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  1. Reconfigurações da intimidade

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    Iara Beleli

    2017-01-01

    ... de São Paulo, proponho uma reflexão sobre hipervisibilização da intimidade. Nesse sentido, pergunto em que medida essa exposição a partir da mediação tecnológica (re)configura noções de intimidade...

  2. DIMENSÃO ÉTICA DA INTIMIDADE PESSOAL

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    Eduardo Azpitarte

    1985-01-01

    Full Text Available Vivemos hoje num mundo onde se apregoa com força o direito à intimidade. Isto é, a ter um grupo reduzido de pessoas, um lugar oculto e vedado a qualquer estranho, onde se possa atuar de maneira mais livre e espontânea. Frente ao esforço por responder às exigências do meio social, que implica muitas vezes uma certa tensão por ser preciso manter as formas e conservar relações bastante superficiais, necessitamos todos de um espaço acolhedor no qual possamos viver mais a gosto e distendidos. A chamada "família nuclear" nasce precisamente quando a sociedade se torna demasiado impessoal, anônima, mecanizada e conflitiva, para encontrar nela uma espécie de compensação à falta de humanismo e naturalidade nas atividades sociais e públicas.

  3. DISCURSO E AMOR: A ESFERA DA INTIMIDADE E SUAS MANIFESTAÇÕES NA LITERATURA

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    Vera Lucia Albuquerque de Moraes

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available As concepções sobre amor e intimidade, na literatura, têm revelado, ao longo do tempo, diversos olhares sobre o assunto, segundo ideologias de cada época e cultura de cada povo, incluindo símbolos, crenças, rituais, tradições e memória. Palavras-chaves: amor, intimidade, cultura, memória, literatura.

  4. DISCURSO E AMOR: A ESFERA DA INTIMIDADE E SUAS MANIFESTAÇÕES NA LITERATURA

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    Vera Lucia Albuquerque de Moraes

    2016-01-01

    As concepções sobre amor e intimidade, na literatura, têm revelado, ao longo do tempo, diversos olhares sobre o assunto, segundo ideologias de cada época e cultura de cada povo, incluindo símbolos, crenças, rituais, tradições e memória. Palavras-chaves: amor, intimidade, cultura, memória, literatura.

  5. Intimidad Romero

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    Intimidad Romero

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Intimidad Romero nació un difuso día de 2010 como un impulso de la confusa mente colmena de Facebook. Su perfil se abría al mundo mirando fijamente al espectador desde una barra de pixeles. Las imágenes con las que comunica al mundo digital su existencia siempre presentan una línea horizontal que impide ver los ojos de los retratados, casi siempre ella misma. Estas imágenes se construyen en base a un elemento de anonimato que, en el caso de Intimidad, funciona como firma personal.

  6. Intimidade e saúde

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    Lígia Maria Moreira Ferreira de Almeida

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A intimidade é antecedida de processos ativos, transversais ao ciclo de vida. O vínculo afetivo estabelece-se primariamente na relação de vinculação mãe-bebê, e os padrões comportamentais e estilos de vinculação tendem a repercutir-se nas relações adultas. O objetivo exploratório desta investigação pretende apurar a transcrição física (consequências na saúde de vivências insatisfatórias de intimidade. Sessenta universitários (30 do sexo feminino; 30 do sexo masculino, com idades entre 22 e 27 anos, envolvidos numa relação amorosa fixa (duração mínima: 6 meses foram contactados para responder a uma bateria de instrumentos (variáveis de interesse: intimidade, identidade, autoconceito e vinculação. Um bom estado de saúde parece associar-se a valores elevados de interdependência e baixos valores de dependência na relação amorosa. Nestes jovens a intimidade baseada na dependência compromete 14% da saúde mental. O impacto de uma intimidade pouco saudável limita em quase 9% a saúde física de jovens adultos saudáveis.

  7. Os Vlogs e a Emergência da (exIntimidade na Web

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    Francisco Vieira da Silva

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Nesse texto, discutiremos a produção dos discursos sobre si, principalmente os que recobrem o fenômeno da (exintimidade, a partir dos vlogs – vídeos, os quais constituem uma espécie de desdobramento do blog, postados em sites como o Youtube – para pensarmos como essa produção discursiva encontra-se atrelada à visibilidade.Tomamos como aparato teórico as reflexões de autores como Foucault (1995; 1999; 2001; 2012, Sibilia e Bruno (2004. Nossas análises indicam que o discurso sobre si na rede digital liga-se às condições de possibilidade atuais, ou seja, o que permite a emergência de determinados discursos sobre a (exintimidade do sujeito, as quais priorizam uma visibilidade maior para os sujeitos comuns e os transformam em célebres anônimos ávidos em expor nas telas o que outrora se ocultava.

  8. Derecho a la intimidad

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    Jurío, Mirta Luisa; Erquiaga Jaurena, Emilia Isabel

    2003-01-01

    En el presente trabajo abordaremos un aspecto del derecho que protege, uno de los rasgos fundamentales de la personalidad del hombre, por su trascendencia individual y su proyección social, el derecho a la intimidad. No es tarea fácil definir el derecho a la intimidad, debido a las variadas situaciones que comprende y a lo amplio de su significado. Algunos, como Romero Coloma, lo definen como "el derecho de toda persona a tener una esfera reservada en la cual desenvolver su vida, sin que la i...

  9. LA INTIMIDAD, ESA BOMBA

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    Itxaro Borda

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Las diversas ideologías que confluyen en Euskal Herria –el jansenismo, la lucha armada y la bestia-mercantil del neoliberalismo de hoy en día– no han dejado mucho espacio a la mujer. He estudiado las obras de Leire Bilbao, los escritos de Miren Agur Meabe y el poemario de Ana Urkiza; entre las narrradoras Katixa Agirre, la donapauletarra Beatriz Urruspil y Eider Rodríguez, así como Bi marra arrosa de Jasone Osoro, que puede leerse como un reportaje. La intimidad de los textos de las escritoras resulta terrorífica. El único rincón que ha quedado libre. La intimidad se alza como un acta de resistencia página a página, asfixiada por la ansiedad, el temor, la sangre y el deseo. Para las mujeres que escriben en euskara, la intimidad parece ser aún un recurso para, desde el fondo de la discriminación, hacer oír su voz y deconstruir el modelo de patria.

  10. A intimidade da marca nas mídias sociais : a influência de uma interação próxima e pessoal no comportamento dos clientes online

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    Renato Hübner Barcelos

    2015-01-01

    Esta tese explora um aspecto social específico da interação entre consumidores e marcas em mídias sociais, que é o nível de intimidade da marca. Este fator é entendido como o grau em que a marca interage como um ator social psicologicamente próximo aos seus consumidores, sendo operacionalizado na forma de um construto latente formado pela autorrevelação, pela expressividade de emoções, pela transmissão de sentimentos positivos e de calor humano e pela informalidade. Embora as mídias sociais j...

  11. A emergência da politização da intimidade na experiência de mulheres usuárias de drogas The politicization of intimacy in the experience of women who use drugs

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    Marco Aurélio Máximo Prado

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Tendo como referencial teórico o campo intelectual feminista, este artigo discute a fundamentação moral e sexista do modelo de tratamento proposto pelo serviço de atenção a usuários de álcool e outras drogas conhecido como comunidade terapêutica. A partir do acompanhamento da experiência de um grupo de mulheres em tratamento em serviço aberto (CAPS-AD, apresenta-se a possibilidade de constituição de um espaço de politização da intimidade de mulheres usuárias de drogas. Ao final, discute-se que, para além do tratamento do uso abusivo de drogas, o trabalho no grupo de mulheres potencializou o questionamento da sua condição de gênero, por meio da interpelação coletiva sobre as relações de subordinação e opressão às quais estão submetidas e do reconhecimento dos lugares de fragilidade e insuficiência historicamente a elas atribuídos.Based on conceptual frameworks from the feminist intellectual field, this article discusses the moral and sexist foundations of the treatment model of alcohol and drug abuse known as the therapeutic community. From the analysis of the experience of a group of women in treatment at an open public service (CAPS-AD, we suggest the creation of a space for the politicization of the intimacy of the women who use drugs. Finally, we show that, beyond the drug abuse treatment, the work with these women increased the questioning of their gender condition, through the group discussion about the relations of subordination and oppression to which they are submitted and the increased awareness of the situation of vulnerability and insufficiency historically assigned to them.

  12. Exibishow da intimidade e espetacularização do eu: a celebração do ordinário cotidiano da realidade Exhibit show of intimacy and spectacularization of the self: celebration of the ordinary in the fictionalization of reality

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    Cíntia Dal Bello

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available SIBILIA, Paula (2008. O show do eu: a intimidade como espetáculo. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira. 284 p. Novas práticas culturais associadas ao uso de dispositivos tecnológicos de comunicação em rede configuram o contemporâneo fenômeno da exibição da intimidade e da celebração do ordinário cotidiano nas instantaneidades do tempo real. A crescente espetacularização do "eu" e o tom "confessional" dos múltiplos relatos autobiográficos sinalizam uma premente necessidade de validar a existência na transparência das telas; nesse contexto, a subjetividade manifesta sente-se legitimada no olhar mediatizado do outro e transforma-se em show. SIBILIA, Paula (2008. O show do eu: a intimidade como espetáculo. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira. 284 p. Exhibit show of intimacy and spectacularization of the self: celebration of the ordinary in the fictionalization of reality — New cultural practices associated with the use of technological devices of network communication are a contemporary phenomenon of the exhibition of intimacy and the celebration of the ordinary in the instantaneities of real time. The growing spectacularization of the self and the confessional tone of numerous autobiographical reports indicate a pressing need to validate existence in the transparency of the screen. In this context, the manifested subjectivity is legitimated in the mediated vision of the other and is transformed into a show.

  13. Michel Foucault hoje, ou ainda: do dispositivo de vigilância ao dispositivo de exposição da intimidade

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    Tucherman/UFRJ, Ieda

    2008-01-01

    O texto pretende propor uma reflexão sobre a leitura de Michel Foucault das questões da comunicação no decorrer das diversas fases da sua obra. Partindo da relação com a escrita de si, consideramos se certas práticas ligadas aos novos meios de comunicação em rede, tais como blogs, ou ainda os novos produtos da TV e do cinema, tais como reality-shows e documentários “da intimidade” com os processos de estetização da existência, representariam uma nova perspectiva que seria a inversão dos dispo...

  14. Intimidades

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    Lavrín, Asunción

    2013-01-01

    La dificultad de adentrarse en la vida privada y las experiencias íntimas de quienes vivieron hace varios siglos es uno de los obstaculos más difíciles de vencer en la reconstrucción histórica no sólo en la Nueva España, sino en toda la América hispana. La escasez de cartas y autobiografías que recojan las vivencias personales hacen la tarea más ardua, especialmente si se desea recoger la mentalidad de la gente común. El analfabetismo fue cosa corriente en la mayoría de la población, pero aún...

  15. APTUS – Programa de Prevenção da Violência nas relações de intimidade juvenil: da implementação à avaliação

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    Aguinha, Ricarda Santos

    2013-01-01

    Dissertação submetida como requisito parcial para a obtenção do grau de Mestre em Psicologia Comunitária e Proteção de Menores / Codigos PsycINFO: 2970 Sex Roles & Women’s Issues 3365 Promotion & Maintenance of Health & Wellness A violência nas relações de intimidade juvenil têm vindo a merecer uma gradual atenção e interesse na pesquisa em psicologia e são cada vez mais os programas de intervenção de caracter universal para populações cada vez mais jovens, dado que alguns estudos in...

  16. Privacidad e intimidad en las interacciones virtuales

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    Altamar Camacho, Diana Carolina; Bonilla Castillo, Lourdes Carolina; Restrepo Carmona, Andrés

    2013-01-01

    El presente trabajo es una revisión de la literatura de investigación en Ciberpsicología centrada en las categorías de privacidad, intimidad, identidad y vulnerabilidad, y en la forma como estas se desarrollan en las redes sociales virtuales. Los principales hallazgos indicaron que son los jóvenes quienes dedican gran parte de su tiempo a interactuar en dichas redes, y a su vez, dado el manejo que les dan, tienen mayor exposición ante los posibles riesgos de estas, como el matoneo, las conduc...

  17. El alcance del derecho a la intimidad en la sociedad actual

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    Xiomara Lorena Romero Pérez

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available i. Introducción. Aproximación al concepto y alcance del derecho a la intimidad. ii. Acorde con la Corte Constitucional, ¿cuándo hay una vulneración al derecho a la intimidad? iii. La autodeterminación informativa y el derecho de intimidad. iv. Conclusiones

  18. El alcance del derecho a la intimidad en la sociedad actual

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    Xiomara Lorena Romero Pérez

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available i. Introducción. Aproximación al concepto y alcance del derecho a la intimidad. ii. Acorde con la Corte Constitucional, ¿cuándo hay una vulneración al derecho a la intimidad? iii. La autodeterminación informativa y el derecho de intimidad. iv. Conclusiones

  19. La intimidad en el mundo y la gran malla

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    Dra. Rocío Jiménez Ramón

    2001-01-01

    Europeos y asiáticos se sienten cómodos con la idea de permitir que los gobiernos regulen su intimidad, pero la idea de unas leyes amplias que protejan la intimidad pone nerviosos a los norteamericanos.El concepto de confidencialidad de la información abarca las múltiples formas de obtención, utilización y distribución de datos acerca de personas particulares en el ciberespacio. En la vida real, un paseo informal por las calles de una ciudad o por las galerías de un supermercado constituye g...

  20. A intimidade em tempos de rede social digital – O Facebook e a midiatização do íntimo

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    José Antonio Martinuzzo

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo consiste de uma investigação sobre o conceito de intimidade no âmbito da rede social digital Facebook. As perguntas iniciais foram constituídas para saber qual a visão que os usuários da rede social têm acerca dessa esfera da vida cotidiana, e quais são os critérios para a publicação de conteúdos íntimos na era do Facebook. A metodologia utilizada inclui revisão de literatura específica, abordando temas como intimidade, tecnologia, sociedade em rede, redes sociais na internet, entre outros; e aplicação de uma pesquisa on-line junto aos usuários da rede social digital por intermédio de um questionário. Os resultados obtidos evidenciam que o conceito de intimidade mudou com o surgimento de redes sociais digitais.

  1. La expectativa razonable de intimidad y el derecho fundamental a la intimidad en el proceso penal

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    Oscar Julián Guerrero Peralta

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available El texto tiene el objetivo de ilustrar históricamente la formación de la categoría “expectativa razonable de intimidad” en el derecho procesal penal norteamericano y observar las dificultades de su adaptación a los sistemas continentales que cuentan con la intimidad como un derecho fundamental constitucional. En tal sentido, el artículo muestra la evolución de las discusiones jurisprudenciales de Norteamérica, empezando por la decisión Katz de los años 60’s hasta las modernas interpretaciones que extienden el modelo a la vigilancia aérea de objetos y personas. Frente a la legislación colombiana resulta importante destacar que la noción tiene otras perspectivas interesantes, que inscriben la problemática en una nueva realidad del derecho probatorio que se relaciona con la tecnología del control aplicada a las pruebas penales.

  2. La expectativa razonable de intimidad y el derecho fundamental a la intimidad en el proceso penal

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    Oscar Julián Guerrero Peralta

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available El texto tiene el objetivo de ilustrar históricamente la formación de la categoría “expectativa razonable de intimidad” en el derecho procesal penal norteamericano y observar las dificultades de su adaptación a los sistemas continentales que cuentan con la intimidad como un derecho fundamental constitucional. En tal sentido, el artículo muestra la evolución de las discusiones jurisprudenciales de Norteamérica, empezando por la decisión Katz de los años 60’s hasta las modernas interpretaciones que extienden el modelo a la vigilancia aérea de objetos y personas. Frente a la legislación colombiana resulta importante destacar que la noción tiene otras perspectivas interesantes, que inscriben la problemática en una nueva realidad del derecho probatorio que se relaciona con la tecnología del control aplicada a las pruebas penales.

  3. TECNOLOGIA E SUBJETIVIDADE: INTIMIDADE MEDIADA POR COMPUTADORES

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    Márcia Moraes

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O artigo teve o objetivo de investigar a produção de subjetividade com base nas atuais tecnologias da informação, em particular do diário virtual. A fundamentação teórica da pesquisa levou em conta os enfoques de autores contemporâneos sobre o assunto, apostando numa perspectiva ontogenética, no tocante às relações homem/técnica. Nesse enfoque, destaca-se um processo de produção da subjetividade, no qual esta é efeito de conexões heterogêneas que articulam humanos e não humanos. Assim, a subjetividade é considerada como um dos efeitos da mediação técnica. A pesquisa de campo foi realizada com 10 sujeitos de diferentes cidades do Brasil. Para coletar dados, foi utilizado o questionário semi-estruturado. Os resultados indicam que o diário virtual produz novas formas de subjetividade, de amizades e de relações pessoais.

  4. Vislumbrando intimidades: narrativas espaciales en tránsito

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    Eduardo Álvarez-Pedrosian

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo nos centramos en el estudio de los espacios de la intimidad, intentando poner en juego esta dimensión muchas veces dejada de lado en los estudios sobre comunicación y ciudad. Nuestro análisis se inscribe en una investigación etnográfica más amplia, en relación a las transformaciones en el hábitat y las formas de habitar a partir de las acciones de un  lan socio-habitacional estatal en Uruguay. En primer lugar, proponemos un desplazamiento conceptual desde la noción de lo privado a la de lo íntimo. En segundo término, tratamos las estrategias y tácticas de abordaje de la intimidad surgidas en nuestro trabajo de campo. Posteriormente, nos sumergimos en dos casos de estudio que permiten tratar las cuestiones centrales al respecto.

  5. La intimidad en el mundo y la gran malla

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    Dra. Rocío Jiménez Ramón

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Europeos y asiáticos se sienten cómodos con la idea de permitir que los gobiernos regulen su intimidad, pero la idea de unas leyes amplias que protejan la intimidad pone nerviosos a los norteamericanos.El concepto de confidencialidad de la información abarca las múltiples formas de obtención, utilización y distribución de datos acerca de personas particulares en el ciberespacio. En la vida real, un paseo informal por las calles de una ciudad o por las galerías de un supermercado constituye generalmente un asunto económico, a diferencia de lo que ocurre cuando se navega por la World Wide Web. Como reza una verdad de perogrullo en línea: cuando se navega por la red, la red le navega a uno. Con los programas adecuados, desde un servidor de Internet a menudo se puede identificar el nombre, la dirección electrónica y la ubicación geográfica de la mayoría de usuarios que recalan en una página, así como información sobre otras páginas visitadas recientemente o el modelo de ordenador utilizado. Mientras tanto, muchos creadores de sitios de la web utilizan también etiquetas informáticas denominadas cookies (galletas, que permiten la compilación detallada de registros sobre los intereses individuales de cada visitante, basándose en el tipo de páginas que visitan o en la clase de productos que adquieren al recorrer una página comercial.

  6. LA INTIMIDAD, ESE “TERRIBLE DERECHO” EN LA ERA DE LA CONFUSA PUBLICIDAD VIRTUAL

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    Ignacio Villaverde Menéndez

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available En este artículo se plantean tres tesis en relación con el disfrute del derecho a la intimidad en internet. La primera es que el derecho a la intimidad en el caso de la Constitución española sólo alcanza a la decisión individual sobre mantener oculta a terceros información sobre su persona. No garantiza un derecho a la toma de ciertas decisiones relativas a su vida y a su relación con otros; ni garantiza la vida privada en los términos que la ha definido el TEDH. La segunda es que, quien hace uso de internet también ejerce su derecho a la intimidad cuando divulga información sobre su persona. Pero esa aparente “renuncia” a su intimidad es revocable en todo momento, pudiendo exigir su “derecho al olvido”. Y la tercera es que pesa sobre el Estado el deber positivo de proteger activamente el derecho a la intimidad de las personas en internet, incluso cuando éstas hayan consentido su lesión si está en juego la dignidad humana y el libre desarrollo de su personalidad. Palabras clave: Derecho a la intimidad. Privacidad, internet. Redes sociales.

  7. CONTRAST

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    Kristensen, Thomas Krogsgaard

    2007-01-01

    Dette er en afrapportering fra den årlige CONTRAST workshop, der i 2007 blev afholdt i Yaoundé, Cameroon.......Dette er en afrapportering fra den årlige CONTRAST workshop, der i 2007 blev afholdt i Yaoundé, Cameroon....

  8. Homens vítimas na intimidade: análise metodológica dos estudos de prevalência

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    Andreia Machado

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A violência contra os homens na intimidade é um tema controverso e negligenciado. No entanto, são já vários os estudos que avançam que os homens podem ser vítimas na intimidade. Este artigo contempla uma análise metodológica dos estudos de prevalência acerca da violência contra os homens em relações heterossexuais. A violência contra o sexo masculino perpetrada pelo sexo feminino varia de 0.6% a 100%, dependendo do tipo de violência que abrange, do período temporal de referência, bem como do método e da amostra. Os estudos revelam que os homens são, em sua grande maioria, vítimas de violência moderada, sobretudo psicológica. Porém, as insuficiências metodológicas e o conhecimento diminuto em domínios específicos da vitimação íntima contra os homens restringem as conclusões que podem ser extraídas. Importa que as investigações futuras adotem uma abordagem mais inclusiva de ambos os sexos.

  9. La intimidad inconfesable en los cuentos de Silvina Ocampo

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    Judith Podlubne

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo sitúa la metamorfosis que sufren las voces narrativas de Silvina Ocampo, en relatos cuya fuerza ilocucionaria dominante es la de la confesión o la confidencia. Se muestra cómo, fascinadas ante lo que están contando, ellas quedan súbitamente expuestas, arrojadas fuera de sí, con una violencia festiva. Desalojada la identidad en la que se reconocen, estas voces dejan al descubierto su más imperturbable intimidad, exhiben, sin poder advertirlo, el estallido de ese afuera íntimo en que quedan retenidas. Se vuelven otras, parecidas a sí mismas; no voces completamente ajenas sino voces extrañas en su proximidad. Lo otro de ellas mismas, que no es su doble o su alter ego sino su desdoblamiento, la íntima distancia que aparece cuando toda comprensión se ha vuelto imposible, habla en los relatos y dice lo inconfesable, lo que no es posible confesar porque ya no hay quien lo reconozca como una falta, ni hay a quien atribuir su culpabilidad. La confesión, que aparece inicialmente en estos cuentos como el acto en el que una subjetividad se afirma reconociendo una falta, se transforma entonces en la afirmación absoluta de esa falta de reconocimiento en la que toda subjetividad se descamina o perece

  10. Exposição a violência em relações de intimidade – a propósito de um caso clínico

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    Jacinta Rodrigues Fonseca

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available As crianças que vivem expostas a violência em relações de intimidade são muitas vezes consideradas “vítimas indiretas” e durante muito tempo foi difícil enquadrá-las em algum tipo de abuso. Atualmente considera-se que o abuso emocional inclui a violência interparental que é testemunhada pelos menores. Apresenta-se o caso de uma criança exposta de forma recorrente a violência física e emocional do pai dirigida à mãe. Pretende-se com o caso clínico alertar para a necessidade de desenvolver estratégias de sensibilização para o rastreio ativo ao nível da consulta de pediatria e dos cuidados de saúde primários de situações de abuso, nomeadamente de exposição a violência em relações de intimidade. A violência doméstica é um crime público e inclui as situações de exposição a violência nas relações de intimidade, sendo este um aspeto determinante na transmissão intergeracional deste tipo de comportamento. É urgente quebrar estes ciclos de violência e orientar quer as vítimas, quer os agressores.

  11. La intimidad corporal en la filosofía de Ortega y Gasset

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    Conill Sancho, Jesús

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In the face of the social crisis of intimacy for the extimacy, in neurosciences, and its reduction to privacy in legal field, this article explains the orteguian idea of the intimacy highlighting its bodily character. This notion of intimacy, rooted in body, discovers the sentimental aspect of reality (lyricism, and also overcomes thingism and subjectivism through the analysis of the mechanism of metaphor and the capacity of entering yourself. Reality of intimacy is conceived as enforceability (executive reality, and represents an alternative to idealism, objetivism of conscience and psychological introspection.Ante la crisis social de la intimidad en favor de la extimidad, en las neurociencias y su reducción a privacidad en el derecho, este artículo expone la idea orteguiana de la intimidad, destacando su carácter corporal. Esta noción corporal de la intimidad descubre el ámbito sentimental de la realidad (lirismo, superando el cosismo y el subjetivismo, mediante el análisis del mecanismo de la metáfora y de la capacidad de ensimismamiento. El modo de realidad de la intimidad se revela como ejecutividad (realidad ejecutiva y constituye una alternativa al idealismo, al objetivismo de la conciencia y a la introspección psicológica.

  12. Technical aspects of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the breast: literature review; Aspectos tecnicos da ressonancia magnetica de mama com meio de contraste: revisao da literatura

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    With the advances in surface coil technology and the development of new imaging protocols in addition to the increase of the use of contrast agents, contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as a promising modality for detection, diagnosis and staging of breast cancer. Despite these advances, there are some unresolved issues, including no defined standard technique for contrast-enhanced breast MRI and no standard criteria of interpretation for the evaluation of such studies. In this article, we review the literature and discuss the general requirements and recommendations for contrast agent-enhanced breast MRI, including image interpretation criteria, MR equipment, dedicated radiofrequency coils, use of paramagnetic contrast agents, fat-suppression techniques, planes of acquisition, pulse sequence specifications and artifact sources. (author)

  13. El WhatsApp en las prácticas de intimidad familiares

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    Esta investigación analiza el papel que el sistema de mensajería instantánea WhatsApp desempeña como mediador en la relaciones de intimidad que se dan en el contexto de la familia a través del concepto de prácticas de intimidad (Lynn Jamieson, 2011). Aquesta investigació analitza el paper que el sistema de missatgeria instantània WhatsApp exerceix com a mediador en les relacions d'intimitat que es donen en el context de la família a través del concepte de pràctiques d'intimitat (Lynn Jamie...

  14. El Derecho a la Intimidad y las Nuevas Tecnologías de la Información.

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    Hubo un tiempo que las fronteras de la intimidad estuvieron defendidas por el tiempo y por el espacio. No hace mucho eran, precisamente, el tiempo y la distancia los que mantenían indemne a la intimidad. La sociedad era otra.   Los medios de transporte evolucionaron poco a poco. En los últimos años las comunicaciones dieron un salto hacia el futuro de manera asombrosa. Con los avances se despertó, la ambición del ser humano por el conocimiento y la ...

  15. Aspectos técnicos da ressonância magnética de mama com meio de contraste: revisão da literatura Technical aspects of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the breast: literature review

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    Denise de Deus Leopoldino

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Com a difusão do uso de meios de contraste, avanços na tecnologia das bobinas de superfície e desenvolvimento de protocolos rápidos de aquisição de imagens, a ressonância magnética (RM de mama com meio de contraste tem-se mostrado importante modalidade na detecção, diagnóstico e estadiamento do câncer de mama. Apesar desses avanços, existem alguns pontos não consensuais no que diz respeito aos aspectos técnicos e critérios de interpretação de imagem da RM contrastada de mama. Neste artigo fazemos revisão bibliográfica dos parâmetros de interpretação de imagens e aspectos técnicos da RM de mama, incluindo considerações sobre a "performance" do equipamento, bobinas de radiofreqüência dedicadas, modo de utilização de contraste paramagnético, técnicas de supressão de gordura, planos de aquisição, seqüências de pulso e fontes de artefato.With the advances in surface coil technology and the development of new imaging protocols in addition to the increase of the use of contrast agents, contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI has emerged as a promising modality for detection, diagnosis and staging of breast cancer. Despite these advances, there are some unresolved issues, including no defined standard technique for contrast-enhanced breast MRI and no standard criteria of interpretation for the evaluation of such studies. In this article, we review the literature and discuss the general requirements and recommendations for contrast agent-enhanced breast MRI, including image interpretation criteria, MR equipment, dedicated radiofrequency coils, use of paramagnetic contrast agents, fat-suppression techniques, planes of acquisition, pulse sequence specifications and artifact sources.

  16. Relatos de historias de pareja en el Chile actual: la intimidad como un monólogo colectivo

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    Dariela Sharim

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available A la luz de los procesos de individualización social, se han descrito importantes cambios en el ámbito de la intimidad. En este marco, esta investigación indaga en los significados y en la experiencia subjetiva respecto a las relaciones de pareja, focalizándose en la dimensión psicológica de la intimidad. Se recogieron relatos de vida de hombres y mujeres adultos chilenos, quienes narraron sus historias de pareja. El supuesto de esta relación como emblemática del espacio de intimidad, se ve cuestionado por los resultados. Al hablar de pareja, los narradores no hablaron de intimidad. Transmitieron más bien un sentimiento de temor o amenaza y la evitación del otro en este espacio. De sus relatos se desprende que los ideales de pareja se construyen paradojalmente de manera individual, instalándose una manera de ser en pareja que hemos denominado "monólogo colectivo".

  17. CO-CRIANZA Y FAMILISMO PREDICTORES DE COMPAÑIA E INTIMIDAD DEL JOVEN HACIA SUS PADRES

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    Marcela Sotomayor-Peterson

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available En este estudio se prueba el valor predictivo de la Co-crianza en la niñez y el valor cultural familismo característico de los mexicanos sobre el reporte de Compañía e Intimidad del joven con su madre y padre, separadamente. Para ello, en una muestra de 118 jóvenes -provenientes de una familia nuclear- estudiantes de una universidad pública del noroeste de México, contestaron un conjunto de cuestionarios de opción de respuesta cerrada; posteriormente se realizaron análisis multivariados (i.e. path análisis. Los resultados arrojan una diferencia a favor de las mujeres quienes reportan más altos niveles de compañía e intimidad con sus madres; asi como un mayor reporte de co-crianza y familismo. Igualmente se encuentra evidencia de un efecto directo, positivo y significativo de co-crianza y familismo sobre el reporte de Compañía e Intimidad con la madre, no así con el padre. Los datos arrojan que solo la Co-crianza recibida en la niñez explica la compañía e intimidad con el padre que el joven experimenta ya en su vida adulta.

  18. O valor da tomografia computadorizada helicoidal sem contraste na avaliação de pacientes com dor no flanco

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    Galvão Filho Mário de Melo

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Os nossos objetivos foram estabelecer a eficácia da tomografia computadorizada sem contraste em diagnosticar a ureterolitíase, calcular a freqüência dos principais sinais tomográficos e medir a concordância interobservador, comparando-a com os resultados obtidos na urografia excretora, realizando estudo prospectivo duplo-cego em 25 pacientes com cólica nefrética. Em ambos os procedimentos avaliamos a existência de aumento renal, hidronefrose e cálculo ureteral. Deste último, descrevemos a sua localização e dimensão. Nos exames de tomografia computadorizada sem contraste procuramos também por estrias perirrenais, edema periureteral e o sinal do halo. Em 23 dos 25 exames de tomografia computadorizada sem contraste (92% e em 17 das 25 urografias excretoras (68% houve concordância dos resultados entre os dois observadores. Em 21 dos 25 pacientes os resultados dos dois métodos foram concordantes. Concluímos que a tomografia computadorizada sem contraste apresenta eficácia superponível à urografia excretora na avaliação de pacientes com cólica nefrética, sendo um método reprodutível e sem promover o desconforto do uso do contraste endovenoso.

  19. O valor da tomografia computadorizada helicoidal sem contraste na avaliação de pacientes com dor no flanco

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    Galvão Filho,Mário de Melo; D'Ippolito,Giuseppe; Hartmann,Luiz Guilherme; Rosenblatt,Charles; Roque,Arcílio Jesus; Figueiredo,José Alaor; Borri,Maria Lúcia; Wolosker,Angela Borri

    2001-01-01

    Os nossos objetivos foram estabelecer a eficácia da tomografia computadorizada sem contraste em diagnosticar a ureterolitíase, calcular a freqüência dos principais sinais tomográficos e medir a concordância interobservador, comparando-a com os resultados obtidos na urografia excretora, realizando estudo prospectivo duplo-cego em 25 pacientes com cólica nefrética. Em ambos os procedimentos avaliamos a existência de aumento renal, hidronefrose e cálculo ureteral. Deste último, descrevemos a sua...

  20. Intimidad y «extimidad» en las redes sociales. Las demarcaciones éticas de Facebook

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    Lucía Tello Díaz

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo analiza cómo ciertas herramientas de Facebook, modelo de las nuevas tecnologías de la información, han derivado en la vulneración de algunos planteamientos éticos vigentes hasta el momento. Este paradigma comunicativo que encuentra su máxima expresión en las redes sociales y la tecnología 2.0, implica un replanteamiento de los principios de la ética informativa relativos a la salvaguarda de la intimidad, la protección de la vida privada y el resguardo de la propia imagen. Esta investigación estudia cómo estas áreas no solo se ven afectadas por los cambios tecnológicos y la propia naturaleza de la fuente informativa, sino por la confianza y desconocimiento de los usuarios, quienes dan primacía a la comunicación por encima de la intimidad. Este fenómeno denominado «extimidad» por Jacques Lacan, se traduce como la intimidad hecha pública a través de las nuevas redes de comunicación o intimidad expuesta. En nuestro análisis expondremos los resortes a través de los cuales se quebranta nuestra privacidad en Facebook, especialmente por medio de la captación de pautas de comportamiento, el empleo de datos derivados de los perfiles, los cambios en la política de privacidad y el reconocimiento facial, avalando su transgresión con documentación derivada de investigaciones realizadas por organismos internacionales. En resumen, analizar la vulneración de la intimidad en las redes sociales y entender qué medidas pueden implementarse para defender nuestros derechos son el objetivo de esta comunicación.

  1. Avaliação da sensibilidade ao contraste e da estereopsia em pacientes com lente intra-ocular multifocal Contrast sensitivity and stereopsis in pseudophakic patients with multifocal intraocular lens

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    Filipe de Oliveira

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a sensibilidade ao contraste e a acuidade estereoscópica em pacientes pseudofácicos, que receberam implante bilateral de lente intra-ocular multifocal. MÉTODOS: Prospectivamente foram realizados testes de sensibilidade ao contraste com o uso da tabela Pelli-Robson e teste de acuidade estereoscópica com emprego do Titmus Stereo Test, em 20 pacientes com implante bilateral de lente intra-ocular multifocal Acrysof Restor®, no pós-operatório de 1 a 2 meses e sem uso de qualquer correção óptica. RESULTADOS:O teste de sensibilidade ao contraste binocular demonstrou que 6 pacientes (30% apresentaram 1,80 unid. log, 13 (65% 1,65 e 1 (5% 1,50. No teste monocular, ocorreram as seguintes respostas: 17 pacientes (85% 1,65 unid. log e 3 (15% 1,50 para o teste do olho direito. O teste do olho esquerdo mostrou que 16 pacientes (80% apresentaram 1,65 unid. log e 4 (20% 1,50. A média e o desvio-padrão da sensibilidade ao contraste testada binocularmente foi 1,69 (±0,08, ao passo que monocularmente foi 1,63 (±0,05 para OD e 1,62 (±0,06 para OE. O teste de acuidade estereoscópica revelou que 12 pacientes (60% obtiveram 40", 6 (30% 50" e 2 (10% 60", com média de 45" e desvio-padrão de ±6,88". CONCLUSÃO: A lente intra-ocular empregada no estudo, proporcionou resultados de sensibilidade ao contraste e acuidade estereoscópica compatíveis e de acordo com critérios de normalidade estabelecidos anteriormente por outros estudos em grupos de pacientes fácicos e pseudofácicos, e portanto, impacto positivo na funcionalidade visual.PURPOSE: To evaluate the contrast sensitivity and stereopsis tests in patients who underwent bilateral implantation of multifocal intraocular lens. METHODS: Tests of contrast sensitivity using the Pelli-Robson chart and stereopsis evaluation with the Titmus Stereo Test were performed in 20 patients 30-60 days after the bilateral implantation of Acrysof Restor® multifocal intraocular lens. RESULTS: The

  2. EXPRESIONES DE LA INTIMIDAD POLÍTICA DESDE EL CUERPO DE LAS MUJERES ACTIVISTAS

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    Guitté Hartog

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available A partir del contexto contemporáneo mexicano se busca ilustrar cómo a través de su cuerpo algunas mujeres van protestando en contra de diversas formas de opresión. El exhibicionismo de la intimidad femenina se vuelve un estilo de empoderamiento para decir “NO” desde las entrañas al oscurantismo imperante y para gritar su deseo de vivir libre. A través del activismo tanto en el espacio virtual que en las plazas públicas analizaremos estos actos de rebeldía que unen lo íntimo a lo político.

  3. Prueba del ADN y derecho a la intimidad: algunos conflictos concretos

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    Daniel Pérez González

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available La prueba del ADN constituye una importante herramienta en campos muy diversos, como el de la investigación criminal o la prueba de paternidad, debido a que permite la identificación de los individuos a través de sus respectivos perfiles de ADN. Sin embargo, la aplicación de las técnicas de la prueba del ADN afecta a los derechos fundamentales. El almacenamiento y uso de la información recopilada en las bases de datos de ADN o las intervenciones corporales pueden constituir, bajo determinadas circunstancias, una violación o limitación de los derechos fundamentales. Este artículo pretende estudiar determinados conflictos relativos a la prueba del ADN y el derecho a la intimidad.

  4. O monumental e o íntimo: dimensões da memória da resistência no documentário brasileiro recente

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    Fernando Seliprandy Fernandes

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Propõe-se um exercício acerca da memória da resistência à ditadura no documentarismo brasileiro contemporâneo. Monumentalização e intimidade são as noções guias das análises de Hércules 56 (Silvio Da-Rin, 2006 e Diário de uma busca (Flavia Castro, 2010. No caso do primeiro filme, sugere-se que os cânones do documentário de entrevista, primando pela coesão, estabelecem uma memória monumental e conciliadora. Quanto ao segundo filme, sustenta-se que a perspectiva íntima, plena de hesitações, pode sinalizar a permanência de lacunas na conciliação democrática brasileira. O contraste entre memória celebrativa e memória introspectiva ressalta a necessidade de crítica da impunidade presente.

  5. INTIMIDAD, SEXUALIDAD, DEMENCIAS. ESTRATEGIAS AFECTIVAS Y APROPIACIÓN DEL TRABAJO DE CUIDADO EN CONTEXTOS DESESTABILIZANTES

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    Natacha Borgeaud-Garciandía

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo se centra en el trabajo de cuidado domiciliario en contextos que suponen la confrontación de las cuidadoras con elementos perturbadores y potencialmente desestabilizantes: la intimidad, la sexualidad y la demencia senil de adultos mayores muy dependientes. Proviene de una investigación en sociología cualitativa en la cual se llevaron a cabo entrevistas biográficas de tipo “historias de vida”con cuidadoras. Apoyándonos en las nociones de “trabajo sucio”, “trabajo emocional”y “defensas”, se analiza cómo estas trabajadoras se protegen y resignifican su trabajo ante la amenaza de sufrimiento que conlleva tal confrontación, lo cual puede resultar aún más difícil cuando los familiares rechazan el declive de su mayor. A la vez, la convivenciaprolongada les permite a las cuidadoras desarrollar un trabajo de cuidado integral, que pueden apreciar y repatriar en su buen cuidado. A través de sus estrategias emocionales, las cuidadoras resignifican el trabajo sucio a la vez que buscan preservar su identidad de “buena cuidadora”, socialmente valorada.

  6. Derecho a la intimidad y su vinculación con la salud

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    Delia Outomuro

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Una de las reglas de la Bioética es la llamada "regla de privacidad o intimidad". Sin bien debe ser respetada, no son pocos los casos en que los profesionales de la salud se enfrentan a situaciones dilemáticas en torno a esta regla. Nos proponemos elucidar el concepto de privacidad y mostrar su vinculación con la atención de la salud. Abordamos el tema desde la perspectiva del Principialismo y desde el marco legal en la Argentina. Finalmente, mostraremos su relación en el ámbito de la medicina. Concluimos que toda la información referida a una persona corresponde al ámbito de su privacidad y que, prima facie, nadie tiene derecho a acceder a ella sin su consentimiento. Si bien en ciertas situaciones relacionadas con la atención de la salud, este derecho cede en pos del bien común, esto debería ser la excepción y nunca la regla. Por el contrario, en el ámbito de la investigación la balanza se inclina hacia la preservación de los derechos individuales.

  7. Diagnosis of hepatic steatosis by contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography; Diagnostico da esteatose hepatica pela tomografia computadorizada de abdome com meio de contraste intravenoso

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    Monjardim, Rodrigo da Fonseca; Costa, Danilo Manuel Cerqueira; Romano, Ricardo Francisco Tavares; Salvadori, Priscila Silveira; Santos, Jaime de Vargas Conde dos; Atzingen, Augusto Castelli Von; Shigueoka, David Carlos; D' Ippolito, Giuseppe, E-mail: giuseppe_dr@uol.com.br [Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (EPM/UNIFESP), SP (Brazil). Escola Paulista de Medicina. Dept. de Diagnostico por Imagem

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    Objective: to evaluate the diagnostic capacity of abdominal computed tomography in the assessment of hepatic steatosis using the portal phase with a simplified calculation method as compared with the non-contrast-enhanced phase. Materials and methods: in the present study, 150 patients were retrospectively evaluated by means of non-contrast-enhanced and contrast-enhanced computed tomography. One hundred patients had hepatic steatosis and 50 were control subjects. For the diagnosis of hepatic steatosis in the portal phase, the authors considered a result of < 104 HU calculated by the formula [L - 0.3 Multiplication-Sign (0.75 Multiplication-Sign P + 0.25 Multiplication-Sign A)] / 0.7, where L, P and A represent the attenuation of the liver, of the main portal vein and abdominal aorta, respectively. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were calculated, using non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography as the reference standard. Results: the simplified calculation method with portal phase for the diagnosis of hepatic steatosis showed 100% sensitivity, 36% specificity, negative predictive value of 100% and positive predictive value of 75.8%. The rate of false positive results was 64%. False negative results were not observed. Conclusion: The portal phase presents an excellent sensitivity in the diagnosis of hepatic steatosis, as compared with the non-contrast-enhanced phase of abdominal computed tomography. However, the method has low specificity. (author)

  8. Margarita Ovalle, Intimidad y Multiverso. Cuadernos de poemas, mitos y visiones de mundo, Editorial Universidad Bolivariana, Santiago, 2008, 291 p.

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    Weinstein, Luis

    2012-01-01

    La intimidad parece aludir a lo pequeño, llama a sentir cercanía, trae asociaciones de confidencias, de complicidades entre silencios, tactos sutiles, ojos húmedos, recuerda la exclusión del bosque, la galaxia, la multitud, evoca la delicadeza y el cuidado. Lo multiversal impresiona cono extenso, tal vez arrolladoramente inalcanzable, a lo mejor pleno del descuido de una ola colosal no dispuesta a distinguir entre algas, peces y navegantes. Este libro, este proyecto, casi irreverente, pone el...

  9. El derecho a la intimidad y las nuevas tecnologías de información

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    Volpato, Samira

    2016-01-01

    La ambivalencia de las nuevas tecnologías de la información se refleja en la ampliación del acceso y del flujo de informaciones en contrapunto a la violación de derechos fundamentales, como el derecho a la intimidad. El impacto que esta realidad está produciendo en la sociedad se extiende a distintos ámbitos, sobre todo en la vida personal, en la comunicación entre las personas y en los procesos de socialización. Internet, el protagonista, conecta a todas las personas y facilita servicios e i...

  10. Avaliação da concordância interobservador na análise da tomografia computadorizada sem contraste no diagnóstico da urolitíase em pacientes com cólica renal aguda Interobserver agreement on non-contrast computed tomography interpretation for diagnosis of urolithiasis in patients with acute flank pain

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    Luís Ronan Marquez Ferreira de Souza

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a reprodutibilidade da tomografia computadorizada sem contraste na avaliação da litíase ureteral e os sinais secundários de obstrução do sistema coletor em pacientes com cólica renal aguda. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo de 52 pacientes com diagnóstico clínico de cólica renal aguda submetidos a exame de tomografia computadorizada de abdome sem contraste. Os exames foram realizados com técnica helicoidal e posteriormente analisados por três observadores independentes, com a concordância interobservador avaliada pelo método estatístico kappa (kapa. Foram analisados os parâmetros: a presença, localização e mensuração dos cálculos ureterais; b dilatação do sistema coletor intra-renal; c heterogeneidade da gordura perirrenal; d dilatação ureteral; e edema da parede ureteral (sinal do halo. RESULTADOS: Foram encontrados 40 cálculos ureterais na tomografia computadorizada (77%. A concordância interobservador para a identificação do cálculo ureteral e da dilatação ureteral foi quase perfeita (kapa = 0,89 e kapa = 0,87, respectivamente, substancial para dilatação do sistema coletor intra-renal (kapa = 0,77 e moderada para heterogeneidade da gordura perirrenal e para edema da parede ureteral (kapa = 0,55 e kapa = 0,56, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: A tomografia computadorizada de abdome sem contraste apresenta elevada reprodutibilidade na avaliação da litíase ureteral e dos sinais secundários de obstrução do sistema coletor.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the interobserver agreement on non-contrast computed tomography interpretation by a group of experienced abdominal radiologists, for the study of urolithiasis in patients presenting acute flank pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective study of 52 patients submitted to non-contrast enhanced helical computed tomography. The images were subsequently analyzed by three independent observers, with the interobserver agreement assessed by means of the

  11. Cuidados de enfermagem na prevenção da insuficiência renal provocada por contraste após cateterismo Cuidados de enfermagem na prevenção da insuficiência renal provocada por contraste após cateterismo Nursing care in the prevention of renal failure caused by post-catheterism contrast

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    Flavia Giron Camerini

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    Full Text Available O estudo teve como objetivo identificar produções científicas de enfermagem sobre insuficiência renal aguda provocada por contraste iodado após cateterismo cardíaco, no período de 2002 a 2007, analisando sua aplicabilidade à prática. Foi realizada ainda uma análise crítica das produções científicas selecionadas, delineando os cuidados de enfermagem. Este estudo é uma pesquisa bibliográfica de artigos de enfermagem, encontrados através de busca computadorizada. Dos 47 artigos encontrados, 10 foram selecionados por terem atendido os critérios de inclusão. Após a análise dos artigos, verificamos a importância da atuação do enfermeiro na prevenção da insuficiência renal aguda provocada por contraste. Além disso, evidenciamos a melhor prática de enfermagem para a prevenção da insuficiência renal aguda provocada por contraste.El presente estudio tuvo como objetivo identificar producciones científicas de enfermería sobre la insuficiencia renal aguda provocada por contraste yodado después del cateterismo cardíaco, en el período de 2002 a 2007, analizando su aplicabilidad a la práctica. Se realizó además el análisis crítico de las producciones científicas seleccionadas, delineando los cuidados de enfermería. Este estudio es una investigación bibliográfica de artículos de enfermería, encontrados por medio de búsqueda computarizada. De los 47 artículos encontrados, 10 fueron seleccionados por haber atendido a los criterios de inclusión. Después del análisis de los artículos, verificamos la importancia de la actuación del enfermero en la prevención de la insuficiencia renal aguda provocada por contraste. Además de lo referido, evidenciamos una mejor práctica de enfermería para la prevención de la insuficiencia renal aguda provocada por contraste.The purpose of this study was to identify the nursing scientific production on acute renal failure caused by post-catheterism iodized cardiac contrast

  12. O valor da fase sem contraste na tomografia computadorizada do abdome The role of the unenhanced phase in the routine abdominal computed tomography

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    Ana Paula Klautau Leite

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar o valor agregado da fase sem meio de contraste da tomografia computadorizada do abdome em pacientes sem diagnóstico determinado ou em estadiamento tumoral. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo e transversal em 100 pacientes consecutivos submetidos a tomografia computadorizada abdominal sem e com meio de contraste intravenoso. Dois examinadores avaliaram todos os exames, procurando estabelecer, através da fase com meio de contraste intravenoso (primeira análise e posteriormente através da fase sem contraste (segunda análise, o diagnóstico principal e os secundários em função da indicação clínica do exame. Mediu-se a freqüência de mudança diagnóstica decorrente da análise combinada das fases pré- e pós-contraste intravenoso. Casos que tiveram mudança diagnóstica foram avaliados por especialistas clínicos para determinar se implicaria mudanças de conduta. RESULTADOS: Diagnósticos principal e secundário foram modificados em 1 e 18 casos, respectivamente (p = 1,000; p = 0,143. Os diagnósticos modificados foram: esteatose, definição de nódulo em adrenal, nefrolitíase, classificação de cistos renais e calcificação hepática. Nos casos em que a fase sem contraste modificou o diagnóstico, os especialistas mudaram sua conduta em 14/19 (73% dos pacientes (p = 0,038. CONCLUSÃO: A fase sem contraste não modificou significativamente o diagnóstico principal ou secundário. Porém, as mudanças nos diagnósticos secundários influenciaram na conduta adotada pelos especialistas.OBJECTIVE: To determine the role of the unenhanced phase of abdominal computed tomography in patients without a definite diagnosis or undergoing tumor staging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective and transversal study was developed with 100 consecutive patients submitted to unenhanced and contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography. Two observers evaluated all the computed tomography images in the contrast-enhanced phase

  13. Derechos de la personalidad y derechos fundamentales, derecho a la vida e integridad física, derecho a la libertad, honor, intimidad e imagen

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    Heras García, Manuel Ángel de las

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    Estudio de los derechos o bienes de la personalidad y su regulación como derechos fundamentales en la Constitución. Análisis de los derechos a la vida, integridad física, libertad, honor, intimidad e imagen. Jurisprudencia.

  14. Derecho al honor y la intimidad versus derecho a la información (análisis crítico de la jurisprudencia española reciente

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    Mª Ángeles Zurilla Cariñana

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo del presente estudio es ofrecer un análisis crítico de lajurisprudencia recaída en los últimos años en España en torno a laconfrontación entre la protección de los derechos al honor, la intimidady la propia imagen, y la de los derechos a la información y a lalibertad de expresión. En los tiempos que vivimos, la proliferación deprogramas del corazón, prensa rosa, tertulias televisivas, radiofónicas,así como el auge imparable de Internet, (con incontables blogs, foros de opinión, videos publicados por los proprios usuarios, redes sociales... constituye un caldo de cultivo apropiado para la vulneración de losderechos al honor, la intimidad y la propia imagen. Las demandas endefensa de los mismos son constantes. Como paso previo interesa poner de relieve que el tratamiento desdeel Derecho civil de los derechos reconocidos en el texto constituciona sólo se justifica cuando exista alguna particularidad en el régimen de protección frente a los daños, o cuando exista una regulación determinada respecto del régimen aplicable a la transmisión de losderechos; pues ambas son cuestiones exclusivas del Derecho civil.

  15. Cidades principais e secundárias na Europa: uma caracterização dos contrastes à escala da região urbana

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    Rodrigo Cardoso

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo compara três conjuntos de cidades principais e cidades secundárias europeias com o objectivo de verificar se existem padrões semelhantes nos respectivos contrastes estruturais e socioeconómicos à escala da região urbana. Esta questão é importante porque alguma literatura sugere diferenças fundamentais entre os dois tipos de região urbana que importa tornar visíveis. Uma análise geodemográfica revela de facto contrastes similares entre capitais e cidades secundárias, principalmente ao nível da distribuição e incidência dos diferentes grupos socioeconómicos. Explorar estas diferenças contribui tanto para uma tipificação dos dois tipos de cidade como para o estudo das diferentes formas de integração funcional e institucional da região urbana.

  16. Del campo de batalla a las calles: el derecho a la intimidad en la era de los drones

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    Santiago Ramírez López

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Si bien la tecnología de los drones (desde ahora Unmaned Aircraft Systems o UAS no es nueva en el mundo militar y se encuentra ampliamente documentada, en los últimos años se ha dado un inesperado incremento en la venta de este tipo de equipos, ahora destinados a actividades civiles o para recreación y entretenimiento. Esto ha generado problemas jurídicos sin precedentes, especialmente desde el punto de vista de la privacidad, que han hecho necesario que países como Estados Unidos limiten el uso de UAS. El presente artículo tiene como objetivo hacer un análisis del derecho a la intimidad y la privacidad en el uso de los UAS desde la óptica estadounidense y colombiana, planteando conclusiones y posibles caminos a seguir.

  17. INTIMIDADES TRANSGREDIDAS: HABITAR EN TRÁNSITO / Transgressed privacies: to live in transit

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    María Prieto Peinado

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available RESUMEN En la actualidad, la gran ciudad parece haber convertido la condición de anonimato en destrucción. Una mezcla de rechazo y atracción nos invade, donde la incapacidad de control, produce un desgaste solidario, y un aumento de las desigualdades y nos induce a exigir la uniformización de culturas, o la homogeneización de identidades, por temor a perder nuestra seguridad. La existencia de personas, que están fuera de determinados valores y que no constituyen grupos de poder, quedan excluidas. Intentamos mostrar el habitar de un grupo de personas indigentes que recorre nuestras ciudades, buscando lugares para resolver sus necesidades cotidianas y sus relaciones humanas, lugares que son directamente apropiados a lo público y que ahora se convierten en escenarios de intimidades transgredidas, por una exclusión clara en la mayoría de las ocasiones y transgresoras de la armonía pretendida al espacio urbano convencionalizado. Al conjunto de acciones, recorridos y apropiaciones que reflejan estos modos de habitar lo hemos denominado casa_indigente y con el estudio de diferentes casos reales, queremos buscar ciertas claves, para la futura reflexión de la reformulación de propuestas en el ámbito de la producción del espacio público, así como, en la definición del habitar contemporáneo, sobre todo de lo que concierne a las reflexiones sobre propuestas para habitares y hábitat con orígenes en la marginalidad.SUMMARY Today, the big city seems to have converted the condition of anonymity into destruction. A mixture of aversion and attraction pervades us, where the inability to control produces a shared exhaustion, an increase of inequalities and induces us to demand the standardization of cultures, or the homogenization of identities, from fear of losing our security. People who are outside certain values and who do not constitute power groups, remain excluded. We attempt to show the lives of a group of homeless people who cross our

  18. Processamento visual da forma em humanos: curvas de limiar de contraste para padrões circularmente simétricos Visual processing of form in human: threshold contrast curves to concentrically symmetric patterns

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    Natanael Antonio dos Santos

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi mensurar curvas de limiar de contraste para padrões espaciais circularmente simétricos em coordenadas polares. Mensurou-se os limiares de contraste para grade senoidais, freqüências radiais e freqüências radiais acopladas à freqüência angular de 4 ciclos360º. Participaram dos experimentos 6 adultos jovens com acuidade visual normal ou corrigida. As freqüências estimadas com o paradigma psicofísico da escolha forçada foram: 0,2; 0,3; 0,5; 0,8; 1; 2; 3; 4; 6 e 9 cpg. Os resultados mostraram que o acoplamento de freqüências radiais à freqüência angular causou um aumento na sensibilidade do sistema visual humano de pelo menos 1,6 em relação à curva de sensibilidade ao contraste para estímulos radiais puros. Estes resultados são consistentes com o modelo de canais múltiplos de freqüências espaciais para estímulos definido a priori em termos de coordenas polares.The aim of this work was to measure contrast sensitivity curves to concentrically symmetric patterns in a system of polar coordinates. We measured the contrast thresholds to sine wave gratings, radial frequencies and coupled radial/angular frequencies. Six young adults with corrected-to-normal visual acuity participated in the experiments. The frequencies measured with a forced-choice psychophysical method were 0.2, 0.3, 0.5, 0.8, 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 9.0 cpd. Results showed that coupled radial/angular frequencies caused an increase in the sensitivity of at least 1.6 times in relation to radial contrast sensitivity function. These results were in agreement with the model of multiple channels processing of spatial frequencies of stimuli defined in terms of polar coordinates.

  19. Uso da ecocardiografia contrastada para avaliação de tumores e trombos Contrast echocardiography for the evaluation of tumors and thrombi

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    Eliza Kaori Uenishi

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available A ecocardiografia contrastada baseia-se na injeção endovenosa de microbolhas que são marcadores de fluxo sangüíneo e aumentam o sinal ultra-sonográfico. O uso de agentes de contraste melhora a opacificação das cavidades cardíacas e o delineamento dos bordos endocárdicos, além de permitir a avaliação da perfusão. Recentemente, a ecocardiografia contrastada tem sido empregada na avaliação de massas cardíacas. Neste artigo são relatados um caso de mixoma atrial esquerdo (tumor benigno, um caso de metástase de adenocarcinoma de pulmão (tumor maligno e um caso de trombo avaliados pela ecocardiografia contrastada, demonstrando que esse método tem o potencial para diagnosticar diferentes tipos de massas cardíacas.Contrast echocardiography is based on intravenous injection of microbubbles that act as blood flow tracers and increase ultra-sound signal. Contrast agents have shown to improve cardiac cavities opacification and endocardial border delineation in addition to helping perfusion evaluation. Contrast echocardiography has recently been used to evaluate cardiac masses. In this report we will describe three cases evaluated by contrast echocardiography: a left atrial myxoma (benign tumor, a lung adenocarcinoma metastasis (malign tumor, and one thrombus. Contrast echocardiography showed to be valuable in the diagnosis of the different types of cardiac masses.

  20. Comparação da análise da frente de onda e da sensibilidade ao contraste em olhos pseudofácicos com implante de lentes intra-oculares esférica e asférica Wavefront analysis and contrast sensitivity comparison between spheric and aspheric intraocular lenses

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    Wilson Takashi Hida

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar a análise da frente de onda e a sensibilidade de contraste pós-operatórias em pacientes submetidos à facoemulsificação com implante de lentes intra-oculares esféricas num olho e asféricas no olho contralateral. MÉTODOS: Este estudo prospectivo comparativo, randomizado, duplo-cego, incluiu 32 olhos de 16 pacientes. Uma avaliação oftalmológica completa foi realizada durante as visitas antes e depois da cirurgia (no primeiro, terceiro, sétimo, e nonagésimo dias pós-cirúrgicos, que incluiu acuidade visual, teste de sensibilidade ao contraste, aberrometria. Todos exames (menos aberrometr=ia foram feitos monocularmente com pupilas não dilatadas. Os pacientes foram submetidos a facectomia ultra-sônica convencional com implante de uma lente asférica SN60WF num olho e esférica SN60ATno outro. RESULTADOS: A acuidade visual média com a melhor correção foi -0,146 LogMAR no grupo da lente intra-ocular esférica, e -0.165 logMAR no grupo da lente intra-ocular asférica sob condições fotópicas, -0,003 LogMAR sob condições mesópicas. A sensibilidade ao contraste foi semelhante em ambos os grupos tanto em condições fotópicas e mesópicas. Em relação às aberrações ópticas ocorreu uma diferença significativa nas aberrações totais (1,09 ± 0,56 no grupo asférico e 1,52 ± 1,19 no grupo esférico e no componente esférico das aberrações de alta ordem(0,422 ± 0,202 no grupo asférico e 0,124 ± 0,087 no grupo esférico. CONCLUSÃO: As duas lentes intra-oculares promoveram uma excelente visão em situações de alto contraste, e os olhos implantados com a lente asférica tiveram menos aberrações totais e esféricas que aqueles implantados com a lente esférica.PURPOSE: Compare the wavefront and contrast sensitivity of bilateral pseudophakic patients with aspheric in one eye and spheric intraocular lenses in the other. METHODS: This prospective, comparative, randomized study, double masked, included 32

  1. Intimidad, sexualidad, demencias. La relación subjetiva con el trabajo de cuidado en contextos desestabilizantes

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    Natacha Borgeaud-Garciandía

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo se centra en el trabajo de cuidado domiciliario en contextos que suponen la confrontación de las cuidadoras con elementos perturbadores y potencialmente desestabilizantes: la intimidad, la sexualidad y la demencia senil de adultos mayores muy dependientes. Proviene de una investigación en sociología cualitativa en la cual se llevaron a cabo entrevistas biográficas de tipo “historias de vida” con cuidadoras. Apoyándonos en las nociones de “trabajo sucio”, “trabajo emocional” y “defensas”, se analiza cómo estas trabajadoras se protegen y resignifican su trabajo ante la amenaza de sufrimiento que conlleva tal confrontación, lo cual puede resultar aún más difícil cuando los familiares rechazan el declive de su mayor. A la vez, la convivencia prolongada les permite a las cuidadoras desarrollar un trabajo de cuidado integral, que pueden apreciar y repatriar en su buen cuidado. A través de sus estrategias emocionales, las cuidadoras resignifican el trabajo sucio a la vez que buscan preservar su identidad de “buena cuidadora”, socialmente valorada.

