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There are indications that the morphology of atherosclerotic carotid plaques, obtained by high-resolution ultrasound imaging, has prognostic implications. The objective of this study was to develop a computer-aided system that will facilitate the characterization of carotid plaques for the identification of individuals with asymptomatic carotid stenosis at(More)
The shapes and firing rates of motor unit action potentials (MUAP's) in an electromyographic (EMG) signal provide an important source of information for the diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. In order to extract this information from EMG signals recorded at low to moderate force levels, it is required: i) to identify the MUAP's composing the EMG signal,(More)
The objective of this work was to develop six speckle reduction-filtering techniques and evaluate them together with texture analysis in the assessment of 240 ultrasound images of the carotid artery. The de-speckled filters are based on anisotropic diffusion, local statistics with higher moments, and geometric filtering. Results showed that some improvement(More)
A noninvasive method to evaluate deep venous incompetence by duplex scanning is presented. For this test, it was decided to have the patient standing so as to make the test less dependent on the need for patient cooperation and to allow gravity to produce reflux. Results were validated against ambulatory venous pressure measurements. The method described(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the usefulness of multilevel binary and gray scale morphological analysis in the assessment of atherosclerotic carotid plaques. Ultrasound images were recorded from 137 asymptomatic and 137 symptomatic plaques (Stroke, Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), Amaurosis Fugax (AF)). We carefully develop the clinical(More)
The aim of this study was to develop a screening system of chest radiographs of miners with pneumoconiosis. Chest radiographs were of coal mine or silica dust exposed miners participating in a health screening program. A total of 236 regions of interest (ROIs) (166, 49, and 21 with profusions of category (shape and size) 0, 1(q), and 1(r), respectively)(More)
Although incompetent thigh perforating veins are considered to be a common cause of recurrence of varicose veins after high saphenous ligation, the number and distribution of such incompetent veins have not been reported. The aim of the study was to determine the number and anatomical distribution of incompetent thigh perforating veins. Sixty-five limbs in(More)
The aim of this paper was to investigate the usefulness of multiscale morphological analysis in the assessment of atherosclerotic carotid plagues. Ultrasound images were recorded from 137 asymptomatic and 137 symptomatic plaques and were converted to binary images at low, middle and high intensity intervals based on structural morphology. Low images(More)