Bruce D. Lucas

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Image registration finds a variety of applications in computer vision. Unfortunately, traditional image registration techniques tend to be costly. We present a new image registration technique that makes use of the spatial intensity gradient of the images to find a good match using a type of Newton-Raphson iteration. Our technique is taster because it(More)
The method of differences refers to a technique for image matching that uses the intensity gradient of the image to iteratively improve the match between the two images. Used in an iterative scheme combined with image smoothing, the method exhibits good accuracy and a wide convergence range. In this paper we show how the technique ran be used to directly(More)
This randomized, controlled trial evaluated the impact of personalized follow-up on compliance rates in high-risk patients receiving combination lipid-lowering therapy over 2 years. A random sample of 30 patients 7-30 days after cardiac surgery had baseline fasting low-density lipoprotein levels higher than 130 mg/dl. All patients received lovastatin 20(More)
OBJECTIVE To conduct a cost-minimization analysis of intravenous adenosine and intravenous dipyridamole in thallous chloride TI 201 single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging. DESIGN A retrospective, open-label, cost-minimization analysis. SETTING University hospital, outpatient nuclear medicine department. (More)
The objective of this study was to compare the cost of intravenous adenosine and intravenous dipyridamole in positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with coronary artery disease. A retrospective, open-label, case-control, cost-effectiveness analysis was performed in the out-patient nuclear medicine department of a university hospital. Thirty-six(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the efficacy and safety of clonidine versus placebo in smoking cessation. DESIGN Single-center, randomized, double-blind, parallel-design comparison of transdermal clonidine with behavior modification, transdermal clonidine without behavior modification, placebo with behavior modification, and placebo without behavior modification.(More)
Phenylbutazone has been clearly demonstrated to interact pharmacokinetically and clinically with warfarin, although several other nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) also have the potential to interact with warfarin to cause alterations in prothrombin time. Aspirin is known to inhibit platelet aggregation irreversibly, whereas nonaspirin NSAIDs are(More)
In addition to efficacy and safety, the cost of therapy has become an increasingly important factor to consider when selecting drugs to treat patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension. However, acquisition prices alone do not determine the total cost of therapy. To better assess total costs, we conducted a systematic, retrospective, cost-minimization(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine if the diagnostic accuracy and safety of intravenous adenosine myocardial perfusion imaging is significantly different in men compared with women. DESIGN Prospective, comparative, open-label clinical trial. SETTING Nuclear medicine laboratory in a university-affiliated hospital. PATIENTS Consecutive patients who were(More)
BACKGROUND Electrocardiogram (ECG)-based detection of ischemia is typically dependent on identifying changes in repolarization. Analysis of high-frequency QRS (HFQRS) components, related to the depolarization phase of the cardiac action potential, has been reported to better identify ischemia. Our aim was to test the hypothesis that HFQRS analysis is both(More)