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IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering

Romany Mansour
The alterations caused due to diabetes mellitus results into significant micro-vasculature that eventually causes diabetic retinopathy (DR) that keeps on increasing as per time and eventually causes complete vision loss. Identifying subtle variations in morphological changes in retinal blood vessels, optic disk, exudates, micro-aneurysms, hemorrhage etc is complicate and requires robust computer aided diagnosis (CAD) system so as to enable earlier and efficient DR diagnosis practices. In majority of the existing CAD systems, the need of functional enhancement has been realized time by time to ensure accurate and time efficient DR...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Nilanjan Dey, Amira S Ashour, Fuquian Shi, Robert Simon Sherratt
One of the significant challenges in Capsule Endoscopy (CE) is to precisely determine the pathologies location. The localization process is primarily estimated using the received signal strength from sensors in the capsule system through its movement in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Consequently, the wireless capsule endoscope (WCE) system requires improvement to handle the lack of the capsule instantaneous localization information and to solve the relatively low transmission data rate challenges. Furthermore, the association between the capsule's transmitter position, capsule location, signal reduction and the capsule direction should be assessed...
April 25, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Pietro Arico, Gianluca Borghini, Gianluca Di Flumeri, Stefano Bonelli, Alessia Golfetti, Ilenia Graziani, Simone Pozzi, Jean-Paul Imbert, Geraud Granger, Railane Benhacene, Dirk Schaefer, Fabio Babiloni
This article provides the reader a focused and organised review of the research progresses on neurophysiological indicators, also called "neurometrics", to show how neurometrics could effectively address some of the most important Human Factors (HFs) needs in the Air Traffic Management (ATM) field. The state of the art on the most involved HFs and related cognitive processes (e.g. mental workload, cognitive training) is presented together with examples of possible applications in the current and future ATM scenarios, in order to better understand and highlight the available opportunities of such neuroscientific applications...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Siyang Zuo, Guang-Zhong Yang
Endomicroscopy is a new technique that allows human tissue to be characterized in vivo, and in situ, circumventing the need for conventional biopsy and histology. Despite increased application and growing research interests in this area, the clinical application of endomicroscopy, however, is limited by difficulties in ergonomic control, consistent probe-tissue contact, large area surveillance and retargeting. Recently, advances in high-speed imaging, mosaicing and robotics have aimed to address these difficulties...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Kush Agarwal, Rangarajan Jegadeesan, Yong-Xin Guo, Nitish V Thakor
Neural implants have emerged over the last decade as highly effective solutions for the treatment of dysfunctions and disorders of the nervous system. These implants establish a direct, often bidirectional, interface to the nervous system, both sensing neural signals and providing therapeutic treatments. As a result of the technological progress and successful clinical demonstrations, completely implantable solutions have become a reality and are now commercially available for the treatment of various functional disorders...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Jiawei Xu, Srinjoy Mitra, Chris Van Hoof, Refet Yazicioglu, Kofi A A Makinwa
Active Electrodes (AE), i.e. electrodes with built-in readout circuitry, are increasingly being implemented in wearable healthcare and lifestyle applications due to AE's robustness to environmental interference. An AE locally amplifies and buffers μV-level EEG signals before driving any cabling. The low output impedance of an AE mitigates cable motion artifacts thus enabling the use of high-impedance dry electrodes for greater user comfort. However, developing a wearable EEG system, with medical grade signal quality on noise, electrode offset tolerance, common-mode rejection ratio (CMRR), input impedance and power dissipation, remains a challenging task...
January 20, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Gwenole Quellec, Guy Cazuguel, Beatrice Cochener, Mathieu Lamard
Multiple-Instance Learning (MIL) is a recent machine learning paradigm that is particularly well suited to Medical Image and Video Analysis (MIVA) tasks. Based solely on class labels assigned globally to images or videos, MIL algorithms learn to detect relevant patterns locally in images or videos. These patterns are then used for classification at a global level. Because supervision relies on global labels, manual segmentations are not needed to train MIL algorithms, unlike traditional Single-Instance Learning (SIL) algorithms...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Christine Goffin, Steffen Leonhardt, Klaus Radermacher
Despite the normal mean intracranial pressure (ICP) in normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) the cerebral ventricles enlarge. Many hypotheses exist, which have lately been investigated in simulation. These can be grouped into one of the two categories.
October 24, 2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Ivan Castellanos, Bogdan Balteanu, Tania Singh, Vesna Zderic
Ultrasound, along with other types of energy-based methods, has been widely investigated for use in various therapeutic applications because of its ability to stimulate specific biological processes. Many of these processes are mediated by calcium (Ca2+) signaling, thus making modulation of Ca2+ dynamics an evident therapeutic target for energy-based techniques. Various diseases have been associated with abnormal Ca2+ signaling and could therefore benefit from therapeutic approaches trying to regulate the transport of Ca2+ across cell membranes...
