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  1. Compton scatter correction for planner scintigraphic imaging

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    Vaan Steelandt, E.; Dobbeleir, A.; Vanregemorter, J. [Algemeen Ziekenhuis Middelheim, Antwerp (Belgium). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy

    1995-12-01

    A major problem in nuclear medicine is the image degradation due to Compton scatter in the patient. Photons emitted by the radioactive tracer scatter in collision with electrons of the surrounding tissue. Due to the resulting loss of energy and change in direction, the scattered photons induce an object dependant background on the images. This results in a degradation of the contrast of warm and cold lesions. Although theoretically interesting, most of the techniques proposed in literature like the use of symmetrical photopeaks can not be implemented on the commonly used gamma camera due to the energy/linearity/sensitivity corrections applied in the detector. A method for a single energy isotope based on existing methods with adjustments towards daily practice and clinical situations is proposed. It is assumed that the scatter image, recorded from photons collected within a scatter window adjacent to the photo peak, is a reasonable close approximation of the true scatter component of the image reconstructed from the photo peak window. A fraction `k` of the image using the scatter window is subtracted from the image recorded in the photo peak window to produce the compensated image. The principal matter of the method is the right value for the factor `k`, which is determined in a mathematical way and confirmed by experiments. To determine `k`, different kinds of scatter media are used and are positioned in different ways in order to simulate a clinical situation. For a secondary energy window from 100 to 124 keV below a photo peak window from 126 to 154 keV, a value of 0.7 is found. This value has been verified using both an antropomorph thyroid phantom and the Rollo contrast phantom.

  2. Spatial calibration of digital scintigraphic images

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    Esser, P.D.; Seldin, D.W.; Nichols, A.B.; Alderson, P.O.

    1982-09-01

    Accurate scintigraphic determination of organ dimensions is often difficult because of the wide variety of camera-collimator combinations and display formats used for imaging. An algorithm (SPACE-CAL) was developed for digital spatial calibration of up to six large- or small-field gamma cameras using various collimators and magnification factors. The algorithm employs a master calibration file that can be used at multiple terminals. An interactive subroutine permits the operator to measure distances and areas directly from the images. Evaluation of three operators' measurements of a pine-tree phantom acquired at various magnifications showed that distances could be measured with a high degree of accuracy. Calculation of ejection fraction from end-diastolic and end-systolic areas determined by SPACE-CAL showed a high correlation with automatic count determinations (r=0.96) and angiographic calculations (r=0.93) of ejection fraction in 12 patients. SPACE-CAL provides an easily implemented, reproducible, and rapid method for accurate analysis of organ dimensions in digital images.

  3. Subclinical hyperthyroidism: current concepts and scintigraphic imaging.

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    Intenzo, Charles; Jabbour, Serge; Miller, Jeffrey L; Ahmed, Intekhab; Furlong, Kevin; Kushen, Medina; Kim, Sung M; Capuzzi, David M

    2011-09-01

    Subclinical hyperthyroidism is defined as normal serum free thyroxine and a free triiodothyronine level, with a thyroid-stimulating hormone level suppressed below the normal range and is usually undetectable. Although patients with this diagnosis have no or few signs and symptoms of overt thyrotoxicosis, there is sufficient evidence that it is associated with a relatively higher risk of supraventricular arrhythmias as well as the acceleration or the development of osteoporosis. Consequently, the approach to the patient with subclinical hyperthyroidism is controversial, that is, therapeutic intervention versus watchful waiting. Regardless, it is imperative for the referring physician to identify the causative thyroid disorder. This is optimally accomplished by a functional study, namely scintigraphy. Recognition of the scan findings of the various causes of subclinical hyperthyroidism enables the imaging specialist to help in diagnosing the underlying condition causing thyroid-stimulating hormone suppression thereby facilitating the workup and management of this thyroid disorder.

  4. Spatial calibration of digital scintigraphic images: work in progress

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    Esser, P.D.; Seldin, D.W.; Nichols, A.B.; Alderson, P.O.

    1982-09-01

    Accurate scintigraphic determination of organ dimensions is often difficult because of the wide variety of camera-collimator combinations and display formats used for imaging. An algorithm (SPACE-CAL) was developed for digital spatial calibration of up to six large- or small-field gamma cameras using various collimators and magnification factors. The algorithm employs a master calibration file that can be used at multiple terminals. An interactive subroutine permits the operator to measure distances and areas directly from the images. Evaluation of three operators' measurements of a pine-tree phantom acquired at various magnifications showed that distances could be measured with a high degree of accuracy. Calculation of ejection fraction from end-diastolic and end-systolic areas determined by SPACE-CAL showed a high correlation with automatic count determinations (r . 0.96) and angiographic calculations (r . 0.93) of ejection fraction in 12 patients. SPACE-CAL provides an easily implemented, reproducible, and rapid method for accurate analysis of organ dimensions in digital images.

  5. Is there a role for scintigraphic imaging of bone manifestations in Gaucher disease? A review of the literature

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    Mikosch, P. [State Hospital Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Endocrinology, PET Center]|[State Hospital Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Internal Medicine II; Kohlfuerst, S.; Gallowitsch, H.J.; Kresnik, E.; Lind, P. [State Hospital Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Endocrinology, PET Center; Mehta, A.B.; Hughes, D.A. [Royal Free and University College Medical School, London (United Kingdom). Dept. of Academic Haematology

    2008-07-01

    Gaucher disease is the most prevalent inherited, lysosomal storage disease and is caused by deficient activity of the enzyme {beta}-glucocerebrosidase. Bone and bone marrow alterations are frequent in the most prevalent non-neuronopathic form of Gaucher disease. Imaging of bone manifestations in Gaucher disease is performed by a variety of imaging methods, conventional X-ray and MRI as the most frequently and most important ones. However, different modalities of scintigraphic imaging have also been used. This article gives an overview on scintigraphic imaging with respect to bone manifestations in Gaucher disease discussing the advantages and limitations of scintigraphic imaging in comparison to other imaging methods. (orig.)

  6. Pitfalls in the Performance and Interpretation of Scintigraphic Imaging for Pleuroperitoneal Shunt.

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    Covington, Matthew F; Choudhary, Gagandeep; Avery, Ryan J; Kuo, Phillip H

    2016-11-01

    Ascites can cause pleural effusions when the peritoneal fluid crosses the diaphragm through a pleuroperitoneal shunt in the setting of hepatic cirrhosis (hepatic hydrothorax) or malignant ascites. Scintigraphic imaging for pleuroperitoneal shunt requires intraperitoneal injection of Tc-SC or Tc-macroaggregated albumin followed by planar imaging of the chest and abdomen. Pleuroperitoneal shunt is confirmed by identifying radiotracer crossing the diaphragm from the peritoneal to pleural space. An atlas of pleuroperitoneal shunt imaging pitfalls is presented to facilitate optimal performance and interpretation of nuclear pleuroperitoneal shunt examinations. Examples include cases of nondiagnostic radiotracer injections, processing errors, and nontarget uptake.

  7. Scintigraphic images of bacterial infection using aptamers directly labeled with {sup 99m}Tc

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    Santos, S.R.; Correa, C.R.; Andrade, A.S.R., E-mail: sararoberta7@hotmail.com, E-mail: crisrcorrea@gmail.com, E-mail: antero@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil); Barros, A.L.B.; Diniz, S.O.F.; Cardoso, V.N., E-mail: brancodebarros@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: valbertcardoso@yahoo.com.br, E-mail: simoneodilia@yahoo.com.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil). Faculdade de Farmacia. Departamento de Analises Clinicas e Toxicologicas

    2015-07-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is specie of great medical importance and is the most commonly agent found in infections of soft tissues, bone infections and bone prostheses. In this study, aptamers selected to S. aureus were labeled by the direct method with {sup 99m}Tc and used for bacterial infection identification by scintigraphy. The radiolabeled aptamers radiochemical purity and stability were assessed by thin-layer chromatography (TLC). Three groups of Swiss mice (n=6) were used for the scintigraphic imaging studies. The first group was infected intramuscularly in the right thigh with S. aureus, the second group with C. albicans and the third group received zymosan to induce aseptic inflammation. After 24 h, radiolabeled aptamers (18 MBq) were injected by the tail vein. Scintigraphic images were acquired at 1 h and 4 h postinjection. The radiolabeling yield with {sup 99m}Tc was over 90%. The radiolabeled aptamers were stable in 0.9% saline, plasma and cysteine excess. The scintigraphic image profiles showed high uptake in the kidneys and bladder in all groups, indicating a main renal excretion consistent with the hydrophilic nature of the molecule. No accumulation of radioactivity was observed in the thyroid, stomach, liver and spleen, indicating acceptable levels of radiochemical impurities. The group infected with S. aureus showed a visible uptake in the infected right thigh at 1 h post-injection. For the control groups (C. albicans and zymosan) visible differences between the right and left thighs were not observed. The radiolabeled aptamers were able to distinguish aseptic inflammation from bacterial infection and bacterial from fungal infection. (author)

  8. The scintigraphic appearance of childhood moyamoya disease on cerebral perfusion imaging

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    Miller, J.H. [Department of Radiology, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (United States)]|[University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles (United States); Khonsary, A. [Department of Radiology, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (United States)]|[University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles (United States); Raffel, C. [Department of Surgery, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (United States)]|[University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles (United States)

    1996-12-01

    Objective. This study was performed to evaluate the role of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) perfusion imaging in the evaluation of patients with moyamoya disease. Materials and methods. Five patients (four female, one male) were studied utilizing iodine-123 iodoamphetamine or technetium-99m hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime SPECT. The data were reconstructed into axial, coronal and sagittal sections for review, and compared with CT, MR and/or angiographic images. Results. All five patients had significant perfusion defects. These areas of vascular compromise were seen to cross normal vascular territories, and were greater in number and extent than seen on anatomic sectional imaging. Conclusion. Patients with moyamoya disease have a recognizable pattern of scintigraphic perfusion deficits which should be identified by pediatric imaging physicians. SPECT perfusion studies should be performed in conjunction with other imaging modalities (CT, MR or angiography). (orig.). With 3 figs.

  9. Imaging of Primary Liver Carcinosarcoma Scintigraphically; A Case Report

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    Ümmühan Abdulrezzak

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Primary liver carcinosarcoma is a very rare disease. There have been only a few cases described to date, none of which has been imaged by bone scintigraphy. A 69-year-old man who developed right back pain and weight loss was admitted to our hospital. Tenderness of the right upper abdomen, hepatomegaly, and a giant mass were the main physical examination signs. Abdominal ultrasonography showed a large lobulated heterogeneous echogenic solid mass with multiple cystic areas of varying size and a highly echogenic region that had posterior acoustic shadowing within the mass in the right lobe of the liver. Labeled erythrocyte imaging and 99mTc-nanocolloid liver-spleen scan were performed to exclude hemangioma, showing a large intrahepatic photon deficient area. 99mTcmethylene diphosphonate (MDP bone scintigraphy revealed heterogeneous, irregular and dense activity accumulation thought to be osteoblastic activity in the liver mass. Postsurgical pathological diagnosis revealed “carcinosarcoma”.

  10. Imaging of Primary Liver Carcinosarcoma Scintigraphically; A Case Report

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    Abdulrezzak, Ümmühan; Kula, Mustafa; Erdoğan, Zeynep; Tutuş, Ahmet

    2014-01-01

    Primary liver carcinosarcoma is a very rare disease. There have been only a few cases described to date, none of which has been imaged by bone scintigraphy. A 69-year-old man who developed right back pain and weight loss was admitted to our hospital. Tenderness of the right upper abdomen, hepatomegaly, and a giant mass were the main physical examination signs. Abdominal ultrasonography showed a large lobulated heterogeneous echogenic solid mass with multiple cystic areas of varying size and a highly echogenic region that had posterior acoustic shadowing within the mass in the right lobe of the liver. Labeled erythrocyte imaging and 99mTc-nanocolloid liver-spleen scan were performed to exclude hemangioma, showing a large intrahepatic photon deficient area. 99mTc-methylene diphosphonate (MDP) bone scintigraphy revealed heterogeneous, irregular and dense activity accumulation thought to be osteoblastic activity in the liver mass. Postsurgical pathological diagnosis revealed “carcinosarcoma”. Conflict of interest:None declared. PMID:24653934

  11. Multiple Metastasis-Like Bone Lesions in Scintigraphic Imaging

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    Ying Zhang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Multiple benign osteolytic lesions are very hard to differentiate from disseminated bone metastasis. Whole-body bone scintigraphy (WBBS with technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (Tc-99m MDP demonstrates multiple lesions with increased uptake in any bone involved. Even combined with medical history and multiple imaging results, such as MRI and CT, the clinical diagnosis of metastasis lesion remains as a challenge. These clinical characteristics are similar to multiple malignant bone metastases and therefore affect the following treatment procedures. In this paper, we analyzed multiple benign osteolytic lesions, like eosinophilic granuloma (EG, multiple myeloma (MM, disseminated tuberculosis, fibrous dysplasia, or enchondroma, occurring in our daily clinical work and concluded that additional attention should be paid before giving the diagnosis of multiple bone metastases.

  12. Scintigraphic image contrast-enhancement techniques: Global and local area histogram equalization

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    Verdenet, J.; Cardot, J.C.; Baud, M.; Chervet, H.; Bidet, R.; Duvernoy, J.

    1981-06-01

    This article develops two contrast-modification techniques for the display of scintigraphic images. Based on histogram-modification techniques, histogram equalization, where each level of gray is used to the same extent, gives maximum entropy. The first technique uses the application of histogram equalization in the whole image. To eliminate contrast attenuation in image areas that represent a statistically small but important portion of the gray scale histogram, local area histogram equalization has been applied to images with differences in intensity. Both techniques were tested using a phantom with known characteristics. The global equalization technique is more suitable to bone scintigraphies, and some well-chosen boundaries improved the difference between two comparable areas. For liver scintigraphies, where intensity is quite equal in every pixel, a local area equalization was chosen that allowed detection of heterogeneous structures. The image resulting from histogram-equalization techniques improve the readability of data, but are often far from usual images and necessitate an apprenticeship for the physician.

  13. Nontraumatic femoral head necrosis. Classification of bone scintigraphic findings and diagnostic value of SPECT following planar imaging

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    Minoshima, Satoshi; Uchida, Yoshitaka; Anzai, Yoshimi; Uno, Kimiichi; Arimizu, Noboru (Chiba Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1994-09-01

    This study was conducted to determine bone scintigraphic findings in nontraumatic femoral head avascular necrosis and diagnostic value of SPECT imaging following a conventional planar imaging. Forty-three femoral heads in twenty-six cases with idiopathic femoral head necrosis (n=2), systemic lupus erythematosus (n=22), aplastic anemia (n=1), and renal transplantation (n=1) were studied. The diagnosis for femoral head necrosis was based on magnetic resonance imaging as well as other diagnostic studies in all cases. Scintigraphic findings of planar and SPECT images were classified into six categories: normal (N); cold or decrease (C); partial increase with cold or decrease (PH+C); ring-like increase with a cold center (RH+C); partial increase (PH); diffuse and/or irregular increase (DH). Avascular necrosis was confirmed in twenty-four femoral heads, in which planar and SPECT images showed scintigraphic findings of N (n=3, 2), C (n=1, 3), PH+C (n=2, 8), RH+C (n=2, 3), PH (n=9, 2), and DH (n=7, 6), respectively. Femoral heads without avascular necrosis demonstrated planar and SPECT findings of N (n=16, 12), C (n=0, 6), and DH (n=3, 1), respectively. When considering C, PH+C, and RH+C as diagnostic findings for avascular necrosis, sensitivities of planar and SPECT images were 21% and 58%, and specificities were 100% and 68%, respectively. In nineteen femoral heads with normal planar findings (N), SPECT correctly identified avascular necrosis in two femoral heads and misidentified six normal femoral heads as avascular necrosis. In nineteen femoral heads with nondiagnostic abnormalities (PH, DH), SPECT correctly identified avascular necrosis in seven femoral heads and showed no false positive. Diagnostic planar findings in five femoral heads were concordant with SPECT diagnosis. These results indicate that SPECT imaging is most valuable when planar images show nondiagnostic abnormalities based on the proposed classification of scintigraphic findings. (author).

  14. Scintigraphic imaging with {sup 99m}Tc- exorphin C in rabbits

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    Ertay, T. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical School, Dokuz Eyluel University, Inciralti (Turkey)]. E-mail: turkan.ertay@deu.edu.tr; Uenak, P. [Department of Nuclear Applications, Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Ege University, Bornova (Turkey); Tasci, C. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical School, Dokuz Eyluel University, Inciralti (Turkey); Zihnioglu, F. [Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ege University, Bornova, Izmir (Turkey); Durak, H. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Medical School, Dokuz Eyluel University, Inciralti (Turkey)

    2005-06-01

    Exorphin C is a peptide with five amino acids [(Tyr-Pro-Ile-Ser-Leu) Trifluoroacetate salt] (Sigma) that has an affinity to opioid receptor-expressing tissues and tumors. Exorphin-C was labeled with {sup 99m}Tc using glucoheptonate (GH) as bifunctional chelating agent. Then, we investigated its radiopharmaceutical potential as opioid receptor-expressing tissue on rabbits. Quality controls were performed by ITLC, paper electrophoresis and HPLC. Labeling efficiency was higher than 98%. The compound was stable for at least 5 h at room temperature. Scintigraphic imaging with {sup 99m}Tc-GH-exorphin C ({sup 99m}Tc-GE) was performed on male Albino rabbits. Static images were obtained from anterior projection using a Camstar XR/T gamma camera at several time intervals. Although a significant amount of activity was seen in the brain, less activity was seen on receptor saturation studies at 30 min. Slight hepatobiliary excretion was seen, though the main excretion route was renal. After saturating, the receptor hepatobiliary excretion was not seen; the only excretion route was renal.

  15. Scintigraphic techniques in primary hyperparathyroidism: from pre-operative localisation to intra-operative imaging

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    Rubello, Domenico [S. Maria della Misericordia Hospital, Service of Nuclear Medicine, Rovigo (Italy); Gross, Milton D. [Department of Veterans Affairs Health System, Nuclear Medicine Service, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Mariani, Giuliano [University of Pisa, Regional Center of Nuclear Medicine, Pisa (Italy); Al-Nahhas, Adil [Hammersmith Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, London (United Kingdom)

    2007-06-15

    Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is an increasingly diagnosed disease worldwide. In most cases, PHPT is related to the presence of a solitary parathyroid adenoma (PA). Fifty percent or more of newly diagnosed PHPT patients are asymptomatic, and there is debate among endocrinologists and endocrine surgeons about whether or not such patients should be treated. Usually, in a PHPT patient with a solitary PA that is well localised pre-operatively, a parathyroidectomy with limited or minimally invasive neck exploration is offered. The diffusion of minimally invasive neck exploration procedures is a consequence of the significant improvement in the accuracy of pre-operative imaging (mainly scintigraphic) techniques; these techniques have changed the surgical strategy to PHPT, from the wide traditional bilateral neck exploration to limited neck exploration. The present review considers developments during the past 10-15 years with regard to both the accuracy of pre-operative localising imaging techniques and intra-operative minimally invasive procedures in order to provide endocrinologists and endocrine surgeons with further information about the newly available diagnostic and therapeutic tools for use in PHPT patients with a solitary PA. (orig.)

  16. In vivo comparative study of hydroxyapatite labeled with different radioisotopes: evaluation of the scintigraphic images

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    Couto, Renata Martinussi; Barboza, Marycel Figols de; Souza, Adriano Aparecido de; Muramoto, Emiko; Mengatti, Jair; Araujo, Elaine Bortoleti de, E-mail: rmcouto@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Radiofarmacia

    2008-07-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of joints that is characterized by the inflammation and proliferation of synovial tissues. Approximately 3% of the adult population in the world is affected by this disease which causes pain, joint immobility and disability. Adyo synovectomy (RSV) is a radiotherapeutic modality where a b--emitting radionuclide is administered locally by intra-articular injection on the form of a colloid or radiolabeled particulate. RSV is a well-accepted therapeutic procedure in inflammatory joint diseases and has been successfully employed for more than 50 years as a viable alternative to surgical and chemical synovectomy in the treatment of RA and other inflammatory arthropathies. There are several radionuclides available for this purpose such as {sup 177}Lu, {sup 90}Y, {sup 153}Sm, {sup 165}Dy, and {sup 166}Ho. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is one of the preferred particulates for this application because it is the major chemical constituent of skeletal bone and it is converted into Ca and PO4 ions in the body. In addition HA is completely eliminated over a period of six weeks. The aim of this work is to compare the in vivo stability of hydroxyapatite labeled with {sup 177}Lu, {sup 90}Y and {sup 153}Sm in order to determine the influence of the radionuclide on biological pattern. In biological studies, 100mL of labeled HAs suspended in normal saline were injected into normal knee joints of Wistar rats and the retention of the activity into the synovium was determined. Labeled particles were also injected by intravenous and intramuscular administration, to verify the biodistribution in the case of an eventual leakage of the products from the joint. Sequential scintigraphic images were acquired from 1 hour to 7 days p.i. after anesthetizing the animals with ketamine. Hydroxyapatite was radiolabeled by all radionuclides with high yield. {sup 177}Lu-HA, {sup 90}Y-HA and {sup 153}Sm-HA were retained in the joint for 7 days, showing

  17. Scintigraphic imaging of focal hypoxic tissue: development and clinical applications of 123I-IAZA

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    Leonard I. Wiebe

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Affected tissues in a number of diseases, including cancer, stroke, cardiac infarction and diabetes, develop focal tissue hypoxia during their progression. The presence of hypoxic tissue may make the disease refractory to therapy, as in the case of solid tumor therapy using low LET ionizing radiation. In other pathologies, the detection of viable but hypoxic tissues may serve as a prodromal indicator of developing disease (e.g. diabetes,or as a prognostic indicator for management of the disease (e.g. stroke. Over the past two decades, a number of hypoxia radioimaging agents have been developed and tested clinically. Of these, 18F-Fmiso and 123I-IAZA are the most widely used radiotracers for PET and SPECT/planar imaging, respectively. IAZA and Fmiso are a 2-nitroimidazoles that chemically bind to subcellular components of viable hypoxic tissues. They sensitize hypoxic tumour to the killing effects of ionizing radiation via mechanisms that mimic the radiosensitizing effects of oxygen, and are therefore called oxygen mimetics. The oxygen mimetic effect is attributable in large part to the covalent binding of reductively-activated nitroimidazole intermediates to critical cellular macromolecules. Nitroimidazoles labelled with gamma-emitting radionuclides (e.g. 18F-Fmiso and 123I-IAZA have been used as scintigraphic markers of tumour hypoxia, based on the need to identify radioresistant hypoxic tumour cells as part of the radiotherapy planning process. Broader interest in non-invasive, imaging-based identification of focal hypoxia in a number of diseases has extended hypoxia studies to include peripheral vascular disease associated with diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, myocardial ischaemia, brain trauma and oxidative stress. In this review, the current status of hypoxia-selective studies with 123I-IAZA , an experimental diagnostic radiopharmaceutical, is reviewed with respect to its pre-clinical development and clinical applications.Os tecidos

  18. A “Proteoglycan Targeting Strategy” for the Scintigraphic Imaging and Monitoring of the Swarm Rat Chondrosarcoma Orthotopic Model

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    Caroline Peyrode

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Our lab developed 99mTc-NTP 15-5 radiotracer as targeting proteoglycans (PGs for the scintigraphic imaging of joint. This paper reports preclinical results of 99mTc-NTP 15-5 imaging of an orthotopic model of Swarm rat chondrosarcoma (SRC. 99mTc-NTP 15-5 imaging of SRC-bearing and sham-operated animals was performed and quantified at regular intervals after surgery and compared to bone scintigraphy and tumoural volume. Tumours were characterized by histology and PG assay. SRC exhibited a significant 99mTc-NTP 15-5 uptake at very early stage after implant (with tumour/muscle ratio of 1.61 ± 0.14, whereas no measurable tumour was evidenced. As tumour grew, mean tumour/muscle ratio was increased by 2.4, between the early and late stage of pathology. Bone scintigraphy failed to image chondrosarcoma, even at the later stage of study. 99mTc-NTP 15-5 imaging provided a suitable set of quantitative criteria for the in vivo characterization of chondrosarcoma behaviour in bone environment, useful for achieving a greater understanding of the pathology.

  19. Investigation of a Potential Scintigraphic Tracer for Imaging Apoptosis: Radioiodinated Annexin V-Kunitz Protease Inhibitor Fusion Protein

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    Mei-Hsiu Liao

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Radiolabeled annexin V (ANV has been widely used for imaging cell apoptosis. Recently, a novel ANV-Kunitz-type protease inhibitor fusion protein, ANV-6L15, was found to be a promising probe for improved apoptosis detection based on its higher affinity to phosphatidylserine (PS compared to native ANV. The present paper investigates the feasibility of apoptosis detection using radioiodinated ANV-6L15. Native ANV and ANV-6L15 were labeled with iodine-123 and iodine-125 using Iodogen method. The binding between the radioiodinated proteins and erythrocyte ghosts or chemical-induced apoptotic cells was examined. ANV-6L15 can be radioiodinated with high yield (40%−60% and excellent radiochemical purity (>95%. 123I-ANV-6L15 exhibited a higher binding ratio to erythrocyte ghosts and apoptotic cells compared to 123I-ANV. The biodistribution of 123I-ANV-6L15 in mice was also characterized. 123I-ANV-6L15 was rapidly cleared from the blood. High uptake in the liver and the kidneys may limit the evaluation of apoptosis in abdominal regions. Our data suggest that radiolabled ANV-6L15 may be a better scintigraphic tracer than native ANV for apoptosis detection.

  20. Indium-111 antimyosin antibody imaging and thallium-201 imaging. A comparative myocardial scintigraphic study using single-photon emission computed tomography in patients with myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy

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    Yamada, Takehiko; Matsumori, Akira; Nohara, Ryuji; Konishi, Junji; Sasayama, Shigetake [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine; Tamaki, Nagara

    1997-10-01

    Indium-111 antimyosin antibody imaging (a tracer of myocardial necrosis) and thallium-201 imaging (a tracer of myocardial perfusion) were compared in patients with myocarditis and dilated cardiomyopathy. The distribution of each tracer and antimyosin/thallium-201 overlapping were evaluated with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). Scintigraphic data were classified into 5 patterns according to the distribution of both images and were compared with histologic findings of endomyocardial biopsy: AM-D, intense and diffuse antimyosin uptake and no perfusion abnormality (active myocarditis); AM-L, localized antimyosin uptake and no perfusion abnormality (active myocarditis); HM, no antimyosin uptake with or without perfusion abnormality (healed myocarditis); DCM-NH, diffuse antimyosin uptake and inhomogeneous thallium-201 uptake (dilated cardiomyopathy); DCM-PD, diffuse or localized antimyosin uptake and myocardial perfusion defect(s) (dilated cardiomyopathy). Patients with dilated-phase hypertrophic cardiomyopathy were frequently found in the DCM-PD group. Taken together, comparative antimyosin/thallium-201 SPECT images are useful for evaluating the activity of myocarditis and ongoing myocardial damage even in areas with no perfusion in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. (author)

  1. Evaluation of folate conjugated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for scintigraphic/magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Chauhan, Ram Prakash; Mathur, Rashi; Singh, Gurjaspreet; Kaul, Ankur; Bag, Narmada; Singh, Sweta; Kumar, Hemanth; Patra, Manoj; Mishra, Anil K

    2013-03-01

    The physical and chemical properties of the nanoparticles influence their pharmacokinetics and ability to accumulate in tumors. In this paper we report a facile method to conjugate folic acid molecule to iron oxide nanoparticles to increase the specific uptake of these nanoparticles by the tumor, which will be useful in targeted imaging of the tumor. The iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by alkaline co precipitation method and were surface modified with dextranto make them stable. The folic acid is conjugated to the dextran modified iron oxide nanoparticles by reductive amination process after the oxidation of the dextran with periodate. The synthesized folic acid conjugated nanoparticles were characterized for size, phase, morphology and magnetization by using various physicochemical characterization techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, dynamic light scattering and zetasizer etc. The quantification of the generated carbonyl groups and folic acid conjugated to the surface of the magnetic nanoparticles was done by colorimetric estimations using UV-Visible spectroscopy. The in vitro MR studies were carried out over a range of concentrations and showed significant shortening of the transverse relaxation rate, showing the ability of the nanoconjugate to act as an efficient probe for MR imaging. The biodistribution studies and the scintigraphy done by radiolabeling the nanoconjugate with 99mTc show the enhanced uptake at the tumor site showing its enhanced specificity.

  2. Fast renal trapping of porcine Luteinizing Hormone (pLH shown by 123I-scintigraphic imaging in rats explains its short circulatory half-life

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    Locatelli Alain

    2003-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sugar moieties of gonadotropins play no primary role in receptor binding but they strongly affect their circulatory half-life and consequently their in vivo biopotencies. In order to relate more precisely hepatic trapping of these glycoproteic hormones with their circulatory half-life, we undertook a comparative study of the distribution and elimination of porcine LH (pLH and equine CG (eCG which exhibit respectively a short and a long half-life. This was done first by following half-lives of pLH in piglets with hepatic portal circulation shunted or not. It was expected that such a shunt would enhance the short half-life of pLH. Subsequently, scintigraphic imaging of both 123I-pLH and 123I-eCG was performed in intact rats to compare their routes and rates of distribution and elimination. Methods Native pLH or eCG was injected to normal piglets and pLH was tested in liver-shunted anæsthetized piglet. Blood samples were recovered sequentially over one hour time and the hormone concentrations were determined by a specific ELISA method. Scintigraphic imaging of 123I-pLH and 123I-eCG was performed in rats using a OPTI-CGR gamma camera. Results In liver-shunted piglets, the half-life of pLH was found to be as short as in intact piglets (5 min. In the rat, the half-life of pLH was also found to be very short (3–6 min and 123I-pLH was found to accumulate in high quantity in less than 10 min post injection at the level of kidneys but not in the liver. 123I-eCG didn't accumulate in any organ in the rats during the first hour, plasma concentrations of this gonadotropin being still elevated (80% at this time. Conclusion In both the porcine and rat species, the liver is not responsible for the rapid elimination of pLH from the circulation compared to eCG. Our scintigraphic experiments suggest that the very short circulatory half-life of LH is due to rapid renal trapping.

  3. Scintigraphic myocardial imaging with sup(99m)Tc-labelled pyrophosphate of experimentally produced cardiomyopathy in dogs

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    Duska, F.; Novak, J.; Vizda, J.; Kubicek, J.; Kafka, P.; Mazurova, Y.; Bradna, P.

    1981-12-01

    Scintigraphic examination of the myocardium using sup(99m)Tc-labelled pyrophosphate was carried out in 10 dogs with experimentally produced cardiomyopathy. This was brought by introvenous administration of high doses of adrenalin and theophylline. The scan was positive in 8 out of 10 dogs. Hot foci were very extensive. The degree of accumulation was however low (2+). Histological examination of the myocardium using the light microscope showed only scarcely distinguishable damage to the tissue without the presence of necrosis. ECG examinations were normal in all cases. By means of sup(99m)Tc-labelled pyrophosphate even very small myocardial disorders can thus be detected. This fact may be of clinical importance for an early diagnosis of heart lesions.

  4. Scintigraphic imaging with technetium-99M-labelled ceftizoxime is a reliable technique for the diagnosis of deep sternal wound infection in rats

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    Costa, Paulo Henrique Nogueira; Diniz, Simone Odilia Fernandes; Cardoso, Valbert Nascimento; Tarabal, Bernardo; Takenaka, Isabella; Braga, Otavio; Vidigal, Paula Vieira Teixeira; Gelape, Claudio Leo; Araujo, Ivana Duval, E-mail: phnc@uol.com.br [Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2015-07-01

    Purpose: to evaluate whether scintigraphy with technetium-99m-labeled ceftizoxime ({sup 99m}Tc-CFT) can differentiate mediastinitis from aseptic inflammation associated with sternotomy. Methods: twenty female Wistar rats were randomly distributed into four groups: S (control) -partial upper median sternotomy with no treatment; SW (control) - sternotomy and treatment of sternal wounds with bone wax; SB - sternotomy and infection with Staphylococcus aureus; SWB - sternotomy with bone wax treatment and bacterial infection. Scintigraphy with {sup 99m}Tc-CFT was performed eight days after surgery and images were collected 210 and 360 min after infusion of the radiopharmaceutical. Results: no animals exhibited clinical signs of wound infection at the end of the experiment, although histological data verified acute inflammatory response in those experimentally infected with bacteria. Scintigraphic images revealed that tropism of {sup 99m}Tc-CFT to infected sternums was greater than to their non-infected counterparts. Mean counts of radioactivity in bacteria-infected sternal regions (SB and SWB) were significantly higher (p = 0.0007) than those of the respective controls (S and SW).Conclusion: scintigraphy with technetium-99m-labeled ceftizoxime is a method that can potentially detect infection post sternotomy and differentiate from aseptic inflammation in animals experimentally inoculated with S. aureus (author)

  5. Boron nitride nanotubes radiolabeled with ⁹⁹mTc: preparation, physicochemical characterization, biodistribution study, and scintigraphic imaging in Swiss mice.

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    Soares, Daniel Crístian Ferreira; Ferreira, Tiago Hilário; Ferreira, Carolina de Aguiar; Cardoso, Valbert Nascimento; de Sousa, Edésia Martins Barros

    2012-02-28

    In the present study, boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) were synthesized from an innovative process and functionalized with a glycol chitosan polymer in CDTN (Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear) laboratories. As a means of studying their in vivo biodistribution behavior, these nanotubes were radiolabeled with (99m)Tc and injected in mice. Their size, distribution, and homogeneity were determined by photon correlation spectroscopy (PCS), while their zeta potential was determined by laser Doppler anemometry. The morphology and structural organization were evaluated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The functionalization in the nanotubes was evaluated by thermogravimetry analysis (TGA) and Fourier transformer infrared spectroscopy. The results showed that BNNTs were obtained and functionalized successfully, reaching a mean size and dispersity deemed adequate for in vivo studies. The BNNTs were also evaluated by ex vivo biodistribution studies and scintigraphic imaging in healthy mice. The results showed that nanostructures, after 24h, having accumulated in the liver, spleen and gut, and eliminated via renal excretion. The findings from this study reveal a potential application of functionalized BNNTs as new potential drugs or radioisotope nanocarriers to be applied in therapeutic procedures.

  6. Bone Scintigraphic Findings in Leukemic Patients

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    Choi, Hyo Sun; Park, Jeong Mi; Shon, Hyeong Seon; Chang, Soo Kyo; Kim, Choon Yul; Bahk, Yong Hee; Shinn, Kyung Sub [Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1992-03-15

    The leukemias represent diffuse lesions of the bone marrow and significant bony abnormalities are associated with the more aggressive varieties of leukemias and with the younger age groups. On plain film, several roentgenographic findings are observed such as diffuse osteopenia, radiolucent metaphyseal bands, osteolytic lesions and periostitis. We evaluated bone scintigraphic findings using {sup 99m}Tc-methylene diphosphonate ({sup 99m}Tc-MDP) in ten patients with proven leukemia. The scan is abnormal in 90%. We classified abnormal scintigraphic findings to 3 types and these are increased diffuse juxta-articular uptake, focal increase of uptake and combined type. The common sites of focal uptake were femur, humerus, tibia, spine, ribs, calvarium, scapula and mandible. We concluded that {sup 99m}Tc-MDP bone scintigraphy is sensitive imaging modality in leukemic patients with bone pain.

  7. Unusual scintigraphic appearance of perforation of the common bile duct

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    Acevedo, M.O.; Tauxe, W.N.; Scott, J.W.; Aldrete, J.S.

    1983-12-01

    This report deals with the diagnosis of perforation of the common bile duct into the lesser sac by HIDA cholescintigraphy. The first hour images after injection were suggestive of biliary obstruction. Subsequent images demonstrated unusual accumulations of the activity into the lesser sac and retroperitoneal potential spaces. Careful correlation between scintigraphic and surgical findings were undertaken. The case is reported to demonstrate the scintigraphic findings in choledochal perforation and to stress the importance of carrying out late images when the initial ones are abnormal.

  8. Testicular radionuclide angiography and sttatic imaging: anatomy, scintigraphic interpretation, and clinical indications. [/sup 99m/Tc tracer technique

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    Holder, L.E.; Martire, J.R.; Holmes, E.R. III.; Wagner, H.N. Jr.

    1977-12-01

    Radionuclide testicular angiography and static imaging is an easy, rapidly performed study. Its usefulness in separating acute testicular torsion from acute epididymitis has been confirmed. Increased angiographic perfusion with definition of the testicular and deferential arteries in the spermatic cord and the pudendal artery posteriorly is equated with inflammation. Intense increased vascularity on the blood pool image is seen in abscess and acute inflammation, while cases of tumor and trauma have mild increases. Acute or missed testicular torsion, uncomplicated hydroceles, and spermatoceles show absent vascularity. On the static images, decreased activity is characteristic of the shape and location of the avascular structure. Technical factors are stressed.

  9. Methodological approaches to planar and volumetric scintigraphic imaging of small volume targets with high spatial resolution and sensitivity

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    Mejia, J.; Galvis-Alonso, O.Y. [Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Biologia Molecular], e-mail: mejia_famerp@yahoo.com.br; Braga, J. [Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), SP (Brazil). Div. de Astrofisica; Correa, R. [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Sao Jose dos Campos, SP (Brazil). Div. de Ciencia Espacial e Atmosferica; Leite, J.P. [Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Neurologia, Psiquiatria e Psicologia Medica; Simoes, M.V. [Faculdade de Medicina de Sao Jose do Rio Preto (FAMERP), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Clinica Medica

    2009-08-15

    Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a non-invasive imaging technique, which provides information reporting the functional states of tissues. SPECT imaging has been used as a diagnostic tool in several human disorders and can be used in animal models of diseases for physiopathological, genomic and drug discovery studies. However, most of the experimental models used in research involve rodents, which are at least one order of magnitude smaller in linear dimensions than man. Consequently, images of targets obtained with conventional gamma-cameras and collimators have poor spatial resolution and statistical quality. We review the methodological approaches developed in recent years in order to obtain images of small targets with good spatial resolution and sensitivity. Multi pinhole, coded mask- and slit-based collimators are presented as alternative approaches to improve image quality. In combination with appropriate decoding algorithms, these collimators permit a significant reduction of the time needed to register the projections used to make 3-D representations of the volumetric distribution of target's radiotracers. Simultaneously, they can be used to minimize artifacts and blurring arising when single pinhole collimators are used. Representation images are presented, which illustrate the use of these collimators. We also comment on the use of coded masks to attain tomographic resolution with a single projection, as discussed by some investigators since their introduction to obtain near-field images. We conclude this review by showing that the use of appropriate hardware and software tools adapted to conventional gamma-cameras can be of great help in obtaining relevant functional information in experiments using small animals. (author)

  10. NEPHRUS: model of intelligent multilayers expert system for evaluation of the renal system based on scintigraphic images analysis; NEPRUS: modelo de sistema especialista em multicamadas inteligentes para avaliacao do sistema urinario baseado na analise de imagens cintilograficas

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    Silva, Jose W.E. da; Schirru, Roberto [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia; Boasquevisque, Edson M. [Universidade do Estado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico de Medicina Nuclear

    1997-10-01

    This work develops a prototype for the system model based on Artificial Intelligence devices able to perform functions related to scintigraphic image analysis of the urinary system. Criteria used by medical experts for analysis images obtained with {sup 99m} Tc+DTPA and/or {sup 99m} Tc+DMSA were modeled and a multi resolution diagnosis technique was implemented. Special attention was given to the programs user interface design. Human Factor Engineering techniques were considered so as to ally friendliness and robustness. Results obtained using Artificial Neural Networks for the qualitative image analysis and the knowledge model constructed shows the feasibility of Artificial Intelligence implementation that use `inherent` abilities of each technique in the resolution of diagnosis image analysis problems. (author). 12 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs.

  11. QUANTITATIVE APPROACH TO ASSIST NEUROBLASTOMA ASSESSMENT BY MEASURING I-123 mIBG UPTAKE IN SCINTIGRAPHIC IMAGES

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    Rafael Martínez-Díaz

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Whole-body 123I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine (mIBG scintigraphy is used as the primary image modality in neuroblastoma detection. It is the most sensitive and specific method for staging and response evaluation. Validated semi-quantitative scoring methods with low interobserver variability and high reproducibility have shown to be indispensable for the evaluation of response to therapy. However, low resolution, noise and acquisition difficulties, specially in children, make low definition scans. These facts increase observer dependent interpretations that limit assessment and complicate to put a scoring method successfully into practice. It is essential to have an objective and reliable measure of response to test the activity of therapies. In this paper we propose the use of a quantitative observer-independent measurement of the strength of uptake to be used as an additional tool for assisting the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Europe Neuroblastoma Group (SIOPEN semi-quantitative scoring method. This is the scoring method recommended by the SIOPEN Nuclear Medicine and Physics Committee, in collaborative work with the Children’s Oncology Group, as the standard one for acquiring and reporting diagnostic paediatric mIBG scans across Europe. Our proposed method is based on the ratio between the amount of specific uptake at tumours and the amount of non-specific uptake at SIOPEN anatomical sectors which has shown to be constant in all the scans of the patients.

  12. Scintigraphic demonstration of lower extremity periostitis secondary to venous insufficiency

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    Gensburg, R.S.; Kawashima, A.; Sandler, C.M.

    1988-07-01

    The scintigraphic findings on bone imaging in two patients with extensive lower extremity periostitis secondary to venous insufficiency are presented. One of these patients had bilateral disease. The use of (/sup 67/Ga)citrate scanning in an attempt to exclude concurrent osteomyelitis is also addressed.

  13. Navy Operational Planner

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    2015-03-01

    combat logistics force COA course of action EOD explosive ordinance disposal GAMS general algebraic modeling system INTEL...to mission-based planning, but still relies mostly on the fundamental requirement to establish and maintain some degree of maritime superiority ...planner (master’s thesis). Retrieved from Calhoun http://calhoun.nps.edu/handle/10945/3317 GAMS Development Corporation (2014). General algebraic

  14. Scintigraphic assessment of distal extremity perfusion in 17 patients.

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    Goggin, J M; Hoskinson, J J; Carpenter, J W; Roush, J K; McLaughlin, R M; Anderson, D E

    1997-01-01

    To assess the role of scintigraphic evaluation of distal limb perfusion, the medical records and scintigraphic perfusion images of 17 animals (8 dogs, 2 cats, 2 calves, 4 birds and 1 ferret) with clinical signs of distal limb ischemia were examined retrospectively. Images were obtained at 5 and 10 minutes following injection of 99mTc-MDP, or 99mTc-DTPA. The initial scintigraphic diagnoses of 17 animals included complete ischemia (8/17), partially reduced perfusion (5/17), and normal to increased perfusion (4/17). In 4 of the animals with partially reduced perfusion, follow-up scans indicated progression to complete ischemia (1/4) or normal to increased perfusion (3/4). Nine of 17 animals had a final scintigraphic diagnosis of complete distal limb ischemia, and these animals were either euthanized (5/9) or had limb amputation (4/9). A final diagnosis of complete ischemia was supported with either repeat scanning (3/10), continued clinical observation (6/10) and/or pathological examination (10/10). Clinical signs of ischemia resolved in all (7/17) animals with increased or normal perfusion on their final scan. Scintigraphy provided a safe and noninvasive assessment of distal limb perfusion, which corresponded with clinical outcome.

  15. Scintigraphic findings on {sup 99m}Tc-MDP, {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi and {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO images in Gaucher`s disease

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    Mariani, G. [Nuclear Medicine Service, DIMI, University of Genoa (Italy); Molea, N. [Regional Center of Nuclear Medicine, University of Pisa (Italy); La Civita, L. [Rheumatology Unit, University of Pisa (Italy); Porciello, G. [Rheumatology Unit, University of Pisa (Italy); Lazzeri, E. [Regional Center of Nuclear Medicine, University of Pisa (Italy); Ferri, C. [Rheumatology Unit, University of Pisa (Italy)

    1996-04-01

    We report here on the use of the lipophilic cationic complex technetium-99m sestamibi ({sup 99m}Tc-MIBI), employed as an indicator of increased cellular density and metabolic activity, to evaluate Gaucher cell infiltrates in the bone marrow; {sup 99m}Tc-hexametazime ({sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO) was also employed, as a pure indicator of lipidic infiltration in the bone marrow. A 67-year-old patient with known type 1 Gaucher`s disease presented with a painful left hip and knee and difficulty in gait subsequent to traumatic fracture of the left femoral neck that had required implant of a fixation screw-plaque. Bone scan with {sup 99m}Tc-methylene diphosphonate revealed reduced uptake at the distal metaphyseal-epiphyseal femoral region. In addition, whole-body maps and spot-view acquisitions of the thighs and legs were recorded at both 30 min and 2.5 h after the injection of {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI: the scintigraphic pattern clearly showed increased uptake at several sites involved by Gaucher deposits in the bone marrow (both knees, with variable intensity in different areas), matching the bone changes detected by conventional x-ray. The target to non-target ratios slowly decreased with time, from an average value of 2.25 in the early scan to an average value of 2 in the delayed scan. The lipid-soluble agent {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO exhibited a superimposable scintigraphic pattern of accumulation at the involved sites, though with lower target to non-target ratios (1.27-1.48). The results obtained in this patient suggest a potential role of {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI in the scintigraphic evaluation of Gaucher`s lipid deposits in the bone marrow. If the results are confirmed in other patients, this radiopharmaceutical would offer clear advantages over {sup 133}Xe because of its wider availability and greater practicality (i.v. administration of {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI versus inhalation of {sup 133}Xe, and use of a single gamma camera instead of two as with {sup 133}Xe). (orig.). With 3 figs.

  16. Scintigraphic evaluation of aggressive fibromatosis

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    Ohta, H.; Endo, K.; Konishi, J.; Iwasaki, R.; Kotoura, Y.; Yamamuro, T.; Kotoura, H. (Wakayama Red Cross Hospital (Japan))

    1990-10-01

    Despite its benign microscopic appearance, aggressive fibromatosis has potential to recur and infiltrate neighboring tissues. Therefore, it is necessary to determine the exact extent before therapy. In the present study, 11 cases of aggressive fibromatosis were examined scintigraphically using ({sup 99m}Tc(V))dimercaptosuccinic acid (11 cases) and {sup 67}Ga-citrate (7 cases). Technetium-99m-(V)-dimercaptosuccinic acid demonstrated all lesions, while {sup 67}Ga-citrate detected 57% of the cases.

  17. Scintigraphic findings in ankylosing spondylitis.

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    Lentle, B C; Russell, A S; Percy, J S; Jackson, F I

    1977-06-01

    A prospective study of bone scintigraphic findings has been carried out in 63 patients, firmly diagnosed as having ankylosing spondylitis. In addition to abnormal uptake of the radiotracer at the sacroiliac joints, a peripheral arthropathy has been a common finding, particularly in the proximal joints, occurring in up to 50% of patients. Increased uptake of radiotracer in the spine has also been found both diffusely and focally. Focal increases have been noted at the apophyseal joints in 40% of patients and in three patients with a sterile intervertebral diskitis, an unusual complication of this disease only diagnosed in two patients after bone scintigraphy.

  18. Scintigraphic evaluation of brain death

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    Park, C. H.; Bai, M. S.; Cho, K. K.; Kim, S. J.; Yoon, S. N.; Cho, C. W. [College of Medicine, Ajou Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-07-01

    A law recognizing brain death is a life saving legal measure in patients suffering from badly diseased organs such as kidney, liver, heart, and lung. Such law is being discussed for legalization at the Korean National Assembly. There are various criteria used for brain death in western world and brain scintiscan is one of them. However, the scintiscan is not considered in establishing brain death in the draft of the law. The purpose of this report is to spread this technique in nuclear medicine society as well as in other medical societies. We evaluated 7 patients with clinical suspicion of brain death by various causes. The patient's age ranged from 5 to 39 years. We used 5-20mCi {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO (d.1-hexamethyl propylene amine oxime) or ECD (Ethyl Cysteinate Dimer), lipophilic agents that cross BBB (blood brain barrier). A dynamic study followed by static or SPECT (single photon emission tomography) was performed. Interpretive criteria used for brain death were 1) no intracranial circulation 2) no brain uptake. The second criteria is heavily used. Five of 7 patients were scintigraphically brain dead and the remaining 2 had some brain uptake excluding the diagnosis of scintigraphic brain death. In conclusion, cerebral perfusion study using a lipophilic brain tracer offers a noninvasive, rapid, easy, accurate and reliable mean in the diagnosis of brain death. We believe that this modality should be included in the criteria of brain death in the draft of the proposed Korean law.

  19. 99Tcm-生长抑素眼眶显像在眼型Graves病中的诊断价值%The diagnostic value of99Tcm-octreotide scintigraph orbital imaging in ophthalmic Graves disease

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    董超; 李雁; 杨特度; 孙斌

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨99Tcm-生长抑素眼眶显像在眼型Graves病中的诊断价值。方法将86例临床已确诊的眼型Graves病患者设为试验组,30例健康志愿者设为正常对照组。所有研究对象行99Tcm-生长抑素类似物眼眶断层显像,并计算眼眶99Tcm-生长抑素类似物摄取比值(UR)。结果86例眼型Graves患者99Tcm-生长抑素类似物眼眶显像剂摄取明显增高,呈现“猴眼”征,均为阳性:正常对照组显像剂摄取不明显,为“冷区”,均为阴性:患者组UR=1.67±0.18:对照组UR=1.05±0.17,患者组UR值明显高于对照组(P<0.01):患者双眼UR值分别为URr=1.64±0.20,URl=1.69±0.13,无统计学差异(P>0.05)。结论99Tcm-生长抑素类似物眼眶显像对眼型Graves病具有明确的诊断价值;眼型Graves病为双眼发病。%ObjectiveTo explore the99Tcm-octreotide scintigraph orbital imaging in ophthalmic Graves disease (OGD) in the diagnostic value of existence.Methods 86 cases had ocular type Graves patients by clinically diagnosed as experimental group, 30 healthy volunteers served as normal control group. All subjects underwent99Tcm-octreotide scintigraph tomography, and to calculate the orbital99Tcm-somatostatin analogues uptake ratio.Results86 cases showed positive signs of “monkey eye” in99Tcm-octreotide scintigraph and all controls showed negative sign of “cold area”. The UR levels in patients were significantly higher than in the control (patient group, UR=1.67±0.18, the control group UR=1.05±0.17,P0.05). Conclusion99Tcm-somatostatin analogue orbital imaging has diagnostic value of OGD, ophthalmic Graves disease occurred in two eyes.

  20. Do road planners produce more 'honest numbers' than rail planners?

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    Næss, Petter; Flyvbjerg, Bent; Buhl, Søren L.

    2006-01-01

    volumes in remote regions. The present data do not support this hypothesis. Since previous studies have shown a strong tendency to overestimated forecasts of the number of passengers on new rail projects, it could be speculated that road planners are more skilful and/or honest than rail planners. However......, during the period when the investigated projects were planned (up to the late 1980s), there were hardly any strong incentives for road planners to make biased forecasts in order to place their projects in a more flattering light. Future research might uncover whether the change from the ‘predict...

  1. Scintigraphic examinations in skeletal diseases

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    Noeh, E.; Akalin, M.

    1981-06-01

    Scintigraphy has been carried out for many years in adequate hospitals with special equipments. Isotopic examinations have been considered to be more and more important; they are applied in cases of pathologic changes of bones and joints or in cases of changes in the surrounding areas. Besides all medical findings, for instance X-ray, laboratory and histological ones, scintigraphic examinations have been applied as a supporting method especially in cases of loosened endoprosthesis or a suspected loosening of the endoprosthesis, para- and periarticular calcifications, rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatoid diseases of the joints, inflammatory processes, tumourous processes, delayed healing of the bones, pseudoarthrosis and osteoporosis. Of course the scintigraphy is a not specific method but it is extremely important for a complete diagnosis.

  2. Scintigraphic evaluation of pouch function in patients with ulcerative colitis

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    Kjær, Mie Dilling; Simonsen, Jane Angel; Hvidsten, Svend

    scintigraphic intestinal transit time, scintigraphic defecography and any association with QoL, and pouch function. Method A cross-sectional study including 20 patients with ulcerative colitis and an IPAA. Scintigraphic transit time was determined after oral administration of a Tc-99m-labelled omelette...

  3. Scintigraphic evaluation of pouch function in patients with ulcerative colitis

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    Kjær, Mie Dilling; Simonsen, Jane Angel; Hvidsten, Svend

    scintigraphic intestinal transit time, scintigraphic defecography and any association with QoL, and pouch function. Method A cross-sectional study including 20 patients with ulcerative colitis and an IPAA. Scintigraphic transit time was determined after oral administration of a Tc-99m-labelled omelette...

  4. Scintigraphic visualization of intrathecal liposome biodistribution.

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    Umbrain, V; D'Haese, J; Alafandy, M; De Roover, E; Schoutens, A; Van Gansbeke, B; Albert, A; Goffinet, G; Camu, F; Legros, F J

    1997-01-01

    Liposomes containing local anaesthetics have been administered intrathecally and in the epidural space. Poor attention has been given to the pharmacokinetics of liposomes as drug carriers. Therefore, we observed the biodistribution of liposomes after intrathecal injection in rats by scintigraphic imaging during 24 h. We administered 99mTc-labeled multilamellar (MLV) and small unilamellar vesicles (SUV) of defined size and volume dispersities into the cerebrospinal fluid at the lumbar level. Those vesicles were free of contamination by radiolabeled colloids as visualized by light and electron microscopy and of neurotoxic products from phosphatidylcholine hydrolysis and peroxidation, both during the preparation process and after 24 h incubation in cerebrospinal fluid at 37 degrees C in vitro. SUV immediately diffused from the lumbar site of injection to the head and were cleared between 1 and 24 h after injection. MLV were cleared more slowly from the spinal space and appeared in the head region 1 h after injection where they accumulated up to 24 h. These differences were explained in terms of vesicle sizes and volumes. SUV with 0.05 micron diameters were rapidly absorbed into the blood through the arachnoid granulations. In contrast, particles larger than the upper size limit of the arachnoid granulations permeability (+/- 8 microns) could accumulate in the head with a slow elimination rate. This difference in clearance from the intrathecal space outlines the importance of defining the size of the liposomes, the distribution of a tracer or a drug inside the liposomal preparation, the chemical stability and the absence of toxic degradation products of liposome formulations before clinical use.

  5. Prognostic importance of scintigraphic left ventricular cavity dilation during intravenous dipyridamole technetium-99m sestamibi myocardial tomographic imaging in predicting coronary events.

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    McClellan, J R; Travin, M I; Herman, S D; Baron, J I; Golub, R J; Gallagher, J J; Waters, D; Heller, G V

    1997-03-01

    Left ventricular (LV) cavity dilation during stress myocardial perfusion imaging has been associated with multivessel disease, and may be an independent prognostic marker in addition to perfusion defects. The present study examines the predictive value for future cardiac events of transient or fixed LV dilation during dipyridamole technetium-99m (Tc-99m) sestamibi single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging. The study included 512 consecutive patients who underwent SPECT imaging with Tc-99m sestamibi after dipyridamole infusion. Transient LV dilation was seen in 70 patients (14%) and 74 had fixed cavity dilation (14%); cavity size was normal in 368 patients (72%). Each perfusion scan was classified as normal or abnormal, and if abnormal, defects were categorized as transient or fixed, and as small, medium, or large (depending upon the number of abnormal vascular territories). Events during a mean follow-up of 12.8 +/- 6.8 months were tabulated by direct review of hospital charts and death certificates. The cardiac event rate (cardiac death or nonfatal infarction) was 1.9% in patients with normal cavity size, 11.4% with transient LV dilation, and 13.5% with fixed LV dilation (p < 0.01). Compared with patients with normal cavity size, those with transient LV dilation were more likely to sustain a myocardial infarction (p < 0.01) and those with fixed dilation more frequently suffered cardiac death (p < 0.01) and hospitalization for heart failure (p < 0.01). The group with the highest risk had both a large perfusion defect and cavity dilation. By Cox proportional hazard regression analysis, both transient and fixed LV dilation were strong independent predictors of cardiac events. Transient or fixed LV dilation are commonly seen during dipyridamole Tc-99m sestamibi SPECT imaging (14% incidence for each) and are useful predictors of cardiac events.

  6. Preliminary in vitro and in vivo evaluation of liposomal nanoparticles for passive and active tumour targeting by scintigraphic and MRI imaging

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    Patrick, Bianchi [Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Molecular Imaging Center, University of Torino, Torino (Italy); Eirini, Fragogeorgi [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens (Greece); NCSR Democritos, Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety, Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); Eleni, Efthymiadou [NCSR Democritos, Institute of Advanced Materials, Physicochemical processes, Nanotechnology & Microsystems, Athens (Greece); Stavros, Xanthopoulos [NCSR Democritos, Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety, Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); Dimitrios, Psimadas [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens (Greece); Penelope, Bouzioti [NCSR Democritos, Institute of Nuclear & Radiological Sciences & Technology, Energy & Safety, Aghia Paraskevi (Greece); George, Kordas [NCSR Democritos, Institute of Advanced Materials, Physicochemical processes, Nanotechnology & Microsystems, Athens (Greece); George, Loudos [Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Athens (Greece); Aime, Silvio [Department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences, Molecular Imaging Center, University of Torino, Torino (Italy)

    2014-07-29

    Liposomes belong to the most desirable drug delivery systems that enable their application in MRI and SPECT by incorporating lipids chelated to MR contrast agents as well as to radioactive tracers. Here we report our observation on a novel αvβ3- targeting liposome formulation (RGD-LP) and on the corresponding non-targeting control (NT-LP) for diagnosis and molecular imaging of tumor by exploiting SPECT/MRI technology.

  7. Hepatic hydro thorax: patient with pleural effusion to the right presenting tracer migration to the contralateral thorax projection on early scintigraphic images

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    Ichiki, W.A.; Ribeiro, V.P.B.; Gusman, L.; Coura Filho, G.B.; Sapienza, M.T.; Ono, C.R; Watanabe, T.; Costa, P.L.A.; Hironaka, F.; Cerri, G.G.; Buchpiguel, C.A. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (FMUSP), SP (Brazil). Fac. de Medicina. Hospital das Clinicas

    2008-07-01

    Full text: Introduction: Hepatic hydrothorax is a significant pleural effusion, greater than 500 mL, that appears as a clinical manifestation of portal hypertension in patients with advanced cirrhosis, in the absence of cardiopulmonary disease. Its mechanisms may be explained by migration of ascitic fluid through diaphragm defects. Radioisotope scintigraphy may contribute for the diagnostic of hepatic hydrothorax. Case report: Female, 79 years old, with a history of hepatic cirrhosis due to hepatitis B virus, without primary pulmonary or heart disease. She presented worsening of clinical ascites and dyspnoea, and it was diagnosed an extensive right pleural effusion. She underwent a thoracocentesis with a drainage of 2000 mL of light yellow-citrine fluid with transudate features. The pleural effusion quickly relapsed, leading the hypothesis of a hepatic hydrothorax. A scintigraphy was requested to assess peritoneo-pleural shunt. A dose of 370 MBq (10 mCi) of {sup 99m}Tc sulfur colloid was instilled intraperitoneally. Static images involving the thorax and upper abdomen were acquired at 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes and 4 hours after injection. At 10 minutes the radiotracer was seen on the left side of the thoracic region. The scintigraphy was repeated three days later, just after new thoracocentesis, due to the tracer progression to the left side of the thorax differed to the location of pleural effusion. Likewise, until 4 hours of the second study, the radiotracer was seen again on the left side of the thorax. However, a delayed image of 24 showed accumulation of the radiotracer in the right pleural cavity, confirming peritoneo-pleural shunt as cause of pleural effusion in this patient. Discussion: Hydrothorax is an uncommon complication in patients with decompensated hepatic cirrhosis. Its mechanisms are still not well elucidated, however, it is known that presence of defects in the diaphragm associated with the imbalance of ascitic fluid volume and the pleural

  8. The Joint Master Operational Planner

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    2016-04-04

    action, and articulate how those actions affect the strategic environment. At the CCMD level, the JMOP is able to make sense of strategic decision ...graduates normally serve in planning positions within their parent service, with only some placed in joint planning positions. Additionally, all dedicated... careers to meet the planning challenges of the future. As environments grow more complex, the only way CCMDs will keep pace are through planners who

  9. Sensitivity of radiographic features and specificity of scintigraphic imaging in hand osteoarthritis; Sensibilite des signes radiographiques et specificite de la scintigraphie dans l`arthrose de la main

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    Buckland-Wright, J.C.; MacFarlane, D.G.; Lynch, J.A. [Guy`s and St. Thomas`s Hospitals, London (United Kingdom)

    1995-06-01

    We undertook to determine which of the radiographic features most reliably detected the presence and disease progression in osteoarthritis in the hand; and which of the radiographic features corresponded with the radionuclide bone scan images. 32 patients with osteoarthritis had X5 macroradiographs taken of their wrists and hands at 6 monthly intervals over an 18 month period. The high magnification and resolution of microfocal radiography permitted quantitative detection of the extent and change in joint space width, subchondral sclerosis, osteophytosis and juxtaarticular radiolucencies. 4-hour technetium 99{sup m} methylene bisphophonate bone scans were taken at 0 and 12 months and the activity of the tracer uptake at each joint scored. The latter was compared with the radiographic features at each visit and the changes between visits analysed. In hand OA the most sensitive radiographic parameters for detecting disease were osteophytes, subchondral sclerosis and justaarticular radiolucencies, with radionuclide imaging demonstrating the increased activity in bone formation associated with the growth and remodelling of osteophytes. Changes in the number and size of osteophytes and joint space narrowing were the only reliable and sensitive parameters for assessing disease progression. We conclude that in osteoarthritis, the bony changes progress significantly before the occurrence of radiographically evident joint space narrowing indicative of cartilage thinning. (authors). 48 refs., 2 tabs., 11 figs.

  10. The Emergency Landing Planner Experiment

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    Meuleau, Nocolas F.; Neukom, Christian; Plaunt, Christian John; Smith, David E.; Smith, Tristan B.

    2011-01-01

    In previous work, we described an Emergency Landing Planner (ELP) designed to assist pilots in choosing the best emergency landing site when damage or failures occur in an aircraft. In this paper, we briefly describe the system, but focus on the integration of this system into the cockpit of a 6 DOF full-motion simulator and a study designed to evaluate the ELP. We discuss the results of this study, the lessons learned, and some of the issues involved in advancing this work further.

  11. Single-Shot Magnetic Resonance Imaging of a Moving Object Based on the High-Speed Spiral-Scan Echo Planner Technique at 4.7 T

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    卢广; 刘买利; 李丽云; 叶朝辉

    2002-01-01

    The single-shot spiral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique was implemented and optimized on a Bruker Biospec47/30 scanner. The technique includes the pulse sequence for generation and detection of the k-space MRI signal (free induction decay (FID)), and PC-based programs for the data grid and image reconstruction.The temporal resolution is 70ms (14 images per second), which consists of a data acquisition time as short as 13.7 ms, a spin-echo time of 13.6 ms and a magnetization recovery time of 43 ms. This makes it possible to take real-time images of moving objects. The technique is demonstrated using a pendulum (tube) filled with water.

  12. Scintigraphic Assessment of Myocardial Viability

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    Bom, Hee Seung [Chonnam University Hospital, Kwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    1993-07-15

    The identification of viable myocardium in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction is an issue of increasing clinical relevance in the current era of myocardial revascularization. There are at least two forms of reversible myocardial dysfunction. Early reperfusion does not always lead to immediate functional improvement; rather, the return of contractility in tissue salvaged by reperfusion is delayed for hours, days or even weeks, a phenomenon that has been termed {sup s}tunned myocardium{sup .} Some patients with coronary artery disease show myocardial dysfunction ar rest which are associated with reduced perfusion, and which disappear after revascularization; this phenomenon has been termed {sup h}ibernating myocardium{sup .} Recently, cardiac imaging techniques that evaluate myocardial viability on the basis of perfusion contraction mismatch and inotropic reserve have gained substantial popularity and clinical success. This review focus on the application of {sup 201}T1 and {sup 99m}Tc-MIBI to address myocardial viability in patients with hibernating and stunned myocardium. It is clear that 4-hour redistribution images of {sup 201}T1 underestimate ischemia and overestimate scar. Delayed imaging and reinjection imaging have been developed for the assessment of viability. Among many protocols suggested, stress-redistribution-reinjection imaging gained most popularity. Although {sup 99m}Tc- MIBI could identify myocardial viability, {sup 201}T1 reinjection technique was regarded as superior to it. In conclusion, {sup 201}T1 stress, 4-hr rest redistribution, and reinjection imaging technique may be the most preferable method for evaluation of myocardial viability.

  13. Scintigraphic evaluation in musculoskeletal sepsis

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    Merkel, K.D.; Fitzgerald, R.H. Jr.; Brown, M.L.

    1984-07-01

    In this article, the mechanism of technetium, gallium, and indium-labeled white blood cell localization in septic processes is detailed, and the method of interpretation of these three isotopes with relationship to musculoskeletal infection is outlined. Specific clinical application of technetium, gallium, and indium-labeled white blood cell imaging for musculoskeletal sepsis is reviewed.

  14. Scintigraphic measurement of colonic transit in patients with idiopathic constipation

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    Yoon, K. H.; Kim, C. K. [College of Medicine, Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    1999-07-01

    To evaluate usefulness of scintigraphic measurement of total and regional colonic transit in patients with idiopathic constipation. 25 patients who were complained chronic constipation underwent scintigraphic measurement of the total and regional colon transit. Of them 10 patients were diagnosed as idiopathic constipation, none of whom had evidence of abnormal function of the pelvic floor. Ten healthy volunteers were also studied. 67 Gallium-labelled Amberlite resin particles were ingested in a coated capsule with methacrylate that dispersed in the ileocecal region. Images were obtained using a gamma camera at regular intervals for the 2, 4, 8, 24, and 48 hours after the initial counting of the radioactivity in the cecum. We determined the geometric center in four regions of interest in the colon (ascending, transverse, descending, and rectosigmoid). Ten patients with colonic inertia showed significant retention of solid residue in the ascending and transverse colon over a 48-hour period. The median values for the healthy subjects at 2, 4, 8, and 24, and 48 hours were 1.44{+-}0.2 (midway through ascending), 1.71{+-}0.45 (midway through transverse), 2.64{+-}0.95 (midway through descending), 3.94{+-}0.89 (midway through rectosigmoid), and 4.52{+-}0.76 (midway through the stool compartment). On the contrary, the values of ten patients with colonic inertia were 1.0{+-}0.0 (midway through ascending), 1.0{+-}0.0 (midway through ascending). 1.02 {+-}0.06 (midway through ascending), 1.70{+-}0.36 (midway through transverse), and 2.33{+-}0.31(midway through descending) at the same time (p<0.001). In patients with idiopathic constipation is characterized by exaggerated reservoir factions of the ascending and transverse colons. Scintigraphy using 67 Gallium-labelled pellets seems to be a useful tool to demonstrate the delayed colonic transit in patients with colonic inertia.

  15. Scintigraphic visualization of bacterial translocation in experimental strangulated intestinal obstruction

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    Galeev, Yu.M.; Popov, M.V.; Salato, O.V. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medical Science, Research Centre of Reparative and Restorative Surgery, East Siberian Research Centre, 100 Yubileyniy, P.O. Box 23, Irkutsk (Russian Federation); Lishmanov, Yu.B. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medical Science, Research and Development Institute of Cardiology, Tomsk Research Centre, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Grigorev, E.G.; Aparcin, K.A. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medical Science, Research Centre of Reparative and Restorative Surgery, East Siberian Research Centre, 100 Yubileyniy, P.O. Box 23, Irkutsk (Russian Federation); Irkutsk State Medical University, Department of Hospital Surgery, Irkutsk (Russian Federation)

    2009-11-15

    The purpose of this study was to obtain scintigraphic images depicting translocation of {sup 99m}Tc-labelled Escherichia coli bacteria through the intestinal barrier and to quantify this process using methods of nuclear medicine. Thirty male Wistar rats (including 20 rats with modelled strangulated intestinal obstruction and 10 healthy rats) were used for bacterial scintigraphy. {sup 99m}Tc-labelled E. coli bacteria ({sup 99m}Ts-E. coli) with an activity of 7.4-11.1 MBq were administered into a section of the small intestine. Scintigraphic visualization of bacterial translocation into organs and tissues of laboratory animals was recorded in dynamic (240 min) and static (15 min) modes. The number of labelled bacteria, which migrated through the intestinal barrier, was quantified by calculating the translocation index (TI). Control indicated no translocation of {sup 99m}Ts-E. coli administered into the intestine through the parietes of the small intestine's distal part in healthy animals. Animals with strangulated obstruction demonstrated different migration strength and routes of labelled bacteria from strangulated and superior to strangulation sections of the small intestine. {sup 99m}Ts-E. coli migrated from the strangulated loop into the peritoneal cavity later causing systemic bacteraemia through peritoneal resorption. The section of the small intestine, which was superior to the strangulation, demonstrated migration of labelled bacteria first into the portal and then into the systemic circulation. The strangulated section of the small intestine was the main source of bacteria dissemination since the number of labelled bacteria, which migrated from this section significantly, exceeded that of the area superior to the strangulation section of the small intestine (p = 0.0003). Bacterial scintigraphy demonstrated the possibility of visualizing migration routes of labelled bacteria and quantifying their translocation through the intestinal barrier. This

  16. Reachability Analysis of Sampling Based Planners

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    Geraerts, R.J.; Overmars, M.H.

