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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526082/proof-of-concept-non-invasive-estimation-of-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation
#1
Musabbir Khan, Chris G Pretty, Alexander C Amies, Joel Balmer, Houda E Banna, Geoffrey M Shaw, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximeters continuously monitor arterial oxygen saturation. Continuous monitoring of venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) would enable real-time assessment of tissue oxygen extraction (O2E) and perfusion changes leading to improved diagnosis of clinical conditions, such as sepsis. METHODS: This study presents the proof of concept of a novel pulse oximeter method that utilises the compliance difference between arteries and veins to induce artificial respiration-like modulations to the peripheral vasculature...
May 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511661/a-preliminary-investigation-on-the-utility-of-temporal-features-of-force-myography-in-the-two-class-problem-of-grasp-vs-no-grasp-in-the-presence-of-upper-extremity-movements
#2
Gautam P Sadarangani, Carlo Menon
BACKGROUND: In upper-extremity stroke rehabilitation applications, the potential use of Force Myography (FMG) for detecting grasping is especially relevant, as the presence of grasping may be indicative of functional activity, which is a key goal of rehabilitation. To date, most FMG research has focused on the classification of the raw FMG signal (i.e. instantaneous FMG samples) in order to determine the state of the hand. However, given the temporal nature of force generation during grasping, the use of temporal feature extraction techniques may yield increased accuracy...
May 16, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511658/global-kalman-filter-approaches-to-estimate-absolute-angles-of-lower-limb-segments
#3
Samuel L Nogueira, Stefan Lambrecht, Roberto S Inoue, Magdo Bortole, Arlindo N Montagnoli, Juan C Moreno, Eduardo Rocon, Marco H Terra, Adriano A G Siqueira, Jose L Pons
BACKGROUND: In this paper we propose the use of global Kalman filters (KFs) to estimate absolute angles of lower limb segments. Standard approaches adopt KFs to improve the performance of inertial sensors based on individual link configurations. In consequence, for a multi-body system like a lower limb exoskeleton, the inertial measurements of one link (e.g., the shank) are not taken into account in other link angle estimations (e.g., foot). Global KF approaches, on the other hand, correlate the collective contribution of all signals from lower limb segments observed in the state-space model through the filtering process...
May 16, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506273/inertial-measurement-systems-for-segments-and-joints-kinematics-assessment-towards-an-understanding-of-the-variations-in-sensors-accuracy
#4
Karina Lebel, Patrick Boissy, Hung Nguyen, Christian Duval
BACKGROUND: Joints kinematics assessment based on inertial measurement systems, which include attitude and heading reference system (AHRS), are quickly gaining in popularity for research and clinical applications. The variety of the tasks and contexts they are used in require a deep understanding of the AHRS accuracy for optimal data interpretation. However, published accuracy studies on AHRS are mostly limited to a single task measured on a limited number of segments and participants...
May 15, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506222/computational-fluid-dynamics-study-of-intra-arterial-chemotherapy-for-oral-cancer
#5
Hiroaki Kitajima, Marie Oshima, Toshinori Iwai, Yoshihito Ohhara, Yasuharu Yajima, Kenji Mitsudo, Iwai Tohnai
BACKGROUND: Intra-arterial chemotherapy (IAC) for oral cancer can deliver a higher concentration of anticancer agent into a tumor-feeding artery than intravenous systemic chemotherapy. However, distribution of anticancer agent into several branches of the external carotid artery (ECA) in IAC has not demonstrated sufficient treatment efficacy. To improve the effectiveness of IAC, the flow distribution of anticancer agent into the branches of the ECA in several IAC methods was investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)...
May 15, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494781/preparation-and-characterization-of-small-diameter-decellularized-scaffolds-for-vascular-tissue-engineering-in-an-animal-model
#6
Shuangyue Xu, Fangna Lu, Lianna Cheng, Chenglin Li, Xu Zhou, Yuan Wu, Hongxing Chen, Kaichuang Zhang, Lumin Wang, Junjie Xia, Guoliang Yan, Zhongquan Qi
BACKGROUND: The development of a suitable extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffold is the first step in vascular tissue engineering (VTE). Synthetic vascular grafts are available as an alternative to autologous vessels in large-diameter arteries (>8 mm) and medium-diameter arteries (6-8 mm). In small-diameter vessels (<6 mm), synthetic vascular grafts are of limited use due to poor patency rates. Compared with a vascular prosthesis, natural tissue ECM has valuable advantages. Despite considerable progress in recent years, identifying an optimal protocol to create a scaffold for use in small-diameter (<6 mm) fully natural tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVG), remains elusive...
