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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629374/multi-purpose-ecg-telemetry-system
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Mohamed Marouf, Goran Vukomanovic, Lazar Saranovac, Miroslav Bozic
BACKGROUND: The Electrocardiogram ECG is one of the most important non-invasive tools for cardiac diseases diagnosis. Taking advantage of the developed telecommunication infrastructure, several approaches that address the development of telemetry cardiac devices were introduced recently. Telemetry ECG devices allow easy and fast ECG monitoring of patients with suspected cardiac issues. Choosing the right device with the desired working mode, signal quality, and the device cost are still the main obstacles to massive usage of these devices...
June 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610609/estimation-of-basic-reproduction-number-of-the-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-during-the-outbreak-in-south-korea-2015
#2
Hyuk-Jun Chang
BACKGROUND: In South Korea, an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) occurred in 2015. It was the second largest MERS outbreak. As a result of the outbreak in South Korea, 186 infections were reported, and 36 patients died. At least 16,693 people were isolated with suspicious symptoms. This paper estimates the basic reproduction number of the MERS coronavirus (CoV), using data on the spread of MERS in South Korea. METHODS: The basic reproduction number of an epidemic is defined as the average number of secondary cases that an infected subject produces over its infectious period in a susceptible and uninfected population...
June 13, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595607/a-composite-visualization-method-for-electrophysiology-morphous-merging-of-human-heart
#3
Fei Yang, Lei Zhang, Weigang Lu, Yue Zhang, Wangmeng Zuo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
BACKGROUND: Electrophysiological behavior is of great importance for analyzing the cardiac functional mechanism under cardiac physiological and pathological condition. Due to the complexity of cardiac structure and biophysiological function, visualization of a cardiac electrophysiological model compositively is still a challenge. The lack of either modality of the whole organ structure or cardiac electrophysiological behaviors makes analysis of the intricate mechanisms of cardiac dynamic function a difficult task...
June 8, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592309/machine-learning-techniques-for-diabetic-macular-edema-dme-classification-on-sd-oct-images
#4
Khaled Alsaih, Guillaume Lemaitre, Mojdeh Rastgoo, Joan Massich, Désiré Sidibé, Fabrice Meriaudeau
BACKGROUND: Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) (SD-OCT) is most widely imaging equipment used in ophthalmology to detect diabetic macular edema (DME). Indeed, it offers an accurate visualization of the morphology of the retina as well as the retina layers. METHODS: The dataset used in this study has been acquired by the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI), using CIRRUS TM (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., Dublin, CA, USA) SD-OCT device. The dataset consists of 32 OCT volumes (16 DME and 16 normal cases)...
June 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592292/effects-of-amiodarone-on-short-qt-syndrome-variant-3-in-human-ventricles-a-simulation-study
#5
Cunjin Luo, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
BACKGROUND: Short QT syndrome (SQTS) is a newly identified clinical disorder associated with atrial and/or ventricular arrhythmias and increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD). The SQTS variant 3 is linked to D172N mutation to the KCNJ2 gene that causes a gain-of-function to the inward rectifier potassium channel current (I K1), which shortens the ventricular action potential duration (APD) and effective refractory period (ERP). Pro-arrhythmogenic effects of SQTS have been characterized, but less is known about the possible pharmacological treatment of SQTS...
June 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592331/thyroid-nodule-recognition-in-computed-tomography-using-first-order-statistics
#6
Wenxian Peng, Chenbin Liu, Shunren Xia, Dangdang Shao, Yihong Chen, Rui Liu, Zhiping Zhang
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) is one of the popular tools for early detection of thyroid nodule. The pixel intensity of thyroid in CT image is very important information to distinguish nodule from normal thyroid tissue. The pixel intensity in normal thyroid tissues is homogeneous and smooth. In the benign or malignant nodules, the pixel intensity is heterogeneous. Several studies have shown that the first order features in ultrasound image can be used as imaging biomarkers in nodule recognition...
June 2, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558778/test-retest-reliability-of-mandibular-morphology-measurements-on-cone-beam-computed-tomography-synthesized-cephalograms-with-random-head-positioning-errors
#7
Hsien-Shu Lin, Yunn-Jy Chen, Hsuan-Lun Lu, Tung-Wu Lu, Chien-Chih Chen
BACKGROUND: Cephalometric radiography has been used for orthodontic and surgical treatment planning and assessment, and for quantifying mandibular growth. However, it remains unclear how head positioning errors and the level of examiner experience affect the reliability of such morphometric measurements. The current study aimed to bridge the gap by determining the intra-, inter-rater, and inter-session reliability of measurements of mandibular morphology with random head positioning errors as measured by a junior and a senior dentist...
May 30, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558773/magnetic-inductive-phase-shift-a-new-method-to-differentiate-hemorrhagic-stroke-from-ischemic-stroke-on-rabbit
#8
Qingguang Yan, Gui Jin, Ke Ma, Mingxin Qin, Wei Zhuang, Jian Sun
BACKGROUND: The major therapy for ischemic stroke is thrombolytic treatment, but severe consequences occur when this method is used to treat hemorrhagic stroke. Currently, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are used to differentiate between two types of stroke, but these two methods are ineffective for pre-hospital care. METHODS: We developed a new brain diagnostic device for rabbits based on electromagnetic induction to non-invasively differentiate two types of stroke...
May 30, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558769/a-photoacoustic-imaging-reconstruction-method-based-on-directional-total-variation-with-adaptive-directivity
#9
Jin Wang, Chen Zhang, Yuanyuan Wang
BACKGROUND: In photoacoustic tomography (PAT), total variation (TV) based iteration algorithm is reported to have a good performance in PAT image reconstruction. However, classical TV based algorithm fails to preserve the edges and texture details of the image because it is not sensitive to the direction of the image. Therefore, it is of great significance to develop a new PAT reconstruction algorithm to effectively solve the drawback of TV. METHODS: In this paper, a directional total variation with adaptive directivity (DDTV) model-based PAT image reconstruction algorithm, which weightedly sums the image gradients based on the spatially varying directivity pattern of the image is proposed to overcome the shortcomings of TV...
May 30, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532491/evaluation-of-an-automated-thresholding-algorithm-for-the-quantification-of-paraspinal-muscle-composition-from-mri-images
#10
Maryse Fortin, Mona Omidyeganeh, Michele Crites Battié, Omair Ahmad, Hassan Rivaz
BACKGROUND: The imaging assessment of paraspinal muscle morphology and fatty infiltration has gained considerable attention in the past decades, with reports suggesting an association between muscle degenerative changes and low back pain (LBP). To date, qualitative and quantitative approaches have been used to assess paraspinal muscle composition. Though highly reliable, manual thresholding techniques are time consuming and not always feasible in a clinical setting. The tedious and rater-dependent nature of such manual thresholding techniques provides the impetus for the development of automated or semi-automated segmentation methods...
May 22, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526082/proof-of-concept-non-invasive-estimation-of-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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