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  1. Posture-Dependent Human 3He Lung Imaging in an Open Access MRI System: Initial Results

    Tsai, L L; Li, C -H; Rosen, M S; Patz, S; Walsworth, R L

    2007-01-01

    The human lung and its functions are extremely sensitive to orientation and posture, and debate continues as to the role of gravity and the surrounding anatomy in determining lung function and heterogeneity of perfusion and ventilation. However, study of these effects is difficult. The conventional high-field magnets used for most hyperpolarized 3He MRI of the human lung, and most other common radiological imaging modalities including PET and CT, restrict subjects to lying horizontally, minimizing most gravitational effects. In this paper, we briefly review the motivation for posture-dependent studies of human lung function, and present initial imaging results of human lungs in the supine and vertical body orientations using inhaled hyperpolarized 3He gas and an open-access MRI instrument. The open geometry of this MRI system features a "walk-in" capability that permits subjects to be imaged in vertical and horizontal positions, and potentially allows for complete rotation of the orientation of the imaging su...

  2. Assessment of Regional Lung Function with Multivolume 1H MR Imaging in Health and Obstructive Lung Disease: Comparison with 3He MR Imaging

    Pennati, Francesca; Quirk, James D.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.; Castro, Mario; Aliverti, Andrea; Woods, Jason C.

    2014-01-01

    Results demonstrate that proton MR signal changes among different lung volumes are in good agreement with 3He MR ventilation imaging findings and can be successfully applied in both healthy volunteers and patients with obstructive lung disease.

  3. Emphysema Quantification in Inflation-Fixed Lungs Using Low-Dose Computed Tomography and 3He Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Jacob, Rick E.; Bierhals, Andrew J.; Choong, Cliff K.; Bartel, Seth T.; Chang, Yulin V.; Das, Nitin A.; Hong, Cheng; Lutey, Barbara; Ritter, Jon H.; Pilgram, Thomas K.; Cooper, Joel D.; Patterson, G Alexander; Battafarano, Richard J.; Meyers, Bryan F.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.; Conradi, Mark S.

    2010-09-02

    Abstract: Objective: To evaluate the use of inflation-fixed lung tissue for emphysema quantification with CT and 3He MR diffusion imaging. Methods: Fourteen subjects representing a range of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severity who underwent complete or lobar lung resection were studied. CT measurements of lung attenuation and MR measurements of the hyperpolarized 3He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) in resected specimens fixed in inflation with heated formalin vapor were compared with measurements obtained before fixation. Results: The mean CT emphysema index was 56% ± 17% before and 58% ± 19% after fixation (P=0.77;R=0.76). Index differences correlated with differences in lung volume (R2=0.47). The mean 3He ADC was 0.40 ± 0.15 cm2/sec before and 0.39 ± 0.14 cm2/sec after fixation (P=0.03, R=0.98). The CT emphysema index and the 3He ADC were correlated before (R=0.89) and after fixation (R=0.79). Conclusion: Concordance of CT and 3He MR imaging measurements in unfixed and inflation-fixed lungs supports the use of inflation-fixed lungs for quantitative imaging studies in emphysema.

  4. Orientation-Dependent 3He Lung Imaging in an Open Access, Very-Low-Field Human MRI System

    Mair, R W; Patz, S; Rosen, M S; Ruset, I C; Topulos, G P; Tsai, L L; Butler, J P; Hersman, F W; Walsworth, R L

    2004-01-01

    Orientation-dependent imaging of human lungs is demonstrated using inhaled laser-polarized 3He gas and an open-access very-low-magnetic field (< 5 mT) MRI instrument. This prototype device employs a simple, low-cost electromagnet, with an open geometry that allows variation of the orientation of the imaging subject in a two-dimensional plane. Two-dimensional 3He images were acquired with 2 mm in-plane resolution from a subject in two orientations: lying supine, and sitting in a vertical position with one arm raised. The images show clear differences in lung shape and inhaled 3He gas distribution, consistent with the expected orientation dependence of pulmonary physiology.

  5. 4-D segmentation and normalization of 3He MR images for intrasubject assessment of ventilated lung volumes

    Contrella, Benjamin; Tustison, Nicholas J.; Altes, Talissa A.; Avants, Brian B.; Mugler, John P., III; de Lange, Eduard E.

    2012-03-01

    Although 3He MRI permits compelling visualization of the pulmonary air spaces, quantitation of absolute ventilation is difficult due to confounds such as field inhomogeneity and relative intensity differences between image acquisition; the latter complicating longitudinal investigations of ventilation variation with respiratory alterations. To address these potential difficulties, we present a 4-D segmentation and normalization approach for intra-subject quantitative analysis of lung hyperpolarized 3He MRI. After normalization, which combines bias correction and relative intensity scaling between longitudinal data, partitioning of the lung volume time series is performed by iterating between modeling of the combined intensity histogram as a Gaussian mixture model and modulating the spatial heterogeneity tissue class assignments through Markov random field modeling. Evaluation of the algorithm was retrospectively applied to a cohort of 10 asthmatics between 19-25 years old in which spirometry and 3He MR ventilation images were acquired both before and after respiratory exacerbation by a bronchoconstricting agent (methacholine). Acquisition was repeated under the same conditions from 7 to 467 days (mean +/- standard deviation: 185 +/- 37.2) later. Several techniques were evaluated for matching intensities between the pre and post-methacholine images with the 95th percentile value histogram matching demonstrating superior correlations with spirometry measures. Subsequent analysis evaluated segmentation parameters for assessing ventilation change in this cohort. Current findings also support previous research that areas of poor ventilation in response to bronchoconstriction are relatively consistent over time.

  6. Regional Ventilation Changes in Severe Asthma after Bronchial Thermoplasty with 3He MR Imaging and CT

    Thomen, Robert P.; Sheshadri, Ajay; Quirk, James D.; Kozlowski, Jim; Ellison, Henry D.; Szczesniak, Rhonda D.; Castro, Mario; Woods, Jason C.

    2014-01-01

    We quantified regional lung ventilation in healthy volunteers and patients with severe asthma (both before and after thermoplasty) at the level of individual bronchopulmonary segments by using a combination of 3He MR imaging and CT.

  7. 3D MRI of non-Gaussian 3He gas diffusion in the rat lung

    Jacob, Richard E.; Laicher, Gernot; Minard, Kevin R.

    2007-10-01

    In 3He magnetic resonance images of pulmonary air spaces, the confining architecture of the parenchymal tissue results in a non-Gaussian distribution of signal phase that non-exponentially attenuates image intensity as diffusion weighting is increased. Here, two approaches previously used for the analysis of non-Gaussian effects in the lung are compared and related using diffusion-weighted 3He MR images of mechanically ventilated rats. One approach is model-based and was presented by Yablonskiy et al., while the other approach utilizes the second order decay contribution that is predicted from the cumulant expansion theorem. Total lung coverage is achieved using a hybrid 3D pulse sequence that combines conventional phase encoding with sparse radial sampling for efficient gas usage. This enables the acquisition of nine 3D images using a total of only ˜1 L of hyperpolarized 3He gas. Diffusion weighting ranges from 0 s/cm 2 to 40 s/cm 2. Results show that the non-Gaussian effects of 3He gas diffusion in healthy rat lungs are directly attributed to the anisotropic geometry of lung microstructure as predicted by the Yablonskiy model, and that quantitative analysis over the entire lung can be reliably repeated in time-course studies of the same animal.

  8. Functional {sup 3}He-MRI of the lungs; Funktionelle {sup 3}He-MRT der Lunge

    Gast, K.K.; Wolf, U. [Universitaetsmedizin der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitaet Mainz, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Mainz (Germany)

    2009-08-15

    Pulmonary diseases have a high health-related and economic significance. {sup 3}He-MRI is an alternative imaging method which can detect ventilatory disturbances with a high sensitivity. The application of different pulse sequences allows static and dynamic assessment of ventilation and bronchial gas flow, non-invasive measurement of intrapulmonary oxygen partial pressure and quantification of pulmonary parenchyma destruction and overinflation. Generally, the method is applicable for obstructive and restrictive ventilatory disturbances but initial approaches also exist for vascular pulmonary diseases. Specific clinical applications remain to be determined but {sup 3}He-MRI is an excellent instrument for the assessment of physiologic and pathophysiologic interrelations in the distribution of ventilation. (orig.) [German] Lungenerkrankungen haben einen hohen gesundheitlichen und volkswirtschaftlichen Stellenwert. Die {sup 3}He-MRT ist eine alternative bildgebende Methode, die sensitiv Ventilationsstoerungen nachweisen kann. Ueber unterschiedliche Pulssequenzen koennen Ventilation und Gasfluesse statisch und dynamisch dargestellt, der intrapulmonale Sauerstoffpartialdruck nichtinvasiv gemessen und die Destruktion und Ueberblaehung des Lungenparenchyms quantifiziert werden. Prinzipiell ist die Methode fuer die Untersuchung obstruktiver und restriktiver Ventilationsstoerungen anwendbar, Ansaetze existieren jedoch auch fuer vaskulaere Lungenerkrankungen. Spezifische klinische Anwendungen fuer die {sup 3}He-MRT muessen noch erarbeitet werden, sie ist jedoch ein hervorragendes Instrument zur Untersuchung physiologischer und pathophysiologischer Zusammenhaenge bei der Ventilationsverteilung. (orig.)

  9. In vivo lung morphometry with hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI: Theoretical background

    Sukstanskii, A. L.; Yablonskiy, D. A.

    2008-02-01

    MRI-based study of 3He gas diffusion in lungs may provide important information on lung microstructure. Lung acinar airways can be described in terms of cylinders covered with alveolar sleeve [Haefeli-Bleuer, Weibel, Anat. Rec. 220 (1988) 401]. For relatively short diffusion times (on the order of a few ms) this geometry allows description of the 3He diffusion attenuated MR signal in lungs in terms of two diffusion coefficients—longitudinal (D) and transverse (D) with respect to the individual acinar airway axis [Yablonskiy et al., PNAS 99 (2002) 3111]. In this paper, empirical relationships between D and D and the geometrical parameters of airways and alveoli are found by means of computer Monte Carlo simulations. The effects of non-Gaussian signal behavior (dependence of D and D on b-value) are also taken into account. The results obtained are quantitatively valid in the physiologically important range of airway parameters characteristic of healthy lungs and lungs with mild emphysema. In lungs with advanced emphysema, the results provide only "apparent" characteristics but still could potentially be used to evaluate emphysema progression. This creates a basis for in vivo lung morphometry—evaluation of the geometrical parameters of acinar airways from hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI, despite the airways being too small to be resolved by direct imaging. These results also predict a rather substantial dependence of 3He ADC on the experimentally-controllable diffusion time, Δ. If Δ is decreased from 3 ms to 1 ms, the ADC in normal human lungs may increase by almost 50%. This effect should be taken into account when comparing experimental data obtained with different pulse sequences.

  10. Polarisation and compression of 3He for Magnetic Resonance Imaging purposes

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging is often used in medical science as a diagnostic tool for the human body. Conventional MRI uses the NMR signal from the protons of water molecules in tissue to image the interior of the patient's body. However, for certain areas such as the lungs and airways, the usage of a highly polarised gas yields better results. We are currently constructing an apparatus that uses polarised 3He gas to produce detailed images of those signal-deficient moyeties. We also plan to study possible uptake of polarised 3He gas by the circulatory system to image other organs

  11. Hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging: Preliminary evaluation of phenotyping potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Rationale and objectives: Emphysema and small airway obstruction are the pathological hallmarks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this pilot study in a small group of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was to quantify hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) functional and structural measurements and to explore the potential role for 3He MRI in detecting the lung structural and functional COPD phenotypes. Materials and methods: We evaluated 20 ex-smokers with stage I (n = 1), stage II (n = 9) and stage III COPD (n = 10). All subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, 1H MRI and hyperpolarized 3He MRI at 3.0 T. 3He ventilation defect percent (VDP) was generated from 3He static ventilation images and 1H thoracic images and the 3He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was derived from diffusion-weighted MRI. Results: Based on the relative contribution of normalized ADC and VDP, there was evidence of a predominant 3He MRI measurement in seven patients (n = 3 mainly ventilation defects or VDP dominant (VD), n = 4 mainly increased ADC or ADC dominant (AD)). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significantly lower ADC for subjects with predominantly elevated VDP (p = 0.02 compared to subjects with predominantly elevated ADC; p = 0.008 compared to mixed group) and significantly decreased VDP for subjects with predominantly elevated ADC (p = 0.003, compared to mixed group). Conclusion: In this small pilot study, a preliminary analysis shows the potential for 3He MRI to categorize or phenotype COPD ex-smokers, providing good evidence of feasibility for larger prospective studies.

  12. 3He lung morphometry technique: Accuracy analysis and pulse sequence optimization

    Sukstanskii, A. L.; Conradi, M. S.; Yablonskiy, D. A.

    2010-12-01

    The 3He lung morphometry technique (Yablonskiy et al., JAP, 2009), based on MRI measurements of hyperpolarized gas diffusion in lung airspaces, provides unique information on the lung microstructure at the alveolar level. 3D tomographic images of standard morphological parameters (mean airspace chord length, lung parenchyma surface-to-volume ratio, and the number of alveoli per unit lung volume) can be created from a rather short (several seconds) MRI scan. These parameters are most commonly used to characterize lung morphometry but were not previously available from in vivo studies. A background of the 3He lung morphometry technique is based on a previously proposed model of lung acinar airways, treated as cylindrical passages of external radius R covered by alveolar sleeves of depth h, and on a theory of gas diffusion in these airways. The initial works approximated the acinar airways as very long cylinders, all with the same R and h. The present work aims at analyzing effects of realistic acinar airway structures, incorporating airway branching, physiological airway lengths, a physiological ratio of airway ducts and sacs, and distributions of R and h. By means of Monte-Carlo computer simulations, we demonstrate that our technique allows rather accurate measurements of geometrical and morphological parameters of acinar airways. In particular, the accuracy of determining one of the most important physiological parameter of lung parenchyma - surface-to-volume ratio - does not exceed several percent. Second, we analyze the effect of the susceptibility induced inhomogeneous magnetic field on the parameter estimate and demonstrate that this effect is rather negligible at B0 ⩽ 3T and becomes substantial only at higher B0 Third, we theoretically derive an optimal choice of MR pulse sequence parameters, which should be used to acquire a series of diffusion-attenuated MR signals, allowing a substantial decrease in the acquisition time and improvement in accuracy of the

  13. Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI in bronchiolitis obliterans after lung transplantation

    Gast, Klaus K. [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie, Mainz (Germany); Biedermann, Alexander [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, 3. Medizinische Klinik, Pulmonologie, Mainz (Germany); Herweling, Annette [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik fuer Anaesthesiologie, Mainz (Germany); Schreiber, Wolfgang G. [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik und Poliklinik fuer diagnostische und interventionelle Radiologie, MR-Physik, Mainz (Germany); Schmiedeskamp, Joerg [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany); Mayer, Eckhard [Klinikum der Johannes Gutenberg-Universitaet, Klinik fuer Herz-, Thorax- und Gefaesschirurgie, Mainz (Germany); Heussel, Claus P. [Abteilung fuer Radiologie, Thoraxklinik Heidelberg, Heidelberg (Germany); Markstaller, Klaus; Eberle, Balthasar [Inselspital/Universitaetsspital, Klinik fuer Anaesthesiologie, Bern (Switzerland); Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich [Radiologie, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Heidelberg (Germany)

    2008-03-15

    Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI was studied for the detection of differences in intrapulmonary oxygen partial pressure (pO{sub 2}) between patients with normal lung transplants and those with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS). Using software developed in-house, oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI datasets from patients with normal lung grafts (n = 8) and with BOS (n = 6) were evaluated quantitatively. Datasets were acquired on a 1.5-T system using a spoiled gradient echo pulse sequence. Underlying diseases were pulmonary emphysema (n = 10 datasets) and fibrosis (n = 4). BOS status was verified by pulmonary function tests. Additionally, {sup 3}He-MRI was assessed blindedly for ventilation defects. Median intrapulmonary pO{sub 2} in patients with normal lung grafts was 146 mbar compared with 108 mbar in patients with BOS. Homogeneity of pO2 distribution was greater in normal grafts (standard deviation pO2 34 versus 43 mbar). Median oxygen decrease rate during breath hold was higher in unaffected patients (-1.75 mbar/s versus -0.38 mbar/s). Normal grafts showed fewer ventilation defects (5% versus 28%, medians). Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI appears capable of demonstrating differences of intrapulmonary pO2 between normal lung grafts and grafts affected by BOS. Oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI may add helpful regional information to other diagnostic techniques for the assessment and follow-up of lung transplant recipients. (orig.)

  14. Hyperpolarised sup 3 He gas production for magnetic resonance imaging of the human air ways

    Fichele, S

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes the experimental techniques, and methods employed in hyperpolarised sup 3 He gas production and magnetic resonance imaging of the human air-ways, using spin-echo sequences and MR tagging techniques. An in-house polariser utilising the metastability optical pumping technique was constructed. The main results of this work are concerned with engineering difficulties involved in compressing HP sup 3 He and a large proportion of this PhD thesis details the design, construction, and performance of an in-house built peristaltic compressor. In preliminary imaging experiments using RARE, high signal to noise projection images of the lungs were acquired using less than 0.5 cm sup 3 (STP) of purely polarised HP gas. Later, increased HP gas quantities (typically 10 cm sup 3) were obtained by employing the peristaltic compressor. Consequently we could acquire 10 mm thick slices spanning the entire lung following a single sup 3 He gas bolus administration. Finally, the first results using MR tagging t...

  15. Two and three-dimensional segmentation of hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging of pulmonary gas distribution

    Heydarian, Mohammadreza; Kirby, Miranda; Wheatley, Andrew; Fenster, Aaron; Parraga, Grace

    2012-03-01

    A semi-automated method for generating hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) measurements of individual slice (2D) or whole lung (3D) gas distribution was developed. 3He MRI functional images were segmented using two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical K-means clustering of the 3He MRI signal and in addition a seeded region-growing algorithm was employed for segmentation of the 1H MRI thoracic cavity volume. 3He MRI pulmonary function measurements were generated following two-dimensional landmark-based non-rigid registration of the 3He and 1H pulmonary images. We applied this method to MRI of healthy subjects and subjects with chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). The results of hierarchical K-means 2D and 3D segmentation were compared to an expert observer's manual segmentation results using linear regression, Pearson correlations and the Dice similarity coefficient. 2D hierarchical K-means segmentation of ventilation volume (VV) and ventilation defect volume (VDV) was strongly and significantly correlated with manual measurements (VV: r=0.98, phierarchical K-means segmentation of VV and VDV was also strongly and significantly correlated with manual measurements (VV: r=0.98, psemi-automated segmentation of 3He MRI gas distribution provides a way to generate novel pulmonary function measurements.

  16. Two-dimensional and three-dimensional oxygen mapping by 3He-MRI validation in a lung phantom

    The aim of this study was to validate oxygen-sensitive 3He-MRI in noninvasive determination of the regional, two- and three-dimensional distribution of oxygen partial pressure. In a gas-filled elastic silicon ventilation bag used as a lung phantom, oxygen sensitive two- and three-dimensional 3He-MRI measurements were performed at different oxygen concentrations which had been equilibrated in a range of normal and pathologic values. The oxygen partial pressure distribution was determined from 3He-MRI using newly developed software allowing for mapping of oxygen partial pressure. The reference bulk oxygen partial pressure inside the phantom was measured by conventional respiratory gas analysis. In two-dimensional measurements, image-based and gas-analysis results correlated with r=0.98; in three-dimensional measurements the between-methods correlation coefficient was r=0.89. The signal-to-noise ratio of three-dimensional measurements was about half of that of two-dimensional measurements and became critical (below 3) in some data sets. Oxygen-sensitive 3He-MRI allows for noninvasive determination of the two- and three-dimensional distribution of oxygen partial pressure in gas-filled airspaces. (orig.)

  17. Hyperpolarized {sup 3}He magnetic resonance imaging: Preliminary evaluation of phenotyping potential in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Mathew, Lindsay, E-mail: lmathew@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Kirby, Miranda, E-mail: mkirby@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Etemad-Rezai, Roya, E-mail: Roya.EtemadRezai@lhsc.on.ca [Department of Medical Imaging, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Wheatley, Andrew, E-mail: awheat@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); McCormack, David G., E-mail: David.McCormack@lhsc.on.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Lawson Health Research Institute, London (Canada); Parraga, Grace, E-mail: gep@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, University of Western Ontario (Canada); Lawson Health Research Institute, London (Canada)

    2011-07-15

    Rationale and objectives: Emphysema and small airway obstruction are the pathological hallmarks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The aim of this pilot study in a small group of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients was to quantify hyperpolarized helium-3 ({sup 3}He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) functional and structural measurements and to explore the potential role for {sup 3}He MRI in detecting the lung structural and functional COPD phenotypes. Materials and methods: We evaluated 20 ex-smokers with stage I (n = 1), stage II (n = 9) and stage III COPD (n = 10). All subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, {sup 1}H MRI and hyperpolarized {sup 3}He MRI at 3.0 T. {sup 3}He ventilation defect percent (VDP) was generated from {sup 3}He static ventilation images and {sup 1}H thoracic images and the {sup 3}He apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) was derived from diffusion-weighted MRI. Results: Based on the relative contribution of normalized ADC and VDP, there was evidence of a predominant {sup 3}He MRI measurement in seven patients (n = 3 mainly ventilation defects or VDP dominant (VD), n = 4 mainly increased ADC or ADC dominant (AD)). Analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed significantly lower ADC for subjects with predominantly elevated VDP (p = 0.02 compared to subjects with predominantly elevated ADC; p = 0.008 compared to mixed group) and significantly decreased VDP for subjects with predominantly elevated ADC (p = 0.003, compared to mixed group). Conclusion: In this small pilot study, a preliminary analysis shows the potential for {sup 3}He MRI to categorize or phenotype COPD ex-smokers, providing good evidence of feasibility for larger prospective studies.

  18. Progression of Emphysema Evaluated by MRI Using Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He) Measurements in Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency Compared with CT and Lung Function Tests

    Stavngaard, T.; Vejby Soegaard, L. (Danish Research Center for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen Univ. Hospital Hvidovre, Hvidovre (Denmark)); Batz, M. (Inst. of Physics, Johannes Gutenberg Univ., Mainz (Germany)); Schreiber, L.M. (Dept. of Interventional and Diagnostic Radiology, Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Medical School, Mainz (Germany)); Dirksen, A. (Dept. of Respiratory Medicine, Gentofte Hospital, Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark))

    2009-11-15

    Background: The progression of emphysema is traditionally measured by pulmonary function test, with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) being the most accepted and used measurement. However, FEV1 is insensitive in detecting mild/slow progression of emphysema because of low reproducibility as compared to yearly decline. Purpose: To investigate the progression of emphysema over a period of 2 years using diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (HP) 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency. Material and Methods: Nine patients with severe A1AT deficiency were studied over a period of 2 years (baseline, year 1, and year 2) with HP 3He MRI using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), lung function tests (FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion capacity [DL,CO]), and computed tomography (CT) using densitometric parameters (15th percentile density [CT-PD15] and relative area of emphysema below -910 HU [CT-RA-910]). Results: Seven patients were scanned three times, one patient two times, and one patient only at baseline. The mean increase in ADC values from first to last HP 3He MR scanning was 3.8% (0.014 cm2/s [SD 0.024 cm2/s]; not significant). The time trends for FEV1, DL,CO, CT-PD15, and CT-RA-910 were all statistically significant. We found a high correlation between ADC and DL,CO (P<0.001). Conclusion: This pilot study indicates the possible use of nonionizing HP 3He MRI for monitoring the progression of emphysema. However, in the future, larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results

  19. Progression of Emphysema Evaluated by MRI Using Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He Measurements in Patients with Alpha-1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) Deficiency Compared with CT and Lung Function Tests

    Background: The progression of emphysema is traditionally measured by pulmonary function test, with forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) being the most accepted and used measurement. However, FEV1 is insensitive in detecting mild/slow progression of emphysema because of low reproducibility as compared to yearly decline. Purpose: To investigate the progression of emphysema over a period of 2 years using diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized (HP) 3He magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with alpha-1-antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency. Material and Methods: Nine patients with severe A1AT deficiency were studied over a period of 2 years (baseline, year 1, and year 2) with HP 3He MRI using apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), lung function tests (FEV1 and carbon monoxide lung diffusion capacity [DL,CO]), and computed tomography (CT) using densitometric parameters (15th percentile density [CT-PD15] and relative area of emphysema below -910 HU [CT-RA-910]). Results: Seven patients were scanned three times, one patient two times, and one patient only at baseline. The mean increase in ADC values from first to last HP 3He MR scanning was 3.8% (0.014 cm2/s [SD 0.024 cm2/s]; not significant). The time trends for FEV1, DL,CO, CT-PD15, and CT-RA-910 were all statistically significant. We found a high correlation between ADC and DL,CO (P3He MRI for monitoring the progression of emphysema. However, in the future, larger studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results

  20. Reformation as proposed solution for the problem of sectioning different levels with {sup 3}He-MRT and HR-CT of the chest; Reformatierungen als Loesungsansatz fuer die Problematik der unterschiedlichen Schichtfuehrung beim Vergleich von {sup 3}He-MRT und HR-CT der Lunge

    Gast, K.K.; Zaporozhan, J.; Schreiber, W.G. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie; Ley, S.; Kauczor, H.U. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie; Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Abt. Onkologische Diagnostik und Therapie; Eberle, B.; Knitz, F. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Anaesthesiologie; Biedermann, A. [Mainz Univ. (DE). 3. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik (Pneumologie); Schmiedeskamp, J. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik; Maier, E. [DB Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Herz-, Thorax- und Gefaesschirurgie

    2003-06-01

    Purpose: {sup 3}He-MRI of the lung has been shown to be a sensitive method for functional imaging of the lung. A previous study compared {sup 3}He-MRI (coronal planes) with CT (transverse planes) by looking for ventilation defects and their pathomorphologic correlation. Anatomic structures, such as lobar fissures and hilar vessels, were used for orientation, but the reliable assignment of ventilation defects to lung segments is problematic. The present work compares multiplanar reformations of {sup 3}He-MRI and HR-CT, which were generated from planes determined by the respective method, and investigates their suitability as a solution of this problem. Materials and Methods: A total of 16 data sets taken from 15 patients with unilateral lung transplantation and one patient with lung emphysema were retrospectively evaluated. Transverse planes of {sup 3}He-MRI and coronal planes of HR-CT were reformatted on an external workstation and images evaluated by two readers in consensus. The evaluation searched for ventilation defects on {sup 3}He-MRI and their corresponding defects on HR-CT. The defects were related to anatomic structures, with hilar vessels and tracheobronchial tree selected for {sup 3}He-MRI reformations and lobar fissures for HR-CT reformations. Results: All cases were successfully reformatted and all ventilation defects were correctly assigned to anatomic structures. On HR-CT reformations, the lobar fissures were partially visible in 12 of 16 cases and completely visible in the remaining 4 cases. Since reformation compromises the spatial resolution, the reformatted images should be evaluated together with the source images. Conclusion: Looking at HR-CT and {sup 3}He-MRI images and their reformations enables the detection of ventilation defects and their assignment to lung segments, facilitating the correlation of ventilation defects with a pathomorphologic pattern on HR-CT. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Die {sup 3}He-MRT der Lunge ist ein sensitives Verfahren

  1. Models and Applications of in Vivo Lung Morphometry with Hyperpolarized 3He MRI in a Mild COPD Population

    Quirk, James D.; Sukstanskii, Alexander L.; Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Conradi, Mark S.; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.

    2008-12-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He diffusion MRI is increasingly used to non-invasively quantify local alveolar structure changes, such as those from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Previously, we described an in vivo lung morphometry technique that decouples the helium apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) into components oriented along the longitudinal (DL) and transverse (DT) axes of the acinar airways. Herein, we discuss our recent expansion of this theory, which relates the anisotropy of the MRI diffusion signal to the geometrical parameters of the acinar airways. We demonstrate the utility of this model in human studies and compare the measured airway radii with prior ex vivo experiments.

  2. Proton and Alpha Core Imaging of OMEGA D^3He Implosions

    Petrasso, R. D.; Frenje, J. A.; Seguin, F. H.; Li, C. K.; Schwartz, B. E.; Stoeckl, C.; Radha, P. B.; Delettrez, J. A.; Meyerhofer, D. D.; Roberts, S.; Sangster, T. C.; Soures, J. M.

    2002-11-01

    Measurements of the nuclear burn region are important for investigating the extent of the burn, the presence of burn asymmetries, the effects of mix and thermal conduction on the burn region, and the accuracy of code predictions. Charged-fusion-product core images have been obtained at OMEGA for implosions of D^3He-filled capsules with both thin and thick shells. Using multiple pinholes, images are reconstructed from 3.0-MeV and 14.7-MeV protons and 3.6-MeV alphas. For thin-shell, all three particles escape at bang time and their images reflect the different burn regions for DD and D^3He reactions. In contrast, for thick-shell implosions, only the 14.7-MeV proton can penetrate the capsule ρR at bang time, and the burn region reflects the effects of compression and mix. At first shock coalescence, when the ρR is far below its peak value, all three particles may also escape from the capsule. As mix has been experimentally shown to be inconsequential at this instant, meaningful comparisons of 1-D simulations with experiments can be made. This work was supported in part by the U.S. DOE Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion (Grant number DE-FG03-99DP00300 and Cooperative Agreement number DE-FC03-92SF19460), LLE (subcontract P0410025G), and LLNL (subcontract B313975. (Petrasso: Visiting Senior Scientist at LLE.)

  3. In Vivo Detection of Acinar Microstructural Changes in Early Emphysema with 3He Lung Morphometry

    Quirk, James D.; Lutey, Barbara A.; Gierada, David S.; Woods, Jason C.; Senior, Robert M.; Lefrak, Stephen S.; Sukstanskii, Alexander L; Conradi, Mark S; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.

    2011-01-01

    In vivo helium 3 lung morphometry has greater sensitivity to early emphysematous changes than does low-dose CT or traditional pulmonary function testing (PFT), and this modality can be used to detect significant changes in acinar airway geometry, even in individuals with clinically normal PFT results.

  4. Hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging ventilation defects in asthma: relationship to airway mechanics

    Leary, Del; Svenningsen, Sarah; Guo, Fumin; Bhatawadekar, Swati; Parraga, Grace; Maksym, Geoffrey N.

    2016-01-01

    Abstract In patients with asthma, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides direct measurements of regional ventilation heterogeneity, the etiology of which is not well‐understood, nor is the relationship of ventilation abnormalities with lung mechanics. In addition, respiratory resistance and reactance are often abnormal in asthmatics and the frequency dependence of respiratory resistance is thought to reflect ventilation heterogeneity. We acquired MRI ventilation defect maps, forced expirat...

  5. Development of a 3He nuclear spin flip system on an in-situ SEOP 3He spin filter and demonstration for a neutron reflectometer and magnetic imaging technique

    Hayashida, H.; Oku, T.; Kira, H.; Sakai, K.; Hiroi, K.; Ino, T.; Shinohara, T.; Imagawa, T.; Ohkawara, M.; Ohoyama, K.; Kakurai, K.; Takeda, M.; Yamazaki, D.; Oikawa, K.; Harada, M.; Miyata, N.; Akutsu, K.; Mizusawa, M.; Parker, J. D.; Matsumoto, Y.; Zhang, S.; Suzuki, J.; Soyama, K.; Aizawa, K.; Arai, M.

    2016-04-01

    We have been developing a 3He neutron spin filter (NSF) using the spin exchange optical pumping (SEOP) technique. The 3He NSF provides a high-energy polarized neutron beam with large beam size. Moreover the 3He NSF can work as a π-flipper for a polarized neutron beam by flipping the 3He nuclear spin using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique. For NMR with the in-situ SEOP technique, the polarization of the laser must be reversed simultaneously because a non-reversed laser reduces the polarization of the spin-flipped 3He. To change the polarity of the laser, a half-wavelength plate was installed. The rotation angle of the half-wavelength plate was optimized, and a polarization of 97% was obtained for the circularly polarized laser. The 3He polarization reached 70% and was stable over one week. A demonstration of the 3He nuclear spin flip system was performed at the polarized neutron reflectometer SHARAKU (BL17) and NOBORU (BL10) at J-PARC. Off-specular measurement from a magnetic Fe/Cr thin film and magnetic imaging of a magnetic steel sheet were performed at BL17 and BL10, respectively.

  6. A high-field 3He Metastability Exchange Optical Pumping polarizer operating in a 1.5 T medical scanner for lung MRI

    Collier, G; Wojna, A; Głowacz, B; Suchanek, M; Olejniczak, Z; Dohnalik, T

    2013-01-01

    After being hyperpolarized using the technique of Metastability Exchange Optical Pumping (MEOP), 3He can be used as a contrast agent for lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MEOP is usually performed at low magnetic field (~ 1 mT) and low pressure (~ 1 mbar), which results in a low magnetization production rate. A delicate polarization-preserving step of compression is also required. It was demonstrated in sealed cells that high nuclear polarization values can be obtained at higher pressures with MEOP, if performed at high magnetic field (non-standard conditions). In this work the feasibility of building a high-field polarizer that operates within a commercial 1.5 T scanner was evaluated. Preliminary measurements of nuclear polarization with sealed cells filled at different 3He gas pressures (1.33 to 267 mbar) were performed. The use of an annular shape for the laser beam increased by 25 % the achievable nuclear polarization equilibrium value (Meq) at 32 and 67 mbar as compared to a Gaussian beam shape. Meq...

  7. Hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging ventilation defects in asthma: relationship to airway mechanics.

    Leary, Del; Svenningsen, Sarah; Guo, Fumin; Bhatawadekar, Swati; Parraga, Grace; Maksym, Geoffrey N

    2016-04-01

    In patients with asthma, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides direct measurements of regional ventilation heterogeneity, the etiology of which is not well-understood, nor is the relationship of ventilation abnormalities with lung mechanics. In addition, respiratory resistance and reactance are often abnormal in asthmatics and the frequency dependence of respiratory resistance is thought to reflect ventilation heterogeneity. We acquiredMRIventilation defect maps, forced expiratory volume in one-second (FEV1), and airways resistance (Raw) measurements, and used a computational airway model to explore the relationship of ventilation defect percent (VDP) with simulated measurements of respiratory system resistance (Rrs) and reactance (Xrs).MRIventilation defect maps were experimentally acquired in 25 asthmatics before, during, and after methacholine challenge and these were nonrigidly coregistered to the airway tree model. Using the model coregistered to ventilation defect maps, we narrowed proximal (9th) and distal (14th) generation airways that were spatially related to theMRIventilation defects. The relationships forVDPwith Raw measured using plethysmography (r = 0.79), and model predictions of Rrs>14(r = 0.91,P 9(r = 0.88,P < 0.0001) were significantly stronger (P = 0.005;P = 0.03, respectively) than withFEV1(r = -0.68,P = 0.0001). The slopes for the relationship ofVDPwith simulated lung mechanics measurements were different (P < 0.0001); among these, the slope for theVDP-Xrs0.2relationship was largest, suggesting thatVDPwas dominated by peripheral airway heterogeneity in these patients. In conclusion, as a first step toward understanding potential links between lung mechanics and ventilation defects, impedance predictions were made using a computational airway tree model with simulated constriction of airways related to ventilation defects measured in mild-moderate asthmatics. PMID:27053294

  8. Response to Commentary on "The influence of lung airways branching structure and diffusion time on measurements and models of short-range 3He gas MR diffusion".

    Parra-Robles, Juan; Wild, Jim M

    2014-02-01

    Our extensive investigation of the cylinder model theory through numerical modelling and purpose-designed experiments has demonstrated that it does produce inaccurate estimates of airway dimensions at all diffusion times currently used. This is due to a variety of effects: incomplete treatment of non-Gaussian effects, finite airway size, branching geometry, background susceptibility gradients and diffusion time dependence of the (3)He MR diffusion behaviour in acinar airways. The cylinder model is a good starting point for the development of a lung morphometry technique from (3)He diffusion MR but its limitations need to be understood and documented in the interest of reliable clinical interpretation. PMID:24342570

  9. Visual assessment of functional lungs parenchyma on HRCT and {sup 3}He-MRI in patients after single lung transplantation: comparison with quantitative volumetric results; Visuelle Abschaetzung der funktionellen Lungenanteile in der HRCT und {sup 3}He-MRT bei Patienten nach Einzel-Lungentransplantation: Vergleich mit der absoluten Volumetrie

    Zaporozhan, J.; Ley, S. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany); DKFZ, E010 - Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Gast, K.K.; Heussel, C.P.; Thelen, M. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany); Biedermann, A. [III. Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany); Eberle, B. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Anaesthesiologie, Univ. und Inselspital Bern (Switzerland); Mayer, E. [Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Herz-, Thorax- und Gefaesschirurgie, Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany); Kauczor, H.U. [DKFZ, E010 - Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2005-04-01

    Purpose: Visual assessment of the ventilation using HRCT and {sup 3}He-MRI in patients after single lung transplantation (SLTX). Analysis of specific ventilation defects found with {sup 3}He-MRI and morphological changes found with HRCT. Materials and Methods: We evaluated 8 male patients (54{+-}6 years) suffering from emphysema and six patients (3 males and 3 females, 58{+-}9.5 years) suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) after SLTX. The morphological changes at HRCT were classified and localized. In {sup 3}He-MRI (2D FLASH), 10 to 14 slices (slice thickness 10 mm, gap 5 mm) were acquired in coronal orientation to cover the whole lung. Ventilation defects were localized and characterized. The visually estimated ventilation was recorded on a 5-point scoring system. A double threshold technique was applied to volumetric quantification in {sup 3}He-MRI to serve as internal reference. Results: We found no correlation between morphological changes in HRCT and ventilation defects in {sup 3}He-MRI. The visual assessment of ventilation in {sup 3}He-MRI was sufficient in patients with emphysema, but this was not confirmed in patients with IPF. The visual assessment in HRCT did not correlate with the volumetric evaluation in both conditions. Conclusion: The various ventilation defects were not linked to specific morphological changes. For the visually assessed ventilation in patients with emphysema, {sup 3}He-MRI is superior to HRCT. (orig.)

  10. Simultaneous measurement of pulmonary partial pressure of oxygen and apparent diffusion coefficient by hyperpolarized 3He MRI

    Yu, Jiangsheng; Law, Michelle; Kadlecek, Stephen; Emami, Kiarash; Ishii, Masaru; Stephen, Michael; Woodburn, John M.; Vahdat, Vahid; Rizi, Rahim R.

    2009-01-01

    Hyperpolarized 3He (HP 3He) MRI shows promise to assess structural and functional pulmonary parameters in a sensitive, regional and non-invasive way. Structural HP 3He MRI has applied the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) for the detection of disease-induced lung microstructure changes at the alveolar level, and HP 3He pulmonary partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) imaging measures the oxygen transfer efficiency between the lung and blood stream. Although both parameters are affected in chroni...

  11. Polarized Helium to Image the Lung

    Leduc, M; Leduc, Mich\\`{e}le; Nacher, Pierre-Jean

    2006-01-01

    The main findings of the european PHIL project (Polarised Helium to Image the Lung) are reported. State of the art optical pumping techniques for polarising ^3He gas are described. MRI methodological improvements allow dynamical ventilation images with a good resolution, ultimately limited by gas diffusion. Diffusion imaging appears as a robust method of lung diagnosis. A discussion of the potential advantage of low field MRI is presented. Selected PHIL results for emphysema are given, with the perspectives that this joint work opens up for the future of respiratory medicine.

  12. Hyperpolarized 3He apparent diffusion coefficient MRI of the lung: reproducibility and volume dependency in healthy volunteers and patients with emphysema

    Diaz, S.; Casselbrant, I.; Piitulainen, E.; Pettersson, G.; Magnusson, Stig Peter; Peterson, B.; Wollmer, P.; Leander, P.; Ekberg, O.; Åkeson, Per Arne Gustav; Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva; Pettersson, Goran; Magnusson, Peter; Peterson, Barry; Wollmer, Per; Leander, Peter; Ekberg, Olle; Akeson, Per

    2008-01-01

    -day period and received two different volumes (6% and 15% of total lung capacity [TLC]) of HP (3)He each day. ADC maps and histograms were calculated. The mean and standard deviation (SD) of the ADC at different days and volumes were compared. RESULTS: The reproducibility of the mean ADC and SD over several...... days was good in both healthy volunteers and patients (SD range of 0.003-0.013 cm(2)/second and 0.001-0.009 cm(2)/second at 6% and 15% of TLC for healthy volunteers, and a SD range of 0.001-0.041 cm(2)/second and 0.001-0.011 cm(2)/second, respectively, for patients). A minor but significant increase in...

  13. Lung transplantation: Postoperative imaging

    Lung transplantation has recently become feasible primarily due to improvements in surgical techniques and use of cyclosporin for immunosuppression. Because it allows the donor heart and, for single lung transplant, the second lung to be used in other recipients, this technique is gaining widespread use. Imaging procedures play an integral role in the diagnosis of posttransplant complications and in the assessment of the functional status of the transplanted lung. Unique complications seen in these patients include those associated with cyclosporin-induced immunosuppression, rejection, and bronchostrenosis and dehiscence of the bronchial anastomosis. The authors report the imaging findings in 13 single-lung and three double-lung transplant recipients

  14. Development of portable polarized 3He neutron spin filter and its application to magnetic field imaging at J-PARC

    In order to expand the measurable neutron energy range up to the energy of epithermal neutrons in polarized neutron experiments, a portable polarized 3He neutron spin filter (NSF) was developed in the Materials and Life science experimental Facility (MLF) at J- PARC. After the generation of 3He polarization through a spin exchange optical pumping method, the NSF was used as a neutron spin polarizer and flipper in a beam line. We constructed a simple neutron spin analysis apparatus with two 3He NSFs and made a preliminary attempt to visualize magnetic fields generated by a coil. The results represented that our apparatus could function for neutron wavelengths between approximately 0.5-5 Å through the use of a neutron time-of-flight method.

  15. Hyperpolarised 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    During recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarised (HP) 3He gas has emerged as a promising new method for the imaging of lung ventilation. However, systematic comparisons with nuclear medicine techniques have not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. HP 3He MRI, 81mKr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The three scans were scored visually as percentage of non-ventilated/diseased lung, and a computer-based objective measure of the ventilated volume in HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT and an emphysema index in HRCT were calculated. We found a good correlation between HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT for both visual defect score (r=0.80, p81mKr SPECT (the score on HP 3He MRI was one-third less than that on 81mKr SPECT), but the difference was reduced after normalisation for different breathing depths (HP 3He MRI at total lung capacity; 81mKr SPECT at tidal breathing at functional residual capacity). HP 3He MRI provides detailed ventilation distribution images and defect scores are comparable on HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP 3He MRI. HP 3He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution. (orig.)

  16. 3He-MRI of pulmonary ventilation: First clinical applications

    Purpose of the study is the visualisation of normal pulmonary ventilation in healthy volunteers and the evaluation of abnormalities in patients with different lung diseases using 3He magnetic resonance imaging (3He-MRI). Material und methods: Hyperpolarised 3He gas (V=300 ml, p=3x105 Pa, polarised to 35-45% by optical pumping, provided in special glass cells) was inhaled by eight healthy volunteers and ten patients with different lung diseases. A 3 D FLASH sequence (TR=11.8 ms; TE=5 ms; matrix 144x256, FOV 350 mm, section thickness 7-10 mm, coronal orientation) was performed in a single breath-hold (22-42 s). Clinical and radiological examinations were available for correlation. Results: The studies were successfully carried out in 8/8 volunteers and in 8/10 patients. The central airways were constantly visualised with intermediate to high signal instensity. The lung parenchyma of volunteers with normal ventilatory function showed rather homogeneous intermediate to high signal, whereas patients with chronic abstructive lung disease and/or pneumonia presented severe signal inhomogeneitises. Space-occupying lesions and pleural effusion caused large areas with little or no signal. The represented the lesion and adjacent ventilatory disturbances whose extent had not been presumed from chest X-ray or CT. The spatial resolution was higher than in ventilation scintigraphy. Conclusion: 3He MRI is a promising new modality for the assessment of pulmonary ventilation and its anormalies. (orig.)

  17. Quantitative {sup 1}H and hyperpolarized {sup 3}He magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy never-smokers

    Owrangi, Amir M., E-mail: aowrangi@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Wang, Jian X., E-mail: jxwang@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Applied Science Laboratories, General Electric Healthcare (Canada); Wheatley, Andrew, E-mail: awheat@imaging.robarts.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); McCormack, David G., E-mail: David.Mccormack@lhsc.on.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Division of Respirology, Department of Medicine, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Parraga, Grace, E-mail: gparraga@robats.ca [Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, 100 Perth Drive, London, Canada N6A 5K8 (Canada); Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, The University of Western Ontario, London (Canada)

    2014-01-15

    Objective: The aim of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the relationship between short echo time pulmonary {sup 1}H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity (SI) and {sup 3}He MRI apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), high-resolution computed tomography (CT) measurements of emphysema, and pulmonary function measurements. Materials and methods: Nine healthy never-smokers and 11 COPD subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, short echo time ((TE) = 1.2 ms) {sup 1}H and diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized {sup 3}He MRI (b = 1.6 s/cm{sup 2}) at 3.0 T. In addition, for COPD subjects only, CT densitometry was also performed. Results: Mean {sup 1}H SI was significantly greater for never-smokers (12.1 ± 1.1 arbitrary units (AU)) compared to COPD subjects (10.9 ± 1.3 AU, p = 0.04). The {sup 1}H SI AP-gradient was also significantly greater for never-smokers (0.40 AU/cm, R{sup 2} = 0.94) compared to COPD subjects (0.29 AU/cm, R{sup 2} = 0.968, p = 0.05). There was a significant correlation between {sup 1}H SI and {sup 3}He ADC (r = −0.58, p = 0.008) and significant correlations between {sup 1}H MR SI and CT measurements of emphysema (RA{sub 950}, r = −0.69, p = 0.02 and HU{sub 15}, r = 0.66, p = 0.03). Conclusions: The significant and moderately strong relationship between {sup 1}H SI and {sup 3}He ADC, as well as between {sup 1}H SI and CT measurements of emphysema suggests that these imaging methods and measurements may be quantifying similar tissue changes in COPD and that pulmonary {sup 1}H SI may be used to monitor emphysema as a complement to CT and noble gas MRI.

  18. Quantitative 1H and hyperpolarized 3He magnetic resonance imaging: Comparison in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy never-smokers

    Objective: The aim of this study was to quantitatively evaluate the relationship between short echo time pulmonary 1H magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal intensity (SI) and 3He MRI apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC), high-resolution computed tomography (CT) measurements of emphysema, and pulmonary function measurements. Materials and methods: Nine healthy never-smokers and 11 COPD subjects underwent same-day plethysmography, spirometry, short echo time ((TE) = 1.2 ms) 1H and diffusion-weighted hyperpolarized 3He MRI (b = 1.6 s/cm2) at 3.0 T. In addition, for COPD subjects only, CT densitometry was also performed. Results: Mean 1H SI was significantly greater for never-smokers (12.1 ± 1.1 arbitrary units (AU)) compared to COPD subjects (10.9 ± 1.3 AU, p = 0.04). The 1H SI AP-gradient was also significantly greater for never-smokers (0.40 AU/cm, R2 = 0.94) compared to COPD subjects (0.29 AU/cm, R2 = 0.968, p = 0.05). There was a significant correlation between 1H SI and 3He ADC (r = −0.58, p = 0.008) and significant correlations between 1H MR SI and CT measurements of emphysema (RA950, r = −0.69, p = 0.02 and HU15, r = 0.66, p = 0.03). Conclusions: The significant and moderately strong relationship between 1H SI and 3He ADC, as well as between 1H SI and CT measurements of emphysema suggests that these imaging methods and measurements may be quantifying similar tissue changes in COPD and that pulmonary 1H SI may be used to monitor emphysema as a complement to CT and noble gas MRI

  19. Electrodisintegration of 3He

    An experimental study of the reaction 3He(e, d) e'p was carried out by measuring differential cross sections of deuterons as a function of deuteron energy and angle for three incident electron energies. The electrodisintegration cross section was also calculated using an Irving-Gunn wave function for the ground state with a plane wave for the final-state. As in the case of photodisintegration calculations the result indicates the need for including complete final-state rescattering effects

  20. Recent lung imaging studies

    Radionuclide lung imaging procedures have been available for 11 years but only the perfusion examination has been used extensively and mainly for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (P.E.). Its ability to reveal localized ischemia makes it a valuable test of regional lung function as well as a useful diagnostic aid in P.E. Although it had been recognized for several years that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can cause lung perfusion defects which may simulate pulmonary embolism, relatively little use has been made of either the radioxenon or the radioaerosol inhalation lung imaging procedures until the last few years as a means of distinguishing P.E. from COPD. In this review emphasis is placed on our recent experience with both of these inhalation procedures in comparison with pulmonary function tests and roentgenography for the early detection of COPD in population studies. Equal emphasis is given to simultaneous aerosol ventilation-perfusion (V/P) imaging for a functional diagnosis of P.E. Two new developments in regional lung diffusion imaging, performed after the inhalation of radioactive gases and/or rapidly absorbed radioaerosols are described. The experimental basis for their potential clinical application in pulmonary embolism detection is presented

  1. ^3He Spin Pump

    Yamaguchi, A.; Ishimoto, H.; Kojima, H.

    2009-03-01

    The superfluid component of ^3He A1 phase is spin-polarized. The process of forcing the superfluid component through a spin filtering structure, in a manner of mechano-magnetic effect, can be used to increase the spin polarization beyond the equilibrium under a given applied magnetic field. We have constructed a test cell in which a glass capillary array acts as the spin (and entropy) filter and an electrostatically actuated diaphragm forces the superfluid flow through it. Preliminary results show that a maximum relative increase of polarization by 50 % could be achieved. The maximum increase in polarization appears to be limited by the critical superfluid flow through the channels in the glass capillary array. The dependence of the observed effects on temperature, pressure and magnetic field will be presented.

  2. Hyperpolarized 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Stavngaard, Trine; Søgaard, Lise; Mortensen, J;

    2005-01-01

    compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. METHODS: HP 3He MRI, 81mKr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The...... visual defect score (r=0.80, p<0.0001) and objective estimate of ventilation (r=0.45, p=0.0157). In addition, both scanswere well correlated with reference methods for the diagnosis of emphysema (pulmonary function test and HRCT). The defect scores were largest on 81mKr SPECT (the score on HP 3He MRI was...... defect scores are comparable on HP 3He MRI and 81mKr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP 3He MRI. HP 3He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution...

  3. Live imaging of the lung.

    Looney, Mark R; Bhattacharya, Jahar

    2014-01-01

    Live lung imaging has spanned the discovery of capillaries in the frog lung by Malpighi to the current use of single and multiphoton imaging of intravital and isolated perfused lung preparations incorporating fluorescent molecular probes and transgenic reporter mice. Along the way, much has been learned about the unique microcirculation of the lung, including immune cell migration and the mechanisms by which cells at the alveolar-capillary interface communicate with each other. In this review, we highlight live lung imaging techniques as applied to the role of mitochondria in lung immunity, mechanisms of signal transduction in lung compartments, studies on the composition of alveolar wall liquid, and neutrophil and platelet trafficking in the lung under homeostatic and inflammatory conditions. New applications of live lung imaging and the limitations of current techniques are discussed. PMID:24245941

  4. Hyperpolarized 3helium magnetic resonance ventilation imaging of the lung in cystic fibrosis: comparison with high resolution CT and spirometry

    The purpose of this study was to compare hyperpolarized 3helium magnetic resonance imaging (3He MRI) of the lungs in adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) with high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and spirometry. Eight patients with stable CF prospectively underwent 3He MRI, HRCT, and spirometry within 1 week. Three-dimensional (3D) gradient-echo sequence was used during an 18-s breath-hold following inhalation of hyperpolarized 3He. Each lung was divided into six zones; 3He MRI was scored as percentage ventilation per lung zone. HRCT was scored using a modified Bhalla scoring system. Univariate (Spearman rank) and multivariate correlations were performed between 3He MRI, HRCT, and spirometry. Results are expressed as mean±SD (range). Spirometry is expressed as percent predicted. There were four men and four women, mean age=31.9±9 (20-46). Mean forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV)1=52%±29 (27-93). Mean 3He MRI score=74%±25 (55-100). Mean HRCT score=48.8±24 (13.5-83). The correlation between 3He MRI and HRCT was strong (R=±0.89, p3He MRI; 3He MRI correlated better with FEV1 and forced vital capacity (FVC) (R=0.86 and 0.93, p3He MRI correlates strongly with structural HRCT abnormalities and is a stronger correlate of spirometry than HRCT in CF. (orig.)

  5. The 3He Supply Problem

    Kouzes, Richard T.

    2009-05-01

    One of the main uses for 3He is in gas proportional counters for neutron detection. Radiation portal monitors deployed for homeland security and non-proliferation use such detectors. Other uses of 3He are for research detectors, commercial instruments, well logging detectors, dilution refrigerators, for targets or cooling in nuclear research, and for basic research in condensed matter physics. The US supply of 3He comes almost entirely from the decay of tritium used in nuclear weapons by the US and Russia. A few other countries contribute a small amount to the world’s 3He supply. Due to the large increase in use of 3He for homeland security, the supply has dwindled, and can no longer meet the demand. This white paper reviews the problems of supply, utilization, and alternatives.

  6. Detection of radiation-induced lung injury in non-small cell lung cancer patients using hyperpolarized helium-3 magnetic resonance imaging

    Purpose: To compare hyperpolarized helium-3 magnetic resonance imaging (3He-MRI) acquired from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients before and after external beam radiotherapy (EBRT). Methods and materials: In an Ethics Committee-approved prospective study, five patients with histologically confirmed NSCLC gave written informed consent to undergo computed tomography (CT) and 3He-MR ventilation imaging 1 week prior to and 3 months after radiotherapy. Images were registered to pre-treatment CT using anatomical landmark-based rigid registration to enable comparison. Emphysema was graded from examination of the CT. MRI-defined ventilation was calculated as the intersection of 3He-MRI and CT lung volume as a percentage of the CT lung volume for the whole lung and regions of CT-defined pneumonitis. Results: On pre-treatment images, there was a significant correlation between the degree of CT-defined emphysema and 3He-MRI whole lung ventilation (Spearman's rho = 0.90, p = 0.04). After radiation therapy, pneumonitis was evident on CT for 3/5 patients. For these cases, 3He-MRI ventilation was significantly reduced within the regions of pneumonitis (pre: 94.1 ± 2.2%, post: 73.7 ± 4.7%; matched pairs Student's t-test, p = 0.02, mean difference = 20.4%, 95% confidence interval 6.3-34.6%). Conclusions: This work demonstrates the feasibility of detecting ventilation changes between pre- and post-treatment using hyperpolarized helium-3 MRI for patients with NSCLC. Pre-treatment, the degree of emphysema and 3He-MRI ventilation were correlated. For three cases of radiation pneumonitis, 3He-MRI ventilation changes between pre- and post-treatment imaging were consistent with CT evidence of radiation-induced lung injury.

  7. Advances in Lung Cancer Imaging

    Maryam Rahimi

    2010-01-01

    Imaging has a critical role in diagnosis, staging and monitoring of patients with lung cancer."nThe role of imaging in screening for malignancy has not been established."nWe discuss new concepts in staging also the early diagnosis and screening for lung cancer.

  8. Realization of administration unit for 3He with gas recycling

    Since many years hyperpolarized (HP) noble gases are used for MR-imaging of the lung. In the beginning the HP gas was filled in Tedlar-bags and directly inhaled by the patients. An administration unit was built respectively to the Medical Devices Law to administer patients HP noble gas boli (3He,129Xe) in defined quantities and at a predefined time during inspiration with high reproducibility and reliability without reducing MR-quality. The patient's airflows are monitored and recorded. It is possible to use gas admixtures, measure the polarization on line and collect the exhaled gas for later recycling. The first images with healthy volunteers were taken with this setup in a clinical study. Current results will be presented.

  9. MR imaging of lung cancer

    Since publication of the Radiologic Diagnostic Oncology Group Report in 1991, the clinical application of pulmonary magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to patients with lung cancer has been limited. Computed tomography has been much more widely available for staging of lung cancer in clinical situations. Currently, ventilation and perfusion scintigraphy is the only modality that demonstrates pulmonary function while 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography is the only modality that reveals biological glucose metabolism of lung cancer. However, recent advancements in MR imaging have made it possible to evaluate morphological and functional information in lung cancer patients more accurately and quantitatively. Pulmonary MR imaging may hold significant potential to substitute for nuclear medicine examinations. In this review, we describe recent advances in MR imaging of lung cancer, focusing on (1) characterization of solitary pulmonary nodules; (2) differentiation from secondary change; evaluation of (3) medastinal invasion, (4) chest wall invasion, (5) lymph node metastasis, and (6) distant metastasis; and (7) pulmonary functional imaging. We believe that further basic studies, as well as clinical applications of newer MR techniques, will play an important role in the management of patients with lung cancer

  10. MR imaging of lung cancer

    Ohno, Yoshiharu E-mail: yosirad@med.kokbe-u.ac.jpyosirad@kobe-u.ac.jpyoshiharuohno@aol.com; Sugimura, Kazuro; Hatabu, Hiroto

    2002-12-01

    Since publication of the Radiologic Diagnostic Oncology Group Report in 1991, the clinical application of pulmonary magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to patients with lung cancer has been limited. Computed tomography has been much more widely available for staging of lung cancer in clinical situations. Currently, ventilation and perfusion scintigraphy is the only modality that demonstrates pulmonary function while 2-[fluorine-18]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography is the only modality that reveals biological glucose metabolism of lung cancer. However, recent advancements in MR imaging have made it possible to evaluate morphological and functional information in lung cancer patients more accurately and quantitatively. Pulmonary MR imaging may hold significant potential to substitute for nuclear medicine examinations. In this review, we describe recent advances in MR imaging of lung cancer, focusing on (1) characterization of solitary pulmonary nodules; (2) differentiation from secondary change; evaluation of (3) medastinal invasion, (4) chest wall invasion, (5) lymph node metastasis, and (6) distant metastasis; and (7) pulmonary functional imaging. We believe that further basic studies, as well as clinical applications of newer MR techniques, will play an important role in the management of patients with lung cancer.

  11. Feasibility of image registration and intensity-modulated radiotherapy planning with hyperpolarized helium-3 magnetic resonance imaging for non-small-cell lung cancer

    Ireland, Rob H.; Bragg, Chris M; McJury, Mark; Woodhouse, Neil; Fichele, Stan; van Beek, Edwin J. R.; Wild, Jim M.; Hatton, Matthew Q.

    2007-01-01

    PURPOSE: To demonstrate the feasibility of registering hyperpolarized helium-3 magnetic resonance images ((3)He-MRI) to X-ray computed tomography (CT) for functionally weighted intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) planning.METHODS AND MATERIALS: Six patients with non-small-cell lung cancer underwent (3)He ventilation MRI, which was fused with radiotherapy planning CT using rigid registration. Registration accuracy was assessed using an overlap coefficient, calculated as the proportion of t...

  12. Hyperpolarised {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Stavngaard, Trine [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet (Denmark); Copenhagen University Hospital, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre (Denmark); Soegaard, Lise Vejby; Hanson, Lars G. [Copenhagen University Hospital, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre (Denmark); Mortensen, Jann; Berthelsen, Anne Kiil [Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine and PET, Rigshospitalet (Denmark); Schmiedeskamp, Joerg [Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet, Institut fuer Physik, Mainz (Germany); Dirksen, Asger [Gentofte University Hospital, Department of Respiratory Medicine, Hellerup (Denmark)

    2005-04-01

    During recent years, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) using hyperpolarised (HP) {sup 3}He gas has emerged as a promising new method for the imaging of lung ventilation. However, systematic comparisons with nuclear medicine techniques have not yet been performed. The aim of this study was to compare ventilation imaging methods in 26 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and nine lung healthy volunteers. HP {sup 3}He MRI, {sup 81m}Kr single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and pulmonary function tests were performed. The three scans were scored visually as percentage of non-ventilated/diseased lung, and a computer-based objective measure of the ventilated volume in HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT and an emphysema index in HRCT were calculated. We found a good correlation between HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT for both visual defect score (r=0.80, p<0.0001) and objective estimate of ventilation (r=0.45, p=0.0157). In addition, both scans were well correlated with reference methods for the diagnosis of emphysema (pulmonary function test and HRCT). The defect scores were largest on {sup 81m}Kr SPECT (the score on HP {sup 3}He MRI was one-third less than that on {sup 81m}Kr SPECT), but the difference was reduced after normalisation for different breathing depths (HP {sup 3}He MRI at total lung capacity; {sup 81m}Kr SPECT at tidal breathing at functional residual capacity). HP {sup 3}He MRI provides detailed ventilation distribution images and defect scores are comparable on HP {sup 3}He MRI and {sup 81m}Kr SPECT. Additionally, new insights into the regional pulmonary microstructure via the apparent diffusion coefficient measurements are provided by HP {sup 3}He MRI. HP {sup 3}He MRI is a promising new diagnostic tool for the assessment of ventilation distribution. (orig.)

