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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914083/antibody-guided-molecular-imaging-of-infective-endocarditis
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Kenneth L Pinkston, Peng Gao, Kavindra V Singh, Ali Azhdarinia, Barbara E Murray, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, Barrett R Harvey
In this protocol, we describe the application of using a high affinity monoclonal antibody generated against the major pilin protein component of the pilin structure of Enterococcus faecalis as a PET imaging agent for enterococcal endocarditis detection. The anti-pilin -mAb 64Cu conjugate was able to specifically label enterococcal endocarditis vegetation in vivo in a rodent endocarditis model. By targeting pili, a covalently linked surface antigen extending from the bacterial surface, we provided evidence that gram-positive pilin represent a logical surface antigen to define or target an infectious agent for molecularly guided imaging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911667/barriers-and-benefits-in-telemedicine-arising-between-a-high-technology-hospital-service-provider-and-remote-public-healthcare-units-a-qualitative-study-in-brazil
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Carlos Henrique Amaral de Souza, Renata Albaladejo Morbeck, Milton Steinman, Cora Pereira Hors, Mario Maia Bracco, Elisa H Kozasa, Eliseth Ribeiro Leão
BACKGROUND: In Brazil, the Program for Institutional Development of the Unified Healthcare System (PROADI-SUS) has implemented a telemedicine service for urgent situations and emergencies. It is delivered by a high-technology (HT) hospital to 15 remote healthcare units (RUs) in 11 different Brazilian states. The aim of this study was to investigate possible barriers and benefits in telemedicine service among these units. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a qualitative study on the perceptions of physicians involved in telemedicine service in their role as providers and consultants...
December 2, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911444/impact-of-optical-coherence-tomography-scanning-density-on-quantitative-analyses-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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S B Velaga, M G Nittala, R K Konduru, F Heussen, P A Keane, S R Sadda
PurposeTo assess the influence of varying B-scan frame-sampling densities on retinal thickness and volume measurements from spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).MethodsVolume OCT data (512 × 128 macular cube over 6 × 6 mm) were collected from 39 eyes with neovascular AMD. All 128 B-scans in each image set were manually segmented, allowing quantification of the neurosensory retina, subretinal fluid (SRF), subretinal hyperreflective material (SRHM), and pigment epithelium detachment (PED)...
December 2, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911379/rapid-acquisition-of-3d-images-using-high-resolution-episcopic-microscopy
#4
Haochuan Zhang, JunGang Huang, Xin Liu, Ping Zhu, Zhongrong Li, Xue Li
High-resolution episcopic microscopic (HREM) technology enables rapid acquisition of high-resolution digital volumetric and three-dimensional (3D) morphometric data. Here, we describe the detailed protocol to image the entire mouse embryo. The protocol consists of four major sections: sample preparation, embedding, image acquisition and finally, 3D visualization. The technology requires specimens to be stained with a fluorescent dye, which can be problematic for large or dense specimens. To overcome this limitation, we have improved the existing protocol to enhance tissue penetration of the dye by pretreating the specimen with a solution containing urea and sodium dodecyl sulfate...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911366/a-multimodal-imaging-and-stimulation-based-method-of-evaluating-connectivity-related-brain-excitability-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Mouhsin M Shafi, Susan Whitfield-Gabrieli, Catherine J Chu, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Bernard S Chang
Resting-state functional connectivity MRI (rs-fcMRI) is a technique that identifies connectivity between different brain regions based on correlations over time in the blood-oxygenation level dependent signal. rs-fcMRI has been applied extensively to identify abnormalities in brain connectivity in different neurologic and psychiatric diseases. However, the relationship among rs-fcMRI connectivity abnormalities, brain electrophysiology and disease state is unknown, in part because the causal significance of alterations in functional connectivity in disease pathophysiology has not been established...
November 13, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910941/rapid-mapping-of-polarization-switching-through-complete-information-acquisition
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Suhas Somnath, Alex Belianinov, Sergei V Kalinin, Stephen Jesse
Polarization switching in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials underpins a broad range of current and emergent applications, ranging from random access memories to field-effect transistors, and tunnelling devices. Switching in these materials is exquisitely sensitive to local defects and microstructure on the nanometre scale, necessitating spatially resolved high-resolution studies of these phenomena. Classical piezoresponse force microscopy and spectroscopy, although providing necessary spatial resolution, are fundamentally limited in data acquisition rates and energy resolution...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910719/artifacts-in-multimodal-imaging-of-titanium-zirconium-and-binary-titanium-zirconium-alloy-dental-implants-an-in-vitro-study
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Ralf Smeets, Maximilian Schöllchen, Tobias Gauer, Gahzal Aarabi, Alexandre T Assaf, Carsten Rendenbach, Benedicta Beck-Broichsitter, Jan Semmusch, Jan Sedlacik, Max Heiland, Jens Fiehler, Susanne Siemonsen
OBJECTIVES: To analyze and evaluate imaging artifacts induced by zirconium, titanium and titanium-zirconium alloy dental implants. METHODS: Zirconium, titanium and titanium-zirconium alloy implants were embedded in gelatin and MRI, CT and CBCT were performed. Standard-protocols were used for each modality. For MRI, line-distance-profiles were plotted to quantify the accuracy of size-determination. For CT and CBCT, six shells surrounding the implant were defined every 0...
