaus Romero, Lee Sweeney, Krista Vandenborne, Glenn Walter, Jodi Wolff, Brenda Wong, Craig M McDonald, Members Of The Duchenne Regulatory Science Consortium Imaging-Dmd Consortium And The Cinrg Investigators
The Duchenne Regulatory Science Consortium (D-RSC) was established to develop tools to accelerate drug development for DMD.  The resulting tools are anticipated to meet validity requirements outlined by qualification/endorsement pathways at both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Administration (EMA), and will be made available to the drug development community. The initial goals of the consortium include the development of a disease progression model, with the goal of creating a model that would be used to forecast changes in clinically meaningful endpoints, which would inform clinical trial protocol development and data analysis...
January 12, 2017: PLoS Currents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228820/temperature-elevation-measured-in-a-tissue-mimicking-phantom-for-transvaginal-ultrasound-at-clinical-settings
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Piero Miloro, Eleanor Martin, Adam Shaw
INTRODUCTION: This paper reports the results of an audit to assess the possible thermal hazard associated with the clinical use of ultrasound scanners in UK Hospitals for transvaginal ultrasound imaging. METHODS: An anatomically relevant phantom composed of a block of agar-based tissue mimicking material with embedded thermal sensors was developed. Seventeen hospitals around the UK were visited and a total of 64 configurations were tested. A representative typical scanning protocol was adopted, which primarily used B-mode with 30 s periods of colour-flow and pulsed Doppler modes for both gynaecology and obstetrics pre-sets...
February 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228369/feasibility-of-implementing-a-patient-centered-postoperative-wound-monitoring-program-using-smartphone-images-a-pilot-protocol
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Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Rebecca L Gunter, Kyla M Bennett, Lola Awoyinka, Shahrose Rahman, Caprice C Greenberg, K Craig Kent
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infections (SSI) represent a significant public health problem as the most common nosocomial infection and a leading cause of unplanned hospital readmissions among surgical patients. Many develop following hospital discharge and often go unrecognized by patients. Telemedicine offers the opportunity to leverage the mobile technology to remotely monitor wound recovery in the transitional period between hospital discharge and routine clinic follow-up. However, many existing telemedicine platforms are episodic, replacing routine follow-up, rather than equipped for continued monitoring; they include only low-risk patient populations and those who already have access to and comfort with the necessary technology; and transmit no visual information...
February 22, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228173/optimization-of-vascular-casting-for-three-dimensional-fluorescence-cryo-imaging-of-collateral-vessels-in-the-ischemic-rat-hindlimb
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Janina C V Schwarz, Monique G J T B van Lier, Erik N T P Bakker, Judith de Vos, Jos A E Spaan, Ed VanBavel, Maria Siebes
Development of collateral vessels, arteriogenesis, may protect against tissue ischemia, however, quantitative data on this process remain scarce. We have developed a technique for replicating the entire arterial network of ischemic rat hindlimbs in three dimensions (3D) based on vascular casting and automated sequential cryo-imaging. Various dilutions of Batson's No. 17 with methyl methacrylate were evaluated in healthy rats, with further protocol optimization in ischemic rats. Penetration of the resin into the vascular network greatly depended on dilution; the total length of casted vessels below 75 µm was 13-fold higher at 50% dilution compared with the 10% dilution...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228127/a-review-of-enhanced-paramedic-roles-during-and-after-hospital-handover-of-stroke-myocardial-infarction-and-trauma-patients
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Darren Flynn, Richard Francis, Shannon Robalino, Joanne Lally, Helen Snooks, Helen Rodgers, Graham McClelland, Gary A Ford, Christopher Price
BACKGROUND: Ambulance paramedics play a critical role expediting patient access to emergency treatments. Standardised handover communication frameworks have led to improvements in accuracy and speed of information transfer but their impact upon time-critical scenarios is unclear. Patient outcomes might be improved by paramedics staying for a limited time after handover to assist with shared patient care. We aimed to categorize and synthesise data from studies describing development/extension of the ambulance-based paramedic role during and after handover for time-critical conditions (trauma, stroke and myocardial infarction)...