  13. A broadband Ytterbium-doped tunable fiber laser for 3He optical pumping at 1083 nm

    Tastevin, Geneviève; Grot, Sébastien; Courtade, Emmanuel; Bordais, Sylvain; Nacher, Pierre-Jean

    2004-01-01

    Submitted: July 2003, Published online: December 2003, Published: Appl. Phys. B 78 (2004) 145-156. Copyright : Springer-Verlag 2003 (http://www.springerlink.com). V3: symbols corrected in Figs 10-11; minor final changes included. Large amounts of hyperpolarized 3He gas with high nuclear polarization rates are required for use in neutron spin filters or nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of human lung. Very high efficiency can be obtained by metastability exchange optical pumping using mult...

  14. Functional imaging in lung cancer

    Harders, Stefan Walbom; Balyasnikowa, S; Fischer, B. M.

    2014-01-01

    Lung cancer represents an increasingly frequent cancer diagnosis worldwide. An increasing awareness on smoking cessation as an important mean to reduce lung cancer incidence and mortality, an increasing number of therapy options and a steady focus on early diagnosis and adequate staging have resulted in a modestly improved survival. For early diagnosis and precise staging, imaging, especially positron emission tomography combined with CT (PET/CT), plays an important role. Other functional ima...

  15. A multipurpose 3He refrigerator

    Pizzo, L.; Dall'Oglio, G.; Martinis, L.; Sabbatini, L.

    2006-10-01

    We introduce a mini 3He refrigerator, operating at ˜300 mK starting from 4.2 K without pumping on the main 4He bath. The innovative idea is that the present one is suitable for a very fast operation; for its use, it is sufficient a storage 4He Dewar. In this way we drastically reduce the time required to cool it down, because there is no need for a classic cryostat. This prototype is particularly aimed for all those operations in which it is necessary to test a large number of samples that do not require long duration measurements at low temperature.

  16. A software tool for analysis and quantification of regional pulmonary ventilation using dynamic hyperpolarised-3He-MRI

    Purpose: 3He-MRI is able to visualize the regional distribution of lung ventilation with a temporal and spatial resolution so far unmatched by any other technique. The main of the study was the development of a new software tool for quantification of dynamic ventilation parameters in absolute physical units. Materials and Methods: During continuous breathing, a bolus of hyperpolarized 3He (300 ml) was applied at inspiration and a series of 168 coronal projection images simultaneously acquired using a 2D FLASH-sequence. Postprocessing software was developed to analyze the 3He distribution in the lung. After correction for lung motion, several ventilation parameters (rise time, delay time, 3He amount and 3He peak flow) were calculated. Due to normalization of signal intensities, these parameters are presented in absolute physical units. The data sets were analyzed on a ROI basis as well as on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Results: Using the developed software, the measurements were analyzed in 6 lung-healthy volunteers, in one patient after lung transplantation, and in one patient with lung emphysema. The volunteers' parameter maps of the pixel-based analysis showed an almost homogeneous distribution of the ventilation parameters within the lung. In the parameter maps of both patients, regions with poor ventilation were observed. Conclusion: The developed software permits an objective and quantitative analysis of regional lung ventilation in absolute physical units. The clinical significance of the parameters, however, has to be determined in larger clinical studies. The software may become valuable in grading and following pulmonary function as well as in monitoring any therapy. (orig.)

  17. Functional images of the lungs

    The objective of ''functional imaging'' is to portray, in a single image, the relative function of various regions of an organ, or system of organs. The basic data on which such images are based are obtained from serial quantitative images of the organ's function (functions) obtained at various times after administering one or more radioactive tracers. The studies are carried out using the scintillation camera and 133Xe gas for measuring ventilation and a particulate agent such as sup(99m)Tc-labelled albumin microspheres for measuring regional perfusion. To measure regional ventilation, the patient is first allowed to breathe and equilibrate throughout his lungs xenon from a spirometer; he is then allowed to breathe normally room air which washes the xenon from his lungs. During equilibrium and washout, serial quantized image frames are recorded. To measure regional perfusion, the patient is administered sup(99m)Tc microspheres intravenously and a single image frame is recorded. From the serial images of the 133Xe washout frames, after spatial averaging, a parameter proportional to the washout times is computed for each image cell element. These washout parameters are then used to construct a ''ventilation functional image''. The spatial resolution of the study is adequate to provide structural as well as regional function information in a single image. The functional image provides an easily interpretable image of regional function that would be difficult to interpret if presented to the physician in the form of a mass of numerical data, or as a time sequence of multiple serial images. The functional image contains, in one image, all the information from the time serial images representing the washout of the radioactive gas. The ventilation and perfusion images can be combined in a single image by using colour. Use of colour is quite effective in viewing multiple functions and their spatial relations in the same image. (author)

  18. Lung imaging in pulmonary disease

    Although it has been recognized for several years that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can cause lung perfusion defects which may simulate pulmonary embolism, relatively little use has been made of either the radioxenon or the radioaerosol inhalation lung imaging procedures until the last few years as a means of distinguishing pulmonary embolism (P.E.) from COPD is reported. Recent experience is reported with the use of both of these procedures in comparison with pulmonary function tests for the early detection of COPD in population studies and also in P.E. suspects. Equal emphasis is given to simultaneous aerosol ventilation-perfusion (V/P) imaging in the differential diagnosis of P.E. Finally, this paper is concerned with new developments in regional lung diffusion imaging following the inhalation of radioactive gases and rapidly absorbed radioaerosols. Their experimental basis is presented and their potential clinical applications in pulmonary embolism are discussed. As a result of these investigations, a functional (V/P) diagnosis of pulmonary embolism in patients may be possible in the near future with a sequential radioaerosol inhalation procedure alone

  19. The Panofsky ratio in 3He

    The branching ratios have been measured for γ-ray channels produced by π- stopping in liquid 3He. The results for the Panofsky ratio are P3 = ω(π-3He → π0t)/ω(π-3He → γt) = 2.83±0.07, and for the ratio of the radiative breakup channels, B3 = ω(π-3He → γnd+γnnp)/ω(π-3He → γt) = 1.35±0.11. (orig.)

  20. Hyperpolarized 129Xe MRI: A viable functional lung imaging modality?

    The majority of researchers investigating hyperpolarized gas MRI as a candidate functional lung imaging modality have used 3He as their imaging agent of choice rather than 129Xe. This preference has been predominantly due to, 3He providing stronger signals due to higher levels of polarization and higher gyromagnetic ratio, as well as its being easily available to more researchers due to availability of polarizers (USA) or ease of gas transport (Europe). Most researchers agree, however, that hyperpolarized 129Xe will ultimately emerge as the imaging agent of choice due to its unlimited supply in nature and its falling cost. Our recent polarizer technology delivers vast improvements in hyperpolarized 129Xe output. Using this polarizer, we have demonstrated the unique property of xenon to measure alveolar surface area noninvasively. In this article, we describe our human protocols and their safety, and our results for the measurement of the partial pressure of pulmonary oxygen (pO2) by observation of 129Xe signal decay. We note that the measurement of pO2 by observation of 129Xe signal decay is more complex than that for 3He because of an additional signal loss mechanism due to interphase diffusion of 129Xe from alveolar gas spaces to septal tissue. This results in measurements of an equivalent pO2 that accounts for both traditional T1 decay from pO2 and that from interphase diffusion. We also provide an update on new technological advancements that form the foundation for an improved compact design polarizer as well as improvements that provide another order-of-magnitude scale-up in xenon polarizer output

  1. Hyperpolarized {sup 3}helium magnetic resonance ventilation imaging of the lung in cystic fibrosis: comparison with high resolution CT and spirometry

    McMahon, Colm J.; Dodd, Jonathan D.; Skehan, Stephen J.; Masterson, James B. [St. Vincent' s University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Dublin (Ireland); Hill, Catherine; Woodhouse, Neil; Wild, Jim M.; Fichele, Stan [Royal Hallamshire Hospital, The Unit of Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Gallagher, Charles G. [St. Vincent' s University Hospital, Department of National Referral Centre for Adult Cystic Fibrosis, Dublin (Ireland); Beek, Edwin J.R. van [Royal Hallamshire Hospital, The Unit of Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield (United Kingdom); University of Iowa, Department of Radiology, Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA (United States)

    2006-11-15

    The purpose of this study was to compare hyperpolarized {sup 3}helium magnetic resonance imaging ({sup 3}He MRI) of the lungs in adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) with high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) and spirometry. Eight patients with stable CF prospectively underwent {sup 3}He MRI, HRCT, and spirometry within 1 week. Three-dimensional (3D) gradient-echo sequence was used during an 18-s breath-hold following inhalation of hyperpolarized {sup 3}He. Each lung was divided into six zones; {sup 3}He MRI was scored as percentage ventilation per lung zone. HRCT was scored using a modified Bhalla scoring system. Univariate (Spearman rank) and multivariate correlations were performed between {sup 3}He MRI, HRCT, and spirometry. Results are expressed as mean{+-}SD (range). Spirometry is expressed as percent predicted. There were four men and four women, mean age=31.9{+-}9 (20-46). Mean forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV){sub 1}=52%{+-}29 (27-93). Mean {sup 3}He MRI score=74%{+-}25 (55-100). Mean HRCT score=48.8{+-}24 (13.5-83). The correlation between {sup 3}He MRI and HRCT was strong (R={+-}0.89, p<0.001). Bronchiectasis was the only independent predictor of {sup 3}He MRI; {sup 3}He MRI correlated better with FEV{sub 1} and forced vital capacity (FVC) (R=0.86 and 0.93, p<0.01, respectively) than HRCT (R={+-}0.72 and {+-}0.81, p<0.05, respectively). This study showed that {sup 3}He MRI correlates strongly with structural HRCT abnormalities and is a stronger correlate of spirometry than HRCT in CF. (orig.)

  2. Measurement of polarization of {sup 3}He with mobile polarized {sup 3}He neutron spin filter

    Ino, T. [Neutron Science Laboratory, Institute of Materials Structure Science, KEK, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Ibaraki-ken 305-0801 (Japan); Kim, G.N., E-mail: gnkim@knu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daehak-ro 80, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, M.W. [Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daehak-ro 80, Buk-gu, Daegu 702-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.M. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, J.Y. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, S.W. [School of Mechanical Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Skoy, V.R. [Division of Advanced Nuclear Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    A mobile polarized {sup 3}He neutron spin filter was developed for both optical pumping and transportation, and the polarization of {sup 3}He was measured with cold neutrons of HANARO in KAERI. The progress of polarization build-up during the optical pumping of the {sup 3}He cell was observed by adiabatic fast-passage NMR system. The {sup 3}He cell was made of an alumino-silicate glass GE-180 with a cylindrical shape of 40 mm in diameter and 60 mm in length from KEK. A cell contained 5.74 bar⋅cm of {sup 3}He gas. The whole installation after 8 h pumping was transported to the general-purpose test station of the HANARO research reactor and the polarization of {sup 3}He was measured with cold neutrons. The measured polarization of {sup 3}He was 0.18 ± 0.01 by measuring the neutron transmission through the {sup 3}He cell.

  3. Spin dynamics of 3He in aerogel

    The authors report continuous-wave NMR measurements on superfluid 3He contained inside high porosity aerogel at 3.24 MPa, in a 28.4 mT magnetic field, and down to 0.9 mK. Three different purities of 3He were used: pure 3He, 3He with enough 4He to replace the first localized layer, and 3He with enough 4He to replace both localized layers. Below 2.26mK, the NMR spectrum does not consist of a single Lorentzian, but a distribution of NR resonant frequencies both above and below the Larmor frequency, ωL. Upon cooling, the component of the spectrum at frequencies below the Larmor frequency moves to higher frequencies over a narrow temperature range and does not return to ω L upon warming. The higher frequency component of the spectrum displays two resolvable peaks which become a complex structure upon removal of the localized 3He spins. The spectrum changes as the magnetic field is rotated about the axis of the aerogel sample, indicating that the 3He is able to detect a preferred direction in the aerogel. The shape of the spectrum shows no rotation or magnetic field hysteresis. The authors find that the average frequency shifts of the NMR spectra do not depend on the presence of the localized 3He spins. These frequency shifts and the presence of a temperature-independent magnetization for the liquid 3He suggest that the aerogel stabilizes a single equal-spin-pairing state in the experiments

  4. Mass preserving image registration for lung CT

    Gorbunova, Vladlena; Sporring, Jon; Lo, Pechin;

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents a mass preserving image registration algorithm for lung CT images. To account for the local change in lung tissue intensity during the breathing cycle, a tissue appearance model based on the principle of preservation of total lung mass is proposed. This model is incorporated...... into a standard image registration framework with a composition of a global affine and several free-form B-Spline transformations with increasing grid resolution. The proposed mass preserving registration method is compared to registration using the sum of squared intensity differences as a similarity...... function on four groups of data: 44 pairs of longitudinal inspiratory chest CT scans with small difference in lung volume; 44 pairs of longitudinal inspiratory chest CT scans with large difference in lung volume; 16 pairs of expiratory and inspiratory CT scans; and 5 pairs of images extracted at end exhale...

  5. 3He melting pressure temperature scale

    Halperin, W.P.; Archie, C.N.; Richardson, R.C.;

    1976-01-01

    The latent heat for solidification of **3He has been measured along the **3He melting curve between 23 and 1 mK. A temperature scale is established which depends only on measurements of heat, pressure and volume, and on the condition that the entropy of solid **3He approaches R ln 2 at high...... temperatures. The A feature of the melting curve which suggests itself as a thermometric fixed point is found to be T//A equals 2. 75 plus or minus 0. 11 mK. The agreement between this value and independent measurements of T//A, based on nuclear or electronic paramagnetism, Johnson noise thermometry...

  6. Unevenness on aerosol inhalation lung images and lung function

    The unevenness or inhomogeneity of aerosol deposition patterns on radioaerosol inhalation lung images has been interpreted rather qualitatively in the clinical practice. We have reported our approach to quantitatively analyze the radioactive count distribution on radioaerosol inhalation lung images in relation to the actual lung function data. We have defined multiple indexes to express the shape and the unevenness of the count distribution of the lung images. To reduce as much as possible the number of indexes to be used in the regression functions, the method of selection of variables was introduced to the multiple regression analysis. Because some variables showed greater coefficients of simple correlation, while others did not, multicollinearity of variables had to be taken into consideration. For this reason, we chose a principal components regression analysis. The multiple regression function for each item of pulmonary function data thus established from analysis of 67 subjects appeared usable as a predictor of the actual lung function: for example, % VC (vital capacity) could be estimated by using four indexes out of the multiple ones with a coefficient of multiple correlation (R) of 0.753, and FEVsub(1.0) % (forced expiratory volume in one second divided by forced expiratory volume), by 7 indexes with R = 0.921. Pulmonary function data regarding lung volumes and lung mechanics were estimated more accurately with greater R's than those for lung diffusion, but even in the latter the prediction was still statistically significant at p less than 0.01. We believe the multiple regression functions thus obtained are useful for estimating not only the overall but also the regional function of the lungs. (author)

  7. Investigating the small lung: which imaging procedure?

    Gordon, I.; Helms, P

    1982-01-01

    Ventilation and perfusion radionuclide lung scans, using krypton 81m and technetium-99m macroaggregates, were performed together with a variety of other imaging procedures in 18 children aged between 1 week and 13 years in whom radiology had shown a small lung. Radionuclide scans provided an assessment of regional ventilation and perfusion unobtainable by other means, and 4 main categories of disturbed function could be seen in the radiological small lung--namely, absence of ventilation and p...

  8. Lung cancer screening: from imaging to biomarker

    Xiang, Dong; Zhang, Bicheng; Doll, Donald; Shen, Kui; Kloecker, Goetz; Freter, Carl

    2013-01-01

    Despite several decades of intensive effort to improve the imaging techniques for lung cancer diagnosis and treatment, primary lung cancer is still the number one cause of cancer death in the United States and worldwide. The major causes of this high mortality rate are distant metastasis evident at diagnosis and ineffective treatment for locally advanced disease. Indeed, approximately forty percent of newly diagnosed lung cancer patients have distant metastasis. Currently, the only potential ...

  9. Emphysematous changes and normal variation in smokers and COPD patients using diffusion 3He MRI

    Introduction: This study aims to quantify global and regional changes of diffusive motion of 3He gas within the lung, as determined by hyperpolarized 3He MR apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurement, in non-smokers, smokers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Methods: Age-matched groups of six healthy non-smokers, five healthy smokers and five patients with COPD. The experiments were performed with approval from the local Research Ethics Committee. Diffusion imaging was performed following hyperpolarized 3He gas inhalation, producing ADC maps. Mean and standard deviation of the ADCs were used to compare the subject groups and assess regional variations within individuals. Results: The intra-individual standard deviation of ADC in the healthy smokers was significantly larger than that of the non-smoking group (P < 0.02). Compared to the non-smoking group, COPD patients had significantly higher mean and standard deviation of ADC (P < 0.01). The mean ADC in the anterior half of the chest was systematically higher than in the posterior half in the healthy non-smoking subject group. Discussion: This study suggests that there are regional trends in the ADC values of healthy volunteers that may have implications for the clinical interpretation of ADC values. Less homogeneous ADC values have been detected in asymptomatic smokers, indicative of damage to the distal air spaces

  10. Improved Technique for Measurement of Regional Fractional Ventilation by Hyperpolarized 3He MRI

    Emami, Kiarash; Kadlecek, Stephen J.; Woodburn, John M.; Zhu, Jianliang; Yu, Jiangsheng; Vahdat, Vahid; Pickup, Stephen; Ishii, Masaru; Rizi, Rahim R.

    2010-01-01

    Quantitative measurement of regional lung ventilation is of great significance in assessment of lung function in many obstructive and restrictive pulmonary diseases. A new technique for regional measurement of fractional ventilation using hyperpolarized 3He MRI is proposed, addressing the shortcomings of an earlier approach that limited its use to small animals. The new approach allows for the acquisition of similar quantitative maps over a shortened period and requires substantially less 3He...

  11. Diagnostic Imaging of Lung Cancer

    Kemal Kara

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer related death in men and women. It is frequently seen among men than in women and male-female ratio is 1.5:1. Common epidemiological factors that increase risk of lung cancer is smoking. Early age to start smoking, high number of smoking cigarettes per a day and depth of inhalation increase risk of lung cancer. 25% of patients with lung cancer are nonsmokers that passively exposed to cigarette smoke. Occupational exposure to substances such as asbestos, arsenic, nickel, beryllium, mustard gas increases the risk of lung cancer. The well defined risk factor is exposure to asbestos. In addition advanced age, diffuse pulmonary fibrosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and genetic predisposition are the risk factors that increases lung cancer. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2012; 11(6.000: 749-756

  12. Diagnostic Imaging of Lung Cancer

    Kemal Kara; Ersin Ozturk

    2012-01-01

    Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer related death in men and women. It is frequently seen among men than in women and male-female ratio is 1.5:1. Common epidemiological factors that increase risk of lung cancer is smoking. Early age to start smoking, high number of smoking cigarettes per a day and depth of inhalation increase risk of lung cancer. 25% of patients with lung cancer are nonsmokers that passively exposed to cigarette smoke. Occupational exposure to substances such as as...

  13. Photodisintegration of 3H and 3He

    The photoneutron cross sections for 3H and 3He have been measured from threshold to approx. 25 MeV with monoenergetic photons from the annihilation in flight of fast positrons at the LLL Electron-Positron Linear Accelerator facility. These reactions include the two-body breakup of 3H and the three-body breakup of both 3H and 3He; these measurements for 3H are the first to span the energy region across the peaks of the cross sections. An efficient BF3-tube-and-paraffin neutron detector and high-pressure gaseous samples of several moles each (the activity of the 3H sample was approx. 200,000 Ci) were employed in these measurements. Measurements on 16O and 2H also were performed to verify the absolute cross-section scale. The results, when compared with each other and with results for the two-body breakup cross section for 3He from the literature, show that the two-body breakup cross sections for 3H and 3He have nearly the same shape, but the one for 3He lies lower in magnitude; the three-body breakup cross section for 3He lies higher in magnitude and is broader in the peak region and also rises less sharply from threshold than that for 3H; and these measured differences between the cross sections for the breakup modes largely compensate in their sum, so that the total photon absorption cross sections for 3H and 3He are nearly the same in both size and shape at energies near and above their peaks. Theoretical results from the literature disagree with the experimental results to a certain extent over the entire photon-energy region for which the photoneutron cross sections were measured. 50 figures, 7 tables

  14. Non-conventional imaging of lung cancer

    Bellomi, M

    2010-01-01

    Abstract This presentation discusses the optimum magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequence for lung cancer assessment in a clinical setting, and the sensitivity and specificity of MRI (alone and in combination with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)-MR) compared with those of computed tomography (CT) and fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (PET) for lung cancer staging. The role of perfusion studies (by CT or MRI), of DWI-MRI, blood oxygenation level dependent sequences and PET in d...

  15. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of the lung.

    Biederer, J; Heussel, C P; Puderbach, M; Wielpuetz, M O

    2014-02-01

    Beyond being a substitute for X-ray, computed tomography, and scintigraphy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) inherently combines morphologic and functional information more than any other technology. Lung perfusion: The most established method is first-pass contrast-enhanced imaging with bolus injection of gadolinium chelates and time-resolved gradient-echo (GRE) sequences covering the whole lung (1 volume/s). Images are evaluated visually or semiquantitatively, while absolute quantification remains challenging due to the nonlinear relation of T1-shortening and contrast material concentration. Noncontrast-enhanced perfusion imaging is still experimental, either based on arterial spin labeling or Fourier decomposition. The latter is used to separate high- and low-frequency oscillations of lung signal related to the effects of pulsatile blood flow. Lung ventilation: Using contrast-enhanced first-pass perfusion, lung ventilation deficits are indirectly identified by hypoxic vasoconstriction. More direct but still experimental approaches use either inhalation of pure oxygen, an aerosolized contrast agent, or hyperpolarized noble gases. Fourier decomposition MRI based on the low-frequency lung signal oscillation allows for visualization of ventilation without any contrast agent. Respiratory mechanics: Time-resolved series with high background signal such as GRE or steady-state free precession visualize the movement of chest wall, diaphragm, mediastinum, lung tissue, tracheal wall, and tumor. The assessment of volume changes allows drawing conclusions on regional ventilation. With this arsenal of functional imaging capabilities at high spatial and temporal resolution but without radiation burden, MRI will find its role in regional functional lung analysis and will therefore overcome the sensitivity of global lung function analysis for repeated short-term treatment monitoring. PMID:24481761

  16. Heat capacity of 3He in aerogel

    The heat capacity of pure 3He in low density aerogel is measured at 22.5 bars. The superfluid response is simultaneously monitored with a torsional oscillator. A slightly rounded heat capacity peak, 65 μK in width, is observed at the 3He-aerogel superfluid transition, Tca. Subtracting the bulk 3He contribution, the heat capacity shows a Fermi-liquid form above Tca. We can fit the heat capacity attributed to superfluid within the aerogel with a rounded BCS form accounting for 0.30 of the nonbulk fluid in the aerogel, or by assuming a substantial reduction in the superfluid order parameter. Both approaches are consistent with earlier superfluid density measurements

  17. Quantum prewetting transitions in liquid 3He

    Multilayer 3He film growth on weak-binding alkali substrates is investigated with a non-local density functional theory. Although 3He wets all substrates, prewetting transitions are predicted to occur on cesium and potassium. Emphasis is put on the role played by the Fermi statistics. Prewetting critical temperatures are estimated. Continuous wetting at zero temperature is recovered with increasing strength of substrate potential. The heat capacity and the magnetization of the films exhibits steps associated with the occupation of two-dimensional (2D) Fermi discs. (authors). 24 refs., 4 figs

  18. Tuberculosis in the lung (image)

    Tuberculosis is caused by a group of organisms Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M bovis , M africanum and a few other rarer subtypes. Tuberculosis usually appears as a lung (pulmonary) infection. However, ...

  19. MR imaging of chronic infiltrative lung disease

    To assess the potential role of MR imaging in chronic infiltrative lung disease (CILD) by comparison with high-resolution CT (HRCT). Twenty patients with proved CILD (six with UIP, six with sarcoidosis, two with extrinsic allergic alveolities [EAA], and six miscellaneous) underwent 1.5-T MR imaging and HRCT of the chest. Cardiac-gated T1 (TR, 800 msec; TE, 20 msec) and proton density and T2 (TR, 2,000 msec; TE, 30/80 msec) sequences were performed. The MR images were reviewed by two chest radiologists, and the findings were compared with the HRCT scans. HRCT was superior to MR imaging in the anatomic assessment of the lung parenchyma and in the demonstration of mild fibrosis. However, MR images provided greater contrast between areas of airspace opacification and normal lung than did MRCT. In two patients with UIP, two with sarcoidosis, and two with EAA, MR images demonstrated airspace opacification not readily apparent on CT scans. In the two patients with EAA, the EAA had initially been missed with HRCT. HRCT is superior to MR imaging in anatomic assessment of the lung. However, the increased contrast on MR images allows better assessment of the presence and extent of airspace opacification, which has been shown to reflect disease activity. MR imaging may play an important role in the assessment of disease activity and response to treatment in patients with CILD

  20. 3He-4He II mixtures

    A theoretical study of the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic properties of 3He-4He II mixtures at temperatures below 250 mK is described. A hydrodynamic model is set up which incorporates mutual friction between the two components. Results of an investigation into the quantitative calculation of the mutual friction are reported. 148 refs.; 34 figs.; 4 tabs

  1. Realization of administration unit for {sup 3}He with gas recycling

    Gueldner, Manuela; Grossmann, Tino; Heil, Werner; Karpuk, Sergei; Otten, Ernst-Wilhelm; Salhi, Zahir [Institute of Physics, University Mainz (Germany); Becker, Stefan; Friesenecker, Andreas; Weiss, Patrick; Zentel, Juergen [ic-automation GmbH, Mainz (Germany); Gast, Klaus K.; Rivoire, Julien; Scholz, Alexander; Schreiber, Laura M.; Terekhov, Maxim; Wolf, Ursula [Department of Radiology, University Mainz (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Since many years hyperpolarized (HP) noble gases are used for MR-imaging of the lung. In the beginning the HP gas was filled in Tedlar-bags and directly inhaled by the patients. An administration unit was built respectively to the Medical Devices Law to administer patients HP noble gas boli ({sup 3}He,{sup 129}Xe) in defined quantities and at a predefined time during inspiration with high reproducibility and reliability without reducing MR-quality. The patient's airflows are monitored and recorded. It is possible to use gas admixtures, measure the polarization on line and collect the exhaled gas for later recycling. The first images with healthy volunteers were taken with this setup in a clinical study. Current results will be presented.

  2. NMR experiments on pure 3He and 3He-4He mixtures in silica aerogel

    We have carried out a series of NMR experiments on 4He systems filling the pores of silica aerogel with 95% porosity. The systems studied included 3He-4He mixtures with a wide range of 3He concentrations x3 as well as pure 3He. All experiments were conducted in an 8 T field and for temperatures T ≥ 6 mK. This resulted in strong spin polarization at the lowest temperatures (up to approximately 80%) for the localized layer observed for a pure 3He sample. For pure 3He, the magnetic behavior is dominated by the localized spins, which are found to constitute 6% of the sample. The coupled system of localized plus liquid spins displays rapid transverse magnetization relaxation with an anomalous temperature dependence. For intermediate x3 magnetization measurements provide a preliminary indication of the phase diagram of mixtures filling this porous material. The magnetization is hysteretic over some ranges of x3

  3. Imaging of occupational and environmental lung diseases

    Akira, M. [Kinki Cuo Chest Medical Center, Osaka (Japan)

    2008-03-15

    The chest radiograph is the basic tool for identifying occupational and environmental lung diseases; however, its sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of occupational and environmental lung diseases are low. High-resolution CT is the optimal method of recognizing parenchymal abnormalities in occupational and environmental disease. With the exception of pleural plaques, the CT findings of occupational and environmental lung diseases are nonspecific. Therefore, correlation of imaging features with history of exposure, other clinical features, and sometimes pathology is needed for the diagnosis of pneumoconiosis.

  4. 3He Spin Filter for Neutrons

    Batz, M.; Baeßler, S.; Heil, W.; Otten, E. W.; Rudersdorf, D.; Schmiedeskamp, J.; Sobolev, Y.; Wolf, M.

    2005-01-01

    The strongly spin-dependent absorption of neutrons in nuclear spin-polarized 3He opens up the possibility of polarizing neutrons from reactors and spallation sources over the full kinematical range of cold, thermal and hot neutrons. This paper gives a report on the neutron spin filter (NSF) development program at Mainz. The polarization technique is based on direct optical pumping of metastable 3He atoms combined with a polarization preserving mechanical compression of the gas up to a pressure of several bar, necessary to run a NSF. The concept of a remote type of operation using detachable NSF cells is presented which requires long nuclear spin relaxation times of order 100 hours. A short survey of their use under experimental conditions, e.g. large solid-angle polarization analysis, is given. In neutron particle physics NSFs are used in precision measurements to test fundamental symmetry concepts.

  5. X-rays from pionic 3He

    Pionic X-ray energies, lorentzian widths, and relative intensities have been measured for the transitions in liquid 3He. The pion-nucleus interaction is found to result in an attractive shift of the 1s level of 27 +- 5 eV and in a lorentzian width of 65 +- 12 eV. The measured Ksub(β) to Ksub(α) intensity ratio is 1.05 +- 0.07. (Auth.)

  6. Imaging of Lung Cancer in the Era of Molecular Medicine

    Nishino, Mizuki; Jackman, David M.; Hatabu, Hiroto; Jänne, Pasi A.; Johnson, Bruce E.; Van den Abbeele, Annick D.

    2011-01-01

    Recent discoveries characterizing the molecular basis of lung cancer brought fundamental changes in lung cancer treatment. The authors review the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer, including genomic abnormalities, targeted therapies, and resistance mechanisms, and discuss lung cancer imaging with novel techniques. Knowledge of the molecular basis of lung cancer is essential for radiologists to properly interpret imaging and assess response to therapy. Quantitative and functional imaging h...

  7. Size effects in superfluid 3He

    The superfluid density and transition temperature of 3He filling the pores of packed alumina powder have been measured by fourth sound. The measurements were performed simultaneously for three separate fourth sound resonators, each packed with a different nominal grain size of 1.0 μm. 0.3 μm and 0.05 μm. The bulk 3He superfluid transition temperature, which was determined independently, was compared to the transition temperature of each resonator. We observed a systematic depression for both the superfluid density and transition temperature as the powder size was decreased. The depressions in the transition temperature were compared with theoretical estimates of size dependent transition temperatures for the ideal geometry of an infinite cylinder. In the analysis the cylinder radius was replaced by defining an average radius of the pore structure which was empirically determined by nitrogen gas sorption and mercury intrusion techniques. The pressure dependence of the transition temperature depression is found to be consistent with theoretical estimates of the superfluid coherence length. The experimentally determined magnitude of the coherence length based on the pore structure analysis is in agreement with theoretical estimates, confirming that the coherence length of superfluid 3He is about two orders of magnitude larger than that of He II

  8. Coupling between Solid 3He on Aerogel and Superfluid 3He in the Low Temperature Limit

    We have cooled liquid 3He contained in a 98% open aerogel sample surrounded by bulk superfluid 3He-B at zero pressure to below 120 μK. The aerogel sample is placed in a quasiparticle blackbody radiator cooled by a Lancaster-style nuclear cooling stage to ∼200 μK. We monitor the temperature of the 3He inside the blackbody radiator using a vibrating wire resonator. We find that reducing the magnetic field on the aerogel sample causes substantial cooling of all the superfluid inside the blackbody radiator. We believe this is due to the demagnetization of the solid 3He layers on the aerogel strands. This system has potential for achieving extremely low temperatures in the confined fluid

  9. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva;

    2008-01-01

    PURPOSE: To compare apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements from hyperpolarized (HP) helium ((3)He)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with quantitative data from multislice Computed Tomography (CT) (MSCT) of the whole lungs and pulmonary function tests (PFT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty...... from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. RESULTS: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392+/-0.119 cm(2)/s for the established emphysema group and 0...

  10. Radioaerosol lung imaging - history and pharmaceuticals

    The first use of a radioactive tracer to study lung function was made by Knipping and others in 1955. They used radioactive 133Xe (xenon) gas as an inhalation agent in a patient with lung cancer and found that distal to a tumor no radioactivity was detected indicating no ventilation although chest x-rays appeared as if there was active ventilation. Subsequently with advance in technology a number of radioactive gases such as 81mKr (krypton) and cyclotron produced 15O2 (oxygen), 11C (carbon) and 13N2 (nitrogen) became available to assess regional lung function. The advantages of these gases are manifold, but their utility is mostly limited due to high cost. An alternative to the use of radioactive gases to study regional ventilation is the use of particulate radioactive aerosol. Radioaerosol inhalation lung imaging technique was developed in 1965 almost simultaneously by Taplin and others and Pircher and others just 2 years following Taplin's invention of 131I-MAA for perfusion lung imaging. Their main aim was to use 131I-human serum albumin (HSA), and 99mTc-HSA, 131I-rose bengal, 197Hg-chlormerodrin and colloidal 198Au as agents for radioaerosol generation, and Taplin himself preferred 198Au colloids for serial studies from economical reasons. Already in 1965, however, Taplin said that the best agent would be 99mTc-HSA. Pircher used 131I-HSA aerosol. Taplin already noted at that time that the inhaled aerosol was removed from the lungs mainly by ciliary action and that it was not absorbed either from the lungs or the intestine. Anyway it is noteworthy that the idea of radioaerosol inhalation lung imaging was proposed soon after the advent of perfusion lung imaging. Besides 131I-HSA and colloidal 198Au, the following agents have been or are currently being used. The superiority of 99mTC over other radioisotopes used in the past is beyond dispute

  11. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Purpose: To compare apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements from hyperpolarized (HP) helium (3He)-magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with quantitative data from multislice Computed Tomography (CT) (MSCT) of the whole lungs and pulmonary function tests (PFT). Materials and methods: Twenty-seven subjects, 22 with established emphysema and 5 with preclinical emphysema defined by PFT criteria, were examined with HP 3He-MRI and MSCT. Mean age was 55 (±12) years, 18 female and 9 male. Mean ADC from 3He-MRI was compared with emphysema index (EI), 15th percentile and mean lung density (MLD) values from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. Results: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392 ± 0.119 cm2/s for the established emphysema group and 0.216 ± 0.046 for the pre-clinical emphysema group. MSCT values for the established emphysema group and pre-clinical emphysema group were: EI (%) 11 ± 12 and 0.4 ± 0.6, respectively; 15th percentile (Hounsfield Units (HU)), -956 ± 25 and -933 ± 13, respectively and MLD (HU) -877 ± 20 and -863 ± 15, respectively. Correlations between mean ADC and EI and 15th percentile were both r = 0.90 and for MLD r = 0.59. There was higher correlation between mean ADC and %predicted DLCO (r = 0.90) than between EI and %predicted DLCO (r = 0.76). Conclusion: HP 3He-MRI correlates well with density measurements from MSCT and agrees better than MSCT with %predicted DLCO which is the PFT most related to emphysema.

  12. Pion absorption in flight on 3He

    Pion absorption in flight on 3He has been measured in a kinematically complete manner. The experiment was done in the πE1-channel at the Swiss Institute for Nuclear Research, SIN, using π+- and π--beams of 120 and 165 MeV kinetic energy. Two of the emitted particles were measured in coincidence and identified by their time-of-flight/pulseheight relation. The obtained two-dimensional energy representation enabled a separation of the different kinematical regions and exhibited a clear enhancement in the region of quasifree absorption, QFA. (orig./WL)

  13. 3He and 4f instable compounds

    The high localization of the 4f electron and the possibility of a weak delocalization through the coupling with the itinerant electrons lead to Fermi liquid properties. With the example of CeAl3, the main role of the coherence between the Ce is emphasized at low temperature. Thermal dilatation data show the transition from a regime of almost independent Kondo centers to a regime of coherent Kondo centers. The occurence of the superconductivity in the heavy fermion CeCu2Si2 is discussed and compared to the superfluidity of liquid 3He

  14. RONI Based Secured and Authenticated Indexing of Lung CT Images

    2015-01-01

    Medical images need to be transmitted with the patient's information without altering the image data. The present paper discusses secured indexing of lung CT image (SILI) which is a secured way of indexing the lung CT images with the patient information. Authentication is provided using the sender's logo information and the secret key is used for embedding the watermark into the host image. Watermark is embedded into the region of Noninterest (RONI) of the lung CT image. RONI is identified by...

  15. Environmental lung diseases: Clinical and imaging findings

    Environmental lung diseases are caused by exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as atmospheric pressure changes or the ingestion or inhalation of toxic agents. The development of environmental lung diseases depends on the intensity and duration of exposure, the physiological and biological susceptibility of the host, and the toxic effects of the adverse environmental conditions encountered. A combination of clinical features, related exposure history, imaging findings, and a review of previous reports that support an association between exposure and the disease process is required for diagnosis

  16. A density functional for liquid 3He

    We present a density functional for the description of liquid 3He properties at zero temperture in a mean field approximation. Its basic ingredients are a zero-range, particle- and spin-density dependent effective interaction of Skyrme type, and a long-range effective interaction of Lennard-Jones type supplemented with a weighted density approximation similar to the one used in the study of classical fluids, to phenomenologically account for short range correlations. After fixing the value of its parameters, the functional yields a good desription of the equation of state and Landau parameters (spin symmetric and spin antisymmetric as well) from saturation to solidification densities. The zero sound propagation at finite momentum transfer is quantitatively reproduced up to the Fermi momentum, and qualitatively above it. The surface tension is in agreement with experiment, which makes the functional well suited for 3He drop calculations. We describe the structure of drops made of up to 516 atoms. As a novel application, we discuss the possible appearance of triplet pairing in a nl-shell of a drop applying the formalism to the 1j-shell holding up to 30 atoms from N=169 to 198. (orig.)

  17. Duoplasmatron source modifications for 3He+ operation

    A duoplasmatron ion source is used to produce 25 mA of 3He+ with a pulse width of ∼80ms at 360 Hz for acceleration to 10.5 MeV. At this energy, 3He striking water or carbon targets can produce short lived isotopes of 11C, 13N, 15O, and 18F for medical positron emission tomography (PET). A duoplasmatron ion source was chosen originally since it is capable of a sufficient singly charged helium beam with an acceptable gas consumption. Stable long-term operation of the source required a change in the filament material to molybdenum, and a careful understanding of the oxide filament conditioning, operation and geometry. Other improvements, particularly in the electronics, were helpful to increasing the reliability. The source has operated for many months at ∼2.5% duty factor without significant problems and with good stability. We report here the effort that was done to make this source understandable and reliable

  18. Lung Cancer Detection Using Image Processing Techniques

    Mokhled S. AL-TARAWNEH

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Recently, image processing techniques are widely used in several medical areas for image improvement in earlier detection and treatment stages, where the time factor is very important to discover the abnormality issues in target images, especially in various cancer tumours such as lung cancer, breast cancer, etc. Image quality and accuracy is the core factors of this research, image quality assessment as well as improvement are depending on the enhancement stage where low pre-processing techniques is used based on Gabor filter within Gaussian rules. Following the segmentation principles, an enhanced region of the object of interest that is used as a basic foundation of feature extraction is obtained. Relying on general features, a normality comparison is made. In this research, the main detected features for accurate images comparison are pixels percentage and mask-labelling.

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging in peripheral lung cancer

    We evaluated the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by comparison of MRI studies and pathological findings in lung cancer patients. From May 2005 to May 2006, 52 lung cancer patients underwent surgical operation in our division. Forty-five patients, each with a preoperatively recognized peripheral lung lesion underwent the MRI study. Short TI inversion recovery (STIR), high b-value diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) with free breathing scanning and dynamic MRI studies were performed. There was no statistically significant difference between adenocarcinoma (n=35) and other carcinomas (n=10) on MRI findings. Twenty-seven adenocarcinomas (less than 30 mm in diameter) were histologically diagnosed as follows: 9 patients with bronchioloalveolar carcinoma (BAC), 12 patients with advanced BAC, and 6 non-BAC cases (adenocarcinoma without a BAC component) group. When the lesions demonstrated a strong enhancement (steep type) on dynamic studies or showed a strong signal (score 4) intensity on DWI, we judged them to be positive (indicating invasion). Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 94.4%, 66.6%, and 85.2%, respectively. The MRI studies permitted the acquisition of more detailed information on peripheral lung adenocarcinomas, and high b-value DWI is valuable as a supporting tool in evaluating the grade of malignancy. (author)

  20. Formation of 3He droplets in dilute 3He-4He solid solutions

    Huan, Chao; Candela, Don; Kim, Sung; Yin, Liang; Xia, Jiang-Sheng; Sullivan, Neil

    2015-03-01

    We review the different stages of the formation of 3He droplets in dilute solid 3He-4He solutions. The studies are interesting because the phase separation in isotopic helium mixtures is a first-order transition with a conserved order parameter. The rate of growth of the droplets as observed in NMR studies is compared with the rates expected for homogeneous nucleation followed by a period of coarsening known as Ostwald ripening. Work suported by the National Science Foundation - DMR-1303599 and DMR- 1157490 (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory).

  1. Texture classification of lung computed tomography images

    Pheng, Hang See; Shamsuddin, Siti M.

    2013-03-01

    Current development of algorithms in computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) scheme is growing rapidly to assist the radiologist in medical image interpretation. Texture analysis of computed tomography (CT) scans is one of important preliminary stage in the computerized detection system and classification for lung cancer. Among different types of images features analysis, Haralick texture with variety of statistical measures has been used widely in image texture description. The extraction of texture feature values is essential to be used by a CAD especially in classification of the normal and abnormal tissue on the cross sectional CT images. This paper aims to compare experimental results using texture extraction and different machine leaning methods in the classification normal and abnormal tissues through lung CT images. The machine learning methods involve in this assessment are Artificial Immune Recognition System (AIRS), Naive Bayes, Decision Tree (J48) and Backpropagation Neural Network. AIRS is found to provide high accuracy (99.2%) and sensitivity (98.0%) in the assessment. For experiments and testing purpose, publicly available datasets in the Reference Image Database to Evaluate Therapy Response (RIDER) are used as study cases.

  2. Hyperspectral imaging of skin and lung cancers

    Zherdeva, Larisa A.; Bratchenko, Ivan A.; Alonova, Marina V.; Myakinin, Oleg O.; Artemyev, Dmitry N.; Moryatov, Alexander A.; Kozlov, Sergey V.; Zakharov, Valery P.

    2016-04-01

    The problem of cancer control requires design of new approaches for instrumental diagnostics, as the accuracy of cancer detection on the first step of diagnostics in clinics is slightly more than 50%. In this study, we present a method of visualization and diagnostics of skin and lung tumours based on registration and processing of tissues hyperspectral images. In a series of experiments registration of hyperspectral images of skin and lung tissue samples is carried out. Melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, nevi and benign tumours are studied in skin ex vivo and in vivo experiments; adenocarcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas are studied in ex vivo lung experiments. In a series of experiments the typical features of diffuse reflection spectra for pathological and normal tissues were found. Changes in tissues morphology during the tumour growth lead to the changes of blood and pigments concentration, such as melanin in skin. That is why tumours and normal tissues maybe differentiated with information about spectral response in 500-600 nm and 600 - 670 nm areas. Thus, hyperspectral imaging in the visible region may be a useful tool for cancer detection as it helps to estimate spectral properties of tissues and determine malignant regions for precise resection of tumours.

  3. Emphysema. Imaging for endoscopic lung volume reduction

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by two entities, the more airway-predominant type (''bronchitis'') on the one hand, and emphysema-predominant type on the other. Imaging via high-resolution computed tomography plays an important role in phenotyping COPD. For patients with advanced lung emphysema, new endoscopic lung volume reduction therapies (ELVR) have been developed. Proper selection of suitable patients requires thin-section reconstruction of volumetric CT image data sets also in coronal and sagittal orientation are required. In the current manuscript we will describe emphysema subtypes (centrilobular, paraseptal, panlobular), options for quantifying emphysema and this importance of regional distribution (homogeneous or heterogeneous, target area) as this is crucial for patient selection. Analysis of the interlobular fissures is obligatory despite the lack of standardization, as incomplete fissures indicate collateral ventilation (CV) via parenchymal bridges, which is an important criterion in choosing endoscopic methods of LVR. Every radiologist should be familiar with modern LVR therapies such as valves and coils, and furthermore should know what a lung doctor expects from radiologic evaluation (before and after ELVR). Finally we present a checklist as a quick reference for all steps concerning imaging for ELVR.

  4. Low temperature adsorption of 3He on silica aerogel surface and its influence on 3He spin kinetics

    Significant influence of the aerogel surface heterogeneity on the processes of 3He nuclear magnetic relaxation at temperatures 1.5 − 4.2 K is discovered. This influence appears, for instance, in differences of the 3He T1 relaxation times for small portion of 3He, adsorbed at different temperatures. Binding energy data of 3He and distributions of this energy in two types of aerogel were obtained experimentally. Adsorbed 3He molecules with binding energies 60 – 250 K play supreme role in processes of nuclear magnetic relaxation of gaseous and liquid 3He in aerogel.

  5. Functional Lung Imaging during HFV in Preterm Rabbits

    Thurgood, Jordan; Hooper, Stuart; Siew, Melissa; Wallace, Megan; Dubsky, Stephen; Kitchen, Marcus; Jamison, R. Aidan; Carnibella, Richard; Fouras, Andreas

    2012-01-01

    Although high frequency ventilation (HFV) is an effective mode of ventilation, there is limited information available in regard to lung dynamics during HFV. To improve the knowledge of lung function during HFV we have developed a novel lung imaging and analysis technique. The technique can determine complex lung motion information in vivo with a temporal resolution capable of observing HFV dynamics. Using high-speed synchrotron based phase contrast X-ray imaging and cross-correlation analysis...

  6. Critical opalescent light scattering from 3He

    The experimental work reported in this paper was stimulated by the widespread revival of interest in critical phenomena. In this experiment the authors measured the intensity of light scattered from 3He while very slowly warming the sample at constant pressure through the critical region. About 0.3 mW from a helium-neon laser was incident on the cell; cell temperature was recorded continuously, as was the light scattered at 45 degrees and 135 degrees. A succession of passes was made at different pressures, all less than c, so these results apply only in the one-phase region above the critical point. Sample density at the beginning of a pass began at ρ > c, then decreased as the sample warmed to ρ c. The scattering intensity increased monotonically as the molar density decreased toward the critical density, then decreased monotonically thereafter on that isobaric pass. The scattering maximum on each pass occurred at the temperature max where the isothermal compressibility was a maximum. The asymptotic divergence of T was evaluated along the locus of these maxima

  7. Metastability exchange optical pumping of 3He gas up to hundreds of millibars at 4.7 Tesla

    Nikiel-Osuchowska, Anna; Collier, Guilhem; Głowacz, Bartosz; Pałasz, Tadeusz; Olejniczak, Zbigniew; Wȩglarz, Władysław P.; Tastevin, Geneviève; Nacher, Pierre-Jean; Dohnalik, Tomasz

    2013-09-01

    Metastability exchange optical pumping (MEOP) is experimentally investigated in 3He at 4.7 T, at room temperature and for gas pressures ranging from 1 to 267 mbar. The 23S-23P transition at 1083 nm is used for optical pumping and for detection of the laser-induced orientation of 3He atoms in the rf discharge plasma. The collisional broadening rate is measured (12.0 ± 0.4 MHz mbar-1 FHWM) and taken into account for accurate absorption-based measurements of both nuclear polarization in the ground state and atom number density in the metastable 23S state. The results lay the ground for a comprehensive assessment of the efficiency of MEOP, by comparison with achievements at lower field (1 mT-2 T) over an extended range of operating conditions. Stronger hyperfine decoupling in the optically pumped 23S state is observed to systematically lead to slower build-up of 3He orientation in the ground state, as expected. The nuclear polarizations obtained at 4.7 T still decrease at high pressure but in a less dramatic way than observed at 2 T in the same sealed glass cells. To date, thanks to the linear increase in gas density, they correspond to the highest nuclear magnetizations achieved by MEOP in pure 3He gas. The improved efficiency puts less demanding requirements for compression stages in polarized gas production systems and makes high-field MEOP particularly attractive for magnetic resonance imaging of the lungs, for instance.

  8. Possibility of optically pumped 3He as an internal target

    A number of techniques can be listed for obtaining polarized 3He nuclei. This paper focuses only on direct optical pumping of 3He(3S1) with collisional transfer to 3He. A comprehensive review is not attempted. The basic aspects of the method are presented followed by a discussion of only the most recent work

  9. Lung mass, right upper lung - chest x-ray (image)

    This picture is a chest x-ray of a person with a lung mass. This is a front view, where the lungs are the two dark areas and ... visible in the middle of the chest. The x-ray shows a mass in the right upper lung, ...

  10. Lung mass, right upper lung - chest x-ray (image)

    ... chest x-ray of a person with a lung mass. This is a front view, where the lungs are the two dark areas and the heart ... ray shows a mass in the right upper lung, indicated with the arrow (seen on the left ...

  11. Lung cancer and angiogenesis imaging using synchrotron radiation

    Liu Xiaoxia; Zhao Jun; Xu, Lisa X [Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Sun Jianqi; Gu Xiang; Liu Ping [Med-X Research Institute, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Xiao Tiqiao [Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Shanghai (China)], E-mail: pingliu@sjtu.edu.cn, E-mail: lisaxu@sjtu.edu.cn

    2010-04-21

    Early detection of lung cancer is the key to a cure, but a difficult task using conventional x-ray imaging. In the present study, synchrotron radiation in-line phase-contrast imaging was used to study lung cancer. Lewis lung cancer and 4T1 breast tumor metastasis in the lung were imaged, and the differences were clearly shown in comparison to normal lung tissue. The effect of the object-detector distance and the energy level on the phase-contrast difference was investigated and found to be in good agreement with the theory of in-line phase-contrast imaging. Moreover, 3D image reconstruction of lung tumor angiogenesis was obtained for the first time using a contrast agent, demonstrating the feasibility of micro-angiography with synchrotron radiation for imaging tumor angiogenesis deep inside the body.

  12. Lung cancer and angiogenesis imaging using synchrotron radiation

    Liu, Xiaoxia; Zhao, Jun; Sun, Jianqi; Gu, Xiang; Xiao, Tiqiao; Liu, Ping; Xu, Lisa X.

    2010-04-01

    Early detection of lung cancer is the key to a cure, but a difficult task using conventional x-ray imaging. In the present study, synchrotron radiation in-line phase-contrast imaging was used to study lung cancer. Lewis lung cancer and 4T1 breast tumor metastasis in the lung were imaged, and the differences were clearly shown in comparison to normal lung tissue. The effect of the object-detector distance and the energy level on the phase-contrast difference was investigated and found to be in good agreement with the theory of in-line phase-contrast imaging. Moreover, 3D image reconstruction of lung tumor angiogenesis was obtained for the first time using a contrast agent, demonstrating the feasibility of micro-angiography with synchrotron radiation for imaging tumor angiogenesis deep inside the body.

  13. sup 3 He- sup 3 He dating: A case for mixing of young and old groundwaters

    Kamensky, I.L.; Tolstikhin, I.N. (Kola Science Center (Russian Federation)); Tokarev, I.V. (Leningrad Mining Inst., St. Petersburg (Russian Federation))

    1991-10-01

    {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He and {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He ratios were measured in shallow underground waters (opened by water-supplying wells) of the Large Vud-Javr intramountain artesian basin in the Khibiny alkaline massif, the Kola Peninsula. The ratios vary from 1.321 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} to 2.065 {times} 10{sup {minus}6} and from 1.412 to 2.941, respectively, and a well-defined correlation is observed between them. Both these ratios in aquifers are known to be time-dependent, the former increases with time due to accumulation of {sup 3}He, produced in waters by {sup 3}H {beta}-decay; the latter decreases due to migration of helium from water-bearing rocks into the waters. The correlation is interpreted as a result of the mixing of two different types of waters. The approximation line enables the authors to estimate the isotopic ratios for the endmembers participating in the mixing and the mean residence time ({tau}) of tritigenic helium-3 in the water: (1) {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 3.655 {times} 10{sup {minus}6}, {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He = 4.03, and taking into consideration {sup 3}H concentrations in the well waters, {sup 3}H = 31.1 TU (practically the same for all samples), {tau} = 15.8 {plus minus} 1.5 years for the young water; (2) {sup 3}He/{sup 4}He = 0.20 {times} 10{sup {minus}6}, {sup 20}Ne/{sup 4}He = 0.18 and T = 0.11 Ma for the old one, the contribution of the old water being less than 10%. In one well a considerable contribution of modern-day meteoric water, about 16%, is observed.

  14. Image-guided radiotherapy and motion management in lung cancer

    Korreman, Stine

    2015-01-01

    In this review, image guidance and motion management in radiotherapy for lung cancer is discussed. Motion characteristics of lung tumours and image guidance techniques to obtain motion information are elaborated. Possibilities for management of image guidance and motion in the various steps of the...

  15. Acoustic and optical investigations of superfluid 3He. Doctoral thesis

    Manninen, A.

    1993-06-15

    The thesis is an experimental survey of properties of rotating and stationary superfluid (3)He. Two techniques, acoustics and optics, were used. Ultrasound, together with NMR, has provided most of the present experimental knowledge about the superfluid phases of (3)He. The author applied acoustics for the first time to study rotating (3)He. The main result was the discovery of a new vortex in (3)He-A when the magnetic field is low. New phenomena were observed in stationary (3)He as well. Most importantly, one of the collective modes, the real squashing (rsq) mode, of (3)He-B could be excited by means of two-phonon absorption. Superfluid (3)He was studied optically for the first time. No one has previously seen (3)He in the superfluid state. The principal achievement was developing techniques which facilitate optical experiments at temperatures below 1 mK, required to study superfluid (3)He. Optical fibers were used to transmit light between room temperature and the cold parts of the cryostat. Before these investigations, photography had not been done below 10 mK. The usefulness of optics as a proble of the superfluid phases of (3)He was demonstrated by studying the macroscopic shape of the free surface of rotating (3)He-B. The classical parabolic meniscus was observed, which is indicative of the equilibrium density of vortices.

  16. Ventilation-perfusion lung imaging in diaphragmatic paralysis

    Clinical, radiological, physiological, and lung imaging findings from a patient with paralysis of the diaphragm are described. Dyspnea, hypoxemia and hypercapnia increased when the patient changed from the upright to the supine positions. Ventilation (V) and perfusion (P) images of the right lung appeared to be relatively normal and remained nearly the same in the upright and supine positions. In contrast, V/P images of the left lung were smaller than those of the right lung in the upright position and decreased further in the supine position. In addition, the size of the ventilation image was much smaller than that of the perfusion

  17. Ventilation--perfusion lung imaging in diaphragmatic paralysis

    We have described a patient with paralysis of the diaphragm, in whom dyspnea, hypoxemia, and hypercapnia increased when he changed from the upright to the supine position. Ventilation (V) and perfusion (P) images of the right lung appeared to be normal and remained nearly the same in the upright and supine positions. In contrast, V and P images of the left lung were smaller than those of the right lung in the upright position and decreased further in the supine position. In addition, the ventilation image of the left lung was much smaller than the perfusion image in both positions

  18. Lung or liver: An imaging dilemma on Tc-99m macroaggregated albumin lung perfusion scintigraphy

    We present a 10-year-old boy having the bronchiectasis who was subjected to lung perfusion scintigraphy before lung resection surgery to assess the lung parenchymal function. It revealed unusual tracer distribution in right upper body that was mimicking to be liver. It was unusual unless there were some shunts bypassing the lung uptake or faulty radiopharmaceutical preparation. However by bringing down the image window, it became clear that radiopharmaceutical distribution was in thorax only correlating with lung uptake, and not in the liver. Corresponding X-ray chest and computed tomography thorax demonstrated multiple cystic lesions in left lung parenchyma

  19. Helical Tomotherapy Planning for Lung Cancer Based on Ventilation Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    To investigate the feasibility of lung ventilation-based treatment planning, computed tomography and hyperpolarized (HP) helium-3 (He-3) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ventilation images of 6 subjects were coregistered for intensity-modulated radiation therapy planning in Tomotherapy. Highly-functional lungs (HFL) and less-functional lungs (LFL) were contoured based on their ventilation image intensities, and a cylindrical planning-target-volume was simulated at locations adjacent to both HFL and LFL. Annals of an anatomy-based plan (Plan 1) and a ventilation-based plan (Plan 2) were generated. The following dosimetric parameters were determined and compared between the 2 plans: percentage of total/HFL volume receiving ≥20 Gy, 15 Gy, 10 Gy, and 5 Gy (TLV20, HFLV20, TLV15, HFLV15, TLV10, HFLV10, TLV5, HFLV5), mean total/HFL dose (MTLD/HFLD), maximum doses to all organs at risk (OARs), and target dose conformality. Compared with Plan 1, Plan 2 reduced mean HFLD (mean reduction, 0.8 Gy), MTLD (mean reduction, 0.6 Gy), HFLV20 (mean reduction, 1.9%), TLV20 (mean reduction, 1.5%), TLV15 (mean reduction, 1.7%), and TLV10 (mean reduction, 2.1%). P-values of the above comparisons are less than 0.05 using the Wilcoxon signed rank test. For HFLV15, HFLV10, TLV5, and HTLV5, Plan 2 resulted in lower values than plan 1 but the differences are not significant (P-value range, 0.063–0.219). Plan 2 did not significantly change maximum doses to OARs (P-value range, 0.063–0.563) and target conformality (P = 1.000). HP He-3 MRI of patients with lung disease shows a highly heterogeneous ventilation capacity that can be utilized for functional treatment planning. Moderate but statistically significant improvements in sparing functional lungs were achieved using helical tomotherapy plans.

  20. Automatic system for quantification and visualization of lung aeration on chest computed tomography images: the Lung Image System Analysis - LISA

    High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) is the exam of choice for the diagnostic evaluation of lung parenchyma diseases. There is an increasing interest for computational systems able to automatically analyze the radiological densities of the lungs in CT images. The main objective of this study is to present a system for the automatic quantification and visualization of the lung aeration in HRCT images of different degrees of aeration, called Lung Image System Analysis (LISA). The secondary objective is to compare LISA to the Osiris system and also to specific algorithm lung segmentation (ALS), on the accuracy of the lungs segmentation. The LISA system automatically extracts the following image attributes: lungs perimeter, cross sectional area, volume, the radiological densities histograms, the mean lung density (MLD) in Hounsfield units (HU), the relative area of the lungs with voxels with density values lower than -950 HU (RA950) and the 15th percentile of the least density voxels (PERC15). Furthermore, LISA has a colored mask algorithm that applies pseudo-colors to the lung parenchyma according to the pre-defined radiological density chosen by the system user. The lungs segmentations of 102 images of 8 healthy volunteers and 141 images of 11 patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) were compared on the accuracy and concordance among the three methods. The LISA was more effective on lungs segmentation than the other two methods. LISA's color mask tool improves the spatial visualization of the degrees of lung aeration and the various attributes of the image that can be extracted may help physicians and researchers to better assess lung aeration both quantitatively and qualitatively. LISA may have important clinical and research applications on the assessment of global and regional lung aeration and therefore deserves further developments and validation studies. (author)

  1. Automatic system for quantification and visualization of lung aeration on chest computed tomography images: the Lung Image System Analysis - LISA

    Felix, John Hebert da Silva; Cortez, Paulo Cesar, E-mail: jhsfelix@gmail.co [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Teleinformatica; Holanda, Marcelo Alcantara [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Hospital Universitario Walter Cantidio. Dept. de Medicina Clinica

    2010-12-15

    High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) is the exam of choice for the diagnostic evaluation of lung parenchyma diseases. There is an increasing interest for computational systems able to automatically analyze the radiological densities of the lungs in CT images. The main objective of this study is to present a system for the automatic quantification and visualization of the lung aeration in HRCT images of different degrees of aeration, called Lung Image System Analysis (LISA). The secondary objective is to compare LISA to the Osiris system and also to specific algorithm lung segmentation (ALS), on the accuracy of the lungs segmentation. The LISA system automatically extracts the following image attributes: lungs perimeter, cross sectional area, volume, the radiological densities histograms, the mean lung density (MLD) in Hounsfield units (HU), the relative area of the lungs with voxels with density values lower than -950 HU (RA950) and the 15th percentile of the least density voxels (PERC15). Furthermore, LISA has a colored mask algorithm that applies pseudo-colors to the lung parenchyma according to the pre-defined radiological density chosen by the system user. The lungs segmentations of 102 images of 8 healthy volunteers and 141 images of 11 patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) were compared on the accuracy and concordance among the three methods. The LISA was more effective on lungs segmentation than the other two methods. LISA's color mask tool improves the spatial visualization of the degrees of lung aeration and the various attributes of the image that can be extracted may help physicians and researchers to better assess lung aeration both quantitatively and qualitatively. LISA may have important clinical and research applications on the assessment of global and regional lung aeration and therefore deserves further developments and validation studies. (author)

  2. Intensity correlation of ventilation-perfusion lung images

    Costa, Antonio A.; Vaz de Carvalho, Carlos; Seixas, M.; Ferreira, F. N.; Guedes, M. A.; Amaral, I.