  2. Valor do enema de bário com duplo contraste no diagnóstico da endometriose do reto e sigmóide Double-contrast barium enema in the diagnosis of intestinal deeply infiltrating endometriosis

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    Helizabet Salomão Abdalla Ayroza Ribeiro

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar a sensibilidade, especificidade, valor preditivo positivo e valor preditivo negativo do enema de bário com duplo contraste (EBDC para o diagnóstico da endometriose do reto e sigmóide. MÉTODOS: estudo transversal prospectivo que incluiu 37 pacientes com quadro clínico suspeito de endometriose profunda. As pacientes foram submetidas ao EBDC de acordo com a técnica padrão descrita na literatura. Em seguida, foram submetidas à laparoscopia. Os exames foram realizados e seus resultados e imagens foram interpretados e comparados com base na avaliação histológica. A análise estatística foi realizada pela análise de associação (teste do χ2 e análise de concordância (teste de Kappa. RESULTADOS: a média de idade das pacientes estudadas foi de 35,8±4,4 anos (faixa de 28 a 48 anos, sendo 85,6% brancas e 14,4% negras. A endometriose profunda foi confirmada por laparoscopia e pelo exame histológico em todas as pacientes estudadas. A endometriose intestinal foi confirmada histologicamente em 27 mulheres (72,9%. O EBDC demonstrou sinais radiológicos sugestivos de infiltração intestinal por endometriose em 24 mulheres (64,9% e ausência de sinais em 13 mulheres (35,1%. A sensibilidade do método foi de 87,5%, especificidade de 53,8%, valor preditivo positivo de 77,8% e valor preditivo negativo de 70%. Dentre os 24 exames anormais, 16 (43,2% apresentaram imagem radiológica do tipo espícula, 16 (43,2% apresentavam imagem compatível com estenose e quatro (10,8% o duplo contorno. CONCLUSÕES: o EBDC apresenta elevada sensibilidade e elevado valor preditivo positivo no diagnóstico da endometriose do reto e sigmóide. As imagens radiológicas do tipo espícula e estenose apresentam elevada sensibilidade e valor preditivo positivo para a infiltração intestinal por endometriose.PURPOSE: to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive value of double contrast barium enema (DCBE for the diagnoses

  3. El género de la intimidad: Katherine Mansfield y Clarice Lispector Writing, intimacy and gender: Katherine Mansfield & Clarice Lispector

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    Alejandra Josiowicz

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available El artículo analiza problemas teóricos y críticos en relación a la escritura de la intimidad en los Diarios de Katherine Mansfield y en las crónicas del Jornal do Brasil de Clarice Lispector. En primer lugar, aborda la relación entre género literario y género sexual y entre feminismo y autobiografía. En segundo lugar, analiza la constitución de la voz en los géneros íntimos y problematiza la idea de intimidad tomando como punto de partida la teoría psicoanalítica. Luego, propone el análisis comparativo de ambas escritoras en torno a la idea de literatura periférica y a la de relación entre obra literaria e intimidad exhibida. Finalmente, se pregunta por el rol de la imagen de mujer y la comunidad femenina en su textualidad.The article deals with some of the theoretical problems of the writings of intimacy in the Journals of Katherine Mansfield and in chronicles written by Clarice Lispector in the Jornal do Brasil. Firstly, it examines the connections between literary genre and gender and between feminism and autobiography. Secondly, it considers the emergence of the self in the genres of intimacy and contends with the idea of the intimacy by making use of psychoanalytic theories. Subsequently, it analyzes both writers comparatively by considering the concept of the literature of the periphery. It also examines the bond between literary oeuvre and the intimacy exhibited in them. Finally, it judges the images of womanhood and of the feminine community in their intimate writings.

  4. El derecho a la intimidad de los trabajadores y acceso del patrón a los correos electrónicos empresariales y privados

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    Amalia Patricia Cobos Campos

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Resumen: El uso imparable de tecnologías y su inadecuada regulación legal, constituyen sin duda un problema pendiente de resolver por el derecho, la constante colisión de derechos y la vulneración de los mismos de tan cotidiano se vuelve preocupante. En este contexto entre los derechos humanos más vulnerables se encuentran indudablemente los derechos a la privacidad e intimidad, que las nuevas tecnologías parecen avasallar, y cuya tutela resulta aún muy deficientes en los ordenamientos jurídicos, tal vulnerabilidad se ve agravada cuando se enfrentan intereses privados con los derechos en mención, esos intereses en el ámbito laboral están representados por la figura del patrón, y sus facultades de supervisión con frecuencia violentan la intimidad y privacidad de sus trabajadores. Por ello cuando el patrón proporciona equipos de cómputo para uso en el trabajo e incluso correos empresariales, resulta necesario marcar los límites de las aludidas facultades de supervisión. El presente trabajo, de corte teórico-dogmático, busca analizar el status quo en la materia, partiendo de clarificar conceptualmente a ambos derechos y de ahí pasamos a analizar la construcción jurídica y jurisprudencial de tales derechos en México, para concluir con una propuesta concreta y viable de reforma legislativa que abonaría a resolver el conflicto de derechos materia de nuestro estudio; sustentándose además aportes doctrinarios. Palabras clave: Intimidad. Privacidad. Trabajadores. Acceso a correos electrónicos.

  5. Privacidad en internet: los derechos fundamentales de privacidad e intimidad en internet y su regulación jurídica. La vigilancia masiva

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    La investigación que se presenta, trata de un estudio jurídico de la vigilancia masiva y la afectación de los derechos de intimidad, secreto a las comunicaciones y la protección de las personas frente al tratamiento de sus datos personales. Ciertamente, los avances de las tecnologías, en los últimos años, han transformado a los seres humanos en muchos sentidos y han permitido un progreso sin precedentes. La sociedad contemporánea depende en muchos aspectos de las facilidades ofrecidas por...

  6. Comportamento da dose glandular versus contraste do objeto em mamografia: determinação de formalismo semi-empírico para diferentes combinações alvo-filtro Behavior of subject contrast versus glandular dose in mammography: determination of a semi-empirical formalism for different target-filter combinations

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    Gabriela Hoff

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar o efeito da mudança no contraste do objeto, tempo de exposição e dose de radiação quando diferentes espessuras de filtração de molibdênio (Mo e ródio (Rh são empregadas em mamógrafos. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Realizaram-se medidas da exposição na entrada da pele com uma câmara de ionização para diferentes espessuras para os filtros de Mo e Rh. Para determinar a dose glandular média foi utilizado simulador de BR12 (50% tecido adiposo e 50% tecido glandular de diferentes espessuras (4 cm e 8 cm. Energias na faixa de 24 kVp a 34 kVp foram empregadas e filmes Kodak MinR 2000 foram utilizados. RESULTADOS: Os resultados evidenciaram dados de contraste do objeto, dose glandular e tempo de exposição para diferentes espessuras de filtros adicionais e diferentes tensões. Esses dados indicaram aumento nos valores de contraste do objeto e tempo de exposição, com o aumento da espessura dos filtros. A dose glandular apresentou comportamento com diferentes tendências para cada caso analisado. Equações foram definidas para possibilitar a estimativa do contraste do objeto, dose glandular e tempo de exposição para os casos estudados. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados possibilitaram a estimativa de equações que auxiliam na verificação do comportamento do contraste do objeto e da dose glandular para simuladores com espessura de 4 cm e 8 cm e para os filtros de Rh e Mo. Dessa forma, torna-se possível estimar a figura de mérito (razão entre o contraste do objeto e a dose glandular, podendo auxiliar na análise da relação risco-benefício dos casos estudados.OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to verify the effect of changes in subject contrast, exposure time and radiation dose when different thicknesses of molybdenum (Mo and rhodium (Rh filters are used in mammography equipments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Entrance skin exposure measurements were performed with an ionization chamber for different thicknesses of Mo and Rh filters

  7. Como satisfazer nossas necessidades de interagir online em diferentes níveis de intimidade? Um estudo sobre a comunicação nas comunidades virtuais

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    Mariana Santiago de Matos-Silva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo investigar o uso que vem sendo feito das chamadas comunidades virtuais. Entrevistamos membros de algumas comunidades e constatamos que, nelas, muitas vezes desconhecidos se aproximavam e iniciavam uma relação de amizade. Os ambientes das comunidades investigadas, contudo, não ofereciam recursos para o aprofundamento dessas relações, pois não disponibilizavam espaços ou recursos que permitissem a interação de poucas pessoas ou até mesmo de apenas duas. Por esse motivo, quando desejavam se aproximar mais intimamente de outros membros, os participantes dessas comunidades virtuais recorriam a ambientes complementares, tais como o MSN e o Skype. Palavras-chave: comunidades virtuais; redes sociais; internet; intimidade.

  8. Mamografia com contraste

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    Baptista, Rita; Silva, Carina; Reis, Cláudia

    2016-01-01

    O estudo pretendeu apresentar as indicações clínicas, vantagens e princípios da mamografia com contraste, identificar as evoluyções tecnológicas para a mamografia com contraste e caracterizar as práticas e os desafios dos técnicos de radiologia do Hospital de Santarém (único no país a utilizar esta técnica). O cancro da mama é uma das principais causas de morte nas mulheres, em todo o mundo, mas principalmente nos Estados Unidos da América, Canadá, Europa Ocidental e Austrália. Em Portugal, e...

  9. Contrast Materials

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    ... safe are contrast materials? Contrast materials are safe drugs; adverse reactions ranging from mild to severe do occur but ... the use of medications such as Beta blockers , NSAIDs , interleukin 2 having received a large amount of ...

  10. Viscosidade e qualidade da imagem do líquido espessado para videodeofluoroscopia de deglutição com acréscimo do contraste de bário

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    Camila Ribeiro Gomide Queiroz

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: estudar a viscosidade da fórmula de partida espessada para os exames de videofluoroscopia de deglutição após acréscimo de contraste de Bário. MÉTODOS: copos de 200 ml de leite foram preparados em três consistências com sete espessantes. A viscosidade média foi verificada com viscosímetro nas temperaturas ambiente e acima de 40ºC, e após acrescentar o contraste de Bário em diluições a 50%, 25% e 12,5%. Os preparados foram expostos à fluoroscopia para obtenção de imagens que foram avaliadas quanto à visualização do preparado nas diferentes consistências, diluições e espessantes. RESULTADOS: comparando valores médios em centipoise(cP, observou-se que a viscosidade na consistência pudim foi significantemente menor na temperatura acima de 40ºC do que na temperatura ambiente. Nas consistências néctar e pudim o acréscimo de Bário resultou em mudança significante da viscosidade para mel. Não houve mudança na qualidade das imagens entre as diluições de Bário à 50% e 25%. CONCLUSÃO: o acréscimo do Bário resulta em mudanças nos valores de viscosidade que afetaram a consistência do preparado espessado para néctar e pudim. Uma redução da diluição do contraste para 25% não resulta em mudança clinicamente significante na qualidade da imagem. Os achados sugerem a importância da padronização do preparado para a fluoroscopia em relação à viscosidade e diluição do Bário visando garantir a reprodutibilidade do exame, prevenir falhas diagnósticas e otimizar as orientações para modificações da dieta na disfagia orofaríngea infantil.

  11. As representações da homossexualidade feminina na esfera pública virtual

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    Vera Teresa Spcht da Costa

    2008-01-01

    A homossexualidade feminina tem, na atualidade, maior visibilidade nos espaços midiáticos num processo indicativo de mudanças acerca do tema que emerge da intimidade para o debate na esfera pública. Esse processo mobiliza questionamentos na sociedade sobre normalidade e anormalidade das orientações sexuais bem como de suas representações sociais. Verificar, compreender e examinar como as lésbicas utilizam a comunicação mediada por computador é o objetivo deste trabalho que se detém na análise...

  12. Avaliação da acurácia no direcionamento com piloto automático e contraste da capacidade de campo operacional no plantio mecanizado da cana-de-açúcar Auto guidance accuracy evaluation and contrast of the operational field capacity on the mechanized plantation system of sugar cane

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    Fábio H. R. Baio

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Com o crescimento da mecanização da cana-de-açúcar, é necessária uma dinamização dos processos, como no uso de técnicas de agricultura de precisão para uma diminuição do custo de produção. O presente trabalho foi desenvolvido com o objetivo de contrastar a acurácia nas passadas orientadas por dois sistemas de direcionamento, autodirecionamento via satélite versus manual, assim como comparar as capacidades de campo e a eficiência operacional envolvidos no plantio mecanizado da cana-de-açúcar. Foram analisados dois tratamentos: com e sem o auxílio do piloto automático por GPS RTK na operação de plantio mecanizado. As avaliações foram realizadas em condições de campo, na Usina IACO Agrícola S.A., em Chapadão do Sul - MS. De acordo com os resultados obtidos, afirmou-se que o uso do piloto automático na operação de plantio da cana-de-açúcar ofereceu uma acurácia de 0,033 m entre as passadas, sendo cinco vezes maior do que aquela obtida com o direcionamento manual, e que o seu uso não melhorou a eficiência operacional do conjunto mecanizado na operação de plantio, sendo limitada pelo sistema de colheita e transporte da cana muda para a plantadora.With the growth of mechanization on the sugar cane plantation, the processes need to be speeded up, such as with the use of precision farming techniques to decrease the production cost. The purpose of this study was to compare the accuracy achieved by an auto guidance system driving the passes of a sugar cane planter machine over the field versus the manual system, compare the operational field capacity and compare the operational efficiency. Two treatments were analyzed: auto guidance by RTK GPS and manual guidance on the sugar cane planting operation. The evaluations were conducted under field conditions at IACO Agrícola S/A mill, in Chapadão do Sul-MS. According to the results, it was stated that the use of auto guidance system on sugar cane planting operation

  13. Subluxação da mandíbula para abordagem de bifurcação carotídea alta em paciente com parotidite por contraste iodado: relato de caso e revisão de literatura

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    Reinaldo Benevides dos Santos

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    Full Text Available Resumo A doença aterosclerótica das carótidas extracranianas pode resultar em complicações com alta morbidade e mortalidade. A avaliação pré-operatória com exames contrastados de imagem é associada a complicações como a parotidite, além das já bem conhecidas reações alérgicas e da disfunção renal. A bifurcação carotídea alta e a doença aterosclerótica de extensão cranial costumam ser fatores limitantes para o tratamento cirúrgico convencional. Entretanto, quando há contraindicação ao uso de contraste iodado ou impossibilidade do tratamento endovascular, há a necessidade do conhecimento de técnicas cirúrgicas que permitam a realização da endarterectomia com segurança. A subluxação da mandíbula se mostrou uma técnica adjuvante segura e efetiva, de fácil execução e reprodutibilidade, possibilitando o acesso a bifurcações carotídeas altas com boa exposição do campo cirúrgico e permitindo a realização da endarterectomia conforme a técnica padrão. Apresentamos o caso de uma paciente com bifurcação carotídea alta e com limitações para uso do contraste iodado que foi submetida a endarterectomia carotídea após subluxação de mandíbula.

  14. Contrastive Lexicology.

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    Hartmann, R. R. K.

    This paper deals with the relation between etymologically related words in different languages. A survey is made of seven stages in the development of contrastive lexicology. These are: prelinguistic word studies, semantics, lexicography, translation, foreign language learning, bilingualism, and finally contrastive analysis. Concerning contrastive…

  15. Prevenção de nefrotoxicidade por contraste com solução de bicarbonato: resultados preliminares e revisão da literatura Prevention of contrast-induced nephropathy by use of bicarbonate solution: preliminary results and literature review

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    Ricardo Gonçalves da Silva

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A incidência da nefropatia por contraste tem aumentado simultaneamente ao aumento da sua utilização com fins diagnósticos e de intervenção terapêutica. A sua incidência na população geral é baixa, porém aumenta exponencialmente em pacientes com fatores de risco como diabetes e doença renal prévia. Várias estratégias têm sido utilizadas na tentativa de prevenir a nefropatia por contraste. Hidratação com solução fisiológica, contraste de baixa osmolalidade ou iso-osmolar e infusão de bicarbonato de sódio são consideradas como as mais eficazes. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste trabalho é revisar a literatura pertinente sobre prevenção de nefropatia do contraste e estudar, de forma inicial, a eficácia da hidratação a base de bicarbonato de sódio a 1,3% comparada à hidratação a base de cloreto de sódio a 0,9% na prevenção da nefrotoxicidade do contraste em pacientes de alto risco para o seu desenvolvimento. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foi analisada a literatura por meio de busca sistemática no banco de dados PubMed usando as palavras-chave bicarbonato, nefrotoxicidade, contraste e insuficiência renal aguda e, adicionalmente, foram estudados 27 pacientes, portadores de diabetes mellitus e/ou doença renal crônica prévia e diagnosticados com algum tipo de câncer. RESULTADOS: Nenhum dos pacientes desenvolveu nefropatia do contraste, caracterizada como aumento de 0,5 mg/ dL e/ou de 25% na creatinina basal. CONCLUSÃO: A revisão de literatura sugere fortemente que o uso de bicarbonato de sódio é eficaz na prevenção de nefropatia por contraste. Em relação ao estudo randomizado e controlado o soro fisiológico e o bicarbonato de sódio apresentaram eficácia similar quanto à prevenção de nefrotoxicidade do contraste. No entanto, o pequeno número de pacientes não permite conclusões definitivas.INTRODUCTION: The incidence of contrast-induced nephropathy has increased simultaneously with the increase in

  16. La intimidad en el Hospital: La experiencia de los pacientes, sus familias y las enfermeras The intimacy in the hospital: The experience of the patients, their families and the nurses

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    Joaquín Jesús Blanca Gutiérrez

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Introducción. El mantenimiento de la intimidad dentro del Hospital es a veces olvidada a favor de otros aspectos más técnicos. Desde el punto de vista jurídico se considera desde tres niveles distintos: una esfera pública, una esfera privada y una estrictamente íntima. Algunos autores enfermeros han identificado varias facetas dentro de ella: la intimidad física, la psíquica, la socio-cultural y la relacionada con la información y la confidencialidad. Metodología. Estudio cualitativo de tipo descriptivo. Los métodos para recoger los datos han sido entrevistas en profundidad y observación participante. Resultados. Se establecen cuatro grandes categorías centrales: significado de la intimidad, la relación con los convivientes en el Hospital, factores extrínsecos que determinan la vivencia de la intimidad y factores intrínsecos. Discusión. Pocos estudios originales con enfoque fenomenológico que traten el tema. Sí aparecen estudios que abordan temas relacionados con la intimidad en el Hospital como las relaciones humanas, el espacio físico, o la implicación de la familia en el cuidado.Introduction. The maintenance of the intimacy inside the Hospital is sometimes forgotten for other more technical aspects. From the juridical point of view it is considered from three different levels: a public sphere, a private sphere and the strictly intimate sphere. Some authors nurses have identified several facets inside it: the physical intimacy, the psychic one, the sociocultural one and the related one to the information and the confidentiality. Methodology. Qualitative study of descriptive type. The methods to gather the information have been depth interviews and participant observation. Results. Four big central categories are established: meaning of the intimacy, the relation with the cohabitants in the Hospital, extrinsic factors that determine the experience of the intimacy and intrinsic factors. Discussion. Few original studies with

  17. Eficácia da cromoendoscopia de contraste do cólon com emprego do índigo-carmim administrado por via oral Efficacy of chromoscopy of the colon after oral administration of indigo carmine dye

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    Sergio Eduardo Alonso Araujo

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    Full Text Available RACIONAL: O índigo-carmim é empregado como corante de contraste habitualmente instilado sobre a mucosa colorretal objetivando melhor visualizar lesão já detectada à colonoscopia convencional. O exame da mucosa colorretal previamente corada após administração anterógrada do corante levaria a maior sensibilidade na detecção de lesões menores e resultante maior sensibilidade da colonoscopia no diagnóstico de lesões diminutas, fazendo da cromoendoscopia de contraste excelente opção de rastreamento do câncer colorretal. Os resultados da cromoendoscopia do cólon após administração oral do índigo-carmim resultam de experiência individual restrita. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a qualidade da cromoendoscopia com índigo-carmim nos diversos segmentos cólicos após administração por via oral desse corante. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Cinqüenta pacientes consecutivamente submetidos a videocolonoscopia foram analisados. Uma cápsula contendo 100 mg de índigo-carmim era oferecida aos pacientes 30 minutos antes da solução de manitol empregada rotineiramente para preparo intestinal mecânico. O efeito do contraste foi avaliado em três segmentos intestinais: cólon direito, cólon esquerdo e reto e foi classificado pelo examinador como bom, regular ou ruim, de acordo com critérios pré-estabelecidos. RESULTADOS: O cólon direito apresentou-se com bom efeito de contraste em apenas 9 (18,8% pacientes, enquanto que em 32 (66,6% e em 7 (14,6% pacientes o efeito obtido foi regular e ruim, respectivamente. Quanto à avaliação dos segmentos distais, não foi observado bom resultado em nenhum paciente. Não se observou coloração da mucosa do cólon esquerdo (qualidade ruim em 80,9% dos pacientes; tampouco não foi observada distribuição do contraste no reto em 92% dos casos. CONCLUSÃO: Apesar da simplicidade, a administração de índigo-carmim por via oral parece ineficaz para o rastreamento de pequenas lesões realizado por cromoendoscopia de

  18. Heterogeneidade da Capacidade Dissipativa e do Módulo de Young em Superfícies Poliméricas: Contraste de Fase em AFM com Contato Periódico Polymer Surface Viscoelastic Heterogeneity: Phase Contrast Using AFM, in the Periodic Contact Mode

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    Carlos A. R. Costa

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    Full Text Available O contraste de fase em microscopia de força atômica no modo de contato periódico é determinado pela topografia, viscoelasticidade e pelas propriedades adesivas das amostras. A maximização da quantidade de informação extraída das imagens exige que o procedimento de aquisição seja previamente definido através da escolha adequada do ângulo de fase entre a onda aplicada ao cristal piezoelétrico, que provoca a oscilação da sonda, e a onda gerada pela resposta do fotodetector. O efeito da topografia no contraste de fase é minimizado somente se as duas senóides (oscilação da sonda e resposta do fotodetector forem ortogonais. Escolhendo teta = -90°, os domínios brilhantes na imagem são mais dissipativos que os domínios escuros, porém o oposto é observado usando teta = +90°. Esta regra é obtida da análise de operação do instrumento, e é experimentalmente verificada com uma amostra preparada pelo recobrimento parcial de uma superfície de mica com um filme de borracha natural. Três diferentes filmes foram analisados e revelaram diferentes padrões de domínios: domínios duros em uma matriz mole são observados em um látex copolimérico sintético, enquanto que um filme de borracha natural apresenta domínios moles em uma matriz mais dura, e um filme compósito de borracha natural com polifosfato de sódio é formado por domínios duros e moles, interpenetrantes.Phase contrast in periodic contact mode-AFM is determined by topographic, viscoelastic as well as adhesive properties of the samples. Image interpretation is not straightforward, unless the image acquisition procedure is previously well defined, making an adequate choice of the phase angle q between the wave applied to the driving piezo and the wave from the photodetector output. The effect of topography on phase contrast is minimum only if the two senoidal waves (probe oscillation and phododetector response are ortogonal. By choosing theta = -90°, brighter

  19. Tiempos de individualización y narcisismo: el monólogo colectivo en los vínculos de intimidad.

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    Dariela Sharim

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    Full Text Available Se discuten los resultados de una investigación cualitativa sobre los vínculos de intimidad en tiempos de individualización, donde se recogieron relatos biográficos de las historias de pareja de hombres y mujeres jóvenes y adultos, así como su discurso colectivo a través de grupos focales. La perspectiva de análisis articula las transformaciones sociales asociadas a la hipermodernidad con las herramientas del psicoanálisis relacional. Los hallazgos muestran un patrón de empobrecimiento de los vínculos, asociados a la percepción de amenaza que se atribuye a la dimensión de dependencia de éstos. Proponemos una comprensión donde el vínculo íntimo, más que un estado a alcanzar, hable de un proceso susceptible de quiebres y reparación. Esto significa focalizar en el espacio de terceridad que implican estos lazos afectivos, en lugar de una lógica dicotómica propia del ideal de complementariedad.

  20. A mulher e a sexualidade : Um estudo com doentes com cancro da mama

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    Patrício, Alice Ermelinda da Fonseca Martinho

    2011-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado apresentada ao ISPA - Instituto Universitário Esta investigação teve como objectivo principal avaliar as implicações dos tratamentos para o cancro da mama, na imagem corporal, na intimidade e na satisfação sexual da mulher, designadamente, a pressão que tal possa exercer na própria e na relação com o(a) parceiro(a). Para o efeito obteve-se uma amostra com 53 mulheres, com média de idade de 49,6 anos, anónimas, entre utentes e voluntárias da Delegação de Lisboa do Mo...

  1. Diversidade bacteriana da rizosfera de genótipos de milho contrastantes na eficiência de uso de fósforo Bacterial diversity in the rhizosphere of maize genotypes contrasting for phosphorus use efficiency

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    Christiane Abreu de Oliveira

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a diversidade funcional e genética de bactérias associadas à rizosfera de genótipos de milho contrastantes quanto à eficiência de uso de fósforo, por meio do teste de fontes de carbono no sistema EcoPlate e da eletroforese em gel de gradiente desnaturante (DGGE dos fragmentos amplificados dos genes 16S ribossomais (rDNA das bactérias. Foram coletadas amostras de solo da rizosfera de linhagens e híbridos contrastantes quanto à eficiência de uso de fósforo, cultivados em Latossolo Vermelho-Escuro fase cerrado, com baixo e alto teor de P. Bactérias da rizosfera de híbridos e linhagens eficientes, sob estresse de P, analisadas pelo sistema EcoPlate, tenderam a se agrupar conforme a análise de componentes principais, o que indica que utilizaram fontes de carbono semelhantes. Não houve diferença na diversidade bacteriana, analisada pela DGGE, entre bactérias associadas a genótipos eficientes e ineficientes no uso de P. Com base no sequenciamento do 16S rDNA, foi verificado que a rizosfera de genótipos de milho sob estresse de P parece selecionar grupos específicos de bactérias. A estrutura populacional genética e metabólica de bactérias da rizosfera foi mais influenciada pelo teor de fósforo no solo do que pela eficiência das plantas em usar o fósforo.The objective of this work was to evaluate the functional and genetic diversity of bacteria associated to the rhizosphere of maize genotypes contrasting for phosphorus use efficiency by means of the EcoPlate carbon source test and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE of amplified 16S ribosomal DNA (rDNA fragments of bacteria. Rhizosphere soil samples of maize genotypes (hybrids and lineages contrasting for phosphorus use efficiency cultivated in an Oxisol with high and low P content were collected. Bacteria from the rhizosphere of P-efficient maize genotypes under P stress conditions analyzed by the EcoPlate system tended to group

  2. Nefropatia induzida por contraste: avaliação da proteção pela n-acetilcisteína e alopurinol em ratos uninefrectomizados Contrast-induced nephropathy: evaluation of n-acetylcysteine and allopunirol protective effect in uninephrectomized rats

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    José Carlos Carraro Eduardo

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A nefropatia por contraste é a terceira causa de insuficiência renal aguda em pacientes hospitalizados. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a ação da n-acetilcisteína e do alopurinol na proteção renal em ratos de ambos os sexos que receberam diatrizoato. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Ratos Wistar adultos jovens, uninefrectomizados e submetidos a restrição hídrica, receberam solução salina (grupo 1: machos; grupo 2: fêmeas, diatrizoato (grupo 3: machos; grupo 4: fêmeas, diatrizoato e n-acetilcisteína (grupo 5: machos, diatrizoato e alopurinol (grupo 6: machos e diatrizoato e n-acetilcisteína + alopurinol (grupo 7: machos. A filtração glomerular foi avaliada pela creatinina. O teste t de Student e o teste do sinal foram utilizados para análises estatísticas. RESULTADOS: Ratos que receberam diatrizoato apresentaram elevação estatisticamente significante da creatinina sérica, quando comparados aos controles, porém não houve diferença entre os sexos. Os animais que receberam alopurinol não mostraram aumento significante da creatinina, enquanto a administração de n-acetilcisteína não impediu a elevação da creatinina. CONCLUSÃO: O alopurinol mostrou-se mais efetivo que a n-acetilcisteína na proteção funcional renal ao dano induzido pelo diatrizoato de sódio. Não houve diferença entre os sexos na intensidade do dano renal pelo diatrizoato de sódio.OBJECTIVE: Contrast medium-induced nephropathy is the third most frequent cause of iatrogenic acute renal failure involving inpatients. The present study was aimed at evaluating the protective effect of n-acetylcysteine and allopurinol in both male and female rats receiving diatrizoate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-five young adult Wistar rats submitted to hydric restriction were divided into groups as follows: groups 1 and 2 (respectively male and female rats receiving saline solution; groups 3 and 4 (respectively male and female rats receiving diatrizoate; group 5

  3. Modernidades e intimidad: aproximaciones conceptuales para el estudio de las transformaciones de las parejas heterosexuales en México

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    Guillermo Núñez Noriega

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available El artículo tiene como objetivo presentar una reflexión informada sobre los planteos teóricos de la modernidad y su impacto en las parejas heterosexuales en los países desarrollados, elaborados por autores europeos y las investigaciones realizadas en las últimas décadas sobre las concepciones y relaciones de género, así como los conflictos y transformaciones de las parejas y las familias heterosexuales mexicanas (y latinoamericanas. El contraste entre ambas producciones académicas se realiza a través de cinco dimensiones analíticas. Finalmente, del análisis se deriva, una reflexión sobre la necesidad de pensar en las diferentes “modernidades” que existen en las diversas regiones del mundo y la importancia de la crítica a un discurso unívoco sobre la modernidad y el desarrollo al momento de realizar estudios en el ámbito de la pareja y la familia.

  4. Limites e garantias do direito ao sigilo bancário em face da gestão de recursos públicos

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    Padilha Rebelo Marques, Karla

    2005-01-01

    A presente dissertação tem por escopo analisar o direito ao sigilo bancário sob diversos enfoques, situando-o ao longo da história da civilização mundial, demarcando-se, assim, sua íntima relação com a evolução do comércio, ainda antes de qualquer desenvolvimento de idéias relacionadas aos direitos da intimidade ou privacidade, típicos do pensamento liberal. Buscou-se, ainda, enfatizar a problemática da distinção entre o público e o privado no desenvolvimento do Estado brasilei...

  5. INTIMIDAD Y PROPIEDAD INTELECTUAL EN LAS REDES SOCIALES: EL CASO COLOMBIANO. PRIVACY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN THE SOCIAL NETWORKS: THE COLOMBIAN CASE.

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    Hugo Nelson Castañeda

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Los abusos que se hace del derecho a la información en internet y especialmente en las Redes Sociales Virtuales (en adelante RSV son constantes y la posibilidad de restringirlos es mínima. Todo parecería indicar que en el mundo virtual no existirá la censura, pero se evidencia todo lo contrario. Muchos grupos de presión, entre ellos quienes buscan la defensa de intereses económicos, han instado a los gobiernos, como el colombiano, y a las empresas de la web (incluidas las RSV para que constituyan mecanismos de control de todo lo que se difunde por internet y evitar atentados contra el honor, la intimidad y la propiedad intelectual, pero los métodos (legales o de facto que se han implementado se convirtieron en una forma de censura de las expresiones creativas que reduce la disponibilidad de información y paradójicamente la libertad individual. Para demostrar lo anterior, en escrito se utilizó técnicas de estudio documental en los que se pudiera constatar la influencia de las RSV en el Derecho.Abuses of the right to information on the Internet and especially in virtual social networks (VSN from now on are constant and the possibility of restricting them is minimal. Everything would seem to indicate that in the virtual world there is no censorship, but there is evidence of the opposite. Many groups, including those who seek the defense of economic interests, have urged Governments, such as the Colombian one, and the Web companies (including the RSV so that they constitute control mechanisms of everything that is spread via the Internet and prevent the attacks against honor, privacy, and intellectual property, but the (legal or de facto methods that have been implemented have become a form of censorship of creative expressions that reduces the availability of information and paradoxically the individual freedom. In order to prove this, techniques of documentary study were used, in which the influence of the VSN in the Law, could be

  6. Influência da disponibilidade de presas, do contraste visual e do tamanho das larvas de Pantala sp. (Odonata, Insecta sobre a predação de Simocephalus serrulatus (Cladocera, Crustacea Influence of prey availability, visual contrast and size of dragonfly (Pantala sp. larvae (Odonata, Insecta on the predation of Simocephalus serrulatus (Cladocera, Crustacea

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    Anna Christina Esper Amaro de Faria

    2001-05-01

    Full Text Available Objetivou-se avaliar a influência da disponibilidade de presas, do contraste visual e do tamanho das larvas de Odonata (Pantala sp. sobre a predação de cladóceros (Simocephalus serrulatus. Para estudar a taxa de predação em função da disponibilidade de cladóceros em contraste visual, foram utilizadas 24 larvas de Odonata (12,57±0,05 mm e 100,01±9,16 mg. Foram utilizados 5, 10, 15 20 cladóceros/litro, em aquários de vidro transparente (1-L, e as mesmas densidades em aquários revestidos por plástico preto. Os cladóceros (1,63±0,21 mm e 0,78 mg foram contados e repostos a cada hora, por cinco horas consecutivas. Para estudar o efeito do tamanho de larvas de Odonata na predação de cladóceros, foram utilizadas 24 larvas de diferentes tamanhos, as quais foram colocadas em recipientes (50-ml. Colocaram-se 20 cladóceros com cada larva, realizando-se contagem e reposição dos indivíduos consumidos, a cada dez minutos, por duas horas consecutivas. Observou-se efeito quadrático (p The influence of prey availability, visual contrast and size of dragonfly (Pantala sp larvae on the predation of cladocerans (Simocephalus serrulatus is provided. Twenty-four dragonfly naiads (12.57±0.05 mm and 100.01±9.16 mg were employed to study the relation between predation rate and availability of cladocerans and visual contrast. 5,10, 15 and 20 cladocerans/L were placed in 1L transparent and black plastic lined aquariums. Cladocerans (1.63±0.21 mm and 0.78 mg were counted and replaced hourly for five consecutive hours. Twenty-four naiads of different sizes were placed in 50mL recipients to study effects of size of dragonfly larvae. Each larvae received 20 cladocerans; counting and reposition of individuals consumed every ten minutes during two consecutive hours were undertaken. Quadratic effect (p < 0.02 in predation rate was reported, with an increase in prey availability: 21.67; 39.00; 42.44 and 49.67% were reported for densities of 5, 10, 15

  7. Sexualidade e puerpério:uma revisão da literatura

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    Janete Vettorazzi

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    Full Text Available As disfunções sexuais femininas estão presentes nas várias etapas da vida da mulher. Estudos brasileiros apontam 53% de disfunção sexual entre as mulheres e índices acima de 70% de dificuldades sexuais na gestação e puerpério. Nos primeiros 6 meses após o parto, as principais queixas sexuais são dispareunia e diminuição do desejo sexual. Esta revisão da literatura tem como objetivo estudar as disfunções sexuais no puerpério e os principais fatores correlacionados. Também apresenta uma revisão mais detalhada da correlação entre função sexual e amamentação, depressão e via de parto. A partir da revisão da literatura podemos concluir que inúmeros fatores interferem na função sexual, sendo fundamental a avaliação desta antes, durante e após a gestação. O casal deve ser orientado sobre as inúmeras mudanças que ocorrem neste período. É fundamental que a equipe de saúde esteja preparada para auxiliar o casal em cada momento e na retomada da intimidade, possibilitando uma melhor qualidade da atividade sexual neste período.

  8. '¿Qué quieren las mujeres?': Ciudadanía femenina y escrituras de la intimidad en la Argentina de inicios del siglo XX 'What do women want?': women's citizenship and private writing in Argentina's early 20th Century

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    Marina Becerra

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Las llamadas 'escrituras de la intimidad' - autobiografías, cartas, relatos de viajes, diarios íntimos - permiten analizar los deslizamientos posibles entre lo público y lo privado en una coyuntura histórica en la cual los derechos para cada sexo estaban claramente predefinidos en cada uno de los espacios de acción. Es decir que, desnaturalizando el presente al narrarlo, las 'escrituras de la intimidad' permiten pensar las estrategias de las mujeres, confinadas por ley al espacio doméstico, de proyectar sus voces en la esfera pública. A partir del irresoluble enigma planteado por una de las primeras voces masculinas que defendieron los derechos de las mujeres en Argentina - el socialista Enrique Del Valle Iberlucea -, aquí analizo cómo es contada - ¿vivida, representada? - la ciudadanía por las propias mujeres. Para ello, analizo los relatos de viajes de la escritora y maestra normal Ada María Elflein (1880-1919.The so-called "private writings" - autobiographies, letters, travel journals, diaries - allow us to analyze the possible interstices between the private and the public sphere in a historical moment in which legal rights were clearly pre-defined according to gender. In this sense, "private writings" permit us to reflect upon women's strategies to speak their own minds in the public arena, in a context in which they were confined to the domestic sphere. My starting point is the insoluble conflict put forward by one of the first male voices to stand for women's rights in Argentina - the Socialist Enrique Del Valle Iberlucea - in order to analyze the ways in which women's citizenship is narrated - lived? Represented? - by women themselves. For that, I examine both the reports of female-writer's travel journals and those of a schoolteacher: Ada María Elflein (1880-1919.

  9. O princípio da vulnerabilidade e as técnicas de neuromarketing: aprofundando o consumo como vontade irrefletida

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    Gilson

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo faz reflexão sobre o significado do neuromarketing e qual o impacto de suas técnicas no aprofundamento da vulnerabilidade do consumidor. Parte do princípio de que a legislação brasileira não se encontra ainda dotada de dispositivos aptos a proteger a vontade do consumidor quando esta esteja diante de técnicas que utilizem os conhecimentos do neuromarketing. Defende que a semelhança do que ocorre no campo da publicidade, sejam introduzidos no Código de Defesa do Consumidor ou em legislação apartada dispositivos sobre a matéria, sob pena da repercussão negativa na vulnerabilidade e na intimidade do consumidor.

  10. La intimidad de una escritura

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    Roxana Páez

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Las notas de un bloc, las hojas sueltas que acompañan el proceso de elaboración de la primera novela de Manuel Puig son la escritura íntima donde se ve la huella de la transformación de ciertos materiales autobiográficos en ficción. En La traición de Rita Hayworth, novela de iniciación, la cuestión resulta todavía más interesante, porque es con la que Manuel Puig se inicia como autor, pero también porque es una novela sin narrador. Las notas halladas muestran el back-stage de los conflictos enunciativos durante la gestación del libro, a veces más próximas a una investigación, como arqueología de la voz, que a la construcción ficcional. Más que en sus libros siguientes, el autor es un agente de la mutación epistemológica de su propia historia.Les notes d’un cahier ou les feuillets volants qui accompagnent le processus d’élaboration du premier roman de Manuel Puig, gardent la trace de l’écriture intime, où l’on voit le changement des matériaux autobiographiques en fiction. Dans La trahison de Rita Hayworth, roman d’initiation, la question est encore plus intéressante : c’est le roman qui marque le début littéraire de son auteur, mais c’est aussi un roman sans narrateur. Les notes des archives montrent les coulisses des conflits d’énonciation qui surgissent lors de la gestation du roman. Ce sont des notes parfois plus proches d’une enquête que d’une construction fictionnelle, qui fonctionnent souvent comme archéologies de la voix. Plus encore que dans les romans qui suivent, l’auteur devient ainsi agent de la mutation épistémologique de sa propre histoire.Handwritten notes in a block, as well as some lose pages that come along with the process of the development of Manuel Puig’s first novel appear as intimate writing. We can read in them traces of the transformation of autobiographical material into fiction. In Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, a bildungsroman, the question becomes more interesting, because it is Puig’s first publication ; in order words, he becomes author with it. But this novel hasn’t got a narrator. Manuscript notes show the backstage of conflicts of enunciation during the work in process : it is an archaeology of voices that becomes sometimes closer to an enquiry than to a construction based on invention. Much more than in his following books, in this novel the author becomes an agent of the epistemological mutation of his own history.

  11. Efeitos cardiovasculares e renais da injeção intra-arterial de contraste radiológico iônico em cães com restrição hídrica Efectos cardiovasculares y renales de la inyección intra-arterial de contraste radiológico iónico en perros con restricción hídrica Cardiovascular and renal effects of intra-arterial injection of ionic radiological contrast in dogs under fluid restriction

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    Marisa Aparecida Lima Verderese

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O objetivo desta pesquisa foi estudar os efeitos agudos do contraste radiológico em situações de restrição de volume, avaliando-se os efeitos renais e cardiovasculares após a injeção intra-arterial de contraste radiológico de alta osmolaridade. MÉTODO: Participaram do estudo 16 cães anestesiados com tiopental sódico (15 mg.kg-1 e fentanil (15 µg.kg-1 em bolus, seguido de infusão contínua nas doses de 40 µg.kg-1.min-1 (tiopental sódico e 0,1 µg.kg-1.min-1 (fentanil. Foi feita hidratação com solução de glicose a 5% (0,03 mL.kg-1.min-1 e a ventilação pulmonar foi controlada mecanicamente com ar comprimido. Foram verificados os seguintes atributos: freqüência cardíaca (FC; pressão arterial média (PAM; pressão da veia cava inferior (PVI; débito cardíaco (DC; hematócrito (Ht; fluxo plasmático efetivo renal (FPER; fluxo sangüíneo renal (FSR; ritmo de filtração glomerular (RFG; fração de filtração; resistência vascular renal (RVR; volume urinário (VU; osmolaridade plasmática e urinária; depuração osmolar, depuração de água livre e depuração de sódio e de potássio; sódio e potássio plasmáticos; excreção urinária e fracionária de sódio e potássio e temperatura retal. Estes atributos foram avaliados em quatro momentos: 30 (M1, 60 (M2, 90 (M3 e 120 (M4 minutos após o início da infusão de para-aminohipurato de sódio e creatinina (início da experiência. No momento 2, no grupo G1 foi feita injeção intra-arterial de solução fisiológica a 0,9% (1,24 mL.kg-1, e no grupo G2 foi injetado contraste radiológico (1,24 mL.kg-1 pela mesma via. RESULTADOS: O grupo G1 apresentou aumento da FC, do FPER, do FSR, da osmolaridade plasmática, da depuração de sódio e da excreção urinária de sódio; apresentou ainda diminuição da osmolaridade urinária, do potássio plasmático, da depuração de potássio e da temperatura retal. No grupo G2 ocorreu aumento da FC, da

  12. Abuso na infância: uma abordagem através da terapia comunitária integrativa e a dinâmica da pérola

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    Nastia Branca Bernardelli Lacerda de Souza

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    Full Text Available A violência intrafamiliar contra a mulher (sexual, física ou psicológica compromete as relações afetivas na vida adulta. O trauma do abuso em mulheres foi trabalhado na tese da primeira autora. A sensibilização para a fala das mulheres vítimas do abuso sexual se deu por meio de palestras sobre autoconhecimento, autoestima, saúde emocional, comunicação e relacionamento conjugal. Por experiência da pesquisadora, essas mulheres, após as palestras, sentem-se encorajadas a revelar o segredo. Foram convidadas a participarem de entrevistas semiestruturadas, e de dois encontros interventivos, com os cinco passos da Terapia Comunitária Integrativa e o modelo da Dinâmica da Pérola, modificada e denominada Dinâmica da Esponja. Nos resultados, evidenciou-se que o sofrimento perpetuou-se, interferindo na convivência conjugal, com ênfase maior na esfera da intimidade e sexualidade.

  13. A PERGUNTA POR DEUS NA TEOLOGIA DA LIBERTAÇÃO

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    Full Text Available O povo da América Latina tem sempre diante de si o Senhor da história, com quem procura acertar os passos nos caminhos difíceis de sua existência. Deus é alguém no meio do povo, como o foi nos cinco séculos de sua história. O passado histórico, a constituição cultural e as formas comunitárias de viver a religiosidade têm ajudado a manter no coração da maioria dos latino-americanos a abertura de cada homem para o Absoluto. Disso dão testemunho os cânticos entusiastas que vivificam os encontros, as romarias, as manifestações do povo de Deus, seja no seu nível "ad intra", quando se reúne, em sua intimidade, para o louvor de Deus e o fortalecimento da fé, nas celebrações dos sacramentos e na evangelização permanente, seja no seu nível "ad extra", na participação dos movimentos populares que reivindicam a prática dos direitos mais elementares da vida.

  14. Delitos que Vulneran la Intimidad de las Personas: Análisis crítico del artículo 161-A del Código Penal Chileno

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    Regina Ingrid Díaz Tolosa

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    Full Text Available El artículo 161-A del Código Penal chileno es una muestra de los resultados que se obtienen al legislar materias tan importantes, como lo es la protección penal de la intimidad de las personas, de forma acelerada. La norma en análisis resiste innumerables críticas; su redacción es confusa e imprecisa, lo que conlleva arduas tareas de interpretación. Este trabajo pretende contribuir en esta labor, reflexionando acerca de puntuales problemas asociados a la tipificación de los delitos recogidos en la citada disposición, así respecto al inciso primero se analiza, especialmente, si se penaliza la indiscreción o deslealtad en las comunicaciones y actuaciones privadas, mientras que en cuanto al inciso segundo se medita acerca de si se exige el conocimiento de la obtención subrepticia del material por parte de quien lo difunde. Además, se destaca la necesaria interpretación restrictiva de estos tipos, se analiza el interés público como fundamento de la autorización legal o judicial para ejecutar las conductas tipificadas, y de ¡egeferendae, se indican las ventajas que tendría introducir un elemento subjetivo del tipo distinto del dolo como la finalidad de vulnerar ¡a intimidad de otro, a fin de salvar las incertidumbres que existen en la actual legislaciónThe article 161-A of the Chilean Penal Code is a sample of the results that are obtained when so important matters, like the penal protection of the privacy, are legislated precipitately. The norm in analysis resists innumerable critiques; its draft is confused and vague, giving us an arduous interpretation work. This paper tries to contribute in this analysis, thinking over punctual problems, for example, regarding to the first clause we studied, specially, if the indiscretion or disloyalty is penalized in the communications and private performances, while as for the second clause it is pondered if who diffuse the information must to know about that it was obtained illegally

  15. Diversidade bacteriana da rizosfera de genótipos de milho contrastantes na eficiência de uso de fósforo Bacterial diversity in the rhizosphere of maize genotypes contrasting for phosphorus use efficiency

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    Christiane Abreu de Oliveira; Ivanildo Evódio Marriel; Eliane Aparecida Gomes; Ubiraci Gomes de Paula Lana; Maria Rita Scotti; Vera Maria Carvalho Alves

    2009-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a diversidade funcional e genética de bactérias associadas à rizosfera de genótipos de milho contrastantes quanto à eficiência de uso de fósforo, por meio do teste de fontes de carbono no sistema EcoPlate e da eletroforese em gel de gradiente desnaturante (DGGE) dos fragmentos amplificados dos genes 16S ribossomais (rDNA) das bactérias. Foram coletadas amostras de solo da rizosfera de linhagens e híbridos contrastantes quanto à eficiência de uso de fósfor...

  16. EL ESPECTÁCULO DE LA INTIMIDAD. RAÍCES HISTÓRICAS DE LA COMUNICACIÓN CENTRADA EN EL YO. THE PRIVACY SHOW: HISTORICAL ROOTS OF COMMUNICATION FOCUSED ON THE EGO.

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    Martín Carbajo Núñez.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El presente artículo presenta los resultados de una investigación que gira en torno a la sociedad de la información hoy, las fuertes tensiones a las que está sometida, al tradicional consenso social sobre la modestia y el pudor. La comunicación se centra en el yo íntimo, en los sentimientos, mientras se hace cada vez más frecuente la exhibición descarada de la propia interioridad y una curiosidad morbosa, libre de culpa y castigo. Los medios de comunicación social [=MCS] explotan sin reparos el filón de la intimidad, pisoteando con frecuencia el derecho a la privacidad. Los programas de telerrealidad (reality shows figuran entre los preferidos por la audiencia.This article presents the results of a research that revolves around the Information Society today, the strong tensions to which it is subject, the traditional social consensus on modesty and decency. Communication focuses on the intimate ego and feelings, while it is much more often the blatant exhibition of the own interiority and a morbid curiosity, free of guilt and punishment. The social media [SM] exploit without objection, the gold mine of privacy, often trampling on the right of privacy. Reality T.V. programs (reality shows are among the preferred by the audience.

  17. A aliança enquanto drama: est/ética da masculinidade no contexto de uma economia afetiva uxorilocal (Guna, Panamá

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    Diego Madi Dias

    Full Text Available Resumo O artigo lança um olhar para os Guna a partir da casa de residência, espaço privilegiado de comunhão e compartilhamento de recursos. Meu objetivo é demonstrar que a residência em Gunayala movimenta uma economia doméstica dos pensamentos: os Guna dizem que a pessoa preguiçosa (wiegala não pensa nos outros (binsaed suli. Ela é considerada sunnasuli - "não é parente de verdade" ou, simplesmente, "malvada". O dom é a linguagem utilizada para dar conta das transações que ocorrem no registro da intimidade. Procuro explorar as consequências da ética da convivialidade guna no que se refere à masculinidade, na medida em que os homens são levados a pensar em sua esposa como condição de fixação e permanência na casa dos afins. O problema da troca é examinado a partir das raízes mitológicas, rituais e sociológicas da uxorilocalidade, permitindo compreender o esforço de consanguinização da afinidade nos termos de um drama residencial: o drama da aliança ou a aliança enquanto drama.

  18. FLEXIBILIZAÇÃO DO DIREITO À INTIMIDADE E À PRIVACIDADE NA LEI DE COMBATE ÀS ORGANIZAÇÕES CRIMINOSAS

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    Antonio Pedro Mélo Neto

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available As práticas criminosas sempre fizeram parte da vida em sociedade. Todavia, tornaram-se mais elaboradas, com estrutura empresarial, divisão de tarefas e subordinação a um líder com uma finalidade clara. As organizações criminosas não foram sempre reprimidas pelo Estado. A partir do século XX, foram criados contornos jurídicos mais precisos, e por sua capacidade de gerar danos profundos à coletividade. Diante desse contexto foi promulgada a Lei nº 12.850/13 com o objetivo de reprimir tais arranjos criminosos. Inclusive, com investidas sobre o que outrora foi delimitado intransponível a persecução criminal por se tratar da esfera íntima e privada.

  19. Contrast-induced nephropathy

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Contrast-induced nephropathy is an important complication associated with the use of contrast media. Favoring factors for the development of contrast-induced nephronpathy have been widely described, being diabetes mellitus and previous renal disease the greatest risk. The pathophysiology is a complex process where the medullary hypoxia represents the trigger element. Previous hydration and the use of low osmolality contrast are the most recommended measures to prevent its development.

  20. Contrast induced nephropathy

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    Stacul, Fulvio; van der Molen, Aart J; Reimer, Peter

    2011-01-01

    PURPOSE: The Contrast Media Safety Committee (CMSC) of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) has updated its 1999 guidelines on contrast medium-induced nephropathy (CIN). AREAS COVERED: Topics reviewed include the definition of CIN, the choice of contrast medium, the prophylactic...... measures used to reduce the incidence of CIN, and the management of patients receiving metformin. Key Points • Definition, risk factors and prevention of contrast medium induced nephropathy are reviewed. • CIN risk is lower with intravenous than intra-arterial iodinated contrast medium. • eGFR of 45 ml....../min/1.73 m (2) is CIN risk threshold for intravenous contrast medium. • Hydration with either saline or sodium bicarbonate reduces CIN incidence. • Patients with eGFR ≥ 60 ml/min/1.73 m (2) receiving contrast medium can continue metformin normally....

  1. Contrast induced nephropathy

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    Stacul, Fulvio; van der Molen, Aart J; Reimer, Peter

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    PURPOSE: The Contrast Media Safety Committee (CMSC) of the European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR) has updated its 1999 guidelines on contrast medium-induced nephropathy (CIN). AREAS COVERED: Topics reviewed include the definition of CIN, the choice of contrast medium, the prophylactic...... measures used to reduce the incidence of CIN, and the management of patients receiving metformin. Key Points • Definition, risk factors and prevention of contrast medium induced nephropathy are reviewed. • CIN risk is lower with intravenous than intra-arterial iodinated contrast medium. • eGFR of 45 ml....../min/1.73 m (2) is CIN risk threshold for intravenous contrast medium. • Hydration with either saline or sodium bicarbonate reduces CIN incidence. • Patients with eGFR = 60 ml/min/1.73 m (2) receiving contrast medium can continue metformin normally....

  2. Representação social do namoro: a intimidade na visão dos jovens Commitment's social representation: The intimacy in the youth view

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    Raquel Bohn Bertoldo

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Os relacionamentos íntimos, dentre eles o namoro, pressupõem a existência de identidades e representações sociais, que são compartilhadas através de comportamentos, normas e valores sociais. Objetivou-se identificar a representação social e a particularização em função da identidade sexual e experiência com o namoro. Para tal, a amostra foi composta por 183 estudantes universitários, com média de idade de 22 anos. Foi utilizado um questionário auto-aplicado em situação coletiva. Na análise dos dados foram utilizados os programas informáticos Evoc 2000, Similitude 2000, ALCESTE e SPSS. Os elementos da representação foram organizados em torno da noção de amizade descrita em termos de cumplicidade, confiança e amor. As garotas evocaram elementos relacionados à confiança e afeto e os garotos ao sexo. As pessoas que namoravam no momento representavam o namoro como uma relação de amizade e aceitação e os que haviam namorado no passado ressaltavam a questão da fidelidade e do compromisso.The intimate relationships, between them the commitment, presuppose the existence of social identities and representations, shared though social behaviors, norms and values. Our aim was to identify the social representation and its particularizations in face of the sexual identity and the experience with committed relationships. 183 university students, with an average of 22 years, formed the sample. A self-applied questionnaire was used in a collective situation. In the data analysis were used the software Evoc 2000, Similitude 2000, ALCESTE and SPSS. The elements of the representation were organized around the notion of friendship and described in terms of complicity, trust and love. Girls brought more frequently elements related to trust and feelings whereas boys, to sex. People who were committed at the moment represented the commitment as relation of friendship and acceptance whereas those who had been committed in the past

  3. Las nuevas tecnologías y su impacto en los derechos al honor, intimidad, imagen y protección de datos del menor. Mecanismos jurídicos de protección: Carencias, interrogantes y retos del legislador

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    Sánchez Gómez, Amelia

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    El cambio de paradigma que han supuesto las nuevas tecnologías, ha puesto de manifiesto la necesaria protección de los derechos fundamentales afectados (honor, intimidad, imagen y protección de datos personales, especialmente, de menores). La dualidad normativa sobre la que se construyó la protección de aquéllos (LOPHII y LOPD), ha evidenciado sus carencias. El objetivo de estas líneas es plantear algunos interrogantes y retos del legislador, tomando como referencia los avances en...

  4. Phase contrast image synthesis

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    Glückstad, J.

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    A new method is presented for synthesizing arbitrary intensity patterns based on phase contrast imaging. The concept is grounded on an extension of the Zernike phase contrast method into the domain of full range [0; 2 pi] phase modulation. By controlling the average value of the input phase...... function and by choosing appropriate phase retardation at the phase contrast filter, a pure phase to intensity imaging is accomplished. The method presented is also directly applicable in dark field image synthesis....

  5. Dialysis and contrast media

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    In a previous survey we revealed uncertainty among responders about (a) whether or not to perform hemodialysis in patients with severely reduced renal function who had received contrast medium; and (b) when to perform hemodialysis in patients on regular treatment with hemodialysis or continuous ambulatory dialysis who received contrast medium. Therefore, the Contrast Media Safety Committee of The European Society of Urogenital Radiology decided to review the literature and to issue guidelines. The committee performed a Medline search. Based on this, a report and guidelines were prepared. The report was discussed at the Ninth European Symposium on Urogenital Radiology in Genoa, Italy. Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis safely remove both iodinated and gadolinium-based contrast media. The effectiveness of hemodialysis depends on many factors including blood and dialysate flow rate, permeability of dialysis membrane, duration of hemodialysis and molecular size, protein binding, hydrophilicity, and electrical charge of the contrast medium. Generally, several hemodialysis sessions are needed to removal all contrast medium, whereas it takes 3 weeks for continuous ambulatory dialysis to remove the agent completely. There is no need to schedule the dialysis in relation to the injection of iodinated or MR contrast media or the injection of contrast agent in relation to the dialysis program. Hemodialysis does not protect poorly functioning kidneys against contrast-medium-induced nephrotoxicity. Simple guidelines are given. (orig.)

  6. UMA FAMÍLIA, UMA CIDADE E UM IMPÉRIO NA ENCRUZILHADA RELIGIOSA. A PROPÓSITO DA EPÍSTOLA A LETA 1-2 DE S. JERÓNIMO (BELÉM, 402.

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    Paula Barata Dias

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    Full Text Available Os dois primeiros parágrafos da Epístola a Leta, de S. Jerónimo, constituem, como ele próprio reconhece, um desvio ou um excurso face à motivação principal da carta, que é a de instruir uma mãe na educação ascética da sua filha. A comemoração do nascimento da pequena Paula para a vida ascética é o ponto de partida para o comentário do momento histórico de Roma e para um testemunho acerca da transformação das mentalidades e das formas de persuasão do cristianismo associadas às dinâmicas familiares. O artigo pretende analisar o valor testemunhal e a interpretação de Jerónimo acerca da história do momento religioso do império, que abrem uma luz sobre os processos de cristianização da aristocracia romana por meio da intimidade familiar.

  7. The Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis.

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    Wardhaugh, Ronald

    The claim that the best language teaching materials are based on a contrast of the two competing linguistic systems has long been a popular one in language teaching. It exists in strong and weak versions, the strong one arising from evidence from the availability of some kind of metatheory of contrastive analysis and the weak from evidence from…

  8. Compressive Phase Contrast Tomography

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    Maia, Filipe; MacDowell, Alastair; Marchesini, Stefano; Padmore, Howard A.; Parkinson, Dula Y.; Pien, Jack; Schirotzek, Andre; Yang, Chao

    2010-09-01

    When x-rays penetrate soft matter, their phase changes more rapidly than their amplitude. Interference effects visible with high brightness sources creates higher contrast, edge enhanced images. When the object is piecewise smooth (made of big blocks of a few components), such higher contrast datasets have a sparse solution. We apply basis pursuit solvers to improve SNR, remove ring artifacts, reduce the number of views and radiation dose from phase contrast datasets collected at the Hard X-Ray Micro Tomography Beamline at the Advanced Light Source. We report a GPU code for the most computationally intensive task, the gridding and inverse gridding algorithm (non uniform sampled Fourier transform).

  9. Generalized phase contrast:

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    Glückstad, Jesper; Palima, Darwin

    Generalized Phase Contrast elevates the phase contrast technique not only to improve phase imaging but also to cross over and interface with diverse and seemingly disparate fields of contemporary optics and photonics. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the Generalized Phase Contrast...... (GPC) method including an overview of the range of current and potential applications of GPC in wavefront sensing and phase imaging, structured laser illumination and image projection, optical trapping and manipulation, and optical encryption and decryption. The GPC method goes further than...... the restrictive assumptions of conventional Zernike phase contrast analysis and achieves an expanded range of validity beyond weak phase perturbations. The generalized analysis yields design criteria for tuning experimental parameters to achieve optimal performance in terms of accuracy, fidelity and light...

  10. Generalized Phase Contrast

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    Glückstad, Jesper

    2009-01-01

    Generalized Phase Contrast elevates the phase contrast technique not only to improve phase imaging but also to cross over and interface with diverse and seemingly disparate fields of contemporary optics and photonics. This book presents a comprehensive introduction to the Generalized Phase Contrast (GPC) method including an overview of the range of current and potential applications of GPC in wavefront sensing and phase imaging, structured laser illumination and image projection, optical trapping and manipulation, and optical encryption and decryption. The GPC method goes further than the restrictive assumptions of conventional Zernike phase contrast analysis and achieves an expanded range of validity beyond weak phase perturbations. The generalized analysis yields design criteria for tuning experimental parameters to achieve optimal performance in terms of accuracy, fidelity and light efficiency. Optimization can address practical issues, such as finding an optimal spatial filter for the chosen application, ...

  11. Contrastive Pragmatics: Language Workbook

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    Kusevska, Marija

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    "Contrastive Analysis of English and Macedonian: Language Workbook" is a collection of exercises which are closely related to the course book “Contrastive Analysis of English and Macedonian”. Its aim is to raise students’ awareness of similarities and differences between English and Macedonian and to shed light on some occurrences in the fields related to the students’ future professions: teaching English as a foreign language and translation. This Language Workbook contains 11 chapters wi...

  12. Family practices related to breast-feeding maintenance: literature review and meta-synthesis/Praticas familiares relacionadas a manutencao da amamentacao: revisao da literatura e metassintese

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    de Sousa, Alder Mourao; Fracolli, Lislaine Aparecida; Zoboli, Elma Lourdes Campos Pavone

    2013-01-01

    ..., influencia categorica do apoio familiar (4). O nucleo familiar exerce funcoes sociais sustentadas por relacoes de intimidade, afeto e, especialmente, apoio solidario (5). Sabe-se que a pratica...

