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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500478/effect-of-stenosis-eccentricity-on-the-functionality-of-coronary-bifurcation-lesions-a-numerical-study
#1
Catherine Pagiatakis, Jean-Claude Tardif, Philippe L L'Allier, Rosaire Mongrain
Interventional cardiologists still rely heavily on angiography for the evaluation of coronary lesion severity, despite its poor correlation with the presence of ischemia. In order to improve the accuracy of the current diagnostic procedures, an understanding of the relative influence of geometric characteristics on the induction of ischemia is required. This idea is especially important for coronary bifurcation lesions (CBLs), whose treatment is complex and is associated with high rates of peri- and post-procedural clinical events...
May 13, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493093/insights-from-mathematical-modeling-for-convection-enhanced-intraputamenal-delivery-of-gdnf
#2
Elena Belova, Christopher L Shaffer, Patrick E Trapa
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a potential therapy for Parkinson's disease (PD) promoting survival and functional recovery of dopaminergic neurons when delivered to the degenerated striatum. To study the aspects of intraputamenal delivery of GDNF, a mathematical model of recombinant methionyl human GDNF (r-metHuGDNF) convection in the human putamen has been developed. The convection-enhanced delivery infusions of r-metHuGDNF were simulated at rates up to 5 μL/min. The high-rate infusions (≥1 μL/min) permit rapid and uniform distribution of drug with up to 75% of the distribution volume having a concentration within 5% of the infusate concentration...
May 11, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488157/foreword-to-the-special-issue-electroporation-for-biomedical-applications
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May 10, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474182/homogenous-scaffold-based-cranial-skull-implant-modelling-and-structural-analysis-unit-cell-algorithm-meshless-approach
#4
V Phanindra Bogu, Y Ravi Kumar, Asit Kumar Khanra
This computational study explores a unique modelling approach of the cranial implant, homogenous scaffold algorithm and meshless method, respectively. This meshless method is employed to review the implant underneath intracranial pressure (ICP) conditions with a standard ICP range of 7 mm of Hg to 15 mm of Hg. The algorithm is used to introduce uniform porosity within the implant enabling the implant behaviour with respect to ICP conditions. However, increase in the porosity leads to variation in deformation and equivalent stress, respectively...
May 5, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462498/refined-multiscale-fuzzy-entropy-based-on-standard-deviation-for-biomedical-signal-analysis
#5
Hamed Azami, Alberto Fernández, Javier Escudero
Multiscale entropy (MSE) has been a prevalent algorithm to quantify the complexity of biomedical time series. Recent developments in the field have tried to alleviate the problem of undefined MSE values for short signals. Moreover, there has been a recent interest in using other statistical moments than the mean, i.e., variance, in the coarse-graining step of the MSE. Building on these trends, here we introduce the so-called refined composite multiscale fuzzy entropy based on the standard deviation (RCMFEσ) and mean (RCMFEμ) to quantify the dynamical properties of spread and mean, respectively, over multiple time scales...
May 2, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462497/a-coaxial-slot-antenna-with-frequency-of-433%C3%A2-mhz-for-microwave-ablation-therapies-design-simulation-and-experimental-research
#6
Yingxu Jiang, Jinzhe Zhao, Weitao Li, Yamin Yang, Jia Liu, Zhiyu Qian
Investigation of the structures and properties of antennas is important in the design of microwave ablation (MWA) system. In this study, we studied the performance of the novel tri- and single-slot antennas with frequency of 433 MHz in ex vivo conditions. The dielectric properties of liver tissue under different thermal coagulation levels were explored, which was beneficial to evaluate ablation condition of tissue and simulate temperature field. Then, the performances of the antennas were analyzed by using numerical method based on finite element method (FEM)...
May 2, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390003/modifying-motor-unit-territory-placement-in-the-fuglevand-model
#7
Jason W Robertson, Jamie A Johnston
The Fuglevand model is often used to address challenging questions in neurophysiology; however, there are elements of the neuromuscular system unaccounted for in the model. For instance, in some muscles, slow and fast motor units (MUs) tend to reside deep and superficially in the muscle, respectively, necessarily altering the development of surface electromyogram (EMG) power during activation. Thus, the objective of this study was to replace the randomized MU territory (MUT) placement algorithm in the Fuglevand model with an optimized method capable of reflecting these observations...