    2005-01-01

    The last decade, sampling based planners like the Probabilistic Roadmap Method have proved to be successful in solving complex motion planning problems. We give a reachability based analysis for these planners which leads to a better understanding of the success of the approach and enhancements of t

  17. Population problem, a planner's view.

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    Chavan, S B

    1983-01-26

    A matter that is seriously being debated in India is whether the policy of "the stick or the carrot" should be adopted for controlling population growth, i.e., whether the country should depend upon "incentives" or "disincentives" for bringing about wider acceptance of family planning. In this planner's view, this debate is a nonissue in India's social and political context. Due to the fact that a major part of the country's resources are preempted for investment in economically productive sectors, it is not possible to follow a too liberal policy of offering "carrots" or high cash incentives. The family planning program does not function in a vacuum and must be integrated with the national perspective plan and economic priorities. This does not mean that there is no scheme for enabling the poorer sections of the population to avail themselves of the benefit of family planning. Free clinical facilities and supply of contraceptives and easier access to clinical services is certainly not part of the "carrot." If free medical and child care are taken into account, the benefits are quite substantial. Financial incentives are also given to acceptors of sterilization and IUD to compensate them for loss of wages sustained during hospitalization and convalescence. Yet, any incentives that are offered can only be very selected and limited in scope due to the vast numbers of target couples. Regarding the policy of the "stick" or disincentives, there is little room for this form of policy in India's democratic system. Disincentives in the form of denial of food, clothing, shelter, and medical facilities are out of the question for nonacceptors of family planning since these form part of the basic human rights. Some selective disincentives for discouraging "improvement parenthood" could be used when such disincentives can be built into contractual benefits like service conditions of employees of government and the organized sector. What is needed in India is a balanced policy

  18. Pennsylvania's Telecommunications Classrooms: Considerations for Planners.

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    Stanard, Marilynn; Horner, Robert

    1989-01-01

    Pennsylvania's distance education programs are a part of a national and international new trend in educational delivery. Planners need to work closely with school district officials and teachers in designing facilities that will enhance this new educational technology. (Author)

  19. The scintigraphic investigation of sacroiliac disease.

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    Lentle, B C; Russell, A S; Percy, J S; Jackson, F I

    1977-06-01

    Bone scintigraphs obtained with both Technetium-99m polyphosphate and Technetium-99m pyrophosphate have been abnormal at the sacroiliac joints of 44 patients with definite ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Because of the normal registration of the sacroiliac joints on bone scintigraphy, it has been necessary to develop a profile-scan technique to quantify the abnormality that proves to be significantly different from the normal finding. In 17 patients with a strong clinical suspicion of AS but normal radiographs, the sacroiliac joints have frequently been abnormal. This finding is meaningful because there is a common occurence in this group of the histocompatibility antigen HL A-B27, known to be a marker of AS. We also note the frequency of abnormal sacroiliac scinitigrams in 26 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in a group of other diseases-Crohn's disease, uveitis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, and Reiter's disease-all of which share some of the manifestations of AS.

  20. Condylar hyperplasia: correlation of histological and scintigraphic features.

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    Gray, R J; Horner, K; Testa, H J; Lloyd, J J; Sloan, P

    1994-05-01

    Scintigaphy using 99mTc-MDP is widely advocated as a method of diagnosis and presurgical assessment of patients with condylar hyperplasia. A previous study has demonstrated that hyperplasia of the mandibular condyle is characterized histologically by the presence of an uninterrupted layer of undiffentiated germinative mesenchyme cells, a layer of hypertrophic cartilage and the presence of islands of chondrocytes in the subchondral trabecular bone. This study was undertaken to determine whether there was any association between the degree of 99mTc-MDP uptake and the histological features of condylar hyperplasia. The parameters examined were trabecular bone volume, depth of cartilage islands and the presence of forming and resorbing surfaces. The images were analyzed by three experienced observers, who ranked the images according to degree of asymmetry between sides and the degree of uptake on the affected side. There was a significant correlation between the proportions of resorbing and osteoid covered bone surfaces and scintigraphic appearances. The rank correlations were rs = 0.55 (P = 0.3) between the resorptive surfaces and degree of symmetry and rs = 0.53 (P = 0.04) between the osteoid surfaces and absolute uptake. The correlation was higher for both methods (rs = 0.64 in each case) when the osteoid surface and resorptive surface measurements were combined. The results indicate that visual examination of radioisotope bone scans by experienced observers is a valid form of assessment of bone activity in condylar hyperplasia.

  1. SOLON: An autonomous vehicle mission planner

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    Dudziak, M. J.

    1987-01-01

    The State-Operator Logic Machine (SOLON) Planner provides an architecture for effective real-time planning and replanning for an autonomous vehicle. The highlights of the system, which distinguish it from other AI-based planners that have been designed previously, are its hybrid application of state-driven control architecture and the use of both schematic representations and logic programming for the management of its knowledge base. SOLON is designed to provide multiple levels of planning for a single autonomous vehicle which is supplied with a skeletal, partially-specified mission plan at the outset of the vehicle's operations. This mission plan consists of a set of objectives, each of which will be decomposable by the planner into tasks. These tasks are themselves comparatively complex sets of actions which are executable by a conventional real-time control system which does not perform planning but which is capable of making adjustments or modifications to the provided tasks according to constraints and tolerances provided by the Planner. The current implementation of the SOLON is in the form of a real-time simulation of the Planner module of an Intelligent Vehicle Controller (IVC) on-board an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The simulation is embedded within a larger simulator environment known as ICDS (Intelligent Controller Development System) operating on a Symbolics 3645/75 computer.

  2. Cytological findings in scintigraphically nonfunctioning thyroid nodules

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    Radović Branislava

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. The major one among the procedures for evaluating changes in the thyroid nodules is fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB. Thyroid scintigraphy is commonly used in diagnostic algoritham of nodules. Less than 5% of examined nodules show to be malignant. Scintigraphically, nodules could be classified as functional and nonfunctional. It is estimated that the risk of malignacy in nonfunctional nodules ranges from 8% to 25% and more. Aspiration punction provides 100% specific and positive predictive value. The aim of the study was to establish the distribution of cytological findings in nonfunctioning thyroid nodules. Methods. The prospective study enrolled 112 patients, 104 women and 8 men, submitted to thyroid scintigraphy for known thyroid nodule disorder. Scintigraphy was performed about half an hour after iv administration of 74 MBq of sodium-pertehnetate. A pin hole collimator was used. Scintigrams were visually evaluated, and absence of radiopharmaceutic in a nodule was estimated as nonfunctional one. Such nodules were afterwards subjected to FNAB and material obtained was cytologically analyzed. Results. In our patients nonfunctioning nodules comprised tissue of colloid struma, thyroid cyst, regular thyroid tissue, follicular lesion, oxiphillic lesion, papillary carcinoma tissue and tissue of lymphocytic thyroiditis. The most frequent cytological finding were colloid cysts (52%. A total of 70% were female nodules. Five citological findings were histopathologically analyzed. Conclusion. Cytological finding of nonfunctional nodules determines of the decision on radical therapy, and our preliminary results imply the need of FNAB routine use in nuclear medicine practice.

  3. Two cases of pediatric bone disease (eosinophilic granuloma and Brodie's abscess) showing similar scintigraphic and radiographic findings.

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    Yoshikawa, M; Sugawara, Y; Kikuchi, T; Nakata, S; Mochizuki, T; Ikezoe, J; Sakayama, K

    2000-12-01

    Two 9-year-old patients with femoral bone lesions were referred to the authors' institution within a few days of each other. Both showed similar radiographic, magnetic resonance imaging, and scintigraphic findings. The radiographs showed osteolytic lesions in the right femoral diaphyses, and gadolinium-DTPA-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging revealed inhomogeneous enhancement. Tc-99m HMDP showed marked linear accumulation with relatively low central uptake in the right femoral shafts, and TI-201 scintigraphy showed considerable uptake corresponding to the area seen with Tc-99m HMDP. Histologic analysis confirmed eosinophilic granuloma in the first patient and Brodie's abscess in the second. The radiographic and scintigraphic findings in Brodie's abscess may be similar to those in eosinophilic granuloma.

  4. Interest of scintigraphic imaging in Madagascar for the diagnosis of ectopic parathyroid adenoma, about one case; Interet de l'imagerie scintigraphique, a Madagascar, dans le diagnostic de l'adenome parathyroidien ectopique - a propos d'un cas

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    Andriantsoa, J.; Andriamanalina, T.; Ramamonjy, A.; Ranivontsoarivony, M. [Universite d' Antananarivo, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Antananarivo(Madagascar); Ramahandridona, G. [CHU d' Antananarivo, Service d' Endocrinologie, Antananarivo (Madagascar); Razafindramboa, H. [Polyclinique d' Ilafy, Service de chirurgie, Antananarivo (Madagascar); Gizy Ratiambahoaka, D. [CHU d' Antananarivo, Service d' Anatomopathologie, Antananarivo (Madagascar)

    2008-11-15

    This study reports the first case of ectopic parathyroid adenoma, diagnosed in the Department of Nuclear Medicine in Antananarivo. This clinical vignette illustrates the interest of the MIBI-Tc-99 m scan in locating this adenoma and its diagnostic confirmation after six years of erratic diagnosis. A whole body bone scintigraphy has also allowed to assess the state of bone metabolism and study outbreaks of fracture. The parathyroid scintigraphy was carried out after intra-venous administration of 666 MBq of MIBI-{sup 99m}Tc. Dynamic images, static early and late static were acquired with a gamma camera E-Cam Siemens. The whole body bone scan was carried out after administration of 555 MBq of M.D.P.-Tc-99 m. The results evidenced the presence of an para-aortic increased uptake area pointing to a left parathyroid adenoma. The persistence of a late left sub maxillary increased uptake area raises, however, a reservation about the existence of a second adenoma. The bone scan displayed global skeletal remodeling, non suggestive of metastases, as it was mentioned with the CT-scan. In a diagnostic tools limited environment, skeletal pain refractory to pain-killers, a chronic hypercalcemia associated with an increased parathyroid hormone level, should trigger the scintigraphic exploration in order to avoid bone and renal complications.

  5. BDI agent architecture for a POMDP planner

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    Rens, G

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Golog. Golog is very suitable for integrating beliefs, as it is based on the situation calculus and researchers have drawn upon previous research on this. However, a POMDP planner on its own cannot cope well with dynamically changing environments...

  6. A mission planner for an autonomous tractor

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    Bochtis, Dionysis; Vougioukas, S.G.; Griepentrog, Hans W.

    2009-01-01

    In this article, a mission planner of field coverage operations for an autonomous agricultural tractor is presented. Missions for a particular autonomous tractor are defined using an XML (extendible markup language) formatted file that can be uploaded to the tractor through the user interface...

  7. A mission planner for an autonomous tractor

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    Bochtis, Dionysis; Vougioukas, S.G.; Griepentrog, Hans W.

    2009-01-01

    In this article, a mission planner of field coverage operations for an autonomous agricultural tractor is presented. Missions for a particular autonomous tractor are defined using an XML (extendible markup language) formatted file that can be uploaded to the tractor through the user interface...

  8. How to choose the right financial planner.

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    Maurer, Timothy J

    2010-01-01

    An "economic Pearl Harbor." That is how the world's most famous investor, Warren Buffett, described what we have gone through and what we're still going through.' Even the most optimistic appraisals of our economic conditions suggest that we are likely to feel the effects of the Great Recession through the decade we recently entered. Healthcare reform, in whatever form, may also create change in your medical practice ranging from immaterial to revolutionary. To whom should you turn to ensure that your personal economy survives and thrives, especially in these times? A financial planner, possibly, but what is a financial planner, how do you choose one, and what sort of service should you expect?

  9. Variation in external beam treatment plan quality: An inter-institutional study of planners and planning systems.

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    Nelms, Benjamin E; Robinson, Greg; Markham, Jay; Velasco, Kyle; Boyd, Steve; Narayan, Sharath; Wheeler, James; Sobczak, Mark L

    2012-01-01

    This study quantifies variation in radiation treatment plan quality for plans generated by a population of treatment planners given very specific plan objectives. A "Plan Quality Metric" (PQM) with 14 submetrics, each with a unique value function, was defined for a prostate treatment plan, serving as specific goals of a hypothetical "virtual physician." The exact PQM logic was distributed to a population of treatment planners (to remove ambiguity of plan goals or plan assessment methodology) as was a predefined computed tomographic image set and anatomic structure set (to remove anatomy delineation as a variable). Treatment planners used their clinical treatment planning system (TPS) to generate their best plan based on the specified goals and submitted their results for analysis. One hundred forty datasets were received and 125 plans accepted and analyzed. There was wide variability in treatment plan quality (defined as the ability of the planners and plans to meet the specified goals) quantified by the PQM. Despite the variability, the resulting PQM distributions showed no statistically significant difference between TPS employed, modality (intensity modulated radiation therapy versus arc), or education and certification status of the planner. The PQM results showed negligible correlation to number of beam angles, total monitor units, years of experience of the planner, or planner confidence. The ability of the treatment planners to meet the specified plan objectives (as quantified by the PQM) exhibited no statistical dependence on technologic parameters (TPS, modality, plan complexity), nor was the plan quality statistically different based on planner demographics (years of experience, confidence, certification, and education). Therefore, the wide variation in plan quality could be attributed to a general "planner skill" category that would lend itself to processes of continual improvement where best practices could be derived and disseminated to improve the

  10. Space Launch System (SLS) Mission Planner's Guide

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    Smith, David Alan

    2017-01-01

    The purpose of this Space Launch System (SLS) Mission Planner's Guide (MPG) is to provide future payload developers/users with sufficient insight to support preliminary SLS mission planning. Consequently, this SLS MPG is not intended to be a payload requirements document; rather, it organizes and details SLS interfaces/accommodations in a manner similar to that of current Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) user guides to support early feasibility assessment. Like ELV Programs, once approved to fly on SLS, specific payload requirements will be defined in unique documentation.

  11. Nephrus: expert system model in intelligent multilayers for evaluation of urinary system based on scintigraphic image analysis; Nephrus: modelo de sistema especialista em multicamadas inteligentes para avaliacao do sistema urinario baseado na analise de imagens cintilograficas

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    Silva, Jorge Wagner Esteves da; Schirru, Roberto [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-graduacao de Engenharia. Programa de Engenharia Nuclear; Boasquevisque, Edson Mendes [Hospital dos Servidores do Estado, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico de Medicina Nuclear

    1999-11-01

    Renal function can be measured noninvasively with radionuclides in a extremely safe way compared to other diagnosis techniques. Nevertheless, due to the fact that radioactive materials are used in this procedure, it is necessary to maximize its benefits, therefore all efforts are justifiable in the development of data analysis support tools for this diagnosis modality. The objective of this work is to develop a prototype for a system model based on Artificial Intelligence devices able to perform functions related to cintilographic image analysis of the urinary system. Rules used by medical experts in the analysis of images obtained with {sup 99m} Tc+DTPA and /or {sup 99m} Tc+DMSA were modeled and a Neural Network diagnosis technique was implemented. Special attention was given for designing programs user-interface. Human Factor Engineering techniques were taking in account allowing friendliness and robustness. The image segmentation adopts a model based on Ideal ROIs, which represent the normal anatomic concept for urinary system organs. Results obtained using Artificial Neural Networks for qualitative image analysis and knowledge model constructed show the feasibility of Artificial Neural Networks for qualitative image analysis and knowledge model constructed show feasibility of Artificial Intelligence implementation that uses inherent abilities of each technique in the medical diagnosis image analysis. (author) 12 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. A motion planner for nonholonomic mobile robots

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    Laumond, J.P.; Jacobs, P.E.; Taiex, M. (LAA/CNRS, Toulouse (France)); Murray, R.M. (California Inst. of Technology, Pasadena, CA (United States). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1994-10-01

    This paper considers the problems of motion planning for a car-like robot (i.e., a mobile robot with a nonholonomic constraint whose turning radius is lower-bounded). The authors present a fast and exact planner for their mobile robot model, based upon recursive subdivision of a collision-free path generated by a lower-level geometric planner that ignores the motion constraints. The resultant trajectory is optimized to give a path that is of near-minimal length in its homotopy class. Their claims of high speed are supported by experimental results for implementations that assume a robot moving amid polygonal obstacles. The completeness and the complexity of the algorithm are proven using an appropriate metric in the configuration space R[sup 2] [times] S[sup 1] of the robot. This metric is defined by using the length of the shortest paths in the absence of obstacles as the distance between two configurations. The authors prove that the new induced topology and the classical one are the same. Although the authors concentrate upon the car-like robot, the generalization of these techniques leads to new theoretical issues involving sub-Riemannian geometry and to practical results for nonholonomic motion planning.

  13. Radiographic and scintigraphic evaluation of total knee arthroplasty

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    Schneider, R.; Soudry, M.

    1986-04-01

    Various radiographic and scintigraphic methods are used to supplement clinical findings in the evaluation of total knee arthroplasty and its complications. Serial roentgenograms offer reliable information for diagnosing mechanical loosening. Wide and extensive radiolucency at the cement-bone interface and shift in position and alignment of prosthetic components can be seen in almost all cases by the time revision is necessary. Radiographic abnormalities are usually not present in acute infection, but are often present in chronic infection. Bone scanning has a high sensitivity for diagnosis of infection or loosening, but is nonspecific because increased uptake is often present around asymptomatic total knee arthroplasties with normal radiographs. Differential bone and Gallium scanning and scanning with Indium 111-labeled leukocytes have a greater specificity for diagnosis of infection than does bone or Gallium scanning alone. Routine radiographic and scintigraphic studies have shown a high incidence of deep vein thrombosis in the calf after total knee arthroplasty. Clinically significant pulmonary embolization is infrequent.

  14. Scintigraphic control of blood vessels in regional perfusion with cytostatics

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    Blazek, J.; Broz, J. (Krajska Nemocnice s Poliklinikou, Ceske Budejovice (Czechoslovakia))

    1982-12-01

    After administration of sup(99m)Tc-MAA or sup(113m)In-MAA into the perfusion system during regional perfusion therapy with cytostatics of malignomas in the maxillo-facial area it is possible to obtain by subsequent scintigraphic visualization of the distribution of radioactivity an accurate topographic picture of the perfusion in the appropriate area. The method is free from complications and there are no contraindications. The paper is supplemented by scintigrams.

  15. Correlation of Ultrasound and Scintigraphic Findings in Scrotal Disease

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    Shin, Kyung Ja [Seoul Red Cross Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Rhee, Chung Sik [Ewha Womans University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1990-03-15

    Recently ultrasound and scintigraphic study are most useful modality for diagnosis of scrotal diseases. They are able to determine the nature, anatomic extent of the lesion, and possible to differential diagnosis of the scrotal lesion. The ultrasound and scintigraphic findings were analyses in 59 patients of confirmed scrotal disease at Seoul Red Cross Hospital from June 1986 to Aug. 1989. The results were as follows. 1) Most patients were below the 30 years old age (69.4%), and most prevalent age was 11-30 Yrs. in trauma, 31-40 Yrs. in inflammation, and 51-60 Yrs. in mass lesion of scrotum. 2) The diagnostic accuracy of scrotal disease was 94.9% in ultrasound and 729 in scintigraphic study. The ultrasound study showed high accuracy in all kind of scrotal disease, but scintigraphy showed only high detection rate in inflammatory disease. 3) Scrotal ultrasound is first choice of study for the diagnosis of scrotal lesion, and useful determine the cystic or solid lesion and snatomic extent of disease. However it can't differentiate the acute epididymitis with acute testicular torsion. 4) Scrotal scintigraphy is useful study for the diagnosis of acute painful scrotal disease, and showed specific findings in acute epididymitis and acute torsion for differential diagnosis. 5) In consideration of age, history and clinical findings of patient, appropriate study will be chosen firstly in ultrasound and scintigraphy, and combined ail of findings of these studies will be helpful for the accurate diagnosis and adequate treatment of scrotal disease.

  16. Acetabular stress fractures in military endurance athletes and recruits: incidence and MRI and scintigraphic findings

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    Williams, T.R. [Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, Radiology Department, Charette Health Care Center, Portsmouth, VA (United States); Puckett, M.L.; Shin, A.Y.; Gorman, J.D. [Naval Medical Center San Diego, Radiology Department, San Diego, CA (United States); Denison, G. [US Naval Hospital Guam (United States)

    2002-05-01

    Objective: To evaluate the incidence and the MRI and scintigraphic appearance of acetabular stress (fatigue) fractures in military endurance athletes and recruits. Design and patients: One hundred and seventy-eight active duty military endurance trainees with a history of activity-related hip pain were evaluated by both MRI and bone scan over a 2-year period. Patients in the study ranged in age from 17 to 45 years. They had hip pain related to activity and had plain radiographs of the hip and pelvis that were interpreted as normal or equivocal. The study was originally designed to evaluate the MRI and scintigraphic appearance of femoral neck stress fractures. Patients had scintigraphy and a limited MRI examination (coronal imaging only) within 48 h of the bone scan. Twelve patients demonstrated imaging findings compatible with acetabular stress fractures. Results: Stress fractures are common in endurance athletes and in military populations; however, stress fracture of the acetabulum is uncommon. Twelve of 178 patients (6.7%) in our study had imaging findings consistent with acetabular stress fractures. Two patterns were identified. Seven of the 12 (58%) patients had acetabular roof stress fractures. In this group, two cases of bilateral acetabular roof stress fractures were identified, one with a synchronous tensile sided femoral neck stress fracture. The remaining five of 12 (42%) patients had anterior column stress fractures, rarely occurring in isolation, and almost always occurring with inferior pubic ramus stress fracture (4 of 5, or 80%). One case of bilateral anterior column stress fractures was identified without additional sites of injury. Conclusions: Stress fractures are commonplace in military populations, especially endurance trainees. Acetabular stress fractures are rare and therefore unrecognized, but do occur and may be a cause for activity-related hip pain in a small percentage of military endurance athletes and recruits. (orig.)

  17. Embedding Communication Skills for Future Financial Planners

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    L. Celeste Rossetto

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Financial planners need to have solid knowledge of a range of financial concepts and be adeptcommunicators. Australian universities comprehensively ground students in the necessary contentknowledge for their future careers, however, scant attention is paid to the indispensable communication skillsthat students will need when they enter the professional arena. Students need to accumulate financialplanning knowledge but they also have to interact with clients and peers in a business where they willnegotiate a professional identity for themselves that will serve their specific expertise. It takes time to developthese skills and to assume a professional identity. The focus of our paper is how to engender this persona atthe same time as the students acquire their knowledge. We focus on strategies and activities that were used toembed professional communication skills within a financial planning subject in a regional university throughexperiential learning and authentic tasks.

  18. Urban Planners with Renewable Energy Skills

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    Arto Emerik Nuorkivi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available There is no much tradition to combine urban and energy planning together to fight Climate Change even though energy production with fossil fuels is the main cause to the Change. Pilot training of urban planners in five EU countries such Finland, Germany, Hungary, Spain and the United Kingdom to understand the basics of renewable energy sources (RES and energy efficiency (EE has been carried out during 2011-2012 under co-financing of Intelligent Energy Europe. Organizing such pilot training was challenging for many reasons, but the outcome can be consdered highly statisfactory, based on the recorded feedback of trainees and other stakeholders. The project encourages other planning schools in Europe to learn from the experience and to use the published training materials available in ten languages in their curricula.

  19. Model Checking the Remote Agent Planner

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    Khatib, Lina; Muscettola, Nicola; Havelund, Klaus; Norvig, Peter (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    This work tackles the problem of using Model Checking for the purpose of verifying the HSTS (Scheduling Testbed System) planning system. HSTS is the planner and scheduler of the remote agent autonomous control system deployed in Deep Space One (DS1). Model Checking allows for the verification of domain models as well as planning entries. We have chosen the real-time model checker UPPAAL for this work. We start by motivating our work in the introduction. Then we give a brief description of HSTS and UPPAAL. After that, we give a sketch for the mapping of HSTS models into UPPAAL and we present samples of plan model properties one may want to verify.

  20. Scintigraphic localization of bone lesions during surgery

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    Harcke, H.T.; MacEwen, G.D.; Conway, J.J.; Tachdjian, M.O.; Dias, L.S.; Noble, H.B.; Weiss, S.

    1985-03-01

    Nuclear medicine provides several methods for increasing the accuracy of surgical removal of bone lesions with focally increased uptake. In this paper, three intraoperative procedures are discussed: remote control by imaging, intraoperative control by imaging, and intraoperative control by scintillation probe. All techniques require preoperative injection of bone imaging tracer. Remote operative control calls for a gamma camera to mark the skin over the lesion prior to surgery, providing optimal preoperative localization and imaging of the excised lesion to ensure complete removal. Intraoperative control procedures require that a portable camera or a scintillation probe be used in the operating room; these permit direct monitoring of localization and resection. Our experience with 18 procedures performed on 15 patients suggests that these techniques are worthy of continued use.

  1. Scintigraphic assessment of focal platelet accumulations following infrainguinal bypass surgery in humans

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    Nielsen, Tina G; Hesse, B; Eiberg, J;

    1997-01-01

    of flow in the graft. Platelet deposition was assessed by gamma-camera images of thigh and crus obtained 4 and/or 24 h after surgery. Areas of focally increased activity were recorded and graded as moderate or intense. In the 24 vein bypasses, a median of two (range 0-5) areas of focally increased....... In 28 patients undergoing in situ vein (n = 24), composite vein-polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) (n = 1) or PTFE (n = 3) bypass surgery, assumed vascular injuries were recorded intraoperatively. Autologous indium-111-labelled platelets were injected into the inflow artery immediately after restoration...... radioactivity were seen at the proximal anastomosis (n = 21), in the body of the graft (n = 20) or at the distal anastomosis (n = 9). The activity was moderate in 27 cases and intense in 23 cases. Scintigraphic evidence of focal platelet aggregation in vein grafts was not correlated with preoperative...

  2. Scintigraphic test of gastric emptying and motility: preliminary results in patients with chronic gastritis

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    Hausmann, T. [Abt. Nuklearmedizin und Spezielle Biophysik, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Mueller-Schauenburg, W. [Abt. Nuklearmedizin, Univ. Tuebingen (Germany); Goeke, M. [Abt. Gastroenterologie und Hepatologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Luebeck, M. [Abt. Nuklearmedizin, Univ.-Krankenhaus Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany); Gratz, K.F. [Abt. Nuklearmedizin und Spezielle Biophysik, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Meier, P. [Abt. Gastroenterologie und Hepatologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Manns, M. [Abt. Gastroenterologie und Hepatologie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Hundeshagen, H. [Abt. Nuklearmedizin und Spezielle Biophysik, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany)

    1995-11-01

    To record gastric peristalsis using a conventional scintigraphic gastric emptying test the frame rate was increased to 1 frame per 3 s at 10, 30, and 50 min postprandially. The gastric contraction frequency was obtained from the first harmonic of a Fourier transform of a gastric region of interest (ROI) curve. The propagation of gastric contractions was better revealed from computed functional images of the phase and amplitude distribution as compared with the multiple scintigraphic images. The maximal count-rate changes per pixel were calculated as an estimate of the most prominent regional contractile activity of the gastric wall. Among 12 patients with chronic gastritis the group with more severe dyspeptic complaints (n = 6) had significantly higher count-rate changes per pixel when compared with the group with minor complaints (20.0, 21.1 and 14.2 vs 12.9, 12.0, and 10.4 counts/pixel X s at 10, 30, and 50 min. respectively; p < 0.05). The mean half-times of gastric emptying (61, SD 11 vs 54, SD 13 min) and the mean gastric contraction frequencies (2.99, SD 0.19; 3.09, SD 0.33; 3.07, SD 0.10 vs 3.15, SD 0.15; 3.17, SD 0.13; 3.23, SD 0.20 cycles/min at 10, 30, and 50 min, respectively) did not show significant differences between both groups. Our preliminary results agree with the hypothesis of the occurrence of more powerful, nonexpulsive gastric-wall contractions in patients with more severe dyspeptic complaints. Hence, additional quantification of gastric motility allowed a more detailed evaluation of gastric-motor-activity disorders that were for so long not accessible to conventional gastric-emptying tests. (orig.)

  3. [Olfactory esthesioneuroblastoma: scintigraphic expression of somatostatin receptors].

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    García Vicente, A; García Del Castillo, E; Soriano Castrejón, A; Alonso Farto, J

    1999-10-01

    Esthesioneuroblastoma is an uncommon tumor originating in the upper nasal cavity and constitutes 3% of all intranasal neoplasms. Few references exist about the expression of somatostatin receptors in these tumors. Our case demonstrates a good correlation between the somatostatin receptor scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging.

  4. Scintigraphic findings in a Brodie's abscess.

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    Silva, F; Laguna, R; Acevedo, M; Ruíz, C; Orduña, E

    1995-10-01

    A 9-year-old girl had a 6-month history of left hip pain. Radiographs of the left hip showed a metaphyseal osteolytic lesion with sclerotic borders in the femoral neck. Tc-99m MDP bone imaging and a Ga-67 scan showed focal areas of increased activity in the left femoral neck. These areas of increased uptake corresponded to a lytic area on x-rays, which was due to a Brodie's abscess. The combination of Tc-99m MDP bone and Ga-67 imaging has been widely used in the confirmation of bone infection, increasing the accuracy in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis. However, nuclear scintigraphy has not been previously reported in the confirmation of a Brodie's abscess.

  5. Heuristic Route Generation for the Navy Mission Planner

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    2013-09-01

    SCENARIO, ANALYSIS, AND CONCLUSION ...................................................27  A.  ORIGINAL NAVY MISSION PLANNER MODEL ... Modeling System Intel Intelligence JFMCC Joint Force Maritime Component Commander JP Joint Publication MCM Mine Countermeasures MHQ...Ballistic Missile Defense VBA Visual Basic for Applications xiv THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK xv EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Navy Mission Planner

  6. Development of superior bone scintigraphic agent from a series of {sup 99m}Tc-labeled zoledronic acid derivatives

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    Lin Jianguo [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi 214063 (China); Qiu Ling, E-mail: qiulingwx@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi 214063 (China); Cheng Wen [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi 214063 (China); Luo Shineng, E-mail: shineng914@yahoo.com.cn [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi 214063 (China); Xue Li; Zhang Shu [Key Laboratory of Nuclear Medicine, Ministry of Health, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Molecular Nuclear Medicine, Jiangsu Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Wuxi 214063 (China)

    2012-05-15

    Two novel zoledronic acid (ZL) derivatives, 1-hydroxy-4-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)butane-1,1-diyldiphosphonic acid (IBDP) and 1-hydroxy-5-(1H-imidazol-1-yl)pentane-1,1-diyldiphosphonic acid (IPeDP), were prepared and labeled with the radionuclide technetium-99m in a high labeling yield. In vitro stabilities of these radiolabeled complexes were measured by the radio-HPLC analysis as a function of time, which showed excellent stability with the radiochemical purity of over 95% at 6 h post preparation. Their in vivo biological performances were evaluated and compared with those of {sup 99m}Tc-ZL and {sup 99m}Tc-MDP (methylenediphosphonic acid). The biodistribution in mice and scintigraphic images of the rabbit showed that the tracer agent {sup 99m}Tc-IPeDP had highly selective uptake in the skeletal system and rapid clearance from the blood and soft tissues and an excellent scintigraphic image can be obtained in a shorter time post injection with clear visualization of the skeleton and low soft tissue activity. These preclinical studies suggest that {sup 99m}Tc-IPeDP would be a novel superior bone scintigraphic agent. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two novel diphosphonic acids were labeled with the {sup 99m}Tc in high labeling yield. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 99m}Tc-IPeDP had high uptake in skeletal system and rapid clearance from blood. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 99m}Tc-IPeDP reveals attractive biological features as superior bone scanning agent.

  7. Comparison of five digital scintigraphic display modes. An ROC curve analysis of detection performance.

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    Goin, J E; Preston, D F; Gallagher, J H; Wegst, A V

    1983-01-01

    In the last decade diagnostic imaging departments, even those of moderate size, have experienced unprecedented growth. Much of this expansion can be attributed directly to technological developments, including systems for the acquisition of diagnostic images in digital format. In modern imaging departments, digital-based systems are quite common and are found across the specialities of nuclear medicine, ultrasound, transmission and emission computed tomography, and angiography. Nuclear magnetic resonance is the newest digital-based modality, and it appears destined to achieve its place in the diagnostic arsenal. These systems all have one trait in common, which is the topic of this paper. They offer the potential of increasing diagnostic accuracy by varying the methods used to process and display the acquired imaged data. We present the results of a nuclear medicine study designed to compare observer performance among five digital scintigraphic display modes. The observer's task was to detect artificially created lesions in brain scintigrams. Each mode is defined by a combination of an image processing function and a method of display. Using 40 trained observers, a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was performed. The results support the use of color displays in nuclear medicine.

  8. Scintigraphic detection of inflammatory heart disease

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    Morguet, A.J. (Dept. of Cardiology and Pulmonology, Centre of Internal Medicine, Georg August Univ., Goettingen (Germany)); Munz, D.L. (Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Centre of Radiology, Georg August Univ., Goettingen (Germany)); Kreuzer, H. (Dept. of Cardiology and Pulmonology, Centre of Internal Medicine, Georg August Univ., Goettingen (Germany)); Emrich, D. (Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Centre of Radiology, Georg August Univ., Goettingen (Germany))

    1994-07-01

    Inflammatory diseases of the heart encompass myocarditis, endocarditis and pericarditis. This paper discusses the diagnostic potential of scintigraphy in these entities. In myocarditis, indium-111 antimyosin Fab imaging can visualize active myocyte damage and thus contribute substantially to the diagnosis. Antimyosin uptake is also seen in a large subset of patients with dilated cardiomyopathy, indicating ongoing myocyte injury in these cases. In endocarditis, immunoscintigraphy using monoclonal technetium-99m-labelled antigranulocyte antibodies provides useful diagnostic information in patients with equivocal echocardiographic findings. Immunoscintigraphy seems to indicate the floridity of the inflammatory process in endocarditis and may be used to monitor antibiotic therapy. In pericarditis, the clinical value of scintigraphy has not been convincingly demonstrated. (orig.)

  9. Signal-shot echo-planner diffusion-weighted MR imaging at 3T and 1.5T for differentiation of benign vertebral fracture edema and tumor infiltration

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    Park, Hee Jin; Lee, So Yeon; Rho, Myung Ho; Chung, Eun Chul; Kim, Mi Sung; Kwon, Heon Ju; Youn, In Young [Dept. of Radiology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-09-15

    To compare the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value using single-shot echo-planar imaging sequences at 3T and 1.5T for differentiation of benign fracture edema and tumor infiltration of the vertebral body. A total of 46 spinal examinations were included in the 1.5T MRI group, and a total of 40 spinal examinations were included in the 3T MRI group. The ADC values of the lesion were measured and calculated. The diagnostic performance of the conventional MR image containing sagittal T2-weighted fat saturated image and each diffusion weighted image (DWI) with an ADC value with different b values were evaluated. The mean ADC value of the benign lesions was higher than that of the malignant lesions on 1.5T and 3T (p < 0.05). The sensitivity of the diagnostic performance was higher with an additional DWI in both 1.5T and 3T, but the sensitivities were similar with the addition of b values of 400 and 1000. The specificities of the diagnostic performances did not show significant differences (p value > 0.05). The diagnostic accuracies were higher when either of the DWIs (b values of 400 and 1000) was added to routine MR image for 1.5T and 3T. Statistical differences between 1.5T and 3T or between b values of 400 and 1000 were not seen. The ADC values of the benign lesions were significantly higher than those of the malignant lesions on 1.5T and 3T. There was no statistically significant difference in the diagnostic performances when either of the DWIs (b values of 400 and 1000) was added to the routine MR image for 1.5T and 3T.

  10. Special population planner, version 4.0.

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    Kuiper, J.; Tanzman, E.; Metz, W.

    2007-03-26

    Emergencies happen every day. Many are caused by storms or auto accidents and can be planned for, if not predicted. Emergencies resulting from natural hazards often affect a large number of people, and planning for them can be difficult, since knowledge of the needs of the people involved is generally unavailable. Emergencies resulting from accidents at industrial and military facilities can also be large scale in nature if people must be evacuated or sheltered in place. Federal planning for large scale emergencies is the responsibility of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provides assistance to various emergency management agencies at the national, state and local level. More information about FEMA is available at http://www.fema.gov/. The purpose of the Special Population Planner (SPP) is to help emergency planners address the needs of persons with special needs. The exact definition of 'special population' is a policy decision. Policymakers have included a variety of groups in this term, such as persons with disabilities, those who do not have vehicles with which to evacuate, children who are unattended at times (latchkey children), and many others. The SPP was developed initially for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency as part of its Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP), which aids emergency planning and preparedness in communities surrounding military installations across the United States where chemical weapons are stored pending their destruction under federal law. Like that specialized application, this open-source version contains a set of specialized Geographic Information System (GIS) tools to facilitate emergency planning on behalf of persons with special needs, regardless of how the term is defined. While the original SPP system was developed for emergency planning relating to chemical hazards, it can be applied to other threats as well. It is apparent from Hurricane Katrina and other natural and

  11. /sup 99m/Tc-aminohexylidendiphosphonate and /sup 99/mTc-Pyrophosphate in the scintigraphic diagnosis of experimental cardiomyopathy in dogs

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    Duska, F.; Kafka, P.; Mazurova, Y.; Hadas, L.; Vizda, J.; Palicka, V.; Grossman, V.

    1987-10-01

    Experimental cardiomyopathy was provoked in 24 dogs with high intravenous doses of adrenaline and theophylline. These lesions were studied by means of the new agent /sup 99m/Tc-AHDP and /sup 99m/Tc-PYP in comparison. Cardiomyopathy could be imaged as early as 4 h after the onset of involvement but not later than 7 days. A maximum accumulation occurred in lesions 24 h old, /sup 99m/Tc uptake in the myocardium was graded scintigraphically, /sup 99m/Tc-AHDP was accumulated in the altered myocardium to a greater extent than /sup 99m/Tc-PYP. Scintigraphic findings were in good agreement with plasma levels of creatine-kinase. A comparison with histology demonstrated that the maximum accumulation of radiopharmaceuticals occurred at the time when the development of myocardium involvement reached the stage of myocytolysis.

  12. Gallium-68 DOTA-TATE Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography: Scintigraphic Changes of Adrenal Glands Following Management of Ectopic Cushing's Syndrome by Steroidogenesis Inhibitors.

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    Huang, Yu-Ting; Aziz, Shaikh Irfan; Ravi Kumar, Aravind S

    2014-09-01

    In the era of emerging functional imaging techniques, an understanding of the effects of hormonal therapies on the scintigraphic appearance of endocrine organs is desirable to minimize the erroneous scan interpretation. The mechanisms by which changes in the scintigraphic appearance of endocrine organs occur however sometimes remain ambiguous. This case demonstrates the gallium-68 (Ga-68) DOTA-TATE positron emission tomography/computed tomography (CT) appearance of adrenal glands following management with steroidogenesis inhibitors. The potential mechanisms underlying this change are discussed. A 17-year-old boy with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) dependent Cushing's syndrome secondary to ectopic ACTH secretion underwent pre- and post-metyrapone and dexamethasone treatment Ga-68 DOTA-TATE scans 4 months apart. Pretreatment, both adrenals demonstrated normal symmetrical prominent Ga-68 DOTA-TATE uptake and normal CT appearance. The posttherapy scan revealed marked symmetrical suppression of Ga-68 DOTA-TATE uptake, but with bilateral adrenal hypertrophy on CT.

  13. Using the phantom image quality control SEFM planners in studies of tomotherapy MVCT; Utilizacion del maniqui de imagen SEFM para control de calidad de planificadores en estudios de MVCT de tomotherapy

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    Hernandez Rodriguez, J.; Garcia Repiso, S.; Martin Rincon, C.; Verde Velasco, J. M.; Ramos Palacio, J. A.; Montes Fuentes, C.; Sena Espinel, E. de; Martin Nunez, J.; Gomez Llorente, P. L.; Fernandez Bordes, M.

    2011-07-01

    It is in this paper aims to test the ability of the planning system (TPS) of Tomotherapy for volume reconstruction, evaluating the definition of external contours and the segmentation of structures, using the patented image dummy for the SEFM quality control planning systems. It has also tested the calibration curve of Hounsfield units (HU) vs. relative electron density (RSD) for the energy of MVCT done with this model compared to that obtained using the phantom provided by the manufacturer.

  14. Planners in the Future City: Using City Information Modelling to Support Planners as Market Actors

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    Emine Mine Thompson

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Recently, Adams and Tiesdell (2010, Tewdwr-Jones (2012 and Batty (2013 have outlined the importance of information and intelligence in relation to the mediation and management of land, property and urban consumers in the future city. Traditionally, the challenge for urban planners was the generation of meaningful and timely information. Today, the urban planners’ challenge is no longer the timely generation of urban data, rather, it is in relation to how so much information can be exploited and integrated successfully into contemporary spatial planning and governance. The paper investigates this challenge through a commentary on two City Information Modelling (CIM case studies at Northumbria University, UK. This commentary is grouped around four key themes, Accessibility and availability of data, accuracy and consistency of data, manageability of data and integration of data. It is also designed to provoke discussion in relation to the exploitation and improvement of data modelling and visualisation in the urban planning discipline and to contribute to the literature in related fields. The paper concludes that the production of information, its use and modelling, can empower urban planners as they mediate and contest state-market relations in the city. However, its use should be circumspect as data alone does not guarantee delivery of a sustainable urban future, rather, emphasis and future research should be placed upon interpretation and use of data.

  15. Scintigraphic detection of carotid atherosclerosis with indium-111-labeled autologous platelets

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    Davis, H.H.; Siegel, B.A.; Sherman, L.A.; Heaton, W.A.; Naidich, T.P.; Joist, J.R.; Welch, M.J.

    1980-05-01

    Using autologous platelets labeled with indium-111-oxine, we studied the localization of platelets on arterial lesions by radionuclide scintigraphy in 34 patients with suspected cerebrovascular disease. The imaging results were compared with the findings of contrast angiography in 23 patients, 16 of whom were receiving antiplatelet and/or anticoagulant drugs during the platelet imaging study. Angiography demonstrated atherosclerotic lesions at 33 sites in the extracranial arteries of 16 of these patients. There was accumulation of /sup 111/In-platelets at 20 of these sites (61%) and at three other sites without definite angiographic abnormalities. Lesions with stenoses <50% were slightly more frequent than those with greater stenosis (68% vs 45%). The frequency of true-positive scintigraphic results was slightly higher in patients not treated with antithrombotic agents than in those on such drugs (70% vs 57%). Our results suggest that imaging with /sup 111/In-labeled autologous platelets may be useful for evaluating the pathophysiologic characteristics of atherosclerotic lesions in patients with cerebrovascular disease.

  16. The Toggle Local Planner for sampling-based motion planning

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    Denny, Jory

    2012-05-01

    Sampling-based solutions to the motion planning problem, such as the probabilistic roadmap method (PRM), have become commonplace in robotics applications. These solutions are the norm as the dimensionality of the planning space grows, i.e., d > 5. An important primitive of these methods is the local planner, which is used for validation of simple paths between two configurations. The most common is the straight-line local planner which interpolates along the straight line between the two configurations. In this paper, we introduce a new local planner, Toggle Local Planner (Toggle LP), which extends local planning to a two-dimensional subspace of the overall planning space. If no path exists between the two configurations in the subspace, then Toggle LP is guaranteed to correctly return false. Intuitively, more connections could be found by Toggle LP than by the straight-line planner, resulting in better connected roadmaps. As shown in our results, this is the case, and additionally, the extra cost, in terms of time or storage, for Toggle LP is minimal. Additionally, our experimental analysis of the planner shows the benefit for a wide array of robots, with DOF as high as 70. © 2012 IEEE.

  17. The role of molecular imaging in the differential diagnosis of parkinsonism

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    Booij, J.; Teune, L. K.; Verberne, H. J.

    2012-01-01

    This review focuses on the possibilities to use scintigraphic techniques to help differentiate neurodegenerative brain diseases associated with parkinsonian features. In particular, the findings of dopaminergic imaging, FDG PET imaging, and cardiac sympathetic imaging are described. Considerable ove

  18. Preliminary results on scintigraphic evaluation of malignant external otitis

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    Malamitsi, J.; Maragoudakis, P. (Hippocrateion Hospital, Athens (Greece). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine); Papafragou, K.; Koukouliou, V. (Athens Univ. (Greece). Dept. of Medical Physics); Kalatzis, Y.; Adamopoulos, G.; Proukakis, C. (Hippocrateion Hospital, Athens (Greece). ORL Univ. Clinic)

    1993-06-01

    Malignant external otitis (MEO) is a potentially fatal otitis occurring in diabetic and immunosuppressed patients, which may cause cranial nerve palsies and massive thrombophlebitis of the brain. We studied five diabetic patients with the clinical diagnosis of external otitis who were suspected of having MEO and one diabetic patient presumed cured from MEO. All of them underwent methylene diphosphonate, nanocolloid and gallium single-photon emission tomography studies with quantitative analysis on the basis of regions of interest and count profile curves. This combined assessment helped us to diagnose and follow-up soft tissue and temporal bone infection, especially in the case of transsphenoidal extension of the disease, since conventional radiology and computed tomography were of no particular help. On the basis of these results, we consider scintigraphic demonstration of skull base infection as a fourth criterion of MEO given that the classical Chandler's triad (diabetes, granuloma, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) is not always present. (orig.).

  19. Teachers as Curriculum Planners. Narratives of Experience.

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    Connelly, F. Michael; Clandinin, D. Jean

    The intent of this book is to strengthen the professional role teachers play in curriculum planning and development, a process central to teacher activity and responsibility. Contextual narratives, document analysis, the use of metaphor, personal rules, principles, beliefs, images, and philosophy are all described for use in hands-on exercises.…

  20. Acute rhabdomyolysis of the soleus muscle induced by a lightning strike: magnetic resonance and scintigraphic findings

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    Watanabe, Naofumi; Inaoka, Tsutomu; Shuke, Noriyuki; Takahashi, Koji; Aburano, Tamio [Asahikawa Medical College, Department of Radiology, Asahikawa (Japan); Chisato, Naoyuki; Go, Kazutomo [Asahikawa Medical College, Department of Emergency Medicine, Asahikawa (Japan); Nochi, Hitoshi [Asahikawa Medical College, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Asahikawa (Japan)

    2007-07-15

    Among natural disasters, a lightning strike is a rare but potentially life-threatening phenomenon. If victims survive a cardiac arrest due to instantaneous passage of an exceptionally high voltage electric charge through the whole body, they may be afflicted with various complications such as muscle necrosis resulting in acute renal failure. In this article, we report a case of a 54-year-old man with acute rhabdomyolysis of the left soleus muscle associated with a lightning strike. T2-weighted and short-tau inversion recovery MR images showed a high signal intensity in the left soleus muscle. A whole-body bone scintigram showed abnormal uptakes in the left soleus muscle and the dorsal aspect of the left foot. MR and scintigraphic evaluations were very useful in depicting the site and extent of muscle damage. Since the patient showed a surprisingly high level of serum creatine kinase, the added information was very valuable for determining the patient's management. (orig.)

  1. Combined scintigraphic and radiographic diagnosis of bone and joint diseases. 3. rev. and enl. ed.

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    Bahk, Yong-Whee [Sung Ae General Hospital, Seoul (Korea). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology

    2007-07-01

    The third edition of Combined Scintigraphic and Radiographic Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Diseases has been comprehensively rewritten and rearranged. It now encompasses, in addition to the bone and joint diseases described in the two earlier editions, hitherto unpublished novel applications of pinhole scanning to the diagnosis of a broader spectrum of skeletal disorders than ever before, including those of the soft tissues. A large number of state-of-the-art scans and corroboratory images obtained using CT, MRI and/or sonography are presented side by side. The book has been considerably expanded to discuss five new themes: Normal Variants and Artifacts, Drug-Induced Osteoporosis, Soft-Tissue Tumors and Tumor-like Conditions, PET/CT in Bone and Joint Diseases and A Genetic Consideration of Skeletal Disorders. Topical chapters on rheumatic skeletal disorders, malignant tumors of bone, benign tumors of bone and traumatic diseases have also been thoroughly rewritten and are complemented by the addition of some 90 recently acquired cases. (orig.)

  2. Clinical, radiographic and scintigraphic aspects of the trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis; Caracterizacao clinica, radiografica e cintilografica da osteoartrose trapeziometacarpiana

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    Kaziyama, Helena Hideko Seguchi

    1996-12-31

    Trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis occurs mainly in women during the menopausal period. It is related to manual activities and is usually bilateral. The onset is insidious and the evolution is slow and progressive. It is characterized by of strength and pain in the basis of the thumb resulting in limitation of the use and function of the hand. The diagnosis of this condition is based on the physical examination. The manouver of compression axial-rotation of the trapezimetacarpal joint is a common positive finding. Typical findings of osteoarthritis are present in the radiological studies. Scintigraphic images have a predictive value. The early diagnosis is important to avoid the risk factors and to prevent disabilities of the hand. (author) 102 refs., 18 figs., 10 tabs.

  3. Bone scintigraphic appearance of asymptomatic hydroxyapatite-coated hip arthroplasties.

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    Moilanen, T; Scott, G; Newell, M; Garvie, N; Freeman, M A

    1997-06-01

    To obtain information about the bone scintigraphic appearance of a hydroxyapatite (HA)-coated proximal femoral implant, this examination was performed on 24 patients with a clinically and radiologically successful femoral implant in hip arthroplasty. The prosthesis had a proximal HA coating for supplementary fixation. The patients' mean age was 50.3 years (range, 28-65 years) at operation. The interval from the operation to the scintigraphy ranged from 6 months to 5.5 years (mean, 2.2 years). Scintigraphy was performed using 99mTc-medronic acid. Quantitative counts were recorded in 4 zones: 3 along the length of the implant (trochanteric region with HA coating, midprosthesis, and distal tip) and 1 below the prosthesis. The results were expressed as ratios using the nonoperated femur as a control value. The results demonstrated that the mean activities in all 4 zones were increased relative to the untreated side. The highest activity was observed in the region around the prosthetic tip, with an elevation of 46% above the control value. This activity showed a significant decline over time. The counts recorded in the trochanteric region, where the implant was coated with HA, were 20% above the control value and similar to those seen in its adjacent noncoated midprosthetic region. In the trochanteric region, however, the activity did not show a decline over the follow-up period.

  4. Educational Cost Analysis in Action: Case Studies for Planners -- II.

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    Coombs, Philip H.; Hallak, Jacques

    This document is the second in a series of three documents, which together contain 27 case studies on the uses of cost analysis in educational planning. The case studies are presented to help planners and administrators see how cost analysis can be used to improve the efficiency of their educational systems, or to get the best value existing…

  5. Educational Cost Analysis in Action: Case Studies for Planners -- III.

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    Coombs, Philip H.; Hallak, Jacques

    This document is the third in a series of three documents, which together contain 27 case studies on the uses of cost analysis in educational planning. The case studies have been presented to help planners and administrators see how cost analysis can be used to improve the efficiency of their educational systems, and to get the best value from…

  6. Educational Cost Analysis in Action: Case Studies for Planners -- I.

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    Coombs, Philip H.; Hallak, Jacques

    This document is the first in a series of three documents, which together contains 27 case studies on the uses of cost analysis in educational planning. The case studies have been presented to help planners and administrators see how cost analysis can be used to improve the efficiency of their educational systems, or how to get the best value from…

  7. The contribution of Spanish account planners to advertising effectiveness

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    Cristina Sánchez-Blanco, Ph.D.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to establish the account planner’s role and contribution in the creation of effective communication strategies for advertisers. Account Planning was born in 1968 in two advertising agencies in London, within the media and marketing context of that period. In the present circumstances, characterized by consumers’ protagonism and the need of an integrated communication, the account planner has acquired a more prominent role as the protector of the consumer. The account planner works to assure that commercial communication is based on in-depth research about the consumers and their characteristics. Thus, account planners add value to advertisers’ success because they are in charge of conducting correct brand positioning and effective communication strategies, focused on in-depth consumer knowledge.These theoretical reflections are more relevant when applied to the empirical study of the contemporary situation of account planners working in Spain, where Account Planning is a recent discipline. It was in the early 1990s when the first advertising agencies adopted this function for the first time, however, in less than 20 years account planning has become a key department in commercial communication. The empirical study is based on a survey applied to professional of account planning working Spain.

  8. A Door-to-Door Combined Transport Planner

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    Aastrup, Jesper; Jespersen, Per Homann; Pedersen, Michael B.

    2004-01-01

    Establishing a web-based portal functioning as a one-stop-shop for transport buyers is a radical idea of a consumer oriented intermodal freight system. This utopian vision will be materialized in a system description and a prototype of a Door-to-Door Combined Trans-port Planner (COTRAP), developed...

  9. Reachability-based Analysis for Probabilistic Roadmap Planners

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    Geraerts, R.J.; Overmars, M.H.

    2007-01-01

    In the last fifteen years, sampling-based planners like the Probabilistic Roadmap Method (PRM) have proved to be successful in solving complex motion planning problems. While theoretically, the complexity of the motion planning problem is exponential in the number of degrees of freedom, sampling-bas

  10. Reachability-based Analysis for Probabilistic Roadmap Planners

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    Geraerts, R.J.; Overmars, M.H.

    2007-01-01

    In the last fifteen years, sampling-based planners like the Probabilistic Roadmap Method (PRM) have proved to be successful in solving complex motion planning problems. While theoretically, the complexity of the motion planning problem is exponential in the number of degrees of freedom,

  11. Non invasive scintigraphic method for biodistribution study of radiopharmaceuticals; Metodo cintilografico nao invasivo para estudo de biodistribuicao de radiofarmacos

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    Almeida, Erika V.; Silva, Natanael G.; Freire, Antonio C.; Monteiro, Elisiane de G.; Benedetti, Stella; Muramoto, Emiko; Fukumori, Neuza T.O.; Matsuda, Margareth M.N., E-mail: erikavieira@usp.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Diretoria de Radiofarmacia; Vasconcellos, Marina B.A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro do Reator de Pesquisa

    2011-07-01

    Biodistribution studies can be done by invasive or noninvasive methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate the percentage of retained dose (RD) in the organs of interest in noninvasive and invasive study of biodistribution of {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid), {sup 99m}Tc-MAA (macro aggregated human serum albumin) and {sup 99m}Tc-MDP (methylene diphosphonate) and to compare with the invasive method described in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Lyophilized reagents (DMSA, MAA and MDP) and sodium pertechnetate was obtained from IPEN-CNEN/SP. The radioactive concentration was 123 MBq mL{sup -1} ({sup 99m}Tc-DMSA and {sup 99m}Tc-MAA) and 617 MBq mL{sup -1} ({sup 99m}Tc-MDP). {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA and {sup 99m}Tc-MDP were injected via the tail vein and {sup 99m}Tc-MAA in the penile vein of rats. The scintigraphic images were obtained in a Nucline TH/22 Mediso gamma camera. The animals were sacrificed after the acquisition of images. The organs were removed and the activity of each organ of interest was measured in an ionization chamber. The renal uptake of {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA by noninvasive method was (47,02 +- 2,87)% up to (49,37 +- 3,41)%. By the invasive method it was observed RD (49.27 +- 1.88)%. The %RD of {sup 99m}Tc-MAA in the lungs by non-invasive method varied from (94,22 +- 0,17)% to (94,67 +- 0,25)%. Bone scintigraphy with {sup 99m}Tc-MDP showed significant uptake in the skeleton. The method proposed for noninvasive scintigraphic study biodistribution of radiopharmaceuticals was feasible, with results comparable to those obtained by invasive method described in USP. (author)

  12. Non invasive scintigraphic method for biodistribution study of radiopharmaceuticals; Metodo cintilografico nao invasivo para estudo de biodistribuicao de radiofarmacos

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    Almeida, Erika V.; Silva, Natanael G.; Freire, Antonio C.; Monteiro, Elisiane de G.; Benedetti, Stella; Muramoto, Emiko; Fukumori, Neuza T.O.; Matsuda, Margareth M.N., E-mail: erikavieira@usp.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Diretoria de Radiofarmacia; Vasconcellos, Marina B.A. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro do Reator de Pesquisa

    2010-07-01

    Biodistribution studies can be done by invasive or noninvasive methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate the percentage of retained dose (RD) in the organs of interest in noninvasive and invasive study of biodistribution of {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA (dimercaptosuccinic acid), {sup 99m}Tc-MAA (macro aggregated human serum albumin) and {sup 99m}Tc-MDP (methylene diphosphonate) and to compare with the invasive method described in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP). Lyophilized reagents (DMSA, MAA and MDP) and sodium pertechnetate was obtained from IPEN-CNEN/SP. The radioactive concentration was 123 MBq mL{sup -1} ({sup 99m}Tc-DMSA and {sup 99m}Tc-MAA) and 617 MBq mL{sup -1} ({sup 99m}Tc-MDP). {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA and {sup 99m}Tc-MDP were injected via the tail vein and {sup 99m}Tc-MAA in the penile vein of rats. The scintigraphic images were obtained in a Nucline TH/22 Mediso gamma camera. The animals were sacrificed after the acquisition of images. The organs were removed and the activity of each organ of interest was measured in an ionization chamber. The renal uptake of {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA by noninvasive method was (47,02 {+-} b 2,87)% up to (49,37 {+-} b 3,41)%. By the invasive method it was observed RD (49.27 {+-} b 1.88)%. The %RD of {sup 99}mTc-MAA in the lungs by non-invasive method varied from (94,22 {+-} b 0,17)% to (94,67 {+-} b 0,25)%. Bone scintigraphy with {sup 99}mTc-MDP showed significant uptake in the skeleton. The method proposed for noninvasive scintigraphic study biodistribution of radiopharmaceuticals was feasible, with results comparable to those obtained by invasive method described in USP. (author)

  13. Scintigraphic determination of small intestinal transit time: Comparison with the hydrogen breath technique

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    Caride, V.J.; Prokop, E.K.; Troncale, F.J.; Buddoura, W.; Winchenbach, K.; McCallum, R.W.

    1984-04-01

    The hydrogen breath test was used as a standard against which a scintigraphic method for determination of small intestinal transit time was evaluated and compared. A total of 19 male volunteers ranging in age from 23 to 28 yr participated in the study. The subjects ingested an isosmotic lactulose solution containing /sup 99m/technetium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Sn) and then remained supine under a large field of view gamma-camera that interfaced with a computer system. Data were visually analyzed and then quantified to determine gastric emptying and small intestinal transit time. The small intestinal transit time ranged from 31 to 139 min with the scintigraphic method and 30 to 190 min with the hydrogen breath test (r . 0.77). The mean small intestinal transit time for 20 individual determinations with the scintigraphic method, 73.0 +/- 6.5 min (mean +/- SEM), was similar to the results from the hydrogen breath test technique, 75.1 +/- 8.3 min. Thirteen volunteers underwent two studies with the scintigraphic method separated by intervals ranging from 2 days to 8 wk. Individual variations in small intestinal transit time were significantly correlated with individual variations in gastric emptying (p less than 0.05). We conclude that the scintigraphic method allows accurate determination of gastrocecal time and is a noninvasive technique which may be a useful clinical test for small intestinal transit time as well as for providing information on the pathophysiology and pharmacology of intestinal motility.

  14. Scintigraphic determination of gastrointestinal transit times. A comparison with breath hydrogen and radiologic methods

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    Madsen, J L; Larsen, N E; Hilsted, J;

    1991-01-01

    A scintigraphic method for determination of gastrointestinal transit times was compared with the breath hydrogen test and a multiple-bolus, single-radiograph technique. A close temporal association was found between the caecal appearance of radioactivity and the onset of breath hydrogen excretion....... In conclusion, inadequate delineation of the caecal region seems to be an unimportant drawback of the scintigraphic measurements, whereas day-to-day variation in gastrointestinal transit rates may influence the reliability of the assessments. Probably, quantitative transit data cannot be obtained from...

  15. Scintigraphic demonstration of the thoracic duct following oral ingestion of 123I-heptadecanoic acid

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    Hvid-Jacobsen, K; Thomsen, H S; Nielsen, S L

    1989-01-01

    A new noninvasive method for scintigraphic demonstration of the anatomic localization and function of the thoracic duct is described. Seven volunteers ingested 123I-heptadecanoic acid; approximately one hour later the entire thoracic duct was demonstrated and correspondingly a sharp rise in the p......A new noninvasive method for scintigraphic demonstration of the anatomic localization and function of the thoracic duct is described. Seven volunteers ingested 123I-heptadecanoic acid; approximately one hour later the entire thoracic duct was demonstrated and correspondingly a sharp rise...

  16. Renal allograft recovery subsequent to apparent hyperacute rejection based on clinical, scintigraphic, and pathologic criteria

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    Sacks, G.A.; Sandler, M.P.; Partain, C.L.

    1983-02-01

    An unusual case is described in which in spite of clinical, scintigraphic and histologic findings strongly supportive of a diagnosis of hyperacute rejection, recovery of renal function occurred. These findings are in contrast to the current literature in which it is generally accepted that a renal allograft showing neither pertechnetate transit nor hippurate concentration warrants allograft nephrectomy irrespective of the etiology. Scintigraphic evaluation included both dynamic studies after a bolus administration of /sup 99m/Tc pertechnetate and serial renogram collections after the intravenous administration of /sup 131/I Hippuran.

  17. Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid: temporal quantitation and scintigraphic assessment

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    George, E.A.; Meyerovitz, M.; Codd, J.E.; Fletcher, J.W.; Donati, R.M.

    1983-08-01

    Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid (TSC) was studied using visual assessment of scintigraphic displays and a quantitative temporal model in 210 examinations of 56 transplant recipients. The quantitative temporal model related the immediate pool of the radioagent in the transplant to the fixed allograft accumulation of TSC at 20 minutes after administration. Examinations performed less than 3 days after grafting or steroid pulse therapy were excluded. Rejection was established by clinical and biochemical evaluation in all 84 examinations that showed acute or choronic allograft rejection. Rejection was accurately diagnosed by visual scintigraphic assessment in 82% of the established cases.

  18. SAPA: A Multi-objective Metric Temporal Planner

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    Do, M; 10.1613/jair.1156

    2011-01-01

    SAPA is a domain-independent heuristic forward chaining planner that can handle durative actions, metric resource constraints, and deadline goals. It is designed to be capable of handling the multi-objective nature of metric temporal planning. Our technical contributions include (i) planning-graph based methods for deriving heuristics that are sensitive to both cost and makespan (ii) techniques for adjusting the heuristic estimates to take action interactions and metric resource limitations into account and (iii) a linear time greedy post-processing technique to improve execution flexibility of the solution plans. An implementation of SAPA using many of the techniques presented in this paper was one of the best domain independent planners for domains with metric and temporal constraints in the third International Planning Competition, held at AIPS-02. We describe the technical details of extracting the heuristics and present an empirical evaluation of the current implementation of SAPA.

  19. The scintigraphic reaction pattern of traumatic bone lesions; Das szintigraphische Reaktionsmuster knoecherner Verletzungen

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    Spitz, J. [Praxis fuer Nuklearmedizin, Staedtisches Klinikum Wiesbaden (Germany)

    1994-12-01

    The indications for bone scintigraphy in traumatology result: 1. Definite exclusion of bone lesions by normal scintigraphic findings (except for the scull). 2. Unclear result of X-ray or a mismatch between clinical investigation and X-ray result. 3. Screening after multiple injury which leads to the detection of an unknown bone lesion in every second patient. 4. Suspicion of a complicated healting course in cases of doubtful X-ray results. 5. The estimation of relative fracture age. This question always rises, if a pre-existing trauma or morphologic changes in X-ray make a clear diagnosis impossible. The additional information gained by bone scintigraphy is in part exclusive and not to be drawn from any other imaging modality. This renders bone scintigraphy to an important tool in the work up of medico-legal questions in traumatology. (orig.) [Deutsch] Aus den speziellen szintigraphischen Eigenschaften knoecherner Verletzungen ergeben sich die Indikationen fuer die Skelettszintigraphie in der Traumatologie: 1. Ausschluss einer ossaeren Laesion durch einen szintigraphischen Normalbefund (bei Einhaltung eines ausreichenden Abstandes zum Trauma bilden nur die Schaedelknochen eine Ausnahme); 2. ein unklarer Roentgenbefund oder eine Diskrepanz zwischen Klinik, Anamnese und Roentgenbild; 3. das Screening nach Polytrauma, das bei jedem zweiten unfallverletzten Patienten eine zusaetzliche, bis dahin noch nicht bekannte und radiologisch dann nachvollziehbare Fraktur nachweist; 4. der Verdacht auf einen gestoerten Heilungsverlauf, soweit die primaer eingesetzte Roentgendiagnostik keine verbindliche Interpretation erlaubt; 5. die Bestimmung des relativen Frakturalters, die von Bedeutung ist, wenn vorbestehende Unfaelle in der Anamnese oder morphologische Veraenderungen die Interpretation des Roentgenbildes beeintraechtigen. Die mit Hilfe der Skelettszintigraphie erhaltenen Informationen sind zum Teil exklusiv und mit keinem anderen bildgebenden Verfahren so einfach zu

  20. Engaging an army of planners: An eBay case study.

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    Baldwin, Scott

    2014-01-01

    Although led by a central corporate group, continuity planning at eBay is conducted by a community of planners native to their own departments. True programme success requires the full participation of these planners. This paper presents a case study of eBay's experience in achieving and maintaining planner engagement.

  1. Scintigraphic determination of gastrointestinal transit times. A comparison with breath hydrogen and radiologic methods

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    Madsen, J L; Larsen, N E; Hilsted, J

    1991-01-01

    A scintigraphic method for determination of gastrointestinal transit times was compared with the breath hydrogen test and a multiple-bolus, single-radiograph technique. A close temporal association was found between the caecal appearance of radioactivity and the onset of breath hydrogen excretion...... the breath hydrogen concentration profiles....

  2. Comparison of new clinical and scintigraphic algorithms for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism.

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    McLean, R G; Carolan, M; Bui, C; Arvela, O; Ford, J C; Chew, M; Wadhwa, S; Elison, B S

    2004-05-01

    Since the publication of the modified Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis (PIOPED) criteria for the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism (PE), new clinical and scintigraphic diagnostic algorithms (the McMaster clinical criteria, the PisaPED simplified scintigraphic grading and the Miettinen logistic regression analysis) have been reported although the results have not been reproduced in other sites. Ventilation-perfusion lung scintigraphy was performed in 238 consecutive patients with a provisional diagnosis of PE. Scans were reported as normal/very low, low, intermediate or high probability for PE using standardized criteria. Each patient received a clinical grading of probability of PE as low, moderate or high using the McMaster clinical criteria. Using the PisaPED criteria (an alternate simplified scintigraphic grading system using the perfusion scan alone) each scan was also graded as normal/near normal, abnormal but not PE, or abnormal and PE. Using the logistic regression algorithm of Miettinen each scan received a numerical probability of PE. Frequencies for differing levels of probability of PE varied widely between the various algorithms. Cross tabulations revealed correlation of the standardized criteria with the Miettinen grading but not with the McMaster or the PisaPED gradings. We were unable to reproduce similar results using the McMaster clinical grading or the PisaPED simplified scintigraphic grading although the Miettinen logistic regression formula gave comparable results. New algorithms are not automatically transferable to new environments.