  13. Human Contrast Acuity Variability.

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    Lattimore, Morris R

    2017-03-01

    Army vision standards have varied little from Aviation's nominal birth. On the basis of classic Snellen acuity, we simply cannot predict threshold skill levels of any one individual(s). A growing number of Army Flight Surgeons, clinicians, and vision scientists have argued for the inclusion of contrast acuity metrics within flight physical standards. Previous monitoring of operational contact lens utility in 223 Apache pilots, visual acuity data were gathered under two conditions: high illuminance; low illuminance combined with low contrast. Spectacle, contact lens, and aging influences were evaluated. The high-contrast Snellen acuities clustered at 20/15 and 20/20. Low-contrast acuities stretched from 20/25 to 20/125. LogMAR analysis highlighted statistical significance between the two acuity sets (p pilots possessed the capacity to resolve 20/25 lettering under obfuscating conditions; others were adversely influenced by those same conditions. Snellen acuity involves target recognition; contrast acuity detects threshold differences; both aspects can be important. Prescreening under both vision assessment conditions will help identify and select superior vision performers. The validity and predictability of documenting this effect is targeted within planned future research efforts. Reprint & Copyright © 2017 Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S.

  14. Estudo sobre a percepção e a produção do contraste de vozeamento da fala de crianças de 3 anos A study on perception and production of voicing contrasts in the speech of 3-year old children

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    Maria Teresa Rosangela Lofredo-Bonatto

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: apresentar um estudo da percepção auditiva que o adulto tem sobre as características das plosivas vozeadas e não-vozeadas em posição acentual tônica e pós-tônica produzidas por crianças de três anos. MÉTODOS: inspeção fonética-acústica das características encontradas na produção das plosivas, quanto ao intervalo de obstrução, do burst, e análise quantitativa das medidas do Voice Onset Time das seis plosivas do Português Brasileiro (PB, em frases-veículo "Diga ________ baixinho" por quatro crianças da faixa etária dos três anos, três meninos e uma menina, falantes nativos do PB, com análise em espectrograma de banda larga no programa Praat. Posteriormente, submissão a 120 sujeitos adultos do corpus produzido pelas crianças, por meio de um teste de percepção, do tipo identificação. RESULTADOS: encontradas na produção, características incomuns à fala do adulto, tanto para as vozeadas como as não-vozeadas. O teste revelou que os juízes perceberam as plosivas não-vozeadas como vozeadas pela presença de breathy vowel. As plosivas vozeadas sempre foram identificadas como vozeadas. O ponto articulatório, das plosivas bilabiais, alveolares e velares não interferiu no julgamento das plosivas. O teste ANOVA (sig= 0,05 revelou que as plosivas foram identificadas corretamente quando apresentavam a presença de breathy vowel ou de barra de sonoridade com mais de 60% de vozeamento. A presença de aspiração não interferiu no julgamento das plosivas não-vozeadas. CONCLUSÃO: resultados indicaram que ocorreram dificuldades na sincronização entre o gesto glotal e o articulatório, que não interferiram na percepção desses sons, uma vez que as plosivas não-vozeadas que apresentaram aspiração foram corretamente avaliadas como não-vozeadas.PURPOSE: to submit a study on the auditory perception that adults have on the characteristics of voiced and unvoiced stops produced by 3-year-old children. METHODS

  15. Phase Contrast Imaging

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    1996-01-01

    The invention relates to a method and a system for synthesizing a prescribed intensity pattern based on phase contrast imaging that is not based on the assumption of prior art methods that the pahase shift phi is less than 1 radian. An improved method based on a simple imaging operation with a si......The invention relates to a method and a system for synthesizing a prescribed intensity pattern based on phase contrast imaging that is not based on the assumption of prior art methods that the pahase shift phi is less than 1 radian. An improved method based on a simple imaging operation...

  16. "Pais apanham da vida e filhos apanham dos pais": desvelando as suspeitas de violência contra a criança a partir da experiência de estágio profissionalizante

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    Argenti, Camila Fontoura

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available O cotidiano é permeado por situações que envolvem a questão da violência. Ela se desenvolve de diversas formas e tem muitos fatores que contribuem para o seu estabelecimento, entre elas a falta de condições mínimas para a sobrevivência da família. Entretanto, a violência doméstica não ocorre apenas em famílias carentes; ela está presente em todas as classes sociais e é um fenômeno complexo que envolve diversas dimensões. Porém, o que podemos perceber é que, devido à fragilidade na qual as famílias mais desprovidas de recursos se encontram, as situações de violência acabam sendo mais expostas e identificadas. A violência doméstica, na infância, ainda pode ser considerada um tabu, pois desvela a intimidade da família, assim como aquela que maltrata, desperta nos outros o desejo de vingança e de atribuição de culpa, esperando a sua condenação

  17. Papers in Contrastive Linguistics.

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    Nickel, Gerhard, Ed.

    The contrastive linguistics papers contained in this collection concern a wide variety of issues within the field -- ranging from phonology and syntax to interference and error analysis in foreign language instruction. The papers, while discussing specific topics, for example, "Equivalence, Congruence, and Deep Structure" or "Comparative Analysis…

  18. Contrast Invariant SNR

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    Weiss, Pierre; Escande, Paul; Dong, Yiqiu

    We design an image quality measure independent of local contrast changes, which constitute simple models of illumination changes. Given two images, the algorithm provides the image closest to the first one with the component tree of the second. This problem can be cast as a specific convex program...

  19. Flashing anomalous color contrast

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    Pinna, B; Spillmann, L.; Werner, JS

    2004-01-01

    A new visual phenomenon that we call flashing anomalous color contrast is described. This phenomenon arises from the interaction between a gray central disk and a chromatic annulus surrounded by black radial lines. In an array of such figures, the central gray disk no longer appears gray, but assumes a color complementary to that of the surrounding annulus. The induced color appears: (1) vivid and saturated; (2) self-luminous, not a surface property; (3) flashing with eye or stimulus movement...

  20. Contrastive topics decomposed

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    Michael Wagner

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The analysis of contrastive topics introduced in Büring 1997b and further developed in Büring 2003 relies on distinguishing two types of constituents that introduce alternatives: the sentence focus, which is marked by a FOC feature, and the contrastive topic, which is marked by a CT feature. A non-compositional rule of interpretation that refers to these features is used to derive a topic semantic value, a nested set of sets of propositions. This paper presents evidence for a correlation between the restrictive syntax of nested focus operators and the syntax of contrastive topics, a correlation which is unexpected under this analysis. A compositional analysis is proposed that only makes use of the flatter focus semantic values introduced by focus operators. The analysis aims at integrating insights from the original analysis while at the same time capturing the observed syntactic restrictions. http://dx.doi.org/10.3765/sp.5.8 BibTeX info

  1. Anisotropic contrast optical microscope.

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    Peev, D; Hofmann, T; Kananizadeh, N; Beeram, S; Rodriguez, E; Wimer, S; Rodenhausen, K B; Herzinger, C M; Kasputis, T; Pfaunmiller, E; Nguyen, A; Korlacki, R; Pannier, A; Li, Y; Schubert, E; Hage, D; Schubert, M

    2016-11-01

    An optical microscope is described that reveals contrast in the Mueller matrix images of a thin, transparent, or semi-transparent specimen located within an anisotropic object plane (anisotropic filter). The specimen changes the anisotropy of the filter and thereby produces contrast within the Mueller matrix images. Here we use an anisotropic filter composed of a semi-transparent, nanostructured thin film with sub-wavelength thickness placed within the object plane. The sample is illuminated as in common optical microscopy but the light is modulated in its polarization using combinations of linear polarizers and phase plate (compensator) to control and analyze the state of polarization. Direct generalized ellipsometry data analysis approaches permit extraction of fundamental Mueller matrix object plane images dispensing with the need of Fourier expansion methods. Generalized ellipsometry model approaches are used for quantitative image analyses. These images are obtained from sets of multiple images obtained under various polarizer, analyzer, and compensator settings. Up to 16 independent Mueller matrix images can be obtained, while our current setup is limited to 11 images normalized by the unpolarized intensity. We demonstrate the anisotropic contrast optical microscope by measuring lithographically defined micro-patterned anisotropic filters, and we quantify the adsorption of an organic self-assembled monolayer film onto the anisotropic filter. Comparison with an isotropic glass slide demonstrates the image enhancement obtained by our method over microscopy without the use of an anisotropic filter. In our current instrument, we estimate the limit of detection for organic volumetric mass within the object plane of ≈49 fg within ≈7 × 7 μm2 object surface area. Compared to a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation instrumentation, where contemporary limits require a total load of ≈500 pg for detection, the instrumentation demonstrated here improves

  2. Representações de gênero e moralidade na prática profissional da enfermagem

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    Lourdes Bandeira

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Este texto é parte de um diálogo travado entre as autoras a partir de duas pesquisas: uma sobre "As ambigüidades profissionais e condições de trabalho e de cidadania das enfermeiras estudo de caso comparativo entre o Distrito Federal e São Paulo" e a outra sobre "O impacto das condições de trabalho das enfermeiras do Hospital São Paulo em vida sexual e reprodutiva". No seio das profissões de saúde, a enfermagem ocupa lugar singular. Distingue-se tanto pela sua importância numérica, quanto pela prática profissional quase exclusivamente feminina. Culturalmente, cuidar é atribuída como tarefa de mulher(enfermeira, mãe, professora, assistente social: tratar é tarefa de homem (médico, pai, provedor. A dicotomização entre cuidar e tratar define uma série de outros conflitos, de relações de poder e de hierarquia que se estabelecem na prática profissional da enfermagem. Tais conflitos podem ser associados: a ao mito fundador de origem da enfermagem, gerador de uma moralidade e de uma competência que condicionam a prática profissional; ba feminilidade, a maternagem, a gestão da intimidade e aos cuidados dos corpos, ou seja, as representações sociais da enfermagem em relação 'a condição de gênero; c ao caráter androcêntrico das relações de poder e de sexualidade que subjazem no espaço profissional da enfermagem.

  3. Contrast-induced nephropathy.

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    Marenzi, Giancarlo; Cabiati, Angelo; Milazzo, Valentina; Rubino, Mara

    2012-10-01

    Radiological procedures utilizing intravascular iodinated contrast media are being widely applied for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes and represent one of the main causes of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) and hospital-acquired renal failure. Although the risk of CIN is low (0.6-2.3 %) in the general population, it may be very high (up to 50 %) in selected subsets, especially in patients with major risk factors such as advanced chronic kidney disease and diabetes mellitus, and in those undergoing emergency percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI). Due to the lack of any effective treatment, prevention of this iatrogenic disease, which is associated with significant in-hospital and long-term morbidity and mortality and increased costs, is the key strategy. However, prevention of CIN continues to elude clinicians and is a main concern during PCI, as patients undergoing these procedures often have multiple comorbidities. The purpose of this study is to examine the pathophysiology, risk factors and clinical course of CIN, as well as the most recent studies dealing with its prevention and potential therapeutic interventions, especially during PCI.

  4. intimidade e os bancos de dados

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    Marco Aurélio Rodrigues da Cunha e Cruz

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The right to privacy in the age of information is a relatively recent theme, that does not lose this characteristic. The collect and storage of personal data became a custom in contemporary States, resulting in the creation of the several databases. The possibility of an illegitimate use of the individual is information motivated the discussion of a new dimension of state protection of the right to privacy: the right to informative self-determination. What is extracted of the done research is that although there is not a Brazilian specific law to be in charge of protecting the right to privacy, the citizen can be aided by scattered norms.

  5. Results of double contrast enema

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    Czembirek, H.; Sommer, G.; Wittich, G.; Tscholakoff, D.; Salomonowitz, E.

    1983-07-01

    Experiences and results of double contrast enemas are reported. The accuracy of double contrast enemas is proved by 500 consecutive investigations. Correlation of endoscopic and roentgenologic investigations showed, that the double contrast enema is a reliable method concerning the detection of polyps, carcinomas and inflammatory colon diseases. Advantages and disadvantages of roentgenology and endoscopy of the colon are discussed.

  6. Parallelism, coherence, and contrastive accent

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    Theune, Mariet

    This paper discusses an experiment concerning the assignment of contrastive accents, i.e., accents used to indicate the presence of contrastive information. The experiment tested which of two existing approaches to the determination of contrastive information gives the most natural results.

  7. Contrastive Analysis and Language Tendencies.

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    Ree, Joe J.

    The purpose of this paper is to show that: (1) language universals have much to offer to students of contrastive linguistics, and (2) in order to make contrastive analysis more meaningful, one ought to go beyond cataloguing mere contrastive structure statements and capture underlying structural tendencies. Some characteristics of word order in…

  8. JORNALISMO AUDIOVISUAL: DA TELA DA TV PARA OUTRAS TELAS

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    Mayra Ferreira

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho é fruto de uma pesquisa em desenvolvimento em parceria com a TV Unesp, emissora universitária vinculada à Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita, campus de Bauru/SP e que tem por objetivo identificar os pontos convergentes e divergentes na produção de conteúdo audiovisual informativo para a TV aberta e demais plataformas digitais e móveis. O texto em questão é a conclusão da primeira etapa da pesquisa que se pautou por identificar os pressupostos básicos que deverão nortear os conteúdos que serão produzidos posteriormente e veiculados pela emissora no decorrer da pesquisa. Foram analisadas as características do jornalismo audiovisual online e o modelo de negócios da TV aberta em contraste com o modelo de negócios presente na Internet.

  9. Jornalismo audiovisual: da tela da TV para outras telas

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    Francisco Machado Filho

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho é fruto de uma pesquisa em desenvolvimento em parceria com a TV Unesp, emissora universitária vinculada à Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita, campus de Bauru/SP e que tem por objetivo identificar os pontos convergentes e divergentes na produção de conteúdo audiovisual informativo para a TV aberta e demais plataformas digitais e móveis. O texto em questão é a conclusão da primeira etapa da pesquisa que se pautou por identificar os pressupostos básicos que deverão nortear os conteúdos que serão produzidos posteriormente e veiculados pela emissora no decorrer da pesquisa. Foram analisadas as características do jornalismo audiovisual online e o modelo de negócios da TV aberta em contraste com o modelo de negócios presente na Internet.

  10. Comparison between OPD-scan results and contrast sensitivity of three intraocular lenses: spheric AcrySof SN60AT, aspheric AcrySof SN60WF and multifocal AcrySof Restor lens Estudo comparativo da análise de frente de onda e sensibilidade ao contraste entre as lentes intra-oculares multifocal AcrySof Restor SN60D3, monofocal AcrySof SN60WF asférica e a monofocal SN60AT esférica

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    Celso Takashi Nakano

    2009-08-01

    ção com implantes de lentes intraoculares AcrySof SN60D3 multifocal, AcrySof SN60WF monofocal asférica e AcrySof SA60AT monofocal esférica. Métodos: Trinta e dois olhos com a lente intraocular multifocal, 32 olhos com a lente intraocular monofocal asférica e 32 olhos com a lente intraocular monofocal esférica. A avaliação oftalmológica foi realizada no primeiro, terceiro, sétimo, e nonagésimo dia pós-operatório. Todos os exames foram padronizados, realizada por um único examinador sob condições controladas de luminosidade fotópicas estabelecidas em 85 cd/m², medida por meio de tabelas de ETDRS, sensibilidade ao contraste e análise de aberrometria com OPD-Scan. Resultados: As médias de aberração total foi superior no grupo SN60AT (KW = 9.42; p=0.009 quando comparada com o grupo SN60D3 (p=0.016 e o grupo SN60WF (p=0.0047. O grupo SN60AT (KW = 16.20; p=0.0003 apresentou superioridade nas medias de aberração esférica comparada com o grupo SN60WF (p=0.00046 e o grupo SN60D3 (p=0.0014. Nenhuma diferença significante foi encontrada na acuidade visual para longe com e sem correção óptica com a tabela de ETDRS a 100% e 9% de contraste. O grupo SN60D3 comparada a SN60AT (p=0.016 apresentou baixa sensibilidade ao contraste em condições fotópicas com diferença estatística a 6.0 cpg (KW = 7.84; p=0.0199, mas sem diferença estatística entre os grupos SN60WF e SN60AT (p=0.91 e entre os grupos SN60WF e SN60D3 (p=0.051. O grupo SN60D3 apresentou baixa sensibilidade ao contraste em condições mesópicas (KW = 10.79; p=0,0045 a 6cpg quando comparada com o grupos SN60AT (p=0.011 e SN60WF (p=0.007. Conclusão: As lentes intraoculares multifocais e asféricas apresentaram menos aberração esférica quando comparadas à lente intraocular esférica, além da prevista multifocalidade sem correção para longe e perto. Entretanto, o grupo multifocal apresentou baixa sensibilidade ao contraste.

  11. The Value of Contrast Echocardiography

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    Shannon C. Treiber

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    Full Text Available Purpose: There is much evidence-based research proving the effectiveness of contrast echocardiography, but there are still questions and concerns about its specific uses. This study tested the effectiveness of contrast echocardiography in defining the left ventricular endocardial border. Methods: From 30 patients, a total of 60 echocardiograms –– 30 with and 30 without use of contrast –– were retrospectively reviewed by four blinded cardiologists with advanced training in echocardiography. No single cardiologist reviewed contrast and noncontrast images of the same patient. Each set of 30 echocardiograms was then studied for wall-motion scoring. Visualization of left ventricular wall segments and a global visualization confidence level of interpretation were recorded. Results: Of all wall segments (N = 510, 91% were visualized in echocardiograms with use of contrast, whereas 75% of the walls were visualized in echocardiograms without contrast (P < 0.001. Of 30 examinations, 17 contrast echocardiograms were read with high confidence compared to 6 without contrast use (P = 0.004. The number of walls visualized with contrast was increased in 18 patients (60%, whereas noncontrast echocardiograms yielded more visualized walls in 6 patients (20%, P = 0.002. Conclusions: This study demonstrates that contrast is valuable to echocardiographic imaging. Its use should be supported throughout echocardiography clinics and encouraged in certain patients for whom resting and stress echocardiography results without contrast often prove uninterpretable.

  12. Historicidade da filosofia em Hegel e Heidegger

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    Christian Iber

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    Full Text Available Gostaria de discutir, em forma de teses, a temática da historicidade da filosofia em contraste e na sua divergência em Hegel e Heidegger. Diferente do historicismo, que não soluciona o problema da historicidade da filosofia, porque ele dissolve tendencialmente a filosofia na história da filosofia e não coloca em especial a questão da verdade, Hegel e Heidegger desenvolvem uma teoria genuinamente filosófica da história da filosofia do interesse filosófico pela verdade. Esse interesse genuinamente filosófico pela verdade segue do seu conceito respectivo de filosofia, que inclui em ambos uma posição crítica à Modernidade. Ambos os pensadores não são apenas pensadores modernos, mas também pensadores críticos da Modernidade, de uma Modernidade que entrou no estado de uma autorreflexão. Em Hegel e Heidegger, a filosofia da história da filosofia é ao mesmo tempo a chave para uma filosofia crítica de Modernidade da história.

  13. On contrasting languages, once again

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    Dilparić Branislava M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper deals with the contrastive approach to language study, its place in the broad field of linguistics, as well as its development from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. The paper also includes some of the central terms of contrastive analysis such as tertium comparationis, correspondence and equivalence, illustrated with the results of lexical contrastive analysis of English and Serbian.

  14. Contrast induced nephropathy following intravenous contrast enhanced computed tomography

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    Moos, S.I.

    2015-01-01

    Contrast induced nephropathy (CIN) is often described as an acute increase in serum creatinine following intravascular contrast medium administration. CIN is associated with adverse events such as permanent renal failure, increased risk for renal replacement therapy and death. To prevent the above

  15. Nuclear magnetic resonance contrast agents

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    Smith, P.H.; Brainard, J.R.; Jarvinen, G.D.; Ryan, R.R.

    1997-12-30

    A family of contrast agents for use in magnetic resonance imaging and a method of enhancing the contrast of magnetic resonance images of an object by incorporating a contrast agent of this invention into the object prior to forming the images or during formation of the images. A contrast agent of this invention is a paramagnetic lanthanide hexaazamacrocyclic molecule, where a basic example has the formula LnC{sub 16}H{sub 14}N{sub 6}. Important applications of the invention are in medical diagnosis, treatment, and research, where images of portions of a human body are formed by means of magnetic resonance techniques. 10 figs.

  16. Fuzzy-Contextual Contrast Enhancement.

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    Parihar, Anil; Verma, Om; Khanna, Chintan

    2017-02-08

    This paper presents contrast enhancement algorithms based on fuzzy contextual information of the images. We introduce fuzzy similarity index and fuzzy contrast factor to capture the neighborhood characteristics of a pixel. A new histogram, using fuzzy contrast factor of each pixel is developed, and termed as the fuzzy dissimilarity histogram (FDH). A cumulative distribution function (CDF) is formed with normalized values of FDH and used as a transfer function to obtain the contrast enhanced image. The algorithm gives good contrast enhancement and preserves the natural characteristic of the image. In order to develop a contextual intensity transfer function, we introduce a fuzzy membership function based on fuzzy similarity index and coefficient of variation of the image. The contextual intensity transfer function is designed using the fuzzy membership function to achieve final contrast enhanced image. The overall algorithm is referred as the fuzzy contextual contrast-enhancement (FCCE) algorithm. The proposed algorithms are compared with conventional and state-of-art contrast enhancement algorithms. The quantitative and visual assessment of the results is performed. The results of quantitative measures are statistically analyzed using t-test. The exhaustive experimentation and analysis show the proposed algorithm efficiently enhances contrast and yields in natural visual quality images.

  17. [Allergy to radiographic contrast media].

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    Vionnet, Julien; Petitpierre, Stéphanie; Fumeaux, Alexandre; Meuli, Reto; Spertini, Francois; Comte, Denis

    2013-04-17

    Allergy to radiographic contrast media Hypersensitivity reactions to radio-contrast media are common in the daily practice. These products are responsible for immediate ( 1 hour after administration) hypersensitivity reactions. A diagnostic work-up by an allergologist with skin tests and in some cases provocation tests is of value in reducing the risk of recurrent hypersensitivity reactions to iodinated contrast media. A careful selection of the patients is required because the incidence of breakthrough reactions is still concerning, even with proper premedication. Practical recommendations are presented in this article. For gadolinium-based contrast agents, data in the literature is not sufficient for suggesting guidelines.

  18. Faithful Contrastive Features in Learning

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    Tesar, Bruce

    2006-01-01

    This article pursues the idea of inferring aspects of phonological underlying forms directly from surface contrasts by looking at optimality theoretic linguistic systems (Prince & Smolensky, 1993/2004). The main result proves that linguistic systems satisfying certain conditions have the faithful contrastive feature property: Whenever 2…

  19. Contrastive Linguistics and Social Lectology.

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    Wolfram, Walt

    In the past, social lectologists have not considered their work as contrastive linguistics. One reason is that sociolects of a language differ quantitatively; differences lie in the frequency patterns with which certain forms occur in each lect. Contrastive linguistics deals with standard or idealized languages, while sociolects are often…

  20. Contrast-enhanced peripheral MRA

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    Nielsen, Yousef W; Thomsen, Henrik S

    2012-01-01

    -state MRA. Gadolinium(Gd)-based contrast agents are used for CE-MRA of the peripheral arteries. Extracellular Gd agents have a pharmacokinetic profile similar to iodinated contrast media. Accordingly, these agents are employed for first-pass MRA. Blood-pool Gd-based agents are characterized by prolonged......In the last decade contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) has gained wide acceptance as a valuable tool in the diagnostic work-up of patients with peripheral arterial disease. This review presents current concepts in peripheral CE-MRA with emphasis on MRI technique and contrast...... MRI contrast agent is injected intravenously and T1-weighted images are acquired in the subsequent arterial first-pass phase. In order to achieve high quality MR angiograms without interfering venous contamination or artifacts, a number of factors need to be taken into account. This includes magnetic...

  1. Phase contrast and differential interference contrast (DIC) microscopy.

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    Centonze Frohlich, Victoria

    2008-08-06

    Phase-contrast microscopy is often used to produce contrast for transparent, non light-absorbing, biological specimens. The technique was discovered by Zernike, in 1942, who received the Nobel prize for his achievement. DIC microscopy, introduced in the late 1960s, has been popular in biomedical research because it highlights edges of specimen structural detail, provides high-resolution optical sections of thick specimens including tissue cells, eggs, and embryos and does not suffer from the phase halos typical of phase-contrast images. This protocol highlights the principles and practical applications of these microscopy techniques.

  2. The new numbers contrast sensitivity chart for contrast sensitivity measurement

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    Bharkbhum Khambhiphant

    2011-10-01

    Conclusions: These charts show reasonable agreement and can be used interchangeably with the MARS. It is helpful for Thai people who can only read numbers in doing the test. We can use them in routinely contrast sensitivity measurement.

  3. Contrast-enhanced peripheral MRA. Technique and contrast agents

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    Nielsen, Yousef W. [Dept. of Radiology, Copenhagen Univ. Hospital Bispebjerg, Bispebjerg (Denmark)], e-mail: ywnielsen@gmail.com; Thomsen, Henrik S. [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Copenhagen Univ. Hospital Herlev, Herlev (Denmark)

    2012-09-15

    In the last decade contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) has gained wide acceptance as a valuable tool in the diagnostic work-up of patients with peripheral arterial disease. This review presents current concepts in peripheral CE-MRA with emphasis on MRI technique and contrast agents. Peripheral CE-MRA is defined as an MR angiogram of the arteries from the aortic bifurcation to the feet. Advantages of CE-MRA include minimal invasiveness and lack of ionizing radiation. The basic technique employed for peripheral CE-MRA is the bolus-chase method. With this method a paramagnetic MRI contrast agent is injected intravenously and T1-weighted images are acquired in the subsequent arterial first-pass phase. In order to achieve high quality MR angiograms without interfering venous contamination or artifacts, a number of factors need to be taken into account. This includes magnetic field strength of the MRI system, receiver coil configuration, use of parallel imaging, contrast bolus timing technique, and k-space filling strategies. Furthermore, it is possible to optimize peripheral CE-MRA using venous compression techniques, hybrid scan protocols, time-resolved imaging, and steady-state MRA. Gadolinium(Gd)-based contrast agents are used for CE-MRA of the peripheral arteries. Extracellular Gd agents have a pharmacokinetic profile similar to iodinated contrast media. Accordingly, these agents are employed for first-pass MRA. Blood-pool Gd-based agents are characterized by prolonged intravascular stay, due to macromolecular structure or protein binding. These agents can be used for first-pass, as well as steady-state MRA. Some Gd-based contrast agents with low thermodynamic stability have been linked to development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis in patients with severe renal insufficiency. Using optimized technique and a stable MRI contrast agent, peripheral CE-MRA is a safe procedure with diagnostic accuracy close to that of conventional catheter X

  4. Phase Contrast and Differential Interference Contrast (DIC) Microscopy

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    Centonze Frohlich, Victoria

    2008-01-01

    Phase-contrast microscopy is often used to produce contrast for transparent, non light-absorbing, biological specimens. The technique was discovered by Zernike, in 1942, who received the Nobel prize for his achievement. DIC microscopy, introduced in the late 1960s, has been popular in biomedical research because it highlights edges of specimen structural detail, provides high-resolution optical sections of thick specimens including tissue cells, eggs, and embryos and does not suffer from the ...

  5. Filling patterns in contrast ventriculography

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    Ferguson, Lawrence

    1974-01-01

    The filling patterns of a negative contrast material (air), a positive contrast water soluble material (Conray), and a positive contrast water insoluble material (Myodil) were examined in 60 normal ventriculograms. Using a scoring system developed for this study, Conray was found effective for outlining the ipsilateral (injected) lateral ventricle, the third ventricle, the aqueduct of Sylvius, and the fourth ventricle. Air was the most effective for the noninjected lateral ventricle, while Myodil was best for A-P demonstration of the aqueduct. The clinical implications of these findings are discussed. PMID:4545798

  6. Contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasonography

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    Reddy, Nischita K; Ioncica, Ana Maria; Saftoiu, Adrian

    2011-01-01

    Contrast agents are increasingly being used to characterize the vasculature in an organ of interest, to better delineate benign from malignant pathology and to aid in staging and directing therapeutic procedures. We review the mechanisms of action of first, second and third generation contrast...... cancers and visualization of the portal venous system and esophageal varices. In addition, contrast agents can be used to differentiate pancreatic lesions. The use of color Doppler further increases the ability to diagnose and differentiate various pancreatic malignancies. The sensitivity of power Doppler...... and monitor the efficacy of antiangiogenic agents, to assist targeted drug delivery and allow molecular imaging....

  7. Contrastive Analysis, Difficulty, and Predictability

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    Oller, John W., Jr.

    1972-01-01

    Revised and expanded version of a paper presented at the Pacific Conference on Contrastive Linguistics and Language Universals held at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, in January 1971. (DS)

  8. The Generalised Phase Contrast Method

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    Glückstad, Jesper

    An analytic framework and a complete description for the design and optimisation of on-axis centred spatially filtering common path systems are presented. The Generalised Phase Contrast method is derived and introduced as the common denominator for these systems basically extending Zernike......’s original phase contrast scheme into a much wider range of operation and application. It is demonstrated that the Generalised Phase Contrast method can be successfully applied to the interpretation and subsequent optimisation of a number of different, commonly applied spatially filtering architectures...... designs and parameter settings. Finally, a number of original applications facilitated by the parallel light-beam encoding of the Generalised Phase Contrast method are briefly outlined. These include among others, wavefront sensing and generation, advanced usercontrolled optical micro...

  9. Contrast induced nephropathy in urology

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    Viji Samuel Thomson

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Intravenous contrast agents have a distinct role in urological imaging: to study precise anatomical delineation, vascularity, and to assess the function of the renal unit. Contrast induced nephropathy (CIN is a known adverse effect of intravenous contrast administration. The literature on incidence, pathophysiology, clinical features, and current preventive strategies available for CIN relevant to urologists was reviewed. A search of the PubMed database was done using the keywords nephropathy and media, prevention and control or prevention Contrast media (explode, all adverse effects, and kidney diseases (explode. An online search of the EMBASE database for the time ranging from 1977 to February 2009 was performed using the keywords ionic contrast medium, adverse drug reaction, major or controlled clinical study, human, nephrotoxicity, and kidney disease. Current publications and data most relevant to urologists were examined. CIN was the third most common cause of hospital-acquired renal failure. The incidence is less common with intravenous contrast administration as compared with intra-arterial administration. The pathogenesis of contrast mediated nephropathy is due to a combination of toxic injury to renal tubules and medullary ischemic injury mediated by reactive oxygen species. CIN most commonly manifests as a nonoliguric and asymptomatic transient decline in renal function. Patients who developed CIN were found to have increased mortality, longer hospital stay, and complicated clinical course. An overview of risk factors and risk prediction score for prognostication of CIN are elaborated. Preventive strategies including choice of contrast agents, maximum tolerated dose, role of hydration, hydration regime, etc. are discussed. The role of N- acetyl cysteine, Theophylline, Fenoldapam, Endothelin receptor antagonists, iloprost, atrial natriuretic peptide, and newer therapies such as targeted renal therapy (TRT are discussed. A working

  10. Contrast Media: Are There Differences in Nephrotoxicity among Contrast Media?

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    Iodinated contrast agents are usually classified based upon their osmolality—high, low, and isosmolar. Iodinated contrast agents are also nephrotoxic in some but not all patients resulting in loss of glomerular filtration rate. Over the past 30 years, nephrotoxicity has been linked to osmolality although the precise mechanism underlying such a link has been elusive. Improvements in our understanding of the pathogenesis of nephrotoxicity and prospective randomized clinical trials have attempted to further explore the relationship between osmolality and nephrotoxicity. In this review, the basis for our current understanding that there are little if any differences in nephrotoxic potential between low and isosmolar contrast media will be detailed using data from clinical studies. PMID:24587997

  11. Strategies to prevent contrast nephropathy.

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    Oudemans-van Straaten, H M

    2005-10-01

    Contrast nephropathy (CN) is a common cause of iatrogenic acute renal failure. Its incidence rises with the growing use of intra-arterial contrast in older patients for diagnostic and interventional procedures. Aim of the present review is to discuss the mechanisms and risk factors of CN, to summarize the controlled studies evaluating measures for prevention, and to conclude with evidence-based strategies for prevention. Pathophysiological mechanisms of CN are intrarenal vasoconstriction, leading to medullary ischemia, direct cytotoxicity, oxidative tissue damage and apoptosis. Nephro-toxicity is related to osmolality, dose and route of the contrast agent and only occurs in synergy with patient factors, such as previous renal impairment, cardiovascular disease, oxidant stress and the use of certain drugs. CN has impact on morbidity and mortality. In patients at risk, the following measures are recommended: discontinuation of potentially nephrotoxic drugs, treatment of intravascular volume depletion, hydration with sodium-bicarbonate (which seems superior to sodium-chloride), limitation of contrast volume and the use of low-osmolal contrast. Furthermore, if starting the day before is feasible, administer oral N-acetylcysteine, or, with urgent interventions, theophylline 200 mg i.v. (once before the intervention) or high dose ascorbic acid. In patients with combined severe cardiac and renal insufficiency, periprocedural hemofiltration may be considered; this is the only intervention with proven clinical improvement. Large randomised controlled trials are necessary to show whether pharmacological interventions can improve clinical outcomes.

  12. How to misuse echo contrast

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    Missios Anna

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Primary intracardiac tumours are rare, there are however several entities that can mimic tumours. Contrast echocardiography has been suggested to aid the differentiation of various suspected masses. We present a case where transthoracic echocardiography completely misdiagnosed a left atrial mass, partly due to use of echo contrast. Case presentation An 80 year-old woman was referred for transthoracic echocardiography because of one-month duration of worsening of dyspnoea. Transthoracic echocardiography displayed a large echodense mass in the left atrium. Intravenous injection of contrast (SonoVue, Bracco Inc., It indicated contrast-enhancement of the structure, suggesting tumour. Transesophageal echocardiography revealed, however, a completely normal finding in the left atrium. Subsequent gastroscopy examination showed a hiatal hernia. Conclusion It is noteworthy that the transthoracic echocardiographic exam completely misdiagnosed what seemed like a left atrial mass, which in part was an effect of the use of echo contrast. This example highlights that liberal use of transoesophageal echocardiography is often warranted if optimal display of cardiac structures is desired.

  13. A medida da gordura: O interno e o íntimo na academia de ginástica

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    Carlos Emanuel Sautchuk

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available A partir de pesquisa etnográfica e bibliográfica, o presente artigo trata da gordura nas academias de ginástica, enfocando questões relativas ao corpo e à pessoa. A análise da avaliação corporal evidencia os termos de uma produção científica que elabora o corpo como um metabolismo caracterizado pelo risco e pela maleabilidade. São os conteúdos corporais que estão em jogo, de modo que o ideal estético não é a magreza, mas a "definição" do corpo, fruto da sobreposição da gordura pelo músculo. A busca da saúde caracteriza-se pela gerência constante do risco inerente ao balanço destes componentes. Beleza e saúde são formas de cuidar de si - imperativo caro ao individualismo contemporâneo - através do manejo dos conteúdos corporais. Assim, a avaliação corporal delineia os elementos internos e os aspectos da intimidade, e dota as práticas corporais da capacidade de empreender um engajamento entre eles.Based on both ethnographic and bibliographic research, the present article examines the subject of fat in gymnastic academies, focusing on issues relating to the body and the person. An analysis of body evaluation evinces the terms of a scientific production that configures the body as a metabolism subject to risk and malleability. What is at stake are body contents, where the aesthetic ideal is not thinness, but the ‘toning’ of the body, the result of replacing fat with muscle mass. The search for beauty involves constant management of the risk inherent in balancing these components. Beauty and health are forms of self-care - an imperative central to contemporary individualism - through the management of body contents. Thus, body evaluation delineates internal elements and aspects of intimacy, and endows bodily practices with the capacity to stimulate an interaction between them.

  14. The Method of Culture Contrast

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    Hasse, Cathrine; Trentemøller, Stine; Motzkau, Johanna

    2009-01-01

    ) framework on which the research is conducted. First we present a recent study of European universities as culturally diverse working places and we present an approach in which the researcher's emic and etic categorisations can be challenged when contrasted with each other (Hasse & Trentemøller 2008). Second......, we argue for the need for a shared understanding among researchers in international projects. We present the method of culture contrast as one way of dealing with the inevitable problem of different perceptions of words and their meanings. This method does not rest on the approach employed...... in traditional cross-cultural studies where a generalized category, as a tertium comparationis, is identified and tested in two (or more) different cultural settings. Through a reflexive process of research, we show how patterns of connections can be contrasted and thus made explicit leading to new...

  15. Multiscale image contrast amplification (MUSICA)

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    Vuylsteke, Pieter; Schoeters, Emile P.

    1994-05-01

    This article presents a novel approach to the problem of detail contrast enhancement, based on multiresolution representation of the original image. The image is decomposed into a weighted sum of smooth, localized, 2D basis functions at multiple scales. Each transform coefficient represents the amount of local detail at some specific scale and at a specific position in the image. Detail contrast is enhanced by non-linear amplification of the transform coefficients. An inverse transform is then applied to the modified coefficients. This yields a uniformly contrast- enhanced image without artefacts. The MUSICA-algorithm is being applied routinely to computed radiography images of chest, skull, spine, shoulder, pelvis, extremities, and abdomen examinations, with excellent acceptance. It is useful for a wide range of applications in the medical, graphical, and industrial area.

  16. Colour contrast in ballistic gelatine.

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    Schyma, Christian Walter Albert

    2010-04-15

    Gelatine is a reliable tissue simulant in wound ballistic experiments. The projectile penetrating the gelatine transfers energy and causes radial cracks according to the temporary cavity. Thus the crack length is a function of the energy spent in the medium. In practice the fissures are poorly contrasted for which reason an enhancement of contrast was searched. A series of six shoots with expanding bullets (9 mm x 19 Action-5, 9 mm x 19 Quick Defense 1, 5.56 mm x 45 Styx Action) was realized on 10% gelatine blocks at 4 degrees C temperature. Three blocks were marked with acryl paint on the front, three blocks were shot native. The blocks were cut in slices of 1cm thickness and optically scanned. The evaluation was performed according to Fackler's wound profile, the total crack length method and the polygon method. The paint was soaked into the block by the collapse of the temporary cavity and transported with diminishing intensity to the end of the trajectory. Colour contrast was successfully realized in all the shots which made easier to measure the length of the fissures. The comparison of the shots with and without paint gave a better reproducibility of measures with colour contrast. Using paint the energy transfer began earlier so that the curve of the wound profile was shifted by 1cm to the entry which is explicated by the paint pad put on the block. The maximum crack lengths did not significantly differ with and without paint. All evaluation methods profited from colour contrast but the total crack length method the most of all. Further experiments showed that colour contrast is also successful in 20% gelatine and is not dependent of the type of projectile. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Quantitative contrast-enhanced mammography for contrast medium kinetics studies.

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    Arvanitis, C D; Speller, R

    2009-10-21

    Quantitative contrast-enhanced mammography, based on a dual-energy approach, aims to extract quantitative and temporal information of the tumour enhancement after administration of iodinated vascular contrast media. Simulations using analytical expressions and optimization of critical parameters essential for the development of quantitative contrast-enhanced mammography are presented. The procedure has been experimentally evaluated using a tissue-equivalent phantom and an amorphous silicon active matrix flat panel imager. The x-ray beams were produced by a tungsten target tube and spectrally shaped using readily available materials. Measurement of iodine projected thickness in mg cm(-2) has been performed. The effect of beam hardening does not introduce nonlinearities in the measurement of iodine projected thickness for values of thicknesses found in clinical investigations. However, scattered radiation introduces significant deviations from slope equal to unity when compared with the actual iodine projected thickness. Scatter correction before the analysis of the dual-energy images provides accurate iodine projected thickness measurements. At 10% of the exposure used in clinical mammography, signal-to-noise ratios in excess of 5 were achieved for iodine projected thicknesses less than 3 mg cm(-2) within a 4 cm thick phantom. For the extraction of temporal information, a limited number of low-dose images were used with the phantom incorporating a flow of iodinated contrast medium. The results suggest that spatial and temporal information of iodinated contrast media can be used to indirectly measure the tumour microvessel density and determine its uptake and washout from breast tumours. The proposed method can significantly improve tumour detection in dense breasts. Its application to perform in situ x-ray biopsy and assessment of the oncolytic effect of anticancer agents is foreseeable.

  18. Nefropatia induzida por contraste após tomografia computadorizada

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    Selistre, Luciano da Silva

    2009-01-01

    A nefropatia por contraste (NIC) é definida como uma piora na função renal que se segue à administração de contraste parenteral, tendo sido excluídas outras causas. A NIC manifesta-se, usualmente, como uma insuficiência renal aguda não oligúrica. Por definição, deve haver um aumento na creatinina basal de 25-50% ou um aumento superior a 0,5 mg/dl de 24 a 48 horas após o uso vascular de contraste. As medidas de prevenção são baseadas na correção dos fatores que levam ao desenvolvimento da NIC ...

  19. Ultrasound Contrast Agent Microbubble Dynamics

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    Overvelde, M.L.J.; Vos, Henk; de Jong, N.; Versluis, Andreas Michel; Paradossi, Gaio; Pellegretti, Paolo; Trucco, Andrea

    2010-01-01

    Ultrasound contrast agents are traditionally used in ultrasound-assisted organ perfusion imaging. Recently the use of coated microbubbles has been proposed for molecular imaging applications where the bubbles are covered with a layer of targeting ligands to bind specifically to their target cells.

  20. A Bibliography of Contrastive Linguistics.

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    Hammer, John H.; Rice, Frank A.

    This 484-item bibliography is a revised and expanded version of William W. Gage's "Contrastive Studies in Linguistics: A Bibliographical Checklist" (CAL, 1961). Following a general section, the entries are arranged alphabetically by foreign language. The language headings are: Afrikaans, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bantu, Batak, Bengali,…

  1. Contrast-enhanced endoscopic ultrasonography

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    Reddy, Nischita K; Ioncică, Ana Maria; Săftoiu, Adrian

    2011-01-01

    cancers and visualization of the portal venous system and esophageal varices. In addition, contrast agents can be used to differentiate pancreatic lesions. The use of color Doppler further increases the ability to diagnose and differentiate various pancreatic malignancies. The sensitivity of power Doppler...

  2. Compensation for coarticulation reflects gesture perception, not spectral contrast.

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    Fowler, Carol A

    2006-02-01

    This article reports three experiments designed to explore the basis for speech perceivers' apparent compensations for coarticulation. In the first experiment, the stimuli were members of three /da/-to-/ga/ continua hybridized from natural speech. The monosyllables had originally been produced in disyllables /ada/ and /aga/ to make Continuum 1, /alda/ and /alga/ (Continuum 2), and /arda/ and /arga/ (Continuum 3). Members of the second and third continua were influenced by carryover coarticulation from the preceding /l/ or /r/ context. Listeners showed compensation for this carryover coarticulation in the absence of the precursor /al/ or /ar/ syllables. This rules out an account in which compensation for coarticulation reflects a spectral contrast effect exerted by a precursor syllable, as previously has been proposed by Lotto, Holt, and colleagues (e.g., Lotto, Kluender, & Holt, 1997; Lotto & Kluender, 1998). The second experiment showed an enhancing effect of the endpoint monosyllables in Experiment 1 on identifications of preceding natural hybrids along an /al/-to-/ar/ continuum. That is, coarticulatory /l/ and /r/ information in /da/ and /ga/ syllables led to increased judgments of /l/ and /r/, respectively, in the precursor /al/-to-/ar/ continuum members. This was opposite to the effect, in Experiment 3, of /da/ and /ga/ syllables on preceding tones synthesized to range in frequency from approximately the ending F3 of /ar/ to the ending F3 of /al/. The enhancing, not contrastive, effect in Experiment 2, juxtaposed to the contrastive effect in Experiment 3, further disconfirms the spectral contrast account of compensation for coarticulation. A review of the literature buttresses that conclusion and provides strong support for an account that invokes listeners' attention to information in speech for the occurrence of gestural overlap.

  3. High-contrast imaging testbed

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    Baker, K; Silva, D; Poyneer, L; Macintosh, B; Bauman, B; Palmer, D; Remington, T; Delgadillo-Lariz, M

    2008-01-23

    Several high-contrast imaging systems are currently under construction to enable the detection of extra-solar planets. In order for these systems to achieve their objectives, however, there is considerable developmental work and testing which must take place. Given the need to perform these tests, a spatially-filtered Shack-Hartmann adaptive optics system has been assembled to evaluate new algorithms and hardware configurations which will be implemented in these future high-contrast imaging systems. In this article, construction and phase measurements of a membrane 'woofer' mirror are presented. In addition, results from closed-loop operation of the assembled testbed with static phase plates are presented. The testbed is currently being upgraded to enable operation at speeds approaching 500 hz and to enable studies of the interactions between the woofer and tweeter deformable mirrors.

  4. Minimum resolvable power contrast model

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    Qian, Shuai; Wang, Xia; Zhou, Jingjing

    2018-01-01

    Signal-to-noise ratio and MTF are important indexs to evaluate the performance of optical systems. However,whether they are used alone or joint assessment cannot intuitively describe the overall performance of the system. Therefore, an index is proposed to reflect the comprehensive system performance-Minimum Resolvable Radiation Performance Contrast (MRP) model. MRP is an evaluation model without human eyes. It starts from the radiance of the target and the background, transforms the target and background into the equivalent strips,and considers attenuation of the atmosphere, the optical imaging system, and the detector. Combining with the signal-to-noise ratio and the MTF, the Minimum Resolvable Radiation Performance Contrast is obtained. Finally the detection probability model of MRP is given.

  5. Anaphylaxis to radiographic contrast media.

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    Brockow, Knut; Ring, Johannes

    2011-08-01

    Radiographic contrast media (RCM) are increasingly used in modern diagnostic medicine. Hypersensitivity reactions to nonionic RCM still occur in a significant number of exposed patients, because of the increased use of contrasted radiological investigations. Hypersensitivity reactions may be divided into immediate (1  h). Immediate reactions present with anaphylaxis. Although described less commonly, anaphylaxis to gadolinium contrast media have been increasingly reported in recent literature. In most patients, immunoglobulin (IgE)-mediated allergy cannot be demonstrated and the underlying mechanism remains unknown. In some patients, positive skin tests, specific IgE antibodies or specific cellular tests have been demonstrated. It may be speculated that more allergic reactions could be described, if more adequate methods were developed. Skin prick tests and intradermal tests with 1 : 10 diluted RCM are specific and confirm the diagnosis of RCM hypersensitivity. There are not enough data yet about the value of skin tests for the selection of a 'well tolerated' RCM. Premedication of previous reactors is common among radiologists. However, breakthrough reactions are a concern and physicians should not rely on the efficacy of pharmacological premedication. Instead, radiologists should be prepared to treat severe RCM-induced allergic reactions in their practice.

  6. O discurso da prevenção da Aids frente às lógicas sexuais de casais sorodiscordantes: sobre normas e práticas The speech of Aids prevention in face of sexual logics of serodiscordant couples: on norms and practices

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    Ivia Maksud

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo aborda práticas sexuais e representações sociais de casais sorodiscordantes para o HIV/Aids. Argumenta-se que em situação de conjugalidade há uma suspensão do chamado sexo seguro e um processo de rotinização da intimidade. A partir de entrevistas realizadas com homens e mulheres envolvidos em relacionamentos considerados estáveis, destrinça-se o repertório de práticas sexuais exercidas segundo o gênero, investigam-se as representações associadas ao elenco destas práticas e se discute como as mensagens de prevenção muitas vezes não acompanham estas lógicas, forjando-se a partir de discursos normativos e distantes das realidades cotidianas vividas pelos sujeitos.This paper reflects on sexual practices and social representations of Aids serodiscordant couples. In conjugal situation there is the suspension of "safe sex" and a process of routine of intimacy. The method adopted was in-deep interviews with men and women involved in stable conjugal relationships. The analysis describes male and female sexual scripts so as the social representations related to them. The paper show that prevention messages many times have normative speech, very distant of the daily realities lived by the subjects.

  7. Orientational contrast sensitivity and chromatic contrast thresholds in multiple sclerosis.

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    Jackson, Timothy L; Ong, Gek L; Ripley, Lionel G

    2004-02-01

    To investigate abnormalities of orientational contrast sensitivity (CS) and chromatic contrast threshold (CCT) in multiple sclerosis (MS). Case control study. Nine subjects (mean age, 42 +/- 11 years; range, 20-62 years) with MS, an expanded disability status scale of 3 or less, and normal visual acuity (VA) (logarithm of the minimum angle of resolution [logMAR] VA less than.1) in the tested eye were age-matched with 20 controls. Achromatic CS and CCT were measured using static, computer-generated sinusoidal gratings displayed on a high-resolution monitor. The CS and CCT of each subject were determined using a randomized double-staircase reversal algorithm; CS was measured at five spatial frequencies with horizontal orientation and three with vertical orientation; CCT was measured along the red-green and tritan confusion axes. The sensitivity thresholds of subjects were examined in relation to the mean sensitivity of controls for each spatial frequency. Two subjects had loss of horizontal and vertical CS, and three had isolated vertical loss. When compared with the control mean, there were significant reductions in red-green (P =.016) and tritan (P =.016) discrimination thresholds. This study used a computerized psychophysical test designed to minimize many of the test errors associated with earlier studies. It provides confirmatory evidence that MS may be associated with a loss of orientational CS and color vision, in the absence of reduced VA.

  8. Contrast-enhanced digital mammography.

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    Jochelson, Maxine

    2014-05-01

    Mammography is the only technology documented to reduce breast cancer mortality. Its sensitivity, however, is 75% to 80% at best and reduced to 30% to 50% in women with dense breasts. MR imaging is a sensitive modality for the detection of breast cancer but cannot be used in all patients. Its sensitivity is due in large part to its ability to detect enhancement of tumor vascularity so cancers can be detected before a mass is present. Contrast-enhanced dual-energy mammography uses the same capability of vascular enhancement and has been demonstrated to be more sensitive than routine mammography. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Document delivery services contrasting views

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    Design and maintain document delivery services that are ideal for academic patrons! In Document Delivery Services: Contrasting Views, you'll visit four university library systems to discover the considerations and challenges each library faced in bringing document delivery to its clientele. This book examines the questions about document delivery that are most pressing in the profession of library science. Despite their own unique experiences, you'll find common practices among all four?including planning, implementation of service, and evaluation of either user satisfaction and/or vendor per

  10. Análise crítica da seriografia do esôfago, estômago e duodeno em um serviço de radilogia de um hospital geral Critical analysis of upper gastrointestinal contrast examinations at a radiology service in a general hospital

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    Marcelo Souto Nacif; Gustavo Federico Jauregui; Viviane Brady Rocha; Adjane Barcia; Ana Paula Boechat; Alderico Mendonça Neto; Silvio Silva Neto; Ernesto Misael Cintra Osterne; Ricardo Andrade Fernandes de Mello; Alair Augusto Sarmet Moreira Damas dos Santos

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    OBJETIVO: Foram revisados os exames de seriografia do esôfago, estômago e duodeno (SEED), a fim de demonstrar os principais diagnósticos e achados radiológicos, o atual benefício para o paciente e a viabilidade financeira para os serviços de radiologia. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Estudo retrospectivo e descritivo realizado a partir do levantamento dos exames realizados no período de 6/3/2001 a 12/4/2002 no Serviço de Radiologia do Hospital Santa Cruz da Beneficência Portuguesa de Niterói. RESULTADO...

  11. Commercialization of vein contrast enhancement

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    Lovhoiden, Gunnar; Deshmukh, Harshal; Vrancken, Carlos; Zhang, Yong; Zeman, Herbert D.; Weinberg, Devin

    2003-07-01

    An ongoing clinical study of an experimental infrared (IR) device, the Vein Contrast Enhancer (VCE) that visualizes surface veins for medical access, indicates that a commercial device with the performance of the existing VCE would have significant clinical utility for even a very skilled phlebotomist. A proof-of-principle prototype VCE device has now been designed and constructed that captures IR images of surface veins with a commercial CCD camera, transfers the images to a PC for real-time software image processing to enhance the vein contrast, and projects the enhanced images back onto the skin with a modified commercial LCD projector. The camera and projector are mounted on precision slides allowing for precise mechanical alignment of the two optical axes and for measuring the effects of axes misalignment. Precision alignment of the captured and projected images over the entire field-of-view is accomplished electronically by software adjustments of the translation, scaling, and rotation of the enhanced images before they are projected back onto the skin. This proof-of-principle prototype will be clinically tested and the experience gained will lead to the development of a commercial device, OnTarget!, that is compact, easy to use, and will visualize accessible veins in almost all subjects needing venipuncture.

  12. High index contrast photonics platform

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    Chu, Sai T.; Little, Brent E.; Hryniewicz, John V.; Johnson, Fred G.; King, Oliver; Gill, Dave; Chen, Wenlu; Chen, Wei

    2005-10-01

    A new low-loss high-index-contrast photonics platform has been developed for integrated optics and microwave photonics. The platform consists of a material system that has an index contrast that is adjustable from 0 to 25% and which is processed using conventional CMOS tools. The platform allows one to four orders of magnitude reduction in the size of optical components compared with conventional planar technologies. As an example, meter long path lengths occupy coils that are millimeters in diameter. Microwave photonic building blocks that are enabled include large bit count programmable delay lines for beam steering and shaping that fit in less than a square centimeter and which have delays controllable from 5 fsec to 10 nsec. Also enabled are arrays of high order tunable filters, a hundred micrometers in size, having linewidths ranging from tens of MHz to tens of GHz. These filters can be tuned over several hundred GHz, and when placed in Vernier architectures can be tuned across the C band (5 THz). An optical chip typically consists of dozens of optical elements. Each element is placed in its own micro-control loop that consists of a thin film heater for thermo-optic control and a thermistor for electronic feedback. The micro-control loops impart intelligence to the optical chip.

  13. Contact double-contrast cholangiography.

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    Hishida, Y

    1979-05-01

    Recently operative cholangiography has become an essential step in biliary surgery. However, an usual technique in which x-ray film is set beneath the patient has its limitation in visualization of fine changes. The author devised a new technique to resolve this problem. A triangular mammography film designed for good positioning is vaccum-packed, coupled with an intensifying screen of the same size, and then is sterilized in advance. Barium solution mixed with Gascon drop (a defoaming agent) is used as contrast material. The duodenum and head of the pancreas are mobilized. Usual cholangiography is performed at first, introducing angiographic media through a catheter placed into the catheter placed into the common duct via the cystic duct. After this study a triangle film pack is set beneath the second part of the duodenum. Two to three milliliters of barium, 1 to 2 ml of Gascon, and 15 ml of air are pushed in; thus a contact double-contrast cholangiogram is obtained. This technique promises clear demonstration of the distal bile duct without risk, and even fine mucosal plicae may be discernible in the film.

  14. Ultrasound contrast agents: An overview

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    Cosgrove, David [Imaging Sciences Department, Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospital, London (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: d.cosgrove@csc.mrc.ac.uk

    2006-12-15

    With the introduction of microbubble contrast agents, diagnostic ultrasound has entered a new era that allows the dynamic detection of tissue flow of both the macro and microvasculature. Underpinning this development is the fact that gases are compressible, and thus the microbubbles expand and contract in the alternating pressure waves of the ultrasound beam, while tissue is almost incompressible. Special software using multiple pulse sequences separates these signals from those of tissue and displays them as an overlay or on a split screen. This can be done at low acoustic pressures (MI < 0.3) so that the microbubbles are not destroyed and scanning can continue in real time. The clinical roles of contrast enhanced ultrasound scanning are expanding rapidly. They are established in echocardiography to improve endocardial border detection and are being developed for myocardial perfusion. In radiology, the most important application is the liver, especially for focal disease. The approach parallels that of dynamic CT or MRI but ultrasound has the advantages of high spatial and temporal resolution. Thus, small lesions that can be indeterminate on CT can often be studied with ultrasound, and situations where the flow is very rapid (e.g., focal nodular hyperplasia where the first few seconds of arterial perfusion may be critical to making the diagnosis) are readily studied. Microbubbles linger in the extensive sinusoidal space of normal liver for several minutes whereas they wash out rapidly from metastases, which have a low vascular volume and thus appear as filling defects. The method has been shown to be as sensitive as three-phase CT. Microbubbles have clinical uses in many other applications where knowledge of the microcirculation is important (the macrocirculation can usually be assessed adequately using conventional Doppler though there are a few important situations where the signal boost given by microbubbles is useful, e.g., transcranial Doppler for evaluating

  15. Contrast media in breast imaging.

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    Serrano, Luis F; Morrell, Brooke; Mai, Andrew

    2012-11-01

    Although mammography is the standard imaging modality for detection of breast cancer, magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is a valuable adjunct and, in certain cases, is the imaging of choice. Contrast-enhanced breast MR imaging provides a noninvasive means of staging disease, assessing posttreatment response, and screening of high-risk patients with genetic predispositions. Additional indications for MR mammography include lesion characterization, contralateral breast evaluation in patients with proved malignancy, and identifying primary malignancy in patients with axillary nodal disease. There are several competing factors that influence the quality of the study. Finding the right balance is the key to providing high-quality images that can be accurately interpreted. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Contrastive tone in Kalam Kohistani

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    Joan L.G. Baart

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been observed that tonal phenomena occur in quite a few Indo-Aryan languages in the northwestern corner of the South-Asian subcontinent. This paper presents a study of the tone system of one of these languages, Kalam Kohistani. After establishing that Kalam Kohistani has five contrastive surface tones—a high tone, a low tone, a rising tone, and two types of falling tone—I propose an analysis of these tones in terms of Autosegmental Phonology. Furthermore, some observations are made on the relation between aspiration and tone, and on the functional load of tone in Kalam Kohistani. Its relatively rich inventory of tones makes Kalam Kohistani, along with two of its close neighbors, stand out as unique among the Indo-Aryan languages.

  17. Phase contrast STEM for thin samples: Integrated differential phase contrast

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    It has been known since the 1970s that the movement of the center of mass (COM) of a convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED) pattern is linearly related to the (projected) electrical field in the sample. We re-derive a contrast transfer function (CTF) for a scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging technique based on this movement from the point of view of image formation and continue by performing a two-dimensional integration on the two images based on the two components of the COM movement. The resulting integrated COM (iCOM) STEM technique yields a scalar image that is linear in the phase shift caused by the sample and therefore also in the local (projected) electrostatic potential field of a thin sample. We confirm that the differential phase contrast (DPC) STEM technique using a segmented detector with 4 quadrants (4Q) yields a good approximation for the COM movement. Performing a two-dimensional integration, just as for the COM, we obtain an integrated DPC (iDPC) image which is approximately linear in the phase of the sample. Beside deriving the CTFs of iCOM and iDPC, we clearly point out the objects of the two corresponding imaging techniques, and highlight the differences to objects corresponding to COM-, DPC-, and (HA) ADF-STEM. The theory is validated with simulations and we present first experimental results of the iDPC-STEM technique showing its capability for imaging both light and heavy elements with atomic resolution and a good signal to noise ratio (SNR). - Highlights: • First DPC-based atomic resolution images of potential and charge density are obtained. • This is enabled by integration and differentiation of 2D DPC signals, respectively. • Integrated DPC (iDPC) based on 4 quadrant imaging is compared to iCOM imaging. • Noise analysis and comparison with standard STEM imaging modes is provided. • iDPC allows direct imaging of light (C, N, O …) and heavy (Ga, Au …) atoms together.

  18. Octopaminergic modulation of contrast sensitivity.

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    de Haan, Roel; Lee, Yu-Jen; Nordström, Karin

    2012-01-01

    Sensory systems adapt to prolonged stimulation by decreasing their response to continuous stimuli. Whereas visual motion adaptation has traditionally been studied in immobilized animals, recent work indicates that the animal's behavioral state influences the response properties of higher-order motion vision-sensitive neurons. During insect flight octopamine is released, and pharmacological octopaminergic activation can induce a fictive locomotor state. In the insect optic ganglia, lobula plate tangential cells (LPTCs) spatially pool input from local elementary motion detectors (EMDs) that correlate luminosity changes from two spatially discrete inputs after delaying the signal from one. The LPTC velocity optimum thereby depends on the spatial separation of the inputs and on the EMD's delay properties. Recently it was shown that behavioral activity increases the LPTC velocity optimum, with modeling suggesting this to originate in the EMD's temporal delay filters. However, behavior induces an additional post-EMD effect: the LPTC membrane conductance increases in flying flies. To physiologically investigate the degree to which activity causes presynaptic and postsynaptic effects, we conducted intracellular recordings of Eristalis horizontal system (HS) neurons. We constructed contrast response functions before and after adaptation at different temporal frequencies, with and without the octopamine receptor agonist chlordimeform (CDM). We extracted three motion adaptation components, where two are likely to be generated presynaptically of the LPTCs, and one within them. We found that CDM affected the early, EMD-associated contrast gain reduction, temporal frequency dependently. However, a CDM-induced change of the HS membrane conductance disappeared during and after visual stimulation. This suggests that physical activity mainly affects motion adaptation presynaptically of LPTCs, whereas post-EMD effects have a minimal effect.

