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Yi Yu, Yun Zhao, Yajing Si, Qiongqiong Ren, Wu Ren, Changqin Jing, Hongxing Zhang
BACKGROUND: In schizophrenia, executive dysfunction is the most critical cognitive impairment, and is associated with abnormal neural activities, especially in the frontal lobes. Complexity estimation using electroencephalogram (EEG) recording based on nonlinear dynamics and task performance tests have been widely used to estimate executive dysfunction in schizophrenia. METHODS: The present study estimated the cool executive function based on fractal dimension (FD) values of EEG data recorded from first-episode schizophrenia patients and healthy controls during the performance of three cool executive function tasks, namely, the Trail Making Test-A (TMT-A), Trail Making Test-B (TMT-B), and Tower of Hanoi tasks...
November 25, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Saeid Aliabadi, Yuanyuan Wang, Jinhua Yu, Jinxin Zhao, Wei Guo, Shun Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Eigenspace-based beamformers, by orthogonal projection of signal subspace, can remove a large part of the noise, and provide better imaging contrast upon the minimum variance beamformer. However, wrong estimate of signal and noise component may bring dark-spot artifacts and distort the signal intensity. The signal component and noise and interference components are considered uncorrelated in conventional eigenspace-based beamforming methods. In ultrasound imaging, however, signal and noise are highly correlated...
November 24, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Nicolai Spicher, Markus Kukuk, Stefan Maderwald, Mark E Ladd
BACKGROUND: Accurate synchronization between magnetic resonance imaging data acquisition and a subject's cardiac activity ("triggering") is essential for reducing image artifacts but conventional, contact-based methods for this task are limited by several factors, including preparation time, patient inconvenience, and susceptibility to signal degradation. The purpose of this work is to evaluate the performance of a new contact-free triggering method developed with the aim to eventually replace conventional methods in non-cardiac imaging applications...
November 24, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
He-Hua Zhang, Liuyang Yang, Yuchuan Liu, Pin Wang, Jun Yin, Yongming Li, Mingguo Qiu, Xueru Zhu, Fang Yan
BACKGROUND: The use of speech based data in the classification of Parkinson disease (PD) has been shown to provide an effect, non-invasive mode of classification in recent years. Thus, there has been an increased interest in speech pattern analysis methods applicable to Parkinsonism for building predictive tele-diagnosis and tele-monitoring models. One of the obstacles in optimizing classifications is to reduce noise within the collected speech samples, thus ensuring better classification accuracy and stability...
November 16, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Robert Koprowski, Michele Lanza, Carlo Irregolare
BACKGROUND: Efficacy and high availability of surgery techniques for refractive defect correction increase the number of patients who undergo to this type of surgery. Regardless of that, with increasing age, more and more patients must undergo cataract surgery. Accurate evaluation of corneal power is an extremely important element affecting the precision of intraocular lens (IOL) power calculation and errors in this procedure could affect quality of life of patients and satisfaction with the service provided...
November 15, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Pei Lu, Jun Xia, Zhicheng Li, Jing Xiong, Jian Yang, Shoujun Zhou, Lei Wang, Mingyang Chen, Cheng Wang
BACKGROUND: Accurate segmentation of blood vessels plays an important role in the computer-aided diagnosis and interventional treatment of vascular diseases. The statistical method is an important component of effective vessel segmentation; however, several limitations discourage the segmentation effect, i.e., dependence of the image modality, uneven contrast media, bias field, and overlapping intensity distribution of the object and background. In addition, the mixture models of the statistical methods are constructed relaying on the characteristics of the image histograms...
November 8, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Mohamed A A Hegazy, Min Hyoung Cho, Soo Yeol Lee
BACKGROUND: Metal artifacts appearing as streaks and shadows often compromise readability of computed tomography (CT) images. Particularly in a dental CT in which high resolution imaging is crucial for precise preparation of dental implants or orthodontic devices, reduction of metal artifacts is very important. However, metal artifact reduction algorithms developed for a general medical CT may not work well in a dental CT since teeth themselves also have high attenuation coefficients...