December 2, 2016: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910717/dose-optimisation-for-assessment-of-periodontal-structures-in-cone-beam-ct-examinations
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Ayman Al-Okshi, Chrysoula Theodorakou, Christina Lindh
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between dose and image quality for a dedicated dental Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanner using different scanning protocols and to set up an optimal imaging protocol for assessment of periodontal structures. METHODS: Radiation dose and image quality measurements were made using the 3D Accuitomo 170 dental CBCT scanner. The SedentexCT IQ phantom was used to investigate the relationship between contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and dose-area product (DAP)...
December 2, 2016: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910624/a-scanning-hall-probe-microscope-for-high-resolution-large-area-variable-height-magnetic-field-imaging
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Gorky Shaw, R B G Kramer, N M Dempsey, K Hasselbach
We present a scanning Hall probe microscope operating in ambient conditions. One of the unique features of this microscope is the use of the same stepper motors for both sample positioning as well as scanning, which makes it possible to have a large scan range (few mm) in the x and y directions, with a scan resolution of 0.1 μm. Protocols have been implemented to enable scanning at different heights from the sample surface. The z range is 35 mm. Microstructured Hall probes of size 1-5 μm have been developed...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910429/automated-analysis-of-hot-spot-x-ray-images-at-the-national-ignition-facility
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S F Khan, N Izumi, S Glenn, R Tommasini, L R Benedetti, T Ma, A Pak, G A Kyrala, P Springer, D K Bradley, R P J Town
At the National Ignition Facility, the symmetry of the hot spot of imploding capsules is diagnosed by imaging the emitted x-rays using gated cameras and image plates. The symmetry of an implosion is an important factor in the yield generated from the resulting fusion process. The x-ray images are analyzed by decomposing the image intensity contours into Fourier and Legendre modes. This paper focuses on the additional protocols for the time-integrated shape analysis from image plates. For implosions with temperatures above ∼4 keV, the hard x-ray background can be utilized to infer the temperature of the hot spot...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910021/quantitative-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-qfish
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Ivan Y Iourov
Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) has a wide spectrum of applications in current molecular cytogenetic and cancer research. This is a unique technique that can be used for chromosomal DNA analysis in all cell types, at all stages of the cell cycle, and at molecular resolution. Recent developments in microscopy and imaging systems have allowed quantification of digital FISH images (quantitative FISH or QFISH) and have provided a new way for molecular cytogenetic analysis at single-cell level. QFISH can be applied for studying chromosome imbalances in interphase nuclei or metaphase spreads, measuring relative DNA content at chromosomal loci and identifying parental origin of homologous chromosomes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909787/test-retest-reliability-of-tibiofemoral-joint-space-width-measurements-made-using-a-low-dose-standing-ct-scanner
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Neil A Segal, John Bergin, Andrew Kern, Christian Findlay, Donald D Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To determine the test-retest reliability of knee joint space width (JSW) measurements made using standing CT (SCT) imaging. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This prospective two-visit study included 50 knees from 30 subjects (66% female; mean ± SD age 58.2 ± 11.3 years; BMI 29.1 ± 5.6 kg/m(2); 38% KL grade 0-1). Tibiofemoral geometry was obtained from bilateral, approximately 20° fixed-flexed SCT images acquired at visits 2 weeks apart. For each compartment, the total joint area was defined as the area with a JSW <10 mm...