April 21, 2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Aparna Wagle Shukla, Michael S Okun
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy is a widely used brain surgery that can be applied for many neurological and psychiatric disorders. DBS is American Food and Drug Administration approved for medication refractory Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Although DBS has shown consistent success in many clinical trials, the therapy has limitations and there are well-recognized complications. Thus, only carefully selected patients are ideal candidates for this surgery. Over the last two decades, there have been significant advances in clinical knowledge on DBS...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Simona Turco, Hessel Wijkstra, Massimo Mischi
Angiogenesis plays a fundamental role in cancer growth and the formation of metastasis. Novel cancer therapies aimed at inhibiting angiogenic processes and/or disrupting angiogenic tumor vasculature are currently being developed and clinically tested. The need for earlier and improved cancer diagnosis, and for early evaluation and monitoring of therapeutic response to angiogenic treatment, have led to the development of several imaging methods for in vivo noninvasive assessment of angiogenesis. The combination of dynamic contrast-enhanced imaging with mathematical modeling of the contrast agent kinetics enables quantitative assessment of the structural and functional changes in the microvasculature that are associated with tumor angiogenesis...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Ho-Ting D Wu, Paul J Donaldson, Ehsan Vaghefi
Our sense of vision is critically dependent on the clarity of the crystalline lens. The most common cause of transparency loss in the lens is age-related nuclear cataract, which is due to accumulative oxidative damage to this tissue. Since the ocular lens is an avascular tissue, it has to maintain its physiological homeostasis and antioxidant levels using a system of water microcirculation. This system has been experimentally imaged in animal lenses using different modalities. Based on these data, computational models have been developed to predict the properties of this system in human lenses and its changes due to aging...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Karina Rincon, Pratikkumar Shah, Jessica Ramella-Roman, Shekhar Bhansali
Edema is a condition characterized by excessive swelling of a tissue due to an abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid in the subcutaneous tissue. More specifically, disruption of the lymphatic system causes what is known as lymphedema. This condition is commonly seen in breast cancer survivors postradiotherapy treatment, chemotherapy, and surgeries; this population has shown high risk of developing lymphedema in the limbs. Throughout the years, several techniques have been developed and implemented for the detection and measurement of lymphedema, including techniques to measure the diseased limb volume, electrical techniques to measure the water content in tissues, and optical techniques to measure either tissue absorbance or limb volume...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Aimee Sakes, Evelyn Regar, Jenny Dankelman, Paul Breedveld
GOAL: The aim of this review was to analyze and review the state of the art devices for the endovascular treatment of chronic and acute total occlusions in the different vascular beds (coronary, peripheral, carotid, and intracranial arteries) based on the forces exerted on the occlusion during treatment. METHODS: The literature search was executed in the databases of Scopus and Espacenet. Overall, 120 patents and 49 articles have been reviewed and categorized. RESULTS: The identified treatment tools were divided into three treatment modalities: compression, resection, and conversion...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Morteza Ghorbani, Ozlem Oral, Sinan Ekici, Devrim Gozuacik, Ali Kosar
Cavitation is the sudden formation of vapor bubbles or voids in liquid media and occurs after rapid changes in pressure as a consequence of mechanical forces. It is mostly an undesirable phenomenon. Although the elimination of cavitation is a major topic in the study of fluid dynamics, its destructive nature could be exploited for therapeutic applications. Ultrasonic and hydrodynamic sources are two main origins for generating cavitation. The purpose of this review is to give the reader a general idea about the formation of cavitation phenomenon and existing biomedical applications of ultrasonic and hydrodynamic cavitation...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Tommaso Proietti, Vincent Crocher, Agnes Roby-Brami, Nathanael Jarrasse
Since the late 1990s, there has been a burst of research on robotic devices for poststroke rehabilitation. Robot-mediated therapy produced improvements on recovery of motor capacity; however, so far, the use of robots has not shown qualitative benefit over classical therapist-led training sessions, performed on the same quantity of movements. Multidegree-of-freedom robots, like the modern upper-limb exoskeletons, enable a distributed interaction on the whole assisted limb and can exploit a large amount of sensory feedback data, potentially providing new capabilities within standard rehabilitation sessions...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Arindam Sikdar, Santosh Kumar Behera, Debi Prosad Dogra
Human pulse rate (PR) can be estimated in several ways, including measurement instruments that directly count the PR through contact- and noncontact-based approaches. Over the last decade, computer-vision-assisted noncontact-based PR estimation has evolved significantly. Such techniques can be adopted for clinical purposes to mitigate some of the limitations of contact-based techniques. However, existing vision-guided noncontact-based techniques have not been benchmarked with respect to a challenging dataset...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Maria do Carmo Vilas-Boas, Joao Paulo Silva Cunha
The movement of the human body offers neurologists important clues for the diagnosis and follow-up of many neurological diseases. The typical diagnosis approach is accomplished through simple observation of movements of interest (MOI) associated with a specific neurological disease. This approach is highly subjective because it is mainly based on qualitative evaluation of MOIs. Quantitative movement techniques are then obvious diagnosis-aid systems to approach these cases. Nevertheless, the use of motion quantification techniques in these pathologies is still relatively rare...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Nima Enayati, Elena De Momi, Giancarlo Ferrigno
Robotic surgery is transforming the current surgical practice, not only by improving the conventional surgical methods but also by introducing innovative robot-enhanced approaches that broaden the capabilities of clinicians. Being mainly of man-machine collaborative type, surgical robots are seen as media that transfer pre- and intraoperative information to the operator and reproduce his/her motion, with appropriate filtering, scaling, or limitation, to physically interact with the patient. The field, however, is far from maturity and, more critically, is still a subject of controversy in medical communities...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
Pedro G Vaz, Anne Humeau-Heurtier, Edite Figueiras, Carlos Correia, Joao Cardoso
Laser speckle is a complex interference phenomenon that can easily be understood, in concept, but is difficult to predict mathematically, because it is a stochastic process. The use of laser speckle to produce images, which can carry many types of information, is called laser speckle imaging (LSI). The biomedical applications of LSI started in 1981 and, since then, many scientists have improved the laser speckle theory and developed different imaging techniques. During this process, some inconsistencies have been propagated up to now...
2016: IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering
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