November 4, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Qingzhu Wang, Xiaoming Chen, Mengying Wei, Zhuang Miao
BACKGROUND: The existing techniques for simultaneous encryption and compression of images refer lossy compression. Their reconstruction performances did not meet the accuracy of medical images because most of them have not been applicable to three-dimensional (3D) medical image volumes intrinsically represented by tensors. METHODS: We propose a tensor-based algorithm using tensor compressive sensing (TCS) to address these issues. Alternating least squares is further used to optimize the TCS with measurement matrices encrypted by discrete 3D Lorenz...
November 4, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Jay Wagenpfeil, Christina Schöllig, Volker Mayer, Ronny Feuer, Bernhard Nold, Alexander Neugebauer, Michael Ederer, Ralf Rothmund, Bernhard Krämer, Sara Brucker, Markus Enderle, Oliver Sawodny, Julia Rex
BACKGROUND: Bipolar vessel sealing is an efficient electrosurgical procedure for the occlusion of blood vessels particularly during minimally invasive surgery. Reliable knowledge of the thermal spread is crucial for a safe application of bipolar vessel sealing instruments when operating close to thermo-sensitive structures, such as nerves. The evolution of the thermal spread over time and space depends on a variety of parameters, such as the biological tissue, the energy applied to the tissue, and the geometry of the vessel sealing instrument...
November 2, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Dian Wang, Ping Cai, Zhiyong Mao
BACKGROUND: Wearable measurement of center of pressure (COP) coordinates is the key of obtaining the measurement of natural gait. Plantar pressure insole is the right sensing unit for plantar pressure monitoring for long-term outdoor measurements and the control of walking assisting exoskeleton robot. It's necessary to study the configuration of pressure sensing cells. METHODS: This study explored the sensing cell configuration for the plantar pressure insole. The data of plantar pressure of walking is collected for layout variants...
October 26, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Philip Tack, Jan Victor, Paul Gemmel, Lieven Annemans
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) printing has numerous applications and has gained much interest in the medical world. The constantly improving quality of 3D-printing applications has contributed to their increased use on patients. This paper summarizes the literature on surgical 3D-printing applications used on patients, with a focus on reported clinical and economic outcomes. METHODS: Three major literature databases were screened for case series (more than three cases described in the same study) and trials of surgical applications of 3D printing in humans...
October 21, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Chung-Wein Lee, Keith M Stantz
BACKGROUND: Tumor hypoxia is involved in every stage of solid tumor development: formation, progression, metastasis, and apoptosis. Two types of hypoxia exist in tumors-chronic hypoxia and acute hypoxia. Recent studies indicate that the regional hypoxia kinetics is closely linked to metastasis and therapeutic responses, but regional hypoxia kinetics is hard to measure. We propose a novel approach to determine the local pO2 by fusing the parameters obtained from in vivo functional imaging through the use of a modified multivariate Krogh model...
October 12, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Kamil J Chodzyński, Simone Gremmo, Omer F Eker, Jacques Lalmand, Adel Aminian, Daniel Ribeiro de Sousa, Karim Zouaoui Boudjeltia, Grégory Coussement
BACKGROUND: Since hemodynamics plays a key role in the development and evolution of cardiovascular pathologies, physician's decision must be based on proper monitoring of relevant physiological flow quantities. METHODS: A numerical analysis of the error introduced by an intravascular Doppler guide wire on the peak velocity measurements has been carried out. The effect of probe misalignment (±10°) with respect to the vessel axis was investigated. Numerical simulations were performed on a realistic 3D geometry, reconstructed from coronary angiography images...