May 11, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482892/a-preliminary-investigation-into-the-design-of-pressure-cushions-and-their-potential-applications-for-forearm-robotic-orthoses
#7
N Alavi, S Zampierin, M Komeili, S Cocuzza, S Debei, C Menon
BACKGROUND: Load cells are often used in rehabilitation robotics to monitor human-robot interaction. While load cells are accurate and suitable for the stationary end-point robots used in rehabilitation hospitals, their cost and inability to conform to the shape of the body hinder their application in developing affordable and wearable robotic orthoses for assisting individuals in the activities of daily living. This exploratory work investigates the possibility of using an alternative technology, namely compliant polymeric air cushions, to measure interaction forces between the user and a wearable rigid structure...
May 8, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449714/detecting-central-fixation-by-means-of-artificial-neural-networks-in-a-pediatric-vision-screener-using-retinal-birefringence-scanning
#8
Boris I Gramatikov
BACKGROUND: Reliable detection of central fixation and eye alignment is essential in the diagnosis of amblyopia ("lazy eye"), which can lead to blindness. Our lab has developed and reported earlier a pediatric vision screener that performs scanning of the retina around the fovea and analyzes changes in the polarization state of light as the scan progresses. Depending on the direction of gaze and the instrument design, the screener produces several signal frequencies that can be utilized in the detection of central fixation...
April 27, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449672/compressed-sensing-mri-via-fast-linearized-preconditioned-alternating-direction-method-of-multipliers
#9
Shanshan Chen, Hongwei Du, Linna Wu, Jiaquan Jin, Bensheng Qiu
BACKGROUND: The challenge of reconstructing a sparse medical magnetic resonance image based on compressed sensing from undersampled k-space data has been investigated within recent years. As total variation (TV) performs well in preserving edge, one type of approach considers TV-regularization as a sparse structure to solve a convex optimization problem. Nevertheless, this convex optimization problem is both nonlinear and nonsmooth, and thus difficult to handle, especially for a large-scale problem...
April 27, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438216/improved-pressure-contour-analysis-for-estimating-cardiac-stroke-volume-using-pulse-wave-velocity-measurement
#10
Shun Kamoi, Christopher Pretty, Joel Balmer, Shaun Davidson, Antoine Pironet, Thomas Desaive, Geoffrey M Shaw, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Pressure contour analysis is commonly used to estimate cardiac performance for patients suffering from cardiovascular dysfunction in the intensive care unit. However, the existing techniques for continuous estimation of stroke volume (SV) from pressure measurement can be unreliable during hemodynamic instability, which is inevitable for patients requiring significant treatment. For this reason, pressure contour methods must be improved to capture changes in vascular properties and thus provide accurate conversion from pressure to flow...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438178/automatic-construction-of-statistical-shape-models-using-deformable-simplex-meshes-with-vector-field-convolution-energy
#11
Jinke Wang, Changfa Shi
BACKGROUND: In the active shape model framework, principal component analysis (PCA) based statistical shape models (SSMs) are widely employed to incorporate high-level a priori shape knowledge of the structure to be segmented to achieve robustness. A crucial component of building SSMs is to establish shape correspondence between all training shapes, which is a very challenging task, especially in three dimensions. METHODS: We propose a novel mesh-to-volume registration based shape correspondence establishment method to improve the accuracy and reduce the computational cost...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438167/dependency-criterion-based-brain-pathological-age-estimation-of-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-with-mr-scans
#12
Yongming Li, Yuchuan Liu, Pin Wang, Jie Wang, Sha Xu, Mingguo Qiu
OBJECTIVES: Traditional brain age estimation methods are based on the idea that uses the real age as the training label. However, these methods ignore that there is a deviation between the real age and the brain age due to the accelerated brain aging. METHODS: This paper considers this deviation and obtains it by maximizing the correlation between the estimated brain age and the class label rather than by minimizing the difference between the estimated brain age and the real age...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427411/tendon-motion-tracking-in-an-ultrasound-image-sequence-using-optical-flow-based-block-matching
#13
Bo-I Chuang, Jian-Han Hsu, Li-Chieh Kuo, I-Ming Jou, Fong-Chin Su, Yung-Nien Sun
BACKGROUND: Tendon motion, which is commonly observed using ultrasound imaging, is one of the most important features used in tendinopathy diagnosis. However, speckle noise and out-of-plane issues make the tracking process difficult. Manual tracking is usually time consuming and often yields inconsistent results between users. METHODS: To automatically track tendon motion in ultrasound images, we developed a new method that combines the advantages of optical flow and multi-kernel block matching...