    1993-07-01

    The purpose of this study is to develop a method to create new images, based on lung verification and perfusion raw nuclear medicine images obtained from a gamma camera, that may help the correlation of their intrinsic information. Another major topic of this study is the assessment of the usefulness of this method in the detection of lung malfunction.

  3. 3D Interpolation Method for CT Images of the Lung

    Noriaki Asada

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available A 3-D image can be reconstructed from numerous CT images of the lung. The procedure reconstructs a solid from multiple cross section images, which are collected during pulsation of the heart. Thus the motion of the heart is a special factor that must be taken into consideration during reconstruction. The lung exhibits a repeating transformation synchronized to the beating of the heart as an elastic body. There are discontinuities among neighboring CT images due to the beating of the heart, if no special techniques are used in taking CT images. The 3-D heart image is reconstructed from numerous CT images in which both the heart and the lung are taken. Although the outline shape of the reconstructed 3-D heart is quite unnatural, the envelope of the 3-D unnatural heart is fit to the shape of the standard heart. The envelopes of the lung in the CT images are calculated after the section images of the best fitting standard heart are located at the same positions of the CT images. Thus the CT images are geometrically transformed to the optimal CT images fitting best to the standard heart. Since correct transformation of images is required, an Area oriented interpolation method proposed by us is used for interpolation of transformed images. An attempt to reconstruct a 3-D lung image by a series of such operations without discontinuity is shown. Additionally, the same geometrical transformation method to the original projection images is proposed as a more advanced method.

  4. Development and application of methods to quantify spatial and temporal hyperpolarized 3He MRI ventilation dynamics: preliminary results in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

    Kirby, Miranda; Wheatley, Andrew; McCormack, David G.; Parraga, Grace

    2010-03-01

    Hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as a non-invasive research method for quantifying lung structural and functional changes, enabling direct visualization in vivo at high spatial and temporal resolution. Here we described the development of methods for quantifying ventilation dynamics in response to salbutamol in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Whole body 3.0 Tesla Excite 12.0 MRI system was used to obtain multi-slice coronal images acquired immediately after subjects inhaled hyperpolarized 3He gas. Ventilated volume (VV), ventilation defect volume (VDV) and thoracic cavity volume (TCV) were recorded following segmentation of 3He and 1H images respectively, and used to calculate percent ventilated volume (PVV) and ventilation defect percent (VDP). Manual segmentation and Otsu thresholding were significantly correlated for VV (r=.82, p=.001), VDV (r=.87 p=.0002), PVV (r=.85, p=.0005), and VDP (r=.85, p=.0005). The level of agreement between these segmentation methods was also evaluated using Bland-Altman analysis and this showed that manual segmentation was consistently higher for VV (Mean=.22 L, SD=.05) and consistently lower for VDV (Mean=-.13, SD=.05) measurements than Otsu thresholding. To automate the quantification of newly ventilated pixels (NVp) post-bronchodilator, we used translation, rotation, and scaling transformations to register pre-and post-salbutamol images. There was a significant correlation between NVp and VDV (r=-.94 p=.005) and between percent newly ventilated pixels (PNVp) and VDP (r=- .89, p=.02), but not for VV or PVV. Evaluation of 3He MRI ventilation dynamics using Otsu thresholding and landmark-based image registration provides a way to regionally quantify functional changes in COPD subjects after treatment with beta-agonist bronchodilators, a common COPD and asthma therapy.

  5. SEGMENTATION OF LUNG CANCER PET SCAN IMAGES USING FUZZY CMEANS

    Santhosh T; Narasimha Prasad L V

    2014-01-01

    Image segmentation plays a vital role in medical image processing. Eventually, the proposed work is subjected to classify the tumour and non-tumour parts, followed by the segmentation of tumour region in PET scan images. Lung cancer has been the largest cause of cancer deaths. This paper focuses on Fuzzy C means algorithm for Lung tumour part segmentation of PET scan images to diagnose accurately the region of cancer. A PET scan can often detect cellular level metabolic changes at the earl...

  6. 3He charge form factors by nuclear recoil detection

    3He charge form factors were measured by observing the scattering reaction 3He(e,3He)e from square momentum transfers 0.885 to 3.20 fm-2. The results compare favorably with earlier electron scattering experiments. A model-independent determination of the radial charge density gives an rms radius of 1.877 +- 0.019 fm, in excellent agreement with previous radii determinations

  7. The relationship between ventilatory lung motion and pulmonary perfusion shown by ventilatory lung motion imaging

    Using ventilatory lung motion imaging, which was obtained from two perfusion lung scintigrams with 99mTc-macroaggregated albumin taken in maximal inspiration and maximal expiration, the lung motion (E-I/I) of the each unilateral lung was studied in various cardiopulmonary diseases. The sum of (E-I)/I(+) of the unilateral lung was decreased in the diseased lung for localized pleuropulmonary diseases, including primary lung cancer and pleural thickening, and in both lungs for heart diseases, and diffuse pulmonary diseases including diffuse interstitial pneumonia and diffuse panbronchiolitis. The sum of (E-I)/I(+) of the both lungs, which correlated with vital capacity and PaO2, was decreased in diffuse interstitial pneumonia, pulmonary emphysema, diffuse panbronchiolitis, primary lung cancer, pleural diseases and so on. (E-I)/I(+), correlated with pulmonary perfusion (n=49, r=0.51, p81mKr or 133Xe (n=49, r=0.61, p<0.001) than pulmonary perfusion. The ventilatory lung motion imaging, which demonstrates the motion of the intra-pulmonary areas and lung edges, appears useful for estimating pulmonary ventilation of the perfused area as well as pulmonary perfusion. (author)

  8. 3He Neutron Spin Filter cell development program at JCNS

    In order to produce high-quality 3He Neutron Spin Filters (NSF) with a high polarisation level, it is necessary to achieve a long 3He relaxation time by the reduction of the wall relaxation. This requires one to minimise the amount of impurities at the surface of the glass cells, and to have as few contaminants as possible in the gas filling system. In this report we describe the detailed procedure we employ to produce 3He cells using our newly built filling station. The obtained life times for a number of cells are practically approaching the fundamental limit imposed by the dipole-dipole interaction between 3He atoms.

  9. 3He functions in tokamak-pumped laser systems

    3He placed in an annular cell around a tokamak fusion generator can convert moderated fusion neutrons to energetic ions by the 3He(n,p)T reaction, and thereby excite gaseous lasants mixed with the 3He while simultaneously breeding tritium. The total 3He inventory is about 4 kg for large tokamak devices. Special configurations of toroidal-field magnets, neutron moderators and beryllium reflectors are required to permit nearly uniform neutron current into the laser cell with minimal attenuation. The annular laser radiation can be combined into a single output beam at the top of the tokamak

  10. Measurements of the 3He fusion product in TFTR

    The 0.8-MeV 3He ion created in the d(d,n)3He fusion reaction is confined in TFTR and can undergo d(3He,p)α fusion reactions. The time evolution, and profile of the 14.7-MeV proton emission indicates that collisional energy transfer with plasma electrons is the dominant process influencing the charged 3He fusion product for TFTR plasmas and that there is no observable anomalous transport. The magnitude of the burnup exceeds classical expectations by a factor-of-two-to-three which is a little beyond experimental uncertainties. 19 refs., 11 figs

  11. Polarization phenomena for low energy d + 3He collisions

    Polarization phenomena are studied for the reaction d + 3He → p + 4He (for Ed ≤ 1 MeV) using a formalism of partial amplitudes. The nuclei are considered as elementary particles with definite values of spin and P-parity. A general parametrization of the matrix element in terms of a limited number of partial amplitudes (for d + 3He-interaction in s - and p- states) is given and the expressions for all polarization observables are derived for the s-interaction. Relations between different polarization observables are derived and the conditions for maximizing the differential cross section of the process d + 3He → p + 4He are indicated. The spin structure of the matrix elements of the processes d + 3He → d +3He, d + 3He → n +p + 3He, d + 3He → p + p + 3H and d + 3He → d + d + p is established in the near-threshold region. (author)

  12. Three-body 3He photodisintegration in the Δ region

    Three-body 3He photodisintegration was measured in the photon energy range (Eγ) of 145--425 MeV. The total cross section for photon absorption on the np pairs in 3He, σ(3He(γ,np)psp), where psp is a spectator proton, is reported here for the first time. The Eγ dependence of the σ is found to scale to that of σ(2H(γ,np)), and the ratio is determined to be σ(3He(γ,np)psp)/σ(2H(γ,np))=1.24±0.,26

  13. Longitudinal assessment of treatment effects on pulmonary ventilation using 1H/3He MRI multivariate templates

    Tustison, Nicholas J.; Contrella, Benjamin; Altes, Talissa A.; Avants, Brian B.; de Lange, Eduard E.; Mugler, John P.

    2013-03-01

    The utitlity of pulmonary functional imaging techniques, such as hyperpolarized 3He MRI, has encouraged their inclusion in research studies for longitudinal assessment of disease progression and the study of treatment effects. We present methodology for performing voxelwise statistical analysis of ventilation maps derived from hyper­ polarized 3He MRI which incorporates multivariate template construction using simultaneous acquisition of IH and 3He images. Additional processing steps include intensity normalization, bias correction, 4-D longitudinal segmentation, and generation of expected ventilation maps prior to voxelwise regression analysis. Analysis is demonstrated on a cohort of eight individuals with diagnosed cystic fibrosis (CF) undergoing treatment imaged five times every two weeks with a prescribed treatment schedule.

  14. 2011 New lung adenocarcinoma multidisciplinary classification: imaging aspects

    The new classification of lung adenocarcinoma has been proposed by International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer/American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society in 2011. This new classification proposes a series of new concepts, such as lung adenocarcinoma in situ replacing the old term bronchioloalveolar carcinoma, minimally invasive adenocarcinoma and subtypes of invasive adenocarcinoma. This paper reviews the major advances of this new classification and its effect on imaging evaluation of lung adenocarcinoma and CT appearances of various subtypes of lung adenocarcinoma. (authors)

  15. Model formalism of liquid 3He-B at equilibrium

    The approximate formal treatment of the nuclear spin system of normal liquid 3He given some time ago is extended to the ordered 3He phase. The formalism leads to the prediction of normal thermal behavior of 3He-B at lower pressures and at temperatures approaching its phase-boundary temperatures. In contrast to the disordered normal liquid phase, which is thermally anomalous, the entropy of the 3He-B decreases on isothermal compression, or its isobaric volume expansion coefficient is positive. The equilibrium thermal behavior of ordered 3He-B is thus qualitatively different from that of disordered liquid 3He. Experimental control of these aspects of the liquid 3He phase transformation is lacking at the present time. Both early and new 3He-B paramagnetic susceptibility data, extended recently over a wide reduced-temperature range, disclose a fundamental competition between the spontaneous ordering mechanism responsible for the existence of 3He-B and the specific ordering process imposed upon this phase on application of an external constant and uniform magnetic field. As a consequence, magnetized 3He-B will be shown to increase its entropy on isothermal magnetization and to cool on adiabatic magnetization. The magnetocaloric effect is, however, only moderate. The competition of the ordering process leads to the delay or possibly even to the suppression of the formation of the ordered phase, a state of affairs foreseen in our earlier work. At low or moderate magnetic field strengths, the zero-field phase-boundary temperatures are shown to shift toward lower temperatures while, simultaneously, the order of the phase change decreases, from second order, in the absence of the field, to first order. Although of model-theoretic character, involving limitations of various types, the rich physical content of 3He-B at equilibrium clearly emerges in the present work

  16. magnetic resonance of 3He nuclei in porous media

    The data on 3He spin kinetics in porous media above the Fermi temperature of 3He are summarized. Presented results are obtained in Kazan Federal University in last ten years and are the base of developing method of helium porometry. Guidelines for investigation of samples with unknown pore sizes and superficial their properties are proposed

  17. 3He(3H,γ)6Li

    The authors have calculated the 3He(3H,γ)6Li reaction rate at big bang temperatures based on a microscopic study in the framework of the Generator Coordinate Method. It is discussed whether 6Li could be made by 3He + 3H fusion in the early epoch of our universe

  18. Some new NMR effects in superfluid 3He--A

    Longitudinal and transverse satellite lines have been observed by CW techniques in superfluid 3He-A under a variety of experimental conditions. A new metastable mode has been observed in superfluid 3He-A using pulsed NMR techniques. The frequency shift of this mode is related to the frequency shift of the transverse satellite line

  19. Ions Preheated in 3He-Rich Solar Particle Events

    王德焴

    2003-01-01

    A wave-particle resonance absorption model in the two-ion plasma is suggested in explanation to the coronal ions preheating in 3He-rich solar particle events. It is found that 3He and Fe ions are preferably preheated by the ion-ion hybrid waves at their fundamental and second harmonic ion cyclotron frequencies, respectively.

  20. Optical and Functional Imaging in Lung Cancer

    K.H. van der Leest (Cor)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractLung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer related death. In industrialized countries the mortality rate of lung cancer is higher than the mortality rate of breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined 1. When lung cancer is diagn

  1. Pulsed NMR experiments in superfluid 3He confined in aerogel

    Pulsed NMR experiments have been performed in both B and supercooled A phases of superfluid 3He in aerogel. Dependencies of spin precession frequency on tipping angle in B-phase of superfluid 3He in aerogel are found to be different for pure 3He and for the cell preplated with 4He. A sharp increase of the frequency for tipping angles greater than 104 deg. was observed in low temperature superfluid phase of 3He in 4He preplated aerogel as it is expected for the B-phase structure of the order parameter. Dependencies of the frequency on the tipping angle in supercooled A-phase are similar for both pure 3He and 4He preplated aerogel

  2. Multi-scale analysis of lung computed tomography images

    Gori, I.; Bagagli, F.; Fantacci, M. E.; Martinez, A. Preite; Retico, A.; De Mitri, I.; Donadio, S.; Fulcheri, C.; Gargano, G; Magro, R.; Santoro, M; Stumbo, S

    2009-01-01

    A computer-aided detection (CAD) system for the identification of lung internal nodules in low-dose multi-detector helical Computed Tomography (CT) images was developed in the framework of the MAGIC-5 project. The three modules of our lung CAD system, a segmentation algorithm for lung internal region identification, a multi-scale dot-enhancement filter for nodule candidate selection and a multi-scale neural technique for false positive finding reduction, are described. The results obtained on...

  3. Ventilation and perfusion magnetic resonance imaging of the lung

    Bauman, Grzegorz; Eichinger, Monika

    2012-01-01

    Summary A close interaction between the respiratory pump, pulmonary parenchyma and blood circulation is essential for a normal lung function. Many pulmonary diseases present, especially in their initial phase, a variable regional impairment of ventilation and perfusion. In the last decades various techniques have been established to measure the lung function. Besides the global pulmonary function tests (PFTs) imaging techniques gained increasing importance to detect local variations in lung f...

  4. Feasibility studies of D—3He fusion power in China

    DengBai-Quan; FengKei-Ming; 等

    1997-01-01

    The systematic study on D-3He advanced fuel fusion in China has been performed.Comparisons between D-3He and D-T fuel cycles in physics,engineering,environmental safety and so on have been made.D-3He fusion offers significant adavantages for reducing the neutron yield by a factor of 10-60,The 3He resource and mining possibility are investigated.The energy payback factor of 97 for mining lunar 3He resource is calculated.The operating parameter scope for D-3He fueled Tokamak reactor is analyzed.The prompt energy broadening for fusion products is calculated and results are consistent with those obtained by Lehner using a different method.Centrally peaked current drive with high efficiency is studied utilizing plasma synchrotron radiation.Centrally peaked current drive with gigh efficiency is studied utilizing plasma synchrotron radiation.More than 80% of plasma current required can be driven passively.A D-3He fueled Tokamak commercial reactor-Mooncity was designed.Neutronics calculations show that the radioactivity,afterheat,BHP value for Mooncity are 10-60 times less than those for D-T fusion.

  5. Hyperpolarized Xenon-129 Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Functional Lung Microstructure

    Dregely, Isabel

    Hyperpolarized 129Xe (HXe) is a non-invasive contrast agent for lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which upon inhalation follows the functional pathway of oxygen in the lung by dissolving into lung tissue structures and entering the blood stream. HXe MRI therefore provides unique opportunities for functional lung imaging of gas exchange which occurs from alveolar air spaces across the air-blood boundary into parenchymal tissue. However challenges in acquisition speed and signal-to-noise ratio have limited the development of a HXe imaging biomarker to diagnose lung disease. This thesis addresses these challenges by introducing parallel imaging to HXe MRI. Parallel imaging requires dedicated hardware. This work describes design, implementation, and characterization of a 32-channel phased-array chest receive coil with an integrated asymmetric birdcage transmit coil tuned to the HXe resonance on a 3 Tesla MRI system. Using the newly developed human chest coil, a functional HXe imaging method, multiple exchange time xenon magnetization transfer contrast (MXTC) is implemented. MXTC dynamically encodes HXe gas exchange into the image contrast. This permits two parameters to be derived regionally which are related to gas-exchange functionality by characterizing tissue-to-alveolar-volume ratio and alveolar wall thickness in the lung parenchyma. Initial results in healthy subjects demonstrate the sensitivity of MXTC by quantifying the subtle changes in lung microstructure in response to orientation and lung inflation. Our results in subjects with lung disease show that the MXTC-derived functional tissue density parameter exhibits excellent agreement with established imaging techniques. The newly developed dynamic parameter, which characterizes the alveolar wall, was elevated in subjects with lung disease, most likely indicating parenchymal inflammation. In light of these observations we believe that MXTC has potential as a biomarker for the regional quantification of 1

  6. Protection of lung function by introducing single photon emission computed tomography lung perfusion image into radiotherapy plan of lung cancer

    YIN Yong; CHEN Jin-hu; LI Bao-sheng; LIU Tong-hai; LU jie; BAI Tong; DONG Xiao-ling; YU Jin-ming

    2009-01-01

    Background The lung functional status could be displayed on lung perfusion images. With the images, the radiotherapy plans of lung cancer could be guided to more optimized. This study aimed to assess quantitatively the impact of incorporating functional lung imaging into 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) and intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) planning for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).Methods Ten patients with NSCLC who had undergone radiotherapy were included in this study. Before radiotherapy,each patient underwent CT simulation and lung perfusion imaging with single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). The SPECT images were registered with simulation planning CT and used to contour functional lung (lung-F) and non-functional lung (lung-NF). Two 3DCRT plans and two IMRT plans were designed and compared in each patient:two anatomic plans using simulation CT alone and two functional plans using SPECT-CT in addition to the simulation CT.Dosimetric parameters of the four types of plans were compared in terms of tumor coverage and avoidance of normal tissues. Total radiation dose was set at 66 Gy (2 Gy×33 fractions).Results In incorporating perfusion information in 3DCRT and IMRT planning, the reductions on average in the mean doses to the functional lung in the functional plan were 168 cGy and 89 cGy, respectively, compared with those in the anatomic plans. The median reductions in the percentage of volume irradiated with >5 Gy, >10 Gy, >20 Gy, >30 Gy and >40 Gy for functional lung in the functional plans were 6.50%, 10.21%, 14.02%, 22.30% and 23.46% in 3DCRT planning,respectively, and 3.05%, 15.52%, 14.16%, 4.87%, and 3.33% in IMRT planning, respectively. No greater degree of sparing of the functional lung was achieved in functional IMRT than in 3DCRT.Conclusion Function-guided 3DCRT and IMRT plannings both appear to be effective in preserving functional lung in NSCLC patients.

  7. Cosmogenic and nucleogenic ^3He in apatite, titanite, and zircon

    Farley, K. A.; Libarkin, J.; Mukhopadhyay, S; Amidon, W.

    2006-01-01

    Cosmogenic ^3He was measured in apatite, titanite, and zircon and cosmogenic ^(21)Ne in quartz at 13 depth intervals in a 2.7-m long drill core in a Miocene ignimbrite from the Altiplano of Bolivia. All three ^3He depth profiles as well as the ^(21)Ne profile attenuate exponentially with depth, indicating that both of these isotopes are cosmogenic in origin with no significant contribution from other sources. The attenuation lengthscale for ^3He production of Λ = 180 ± 11 g/cm^2 is consistent...

  8. D-3He fuel cycles for neutron lean reactors

    The intrinsic potential of D-3He as a reactor fuel is investigated for a large range of 3He to D density ratios. A steady-state zero-dimensional reactor model is developed in which much care is attributed to a proper treatment of fast fusion products. Useful ranges of reactor parameters as well as temperature-density windows for driven and ignited operation are identified. Various figures of merit are calculated, such as power densities, net power production, neutron production, tritium load and radiative power. These results suggest several optimistic conclusions about the performance of D-3He as a reactor fuel

  9. Dressed Spin of Polarized 3He in a Cell

    Chu, P H; Peng, J C; Beck, D H; Chandler, D E; Clayton, S; Hu, B Z; Ngan, S Y; Sham, C H; So, L H; Williamson, S; Yoder, J

    2010-01-01

    We report a measurement of the modification of the effective precession frequency of polarized 3He atoms in response to a dressing field in a room temperature cell. The 3He atoms were polarized using the metastability spin-exchange method. An oscillating dressing field is then applied perpendicular to the constant magnetic field. Modification of the 3He effective precession frequency was observed over a broad range of the amplitude and frequency of the dressing field. The observed effects are compared with calculations based on quantum optics formalism.

  10. Magnetic resonance imaging for lung cancer screen

    Wang, Yi-Xiang J.; Lo, Gladys G.; Yuan, Jing; Larson, Peder E.Z.; Zhang, Xiaoliang

    2014-01-01

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death throughout the world. Lung cancer is an example of a disease for which a large percentage of the high-risk population can be easily identified via a smoking history. This has led to the investigation of lung cancer screening with low-dose helical/multi-detector CT. Evidences suggest that early detection of lung cancer allow more timely therapeutic intervention and thus a more favorable prognosis for the patient. The positive relationshi...

  11. Uniform background assumption produces misleading lung EIT images

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) estimates an image of conductivity change within a body from stimulation and measurement at body surface electrodes. There is significant interest in EIT for imaging the thorax, as a monitoring tool for lung ventilation. To be useful in this application, we require an understanding of if and when EIT images can produce inaccurate images. In this paper, we study the consequences of the homogeneous background assumption, frequently made in linear image reconstruction, which introduces a mismatch between the reference measurement and the linearization point. We show in simulation and experimental data that the resulting images may contain large and clinically significant errors. A 3D finite element model of thorax conductivity is used to simulate EIT measurements for different heart and lung conductivity, size and position, as well as different amounts of gravitational collapse and ventilation-associated conductivity change. Three common linear EIT reconstruction algorithms are studied. We find that the asymmetric position of the heart can cause EIT images of ventilation to show up to 60% undue bias towards the left lung and that the effect is particularly strong for a ventilation distribution typical of mechanically ventilated patients. The conductivity gradient associated with gravitational lung collapse causes conductivity changes in non-dependent lung to be overestimated by up to 100% with respect to the dependent lung. Eliminating the mismatch by using a realistic conductivity distribution in the forward model of the reconstruction algorithm strongly reduces these undesirable effects. We conclude that subject-specific anatomically accurate forward models should be used in lung EIT and extra care is required when analysing EIT images of subjects whose background conductivity distribution in the lungs is known to be heterogeneous or exhibiting large changes. (paper)

  12. Magnetization and spin diffusion of liquid 3He in aerogel

    We report theoretical calculations and experimental measurements of the normal-state spin diffusion coefficient of 3He in aerogel, including both elastic and inelastic scattering of 3He quasiparticles, and compare these results with data for 3He in 98% porous silica aerogel. This analysis provides a determination of the elastic mean free path within the aerogel. Measurements of the magnetization of the superfluid phase in the same aerogel samples provide a test of the theory of pairbreaking and magnetic response of low-energy excitations in the 'dirty' B phase of 3He in aerogel. A consistent interpretation of the data for the spin-diffusion coefficient, magnetization, and superfluid transition temperature is obtained by including correlation effects in the aerogel density

  13. Applications of 3He neutron spin filters at the NCNR

    At the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), we have applied 3He neutron spin filters (NSFs) to the instruments where 3He NSFs are advantageous, such as thermal triple-axis spectrometry, small-angle neutron scattering, and diffuse reflectometry. We present the status of our development and application of this method, including polarized gas production by spin-exchange optical pumping, magnetostatic cavities for storage of the polarized gas on the beam line, and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based, on-line monitoring and reversal of the 3He polarization. We present the status of developing user-friendly interfaces incorporated into the instrument software to handle these 3He neutron spin filters while taking data and performing data analysis. Finally we discuss the status of development of a polarization capability on the multi-axis crystal spectrometer, which requires polarization analysis over a 220 deg. angular range.

  14. Electromagnetic physics with a polarized 3He target

    In the trinucleon system, 3He is preferable for polarization measurements because it is stable and a well-understood polarization method exists. Also, to a good approximation, the 3He spin is effectively due to the spin of its neutron and hence acts as a polarized neutron target. This is important because dense targets of polarized free neutrons are not possible. Thus, in a simple-minded picture, one can think of polarization measurements on 3He as a means of tagging the neutron in this nucleus. In a general program of polarization measurements on the proton, deuteron, and 3He, one could investigate the form-factors and small wave-function components of the nucleon and its excited states in the nuclear medium. (orig./WL)

  15. Safeguards Technology Factsheet 3He-free Neutron Coincidence Counter

    A full scale thermal neutron coincidence counter (High Level Neutron Counter - Boron: HLNB) based on 3He alternative detection technology was designed and built at LANL and field tested at Plutonium Conversion Development Facility (PCDF) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) during FY15. HLNB is based on boron-lined proportional plates that replace the traditional 3He proportional tubes and was designed as a direct alternative to 3He-based High Level Neutron Coincidence Counter (HLNC-II). During the JAEA field trial the HLNB demonstrated comparable performance to HLNC-II, which represents a key development in the area of 3He alternative technologies and provides a complete demonstration of the technology for nuclear safeguards applications including high mass MOX samples.

  16. Study of the ventilatory lung motion imaging in primary lung cancer

    Using perfusion lung scintigrams with Tc-99m macroaggregated alubumin at maximal inspiration (I) and expiration (E), images of the ventilatory lung motion, which was calculated and delineated by an expression as (E-I)/I, were obtained in 84 cases with primary lung cancer, and its clinical significance in the diagnosis of primary lung cancer was studied. The image of (E-I)/I consisted of positive and negative components. The former visualized the motion of the regional intrapulmonary areas and the latter showed the motion of the lung border. The sum of positive (E-I)/I in the lung with the primary lesion which was lower than that in the contralateral lung, was significantly low in cases with hilar mass, pleural effusion and TNM classification of T3+T4. The sum of positive (E-I)/I in both lungs and vital capacity was relatively low in cases with hilar mass, pleural effusion, TNM classification of T3+T4 and M1. The distribution pattern of pulmonary perfusion and positive (E-I)/I was fairly matched in 48 cases, but mismatch was observed in 36 cases. In the image of negative (E-I)/I, decreased motion of the lung border including the diaphragm was shown in cases with pleural adhesion and thickening, pleural effusion, phrenic nerve palsy and other conditions with hypoventilation. This technique seems to be useful for the estimation of regional pulmonary function of pulmonary perfusion and lung motion, the extent and pathophysiology of primary lung cancer. (author)

  17. Study of the ventilatory lung motion imaging in primary lung cancer

    Fujii, Tadashige [Shinshu Univ., Matsumoto, Nagano (Japan). Shool of Allied Medical Sciences; Tanaka, Masao; Yazaki, Yosikazu; Kitabayashi, Hiroshi; Sekiguchi, Morie

    1996-12-01

    Using perfusion lung scintigrams with Tc-99m macroaggregated alubumin at maximal inspiration (I) and expiration (E), images of the ventilatory lung motion, which was calculated and delineated by an expression as (E-I)/I, were obtained in 84 cases with primary lung cancer, and its clinical significance in the diagnosis of primary lung cancer was studied. The image of (E-I)/I consisted of positive and negative components. The former visualized the motion of the regional intrapulmonary areas and the latter showed the motion of the lung border. The sum of positive (E-I)/I in the lung with the primary lesion which was lower than that in the contralateral lung, was significantly low in cases with hilar mass, pleural effusion and TNM classification of T3+T4. The sum of positive (E-I)/I in both lungs and vital capacity was relatively low in cases with hilar mass, pleural effusion, TNM classification of T3+T4 and M1. The distribution pattern of pulmonary perfusion and positive (E-I)/I was fairly matched in 48 cases, but mismatch was observed in 36 cases. In the image of negative (E-I)/I, decreased motion of the lung border including the diaphragm was shown in cases with pleural adhesion and thickening, pleural effusion, phrenic nerve palsy and other conditions with hypoventilation. This technique seems to be useful for the estimation of regional pulmonary function of pulmonary perfusion and lung motion, the extent and pathophysiology of primary lung cancer. (author)

  18. Apparent diffusion coefficient of hyperpolarized (3)He with minimal influence of the residual gas in small animals.

    Carrero-González, L; Kaulisch, T; Ruiz-Cabello, J; Pérez-Sánchez, J M; Peces-Barba, G; Stiller, D; Rodríguez, I

    2012-09-01

    The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of hyperpolarized (HP) gases is a parameter that reflects changes in lung microstructure. However, ADC is dependent on many physiological and experimental variables that need to be controlled or specified in order to ensure the reliability and reproducibility of this parameter. A single breath-hold experiment is desirable in order to reduce the amount of consumed HP gas. The application of a positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) causes an increase in the residual gas volume. Depending on the applied PEEP, the ratio between the incoming and residual gas volumes will change and the ADC will vary, as long as both gases do not have the same diffusion coefficient. The most standard method for human applications uses air for breathing and a bolus of pure HP (3)He for MRI data acquisition. By applying this method in rats, we have demonstrated that ADC values are strongly dependent on the applied PEEP, and therefore on the residual gas volume in the lung. This outcome will play an important role in studies concerning certain diseases, such as emphysema, which is characterized by an increase in the residual volume. Ventilation with an oxygen-helium mixture (VOHeM) is a proposed single breath-hold method that uses two different gas mixtures (O(2)-(4)He for ventilation and HP (3)He-N(2) for imaging). The concentration of each gas in its respective mixture was calculated in order to obtain the same diffusion coefficient in both mixtures. ADCs obtained from VOHeM are independent of PEEP, thus minimizing the effect of the different residual volumes. PMID:22275333

  19. The 3He spectral function in light-front dynamics

    Rinaldi, Matteo; Kaptari, Leonid; Pace, Emanuele; Salmè, Giovanni; Scopetta, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    A distorted spin-dependent spectral function for 3He is considered for the extraction of the transverse-momentum dependent parton distributions in the neutron from semi-inclusive deep inelastic electron scattering off polarized 3He at finite momentum transfers, where final state interactions are taken into account. The generalization of the analysis to a Poincar\\'e covariant framework within the light-front dynamics is outlined.

  20. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M; Scopetta, S.

    2012-01-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which could be measured in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: The peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation could allow to access for the first ti...

  1. Extracting generalized neutron parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M; Scopetta, S.

    2012-01-01

    An impulse approximation analysis is described of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS). The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the ...

  2. Analytic vortices in rotating superfluid 3He-A

    Recent works on analytic vortices in rotating 3He-A are reviewed. It is shown that the circular-hyperbolic vortex lattice has the lowest free energy in an axial magnetic field. The associated nuclear magnetic resonance satellites account for not only the observed satellite frequencies in a rotating 3He-A experiment but also the observed intensity of the satellite resonances. 15 references, 3 figures

  3. Elastic and charge exchange scattering of pions from 3He

    Elastic and charge exchange scatterings of pions from 3He are studied using on optical potential in the momentum representation, which includes the second order effect as well as the nucleon binding correction. These corrections are found to be appreaciable but still not enough to resolve the discrepancy between theoretical calculations and recent experimental data on the reaction 3He(π-, π0)3H. (author)

  4. Test of 3He-based neutron polarizers at NIST

    Neutron spin filters based on polarized 3He are useful over a wide neutron energy range and have a large angular acceptance among other advantages. Two optical pumping methods, spin-exchange and metastability-exchange, can produce the volume of highly polarized 3He gas required for such neutron spin filters. We report a test of polarizers based on each of these two methods on a new cold, monochromatic neutron beam line at the NIST Center for Neutron Research

  5. The SLAC high-density gaseous polarized 3He target

    A large-scale high-pressure gaseous 3He polarized target has been developed for use with a high-intensity polarized electron beam at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. This target was used successfully in an experiment to study the spin structure of the neutron. The target provided an areal density of about 7 x1021 nuclei/cm2 and operated at 3He polarizations between about 30% and 40% for the six-week duration of the experiment

  6. Polar Phase of Superfluid (3)He in Anisotropic Aerogel.

    Dmitriev, V V; Senin, A A; Soldatov, A A; Yudin, A N

    2015-10-16

    We report the first observation of the polar phase of superfluid (3)He. This phase appears in (3)He confined in a new type of aerogel with a nearly parallel arrangement of strands which play the role of ordered impurities. Our experiments qualitatively agree with theoretical predictions and suggest that in other systems with unconventional Cooper pairing (e.g., in unconventional superconductors) similar phenomena may be found in the presence of anisotropic impurities. PMID:26550884

  7. Electroproduction of low energy π+ from 3He

    Differential cross sections were measured for the electro-pion production from H and 3He at an incident energy of 200 MeV and pion energies from 7.3 to 12.1 MeV. Pion-angular distributions are presented and compared with theory. For hydrogen there is good agreement. A simple three-channel calculation performed for the pion production from 3He was found to over estimate the cross section at forward pion angles

  8. Pathological evaluation of computed tomography images of lungs.

    Coddington, R; Mera, S L; Goddard, P R; Bradfield, J W

    1982-01-01

    A method is described which allows the features seen in images generated during computed tomography (CT) of lungs previously removed at necropsy to be compared with those seen in corresponding thin sections made from the same lungs. After removal from the body, lungs were inflation-fixed using warm formalin vapour before being x-rayed and then scanned in the inflated state. Slices corresponding to the CT scan images were made and x-rayed. Paper mounted sections were then prepared from each sl...

  9. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging of the normal fetal lung

    To quantify apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) changes in fetuses with normal lungs and to determine whether ADC can be used in the assessment of fetal lung development. In 53 pregnancies (20-37th weeks of gestation), we measured ADC on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in the apical, middle, and basal thirds of the right lung. ADCs were correlated with gestational age. Differences between the ADCs were assessed. Fetal lung volumes were measured on T2-weighted sequences and correlated with ADCs and with age. ADCs were 2.13 ± 0.44 μm2/ms (mean ± SD) in the apex, 1.99 ± 0.42 μm2/ms (mean ± SD) in the middle third, and 1.91 ± 0.41 μm2/ms (mean ± SD) in the lung base. Neither the individual ADC values nor average ADC values showed a significant correlation with gestational age or with lung volumes. Average ADCs decreased significantly from the lung apex toward the base. Individual ADCs showed little absolute change and heterogeneity. Lung volumes increased significantly during gestation. We have not been able to identify a pattern of changes in the ADC values that correlate with lung maturation. Furthermore, the individual, gravity-related ADC changes are subject to substantial variability and show nonuniform behavior. ADC can therefore not be used as an indicator of lung maturity. (orig.)

  10. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging of the normal fetal lung

    Balassy, Csilla; Kasprian, Gregor; Weber, Michael; Hoermann, Marcus; Bankier, Alexander; Herold, Christian J.; Prayer, Daniela [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, Vienna (Austria); Brugger, Peter C. [Medical University of Vienna, Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Vienna (Austria); Csapo, Bence [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Obstetrics and Gyneocology, Vienna (Austria); Bammer, Roland [University of Stanford, Department of Radiology, Stanford, CA (United States)

    2008-04-15

    To quantify apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) changes in fetuses with normal lungs and to determine whether ADC can be used in the assessment of fetal lung development. In 53 pregnancies (20-37th weeks of gestation), we measured ADC on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in the apical, middle, and basal thirds of the right lung. ADCs were correlated with gestational age. Differences between the ADCs were assessed. Fetal lung volumes were measured on T2-weighted sequences and correlated with ADCs and with age. ADCs were 2.13 {+-} 0.44 {mu}m{sup 2}/ms (mean {+-} SD) in the apex, 1.99 {+-} 0.42 {mu}m{sup 2}/ms (mean {+-} SD) in the middle third, and 1.91 {+-} 0.41 {mu}m{sup 2}/ms (mean {+-} SD) in the lung base. Neither the individual ADC values nor average ADC values showed a significant correlation with gestational age or with lung volumes. Average ADCs decreased significantly from the lung apex toward the base. Individual ADCs showed little absolute change and heterogeneity. Lung volumes increased significantly during gestation. We have not been able to identify a pattern of changes in the ADC values that correlate with lung maturation. Furthermore, the individual, gravity-related ADC changes are subject to substantial variability and show nonuniform behavior. ADC can therefore not be used as an indicator of lung maturity. (orig.)

  11. Clinical relevance of imaging proliferative activity in lung nodules

    Buck, Andreas K.; Schirrmeister, Holger; Kratochwil, Clemens; Wahl, Andreas; Glatting, Gerhard; Mottaghy, Felix M.; Neumaier, Bernd; Reske, Sven N. [University of Ulm, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Ulm (Germany); Hetzel, Martin [University of Ulm, Department of Internal Medicine II - Pulmonary Medicine, Ulm (Germany); Halter, Gisela [University of Ulm, Department of Thoracic Surgery, Ulm (Germany); Moeller, Peter; Mattfeldt, Torsten [University of Ulm, Department of Pathology, Ulm (Germany)

    2005-04-01

    Recently, the thymidine analogue 3'-deoxy-3'[{sup 18}F]fluorothymidine (FLT) has been introduced for imaging proliferation with positron emission tomography (PET). In this prospective study, we examined the accuracy of FLT for differentiation of benign from malignant lung lesions and for tumour staging. A total of 47 patients with newly diagnosed pulmonary nodules on chest CT suspicious for malignancy were examined with FLT-PET in addition to routine staging procedures. A total of 43 patients also underwent 2-[{sup 18}F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) PET imaging. Within 2 weeks, patients underwent resective surgery or core biopsy of the pulmonary lesion. Histopathology revealed malignant lung tumours in 32 patients (20 non-small cell lung cancer, 1 small cell lung cancer, 1 pulmonary carcinoid, 1 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, nine metastases from extrapulmonary tumours) and benign lesions in 15 patients. Increased FLT uptake was exclusively related to malignant tumours. FLT-PET was false negative in two patients with non-small cell lung cancer, in the patient with a pulmonary carcinoid and in three patients with lung metastases. The sensitivity of FLT-PET for detection of lung cancer was 90%, the specificity 100% and the accuracy 94%. Fifteen out of 21 patients with lung cancer had mediastinal lymph node metastases. FLT-PET was true positive in 7/15 patients, resulting in a sensitivity of 53% for N-staging (specificity 100%, accuracy 67%). Clinical TNM stage was correctly identified in 67% (20/30) patients, compared to 85% (23/27) with FDG-PET. FLT-PET has a high specificity for the detection of malignant lung tumours. Compared with FDG, FLT-PET is less accurate for N-staging in patients with lung cancer and for detection of lung metastases. FLT-PET therefore cannot be recommended for staging of lung cancer. (orig.)

  12. FDG PET/CT imaging of lung tumor

    PET/CT imaging combines PET for functional information and CT for morphological information in a single examination, and has shown how the initial staging with lung cancer. [18F]fluoro-deoxy-glucose (FDG) PET/CT imaging has a higher diagnostic accuracy for lung cancer except so-called bronchioloalveolar carcinoma and acute inflammatory lesion such as tuberculosis, pneumonia etc, compared with the conventional diagnostic modalities. FDG PET/CT imaging can demonstrate unexpected sites of mediastinal lymph node metastases (N factor), distant metastases (M factor) in initial staging and influence treatment plans for lung cancer. Furthermore, the grade of FDG uptake on PET/CT predicts prognosis of lung cancer and evaluates tumor response to treatment. Recurrences or metastases of lung cancer, and pleural disease can be detected correctly on FDG PET/CT. It is important that interpreting physicians understand the role of FDG PET/CT in staging, assessing of treatment and observing after therapy on the multidisciplinary managements of lung cancer. The clinical applications of PET/CT are still evolving, and future researches will determine the precise role that combined metabolic and morphological imaging has to play in the management of patients with lung cancer. (author)

  13. Regional lung function and mechanics using image registration

    Ding, Kai

    The main function of the respiratory system is gas exchange. Since many disease or injury conditions can cause biomechanical or material property changes that can alter lung function, there is a great interest in measuring regional lung function and mechanics. In this thesis, we present a technique that uses multiple respiratory-gated CT images of the lung acquired at different levels of inflation with both breath-hold static scans and retrospectively reconstructed 4D dynamic scans, along with non-rigid 3D image registration, to make local estimates of lung tissue function and mechanics. We validate our technique using anatomical landmarks and functional Xe-CT estimated specific ventilation. The major contributions of this thesis include: (1) developing the registration derived regional expansion estimation approach in breath-hold static scans and dynamic 4DCT scans, (2) developing a method to quantify lobar sliding from image registration derived displacement field, (3) developing a method for measurement of radiation-induced pulmonary function change following a course of radiation therapy, (4) developing and validating different ventilation measures in 4DCT. The ability of our technique to estimate regional lung mechanics and function as a surrogate of the Xe-CT ventilation imaging for the entire lung from quickly and easily obtained respiratory-gated images, is a significant contribution to functional lung imaging because of the potential increase in resolution, and large reductions in imaging time, radiation, and contrast agent exposure. Our technique may be useful to detect and follow the progression of lung disease such as COPD, may be useful as a planning tool during RT planning, may be useful for tracking the progression of toxicity to nearby normal tissue during RT, and can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment post-therapy.

  14. MR imaging of the lungs. Clinical applications and potential research

    MR imaging of the lung is handicapped by three negative influences. First, the low proton spin density in lung tissue results in a low signal-to-noise ratio relative to the surrounding structures. Second, cardiac and respiratory motion induce artifacts that tend to obscure fine structural detail in the lung. Third, a considerable magnetic susceptibility gradient, arising from the large surface areas of air and tissue interfaces, produces a very low value for T2*. MR imaging can be used to stage the activity of interstitial lung disease and for the diagnosis of lipoid pneumonia and pulmonary infarction. In combination with MR angiography, perfusion MR imaging might eventually become a test for pulmonary embolisms. (authors)

  15. Solar Sources of $^{3}$He-rich Solar Energetic Particle Events in Solar Cycle 24

    Nitta, Nariaki V; Wang, Linghua; Cohen, Christina M S; Wiedenbeck, Mark E

    2015-01-01

    Using high-cadence extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) images obtained by the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on board the Solar Dynamics Observatory, we investigate the solar sources of 26 $^{3}$He-rich solar energetic particle (SEP) events at $\\lesssim$1 MeV nucleon$^{-1}$ that were well-observed by the Advanced Composition Explorer during solar cycle 24. Identification of the solar sources is based on the association of $^{3}$He-rich events with type III radio bursts and electron events as observed by Wind. The source locations are further verified in EUV images from the Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory, which provides information on solar activities in the regions not visible from the Earth. Based on AIA observations, $^{3}$He-rich events are not only associated with coronal jets as emphasized in solar cycle 23 studies, but also with more spatially extended eruptions. The properties of the $^{3}$He-rich events do not appear to be strongly correlated with those of the source regions. As in the previous...

  16. Imaging of macrophage-related lung diseases

    Marten, Katharina; Hansell, David M. [Royal Brompton Hospital, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

    2005-04-01

    Macrophage-related pulmonary diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by macrophage accumulation, activation or dysfunction. These conditions include smoking-related interstitial lung diseases, metabolic disorders such as Niemann-Pick or Gaucher disease, and rare primary lung tumors. High-resolution computed tomography abnormalities include pulmonary ground-glass opacification secondary to infiltration by macrophages, centrilobular nodules or interlobular septal thickening reflecting peribronchiolar or septal macrophage accumulation, respectively, emphysema caused by macrophage dysfunction, and honeycombing following macrophage-related lung matrix remodeling. (orig.)

  17. Imaging of macrophage-related lung diseases

    Macrophage-related pulmonary diseases are a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by macrophage accumulation, activation or dysfunction. These conditions include smoking-related interstitial lung diseases, metabolic disorders such as Niemann-Pick or Gaucher disease, and rare primary lung tumors. High-resolution computed tomography abnormalities include pulmonary ground-glass opacification secondary to infiltration by macrophages, centrilobular nodules or interlobular septal thickening reflecting peribronchiolar or septal macrophage accumulation, respectively, emphysema caused by macrophage dysfunction, and honeycombing following macrophage-related lung matrix remodeling. (orig.)

  18. Optical and Functional Imaging in Lung Cancer

    van der Leest, Cor

    2010-01-01

    textabstractLung cancer is the second most common cancer in men and women, and is the leading cause of cancer related death. In industrialized countries the mortality rate of lung cancer is higher than the mortality rate of breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined 1. When lung cancer is diagnosed at an early stage patients are considered to have the best overall survival rate 2. Unfortunately, only a minority of patients is currently diagnosed at a curable stage of disease. The lack of...

  19. Magnetic resonance imaging in children: common problems and possible solutions for lung and airways imaging

    Ciet, Pierluigi; Tiddens, Harm A. W. M.; Wielopolski, Piotr A.; Wild, Jim M.; Lee, Edward Y.; Morana, Giovanni; Lequin, Maarten H.

    2015-01-01

    Pediatric chest MRI is challenging. High-resolution scans of the lungs and airways are compromised by long imaging times, low lung proton density and motion. Low signal is a problem of normal lung. Lung abnormalities commonly cause increased signal intenstities. Among the most important factors for a successful MRI is patient cooperation, so the long acquisition times make patient preparation crucial. Children usually have problems with long breath-holds and with the concept of quiet breathin...

  20. Functional lung imaging during HFV in preterm rabbits.

    Jordan Thurgood

    Full Text Available Although high frequency ventilation (HFV is an effective mode of ventilation, there is limited information available in regard to lung dynamics during HFV. To improve the knowledge of lung function during HFV we have developed a novel lung imaging and analysis technique. The technique can determine complex lung motion information in vivo with a temporal resolution capable of observing HFV dynamics. Using high-speed synchrotron based phase contrast X-ray imaging and cross-correlation analysis, this method is capable of recording data in more than 60 independent regions across a preterm rabbit lung in excess of 300 frames per second (fps. This technique is utilised to determine regional intra-breath lung mechanics of preterm rabbit pups during HFV. Whilst ventilated at fixed pressures, each animal was ventilated at frequencies of 1, 3, 5 and 10 Hz. A 50% decrease in delivered tidal volume was measured at 10 Hz compared to 1 Hz, yet at the higher frequency a 500% increase in minute activity was measured. Additionally, HFV induced greater homogeneity of lung expansion activity suggesting this ventilation strategy potentially minimizes tissue damage and improves gas mixing. The development of this technique permits greater insight and further research into lung mechanics and may have implications for the improvement of ventilation strategies used to support severe pulmonary trauma and disease.

  1. The (t,3He) and (3He,t) reactions as probes of Gamow-Teller strength

    Zegers, R G T; Austin, S M; Bazin, D; Berg, G P A; Brown, B A; Cole, A L; Daito, I; Fujita, Y; Fujiwara, M; Galès, Sydney; Harakeh, M N; Hashimoto, H; Hayami, R; Hitt, G W; Howard, M E; Itoh, M; Jänecke, J; Kawabata, T; Kawase, K; Kinoshita, M; Nakamura, T; Nakanishi, K; Nakayama, S; Okamura, S; Richter, W A; Roberts, D A; Sherrill, B M; Shimbara, Y; Steiner, M; Uchida, M; Ueno, H; Van den Berg, A M; Yamagata, T; Yosoi, M; Austin, Sam M.

    2006-01-01

    Charge-exchange reactions are an important tool for determining weak-interaction rates. They provide stringent tests for nuclear structure models necessary for modeling astrophysical environments such as neutron stars and core-collapse supernovae. In this paper we demonstrate via a study of 26Mg(t,3He) that the (t,3He) reaction at 115 MeV/nucleon is an accurate probe for extracting Gamow-Teller strengths. This study is complemented by 26Mg(3He,t) data taken at 140 MeV/nucleon which allows for a comparison of T=2 analog states excited via the mirror reactions. A good correspondence is found between Gamow-Teller distributions measured via the 26Mg(3He,t) and 26Mg(p,n) experiments, indicating probe-independence of the strength extraction. Results from 26Mg(t,3He) and 26Mg(d,2He) also display good correspondence, showing that with the (t,3He) reaction a new tool has become available for studying Gamow-Teller strengths in the beta+ direction. Furthermore, we test shell-model calculations using the new USD-05B inte...

  2. Multimodal imaging of lung cancer and its microenvironment (Conference Presentation)

    Hariri, Lida P.; Niederst, Matthew J.; Mulvey, Hillary; Adams, David C.; Hu, Haichuan; Chico Calero, Isabel; Szabari, Margit V.; Vakoc, Benjamin J.; Hasan, Tayyaba; Bouma, Brett E.; Engelman, Jeffrey A.; Suter, Melissa J.

    2016-03-01

    Despite significant advances in targeted therapies for lung cancer, nearly all patients develop drug resistance within 6-12 months and prognosis remains poor. Developing drug resistance is a progressive process that involves tumor cells and their microenvironment. We hypothesize that microenvironment factors alter tumor growth and response to targeted therapy. We conducted in vitro studies in human EGFR-mutant lung carcinoma cells, and demonstrated that factors secreted from lung fibroblasts results in increased tumor cell survival during targeted therapy with EGFR inhibitor, gefitinib. We also demonstrated that increased environment stiffness results in increased tumor survival during gefitinib therapy. In order to test our hypothesis in vivo, we developed a multimodal optical imaging protocol for preclinical intravital imaging in mouse models to assess tumor and its microenvironment over time. We have successfully conducted multimodal imaging of dorsal skinfold chamber (DSC) window mice implanted with GFP-labeled human EGFR mutant lung carcinoma cells and visualized changes in tumor development and microenvironment facets over time. Multimodal imaging included structural OCT to assess tumor viability and necrosis, polarization-sensitive OCT to measure tissue birefringence for collagen/fibroblast detection, and Doppler OCT to assess tumor vasculature. Confocal imaging was also performed for high-resolution visualization of EGFR-mutant lung cancer cells labeled with GFP, and was coregistered with OCT. Our results demonstrated that stromal support and vascular growth are essential to tumor progression. Multimodal imaging is a useful tool to assess tumor and its microenvironment over time.

  3. Experimental Search for μd 3He Fusion

    The vast majority of muon catalyzed fusion research has been concerned with muonic molecules of hydrogen isotopes only, since the dynamics of higher-Z muonic atoms in general preclude the formation of molecular systems. In the specific case of hydrogen-helium mixtures, bound muonic molecular states can exist, and thus it is possible to search for the reactionμd 3Heλ-tilde fμ+α(3.66 MeV)+p(14.64 MeV).Until recently, the theoretical predictions for the nuclear fusion rate in the μd 3He molecule, λ-tildef, ranged over one order of magnitude, from 105 to 106 per second. An experimental upper limit has been measured for λ-tildef in HD + 3He giving a value (4 s-1 [1]). We report on the analysis of an experiment in D2 + 3He which has shown a signal coming either from the muon catalyzed reaction, or from the fusion in flight of 3He's formed from dμd fusion.

  4. Hierarchical and binary spatial descriptors for lung nodule image retrieval.

    Ng, Gillian; Song, Yang; Cai, Weidong; Zhou, Yun; Liu, Sidong; Feng, David Dagan

    2014-01-01

    With the increasing amount of image data available for cancer staging and diagnosis, it is clear that content-based image retrieval techniques are becoming more important to assist physicians in making diagnoses and tracking disease. Domain-specific feature descriptors have been previously shown to be effective in the retrieval of lung tumors. This work proposes a method to improve the rotation invariance of the hierarchical spatial descriptor, as well as presents a new binary descriptor for the retrieval of lung nodule images. The descriptors were evaluated on the ELCAP public access database, exhibiting good performance overall. PMID:25571476

  5. Composite pseudocolor images: a technique to enhance the visual correlation between ventilation-perfusion lung images

    Vaz de Carvalho, Carlos; Costa, Antonio A.; Seixas, M.; Ferreira, F. N.; Guedes, M. A.; Amaral, I.

    1993-07-01

    Lung ventilation and perfusion raw nuclear medicine images obtained from a gamma camera can be difficult to analyze on a per si basis. A method to optimize the visual correlation between these images was established through the use of new combination images: Composite Pseudo-Color (CPC) images. The major topic of this study is the assessment of the usefulness of this method in the detection of lung malfunction.

  6. Medical image of the week: lung entrapment

    Natt B

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available No abstract available. Article truncated at 150 words. A 74-year-old woman with a history of breast cancer 10 years ago treated with lumpectomy and radiation presented for evaluation of shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with left sided pleural effusion which was recurrent requiring multiple thoracenteses. There was increased pleural fludeoxyglucose (FDG uptake on PET-CT indicative of recurrent metastatic disease. She underwent a medical pleuroscopy since the pleural effusion analysis did not reveal malignant cells although the suspicion was high and tunneled pleural catheter placement as adjuvant chemotherapy was initiated. Figure 1 shows a pleurscopic view of the collapsed left lung and the effusion in the left hemi thorax. Figure 2 shows extensive involvement of the visceral pleura with metastatic disease preventing complete lung inflation. Figure 3 shows persistent pneumothorax-ex-vacuo despite pleural catheter placement confirming the diagnosis of entrapment. Incomplete lung inflation can be due to pleural disease, endobronchial lesions or chronic telecasts. Lung entrapment and trapped lung ...

  7. 3He Neutron Detector Pressure Effect and Comparison to Models

    Reported here are the results of measurements performed to determine the efficiency of 3He filled proportional counters as a function of gas pressure in the SAIC system. Motivation for these measurements was largely to validate the current model of the SAIC system. Those predictions indicated that the neutron detection efficiency plotted as a function of pressure has a simple, logarithmic shape. As for absolute performance, the model results indicated the 3He pressure in the current SAIC system could not be reduced appreciably while meeting the current required level of detection sensitivity. Thus, saving 3He by reducing its pressure was predicted not to be a viable option in the current SAIC system.

  8. Light-Front Dynamics and the 3He Spectral Function

    Pace, Emanuele; Kaptari, Leonid; Rinaldi, Matteo; Salme', Giovanni; Scopetta, Sergio

    2016-01-01

    Two topics are presented. The first one is a novel approach for a Poincare' covariant description of nuclear dynamics based on light-front Hamiltonian dynamics. The key quantity is the light-front spectral function, where both normalization and momentum sum rule can be satisfied at the same time. Preliminary results are discussed for an initial analysis of the role of relativity in the EMC effect in 3He. A second issue, very challenging, is considered in a non-relativistic framework, namely a distorted spin-dependent spectral function for 3He in order to take care of the final state interaction between the observed pion and the remnant in semi-inclusive deep inelastic electron scattering off polarized 3He. The generalization of the analysis within the light-front dynamics is outlined.

  9. Asymmetries in electron-induced breakup of polarized 3He

    The Jefferson Lab Experiment E05-102 'Measurement of Ax' and Az' asymmetries in the quasi-elastic 3He(e,e'd) reaction' was performed in Hall A in 2009. The main physics motivation of the experiment was to investigate the effects of small components of the 3He ground-state wave-function by a simultaneous measurement of double-polarization asymmetries in quasi-elastic kinematics for three exclusive channels, (e,e'd), (e,e'p), and (e,e'n), at almost identical momentum transfers, as well as for (e,e'). This experiment will help map the spin structure of the 3He nucleus onto the picture of the ''free'' polarized neutron. As such, it is of great relevance to the polarized-neutron programs at Jefferson Lab and beyond.

  10. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    Solvignon, P; Chen, J -P; Choi, Seonho; Aniol, K; Averett, T; Boeglin, W; Camsonne, A; Cates, G D; Chang, G; Chudakov, E; Craver, B; Cusanno, F; Deur, A; Dutta, D; Ent, R; Feuerbach, R; Frullani, S; Gao, H; Garibaldi, F; Gilman, R; Glashausser, C; Gorbenko, V; Hansen, O; Higinbotham, D W; Ibrahim, H; Jiang, X; Jones, M; Kelleher, A; Kelly, J; Keppel, C; Kim, W; Korsch, W; Krämer, K; Kumbartzki, G; LeRose, J J; Lindgren, R; Ma, B; Margaziotis, D J; Markowitz, P; McCormick, K; Meziani, Z -E; Michaels, R; Moffit, B; Monaghan, P; Camacho, C Munoz; Paschke, K; Reitz, B; Saha, A; Sheyor, R; Singh, J; Slifer, K; Sulkosky, V; Tobias, A; Urciuoli, G M; Wang, K; Wijesooriya, K; Wojtsekhowski, B; Woo, S; Yang, J -C; Zheng, X; Zhu, L

    2008-01-01

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g_1 of the neutron and $^3$He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)^2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g_1 down to at least Q^2 = 1.8 (GeV/c)^2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A_1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q^2-dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)^2.

  11. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    Solvignon, Patricia; Liyanage, Nilanga; Chen, Jian-Ping; Choi, Seonho; Aniol, Konrad; Averett, Todd; Boeglin, Werner; Camsonne, Alexandre; Cates, Gordon; Chang, C.; Chang, C.C.; Chang, C.; Chang, C.C.; Chudakov, Eugene; Craver, Brandon; Cusanno, Francesco; Deur, Alexandre; Dutta, Dipangkar; Ent, Rolf; Feuerbach, Robert; Frullani, Salvatore; Gao, Haiyan; Garibaldi, Franco; Gilman, Ronald; Glashausser, Charles; Gorbenko, Viktor; Hansen, Jens-Ole; Higinbotham, Douglas; Ibrahim, Hassan; Jiang, Xiaodong; Jones, Mark; Kelleher, Aidan; Kelly, J.; Keppel, Cynthia; Kim, Wooyoung; Korsch, Wolfgang; Kramer, Kevin; Kumbartzki, Gerfried; LeRose, John; Lindgren, Richard; Ma, Bin; Margaziotis, Demetrius; Markowitz, Pete; McCormick, Kathy; Meziani, Zein-Eddine; Michaels, Robert; Moffit, Bryan; Monaghan, Peter; Munoz-Camacho, Carlos; Paschke, Kent; Reitz, Bodo; Saha, Arunava; Sheyor, Ran; Singh, Jaideep; Slifer, Karl; Sulkosky, Vince; Sulkosky, Vincent; Sulkosky, Vince; Sulkosky, Vincent; Tobias, William; Urciuoli, Guido; Wang, Kebin; Wijesooriya, Krishni; Wojtsekhowski, Bogdan; Woo, Seungtae; Yang, Jae-Choon; Zheng, Xiaochao; Zhu, Lingyan

    2008-10-01

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g_1 of the neutron and $^3$He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)^2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g_1 down to at least Q^2 = 1.8 (GeV/c)^2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A_1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q^2-dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)^2.

  12. Quark-Hadron Duality in Neutron (3He) Spin Structure

    We present experimental results of the first high-precision test of quark-hadron duality in the spin-structure function g1 of the neutron and 3He using a polarized 3He target in the four-momentum-transfer-squared range from 0.7 to 4.0 (GeV/c)2. Global duality is observed for the spin-structure function g1 down to at least Q2=1.8 (GeV/c)2 in both targets. We have also formed the photon-nucleon asymmetry A1 in the resonance region for 3He and found no strong Q2 dependence above 2.2 (GeV/c)2

  13. Ultrasensitive 3He magnetometer for measurements of high magnetic fields

    Nikiel, A; Heil, W; Hehn, M; Karpuk, S; Maul, A; Otten, E; Schreiber, L M; Terekhov, M

    2014-01-01

    We describe a 3He magnetometer capable to measure high magnetic fields (B > 0.1 Tesla) with a relative accuracy of better than 10^-12. Our approach is based on the measurement of the free induction decay of gaseous, nuclear spin polarized 3He following a resonant radio frequency pulse excitation. The measurement sensitivity can be attributed to the long coherent spin precession time T2* being of order minutes which is achieved for spherical sample cells in the regime of motional narrowing where the disturbing influence of field inhomogeneities is strongly suppressed. The 3He gas is spin polarized in-situ using a new, non-standard variant of the metastability exchange optical pumping. We show that miniaturization helps to increase T2* further and that the measurement sensitivity is not significantly affected by temporal field fluctuations of order 10^-4.

  14. Ultrasensitive 3He magnetometer for measurements of high magnetic fields

    Nikiel, Anna; Blümler, Peter; Heil, Werner; Hehn, Manfred; Karpuk, Sergej; Maul, Andreas; Otten, Ernst; Schreiber, Laura M.; Terekhov, Maxim

    2014-11-01

    We describe a 3He magnetometer capable to measure high magnetic fields ( B> 0.1 T) with a relative accuracy of better than 10-12. Our approach is based on the measurement of the free induction decay of gaseous, nuclear spin polarized 3He following a resonant radio frequency pulse excitation. The measurement sensitivity can be attributed to the long coherent spin precession time T2 ∗ being of order minutes which is achieved for spherical sample cells in the regime of "motional narrowing" where the disturbing influence of field inhomogeneities is strongly suppressed. The 3He gas is spin polarized in situ using a new, non-standard variant of the metastability exchange optical pumping. We show that miniaturization helps to increase T2 ∗ further and that the measurement sensitivity is not significantly affected by temporal field fluctuations of order 10-4.

