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Differentiation of malignant and benign pulmonary nodules is of paramount clinical importance. Texture features of pulmonary nodules in CT images reflect a powerful character of the malignancy in addition to the geometry-related measures. This study first compared three well-known types of two-dimensional (2D) texture features (Haralick, Gabor, and local(More)
Image textures in computed tomography colonography (CTC) have great potential for differentiating non-neoplastic from neoplastic polyps and thus can advance the current CTC detection-only paradigm to a new level with diagnostic capability. However, image textures are frequently compromised, particularly in low-dose CT imaging. Furthermore, texture feature(More)
Computer-aided detection (CADe) of pulmonary nodules is critical to assisting radiologists in early identification of lung cancer from computed tomography (CT) scans. This paper proposes a novel CADe system based on a hierarchical vector quantization (VQ) scheme. Compared with the commonly-used simple thresholding approach, the high-level VQ yields a more(More)
Previous genome-wide expression studies have highlighted distinct gene expression patterns in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) compared to control samples, but the interpretation of these studies has been limited by sample heterogeneity with respect to disease phenotype, disease activity, and anatomic sites. To further improve molecular classification of(More)
Differentiation of colon lesions according to underlying pathology, e.g., neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions, is of fundamental importance for patient management. Image intensity-based textural features have been recognized as useful biomarker for the differentiation task. In this paper, we introduce texture features from higher-order images, i.e.,(More)
   Computer-aided detection and diagnosis (CAD) of colonic polyps always faces the challenge of classifying imbalanced data. In this paper, three new operating point selection strategies based on receiver operating characteristic curve are proposed to address the problem.    Classification on imbalanced data performs inferiorly because of a major reason(More)
Analogues of endomorphin (Dmt-Pro-Xaa-Xaa-NH2) modified at position 4 or at positions 4 and 3, and tripeptides (Dmt-Pro-Xaa-NH2) modified at position 3, with various phenylalanine analogues (Xaa=Trp, 1-Nal, 2-Nal, Tmp, Dmp, Dmt) were synthesized and their effects on in vitro opioid activity were investigated. Most of the peptides exhibited high μ-opioid(More)
Orally administered tagging agents are usually used in CT colonography (CTC) to differentiate residual bowel content from native colonic structures. However, the high-density contrast agents tend to introduce pseudo-enhancement (PE) effect on neighboring soft tissues and elevate their observed CT attenuation value toward that of the tagged materials (TMs),(More)
Most previous efforts in developing computer-aided detection (CADe) of colonic polyps apply similar measures or parameters to detect polyps regardless of their locations under an implicit assumption that all the polyps reside in a similar local environment, e.g. on a relatively flat colon wall. In reality, this implicit assumption is frequently invalid,(More)