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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717902/fusion-of-heart-rate-variability-and-pulse-rate-variability-for-emotion-recognition-using-lagged-poincare-plots
#1
Atefeh Goshvarpour, Ataollah Abbasi, Ateke Goshvarpour
Designing an efficient automatic emotion recognition system based on physiological signals has attracted great interests within the research of human-machine interactions. This study was aimed to classify emotional responses by means of a simple dynamic signal processing technique and fusion frameworks. The electrocardiogram and finger pulse activity of 35 participants were recorded during rest condition and when subjects were listening to music intended to stimulate certain emotions. Four emotion categories, including happiness, sadness, peacefulness, and fear were chosen...
July 17, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717901/performance-assessment-of-a-programmable-five-degrees-of-freedom-motion-platform-for-quality-assurance-of-motion-management-techniques-in-radiotherapy
#2
Chen-Yu Huang, Paul Keall, Adam Rice, Emma Colvill, Jin Aun Ng, Jeremy T Booth
Inter-fraction and intra-fraction motion management methods are increasingly applied clinically and require the development of advanced motion platforms to facilitate testing and quality assurance program development. The aim of this study was to assess the performance of a 5 degrees-of-freedom (DoF) programmable motion platform HexaMotion (ScandiDos, Uppsala, Sweden) towards clinically observed tumor motion range, velocity, acceleration and the accuracy requirements of SABR prescribed in AAPM Task Group 142...
July 17, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685485/operational-statistics-for-the-apesm-journal-2014-2016
#3
EDITORIAL
Martin Caon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 6, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677081/the-role-of-impairment-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-function-in-osteoporotic-bone-fracture-healing
#4
Lihai Zhang, Saeed Miramini, Martin Richardson, Priyan Mendis, Peter Ebeling
With demographic change and increasing life expectancy, osteoporotic fractures have become one of the most prevalent trauma conditions seen in daily clinical practice. A variety of factors are known to affect the rate of healing in osteoporotic conditions (e.g. both biochemical and biomechanical environment of callus cells). However, the influence of impairment of mesenchymal stem cell function in the osteoporotic condition on bone fracture healing has not been fully understood. In the present study, we develop a mathematical model that quantifies the change in biological processes within the fracture callus as a result of osteoporosis...
July 4, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653146/investigation-of-the-optimum-heel-pad-stiffness-a-modeling-study
#5
Che-Yu Lin, Hung-Jui Chuang, Daniel H Cortes
Due to the controversy regarding the criterion for diagnosing heel pad (HP) pathology based on evaluating the state of the heel pad stiffness (HPS), this paper intended to apply modeling to understand the influence of the HPS on the mechanical responses of the HP at heelstrike during locomotion, in an attempt to investigate the optimum HPS in terms of the health-related mechanical responses. Two different models, a finite element model and a classical mechanical model, were used to simulate the mechanical responses (force loading and deformation) experienced by the HP at heelstrike...
June 26, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620839/probability-density-distribution-of-delta-rr-intervals-a-novel-method-for-the-detection-of-atrial-fibrillation
#6
Yanjun Li, Xiaoying Tang, Ancong Wang, Hui Tang
Atrial fibrillation (AF) monitoring and diagnosis require automatic AF detection methods. In this paper, a novel image-based AF detection method was proposed. The map was constructed by plotting changes of RR intervals (△RR) into grid panes. First, the map was divided into grid panes with 20 ms fixed resolution in y-axes and 15-60 s step length in x-axes. Next, the blank pane ratio (BPR), the entropy and the probability density distribution were processed using linear support-vector machine (LSVM) to classify AF and non-AF episodes...
June 15, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608296/erratum-to-short-tangential-arcs-in-vmat-based-breast-and-chest-wall-radiotherapy-lead-to-conformity-of-the-breast-dose-with-lesser-cardiac-and-lung-doses-a-prospective-study-of-breast-conservation-and-mastectomy-patients
#7
Anusheel Munshi, Biplab Sarkar, Satheeshkumar Anbazhagan, Upendra K Giri, Harpreet Kaur, Kanan Jassal, Tharmar Ganesh, Bidhu Kalyan Mohanti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 12, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597230/both-sides-now-diagnostic-imaging-medical-physics-in-two-hemispheres
#8
EDITORIAL
Donald McRobbie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573545/a-software-framework-for-real-time-multi-modal-detection-of-microsleeps
#9
Simon J Knopp, Philip J Bones, Stephen J Weddell, Richard D Jones
A software framework is described which was designed to process EEG, video of one eye, and head movement in real time, towards achieving early detection of microsleeps for prevention of fatal accidents, particularly in transport sectors. The framework is based around a pipeline structure with user-replaceable signal processing modules. This structure can encapsulate a wide variety of feature extraction and classification techniques and can be applied to detecting a variety of aspects of cognitive state. Users of the framework can implement signal processing plugins in C++ or Python...