  15. Ventilation and perfusion magnetic resonance imaging of the lung

    A close interaction between the respiratory pump, pulmonary parenchyma and blood circulation is essential for a normal lung function. Many pulmonary diseases present, especially in their initial phase, a variable regional impairment of ventilation and perfusion. In the last decades various techniques have been established to measure the lung function. Besides the global pulmonary function tests (PFTs) imaging techniques gained increasing importance to detect local variations in lung function, especially for ventilation and perfusion assessment. Imaging modalities allow for a deeper regional insight into pathophysiological processes and enable improved planning of invasive procedures. In contrast to computed tomography (CT) and the nuclear medicine techniques, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as a radiation free imaging modality gained increasing importance since the early 1990 for the assessment of pulmonary function. The major inherent problems of lung tissue, namely the low proton density and the pulmonary and cardiac motion, were overcome in the last years by a constant progress in MR technology. Some MR techniques are still under development, a process which is driven by scientific questions regarding the physiology and pathophysiology of pulmonary diseases, as well as by the need for fast and robust clinically applicable imaging techniques as safe therapy monitoring tools. MRI can be considered a promising ionizing-free alternative to techniques like CT or nuclear medicine techniques for the evaluation of lung function. The goal of this article is to provide an overview on selected MRI techniques for the assessment of pulmonary ventilation and perfusion

  16. Unevenness of lung perfusion images and pulmonary diseases

    The purpose of the study was to quantify the unevenness of perfusion distribution in the lungs in conjunction with underlying lung pathology. Twenty-one parameters as described previously were defined out of horizontal radioactive count profiles on perfusion lung image data taken in 64x64 matrixes. Principal component analysis has revealed that the 1st component or Z1 is represented by AREA, the area of the lung, and ANG, the slope of the mean count profile, Z2, by N, the number of peaks, Z3 and Z4, by YG and XG, the barycentric coordinates of count distribution, Z5, by MAC, the maximal count and Z6, by CSD, the degree of scatter in count from the peak count. How those parameters differ in each lung pathology has been determined from 657 lung perfusion image data. In pulmonary emphysema, the lung volumes are larger than those in normal subjects. The AREA and ANG were consequently larger in value and N was also significantly larger, indicating the increased regional alveolar pressure and the compressed or destroyed vascular beds. In diffuse panbronchiolitis (DPB), N was increased probably because the distal airways were either narrowed or obstructed by inflammatory processes inducing regional alveolar hypoxia and/or alveolar hyperinflation. In fibrosis, both AREA and N were significantly smaller. In congestive heart failure with postcapillary pulmonary hypertension, YG was smaller probably because of 'reversal of perfusion'. In pulmonary sarcoidosis, an increase in YG was the only abnormality. (author)

  17. Unevenness of lung perfusion images and pulmonary diseases

    Teshima, Takeo; Isawa, Toyoharu; Hirano, Tomio; Anazawa, Yoshiki; Miki, Makoto; Konno, Kiyoshi; Motomiya, Masakichi (Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). Research Inst. for Tuberculosis and Cancer)

    1989-07-01

    The purpose of the study was to quantify the unevenness of perfusion distribution in the lungs in conjunction with underlying lung pathology. Twenty-one parameters as described previously were defined out of horizontal radioactive count profiles on perfusion lung image data taken in 64x64 matrixes. Principal component analysis has revealed that the 1st component or Z1 is represented by AREA, the area of the lung, and ANG, the slope of the mean count profile, Z2, by N, the number of peaks, Z3 and Z4, by YG and XG, the barycentric coordinates of count distribution, Z5, by MAC, the maximal count and Z6, by CSD, the degree of scatter in count from the peak count. How those parameters differ in each lung pathology has been determined from 657 lung perfusion image data. In pulmonary emphysema, the lung volumes are larger than those in normal subjects. The AREA and ANG were consequently larger in value and N was also significantly larger, indicating the increased regional alveolar pressure and the compressed or destroyed vascular beds. In diffuse panbronchiolitis (DPB), N was increased probably because the distal airways were either narrowed or obstructed by inflammatory processes inducing regional alveolar hypoxia and/or alveolar hyperinflation. In fibrosis, both AREA and N were significantly smaller. In congestive heart failure with postcapillary pulmonary hypertension, YG was smaller probably because of 'reversal of perfusion'. In pulmonary sarcoidosis, an increase in YG was the only abnormality. (author).

  18. Real-time images of tidal recruitment using lung ultrasound

    Tusman, Gerardo; Acosta, Cecilia M.; Nicola, Marco; Esperatti, Mariano; Bohm, Stephan H.; Suarez-Sipmann, Fernando

    2015-01-01

    Background Ventilator-induced lung injury is a form of mechanical damage leading to a pulmonary inflammatory response related to the use of mechanical ventilation enhanced by the presence of atelectasis. One proposed mechanism of this injury is the repetitive opening and closing of collapsed alveoli and small airways within these atelectatic areas—a phenomenon called tidal recruitment. The presence of tidal recruitment is difficult to detect, even with high-resolution images of the lungs like...

  19. Present situation and development of the nuclide lung ventilation/perfusion imaging in diagnosis of lung emboli

    Nuclide lung ventilation/perfusion imaging was established as a nuclear medicine method which was based on two paths of the pulmonary blood flow and ventilation. This method has some valuable features such as sensitive,reliable and being widely used in clinic. This article reviewed thc application and development of lung ventilation/perfusion imaging in the lung emboli diagnosis, lung function clinical observation and experimental studies of the last 15 years. (authors)

  20. Multi-scale analysis of lung computed tomography images

    Gori, I; Fantacci, M E; Martinez, A Preite; Retico, A; De Mitri, I; Donadio, S; Fulcheri, C; Gargano, G; Magro, R; Santoro, M; Stumbo, S; 10.1088/1748-0221/2/09/P09007

    2009-01-01

    A computer-aided detection (CAD) system for the identification of lung internal nodules in low-dose multi-detector helical Computed Tomography (CT) images was developed in the framework of the MAGIC-5 project. The three modules of our lung CAD system, a segmentation algorithm for lung internal region identification, a multi-scale dot-enhancement filter for nodule candidate selection and a multi-scale neural technique for false positive finding reduction, are described. The results obtained on a dataset of low-dose and thin-slice CT scans are shown in terms of free response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) curves and discussed.

  1. Multi-scale analysis of lung computed tomography images

    Gori, I; Fantacci, M E; Preite Martinez, A; Retico, A; De Mitri, I; Donadio, S; Fulcheri, C

    2007-01-01

    A computer-aided detection (CAD) system for the identification of lung internal nodules in low-dose multi-detector helical Computed Tomography (CT) images was developed in the framework of the MAGIC-5 project. The three modules of our lung CAD system, a segmentation algorithm for lung internal region identification, a multi-scale dot-enhancement filter for nodule candidate selection and a multi-scale neural technique for false positive finding reduction, are described. The results obtained on a dataset of low-dose and thin-slice CT scans are shown in terms of free response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) curves and discussed.

  2. Horse-shoe lung-rediscovered via volume rendered images

    Alpa Bharati

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Horseshoe lung, usually associated with pulmonary venolobar syndrome, is a rare congenital anomaly involving the fusion of the postero-basal segments of the right and left lungs across the midline. The fused segment or the isthmus lies posterior to the pericardium and anterior to the aorta.The associated pulmonary venolobar syndrome involves anomalous systemic arterial supply and anomlaous systemic venous drainage of the right lung. With the advent of MDCT imaging, we can diagnose this rare condition as well all its associated anomalies non-invasively. Volume-rendered techniques greatly simplify the complex anatomy and provide easy understanding of the same.

  3. Fuzzy modeling of electrical impedance tomography images of the lungs

    Harki Tanaka

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: Aiming to improve the anatomical resolution of electrical impedance tomography images, we developed a fuzzy model based on electrical impedance tomography's high temporal resolution and on the functional pulmonary signals of perfusion and ventilation. INTRODUCTION: Electrical impedance tomography images carry information about both ventilation and perfusion. However, these images are difficult to interpret because of insufficient anatomical resolution, such that it becomes almost impossible to distinguish the heart from the lungs. METHODS: Electrical impedance tomography data from an experimental animal model were collected during normal ventilation and apnea while an injection of hypertonic saline was administered. The fuzzy model was elaborated in three parts: a modeling of the heart, the pulmonary ventilation map and the pulmonary perfusion map. Image segmentation was performed using a threshold method, and a ventilation/perfusion map was generated. RESULTS: Electrical impedance tomography images treated by the fuzzy model were compared with the hypertonic saline injection method and computed tomography scan images, presenting good results. The average accuracy index was 0.80 when comparing the fuzzy modeled lung maps and the computed tomography scan lung mask. The average ROC curve area comparing a saline injection image and a fuzzy modeled pulmonary perfusion image was 0.77. DISCUSSION: The innovative aspects of our work are the use of temporal information for the delineation of the heart structure and the use of two pulmonary functions for lung structure delineation. However, robustness of the method should be tested for the imaging of abnormal lung conditions. CONCLUSIONS: These results showed the adequacy of the fuzzy approach in treating the anatomical resolution uncertainties in electrical impedance tomography images.

  4. Fuzzy modeling of electrical impedance tomography images of the lungs

    Tanaka, Harki; Ortega, Neli Regina Siqueira; Galizia, Mauricio Stanzione [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Medical Informatics; Borges, Joao Batista; Amato, Marcelo Britto Passos [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. of Experimental Pneumology]. E-mail: harki_t@yahoo.com

    2008-07-01

    Objectives: Aiming to improve the anatomical resolution of electrical impedance tomography images, we developed a fuzzy model based on electrical impedance tomography's high temporal resolution and on the functional pulmonary signals of perfusion and ventilation. Introduction: Electrical impedance tomography images carry information about both ventilation and perfusion. However, these images are difficult to interpret because of insufficient anatomical resolution, such that it becomes almost impossible to distinguish the heart from the lungs. Methods: Electrical impedance tomography data from an experimental animal model were collected during normal ventilation and apnoea while an injection of hypertonic saline was administered. The fuzzy model was elaborated in three parts: a modeling of the heart, the pulmonary ventilation map and the pulmonary perfusion map. Image segmentation was performed using a threshold method, and a ventilation/perfusion map was generated. Results: Electrical impedance tomography images treated by the fuzzy model were compared with the hypertonic saline injection method and computed tomography scan images, presenting good results. The average accuracy index was 0.80 when comparing the fuzzy modeled lung maps and the computed tomography scan lung mask. The average ROC curve area comparing a saline injection image and a fuzzy modeled pulmonary perfusion image was 0.77. Discussion: The innovative aspects of our work are the use of temporal information for the delineation of the heart structure and the use of two pulmonary functions for lung structure delineation. However, robustness of the method should be tested for the imaging of abnormal lung conditions. Conclusions: These results showed the adequacy of the fuzzy approach in treating the anatomical resolution uncertainties in electrical impedance tomography images. (author)

  5. Integrin αβ3-Targeted Imaging of Lung Cancer

    Xiaoyuan Chen

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available A series of radiolabeled cyclic arginine-glycineaspartic acid (RGD peptide ligands for cell adhesion molecule integrin αβ3-targeted tumor angiogenesis targeting are being developed in our laboratory. In this study, this effort continues by applying a positron emitter 64Cu-labeled PEGylated dimeric RGD peptide radiotracer 64Cu-DOTA-PEG-E[c(RGDyK]2 for lung cancer imaging. The PEGylated RGD peptide indicated integrin αβ3 avidity, but the PEGylation reduced the receptor binding affinity of this ligand compared to the unmodified RGD dimer. The radiotracer revealed rapid blood clearance and predominant renal clearance route. The minimum nonspecific activity accumulation in normal lung tissue and heart rendered high-quality orthotopic lung cancer tumor images, enabling clear demarcation of both the primary tumor at the upper lobe of the left lung, as well as metastases in the mediastinum, contralateral lung, diaphragm. As a comparison, fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG scans on the same mice were only able to identify the primary tumor, with the metastatic lesions masked by intense cardiac uptake and high lung background. 64Cu-DOTA-PEGE[c(RGDyK]2 is an excellent positron emission tomography (PET tracer for integrin-positive tumor imaging. Further studies to improve the receptor binding affinity of the tracer and subsequently to increase the magnitude of tumor uptake without comprising the favorable in vivo kinetics are currently in progress.

  6. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M

    2012-01-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which could be measured in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: The peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation could allow to access for the first time, in dedicated experiments, the orbital angular momentum of the partons in the neutron.

  7. Neutron orbital structure from generalized parton distributions of 3He

    Rinaldi, M.; Scopetta, S.

    2012-06-01

    The generalized parton distribution H and E of the 3He nucleus, which can be measured in hard exclusive processes such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering, are thoroughly analyzed in impulse approximation, within the Av18 interaction. It is found that their sum, at low momentum transfer, is dominated to a large extent by the neutron contribution: the peculiar spin structure of 3He makes this target unique for the extraction of the neutron information. This observation allows access, in dedicated experiments, to the orbital angular momentum of the partons in the neutron.

  8. Removing gaseous contaminants in 3He by cryogenic stripping

    The Tritium Operations Group at LLNL, Tritium Facility has recently developed a 3He recovery system to remove argon, xenon, neon, hydrogen, and all other contaminants from the 3He stream in an Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) experimental apparatus. In this paper the authors will describe in detail the background information, technical requirements, the design approach, and the results of their experimental tests. The authors believe this gas purification system may have other applications as it provides at a reasonable cost an efficient method for purification of gaseous helium

  9. Rotational quenching of CS in ultracold 3He collisions

    Kaur, Rajwant; Dhilip Kumar, T. J.

    2016-08-01

    Quantum mechanical scattering calculations of rotational quenching of CS (v = 0) collision with 3He are performed at ultracold temperatures and results are compared with isotopic 4He collision. Rotational quenching cross sections and rate coefficients have been calculated in the ultracold region for rotational levels up to j = 10 using the He-CS potential energy surface computed at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVQZ level of theory. The quenching cross sections are found to be two orders of magnitude larger for the 3He than the 4He isotope under ultracold conditions. Wigner threshold law is found to be valid below 10-3 K temperature.

  10. A measurement of the Panofsky ratio in 3He

    The nucleus 3He is one of the simplest nuclear systems; hence it is often used to study the complications introduced by the presence of additional nucleons on basic processes such as pion absorption on a free nucleon. 3He is the only nucleus for which both the pion charge exchange and radiative capture processes can occur at rest with reasonable probability. The ratio of these two processes is the well-known Panofsky ratio, P3 = ω(π-3He→π0T)/ω(π-+3He→γT). (orig./WL)

  11. 3H and 3He electromagnetic form factors

    We report the results of three experiments on elastic electron scattering from 3H and 3He. A detailed description of the experiments and the data obtained is given. We have performed a combined analysis of the world data on 3H and 3He. This analysis gives a complete experimental information on the trinucleon electromagnetic form factors up to q2=30 fm-2, and also provides a separation into the isoscalar and isovector form factors. The results are compared to selected calculations that include nucleonic and mesonic degrees of freedom. ((orig.))

  12. Transport properties of spin polarized 3He-4He mixtures

    We have calculated the viscosity, thermal conductivity, and longitudinal spin diffusion coefficient in 3He-4He mixtures which are spin polarized. The calculation applies to all temperature regimes. We have also calculated the Onsager cross coefficient which arises because of the coupling between heat and longitudinal spin currents. The interaction between 3He quasiparticles is taken to be a constant as a first approximation. We have also investigated the changes brought about by allowing the interaction to vary with the momentum of the quasiparticle

  13. An internal polarized 3He target for electron storage rings

    We describe an internal polarized 3He target currently under construction which will be used in several electron storage ring experiments. The target is based on the technique of metastability exchange laser optical pumping, where the polarized atoms flow into a cryogenically-cooled storage cell. This novel technique allows for high precision measurements where the beam interacts with the pure atomic species. Both the HERMES experiment at DESY and the BLAST detector at the MIT Bates Laboratory will use the polarized 3He target in their measurements. Details of the target system, including the provisions needed to incorporate the target into the electron storage ring, are presented. (orig.)

  14. Surface Waves on the Superfluids ^3He and ^4He

    Manninen, M. S.; Ranni, A.; Rysti, J.; Todoshchenko, I. A.; Tuoriniemi, J. T.

    2016-06-01

    Free surface waves were examined both in superfluids ^3He and ^4He with the premise that these inviscid media would represent ideal realizations for this fluid dynamics problem. The work in ^3He is one of the first of its kind, but in ^4He, it was possible to produce a much more complete set of data for meaningful comparison with theoretical models. Most measurements were performed at the zero temperature limit, meaning Tmonitored as the liquid depth in the cell was varied. Despite of the wealth of data, perfect agreement with the constructed theoretical models could not be achieved.

  15. Ultrasensitive 3He magnetometer for measurements of high magnetic fields

    Nikiel, A.; Blümler, P.; Heil, W.; Hehn, M.; Karpuk, S.; Maul, A.; Otten, E.; Schreiber, L. M.; Terekhov, M.

    2014-01-01

    We describe a 3He magnetometer capable to measure high magnetic fields (B > 0.1 Tesla) with a relative accuracy of better than 10^-12. Our approach is based on the measurement of the free induction decay of gaseous, nuclear spin polarized 3He following a resonant radio frequency pulse excitation. The measurement sensitivity can be attributed to the long coherent spin precession time T2* being of order minutes which is achieved for spherical sample cells in the regime of motional narrowing whe...

  16. Real-time X-ray Imaging of Lung Fluid Volumes in Neonatal Mouse Lung.

    Van Avermaete, Ashley E; Trac, Phi T; Gauthier, Theresa W; Helms, My N

    2016-01-01

    At birth, the lung undergoes a profound phenotypic switch from secretion to absorption, which allows for adaptation to breathing independently. Promoting and sustaining this phenotype is critically important in normal alveolar growth and gas exchange throughout life. Several in vitro studies have characterized the role of key regulatory proteins, signaling molecules, and steroid hormones that can influence the rate of lung fluid clearance. However, in vivo examinations must be performed to evaluate whether these regulatory factors play important physiological roles in regulating perinatal lung liquid absorption. As such, the utilization of real time X-ray imaging to determine perinatal lung fluid clearance, or pulmonary edema, represents a technological advancement in the field. Herein, we explain and illustrate an approach to assess the rate of alveolar lung fluid clearance and alveolar flooding in C57BL/6 mice at post natal day 10 using X-ray imaging and analysis. Successful implementation of this protocol requires prior approval from institutional animal care and use committees (IACUC), an in vivo small animal X-ray imaging system, and compatible molecular imaging software. PMID:27500410

  17. Image-derived biomarkers and multimodal imaging strategies for lung cancer management

    Sauter, Alexander W. [Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy, Tuebingen (Germany); Schwenzer, Nina; Pfannenberg, Christina [Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Department of Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Divine, Mathew R.; Pichler, Bernd J. [Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Werner Siemens Imaging Center, Department of Preclinical Imaging and Radiopharmacy, Tuebingen (Germany)

    2015-04-01

    Non-small-cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer and one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. For this reason, advances in diagnosis and treatment are urgently needed. With the introduction of new, highly innovative hybrid imaging technologies such as PET/CT, staging and therapy response monitoring in lung cancer patients have substantially evolved. In this review, we discuss the role of FDG PET/CT in the management of lung cancer patients and the importance of new emerging imaging technologies and radiotracer developments on the path to personalized medicine. (orig.)

  18. Image-derived biomarkers and multimodal imaging strategies for lung cancer management

    Non-small-cell lung cancer is the most common type of lung cancer and one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. For this reason, advances in diagnosis and treatment are urgently needed. With the introduction of new, highly innovative hybrid imaging technologies such as PET/CT, staging and therapy response monitoring in lung cancer patients have substantially evolved. In this review, we discuss the role of FDG PET/CT in the management of lung cancer patients and the importance of new emerging imaging technologies and radiotracer developments on the path to personalized medicine. (orig.)

  19. NMR experiments on rotating superfluid 3He-A and 3He-B and their theoretical interpretation

    We have constructed a rotating nuclear demagnetization cryostat and used it for continuous-wave NMR experiments on superfluid 3He-A and 3He-B. The measurements were performed in a long cylindrical geometry of 5 mm diameter, with the cylinder axis parallel to the axis of rotation and with the external magnetic field H/sub O/ = 284 or 142 Oe in the same direction. The angular velocity of rotation Ω was varied between 0.2 and 1.5 rad/sec, and the experiments were done under 29.3 bar pressure at temperatures between T/sub c/ = 2.72 and about 1.4 mK. As a guide to the new and esoteric field of superfluid 3He in rotation, we first review the general theory at some length in relatively simple terms. Pictorial explanations are often given

  20. Minimal mass-size of a stable 3He cluster

    Guardiola Barcena, Rafael; Navarro Faus, Jesús

    2004-01-01

    The minimal number of 3He atoms required to form a bound cluster has been estimated by means of a Diffusion Monte Carlo procedure within the fixed-node approximation. Several importance sampling wave functions have been employed in order to consider different shell-model configurations. The resulting upper bound for the minimal number is 32 atoms.

  1. Conceptual design of D-3He FRC reactor 'ARTEMIS'

    A comprehensive design study of the D-3He fueled field-reversed configuration (FRC) reactor 'ARTEMIS' is carried out for the purpose of proving its attractive characteristics and clarifying the critical issues for a commercial fusion reactor. The FRC burning plasma is stabilized and sustained in a steady equilibrium by means of a preferential trapping of D-3He fusion-produced energetic protons. A novel direct energy converter for 15MeV protons is also presented. On the bases of a consistent scenario of the fusion plasma production and simple engineering, a compact and simple reactor concept is presented. The design of the D-3He FRC power plant definitely offers the most attractive prospect for energy development. It is environmentally acceptable in view of radio-activity and fuel resources; and the estimated cost of electricity is low compared to a light water reactor. Critical issues concerning physics or engineering for the development of the D-3He FRC reactor are clarified. (author)

  2. Theoretical description of deeply virtual Compton scattering off $^3$He

    Rinaldi, Matteo

    2014-01-01

    Recently, coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS) off $^3$He nuclei has been proposed to access the neutron generalized parton distributions (GPDs). In Impulse Approximation (IA) studies, it has been shown, in particular, that the sum of the two leading twist, quark helicity conserving GPDs of $^3$He, $H$ and $E$, at low momentum transfer, is dominated by the neutron contribution, so that $^3$He is very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. Nevertheless, such an extraction could be not trivial. A technique, able to take into account the nuclear effects included in the IA analysis in the extraction procedure, has been therefore developed. In this work, the IA calculation of the spin dependent GPD $\\tilde H$ of $^3$He is presented for the first time. This quantity is found to be largely dominated, at low momentum transfer, by the neutron contribution, which could be extracted using arguments similar to the ones previously proposed for the other GPDs. The known forward limit of the I...

  3. Extracting neutron generalized parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M

    2012-01-01

    An impulse approximation analysis is described of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS). The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the unique spin structure of 3He. This nucleus is therefore very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. By increasing the momentum transfer, however, this conclusion is somehow hindered by the the fast growing proton contribution. Besides, even when the neutron contribution to the GPDs of 3He is largely dominating, the procedure of extracting the neutron GPDs from it could be, in principle, nontrivial. A technique is therefore proposed, independent on both the nuclear potential and the nucleon model used in ...

  4. Extracting generalized neutron parton distributions from 3He data

    Rinaldi, M.; Scopetta, S.

    2013-03-01

    An impulse-approximation (IA) analysis of the generalized parton distributions (GPDs) H and E of the 3He nucleus, quantities which are accessible in hard exclusive processes, such as coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS), is described. The calculation is based on the Av18 interaction. The electromagnetic form factors are correctly recovered in the proper limits. The sum of the GPDs H and E of 3He, at low momentum transfer, is largely dominated by the neutron contribution, thanks to the unique spin structure of 3He. This nucleus is therefore very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. By increasing the momentum transfer, however, this conclusion is somehow hindered by the the fast growing proton contribution. Besides, even when the neutron contribution to the GPDs of 3He is largely dominating, the procedure of extracting the neutron GPDs from it could be, in principle, nontrivial. A technique is therefore proposed, independent of both the nuclear potential and the nucleon model used in the calculation, able to take into account the nuclear effects included in the IA analysis and to safely extract the neutron information at values of the momentum transfer large enough to allow the measurements. Thanks to this observation, coherent DVCS should be considered a key experiment to access the neutron GPDs and, in turn, the orbital angular momentum of the partons in the neutron.

  5. Electron elastic scattering and quark structure of 3He nucleus

    It is shown that for the interpretation of the behaviour of the 3He nucleus form factor at transfer momenta q > 6 fmsup(-1) of importance are nine-quark admixtures and their interference with nucleon and six-quark channels

  6. The design of the 3He readout system on CSNS

    Used in the High-Intensity Powder Diffraction in China Spallation Neutron Sources (CSNS) Project, the electronic parts of the 3He readout system is introduced. The design of the Charge Measurement module (MQ) is described in details, including the structure of the circuit, the firmware of the FPGA on the board. The test results are given out in the final. (authors)

  7. The {sup 3}He neutron-spin filter at ILL

    Tasset, F.; Heil, W.; Humblot, H.; Lelievre-Berna, E.; Roberts, T. [Institut Max von Laue - Paul Langevin (ILL), 38 - Grenoble (France)

    1997-04-01

    Neutron-Spin Filters (NSF) using gaseous polarised {sup 3}He have long been recognised as of enormous potential value in many polarised neutron-scattering applications and, accordingly, ILL started a development programme some years ago. This report gives an account of the present status of the project. (author). 13 refs.

  8. 3He(t,t)3He elastic scattering measurements from 9 to 17 MeV

    Angular distributions of the analyzing power and differential cross section for 3He(t,t)3He elastic scattering are reported for triton bombarding energies of 9.02, 11.00, 13.02, 15.02, 16.00, and 17.02 MeV, over a c.m. angular range from 25degree to 155degree. Excitation functions for the analyzing power are presented for the energy range 14.42--17.22 MeV. Problems in the phase-shift analysis of the data are discussed

  9. The electrodisintegration of 3He studied with the 3He(e,e'p)2H and 3He(e,e'd)1H reactions

    The author presents a survey of experimental and theoretical results for the ground-state properties of 3He. The formalism of the (e,e'p) and (e,e'd) reactions is presented. A short description of the instrumentation, in particular those elements which are typical for the present study, and of the data analysis is given. This includes a description of the elements required in the 'recoil detection' technique. The kinematics of the experiments and the results are presented. The results are discussed and compared with calculations. (Auth.)

  10. Measurement of total lung water from nuclear magnetic resonance images

    Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy was used to show that the water content of lung tissue could be predicted accurately from the intensity of signal resulting from a 900 saturation recovery sequence. The water contained in an image section may, therefore, be calculated by reference to a 100% water standard. Lung water was obtained by imaging the lung in continuous sections and summing the water contents of the component sections. The method performed well when applied to a sponge phantom, but underestimated by up to 30% in excised sheep lung. The total (vascular and extravascular) pulmonary water measured by NMR in six healthy volunteers was 292 g (SD 58 g) or 4.6 g/kg body weight, less than predicted by some other indirect methods and post-mortem values. A briefer examination comprising two axial sections at standardised levels was also devised. In 15 healthy volunteers the mean water content of a 1.6 cm-thick axial section through the right lung was 17.8 g at the sternal angle, and 23.3 g 5 cm caudally. In the left lung, the values were 16.4 g and 16.3 g, respectively. (author)

  11. 3He(n,p) reaction simulation for formation analyses

    Computer modeling of neutron well logging instrument responses is becoming a necessity for petro-physical research and oil companies. It serves as a low-cost substitute for experimental test pits, as well as a means for obtaining data that are difficult to obtain experimentally. Neutrons in these tools are generally detected through 3He filled detectors. Detection of neutrons in a 3He counter occurs by means of the (n, p) reaction, yielding a proton and a triton. Computational simulation using the Monte Carlo code MCNP has been considered a powerful tool to simulate the response of neutron porosity tools. In the MCNP code the detection of neutrons in a 3He gas has been making by means of energy functions that convert neutron fluxes to reaction rates (n,p). It allows obtaining count values comparable with experimental data. However, it does not allow producing light ions from neutron capture reactions like triton and proton, and nor study the behavior of these particles as a function of the detector design. With the development of the version MCNPX 2.6, the simulation of light ions (protons, triton) from neutron capture reactions was made possible. The purpose of this work is to use the new capabilities included in the MCNPX 2.6 code to simulate the 3He(n,p) reaction for nuclear well logging applications. The results obtained confirm that it is useful to predict the count values, as it allows obtaining results comparable with the literature. Besides, the new capabilities of the MCNPX 2.6 allow producing the triton and proton reaction products and the expected pulse height spectrum from a 3He detector in which the wall effect is significant. (author)

  12. Imaging and screening in lung cancer

    Matteo Giaj Levra

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Lung cancer is the main cause of death for neoplasia in the world. Hence it’s growing the necessity to investigate screening tests to detect tumoral lesions at the early stages: several trials have been performed to establish the best method, target and frequence of the screening to offer. CT, X-ray, PET, sputum citology and CAD software are here analyzed, together with the associated statistics and bias.

  13. Metabolic lung disease: imaging and histopathologic findings

    Metabolic lung disease includes pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP), pulmonary amyloidosis, metastatic pulmonary calcification, dendritic pulmonary ossification, pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis, and storage diseases. In pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, CT demonstrates air-space consolidation with thickened interlobular septa, producing the so-called 'crazy paving' appearance. Pulmonary amyloidosis can appear as parenchymal nodules (nodular parenchymal form), diffuse interstitial deposit (diffuse interstitial form), or submucosal deposits in the airways (tracheobronchial form). Metastatic pulmonary calcification may appear on high-resolution CT as numerous 3- to 10-mm diameter calcified nodules or, more commonly as fluffy and poorly defined nodular opacities. In pulmonary microlithiasis, high-resolution CT demonstrates diffuse punctuate micronodules showing slight perilobular predominance resulting in apparent calcification of interlobular septa. Niemann-Pick disease appears as ground-glass attenuation in the upper lung zone and thickening of the interlobular septa in the lower lung zone. Radiologic study including high-resolution CT will be helpful for the diagnosis and follow-up of these diseases

  14. Fluoroscopic tumor tracking for image-guided lung cancer radiotherapy

    Lin, Tong; Cerviño, Laura I.; Tang, Xiaoli; Vasconcelos, Nuno; Jiang, Steve B.

    2009-02-01

    Accurate lung tumor tracking in real time is a keystone to image-guided radiotherapy of lung cancers. Existing lung tumor tracking approaches can be roughly grouped into three categories: (1) deriving tumor position from external surrogates; (2) tracking implanted fiducial markers fluoroscopically or electromagnetically; (3) fluoroscopically tracking lung tumor without implanted fiducial markers. The first approach suffers from insufficient accuracy, while the second may not be widely accepted due to the risk of pneumothorax. Previous studies in fluoroscopic markerless tracking are mainly based on template matching methods, which may fail when the tumor boundary is unclear in fluoroscopic images. In this paper we propose a novel markerless tumor tracking algorithm, which employs the correlation between the tumor position and surrogate anatomic features in the image. The positions of the surrogate features are not directly tracked; instead, we use principal component analysis of regions of interest containing them to obtain parametric representations of their motion patterns. Then, the tumor position can be predicted from the parametric representations of surrogates through regression. Four regression methods were tested in this study: linear and two-degree polynomial regression, artificial neural network (ANN) and support vector machine (SVM). The experimental results based on fluoroscopic sequences of ten lung cancer patients demonstrate a mean tracking error of 2.1 pixels and a maximum error at a 95% confidence level of 4.6 pixels (pixel size is about 0.5 mm) for the proposed tracking algorithm.

  15. Potential lung perfusion imaging agent of synthetic origin

    99mTc-labelled macroaggregated albumin (MAA) is the radiopharmaceutical routinely used for perfusion lung scans. However MAA formulations contain excipients of biological origin, that may potentially cause allergic hypersensitivity in patients. The aim of this study was to prepare a non-biological lung imaging agent, with physiological uptake based on a mechanism of colloid localisation in the pulmonary vasculature. To a frozen stannous fluoride cold kit (RAH Radiopharmacy) was added 99mTc-pcrtcchnetate (99mTc-products were analysed for % radiolabelling efficiciency (RE), radioactive particle size distribution (RPSD). qualitative and quantitative rat biodistribution studies. Results indicated that all radioactive particles were formed with >99% RE. and 1-47% were >8 um. The optimum radiotracer formulation containing the highest proportion of the largest particles, was prepared by mixing SnF2 and 99mTc-pertechnetate with a low [Na+] at room temperature for 50 minutes. Results from the quantitative organ assays gave 88+/-1% tracer in the lungs. 7+/-l% in the liver and l+/-0% in the spleen. The images showed excellent lung uptake with minimal interference from liver and spleen to the lower regions of right and left lobes. In conclusion, the synthetic radiopharmaceutical 99mTc-stan-nous fluoride colloid can be prepared with a large particle size, from a commercially available cold kit in a simple and practical manner, and it has high potential for use as a perfusion imaging agent in lung scans

  16. Fluoroscopic tumor tracking for image-guided lung cancer radiotherapy

    Accurate lung tumor tracking in real time is a keystone to image-guided radiotherapy of lung cancers. Existing lung tumor tracking approaches can be roughly grouped into three categories: (1) deriving tumor position from external surrogates; (2) tracking implanted fiducial markers fluoroscopically or electromagnetically; (3) fluoroscopically tracking lung tumor without implanted fiducial markers. The first approach suffers from insufficient accuracy, while the second may not be widely accepted due to the risk of pneumothorax. Previous studies in fluoroscopic markerless tracking are mainly based on template matching methods, which may fail when the tumor boundary is unclear in fluoroscopic images. In this paper we propose a novel markerless tumor tracking algorithm, which employs the correlation between the tumor position and surrogate anatomic features in the image. The positions of the surrogate features are not directly tracked; instead, we use principal component analysis of regions of interest containing them to obtain parametric representations of their motion patterns. Then, the tumor position can be predicted from the parametric representations of surrogates through regression. Four regression methods were tested in this study: linear and two-degree polynomial regression, artificial neural network (ANN) and support vector machine (SVM). The experimental results based on fluoroscopic sequences of ten lung cancer patients demonstrate a mean tracking error of 2.1 pixels and a maximum error at a 95% confidence level of 4.6 pixels (pixel size is about 0.5 mm) for the proposed tracking algorithm.

  17. Status and Advances of RGD Molecular Imaging in Lung Cancer

    Ning YUE

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Lung cancer has been one of the most common and the highest mortality rates malignant tumors at home and abroad. Sustained angiogenesis was not only the characteristic of malignant tumors, but also the foundation of tumor proliferation, invasion, recurrence and metastasis, it was also one of the hot spots of treatments in lung cancer biology currently. Integrins played an important part in tumor angiogenesis. Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD peptides could combine with integrins specifically, and the application of radionuclide-labeled RGD molecular probes enabled imaging of tumor blood vessels to reflect its changes. The lung cancer imaging of RGD peptides at home and abroad in recent years was reviewed in this article.

  18. RECONSTRUCTION OF HUMAN LUNG MORPHOLOGY MODELS FROM MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES

    Reconstruction of Human Lung Morphology Models from Magnetic Resonance ImagesT. B. Martonen (Experimental Toxicology Division, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709) and K. K. Isaacs (School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27514)

  19. Heterogeneous disease progression and treatment response in a C3HeB/FeJ mouse model of tuberculosis

    Jean-Philippe Lanoix

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Mice are the most commonly used species for non-clinical evaluations of drug efficacy against tuberculosis (TB. Unlike commonly used strains, C3HeB/FeJ mice develop caseous necrosis in the lung, which might alter the representation of drug efficacy in a way that is more like human TB. Because the development of such pathology requires time, we investigated the effect of infection incubation period on the activity of six drugs in C3HeB/FeJ and BALB/c mice. Mice were aerosol infected and held for 6, 10 or 14 weeks before receiving therapy with rifampin (RIF, rifapentine (RPT, pyrazinamide (PZA, linezolid (LZD, sutezolid (PNU or metronidazole (MTZ for 4-8 weeks. Outcomes included pathological assessments, pH measurements of liquefied caseum and assessment of colony-forming unit (CFU counts from lung cultures. Remarkable heterogeneity in the timing and extent of disease progression was observed in C3HeB/FeJ mice, largely independent of incubation period. Likewise, drug efficacy in C3HeB/FeJ mice was not affected by incubation period. However, for PZA, LZD and PNU, dichotomous treatment effects correlating with the presence or absence of large caseous lesions were observed. In the case of PZA, its poor activity in the subset of C3HeB/FeJ mice with large caseous lesions might be explained by the pH of 7.36±0.09 measured in liquefied caseum. This study highlights the potential value of C3HeB/FeJ mice for non-clinical efficacy testing, especially for investigating the interaction of lesion pathology and drug effect. Careful use of this model could enhance the bridging of non-clinical results with clinical outcomes.

  20. A theory of low energy π-3He elastic scattering

    The main aim of this work is the construction of a first-order optical potential for the scattering of pions by 3He at low energy with as few approximations as possible. In particular the Fermi motion is treated extremely carefully by using microscopic 3He wave functions and by performing the complete Fermi-integral. Differential cross-sections and analyzing powers have been calculated. In a detailed comparison between the first-order optical with one which results from using the semi-factored approximation, it became clear that the latter has the following shortcomings: 1. the dependence of the subenergy on the pion-nucleus scattering angle, and 2. the independence of this energy on the relative motion of the spectator nucleons. (author). 101 refs.; 15 figs.; 3 tabs

  1. Photoassociation spectroscopy of ultracold metastable ^3He dimers

    Cocks, Daniel G; Whittingham, Ian B

    2011-01-01

    The bound states of the fermionic ^3He(2 ^3S_1)+ ^3He(2 ^3P_j)system, where j=0,1,2, are investigated using the recently available ab initio short-range ${}^{1,3,5}\\Sigma^{+}_{g,u}$ and ${}^{1,3,5}\\Pi_{g,u}$ potentials computed by Deguilhem et al. (J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 2009, 42, 015102). Single-channel and multichannel calculations have been undertaken in order to investigate the effects of Coriolis and non-adiabatic couplings. The possible experimental observability of the theoretical levels is assessed using criteria based upon the short-range character of each level and their coupling to metastable ground states. Purely long-range levels have been identified and 30 short-range levels near five asymptotes are suggested for experimental investigation.

  2. Josephson flow oscillations in superfluid 3He-B

    Experiments for observing pressure-induced Josephson oscillations in superfluid 4He renewed the interest for analogous experiments in superfluid 3He. The weak coupling of two superfluids is obtained by a small channel with dimensions in the order of the coherence length. The order-parameter functions, the supercurrent Jψ through the orifice, and the Ginzburg-Landau free energy, Fψ is calculated for different cross sections. A new feature of the function Jψ in comparison to the current-phase relationships for superconducting microbridges is the occurrence of two nontrivial zeros of Jψ. It turns out that the frequency, ω, of the Josephson flow oscillations, which follow the sudden application of a force ΔF on a diaphragm, depends on ΔF in a way similar to that in which the frequency of the parallel ringing experiment in 3He-Α depends on the field step ΔΗ. (6 refs., 12 figs.)

  3. Magnetism of liquid 3He up to 200 T

    We report measurements of nuclear magnetism of degenerate liquid 3He below 0.1 K. Nuclear polarization up to 60% was transiently obtained by rapid melting of a 80% polarized 3He solid. From simultaneous measurements of the magnetization and of the heat released during the relaxation towards magnetic equilibrium, we deduce the magnetization dependence of the free energy of the liquid, and hence the magnetization curve up to 200 T. At 26 bar and 80 mK, we find that the susceptibility decreases with increasing magnetization. This rules out any significant metamagnetism of the liquid, in contradiction with former expectations. In order to confirm this behaviour by a static experiment, we have developed a torque magnetometer to carry out precision measurements of the equilibrium magnetization up to 30 T (corresponding to a 12% polarization) and at 50 mK. Preliminary results of this experiment are reported. (orig.)

  4. Nuclear (K) Bound States in 4He and 3He

    LI Yi-He; WU Shi-Shu

    2009-01-01

    @@ We construct a phenomenological K N interaction which reproduces the two resonances: the energy of the first resonance is 1420MeV and the other is 1392MeV. The A(1405) is found by a superposition of the two reso-nances with appropriate weights. Within the framework of the Brueckner-Hartree-Fock theory, we have studied K- - 3He(T=0) and K- - 4He(T=1/2). The binding energy BK-is 93MeV(72MeV) and the width F is 13 MeV(25 MeV) for K- - 3He(T=0) (K- - 4He(T=1/2)).

  5. Project of polarized 3He source at RARF

    At RIKEN Accelerator Research Facility (RARF), a K540 four-sector ring cyclotron (RRC) was completed in November 1986, and has delivered beams to the experiments since May 1987. At present, a heavy-ion linac (RILAC) with a PIG source is used as an injector for RRC. The construction of another injector, a K70AVF cyclotron, has been started and will be completed at the end of 1988 FY. The AVF cyclotron is equipped with a polarized 3He source as well as an ECR source and a duoplasmatron source. The nuclear polarization of 3He will be obtained with the optical pumping of atoms in the metastable state (23 S1) followed by the metastability exchange collision. Polarized atoms will be ionized with an ECR source. The source is expected to be constructed in three years. (author)

  6. Quasifree photoabsorption on neutron-proton pairs in 3He

    Three-body photodisintegration of 3He is calculated in the photon energy range 200-400 MeV assuming quasifree absorption on np pairs both in initial quasideuteron and singlet configurations. The model includes the normal nucleonic current, explicit meson exchange currents and the Δ(1232)-isobar excitation. The total cross section is increased by a factor of about 1.5 compared with free deuteron photodisintegration. Well below and above the Δ-region also some spin observables differ significantly from the ones of free deuteron disintegration due to the more compressed wave function of the correlated np pairs in 3He compared to the deuteron. The initial singlet state causes a significant change in the analysing power Ay. These differences could presumably be seen at the conjugate angles where two-body effects are maximized and where photoreactions could complement similar pion absorption experiments. ((orig.))

  7. Studies of 3He Induced Nuclear Reactions on Cadmium

    Excitation functions of 3He induced nuclear reactions on natural cadmium were measured using the standard stacked foil technique and high resolution gamma ray spectroscopy. The experimental cross sections for the nuclear reactions natCd(3He,xnp )117m,g,116m115m,114m,113m,111,110m,g,109,108,107 In were measured from their threshold energy up to 27 MeV. The integral yields for some medically important products were determined. Theoretical calculations using the nuclear codes ALICE- IPPE, TAL YS, and EMPIRE-3 were used to describe the formation of these products. Theoretical and experimental results were compared with each other. K

  8. A polarized sup 3 He internal target for storage rings

    Poolman, H R; Bulten, H J; Doets, M; Ent, R; Ferro-Luzzi, M; Geurts, D G; Harvey, M; Mul, F A

    2000-01-01

    A polarized sup 3 He internal target was employed at the internal target facility of the Amsterdam electron Pulse Stretcher and Storage ring (AmPS) at the Dutch National Institute for Nuclear and High-Energy Physics (NIKHEF). The unique features of internal targets such as chemical and isotopic purity, high and rapidly reversible polarization, and the ability to manipulate the target spin orientation were successfully demonstrated. A nuclear polarization of 0.50 (0.42) at a sup 3 He gas flow of 1.0 (2.0)x10 sup 1 sup 7 at s sup - sup 1 could be obtained. Operation at a nominal flow of 1x10 sup 1 sup 7 at s sup - sup 1 resulted in a target thickness of 0.7x10 sup 1 sup 5 at cm sup - sup 2 at a target temperature of 17 K.

  9. Transverse sound in liquid-3He-aerogel system

    Transverse sound in normal liquid 3He in aerogel is studied on the basis of the Landau transport equation taking into account the simultaneous oscillation of the aerogel. We show that the nature of transverse sound is strongly modified if aerogel is immersed in the liquid. Scattering of 3He quasiparticles by the aerogel molecules causes friction between the liquid and the aerogel, giving rise to coupled motion of the two systems. There exists a low-attenuation transverse sound mode in this coupled system. The high-temperature behavior of its attenuation α is given by α∝const+T-2, which is in contrast to α∝T in pure liquid H3e in the hydrodynamic regime

  10. Acoustic properties of superfluid 3He in 97% aerogel

    Superfluid 3He in silica aerogel provides a unique system for studying the effect of quenched disorder in the unconventional superfluid. We have performed longitudinal ultrasound (5.7 MHz) attenuation and sound velocity measurements of the superfluid 3He in 97% porosity aerogel. The attenuation and sound velocity were determined by direct propagation of sound pulses through the medium in a wide range of temperatures, down to 400 μK. The superfluid transition, marked by the increase in sound velocity, is substantially suppressed from that in 98% aerogel used in most of studies. The superfluid fraction determined from the sound velocity is less than 0.02 even at the lowest temperature.

  11. 3He melting curve thermometry in a nuclear polarization experiment

    Temperature measurement and control are important in brute force polarization experiments. We discuss the installation and use of 3He melting curve thermometers in a cryostat used to polarize a TiH2 target. Comparison is made between the melting curve thermometers and the 60CoCo nuclear orientation thermometer, which is often used in such experiments. The melting curve thermometers provide increased temperature resolution and sensitivity, and were used in a feedback heating system to control temperature to ±5.5 μK at 16.5 mK. The 3He melting curve and the 60CoCo temperature scales are found to agree within 2% at 15 mK. The present status of the melting curve scale and the effect of a magnetic field on melting curve thermometry are also discussed. (orig.)

  12. Orbital angular momentum in /sup 3/He-A-italic

    Balatskii-breve, A.V.; Mineev, V.P.

    1985-12-01

    The intrinsic angular momentum in the A-italic phase of superfluid /sup 3/He is found in terms of the response to the angular velocity of rotation. It is shown that in the weak-coupling approximation at an arbitrary temperature and with allowance for the Fermi-liquid renormalization the intrinsic angular momentum is small in accordance with the smallness of the asymmetry in the distribution of particles and holes.

  13. Fluctuations above the superfluid transition in liquid 3He

    It is shown that fluctuations above the superfluid transition in liquid 3He depend strongly upon the relative angular momentum l of a Cooper pair but are insensitive to the fourth order term in the Ginsburg-Landau free energy. The effects are shown to be observable in the static magnetization, viscosity and spin diffusion and give a means of determining the value of l. (U.S.)

  14. Phase slippage in superfluid 3He-B

    We review some applications of the hydrodynamic Josephson effects. The relationship between the quantum mechanical phase difference along a micro-orifice and the flow through it is discussed in terms of a simple model which accounts for the observations performed in 3He-B above 0.7 Tc. Possible uses of the superfluid hydromechanical resonator as a sensitive and stable absolute gyrometer are described

  15. A study of 3He films using SQUID NMR

    Confinement of superfluid 3He to a geometry of order the coherence length is predicted to produce interesting size effects and modify the superfluid phase diagram. This thesis describes the development of an experiment to measure these effects using NMR as a probe of the spin dynamics. A pulsed NMR spectrometer was developed with a low Tc SQUID as the first stage amplifier. The sample was located in a receiver coil that formed part of a tuned circuit with the SQUID input coil. The first spectrometer was operated in an open-loop configuration but was later converted to use feedback to stabilize the SQUID gain. This later version used a DC SQUID with APF operating in flux-locked loop using the Direct Offset Integration Technique. The noise was limited by the Johnson noise in the tuned circuit in tests down to 1.5 K and the estimated noise temperature was ∼100 mK. NMR signals were observed at ∼1 MHz from low-density 3He samples adsorbed on a Mylar substrate which were in reasonable agreement with the estimated signal sizes. A cell was constructed with a highly polished silver substrate to study a 100 nm thick 3He film adsorbed on an area of ∼1 cm2. This was mounted on a newly installed demagnetization cryostat. A dipper probe was constructed for the SQUID spectrometer which demonstrated an overall coupled energy sensitivity of 327 h before being mounted on the cryostat. NMR signals were observed from samples equivalent to films of thickness 100, 400, and 800 nm on the substrate surface at temperatures ranging from 60 mK down to 415 μK. No superfluid transition was detected. With each sample a time dependence of the signal was observed which may be attributable to a thermomechanical effect in normal liquid 3He. Based on the measured signals, it is predicted that ∼1016 spins should be detectable in a single-shot. (author)

  16. Hard Two-body Photodisintegration of 3He

    Pomerantz, I; Gilman, R; Higinbotham, D W; Piasetzky, E; Strauch, S; Adhikari, K P; Aghasyan, M; Allada, K; Amaryan, M J; Pereira, S Anefalos; Anghinolfi, M; Baghdasaryan, H; Ball, J; Baltzell, N A; Battaglieri, M; Batourine, V; Beck, A; Beck, S; Bedlinskiy, I; Berman, B L; Biselli, A S; Boeglin, W; Bono, J; Bookwalter, C; Boiarinov, S; Briscoe, W J; Brooks, W K; Bubis, N; Burkert, V; Camsonne, A; Canan, M; Carman, D S; Celentano, A; Chandavar, S; Charles, G; Chirapatpimol, K; Cisbani, E; Cole, P L; Contalbrigo, M; Crede, V; Cusanno, F; D'Angelo, A; Daniel, A; Dashyan, N; de Jager, C W; De Vita, R; De Sanctis, E; Deur, A; Djalali, C; Dodge, G E; Doughty, D; Dupre, R; Dutta, C; Egiyan, H; Alaoui, A El; Fassi, L El; Eugenio, P; Fedotov, G; Fegan, S; Fleming, J A; Fradi, A; Garibaldi, F; Geagla, O; Gevorgyan, N; Giovanetti, K L; Girod, F X; Glister, J; Goetz, J T; Gohn, W; Golovatch, E; Gothe, R W; Griffioen, K A; Guegan, B; Guidal, M; Guo, L; Hafidi, K; Hakobyan, H; Harrison, N; Heddle, D; Hicks, K; Ho, D; Holtrop, M; Hyde, C E; Ireland, D G; Ishkhanov, B S; Isupov, E L; Jiang, X; Jo, H S; Joo, K; Katramatou, A T; Keller, D; Khandaker, M; Khetarpal, P; Khrosinkova, E; Kim, A; Kim, W; Klein, F J; Koirala, S; Kubarovsky, A; Kubarovsky, V; Kuleshov, S V; Kvaltine, N D; Lee, B; LeRose, J J; Lewis, S; Lindgren, R; Livingston, K; Lu, H Y; MacGregor, I J D; Mao, Y; Martinez, D; Mayer, M; McCullough, E; McKinnon, B; Meekins, D; Meyer, C A; Michaels, R; Mineeva, T; Mirazita, M; Moffit, B; Mokeev, V; Montgomery, R A; Moutarde, H; Munevar, E; Camacho, C Munoz; Nadel-Turonski, P; Nasseripour, R; Nepali, C S; Niccolai, S; Niculescu, G; Niculescu, I; Osipenko, M; Ostrovidov, A I; Pappalardo, L L; Paremuzyan, R; Park, K; Park, S; Petratos, G G; Phelps, E; Pisano, S; Pogorelko, O; Pozdniakov, S; Procureur, S; Protopopescu, D; Puckett, A J R; Qian, X; Qiang, Y; Ricco, G; Rimal, D; Ripani, M; Ritchie, B G; Rodriguez, I; Ron, G; Rosner, G; Rossi, P; Sabatie, F; Saha, A; Saini, M S; Sarty, A J; Sawatzky, B; Saylor, N A; Schott, D; Schulte, E; Schumacher, R A; Seder, E; Seraydaryan, H; Shneor, R; Smith, G D; Sokhan, D; Sparveris, N; Stepanyan, S S; Stepanyan, S; Stoler, P; Subedi, R; Sulkosky, V; Taiuti, M; Tang, W; Taylor, C E; Tkachenko, S; Ungaro, M; Vernarsky, B; Vineyard, M F; Voskanyan, H; Voutier, E; Walford, N K; Wang, Y; Watts, D P; Weinstein, L B; Weygand, D P; Wojtsekhowski, B; Wood, M H; Yan, X; Yao, H; Zachariou, N; Zhan, X; Zhang, J; Zhao, Z W; Zheng, X; Zonta, I

    2013-01-01

    We have measured cross sections for the gamma+3He->p+d reaction at photon energies of 0.4 - 1.4 GeV and a center-of-mass angle of 90 deg. We observe dimensional scaling above 0.7 GeV at this center-of-mass angle. This is the first observation of dimensional scaling in the photodisintegration of a nucleus heavier than the deuteron.

  17. Investigating Neutron Polarizabilities through Compton Scattering on $^3He$

    Choudhury, D.; Nogga, A.; Phillips, D.R.

    2007-01-01

    We examine manifestations of neutron electromagnetic polarizabilities in coherent Compton scattering from the Helium-3 nucleus. We calculate $\\gamma ^3He$ elastic scattering observables using chiral perturbation theory to next-to-leading order (${\\mathcal O}(e^2 Q)$). We find that the unpolarized differential cross section can be used to measure neutron electric and magnetic polarizabilities, while two double-polarization observables are sensitive to different linear combinations of the four ...

  18. High Efficiency Spin Flipper for the n3He Experiment

    Hayes, Christopher; n3He Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    The n3He experiment, constructed on the Fundamental Neutron Physics Beamline (FnPB) at the Spallation Neutron Source, is designed to measure the parity violating (PV) proton asymmetry Ap in the capture reaction n +3 He -->3 H + p + 765 keV The asymmetry has an estimated value Ap ~ - 1 ×10-7 and is directly related to the weak isospin conserved couplings hρ0 and ωρ0 which are of fundamental interest in the verification of the meson exchange model of low energy NN intereactions. Data production for the n3He experiment began in February 2015 and is scheduled to continue thru December 2015 - reaching a statistical sensitivity δAp ~10-8 or better. I will discuss the spin flipper which is designed using the theory of double cosine-theta coils, and capable of flipping neutron spins with an efficiency approaching its maximum value ɛsf = 1 . I will also discuss the theory of Spin Magnetic Resonance (SMR) and how it is employed by the spin flipper to flip 60 Hz pulses of cold neutrons over a range of wavelengths.

  19. Hard Photodisintegration of 3He into pd pair

    Maheswari, Dhiraj

    2016-01-01

    The recent measurements of high energy photodisintegration of the $^3He$ nucleus to the $pd$ pair at $90^0$ center of mass demonstrated an energy scaling consistent with the quark counting rule with unprecedentedly large exponent of $s^{-17}$. To understand the underlying mechanism of this process we extended the theoretical formalism of hard rescattering mechanism to calculate the $\\gamma ^3He\\rightarrow pd$ reaction. In HRM the incoming high energy photon strikes a quark from one of the nucleons in the target which subsequently undergoes hard rescattering with the quarks from the other nucleons generating hard two-body system in the final state of the reaction. Within the HRM we derived the parameter free expression for the differential cross section of the reaction, which is expressed through the $^3He\\rightarrow pd$ transition spectral function, cross section of hard $pd\\rightarrow pd$ scattering and the effective charge of the quarks being interchanged during the hard rescattering process. The numerical ...

  20. Superfluid phase stability of 3He in axially anisotropic aerogel

    Measurements of superfluid 3He in 98% aerogel demonstrate the existence of a metastable A-like phase and a stable B-like phase. It has been suggested that the relative stability of these two phases is controlled by anisotropic quasiparticle scattering in the aerogel. Anisotropic scattering produced by axial compression of the aerogel has been predicted to stabilize the axial state of superfluid 3He. To explore this possibility, we used transverse acoustic impedance to map out the phase diagram of superfluid 3He in a ∼ 98% porous silica aerogel subjected to 17% axial compression. We have previously shown that axial anisotropy in aerogel leads to optical birefringence and that optical cross-polarization studies can be used to characterize such anisotropy. Consequently, we have performed optical cross-polarization experiments to verify the presence and uniformity of the axial anisotropy in our aerogel sample. We find that uniform axial anisotropy introduced by 17% compression does not stabilize the A-like phase. We also find an increase in the supercooling of the A-like phase at lower pressure, indicating a modification to B-like phase nucleation in globally anisotropic aerogels.

  1. Saddle point condition for D - 3He tokamak fusion reactor

    In this paper the concept of a generalized ignition contour map, showing bar PhtT2E, NTE, and T, is used to study the ignition criterion for a D-3He fusion reactor with plasma temperature and density profiles. Direct heating scenarios to the D - 3He ignition regime without the help of deuterium-tritium burning are considered. The machine size and enhancement factor for the confinement time required to reach D - 3He ignition can be simple determined by comparing the height of the operation path with Goldston L-mode scaling and the height of the generalized saddle point. A confinement enhancement factor of 2 to 3 is required in the case of a large plasma current (30 to 80 MA) in a small-aspect-ratio tokamak. On the other hand, for a small plasma current (approx-lt 10 MA), large-aspect-ratio tokamak, an enhancement factor of 5 to 6 is necessary to reach ignition. Fuel dilution effects by fusion products and impurities, the confinement degradation effect due to 14-MeV protons, and the operation paths are also considered. To lower the height of the saddle point, and hence the auxiliary heating power, we optimize the fuel composition and examine operation in the hot ion mode

  2. Development of 3He-BOCA power ramping facility, 1

    Development of a He-3 power controlled boiling water capsule, 3He-BOCS, for LWR fuels power ramping test in JMTR has been carried out since 1978 on a five-year program; in the reactor, irradiation tests of various fuels and structual materials have been made since 1969. Using stagnant-pressurized water as a thermal medium, the capsule provides pressure and temperature conditions similar to those in LWRs. Heat generation of a fuel pin can be controlled by a He-3 gas screen surrounding the capsule. The facility is capable of testing numbers of both fresh and irradiated fuel pins under LWR operating conditions for power ramping and cycling. After explaining the operating priciples of 3He-BOCA and the development program, the following are described: the results of preliminary out-of-pile test on heat conductive characteristics of the capsule and a conceptual design of the 3He-BOCA for power ramping of a short fuel pin from 250 W/cm to 500 W/cm under BWR conditions. (author)

  3. Magnetic resonance imaging of the fetal lung: a pictorial essay

    Cannie, M.; Keyzer, F. de; Kerkhove, F. van; Meersschaert, J. [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium); Jani, J.; Lewi, L.; Deprest, J. [University Hospitals Leuven, Department Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Leuven (Belgium); Dymarkowski, S. [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium); UZ Gasthuisberg, Department of Radiology, Leuven (Belgium)

    2008-07-15

    Ultrasound, which is now a widely available and generally accepted, low-cost technique with real-time properties, is the screening investigation of choice in fetal medicine. However, enthusiasm for fetal prenatal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is rising, because of the absence of known biological risks, the increasing ease of performing of fetal MRI and the superb contrast resolution provided. Over the last 10 years, the technology has advanced dramatically. Fast imaging sequences have allowed better MRI visualization of the unborn patient than ever before. As a consequence, experience with fetal MRI is gradually expanding. We are beginning to appreciate the clinical conditions where fetal MRI can complement the ultrasound findings. Apart from the central nervous system, MRI of the fetal lung has received the most attention. Fetal MRI can be used to assess thoracic structural anomalies, lung development as well as maturation. The introduction of fetal therapy for severe lung hypoplasia, associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), has recently boosted the application. This review aims to highlight MRI techniques used to image the lungs of the unborn child and to point out their strengths and limitations in specific conditions. (orig.)

  4. Lung vasculature imaging using speckle variance optical coherence tomography

    Cua, Michelle; Lee, Anthony M. D.; Lane, Pierre M.; McWilliams, Annette; Shaipanich, Tawimas; MacAulay, Calum E.; Yang, Victor X. D.; Lam, Stephen

    2012-02-01

    Architectural changes in and remodeling of the bronchial and pulmonary vasculature are important pathways in diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer. However, there is a lack of methods that can find and examine small bronchial vasculature in vivo. Structural lung airway imaging using optical coherence tomography (OCT) has previously been shown to be of great utility in examining bronchial lesions during lung cancer screening under the guidance of autofluorescence bronchoscopy. Using a fiber optic endoscopic OCT probe, we acquire OCT images from in vivo human subjects. The side-looking, circumferentially-scanning probe is inserted down the instrument channel of a standard bronchoscope and manually guided to the imaging location. Multiple images are collected with the probe spinning proximally at 100Hz. Due to friction, the distal end of the probe does not spin perfectly synchronous with the proximal end, resulting in non-uniform rotational distortion (NURD) of the images. First, we apply a correction algorithm to remove NURD. We then use a speckle variance algorithm to identify vasculature. The initial data show a vascaulture density in small human airways similar to what would be expected.

