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In positron emission tomographic (PET) scanning, transmission measurements for attenuation correction are commonly performed by using external germanium-68 rod sources. Recently, combined PET and computed tomographic (CT) scanners have been developed in which the CT data can be used for both anatomical-metabolic image formation and attenuation correction of(More)
Executive Summary Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems are designed to reduce medication errors. The best evidence to date demonstrates that patients who experience adverse drug events (ADEs) that are preventable have, on average, longer hospital lengths of stay (by approximately two to four-and-a-half days) and higher hospital costs (between(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to examine the neural bases for the exceptional mental calculation ability possessed by Chinese abacus experts through PET imaging. METHODS We compared the different regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) patterns using (15)O-water PET in 10 abacus experts and 12 non-experts while they were performing each of the following(More)
172 Light and Electron Microscope Studies on Jirovecia involuta sp. A Complementary Experimental Study of Cell Division in the Dinoflagellate Prorocentrum micans Hrabyeia xerkophora n. gen. n. sp., a New Microsporidian with Tailed Spores from the Oligochaete Nais christinae Kasparzak, 1973 Location of rDNA in the Heteromeric Macronucleus of Chilodo-nella(More)
BACKGROUND In current combined positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) systems, high-quality CT images not only increase diagnostic value by providing anatomic delineation of hyper- and hypometabolic tissues, but also shorten the acquisition time for attenuation correction compared with standard PET imaging. However, this technique(More)
Corrosion of 1020 carbon steel coupons in natural seawater over a 1-year period was more aggressive under strictly anaerobic stagnant conditions than under aerobic stagnant conditions as measured by weight loss and instantaneous corrosion rate (polarization resistance). Under oxygenated conditions, a two-tiered oxide layer of lepidocrocite/goethite formed.(More)
Experiments were designed to evaluate the corrosion-related consequences of storing/transporting fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) alternative diesel fuel in contact with natural seawater. Coastal Key West, FL (KW), and Persian Gulf (PG) seawaters, representing an oligotrophic and a more organic- and inorganic mineral-rich environment, respectively, were used(More)
PURPOSE Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), a novel technique, employs a linear accelerator to conduct dynamic modulation rotation radiotherapy. The goal of this study was to compare VMAT with helical tomotherapy (HT) and step-and-shoot intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients with regard to the sparing(More)
BACKGROUND Central obesity in relation to insulin resistance is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes. However, data regarding the association between pericardial and peri-aortic adiposity, a potential estimate of visceral adipose tissue burden, and pre-diabetes status remains unclear.The aim of this study was to examine whether the degree(More)
PURPOSE We assessed the quantitation accuracy of small animal pinhole single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) under the current preclinical settings, where image compensations are not routinely applied. PROCEDURES The effects of several common image-degrading factors and imaging parameters on quantitation accuracy were evaluated using(More)