  19. Octopaminergic modulation of contrast sensitivity

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    Roel ede Haan

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Sensory systems adapt to prolonged stimulation by decreasing their response to prevailing stimulus conditions. Whereas visual motion adaptation has traditionally been studied in immobilized animals, recent work indicates that the animal’s behavioral state influences the response properties of higher-order motion vision-sensitive neurons. During insect flight octopamine is released, and pharmacological octopaminergic activation can induce a fictive locomotor state. In the insect optic ganglia, lobula plate tangential cells (LPTCs spatially pool input from local elementary motion detectors (EMDs that correlate luminosity changes from two spatially discrete inputs after delaying the signal from one. The LPTC velocity optimum thereby depends on the spatial separation of the inputs and on the EMD’s delay properties. Recently it was shown that behavioral activity increases the LPTC velocity optimum, with modeling suggesting this to originate in the EMD’s temporal delay filters. However, behavior induces an additional post-EMD effect: the LPTC membrane conductance increases in flying flies. To physiologically investigate the degree to which activity causes presynaptic and postsynaptic effects, we conducted intracellular recordings of Eristalis horizontal system neurons. We constructed contrast response functions before and after adaptation at different temporal frequencies, with and without the octopamine receptor agonist chlordimeform (CDM. We extracted three motion adaptation components, where two are likely generated presynaptically of the LPTCs, and one within them. We found that CDM affected the early, EMD associated contrast gain reduction, temporal frequency dependently. However, a CDM-induced change of the HS membrane conductance disappeared during and after visual stimulation. This suggests that physical activity mainly affects motion adaptation presynaptically of LPTCs, whereas post-EMD effects have a minimal effect.

  20. Avaliação da reprodutibilidade da tomografia computadorizada no estadiamento da pancreatite aguda Reproducibility in the assessment of acute pancreatitis with computed tomography

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    Edison de Oliveira Freire Filho

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Medir a reprodutibilidade da tomografia computadorizada sem e com contraste na avaliação da gravidade da pancreatite aguda. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Cinqüenta e um exames de tomografia computadorizada abdominal sem e com contraste de pacientes com pancreatite aguda foram analisados por dois radiologistas (observadores 1 e 2. Calculamos o índice morfológico pela tomografia computadorizada sem e com contraste, separadamente, e o índice de gravidade da tomografia computadorizada para pancreatite aguda. Medimos a reprodutibilidade intra- e interobservador da tomografia computadorizada através do índice kappa (kapa. RESULTADOS: Para a concordância interobservador obtivemos kapa de 0,666, 0,705, 0,648, 0,547 e 0,631 para índice morfológico sem e com contraste, presença de necrose pancreática, extensão da necrose pancreática e índice de gravidade da tomografia computadorizada, respectivamente. Para a concordância intra-observador dos observadores 1 e 2 obtivemos, respectivamente, kapa de 0,796 e 0,732 para o índice morfológico sem contraste; 0,725 e 0,802 para o índice morfológico com contraste; 0,674 e 0,849 para a presença de necrose pancreática; 0,606 e 0,770 para a extensão da necrose pancreática; e 0,801 e 0,687 para o índice de gravidade da tomografia computadorizada. CONCLUSÃO: O estadiamento da pancreatite aguda pela tomografia computadorizada por meio do índice morfológico e do índice de gravidade da tomografia computadorizada é um método bastante reprodutível. O não-uso do contraste não afeta a reprodutibilidade da tomografia computadorizada para o cálculo do índice morfológico.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reproducibility of unenhanced and contrast-enhanced computed tomography in the assessment of patients with acute pancreatitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-one unenhanced and contrast-enhanced abdominal computed tomography studies of patients with acute pancreatitis were blindly reviewed by two

  1. Contraste de condutividade hidráulica em solos de texturas arenosa e argilosa encontrados nos tributários da margem esquerda do rio tijuco, município de Ituiutaba (MG / DISTINCTION OF THE HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY BETWEEN SAND AND CLAYEY TEXTURE SOILS FROM TRIBUTARY OF THE TIJUCO LEFT BORDER RIVER, ITUIUTABA, MINAS GERAIS STATE, BRAZIL

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    Luiz Antonio de LAO Oliveira

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    Full Text Available O objetivo principal deste trabalho é determinar as diferenças de condutividade hidráulica entre solos de textura arenosa e argilosa nos tributários da margem esquerda do Rio Tijuco, município de Ituiutaba/MG. Utilizou-se as técnicas de anéis concêntricos e open end hole para a determinação das condutividades hidráulicas na superfície do terreno e nas profundidades de 0,5, 1,0 e 1,5 m. Análise granulométrica indicou texturas franco-argilo-arenosa para os latossolos vermelhos, e argilosa para os nitossolos vermelhos férricos. Os valores de condutividade hidráulica de superfície nos pontos P1, P2, P3, P4, P5 e P6 variaram entre 1x10-4 a 9x10-5. A 0,5 m de profundidade os valores variaram entre 9x10-7 a 9x10-6; para a profundidade de 1,0 m, os valores estiveram entre 5x10-6 e 1x10-6, finalmente, os resultados para a profundidade de 1,5 m, os valores variaram entre 5x10-6 a 1x10-6. Análise dos resultados demonstra que a estrutura do solo exerce maior controle na condutividade hidráulica (respectiva eficiência de infiltração de que a granulometria. Nesse caso, os nitossolos, mesmo sendo solos mais argilosos que os latossolos, de modo geral, apresentaram resultados maiores de condutividade hidráulica em função da alta densidade de fendas, típicas de expansão e contração de argilas de alta atividade.

  2. Surface metrology by phase contrast

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    Baker, Lionel R.

    1990-08-01

    Increasing use of electrooptical imaging and detection systems in thermography high density information storage laser instrumentation and X-ray optics has led to a pressing need for machinecompatible sensors for the measurement of surface texture. This paper reviews recent advances in the use of deterministic and parametric noncontact methods for texture measurement and justifies the need for objective simple and yet precise means for displaying the microfinish of a machined surface. The design of a simple two channel phase contrast microscope is described which can be calibrated by test pieces and used as a means for optimising the process parameters involved in the generation of high quality surfaces. Typical results obtained with this technique including dynamic range and ultimate sensitivity are discussed. 1 . NEED FOR SURFACE METROLOGY Surface quality has a direct influence on product acceptability in many different industries including those concerned with optoelectronics and engineering. The influence may be cosmetic as with paint finish on a motor car body or functional for example when excessive wear rates may occur in a bearing surface with inadequate oil retention. Since perfection can never be achieved and overspecification can be costly it is clearly necessary to be able to define thresholds of acceptance in relation to different situations. Such thresholds do of course require agreed methods of measurement with traceability to national standards. The current trends in surface metrology are towards higher

  3. Integral equations with contrasting kernels

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    Theodore Burton

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we study integral equations of the form $x(t=a(t-\\int^t_0 C(t,sx(sds$ with sharply contrasting kernels typified by $C^*(t,s=\\ln (e+(t-s$ and $D^*(t,s=[1+(t-s]^{-1}$. The kernel assigns a weight to $x(s$ and these kernels have exactly opposite effects of weighting. Each type is well represented in the literature. Our first project is to show that for $a\\in L^2[0,\\infty$, then solutions are largely indistinguishable regardless of which kernel is used. This is a surprise and it leads us to study the essential differences. In fact, those differences become large as the magnitude of $a(t$ increases. The form of the kernel alone projects necessary conditions concerning the magnitude of $a(t$ which could result in bounded solutions. Thus, the next project is to determine how close we can come to proving that the necessary conditions are also sufficient. The third project is to show that solutions will be bounded for given conditions on $C$ regardless of whether $a$ is chosen large or small; this is important in real-world problems since we would like to have $a(t$ as the sum of a bounded, but badly behaved function, and a large well behaved function.

  4. Ultrasound contrast agents : dynamics of coated bubbles

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    Overvelde, M.L.J.

    2010-01-01

    Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging relies on the nonlinear scattering of microbubbles suspended in an ultrasound contrast agent. The bubble dynamics is described by a Rayleigh-Plesset-type equation, and the success of harmonic imaging using contrast agents has always been attributed to the

  5. Using Contrastive Rhetoric in the ESL Classroom

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    Quinn, Janet M.

    2012-01-01

    Contrastive rhetoric studies the writing of second language learners to understand how it is affected by their first language and culture. The field of contrastive rhetoric is as multidimensional as second language writing is complex. It draws on the work of contrastive analysis, anthropology, linguistics, pedagogy, culture studies, translation…

  6. Nefropatia Induzida por Contraste: Medidas de Prevenção

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    Caroline Kaercher Kramer

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available A nefropatia do contraste é definida como piora na função renal que se segue à administração de contraste intravenoso, tendo sido excluídas outras causas. A nefropatia do contraste manifesta-se, usualmente, como uma insuficiência renal aguda não oligúrica. Por definição, deve haver um aumento na creatinina basal de 25-50% ou um aumento superior a 0,5 mg/dl em 24-48 horas após o uso intravenoso de contraste, na ausência de outras causas de piora da função renal. As medidas de prevenção são baseadas na correção dos fatores que levam ao desenvolvimento da nefropatia do contraste e dividem-se em: escolha de agentes de contraste menos nefrotóxicos (não-iônicos e utilização de doses menores; melhora no estado clínico do paciente com hidrata-ção; uso de drogas que reduzam vasoconstrição renal e estresse oxidativo; e suspensão temporária de drogas com potencial nefro-tóxico ou prejudiciais no caso de diminuição da filtração glomerular. A instituição de um protocolo com medidas preventivas em pacientes em risco e, especialmente, em diabéticos submetidos a contraste potencialmente nefrotóxico poderá reduzir a morbidade e custos associados ao seu desenvolvimento. A presente revisão tem o objetivo de descrever a definição e patogênese de nefropa-tia do contraste, enfatizando as principais recomendações de manejo para prevenir sua ocorrência.

  7. Discrimination of Arabic contrasts by American learners

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    Mahmoud S. Al Mahmoud

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available This article reports on second language perception of non-native contrasts. The study specifically tests the perceptual assimilation model (PAM by examining American learners’ ability to discriminate Arabic contrasts. Twenty two native American speakers enrolled in a university level Arabic language program took part in a forced choice AXB discrimination task. Results of the study provide partial evidence for PAM. Only two-category contrasts followed straightforwardly from PAM; discrimination results of category-goodness difference and both uncategorizable contrasts yielded partial support, while results of uncategorized versus categorized contrast discrimination provided counter-evidence to PAM.

  8. Prophylaxis strategies for contrast-induced nephropathy.

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    Pannu, Neesh; Wiebe, Natasha; Tonelli, Marcello

    2006-06-21

    Contrast-induced nephropathy is associated with significant economic and clinical consequences, including prolonged hospitalization, the requirement for dialysis, and an increased risk of death. To summarize the current state of evidence for prophylaxis of contrast-induced nephropathy, provide evidence-based recommendations regarding management of high-risk patients undergoing angiographic procedures, and identify new avenues for research. Systematic searches of peer-reviewed publications were performed in MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane database from 1966 to January 2006. Search terms included radio contrast nephropathy, contrast media, acetylcysteine, theophylline, sodium bicarbonate, HMG Co-A reductase inhibitors, ascorbic acid, kidney diseases, renal insufficiency, kidney failure, nephropathy, fenoldopam, diuretics, and saline or half saline. Observational studies of risk factors and randomized controlled trials of prophylaxis strategies for contrast-induced nephropathy that specified a definition of contrast-induced nephropathy or postprocedure creatinine level as an outcome measure. Evidence Synthesis Important patient-related risk factors for contrast-induced nephropathy include chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, heart failure, older age, anemia, and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Non-patient-related risk factors include high-osmolar contrast, ionic contrast, contrast viscosity, and contrast volume. Practice guidelines recommend obtaining preprocedural serum creatinine levels among patients with renal disease, diabetes, proteinuria, hypertension, gout, or congestive heart failure. Available evidence, largely based on small- to medium-sized trials, supports the use of hydration, bicarbonate, and low volumes of iso- or low-osmolar contrast in patients at risk. N-acetylcysteine or ascorbic acid may be of value in very high-risk patients. While several risk factors for contrast-induced nephropathy have been identified, the development of an

  9. Flash Infrared Thermography Contrast Data Analysis Technique

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    Koshti, Ajay

    2014-01-01

    This paper provides information on an IR Contrast technique that involves extracting normalized contrast versus time evolutions from the flash thermography inspection infrared video data. The analysis calculates thermal measurement features from the contrast evolution. In addition, simulation of the contrast evolution is achieved through calibration on measured contrast evolutions from many flat-bottom holes in the subject material. The measurement features and the contrast simulation are used to evaluate flash thermography data in order to characterize delamination-like anomalies. The thermal measurement features relate to the anomaly characteristics. The contrast evolution simulation is matched to the measured contrast evolution over an anomaly to provide an assessment of the anomaly depth and width which correspond to the depth and diameter of the equivalent flat-bottom hole (EFBH) similar to that used as input to the simulation. A similar analysis, in terms of diameter and depth of an equivalent uniform gap (EUG) providing a best match with the measured contrast evolution, is also provided. An edge detection technique called the half-max is used to measure width and length of the anomaly. Results of the half-max width and the EFBH/EUG diameter are compared to evaluate the anomaly. The information provided here is geared towards explaining the IR Contrast technique. Results from a limited amount of validation data on reinforced carbon-carbon (RCC) hardware are included in this paper.

  10. Parâmetros cinéticos e morfológicos da absorção de nutrientes em cultivares de milho com variabilidade genética contrastante Nutrient uptake kinetics and morphological traits of roots of maize cultivars with contrasting genetic variability

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    Delson Horn

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Genótipos de milho com variabilidade genética contrastante apresentam potenciais produtivos diferentes. Isso pode ser causado, pelo menos em parte, por diferenças morfológicas no sistema radicular e nos parâmetros cinéticos de absorção de nutrientes. Este trabalho objetivou quantificar esses parâmetros em três cultivares de milho. Foram comparados um híbrido simples (HS, um híbrido duplo (HD e uma variedade de polinização aberta (VPA. Determinaram-se os parâmetros de absorção (influxo máximo, Imax, constante de Michalies-Menten, Km, e concentração na solução onde a absorção cessa, Cmin para N, P, K, Ca e Mg, além de atributos morfológicos radiculares, em experimentos efetuados em câmara de crescimento, com solução nutritiva. A morfologia das raízes variou pouco entre os genótipos, provavelmente por causa do cultivo das plantas em meio líquido. As diferenças entre genótipos quanto aos parâmetros cinéticos de absorção dependeram do nutriente. O Imax diferiu entre os cultivares para P; o Km, para N e P, e o Cmin, para N e K. A VPA, por apresentar maior variabilidade genética, deveria apresentar menores valores para Km e Cmin do que os híbridos. Contudo, isso só aconteceu para P em relação ao Km. O HS, por apresentar maior potencial produtivo, deveria expressar os maiores valores para Imax, mas isso não ocorreu com nenhum dos macronutrientes avaliados. Portanto, a absorção de nutrientes não parece ser um fator determinante nas diferenças de rendimento de grãos entre genótipos de milho com bases genéticas contrastantes.Maize genotypes with contrasting genetic variability have different yield potential. This distinct yield potential may be partially caused by differences in the root system morphology or in the nutrient uptake kinetics parameters. This study aimed to assess such morphological and physiological plant attributes of three maize genotypes with different genetic bases. A single-cross hybrid

  11. Intravascular enhancement with identical iodine delivery rate using different iodine contrast media in a circulation phantom.

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    Mihl, Casper; Wildberger, Joachim E; Jurencak, Tomas; Yanniello, Michael J; Nijssen, Estelle C; Kalafut, John F; Nalbantov, Georgi; Mühlenbruch, Georg; Behrendt, Florian F; Das, Marco

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    Both iodine delivery rate (IDR) and iodine concentration are decisive factors for vascular enhancement in computed tomographic angiography. It is unclear, however, whether the use of high-iodine concentration contrast media is beneficial to lower iodine concentrations when IDR is kept identical. This study evaluates the effect of using different iodine concentrations on intravascular attenuation in a circulation phantom while maintaining a constant IDR. A circulation phantom with a low-pressure venous compartment and a high-pressure arterial compartment simulating physiological circulation parameters was used (heart rate, 60 beats per minute; stroke volume, 60 mL; blood pressure, 120/80 mm Hg). Maintaining a constant IDR (2.0 g/s) and a constant total iodine load (20 g), prewarmed (37°C) contrast media with differing iodine concentrations (240-400 mg/mL) were injected into the phantom using a double-headed power injector. Serial computed tomographic scans at the level of the ascending aorta (AA), the descending aorta (DA), and the left main coronary artery (LM) were obtained. Total amount of contrast volume (milliliters), iodine delivery (grams of iodine), peak flow rate (milliliter per second), and intravascular pressure (pounds per square inch) were monitored using a dedicated data acquisition program. Attenuation values in the AA, the DA, and the LM were constantly measured (Hounsfield unit [HU]). In addition, time-enhancement curves, aortic peak enhancement, and time to peak were determined. All contrast injection protocols resulted in similar attenuation values: the AA (516 [11] to 531 [37] HU), the DA (514 [17] to 531 [32] HU), and the LM (490 [10] to 507 [17] HU). No significant differences were found between the AA, the DA, and the LM for either peak enhancement (all P > 0.05) or mean time to peak (AA, 19.4 [0.58] to 20.1 [1.05] seconds; DA, 21.1 [1.0] to 21.4 [1.15] seconds; LM, 19.8 [0.58] to 20.1 [1.05] seconds). This phantom study demonstrates that

  12. Contrast enhancement versus vasculature of uterine tumors

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    Kormano, M.; Kiilholma, P.; Groenroos, M.

    1984-05-01

    The relative contrast enhancement of normal myometrium and small or medium size uterine fibroids and clinical stage I endometrial carcinomas were correlated to their microangiographically demonstrable vascularity. In four cases small uterine fibroids showed contrast enhancement equal to normal myometrium, independent of their vascularity in microangiography. In five, endometrial carcinomas contrast enhancement was always below that of the surrounding myometrium in CT. Intratumour vasculature showed great variability in microangiography. No correlation between the topographic variations in the arrangement or density of tumour blood vessels and the degree of contrast enhancement was found. Contrast enhancement of small uterine fibroids was greater than that of small adenocarcinomas. More contrast material accumulates into the extravascular space of the smooth muscle tissue of the fibroid than into the extravascular space of endometrial carcinoma.

  13. A Sintaxe da Janela

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    Luís Antônio Jorge

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    Full Text Available A preocupação fundamenta! do trabalho é de caráter ontológico: esboçar o problema das significações apriorísticas e autônomas dos elementos que compõem a sintaxe arquitetônica. O trabalho elege um desses elementos: a janela. Este artigo parte da aproximação histórica entre a janela e a secção da pirâmide visual, construção imaginária da teoria da perspectiva renascentista. A consideração da janela na linguagem arquitetônica implica reconhecer uma ambigüidade essencial: a janela deve inserir-se ordenadamente no plano da parede - raciocínio típico da modenatura - mas também relacionar-se com a imagem vista através dela, que extrapola o plano, ressaltando a tridimensionalidade - herança da perspectiva renascentista, fundamentada no espaço euclidiano. Ver janela ou ver através da janela são alternativas que se colocam tanto ao observador interno ao edifício, quanto ao externo. Texto de duplaface, a sintaxe da janela versa sobre o relacionamento desses dois lados

  14. Discrimination of Arabic contrasts by American learners

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    Al Mahmoud, Mahmoud S.

    2013-01-01

    This article reports on second language perception of non-native contrasts. The study specifically tests the perceptual assimilation model (PAM) by examining American learners’ ability to discriminate Arabic contrasts. Twenty two native American speakers enrolled in a university level Arabic language program took part in a forced choice AXB discrimination task. Results of the study provide partial evi- dence for PAM. Only two-category contrasts followed straightforwardly from PAM; discriminat...

  15. An Improved Image Contrast Assessment Method

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    Yuanyuan Fan

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Contrast is an important factor affecting the image quality. In order to overcome the problems of local band-limited contrast, a novel image contrast assessment method based on the property of HVS is proposed. Firstly, the image by low-pass filter is performed fast wavelet decomposition. Secondly, all levels of band-pass filtered image and its corresponding low-pass filtered image are obtained by processing wavelet coefficients. Thirdly, local band-limited contrast is calculated, and the local band-limited contrast entropy is calculated according to the definition of entropy, Finally, the contrast entropy of image is obtained by averaging the local band-limited contrast entropy weighed using CSF coefficient. The experiment results show that the best contrast image can be accurately identified in the sequence images obtained by adjusting the exposure time and stretching gray respectively, the assessment results accord with human visual characteristics and make up the lack of local band-limited contrast.

  16. Contrast and phase combination in binocular vision.

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    Huang, Chang-Bing; Zhou, Jiawei; Zhou, Yifeng; Lu, Zhong-Lin

    2010-12-09

    How the visual system combines information from the two eyes to form a unitary binocular representation of the external world is a fundamental question in vision science that has been the focus of many psychophysical and physiological investigations. Ding & Sperling (2006) measured perceived phase of the cyclopean image, and developed a binocular combination model in which each eye exerts gain control on the other eye's signal and over the other eye's gain control. Critically, the relative phase of the monocular sine-waves plays a central role. We used the Ding-Sperling paradigm but measured both the perceived contrast and phase of cyclopean images in three hundred and eighty combinations of base contrast, interocular contrast ratio, eye origin of the probe, and interocular phase difference. We found that the perceived contrast of the cyclopean image was independent of the relative phase of the two monocular gratings, although the perceived phase depended on the relative phase and contrast ratio of the monocular images. We developed a new multi-pathway contrast-gain control model (MCM) that elaborates the Ding-Sperling binocular combination model in two ways: (1) phase and contrast of the cyclopean images are computed in separate pathways, although with shared cross-eye contrast-gain control; and (2) phase-independent local energy from the two monocular images are used in binocular contrast combination. With three free parameters, the model yielded an excellent account of data from all the experimental conditions. Binocular phase combination depends on the relative phase and contrast ratio of the monocular images but binocular contrast combination is phase-invariant. Our findings suggest the involvement of at least two separate pathways in binocular combination.

  17. Statistical analysis of Chinese phonemic contrast.

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    Yu, Shuiyuan; Xu, Chunshan; Liu, Haitao; Chen, Yudong

    2011-01-01

    Two phonemes that may induce minimal pairs constitute a phonemic contrast. Some phonemic contrasts may disappear for various reasons, which, nevertheless, does not seem to seriously impede linguistic communication. Does it mean that the disappeared phonemic contrasts are unimportant? In our study, we calculated the proportions (here termed degree of contrast) of minimal pairs to the words in which the two contrastive phonemes occur and explored the role of phonemic contrasts in the phonemic combinations. The degree of contrast of phonemes reflects the relation between phonemes. Our results indicate that (1) the average degree of contrast of Chinese phonemes declines exponentially with the increase in the number of syllables, rapidly approaching zero; (2) the average degree of contrast of Chinese consonants that differ from each other in only one distinctive feature and of the consonants that are absent in some Chinese dialects is significantly higher than that of other consonants; (3) the degree of contrast of Chinese consonants that differ from each other in only one distinctive feature is not significantly different from that of the consonants absent in some Chinese dialects; (4) Chinese phonemic combinations exhibit high degree of sparsity, which increases exponentially with the number of syllables and rapidly approaches 1. All these results show that the high degree of sparsity and the low degree of contrast of human languages not only leave enough room for new words, new dialects and new languages to appear but also contribute to effective and reliable communication, because a few phonemic mistakes are not likely to cause wrong decoding (sound recognition) and failed communication. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  18. Change Detection via Selective Guided Contrasting Filters

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    Vizilter, Y. V.; Rubis, A. Y.; Zheltov, S. Y.

    2017-05-01

    Change detection scheme based on guided contrasting was previously proposed. Guided contrasting filter takes two images (test and sample) as input and forms the output as filtered version of test image. Such filter preserves the similar details and smooths the non-similar details of test image with respect to sample image. Due to this the difference between test image and its filtered version (difference map) could be a basis for robust change detection. Guided contrasting is performed in two steps: at the first step some smoothing operator (SO) is applied for elimination of test image details; at the second step all matched details are restored with local contrast proportional to the value of some local similarity coefficient (LSC). The guided contrasting filter was proposed based on local average smoothing as SO and local linear correlation as LSC. In this paper we propose and implement new set of selective guided contrasting filters based on different combinations of various SO and thresholded LSC. Linear average and Gaussian smoothing, nonlinear median filtering, morphological opening and closing are considered as SO. Local linear correlation coefficient, morphological correlation coefficient (MCC), mutual information, mean square MCC and geometrical correlation coefficients are applied as LSC. Thresholding of LSC allows operating with non-normalized LSC and enhancing the selective properties of guided contrasting filters: details are either totally recovered or not recovered at all after the smoothing. These different guided contrasting filters are tested as a part of previously proposed change detection pipeline, which contains following stages: guided contrasting filtering on image pyramid, calculation of difference map, binarization, extraction of change proposals and testing change proposals using local MCC. Experiments on real and simulated image bases demonstrate the applicability of all proposed selective guided contrasting filters. All implemented

  19. CHANGE DETECTION VIA SELECTIVE GUIDED CONTRASTING FILTERS

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    Y. V. Vizilter

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Change detection scheme based on guided contrasting was previously proposed. Guided contrasting filter takes two images (test and sample as input and forms the output as filtered version of test image. Such filter preserves the similar details and smooths the non-similar details of test image with respect to sample image. Due to this the difference between test image and its filtered version (difference map could be a basis for robust change detection. Guided contrasting is performed in two steps: at the first step some smoothing operator (SO is applied for elimination of test image details; at the second step all matched details are restored with local contrast proportional to the value of some local similarity coefficient (LSC. The guided contrasting filter was proposed based on local average smoothing as SO and local linear correlation as LSC. In this paper we propose and implement new set of selective guided contrasting filters based on different combinations of various SO and thresholded LSC. Linear average and Gaussian smoothing, nonlinear median filtering, morphological opening and closing are considered as SO. Local linear correlation coefficient, morphological correlation coefficient (MCC, mutual information, mean square MCC and geometrical correlation coefficients are applied as LSC. Thresholding of LSC allows operating with non-normalized LSC and enhancing the selective properties of guided contrasting filters: details are either totally recovered or not recovered at all after the smoothing. These different guided contrasting filters are tested as a part of previously proposed change detection pipeline, which contains following stages: guided contrasting filtering on image pyramid, calculation of difference map, binarization, extraction of change proposals and testing change proposals using local MCC. Experiments on real and simulated image bases demonstrate the applicability of all proposed selective guided contrasting filters. All

  20. Genealogias da alegria

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    Full Text Available Genealogias da Alegria tem por objetivo rastrear conceitos e construir planos sobre os quais podemos pensar a alegria como campo problemático. Trata-se de traçar linhas e acoplar fragmentos históricos e literários com a finalidade de subsidiar a discussão contemporânea em torno da alegria. O procedimento genealógico vale-se de trechos das obras de Calímaco e Luciano de Samósata, da elegia erótica romana e da alegria cristã. O passo seguinte consiste em rastrear o pensamento da alegria na obra de Gilles Deleuze, especialmente em três momentos: uma passagem de Diferença e Repetição, um trecho dos Diálogos extraído de Da Superioridade da Literatura Anglo-americana e a comunicação Pensamento Nômade no Colóquio de Cerisy. A alegria não se define como sentimento ou emoção; ao contrário, está ligada à premissa de afirmação da vida e ao caráter trágico da existência.

  1. Discrimination of Arabic Contrasts by American Learners

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    Al Mahmoud, Mahmoud S.

    2013-01-01

    This article reports on second language perception of non-native contrasts. The study specifically tests the perceptual assimilation model (PAM) by examining American learners' ability to discriminate Arabic contrasts. Twenty two native American speakers enrolled in a university level Arabic language program took part in a forced choice AXB…

  2. Roughness vs. contrast in natural textures

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    Van Egmond, R.; De Ridder, H.; Pappas, T.N.; Silva, P.M.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the effect of contrast enhancement on the subjective roughness of visual textures. Our analysis is based on subjective experiments with seventeen images from the CUReT database in three variants: original, synthesized textures, and contrast-enhanced synthesized textures. In Experiment

  3. A Brief Reappraisal of Contrastive Linguistics

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    Selinker, Larry

    1972-01-01

    Two questions, what is a contrastive grammar, and what is comparable across linguistic systems, are touched on. The problem of the exact relationship of contrastive linguistics to linguistic theory is addressed. Two perhaps mutually exclusive views are discussed. See FL 508 197 for availability. (Author/RM)

  4. Towards Dynamic Contrast Specific Ultrasound Tomography

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    Demi, Libertario; van Sloun, Ruud J. G.; Wijkstra, Hessel; Mischi, Massimo

    2016-01-01

    We report on the first study demonstrating the ability of a recently-developed, contrast-enhanced, ultrasound imaging method, referred to as cumulative phase delay imaging (CPDI), to image and quantify ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) kinetics. Unlike standard ultrasound tomography, which exploits

  5. New ultrasound contrast agents and technological innovations.

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    de Jong, N; Ten Cate, F J

    1996-06-01

    Further development of clinical diagnostic procedures, as well as new diagnostic techniques, requires ultrasound specific contrast agents as well as technological innovations. This paper reviews contrast agents developed in the last decade, which are all based on free gas or encapsulated gas bubbles.

  6. Laser projection using generalized phase contrast

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    Glückstad, Jesper; Palima, Darwin; Rodrigo, Peter John

    2007-01-01

    We demonstrate experimental laser projection of a gray-level photographic image with 74% light efficiency using the generalized phase contrast (GPC) method. In contrast with a previously proposed technique [Alonzo et al., New J. Phys. 9, 132 (2007)], a new approach to image construction via GPC...

  7. DERECHOS HUMANOS, SOCIEDAD DE LA INFORMACIÓN Y SOCIEDAD DE RIESGO DIREITOS HUMANOS, SOCIEDADE DA INFORMAÇÃO E SOCIEDADE DE RISCO HUMAN RIGHTS, INFORMATION SOCIETY AND RISK SOCIETY

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    María Lucrecia Rovaletti

    Full Text Available La irrupción de la informática obliga a replantear el derecho a la intimidad, dada la organización de grandes bancos de datos de carácter personal. Debe añadirse además que la posibilidad del entrecruzamiento de la información contenida en los mismos puede facilitar el control y la manipulación de información sensible. Estas nuevas tecnologías de información y comunicación (TIC, en continuo desarrollo, se han expandido también a los distintos dominios de salud, incidiendo en todos los actores, tanto usuarios como profesionales, poderes públicos y organismos de seguridad social. Dada la particular estigmatización que conlleva el complejo VIH/SIDA, es preciso exigir severas restricciones en el acceso a estos bancos, pero también normativas internacionales acordes, para que con la "sociedad de la información" no se agudice aún más la "sociedad de riesgo".A irrupção da informática obriga a reconsiderar o direito à intimidade, dada a organização de grandes bancos de dados de caráter pessoal. Deve-se acrescentar, ademais, que a possibilidade do entrecruzamento da informação contida nestes bancos pode facilitar o controle e a manipulação de informação sensível. Estas novas tecnologias de informação e comunicação (TIC, em contínuo desenvolvimento, têm se expandido também aos diferentes domínios da saúde, incidindo em todos os atores, seja de usuários e profissionais, poderes públicos e organismos de segurança social. Dada a particular estigmatização que implica o complexo HIV/AIDS, é preciso exigir severas restrições no acesso a estes bancos, ademais de normativas internacionais acordes, para que a "sociedade da informação" não agudize ainda mais a "sociedade de risco".Online bursting obliges to rethink the right to privacy, given the organization of huge databases of personal character. Furthermore, it must be added that the possibility of intercrossing information content may facilitate the control

  8. Nefropatia Induzida por Contraste: Medidas de Prevenção

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    Caroline Kaercher Kramer; Cristiane Bauermann Leitão; Luís Henrique Canani; Jorge Luiz Gross; Sandra Pinho Silveiro

    2008-01-01

    A nefropatia do contraste é definida como piora na função renal que se segue à administração de contraste intravenoso, tendo sido excluídas outras causas. A nefropatia do contraste manifesta-se, usualmente, como uma insuficiência renal aguda não oligúrica. Por definição, deve haver um aumento na creatinina basal de 25-50% ou um aumento superior a 0,5 mg/dl em 24-48 horas após o uso intravenoso de contraste, na ausência de outras causas de piora da função renal. As medidas de prevenção são bas...

  9. Towards Dynamic Contrast Specific Ultrasound Tomography

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    Demi, Libertario; van Sloun, Ruud J. G.; Wijkstra, Hessel; Mischi, Massimo

    2016-10-01

    We report on the first study demonstrating the ability of a recently-developed, contrast-enhanced, ultrasound imaging method, referred to as cumulative phase delay imaging (CPDI), to image and quantify ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) kinetics. Unlike standard ultrasound tomography, which exploits changes in speed of sound and attenuation, CPDI is based on a marker specific to UCAs, thus enabling dynamic contrast-specific ultrasound tomography (DCS-UST). For breast imaging, DCS-UST will lead to a more practical, faster, and less operator-dependent imaging procedure compared to standard echo-contrast, while preserving accurate imaging of contrast kinetics. Moreover, a linear relation between CPD values and ultrasound second-harmonic intensity was measured (coefficient of determination = 0.87). DCS-UST can find clinical applications as a diagnostic method for breast cancer localization, adding important features to multi-parametric ultrasound tomography of the breast.

  10. MRI contrast agents: Classification and application (Review).

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    Xiao, Yu-Dong; Paudel, Ramchandra; Liu, Jun; Ma, Cong; Zhang, Zi-Shu; Zhou, Shun-Ke

    2016-11-01

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents are categorised according to the following specific features: chemical composition including the presence or absence of metal atoms, route of administration, magnetic properties, effect on the magnetic resonance image, biodistribution and imaging applications. The majority of these agents are either paramagnetic ion complexes or superparamagnetic magnetite particles and contain lanthanide elements such as gadolinium (Gd3+) or transition metal manganese (Mn2+). These elements shorten the T1 or T2 relaxation time, thereby causing increased signal intensity on T1-weighted images or reduced signal intensity on T2-weighted images. Most paramagnetic contrast agents are positive agents. These agents shorten the T1, so the enhanced parts appear bright on T1-weighted images. Dysprosium, superparamagnetic agents and ferromagnetic agents are negative contrast agents. The enhanced parts appear darker on T2-weighted images. MRI contrast agents incorporating chelating agents reduces storage in the human body, enhances excretion and reduces toxicity. MRI contrast agents may be administered orally or intravenously. According to biodistribution and applications, MRI contrast agents may be categorised into three types: extracellular fluid, blood pool and target/organ-specific agents. A number of contrast agents have been developed to selectively distinguish liver pathologies. Some agents are also capable of targeting other organs, inflammation as well as specific tumors.

  11. Moderate contrast in the evaluation of paintings is liked more but remembered less than high contrast

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    Dijkstra, Katinka; van Dongen, N.N.N

    2017-01-01

    .... The results indicated that for art appreciation, a moderate increase in contrast resulted in the highest appreciation for paintings whereas recognition memory was better for paintings with a higher increase in contrast...

  12. Contrast data mining concepts, algorithms, and applications

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    Dong, Guozhu

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    A Fruitful Field for Researching Data Mining Methodology and for Solving Real-Life Problems Contrast Data Mining: Concepts, Algorithms, and Applications collects recent results from this specialized area of data mining that have previously been scattered in the literature, making them more accessible to researchers and developers in data mining and other fields. The book not only presents concepts and techniques for contrast data mining, but also explores the use of contrast mining to solve challenging problems in various scientific, medical, and business domains. Learn from Real Case Studies

  13. Contrast-enhanced harmonic endoscopic ultrasound

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    Săftoiu, A; Dietrich, C F; Vilmann, P

    2012-01-01

    Second-generation intravenous blood-pool ultrasound contrast agents are increasingly used in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) for characterization of microvascularization, differential diagnosis of benign and malignant focal lesions, and improving staging and guidance of therapeutic procedures. Although...... contrast-enhanced harmonic EUS based on a very low mechanical index (0.08 - 0.12). Quantification techniques based on dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound have been recommended for perfusion imaging and monitoring of anti-angiogenic treatment, mainly based on time-intensity curve analysis. Most...

  14. Lesion Contrast Enhancement in Medical Ultrasound Imaging

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    Stetson, Paul F.; Sommer, F.G.; Macovski, A.

    1997-01-01

    Methods for improving the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of low-contrast lesions in medical ultrasound imaging are described. Differences in the frequency spectra and amplitude distributions of the lesion and its surroundings can be used to increase the CNR of the lesion relative to the background....... Automated graylevel mapping is used in combination with a contrast-weighted form of frequency-diversity speckle reduction. In clinical studies, the techniques have yielded mean CNR improvements of 3.2 dB above ordinary frequency-diversity imaging and 5.6 dB over sharper conventional images, with no post...

  15. Traumatologia da coluna cervical

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    Silva, Cíntia da Costa Silvano,1989-

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    Estima-se que mais de três milhões de pacientes com suspeita de lesão traumática da Coluna Cervical (CC) são atendidos nos serviços de urgência dos Estado Unidos da América (EUA), por ano. O mecanismo de trauma da CC é, numa grande parte das situações, incerto. A sua determinação depende maioritariamente dos padrões morfológicos da lesão e é indiretamente determinado a partir dos achados radiológicos. Uma lesão clinicamente significativa da CC é definida como qualquer fratura, luxação o...

  16. Contrast-to-noise in X-ray differential phase contrast imaging

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    Engel, K.J.; Geller, D.; Koehler, T.; Martens, G.; Schusser, S.; Vogtmeier, G.; Roessl, E.

    2011-01-01

    A quantitative theory for the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) in differential phase contrast imaging (DPCI) is proposed and compared to that of images derived from classical absorption contrast imaging (ACI). Most prominently, the CNR for DPCI contains the reciprocal of thespatial wavelength to be

  17. Cartografia da paisagem alterada

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    Simone Cortezão

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho de pesquisa surge da investigação de paisagens alteradas, áreas pós-industriais e da geografia urbana que é conformada pela indústria. A preocupação principal é revê-las como espaço de investigação crítica sob o ponto de vista particular, integradas às noções da peculiar natureza industrial com suas consequentes transformações na paisagem, além das relações do indivíduo com esse novo meio produzido. “Cartografia da paisagem alterada” é uma pesquisa que indicia a paisagem alterada em pelo menos dois estratos: um que é o da construção da geografia da cidade pela indústria, e o outro que é a paisagem alterada subjetivamente, o que configura uma crítica e uma reação à conformação sócio geográfica em outros parâmetros - da proximidade, da experiência vivida e da construção de um vocabulário próprio.  A pesquisa teórica sobre áreas pós-industriais, associada a referências nas artes e arquitetura, constitui o primeiro estrato. Teorias e procedimentos artísticos de Robert Smithson, Joseph Beuys e Rem Koolhaas fornecem material para o segundo, mediante a pesquisa do cotidiano no lugar, a região do Vale do Aço, que se configura em um guia - glossário

  18. Contrast-induced nephropathy after computed tomography

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    Luciano da Silva Selistre

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Contrast induced nephropathy is the third most prevalent preventable cause of acute kidney injury in hospitalized patients. It defined as an absolute increase in serum creatinine ≥ 0.5 mg/dL and relative ≥ 25% increase. Objective: We studied the risk factors to intravenous injection contrast nephropathy after computed tomography. Methods: We studied 400 patients prospectively. Results: The incidence of contrast induced nephropathy, with an absolute or a relative increase were 4.0% and 13.9%, respectively. Diabetes and cardiac failure were independent risk factors for CIN a relative increase de serum creatinine (O.R.: 3.5 [95% CI: 1.92-6.36], p < 0.01, 2.61 [95% CI: 1.14-6.03%], p < 0.05, respectively. Conclusions: We showed association between uses of intravenous injection contrast after computed tomography with acute injury renal, notably with diabetes and heart failure.

  19. Phase contrast imaging with polycapillary optics

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    Abbas, Hassan; Sun, Tianxi; MacDonald, C. A.

    2012-10-01

    Conventional diagnostic radiography is limited by the similarity between x-ray absorption coefficients of normal tissue and carcinoma, which results in poor inherent subject contrast. Differences in x-ray refractive indices are much larger, so phase imaging has the potential for higher contrast. Unfortunately, the spatial coherence necessary for simple in-line phase contrast requires small sources at large distances, and hence excessive exposure times. Other schemes such as grating techniques require multiple images and complex alignment. In this work, polycapillary optics were employed to increase the intensity of the x-ray beam for simple propagation in-line imaging. Focusing through pinhole apertures created a small virtual source of high intensity from which phase contrast edge effects were observed with tissueequivalent phantoms.

  20. Contrast data mining: concepts, algorithms, and applications

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    Dong, Guozhu; Bailey, James

    2013-01-01

    .... Contrasting involves the comparison of one dataset against another. The datasets may represent data of different time periods, spatial locations, or classes, or they may represent data satisfying different conditions...

  1. Contrast Agent in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Vu-Quang, Hieu

    2015-01-01

    Nanoparticles have been employed as contrast agent in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to improve sensitivity and accuracy in diagnosis. In addition, these contrast agents are potentially combined with other therapeutic compounds or near infrared bio-imaging (NIR) fluorophores to obtain...... theranostic or dual imaging purposes, respectively. There were two main types of MRI contrast agent that were synthesized during this PhD project including fluorine containing nanoparticles and magnetic nanoparticles. In regard of fluorine containing nanoparticles, there were two types contrast agent...... that were synthesized in project I and II. In project I, Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid)-block-poly (ethylene glycol)-Folate Pefluorooctyl Bromide/Indocyanine green/ Doxorubicin (PLGA-PEG-Folate PFOB/ICG/Dox) has been formulated for the dual imaging NIR and 19F MRI as well as in the combination of Dox...

  2. Effect of stimulus width on simultaneous contrast

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Perceived brightness of a stimulus depends on the background against which the stimulus is set, a phenomenon known as simultaneous contrast. For instance, the same gray stimulus can look light against a black background or dark against a white background. Here we quantified the perceptual strength of simultaneous contrast as a function of stimulus width. Previous studies have reported that wider stimuli result in weaker simultaneous contrast, whereas narrower stimuli result in stronger simultaneous contrast. However, no previous research has quantified this relationship. Our results show a logarithmic relationship between stimulus width and perceived brightness. This relationship is well matched by the normalized output of a Difference-of-Gaussians (DOG filter applied to stimuli of varied widths.

  3. Halo-free Phase Contrast Microscopy

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    Tan H Nguyen; Mikhail Kandel; Haadi M Shakir; Catherine Best-popescu; Jyothi Arikkath; Minh N Do; Gabriel Popescu

    2017-01-01

    We present a new approach for retrieving halo-free phase contrast microscopy (hfPC) images by upgrading the conventional PC microscope with an external interferometric module, which generates sufficient data for reversing the halo artifact...

  4. A contrasting study: cliff and bank swallows

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The purpose of the project was to contrast as population of Cliff Swallows and a population of Bank Swallows. Both populations had nests located in a gravel pit near...

  5. Contrast medium-induced nephropathy: the pathophysiology

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    Persson, P B; Tepel, Martin

    2006-01-01

    A widespread, rather general, definition of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is an impairment in renal function occurring within 3 days following the intravascular administration of contrast media (CM) and the absence of an alternative aetiology. In spite of the vast clinical importance of CIN...... haemodynamics, regional hypoxia, auto-, and paracrine factors (adenosine, endothelin, reactive oxygen species) to direct cytotoxic effects. Although these potential mediators of CIN will be discussed separately, several factors may act in concert to perturb kidney function after exposure to contrast media. From...... the current knowledge of the mechanisms causing CIN, it is not possible to recommend a certain class of contrast media, except to avoid large doses of CM of the first generation. From a pathophysiological perspective, volume expansion is effective in avoiding CIN, since water permeability of the collecting...

  6. Subwavelength Hyperlens Resolution With Perfect Contrast Function

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    Novitsky, Andrey; Repän, Taavi; Zhukovsky, Sergei

    2018-01-01

    Recently it has been shown that plasmonic effects in hyperbolic metamaterials may facilitate overcoming the diffraction limit and enhance the contrast function of an image by filtering background radiation. Unfortunately, the contrast function of such a dark‐field hyperlens degrades in the deep......‐subwavelength regime. We push forward the concept of the contrast function revival in the subwavelength imaging by introduction of the proper phase difference between coherent sources. To study this effect we develop a simplified theory of the wave propagation through a hyperbolic metamaterial and show that......, in principle, two sources standing apart at any subwavelength distance can be distinguished. We suggest two feasible designs, the first of which employs the obliquely incident light, while the second one is based on a properly designed metasurface. The concept can be used in high‐contrast subwavelength...

  7. Mobile app Aston contrast sensitivity test

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    Kingsnorth, Alec; Drew, Tom; Grewal, Bikramjit; Wolffsohn, James S

    2016-01-01

    .... This study validates the accuracy and inter-test repeatability of a swept-frequency near and distance mobile app Aston contrast sensitivity test, which overcomes this limitation compared to traditional charts...

  8. Contrast agents and renal cell apoptosis

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    Romano, Giulia

    2008-01-01

    Contrast media (CM) induce a direct toxic effect on renal tubular cells. This toxic effect may have a role in the pathophysiology of contrast nephropathy. I evaluated: (i) the cytotoxicity of CM [both low-osmolality (LOCM) and iso-osmolality (IOCM)], of iodine alone,and of an hyperosmolar solution (mannitol 8%) on human embryonic kidney (HEK 293), porcine proximal renal tubular (LLC-PK1), and canine Madin–Darby distal tubular renal (MDCK) cells; and (ii) the effectiveness of vario...

  9. Evaluation of contrast-enhanced digital mammography.

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    Diekmann, Felix; Freyer, Martin; Diekmann, Susanne; Fallenberg, Eva M; Fischer, Thomas; Bick, Ulrich; Pöllinger, Alexander

    2011-04-01

    The goal of this prospective study was to evaluate the possible diagnostic benefits of contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) over conventional mammography. Our analysis included data from 70 patients with a total of 80 lesions (30 malignant and 50 benign). A series of contrast-enhanced images was acquired from each patient using a modified imaging system (GE Senographe 2000D with copper filter) suitable for displaying iodine contrast medium. After the mask image had been taken, the contrast medium was administered using a dosage of 1ml/kg body weight at a rate of 4ml/s. Three contrast-enhanced images in the cranio-caudal projection plane were then captured at intervals of 60s. The mask image was logarithmically subtracted from the contrast-enhanced images. We performed a ROC analysis of diagnostic quality with three readers. On average, 5.66 more malignant lesions were detected with the addition of digital dynamic contrast mammography versus conventional mammography alone. The sensitivity was increased from an average of 0.43 in conventional mammography to an average of 0.62 with contrast mammography. Even in dense breast parenchyma, the sensitivity increased from an average of 0.35-0.59. In the multi-reader-ROC analyses of all readers, the differences in the AUC with p=0.02 (BI-RADS) proved statistically significant in all cases. The Wilcoxon test showed that Readers I and II primarily used the CEDM to upgrade enhancing lesions to a higher BI-RADS category or a higher probability of malignancy. These two readers benefited most from the CEDM in the ROC analysis. Overall, we conclude that the addition of dynamic digital subtraction mammography to conventional mammography can significantly improve diagnostic quality. The increased sensitivity is particularly pronounced in the case of dense breast tissue. Copyright © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. High Framerate Imaging of Ultrasound Contrast Agents

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    Viti, Jacopo

    2016-01-01

    markdownabstractUltrasound contrast agents (UCAs) consists of a suspension of tiny gas bubbles that is injected into a patient's bloodstream to enhance the visualization of blood in ultrasound images. As UCAs respond differently to ultrasound pulses compared to the surrounding soft tissues and blood, it is possible to employ specialized techniques to identify and isolate UCAs in an ultrasound image. This is commonly referred to as Ultrasound Contrast Imaging. This PhD thesis evaluates several...

  11. NASA High Contrast Imaging for Exoplanets

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    Lyon, Richard G.

    2008-01-01

    Described is NASA's ongoing program for the detection and characterization of exosolar planets via high-contrast imaging. Some of the more promising proposed techniques under assessment may enable detection of life outside our solar system. In visible light terrestrial planets are approximately 10(exp -10) dimmer than the parent star. Issues such as diffraction, scatter, wavefront, amplitude and polarization all contribute to a reduction in contrast. An overview of the techniques will be discussed.

  12. Chromatic-contrast threshold impairment in diabetes.

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    Tregear, S J; Knowles, P J; Ripley, L G; Casswell, A G

    1997-01-01

    A prospective study was carried out to investigate acquired colour-vision deficits in diabetics using an automated, computer-controlled, cathode-ray-tube based test of chromatic contrast. Chromatic-contrast thresholds estimates were measured along both a red/ green (constant S-cone) confusion axis and a tritan (constant M/L-cone) confusion axis for 305 eyes of 305 diabetics. The diabetic data were partitioned into groups based on a clinical categorisation of retinopathy. The diabetic data were compared with both age-matched and 'lens-equated' control data obtained from a bank of 347 normal subjects. Further analysis of differences between diabetic-status groups was performed. Associations between chromatic contrast threshold estimates and age, duration of disease, and severity of both macular oedema and ischaemia were investigated. The diabetic group was found to have significantly reduced chromatic-contrast threshold estimates when compared with normal controls, even in the absence of retinopathy. This reduction in chromatic contrast was predominantly tritanopic in nature. Interestingly, no reduction in red/green chromatic-contrast threshold estimate was found in diabetics without retinopathy. The tritan deficit seen in diabetics without retinopathy was strongly correlated with duration of disease, but when adjustments were made to account for the effects of duration-dependent lens yellowing, the tritan deficit was no longer apparent. A correlation between both the severity of macular oedema and severity of ischaemia with chromatic-contrast loss was established. Acquired reductions in both red/green and tritan chromatic-contrast threshold estimates seen in diabetics are strongly correlated with the severity of retinopathy. The results provide evidence that the specific tritan deficits seen in diabetics can be explained by the effects of lens yellowing rather than by selective damage of the blue cone system as has been hypothesised by other groups. The results

  13. Antecedentes da adocao da computacao em nuvem: efeitos da infraestrutura, investimento e porte

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    Prospero Sanchez, Otavio; Cappellozza, Alexandre

    2012-01-01

    ... em infraestrutura de Tecnologia da Informacao (TI). Paradoxalmente, ao mesmo tempo em que surge o beneficio para as organizacoes da possibilidade de executarem computacao em nuvem, os decisores deparam-se com o dilema advindo da possibilidade...

  14. Phase-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy.

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    Minoda, Hiroki; Tamai, Takayuki; Iijima, Hirofumi; Hosokawa, Fumio; Kondo, Yukihito

    2015-06-01

    This report introduces the first results obtained using phase-contrast scanning transmission electron microscopy (P-STEM). A carbon-film phase plate (PP) with a small center hole is placed in the condenser aperture plane so that a phase shift is introduced in the incident electron waves except those passing through the center hole. A cosine-type phase-contrast transfer function emerges when the phase-shifted scattered waves interfere with the non-phase-shifted unscattered waves, which passed through the center hole before incidence onto the specimen. The phase contrast resulting in P-STEM is optically identical to that in phase-contrast transmission electron microscopy that is used to provide high contrast for weak phase objects. Therefore, the use of PPs can enhance the phase contrast of the STEM images of specimens in principle. The phase shift resulting from the PP, whose thickness corresponds to a phase shift of π, has been confirmed using interference fringes displayed in the Ronchigram of a silicon single crystal specimen. The interference fringes were found to abruptly shift at the edge of the PP hole by π. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Japanese Society of Microscopy. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  15. Perceptual Contrast Enhancement with Dynamic Range Adjustment

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    Zhang, Hong; Li, Yuecheng; Chen, Hao; Yuan, Ding; Sun, Mingui

    2013-01-01

    Recent years, although great efforts have been made to improve its performance, few Histogram equalization (HE) methods take human visual perception (HVP) into account explicitly. The human visual system (HVS) is more sensitive to edges than brightness. This paper proposes to take use of this nature intuitively and develops a perceptual contrast enhancement approach with dynamic range adjustment through histogram modification. The use of perceptual contrast connects the image enhancement problem with the HVS. To pre-condition the input image before the HE procedure is implemented, a perceptual contrast map (PCM) is constructed based on the modified Difference of Gaussian (DOG) algorithm. As a result, the contrast of the image is sharpened and high frequency noise is suppressed. A modified Clipped Histogram Equalization (CHE) is also developed which improves visual quality by automatically detecting the dynamic range of the image with improved perceptual contrast. Experimental results show that the new HE algorithm outperforms several state-of-the-art algorithms in improving perceptual contrast and enhancing details. In addition, the new algorithm is simple to implement, making it suitable for real-time applications. PMID:24339452

  16. [Adverse reactions to iodinated contrast media].

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    Galimany-Masclans, Jordi; Garrido-Aguilar, Eva; Pernas-Canadell, Juan Carlos; Díaz-Rodríguez, Susana

    2010-01-01

    The aim of the study is to determine the incidence of adverse reactions to iodinated contrast media and to characterise them in a group of outpatients, inpatients and emergency patients in a private hospital in Barcelona. A retrospective cohort study was carried out over a 60 months period, from February 2002 to February 2007, analysing the patients who underwent to iodinated contrast radiological examinations. Adverse reactions were evaluated from the manual record format developed following the requirements of the Quality Assurance Program in Radiology. Study variables were, administration route, contrast media dose, adverse reaction type, and signs and symptoms. Statistical analysis was descriptive. A total of 68 (0.3 %) of adverse reaction were registered of which 64 were mild (94.1%), 4 moderate (5.9%) and none severe. On the basis of the administration route (intravenous or oral) adverse reaction were 67 (94%) and 1 (6%) respectively. With a 40-80ml contrast media dose by injection, mild adverse reactions were 87.5%, moderate 12.5% and severe 0%. With a 90-150ml contrast media dose by injection, mild adverse reaction were 94.9% and moderate 5.1%. The number of adverse reaction using iodinated contrast media is low and are they are generally mild; however the nurse must be ready to recognise and treat them. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.

  17. MACIEZ DA CARNE BOVINA

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    Antonio Bento Mancio

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    Full Text Available Dentre as características de qualidade da carne bovina, a maciez assume posição de destaque, sendo considerada a característica organoléptica de maior influência na aceitação da carne por parte dos consumidores. A dureza da carne pode ser dividida em dureza residual, causada pelo tecido conjuntivo e outras proteínas do estroma, e dureza de actomiosina, causada pelas proteínas miofibrilares. Dentre os fatores que influenciam a maciez da carne, podem ser destacados a genética, a raça, a idade ao abate, o sexo, a alimentação, o uso de agentes hormonais (?-adrenérgicos e os tratamentos post-mortem. A qualidade final da carne é resultante de tudo o que aconteceu com o animal durante toda a cadeia produtiva. Devem-se assegurar procedimentos adequados de transporte, armazenamento, manipulação, exposição e preparo da carne, a fim de se obter um produto de melhor qualidade. PALAVRAS-CHAVE: Calpaínas, calpastatina, qualidade da carne, rigor mortis, tecido muscular.

  18. Variable multimodal light microscopy with interference contrast and phase contrast; dark or bright field.

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    Piper, T; Piper, J

    2014-07-01

    Using the optical methods described, specimens can be observed with modified multimodal light microscopes based on interference contrast combined with phase contrast, dark- or bright-field illumination. Thus, the particular visual information associated with interference and phase contrast, dark- and bright-field illumination is joined in real-time composite images appearing in enhanced clarity and purified from typical artefacts, which are apparent in standard phase contrast and dark-field illumination. In particular, haloing and shade-off are absent or significantly reduced as well as marginal blooming and scattering. The background brightness and thus the range of contrast can be continuously modulated and variable transitions can be achieved between interference contrast and complementary illumination techniques. The methods reported should be of general interest for all disciplines using phase and interference contrast microscopy, especially in biology and medicine, and also in material sciences when implemented in vertical illuminators. © 2014 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2014 Royal Microscopical Society.

  19. GERONTOLOGIA: ESTADO DA ARTE

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    Vera M.A.Tordino Brandão

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    Full Text Available O Programa de Gerontologia da PUC desenvolve pesquisas focando o ser na perspectiva do envelhecimento. As atividades são interdisciplinares e reúnem docentes, alunos e ex-alunos. Nesta mesa redonda apresentamos um panorama sobre estes estudos. Na área da educação e comunicação o foco está centrado na longevidade e na preparação e representação social da velhice. São ressaltadas como temáticas: a formação continuada de profissionais e pesquisadores; o significado da religiosidade/espiritualidade ao longo da trajetória, e sua repercussão na qualidade de vida do idoso; os programas sócio-educacionais para idosos e concepções sobre educação; o monitoramento da mídia na cobertura da crescente longevidade e seus impactos. Em identidade e modos de morar reflete-se sobre soluções planejadas e sua adequação para a inclusão do envelhecimento populacional como questão fundamental, que implica a elaboração de novas políticas, investigações e, especialmente, apresenta-se como questão a ser analisada, refletida e vivenciada pela sociedade em geral. Quanto à saúde, o Programa desenvolve várias pesquisas numa abordagem interdisciplinar tendo como objetos de estudo: a terapia assistida com animais direcionada a idosos com diagnóstico de Alzheimer; o acompanhamento terapêutico e o atendimento psicoterapêutico em grupo, a aplicação da técnica de Calatonia em idosos moradores de ILPI, além da investigação sobre impasses clínicos no idoso frágil. Palavras-chave: gerontologia, longevidade, envelhecimento

  20. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics. Volume Eighteen.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.; Drozdzial, Krystyna, Ed.

    A collection of 14 papers in contrastive linguistics includes: "Some Comments on Language Data in Contrastive Analysis" (Ruta Nagucka); "Contrastive Sociolinguistics Reconsidered" (Karol Janicki); "Variations in Polish Nasal /e/: A Contribution to the Development of Contrastive Sociolinguistic Methodology" (Jane…

  1. CONDICIONANTES DA COMPETITIVIDADE EMPRESARIAL

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    José Luiz Contador

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho examina teoricamente os fatores determinantes da competitividade do produto e do negócio, imprescindíveis à elaboração de estratégias competitivas que visam à obtenção e sustentação de vantagens competitivas. Esse tema é objeto tanto da área de marketing estratégico quanto da de estratégia empresarial. Nas duas áreas, há um ponto de consenso que afirma que a empresa deve diferenciar sua oferta para conquistar e manter vantagem competitiva. Mas, os estudos conduzidos por meio do modelo de Campos e Armas da Competição revelaram que a empresa pode diferenciar seu produto e/ou serviço de modo mais amplo, levando em consideração, na formulação da sua estratégia competitiva, também o campo da competição, quer do produto, quer dela própria. Assim, o objetivo deste artigo é evidenciar que, para a empresa ser competitiva, além de diferenciar seu produto e/ou seu serviço no sentido tradicional, ela precisa: 1 diferenciar seu produto incluindo a definição em quais campos vai competir em cada segmento; e 2 escolher as armas da competição que irá utilizar e definir a intensidade de cada arma. Para atingir tal objetivo, foram necessários vários conceitos do modelo de Campos e Armas da Competição: campo da competição, arma da competição, tese do modelo, configuração dos campos da competição, campo coadjuvante, produto coadjuvante e par produto-mercado. Como uma proposta inovadora sempre desperta dúvida, é mostrado o processo de validação do modelo de Campos e Armas da Competição e são discutidas sua universalidade, consistência e completude.

  2. Contrast-induced nephropathy in interventional cardiology

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Doron Sudarsky, Eugenia NikolskyCardiology Department, Rambam Health Care Campus and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, IsraelAbstract: Development of contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN, ie, a rise in serum creatinine by either ≥0.5 mg/dL or by ≥25% from baseline within the first 2–3 days after contrast administration, is strongly associated with both increased inhospital and late morbidity and mortality after invasive cardiac procedures. The prevention of CIN is critical if long-term outcomes are to be optimized after percutaneous coronary intervention. The prevalence of CIN in patients receiving contrast varies markedly (from <1% to 50%, depending on the presence of well characterized risk factors, the most important of which are baseline chronic renal insufficiency and diabetes mellitus. Other risk factors include advanced age, anemia, left ventricular dysfunction, dehydration, hypotension, renal transplant, low serum albumin, concomitant use of nephrotoxins, and the volume of contrast agent. The pathophysiology of CIN is likely to be multifactorial, including direct cytotoxicity, apoptosis, disturbances in intrarenal hemodynamics, and immune mechanisms. Few strategies have been shown to be effective to prevent CIN beyond hydration, the goal of which is to establish brisk diuresis prior to contrast administration, and to avoid hypotension. New strategies of controlled hydration and diuresis are promising. Studies are mixed on whether prophylactic oral N-acetylcysteine reduces the incidence of CIN, although its use is generally recommended, given its low cost and favorable side effect profile. Agents which have been shown to be ineffective or harmful, or for which data supporting routine use do not exist, include fenoldopam, theophylline, dopamine, calcium channel blockers, prostaglandin E1, atrial natriuretic peptide, statins, and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors.Keywords: contrast-induced nephropathy, contrast media

  3. Mobile app Aston contrast sensitivity test.

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    Kingsnorth, Alec; Drew, Tom; Grewal, Bikramjit; Wolffsohn, James S

    2016-07-01

    Contrast detection is an important aspect of the assessment of visual function; however, clinical tests evaluate limited spatial frequencies and contrasts. This study validates the accuracy and inter-test repeatability of a swept-frequency near and distance mobile app Aston contrast sensitivity test, which overcomes this limitation compared to traditional charts. Twenty subjects wearing their full refractive correction underwent contrast sensitivity testing on the new near application (near app), distance app, CSV-1000 and Pelli-Robson charts with full correction and with vision degraded by 0.8 and 0.2 Bangerter degradation foils. In addition repeated measures using the 0.8 occluding foil were taken. The mobile apps (near more than distance, p = 0.005) recorded a higher contrast sensitivity than printed tests (p  0.05). Although the coefficient of repeatability was lowest for the Pelli-Robson charts (0.14 log units), the mobile app charts measured more spatial frequencies, took less time and were more repeatable (near: 0.26 to 0.37 log units; distance: 0.34 to 0.39 log units) than the CSV-1000 (0.30 to 0.93 log units). The duration to complete the CSV-1000 was 124 ± 37 seconds, Pelli-Robson 78 ± 27 seconds, near app 53 ± 15 seconds and distance app 107 ± 36 seconds. While there were differences between charts in contrast levels measured, the new Aston near and distance apps are valid, repeatable and time-efficient method of assessing contrast sensitivity at multiple spatial frequencies. © 2016 Optometry Australia.

