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One significant problem in patch-based texture synthesis is the presence of broken features at the boundary of adjacent patches. The reason is that optimization schemes for patch merging may fail when neighborhood search cannot find satisfactory candidates in the sample texture because of an inaccurate similarity measure. In this paper, we consider both(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this article is to retrospectively compare radiation dose, noise, and image quality of abdominal low-dose CT reconstructed with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) and routine-dose CT reconstructed with filtered back projection (FBP). MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-three patients (37 men and 16 women; mean age, 60.8(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to evaluate the feasibility of preserving image quality during CT colonography (CTC) using a reduced radiation dose with adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR). MATERIALS AND METHODS A proven colon phantom was imaged at standard dose settings (50 mAs) and at reduced doses (10-40 mAs) using six different(More)
The Brain-State-in-a-Box (BSB) model is an auto-associative neural network that has been widely used in optical character recognition and image processing. Traditionally, the BSB model was realized at software level and carried out on high-performance computing clusters. To improve computation efficiency and reduce resources requirement, we propose a(More)
System level power management must consider the uncertainty and variability that come from the environment, the application and the hardware. A robust power management technique must be able to learn the optimal decision from past events and improve itself as the environment changes. This article presents a novel on-line power management technique based on(More)
Previous studies have shown that both hepatitis A virus and hepatitis C virus inhibit innate immunity by cleaving the mitochondrial antiviral signaling (MAVS) protein, an essential component of the virus-activated signaling pathway that activates NF-kappaB and IFN regulatory factor-3 to induce the production of type I IFN. For human hepatitis B virus (HBV),(More)
This paper models the clock behavior in a sequential circuit by a quaternary variable and uses this representation to propose and analyze two clock-gating techniques. It then uses the covering relationship between the triggering transition of the clock and the active cycles of various flip flops to generate a derived clock for each flip flop in the circuit.(More)
<italic>In this paper, we introduce a new technique for modeling and solving the dynamic power management (DPM) problem for systems with complex behavioral characteristics such as concurrency, synchronization, mutual exclusion and conflict. We model a power-managed distributed computing system as a controllable Generalized Stochastic Petri Net (GSPN) with(More)
BACKGROUND Many researches suggested that obesity increased the risk of breast cancer, but the mechanism was currently unknown. Adipocytokines might mediate the relationship. Our study was aimed to investigate the relationship between serum levels of resistin, adiponectin and leptin and the onset, invasion and metastasis of breast cancer. METHODS Blood(More)