Joseph N. Stember

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The empirical harmonic potential function of elastic network models (ENMs) is augmented by three- and four-body interactions as well as by a parameter-free connection rule. In the new bend-twist-stretch (BTS) model the complexity of the parametrization is shifted from the spatial level of detail to the potential function, enabling an arbitrary coarse(More)
Advances in multidetector technology have made dual-energy computed tomography (CT) imaging possible. Dual-energy CT imaging enables tissue characterization in addition to morphologic evaluation of imaged regions. This article reviews current and potential CT technology, technical and workflow considerations when performing dual-energy CT, and clinical(More)
Surface morphology is an important indicator of malignant potential for solid-type lung nodules detected at CT, but is difficult to assess subjectively. Automated methods for morphology assessment have previously been described using a common measure of nodule shape, representative of the broad class of existing methods, termed area-to-perimeter-length(More)
We report a rare case of a patient with colorectal cancer with chest wall metastases. The development of bleeding at the site of the metastasis ultimately resulted in the development of a hematoma, necessitating resection of the tumor along with part of the chest wall. Literature on chest wall metastases of colonic adenocarcinoma is reviewed and discussed.(More)
OBJECTIVES Early identification and quantification of bladder damage in pediatric patients with congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) is crucial to guiding effective treatment and may affect the eventual clinical outcome, including progression of renal disease. We have developed a novel approach based on the convex hull to calculate(More)
OBJECTIVES To predict the chronic kidney disease (CKD) state for pediatric patients based on scaled renal cortical echogenicity. METHODS Sonograms from a cohort of 26 patients, half of whom had stage 4 or 5 CKD, whereas the other half had normal renal function, were analyzed. For each patient image, a region of interest (ROI) was drawn around the renal(More)
PURPOSE To present results of a pilot study to develop software that identifies regions suspicious for prostate transition zone (TZ) tumor, free of user input. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eight patients with TZ tumors were used to develop the model by training a Naïve Bayes classifier to detect tumors based on selection of most accurate predictors among various(More)
Surface morphology and shape in general are important predictors for the behavior of solid-type lung nodules detected on CT. More broadly, shape analysis is useful in many areas of computer-aided diagnosis and essentially all scientific and engineering disciplines. Automated methods for shape detection have all previously, to the author's knowledge, relied(More)
Membrane elastic properties, which are subject to alteration by compounds such as cholesterol, lipid metabolites and other amphiphiles, as well as pharmaceuticals, can have important effects on membrane proteins. A useful tool for measuring some of these effects is the gramicidin A channels, which are formed by transmembrane dimerization of non-conducting(More)
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