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Many state-of-the-art perceptual image quality assessment (IQA) algorithms share a common two-stage structure: local quality/distortion measurement followed by pooling. While significant progress has been made in measuring local image quality/distortion, the pooling stage is often done in ad-hoc ways, lacking theoretical principles and reliable(More)
Progress in genome research has made it possible to develop new SSR markers by bioinformatics in a relatively narrow region of genome. To realize it, the first thing is to search for potential SSR sites. Any known methods have more or less defects. Efforts were made to develop a local SSR sites searching software in this study. The resultant software,(More)
Motion is one of the most important types of information contained in natural video, but direct use of motion information in the design of video quality assessment algorithms has not been deeply investigated. Here we propose to incorporate a recent model of human visual speed perception [Nat. Neurosci. 9, 578 (2006)] and model visual perception in an(More)
An automated computerized scheme has been developed for the detection and characterization of diffuse lung diseases on high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) images. Our database consisted of 315 HRCT images selected from 105 patients, which included normal and abnormal slices related to six different patterns, i.e., ground-glass opacities, reticular(More)
Computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) schemes have been developed to assist radiologists in the early detection of lung cancer in radiographs and computed tomography (CT) images. In order to improve sensitivity for nodule detection, many researchers have employed a filter as a preprocessing step for enhancement of nodules. However, these filters enhance not only(More)
Falls are dangerous for the aged population as they can adversely affect health. Therefore, many fall detection systems have been developed. However, prevalent methods only use accelerometers to isolate falls from activities of daily living (ADL). This makes it difficult to distinguish real falls from certain fall-like activities such as sitting down(More)
Recent functional neuroimaging studies have examined cognitive inhibitory control, decision-making and stress regulation in heroin addiction using a cue-reactivity paradigm. Few studies have considered impairments in heroin users from an integrated perspective for evaluation of their brain functions. We hypothesized that the brain regions that are(More)
OBJECTIVE The association between diabetes mellitus and the risk of prostate cancer has been tested in previous prospective cohort studies in western populations. However, no evidence from cohort studies is available for Asian populations, whose lifestyle is very different from that of westerners. METHODS The authors examined the relationship between(More)
Accurate segmentation of pulmonary nodules in computed tomography (CT) is an important and difficult task for computer-aided diagnosis of lung cancer. Therefore, the authors developed a novel automated method for accurate segmentation of nodules in three-dimensional (3D) CT. First, a volume of interest (VOI) was determined at the location of a nodule. To(More)