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July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715320/human-breast-phantoms-test-beds-for-the-development-of-microwave-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-technologies
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Luz Maria Neira, R Owen Mays, Susan C Hagness
Over the past two decades, there has been enormous growth in research activity for microwave diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that target the breast. The clinical need for new tools in the breast cancer armamentarium, combined with the promising lowcost, nonionizing nature of microwave technologies, has fueled these investigations. High-fidelity breast phantoms are essential components of computational and experimental test beds for investigating and accurately assessing the performance of new devices, algorithms, and systems related to microwave breast cancer detection and/or treatment...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715319/cad-based-virtual-humans-design-and-safety-assessment-of-mri-coils
#3
Gregory M Noetscher, Nicholas D Maino, Patrick Lacroix, Marc Horner, Sara Louie
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a ubiquitous tool used in clinical settings around the world to provide detailed three-dimensional information on the internal anatomy and physiology of human patients without the use of ionizing radiation, which is the primary safety concern associated with computed tomography. This information is obtained noninvasively and can be used in the diagnosis of pathological conditions as well as the monitoring of treatments.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715318/researching-fiber-networks-computational-modeling-of-complex-fibrous-tissue-geometries
#4
Sergey Makarov, Alvero Pascual Leone, Aapo Nummenmaa
Many types of human tissue-such as the brain and spinal cord of the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and muscles, including the heart muscle-are fibrous in nature. Isotropic human models that assume homogeneous volumes for every individual tissue do not properly take this into account.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715317/itk-snap-an-intractive-medical-image-segmentation-tool-to-meet-the-need-for-expert-guided-segmentation-of-complex-medical-images
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Paul A Yushkevich, Guido Gerig
Imaging is a crucial tool in medicine and biomedical research. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computational tomography (CT), proton emission tomography (PET), and ultrasound are routinely used not only to diagnose disease but also to plan and guide surgical interventions, track disease progression, measure the response of the body to treatment, and understand how genetic and environmental factors relate to anatomical and functional phenotypes.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715316/virtual-humans-for-implantable-device-safety-assessment-in-mri-mitigating-magnetic-resonance-imaging-hazards-for-implanted-medical-devices
#6
James E Brown, Rui Qiang, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts, Jeffrey A Von Arx
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the preferred modality for soft tissue imaging because of its nonionizing radiation and lack of contrast agent. Due to interactions between the MR system and active implantable medical devices (AIMDs), patients with implants such as pacemakers are generally denied access to MRI, which presents a detriment to that population. It has been estimated that 50-75% of patients with a cardiac device were denied access to MRI scanning and, moreover, that 17% of pacemaker patients need an MRI within 12 months of implantation [1]...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715315/of-fields-and-phantoms-the-importance-of-virtual-humans-in-optimizing-cancer-treatment-with-tumor-treating-fields
#7
Ze'ev Bomzon, Cornelia Wenger
Cancer represents a compilation of diseases characterized by rapidly dividing, invasive cells. Worldwide data indicate that over 14 million new cancers were diagnosed in 2012, with a projected increase of more than 19 million diagnosed cases by 2025 [1]. Survival rates for some cancers have increased dramatically, but there are still cancer types for which the prognosis is poor and few treatments exist. Thus, there is a growing need for new therapies targeting these difficult-to-treat cancers.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715314/optimizing-electric-field-delivery-for-tdcs-virtual-humans-help-to-design-efficient-noninvasive-brain-and-spinal-cord-electrical-stimulation
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Pedro C Miranda, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Sofia R Fernandes
Noninvasive electrical stimulation of the central nervous system is attracting increasing interest from the clinical and academic communities as well as from high-tech companies. This interest was sparked by two landmark studies conducted in 2000 and 2001 at the University of G?ttingen, Germany. Michael Nitsche and Walter Paulus showed that by passing a weak, almost imperceptible electric current between two electrodes on the scalp, they could alter the way the human brain responds to stimuli and that the effect persisted for some time after the current was stopped...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715313/the-visible-human-project-from-body-to-bits
#9
Michael J Ackerman
Atlases of anatomy have long been a mainstay for visualizing and identifying features of the human body [1]. Many are constructed of idealized illustrations rendered so that structures are presented as three-dimensional (3-D) pictures. Others have employed photographs of actual dissections. Still others are composed of collections of artist renderings of organs or areas of interest. All rely on a basically two-dimensional (2-D) graphic display to depict and allow for a better understanding of a complicated 3-D structure...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715312/new-directions-for-treating-bleeding-disorders-from-tests-for-platelet-strength-to-malleable-hydrogel-research-is-advancing-understanding-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-this-difficult-condition
#10
Mary Bates
Most people don't worry about small cuts or wounds, because their bodies form clots to stop the bleeding. This process, called coagulation or hemostasis, requires certain blood cells, platelets, and protein clotting factors to interact correctly and form a clot to stanch the bleeding and begin repair of the damaged blood vessel.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715311/animal-models-new-biosensors-and-technologies-including-those-for-bone-regrowth-and-wound-healing-advance-animal-health-care-while-also-providing-a-fertile-testing-ground-for-human-health
#11
Summer Allen