  5. Radioaerosol imaging of the lung. An IAEA [CRP] group study

    Nuclear scans, radiography and computed tomography (CT) of the lung make up three pantheonic pillars of the modem imaging diagnosis of pulmonary disorders and the contribution of these modalities to the progress of pulmonology has been immense. However the experiences accumulated during the past decades indicate that, with well-known advantages and drawbacks, not one of these imaging modalities can be perfect by itself alone, and it has become obvious that the individual tests are as much complementary to one another as unique. As a matter of fact, the nuclear lung imagings, that include inhalation scan, perfusion scan, ventilation scan and the most recently developed mucociliary transport and alveolar permeability tests, are very sensitive and efficient in respectively providing graphic information about airway patency and alveolar penetration, vascular patency and distribution pattern, alveolar gas exchange and bronchial epithelial integrity in both normal and pathological conditions. But these tests lack fine morphological information. In contrast, radiography with its extremely high level of resolution that is in the order of 30-100 line pairs/mm compared to 3-5 line/cm of nuclear scan resolution power, suffers from the lack of information about the alveolar gas exchange, pulmonary perfusion and respiratory function. Although incomparable to radiography, the resolution power of CT scan is also much greater than that of nuclear scan, but again this test cannot provide the information regarding function and physiology. The aerosol scan findings in each of these diseases are assessed in the i ht of and validated against chest radiography, conventional X-ray tomography and high resolution CT scan. The chapters in this monograph describe a history of radioaerosol lung imaging, radiopharmaceuticals, generation of aerosols by the BARC and other nebulizers, and pertinent lung physiology and the way how aerosol deposits in lung. The technical and constructional aspects

  6. A software program for quantitative analysis of alveolar oxygen partial pressure (pAO2) with oxygen-sensitive 3He-MRI

    Purpose: To develop a software tool for quantitative analysis of alveolar oxygen partial pressure (pAO2) as well as its time course during apnea. Material and Methods: T1-relaxation times of hyperpolarized 3He are reduced by paramagnetic oxygen rendering 3He-MRI sensitive to oxygen and thus allowing the assessment of the local oxygen partial pressure in the pulmonary airspaces. Oxygen-related relaxation and loss of polarization by RF-excitation can be discriminated by acquiring two image series with varying interscan delay and/or flip angles. Software was developed to calculate the pAO2 and the decay rate in user-defined regions of interest (ROIs) automatically. Moreover, parameter maps can be calculated. In addition to the analysis of 2-dimensional data sets, the software allows the evaluation of 3-dimensional measurements for the first time. Artifacts due to lung motion were reduced by implementing a motion correction algorithm. Results: The software was successfully applied to data sets from healthy volunteers and from patients with various lung diseases. The parameter maps demonstrated a more homogeneous distribution of pAO2 for the volunteers than for the patients. A regional increase in pAO2 was found in a few patients. Conclusion: the described software allows the absolute quantification of pAO2 as well as its variation over time. In the future therefore, the software may gain importance for detecting mis-matches between ventilation and perfusion, e.g., in patients with pulmonary embolism or chronic obstructive lung diseases. (orig.)

  7. Precision study of the eta-3He system using the d+p->3He+eta reaction

    Mersmann, T; Chiladze, D; Dymov, S; Hartmann, M; Hejny, V; Kacharava, A K; Keshelashvili, I; Khoukaz, A; Kulessa, P; Maeda, Y; Mielke, M; Mikirtychiants, S; Ohm, H; Papenbrock, M; Prasuhn, D; Rathmann, F; Rausmann, T; Schleichert, R; Serdyuk, V; Stein, H J; Ströher, H; Täschner, A; Valdau, Y; Wilkin, C; Wro'nska, A; Valdau, Yu.

    2007-01-01

    The differential and total cross sections for the d+p->3He+eta reaction have been measured in a high precision high statistics COSY-ANKE experiment near threshold using a continuous beam energy ramp up to an excess energy Q of 11.3 MeV with essentially 100% acceptance. The kinematics allowed the mean value of Q to be determined to about 9 keV. Evidence is found for the effects of higher partial waves for Q>4 MeV. The very rapid rise of the total cross section to its maximum value within 0.5 MeV of threshold implies a very large eta-3He scattering length and hence the presence of a quasi-bound state extremely close to threshold.

  8. Effect of gravity and lung volume on MR perfusion imaging of human lung

    Objective: To investigate the effect of gravity and lung volume on MR perfusion imaging of human lung using an arterial spin labeling sequence called flow sensitive alternating inversion recovery (FAIR). Methods: Magnetic resonance imaging of lung perfusion was performed in supine position in ten healthy volunteers on a 1.5 T whole body scanner (GE medical system). Five sequentially coronal slices with the gap of 3cra from dorsal to ventral (labeled as P3, P6, P9, P12, P15, respeectivly) were obtained on end respiration and the relative pulmonary blood flow (rPBF) was measured. Another coronal perfusion- weighted image of P3 slice was obtained on end inspiration. Tagging efficiency of pulmonary parenchyma with IR (ΔSI %), the rPBF and area of the P3 slice were analyzed, respectively. Paired Student's t test was used for statistical analysis. Results: (1) In the direction of gravity, an increase in rPBF of the gravity- dependent lung was found, rPBF of right lung from dorsal to ventral were 100.57 ± 18.22, 79.57±12.36, 61.65±11.15, 48.92±9.96, 41.20±9.88, respectively; and that of left lung were 106.61±26.99, 78.89±11.98, 64.00±13.64, 51.27±8.95, 43.04±12.18. No statistical differences between P12 and P15, there were significant statistic differences of any other two coronal planes. But along an isogravitational plane, no statistical difference was observed. Regression coefficients of right and left lung were -4.98 and -5.16, respectively. This means the rPBF of right lung falls by 4.98 for each centimeter above the dorsal and that of left lung falls by 5.16. (2) For iΔSI%, rPBF and area, there were significant statistic differences at different respiratory phases (P3 mm2 vs (17.77±4.24) xl03 mm2 for right lung; and 1.01±0.24 vs 0.70±0.11, 91.08±18.68 vs 54.58± 10.70, (12.34±3.08) x 103 mm2 vs(17.34±4.98) x 103 mm2 for left lung. Greater ΔSI% and increased perfusion were observed on end expiration than on end inspiration. The area was larger on

  9. CT image construction of a totally deflated lung using deformable model extrapolation

    Sadeghi Naini, Ali; Pierce, Greg; Lee, Ting-Yim [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5B9 (Canada); and others

    2011-02-15

    Purpose: A novel technique is proposed to construct CT image of a totally deflated lung from a free-breathing 4D-CT image sequence acquired preoperatively. Such a constructed CT image is very useful in performing tumor ablative procedures such as lung brachytherapy. Tumor ablative procedures are frequently performed while the lung is totally deflated. Deflating the lung during such procedures renders preoperative images ineffective for targeting the tumor. Furthermore, the problem cannot be solved using intraoperative ultrasound (U.S.) images because U.S. images are very sensitive to small residual amount of air remaining in the deflated lung. One possible solution to address these issues is to register high quality preoperative CT images of the deflated lung with their corresponding low quality intraoperative U.S. images. However, given that such preoperative images correspond to an inflated lung, such CT images need to be processed to construct CT images pertaining to the lung's deflated state. Methods: To obtain the CT images of deflated lung, we present a novel image construction technique using extrapolated deformable registration to predict the deformation the lung undergoes during full deflation. The proposed construction technique involves estimating the lung's air volume in each preoperative image automatically in order to track the respiration phase of each 4D-CT image throughout a respiratory cycle; i.e., the technique does not need any external marker to form a respiratory signal in the process of curve fitting and extrapolation. The extrapolated deformation field is then applied on a preoperative reference image in order to construct the totally deflated lung's CT image. The technique was evaluated experimentally using ex vivo porcine lung. Results: The ex vivo lung experiments led to very encouraging results. In comparison with the CT image of the deflated lung we acquired for the purpose of validation, the constructed CT image was very

  10. Imaging diagnosis of gas exchange in patients with lung cancer

    Functional images of the ventilation-perfusion ratios and the mean transit time of Xe-133 were then obtained through computer analysis. In addition, an overall lung function test and arterial blood gas analysis were carried out on the same day. %V radical with Kr-81m during tidal breathing expressed as the percentage of tumor-bearing lung to total lung correlated significantly with %VC(r=0.666, p<0.0005). Likewise, there was a significant correlation (r=0.713, p<0.005) between %VC and %Q radical with Tc-99m MAA. The correlation coefficient between the relative mean transit time of Xe-133 and FEVsub(1.0)% was -0.433(p<0.1). On the other hand, FEVsub(1.0)% did not correlate with %V radical with Kr-81m and %Q radical Tc-99m MAA. Ventilation and perfusion in the affected lung showed no significant difference between UICC.TNM stages I and II. In stages III and IV, however, regional ventilation and perfusion decreased significantly. The T factor had a more serious influence on ventilation and perfusion in the affected lung than the N factor. The V radical sub(A)/Q radical sub(C) distribution was calculated from the functional image of the ventilation-perfusion ratios in 17 cases with lung cancer. Four types of V radical sub(A)/Q radical sub(C) distribution were found: Type I (a pattern with nearly normal distribution) was observed in 8 of 17 cases, Type II (a pattern with a high V radical sub(A)/Q radical area) was seen in 7 cases, Type III (a pattern with a low V radical sub(A)/Q radical area) was seen in one case, and Type IV (a pattern with both a high and low V radical sub(A)/Q radical area) was found in the remaining case. The functional image obtained with ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy allowed visual and quantitative evaluation of changes of regional lung function and provided important information on regional ventilation and perfusion in patients with lung cancer. (J.P.N.)

  11. Quantitative imaging features to predict cancer status in lung nodules

    Liu, Ying; Balagurunathan, Yoganand; Atwater, Thomas; Antic, Sanja; Li, Qian; Walker, Ronald; Smith, Gary T.; Massion, Pierre P.; Schabath, Matthew B.; Gillies, Robert J.

    2016-03-01

    Background: We propose a systematic methodology to quantify incidentally identified lung nodules based on observed radiological traits on a point scale. These quantitative traits classification model was used to predict cancer status. Materials and Methods: We used 102 patients' low dose computed tomography (LDCT) images for this study, 24 semantic traits were systematically scored from each image. We built a machine learning classifier in cross validation setting to find best predictive imaging features to differentiate malignant from benign lung nodules. Results: The best feature triplet to discriminate malignancy was based on long axis, concavity and lymphadenopathy with average AUC of 0.897 (Accuracy of 76.8%, Sensitivity of 64.3%, Specificity of 90%). A similar semantic triplet optimized on Sensitivity/Specificity (Youden's J index) included long axis, vascular convergence and lymphadenopathy which had an average AUC of 0.875 (Accuracy of 81.7%, Sensitivity of 76.2%, Specificity of 95%). Conclusions: Quantitative radiological image traits can differentiate malignant from benign lung nodules. These semantic features along with size measurement enhance the prediction accuracy.

  12. Dual modality CT/PET imaging in lung cancer staging

    Purpose: To compare the diagnostic capability of PET-HCT image fusion and helical computed tomography (HCT) for nodal and distant metastases detection in patients with lung cancer. Material and methods: Between February, 2003 and March, 2004 sixty-six consecutive lung cancer patients (45 men and 21 women, mean ages: 63 years old, range: 38 to 96 years old) who underwent HCT and PET-HCT fusion imaging were evaluated retrospectively. All patients had histological confirmation of lung cancer and a definitive diagnosis established on the basis of pathology results and/or clinical follow-up. Results: For global nodal staging (hilar and mediastinal) HCT showed a sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 72%, 47%, 62% and 58% respectively, versus 94%, 77%, 83% and 92% corresponding to PET-HCT examination. For assessment of advanced nodal stage (N3) PET-HCT showed values of 92%, 100%, 100% and 98% respectively. For detection of distant metastasis, HCT alone had values of 67%, 93%, 84% and 83% respectively versus 100%, 98%, 96% and 100% for the PET-HCT fusion imaging. In 20 (30%) patients under-staged or over-staged on the basis of HCT results, PET-HCT allowed accurate staging. Conclusions: PET-HCT fusion imaging was more effective than HCT alone for nodal and distant metastasis detection and oncology staging. (author)

  13. Superfluid phase of 3He-B near the boundary

    Following our analysis of some older and most recent transverse sound experiments in superfluid 3He-B we have been able to solve one of the long-existing problem of superfluid quantum liquids in confined geometry, namely, answer a question what is the boundary state of 3He-B. We have devoted specific attention to the differences between transverse sound experiments data from that obtained in longitudinal sound experiments. In our analysis, we have considered several potentially possible explanations of the above experimental data: existence of a new superfluid phase in the vicinity of the boundary; excitation of different branches of squashing mode by longitudinal and transverse sounds and, finally, deformation of the B-phase near the boundary. The last possibility seems to be the most likely explanation implying that the boundary state of 3He-B is, in fact, the deformed B- phase, as was first suggested by Brusov and Popov about two decades ago for a case of presence of external perturbations such as a magnetic and an electric fields. Our result implies that influence of a wall or, in other words, a confined geometry does not lead to the existence of a new phase near the boundary, as had been suggested many years ago, but, instead, similarly to the case of other external perturbations (such as magnetic, electric fields etc.), the wall deforms the order parameter of the B-phase and this deformation leads to several very important consequences. For example, frequencies of the collective modes in the vicinity of the boundary change by up to about 20 percent.

  14. Hard breakup of two nucleons from the 3He nucleus

    We investigate a large angle photodisintegration of two nucleons from the 3He nucleus within the framework of the hard rescattering model (HRM). In the HRM a quark of one nucleon knocked out by an incoming photon rescatters with a quark of the other nucleon leading to the production of two nucleons with large relative momentum. Assuming the dominance of the quark-interchange mechanism in a hard nucleon-nucleon scattering, the HRM allows the expression of the amplitude of a two-nucleon breakup reaction through the convolution of photon-quark scattering, NN hard scattering amplitude, and nuclear spectral function, which can be calculated using a nonrelativistic 3He wave function. The photon-quark scattering amplitude can be explicitly calculated in the high energy regime, whereas for NN scattering one uses the fit of the available experimental data. The HRM predicts several specific features for the hard breakup reaction. First, the cross section will approximately scale as s-11. Second, the s11 weighted cross section will have the shape of energy dependence similar to that of s10 weighted NN elastic scattering cross section. Also one predicts an enhancement of the pp breakup relative to the pn breakup cross section as compared to the results from low energy kinematics. Another result is the prediction of different spectator momentum dependencies of pp and pn breakup cross sections. This is due to the fact that the same-helicity pp-component is strongly suppressed in the ground state wave function of 3He. Because of this suppression the HRM predicts significantly different asymmetries for the cross section of polarization transfer NN breakup reactions for circularly polarized photons. For the pp breakup this asymmetry is predicted to be zero while for the pn it is close to (2/3).

  15. Vortex clusters in superfluid 3He-B

    A unique property of 3He-B is vortex-free rotation, due to a high nucleation threshold of the singular vortices. In contrast to other superfluids, rotational states consisting of a vortex cluster surrounded by vortex-free counterflow form spontaneously and can also be prepared with a fixed number of vortices. The clusters can be analyzed by means of NMR measurements with high precision. These techniques have been exploited to study rotational states in the presence of different phase boundaries. (orig.)

  16. Meson Photoproduction off the Deuteron and off 3He

    Photoproduction of mesons off the deuteron and He nuclei has been studied at the tagged photon facilities of the Bonn ELSA accelerator and the Mainz MAMI accelerator with the Crystal/ setup (Mainz). Meson photoproduction off the neutron has been investigated for different final states (πo, πo πo, πo π-, η, η', ηπo). A surprising finding was a narrow structure in the γn→nη excitation function, which is not seen in the proton case. Photoproduction off 3He has provided further evidence for the formation of an h-mesic state.

  17. /sup 3/He and 4f instable compounds

    Flouquet, J.; Jaccard, J. (Centre de Recherches sur les Tres Basses Temperatures, C.N.R.S., 38 - Grenoble (France)); Ribault, M. (Laboratoire de Physique des Solides, Universite de Paris-Sud, 91 - Orsay (France))

    1984-01-01

    The high localization of the 4f electron and the possibility of a weak delocalization through the coupling with the itinerant electrons lead to Fermi liquid properties. With the example of CeAl/sub 3/, the main role of the coherence between the Ce is emphasized at low temperature. Thermal dilatation data show the transition from a regime of almost independent Kondo centers to a regime of coherent Kondo centers. The occurence of the superconductivity in the heavy fermion CeCu/sub 2/Si/sub 2/ is discussed and compared to the superfluidity of liquid /sup 3/He.

  18. High-pressure /sup 3/He gas scintillation neutron spectrometer

    Derzon, M.S.; Slaughter, D.R.; Prussin, S.G.

    1985-10-01

    A high-pressure, /sup 3/He-Xe gas scintillation spectrometer has been developed for neutron spectroscopy on D-D fusion plasmas. The spectrometer exhibits an energy resolution of (121 +- 20 keV) keV (FWHM) at 2.5 MeV and an efficiency of (1.9 +- 0.4) x 10/sup -3/ (n/cm/sup 2/)/sup -1/. The contribution to the resolution (FWHM) from counting statistics is only (22 +- 3 keV) and the remainder is due predominantly to the variation of light collection efficiency with location of neutron events within the active volume of the detector.

  19. The role of lung imaging in pulmonary embolism

    Mishkin, Fred S.; Johnson, Philip M.

    1973-01-01

    The advantages of lung scanning in suspected pulmonary embolism are its diagnostic sensitivity, simplicity and safety. The ability to delineate regional pulmonary ischaemia, to quantitate its extent and to follow its response to therapy provides valuable clinical data available by no other simple means. The negative scan effectively excludes pulmonary embolism but, although certain of its features favour the diagnosis of embolism, the positive scan inherently lacks specificity and requires angiographic confirmation when embolectomy, caval plication or infusion of a thrombolytic agent are contemplated. The addition of simple ventilation imaging techniques with radioxenon overcomes this limitation by providing accurate analog estimation or digital quantitation of regional ventilation: perfusion (V/Q) ratios fundamental to understanding the pathophysiologic consequences of embolism and other diseases of the lung. ImagesFig. 1Fig. 2Fig. 3Fig. 4Fig. 5Fig. 6Fig. 7p495-bFig. 8Fig. 9Fig. 10Fig. 11Fig. 12Fig. 13 PMID:4602128

  20. Respiratory lung motion analysis using a nonlinear motion correction technique for respiratory-gated lung perfusion SPECT images

    This study evaluated the respiratory motion of lungs using a nonlinear motion correction technique for respiratory-gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. The motion correction technique corrects the respiratory motion of the lungs nonlinearly between two-phase images obtained by respiratory-gated SPECT. The displacement vectors resulting from respiration can be computed at every location of the lungs. Respiratory lung motion analysis is carried out by calculating the mean value of the body axis component of the displacement vector in each of the 12 small regions into which the lungs were divided. In order to enable inter-patient comparison, the 12 mean values were normalized by the length of the lung region along the direction of the body axis. This method was applied to 25 Technetium (Tc)-99m-macroaggregated albumin (MAA) perfusion SPECT images, and motion analysis results were compared with the diagnostic results. It was confirmed that the respiratory lung motion reflects the ventilation function. A statistically significant difference in the amount of the respiratory lung motion was observed between the obstructive pulmonary diseases and other conditions, based on an unpaired Student's t test (P<0.0001). A difference in the motion between normal lungs and lungs with a ventilation obstruction was detected by the proposed method. This method is effective for evaluating obstructive pulmonary diseases such as pulmonary emphysema and diffuse panbronchiolitis. (author)

  1. Staging and imaging of small cell lung cancer

    Kalemkerian, Gregory P.

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) has been primarily classified as limited or extensive, with limited stage confined to the primary tumor and regional lymph nodes. In the future, the TNM staging system should be integrated into the classification of SCLC. The appropriate staging work-up for patients with SCLC has traditionally included contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest and abdomen, bone scan, and magnetic resonance imaging or CT scan of the brain. Recent data ...

  2. ''Inhalation lung imaging with radioactive aerosols and gases''

    Lung imaging procedures, performed after the inhalation of /sup 99m/Tc labeled aerosols, 133Xe and /sup 81m/Kr gases, were used to visualize the sites of airway obstruction and regional abnormalities of ventilatory function in normal volunteers, patients with obstructive airway disease, and pulmonary embolism suspects. Comparisons were made of three methods regarding their functional significance, diagnostic merits, and limitations. A new nebulizer-radioaerosol delivery system is described

  3. First observation of two hyperfine transitions in antiprotonic 3He

    We report on the first experimental results for microwave spectroscopy of the hyperfine structure of p-bar3He+. Due to the helium nuclear spin, p-bar3He+ has a more complex hyperfine structure than p-bar4He+, which has already been studied before. Thus a comparison between theoretical calculations and the experimental results will provide a more stringent test of the three-body quantum electrodynamics (QED) theory. Two out of four super-super-hyperfine (SSHF) transition lines of the (n,L)=(36,34) state were observed. The measured frequencies of the individual transitions are 11.12559(14) GHz and 11.15839(18) GHz, less than 1 MHz higher than the current theoretical values, but still within their estimated errors. Although the experimental uncertainty for the difference of these frequencies is still very large as compared to that of theory, its measured value agrees with theoretical calculations. This difference is crucial to be determined because it is proportional to the magnetic moment of the antiproton.

  4. Hard photodisintegration of a proton pair in {sup 3}He

    Stanley Brodsky; Leonid Frankfurt; Ronald Gilman; J. R. Hiller; G. A. Miller; Eliezer Piasetzky; Misak Sargsian; Mark Strikman

    2003-05-01

    Hard photodisintegration of the deuteron has been extensively studied in order to understand the dynamics of the transition from hadronic to quark-gluon descriptions of the strong interaction. In this work, we discuss the extension of this program to hard photodisintegration of a pp pair in the {sup 3}He nucleus. Experimental confirmation of new features predicted here for the suggested reaction would advance our understanding of hard nuclear reactions. A main prediction, in contrast with low-energy observations, is that the pp breakup cross section is not much smaller than the one for pn break up. In some models, the energy-dependent oscillations observed for pp scattering are predicted to appear in the {gamma} {sup 3}He {yields} pp + n reaction. Such an observation would open up a completely new field in studies of color coherence phenomena in hard nuclear reactions. We also demonstrate that, in addition to the energy dependence, the measurement of the light-cone momentum distribution of the recoil neutron provides an independent test of the underlying dynamics of hard disintegration.

  5. The 3H–3He Charge Radii Difference

    Myers L. S.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The upcoming E12-14-009 [1] experiment at Jefferson Lab will determine the ratio of the electric form factors for the A=3 mirror nuclei 3He and 3H. The measurement will use a 1.1 GeV electron beam, a special collimator plate to allow for simultaneous optics measurements, and the low-activity tritium target being prepared for Jefferson Lab. By observing the dependence of the form factor ratio as a function of Q2 over 0.05–0.09 GeV2, the dependence of the radii extraction on the shape of the form factors is minimized. As a result, we anticipate the uncertainty of the extracted charge radii difference to be 0.03 fm, a reduction of 70% from the current measurement. Using precise measurements of the 3He charge radius from isotopic shift or μHe measurements [2–4], we can deduce the absolute 3H charge radius. The results will provide a direct comparison to recent calculations of the charge radii.

  6. Neutron scattering from liquid {sup 3}He at intermediate energies

    Guckelsberger, K. [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Braunschweig (Germany); Azuah, R.T. [Department of Physics, Keele University, Keele Staffordshire, ST5 5BG (United Kingdom)]|[Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0Qx (United Kingdom); Stirling, W.G. [Keele University (United Kingdom); Bennington, S.M.; Yates, M. [Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, OX11 0Qx (United Kingdom)

    1997-06-01

    Understanding the dynamics of strongly interacting quantum liquids is at the heart of much of contemporary physics and the archetypal Fermi liquid is {sup 3}He at low temperatures. However, due to the enormous absorption of neutrons by {sup 3}He, experiments are exceedingly difficult. At very high incident neutron energies (>1 eV), the struck atoms behave as if they were free. In a sense, one can ``switch on the interaction`` by using neutrons with ever lower energies until they are-near 1 meV-comparable to that of the interaction. In the present work we use 80-400 meV neutrons to resolve a long standing puzzle: previous measurements suggested strong fluctuations in the width of the recoil peak that could not be understood in terms of a simple theory. Using improved instrumentation (MARI at the spallation source) and novel sample cell design we could improve statistics by more than one order of magnitude. The new data covering an extended energy range are presented and seem to confirm the theory. (orig.).

  7. Longitudinal nuclear magnetic resonance of 3He-B superfluid

    Experiments which contribute to a better understanding of the 3He superfluid in the B phase are reported: a/ The first direct determinations of the gap parameter at zero temperature are given and the longitudinal N.M.R. frequency signal is measured for various pressures. b/ These experiments show a new saturation phenomenon in the ringing signal decay time Tsub(R)(T) at low temperatures. c/ Under conditions of slight non-linearity the excitation of 3He-B longitudinal N.M.R. gives rise to a special system wherein the ringing signal decay is all the faster as the excitation is stronger. A so-called ''memory'' time is measured distinctly longer than the ringing time measured under quasi-linear excitation conditions. It was found that the ringing signal decay, at first exponential for weak excitations γH1 approximately 7 10-3 Ωsub(L), becomes quasi-linear when the excitation is about γH1 approximately 10-2Ωsub(L). This abnormal behaviour cannot be explained by thermal effects related to N.M.R. excitation nor by inhomogeneity effects of the excitation magnetic field. Our interpretation is that excitations γH1 approximately 10-2 Ωsub(L) cause structural defects in the orientation of the vector n which are found to disappear according to an exponential law in times of around 10 ms

  8. Study of response of 3He detectors to monoenergetic neutrons

    In the search of a hybrid system (the coupling of the particle accelerator to an under-critical reactor) for radioactive waste transmutation the TARC (Transmutation by Adiabatic Resonance Crossing) program has been developed. Due to experimental limitations, the time-energy relation at higher neutron energies, particularly, around 2 MeV, which is an important domain for TARC, cannot be applied. Consequently the responses of the 3He ionization neutron detector developed for TARC experiment have been studied using a fast monoenergetic neutron source. The neutrons were produced by the interaction of the proton delivered by Van de Graaff accelerator of CENBG. The originality of the detector consists in its structure of three series of electric conductors which are mounted around the anode: a grid ensuring the detector proportionality, a cylindrical suit of alternating positive voltage and grounded wires aiming at eliminating the radial end effects, serving as veto and two cylinders serving as end plugs to eliminate the perpendicular end effects. Examples of anode spectra conditioned (in anticoincidence) by the mentioned vetoes are given. One can see the contribution of the elastic scattering from H and 3He. By collimating the neutron beam through a borated polyethylene system it was possible to obtain a mapping of the detector allowing the study of its response as a function of the irradiated zones (anode and grid)

  9. The 3H-3He Charge Radii Difference

    Myers, Luke S. [Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH; Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); Arrington, John R. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Higinbotham, Douglas W. [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)

    2016-03-01

    The upcoming E12-14-009 [1] experiment at Jefferson Lab will determine the ratio of the electric form factors for the A=3 mirror nuclei 3He and 3H. The measurement will use a 1.1 GeV electron beam, a special collimator plate to allow for simultaneous optics measurements, and the low-activity tritium target being prepared for Jefferson Lab. By observing the dependence of the form factor ratio as a function of Q2 over 0.05–0.09 GeV2, the dependence of the radii extraction on the shape of the form factors is minimized. As a result, we anticipate the uncertainty of the extracted charge radii difference to be 0.03 fm, a reduction of 70% from the current measurement. Using precise measurements of the 3He charge radius from isotopic shift or μHe measurements [2–4], we can deduce the absolute 3H charge radius. The results will provide a direct comparison to recent calculations of the charge radii.

  10. Study of 40Ca(3He,t)40Sc and 9Be(3He,t)9B reactions

    The objective of this research thesis is to perform additional experiments for a better definition of the interaction occurring during the (3He,t) charge exchange reaction, notably in the case of transitions between different layers, and in the case of a target nucleus with a non null spin. In this respect, this thesis addresses the study of 40Ca and 9Be nuclei. After a description of experimental devices and of the obtained performance, the author reports the development of microscopic calculation model within the framework of the DWBA (Distorted Wave Born Approximation). Experimental results are then presented, analysed and discussed

  11. Magnetic resonance imaging of the normal lung and mediastinum

    In order to make clear the proper selection of imaging conditions in experimental study, 4 normal cases and 3 patients with lung and mediastinal diseases were examined with a variety of pulse sequences, slice thickness and signal matrix in magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The machine was 0.256T superconducting MR-CT (Picker VISTA-MR). The imaging conditions were the sequences of Spin Echo methods (SE); TR 400 msec/TE40, SE1600/40, SE400/80, SE1600/80 or those of Inversion Recovery methods (IR); TR 1600/TI400/TE40 or IR2000/500/40, the slice thickness of 10 mm or 5 mm, and the signal matrix of 128 x 128 or 256 x 256. Varieties of spacial resolution and tissue contrasts were shown with these pulse sequences. But in conclusion, the images on short repetition time (TR) and short echo time (TE) were the most useful in producing the best quality of images concerning the structure of lung and mediastinum. The image quality did not show notable improvement when 5 mm thick slice and 256 x 256 signal matrix were respectively used in place of 10 mm and 128 x 128 matrix. These were resulted from the effect of respiratory and cardiac motion artifacts inevitable in thoracic imaging. And one of the best choices was concluded as SE400/40, 10 mm slice, 128 x 128 signal matrix. Based on the results above mentioned, MR imaging of 18 normal cases were studied. And the evaluation of the normal thoracic MR images with SE400/40 was similar to those of other investigators. (author)

  12. Processing of CT images for analysis of diffuse lung disease in the lung tissue research consortium

    Karwoski, Ronald A.; Bartholmai, Brian; Zavaletta, Vanessa A.; Holmes, David; Robb, Richard A.

    2008-03-01

    The goal of Lung Tissue Resource Consortium (LTRC) is to improve the management of diffuse lung diseases through a better understanding of the biology of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and fibrotic interstitial lung disease (ILD) including Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Participants are subjected to a battery of tests including tissue biopsies, physiologic testing, clinical history reporting, and CT scanning of the chest. The LTRC is a repository from which investigators can request tissue specimens and test results as well as semi-quantitative radiology reports, pathology reports, and automated quantitative image analysis results from the CT scan data performed by the LTRC core laboratories. The LTRC Radiology Core Laboratory (RCL), in conjunction with the Biomedical Imaging Resource (BIR), has developed novel processing methods for comprehensive characterization of pulmonary processes on volumetric high-resolution CT scans to quantify how these diseases manifest in radiographic images. Specifically, the RCL has implemented a semi-automated method for segmenting the anatomical regions of the lungs and airways. In these anatomic regions, automated quantification of pathologic features of disease including emphysema volumes and tissue classification are performed using both threshold techniques and advanced texture measures to determine the extent and location of emphysema, ground glass opacities, "honeycombing" (HC) and "irregular linear" or "reticular" pulmonary infiltrates and normal lung. Wall thickness measurements of the trachea, and its branches to the 3 rd and limited 4 th order are also computed. The methods for processing, segmentation and quantification are described. The results are reviewed and verified by an expert radiologist following processing and stored in the public LTRC database for use by pulmonary researchers. To date, over 1200 CT scans have been processed by the RCL and the LTRC project is on target for recruitment of the

  13. Regional assessment of treatment in lung cancer using lung perfusion and ventilation images

    In 30 patients with lung cancer undergoing non-surgical treatment, we performed perfusion lung imaging using 99mTc-MAA and inhalation lung studies using Technegas before and after treatment and evaluated regional perfusion and ventilation status in the lung regions where bronchogenic carcinoma was located. Regional ventilation status was preserved rather than perfusion counterpart (V>P) in 18 patients (18/30=60.0%) before treatment, while the former was better than the latter in 27 patients (27/30=90.0%) after treatment, indicating that regional ventilation status improved more significantly than regional perfusion counterpart after treatment (P=0.005). We also classified the therapeutic effect for regional perfusion and ventilation status as improved, unchanged, or worsened, respectively; improvement in regional perfusion status was observed in 17 patients (56.7%) and that in regional ventilation status in 24 patients (80.0%). There was a statistically significant correlation between improved regional perfusion and ventilation status (P=0.0018) when therapeutic effect was recognized. The patients who showed improvement in regional perfusion status after treatment always showed improved regional ventilation status, but 7 patients showed either unchanged or worsened regional perfusion status after treatment, although regional ventilation status was improved. In conclusion the pulmonary vascular beds seem more vulnerable to bronchogenic carcinoma and improvement in regional perfusion status was revealed to be more difficult than that in regional ventilation status after treatment. (author)

  14. PET/CT imaging in lung cancer: indications and findings

    Bruno Hochhegger

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of PET/CT imaging in the work-up and management of patients with lung cancer has greatly increased in recent decades. The ability to combine functional and anatomical information has equipped PET/CT to look into various aspects of lung cancer, allowing more precise disease staging and providing useful data during the characterization of indeterminate pulmonary nodules. In addition, the accuracy of PET/CT has been shown to be greater than is that of conventional modalities in some scenarios, making PET/CT a valuable noninvasive method for the investigation of lung cancer. However, the interpretation of PET/CT findings presents numerous pitfalls and potential confounders. Therefore, it is imperative for pulmonologists and radiologists to familiarize themselves with the most relevant indications for and limitations of PET/CT, seeking to protect their patients from unnecessary radiation exposure and inappropriate treatment. This review article aimed to summarize the basic principles, indications, cancer staging considerations, and future applications related to the use of PET/CT in lung cancer.

  15. A dynamic model for power deposition in 3He lasers pumped by 3He(n,p) 3H reactions

    Çetin, Füsun

    2004-07-01

    The coupled variation of power density with gas density in a nuclear-pumped laser, which is excited by 3He(n,p) 3H reaction products, is considered. In the literature, volumetric excitation by reaction products of 3He(n,p) 3H is only considered for the case in which gas density is uniform and does not change during the pumping. In this work, a time-dependent model describing the coupled fluid dynamic and particle transport behaviour of the gas has been developed. In modelling charge particle transport behaviour, a previously reported energy deposition model for a constant gas density is extended for a variable gas density by taking into account variations in the particle range, macroscopic cross sections and neutron flux depending on density field of the gas. The coupled equations, which are obtained by using the power deposition density expression obtained for variable gas density in the acoustically filtered equations of motion of the gas, are solved numerically. Spatial and temporal variations of power deposition density and gas density during the pumping pulse are determined for various operating pressures ranging from 0.5 to 10 atm. In the calculations, the characteristics of I.T.U TRIGA Mark-II Reactor are used and it is assumed that laser tube is placed in the centre of the reactor core. Obtained results are presented and examined.

  16. APT 3He target/blanket. Topical report

    The 3He target/blanket (T/B) preconceptual design for the 3/8-Goal facility is based on a 1000-MeV, 200-mA accelerator to produce a high-intensity proton beam that is expanded and then strikes one of two T/B modules. Each module consists of a centralized neutron source made of tungsten and lead, a proton beam backstop region made of zirconium and lead, and a moderator made of D2O. Helium-3 gas is circulated through the neutron source region and the blanket to create tritium through neutron capture. The gas is continually processed to extract the tritium with an online separation process

  17. Nuclear spin dynamics in solid 3He at ultralow temperatures

    In this thesis the experimental study of the spin dynamics of solid 3He is described. By means of magnetization measurements above 3 mK a Curie-Weiss behaviour was found with θW∼2.1 mK and by this an order parameter of J=θWkB/∼-0.5 KkB was observed, while in the range of 1 to 3 mK a pure Curie behaviour was found. By means of NMR measurements the values of τ1(6 mK)=240 ms±12 ms and τ1(1 mK)∼ 40 ms were determined, while spin-echo measurements yielded the spin-spin relaxation time τ2(6 mK)=4540 μs±140 μs. Furthermore neutron scattering studies were performed. (HSI)

  18. Vortex structure in rotational state superfluid 3He

    The structure of vortices in rotational superfluid 3He is considered. It is marked that in the A-phase quantum vortices are possible, in which the A-phase superfluid state is never disturbed. As a consequence of a discrete combined invariance (calibration transformation plus rotation of a spin subsystem) one more exotic type of vortices is possible in the A-phase. This is a hybrid of disclination in a magnetic anisotropy vector field d (with a half-integer Frank index) and vortex that possesses a half-integer number of circulation quanta. Such vortices can be observed at rotation of the A-phase confined between parallel plates. The vortex properties in the B-phase are determined by a continuous combined symmetry. The calculations show the vortex in the β-phase at low pressures to be in the ν-state. The vortices considered are observed in the NMR experiments

  19. Preparations for HFS spectroscopy of antiprotonic 3He

    Full text: Antiprotonic helium (pHe) is a neutral exotic atom, consisting of a helium nucleus, an electron and an antiproton. The interactions of the angular momenta and spins of its constituents cause splitting within the principle states. The measured transition frequencies between hyperfine levels can be compared with three-body QED calculations as a test of the theory. Previous measurements have been performed on p4He. The next two years will be dedicated to measuring a similar transition within p3He. Due to the additional coupling to the helion spin, it consists of an octuplet of states instead of a quadruplet. A new microwave cavity has been designed and is being constructed for the transition frequency of 11.14 GHz. This cavity has been simulated using the high frequency structure simulator HFSS to obtain the correct cavity dimensions. A new cryostat to cool the target is under construction. Numerical simulations are also in progress. (author)

  20. Muon capture on the deuteron and 3He

    Elmeshneb A. E.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We plan to investigate the role of meson exchange currents in the description of the µ− + d → νµ + n + n and µ− + 3He → νµ + 3H reactions. They both are treated as the decay of the corresponding muonic atoms, with the muon initially on the lowest K shell. The muon binding energy in these atoms can be safely neglected and in the initial state we deal essentially with the deuteron (or 3He and muon at rest. These two reactions are interesting for several reasons. First of all, they offer a testing ground for the nuclear wave functions, which for any nucleon-nucleon (NN and three-nucleon (3N forces can be constructed for such light systems with great accuracy. In these reactions few-nucleon weak current operators are an important dynamical ingredient. In the current operators apart from the relatively well known single nucleon contributions, two-nucleon parts (generated by various meson exchanges play an important role. Their details are not well known and several models should be considered. We present our formalism for dealing with these reactions and a simple method for partial wave decomposition of the two-nucleon operators. The crucial nuclear matrix elements of the corresponding weak current operators will be calculated in the momentum space and using partial wave decomposition. The effect of meson exchanges will be investigated in the energy spectrum of the emitted neutrinos (in the deuteron case and in the total decay rates for the two reactions. We will employ various models of NN and 3N forces, such as the Bonn B or chiral NNLO potentials. Our results with the single nucleon currents look already very promising and we hope for the improvement in the description of the experimental data, when dominant two-nucleon current operators are included in our framework.

  1. A software program for quantitative analysis of alveolar oxygen partial pressure (p{sub A}O{sub 2}) with oxygen-sensitive {sup 3}He-MRI; Ein Auswerteprogramm zur quantitativen Analyse von Messungen des alveolaeren Sauerstoffpartialdrucks (p{sub A}O{sub 2}) mit der sauerstoffsensitiven {sup 3}He-MR-Tomographie

    Lehmann, F.; Gast, K.K.; Schreiber, W.G. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie; Eberle, B.; Markstaller, K. [Universitaet Mainz (Germany). Klinik fuer Anaesthesiologie; Schmiedeskamp, J. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Physik; Bluemler, P. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Polymerforschung, Mainz (Germany); Kauczor, H.-U. [Mainz Univ. (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie; Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2004-10-01

    Purpose: To develop a software tool for quantitative analysis of alveolar oxygen partial pressure (p{sub A}O{sub 2}) as well as its time course during apnea. Material and Methods: T{sub 1}-relaxation times of hyperpolarized {sup 3}He are reduced by paramagnetic oxygen rendering {sup 3}He-MRI sensitive to oxygen and thus allowing the assessment of the local oxygen partial pressure in the pulmonary airspaces. Oxygen-related relaxation and loss of polarization by RF-excitation can be discriminated by acquiring two image series with varying interscan delay and/or flip angles. Software was developed to calculate the p{sub A}O{sub 2} and the decay rate in user-defined regions of interest (ROIs) automatically. Moreover, parameter maps can be calculated. In addition to the analysis of 2-dimensional data sets, the software allows the evaluation of 3-dimensional measurements for the first time. Artifacts due to lung motion were reduced by implementing a motion correction algorithm. Results: The software was successfully applied to data sets from healthy volunteers and from patients with various lung diseases. The parameter maps demonstrated a more homogeneous distribution of p{sub A}O{sub 2} for the volunteers than for the patients. A regional increase in p{sub A}O{sub 2} was found in a few patients. Conclusion: the described software allows the absolute quantification of p{sub A}O{sub 2} as well as its variation over time. In the future therefore, the software may gain importance for detecting mis-matches between ventilation and perfusion, e.g., in patients with pulmonary embolism or chronic obstructive lung diseases. (orig.)

  2. SU-E-J-86: Lobar Lung Function Quantification by PET Galligas and CT Ventilation Imaging in Lung Cancer Patients

    Eslick, E; Kipritidis, J; Keall, P [University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW (Australia); Bailey, D; Bailey, E [Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards, NSW (Australia)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to quantify the lobar lung function using the novel PET Galligas ([68Ga]-carbon nanoparticle) ventilation imaging and the investigational CT ventilation imaging in lung cancer patients pre-treatment. Methods: We present results on our first three lung cancer patients (2 male, mean age 78 years) as part of an ongoing ethics approved study. For each patient a PET Galligas ventilation (PET-V) image and a pair of breath hold CT images (end-exhale and end-inhale tidal volumes) were acquired using a Siemens Biograph PET CT. CT-ventilation (CT-V) images were created from the pair of CT images using deformable image registration (DIR) algorithms and the Hounsfield Unit (HU) ventilation metric. A comparison of ventilation quantification from each modality was done on the lobar level and the voxel level. A Bland-Altman plot was used to assess the difference in mean percentage contribution of each lobe to the total lung function between the two modalities. For each patient, a voxel-wise Spearmans correlation was calculated for the whole lungs between the two modalities. Results: The Bland-Altman plot demonstrated strong agreement between PET-V and CT-V for assessment of lobar function (r=0.99, p<0.001; range mean difference: −5.5 to 3.0). The correlation between PET-V and CT-V at the voxel level was moderate(r=0.60, p<0.001). Conclusion: This preliminary study on the three patients data sets demonstrated strong agreement between PET and CT ventilation imaging for the assessment of pre-treatment lung function at the lobar level. Agreement was only moderate at the level of voxel correlations. These results indicate that CT ventilation imaging has potential for assessing pre-treatment lobar lung function in lung cancer patients.

  3. CT images in brain metastases of the primary lung cancer

    Computed tomography (CT) of the brain was carried out in 366 patients with lung cancer in order to evaluate brain metastases. Suggestive evidences of metastases such as low density or contrast enhancement were observed in 65 cases (18%), although 26% of the metastatic cases revealed no signs or symptoms of neurological disorders. These facts emphasize that brain CT should be conducted in all patients with lung cancer, irrespective of signs and symptoms. A solitary lesion was noted in 37 out of 65 metastatic cases. More than 80% of the metastatic lesions were demonstrated as iso-density on plain CT films and were enhanced by intravenous injection of contrast medium. Although CT images of metastatic lesions reveal certain characteristic appearances according to the histologic type of the primary cancer, perifocal low density and central cavitation were observed independent of histologic type. (author)

  4. Nuclear spin dynamics in solid {sup 3}He at ultralow temperatures; Kernspindynamik in festem {sup 3}He bei ultratiefen Temperaturen

    Kath, Matthias

    2009-11-06

    In this thesis the experimental study of the spin dynamics of solid {sup 3}He is described. By means of magnetization measurements above 3 mK a Curie-Weiss behaviour was found with {theta}{sub W}{approx}2.1 mK and by this an order parameter of J={theta}{sub W}k{sub B}/{approx}-0.5 Kk{sub B} was observed, while in the range of 1 to 3 mK a pure Curie behaviour was found. By means of NMR measurements the values of {tau}{sub 1}(6 mK)=240 ms{+-}12 ms and {tau}{sub 1}(1 mK){approx} 40 ms were determined, while spin-echo measurements yielded the spin-spin relaxation time {tau}{sub 2}(6 mK)=4540 {mu}s{+-}140 {mu}s. Furthermore neutron scattering studies were performed. (HSI)

  5. The interfacial thermal resistance between bulk superfluid 3He and liquid 3He in aerogel at ultralow temperatures

    We present the first measurements of the thermal boundary resistance of the interface between the two different liquid phases: bulk superfluid and liquid confined in aerogel. We set up a heat flow along a liquid-filled tube containing a plug of 98% aerogel, and measure the temperature at the two ends. At the lowest temperatures, the resistance is dominated by the boundary resistance at the aerogel surfaces and is unaffected by the superfluid transition of the 3He in the aerogel. Whereas in conventional Kapitza resistance the boundary conductance is limited by acoustic mismatch, here the conductance is limited by an energy mismatch, since quasiparticles with energies above the bulk B-phase gap may freely cross the interface, while those with lower energies are confined to the aerogel

  6. Weight preserving image registration for monitoring disease progression in lung CT

    Gorbunova, Vladlena; Lo, Pechin Chien Pau; Haseem, Ashraf;

    2008-01-01

    We present a new image registration based method for monitoring regional disease progression in longitudinal image studies of lung disease. A free-form image registration technique is used to match a baseline 3D CT lung scan onto a following scan. Areas with lower intensity in the following scan ...

  7. Multiresolution active contour model applied on lung and colon images

    Dehmeshki, Jamshid; Siddique, Musib; Wong, Wing; Chis Ster, Irina

    2004-05-01

    This paper deploys a wavelet based scale-space approach to extract the boundary of the object of interest in medical CT images. The classical approach of the active contour models consists of starting with an initial contour, to deform it under the action of some forces attracting the contour towards the edges by means of a set of forces. The mathematical model involves in the minimisation of an objective function called energy functional, which depends on the geometry of the contour as well as of the image characteristics. Various strategies could be used for the formulation of the energy functional and its optimisation. In this study, a wavelet based scale-space approach has been adopted. The coarsest scale is able to enlarge the capture region surrounding an object and avoids the trapping of contour into weak edges. The finer scales are used to refine the contour as close as possible to the boundary of the object. An adaptive scale coefficient for the balloon energy has been introduced. Four levels of resolution have been applied in order to get reproducibility of the contour despite poor different initialisations. The scheme has been applied to segment the regions of interest in CT lung and colon images. The result has been shown to be accurate and reproducible for the cases containing fat, holes and other small high intensity objects inside lung nodules as well as colon polyps.

  8. Functional imaging of the lungs with gas agents.

    Kruger, Stanley J; Nagle, Scott K; Couch, Marcus J; Ohno, Yoshiharu; Albert, Mitchell; Fain, Sean B

    2016-02-01

    This review focuses on the state-of-the-art of the three major classes of gas contrast agents used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-hyperpolarized (HP) gas, molecular oxygen, and fluorinated gas--and their application to clinical pulmonary research. During the past several years there has been accelerated development of pulmonary MRI. This has been driven in part by concerns regarding ionizing radiation using multidetector computed tomography (CT). However, MRI also offers capabilities for fast multispectral and functional imaging using gas agents that are not technically feasible with CT. Recent improvements in gradient performance and radial acquisition methods using ultrashort echo time (UTE) have contributed to advances in these functional pulmonary MRI techniques. The relative strengths and weaknesses of the main functional imaging methods and gas agents are compared and applications to measures of ventilation, diffusion, and gas exchange are presented. Functional lung MRI methods using these gas agents are improving our understanding of a wide range of chronic lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and cystic fibrosis in both adults and children. PMID:26218920

  9. Rapid Cancer Fluorescence Imaging Using A γ-Glutamyltranspeptidase-Specific Probe For Primary Lung Cancer

    Hino, Haruaki; Kamiya, Mako; Kitano, Kentaro; Mizuno, Kazue; Tanaka, Sayaka; Nishiyama, Nobuhiro; Kataoka, Kazunori; Urano, Yasuteru; Nakajima, Jun

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We set out to examine the activity of γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) in lung cancer and the validity of γ-glutamyl hydroxymethyl rhodamine green (gGlu-HMRG) for intraoperative imaging of primary lung cancer. METHODS: GGT activities and mRNA expression levels of GGT1 (one of the GGT subtypes) in five human lung cancer cell lines were examined by fluorescence imaging and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. In vivo imaging of an orthotopic A549 xenograft mod...

  10. Refractive errors and corrections for OCT images in an inflated lung phantom

    Golabchi, Ali; Faust, J.; Golabchi, F. N.; Brooks, D.H.; Gouldstone, A.; DiMarzio, C. A.

    2012-01-01

    Visualization and correct assessment of alveolar volume via intact lung imaging is important to study and assess respiratory mechanics. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a real-time imaging technique based on near-infrared interferometry, can image several layers of distal alveoli in intact, ex vivo lung tissue. However optical effects associated with heterogeneity of lung tissue, including the refraction caused by air-tissue interfaces along alveoli and duct walls, and changes in speed of ...

  11. Functional validation and comparison framework for EIT lung imaging.

    Bartłomiej Grychtol

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Electrical impedance tomography (EIT is an emerging clinical tool for monitoring ventilation distribution in mechanically ventilated patients, for which many image reconstruction algorithms have been suggested. We propose an experimental framework to assess such algorithms with respect to their ability to correctly represent well-defined physiological changes. We defined a set of clinically relevant ventilation conditions and induced them experimentally in 8 pigs by controlling three ventilator settings (tidal volume, positive end-expiratory pressure and the fraction of inspired oxygen. In this way, large and discrete shifts in global and regional lung air content were elicited. METHODS: We use the framework to compare twelve 2D EIT reconstruction algorithms, including backprojection (the original and still most frequently used algorithm, GREIT (a more recent consensus algorithm for lung imaging, truncated singular value decomposition (TSVD, several variants of the one-step Gauss-Newton approach and two iterative algorithms. We consider the effects of using a 3D finite element model, assuming non-uniform background conductivity, noise modeling, reconstructing for electrode movement, total variation (TV reconstruction, robust error norms, smoothing priors, and using difference vs. normalized difference data. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Our results indicate that, while variation in appearance of images reconstructed from the same data is not negligible, clinically relevant parameters do not vary considerably among the advanced algorithms. Among the analysed algorithms, several advanced algorithms perform well, while some others are significantly worse. Given its vintage and ad-hoc formulation backprojection works surprisingly well, supporting the validity of previous studies in lung EIT.

  12. Computerized comprehensive data analysis of Lung Imaging Database Consortium (LIDC)

    Purpose: Lung Image Database Consortium (LIDC) is the largest public CT image database of lung nodules. In this study, the authors present a comprehensive and the most updated analysis of this dynamically growing database under the help of a computerized tool, aiming to assist researchers to optimally use this database for lung cancer related investigations. Methods: The authors developed a computer scheme to automatically match the nodule outlines marked manually by radiologists on CT images. A large variety of characteristics regarding the annotated nodules in the database including volume, spiculation level, elongation, interobserver variability, as well as the intersection of delineated nodule voxels and overlapping ratio between the same nodules marked by different radiologists are automatically calculated and summarized. The scheme was applied to analyze all 157 examinations with complete annotation data currently available in LIDC dataset. Results: The scheme summarizes the statistical distributions of the abovementioned geometric and diagnosis features. Among the 391 nodules, (1) 365 (93.35%) have principal axis length ≤20 mm; (2) 120, 75, 76, and 120 were marked by one, two, three, and four radiologists, respectively; and (3) 122 (32.48%) have the maximum volume overlapping ratios ≥80% for the delineations of two radiologists, while 198 (50.64%) have the maximum volume overlapping ratios <60%. The results also showed that 72.89% of the nodules were assessed with malignancy score between 2 and 4, and only 7.93% of these nodules were considered as severely malignant (malignancy ≥4). Conclusions: This study demonstrates that LIDC contains examinations covering a diverse distribution of nodule characteristics and it can be a useful resource to assess the performance of the nodule detection and/or segmentation schemes.

  13. Computerized characterization of lung nodule subtlety using thoracic CT images

    The goal of this work is to design computerized image analysis techniques for automatically characterizing lung nodule subtlety in CT images. Automated subtlety estimation methods may help in computer-aided detection (CAD) assessment by quantifying dataset difficulty and facilitating comparisons among different CAD algorithms. A dataset containing 813 nodules from 499 patients was obtained from the Lung Image Database Consortium. Each nodule was evaluated by four radiologists regarding nodule subtlety using a 5-point rating scale (1: most subtle). We developed a 3D technique for segmenting lung nodules using a prespecified initial ROI. Texture and morphological features were automatically extracted from the segmented nodules and their margins. The dataset was partitioned into trainers and testers using a 1:1 ratio. An artificial neural network (ANN) was trained with average reader subtlety scores as the reference. Effective features for characterizing nodule subtlety were selected based on the training set using the ANN and a stepwise feature selection method. The performance of the classifier was evaluated using prediction probability (PK) as an agreement measure, which is considered a generalization of the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve when the reference standard is multi-level. Using an ANN classifier trained with a set of 2 features (selected from a total of 30 features), including compactness and average gray value, the test concordance between computer scores and the average reader scores was 0.789 ± 0.014. Our results show that the proposed method had strong agreement with the average of subtlety scores provided by radiologists. (paper)

  14. Computerized characterization of lung nodule subtlety using thoracic CT images

    He, Xin; Sahiner, Berkman; Gallas, Brandon D.; Chen, Weijie; Petrick, Nicholas

    2014-02-01

    The goal of this work is to design computerized image analysis techniques for automatically characterizing lung nodule subtlety in CT images. Automated subtlety estimation methods may help in computer-aided detection (CAD) assessment by quantifying dataset difficulty and facilitating comparisons among different CAD algorithms. A dataset containing 813 nodules from 499 patients was obtained from the Lung Image Database Consortium. Each nodule was evaluated by four radiologists regarding nodule subtlety using a 5-point rating scale (1: most subtle). We developed a 3D technique for segmenting lung nodules using a prespecified initial ROI. Texture and morphological features were automatically extracted from the segmented nodules and their margins. The dataset was partitioned into trainers and testers using a 1:1 ratio. An artificial neural network (ANN) was trained with average reader subtlety scores as the reference. Effective features for characterizing nodule subtlety were selected based on the training set using the ANN and a stepwise feature selection method. The performance of the classifier was evaluated using prediction probability (PK) as an agreement measure, which is considered a generalization of the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve when the reference standard is multi-level. Using an ANN classifier trained with a set of 2 features (selected from a total of 30 features), including compactness and average gray value, the test concordance between computer scores and the average reader scores was 0.789 ± 0.014. Our results show that the proposed method had strong agreement with the average of subtlety scores provided by radiologists.

  15. Lung tumor segmentation in PET images using graph cuts.

    Ballangan, Cherry; Wang, Xiuying; Fulham, Michael; Eberl, Stefan; Feng, David Dagan

    2013-03-01

    The aim of segmentation of tumor regions in positron emission tomography (PET) is to provide more accurate measurements of tumor size and extension into adjacent structures, than is possible with visual assessment alone and hence improve patient management decisions. We propose a segmentation energy function for the graph cuts technique to improve lung tumor segmentation with PET. Our segmentation energy is based on an analysis of the tumor voxels in PET images combined with a standardized uptake value (SUV) cost function and a monotonic downhill SUV feature. The monotonic downhill feature avoids segmentation leakage into surrounding tissues with similar or higher PET tracer uptake than the tumor and the SUV cost function improves the boundary definition and also addresses situations where the lung tumor is heterogeneous. We evaluated the method in 42 clinical PET volumes from patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Our method improves segmentation and performs better than region growing approaches, the watershed technique, fuzzy-c-means, region-based active contour and tumor customized downhill. PMID:23146420

  16. Executive summary: advanced-fuel fusion systems, the D-3He satellite approach

    An evaluation was made of the potential advantages and feasibility of fusion power plants designed to employ near-term non-D--T fuels such as deuterium and D-3He. The following topics are discussed here: (1) cost studies and net-energy analysis, (2) D-3He Bumpy Torus satellite, (3) exploratory studies of a D-3He field-reversed mirror satellite, (4) preliminary advanced fuel pellet studies, and (5) 3He neutral beam injector

  17. Andreev reflection in rotating superfluid 3He-B

    Andreev reflection of quasiparticle excitations from quantized line vortices is reviewed in the isotropic B phase of superfluid 3He in the temperature regime of ballistic quasiparticle transport at T ≤ 0.20Tc. The reflection from an array of rectilinear vortices in solid-body rotation is measured with a quasiparticle beam illuminating the array mainly in the orientation along the rotation axis. The result is in agreement with the calculated Andreev reflection. The Andreev signal is also used to analyze the spin-down of the superfluid component after a sudden impulsive stop of rotation from an equilibrium vortex state. In a measuring setup where the rotating cylinder has a rough bottom surface, annihilation of the vortices proceeds via a leading rapid turbulent burst followed by a trailing slow laminar decay, from which the mutual friction dissipation can be determined. In contrast to the currently accepted theory, it is found to have a finite value in the zero-temperature limit: α(T→0) = (5 ± 0.5) × 10−4

  18. NMR studies on vortices in rotating 3He-A

    NMR measurements are reported on rotating 3He-A in a long cylindrical geometry of 5 mm diameter at a liquid pressure of 29.3 bar and in axial magnetic fields of 14.2, 28.4, and 56.9 mT. At 28.4 mT, NMR studies are also reported in fields inclined by 250 and 900 from the axis of rotation. The frequency shift, the width, and the intensity of the spin wavemodes localized on the soft vortex cores, as well as the additional broadening of the main NMR line during rotation, were measured as a function of temperature, angular velocity Ω, magnetic field intensity, and its inclination angle. Also observed were a critical angular velocity of vortex formation, hysteretic behavior in the number of vortices when comparing accelerating rotation to decelerating, and metastable vortex densities, presumably a vortex tangle after rapid oscillatory acceleration. The results can be understood in terms of the continuous 4π vortices first proposed by Seppaelae and Volovik

  19. Vortex sheet in superfluid 3He-A

    A new state of rotating superfluid 3He-A has been found recently. Usually superfluids respond to rotation by creating an array of vortex lines, which are parallel to the rotation axis, and the circulation around them is quantized. In the new state the vorticity is located on a 2 dimensional sheet instead of 1 D lines. The sheet is parallel to the rotation axis z but in the x - y plane it folds to equidistant layers. The distance between the layers is larger but on the same order of magnitude as the distance between vortex lines. In contrast to other superfluids, the sheet is stable in the A phase because, of its internal structure. The sheet has as a backbone a topologically stable domain wall called soliton, to which non-singular vorticity is bound. Thus it can exist in spite of its presumably higher energy. The vortex sheet is distinguished by its NMR response, in particular because of its higher absorption at a characteristic frequency. Experiment and theory on the vortex sheet are in good agreement

  20. Negative pion absorption at rest in 3He

    The pnn and dn final states after the absorption of stopped pions in 3He have been measured in a kinematically complete experiment covering the whole phase space. Proton-neutron, deuteron-neutron, and neutron-neutron coincidences have been detected with a charged-particle hodoscope and large-area time-of-flight counters. For the first time, triple coincidences between the pionic K x rays and two particles have been measured thus selecting absorption from the atomic 1s state. It has been found that the absorption is dominated by the two-nucleon mechanism (2NA) on isoscalar nucleon pairs as indicted by the measured ratio of 6.3±1.1 for back-to-back correlated nn and pn pairs. A substantial amount of the three-body final state pnn is affected by the final-state interaction (FSI) or leads to the two-particle final state dn. Ratios of 3.1±0.4 for 2NA to FSI and of 4.2±0.6 for the pnn to the dn final state are measured. No evidence has been found for three-nucleon absorption with an upper limit of %/πstop-

  1. Measurement of the Coherent Neutron Scattering Length of 3He

    Ketter, W.; Heil, W.; Badurek, G.; Baron, M.; Loidl, R.; Rauch, H.

    2005-01-01

    By means of neutron interferometry the s-wave neutron scattering length of the 3He nucleus was re-measured at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). Using a skew symmetrical perfect crystal Si-interferometer and a linear twin chamber cell, false phase shifts due to sample misalignment were reduced to a negligible level. Simulation calculations suggest an asymmetrically alternating measuring sequence in order to compensate for systematic errors caused by thermal phase drifts. There is evidence in the experiment’s data that this procedure is indeed effective. The neutron refractive index in terms of Sears’ exact expression for the scattering amplitude has been analyzed in order to evaluate the measured phase shifts. The result of our measurement, b′c = (6.000 ± 0.009) fm, shows a deviation towards a greater value compared to the presently accepted value of b′c = (5.74 ± 0.07) fm, confirming the observation of the partner experiment at NIST. On the other hand, the results of both precision measurements at NIST and ILL exhibit a serious 12σ (12 standard uncertainties) deviation, the reason for which is not clear yet.

  2. Dynamic measures of regional lung air volume using phase contrast x-ray imaging

    Kitchen, M. J.; Lewis, R. A.; Morgan, M. J.; Wallace, M. J.; Siew, M. L.; Siu, K. K. W.; Habib, A.; Fouras, A.; Yagi, N.; Uesugi, K.; Hooper, S. B.