December 1, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909769/evaluation-of-131-i-scintigraphy-and-stimulated-thyroglobulin-levels-in-the-follow-up-of-patients-with-dtc-a-retrospective-analysis-of-1420-patients
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Jose Manuel Gonzalez Carvalho, Dennis Görlich, Otmar Schober, Christian Wenning, Burkhard Riemann, Frederik Anton Verburg, Alexis Vrachimis
AIM: To study the clinical yield of diagnostic whole body (131)I scintigraphy (DxWBS) in the follow-up of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) patients in relation to stimulated thyroglobulin (sTg) in the initial post-ablation setting, as well as in the setting of repeated monitoring in course of further DTC follow-up. METHODS: Data of 1420 thyroidectomized and radioiodine remnant-ablated DTC patients following a well-defined therapy and standardized follow-up protocol were evaluated...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909130/the-use-of-ultra-low-dose-ct-scans-for-the-evaluation-of-limb-fractures-is-the-reduced-effective-dose-using-ct-in-orthopaedic-injury-reduction-protocol-effective
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S R Konda, A M Goch, P Leucht, A Christiano, S Gyftopoulos, G Yoeli, K A Egol
AIMS: To evaluate whether an ultra-low-dose CT protocol can diagnose selected limb fractures as well as conventional CT (C-CT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively studied 40 consecutive patients with a limb fracture in whom a CT scan was indicated. These were scanned using an ultra-low-dose CT Reduced Effective Dose Using Computed Tomography In Orthopaedic Injury (REDUCTION) protocol. Studies from 16 selected cases were compared with 16 C-CT scans matched for age, gender and type of fracture...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908968/psa-stratified-performance-of-18f-and-68ga-labeled-tracers-in-psma-pet-imaging-of-patients-with-biochemical-recurrence-of-prostate-cancer
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Felix Dietlein, Carsten Kobe, Stephan Neubauer, Matthias Schmidt, Simone Stockter, Thomas Fischer, Klaus Schomäcker, Axel Heidenreich, Boris D Zlatopolskiy, Bernd Neumaier, Alexander Drzezga, Markus Dietlein
PURPOSE: Several studies outlined the sensitivity of (68)Ga-labeled PET tracers against the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) for localization of relapsed prostate cancer in patients with renewed increase in the prostate-specific antigen (PSA), commonly referred to as biochemical recurrence. Labeling of PSMA tracers with (18)F offers numerous advantages, including improved image resolution, longer half-life and increased production yields. The aim of this study was to assess the PSA-stratified performance of the (18)F-labeled PSMA tracer (18)F-DCFPyL and the (68)Ga-labeled reference (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908767/should-we-routinely-analyze-reduction-mammaplasty-specimens
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Päivi A Merkkola-von Schantz, Tiina A Jahkola, Leena A Krogerus, Katja S Hukkinen, Susanna Mc Kauhanen
BACKGROUND: Reduction mammaplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures. Preoperative imaging and histopathology protocols vary among countries and institutions. We aimed to analyze the incidence of occult breast cancer and high-risk lesions in reduction mammaplasty specimens. We also analyzed whether patients with abnormal histopathology differed from the study population in terms of demographics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In total, 918 women who underwent reduction mammaplasty from January 2007 to December 2011 were retrospectively reviewed for demographics, preoperative imaging, further preoperative examinations, pathology reports, and postoperative follow-up...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908187/dosimetric-characterization-of-mri-only-treatment-planning-for-brain-tumors-in-atlas-based-pseudo-ct-images-generated-from-standard-t1-weighted-mr-images
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Benjamin Demol, Christine Boydev, Juha Korhonen, Nick Reynaert
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-only radiotherapy treatment planning requires accurate pseudo-CT (pCT) images for precise dose calculation. The current work introduced an atlas-based method combined with MR intensity information. pCT analyses and Monte Carlo dose calculations for intracranial stereotactic treatments were performed. METHODS: Twenty-two patients, representing 35 tumor targets, were scanned using a 3D T1-weighted MRI sequence according to the clinical protocol...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908180/a-novel-approach-to-evaluate-spatial-resolution-of-mri-clinical-images-for-optimization-and-standardization-of-breast-screening-protocols
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Marco Borri, Erica D Scurr, Cheryl Richardson, Marianne Usher, Martin O Leach, Maria A Schmidt
PURPOSE: Stringent quality assurance is required in MRI breast screening to ensure that different scanners and imaging protocols reach similar diagnostic performance. The authors propose a methodology, based on power spectrum analysis (PSA), to evaluate spatial resolution in clinical images. To demonstrate this approach, the authors have retrospectively compared two MRI sequences commonly employed in breast screening. METHODS: In a novel approach to PSA, spatial frequency response curves (SFRCs) were extracted from the images...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908169/flexible-mini-gamma-camera-reconstructions-of-extended-sources-using-step-and-shoot-and-list-mode
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José Gardiazabal, Philipp Matthies, Jakob Vogel, Benjamin Frisch, Nassir Navab, Sibylle Ziegler, Tobias Lasser
PURPOSE: Hand- and robot-guided mini gamma cameras have been introduced for the acquisition of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. Less cumbersome than whole-body scanners, they allow for a fast acquisition of the radioactivity distribution, for example, to differentiate cancerous from hormonally hyperactive lesions inside the thyroid. This work compares acquisition protocols and reconstruction algorithms in an attempt to identify the most suitable approach for fast acquisition and efficient image reconstruction, suitable for localization of extended sources, such as lesions inside the thyroid...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908166/improved-targeting-accuracy-of-lung-tumor-biopsies-with-scanning-beam-digital-x-ray-tomosynthesis-image-guidance
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Geoff Nelson, Meng Wu, Cameron Hinkel, Ganesh Krishna, Tobias Funk, Jarrett Rosenberg, Rebecca Fahrig
PURPOSE: Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) provides improved targeting accuracy during transbronchial biopsies of suspicious nodules. The greatest weakness of ENB-based guidance is the registration divergence that exists between the planning CT, acquired days or weeks before the intervention, and the patient on the table on the day of the intervention. Augmenting ENB guidance with real-time tomosynthesis imaging during the intervention could mitigate the divergence and further improve the yield of ENB-guided transbronchial biopsies...
December 2016: Medical Physics
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