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Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine

Ming Dai, Xueliang Xiao, Xin Chen, Haoming Lin, Wanqing Wu, Siping Chen
With the increasing aging population as well as health concerns, chronic heart disease has become the focus of public attention. A comfortable, low-powered, and wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) system for continuously monitoring the elderly's ECG signals over several hours is important for preventing cardiovascular diseases. Traditional ECG monitoring apparatus is often inconvenient to carry, has many electrodes to attach to the chest, and has a high-power consumption. There is also a challenge to design an electrocardiograph that satisfies requirements such as comfort, confinement, and compactness...
October 14, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
L Sim
The purpose of this study was to evaluate if MED610 3D printed material can be used as a surrogate for acrylic in the manufacturing of a replacement insert used in an eye plaque brachytherapy applicator. Measurement of the dose distributions from a standard acrylic insert were compared with dose obtained from MED610 3D printed replica using GafChromic(®) EBT3 films. The study used a 15 mm Radiation Oncology Physics and Engineering Services, Australia (ROPES) type eye plaque applicator loaded with I-125 (model 6711) seeds...
October 11, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
David L Thiele, Sarah-Ellyana Aliuddin, Mike Irvine, George P McGill
A computed tomography radiation dose survey was performed within our enterprise using three age-based paediatric phantoms representing a 1, 5 and 10 years old. Twenty-seven scanners were surveyed with volume computed tomography dose index and dose length product data collected for head, chest and abdomen-pelvis protocols at each age. Reconstruction method e.g. filtered back projection (FBP) or iterative (IR) was also recorded. About two-thirds of the 1 year old FBP chest scans exceeded the national Baby diagnostic reference level (DRL)...
October 11, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Solen Cubukcu, Haluk Yücel
In this study, paraffin was selected as a base material and mixed with different amounts of CaSO4·2H2O and H3BO3 compounds in order to mimic breast tissue. Slab phantoms were produced with suitable mixture ratios of the additives in the melted paraffin. Subsequently, these were characterized in terms of first half-value layer (HVL) in the mammographic X-ray range using a pulse-height spectroscopic analysis with a CdTe detector. Irradiations were performed in the energy range of 23-35 kVp under broad beam conditions from Mo/Mo and Mo/Rh target/filter combinations...
October 7, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Pamela J Sykes
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September 22, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Martin Caon
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September 22, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Baker Ababneh, Abd Aziz Tajuddin, Rokiah Hashim, Ibrahim Lutfi Shuaib
This paper reports the novel use of almond gum as a binder in manufacturing Rhizophora spp. particleboard. X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy was employed for analysis under photon energy range of 16.6-25.3 keV. Results showed that almond gum-bonded Rhizophora spp. particleboard can be used as tissue-equivalent phantom in diagnostic radiation. The calculated mass attenuation coefficients of the particleboards were consistent with the values of water calculated using XCOM program for the same photon energies, with p values of 0...
September 15, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Luis Munoz, Amy Ziebell, Jason Morton, Madhava Bhat
An in-house solution for the verification of dose delivered to a moving phantom as required for the clinical implementation of lung stereotactic ablative body radiation therapy was developed. The superior-inferior movement required to simulate tumour motion during a normal breathing cycle was achieved via the novel use of an Arduino Uno™, a low-cost open-source microcontroller board connected to a high torque servo motor. Slow CT imaging was used to acquire the image set and a 4D cone beam CT (4D-CBCT) verified the efficacy of contoured margins before treatment on the moving phantom...
September 15, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Anukul Pandey, Butta Singh, Barjinder Singh Saini, Neetu Sood
In this paper, a joint use of the discrete cosine transform (DCT), and differential pulse code modulation (DPCM) based quantization is presented for predefined quality controlled electrocardiogram (ECG) data compression. The formulated approach exploits the energy compaction property in transformed domain. The DPCM quantization has been applied to zero-sequence grouped DCT coefficients that were optimally thresholded via Regula-Falsi method. The generated sequence is encoded using Huffman coding. This encoded series is further converted to a valid ASCII code using the standard codebook for transmission purpose...
September 9, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Mahsheed Sabet, David Cryer, David Waterhouse
Well type chambers are used for radioactive source calibrations in brachytherapy, but do not provide radiation shielding. Routine constancy checks on a well chamber are required between periodic secondary standard laboratory calibrations to ensure consistent device performance, and ultimately to ensure accurate patient dose delivery. In this work, a method is described to provide suitable shielding for a Cs-137 rod-type point source to enable use for constancy checks. A novel plunger-type shielded housing was designed and constructed for the Cs-137 source that when combined with a suitably shielded well-chamber container minimised user exposure during constancy checks...