    2008-11-01

    Phase contrast x-ray imaging can provide detailed images of lung morphology with sufficient spatial resolution to observe the terminal airways (alveoli). We demonstrate that quantitative functional and anatomical imaging of lung ventilation can be achieved in vivo using two-dimensional phase contrast x-ray images with high contrast and spatial resolution (<100 µm) in near real time. Changes in lung air volume as small as 25 µL were calculated from the images of term and preterm rabbit pup lungs (n = 28) using a single-image phase retrieval algorithm. Comparisons with plethysmography and computed tomography showed that the technique provided an accurate and robust method of measuring total lung air volumes. Furthermore, regional ventilation was measured by partitioning the phase contrast images, which revealed differences in aeration for different ventilation strategies.

  3. Dynamic measures of regional lung air volume using phase contrast x-ray imaging

    Kitchen, M J; Lewis, R A; Morgan, M J; Siu, K K W; Habib, A [School of Physics, Monash University, Melbourne VIC 3800 (Australia); Wallace, M J; Siew, M L; Hooper, S B [Department of Physiology, Monash University, Melbourne VIC 3800 (Australia); Fouras, A [Division of Biological Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne VIC 3800 (Australia); Yagi, N; Uesugi, K [SPring-8/JASRI, Sayo, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)], E-mail: Marcus.Kitchen@sci.monash.edu.au

    2008-11-07

    Phase contrast x-ray imaging can provide detailed images of lung morphology with sufficient spatial resolution to observe the terminal airways (alveoli). We demonstrate that quantitative functional and anatomical imaging of lung ventilation can be achieved in vivo using two-dimensional phase contrast x-ray images with high contrast and spatial resolution (<100 {mu}m) in near real time. Changes in lung air volume as small as 25 {mu}L were calculated from the images of term and preterm rabbit pup lungs (n = 28) using a single-image phase retrieval algorithm. Comparisons with plethysmography and computed tomography showed that the technique provided an accurate and robust method of measuring total lung air volumes. Furthermore, regional ventilation was measured by partitioning the phase contrast images, which revealed differences in aeration for different ventilation strategies.

  4. Functional imaging of the lung using a gaseous contrast agent: 3Helium-magnetic resonance imaging

    Current imaging methods of the lung concentrate on morphology as well as on the depiction of the pulmonary parenchyma. The need of an advanced and more subtle imaging technology compared to conventional radiography is met by computed topograhy as the method of choice. Nevertheless, computed tomography yields very limited functional information. This is to be derived from arterial blood gas analysis, spirometry and body plethysmography. These methods, however, lack the scope for regional allocation of any pathology. Magnetic resonance imaging of the lung has been advanced by the use of hyperpolarised 3Helium as an inhaled gaseous contrast agent. The inhalation of the gas provides functional data by distribution, diffusion and relaxation of its hyperpolarised state. Because anatomical landmarks of the lung can be visualised as well, functional information can be linked with regional information. Furthermore, the method provides high spatial and temporal resolution and lacks the potential side-effects of ionising radiation. Four different modalities have been established: 1. Spin density imaging studies the distribution of gas, normally after a single inhalation of contrast gas in inspiratory breath hold. 2. Dynamic cine imaging studies the distribution of gas with respect to regional time constants of pulmonary gas inflow. 3. Diffusion weighted imaging can exhibit the presence and severity of pulmonary airspace enlargement, as in pulmonary emphysema. 4. Oxygen sensitive imaging displays intrapulmonary oxygen partial pressure and its distribution. Currently, the method is limited by comparably high costs and limited availability. As there have been recent developments which might bring this modality closer to clinical use, this review article will comprise the methodology as well as the current state of the art and standard of knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging of the lung using hyperpolarised 3Helium. (orig.)

  5. The scattering of polarized deuterons on 3He between 10 and 17 MeV

    Using the LASL polarized beam facility, the cross section and vector and tensor analysing powers for the 3He(d vector,d)3He and 3He(d vector,p)4He reactions have been measured in a large angular range at energies between 10 and 17 MeV. (orig./WL)

  6. Economic evaluation of D-T, D-3He, and catalyzed D-D fusion reactors

    Because the D-3He reaction generates no neutrons and the D-D reaction can use abundant fuel resources, these reactions are expected to be used in advanced fuel fusion reactors. Economic considerations and engineering problems are important for realizing such reactors as commercial plants. Therefore, we estimate and compare the cost of electricity (COE) from D-T, D-3He, and catalyzed D-D (cat D-D) fusion reactors. D-3He and cat D-D reactors have a low neutron wall load. Therefore, the D-3He reactor has no wall replacement cost. In addition, no tritium breeding system is needed for the D-3He reactor, but 3He gas is rare. Because the reaction rates of the D-3He and D-D reactions are less, D-3He and D-D reactors require highly efficient confinement properties and operation at high ion temperatures. Furthermore, the power densities of D-3He and D-D reactors are smaller than that of the D-T reactor; thus, D-3He and D-D reactors require a large plasma volume. Assuming a high ion temperature (= 60 keV) and high normalized beta (= 7-8), the COE of a D-3He reactor is expected to be similar to that of a D-T reactor. In terms of cost, cat D-D is disadvantageous in comparison with D-3He and D-T reactors. (author)

  7. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  8. Phase-Contrast MRI and CFD Modeling of Apparent 3He Gas Flow in Rat Pulmonary Airways

    Minard, Kevin R.; Kuprat, Andrew P.; Kabilan, Senthil; Jacob, Rick E.; Einstein, Daniel R.; Carson, James P.; Corley, Richard A.

    2012-08-01

    Phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with hyperpolarized 3He is potentially useful for developing and testing patient-specific models of pulmonary airflow. One challenge, however, is that PC-MRI provides apparent values of local 3He velocity that not only depend on actual airflow but also on gas diffusion. This not only blurs laminar flow patterns in narrow airways but also introduces anomalous airflow structure that reflects gas-wall interactions. Here, both effects are predicted in a live rat using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and for the first time, simulated patterns of apparent 3He gas velocity are compared with in-vivo PC-MRI. Results show (1) that correlations (R2) between measured and simulated airflow patterns increase from 0.23 to 0.79 simply by accounting for apparent 3He transport, and that (2) remaining differences are mainly due to uncertain airway segmentation and partial volume effects stemming from relatively coarse MRI resolution. Higher-fidelity testing of pulmonary airflow predictions should therefore be possible with future imaging improvements.

  9. Mutual information as a measure of image quality for 3D dynamic lung imaging with EIT

    We report on a pilot study of dynamic lung electrical impedance tomography (EIT) at the University of Manchester. Low-noise EIT data at 100 frames per second were obtained from healthy male subjects during controlled breathing, followed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) subsequently used for spatial validation of the EIT reconstruction. The torso surface in the MR image and electrode positions obtained using MRI fiducial markers informed the construction of a 3D finite element model extruded along the caudal-distal axis of the subject. Small changes in the boundary that occur during respiration were accounted for by incorporating the sensitivity with respect to boundary shape into a robust temporal difference reconstruction algorithm. EIT and MRI images were co-registered using the open source medical imaging software, 3D Slicer. A quantitative comparison of quality of different EIT reconstructions was achieved through calculation of the mutual information with a lung-segmented MR image. EIT reconstructions using a linear shape correction algorithm reduced boundary image artefacts, yielding better contrast of the lungs, and had 10% greater mutual information compared with a standard linear EIT reconstruction. (paper)

  10. Deformable image registration for multimodal lung-cancer staging

    Cheirsilp, Ronnarit; Zang, Xiaonan; Bascom, Rebecca; Allen, Thomas W.; Mahraj, Rickhesvar P. M.; Higgins, William E.

    2016-03-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) and X-ray computed tomography (CT) serve as major diagnostic imaging modalities in the lung-cancer staging process. Modern scanners provide co-registered whole-body PET/CT studies, collected while the patient breathes freely, and high-resolution chest CT scans, collected under a brief patient breath hold. Unfortunately, no method exists for registering a PET/CT study into the space of a high-resolution chest CT scan. If this could be done, vital diagnostic information offered by the PET/CT study could be brought seamlessly into the procedure plan used during live cancer-staging bronchoscopy. We propose a method for the deformable registration of whole-body PET/CT data into the space of a high-resolution chest CT study. We then demonstrate its potential for procedure planning and subsequent use in multimodal image-guided bronchoscopy.

  11. Magnetic resonance imaging in children: common problems and possible solutions for lung and airways imaging.

    Ciet, Pierluigi; Tiddens, Harm A W M; Wielopolski, Piotr A; Wild, Jim M; Lee, Edward Y; Morana, Giovanni; Lequin, Maarten H

    2015-12-01

    Pediatric chest MRI is challenging. High-resolution scans of the lungs and airways are compromised by long imaging times, low lung proton density and motion. Low signal is a problem of normal lung. Lung abnormalities commonly cause increased signal intenstities. Among the most important factors for a successful MRI is patient cooperation, so the long acquisition times make patient preparation crucial. Children usually have problems with long breath-holds and with the concept of quiet breathing. Young children are even more challenging because of higher cardiac and respiratory rates giving motion blurring. For these reasons, CT has often been preferred over MRI for chest pediatric imaging. Despite its drawbacks, MRI also has advantages over CT, which justifies its further development and clinical use. The most important advantage is the absence of ionizing radiation, which allows frequent scanning for short- and long-term follow-up studies of chronic diseases. Moreover, MRI allows assessment of functional aspects of the chest, such as lung perfusion and ventilation, or airways and diaphragm mechanics. In this review, we describe the most common MRI acquisition techniques on the verge of clinical translation, their problems and the possible solutions to make chest MRI feasible in children. PMID:26342643

  12. Magnetic resonance imaging in children: common problems and possible solutions for lung and airways imaging

    Ciet, Pierluigi; Tiddens, Harm A.W.M. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Sophia Children' s Hospital, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergology, Sophia Children' s Hospital, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Wielopolski, Piotr A. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Sophia Children' s Hospital, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Wild, Jim M. [University of Sheffield, Academic Radiology, Sheffield (United Kingdom); Lee, Edward Y. [Boston Children' s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Departments of Radiology and Medicine, Pulmonary Divisions, Boston, MA (United States); Morana, Giovanni [Ca' Foncello Regional Hospital, Department of Radiology, Treviso (Italy); Lequin, Maarten H. [University Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Wilhelmina Children' s Hospital, Utrecht (Netherlands)

    2015-12-15

    Pediatric chest MRI is challenging. High-resolution scans of the lungs and airways are compromised by long imaging times, low lung proton density and motion. Low signal is a problem of normal lung. Lung abnormalities commonly cause increased signal intensities. Among the most important factors for a successful MRI is patient cooperation, so the long acquisition times make patient preparation crucial. Children usually have problems with long breath-holds and with the concept of quiet breathing. Young children are even more challenging because of higher cardiac and respiratory rates giving motion blurring. For these reasons, CT has often been preferred over MRI for chest pediatric imaging. Despite its drawbacks, MRI also has advantages over CT, which justifies its further development and clinical use. The most important advantage is the absence of ionizing radiation, which allows frequent scanning for short- and long-term follow-up studies of chronic diseases. Moreover, MRI allows assessment of functional aspects of the chest, such as lung perfusion and ventilation, or airways and diaphragm mechanics. In this review, we describe the most common MRI acquisition techniques on the verge of clinical translation, their problems and the possible solutions to make chest MRI feasible in children. (orig.)

  13. Magnetic resonance imaging in children: common problems and possible solutions for lung and airways imaging

    Pediatric chest MRI is challenging. High-resolution scans of the lungs and airways are compromised by long imaging times, low lung proton density and motion. Low signal is a problem of normal lung. Lung abnormalities commonly cause increased signal intensities. Among the most important factors for a successful MRI is patient cooperation, so the long acquisition times make patient preparation crucial. Children usually have problems with long breath-holds and with the concept of quiet breathing. Young children are even more challenging because of higher cardiac and respiratory rates giving motion blurring. For these reasons, CT has often been preferred over MRI for chest pediatric imaging. Despite its drawbacks, MRI also has advantages over CT, which justifies its further development and clinical use. The most important advantage is the absence of ionizing radiation, which allows frequent scanning for short- and long-term follow-up studies of chronic diseases. Moreover, MRI allows assessment of functional aspects of the chest, such as lung perfusion and ventilation, or airways and diaphragm mechanics. In this review, we describe the most common MRI acquisition techniques on the verge of clinical translation, their problems and the possible solutions to make chest MRI feasible in children. (orig.)

  14. Advanced Imaging (Positron Emission Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and Image-Guided Biopsy in Initial Staging and Monitoring of Therapy of Lung Cancer

    Islam, Shaheen; Walker, Ronald C.

    2013-01-01

    The results of the National Lung Screening Trial strongly support early detection and definitive treatment to reduce lung cancer mortality. Once lung cancer is discovered, accurate staging at baseline is imperative to maximize patient benefit and cost-effective use of health care resources. Although computed tomography (CT) remains a powerful tool for staging of lung cancer, advances in other imaging modalities, specifically positron emission tomography/CT and magnetic resonance imaging, can ...

  15. Towards lung EIT image segmentation: automatic classification of lung tissue state from analysis of EIT monitored recruitment manoeuvres

    There is emerging evidence that the ventilation strategy used in acute lung injury (ALI) makes a significant difference in outcome and that an inappropriate ventilation strategy may produce ventilator-associated lung injury. Most harmful during mechanical ventilation are lung overdistension and lung collapse or atelectasis. Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) as a non-invasive imaging technology may be helpful to identify lung areas at risk. Currently, no automated method is routinely available to identify lung areas that are overdistended, collapsed or ventilated appropriately. We propose a fuzzy logic-based algorithm to analyse EIT images obtained during stepwise changes of mean airway pressures during mechanical ventilation. The algorithm is tested on data from two published studies of stepwise inflation–deflation manoeuvres in an animal model of ALI using conventional and high-frequency oscillatory ventilation. The timing of lung opening and collapsing on segmented images obtained using the algorithm during an inflation–deflation manoeuvre is in agreement with well-known effects of surfactant administration and changes in shunt fraction. While the performance of the algorithm has not been verified against a gold standard, we feel that it presents an important first step in tackling this challenging and important problem

  16. Studies on diagnosis of lung emphysema by CT image using experimental models and clinical cases

    Since the detailed report between the degree of functional disorder in lung emphysema and the analysis of CT image is quite unknown, the present study was attempted to produce the experimental model of lung emphysema with various stages by the administration of papain to the focal lobe in canine lung. Using this model or clinical lung emphysema, the relationship between the degree of destruction of alveolar walls, clinical pulmonary functions and CT images was investigated. CT scan was performed at the level of 50% vital capacity in both experimental models and clinical subjects by using spirometric gating CT. CT density histogram was obtained from CT image which was produced by using the developed software for this purpose. Densitometric parameters, such as mean CT value, %LAA, the peak in the histogram and 5% tile were selected from CT image. Papain solution of 5 mg/kg body weight was cumulatively administered to the left lower lobe in canine lung, resulting in the destruction of lung alveolar walls in parallel to the increasing dosage of papain. There was a significant correlation between not only the increasing dosage of papain, but also %FEV 1.0 and CT densitometric parameters, indicating that the histological changes of alveolar walls and the lung function in lung emphysema could be estimated by analysis of CT image. These experimental and clinical studies suggest that the analysis of CT image can reflect the pathophysiological changes in the lung and be useful for precise clinical diagnosis of lung emphysema. (author)

  17. Studies on diagnosis of lung emphysema by CT image using experimental models and clinical cases

    Nakatani, Seiki [Wakayama Medical Coll. (Japan)

    1998-01-01

    Since the detailed report between the degree of functional disorder in lung emphysema and the analysis of CT image is quite unknown, the present study was attempted to produce the experimental model of lung emphysema with various stages by the administration of papain to the focal lobe in canine lung. Using this model or clinical lung emphysema, the relationship between the degree of destruction of alveolar walls, clinical pulmonary functions and CT images was investigated. CT scan was performed at the level of 50% vital capacity in both experimental models and clinical subjects by using spirometric gating CT. CT density histogram was obtained from CT image which was produced by using the developed software for this purpose. Densitometric parameters, such as mean CT value, %LAA, the peak in the histogram and 5% tile were selected from CT image. Papain solution of 5 mg/kg body weight was cumulatively administered to the left lower lobe in canine lung, resulting in the destruction of lung alveolar walls in parallel to the increasing dosage of papain. There was a significant correlation between not only the increasing dosage of papain, but also %FEV 1.0 and CT densitometric parameters, indicating that the histological changes of alveolar walls and the lung function in lung emphysema could be estimated by analysis of CT image. These experimental and clinical studies suggest that the analysis of CT image can reflect the pathophysiological changes in the lung and be useful for precise clinical diagnosis of lung emphysema. (author)

  18. Potential Lung Nodules Identification for Characterization by Variable Multistep Threshold and Shape Indices from CT Images

    Saleem Iqbal; Khalid Iqbal; Fahim Arif; Arslan Shaukat; Aasia Khanum

    2014-01-01

    Computed tomography (CT) is an important imaging modality. Physicians, surgeons, and oncologists prefer CT scan for diagnosis of lung cancer. However, some nodules are missed in CT scan. Computer aided diagnosis methods are useful for radiologists for detection of these nodules and early diagnosis of lung cancer. Early detection of malignant nodule is helpful for treatment. Computer aided diagnosis of lung cancer involves lung segmentation, potential nodules identification, features extractio...

  19. Biomechanical deformable image registration of longitudinal lung CT images using vessel information

    Cazoulat, Guillaume; Owen, Dawn; Matuszak, Martha M.; Balter, James M.; Brock, Kristy K.

    2016-07-01

    Spatial correlation of lung tissue across longitudinal images, as the patient responds to treatment, is a critical step in adaptive radiotherapy. The goal of this work is to expand a biomechanical model-based deformable registration algorithm (Morfeus) to achieve accurate registration in the presence of significant anatomical changes. Six lung cancer patients previously treated with conventionally fractionated radiotherapy were retrospectively evaluated. Exhale CT scans were obtained at treatment planning and following three weeks of treatment. For each patient, the planning CT was registered to the follow-up CT using Morfeus, a biomechanical model-based deformable registration algorithm. To model the complex response of the lung, an extension to Morfeus has been developed: an initial deformation was estimated with Morfeus consisting of boundary conditions on the chest wall and incorporating a sliding interface with the lungs. It was hypothesized that the addition of boundary conditions based on vessel tree matching would provide a robust reduction of the residual registration error. To achieve this, the vessel trees were segmented on the two images by thresholding a vesselness image based on the Hessian matrix’s eigenvalues. For each point on the reference vessel tree centerline, the displacement vector was estimated by applying a variant of the Demons registration algorithm between the planning CT and the deformed follow-up CT. An expert independently identified corresponding landmarks well distributed in the lung to compute target registration errors (TRE). The TRE was: 5.8+/- 2.9 , 3.4+/- 2.3 and 1.6+/- 1.3 mm after rigid registration, Morfeus and Morfeus with boundary conditions on the vessel tree, respectively. In conclusion, the addition of boundary conditions on the vessels significantly improved the accuracy in modeling the response of the lung and tumor over the course of radiotherapy. Minimizing and modeling these geometrical uncertainties will enable

  20. Investigation of adsorption and wetting of 3He on cesium and cesiated glass

    Experiments have been carried out to investigate the binding of 3He on cesium substrates, using optical pumping to spin-polarize the atoms. The behavior of 3He on the walls at low temperature can be analyzed through the evolution of the nuclear magnetization of the sample. Preliminary results are presented, including: (1) adsorption studies of gaseous 3He on cesiated glass; (2) magnetic relaxation time of polarized liquid 3He on cesium and cesiated glass; (3) evidence for wetting of liquid 3He on cesium. 8 refs., 2 figs

  1. Studies of Lung Micromechanics via Hyperpolarized Helium-3 Diffusion NMR

    Hajari, Adam James

    While high quality MR Images of lungs are difficult to obtain with conventional proton MRI due to the organ's low tissue density, the advent of techniques in noble gas polarization have enabled MR investigations of the lung's more abundant air space rather than its tissue. In addition to high-resolution images of lung ventilation, lung morphometry via gas diffusion NMR provides information about the size and shape of the microscopic airways that account for over 95% of the lung's airspace. Consequently, gas diffusion NMR provides an important new tool for investigating changes in lung microstructure during macroscopic changes in lung volume. Despite decades of research into the mechanisms of lung inflation and deflation, there is little consensus about whether macroscopic changes in lung volume occur due to changes in the size and/or shape of alveoli and alveolar ducts or by alveolar recruitment and derecruitment. In this dissertation lung morphometry is performed via 3He diffusion MRI in order to measure the average alveolar depth and alveolar duct radius at multiple levels of both inspiration and expiration in in vivo human subjects and in explanted human and canine lungs. Average alveolar volume, surface area, and the total number of alveoli at each lung volume are calculated from the 3He morphometric parameters. The results suggest that human lungs inflate/deflate primarily by recruitment/derecruitment of alveoli, and that individual alveolar ducts in both human and canine lungs increase in volume non-isotropically by accordion-like extension. The results further suggest that this change in alveolar duct volume is the primary mechanism of lung volume change in canine lungs but is secondary to alveolar recruitment/derecruitment in humans.

  2. Technic and economic viability study on exploitation of lunar 3He resource

    From the energetics point of view, the technic and economic viability study on exploitation of lunar 3He for fuelling the fusion reactor burning D-3He has been carried out. This study is divided into the following sections: analysis of solar wind parameters and estimation of potential quantity 3He in the lunar regolith, the cost evaluation of mining He of lunar soil; the energy cost calculation of He extraction by vacuum heating degassing during lunar day, the cost calculation of cryogenic isotopic separation 3He/4He during the lunar night, the energy cost for earth/moon transportation of liquid 3He, the energy payback calculation of fusion power burning 3He based lunar source, and finally the comparison of the energy multiplication with that for 235U production of nuclear fuel and for coal mining. The comparisons of cost of electricity between D-3He and D-T fuel cycle for different reactor types have been discussed

  3. Nuclear relaxation of 3He at the surface of solid H2

    We present a detailed experimental study of the wall-relaxation on solid H2 surfaces of a dilute 3He gas, oriented by optical pumping. In these experiments, we measure the nuclear relaxation time of the whole sample of 3He which is directly related to the relaxation time Tsub(a) of the 3He atoms adsorbed on the solid H2 coating the sample walls. Measurement of T1 as a function of the temperature leads to an experimental determination of the adsorption energy of a 3He atom on solid H2: ΔW (3He/H2) = 12+-3 K. In addition, experiments have been done on D2 and Ne solid coatings leading to ΔW (3He/D2) = 20+-3 K and ΔW (3He/Ne) = 38+-5 K; all these experimental values are in good agreement with theoretical predictions

  4. 3-D segmentation algorithm of small lung nodules in spiral CT images

    Diciotti S; Picozzi G; Falchini M; Mascalchi M; Villari N; Valli G

    2008-01-01

    Abstract—Computed tomography (CT) is the most sensitive imaging technique for detecting lung nodules, and is now being evaluated as a screening tool for lung cancer in several large samples studies all over the world. In this report, we describe a semiautomaticmethod for 3-D segmentation of lung nodules in CT images for subsequent volume assessment. The distinguishing features of our algorithm are the following. 1) The user interaction process. It allows the introduction ...

  5. A SHAPE-NAVIGATED IMAGE DEFORMATION MODEL FOR 4D LUNG RESPIRATORY MOTION ESTIMATION

    Liu, Xiaoxiao; Saboo, Rohit R.; Pizer, Stephen M.; Mageras, Gig S.

    2009-01-01

    Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for cancers in the lung remains challenging due to the complicated respiratory dynamics. We propose a shape-navigated dense image deformation model to estimate the patient-specific breathing motion using 4D respiratory correlated CT (RCCT) images. The idea is to use the shape change of the lungs, the major motion feature in the thorax image, as a surrogate to predict the corresponding dense image deformation from training.

  6. Image Quality Assurance in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial Network of the National Lung Screening Trial

    Moore, Stephen M.; Gierada, David S.; Clark, Kenneth W.; Blaine, G. James

    2005-01-01

    The National Lung Screening Trial is evaluating the effectiveness of low-dose spiral CT and conventional chest X-ray as screening tests for persons who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. This multicenter trial requires quality assurance (QA) for the image quality and technical parameters of the scans. The electronic system described here helps manage the QA process. The system includes a workstation at each screening center that de-identifies the data, a DICOM storage service at the...

  7. SU-E-J-91: Biomechanical Deformable Image Registration of Longitudinal Lung CT Images

    Purpose: Spatial correlation of lung tissue across longitudinal images, as the patient responds to treatment, is a critical step in adaptive radiotherapy. The goal of this work is to expand a biomechanical model-based deformable registration algorithm (Morfeus) to achieve accurate registration in the presence of significant anatomical changes. Methods: Four lung cancer patients previously treated with conventionally fractionated radiotherapy that exhibited notable tumor shrinkage during treatment were retrospectively evaluated. Exhale breathhold CT scans were obtained at treatment planning (PCT) and following three weeks (W3CT) of treatment. For each patient, the PCT was registered to the W3CT using Morfeus, a biomechanical model-based deformable registration algorithm, consisting of boundary conditions on the lungs and incorporating a sliding interface between the lung and chest wall. To model the complex response of the lung, an extension to Morfeus has been developed: (i) The vessel tree was segmented by thresholding a vesselness image based on the Hessian matrix’s eigenvalues and the centerline was extracted; (ii) A 3D shape context method was used to find correspondences between the trees of the two images; (ii) Correspondences were used as additional boundary conditions (Morfeus+vBC). An expert independently identified corresponding landmarks well distributed in the lung to compute Target Registration Errors (TRE). Results: The TRE within 15mm of the tumor boundaries (on average 11 landmarks) is: 6.1±1.8, 4.6±1.1 and 3.8±2.3 mm after rigid registration, Morfeus and Morfeus+vBC, respectively. The TRE in the rest of the lung (on average 13 landmarks) is: 6.4±3.9, 4.7±2.2 and 3.6±1.9 mm, which is on the order of the 2mm isotropic dose grid vector (3.5mm). Conclusion: The addition of boundary conditions on the vessels improved the accuracy in modeling the response of the lung and tumor over the course of radiotherapy. Minimizing and modeling these

  8. Clinical chest CAD system for lung cancer, COPD, and osteoporosis based on MDCT images

    Lung cancer kills more people than any other cancer worldwide. Lung cancer screening using low-dose CT have been performed in many countries. Comparative reading of current and past CT images is important for evaluation of pulmonary nodules in lung cancer CT screening. However, primary problem in comparative reading is mismatch of slice and nodule positions caused by lung variation. It is hard for physicians to manually match slice positions, nodule positions, and evaluate the nodule's degree of change. A system to assist smooth comparative reading is necessary. We proposed a comparative reading system for lung cancer CT screening. A distinctive feature is highly accurate matching method of region of interest based on thoracic organs registration. Pulmonary blood vessels registration using analysis of the tree structure is performed. The system is evaluated by 1 mm and 2 mm slice thickness CT images obtained from lung cancer CT screening. We show how it is useful for lung cancer CT screening. (author)

  9. Application of CT perfusion imaging in radiotherapy for lung cancer

    Objective: To investigate the value of CT perfusion imaging in evaluation of therapeutic effect and prognosis in radiotherapy for lung cancer. Methods: Fifty-one cases of lung cancer who were unable or refused to be operated on, 36 males and 15 females, aged 37-80, underwent CT perfusion imaging, 29 of which only before radiotherapy and 22 before and after radiotherapy twice. The images were collected by cine dynamic scanning (5 mm/4 slices) and input into the GE AW4.0 workstation for data processing. The slice positions of CT imaging were determined according to the largest tumor size in CT scan. Regions of interest of tumor were drawn at the region corresponding to the original images of CT perfusion. Radiotherapy was performed after CT perfusion imaging. Relevant parameters, including blood flow (BF), blood volume (BV), mean transit time (MTT), and permeability surface (PS) were calculated. The treatment response after radiotherapy was evaluated by RECIST. At 2 -4 weeks after the treatment, CT examination was conducted once more. Results: The tests of the 51 patients showed that the BV was 13.6 ml·100 g-1, the BF was 129.5 ml·min-1 ·100 g-1, the MTT was 9.1 s, and the PS was 10.0 ml· min-1· 100 g-1 before radiotherapy. The tests of the 22 of the 51 patients showed that the values of BV and BF after radiotherapy were 7.6 ml· 100 g-1 and 97.8 ml·min-1· 100 g-1, respectively, both lower than those before radiotherapy (11.2 and 108.7 ml·min-1·100 g-1, respectively), however, both not significantly (t=1.28, 0.40, P>0.05); and the values of MTT and PS after radiotherapy were 8.9 s and 7.8 ml·min-1· 100 g-1, respectively, both not significantly higher than those before radiotherapy (7.2 s and 6.8 ml· min-1· 100 g-1, respectively, t=-1.15, -0.57, P>0.05). The mean area of tumor after radiotherapy was 1189.6 mm2, significantly less than that before radiotherapy (1920.3 mm2, t=3.98, P<0.05). The MTT of the SCLC patients was 12.9 s, significantly longer than

  10. Validity of apparent diffusion coefficient hyperpolarized 3He-MRI using MSCT and pulmonary function tests as references

    Diaz, Sandra; Casselbrant, Ingrid; Piitulainen, Eeva;

    2008-01-01

    -seven subjects, 22 with established emphysema and 5 with preclinical emphysema defined by PFT criteria, were examined with HP (3)He-MRI and MSCT. Mean age was 55 (+/-12) years, 18 female and 9 male. Mean ADC from (3)He-MRI was compared with emphysema index (EI), 15th percentile and mean lung density (MLD) values...... from MSCT. Both mean ADC and MSCT data were compared to PFT, especially percent of predicted diffusing capacity of carbon monoxide (%predicted DLCO), using Pearson's correlation test. RESULTS: Mean ADC and standard deviation values were 0.392+/-0.119 cm(2)/s for the established emphysema group and 0....... Correlations between mean ADC and EI and 15th percentile were both r=0.90 and for MLD r=0.59. There was higher correlation between mean ADC and %predicted DLCO (r=0.90) than between EI and %predicted DLCO (r=0.76). CONCLUSION: HP (3)He-MRI correlates well with density measurements from MSCT and agrees better...

  11. Ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of lung structure using Gaussian shaped super continuum sources

    Nishizawa, N.; Ishida, S.; Ohta, T.; Itoh, K.; Kitatsuji, M.; Ohshima, H.; Hasegawa, Y.; Matsushima, M.; Kawabe, T.

    2011-03-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an emerging technology for non-invasive cross-sectional imaging of biological tissue and material with um resolution. In the field of pulmonary medicine, non-invasive high resolution cross-sectional imaging is desired for investigation of diseases in lung. So far, a few works have been reported about OCT imaging of lung. Since the lung consists of alveoli separated by thin wall, ultrahigh resolution (UHR) OCT is supposed to be effective for the imaging of fine structure in lung tissue. In this work, ex vivo cross-sectional imaging of isolated rat and hamster lungs was demonstrated using UHR-OCT. A 120 nm-wide, high-power, Gaussian-like supercontinuum (SC) was generated at wavelength of 0.8 um region. The generated SC was used in a time-domain OCT system, and UHR-OCT imaging was demonstrated. An ultrahigh resolution of 2.9 um in air and 2.1 um in tissue was obtained. The achieved sensitivity was 105 dB. Using this system, ex vivo UHR-OCT imaging of isolated rat and hamster lungs was demonstrated for the first time. The structures of the trachea, visceral pleura, and alveoli were observed clearly. When saline was instilled into the lung, the penetration depth was improved, and clear images of the fine structure of the lung, including alveoli, were observed owing to the index matching effect. We have also demonstrated the UHR-OCT imaging of lung tissue using 1.3 um and 1.7 um SC sources. As the results, owing to the precise structures of lung tissues and index matching by saline, the finest images were observed with 0.8 um UHR-OCT system.

  12. A multiscale MDCT image-based breathing lung model with time-varying regional ventilation

    A novel algorithm is presented that links local structural variables (regional ventilation and deforming central airways) to global function (total lung volume) in the lung over three imaged lung volumes, to derive a breathing lung model for computational fluid dynamics simulation. The algorithm constitutes the core of an integrative, image-based computational framework for subject-specific simulation of the breathing lung. For the first time, the algorithm is applied to three multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) volumetric lung images of the same individual. A key technique in linking global and local variables over multiple images is an in-house mass-preserving image registration method. Throughout breathing cycles, cubic interpolation is employed to ensure C1 continuity in constructing time-varying regional ventilation at the whole lung level, flow rate fractions exiting the terminal airways, and airway deformation. The imaged exit airway flow rate fractions are derived from regional ventilation with the aid of a three-dimensional (3D) and one-dimensional (1D) coupled airway tree that connects the airways to the alveolar tissue. An in-house parallel large-eddy simulation (LES) technique is adopted to capture turbulent-transitional-laminar flows in both normal and deep breathing conditions. The results obtained by the proposed algorithm when using three lung volume images are compared with those using only one or two volume images. The three-volume-based lung model produces physiologically-consistent time-varying pressure and ventilation distribution. The one-volume-based lung model under-predicts pressure drop and yields un-physiological lobar ventilation. The two-volume-based model can account for airway deformation and non-uniform regional ventilation to some extent, but does not capture the non-linear features of the lung

  13. Assessment of tumors of the lung apex by imaging techniques

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the value of MR in the preoperative staging of tumors of the lung apex and detection of local invasion of adjacent structures to determine its influence on the therapeutic approach. We obtained plain X-ray images in two planes, as well as CT and Mr images, in 12 patients with Pan coast tumor in whom there was surgical (n=8) or clinical (n=4) evidence of invasion. The objective was to assess local infiltration of brain stem and chest wall soft tissue, enveloping of the subclavian artery, substantial involvement of the brachial plexus and destruction of the vertebral body. In our series, MR was superior to the other imaging techniques in predicting the involvement of the structures surrounding the tumor. In conclusion, MR should be performed in a patient diagnosed by plain radiography as having an apical tumors to assess local tumor extension, while CT should be done to detect mediastinal lymph node involvement and distant metastases. 19 refs

  14. Geriatric Chest Imaging: When and How to Image the Elderly Lung, Age-Related Changes, and Common Pathologies

    J. Gossner; Nau, R.

    2013-01-01

    Even in a global perspective, societies are getting older. We think that diagnostic lung imaging of older patients requires special knowledge. Imaging strategies have to be adjusted to the needs of frail patients, for example, immobility, impossibility for long breath holds, renal insufficiency, or poor peripheral venous access. Beside conventional radiography, modern multislice computed tomography is the method of choice in lung imaging. It is especially important to separate the process of ...

  15. Construction of a $^3$He magnetic force microscope with a vector magnet

    Yang, Jinho; Kim, Yun Won; Shin, Dongwoo; Jeong, Juyoung; Wulferding, Dirk; Yeom, Han Woong; Kim, Jeehoon

    2016-01-01

    We constructed a $^3$He magnetic force microscope operating at the base temperature of 300 mK under a vector magnetic field of 2-2-9 T in the $x-y-z$ direction. Fiber optic interferometry as a detection scheme is employed in which two home-built fiber walkers are used for the alignment between the cantilever and the optical fiber. The noise level of the laser interferometer is close to its thermodynamic limit. The capabilities of the sub-Kelvin and vector field are demonstrated by imaging the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity in a ferromagnetic superconductor (ErNi$_2$B$_2$C) at $T$=500 mK and by probing a dipole shape of a single Abrikosov vortex with an in-plane tip magnetization.

  16. Magnetic resonance lung function – a breakthrough for lung imaging and functional assessment? A phantom study and clinical trial

    Rauh Manfred

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Chronic lung diseases are a major issue in public health. A serial pulmonary assessment using imaging techniques free of ionizing radiation and which provides early information on local function impairment would therefore be a considerably important development. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI is a powerful tool for the static and dynamic imaging of many organs. Its application in lung imaging however, has been limited due to the low water content of the lung and the artefacts evident at air-tissue interfaces. Many attempts have been made to visualize local ventilation using the inhalation of hyperpolarized gases or gadolinium aerosol responding to MRI. None of these methods are applicable for broad clinical use as they require specific equipment. Methods We have shown previously that low-field MRI can be used for static imaging of the lung. Here we show that mathematical processing of data derived from serial MRI scans during the respiratory cycle produces good quality images of local ventilation without any contrast agent. A phantom study and investigations in 85 patients were performed. Results The phantom study proved our theoretical considerations. In 99 patient investigations good correlation (r = 0.8; p ≤ 0.001 was seen for pulmonary function tests and MR ventilation measurements. Small ventilation defects were visualized. Conclusion With this method, ventilation defects can be diagnosed long before any imaging or pulmonary function test will indicate disease. This surprisingly simple approach could easily be incorporated in clinical routine and may be a breakthrough for lung imaging and functional assessment.

  17. A possible in situ 3H and 3He source in Earth's interior: an alternative explanation of origin of 3He in deep Earth.

    Jiang, Songsheng; Liu, Jing; He, Ming

    2010-07-01

    Origin of (3)He in the Earth is a mystery. Lacking a production mechanism, scientists assume (3)He was trapped in the Earth, when the Earth was formed. In contrast to this assumption, we have found (3)He and (3)H concentrations in excess of the atmospheric values in the deep waters of the volcanic Lakes Pavin (France), Laacher (Germany) and Nemrut (Turkey). This paper reports the result of finding (3)H in these three volcanic lakes that appear to originate from the mantle. Because (3)H has a half-life of 12.3 years, this (3)H and the resulting (3)He must have formed recently in the mantle and not be part of a primordial reservoir. The nuclear reactions that generate tritium might be a source of "missing" energy in the interior of the Earth. PMID:20502855

  18. Interferometric and acoustic measurements in superfluid (3)He-B and wetting studies in (3)He/(4)He mixtures. Doctoral thesis

    Alles, H.

    1995-06-22

    In this thesis work superfluid (3)He was investigated by two methods. First, ultrasonic experiments on (3)He-B were carried out using two coincident zero sound pulses. The second technique is optics, a novel method for ultra low temperatures. The developed method, two-beam interferometry, was employed successfully for studies of wetting phenomena in liquid (3)He/(4)He mixtures as well. This publication contains the results of a acoustic spectroscopy on (3)He-B. Most importantly, the real squashing collective mode (rsq) was excited by two simultaneous sound pulses yielding two phonon absorption (TPA). This nonlinear phenomenon was applied to study the dispersion relation of the rsq-mode. Zeeman splitting of the nonlinearly excited rsq-mode was investigated in a magnetic field. By means of TPA, an anomalous behavior was found also near the pair-breaking edge.

  19. Experimental study of fusion neutron and proton yields produced by petawatt-laser-irradiated D2-3He or CD4-3He clustering gases

    Bang, W; Bonasera, A; Quevedo, H J; Dyer, G; Bernstein, A C; Hagel, K; Schmidt, K; Gaul, E; Donovan, M E; Consoli, F; De Angelis, R; Andreoli, P; Barbarino, M; Kimura, S; Mazzocco, M; Natowitz, J B; Ditmire, T

    2013-01-01

    We report on experiments in which the Texas Petawatt laser irradiated a mixture of deuterium or deuterated methane clusters and helium-3 gas, generating three types of nuclear fusion reactions: D(d, 3He)n, D(d, t)p and 3He(d, p)4He. We measured the yields of fusion neutrons and protons from these reactions and found them to agree with yields based on a simple cylindrical plasma model using known cross sections and measured plasma parameters. Within our measurement errors, the fusion products were isotropically distributed. Plasma temperatures, important for the cross sections, were determined by two independent methods: (1) deuterium ion time-of-flight, and (2) utilizing the ratio of neutron yield to proton yield from D(d, 3He)n and 3He(d, p)4He reactions, respectively. This experiment produced the highest ion temperature ever achieved with laser-irradiated deuterium clusters.

  20. Automated interpretation of PET/CT images in patients with lung cancer

    Gutte, Henrik; Jakobsson, David; Olofsson, Fredrik; Ohlsson, Mattias; Valind, Sven; Loft, Annika; Edenbrandt, Lars; Kjaer, Andreas

    2007-01-01

    localization of lesions in the PET images in the feature extraction process. Eight features from each examination were used as inputs to artificial neural networks trained to classify the images. Thereafter, the performance of the network was evaluated in the test set. RESULTS: The performance of the automated......PURPOSE: To develop a completely automated method based on image processing techniques and artificial neural networks for the interpretation of combined [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) images for the diagnosis and staging of lung...... standard' image interpretation. The training group was used in the development of the automated method. The image processing techniques included algorithms for segmentation of the lungs based on the CT images and detection of lesions in the PET images. Lung boundaries from the CT images were used for...

  1. Effects of smoking on lung uptake of 201Tl during exercise myocardial perfusion imaging

    Objective: To investigate the influence of smoking on lung uptake of 201Tl during myocardial perfusion imaging. Methods: Ninety-two healthy subjects, with normal 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging findings but no evidence of left ventricular hypertrophy and pulmonary disease, were divided into three groups, smoker, nonsmoker and quitted smoker groups. Exercise/delay 201Tl myocardial perfusion imaging was performed on all subjects included. Lung/heart ratio was defined on the anterior planar image obtained during exercise tomography. Results: Both the lung/heart ratios during exercise in smoker (0.40 ± 0.07, F=10.635, P201Tl lung/heart ratios in smokers are higher than in nonsmokers and this must be kept in mind when 201Tl lung/heart ratios are used clinically, even in quitted smokers

  2. Energy dependence of the 6Li(π+,3He)3He reaction at 60, 75 and 90 MeV

    Differential cross sections for the pionic fission reaction 6Li(π+,3He)3He at T sub(π) = 60, 75 and 90 MeV have been measured for theta sub(c.m.) = 4l degrees. The energy dependence of the differential cross section is found to follow an exponential decrease with increasing incident pion energy and is compared with existing theoretical predictions

  3. A 3He Cryostat for Scientific Measurements in Pulsed High Magnetic Fields

    Wang, Shaoliang; Li, Liang; Liu, Mengyu; Zuo, Huakun; Peng, Tao

    A top loading 3He cryostat has been developed for scientific experiments with a 60 T pulsed magnetic field facility at Wuhan National High Magnetic Field Center. The cryostat consists of a 4He bath cryostat, a 3He insert and a closed circulation system for 3He gas handling. To eliminate the eddy current heating during the pulse, the tail of the 3He insert with a vacuum space at the bottom is made from fiberglass tubing coated with epoxy. The 3He bath is separated from the 4He bath with the vacuum space. The 4He bath cryostat provides cooling power to condense 3He gas by a neck tube on top of the tail. Experimental results have shown that the sample can be cooled down to 385 mK and kept cold for more than 150 second by one-shot cooling, which is sufficiently long for an experiment in a pulsed high magnetic field.

  4. Serial lung imaging with 123I-IMP in localized pulmonary lesions

    123I-IMP (N-isopropyl-p-[123I]-iodoamphetamine) dynamic (1 frame/min for 25 mins), 30-min and 4-hr static lung imaging was performed in a total of 65 patients with roentgenographic evidence of localized pulmonary lesion (12 with pneumonia, one with lung abscess, 5 with pulmonary tuberculosis, 3 with pneumoconiosis, one with lung fluke disease and 43 with various histological types of primary lung cancer). The findings in 65 of 70 (95 %) lesions in the initial 1 or 2-min dynamic 123I-IMP images were analogous to those obtained by 99mTc-MAA lung perfusion imaging and decreased activity was observed in 68 of 70 (97 %) lesions, suggesting that the initial images mainly reflected the relative distribution of pulmonary arterial blood flow. However, 123I-IMP accumulated differently according to the pathological conditions afterwards. Decrease activity from 123I-IMP was contineously observed in a cavity of the lung abscess, 2 of 2 tuberculomas, 3 of 7 large nodules of pneumoconiosis and all of the 42 cancerous lesions which were possible to be evaluated. Gradual increased in activity relative to that of ''normal lung fields'' was observed in all 14 lesions of pneumonia; pneumonic lesions of the lung abscess, tuberculosis and lung fluke disease; 4 of 7 large nodules of pneumoconiosis; all of 8 atelectatic lesions and 32 of 44 areas surrounding cancers (most of them had roentgenographic evidence of infiltrating shadows). Thus 123I-IMP accumulated increasingly in pneumonic and atelectatic lesions, while it appeared not to accumulate in such lesions replacing lung tissues as cavity, caseous and fibrous lesions and primary lung cancers. 123I-IMP can be used as a new lung imaging agent to provide diagnostic informations on the property of pulmonary lesions. (author)

  5. Density dependence of the single particle kinetic energy in {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He

    Azuah, R.T. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics]|[Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom); Stirling, W.G. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Gibbs, M.R. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Sokol, P.E. [Dept. of Physics, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA (United States); Mayers, J. [Rutherford Appleton Lab., Chilton, Didcot (United Kingdom)

    1995-08-01

    We present inelastic neutron scattering measurements of liquid {sup 3}He-{sup 4}He mixtures at 1.5 K and at {sup 3}He concentrations of 0,15,40,70 and 100%. There is little apparent concentration dependence of the {sup 3}He kinetic energy, in disagreement with recent variational calculations for mixtures. The kinetic energy of the {sup 4}He component for the lower concentration mixtures is consistent with theoretical predictions. (orig.).

  6. Magnetization and Spin-Diffusion of Liquid 3He in Aerogel

    Sauls, J. A.; Bunkov, Yu. M.; Collin, E.; Godfrin, H.; P.Sharma

    2004-01-01

    We report theoretical calculations of the normal-state spin diffusion coefficient of 3He in aerogel, including both elastic and inelastic scattering of 3He quasiparticles, and compare these results with experimental data for 3He in 98% porous silica aerogel. This analysis provides a determination of the elastic mean free path within the aerogel. Measurements of the magnetization of the superfluid phase provide a test of the theory of pairbreaking and magnetic response of low-energy excitation...

  7. Study of the /sup 50/V nucleus with the (/sup 3/He,d), (/sup 3/He,. cap alpha. ), (/sup 3/He,p), and (/sup 3/He,p. gamma. ) reactions. [Angular distribution, 13 and 22 MeV, analog states, DWBA, J,. pi. , spectroscopic factors, angular momentum, transitions

    Smith, J W

    1971-06-01

    The nucleus /sup 50/V with a ground-state configuration (..pi..f/sub 7/2/)/sup 3/(..nu..f/sub 7/2/)/sup -1/ was studied with the /sup 49/Ti(/sup 3/He,d)/sup 50/V, /sup 51/V)/sup 3/He,..cap alpha..)/sup 50/V, and /sup 48/Ti(/sup 3/He,p)/sup 50/V, and /sup 48/Ti(/sup 3/He,p..gamma..)/sup 50/V reactions induced by the /sup 3/He/sup + +/ beam from the tandem Van de Graaff at the Argonne National Laboratory. The angular distributions from (/sup 3/He,d), (/sup 3/He,..cap alpha..), and (/sup 3/He,p) reactions induced by 22-MeV /sup 3/He were studied with overall energy resolution widths of 20, 30, and 42 keV, respectively. The reactions (/sup 3/He,p) and (/sup 3/He,p..gamma..) were also studied at an incident energy of 13 MeV to obtain the ..gamma.. decay of /sup 50/V levels (including two 0/sup +/ isobaric analog states) in which the neutron-proton pair is transferred with zero angular momentum. The angular distributions of the charged-particle reactions were analyzed with the distorted-wave Born approximation (DWBA), and spectroscopic factors have been extracted for the one-nucleon transfer reactions. The two-nucleon transfer reaction (/sup 3/He,p) was analyzed with the DWBA on the assumption that the neutron-proton pair is transferred as a deuteron. The angular momentum L/sub np/ of the transferred deuteron is established for most of the levels, and the possibility that several levels might have spin and parity 1/sup +/ is discussed.

  8. Observation of Majorana Quasiparticles Surface States in Superfluid ${^3}$He-B by Heat Capacity Measurements

    Bunkov, Yury M.; Gazizulin, Rasul R.

    2016-01-01

    We report about direct measurements of heat capacity of Majorana quasiparticles in superfluid ${^3}$He-B which appear near the surface of the experimental bolometer on the coherence length ${\\xi}$. Two bolometers with different surface-to-volume ratios were used which allows us to have different calibrated contributions from Majorana quasiparticles to the ${^3}$He heat capacity. Estimations of possible impact of ${^3}$He layers adsorbed on the walls of the bolometer have been done.

  9. Development of polarized {sup 3}He filter for polarized neutron experiment

    Sakai, K.; Sato, H.; Yoshimi, A.; Asahi, K. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Faculty of Science; Masuda, Y.; Muto, S.; Ishimoto, S.; Morimoto, K.

    1996-08-01

    A high-pressure polarized {sup 3}He gas cell, pumped with two diode lasers, has been developed at KEK for use as a polarizer and a spin analyzer for low energy neutrons. The polarization attained of {sup 3}He was determined through the measurement of the transmission of the unpolarized neutrons through the {sup 3}He cell. So far we obtained P{sub He}=18% at 10 atm and P{sub He}=12% at 20 atm. (author)

  10. The influence of restricted geometry of the diamagnetic nanoporous media on the 3He relaxation

    The spin kinetics of 3He in contact with diamagnetic samples of inverse SiO2 opals and LaF3 nanopowders is investigated experimentally. The experimental results testify that the nuclear magnetic relaxation of adsorbed 3He occurs through the modulation of dipole-dipole interactions by quantum movements in a 2D layer while the relaxation of liquid 3He occurs through a spin-diffusion to the adsorbed layer. It is shown that the restricted geometry of diamagnetic nanoporous media influences the 3He relaxation process.

  11. Extraterrestrial 3He in marine polymetallic nodules: a potential method for measuring growth rate of nodules

    李延河; 宋鹤彬; 李金城

    2002-01-01

    The comparative measurements of helium isotope compositions between marine polymetallic nodules and their surrounding sediments, their magnetic fractions and bulk from C-C Zone of the East Pacific Basin are reported. The 4He content and 3He/4He ratio of polymetallic nodules and their surrounding sediments are extremely high; the 3He, 4He concentrations and most 3He/4He ratios of magnetic fractions in nodules and sediments are apparently higher than those in bulk. The helium isotope data points of nodules and sediments are all distributed along or closely to the mixing curve of the interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) and the terrigenous sediments in the chart of 3He-3He/4He. In the same sampling site, the 3He/4He ratios of nodules and their surrounding sediments are very similar, and the changes of both ratios are synchronous. It shows that the high 3He/4He ratios in nodules and sediments may all result from IDPs. So, if the flux of extraterrestrial 3He into the nodules and sediments is constant, the growth rate of polymetallic nodules and the sedimentation rate of sediments can be independently calculated according to the concentration of extraterrestrial 3He in nodules and sediments.

  12. Study of the nuclear fusion in dμ3He complex

    Experimental study of the nuclear fusion reaction in charge-asymmetrical dμ3He complex (dμ3He → α (3.5 MeV) + p (14.64 MeV) is presented. The 14.64-MeV protons were detected by three pairs of Si(dE - E) telescopes placed around the cryogenic target filled with the D2 + 3He gas at 34 K. The 6.85 keV γ rays emitted during the de-excitation of the dμ3He complex were detected by a germanium detector. The measurements were performed at two D2 + 3He target densities, ψ = 0.0585 and ψ 0.169 (relative to liquid hydrogen density) with an atomic concentration of 3He c3He = 0.0469. The values of the effective rate of nuclear fusion in dμ3He was obtained for the first time: λf(tilde) (4.5-2.0+2.6) · 105s-1(ψ = 0.0585); λf(tilde) = (6.9-3.03.6) · 105s-1(ψ 0.168). The J =0 nuclear fusion rate in dμ3He was derived: λfJ=0 (9.7-2.6+5.7) · 105s-1 (ψ 0.0585); λfJ=0 = (12.4-5.4+6.5) · 105s-1 (ψ 0.168)

  13. A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF PULMONARY NODULES IN LUNG CT IMAGES

    Mehdi Alilou

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Solitary pulmonary nodules may indicate an early stage of lung cancer. Hence, the early detection of nodules is the most efficient way for saving the lives of patients. The aim of this paper is to present a comprehensive Computer Aided Diagnosis (CADx framework for detection of the lung nodules in computed tomography images. The four major components of the developed framework are lung segmentation, identification of candidate nodules, classification and visualization. The process starts with segmentation of lung regions from the thorax. Then, inside the segmented lung regions, candidate nodules are identified using an approach based on multiple thresholds followed by morphological opening and 3D region growing algorithm. Finally, a combination of a rule-based procedure and support vector machine classifier (SVM is utilized to classify the candidate nodules. The proposed CADx method was validated on CT images of 60 patients, containing the total of 211 nodules, selected from the publicly available Lung Image Database Consortium (LIDC image dataset. Comparing to the other state of the art methods, the proposed framework demonstrated acceptable detection performance (Sensitivity: 0.80; Fp/Scan: 3.9. Furthermore, we visualize a range of anatomical structures including the 3D lung structure and the segmented nodules along with the Maximum Intensity Projection (MIP volume rendering method that will enable the radiologists to accurately and easily estimate the distance between the lung structures and the nodules which are frequently difficult at best to recognize from CT images.

  14. Imaging findings of primary synovial sarcoma of the lung

    Objective: To evaluate the imaging characteristics of primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma and improve its diagnosis and differential diagnosis. Methods: The clinical, imaging and pathology findings of 5 patients were retrospectively analyzed. All 5 patients received X-ray and CT scan, 1 case had MRI and PET-CT examination. SYT-SSX fusion gene was analyzed in 4 patients using reverse transcriptase- polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Results: All the 5 patients had solid mass in the lungs and their diameter were 5.3 to 15.7 cm. One was associated with pneumothorax and the others were with moderate pleural effusion. Peripheral tumors, which showed clear margin partly with inhomogeneous density, was found in CT scan. On the contrast-enhanced CT scan, 3 cases were inhomogeneous enhancement and 2 were circular enhancement. Pleural invasion or conglutination was detected in 5 patients. No hilar or mediastinal lymph nodes metastasis were seen in all eases. MRI showed intermediate signal on T1WI and heterogeneous on T2WI of one case with right upper lobe lesion and showed thick mural enhancement after Gadolinium enhancement. The adjacent chest wall, rib thoracic vertebra, vertebral canal and thoracic cord were invaded. PET-CT showed increased uptake of FDG (SUV=12.3) in tumors. The immunohistochemical examination of Vim, CK and EMA were positive and SYT-SSX gene was detected in 4 patients. Conclusions: There are some relatively specific imaging findings of primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma. However it is necessary for diagnosing the disease to combine pathology, immunohistochemistry and SYT-SSX gene detection. (authors)

  15. In vivo small animal lung speckle imaging with a benchtop in-line XPC system

    Garson, A. B.; Gunsten, S.; Vasireddi, S.; Brody, S.; Anastasio, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    X-ray phase-contrast (XPC) images of mouse lungs were acquired in vivo with a benchtop XPC system employing a conventional microfocus source. A strong speckled intensity pattern was present in lung regions of the XPC radiographs, previously only observed in synchroton experiments and in situ benchtop studies. We showed how the texture characteristics of the speckle is influenced by the amount of air present in the lungs at different points in the breathing cycle.

  16. Automated iterative neutrosophic lung segmentation for image analysis in thoracic computed tomography

    Guo, Yanhui; Zhou, Chuan; Chan, Heang-Ping; Chughtai, Aamer; Wei, Jun; Hadjiiski, Lubomir M.; Kazerooni, Ella A.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: Lung segmentation is a fundamental step in many image analysis applications for lung diseases and abnormalities in thoracic computed tomography (CT). The authors have previously developed a lung segmentation method based on expectation-maximization (EM) analysis and morphological operations (EMM) for our computer-aided detection (CAD) system for pulmonary embolism (PE) in CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA). However, due to the large variations in pathology that may be present in thoraci...

  17. Functional image-based radiotherapy planning for non-small cell lung cancer: a simulation study

    Bates, E.L.; Bragg, C.M.; Wild, J. M.; Hatton, M.Q.F.; Ireland, R.H.

    2009-01-01

    Background and purpose: To investigate the incorporation of data from single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) or hyperpolarized helium-3 magnetic resonance imaging (He-3-MRI) into intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) planning for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Material and methods: Seven scenarios were simulated that represent cases of NSCLC with significant functional lung defects. Two independent IMRT plans were produced for each scenario; one to minimise total lung vo...

  18. Perfusion and ventilation filters for Fourier-decomposition MR lung imaging

    Wujcicki, Artur; Materka, Andrzej [Lodz University of Technology (Poland). Inst. of Electronics; Corteville, Dominique; Schad, Lothar R. [Heidelberg Univ., Mannheim (Germany). Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine

    2015-05-01

    MR imaging without the use of contrast agents has recently been used for creating perfusion and ventilation functional lung images. The technique incorporates frequency- or wavelet-domain filters to separate the MR signal components. This paper presents a new, subject-adaptive algorithm for perfusion and ventilation filters design. The proposed algorithm uses a lung signal model for separation of the signal components in the frequency domain. Non-stationary lung signals are handled by a short time Fourier transform. This method was applied to sets of 192 and 90 co-registered non-contrast MR lung images measured for five healthy subjects at the rate of 3,33 images per second, using different slice thicknesses. In each case, the resulted perfusion and ventilation images showed a smaller amount of mutual information, when compared to those obtained using the known lowpass/highpass filter approach.

  19. Deformable image registration for geometrical evaluation of DIBH radiotherapy treatment of lung cancer patients

    Ottosson, Katarina Wiviann; Andersen, Jon Alexander Lykkegaard; Borrisova, S.; Mellemgaard, Anders; Behrens, Claus Flensted

    2014-01-01

    Respiration and anatomical variation during radiotherapy (RT) of lung cancer yield dosimetric uncertainties of the delivered dose, possibly affecting the clinical outcome if not corrected for. Adaptive radiotherapy (ART), based on deformable image registration (DIR) and Deep-Inspiration-Breath-Ho......Respiration and anatomical variation during radiotherapy (RT) of lung cancer yield dosimetric uncertainties of the delivered dose, possibly affecting the clinical outcome if not corrected for. Adaptive radiotherapy (ART), based on deformable image registration (DIR) and Deep...... locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients were included, each with a planning-, midterm- and final CT (pCT, mCT, fCT) and 7 CBCTs acquired weekly and on the same day as the mCT and fCT. All imaging were performed in both FB and DIBH, using Varian RPM system for respiratory tracking...... perform better image registration than FB images. However DIR is a feasible tool for ART of lung cancer....

  20. Analysis of speckle patterns in phase-contrast images of lung tissue

    Kitchen, M. J.; Paganin, D.; Lewis, R. A.; Yagi, N.; Uesugi, K.

    2005-08-01

    Propagation-based phase-contrast images of mice lungs have been obtained at the SPring-8 synchrotron research facility. Such images exhibit a speckled intensity pattern that bears a superficial resemblance to alveolar structures. This speckle results from focussing effects as projected air-filled alveoli form aberrated compound refractive lenses. An appropriate phase-retrieval algorithm has been utilized to reconstruct the approximate projected lung tissue thickness from single-phase-contrast mice chest radiographs. The results show projected density variations across the lung, highlighting regions of low density corresponding to air-filled regions. Potentially, this offers a better method than conventional radiography for detecting lung diseases such as fibrosis, emphysema and cancer, though this has yet to be demonstrated. As such, the approach can assist in continuing studies of lung function utilizing propagation-based phase-contrast imaging.

  1. Analysis of speckle patterns in phase-contrast images of lung tissue

    Kitchen, M.J. [School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia)]. E-mail: Marcus.Kitchen@spme.monash.edu.au; Paganin, D. [School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Lewis, R.A. [School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, Victoria 3800 (Australia); Yagi, N. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), SPring-8, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Uesugi, K. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI), SPring-8, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2005-08-11

    Propagation-based phase-contrast images of mice lungs have been obtained at the SPring-8 synchrotron research facility. Such images exhibit a speckled intensity pattern that bears a superficial resemblance to alveolar structures. This speckle results from focussing effects as projected air-filled alveoli form aberrated compound refractive lenses. An appropriate phase-retrieval algorithm has been utilized to reconstruct the approximate projected lung tissue thickness from single-phase-contrast mice chest radiographs. The results show projected density variations across the lung, highlighting regions of low density corresponding to air-filled regions. Potentially, this offers a better method than conventional radiography for detecting lung diseases such as fibrosis, emphysema and cancer, though this has yet to be demonstrated. As such, the approach can assist in continuing studies of lung function utilizing propagation-based phase-contrast imaging.