October 10, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Ya-Chen Chen, Tzu-Chien Hsiao
BACKGROUND: Thoracoabdominal asynchrony is often adopted to discriminate respiratory diseases in clinics. Conventionally, Lissajous figure analysis is the most frequently used estimation of the phase difference in thoracoabdominal asynchrony. However, the temporal resolution of the produced results is low and the estimation error increases when the signals are not sinusoidal. Other previous studies have reported time-domain procedures with the use of band-pass filters for phase-angle estimation...
October 6, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Robert Koprowski
BACKGROUND: The paper presents an automatic method for analysis and processing of images from a camera operating in visible light. This analysis applies to images containing the human facial area (body) and enables to measure the blood pulse rate. Special attention was paid to the limitations of this measurement method taking into account the possibility of using consumer cameras in real conditions (different types of lighting, different camera resolution, camera movement). METHODS: The proposed new method of image analysis and processing was associated with three stages: (1) image pre-processing-allowing for the image filtration and stabilization (object location tracking); (2) main image processing-allowing for segmentation of human skin areas, acquisition of brightness changes; (3) signal analysis-filtration, FFT (Fast Fourier Transformation) analysis, pulse calculation...
October 3, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Yuan Yang, Nannan Quan, Jingjing Bu, Xueping Li, Ningmei Yu
BACKGROUND: High order modulation and demodulation technology can solve the frequency requirement between the wireless energy transmission and data communication. In order to achieve reliable wireless data communication based on high order modulation technology for visual prosthesis, this work proposed a Reed-Solomon (RS) error correcting code (ECC) circuit on the basis of differential amplitude and phase shift keying (DAPSK) soft demodulation. Firstly, recognizing the weakness of the traditional DAPSK soft demodulation algorithm based on division that is complex for hardware implementation, an improved phase soft demodulation algorithm for visual prosthesis to reduce the hardware complexity is put forward...
September 26, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Gerd Schmalisch
Although capnography is a standard tool in mechanically ventilated adult and pediatric patients, it has physiological and technical limitations in neonates. Gas exchange differs between small and adult lungs due to the greater impact of small airways on gas exchange, the higher impact of the apparatus dead space on measurements due to lower tidal volume and the occurrence of air leaks in intubated patients. The high respiratory rate and low tidal volume in newborns, especially those with stiff lungs, require main-stream sensors with fast response times and minimal dead-space or low suction flow when using side-stream measurements...
August 30, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Hossam El-Rewaidy, Ahmed S Fahmy
BACKGROUND: Estimating the left ventricular (LV) volumes at the different cardiac phases is necessary for evaluating the cardiac global function. In cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, accurate estimation of the LV volumes requires the processing a relatively large number of parallel short-axis cross-sectional images of the LV (typically from 9 to 12). Nevertheless, it is inevitable sometimes to estimate the volume from a small number of cross-sectional images, which can lead to a significant reduction of the volume estimation accuracy...
April 27, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Andrew Trumbull, Gayathri Subramanian, Eda Yildirim-Ayan
Musculoskeletal tissues are constantly under mechanical strains within their microenvironment. Yet, little is understood about the effect of in vivo mechanical milieu strains on cell development and function. Thus, this review article outlines the in vivo mechanical environment of bone, muscle, cartilage, tendon, and ligaments, and tabulates the mechanical strain and stress in these tissues during physiological condition, vigorous, and moderate activities. This review article further discusses the principles of mechanical loading platforms to create physiologically relevant mechanical milieu in vitro for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration...
April 22, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
Benedetta Biffi, Giorgia M Bosi, Valentina Lintas, Rod Jones, Spyros Tzamtzis, Gaetano Burriesci, Francesco Migliavacca, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano, Giovanni Biglino
BACKGROUND: Patient-specific simulations can provide insight into the mechanics of cardiovascular procedures. Amongst cardiovascular devices, non-compliant balloons are used in several minimally invasive procedures, such as balloon aortic valvuloplasty. Although these balloons are often included in the computer simulations of these procedures, validation of the balloon behaviour is often lacking. We therefore aim to create and validate a computational model of a valvuloplasty balloon...
April 12, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
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