  3. Scintigraphic method for evaluating reductions in local blood volumes in human extremities

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    Blønd, L; Madsen, Jan Lysgård

    2000-01-01

    were carried out. No significant differences between results obtained by the use of one or two scintigraphic projections were found. The between-subject coefficient of variation was 14% in the lower limb experiment and 11% in the upper limb experiment. The within-subject coefficient of variation was 6...

  4. An On-Line Path Planner for Industrial Manipulators

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    Fabrizio Padula

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, an on‐line path planner for an industrial manipulator is presented. The proposed control architecture is capable of driving the manipulator in its environment while avoiding collisions. Potential fields are used in order to control the joint velocities in such a way that the robot avoids the obstacles. We also propose a new weighted pseudoinverse matrix that improves the manipulator capability of finding feasible paths to move around obstacles and pass through narrow corridors without relying on the manipulator dynamic model. The proposed technique fits to both redundant and non‐redundant manipulators. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the proposed solution.

  5. A Door-to-Door Combined Transport Planner

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    Aastrup, Jesper; Jespersen, Per Homann; Pedersen, Michael B.

    2004-01-01

    Establishing a web-based portal functioning as a one-stop-shop for transport buyers is a radical idea of a consumer oriented intermodal freight system. This utopian vision will be materialized in a system description and a prototype of a Door-to-Door Combined Trans-port Planner (COTRAP), develope......- and inter-organizational barriers to the establishment of a competitive and effective combined transport system with rail freight operators as the intermodal integrator. In this paper we describes the ideas and methodology behind the project, as well as some preliminary results....

  6. Color planner for designers based on color emotions

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    Cheng, Ka-Man; Xin, John H.; Taylor, Gail

    2002-06-01

    During the color perception process, an associated feeling or emotion is induced in our brains, and this kind of emotion is termed as 'color emotion.' The researchers in the field of color emotions have put many efforts in quantifying color emotions with the standard color specifications and evaluating the influence of hue, lightness and chroma to the color emotions of human beings. In this study, a color planner was derived according to these findings so that the correlation of color emotions and standard color specifications was clearly indicated. Since people of different nationalities usually have different color emotions as different cultural and traditional backgrounds, the subjects in this study were all native Hong Kong Chinese and the color emotion words were all written in Chinese language in the visual assessments. Through the color planner, the designers from different areas, no matter fashion, graphic, interior or web site etc., can select suitable colors for inducing target color emotions to the customers or product-users since different colors convey different meanings to them. In addition, the designers can enhance the functionality and increase the attractiveness of their designed products by selecting suitable colors.

  7. Active and passive smoking and fecundability in Danish pregnancy planners.

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    Radin, Rose G; Hatch, Elizabeth E; Rothman, Kenneth J; Mikkelsen, Ellen M; Sørensen, Henrik Toft; Riis, Anders H; Wise, Lauren A

    2014-07-01

    To investigate the extent to which fecundability is associated with active smoking, time since smoking cessation, and passive smoking. Prospective cohort study. Denmark, 2007-2011. A total of 3,773 female pregnancy planners aged 18-40 years. None. Self-reported pregnancy. Fecundability ratios (FRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were estimated using a proportional probabilities model that adjusted for menstrual cycle at risk and potential confounders. Among current smokers, smoking duration of ≥10 years was associated with reduced fecundability compared with never smokers (FR, 0.85, 95% CI 0.72-1.00). Former smokers who had smoked ≥10 pack-years had reduced fecundability regardless of when they quit smoking (1-1.9 years FR, 0.83, 95% CI 0.54-1.27; ≥2 years FR, 0.73, 95% CI 0.53-1.02). Among never smokers, the FRs were 1.04 (95% CI 0.89-1.21) for passive smoking in early life and 0.92 (95% CI 0.82-1.03) for passive smoking in adulthood. Among Danish pregnancy planners, cumulative exposure to active cigarette smoking was associated with delayed conception among current and former smokers. Time since smoking cessation and passive smoking were not appreciably associated with fecundability. Copyright © 2014 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Combined scintigraphic and radiographic diagnosis of bone and joint diseases. Including gamma correction interpretation. 4. rev. and enl. ed.

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    Bahk, Yong-Whee [Sung Ae General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Radiology

    2013-07-01

    In this fourth edition of Combined Scintigraphic and Radiographic Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Diseases, the text has been thoroughly amended, updated, and partially rearranged to reflect the latest advances. In addition to discussing the role of pinhole imaging in the range of disorders previously covered, the new edition pays detailed attention to the novel diagnostic use of gamma correction pinhole bone scan in a broad spectrum of skeletal disorders, including physical, traumatic, and sports injuries, infectious and non-infectious bone diseases, benign and malignant bone tumors, and soft tissue diseases. A large number of state of the art pinhole scans and corroborative CT, MRI, and/or ultrasound images are presented side by side. The book has been enlarged to encompass various new topics, including occult fractures; cervical sprain and whiplash trauma; bone marrow edema; microfractures of trabeculae; evident, gaping, and stress fractures; and differential diagnosis. This new edition will be essential reading for practitioners and researchers in not only nuclear medicine but also radiology, orthopedic surgery, and pathology.

  9. Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid: temporal quantitation and scintigraphic assessment

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    George, E.A.; Meyerovitz, M.; Codd, J.E.; Fletcher, J.W.; Donati, R.M.

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    Renal allograft accumulation of Tc-99m sulfur colloid (TSC) was studied using visual assessment of scintigraphic displays and a quantitative temporal model in 210 examinations of 56 transplant recipients. The quantitative temporal model related the immediate pool of the radioagent in the transplant to the fixed allograft accumulation of TSC at 20 minutes after administration. Examinations performed less than 3 days after grafting or steroid pulse therapy were excluded. Rejection was established by clinical and biochemical evaluation in all 84 examinations that showed acute or chronic allograft rejection. Rejection was accurately diagnosed by visual scintigraphic assessment in 82% of the established cases; this improved to 99% with relative temporal quantitation analysis. Sensitivity improved from 78% by visual examination to 95% with temporal quantitation and specificity improved from 83% to 100%.

  10. An Improved Chaotic Motion Path Planner for Autonomous Mobile Robots based on a Logistic Map

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    Caihong Li

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a chaotic motion path planner based on a Logistic Map (SCLCP for an autonomous mobile robot to cover an unknown terrain randomly, namely entirely, unpredictably and evenly. The path planner has been improved by arcsine and arccosine transformation. A motion path planner based only on the Logistic Chaotic Map (LCP can show chaotic behaviour, which possesses the chaotic characteristics of topological transitivity and unpredictability, but lacks better evenness. Therefore, the arcsine and arccosine transformations are used to enhance the randomness of LCP. The randomness of the followed path planner, LCP, the improved path planner SCLCP and the commonly used Random Path Planner (RP are discussed and compared under different sets of initial conditions and different iteration rounds. Simulation results confirm that a better evenness index of SCLCP can be obtained with regard to previous works.

  11. Developing an Interactive Intervention Planner - A Systems Engineering Perspective

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    Thomas Fabry

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Intervention planning is crucial for maintenance operations in particle accelerator environments with ionizing radiation, during which the radiation dose received by maintenance workers should be reduced to a minimum. In this context, we discuss the development of a new software tool and the entailed methodology, including the visualization aspects. The software tool integrates interactive exploration of a scene depicting an accelerator facility augmented with residual radiation level simulations, with the visualization of intervention data such as the followed trajectory and maintenance tasks. Its conception allows for future inclusion of measurements performed by mobile robotic devices. In this work, we explore the systems engineering life cycle of the development process of an interactive intervention planner, which includes the needs analysis, specification explicitation, conceptual mathematical modelling, iterative implementation, design and prototype testing and usability testing.

  12. RAPID: A Reachable Anytime Planner for Imprecisely-sensed Domains

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    Brunskill, Emma

    2012-01-01

    Despite the intractability of generic optimal partially observable Markov decision process planning, there exist important problems that have highly structured models. Previous researchers have used this insight to construct more efficient algorithms for factored domains, and for domains with topological structure in the flat state dynamics model. In our work, motivated by findings from the education community relevant to automated tutoring, we consider problems that exhibit a form of topological structure in the factored dynamics model. Our Reachable Anytime Planner for Imprecisely-sensed Domains (RAPID) leverages this structure to efficiently compute a good initial envelope of reachable states under the optimal MDP policy in time linear in the number of state variables. RAPID performs partially-observable planning over the limited envelope of states, and slowly expands the state space considered as time allows. RAPID performs well on a large tutoring-inspired problem simulation with 122 state variables, cor...

  13. Developing an interactive intervention planner: a systems engineering perspective

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    Fabry, Thomas; Feral, Bruno; Braesch, Christian

    2013-01-01

    Intervention planning is crucial for maintenance operations in particle accelerator environments with ionizing radiation, during which the radiation dose received by maintenance workers should be reduced to a minimum. In this context, we discuss the development of a new software tool and the entailed methodology, including the visualization aspects. The software tool integrates interactive exploration of a scene depicting an accelerator facility augmented with residual radiation level simulations, with the visualization of intervention data such as the followed trajectory and maintenance tasks. Its conception allows for future inclusion of measurements performed by mobile robotic devices. In this work, we explore the systems engineering life cycle of the development process of an interactive intervention planner, which includes the needs analysis, specification explicitation, conceptual mathematical modelling, iterative implementation, design and prototype testing and usability testing.

  14. A Door-to-Door Combined Transport Planner

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    Aastrup, Jesper; Jespersen, Per Homann; Pedersen, Michael B.

    2004-01-01

    - and inter-organizational barriers to the establishment of a competitive and effective combined transport system with rail freight operators as the intermodal integrator. In this paper we describes the ideas and methodology behind the project, as well as some preliminary results.......Establishing a web-based portal functioning as a one-stop-shop for transport buyers is a radical idea of a consumer oriented intermodal freight system. This utopian vision will be materialized in a system description and a prototype of a Door-to-Door Combined Trans-port Planner (COTRAP), developed...... to fulfill the requirements of potential customers and in interaction with customers, shippers, rail and road freight operators, rail infrastructure owners and other actors in the intermodal freight system. Conversely, successive versions of the COTRAP will be used as an instrument to identify intra...

  15. Optimal Path Planner for Mobile Robot in 2D Environment

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    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available The problem of path planning for the case of a mobile robot moving in an environment filled with obstacles with known shapes and positions is studied. A path planner based on the genetic algorithm approach, which generates optimal in length path is proposed. The population member paths are generated by another algorithm, which uses for description of the obstacles an artificial annealing neural network and is based on potential field approach. The resulting path is piecewise linear with changing directions at the corners of the obstacles. Because of this feature, the inverse kinematics problems in controlling differential drive robots are simply solved: to drive the robot to some goal pose (x, y, theta, the robot can be spun in place until it is aimed at (x, y, then driven forward until it is at (x, y, and then spun in place until the required goal orientation

  16. Developing an Interactive Intervention Planner - A Systems Engineering Perspective

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    Thomas Fabry

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Intervention planning is crucial for maintenance operations in particle accelerator environments with ionizing radiation, during which the radiation dose received by maintenance workers should be reduced to a minimum. In this context, we discuss the development of a new software tool and the entailed methodology, including the visualization aspects. The software tool integrates interactive exploration of a scene depicting an accelerator facility augmented with residual radiation level simulations, with the visualization of intervention data such as the followed trajectory and maintenance tasks. Its conception allows for future inclusion of measurements performed by mobile robotic devices. In this work, we explore the systems engineering life cycle of the development process of an interactive intervention planner, which includes the needs analysis, specification explicitation, conceptual mathematical modelling, iterative implementation, design and prototype testing and usability testing.

  17. Looking for Improvement in Last Planner System: Defining Selection Criteria

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    Lindhard, Søren; Wandahl, Søren

    2013-01-01

    Last Planner System has been critiqued for an inconsistent application of flows. Central for this critique was that the sequence of activities was determined based on only duration and interrelationships. In an attempt to improve the on-site scheduling processes, an in-depth analysis of selection...... criteria was carried out. Six flows are identified as relevant: workforce, material, and machinery which comprise the needed resources and safety, climate conditions, and space which affect the pace of the work. Because of the importance to progress in the workflow, and the on-schedule completeness...... of activities, all six flows need to be systematically controlled. The output of the analysis is a list of recommendations of how to refine the schedules by including the six flows in the Phase Scheduling, Look-Ahead, and Commitment levels....

  18. A Parallel Randomized Path Planner for Robot Navigation

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    S. Sengupta

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Computation of a collision-free path for a movable object among obstacles is an important problem in the fields of robotics, CIM and AI. Various automatic task level programming systems can be build for robot guidance, teleoperation, assembly and disassembly among others, if a suitable method for motion planning is available. In the basic variation of motion planning, the task is to generate a collision-free path for a movable object among known and static obstacles. Classically the problem was defined for a rigid 6 degrees-of-freedom body as 'the piano mover's problem'. However, the majority of the research has been conducted in the field of robotics, often under the title of path planning. Rapidly-Exploring Random Trees (RRTs are a recently developed representation on which fast continuous domain path planners can be based. In this work, we have built a parallel path planning system based on RRTs that interleaves planning and execution, first evaluating it in simulation and then applying it to physical robots. Our distributed algorithm, PRRT (parallel RRT, introduces a parallel extension of previous RRT work, the process splitting and parallel cost penalty search with a comment on Real Time Stagnancy reduction, which improves re-planning efficiency, decreases latency involved in finding feasible paths and the quality of generated paths. PRRT is successfully applied to a real-time multi-robot system. In this paper we illustrate how it is possible to implement a parallel version of RRT based motion planner which yields optimal speed up.

  19. Scintigraphic Methods to Evaluate Alterations of Gastric and Esophageal Functions in Female Obesity

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    Özgür Ömür

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Altered gastrointestinal function has frequently been observed in obese patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of gastro-esophageal reflux (GER and to determine the alterations of gastric emptying and esophageal transit by scintigraphic methods in obese patients. Methods: Scintigraphic studies of 50 obese female non-diabetic patients who had not received any treatment for weight control were retrospectively reviewed. Mean Body Mass Index (BMI was 34.96±3.04 kg/m² (range:32-39 kg/m². All subjects were submitted to scintigraphic evaluation of esophageal transit, gastro-esophageal reflux, gastric emptying and presence of Helicobacter pylori infection. The data of obese patients were compared with those of sex-age matched 30 non-obese cases who were selected from our clinical archive. Results: In obese group, seventeen (34% patients were found to be GER positive scintigraphically; mean gastric emptying time (t½ was 59.18±30.8 min and the mean esophageal transit time was 8.9±7.2 s. Frequency of positive GER scintigraphy and the mean value of esophageal transit time were significantly higher in obese patients than non-obese control subjects. Gastric emptying time and esophageal transit time values were significantly longer in GER positive obese patients than GER negative ones. There was no statistically significant difference in the frequency of positive C14 urea breath test between obese and non-obese subjects and there were also no statistically significant correlations between BMI, GER, esophageal transit time and gastric emptying time. Conclusion: In our study, 42 of the 50 obese patients had esophago-gastric motility alterations. The significance of these alterations in obesity is not fully understood, but it is believed that these changes could be because of potential contributing factors in the development or maintenance of obesity or changes in eating habits

  20. Modified PISAPED Criteria in Combination with Ventilation Scintigraphic Finding for Predicting Acute Pulmonary Embolism

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    Watanabe, Naoyuki; Fettich, Jure; Küçük, Nurie Özlem; Kraft, Otakar; Mut, Fernando; Choudhury, Partha; Sharma, Surendra K.; Endo, Keigo; Dondi, Maurizio

    2015-01-01

    This prospective clinical study aimed at assessing three pulmonary scintigraphic algorithms to detect acute pulmonary embolism (PE): Lung ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy along with modified prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED) criteria; lung perfusion scintigraphy along with prospective investigative study of acute pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PISAPED) criteria; and lung perfusion scan in combination with ventilation scan, along with modified PISAPED cr...

  1. Scintigraphic determination of the effect of metoclopramide and morphine on small intestinal transit time

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    Prokop, E.K.; Caride, V.J.; Winchenbach, K.; Troncale, F.J.; McCallum, R.W.

    1988-01-01

    To determine if a scintigraphic method could detect pharmacologic changes in small intestinal transit time (SITT), 10 male volunteers were studied at baseline and after intravenously administered metoclopramide (10 mg) and morphine (8 mg). Five of these volunteers were studied with the hydrogen breath test method for comparison. For each of the scintigraphic studies, the volunteers were positioned supine under a large-field-of-view gamma camera after ingesting an isosmotic lactulose solution containing 99mtechnetium-diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). Data were collected and stored in a computer. Both gastric emptying and SITT were determined. SITT was 81 +/- 11 min (mean +/- S.E.M.; N = 10) during baseline studies, was decreased significantly to 50 +/- 6 min (N = 10; P less than 0.01) after metoclopramide, and was increased significantly to 161 +/- 15 min (N = 8; P less than 0.01) after morphine. Baseline mean values were 86.3 +/- 15 min (N = 15) for the hydrogen breath tests, 47 +/- 8 min (N = 5) for metoclopramide, and 183 +/- 16 min (N = 5) for morphine. For gastric emptying, there was no significant difference in percentage emptying at 1 hr for baseline and metochopramide (82 +/- 5% vs. 88 +/- 4%). Morphine prolonged gastric emptying at 1 hr to 63 +/- 8%. We conclude that the scintigraphic method for measuring SITT permits accurate investigation of the pharmacologic effects on intestinal motility and, in addition, may be a useful research and clinical method for SITT determination.

  2. Scintigraphic Small Intestinal Transit Time and Defaecography in Patients with J-Pouch

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    Mie Dilling Kjaer

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective methods for examination of pouch function are warranted for a better understanding of the functional result and treatment of dysfunction. The objective of this study was to evaluate the results of scintigraphic intestinal transit time and defaecography compared to the results of pouch function, mucosal condition and a questionnaire on quality of life (QoL. This cross-sectional study included 21 patients. Scintigraphic transit time and defaecography was determined with the use of Tc-99m. Pouch function was assessed by number of bowel movements, pouch volume, and continence. Pouch mucosal condition was evaluated by endoscopy and histology. Median transit time was 189 min (105–365. Median ejection fraction at defaecography (EF was 49% (3–77 and 62% (17–98 after first and second defecation. Median pouch volume was 223 mL (100–360. A median daily stool frequency of nine (4–25 was reported and three (14% patients suffered from daytime incontinence. No patients had symptomatic or endoscopic pouchitis; however, the histology showed unspecific inflammation in 19 (90% patients. There was no correlation between transit time, evacuation fraction (EF and pouch function in univariate analysis. However, we found a high body mass index (BMI and a low bowel movement frequency to be associated with a longer transit time by multivariate analysis. Scintigraphic determination of transit time and defaecography are feasible methods in patients with ileal pouch anal anastomosis, but the clinical relevance is yet doubtful.

  3. Interaction of "supplementary" scintigraphic indicators of ischemia and stress electrocardiography in the diagnosis of multivessel coronary disease.

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    Canhasi, B; Dae, M; Botvinick, E; Lanzer, P; Schechtmann, N; Faulkner, D; O'Connell, W; Schiller, N

    1985-09-01

    Lung uptake, ventricular cavitary dilation and basal myocardial uptake represent abnormalities that have been associated with myocardial ischemia on stress thallium-201 images, but that are supplementary to the conventional assessment of perfusion distribution. These "supplementary" indicators of ischemia were related to the coronary distribution of perfusion abnormalities, the results of electrocardiographic stress testing and to the findings on coronary angiography in 73 patients. Forty patients had multivessel coronary disease; 19 of these had three vessel disease. Perfusion abnormalities were seen in 39 of these 40 patients but were indicative of multivessel coronary disease in only 28 and of three vessel disease in only 6. However, supplementary indicators were present in 33 of 40 patients with multivessel disease and in 15 of 19 with three vessel disease. Furthermore, they were seen in 16 of 22 patients with multivessel disease in whom conventional perfusion abnormalities underestimated the extent of disease, but in only 4 of 12 patients in whom the extent of disease was overestimated. The presence of either perfusion abnormalities in a multivessel distribution or supplementary indicators identified 38 (95%) of 40 patients with multivessel disease. A markedly positive electrocardiographic treadmill test was a less sensitive indicator of multivessel disease, appearing in only 15 of 40 patients. However, it was present in only 4 of 33 patients without multivessel coronary disease and was more specific for that diagnosis than were supplementary scintigraphic indicators (88 versus 67%, p less than 0.05).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  4. Factors Related to Choosing between the Internet and a Financial Planner

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    Son, Jiyeon

    2012-01-01

    In this dissertation, I aim to clarify the factors affecting a consumers' choice between the Internet and a financial planner for making saving and investment decisions, based on household production theory. Moreover, I explore the likelihood of an individual being an Internet user (vs. a non-user), a financial planner user (vs. a non-user),…

  5. Traffic Aware Planner for Cockpit-Based Trajectory Optimization

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    Woods, Sharon E.; Vivona, Robert A.; Henderson, Jeffrey; Wing, David J.; Burke, Kelly A.

    2016-01-01

    The Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) software application is a cockpit-based advisory tool designed to be hosted on an Electronic Flight Bag and to enable and test the NASA concept of Traffic Aware Strategic Aircrew Requests (TASAR). The TASAR concept provides pilots with optimized route changes (including altitude) that reduce fuel burn and/or flight time, avoid interactions with known traffic, weather and restricted airspace, and may be used by the pilots to request a route and/or altitude change from Air Traffic Control. Developed using an iterative process, TAP's latest improvements include human-machine interface design upgrades and added functionality based on the results of human-in-the-loop simulation experiments and flight trials. Architectural improvements have been implemented to prepare the system for operational-use trials with partner commercial airlines. Future iterations will enhance coordination with airline dispatch and add functionality to improve the acceptability of TAP-generated route-change requests to pilots, dispatchers, and air traffic controllers.

  6. Radioisotope Power Systems Reference Book for Mission Designers and Planners

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    Lee, Young; Bairstow, Brian

    2015-01-01

    The RPS Program's Program Planning and Assessment (PPA) Office commissioned the Mission Analysis team to develop the Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) Reference Book for Mission Planners and Designers to define a baseline of RPS technology capabilities with specific emphasis on performance parameters and technology readiness. The main objective of this book is to provide RPS technology information that could be utilized by future mission concept studies and concurrent engineering practices. A progress summary from the major branches of RPS technology research provides mission analysis teams with a vital tool for assessing the RPS trade space, and provides concurrent engineering centers with a consistent set of guidelines for RPS performance characteristics. This book will be iterated when substantial new information becomes available to ensure continued relevance, serving as one of the cornerstone products of the RPS PPA Office. This book updates the original 2011 internal document, using data from the relevant publicly released RPS technology references and consultations with RPS technologists. Each performance parameter and RPS product subsection has been reviewed and cleared by at least one subject matter representative. A virtual workshop was held to reach consensus on the scope and contents of the book, and the definitions and assumptions that should be used. The subject matter experts then reviewed and updated the appropriate sections of the book. The RPS Mission Analysis Team then performed further updates and crosschecked the book for consistency. Finally, a second virtual workshop was held to ensure all subject matter experts and stakeholders concurred on the contents.

  7. Scintigraphic features of duplex kidneys on DMSA renal cortical scans.

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    Kwatra, Neha; Shalaby-Rana, Eglal; Majd, Massoud

    2013-09-01

    The spectrum of manifestations of duplex kidneys on (99m)Tc-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) renal cortical scans and correlating findings on other imaging modalities are presented. Relevant embryology of the duplex systems and technical aspects of DMSA scintigraphy are reviewed.

  8. Quantitative gene expression of somatostatin receptors and noradrenaline transporter underlying scintigraphic results in patients with neuroendocrine tumors

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    Binderup, Tina; Knigge, Ulrich; Mellon Mogensen, Anne

    2008-01-01

    AIM: To measure, by a quantitative approach, the gene expression underlying the results of somatostatin receptor (sst) scintigraphy ((111)In-DTPA-octreotide) and noradrenaline transporter (NAT) scintigraphy ((123)I-MIBG) in patients with neuroendocrine (NE) tumors. METHODS: The gene expression...... of somatostatin receptors 1-5 (sst) and NAT was measured quantitatively by real-time PCR in a group of patients with NE tumors (n = 14) and compared to a group of patients with colorectal adenocarcinomas (n = 15). If available, scintigraphic results were compared with gene expression results (9 octreotide and 3...... in gene expression of sst(2) corresponded with scintigraphic results. Our data support that sst(2) is the best target for visualization of NE tumors, whereas NAT is only a useful target in a subpopulation of NE tumors. Comparison of scintigraphic results with quantitative gene expression may be used...

  9. A novel dynamic scintigraphic technique for assessing duodenal contractions during gastric emptying in humans: a feasibility study.

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    Kubo, Tadeu T A; Moraes, Eder R; Secaf, Marie; Troncon, Luiz E A

    2015-01-01

    Duodenal contractions are thought to play a role in the control of gastric emptying. Although noninvasive techniques, such as ultrasonography and MRI, have been proposed for studying duodenal contractile activity in humans, there are no reports on the use of scintigraphy for this purpose. This work aimed to describe a novel scintigraphic technique for assessing duodenal contractility during gastric emptying in humans, and to present preliminary data on the frequency and amplitude of contractions detected in three different duodenal segments. Fasted young healthy volunteers (N=12) were given either a liquid or a solid test meal of similar calorie content (400 kcal) labeled with 99mTc-phytate. Static images were collected to determine gastric emptying. Dynamic images of the anterior aspect of the abdomen (1 frame/s) were also acquired periodically in a standard position for 256 s at 15-30 min intervals. 'Activity versus time' curves were generated for regions of interest corresponding to the proximal, middle, and distal duodenal segments. Curves were digitally filtered and processed to estimate both dominant frequency (fast Fourier transform) and amplitude (mean ejection fraction) of postprandial duodenal contractions. There were no significant differences regarding dominant frequency among proximal, middle, and distal duodenal regions of interest. In addition, there were no significant differences between the liquid and the solid meal in terms of either frequency or amplitude of duodenal contractions. Characterization of duodenal contractions in humans using scintigraphy is feasible and yields consistent data for both the frequency and the amplitude of postprandial contractions, which seems to be rather independent of meal consistency.

  10. Imaging of inflammation by PET, conventional scintigraphy, and other imaging techniques.

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    Gotthardt, M.; Bleeker-Rovers, C.P.; Boerman, O.C.; Oyen, W.J.G.

    2010-01-01

    Nuclear medicine imaging procedures play an important role in the assessment of inflammatory diseases. With the advent of 3-dimensional anatomic imaging, there has been a tendency to replace traditional planar scintigraphy by CT or MRI. Furthermore, scintigraphic techniques may have to be combined

  11. Imaging of Inflammation by PET, Conventional Scintigraphy, and Other Imaging Techniques

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    Gotthardt, M.; Bleeker-Rovers, C.P.; Boerman, O.C.; Oyen, W.J.G.

    2013-01-01

    Nuclear medicine imaging procedures play an important role in the assessment of inflammatory diseases. With the advent of 3-dimensional anatomic imaging, there has been a tendency to replace traditional planar scintigraphy by CT or MRI. Furthermore, scintigraphic techniques may have to be combined

  12. Imaging of Inflammation by PET, Conventional Scintigraphy, and Other Imaging Techniques

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    Gotthardt, M.; Bleeker-Rovers, C.P.; Boerman, O.C.; Oyen, W.J.G.

    2013-01-01

    Nuclear medicine imaging procedures play an important role in the assessment of inflammatory diseases. With the advent of 3-dimensional anatomic imaging, there has been a tendency to replace traditional planar scintigraphy by CT or MRI. Furthermore, scintigraphic techniques may have to be combined w

  13. Evolutionary algorithm based offline/online path planner for UAV navigation.

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    Nikolos, I K; Valavanis, K P; Tsourveloudis, N C; Kostaras, A N

    2003-01-01

    An evolutionary algorithm based framework, a combination of modified breeder genetic algorithms incorporating characteristics of classic genetic algorithms, is utilized to design an offline/online path planner for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) autonomous navigation. The path planner calculates a curved path line with desired characteristics in a three-dimensional (3-D) rough terrain environment, represented using B-spline curves, with the coordinates of its control points being the evolutionary algorithm artificial chromosome genes. Given a 3-D rough environment and assuming flight envelope restrictions, two problems are solved: i) UAV navigation using an offline planner in a known environment, and, ii) UAV navigation using an online planner in a completely unknown environment. The offline planner produces a single B-Spline curve that connects the starting and target points with a predefined initial direction. The online planner, based on the offline one, is given on-board radar readings which gradually produces a smooth 3-D trajectory aiming at reaching a predetermined target in an unknown environment; the produced trajectory consists of smaller B-spline curves smoothly connected with each other. Both planners have been tested under different scenarios, and they have been proven effective in guiding an UAV to its final destination, providing near-optimal curved paths quickly and efficiently.

  14. A patient with Eagle syndrome: radiological and scintigraphic evaluation.

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    Yildiray, Sisman; Cumali, Gokce; Ismail, Ciftci; Elif, Tarim Ertas

    2012-01-01

    A 42-year-old man who had been having otalgia and facial and neck pain for 6 months presented for a routine dental examination. He had suffered two head traumas, the first 20 years ago and the second 4 years ago. A panoramic radiograph (PR) was taken as a screening film after the clinical examination. Bilateral styloid process elongation (SPE) was detected, and the patient was diagnosed as having Eagle syndrome. The styloid process (SP) length was 78 mm on the right and 74 mm on the left on multislice computed tomography (MSCT). Bone scan of the cranium showed normal uptake of radiotracer in the cranial bones and some little activity was detected as a silhouette in the localization of SPE in planar and SPECT images. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case investigating SPE by bone scintigraphy in a patient with Eagle syndrome.

  15. A patient with Eagle syndrome: Radiological and scintigraphic evaluation

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    Sisman Yildiray

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A 42-year-old man who had been having otalgia and facial and neck pain for 6 months presented for a routine dental examination. He had suffered two head traumas, the first 20 years ago and the second 4 years ago. A panoramic radiograph (PR was taken as a screening film after the clinical examination. Bilateral styloid process elongation (SPE was detected, and the patient was diagnosed as having Eagle syndrome. The styloid process (SP length was 78 mm on the right and 74 mm on the left on multislice computed tomography (MSCT. Bone scan of the cranium showed normal uptake of radiotracer in the cranial bones and some little activity was detected as a silhouette in the localization of SPE in planar and SPECT images. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case investigating SPE by bone scintigraphy in a patient with Eagle syndrome.

  16. Scintigraphic localisation of colonic bleeding; Scintigrafisk lokalisasjon av colonbloedning

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    Aspevik, Ranveig K.; Miskowiak, Jerzy; I Bud, Margreta

    2001-07-01

    Background. Endoscopy and occasionally X-ray studies are used to discover the focus of a gastrointestinal bleeding. Material and methods. We describe a case of severe gastrointestinal bleeding where these methods failed. Scintigraphy after labelling of erythrocytes with 99m technetium was performed in a continuos manner for 60 minutes. Scintigrams were also taken three, ten and 23 hours after the injection. Results. No bleeding was revealed after 60 minutes but two hours later a slight radioactivity was encountered in the right part of the abdomen and the later images localised the bleeding in the right colon. The bleeding ceased after right-sided hemicolectomy. Interpretation. Scintigraphy is of value in localisation of gastrointestinal bleeding and should be performed in a continuos manner until the bleeding focus is localised. Secretion of unbound technetium through the mucosa of the stomach and its presence in the urinary tract should be taken in account.

  17. New EPA 'PLUS' software: A useful tool for local emergency planners

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    Anastas, P.T.; Tobin, P.S.

    1993-09-01

    EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics has produced a new bibliographic database designed for local emergency planners. The PLUS'' (Planner's Library in User-friendly Software) system is a resource database containing abstracts of hundreds of references useful in planning for hazardous substances emergencies. The software's structure allows planners to construct customized search strategies for generating lists of emergency planning-related references on subjects ranging from chemical profiles to personal protective gear.

  18. Evaluation of radiolabelled annexin A5 for scintigraphic imaging of cell processes (necrosis/apoptosis) in cardiovascular diseases; Evaluation de radiotraceurs derives de l'annexine A5 pour l'imagerie scintigraphique de processus cellulaires (apoptose/necrose/thrombose) en pathologie cardiovasculaire (Ressource electronique)

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    Sarda-Mantel, L

    2007-03-15

    Annexin A5, a 35KDa protein, specifically binds with high affinity to phosphatidylserine (P.S.) which is actively redistributed to the external leaflet of plasmic membranes in apoptotic cells and activated platelets. Annexin A5 radiolabelled with {sup 99m}Tc({sup 99m}Tc-ANX5) was developed by Strauss (stanford, Usa) to image apoptosis in vivo: tumours cells apoptosis induced by chemo-radiotherapy, ischemia/reperfusion lesions in animals and patients, graft rejection. Additionally, many in vitro data suggest that annexin A5 also stains necrosis (membrane disruption), which occurs in all types of cell death. This preclinical work aimed to evaluate the potential interest of {sup 99m}Tc-ANX5 imaging as a clinical tool in cardiovascular diseases. Four studies performed in rat models of myocardial infarction by coronary ligation and ischemia-reperfusion, and in rat models of subacute and acute (isoproterenol-induced) myocarditis show the ability of {sup 99m}Tc-ANX5 to detect in vivo cardio myocytes death by apoptosis and necrosis. Another study demonstrates that {sup 99m}Tc-ANX5 is highly accurate to evaluate in vivo the biological activity of parietal thrombus in a rat model of elastase-induced abdominal aortic aneurysm. These results suggest that {sup 99m}Tc-ANX5 imaging could be used in patients for non invasive diagnosis, prognostic evaluation in acute myocarditis and in various thrombotic cardiovascular diseases. (author)

  19. Dynamic renal scintigraphic estimation of deceased donor kidneys in a rat model

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    Huseyin Aydin Mitil

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available At present a large number of the renal transplantations are being performed from the deceased donors. The success of these transplantations depends on the viability of the deceased donor kidneys. The aim of this study was to investigate the reliability of scintigraphic estimation of function of deceased donor kidneys by comparing the histopathologic and scintigraphic findings. Ten rats were included in the study (2–3 months old, 250–300 g, all male. Control scintigraphy was performed to all the rats by injection of 37 MBq Tc-99m DTPA from the tail vein in a dynamic manner. Brain death of the rats was achieved by inflation of a Fogartys catheter in the cranial cavity. Immediately, after brain death confirmation, dynamic renal scintigraphy was performed with the same parameters of control scintigraphy. In the comparison of scintigraphies obtained in the before and just after brain death period, there was impairment of tubular functions, concentration and excretion functions in the postbrain death period. In the immediate postbrain death period, there was a significant elevation in the glomerular filtration rate and time to maximum concentration values. In the histopathological evaluation of the kidney samples in the postbrain death period, there were definitive findings of tubular impairment. Dynamic renal scintigraphy also demonstrated definite impairment of tubular system and tubular functions in the deceased donor kidneys. This could explain the reason of the increased frequency of acute tubular necrosis seen among deceased donor kidneys.

  20. The renal and hepatic distribution of Bence Jones proteins depends on glycosylation: a scintigraphic study in rats

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    Prado M.J.B.A.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to evaluate renal and liver distribution of two monoclonal immunoglobulin light chains. The chains were purified individually from the urine of patients with multiple myeloma and characterized as lambda light chains with a molecular mass of 28 kDa. They were named BJg (high amount of galactose residues exposed and BJs (sialic acid residues exposed on the basis of carbohydrate content. A scintigraphic study was performed on male Wistar rats weighing 250 g for 60 min after iv administration of 1 mg of each protein (7.4 MBq, as the intact proteins and also after carbohydrate oxidation. Images were obtained with a Siemens gamma camera with a high-resolution collimator and processed with a MicroDelta system. Hepatic and renal distribution were established and are reported as percent of injected dose. Liver uptake of BJg was significantly higher than liver uptake of BJs (94.3 vs 81.4% (P<0.05. This contributed to its greater removal from the intravascular compartment, and consequently lower kidney accumulation of BJg in comparison to BJs (5.7 vs 18.6% (P<0.05. After carbohydrate oxidation, there was a decrease in hepatic accumulation of both proteins and consequently a higher renal overload. The tissue distribution of periodate-treated BJg was similar to that of native BJs: 82.7 vs 81.4% in the liver and 17.3 vs 18.6% in the kidneys. These observations indicate the important role of sugar residues of Bence Jones proteins for their recognition by specific membrane receptors, which leads to differential tissue accumulation and possible toxicity

  1. Scintigraphic evaluation of primary congenital hypothyroidism: results of the Greek screening program

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    Panoutsopoulos, G.; Ilias, I.; Batsakis, C.; Christakopoulou, I. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, ' ' Sotiria' ' Hospital, Athens (Greece); Mengreli, C. [Inst. of Child Health, Athens (Greece)

    2001-04-01

    The Greek screening program for primary congenital hypothyroidism was initiated in 1979. By early 2000, thyrotropin measurements had been performed in 1,976,719 newborns, using dried blood spots obtained by heel prick. Among these children, 584 were diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism (incidence: 1/3,384 births) and were given L-thyroxine (L-T{sub 4}) replacement therapy. In order to further evaluate and classify the children as having either an aplastic (AT) or an ectopic thyroid gland (ET) or as showing thyroidal dyshormonogenesis (DN, with a nomotopic gland), scintigraphic studies were performed at the age of 2-3 years. In 413 children of this age group (including 24 subsequently diagnosed as having had transient hypothyroidism, in whom L-T{sub 4} therapy was not resumed), thyroid hormones were measured and scintigraphic studies were done after withdrawal of L-T{sub 4} replacement treatment for 3 weeks. Given the long duration of the study, we used various scintigraphic modalities. In 96 children (group A), scintigraphy was performed using technetium-99m pertechnetate ({sup 99m}TcO{sub 4}{sup -}; 18.5 MBq given i.v.) and a rectilinear scanner. Seventy-three children (group B) were studied with {sup 99m}TcO{sub 4}{sup -} (18.5 MBq given i.v.) and a gamma camera equipped with a pinhole collimator. In these groups, atropine was administered 30 min prior to the study (0.02 mg/kg i.v. or i.m.) in order to reduce the secretion of saliva from the salivary glands. Finally, in the remaining 220 children (group C) iodine-123 sodium iodide ({sup 123}I-Na) (0.74-1.85 MBq i.v.) and the same gamma camera were used. Between-group comparisons of scintigraphic findings were done with the chi square test. In 191 children from group C, thyroglobulin (Tg) was measured and in 49 children ultrasound (US) was performed (categorising the gland as AT or ET/DN). Comparison of these modalities was done with the kappa statistic. In group A, 61.5% of children had AT, 26.0% had ET and

  2. Scintigraphic head-to-head comparison between {sup 99m}Tc-WBCs and {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan in the evaluation of inflammatory bowel disease: a pilot study

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    Stokkel, M.P.M.; Reigman, H.I.E.; Pauwels, E.K.J. [Leiden University Medical Centre, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Leiden (Netherlands)

    2002-02-01

    Scintigraphy with technetium-99m labelled white blood cells (WBCs) is routinely used in our hospital for the assessment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The main disadvantages of this diagnostic tool are its time-consuming nature and the handling of blood itself. {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan is a relatively new, easily prepared agent that is used for the detection of osteomyelitis. To assess its value in IBD, a scintigraphic head-to-head comparison was performed between {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan and {sup 99m}Tc-WBCs. {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan scintigraphy was performed in six patients with clinically active IBD and increased uptake on {sup 99m}Tc-WBC images. The interval between the scintigraphic studies ranged from 2 to 7 days, and endoscopy was subsequently performed to confirm active IBD. In three out of six patients with increased uptake on the {sup 99m}Tc-WBC scans, {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan images showed very discreet activity in the bowel, but the sites did not correspond with the inflammation sites seen on {sup 99m}Tc-WBC scintigraphy and found at endoscopy. In the other three patients, {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan scintigraphy revealed a physiological distribution but no abnormalities. In conclusion, {sup 99m}Tc-LeukoScan is not an alternative agent for the assessment of IBD. A prospective study is not justified owing to the false-negative results. (orig.)

  3. An RRT-Based path planner for use in trajectory imitation

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    Claassens, J

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors propose a more robust robot programming; by demonstration system planner that produces a reproduction; path which satisfies statistical constraints derived from demonstration; trajectories and avoids obstacles given the freedom; in those...

  4. Perspectives on geospatial information science education: an example of urban planners in Southern Africa

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    Musakwa, Walter

    2017-01-01

    .... In these days of the New Urban Agenda 2030, smart cities are even more required from planners in using geospatial information to face urban challenges such as sustainable urban development and climate change...

  5. Scintigraphic assessment of Barrett's esophagus

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    Kotler, J.A.; Sampliner, R.E.; Kogan, F.J.; Henry, R.E.; Mason, B.F.

    1984-01-01

    Barrett's (B) esophagus is defined by the presence of columnar epithelium above the gastroesophageal junction. Patients with 5cm histologically proven B were evaluated for mucosal labeling (ML), esophageal motility (EM), gastroesophageal reflux (GER), and gastric emptying (GE) of solids and liquids with and without iv metaclopramide (MCP). ML, after premedication with cimetidine, was evaluated 20 and 40 min after injection of Tc-99m04 with ANT and RAO views. Eight of 11 B and 0 of 2 controls (C) labeled esophageal mucosa. EM was assessed in the supine position over one min after a 15 ml swallow Tc-99mSc-H2O. The normal pattern shows sequential, aboral, discreet peaks with no retrograde movement over one min in three computer derived regions over the esophagus. Five of 16 B and 1 of 6 C demonstrated abnormal pattern. GER was assessed in the supine position by serially increasing extrinsic binder pressures from 0 to 100 Torr after ingestion of 300 ml of Tc-99mSc-orange juice (OJ). GER was present in 13 of 15 B and 0 of 11 C. Reflux ranged from 5.1% to 30% at 100 Torr. Hiatal hernia (HH) was identified in 14 of 16 B by endoscopy and in 10 of 16 by scintigraphy. GE was evaluated after a liquid meal of 300 ml Tc-99mSc-OJ and a solid meal of Tc-99mSc-egg salad sandwich. The supine subject was imaged anteriorly for 30 min (liquid) or 60 min (solid). GE was assessed an additional 10 min after MCP. Clearance time (50%) for solid Ge was calculated from extrapolated linear fits of decay corrected data. There was no significant difference in liquid or solid GE between B and C. The authors conclude the following: 1) ML detects B with lower sensitivity than previously reported; 2) EM disorders are frequently found in B; 3) GER is frequently identified in B; 4) HH can be identified by nuclear technique; and 5) B shows normal GE and responds to MCP.

  6. An Evolutionary Real-Time 3D Route Planner for Aircraft

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    郑昌文; 丁明跃; 周成平

    2003-01-01

    A novel evolutionary route planner for aircraft is proposed in this paper. In the new planner, individual candidates are evaluated with respect to the workspace, thus the computation of the configuration space is not required. By using problem-specific chromosome structure and genetic operators, the routes are generated in real time,with different mission constraints such as minimum route leg length and flying altitude, maximum turning angle, maximum climbing/diving angle and route distance constraint taken into account.

  7. Epiphyseal involvement in Erdheim-Chester disease: radiographic and scintigraphic findings in a case with lytic lesions

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    Ruiz-Hernandez, G.; Tajahuerce-Romera, G.M.; Latorre-Ibanez, M.D.; Lara-Pomares, A. [Servicio de Medicina Nuclear, Hospital Provincial de Castellon (Spain); Vila-Fayos, V. [Servicio de Reumatologia, Hospital Comarcal de Vinaroz (Spain)

    2000-08-01

    We reported a symmetric increase of activity in lower links secondary to Erdheim-Chester disease and demonstrated by bone scans and radiographs. An inusual scintigraphic and radiographic appearance with epiphyseal involvement and lytic lesions is described. Differential diagnosis of bone scan and radiographic findings is discussed. (orig.)

  8. Quantitative Evaluation of Scintillation Camera Imaging Characteristics of Isotopes Used in Liver Radioembolization

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    Mattijs Elschot; Johannes Franciscus Wilhelmus Nijsen; Alida Johanna Dam; Hugo Wilhelmus Antonius Maria de Jong

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Scintillation camera imaging is used for treatment planning and post-treatment dosimetry in liver radioembolization (RE). In yttrium-90 (90Y) RE, scintigraphic images of technetium-99m (99mTc) are used for treatment planning, while 90Y Bremsstrahlung images are used for post-treatment dosimetry. In holmium-166 (166Ho) RE, scintigraphic images of 166Ho can be used for both treatment planning and post-treatment dosimetry. The aim of this study is to quantitatively evaluate and compa...

  9. Scintigraphic investigation of sacroiliac disease. [/sup 99//super m/Tc tracer technique

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    Lentle, B.C.; Russell, A.S.; Percy, J.S.; Jackson, F.I.

    1977-06-01

    Bone scintigraphs obtained with both technetium-99m polyphosphate and technetium-99m pyrophosphate have been abnormal at the sacroiliac joints of 44 patients with definite ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Because of the normal registration of the sacroiliac joints on bone scintigraphy, it has been necessary to develop a profile-scan technique to quantify the abnormality that proves to be significantly different from the normal finding. In 17 patients with a strong clinical suspicion of AS but normal radiographs, the sacroiliac joints have frequently been abnormal. This finding is meaningful because there is a common occurrence in this group of the histocompatibility antigen HL A-B27, known to be a marker of AS. We also note the frequency of abnormal sacroiliac scintigrams in 26 patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in a group of other diseases--Crohn's disease, uveitis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, and Reiters' disease--all of which share some of the manifestations of AS.

  10. Scintigraphic small intestinal transit time and defaecography in patients with J-pouch

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    Kjær, Mie Dilling; Simonsen, Jane Angel; Hvidsten, Svend;

    2015-01-01

    Objective methods for examination of pouch function are warranted for a better understanding of the functional result and treatment of dysfunction. The objective of this study was to evaluate the results of scintigraphic intestinal transit time and defaecography compared to the results of pouch...... mucosal condition was evaluated by endoscopy and histology. Median transit time was 189 min (105–365). Median ejection fraction at defaecography (EF) was 49% (3–77) and 62% (17–98) after first and second defecation. Median pouch volume was 223 mL (100–360). A median daily stool frequency of nine (4......–25) was reported and three (14%) patients suffered from daytime incontinence. No patients had symptomatic or endoscopic pouchitis; however, the histology showed unspecific inflammation in 19 (90%) patients. There was no correlation between transit time, evacuation fraction (EF) and pouch function in univariate...

  11. Starting a simple IMRT verification system with Elekta Monaco and Elekta IVIEWGT Planner; Puesta en marca de un sistema sencillo de verificacion de IMRT con Elekta Iviewgt y planificador Elekta Monaco

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    Ayala Lazaro, R.; Garcia Hernandez, M. J.; Gomez Cores, S.; Jimenez Rojas, R.; Sendon del Rio, J. R.; Polo Cezon, R.; Gomez Calvar, R.

    2013-07-01

    The use of electronic devices of image portal (EPID) is considered fast, effectively and without added cost of verification of static or dynamic IMRT treatments. Its implementation as a verification tool, however, can be quite complicated. Presents an easy way of setting up this system using the method of Lee et to the. and using Elekta MONACO Planner. (Author)

  12. Ten Years’Progress of Administration Work for Registered Urban Planners

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    2011-01-01

    The urban planner qualification system of China was established in the year of 2000.After ten years’ progress,a team of 15,000 registered urban planners has been set up,which has become the backbone of China’s urban planning industry and has played an important role.The enhancement of the administration of registered urban planners is needed for standardizing urban planning education,accelerating the fostering of planning professionals,and keeping pace with the market economy system and the urban-rural planning in the new era.Meanwhile,it is also an important task for China’s urban planning industry to open up to the outside world and catch up with international standards.

  13. Societal Planning: Identifying a New Role for the Transport Planner-Part I

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    Khisty, C. Jotin; Leleur, Steen

    1997-01-01

    It has been amply demonstrated over the last three decades that public planning is subject to rapid change and great uncertainties, both in dealing with political objectives as well as dealing with new technologies. In the paper the notion of "unbounded uncertainty" is set forth as a relevant...... concept. The concept is used collectively to point to and explain the many obstacles faced by planners in carrying out planning as prescribed by the well-known Rational Planning Model (RPM). It is concluded that there is a need for the planner to integrate and master in a new role skills both from...

  14. A Heuristic and complete planner for the classical mover`s problem

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    Hwang, Yong K.; Chen, Pang C.

    1995-03-01

    We present a motion planner for the classical mover`s problem in three dimensions that is both resolution-complete and efficient in that it has performance commensurate with task difficulty. It is based on the SANDROS search strategy, which uses a hierarchical, multi-resolution representation of the configuration space along with a generate-and-test paradigm for solution paths. This planner can control the trade-offs between the computation resource and algorithmic completeness/solution path quality, and thus can fully utilize the available computing power. It is useful for navigation of mobile robots, submarines and spacecraft, or part motion feasibility in assembly planning.

  15. Scintigraphic detection of occult hemorrhage using RBCs labeled in vitro with technetium Tc 99m sodium pertechnetate

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    Bunker, S.R.; Kolina, J.S.; Kaplan, K.A.; McAuley, R.J.; Lull, R.J.

    1983-05-01

    Scintigraphy with RBCs labeled with technetium Tc 99m sodium pertechnetate effectively located the source of hemorrhage in a patient receiving long-term anticoagulant therapy. (The patient was initially seen with a large hematoma on the flank.) More important, the procedure was used to monitor activity in this otherwise-occult bleeding site. Scintigraphic studies may be useful in the management of these difficult clinical problems.

  16. State-of-the-art imaging of prostate cancer.

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    Marko, Jamie; Gould, C Frank; Bonavia, Grant H; Wolfman, Darcy J

    2016-03-01

    Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Modern medical imaging is intimately involved in the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer. Ultrasound is primarily used to guide prostate biopsy to establish the diagnosis of prostate carcinoma. Prostate magnetic resonance imaging uses a multiparametric approach, including anatomic and functional imaging sequences. Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging can be used for detection and localization of prostate cancer and to evaluate for disease recurrence. Computed tomography and scintigraphic imaging are primarily used to detect regional lymph node spread and distant metastases. Recent advancements in ultrasound, multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging, and scintigraphic imaging have the potential to change the way prostate cancer is diagnosed and managed. This article addresses the major imaging modalities involved in the evaluation of prostate cancer and updates the reader on the state of the art for each modality.

  17. Web-Based Geographic Information Systems: Experience and Perspectives of Planners and the Implications for Extension

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    Göçmen, Z. Asligül

    2016-01-01

    Web-based geographic information system (GIS) technology, or web-based GIS, offers many opportunities for public planners and Extension educators who have limited GIS backgrounds or resources. However, investigation of its use in planning has been limited. The study described here examined the use of web-based GIS by public planning agencies. A…

  18. The knowledge dynamics of organizational innovation : understanding the implementation of decision support for planners

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    Sjarbaini, Vivyane Larissa Ratna Nirma

    2009-01-01

    This thesis argues that a knowledge perspective on organizational innovation provides essential insights. A cognitive-semiotic model on knowledge dynamics is presented and used to perform an empirical study. We seek an answer to the question: What happens to the knowledge of planners during an organ

  19. The Personal Nutrition Planner: A 5-Week, Computer-Tailored Intervention for Women

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    Mouttapa, Michele; Robertson, Trina P.; McEligot, Archana J.; Weiss, Jie W.; Hoolihan, Lori; Ora, Ann; Trinh, Linda

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To conduct a dietary intervention using the Personal Nutrition Planner (PNP), an on-line nutrition intervention tool. Design: Randomized controlled trial with pretest, posttest, and 2-month follow-up self-report assessments. Setting: Web/on-line. Participants: Female university staff (n = 307; 59.1% Caucasian) recruited via e-mail.…

  20. Conflict and Collaboration: Providers and Planners Implementing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)

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    Hopkins, John L.; Monaghan, Catherine H.; Hansman, Catherine A.

    2009-01-01

    This qualitative case study investigated the impact of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding on the providers and planners of programs for incumbent workers in one Midwest WIA region. It examines the collaboration and power conflicts that are part of planning and implementing this legislation for the stakeholders. The study applied Matland's…

  1. Strategic operations planning - it's not just for wilderness! How the Strategic Operations Planner can help

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    Charles W. McHugh; Stu Hoyt; Brett Fay

    2015-01-01

    The Strategic Operational Planner (SOPL) wildland fire management position was created in the United States in 2009 to reflect updated terminology. SOPL merges the former Fire Use Manager positions (FUM1 and FUM2) and is now an established position within the Incident Command System. Traditionally, the FUM positions and the SOPL have been used on incidents managed for...

  2. Web-Based Geographic Information Systems: Experience and Perspectives of Planners and the Implications for Extension

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    Göçmen, Z. Asligül

    2016-01-01

    Web-based geographic information system (GIS) technology, or web-based GIS, offers many opportunities for public planners and Extension educators who have limited GIS backgrounds or resources. However, investigation of its use in planning has been limited. The study described here examined the use of web-based GIS by public planning agencies. A…

  3. History, Language Planners, and Strategies of Forgetting: The Problem of Consciousness in the Philippines.

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    Tupas, T. Ruanni F.

    2003-01-01

    Examines why language planners in the Philippines argue the way they do concerning critical language issues in the country. Suggests discursive "strategies of forgetting" are employed across complex structures of relations shaped by decades of colonialization, Filipino elite collaboration, and current neocolonial and global conditions.…

  4. December 1993 National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month: Program Planner.

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    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT), Washington, DC.

    This program planner's kit is based on the experiences of the first 12 years of the National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month program and provides practical advice to help readers plan activities for this year's campaign. Included in the kit is a background and resource guide that explains the background and goals of the program and…

  5. Imaging of experimental colitis with a radiolabeled leukotriene B4 antagonist.

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    Eerd-Vismale, J.E.M. van; Laverman, P.; Oyen, W.J.G.; Harris, T.D.; Edwards, D.S.; Ellars, C.E.; Corstens, F.H.M.; Boerman, O.C.

    2004-01-01

    The use of radiolabeled leukocytes is considered the gold standard for scintigraphic imaging of inflammatory bowel disease. The disadvantages of (99m)Tc-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (HMPAO)-leukocytes, however, encourage the search for new imaging agents with at least similar diagnostic accuracy b

  6. Scintigraphic evaluation of early osteoblastic activity in extraction sockets treated with platelet-rich plasma.

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    Gürbüzer, Bahadir; Pikdöken, Levent; Urhan, Muammer; Süer, B Tolga; Narin, Yavuz

    2008-12-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the early effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on osteoblastic activity during the healing process of soft tissue impacted mandibular third molar extraction sockets by means of bone scintigraphy. Twelve patients with bilaterally soft tissue impacted mandibular third molars were included in the study. The impacted right and left mandibular third molars were surgically extracted in the same session. PRP was administered randomly into the extraction sockets in the study (S) group whereas the extraction sockets in the control (C) group were left without PRP treatment. Scintigrams were obtained in the first and fourth weeks after surgery to evaluate the osteoblastic activity within extraction sockets in both groups. Scintigraphic findings of postoperative first and fourth weeks did not show significantly increased osteoblastic activity between S group and C group (P > .05). However, the osteoblastic activity in both groups significantly increased in postoperative week 4 in comparison to week 1 (P third molar extraction sockets failed to increase the osteoblastic activity in postsurgical weeks 1 and 4 in comparison to non-PRP-treated sockets.

  7. Results of Chiari pelvic osteotomy for acetabular dysplasia in adults; Association with bone scintigraphic findings

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    Nakamura, Nobuo; Ozono, Kenji; Sugano, Nobuhiko; Takaoka, Kunio; Ono, Hiroo (Osaka Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine)

    1993-02-01

    In an attempt to determine indications of Chiari pelvic osteotomy in acetabular dysplasia, postoperative outcome of hip joint (64 joints) was examined on the basis of findings of bone scintigraphy. The subjects were 61 patients with osteoarthrosis of hip joint who underwent preoperative bone scintigraphy. The follow-up period ranged from 2 years to 9 years and 7 months with a mean of 4 years and 9 months. According to X-ray findings, 37 osteoarthrosis joints were staged as early and 27 as progressive. Preoperative bone scintigraphic findings fell into three: (I) normal or slight hot type (33 joints), (II) hot type at the weighting part (16 joints), and (III) double hot type in the weighting part and inside part (15 joints). None of the patients had severe surgical complications such as deep-seated infection, neuroparalysis and pseudojoint. According to the clinical staging for hip joint function, 7 (47%) of 64 joints were judged as poor after osteotomy, belonging to type III. Deterioration of osteoarthrosis was seen in 11 joints (41%) on X-ray films. Of these, 9 had type III. In conclusion, Chiari pelvic osteotomy should not be indicated when type III is shown on bone scintigrams. (N.K.).

  8. /sup 111/In-oxine-labelled autologous leucocytes in inflammatory bowel disease: New scintigraphic activity index

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    Ybern, A.; Martin-Comin, J.; Villa, R.; Gine, J.J.; Casanovas, T.; Gassull, M.A.

    1986-01-01

    The usefulness of scintigraphy with /sup 111/In-oxine-labelled autologous leucocytes was investigated in 27 patients with inflamatory bowel disease (IBD): 16 with ulcerative colitis and 11 with Crohn's disease. Scans were performed 2-4 h (early scan) and at 24 h (late scan) after leucocyte reinjection. No false-negative results occurred in the early scan; however, in the late scan, 2 patients with Crohn's disease had a normal scintigram. A new index of activity (Isub(l)) based on the number and relative activity of abnormal /sup 111/In-leucocyte zones was used for scan quantitation. All patients with clinically active IBD had Isub(l) >= 2. The scintigraphic index showed a significant correlation with the Harvey clinical index, especially in patients with ulcerative colitis. Our results suggest that an early scan (2-4 h) provides useful information in cases of IBD, and that Isub(l) >= 2 is indicative of the degree of disease activity in such patients. (orig.).

  9. Ultrasonographic and Scintigraphic Findings of Thyroid Hemiagenesis in a Child: Report of a Rare Male Case

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    Ümit Yaşar Ayaz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Thyroid hemiagenesis is a rare congenital anomaly in which one lobe of thyroid gland fails to develop. It is much rarer in males. There is a higher incidence of associated thyroid disorders in patients with thyroid hemiagenesis; therefore early and prompt diagnosis is important for children. We present the ultrasonographic and scintigraphic findings of thyroid hemiagenesis in an eight-year-old-boy. On ultrasonography (US, left lobe of the thyroid gland could not be demonstrated and the right lobe showed minimal hyperplasia. Its echogenicity was normal and no nodule was seen. On thyroid scintigraphy, left lobe of thyroid gland or any ectopic thyroid tissue could not be demonstrated, while the right lobe showed minimal hyperplasia. Without performing any invasive procedure, we enrolled the child in a follow-up program with the guidance of US and scintigraphy, which were effective both in making the final diagnosis of thyroid hemiagenesis and in evaluating the current status of the present thyroid tissue. In conclusion, if only one thyroid lobe is detected in a pediatric case initially with US or scintigraphy, the diagnosis of thyroid hemiagenesis should be suggested and, before any unnecessary or invasive attempt, the other complementary method (scintigraphy/US should be performed.

  10. Time course of transient cortical scintigraphic defects associated with acute pyelonephritis

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    Ditchfield, Michael R.; Summerville, Dianne; Cook, David J.; Campo, John F. de [Department of Radiology, Royal Children' s Hospital, Melbourne 3052 (Australia); Grimwood, Keith; Nolan, Terrance M. [Department of General Paediatrics, Royal Children' s Hospital, Melbourne (Australia); Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Australia); Powell, Harley R. [Department of Nephrology, Royal Children' s Hospital, Melbourne (Australia); Sloane, Robert [Department of General Paediatrics, Royal Children' s Hospital, Melbourne (Australia)

    2002-12-01

    Acute pyelonephritis is distinguished from renal scarring using repeat cortical scintigraphy. The defects of acute pyelonephritis resolve, while those of scars persist. To determine the duration of reversible cortical defects following acute pyelonephritis and the time interval required to differentiate infection from scars. Materials and methods. An observational prospective study of 193 children (386 kidneys) aged less than 5 years following their first proven urinary tract infection (UTI). Renal cortical scintigraphic defects were detected in 112 (29%) kidneys within 15 days of diagnosis. Of these, 95 underwent repeat renal cortical scans 2 years after the UTI, including 50 with additional scans performed within 2-6 months of infection. Of the 50 kidneys undergoing a second renal cortical scan within 2-6 months of the first UTI, 22 (44%) had persistent defects. A third scan was performed on 17 (77%) kidneys after 2 years, by which time defects had resolved in another 8 (47%) kidneys. The predictive value of defects detected within 2-6 months of UTI representing scars is 53% (95% CI 28, 77). Overall, nine (18%) kidneys with initial renal cortical abnormalities had permanent defects. In the 45 kidneys undergoing a second cortical scan more than 6 months after the UTI, 11 (24%) had persistent defects. None of the 95 kidneys undergoing serial scans developed new or larger defects. Renal scars may not be reliably diagnosed by cortical scintigraphy performed within 6 months of UTI because the inflammatory lesions may not have fully resolved. (orig.)

  11. Medical response to a nuclear detonation: creating a playbook for state and local planners and responders.

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    Murrain-Hill, Paula; Coleman, C Norman; Hick, John L; Redlener, Irwin; Weinstock, David M; Koerner, John F; Black, Delaine; Sanders, Melissa; Bader, Judith L; Forsha, Joseph; Knebel, Ann R

    2011-03-01

    For efficient and effective medical responses to mass casualty events, detailed advanced planning is required. For federal responders, this is an ongoing responsibility. The US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) prepares playbooks with formal, written plans that are reviewed, updated, and exercised regularly. Recognizing that state and local responders with fewer resources may be helped in creating their own event-specific response plans, subject matter experts from the range of sectors comprising the Scarce Resources for a Nuclear Detonation Project, provided for this first time a state and local planner's playbook template for responding to a nuclear detonation. The playbook elements are adapted from DHHS playbooks with appropriate modification for state and local planners. Individualization by venue is expected, reflecting specific assets, populations, geography, preferences, and expertise. This playbook template is designed to be a practical tool with sufficient background information and options for step-by-step individualized planning and response.

  12. Systems Engineering Management Plan NASA Traffic Aware Planner Integration Into P-180 Airborne Test-Bed

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    Maris, John

    2015-01-01

    NASA's Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) is a cockpit decision support tool that provides aircrew with vertical and lateral flight-path optimizations with the intent of achieving significant fuel and time savings, while automatically avoiding traffic, weather, and restricted airspace conflicts. A key step towards the maturation and deployment of TAP concerned its operational evaluation in a representative flight environment. This Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP) addresses the test-vehicle design, systems integration, and flight-test planning for the first TAP operational flight evaluations, which were successfully completed in November 2013. The trial outcomes are documented in the Traffic Aware Planner (TAP) flight evaluation paper presented at the 14th AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration, and Operations Conference, Atlanta, GA. (AIAA-2014-2166, Maris, J. M., Haynes, M. A., Wing, D. J., Burke, K. A., Henderson, J., & Woods, S. E., 2014).

  13. Development of a Response Planner using the UCT Algorithm for Cyber Defense

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    14 2.5.5 SAT/CSP Planning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 2.6 Markovian Decision Problems ( MDP ...square H Host reward value R Network reward value w Weight of Host Q Average Reward in UCT algorithm xvii List of Acronyms Acronym Definition MDP Markovian...network state based on the network operator’s preference is the second important area to building a cyber defense planner. Networks vary in composition and

  14. Matrix Game Methodology - Support to V2010 Olympic Marine Security Planners

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    this report. Other DRDC personnel involved in organising the Games were Ben Lombardi, Dave Rudd and Major Bruce Sand. OMOC and MCC planners were very...Marine, and i. Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA). FPMG Marine Two – Turn 1 – Two weeks before Games 1. The White House announces that the...OMOC? Who would the Pilotage Authority report to in the event a vessel failed to embark a pilot? Would the information make it to the MSOC or OMOC

  15. Situated Learning of a Behavior—Based Mobile Robot Path Planner

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    姚殊; 张钹

    1995-01-01

    In this paper,we propose a behavior-based path planner that can self-learn in an unknown environment.A situated learning algorithm is designed which allows the robot to learn to coordinate several concurrent behaviors and improve its performance by interacting with the environment.Behaviors are implemented using CMAC neural networks.A simulation environment is set up and some simulation experiments are carried out to rest our learning algorithm.

  16. Open data for informal settlements: Toward a user׳s guide for urban managers and planners

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    Arnab Chakraborty

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Informal settlements exist in a legally contested space and the quality of – and access to – information about them has been historically limited. The open data movement promises to address this gap by offering alternative sources for information and free or low cost analytical platforms. However, in order to use open data effectively, urban managers and planners need guidance to navigate these new data sources, software, and server platforms, as well as acquire the necessary skills. In this paper, we begin to address these issues by developing a framework that organizes the sprawling and rapidly evolving world of open urban data. Our framework includes three broad categories (1 inputs and resources, (2 activities and outputs, and (3 outcomes. We then identify and describe the key subcomponents under each, and list the prominent products and resources available to urban managers and planners. For example, under inputs and resources, we discuss open urban data sources such as Open Street Maps, cyberinfrastructure for web hosting, application deployment, and data processing, and open source software that can be used to analyze and visualize collected or derived data. We also identify the key resources available to planners for training and discuss the complementary opportunities presented by conventional datasets such as census and open urban data. Finally, using examples from ongoing activities in Mumbai, we show how open data resources can be useful for understanding urbanization and better integrating informal settlements into formal urban management and planning processes. We suggest that urban managers and planners working in informal settlements should take greater advantage of open data resources in order to both better address current challenges as well as for shaping a better future for the communities they serve.

  17. The International Atomic Energy Agency software package for the analysis of scintigraphic renal dynamic studies: a tool for the clinician, teacher, and researcher.

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    Zaknun, John J; Rajabi, Hossein; Piepsz, Amy; Roca, Isabel; Dondi, Maurizio

    2011-01-01

    Under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a new-generation, platform-independent, and x86-compatible software package was developed for the analysis of scintigraphic renal dynamic imaging studies. It provides nuclear medicine professionals cost-free access to the most recent developments in the field. The software package is a step forward towards harmonization and standardization. Embedded functionalities render it a suitable tool for education, research, and for receiving distant expert's opinions. Another objective of this effort is to allow introducing clinically useful parameters of drainage, including normalized residual activity and outflow efficiency. Furthermore, it provides an effective teaching tool for young professionals who are being introduced to dynamic kidney studies by selected teaching case studies. The software facilitates a better understanding through practically approaching different variables and settings and their effect on the numerical results. An effort was made to introduce instruments of quality assurance at the various levels of the program's execution, including visual inspection and automatic detection and correction of patient's motion, automatic placement of regions of interest around the kidneys, cortical regions, and placement of reproducible background region on both primary dynamic and on postmicturition studies. The user can calculate the differential renal function through 2 independent methods, the integral or the Rutland-Patlak approaches. Standardized digital reports, storage and retrieval of regions of interest, and built-in database operations allow the generation and tracing of full image reports and of numerical outputs. The software package is undergoing quality assurance procedures to verify the accuracy and the interuser reproducibility with the final aim of launching the program for use by professionals and teaching institutions worldwide.

  18. Design and gamma-scintigraphic evaluation of a floating and pulsatile drug delivery system based on an impermeable cylinder.

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    Zou, Hao; Jiang, Xuetao; Kong, Lingshan; Gao, Shen

    2007-04-01

    A blend of floating and pulsatile principles of drug delivery system seems to present the advantage that a drug can be released in the upper GI tract after a definite time period of no drug release. The objective of this study was to develop and evaluate a floating and pulsatile drug delivery system based on an impermeable cylinder. Pulsatile capsule was prepared by sealing the drug tablet and the buoyant material filler inside the impermeable capsule body with erodible plug. The drug delivery system showed typical floating and pulsatile release profile with a lag time followed by a rapid release phase. The lag time prior to the pulsatile drug release correlated well with the erosion properties of plugs and the composition of the plug could be controlled by the weight of the plug. The buoyancy of the whole system depended on the bulk density of the dosage form. Gamma-scintigraphic evaluation in humans was used to establish methodology capable of showing the subsequent in vivo performance of the floating and pulsatile release capsule. Developed formulations showed instantaneous floating with no drug release during the lag time followed by a pulse drug release. From the gamma-scintigraphic results, the pulsatile release capsule we prepared could achieve a rapid release after lag time in vivo, which was longer than that in vitro. The scintigraphic evaluation could confirm qualitatively that the system with in vitro lag time of 4.0 h provided, with relatively high reproducibility, a pulsatile release occurred around 5.0 h after administration.