Dogs have bad breath. But when Montana sheep rancher Katy Harjes noticed her collie, Hoshi, had particularly bad breath and facial swelling, she was concerned that the symptoms might be a sign of something serious. She was right; ten-year-old Hoshi had squamous cell carcinoma, a common type of oral tumor found in dogs. The cancer had not metastasized, but the damage was extensive enough that part of Hoshi's lower jaw needed to be removed. Luckily, Hoshi was a suitable candidate for a stateof-the-art bone regrowth procedure developed by Frank Verstraete, B...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715310/discovering-ways-to-mend-growing-bodies-the-bioengineering-of-devices-for-the-youngest-patients-brings-unique-challenges-and-rewards
#12
David L Chandler
Some babies are born with a rare condition known as esophageal atresia, in which part of the connection between the throat and stomach is missing or nonfunctional. While this was once untreatable and fatal, in recent years surgeons have developed a method using traction to stretch the tissues out on each end until, over time, they are long enough to be sewn together and so substitute for the missing portion of the esophagus. The procedure has allowed many infant patients to go home with a full, normal life ahead of them...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715309/rise-of-the-nanorobots-advances-in-control-molecular-detection-and-nanoscale-actuation-are-bringing-us-closer-to-a-new-era-of-technology-enhanced-by-nanorobots
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Stanislav Tsitkov, Henry Hess
In 1988, a Scientific American article by A.K. Dewdney [1] on the work of nanotechnologist K. Eric Drexler spurred public interest in the nascent field of nanotechnology and its potential for advancing humanity into a new technological age. The article portrayed a world run by nanoscale machines that could operate in any environment (Figure 1), with uses ranging from fighting infections in the human body to building tomorrow's skyscrapers. Nearly 30 years later, these visions of the future are closer than ever...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715308/sniffing-for-cancer-nano-noses-hold-promise-for-detecting-lung-cancer-and-other-diseases
#14
Shannon Fischer
Nearly two decades ago, Hossam Haick was working on a Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology when terrible news hit: his friend and officemate had leukemia. It was Haick's first close encounter with cancer and the physical toll its treatment could wreak on a person. "He's fine now, but it was very difficult to see him suffer," Haick remembers.
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715307/taking-on-the-obesity-epidemic-researchers-wage-a-big-fat-fight-in-efforts-to-combat-this-global-health-issue
#15
Leslie Mertz
If obesity were tied only to too much food or too little physical activity, the cure would be a simple matter of counting calories or keeping track of steps with a pedometer. Unfortunately, obesity is much more complex. Many other factors come into play, including so-called hunger genes that make a person more susceptible to obesity, infection with certain pathogens linked to weight gain, hormones that dampen or stimulate appetite, sleep disruption that can trigger overeating, and social networks that can promote obesity...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715306/a-data-rich-longitudinal-wellness-study-for-the-digital-age-fixing-a-broken-medical-system-requires-data-about-each-patient
#16
Gustavo Glusman
We live in an age of plentiful information, collected continuously by pervasive gadgetry, distributed through digital and social networks, and mined deeply by ever-more-powerful analytics systems. And yet, one of the things we know the least about is our bodies. When it comes to our own health, we are driving blindly. Modern medicine has clearly been remarkably successful, as evidenced by continually growing life expectancies. For example, the number of people 65 and older in the United States has seen a steady increase over the last century, rising from 3...
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715305/the-quantified-patient-checks-in-larry-smarr-s-experiments-in-self-tracking-for-health
#17
Sarah Campbell
Like eight-year-olds who can't let go of a good joke, Larry Smarr's nurses and doctors kept coming to him with the same question: "Have you passed gas yet?" Answering this question in the aff irmative is, Smarr explains, deadpan, "the state of the art in 2017 in the medical community for deciding when your colon restarts."
July 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534765/the-animal-kingdom-is-also-a-bioengineering-field-exploring-the-art-and-science-of-vetinary-medicine-retrospectroscope
#18
Max E Valentinuzzi
Medical science developed in tandem with the evolution of biological species and their associated diseases. Because of the close interaction between humans and other animals, even those in the wild, taking care of the former also means caring for the latter. Several scientific forerunners delved into animals' anatomical and physiological secrets in their quest to better understand animal biology and functions, thereby laying the foundation for animal medicine. Here, I briefly explore the long and complex road that led to the current state of veterinary science and provide a few examples of its present standing...
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534764/traveling-to-angola-to-validate-a-paper-based-sickle-cell-disease-test
#19
Nathaniel Z Piety
When I started graduate school, I had no idea that it would take me halfway around the world to a small clinic in Cabinda, Angola, but I'm glad that it did. Since 2011, I have been a part of the team of engineers and clinicians, led by Dr. Sergey Shevkoplyas, working to develop a simple, low-cost, paper-based test for sickle cell disease-a common inherited blood disorder that is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa (Figure S1).
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534763/paper-based-diagnostics-rethinking-conventional-sickle-cell-screening-to-improve-access-to-high-quality-health-care-in-resource-limited-settings
#20
Nathaniel Z Piety, Sergey S Shevkoplyas
Every year, hundreds of thousands of children worldwide are born with sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder that impacts the hemoglobin molecules in blood. If left undiagnosed and untreated, most affected children will die before reaching the age of five. However, highly accurate diagnostic methods and effective treatment regimens for sickle cell disease have been known for many years, and children who receive early diagnosis and subsequent comprehensive care survive well into adulthood-as evidenced by the tremendous success of universal newborn screening programs in North America and Europe...
May 2017: IEEE Pulse
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