  4. Clinical evaluation of contrast-enhanced digital mammography and contrast enhanced tomosynthesis--Comparison to contrast-enhanced breast MRI.

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    Chou, Chen-Pin; Lewin, John M; Chiang, Chia-Ling; Hung, Bao-Hui; Yang, Tsung-Lung; Huang, Jer-Shyung; Liao, Jia-Bin; Pan, Huay-Ben

    2015-12-01

    To compare the diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced digital mammography (CEDM) and contrast-enhanced tomosynthesis (CET) to dynamic contrast enhanced breast MRI (DCE-MRI) using a multireader-multicase study. Institutional review board approval and informed consents were obtained. Total 185 patients (mean age 51.3) with BI-RADS 4 or 5 lesions were evaluated before biopsy with mammography, tomosynthesis, CEDM, CET and DCE-MRI. Mediolateral-oblique and cranio-caudal views of the target breast CEDM and CET were acquired at 2 and 4 min after contrast agent injection. A mediolateral-oblique view of the non-target breast was taken at 6 min. Each lesion was scored with forced BI-RADS categories by three readers. Each reader interpreted lesions in the following order: mammography, tomosynthesis, CEDM, CET, and DCE-MRI during a single reading session. Histology showed 81 cancers and 144 benign lesions in the study. Of the 81 malignant lesions, 44% (36/81) were invasive and 56% (45/81) were non-invasive. Areas under the ROC curve, averaged for the 3 readers, were as follows: 0.897 for DCE-MRI, 0.892 for CET, 0.878 for CEDM, 0.784 for tomosynthesis and 0.740 for mammography. Significant differences in AUC were found between the group of contrast enhanced modalities (CEDM, CET, DCE-MRI) and the unenhanced modalities (all p0.05). CET and CEDM may be considered as an alternative modality to MRI for following up women with abnormal mammography. All three contrast modalities were superior in accuracy to conventional digital mammography with or without tomosynthesis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. CUIDADO: EIXO DA VIDA, DESAFIO DA ENFERMAGEM

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    Flávia Souza Ramos

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo, fazemos uma reflexão sobre o que seja cuidado, cuidado de enfermagem e de algumas premissas e consequências da realização deste cuidado. Assumimos o cuidado como componente essencial para a vida e dependente do amor, com as dimensões do eu, do outro e do planeta. Na enfermagem, o desafio que se coloca é como transformar este cuidado em cuidado terapêutico no qual, sujeito enfermo e sujeito cuidador se relacionem para buscar uma maior autonomia do primeiro, sempre com base em valores como conhecimento e respeito mútuo, ou seja: como realizar um cuidado mais plástico, mais arte ao lado da técnica, conhecendo o outro a partir do seu olhar.

  6. O cuidado de enfermagem e a invasão da privacidade do doente: uma questão ético-moral El cuidado de enfermería y la invasión de la privacidad del enfermo: una cuestión ético-moral Nursing care and the invasion of patients' privacy: an ethical and moral issue

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    Jussara Simone Lenzi Pupulim

    2002-06-01

    Full Text Available Os enfermeiros constantemente invadem a intimidade e a privacidade do doente ao realizar os cuidados de enfermagem, porém raramente discutem os aspectos que envolvem esse problema. A literatura de enfermagem abrangendo esse tema é escassa, motivando a elaboração deste estudo com o objetivo de sensibilizar os enfermeiros quanto à relevância e necessidade de reflexão sobre o assunto. Ressaltam-se questões ético-legais e morais que permeiam a invasão da privacidade, apontando as responsabilidades dos profissionais de enfermagem. Discute-se a atuação dos Comitês de Ética em Pesquisa e das Comissões de Ética de Enfermagem das Entidades como mecanismos de controle e proteção dos indivíduos, circunstanciando, principalmente, a respeito da conduta e postura dos enfermeiros no processo de cuidar. O estudo alerta para a necessidade de discussão e reavaliação dos papéis desses mecanismos e da qualidade da assistência de enfermagem, uma vez que a proteção da privacidade dos doentes ainda é deficiente.Los enfermeros constantemente invaden la intimidad y la privacidad del enfermo al realizar los cuidados de enfermería, raramente discuten los aspectos que involucran este problema. La literatura de enfermería sobre el tema es escasa, motivando la elaboración de este estudio con el objetivo de sensibilizar los enfermeros al respecto de la relevancia y necesidad de reflexión sobre el asunto. Son resaltadas las cuestiones ético-legales y morales involucradas en la invasión de la privacidad, apuntando las responsabilidades de los profesionales de enfermería. Se discute la actuación de los Comités de Ética en Investigación y de las Comisiones de Ética de Enfermería de las entidades como mecanismos de control y protección de los individuos, circunscribiendo la conducta y postura de los enfermeros en el proceso de cuidar. El estudio alerta para la necesidad de discusión y re-evaluación de los papeles de estos mecanismos y de

  7. O paradoxo da lei

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    Ribeiro, Karla Pinhel

    2007-01-01

    Dissertação (mestrado) - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Centro de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas. Programa de Pós-Graduação em Filosofia A tese principal da dissertação sobre a questão o que é ser humana é contemplada através dos conceitos de biopolítica, estado de exceção e vida nua na história da filosofia política e jurídica de Giorgio Agamben e à formulação da questão sobre o que é o homem na contemporaneidade, sobretudo, no pensamento da filosofia política e jurídica de Giorgio...

  8. ESPECTROS INFRAVERMELHOS DA CREATINA

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    Kumiko K. Sakane

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available São apresentados espectros infravermelhos da creatina, na faixa de 4000 a 400 cm−1. Os resultados são comparados com espectros observados e calculados, publicados na literatura.

  9. Myocardial perfusion assessment with contrast echocardiography

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    Desco, Manuel; Ledesma-Carbayo, Maria J.; Santos, Andres; Garcia-Fernandez, Miguel A.; Marcos-Alberca, Pedro; Malpica, Norberto; Antoranz, Jose C.; Garcia-Barreno, Pedro

    2001-05-01

    Assessment of intramyocardial perfusion by contrast echocardiography is a promising new technique that allows to obtain quantitative parameters for the assessment of ischemic disease. In this work, a new methodology and a software prototype developed for this task are presented. It has been validated with Coherent Contrast Imaging (CCI) images acquired with an Acuson Sequoia scanner. Contrast (Optison microbubbles) is injected continuously during the scan. 150 images are acquired using low mechanical index U/S pulses. A burst of high mechanical index pulses is used to destroy bubbles, thus allowing to detect the contrast wash-in. The stud is performed in two conditions: rest and pharmacologically induced stress. The software developed allows to visualized the study (cine) and to select several ROIs within the heart wall. The position of these ROIs along the cardiac cycle is automatically corrected on the basis of the gradient field, and they can also be manually corrected in case the automatic procedure fails. Time curves are analyzed according to a parametric model that incorporates both contrast inflow rate and cyclic variations. Preliminary clinical results on 80 patients have allowed us to identify normal and pathological patterns and to establish the correlation of quantitative parameters with the real diagnosis.

  10. Nonimmediate hypersensitivity reactions to iodinated contrast media.

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    Gómez, Enrique; Ariza, Adriana; Blanca-López, Natalia; Torres, Maria J

    2013-08-01

    To provide a detailed analysis of the latest findings on the mechanisms underlying the nonimmediate reactions to iodinated contrast media and comment on the recent advances in diagnosis, focusing on the roles of the skin test, drug provocation test (DPT), and lymphocyte transformation test (LTT). Several studies have reported new findings supporting an important role for T-lymphocytes in the nonimmediate reactions to iodinated contrast media. The LTT has been used as an in-vitro tool for diagnosis, but with variable results. However, the inclusion of autologous monocyte-derived dendritic cells as professional antigen-presenting cells has improved the sensitivity of this test. Regarding in-vivo diagnosis, although skin testing has been routine, it has now been shown that its sensitivity and negative predictive value are low. Recent studies have demonstrated that the DPT is a well tolerated and useful procedure that is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of nonimmediate hypersensitivity reactions to iodinated contrast media. Nonimmediate reactions to contrast media are usually T-cell mediated. Diagnosis is based on skin testing, although its sensitivity and negative predictive value are not optimal. Consequently, drug provocation testing is often needed to confirm the diagnosis and also to seek alternative contrast media that can be tolerated.

  11. Rapid contrast matching by microfluidic SANS.

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    Adamo, Marco; Poulos, Andreas S; Miller, Ruhina M; Lopez, Carlos G; Martel, Anne; Porcar, Lionel; Cabral, João T

    2017-05-02

    We report a microfluidic approach to perform small angle neutron scattering (SANS) measurements of contrast variation and matching, extensively employed in soft and biological matter research. We integrate a low scattering background microfluidic mixer and serpentine channel in a SANS beamline to yield a single phase, continuous flow, reconfigurable liquid cell. By contrast with conventional, sequential measurements of discrete (typically 4-6) solutions of varying isotopic solvent composition, our approach continually varies solution composition during SANS acquisition. We experimentally and computationally determine the effects of flow dispersion and neutron beam overillumination of microchannels in terms of the composition resolution and precision. The approach is demonstrated with model systems: H2O/D2O mixtures, a surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate, SDS), a triblock copolymer (pluronic F127), and silica nanoparticles (Ludox) in isotopic aqueous mixtures. The system is able to zoom into a composition window to refine contrast matching conditions, and robustly resolve solute structure and form factors by simultaneous fitting of scattering data with continuously varying contrast. We conclude by benchmarking our microflow-SANS with the discrete approach, in terms of volume required, composition resolution and (preparation and measurement) time required, proposing a leap forward in equilibrium, liquid solution phase mapping and contrast variation by SANS.

  12. Contrast enhanced ultrasound of sentinel lymph nodes

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    XinWu Cui

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Sentinel lymph nodes are the first lymph nodes in the region that receive lymphatic drainage from a primary tumor. The detection or exclusion of sentinel lymph node micrometastases is critical in the staging of cancer, especially breast cancer and melanoma because it directly affects patient’s prognosis and surgical management. Currently, intraoperative sentinel lymph node biopsies using blue dye and radioisotopes are the method of choice for the detection of sentinel lymph node with high identification rate. In contrast, conventional ultrasound is not capable of detecting sentinel lymph nodes in most cases. Contrast enhanced ultrasound with contrast specific imaging modes has been used for the evaluation and diagnostic work-up of peripherally located suspected lymphadenopathy. The method allows for real-time analysis of all vascular phases and the visualization of intranodal focal “avascular” areas that represent necrosis or deposits of neoplastic cells. In recent years, a number of animal and human studies showed that contrast enhanced ultrasound can be also used for the detection of sentinel lymph node, and may become a potential application in clinical routine. Several contrast agents have been used in those studies, including albumin solution, hydroxyethylated starch, SonoVue®, Sonazoid® and Definity®. This review summarizes the current knowledge about the use of ultrasound techniques in detection and evaluation of sentinel lymph node.

  13. Impacto ambiental da apicultura

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    Leticia M. Estevinho

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    A cultura da abelha doméstica Apis. mellifera L. ou apicultura é conhecida desde a antiguidade, sendo o mel uni alimento natural corrente entre os povos primitivos. Pinturas rupestres mostram que desde o neolítico o homem era atraído pelo mel, pois tentava recolher ninhos de abelhas selvagens e instalava-os em cavidades naturais das rochas, muito perto da sua habitação.

  14. Positive Contrast Imaging of SPIO Nanoparticles

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    Chenghong Lin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available It is advantageous to achieve positive contrast images instead of negative contrast images in superparamagnetic iron-oxide (SPIO nanoparticles-based MR imaging in order to distinguish the signal surrounding SPIO nanoparticles from the dark signal due to local field inhomogeneity and the artifacts due to tissue interface and background noise, eliminate the inherent defects in the traditional MRI such as partial-volume effects and large void volume for reliable visualization, and increase contrast-to-noise ratio. Many methods generating positive signal with SPIO nanoparticles have been developed in the last decade. This paper provides an overview of current visualization methods and states their advantages and disadvantages. In practice, these techniques have been widely applied to cell labeling and disease diagnosis and monitoring. However, there is still a need for an ideal method to achieve both accuracy and sensitivity.

  15. Toward Clinically Compatible Phase-Contrast Mammography.

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    Kai Scherer

    Full Text Available Phase-contrast mammography using laboratory X-ray sources is a promising approach to overcome the relatively low sensitivity and specificity of clinical, absorption-based screening. Current research is mostly centered on identifying potential diagnostic benefits arising from phase-contrast and dark-field mammography and benchmarking the latter with conventional state-of-the-art imaging methods. So far, little effort has been made to adjust this novel imaging technique to clinical needs. In this article, we address the key points for a successful implementation to a clinical routine in the near future and present the very first dose-compatible and rapid scan-time phase-contrast mammograms of both a freshly dissected, cancer-bearing mastectomy specimen and a mammographic accreditation phantom.

  16. Contrast-induced nephropathy and biomarkers

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    Polona Likar

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Technological advances in diagnostic medical imaging techniques have contributed to an everincreasing number of individuals being exposed to iodinated contrast media. Despite its relatively good safety recommendations, some patients develop acute renal injury after administration of these contrast media. This phenomenon is called contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN and is a common and potentially serious complication that normally occurs in patients with higher risk for development of acute kidney injury. Recently, many investigators have been intensively examining possible biomarker molecules for early diagnosis of this disease. Nowadays, the biomarker molecule that is becoming most promising is a protein called Nevtrophil gelatinase–associated lipocalin (NGAL, whose concentration increases very quickly in both urine and plasma after structural renal injury and even before functional renal failure. This would permit timely and adequate adjustment of interventions for the prevention of CIN: hydration and forced diuresis.

  17. CONTRASTIVE NOTES ON SOME ENGLISH IDIOMS

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    Constantin MANEA

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available The contrastive and didactic analysis conducted by the author of the present paper concentrates on idiomaticity, comparing meaning, expression, usage and degree of awareness. In the paper, contrastivity was intended to offer some individual notes and clues meant to benefit both EFL teachers and translators in this country. The idioms are analysed from the angle of both their literality, referentiality, specific “scenario”, and expressive power. A modest final proposal is made to the effect that a contrastive methodical database should be compiled by Romanian teachers in order to sort out the content and expression sides of English idioms, while comparing them to their (relative counterparts in Romanian. Reference to the main issues concerning the comparative expressiveness of the idioms will be part of a future research.

  18. Contrast media safety-an update

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    Thomsen, Henrik S

    2011-01-01

    The value of contrast agents has for long been documented by their common daily use in imaging departments worldwide. In principle, they should be injected and leave the body immediately after use in the same condition or undergo natural metabolism without making any harm to the patient. However......, this is not the case. It is of utmost importance to reduce the prevalence to as close as possible to zero. This can be done by identifying the patients at risk before administration of contrast agents. For acute non-renal adverse reactions, it is also important to be prepared for treating them instantly. The current...... review is a short state of the art regarding adverse reactions to contrast agents....

  19. Reconstruction methods for phase-contrast tomography

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    Raven, C.

    1997-02-01

    Phase contrast imaging with coherent x-rays can be distinguished in outline imaging and holography, depending on the wavelength {lambda}, the object size d and the object-to-detector distance r. When r << d{sup 2}{lambda}, phase contrast occurs only in regions where the refractive index fastly changes, i.e. at interfaces and edges in the sample. With increasing object-to-detector distance we come in the area of holographic imaging. The image contrast outside the shadow region of the object is due to interference of the direct, undiffracted beam and a beam diffracted by the object, or, in terms of holography, the interference of a reference wave with the object wave. Both, outline imaging and holography, offer the possibility to obtain three dimensional information of the sample in conjunction with a tomographic technique. But the data treatment and the kind of information one can obtain from the reconstruction is different.

  20. Moderate Contrast in the Evaluation of Paintings Is Liked More but Remembered Less than High Contrast

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    Katinka Dijkstra

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available Many visual aspects of paintings, as well as exposure to art and cultural norms, contribute to the aesthetic evaluation of paintings. The current study looked at heightened visual contrast as an important factor in the appreciation of paintings. Participants evaluated abstract digitized paintings that were manipulated in contrast for an appreciation task and were later presented with these paintings in a memory task. The results indicated that for art appreciation, a moderate increase in contrast resulted in the highest appreciation for paintings whereas recognition memory was better for paintings with a higher increase in contrast. These results replicate earlier findings with regard to the role of contrast in aesthetic perception and extend these findings by demonstrating a surprising different effect of contrast manipulation for recognition memory. Confidence with which memory decisions were made was in line with art appreciation decisions not memory performance.

  1. Moderate Contrast in the Evaluation of Paintings Is Liked More but Remembered Less than High Contrast.

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    Dijkstra, Katinka; van Dongen, Noah N N

    2017-01-01

    Many visual aspects of paintings, as well as exposure to art and cultural norms, contribute to the aesthetic evaluation of paintings. The current study looked at heightened visual contrast as an important factor in the appreciation of paintings. Participants evaluated abstract digitized paintings that were manipulated in contrast for an appreciation task and were later presented with these paintings in a memory task. The results indicated that for art appreciation, a moderate increase in contrast resulted in the highest appreciation for paintings whereas recognition memory was better for paintings with a higher increase in contrast. These results replicate earlier findings with regard to the role of contrast in aesthetic perception and extend these findings by demonstrating a surprising different effect of contrast manipulation for recognition memory. Confidence with which memory decisions were made was in line with art appreciation decisions not memory performance.

  2. Post-traumatic contrast enhancing brain lesion

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    Kim, Dae Jung; Kim, Hyun Sook; Jeong, Min Sun; Kim, Deok Ryeong; Cho, Young Kwon; Choi, Yun Sun [Eulji Hospital, Eulji University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    Only a few studies have been reported on the MR contrast enhancement and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) findings of the post-traumatic lesion of the brain. We report a case of the venous ischemia in the left frontal lobe observed in the MRI obtained one day after the incidence of trauma. Considering the presented slight increase in the ADC, the vasogenic edema was thought to be the major mechanism of the venous ischemia and excitotoxic injury. In spite of a slight increase in the ADC, the hyperintensity in the diffusion weighted imaging and contrast-enhanced areas eventually changed into hemorrhagic lesions.

  3. Historical Perspective of Imaging Contrast Agents.

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    Zamora, Carlos A; Castillo, Mauricio

    2017-11-01

    Contrast agents were introduced early in the history of medical imaging. Iodine-based intravascular agents became the radiographic compounds of choice and refinements of their chemical structures led to the highly tolerated low-osmolarity agents in use today. Gadolinium became the most popular compound for MR imaging; however, recognition of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and in vivo dechelation intensified research on their safety profile. Ultrasonography contrast media evolved from manual injections of air through agitated saline solutions to microbubbles with different gases. Research has concentrated on bubble stabilization and development of small but sufficiently echogenic particles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Dendrimers as high relaxivity MR contrast agents.

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    Longmire, Michelle R; Ogawa, Mikako; Choyke, Peter L; Kobayashi, Hisataka

    2014-01-01

    Dendrimers are versatile macromolecules with tremendous potential as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents. Dendrimer-based agents provide distinct advantages over low-molecular-weight gadolinium chelates, including enhanced r1 relaxivity due to slow rotational dynamics, tunable pharmacokinetics that can be adapted for blood pool, liver, kidney, and lymphatic imaging, the ability to be a drug carrier, and flexibility for labeling due to their inherent multivalency. Clinical applications are increasingly being developed, particularly in lymphatic imaging. Herein we present a broad overview of dendrimer-based MRI contrast agents with attention to the unique chemistry and physical properties as well as emerging clinical applications. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Global contrast based salient region detection

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    Cheng, Ming-Ming

    2011-08-25

    Reliable estimation of visual saliency allows appropriate processing of images without prior knowledge of their contents, and thus remains an important step in many computer vision tasks including image segmentation, object recognition, and adaptive compression. We propose a regional contrast based saliency extraction algorithm, which simultaneously evaluates global contrast differences and spatial coherence. The proposed algorithm is simple, efficient, and yields full resolution saliency maps. Our algorithm consistently outperformed existing saliency detection methods, yielding higher precision and better recall rates, when evaluated using one of the largest publicly available data sets. We also demonstrate how the extracted saliency map can be used to create high quality segmentation masks for subsequent image processing.

  6. Dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound for therapy monitoring

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    Hudson, John M. [Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada); Williams, Ross [Imaging Research, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON (Canada); Tremblay-Darveau, Charles; Sheeran, Paul S. [Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada); Milot, Laurent [Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada); Bjarnason, Georg A. [Department of Medical Oncology, University of Toronto, and Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, ON (Canada); Burns, Peter N., E-mail: burns@sri.utoronto.ca [Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada); Imaging Research, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON (Canada); Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (Canada)

    2015-09-15

    Quantitative imaging is a crucial component of the assessment of therapies that target the vasculature of angiogenic or inflamed tissue. Dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (DCE-US) using microbubble contrast offers the advantages of being sensitive to perfusion, non-invasive, cost effective and well suited to repeated use at the bedside. Uniquely, it employs an agent that is truly intravascular. This papers reviews the principles and methodology of DCE-US, especially as applied to anti-angiogenic cancer therapies. Reproducibility is an important attribute of such a monitoring method: results are discussed. More recent technical advances in parametric and 3D DCE-US imaging are also summarised and illustrated.

  7. Inadvertent intrathecal use of ionic contrast agent

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    Leede, H. van der; Jorens, P.G. [Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem (Belgium); Parizel, P. [Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem (Belgium); Cras, P. [Department of Neurology, University Hospital of Antwerp, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem (Belgium)

    2002-07-01

    Intrathecal administration of ionic contrast media may cause severe and fatal neurotoxic reactions due to their hyperosmolarity and ionic nature. They are therefore strictly contraindicated for all radiologic applications involving the central nervous system (e.g., myelography). We present a case in which ioxitalamate was accidentally injected intrathecally. The patient recovered completely due to a combination of the different therapeutic options reported in the literature, including early mechanical ventilation and neuromuscular paralysis, aggressive control of seizures, elevation of head and trunk to prevent cephalad migration of contrast, steroids, cerebrospinal fluid drainage and lavage and prophylactic antibiotics. (orig.)

  8. Contrast Sensitivity of Circuit Television Systems,

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    1980-06-05

    feedback ioop closed through a phtoelec- tron converter or, in other words , through an image . It is possible to show that for stable tracing, it is...7AD-A886 537 FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH FIG 17/2 CONTRAST SENSITIVITY OF CIRCUIT TELEVISION SYSTEMS. 11.1T OISJUN 80 L A SHIFRIN...UNCLASSIFIED FTD-IO(RS)T-0891-60 NL 88T .0 ’-FTD-ID (RS )T-0 891-80 * ’FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY DIVISION 0 CONTRAST SENSITIVITY OF CIRC UIT TELEVISION

  9. Spiral phase contrast imaging in microscopy.

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    Fürhapter, Severin; Jesacher, Alexander; Bernet, Stefan; Ritsch-Marte, Monika

    2005-02-07

    We demonstrate an optical method for edge contrast enhancement in light microscopy. The method is based on holographic Fourier plane filtering of the microscopic image with a spiral phase element (also called vortex phase or helical phase filter) displayed as an off-axis hologram at a computer controlled high resolution spatial light modulator (SLM) in the optical imaging pathway. The phase hologram imprints a helical phase term of the form exp(i phi) on the diffracted light field in its Fourier plane. In the image plane, this results in a strong and isotropic edge contrast enhancement for both amplitude and phase objects.

  10. Hypersensitivity to contrast media and dyes.

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    Brockow, Knut; Sánchez-Borges, Mario

    2014-08-01

    This article updates current knowledge on hypersensitivity reactions to diagnostic contrast media and dyes. After application of a single iodinated radiocontrast medium (RCM), gadolinium-based contrast medium, fluorescein, or a blue dye, a hypersensitivity reaction is not a common finding; however, because of the high and still increasing frequency of those procedures, patients who have experienced severe reactions are nevertheless frequently encountered in allergy departments. Evidence on allergologic testing and management is best for iodinated RCM, limited for blue dyes, and insufficient for fluorescein. Skin tests can be helpful in the diagnosis of patients with hypersensitivity reactions to these compounds. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Contrastive hierarchies, privative features, and Portuguese vowels

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    Joaquim Brandão de Carvalho

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Dresher’s (2009 Contrastive hierarchy theory (CHT is intended to provide a unified account of both sides of phonological primes: contrastivity and behaviour. This article explores the point and the possibility of extending CHT, which is based on binary features, to a system of monovalent elements that is much indebted to Schane’s (1984 Particle Phonology. It shows how several aspects of the phonology of European Portuguese nuclei that seem prima facie independent from one another – such as reduction patterns and the inventory of diphthongs and nasal vowels – are constrained by element hierarchy, and, thus, receive a unitary account.

  12. Contrast induced hyperthyroidism due to iodine excess

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    Mushtaq, Usman; Price, Timothy; Laddipeerla, Narsing; Townsend, Amanda; Broadbridge, Vy

    2009-01-01

    Iodine induced hyperthyroidism is a thyrotoxic condition caused by exposure to excessive iodine. Historically this type of hyperthyroidism has been described in areas of iodine deficiency. With advances in medicine, iodine induced hyperthyroidism has been observed following the use of drugs containing iodine—for example, amiodarone, and contrast agents used in radiological imaging. In elderly patients it is frequently difficult to diagnose and control contrast related hyperthyroidism, as most of these patients do not always present with typical signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Treatment can be very challenging as drugs commonly used to treat hyperthyroidism have little effect on already formed thyroid hormone due to iodine excess. PMID:22053166

  13. Phase contrast microscopy with fringe contrast adjustable by using grating-based phase-shifter.

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    Zheng, Juanjuan; Yao, Baoli; Gao, Peng; Ye, Tong

    2012-07-02

    In this paper a new phase contrast method with fringe contrast adjustable is proposed. In the Fourier plane of the object wave, two Ronchi gratings i.e., a central grating and a surrounding grating, are used to modulate the phases of the undiffracted and diffracted components, respectively. By loading the two gratings separately on spatial light modulator, the undiffracted and diffracted components can be measured independently, which simplify greatly the reconstruction process. Besides, the fringe contrast of the phase contrast interferogram can be adjusted by changing the modulation depth of the two gratings. The feasibility of the proposed method is verified by theoretical analysis and experiment.

  14. Exogenous contrast agents for thermoacoustic imaging: an investigation into the underlying sources of contrast.

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    Ogunlade, Olumide; Beard, Paul

    2015-01-01

    Thermoacoustic imaging at microwave excitation frequencies is limited by the low differential contrast exhibited by high water content tissues. To overcome this, exogenous thermoacoustic contrast agents based on gadolinium compounds, iron oxide, and single wall carbon nanotubes have previously been suggested and investigated. However, these previous studies did not fully characterize the electric, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties of these agents thus precluding identification of the underlying sources of contrast. To address this, measurements of the complex permittivity, complex permeability, DC conductivity, and Grüneisen parameter have been made. These measurements allowed the origins of the contrast provided by each substance to be identified. The electric and magnetic properties of the contrast agents were characterized at 3 GHz using two rectangular waveguide cavities. The DC conductivity was measured separately using a conductivity meter. Thermoacoustic signals were then acquired and compared to those generated in water. Finally, 3D electromagnetic simulations were used to decouple the different contributions to the absorbed power density. It was found that the gadolinium compounds provided appreciable electric contrast but not originating from the gadolinium itself. The contrast was either due to dissociation of the gadolinium salt which increased ionic conductivity or its nondissociated polar fraction which increased dielectric polarization loss or a combination of both. In addition, very high concentrations were required to achieve appreciable contrast, to the extent that the Grüneisen parameter increased significantly and became a source of contrast. Iron oxide particles were found to produce low but measurable dielectric contrast due to dielectric polarization loss, but this is attributed to the coating of the particles not the iron oxide. Single wall carbon nanotubes did not provide measurable contrast of any type. It is concluded that

  15. Exogenous contrast agents for thermoacoustic imaging: An investigation into the underlying sources of contrast

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    Ogunlade, Olumide, E-mail: o.ogunlade@ucl.ac.uk; Beard, Paul [Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-15

    Purpose: Thermoacoustic imaging at microwave excitation frequencies is limited by the low differential contrast exhibited by high water content tissues. To overcome this, exogenous thermoacoustic contrast agents based on gadolinium compounds, iron oxide, and single wall carbon nanotubes have previously been suggested and investigated. However, these previous studies did not fully characterize the electric, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties of these agents thus precluding identification of the underlying sources of contrast. To address this, measurements of the complex permittivity, complex permeability, DC conductivity, and Grüneisen parameter have been made. These measurements allowed the origins of the contrast provided by each substance to be identified. Methods: The electric and magnetic properties of the contrast agents were characterized at 3 GHz using two rectangular waveguide cavities. The DC conductivity was measured separately using a conductivity meter. Thermoacoustic signals were then acquired and compared to those generated in water. Finally, 3D electromagnetic simulations were used to decouple the different contributions to the absorbed power density. Results: It was found that the gadolinium compounds provided appreciable electric contrast but not originating from the gadolinium itself. The contrast was either due to dissociation of the gadolinium salt which increased ionic conductivity or its nondissociated polar fraction which increased dielectric polarization loss or a combination of both. In addition, very high concentrations were required to achieve appreciable contrast, to the extent that the Grüneisen parameter increased significantly and became a source of contrast. Iron oxide particles were found to produce low but measurable dielectric contrast due to dielectric polarization loss, but this is attributed to the coating of the particles not the iron oxide. Single wall carbon nanotubes did not provide measurable contrast of any type

  16. Interval between injection of contrast material and positive contrast cheliography affects accurate diagnosis of diaphragmatic hernia

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    Ismail A. Sen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical, surgical and diagnostic imaging findings in 11 cats and 3 dogs with suspected acute and chronic traumatic diaphragmatic hernia, and to compare the results of positive contrast cheliography (peritoneography taken immediately and 5 min after the injection of contrast material. Thoracic and abdominal radiography, ultrasonography, and positive contrast cheliography of all animals were performed. Eight cases were considered as acute and six cases were considered chronic. The contrast images taken immediately after the injection of contrast material revealed the contrast material in the thoracic cavity in 8/8 acute trauma patients, but in none of the chronic cases. In 5/6 of these cases contrast material was seen in the thoracal cavity only in additional images taken after 5 min. One patient was diagnosed with FIP and excluded from the study. Twelve cases had complete resolution and one animal died during the early postoperative period. Our results suggest that positive contrast cheliography performed immediately after the injection of contrast material may not reveal chronic cases of diaphragmatic hernia and a second imaging (or imaging after 5 min is indicated in order not to overlook chronic cases.

  17. Contrast volume during primary percutaneous coronary intervention and subsequent contrast-induced nephropathy and mortality.

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    Marenzi, Giancarlo; Assanelli, Emilio; Campodonico, Jeness; Lauri, Gianfranco; Marana, Ivana; De Metrio, Monica; Moltrasio, Marco; Grazi, Marco; Rubino, Mara; Veglia, Fabrizio; Fabbiocchi, Franco; Bartorelli, Antonio L

    2009-02-03

    Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) frequently occurs in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who are undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention, and CIN is associated with a more complicated clinical course and increased mortality. To investigate the association between absolute and weight- and creatinine-adjusted contrast volume, CIN incidence, and clinical outcome in the era of mechanical reperfusion of STEMI. Prospective, observational study. A university cardiology center in Milan, Italy. 561 consecutive patients with STEMI who were undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention. For each patient, the maximum contrast dose was calculated, according to the formula (5 x body weight [kg])/serum creatinine, and the contrast ratio, defined as the ratio between the contrast volume administered and the maximum dose calculated, was assessed. An increase in serum creatinine of more than 25% from baseline was defined as CIN. 115 (20.5%) patients developed CIN. In-hospital mortality was higher among patients with CIN than those without CIN (21.4% vs. 0.9%; P 1) had a more complicated in-hospital clinical course and higher mortality rate (13% vs. 2.8%; P < 0.001) than did patients with a contrast ratio less than 1. Development of CIN was associated with both contrast volume and contrast ratio. The association between contrast volume and outcomes was observed in a single center and could be due to comorbid conditions, disease severity, or an unknown factor. During primary percutaneous coronary intervention for STEMI, higher contrast volume is associated with higher rates of CIN and mortality; however, further study is needed to determine whether limiting contrast volume would improve patient outcome. Centro Cardiologico Monzino, Institute of Cardiology, University of Milan.

  18. Microbubble spectroscopy of ultrasound contrast agents (A)

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    van der Meer, S.M.; Dollet, B.; Chin, Chien T.; Bouakaz, Ayache; Voormolen, Marco; de Jong, N.; Versluis, Andreas Michel; Lohse, Detlef

    2006-01-01

    We present a new optical characterization of the behavior of single ultrasound contrast bubbles. The method consists of insonifying individual bubbles several times successively sweeping the applied frequency and recording movies of the bubble response up to 25 million frames per second with an

  19. Microbubble spectroscopy of ultrasound contrast agents

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    van der Meer, S.M.; Dollet, B.; Voormolen, Marco M.; Chin, Chien T.; Bouakaz, Ayache; de Jong, N.; Versluis, Michel; Lohse, Detlef

    2007-01-01

    A new optical characterization of the behavior of single ultrasound contrast bubbles is presented. The method consists of insonifying individual bubbles several times successively sweeping the applied frequency, and to record movies of the bubble response up to 25 million frames/s with an ultrahigh

  20. Generalised phase contrast: microscopy, manipulation and more

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    Palima, Darwin; Glückstad, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    Generalised phase contrast (GPC) not only leads to more accurate phase imaging beyond thin biological samples, but serves as an enabling framework in developing tools over a wide spectrum of contemporary applications in optics and photonics, including optical trapping and micromanipulation, optic...

  1. Iterative Reconstruction for Differential Phase Contrast Imaging

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    Koehler, T.; Brendel, B.; Roessl, E.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this work is to combine two areas of active research in tomographic x-ray imaging. The first one is the use of iterative reconstruction techniques. The second one is differential phase contrast imaging (DPCI). Method: We derive an SPS type maximum likelihood (ML)

  2. Anisotropy in Werner's binocular depth contrast effect

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    Ee, R. van; Erkelens, Casper J.

    1996-01-01

    We investigated Werner's binocular depth contrast effect. Subjects viewed stereograms consisting of a test pattern and an inducing pattern. The halfimages of the inducing pattern were either horisontally scaled or sheared relative to each other. Subjects judged the (induced) percieved slant of the

  3. El metodo contrastivo (The Contrastive Method)

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    Menton, Seymour

    1972-01-01

    Presidential address delivered at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, December 30, 1971, in Chicago, Illinois. Applies the contrastive method to literature and culture in teaching Spanish. Compares points of view in interpretation and criticism of Spanish American literature, also cultural and…

  4. Contrast media osmolality and plasma volume changes.

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    Hine, A L; Lui, D; Dawson, P

    1985-01-01

    A theoretical and experimental study of the plasma volume expansion consequent on the hyperosmolality of contrast media is presented. In the case of the ratio 1.5 media theory and experiment coincide closely but in the case of the ratio 3 media the observed changes exceed the predicted. It is proposed that this is due partly to the slower diffusion of the ratio 3 media out of the intravascular space and partly due to the fact that the osmotic load presented by these media is greater than would be expected from a study of their commercial solutions in which osmolality is reduced by molecular aggregation. The implications for the relative haemodynamic effects of different contrast media are discussed. The osmotic effects of contrast media also play a part in determining the image quality achievable in intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IV-DSA). It is predicted that ratio 3 contrast media will give better quality images in IV-DSA than ratio 1.5 media.

  5. Comparing and Contrasting NAEYC and SACS Accreditation

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    Isaacs, Mary Ruth

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to describe, compare, and contrast an early childhood departmental accreditation process from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and a college/university-wide accreditation process from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The history of higher education…

  6. Toxicity of contrast media: an update.

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    Dam, MA ten; Wetzels, J.F.M.

    2008-01-01

    Renal toxicity of iodinated radiocontrast media (contrastinduced nephropathy; CIN) is a major cause of acute renal failure in hospitalised patients. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is applied as an alternative technique but the use of gadolinium (Gd) containing contrast media carries the risk of

  7. High Framerate Imaging of Ultrasound Contrast Agents

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    J. Viti (Jacopo)

    2016-01-01

    markdownabstractUltrasound contrast agents (UCAs) consists of a suspension of tiny gas bubbles that is injected into a patient's bloodstream to enhance the visualization of blood in ultrasound images. As UCAs respond differently to ultrasound pulses compared to the surrounding soft tissues and

  8. Contrast-enhanced and targeted ultrasound

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    Postema, Michiel; Gilja, Odd Helge

    2011-01-01

    Ultrasonic imaging is becoming the most popular medical imaging modality, owing to the low price per examination and its safety. However, blood is a poor scatterer of ultrasound waves at clinical diagnostic transmit frequencies. For perfusion imaging, markers have been designed to enhance the contrast in B-mode imaging. These so-called ultrasound contrast agents consist of microscopically small gas bubbles encapsulated in biodegradable shells. In this review, the physical principles of ultrasound contrast agent microbubble behavior and their adjustment for drug delivery including sonoporation are described. Furthermore, an outline of clinical imaging applications of contrast-enhanced ultrasound is given. It is a challenging task to quantify and predict which bubble phenomenon occurs under which acoustic condition, and how these phenomena may be utilized in ultrasonic imaging. Aided by high-speed photography, our improved understanding of encapsulated microbubble behavior will lead to more sophisticated detection and delivery techniques. More sophisticated methods use quantitative approaches to measure the amount and the time course of bolus or reperfusion curves, and have shown great promise in revealing effective tumor responses to anti-angiogenic drugs in humans before tumor shrinkage occurs. These are beginning to be accepted into clinical practice. In the long term, targeted microbubbles for molecular imaging and eventually for directed anti-tumor therapy are expected to be tested. PMID:21218081

  9. Lexical representation of novel L2 contrasts

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    Hayes-Harb, Rachel; Masuda, Kyoko

    2005-04-01

    There is much interest among psychologists and linguists in the influence of the native language sound system on the acquisition of second languages (Best, 1995; Flege, 1995). Most studies of second language (L2) speech focus on how learners perceive and produce L2 sounds, but we know of only two that have considered how novel sound contrasts are encoded in learners' lexical representations of L2 words (Pallier et al., 2001; Ota et al., 2002). In this study we investigated how native speakers of English encode Japanese consonant quantity contrasts in their developing Japanese lexicons at different stages of acquisition (Japanese contrasts singleton versus geminate consonants but English does not). Monolingual English speakers, native English speakers learning Japanese for one year, and native speakers of Japanese were taught a set of Japanese nonwords containing singleton and geminate consonants. Subjects then performed memory tasks eliciting perception and production data to determine whether they encoded the Japanese consonant quantity contrast lexically. Overall accuracy in these tasks was a function of Japanese language experience, and acoustic analysis of the production data revealed non-native-like patterns of differentiation of singleton and geminate consonants among the L2 learners of Japanese. Implications for theories of L2 speech are discussed.

  10. Contrast visual acuity with bifocal contact lenses.

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    Ueda, Kiichi; Inagaki, Yasuko

    2007-03-01

    To compare the quality of vision of a bifocal rigid gas-permeable contact lens versus a bifocal soft contact lens in subjects with presbyopia. Sixteen healthy presbyopic subjects with no ocular disease but experienced with contact lens wear were enrolled in the study. Subjects randomly wore both types of bifocal lenses for 30 minutes with a washout period of 30 minutes each in a crossover manner. The primary outcome measure was the difference in contrast visual acuity. Distance and near contrast visual acuities with the two bifocal lens types were measured in different lighting environments and at multiple contrast levels. After the measurement, subjects were asked to rate their subjective vision by using the four categories with both lens types throughout the study. At the end of the study, subjects were also asked which of the two lens types they preferred. Under photopic conditions, distance and near visual acuities decreased at the 25% and 10% contrast levels, respectively, in subjects wearing bifocal soft contact lenses (Pcontact lenses (P0.05), but bifocal rigid gas-permeable lenses were clearer than bifocal soft contact lenses for near vision (Pcontact lenses showed better visual performance than bifocal soft contact lenses did.

  11. Radionuclide tumor therapy with ultrasound contrast microbubbles

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    van Wamel, Annemieke; Bouakaz, Ayache; Bernard, Bert; ten Cate, Folkert; de Jong, N.

    2004-01-01

    Radionuclides have shown to be effective in tumour therapy. However, the side effects determine the maximum deliverable dose. Recently, it has been demonstrated that cells can be permeabilised through sonoporation using ultrasound and contrast microbubbles. The use of sonoporation in treatment of

  12. Semantics, contrastive linguistics and parallel corpora

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    Violetta Koseska

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Semantics, contrastive linguistics and parallel corpora In view of the ambiguity of the term “semantics”, the author shows the differences between the traditional lexical semantics and the contemporary semantics in the light of various semantic schools. She examines semantics differently in connection with contrastive studies where the description must necessary go from the meaning towards the linguistic form, whereas in traditional contrastive studies the description proceeded from the form towards the meaning. This requirement regarding theoretical contrastive studies necessitates construction of a semantic interlanguage, rather than only singling out universal semantic categories expressed with various language means. Such studies can be strongly supported by parallel corpora. However, in order to make them useful for linguists in manual and computer translations, as well as in the development of dictionaries, including online ones, we need not only formal, often automatic, annotation of texts, but also semantic annotation - which is unfortunately manual. In the article we focus on semantic annotation concerning time, aspect and quantification of names and predicates in the whole semantic structure of the sentence on the example of the “Polish-Bulgarian-Russian parallel corpus”.

  13. Nature versus Nurture: The Simple Contrast

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    Davidoff, Jules; Goldstein, Julie; Roberson, Debi

    2009-01-01

    We respond to the commentary of Franklin, Wright, and Davies ("Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 102", 239-245 [2009]) by returning to the simple contrast between nature and nurture. We find no evidence from the toddler data that makes us revise our ideas that color categories are learned and never innate. (Contains 1 figure.)

  14. Contrastive and contextual vowel nasalization in Ottawa

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    Klopfenstein, Marie

    2005-09-01

    Ottawa is a Central Algonquian language that possesses the recent innovation of contrastive vowel nasalization. Most phonetic studies done to date on contrastive vowel nasalization have investigated Indo-European languages; therefore, a study of Ottawa could prove to be a valuable addition to the literature. To this end, a percentage of nasalization (nasal airflow/oral + nasal airflow) was measured during target vowels produced by native Ottawa speakers using a Nasometer 6200-3. Nasalized vowels in the target word set were either contrastively or contextually nasalized: candidates for contextual nasalization were either regressive or perserverative in word-initial and word-final syllables. Subjects were asked to read words containing target vowels in a carrier sentence. Mean, minimum, and maximum nasalance were obtained for each target vowel across its full duration. Target vowels were compared across context (regressive or perseverative and word-initial or word-final). In addition, contexts were compared to determine whether a significant difference existed between contrastive and contextual nasalization. Results for Ottawa will be compared with results for vowels in similar contexts in other languages including Hindi, Breton, Bengali, and French.

  15. Contrast media safety-an update

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    Thomsen, Henrik S

    2011-01-01

    The value of contrast agents has for long been documented by their common daily use in imaging departments worldwide. In principle, they should be injected and leave the body immediately after use in the same condition or undergo natural metabolism without making any harm to the patient. However...

  16. Contrast-enhanced and targeted ultrasound.

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    Postema, Michiel; Gilja, Odd Helge

    2011-01-07

    Ultrasonic imaging is becoming the most popular medical imaging modality, owing to the low price per examination and its safety. However, blood is a poor scatterer of ultrasound waves at clinical diagnostic transmit frequencies. For perfusion imaging, markers have been designed to enhance the contrast in B-mode imaging. These so-called ultrasound contrast agents consist of microscopically small gas bubbles encapsulated in biodegradable shells. In this review, the physical principles of ultrasound contrast agent microbubble behavior and their adjustment for drug delivery including sonoporation are described. Furthermore, an outline of clinical imaging applications of contrast-enhanced ultrasound is given. It is a challenging task to quantify and predict which bubble phenomenon occurs under which acoustic condition, and how these phenomena may be utilized in ultrasonic imaging. Aided by high-speed photography, our improved understanding of encapsulated microbubble behavior will lead to more sophisticated detection and delivery techniques. More sophisticated methods use quantitative approaches to measure the amount and the time course of bolus or reperfusion curves, and have shown great promise in revealing effective tumor responses to anti-angiogenic drugs in humans before tumor shrinkage occurs. These are beginning to be accepted into clinical practice. In the long term, targeted microbubbles for molecular imaging and eventually for directed anti-tumor therapy are expected to be tested.

  17. Holo-GPC: Holographic Generalized Phase Contrast

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    Bañas, Andrew; Glückstad, Jesper

    2017-01-01

    volume. On the other hand, Generalized Phase Contrast (GPC) forms beams with well-defined lateral shapes and could be classified as the latter. To certain extents, GPC and holography can also perform both beam distribution and beam shaping. But despite the overlap in beam distribution and beam shaping...

  18. Marginal contrasts and the Contrastivist Hypothesis

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    Daniel Currie Hall

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The Contrastivist Hypothesis (CH; Hall 2007; Dresher 2009 holds that the only features that can be phonologically active in any language are those that serve to distinguish phonemes, which presupposes that phonemic status is categorical. Many researchers, however, demonstrate the existence of gradient relations. For instance, Hall (2009 quantifies these using the information-theoretic measure of entropy (unpredictability of distribution and shows that a pair of sounds may have an entropy between 0 (totally predictable and 1 (totally unpredictable. We argue that the existence of such intermediate degrees of contrastiveness does not make the CH untenable, but rather offers insight into contrastive hierarchies. The existence of a continuum does not preclude categorical distinctions: a categorical line can be drawn between zero entropy (entirely predictable, and thus by the CH phonologically inactive and non-zero entropy (at least partially contrastive, and thus potentially phonologically active. But this does not mean that intermediate degrees of surface contrastiveness are entirely irrelevant to the CH; rather, we argue, they can shed light on how deeply ingrained a phonemic distinction is in the phonological system. As an example, we provide a case study from Pulaar [ATR] harmony, which has previously been claimed to be problematic for the CH.

  19. Parametric based morphological transformation for contrast ...

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    Abstract. The objective of contrast operators consists in normalizing the gray levels of the input image for the purpose of avoiding abrupt changes in intensity among different regions. In this paper morphological transformations are used to detect the background in color images characterized by poor lighting. The disadvan-.

  20. Recent hot topics in contrast media

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    Thomsen, Henrik S

    2011-01-01

    This editorial reviews the way in which the facts related to the safety of iodinated and gadolinium based contrast agents have emerged over the last two decades. This is especially important given their ever increasing usage in modern computed tomographic (CT) and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI...

  1. Thoracic duct lymphography by subcutaneous contrast agent ...

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    A 4-year-old male Japanese Shiba Inu presented with recurrent chylothorax. The thoracic duct was successfully imaged using computed tomography after the injection of an iodine contrast agent into the subcutaneous tissue surrounding the anus. The thoracic duct was successfully ligated and pericardectomy performed via ...

  2. Density contrast indicators in cosmological dust models

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    Density contrast indicators in cosmological dust models. FILIPE C MENA and REZA TAVAKOL. Astronomy Unit, School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary and Westfield College, Mile End. Road, London E1 4NS, UK. Abstract. We discuss ways of quantifying structuration in relativistic cosmological settings, by em-.

  3. Parametric based morphological transformation for contrast ...

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    The objective of contrast operators consists in normalizing the gray levels of the input image for the purpose of avoiding abrupt changes in intensity among different regions. In this paper morphological transformations are used to detect the background in color images characterized by poor lighting. The disadvantage of ...

  4. Process for preparation of MR contrast agents

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    2002-01-01

    The present invention provides a process for the preparation of an MR contrast agent, said process comprising: i) obtaining a solution in a solvent of a hydrogenatable, unsaturated substrate compound and a catalyst for the hydrogenation of said substrate compound; ii) introducing said solution...

  5. Density contrast indicators in cosmological dust models

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    We study the evolution of these indicators with time in the context of inhomogeneous Szekeres models. We find that different observers (having either different spatial locations or different indicators) see different evolutions for the density contrast, which may or may not be monotonically increasing with time. We also find that ...

  6. Literature Review of Japanese Contrastive Rhetoric

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    Cumming, Brett

    2012-01-01

    This literature review serves to inform the reader on current literature on Contrastive Rhetoric (CR), with specific reference to teaching writing to Japanese students of English. It will examine the historical developments of CR and its present significance before then looking at possible reasons for unique characteristics of Japanese L2 writers…

  7. Theory and Contrastive Explanation in Ethnography

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    Lichterman, Paul; Reed, Isaac Ariail

    2015-01-01

    We propose three interlinked ways that theory helps researchers build causal claims from ethnographic research. First, theory guides the casing and re-casing of a topic of study. Second, theoretical work helps craft a clear causal question via the construction of a contrast space of the topic of investigation. Third, the researcher uses theory to…

  8. Comparing and Contrasting Siblings: Defining the Self.

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    Schachter, Frances Fuchs; Stone, Richard K.

    1987-01-01

    Deidentification is the phenomenon whereby siblings are defined as different or contrasting. In pathological deidentification, the natural flow of sibling conflict and reconciliation seems obstructed as one sibling is assigned the fixed identity of "devil," who constantly harasses the other, "angel," sibling. A clinical…

  9. Switches and Bridges - Comparison and Contrast

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    Marian M. Pope

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents a comparison and contrast of switches and bridges. The paper discusses the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model for the layers used by the devices. The intelligence and specific functions of each device are also mentioned. The paper also presents the location of each device in a network

  10. Refractive index contrast in porous silicon multilayers

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    Nava, R.; Mora, M.B. de la; Tagueena-Martinez, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Rio, J.A. del [Centro de Investigacion en Energia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Temixco, Morelos (Mexico); Centro Morelense de Innovacion y Transferencia Tecnologica, Consejo de Ciencia y Tecnologia del Estado de Morelos (Mexico)

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    Two of the most important properties of a porous silicon multilayer for photonic applications are flat interfaces and a relative large refractive index contrast between layers in the optical wavelength range. In this work, we studied the effect of the current density and HF electrolyte concentration on the refractive index of porous silicon. With the purpose of increasing the refractive index contrast in a multilayer, the refractive index of porous silicon produced at low current was studied in detail. The current density applied to produce the low porosity layers was limited in order to keep the electrolyte flow through the multilayer structure and to avoid deformation of layer interfaces. We found that an electrolyte composed of hydrofluoric acid, ethanol and glycerin in a ratio of 3:7:1 gives a refractive index contrast around 1.3/2.8 at 600 nm. Several multilayer structures with this refractive index contrast were fabricated, such as dielectric Bragg mirrors and microcavities. Reflectance spectra of the structures show the photonic quality of porous silicon multilayers produced under these electrochemical conditions. (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  11. Ultrasonic characterization of ultrasound contrast agents

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    N. de Jong (Nico); M. Emmer (Marcia); A. van Wamel (Annemieke); M. Versluis (Michel)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractThe main constituent of an ultrasound contrast agent (UCA) is gas-filled microbubbles. An average UCA contains billions per ml. These microbubbles are excellent ultrasound scatterers due to their high compressibility. In an ultrasound field they act as resonant systems, resulting in

  12. Homogenization of High-Contrast Brinkman Flows

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    Brown, Donald L.

    2015-04-16

    Modeling porous flow in complex media is a challenging problem. Not only is the problem inherently multiscale but, due to high contrast in permeability values, flow velocities may differ greatly throughout the medium. To avoid complicated interface conditions, the Brinkman model is often used for such flows [O. Iliev, R. Lazarov, and J. Willems, Multiscale Model. Simul., 9 (2011), pp. 1350--1372]. Instead of permeability variations and contrast being contained in the geometric media structure, this information is contained in a highly varying and high-contrast coefficient. In this work, we present two main contributions. First, we develop a novel homogenization procedure for the high-contrast Brinkman equations by constructing correctors and carefully estimating the residuals. Understanding the relationship between scales and contrast values is critical to obtaining useful estimates. Therefore, standard convergence-based homogenization techniques [G. A. Chechkin, A. L. Piatniski, and A. S. Shamev, Homogenization: Methods and Applications, Transl. Math. Monogr. 234, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 2007, G. Allaire, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 23 (1992), pp. 1482--1518], although a powerful tool, are not applicable here. Our second point is that the Brinkman equations, in certain scaling regimes, are invariant under homogenization. Unlike in the case of Stokes-to-Darcy homogenization [D. Brown, P. Popov, and Y. Efendiev, GEM Int. J. Geomath., 2 (2011), pp. 281--305, E. Marusic-Paloka and A. Mikelic, Boll. Un. Mat. Ital. A (7), 10 (1996), pp. 661--671], the results presented here under certain velocity regimes yield a Brinkman-to-Brinkman upscaling that allows using a single software platform to compute on both microscales and macroscales. In this paper, we discuss the homogenized Brinkman equations. We derive auxiliary cell problems to build correctors and calculate effective coefficients for certain velocity regimes. Due to the boundary effects, we construct

  13. Renal oncocytoma: contrast-enhanced sonographic features.

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    Wu, Ying; Du, Lianfang; Li, Fan; Zhang, Huiping; Cai, Yingyu; Jia, Xiao

    2013-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to illustrate the features of renal oncocytoma on contrast-enhanced sonography. Five cases of surgical pathologically proven renal oncocytoma were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed in this study. The 5 patients studied included 3 men and 2 women with a mean age of 52.3 years (range, 32-66 years). All patients underwent conventional and contrast-enhanced sonographic examinations before surgery. The sonographic features, enhancement pattern, and dynamic perfusion change of the tumors and renal parenchyma in vascular phases were evaluated and compared to computed tomography. On grayscale sonography, renal oncocytomas appeared as solitary hypoechoic or isoechoic masses originating from the renal cortex measuring 2 to 6 cm with a well-defined margin. Color Doppler flow imaging showed rich blood flow signals in the periphery and striplike blood flow signals within the masses. On contrast-enhanced sonography, the features of these tumors included early enhancement, hyperenhancement, and fast wash-out compared to the adjacent renal cortex. There were irregular nonenhanced areas seen in the center of the masses (n = 3) and nonenhanced thin rims seen in the periphery (n = 5). Macroscopically, the well-marginated tumors were yellowish brown with a tender texture and were located in the renal cortex. Central irregularly shaped fibrous scars were seen in 3 tumors, consistent with nonenhanced areas on contrast-enhanced imaging. Contrast-enhanced sonography can provide valuable hemodynamic information on renal oncocytoma, which may help in making a differential diagnosis of this benign renal tumor in clinical practice.

  14. Feasibility of concurrent dual contrast enhancement using CEST contrast agents and superparamagnetic iron oxide particles.

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    Gilad, A.A.; Laarhoven, H.W.M. van; McMahon, M.T.; Walczak, P.; Heerschap, A.; Neeman, M.; Zijl, P.C. van; Bulte, J.W.

    2009-01-01

    A major challenge for cellular and molecular MRI is to study interactions between two different cell populations or biological processes. We studied the possibility to simultaneously image contrast agents based on two different MRI contrast mechanisms: chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST)

  15. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Twenty Three. The Polish-English Contrastive Project.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    1988-01-01

    Ten articles are presented in this volume on contrastive linguistics. The articles and authors are as follows: "Contrastive Grammar: Theory and Practice" (F. Aarts and H. Wekker); "On the Semantic and Morphological Status of Reversative Verbs in English and German" (W.-P. Funk); "The Problem of Directionality in…

  16. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Twenty-Two. The Polish-English Contrastive Project.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    1988-01-01

    Fifteen articles are presented in this collection on contrastive linguistics: "On Syntactic Levels--One Tertium Comparison is in Contrastive Linguistics" (L. F. Jakobsen and J. Olsen); "Equivalence in Bilingual Lexicography: From Correspondence Relation to Communicative Strategy" (R. R. K. Hartmann); "How Useful Are Word…

  17. Feasibility of concurrent dual contrast enhancement using CEST contrast agents and superparamagnetic iron oxide particles

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    Gilad, Assaf A.; van Laarhoven, Hanneke W. M.; McMahon, Michael T.; Walczak, Piotr; Heerschap, Arend; Neeman, Michal; van Zijl, Peter C. M.; Bulte, Jeff W. M.

    2009-01-01

    A major challenge for cellular and molecular MRI is to study interactions between two different cell populations or biological processes. We studied the possibility to simultaneously image contrast agents based on two different MRI contrast mechanisms: chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST)

  18. Contrast enhancement by lipid-based MRI contrast agents in mouse atherosclerotic plaques; a longitudinal study

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    den Adel, Brigit; van der Graaf, Linda M.; Que, Ivo; Strijkers, Gustav J.; Löwik, Clemens W.; Poelmann, Robert E.; van der Weerd, Louise

    2013-01-01

    The use of contrast-enhanced MRI to enable in vivo specific characterization of atherosclerotic plaques is increasing. In this study the intrinsic ability of two differently sized gadolinium-based contrast agents to enhance atherosclerotic plaques in ApoE(-/-) mice was evaluated with MRI. We

  19. Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Enterography and Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasonography in Crohn's Disease

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    Wilkens, Rune; Peters, David A; Nielsen, Agnete Hedemann

    2017-01-01

    Purpose e Cross-sectional imaging methods are important for objective evaluationof small intestinal inflammationinCrohn'sdisease(CD).The primary aim was to compare relative parameters of intestinal perfusion between contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS) and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic...

  20. Visual acuity in color contrast on cathode ray tubes: role of luminance, hue, and saturation contrasts.

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    Santucci, G; Menu, J P; Valot, C

    1982-05-01

    Three experiments were conducted on 90 flying personnel to determine the role of luminance, hue, and saturation contrasts on angular visual acuity measured on a CRT system. A Snellen E test object was displayed under various visual acuity conditions on a TV screen, in color contrast, using red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, purple, white, and black. The response system gives response times and quality. The three photocolorimetric parameters are classified through data processing. All other things being equal, the best visual acuity is obtained under a luminance contrast. Two groups of colors can be differentiated under a hue contrast. The first group (red, blue, purple) is better perceived than the second (green, cyan, yellow, white) whatever the other color in simultaneous contrast may be. Higher saturation enhances visual acuity. A curve of mean response time vs. test object sizes is established for the various color couples. The obtained results are of interest for aerospace ergonomics.

  1. Semantic contrastive linguistics theory and dialectological studies

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    Danuta Roszko

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Semantic contrastive linguistics theory and dialectological studies Theoretical contrastive studies (hereinafter referred to as TCS emerged with a view to compare and contrast natural languages on the basis of a logical interlanguage. The idea of making the TCS guidelines available to science resulted in discontinuing the division into the original language and the target language when comparing and contrasting two (or more languages, and at the same time, terminating the dependence of the resulting material (i.e. form indexes in the target language on the formal structures in the original language. The TCS essence is included in the interlanguage, which is used as tertium comparationis in the studies. To get more on this topic see Koseska, Korytkowska, R. Roszko (2007. Till now, TCS have not been applied in dialectal studies. There are a lot of reasons for this conjuncture. First of all, dialectal studies usually concentrate on one code (i.e. only a single local dialect is being specified, whilst in TCS, a comparison and contrast between (at least two languages is provided. Moreover, research on the dialectal differentiation of a specific language (i.e. at least two dialects (/ local dialects are being specified together is based on demonstrating the features shared and differentiated on the level of (a lexis, (b morphology (most often narrowed to demonstrate differential morphological features and (c syntactic (relatively most rarely. Thus, dialectal studies are essentially a description of the formal conjuncture, whereas semantic aspects are out of the area of researchers interest. With this article, I am going to break the current patterns and prove that dialectal studies can be conducted in accordance with the TCS guidelines. The advantage of such dialectal studies is not only a different/new look at a specific local dialect, but also a possibility of an instant comparison and contrast between the local dialect and the standardized language

  2. Os tempos da prematuridade

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    Silvia Abu-Jamra Zornig

    Full Text Available Este trabalho tem por objetivo discutir a clínica psicanalítica com bebês, tendo como referência um projeto de pesquisa desenvolvido com bebês pré-termo internados e suas famílias (Hospital Fernandes Figueira/Fiocruz. Parte da concepção freudiana sobre o desamparo estrutural do ser humano para analisar as vicissitudes da constituição do sujeito a partir dos diferentes tempos que se instalam nos primórdios da subjetividade: um tempo de retroação relacionado aos fantasmas e desejos parentais, um tempo de construção (Winnicott e de continuidade relacionado aos cuidados maternos e um tempo descontínuo, traumático, que se refere aos bebês nascidos prematuramente.