  19. Automated Trajectory Planner of Industrial Robot for Pick-and-Place Task

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Industrial robots, due to their great speed, precision and cost-effectiveness in repetitive tasks, now tend to be used in place of human workers in automated manufacturing systems. In particular, they perform the pick-and-place operation, a non-value-added activity which at the same time cannot be eliminated. Hence, minimum time is an important consideration for economic reasons in the trajectory planning system of the manipulator. The trajectory should also be smooth to handle parts precisely in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing, processing and handling of chemicals and medicines, and fluid and aerosol deposition. In this paper, an automated trajectory planner is proposed to determine a smooth, minimum-time and collision-free trajectory for the pick-and-place operations of a 6-DOF robotic manipulator in the presence of an obstacle. Subsequently, it also proposes an algorithm for the jerk-bounded Synchronized Trigonometric S-curve Trajectory (STST and the ‘forbidden-sphere’ technique to avoid the obstacle. The proposed planner is demonstrated with suitable examples and comparisons. The experiments show that the proposed planner is capable of providing a smoother trajectory than the cubic spline based trajectory.

  20. Research Progress of Melanoma Imaging with Radionuclide Agents

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    YOU Qiang

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In comparison with CT, ultrasonography, MRI et al, scintigraphic imaging have the advantages of high specificity and recognizes lesions and structure-function of the receptor and metabolism in molecular level, which could diagnose melanoma and its metastasis earlier. With the emergence of more new imaging agents, this unique advantage was more obviously. This article discussed the latest research progress of melanoma imaging with radionuclide agents from aspects of single photon and positron.

  1. Scintigraphic evaluation of osteoblastic activity in extraction sockets treated with platelet-rich fibrin.

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    Gürbüzer, Bahadir; Pikdöken, Levent; Tunali, Mustafa; Urhan, Muammer; Küçükodaci, Zafer; Ercan, Feriha

    2010-05-01

    To evaluate the effect of platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) on the early bone healing process with bone scintigraphy based on technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate uptake in third molar extraction sockets. Fourteen patients with bilaterally soft tissue impacted third mandibular molars were included in the study. The right and left impacted third molars were surgically extracted in the same session. PRF was randomly administered into one of the extraction sockets, whereas the contralateral sockets were left without treatment. Four weeks after surgery, scintigrams were obtained to evaluate scintigraphic differences between PRF-treated and non-PRF-treated sockets. After completion of the clinical study, PRF samples were evaluated by light and scanning electron microscopy. The average increase in technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate uptake as an indication of enhanced bone healing did not differ significantly between PRF-treated and non-PRF-treated sockets 4 weeks postoperatively (P > .05). Abundant fibrin and inflammatory cells were observed by light microscopic examination of PRF samples. Scanning electron microscopic analysis of PRF revealed the existence of platelet aggregates in a fibrin network and crystalline particles on the outer surface of PRF. PRF might not lead to enhanced bone healing in soft tissue impacted mandibular third molar extraction sockets 4 weeks after surgery. PRF exhibits the potential characteristics of an autologous fibrin matrix. However, whether the presence of crystal-like particles on the outer surface of PRF alters bone healing should be investigated further. Copyright 2010 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Modified PISAPED Criteria in Combination with Ventilation Scintigraphic Finding for Predicting Acute Pulmonary Embolism.

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    Watanabe, Naoyuki; Fettich, Jure; Küçük, Nurie Özlem; Kraft, Otakar; Mut, Fernando; Choudhury, Partha; Sharma, Surendra K; Endo, Keigo; Dondi, Maurizio

    2015-01-01

    This prospective clinical study aimed at assessing three pulmonary scintigraphic algorithms to detect acute pulmonary embolism (PE): Lung ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scintigraphy along with modified prospective investigation of pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PIOPED) criteria; lung perfusion scintigraphy along with prospective investigative study of acute pulmonary embolism diagnosis (PISAPED) criteria; and lung perfusion scan in combination with ventilation scan, along with modified PISAPED criteria, which were newly developed. Patients with suspicion of PE were eligible for this study if they had no abnormal chest x-ray. Their diagnostic workup included a clinical assessment, a pulmonary V/Q scintigraphy, and CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), as well as a clinical outcome assessment over a period of 24 weeks. Referred to the final clinical diagnosis of patients, the sensitivity and specificity of each algorithm were evaluated. The diagnostic performance of each algorithm by the area under the maximum likelihood fitted receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was determined. With respect to the PISAPED criteria, the sensitivity was 60.8% and specificity was 87.3%. No patient was classified into nondiagnostic category. The PIOPED criteria showed that the sensitivity was 95.0% and specificity was 88.2%, while 57.4% of the patients were in nondiagnostic category. The areas under the ROC curve constructed from the PISAPED criteria results and the modified PIOPED criteria results were 0.734 and 0.859 (P < 0.01), respectively. The modified PISAPED criteria demonstrated that the sensitivity was 83.8% and specificity was 89.1%. No patient was classified into nondiagnostic category. The area under the ROC curve constructed from modified PISAPED criteria was 0.864 (P < 0.01). Perfusion scans used with ventilation scans and modified PISAPED criteria may increase the diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary scintigraphy for acute PE, compared with the two major algorithms.

  3. Leukocyte scintigraphy: correlation of serial scintigraphic findings and clinical progression of inflammatory bowel disease

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    Ho, Y.; Kelly, M.J.; Kaliff, V. [Alfred Hospital, Prahan, VIC (Australia). Department of Nuclear Medicine

    1997-12-01

    Full text: This study was performed (a) to determine whether the clinical progress of individual patients with inflammatory bowel disease mirrored changes in leukocyte scans, and (b) to assess the reasons for significant discrepancies. Two nuclear medicine physicians reviewed 44 white cell scans in 20 consecutive patients (4 males, 18 females) who were referred for two or more leukocyte scans (using either the {sup 111}In Oxine or {sup 99m}Tc HMPAO labelling methods) by three gastroenterologists between 1 January 1992 and 1 June 1996. The sequential scanpairs (range 2-18 months apart) were classified by consensus reading as showing no change, more severe or less severe disease. Questionnaires were sent to the referring gastroenterologists to determine whether the overall clinical status of each patient was unchanged, better or worse in the interval between the two scans. There was complete agreement between clinical and scintigraphic assessment in 45% (10/22) of the study pairs. Review of responses of the three individual gastroenterologists showed a wide range of agreement (4/4, 4/5, 2/13). Review of data showed that most disagreement was based on subjective clinical assessment, and hence of uncertain significance. In two patients, however, potentially preventable false negative leukocyte scans occurred in patients with active proctitis. This may be overcome by rigorous attention to ensure complete emptying of radioactivity from the bladder when {sup 99m}Tc HMPAO is used. It was concluded that serial leukocyte scans add to clinical assessment but careful technique is needed to avoid false negative scans in the rectum

  4. Comparison Of Dimercaptosuccinic Acid Scintigraphic And Voiding Cystourethrographic Findings In Patient With Acute Pyelonephritis

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    Fahimi P

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available Acute Pyelonephritis (APN is one of the most common bacterial infections seen in children that may lead to renal scarring. Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR is an important risk factor of renal damage but not the only one. Materials and Methods: In order to determine the association between dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA scintigraphic and voiding cystourethrographic findings, a retrospective study was performed on 50 children (100 renal units with APN that had been admitted to Bahrami Hospital from 1995 through 1998. Voiding cystourethrography (VCUG and DMSA scan were performed in all patients within 1 to 2 weeks after termination of treatment and a second scan was performed 6 months later in patients whose kidneys showed cortical defects in the first one. The grade of reflux was based on international reflux classification (I-V. The DMSA scans were considered abnormal if one or more areas of decreased cortical uptake were noted (cortical defect. The scar was defined as persistence of these defects in the second scan. DMSA cortical defect and VUR were demonstrated in 42 (42% and 26 (26% of renal units respectively."nResults: Fourteen out of 26 renal units (54% with reflux had cortical defects and 28 out of 74 renal units (38% without reflux had cortical defects (P=0.15. Permanent renal scarring was noted in 25/ 42 of renal units (62 % in second scan. Conclusion: It seems that VCUG alone is insufficient as a screening modality to identity those kidneys at risk of damage and DMSA scan may provide additional information about this."n 

  5. 99m-Tc HMDP bone scintigraphic findings of gouty arthropathy of both hands. Extending soft tissue uptake adjacent to the joints

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    Shih, Wei-Jen; Domstad, P.A.; Purcell, M.; DeLand, F.H.

    The /sup 99m/Tc hydroxy methylene diphosphonate scintigraphic findings of both hands are correlated to the radiographic findings in a patient with a 30-year history of gouty arthropathy. Scintigraphic differentiation of the type of arthritis on the basis of uptake pattern is difficult. However, the findings of rheumatoid arthritis are confined to the joints and usually the involvement is symmetrical. With gout there is a tendency toward asymmetrical, bilateral, multifocal joint involvement with areas of intense abnormal uptake; because of the associated soft tissue swelling, the intense uptake usually extends beyond the involved joints.

  6. Research for Stakeholders: Delivering the ShakeOut Earthquake Scenario to Golden Guardian Emergency Exercise Planners

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    Perry, S. C.; Holbrook, C. C.

    2008-12-01

    The ShakeOut Scenario of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas Fault was developed to fit needs of end users, particularly emergency managers at Federal, State, and local levels. Customization has continued after initial publication. The Scenario, a collaboration among some 300 experts in physical and social sciences, engineering, and industry, was released in May, 2008, to a key planning conference for the November 2008 Golden Guardian Exercise series. According to long-standing observers, the 2008 exercise is the most ambitious of their experience. The scientific foundation has attracted a large number of participants and there are already requests to continue use of the Scenario in 2009. Successful exercises cover a limited range of capabilities, in order to test performance in measurable ways, and to train staff without overwhelming them. Any one exercise would fail if it attempted to capture the complexity of impacts from a major earthquake. Instead, exercise planners have used the Scenario like a magnifying glass to identify risk and capabilities most critical to their own jurisdictions. Presentations by Scenario scientists and a 16-page narrative provided an initial overview. However, many planners were daunted in attempts to extract details from a 300-page report, 12 supplemental studies, and 10 appendices, or in attempts to cast the reality into straightforward events to drive successful exercises. Thus we developed an evolving collection of documents, presentations, and consultations that included impacts to specific jurisdictions; distillations of damages and consequences; and annotated lists of capabilities and situations to consider. Some exercise planners needed realistic extrapolations beyond posited damages; others sought reality checks; yet others needed new formats or perspectives. Through all this, it was essential to maintain flexibility, assisting planners to adjust findings where appropriate, while indicating why some results

  7. Performance characteristics of scintigraphic colon transit measurement in health and irritable bowel syndrome and relationship to bowel functions.

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    Deiteren, A; Camilleri, M; Bharucha, A E; Burton, D; McKinzie, S; Rao, A S; Zinsmeister, A R

    2010-04-01

    The inter- and intra-subject variations of scintigraphy, which are used to identify colonic transit disturbances in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), are unclear. The relationship between colonic transit and bowel functions is incompletely understood. To assess inter- and intra-subject variations of scintigraphic colonic transit measurements in 86 IBS patients and 17 healthy subjects and to quantify the relationship between colonic transit and bowel symptoms in 147 IBS patients and 46 healthy subjects. Data from participants with multiple colonic transit measurements were analysed. Primary end points were colonic filling at 6 h (CF6h) and geometric center (GC) at 24 and 48 h for colonic transit. Bowel functions were assessed by daily stool diaries. Inter- and intra-subject variations were greater for small intestinal than colonic transit. Overall, inter- and intra-subject variations were relatively narrow for colonic transit (both GC24h and GC48h, with lower COV at 48 h); there was little intra-subject variation in health and IBS-constipation over a period of Colonic transit was significantly associated with stool form (accounting for 19-27% of the variance), frequency (19%), and ease of stool passage (12%). Despite inter-subject variation in scintigraphic colonic transit results, the intra-subject measurements are reproducible over time in healthy volunteers and patients with IBS; significant changes in colonic transit at 24 h were observed only in IBS-D. Colonic transit is associated with stool form, frequency and ease of passage.

  8. Scintigraphic calf perfusion symmetry after exercise and prediction of cardiovascular events: One stone to kill two birds?

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    Tellier, Philippe [Centre de Medecine Nucleaire de l' Artois, Clinique Sainte Catherine, 62 223 Sainte Catherine Les Arras (France)]. E-mail: phtellier2@wanadoo.fr; Lecouffe, Pascal [Centre de Medecine Nucleaire de l' Artois, Clinique Sainte Catherine, 62 223 Sainte Catherine Les Arras (France); Zureik, Mahmoud [National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Unit 508, Institut Pasteur de Lille (France)

    2007-02-01

    Background: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is commonly associated with a high cardiovascular mortality and morbidity as a marker of plurifocal atherosclerosis. Whether exercise thallium perfusion muscular asymmetry in the legs associated with PAD has prognostic value is unknown. Such a hypothesis was evaluated in a prospective study which remains the gold standard in clinical research. Methods and results: Scintigraphic calf perfusion symmetry after exercise (SCPSE) was measured at the end of a maximal or symptom-limited treadmill exercise test in 358 patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). During the follow-up period (mean 85.3{+-}32.8 months), 93 cardiovascular events and deaths (incident cases) occurred. Among those incident cases, the percentage of subjects with higher SCPSE values (third tertile) was 45.2%, versus 29.1% in controls (lower tertiles) (p=0.005). In stepwise multivariate analysis performed with the Cox proportional hazards model, previous CAD and SCPSE were the only significant independent predictors of prognosis. The multivariate relative risk of cardiovascular death or event in subjects with higher values of SCPSE was 1.94 (95% CI: 1.15-3.21; p<0.01). Conclusions: Scintigraphic calf perfusion asymmetry after exercise was independently associated with incident cardiovascular events in high-risk subjects. This index, which is easily and quickly calculated, could be used for evaluation of cardiovascular risk.

  9. Health practitioners' and health planners' information needs and seeking behavior for decision making in Uganda.

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    Kapiriri, Lydia; Bondy, Susan J

    2006-01-01

    Access to reliable information is the most cost-effective and achievable strategy for sustainable improvement in health care. While several studies have described practitioners' information seeking behavior in developed countries, literature from developing countries is lacking. The aims of the study were: (i) to determine the most influential type of information for health workers' and planners' decision making; (ii) to establish the practitioners' evaluation of the availability and quality of this important information; and (iii) to establish the most commonly used/accessible sources of the information relevant for decision making in Uganda. Self-administered questionnaires were sent to 610 health workers, planners, and administrators at the national, district and health facility levels in four districts in Uganda. Respondents were reminded three times, after which non-response was registered. Data were entered, cleaned and analysed using SPSS version 12.0. Logistic regression analysis was used to test for differences in responses. The response rate was 67.7% (413). The respondents indicated that personal experience (79%), discussion with colleagues (76%) and national policy and treatment guidelines (75%) were most influential when making decisions in health care and planning. They reported that most of the epidemiological information was available and of relatively good quality but there was lack of information about distribution of benefit, segregated demographic data, and social values. The most often used sources of information included; discussions with colleagues (89%), doctors' statements (85%) and text books (77%). The least frequently used sources were the internet and the library. This varied with respondents' designation and region of origin. Health planners and practitioners lack some of the information relevant for decision making. They tend to rely on the national policy and treatment guidelines, discussion with colleagues, and personal experience

  10. Scintigraphic bone scans in patients after total hip replacement; Badanie scyntygraficzne koscca w ocenie aseptycznego i septycznego obluzowania endoprotez stawu biodrowego

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    Bohatyrewicz, A.; Birkenfeld, B.; Mazurkiewicz, H.; Tustanowski, S. [Pomorska Akademia Medyczna, Szczecin (Poland)

    1993-12-31

    The results of clinical examination, three-phase bone scintigraphy and intraoperative findings were compared in 29 patients. Scintigraphic criteria of infection or aseptic loosening have been presented. The method proved to be highly useful with sensitivity and accuracy being 100, 73 and 90% respectively. (author). 17 refs, 2 figs, 2 tabs.

  11. Position paper nuclear cardiology: Update 2008. State-of-the-art of scintigraphic methods; Positionspapier Nuklearkardiologie: Update 2008. Aktueller Stand der szintigraphischen Methodik

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    Schaefers, Michael [Universitaetsklinikum Muenster (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Bengel, F. [Johns Hopkins Univ. Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD (United States). Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine; Buell, U. [Universitaetsklinikum Aachen (DE). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin] (and others)

    2009-07-01

    Nuclear cardiology is well established in clinical diagnostic algorithms for many years. This is an update 2008 of the first common position paper of the German Association of Nuclear Medicine and the German Association of Cardiology, Heart and Circulation Research published in 2001 aiming at an overview of state-of-the-art scintigraphic methods.

  12. Marvin: A Heuristic Search Planner with Online Macro-Action Learning

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    2011-01-01

    This paper describes Marvin, a planner that competed in the Fourth International Planning Competition (IPC 4). Marvin uses action-sequence-memoisation techniques to generate macro-actions, which are then used during search for a solution plan. We provide an overview of its architecture and search behaviour, detailing the algorithms used. We also empirically demonstrate the effectiveness of its features in various planning domains; in particular, the effects on performance due to the use of macro-actions, the novel features of its search behaviour, and the native support of ADL and Derived Predicates.

  13. Optimizing marketing intervention strategies in the obesogenic environment: REACH FAR, the eight criteria for program planners.

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    Harker, Michael; Harker, Debra; Burns, Robert

    2008-01-01

    Obesity is a significant problem for most industrialised nations and an emerging one for developing nations (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2005). Childhood obesity is of particular concern. This paper, using systematic review procedures, has analysed the intervention strategies used to fight the obesity battle over the past twenty years. For a number of reasons the effectiveness of many intervention strategies was found wanting whilst a minority of cases studied were sound. These cases were analysed and a set of principles developed that could deliver improved processes and outcomes to the problems encountered by planners in the complex obesogenic environment.

  14. Development of a Healthy Urban Route Planner for cyclists and pedestrians in Amsterdam

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    van der Molen, Michiel; Ligtenberg, Arend; Vreugdenhil, Corne; Steeneveld, Gert-Jan

    2017-04-01

    Cities are hotspots of air pollution and heat stress, the exposure to which results in nuisance, health risks, cost of medication, reduced labour productivity and sick leave for citizens. Yet the air pollution and heat stress are spatially and temporally unevenly distributed over the city, depending on pollutant emissions, street design and atmospheric turbulent mixing and radiation. This spatiotemporal variation allows pedestrians and bikers to choose alternative routes to minimize their exposure, if the distribution is known. In this project, we develop a route planner for bicyclists and pedestrians for Amsterdam (NL), that proposes routes and departure times based on model simulations of weather and air quality. We use the WRF-Chem atmosphere and air quality model at unprecedented grid spacing of 100-m (Ronda et al, 2015, Super et al, 2016), with an underlying urban canopy model and NOx and PM10 emissions. The emissions by traffic are calculated based on observed traffic intensities and emission factors. An urban land use map will characterize urban density and street configuration to estimate urban heat storage (Attema et al, 2015). WRF-Chem runs will be issued daily for a lead time of 48 hours, resulting in forecast maps of temperature and pollutant concentrations that will be uniquely expressed in a metric that combines both threats. The hourly fields of this metric are provided to the route planner based on the open source routing library pgRouting to identify the more healthy routes on the route network of Amsterdam. The objectives of the healthy urban route planner are to raise awareness of heat and air quality issues in Amsterdam, to provide an innovative adaptation tool for citizens and tourists, to locate the most important bottlenecks in (the exposure to) air pollution and heat stress, and ultimately to test the readiness of the travellers to use the information and adapt the route. We expect to particularly target a group of lung- and cardiovascular

  15. Collaborative planning for city development. A perspective from a city planner

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    Kamalia Purbani

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available A number of definitions related to collaborative governance have been developed since early 2000. The common characteristics of collaborative governance are, among others, policy consensus, community visioning, consensus rule-making, and collaborative network structures. Collaborative planning is a new paradigm of planning for a complex contemporary society through which it encourages people to be engaged in a dialogue in a situation of equal empowerment and shared information to learn new ideas through mutual understanding, to create innovative outcomes and to build institutional capacity. This indicates that collaborative planning can provide policy makers with more effective community participation. Collaborative process is the key of collaborative planning which also emphasizes the significant role of collaborative leadership. The process includes a participatory activity of dialogue oriented to the joint decision and summarized in a collaborative process. The collaborative leadership is crucial for setting and maintaining clear ground rules, building trust, facilitating dialogue, and exploring mutual gains. Along with the shift of planning paradigm, the role of city planner will also change since the city planning deals with the political process. In the political process, city planners must be able to perform as technocrats, bureaucrats, lawyers and politicians who always uphold their ethics because they are responsible to the society, the assignor for their integrity and professionalism.

  16. Drivers’ Visual Behavior-Guided RRT Motion Planner for Autonomous On-Road Driving

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    Mingbo Du

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a real-time motion planner based on the drivers’ visual behavior-guided rapidly exploring random tree (RRT approach, which is applicable to on-road driving of autonomous vehicles. The primary novelty is in the use of the guidance of drivers’ visual search behavior in the framework of RRT motion planner. RRT is an incremental sampling-based method that is widely used to solve the robotic motion planning problems. However, RRT is often unreliable in a number of practical applications such as autonomous vehicles used for on-road driving because of the unnatural trajectory, useless sampling, and slow exploration. To address these problems, we present an interesting RRT algorithm that introduces an effective guided sampling strategy based on the drivers’ visual search behavior on road and a continuous-curvature smooth method based on B-spline. The proposed algorithm is implemented on a real autonomous vehicle and verified against several different traffic scenarios. A large number of the experimental results demonstrate that our algorithm is feasible and efficient for on-road autonomous driving. Furthermore, the comparative test and statistical analyses illustrate that its excellent performance is superior to other previous algorithms.

  17. Drivers’ Visual Behavior-Guided RRT Motion Planner for Autonomous On-Road Driving

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    Du, Mingbo; Mei, Tao; Liang, Huawei; Chen, Jiajia; Huang, Rulin; Zhao, Pan

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes a real-time motion planner based on the drivers’ visual behavior-guided rapidly exploring random tree (RRT) approach, which is applicable to on-road driving of autonomous vehicles. The primary novelty is in the use of the guidance of drivers’ visual search behavior in the framework of RRT motion planner. RRT is an incremental sampling-based method that is widely used to solve the robotic motion planning problems. However, RRT is often unreliable in a number of practical applications such as autonomous vehicles used for on-road driving because of the unnatural trajectory, useless sampling, and slow exploration. To address these problems, we present an interesting RRT algorithm that introduces an effective guided sampling strategy based on the drivers’ visual search behavior on road and a continuous-curvature smooth method based on B-spline. The proposed algorithm is implemented on a real autonomous vehicle and verified against several different traffic scenarios. A large number of the experimental results demonstrate that our algorithm is feasible and efficient for on-road autonomous driving. Furthermore, the comparative test and statistical analyses illustrate that its excellent performance is superior to other previous algorithms. PMID:26784203

  18. Methods and approaches of environmental geology mapping: Meeting the planner's requirement

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    Marker, Brian R.

    Environmental policies are influenced by a wide range of interests. Sensible planning of land use and decisions on planning applications depend on sound information. Much of this concerns economic, social and environmental issues. Whilst the physical and chemical characteristics of ground materials are relevant to many land uses, there is often a limited appreciation of this amongst planners. Collaboration between earth scientists and planners is needed to ensure that the right information is sought and provided. Applied earth science mapping is one route towards providing the information. Such studies need to address the right issues and to present the results in the right manner. The results should be concentrated on the information essential for land-use planning. They need to be presented in a clear, concise and easily used form. Relevant basic concepts should be carefully explained and illustrated. Maps are most useful if they show factors directly related to planning policies. These will normally show economically significant earth resources and constraints to development. Maps showing the suitability of land for various uses are particularly valuable. Examples are given for sand and gravel resources and for mined ground.

  19. Health planners and local public finance--the case for revenue sharing.

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    Rocheleau, B; Warren, S

    1980-01-01

    Little attention has been paid by health planners or researchers to questions of local public finance. However, a review of the literature concerning general revenue sharing (GRS) funds indicated that about $400 million per year from this source is spent on health services and resources. GRS funds, about $6.4 billion per year, are distributed to more than 39,000 State, county, and city governments. The 1976 amendments to the General Revenue Sharing Act eliminated restrictions on the use of the funds, and they can be employed as matching funds for other Federal monies. An exploratory study of the use of GRS funds for health purposes was conducted in several localities, with particular attention to the health systems agencies. Its results confirmed that there are wide variations among localities in the use of revenue-sharing funds to support health services. Also, not only did the health systems agencies' officials have little impact on the allocation of revenue sharing funds, but only in one locale had an HSA official taken a direct role in the budgetary process. Health planners, who were interviewed during the study, described what they considered their agencies' proper role in local budgetary matters.

  20. The Creative Side of the Reflective Planner. Updating the Schön’s Findings

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    Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The self-reflection on their own work has always been present in all designers, including architects and planners. In the mid 80-90 Donald Schön has made more explicit this aspect, which until then had not found a systematic scientific treatment.  The results of Schön are the basis of practical planning of the 90s period. However, the Schön's analysis reveals a context of knowledge of mental functioning typical of the conceiving period. From the 90s until now numerous advances in knowledge of the mechanisms of rationality, reflection and creativity have been made, and in this context we are interested in the progress made in the field of creativity.  We try to integrate and update the Schön's reflection with the new available theories such as the CK theory to offer planners a more innovated range of tools in order to understand and make better use of their creativity and self-reflection about their own creativity.

  1. Drivers' Visual Behavior-Guided RRT Motion Planner for Autonomous On-Road Driving.

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    Du, Mingbo; Mei, Tao; Liang, Huawei; Chen, Jiajia; Huang, Rulin; Zhao, Pan

    2016-01-15

    This paper describes a real-time motion planner based on the drivers' visual behavior-guided rapidly exploring random tree (RRT) approach, which is applicable to on-road driving of autonomous vehicles. The primary novelty is in the use of the guidance of drivers' visual search behavior in the framework of RRT motion planner. RRT is an incremental sampling-based method that is widely used to solve the robotic motion planning problems. However, RRT is often unreliable in a number of practical applications such as autonomous vehicles used for on-road driving because of the unnatural trajectory, useless sampling, and slow exploration. To address these problems, we present an interesting RRT algorithm that introduces an effective guided sampling strategy based on the drivers' visual search behavior on road and a continuous-curvature smooth method based on B-spline. The proposed algorithm is implemented on a real autonomous vehicle and verified against several different traffic scenarios. A large number of the experimental results demonstrate that our algorithm is feasible and efficient for on-road autonomous driving. Furthermore, the comparative test and statistical analyses illustrate that its excellent performance is superior to other previous algorithms.

  2. Causes of appearance of scintigraphic hot areas on thyroid scintigraphy analyzed with clinical features and comparative ultrasonographic findings

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    Iwata, Masahiro [Hikone Municipal Hospital, Shiga (Japan); Kasagi, Kanji [Takamatsu Red Cross Hospital, Kagawa (Japan); Hatabu, Hiroto [Univ. of Pennsylvania Medical Center, PA (United States); Misaki, Takashi; Iida, Yasuhiro; Fujita, Toru; Konishi, Junji [Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Graduate School of Medicine

    2002-06-01

    This study was done retrospectively to analyze the ultrasonographic (US) findings in thyroid scintigraphic hot areas (HA). Three-thousand, eight-hundred and thirty-nine consecutive patients who underwent {sup 99m}Tc-pertechnetate (n=3435) or {sup 123}I (n=457) scintigraphy were analyzed. HA were regarded as present when the tracer concentration was greater than the remaining thyroid tissue, or when hemilobar uptake was observed. High-resolution US examinations were performed with a real-time electronic linear scanner with a 7.5 or 10 MHz transducer. One hundred and four (2.7%) were found to be scintigraphic HA (n=120). US revealed a nodular lesion or well-demarcated thyroid tissue corresponding to the HA in 94 areas (78.4%, Category 1), an ill-defined region with different echogenicity in 13 areas (10.8%, Category 2), and no correlating lesion in 13 areas (10.8%, Category 3). These 104 patients included 43 with adenomatous goiter (59 areas), 33 with adenoma, 11 with Hashimoto's thyroiditis, 5 with primary thyroid cancer, 4 with euthyroid ophthalmic Graves' disease (EOG), 3 with hemilobar atrophy or hypogenesis, 2 with hemilobar agenesis, 2 with hypothyroidism with blocking-type TSH-receptor antibodies (TSHRAb), 1 with acute suppurative thyroiditis. Among the 59 adenomatous nodules and 33 adenomas, 51 (86.4%) and 32 (97.0%), respectively, belonged to Category 1. A solitary toxic nodule was significantly larger and occurs more often in older patients than in younger patients. On the other hand, all 17 patients with known autoimmune thyroid diseases including Hashimoto's thyroiditis, EOG and hypothyroidism with blocking TSHRAb belonged to Category 2 or 3. Possible underlying mechanisms are hyperfunctioning tumors or nodules, localized functioning thyroid tissue freed from autoimmune destruction, inflammation or tumor invasion, congenital abnormality, clusters of hyperactive follicular cells caused by long-term TSH and/or TSHRAb stimulation, asymmetry

  3. [Magnetic resonance imaging of tibial periostitis].

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    Meyer, X; Boscagli, G; Tavernier, T; Aczel, F; Weber, F; Legros, R; Charlopain, P; Martin, J P

    1998-01-01

    Tibial periostitis frequently occurs in athletes. We present our experience with MRI in a series of 7 patients (11 legs) with this condition. The clinical presentation and scintigraphic scanning suggested the diagnosis. MRI exploration of 11 legs demonstrated a high band-like juxta-osseous signal enhancement of SE and IR T2 weighted sequences in 6 cases, a signal enhancement after i.v. contrast administration in 4. Tibial periostitis is a clinical diagnosis and MRI and scintigraphic findings can be used to assure the differential diagnosis in difficult cases with stress fracture. MRI can visualize juxta-osseous edematous and inflammatory reactions and an increased signal would appear to be characteristic when the band-like image is fixed to the periosteum.

  4. Scintigraphic Demonstration of Urine Extravasation Secondary to Acute Ureteral Obstruction: A Case Report and Some Considerations about Acute Ureteral Obstruction

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    Federico M. Sarmiento

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute ureteral obstruction produces renal damage and complications that are proportional to the severity and length of the obstruction. Anatomic diagnosis of the obstruction may be insufficient to manage the patient. Intravenous urogram (IVU is the method usually advised by radiologists to obtain functional information, but requires iodinated contrast agents. IVU anatomic information is superior to anatomic information obtained with renal scintigraphy, but normally the physician already has the anatomic information (unenhanced CT or ultrasound. A renal scan offers better physiologic information than the IVU, has neither adverse effects nor complications, is accurate to confirm or discard significant ureteral obstruction, and depicts obstruction complications. This paper presents a patient with spontaneous urine extravasation secondary to acute renal obstruction who is diagnosed with renal scintigraphy. The authors describe the scintigraphic signs of extraperitoneal, diffuse perinephric, urine extravasation and emphasize the role of renal scintigraphy in diagnosis and follow-up of renal colic.

  5. Increased technetium uptake is not equivalent to muscle necrosis: scintigraphic, morphological and intramuscular pressure analyses of sore muscles after exercise

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    Crenshaw, A. G.; Friden, J.; Hargens, A. R.; Lang, G. H.; Thornell, L. E.

    1993-01-01

    A scintigraphic technique employing technetium pyrophosphate uptake was used to identify the area of skeletal muscle damage in the lower leg of four runners 24 h after an ultramarathon footrace (160 km). Most of the race had been run downhill which incorporated an extensive amount of eccentric work. Soreness was diffuse throughout the posterior region of the lower leg. In order to interpret what increased technetium uptake reflects and to express extreme endurance related damages, a biopsy was taken from the 3-D position of abnormal uptake. In addition, intramuscular pressures were determined in the deep posterior compartment. Scintigraphs revealed increased technetium pyrophosphate uptake in the medial portion of the gastrocnemius muscle. For 3698 fibres analysed, 33 fibres (1%) were necrotic, while a few other fibres were either atrophic or irregular shaped. A cluster of necrotic fibres occurred at the fascicular periphery for one subject and fibre type grouping occurred for another. Ultrastructural analysis revealed Z-line streaming near many capillaries and variously altered subsarcolemmal mitochondria including some with paracrystalline inclusions. The majority of the capillaries included thickened and irregular shaped endothelial cells. Intramuscular pressures of the deep posterior compartment were slightly elevated (12-15 mmHg) for three of the four subjects. Increased technetium uptake following extreme endurance running does not just reflect muscle necrosis but also subtle fibre abnormalities. Collectively, these pathological findings are attributed to relative ischaemia occurring during the race and during pre-race training, whereas, intramuscular pressure elevations associated with muscle soreness are attributed to mechanical stress caused by extensive eccentric work during the race.

  6. Thyroid and parathyroid imaging

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    Sandler, M.P.; Patton, J.A.; Partain, C.L.

    1986-01-01

    This book describes the numerous modalities currently used in the diagnosis and treatment of both thyroid and parathyroid disorders. Each modality is fully explained and then evaluated in terms of benefits and limitations in the clinical context. Contents: Production and Quality Control of Radiopharmaceutics Used for Diagnosis and Therapy in Thyroid and Parathyroid Disorders. Basic Physics. Nuclear Instrumentation. Radioimmunoassay: Thyroid Function Tests. Quality Control. Embryology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Thyroid Function Studies. Scintigraphic Thyroid Imaging. Neonatal and Pediatric Thyroid Imaging. Radioiodine Thyroid Uptake Measurement. Radioiodine Treatment of Thyroid Disorders. Radiation Dosimetry of Diagnostic Procedures. Radiation Safety Procedures for High-Level I-131 Therapies. X-Ray Fluorescent Scanning. Thyroid Sonography. Computed Tomography in Thyroid Disease. Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Thyroid Disease. Parathyroid Imaging.

  7. From discharge planner to "concierge": recommendations for hospital social work by clients with intracerebral hemorrhage.

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    Linton, Kristen F; Ing, Marissa M; Vento, Megan A; Nakagawa, Kazuma

    2015-01-01

    The Affordable Care Act and budget cuts have changed the role of hospital social workers by placing pressure on them to conduct speedy discharges and decrease readmission rates. This qualitative study aimed to assess if hospital social work is meeting the needs of clients in the hospital and postdischarge. Semistructured interviews with 10 clients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and 11 caregivers were conducted. Participants reported that social work services were not meeting their needs. Clients with ICH and their caregivers expressed needs from social workers that surpassed their roles as discharge planners, including counseling, help with finances and insurance, and advocacy. Participants wanted social work services to begin early in acute treatment with continuity postdischarge. Social workers should conduct ethical social work by meeting clients where they are, addressing needs as prioritized by the client, and advocating individually and organizationally for clients.

  8. "A Nice Place to Visit, But...": Television's Image of the City

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    Harris, William W.

    1976-01-01

    Urban planners and officials are calling for a revitalization of dying American cities. The media, a contributor to perpetuating the city's negative image, is being remobilized to combat that image. (Author)

  9. The Wellness Planner: empowerment, quality of life, and continuity of care in mental illness.

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    Marchinko, Shelley; Clarke, Diana

    2011-08-01

    Coordination of mental health services has often been a challenge from the user's point of view. Resulting gaps in care can lead to increased use of crisis services, more frequent hospitalization, and impaired quality of life. This study examined an innovative approach to building an individual's self-care capacities by testing the use of a wellness intervention: an adaptation of a client-held medical record/crisis plan in booklet form. Fifty individuals using community mental health services were recruited. Using a pretest-posttest design, participants completed measures of empowerment, continuity of care, quality of life, and satisfaction with services at the start of and again following 3 months of using the booklet. The booklet, referred to as the Wellness Planner, included components that have been empirically demonstrated as effective, such as crisis planning, goal setting, and resource planning. For the 42 individuals who completed the study, statistically significant increases were seen in empowerment, continuity of care, and satisfaction with services after 3 months of using the Wellness Planner. Qualitative data further demonstrated positive acceptance of the booklet by the users. Findings of the study suggest that the use of such a booklet could not only have a positive impact on the recovery of individuals but could also have utility within the mental health system. Since the completion of this study, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has adopted the booklet for use within all its adult mental health programs. Future research will focus on the impact of the booklet on system-wide indicators such as service utilization and readmission rates. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. What do District Health Planners in Tanzania think about improving priority setting using 'Accountability for Reasonableness'?

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    Olsen Oystein

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Priority setting in every health system is complex and difficult. In less wealthy countries the dominant approach to priority setting has been Burden of Disease (BOD and cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA, which is helpful, but insufficient because it focuses on a narrow range of values – need and efficiency – and not the full range of relevant values, including legitimacy and fairness. 'Accountability for reasonableness' is a conceptual framework for legitimate and fair priority setting and is empirically based and ethically justified. It connects priority setting to broader, more fundamental, democratic deliberative processes that have an impact on social justice and equity. Can 'accountability for reasonableness' be helpful for improving priority setting in less wealthy countries? Methods In 2005, Tanzanian scholars from the Primary Health Care Institute (PHCI conducted 6 capacity building workshops with senior health staff, district planners and managers, and representatives of the Tanzanian Ministry of Health to discussion improving priority setting in Tanzania using 'accountability for reasonableness'. The purpose of this paper is to describe this initiative and the participants' views about the approach. Results The approach to improving priority setting using 'accountability for reasonableness' was viewed by district decision makers with enthusiastic favour because it was the first framework that directly addressed their priority setting concerns. High level Ministry of Health participants were also very supportive of the approach. Conclusion Both Tanzanian district and governmental health planners viewed the 'accountability for reasonableness' approach with enthusiastic favour because it was the first framework that directly addressed their concerns.

  11. Clinical, Radiologic and scintigraphic evaluation of the results of A. Moore and Thompson prostheses in the management of femoral neck fractures

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    Kiran, Ugur; Orhan, Zafer; Parmaksizoglu, Atilla Sancar; Ozkaya, Ufuk; Yalaman, Okan; Yazıcı, Nüzhet

    2004-01-01

    140 patients had been operated due to femoral neck fractures in the Ortopaedics and Traumatology CIinic Taksim State Hospital during the period of 1985 to 1991 and of this group, 42 patient's results were clinically, radiologically and scintigraphically evaluated. We evaluated the technical criteria used in the A.Moore type and the Thompson type endoprostheses, and tried to emphasize the significance of Tc-99 bone scanning in assesment of the results of prosthetic replacement. In this study, ...

  12. Primary oxalosis of the adult. Scintigraphic and radiologic findings of oxalosis nephropathy, oxalosis-arthro-enthesiopathy and oxalosis-cardiomyopathy - review of literature

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    Reichelt, H.G.

    1987-01-01

    Clinical, radiographic and scintigraphic abnormalities in primary oxalosis of a 52 years old female are demonstrated. Severe oxalosis-nephropathy and oxalosis-arthropathy/enthesiopathy are shown. For the first time an intense myocardial uptake of 99 m Tc-HDP and 99 m Tc-MDP is described in connection with oxalosis. It is suggested that in the appropriate clinical setting this pattern may be suggestive of oxalosis-cardiomyopathy. Review of literature.

  13. Three-phase bone scintigraphic analysis of radial osteotomy for Kienboeck`s disease

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    Nakao, Etsuhiro; Nakamura, Ryogo; Imaeda, Toshihiko [Branch Hospital of Nagoya Univ. (Japan); Tsunoda, Kenji; Makino, Naoki

    1996-02-01

    Three-phase bone scintigraphy was performed before and after radial wedge osteotomy on 11 joints. All 11 patients were suffering from Kienboeck`s disease. We analized the relations between the change of those images and the clinical courses. On blood pool images that were performed before radial wedge osteotomy, we observed decreased accumulation in the lunate bone in 4 of 9 patients in Lichtman`s stage II or IIIA. Intensive accumulation in the carpal area that seemed to represent the activity of Kienboeck`s disease were seen in all patients. Delayed image showed accumulation demonstrating osteoarthritic changes. Accumulation in the lunte bone on blood pool images was confirmed in all patients 6 to 12 months after operation. This appeared to suggest the increase of blood flow into the lunate bone. Compared with preoperative blood pool images, accumulation in the carpal area decreased in 8 patients who followed good postoperative course and their clinical symptoms improved relatively quickly. In the other 3 patients no decrease in this accumulation was confirmed by the initial postoperative scintigraphy. The improvement in their symptoms was delayed. The postoperative change of delayed images was visualized less sensitively than that of blood pool images. The decreased accumulation in the carpal area on blood pool images allows prediction of the subsequent clinical course prior to improvement in clinical symptoms. We consider this finding to be useful clinically. (author).

  14. Introducing a Transdisciplinary Approach in Studies regarding Risk Assessment and Management in Educational Programs for Environmental Engineers and Planners

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    Menoni, Scira

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss how long term risk prevention and civil protection may enter in university programs for environmental engineers and urban and regional planners. Design/methodology/approach: First the distinction between long term risk prevention and emergency preparedness is made, showing that while the first has…

  15. {alpha}-methylene and glycidic acid analogs of IPPA as potential myocardial imaging agents

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    Ruyan, M. K.; Bakan, D. A.; Skinner, R. W. S.; Newman, C.; Gross, M. D.; Counsell, R. E

    1995-01-01

    Using organozinc cross-coupling reactions, two radiolabeled analogs of 15-(p-iodophenyl) pentadecanoic acid (IPPA) have been designed and synthesized as potential scintigraphic imaging agents for the heart. Both 15-(4-iodophenyl)-tridecylglycidic acid and 15-(4-iodophenyl)-2-methylene pentadecanoic acid were synthesized and radioiodinated. In tissue biodistribution studies in rats, only the {alpha}-methylene derivative of IPPA displayed a consistently higher heart to blood ratio and a substantially lower degree of thyroid accumulation than did IPPA alone. With respect to a scintigraphic imaging efficacy, the {alpha}-methylene analog of IPPA and IPPA itself showed essentially equivalent cardiac imaging profiles in rabbits, with a slight extension in imaging time for the {alpha}-methylene analog of IPPA.

  16. Scintigraphic and magnetic resonance studies in a patient with Gaucher's disease

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    Zanzi, I.; Taylor, S.; Gould, E.; Allen, S.L.; Kroop, S.; Asnis, S.; Margouleff, D.

    1988-07-01

    In-111 chloride imaging was used in the evaluation of a patient with Type I Gaucher's disease before splenectomy for pancytopenia. This case is the first report of its use in this clinical setting. The image demonstrated the presence of adequate marrow reserve, thereby suggesting that the pancytopenia was due to hypersplenism rather than marrow replacement. Normalization of blood counts after splenectomy confirmed this interpretation. Eight months later, the patient had acute pain in the left knee. Bone imaging suggested a left lateral tibial plateau fracture that was not seen on plain radiographs or magnetic resonance imaging, but was confirmed by x-ray tomography. The significance and implications of these findings are discussed.

  17. Path Planner for Objects, Robots and Mannequins by Multi-Agents Systems or Motion Captures

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    Chablat, Damien

    2008-01-01

    In order to optimise the costs and time of design of the new products while improving their quality, concurrent engineering is based on the digital model of these products. However, in order to be able to avoid definitively physical model without loss of information, new tools must be available. Especially, a tool making it possible to check simply and quickly the maintainability of complex mechanical sets using the numerical model is necessary. Since one decade, the MCM team of IRCCyN works on the creation of tools for the generation and the analysis of trajectories of virtual mannequins. The simulation of human tasks can be carried out either by robot-like simulation or by simulation by motion capture. This paper presents some results on the both two methods. The first method is based on a multi-agent system and on a digital mock-up technology, to assess an efficient path planner for a manikin or a robot for access and visibility task taking into account ergonomic constraints or joint limits. The human oper...

  18. Visual Data Comm: A Tool for Visualizing Data Communication in the Multi Sector Planner Study

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    Lee, Hwasoo Eric

    2010-01-01

    Data comm is a new technology proposed in future air transport system as a potential tool to provide comprehensive data connectivity. It is a key enabler to manage 4D trajectory digitally, potentially resulting in improved flight times and increased throughput. Future concepts with data comm integration have been tested in a number of human-in-the-loop studies but analyzing the results has proven to be particularly challenging because future traffic environment in which data comm is fully enabled has assumed high traffic density, resulting in data set with large amount of information. This paper describes the motivation, design, current and potential future application of Visual Data Comm (VDC), a tool for visualizing data developed in Java using Processing library which is a tool package designed for interactive visualization programming. This paper includes an example of an application of VDC on data pertaining to the most recent Multi Sector Planner study, conducted at NASA s Airspace Operations Laboratory in 2009, in which VDC was used to visualize and interpret data comm activities

  19. Beyond hydrology in the sustainability assessment of dams: A planners perspective - The Sarawak experience

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    Andre, Edward

    2012-01-01

    SummaryThere is increasing concern about the availability of water supplies in developing countries to provide clean drinking water and sanitation as well as providing for irrigation for food security. This has led to hydrologically led investigation to establish the feasibility and storage capacity of potentially new dam sites. This task has become more difficult for hydrologists and others with the uncertainties created by climate change and the measurement of the hydrological, geographical and ecological footprint of new dams. The questions asked by hydrologists are increasingly likely to be required to be cast in terms of the four pillars of sustainability; environmental, economic, social and institutional. Similarly, regional planners have to be more cognisant of the social outcomes of dam development while understanding the wider hydrological context at a watershed and basin level. The paper defines the concept of sustainability assessment in the context of resettlement and analyses its implications for the Bakun Hydro-electric project in Sarawak, Malaysia. Specifically it attempts to address the question of what social sustainability would really mean in the context of communities affected by dam projects, and their catchments using hermeneutics, tradeoffs and offsets. The findings of this question were presented at a hydrological conference held in Santiago in October 2010, based on the outcome of specific questionnaire responses received from indigenous peoples affected by the Bakun Dam hydroelectric project. The paper also offers some insights pertaining to the social sustainability assessment aspects of dams and their catchments.

  20. Simulation and experimental study on distortion of butt and T-joints using WELD PLANNER

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    Sulaiman, Mohd Shahar; Manurung, Yupiter HP; Rahim, Mohammad Ridzwan Abdul Mohd; Redza, Ridhwan; Lidam, Robert Ngendang Ak.; Abas, Sunhaji Kiyai; Tham, Ghalib [Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Haruman, Esa [Bakrie University, Jakarta (Indonesia); Chau, Chan Yin [ESI Group, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2011-10-15

    This paper investigates the capability of linear thermal elastic numerical analysis to predict the welding distortion that occurs due to GMAW process. Distortion is considered as the major stumbling block that can adversely affect the dimensional accuracy and thus lead to expensive corrective work. Hence, forecast of distortion is crucially needed and ought to be determined in advance in order to minimize the negative effects, improve the quality of welded parts and finally to reduce the production costs. In this study, the welding deformation was simulated by using relatively new FEM software WELD PLANNER developed by ESI Group. This novel Welding Simulation Solution was employed to predict welding distortion induced in butt and T-joints with thickness of 4 mm. Low carbon steel material was used for the simulation and experimental study. A series of experiments using fully automated welding process were conducted for verification purpose to measure the distortion. By comparing between the simulation and experimental results, it was found out that this program code offered fast solution analysis time in estimating weld induced distortion within acceptable accuracy.

  1. Chaotic Path Planner of Autonomous Mobile Robots Based on the Standard Map for Surveillance Missions

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    Caihong Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a fusion iterations strategy based on the Standard map to generate a chaotic path planner of the mobile robot for surveillance missions. The distances of the chaotic trajectories between the adjacent iteration points which are produced by the Standard map are too large for the robot to track. So a fusion iterations strategy combined with the large region iterations and the small grids region iterations is designed to resolve the problem. The small region iterations perform the iterations of the Standard map in the divided small grids, respectively. It can reduce the adjacent distances by dividing the whole surveillance workspace into small grids. The large region iterations combine all the small grids region iterations into a whole, switch automatically among the small grids, and maintain the chaotic characteristics of the robot to guarantee the surveillance missions. Compared to simply using the Standard map in the whole workspace, the proposed strategy can decrease the adjacent distances according to the divided size of the small grids and is convenient for the robot to track.

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  3. Enhanced lung scan diagnosis of pulmonary embolism with the use of ancillary scintigraphic findings and clinical correlation.

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    Freeman, L M; Krynyckyi, B; Zuckier, L S

    2001-04-01

    Analysis of the Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis (PIOPED) and modified PIOPED studies has suggested that an experienced observer is capable of more accurate lung scan interpretation than the less experienced individual. This has been attributed to the use of unique Gestalt factors not contained in published diagnostic algorithms, which are acquired through extensive experience in reviewing and interpreting lung scans. How fully these factors can be codified and transmitted to less experienced observers is uncertain; however, there is a large body of published data that attempts to convey fine points of lung scan interpretation, including a large body of ancillary scintigraphic findings and a number of refinements in the application of diagnostic algorithms. Review of these factors will accelerate the training of less experienced readers. Finally, an understanding of lung scan language and an appreciation of clinically relevant factors, particularly pretest probability, will maximize the reader's ability to use the lung scan in managing patients who are suspected of having pulmonary embolic disease.

  4. Nationwide standardisation and evaluation of scintigraphic gastric emptying: reference values and comparisons between subgroups in a multicentre trial

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    Grybaeck, P. [Department of Radiology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden); Hermansson, G. [Department of Clinical Physiology, Oestra Hospital, Goeteborg (Sweden); Lyrenaes, E. [Department of Medicine, Blekinge Hospital, Karlskrona (Sweden); Beckman, K.-W. [Hospital Physics, Oerebro Hospital (Sweden); Jacobsson, H. [Department of Radiology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden); Department of Nuclear Medicine, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden); Hellstroem, P.M. [Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm (Sweden)

    2000-06-01

    By means of a standardised procedure, reference values for scintigraphic gastric emptying were established. The influence of gender, age, menstrual cycle, body mass index (BMI) and smoking habits was also evaluated. Eight centres recruited 20 healthy subjects each. The meal consisted of a technetium-99m labelled omelet (1300 kJ) and of 150 ml unlabelled soft drink. Geometric means of frontal and dorsal acquisitions were utilised in a linear fit model for determination of the linear emptying rate, and by using the intercepts of the regression line with the 90% and 50% levels, the lag phase and half-emptying time, respectively, were defined. All individuals showed an initial lag phase and subsequent linear emptying. Because of a longer lag phase and a slower linear emptying rate, premenopausal women had a slower gastric emptying than postmenopausal women and men of all ages. The gastric emptying rate increased with age in the women, mainly due to a shortened lag phase, while the emptying rate remained almost unchanged with age in the males. There were no significant differences in results between the centres. The menstrual cycle, BMI and smoking habits did not affect emptying. In conclusion, the fact that the results showed a slower gastric emptying rate in younger women compared with older women and men indicates that it is necessary to use separate reference values for fertile females. (orig.)

  5. The Last Planner System Style of Planning: Its Basis in Learning Theory

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    Bo Terje Kalsaas

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this article is to contribute to creating a better understanding of the Last Planner System (LPS – which is associated with Lean Construction – in the light of the learning processes at the basis of knowledge development, and of change and innovation. Founded on a theoretical discussion, three research questions are asked, namely: In what ways can the LPS be expected to alter the learning arenas compared to conventional project management in construction; according to learning theory, what are the main challenges associated with implementing the LPS; and, finally, what kind of learning can be linked to an implemented LPS that functions as intended? The implementation of the LPS is shown to require substantial changes to the technical-organisational learning arena. In order for the implementation to be successful, the work identity has to alter on the individual level so that an overlap occurs with the new work practices prescribed by the LPS. The LPS has an inbuilt experiential learning cycle, and provides a good starting point for single-loop learning, as well as for simple forms of double-loop learning (“routinized learning capability”. However, it is argued that the LPS understood as experiential learning has clear limitations with regard to “evolutionary learning capability”. This is amplified by the context project organisation provides. In terms of theoretical implications, this article promotes an understanding of the planning process informed by the theory describing it as an experiential learning cycle. The conceptualisation which separates the LPS from conventional production control theory is critiqued. Finally, it is argued that an understanding of the LPS grounded in learning theory will improve the possibilities for successful implementation and maximise the learning effects.

  6. Enhancing Linkages Between Healthy Diets, Local Agriculture, and Sustainable Food Systems: The School Meals Planner Package in Ghana.

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    Fernandes, Meenakshi; Galloway, Rae; Gelli, Aulo; Mumuni, Daniel; Hamdani, Salha; Kiamba, Josephine; Quarshie, Kate; Bhatia, Rita; Aurino, Elisabetta; Peel, Francis; Drake, Lesley

    2016-12-01

    Interventions that enhance linkages between healthy diets and local agriculture can promote sustainable food systems. Home-grown school feeding programs present a promising entry point for such interventions, through the delivery of nutritious menus and meals. To describe the adaptation of the School Meals Planner Package to the programmatic and environmental reality in Ghana during the 2014 to 2015 school year. Guided by a conceptual framework highlighting key considerations and trade-offs in menu design, an open-source software was developed that could be easily understood by program implementers. Readily available containers from markets were calibrated into "handy measures" to support the provision of adequate quantities of food indicated by menus. Schools and communities were sensitized to the benefits of locally sourced, nutrient-rich diets. A behavior change communication campaign including posters and songs promoting healthy diets was designed and disseminated in schools and communities. The School Meals Planner Package was introduced in 42 districts in Ghana, reaching more than 320 000 children. Monitoring reports and feedback on its use were positive, demonstrating how the tool can be used by planners and implementers alike to deliver nutritious, locally-sourced meals to schoolchildren. The value of the tool has been recognized at the highest levels by Ghana's government who have adopted it as official policy. The School Meals Planner Package supported the design of nutritious, locally sourced menus for the school feeding program in Ghana. The tool can be similarly adapted for other countries to meet context-specific needs. © The Author(s) 2016.

  7. An Artist, More A Cultural Envoy——shan Fan, General Planner of Hamburg Pavilionat World Expo Shanghai

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    Yan Manman

    2010-01-01

    @@ In the Urban Best Practices Area of the Expo Shanghai erects an unusual building, a 18meter high red brick house, which is none other than the German Hamburg Pavilion. It is named Passive House, considered to be the most environmentally friendly house. The general planner of the House is Mr. Shan Fan, now President of German Hamburg Design Factory International. He gladly accepted the interview of our magazine.

  8. Scintigraphic evidence for overdiagnosis of small PE on CT pulmonary angiography

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    Lu, Yang [Dept. of Radiology, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, Chicago (United States)

    2017-03-15

    A 68-year-old man with recent history of a fall presented with dyspnea on exertion, and underwent computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) for possible pulmonary embolism (PE). The CTPA was first read by the radiology resident as nondiagnostic for segmental PE. Subsequent planar perfusion (Q) images were normal; meanwhile, the attending radiologist revised the CTPA results as subsegmental PE in the left upper lobe. Further Q-SPECT images were obtained and fused with CTPA for clarification, which showed normal perfusion in the region of PE. The patient was monitored without anticoagulation treatment and remained uneventful for 12 months. This case illustrates that CTPA can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment of nonocclusive subsegmental PE.

  9. /sup 111/In-chloride thorax scintigraphic study for demonstration of pulmonary edema: Canine model

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    Shih Weijen; Deland, F.H.; Simmons, G.H.; Coupa, J.; Domstad, P.A.; Lee Luyuan

    1986-04-01

    Pulmonary edema induced by injections of oleic acid was demonstrated using /sup 111/In-chloride lung/heart image in five anesthetized dogs. The anesthetized dogs were positioned under a gamma camera interfaced to a computer. After /sup 111/In-chloride IV injections, dynamic data were recorded at 1 frame/min before and after induced pulmonary edema. The computer generated the curve of the lung-to-heart activity ratio; the ratio rose from 0.5-0.6 at baseline to 0.85-1.5 at th end of the study in the dogs. At the end of each study, the removed lungs demonstrated edematous fluid, and a few red blood cells were seen in the alveoli. The results indicating pulmoinary edema exhibited in the /sup 111/In-chloride lung-to-heart ratio obtained from a computerized gamma camera were compatable with the pathological results. Since /sup 111/In-chloride instantly binds to plasma transferrin, an excellent intravascular imaging agent, leakage of this tracer into alveoli indicates loss of membranous wall competence. Pulmonary edema, as in the adult respiratory distress syndrome, is sometimes difficult to diagnose; and this /sup 111/In-chloride lung-to-heart imaging technique may be potentially useful.

  10. Scintigraphic evaluation of colonic transit in two patients with idiopathic chronic constipation.

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    Ramachandran, A; Gupta, S M; Whelan, T; Johns, W

    2000-02-01

    Bowel transit in two women with protracted constipation was evaluated after oral administration of In-111 DTPA in water. Serial abdominal images were obtained for as long as 96 hours to assess transit through the stomach, small bowel, and colon. In both patients, large bowel transit was delayed. A pattern of colonic inertia was observed in one patient, whereas retention in the distal colon was seen in the other patient. Both patients underwent total colectomy with marked symptomatic relief. Colonic transit studies of these patients are presented, and the literature is reviewed.

  11. Scintigraphic evaluation of soft tissue tumors with technetium(V)-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid, a new tumor seeking radiopharmaceutical

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    Ohta, H.; Yoshizumi, M.; Endo, K.; Torizuka, K.; Yokoyama, A.; Yamamoto, K.

    1984-01-01

    Recently, a very promising tumor seeking agent, a Tc(V)-99m dimercaptosuccinic acid (Tc(V)-DMS), which was labelled under optimal pH 8 and very low SnCl/sub 2/ concentrations, has been developed. An equilibrium between a stable form and a dissociated form of anion TcO/sub 4//sup 3-/, structural similarity to PO/sub 4//sup 3-/, postulated for tumor uptake. And the authors have previously reported that Tc(V)-DMS scintigram would be useful in the diagnosis of medullary thyroid carcinoma. In an attempt to widen its applicability, the scintigraphic examinations of soft tissue tumors with Tc(V)-DMS and comparative study with Ga-67 citrate were performed in 58 patients. Scintigrams were made 60-120 min after i.v. administration of 10 mCi Tc(V)-DMS using a conventional gamma camera. Tc(V)-DMS was found to have superior sensitivity of 90% for malignant tumors (including aggressive fibromatosis) to that with Ga-67 citrate of 56%, but inferior specificity of 71% to that with Ga-67 citrate of 80%. And the accuracy of the scan in soft tissue tumors with Tc(V)-DMS and Ga-67 citrate was 78% and 71%, respectively. Although the accumulation of Tc(V)-DMS has been detected in some benign soft tissue tumors and the exact mechanism of Tc(V)-DMS accumulation remains to be elucidated, these data indicated that Tc(V)-DMS scintigraphy would be of great use in the detection of extension or location of malignant soft tissue tumors.

  12. A simple method for determining split renal function from dynamic {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3 scintigraphic data

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    Wesolowski, Michal J.; Watson, Gage; Wanasundara, Surajith N.; Babyn, Paul [University of Saskatchewan, Department of Medical Imaging, Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Conrad, Gary R. [University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Lexington, KY (United States); Samal, Martin [Charles University Prague and the General University Hospital in Prague, Department of Nuclear Medicine, First Faculty of Medicine, Praha 2 (Czech Republic); Wesolowski, Carl A. [University of Saskatchewan, Department of Medical Imaging, Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Radiology, St. John' s, NL (Canada)

    2016-03-15

    Commonly used methods for determining split renal function (SRF) from dynamic scintigraphic data require extrarenal background subtraction and additional correction for intrarenal vascular activity. The use of these additional regions of interest (ROIs) can produce inaccurate results and be challenging, e.g. if the heart is out of the camera field of view. The purpose of this study was to evaluate a new method for determining SRF called the blood pool compensation (BPC) technique, which is simple to implement, does not require extrarenal background correction and intrinsically corrects for intrarenal vascular activity. In the BPC method SRF is derived from a parametric plot of the curves generated by one blood-pool and two renal ROIs. Data from 107 patients who underwent {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3 scintigraphy were used to determine SRF values. Values calculated using the BPC method were compared to those obtained with the integral (IN) and Patlak-Rutland (PR) techniques using Bland-Altman plotting and Passing-Bablok regression. The interobserver variability of the BPC technique was also assessed for two observers. The SRF values obtained with the BPC method did not differ significantly from those obtained with the PR method and showed no consistent bias, while SRF values obtained with the IN method showed significant differences with some bias in comparison to those obtained with either the PR or BPC method. No significant interobserver variability was found between two observers calculating SRF using the BPC method. The BPC method requires only three ROIs to produce reliable estimates of SRF, was simple to implement, and in this study yielded statistically equivalent results to the PR method with appreciable interobserver agreement. As such, it adds a new reliable method for quality control of monitoring relative kidney function. (orig.)

  13. Scintigraphic evaluation of routine filterwire distal protection in percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction: a randomized controlled trial

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    Kaltoft, Anne; Nielsen, Søren Steen; Terkelsen, Christian Juhl

    2009-01-01

    AIM: Distal embolization during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) may result in reduced myocardial perfusion, infarct extension and impaired prognosis. In a prospective randomized trial, we assessed the effect of routine filterwire...... distal protection on scintigraphic estimated infarct size. METHODS AND RESULTS: The effect of routine filterwire distal protection was evaluated in 344 patients with STEMI ... by Sestamibi SPECT) were similar. Final infarct size was not statistically different in the distal protection and the control groups (median [IQR], 6% [1-19] and 5% [1-14], P = .23). Also, secondary endpoints were similar in the two treatment groups. CONCLUSION: Distal protection with a filterwire performed...

  14. Radiolabeled PNAs for imaging gene expression

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    Wickstrom, Eric; Sauter, Edward; Tian, Xianben; Rao, Sampath; Quin, Weyng; Thakur, Mathew [Thomas Jefferson Univ., PA (United States)

    2002-09-01

    Scintigraphic imaging of gene expression in vivo by non-invasive means could precisely direct physicians to appropriate intervention at the onset of disease and could contribute extensively to the management of patients. However no method is currently available to image specific over expressed oncogene mRNAs in vivo by scintigraphic imaging. Nevertheless, we have observed that Tc 99 m peptides can delineate tumors, and that PNA-peptides are specific for receptors on malignant cells and are taken up specifically and concentrated in nuclei. We hypothesize that antisense Tc 99 m PNA peptides will be taken up by human breast cancer cells, hybridize to complementary mRNA targets, and permit imaging of oncogene mRNAs in human breast cancer xenografts in a mouse model, providing a proof-of-principle for non-invasive detection of precancerous and invasive breast cancer. Oncogenes cyclin D1, erB-2, c-MYC and tumor suppressor p53 will be probed. If successful, this technique will be useful for diagnostic imaging of other solid tumors as well. (author)

  15. Effects of Transparency on Pilot Trust and Agreement in the Autonomous Constrained Flight Planner

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    Sadler, Garrett; Battiste, Henri; Ho, Nhut; Hoffmann, Lauren; Lyons, Joseph; Johnson, Walter; Shively, Robert; Smith, David

    2016-01-01

    We performed a human-in-the-loop study to explore the role of transparency in engendering trust and reliance within highly automated systems. Specifically, we examined how transparency impacts trust in and reliance upon the Autonomous Constrained Flight Planner (ACFP), a critical automated system being developed as part of NASA's Reduced Crew Operations (RCO) Concept. The ACFP is designed to provide an enhanced ground operator, termed a super dispatcher, with recommended diversions for aircraft when their primary destinations are unavailable. In the current study, 12 commercial transport rated pilots who played the role of super dispatchers were given six time-pressured all land scenarios where they needed to use the ACFP to determine diversions for multiple aircraft. Two factors were manipulated. The primary factor was level of transparency. In low transparency scenarios the pilots were given a recommended airport and runway, plus basic information about the weather conditions, the aircraft types, and the airport and runway characteristics at that and other airports. In moderate transparency scenarios the pilots were also given a risk evaluation for the recommended airport, and for the other airports if they requested it. In the high transparency scenario additional information including the reasoning for the risk evaluations was made available to the pilots. The secondary factor was level of risk, either high or low. For high-risk aircraft, all potential diversions were rated as highly risky, with the ACFP giving the best option for a bad situation. For low-risk aircraft the ACFP found only low-risk options for the pilot. Both subjective and objective measures were collected, including rated trust, whether the pilots checked the validity of the automation recommendation, and whether the pilots eventually flew to the recommended diversion airport. Key results show that: 1) Pilots trust increased with higher levels of transparency, 2) Pilots were more likely to

  16. Climate Resiliency Planning: Making Extreme Event Science Useful for Managers and Planners in Northern Nevada

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    McCarthy, M.; Kenneston, A.; Wall, T. U.; Brown, T. J.; Redmond, K. T.

    2014-12-01

    Effective climate resiliency planning at the regional level requires extensive interactive dialogue among climate scientists, emergency managers, public health officials, urban planners, social scientists, and policy makers. Engaging federal, tribal, state, local governments and private sector business and infrastructure owners/operators in defining, assessing and characterizing the impacts of extreme events allows communities to understand how different events "break the system" forcing local communities to seek support and resources from state/federal governments and/or the private sector and what actions can be taken proactively to mitigate consequences and accelerate recovery. The Washoe County Regional Resiliency Study was prepared in response to potential climate variability related impacts specific to the Northern Nevada Region. The last several decades have seen dramatic growth in the region, coupled with increased resource demands that have forced local governments to consider how those impacts will affect the region and may, in turn, impact the region's ability to provide essential services. The Western Regional Climate Center of the Desert Research Institute provided a synthesis of climate studies with predictions regarding plausible changes in the local climate of Northern California and Nevada for the next 50 years. In general, these predictions indicate that the region's climate is undergoing a gradual shift, which will primarily affect the frequency, amount, and form of precipitation in the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin. Changes in water availability and other extreme events may have serious and long lasting effects in the Northern Nevada Region, and create a variety of social, environmental and economic concerns. A range of extreme events were considered including Adverse Air Quality, Droughts, Floods, Heat Waves, High Wind, Structure Fires, Wildland Fires, and Major Winter Storms. Due to the complexity of our climate systems, and the difficulty in

  17. Gamma scintigraphic study of the hydrodynamically balanced matrix tablets of Metformin HCl in rabbits

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Mahboubeh Razavi,1 Hamed Karimian,1 Chai Hong Yeong,2 Sazilah Ahmad Sarji,2 Lip Yong Chung,1 Shaik Nyamathulla,1,3 Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin1,31Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, 2Department of Biomedical Imaging and University of Malaya Research Imaging Centre, Faculty of Medicine, 3Department of Chemistry, Centre for Natural Products and Drug Discovery (CENAR, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaAbstract: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the in vitro and in vivo performance of gastro-retentive matrix tablets having Metformin HCl as model drug and combination of natural polymers. A total of 16 formulations were prepared by a wet granulation method using xanthan, tamarind seed powder, tamarind kernel powder and salep as the gel-forming agents and sodium bicarbonate as a gas-forming agent. All the formulations were evaluated for compendial and non-compendial tests and in vitro study was carried out on a USP-II dissolution apparatus at a paddle speed of 50 rpm. MOX2 formulation, composed of salep and xanthan in the ratio of 4:1 with 96.9% release, was considered as the optimum formulation with more than 90% release in 12 hours and short floating lag time. In vivo study was carried out using gamma scintigraphy in New Zealand White rabbits, optimized formulation was incorporated with 10 mg of 153Sm for labeling MOX2 formulation. The radioactive samarium oxide was used as the marker to trace transit of the tablets in the gastrointestinal tract. The in vivo data also supported retention of MOX2 formulation in the gastric region for 12 hours and were different from the control formulation without a gas and gel forming agent. It was concluded that the prepared floating gastro-retentive matrix tablets had a sustained-release effect in vitro and in vivo, gamma scintigraphy played an important role in locating the oral transit and the drug-release pattern.Keywords: gastro-retentive drug delivery, natural polymer

  18. Imaging in tuberculosis of the skull and skull-base: case report

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    Sencer, S.; Aydin, K.; Poyanli, A.; Minareci, O. [Dept. of Radiology, Istanbul School of Medicine, Istanbul Univ., Istanbul (Turkey); Sencer, A.; Hepguel, K. [Dept. of Neurological Surgery, Istanbul School of Medicine, Istanbul Univ., Istanbul (Turkey)

    2003-03-01

    We report a 19-year-old girl, who presented with headache and tonic/clonic seizures. Imaging revealed a lytic parietal skull lesion with an adjacent epidural mass, masses in the right parietal lobe and a posterior skull-base mass. The diagnosis of tuberculosis was made after resection of the extradural mass and later verified with culture of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The parenchymal and skull-base lesions resolved following antituberculous treatment. We present CT, scintigraphic, angiographic and MRI findings. (orig.)

