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Advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have contributed greatly to the study of neurodegenerative processes, psychiatric disorders, and normal human development, but the effect of such improvements on the reliability of downstream morphometric measures has not been extensively studied. We examined how MRI-derived neurostructural measures are affected(More)
BACKGROUND We tested the hypothesis that leukocyte filtration during pulmonary reperfusion preserves pulmonary function and results in improved oxygenation after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS In a prospective, randomized study, the treatment group consisted of 20 patients with COPD from(More)
—In this paper, a color image segmentation method and a pattern analysis are presented, in connection with the extraordinary 1650 B.C. wall paintings found in the Greek island of Thera. These wall paintings are usually reconstructed from thousands of fragments widely scattered in the excavated site. The fragments' depiction manifests inhomogeneous color(More)
BACKGROUND We tested the hypothesis that depletion of neutrophil leukocytes from the cardioplegic and the initial myocardial reperfusion perfusates reduces clinical indices of reperfusion injury in patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass. METHODS We studied 160 consecutive patients who underwent standard coronary revascularization with(More)
In this paper, an original general methodology is introduced to establish whether a handmade shape corresponds to a given geometrical prototype. Using this methodology, one can decide if an artist had the intention of drawing a specific mathematical prototype or not. This analysis is applied to the 1650 B.C. wall paintings from the prehistoric settlement on(More)
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