September 9, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
D J Butler, J E Lye, T E Wright, D Crossley, P H G Sharpe, A W Stevenson, J Livingstone, J C Crosbie
Alanine dosimeters from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in the UK were irradiated using kilovoltage synchrotron radiation at the imaging and medical beam line (IMBL) at the Australian Synchrotron. A 20 × 20 mm(2) area was irradiated by scanning the phantom containing the alanine through the 1 mm × 20 mm beam at a constant velocity. The polychromatic beam had an average energy of 95 keV and nominal absorbed dose to water rate of 250 Gy/s. The absorbed dose to water in the solid water phantom was first determined using a PTW Model 31014 PinPoint ionization chamber traceable to a graphite calorimeter...
September 1, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Jamie Trapp
There are often differences in a publication's citation count, depending on the database accessed. Here, aspects of citation counts for medical physics and biomedical engineering papers are studied using papers published in the journal Australasian physical and engineering sciences in medicine. Comparison is made between the Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar. Papers are categorised into subject matter, and citation trends are examined. It is shown that review papers as a group tend to receive more citations on average; however the highest cited individual papers are more likely to be research papers...
August 30, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Ali Taheri, Ali Pazirandeh
To have access to an appropriate neutron source is one of the most demanding requirements for neutron studies. This is important specially in laboratory and clinical applications, which need more compact and accessible sources. The most known neutron sources are fission reactors and natural isotopes, but there is an increasing interest for using accelerator based neutron sources because of their advantages. In this paper, we shall present a photo-neutron source prototype which is designed and fabricated to be used for different neutron researches including in-laboratory neutron activation analysis and neutron imaging, and also preliminary studies in boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT)...
August 29, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Yasuo Takatsu, Tsuyoshi Ueyama, Tosiaki Miyati, Kenichirou Yamamura
The image characteristics in dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) depend on the partial Fourier fraction and contrast medium concentration. These characteristics were assessed and the modulation transfer function (MTF) was calculated by computer simulation. A digital phantom was created from signal intensity data acquired at different contrast medium concentrations on a breast model. The frequency images [created by fast Fourier transform (FFT)] were divided into 512 parts and rearranged to form a new image...
August 26, 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
N Meghdadi, M Soltani, H Niroomand-Oscuii, F Ghalichi
Tumors are a main cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Despite the efforts of the clinical and research communities, little has been achieved in the past decades in terms of improving the treatment of aggressive tumors. Understanding the underlying mechanism of tumor growth and evaluating the effects of different therapies are valuable steps in predicting the survival time and improving the patients' quality of life. Several studies have been devoted to tumor growth modeling at different levels to improve the clinical outcome by predicting the results of specific treatments...
September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Seyed Mehdi BagheriMofidi, Majid Pouladian, Seyed Behnamedin Jameie, Ali Abbaspour Tehrani-Fard
Magnetic field generated by neuronal activity could alter magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals but detection of such signal is under debate. Previous researches proposed that magnitude signal change is below current detectable level, but phase signal change (PSC) may be measurable with current MRI systems. Optimal imaging parameters like echo time, voxel size and external field direction, could increase the probability of detection of this small signal change. We simulate a voxel of cortical column to determine effect of such parameters on PSC signal...
September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Yunfei Hu, Ben Archibald-Heeren, Mikel Byrne, Yang Wang
Large differences in monitor units have been observed when RadCalc, a pencil-beam-algorithm based software, is used to verify clinical electron plans from Raystation, a Monte-Carlo-algorithm based planning system. To investigate the problem, a number of clinical plans as well as test plans were created and calculated in both systems, with the resultant monitor units compared. The results revealed that differences between the two systems are significant when the geometry includes inhomogeneities and curved surfaces...
September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Mikel Byrne, Yunfei Hu, Ben Archibald-Heeren
When planning breast IMRT, the distance of the CTV from the patient external surface is often less than the PTV margin required, presenting difficulties for ensuring CTV coverage. Several techniques have been proposed to ensure coverage in this scenario, one of which is robust optimisation; a technique that simultaneously optimises a plan in multiple geometries representing the worst case setup error expected. A range of plans were created utilising opposed tangential beams and these differing planning techniques, and were delivered and computed at 5 and 10 mm offsets perpendicular to the beam axes...
September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
Kym Rykers
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September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
N Sriraam, T K Padma Shri, Uma Maheshwari
Electroencephalographic (EEG) activity recorded during the entire sleep cycle reflects various complex processes associated with brain and exhibits a high degree of irregularity through various stages of sleep. The identification of transition from wakefulness to stage1 sleep is a challenging area of research for the biomedical community. In this paper, spectral entropy (SE) is used as a complexity measure to quantify irregularities in awake and stage1 sleep of 8-channel sleep EEG data from the polysomnographic recordings of ten healthy subjects...
September 2016: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
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