  19. Scintigraphic and Radiologic Findings of Pancake Kidney in a Patient with Fanconi Aplastic Anemia

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    Adem Maman

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this case, we have presented that a patient has fankoni aplastic anemia with pancakes kidney in scintigraphy and ultrasonography. The patient is 10 years old and a girl who fanconi aplastic anemia had been diagnosed since three years. In physical examination her general status is good. There was not left hand thumb and she had double the distal phalanx in his right hand thumb in her inspection. We observed 2/6 sistolic murmur in cardiovascular system examınation. Other systems were natural. Abdominal ultrasonography was observed that both the kidney were ectopic location and fused view in the left lower quadrant. Similarly in Tc-99m DTPA and DMSA renal scintigraphy, both kidneys were fused and in the left hemipelvis. The right kidney function were significantly lower by comparison with the left kidney functions. Radiological imaging is necessary in patients with Fanconi aplastic anemia without present clinical symptoms. The renal ultrasonography is important for determining pancakes. In addition, static and dynamic renal scintigraphy plays an important role in revealing the functional status of the kidneys

  20. Preparation and gamma scintigraphic evaluation of colon specific pellets of ketoprofen prepared by powder layering technology

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available "n  "n Background and the purpose of the study:Multiparticulates by powder layering process have advantages of the uniform distribution of the binder solution, easy-to-clean pan and the possibility of applying the successive functional film coating using the same equipment. This study relates to a multiparticulate formulation comprising pellets with a multilayer of pectin-ethyl cellulose on non pareil seeds by powder layering technology. The pellets were prepared to target ketoprofen in colon based on the microbial enzyme dependent drug release mechanism. "nMethods: Multiparticulate formulation by powder layering technology was prepared by conventional pan coating process to evaluate the effect of 59% methoxylated pectin and 45 cps ethyl cellulose on coating label. The formulations were tagged with 99mTc-DTPA, a tracer in gamma scintigraphy study to evaluate the transit behavior of drug loaded pellets and compared with uncoated pellets to evaluate its specific release. "nResults: The transit behavior and scintigraphy image clearly indicates that the formulation can delay the drug release prior to colon. In albino rabbit, the coated pellets released drug in the colon indicating that site specificity has been achieved with pectin/ethyl cellulose coating at 1:2 ratio with 20% coating label. Major conclusion: Formulation containing pectin and ethyl cellulose with suitable coating label may be suitable as a coating formulation for colon delivery of ketoprofen and can be successfully evaluated by gamma scintigraphy method.

  1. Mitral valve prolapse in the ventriculogram: scintigraphic, electrocardiographic, and hemodynamic abnormalities

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    Tebbe, U.; Schicha, H.; Neumann, P.; Voth, E.; Emrich, D.; Neuhaus, K.L.; Kreuzer, H.

    1985-06-01

    Patients with mitral valve prolapse (MVP) frequently have chest pain, which may be difficult to differentiate from angina pectoris in coronary artery disease (CAD). The authors performed resting and exercise ECGs, pulmonary arterial pressure measurements, radionuclide ventriculography (/sup 99m/technetium), and perfusion scintigrams (/sup 201/thallium) in 56 patients with angiographically proven MVP and no CAD. Pathological results were obtained in 31% of exercise ECGs, 33% of pulmonary arterial pressure measurements during exercise, 22% of radionuclide ventriculographies, and in 75% of thallium perfusion scintigrams. A significant correlation in pathological results was found only between exercise ECG and both radionuclide ventriculography and pulmonary arterial pressure measurements. Because of the high prevalence of false-positive perfusion scintigrams in patients with typical or atypical chest pain, the use of exercise /sup 201/Tl imaging as a screening method to separate patients with MVP from those with CAD will not be appropriate. The variability of cardiac abnormalities in our patients with MVP and angiographically normal coronary arteries suggests that the MVP syndrome may represent a variable combination of metabolic, ischemic, or myopathic disorders.

  2. Scintigraphic evaluation of enterogastric reflux using /sup 75/Se-HCAT: Methodology and first clinical observations

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    Furno, A.; Sciarretta, G.; Malaguti, P.; Fagioli, G.; Pozzato, R.

    1987-08-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the possibility of detecting enterogastric reflux (EGR) by /sup 75/Se-HCAT cholescintigraphy. The lowest detectable activity in the gastric area at different concentrations of the radiotracer in the gallbladder was preliminary measured both in a plastic phantom and in an in vivo model. Ten patients were studied after a single oral administration of 1480 KBq /sup 75/Se-HCAT. Gamma camera imaging was carried out for five consecutive days during both fasting and after meal ingestion. In our in vivo model an EGR corresponding to 1% of gallbladder content on day one and 8% on day five was detected. In three out of five patients in whom bile was present in the stomach at endoscopy, /sup 75/Se-HCAT cholescintigraphy demonstrated an EGR, while in three out of five patients in whom endoscopy was negative, /sup 75/Se-HCAT cholescintigrahy detected EGR either during fasting or after meal ingestion. As EGR is not constant, Se-HCAT may be a useful tracer of bile to detect EGR over a prolonged period of time and in different physiological conditions.

  3. Scintigraphic evaluation of healing response after heterograft usage for alveolar extraction cavity.

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    Gülaldi, N C; Shahlafar, J; Makhsoosi, M; Caner, B; Araz, K; Erbengi, G

    1998-05-01

    Reconstruction of bone defects remains an important problem in oral and maxillofacial surgery. Restoration of defect sites with various grafting materials is a valuable approach to the solution of this problem. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of the use of heterografts on osteoblastic activity by means of a radionuclide technique. The postextraction alveolar cavities of impacted mandibular third molars on 22 patients were used as a healing model for this study. Granulated freeze-dried heterograft material of bovine origin was used on 11 patients; the other 11 patients constituted a control group. On each patient, three-phase bone scans were performed on postoperative days 7 and 28. Although dynamic and blood pool studies showed similar patterns with respect to the mean values of asymmetry ratios of operation sites to the contralateral sides for the 7th- and 28th-day scans, static-phase bone scans revealed that healing response through osteoinduction was more prominent in the study group than in the control group. A significant increase in the mean value of the ratio from the first scan to the second was observed on static images in the study group (first scan, 1.6 +/- 0.2; second scan, 2.0 +/- 0.5; p 0.05). Static-phase bone scintigraphy showed that when freeze-dried heterograft material is used to fill alveolar extraction cavities, it stimulates osteoblastic activity, which in turn leads to acceleration of the healing process and helps to maintain the linearity of bony structure. Moreover, radionuclide study can be used to evaluate the viability of freeze-dried heterografts in the 4th postoperative week, at which time no additional increase in perfusion resulting from surgical trauma was found in our series.

  4. The Planner’s Role in the Civil-Military Relationship: Syrian Crisis Action Planning (2011-2013)

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    2015-05-22

    concludes that the essential activities for military planners and leadership to support crisis planning include cultivating appropriate authorities and...support crisis planning include cultivating appropriate authorities and relationships, clarifying roles and expectations, assimilating strategic and...1 Contemporary Civil-Military Theory ………….……………………………...………………….. 7 Methodology ..………………………………………………………………………….………... 10 Process

  5. Multilocular disseminated tarlov cysts: importance of imaging.

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    Padma, Subramanyam; Sundaram, P Shanmuga

    2014-01-01

    With technological advancements and wider availability of multimodality imaging, incidental lesions are frequently identified in patients undergoing various imaging studies. We report here a case of multiloculated disseminated perineural or Tarlov cysts (TCs). The primary aim of our study was to (1) provide a comprehensive review of the clinical, imaging and histopathological features of TCs (2) to draw attention to the fact that multiple lumbo-sacral and dorsal TCs can produce nerve injuries and serious movement disturbances (3) to document the usefulness of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and bone scan in noninvasive diagnosis and guiding management in such cases. These cysts are clearly identified by MR and computerized tomography imaging of the lumbosacral spine. However, there are no reports on the scintigraphic findings of TCs in literature. TCs are typically benign, asymptomatic lesions that can simply be monitored. Until date, no consensus exists about the best surgical strategy to be followed for their management.

  6. SPECT/CT and tumour imaging

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    Abikhzer, Gad [Rambam Health Care Campus, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Haifa (Israel); Keidar, Zohar [Rambam Health Care Campus, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Haifa (Israel); Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Haifa (Israel)

    2014-05-15

    Scintigraphic techniques are sensitive imaging modalities in the diagnosis and follow-up of cancer patients providing the functional and metabolic activity characteristics of the tumour. Hybrid SPECT/CT improves the diagnostic accuracy of these well-established imaging techniques by precise anatomical localization and characterization of morphological findings, differentiation between foci of physiological and pathological tracer uptake, resulting in a significant impact on patient management and more definitive interpretations. The use of SPECT/CT has been studied in a variety of applications in tumour imaging which are reviewed in this article. By combining functional and anatomical information in a single imaging session, SPECT/CT has become a one-stop cancer imaging modality. (orig.)

  7. Physiology informed virtual surgical planning: a case study with a virtual airway surgical planner and BioGears

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    Potter, Lucas; Arikatla, Sreekanth; Bray, Aaron; Webb, Jeff; Enquobahrie, Andinet

    2017-03-01

    Stenosis of the upper airway affects approximately 1 in 200,000 adults per year1 , and occurs in neonates as well2 . Its treatment is often dictated by institutional factors and clinicians' experience or preferences 3 . Objective and quantitative methods of evaluating treatment options hold the potential to improve care in stenosis patients. Virtual surgical planning software tools are critically important for this. The Virtual Pediatric Airway Workbench (VPAW) is a software platform designed and evaluated for upper airway stenosis treatment planning. It incorporates CFD simulation and geometric authoring with objective metrics from both that help in informed evaluation and planning. However, this planner currently lacks physiological information which could impact the surgical planning outcomes. In this work, we integrated a lumped parameter, model based human physiological engine called BioGears with VPAW. We demonstrated the use of physiology informed virtual surgical planning platform for patient-specific stenosis treatment planning. The preliminary results show that incorporating patient-specific physiology in the pretreatment plan would play important role in patient-specific surgical trainers and planners in airway surgery and other types of surgery that are significantly impacted by physiological conditions during surgery.

  8. [Hygiene and urban health as seen by physicians, architects and planners during the first half of the twentieth century].

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    Ibarra, Macarena

    2016-01-01

    Physicians took part in the promotion of public policies that regulated urban and architectural work, before engineers, architects, planners, and even before the State had a chance to take part in the formulation of such policies. Starting in the late nineteenth century, and especially during the first decade of the twentieth century, the State began to lead on the issue of hygiene and public health. This paper focuses on the role of these professionals, who generated debates within their respective disciplines, or provided -as ministries, public servants or consultants- technical knowledge to the central government. These debates are still relevant for two reasons. First, they serve as reminders of the way in which the voice of these professionals was crucial not only within their respective disciplines, but also in order to place the issue of hygiene and public health on the agenda and to promote public policies related to the urban environment and its population. Secondly, these debates represent a challenge to current planners, as this historic context provides insight on the complex relationship between public health and planning, which hitherto has received little attention.

  9. Imaging reporter gene for monitoring gene therapy; Imagerie par gene rapporteur: un atout pour la therapie genique

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    Beco, V. de; Baillet, G.; Tamgac, F.; Tofighi, M.; Weinmann, P.; Vergote, J.; Moretti, J.L. [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Avicenne, Service Central de Medecine Nucleaire et Biophysique, UPRES 2360, 93 - Bobigny (France); Tamgac, G. [Univetsite d' Uludag, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Bursa (Turkey)

    2002-06-01

    Scintigraphic images can be obtained to document gene function at cellular level. This approach is presented here and the use of a reporter gene to monitor gene therapy is described. Two main ways are presented: either the use of a reporter gene coding for an enzyme the action of which will be monitored by radiolabeled pro-drug, or a cellular receptor gene, the action of which is documented by a radio labeled cognate receptor ligand. (author)

  10. Predictors of preconceptional folic acid or multivitamin supplement use: a cross-sectional study of Danish pregnancy planners

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Heidi T Cueto,1 Anders H Riis,1 Elizabeth E Hatch,2 Lauren A Wise,2,4 Kenneth J Rothman,2,3 Ellen M Mikkelsen11Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 2Department of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA; 3RTI Health Solutions, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA; 4Slone Epidemiology Center, Boston University, Boston, MA, USAPurpose: Compliance with the Danish preconceptional folic acid (FA recommendation – a daily supplement of 400 µg – is reported to be poor. Uncertainty remains, however, about the prevalence of compliers and health-related predictors of compliance in the preconceptional period.Methods: We used self-reported baseline data from 5383 women, aged 18–40 years, enrolled in an Internet-based prospective cohort study of Danish pregnancy planners during 2007–2011. We estimated the prevalence proportions of FA or multivitamin (MV use in relation to selected sociodemographic, lifestyle, reproductive, and medical characteristics. Multivariate binomial regression was used to obtain prevalence proportion differences with 95% confidence intervals for each level of study predictors, adjusted for all other predictors.Results: Overall, 7.7% of women used FA supplements, 20.4% used MV supplements, 34.0% used both, 1.5% used other single vitamins or minerals, and 36.4% did not use any dietary supplements. The prevalence of FA or MV supplement use was higher among older women, women with higher education and income, and women with healthy lifestyle factors such as being a nonsmoker, nondrinker, physically active, maintaining a normal body mass index and having regular pap smears. Greater intercourse frequency and a history of spontaneous abortion were also positively associated with FA or MV supplement use. We found no clear association between use of FA or MV supplements and a diagnosis of hypertension, diabetes, thyroid disease, pelvic inflammatory disease, or

  11. Initial presentation of scintigraphic changes during the first episode of acute pyelonephritis in children. Simultaneous evaluation with MAG3 and DMSA

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    Grbac-Ivankovic, S.; Smokvina, A.; Girotto, N. [Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka (Croatia). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine; Licul, V. [Clinical Hospital Centre Rijeka (Croatia)

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    {sup 99m}Tc-DMSA scintigraphy is generally accepted as the method of choice for detecting renal parenchymal damage in pyelonephritis. {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3 dynamic scintigraphy is not routinely used for this purpose. The aim of this study was to evaluate the MAG3 scintigraphic presentation in the acute phase of pyelonephritis in children and re-evaluate them at least 6 months later, as well as to establish whether a MAG3 in the parenchymal phase is as reliable and sensitive in the detection of a renal parenchymal damage as the DMSA. Patients, methods: The MAG3 scintigraphic pattern was evaluated during the first episode of acute pyelonephritis in 31 children (median age: 2.5 years) and compared to the DMSA scan. The scintigraphy was performed on the same day with both radiopharmaceuticals. After at least 6 months the whole procedure was repeated on 28 patients. A scoring system was designed to evaluate the parenchymal lesions, and categorize them as positive or equivocal. The findings on the initial scans were compared to those obtained in the follow up studies. Results: When all lesions (equivocal + positive) were analysed, MAG3 sensitivity was 98%, and specificity 78%, while for positive lesions only, the values were 83 and 100%, respectively. The average acute severity score was significantly lower for both MAG3 and DMSA then the follow up score (p <0.0001). These results corresponded to a clinical convalescence, which was observed in 26/28 children in the follow up. Conclusion: With the MAG3 scintigraphy a reliable semi quantitative and qualitative detection of the renal inflammatory lesions can be obtained in acute pyelonephritis, as well as their recovery, thus obviating the need for a DMSA scan. Moreover, the duration of the MAG3 procedure is shorter, enabling the visualization of the entire collecting system as well, while the radiation exposure is approximately a half of that delivered by the DMSA scan. (orig.)

  12. Conditional Allele Mouse Planner (CAMP): software to facilitate the planning and design of breeding strategies involving mice with conditional alleles.

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    Hoffert, Jason D; Pisitkun, Trairak; Miller, R Lance

    2012-06-01

    Transgenic and conditional knockout mouse models play an important role in biomedical research and their use has grown exponentially in the last 5-10 years. Generating conditional knockouts often requires breeding multiple alleles onto the background of a single mouse or group of mice. Breeding these mice depends on parental genotype, litter size, transmission frequency, and the number of breeding rounds. Therefore, a well planned breeding strategy is critical for keeping costs to a minimum. However, designing a viable breeding strategy can be challenging. With so many different variables this would be an ideal task for a computer program. To facilitate this process, we created a Java-based program called Conditional Allele Mouse Planner (CAMP). CAMP is designed to provide an estimate of the number of breeders, amount of time, and costs associated with generating mice of a particular genotype. We provide a description of CAMP, how to use it, and offer it freely as an application.

  13. Edo Mihevc – urban planner, architect and designer. Evaluation of post-war urbanism of the Slovenian coast

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    Full Text Available Edo Mihevc (1911–1985 was in the forefront of Slovenian modern architecture after WW2 and was one of Plečniks’ students that separated from his method of artistic creation, thus embarking on a path of self-expression and search for harmonising modernism, regionalism and humanist philosophy. The importance of his contribution to Slovenian architecture and culture is presented in a perspective of his multi-faceted activity focusing on his role as urban planner of the Slovenian coastline. Particular pieces of his opus are presented in the perspective of the time of construction, usage and architectural value, while their importance and role of ideas and trends are shown through his work. In the light of contemporary doctrines on protection of cultural heritage, timely evaluation and minimal protection has to be given even to his architectural masterpieces from the recent past.

  14. Autonomous Operations Planner: A Flexible Platform for Research in Flight-Deck Support for Airborne Self-Separation

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    Karr, David A.; Vivona, Robert A.; DePascale, Stephen M.; Wing, David J.

    2012-01-01

    The Autonomous Operations Planner (AOP), developed by NASA, is a flexible and powerful prototype of a flight-deck automation system to support self-separation of aircraft. The AOP incorporates a variety of algorithms to detect and resolve conflicts between the trajectories of its own aircraft and traffic aircraft while meeting route constraints such as required times of arrival and avoiding airspace hazards such as convective weather and restricted airspace. This integrated suite of algorithms provides flight crew support for strategic and tactical conflict resolutions and conflict-free trajectory planning while en route. The AOP has supported an extensive set of experiments covering various conditions and variations on the self-separation concept, yielding insight into the system s design and resolving various challenges encountered in the exploration of the concept. The design of the AOP will enable it to continue to evolve and support experimentation as the self-separation concept is refined.

  15. Migrant beer promoters' experiences accessing reproductive health care in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam: lessons for planners and providers.

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    Webber, Gail C; Spitzer, Denise L; Somrongthong, Ratana; Dat, Truong Cong; Kounnavongsa, Somphone

    2015-03-01

    Migrant beer promoters in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam were surveyed to determine their experiences in accessing reproductive health care services in the cities of Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Bangkok, and Hanoi. A total of 7 health care institutions were chosen as popular with migrant beer promoters. Staff at these institutions provided information on the institution, and 390 beer promoters were surveyed about their experiences while accessing services. There were discrepancies between findings from the staff interviews and the experiences of the beer promoters. In general, the migrant women were satisfied with the cost, location, friendliness of the health care providers, and knowledge and skills of the providers. They were less positive about confidentiality and waiting times, though many still agreed that these were not an issue. Health care planners and providers should take note of the issues affecting access to reproductive health care services for migrant women when they design and implement services.

  16. Migrant Beer Promoters’ Experiences Accessing Reproductive Health Care in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam: Lessons for Planners and Providers

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    Webber, Gail C.; Spitzer, Denise L.; Somrongthong, Ratana; Dat, Truong Cong; Kounnavongsa, Somphone

    2014-01-01

    Migrant beer promoters in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam were surveyed to determine their experiences in accessing reproductive health care services in the cities of Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Bangkok, and Hanoi. A total of 7 health care institutions were chosen as popular with migrant beer promoters. Staff at these institutions provided information on the institution, and 390 beer promoters were surveyed about their experiences while accessing services. There were discrepancies between findings from the staff interviews and the experiences of the beer promoters. In general, the migrant women were satisfied with the cost, location, friendliness of the health care providers, and knowledge and skills of the providers. They were less positive about confidentiality and waiting times, though many still agreed that these were not an issue. Health care planners and providers should take note of the issues affecting access to reproductive health care services for migrant women when they design and implement services. PMID:22743859

  17. Achieving healthy school siting and planning policies: understanding shared concerns of environmental planners, public health professionals, and educators.

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    Cohen, Alison

    2010-01-01

    Policy decisions regarding the quality of the physical school environment-both, school siting and school facility planning policies-are often considered through the lens of environmental planning, public health, or education policy, but rarely through all three. Environmental planners consider environmental justice issues on a local level and/or consider the regional impact of a school. Public health professionals focus on toxic exposures and populations particularly vulnerable to negative health outcomes. Educators and education policymakers emphasize investing in human capital of both students and staff. By understanding these respective angles and combining these efforts around the common goals of achieving adequacy and excellence, we can work toward a regulatory system for school facilities that recognizes children as a uniquely vulnerable population and seeks to create healthier school environments in which children can learn and adults can work.

  18. Development of an info-gap-based path planner to enable nondeterministic low-observability mobile sensor nodes

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    Mascareñas, David; Stull, Christopher; Farrar, Charles

    2012-06-01

    Mobile sensor nodes are an ideal solution for efficiently collecting measurements for a variety of applications. Mobile sensor nodes offer a particular advantage when measurements must be made in hazardous and/or adversarial environments. When mobile sensor nodes must operate in hostile environments, it would be advantageous for them to be able to avoid undesired interactions with hostile elements. It is also of interest for the mobile sensor node to maintain low-observability in order to avoid detection by hostile elements. Conventional path-planning strategies typically attempt to plan a path by optimizing some performance metric. The problem with this approach in an adversarial environment is that it may be relatively simple for a hostile element to anticipate the mobile sensor node's actions (i.e. optimal paths are also often predictable paths). Such information could then be leveraged to exploit the mobile sensor node. Furthermore, dynamic adversarial environments are typically characterized by high-uncertainty and highcomplexity that can make synthesizing paths featuring adequate performance very difficult. The goal of this work is to develop a path-planner anchored in info-gap decision theory, capable of generating non-deterministic paths that satisfy predetermined performance requirements in the face of uncertainty surrounding the actions of the hostile element(s) and/or the environment. This type of path-planner will inherently make use of the time-tested security technique of varying paths and changing routines while taking into account the current state estimate of the environment and the uncertainties associated with it.

  19. The role of web-based environmental information in urban planning--the environmental information system for planners.

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    Culshaw, M G; Nathanail, C P; Leeks, G J L; Alker, S; Bridge, D; Duffy, T; Fowler, D; Packman, J C; Swetnam, R; Wadsworth, R; Wyatt, B

    2006-05-01

    The Environmental Information System for Planners (EISP) is a proof of concept web-based system designed to support decision making within the UK planning framework by making information on environmental issues more widely accessible. It incorporates relevant outputs from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Urban Regeneration and the Environment (URGENT) research programme and from research directly commissioned by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM). It supports three principal planning functions carried out by local authorities: pre-planning enquiries, development control decisions and strategic planning. Eleven environmental science themes are incorporated: Air quality, Shallow undermining, Landslide susceptibility, Groundwater protection, Flood risk, Drainage, Land contamination, Proximity to landfill, Biodiversity, Natural and Man-made heritage. Decision flow diagrams represent detailed analysis of workflow in each theme, taking account of best practice, regulatory responsibilities and planning guidance. Industry-standard web technologies integrate the flows and provide access to the system via secure web pages. Underpinning the system is an environmental geographical information system (GIS) containing up-to-date data, information and models relevant to each theme. The modular system design allows new legislation and local priorities and datasets to be easily incorporated. Web technology delivers information and research data that have hitherto been difficult for the non-specialist to access and have therefore been under-exploited. The study has demonstrated a successful application of the principles of e-Governance in an area where informed decisions commonly require specialist information. The system, if rolled out nationally, offers potential economic benefits and efficiency savings for both planners and developers.

  20. Challenges while Updating Planning Parameters of an ERP System and How a Simulation-Based Support System Can Support Material Planners

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    Ulrike Stumvoll

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP system, production planning is influenced by a variety of parameters. Previous investigations show that setting parameter values is highly relevant to a company’s target system. Parameter settings should be checked and adjusted, e.g., after a change in environmental factors, by material planners. In practice, updating the parameters is difficult due to several reasons. This paper presents a simulation-based decision support system, which helps material planners in all stages of decision-making processes. It will present the system prototype’s user interface and the results of applying the system to a case study.

  1. Radioguided surgery and the GOSTT concept: From pre-operative image and intraoperative navigation to image-assisted excision.

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    Bowles, H; Sánchez, N; Tapias, A; Paredes, P; Campos, F; Bluemel, C; Valdés Olmos, R A; Vidal-Sicart, S

    Radio-guided surgery has been developed for application in those disease scheduled for surgical management, particularly in areas of complex anatomy. This is based on the use of pre-operative scintigraphic planar, tomographic and fused SPECT/CT images, and the possibility of 3D reconstruction for the subsequent intraoperative locating of active lesions using handheld devices (detection probes, gamma cameras, etc.). New tracers and technologies have also been incorporated into these surgical procedures. The combination of visual and acoustic signals during the intraoperative procedure has become possible with new portable imaging modalities. In daily practice, the images offered by these techniques and devices combine perioperative nuclear medicine imaging with the superior resolution of additional optical guidance in the operating room. In many ways they provide real-time images, allowing accurate guidance during surgery, a reduction in the time required for tissue location and an anatomical environment for surgical recognition. All these approaches have been included in the concept known as (radio) Guided intraOperative Scintigraphic Tumour Targeting (GOSTT). This article offers a general view of different nuclear medicine and allied technologies used for several GOSTT procedures, and illustrates the crossing of technological frontiers in radio-guided surgery. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  2. [Imaging].

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    Chevrot, A; Drapé, J L; Godefroy, D; Dupont, A M; Pessis, E; Sarazin, L; Minoui, A

    1997-01-01

    The panoply of imaging techniques useful in podology is essentially limited to X-rays. Standard "standing" and "lying" X-rays furnish most of the required information. Arthrography is sometimes performed, in particular for trauma or tumour of the ankle. CT scan and MRI make a decisive contribution in difficult cases, notably in fractures and in small fractures without displacement. The two latter techniques are useful in tendon, ligament and muscular disorders, where echography is also informative. Rigorous analysis of radiographies and a good knowledge of foot disorders make these imaging techniques efficacious.

  3. Multilocular disseminated Tarlov cysts: Importance of imaging and management options.

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    Padma, Subramanyam; Palaniswamy, Shanmuga Sundaram

    2012-04-01

    With technological advancements and wider availability of multimodality imaging, incidental lesions are frequently identified in patients undergoing various imaging studies. We report here a case of multiloculated disseminated perineural or Tarlov cysts (TCs). The primary aim of this case study was to (1) provide a comprehensive review of the clinical, imaging, and histopathological features of TCs (2) to draw attention to the fact that multiple lumbosacral and dorsal TCs can produce nerve injuries and serious movement disturbances, and (3) to document the usefulness of the magnetic resonance imaging and bone scan in non-invasive diagnosis and guiding management in such cases. These cysts are clearly identified by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography imaging of the lumbosacral spine. However, there are no reports on the scintigraphic findings of multilocular disseminated TC in literature. TCs are typically benign, asymptomatic lesions that can simply be monitored. To date, no consensus exists about the best surgical strategy to use when indicated.

  4. Modelo y desarrollo de W-planner: sistema multiagente on-line aplicado al turismo electrónico Modelo y desarrollo de W-planner: sistema multiagente on-line aplicado al turismo electrónico

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    Luis F. Castillo

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces the “tourist problem” and presents an Multi-agent system based solution for it. A set of agents that uses a case-based reasoning system to identify actions and plans is capable of determining the most suitable itinerary with restrictions for a tourist. Wireless devises are used by the tourists to interact with the agent. Variational Calculus is used during the reasoning process to identify the set of posible problem solutions and Jacobi fields to find the most replanning-able solution. This analytical method facilitates the identification of a tourist itinerary in advance and is also capable of modifying the tourist route in execution time. To conclude, a case of typical use is shown, in which a tourist requests to the W-planner the most appropriate route that fits in well with the requirements.Este trabajo introduce el llamado ¿problema del turista¿ y presenta una solución basada en un sistema multiagente. Un grupo de agentes que usan un sistema para identificar acciones y planes es capaz de encontrar el itinerario más adecuado para un turista de acuerdo con ciertas restricciones. Los artefactos ¿sin hilos¿ se usan para que el turista interactúe con el agente. Se utilizan técnicas de ¿cálculo variacional¿ durante el proceso para identificar el conjunto de soluciones posibles del problema y técnicas de ¿campos de Jacobi¿ para encontrar la solución ¿más fácilmente replanificable¿. Este método analítico facilita la identificación de un itinerario turístico previamente y es capaz de modificar la ruta propuesta en tiempo de ejecución. Para finalizar se muestra el seguimiento de un caso de uso típico, en el cual un turista solicita al W-planner bajo ciertas condiciones la ruta más ajustada a sus requerimientos.

  5. Cervical SPECT Camera for Parathyroid Imaging

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    2012-08-31

    Primary hyperparathyroidism characterized by one or more enlarged parathyroid glands has become one of the most common endocrine diseases in the world affecting about 1 per 1000 in the United States. Standard treatment is highly invasive exploratory neck surgery called Parathyroidectomy. The surgery has a notable mortality rate because of the close proximity to vital structures. The move to minimally invasive parathyroidectomy is hampered by the lack of high resolution pre-surgical imaging techniques that can accurately localize the parathyroid with respect to surrounding structures. We propose to develop a dedicated ultra-high resolution (~ 1 mm) and high sensitivity (10x conventional camera) cervical scintigraphic imaging device. It will be based on a multiple pinhole-camera SPECT system comprising a novel solid state CZT detector that offers the required performance. The overall system will be configured to fit around the neck and comfortably image a patient.

  6. Assessing social vulnerability to climate change in human communities near public forests and grasslands: a framework for resource managers and planners

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    A. Paige Fischer; Travis Paveglio; Matthew Carroll; Daniel Murphy; Hannah Brenkert-Smith

    2013-01-01

    Public land management agencies have incorporated the concept of vulnerability into protocols for assessing and planning for climate change impacts on public forests and grasslands. However, resource managers and planners have little guidance for how to address the social aspects of vulnerability in these assessments and plans. Failure to assess social vulnerability to...

  7. The Use of land evaluation information by land use planners and decision-makers; a case study in Santa Catarina, Brazil

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    Bacic, I.L.Z.; Rossiter, D.G.; Bregt, A.K.

    2003-01-01

    Land evaluation is the prediction of land performance over time under specific uses, to guide strategic land use decisions. Modern land evaluation has a 30 year history, yet the results have often been disappointing. Land users and planners have been reported to ignore land evaluations, perhaps refl

  8. Formacion de Formadores: Experiencias Institucionales en Planeamiento y Administracion de la Educacion. (The Formation of Educational Planners: Institutional Experiences in Planning and Administration for Education.

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    Senen Gonzalez, Silvia N. de

    Information collected from interviews with 15 ministers of education and 30 program directors and researchers at 18 universities in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina is used to study academic programs which prepare persons to be educational planners and administrators. Section one describes background…

  9. Quality control of the new Monte Carlo code Multi plan for Cyberknife planner; Control de calidad del nuevo codigo Monte Carlo de planificador multiplan para Cyberknife

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    Fayos Ferrer, F.; Antolin Sanmartin, E.; Simon de Blas, R.; Palazon Cano, I.; Bertomeu Padin, T.; Gutierrez Sarraga, J.; Rey Portoles, G.

    2011-07-01

    This paper is subjected to various tests including Monte Carlo dosimetric the code in the latest versions of Multi plan Accuracy planner. They compare their results and Ray-Tracing Algorithm (RT), present from the earliest versions, with the experimental results obtained by photographic dosimetry and ionization chamber measurements.

  10. Preparing Your School Building for Technology. Proceedings of the Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Conference (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 4-7, 1998).

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    Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, Scottsdale, AZ.

    Participants in the 1998 annual technology conference of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International discussed adapting today's school buildings to meet the new educational technology. This document presents the presentation materials (mostly copies of slides or transparencies, with little or no accompanying text) delivered by…

  11. Using OpenTripPlanner to determine lowest cost home-work-home trips as an input to UrbanSim

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper discusses the evolution of an Urban Simulation Model aimed at assisting planners and decision-makers to assess the likely outcome of various metropolitan policy scenarios 30 years into the future. This will enhance long-term planning...

  12. Formacion de Formadores: Experiencias Institucionales en Planeamiento y Administracion de la Educacion. (The Formation of Educational Planners: Institutional Experiences in Planning and Administration for Education.

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    Senen Gonzalez, Silvia N. de

    Information collected from interviews with 15 ministers of education and 30 program directors and researchers at 18 universities in Venezuela, Costa Rica, Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina is used to study academic programs which prepare persons to be educational planners and administrators. Section one describes background…

  13. Building the capacity of policy-makers and planners to strengthen mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review.

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    Keynejad, Roxanne; Semrau, Maya; Toynbee, Mark; Evans-Lacko, Sara; Lund, Crick; Gureje, Oye; Ndyanabangi, Sheila; Courtin, Emilie; Abdulmalik, Jibril O; Alem, Atalay; Fekadu, Abebaw; Thornicroft, Graham; Hanlon, Charlotte

    2016-10-21

    Little is known about the interventions required to build the capacity of mental health policy-makers and planners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). We conducted a systematic review with the primary aim of identifying and synthesizing the evidence base for building the capacity of policy-makers and planners to strengthen mental health systems in LMICs. We searched MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, Web of Knowledge, Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, LILACS, ScieELO, Google Scholar and Cochrane databases for studies reporting evidence, experience or evaluation of capacity-building of policy-makers, service planners or managers in mental health system strengthening in LMICs. Reports in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French or German were included. Additional papers were identified by hand-searching references and contacting experts and key informants. Database searches yielded 2922 abstracts and 28 additional papers were identified. Following screening, 409 full papers were reviewed, of which 14 fulfilled inclusion criteria for the review. Data were extracted from all included papers and synthesized into a narrative review. Only a small number of mental health system-related capacity-building interventions for policy-makers and planners in LMICs were described. Most models of capacity-building combined brief training with longer term mentorship, dialogue and/or the establishment of networks of support. However, rigorous research and evaluation methods were largely absent, with studies being of low quality, limiting the potential to separate mental health system strengthening outcomes from the effects of associated contextual factors. This review demonstrates the need for partnership approaches to building the capacity of mental health policy-makers and planners in LMICs, assessed rigorously against pre-specified conceptual frameworks and hypotheses, utilising longitudinal evaluation and mixed quantitative and qualitative approaches.

  14. Single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography for malignant otitis externa: lesion not shown on planar image.

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    Chen, Yu-Hung; Hsieh, Hung-Jen

    2013-01-01

    Malignant otitis externa is a severe and rare infection of the external acoustic meatus. Triphasic bone and (67)Ga scintigraphies are used to initial detect and follow-up the response of therapy. With single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography images, the diagnostic sensitivity is higher. We presented a case with malignant otitis externa with initial negative planar scintigraphic finding. The lesion was detected by photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography images. We concluded that the photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography should be performed routinely for patients with suspected malignant otitis externa, even without evidence of lesion on planar images.

  15. Brazilian city planners, American city planning? New perspectives on urban planning in Rio de Janeiro, 1930-1945.

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    Rezende, Vera F

    2010-01-01

    This article analyses the connections between the ideas and principles of American city planning from 1920 with those articulated by Brazilian city planners in the 1930s and implemented by the administration of the City of Rio de Janeiro, then the capital of Brazil, notably during the period of the Estado Novo [The New State] from 1937 to 1945. In a period characterized by the centralization of political power and the concentration of decision-making in the hands of the president and the state, the City of Rio de Janeiro undertook a series of restructuring projects which utilized new forms of administration and organization. This article explores the links between urban planning in Brazil and the USA that were a notable feature of these projects. It examines particular requirements set down in city plans, city planning commissions and funding for urban activities, such as 'excess condemnation', by focusing upon articles and books written by four Brazilian engineers and proposals put forward by the American City Planning Institute, detailed in the proceedings of the National Conference on City Planning, in the periodical, City Planning and works by affiliated authors.

  16. Super Network on the Prairie The Discursive Framing of Broadband Connectivity by Policy Planners and Rural Residents in Alberta, Canada

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    Maria Bakardjieva

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on the case of the SuperNet, an infrastructure project designed and sponsored by the provincial government of Alberta, Canada with the objective of providing broadband connectivity to public facilities, businesses and residences in rural communities. The data were collected through individual interviews, focus groups, and town hall meetings in the course of a collaborative research initiative (The SuperNet Research Alliance that investigated the social construction of the broadband network from multiple perspectives. The objective of the paper is to examine in parallel the discourses in which the concept of broadband connectivity acquired meaning and substance at the levels of 1 provincial government and industry policy planners and 2 the residents of the rural communities who were the intended beneficiaries of the SuperNet. Using actor-network theory as a departure point, this analysis takes stock of the framing devices employed in the two sets of discourses and of the distinctive worldviews that generated them. It looks for the meeting points and the disjunctions between the grand visions and the grounded projections underlying the positions taken by the two respective categories of actors. Differences in the interpretation and appropriation of broadband among rural Albertans themselves are discerned and related to social factors characterizing different situations within rural areas. Rural broadband connectivity thus emerges not so much as a one-dimensional access equalizer for rural people, but as a complex mediator of opportunity, participation and identity.

  17. Making sense of critical participatory action research. Reflections on The Action Research Planner: Doing Critical Participatory Action Research

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    Maria Mackay

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available After immersing myself in The Research Planner: Doing Critical Participatory Action Research, I believe I have a better understanding of participatory action research and its relationship to the work of Habermas. I feel it has enabled me to align my values and beliefs with Habermas and action research’s philosophical underpinnings within the critical theory paradigm. For me this book has clarified how communicative spaces, the theory of communicative action and public spheres are related to participatory methodologies. At the start of the book, Kemmis and co-authors (2013, pp 2-3 define the purpose of critical participatory action research as ‘to change social practices, including research itself, to make them more rational and reasonable, more productive and sustainable and more just and inclusive’. ‘Rational’ in this context conveys a sense of being more reasonable, comprehensible, coherent and sensible. Carr and Kemmis (1986 critique the positivist and interpretivist paradigms and argue that for critical participatory action research to bring about social change, it needs to reject the premise of objectivity whereby the researcher is viewed as a ‘distant observer’. They further advocate that self-reflection is essential, for the individual and the collective, to ensure the critical aspect and validity of the research. Overall, they say participatory forms of research methodology create the conditions for practitioners to be activity involved and have a voice in all aspects of the research process (Kemmis et al., 2013.

  18. Scintigraphic method to test the function of intraperitoneal draining catheters for regional intraabdominal chemotherapy; Szintigraphische Ueberpruefung der Funktion intraperitoneal liegender Katheter zur regionalen intraabdominellen Chemotherapie

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    Gratz, K.F.; Hamann, A.; Hundeshagen, H. [Zentrum Radiologie, Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany); Jaehne, J.; Piso, P.; Pichlmayr, R. [Zentrum Chirurgie, Klinik fuer Abdominal- und Transplantationschirurgie, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (Germany)

    1997-12-01

    To prove the functionality of the catheter a scintigraphic method is introduced using a liquid solution of sodium chloride - Tc-99m-Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (Tc-99m-DTPA) (500 ml). This study was aimed to look for problems over the period of application and to measure the intraperitoneal distribution and resorption of the fluid. One leakage and 3 revisible obstructions occurred in 26 applications done in 20 patients. The upper right and the central abdomen was not reached as extensive as the other regions. The abdomen was divided into 9 regions of equal size. In 4 out of 19 patients (20%) the fluid tracer was missed in more than 3 regions (up to 40% of the total area). It is early to decide whether methological modifications are necessary in these cases, but closed chemotherapies in patients with maldistribution may not be indicated. This will be in particular necessary if there is a relation between the maldistribution and the location of recurrencies. The demonstrated simple scintigraphic method, however, is able to recognize patients at risk. (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Zur Verwendung vorgeschlagen wird die Applikation von Tc-99m-DTPA, durchmischt in 500 ml 0,9%iger NaCl-Loesung. Applikationsprobleme, die intraperitoneale Verteilung und der zeitliche Verlauf der Resorption des Tracers werden anhand von 26 Applikationen an 20 Patienten dargestellt. Eine Leckage und drei Partialverschluesse, die sich umgehend revidieren liessen, traten auf. Es zeigte sich, dass ueber den Periotoneal-Dialyse-Katheter das obere und auch das rechte Abdomen sowie die zentrale Region weniger gut erreicht werden. Im Einzelfall koennen erhebliche Fehlverteilungen vorliegen: Bis zu 40% des Abdomens bleiben tracerfrei. Bei groben Fehlverteilungen ist die Indikation zur erneuten regionalen Chemotherapie sehr zurueckhaltend zu sehen. Allerdings lassen sich aufgrund der derzeitigen Datenlage konzeptionelle Rueckschluesse oder Aenderungen des individuellen Therapiekonzepts nicht begruenden

  19. Disturbances of fluid balance reduce the image quality of bone scintigraphy. Experimental studies in mice

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    Cronhjort, M.; Schnell, P.-O.; Jacobsson, H. (Karolinska Sjukhuset, Stockholm (Sweden))

    1994-06-01

    The effects of hydration, dehydration and osmotic diuresis on the activity distribution of bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals have been studied in an experimental mouse system. It was found that any change of the water balance impairs the activity distribution of the radiolabelled phosphonate in the potential bone scintigraphic image. The findings suggest that in order to maintain image quality, elderly patients should not be instructed to drink a large volume of fluid after the administration of a bone-seeking radiopharmaceutical. Further investigations, though, have to be performed in humans. (author).

  20. Whole body imaging in the abdominal cancer patient: pitfalls of PET-CT.

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    McDermott, Shaunagh

    2012-02-01

    Proper interpretation of PET-CT images requires knowledge of the normal physiological distribution of the tracer, frequently encountered physiological variants, and benign pathological causes of FDG uptake that can be confused with a malignant neoplasm. In addition, not all malignant processes are associated with avid tracer uptake. A basic knowledge of the technique of image acquisition is also required to avoid pitfalls such as misregistration of anatomical and scintigraphic data. This article reviews these potential pitfalls as they apply to the abdomen and pelvis of patients with cancer.

  1. Two-Dimensional Image Fusion of Planar Bone Scintigraphy and Radiographs in Patients with Clinical Scaphoid Fracture: An Imaging Study

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    Henriksen, O.M.; Lonsdale, M.N.; Jensen, T.D.

    2008-01-01

    experienced nuclear medicine physicians. In addition to the diagnosis, the degree of diagnostic confidence was scored in each case. Results: The addition of fusion images changed the interpretation of each of the three observers in seven, four, and two cases, respectively, reducing the number of positive....... Bone scintigraphy is highly sensitive for the detection of fractures, but exact localization of scintigraphic lesions may be difficult and can negatively affect diagnostic accuracy. Purpose: To investigate the influence of image fusion of planar bone scintigraphy and radiographs on image interpretation...... in patients with suspected scaphoid fracture. Material and Methods: In 24 consecutive patients with suspected scaphoid fracture, a standard planar bone scintigraphy of both hands was supplemented with fusion imaging of the injured wrist. Standard and fusion images were evaluated independently by three...

  2. Two-dimensional fusion imaging of planar bone scintigraphy and radiographs in patients with clinical scaphoid fracture: an imaging study

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    Henriksen, Otto Mølby; Lonsdale, Markus Georg; Jensen, T D

    2009-01-01

    experienced nuclear medicine physicians. In addition to the diagnosis, the degree of diagnostic confidence was scored in each case. RESULTS: The addition of fusion images changed the interpretation of each of the three observers in seven, four, and two cases, respectively, reducing the number of positive....... Bone scintigraphy is highly sensitive for the detection of fractures, but exact localization of scintigraphic lesions may be difficult and can negatively affect diagnostic accuracy. PURPOSE: To investigate the influence of image fusion of planar bone scintigraphy and radiographs on image interpretation...... in patients with suspected scaphoid fracture. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 24 consecutive patients with suspected scaphoid fracture, a standard planar bone scintigraphy of both hands was supplemented with fusion imaging of the injured wrist. Standard and fusion images were evaluated independently by three...

  3. Two-Dimensional Image Fusion of Planar Bone Scintigraphy and Radiographs in Patients with Clinical Scaphoid Fracture: An Imaging Study

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    Henriksen, O.M.; Lonsdale, M.N.; Jensen, T.D.

    2008-01-01

    experienced nuclear medicine physicians. In addition to the diagnosis, the degree of diagnostic confidence was scored in each case. Results: The addition of fusion images changed the interpretation of each of the three observers in seven, four, and two cases, respectively, reducing the number of positive....... Bone scintigraphy is highly sensitive for the detection of fractures, but exact localization of scintigraphic lesions may be difficult and can negatively affect diagnostic accuracy. Purpose: To investigate the influence of image fusion of planar bone scintigraphy and radiographs on image interpretation...... in patients with suspected scaphoid fracture. Material and Methods: In 24 consecutive patients with suspected scaphoid fracture, a standard planar bone scintigraphy of both hands was supplemented with fusion imaging of the injured wrist. Standard and fusion images were evaluated independently by three...

  4. Is it possible for knowledge-based planning to improve intensity modulated radiation therapy plan quality for planners with different planning experiences in left-sided breast cancer patients?

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    Wang, Juanqi; Hu, Weigang; Yang, Zhaozhi; Chen, Xiaohui; Wu, Zhiqiang; Yu, Xiaoli; Guo, Xiaomao; Lu, Saiquan; Li, Kaixuan; Yu, Gongyi

    2017-05-22

    Knowledge-based planning (KBP) is a promising technique that can improve plan quality and increase planning efficiency. However, no attempts have been made to extend the domain of KBP for planners with different planning experiences so far. The purpose of this study was to quantify the potential gains for planners with different planning experiences after implementing KBP in intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) plans for left-sided breast cancer patients. The model libraries were populated with 80 expert clinical plans from treated patients who previously received left-sided breast-conserving surgery and IMRT with simultaneously integrated boost. The libraries were created on the RapidPlan(TM). 6 planners with different planning experiences (2 beginner planners, 2 junior planners and 2 senior planners) generated manual and KBP optimized plans for additional 10 patients, similar to those included in the model libraries. The plan qualities were compared between manual and KBP plans. All plans were capable of achieving the prescription requirement. There were almost no statistically significant differences in terms of the planning target volume (PTV) coverage and dose conformality. It was demonstrated that the doses for most of organs-at-risk (OARs) were on average lower or equal in KBP plans compared to manual plans except for the senior planners, where the very small differences were not statistically significant. KBP data showed a systematic trend to have superior dose sparing at most parameters for the heart and ipsilateral lung. The observed decrease in the doses to these OARs could be achieved, particularly for the beginner and junior planners. Many differences were statistically significant. It is feasible to generate acceptable IMRT plans after implementing KBP for left-sided breast cancer. KBP helps to effectively improve the quality of IMRT plans against the benchmark of manual plans for less experienced planners without any manual intervention. KBP

  5. {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-spermine for imaging polyamine transport system-positive tumours: preclinical evaluation

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    Pesnel, Sabrina [Institut de Recherche Pierre Fabre, Centre de Recherche en Oncologie Experimentale, Toulouse (France); UPS TAAM - CIPA, CNRS, Orleans (France); Guminski, Yves; Imbert, Thierry [Institut de Recherche Pierre Fabre, Division de Chimie Medicinale III, Castres (France); Pillon, Arnaud; Guilbaud, Nicolas; Kruczynski, Anna; Bailly, Christian [Institut de Recherche Pierre Fabre, Centre de Recherche en Oncologie Experimentale, Toulouse (France); Lerondel, Stephanie [UPS TAAM - CIPA, CNRS, Orleans (France); Le Pape, Alain [UPS TAAM - CIPA, CNRS, Orleans (France); Universite Francois Rabelais, INSERM U618, Tours (France)

    2011-10-15

    F14512 exploiting the polyamine transport system (PTS) for tumour cell delivery has been described as a potent antitumour agent. The optimal use of this compound will require a probe to identify tumour cells expressing a highly active PTS that might be more sensitive to the treatment. The aim of this study was to design and characterize a scintigraphic probe to evaluate its uptake in cancer cells expressing the PTS. Three polyamines coupled to a hydrazinonicotinamide (HYNIC) moiety were synthesized and labelled with {sup 99m}Tc. Their radiochemical purity was determined by HPLC. The plasma stability of the {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-spermine probe and its capacity to accumulate into PTS-active cells were also evaluated. In vitro internalization was tested using murine melanoma B16/F10 cells and human lung carcinoma A549 cells. Biodistribution was determined in healthy mice and tumour uptake was studied in B16/F10 tumour-bearing mice. A HL-60-Luc human leukaemia model was used to confront single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images obtained with the {sup 99m}Tc-labelled probe with those obtained by bioluminescence. The {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-spermine probe was selected for its capacity to accumulate into PTS-active cells and its stability in plasma. In vitro studies demonstrated that the probe was internalized in the cells via the PTS. In vivo measurements indicated a tumour to muscle scintigraphic ratio of 7.9{+-}2.8. The combined bioluminescence and scintigraphic analyses with the leukaemia model demonstrated that the spermine conjugate accumulates into the tumour cells. The {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-spermine scintigraphic probe is potentially useful to characterize the PTS activity of tumours. Additional work is needed to determine if this novel conjugate may be useful to analyse the PTS status of patients with solid tumours. (orig.)

  6. Interactive Menu Planner

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    ... traditional American meals as well as ethnic and vegetarian meals. Traditional American Cuisine 1,200 Calories 1, ... Cuisine Southern Cuisine Mexican-American Cuisine Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian Cuisine Daily Food Plan You also may find ...

  7. Educating collaborative planners

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    Oonk, Carla; Gulikers, Judith; Mulder, Martin

    2016-01-01

    Planning education needs effective learning environments that support students’ boundary crossing competence development. The multi-stakeholder regional learning environment (RLE) is, by its typical design, hypothesized to foster boundary crossing. This quasi-experimental mixed method pre- and post-

  8. De vrolijke planner

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    Duineveld, M.; Ark, van R.G.H.; Assche, van K.A.M.

    2005-01-01

    Een groep jonge onderzoekers bij ruimtelijke planvorming (Wageningen Universiteit) vertolkte de afgelopen jaren een postmodern gedachtegoed. Met dit essay betogen zij dat er iets moet veranderen. Het artikel wil een aanzet tot kritisch denken zijn, dat vèrder gaat dan de inhoud van verplichte vakken

  9. Cattle as urban planner

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    Hong Kong has a wide variety of habitats which contribute to the diversity of local fauna especially birds and insects. However, wild mammals are declining rapidly because of the degradation or loss of habitats caused by urbanization. For hundreds of years, bovid such as cattle and water buffalo have been an enduring presence amongst the diverse landscape of Hong Kong. Prior to the 1970’s, cattle were important to Hong Kong’s agricultural industry as a valuable labor for farming. Large popula...

  10. Personal Development Planner

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    Vogten, Hubert; Martens, Harrie

    We are facing many ever changing and increasing learning needs in our information society. Society is changing at an increasing pace, constantly pushed forward by emerging new information and communication technologies. New and changing demands of society on the individual, both on and off the job, are following these technological changes in a similar pace. In just one generation, information and communications technologies have revolutionised the way we live, learn, work and play. As a result, technical skills, communication skills, knowledge, in short competences are quickly outdated and require constant updating. Jobs for a lifetime have become the exception and are in fact considered undesirable by both the employer and the employee. Therefore, the traditional approach towards learning, which mainly took place during very specific stages of someone’s life, has been replaced by the idea of professional development. The information society has also lead to more active and involved society members, who are increasingly more demanding regarding their personal goals and developments. Individuals are regularly confronted with question such as: are my competences still up-to-date?; is my current job still satisfying and challenging enough?; in what directions can I change my career?; can I improve myself?; what other opportunities do I have? These types of question are not necessarily work related, although they often are.

  11. De vrolijke planner

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    Duineveld, M.; Ark, van R.G.H.; Assche, van K.A.M.

    2005-01-01

    Een groep jonge onderzoekers bij ruimtelijke planvorming (Wageningen Universiteit) vertolkte de afgelopen jaren een postmodern gedachtegoed. Met dit essay betogen zij dat er iets moet veranderen. Het artikel wil een aanzet tot kritisch denken zijn, dat vèrder gaat dan de inhoud van verplichte vakken

  12. Scintigraphic evaluation of regional myocardial sympathetic activity in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Comparison between asymmetrical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and apical hypertrophy

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    Eno, Shin; Takeo, Eiichiro; Sasaki, Satoshi; Matsuda, Keiji; Fujii, Hideaki; Kanazawa, Ikuo [Chugoku Rosai General Hospital, Kure, Hiroshima (Japan)

    1998-02-01

    Using {sup 123}I-MIBG (metaiodobenzylguanidine) and {sup 201}Tl imagings, an examination concerning the relation between the hypertrophic region and its sympathetic nervous function was done. Subjects were 12 normal adults (4 males and 8 females, mean age 61.3 yr), 13 patients with asymmetrical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (10 males and 3 females, 63.9 yr) and 13 patients with apical hypertrophy (9 males and 4 females, 67.2 yr). The SPECT apparatus was Toshiba two-gated gamma camera GCA 7200A. At 20 min and 3 hr after intravenous injection of 111 MBq of {sup 123}I-MIBG, myocardial SPECT and planar images were obtained with collimator LEHR under following conditions: photoelectric peak 159 KeV, window width 20%, matrix size 64 x 64 (256 x 256 for the planar image), step angle 6deg, 40 sec/step and 180deg for 1 camera. In another day, {sup 201}Tl SPECT and planar imagings were performed 10 min after intravenous injection of 111 MBq of {sup 201}Tl for the photoelectric peak 72 KeV under similar conditions to above. SPECT images were reconstructed using Butterworth filter and Shepp and Logan filter. Images were examined for the defect score, myocardium/mediastinum ratio, whole heart washout rate and regional washout rate. In the asymmetrical hypertrophic myopathy, abnormal sympathetic nerve function was recognized on the regions regardless of their disease severity while in the apical hypertrophy, abnormality was restricted on the apical region. Therefore, the two diseases were found different from each other from the aspect of sympathetic nerve functions. (K.H.)

  13. Radionuclide imaging of the liver in human fascioliasis

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    Rivera, J.V.; Bermudez, R.H.

    1984-08-01

    The clinical, laboratory, and scintigraphic findings in four cases of human fascioliasis are described. Acute onset of fever, abdominal pain, and weight loss in a person who has ingested watercress constitutes the clinical syndrome often seen. Eosinophilia and alteration in liver function tests, particularly alkaline phosphatase are frequent. Tc-99m sulfur colloid images showed hepatomegaly in four patients, focal defects in two, splenomegaly in three, and increased splenic uptake in two. Gallium citrate (Ga 67) images show increased uptake in the focal lesions in two of two. Sonographic imaging showed focal lucent abnormality in one of three. Liver biopsy findings were nonspecific. The differential diagnosis from other invasive parasitic diseases is discussed. A possible role of hepatic imaging in the evaluation of fascioliasis is suggested.

  14. New functional imaging modalities for chromaffin tumors, neuroblastomas and ganglioneuromas.

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    Ilias, Ioannis; Shulkin, Barry; Pacak, Karel

    2005-03-01

    Nuclear medicine modalities use radiolabeled ligands that either follow metabolic pathways or act on cellular receptors. Thus, they permit functional imaging of physiological processes and help to localize sites such as tumors that harbor pathological events. The application of positron emission tomography (PET) ligands to the specific pathways of synthesis, metabolism and inactivation of catecholamines found in chromaffin tumors, neuroblastomas and ganglioneuromas can be used to provide a more thorough localization of these types of tumor. Recent advances have been made in functional imaging to localize pheochromocytomas, paragangliomas, neuroblastomas and ganglioneuromas, including approaches based on PET with [(18)F]fluorodopamine, [(18)F]fluorohydroxyphenylalanine, [(11)C]epinephrine or [(11)C]hydroxyephedrine. Such functional imaging can complement computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging and other scintigraphic techniques to localize these tumors before surgical or medical therapeutic approaches are considered.

  15. Scintigraphic assessment of cardiac sympathetic innervation with I-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine in cardiomyopathy. Special reference to cardiac arrhythmia

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    Asano, Takahisa; Otsuka, Nobuaki; Sone, Teruki; Mimura, Hiroaki; Yanagimoto, Shinichi; Tomomitsu, Tatsushi; Fukunaga, Masao [Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Okayama (Japan); Morita, Koichi

    1999-07-01

    Cardiac sympathetic imagings with I-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) were carried out in 5 cases with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), 26 cases with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and 4 cases without cardiac disease as a control to assess cardiac sympathetic innervation qualitatively and quantitatively, and to clarify the relation of MIBG accumulation to arrhythmia. MIBG scintigraphy was performed at 15 min. (early image) and 4 hr. (delayed image) after intravenous injection of MIBG 111 MBq. The MIBG uptake ratio of mediastinum (H/M) and the cardiac washout rate (WR) from early to delayed images were calculated. On both early and delayed SPECTs, MIBG uptake was assessed by defect scores (DSs). Regarding the cases with HCM, the MIBG uptake ratio, WR, and DS were also compared in cases with and without arrhythmia. In DCM, the MIBG uptake on delayed SPECT was markedly low, the H/M ratio was significantly lower, and the DS was significantly higher than in the control (all p<0.05). As for the WR, there was no significant difference between HCM, DCM and the control. In HCM, significantly reduced MIBG uptake was observed in cases with ventricular techycardia (VT) and in cases with atrial fibrillation (Af), as compared with cases without arrhythmia (all p<0.05). There results suggest that MIBG scintigraphy might be a useful tool in the assessment of cardiac sympathetic abnormalities in cardiomyopathy, especially in cases with arrhythmia. (author)

  16. Ventilation imaging of the lung: comparison of hyperpolarized helium-3 MR imaging with Xe-133 scintigraphy.

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    Altes, Talissa A; Rehm, Patrice K; Harrell, Frank; Salerno, Michael; Daniel, Thomas M; De Lange, Eduard E

    2004-07-01

    To compare hyperpolarized helium-3 (HHe) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the lung with standard Xe-133 lung ventilation scintigraphy. We performed a retrospective review of 15 subjects who underwent HHe MRI and Xe-133 lung ventilation imaging. Coronal MRI sections were acquired after a single inhalation of HHe gas, and standard posterior planar lung ventilation scintigraphy was performed during continuous breathing of Xe-133 gas. The first breath scintigram of each patient was compared with a composite MR image composed of the sum of the individual MR images and with the individual helium-3 MR images. Ventilation defects on the two imaging modalities were compared for size, conspicuity, and concordance in presence and location. Assessment was done separately for each of four lung quadrants. Comparing the composite HHe MR images with Xe-133 scintigraphy, ventilation defect size, conspicuity and concordance were the same in 67% (40/60), 63% (38/60), and 62% (37/60) quadrants, respectively. Comparing the individual HHe MR image sections with the Xe-133 ventilation scan, there was concordance between the ventilation defects in 27% (16/60) of quadrants. More defects were identified on the individual HHe MR images in 62% (37/60) of quadrants. There was good agreement between composite HHe MR image and first breath Xe-133 scintigraphic images, supporting the widely held assumption that HHe MRI likely depicts first breath lung ventilation.

  17. A scintigraphic study of composited bone substitute in the repair of bone defect of femoral head%复合人工骨修复股骨头骨缺损的影像学研究

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    同志勤; 徐小良; 王坤正; 宋厂义

    2001-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of bBMP-collagen-coral composited bone substitute in treatment of osteonecrosis of the femoral head(ONFH).Methods Canine bone defect of bilateral femoral head was established,They were devided into 4 groups:Ⅰ.composited bone substitute group(n=5),Ⅱ.muscle pedicle bone group (n=5),Ⅲ.simple coral group(n=4),Ⅳ.control group:contralateral hip(n=14).Roentgenography,Scintigraphy,MRI,CT were examined and studied at various time.Results ①Scintigraphic changes:In group Ⅰ,static bone image showed increased radionuclide uptake,but blood flow and blood-pool image didn't show in 6 and 12 week;②MRI:There was much more new bone formation in the bone defect of group Ⅰ;In group Ⅳ,there was fatty bone marrow which was surrounded with sclerotic bone;③Resules of roentgenographic and CT:In 14-16 weeks,in group Ⅰ,the coral was absorbed and most of the bone defects were closed completely;In the rest groups,part of each bone defect was remained except that in group Ⅳ,cystic sclerosis was formed.Conclusion The composited bone substitute possesses a superior osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity in the repair of bone defect of femoral head,but it can't improve the revascularization of ONFH.%目的研究用复合人工骨治疗股骨头坏死的效果。方法建立双侧股骨头内骨缺损模型,并分为4组:bBMP-胶原-珊瑚复合人工骨组(5侧)、肌骨瓣组(5侧)、单纯珊瑚组(4侧)、对照组(14侧,为以上各组的对侧)。造模及植入后定时行X线、核素骨显像、MRI及CT检查。结果①核素骨显像示:6周及12周,Ⅰ组股骨头核素摄取量静态相头/干比升高,但血流相及血池相不升高。②MRI:10周示Ⅰ组骨缺损内多量新生骨形成,Ⅳ组骨缺损内囊腔中为脂肪性信号,周围为低信号的硬化带。③拍片及CT示:14~16周,Ⅰ组骨缺损大多完全闭合,珊瑚已吸收,其余各组骨缺损部分残

  18. Scintigraphic study of palpable breast nodes with {sup 99m} Tc-tetrofosmin; Estudo cintilografico de nodulos palpaveis da mama com {sup 99m} Tc - tetrofosmin

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    Pellini, Marcos Pinto; Fonseca, Lea Mirian Barbosa da [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Dept. de Radiologia; Amarante Junior, Jose Luiz de Medeiros [Hospital Naval Marcilio Dias, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Servico de Medicina Nuclear; Fabricio, Maria Ines Menescal [Universidade Federal, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Ginecologia

    1998-12-01

    In Brazil, breast carcinoma has the greater incidence among women. In 1996, about 31,210 new cases were diagnosed. The purpose of this study is to determine if {sup 99m} technetium-tetrofosmin preferentially concentrates within malignant palpable breast nodes, distinguishing them from the benign lumps. Fifth-four consecutive and unsolicited women, mean age 47.5 +- 10.7 years, with palpable nodes in breast, underwent breast scintigraphy with {sup 99m} technetium-tetrofosmin and excisional biopsy or fine needle puncture within interval eight weeks. Histopathologic studies demonstrated 13 cysts, 1 cyst with local inflammation, 11 fibroadenoma, 2 fibrodysplasias, 3 fibroadenomas with high cellularity, 1 fibrocystic change with local inflammation, 23 invasive intraductal carcinomas and 1 invasive lobular carcinoma. The nodes ranged from 10 to 100 mm in greater diameter. The scintigraphic study yielded 30 true-negative cases, 24 true-positives, no false-negative and 1 false-positive. This case was a fibrocystic lump with local inflammation. Two patients had metastases in axillary lymph nodes, well detected in scintigraphy. The statistic analysis showed: sensitivity, 100%; specificity, 96.8%; accuracy, 98.2%; negative predictive value, 100%; positive predictive value, 96.0%. Nonparametric tests of Fisher and Chi-square rejected the antithesis at a confidence interval of 99.9% (p < 0.001). We concluded that {sup 99m} technetium-tetrofosmin preferentially concentrates in malignant palpable breast nodes and can help to distinguish them from the benign tumors with with very high accuracy. (author)

  19. [Scintigraphic imaging in the diagnosis of failed intrathecal baclofen therapy: a case report of a 7-year-old boy with ventriculoperitoneal shunt].

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    Shibata, Akiko; Yamamoto, Mariko; Watanabe, Yu; Terashima, Hiroshi; Kashii, Hirofumi; Kubota, Masaya; Morota, Nobuhito

    2015-09-01

    Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy is popular for the management of intractable spasticity. In 2007, the indications of ITB therapy expanded to include spasticity of children in Japan. In this report, we assessed the utility of radioisotopic scintigraphy in the diagnosis of failed ITB therapy. A 7-year-old boy with schizencephaly, hydrocephalus, and spastic quadriplegia had an ITB pump implanted. In his infancy, he had undergone ventriculoperitoneal shunt implantation. One month after the ITB operation, the ITB therapeutic effect diminished. Several examinations confirmed that the pump function was normal and catheter failure had not occurred. However, radioisotopic scintigraphy revealed that the baclofen had been washed out to blood circulation more rapidly than is typically observed. We considered two possible causes for this; obstruction of the cerebrospinal space due to kyphosis and excessive washout of celebrospinal fluid through the ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The catheter was moved to a more caudal site surgically, and his spasticity improved. The use of radioisotopic scintigraphy to identify the distribution of baclofen is an effective technique for investigation of baclofen pump system malfunction.

  20. Development of a freeze-dried kit formulation for the preparation of 99mTc-NTP 15-5, a radiotracer for scintigraphic imaging of proteoglycans.

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    Vidal, Aurélien; Gaumet, Vincent; Galmier, Marie-Josèphe; Besse, Sophie; Leal, Fernand; Gachon, Françoise; Viot, Gilles; Métin, Jacques; Chezal, Jean-Michel; Miot-Noirault, Elisabeth; Auzeloux, Philippe

    2015-07-01

    The cartilage-targeting strategy is based on the strong affinity of quaternary ammonium (QA) functions for cartilage proteoglycans. We use a bifunctional agent containing QA moiety and a polyazamacrocycle structure able to complex technetium-99m. (99m)Tc-NTP 15-5 was selected for its high stability and its high affinity for proteoglycans in vivo. Labeling conditions of NTP 15-5 were optimized, and a lyophilized kit was developed for radiolabeling of (99m)Tc-NTP 15-5 (radiochemical yields 94.6±1.8%). (99m)Tc-NTP 15-5 was stable and resulted in favorable biological evaluations.

  1. Scintigraphic follow-up of the effects of therapy with hydroxyurea on splenic function in patients with sickle cell disease

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    Santos, Allan [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Campinas State University (UNICAMP), Campinas (Brazil); Servico de Medicina Nuclear, Hospital das Clinicas da UNICAMP, Campina (Brazil); Pinheiro, Vitoria; Anjos, Ana Claudia; Brandalise, Silvia [Centro Infantil Domingos A. Boldrini, Campinas (Brazil); Fahel, Fernanda; Lima, Mariana; Etchebehere, Elba; Ramos, Celso; Camargo, Edwaldo E. [Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, Campinas State University (UNICAMP), Campinas (Brazil)

    2002-04-01

    Patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) may develop functional asplenia as a chronic complication, secondary to repeated episodes of polymerisation of haemoglobin S. It is known that increased plasma concentrations of fetal haemoglobin (HbF) reduce the polymerisation of haemoglobin S. Hydroxyurea is a chemotherapeutic agent capable of increasing HbF levels in the red blood cells and its use has recently been proposed in the treatment of SCD. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of long-term therapy with hydroxyurea on recovery of splenic function. Twenty-one patients (aged 3-22 years; 14 with SS haemoglobinopathy, 7 with S{beta}{sup 0} haemoglobinopathy) were studied with liver/spleen scintigraphy before and after 6 and 12 months of treatment. All studies were submitted to visual inspection and semi-quantitative analyses using spleen/liver ratios. Imaging prior to treatment demonstrated functional asplenia in nine SS patients and one S{beta}{sup 0} patient and impaired splenic function in five SS patients and six S{beta}{sup 0} patients. After treatment, splenic function improved in ten patients, remained unchanged in eight and worsened in three. Using liver/spleen imaging, it was possible to demonstrate that hydroxyurea is capable of improving splenic function in some SCD patients. Improvement is not always possible and frequently does not lead to a normal splenic function even after 1 year of treatment. (orig.)

