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The aim of the study was to define the prevalence of verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC) in cattle and pigs in a Hong Kong abattoir. Faecal and carcass samples collected from 986 cattle and 487 pigs from an abattoir were tested for verotoxin (VT) by PCR and cytotoxicity assays. VTEC was isolated from 415 and 1-8% of cattle faecal and carcass samples(More)
The MICs of 13 antimicrobial agents including seven fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, sparfloxacin, grepafloxacin, gatifloxacin, moxifloxacin and clinafloxacin) for Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates obtained from all regions of Hong Kong in the year 2000 were determined by the Etest. Overall, 39.4% of 180 isolates were susceptible to(More)
A new method is presented for automatic prostate boundary detection in ultrasound images taken transurethrally or transrectally. This is one of the stages in the implementation of a robotic procedure for prostate surgery performed by a robot known as the robot for urology (UROBOT). Unlike most edge detection methods, which detect object edges by means of(More)
BACKGROUND We introduce the first robotic ultrasound-guided prostate intervention device and evaluate its safety, accuracy and repeatability. METHODS The robotic positioning system (RPS) determines a target's x, y and z axes. It is situated with a biplane ultrasound probe on a mobile horizontal platform. The integrated software acquires ultrasound images(More)
Sixty four penicillinase-producing Neisseria gonorrhoeae (PPNG) and 24 non-penicillinase-producing (non-PPNG) strains isolated from six different south east Asian localities were tested by the agar dilution method against 15 antibiotics. All isolates were susceptible to spectinomycin and sulphamethoxazole-trimethoprim (19:1 ratio). A large proportion of(More)
The removal of prostatic tissue through transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is an operation that can require considerable skill from a surgeon as well as being a lengthy procedure. The potential for using robotic techniques was investigated in a preliminary feasibility study using a standard six axis 'Puma' robot. This led to the construction of(More)
A longer operating time and steeper learning curve in mastering the techniques for transurethral laser resection of the prostate are the main problems faced by surgeons in addition to the existing ones in standard transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP). However, these disadvantages can be alleviated with the introduction of a treatment procedure(More)
In a computerised ultrasound image guidance for automated prostatectomy system, it is necessary to identify a smooth, continuous contour for the prostate (boundary) from the ultrasound image. The radial bas-relief (RBR) method, which has been reported previously, can extract a skeletonised image from an ultrasound image automatically. After this process the(More)