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Chen Shu-Lan, Lan Fang-Chen, Du Zhen-Shuang, Xu Ya-Ping, Zhao Hui-Ming, Zeng Cui-Ping, Miao Yu
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the influence of injection rates of calibrating standard solution on monitoring pulse indicator continuous cardiac output (PICCO, made in Germany), and thereby to provide significant references for clinical practice. METHODS: A total of 108 critical patients in stroke intensive care unit were identified. All these participants received transesophageal cardiac color Doppler ultrasound, and within 15 min PICCO equipment was utilized to monitor the relevant parameters, by means of 0 °C calibrating standard solution, and the injection speeds were 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10 s...
March 16, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Alexander Trumpp, Johannes Lohr, Daniel Wedekind, Martin Schmidt, Matthias Burghardt, Axel R Heller, Hagen Malberg, Sebastian Zaunseder
BACKGROUND: Camera-based photoplethysmography (cbPPG) is a measurement technique which enables remote vital sign monitoring by using cameras. To obtain valid plethysmograms, proper regions of interest (ROIs) have to be selected in the video data. Most automated selection methods rely on specific spatial or temporal features limiting a broader application. In this work, we present a new method which overcomes those drawbacks and, therefore, allows cbPPG to be applied in an intraoperative environment...
March 14, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Qi Zhu, Jiashuang Huang, Xijia Xu
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is a clinical syndrome, and its causes have not been well determined. The objective of this study was to investigate the alteration of brain functional connectivity between schizophrenia and healthy control, and present a practical solution for accurately identifying schizophrenia at single-subject level. METHODS: 24 schizophrenia patients and 21 matched healthy subjects were recruited to undergo the resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) scanning...
March 13, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Dong Zhang, Pengcheng Xu, Hongyu Qiao, Xin Liu, Liangping Luo, Wenhua Huang, Heye Zhang, Changzheng Shi
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular events are frequently associated with hemodynamic disturbance caused by internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. It is challenging to determine the ischemia-related carotid stenosis during the intervention only using digital subtracted angiography (DSA). Inspired by the performance of well-established FFRct technique in hemodynamic assessment of significant coronary stenosis, we introduced a pressure-based carotid arterial functional assessment (CAFA) index generated from computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation in DSA data, and investigated its feasibility in the assessment of hemodynamic disturbance preliminarily using pressure-wired measurement and arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI as references...
March 12, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Lili Niu, Xiliang Zhu, Min Pan, Abbott Derek, Lisheng Xu, Long Meng, Hairong Zheng
BACKGROUND: Many studies have demonstrated that the geometry of the carotid bifurcation enables prediction of blood flow variation associated with atherosclerotic plaque formation. The phase angle between the arterial wall circumferential strain and its instantaneous wall shear stress is known as stress phase angle (SPA). This parameter is used to evaluate hemodynamic factors of atherogenesis. Note that SPA can be numerically computed for the purpose of locating atherosclerosis in different artery geometries...
March 2, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Ehsan Soodmand, Daniel Kluess, Patrick A Varady, Robert Cichon, Michael Schwarze, Dominic Gehweiler, Frank Niemeyer, Dieter Pahr, Matthias Woiczinski
BACKGROUND: The present study contrasts the accuracy of different reconstructed models with distinctive segmentation methods performed by various experts. Seven research groups reconstructed nine 3D models of one human femur based on an acquired CT image using their own computational methods. As a reference model for accuracy assessment, a 3D surface scan of the human femur was created using an optical measuring system. Prior to comparison, the femur was divided into four areas; "neck and greater trochanter", "proximal metaphysis", "diaphysis", and "distal metaphysis"...
March 2, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Min-Ki Kim, Jeong-Woo Sohn, Bongsoo Lee, Sung-Phil Kim
BACKGROUND: Intracortical brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) harness movement information by sensing neuronal activities using chronic microelectrode implants to restore lost functions to patients with paralysis. However, neuronal signals often vary over time, even within a day, forcing one to rebuild a BMI every time they operate it. The term "rebuild" means overall procedures for operating a BMI, such as decoder selection, decoder training, and decoder testing. It gives rise to a practical issue of what decoder should be built for a given neuronal ensemble...
February 27, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Wojciech Wieclawek
BACKGROUND: Image segmentation is an essential and non trivial task in computer vision and medical image analysis. Computed tomography (CT) is one of the most accessible medical examination techniques to visualize the interior of a patient's body. Among different computer-aided diagnostic systems, the applications dedicated to kidney segmentation represent a relatively small group. In addition, literature solutions are verified on relatively small databases. The goal of this research is to develop a novel algorithm for fully automated kidney segmentation...
February 27, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Baohua Hu, Xiufeng Zhang, Jingsong Mu, Ming Wu, Yong Wang
BACKGROUND: Most of the objective and quantitative methods proposed for spasticity measurement are not suitable for clinical application, and methods for surface electromyography (sEMG) signal processing are mainly limited to the time-domain. This study aims to quantify muscle activity in the time-frequency domain, and develop a practical clinical method for the objective and reliable evaluation of the spasticity based on the Hilbert-Huang transform marginal spectrum entropy (HMSEN) and the root mean square (RMS) of sEMG signals...
February 27, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Yuri An, Yujung Kang, Jungsul Lee, Chulwoo Ahn, Kihwan Kwon, Chulhee Choi
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most common diseases worldwide. Uncontrolled and prolonged hyperglycemia can cause diabetic complications, which reduce the quality of life of patients. Diabetic complications are common in DM patients. Because it is impossible to completely recover from diabetic complications, it is important for early detection. In this study, we suggest a novel method of determining blood flow characteristics based on fluorescence image analysis with indocyanine green and report that diabetic complications have unique blood flow characteristics...
