Zhixi Li

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The paper presents the automated segmentation of spleen and liver from contrast-enhanced CT images of normal and hepato/splenomegaly populations. The method used 4 steps: (i) a mean organ model was registered to the patient CT; (ii) the first estimates of the organs were improved by a geodesic active contour; (iii) the contrast enhancements of liver and(More)
Kidney cancer occurs in both a hereditary (inherited) and sporadic (non-inherited) form. It is estimated that almost a quarter of a million people in the USA are living with kidney cancer and their number increases with 51,000 diagnosed with the disease every year. In clinical practice, the response to treatment is monitored by manual measurements of tumor(More)
Extensive recent work has taken place on the construction of probabilistic atlases of anatomical organ. We propose a probabilistic atlas of ten major abdominal organs which retains structural variability by using a size-preserving affine registration, and normalizes the physical organ locations to an anatomical landmark. Restricting the degrees of freedom(More)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common malignancy in China and Southeast Asia. Radiotherapy is the major treatment modality for patients with NPC, but does not always achieve fully satisfactory outcomes. Studies have shown that epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is highly expressed in NPC, and EGFR-targeted treatment is expected to be a new(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the cytokine concentrations in the aqueous humor of patients with refractory polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV). METHODS Three separate groups of patients were studied-refractory PCV (Group A, 41 eyes), stable PCV (Group B, 39 eyes) and senile cataract (Group C, 44 eyes). Aqueous humor samples were collected at two time points(More)
Caleosins are a class of Ca2+ binding proteins that appear to be ubiquitous in plants. Some of the main proteins embedded in the lipid monolayer of lipid droplets, caleosins, play critical roles in the degradation of storage lipids during germination and in lipid trafficking. Some of them have been shown to have histidine-dependent peroxygenase activity,(More)
Stem cell factor (SCF) plays an important role in tumor growth and metastasis. However, the function of SCF in regulating stemness and migration of cancer stem cells (CSCs) remains largely undefined. Here, we report that non-adhesive culture system can enrich and expand CSCs derived from Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells and that the expression level of SCF(More)
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, and treatments for lung cancer have a high failure rate. Anti-angiogenic therapy is also often ineffective because of refractory disease. Endostatin (ES) is one of the most widely-used anti-angiogenic drugs for lung cancer in China, and resistance to it is a barrier that needs to be(More)
Extensive recent work has taken place on the construction of probabilistic atlases of anatomical organs, especially the brain, and their application in medical image analysis. These techniques are leading the way into similar studies of other organs and more comprehensively of groups of organs. In this paper we report results on the analysis of anatomical(More)