April 8, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390002/a-tool-for-validating-mri-guided-strategies-a-digital-breathing-ct-mri-phantom-of-the-abdominal-site
#8
Chiara Paganelli, Paul Summers, Chiara Gianoli, Massimo Bellomi, Guido Baroni, Marco Riboldi
Dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is emerging as the elected image modality for organ motion quantification and management in image-guided radiotherapy. However, the lack of validation tools is an open issue for image guidance in the abdominal and thoracic organs affected by organ motion due to respiration. We therefore present an abdominal four-dimensional (4D) CT/MRI digital phantom, including the estimation of MR tissue parameters, simulation of dedicated abdominal MR sequences, modeling of radiofrequency coil response and noise, followed by k-space sampling and image reconstruction...
April 8, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361357/increasing-accuracy-of-pulse-transit-time-measurements-by-automated-elimination-of-distorted-photoplethysmography-waves
#9
Marit H N van Velzen, Arjo J Loeve, Sjoerd P Niehof, Egbert G Mik
Photoplethysmography (PPG) is a widely available non-invasive optical technique to visualize pressure pulse waves (PWs). Pulse transit time (PTT) is a physiological parameter that is often derived from calculations on ECG and PPG signals and is based on tightly defined characteristics of the PW shape. PPG signals are sensitive to artefacts. Coughing or movement of the subject can affect PW shapes that much that the PWs become unsuitable for further analysis. The aim of this study was to develop an algorithm that automatically and objectively eliminates unsuitable PWs...
March 30, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357624/a-simple-method-to-reconstruct-the-molar-mass-signal-of-respiratory-gas-to-assess-small-airways-with-a-double-tracer-gas-single-breath-washout
#10
Johannes Port, Ziran Tao, Annika Junger, Christoph Joppek, Philipp Tempel, Kim Husemann, Florian Singer, Philipp Latzin, Sophie Yammine, Joachim H Nagel, Martin Kohlhäufl
For the assessment of small airway diseases, a noninvasive double-tracer gas single-breath washout (DTG-SBW) with sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and helium (He) as tracer components has been proposed. It is assumed that small airway diseases may produce typical ventilation inhomogeneities which can be detected within one single tidal breath, when using two tracer components. Characteristic parameters calculated from a relative molar mass (MM) signal of the airflow during the washout expiration phase are analyzed...
March 29, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353133/automatic-recognition-of-severity-level-for-diagnosis-of-diabetic-retinopathy-using-deep-visual-features
#11
Qaisar Abbas, Irene Fondon, Auxiliadora Sarmiento, Soledad Jiménez, Pedro Alemany
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is leading cause of blindness among diabetic patients. Recognition of severity level is required by ophthalmologists to early detect and diagnose the DR. However, it is a challenging task for both medical experts and computer-aided diagnosis systems due to requiring extensive domain expert knowledge. In this article, a novel automatic recognition system for the five severity level of diabetic retinopathy (SLDR) is developed without performing any pre- and post-processing steps on retinal fundus images through learning of deep visual features (DVFs)...
March 28, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353132/evaluation-of-the-parameters-affecting-bone-temperature-during-drilling-using-a-three-dimensional-dynamic-elastoplastic-finite-element-model
#12
Yung-Chuan Chen, Yuan-Kun Tu, Jun-Yan Zhuang, Yi-Jung Tsai, Cheng-Yo Yen, Chih-Kun Hsiao
A three-dimensional dynamic elastoplastic finite element model was constructed and experimentally validated and was used to investigate the parameters which influence bone temperature during drilling, including the drill speed, feeding force, drill bit diameter, and bone density. Results showed the proposed three-dimensional dynamic elastoplastic finite element model can effectively simulate the temperature elevation during bone drilling. The bone temperature rise decreased with an increase in feeding force and drill speed, however, increased with the diameter of drill bit or bone density...