February 23, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227765/distribution-aware-estimation-of-the-minimum-achievable-uncertainty-in-diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti
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Andrea Duggento, Marco Giannelli, Carlo Tessa, Simona Lanzafame, Maria Guerrisi, Nicola Toschi, Andrea Duggento, Marco Giannelli, Carlo Tessa, Simona Lanzafame, Maria Guerrisi, Nicola Toschi, Nicola Toschi, Maria Guerrisi, Marco Giannelli, Carlo Tessa, Simona Lanzafame, Andrea Duggento
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) provides exquisite sensitivity to structural and microstructural characteristics of brain tissue, and is routinely employed in advanced neuroimaging applications. DTI is commonly performed using intrinsically noisy echo-planar imaging techniques and poses high demands both on scanner performance and on in-scanner subject time, which in turn is directly related to the number of diffusion-weighting direction one requires. While DTI-derived indices such as fractional anisotropy (FA), diffusion tensor trace and anisotropy mode have proven extremely useful in characterizing disease-related aberrations, their estimation is commonly performed using fitting routines that do not properly take into account MRI noise distribution...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227418/automatic-pneumonia-detection-based-on-ultrasound-video-analysis
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Pedro Cisneros-Velarde, Malena Correa, Holger Mayta, Cynthia Anticona, Monica Pajuelo, Richard Oberhelman, William Checkley, Robert H Gilman, Dante Figueroa, Mirko Zimic, Roberto Lavarello, Benjamin Castaneda, Pedro Cisneros-Velarde, Malena Correa, Holger Mayta, Cynthia Anticona, Monica Pajuelo, Richard Oberhelman, William Checkley, Robert H Gilman, Dante Figueroa, Mirko Zimic, Roberto Lavarello, Benjamin Castaneda, Robert H Gilman, Holger Mayta, Monica Pajuelo, Cynthia Anticona, Roberto Lavarello, Dante Figueroa, Pedro Cisneros-Velarde, Richard Oberhelman, Mirko Zimic, Benjamin Castaneda, William Checkley, Malena Correa
Pneumonia is a disease which causes high mortality in children under five years old, particularly in developing countries. This paper proposes a novel application of ultrasound video analysis for the detection of pneumonia. This application is based on the processing of small video chunks, in which an image processing algorithm analyzes each frame to get some overall video statistics. Then, based on these quantities, the likeness of presence of pneumonia in the video is determined. The algorithm exploits different geometrical properties of typical anatomical and pathological features that commonly appear in lung sonography and which are already clinically typified in the literature...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227119/clinical-viability-of-carotid-plaque-strain-estimation-using-b-mode-ultrasound-image-sequences
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Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar, Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker, Brajesh K Lal, Siddhartha Sikdar, Siddhartha Sikdar, Brajesh K Lal, Amir A Khan, Joseph C Hecker
It is estimated that approximately 30% of ischemic strokes are caused by rupture of plaque in the carotid artery. Development of techniques focusing on identifying plaques that are vulnerable to rupture is thus indispensable for stroke prevention. Recent studies have demonstrated that motion analysis of plaques from B-mode and RF ultrasound (US) image sequences can be used to estimate plaque strain. However, viability of these methods in a clinical setting, with variable acquisition protocols, has not been demonstrated yet...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227093/applicability-of-ssvep-based-brain-computer-interfaces-for-robot-navigation-in-real-environments
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Christina Farmaki, Georgios Christodoulakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Christina Farmaki, Georgios Christodoulakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Christina Farmaki, Georgios Christodoulakis
Brain-computer interfaces have been extensively studied and used in order to aid patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases to communicate and control the surrounding environment. Steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEP) constitute a very popular BCI stimulation protocol, due to their efficiency and quick response time. In this study, we developed a SSVEP-based BCI along with a low-cost custom radio-controlled robot-car providing live video feedback from a wireless camera mounted on the robot, serving as our testbed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226694/multi-output-gaussian-processes-for-enhancing-resolution-of-diffusion-tensor-fields
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Hernan Dario Vargas Cardona, Alvaro A Orozco, Mauricio A Alvarez, Hernan Dario Vargas Cardona, Alvaro A Orozco, Mauricio A Alvarez, Hernan Dario Vargas Cardona, Mauricio A Alvarez, Alvaro A Orozco
Second order diffusion tensor (DT) fields are widely used in several clinical applications: brain fibers connections, diagnosis of neuro-degenerative diseases, image registration, brain conductivity models, etc. However, due to current acquisition protocols and hardware limitations in MRI machines, the diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) data is obtained with low spatial resolution (1 or 2 mm(3) for each voxel). This issue can be significant, because tissue fibers are much smaller than voxel size. Interpolation has become in a successful methodology for enhancing spatial resolution of DT fields...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225831/whole-body-staging-of-female-patients-with-recurrent-pelvic-malignancies-ultra-fast-18f-fdg-pet-mri-compared-to-18f-fdg-pet-ct-and-ct
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Julian Kirchner, Lino Morris Sawicki, Saravanabavaan Suntharalingam, Johannes Grueneisen, Verena Ruhlmann, Bahriye Aktas, Cornelius Deuschl, Ken Herrmann, Gerald Antoch, Michael Forsting, Lale Umutlu
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic feasibility of an ultra-fast 18F-FDG PET/MRI protocol, including T2-w and contrast-enhanced T1-w imaging as well as metabolic assessment (PET) in comparison to 18F-FDG PET/CT and CT for whole-body staging of female patients with suspected recurrence of pelvic malignancies. METHODS: 43 female patients with suspected tumor recurrence were included in this study. Suspicion was based on clinical follow-up and abnormal findings on imaging follow-up...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225687/reducing-iodine-contrast-volume-in-ct-angiography-of-the-abdominal-aorta-using-integrated-tube-potential-selection-and-weight-based-method-without-compromising-image-quality
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Rogerio Vasconcelos, Terri J Vrtiska, Thomas A Foley, Thanila A Macedo, Juan C Montoya Cardona, Eric E Williamson, Cynthia H McCollough, Joel G Fletcher
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to determine whether image quality was maintained when a weight-based protocol incorporating tube potential selection was used to select lower iodine contrast volumes for aortic CT angiography (CTA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with potentially decreased renal function underwent CTA performed with the iodinated contrast volume determined using a table incorporating different tube potentials and patient weights. The image quality of CTA examinations performed with a reduced iodine volume (hereafter known as "low-iodine CTA examinations"), internal control CTA examinations (i...