June 1, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555426/a-novel-approach-to-the-extraction-of-fetal-electrocardiogram-based-on-empirical-mode-decomposition-and-correlation-analysis
#10
Peyman Ghobadi Azbari, Mostafa Abdolghaffar, Saeed Mohaqeqi, Mohammad Pooyan, Alireza Ahmadian, Niloofar Ghanbarzadeh Gashti
Fetal heart rate monitoring is the process of checking the condition of the fetus during pregnancy and it would allow doctors and nurses to detect early signs of trouble during labor and delivery. The fetal ECG (FECG) signal is so weak and also is corrupted by other signals and noises, mainly by maternal ECG signal. It is so hard to acquire a noise-free, precise and reliable FECG using the conventional methods. In this study, a combination of empirical mode decomposition (EMD) algorithms, correlation and match filtering is used for extracting FECG from maternal abdominal ECG signals...
May 29, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523470/short-tangential-arcs-in-vmat-based-breast-and-chest-wall-radiotherapy-lead-to-conformity-of-the-breast-dose-with-lesser-cardiac-and-lung-doses-a-prospective-study-of-breast-conservation-and-mastectomy-patients
#11
Anusheel Munshi, Biplab Sarkar, Anbu Sateeshkumar, Upendra K Giri, Harpreet Kaur, Kanan Jassal, Tharmar Ganesh, Bidhu Kalyan Mohanti
Volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is modern rotational intensity modulated therapy used for treatment of several sites. The study aimed to analyze partial tangential arc VMAT treatment planning and delivery, including analyzing the cardiac and contralateral breast doses resulting from this technique. A total of 153 consecutively treated breast cancer (conservation as well as mastectomy) patients were taken for this dosimetric study. All patients were planned using partial arc VMAT in the Monaco treatment planning system using two partial arc beams...
May 18, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523469/system-for-automatic-heart-rate-calculation-in-epileptic-seizures
#12
Marcin Kołodziej, Andrzej Majkowski, Remigiusz J Rak, Bartosz Świderski, Andrzej Rysz
This article presents a comprehensive system for automatic heart rate (HR) detection. The system is robust and resistant to disturbances (noise, interferences, artifacts) occurring mainly during epileptic seizures. ECG signal filtration (IIR) and normalization due to skewness and standard deviation were used as preprocessing steps. A key element of the system is a reference QRS complex pattern calculated individually for each ECG recording. Next, a cross-correlation of the reference QRS pattern with short, normalized ECG windows is calculated and the maxima of the correlation are found (R-wave locations)...
May 18, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523468/development-of-a-novel-radiotherapy-motion-phantom-using-a-stepper-motor-driver-circuit-and-evaluation-using-optical-surface-scanning
#13
Michael Lempart, Malin Kügele, Jonatan Snäll, Lee Ambolt, Sofie Ceberg
Recent developments in radiotherapy have focused on the management of patient motion during treatment. Studies have shown that significant gains in treatment quality can be made by 'gating' certain treatments, simultaneously keeping target coverage, and increasing separation to nearby organs at risk (OAR). Motion phantoms can be used to simulate patient breathing motion and provide the means to perform quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) of gating functionality as well as to assess the dosimetric impact of motion on individual patient treatments...
May 18, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509080/evaluation-of-dose-enhancement-in-presence-of-gold-nanoparticles-in-eye-brachytherapy-by-103-pd-source
#14
Hadi Rezaei, Mansour Zabihzadeh, Mahdi Ghorbani, Foad Goli Ahmadabad, Hesameddin Mostaghimi
In recent years, the use of gold nanoparticles in radiation therapy has been introduced as a new approach in radiotherapy. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of gold nanoparticles (GNPs) in plaque brachytherapy for choroidal melanoma using Monte Carlo (MC) simulation. MCNPX code was used for simulation of human eye, (103)Pd (model 200) brachytherapy source and the 20 mm COMS eye plaque that was loaded with 24 (103)Pd seeds and standardized by Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study (COMS). The tumour was defined from the inner surface of choroid with 0...