March 28, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343335/a-new-infant-hybrid-respiratory-simulator-preliminary-evaluation-based-on-clinical-data
#13
Barbara Stankiewicz, Krzysztof J Pałko, Marek Darowski, Krzysztof Zieliński, Maciej Kozarski
A new hybrid (numerical-physical) simulator of the respiratory system, designed to simulate spontaneous and artificial/assisted ventilation of preterm and full-term infants underwent preliminary evaluation. A numerical, seven-compartmental model of the respiratory system mechanics allows the operator to simulate global and peripheral obstruction and restriction of the lungs. The physical part of the simulator is a piston-based construction of impedance transformer. LabVIEW real-time software coordinates the work of both parts of the simulator and its interaction with a ventilator...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343334/design-and-test-of-a-microsoft-kinect-based-system-for-delivering-adaptive-visual-feedback-to-stroke-patients-during-training-of-upper-limb-movement
#14
Daniel Simonsen, Mirjana B Popovic, Erika G Spaich, Ole Kæseler Andersen
The present paper describes the design and test of a low-cost Microsoft Kinect-based system for delivering adaptive visual feedback to stroke patients during the execution of an upper limb exercise. Eleven sub-acute stroke patients with varying degrees of upper limb function were recruited. Each subject participated in a control session (repeated twice) and a feedback session (repeated twice). In each session, the subjects were presented with a rectangular pattern displayed on a vertical mounted monitor embedded in the table in front of the patient...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343333/use-of-phase-locking-value-in-sensorimotor-rhythm-based-brain-computer-interface-zero-phase-coupling-and-effects-of-spatial-filters
#15
Wenjuan Jian, Minyou Chen, Dennis J McFarland
Phase-locking value (PLV) is a potentially useful feature in sensorimotor rhythm-based brain-computer interface (BCI). However, volume conduction may cause spurious zero-phase coupling between two EEG signals and it is not clear whether PLV effects are independent of spectral amplitude. Volume conduction might be reduced by spatial filtering, but it is uncertain what impact this might have on PLV. Therefore, the goal of this study was to explore whether zero-phase PLV is meaningful and how it is affected by spatial filtering...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321684/left-ventricular-flow-propagation-velocity-measurement-is-it-cast-in-stone
#16
Bee Ting Chan, Hak Koon Yeoh, Yih Miin Liew, Yang Faridah Abdul Aziz, Ganiga Srinivasaiah Sridhar, Christian Hamilton-Craig, David Platts, Einly Lim
This study aims to investigate the measurement of left ventricular flow propagation velocity, V p, using phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging and to assess the discrepancies resulting from inflow jet direction and individual left ventricular size. Three V p measuring techniques, namely non-adaptive (NA), adaptive positions (AP) and adaptive vectors (AV) method, were suggested and compared. We performed the comparison on nine healthy volunteers and nine post-infarct patients at four measurement positions, respectively, at one-third, one-half, two-thirds and the conventional 4 cm distances from the mitral valve leaflet into the left ventricle...
March 20, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321683/resistance-training-using-a-novel-robotic-walker-for-over-ground-gait-rehabilitation-a-preliminary-study-on-healthy-subjects
#17
Kyung-Ryoul Mun, Brandon Bao Sheng Yeo, Zhao Guo, Soon Cheol Chung, Haoyong Yu
Strength training is an aspect of gait rehabilitation, which complements balance control and weight-bearing training. However, conventional strength training does not show positive gait outcomes, due to lack of task specificity. Therefore, the aims of this study were to investigate the effects of a resistance force applied at the center of mass (CoM) and to investigate whether this exercise can be used for effective task-specific gait training. Using a novel robotic walker, a consistent resistive force was applied to the CoM of subjects in the posterior direction...
March 20, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316038/the-impact-of-the-aortic-valve-impairment-on-the-distant-coronary-arteries-hemodynamics-a-fluid-structure-interaction-study
#18
Hossein Mohammadi, Raymond Cartier, Rosaire Mongrain
Atherosclerosis is still the leading cause of death in the developed world. Although its initiation and progression is a complex multifactorial process, it is well known that blood flow-induced wall shear stress (WSS) is an important factor involved in early atherosclerotic plaque initiation. In recent clinical studies, it was established that the regional pathologies of the aortic valve can be involved in the formation of atherosclerotic plaques. However, the impact of hemodynamic effects is not yet fully elucidated for disease initiation and progression...
March 18, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251444/combining-novelty-detectors-to-improve-accelerometer-based-fall-detection
#19
Carlos Medrano, Raúl Igual, Iván García-Magariño, Inmaculada Plaza, Guillermo Azuara
Research on body-worn sensors has shown how they can be used for the detection of falls in the elderly, which is a relevant health problem. However, most systems are trained with simulated falls, which differ from those of the target population. In this paper, we tackle the problem of fall detection using a combination of novelty detectors. A novelty detector can be trained only with activities of daily life (ADL), which are true movements recorded in real life. In addition, they allow adapting the system to new users, by recording new movements and retraining the system...
March 1, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247185/cell-segmentation-in-histopathological-images-with-deep-learning-algorithms-by-utilizing-spatial-relationships
#20
Nuh Hatipoglu, Gokhan Bilgin
In many computerized methods for cell detection, segmentation, and classification in digital histopathology that have recently emerged, the task of cell segmentation remains a chief problem for image processing in designing computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) systems. In research and diagnostic studies on cancer, pathologists can use CAD systems as second readers to analyze high-resolution histopathological images. Since cell detection and segmentation are critical for cancer grade assessments, cellular and extracellular structures should primarily be extracted from histopathological images...
February 28, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
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