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Efficacy Evaluation of Modified Siwu Decoction to Treat Osteoporosis in Patients with Poststroke Hemiplegia by Using the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features

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Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A publishes research concerning the applications of magnetic resonance techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).

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Profiling of Plant Derived Natural Constituents by Using Magnetic Resonance Techniques

Plants are reservoirs of naturally occurring chemical constituents with a wide range of structural diversity. These biological compounds can be derived from different parts of plants such as leaves, barks, seeds, seed coats, flowers, and roots. A broad array of secondary metabolic compounds is present in the plants such as antibiotics, alkaloids, antimicrobials, food-grade pigments, and phenolics which have been reported to possess numerous health-related benefits, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiobesity activities. Therefore, the identification and detection of these compounds are of utmost importance in order to utilise their benefits into various fields. Wherein, magnetic resonance techniques, such as NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and EPR (electron paramagnetic resonance), being far more reproducible, nondestructive, than other analytical techniques such as liquid chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and high-performance liquid chromatography cover a much wider dynamic range of metabolites with easy sample preparation techniques with high speed and fidelity. Hence, these magnetic resonance techniques have been proven to be extremely useful in plant metabolite profiling and disease metabolomics, along with structural elucidation of bioactive compounds from plant sources. Therefore, the present review focuses on the effectiveness of magnetic resonance for the detection of plant-derived metabolites that may lead to new areas of research in various fields such as drug discovery and development, metabolomics, combinatorial chemistry, and assessing overall food safety and quality.

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Effect of Nursing Intervention on Self-Management and Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Evaluated by Renal Diffusion Tensor Imaging Features Using Image Registration Algorithm

The aim of this research was to explore the effect of nursing intervention on self-management and quality of life in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) by using the renal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) feature of image registration algorithm. A total of 100 patients with CKD were randomly divided into experimental group (nursing maintenance guidance intervention) and control group (routine nursing), with 50 cases in each group. The image effect before and after registration, self-management behavior after 6 months, quality of life, DTI-related parameters, and renal function indicators were collected and analyzed. The results showed that the images were clearer than those before registration, the self-management ability in the control group (92.81 ± 19.32) was smaller than that in the experimental group (107.12 ± 18.78), the quality of life in the experimental group (121.47 ± 11.21) was greater than that in the control group (104.89 ± 12.11), and the corresponding magnetic resonance apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) (2.54 ± 0.28) and fractional anisotropy (FA) (0.28 ± 0.07) in the cortex were greater than those in the control group (2.35 ± 0.21, 0.23 ± 0.04). The differences were statistically significant (). The corresponding ADC value (2.32 ± 0.22) and FA value (0.59 ± 0.02) of medulla were greater than those of the control group (2.12 ± 0.24 and 0.41 ± 0.17). The levels of serum creatinine (Scr) (μmol/L) (421.38 ± 42.78) and 24 h urinary protein (24 h-Upro) (mg/d) (1,836.7 ± 545.98) were lower than those of the control group, and the differences had statistical significance (). In summary, the registration algorithm can enhance the effect of image presentation and nursing intervention has positive significance for the self-management and quality of life of patients with CKD.

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Deep Learning-Based Magnetic Resonance-Ultrashort Time of Echo Imaging for Analyzing Degeneration of Intervertebral Disc Cartilage Endplate and Rehabilitation Nursing

This study was focused on the magnetic resonance-ultrashort time of echo (MR-UTE) imaging technology based on the convolution residual network (CRN) algorithm to evaluate the degeneration of intervertebral disc endplate (DIDCE) and the efficacy of rehabilitation nursing intervention. In this study, 90 patients with intervertebral disc degeneration in the hospital were randomly divided into an intervention group (45 cases) and a control group (45 cases). All patients were scanned by a magnetic resonance imaging system, and the original UTE images were postprocessed. The control group received routine nursing. The intervention group used massage and rehabilitation nursing intervention measures. The CRN algorithm is used to reconstruct the undersampled MR image and compared with ESPIRiT algorithm and the Regridding algorithm. The result found that CRN has more advantages than ESPIRiT and Regridding reconstruction algorithms. The proportion of partial disappearance and complete disappearance of fibrous ring structure in the low back pain group was higher than that in the non-low back pain group, with a statistical difference (). 90 patients with intervertebral disc cartilage endplate degeneration were divided into lumbago group (62 cases) and nonlumbago group (28 cases) according to whether they had lumbago. The nursing satisfaction of patients in the intervention group (97%) is significantly higher than that of patients in the control group (69%) (). In conclusion, the CRN algorithm successfully removes artifacts and noise in the undersampled image. Cartilage endplate, annulus fibrosus, and bony endplate partially disappeared by the MR-UTE imaging technique. Rehabilitation intervention proved to have a positive effect on the treatment of patients with intervertebral disc degeneration and can improve patients’ satisfaction.