May 16, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477321/the-abdominal-radiation-doses-for-paediatric-patients-undergoing-x-ray-examinations-at-southern-saudi-arabia
#15
Jobran Miree Alqahtani
This study aims to estimate radiation doses for paediatric patients undergoing abdominal X-ray examinations in Najran, Saudi Arabia, through evaluation of the entrance surface doses using DoseCal software. Two X-ray units were used at a paediatric referral hospital. A total of 216 patients were examined with an age range between 0 and 7 years. The mean ESDs were found to be 0.042 and 0.101 mGy, for abdomen anteroposterior (AP) and posteroanterior (PA) respectively. The results are useful to the National Centre for Radiation Protection in Saudi Arabia and other professional organizations elsewhere, to set up safety protocols to prevent paediatric patients from needless radiation and to establish diagnostic reference levels (DRLs)...
May 5, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466444/a-pilot-study-on-geometrical-uncertainties-for-intra-ocular-cancers-in-radiotherapy
#16
Rachitha Antony, Alan Herschtal, Stephen Todd, Claire Phillips, Annette Haworth
A system for stabilising and monitoring eye movements for linac-based stereotactic radiotherapy associated with the mobile eye, the Eye Tracker, was developed. Whilst the Eye Tracker design is based on a previously reported system, the purpose of this study was to confirm that the modified version can be used with clinically acceptable treatment margins. We report the estimates of the margin required to account for inter- and intra-fraction eye motion based on data from 12 consecutive patients treated with the Eye Tracker system in place...
May 2, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597229/couch-modelling-for-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-vmat
#17
Te-Yu Chyou, Friedlieb Lorenz
The aim of this work was to investigate the impact of the accuracy of a certain couch model on the overall accuracy of the dose calculation. For this purpose two models of the Varian Exact Couch (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA, USA) for use in the planning of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) were created in Monaco 5.1 (Elekta, Stockholm, Sweden). The first was a simplistic model, with the relative electron densities (ED) of structures based entirely on CT Hounsfield units (HU). The second couch model was obtained by assigning the appropriate EDs to the relevant couch structures...
June 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425075/technical-note-real-time-web-based-wireless-visual-guidance-system-for-radiotherapy
#18
Danny Lee, Siyong Kim, Jatinder R Palta, Taeho Kim
Describe a Web-based wireless visual guidance system that mitigates issues associated with hard-wired audio-visual aided patient interactive motion management systems that are cumbersome to use in routine clinical practice. Web-based wireless visual display duplicates an existing visual display of a respiratory-motion management system for visual guidance. The visual display of the existing system is sent to legacy Web clients over a private wireless network, thereby allowing a wireless setting for real-time visual guidance...
April 19, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409335/multichannel-interictal-spike-activity-detection-using-time-frequency-entropy-measure
#19
Palani Thanaraj, B Parvathavarthini
Localization of interictal spikes is an important clinical step in the pre-surgical assessment of pharmacoresistant epileptic patients. The manual selection of interictal spike periods is cumbersome and involves a considerable amount of analysis workload for the physician. The primary focus of this paper is to automate the detection of interictal spikes for clinical applications in epilepsy localization. The epilepsy localization procedure involves detection of spikes in a multichannel EEG epoch. Therefore, a multichannel Time-Frequency (T-F) entropy measure is proposed to extract features related to the interictal spike activity...
April 13, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409334/investigation-of-x-ray-focal-spot-alignment-using-a-jig-of-novel-design
#20
Lockie Yuen, Cameron McLucas
The X-ray focal spot and the centre of the flattening filter should be placed as close as possible to the central axis (CAX) on a linear accelerator (linac) to produce a radially symmetric beam. The aim of this study is to devise a method to easily optimise the focal spot position of Varian linac photon beams generated with a flattening filter. A simple and robust jig was designed and built to be inserted into the largest electron applicator. Accessory and jaw position interlocks were overridden to enable photon beam operation...
April 13, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
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