  2. Scintigraphic assessment of regional cardiac sympathetic nervous system in patients with single-vessel coronary artery disease

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    Sakata, Kazuyuki; Yoshida, Hiroshi; Nawada, Ryuzo; Obayashi, Kazuhiko; Tamekiyo, Hiromichi; Mochizuki, Mamoru [Shizuoka General Hospital (Japan)

    2000-06-01

    In coronary artery disease, the cardiac sympathetic nervous system is closely associated with myocardial ischemia. I-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) imaging allows us to assess the cardiac sympathetic nervous system regionally. One-hundred and eleven patients with single-vessel disease underwent regional quantitative analysis of MIBG imaging before successful percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), and repeat angiography 6 months after PTCA. Based on the results of the follow-up left ventriculogram, patients were divided into 3 groups: 39 angina pectoris (AP), 48 prior myocardial infarction without asynergy (MI without asynergy) and 24 prior myocardial infarction with asynergy (Ml with asynergy). AP and MI without asynergy had significant correlations between uptake parameters and regional washout in the territory of diseased vessels, among which the severity score in AP was the most closely correlated with regional washout (r=0.79, p<0.0001). These correlations disappeared in MI with asynergy. To compare regional MIBG parameters in the territory of the diseased vessel as well as in the territories of the other major coronary arteries among the 3 groups, we examined MIBG parameters in 57 patients with left anterior descending artery (LAD) disease selected from among the study patients. Regional washout in the territory of the LAD was significantly higher in the MI without asynergy group than in the other two groups. The left circumflex artery (LCX) region showed significantly reduced MlBG uptake and an increased extent score in the MI with asynergy group compared with the AP group, although only a difference in the extent score existed between the MI with asynergy group and the AP group in the right coronary artery (RCA) region. In addition, the global ejection fraction before PTCA showed a significant negative correlation with each regional washout rate. In this way, regional quantitative analysis of MIBG imaging can detect the regional

  3. Influence of the choice of parameters of the TAC in the calculation of volumes for different planners; Influencia de la eleccion de los parametros del TAC en el calculo de volumenes para distintos planificadores

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    Sanchez Mazon, J.; Raba Diez, J. L.; Vazquez Rodriguez, J. A.; Pacheco Baldor, M. T.; Mendiguren Santiago, M. A.

    2011-07-01

    In the Protocol for the control treatment planning systems with ionizing radiation of the proposed SEFM tests to verify proper operation of the calculation in the evaluation of DVH (Dose Volume Histogram). The calculation of the volume that makes a planner may have important implications because it can trigger an overestimation of the dose or otherwise. We present a comparison of the calculation of volumes estimated with 4 different planners.

  4. Diagnostic imaging in thyrotoxicosis.

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    Summaria, V; Salvatori, M; Rufini, V; Mirk, P; Garganese, M C; Romani, M

    1999-01-01

    In thyrotoxicosis, imaging mainly scintigraphy, color Doppler sonography and radioiodine uptake test are used in the differential diagnosis as well as in the morphofunctional evaluation of the thyroid before and after therapy (mainly pharmacological or with radioiodine). Radioiodine uptake test differentiates high uptake thyrotoxicosis (Graves'disease, toxic nodular goiter) and low uptake thyrotoxycosis (subacute or silent thyroiditis, ectopic thyrotoxicosis, iodine-induced hyperthyroidism). In Graves'disease scintigraphy shows thyroid enlargement with intense homogeneous tracer uptake; rarely nodules with no uptake are present. On color Doppler sonography, a part from enlargement, typical findings are: diffuse structural hypoechogenicity (at times with echoic nodules), parenchymal hypervascularization ("thyroid inferno"), high systolic velocities (PSV > 70-100 cm/sec) in inferior thyroid arteries. Scintigraphy is the only method able to evidence an autonomously functioning thyroid nodule and stage it (in association to clinical findings and TSH, FT3, FT4 determination) as: toxic, non toxic (or pretoxic) and compensated, depending on whether there is inhibition of extranodular tissue. A scintigraphically "hot" nodule appears hypervascularized on color Doppler sonography (especially in the toxic or pre-toxic phase) with high PSV (> 50-70 cm/sec) in the ipsilateral inferior thyroid artery. The most reliable parameters in the evaluation of the therapeutic efficacy are: decreases in thyroid (Graves'disease) or nodular (autonomously functioning nodule) volume; decreased radioiodine uptake (Graves'disease); functional recovery of suppressed parenchyma (autonomously functioning nodule); decreased PSV in the inferior thyroid arteries.

  5. INFERIOR-SEPTAL MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION MISDIAGNOSED AS ANTERIOR-SEPTAL MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION: ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC, SCINTIGRAPHIC, AND ANGIOGRAPHIC CORRELATIONS

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    Ji-lin Chen; Zuo-xiang He; Zai-jia Chen; Jin-qing Yuan; Yue-qin Tian; Shu-bin Qiao; Rong-fang Shi; Yi-da Tang; Zong-lang Lu

    2007-01-01

    To explore the infarct sites in patients with inferior wall acute myocardial infarction (AMI) concomitant with ST segment elevation in leads V1-V3 and leads V3R-V5R.Methods Five patients diagnosed as inferior, right ventricular, and anteroseptal walls AMI at admission were enrolled. Electrocardiographic data and results of isotope 99mTc-methoxyisobutylisonitrile (MIBI) myocardial perfusion imaging and coronary angiography (CAG) were analyzed.Results Electrocardiogram showed that ST segment significantly elevated in standard leads Ⅱ, Ⅲ, aVF, and leads V1-V3 , V3R-V5R in all five patients. The magnitude of ST segment elevation was maximal in lead V1 and decreased gradually from lead V1 to V3 and from lead V1 to V3R-V5R. There was isotope 99mTc-MIBI myocardial perfusion imaging defect in inferior and basal inferior-septal walls. CAG showed that right coronary artery was infarct-related artery.Conclusions The diagnostic criteria for basal inferior-septal wall AMI can be formulated as follows: ( 1 ) ST segment elevates ≥2 mm in lead V1 in the clinical setting of inferior wall AMI; (2) the magnitude of ST segment elevation is the tallest in lead V1 and decreases gradually from lead V1 to V3 and from lead V1 to V3R-V5R. With two conditions above, the basal inferior-septal wall AMI should be diagnosed.

  6. Destination Image And Tourism: A Study On Chandipur Beach Of Odisha

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    Parida, Sandeep kumar

    2015-01-01

    In the competitive world Destination marketing gaining priority with its Destination image. The purpose of this study is to highlight destination image and its economic benefits to tourism industry, with special reference of Chandipur beach of Odisha. This paper also explains the promotion,packaging of destination, by public and private marketing planner with its unique product image. The first part of study is the extensive literature review of Destination image, its role in destination mark...

  7. Is it time for cardiac innervation imaging?

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    Knuuti, J. [Turku Univ., Turku (Finland) Turku PET Center; Sipola, P. [Kuopio Univ., Kuopio (Finland)

    2005-03-01

    The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the regulation of cardiac function and the regional distribution of cardiac nerve terminals can be visualized using scintigraphic techniques. The most commonly used tracer is iodine-123-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) but C-11-hydroxyephedrine has also been used with PET. When imaging with MIBG, the ratio of heart-to-mediastinal counts is used as an index of tracer uptake, and regional distribution is also assessed from tomographic images. The rate of clearance of the tracer can also be measured and indicates the function of the adrenergic system. Innervation imaging has been applied in patients with susceptibility to arrythmias, coronary artery disease, hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy and anthracycline induced cardiotoxicity. Abnormal adrenergic innervation or function appear to exist in many pathophysiological conditions indicating that sympathetic neurons are very susceptible to damage. Abnormal findings in innervation imaging also appear to have significant prognostic value especially in patients with cardiomyopathy. Recently, it has also been shown that innervation imaging can monitor drug-induced changes in cardiac adrenergic activity. Although innervation imaging holds great promise for clinical use, the method has not received wider clinical acceptance. Larger randomized studies are required to confirm the value of innervation imaging in various specific indications.

  8. Scintiscanning of the jaw and visceral cranium. Comparative evaluation of radiologic and scintigraphic data for improved and extended diagnosis. Szintigraphie der Kiefer- und Gesichtsschaedel-Erkrankungen. Radiologisch-szintigraphisch vergleichende Beurteilung

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    Hardt, N.; Hofer, B.

    1988-01-01

    The first eight chapters provide a general survey of basic principles and aspects of bone scintiscanning (radiopharmaceuticals, scintiscanning techniques, examination techniques, analytical criteria), and in contrast to these explain the criteria and limits of skeletal radiology of the skull, from which result the criteria of application of bone scintiscanning in this body region. The information obtainable by radiologic and scintigraphic examination of pathologic bone processes is compared, and the specific evaluation criteria of the scintiscan of the skull are explained as the basis of the clinical diagnosis. The following chapters go into details of combined radiologic and scintigraphic examination of bone tumours and tumour-like bone disease, of ostitis, fractures and osteotomy of the jaw, including cysts and pathologic processes of the mandibular joint. The information is explained by representative examples. Another complete chapter is devoted to the scintiscanning of bone graft and disturbed growth processes of the visceral cranium. The differential diagnostic analysis of the various pathologic processes on the basis of the scintigram is explained along the criteria of dignity, extension, dissemination, early detection, and follow-up checking.

  9. Image quality and radiopharmaceutical parameters of Indium-111 granulocytes in scintigraphy of inflammatory bowel disease

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    Arndt, J.W.; Blok, D.; Tjon, R.T.O.; Tham, A.; Pauwels, E.K.J.; Crama-Bohbouth, G.E.; Verspaget, H.W.; Pena, A.S.; Weterman, I.T.; Lamers, C.B.H.W.

    1989-04-01

    This study was undertaken to investigate the influence of various parameters of injected autologous /sup 111/In labelled granulocytes on scintigraphic image quality. Forty-two scintigrams of 37 patients with inflammatory bowel disease were evaluated. The images were divided into three groups according to quality: Good, intermediate and poor. The relationships between image quality and such radiopharmaceutical parameters as injected dose of /sup 111/In, number of injected cells and specific activity were investigated. It appeared that in order to obtain interpretable images, a specific activity of at least 85 kBq /sup 111/In/million cells was necessary. The activity of the injected dose must exceed 7 MBq if poor quality images and very long acquisition times are to be avoided.

  10. Tc-99m-tetrofosmin scintigraphy: an alternative scintigraphic method for following up differentiated thyroid carcinoma--preliminary results.

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    Gallowitsch, H J; Kresnik, E; Mikosch, P; Pipam, W; Gomez, I; Lind, P

    1996-12-01

    The usefulness of the myocardial perfusion agent, Tc-99m-tetrofosmin (Myoview) in the follow-up of differentiated thyroid carcinoma was evaluated in a clinical study of 15 patients, primary treated with thyroidectomy and high-dose I-131-therapy (2960-3700 MBq). 12 with suspected recurrence and metastases and three patients without any suspicion and compared with other non-specific tracers like TI-201 and Tc-99m-sestamibi. Twelve patients with elevated thyroglobulin (Tg) levels of more than 10 ng/ml (group A), four of these had negative I-131 scans, and three patients with Tg levels less than 10 ng/ml (group B) were examined under TSH suppressive L-Thyroxine treatment. Whole body scans were taken with Tl-201 (74 MBq: 20 mn post injection), Tc-99m-sestamibi (370 MBq: 20-60 min post injection) and Tc-99m-tetrofosmin (370 MBq: 20-60 min post injection). Tumor/background ratios and optional time/activity analyses (up to 150 min post injection) were evaluated using the region of interest approach. Compared with Tl-201 (T/BG: 1.59, +/- 0.396). Tc-99m-tetrofosmin showed slightly but not significant better T/BG ratios and detection rates (T/BG: 1.76, +/- 0.345). Tc-99m-sestamibi (1.51, +/- 0.31 p = 0.05) showed significantly lower values than Tc-99m-tetrofosmin In the light of these results, scintigraphy with Tc-99m-tetrofosmin seems to be a possibly sensitive imaging modality in the follow-up of DTC with possible advantages concerning T/Bg ratio, background clearance, detection rate and dosimetry compared with Tl-201 and Tc-99m-sestamibi, especially in patients with elevated Tg level and no iodine uptake, but further investigations are needed to confirm our preliminary results.

  11. Scintigraphic detection of acute experimental endocarditis with the technetium-99m labelled glycoprotein IIb/IIIa receptor antagonist DMP444

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    Oyen, W.J.G.; Boerman, O.C.; Corstens, F.H.M. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Brouwers, F.M. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Barrett, J.A. [DuPont Pharmaceutical Company, Radiopharmaceutical Division, North Billerica, MA (United States); Verheugt, F.W.A. [Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Ruiter, D.J. [Department of Pathology, University Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Meer, J.W.M. van der [Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Nijmegen, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2000-04-01

    Bacterial endocarditis is an important clinical problem that may result in persistent bacteraemia and irreversible cardiac damage. Since endocarditis is characterized by aggregation of activated platelets, fibrin and bacteria, we studied DMP444, a technetium-99m labelled high-affinity antagonist of the GP IIb/IIIa receptor that is expressed on activated platelets. In seven Beagle dogs (11-15 kg), the left ventricle was catheterized via the right carotid artery. One hour later, 5 x 10{sup 7} colony forming units of Staphylococcus aureus were injected intracardially. Half an hour later, the catheter was removed. Two extra dogs underwent a complete sham procedure. One day after the intervention, five infected and the two non-infected dogs were injected with 37 MBq/kg {sup 99m}Tc-DMP444 and two infected dogs with 37 MBq/kg {sup 99m}Tc-IgG (used as a non-specific control agent) and imaged up to 4 h after injection. Samples were obtained for tissue counting, microbiology and histology. From 1 to 2 h post injection onward, there was clear focal accumulation of DMP444 in the aortic valve region when endocarditis was present, and this accumulation increased with time. The non-infected and the {sup 99m}Tc-IgG injected dogs showed only persisting blood pool activity without any focal abnormality. At 4 h post injection, the in vivo valve-to-blood pool ratios were 1.87{+-}0.18 in endocarditis, 1.01{+-}0.05 in non-infected controls and 1.09{+-}0.02 in {sup 99m}Tc-IgG injected dogs (P<0.05). It is concluded that targeting activated platelets with the {sup 99m}Tc-labelled GP IIb/IIIa antagonist DMP444 allows a final diagnosis of experimental bacterial endocarditis within 4 h owing to high, specific and fast in vivo uptake. (orig.)

  12. Use of a knowledge synthesis by decision makers and planners to facilitate system level integration in a large Canadian provincial health authority

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    Esther Suter

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The study is an examination of how a knowledge synthesis, conducted to fill an information gap identified by decision makers and planners responsible for integrating health systems in a western Canadian health authority, is being used within that organisation. Methods: Purposive sampling and snowball technique were used to identify 13 participants who were interviewed about how they are using the knowledge synthesis for health services planning and decision-making. Results: The knowledge synthesis is used by those involved in the strategic direction of the provincial healthcare organisation and those tasked with the operationalization of integration at the provincial or local level. Both groups most frequently use the ten key principles for integration, followed by the sections on integration processes, strategies and models. The key principles facilitate discussion on priority areas to be considered and provide a reference point for a desired future state. Perceived information gaps relate to a lack of detail on "how to" strategies, tools and processes that would lead to successful integration. Discussion and conclusion: The current project demonstrates that decision makers and planners will effectively use a knowledge synthesis if it is timely, relevant and accessible. The information can be applied at strategic and operations levels. Attention needs to be paid to include more information on implementation strategies and processes. Including knowledge users in identifying research questions will increase information uptake.

  13. Use of a knowledge synthesis by decision makers and planners to facilitate system level integration in a large Canadian provincial health authority

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    Esther Suter

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The study is an examination of how a knowledge synthesis, conducted to fill an information gap identified by decision makers and planners responsible for integrating health systems in a western Canadian health authority, is being used within that organisation.Methods: Purposive sampling and snowball technique were used to identify 13 participants who were interviewed about how they are using the knowledge synthesis for health services planning and decision-making.Results: The knowledge synthesis is used by those involved in the strategic direction of the provincial healthcare organisation and those tasked with the operationalization of integration at the provincial or local level. Both groups most frequently use the ten key principles for integration, followed by the sections on integration processes, strategies and models. The key principles facilitate discussion on priority areas to be considered and provide a reference point for a desired future state. Perceived information gaps relate to a lack of detail on "how to" strategies, tools and processes that would lead to successful integration.Discussion and conclusion: The current project demonstrates that decision makers and planners will effectively use a knowledge synthesis if it is timely, relevant and accessible. The information can be applied at strategic and operations levels. Attention needs to be paid to include more information on implementation strategies and processes. Including knowledge users in identifying research questions will increase information uptake.

  14. Evaluation of the implementation of regional strategic programs at Islamic Azad University of Units 17 (From the perspective of planners and personnel

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    F. Samadani

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Universities as well as other environmental organizations are faced with the sources, effects and expectations are constantly changing. Hence, not many will face a crash course yen. In such a situation with the correct understanding of the environment and its developments in the understanding of the precise assessment and internal abilities, can learn things in advance and to be able to identify the obstacles and when this crisis and the uncertainty of the personnel officers, to create special creative solutions to overcome these barriers and encourage by providing the appropriate field in the strategic thinking of managers and employees, causes of The adoption of a comprehensive and continuous decisions and ultimately insight in areas under the control of the Organization and improving the functionality. In this regard, the present study aimed to investigate the feasibility of implementing the strategic plans of the university district 17, with 5 main hypothesis, from the perspective of planners and personnel are accomplished. The results showed that four of the five hypotheses hypothesis of difference of opinion has been approved by planners and personnel.

  15. Tc-99m-tetrofosmin scintigraphy: An alternative scintigraphic method for following up differentiated thyroid carcinoma - preliminary results

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    Gallowitsch, H.J. [LKH Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology; Kresnik, E. [LKH Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology; Mikosch, P. [LKH Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology; Pipam, W. [LKH Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology; Gomez, I. [LKH Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology; Lind, P. [LKH Klagenfurt (Austria). Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology

    1996-12-01

    Aim: The usefulness of the myocardial perfusion agent, Tc-99m-tetrofosmin (Myoview{sup R}) in the follow-up of differentiated thyroid carcinoma was evaluated in a clinical study of 15 patients, primary treated with thyroidectomy and high-dose I-131-therapy (2960-3700 MBq), 12 with suspected recurrence and metastases and three patients without any suspicion and compared with other non-specific tracers like Tl-201 and Tc-99m-sestamibi. Method: Twelve patients with elevated thyroglobulin (Tg) levels of more than 10 ng/ml (group A), four of these had negative I-131 scans, and three patients with Tg levels less than 10 ng/ml (group B) were examined under TSH suppressive L-Thyroxine treatment. Whole body scans were taken with Tl-201 (74 MBq; 20 min post injection), Tc-99m-sestamibi (370 MBq; 20-60 min post injection) and Tc-99m-tetrofosmin (370 MBq; 20-60 min post injection). Tumor/background ratios and optional time/activity analyses (up to 150 min post injection) were evaluated using the region of interest approach. Results: Compared with Tl-201 (T/BG: 1.59{+-}0.396), Tc-99m-tetrofosmin showed slightly but not significant better T/BG ratios and detection rates (T/BG: 1.76, {+-}0.345). Tc-99m-sestamibi (1.51, {+-}0.31 p=0.05) showed significantly lower values than Tc-99m-tetrofosmin. Conclusion: In the light of these results, scintigraphy with Tc-99m-tetrofosmin seems to be a possibly sensitive imaging modality in the follow-up of DTC with possible advantages concerning T/Bg ratio, background clearance, detection rate and dosimetry compared with Tl-201 and Tc-99m-sestamibi, especially in patients with elevated Tg level and no iodine uptake, but further investigations are needed to confirm our preliminary results. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Die Verwendbarkeit des myokardialen Perfusionstracers Tc-99m-Tetrofosmin (Myoview{sup R}) fuer die Nachsorge des differenzierten Schilddruesenkarzinoms wurde in einer Pilotstudie an primaer operierten und radiojodtherapierten Patienten

  16. A new adrenal computer imaging technique using dual-radioisotopes.

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    Ohashi,Teruhisa

    1981-06-01

    Full Text Available Computer processed adrenal imaging using dual-radioisotopes, 6 beta-iodomethyl-19-nor-cholest-5(10-en-3 beta-ol-131I and 99mTc-phytate was performed in 12 patients with primary aldosteronism and 4 with Cushing's syndrome due to adrenocortical tumor. Adreno-photoscanning and hepato-photoscanning were performed in the same position 2-4 days following intravenous administration of radiocholesterol. The scintigraphic information was stored on cassettes and scan subtraction and a digital-computer method for data smoothing were performed on an oscilloscope. The tumor site could be determined in all cases until day 4 by this computer processed image.

  17. Radionuclide imaging in skeletal inflammatory and ischemic disease in children. [/sup 99m/Tc tracer technique

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    Majd, M.; Frankel, R.S.

    1976-04-01

    Sixty-five children were evaluated for presence of skeletal inflammatory and ischemic disease with bone scans and roentgenograms. Several characteristic scintigraphic patterns were observed. Bone scans were significantly more sensitive than roentgenograms in early diagnosis of osteomyelitis and its differentiation from cellulitis, septic arthritis, and bone infarction. The child with possible inflammatory bone disease now is benefited by this important refinement in diagnosis. Faced with the difficult dilemma of choosing appropriate therapy in these frustratingly similar problems, the physician can integrate the clinical findings with nuclear imaging to arrive at early appropriate diagnosis and management.

  18. Exogenous Molecular Probes for Targeted Imaging in Cancer: Focus on Multi-modal Imaging

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    Bishnu P. Joshi

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Cancer is one of the major causes of mortality and morbidity in our healthcare system. Molecular imaging is an emerging methodology for the early detection of cancer, guidance of therapy, and monitoring of response. The development of new instruments and exogenous molecular probes that can be labeled for multi-modality imaging is critical to this process. Today, molecular imaging is at a crossroad, and new targeted imaging agents are expected to broadly expand our ability to detect and manage cancer. This integrated imaging strategy will permit clinicians to not only localize lesions within the body but also to manage their therapy by visualizing the expression and activity of specific molecules. This information is expected to have a major impact on drug development and understanding of basic cancer biology. At this time, a number of molecular probes have been developed by conjugating various labels to affinity ligands for targeting in different imaging modalities. This review will describe the current status of exogenous molecular probes for optical, scintigraphic, MRI and ultrasound imaging platforms. Furthermore, we will also shed light on how these techniques can be used synergistically in multi-modal platforms and how these techniques are being employed in current research.

  19. A Multimodality Hybrid Gamma-Optical Camera for Intraoperative Imaging

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    John E. Lees

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The development of low profile gamma-ray detectors has encouraged the production of small field of view (SFOV hand-held imaging devices for use at the patient bedside and in operating theatres. Early development of these SFOV cameras was focussed on a single modality—gamma ray imaging. Recently, a hybrid system—gamma plus optical imaging—has been developed. This combination of optical and gamma cameras enables high spatial resolution multi-modal imaging, giving a superimposed scintigraphic and optical image. Hybrid imaging offers new possibilities for assisting clinicians and surgeons in localising the site of uptake in procedures such as sentinel node detection. The hybrid camera concept can be extended to a multimodal detector design which can offer stereoscopic images, depth estimation of gamma-emitting sources, and simultaneous gamma and fluorescence imaging. Recent improvements to the hybrid camera have been used to produce dual-modality images in both laboratory simulations and in the clinic. Hybrid imaging of a patient who underwent thyroid scintigraphy is reported. In addition, we present data which shows that the hybrid camera concept can be extended to estimate the position and depth of radionuclide distribution within an object and also report the first combined gamma and Near-Infrared (NIR fluorescence images.

  20. Lynch, Urry and city marketing: Taking advantage of the city as a built and graphic image

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    Hospers, G-J.

    2009-01-01

    City marketing is usually addressed from the perspective of marketing theory. This article follows an alternative approach by exploring city marketing from the viewpoint of urban planning and the sociology of tourism. In his classic ‘The Image of the City’ (1960), planner Kevin Lynch found that peop

  1. Localization and activity of inflammatory bowel disease using /sup 111/In leukocyte imaging

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    Hotze, A.; Biersack, H.J.; Biele, B.; Wolf, F.; Knapp, F.F.

    1988-06-01

    A prospective study was initiated to compare the clinically proven results concerning localization/extent and activity of inflammatory bowel diseases with those of /sup 111/In-oxine leukocyte imaging. All patients studied were completely examined with barium enema x-ray, clinical and laboratory investigations, and endoscopy with histopathology. A total of 31 leukocyte scans were performed in 15 patients (12 with Crohn's desease, 3 with ulcerative colitis). The scans were graded by comparing the cell uptake of a lesion (when present) and a bone marrow area providing a count ratio (CR). The inflammatory lesions were correctly localized on 26 leukocyte scans, and in 21 scans the scintigraphically estimated extent of disease was identical to endoscopy. In 5 cases the disease extent was underestimated, 4 scans in patients with relapse of Crohn's disease were falsely negative, and in one patient with remission truly negative. The scintigraphically assessed disease activity was also in a good agreement with clinical disease activity based on histopathology in all cases. We conclude that leukocyte imaging provides valuable information about localization and activity of inflammatory bowel disease.

  2. Quantitative evaluation of scintillation camera imaging characteristics of isotopes used in liver radioembolization.

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    Mattijs Elschot

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Scintillation camera imaging is used for treatment planning and post-treatment dosimetry in liver radioembolization (RE. In yttrium-90 (90Y RE, scintigraphic images of technetium-99m (99mTc are used for treatment planning, while 90Y Bremsstrahlung images are used for post-treatment dosimetry. In holmium-166 (166Ho RE, scintigraphic images of 166Ho can be used for both treatment planning and post-treatment dosimetry. The aim of this study is to quantitatively evaluate and compare the imaging characteristics of these three isotopes, in order that imaging protocols can be optimized and RE studies with varying isotopes can be compared. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Phantom experiments were performed in line with NEMA guidelines to assess the spatial resolution, sensitivity, count rate linearity, and contrast recovery of 99mTc, 90Y and 166Ho. In addition, Monte Carlo simulations were performed to obtain detailed information about the history of detected photons. The results showed that the use of a broad energy window and the high-energy collimator gave optimal combination of sensitivity, spatial resolution, and primary photon fraction for 90Y Bremsstrahlung imaging, although differences with the medium-energy collimator were small. For 166Ho, the high-energy collimator also slightly outperformed the medium-energy collimator. In comparison with 99mTc, the image quality of both 90Y and 166Ho is degraded by a lower spatial resolution, a lower sensitivity, and larger scatter and collimator penetration fractions. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The quantitative evaluation of the scintillation camera characteristics presented in this study helps to optimize acquisition parameters and supports future analysis of clinical comparisons between RE studies.

  3. How planners' use and non-use of expert knowledge in land use and transport planning affect the goal achievement potential of plans? Experiences from three Scandinavian cities

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    Tennøy, Aud; Hansson, Lisa; Lissandrello, Enza;

    2016-01-01

    the plans (if implemented) contribute to achieve defined objectives, which in this paper concern transition toward more sustainable mobility patterns and reduction of traffic volumes. The expert knowledge in question concerns how land use and transport systems developments influence traffic volumes in urban......Changing urban development in more sustainable directions poses numerous challenges for planning practitioners. Expert knowledge could be helpful for planners aiming at facing up to these challenges by developing innovative ways of meeting seemingly contradictive objectives and solving planning...... their planning problems. Instead, they rely on their embedded professional knowledge, which is sometimes outdated or misleading. It is found that changing towards land use and transport systems developments contributing to more sustainable mobility patterns requires considerable efforts from planning...

  4. Investigation of the efficacy of 99 mTc-DTPA scintigraphic GFR measurement with Gates method in the detection of cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity in comparison with plasma urea and creatinine measurement.

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    Özülker, Filiz; Özülker, Tamer; Uzun, Aysun Küçüköz; Özpaçacı, Tevfik

    2011-12-01

    In this study, we investigated the efficacy of 99mTc-DTPA scintigraphic analysis of GFR with the Gates method in comparison with the measurement of plasma urea and creatinine, in the detection of nephrotoxicity occurred in patients treated with cisplatin.Twenty-six male patients with a mean age of 26.73±6.39 years (age range 15-42) who had seminomatous and nonseminomatous testicular carcinoma were included in our study. The patients received cisplatin with a dose of 20 mg/m2 per day for five consecutive days repeated every 21 days. Before starting chemotherapy, immediately after the end of four cycles of chemotherapy and 7 months after the beginning of chemotherapy, plasma urea and creatinine levels were measured and simultaneously scintigraphic GFR estimation using 99 mTc-DTPA with the Gates method was performed. In the measurements done immediately after the chemotherapy, in 18 of the 26 patients GFR levels decreased, in 4 of the 8 remaining patients GFR did not change, and in 4 patients there was an increase in the GFR levels. The changes in the averages of the plasma urea and creatinine levels between measurements done before and after the chemotherapy were not statistically significant. The decrease in the average of the GFR values immediately after chemotherapy, in comparison to the average of GFR values measured before chemotherapy, was found to be statistically significant with paired sample t test analysis (PGFR measurement using the Gates method with 99mTc-DTPA is a suitable method in the diagnosis of nephrotoxicity occuring due to cisplatine.

  5. Indium-111 antimyosin monoclonal antibody imaging; Imaging of myocardial infarction, myocarditis and cardiomyopathy

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    Matsumori, Akira; Yamada, Takehiko; Morishima, Shigeru (Kyoto Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Medicine) (and others)

    1991-02-01

    A retrospective review was made on In-111 antimyosin (AM) monoclonal antibody scintigrams of a total of 75 patients, consisting of 49 with myocardial infarction, 9 with myocarditis, and 17 with cardiomyopathy. Planar and SPECT images were obtained 48 hours after iv injection of 74 MBq (2 mCi) of In-labeled AM monoclonal antibody. In 35 myocardial infarction patients within 16 days after the onset, 33 (94%) had positive In-111 AM scintigraphic findings, although CPK and ECG findings returned to normal and Tc-99m pyrophosphate scintigraphic findings were negative. In-111 AM scintigraphy was negative when coronary reperfusion was successful early after the onset of myocardial infarction and CPK was not increased. It was still positive in 80% one to 2 months after the onset, and in 58% within one year. For myocarditis, In-111 AM scintigraphy was positive in 100% within one month after the onset, and in 14% at one year or later. A positive rate of In-111 AM scintigraphy was 70% for dilated cardiomyopathy and 86% for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Three patients with dilated cardiomyopathy who showed marked accumulation of In-111 AM died. Strong accumulation of AM was associated with both dilation of the left ventricular lumen and decreased cardiac function. The heart/lung ratio was positively correlated with left ventricular enddiastolic dimension and negatively correlated with left ventricular ejection fraction. In-111 AM monoclonal antibody scintigraphy may be promising in the evaluation of the presence of myocardial cell damage, clinical process, and prognosis in myocardial infarction, myocarditis, and cardiomyopathy. (N.K.).

  6. Impact of SPECT/CT in imaging inflammation and infection; Wertigkeit der SPECT/CT fuer die nuklearmedizinische Entzuendungsdiagnostik

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    Linke, R. [Klinikum Bremen-Mitte, Bremen (Germany). Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin; Kuwert, T. [Erlangen-Nuernberg Univ., Erlangen (Germany). Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik

    2011-03-15

    Even today infection remains a significant concern, and the diagnosis and localization of infectious foci is an important health issue. As an established infection-imaging modality, nuclear medicine plays a vital health-care role in the diagnosis and subsequent effective treatment of this condition. Several techniques in nuclear medicine significantly aid infection diagnosis, including triple-phase bone scanning, {sup 18}F-FDG-PET and imaging with {sup 111}In-oxine-, {sup 99m}Tc-HMPAO-labeled leukocytes. Each radiopharmaceutical has specific advantages and disadvantages that makes it suitable to diagnose different infectious processes (e.g., soft-tissue sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteomyelitis, occult fever, fever of unknown origin, and infections commonly found in immuno-compromised patients). However, their clinical applications may be limited by the relatively low spatial resolution and the lack of anatomic landmarks of a highly specific tracer with only scarce background uptake to use as a framework for orientation. Anatomic imaging modalities such as CT provide a high-quality assessment of structural abnormalities related to infection, but these structural abnormalities may be unspecific. Furthermore, to detect infection before anatomical changes are present, functional imaging could have some advantages over anatomical imaging. Scintigraphic studies have demonstrated high sensitivity and specificity to an infectious process. Diagnosis and precise delineation of infection may be challenging in certain clinical scenarios, rendering decisions concerning further patient management difficult. The SPECT/CT-technology combines the acquisition of SPECT and CT data with the same imaging device enabling perfect overlay of anatomical and functional images. SPECT/CT imaging data has been shown to be beneficial for many clinical settings such as indeterminate findings in bone scintigraphy, orthopaedic disorders, endocrine, and neuroendocrine tumors. Therefore

  7. Evaluation of Tl-201 SPECT imaging findings in prostate cancer

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    Sinem Ozyurt

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To compare with histopathological findings the findings of prostate cancer imaging by SPECT method using Tl-201 as a tumor seeking agent. Methods: The study comprised 59 patients (age range 51-79 years, mean age 65.3 ± 6.8 years who were planned to have transrectal ultrasonography (TRUS-guided biopsies due to suspicion of prostate cancer between April 2011 and September 2011. Early planar, late planar and SPECT images were obtained for all patients. Scintigraphic evaluation was made in relation to uptake presence and patterns in the visual assessment and to Tumor/Background (T/Bg ratios for both planar and SPECT images in the quantitative assessment. Histopathological findings were compatible with benign etiology in 36 (61% patients and malign etiology in 23 (39% patients. Additionally, comparisons were made to evaluate the relationships between uptake patterns,total PSA values and Gleason scores. Results: A statistically significant difference was found between the benign and malignant groups in terms of uptake in planar and SPECT images and T/Bg ratios and PSA values. No statistically significant difference was found between uptake patterns of planar and SPECT images and Gleason scores in the malignant group. Conclusions: SPECT images were superior to planar images in the comparative assessment. Tl-201 SPECT imaging can provide an additional contribution to clinical practice in the diagnosis of prostate cancer and it can be used in selected patients.

  8. The Architect, the Planner and the Bishop: the Shapers of ‘Ordinary’ Dublin, 1940–60

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    Ellen Rowley

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available From the 1930s through the 1960s, Dublin’s development occurred at its periphery: wheels of narrow roadways punctuated by green spaces provided the low-density frameworks for terraced residential boxes surmounted by pitched roofs and fronted by pocket gardens. Vast structures of ecclesiastic authority, Catholic (determinedly revivalist church building and the suite of Catholic (tentatively modernist schools were presented as support structures for mass housing, thereby completing the image and experience of Dublin’s new mid-twentieth-century suburbs.Taking the 1950s genesis of one vast north Dublin neighbourhood, Raheny/Coolock, as a case study, this paper sets previously unexamined archive material from the local Catholic bishopric and Dublin Corporation alongside critical thinking about Irish Catholicism and postwar suburbia generally. Startling hand-drawn maps by local priests reveal how John Charles McQuaid, archbishop of Dublin from 1940–71, influenced Dublin’s planning processes and controlled the architectural flavour of swathes of developing parishes. This paper seeks to unpick the variously silent and active roles of the architect, the planning office, the patron and the user, in the making of the more recent, everyday built environment that is Irish suburbia.

  9. SPECT imaging in evaluating extent of malignant external otitis: case report

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    English, R.J.; Tu' Meh, S.S.; Piwnica-Worms, D.; Holman, B.L.

    1987-03-01

    Otitis externa, a benign inflammatory process of the external auditory canal, is general responsive to local therapy. Some patients however, develop a less controllable disease leading to chondritis and osteomyelitis of the base of the skull. The direct invasive characteristic of the disease has led to the descriptive term malignant external otitis (MEO), more appropriately called necrotizing or invasive external otitis. Malignant external otitis is caused by an aggressive pseudomonas or proteus infection that almost exclusively occurs in elderly diabetic patients. The primary imaging modalities previously used in the diagnosis and evaluation of MEO were standard planar scintigraphic techniques with technetium-99M (/sup 99m/Tc) bone agents and gallium-67 (/sup 67/Ga), and pluridirectional tomography. The advent of high resolution computed tomography (CT) effectively allowed demonstration of the soft tissue extension and bone destruction associated with MEO, but still suffered from the low sensitivity constraints of all radiographic techniques in determining early inflammatory bone involvement. Recent work suggests that scintigraphic detection of MEO with /sup 99m/Tc-MDP and /sup 67/Ga, combined with the cross-sectional resolution of single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) may be of value in planning treatment of this inflammatory condition.

  10. Current status of radionuclide scrotal imaging

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    Holder, L.E.; Melloul, M.; Chen, D.

    1981-10-01

    Scrotal imaging with technetium-99m sodium pertechnetate consists of a radionuclide angiogram and static scrotal scans. Utilization of this study in patients presenting with an acute scrotum can dramatically reduce the number of surgical explorations for acute epididymitis. It can also aid in other aspects of differential diagnosis in patients presenting with either an acutely enlarged and/or painful scrotum or a scrotal mass. Ambiguities in previous descriptions of perfusion through the spermatic and extraspermatic cord vessels are described and distinguished from scrotal perfusion. The clinical and scintigraphic spectrum of testicular torsion, including spontaneous detorsion, early acute testicular torsion, midphase testicular torsion, and late phase or ''missed testicular torsion,'' is discussed and illustrated. The variety of patterns seen in acute epididymitis, including lateral and medial epididymal location, and focal epididymitis are described, as is the appearance of hydrocele as both a primary and secondary entity. The relationship of scrotal imaging to the overall clinical presentation and evaluation of these patients is emphasized in testicular torsion, torsion of the testicular appendages, epididymitis, abscess, trauma, tumor, spermatocele, and varicocele. The techniques, clinical utility, and relationship to radionuclide imaging of Doppler ultrasound and gray scale ultrasound scanning are reviewed. Doppler ultrasound results in many false negative studies in testicular torsion. Gray scale ultrasound is useful in clarifying the nature of scrotal masses.

  11. IMAGES, IMAGES, IMAGES

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    Marcus, A.

    1980-07-01

    The role of images of information (charts, diagrams, maps, and symbols) for effective presentation of facts and concepts is expanding dramatically because of advances in computer graphics technology, increasingly hetero-lingual, hetero-cultural world target populations of information providers, the urgent need to convey more efficiently vast amounts of information, the broadening population of (non-expert) computer users, the decrease of available time for reading texts and for decision making, and the general level of literacy. A coalition of visual performance experts, human engineering specialists, computer scientists, and graphic designers/artists is required to resolve human factors aspects of images of information. The need for, nature of, and benefits of interdisciplinary effort are discussed. The results of an interdisciplinary collaboration are demonstrated in a product for visualizing complex information about global energy interdependence. An invited panel will respond to the presentation.

  12. Seal of quality for planners of geothermal energy installations, prize for geothermal installations; Guetesiegel fuer Planer von Geothermieanlagen, Geothermiepreis Phase I (2002)

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    Eugster, W. J. [Polydynamics Engineering Zuerich, Zuerich (Switzerland); Eberhard, M. [Eberhard and Partner AG, Aarau (Switzerland); Koschenz, M. [EMPA, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Morath, M. [Lippuner and Partner AG, Grabs (Switzerland); Rohner, E. [Engeo AG, Arnegg (Switzerland)

    2003-07-01

    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office for Energy describes a project that aimed to improve the awareness of planners and installers involved in geothermal energy projects for the problems encountered when dimensioning both large and small geothermal installations, and to provide the basic knowledge necessary for a correct sizing of such plants. The report's main emphasis is placed on three types of geothermal plant, bore-hole heat exchangers, groundwater use and energy pile installations. The concept of the training programme involved is described, which is to issue certificates and labels for the attainment of three levels of ability. These three levels (Labels A, B and C) cover simple, small plants for heating operation, medium sized plants within a heating capacity range of 30 to approximately 100 kW and large plants for heating and cooling operation with heat capacities greater than 100 kW, respectively. The report also includes details of the time-line aimed for and costs. Also, the idea of an annual prize for geothermal installations is briefly discussed.

  13. Seal of quality for planners of geothermal energy installations, prize for geothermal installations; Guetesiegel fuer Planer von Geothermieanlagen, Geothermiepreis Phase I (2002)

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    Eugster, W. J. [Polydynamics Engineering Zuerich, Zuerich (Switzerland); Eberhard, M. [Eberhard and Partner AG, Aarau (Switzerland); Koschenz, M. [EMPA, Duebendorf (Switzerland); Morath, M. [Lippuner and Partner AG, Grabs (Switzerland); Rohner, E. [Engeo AG, Arnegg (Switzerland)

    2003-07-01

    This final report for the Swiss Federal Office for Energy describes a project that aimed to improve the awareness of planners and installers involved in geothermal energy projects for the problems encountered when dimensioning both large and small geothermal installations, and to provide the basic knowledge necessary for a correct sizing of such plants. The report's main emphasis is placed on three types of geothermal plant, bore-hole heat exchangers, groundwater use and energy pile installations. The concept of the training programme involved is described, which is to issue certificates and labels for the attainment of three levels of ability. These three levels (Labels A, B and C) cover simple, small plants for heating operation, medium sized plants within a heating capacity range of 30 to approximately 100 kW and large plants for heating and cooling operation with heat capacities greater than 100 kW, respectively. The report also includes details of the time-line aimed for and costs. Also, the idea of an annual prize for geothermal installations is briefly discussed.

  14. Joint research project to develop a training course or nuclear policy decision makers and planners in developing countries between KAERI and IAEA

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    Lee, E. J.; Suh, I. S.; Lee, H. Y. and others

    2000-12-01

    KAERI developed training course curricula on nuclear power policy and planning for decision makers and planners in developing countries under the assistance of the IAEA. It was utilized two IAEA staff members and a Korean consultation group were utilized for the development of curricula. Curriculum consists of training objectives, training contents in modular basis, detailed contents of each training module, training setting, training duration, session hours, and entry requirements of audience. One is workshop on nuclear energy policy for high-level decision makers in developing countries. The other is training course on nuclear power planning and project management for middle level managers in developing countries. The textbook in English will be printed by the end of February in 2001. Developed curricula will be implemented for Vietnam high level nuclear decision makers, middle level managers in developing countries and north Korea nuclear high level decision makers in 2001. These training courses' curricula and textbook will be utilized as basic technical documents to promote the national nuclear bilateral technical cooperation programs with Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ukraine, etc.

  15. A Context-Driven Model for the Flat Roofs Construction Process through Sensing Systems, Internet-of-Things and Last Planner System.

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    Andújar-Montoya, María Dolores; Marcos-Jorquera, Diego; García-Botella, Francisco Manuel; Gilart-Iglesias, Virgilio

    2017-07-22

    The main causes of building defects are errors in the design and the construction phases. These causes related to construction are mainly due to the general lack of control of construction work and represent approximately 75% of the anomalies. In particular, one of the main causes of such anomalies, which end in building defects, is the lack of control over the physical variables of the work environment during the execution of tasks. Therefore, the high percentage of defects detected in buildings that have the root cause in the construction phase could be avoidable with a more accurate and efficient control of the process. The present work proposes a novel integration model based on information and communications technologies for the automation of both construction work and its management at the execution phase, specifically focused on the flat roof construction process. Roofs represent the second area where more defects are claimed. The proposed model is based on a Web system, supported by a service oriented architecture, for the integral management of tasks through the Last Planner System methodology, but incorporating the management of task restrictions from the physical environment variables by designing specific sensing systems. Likewise, all workers are integrated into the management process by Internet-of-Things solutions that guide them throughout the execution process in a non-intrusive and transparent way.

  16. Unique roles of SPET brain imaging in clinical and research studies. Lessons from Parkinson's disease research.

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    Seibyl, J; Jennings, D; Tabamo, R; Marek, K

    2005-06-01

    The increasing availability of PET imaging in nuclear medicine expands the armamentarium of clinical and research tools for improving diagnosis and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. Nonetheless, the role of SPECT imaging remains critical to both research and clinical practice. The development of rational strategies for guiding the selection of imaging modalities flows from primarily the nature of the clinical or research question and the availability of appropriate radiopharmaceuticals. There has been extensive SPECT and PET work in Parkinson's disease (PD) which highlights the value of both these scintigraphic modalities. Three main areas of interest in PD include imaging for improving diagnostic accuracy, for monitoring the progression of disease, and for assessing the therapeutic efficacy of drugs with neuroprotective potential. The demands of the clinical or research question posed to imaging dictates the selection of radiotracer and imaging modality. Diagnosis of PD represents the easiest challenge with many imaging biomarkers showing high sensitivity for detecting abnormal reduction of dopaminergic function based on qualitative review of images. On the other hand, using imaging to evaluate treatments which purportedly slow the rate of disease progression, indicated by the reduction in the rate of loss in a quantitative imaging signal in patients studied over time, represents the most rigorous requirement of the imaging measure. In each of these applications presynaptic markers of dopaminergic function using SPECT and PET have been extremely valuable. Review of neuroimaging studies of PD provides a useful example of optimized approaches to clinical and research studies in neuropsychiatric disorders.

  17. Somatostatin receptor imaging in patients with sarcoidosis

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    Kwekkeboom, D.J.; Breeman, W.A.P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Dijkzigt, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Krenning, E.P. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Dijkzigt, Rotterdam (Netherlands)]|[Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Dijkzigt, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Kho, G.S. [Department of Pulmonology, University Hospital Dijkzigt, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Van Hagen, P.M. [Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Dijkzigt, Rotterdam (Netherlands)]|[Department of Immunology, University Hospital Dijkzigt, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    1998-09-01

    Granulomatous diseases can be visualized in vivo after the injection of indium-111-DTPA-octreotide ({sup 111}In-pentetreotide), a radiolabelled somatostatin analogue. We evaluated whether somatostatin receptor imaging reflects disease activity, whether certain scintigraphic characteristics can predict the disease prognosis and whether repeat scintigraphy correlates with the clinical course in patients with sarcoidosis. {sup 111}In-pentetreotide was injected in 46 patients and images were obtained 24 h later. Known mediastinal, hilar and interstitial disease was recognized in 36 of 37 patients. Also, such pathology was found in seven other patients who had normal chest X-rays. In five of these, somatostatin receptor imaging pointed to interstitial disease. Frequently, accumulation of radioactivity in parotid glands and supraclavicular lymph nodes was found. Neither the degree of radioactive accumulation in the thorax nor a specific pattern of pathological uptake was correlated with disease severity or clinical course. The degree of uptake of radioactivity in the parotid glands was correlated with significantly higher serum angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) levels. Somatostatin receptor imaging was repeated in 13 patients. In five of six patients in whom chest X-ray monitored improvement of disease activity, the pentetreotide scintigram also showed a decrease in pathological uptake. In two of five patients in whom the chest X-ray was unchanged, but serum ACE concentrations had decreased and lung function improved, normalization on pentetreotide scintigrams was found. It is concluded that: (1) somatostatin receptor imaging can demonstrate active granulomatous disease in patients with sarcoidosis; (2) pathological uptake of radioactivity in the parotid glands during somatostatin receptor imaging is correlated with higher serum ACE concentrations; (3) the value of somatostatin receptor imaging in the follow-up of patients with sarcoidosis will have to be determined in

  18. Bone marrow stem cell adherence into old anterior myocardial infarction: a scintigraphic study using Tl-201 and Tc-99m-HMPAO.

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    Kollaros, Nikolaos; Theodorakos, Athanasios; Manginas, Athanasios; Kitziri, Elpida; Katsikis, Athanasios; Cokkinos, Dennis; Koutelou, Maria

    2012-04-01

    The precise localization of bone marrow stem cells (SCs) into the necrotic tissue after intracoronary infusion (ICI) may be important for the therapeutic outcome. This study aims to examine the correlation between Tl-201 and Tc-99m-hexa-methyl-propylene-amine-oxime (HMPAO) images. Thirteen patients, aged 36-62 years, with an old, nonviable, anterior myocardial infarction (MI) and reduced myocardial contractility (LVEF Tl-201). Furthermore, two fused bull's eye images of Tc-99m-HMPAO and Tl-201 rest reinjection were created in six patients and regions of interest were set on Tl-201 and Tc-99m-HMPAO bull's eye images. The comparison of the two sets of images revealed an intense accumulation of the SCs in the infarcted area with absence of viability as assessed by Tl-201 reinjection images. In the subset of patients in whom fused bull's eye images were produced, the comparison demonstrated that the percentage of the infarcted area with SCs' adherence was 83.2 ± 17%. Tl-201 images are complementary with the respective Tc-99m-HMPAO ones, revealing a precise localization of SCs in the infarcted area. Tc-99m-HMPAO labeling of SCs is a reliable method for cell monitoring after ICI in nonviable myocardium after an anterior MI.

  19. A comparison of current prediction imaging programs

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    Smith, J. Dempsey; Thomas, Paul M.; Proffit, William R.

    2013-01-01

    To investigate perceived differences in the ability of current software to simulate the actual outcome of orthognathic surgery, we chose 10 difficult test cases with vertical discrepancies and “retreated” them using the actual surgical changes. Five programs—Dentofacial Planner Plus, Dolphin Imaging, Orthoplan, Quick Ceph Image, and Vistadent—were evaluated, by using both the default result and a refined result created with each program’s enhancement tools. Three panels (orthodontists, oral-maxillofacial surgeons, and laypersons) judged the default images and the retouched simulations by ranking the simulations in side-by-side comparisons and by rating each simulation relative to the actual outcome on a 6-point scale. For the default and retouched images, Dentofacial Planner Plus was judged the best default simulation 79% and 59% of the time, respectively, and its default images received the best (lowest) mean score (2.46) on the 6-point scale. It also scored best (2.26) when the retouched images were compared, but the scores for Dolphin Imaging (2.83) and Quick Ceph (3.03) improved. Retouching had little impact on the scores for the other programs. Although the results show differences in simulation ability, selecting a software package depends on many factors. Performance and ease of use, cost, compatibility, and other features such as image and practice management tools are all important considerations. Users concerned with operating system compatibility and practice management integration might want to consider Dolphin Imaging and Quick Ceph, the programs comprising the second tier. PMID:15127020

  20. Evaluation of biodistribution and imaging of atherosclerotic lesions using [sup 111]In-labeled low-density lipoprotein

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    Yamashina, Hisayo (Toho Univ., Tokyo (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1993-07-01

    [sup 111]In-labeled low-density lipoprotein (LDL) was administered to Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic rabbits (WHHL group) and control rabbits (control group) to evaluate its biodistribution and scintigraphic images by [gamma]-camera and radioactivity of each organ. With external imaging, the heart, liver, kidney, bone and spleen of each rabbit were observed. By setting the region of interest, the liver/heart ratio of the WHHL group was significantly lower than that of the control group (p<0.05), the plasma half life of LDL was longer and radioactivity in blood, heart and aorta was higher in the WHHL group. Each aorta was autoradiographed and significant accumulation of [sup 111]In-labeled-LDL was recognized in the aortic arch, bifurcation of intercostal and celiac artery in the WHHL group. By the use of labeled LDL with the combination of [gamma]-camera, it is capable of detecting the regulation of lipoprotein metabolism and imaging atherosclerotic lesions externally. (author).

  1. The aesthetics of the city–image

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    Maria POPCZYK

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, I will examine the aesthetic implications of the theories which regard the city as an image. Essentially, I will focus on the positions of the two practitioners, Kevin Lynch and Juhani Pallasmaa, who are an urban planner and an architect respectively, in order to confront two very different approaches to the ‘image’; namely, an empirical approach and a phenom‑ enological one. I am interested in what the city becomes when it is looked upon as an image and I will reflect on the experiences of the city‑image in its various aspects. The aim of this discussion is an attempt to outline certain research areas for exploring the aesthetics of the city centred on the image, with the practitioners’ theories enabling us to widen the scope of this exploration.

  2. Identifying the Last Planner System

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    Brinch Jensen, Kenneth

    Ledelsesteknologier såsom Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma og Activity Based Costing må fremtræde som konkrete, stabile, funktionelle og homogene løsninger, hvis de skal kunne fange både interesse og finansiering i forretningsverdenen. Studier af disse ledelsesteknologiers møde med...

  3. Vertical Launch System Loadout Planner

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    2015-03-01

    beautiful wife, Angelica, and my children, Rebecca and Joshua. Your love and patience have supported me throughout this thesis development and I could...the Korean peninsula over a 15-day period for a ship on a deployment. Table 1 displays a schedule for the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53). Table 1

  4. The Joint Master Operational Planner

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    2016-04-04

    Staff College , College of Naval Command and Staff, or Marine Corps Command and Staff College . Next, students must apply, and the services competitively...ELEMENT NUMBER 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5e. TASK NUMBER 5f. WORK UNIT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) 8...Daniel H. Hibner, United States Army Joint Forces Staff College Joint Advanced Warfighting School 7800 Hampton Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23511-1702 Approved

  5. Virtual reality for dragline planners

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    Cobcroft, T. [Marston and Marston Inc., St. Louis, MI (United States)

    2007-03-15

    3d-Dig as an invaluable mine planning and communication tool, developed by Earth Technology Pty Ltd., that makes it possible to easily communicate a mine plan through the use of animations and other graphics. An Australian company has been using it to plan in-detail pits and strips for up to five years in advance; a US operator is using it to optimise dragline stripping around inside corners and to accurately plan the traverse of ramps. The new system offers a better predication of rehandled volumes, linear coal advance and dig time within a strip. It is useful for optimising waste stripping and timing of uncovered coal to enhance blending and shipping reliability. It presents volumetric, spoil placement and positioning data while generating animations that communicate the plan. 5 figs.

  6. An Interactive Assembly Process Planner

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    廖华飞; 张林鍹; 肖田元; 曾理; 古月

    2004-01-01

    This paper describes the implementation and performance of the virtual assembly support system (VASS), a new system that can provide designers and assembly process engineers with a simulation and visualization environment where they can evaluate the assemblability/disassemblability of products, and thereby use a computer to intuitively create assembly plans and interactively generate assembly process charts. Subassembly planning and assembly priority reasoning techniques were utilized to find heuristic information to improve the efficiency of assembly process planning. Tool planning was implemented to consider tool requirements in the product design stage. New methods were developed to reduce the computation amount involved in interference checking. As an important feature of the VASS, human interaction was integrated into the whole process of assembly process planning, extending the power of computer reasoning by including human expertise, resulting in better assembly plans and better designs.

  7. Identifying the Last Planner System

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    Brinch Jensen, Kenneth

    Ledelsesteknologier såsom Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma og Activity Based Costing må fremtræde som konkrete, stabile, funktionelle og homogene løsninger, hvis de skal kunne fange både interesse og finansiering i forretningsverdenen. Studier af disse ledelsesteknologiers møde med organisationsprak......Ledelsesteknologier såsom Balanced Scorecard, Six Sigma og Activity Based Costing må fremtræde som konkrete, stabile, funktionelle og homogene løsninger, hvis de skal kunne fange både interesse og finansiering i forretningsverdenen. Studier af disse ledelsesteknologiers møde med...

  8. Evaluating capacity-building for mental health system strengthening in low- and middle-income countries for service users and caregivers, service planners and researchers.

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    Hanlon, C; Semrau, M; Alem, A; Abayneh, S; Abdulmalik, J; Docrat, S; Evans-Lacko, S; Gureje, O; Jordans, M; Lempp, H; Mugisha, J; Petersen, I; Shidhaye, R; Thornicroft, G

    2017-08-31

    Efforts to support the scale-up of integrated mental health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) need to focus on building human resource capacity in health system strengthening, as well as in the direct provision of mental health care. In a companion editorial, we describe a range of capacity-building activities that are being implemented by a multi-country research consortium (Emerald: Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries) for (1) service users and caregivers, (2) service planners and policy-makers and (3) researchers in six LMICs (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda). In this paper, we focus on the methodology being used to evaluate the impact of capacity-building in these three target groups. We first review the evidence base for approaches to evaluation of capacity-building, highlighting the gaps in this area. We then describe the adaptation of best practice for the Emerald capacity-building evaluation. The resulting mixed method evaluation framework was tailored to each target group and to each country context. We identified a need to expand the evidence base on indicators of successful capacity-building across the different target groups. To address this, we developed an evaluation plan to measure the adequacy and usefulness of quantitative capacity-building indicators when compared with qualitative evaluation. We argue that evaluation needs to be an integral part of capacity-building activities and that expertise needs to be built in methods of evaluation. The Emerald evaluation provides a potential model for capacity-building evaluation across key stakeholder groups and promises to extend understanding of useful indicators of success.

  9. Developing capacity-building activities for mental health system strengthening in low- and middle-income countries for service users and caregivers, service planners, and researchers.

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    Semrau, M; Alem, A; Abdulmalik, J; Docrat, S; Evans-Lacko, S; Gureje, O; Kigozi, F; Lempp, H; Lund, C; Petersen, I; Shidhaye, R; Thornicroft, G; Hanlon, C

    2017-10-02

    There is increasing international recognition of the need to build capacity to strengthen mental health systems. This is a fundamental goal of the 'Emerging mental health systems in low- and middle-income countries' (Emerald) programme, which is being implemented in six low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) (Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda). This paper discusses Emerald's capacity-building approaches and outputs for three target groups in mental health system strengthening: (1) mental health service users and caregivers, (2) service planners and policy-makers, and (3) mental health researchers. When planning the capacity-building activities, the approach taken included a capabilities/skills matrix, needs assessments, a situational analysis, systematic reviews, qualitative interviews and stakeholder meetings, as well as the application of previous theory, evidence and experience. Each of the Emerald LMIC partners was found to have strengths in aspects of mental health system strengthening, which were complementary across the consortium. Furthermore, despite similarities across the countries, capacity-building interventions needed to be tailored to suit the specific needs of individual countries. The capacity-building outputs include three publicly and freely available short courses/workshops in mental health system strengthening for each of the target groups, 27 Masters-level modules (also open access), nine Emerald-linked PhD students, two MSc studentships, mentoring of post-doctoral/mid-level researchers, and ongoing collaboration and dialogue with the three groups. The approach taken by Emerald can provide a potential model for the development of capacity-building activities across the three target groups in LMICs.

  10. Diagnostic accuracy and pitfalls of (iodine-131)6-beta-iodomethyl-19-norcholesterol (NP-59) imaging

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    Kazerooni, E.A.; Sisson, J.C.; Shapiro, B.; Gross, M.D.; Driedger, A.; Hurwitz, G.A.; Mattar, A.G.; Petry, N.A. (Univ. of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor (USA))

    1990-04-01

    NP-59 concentrates in steroid hormone synthesizing tissues, enabling scintigraphic localization and characterization of endocrine dysfunction in the adrenal cortex and ovary. Studying 108 consecutive cases from 1982 to 1985 and using clinical, biochemical, radiographic, and pathologic data, we performed a rigorous assessment of the accuracy and pitfalls of NP-59 scintigraphy. The evaluation was divided into categories of abnormal hormone secretion: Cushing's syndrome, primary aldosteronism, and hyperandrogenism. Additional categories included euadrenal tumors (without detectable hormone dysfunction) and sites of residual adrenal cortical tissue. The accuracy of NP-59 scintigraphy ranged from 71% in primary aldosteronism and 75% in euadrenal tumors, to 100% for Cushing's syndrome and hyperandrogenism. However, more than in most nuclear medicine studies, NP-59 imaging requires well-defined indications to be met for it to be efficacious, including the fulfillment of clear clinical, biochemical, and radiographic criteria. The high reproducibility of NP-59 scintigraphic interpretation was demonstrated when 40 random cases underwent interinstitutional exchange and through interobserver evaluation at the University of Michigan. Responses of 85/126 medical centers to questionnaires revealed the high level of NP-59 safety.

  11. Improved detection of axillary hot nodes in lymphoscintigraphy in breast cancer located in the upper lateral quadrant with additional projection imaging.

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    Koizumi, Mitsuru; Nomura, Etsuji; Yamada, Yasuhiko; Takiguchi, Tohohiro; Ishii, Motoki; Yamashita, Takashi; Tada, Keiichiro; Nishimura, Seiichiro; Takahashi, Kaoru; Makita, Masujiro; Iwase, Takuji; Yoshimoto, Masataka; Kasumi, Fujio

    2004-12-01

    Sentinel node (SN) biopsy has been becoming a standard method for early stage breast cancer. Scintigraphic image of SN helps the biopsy procedure. It is reported that the scintigraphic detection rate is not 100%. The value of taking additional projection view in SN detection was assessed in breast cancer patients. Consecutive 114 breast cancer patients with upper lateral quadrant tumor were included in this study. After injection of 99mTc-phytate, scintigram was taken at the projection of anterior oblique (AO) 30 degrees view and an additional AO 60 degrees view. Images were evaluated visually. In 7 of 114 patients, an axillary hot node was hidden on the activity at the injected site on AO 30 degrees view, and was visualized on AO 60 degrees view. In 17 of 114 patients, the axillary hot node was seen as a hump from the injected activity, and was separate on AO 60 degrees view. In 90 of 114 patients, the axillary hot node was separately seen on AO 30 degrees view. Multi-directional views are helpful to depict the axillary sentinel nodes that are concealed behind the injected radioactivity.

  12. (99m)Tc-zolmitriptan: radiolabeling, molecular modeling, biodistribution and gamma scintigraphy as a hopeful radiopharmaceutical for lung nuclear imaging.

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    Rashed, H M; Marzook, F A; Farag, H

    2016-12-01

    Lung imaging radiopharmaceuticals are helpful agents for measuring pulmonary blood flow and allow detection of pulmonary embolism and lung cancer. The goal of this study was to develop a novel potential radiopharmaceutical for lung imaging. Zolmitriptan (a selective serotonin receptor agonist) was successfully labeled with (99m)Tc via direct labeling method under reductive conditions studying different factors affecting the labeling efficiency. (99m)Tc-zolmitriptan was obtained with a maximum labeling yield of 92.5 ± 0.61 % and in vitro stability up to 24 h. Molecular modeling was done to predict the structure of (99m)Tc-zolmitriptan and ensure that radiolabeling did not affect binding ability of zolmitriptan to its receptor. Biodistribution studies showed that maximum lung uptake of (99m)Tc-zolmitriptan was 23.89 ± 1.2 % injected dose/g tissue at 15 min post-injection and retention in lungs remained high up to 1 h, whereas the clearance from mice appeared to proceed mainly via the renal pathway. Scintigraphic images confirmed the biodistribution results showing a high resolution lung image with low accumulation of radioactivity in other organs except kidneys and urinary bladder. (99m)Tc-zolmitriptan is not a blood product and so it is more safe than the currently available (99m)Tc-MAA, and its lung uptake is higher than that of the recently discovered (123)I-IPMPD, (99m)Tc(CO)5I and (99m)Tc-DHPM. So, (99m)Tc-zolmitriptan could be used as a hopeful radiopharmaceutical for lung scintigraphic imaging.

  13. Low Cost Desktop Image Analysis Workstation With Enhanced Interactive User Interface

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    Ratib, Osman M.; Huang, H. K.

    1989-05-01

    A multimodality picture archiving and communication system (PACS) is in routine clinical use in the UCLA Radiology Department. Several types workstations are currently implemented for this PACS. Among them, the Apple Macintosh II personal computer was recently chosen to serve as a desktop workstation for display and analysis of radiological images. This personal computer was selected mainly because of its extremely friendly user-interface, its popularity among the academic and medical community and its low cost. In comparison to other microcomputer-based systems the Macintosh II offers the following advantages: the extreme standardization of its user interface, file system and networking, and the availability of a very large variety of commercial software packages. In the current configuration the Macintosh II operates as a stand-alone workstation where images are imported from a centralized PACS server through an Ethernet network using a standard TCP-IP protocol, and stored locally on magnetic disk. The use of high resolution screens (1024x768 pixels x 8bits) offer sufficient performance for image display and analysis. We focused our project on the design and implementation of a variety of image analysis algorithms ranging from automated structure and edge detection to sophisticated dynamic analysis of sequential images. Specific analysis programs were developed for ultrasound images, digitized angiograms, MRI and CT tomographic images and scintigraphic images.

  14. Preoperative scintigraphic and intraoperative scintimetric localization of parathyroid adenoma with cationic Tc-99m complexes and a hand-held gamma-probe.

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    Gallowitsch, H J; Fellinger, J; Kresnik, E; Mikosch, P; Pipam, W; Lind, P

    1997-01-01

    The aim of our study was to evaluate the possibility of intraoperative scintimetric detection of parathyroid adenomas with Tc-99m labelled tracers for its usefulness in dystropic or ectopic adenomas. 12 women with biochemically confirmed hyperparathyroidism were included in our study. After injection of 370 MBq Tc-99m tetrofosmin e.g. sestamibi, preoperative scintigraphy (double phase study and SPECT) was performed and T/NT ratios were evaluated for early, delayed and SPECT images. Surgery was performed using a hand-held gamma-probe after preoperative injection of 555-925 MBq Tc-99m tetrofosmin e.g. sestamibi. Count rates (cts/10 sec) were measured and used for calculating in situ- and ex situ-T/NT ratios. In 9 out of 12 patients, adenoma could be detected on static images. Mean T/NT ratios for Tc-99m tetrofosmin were 1.29 for early and 1.23 for delayed images, respectively 1.39 and 1.23 for early and delayed Tc-99m sestamibi scan. Three cases could only be detected with SPECT reconstruction, 11 of 12 parathyroid adenomas could be confirmed intra-operatively. SPECT with Tc-99m labelled cationic complexes showed advantages in detection, precise localization and contrast over static scintigraphy and should therefore be performed at least in cases with poor or no uptake on static images to avoid failures in detection of deeply sited, dislocated glands or adenomas with low uptake. Intraoperative localization and confirmation of parathyroid adenoma with Tc-99m labelled cationic complexes and a gamma probe is possible an 1 may be useful in case of dys- or ectopic adenoma by influencing surgical approach and operating time.

  15. Relation between Tc-99m-PYP and Tl-201 scintigraphic findings and left ventricular function in acute myocardial infarction with early reperfusion

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    Mori, Takao; Fukuzaki, Hisashi; Igarashi, Yuuichirou; Minamiji, Katsumi; Takarada, Akira; Imai, Naoaki; Fujino, Motohiro; Kurogane, Hiroyuki; Yoshida, Yutaka.

    1988-07-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the significance of Tc-99m PYP uptake in the evaluation of myocardial salvage and reperfusion injury during early reperfusion in acute myocardial infarction. The subjects were 54 patients with initial myocardial infarction attributable to left anterior descending branch lesion in whom early reperfusion was attained by spontaneous recanalization (SR), intracoronary thrombolysis (ICT), and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTCA). The radionuclide imaging appearances of the myocardium fell into four categories : I) small Tl-201 defect and faint Tc-99m PYP uptake ; II) small Tl-201 defect and intense Tc-99m PYP uptake ; III) large Tl-201 defect and faint Tc-99m PYP uptake ; and IV) large Tl-201 defect and intense Tc-99m PYP uptake. The incidences of I and II were higher in the group of SR patients than the group of ICT and PTCA patients. Features of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) from the acute through the chronic stages were as follows : Category I - favorable LVEF through the stages ; Category II - improvement at chronic stage ; Category III - no consistent tendency for LVEF ; and Category IV - aggravation at chronic stage. In cases of early recanalization of acute myocardial infarction, Tc-99m PYP images combined with Tl-201 images may provide useful information on changes of cardiac function and salvage of the ischemic myocardium. (Namekawa, K.).

  16. Should Climatologists and Spatial Planners Interact? Weather regulation as an ecosystem service to be considered in the land-use planning field.