  3. A necessidade da arte

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    Crespo, Adriana Carneiro Anselmo da Costa e

    2014-01-01

    Tese apresentada para cumprimento dos requisitos necessários à obtenção do grau de Doutor em Filosofia, especialidade de Estética O problema da necessidade da arte é discutido nesta tese a partir da questão do desinteresse estético em Kant. Foi neste contexto que tentámos perceber com a maior exactidão possível o que acontecia, de facto, na apreensão estética de um corpo do qual foi abstraído o conceito e, em particular, na produção de uma imagem-nua. Recorremos a um caso concreto: O Gu...

  4. Short communication: Biochemically active humic substances in contrasting agricultural managements

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    Benitez, E.; Nogales, R.; Doni, S.; Masciandaro, G.; Moreno, B.

    2016-11-01

    Because their crucial role in several soil biochemical cycles and their fast response to changes in soil management, extracellular enzymes activities are widely used as sensitive indicators of ecological change and soil quality. The aim of this work was to determine the effects of soil management on the stable pool of soil carbon cycling enzymes as indicators of essential functions. For this, extracellular β-glucosidase enzymes bounded by humic acids (C higher than 104 Da) were used to compare four long-term contrasting agricultural managements in a rainfed olive orchard representative of semi-arid Mediterranean habitats. The study was conducted for 30 years by designing a random-block of four treatments (nude vs. covered soils) and four replicates. Maintaining cover crops through fall, winter and early spring provoked a more stable and active pool of extracellular β-glucosidase in soils only if spontaneous vegetation was managed with mechanical methods. When herbicides were used during 30 years, the pattern of the molecular composition and activity of humus β-glucosidase complexes were similar in covered and nude soils, although higher activity was retrieved in the former. Tillage management increased carbon mineralization and the level of humic substances and the activity of β-glucosidase humic-bound were quite lower than in the rest of treatments. Given the ecological role of extracellular soil carbon cycling enzymes, the characterization of humus β-glucosidase complexes could be an adequate indicator of sustainability of agricultural management systems. (Author)

  5. Reduced-Contrast Approximations for High-Contrast Multiscale Flow Problems

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    Chung, Eric T.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we study multiscale methods for high-contrast elliptic problems where the media properties change dramatically. The disparity in the media properties (also referred to as high contrast in the paper) introduces an additional scale that needs to be resolved in multiscale simulations. First, we present a construction that uses an integral equation to represent the highcontrast component of the solution. This representation involves solving an integral equation along the interface where the coefficients are discontinuous. The integral representation suggests some multiscale approaches that are discussed in the paper. One of these approaches entails the use of interface functions in addition to multiscale basis functions representing the heterogeneities without high contrast. In this paper, we propose an approximation for the solution of the integral equation using the interface problems in reduced-contrast media. Reduced-contrast media are obtained by lowering the variance of the coefficients. We also propose a similar approach for the solution of the elliptic equation without using an integral representation. This approach is simpler to use in the computations because it does not involve setting up integral equations. The main idea of this approach is to approximate the solution of the high-contrast problem by the solutions of the problems formulated in reduced-contrast media. In this approach, a rapidly converging sequence is proposed where only problems with lower contrast are solved. It was shown that this sequence possesses the convergence rate that is inversely proportional to the reduced contrast. This approximation allows choosing the reduced-contrast problem based on the coarse-mesh size as discussed in this paper. We present a simple application of this approach to homogenization of elliptic equations with high-contrast coefficients. The presented approaches are limited to the cases where there are sharp changes in the contrast (i.e., the high

  6. Versão abreviada da Escala Triangular do Amor: evidências de validade fatorial e consistência interna Brief version of the Triangular Love Scale: evidences of factor validity and reliability

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    Valdiney Veloso Gouveia

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve como objetivo conhecer os parâmetros psicométricos de uma versão reduzida da Escala Triangular do Amor. Especificamente, procurou-se reunir evidências de sua validade fatorial e consistência interna no contexto paraibano. Participaram 307 estudantes universitários da cidade de João Pessoa (PB, que mantinham um relacionamento heterossexual estável, com idade média de 23,4 anos (dp = 6,22; amplitude de 17 a 56 anos. A maioria foi do sexo feminino (69,4% e solteira (73%. Os participantes responderam a Escala Triangular do Amor e perguntas demográficas. Os resultados apoiaram a adequação psicométrica dessa medida, que apresentou três componentes (rotação varimax; explicando 67,7% da variância total, com Alfas de Cronbach satisfatórios: compromisso (α = 0,88, paixão (α = 0,87 e intimidade (α = 0,86. As mulheres pontuaram mais em compromisso do que fizeram os homens. Estes resultados foram discutidos à luz da literatura, confirmando-se a adequação desta medida. Pesquisas futuras foram sugeridas.This study aimed at knowing the psychometric parameters of a shorted version of the Triangular Love Scale. Specifically, it tried to joint evidences of its factor validity and reliability in the Paraibano milieu. Participants were 307 undergraduate students from João Pessoa (PB, which have a stable heterosexual relationship. Their mean age was 23.4 years old (sd = 6.22; ranging from 17 to 56, most of them female (69.4% and single (73%. They answered the Triangular Love Scale and demographic asks. Results support the psychometric adequacy of this measure, which showed three components (varimax rotation; accounting for 67.7% of the total variance, with satisfactory Cronbach's Alpha: commitment (α = 0.88, passion (α = 0.87, and intimacy (α = 0.86. Women scored higher than men in commitment. These findings were discussed based on literature, confirming the adequacy of the scale. Future studies were suggested too.

  7. O mercado da arte

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    Oliveira, Emerson Dionisio Gomes de

    2010-01-01

    A presente resenha procurou apresentar o livro da socióloga Raymonde Moulin, O mercado da arte, cujo objetivo principal recaiu sobre a análise dos processos constituintes do atual mercado de artes visuais. Para tanto, o livro preocupa-se com dois mercados distintos. O mercado de arte classificada, que diz respeito às obras de artes autorizadas como patrimônio histórico por uma rede de instituições de arte, de memória e de cultura. E o mercado de arte contemporânea, privilegiado no livro, refe...

  8. Fundamentos da montagem audiovisual

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    Sílvia Okumura Hayashi

    2016-01-01

    Este trabalho é um estudo sobre a montagem audiovisual. A pesquisa se estrutura em torno das relações entre os elementos fundamentais do ofício de se montar imagens e sons: o tempo, o espaço, a montagem, as ferramentas de trabalho, media pipelines e o mapa. Para tanto, investigamos a natureza algorítmica e tecnológica da montagem audiovisual, as formas de sua aplicação na produção industrial e também as possibilidades de criação formas singulares de montagem que se originam a partir da explor...

  9. Caldera resurgence driven by magma viscosity contrasts.

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    Galetto, Federico; Acocella, Valerio; Caricchi, Luca

    2017-11-24

    Calderas are impressive volcanic depressions commonly produced by major eruptions. Equally impressive is the uplift of the caldera floor that may follow, dubbed caldera resurgence, resulting from magma accumulation and accompanied by minor eruptions. Why magma accumulates, driving resurgence instead of feeding large eruptions, is one of the least understood processes in volcanology. Here we use thermal and experimental models to define the conditions promoting resurgence. Thermal modelling suggests that a magma reservoir develops a growing transition zone with relatively low viscosity contrast with respect to any newly injected magma. Experiments show that this viscosity contrast provides a rheological barrier, impeding the propagation through dikes of the new injected magma, which stagnates and promotes resurgence. In explaining resurgence and its related features, we provide the theoretical background to account for the transition from magma eruption to accumulation, which is essential not only to develop resurgence, but also large magma reservoirs.

  10. Pharmacokinetics of contrast medium in experimental pancreatography

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    Saari, A.; Schroeder, T.; Kivisaari, L.; Standertskjoeld-Nordenstam, C.G.; Karonen, S.L.

    1988-06-01

    The pharmacokinetics of a contrast medium in experimental pancreatography of 17 piglets were studied by repeated radiographs of the pancreas and by measuring the concentration of I/sup 125/-labelled CM in the portal vein, inferior vena cava and in the thoracic duct. Intraduodenal and portal vein injections were performed for comparison. Contrast enhancement of the pancreas after pancreatography was measured by CT. High concentrations of CM were seen in the portal vein 40 seconds after pancreatography, demonstrating direct absorption into the local veins. The concenctration of CM in lymph exceeded the systemic concentration 15 minutes after injection, suggesting absorption into lymphatic vessels from the pancreas. CT revealed parenchymal filling of the pancreas even though no acinar filling was seen in normal radiographs. This suggests 'invisible' parenchymal filling during normal pancreatography.

  11. Dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography.

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    Travieso Aja, M M; Rodríguez Rodríguez, M; Alayón Hernández, S; Vega Benítez, V; Luzardo, O P

    2014-01-01

    The degree of vascularization in breast lesions is related to their malignancy. For this reason, functional diagnostic imaging techniques have become important in recent years. Dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography is a new, apparently promising technique in breast cancer that provides information about the degree of vascularization of the lesion in addition to the morphological information provided by conventional mammography. This article describes the state of the art for dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography. Based on 15 months' clinical experience, we illustrate this review with clinical cases that allow us to discuss the advantages and limitations of this technique. Copyright © 2014 SERAM. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. Contrast MR imaging of acute cerebral infarction

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    Kogame, Saeko; Syakudo, Miyuki; Inoue, Yuichi (Osaka City Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine) (and others)

    1992-04-01

    Thirty patients with acute and subacute cerebral infarction (13 and 17 deep cerebral infarction) were studied with 0.5 T MR unit before and after intravenous injection of Gd-DTPA. Thirteen patients were studied within 7 days after neurological ictus, 17 patients were studied between 7 and 14 days. Two types of abnormal enhancement, cortical arterial and parenchymal enhancement, were noted. The former was seen in 3 of 4 cases of very acute cortical infarction within 4 days after clinical ictus. The latter was detected in all 7 cases of cortical infarction after the 6th day of the ictus, and one patient with deep cerebral infarction at the 12th day of the ictus. Gd-DTPA enhanced MR imaging seems to detect gyral enhancement earlier compared with contrast CT, and depict intra-arterial sluggish flow which was not expected to see on contrast CT scans. (author).

  13. Slovene-English Contrastive Phraseology: Lexical Collocations

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    Primož Jurko

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Phraseology is seen as one of the key elements and arguably the most productive part of any language. %e paper is focused on collocations and separates them from other phraseological units, such as idioms or compounds. Highlighting the difference between a monolingual and a bilingual (i.e. contrastive approach to collocation, the article presents two distinct classes of collocations: grammatical and lexical. %e latter, treated contrastively, represent the focal point of the paper, since they are an unending source of translation errors to both students of translation and professional translators. %e author introduces a methodology of systematic classification of lexical collocations applied on the Slovene-English language pair and based on structural (lexical congruence and semantic (translational predictability criteria.

  14. Reverse phase contrast: an experimental demonstration.

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    Mogensen, Paul C; Glückstad, Jesper

    2002-04-10

    We present experimental results showing that the reverse phase contrast (RPC) technique is a viable method for the generation of a binary phase distribution from a spatially varying amplitude pattern using Fourier plane filtering techniques. Experimental results are shown for the generation of a binary 0-pi phase only distribution using either an amplitude mask or a spatial light modulator to provide the input and the results are shown to be in agreement with theoretical predictions for the RPC technique.

  15. NON-CONTRAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE UROGRAPHY

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    Arpita C; Nava Kishore K; Ananda Reddy C; Dushyanth M

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    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Magnetic Resonance (MR) urography with its optimal contrast resolution and lack of ionizing radiation provides a comprehensive examination of the entire urinary tract noninvasively. MR urography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected urinary tract obstruction, haematuria, congenital anomalies, and surgically altered anatomy. It is particularly useful in cases of where there is contraindication of ionizing radiation and in paediatric and pregn...

  16. Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

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    2013-03-01

    500 or secretions due to pathological activity and can be precursors to breast cancers such as ductal carcinoma22, 23. Breast microcalcifications ... Breast Cancer Screening. Am J Med, in press. 650 2Gilles R, Meunier M, Lucidarme O, et al. (1996) Clustered breast microcalcifications : Evaluation... Breast Cancer , contrast-enhanced imaging, digital breast tomosynthesis, dynamic imaging, x-ray imaging 15. Number of Pages (count all pages

  17. High-index-contrast subwavelength grating VCSEL

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    Gilet, Philippe; Olivier, Nicolas; Grosse, Philippe

    2010-01-01

    In this article, we report our results on 980nm high-index-contrast subwavelength grating (HCG) VCSELs for optical interconnection applications. In our structure, a thin undoped HCG layer replaces a thick p-type Bragg mirror. The HCG mirror can feasibly achieve polarization-selective reflectivities...... structures. These results build a bridge between a standard VCSEL and a hybrid laser on silicon, making them of potential use for the realization of silicon photonics....

  18. 1550 nm high contrast grating VCSEL.

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    Chase, Christopher; Rao, Yi; Hofmann, Werner; Chang-Hasnain, Connie J

    2010-07-19

    We demonstrate an electrically pumped high contrast grating (HCG) VCSEL operating at 1550 nm incorporating a proton implant-defined aperture. Output powers of >1 mW are obtained at room temperature under continuous wave operation. Devices operate continuous wave at temperatures exceeding 60 degrees C. The novel device design, which is grown in a single epitaxy step, may enable lower cost long wavelength VCSELs.

  19. Contrast-induced nephropathy: epidemiology and prevention.

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    Bagshaw, S M; Culleton, B F

    2006-02-01

    Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a leading cause of iatrogenic acute kidney failure. Periprocedural CIN results in a greater risk of requiring renal replacement therapy, prolonged hospitalization, excessive health care costs, potential long term kidney impairment and mortality. Identified risk factors for CIN include premorbid chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, congestive heart failure, critical illness and volume of administered contrast media. Prophylactic interventions for the prevention of CIN remain controversial and uncertain. In this review we critically appraise the evidence for prevention of CIN. In general, every attempt should be made to correct underlying volume depletion, discontinue potential nephrotoxins, reverse any acute kidney dysfunction or when not possible, consider delay of procedure or an alternative modality for imaging. A minimum volume of contrast media should be employed, including going left ventriculogram and performing staged procedures if applicable. There are few interventions with quality evidence for reducing the incidence of CIN. procedure hydration and the use of nonionic iso-osmolar contrast media have consistently demonstrated efficacy. For patients at high risk, there is evidence to suggest benefit with N-acetylcysteine. Clinical studies with adenosine antagonists are encouraging; however, further confirmatory trials are required. Based on the available studies, there is inadequate evidence for the routine use of hemofiltration, atrial natriuretic peptides, calcium channel blockers, or prostaglandins. There is no evidence to support prophylaxis with diuretic therapy, forced diuresis, low dose dopamine, fenoldopam, captopril, or endothelin receptor antagonists. Despite recent advances in the epidemiology, pathophysiology and natural history of CIN, few effective prophylactic or therapeutic interventions have conclusively demonstrated evidence for a reduction in CIN incidence and no therapy has proven efficacious

  20. Ventriculografia e mieloradiculografia com contrastes iodados hidrosoluveis

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    Ricardo Reixach-Granés

    1975-03-01

    Full Text Available Com base em casuística de 136 exames neuro-radiológicos (ventriculografias e mieloradiculografias utilizando contrastes hidrosolúveis reabsorvíveis (iotalamato de metilglucamina e ácido iocármico, os autores ressaltam as vantagens destes produtos que permitem sem maiores complicações, perfeita visualização das estruturas examinadas.

  1. First Bloch eigenvalue in high contrast media

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    Briane, Marc, E-mail: mbriane@insa-rennes.fr [Institut de Recherche Mathématique de Rennes, INSA de Rennes (France); Vanninathan, Muthusamy, E-mail: vanni@math.tifrbng.res.in [TIFR-CAM, Bangalore (India)

    2014-01-15

    This paper deals with the asymptotic behavior of the first Bloch eigenvalue in a heterogeneous medium with a high contrast εY-periodic conductivity. When the conductivity is bounded in L{sup 1} and the constant of the Poincaré-Wirtinger weighted by the conductivity is very small with respect to ε{sup −2}, the first Bloch eigenvalue converges as ε → 0 to a limit which preserves the second-order expansion with respect to the Bloch parameter. In dimension two the expansion of the limit can be improved until the fourth-order under the same hypotheses. On the contrary, in dimension three a fibers reinforced medium combined with a L{sup 1}-unbounded conductivity leads us to a discontinuity of the limit first Bloch eigenvalue as the Bloch parameter tends to zero but remains not orthogonal to the direction of the fibers. Therefore, the high contrast conductivity of the microstructure induces an anomalous effect, since for a given low-contrast conductivity the first Bloch eigenvalue is known to be analytic with respect to the Bloch parameter around zero.

  2. Acoustics of contrastive prosody in children

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    Patel, Rupal; Piel, Jordan; Grigos, Maria

    2005-04-01

    Empirical data on the acoustics of prosodic control in children is limited, particularly for linguistically contrastive tasks. Twelve children aged 4, 7, and 11 years were asked to produce two utterances ``Show Bob a bot'' (voiced consonants) and ``Show Pop a pot'' (voiceless consonants) 10 times each with emphasis placed on the second word (Bob/Pop) and 10 times with emphasis placed on the last word (bot/pot). A total of 40 utterances were analyzed per child. The following acoustic measures were obtained for each word within each utterance: average fundamental frequency (f0), peak f0, average intensity, peak intensity, and duration. Preliminary results suggest that 4 year olds are unable to modulate prosodic cues to signal the linguistic contrast. The 7 year olds, however, not only signaled the appropriate stress location, but did so with the most contrastive differences in f0, intensity, and duration, of all age groups. Prosodic differences between stressed and unstressed words were more pronounced for the utterance with voiced consonants. These findings suggest that the acoustics of linguistic prosody begin to differentiate between age 4 and 7 and may be highly influenced by changes in physiological control and flexibility that may also affect segmental features.

  3. Graded contrast echocardiography in pulmonary arteriovenous malformations.

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    Parra, J A; Bueno, J; Zarauza, J; Fariñas-Alvarez, C; Cuesta, J M; Ortiz, P; Zarrabeitia, R; Pérez del Molino, A; Bustamante, M; Botella, L M; Delgado, M T

    2010-06-01

    To compare the results of transthoracic contrast echocardiography (TTCE) adding a grading scale with the results of thoracic computed tomography (CT) in order to optimise the use of both techniques. 95 patients with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) were examined with TTCE and thoracic CT to detect pulmonary arteriovenous malformations (PAVMs). According to previous studies, TTCE was divided into a four grade scale depending on the degree of opacification of the left ventricle after the administration of a contrast agent. Of the 95 patients (50.5% female; mean age 46 yrs), none with normal or grade 1 TTCE had detectable PAVMs on thoracic CT. Shunts of grades 2, 3 and 4 were associated with PAVMs according to thoracic CT in 25, 80, and 100% of the cases. There was a statistically significant association between the TTCE grade and the detection of a PAVM by thoracic CT. There were also statistically significant associations between TTCE grade and the cardiac cycle when the contrast was first visible in the left atrium, and size of the feeding artery. Graded TTCE and timing of left atrium opacification may be useful techniques in selecting HHT patients for PAVM screening with thoracic CT scans.

  4. A contrastive account of explanation generation.

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    Chin-Parker, Seth; Bradner, Alexandra

    2017-10-01

    In this article, we propose a contrastive account of explanation generation. Though researchers have long wrestled with the concepts of explanation and understanding, as well as with the procedures by which we might evaluate explanations, less attention has been paid to the initial generation stages of explanation. Before an explainer can answer a question, he or she must come to some understanding of the explanandum-what the question is asking-and of the explanatory form and content called for by the context. Here candidate explanations are constructed to respond to the particular interpretation of the question, which, according to the pragmatic approach to explanation, is constrained by a contrast class-a set of related but nonoccurring alternatives to the topic that emerge from the surrounding context and the explainer's prior knowledge. In this article, we suggest that generating an explanation involves two operations: one that homes in on an interpretation of the question, and a second one that locates an answer. We review empirical work that supports this account, consider the implications of these contrastive processes, and identify areas for future study.

  5. Axial Phase-Darkfield-Contrast (APDC), a new technique for variable optical contrasting in light microscopy.

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    Piper, T; Piper, J

    2012-09-01

    Axial phase-darkfield-contrast (APDC) has been developed as an illumination technique in light microscopy which promises significant improvements and a higher variability in imaging of several transparent 'problem specimens'. With this method, a phase contrast image is optically superimposed on an axial darkfield image so that a partial image based on the principal zeroth order maximum (phase contrast) interferes with an image, which is based on the secondary maxima (axial darkfield). The background brightness and character of the resulting image can be continuously modulated from a phase contrast-dominated to a darkfield-dominated character. In order to achieve this illumination mode, normal objectives for phase contrast have to be fitted with an additional central light stopper needed for axial (central) darkfield illumination. In corresponding condenser light masks, a small perforation has to be added in the centre of the phase contrast providing light annulus. These light modulating elements are properly aligned when the central perforation is congruent with the objective's light stop and the light annulus is conjugate with the phase ring. The breadth of the condenser light annulus and thus the intensity of the phase contrast partial image can be regulated with the aperture diaphragm. Additional contrast effects can be achieved when both illuminating light components are filtered at different colours. In this technique, the axial resolution (depth of field) is significantly enhanced and the specimen's three-dimensional appearance is accentuated with improved clarity as well as fine details at the given resolution limit. Typical artefacts associated with phase contrast and darkfield illumination are reduced in our methods. © 2012 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2012 Royal Microscopical Society.

  6. Anatomical background noise power spectrum in differential phase contrast and dark field contrast mammograms.

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    Garrett, John; Ge, Yongshuai; Li, Ke; Chen, Guang-Hong

    2014-12-01

    In x-ray absorption mammography, it has been found that the anatomical background noise can be characterized by a power law dependence on the spatial frequency, NPSa(f) ≈ αf(-β). In this letter, the authors present the first experimental results of the corresponding exponents, β, for differential phase contrast (βDPC) and dark field contrast (βDF) mammography. A grating-based x-ray multicontrast imaging acquisition benchtop system was used to simultaneously acquire mammograms with three different contrast mechanisms from 15 cadaver breasts under the same x-ray data acquisition conditions. The cadaver breasts were imaged in the coronal plane. The authors' experimental implementation of the well documented method [Burgess, Jacobson, and Judy, Med. Phys. 28, 419-437 (2001)] to extract the exponent β was first validated using anonymized clinical mammograms. Experiments were then used to determine β for the three types of mammograms for each cadaver breast acquired with our multicontrast imaging system: absorption contrast mammogram (βAbs.), differential phase contrast mammogram (βDPC), and dark-field contrast mammogram (βDF). The measured β values, acquired in the coronal plane with the benchtop multicontrast imaging system are βAbs. = 3.61 ± 0.49, βDPC = 2.54 ± 0.75, and βDF = 1.44 ± 0.49 for absorption, differential phase, and dark field mammogram, respectively. The β values for differential phase contrast and dark field mammography are significantly lower than the measured value of β for the corresponding absorption contrast mammograms. The greatly reduced β value of the anatomical background noise in differential phase contrast and dark field mammograms may suggest potentially improved diagnostic performance for certain types of breast cancer imaging tasks.

  7. Profilaxia da peste

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    Renato dos Santos Araújo

    1967-12-01

    Full Text Available O autor parte da premissa de que a profilaxia da doença infecciosa decorre do encadeamento epidemiológico: fonte de infecção-veículo transmissor - receptivel, para explicar a da peste, baseada no mesmo princípio. Depois de citar os 4 principais complexos epidemiológicos da peste e afirmar que tôda a profilaxia da doença consiste em atingir os dois primeiros elos dessas cadeias e proteger o último, passa a classificar os vários métodos profiláticos empregados em 2 grandes grupos: o das medidas destrutivas ou provisórias e o das medidas supressivas ou definitivas. Entre as primeiras arrola a desratização e a despulização, às quais acrescenta o tratamento e isolamento do doente e do portaãor, e entre as segundas inclui a anti-ratização e a imunização. A seguir, passa a explicar em que consistem essas várias medidas profiláticas e quais os agentes de que se tem lançado mão para executá-las, expendendo ao curso dessa exposição o conceito que formula a respeito de cada uma delas, à guisa de apreciação do seu valor relativo. Enaltece sobretudo as medidas supressivas ou definitivas, às quais empresta a maior significação na luta antipestosa, chamando a atenção, em especial, para a necessidade de estudos imunológicos para aperfeiçoamento do poder imunitário das vacinas de germes vivos avirulentos, que considera um grande recurso para a profilaxia da doença, sobretudo para a proteção do rurícola, cujo labor e modo de vida o expõem inevitavelmente a se infectar, por ocasião da ocorrência de epizootias de origem silvestre. Concluída essa primeira parte, passa a fazer o histórico de como se desenvolveu a campanha contra a peste, no Brasil, desde a época da sua invasão em 1899 pelo pôrto de Santos até os nossos dias. Nesse histórico, detem-se um pouco para expôr a atuação do extinto Serviço Nacional de Peste, o qual, criado em 1941, após a reorganização do Departamento Nacional de Saúde, passou

  8. Contrast investigations of surface acoustic waves by stroboscopic topography. 2. Wavefield deviation contrast

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    Cerva, H.; Graeff, W. (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany, F.R.))

    1985-02-16

    When imaging a surface acoustic wave by stroboscopic X-ray topography a contrast contribution exists which can be related to the deviation of X-ray beams in the deformation field of the acoustic wave. With narrow entrance slits this contribution can be separated from the surface reflected waves. Using a beam path theory of Bonse the beam trajectories inside the crystal and the intensity profiles at the surface are calculated. It is also demonstrated that this contrast which has two nearly equal peaks within the acoustic period turns to the orientation contrast with one peak per period when increasing the distance between sample and film.

  9. Contrast investigations of surface acoustic waves by stroboscopic topography. 1. Orientation contrast

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    Cerva, H.; Graeff, W.

    1984-03-16

    Surface acoustic waves are investigated by stroboscopic topography using synchrotron radiation from the storage ring DORIS. The observed contrast of the acoustic displacements of the lattice planes has the same periods as the acoustic wave. It is demonstrated that the major part of the contrast is due to orientation contrast of the curved net planes. Intensity maxima correspond to troughs of the acoustic wave, minima to crests. A numerical treatment yielding ray tracing maps, intensity curves as well as focusing conditions which are in quantitative agreement with the experimental data is presented.

  10. DA INTANGIBILIDADE DA VERDADE À IMPROPRIEDADE DOS PRINCÍPIOS DA VERDADE MATERIAL E VERDADE FORMAL

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    Cardoso, Patrícia de Almeida

    2010-01-01

    A doutrina relaciona com os princípios dispositivo e da livre investigação das provas os princípios da verdade formal e da verdade material, respectivamente. Partindo-se do significado de cada um desses princípios, passando-se pelo conceito filosófico de verdade e da análise sistemática e normativa processual, este trabalho visa constatar a impropriedade da dicotomia entre os princípios da verdade formal e verdade material, atribuindo-lhes um conceito mais apropriado - o juízo de verossimilha...

  11. Download da Revista

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    Aqui você pode fazer o download da Revista EDUCAÇÃO: Teoria e Prática, edição 47, volume 24. Disponibilizamos quatro formatos: XML, PDF, EPUB e MOBI. Agora você pode ler nossa revista diretamente do seu dispositivo móvel!

  12. Editoriais dourados da REBEn

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    Lygia Paim Müller Dias

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho está escrito tendo como fonte uma re-leitura de Editoriais da REBEn escritos nos anos 70 a 80. À intencionalidade de alçar das entrelinhas motivações, atitudes, valores, crenças, tendências, ideologias, princípios, nem sempre visíveis tão claramente quando lidos sem o esforço sistemático do método, atrelou-se a opção pela análise de conteúdo, considerada como um conjunto de técnicas. A metodologia compreendeu três etapas no trabalho de análise: pré-análise, descrição analítica e interpretação inferencial. Os resultados esperados incluem ir além dos conteúdos manifestos e dão lugar ao descortinamento dos conteúdos latentes. Esta dimensão inferencial permitiu reconhecer quão brilhantes ou "dourados" são estes editoriais, sobremodo por irradiarem valores reais além dos formais. Essas interpretações não dispensaram o uso da dimensão subjetiva ao fazer a relação entre o Dourado da autora dos Editoriais e o emanado do conjunto da produção editorial analisada.

  13. Moderate Contrast in the Evaluation of Paintings Is Liked More but Remembered Less than High Contrast

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    Katinka Dijkstra; Noah N. N. van Dongen

    2017-01-01

    Many visual aspects of paintings, as well as exposure to art and cultural norms, contribute to the aesthetic evaluation of paintings. The current study looked at heightened visual contrast as an important factor in the appreciation of paintings. Participants evaluated abstract digitized paintings that were manipulated in contrast for an appreciation task and were later presented with these paintings in a memory task. The results indicated that for art appreciation, a moderate increase in cont...

  14. Exogenous contrast agents for thermoacoustic imaging: an investigation into the underlying sources of contrast.

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    Ogunlade, O.; Beard, P

    2015-01-01

    Thermoacoustic imaging at microwave excitation frequencies is limited by the low differential contrast exhibited by high water content tissues. To overcome this, exogenous thermoacoustic contrast agents based on gadolinium compounds, iron oxide, and single wall carbon nanotubes have previously been suggested and investigated. However, these previous studies did not fully characterize the electric, magnetic, and thermodynamic properties of these agents thus precluding identification of the und...

  15. Medios de contraste en imágenes Media contrasts in imaging

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    Pablo Sartori

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo realizamos una revisión y actualización de las acciones, indicaciones, reacciones adversas y sus tratamientos, interacciones y contraindicaciones de los distintos medios de contrastes.In this review, we revised and updated the actions, indications, interactions and contraindications of the different contrast media, as well as their adverse reactions and how to treat them.

  16. Reliability in perimetric multichannel contrast sensitivity measurements.

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    de Fez, Dolores; Capilla, Pascual; Camps, Vicente; Luque, M José; Moncho, Vicenta

    2014-11-01

    In this study, the reliability of perimetric contrast sensitivity measurements favouring the achromatic, the red-green and the blue-yellow post-receptorial mechanisms was analysed. A new technique, multichannel ATD perimetry, provides spatial and temporal stimuli favouring the detection by an achromatic mechanism (A), from a magno or parvocellular origin or by a red-green (RG) chromatic mechanism, with a parvocellular origin or a blue-yellow (BY) mechanism, with a koniocellular origin. The repeatability and reproducibility of contrast sensitivity measurements with these stimuli were studied in a group of 40 healthy subjects. The analysis was carried out on 21 testing points within a 60° by 40° fovea-centred region of the visual field. The within-observer repeatability for the four mechanisms studied is either good or excellent when the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) can be calculated. For the remaining points, the Friedman's test finds that the measurements are repeatable. The between-observer reproducibility was either excellent or good in cases where the ICC was applied and according to the Friedman's test all results were reproducible. The results obtained showed good repeatability and reproducibility with A, RG and BY stimuli, although with BY stimuli repeatability is slightly worse. Future studies on the diagnostic validity of this device are based on the fact that changes of sensitivity can be compared by means of a visual single task, contrast sensitivity measurement and using a common metric. © 2014 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2014 Optometrists Association Australia.

  17. Contrast agents and renal cell apoptosis.

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    Romano, Giulia; Briguori, Carlo; Quintavalle, Cristina; Zanca, Ciro; Rivera, Natalia V; Colombo, Antonio; Condorelli, Gerolama

    2008-10-01

    Contrast media (CM) induce a direct toxic effect on renal tubular cells. This toxic effect may have a role in the pathophysiology of contrast nephropathy. We evaluated (i) the cytotoxicity of CM [both low-osmolality (LOCM) and iso-osmolality (IOCM)], of iodine alone, and of an hyperosmolar solution (mannitol 8%) on human embryonic kidney (HEK 293), porcine proximal renal tubular (LLC-PK1), and canine Madin-Darby distal tubular renal (MDCK) cells; and (ii) the effectiveness of various antioxidant compounds [n-acetylcysteine (NAC), ascorbic acid and sodium bicarbonate] in preventing CM cytotoxicity. The cytotoxicity of CM was assessed at different time points, with different methods: cell viability, DNA laddering, flow cytometry, and caspase activation. Both LOCM and IOCM produced a concentration- and time-dependent increase in cell death as assessed by the different methods. On the contrary, iodine alone and hyperosmolar solution did not induce any significant cytotoxic effect. There was not any significant difference in the cytotoxic effect between LOCM and IOCM. Furthermore, both LOCM and IOCM caused a marked increase in caspase-3 and -9 activities and poly(ADP-ribose) fragmentation, while no effect on caspase-8/-10 was observed, thus indicating that the CM activated apoptosis mainly through the intrinsic pathway. Both CM induced an increase in protein expression levels of pro-apoptotic members of the Bcl2 family (Bim and Bad). NAC and ascorbic acid but not sodium bicarbonate had a dose-dependent protective effect on renal cells after 3 h incubation with high dose (200 mg iodine/mL) of both LOCM and IOCM. Both LOCM and IOCM induce a dose-dependent renal cell apoptosis. NAC and ascorbic acid but not sodium bicarbonate prevent this contrast-induced apoptosis.

  18. Regulatory compliance associated with contrast media.

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    Stevens, Catherine M

    2005-01-01

    A basic understanding of the role of regulatory agencies in governing the healthcare environment and their influence over contrast media use is required of radiographers and imaging administrators to meet the many standards of compliance. In addition, radiology management teams must consider cost effectiveness, departmental efficiency, workplace safety, and compliance in choosing to implement new products. Regulatory agencies may be classified into 2 groups, voluntary and involuntary. Involuntary agencies are governmental agencies mandating regulatory compliance by local, state, or federal laws. Voluntary agencies are precisely that, those agencies an institution voluntarily chooses to participate with, to demonstrate the quality of care they provide. Failure to follow involuntary regulatory guidelines or to participate in voluntary best practice standards jeopardizes patient safety and the quality of care provided, and exposes the institution and the individual to liability risks. Severe penalties may result from a failure to maintain regulatory compliance, including the possibility of large fines, criminal indictments, and loss of third-party reimbursement. Achieving regulatory compliance is never an easy venture with the number of regulatory agencies and standards needing to be addressed. Combining regulatory compliance with the effects of doing business provides quite a challenge for today's imaging departments. A solid knowledge base in regulatory standards along with continuous investigation of new standards will allow departments to evaluate their own processes involved in providing patient care. Recognition of areas of high risk/high volume, including contrast media use, will assist in directing the departments' focus appropriately. A thorough evaluation of the products used and their respective handing and administration, in regard to patient and workplace safety, and appropriate documentation of workplace injuries due to contrast media packaging, will

  19. A Concise Contrastive Grammar of English

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    Hjulmand, Lise-Lotte

    Like the first edition, this second revised edition of the workbook is intended to be used together with A Concise Contrastive Grammar of English for Danish Students, which is a systematic and pedagogical introduction to English grammar for Danish students of English at bachelor level. The purpose...... of the workbook is to supply students and teachers with material which can be used in connection with the study of grammar. The workbook is organised so that each chapter in the grammar book matches a chapter in the workbook. There are exercises of many different kinds in the workbook. Some aim at explanation...

  20. Contrast stress echocardiography in hypertensive heart disease

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    Lønnebakken Mai

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Hypertension is associated with atherosclerosis and cardiac and vascular structural and functional changes. Myocardial ischemia may arise in hypertension independent of coronary artery disease through an interaction between several pathophysiological mechanisms, including left ventricular hypertrophy, increased arterial stiffness and reduced coronary flow reserve associated with microvascular disease and endothelial dysfunction. The present case report demonstrates how contrast stress echocardiography can be used to diagnose myocardial ischemia in a hypertensive patient with angina pectoris but without significant obstructive coronary artery disease. The myocardial ischemia was due to severe resistant hypertension complicated with concentric left ventricular hypertrophy and increased arterial stiffness.

  1. Visual saliency detection using local patches contrast

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    Xie, Zhao-xia; Du, Yan-ping; Lu, Hai-ming; Yang, Zi-jing

    2017-07-01

    Human vision system possesses a strong ability to interpret complex scenes in real time effortlessly and efficiently. However, computational modeling of basic intelligent behavior still remains a significant challenge in the fields of computer vision system. Different from context-aware saliency algorithm, our method for saliency detection, not only using basic properties of visual attention but also introducing local patches contrast cues, thus it can effectively improve the accuracy of visual saliency detection with relatively low computational complexity. Furthermore, the experimental results also indicate that the effectiveness of our proposed method.

  2. Digital mammography using iodine-based contrast media: initial clinical experience with dynamic contrast medium enhancement.

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    Diekmann, Felix; Diekmann, Susanne; Jeunehomme, Fanny; Muller, Serge; Hamm, Bernd; Bick, Ulrich

    2005-07-01

    We sought to evaluate the potential of dynamic contrast enhancement after the intravenous administration of an iodine-based contrast medium in full-field digital mammography. A protocol for image acquisition was established for contrast-enhanced mammography and the mammography unit (Senographe 2000D, GE Healthcare, Buc, France) changed as required. The effect of the protocol parameters on imaging was investigated. Subsequently, 21 patients with 25 suspicious lesions of the breast (10 benign, 1 borderline, and 14 malignant) underwent mammography with administration of an iodine-based contrast medium (Ultravist 370, Schering AG, Berlin, Germany), after approval of ethical committee as well as permission of German federal office for Radiation protection, and informed consent from each patient was obtained. Three sequential digital mammographic images of the respective breast were acquired after administration of the contrast medium at a dose of 1 mL/kg body weight and a flow of 4 mL/s. The postcontrast images were acquired 60, 120, and 180 seconds after administration. Subsequently, the precontrast image was logarithmically subtracted from the postcontrast images. Enhancement of the lesions was measured in absolute terms as well as relative to the enhancement of the glandular tissue. The subtracted images were evaluated for lesion depiction and dynamic contrast enhancement. Lesion-enhancement kinetics were compared with the histologic findings. All malignant lesions were identified on the contrast-enhanced images of digital mammography. Three of the tumors (2 malignant, 1 benign) were detected only by contrast-enhanced mammography and not by standard mammography. Dynamic enhancement curves of benign and malignant tumors in contrast-enhanced mammography look similar to the curves known from gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. Nevertheless differentiation between malignant and benign tumors based on the enhancement patterns cannot be directly taken over from

  3. Ultrasonido con contraste de masas hepáticas Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in hepatic masses

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    Hojun Yu

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available El ultrasonido (US con contraste constituye una poderosa herramienta diagnóstica en la caracterización de masas hepáticas. Las modernas técnicas de ultrasonido con contraste presentan alta sensibilidad con dosis bajas de contraste, lo que juntamente con la técnica de supresión de ecos resulta en imágenes de muy alta resolución temporal y espacial, propiciando el resurgimiento de la ultrasonografía en la era de la tomografía computada (TC y de la resonancia magnética (RM. El agente de contraste utilizado es muy seguro, sin efectos de nefrotoxicidad y apropiado para pacientes con función renal disminuida. La posibilidad de utilizar múltiples inyecciones de micro burbujas y de realizar observaciones reiteradas de patrones de vascularización de las masas hepáticas, la convierten en una herramienta diagnóstica segura y confiable en la resolución de lesiones hepáticas indeterminadas previo a la TC y RM. En este artículo describimos los principios básicos del US con contraste, consideraciones prácticas en la realización de los estudios, debilidades y fortalezas del método en comparación con la TC y RM y patrones de vascularización en las cinco masas hepáticas más comunes: hemangioma, hiperplasia nodular focal, adenoma, carcinoma hepatocelular y metástasis.Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS is a powerful tool in the characterization of various liver masses. Modern techniques of contrast ultrasonography are highly sensitive to minute doses of the contrast agent and with the suppression of background tissue echoes result in images with very high contrast resolution. Added to this advantage are the high temporal and spatial resolution intrinsic to sonography in general, which have resulted in a robust resurgence of sonography in this era of CT and MRI. The excellent safety profile of the contrast agent with no nephrotoxicity allows for multiple injections of microbubble in deciphering the vascular structure and enhancement

  4. Contrast enhanced cartilage imaging: Comparison of ionic and non-ionic contrast agents

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    Wiener, Edzard [Department of Radiology, Technical University Munich, Ismaninger Str. 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany)]. E-mail: ewiener@roe.med.tu-muenchen.de; Woertler, Klaus [Department of Radiology, Technical University Munich, Ismaninger Str. 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany); Weirich, Gregor [Institute of Pathology, Technical University Munich, Troger Str. 18, D-81675 Munich (Germany); Rummeny, Ernst J. [Department of Radiology, Technical University Munich, Ismaninger Str. 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany); Settles, Marcus [Department of Radiology, Technical University Munich, Ismaninger Str. 22, D-81675 Munich (Germany)

    2007-07-15

    Our objective was to compare relaxation effects, dynamics and spatial distributions of ionic and non-ionic contrast agents in articular cartilage at concentrations typically used for direct MR arthrography at 1.5 T. Dynamic MR-studies over 11 h were performed in 15 bovine patella specimens. For each of the contrast agents gadopentetate dimeglumine, gadobenate dimeglumine, gadoteridol and mangafodipir trinatrium three patellae were placed in 2.5 mmol/L contrast solution. Simultaneous measurements of T {sub 1} and T {sub 2} were performed every 30 min using a high-spatial-resolution 'MIX'-sequence. T {sub 1}, T {sub 2} and {delta}R {sub 1}, {delta}R {sub 2} profile plots across cartilage thickness were calculated to demonstrate the spatial and temporal distributions. The charge is one of the main factors which controls the amount of the contrast media diffusing into intact cartilage, but independent of the charge, the spatial distribution across cartilage thickness remains highly inhomogeneous even after 11 h of diffusion. The absolute {delta}R {sub 2}-effect in cartilage is at least as large as the {delta}R {sub 1}-effect for all contrast agents. Maximum changes were 5-12 s{sup -1} for {delta}R {sub 1} and 8-15 s{sup -1} for {delta}R {sub 2}. This study indicates that for morphologically intact cartilage only the amount of contrast agents within cartilage is determined by the charge but not the spatial distribution across cartilage thickness. In addition, {delta}R {sub 2} can be considered for quantification of contrast agent concentrations, since it is of the same magnitude and less time consuming to measure than {delta}R {sub 1}.

  5. Malacofauna da plataforma continental portuguesa

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    Gomes, Jaime Alberto Jardim

    2009-01-01

    Este estudo tem como objectivo principal a identificação e caracterização da malacofauna da plataforma continental portuguesa. Baseia-se no estudo de 72 amostras de sedimentos colhidas em campanhas oceanográficas efectuadas ao longo da plataforma, de Caminha à Figueira da Foz e de Sagres a Vila Real de Santo António (incluindo alguns locais na Baía de Cádiz, Espanha). Foi recenseado um total de 1500 indivíduos, dos quais 1251 são representantes da classe Bivalvia, 201 ...

  6. Convivendo com a diferença: o impacto da sorodiscordância na vida afetivo-sexual de portadores do HIV/AIDS Conviviendo con la diferencia: el impacto de la serodiscordancia en la vida afectiva-sexual de portadores del VIH/SIDA Living with the difference: the impact of serodiscordance on the affective and sexual life of HIV/AIDS patients

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    Renata Karina Reis

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo descritivo exploratório e qualitativo objetivou descrever e analisar o impacto da sorodiscordância na vida afetivo-sexual de indivíduos com HIV/AIDS que convivem em parceria heterossexual e soronegativa ao HIV. Foram entrevistados 11 portadores do HIV/AIDS que realizavam acompanhamento clínico ambulatorial em um hospital universitário-referência do interior paulista. Os dados foram coletados através de entrevista individual gravada, e analisados segundo análise de Prosa. A vivência com a sorodiscordância ao HIV/AIDS impõe a esses casais o manejo de muitas dificuldades relacionadas à sua intimidade, diante da possibilidade de transmissão do HIV para o parceiro soronegativo, com impacto negativo na vivência da sexualidade entre parceiros sorodiscordantes, repercutindo em alterações da resposta sexual humana, favorecendo até mesmo a abstinência sexual. Apontamos a necessidade de atendimento por equipes interdisciplinares junto aos portadores do HIV/AIDS, e também de sua parceria sexual, proporcionando assistência integral, contemplando a sexualidade e as dificuldades advindas com a sorodiscordância.Este estudio descriptivo, exploratorio y cualitativo, tuvo como objetivo describir y analizar el impacto de la serodiscordancia en la vida afectivo-sexual de individuos con HIV/aids que conviven con pareja heterosexual seronegativa al HIV. Fueron entre-vistados 11 portadores de HIV/aids que efectuaban seguimiento clínico ambulatorio en un hospital universitario de referencia del interior de San Pablo, Brasil. Los datos fueron recogidos a través de entrevista individual grabada, y analizados según análisis de la Prosa. La convivencia con la serodiscordancia impone a tales parejas el manejo de muchas dificultades relacionadas con su intimidad, ante la posibilidad de transmisión del HIV al compañero seronegativo, con impacto negativo en la experiencia de la sexualidad entre parejas serodiscordantes, repercutiendo eso

  7. Phonemic vowel length contrasts in cerebellar disorders.

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    Ackermann, H; Gräber, S; Hertrich, I; Daum, I

    1999-04-01

    Apraxia of speech and Broca's aphasia both affect voice onset time (VOT) whereas phonemic vowel length distinctions seem to be preserved. Assuming a close cooperation of anterior perisylvian language zones and the cerebellum with respect to speech timing, a similar profile of segment durations must be expected in ataxic dysarthria. In order to test this hypothesis, patients with cerebellar atrophy or cerebellar ischemia were asked to produce sentence utterances including either one of the German lexial items "Rate" (/ra:t(h)e/, 'installment'), "Ratte" (/rat(h)e/, 'rat'), "Gram" (/gra:m/, 'grief'), "Gramm" (/gram/, 'gramm'), "Taten" (/t(h)atn/, 'actions'), or "Daten" (/datn/, 'data'). At the acoustic signal, the duration of the target vowels /a/ and /a:/ as well as the VOT of the word-initial alveolar stops /d/ and /t/ were determined. In addition, a master tape comprising the target words from patients and controls in randomized order was played to three listeners for perceptual evaluation. In accordance with a previous study, first, the cerebellar subjects presented with a reduced categorical separation of the VOT of voiced and unvoiced stop consonants. Second, vowel length distinctions were only compromised in case of the minimal pair "Gram"/"Gramm." In contrast to "Rate"/"Ratte", production of the former lexical items requires coordination of several orofacial structures. Disruption of vowel length contrasts would, thus, depend upon the complexity of the underlying articulatory pattern. Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

  8. Contrast enhancement for images in turbid water.

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    Lu, Huimin; Li, Yujie; Zhang, Lifeng; Serikawa, Seiichi

    2015-05-01

    Absorption, scattering, and color distortion are three major degradation factors in underwater optical imaging. Light rays are absorbed while passing through water, and absorption rates depend on the wavelength of the light. Scattering is caused by large suspended particles, which are always observed in an underwater environment. Color distortion occurs because the attenuation ratio is inversely proportional to the wavelength of light when light passes through a unit length in water. Consequently, underwater images are dark, low contrast, and dominated by a bluish tone. In this paper, we propose a novel underwater imaging model that compensates for the attenuation discrepancy along the propagation path. In addition, we develop a robust color lines-based ambient light estimator and a locally adaptive filtering algorithm for enhancing underwater images in shallow oceans. Furthermore, we propose a spectral characteristic-based color correction algorithm to recover the distorted color. The enhanced images have a reasonable noise level after the illumination compensation in the dark regions, and demonstrate an improved global contrast by which the finest details and edges are enhanced significantly.

  9. Microlesions induced by microcavitation during contrast echocardiography

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    Miller, Douglas; Li, Peng; Gordon, David; Armstrong, William

    2004-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to search for histologically identifiable lesions associated with myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) in rats. Diagnostic ultrasound scans with 1:4 end-systolic triggering provided a short-axis view of the left ventricle in rats at 1.5 MHz with 1.45-μs pulses of 1.7 Mechanical Index. Two relatively high doses (500 μl/kg) of OptisonTM ultrasound contrast agent were given 5 min apart during 10 min of MCE. One day after scanning, rats were sacrificed and the hearts fixed for histology. Slides were scored blind by a pathologist, and photomicrographs in the anterior half of the heart sections were characterized by digital image analysis. Microlesions identified by inflammatory infiltrates were scattered primarily over the anterior half of the sections. Pathologically, there was inflammatory cell infiltration in areas of 0.6+/-0.5% of the sections for shams and 3.6+/-3.6% for MCE (Pmicrocavitation. [Work supported by NIH Grant EB0338.

  10. Halftoning for high-contrast imaging

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    Kasper M.

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available High-contrast instruments, such as SPHERE (upcoming planet finder instrument for the ESO-VLT, or EPICS (planet hunter project for the future E-ELT, will require customized components with spatially varying transmission (e.g. coronagraphs, optical components that reduce the contrast between a companion and its parent star. The goal of these sub-systems is to control the spatial transmission, either in a pupil plane (pupil apodization, or in a focal plane of the instrument (occulting mask, i.e. low-frequency filter. Reliably producing components with spatially varying transmission is not trivial, and different techniques have been already investigated for application to astronomy (e.g. metal deposition with spatially-varying thickness, or high-energy beam sensitive glass using e-beam lithography. We present some results related to the recent development of components with spatially varying transmission using a relatively simple technique analogous to the digital halftoning process used for printing applications.

  11. The Contrast Theory of negative input.

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    Saxton, M

    1997-02-01

    Beliefs about whether or not children receive corrective input for grammatical errors depend crucially on how one defines the concept of correction. Arguably, previous conceptualizations do not provide a viable basis for empirical research (Gold, 1967; Brown & Hanlon, 1970; Hirsh-Pasek, Treiman & Schneiderman, 1984). Within the Contrast Theory of negative input, an alternative definition of negative evidence is offered, based on the idea that the unique discourse structure created in the juxtaposition of child error and adult correct form can reveal to the child the contrast, or conflict, between the two forms, and hence provide a basis for rejecting the erroneous form. A within-subjects experimental design was implemented for 36 children (mean age 5;0), in order to compare the immediate effects of negative evidence with those of positive input, on the acquisition of six novel irregular past tense forms. Children reproduced the correct irregular model more often, and persisted with fewer errors, following negative evidence rather than positive input.

  12. Direct tomography with chemical-bond contrast.

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    Huotari, Simo; Pylkkänen, Tuomas; Verbeni, Roberto; Monaco, Giulio; Hämäläinen, Keijo

    2011-05-29

    Three-dimensional (3D) X-ray imaging methods have advanced tremendously during recent years. Traditional tomography uses absorption as the contrast mechanism, but for many purposes its sensitivity is limited. The introduction of diffraction, small-angle scattering, refraction, and phase contrasts has increased the sensitivity, especially in materials composed of light elements (for example, carbon and oxygen). X-ray spectroscopy, in principle, offers information on element composition and chemical environment. However, its application in 3D imaging over macroscopic length scales has not been possible for light elements. Here we introduce a new hard-X-ray spectroscopic tomography with a unique sensitivity to light elements. In this method, dark-field section images are obtained directly without any reconstruction algorithms. We apply the method to acquire the 3D structure and map the chemical bonding in selected samples relevant to materials science. The novel aspects make this technique a powerful new imaging tool, with an inherent access to the molecular-level chemical environment. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved

  13. A contrastive view of Irish language dynamics.

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    Giollagáin, Conchúr O

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents an analysis of the linguistic anthropology which underpins the language dynamics of two Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) areas, Ros Muc in Conamara, Co. Galway and Ráth Cairn in Co. Meath. This research highlights what could be considered a socio-linguistic paradox: the community (Ráth Cairn) which engages more vigorously in language maintenance endeavors, and exhibits a greater awareness of language policy and of linguistic ideology among members of the community, fares less favorably in socio-linguistic terms to the contrasting community (Ros Muc) which has to endure a more challenging socio-economic climate than that of Ráth Cairn. The relative socio-economic success of the Ráth Cairn community appears to be masking a greater malaise of socio-cultural fragility and language endangerment. In contrast, the language obsolescence issues faced by the Ros Muc community, though superficially not as severe, are enmeshed in what would be considered more pressing issues of socio-economic marginalization.

  14. Osteoblastic Metastases Mimickers on Contrast Enhanced CT

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    Fahad Al-Lhedan

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Secondary osseous involvement in lymphoma is more common compared to primary bone lymphoma. The finding of osseous lesion can be incidentally discovered during the course of the disease. However, osseous metastases are infrequently silent. Detection of osseous metastases is crucial for accurate staging and optimal treatment planning of lymphoma. The aim of imaging is to identify the presence and extent of osseous disease and to assess for possible complications such as pathological fracture of the load-bearing bones and cord compression if the lesion is spinal. We are presenting two patients with treated lymphoma who were in complete remission. On routine follow-up contrast enhanced CT, there were new osteoblastic lesions in the spine worrisome for metastases. Additional studies were performed for further evaluation of both of them which did not demonstrate any corresponding suspicious osseous lesion. The patients have a prior history of chronic venous occlusive thrombosis that resulted in collaterals formation. Contrast enhancement of the vertebral body marrow secondary to collaterals formation and venous flow through the vertebral venous plexus can mimic the appearance of spinal osteoblastic metastases.

  15. HCIT Broadband Contrast Performance Sensitivity Studies

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    Sidick, Erkin; Shaklan, Stuart; Balasubramanian, Kunjithapatham

    2012-01-01

    The High Contrast Imaging Testbed (HCIT) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory employs a broadband wavefront correction algorithm called Electric Field Conjugation (EFC) to obtain the required 10-10 contrast. This algorithm works with one deformable mirror (DM) to estimate the electric-field to be controlled, and with one or multiple DM's to create a "darkhole" in a predefined region of the image plane where terrestrial planets would be found. We have investigated the effects of absorbing dust particles on a flat optic, absorbing spots on the occulting mask, dead actuators on the DM, and the effects of control bandwidth on the efficiency of the EFC algorithm in a Lyot coronagraph configuration. The structural design of the optical system as well as the parameters of various optical elements used in the analysis is drawn from those of the HCIT system that have been implemented with one DM. The simulation takes into account the surface errors of various optical elements. Results of some of these studies have been verified by actual measurements.

  16. Imunologia da hanseníase Immunology of leprosy

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    Vanessa Amaral Mendonça

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available A hanseníase é doença crônica infecciosa que se caracteriza por apresentar formas clínicas contrastantes, que são dependentes da interação do bacilo com a resposta imune do hospedeiro. O estudo dos processos imunológicos torna-se fundamental para o entendimento dos mecanismos envolvidos na apresentação e no desenvolvimento da doença. Neste artigo, é revisada a imunopatogênese da hanseníase.Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease characterized by contrasting clinical forms that are dependent on the interactions between the bacillus and the host immune response. Thus, the study of the immunological process is extremely relevant for the comprehension of the mechanisms involved in leprosy presentation and development. In this paper, the immunopathogenesis of leprosy is reviewed.

  17. Da capo: A musical technique to evoke narrative recall

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    Pilcher, N.; Cortazzi, M.; Jin, Lixian

    2013-01-01

    This article proposes the use of recorded music chosen by researchers to elicit participant accountsof life experiences, a technique we name ‘da capo recall.’ Fifteen mainland hinese students whohad studied in the UK were played seven contrasting extracts of classical music. They were asked how each extract reminded them of anything salient on their undergraduate degrees. We relate major points of narrative research to music and discuss: the method and procedure, the participants’ responses a...

  18. Seeking 'energy' vs. pain relief in spas in Brazil (Caldas da Imperatriz) and Portugal (Termas da Sulfurea).

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    Quintela, Maria Manuel

    2011-04-01

    This paper is a comparative ethnography of the therapeutic practices at two different spa locations: Caldas da Imperatriz, SC, Brazil, and Termas da Sulfurea in Cabeco de Vide, Portugal. The comparison reveals the existence of contrasting 'explanatory models' held by the spa-goers as well as by the official medical systems. In the Portuguese context this model is highly medicalized; in the Brazilian case, spa treatments are viewed as 'alternative' or 'complementary' therapy and are also related to religious philosophies. Each model corresponds to a different idiom expressing certain experiences and world views, one focusing on 'pains' (dores) and the other on 'energy' (energia), the former leading to the rationale of 'curing', the latter to the notion of 'energizing'. In this paper the author intends to analyze and contrast the categories found in these models, which originate from different conceptions of health, illness and healing for Brazilian and Portuguese spa-goers.

  19. [Contrast vision-definitions, conversions, and equivalence tables].

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    Bach, M; Hoffmann, M B; Jägle, H; Heinrich, S P; Schiefer, U; Wesemann, W

    2017-04-01

    Human contrast vision and its quantitative assessment are gaining more attention. Publications on this topic can be confusing due to the overabundance of differing definitions and quantification of contrast vision. As a case in point, in Germany, contrast ratios as required for certain driving licenses and the DIN-defined contrast ratio are reciprocal. In this article, the five most important definitions of luminance contrast and contrast vision (Michelson, Weber, contrast ratios, logCS) are presented. We detail the specific domains for them, give formulae to convert between all of them and provide a table with equivalent values. We recommend the unit logCS wherever possible.

  20. A REFORMA DA IGREJA

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    Vítor Galdino Feller

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available O pontificado do papa Francisco trouxe à tona o tema da reforma da Igreja. Retoma-se essa causa que acompanha a história da Igreja desde os seus primórdios e que interessa a todos os membros do povo santo de Deus. O texto divide-se em quatro partes. Primeiro, faz-se um apanhado histórico dos anseios de reforma da Igreja, mostrando que, muitas vezes em instâncias subterrâneas, sempre houve o desejo e também ações concretas de renovação. Em seguida, apresenta-se como razão para a reforma da Igreja o anúncio e a realização do Reino de Deus, pelo qual é preciso que a Igreja se volte à concretude humana e histórica de Jesus de Nazaré, pela superação do apego ao poder e às estruturas religiosas. Num terceiro momento, trata-se do critério pelo qual se mede a realização e a veracidade da reforma da Igreja: a santidade de cada fiel e do povo cristão no meio do mundo. Por fim, conclui-se que o caminho para a reforma da Igreja está na escuta dos clamores do Espírito Santo, que fala na própria Igreja e no mundo através do sensus fidei dos fiéis, das Igrejas particulares, dos pobres, das mulheres e das realidades terrestres. ABSTRACT: The pontificate of Pope Francis brought to the surface the theme of reform of the Church. This essay takes up this cause that accompanies the history of the Church from its beginnings and concerns all the members of the holy people of God. The text is divided into four parts. First, it gives a historical summary of the yearnings for reform of the Church, showing that, in many instances subterranean, there has always been the desire and also the concrete actions of renewal. Following from this, the essay presents as the reason for the reform of the Church the proclamation and the realization of the Kingdom of God, whereby it is necessary that the Church return to the concrete human and historical Jesus of Nazareth, in order to overcome the addiction to power and to religious structures. In the

  1. The da Vinci robot.

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    Moran, Michael E

    2006-12-01

    One might assume from the title of this paper that the nuances of a complex mechanical robot will be discussed, and this would be correct. On the other hand, the date of the design and possible construction of this robot was 1495, a little more than five centuries ago. The key point in the title is the lack of a trademarked name, as Leonardo was the designer of this sophisticated system. His notes from the Codex Altanticus represent the foundation of this report. English translations of da Vinci's notebooks are currently available. Beginning in the 1950s, investigators at the University of California began to ponder the significance of some of da Vinci's markings on what appeared to be technical drawings. Such markings also occur in his Codex Atlanticus (the largest single collection of da Vinci's sheets, consisting of 1119 separate pages and 481 folios) along with a large number of other mechanical devices. Continuing research at the Instituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza in Florence has yielded a great deal of information about Leonardo's intentions with regard to his mechanical knight. It is now known that da Vinci's robot would have had the outer appearance of a Germanic knight. It had a complex core of mechanical devices that probably was human powered. The robot had two independent operating systems. The first had three degree-of-freedom legs, ankles, knees, and hips. The second had four degrees of freedom in the arms with articulated shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. A mechanical analog-programmable controller within the chest provided the power and control for the arms. The legs were powered by an external crank arrangement driving the cable, which connected to key locations near each lower extremity's joints. Da Vinci also is known to have devised a programmable front-wheel-drive automobile with rack-and-pinion suspension mechanisms at age 26. He would recall this device again, when, at age 40, he is thought to have built a programmable automated

  2. O Tema da Cidadania

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    Adriano Moreira

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Neste artigo tentaremos evidenciar a natureza pelo menos tripartida da cidadania que responde ao incontroladoglobalismo: uma que se confunde com os direitos humanos, exigentes querem seja o Estado o seu interlocutor,quer não exista tal interlocutor; outra que se insere na fenomenologia dos grandes espaços em formação, de que aUnião Europeia é exemplo, e a que o projecto da Constituição Europeia, agora em recolhimento de meditação, jáoferece o apoio de uma definição específica de direitos; e finalmente, a cidadania que diz respeito à relação com oEstado soberano em crise de redefinição, sobretudo, pelo que nos interessa, no espaço europeu.