April 20, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427408/time-averaged-simulated-microgravity-tasmg-inhibits-proliferation-of-lymphoma-cells-l-540-and-hdlm-2-using-a-3d-clinostat
#14
Yoon Jae Kim, Ae Jin Jeong, Myungjoon Kim, Chiwon Lee, Sang-Kyu Ye, Sungwan Kim
BACKGROUND: Gravity is omnipresent on Earth; however, humans in space, such as astronauts at the International Space Station, experience microgravity. Long-term exposure to microgravity is considered to elicit physiological changes, such as muscle atrophy, in the human body. In addition, certain types of cancer cells demonstrate inhibited proliferation under condition of time-averaged simulated microgravity (taSMG). However, the response of human Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer cells to reduced gravity, and the associated physiological changes in these cells, have not been elucidated...
April 20, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412952/rayleigh-maximum-likelihood-bilateral-filter-for-ultrasound-image-enhancement
#15
Haiyan Li, Jun Wu, Aimin Miao, Pengfei Yu, Jianhua Chen, Yufeng Zhang
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound imaging plays an important role in computer diagnosis since it is non-invasive and cost-effective. However, ultrasound images are inevitably contaminated by noise and speckle during acquisition. Noise and speckle directly impact the physician to interpret the images and decrease the accuracy in clinical diagnosis. Denoising method is an important component to enhance the quality of ultrasound images; however, several limitations discourage the results because current denoising methods can remove noise while ignoring the statistical characteristics of speckle and thus undermining the effectiveness of despeckling, or vice versa...
April 17, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410616/breast-masses-in-mammography-classification-with-local-contour-features
#16
Haixia Li, Xianjing Meng, Tingwen Wang, Yuchun Tang, Yilong Yin
BACKGROUND: Mammography is one of the most popular tools for early detection of breast cancer. Contour of breast mass in mammography is very important information to distinguish benign and malignant mass. Contour of benign mass is smooth and round or oval, while malignant mass has irregular shape and spiculated contour. Several studies have shown that 1D signature translated from 2D contour can describe the contour features well. METHODS: In this paper, we propose a new method to translate 2D contour of breast mass in mammography into 1D signature...
April 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410615/signal-to-noise-ratio-evaluation-of-magnetic-resonance-images-in-the-presence-of-an-ultrasonic-motor
#17
Peyman Shokrollahi, James M Drake, Andrew A Goldenberg
BACKGROUND: Safe robot-assisted intervention using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) guidance requires the precise control of assistive devices, and most currently available tools are rarely MRI-compatible. To obtain high precision, it is necessary to characterize and develop existing MRI-safe actuators for use in a high magnetic field (≥3 T). Although an ultrasonic motor (USM) is considered to be an MRI-safe actuator, and can be used in the vicinity of a high field scanner, its presence interferes with MR images...
April 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407768/a-study-of-noninvasive-fractional-flow-reserve-derived-from-a-simplified-method-based-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-in-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
#18
Changzheng Shi, Dong Zhang, Kunlin Cao, Tao Zhang, Liangping Luo, Xin Liu, Heye Zhang
BACKGROUND: The invasive fractional flow reserve has been considered the gold standard for identifying ischaemia-related stenosis in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. Determining non-invasive FFR based on coronary computed tomographic angiography datasets using computational fluid dynamics tends to be a demanding process. Therefore, the diagnostic performance of a simplified method for the calculation of FFRCTA requires further evaluation. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic performance of FFRCTA calculated based on a simplified method by referring to the invasive FFR in patient-specific coronary arteries and clinical decision-making...
April 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407773/minimally-invasive-patient-specific-beat-by-beat-estimation-of-left-ventricular-time-varying-elastance
#19
Shaun Davidson, Chris Pretty, Antoine Pironet, Shun Kamoi, Joel Balmer, Thomas Desaive, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper was to establish a minimally invasive method for deriving the left ventricular time varying elastance (TVE) curve beat-by-beat, the monitoring of which's inter-beat evolution could add significant new data and insight to improve diagnosis and treatment. The method developed uses the clinically available inputs of aortic pressure, heart rate and baseline end-systolic volume (via echocardiography) to determine the outputs of left ventricular pressure, volume and dead space volume, and thus the TVE curve...
April 13, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376803/characterization-of-biomechanical-properties-of-cells-through-dielectrophoresis-based-cell-stretching-and-actin-cytoskeleton-modeling
#20
Guohua Bai, Ying Li, Henry K Chu, Kaiqun Wang, Qiulin Tan, Jijun Xiong, Dong Sun
BACKGROUND: Cytoskeleton is a highly dynamic network that helps to maintain the rigidity of a cell, and the mechanical properties of a cell are closely related to many cellular functions. This paper presents a new method to probe and characterize cell mechanical properties through dielectrophoresis (DEP)-based cell stretching manipulation and actin cytoskeleton modeling. METHODS: Leukemia NB4 cells were used as cell line, and changes in their biological properties were examined after chemotherapy treatment with doxorubicin (DOX)...
April 4, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
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