Chiara Bruni

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(123)I-FP-CIT SPECT binding to striatal dopamine transporter (DAT) is markedly reduced in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) and it may also help in identifyng pre-symptomatic nigrostriatal dysfunction in subjects at risk. This study used semi-quantitative analysis of 123I-FP-CIT SPECT to evaluate the possibility of a more extensive and earlier(More)
We address the problem of finding the optimal radiotherapy fractionation scheme, representing the response to radiation of tumour and normal tissues by the LQ model including exponential repopulation and sublethal damage due to incomplete repair. We formulate the nonlinear programming problem of maximizing the overall tumour damage, while keeping the(More)
An important problem in analyzing flow cytometry DNA measurements, especially for tumor samples, is the presence of background noise, mainly resulting from cellular debris. Several models have been proposed for subtracting this contribution from DNA content histograms. In the present paper we propose a model for background debris distribution based on a(More)
A recently proposed automatic procedure for analyzing DNA distribution from flow cytometric data is extensively tested against simulated data. After a discussion of the procedure itself and of the simulation program, the results obtained are reported. They are evidence of the reliability of the procedure in extracting the proper underlying DNA distribution(More)
The various associations of motor and non-motor symptoms, the onset of motor complications, the cognitive disorder's appearance and other factors make Parkinson's disease (PD) a heterogeneous syndrome with multiple phenotypes. The necessity of discriminating between different forms of PD could have a role in understanding the pathophysiology of(More)
We propose a spatially distributed continuous model for the spheroid response to radiation, in which the oxygen distribution is represented by means of a diffusion-consumption equation and the radiosensitivity parameters depend on the oxygen concentration. The induction of lethally damaged cells by a pulse of radiation, their death, and the degradation of(More)
Cranial osteomyelitis is a potentially fatal lesion. White blood cell scanning (WBC) with 99mTc-hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) has proven highly sensitive and specific in the diagnosis and follow-up of patients with suspected osteomyelitis. In this report we show the usefulness of SPECT and transmission CT performed simultaneously using a hybrid(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate whether and to which extent the non-linearity of the sino-atrial node contributes to the complex interactions between autonomic control and heart period. A non-linear model of the autonomic control on the sino-atrial node has been analyzed under particular experimental conditions: the autonomic nervous system was(More)