  3. Brightness contrast-contrast induction model predicts assimilation and inverted assimilation effects.

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    Barkan, Yuval; Spitzer, Hedva; Einav, Shmuel

    2008-10-17

    In classical assimilation effects, intermediate luminance patches appear lighter when their immediate surround is comprised of white patches and appear darker when their immediate surround is comprised of dark patches. With patches either darker or lighter than both inducing patches, the direction of the brightness effect is reversed and termed as "inverted assimilation effect." Several explanations and models have been suggested, some are relevant to specific stimulus geometry, anchoring theory, and models that involve high level cortical processing (such as scission, etc.). None of these studies predicted the various types of assimilation effects and their inverted effects. We suggest here a compound brightness model, which is based on contrast-contrast induction (second-order adaptation mechanism). The suggested model predicts the various types of brightness assimilation effects and their inverted effects. The model is composed of three main stages: (1) composing post-retinal second-order opponent receptive fields, (2) calculations of local and remote contrast, and (3) adaptation of the second-order (contrast-contrast induction). We also utilize a variation of the Jacobi iteration process to enable elegant edge integration in order to evaluate the model is performance.

  4. Efectividade da Fisioterapia

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    Faria, Pedro Joaquim Pereira

    2011-01-01

    Trabalho apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Licenciado em Fisioterapia Objectivo: Determinar a efectividade da Fisioterapia com recurso a técnicas de Ventilação Não Invasiva (VNI) em Doentes Neuromusculares (DNM). Metodologia: Pesquisa computorizada nas bases de dados Pubmed/Medline e PEDro permitindo identificar estudos randomizados controlados que avaliam diferentes técnicas de VNI associadas ao tratamento de DNM. Resultados: Nes...

  5. A psicologia feminista e a violência contra as mulheres na intimidade: a (reconstrução dos espaços terapêuticos Feminist psychology and violence against women in intimate relations: the (reconstruction of therapeutical spaces

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    Sofia Neves

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available O presente documento constitui uma reflexão crítica sobre os pressupostos gerais das metodologias feministas aplicados ao exercício da Psicologia especificamente em contextos terapêuticos. É feita uma breve alusão ao enquadramento histórico que esteve subjacente à emergência da Psicologia feminista, bem como aos princípios que estiveram na base do desenvolvimento de novas e inovadoras práticas terapêuticas dirigidas, sobretudo a mulheres, numa lógica de intervenção feminista. Ao advogar o princípio da emancipação feminina, totalmente adverso ao regime patriarcal, os/as psicólogos/as feministas assumem a sua opção pela não neutralidade da ciência psicológica e das suas práticas e politizam os espaços terapêuticos onde se movimentam. Esta tomada de posição é particularmente significativa nas situações de violência, uma vez que possibilita que as vítimas vejam validadas as suas experiências pessoais.The present document constitutes a critical reflection on general presupposals of feminist methodologies applied in psychological practices, more specifically in therapeutical contexts. A brief reference is made to the historical frame under which Feminist Psychology emerged as well as to the principles that based the development of new and innovative therapeutical practices for women in a feminist intervention approach. By advocating the principle of women's emancipation, totally contrary to the patriarchal regime, feminist psychologists take upon their option for the non-neutrality of psychological science and their practices, thus politicizing therapeutical spaces where they act. This decision making is particularly significant in violent situations, since it makes it possible the victims be acknowledged in their personal experiences.

  6. "TA-DA!"

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    Nielsen, Andreas Højlund; Gebauer, Line; Mcgregor, William

    Is the neurally perceived distance from [d] to [t] different from the one from [t] to [d]? To address this question we investigated the mismatch response (MMR) both directional contrasts. The MMR has been shown to be an index of the brain’s auditory change detection. We therefore hypothesized......] and [æd]. Participants’ brains thus seem to experience the perceptual distance from [d] to [t] as larger than that from [t] to [d], despite the acoustic difference being the same for both contrasts. We discuss this finding in relation to previous studies on asymmetries in speech perception, as well...

  7. O surgimento da Midiocracia

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    César Steffen

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    Full Text Available O sistema democrático contemporâneo é amplamente influenciado pela presença e ações dos meios de comunicação. A mídia é condição indispensável para os fazeres dos diversos campos sociais nas democracias contemporâneas, sendo o acesso às suas linguagens e tecnologias, em toda sua amplitude e diferentes características, indispensável para os fazeres e estratégias dos diversos atores sociais, naquilo que se denomina de midiatização da sociedade. Este processo de midiatização coloca a mídia como condição para os processos políticos e democráticos modernos. Na medida em que é através das redes midiáticas que as questões se fazem negociáveis e tensionam os processos dos demais campos, influencia as resoluções necessárias ao desenvolvimento e à sustentação das lógicas sociais e democráticas onde se insere. Assim, a mídia mostra-se como elemento fundamental da política e da democracia contemporâneas.

  8. A sociedade da informação como sociedade de disciplina, vigilância e controle = The Information Society as a Society of Discipline, Surveillance and Control

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    Full Text Available O trabalho discute a sociedade da informação sob a concepção de sociedade disciplinar de Michel Foucault e a abordagem teórica de Gilles Deleuze sobre a sociedade de controle. Assim, objetiva mostrar como disciplina, vigilância e controle se manifestam no mundo contemporâneo em que as relações sociais ocorrem também em redes digitais como a Internet. Entendendo a sociedade da informação como síntese da sociedade disciplinar e de controle, o trabalho aponta para novas lutas sociais em torno de causas como privacidade. Nesta direção, cada vez mais a informação e o conhecimento aparecem como recursos de poder mobilizados pelo Estado, pelo mercado e pela sociedade civil na defesa de seus interesses = The work discusses the information society under the conception of Michel Foucault's disciplinary society and the theoretical approach of Gilles Deleuze's society of control. Thereby, it aims to show how discipline, surveillance and control are manifested in the contemporary world wherein social relationships also occur in digital networks like the Internet. Understanding the information society as a synthesis of the disciplinary and control society, the work points to new social struggles around causes like privacy. In this regard, information and knowledge increasingly appear as power resources mobilized by the State, the market and the civil society in defense of their interests = El trabajo discute la sociedad de la información bajo la concepción de Michel Foucault acerca de la sociedad disciplinaria y el enfoque teórico de la sociedad de control de Gilles Deleuze. Así, el objetivo es mostrar cómo la disciplina, vigilancia y control se manifiestan en el mundo contemporáneo, en el que las relaciones sociales también ocurren en redes digitales como Internet. Entendiendo la sociedad de la información como una síntesis de la sociedad disciplinaria y de control, el trabajo sugiere nuevas luchas sociales alrededor de causas como

  9. Gramatica da Forma da Sistematização da Coluna de Alberti

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    Quaresma, Pedro Filipe Coutinho Cabral d'Oliveira

    2014-01-01

    Tese de doutoramento em Arquitetura, na especialidade de Teoria e História da Arquitetura, apresentada ao Departamento de Arquitetura da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra Os resultados da investigação que relaciona a teoria de Alberti com a geração de alguns edifícios são apresentados e desenvolvidos nesta tese. A interpretação do tratado Da Arte Edificatória de Leon Battista Alberti, nomeadamente os Livros VI, VII, VIII e IX, teve como resultado a construção de...

  10. A utilização da teoria da aprendizagem significativa no ensino da Enfermagem

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    de Sousa, Alana Tamar Oliveira; Formiga,Nilton Soares; Oliveira,Simone Helena dos Santos; Costa, Marta Miriam Lopes; Soares, Maria Júlia Guimarães Oliveira

    2015-01-01

    RESUMO Objetivo: sintetizar a produção científica acerca da Teoria da Aprendizagem Significativa no processo de ensino-aprendizagem em Enfermagem. Método: revisão integrativa realizada nas bases de dados MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO, BDENF e CINAHL, com artigos que abordaram a temática ou aspectos da teoria da aprendizagem significativa de David Ausubel. Fizeram parte da amostra dez artigos, sendo seis escritos no idioma português e quatro no inglês, publicados de 1998 a 2013. Resultados: cinco...

  11. Da natureza da computação à computação da natureza

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    Fiolhais, Carlos

    1992-01-01

    Referência bibliográfica: FIOLHAIS, Carlos – Da natureza da computação à computação da natureza. In TEODORO, Vítor Duarte, org. ; FREITAS, João Correia de, org. – Educação e computadores. 1.ª ed. Lisboa : Ministério da Educação, Gabinete de Estudos e Planeamento, 1992. (Desenvolvimento dos Sistemas Educativos). ISBN 9726142016. p. 189-196. "O computador conquistou por direito próprio um lugar na sociedade moderna. Encontra-se por todo o lado, nas mais diversas facetas da actividade humana....

  12. Hyperpolarized noble gases as contrast agents.

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    Zhou, Xin

    2011-01-01

    Hyperpolarized noble gases ((3)He and (129)Xe) can provide NMR signal enhancements of 10,000 to 100,000 times that of thermally polarized gases and have shown great potential for applications in lung magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by greatly enhancing the sensitivity and contrast. These gases obtain a highly polarized state by employing a spin exchange optical pumping technique. In this chapter, the underlying physics of spin exchange optical pumping for production of hyperpolarized noble gases is explained and the basic components and procedures for building a polarizer are described. The storage and delivery strategies of hyperpolarized gases for in vivo imaging are discussed. Many of the problems that are likely to be encountered in practical experiments and the corresponding detailed approaches to overcome them are also discussed.

  13. MRI contrast agents from molecules to particles

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    Laurent, Sophie; Stanicki, Dimitri; Boutry, Sébastien; Lipani, Estelle; Belaid, Sarah; Muller, Robert N; Vander Elst, Luce

    2017-01-01

    This book describes the multiple aspects of (i) preparation of the magnetic core, (ii) the stabilization with different coatings, (iii) the physico-chemical characterization and (iv) the vectorization to obtain specific nanosystems. Several bio-applications are also presented in this book. In the early days of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), paramagnetic ions were proposed as contrast agents to enhance the diagnostic quality of MR images. Since then, academic and industrial efforts have been devoted to the development of new and more efficient molecular, supramolecular and nanoparticular systems. Old concepts and theories, like paramagnetic relaxation, were revisited and exploited, leading to new scientific tracks. With their high relaxivity payload, the superparamagnetic nanoparticles are very appealing in the context of molecular imaging but challenges are still numerous: absence of toxicity, specificity, ability to cross the biological barriers, etc. .

  14. Contrast media and pain during peripheral arteriography

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    Hagen, B.; Clauss, W.

    1982-10-01

    Some contrast media (CM) were compared for inducing pain and heat by an intraindividual comparison in 60 patients with occlusive peripheral arterial disease. A dolorimeter and calorimeter (graduated scales) were employed to register and differentiate the subjective sensations experienced by the patient, while objective reactions (peripheral motoric reactions, circulatory parameters) were recorded by the trialist at the same time. Ioxaglate, an ionic dimer, was distinctly superior to Ioglicinate, an ionic CM. However, the differences were less marked in the comparison with a Ioglicinate-Lidocaine-mixture. Emphasis is given to the fact osmolality is the most important parameter in the development of pain. Potential points at which the intraarterially administered local anaesthetic could attack are discussed. The clinical conclusions include consideration of the cost-effectivity ratios of the tested CM's and a discussion of whether or not modern standards still justify general anaesthesia for peripheral angiography.

  15. CONTRAST ENHANCED SPECTRAL MAMMOGRAPHY (CESM (REVIEW

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    Full Text Available The problem of early diagnosis of a breast cancer is extremely actual. Growth of incidence at women from 19 to 39 years increased for 34% over the last 10 years. It defines need of acceleration of development and deployment of the latest technologies of identification of the earliest symptoms of diseases. The x-ray mammography is the conducting method among of all radiological methods of diagnostics. Nevertheless a number of restrictions of method reduces its efficiency. The technologies increasing informational content of x-ray mammography – the leading method of screening – due to use of artificial contrasting and advantages of digital technologies are constantly developed. In this review it is described works, in which the authors having clinical experience of application of CESM – contrastenhanced spectral mammography on representative group of women. Positive sides and restrictions of new technology in comparison with mammography, ultrasonography and MRT are shown in this article.

  16. Contrastings views on bullying in Schools

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    Hansen, Helle Rabøl

    Contrasting views on bullying in schools Which views on bullying influence teachers intervention strategies? This question is discussed  on the basis of the findings of my empirical study of that aspect of bullying that has to do with the position of the teacher (a quantitative survey...... of the teachers' staff room, observations, interviews and analysis of explicit ‘bullying-politics'). I found contradictions in teachers' definitions of the phenomenon of bullying, in how they describe causality and furthermore in how they would attempt to solve a specific and complicated bullying case....... The informants describe ‘bullying' in general terms that include group dynamic signs, when pressed for a causal explanation, or asked how they would handle a specific case. Most commonly, however, their focus is on the individual bully. In this, the teachers' positions seem to follow the commonplace conception...

  17. Reverse redistribution. Revisited with myocardial contrast echocardiography

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    Choe, Wonsick; Kwan, Jun; Kim, Sungeun [Inha Univ., Inchon (Korea, Republic of). Hospital

    2000-02-01

    The aim of this study is to better understand the pattern and nature of reverse redistribution (RR) in myocardial perfusion imaging. In 20 consecutive acute myocardial infarction (MI) patients, frequency of RR was correlated with that of subendocardial MI that was detected by myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE). RR was judged to be present when there was more than one grade of worsening in perfusion on 24 hr delayed images compared with the initial rest images. MCE evaluated no opacification in the subendocardial myocardium to suggest subendocardial MI. Kendall's nonparametric correlation coefficiency was calculated. Concordant cases were 15 of 20 (75%) and correlation was statistically significant (p=0.0285). Our results suggested that RR was correlated with MCE-detected nontransmural MI. (author)

  18. Fast mutual-information-based contrast enhancement

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    Cao, Gang; Yu, Lifang; Tian, Huawei; Huang, Xianglin; Wang, Yongbin

    2017-07-01

    Recently, T. Celik proposed an effective image contrast enhancement (CE) method based on spatial mutual information and PageRank (SMIRANK). According to the state-of-the-art evaluation criteria, it achieves the best visual enhancement quality among existing global CE methods. However, SMIRANK runs much slower than the other counterparts, such as histogram equalization (HE) and adaptive gamma correction. Low computational complexity is also required for good CE algorithms. In this paper, we novelly propose a fast SMIRANK algorithm, called FastSMIRANK. It integrates both spatial and gray-level downsampling into the generation of pixel value mapping function. Moreover, the computation of rank vectors is speeded up by replacing PageRank with a simple yet efficient row-based operation of mutual information matrix. Extensive experimental results show that the proposed FastSMIRANK could accelerate the processing speed of SMIRANK by about 20 times, and is even faster than HE. Comparable enhancement quality is preserved simultaneously.

  19. Contrasts and synergies in different biofuel reports.

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    Michalopoulos, A; Landeweerd, L; Van der Werf-Kulichova, Z; Puylaert, P G B; Osseweijer, P

    2011-04-06

    The societal debate on biofuels is characterised by increased complexity. This can hinder the effective governance of the field. This paper attempts a quantitative bird's eye meta-analysis of this complexity by mapping different stakeholder perspectives and expected outcomes as seen in the secondary literature on biofuels, along the lines of the People-Planet-Profit framework. Our analysis illustrates the tension between stated and actual drivers of large scale biofuel development, especially for first generation biofuels. Although environmental (Planet) aspects have dominated the biofuel debate, their overall assessment is mostly negative with regard to first generation biofuels. By contrast, economic (Profit) aspects are the only ones that are assessed positively with regard to first generation biofuels. Furthermore, positive and negative assessments of biofuel development are strongly influenced by the differences in focus between different stakeholder clusters. Stakeholders who appear generally supportive to biofuel development (industry) focus relatively more on aspects that are generally assessed as positive (Profit). By contrast, non-supportive stakeholders (NGO's) tend to focus mainly on aspects that are generally assessed as negative (Planet). Moreover, our analysis of reference lists revealed few citations of primary scientific data, and also that intergovernmental organizations produce the most influential publications in the debate. The surprising lack of listed references to scientific (primary) data reveals a need to assess in which arena the transition of scientific data towards secondary publications takes place, and how one can measure its quality. This work should be understood as a first effort to take some control over a complex and contradictory number of publications, and to allow the effective governance of the field through the identification of areas of overlapping consensus and persisting controversy, without reverting to claims on

  20. Contrast optimization in multiphase arterial spin labeling; Otimizacao do contraste em ASL multi-fase

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    Paiva, Fernando F.; Paschoal, Andre M., E-mail: paiva@ifsc.usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (CIERMag/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica; Foerster, Bernd U. [Philips Medical Systems LatAm, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Tovar-Moll, Fernanda; Moll, Jorge [Instituto D' Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-08-15

    Multiphase ASL is an effective way to overcome the regional variation of the transit time that difficult the estimation of perfusion values. However, with conventional multiple phases ASL techniques, the ASL contrast at later phases is impaired due to repeated application of excitation pulses and longitudinal relaxation making it difficult to evaluate the tissue perfusion in regions where the transit time is longer. In the present study, we show an improvement of the acquisition scheme by exploring a modulation on the flip angle of the MR acquisition to keep the ASL contrast constant over multiple phases. (author)

  1. The prosody of focus: non-contrastive, contrastive and verum focus in Slovenian, English and Russian

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    Andrej Stopar

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The article presents an approach to information structure that marks focused or topicalized syntactic constituents with the features [foc] and [top], and assumes that the assignment of these information structure features is reflected in prosody. The experimental study measures the fundamental frequency of various Slovenian sentences to identify the characteristic contours of the non-contrastive, contrastive, and verum focus. The findings are compared to those in studies on English and Russian. The results show that the most relevant prosodic characteristics of such structures are the pitch range, the pitch changes on the focus exponent, and the duration of the focus exponent.

  2. Ventriculografia e mieloradiculografia com contrastes iodados hidrosoluveis Ventriculography and myeloradiculography with water-soluble contrast

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    Ricardo Reixach-Granés

    1975-03-01

    Full Text Available Com base em casuística de 136 exames neuro-radiológicos (ventriculografias e mieloradiculografias utilizando contrastes hidrosolúveis reabsorvíveis (iotalamato de metilglucamina e ácido iocármico, os autores ressaltam as vantagens destes produtos que permitem sem maiores complicações, perfeita visualização das estruturas examinadas.A casuistic of 136 neuro-radiologics examinations (ventriculographies and myeloradiculographies using water soluble contrasts (Metilglucamine iotalamate and Iocarmic acid is reported. The authors call attention for the advantages of these products that get, without any major problems, the perfect visualization of the researched structures.

  3. Porcine In Vivo Validation of a Virtual Contrast Model: The Influence of Contrast Agent Properties and Vessel Flow Rates.

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    Peach, T W; Ventikos, Y; Byrne, J V; You, Z

    2016-12-01

    Accurately and efficiently modeling the transport of angiographic contrast currently offers the best method of verifying computational fluid dynamics simulations and, with it, progress toward the lofty goal of prediction of aneurysm treatment outcome a priori. This study specifically examines the influence of estimated flow rate and contrast properties on such in silico predictions of aneurysm contrast residence and decay. Four experimental sidewall aneurysms were created in swine, with aneurysm contrast flow patterns and decay rates observed under angiography. A simplified computational fluid dynamics model of the experimental aneurysm was constructed from 3D angiography and contrast residence predicted a priori. The relative influence of a number of estimated model parameters (contrast viscosity, contrast density, and blood flow rate) on contrast residence was then investigated with further simulations. Contrast infiltration and washout pattern were accurately predicted by the a priori computational fluid dynamics model; however, the contrast decay rate was underestimated by ∼25%. This error was attributed to the estimated parent vessel flow rate alone, and the effects of contrast viscosity and density on the decay rate were found to be inconsequential. A linear correlation between the parent vessel flow rate and the corresponding contrast decay rate was observed. In experimental sidewall aneurysms, contrast fluid properties (viscosity and density) were shown to have a negligible effect on variation in the modeled contrast decay rate. A strong linear correlation was observed between parent vessel flow rate and contrast decay over a physiologically reasonable range of flow rates. © 2016 by American Journal of Neuroradiology.

  4. High Contrast Vacuum Nuller Testbed (VNT) Contrast, Performance and Null Control

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    Lyon, Richard G.; Clampin, Mark; Petrone, Peter; Mallik, Udayan; Madison, Timothy; Bolcar, Matthew R.

    2012-01-01

    Herein we report on our Visible Nulling Coronagraph high-contrast result of 109 contrast averaged over a focal planeregion extending from 14 D with the Vacuum Nuller Testbed (VNT) in a vibration isolated vacuum chamber. TheVNC is a hybrid interferometriccoronagraphic approach for exoplanet science. It operates with high Lyot stopefficiency for filled, segmented and sparse or diluted-aperture telescopes, thereby spanning the range of potential futureNASA flight telescopes. NASAGoddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has a well-established effort to develop the VNCand its technologies, and has developed an incremental sequence of VNC testbeds to advance this approach and itsenabling technologies. These testbeds have enabled advancement of high-contrast, visible light, nulling interferometry tounprecedented levels. The VNC is based on a modified Mach-Zehnder nulling interferometer, with a W configurationto accommodate a hex-packed MEMS based deformable mirror, a coherent fiber bundle and achromatic phase shifters.We give an overview of the VNT and discuss the high-contrast laboratory results, the optical configuration, criticaltechnologies and null sensing and control.

  5. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Twenty-Five. The Polish-English Contrastive Project.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    Papers in this volume on contrastive linguistics include the following: "Auxiliaries in English and Danish" (Niels Davidsen-Nielsen); "On Tongue Twisters" (Wlodzimierz Sobkowiak); "On Derivational and Phrasal Adverbials of Manner" (James L. Wyatt); "Scrambling and the Polish Word Order. An Alternative Hypothesis" (Przemyslaw Tajsner); "Verbs of…

  6. Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) and contrast enhanced MRI (CEMRI): Patient preferences and tolerance.

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    Hobbs, Max M; Taylor, Donna B; Buzynski, Sebastian; Peake, Rachel E

    2015-06-01

    Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) may have similar diagnostic performance to Contrast-enhanced MRI (CEMRI) in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer. To date, research has focused exclusively on diagnostic performance when comparing these two techniques. Patient experience is also an important factor when comparing and deciding on which of these modalities is preferable. The aim of this study is to compare patient experience of CESM against CEMRI during preoperative breast cancer staging. Forty-nine participants who underwent both CESM and CEMRI, as part of a larger trial, completed a Likert questionnaire about their preference for each modality according to the following criteria: comfort of breast compression, comfort of intravenous (IV) contrast injection, anxiety and overall preference. Participants also reported reasons for preferring one modality to the other. Quantitative data were analysed using a Wilcoxon sign-rank test and chi-squared test. Qualitative data are reported descriptively. A significantly higher overall preference towards CESM was demonstrated (n = 49, P contrast injection (n = 49, P = 0.003). Our data suggest that overall, patients prefer the experience of CESM to CEMRI, adding support for the role of CESM as a possible alternative to CEMRI for breast cancer staging. © 2015 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.

  7. Contrast-induced acute kidney injury: how much contrast is safe?

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    Keaney, John J

    2013-02-14

    Iodinated contrast media (CM) are used in many investigations that a patient may undergo during the course of an in-patient stay. For the vast majority of patients, exposure to CM has no sequelae; however, in a small percentage, it can result in a worsening in renal function termed contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). CI-AKI is one of the leading causes of in-hospital renal dysfunction. It is associated with a significant increase in morbidity and mortality as well as an increased length of hospital stay and costs. Unfortunately, the results of extensive research into pharmacological inventions to prevent CI-AKI remain disappointing. In this article, we briefly outline the pathophysiological mechanisms by which iodinated CM may cause CI-AKI and discuss the evidence for reducing CI-AKI by limiting contrast volumes. In particular, we review the data surrounding the use of contrast volume to glomerular filtration rate ratios, which can be used by clinicians to effectively lower the incidence of CI-AKI in their patients.

  8. Moderate contrast in the evaluation of paintings is liked more but remembered less than high contrast

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    K. Dijkstra (Katinka); van Dongen, N.N.N. (Noah N.N.)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractMany visual aspects of paintings, as well as exposure to art and cultural norms, contribute to the aesthetic evaluation of paintings. The current study looked at heightened visual contrast as an important factor in the appreciation of paintings. Participants evaluated abstract digitized

  9. Influência dos contrastes de fala nos potenciais evocados auditivos corticais The influence of speech stimuli contrast in cortical auditory evoked potentials

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    Kátia de Freitas Alvarenga

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudos voltados aos potenciais evocados auditivos com estímulos de fala em indivíduos ouvintes são importantes para compreender como a complexidade do estímulo influencia nas características do potencial cognitivo auditivo gerado. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar o potencial evocado auditivo cortical e o potencial cognitivo auditivo P3 com estímulos de contrastes vocálico e consonantal em indivíduos com audição normal. MÉTODO: Participaram deste estudo 31 indivíduos sem alterações auditivas, neurológicas e de linguagem na faixa etária de 7 a 30 anos. Os potenciais evocados auditivos corticais e cognitivo auditivo P3 foram registrados nos canais ativos Fz e Cz utilizando-se os contrastes de fala consonantal (/ba/-/da/ e vocálico (/i/-/a/. Desenho: Estudo de coorte, transversal e prospectivo. RESULTADOS: Houve diferença entre o contraste de fala utilizado e as latências dos componentes N2 (p = 0,00 e P3 (p = 0,00, assim como entre o canal ativo considerado (Fz/Cz e os valores de latência e amplitude de P3. Estas diferenças não ocorreram para os componentes exógenos N1 e P2. CONCLUSÃO: O contraste do estímulo de fala, vocálico ou consonantal, deve ser considerado na análise do potencial evocado cortical, componente N2, e do potencial cognitivo auditivo P3.Studies about cortical auditory evoked potentials using the speech stimuli in normal hearing individuals are important for understanding how the complexity of the stimulus influences the characteristics of the cortical potential generated. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the cortical auditory evoked potential and the P3 auditory cognitive potential with the vocalic and consonantal contrast stimuli in normally hearing individuals. METHOD: 31 individuals with no risk for hearing, neurologic and language alterations, in the age range between 7 and 30 years, participated in this study. The cortical auditory evoked potentials and the P3 auditory cognitive one were recorded in the Fz and Cz

  10. NON-CONTRAST MAGNETIC RESONANCE UROGRAPHY

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    Arpita C

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Magnetic Resonance (MR urography with its optimal contrast resolution and lack of ionizing radiation provides a comprehensive examination of the entire urinary tract noninvasively. MR urography is clinically useful in the evaluation of suspected urinary tract obstruction, haematuria, congenital anomalies, and surgically altered anatomy. It is particularly useful in cases of where there is contraindication of ionizing radiation and in paediatric and pregnant patients. The common MR urographic techniques are: Static-fluid MR urography and excretory MR urography. Static-fluid MR urography uses of heavily T2-weighted sequences to image the urinary tract as a static collection of fluid, can be repeated sequentially (Cine MR urography to better demonstrate the ureters in their entirety and to confirm the presence of fixed stenoses. Excretory MR urography is performed during the excretory phase of enhancement after the intravenous administration of gadolinium-based contrast material; thus, the patient must have sufficient renal function to allow the excretion. Static-fluid and excretory MR urography can be combined with conventional MR imaging for comprehensive evaluation of the urinary tract. The limitations are limited availability, high cost, relatively long examination time, low spatial resolution compared to IVU (Intravenous Urogram and CT Urography; sensitivity to motion (breathing and ureteral peristalsis inherent contraindications like patients with pacemakers, claustrophobia, and relative insensitivity for calcification and ureteric calculi. In this article, an attempt has been made to demonstrate the potential of static-fluid MRU to demonstrate a spectrum of urologic pathology involving the kidneys, ureters, and bladder while discussing the limitations. METHODS Thirty patients with urinary tract abnormalities were evaluated with MR urography performed between May 2014 to April 2016 using routine MR sequences and

  11. Contrasting melt equilibration conditions across Anatolia

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    Reid, Mary; Delph, Jonathan; Schleiffarth, W. Kirk; Cosca, Michael

    2017-04-01

    The widespread mafic volcanism, elevated crustal temperatures, and plateau-type topography in Central Anatolia, Turkey, could collectively be the result of lithospheric delamination, mantle upwelling, and tectonic escape in response to Arabian-Anatolian plate collision. We used the results from basalt geochemistry and a passive-source broadband seismic experiment obtained as part of an international collaborative effort (Continental Dynamics - Central Anatolia Tectonics) to investigate the crust-mantle structure and melting conditions associated with the Quaternary Hasandag Monogenic Cluster (HMC) south and west of Hasandag volcano. The HMC is unusually mafic, not only for Central Anatolia but globally, enabling meaningful comparisons between geochemical and seismic interpretations of mantle conditions. HMC basalts are characterized by orogenic signatures that could have originated (1) in mantle wedge that, after stagnating because of collision, was remobilized south and upward as a result of rollback of the African slab or, alternatively (2) by piecemeal foundering of residual mantle lithosphere into convecting upper mantle, producing small-scale convection and associated decompression melting. Melt equilibration conditions for the HMC are hot (TP ˜1335-1250˚ C, assuming 1-4 wt.% H2O) and shallow (P = 1.1 to 1.6 GPa), approaching those for MORB. Shear wave velocities are relatively constant at ˜4.1 km/s between the Moho and a depth of ˜45-50 km (˜1.4 GPa; Fig. 6), below which Vs increases with increasing depth. We infer that a melt-perfused mantle lid could be locally present between 40 and 55 km. In contrast to Central Anatolia, estimated equilibration conditions for Western Anatolia and Eastern Anatolia (east of the Inner Tauride Suture) mantle melts are hotter (by ≥60˚ C) and deeper (mostly by 0.6-1.0 GPa). They also have chemical signatures that, unlike Central Anatolia, are similar to those of intraplate basalts. These differences are likely related

  12. Modelagem causal da astronomia antiga

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    Rodrigo Cristino de Faria

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    Esta dissertação tem como objetivo apresentar a Modelagem Causal em História da Ciência (MCHC), e aplicá-la ao período da história da astronomia que vai dos primórdios ao século III AEC. Na primeira parte, exponho o método e discorro sobre algumas de suas implicações filosóficas especialmente aquelas relacionadas com a noção de avanço e historiográficas, ao mesmo tempo em que procuro inseri-lo no panorama da filosofia da ciência. Na segunda parte, que já é uma aplicação da MCHC, apresento u...

  13. A Utopia da Paz Universal

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    Daniel Serrão

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Como o Homem atingiu a fase da cultura exterior simbólica em que se encontra actualmente. Apresentaçãosucinta da teoria dos patamares evolutivos de Merlin Donald. O paradigma "popperiano" da investigaçãocientífica moderna: verificar ou falsificar hipóteses. O caso típico da teoria darwiniana da evolução das espéciesvivas. A Bioética como diálogo de saberes em ordem à criação de uma nova sabedoria (wisdom. Apresentação doconceito de Van Rensselaer Potter. O "credo" de Potter e a utopia da paz universal.

  14. Pioneirismo da associacao brasileira de enfermagem no desenvolvimento da pesquisa: da revista ao centro de pesquisa

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    Lais de Araujo Pereira

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo tem como objetivo analisar as primeiras iniciativas da Associação Brasileira de Enfermagem para o desenvolvimento da pesquisa em enfermagem. Com um recorte temporal que engloba o período de 1932 a 1971, ano de criação da Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem à criação do Centro de Estudos e Pesquisas, da Associação Brasileira de Enfermagem. As fontes utilizadas foram documentos escritos localizados no Centro de Documentação da Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro e no Centro de Memória da Associação Brasileira de Enfermagem, além de edições da revista localizadas na Biblioteca Setorial da Pós-Graduação da Escola de Enfermagem Anna Nery. Percebe-se, nesta análise, que os empreendimentos realizados por essa entidade representaram um verdadeiro espaço de investigação e de formação de enfermeiros pesquisadores no Brasil.

  15. Dendritic iodinated contrast agents with PEG-cores for CT imaging: synthesis and preliminary characterization.

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    Fu, Yanjun; Nitecki, Danute E; Maltby, David; Simon, Gerhard H; Berejnoi, Kirill; Raatschen, Hans-Juergen; Yeh, Benjamin M; Shames, David M; Brasch, Robert C

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to design, synthesize, and initially characterize a representative set of novel constructs for large-molecular radiographic/computed tomography (CT) contrast agents, intended for a primarily intravascular distribution. A new assembly of well-known and biocompatible components consists of paired, symmetrical dendritic polylysines initiated from both ends of a poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) core, yielding an array of multiple free amino groups to which were conjugated highly soluble and stable triiodophthalamide ("triiodo") moieties. An array of six dendritic contrast agents was synthesized originally, using three different PEG cores (3, 6, 12 kDa) with t-Boc lysine-generated dendrimer "amplifiers" (from three to five generations) containing 16 to 64 amino groups for conjugation with reactive triiodo moieties. A clinically used, nonionic, small molecular CT contrast agent, iobitridol, was derivatized via a hydroxyl protection/deprotection strategy, introducing a new carboxyl group available for conjugation to the lysine amino groups of dendrimers. Final products were purified by size exclusion chromatography and characterized by NMR, UV, HPLC, and elemental analysis. Preliminary evaluations were conducted for physicochemical characterization and in vivo CT contrast enhancement in a rat model. All six iodinated PEG-core dendrimer conjugates were synthesized in good yields, with a high degree of size monodispersity, large apparent molecular weight, favored physicochemical properties. A representative compound, PEG12000-carbamate-Gen4-IOB conjugate, 27% (w%) rich in iodine, demonstrated a desirable strong and persistent intravascular enhancement with a monoexponential blood half-life of approximately 35 min assayed by dynamic CT imaging and also showed high water solubility (>550 mg/mL at 25 degrees C), large apparent molecular size (comparable to a 143-kDa protein), high hydrophilicity (butanol-water partition coefficient 0.015), and

  16. Alopecia cicatricial da sarcoidose

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    Teixeira Giane Pereira Giro

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Os autores apresentam um caso de alopecia cicatricial associada a lesões papulosas na face e no tronco, com quatro anos de evolução. O diagnóstico de sarcoidose foi confirmado pelo exame histopatológico. Durante o seguimento, a paciente desenvolveu lesões pulmonares. A alopecia cicatricial é complicação rara da sarcoidose e se confunde, clinicamente, com outras dermatoses, entre elas o lúpus eritematoso discóide e o líquen plano pilar.

  17. Em favor da talassografia

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    2001-01-01

    A Talassografia (“descrição do mar”) interessa-sepelos impactos físicos, biológicos, ecológicos... culturais da violenta antropização dos ambientes costeiros (oceânicos e continentais), caracterizados pelaexigüidade, vulnerabilidade, fragilidade e plasticidade. Como o Brasil é um “país marítimo”, os geó-grafos (os talassógrafos) brasileiros são convidadosa intensificar suas pesquisas nas áreas costeiras e acriar novas estruturas para divulgá-las: Revista, Encontros, Associação, Pós-Graduaçã...

  18. Nonlinear contrast enhancement on subtraction images

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    Lee, Keon Il; Jin, Yeun Hwa [Dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, College of Dentistry, Wonkwang University, Yongin (Korea, Republic of)

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    This study was performed to demonstrate the effect of linear or nonlinear contrast enhancement on subtraction images. Three different textures were radiographed on dental film. The first radiograph was taken without the presence of an object. The second, which showed trabucular bone, was taken of the molar area of a human. the third radiograph was taken of the coronal part of molars. Each film was digitized into a 1312 x 1024 pixel x 8 bit depth matrix by means of a Nikon 35 mm film scanner(LS-3510AF, Japan) with fixed gain and internal dark current correction to maintain constant illumination. The scanner was interfaced to a Macintosh LC III computer(Apple Computer, Charlotte, N.C.). This resulted in three pairs of images, including different textures-plain, bone and enamel. Digital regular, linearly and nonlinearly enhanced subtraction was performed. Computer software was used to simulate lesions in the shape of a 2D-Gaussian curve on each of a pair of images. The each subtraction images were presented in a random sequence to two groups of 10 observers(students and dentists). ROC analysis was used to compare observer performance. The following results were obtained; 1. All of LCE subtraction, equalized subtraction and regular subtraction images of plain texture were diagnosed the best by far. 2. The data revealed a significant LCE effect in both the student group and the expert group. 3. Clinical expertise was a helpful factor for the observers in this study.

  19. Dynamic contrast enhanced MRI in prostate cancer

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    Alonzi, Roberto [Marie Curie Research Wing, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2RN (United Kingdom)], E-mail: robertoalonzi@btinternet.com; Padhani, Anwar R. [Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood, Middlesex, HA6 2RN (United Kingdom); Synarc Inc. 575 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (United States)], E-mail: anwar.padhani@paulstrickland-scannercentre.org.uk; Allen, Clare [Department of Imaging, University College Hospital, London, 235 Euston Road, NW1 2BU (United Kingdom)], E-mail: clare.allen@uclh.nhs.uk

    2007-09-15

    Angiogenesis is an integral part of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is associated with prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) and is key to the growth and for metastasis of prostate cancer. Dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) using small molecular weight gadolinium chelates enables non-invasive imaging characterization of tissue vascularity. Depending on the technique used, data reflecting tissue perfusion, microvessel permeability surface area product, and extracellular leakage space can be obtained. Two dynamic MRI techniques (T{sub 2}*-weighted or susceptibility based and T{sub 1}-weighted or relaxivity enhanced methods) for prostate gland evaluations are discussed in this review with reference to biological basis of observations, data acquisition and analysis methods, technical limitations and validation. Established clinical roles of T{sub 1}-weighted imaging evaluations will be discussed including lesion detection and localisation, for tumour staging and for the detection of suspected tumour recurrence. Limitations include inadequate lesion characterisation particularly differentiating prostatitis from cancer, and in distinguishing between BPH and central gland tumours.

  20. Simultaneous brightness contrast of foraging Papilio butterflies

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    Kinoshita, Michiyo; Takahashi, Yuki; Arikawa, Kentaro

    2012-01-01

    This study focuses on the sense of brightness in the foraging Japanese yellow swallowtail butterfly, Papilio xuthus. We presented two red discs of different intensity on a grey background to butterflies, and trained them to select one of the discs. They were successfully trained to select either a high intensity or a low intensity disc. The trained butterflies were tested on their ability to perceive brightness in two different protocols: (i) two orange discs of different intensity presented on the same intensity grey background and (ii) two orange discs of the same intensity separately presented on a grey background that was either higher or lower in intensity than the training background. The butterflies trained to high intensity red selected the orange disc of high intensity in protocol 1, and the disc on the background of low intensity grey in protocol 2. We obtained similar results in another set of experiments with purple discs instead of orange discs. The choices of the butterflies trained to low intensity red were opposite to those just described. Taken together, we conclude that Papilio has the ability to learn brightness and darkness of targets independent of colour, and that they have the so-called simultaneous brightness contrast. PMID:22179808

  1. Monitoring stem cells in phase contrast imaging

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    Lam, K. P.; Dempsey, K. P.; Collins, D. J.; Richardson, J. B.

    2016-04-01

    Understanding the mechanisms behind the proliferation of Mesenchymal Stem cells (MSCs) can offer a greater insight into the behaviour of these cells throughout their life cycles. Traditional methods of determining the rate of MSC differentiation rely on population based studies over an extended time period. However, such methods can be inadequate as they are unable to track cells as they interact; for example, in autologous cell therapies for osteoarthritis, the development of biological assays that could predict in vivo functional activity and biological action are particularly challenging. Here further research is required to determine non-histochemical biomarkers which provide correlations between cell survival and predictive functional outcome. This paper proposes using a (previously developed) advanced texture-based analysis algorithm to facilitate in vitro cells tracking using time-lapsed microscopy. The technique was adopted to monitor stem cells in the context of unlabelled, phase contrast imaging, with the goal of examining the cell to cell interactions in both monoculture and co-culture systems. The results obtained are analysed using established exploratory procedures developed for time series data and compared with the typical fluorescent-based approach of cell labelling. A review of the progress and the lessons learned are also presented.

  2. Parametric Mapping of Contrasted Ovarian Transvaginal Sonography

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    Korhonen, Katrina; Moore, Ryan; Lyshchik, Andrej; Fleischer, Arthur C.

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of parametric analysis of transvaginal contrast-enhanced ultrasound (TV-CEUS) for distinguishing benign versus malignant ovarian masses. A total of 48 ovarian masses (37 benign and 11 borderline/malignant) were examined with TV-CEUS (Definity, Lantheus, North Bilreca, MA; Philips iU22, Bothell, WA). Parametric images were created offline with a quantification software (Bracco Suisse SA, Geneva, Switzerland) with map color scales adjusted such that abnormal hemodynamics were represented by the color red and the presence of any red color could be used to differentiate benign and malignant tumors. Using these map color scales, low values of the perfusion parameter were coded in blue, and intermediate values of the perfusion parameter were coded in yellow. Additionally, for each individual color (red, blue, or yellow), a darker shade of that color indicated a higher intensity value. Our study found that the parametric mapping method was considerably more sensitive than standard ROI analysis for the detection of malignant tumors but was also less specific than standard ROI analysis. Parametric mapping allows for stricter cut-off criteria, as hemodynamics are visualized on a finer scale than ROI analyses, and as such, parametric maps are a useful addition to TV-CEUS analysis by allowing ROIs to be limited to areas of highest malignant potential. PMID:26002525

  3. The interaction between specificity and linguistic contrast

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    Nielsen, Kuniko

    2005-09-01

    Previous studies have shown listeners' ability to remember fine phonetic details [e.g., Mullennix et al., 1989], providing support for the episodic view of speech perception. The imitation paradigm [Goldinger, 1998, Shockley et al., 2004], in which subjects' speech is compared before and after they are exposed to target speech (= study phase) has shown that subjects shift their production in the direction of the target. Our earlier results [Nielsen, 2005] showed that the imitation effect for extended VOT was generalized to new stimuli as well as to a new segment, suggesting that the locus of the imitation effect can be smaller than individual words or segments. The current study aims to further investigate how experienced speech input interacts with linguistic representations, by testing whether the imitation effect is observed when the modeled stimuli have reduced VOT (which could introduce linguistic ambiguity). In other words, do speakers imitate and generalize shorter VOT even if the change might impair linguistic contrasts? To address this question, the study phase includes words with initial /p/ with reduced VOT, while the pre- and post-study production list includes (1) the modeled words, (2) the modeled segments /p/ in new words, and (3) the new segment /k/.

  4. Optical classification of contrasted coastal waters

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    Vantrepotte, V.; Loisel, H.; Dessailly, D.; Mériaux, X.

    2012-04-01

    The high optical complexity of the coastal ocean prevents the development of general open ocean-like inversion algorithms needed to derive in-water bio-optical and biogeochemical parameters from satellite information. To overcome this issue, regional algorithms are generally used in order to focus on the range of optical variability specific to a defined coastal region. This regional approach presents however various limitations including its high dependency on the data set used for its development as well as its limited applicability for large scale applications. Another and more universal approach consists in classifying coastal waters according to their optical properties (independently of their location) and then in applying a class-specific algorithm (empirical or semi-analytical). The framework associated with the development of such classification-based approach is detailed from an in situ data set collected in contrasted coastal waters of the eastern English Channel, north Sea and French Guyana. The advantages of defining an optical typology of the coastal domain for monitoring coastal water masses optical quality and improving the performance of the inversion procedure is emphasized. Further, the representativeness of optical classes defined in the latter training areas for global scale applications is also illustrated.

  5. Vowel Contrast and Speech Intelligibility in Dysarthria

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    Kim, Heejin; Hasegawa-Johnson, Mark; Perlman, Adrienne

    2011-01-01

    Background/Aims This study examined the spectral characteristics of American English vowels in dysarthria associated with cerebral palsy (CP), and investigated the relationship between a speaker's overall speech intelligibility and vowel contrast. Methods The data were collected from 12 American English native speakers (9 speakers with a diagnosis of CP and 3 controls). Primary measures were F1 and F2 frequencies of 3 corner vowels /i, a, u/ and 3 noncorner vowels /I, ε, . Six acoustic variables were derived from the formant measures, and were regressed against intelligibility: corner vowel space, noncorner vowel space, mean distance between vowels, F1 and F2 variability, and overlap degree among vowels. Results First, the effect of vowel was significant for both F1 and F2 measures for all speakers, but post hoc analysis revealed a reduced distinction at lower intelligibility. Second, regression functions relating intelligibility and acoustic variables were significant for overlap degree among vowels, F1 variability, corner vowel space and mean distance between vowels. Overlap degree among vowels accounted for the greatest amount of variance in intelligibility scores. Conclusion A speaker's overall intelligibility in dysarthric speech is better represented by the overlap degree among vowels than by the vowel space. PMID:20938200

  6. Contrasting freezeouts in large versus small systems

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    Chatterjee, Sandeep; Dash, Ajay Kumar; Mohanty, Bedangadas

    2017-10-01

    We study the data on mean hadron yields and contrast the chemical freezeout (CFO) conditions in p+p, p+Pb and Pb+Pb at the Large Hadron Collider energies. We study several schemes for freezeout that mainly differ in the way strangeness is treated: i. Strangeness freezes out along with the non-strange hadrons in complete equilibrium (1CFO), ii. Strangeness freezes out along with non-strange hadrons with an additional parameter {γ }S accounting for non-equilibrium production of strangeness (1CFO+{γ }S), and iii. Strangeness freezes out earlier than non-strange hadrons and in thermal equilibrium (2CFO). A comparison of the chisquares of the fits indicate a dependence of the freezeout scheme on the system size. The minimum bias p+p and different centralities of p+Pb and peripheral Pb+Pb data prefer 1CFO+{γ }S with {γ }S approaching unity as we go from p+p to central p+Pb and peripheral Pb+Pb. On the other hand, the mid-central to central Pb+Pb data prefer 2CFO over 1CFO+{γ }S. Such system size dependence of the freezeout scheme could be an indication of the additional interaction in Pb+Pb over p+Pb and p+p.

  7. HISTÓRIA E TEOLOGIA DA INFALIBILIDADE DA IGREJA

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    Bernard Sesboüé

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Faz-se o histórico da doutrina da infalibilidade da Igreja e, especialmente, do papa, diante da sensibilidade de hoje e diante da discrição do Vaticano II. Trata-se da verdade e da certeza da verdade na Igreja, que não pode errar. Distingue-se entre a indefectibilidade (da Igreja e a infalibilidade, que implica a irreformabilidade da proposição. No primeiro milênio tinha-se consciência do dom da inerrância confiado à Igreja. Na Idade Média, acentua-se a plenitude do poder atribuída ao papa. O caso de João XXII e dos franciscanos espirituais, o problema do papa herege, o cisma ocidental e os concílios de Constança e de Basileia, a crise jansenista e o empenho de Fénelon levaram finalmente, no Vaticano I, à definição da infalibilidade papal. Esta, porém, não foi invocada com a frequência que se esperava. O Vaticano II ensina dentro da indefectibilidade da fé, sem definições irreformáveis. ABSTRACT: This article presents the history of the doctrine of the infallibility of the Church, and especially of the Pope, in light of the today’s sensibility and of the discretion of Vatican II. It deals with the truth and certainty of truth in the Church, which cannot err. A distinction is made between the indefectibility (of the Church and the infallibility, which implies a “non-reformability” of the proposition. In the first Millennium there was an awareness of the gift of inerrancy entrusted to the Church. In the Middle Ages, the fullness of power assigned to the Pope became accentuated. The case of John XXII and of the spiritual Franciscans, the problem of the heretical pope, the Western schism and the Councils of Constance and Basileia, the Jansenist crisis and the work of Fénelon led finally, in Vatican I, to the definition of papal infallibility. This, however, was not invoked as often as expected. Vatican II teaches within the indefectibility of faith, without unalterable definitions.

  8. Teoria da Mente: diferentes abordagens

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    Jou Graciela Inchausti de; Sperb Tania Mara

    1999-01-01

    A capacidade de compreender os estados mentais (i.e. sentimentos, desejos, crenças e intenções) dos outros e de si mesmo é uma das características sociais do ser humano. Quando essa habilidade emerge e como se desenvolve são aspectos que têm sido pesquisados por psicólogos desenvolvimentistas e cognitivistas sob o nome de Teoria da Mente das crianças. Nesse trabalho, procura-se relacionar os diferentes enfoques teóricos acerca da natureza, gênese e desenvolvimento da teoria da mente com os ac...

  9. Meio de contraste ioversol em neuroradiologia canina Ioversol contrast medium in canine neuroradiology

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    Eduardo Alberto Tudury

    1997-12-01

    Full Text Available O ioversol, contraste iodado hidrossolúvel não iônico, na concentração de 320mg I/ml foi utilizado para a realização de 26 estudos neuroradiográficos contrastados (mielografias, epidurografias, e ventrículografia cerebral em 22 cães. Devido à rápida absorção do contraste, as melhores radiografias foram obtidas nos primeiros 30 minutos. O produto ofereceu apropriadas radiopacidade, tempo de permanência, difusão e miscibilidade no líqüor, facilitando os diagnósticos, assim como mínima ocorrência de reações indesejáveis durante e após o procedimento radiológico. Apesar de terem sido utilizados para a anestesia, as associações zolazepam-tiletamina e levomepromazina; xilazina ou diazepam-tiopental sódico, nenhum paciente desenvolveu convulsões. A apresentação do ioversol em frasco arnpola foi também outra vantagem, por diminuir o desperdício e facilitar a reesterilização do excedente na autoclave.Ioversol, a non-ionic, hydrosoluble iodine contrast medium at a concentration of 320mg I/ml was used to perform 26 contrast neuroradiographic studies (myelography, epidurography and cerebral ventriculography in 22 dogs. Since this contrast medium is rapidly absorbed, proper radiographs were obtained within 30 minutes of injection. The product showed adequate radio-opacity, retention time, diffusion and liquor miscibility. Minimal side effects both during and after the radiographic procedures were observed. Not one patient developed seizures, in spite of the use of anesthetic protocols that included either zolarepan-tiletamine or levomepromazin- zilazine- or diazepam-sodium thiopental. The presentation of the contrast medium in a multiple dose vial was considered an advantage, since it decreases losses and allows repeated sterilization in autoclave.

  10. Enhancing contrast of magnetic resonance imaging in patients with ...

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    DTPA), a recent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent, in hepatobiliary system of patients with liver cirrhosis. Methods: Liver cirrhosis patients that underwent contrast MRI examination at Renai Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan were ...

  11. Generation And Measurement Of High Contrast Ultrashort Intense Laser Pulses

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    Konoplev, O A

    2000-01-01

    In this thesis, the generation and measurement of high contrast, intense, ultrashort pulses have been studied. Various factors affecting the contrast and pulse shape of ultrashort light pulses from a chirped pulse amplification (CPA) laser system are identified. The level of contrast resulting from influence of these factors is estimated. Methods for improving and controlling the pulse shape and increasing the contrast are discussed. Ultrahigh contrast, 1-ps pulses were generated from a CPA system with no temporal structure up to eleven orders of magnitude. This is eight orders of magnitude higher contrast than the original pulse. This contrast boost was achieved using two techniques. One is the optical pulse cleaning based on the nonlinear birefringence of the chirping fiber and applied to the pulses before amplification. The other is the fast saturable absorber. The fast saturable absorber was placed after amplification and compression of the pulse. The measurements of high-contrast, ultrashort pulse with h...

  12. Os usos da diversidade

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    Clifford Geertz

    1999-05-01

    Full Text Available Resumo Ao discorrer sobre o “Futuro do Etnocentrismo”, este artigo parte da premissa de que a globalização, apesar de ter – em muitos casos – diminuído as diferenças entre povos, não tem amenizado os preconceitos e as formas de discriminação que ocorrem em nome dessas diferenças. Ele resgata a importância do antropólogo neste cenário lembrando que a diversidade cultural faz parte da sociedade complexa, remetendo-se não apenas a grupos étnicos ou nacionais bem delimitados, mas também a diferenças de geração, gênero, sexo e classe, entre outros. Neste contexto, a tolerância passiva de modos distantes de vida assim como a aceitação pragmática de nosso próprio paroquialismo são atitudes não somente intelectualmente desonestas mas também moralmente repreensíveis. É no encontro incômodo de subjetividades variantes na sua própria sociedade que o antropólogo define seu lugar.

  13. A morte da bailarina

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    Nancy Mangabeira Unger

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available A história do Ocidente pode ser lida de acordo com o sentido da palavra grega hybris: transgressão, presunção, desmesura. Hoje, vivemos o ápice de um percurso marcado pela desejo de tudo dominar. Por sua extrema gravidade, a crise contemporânea nos coloca diante da responsabilidade de questionar a própria dimensão na qual pensamos, e a maneira em que compreendemos nossa identidade enquanto humanos e nosso lugar na totalidade do real.Palavras-chave: civilização ocidental; crise; hybris; questionamento. AbstractThe history of the West can be read according to the meaning of the greek word hybris: transgression, arrogance, loss of measure. We presently live the pinnacle of a course marked by the desire to dominate all beings.  The extreme gravity of  contemporary crisis confronts us with the responsibility of questioning the very dimension in which we think, as well as the manner in which we understand our identity as human beings and our place in the totality of being.Key words: western civilization; crisis; hybris; questioning. 

  14. O CORPO DE BAILE DA LINGUAGEM DA VIDA

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    Ronaldes de Melo e Souza

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available “O corpo de baile da linguagem da vida” propõe-se a evidenciar a unidade primordial da música e da linguagem. Ambas se correspondem, quando se compreende a primeira como arte das musas e a segunda como expressão da vida em si mesma. O livro As musas e a origem divina do canto e da saga, de Walter F. Otto, dá o mote que o ensaio persegue e desdobra com o auxílio de inúmeros estudos altamente especializados, convalidando-se no exame da obra de artífices notáveis da expressão poética, de Homero a Joyce.  The essay proposes to evince the primordial unity between music and language. Their bond becomes apparent when the first is comprehended as the art of the muses and the second as the expression of life itself. The book The muses and the divine origin of singing and saga, by Walter Friedrich Otto, motivates the research which the essay pursues and develops with the aid of highly specialized studies. An incursion into the works of remarkable artifices of poetic expression from Homer to Joyce helps to corroborate the issue.  

  15. REFLETINDO SOBRE AS ESPECIFICIDADES DA GEOGRAFIA NA CRISE DA MODERNIDADE

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    Patrício A. S. Carneiro Carneiro

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available O presente artigo discute a evolução da ciência moderna, bem como a crise desse paradigma dominante e seus efeitos sobre a geografia. Destaca ainda a necessidade da construção de um novo pensamento científico para além das fronteiras disciplinares e do método absoluto.

  16. Electronic mail monitoring in the work environment: the conflict between the employer’s directive power and his/her employee’s privacy right Monitoramento do correio eletrônico em ambiente de trabalho: o conflito entre o poder diretivo do empregador e o direito à intimidade de seu preposto

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    Wesley Tomaszewski

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to deal with the monitoring practiced by entrepreneurs as to the use of information technologies by their representatives in the work environment, which was enabled by the technological revolution originated in the globalization process. The theme in study also includes the confrontation of constitutionally assured rights in the employer/employee relationship and the position adopted by the courts concerning this problem. O presente artigo tem por escopo discutir o monitoramento praticado por empresários no tocante à utilização das tecnologias da informação por seus prepostos, no ambiente de trabalho, possibilitado pela revolução tecnológica oriunda do processo de globalização. O tema em estudo abrange ainda o confronto de direitos constitucionalmente assegurados na relação entre o empregado e o empregador e o posicionamento adotado pelos tribunais diante da problemática suscitada.

  17. Intimidade e Vinculo nas práticas de cuidado na ESF: Enlaço entre o binômio mãe-filho mediante a estratégia de abordagem grupal desenvolvida na Residência Multiprofissional em Saúde

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    neíres alves freitas

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    Full Text Available Objetiva-se levantar o universo vocabular de gestantes a partir da leitura do mundo de um grupo com base nos Círculos de Cultura de Paulo Freire, no cotidiano dos profissionais de uma residência multiprofissional em saúde. Trata-se de uma pesquisa exploratório com abordagem qualitativa, realizada no interior do Ceará. Os resultados mostram a residência multiprofissional como instituidora de espaços coletivos, uma vez que possibilita encontros entre sujeitos que desenvolvem suas ações fundamentadas em uma formação pedagógica e pautadas na utilização de tecnologias educativas como os Círculos de Cultura. Conclui-se que os integrantes da residência têm a possibilidade de pensar outros modos de produzir saúde, incentivando a busca pelas transformações das práticas profissionais para produzir novas ações em saúde.

  18. Condenser-free contrast methods for transmitted-light microscopy

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    Phase contrast microscopy allows the study of highly transparent yet detail-rich specimens by producing intensity contrast from phase objects within the sample. Presented here is a generalized phase contrast illumination schema in which condenser optics are entirely abrogated, yielding a condenser- free yet highly effective method of obtaining phase contrast in transmitted-light microscopy. A ring of light emitting diodes (LEDs) is positioned within the light-path such that observation of the...

  19. PICTORIAL INTERLUDE Experiences of using a single post-contrast ...

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    3d. Fig. 3. Scan of the chest 60 s after contrast injection. Arrows in 3a and 3b point to the left brachiocephalic vein and azygos vein, respectively. 4a. 4b. 4c. 4d. Fig. 4. Biphasic contrast injection single post-contrast injection series. The white arrow in 4a and 4b shows contrast-enhanced left brachiocephalic and azygos veins.

  20. Comprehension of contrastive stress by Broca's aphasics.

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    Avrutin, S; Lubarsky, S; Greene, J

    1999-11-01

    Comprehension of stress as a determiner of reference for pronouns was compared in eight patients with Broca's aphasia (BA) and five age-matched control subjects. The subjects were asked to listen to sentences in which the stressed or unstressed condition of the pronoun was a critical criterion for the establishment of reference. For each sentence, subjects were shown three pictures and asked to point to the correct referent of the pronoun. While the controls were nearly perfect in both the stressed and unstressed conditions, BA patients were significantly worse than normals, showing chance performance in both cases. However, a significant disparity was found in the BA patients' selection of the object NP as the referent under stressed and unstressed conditions, indicating that BA subjects are, indeed, sensitive to the stress patterns of pronouns. It was thus hypothesized that the BA patients' chance performance was the result of an inability to implement their knowledge of stress during the processing of sentences involving discourse-related linguistic operations, such as the establishment of pronoun reference (Grodzinsky, Wexler, Chien, Marakovitz, & Solomon, 1993). To test this hypothesis, a second experiment was conducted in which discourse-related operations were eliminated. In this second experiment, comprehension of stress by the same two groups was compared in tasks involving purely morphosyntactic processes. The contrastive stress patterns of otherwise homophonous compound nouns and adjectival phrases (e.g., BLACKboard, black BOARD), rather than those of pronouns, were examined. In this grammatically "simpler" experiment (i.e., without discourse-related operations), BA subjects scored significantly above chance in their comprehension of sentences involving compound nouns; unexpectedly, however, these same subjects did not show significantly above-chance performance in their comprehension of sentences containing adjectival phrases. Nevertheless, the results

  1. Contrast to Noise Ratio and Contrast Detail Analysis in Mammography:A Monte Carlo Study

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    Metaxas, V.; Delis, H.; Kalogeropoulou, C.; Zampakis, P.; Panayiotakis, G.

    2015-09-01

    The mammographic spectrum is one of the major factors affecting image quality in mammography. In this study, a Monte Carlo (MC) simulation model was used to evaluate image quality characteristics of various mammographic spectra. The anode/filter combinations evaluated, were those traditionally used in mammography, for tube voltages between 26 and 30 kVp. The imaging performance was investigated in terms of Contrast to Noise Ratio (CNR) and Contrast Detail (CD) analysis, by involving human observers, utilizing a mathematical CD phantom. Soft spectra provided the best characteristics in terms of both CNR and CD scores, while tube voltage had a limited effect. W-anode spectra filtered with k-edge filters demonstrated an improved performance, that sometimes was better compared to softer x-ray spectra, produced by Mo or Rh anode. Regarding the filter material, k-edge filters showed superior performance compared to Al filters.