  2. Algorithm for lung cancer detection based on PET/CT images

    Saita, Shinsuke; Ishimatsu, Keita; Kubo, Mitsuru; Kawata, Yoshiki; Niki, Noboru; Ohtsuka, Hideki; Nishitani, Hiromu; Ohmatsu, Hironobu; Eguchi, Kenji; Kaneko, Masahiro; Moriyama, Noriyuki

    2009-02-01

    The five year survival rate of the lung cancer is low with about twenty-five percent. In addition it is an obstinate lung cancer wherein three out of four people die within five years. Then, the early stage detection and treatment of the lung cancer are important. Recently, we can obtain CT and PET image at the same time because PET/CT device has been developed. PET/CT is possible for a highly accurate cancer diagnosis because it analyzes quantitative shape information from CT image and FDG distribution from PET image. However, neither benign-malignant classification nor staging intended for lung cancer have been established still enough by using PET/CT images. In this study, we detect lung nodules based on internal organs extracted from CT image, and we also develop algorithm which classifies benignmalignant and metastatic or non metastatic lung cancer using lung structure and FDG distribution(one and two hour after administering FDG). We apply the algorithm to 59 PET/CT images (malignant 43 cases [Ad:31, Sq:9, sm:3], benign 16 cases) and show the effectiveness of this algorithm.

  3. The effect of lung orientation on functional imaging of blood flow

    Burrowes, Kelly S.; Tawhai, Merryn H.

    2007-03-01

    Advancing technology has enabled rapid improvements in imaging and image processing techniques providing increasing amounts of structural and functional information. While these imaging modalities now offer a wealth of information about function within the body in health and disease certain limitations remain. We believe these can largely be addressed through a combined medical imaging - computational modeling approach. For example, imaging may only be performed in the prone or supine postures but humans function naturally in the upright position. We have developed an image-based computational model of coupled tissue mechanics and pulmonary blood flow to enable predictions of pulmonary perfusion in various postures and lung volumes. Lung and vascular geometries are derived using a combination of imaging reconstruction and computational algorithms. Solution of finite deformation equations provides predictions of tissue deformation and internal pressure distributions within the lung parenchyma. By embedding vascular models within the lung volume we obtain a coupled model of blood vessel deformation as a result of changes in lung volume. A 1D form of the Navier-Stokes flow equations are solved within the vascular model to predict perfusion. Tissue pressures calculated from the mechanics model are incorporated into the vascular constitutive pressure-radius relationship. Results demonstrated a relatively consistent flow distribution in all postures indicating the large influence of branching structure on flow distribution. It is hoped that this modeling approach may provide insights to enable interpolation of imaging measurements in alternate postures and lung volumes and enable an increased understanding of the mechanisms influencing pulmonary perfusion distribution.

  4. RECONSTRUCTION OF A HUMAN LUNG MORPHOLOGY MODEL FROM MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGES

    RATIONALE A description of lung morphological structure is necessary for modeling the deposition and fate of inhaled therapeutic aerosols. A morphological model of the lung boundary was generated from magnetic resonance (MR) images with the goal of creating a framework for anato...

  5. Processing of CT images of the lungs using ImaqVision and LabVIEW

    Structural and morphological changes in the lungs can be detected and localized, e.g., by computer tomography, especially electron beam tomography. This method has fast image acquisition frequencies (up to 20 Hz) and can visualize dynamic processes. Using LabVIEW and ImaqVision, the working group developed various tools for quantification of regional air and tissue fractions in the lungs

  6. COMPUTER RECONSTRUCTION OF A HUMAN LUNG MORPHOLOGY MODEL FROM MAGNETIC RESONANCE (MR) IMAGES

    A mathematical description of the morphological structure of the lung is necessary for modeling and analysis of the deposition of inhaled aerosols. A morphological model of the lung boundary was generated from magnetic resonance (MR) images, with the goal of creating a frame...

  7. Proton magnetic resonance imaging for assessment of lung function and respiratory dynamics

    Eichinger, Monika [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Department of Radiology (E010), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany)], E-mail: m.eichinger@dkfz.de; Tetzlaff, Ralf; Puderbach, Michael [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Department of Radiology (E010), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany); Woodhouse, Neil [Unit of Academic Radiology, University of Sheffield (United Kingdom); Kauczor, H.-U. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Department of Radiology (E010), Im Neuenheimer Feld 280, 69120 Heidelberg (Germany)

    2007-12-15

    Since many pulmonary diseases present with a variable regional involvement, modalities for assessment of regional lung function gained increasing attention over the last years. Together with lung perfusion and gas exchange, ventilation, as a result of the interaction of the respiratory pump and the lungs, is an indispensable component of lung function. So far, this complex mechanism is still mainly assessed indirectly and globally. A differentiation between the individual determining factors of ventilation would be crucial for precise diagnostics and adequate treatment. By dynamic imaging of the respiratory pump, the mechanical components of ventilation can be assessed regionally. Amongst imaging modalities applicable to this topic, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as a tool not relying on ionising radiation, is the most attractive. Recent advances in MRI technology have made it possible to assess diaphragmatic and chest wall motion, static and dynamic lung volumes, as well as regional lung function. Even though existing studies show large heterogeneity in design and applied methods, it becomes evident that MRI is capable to visualise pulmonary function as well as diaphragmatic and thoracic wall movement, providing new insights into lung physiology. Partly contradictory results and conclusions are most likely caused by technical limitations, limited number of studies and small sample size. Existing studies mainly evaluate possible imaging techniques and concentrate on normal physiology. The few studies in patients with lung cancer and emphysema already give a promising outlook for these techniques from which an increasing impact on improved and quantitative disease characterization as well as better patient management can be expected.

  8. Proton magnetic resonance imaging for assessment of lung function and respiratory dynamics

    Since many pulmonary diseases present with a variable regional involvement, modalities for assessment of regional lung function gained increasing attention over the last years. Together with lung perfusion and gas exchange, ventilation, as a result of the interaction of the respiratory pump and the lungs, is an indispensable component of lung function. So far, this complex mechanism is still mainly assessed indirectly and globally. A differentiation between the individual determining factors of ventilation would be crucial for precise diagnostics and adequate treatment. By dynamic imaging of the respiratory pump, the mechanical components of ventilation can be assessed regionally. Amongst imaging modalities applicable to this topic, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), as a tool not relying on ionising radiation, is the most attractive. Recent advances in MRI technology have made it possible to assess diaphragmatic and chest wall motion, static and dynamic lung volumes, as well as regional lung function. Even though existing studies show large heterogeneity in design and applied methods, it becomes evident that MRI is capable to visualise pulmonary function as well as diaphragmatic and thoracic wall movement, providing new insights into lung physiology. Partly contradictory results and conclusions are most likely caused by technical limitations, limited number of studies and small sample size. Existing studies mainly evaluate possible imaging techniques and concentrate on normal physiology. The few studies in patients with lung cancer and emphysema already give a promising outlook for these techniques from which an increasing impact on improved and quantitative disease characterization as well as better patient management can be expected

  9. A moving domain wall and order parameter orientation in 3He-B

    It is shown that movement of domain wall in the earlier considered two-domain structure in superfluid 3He β-phase eliminates the structure double degeneracy. It is suggested to use this fact for one-valued order parameter orientation in 3He-B

  10. DC discharge characteristics and fluorine atom yield in NF3/He

    Liping Duo; Shukai Tang; Haijun Yu; Jian Wang; Xiangde Min; Liucheng Li; Yuqi Jin; Bailing Yang; Fengting Sang

    2006-01-01

    @@ DC discharge characteristics of NF3/He have been investigated experimentally under different experimental conditions, for example, different electrode materials, separations, flow rates of the gas NF3 or He, and series resistances. The optimum discharge parameters and the fluorine atom yield from the DC discharge of NF3/He as function of load power are studied experimentally.

  11. Possible Dimensional Crossover to 1D of ^3He Fluid in Nanochannels Observed in Susceptibilities

    Matsushita, Taku; Kurebayashi, Katsuya; Shibatsuji, Ryosuke; Hieda, Mitsunori; Wada, Nobuo

    2016-05-01

    Dimensional crossover to the one-dimensional (1D) state from higher dimensions has been studied for dilute ^3He fluid adsorbed in 2.4 nm ^4He-preplated nanochannels, by susceptibility measurements down to 70 mK using 4.29 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance. In nanochannels, since energy states of ^3He motion perpendicular to the channel axis are discrete, a genuine 1D ^3He fluid is expected when the Fermi energy is less than the first excitation Δ _{01} for azimuthal motion. The susceptibilities χ above 0.3 K show the Curie-law susceptibilities independent of the ^3He density, which are characteristic of nondegenerate fluid in higher dimensions. With decreasing the temperature, a significant reduction of χ T was observed from about 0.3 K for all ^3He densities. It is considered to be due to the dimensional crossover below Δ _{01}˜ 0.5 K to the 1D ^3He state in the semi-degenerate regime above the Fermi temperature. In the 1D state at lower temperatures, T-independent χ were observed for ^3He of 0.019 layers below 0.1 K. It suggests that the 1D ^3He fluid enters the quantum degenerate regime.

  12. Towards the observation of the magnetic structure of solid 3He

    Experiments involving neutron scattering by 3He for which thermalization problems have been solved, along with the development of novel measurement techniques (density, magnetization, temperature) by polarized neutron transmission, crystallization experiments with 3He and 4He: a single crystal of helium have been obtained within a sintered metal in which the pore size is less than a micron are presented

  13. First detection of 3He+ in the planetary nebula IC 418

    Guzman-Ramirez, L.; Rizzo, J. R.; Zijlstra, A. A.; García-Miró, C.; Morisset, C.; Gray, M. D.

    2016-07-01

    The 3He isotope is important to many fields of astrophysics, including stellar evolution, chemical evolution, and cosmology. The isotope is produced in low-mass stars which evolve through the planetary nebula (PN) phase. 3He abundances in PNe can help test models of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. We present the detection of the 3He+ emission line using the single dish Deep Space Station 63, towards the PN IC 418. We derived a 3He/H abundance in the range 1.74 ± 0.8 × 10-3 to 5.8 ± 1.7 × 10-3, depending on whether part of the line arises in an outer ionized halo. The lower value for 3He/H ratio approaches values predicted by stellar models which include thermohaline mixing, but requires that large amounts of 3He are produced inside low-mass stars which enrich the interstellar medium (ISM). However, this overpredicts the 3He abundance in H II regions, the ISM, and protosolar grains, which is known to be of the order of 10-5. This discrepancy questions our understanding of the evolution of the 3He, from circumstellar environments to the ISM.

  14. New techniques for imaging and analyzing lung tissue

    The recent technological revolution in the field of imaging techniques has provided pathologists and toxicologists with an expanding repertoire of analytical techniques for studying the interaction between the lung and the various exogenous materials to which it is exposed. Analytical problems requiring elemental sensitivity or specificity beyond the range of that offered by conventional scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis are particularly appropriate for the application of these newer techniques. Electron energy loss spectrometry, Auger electron spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, and laser microprobe mass analysis each offer unique advantages in this regard, but also possess their own limitations and disadvantages. Diffraction techniques provide crystalline structural information available through no other means. Bulk chemical techniques provide useful cross-checks on the data obtained by microanalytical approaches. It is the purpose of this review to summarize the methodology of these techniques, acknowledge situations in which they have been used in addressing problems in pulmonary toxicology, and comment on the relative advantages and disadvantages of each approach. It is necessary for an investigator to weigh6 each of these factors when deciding which technique is best suited for any given analytical problem; often it is useful to employ a combination of two or more of the techniques discussed. It is anticipated that there will be increasing utilization of these technologies for problems in pulmonary toxicology in the decades to come. 92 references, 10 figures, 2 tables

  15. MR imaging of lung ventilation with aerosolized Gadolinium-chelates

    Purpose: To evaluate the feasibility of magnetic resonance assessment of human lung ventilation with aerosolized Gd-chelates in healthy volunteers. Materials and Methods: Five healthy adults (mean age 37 years) were studied with a 1.5 T unit. The volunteers were instructed to inhale the aerosol through an airtight facial mask for 10 minutes. The aerosol was generated with a jet-type small particle nebulizer with attached heater. Ventilation imaging was performed using a respiration-gated dynamic T1-weighted turbo spin echo sequence (TR=199 ms, TE=8.5 ms, 12 signal averages, slice thickness 10 mm). Pulmonary signal intensity changes were calculated before and after nebulization. Results: The investigation was successfully carried out in all volunteers. An acute or delayed allergic reaction to the aerosolized contrast medium was not observed. In 4 of 5 experiments (80%), a homogeneous signal intensity increase was readily visualized with an average signal increase of 35% after 10 minutes; in one experiment, the aerosol distribution was slightly heterogeneous. (orig.)

  16. Imaging of lung function using synchrotron radiation computed tomography: What's new?

    There is a growing interest in imaging techniques as non-invasive means of quantitatively measuring regional lung structure and function. Abnormalities in lung ventilation due to alterations in airway function such as those observed in asthma and COPD are highly heterogeneous, and experimental methods to study this heterogeneity are crucial for better understanding of disease mechanisms and drug targeting strategies. In severe obstructive diseases requiring mechanical ventilation, the optimal ventilatory strategy to achieve recruitment of poorly ventilated lung zones remains a matter of considerable debate. We have used synchrotron radiation computed tomography (SRCT) for the in vivo study of regional lung ventilation and airway function. This imaging technique allows direct quantification of stable Xenon (Xe) gas used as an inhaled contrast agent using K-edge subtraction imaging. Dynamics of Xe wash-in can be used to calculate quantitative maps of regional specific lung ventilation. More recently, the development of Spiral-CT has allowed the acquisition of 3D images of the pulmonary bronchial tree and airspaces. This technique gives access to quantitative measurements of regional lung volume, ventilation, and mechanical properties. Examples of application in an experimental model of allergic asthma and in imaging lung recruitment as a function of mechanical ventilation parameters will be presented. The future orientations of this tecnique will be discussed

  17. Imaging of lung function using synchrotron radiation computed tomography: What's new?

    Bayat, Sam [Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, Departement de Physiologie, DMAG EA 3901, 3 Rue des Louvels, 80036 Amiens Cedex 1 (France)], E-mail: Bayat.Sam@chu-amiens.fr; Porra, Liisa [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, BP 220, F-38043 Grenoble (France); Department of Physics, POB 64, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)], E-mail: porra@esrf.fr; Suhonen, Heikki [Department of Physics, POB 64, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)], E-mail: heikki.suhonen@helsinki.fi; Janosi, Tibor [Geneva Children' s Hospital, University Hospitals of Geneva and University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland)], E-mail: janosit@dmi.u-szeged.hu; Strengell, Satu [Department of Physics, POB 64, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)], E-mail: skstreng@mappi.helsinki.fi; Habre, Walid [Geneva Children' s Hospital, University Hospitals of Geneva and University of Geneva, Geneva (Switzerland)], E-mail: Walid.Habre@hcuge.ch; Petak, Ferenc [Department of Department of Medical Informatics and Engineering, University of Szeged, 6720 Szeged, Koranyi fasor 9 (Hungary)], E-mail: petak@dmi.szote.u-szeged.hu; Hantos, Zoltan [Department of Department of Medical Informatics and Engineering, University of Szeged, 6720 Szeged, Koranyi fasor 9 (Hungary)], E-mail: hantos@dmi.u-szeged.hu; Suortti, Pekka [Department of Physics, POB 64, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)], E-mail: Pekka.Suortti@helsinki.fi; Sovijaervi, Anssi [Departments of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine, Helsinki University Central Hospital, POB 340, FIN-00029 HUS, Helsinki (Finland)], E-mail: anssi.sovijarvi@hus.fi

    2008-12-15

    There is a growing interest in imaging techniques as non-invasive means of quantitatively measuring regional lung structure and function. Abnormalities in lung ventilation due to alterations in airway function such as those observed in asthma and COPD are highly heterogeneous, and experimental methods to study this heterogeneity are crucial for better understanding of disease mechanisms and drug targeting strategies. In severe obstructive diseases requiring mechanical ventilation, the optimal ventilatory strategy to achieve recruitment of poorly ventilated lung zones remains a matter of considerable debate. We have used synchrotron radiation computed tomography (SRCT) for the in vivo study of regional lung ventilation and airway function. This imaging technique allows direct quantification of stable Xenon (Xe) gas used as an inhaled contrast agent using K-edge subtraction imaging. Dynamics of Xe wash-in can be used to calculate quantitative maps of regional specific lung ventilation. More recently, the development of Spiral-CT has allowed the acquisition of 3D images of the pulmonary bronchial tree and airspaces. This technique gives access to quantitative measurements of regional lung volume, ventilation, and mechanical properties. Examples of application in an experimental model of allergic asthma and in imaging lung recruitment as a function of mechanical ventilation parameters will be presented. The future orientations of this tecnique will be discussed.

  18. First measurement of the helicity dependence of 3He photoreactions in the Δ(1232 resonance region

    Costanza Susanna

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The first measurement of the helicity dependence for several photo-reaction channels on 3He was carried out in the photon energy range between 150 and 500 MeV at the MAMI accelerator (Mainz. The experiment used the large acceptance Crystal Ball spectrometer, complemented by charged particle and vertex detectors, a circularly polarised tagged photon beam and a longitudinally polarised high-pressure 3He gas target. Results of the helicity dependent total inclusive photoabsorption cross section on 3He and of both the unpolarised and polarised partial cross sections for the pion photoproduction channels γ 3He → πX and for the γ 3He → ppn channel, measured for the first time at MAMI, will be shown. They can also be found in [1].

  19. The ground state energy of 3He droplet in the LOCV framework

    The (extended) lowest order constrained variational method was used to calculate the ground state energy of liquid helium 3 (3He) droplets at zero temperature. Different types of density distribution profiles, such as the Gaussian, the Quasi-Gaussian and the Woods-Saxon were used. It was shown that at least, on average, near 20 3He atoms are needed to get the bound state for 3He liquid droplet. Depending on the choice of the density profiles and the atomic radius of 3He, the above estimate can increase to 300. Our calculated ground state energy and the number of atoms in liquid 3He droplet were compared with those of Variational Monte Carlo method, Diffusion Monte Carlo method and Density Functional Theory, for which a reasonable agreement was found.

  20. Burnup of fusion produced tritons and 3He ions in PLT and PDX

    The d(d,p)t and d(d,n)3He fusion reactions produce 1 MeV tritons and 0.8 MeV 3He ions which can subsequently undergo d(t,n)α and d(3He,p)α fusion reactions. The magnitude of this triton and 3He ion burnup was measured on the PLT and PDX tokamaks by detection of the 14 MeV neutron and 15 MeV proton emission. In discharges with B/sub phi/ greater than or equal to 2 T, the measured 3He burnup agrees well with predictions based on classical theories of ion confinement and slowing down, while the triton burnup was about four times lower than theoretically predicted. In discharges with weaker toroidal fields, the burnup of both ions fell by more than a factor of ten

  1. Corrections and improvements of lung imaging under Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)

    Golabchi, Ali

    Visualization and correct assessment of alveolar volume via intact lung imaging is important to study and assess respiratory mechanics. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a real time imaging technique based on near-infrared interferometry, can image several layers of distal alveoli in intact, ex-vivo lung tissue. However optical effects associated with heterogeneity of lung tissue, including the refraction caused by air-tissue interfaces along alveoli and duct walls, and changes in speed of light as it travels through the tissue, result in inaccurate measurement of alveolar volume. Experimentally such errors have been difficult to analyze because of lack of ''ground truth,'' as the lung has a unique microstructure of liquid-coated thin walls surrounding relatively large airspaces, which is difficult to model with synthetic foams. In addition, both lung and foams contain airspaces of highly irregular shape, further complicating quantitative measurement of optical artifacts and correction. To address this we have adapted the Bragg-Nye bubble raft, a crystalline two-dimensional arrangement of elements similar in geometry to alveoli (up to several hundred um in diameter with thin walls) as an inflated lung phantom in order to understand, analyze and correct these errors. By applying exact optical ray tracing on OCT images of the bubble raft, the errors are predicted and corrected. The results are validated by imaging the bubble raft with OCT from one edge and with a charged coupled device (CCD) camera in transillumination from top, providing ground truth for the OCT. We also developed a tomographic technique based on incoherent summation of multiple angle-diverse images by utilizing image registration to increase our depth of imaging and our results were validated by utilizing the inflated lung phantom. In this thesis also, an experimental apparatus for macro-scale mechanical probing of lung with in-situ micro-scale imaging of alveolar deformation was analyzed

  2. Electron bubbles and Weyl fermions in chiral superfluid 3He-A

    Shevtsov, Oleksii; Sauls, J. A.

    2016-08-01

    Electrons embedded in liquid 3He form mesoscopic bubbles with large radii compared to the interatomic distance between 3He atoms, voids of Nbubble≈200 3He atoms, generating a negative ion with a large effective mass that scatters thermal excitations. Electron bubbles in chiral superfluid 3He-A also provide a local probe of the ground state. We develop a scattering theory of Bogoliubov quasiparticles by negative ions embedded in 3He-A that incorporates the broken symmetries of 3He-A , particularly broken symmetries under time reversal and mirror symmetry in a plane containing the chiral axis l ̂. Multiple scattering by the ion potential, combined with branch conversion scattering by the chiral order parameter, leads to a spectrum of Weyl fermions bound to the ion that support a mass current circulating the electron bubble—a mesoscopic realization of chiral edge currents in superfluid 3He-A films. A consequence is that electron bubbles embedded in 3He-A acquire angular momentum, L ≈-(Nbubble/2 ) ℏ l ̂ , inherited from the chiral ground state. We extend the scattering theory to calculate the forces on a moving electron bubble, both the Stokes drag and a transverse force, FW=e/c v ×BW , defined by an effective magnetic field, BW∝l ̂ , generated by the scattering of thermal quasiparticles off the spectrum of Weyl fermions bound to the moving ion. The transverse force is responsible for the anomalous Hall effect for electron bubbles driven by an electric field reported by the RIKEN group. Our results for the scattering cross section, drag, and transverse forces on moving ions are compared with experiments and shown to provide a quantitative understanding of the temperature dependence of the mobility and anomalous Hall angle for electron bubbles in normal and superfluid 3He-A . We also discuss our results in relation to earlier work on the theory of negative ions in superfluid 3He.

  3. 3He and BF3 Neutron Detector Pressure Effect and Model Comparison

    Paper for SORMA conference Radiation detection systems for homeland security applications must possess the capability of detecting both gamma rays and neutrons. The radiation portal monitor (RPM) systems that are currently deployed use a plastic scintillator for detecting gamma rays and 3He gas-filled proportional counters for detecting neutrons. Proportional counters filled with 3He are the preferred neutron detectors for use in RPMs because 3He has a large neutron cross section, is relatively insensitive to gamma-rays, is neither toxic nor corrosive, can withstand extreme environments, and can be operated at a lower voltage than some of the alternative proportional counters. The amount of 3He required for homeland security and science applications has depleted the world supply and there is no longer enough available to fill the demand. Thus, alternative neutron detectors are being explored. Two possible temporary solutions that could be utilized while a more permanent solution is being identified are reducing the 3He pressure in the proportional counters and using boron trifluoride (BF3) gas-filled proportional counters. Reducing the amount of 3He required in each of the proportional counters would decrease the rate at which 3He is being used, not enough to solve the shortage but perhaps enough to increase the amount of time available to find a working replacement. BF3 is not appropriate for all situations as these detectors are less sensitive than 3He, BF3 gas is corrosive, and a much higher voltage is required than what is used with 3He detectors. Measurements of the neutron detection efficiency of 3He and BF3 as a function of tube pressure were made. The experimental results were also used to validate models of the RPMs.

  4. 3He and BF3 neutron detector pressure effect and model comparison

    Radiation detection systems for homeland security applications must possess the capability of detecting both gamma rays and neutrons. The radiation portal monitor systems that are currently deployed use a plastic scintillator for detecting gamma rays and 3He gas-filled proportional counters for detecting neutrons. Proportional counters filled with 3He are the preferred neutron detectors for use in radiation portal monitor systems because 3He has a large neutron cross-section, is relatively insensitive to gamma-rays, is neither toxic nor corrosive, can withstand extreme environments, and can be operated at a lower voltage than some of the alternative proportional counters. The amount of 3He required for homeland security and science applications has depleted the world supply and there is no longer enough available to fill the demand. Thus, alternative neutron detectors are being explored. Two possible temporary solutions that could be utilized while a more permanent solution is being identified are reducing the 3He pressure in the proportional counters and using boron trifluoride gas-filled proportional counters. Reducing the amount of 3He required in each of the proportional counters would decrease the rate at which 3He is being used; not enough to solve the shortage, but perhaps enough to increase the amount of time available to find a working replacement. Boron trifluoride is not appropriate for all situations as these detectors are less sensitive than 3He, boron trifluoride gas is corrosive, and a much higher voltage is required than what is used with 3He detectors. Measurements of the neutron detection efficiency of 3He and boron trifluoride as a function of tube pressure were made. The experimental results were also used to validate models of the radiation portal monitor systems.

  5. Advances in Functional and Structural Imaging of the Human Lung Using Proton MRI

    Miller, G. Wilson; Mugler, John P.; Sá, Rui C.; Altes, Talissa A.; Prisk, G. Kim; Hopkins, Susan R.

    2014-01-01

    The field of proton lung MRI is advancing on a variety of fronts. In the realm of functional imaging, it is now possible to use arterial spin labeling (ASL) and oxygen-enhanced imaging techniques to quantify regional perfusion and ventilation, respectively, in standard units of measure. By combining these techniques into a single scan, it is also possible to quantify the local ventilation-perfusion ratio, which is the most important determinant of gas-exchange efficiency in the lung. To demon...

  6. T(T,2n)4He and 3He(3He,2p)4He: The Reaction Mechanism from Solar Energies to 10 MeV

    Bacher, A. D.; Brune, C. R.; Sayre, D. B.; Hale, G. M.; Frenje, J. A.; Gatu Johnson, M.

    2016-03-01

    We have studied the energy dependence of the reaction mechanism of the T(t,2n)4He reaction at stellar energies and of its charge symmetric analog reaction 3He(3He,2p)4He at energies up 10 MeV. We find that the reaction mechanism changes dramatically over this energy range in part due to the interference of the two identical fermions in the three-body final state. This contribution is dedicated to the memory of Tom Tombrello, my Ph.D. advisor at Cal Tech, who died in 2014.

  7. Coal worker's lungs - chest x-ray (image)

    This chest x-ray shows coal worker's lungs. There are diffuse, small, light areas on both sides (1 to 3 mm) in ... the lungs. Diseases that may result in an x-ray like this include: simple coal workers pneumoconiosis (CWP) - ...

  8. Smoking-related interstitial lung diseases: histopathological and imaging perspectives

    Desai, S.R.; Ryan, S.M.; Colby, T.V

    2003-04-01

    The present review focuses on the interstitial lung diseases related to smoking. Thus, the pathology and radiology of Langerhans cell histiocytosis, desquamative interstitial pneumonia, respiratory bronchiolitis and respiratory bronchiolitis-associated-interstitial lung disease are considered. The more tenuous association between pulmonary fibrosis and smoking is also discussed.

  9. Smoking-related interstitial lung diseases: histopathological and imaging perspectives

    The present review focuses on the interstitial lung diseases related to smoking. Thus, the pathology and radiology of Langerhans cell histiocytosis, desquamative interstitial pneumonia, respiratory bronchiolitis and respiratory bronchiolitis-associated-interstitial lung disease are considered. The more tenuous association between pulmonary fibrosis and smoking is also discussed

  10. Markerless tumor tracking using short kilovoltage imaging arcs for lung image-guided radiotherapy

    Shieh, Chun-Chien; Keall, Paul J.; Kuncic, Zdenka; Huang, Chen-Yu; Feain, Ilana

    2015-12-01

    The ability to monitor tumor motion without implanted markers is clinically advantageous for lung image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). Existing markerless tracking methods often suffer from overlapping structures and low visibility of tumors on kV projection images. We introduce the short arc tumor tracking (SATT) method to overcome these issues. The proposed method utilizes multiple kV projection images selected from a nine-degree imaging arc to improve tumor localization, and respiratory-correlated 4D cone-beam CT (CBCT) prior knowledge to minimize the effects of overlapping anatomies. The 3D tumor position is solved as an optimization problem with prior knowledge incorporated via regularization. We retrospectively validated SATT on 11 clinical scans from four patients with central tumors. These patients represent challenging scenarios for markerless tumor tracking due to the inferior adjacent contrast. The 3D trajectories of implanted fiducial markers were used as the ground truth for tracking accuracy evaluation. In all cases, the tumors were successfully tracked at all gantry angles. Compared to standard pre-treatment CBCT guidance alone, trajectory errors were significantly smaller with tracking in all cases, and the improvements were the most prominent in the superior-inferior direction. The mean 3D tracking error ranged from 2.2-9.9 mm, which was 0.4-2.6 mm smaller compared to pre-treatment CBCT. In conclusion, we were able to directly track tumors with inferior visibility on kV projection images using SATT. Tumor localization accuracies are significantly better with tracking compared to the current standard of care of lung IGRT. Future work involves the prospective evaluation and clinical implementation of SATT.

  11. Direct Measurement of Lung Motion Using Hyperpolarized Helium-3 MR Tagging

    Purpose: To measure lung motion between end-inhalation and end-exhalation using a hyperpolarized helium-3 (HP 3He) magnetic resonance (MR) tagging technique. Methods and Materials: Three healthy volunteers underwent MR tagging studies after inhalation of 1 L HP 3He gas diluted with nitrogen. Multiple-slice two-dimensional and volumetric three-dimensional MR tagged images of the lungs were obtained at end-inhalation and end-exhalation, and displacement vector maps were computed. Results: The grids of tag lines in the HP 3He MR images were well defined at end-inhalation and remained evident at end-exhalation. Displacement vector maps clearly demonstrated the regional lung motion and deformation that occurred during exhalation. Discontinuity and differences in motion pattern between two adjacent lung lobes were readily resolved. Conclusions: Hyperpolarized helium-3 MR tagging technique can be used for direct in vivo measurement of respiratory lung motion on a regional basis. This technique may lend new insights into the regional pulmonary biomechanics and thus provide valuable information for the deformable registration of lung

  12. Boron absorption imaging in rat lung colon adenocarcinoma metastases

    Altieri, S.; Bortolussi, S.; Bruschi, P.; Fossati, F.; Vittor, K.; Nano, R.; Facoetti, A.; Chiari, P.; Bakeine, J.; Clerici, A.; Ferrari, C.; Salvucci, O.

    2006-05-01

    Given the encouraging results from our previous work on the clinical application of BNCT on non-resectable, chemotherapy resistant liver metastases, we explore the possibility to extend our technique to lung metastases. A fundamental requirement for BNCT is achieving higher 10B concentrations in the metastases compared to those in healthy tissue. For this reason we developed a rat model with lung metastases in order to study the temporal distribution of 10B concentration in tissues and tumoral cells. Rats with induced lung metastases from colon adenocarcinoma were sacrificed two hours after intraperitoneal Boronphenylalanine infusion. The lungs were harvested, frozen in liquid nitrogen and subsequently histological sections underwent neutron autoradiography in the nuclear reactor Triga Mark II, University of Pavia. Our findings demonstrate higher Boron uptake in tumoral nodules compared to healthy lung parenchyma 2 hours after Boronphenylalanine infusion.

  13. Automatic co-segmentation of lung tumor based on random forest in PET-CT images

    Jiang, Xueqing; Xiang, Dehui; Zhang, Bin; Zhu, Weifang; Shi, Fei; Chen, Xinjian

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a fully automatic method is proposed to segment the lung tumor in clinical 3D PET-CT images. The proposed method effectively combines PET and CT information to make full use of the high contrast of PET images and superior spatial resolution of CT images. Our approach consists of three main parts: (1) initial segmentation, in which spines are removed in CT images and initial connected regions achieved by thresholding based segmentation in PET images; (2) coarse segmentation, in which monotonic downhill function is applied to rule out structures which have similar standardized uptake values (SUV) to the lung tumor but do not satisfy a monotonic property in PET images; (3) fine segmentation, random forests method is applied to accurately segment the lung tumor by extracting effective features from PET and CT images simultaneously. We validated our algorithm on a dataset which consists of 24 3D PET-CT images from different patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The average TPVF, FPVF and accuracy rate (ACC) were 83.65%, 0.05% and 99.93%, respectively. The correlation analysis shows our segmented lung tumor volumes has strong correlation ( average 0.985) with the ground truth 1 and ground truth 2 labeled by a clinical expert.

  14. CFD simulations of a deforming human lung using dynamic and static CT images

    Miyawaki, Shinjiro; Hoffman, Eric A.; Lin, Ching-Long

    2015-11-01

    The authors have developed a CFD model to simulate airflow in deforming lungs using dynamic (4D) CT images. After obtaining the surface mesh for one CT image, we deformed the surface mesh to match other CT images using an image registration technique. During the CFD simulations, we deformed the surface mesh by cubic interpolation as a function of lung volume, and deformed the volume mesh using a computational solid mechanics-based algorithm. To investigate the effect of CT scanning method and relative hysteresis with respect to lung volume on pressure drop along the central airways, we performed CFD simulations using different numbers of 4D and static CT images of one healthy subject. Based on the simulation with 13 4DCT images, we found that air flow fractions in airways remain nearly constant over time. By comparing the simulations with 13, 2, and 1 4DCT images, we found that the overall effect of relative hysteresis of lung structure on pressure drop along each branch at peak inspiration was 12%, and the effect of deformation was 16%. As a result of the comparison between simulations with 2 and 1 of 4D and static CT images, the effect of CT scanning method was 16-39%, depending on the deformation of the lung. NIH grants R01-HL094315, U01-HL114494, R01-HL112986, and S10-RR022421. Computer time provided by XSEDE.

  15. Hybrid CAD scheme for lung nodule detection in PET/CT images

    Teramoto, Atsushi; Fujita, Hiroshi; Tomita, Yoya; Takahashi, Katsuaki; Yamamuro, Osamu; Tamaki, Tsuneo; Hayashi, Naoki; Tamai, Shinichi; Nishio, Masami; Chen, Wei-Ping; Kobayashi, Toshiki

    2011-03-01

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of death among male in the world. PET/CT is useful for the detection of early lung cancer since it is an imaging technique that has functional and anatomical information. However, radiologist has to examine using the large number of images. Therefore reduction of radiologist's load is strongly desired. In this study, hybrid CAD scheme has been proposed to detect lung nodule in PET/CT images. Proposed method detects the lung nodule from both CT and PET images. As for the detection in CT images, solitary nodules are detected using Cylindrical Filter that we developed. PET images are binarized based on standard uptake value (SUV); highly uptake regions are detected. FP reduction is performed using seven characteristic features and Support Vector Machine. Finally by integrating these results, candidate regions are obtained. In the experiment, we evaluated proposed method using 50 cases of PET/CT images obtained for the cancer-screening program. We evaluated true-positive fraction (TPF) and the number of false positives / case (FPs/case). As a result, TPFs for CT and PET were 0.67 and 0.38, respectively. By integrating the both results, TPF was improved to 0.80. These results indicate that our method may be useful for the lung cancer detection using PET/CT images.

  16. Ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography imaging of diseased rat lung using Gaussian shaped super continuum sources

    Nishizawa, N.; Ishida, S.; Kitatsuji, M.; Ohshima, H.; Hasegawa, Y.; Matsushima, M.; Kawabe, T.

    2012-02-01

    We have been investigating ultrahigh resolution optical coherence tomography (UHR-OCT) imaging of lung tissues using fiber super continuum sources. The high power, low-noise, Gaussian shaped supercontinuum generated with ultrashort pulses and optical fibers at several wavelengths were used as the broadband light sources for UHR-OCT. For the 800 nm wavelength region, the axial resolution was 3.0 um in air and 2.0 um in tissue. Since the lung consists of tiny alveoli which are separated by thin wall, the UHR-OCT is supposed to be effective for lung imaging. The clear images of alveoli of rat were observed with and without index matching effects by saline. In this work, we investigated the UHR-OCT imaging of lung disease model. The lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced acute lung injury / acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS) model of rat was prepared as the sample with disease and the UHR-OCT imaging of the disease part was demonstrated. The increment of signal intensity by pleural thickening was observed. The accumulation of exudative fluid in alveoli was also observed for two samples. By the comparison with normal lung images, we can obviously show the difference in the ALI/ARDS models. Since the lung consists of alveolar surrounded by capillary vessels, the effect of red-blood cells (RBC) is considered to be important. In this work, ex-vivo UHR-OCT imaging of RBC was demonstrated. Each RBC was able to be observed individually using UHR-OCT. The effect of RBC was estimated with the rat lung perfused with PBS.

  17. Three dimensional imaging of paraffin embedded human lung tissue samples by micro-computed tomography.

    Anna E Scott

    Full Text Available Understanding the three-dimensional (3-D micro-architecture of lung tissue can provide insights into the pathology of lung disease. Micro computed tomography (µCT has previously been used to elucidate lung 3D histology and morphometry in fixed samples that have been stained with contrast agents or air inflated and dried. However, non-destructive microstructural 3D imaging of formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE tissues would facilitate retrospective analysis of extensive tissue archives of lung FFPE lung samples with linked clinical data.FFPE human lung tissue samples (n = 4 were scanned using a Nikon metrology µCT scanner. Semi-automatic techniques were used to segment the 3D structure of airways and blood vessels. Airspace size (mean linear intercept, Lm was measured on µCT images and on matched histological sections from the same FFPE samples imaged by light microscopy to validate µCT imaging.The µCT imaging protocol provided contrast between tissue and paraffin in FFPE samples (15 mm x 7 mm. Resolution (voxel size 6.7 µm in the reconstructed images was sufficient for semi-automatic image segmentation of airways and blood vessels as well as quantitative airspace analysis. The scans were also used to scout for regions of interest, enabling time-efficient preparation of conventional histological sections. The Lm measurements from µCT images were not significantly different to those from matched histological sections.We demonstrated how non-destructive imaging of routinely prepared FFPE samples by laboratory µCT can be used to visualize and assess the 3D morphology of the lung including by morphometric analysis.

  18. Bedaquiline and Pyrazinamide Treatment Responses Are Affected by Pulmonary Lesion Heterogeneity in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infected C3HeB/FeJ Mice

    2016-01-01

    BALB/c and Swiss mice are routinely used to validate the effectiveness of tuberculosis drug regimens, although these mouse strains fail to develop human-like pulmonary granulomas exhibiting caseous necrosis. Microenvironmental conditions within human granulomas may negatively impact drug efficacy, and this may not be reflected in non-necrotizing lesions found within conventional mouse models. The C3HeB/FeJ mouse model has been increasingly utilized as it develops hypoxic, caseous necrotic granulomas which may more closely mimic the pathophysiological conditions found within human pulmonary granulomas. Here, we examined the treatment response of BALB/c and C3HeB/FeJ mice to bedaquiline (BDQ) and pyrazinamide (PZA) administered singly and in combination. BALB/c mice consistently displayed a highly uniform treatment response to both drugs, while C3HeB/FeJ mice displayed a bimodal response composed of responsive and less-responsive mice. Plasma pharmacokinetic analysis of dissected lesions from BALB/c and C3HeB/FeJ mice revealed that PZA penetrated lesion types from both mouse strains with similar efficiency. However, the pH of the necrotic caseum of C3HeB/FeJ granulomas was determined to be 7.5, which is in the range where PZA is essentially ineffective under standard laboratory in vitro growth conditions. BDQ preferentially accumulated within the highly cellular regions in the lungs of both mouse strains, although it was present at reduced but still biologically relevant concentrations within the central caseum when dosed at 25 mg/kg. The differential treatment response which resulted from the heterogeneous pulmonary pathology in the C3HeB/FeJ mouse model revealed several factors which may impact treatment efficacy, and could be further evaluated in clinical trials.

  19. Gas cells for 3He hyperpolarized via spin-exchange optical pumping

    Kim, W.; Stepanyan, S. S.; Kim, A.; Tan, J. A.; Woo, S.

    2016-01-01

    We present a device for the production of hyperpolarized 3He, which is widely used in spinrelated nuclear physics research. Spin-exchange optical pumping (SEOP) is employed to polarize 3He enclosed in a circular borosilicate glass cell suitable not only for the production of polarized gas but also for its storage. The portable glass cell can, thus, be transported to any other research facility. The glass cell can be refilled several times. Special attention is given to the preparation and the filling of the cell to minimize the impurities on its walls and in the gas. We employ glass tubes with shorter lengths and larger diameters in the gas-filling system to achieve the improvement in the air flow necessary to obtain purer polarized 3He samples. The cell is prepared, and after it has been filled with rubidium (Rb) and 3He-N2 mixture, it is sealed under high vacuum conditions. The cell containing the mixture is exposed to circularly-polarized laser light with a wavelength of 795 nm at temperatures of 180 - 220 °C for SEOP. The polarization of 3He is measured via nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). We obtained 40% polarized 3He in less than 15 hours and 50% in about 25 hours. The longitudinal relaxation time T 1 of the polarized 3He we measured was about 58 hours.

  20. Evidence of Cluster Structure of $^9$Be from $^3$He+$^9$Be Reaction

    Lukyanov, S M; Naumenko, M A; Xu, Yi; Trzaska, W H; Burjan, V; Kroha, V; Mrazek, J; Glagolev, V; Piskoř, Š; Voskoboynik, E I; Khlebnikov, S V; Penionzhkevich, Yu E; Skobelev, N K; Sobolev, Yu G; Tyurin, G P; Kuterbekov, K; Tuleushev, Yu

    2015-01-01

    The study of inelastic scattering and multi-nucleon transfer reactions was performed by bombarding a $^{9}$Be target with a $^3$He beam at an incident energy of 30 MeV. Angular distributions for $^9$Be($^3$He,$^3$He)$^{9}$Be, $^9$Be($^3$He,$^4$He)$^{8}$Be, $^9$Be($^3$He,$^5$He)$^{7}$Be, $^9$Be($^3$He,$^6$Li)$^6$Li and $^9$Be($^3$He,$^5$Li)$^7$Li reaction channels were measured. Experimental angular distributions for the corresponding ground states (g.s.) were analysed within the framework of the optical model, the coupled-channel approach and the distorted-wave Born approximation. Cross sections for channels leading to unbound $^5$He$_{g.s.}$, $^5$Li$_{g.s.}$ and $^8$Be systems were obtained from singles measurements where the relationship between the energy and the scattering angle of the observed stable ejectile is constrained by two-body kinematics. Information on the cluster structure of $^{9}$Be was obtained from the transfer channels. It was concluded that cluster transfer is an important mechanism in t...

  1. First Detection of $^3$He$^+$ in the Planetary Nebula IC$\\,$418

    Guzman-Ramirez, L; Zijlstra, A A; García-Miró, C; Morisset, C; Gray, M D

    2016-01-01

    The $^3$He isotope is important to many fields of astrophysics, including stellar evolution, chemical evolution, and cosmology. The isotope is produced in low-mass stars which evolve through the planetary nebula (PN) phase. $^3$He abundances in PNe can help test models of the chemical evolution of the Galaxy. We present the detection of the $^3$He$^+$ emission line using the single dish Deep Space Station 63, towards the PN IC$\\,$418. We derived a $^3$He/H abundance in the range 1.74$\\pm$0.8$\\times$10$^{-3}$ to 5.8$\\pm$1.7$\\times$10$^{-3}$, depending on whether part of the line arises in an outer ionized halo. The lower value for $^3$He/H ratio approaches values predicted by stellar models which include thermohaline mixing, but requires that large amounts of $^3$He are produced inside low-mass stars which enrich the interstellar medium (ISM). However, this over-predicts the $^3$He abundance in HII regions, the ISM, and proto-solar grains, which is known to be of the order of 10$^{-5}$. This discrepancy questi...

  2. Multi-spacecraft observations of recurrent {sup 3}He-rich solar energetic particles

    Bučík, R.; Innes, D. E.; Mall, U.; Korth, A. [Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, D-37077 Göttingen (Germany); Mason, G. M. [Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, MD 20723 (United States); Gómez-Herrero, R., E-mail: bucik@mps.mpg.de [Space Research Group, University of Alcalá, E-28871 Alcalá de Henares (Spain)

    2014-05-01

    We study the origin of {sup 3}He-rich solar energetic particles (<1 MeV nucleon{sup –1}) that are observed consecutively on STEREO-B, Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), and STEREO-A spacecraft when they are separated in heliolongitude by more than 90°. The {sup 3}He-rich period on STEREO-B and STEREO-A commences on 2011 July 1 and 2011 July 16, respectively. The ACE {sup 3}He-rich period consists of two sub-events starting on 2011 July 7 and 2011 July 9. We associate the STEREO-B July 1 and ACE July 7 {sup 3}He-rich events with the same sizeable active region (AR) producing X-ray flares accompanied by prompt electron events, when it was near the west solar limb as seen from the respective spacecraft. The ACE July 9 and STEREO-A July 16 events were dispersionless with enormous {sup 3}He enrichment, lacking solar energetic electrons and occurring in corotating interaction regions. We associate these events with a small, recently emerged AR near the border of a low-latitude coronal hole that produced numerous jet-like emissions temporally correlated with type III radio bursts. For the first time we present observations of (1) solar regions with long-lasting conditions for {sup 3}He acceleration and (2) solar energetic {sup 3}He that is temporarily confined/re-accelerated in interplanetary space.

  3. 3He(d,p)4He reaction calculation with three-body Faddeev equations

    In order to investigate the 3He-n-p system as a three-body problem, we have formulated 3He-n and 3H-p effective potentials using both a microscopic treatment and a phenomenological approach. In the microscopic treatment, potentials are generated by means of the resonating group method (RGM) based on the Minnesota nucleon-nucleon potential. These potentials are converted into separable form by means of the microscopic Pauli correct (MPC) method. The MPC potentials are properly formulated to avoid Pauli forbidden states. The phenomenological potentials are obtained by modifying parameters of the EST approximation to the Paris nucleon-nucleon potential, such that they fit the low-energy 3He-n, 3H-p, and 3He-p phase shifts. Therefore, they describe the 3He-n differential cross section, the polarization observables, and the energy levels of 4He. The 3He-n-p Faddeev equations are solved numerically. We reproduce correctly the ground state and the first excited state of 5Li. Furthermore, the Paris-type potential is used to investigate the 3He(d,p)4He reaction at a deuteron bombarding energy of 270 MeV, where the system is treated as a three-body problem. Results for the polarized and unpolarized differential cross sections demonstrate convergence of the Born series. (orig.)

  4. Radiological imaging after lung transplantation; Radiologische Diagnostik bei lungentransplantieren Patienten

    Schmidt, D. [Inst. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany); Berger, H. [Inst. fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany); Forst, H. [Inst. fuer Anaesthesiologie, Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany); Willkomm, G. [Chirurgische Klinik, Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany); Dienemann, H. [Chirurgische Klinik, Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany)

    1994-09-01

    Based on the imaging studies obtained from 13 patients after lung transplantation, radiological findings have been correlated with the clinical charts. The intention was to describe the radiological manifestations of the particular transplant complications of these patients. 12 episodes of reimplantation response were seen in the early postoperative period as a perihilar accented perivasal consolidation with typically short-termed appearances. 16 episodes of acute rejection showed various manifestations on the radiographs. They were characterised by immediate response to a bolus therapy with corticosteroids. This decisive observation allows the exclusion of other causes contributing to a condition following thoracotomy with similar radiological manifestations. Stenoses of the pulmonary or the bronchial anastomoses occurred once each and were confirmed in the course of further examinations. Chest radiograph proved to be the appropriate tool for the diagnosis of technical complications following iatrogenic measures (pleural effusion, pneumothorax). Clinical symptoms and follow-up observations are necessary for the interpretation of the radiographs. Chest radiography represents an important help concerning problems in differential diagnosis and further therapeutic decisions. (orig.) [Deutsch] In einer retrospektiven Analyse wurden bei 13 Patienten mit 14 Lungentransplantationen die radiologischen Untersuchungsbefunde mit dem klinischen Verlauf korreliert. Intention war, die bildgebenden Merkmale bei den besonderen Problemen dieser Patienten darzustellen. 12 mal war ein Reperfusionsoedem nachzuweisen, mit meist typischen Veraenderungen und kurzfristiger Rueckbildung. Es traten insgesamt 16 Episoden einer akuten Abstossungsreaktion auf. Die damit verbundenen Veraenderungen im Roentgenbild waren sehr variabel, zeigten jedoch eine prompte Rueckbildung nach einer Stosstherapie mit Kortikosteroiden. Dies ist ein wichtiges differentialdiagnostisches Kriterium zur

  5. Fourier-processed images of dynamic lung function from list-mode data

    Zubal, I.G.; Rowe, R.W.; Bizais, Y.; Susskind, H.; Bennett, G.W.; Brill, A.B.

    1983-01-01

    Time and volume correlated amplitude and phase images are computed from nuclear medical ventilation studies and for dynamic transmission scans of the lungs. This is made possible by a hardware interface and data acquisition system, developed in-house, allowing camera events and multiple ancillary physiological signals (including lung volume) to be acquired simultaneously in list mode. The first harmonic amplitude and phase images are constructed on an event by event basis. These are computed for both equal time and equal lung volume increments. Time and volume correlated Fourier images for ventilation studies have shown details and functional structures not usually seen in conventional imaging techniques. Processed transmission scans show similar results compared to ventilation images.

  6. Study on (n3, He) fusion reactions cross sections using optical model

    Non-elastic cross-sections have been calculated by using optical model for (n3, He) reactions at 22.5 MeV energy. The empirical formula including optical model non-elastic effects by fitting two parameters for the (n3, He) reaction cross-sections have been suggested. Reaction Q-values depending on the asymmetry term effect for the (n3, He) reaction have been investigated. The obtained cross-section formula with new coefficients has been compared with the experimental data and discussed. It has seen that the fit of formula in this paper is in good agreement with the experimental data

  7. Exchange of np-pair in elastic p3He-backscattering at intermidiate energies

    The contribution of loop Feynmann diagrams, describing the np-pair transfer in backward elastic p3He scattering, has been investigated in the framework of the three-dimensional diagram approach at incident energies of 0.2-1.7 GeV. It is shown that the sum of discussed diagrams is equivalent to the Born approximation in NN-interaction potentials. The numerical calculations performed using the five-channel Faddeev wave function of3He show that the sequentional n-p transfer dominates and its amplitude is rather weakly sensitive to the D-components of the 3He wave function and relativistic corrections. 26 resf., 3 figs

  8. What can superconductivity learn from quantized vorticity in 3He superfluids?

    In 3He superfluids quantized vorticity can take many different forms: It can appear as distributed periodic textures, as sheets, or as lines. In the anisotropic 3He-A phase in most cases the amplitude of the order parameter remains constant throughout the vortex structure and only its orientation changes in space. In the quasi-isotropic 3He-B phase vortex lines have a hard core where the order parameter has a reduced, but finite amplitude. The different structures have been firmly identified, based on both measurement and calculation. What parallels can be drawn from this information to the new unconventional superconductors or Bose-Einstein condensates? (orig.)

  9. Static aspects of the fission and fusion of liquid 3He drops

    Using an effective 3He-3He interaction, the fission and fusion of 3He drops have been investigated from a static point of view. The calculations show that a fission barrier develops for these neutral systems, and that their saddle configurations are rather elongate. The transition from oblate to prolate shapes as a function of the angular momentum L, as well as critical values for fission and fusion are discussed for some selected cases. A kind of proximity potential can be extracted from the drop-drop interaction potentials. (author) 33 refs.; 9 figs

  10. Kaonic 3He and 4He X-ray measurements in SIDDHARTA

    Ishiwatari, T; Beer, G; Berucci, C; Bombelli, L; Bragadireanu, A M; Cargnelli, M; Clozza, A; Corradi, G; Curceanu, C; d'Uffizi, A; Fiorini, C; Ghio, F; Girolami, B; Guaraldo, C; Hayano, R S; Iliescu, M; Iwasaki, M; Kienle, P; Sandri, P Levi; Lucherini, V; Marton, J; Okada, S; Pietreanu, D; Piscicchia, K; Lener, M Poli; Ponta, T; Quaglia, R; Rizzo, A; Vidal, A Romero; Scordo, A; Shi, H; Sirghi, D L; Sirghi, F; Tatsuno, H; Tudorache, A; Tudorache, V; Doce, O Vazquez; Widmann, E; Wuenschek, B; Zmeskal, J

    2011-01-01

    The strong-interaction shift of kaonic 3He and 4He 2p states was measured using gaseous targets for the first time in the SIDDHARTA experiment. The determined shift of kaonic 4He is much smaller than the values obtained in the experiments performed in 70's and 80's. Thus, the problems in kaonic helium (the "kaonic helium puzzle") was definitely solved by our measurements. The first observation of the kaonic 3He X-rays was also achieved. The shift both of kaonic 3He and 4He was found to be as small as a few eV.

  11. Study of neutron spin structure functions at low Q2 with polarized 3He

    The recently completed experiment E94-010 at Jefferson Lab studies the neutron spin structure functions at low momentum transfer (Q2) values. Using a polarized 3 He target and polarized electron beam, we have measured the asymmetries and cross sections for 3He(e,e') from the elastic to the deep inelastic region. The covered Q2 ranges from 0.03 to 1.1 GeV2. From the data, the Q2 evolution of the spin structure functions for 3He and neutron, and of the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn (GDH) sum rule has been studied, and the preliminary results are presented

  12. The study of radionuclide lung SPECT imaging for the prediction of residual lung function

    The authors reported the prediction of residual lung function before pulmonary lobectomy by he method of radionuclide lung perfusion tomographic study. 140 cases of pulmonary disease were proved by pathologic section or operation. Among them, there were 127 primary lung cancers, 11 benign lesions and 2 metastatic lung cancers. Comparative analyses were performed between the predicted expiratory volume (PFEV1) and the actual measured volume (FEV1) after operation in 87 cases of pulmonary lobectomy, and also the Q value before and after operation in 40 cases with pulmonary lobectomy. All showed significantly correlated results, P>0.05, r = 0.9925 in the former group and P>0.05, r = 0.865 in the latter group. The derivation of the formula and the method of calculation for the prediction of residual pulmonary function were described

  13. Combined MR Proton Lung Perfusion/Angiography and Helium Ventilation: Potential for Detecting Pulmonary Emboli and Ventilation Defects

    Zheng, Jie; Leawoods, Jason C.; Nolte, Mark; Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.; Woodard, Pamela K; Laub, Gerhardt; Gropler, Robert J.; Conradi, Mark S.

    2002-01-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) perfusion imaging allows the assessment of pulmonary blood flow in parenchyma and main pulmonary arteries simultaneously. MRI using laser-polarized 3He gas clearly shows the ventilation distribution with high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). In this report, the feasibility of combined lung MR angiography, perfusion, and ventilation imaging is demonstrated in a porcine model. Ultrafast gradient-echo sequences have been used for 3D perfusion and angiographic imaging, in conju...

  14. Image quality assurance in the prostate, lung, colorectal, and ovarian cancer screening trial network of the National Lung Screening Trial.

    Moore, Stephen M; Gierada, David S; Clark, Kenneth W; Blaine, G James

    2005-09-01

    The National Lung Screening Trial is evaluating the effectiveness of low-dose spiral CT and conventional chest X-ray as screening tests for persons who are at high risk for developing lung cancer. This multicenter trial requires quality assurance (QA) for the image quality and technical parameters of the scans. The electronic system described here helps manage the QA process. The system includes a workstation at each screening center that de-identifies the data, a DICOM storage service at the QA Coordinating Center, and Web-based systems for presenting images and QA evaluation forms to the QA radiologists. Quality assurance data are collated and analyzed by an independent statistical organization. We describe the design and implementation of this electronic QA system, emphasizing issues relating to data security and privacy, the various obstacles encountered in the installation of a common system at different participating screening centers, and the functional success of the system deployed. PMID:15924251

  15. Determination of noni-nvasive peripheral lung adenocarcinoma using computed tomographic images

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether thin-section CT (TS-CT) findings are good indicators of non-invasive adenocarcinoma of the lung. We reviewed TS-CT findings and pathological specimens from 359 consecutive patients who underwent surgical resection for peripheral adenocarcinomas smaller than 20 mm in diameter during the period from July 1997 to May 2006 in Kanagawa Cancer Center Hospital. Tumors were classified as either air-or solid-type tumors based on two different methods of identification. In the visual method, tumors were defined as air-types if the opacity on mediastinal window images was less than or equal to half of that on lung window images, and as a solid-type tumor if opacity on mediastinal window images was more than half of that on lung window images. In the measured method, tumors were defined as air-types if the maximum diameter of tumor opacity on mediastinal window images was less than or equal to half of that on lung window images, and as a solid-type if the maximum diameter on mediastinal window images was more than half of that on lung window images. We compared TS-CT findings to pathological findings (lymph node metastasis, pleural invasion, vessel invasion, and lymphatic invasion) and prognosis. Pathological invasive findings and recurrence were found in a small number of patients with air-type tumors that were determined based on the visual method. No pathological invasive findings or recurrence were found in patients with air-type tumors that were determined by the measured method. The ratio of the maximum diameter of tumor opacity on mediastinal window images to that on lung window images was a useful predictor of non-invasive peripheral adenocarcinoma. (author)

  16. Detection and Severity Scoring of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Using Volumetric Analysis of Lung CT Images

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a devastating disease.While there is no cure for COPD and the lung damage associated with this disease cannot be reversed, it is still very important to diagnose it as early as possible. In this paper, we propose a novel method based on the measurement of air trapping in the lungs from CT images to detect COPD and to evaluate its severity. Twenty-five patients and twelve normal adults were included in this study. The proposed method found volumetric changes of the lungs from inspiration to expiration. To this end, trachea CT images at full inspiration and expiration were compared and changes in the areas and volumes of the lungs between inspiration and expiration were used to define quantitative measures (features). Using these features,the subjects were classified into two groups of normal and COPD patients using a Bayesian classifier. In addition, t-tests were applied to evaluate discrimination powers of the features for this classification. For the cases studied, the proposed method estimated air trapping in the lungs from CT images without human intervention. Based on the results, a mathematical model was developed to relate variations of lung volumes to the severity of the disease. As a computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system, the proposed method may assist radiologists in the detection of COPD. It quantifies air trapping in the lungs and thus may assist them with the scoring of the disease by quantifying the severity of the disease

  17. Potential Lung Nodules Identification for Characterization by Variable Multistep Threshold and Shape Indices from CT Images

    Saleem Iqbal

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Computed tomography (CT is an important imaging modality. Physicians, surgeons, and oncologists prefer CT scan for diagnosis of lung cancer. However, some nodules are missed in CT scan. Computer aided diagnosis methods are useful for radiologists for detection of these nodules and early diagnosis of lung cancer. Early detection of malignant nodule is helpful for treatment. Computer aided diagnosis of lung cancer involves lung segmentation, potential nodules identification, features extraction from the potential nodules, and classification of the nodules. In this paper, we are presenting an automatic method for detection and segmentation of lung nodules from CT scan for subsequent features extraction and classification. Contribution of the work is the detection and segmentation of small sized nodules, low and high contrast nodules, nodules attached with vasculature, nodules attached to pleura membrane, and nodules in close vicinity of the diaphragm and lung wall in one-go. The particular techniques of the method are multistep threshold for the nodule detection and shape index threshold for false positive reduction. We used 60 CT scans of “Lung Image Database Consortium-Image Database Resource Initiative” taken by GE medical systems LightSpeed16 scanner as dataset and correctly detected 92% nodules. The results are reproducible.

  18. Imaging of lung cancer: Implications on staging and management

    Purandare, Nilendu C; Venkatesh Rangarajan

    2015-01-01

    Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. Accurate assessment of disease extent is important in deciding the optimal treatment approach. To play an important role in the multidisciplinary management of lung cancer patients, it is necessary that the radiologist understands the principles of staging and the implications of radiological findings on the various staging descriptors and eventual treatment decisions.

  19. Imaging of lung cancer: Implications on staging and management

    Nilendu C Purandare

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. Accurate assessment of disease extent is important in deciding the optimal treatment approach. To play an important role in the multidisciplinary management of lung cancer patients, it is necessary that the radiologist understands the principles of staging and the implications of radiological findings on the various staging descriptors and eventual treatment decisions.

