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The paper presents the automated computation of hepatic tumor burden from abdominal computed tomography (CT) images of diseased populations with images with inconsistent enhancement. The automated segmentation of livers is addressed first. A novel 3-D affine invariant shape parameterization is employed to compare local shape across organs. By generating a(More)
The paper presents the automated segmentation of livers from abdominal CT images of diseased populations from images with inconsistent enhancement. A novel three-dimensional (3D) affine invariant shape parameterization is employed to compare local shape across organs. By generating a regular sampling of the organ's surface, this parameterization can be(More)
McLeod syndrome is caused by mutations of XK, an X-chromosomal gene of unknown function. Originally defined as a peculiar Kell blood group variant, the disease affects multiple organs, including the nervous system, but is certainly underdiagnosed. We analyzed the mutations and clinical findings of 22 affected men, aged 27 to 72 years. Fifteen different XK(More)
The ambulatory status of 74 neonatal intensive care unit survivors with cerebral palsy, excluding those with central nervous system malformations and syndromes, was assessed at eight years of age. Detailed examinations were completed at two and eight years of age; of the 47 who were sitting by two years, 46 became ambulatory, and a total of 47 of the 74(More)
A survey of metals in United Kingdom dusts and soils has confirmed widespread lead contamination with a geometric mean value for lead in surface (0-5 cm) garden soils of 266 micrograms/g and in housedusts of 561 micrograms/g (excluding old mining areas). A subsequent detailed survey of 97 householders in Birmingham with 2-year-old children showed dust lead(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of massage on recovery from high intensity exercise is debatable. Many studies on massage suffer from methodological flaws such as poor standardisation of previous exercise, lack of dietary control, and inappropriate massage duration. OBJECTIVE To examine the effects of leg massage compared with passive recovery on lactate clearance,(More)
The authors present their experience of > 1000 axillary brachial plexus blocks performed over 13 years (1990-2002). Using a technique that involves the location of individual nerves with a nerve stimulator, the overall success rate was 97.9%, ranging from 89.7% in 1990 to 98.4% in 1998. There have been no failures, defined as the need for conversion to(More)
A questionnaire was sent to 53 patients who had undergone an upper gastrointestinal endoscopy under total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA) using intermittent Propofol. All of the patients would accept the same technique again. Out of 20 patients who had previously had the procedure performed under Diazepam sedation, 18 preferred the use of Propofol. This(More)
The effect of vasopressin on memory of a brightness discrimination reward task was investigated in 20 male Sprague-Dawley rats. Two measures of retention were used: resistance to extinction and savings scores on a reacquisition task given 45 days after the completion of extinction training. The effect of the peptide on both memory consolidation and(More)
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