Heidy Sierra

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Cerebral tumor-like American trypanosomiasis (CTLAT) is an uncommon complication of Chagas' disease, observed only in immunosuppressed patients. We assessed 10 human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients with Chagas' disease who presented with CTLAT. All patients had neurological involvement and 6 developed intracranial hypertension. Neuroimaging studies(More)
The gold standard of diagnosis for nonmelanoma and melanoma skin cancer has been skin biopsy with routine paraffin embedded hematoxylin and eosin histopathology. This practice is frequently carried out on suspicious lesions to rule out a malignant process. Therefore, as a result, many biopsies are done on benign lesions. Unlike other fields of medicine that(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Laser ablation can be an effective treatment for the minimally invasive removal of superficial and early nodular basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). However, the lack of histological confirmation after ablation results in high variability of recurrence rates and has been a limitation. Reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) imaging,(More)
IMPORTANCE Laser ablation is a rapid and minimally invasive approach for the treatment of superficial skin cancers, but efficacy and reliability vary owing to lack of histologic margin control. High-resolution reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) may offer a means for examining margins directly on the patient. OBSERVATIONS We report successful(More)
We present a product-of-convolutions (POC) model for phase microscopy images. The model was designed to simulate phase images of thick heterogeneous transparent objects. The POC approach attempts to capture phase delays along the optical axis by modeling the imaged object as a stack of parallel slices. The product of two-dimensional convolutions between(More)
Phase microscopy modalities are extensively used to image living transparent biological samples because of their ability to obtain high contrast images without the use of enhancing agents. Quantitative phase techniques in particular provide valuable information that can be interpreted easily when the imaged object is optically thin, that is, when the(More)
The extraction of 3-D morphological information about thick objects is explored in this work. We extract this information from 3-D differential interference contrast (DIC) images by applying a texture detection method. Texture extraction methods have been successfully used in different applications to study biological samples. A 3-D texture image is(More)
Laser ablation offers a procedure for precise, fast, and minimally invasive removal of superficial and early nodular basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). However, the lack of histopathological confirmation has been a limitation toward widespread use in the clinic. A reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) imaging-guided approach offers cellular-level(More)