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Available online xxx Keywords: Cirrhosis detection Computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) Duplicative-feature support vector machine Feature selection Classification a b s t r a c t Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive diagnostic method in improving the diagnostic capacity for hepatic cirrhosis and determining the accurate characterization of hepatic(More)
A follow-up study was performed with 169 women of childbearing age who underwent ultrasound-guided percutaneous microwave ablation (UPMWA) therapy for symptomatic uterine fibroids in the Chinese PLA General Hospital from June 2007 to December 2014. This study aimed to observe the incidence of unplanned pregnancies in these women after UPMWA treatment in(More)
OBJECTIVE We assessed the genetic rules for the dermatoglyphics of human fingertips. We also evaluated the correlation between spouse selection with the number of whorls on fingertips. METHODS Data were collected for the number of whorls from 118 families (couples and their children). Distribution of whorls was analyzed further to investigate the(More)
Up to approximately 40% to 50% of patients discontinue thiopurine therapy during the course of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We investigated the role of the metabolite thiopurine in IBD treatment. This was a prospective study. IBD patients receiving azathioprine (AZA) were prospectively included. Thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) genotypes were(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using integrated slice-by-slice shimming (iShim) for improving the image quality of whole-body diffusion-weighted imaging (WBDWI) in patients with plasma disorder at 3 T by comparing to WBDWI using a conventional shimming (3-dimensional [3D] shim) adjustment of each body station. (More)
Although terrestrial CO2 concentrations [CO2] are not expected to reach 1000 μmol mol−1 (or ppm) for many decades, CO2 levels in closed systems such as growth chambers and greenhouses can easily exceed this concentration. CO2 levels in life support systems (LSS) in space can exceed 10,000 ppm (1 %). In order to understand how photosynthesis in C4 plants may(More)
To develop a quantitative system to enable the objective assessment of health or pre-chronic disease state. On the basis of measured values and reference ranges, we obtained the organ function index (mean of the cut-off ratios of albumin and creatinine), blood lipid index (mean of the cut-off ratios of triglycerides, cholesterol, high-density lipoproteins(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to compare BLADE diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) with single-shot echo planar imaging (EPI) DWI on the aspects of feasibility of imaging the sellar region and image quality. METHODS A total of 3 healthy volunteers and 52 patients with suspected lesions in the sellar region were included in this prospective(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to develop a new prognostic scoring system for critically ill patients using the simple complete blood cell count (CBC). METHODS CBC measurements in samples from 306 patients in an intensive care unit were conducted with automated analyzers, including levels of neutrophils, lymphocytes, erythrocytes, hemoglobin, and(More)
The clinical prediction of survival is among the most challenging tasks because it refers to the process whereby the medical team assimilates clinical data using subjective methods. The purpose of this prospective observational study was to develop a model for evaluating survival time using objective laboratory parameters. Albumin (ALB), creatinine (CRE),(More)