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MRI Semi-Quantitative Evaluation of Clinical Features of Cartilage Injury in Patients with Osteoarthritis

This study aimed to investigate the correlation between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of articular cartilage and clinical symptoms in patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Eighty patients with OA were selected as the study subjects (OA group) and 80 healthy subjects during the same period were also selected as the control group. All subjects underwent knee sagittal PDW-SPAIR, sagittal T1WI-aTSE, sagittal T2WI-TSE, coronal PDW-SPAIR, sagittal 3D-WATSc, and sagittal T2 mapping scans. Thereafter, all subjects underwent clinical assessment. The whole-organ MRI score (WORMS) was adopted for MRI examination and semiquantitative analysis, and the T2 value was calculated. The correlation among T2 value, WORMS, and Western Ontario and Mc Master University OA Index (WOMAC) was then compared and analyzed. The correlation coefficients between T2 values and WORMS in each sub-region of patients with OA were 0.8, 0.55, −0.038, 0.811, and 0.743; the correlation coefficients between WORMS and WOAMC were 0.66, 0.71, 0.46, and 0.88; and the correlation coefficients between T2 values and WOAMC were 0.483, 0.33, 0.282, and 0.636, respectively. There was a significant positive correlation between the results of MRI semiquantitative analysis and clinical symptoms as well as disease severity in patients with OA.

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Awakening Effect of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with Multimodal Magnetic Resonance Imaging under Three-Dimensional Reconstruction Algorithm Combined with Wake-Up Nursing on Patients with Massive Cerebral Infarction

This study was aimed to provide arousal treatment for disturbance of consciousness in patients with massive cerebral infarction, using multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-assisted transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) under three-dimensional reconstruction algorithm combined with wake-up nursing. The application effect was also evaluated. 80 patients with massive cerebral infarction were selected as the research objects. These patients were divided into the control group (routine nursing and TMS) and the experimental group (routine nursing, multisensory stimulation wake-up nursing, and TMS) according to the even- and odd-numbered admission orders. There were 40 cases in each group, and the treatment effects of the two groups were compared and analyzed. The peak signal-to-noise ratio (PSNR) (800 dB) of the bilateral filtering algorithm was higher than that of the wavelet threshold denoising (321 dB) and the nonlocal mean filtering algorithm (455 dB). The segmentation accuracy of the improved region growing method/fuzzy spatial clustering algorithm (96.21% and 97.22%) was higher than that of the unimproved ones (82.11% and 79.99%). The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), Coma Recovery Scale-Revised (CRS-R), and Dysfunction Scale (DFS) scores of the experimental group were significantly higher than those of the control group 1 week and 2 weeks after treatment (). The awakening rate of patients in the experimental group (95%) was also significantly higher than that in the control group (72.5%), and the time needed for waking up was (2.28 ± 2.92) hours, lower than that in the control group (4.34 ± 3.49) hours (). The three-dimensional reconstruction algorithm could effectively improve the display effect of MRI images and assist in the examination of diseases. Multisensory stimulation wake-up nursing combined with TMS could promote patients to wake up more quickly and help the recovery of brain function of patients in the treatment of massive cerebral infarction and disturbance of consciousness.

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The Clebsch–Gordan Coefficients and Their Application to Magnetic Resonance

The Clebsch–Gordan coefficients are extremely useful in magnetic resonance theory, yet have an infamous perceived level of complexity by many students. The Clebsch–Gordan coefficients are used to determine both the matrix elements of the spherical tensor operators and the total angular momentum states of a system of component angular momenta. Full derivations of these coefficients are rarely worked through step by step. Instead, students are provided with tables accompanied by little or no explanation of where the values in it originated from. This lack of direction is often a source of confusion for students. For this reason, we work through two common examples of the application of the Clebsch–Gordan coefficients to magnetic resonance experiments. In the first, we determine the components of the magnetic resonance Hamiltonian of ranks 0, 1, and 2 and use these to identify the secular portion of the static, heteronuclear dipolar Hamiltonian. In the second, we derive the singlet and triplet states that arise from the interaction of two identical spin- particles.

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