February 21, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
J Geoffrey Chase, Jean-Charles Preiser, Jennifer L Dickson, Antoine Pironet, Yeong Shiong Chiew, Christopher G Pretty, Geoffrey M Shaw, Balazs Benyo, Knut Moeller, Soroush Safaei, Merryn Tawhai, Peter Hunter, Thomas Desaive
Critical care, like many healthcare areas, is under a dual assault from significantly increasing demographic and economic pressures. Intensive care unit (ICU) patients are highly variable in response to treatment, and increasingly aging populations mean ICUs are under increasing demand and their cohorts are increasingly ill. Equally, patient expectations are growing, while the economic ability to deliver care to all is declining. Better, more productive care is thus the big challenge. One means to that end is personalised care designed to manage the significant inter- and intra-patient variability that makes the ICU patient difficult...
February 20, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Diego Calero, Stephan Paul, André Gesing, Fabio Alves, Júlio A Cordioli
Most commercially available cochlear implants and hearing aids use microphones as sensors for capturing the external sound field. These microphones are in general located in an external element, which is also responsible for processing the sound signal. However, the presence of the external element is the cause of several problems such as discomfort, impossibility of being used during physical activities and sleeping, and social stigma. These limitations have driven studies with the goal of developing totally implantable hearing devices, and the design of an implantable sensor has been one of the main challenges to be overcome...
February 13, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Richard Macwan, Yannick Benezeth, Alamin Mansouri
BACKGROUND: Remote photoplethysmography (rPPG) has been in the forefront recently for measuring cardiac pulse rates from live or recorded videos. It finds advantages in scenarios requiring remote monitoring, such as medicine and fitness, where contact based monitoring is limiting and cumbersome. The blood volume pulse, defined as the pulsative flow of arterial blood, gives rise to periodic changes in the skin color which are then quantified to estimate a temporal signal. This temporal signal can be analysed using various methods to extract the representative cardiac signal...
February 9, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Ying Li, Yu Ye, Yang Mei, Haiying Ruan, Yuan Yu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: At present, the enteral nutrition approaches via nose and duodenum (or nose and jejunum) are the preferred method of nutritional support in the medical engineering field, given the superiority of in line with physiological processes and no serious complication. In this study, the authors adopted saline as the acoustic window, and gave enteral nutrition support to critically ill patients, via the nasogastrojejunal approach guided by semi-automated ultrasound. These above patients benefited a lot from this kind of nutrition support treatment, and we aimed to report the detailed information...
February 7, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Jing Yang, Hailin Wang, Chen Geng, Yakang Dai, Jiansong Ji
Pulmonary nodule is one of the important lesions of lung cancer, mainly divided into two categories of solid nodules and ground glass nodules. The improvement of diagnosis of lung cancer has significant clinical significance, which could be realized by machine learning techniques. At present, there have been a lot of researches focusing on solid nodules. But the research on ground glass nodules started late, and lacked research results. This paper summarizes the research progress of the method of intelligent diagnosis for pulmonary nodules since 2014...
February 7, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Dominik Spinczyk, Karolina Nabrdalik, Katarzyna Rojewska
BACKGROUND: Diagnosing and treating anorexia nervosa is an important challenge for modern psychiatry. Taking into account a connection between the mental state of a person and the characteristics of their language, this paper presents developed and tested method for analyzing the written statements of patients with anorexia nervosa and healthy individuals, including the identification of keywords. METHODS: Due to the short nature of the texts, which is related to the difficulty of expressing oneself about one's body when suffering from anorexia, the bag of words approach was used for documents' information representation...
February 2, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Keun Her, Joon Yeong Kim, Ki Moo Lim, Seong Wook Choi
BACKGROUND: Counter-pulsation control (CPC) by ventricular assist devices (VADs) is believed to reduce cardiac load and increase coronary perfusion. However, patients with VADs have a higher risk of arrhythmia, which may cause the CPC to fail. Consequently, CPC has not been applied by VADs in clinical practice. The phase-locked loop (PLL) algorithm for CPC is readily implemented in VADs; however, it requires a normal, consistent heartbeat for adequate performance. When an arrhythmia occurs, the algorithm maintains a constant pumping rate despite the unstable heartbeat...
February 2, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Sung Min Park, Seran Yang, Se-Min Rye, Seong Wook Choi
BACKGROUND: Decellularized animal organs have been used as scaffolds for tissue engineering. To make a properly functioning scaffolds, the extracellular matrix (ECM) components must be preserved after decellularization. Because pulsatile flow is known to be beneficial for tissue perfusion, pulsatile perfusion of a detergent might decrease the exposure time of the tissues to the detergent used for decellularization. Using Energy Equivalent Pressure (EEP) as a pulsatility parameter, the effect of pulsatile flow in decellularization process is studied...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Robert Koprowski, Kenneth R Foster
This article is a review of the book "Master machine learning algorithms, discover how they work and implement them from scratch" (ISBN: not available, 37 USD, 163 pages) edited by Jason Brownlee published by the Author, edition, v1.10 . An accompanying commentary discusses some of the issues that are involved with use of machine learning and data mining techniques to develop predictive models for diagnosis or prognosis of disease, and to call attention to additional requirements for developing diagnostic and prognostic algorithms that are generally useful in medicine...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
Taehoon Kim, Jeong-Whun Kim, Kyogu Lee
PURPOSE: Breathing sounds during sleep are altered and characterized by various acoustic specificities in patients with sleep disordered breathing (SDB). This study aimed to identify acoustic biomarkers indicative of the severity of SDB by analyzing the breathing sounds collected from a large number of subjects during entire overnight sleep. METHODS: The participants were patients who presented at a sleep center with snoring or cessation of breathing during sleep...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Engineering Online
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