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PURPOSE To determine whether lack of visualization of the appendix on otherwise normal abdominopelvic computed tomographic (CT) images can help exclude appendicitis in the pediatric population. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study was institutional review board approved and HIPAA compliant. One thousand one hundred thirty-nine children suspected of having(More)
BACKGROUND Effective implementation strategies are needed to optimize advancements in the fields of cancer diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end-of-life care. We conducted a review of systematic reviews to better understand the evidentiary base of implementation strategies in cancer control. METHODS Using three databases, we conducted a search and(More)
Amoebiasis caused by Entamoeba histolytica continues to be one of the most common parasitic diseases in the developing world. Despite its relevance, due to the lack of accurate diagnostic methods, the true clinical and public health importance of this parasite remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to develop a new diagnostic tool to differentiate(More)
Service Discovery Protocols have been developed for applications to take advantages of services shared over networks. Each protocol provides a way for applications to ask for the type of services they need. In return, applications receive information about services that could fulfill their needs. However, such protocols do not supply enough support for(More)
INTRODUCTION Practice pattern data demonstrate regional variation and lower than expected rates of adherence to practice guideline (PG) recommendations for the treatment of stage II/IIIA resected and stage IIIA/IIIB unresected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients in Ontario, Canada. This study sought to understand how clinical decisions are made for(More)
An intelligent area integrates both Internet and Intranet software/hardware supports (from small embedded sensors to powerful and dynamic computing devices) to provide information about each artifact state (e.g., a power failure of the refrigerator) without user intervention. This technological sophistication can be achieved by means of service discovery(More)
The detection of scars in the cerebral cortex usually involves a manual process performed by radiologists, who have to face multiple troubles. For example, the bad calibration of the equipment used to get images of the cerebral cortex can cause spacial and geometrical distortions in the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) sequences. Owing to the advances in(More)