  2. Filosofia da amizade: uma proposta

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    Konrad Utz

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available http://dx.doi.org/10.5007/1677-2954.2008v7n2p151 O artifo tenciona desenvolver o conceito da amizade como conceito-base de toda Filosofia Prática. Porém pretende apresentar apenas uma entre as várias argumentações possíveis em favor desta concepção: defende que a amizade, no sentido exposto, seja a solução mais convincente ao problema da intersubjetividade. A questão é como a  concepção da subjetividade pode ser entendida a outros indivíduos, se essa, como o autor defende pode ser compreendida priginariamente somente a partir da auto-referência da primeira pessoa. Para isso, ele faz uso do conceito aristotélico do amor amigável enquanto direcionado a um "heterosautos", identificando como seus momentos tanto o conhecimento e o desejo do outro, como o respeito e a benevolência. Os últimos dois momentos são interpretados como "conversão" da consciência dos primeiros. Por meio dessa "conversão da consciência" a consciência do Outro é estabelecida. Como se trata da conversão de uma consciência concreta, tanto cognitiva quanto volitiva, seu resultado não é um conceito abstrato e geral de uma subjetividade diferente da minha, mas uma relação concreta entre indivíduos que implica um compromisso e a partir da qual forma-se um étos específico da comunidade assim estabelecida.

  3. Screening for pulmonary arteriovenous malformations: contrast echocardiography versus pulse oximetry

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    Oxhøj, H; Kjeldsen, A D; Nielsen, G

    2000-01-01

    echocardiography with intravenous injection of echo contrast was performed in all subjects. Outcome measures were oxygen saturation change >2% units on changing body position and echo contrast observed in the left-sided heart chambers. Positive contrast echocardiography indicating the presence of PAVM was found...

  4. The effect of defocus on edge contrast sensitivity

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    Jansonius, NM; Kooijman, AC

    The effect of optical blur (defocus) on edge contrast sensitivity was studied. Edge contrast sensitivity detoriates with fairly small amounts of blur (similar to 0.5 D) and is roughly reduced by half for each dioptre of blur. The effect of blur on edge contrast sensitivity equals the effect of blur

  5. Spatiotemporal specificity of contrast adaptation in mouse primary visual cortex

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    Emily Elizabeth LeDue

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Prolonged viewing of high contrast gratings alters perceived stimulus contrast, and produces characteristic changes in the contrast response functions of neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1. This is referred to as contrast adaptation. Although contrast adaptation has been well studied, its underlying neural mechanisms are not well understood. Therefore, we investigated contrast adaptation in mouse V1 with the goal of establishing a quantitative description of this phenomenon in a genetically manipulable animal model. One interesting aspect of contrast adaptation that has been observed both perceptually and in single unit studies is its specificity for the spatial and temporal characteristics of the stimulus. Therefore in the present work we determined if the magnitude of contrast adaptation in mouse V1 neurons was dependent on the spatial frequency and temporal frequency of the adapting grating. We used protocols that were readily comparable with previous studies in cats and primates, and also a novel contrast ramp stimulus that characterized the spatial and temporal specificity of contrast adaptation simultaneously. Similar to previous work in higher mammals, we found that contrast adaptation was strongest when the spatial frequency and temporal frequency of the adapting grating matched the test stimulus. This suggests similar mechanisms underlying contrast adaptation across animal models and indicates that the rapidly advancing genetic tools available in mice could be used to provide insights into this phenomenon.

  6. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Fourteen.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    1982-01-01

    This issue of the journal includes these papers on contrastive linguistics: "Violations of Frege's Principle and Their Significance for Contrastive Semantics" (Dafydd Gibbon); "Writing the Contrastive Grammar of English and Dutch. The Treatment of Modal Notions" (Flor Aarts and Herman Wekker); "The Theory and Methodology…

  7. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Ten.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    1979-01-01

    This issue of the journal includes these papers on contrastive linguistics: "A Question of Imperatives" (Tom Wachtel); "Contrastive Sociolinguistics--Some Methodological Considerations" (Karol Janicki); "How to Describe Phonological Variation" (Thomas Herok, Livia Tonelli); "Towards a Contrastive Pragmalinguistics" (Philip Riley); "The Perception…

  8. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Nineteen.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    1985-01-01

    This issue of the journal includes these papers on contrastive linguistics: "Contrastive Patholinguistics: The Acquisition of English Grammatical Morphemes by German Dyslexics in a Foreign-Language Teaching Context" (Udo O. H. Jung); "Contrastive Pragmatics" (Marie-Louise Liebe-Harkort); "On Questions in English and Swedish" (Kay Wikberg); "On…

  9. Papers and Studies in Contrastive Linguistics, Volume Nine.

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    Fisiak, Jacek, Ed.

    1979-01-01

    This issue of the journal includes these papers on contrastive linguistics: "Tag Questions, Transformational Grammar and Pragmatics" (Wolfram Bublitz); "Toward Contrasting Styles" (Karol Janicki); "Some More Remarks on the Pedagogical Uses of Contrastive Studies" (Waldemar Marton); "Stress in Polish--With Some Comparisons to English Stress" (James…

  10. Reports 6. The Yugoslav Serbo-Croatian-English Contrastive Project.

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    Filipovic, Rudolf, Ed.

    The first part of the sixth volume in this series consists of a 116-item annotated bibliography of American doctoral dissertations in contrastive linguistics. The second part consists of six articles dealing with various aspects of Serbo-Croatian-English contrastive analysis. They are: "A Contrastive Analysis Evaluation of Conversion in English…

  11. Ultrasound imaging and contrast agents: a safe alternative to MRI?

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    Wink, Margot H.; Wijkstra, Hessel; de La Rosette, Jean J. M. C. H.; Grimbergen, Cornelis A.

    2006-01-01

    Microbubble contrast media are used to enhance ultrasound images. Because ultrasound is a real-time investigation, contrast-enhanced ultrasound offers possibilities for perfusion imaging. This review is conducted to evaluate the safety of contrast-enhanced ultrasound and its possible role in medical

  12. Infrared Contrast Analysis Technique for Flash Thermography Nondestructive Evaluation

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    Koshti, Ajay

    2014-01-01

    The paper deals with the infrared flash thermography inspection to detect and analyze delamination-like anomalies in nonmetallic materials. It provides information on an IR Contrast technique that involves extracting normalized contrast verses time evolutions from the flash thermography infrared video data. The paper provides the analytical model used in the simulation of infrared image contrast. The contrast evolution simulation is achieved through calibration on measured contrast evolutions from many flat bottom holes in the subject material. The paper also provides formulas to calculate values of the thermal measurement features from the measured contrast evolution curve. Many thermal measurement features of the contrast evolution that relate to the anomaly characteristics are calculated. The measurement features and the contrast simulation are used to evaluate flash thermography inspection data in order to characterize the delamination-like anomalies. In addition, the contrast evolution prediction is matched to the measured anomaly contrast evolution to provide an assessment of the anomaly depth and width in terms of depth and diameter of the corresponding equivalent flat-bottom hole (EFBH) or equivalent uniform gap (EUG). The paper provides anomaly edge detection technique called the half-max technique which is also used to estimate width of an indication. The EFBH/EUG and half-max width estimations are used to assess anomaly size. The paper also provides some information on the "IR Contrast" software application, half-max technique and IR Contrast feature imaging application, which are based on models provided in this paper.

  13. Question of 'contrast media arachnoiditis' after lumbosacral myelography with watersoluble contrast mnedia

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    Claass, A.; Piepgras, U.; Wussow, W.

    1982-05-01

    The role of watersoluble myelography contrast media in the generation of the so called arachnoiditis spinalis after myelography is disussed. Two hundred and two patients were selected out of a patient collective of 3141 myelographies of the year 1975-1980, that were repeatedly treated with the water soluble contrast media Dimer X. The patients' myeloradiculogramms were evaluated with respect to arachnoid changes. The size and the frequency of these alterations were investigated as well as their dependence of other arachnoiditis supporting factors. Only a few of the cases withstand a critical test. Myelographic limiting findings are numerous and are difficult to validate. In 3 out of 59 (5.1 percent) of patients that were not submitted to surgery small to medium arachnoid alterations were found. In 77 out of 115 (67 percent) of the patients that were submitted to surgery between the myelography leptomeningeal alterations could be detected with different difficulty. Twelve out of 21 (57 percent) of the patients submitted to surgery without pre-surgical myelography showed signs of arachnoiditis in the post-surgical myelogramm. Different origins of arachnoiditis, the pathomechanisms of their formation are discussed as well as the correlation of radiologic findings with the clinical and histological observations. The authors' opinion is, that it is not possible to exclude or to prove safely that a water-soluble myelographic contrast media can cause solely, that means without additional factors that support arachnoiditis, a clinical relevant arachnoiditis with a single application.

  14. Effect of static scatterers in laser speckle contrast imaging: an experimental study on correlation and contrast.

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    Vaz, Pedro Guilherme; Humeau-Heurtier, Anne; Figueiras, Edite; Correia, Carlos; Cardoso, Joao M R

    2017-12-05

    Laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI) is a non-invasive microvascular blood flow assessment technique with good temporal and spatial resolutions. Most LSCI systems, including commercials devices, can only perform qualitative blood flow evaluation which is a major limitation of this technique. There are several factors that prevent LSCI to be a quantitative technique. Among these factors we can highlight the effect of static scatterers. The goal of this work was to study the influence of different static and dynamic scatterers concentrations on laser speckle correlation and contrast. In order to achieve this, a laser speckle prototype was developed and tested using an optical phantom with different concentrations of static and dynamic scatterers. It has been found that the laser speckle correlation can be used to estimate the relative concentration of static/dynamic scatterers within a sample. Moreover, the speckle correlation proved to be independent of the dynamic scatterers velocity which is a fundamental characteristic to be used as contrast correction method. Creative Commons Attribution license.

  15. Cross-Linked and Biodegradable Polymeric System as a Safe Magnetic Resonance Imaging Contrast Agent.

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    Luo, Qiang; Xiao, Xueyang; Dai, Xinghang; Duan, Zhenyu; Pan, Dayi; Zhu, Hongyan; Li, Xue; Sun, Ling; Luo, Kui; Gong, Qiyong

    2018-01-17

    Owing to the low efficacy of clinically used small-molecule gadolinium (Gd)-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents, we designed and explored biodegradable macromolecular conjugates as MRI contrast agents. The linear polymeric structure and core-cross-linked formulation possessed different characteristics and features, so we prepared and comparatively studied the two kinds of Gd-based N-(2-hydroxypropyl) methacrylamide (HPMA) polymeric systems (the core-cross-linked pHPMA-DOTA-Gd and the linear one) using the clinical agent diethylene-triamine pentaacetic acid-Gd(III) (DTPA-Gd) as a control. This study was aimed to find the optimal polymeric formulation as a biocompatible and efficient MRI contrast agent. The high molecular weight (MW, 181 kDa) and core-cross-linked copolymer was obtained via the cross-linked block linear copolymer and could be degraded to low-MW segments (29 kDa) in the presence of glutathione (GSH) and cleaned from the body. Both core-cross-linked and linear pHPMA-DOTA-Gd copolymers displayed 2-3-fold increased relaxivity (r1 value) than that of DTPA-Gd. Animal studies demonstrated that two kinds of macromolecular systems led to much longer blood circulation time, higher tumor accumulation, and much higher signal intensity compared with the linear and clinical ones. Finally, in vivo and in vitro toxicity studies indicated that the two macromolecular agents had great biocompatibility. Therefore, we performed preliminary but important studies on the Gd-based HPMA polymeric systems as biocompatible and efficient MRI contrast agents and found that the biodegradable core-cross-linked pHPMA-DOTA-Gd copolymer might have greater benefits for the foreground.

  16. Nota: o estabelecimento de um regime automotivo diante da criação da OMC

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    Sergio Buarque de Hollanda Filho

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo consiste da primeira parte de um estudo sobre a interação entre as medidas de política industrial dirigidas ao setor automotivo brasileiro a partir de meados da década de noventa e as controvérsias sobre as mesmas no âmbito da OMC. Com objetivo de apresentar um contraste, faço, inicialmente, observações sobre políticas para o setor automobilístico (no Brasil e em países desenvolvidos que ilustram a flexibilidade do emprego de medidas protecionistas num período anterior à criação da OMC, não obstante os compromissos assumidos perante o GATT. Em seguida, discuto aspectos de acordos atingidos na Rodada Uruguai que viriam afetar a política brasileira para o setor e as primeiras barreiras enfrentadas na OMC diante da intenção do governo de estabelecer cotas para a importação de veículos. Apresento, finalmente, os principais pontos da versão original do regime implantado em 1995, que provocariam novas consultas na OMC durante os anos seguintes.This paper contains the first part of a study about the interaction between the policies for the Brazilian automotive sector in the second half of the nineties and the disputes in the WTO. Some considerations are initially made about protectionism in automotive sector in different countries before the WTO foundation, in despite of the GATT rules. It is then examined the features of some of the Uruguay Round agreements (TRIMs and SCM that would affect the policy for the sector in Brazil. In the following, it is discussed the first problem in WTO caused by the government intention to limit importations through quotas. Finally, it is appointed the main aspects of the 1995 automotive regime that would cause new consultations in WTO during the next years.

  17. Carbon dynamics of contrasting agricultural practices

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    Ghee, Claire; Hallett, Paul; Neilson, Roy; Robinson, David; Paterson, Eric

    2013-04-01

    Application of organic amendments can improve soil quality and provide crop nutrients. To optimise these agricultural benefits from organic applications, the capacity of microbe-driven nutrient and carbon cycling must be understood and exploited. Consideration is therefore required of the complex interactions between the rhizosphere, microbial biomass and organic amendment. We hypothesise that the labile C present in root exudates of plants increases the mineralisation of organic matter in soil, constituting a mechanism to promote nutrient acquisition. This mechanism is known as the 'priming effect', but is poorly understood in the context of agricultural carbon and nutrient management. Field data from the Centre of Sustainable Cropping (CSC) research platform (Dundee, Scotland, UK) are utilised to build an understanding of soil C and N fluxes between contrasting agricultural practices. The field site uses a split-plot design to compare (i) compost amended soils with reduced tillage and chemical inputs and (ii) conventionally managed soils, reflective of current UK commercial arable practice. Significant differences (p= compost amended and conventionally managed soils at field-scale with respect to soil microbial biomass (SMB), total organic carbon (TOC) and mineral nitrogen. Investigation into the priming effect within compost amended soils was subsequently undertaken under laboratory conditions. Stable isotope analysis and measurements of soil biotic parameters were used to quantify priming resulting from Spring Barley (Hordeum vulgare cv. Optic) cultivation for (i) unamended and (ii) municipal compost incorporated soils. Compost treatments comprised amendments of 25, 50 and 150 t/Ha and planted soils were compared with unplanted controls. Soil mesocosms were maintained under controlled environmental conditions within labelling chambers supplied continuously with 13C-depleted CO2. Throughout a 41-day incubation period, soil CO2 efflux and dissolved organic carbon

  18. JUST Revisited: Panchronic and Contrastive Insights

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    Manuela Romano

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Contrastive studies of cognate pragmatic markers involving modality have become increasingly salient in recent times. In describing semantic and discursive differences in different languages and language families, these studies are paving the way for a better understanding of grammaticalization, pragmaticalization and (intersubjectification paths. The present paper aims at contributing to the discussion by means of providing a synchronic and diachronic account of the marker JUST that combines semasiological and onomasiological insights. As thoroughly described in previous studies, JUST is a complex polycentric category in which overlapping nuances have been activated over time. In English and in other languages, the diachronic evolution of JUST involves an increasing semantic expansion from scalar to subjectified meanings and an increasing restriction in grammatical flexibility. However, polysemization and the emergence of grammaticalized readings seem to have gone further in English than in other languages. The present study, situated within the emerging field of panchronic cross-linguistic research on discourse markers, aims at ascertaining why.El estudio contrastivo de los marcadores pragmáticos de modalidad ocupa una posición central en el campo de la gramaticalización, la pragmaticalización y la (intersubjetivización, ya que permite trazar rutas de cambio a través de la descripción de peculiaridades semánticas y discursivas en distintas lenguas y familias lingüísticas. Este trabajo contribuye al debate ofreciendo un análisis semasiológico y onomasiológico del marcador JUST en sincronía y diacronía. Se trata de una categoría policéntrica en la que se han ido activando lecturas cruzadas a lo largo del tiempo. Su evolución está marcada, tanto en inglés como en otras lenguas, por una expansión semántica cada vez mayor, transitando desde lecturas escalares hacia lecturas subjetivizadas, y por una flexibilidad gramatical

  19. Gadolinium-based contrast agents in pediatric magnetic resonance imaging

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    Gale, Eric M.; Caravan, Peter [Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Department of Radiology, The Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA (United States); Rao, Anil G. [Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Charleston, SC (United States); McDonald, Robert J. [College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Department of Radiology, Rochester, MN (United States); Winfeld, Matthew [University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Fleck, Robert J. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Pediatric Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Gee, Michael S. [MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School, Division of Pediatric Imaging, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States)

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    Gadolinium-based contrast agents can increase the accuracy and expediency of an MRI examination. However the benefits of a contrast-enhanced scan must be carefully weighed against the well-documented risks associated with administration of exogenous contrast media. The purpose of this review is to discuss commercially available gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in the context of pediatric radiology. We discuss the chemistry, regulatory status, safety and clinical applications, with particular emphasis on imaging of the blood vessels, heart, hepatobiliary tree and central nervous system. We also discuss non-GBCA MRI contrast agents that are less frequently used or not commercially available. (orig.)

  20. Tratamento da diarreia aguda

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    Araújo, Carlos Manuel Arantes

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    Projeto de Pós-Graduação/Dissertação apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Ciências Farmacêuticas A diarreia aguda é uma doença de elevada prevalência e incidência que atinge todas as classes sociais e idades, sendo um relevante problema de saúde pública. O quadro diarreico é caracterizado por alterações no volume, consistência e frequência das fezes, sendo característico da diarreia aguda o surgimento de fezes líquidas e...

  1. Derrida: aporias da subjetividade

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    Diogo Bogéa

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Nosso objetivo neste artigo é tratar a questão do “sujeito” de uma maneira diferente daquela característica do pensamento tradicional metafísico, procurando evitar as respostas imediatas baseadas nos conceitos e preconceitos de uma metafísica da presença/ausência, ser/não-ser, essência/existência, eu/outro, etc. Para tal, utilizaremos algumas das principais formulações teóricas de Derrida tais como “segredo/secreto”, “vida-a-morte”, “sacrifício”, “rastro”, différance e “suplemento”.

  2. Berengario da Carpi.

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    De Santo, N G; Bisaccia, C; De Santo, L S; De Santo, R M; Di Leo, V A; Papalia, T; Cirillo, M; Touwaide, A

    1999-01-01

    Berengario da Carpi was magister of anatomy and surgery at the University of Bologna from 1502 to 1527. Eustachio and Falloppia defined him as 'the restaurator of anatomy'. He was a great surgeon, anatomist and physician of illustrious patients including Lorenzo II dei Medici, Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, Galeazzo Pallavicini, Cardinal Colonna, and Alessandro Soderini. He had strong links to the intellectuals of his time (Forni, Bonamici, Manuzio, Pomponazzi) as well as with the Medici family. He was respected by the Popes Julius II, Leo X and Clement VII. His main contributions are the Isogogae Breves, De Fractura calvae sive cranei, and the illustrated Commentaria on the Anatomy of Mondino de Liucci, a textbook utilized for more than 200 years, which Berengario aimed to restore to its initial text. The Commentaria constitutes the material for the last part of this paper which concludes with a personal translation of some passages on 'The kidney', where the author gives poignant examples of experimental ingenuity.

  3. Em favor da talassografia

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    Jean-Louis Boudou

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available A Talassografia (“descrição do mar” interessa-sepelos impactos físicos, biológicos, ecológicos... culturais da violenta antropização dos ambientes costeiros (oceânicos e continentais, caracterizados pelaexigüidade, vulnerabilidade, fragilidade e plasticidade. Como o Brasil é um “país marítimo”, os geó-grafos (os talassógrafos brasileiros são convidadosa intensificar suas pesquisas nas áreas costeiras e acriar novas estruturas para divulgá-las: Revista, Encontros, Associação, Pós-Graduação... tudo em prolda talassografia.

  4. ANÁLISE PRELIMINAR DA CONTROLADORIA DA CIDADE DE SALVADOR

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    João Marcelo Pitiá Barreto

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A Controladoria tem sido alvo de estudos e destaque de análises e reflexões dos estudiosos das ciências que têm como foco o campo gerencial das organizações como a da Administração e Contabilidade. É importante observar a contribuição da Controladoria à governança pública, fundamento de uma gestão democrática e participativa. Nesse contexto, insere-se o objetivo deste estudo, refletir sobre atuação da controladoria pública da cidade de Salvador, observando a contribuição efetiva na governança nesse município. Os estudos foram desenvolvidos na Secretaria da Fazenda (SEFAZ do município a quem Controladoria vincula-se. Com caráter exploratório, essa investigação descritiva envolveu pesquisa de campo, análise de documentos e relatórios emitidos pela SEFAZ e pelo Tribunal de Contas do Município (TCM. Verificou-se o organograma da SEFAZ, seu orçamento e os pareceres do TCM. Os resultados expressam a importância da Controladoria e denotam a impressão de que, na instituição estudada, essa área não esteja cumprindo bem seu papel. 

  5. The contrast between alveolar and velar stops with typical speech data: acoustic and articulatory analyses.

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    Melo, Roberta Michelon; Mota, Helena Bolli; Berti, Larissa Cristina

    2017-06-08

    This study used acoustic and articulatory analyses to characterize the contrast between alveolar and velar stops with typical speech data, comparing the parameters (acoustic and articulatory) of adults and children with typical speech development. The sample consisted of 20 adults and 15 children with typical speech development. The analyzed corpus was organized through five repetitions of each target-word (/'kap ə/, /'tapə/, /'galo/ e /'daɾə/). These words were inserted into a carrier phrase and the participant was asked to name them spontaneously. Simultaneous audio and video data were recorded (tongue ultrasound images). The data was submitted to acoustic analyses (voice onset time; spectral peak and burst spectral moments; vowel/consonant transition and relative duration measures) and articulatory analyses (proportion of significant axes of the anterior and posterior tongue regions and description of tongue curves). Acoustic and articulatory parameters were effective to indicate the contrast between alveolar and velar stops, mainly in the adult group. Both speech analyses showed statistically significant differences between the two groups. The acoustic and articulatory parameters provided signals to characterize the phonic contrast of speech. One of the main findings in the comparison between adult and child speech was evidence of articulatory refinement/maturation even after the period of segment acquisition.

  6. Dimensão da maturidade à luz da logoterapia

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    Libardi, Tadeu Antonio

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available O artigo aborda o tema da maturidade humana à luz da logoterapia, fundada por Viktor Emil Frankl. Nos dias de hoje, existe a frustração existencial, não mais a sexual, como analisada por Freud. Cada ser humano, como pessoa livre e responsável e tendo como meta a busca da maturidade, vai percorrendo seu próprio caminho, que o leva à ceitação de si, de seus limites e potencialidades e ao relacionamento social e religioso, capacitando-o ao confronto com o sofrimento humano

  7. Dimensão da maturidade à luz da logoterapia

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    Libardi, Tadeu Antonio

    2008-01-01

    O artigo aborda o tema da maturidade humana à luz da logoterapia, fundada por Viktor Emil Frankl. Nos dias de hoje, existe a frustração existencial, não mais a sexual, como analisada por Freud. Cada ser humano, como pessoa livre e responsável e tendo como meta a busca da maturidade, vai percorrendo seu próprio caminho, que o leva à ceitação de si, de seus limites e potencialidades e ao relacionamento social e religioso, capacitando-o ao confronto com o sofrimento humano

  8. Controle da ferrugem e da broca-dos-ramos da figueira com diferentes fungicidas e inseticidas

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    Éder Júnior Mezzalira

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Temperaturas e precipitações elevadas favorecem a incidência da ferrugem (Cerotelium fici(Cast. e da broca-dos-ramos (Azochis gripusalis (Walker, 1859 (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae, limitando a produção comercial de figos. O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar a eficiência de fungicidas e inseticidas alternativos em relação à de produtos convencionais registrados para a cultura. Foram realizados dois experimentos, no delineamento de blocos inteiramente casualizados, com quatro repetições, no setor de fruticultura da Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, Campus Dois Vizinhos. Para controle da ferrugem, foram utilizados, em 100 L de água, azoxistrobin (10 g, calda bordalesa (1.500 g de cal virgem + 1.500 g de sulfato de cobre e testemunha (água. No controle da broca-dos-ramos utilizaram-se, em 100 L de água, azadiractina (1.000 mL P.C., alho (Allium sativumL. (100 mL P.C., cinza (20.000 g, extrato de fumo (nicotina (10.000 mL do preparado, deltametrina (50 mL P.C., Bacillus thuringiensisBerliner (100 g P.C., rotenona (1.000 mL P.C., sabão de coco (1.000 g e testemunha (água. A calda bordalesa foi o tratamento mais efetivo no controle da ferrugem, promovendo aumento da produtividade e da qualidade dos frutos. A deltametrina promoveu o melhor controle da broca-dos-ramos da figueira. Entre os produtos alternativos testados, o alho foi o mais efetivo no controle dessa praga.

  9. Enhanced conjugation stability and blood circulation time of macromolecular gadolinium-DTPA contrast agent

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    Jenjob, Ratchapol [Department of New Drug Development, School of Medicine, Inha University, 2F A-dong, Jeongseok Bldg., Sinheung-dong 3-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon 400-712 (Korea, Republic of); Kun, Na [Department of Biotechnology, The Catholic University of Korea, 43 Jibong-ro, Wonmi-gu, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do 420-743 (Korea, Republic of); Ghee, Jung Yeon [Utah-Inha DDS and Advanced Therapeutics, B-403 Meet-You-All Tower, SongdoTechnopark, 7–50, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of); Shen, Zheyu; Wu, Xiaoxia [Division of Functional Materials and Nano-Devices, Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering (NIMTE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, 519 Zhuangshi Street, Zhenhai District, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315201 (China); Cho, Steve K., E-mail: scho@gist.ac.kr [Division of Liberal Arts and Science, GIST College, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Don Haeng [Utah-Inha DDS and Advanced Therapeutics, B-403 Meet-You-All Tower, SongdoTechnopark, 7–50, Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-840 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Inha University Hospital, Incheon 420-751 (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Su-Geun, E-mail: Sugeun.Yang@Inha.ac.kr [Department of New Drug Development, School of Medicine, Inha University, 2F A-dong, Jeongseok Bldg., Sinheung-dong 3-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon 400-712 (Korea, Republic of)

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    In this study, we prepared macromolecular MR T1 contrast agent: pullulan-conjugated Gd diethylene triamine pentaacetate (Gd-DTPA-Pullulan) and estimated residual free Gd{sup 3+}, chelation stability in competition with metal ions, plasma and tissue pharmacokinetics, and abdominal MR contrast on rats. Residual free Gd{sup 3+} in Gd-DTPA-Pullulan was measured using colorimetric spectroscopy. The transmetalation of Gd{sup 3+} incubated with Ca{sup 2+} was performed by using a dialysis membrane (MWCO 100–500 Da) and investigated by ICP-OES. The plasma concentration profiles of Gd-DTPA-Pullulan were estimated after intravenous injection at a dose 0.1 mmol/kg of Gd. The coronal-plane abdominal images of normal rats were observed by MR imaging. The content of free Gd{sup 3+}, the toxic residual form, was less than 0.01%. Chelation stability of Gd-DTPA-Pullulan was estimated, and only 0.2% and 0.00045% of Gd{sup 3+} were released from Gd-DTPA-Pullulan after 2 h incubation with Ca{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 2+}, respectively. Gd-DTPA-Pullulan displayed the extended plasma half-life (t{sub 1/2,α} = 0.43 h, t{sub 1/2,β} = 2.32 h), much longer than 0.11 h and 0.79 h of Gd-EOB-DTPA. Abdominal MR imaging showed Gd-DTPA-Pullulan maintained initial MR contrast for 30 min. The extended plasma half-life of Gd-DTPA-Pullulan probably allows the prolonged MR acquisition time in clinic with enhanced MR contrast. - Highlights: • Macromolecule (pullulan) conjugated Gd contrast agent (Gd-DTPA-Pullulan) showed the extended plasma half-life (t{sub 1/2,α} = 0.43 h, t{sub 1/2,β} = 2.32 h) in comparison with Gd-EOB-DTPA • Gd-DTPA-pullulan T1 contrast agent exhibited strong chelation stability against Gd. • The extended blood circulation attributed the enhanced and prolonged MR contrast on abdominal region of rats. • The extended blood circulation may provide prolonged MR acquisition time window in clinics.

  10. Text accessibility by people with reduced contrast sensitivity.

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    Crossland, Michael D; Rubin, Gary S

    2012-09-01

    Contrast sensitivity is reduced in people with eye disease, and also in older adults without eye disease. In this article, we compare contrast of text presented in print and digital formats with contrast sensitivity values for a large cohort of subjects in a population-based study of older adults (the Salisbury Eye Evaluation). Contrast sensitivity values were recorded for 2520 adults aged 65 to 84 years living in Salisbury, Maryland. The proportion of the sample likely to be unable to read text of different formats (electronic books, newsprint, paperback books, laser print, and LED computer monitors) was calculated using published contrast reserve levels required to perform spot reading, to read with fluency, high fluency, and under optimal conditions. One percent of this sample had contrast sensitivity less than that required to read newsprint fluently. Text presented on an LED computer monitor had the highest contrast. Ninety-eight percent of the sample had contrast sensitivity sufficient for high fluent reading of text (at least 160 words/min) on a monitor. However, 29.6% were still unlikely to be able to read this text with optimal fluency. Reduced contrast of print limits text accessibility for many people in the developed world. Presenting text in a high-contrast format, such as black laser print on a white page, would increase the number of people able to access such information. Additionally, making text available in a format that can be presented on an LED computer monitor will increase access to written documents.

  11. Electric and magnetic properties of contrast agents for thermoacoustic imaging

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    Ogunlade, Olumide; Beard, Paul

    2014-03-01

    The endogenous contrast in thermoacoustic imaging is due to the water and ionic content in tissue. This results in poor tissue speci city between high water content tissues. As a result, exogenous contrast agents have been employed to improve tissue speci city and also increase the SNR. An investigation into the sources of contrast produced by several exogenous contrast agents is described. These include three gadolinium based MRI contrast agents, iron oxide particles, single wall carbon nanotubes, saline and sucrose solutions. Both the dielectric and magnetic properties of contrast agents at 3GHz have been measured using microwave resonant cavities. The DC conductivity of the contrast agents were also measured. It is shown that the measured increase in dielectric contrast, relative to water, is due to dipole rotational loss of polar non electrolytes, ionic loss of electrolytes or a combination of both. It is shown that for the same dielectric contrast, electrolytes make better thermoacoustic contrast agents than non-electrolytes, for thermoacoustic imaging.

  12. Uso do contraste oral negativo em exames de colangiografia por ressonância magnética Use of oral negative contrast agent in magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography examinations

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    Mário de Melo Galvão Filho

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Realizamos estudo prospectivo das vias biliares e pancreáticas através de colangiografia por ressonância magnética, com a utilização de meio de contraste oral negativo. Os nossos objetivos foram verificar se este novo meio de contraste melhora a visualização das vias biliar e pancreática, além de identificar a freqüência de efeitos colaterais ao contraste e sua aceitação pelo paciente. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Quinze voluntários (oito homens e sete mulheres com idades variando entre 18 e 54 anos (média de 29 anos, sem queixas ou cirurgias abdominais, foram submetidos a colangiografia por ressonância magnética. Foram realizadas duas seqüências colangiográficas em apnéia, antes e cinco minutos após a ingestão de 300 ml de contraste oral negativo. Os exames foram realizados em equipamento operando a 1,0 T. RESULTADOS: Setenta e três por cento dos voluntários consideraram o gosto ruim ou muito ruim, sugerindo uma aceitação discutível; 27% dos voluntários apresentaram náuseas; 20%, cólicas; 14%, azia ou parestesia labial; e 7%, diarréia. A visualização da via biliar extra-hepática foi considerada melhor após o contraste oral negativo em 9/15 voluntários (60% e do ducto pancreático principal em todos os cinco em que havia interposição de alças. CONCLUSÃO: O contraste oral negativo melhora a visualização dos ductos hepatocolédoco e pancreático principal em exames de colangiografia por ressonância magnética, apesar da baixa aceitação e dos seus efeitos colaterais.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this prospective study was to investigate the feasibility of using a negative oral contrast agent to null the bowel signal during magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Fifteen healthy volunteers with no previous history of pancreaticobiliary disease or surgery were imaged with a single-shot fast spin-echo pulse sequence, using a magnetic resonance imaging system operating at 1.0 T. Data

  13. Dynamic-contrast-enhanced-MRI with extravasating contrast reagent: Rat cerebral glioma blood volume determination

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    Li, Xin; Rooney, William D.; Várallyay, Csanád G.; Gahramanov, Seymur; Muldoon, Leslie L.; Goodman, James A.; Tagge, Ian J.; Selzer, Audrey H.; Pike, Martin M.; Neuwelt, Edward A.; Springer, Charles S.

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    The accurate mapping of the tumor blood volume (TBV) fraction ( vb) is a highly desired imaging biometric goal. It is commonly thought that achieving this is difficult, if not impossible, when small molecule contrast reagents (CRs) are used for the T1-weighted (Dynamic-Contrast-Enhanced) DCE-MRI technique. This is because angiogenic malignant tumor vessels allow facile CR extravasation. Here, a three-site equilibrium water exchange model is applied to DCE-MRI data from the cerebrally-implanted rat brain U87 glioma, a tumor exhibiting rapid CR extravasation. Analyses of segments of the (and the entire) DCE data time-course with this "shutter-speed" pharmacokinetic model, which admits finite water exchange kinetics, allow TBV estimation from the first-pass segment. Pairwise parameter determinances were tested with grid searches of 2D parametric error surfaces. Tumor blood volume ( vb), as well as ve (the extracellular, extravascular space volume fraction), and Ktrans (a CR extravasation rate measure) parametric maps are presented. The role of the Patlak Plot in DCE-MRI is also considered.

  14. Human cerebral blood volume measurements using dynamic contrast enhancement in comparison to dynamic susceptibility contrast MRI

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    Artzi, Moran [Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Functional Brain Center, The Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging, Tel Aviv (Israel); Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv (Israel); Liberman, Gilad; Vitinshtein, Faina; Aizenstein, Orna [Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Functional Brain Center, The Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging, Tel Aviv (Israel); Nadav, Guy [Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Functional Brain Center, The Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging, Tel Aviv (Israel); Tel Aviv University, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv (Israel); Blumenthal, Deborah T.; Bokstein, Felix [Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Neuro-Oncology Service, Tel Aviv (Israel); Bashat, Dafna Ben [Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Functional Brain Center, The Wohl Institute for Advanced Imaging, Tel Aviv (Israel); Tel Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv (Israel)

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    Cerebral blood volume (CBV) is an important parameter for the assessment of brain tumors, usually obtained using dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI. However, this method often suffers from low spatial resolution and high sensitivity to susceptibility artifacts and usually does not take into account the effect of tissue permeability. The plasma volume (v{sub p}) can also be extracted from dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE) MRI. The aim of this study was to investigate whether DCE can be used for the measurement of cerebral blood volume in place of DSC for the assessment of patients with brain tumors. Twenty-eight subjects (17 healthy subjects and 11 patients with glioblastoma) were scanned using DCE and DSC. v{sub p} and CBV values were measured and compared in different brain components in healthy subjects and in the tumor area in patients. Significant high correlations were detected between v{sub p} and CBV in healthy subjects in the different brain components; white matter, gray matter, and arteries, correlating with the known increased tissue vascularity, and within the tumor area in patients. This work proposes the use of DCE as an alternative method to DSC for the assessment of blood volume, given the advantages of its higher spatial resolution, its lower sensitivity to susceptibility artifacts, and its ability to provide additional information regarding tissue permeability. (orig.)

  15. Leitura visual da HQ Cachalote

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    Com base na teoria semiótica gremasiana, buscamos nesta pesquisa evidenciar a aplicabilidade da teoria semiótica no ensino de Língua Portuguesa para o tratamento do texto visual. Por meio da leitura da história em quadrinhos Cachalote (2010), de Daniel Galera e Rafael Coutinho, aplicamos o percurso gerativo do sentido evidenciando o nível discursivo (sintaxe e semântica discursiva), e o nível narrativo (paixões dos sujeitos). Sendo uma pesquisa descritivo interpretativa, selecionamos a narrat...

  16. A subjetividade fora da mente

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    Simões, Alexandre; Gonçalves, Gesianni Amaral; Corgozinho, Batistina Maria de Sousa; Lopes, Ana Mônica Henrique

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    O artigo contextualiza uma tradição que se apresenta de maneira recorrente nas práticas clínicas da psicologia e da saúde mental: o Mentalismo. O Mentalismo pressupõe uma concepção interiorizada do sujeito em prol de modelos instrumentais de clínica. A partir da crítica ao Mentalismo, os autores examinam outras possibilidades de se lidar não mais com o sujeito essencializado, porém, com os complexos processos de subjetivação. Esta é uma perspectiva clínica que recorrendo a Deleuze, Guattari e...

  17. Dos Males da Medida

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    Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

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    Full Text Available Esse artigo tem como objeto a difícil percepção da "diferença". Tema polêmico, o debate sobre as variedades culturais foi transformado, em meados do século XIX, em uma questão racial e, nesse sentido, vinculado às regularidades da biologia. Tecendo comparações entre os teóricos raciais brasileiros e os impasses mais contemporâneos, sobre a aferição de inteligência e capacidade, esse ensaio pretende provocar. Em pauta estarão as contradições que têm se destacado, mais recentemente, quando se opõem de um lado as etnicidades locais, de outro a tão propalada globalização. Tal qual dois lados de uma mesma moeda, a afirmação de identidades tem se mostrado tão evidente como o próprio estreitamento das relações internacionais. Mudam os termos do debate - de raça, para etnia -, mas, de alguma maneira, continuamos presos a uma lógica positiva de estabelecimento de hierarquias ontológicas.This article has as its objective the difficult perception of "difference". A controversial theme, in the nineteenth century, this debate on cultural varieties, became a racial issue and in this sense, bonded to the regularities of biology. In such a context, this essay intends to provoke comparisons about the standard measure of intelligence and capacity, between Brazilian racial theorists and the impasse of more contemporary times. Appointed here will be the contradictions which have, more recently grown in importance, and have opposed through one aspect, local ethnic groups and through another the greatly publicized globalization. As are the two sides of a coin, the affirmation of identities has shown itself as evident as the tightening of international relations. The terms of the debate change from race to ethnicism, but in some way, we are still tied to a positivist logic which establishes ontologic hierarchies.

  18. SOBRE OS FUNDAMENTOS DA ARQUITETURA DA INFORMAÇÃO

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    Alfram Roberto Rodrigues de Albuquerque

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Expõe-se o estado atual da disciplina Arquitetura da Informação quanto a problemática terminológica da definição do campo de estudo, apresentando-se argumentos para uma definição de Arquitetura da Informação de uma forma ampla na qual os usos correntes dessa expressão sejam vistos como especializações. Defende-se uma definição com a utilização de um conjunto de propriedades mínimas cujas interações levam a uma terminologia formal e cuja abstração leva a uma definição formal do conceito que emprega a linguagem de morfismos da Teoria das Categorias. Trata-se de um recorte de alguns dos resultados obtidos na tese de doutoramento de um dos autores, defendida em setembro de 2010. O contexto da pesquisa é exposto e alguns dos resultados obtidos são delineados.

  19. O sentido da espiritualidade na transitoriedade da vida

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    Isabel Cristina de Oliveira Arrieira

    Full Text Available Resumo Objetivo: Compreender o sentido da espiritualidade para a pessoa em cuidados paliativos. Métodos: Abordagem qualitativa, fundamentada na fenomenologia existencialista e referencial de Viktor Frankl. Os participantes foram nove pessoas em cuidados paliativos atendidas no domicílio. Informações coletadas por meio da observação e de entrevista realizadas no período de junho a outubro de 2014, gravadas, transcritas e transformadas em texto interpretado com a abordagem fenomenológica hermenêutica. Resultados: Surgiram as seguintes categorias: sentido de continuidade da vida; sentido de alívio do sofrimento; sentido de naturalidade da morte e sentido de valorização do viver. Conclusão: Para a integralidade da atenção faz-se necessário a inclusão da espiritualidade na prática do cuidado em saúde. A espiritualidade proporciona o encontro existencial entre a pessoa em cuidados paliativos e os profissionais que a cuidam em sua integralidade.

  20. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI Contrast Agents for Tumor Diagnosis

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    Weiren Cheng

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This review focuses on MRI contrast agents for tumor diagnosis. Several types of low molecular weight Gd3+-based complexes and dextran-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO nanoparticles have been used for clinical tumor diagnosis as longitudinal relaxation time (T1 and transverse relaxation time (T2 MRI contrast agents, respectively. To further improve the sensitivity of MRI, new types of chelates for T1 MRI contrast agents and combination of low molecular weight T1 MRI contrast agents with different types of carriers have been investigated. Different types of materials for forming secure coating layers of SPIO and novel superparamagnetic particles with higher relaxivity values have been explored. Various types of ligands were applied to improve the capability to target tumor for both T1 and T2 contrast agents. Furthermore, MRI contrast agents for detection of tumor metabolism were also pursued.

  1. Nonpharmacological Strategies to Prevent Contrast-Induced Acute Kidney Injury

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    Paweena Susantitaphong

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Contrast-induced AKI (CI-AKI has been one of the leading causes for hospital-acquired AKI and is associated with independent risk for adverse clinical outcomes including morbidity and mortality. The aim of this review is to provide a brief summary of the studies that focus on nonpharmacological strategies to prevent CI-AKI, including routine identification of at-risk patients, use of appropriate hydration regimens, withdrawal of nephrotoxic drugs, selection of low-osmolar contrast media or isoosmolar contrast media, and using the minimum volume of contrast media as possible. There is no need to schedule dialysis in relation to injection of contrast media or injection of contrast agent in relation to dialysis program. Hemodialysis cannot protect the poorly functioning kidney against CI-AKI.

  2. A utilização da teoria da aprendizagem significativa no ensino da Enfermagem

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    Alana Tamar Oliveira de Sousa

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available RESUMOObjetivo:sintetizar a produção científica acerca da Teoria da Aprendizagem Significativa no processo de ensino-aprendizagem em Enfermagem.Método:revisão integrativa realizada nas bases de dados MEDLINE, LILACS, SciELO, BDENF e CINAHL, com artigos que abordaram a temática ou aspectos da teoria da aprendizagem significativa de David Ausubel. Fizeram parte da amostra dez artigos, sendo seis escritos no idioma português e quatro no inglês, publicados de 1998 a 2013.Resultados:cinco artigos fizeram alusão à Teoria da Aprendizagem Significativa, quatro citaram Ausubel como autor dessa teoria e apenas dois seguiram a estrutura para a aplicação da teoria completamente. Há escassez de estudos sobre o tema e os que o abordam não o correlacionam com a teoria de Ausubel.Conclusão:faz-se necessário romper com a dicotomia entre teoria e prática e promover a articulação dos conteúdos com a ação, introduzindo o aluno como autor de seu próprio conhecimento.

  3. Effect of iodinated contrast media on thyroid: a brief review

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    Şerife Mehlika Kuşkonmaz

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In parallel to the increased use of computed tomography, iodinated contrast agents are increasingly becoming a source of excess iodide. Iodinated contrast agents may induce thyroid dysfunction in exposed patients, especially in the presence of an underlying thyroid disease. Thus, an ordinary dose of the contrast used for the imaging, can induce hyper or hypothyroidism in a patient with subtle thyroid disease. This review will briefly discuss the physiology of iodine and the clinical evaluation of iodine induced thyroid dysfunction.

  4. Dual-energy contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM).

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    Daniaux, Martin; De Zordo, Tobias; Santner, Wolfram; Amort, Birgit; Koppelstätter, Florian; Jaschke, Werner; Dromain, Clarisse; Oberaigner, Willi; Hubalek, Michael; Marth, Christian

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    Dual-energy contrast-enhanced mammography is one of the latest developments in breast care. Imaging with contrast agents in breast cancer was already known from previous magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography studies. However, high costs, limited availability-or high radiation dose-led to the development of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM). We reviewed the current literature, present our experience, discuss the advantages and drawbacks of CESM and look at the future of this innovative technique.

  5. A linear programming approach for optimal contrast-tone mapping.

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    Wu, Xiaolin

    2011-05-01

    This paper proposes a novel algorithmic approach of image enhancement via optimal contrast-tone mapping. In a fundamental departure from the current practice of histogram equalization for contrast enhancement, the proposed approach maximizes expected contrast gain subject to an upper limit on tone distortion and optionally to other constraints that suppress artifacts. The underlying contrast-tone optimization problem can be solved efficiently by linear programming. This new constrained optimization approach for image enhancement is general, and the user can add and fine tune the constraints to achieve desired visual effects. Experimental results demonstrate clearly superior performance of the new approach over histogram equalization and its variants.

  6. Non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography: techniques and applications.

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    Blankholm, Anne Dorte; Ringgaard, Steffen

    2012-01-01

    Non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography has gained renewed interest since the discovery of the association between gadolinium-based contrast agents and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. The following article is an overview of the different magnetic resonance angiography sequences, the technical possibilities and new developments. Clinical options and recent advancements will be highlighted, and recommendations for non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography techniques in different anatomical regions will be given. Furthermore, the authors seek to predict the future of non-contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography, with special focus on patients at risk.

  7. Transparency perception: the key to understanding simultaneous color contrast.

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    Ekroll, Vebjørn; Faul, Franz

    2013-03-01

    The well-known simultaneous color contrast effect is traditionally explained in terms of visual color constancy mechanisms correcting for the confounding influence of ambient illumination on the retinal color signal. Recent research, however, suggests that the traditional gross quantitative laws of simultaneous color contrast, which are readily compatible with this functional explanation, should be revised and replaced by others, which are not readily understandable in terms of this perspective. Here, we show that the revised laws of simultaneous color contrast are well accounted for by an alternative theory explaining the simultaneous contrast effect in terms of mechanisms subserving the perception of transparent media.

  8. Feasibility of differential phase contrast CT for whole body imaging

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    Li, Ke; Bevins, Nicholas B.; Zambelli, Joseph N.; Chen, Guang-Hong

    2012-07-01

    Phase contrast based imaging techniques have shown improved contrast in certain biological materials. This has led to an increased interest for the potential of preclinical and clinical imaging systems that incorporate phase sensitive imaging techniques. However, the interplay between the phase contrast mechanism and the so-called small-angle scattering or dark-field mechanism is often not considered. In this work we explore the potential for phase-sensitive whole body imaging by imaging a freshly euthanized specimen. The results suggest that when extrapolating phantom and ex vivo results to whole body imaging, one must consider the complex anatomy of the entire body and its effect on each contrast mechanism.

  9. Normalized Temperature Contrast Processing in Infrared Flash Thermography

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    Koshti, Ajay M.

    2016-01-01

    The paper presents further development in normalized contrast processing used in flash infrared thermography method. Method of computing normalized image or pixel intensity contrast, and normalized temperature contrast are provided. Methods of converting image contrast to temperature contrast and vice versa are provided. Normalized contrast processing in flash thermography is useful in quantitative analysis of flash thermography data including flaw characterization and comparison of experimental results with simulation. Computation of normalized temperature contrast involves use of flash thermography data acquisition set-up with high reflectivity foil and high emissivity tape such that the foil, tape and test object are imaged simultaneously. Methods of assessing other quantitative parameters such as emissivity of object, afterglow heat flux, reflection temperature change and surface temperature during flash thermography are also provided. Temperature imaging and normalized temperature contrast processing provide certain advantages over normalized image contrast processing by reducing effect of reflected energy in images and measurements, therefore providing better quantitative data. Examples of incorporating afterglow heat-flux and reflection temperature evolution in flash thermography simulation are also discussed.

  10. Contrast Insensitivity: The Critical Immaturity in Infant Visual Performance

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    Brown, Angela M.; Lindsey, Delwin T.

    2009-01-01

    This is a targeted review of the critical immaturities limiting psychophysical luminance contrast detection in human infants. Three-month-old infants are 50 times less sensitive to contrast than adults are. Rod experiments suggest that early-stage immaturities, like the short length of infant rod outer segments, have only a modest direct effect on infant visual performance. Infant contrast sensitivity may resemble adult extrafoveal sensitivity, because the foveal cones of the neonate are immature and may not generate strong enough responses to mediate visual performance. This use of the extrafoveal retina reduces the high-spatial-frequency end of the infant contrast sensitivity function, contributing to poor infant resolution acuity. The remaining difference between infant and adult contrast sensitivity functions may be a simple overall reduction in infant sensitivity. The maximum of the infant contrast sensitivity function increases proportionately with age, and may be numerically near the infant's age in weeks. Contrast discrimination experiments indicate that the critical immaturity that limits infant contrast sensitivity is a mid-level phenomenon, occurring before the site of the contrast gain control. For example, the infant ascending visual pathway might be limited by large amounts of intrinsic noise. These results suggest that there is little effect of inattentiveness to the psychophysical task by ostensibly alert infant patients or subjects. The clinician or researcher can interpret behavioral measurements of infant visual performance with confidence. PMID:19483510

  11. A subjetividade fora da mente

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    Alexandre Simões

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available O artigo contextualiza uma tradição que se apresenta de maneira recorrente nas práticas clínicas da psicologia e da saúde mental: o Mentalismo. O Mentalismo pressupõe uma concepção interiorizada do sujeito em prol de modelos instrumentais de clínica. A partir da crítica ao Mentalismo, os autores examinam outras possibilidades de se lidar não mais com o sujeito essencializado, porém, com os complexos processos de subjetivação. Esta é uma perspectiva clínica que recorrendo a Deleuze, Guattari e à Filosofia da Diferença oferece estratégias mais condizentes com a complexidade do mundo contemporâneo, introduzindo debates éticos, políticos e estéticos na dimensão psíquica.

  12. Atlas nacional da Espanha, demografia

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    Hervé Théry

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Calvo Palacios J.L., Pueyo Campos Á. (2008, Atlas nacional de España, Demografía. Madrid: Centro Nacional de Información Geográfica, 386 p. ISBN: 978-8-4416-0685-2.O volume, que faz parte da série Monografias do Atlas Nacional de Espanha, inclui 420 mapas, 91 dos quais apresentam informações por município que dão uma visão global, concisa e muito completa da realidade da população espanhola e da sua evolução (em alguns casos analisada desde 1857. Seus diretores científicos são José Luis Cal...

  13. Da janela do meu quarto

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    Esther Hamburger

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available O texto aborda o curta Da Janela do Meu Quarto de Cao Guimarães como contraponto a filmes brasileiros recentes que lidam com a desigualdade social brasileira na chave da violência. O texto contrasta o distanciamento imposto pelo posicionamento de câmera e efeitos de montagem e som nesse filme, com o uso de estratégias de pertencimento e apropriação presentes em filmes "de resultado".

  14. Contrasting lives, contrasting views? Understandings of health inequalities from children in differing social circumstances.

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    Backett-Milburn, Kathryn; Cunningham-Burley, Sarah; Davis, John

    2003-08-01

    Children's differing socio-economic, cultural and familial circumstances and experiences are part of the pathways implicated in health and illness in adulthood. However, in the existing, mainly survey based, work children's own voices tend to be absent and adult-defined data about health and illness accumulated. Little is known about the social and cultural processes, in children's very different childhoods, which underpin and ultimately constitute these epidemiological findings. This paper reports findings from a qualitative study examining the socio-economic and cultural contexts of children's lifestyles and the production of inequalities in health, carried out in a large Scottish city. Two rounds of semi-structured interviews, using a range of child-friendly techniques (photographs, drawings, vignettes), were carried out with 35 girls and boys aged 9-12 years living in two contrasting but contiguous areas, one relatively advantaged and one relatively disadvantaged. Thirty of their parents were also interviewed and community profiling and observational work undertaken. Children and parents described often starkly contrasting lives and opportunities, regularly involving material differences. However, children appeared to locate inequalities as much in relationships and social life as in material concerns; in this their direct experiences of relationships and unfairness were central to their making sense of inequality and its impact on health. Although children from both areas highlighted several different inequalities, including those related to material resources, they also spoke of the importance of control over their life world; of care and love particularly from parents; of friendship and acceptance by their peer group. Many children challenged straightforward causal explanations for future ill-health, privileging some explanations, such as psychological or lifestyle factors. The accounts of children from both areas displayed considerable resilience to and

  15. Dual-mode registration of dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound combining tissue and contrast sequences.

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    Bouhlel, Nizar; Coron, Alain; Barrois, Guillaume; Lucidarme, Olivier; Bridal, S Lori

    2014-07-01

    This study proposes a new method for automatic, iterative image registration in the context of dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (DCE-US) imaging. By constructing a cost function of image registration using a combination of the tissue and contrast-microbubble responses, this new method, referred to as dual-mode registration, performs alignment based on both tissue and vascular structures. Data from five focal liver lesions (FLLs) were used for the evaluation. Automatic registration based on the dual-mode registration technique and tissue-mode registration obtained using the linear response image sequence alone were compared to manual alignment of the sequence by an expert. Comparison of the maximum distance between the transformations applied by the automatic registration techniques and those from expert manual registration reference showed that the dual-mode registration provided better precision than the tissue-mode registration for all cases. The reduction of maximum distance ranged from 0.25 to 9.3mm. Dual-mode registration is also significantly better than tissue-mode registration for the five sequences with p-values lower than 0.03. The improved sequence alignment is also demonstrated visually by comparison of images from the sequences and the video playbacks of the motion-corrected sequences. This new registration technique better maintains a selected region of interest (ROI) within a fixed position of the image plane throughout the DCE-US sequence. This should reduce motion-related variability of the echo-power estimations and, thus, contribute to more robust perfusion quantification with DCE-US. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Enhancement pattern of hilar cholangiocarcinoma: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound versus contrast-enhanced computed tomography

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    Xu Huixiong, E-mail: xuhuixiong@hotmail.co [Department of Medical Ultrasonics, The First Affiliated Hospital, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound, Sun Yat-Sen University, 58 Zhongshan Road 2, Guangzhou 510080 (China); Chen Lida; Xie Xiaoyan; Xie Xiaohua; Xu Zuofeng; Liu Guangjian; Lin Manxia; Wang Zhu [Department of Medical Ultrasonics, The First Affiliated Hospital, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Ultrasound, Sun Yat-Sen University, 58 Zhongshan Road 2, Guangzhou 510080 (China); Lu Mingde, E-mail: lumd@21cn.co [Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-Sen University, 58 Zhongshan Road 2, Guangzhou 510080 (China)

    2010-08-15

    Objective: To compare the enhancement pattern of hilar cholangiocarcinoma on contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) with that on contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT). Methods: Thirty-two consecutive patients with pathologically proven hilar cholangiocarcinomas were evaluated by both low mechanical index CEUS and CECT. The enhancement feature of the tumor, portal vein infiltration, and lesion conspicuity on them was investigated. Results: In the arterial phase, the numbers of the lesions showing hyperenhancement, isoenhancement, and hypoenhancement, were 14 (43.8%), 14 (43.8%), and 4 (12.6%), on CEUS, and 12 (37.5%), 9 (28.1%), and 11 (34.4%), on CECT (P = 0.162). In portal phase, the numbers of the lesions showing hypoenhancement, isoenhancement, and hyperenhancement were 30 (93.8%), 1 (3.1%), and 1 (3.1%), on CEUS, and 23 (71.9%), 8 (25.0%), and 1 (3.1%), on CECT (P = 0.046). The detection rates for portal vein infiltration were 84.2% (16/19) for baseline ultrasound, 89.5% (17/19) for CEUS, and 78.9% (15/19) for CECT (all P > 0.05 between every two groups). CEUS significantly improved the lesion conspicuity in comparison with CECT. CEUS and CECT made correct diagnoses in 30 (93.8%) and 25 (78.1%) lesions prior to pathological examination (P = 0.125). Conclusion: The enhancement pattern of hilar cholangiocarcinoma on CEUS was similar with that on CECT in arterial phase, whereas in portal phase hilar cholangiocarcinoma shows hypoenhancement more likely on CEUS. CEUS and CECT lead to similar results in evaluating portal vein infiltration and diagnosis of this entity.

  17. Contraste fônico encoberto entre /t/ e /k/: um estudo de caso de normalidade e de transtorno fonológico Covert phonic contrast between /t/ and /k/: a case study of normality and phonological disorder

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    Larissa Cristina Berti

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: investigar, com auxílio de análise acústica, o estabelecimento do contraste fonológico de produções de um sujeito com transtorno fonológico que apresenta neutralização (pela análise de oitiva do contraste entre as oclusivas alveolar e velar. MÉTODOS: foram analisadas as produções das oclusivas /t/ e /k/ combinadas com as vogais /a/ e /u/ na posição acentuada em dois sujeitos - com e sem transtorno fonológico - ambos do sexo masculino, com faixa etária entre 5 e 6 anos. Os parâmetros fonético-acústicos analisados incluíram a inspeção acústica da forma de onda, os parâmetros relativos às características espectrais do burst; os parâmetros acústicos relativos às características acústicas das vogais adjacentes às oclusivas e os parâmetros acústicos relativos ao padrão temporal. RESULTADOS: nas produções da criança com transtorno fonológico observou-se a presença de contrastes encobertos entre as oclusivas investigadas, marcadas tanto pelo uso inadequado quanto pelo correto das pistas fonéticas, mas com valores insuficientes. Nas produções da criança sem transtorno fonológico observou-se o uso de pelo menos uma pista fonética relativa às principais características de um segmento oclusivo que, com magnitude suficiente, propicia o resgate do contraste entre /t/ e /k/ pelos ouvintes. Nas produções de ambos os sujeitos as pistas fonéticas foram dependentes do contexto vocálico. CONCLUSÃO: um determinado contraste fônico pode ser entendido como uma constelação de pistas fonéticas que variam em sua interdependência e significância perceptual.PURPOSE: to investigate, using an acoustic analysis, the establishment of phonological contrast between alveolar and velar stop sounds in a child with phonological disorders that neutralizes this contrast. METHODS: productions of stop /t/ and /k/ sounds combined with the vowels /a/ and /u/ in the stressed position were investigated in two male

  18. Teoria da Mente: diferentes abordagens

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    Jou Graciela Inchausti de

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available A capacidade de compreender os estados mentais (i.e. sentimentos, desejos, crenças e intenções dos outros e de si mesmo é uma das características sociais do ser humano. Quando essa habilidade emerge e como se desenvolve são aspectos que têm sido pesquisados por psicólogos desenvolvimentistas e cognitivistas sob o nome de Teoria da Mente das crianças. Nesse trabalho, procura-se relacionar os diferentes enfoques teóricos acerca da natureza, gênese e desenvolvimento da teoria da mente com os achados empíricos e as metodologias empregadas. Questões referentes à idade em que os pesquisadores entendem que emerge uma teoria da mente nas crianças e a necessidade de desenvolver uma visão que englobe os diferentes níveis de compreensão que elas têm da mente, à luz das teorias existentes, são discutidas.

  19. Envelhecimento humano e sensibilidade ao contraste fotópica para frequências angulares

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    Thiago Leiros Costa

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi investigar o efeito do envelhecimento na sensibilidade a frequências angulares com luminância fotópica (42,6cd/m². Foram mensuradas curvas de sensibilidade ao contraste em oito adultos jovens (20-29 anos e oito idosos (60-70 anos por meio do método psicofísico da escolha forçada. Todos os participantes estavam livres de doenças oculares identificáveis e tinham acuidade visual normal. Os resultados mostraram que o grupo de idosos apresentou alteração significante na faixa de frequências baixas e altas. Concluiu-se que o envelhecimento parece afetar o processamento de frequências angulares baixas e altas em condições de luminância fotópica.

  20. Representações sociais da educação em saúde pelos profissionais da equipe de saúde da família

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    Maria Flávia Carvalho Gazzinelli

    Full Text Available Este estudo discute a forma como os profissionais da equipe de saúde da família pensam e representam a educação em saúde e a prática educativa que realizam. Os sujeitos da pesquisa (n=248 - médico, enfermeiro, auxiliar de enfermagem e agente comunitário de saúde de 20 unidades básicas de saúde de Belo Horizonte - foram entrevistados mediante a utilização da técnica de evocação livre e da teoria das representações sociais. Solicitou-se aos sujeitos que verbalizassem cinco palavras que lhes ocorressem imediatamente em relação à educação em saúde, classificando-as em positiva ou negativa. Utilizou-se o software Evoc e calculou-se a frequência simples de ocorrência, a média ponderada de ocorrência em função da ordem de evocação e a média das ordens ponderadas do conjunto dos termos evocados. Construiu-se o quadro de quatro casas composto do núcleo central, elementos de contraste e periféricos da representação. Médicos e enfermeiros compartilham conteúdos representacionais entre si, expressando representações sociais similares, ao apresentarem nos possíveis núcleos centrais 'capacitação' e 'prevenção'. Auxiliares de enfermagem e agentes comunitários de saúde se assemelham por meio dos possíveis elementos centrais 'educação' e 'prevenção'. O foco recai na transmissão de orientações com o objetivo de persuadir os indivíduos à adoção de modos de vida saudáveis.