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    Perrin, Mathieu; De Noblet-Ducoudré, Nathalie; Strada, Susanna; Stéfanon, Marc; Torre, André

    2016-04-01

    In the last decade, climate considerations have received increasing attention from urban designers and land-use planners. Because of legal binding requirements and/or a growing awareness regarding climate change, scholars and practitioners have already started to think about urban designs and land-use patterns that may contribute to face the climate change challenge. (e.g. Bulkeley, 2006; Shaw et al., 2007; Davoudi et al., 2009) The thorough analysis of spatial planning documents - e.g. SCoT (Schéma de Cohérence Territoriale) adopted in the Île-de-France Region (i.e. Paris region) - we have made and will report on has revealed the two main ways through which climate change action is thought about and for which measures are encouraged at the territorial level: 1. via mitigation strategy, i.e. solutions to either limit atmospheric greenhouse gases emissions or to capture them (e.g. urban structures that aim at limiting transportation-related emissions by promoting compact settlements, bioclimatic principles in urban and architectural designs that aim at reducing energetic consumption). Such solutions will in fine affect the global level of CO2 in the atmosphere, and thereby contribute to limit global warming. Local/regional effects may however not be felt by citizens and decision makers as they depend on the magnitude of the changes at the global scale; 2. via adaptation strategy, i.e. solutions to cope with adverse local/regional consequences of climate change. The global climate in this case is seen as a driver of local changes. Actions will be undertaken to moderate negative impacts of global climate change, potentially at costs, by reducing the vulnerability of local human communities and biological ecosystems on the concerned area (e.g. flood prevention systems, countermeasures to urban heat islands). We can wonder whether this traditional way of approaching the climate change action, based on a double mitigation-adaptation strategy, does not restrain the

  17. Non-invasive molecular imaging of fibrosis using a collagen-targeted peptidomimetic of the platelet collagen receptor glycoprotein VI.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fibrosis, which is characterized by the pathological accumulation of collagen, is recognized as an important feature of many chronic diseases, and as such, constitutes an enormous health burden. We need non-invasive specific methods for the early diagnosis and follow-up of fibrosis in various disorders. Collagen targeting molecules are therefore of interest for potential in vivo imaging of fibrosis. In this study, we developed a collagen-specific probe using a new approach that takes advantage of the inherent specificity of Glycoprotein VI (GPVI, the main platelet receptor for collagens I and III. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: An anti-GPVI antibody that neutralizes collagen-binding was used to screen a bacterial random peptide library. A cyclic motif was identified, and the corresponding peptide (designated collagelin was synthesized. Solid-phase binding assays and histochemical analysis showed that collagelin specifically bound to collagen (Kd 10(-7 M in vitro, and labelled collagen fibers ex vivo on sections of rat aorta and rat tail. Collagelin is therefore a new specific probe for collagen. The suitability of collagelin as an in vivo probe was tested in a rat model of healed myocardial infarctions (MI. Injecting Tc-99m-labelled collagelin and scintigraphic imaging showed that uptake of the probe occurred in the cardiac area of rats with MI, but not in controls. Post mortem autoradiography and histological analysis of heart sections showed that the labeled areas coincided with fibrosis. Scintigraphic molecular imaging with collagelin provides high resolution, and good contrast between the fibrotic scars and healthy tissues. The capacity of collagelin to image fibrosis in vivo was confirmed in a mouse model of lung fibrosis. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Collagelin is a new collagen-targeting agent which may be useful for non-invasive detection of fibrosis in a broad spectrum of diseases.

  18. /sup 99m/Tc-aminohexylidendiphosphonate and /sup 99m/Tc-pyrophosphate in the scintigraphic diagnosis of experimental myocardial infarction in dogs

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    Duska, F.; Hadas, L.; Vizda, J.; Kafka, P.; Urbanova, E.; Palicka, V.; Mazurova, Y.; Kuba, M.; Grossman, V.

    1988-10-01

    /sup 99m/Tc-aminohexylidendiphosphonate (/sup 99m/Tc-AHDP) is a new Czechoslovak pharmaceutical of the phosphonate line which contains the amino group NH/sub 2/ in its molecule. This substance was tested in 5 dogs with experimentally provoked 48-h old myocardial infarction. The in-vivo scan and the radioactivity of tissue samples demonstrated that /sup 99m/Tc-AHDP is as suitable for imaging acute myocardial infarction as is the commonly used /sup 99m/Tc-pyrophosphate.

  19. Two-Dimensional Image Fusion of Planar Bone Scintigraphy and Radiographs in Patients with Clinical Scaphoid Fracture: An Imaging Study

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    Henriksen, O.M.; Lonsdale, M.N.; Jensen, T.D.; Weikop, K.L.; Holm, O.; Duus, B.; Friberg, L. (Dept. of Clinical Physiology/Nuclear Medicine, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup (Denmark))

    2009-01-15

    Background: Although magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is now considered the gold standard in second-line imaging of patients with suspected scaphoid fracture and negative radiographs, bone scintigraphy can be used in patients with pacemakers, metallic implants, or other contraindications to MRI. Bone scintigraphy is highly sensitive for the detection of fractures, but exact localization of scintigraphic lesions may be difficult and can negatively affect diagnostic accuracy. Purpose: To investigate the influence of image fusion of planar bone scintigraphy and radiographs on image interpretation in patients with suspected scaphoid fracture. Material and Methods: In 24 consecutive patients with suspected scaphoid fracture, a standard planar bone scintigraphy of both hands was supplemented with fusion imaging of the injured wrist. Standard and fusion images were evaluated independently by three experienced nuclear medicine physicians. In addition to the diagnosis, the degree of diagnostic confidence was scored in each case. Results: The addition of fusion images changed the interpretation of each of the three observers in seven, four, and two cases, respectively, reducing the number of positive interpretations of two of the observers from 11 and nine cases to six and seven cases, respectively. The degree of diagnostic confidence increased significantly in two observers, and interobserver agreement increased in all three pairs of observers from 0.83, 0.57, and 0.73 to 0.89, 0.8, and 0.9, respectively. Conclusion: Image fusion of planar bone scintigrams and radiographs has a significant influence on image interpretation and increases both diagnostic confidence and interobserver agreement

  20. Significance of calcific valvular heart disease in /sup 99m/Tc pyrophosphate myocardial infarction scanning: radiographic, scintigraphic, and pathological correlation

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    Jengo, J.A.; Mena, I.; Joe, S.H.; Criley, J.M.

    1977-08-01

    Technetium-99m pyrophosphate (PP/sub i/) is currently considered the best scanning agent for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. False-positive scans have been reported in association with unstable angina, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and ventricular aneurysms. In this study, 86 percent of patients (12/14) with either calcific aortic or mitral valvular heart disease had positive PP/sub i/ cardiac scintiscans and the location of the PP/sub i/ uptake was limited to the calcific valve in all (9/9) of the patients who underwent valve replacement surgery. Six patients with valvular disease without radiologic evidence of calcium had negative PP/sub i/ heart images. Three of these patients had surgical valve replacement, and in none was there increased uptake in the resected valve. Seventy-five percent of the patients with calcified aortic valves had localization of the PP/sub i/ activity to the area of the aortic valve, whereas 50 percent of the patients with calcified mitral valves showed a diffuse pattern of uptake on the cardiac image. In vitro demonstration of increased radioactivity in surgically removed cardiac valves warrants the conclusion that Tc-99m PP/sub i/ is taken up by calcified heart valves. We conclude that while PP/sub i/ heart scanning is a sensitive indicator of acute myocardial infarction, false-positive scans can occur in the presence of calcific valvular disease, due to localization of PP/sub i/ in the calcified portion of the valve.

  1. Development and in-vivo behavior of tin containing radiopharmaceuticals--II. Autoradiographic and scintigraphic studies in normal animals and in animal models of bone disease

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    Oster, Z.H.; Som, P.; Srivastava, S.C.; Fairchild, R.G.; Meinken, G.E.; Tillman, D.Y.; Sacker, D.F.; Richards, P.; Atkins, H.L.; Brill, A.B.

    1985-01-01

    Various 117mSn (2+ and 4+) compounds in well defined oxidation states were studied in normal mice using whole body autoradiography (WBARG), tissue distribution and scintigraphy in animal models of vitamin A induced bone disease, fracture, infected fracture and ischemic muscle lesions. The 117mSn4+-DTPA showed high affinity to normal bone with low soft tissue concentration. Increased deposition of this compound in fractures and ischemic lesions in muscle was also demonstrated. In hypervitaminosis A, reduced bone uptake of 117mSn4+-DTPA was shown to occur. Nude mice bearing osteogenic sarcoma of human origin showed uptake in spiculated pattern. The similar distribution of 117mSn4+-DTPA which does not contain phosphate or phosphonate groups, and the 99mTc(Sn) skeletal imaging compounds may indicate that tin is important in binding to bone. 117mSn4+-DTPA may not be ideal for routine imaging except when long term follow up is required. It should however be considered for therapy of bone tumors because of the long physical half-life of 117mSn (t1/2 = 14.03 days), abundance of short-range conversion and Auger electrons and its preferential deposition in cortical bone as indicated by our results.

  2. Aid in the detection of myocardial perfusion abnormality utilizing SPECT atlas and images registration: preliminary results

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    Padua, Rodrigo Donizete Santana de [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Div. de Cardiologia]. E-mail: rodrigo_dsp@hcrp.fmrp.usp.br; Oliveira, Lucas Ferrari de [Universidade Federal de Pelotas (UFPel), RS (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica e Matematica. Dept. de Tecnologia da Informacao; Marques, Paulo Mazzoncini de Azevedo [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Centro de Ciencias das Imagens e Fisica Medica; Groote, Jean-Jacques Georges Soares de [Instituto de Ensino Superior COC, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Lab. of Artifical Intelligence and Applications; Castro, Adelson Antonio de [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP, (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina; Ana, Lauro Wichert [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Centro de Ciencias das Imagens e Fisica Medica; Simoes, Marcus Vinicius [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Ribeirao Preto, SP, (Brazil). Faculdade de Medicina. Divisao de Cardiologia

    2008-11-15

    To develop an atlas of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy and evaluating its applicability in computer-aided detection of myocardial perfusion defects in patients with ischemic heart disease. The atlas was created with rest-stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphic images of 20 patients of both genders with low probability of coronary artery disease and considered as normal by two experienced observers. Techniques of image registration and mathematical operations on images were utilized for obtaining template images depicting mean myocardial uptake and standard deviation for each gender and physiological condition. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy images of one male and one female patient were aligned with the corresponding atlas template image, and voxels with myocardial uptake rates two standard deviations below the mean voxel value of the respective region in the atlas template image were highlighted on the tomographic sections and confirmed as perfusion defects by both observe. The present study demonstrated the creation of an atlas of myocardial perfusion scintigraphy with promising results of this tool as an aid in the detection of myocardial perfusion defects. However, further prospective validation with a more representative sample is recommended. (author)

  3. Tumor scintigraphy by the method for subtracting the initial image with technetium-99m labeled antibody

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    Karube, Yoshiharu; Katsuno, Kentaro; Ito, Sanae; Matsunaga, Kazuhisa; Takata, Jiro [Fukuoka Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Kuroki, Masahide; Murakami, Masaaki; Matsuoka, Yuji

    1999-12-01

    The method for subtracting the initial image from the localization image was evaluated for radioimmunoscintigraphy of tumors with technetium-99m (Tc-99m) labeled antibodies. Monoclonal antibodies were parental mouse and mouse-human chimeric antibodies to carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), designated F11-39 and ChF11-39, respectively, both of which have been found to discriminate CEA in tumor tissues from the CEA-related antigens. After reduction of the intrinsic disulfide bonds, these antibodies were labeled with Tc-99m. In vivo studies were performed on athymic nude mice bearing the human CEA-producing gastric carcinoma xenografts. Though biodistribution results showed selective and progressive accumulation of Tc-99m labeled antibodies at the tumor site, high radioactivity in blood was inappropriate for scintigraphic visualization of the tumors within a few hours. We examined the subtraction of the initial Tc-99m image from the Tc-99m localization image after a few hours. Subtracted images of the same count reflected the in vivo behavior of the Tc-99m radioactivity. The subtracted scintigrams revealed excellent tumor images with no significant extrarenal background. Visualization of the tumor site was dependent on antigen-specific binding and nonspecific exudation. These results demonstrate that a method of subtraction of the initial image may serve as a potentially useful diagnostic method for an abnormal site for agents with a low pharmacokinetic value. (author)

  4. Bone scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging after transtrochanteric rotational osteotomy

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    Iwasada, Seiki; Hasegawa, Yukiharu; Iwase, Tosiki; Kitamura, Shinji; Iwata, Hisashi [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Nagoya University School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya, 466 (Japan)

    1999-05-01

    Objective. To assess the ability of bone scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the outcome of transtrochanteric rotational osteotomy (TRO) for osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). Design. This study was a prospective evaluation of imaging techniques. Patients and methods. MRI and bone scintigraphy were performed on 20 hips in 18 patients at 3 months after TRO. The radiographic findings at 3 months after TRO, and the MRI and bone scintigraphic findings, were compared with the radiographic findings at final follow-up (mean 39 months). Results and conclusions. On MRI a low-intensity area or a low-intensity band in the new weight-bearing area extending over the acetabular edge on T1-weighted images was related to the presence of collapse on the radiographs at final follow-up. In hips with an area of absent activity in the new weight-bearing surface on bone scintigraphy, collapse was seen more frequently on radiographs at final follow-up than in hips without this feature. Bone scintigraphy was no more specific than radiography in predicting the outcome after TRO. We consider MRI to be superior to bone scintigraphy in predicting the occurrence of collapse, which is one of the major short-term problems after TRO. (orig.) With 8 figs., 4 tabs., 15 refs.

  5. Scintigraphic diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: retrospective and emergency interpretation; Diagnostic scintigraphique d`embolie pulmonaire: comptes rendus d`urgence et interpretations retrospectives

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    Hadjikostova, H.; Bonnin, F.; Vera, P.; Bok, B.; Jebrak, G.; Seknadji, P. [Hopital Beaujon, 92 - Clichy (France)

    1997-12-31

    A series of 83 consecutive patients referred to LS for suspicion of PE was studied to intercompare several ways of performing and reading LS images. The final diagnosis (truth) was established independently by a separate panel with all available information, including evolution. LS including perfusion (Q) and ventilation (Technegas) (V) views were classified according to PIOPED criteria immediately by the physician on duty; retrospectively by a blinded panel for Q alone and Q+V scans. A positive (19) or negative (61) diagnosis of PE could be achieved in 80 patients, the prevalence of PE being 0.24. Emergency and retrospective interpretations of LS showed an overall good agreement (value of k = 0.4). Interpreting the V+Q scans was more conclusive, the number of `indeterminate probably` cases dropping down from 33 to 21 and airdrop, on a subjective scale, much easier (p < 0.001) than when the Q scan was only available. (authors)

  6. Preoperative scintigraphic and intraoperative scintimetric localization of parathyroid adenoma with cationic Tc-99m complexes and a hand-held gamma-probe

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    Gallowitsch, H.J. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology, Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria); Fellinger, J. [Dept. of Surgery, Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria); Kresnik, E. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology, Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria); Mikosch, P. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology, Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria); Pipam, W. [Dept. of Mental Health, Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria); Lind, P. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine and Special Endocrinology, Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt (Austria)

    1997-01-01

    Aim: The aim of our study was to evaluate the possibility of intraoperative scintimetric detection of parathyroid adenomas with Tc-99m labelled tracers for its usefulness in dystopic or ectopic adenomas. Methods: 12 Women with biochemically confirmed hyperparathyroidism were included in our study. After injection of 370 MBq Tc-99m tetrofosmin e.g. sestamibi, preoperative scintigraphy (double phase study and SPECT) was performed and T/NT ratios were evaluated for early, delayed and SPECT images. Surgery was performed using a handheld gamma-probe after preoperative injection of 555-925 MBq Tc-99m tetrofosmin e.g. sestamibi. Count rates (cts/10 sec) were measured and used for calculating in situ - and ex situ - T/NT ratios. Results: In 9 out of 12 patients, adenoma could be detected on static images. Mean T/NT ratios for Tc-99m tetrofosmin were 1.29 for early and 1.23 for delayed images, respectively 1.39 and 1.23 for early and delayed Tc-99m sestamibi scan. Three cases could only be detected with SPECT reconstruction. 11 of 12 parathyroid adenomas could be confirmed intraoperatively. Conclusion: SPECT with Tc-99m labelled cationic complexes showed advantages in detection, precise localization and contrast over static scintigraphy and should therefore be performed at least in cases with poor or no uptake on static images to avoid failures in detection of deeply sited, dislocated glands or adenomas with low uptake. Intraoperative localization and confirmation of parathyroid adenoma with Tc-99m-labelled cationic complexes and a gamma probe is possible and may be useful in case of dys- or ectopic adenoma by influencing surgical approach and operating time. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Ziel unserer Untersuchung war es, die Moeglichkeit des intraoperativen szintimetrischen Nachweises von NSD-Adenomen mit Tc-99m-markierten Komplexverbindungen fuer den eventuellen Einsatz bei ektopen NSD-Adenomen zu ueberpruefen. Methoden: 12 Frauen mit biochemisch gesichertem

  7. Gamma scintigraphic evaluation of floating gastroretentive tablets of metformin HCl using a combination of three natural polymers in rabbits

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Mahboubeh Razavi,1 Hamed Karimian,1 Chai Hong Yeong,2 Lip Yong Chung,1 Shaik Nyamathulla,1 Mohamed Ibrahim Noordin1,3 1Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 2Department of Biomedical Imaging and University Malaya Research Imaging Centre, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 3Center for Natural Products and Drug Discovery (CENAR, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Abstract: The present research was aimed at formulating a metformin HCl sustained-release formulation from a combination of polymers, using the wet granulation technique. A total of 16 formulations (F1–F16 were produced using different combinations of the gel-forming polymers: tamarind kernel powder, salep (palmate tubers of Orchis morio, and xanthan. Post-compression studies showed that there were no interactions between the active drug and the polymers. Results of in vitro drug-release studies indicated that the F10 formulation which contained 5 mg of tamarind kernel powder, 33.33 mg of xanthan, and 61.67 mg of salep could sustain a 95% release in 12 hours. The results also showed that F2 had a 55% similarity factor with the commercial formulation (C-ER, and the release kinetics were explained with zero order and Higuchi models. The in vivo study was performed in New Zealand White rabbits by gamma scintigraphy; the F10 formulation was radiolabeled using samarium (III oxide (153Sm2O3 to trace transit of the tablets in the gastrointestinal tract. The in vivo data supported the retention of F10 formulation in the gastric region for 12 hours. In conclusion, the use of a combination of polymers in this study helped to develop an optimal gastroretentive drug-delivery system with improved bioavailability, swelling, and floating characteristics. Keywords: gastroretentive drug delivery, gamma scintigraphy, sustain-release study, salep, tamarind seed, xanthan

  8. The effect of homework planner intervention on clinical efficacy in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder%家庭作业干预对注意缺陷多动障碍临床疗效的影响

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    吴媚; 李梁; 李小艳; 林林

    2008-01-01

    目的 探讨家庭作业方式干预对注意缺陷多动障碍(ADHD)儿童临床疗效的影响.方法 将66例ADHD患儿随机分为家庭作业干预组(A组)和药物治疗组(B组,干预前评估Conners父母问卷(PSQ),干预12周后再次评估PSQ及临床疗效总评(CGI). 结果干预后2组PSQ各项因子分较干预前均有下降,A组品行问题[(0.9±0.53)分]、心身障碍[(0.59±0.57)分]、焦虑[(0.85±0.52)分]、多动指数因子分[(0.9±0.53)分,(1.43±0.47)分]改变差异具有显著性(P<0.05~0.01),疗效总评与B组差异无显著性(P>0.05).结论 家庭作业方式干预与药物治疗ADHD儿童疗效相当,前者更易于被患儿及家长接受.%Objective To explore the intervention effect of homework planner on children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD).Methods 32 cases with ADHD were intervented with homework planner for 12 weeks and 34 cases were treated with drug as a control group.Conners parent symptom questionnaire(PSQ) and clinic general imagine(CGI) were used to measure the efficacy before and after the intervention.Results In two groups,scores of each factors of PSQ were decreased after invention.The score of conduct problem,hyperactivity-impulsion,psychosomatic disorders,anxiety and hyperactivity index were lower significantly than that of baseline in the intervention of homework planner group.Conclusion Homework planner is an effective method of intervention of children with ADHD.

  9. Scintigraphic differentiation between two forms of primary dysautonomia early after onset of autonomic dysfunction: value of cardiac and pulmonary iodine-123 MIBG uptake

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    Reinhardt, M.J.; Juengling, F.D.; Krause, T.M. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Freiburg University Hospital (Germany); Braune, S. [Dept. of Neurology, Freiburg University Hospital (Germany)

    2000-05-01

    Primary dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system can be observed in patients with Parkinson's disease and those with multiple system atrophy. However, the fate of the two diseases differs considerably and leads to different strategies for patient management. Differentiation of the two diseases currently requires a combination of several clinical and electrophysiological tests. First studies of myocardial innervation using iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) indicated a possible role of scintigraphy for this purpose. An increase in the pulmonary uptake of {sup 123}I-MIBG has been reported in secondary dysautonomias. Whether sympathetic innervation of the lung is affected in primary dysautonomias is currently unknown. Therefore, cardiac and pulmonary uptake of {sup 123}I-MIBG was studied in 21 patients with Parkinson's disease, 7 patients with multiple system atrophy and 13 age- and sex-matched controls. Thoracic images were obtained in the anterior view 4 h after intravenous injection of 185 MBq {sup 123}I-MIBG, at which time the maximum neuronal uptake is reached. All patients with Parkinson's disease had significantly lower cardiac uptake of {sup 123}I-MIBG than patients with multiple system atrophy and controls. Sympathetic innervation of the lung was not affected in either disease. It is concluded that scintigraphy with {sup 123}I-MIBG appears to be a useful tool for differentiation between Parkinson's disease and multiple system atrophy early after onset of autonomic dysfunction. (orig.)

  10. Usefulness of Cardiac Sympathetic Nerve Imaging Using (123)Iodine-Metaiodobenzylguanidine Scintigraphy for Predicting Sudden Cardiac Death in Patients With Heart Failure.

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    Kasama, Shu; Toyama, Takuji; Kurabayashi, Masahiko

    2016-01-01

    The autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the human heart. Activation of the cardiac sympathetic nervous system is a cardinal pathophysiological abnormality associated with the failing human heart. Myocardial imaging using (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG), an analog of norepinephrine, can be used to investigate the activity of norepinephrine, the predominant neurotransmitter of the sympathetic nervous system. Many clinical trials have demonstrated that (123)I-MIBG scintigraphic parameters predict cardiac adverse events, especially sudden cardiac death, in patients with heart failure. In this review, we summarize results from published studies that have focused on the use of cardiac sympathetic nerve imaging using (123)I-MIBG scintigraphy for risk stratification of sudden cardiac death in patients with heart failure.

  11. Last planner, un avance en la planificación y control de proyectos de construcción Estudio del caso de la ciudad de Medellín

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    Luis Fernando Botero Botero

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Lean construction es una nueva filosofía orientada hacia la administración de la producción en construcción, cuyo objetivo fundamental es la eliminación de las actividades que no agregan valor (pérdidas. Para contribuir a tal fin, Ballard y Howell diseñaron un nuevo sistema de planificación y control denominado Last planner, con cambios fundamentales en la manera como los proyectos de construcción se planifican y controlan. El objetivo de este artículo es divulgar los resultados de la aplicación del sistema Last planner en proyectos de construcción en Medellín durante 2003, como parte de la investigación “Implementación de un programa de mejoramiento en gestión de la construcción”. Los resultados obtenidos muestran una tendencia al mejoramiento cada vez que se aplica el sistema, de acuerdo con el indicador PAC (porcentaje de asignaciones completadas

  12. Usefulness of nuclear imaging for infectious diseases specialists; Interet de l'imagerie nucleaire pour l'infectiologue

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    Bonnet, E. [CHU Purpan, Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, 31 6 Toulouse (France)

    2008-03-15

    Nuclear imaging could be helpful for infections diseases specialists in search for bone or joint and endovascular septic foci (with or without foreign body) but also for various metastatic infectious locations and for exploring fever of unknown origin (F.U.O.), especially in HIV-infected patients. In this paper, the interest of 'conventional' scintigraphic methods (labeled leukocyte and gallium scintigraphy) and positron emission tomography coupled with fluorodeoxyglucose (F.D.G.-PET) for the diagnosis of endovascular infections (especially those associated with foreign body) and some opportunistic diseases in HIV-infected patients (especially those presenting central nervous system involvement and F.U.O.) will be discussed. Then other potential areas of isotopic investigations will be briefly listed; some of them, including bone and joint infections and F.U.O. in the general population, will be presented in details in other papers in this issue. (author)

  13. Recommendations on procedures for renal function imaging; Anleitung zur Durchfuehrung der Nierenfunktionsszintigraphie

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    Klaeser, B.; Eberl, A.; Bubeck, B. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Kantonsspital St. Gallen (Switzerland)

    2003-09-01

    Renal function diagnostics in nuclear medicine is nowadays performed primarily as scintigraphic study using {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3, in many cases accompanied by quantitative clearance measurement. The present recommendations are based on the technical protocols of the Clinic of Nuclear Medicine at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen and do not claim to be complete or the Gold Standard. The procedures described are not subject to discussion, but the authors attempt to give practical guidelines as orientation for users in their daily routine. Focal points are preparation and performance of the diuretic renography with furosemide to evaluate urinary outflow obstructions and scintigraphic studies under captopril for detection of renovascular hypertension. Further subjects are the quantitative clearance measurement according to the single-sample method and, of course, the calculation of the split clearance. All of these subjects are described mainly under practical aspects, looking in particular at frequent pitfalls or wrong interpretations, but also taking into account quality assurance and data analysis. Selected cases are presented to document the importance of renal function imaging in practice. (orig.) [German] Die nuklearmedizinische Nierenfunktionsdiagnostik wird heute vorrangig als Szintigraphie mit {sup 99m}Tc-MAG3 betrieben, haeufig mit begleitender quantitativer Clearancemessung. Die vorliegende Anleitung basiert auf den Untersuchungsprotokollen der Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin des Kantonsspitals St. Gallen und erhebt weder Anspruch auf Vollstaendigkeit noch darauf, als Goldstandard zu gelten. Die beschriebenen Vorgehensweisen werden nicht diskutiert, sondern die Autoren versuchen, pragmatische Leitlinien zu vermitteln, an denen sich der Anwender in der taeglichen Routine orientieren kann. Schwerpunkte bilden die Vorbereitung und Durchfuehrung der so genannten Lasix-Szintigraphie zur Beurteilung der renalen Abflussverhaeltnisse und die Captopril-Szintigraphie bei der Frage

  14. Feasibility of Imaging Esophageal Cancer with Labeled Somatostatin Analogue

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    Gunnar Herlin

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. While the surface of a cell normally has some amount of somatostatin receptors, these receptors are overexpressed to a very high degree in multiple neoplastic diseases. No data exist for esophageal carcinoma. Purpose. To find out whether esophageal carcinoma could be imaged using somatostatin receptor scintigraphy. Material and Methods. 34 patients with esophageal lesions were prospectively examined by 99mTc-depreotide scintigraphy 2 and 4 hours after injection. Quantitative evaluation of 99mTc-depreotide uptake was performed around the lesion (T and in healthy lung parenchyma (B. The relative uptake was calculated as T−B/B. Scintigraphy results were compared with histopathology from surgery or biopsy specimens from endoscopic ultrasonography. Results. 21 patients had esophageal cancer, and 13 lesions were benign. Visual assessment revealed positive 99mTc-depreotide uptake in 16 of the 21 cancers. The 13 patients without cancer had no depreotide uptake. The Mann-Whitney U test showed a statistically significant difference (<.005 between 99mTc-depreotide uptake in malignant and benign lesions, for both the 2-hour and the 4-hour measurements. Conclusion. Scintigraphic examination with 99mTc-depreotide is feasible for imaging esophageal cancer, but the method is not suitable neither for screening or primary diagnosis, because of methods modest sensitivity. Our first results showed high specificity which should be used with caution, as the number of patients was relatively low. Further studies are needed to determine the role of the method.

  15. Imaging of cardiac allograft rejection in dogs using indium-111 monoclonal antimyosin Fab

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    Addonizio, L.J.; Michler, R.E.; Marboe, C.; Esser, P.E.; Johnson, L.L.; Seldin, D.W.; Gersony, W.M.; Alderson, P.O.; Rose, E.A.; Cannon, P.J.

    1987-03-01

    The acute rejection of cardiac allografts is currently diagnosed by the presence of myocyte necrosis on endomyocardial biopsy. We evaluated the efficacy of noninvasive scintigraphic imaging with indium-111-labeled anticardiac myosin Fab fragments (indium-111 antimyosin) to detect and quantify cardiac allograft rejection. Six dogs that had intrathoracic heterotopic cardiac allograft transplantation were injected with indium-111 antimyosin and planar and single photon emission computed tomographic (SPECT) images were obtained in various stages of acute and subacute rejection. Four dogs had an allograft older than 8 months and had been on long-term immunosuppressive therapy; two dogs had an allograft less than 2 weeks old and were not on immunosuppressive therapy. Count ratios comparing heterotopic with native hearts were calculated from both SPECT images and in vitro scans of excised and sectioned hearts and were compared with the degree of rejection scored by an independent histopathologic review. Indium-111 antimyosin uptake was not visible in planar or SPECT images of native hearts. Faint diffuse uptake was apparent in cardiac allografts during long-term immunosuppression and intense radioactivity was present in hearts with electrocardiographic evidence of rejection. The heterotopic to native heart count ratios in SPECT images correlated significantly with the count ratios in the excised hearts (r = 0.93) and with the histopathologic rejection score (r = 0.97). The distribution of indium-111 antimyosin activity in right and left ventricles corresponded to areas of histopathologic abnormalities.

  16. 核素骨显像对骶髂关节、髋关节及 脊柱关节病的诊断%Bone scintigraphic imaging of sacroiliac joint, hip joint and spondyloarthritis

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    2000-01-01

    Objective To establish normal reference value of radioactivity ratio of sacroiliac joint /soft tissue,sacroiliac joint/sacrum, hip joint/soft tissue and hip joint/thighbone in Chinese, and discuss its diagnostic value in spondyloarthritis (SpA). Methods 260 joints from 130 normal individuals were divided into 4 groups according to ages: 15~19 years, ~24 years, ~39 years and ≥40 years. They have exhibited no waist-leg symptom and a normal CT exam in sacroiliac joint. SPECT was performed on whole body skeleton as well as sacroiliac joint and hip joint to measure the radioactivity ratio in these joints respectively. In the same time, SPECT was also undertaken in 45 patients with SpA to calculate the radioactivity ratio of sacroiliac joint/soft tissue and sacroiliac joint/sacum. Results After statistical processing, a normal reference value of all radioactivity ratio in four groups was obtained. Analysis on the data in 4 groups showed that the variant coefficient of sacroiliac joint/sacrum is minimal, and thus to be used as a judgment for sacroiliac joint/sacrum osteometabolism. In 45 patients with SpA, 23 cases were undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. The radioactivity ratio of sacroiliac joint/sacrum increased in 20 cases (86.9%), while other joint disorders occurred in 21 cases. Conclusion The radioactivity ratio of sacroiliac joint/sacrum is of important value in early diagnosis for SpA.%目的 建立国人骶髂关节/软组织、骶髂关节/骶骨、髋关节/软组织、髋关节/股骨放射性比值的正常参考值,探讨其在脊柱关节病(SpA)中的诊断价值。方法 对无腰腿症状、CT检查骶髂关节正常的不同年龄者130例260组关节分为4组:15~19岁,~24岁,~39岁,≥40岁,进行全身骨骼及骶髂关节、髋关节周围结构的SPECT显像,取得4组不同部位放射性比值。同时对临床诊断为SpA的45例患者进行骨显像,计算其左右骶髂关节/软组织、骶髂关节/骶骨放射性比值。结果 对以上4组数据进行统计学处理,得出正常参考值范围。对4组数据的变异系数进行分析,发现骶髂关节/骶骨放射性比值变异系数最小,可作为骶髂关节代谢状况判断标准。45例SpA患者中未分化脊柱关节病(uSpA)23例,其骶髂关节/骶骨比值升高占86.9%(20/23例);合并其他关节病变21例。结论 骶髂关节/骶骨放射性比值用于早期诊断SpA有重要价值。

  17. A PFM-based Global Convergence Visual Servo Path Planner%基于虚拟势场法的全局收敛视觉路径规划

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    张雪波; 方勇纯; 马博军

    2008-01-01

    As a classical local path planning method, potential field method (PFM) is used widely in the robotics field because of its simplicity and elegance. However, a main drawback of this method is the existence of local minima when generating a path for a robot to follow. In this paper, we present a path planning approach for visual servo by using PFM method to keep the features within the camera field of view (FOV). A rigorous analysis is then presented to prove the global stability of the constructed path planning method. Moreover, the problem of how to obtain a better three-dimcusional (3D) camera path is also studied extensively.Simulation results are provided to verify the performance of the proposed path planner.

  18. Hypereosinophilic syndrome: Clinical, laboratory, and imaging manifestations in patients with hepatic involvement

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    Kim, Gi Beom; Lee, Jong Min; Sung, Yeong Soon; Kang, Duk Sik [Kyungpook Natioanl University College of Medicine, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ok Hwoa [Dongkang general Hospital, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    1993-07-15

    The hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) commonly involves liver and spleen but only a few literature has reported the imaging features. In this article, we present the imaging features of the liver and spleen in HES patients together with clinical and laboratory features. This study included 5 HES patients with hepatic involvement. Extensive laboratory tests including multiple hematologic, serologic, parasitological, and immunologic examinations were performed. Imaging studies included CT, ultrasound (US)of upper abdomen and hepatosplenic scintigraphy. All patients were periodically examined by laboratory and imaging studies for 4 to 24 months. The common clinical presentations were weakness, mild fever, and dry cough. All patients revealed leukocytosis with eosinophilia of 40 to 80% and benign eosinophilic hyperplasia of the bone marrow. The percutaneous biopsy of the hepatic focal lesions performed in 2 patients showed numerous benigin eosinophilic infiltrates and one of them revealed combined calibration necrosis of hepatocytes. All cases revealed hepatomegaly with multiple focal lesions on at least on of CT, US, or scintigraphy. These findings completely disappeared in 2 to 6 months following medication of corticosteroid or antihistamines. The HES involved the liver and CT, US, or scintigraphic studies showed hepatic multifocal lesions with hepatomegaly. Differential diagnosis of these findings should include metastatic disease, lymphoma, leukemia, candidiasis or other opportunistic infections.

  19. A scintigraphic study of colostomy irrigation

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    Yasuda, Shinji; Fujii, Hisao; Nakano, Hiroshige (Nara Medical Univ., Kashihara (Japan))

    1991-09-01

    Colostomy irrigation was investigated by colonoscintigraphy. Twelve rectal cancer and one sigmoid colon cancer patients were examined. The tepid water whose volume was determined by barium enema was mixed with {sup 99m}Tc-DTPA. Dynamic scanning was started on commencement of colostomy irrigation. The sampling time was 3 seconds and scanning was performed for 30 minutes. The mean volume of remnant colon as measured by barium enema was 650 ml. The mean number of mass movements was 4.3. The mean evacuation time was 11 minutes 56 seconds and the mean half emptying time was calculated to be 9.5 minutes. The evacuation time in the patients who underwent colostomy irrigation for more than 2 years was greater than that in the patients who underwent irrigation for less than 2 years. Colonic motility was thought to have weakened. The half emptying time and the number of mass movements in the patients whose irrigation water went into the terminal ileum was more than that in the patients whose irrigation water was within the colon and cecum. Irrigation water which went into the terminal ileum was caused evacuation after the contents of the remnant colon were washed out. In conclusion, patients should have their colostomy irrigated with the tepid water, volume is determined by barium enema. Furthermore single infusion of the water is recommended. (author).

  20. Postoperative dysphagia versus neurogenic dysphagia: scintigraphic assessment.

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    Galli, Jacopo; Valenza, Venanzio; D'Alatri, Lucia; Reale, Francesca; Gajate, AnaMaria Samanes; Di Girolamo, Stefano; Paludetti, Gaetano

    2003-01-01

    In order to differentiate the features of dysphagia that occur after supraglottic horizontal laryngectomy from those that occur during neurologic diseases, we divided 38 subjects into 3 groups and submitted them to oropharyngoesophageal scintigraphy. Group 1 (control group) included 15 healthy volunteeers; group 2 comprised 8 patients who had residual dysphagia at least 1 year after supraglottic laryngectomy; and group 3 included 15 patients with various neurologic and neuromuscular disorders. In group 1, the mean values (+/- 2 SD) of selected semiquantitative parameters were consistent with those reported in the literature for normal subjects. In group 2, oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal transit times were not significantly altered, and moderate tracheobronchial post-deglutitive aspiration was present (maximum value, 6.7%; mean value, 2.04%). The pharyngeal retention index was significantly increased (p = .0003) as compared to normal subjects in all cases (maximum value, 40%; mean value, 23%) and was associated in all cases with slight but consistent post-deglutitive aspiration. In group 3, the oral and esophageal phases were significantly prolonged and the retention indices were significantly increased. Statistical analysis documented a significant increase in oral transit time (p = .003), esophageal transit time (p = .01), oral retention index (p = .006), pharyngeal retention index (p = .0007), and esophageal retention index (p = .009) as compared to normal subjects. The swallowing pattern was also altered by 1) an early loss of the bolus from the oral cavity; 2) bolus fragmentation due to double or triple deglutition, reduced lingual propulsion, or the return of a small part of the bolus into the oral cavity during deglutition; and/or 3) double pharyngeal peaks in the activity-time curves. Tracheobronchial aspiration (maximum value, 90%; mean value, 9.70%) was present in some cases, mainly in patients affected by post-stroke dysphagia. On the basis of the obtained results and considering the low doses of radiation delivered to the patient (0.043 Gy), the limited invasiveness, and the excellent patient tolerance, scintigraphy appears to be clinically valid in the functional study of swallowing and in identifying different deglutition disorders.

  1. Bone Scintigraphic Findings in MRSA Osteomyelitis.

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    Cornejo, Patricia; Mandell, Gerald A

    2016-02-01

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis is a severe form of infection characterized by multifocal or multiple segmental osseous involvement and subperiosteal abscess formation with increased frequency of extraosseous complications including pyomyositis, septic thrombus, and septic arthritis. Bone scan showed long segment and/or multifocal involvement in 4 of 5 patients with areas of abnormal increased and decreased uptake. The clinical presentations included limp and/or pain. Joint involvement was seen in 4 cases. Bone scan abnormalities correlated well with MRI findings of severe and extensive bone disease, abscess formation, muscle, as well as joint and soft tissue involvement.

  2. [Scintigraphic assessment of function in renal dystopia].

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    Pilgrim, S

    1998-06-01

    In patients with renal dystopia radionuclide urography in commonly used technique may yield inaccurate results concerning split renal function. In a case of unilateral pelvic kidney a simple strategy to avoid this methodical error is demonstrated.

  3. The SLE heart in scintigraphic diagnostics

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    Rottensteiner, J

    2001-01-01

    Investigation of SLE-heart of 14 patients with 201Ti-SPECT and 18 FDG-SPECT and comparison with clinical and laboratory parameters. Results: SLE-patients with unspecific heart symptoms show in spite of sufficiently perfusion in 201Ti-SPECT considerable defects in 18-FDG. Interpretation: cause of the defects in FDG in a disturbed glucose metabolism independent of perfusion. (boteke)

  4. Angiographic and scintigraphic findings in fibrosing mediastinitis

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    Moreno, A.J.; Weismann, I.; Billingsley, J.L.; Lundy, M.N.; Brown, J.M.; Graham, G.D.; Brown, T.J.

    1983-04-01

    The clinical and morphologic findings in the case of a 47-year-old man with fibrosing mediastinitis, most probably due to histoplasmosis, are described. Radionuclide angiography demonstrated obstruction of the superior vena cava with collateral vascularization. Computed tomography demonstrated a large calcific mass interposed between the pulmonary artery and superior vena cava suggesting potential pulmonary vasculature involvement. For this reason, pulmonary scintigraphy was performed which showed right lung perfusion and ventilation defects. Radionuclide angiography and pulmonary scintigraphy complement each other in determining the extent of vascular involvement with fibrosing mediastinitis. However, contrast venography is necessary to correctly delineate the anatomy of the obstructed superior vena cava and its collaterals.

  5. Testicular torsion in children: Scintigraphic assessment

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    Mendel, J.B.; Taylor, G.A.; Cheng, T.H.; Retik, A.; Bauer, S.; Treves, S.

    1985-02-01

    Seventy-five patients with suspected testicular torsion who had scintiscans and adequate clinical follow-up were analyzed retrospectively. The scintiscans diagnosed 12/13 cases of surgically proven missed torsion and 3/3 cases of surgically proven acute complete torsion. The scintiscans successfully distinguished all 35 cases of epididymo-orchitis, 14 cases of torsion of the appendix testes and 8 other miscellaneous conditions from testicular torsion. The incidence of testicular torsion in our patients undergoing scrotal scintigraphy was approximately 24%.

  6. Scintigraphic visualization of inflammation in neurodegenerative disorders

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    Versijpt, J; Van Laere, K; Dierckx, RA; Dumont, F; De Deyn, PP; Slegers, G; Korf, J

    2003-01-01

    In the past few decades, our understanding of the central nervous system has evolved from one of an immune-privileged site, to one where inflammation is pathognomonic for some of the most prevalent and tragic neurodegenerative diseases. Current research indicates that diseases as diverse as multiple

  7. Renal allograft rejection. Unusual scintigraphic findings

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    Desai, A.G.; Park, C.H.

    1986-11-01

    During sequential renal imagining for evaluation of clinically suspected rejection, focal areas of functioning renal tissue were seen in two cases of renal transplant in the midst of severe and irreversible renal allograft rejection. A probable explanation for this histopathologically confirmed and previously unreported finding is discussed.

  8. Malignant external otitis: early scintigraphic detection

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    Strashun, A.M.; Nejatheim, M.; Goldsmith, S.J.

    1984-02-01

    Pseudomonas otitis externa in elderly diabetics may extend aggressively to adjacent bone, cranial nerves, meninges, and vessels, leading to a clinical diagnosis of ''malignant'' external otitis. Early diagnosis is necessary for successful treatment. This study compares the findings of initial radiographs, thin-section tomography of temporal bone, CT scans of head and neck, technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (MDP) and gallium-67 citrate scintigraphy, and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for detection of temporal bone osteomylitis in ten patients fulfilling the clinical diagnostic criteria of malignant external otitis. Skull radiographs were negative in all of the eight patients studied. Thin-section tomography was positive in one of the seven patients studied using this modality. CT scanning suggested osteomyelitis in three of nine patients. Both Tc-99m and Ga-67 citrate scintigraphy were positive in 10 of 10 patients. These results suggest that technetium and gallium scintigraphy are more sensitive than radiographs and CT scans for early detection of malignant external otitis.

  9. Effect of vitamin D/sub 3/ on imaging of experimental myocardial infarcts with technetium-99m pyrophosphate: further studies of the role of calcium. [Dogs; rats

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    Carr, E.A. Jr.; Carroll, M.; Gona, J.M.; Balderman, S.C.; Montes, M.; Steinbach, J.J.

    1985-02-01

    The authors previously found that a pulse dose of vitamin D/sub 3/ increased /sup 99m/Tc)PPi uptake by rat myocardial necrosis. Vitamin D/sub 3/ raised serum and lesion (Ca) but not, they now report, lesion (Fe). D/sub 3/ increased /sup 99m/Tc)PPi uptake by myocardial infarcts (L) in dogs. Vitamin D/sub 3/ decreased uptake by dog bone (B) as measured in rib and sternum. Scintigrams graded by a blinded observer, showed 4+, 4+, and 3+ infarcts, respectively, in three D/sub 3/-treated dogs, and 2+, 2+, and 1+, respectively, in three untreated. One untreated and one treated dog were negative; the latter showed the least response to D/sub 3/ in serum (Ca) and /sup 99m/Tc) in tissue samples. Vitamin D/sub 3/ can increase L/B in dogs, enhancing scintigraphic images.

  10. Radiopharmaceuticals for renal function imaging; Radiopharmaka fuer die Nierenfunktionsdiagnostik

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    Brandau, W. [Klinik fuer Nuklearmedizin, Arbeitsgruppe Nuklearchemie und Radiopharmazie, Universitaetsklinikum Essen (Germany)

    2003-09-01

    Due to its favourable physical properties, [{sup 99m}Tc]Technetium is the mostly used radionuclide in nuclear medicine. It can only be used as metal complexes, whose pharmacokinetics cannot be predicted easily. By systematic variations of a known compound, Tc-complexes could be synthesized which are actively excreted by the kidneys. Thus, on the one hand, the tubular extraction rate can now be quantified in addition to the glomerular filtration rate and on the other hand, scintigraphic imaging is possible by the use of Tc-pharmaceuticals, which are eliminated by active tubular transport. (orig.) [German] [{sup 99m}Tc]Technetium ist aufgrund seiner optimalen physikalischen Eigenschaften fuer die Bildgebung das meistverwendete Radionuklid in der Nuklearmedizin. Es kann aber nur in Form von Metallkomplexen eingesetzt werden, deren in vivo Verhalten schwer vorhersagbar ist. In den letzten Jahren ist es jedoch durch systematische Variation einer Leitstruktur gelungen, Technetium-Radiopharmaka zu entwickeln, die renal aktiv transportiert werden. Dadurch kann einerseits neben der Glomerulaeren Filtrationsrate nun auch die Tubulaere Extraktionsrate quantifiziert werden, andererseits ist erstmals die Szintigraphie mit Technetiummarkierten Substanzen moeglich, die tubulaer sezerniert werden. (orig.)

  11. Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma: Current Functional and Future Molecular Imaging

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    Elise M Blanchet

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Paragangliomas are neural crest-derived tumors, arising either from chromaffin sympathetic tissue (in adrenal, abdominal, intra-pelvic or thoracic paraganglia or from parasympathetic tissue (in head and neck paraganglia. They have a specific cellular metabolism, with the ability to synthesize, store and secrete catecholamines (although most head and neck paragangliomas do not secrete any catecholamines. This disease is rare and also very heterogeneous, with various presentations (e.g., in regards to localization, multifocality, potential to metastasize, biochemical phenotype, and genetic background. With growing knowledge, notably about the pathophysiology and genetic background, guidelines are evolving rapidly. In this context, functional imaging is a challenge for the management of paragangliomas.Nuclear imaging has been used for exploring paragangliomas for the last three decades, with MIBG historically as the first-line exam. Tracers used in paragangliomas can be grouped in three different categories. Agents that specifically target catecholamine synthesis, storage, and secretion pathways include: 123 and 131I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (123/131I-MIBG, 18F-fluorodopamine (18F-FDA, and 18F-fluorodihydroxyphenylalanine (18F-FDOPA. Agents that bind somatostatin receptors include 111In-pentetreotide and 68Ga-labelled somatostatin analog peptides. The non-specific agent most commonly used in paragangliomas is 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG. This review will first describe conventional scintigraphic exams that are used for imaging paragangliomas. In the second part we will emphasize the interest in new PET approaches (specific and non-specific, considering the growing knowledge about genetic background and pathophysiology, with the aim of understanding how tumors behave, and optimally adjusting imaging technique for each tumor type.

  12. Cardiac diagnostic imaging; Bildgebende Verfahren in der Diagnostik des Herzens

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    Knez, A.; Becker, A.; Leber, A.; Haberl, R.; Steinbeck, G. [Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany). Medizinische Klinik 1; Becker, C.; Reiser, M. [Klinikum Grosshadern, Muenchen (Germany). Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie

    2000-02-01

    Purpose: Cardiac imaging includes determination of the size and structure of the cardiac chambers, valves, great vessels and the coronary arteries, chamber and valvular function, myocardial perfusion, viability and metabolism. Material and methods: Chest roentgenography, angiography, echocardiography and nuclear imaging are commonly used but computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging also offer a promising potential. Results: Coronary angiography is the gold standard in assessing coronary anatomy. Fast CT technologies such as electron-beam and multi-row-CT are promising non-invasive imaging modalities in the assessment of coronary artery disease. With intravascular ultrasound early stages of coronary atherosclerosis can be detected. For the assessment of myocardial perfusion and viability as well as cardiac function, scintigraphic methods are widely accepted. However, MRI methods have also reached a high degree of accuracy. Evaluation of chamber and valvular function is, due to its wide availability, the field of echocardiography. (orig.) [German] Zielsetzung: Anforderungen an die kardiale Bildgebung sind die Darstellung der Anatomie der Herzhoehlen, Herzklappen, Koronararterien und der grossen Gefaesse, Parameter der Ventrikel- und Klappenfunktion, der Myokardperfusion, Myokardvitalitaet und des myokardialen Stoffwechsels. Material und Methode: In der Bildgebung kommen neben den etablierten Standardverfahren wie Roentgen, Angiographie, Echokardiographie und nuklearmedizinischen Methoden auch neuere Verfahren der Computer- und Magnetresonanztomographie zum Einsatz. Ergebnisse: Die Koronarangiographie ist der Goldstandard in der Darstellung des gesamten Koronarsystems. In der Diagnostik der koronaren Herzerkrankung zeigen schnelle CT-Verfahren wie die Elektronenstrahltomographie (EBT) und die Mehrzeilendetektor-CT (MDCT) Vorteile gegenueber der Kernspintomographie. Fruehstadien der koronaren Arteriosklerose koennen nur mit dem intravaskulaeren Ultraschall

  13. Chronic medial knee pain without history of prior trauma: correlation of pain at rest and during exercise using bone scintigraphy and MR imaging

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    Buck, Florian M. [Lucerne Cantonal Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Lucerne (Switzerland); Kantonsspital Luzern, Institut fuer Diagnostische Radiologie, Lucerne (Switzerland); Hoffmann, Alexander; Hofer, Bernhard; Allgayer, Bernhard [Lucerne Cantonal Hospital, Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Lucerne (Switzerland); Pfirrmann, Christian W.A. [Orthopedic University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Zurich (Switzerland)

    2009-04-15

    The objective of this study was to correlate chronic medial knee pain at rest and during exercise with bone scintigraphic uptake, bone marrow edema pattern (BMEP), cartilage lesions, meniscal tears, and collateral ligament pathologies on magnetic resonance MR imaging (MRI). Fifty consecutive patients with chronic medial knee pain seen at our institute were included in our study. Pain level at rest and during exercise was assessed using a visual analog scale (VAS). On MR images, BMEP volume was measured, and the integrity of femoro-tibial cartilage, medial meniscus, and medial collateral ligament (MCL) were assessed. Semiquantitative scintigraphic tracer uptake was measured. Multivariate linear regression analysis was performed. At the day of examination, 40 patients reported medial knee pain at rest, 49 when climbing stairs (at rest mean VAS 33 mm, range 0-80 mm; climbing stairs mean VAS, 60 mm, range 20-100 mm). Bone scintigraphy showed increased tracer uptake in 36 patients (uptake factor, average 3.7, range 2.4-18.0). MRI showed BMEP in 31 studies (mean volume, 4,070 mm{sup 3}; range, 1,200-39,200 mm{sup 3}). All patients with BMEP had abnormal bone scintigraphy. Ten percent of patients with pain at rest and 8% of patients with pain during exercise showed no BMEP but tracer uptake in scintigraphy. Tracer uptake and signal change around MCL predicted pain at rest significantly (tracer uptake p=0.004; MCL signal changes p=0.002). Only MCL signal changes predicted pain during exercise significantly (p=0.001). In chronic medial knee pain, increased tracer uptake in bone scintigraphy is more sensitive for medial knee pain than BMEP on MRI. Pain levels at rest and during exercise correlate with signal changes in and around the MCL. (orig.)

  14. MR imaging of the lingual thyroid. Comparison to other submucosal lesions

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    Takashima, S.; Ueda, M.; Shibata, A.; Takayama, F.; Momose, M.; Yamashita, K. [Shinshu Univ. School of Medicine, Matsumoto (Japan). Dept. of Radiology

    2001-03-01

    Purpose: To study MR findings for clues to the diagnosis of lingual thyroid. Material and methods: MR findings and clinical and scintigraphic data of 5 cases of lingual thyroid were reviewed and the MR findings were compared to those of 16 cases of other submucosal lesions in the base of the tongue. Results: Four of the 5 patients with lingual thyroid were women and all had hypothyroidism. MR imaging depicted lingual thyroid in the midline in the base of the tongue (n=5) and additional ectopic thyroid glands in the floor of the mouth (n=2) or between the right and left sternohyoid muscles (n=1). Ectopic thyroid glands appeared isointense or hyperintense relative to muscle tissue on T1-weighted images and showed slight or fair contrast enhancement. All glands had low to intermediate T2 signal, which was also seen in 1 case of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 1 case of adenoid cystic carcinoma. All ectopic thyroid glands had well-defined margins, whereas malignant tumors tended to have ill-defined margins and to invade the surrounding structures. All but the 5 cases of lingual thyroid had an MR-demonstrable thyroid gland in the normal cervical position. Conclusion: A well-defined mass of low-intermediate T2 signal in the midline base of the tongue, neither with invasive tendency nor with a cervical thyroid gland in the normal site on MR imaging, may strongly indicate lingual thyroid.

  15. Impact of Sea Level Rise on Mangrove Ecosystem and its Dependent Fishing Communities in the Coastal Regions of Cauvery Delta: A Message for Policy Planners to Frame Suitable Antcipatory Adaptation Strategies

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    Amsad Ibrahim Khan, S. K.; Ramachandran, A.; Kandasamy, P.; Selvam, V.; Shanmugam, P.

    2014-12-01

    Coastal adaptation to sea-level rise (SLR) in the deltaic region is a multidimensional and complex process requiring informed decisions based on predicted impact and vulnerability assessment of SLR. Elevation plays a key role in determining the impact and vulnerability of coastal land areas to inundation from SLR. Highly accurate mapping of the elevation of the landscape is essential to identify low-lying coastal deltaic regions with valuable ecosystem like mangroves and its dependent human communities that are potentially at risk of inundation. It is difficult for policy planners and decision makers to identify suitable adaptation strategies without having information on the predicted impact and degree of vulnerability of coastal systems to SLR. Importantly, modeling and mapping will provide valuable input to climate change adaptation planning (NOAA 2010). Unfortunately, the comprehensive range of information that is typically required is seldom available and rarely in the possession of decision makers responsible for management of the deltaic and coastal zone (O'Regan, 1996). The present study seeks to provide insights on predicted impact of climate change induced SLR on mangrove ecosystem and its dependent human communities of Pichavaram mangroves, located at the Vellar-Coleroon estuarine region on the banks of Cauvery delta, Tamil Nadu, India. Based on real-time on-ground elevation measurement by DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System) survey and by using GIS portals, the study has identified about 597 ha of mangroves (one third of total mangrove regions) and about 9 fishing hamlets with 12,000 and more of human population that directly depends on this mangrove ecosystem for their livelihood are under threat of inundation to the predicted impact of 0.5m SLR. The present study is intended to showcase a method by providing reliable scientific information on predicted impact of SLR on mangroves and its dependent human communities to policy planner for

  16. Body Image

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    ... About Us Contact Us Text size | Print | Body Image Developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to ... on for tips to have a healthy body image. Topics About body image When you look in ...

  17. Noninvasive quantification of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity by Markovian analysis in SPECT nuclear imaging; Quantification non invasive de l'heterogeneite de la perfusion du myocarde par analyse markovienne en imageries nucleaire SPECT

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    Pons, G.

    2011-04-28

    Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, and third of these deaths are caused by coronary artery disease and rupture of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. The heterogeneous alteration of the coronary microcirculation is an early phenomenon associated with many cardiovascular risk factors that can strongly predict the subsequent development of coronary artery disease, and lead to the appearance of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity. Nuclear medicine allows the study of myocardial perfusion in clinical routine through scintigraphic scans performed after injection of a radioactive tracer of coronary blood flow. Analysis of scintigraphic perfusion images currently allows the detection of myocardial ischemia, but the ability of the technique to measure the perfusion heterogeneity in apparently normally perfused areas is unknown. The first part of this thesis focuses on a retrospective clinical study to determine the feasibility of myocardial perfusion heterogeneity quantification measured by Thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in diabetic patients compared with healthy subjects. The clinical study has demonstrated the ability of routine thallium-201 SPECT imaging to quantify greater myocardial perfusion heterogeneity in diabetic patients compared with normal subjects. The second part of this thesis tests the hypothesis that the myocardial perfusion heterogeneity could be quantified in small animal SPECT imaging by Thallium-201 and/or Technetium-99m-MIBI in an experimental study using two animal models of diabetes, and is correlated with histological changes. The lack of difference in myocardial perfusion heterogeneity between control and diabetic animals suggests that animal models are poorly suited, or that the technology currently available does not seem satisfactory to obtain similar results as the clinical study. (author)

  18. Help of superimposing thoracic-abdominal images by TDN and SPECT in cancer diagnosis; Aide au diagnostique en cancerologie par superposition d`images thoraco-abdominales TDM et TEMP

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    Perault, C.; Schvartz, C.; Wampach, H.; Liehn, J.C.; Delisle, M.J.; Groupe de Pathologie Thyroidienne Tumorale [Institut Jean Godinot, Reims 51056 (France)

    1997-12-31

    Superimposing anatomic (TDM) and tumor specific (SPECT) tomographies facilitates tumor detection and localization. The method that we have earlier developed for pelvic tumors, has been adapted for endocrine tumors in the most deformable thorax-abdominal region. Forty, TDM and double-isotope SPECT acquisitions, comprising an osseous scintigraphy (by {sup 99m}Tc-HMDP) and tumor specific scintigraphy (by {sup 111}In - pentetreotide, {sup 131}I, {sup 131}I - MIBG) have been performed in 13 patients afflicted with medullar (5), differentiated (5), thyroid cancers or carcinoid tumors (3). The fiducial points located on the visible anatomical structures in the two modalities allow making the calculation, some times local, of the matching parameters, what leads to the superimposed images. Ten sites were validated by surgery or later imaging in 8 patients. The reproducibility and matching accuracy were checked for every patient due to the superimposed TDM images and osseous scintigraphies. The superimposed TDM images and tumoral scintigraphy have allowed to increase the reliability and accuracy, to localize the TDM- undetected tumoral sites, to determine the tissue nature of doubtful TDM interpretation and to confirm the positive TDM interpretation or to recognize non-specific scintigraphic fixation. The TDM-SPECT superposition, without external labellers, is possible in the thorax and abdomen, even when the matching accuracy is limited because of relative movement of organs due to respiration or posture. A multi-center study is under way aiming at a larger validation and clinic evaluation

  19. GEOTRAINET: A European initiative for training and education of planners, drillers and installers of geothermal heat pumps; Geotrainet: Iniciativa europea para formar y educar a disenadores, sandistas e instaladores de Bombas de Calor Geotermicas

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    Fernandez Fuentes, I. M.; Sanner, B.; Dumas, P.

    2009-07-01

    The aim of the project Geo-Education for a sustainable geothermal heating and cooling market GEOTRAINET, is to develop the training of professionals involved in Ground Source Heat Pump installations (GSHP). From the different groups of professionals involved in a GSHP, the GEOTRAINET project is focused on two target groups: designers (who undertake feasibility studies including geology) and drillers (who make the boreholes and insert the tubes). The project includes the creation of an EU-wide certification scheme for both planners and installers of GSHP. Another project activity will be the definition and development assistance for the necessary EU-wide technical standards. Visible results of the project will be the curricula, learning tools, manuals an e-learning platform for the designers and the trainers, and several courses to be launched during the project duration. The goal, however, is to co-operate with the relevant professional associations, teaching institutions, training centers, etc. in order to establish a training and education framework going farther and lasting longer than the project, and providing the human resources necessary to sustain a sound and healthy growth of the GSHP market in Europe. (Author) 12 refs.

  20. Space radar image of New York City

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    1995-01-01

    This radar image of the New York city metropolitan area. The island of Manhattan appears in the center of the image. The green-colored rectangle on Manhattan is Central Park. This image was acquired by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/ X-SAR) aboard the space shuttle Endeavour on October 10, 1994. North is toward the upper right. The area shown is 75.0 kilometers by 48.8 kilometers (46.5 miles by 30.2 miles). The image is centered at 40.7 degrees north latitude and 73.8 degrees west longitude. In general, light blue areas correspond to dense urban development, green areas to moderately vegetated zones and black areas to bodies of water. The Hudson River is the black strip that runs from the left edge to the upper right corner of the image. It separates New Jersey, in the upper left of the image, from New York. The Atlantic Ocean is at the bottom of the image where two barrier islands along the southern shore of Long Island are also visible. John F. Kennedy International Airport is visible above these islands. Long Island Sound, separating Long Island from Connecticut, is the dark area right of the center of the image. Many bridges are visible in the image, including the Verrazano Narrows, George Washington and Brooklyn bridges. The radar illumination is from the left of the image; this causes some urban zones to appear red because the streets are at a perpendicular angle to the radar pulse. The colors in this image were obtained using the following radar channels: red represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted and received); green represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted, vertically received); blue represents the C-band (horizontally transmitted, vertically received). Radar images like this one could be used as a tool for city planners and resource managers to map and monitor land use patterns. The radar imaging systems can clearly detect the variety of landscapes in the area, as well as the density of urban

  1. (123)I-Meta-iodobenzylguanidine Sympathetic Imaging: Standardization and Application to Neurological Diseases.

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    Nakajima, Kenichi; Yamada, Masahito

    2016-09-01

    (123)I-meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) has become widely applied in Japan since its introduction to clinical cardiology and neurology practice in the 1990s. Neurological studies found decreased cardiac uptake of (123)I-MIBG in Lewy-body diseases including Parkinson's disease and dementia with Lewy bodies. Thus, cardiac MIBG uptake is now considered a biomarker of Lewy body diseases. Although scintigraphic images of (123)I-MIBG can be visually interpreted, an average count ratio of heart-to-mediastinum (H/M) has commonly served as a semi-quantitative marker of sympathetic activity. Since H/M ratios significantly vary according to acquisition and processing conditions, quality control should be appropriate, and quantitation should be standardized. The threshold H/M ratio for differentiating Lewy-body disease is 2.0-2.1, and was based on standardized H/M ratios to comparable values of medium-energy collimators. Parkinson's disease can be separated from various types of parkinsonian syndromes using cardiac (123)I-MIBG, whereas activity is decreased on images of Lewy-body diseases using both (123)I-ioflupane for the striatum and (123)I-MIBG. Despite being a simple index, the H/M ratio of (123)I-MIBG uptake is reproducible and can serve as an effective tool to support a diagnosis of Lewy-body diseases in neurological practice.

  2. Cardiac and pleuropulmonary AL amyloid imaging with technetium-99m labelled aprotinin

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    Aprile, C. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Fondazione Clinica del Lavoro-IRCCS, Pavia (Italy); Marinone, G. [Inst. of Clinical Medicine II and Research Lab. Biotechnology, Policlinico S. Matteo-IRCCS, Pavia (Italy); Saponaro, R. [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Fondazione Clinica del Lavoro-IRCCS, Pavia (Italy); Bonino, C. [SORIN Biomedica, Saluggia VC (Italy); Merlini, G. [Inst. of Clinical Medicine II and Research Lab. Biotechnology, Policlinico S. Matteo-IRCCS, Pavia (Italy)

    1995-12-01

    Antiproteases are known to be present in amyloid deposits. We evaluated the possibility of using an anti-serine protease (aprotinin) labelled with technetium-99m (TcA), usually employed as a cortical renal tracer, for the imaging of amyloid deposits. Because of the known high uptake of TcA by the kidneys, we limited our analysis to extra-abdominal amyloid localizations. We report the scintigraphic findings observed in 24 patients with light chain amyloidosis (AL) and one with a hereditary form who were known or suspected to have extra-abdominal involvement. Planar scans obtained 100 min after i.v. TcA administration showed myocardial accumulation in 11 patients, pleuropulmonary accumulation in nine, pericardial accumulation in two and localization in the neck region (thyroid, salivary glands and tongue) in eight. TcA scintigraphy was negative in five patients without clinical or laboratory evidence of extra-abdominal involvement, as well as in 12 control group patients with cardiac and renal diseases. These preliminary results indicate TcA to be a low-cost, readily available radiopharmaceutical for imaging of extra-abdominal involvement in AL type amyloidosis. (orig.)

  3. Indexing Images.

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    Rasmussen, Edie M.

    1997-01-01

    Focuses on access to digital image collections by means of manual and automatic indexing. Contains six sections: (1) Studies of Image Systems and their Use; (2) Approaches to Indexing Images; (3) Image Attributes; (4) Concept-Based Indexing; (5) Content-Based Indexing; and (6) Browsing in Image Retrieval. Contains 105 references. (AEF)

  4. Multi-modality imaging of transient osteoporosis of the hip.

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    Gemmel, Filip; Van Der Veen, Hugo C; Van Schelven, Willem D; Collins, James M P; Vanneuville, Isabelle; Rijk, Paul C

    2012-10-01

    Transient osteoporosis of the hip (TOH), also referred to as bone marrow edema syndrome (BMES) of the femoral head and neck, is an uncommon and therefore underdiagnosed benign skeletal disorder, affecting primarily women, particularly in their last trimester of pregnancy, and middle-aged men. The disease is characterized by self-limiting hip pain and radiographically evident osteopenia, but these radiographic findings can sometimes be delayed. In the early phase, the main diagnostic dilemma lies in differentiating TOH from osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH). Conventional radiographs, Tc-99m bone scans (multiphase, SPECT or SPECT/CT) and MRI scans from 10 male patients with 12 TOH episodes were retrospectively and independently reviewed by two nuclear medicine physicians and a musculoskeletal radiologist. The purpose was to identify a typical imaging pattern, and secondly, to reliably distinguish TOH from ONFH. In the early phase of TOH, conventional radiography of the hip could not sufficiently detect focal osteopenia. But in all 10 patients (mean age 45 years, range, 34-62), bone scans and MRI scans demonstrated a similar pattern of diffuse hyperaemia, bony uptake, and bone marrow edema in the femoral head and neck, extending to and ending with a sharp demarcation at the intertrochanteric region. Additionally, neither SPECT nor SPECT/CT nor MRI revealed any cold area or crescent-shaped subchondral defect in the femoral head, indicating ONFH. In some cases there was a joint effusion in varying degree. In 9 patients, an uneventful recovery was eventually observed. Scintigraphically diffuse hyperaemic and/or homogeneous osseous uptake in femoral head and neck extending to the intertrochanteric region, as well as the recently introduced term transient bone marrow edema syndrome (BMES) of the hip on MRI, are probably both expressions of the same pathophysiological mechanism, and pathognomonic for TOH. Hopefully, recognizing this highly specific imaging pattern

  5. The Operational Planner and War Termination

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    1993-02-22

    Termination: Campaign Plan Format ................... 16 IV THE CLARKE MODEL ......................................... 18 Critica .. Guidance...periods of crisis . Consequently, the military aim has all to often become the national policy--an end in itself, instead of as merely a means to the end.1...capabilities. Also, consider the influence of and advantages to strategic by-standers not directly a party to the crisis . (4) Conclusions Regarding

  6. Navy Operational Planner - Undersea Warfare Module

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    2016-09-01

    operational planning in a USW environment. Specifically, it provides an optimization model with an optimal solution that maximizes multi-mission...operational planning in a USW environment. Specifically, it provides an optimization model with an optimal solution that maximizes multi- mission...of NOP–USW in order to motivate our mathematical programming formulation. a. Discrete Time Steps NOP–USW suggests operational plans over a set of

  7. Claire Lee Chennault: Theorist and Campaign Planner

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    1993-05-13

    at Dien Bien Phu. 7 The CIA eventually purchased his fleet and incorporated the clandestine air service into its operations. 8 Back in the dark days of...into a corner, finding himself persona non grata in both the Army and its air arm. He was dejected that the only sympathetic ear for his theories were

  8. Developing a General Contingency Planner, Phase 2

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    1991-06-01

    EDGAR M. JOHNSON JON W. BLADES Technical Director COL, !N Commanding Research accomplished under contract for the Department of the Army PAR Government...uritname ’proficier,cy)) (princ movement -llowance ") A-44 (prine (urnit-status bname *jritrname ’moveaent allowance)) (ter pri (prine location ( orine

  9. Generative inspection process planner for integrated production

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    Brown, C.W. (Allied-Signal Aerospace Co., Kansas City, MO (USA). Kansas City Div.); Gyorog, D.A. (Kansas Univ., Lawrence, KS (USA). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

    1990-04-01

    This work describes the design prototype development of a generative process planning system for dimensional inspection. The system, IPPEX (Inspection Process Planning EXpert), is a rule-based expert system for integrated production. Using as advanced product modeler, relational databases, and artificial intelligence techniques, IPPEX generates the process plan and part program for the dimensional inspection of products using CMMs. Through an application interface, the IPPEX system software accesses product definition from the product modeler. The modeler is a solid geometric modeler coupled with a dimension and tolerance modeler. Resource data regarding the machines, probes, and fixtures are queried from databases. IPPEX represents inspection process knowledge as production rules and incorporates an embedded inference engine to perform decision making. The IPPEX system, its functional architecture, system architecture, system approach, product modeling environment, inspection features, inspection knowledge, hierarchical planning strategy, user interface formats, and other fundamental issues related to inspection planning and part programming for CMMs are described. 27 refs., 16 figs., 4 tabs.

  10. Sampling Techniques for Probabilistic Roadmap Planners

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    Geraerts, R.J.; Overmars, M.H.