March 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225684/assessing-the-risks-associated-with-mri-in-patients-with-a-pacemaker-or-defibrillator
#17
Robert J Russo, Heather S Costa, Patricia D Silva, Jeffrey L Anderson, Aysha Arshad, Robert W W Biederman, Noel G Boyle, Jennifer V Frabizzio, Ulrika Birgersdotter-Green, Steven L Higgins, Rachel Lampert, Christian E Machado, Edward T Martin, Andrew L Rivard, Jason C Rubenstein, Raymond H M Schaerf, Jennifer D Schwartz, Dipan J Shah, Gery F Tomassoni, Gail T Tominaga, Allison E Tonkin, Seth Uretsky, Steven D Wolff
Background The presence of a cardiovascular implantable electronic device has long been a contraindication for the performance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We established a prospective registry to determine the risks associated with MRI at a magnetic field strength of 1.5 tesla for patients who had a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) that was "non-MRI-conditional" (i.e., not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for MRI scanning). Methods Patients in the registry were referred for clinically indicated nonthoracic MRI at a field strength of 1...
23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225434/pet-ct-surveillance-detects-asymptomatic-recurrences-in-stage-iiib-and-iiic-melanoma-patients-a-prospective-cohort-study
#18
Max F Madu, Pieter Timmerman, Michel W J M Wouters, Bernies van der Hiel, Jos A van der Hage, Alexander C J van Akkooi
AJCC stage IIIB and IIIC melanoma patients are at risk for disease relapse or progression. The advent of effective systemic therapies has made curative treatment of progressive disease a possibility. As resection of oligometastatic disease can confer a survival benefit and as immunotherapy is possibly most effective in a low tumor load setting, there is a likely benefit to early detection of progression. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate a PET/computed tomography (CT) surveillance schedule for resected stage IIIB and IIIC melanoma...
February 20, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225355/assessing-cardiac-function-from-total-variation-regularized-4-d-c-arm-ct-in-the-presence-of-angular-undersampling
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Oliver Taubmann, Viktor Haase, Guenter Lauritsch, Yefeng Zheng, Gregor Krings, Joachim Hornegger, Andreas Maier
Time-resolved tomographic cardiac imaging using an angiographic C-arm device may support clinicians during minimally invasive therapy by enabling a thorough analysis of the heart function directly in the catheter laboratory. However, clinically feasible acquisition protocols entail a highly challenging reconstruction problem which suffers from sparse angular sampling of the trajectory. Compressed sensing theory promises that useful images can be recovered despite massive undersampling by means of sparsity-based regularization...
February 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224618/the-feasibility-of-nbi-in-patients-with-suspected-upper-airway-lesions-a-multicenter-study
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Leif J J Bäck, Jami Rekola, Lassi Raittinen, Elina Halme, Petra Pietarinen, Harri Keski-Säntti, Leena-Maija Aaltonen, Antti A Mäkitie, Antti Raappana, Jukka Tikanto, Aleksi Schrey, Reidar Grenman, Jussi Laranne, Petri Koivunen, Heikki Irjala
OBJECTIVE: Narrow band imaging (NBI) improves diagnosis of laryngopharyngeal cancer, but most reported NBI studies are from experienced centers. Feasibility reports on use at everyday outpatient departments are needed. STUDY DESIGN: Researcher-initiated, prospective, multicenter. METHODS: Participating physicians were instructed in NBI technique during a 4-hour meeting. Patients underwent an examination that included endoscopy with white light (WL) high-definition (HD) TV and NBI filter in the selected time period...
February 22, 2017: Laryngoscope
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