  20. Magnetic resonance imaging of respiratory movement and lung function; Magnetresonanztomographie der Atembewegung und Lungenfunktion

    Tetzlaff, R. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Abteilung Radiologie (E010), Heidelberg (Germany); Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Abteilung Medizinische und Biologische Informatik, Heidelberg (Germany); Eichinger, M. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Abteilung Radiologie (E010), Heidelberg (Germany)

    2009-08-15

    Lung function measurements are the domain of spirometry or plethysmography. These methods have proven their value in clinical practice, nevertheless, being global measurements the functional indices only describe the sum of all functional units of the lung. Impairment of only a single component of the respiratory pump or of a small part of lung parenchyma can be compensated by unaffected lung tissue. Dynamic imaging can help to detect such local changes and lead to earlier adapted therapy. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) seems to be perfect for this application as it is not hampered by image distortion as is projection radiography and it does not expose the patient to potentially harmful radiation like computed tomography. Unfortunately, lung parenchyma is not easy to image using MRI due to its low signal intensity. For this reason first applications of MRI in lung function measurements concentrated on the movement of the thoracic wall and the diaphragm. Recent technical advances in MRI however might allow measurements of regional dynamics of the lungs. (orig.) [German] Die Lungenfunktion wird bislang hauptsaechlich durch die Spirometrie oder Plethysmographie untersucht. Diese Methoden sind zwar sehr leistungsfaehig zur Diagnostik von Lungenerkrankungen, sind jedoch globale Messmethoden, deren Messparameter immer die Summe aller funktionellen Einheiten der Lunge beschreiben. Veraenderungen, die auf eine Teilkomponente der Atempumpe beschraenkt sind oder kleine Teile des Lungengewebes betreffen, koennen durch gesunde Lungenanteile kompensiert werden. Mit dynamischen bildgebenden Verfahren koennten solche regionalen Veraenderungen erfasst und so eine fruehere Therapie ermoeglicht werden. Die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) bietet sich hier ideal an, da sie als Schnittbildverfahren weder die Probleme der Bildverzerrung, der Projektionsverfahren noch die Strahlenbelastung der Computertomographie hat. Allerdings wird die MRT der Lunge durch das geringe Signal des

  1. MRI investigation of normal fetal lung maturation using signal intensities on different imaging sequences

    To purpose of this paper is to study the relation between normal lung maturation signal and changes in intensity ratios (SIR) and to determine which magnetic resonance imaging sequence provides the strongest correlation of normal lung SIs with gestational age. 126 normal singleton pregnancies (20-37 weeks) were examined with a 1.5 Tesla unit. Mean SIs for lungs, liver, and gastric fluid were assessed on six different sequences, and SIRs of lung/liver (LLSIR) and lung/gastric fluid (LGSIR) were correlated with gestational age for each sequence. To evaluate the feasibility of SIRs in the prediction of the state of the lung maturity, accuracy of the predicted SIRs (D*) was measured by calculating relative residuals (D*-D)/D for each sequence. LLSIRs showed significant changes in every sequence (p<0.05), while LGSIRs only on two sequences. Significant differences were shown for the mean of absolute residuals for both LLSIRs (p<0.001) and for LGSIRs (p=0.003). Relative residuals of LLSIRs were significantly smaller on T1-weighted sequence, whereas they were significantly higher for LGSIRs on FLAIR sequence. Fetal liver seems to be adequate reference for the investigation of lung maturation. T1-weighted sequence was the most accurate for the measurement of the lung SIs; thus, we propose to determine LLSIR on T1-weighted sequence when evaluating lung development. (orig.)

  2. MRI investigation of normal fetal lung maturation using signal intensities on different imaging sequences

    Balassy, Csilla; Kasprian, Gregor; Weber, Michael; Hoermann, Marcus; Prayer, Daniela [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Radiology, Vienna (Austria); Brugger, Peter C. [Medical University of Vienna, Center of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Vienna (Austria); Csapo, Bence [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Obstetrics and Gyneocology, Vienna (Austria); Mittermayer, Christoph [Medical University of Vienna, Department of Pediatrics, Vienna (Austria)

    2007-03-15

    To purpose of this paper is to study the relation between normal lung maturation signal and changes in intensity ratios (SIR) and to determine which magnetic resonance imaging sequence provides the strongest correlation of normal lung SIs with gestational age. 126 normal singleton pregnancies (20-37 weeks) were examined with a 1.5 Tesla unit. Mean SIs for lungs, liver, and gastric fluid were assessed on six different sequences, and SIRs of lung/liver (LLSIR) and lung/gastric fluid (LGSIR) were correlated with gestational age for each sequence. To evaluate the feasibility of SIRs in the prediction of the state of the lung maturity, accuracy of the predicted SIRs (D*) was measured by calculating relative residuals (D*-D)/D for each sequence. LLSIRs showed significant changes in every sequence (p<0.05), while LGSIRs only on two sequences. Significant differences were shown for the mean of absolute residuals for both LLSIRs (p<0.001) and for LGSIRs (p=0.003). Relative residuals of LLSIRs were significantly smaller on T1-weighted sequence, whereas they were significantly higher for LGSIRs on FLAIR sequence. Fetal liver seems to be adequate reference for the investigation of lung maturation. T1-weighted sequence was the most accurate for the measurement of the lung SIs; thus, we propose to determine LLSIR on T1-weighted sequence when evaluating lung development. (orig.)

  3. Clinical evaluation of lung volume reduction surgery using 99mTc-Technegas SPECT in cases with pulmonary emphysema. Three dimensional images and lung deposition volume

    99mTc-Technegas (Tcgas) SPECT is useful for evaluating the patency of the airway and is sensitive in detecting regional ventilation impairment in pulmonary emphysema (PE). In this study Tcgas volume rendered 3 dimensional (3D) images and lung deposition volume were evaluated before and after lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) in patients with PE. There were 11 cases with PE. All cases were males. LVRS was performed bilaterally in 8 cases and unilaterally in 3 cases. Tcgas SPECT was performed and volume rendered 3D images were reconstructed and lung deposition volume were calculated. After LVRS, Tcgas lung deposition volume increased in 10 patients in the whole lung, increased in 6 cases and decreased in 1 case in the right lung, increased in 7 cases and slightly decreased in 4 cases in the left lung. In the 3 unilateral LVRS cases, Tcgas lung deposition volume in operated lung increased in 2 cases and in the contralateral lung increased in all 3 cases. The changes of Tcgas lung deposition volume correlated with changes of FEV1.0 and %FEV1.0. Tcgas SPECT was found to be a useful method in the quantitative evaluation of changes in regional pulmonary function before and after LVRS. (author)

  4. Quantitative detection of drug dose and spatial distribution in the lung revealed by Cryoslicing Imaging.

    Barapatre, Nirav; Symvoulidis, Panagiotis; Möller, Winfried; Prade, Friedrich; Deliolanis, Nikolaos C; Hertel, Sebastian; Winter, Gerhard; Yildirim, Ali Ö; Stoeger, Tobias; Eickelberg, Oliver; Ntziachristos, Vasilis; Schmid, Otmar

    2015-01-01

    Administration of drugs via inhalation is an attractive route for pulmonary and systemic drug delivery. The therapeutic outcome of inhalation therapy depends not only on the dose of the lung-delivered drug, but also on its bioactivity and regional distribution. Fluorescence imaging has the potential to monitor these aspects already during preclinical development of inhaled drugs, but quantitative methods of analysis are lacking. In this proof-of-concept study, we demonstrate that Cryoslicing Imaging allows for 3D quantitative fluorescence imaging on ex vivo murine lungs. Known amounts of fluorescent substance (nanoparticles or fluorophore-drug conjugate) were instilled in the lungs of mice. The excised lungs were measured by Cryoslicing Imaging. Herein, white light and fluorescence images are obtained from the face of a gradually sliced frozen organ block. A quantitative representation of the fluorescence intensity throughout the lung was inferred from the images by accounting for instrument noise, tissue autofluorescence and out-of-plane fluorescence. Importantly, the out-of-plane fluorescence correction is based on the experimentally determined effective light attenuation coefficient of frozen murine lung tissue (10.0 ± 0.6 cm(-1) at 716 nm). The linear correlation between pulmonary total fluorescence intensity and pulmonary fluorophore dose indicates the validity of this method and allows direct fluorophore dose assessment. The pulmonary dose of a fluorescence-labeled drug (FcγR-Alexa750) could be assessed with an estimated accuracy of 9% and the limit of detection in ng regime. Hence, Cryoslicing Imaging can be used for quantitative assessment of dose and 3D distribution of fluorescence-labeled drugs or drug carriers in the lungs of mice. PMID:25262414

  5. Optical imaging of tissue mitochondrial redox state in intact rat lungs in two models of pulmonary oxidative stress

    Sepehr, Reyhaneh; Staniszewski, Kevin; Maleki, Sepideh; Jacobs, Elizabeth R.; Audi, Said; Ranji, Mahsa

    2012-04-01

    Ventilation with enhanced fractions of O2 (hyperoxia) is a common and necessary treatment for hypoxemia in patients with lung failure, but prolonged exposure to hyperoxia causes lung injury. Ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury of lung tissue is common in lung transplant or crush injury to the chest. These conditions are associated with apoptosis and decreased survival of lung tissue. The objective of this work is to use cryoimaging to evaluate the effect of exposure to hyperoxia and IR injury on lung tissue mitochondrial redox state in rats. The autofluorescent mitochondrial metabolic coenzymes nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) are electron carriers in ATP generation. These intrinsic fluorophores were imaged for rat lungs using low-temperature fluorescence imaging (cryoimaging). Perfused lungs from four groups of rats were studied: normoxia (control), control perfused with an mitochondrial complex IV inhibitor (potassium cyanide, KCN), rats exposed to hyperoxia (85% O2) for seven days, and from rats subjected to lung IR in vivo 24 hours prior to study. Each lung was sectioned sequentially in the transverse direction, and the images were used to reconstruct a three-dimensional (3-D) rendering. In KCN perfused lungs the respiratory chain was more reduced, whereas hyperoxic and IR lung tissue have a more oxidized respiratory chain than control lung tissue, consistent with previously measured mitochondrial dysfunction in both hyperoxic and IR lungs.

  6. Specific-heat measurements on dilute 3He-4He mixtures

    The author measured the specific heat of dilute 3He-4He mixtures in the concentration range from X = 1 x 10-3 to X = 3 x 10-3 and in the temperature range from 100 mK to 600 mK. This has been done by means of a thermal relaxation method. This method provides some interesting features and is applied, to our knowledge, for the first time to dilute 3He-4He mixtures. To reach the required temperature range for our experiments a 4He circulating 3He-4He dilution refrigerator has been constructed. The results confirm the deviation of the 3He contribution to the specific heat from the ideal Fermi gas behaviour. (Auth.)

  7. Preconceptual engineering design for the APT 3He Target/Blanket concept

    A preconceptual engineering design has been developed for the 3He Target/Blanket (T/B) System for the Accelerator Production of Tritium Project. This concept uses an array of pressure tubes containing tungsten rods for the neutron spallation source and 3He gas contained in a metal tank and blanket tubes as the tritium production material. The engineering design is based on a physics model optimized for efficient tritium production. Principle engineering consideration were: provisions for cooling all materials including the 3He gas; containment of the gas and radionuclides; remote handling; material compatibility; minimization of 3He, D2O, and activated waste; modularity; and manufacturability. The design provides a basis for estimating the cost to implement the system

  8. The ion optics of a miniature 3He/4He mass spectrometer of high resolution

    To measure the isotopic abundance ratio of 3He and 4He in samples by mass spectrometers is an important detection mean for helium isotope geochemistry research. A symmetrically arranged tandem 3He/4He mass spectrometer is described in the paper. The front stage, used to analyse 3He (including HD and H3) and 4He, is a homogeneous analysing magnet with a bending angle of 90 deg and a bending radius of 6 cm. The end stage, used to analyse 3He, HD and H3, is a non-homogeneous analysing magnet with a bending angle of 180 deg, a bending radius of 15 cm and a magnetic field gradient of 0.75. Because of the use of the non-zero second order coefficient β and curved entrance face of the later magnet for eliminating second order aberrations, the resolving power of the system is notably improved, and theoretically reaches about 3800

  9. Discovery of superfluid 3He phases wins 1996 nobel prize in physics

    The 1996 Nobel prize in physics was awarded to David M. Lee, Douglas D. Osheroff and Robert C. Richardson for their discovery of superfluidity in 3He in 1971. A short account of the discovery and its importance is given

  10. Cryopol: a superconducting magnetostatic cavity for a sup 3 He neutron spin filter

    Dreyer, J; Bourgeat-Lami, E; Lelievre-Berna, E; Pujol, S; Thomas, F; Thomas, M; Tasset, F

    2000-01-01

    We present a device called 'Cryopol' that provides a clean magnetic environment for a sup 3 He spin filter cell, even in the presence of strong magnetic stray fields like those of a superconducting magnet.

  11. Measurements of the structure and nucleation of vorticity in the (3)He superfluids. Doctoral thesis

    Parts, U.

    1995-10-01

    This thesis reports experiments on rotating superfluid 3He, which were performed in the Low Temperature Laboratory during the period 1991-94, and which are published in a series of original publications. Rotation is particularly useful for creating various types of topological objecs, e.g. quantized vortex lines, in large quantities for systematic investigation. The author`s method to study them is the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique, which has been an important experimental tool in various fields of physics for about fifty years. In the case of superfluid 3He, NMR provides direct information on the spatial distribution of the order parameter field. Both superfluid phases of 3He, the A- and the B-phase, have been under investigation in this thesis work. In 3He-B the main concern has been the nucleation of singular vortices. This process involves an energy barrier, similar to a first order phase transition.

  12. Isospin effects in the exclusive dp -> 3He{\\pi}+{\\pi}- reaction

    Mielke, M; Chiladze, D; Dymov, S; Fritzsch, C; Gebel, R; Goslawski, P; Hartmann, M; Kacharava, A; Khoukaz, A; Kulessa, P; Lorentz, B; Mersmann, T; Mikirtychiants, S; Ohm, H; Papenbrock, M; Rausmann, T; Serdyuk, V; Ströher, H; Täschner, A; Valdau, Y; Wilkin, C

    2014-01-01

    The differential cross section for the exclusive dp -> 3He{\\pi}+{\\pi}- reaction has been measured with high resolution and large statistics over a large fraction of the backward 3He hemisphere at the excess energy 265 MeV using the COSY-ANKE magnetic spectrometer. Though the well-known ABC enhancement is observed in the {\\pi}+{\\pi}- spectrum, the differences detected between the {\\pi}+3He and {\\pi}-3He invariant-mass distributions show that there must be some isospin-one {\\pi}{\\pi} production even at relatively low excess energies. The invariant-mass differences are modeled in terms of the sequential decay N*(1440) -> Delta(1232){\\pi} -> N{\\pi}{\\pi}.

  13. New data and evaluation of sup 3 He-induced nuclear reactions on Cu

    Tarkanyi, F; Takács, S; Al-Abyad, M; Mustafa, M G; Shubin, Y; Zhuang, Y

    2002-01-01

    Excitation functions of sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 6 Ga, sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 7 Ga, sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 3 Zn and sup n sup a sup t Cu( sup 3 He, x) sup 6 sup 5 Zn nuclear reactions were measured up to 36 MeV using stacked foil irradiation arrangement and activation technique. The results were compared with compiled literature data. The status of the experimental database was investigated with the goal to produce recommended values for different applications. The application of the deduced data in the field of beam monitoring and thin layer activation is discussed.

  14. Ignition analysis for D plasma with non-Maxwellian 3He minority in fusion reactors

    Possible fusion reactivity enhancement due to 3He minority ICRF heating in D-3He toroidal plasma is demonstrated in present numerical simulations. On this purpose the particle code based on test-particle approach is developed. This code solves guiding center equations for 3He ions in toroidal magnetic field including Coulomb collisions of these ions with the background deuterons and electrons. A simple Monte Carlo model for ICRF heating is implemented in this code as well. The transformation of 3He distribution function from Maxwellian to non-Maxwellian due to heating plays the key role for reactivity enhancement. The formation of significant energetic tail gives rise to the reactivity enhancement. This is an important issue for the performance of fusion reactors with minority heating of ICRF. (author)

  15. Evaluation and application of 3D lung warping and registration model using HRCT images

    Fan, Li; Chen, Chang W.; Reinhardt, Joseph M.; Hoffman, Eric A.

    2001-05-01

    Image-based study of structure-function relationships is a challenging problem in that the structure or region of interest may vary in position and shape on images captured over time. Such variation may be caused by the change in body posture or the motion of breathing and heart beating. Therefore, the structure or region of interest should be registered before any further regional study can be carried out. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to study the structure-function relationship of ventilation using a previously developed 3D lung warping and registration model. First, we evaluate the effectiveness of the lung warping and registration model using a set of criteria, including apparent lung motion patterns and ground truths. Then, we study the ventilation by integrating the warping model with air content calibration. The warping model is applied to three CT lung data sets, obtained under volume control of FRC, 40% and 75% vital capacity (VC). Dense displacement fields are obtained to represent deformation between different lung volume steps. For any specific region of interest, we first register it between images over time using the dense displacement, and then estimate the corresponding regional inspired air content. Assessments include change of regional volume during inspiration, change of regional air content, and the distribution of regional ventilation. This is the first time that 3D warping of lung images is applied to assess clinically significant pulmonary functions.

  16. High-efficiency microstructured semiconductor neutron detectors for direct 3He replacement

    High-efficiency Microstructured Semiconductor Neutron Detectors (MSNDs) have been tiled and arranged in a cylindrical form factor in order to serve as a direct replacement to aging and increasingly expensive 3He gas-filled proportional neutron detectors. Two 6-in long by 2-in diameter cylinders were constructed and populated with MSNDs which were then directly compared to a 4 atm Reuter Stokes 3He detector of the same dimensions. The Generation 1 MSND-based 3Helium-Replacement (HeRep Mk I) device contained sixty-four 1-cm2 active-area MSNDs, each with an intrinsic neutron detection efficiency of approximately 7%. A Generation 2 device (the HeRep Mk II) was populated with thirty 4-cm2 active-area MSNDs, with an intrinsic thermal neutron detection efficiency of approximately 30%. The MSNDs of each HeRep were integrated to count as a single device. The 3He proportional counter and the HeRep devices were tested while encased in a cylinder of high-density polyethylene measuring a total of 6-in by 9-in. The 3He counter and the HeRep Mk II were each placed 1 m from a 54-ng 252Cf source and tested for efficiency. The 3He proportional counter had a net count rate of 17.13±0.10 cps at 1 m. The HeRep Mk II device had a net count rate of 17.60±0.10 cps, amounting to 102.71±2.65% of the 3He gas counter while inside of the moderator. Outside of moderator, the 3He tube had a count rate of 3.35±0.05 cps and the HeRep Mk II device reported 3.19±05, amounting to 95.15±9.04% of the 3He neutron detector

  17. Generalized parton distributions of 3He and the neutron orbital structure

    Rinaldi, Matteo; Scopetta, Sergio

    2013-01-01

    The two leading twist, quark helicity conserving generalized parton distributions (GPDs) of 3He, accessible, for example, in coherent deeply virtual Compton scattering (DVCS), are calculated in impulse approximation (IA). Their sum, at low momentum transfer, is found to be largely dominated by the neutron contribution, so that 3He is very promising for the extraction of the neutron information. Anyway, such an extraction could be not trivial. A technique, able to take into account the nuclear...

  18. Ionization of polarized 3He+ ions in EBIS trap with slanted electrostatic mirror.

    Pikin,A.; Zelenski, A.; Kponou, A.; Alessi, J.; Beebe, E.; Prelee, K.; Raparia, D.

    2007-09-10

    Methods of producing the nuclear polarized {sup 3}He{sup +} ions and their ionization to {sup 3}H{sup ++} in ion trap of the electron Beam Ion Source (EBIS) are discussed. Computer simulations show that injection and accumulation of {sup 3}He{sup +} ions in the EBIS trap with slanted electrostatic mirror can be very effective for injection times longer than the ion traversal time through the trap.

  19. Contribution to the study of a helium dilution refrigerator with a 3He - 4He mixture

    New concepts to improve the conditions of operation of a helium dilution refrigerator with 3He additions in 4He are presented. The sealing of several circuits including heat exchangers is studied. A cryostat operating without a 3He condensation system is developed. The cryostat allows temperatures as low as 40 mK to be reached and is small enough to be transportable. The whole system was designed for neutron diffraction studies. The utilization of sintered silver powder heat exchangers is considered

  20. A compact SEOP 3He neutron spin filter with AFP NMR

    Ino, Takashi; Arimoto, Yasushi; Shimizu, Hirohiko M.; Sakaguchi, Yoshifumi; Sakai, Kenji; Kira, Hiroshi; Shinohara, Takenao; Oku, Takayuki; Suzuki, Jun-ichi; Kakurai, Kazuhisa; Chang, Lieh-Jeng

    2012-02-01

    We developed AFP NMR in an aluminum container for polarized noble gas nuclei. The radio frequency magnetic field inside the aluminum container was designed from computer simulations. The polarization loss by the AFP spin flip of 3He was measured to be as low as 3.8×10-4. With this technique, a compact in-situ polarizing 3He neutron spin filter with AFP NMR is demonstrated.

  1. Validity of the evidence for a central depression in the charge density of 3He

    The derivation of proton and neutron charge densities from experimentally obtained form factors is considered. The meson exchange current contribution to the 3He charge form factor for three models of neutron and proton charge form factors is calculated and it is shown that it is not valid to use the short range behavior of nucleon charge density to deduce information on the structure of 3He

  2. Electropion production in 3He determined by measuring the triton recoil cross section

    The 3He(e,T) π+,e' cross section has been measured as a function of incident electron energy, triton recoil energy and angle. The experiment corresponds to excitation energies near 20 MeV above pion threshold. Comparison is made with a theory including all partial waves using Gaussian and Irving-Gunn ground states for 3He. The forward peaking approximation is also discussed

  3. 3He(e,d)e'p isochromats and angular distribution measurements

    An angular distribution and isochromats for the reaction 3He(e,d)e'p were measured to determine the importance of E2 strength near the peak of the 3He(#betta#,d)p cross section. The angular distribution was analyzed using both a complete and approximate virtual photon spectrum. The isochromats were compared to a plane wave model prediction and least squares fitted to determine the relative amounts of E1 and E2 strength

  4. Fetal lung volume measurement by MRI with high-speed imaging systems

    Osada, Hisao; Kaku, Kenshi [Chiba Univ. (Japan). Hospital

    2002-08-01

    Although ultrasonography is widely used for fetal morphologic observation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has gained popularity as a new prenatal diagnostic method with recent introduction of high-speed imaging systems. Infants with lung hypoplasia affecting respiratory function require intensive management starting immediately after birth. Therefore, accurate prenatal differential diagnosis and severity evaluation are extremely important for these fetuses. The aim of this study is to measure fetal lung volume using a computer-based, three-dimensional MRI imaging system and to evaluate the possibility of clinical applications of this procedure. A total of 96 fetuses were evaluated, all were morphologically abnormal, and MRI was done for advanced assessment from 24 to 39 weeks gestation. Three-directional views of fetal chest were imaged by Signa Horizon, 1.5 Tesla, version 5.6 (General Electronics) with the following conditions; coil: TORSO coil, sequence: SSFSE (single shot fast spin echo), slice thickness: 5 mm, and imaging speed: 2 seconds/slice. To calculate the lung volume and create three-dimensional image, the lung area in each slice was traced out, then multiplied using computer image processing. Simultaneously, the volumes of all slices were summed to give the volume of each lung. Linear regression analysis and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) were used for statistical analyses. In all cases, clear images were obtained, and were adequate for three-dimensional evaluation of the fetal lung. Thirty-five fetuses had poor outcomes, such as intrauterine fetal death, neonatal death, and intensive respiratory care. Regression lines of lung volume versus gestational week were calculated for these fetuses with poor outcome and 61 other fetuses with good outcome. ANCOVA, with gestational week as a covariant, revealed a significant intergroup difference in the lung volume (p<0.001). Similarly, regression lines of lung volume versus fetal body weight estimated by

  5. Fetal lung volume measurement by MRI with high-speed imaging systems

    Although ultrasonography is widely used for fetal morphologic observation, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has gained popularity as a new prenatal diagnostic method with recent introduction of high-speed imaging systems. Infants with lung hypoplasia affecting respiratory function require intensive management starting immediately after birth. Therefore, accurate prenatal differential diagnosis and severity evaluation are extremely important for these fetuses. The aim of this study is to measure fetal lung volume using a computer-based, three-dimensional MRI imaging system and to evaluate the possibility of clinical applications of this procedure. A total of 96 fetuses were evaluated, all were morphologically abnormal, and MRI was done for advanced assessment from 24 to 39 weeks gestation. Three-directional views of fetal chest were imaged by Signa Horizon, 1.5 Tesla, version 5.6 (General Electronics) with the following conditions; coil: TORSO coil, sequence: SSFSE (single shot fast spin echo), slice thickness: 5 mm, and imaging speed: 2 seconds/slice. To calculate the lung volume and create three-dimensional image, the lung area in each slice was traced out, then multiplied using computer image processing. Simultaneously, the volumes of all slices were summed to give the volume of each lung. Linear regression analysis and analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) were used for statistical analyses. In all cases, clear images were obtained, and were adequate for three-dimensional evaluation of the fetal lung. Thirty-five fetuses had poor outcomes, such as intrauterine fetal death, neonatal death, and intensive respiratory care. Regression lines of lung volume versus gestational week were calculated for these fetuses with poor outcome and 61 other fetuses with good outcome. ANCOVA, with gestational week as a covariant, revealed a significant intergroup difference in the lung volume (p<0.001). Similarly, regression lines of lung volume versus fetal body weight estimated by

  6. Level-set-based reconstruction algorithm for EIT lung images: first clinical results

    We show the first clinical results using the level-set-based reconstruction algorithm for electrical impedance tomography (EIT) data. The level-set-based reconstruction method (LSRM) allows the reconstruction of non-smooth interfaces between image regions, which are typically smoothed by traditional voxel-based reconstruction methods (VBRMs). We develop a time difference formulation of the LSRM for 2D images. The proposed reconstruction method is applied to reconstruct clinical EIT data of a slow flow inflation pressure–volume manoeuvre in lung-healthy and adult lung-injury patients. Images from the LSRM and the VBRM are compared. The results show comparable reconstructed images, but with an improved ability to reconstruct sharp conductivity changes in the distribution of lung ventilation using the LSRM. (paper)

  7. On the origin of speckle in x-ray phase contrast images of lung tissue

    Phase contrast x-ray imaging of small animal lungs reveals a speckled intensity pattern not seen in other tissues, making the lungs highly visible in comparison to other organs. Although bearing a superficial resemblance to alveoli, the cause of this speckle has not been established. With a view to determining the mechanism for the formation of speckle, this paper details the results of propagation-based phase contrast experiments performed on mice lungs, together with packed glass microspheres used to emulate lung tissue. These experimental studies are compared to numerical simulations, based on wave propagation techniques. We find that speckle arises from focusing effects, with multiple alveoli acting as aberrated compound refractive lenses. Both experiments and modelling suggest that this speckle-formation phenomenon may lead to better screening methods for human lungs than conventional radiography

  8. On the origin of speckle in x-ray phase contrast images of lung tissue

    Kitchen, M J [Centre for X-ray Physics and Imaging, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 (Australia); Paganin, D [Centre for X-ray Physics and Imaging, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 (Australia); Lewis, R A [Centre for X-ray Physics and Imaging, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 (Australia); Yagi, N [SPring-8/JASRI, Mikazuki, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Uesugi, K [SPring-8/JASRI, Mikazuki, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Mudie, S T [Centre for X-ray Physics and Imaging, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Monash University, VIC 3800 (Australia)

    2004-09-21

    Phase contrast x-ray imaging of small animal lungs reveals a speckled intensity pattern not seen in other tissues, making the lungs highly visible in comparison to other organs. Although bearing a superficial resemblance to alveoli, the cause of this speckle has not been established. With a view to determining the mechanism for the formation of speckle, this paper details the results of propagation-based phase contrast experiments performed on mice lungs, together with packed glass microspheres used to emulate lung tissue. These experimental studies are compared to numerical simulations, based on wave propagation techniques. We find that speckle arises from focusing effects, with multiple alveoli acting as aberrated compound refractive lenses. Both experiments and modelling suggest that this speckle-formation phenomenon may lead to better screening methods for human lungs than conventional radiography.

  9. PET/CT imaging in different types of lung cancer: An overview

    Lung cancer (LC) still represents one of the most common tumours in both women and men. PET/CT is a whole-body non-invasive imaging procedure that has been increasingly used for the assessment of LC patients. In particular, PET/CT added value to CT is mainly related to a more accurate staging of nodal and metastatic sites and to the evaluation of the response to therapy. Although the most common PET tracer for LC evaluation is 18F-FDG, new tracers have been proposed for the evaluation of lung neuroendocrine tumours (68Ga-DOTA-peptides, 18F-DOPA) and for the assessment of central nervous system metastasis (11C-methionine). This review focuses on the main clinical applications and accuracy of PET/CT for the detection of non-small cells lung cancer (NSCLC), broncho-alveolar carcinoma (BAC), small cells lung cancer (SCLC), lung neuroendocrine tumours (NET) and solitary pulmonary nodules (SPN).

  10. Possibilities for breakeven and ignition of D-3He fusion fuel in a near term tokamak

    The recent realization that the moon contains a large amount of the isotope 3He has rekindled interest in the D-3He fuel cycle. In this study we consider the feasibility of investigating D-3He reactor plasma conditions in a tokamak of the NET/INTOR class. We have found that, depending on the energy confinement scaling law, energy breakeven may be achieved without significant modification to the NET design. The best results are for the more optimistic ASDEX H-mode scaling law. Kaye-Goldston scaling with a modest improvement due to the H-mode is more pessimistic and makes achieving breakeven more difficult. Significant improvement in Q (ratio of the fusion power to the injected power), or the ignition margin, can be achieved by taking advantage of the much reduced neutron production of the D-3He fuel cycle. Removal of the tritium producing blanket and replacing the inboard neutron shield by a thinner shield optimized for the neutron spectrum in D-3He allows the plasma to be increased without changing the magnetic field at the toroidal field magnet. This allows the plasma to achieve higher beta and Q values up to about 3. The implications of D-3He operation for fast ion loss, neutron shielding, heat loads on the first wall and divertor, plasma refuelling, changes to the poloidal field coil system, and pumping of the helium from the vacuum chamber are considered in the report. (orig.)

  11. First doubly polarised photoproduction on 3He at the photon beam of MAMI

    A first experiment with a polarised 3He target was carried out in July 2009 at the MAMI accelerator in Mainz in a photon energy range between 200 MeV and 800 MeV. The aim of this measurement was to investigate the Gerasimov-Drell-Hearn sum rule on the neutron. The use of the data obtained with the polarised 3He target, compared to existing data on the deuteron, gives a complementary and more direct access to the neutron, due to the spin structure of the 3He. The measurement of the helicity dependence of the inclusive total photoabsorption cross section required a beam of tagged circularly polarised photons incident on the longitudinally polarised 3He target. The data were taken using the 4π Crystal Ball photon spectrometer in combination with TAPS as a forward wall and complemented by a threshold Cherenkov detector used to on-line suppress the background from electromagnetic events. The development and preparation of the different components of the 3He experimental setup was an important part of this work and are described in detail in this thesis. The detector system and the analysis method were tested by the measurement of the unpolarised total inclusive photoabsorption cross section on liquid hydrogen. The results obtained are in good agreement with previous published data. Preliminary results of the unpolarised total photoabsorption cross section, as well as the helicity dependent photoabsorption cross section difference on 3He compared with several theoretical models will also be presented. (orig.)

  12. Prospective Evaluation of Dual-Energy Imaging in Patients Undergoing Image Guided Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer: Initial Clinical Results

    Sherertz, Tracy; Hoggarth, Mark; Luce, Jason; Block, Alec M.; Nagda, Suneel; Harkenrider, Matthew M.; Emami, Bahman; Roeske, John C., E-mail: jroeske@lumc.edu

    2014-07-01

    Purpose: A prospective feasibility study was conducted to investigate the utility of dual-energy (DE) imaging compared to conventional x-ray imaging for patients undergoing kV-based image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) for lung cancer. Methods and Materials: An institutional review board-approved feasibility study enrolled patients with lung cancer undergoing IGRT and was initiated in September 2011. During daily setup, 2 sequential respiration-gated x-ray images were obtained using an on-board imager. Imaging was composed of 1 standard x-ray image at 120 kVp (1 mAs) and a second image obtained at 60 kVp (4 mAs). Weighted logarithmic subtraction of the 2 images was performed offline to create a soft tissue-selective DE image. Conventional and DE images were evaluated by measuring relative contrast and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR) and also by comparing spatial localization, using both approaches. Imaging dose was assessed using a calibrated ion chamber. Results: To date, 10 patients with stage IA to IIIA lung cancer were enrolled and 57 DE images were analyzed. DE subtraction resulted in complete suppression of overlying bone in all 57 DE images, with an average improvement in relative contrast of 4.7 ± 3.3 over that of 120 kVp x-ray images (P<.0002). The improvement in relative contrast with DE imaging was seen for both smaller (gross tumor volume [GTV] ≤5 cc) and larger tumors (GTV >5 cc), with average relative contrast improvement ratios of 3.4 ± 4.1 and 5.4 ± 3.6, respectively. Moreover, the GTV was reliably localized in 95% of the DE images versus 74% of the single energy (SE images, (P=.004). Mean skin dose per DE image set was 0.44 ± 0.03 mGy versus 0.43 ± 0.03 mGy, using conventional kV imaging parameters. Conclusions: Initial results of this feasibility study suggest that DE thoracic imaging may enhance tumor localization in lung cancer patients receiving kV-based IGRT without increasing imaging dose.

  13. Rapid Cancer Fluorescence Imaging Using A γ-Glutamyltranspeptidase-Specific Probe For Primary Lung Cancer

    Haruaki Hino

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: We set out to examine the activity of γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT in lung cancer and the validity of γ-glutamyl hydroxymethyl rhodamine green (gGlu-HMRG for intraoperative imaging of primary lung cancer. METHODS: GGT activities and mRNA expression levels of GGT1 (one of the GGT subtypes in five human lung cancer cell lines were examined by fluorescence imaging and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. In vivo imaging of an orthotopic A549 xenograft model in nude mice was performed to confirm its applicability to intraoperative imaging. Furthermore, ex vivo imaging of 73 specimens from lung cancer patients were performed and analyzed to calculate the sensitivity/specificity of gGlu-HMRG for lung cancer diagnosis. RESULTS: GGT activities and mRNA expression levels of GGT1 are diverse depending on cell type; A549, H441, and H460 showed relatively high GGT activities and expression levels, whereas H82 and H226 showed lower values. In the in vivo mouse model study, tiny pleural dissemination and hilar/mediastinal lymph node metastasis (less than 1 mm in diameter were clearly detected 15 minutes after topical application of gGlu-HMRG. In the ex vivo study of specimens from patients, the sensitivity and specificity of gGlu-HMRG were calculated to be 43.8% (32/73 and 84.9% (62/73, respectively. When limited to female patients, never smokers, and adenocarcinomas, these values were 78.9% (15/19 and 73.7% (14/19, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Although GGT activity of lung cancer cells vary, gGlu-HMRG can serve as an intraoperative imaging tool to detect small foci of lung cancer when such cells have sufficient GGT activity.

  14. [Imaging features of drug-induced lung diseases].

    Mellot, F; Scherrer, A

    2005-05-01

    Drug-induced lung diseases are an increasingly frequent cause of morbidity. Over 350 drugs are now recognized as being implicated in drug-induced lung diseases. Early diagnosis is critical. Discontinuing the drug may result in regression of the adverse effect. Diagnosis is based on a history of drug exposure with a temporal relationship between the introduction of the drug and the onset of symptoms, histologic evidence of lung damage and exclusion of other causes of lung injury. Unfortunately there is no specific test available. Histologic and radiologic findings are often non specific and diagnosis can be difficult. Drugs can cause a constellation of distinct patterns of respiratory involvement and all anatomic compartments of the lungs may be involved. The most common patterns are: non specific interstitial pneumonia and fibrosis, pulmonary eosinophilia, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, pulmonary edema with or without diffuse alveolar damage, bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia, pulmonary hemorrhage and vasculitis. It is important to be familiar with their common radiologic appearances. PMID:16106793

  15. Three-dimensional x-ray imaging of the anatomy and function of the lungs and pulmonary arteries in dogs following single lung transplant

    Wu, Qing-Hua; McGregor, Christopher G. A.; Wu, Xue-Si; Rinaldi, Mauro; Nilsson, Folke N.; Tazelaar, Henry D.; Ritman, Erik L.

    1996-04-01

    It was the goal of this study to see if relatively noninvasive CT studies could provide a quantitative index of acute lung rejection in single lung transplantation. Using volume scanning fast CT, the change in cross-sectional area of the major pulmonary arteries from systole to diastole, regional lung perfusion and ventilation was measured in 12 dogs with left lung allotransplantation before and during rejection and four dogs with left lung autotransplantation. All dogs were anesthetized and scanned in a fast computed tomography scanner (dynamic spatial reconstructor--DSR) during several ventilatory cycles and again during injection of contrast medium into the right atrium. There was significant reduction of regional air content, ventilation, perfusion and pulmonary artery compliance during rejection of the transplanted lung. The severity of these changes related linearly with the histological indices of rejection. It is concluded that minimally invasive dynamic CT imaging of transplanted lung can be used to detect acute rejection and its severity.

  16. A new design for high stability pressure-controlled ventilation for small animal lung imaging

    We have developed a custom-designed ventilator to deliver a stable pressure to the lungs of small animals for use in imaging experiments. Our ventilator was designed with independent pressure vessels to separately control the Peak Inspiratory Pressure (PIP) and Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) to minimise pressure fluctuations during the ventilation process. The ventilator was computer controlled through a LabVIEW interface, enabling experimental manipulations to be performed remotely whilst simultaneously imaging the lungs in situ. Mechanical ventilation was successfully performed on newborn rabbit pups to assess the most effective ventilation strategies for aerating the lungs at birth. Highly stable pressures enabled reliable respiratory gated acquisition of projection radiographs and a stable prolonged (15 minute) breath-hold for high-resolution computed tomography of deceased rabbit pups at different lung volumes.

  17. A new design for high stability pressure-controlled ventilation for small animal lung imaging

    Kitchen, M. J.; Habib, A.; Fouras, A.; Dubsky, S.; Lewis, R. A.; Wallace, M. J.; Hooper, S. B.

    2010-02-01

    We have developed a custom-designed ventilator to deliver a stable pressure to the lungs of small animals for use in imaging experiments. Our ventilator was designed with independent pressure vessels to separately control the Peak Inspiratory Pressure (PIP) and Positive End Expiratory Pressure (PEEP) to minimise pressure fluctuations during the ventilation process. The ventilator was computer controlled through a LabVIEW interface, enabling experimental manipulations to be performed remotely whilst simultaneously imaging the lungs in situ. Mechanical ventilation was successfully performed on newborn rabbit pups to assess the most effective ventilation strategies for aerating the lungs at birth. Highly stable pressures enabled reliable respiratory gated acquisition of projection radiographs and a stable prolonged (15 minute) breath-hold for high-resolution computed tomography of deceased rabbit pups at different lung volumes.

  18. Terrestrial cosmogenic 3He: where are we 30 years after its discovery?

    Blard, Pierre-Henri; Pik, Raphaël; Farley, Kenneth A.; Lavé, Jérôme; Marrocchi, Yves

    2016-04-01

    It is now 30 years since cosmogenic 3He has been detected for the first time in a terrestrial sample (Kurz, 1986). 3He is now a widely used geochemical tool in many fields of Earth sciences: volcanology, tectonics, paleoclimatology. 3He has the advantage to have a high "production rate" to "detection limit" ratio, allowing surfaces as young as hundred of years to be dated. Although its nuclear stability implies several limitations, it moreover represents a useful alternative to 10Be in mafic environments. This contribution is a review of the progresses that have been accomplished since this discovery, and discuss strategies to improve both the accuracy and the precision of this geochronometer. 1) Measurement of cosmogenic 3He Correction of magmatic 3He. To estimate the non-cosmogenic magmatic 3He, Kurz (1986) invented a two steps method involving crushing of phenocrysts (to analyze the isotopic ratio of the magmatic component), followed by a subsequent melting of the sample, to extract the remaining components, including the cosmogenic 3He: 3Hec = 3Hemelt ‑4Hemelt x (3He/4He)magmatic (1) Several studies suggested that the preliminary crushing may induce a loss of cosmogenic 3He (Hilton et al., 1993; Yokochi et al., 2005; Blard et al., 2006), implying an underestimate of the cosmogenic 3He measurement. However, subsequent work did not replicate these observations (Blard et al., 2008; Goerhing et al., 2010), suggesting an influence of the used apparatus. An isochron method (by directly melting several phenocrysts aliquots) is an alternative to avoid the preliminary crushing step (Blard and Pik, 2008). Atmospheric contamination. Protin et al. (in press) provides robust evidences for a large and irreversible contamination of atmospheric helium on silicate surfaces. This unexpected behavior may reconcile the contrasted observations about the amplitude of crushing loss. This undesirable atmospheric contamination is negligible if grain fractions smaller than 150 mm are

  19. Frequently asked questions in the interpretation of preoperative and postoperative chest CT scans related to lung cancer imaging

    With the advent of multidetector-row CT, lung cancer imaging is much more promising than before. However, the effectiveness of multidetector-row CT in making an initial diagnosis, staging, and evaluating post-treatment changes of lung cancer still remains to be proved. Fast imaging along with volumetric data set and attendant multi-planar imaging provide much more details on the anatomic changes and pathology associated with lung cancer. However, with images showing anatomic and pathologic changes only, radiologists confront with several questions the answers of which may help evaluate lung cancer more thoroughly. The frequent questions that I have in daily practice of chest CT interpretation are as follows

  20. Improved OCT imaging of lung tissue using a prototype for total liquid ventilation

    Schnabel, Christian; Meissner, Sven; Koch, Edmund

    2011-06-01

    Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is used for imaging subpleural alveoli in animal models to gain information about dynamic and morphological changes of lung tissue during mechanical ventilation. The quality of OCT images can be increased if the refraction index inside the alveoli is matched to the one of tissue via liquid-filling. Thereby, scattering loss can be decreased and higher penetration depth and tissue contrast can be achieved. Until now, images of liquid-filled lungs were acquired in isolated and fixated lungs only, so that an in vivo measurement situation is not present. To use the advantages of liquid-filling for in vivo imaging of small rodent lungs, it was necessary to develop a liquid ventilator. Perfluorodecalin, a perfluorocarbon, was selected as breathing fluid because of its refraction index being similar to the one of water and the high transport capacity for carbon dioxide and oxygen. The setup is characterized by two independent syringe pumps to insert and withdraw the fluid into and from the lung and a custom-made control program for volume- or pressure-controlled ventilation modes. The presented results demonstrate the liquid-filling verified by optical coherence tomography and intravital microscopy (IVM) and the advantages of liquid-filling to OCT imaging of subpleural alveoli.

  1. Perfusion lung imaging in the adult respiratory distress syndrome

    Pistolesi, M.; Miniati, M.; Di Ricco, G.; Marini, C.; Giuntini, C.

    1986-07-01

    In 29 perfusion lung scans (PLS) of 19 patients with ARDS, 20 of which were obtained within six days from the onset of respiratory symptoms, perfusion abnormalities were the rule. These included focal, nonsegmental defects, mostly peripheral and dorsal, and perfusion redistribution away from the dependent lung zones. PLS were scored for the presence and intensity of perfusion abnormalities and the scores of perfusion redistribution were validated against numerical indices of blood flow distribution per unit lung volume. PLS scores were correlated with arterial blood gas values, hemodynamic parameters, and chest radiographic scores of ARDS. Arterial oxygen tension correlated with the scores of both perfusion defects and redistribution. Perfusion defects correlated better with the radiographic score of ARDS, and perfusion redistribution with PAP and vascular resistance. ARDS patients exhibit peculiar patterns of PLS abnormalities not observed in other disorders. Thus, PLS may help considerably in the detection and evaluation of pulmonary vascular injury in ARDS.

  2. Perfusion lung imaging in the adult respiratory distress syndrome

    In 29 perfusion lung scans (PLS) of 19 patients with ARDS, 20 of which were obtained within six days from the onset of respiratory symptoms, perfusion abnormalities were the rule. These included focal, nonsegmental defects, mostly peripheral and dorsal, and perfusion redistribution away from the dependent lung zones. PLS were scored for the presence and intensity of perfusion abnormalities and the scores of perfusion redistribution were validated against numerical indices of blood flow distribution per unit lung volume. PLS scores were correlated with arterial blood gas values, hemodynamic parameters, and chest radiographic scores of ARDS. Arterial oxygen tension correlated with the scores of both perfusion defects and redistribution. Perfusion defects correlated better with the radiographic score of ARDS, and perfusion redistribution with PAP and vascular resistance. ARDS patients exhibit peculiar patterns of PLS abnormalities not observed in other disorders. Thus, PLS may help considerably in the detection and evaluation of pulmonary vascular injury in ARDS

  3. Thallium lung uptake images (TLI) in patients with acute myocardial infarction

    Tanaka, Takeshi; Kimata, Shinichi; Hirosawa, Koshichiro

    1985-03-01

    To determine whether thallium lung uptake images (TLI) can be used as a noninvasive method to estimate any of hemodynamic changes in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), TLI were evaluated in 23 patients with AMI. TLI were easily obtained for additional 5 minutes following conventional myocardial imaging. All patients underwent multigated blood pool imagings and cardiac catheterization. TLI were estimated by comparing maximal lung counts with maximal myocardial counts (thallium lung heart ratio: LHR). Patients were classified to G-0 (0.6 > LHR), G-1 (0.8 > LHR >= 0.6) and G-2 (LHR >= 0.8). Mean pulmonary artery wedge pressure (mPw) and ejection fraction (EF) of G-0 (7 patients), G-1 (7 patients) and G-2 (9 patients) were 11.4 +- 4.2, 16.9 +- 4.1, 21.1 +- 4.7 mmHg and 51.4 +- 9.7, 42.7 +- 6.7, 23.5 +- 5.6% respectively. This classification was statistically significant. Good correlation (mPw = 1.1 + 21.3 LHR, r = 0.75 and EF = 80.2 - 57.3 LHR, r=-0.85) was obtained. The specificity of G-0 for mPw < 18 mmHg was 100% (10/10) and that of G-2 for EF <= 30% was also 100% (13/13). From various types of TLI it was noted that thallium-201 did not accumulate uniformly over lung area and usually maximal thallium-201 lung uptake was noted at basal zone of right lung. Thallium-201 lung uptake in the upper zone of lung might increase according to hemodynamic deterioration. TLI were clinically useful images for separating high and low risk groups of patients with AMI.

  4. The $^{150}$Nd($^3$He,$t$) and $^{150}$Sm($t$,$^3$He) reactions with applications to $\\beta\\beta$ decay of $^{150}$Nd

    Guess, C J; Akimune, H; Algora, A; Austin, Sam M; Bazin, D; Brown, B A; Caesar, C; Deaven, J M; Ejiri, H; Estevez, E; Fang, D; Faessler, A; Frekers, D; Fujita, H; Fujita, Y; Fujiwara, M; Grinyer, G F; Harakeh, M N; Hatanaka, K; Herlitzius, C; Hirota, K; Hitt, G W; Ishikawa, D; Matsubara, H; Meharchand, R; Molina, F; Okamura, H; Ong, H J; Perdikakis, G; Rodin, V; Rubio, B; Shimbara, Y; Süsoy, G; Suzuki, T; Tamii, A; Thies, J H; Tur, C; Verhanovitz, N; Yosoi, M; Yurkon, J; Zegers, R G T; Zenihiro, J

    2011-01-01

    The $^{150}$Nd($^3$He,$t$) reaction at 140 MeV/u and $^{150}$Sm($t$,$^3$He) reaction at 115 MeV/u were measured, populating excited states in $^{150}$Pm. The transitions studied populate intermediate states of importance for the (neutrinoless) $\\beta\\beta$ decay of $^{150}$Nd to $^{150}$Sm. Monopole and dipole contributions to the measured excitation-energy spectra were extracted by using multipole decomposition analyses. The experimental results were compared with theoretical calculations obtained within the framework of Quasiparticle Random-Phase Approximation (QRPA), which is one of the main methods employed for estimating the half-life of the neutrinoless $\\beta\\beta$ decay ($0\

  5. Development of a 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter to measure the 3He(n,p)T cross section in the intermediate energy range

    A 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter has been developed for measuring the neutron energy range from thermal to 3 MeV. Great effort was concentrated on improving the detector design to optimize light production and collection to improve the energy resolution which is primarily controlled by photon statistics. The detectors were tested using a 238Pu alpha-particle source, a thermal neutron beam from the NBS reactor, and the white-neutron spectrum from the NBS linac. The detector measures an energy resolution of 17 % (FWHM) for the 3He(n,p)T reaction at 2.0 MeV which is sufficient for cross section measurement. (author)

  6. Development of a 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter to measure the 3He(n,p)T cross section in the intermediate energy range

    A 3He/Xe gas scintillation counter has been developed for measuring the neutron energy range from thermal to 3 MeV. Great effort was concentrated on improving the detector design to optimize light production and collection to improve the energy resolution which is primarily controlled by photon statistics. The detectors were tested using a 238Pu alpha-particle source, a thermal neutron beam from the NBS reactor, and the white-neutron spectrum from the NBS linac. The detector measures an energy resolution of 17% (FWHM) for the 3He(n,p)T reaction at 2.0 MeV which is sufficient for cross section measurement. 12 refs., 8 figs

  7. Magnetic resonance imaging of lung infections in children

    The advantages and limitations of MRI in lung infections in children have not been well established. This article illustrates the MRI findings in children with pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and other pathogens. Lung parenchymal, pleural, and lymph node abnormalities are well characterized by MRI. Loculation of pleural fluid is detected in children with empyema. Contrast enhancement may be useful in the differentiation of active inflammation from noninflammatory changes. MRI can be particularly useful in the follow-up of children with chronic pulmonary diseases. (orig.)

  8. Magnetic resonance imaging of lung infections in children

    Peltola, Ville; Ruuskanen, Olli [Turku University Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, Turku (Finland); Svedstroem, Erkki [Turku University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Turku (Finland)

    2008-11-15

    The advantages and limitations of MRI in lung infections in children have not been well established. This article illustrates the MRI findings in children with pneumonia caused by Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and other pathogens. Lung parenchymal, pleural, and lymph node abnormalities are well characterized by MRI. Loculation of pleural fluid is detected in children with empyema. Contrast enhancement may be useful in the differentiation of active inflammation from noninflammatory changes. MRI can be particularly useful in the follow-up of children with chronic pulmonary diseases. (orig.)

  9. The use of the Kalman filter in the automated segmentation of EIT lung images

    In this paper, we present a new pipeline for the fast and accurate segmentation of impedance images of the lungs using electrical impedance tomography (EIT). EIT is an emerging, promising, non-invasive imaging modality that produces real-time, low spatial but high temporal resolution images of impedance inside a body. Recovering impedance itself constitutes a nonlinear ill-posed inverse problem, therefore the problem is usually linearized, which produces impedance-change images, rather than static impedance ones. Such images are highly blurry and fuzzy along object boundaries. We provide a mathematical reasoning behind the high suitability of the Kalman filter when it comes to segmenting and tracking conductivity changes in EIT lung images. Next, we use a two-fold approach to tackle the segmentation problem. First, we construct a global lung shape to restrict the search region of the Kalman filter. Next, we proceed with augmenting the Kalman filter by incorporating an adaptive foreground detection system to provide the boundary contours for the Kalman filter to carry out the tracking of the conductivity changes as the lungs undergo deformation in a respiratory cycle. The proposed method has been validated by using performance statistics such as misclassified area, and false positive rate, and compared to previous approaches. The results show that the proposed automated method can be a fast and reliable segmentation tool for EIT imaging. (paper)

  10. Assessment of SPECT ventilation-perfusion imaging in patients with lung cancer

    Ventilation and perfusion SPECT images during tidal breathing were studied in 15 cases of lung cancer using 81mKr gas and 99mTc-microspheres. Furthermore, functional images of V/Q ratio and Q/V ratio were prepared, and their clinical significance is discussed with reference to general lung function. There was a decrease in %VC and %FEVi.0 in 7 of 15 cases, and an increase of AaDo2 in the blood gas analysis in 12 of 15 cases. Both planar and SPECT images showed ventilation and perfusion abnormalities in all 15 cases. Of these, 12 patients showed matched ventilation and perfusion defects, 2 patients a dead-space effect and 1 patient a shunt effect. In comparing planar and SPECT images, depiction of ventilation and perfusion impairments were equally clear in 11 cases, but in 3, showing a lobar or segmental defect with a shunt effect, the SPECT images were superior. In a patient with markedly impaired function of the affected lung, the remaining function could not be depicted by SPECT. From the above, it seems that better information can be obtained for understanding the ventilation and perfusion states of lung cancer by adding the SPECT images to the planar image. (orig.)

  11. Integrin αvβ3-Targeted Imaging of Lung Cancer1

    Chen, Xiaoyuan; Sievers, Eric; Hou, Yingping; Park, Ryan; Tohme, Michel; Bart, Robert; Bremner, Ross; Bading, James R; Conti, Peter S

    2005-01-01

    Abstract A series of radiolabeled cyclic arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) peptide ligands for cell adhesion molecule integrin αvβ3-targeted tumor angiogenesis targeting are being developed in our laboratory. In this study, this effort continues by applying a positron emitter 64Cu-labeled PEGylated dimeric RGD peptide radiotracer 64Cu-DOTA-PEG-E[c(RGDyK)]2 for lung cancer imaging. The PEGylated RGD peptide indicated integrin αvβ3 avidity, but the PEGylation reduced the receptor binding affinity of this ligand compared to the unmodified RGD dimer. The radiotracer revealed rapid blood clearance and predominant renal clearance route. The minimum nonspecific activity accumulation in normal lung tissue and heart rendered high-quality orthotopic lung cancer tumor images, enabling clear demarcation of both the primary tumor at the upper lobe of the left lung, as well as metastases in the mediastinum, contralateral lung, and diaphragm. As a comparison, fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) scans on the same mice were only able to identify the primary tumor, with the metastatic lesions masked by intense cardiac uptake and high lung background. 64Cu-DOTA-PEG-E[c(RGDyK)]2 is an excellent positron emission tomography (PET) tracer for integrin-positive tumor imaging. Further studies to improve the receptor binding affinity of the tracer and subsequently to increase the magnitude of tumor uptake without comprising the favorable in vivo kinetics are currently in progress. PMID:15799827

  12. Multimodal imaging of lung tissue using optical coherence tomography and two photon microscopy

    Gaertner, Maria; Cimalla, Peter; Geissler, Stefan; Meissner, Sven; Schnabel, Christian; Kuebler, Wolfgang M.; Koch, Edmund

    2012-02-01

    In the context of protective artificial ventilation strategies for patients with severe lung diseases, the contribution of ventilator settings to tissue changes on the alveolar level of the lung is still a question under debate. To understand the impact of respiratory settings as well as the dynamic process of respiration, high-resolution monitoring and visualization of the dynamics of lung alveoli are essential. An instrument allowing 3D imaging of lung tissue as well as imaging of functional constituents, such as elastin fibers, in in situ experimental conditions is presented in this study using a combination of Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) and fiber-guided two photon microscopy. In a comparative study, fixed lung tissue, stained with sulforhodamine B for elastin fibers, was used to illustrate the ability of fiber-guided two photon excitation and single photon excitation for the visualization of elastin fibers within the tissue. Together with the fast 3D imaging capability of OCT, a new tool is given for the monitoring of alveolar lung dynamics in future in vivo experiments.

  13. Virtual four-dimensional imaging of lung parenchyma by optical coherence tomography in mice

    Meissner, Sven; Tabuchi, Arata; Mertens, Michael; Kuebler, Wolfgang M.; Koch, Edmund

    2010-05-01

    In this feasibility study, we present a method for virtual 4-D imaging of healthy and injured subpleural lung tissue in the ventilated mouse. We use triggered swept source optical coherence tomography (OCT) with an A-scan frequency of 20 kHz to image murine subpleural alveoli during the inspiratory phase. The data acquisition is gated to the ventilation pressure to take single B-scans in each respiration cycle for different pressure levels. The acquired B-scans are combined off-line into one volume scan for each pressure level. The air fraction in healthy lungs and injured lungs is measured using 2-D OCT en-face images. Upon lung inspiration from 2 to 12 cmH2O ventilation pressure, the air fraction increases in healthy lungs by up to 11% and in injured lungs by 8%. This expansion correlates well with results of previous studies, reporting increased alveolar area with increased ventilation pressures. We demonstrate that OCT is a useful tool to investigate alveolar dynamics in spatial dimensions.

  14. MMP-13 In-Vivo Molecular Imaging Reveals Early Expression in Lung Adenocarcinoma.

    Mathieu Salaün

    Full Text Available Several matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs are overexpressed in lung cancer and may serve as potential targets for the development of bioactivable probes for molecular imaging.To characterize and monitor the activity of MMPs during the progression of lung adenocarcinoma.K-rasLSL-G12D mice were imaged serially during the development of adenocarcinomas using fluorescence molecular tomography (FMT and a probe specific for MMP-2, -3, -9 and -13. Lung tumors were identified using FMT and MRI co-registration, and the probe concentration in each tumor was assessed at each time-point. The expression of Mmp2, -3, -9, -13 was quantified by qRT-PCR using RNA isolated from microdissected tumor cells. Immunohistochemical staining of overexpressed MMPs in animals was assessed on human lung tumors.In mice, 7 adenomas and 5 adenocarcinomas showed an increase in fluorescent signal on successive FMT scans, starting between weeks 4 and 8. qRT-PCR assays revealed significant overexpression of only Mmp-13 in mice lung tumors. In human tumors, a high MMP-13 immunostaining index was found in tumor cells from invasive lesions (24/27, but in none of the non-invasive (0/4 (p=0.001.MMP-13 is detected in early pulmonary invasive adenocarcinomas and may be a potential target for molecular imaging of lung cancer.

  15. Forward-angle 3He(e,e'π+-) coincident electroproduction and the search for Δ's in the ground state of 3He

    Forward-angle coincident electroproduction cross sections of charged pions from 3He have been measured at the cw electron accelerator MAMI. The overall features of the data are reproduced in terms of a microscopic model, including pole terms, final state rescattering and produced and preformed Δ resonances. Separation of the cross section into its longitudinal and transverse parts was performed for the first time. (K.A.)

  16. Medical Imaging of Hyperpolarized Gases

    Miller, G. Wilson

    2009-08-01

    Since the introduction of hyperpolarized 3He and 129Xe as gaseous MRI contrast agents more than a decade ago, a rich variety of imaging techniques and medical applications have been developed. Magnetic resonance imaging of the inhaled gas depicts ventilated lung airspaces with unprecedented detail, and allows one to track airflow and pulmonary mechanics during respiration. Information about lung structure and function can also be obtained using the physical properties of the gas, including spin relaxation in the presence of oxygen, restricted diffusion inside the alveolar airspaces, and the NMR frequency shift of xenon dissolved in blood and tissue.

  17. Medical Imaging of Hyperpolarized Gases

    Since the introduction of hyperpolarized 3He and 129Xe as gaseous MRI contrast agents more than a decade ago, a rich variety of imaging techniques and medical applications have been developed. Magnetic resonance imaging of the inhaled gas depicts ventilated lung airspaces with unprecedented detail, and allows one to track airflow and pulmonary mechanics during respiration. Information about lung structure and function can also be obtained using the physical properties of the gas, including spin relaxation in the presence of oxygen, restricted diffusion inside the alveolar airspaces, and the NMR frequency shift of xenon dissolved in blood and tissue.

  18. Registration-based assessment of regional lung function via volumetric CT images of normal subjects vs. severe asthmatics

    Choi, Sanghun; Eric A Hoffman; Sally E. Wenzel; Tawhai, Merryn H.; Yin, Youbing; Castro, Mario; Lin, Ching-Long

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to explore the use of image registration-derived variables associated with computed tomographic (CT) imaging of the lung acquired at multiple volumes. As an evaluation of the utility of such an imaging approach, we explored two groups at the extremes of population ranging from normal subjects to severe asthmatics. A mass-preserving image registration technique was employed to match CT images at total lung capacity (TLC) and functional residual capacity (FRC) for a...

  19. Random walk and graph cut for co-segmentation of lung tumor on PET-CT images

    Ju, Wei; Xiang, Deihui; Zhang, Bin; Wang, Lirong; Kopriva, Ivica; Chen, Xinjian

    2015-01-01

    Accurate lung tumor delineation plays an important role in radiotherapy treatment planning. Since the lung tumor has poor boundary in positron emission tomography (PET) images and low contrast in computed tomography (CT) images, segmentation of tumor in the PET and CT images is a challenging task. In this paper, we effectively integrate the two modalities by making fully use of the superior contrast of PET images and superior spatial resolution of CT images. Random walk and graph cut method i...

  20. Tracking lung tissue motion and expansion/compression with inverse consistent image registration and spirometry

    Breathing motion is one of the major limiting factors for reducing dose and irradiation of normal tissue for conventional conformal radiotherapy. This paper describes a relationship between tracking lung motion using spirometry data and image registration of consecutive CT image volumes collected from a multislice CT scanner over multiple breathing periods. Temporal CT sequences from 5 individuals were analyzed in this study. The couch was moved from 11 to 14 different positions to image the entire lung. At each couch position, 15 image volumes were collected over approximately 3 breathing periods. It is assumed that the expansion and contraction of lung tissue can be modeled as an elastic material. Furthermore, it is assumed that the deformation of the lung is small over one-fifth of a breathing period and therefore the motion of the lung can be adequately modeled using a small deformation linear elastic model. The small deformation inverse consistent linear elastic image registration algorithm is therefore well suited for this problem and was used to register consecutive image scans. The pointwise expansion and compression of lung tissue was measured by computing the Jacobian of the transformations used to register the images. The logarithm of the Jacobian was computed so that expansion and compression of the lung were scaled equally. The log-Jacobian was computed at each voxel in the volume to produce a map of the local expansion and compression of the lung during the breathing period. These log-Jacobian images demonstrate that the lung does not expand uniformly during the breathing period, but rather expands and contracts locally at different rates during inhalation and exhalation. The log-Jacobian numbers were averaged over a cross section of the lung to produce an estimate of the average expansion or compression from one time point to the next and compared to the air flow rate measured by spirometry. In four out of five individuals, the average log