    2004-01-01

    The probabilistic roadmap approach is a commonly used motion planning technique. A crucial ingredient of the approach is a sampling algorithm that samples the configuration space of the moving object for free configurations. Over the past decade many sampling techniques have been proposed. It is

  11. COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation planner

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    Covello, Fabio; Scopa, Tiziana; Serva, Stefano; Caltagirone, Francesco; De Luca, Giuseppe Francesco; Pacaccio, Alessandro; Profili, Mario

    2014-10-01

    COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG) system has been conceived, according to Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Italian Ministry of Defence (It-MoD) requirements, at the twofold objective of ensuring operational continuity to the current constellation (COSMO-SkyMed - CSK), while improving functionality and performances. It is an "end-to-end" Italian Earth Observation Dual-Use (Civilian and Defence) Space System with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operating in X-Band. CSG mission planning purpose is to fully employ the system resources, shared between partners with very different needs, producing a mission plan that satisfies the higher priority requests and optimizes the overall plan with the remaining requests according to the users programming rights consumption. CSG Mission Planning tool provides new performances in terms of adaptability and flexibility of the planning and scheduling algorithms conceived to select and synchronize data acquisition and downloading activities. CSG planning and scheduling problem is characterized by a large size of research space and a particular structure of technical and managerial constraints that has led to the implementation of innovative design of the planning algorithms based on both priority criteria and saturation of system resources. This approach envisages two scheduling strategies: the rank-based and the optimization-based. The former strategy is firstly applied to the most important request categories, with an associated rank value or priority level; the latter is subsequently applied to the unranked or lower priority requests. This is an iterative dynamic process of finding optimal solutions able to better answer the demanding requirements coming from the needs of heterogeneous users.

  12. Explosives Safety Planner Community Development and Sustainment

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    2010-07-01

    planning tool ( ASPT ) and Navy’s geographical information system (GIS). Experience within the Navy and the other Services has shown that an ad hoc...they master new enterprise tools, such as the DDESBs automated site planning tool ( ASPT ) and Navys geographical information system (GIS). Experience...effective strategic and master planning efforts; ensure Master and Regional Plans incorporate and address ES considerations. DDESB ASPT DDESB has

  13. Preventing Genocide: A Framework for Military Planners

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    2012-06-10

    opportunities, or fundamental rights and freedoms contribute to this problem. Additionally, these conflicts are fomented by discrimination, hate speech , and...government affiliated radio stations transmitted hate speech inciting violence. Polarization continued when extremists in the government isolated

  14. Mapping the Minds of Retirement Planners

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    D.A. Hershey; K. Henkens; H.P. van Dalen (Hendrik)

    2006-01-01

    textabstractThis study explored the psychological mechanisms that underlie the retirement planning and saving tendencies of Dutch and American workers. Participants were 988 Dutch and 429 Americans, 25-64 years of age. Analyses were designed to: (a) examine the extent to which structural variables w

  15. A Comparative Study of Probabilistic Roadmap Planners

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    Geraerts, R.J.; Overmars, M.H.

    2004-01-01

    The probabilistic roadmap approach is one of the leading motion planning techniques. Over the past eight years the technique has been studied by many different researchers. This has led to a large number of variants of the approach, each with its own merits. It is difficult to compare the different

  16. T. E. Lawrence: Theorist and Campaign Planner

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    1992-05-12

    honors in history, Lawrence’s curiosity lead him to the works of Carl von Clausewitz, Henri Jomini. Karl von Willisen, Rudolf von Caemmerer, Helmut von...113. M. J. Steiner . Inside Pan-Arabia. (Chicago: Herxiricks House, 1947), Chap 7. 114. T. E. Lawrence, "The Evolution of a Revolt," p65. 115. T. E...Unity. New York: Devin-Adair, 1958. Steiner . M. J. Inside Pan-Arabia. Chicago: Hendricks House. 1947. Thomas, Lowell. With Lawrence in Arabia. New York

  17. Advances in noninvasive cardiovascular imaging: implications for the anesthesiologist.

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    Cahalan, M K; Litt, L; Botvinick, E H; Schiller, N B

    1987-03-01

    We have presented a review of recent advances in medical imaging which are relevant to the practice of anesthesia and associated research. The appropriate interpretation and use of the information derived from these noninvasive technologies can prevent unnecessary morbidity and mortality. Echocardiography remains the most advanced tool for noninvasive cardiac imaging because of its applicability for most cardiac disorders and its exquisite spatial resolution. Two-dimensional systems produce real time, dynamic, qualitative assessments of cardiac chamber morphology, size, thickness, and performance. The development of transesophageal echocardiography has brought this imaging power into the operating room for use by anesthesiologists. Recently developed quantitative and color-coded Doppler techniques will reveal intracardiac flow patterns and their alterations by anesthetics and surgery. These advantages are partially offset by inherent difficulties in quantifying echocardiographic data, and the need for highly trained operators for image reproduction. Nuclear cardiology and echocardiology are highly complementary. The scintigraphic methods identify myocardium at risk for infarction, confirm infarction when present, and produce quantitative, highly reproducible estimates of ventricular filling and performance. Time required to obtain data can be very brief for first-pass techniques, and these data are ideally suited for computer processing. Equilibrium studies require a larger dose of radioactive material, but provide excellent assessment of segmental wall motion. Preoperative studies with dipyridamole and Tl can indicate the patients truly at high risk for perioperative myocardial infarction. Monitoring and intensive care efforts may be better allocated with this information. No new technology in the past decade has stirred as much interest among clinicians as magnetic resonance imaging. Like echocardiography, it uses no ionizing radiation and is entirely noninvasive

  18. Image Gallery

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    ... Accredited Practices EER Endowment for Education & Research Journal Image Gallery Click each image to enlarge. Fetal nose/lips Fetal nose, upper ... in the third trimester of pregnancy; the ultrasound image shows the chest of each fetus with the ...

  19. Image Statistics

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    Wendelberger, Laura Jean [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

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    In large datasets, it is time consuming or even impossible to pick out interesting images. Our proposed solution is to find statistics to quantify the information in each image and use those to identify and pick out images of interest.

  20. Development of Tyrosine-Based Radiotracer Tc99m-N4-Tyrosine for Breast Cancer Imaging

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    Fan-Lin Kong

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to develop an efficient way to synthesize Tc99m-O-[3-(1,4,8,11-tetraazabicyclohexadecane-propyl]-tyrosine (Tc99m-N4-Tyrosine, a novel amino acid-based radiotracer, and evaluate its potential in breast cancer gamma imaging. Precursor N4-Tyrosine was synthesized using a 5-step procedure, and its total synthesis yield was 38%. It was successfully labeled with Tc99m with high radiochemical purity (>95%. Cellular uptake of Tc99m-N4-Tyrosine was much higher than that of Tc99m-N4 and the clinical gold standard 18F-2-deoxy-2-fluoro-glucose (18F-FDG in rat breast tumor cells in vitro. Tissue uptake and dosimetry estimation in normal rats revealed that Tc99m-N4-Tyrosine could be safely administered to humans. Evaluation in breast tumor-bearing rats showed that although Tc99m-N4-Tyrosine appeared to be inferior to 18F-FDG in distinguishing breast tumor tissue from chemical-induced inflammatory tissue, it had high tumor-to-muscle uptake ratios and could detect breast tumors clearly by planar scintigraphic imaging. Tc99m-N4-Tyrosine could thus be a useful radiotracer for use in breast tumor diagnostic imaging.

  1. In vivo imaging of chromogranin A-positive endocrine tumours by three-step monoclonal antibody targeting

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    Siccardi, A.G. [Dipartimento di Ricerca Biologica e Tecnologica, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy); Paganelli, G. [Dipartimento di Medicina Nucleare, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy); Pontiroli, A.E. [Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy); Pelagi, M. [Dipartimento di Ricerca Biologica e Tecnologica, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy); Magnani, P. [Dipartimento di Medicina Nucleare, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy); Viale, G. [Dipartimento di Ricerca Biologica e Tecnologica, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy); Faglia, G. [Istituto di Scienze Endocrine, Universita di Milano (Italy); Fazio, F. [Dipartimento di Medicina Nucleare, Istituto Scientifico San Raffaele, Milano (Italy)

    1996-11-01

    The detection of chromogranins (Cg) by immunohistochemistry and serology represents a new in vitro diagnostic tool for endocrine tumours. We have recently reported on the feasibility of targeting chromogranin A (CgA) for in vivo detection of pituitary adenomas by immunoscintigraphy (ISG). The scintigraphic procedure, based on an anti-CgA monoclonal antibody and on the avidin-biotin three-step method (Cg-3S-ISG), was evaluated on a group of 29 consecutive patients with known or suspected endocrine tumours other than pituitary adenomas, i.e. medullary thyroid carcinoma, carcinoid, insulinoma and parathormone- or ACTH-producing tumours. Primary tumours (10) and recurrences (16) were visualised in 26 patients, whereas conventional imaging techniques (planar radiography, computerised tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasonography) failed to detect the tumour sites in ten of the same (Cg-3S-ISG-positive) patients. Therefore, these preliminary results indicate that Cg-3S-ISG, the first immunological method able to detect endocrine tumours in vivo, has a higher diagnostic accuracy than conventional imaging techniques (93.1% compared with 65.5%). (orig.). With 3 figs., 1 tab.

  2. Clinical and diagnostic imaging characteristics of lateral digital flexor tendinitis within the tarsal sheath in four horses.

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    Davis, Weston; Caniglia, Christopher J; Lustgarten, Meghann; Blackwelder, Travis; Robertson, Ian; Redding, W Rich

    2014-01-01

    Lateral digital flexor tendonitis is a rarely reported cause of hind limb lameness in performance horses. The purpose of this retrospective study was to describe clinical and diagnostic imaging findings for a group of horses with lateral digital flexor tendinitis within the tarsal sheath. Equine cases with a diagnosis of lateral digital flexor tendonitis and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of the affected region were retrieved from North Carolina University’s medical record database. Recorded data for included horses were signalment; findings from history, physical examination, lameness examination, and all diagnostic imaging studies; treatment administered; and outcome. Four horses met inclusion criteria. Lameness was mild/moderate in severity and insidious in onset in all patients. Responses to flexion tests were variable. All horses showed positive improvement(70–90%) in lameness after tarsal sheath analgesia. Radiographic, scintigraphic, and ultrasonographic findings were inconclusive. For all horses, MRI characteristics included increased T2, PD, and STIR signal intensity within the lateral digital flexor tendon in the area of the tarsal sheath. Tarsal sheath effusion was slight in three horses, and mild/moderate in one horse. With medical treatment, two horses were sound at 6-month follow up, one horse was sound at 1-year followup, and one horse had a slight persistent lameness (grade 1/5) at 9-month followup. Findings supported the use of MRI for diagnosing lateral digital flexor tendonitis within the tarsal sheath in horses. Affected horses may have a good prognosis for return to athletic performance following appropriate medical treatment.

  3. Synthesis, radioiodination and in vivo screening of novel potent iodinated and fluorinated radiotracers as melanoma imaging and therapeutic probes.

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    Maisonial, Aurélie; Billaud, Emilie M F; Besse, Sophie; Rbah-Vidal, Latifa; Papon, Janine; Audin, Laurent; Bayle, Martine; Galmier, Marie-Josèphe; Tarrit, Sébastien; Borel, Michèle; Askienazy, Serge; Madelmont, Jean-Claude; Moins, Nicole; Auzeloux, Philippe; Miot-Noirault, Elisabeth; Chezal, Jean-Michel

    2013-05-01

    In order to develop new iodinated and fluorinated matched-pair radiotracers for Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)/Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging and targeted radionuclide therapy of melanoma, we successfully synthesized and radiolabelled with iodine-125 seven new derivatives, starting from our previously described lead structure 3. The relevance of these radiotracers for gamma scintigraphic imaging of melanoma in rodent was assessed. The tumoural radioactivity uptake was most often high and specific even at early time points (12.1-18.3% ID/g at 3 h p.i. for [(125)I]39-42) and a fast clearance from the non-target organs was observed. Also, calculated effective doses that could be delivered to tumours when using corresponding [(131)I]-labelled analogues were generally higher than 100 cGy/MBq injected (98.9-150.5 cGy/MBq for [(131)I]39-42). These results make compounds 39-42 suitable candidates for (i) PET imaging of melanoma after labelling with fluorine-18 and (ii) targeted radionuclide therapy of disseminated melanoma after labelling with iodine-131.

  4. Solar thermal power systems. Practical guide for heating and air conditioning experts, electricians and roofers, planners and architects, builder-owners and training institutions; Solarthermische Anlagen. Leitfaden fuer SHK-, Elektro- und Dachdeckerhandwerk, fuer Fachplaner und Architekten, Bauherren und Weiterbildungsinstitutionen

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    There is a growing market for solar thermal power systems. Builder-owners, planners, architects, fitters and heating systems experts as well as roofers require knowledge of solar thermal power generation. This includes technical and marketing information as well as the aspects of consulting, projecting, dimensioning, cost structure, and solar marketing. This guide will give decision aids and contribute to quality-minded projecting and installation of solar thermal power systems. The following aspects are discussed: Assembly and mounting, with many details to account for all possible in-situ conditions; Industrial-scale systems and solar district heating systems; Simulation tools, in detail; Solar swimming pool heating and air heating; Practical strategies for successful solar marketing; Market survey of suppliers of solar systems and components. [German] Der Markt fuer die thermische Nutzung der Sonnenenergie entwickelt sich kraeftig. Bauherren, Planer, Architekten, Gas/Wasser- und Heizungsinstallateure sowie Dachdecker werden in zunehmendem Masse mit der Solarthermie in Beruehrung kommen. Dies betrifft nicht nur die Kenntnis ueber den Stand der Technik und die aktuelle Marktsituation, sondern auch die Bereiche Beratung, Planung, Dimensionierung, Kostenstruktur und das Solarmarketing. Der vorliegende Leitfaden will Entscheidungshilfen geben und dazu beitragen, dass solarthermische Anlagen nach dem neuesten Stand der Technik qualitaetsbewusst geplant und sorgfaeltig installiert werden. Im Vergleich zu seinem Vorgaenger wurden im Leitfaden wurden folgende Schwerpunkte bearbeitet: 1 Der Montagebereich wurde erheblich ausgeweitet, um den vielfaeltigen Vor-Ort-Gegebenheiten bei der Installation gerecht zu werden 2 Der Bereich der Grossanlagen bis zu solaren Nahwaermenetzen wurde vertieft 3 Die Simulationswerkzeuge werden detailliert dargestellt 4 Den Anwendungsbereichen solare Schwimmbadwassererwaermung und Luftheizung ist jeweils ein eigenes Kapitel gewidmet worden 5

  5. Schedule Management of Construction Projects Based on Last Planner System%基于最后计划者系统的工程项目进度计划管理

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    金峻炎

    2013-01-01

    为了使工程项目进度计划更具有可操作性以及对进度的可控性,在编制项目进度计划过程中引入基于精益思想TFV理论的最后计划者系统。通过该系统的项目主计划、前瞻计划以及周计划的编制与实施,将进度计划的编制从传统的“推式”系统转变为“拉式”系统,可以实现项目计划的动态跟踪与管理。基于案例比较分析,证实该方法可以提高项目进度计划的有效性和可操作性。%Last planner system (LPS) is a kind of schedule management of project based TFV theory of lean thinking, which can enhance the operability and controllability of the project schedule. Based on the master schedule, look-ahead schedule and weekly work plan, LPS transfers the traditional"push"system into"pull"sys-tem for schedule management and realizes the dynamic tracking and management of the schedule. The new tech-nology can improve the effectiveness and operability by comparison between traditional method and LPS based on the case study.

  6. Image processing

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    Heijden, van der F.; Spreeuwers, L.J.; Blanken, H.M.; Vries de, A.P.; Blok, H.E.; Feng, L

    2007-01-01

    The field of image processing addresses handling and analysis of images for many purposes using a large number of techniques and methods. The applications of image processing range from enhancement of the visibility of cer- tain organs in medical images to object recognition for handling by industri

  7. Image city

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    2003-01-01

    Image city exhibition explores a condition of mediation, through a focus on image and sound narratives with a point of departure on a number of Asian cities.......Image city exhibition explores a condition of mediation, through a focus on image and sound narratives with a point of departure on a number of Asian cities....

  8. Photothermal imaging

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    Lapotko, Dmitry; Antonishina, Elena

    1995-02-01

    An automated image analysis system with two imaging regimes is described. Photothermal (PT) effect is used for imaging of a temperature field or absorption structure of the sample (the cell) with high sensitivity and spatial resolution. In a cell study PT-technique enables imaging of live non-stained cells, and the monitoring of the cell shape/structure. The system includes a dual laser illumination unit coupled to a conventional optical microscope. A sample chamber provides automated or manual loading of up to 3 samples and cell positioning. For image detection a 256 X 256 10-bit CCD-camera is used. The lasers, scanning stage, and camera are controlled by PC. The system provides optical (transmitted light) image, probe laser optical image, and PT-image acquisition. Operation rate is 1 - 1.5 sec per cell for a cycle: cell positioning -- 3 images acquisition -- image parameters calculation. A special database provides image/parameters storage, presentation, and cell diagnostic according to quantitative image parameters. The described system has been tested during live and stained blood cell studies. PT-images of the cells have been used for cell differentiation. In experiments with the red blood cells (RBC) that originate from normal and anaemia blood parameters for disease differentiation have been found. For white blood cells in PT-images the details of cell structure have found that absent in their optical images.

  9. Semantic-based high resolution remote sensing image retrieval

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    Guo, Dihua

    High Resolution Remote Sensing (HRRS) imagery has been experiencing extraordinary development in the past decade. Technology development means increased resolution imagery is available at lower cost, making it a precious resource for planners, environmental scientists, as well as others who can learn from the ground truth. Image retrieval plays an important role in managing and accessing huge image database. Current image retrieval techniques, cannot satisfy users' requests on retrieving remote sensing images based on semantics. In this dissertation, we make two fundamental contributions to the area of content based image retrieval. First, we propose a novel unsupervised texture-based segmentation approach suitable for accurately segmenting HRRS images. The results of existing segmentation algorithms dramatically deteriorate if simply adopted to HRRS images. This is primarily clue to the multi-texture scales and the high level noise present in these images. Therefore, we propose an effective and efficient segmentation model, which is a two-step process. At high-level, we improved the unsupervised segmentation algorithm by coping with two special features possessed by HRRS images. By preprocessing images with wavelet transform, we not only obtain multi-resolution images but also denoise the original images. By optimizing the splitting results, we solve the problem of textons in HRRS images existing in different scales. At fine level, we employ fuzzy classification segmentation techniques with adjusted parameters for different land cover. We implement our algorithm using real world 1-foot resolution aerial images. Second, we devise methodologies to automatically annotate HRRS images based on semantics. In this, we address the issue of semantic feature selection, the major challenge faced by semantic-based image retrieval. To discover and make use of hidden semantics of images is application dependent. One type of the semantics in HRRS image is conveyed by composite

  10. 面向精益建造的最后计划者系统研究综述%Last planner system oriented to lean construction: A literature review

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    韩美贵; 王卓甫; 金德智

    2012-01-01

    Since the 1990s, lean construction has gradually influenced ideas and methods of construction management, and played constantly an important role in improving management efficiency and economic effectiveness in some construction enterprises. In international research field for lean construction, last planner system (LPS) is one of the most powerful implementation tools and has become an important part, but in China it is an emerging field. In this paper, the origin, connotation and evolution of LPS are illustrated. A framework of LPS is outlined based on researching the existing literatures. And under the framework, the related studies on its operation mode, operating environment, running evaluation and engineering applications are reviewed. Also the limitations of the existing studies are analyzed and the researches in the future are argued.%20世纪90年代以来,精益建造逐渐影响着建设工程施工管理的思想和方法,并在提升一些建筑企业的管理效率和经济效益中发挥重要作用.最后计划者系统(LPS)作为精益建造实施最有力的管理工具之一,已成为国际精益建造研究的重要领域,中国也正在开始这方面的研究.从LPS渊源入手,简述了LPS内涵和演进历程;在梳理已有文献的基础上,勾勒出了LPS的研究框架;进而对LPS的运行方式、运行环境、运行评价和工程应用等相关方面研究进行了系统综述;在分析LPS已有研究成果局限性的基础上,展望了未来的研究方向.

  11. Bureau Citizen Planner Group Involved In Urban Planning System%市民规划师组织参与城市规划工作的评价探讨

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    张健

    2013-01-01

    市民规划师组织是建立在代表型民主制度基础上的公众参与城市规划组织.以现代组织绩效考评系统研究和非营利组织研究中对社会组织发展程度研究的相关思路为基础,借鉴相关研究,以参与城市规划工作系统为研究对象,以参与行为为主线,构建市民规划师组织评价系统,围绕组织管理学理论中组织的构成要素,可进一步构建相关评价要素,包括环境水平、结构水平、组织水平和影响力水平.通过对市民规划师组织参与城市规划工作的全面认识,可归纳出改进市民规划师组织的相关方法,进而为市民规划师组织参与城市规划工作的长期评估与优化提升提供参考.%With modem organizational performance evaluation system and non-profit organization in the study of research associated with the degree of social organization development train of thought,on the basis of reference to related research,to participate in urban planning system as the research object,to participate in ACTS as the main line,to build citizen planner group evaluation system,constitute elements around the organization management theory in the organization,can further build related evaluation factors,including environmental level,structure level,organization level and influence.

  12. Is gamma-camera imaging of platelet deposition useful to assess the effectiveness of prostacyclin treatment?

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    Fitscha, P; Kaliman, J; Sinzinger, H

    1984-01-01

    Platelet labeling with 111-In-oxinesulfate allows visualization of platelet deposition in the vascular bed. Scintigraphic studies were performed in 6 patients with "active" (PUR greater than 1.20) and 8 patients with "inactive" (PUR less than 1.20) atherosclerotic lesions of the femoral artery. Platelet deposition was also studied in 11 patients with implanted prosthetic vascular grafts and in 21 patients with an abnormal aneurysm of the aorta. Infusing 5 ng/kg/min PGI2 during 6 hours for 5 days into patients with "active"-atherosclerosis and aneurysms of the aorta resulted in a significant decrease of platelet deposition even after having stopped the infusion. There was no influence of PGI2 on PUR in patients with "inactive" lesions. The group of patients with implanted prosthetic grafts demonstrated also a significant decrease of PUR values during the PGI2-infusion, but reached baseline values soon after stopping the infusion. When platelet deposition is increased gamma-camera imaging provides valuable date on the influence of any kind of therapy on the in-vivo platelet function.

  13. Radiosynthesis and biodistribution of {sup 99m}Tc-rifampicin: A novel radiotracer for in-vivo infection imaging

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    Shah, Syed Qaiser, E-mail: ssqaiser2002@yahoo.co [Nuclear Medicine Research Laboratory (NMRL), University of Peshawar, Room no 111, Academic Block I, Peshawar, NWFP (Pakistan); Khan, Aakif Ullah [Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute (NORI), Islamabad (Pakistan); Khan, Muhammad Rafiullah [Phyotopharmaceutical and Neutraceuticals Research Laboratory (PNRL), University of Peshawar, Peshawar, NWFP (Pakistan)

    2010-12-15

    {sup 99m}Tc-rifampicin ({sup 99m}Tc-RMP) a new radioantibiotic complex was synthesized specifically for the infection localization caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The in-vitro radiochemical purity (RCP) yield, in-vivo biodistribution behavior in artificially infected rats (AIT) and scintigraphic accuracy in artificially infected rabbit (AIB) of the {sup 99m}Tc-RMP complex was investigated using different concentration of the RMP, sodium pertechnetate (Na{sup 99m}TcO{sub 4}), stannous chloride dihydrate (SnCl{sub 2}.2H{sub 2}O) at different pH ranges 5-6. The best RCP yield observed at 30, 60, 90 and 120 min after labeling was; 98.95{+-}0.20, 98.15{+-}0.24, 96.50{+-}0.27 and 91.55{+-}0.22%, respectively, using 1.5 mg RMP, 175 {mu}L of SnCl{sub 2}.2H{sub 2}O (1 {mu}g/{mu}L in 0.01 N HCl), 3 mCi of Na{sup 99m}TcO{sub 4}, at pH 5.6. Initially in the infected muscle (INM) of the AIT the activity was lower but after 90 min it went up to 18.35{+-}0.20% from 5.95{+-}0.25%. The activity in the inflamed muscle (IMM), normal (NM) muscle, blood, liver and spleen was initially high that decreased with time. The ratios of the INM/NM and IMM/NM were 7.34{+-}0.74 and 1.20{+-}0.85, respectively. The whole body static (WBS) imaging of the MRSA infected rabbit confirmed the usefulness of the {sup 99m}Tc-RMP as a precise radiotracer for MRSA infection imaging. On the basis of in-vitro RCP, in-vivo biodistribution and scintigraphic precision, we recommend the {sup 99m}Tc-RMP complex prepared aseptically for in-vivo assessment of MRSA infection.

  14. Clinical evaluation of metastases of malignant melanoma imaging with 99Tcm-glutathione and 99Tcm-anti-melanoma antibody: a comparative study.

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    Duman, Y; Burak, Z; Ercan, M T; Dirlik, A; Bilkay, B C; Akin, Y; Taner, M; Bekdik, C F

    1995-11-01

    The aim of this investigation was to test for the scintigraphic detection of metastases of malignant melanoma with a new radiopharmaceutical, 99Tcm-glutathione (99Tcm-GSH), in comparison with 99Tcm-anti-melanoma antibody (99Tcm-AMAb). Glutathione was labelled with 99Tcm by a Sn2+ reduction method with an efficiency of > 99% as determined by instant thin layer chromatography (ITLC). Anti-melanoma antibody was obtained as a kit from SORIN (Italy) and labelled with 99TcmO-4. Forty-three patients with a total of 55 biopsy-proven metastatic melanoma foci, 1 ocular melanoma and 20 benign pathologic foci, also confirmed by ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, were included in the study after giving their informed consent. Following the intravenous (i.v.) injection of 500 MBq 99Tcm-AMAb, scintigraphic images of the involved areas were obtained 6 h post-injection. Three days later, the same patients were given 500 MBq 99Tcm-GSH i.v. and images were obtained 6 and 24 h post-injection. The images were classified as positive (focal abnormal accumulation) or negative. Quantitative evaluation was also applied. Regions of interest were drawn over the involved areas and nearby soft tissues and the target-to-nontarget (T/NT) ratios obtained with 99Tcm-AMAb (T/NT: 1.92 +/- 0.2) and 99Tcm-GSH (T/NT: 1.84 +/- 0.2) were compared (0.1 < P < or = 0.3). The sensitivity (and specificity) of 99Tcm-AMAb and 99Tcm-GSH in the detection of malignant melanoma metastases were 91% (95%) and 84% (90%), respectively. Compared with 99Tcm-AMAb, the advantages of 99Tcm-GSH are lower levels of blood radioactivity, lower costs and easy in-house preparation. In conclusion, our results show that 99Tcm-GSH is a potentially useful radiopharmaceutical for the detection of metastases of malignant melanoma.

  15. Improved diagnostic accuracy of lung perfusion imaging using Tc-99m MAA SPECT

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    O' Donnell, J.K.; Golish, J.A.; Go, R.T.; Risius, B.; Graor, R.A.; MacIntyre, W.J.; Feiglin, D.H.

    1984-01-01

    The addition of emission tomography (SPECT) to pulmonary perfusion imaging should improve diagnostic accuracy by detecting perfusion defects otherwise masked by superimposition of normal lung activity and by reducing problems with interpretation of defects that result from overlying soft tissue or pleural effusions. In order to examine the contribution of SPECT in the scintigraphic evaluation for pulmonary embolus (PE), the authors have obtained both planar and SPECT studies in 94 cases of suspected PE. All studies employed 3-4 mCi of Tc-99m MAA and standard six-view planar image acquisition. SPECT raw data of 64 images were then acquired over a 360 degree transaxial rotation with subsequent computer reconstruction. Xe-133 ventilation studies were performed when clinically indicated and tolerated by the patient. For 19 studies angiographic (AN) correlation was obtained within 24 hours. In 16/19 planar and SPECT both gave a high probability of PE but SPECT gave better segmental localization and showed better agreement with the number of defects seen at AN. In 3 indeterminate planar scans, 2 were low probability with SPECT and had negative AN. The third, a patient with Wegener's vasculitis, remained indeterminate with SPECT and had negative AN. Five patients with PE had repeat planar/SPECT/AN studies to evaluate response to treatment. SPECT correlated better with AN findings in each case. The authors conclude that SPECT perfusion imaging provides better anatomic accuracy for defects representing PE and is the non-invasive technique of choice for documenting response to therapy.

  16. The studies on the salivary scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with Sjoegren`s syndrome

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    Ogawa, Yoshimi [Kanazawa Medical University, Ishikawa (Japan)

    1997-03-01

    In order to establish more precise diagnostic criteria for the salivary gland disorder in patients with Sjoegren`s syndrome (SS), the scintigraphic (SG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies were performed on the salivary glands. The subjects consisted to 180 SS patients, 26 suspected of having SS and 27 normal subjects. Judging from the the grade 1.5 disorder which was set by our new grading of SG, the diagnostic sensitivity of SS was 80.6% and the specificity was 88.9%. This result was better than criteria reported in previous literature. The Speaman rank correlation coefficient of the grading of SG with the Saxon test was 0.56, with the gum test 0.47 and the focus score of the labial gland biopsy 0.40. There was a weak correlation of SG with other serologic tests such as the level of the gamma globulin, IgG and anti-Ro/SS-A autoantibody. The MRI was graded from 0 to 4 according to the change of the signal intensity and the pattern evaluated by T1- and T2-weighted images. There was a correlation of the MRI grading with SG, the focus score and the gum test. This result indicates that MRI is a useful tool to evaluate salivary gland disorders in SS patients. According to our results, a proposal of a revised criteria of salivary gland disorders in SS was presented. (author)

  17. Spinal imaging and image analysis

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    Yao, Jianhua

    2015-01-01

    This book is instrumental to building a bridge between scientists and clinicians in the field of spine imaging by introducing state-of-the-art computational methods in the context of clinical applications.  Spine imaging via computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and other radiologic imaging modalities, is essential for noninvasively visualizing and assessing spinal pathology. Computational methods support and enhance the physician’s ability to utilize these imaging techniques for diagnosis, non-invasive treatment, and intervention in clinical practice. Chapters cover a broad range of topics encompassing radiological imaging modalities, clinical imaging applications for common spine diseases, image processing, computer-aided diagnosis, quantitative analysis, data reconstruction and visualization, statistical modeling, image-guided spine intervention, and robotic surgery. This volume serves a broad audience as  contributions were written by both clinicians and researchers, which reflects the inte...

  18. Medical Imaging.

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    Barker, M. C. J.

    1996-01-01

    Discusses four main types of medical imaging (x-ray, radionuclide, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance) and considers their relative merits. Describes important recent and possible future developments in image processing. (Author/MKR)

  19. Musculoskeletal imaging

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    Reiser, M.; Baur-Melnyk, A.; Glaser, C. [Univ. of Munich-Grosshadern Campus (Germany). Dept. of Clinical Radiology

    2008-07-01

    The book covers on musculoskeletal imaging epidemiology and imaging signs for the following topics: tumours, inflammatory diseases, degenerative diseases, metabolic disorders, developmental disorders, osteonecrosis, intra-articular lesions, ligament and tendon injuries, fractures and dislocations.

  20. Microwave imaging

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    Pastorino, Matteo

    2010-01-01

    An introduction to the most relevant theoretical and algorithmic aspects of modern microwave imaging approaches Microwave imaging-a technique used in sensing a given scene by means of interrogating microwaves-has recently proven its usefulness in providing excellent diagnostic capabilities in several areas, including civil and industrial engineering, nondestructive testing and evaluation, geophysical prospecting, and biomedical engineering. Microwave Imaging offers comprehensive descriptions of the most important techniques so far proposed for short-range microwave imaging-in

  1. Proof Image

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    Kidron, Ivy; Dreyfus, Tommy

    2014-01-01

    The emergence of a proof image is often an important stage in a learner's construction of a proof. In this paper, we introduce, characterize, and exemplify the notion of proof image. We also investigate how proof images emerge. Our approach starts from the learner's efforts to construct a justification without (or before) attempting any…

  2. Hybrid imaging (SPECT/CT, PET/CT) in differentiated thyroid cancer; Imagerie hybride (TEMP/TDM, TEP/TDM) et cancer differencie de la thyroide

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    Bardet, S.; Ciappuccini, R.; Aide, N. [Unite de concertation pluridisciplinaire thyroide, service de medecine nucleaire, centre Francois-Baclesse, 14 - Caen (France); Barraux, V. [Unite de radiophysique, centre Francois-Baclesse, 14 - Caen (France); Rame, J.P. [Chirurgie ORL, centre Francois-Baclesse, 14 - Caen (France)

    2010-08-15

    Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) is generally associated with a good prognosis. Local recurrences, mainly lymph-node involvement, account for 15-20% of cases and are surgically treated. Distant metastases, mostly in lungs and more rarely in bones, are present in 5% of patients. When iodine uptake is sufficient (in approximately 60% of patients), distant metastases can be destroyed by iterative activities of iodine 131. Serum thyroglobulin (Tg), which can be assessed either on hormonal treatment or on TSH stimulation is considered as the tumour marker in DTC. Functional (iodine 131 scintigraphy, FDG PET, bone scintigraphy) or anatomical (neck ultrasound, thoracic CT, bone MRI) imaging methods can be performed when Tg increases in order to show residual/recurrent disease. In recent years, new hybrid equipments integrating both a gamma camera and CT scan (SPECT/CT) have been commercialized while positron emission tomography cameras associated with CT (PET/CT) have been installed on the whole French territory. These equipments, which allow us to directly correlate functional and anatomical images, greatly improve the interpretation of planar scintigraphy or that of PET alone. Hybrid imaging enables us to precisely localize scintigraphic foci and most often, to immediately verify whether they correspond to tumour lesions. The aim of this article is to review the role of SPECT/CT and PET/CT in the management of patients with DTC in 2010. (authors)

  3. SPECT Imaging for in vivo tracking of NIS containing stem cells

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    Lee, Zhenghong

    2013-04-02

    Na+/I- symporter (NIS) gene as a reporter gene (imagene) for non-invasive imaging of infused stem cells distribution and persistence in vivo on small animal models. NIS is an intrinsic membrane glycoprotein that mediates active iodide (I-) uptake into normal thyroid follicular cells and other cells. The advantages of using NIS for non-invasive and repeated scintigraphic imaging in this application are: a) NIS is not a foreign gene and thus eliminate the immunoresponse problem; b) radiotracer or substrate for NIS is simply radioiodide (I-125, I- 123, I-124, and I-124) or [Tc-99m]-pertechnetate, no radiosynthesis is needed. It has been shown that NIS gene transfer can induce radioactive iodide uptake in a variety of cells and that xenografts expressing exogenous NIS could be imaged by non-invasive scintigraphic imaging. The specific aims are: 1.Determine the feasibility, stability and physiological effects of human NIS gene expression on human HSCs and MSCs in vitro. 2.Determine the engraftment of human HSC and MSC co-infused in NOD-SCID mice. 3.Transduce both a drug resistance gene and an imagene into bone marrow stem cells, and follow the dynamics of engraftment after selection in real time.

  4. The Image

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    Fausing, Bent

    2015-01-01

    We pick up the world and form it through the images we shape and seek out. Internal and external images intervene. We go out into the world with our images and the world enters us through its images. The body is the intermediate link for the images, which come to and from us. We are not only...... sensing subjects; we are constantly symbolizing and getting hold of our sensoric affects through imagery. To see and sense is in itself a way of articulating. We cannot stop it. The images must come out – in dreams, in concrete pictures, constructed or not, in phantasms, in sound images, in the metaphors...... of words, in bodily expressions, in sensations of textures, and in synesthetic sensing. The world is perceived from the inside though the body and we have the possibility to look at it from the outside through the images, which are made from this material. The Image-Currency, The Indefinite Image, The Self-Image...

  5. 惠州城市形象设计探讨%STUDY OF THE URBAN IMAGE DESIGNING OF HUIZHOU CITY

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    杨志英

    2001-01-01

    Taking Huizhou city as an example, the problems of position and designing of eight types of urban image such as function image, environmental image, townspeople and service window image, architecture image, government image, economic image, cultural image, and developmental image are discussed. The author holds that the general position of urban image in Huizhou must be ecological city or ecopolis, so planners must seek the nucleus of visual sense effect, that is “the towns in the water and mountains,water and mountains in the towns”. Finally, five suggestions for extending tactics of the urban image designing are put forward.%以惠州市为例,研究探讨惠州城市形象8个类型的定位与设计问题. 认为惠州城市形象的总体定位应该是山水城市或生态城,在设计上则以追求“城在山水中,山水在城中”的视觉效果为核心. 最后就城市形象的视觉设计与推广策略,提出了5点建议.

  6. DOTA alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone analogues for imaging metastatic melanoma lesions.

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    Froidevaux, Sylvie; Calame-Christe, Martine; Sumanovski, Lazar; Tanner, Heidi; Eberle, Alex N

    2003-06-01

    Scintigraphic imaging of metastatic melanoma lesions requires highly tumor-specific radiopharmaceuticals. Because both melanotic and amelanotic melanomas overexpress melanocortin-1 receptors (MC1R), radiolabeled analogues of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (alpha-MSH) are potential candidates for melanoma diagnosis. Here, we report the in vivo performance of a newly designed octapeptide analogue, [betaAla(3), Nle(4), Asp(5), D-Phe(7), Lys(10)]-alpha-MSH(3-10) (MSH(OCT)), which was conjugated through its N-terminal amino group to the metal chelator 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid (DOTA) to enable incorporation of radiometals (e.g., indium-111) into the peptide. DOTA-MSH(OCT) displayed high in vitro MC1R affinity (IC(50) 9.21 nM). In vivo [(111)In]DOTA-MSH(OCT) exhibited a favorable biodistribution profile after injection in B16-F1 tumorbearing mice. The radiopeptide was rapidly cleared from blood through the kidneys and, most importantly, accumulated preferentially in the melanoma lesions. Lung and liver melanoma metastases could be clearly imaged on tissue section autoradiographs 4 h after injection of [(111)In]DOTA-MSH(OCT). A comparative study of [(111)In]DOTA-MSH(OCT) with [(111)In]DOTA-[Nle(4), D-Phe(7)]-alpha-MSH ([(111)In]-DOTA-NDP-MSH) demonstrated the superiority of the DOTA-MSH(OCT) peptide, particularly for the amount of radioactivity taken up by nonmalignant organs, including bone, the most radiosensitive tissue. These results demonstrate that [(111)In]DOTA-MSH(OCT) is a promising melanoma imaging agent.

  7. Imaging Biomarkers or Biomarker Imaging?

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    Markus Mitterhauser

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Since biomarker imaging is traditionally understood as imaging of molecular probes, we highly recommend to avoid any confusion with the previously defined term “imaging biomarkers” and, therefore, only use “molecular probe imaging (MPI” in that context. Molecular probes (MPs comprise all kinds of molecules administered to an organism which inherently carry a signalling moiety. This review highlights the basic concepts and differences of molecular probe imaging using specific biomarkers. In particular, PET radiopharmaceuticals are discussed in more detail. Specific radiochemical and radiopharmacological aspects as well as some legal issues are presented.

  8. Acoustical Imaging

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    Litniewski, Jerzy; Kujawska, Tamara; 31st International Symposium on Acoustical Imaging

    2012-01-01

    The International Symposium on Acoustical Imaging is a unique forum for advanced research, covering new technologies, developments, methods and theories in all areas of acoustics. This interdisciplinary Symposium has been taking place continuously since 1968. In the course of the years the proceedings volumes in the Acoustical Imaging Series have become a reference for cutting-edge research in the field. In 2011 the 31st International Symposium on Acoustical Imaging was held in Warsaw, Poland, April 10-13. Offering both a broad perspective on the state-of-the-art as well as  in-depth research contributions by the specialists in the field, this Volume 31 in the Series contains an excellent collection of papers in six major categories: Biological and Medical Imaging Physics and Mathematics of Acoustical Imaging Acoustic Microscopy Transducers and Arrays Nondestructive Evaluation and Industrial Applications Underwater Imaging

  9. Image Processing

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    1993-01-01

    Electronic Imagery, Inc.'s ImageScale Plus software, developed through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with Kennedy Space Flight Center for use on space shuttle Orbiter in 1991, enables astronauts to conduct image processing, prepare electronic still camera images in orbit, display them and downlink images to ground based scientists for evaluation. Electronic Imagery, Inc.'s ImageCount, a spin-off product of ImageScale Plus, is used to count trees in Florida orange groves. Other applications include x-ray and MRI imagery, textile designs and special effects for movies. As of 1/28/98, company could not be located, therefore contact/product information is no longer valid.

  10. Neuroblastoma imaging

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    Ley, Sebastian; Ley-Zaporozhan, J.; Schenk, J.P. [Univ. Hospital Heidelberg (Germany). Div. of Pediatric Radiology; Guenther, P. [Univ. Heidelberg (Germany). Division of Pediatric Surgery; Deubzer, H.E.; Witt, O. [Children' s Hospital Heidelberg (Germany). Dept. of Pediatric Oncology; German Cancer Research Center Heidelberg (Germany). Clinical Cooperation Unit Pediatric Oncology

    2011-03-15

    Neuroblastoma is an embryonic tumor of the sympathetic nervous system which represents one of the most common malignancies in early childhood. Its clinical and biological behavior show a remarkable heterogeneity, ranging from spontaneous regression to inexorable progression with a fatal outcome. This review summarizes the clinical risk stratification and treatment options. An extensive overview of the role of imaging during the course of the disease and typical imaging findings in all imaging modalities are demonstrated. (orig.)

  11. Cerenkov Imaging

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    Das, Sudeep; Thorek, Daniel L.J.; Grimm, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Cerenkov luminescence (CL) has been used recently in a plethora of medical applications like imaging and therapy with clinically relevant medical isotopes. The range of medical isotopes used is fairly large and expanding. The generation of in vivo light is useful since it circumvents depth limitations for excitation light. Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) is much cheaper in terms of infrastructure than positron emission tomography (PET) and is particularly useful for imaging of superficial...

  12. MR-OPERA: A Multicenter/Multivendor Validation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Only Prostate Treatment Planning Using Synthetic Computed Tomography Images.

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    Persson, Emilia; Gustafsson, Christian; Nordström, Fredrik; Sohlin, Maja; Gunnlaugsson, Adalsteinn; Petruson, Karin; Rintelä, Niina; Hed, Kristoffer; Blomqvist, Lennart; Zackrisson, Björn; Nyholm, Tufve; Olsson, Lars E; Siversson, Carl; Jonsson, Joakim

    2017-06-16

    To validate the dosimetric accuracy and clinical robustness of a commercially available software for magnetic resonance (MR) to synthetic computed tomography (sCT) conversion, in an MR imaging-only workflow for 170 prostate cancer patients. The 4 participating centers had MriPlanner (Spectronic Medical), an atlas-based sCT generation software, installed as a cloud-based service. A T2-weighted MR sequence, covering the body contour, was added to the clinical protocol. The MR images were sent from the MR scanner workstation to the MriPlanner platform. The sCT was automatically returned to the treatment planning system. Four MR scanners and 2 magnetic field strengths were included in the study. For each patient, a CT-treatment plan was created and approved according to clinical practice. The sCT was rigidly registered to the CT, and the clinical treatment plan was recalculated on the sCT. The dose distributions from the CT plan and the sCT plan were compared according to a set of dose-volume histogram parameters and gamma evaluation. Treatment techniques included volumetric modulated arc therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, and conventional treatment using 2 treatment planning systems and different dose calculation algorithms. The overall (multicenter/multivendor) mean dose differences between sCT and CT dose distributions were below 0.3% for all evaluated organs and targets. Gamma evaluation showed a mean pass rate of 99.12% (0.63%, 1 SD) in the complete body volume and 99.97% (0.13%, 1 SD) in the planning target volume using a 2%/2-mm global gamma criteria. Results of the study show that the sCT conversion method can be used clinically, with minimal differences between sCT and CT dose distributions for target and relevant organs at risk. The small differences seen are consistent between centers, indicating that an MR imaging-only workflow using MriPlanner is robust for a variety of field strengths, vendors, and treatment techniques. Copyright © 2017 The

  13. Imaging Genetics

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    Munoz, Karen E.; Hyde, Luke W.; Hariri, Ahmad R.

    2009-01-01

    Imaging genetics is an experimental strategy that integrates molecular genetics and neuroimaging technology to examine biological mechanisms that mediate differences in behavior and the risks for psychiatric disorder. The basic principles in imaging genetics and the development of the field are discussed.

  14. Imaging Genetics

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    Munoz, Karen E.; Hyde, Luke W.; Hariri, Ahmad R.

    2009-01-01

    Imaging genetics is an experimental strategy that integrates molecular genetics and neuroimaging technology to examine biological mechanisms that mediate differences in behavior and the risks for psychiatric disorder. The basic principles in imaging genetics and the development of the field are discussed.

  15. Cerenkov imaging.

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    Das, Sudeep; Thorek, Daniel L J; Grimm, Jan

    2014-01-01

    Cerenkov luminescence (CL) has been used recently in a plethora of medical applications like imaging and therapy with clinically relevant medical isotopes. The range of medical isotopes used is fairly large and expanding. The generation of in vivo light is useful since it circumvents depth limitations for excitation light. Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) is much cheaper in terms of infrastructure than positron emission tomography (PET) and is particularly useful for imaging of superficial structures. Imaging can basically be done using a sensitive camera optimized for low-light conditions, and it has a better resolution than any other nuclear imaging modality. CLI has been shown to effectively diagnose disease with regularly used PET isotope ((18)F-FDG) in clinical setting. Cerenkov luminescence tomography, Cerenkov luminescence endoscopy, and intraoperative Cerenkov imaging have also been explored with positive conclusions expanding the current range of applications. Cerenkov has also been used to improve PET imaging resolution since the source of both is the radioisotope being used. Smart imaging agents have been designed based on modulation of the Cerenkov signal using small molecules and nanoparticles giving better insight of the tumor biology. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Star Imager

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    Madsen, Peter Buch; Jørgensen, John Leif; Thuesen, Gøsta;

    1997-01-01

    The version of the star imager developed for Astrid II is described. All functions and features are described as well as the operations and the software protocol.......The version of the star imager developed for Astrid II is described. All functions and features are described as well as the operations and the software protocol....

  17. Needle path planning and steering in a three-dimensional non-static environment using two-dimensional ultrasound images

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    Vrooijink, Gustaaf J.; Abayazid, Momen; Patil, Sachin; Alterovitz, Ron; Misra, Sarthak

    2015-01-01

    Needle insertion is commonly performed in minimally invasive medical procedures such as biopsy and radiation cancer treatment. During such procedures, accurate needle tip placement is critical for correct diagnosis or successful treatment. Accurate placement of the needle tip inside tissue is challenging, especially when the target moves and anatomical obstacles must be avoided. We develop a needle steering system capable of autonomously and accurately guiding a steerable needle using two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound images. The needle is steered to a moving target while avoiding moving obstacles in a three-dimensional (3D) non-static environment. Using a 2D ultrasound imaging device, our system accurately tracks the needle tip motion in 3D space in order to estimate the tip pose. The needle tip pose is used by a rapidly exploring random tree-based motion planner to compute a feasible needle path to the target. The motion planner is sufficiently fast such that replanning can be performed repeatedly in a closed-loop manner. This enables the system to correct for perturbations in needle motion, and movement in obstacle and target locations. Our needle steering experiments in a soft-tissue phantom achieves maximum targeting errors of 0.86 ± 0.35 mm (without obstacles) and 2.16 ± 0.88 mm (with a moving obstacle). PMID:26279600

  18. 4D reconstruction of the past: the image retrieval and 3D model construction pipeline

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    Hadjiprocopis, Andreas; Ioannides, Marinos; Wenzel, Konrad; Rothermel, Mathias; Johnsons, Paul S.; Fritsch, Dieter; Doulamis, Anastasios; Protopapadakis, Eftychios; Kyriakaki, Georgia; Makantasis, Kostas; Weinlinger, Guenther; Klein, Michael; Fellner, Dieter; Stork, Andre; Santos, Pedro

    2014-08-01

    One of the main characteristics of the Internet era we are living in, is the free and online availability of a huge amount of data. This data is of varied reliability and accuracy and exists in various forms and formats. Often, it is cross-referenced and linked to other data, forming a nexus of text, images, animation and audio enabled by hypertext and, recently, by the Web3.0 standard. Our main goal is to enable historians, architects, archaeolo- gists, urban planners and affiliated professionals to reconstruct views of historical monuments from thousands of images floating around the web. This paper aims to provide an update of our progress in designing and imple- menting a pipeline for searching, filtering and retrieving photographs from Open Access Image Repositories and social media sites and using these images to build accurate 3D models of archaeological monuments as well as enriching multimedia of cultural / archaeological interest with metadata and harvesting the end products to EU- ROPEANA. We provide details of how our implemented software searches and retrieves images of archaeological sites from Flickr and Picasa repositories as well as strategies on how to filter the results, on two levels; a) based on their built-in metadata including geo-location information and b) based on image processing and clustering techniques. We also describe our implementation of a Structure from Motion pipeline designed for producing 3D models using the large collection of 2D input images (>1000) retrieved from Internet Repositories.

  19. Image Inpainting

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    A. A. Kondekar

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Inpainting refers to the art of restoring lost parts of image and reconstructing them based on the background information i.e Image inpainting is the process of reconstructing lost or deteriorated parts of images using information from surrounding areas. In fine art museums, inpainting of degraded paintings is traditionally carried out by professional artists and usually very time consuming.The purpose of inpainting is to reconstruct missing regions in a visually plausible manner so that it seems reasonable to the human eye. There have been several approaches proposed for the same. This paper gives an overview of different Techniques of Image Inpainting.The proposed work includes the overview of PDE based inpainting algorithm and Texture synthesis based inpainting algorithm. This paper presents a brief survey on comparative study of these two techniques used for Image Inpainting.

  20. Acoustical Imaging

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    Akiyama, Iwaki

    2009-01-01

    The 29th International Symposium on Acoustical Imaging was held in Shonan Village, Kanagawa, Japan, April 15-18, 2007. This interdisciplinary Symposium has been taking place every two years since 1968 and forms a unique forum for advanced research, covering new technologies, developments, methods and theories in all areas of acoustics. In the course of the years the volumes in the Acoustical Imaging Series have developed and become well-known and appreciated reference works. Offering both a broad perspective on the state-of-the-art in the field as well as an in-depth look at its leading edge research, this Volume 29 in the Series contains again an excellent collection of seventy papers presented in nine major categories: Strain Imaging Biological and Medical Applications Acoustic Microscopy Non-Destructive Evaluation and Industrial Applications Components and Systems Geophysics and Underwater Imaging Physics and Mathematics Medical Image Analysis FDTD method and Other Numerical Simulations Audience Researcher...

  1. Medical imaging

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    Townsend, David W

    1996-01-01

    Since the introduction of the X-ray scanner into radiology almost 25 years ago, non-invasive imaging has become firmly established as an essential tool in the diagnosis of disease. Fully three-dimensional imaging of internal organs is now possible, b and for studies which explore the functional status of the body. Powerful techniques to correlate anatomy and function are available, and scanners which combine anatomical and functional imaging in a single device are under development. Such techniques have been made possible through r ecent technological and mathematical advances. This series of lectures will review both the physical basis of medical imaging techniques using X-rays, gamma and positron emitting radiosiotopes, and nuclear magnetic resonance, and the mathematical methods used to reconstruct three-dimentional distributions from projection data. The lectures will trace the development of medical imaging from simple radiographs to the present-day non-invasive measurement of in vivo biochemistry. They ...

  2. Half-time bone scintigraphy in prostate and breast cancer patients

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    Grootjans, W.; Serem, S.J.; Gomes, M.I.; Heijmen, Linda; Bulten, Ben; Mijnheere, E.P.; Hermsen, R.; van den Broek, W.J.

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Developments in image reconstruction techniques for planar imaging, also known as enhanced planar processing (EPP), enabled the possibility to reconstruct planar scintigraphic images with low count statistics, providing the opportunity to reduce image acquisition times. In this study,

  3. Development of in vivo imaging modalities for experimental oncology; Developpement de modalites d'imagerie in vivo pour l'oncologie experimentale

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    Pesnel, S.

    2010-12-10

    Small animal imaging is more and more used in pharmacology to identify and to characterize the activities of new antitumor agents. The first part of my work consisted in the development of new tools to improve the quantitation in bioluminescence. A method, based on spectral characteristics of emitted photons, has been established to correct tissue absorption. The second, using methods of image restoration had for objective to correct tissue scattering to increase the resolution. In a second part, I developed in vivo models of bioluminescent tumors (intracranial glioblastoma, a large cell anaplastic lymphoma and a metastatic neuroblastoma) using the imaging methods described previously. These studies allowed the characterization of the activity of a new antitumor agent. The aim of the last part was to develop imaging probes. The first, a monoclonal antibody antiCD45 labeled with a fluoro chrome allowed the detection of human leukemic cells implanted in the mice using fluorescence imaging. The second was developed to predict the uptake of a antitumor agent, a spermine-podophyllotoxin conjugate, in tumor cells via the polyamine transport system. The synthesized probe is a spermine conjugated to a HYNIC group to bind a radioisotope: the Technetium-99m and to realize a scintigraphic examination. The results showed the feasibility of a preclinical use of this probe. So, at this end of this thesis, the developed methods of bioluminescent signal processing are available to improve the use of optical imaging in pharmacology. Of course, supplementary studies are necessary to define precisely in which context these corrections will be the most appropriate. (author)

  4. Retinal imaging and image analysis

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    Abramoff, M.D.; Garvin, Mona K.; Sonka, Milan

    2010-01-01

    Many important eye diseases as well as systemic diseases manifest themselves in the retina. While a number of other anatomical structures contribute to the process of vision, this review focuses on retinal imaging and image analysis. Following a brief overview of the most prevalent causes of blindne

  5. COLOR IMAGES

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    Dominique Lafon

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this article is to present specific capabilities and limitations of the use of color digital images in a characterization process. The whole process is investigated, from the acquisition of digital color images to the analysis of the information relevant to various applications in the field of material characterization. A digital color image can be considered as a matrix of pixels with values expressed in a vector-space (commonly 3 dimensional space whose specificity, compared to grey-scale images, is to ensure a coding and a representation of the output image (visualisation printing that fits the human visual reality. In a characterization process, it is interesting to regard color image attnbutes as a set of visual aspect measurements on a material surface. Color measurement systems (spectrocolorimeters, colorimeters and radiometers and cameras use the same type of light detectors: most of them use Charge Coupled Devices sensors. The difference between the two types of color data acquisition systems is that color measurement systems provide a global information of the observed surface (average aspect of the surface: the color texture is not taken into account. Thus, it seems interesting to use imaging systems as measuring instruments for the quantitative characterization of the color texture.

  6. Magnetic resonance imaging of para-acetabular insufficiency fractures in patients with malignancy

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    Theodorou, S.J. [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)]|[Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)]|[Department of Clinical Radiology, University of Manchester, Manchester (United Kingdom); Theodorou, D.J. [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)]|[Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)]. E-mail: daphne_theodorou@hotmail.com; Schweitzer, M.E. [Department of Radiology, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases, NY (United States); Kakitsubata, Y. [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)]|[Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States); Resnick, D. [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)]|[Department of Radiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, CA (United States)

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    AIM: To describe the characteristic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of para-acetabular insufficiency fractures in patients with malignancy, and compare the MRI appearance of these fractures with that of metastatic bone disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MRI examinations were reviewed in 16 patients with a known malignant tumour and severe hip pain that raised the possibility of local recurrence or metastatic disease. Six patients had received pelvic irradiation, and three patients were receiving steroid medication. RESULTS: The total number of fractures detected was 21: a solitary fracture was present in 11 patients and five patients had bilateral para-acetabular fractures. Two patients had associated sacral insufficiency fractures, and one of them had stress fractures involving both acetabular columns. Conventional radiography allowed the diagnosis of 14 (67%) fractures; six (28%) radiographic examinations were negative; and one (5%) examination was equivocal for fracture. Available scintigraphic and computed tomography (CT) studies revealed typical findings of fracture. Using MRI, insufficiency fractures appeared as linear regions of low signal intensity on T1- and T2-weighted images. Marked marrow oedema was evident in all cases. Fractures characteristically were parallel to the superior acetabulum in a curvilinear fashion in 18 (86%) instances, and were oblique in three (14%) instances. The fractures demonstrated considerable enhancement after intravenous gadolinium administration. No associated soft tissue masses were documented. CONCLUSION: Para-acetabular insufficiency fractures are a cause of hip pain, which may mimic skeletal metastasis in the patient with malignancy and pelvic irradiation. Recognition of the characteristic MRI findings of these fractures can preclude misdiagnosis and unnecessary bone biopsy.

  7. Image registration

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    Goshtasby, A Ardeshir

    2012-01-01

    This book presents a thorough and detailed guide to image registration, outlining the principles and reviewing state-of-the-art tools and methods. The book begins by identifying the components of a general image registration system, and then describes the design of each component using various image analysis tools. The text reviews a vast array of tools and methods, not only describing the principles behind each tool and method, but also measuring and comparing their performances using synthetic and real data. Features: discusses similarity/dissimilarity measures, point detectors, feature extr

  8. Image retrieval

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    Ørnager, Susanne

    1997-01-01

    The paper touches upon indexing and retrieval for effective searches of digitized images. Different conceptions of what subject indexing means are described as a basis for defining an operational subject indexing strategy for images. The methodology is based on the art historian Erwin Panofsky...... of signs and connotation as meanings relating to feelings or associations. A joint methodology is suggested between the two researchers and the methodology is implemented in analyzing press photos. Fields of application discussed include the messages in an image and the linking between information running....... The empirical analysis demonstrates how the results can be applied as the foundation for a semantic model....

  9. Image retrieval

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    Ørnager, Susanne

    1997-01-01

    The paper touches upon indexing and retrieval for effective searches of digitized images. Different conceptions of what subject indexing means are described as a basis for defining an operational subject indexing strategy for images. The methodology is based on the art historian Erwin Panofsky...... of signs and connotation as meanings relating to feelings or associations. A joint methodology is suggested between the two researchers and the methodology is implemented in analyzing press photos. Fields of application discussed include the messages in an image and the linking between information running...

  10. IMAGE ENHANCEMENT USING IMAGE FUSION AND IMAGE PROCESSING TECHNIQUES

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    Arjun Nelikanti

    2015-01-01

    Principle objective of Image enhancement is to process an image so that result is more suitable than original image for specific application. Digital image enhancement techniques provide a multitude of choices for improving the visual quality of images. Appropriate choice of such techniques is greatly influenced by the imaging modality, task at hand and viewing conditions. This paper will provide a combination of two concepts, image fusion by DWT and digital image processing techniques. The e...

  11. Space Radar Image of Houston, Texas

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    1994-01-01

    This image of Houston, Texas, shows the amount of detail that is possible to obtain using spaceborne radar imaging. Images such as this -- obtained by the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR) flying aboard the space shuttle Endeavor last fall -- can become an effective tool for urban planners who map and monitor land use patterns in urban, agricultural and wetland areas. Central Houston appears pink and white in the upper portion of the image, outlined and crisscrossed by freeways. The image was obtained on October 10, 1994, during the space shuttle's 167th orbit. The area shown is 100 kilometers by 60 kilometers (62 miles by 38 miles) and is centered at 29.38 degrees north latitude, 95.1 degrees west longitude. North is toward the upper left. The pink areas designate urban development while the green-and blue-patterned areas are agricultural fields. Black areas are bodies of water, including Galveston Bay along the right edge and the Gulf of Mexico at the bottom of the image. Interstate 45 runs from top to bottom through the image. The narrow island at the bottom of the image is Galveston Island, with the city of Galveston at its northeast (right) end. The dark cross in the upper center of the image is Hobby Airport. Ellington Air Force Base is visible below Hobby on the other side of Interstate 45. Clear Lake is the dark body of water in the middle right of the image. The green square just north of Clear Lake is Johnson Space Center, home of Mission Control and the astronaut training facilities. The black rectangle with a white center that appears to the left of the city center is the Houston Astrodome. The colors in this image were obtained using the follow radar channels: red represents the L-band (horizontally transmitted, vertically received); green represents the C-band (horizontally transmitted, vertically received); blue represents the C-band (horizontally transmitted and received). Spaceborne Imaging Radar

  12. Body Imaging

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    2001-01-01

    The high-tech art of digital signal processing (DSP) was pioneered at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in the mid-1960s for use in the Apollo Lunar Landing Program. Designed to computer enhance pictures of the Moon, this technology became the basis for the Landsat Earth resources satellites and subsequently has been incorporated into a broad range of Earthbound medical and diagnostic tools. DSP is employed in advanced body imaging techniques including Computer-Aided Tomography, also known as CT and CATScan, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). CT images are collected by irradiating a thin slice of the body with a fan-shaped x-ray beam from a number of directions around the body's perimeter. A tomographic (slice-like) picture is reconstructed from these multiple views by a computer. MRI employs a magnetic field and radio waves, rather than x-rays, to create images.

  13. Imaging System

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    1995-01-01

    The 1100C Virtual Window is based on technology developed under NASA Small Business Innovation (SBIR) contracts to Ames Research Center. For example, under one contract Dimension Technologies, Inc. developed a large autostereoscopic display for scientific visualization applications. The Virtual Window employs an innovative illumination system to deliver the depth and color of true 3D imaging. Its applications include surgery and Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans, viewing for teleoperated robots, training, and in aviation cockpit displays.

  14. Image Security

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    2007-11-02

    popularity, contemplates the cru- cial needs for protecting intellectual property rights on multimedia content like images, video, audio , and oth- ers...protection for still images, audio , video, and multimedia products.’ The networking environment of the future will require tools that provide m secure and fast...technique known as steganography ? Steganography , or “covered writing,” George Voyatzis and Ioannis Pitas University of Thessaloniki has a long

  15. Emerging images

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    Mitra, Niloy J.

    2009-01-01

    Emergence refers to the unique human ability to aggregate information from seemingly meaningless pieces, and to perceive a whole that is meaningful. This special skill of humans can constitute an effective scheme to tell humans and machines apart. This paper presents a synthesis technique to generate images of 3D objects that are detectable by humans, but difficult for an automatic algorithm to recognize. The technique allows generating an infinite number of images with emerging figures. Our algorithm is designed so that locally the synthesized images divulge little useful information or cues to assist any segmentation or recognition procedure. Therefore, as we demonstrate, computer vision algorithms are incapable of effectively processing such images. However, when a human observer is presented with an emergence image, synthesized using an object she is familiar with, the figure emerges when observed as a whole. We can control the difficulty level of perceiving the emergence effect through a limited set of parameters. A procedure that synthesizes emergence images can be an effective tool for exploring and understanding the factors affecting computer vision techniques. © 2009 ACM.

  16. Benjamin’s Dialectical Image and the Textuality of the Built Landscape

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In The Arcades Project, Walter Benjamin describes the architectural expression of nineteenth century Paris as a dialectical manifestation of backwards-looking historicism and the dawn of modern industrial production (in the form of cast iron and mass produced plate glass. Yet in the same text, Benjamin refers to the dialectical image as occurring within the medium of written language. In this paper, I will first discuss the textuality of the dialectical image as it emerges from Benjamin’s discussion of allegorical and symbolic images in his Trauerspiel study and the ‘wish symbol’ in The Arcades Project. I will then discuss the ‘textual reductionism’ implicit in Benjamin’s theory of the dialectical image, in which the dense pluralities of urban space are reduced to a finite script to be pieced together through Benjamin’s constructivist method of historical observation. The textuality of the dialectical image will be elaborated on by discussing it in relation to the practice of translation. This discussion will be further contextualised by discussing a cadre of German/Austrian planners and architects who attempted to translate architectural idioms between cultural identities in Kemalist Era Turkey. The article concludes with a short recapitulation on the dialectical image as both an object of scrutiny and a method of observation, one which also takes into consideration the specific historicity of the observer.

  17. The Value of Somatostatin Receptor Imaging with In-111 Octreotide and/or Ga-68 DOTATATE in Localizing Ectopic ACTH Producing Tumors

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    Zeynep Gözde Özkan

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to evaluate the value of somatostatin receptor imaging (SRI with In-111 octreotide and Ga-68 DOTATATE in localizing ectopic ACTH producing tumors. Methods: Nineteen patients who had In-111 octreotide somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS and/or Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT to localize ectopic ACTH producing tumors between the years 2000 and 2012 were included retrospectively in our study. The results of SRI were compared with clinical onset, radiological findings and surgical data of the patients. Results: Sixteen In-111 octreotide SRS and five Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT were performed in 19 patients. In eight out of 19 patients, ectopic ACTH secretion site could be detected. In five patients, SRS showed pathologic uptake. In four of these patients, surgery revealed pulmonary carcinoid tumors and in one patient pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. In one patient, Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT revealed pathologic uptake in lung nodule which came out to be pulmonary carcinoid tumor. In another patient who had resection of metastases of atypical carcinoid tumor prior to scans, new metastatic foci were detected both with SRS and Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT imaging. In one patient, although SRS was negative, CT which was performed three years later showed a lung nodule diagnosed as pulmonary carcinoid tumor. In 11 patients, ectopic ACTH secretion site could not be detected. In 10 of those patients, scintigraphic and radiological imaging did not show any lesions and in one patient, Ga-68 DOTATATE PET-CT was false positive. Conclusion: SRI has a complementary role with radiological imaging in localizing ectopic ACTH secretion sites. PET-CT imaging with Ga-68 peptide conjugates is a promising new modality for this indication.

  18. Imaging Scatterometry

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    Madsen, Morten Hannibal

    2015-01-01

    We present an optical metrology system for characterization of topography of micro/nano-structures on a surface or embedded in a semi-transparent material. Based on the principles of scatterometry, where the intensity of scattered light is used as a 'fingerprint' to reconstruct a surface, this new imaging scatterometer can easily find areas of interest on the cm scale and measure multiple segments simultaneously. The imaging scatterometer measures structural features, such as height, width, and sidewall angle of a grating locally on few um2 areas with nm resolution. We demonstrate two imaging scatterometers, one built into an optical microscope and one in a split configuration. The two scatterometers are targeted characterization of mm2 and cm2 areas, respectively, and both setups are validated using nano-textured samples.

  19. Molecular imaging of vulnerable atherosclerosis. Preclinical and clinical evaluation of nuclear tracers; Imagerie moleculaire de la plaque d'atherome vulnerable. Evaluation preclinique et clinique de traceurs radioactifs

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    Broisat, A.; Riou, L.M.; Dimastromatteo, J.; Pons, G.; Fagret, D.; Ghezzi, C. [Inserm U877, radiopharmaceutiques biocliniques, 38 - Grenoble (France); Grenoble Univ., 38 (France); Dimastromatteo, J. [ERAS Labo, 38 - Saint-Nazaire-les-Eymes (France)

    2009-02-15

    Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases (C.V.D.) are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, accounting for greater than 19.106 deaths annually. Despite major advances in the treatment of C.V.D., a high proportion of C.V.D. victims die suddenly while being apparently healthy, the great majority of these accidents being due to the rupture or erosion of a vulnerable coronary atherosclerotic plaque. Indeed, an acute heart attack is the first symptom of atherosclerosis in as much as 50% of individuals with severe disease. A non-invasive imaging methodology allowing the early detection of vulnerable atherosclerosis in selected individuals prior to the occurrence of any symptom would therefore be of great public health benefit. Nuclear imaging could potentially allow the identification of vulnerable patients by non-invasive scintigraphic imaging following administration of a radiolabeled tracer. The development of radiolabeled probes that specifically bind to and allow the in vivo imaging of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques is therefore the subject of intense ongoing experimental and clinical research. Radiotracers targeted at the inflammatory process seem particularly relevant and promising. Recently, macrophage targeting allowed the experimental in vivo detection of atherosclerosis using either SPECT or PET imaging. A few tracers have also been evaluated clinically. Targeting of apoptosis and macrophage metabolism both allowed the imaging of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid vessels of patients. However, nuclear imaging of vulnerable plaques at the level of the coronary arteries remains a challenging issue because of the small size of atherosclerotic lesions and of their vicinity with blood and the circulating tracer activity. (authors)

  20. Image Analysis

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    The 19th Scandinavian Conference on Image Analysis was held at the IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark during June 15-17, 2015. The SCIA conference series has been an ongoing biannual event for more than 30 years and over the years it has nurtured a world-class regional research and development....... The topics of the accepted papers range from novel applications of vision systems, pattern recognition, machine learning, feature extraction, segmentation, 3D vision, to medical and biomedical image analysis. The papers originate from all the Scandinavian countries and several other European countries...