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Healthcare Technology Letters

Analise Bartolo, Edmond Koyess, Josette Camilleri, Christopher Micallef
The main aim of root canal irrigation is to eliminate micro-organisms. Sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) is considered to be the ideal material and raising its temperature potentiates the antimicrobial activity. NaOCl may lead to localised tissue necrosis when extruded past the root apex. This study analyses the use of high temperature root canal irrigation as an alternative process for the elimination of microorganisms from the root canal system. An experimental set-up was designed where a constant supply of heat was passed from a heat source through a copper wire inside the root canal...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Eedara Prabhakararao, M Sabarimalai Manikandan
In this Letter, the authors propose an efficient and robust method for automatically determining the VT and VF events in the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal. The proposed method consists of: (i) discrete cosine transform (DCT)-based noise suppression; (ii) addition of bipolar sequence of amplitudes with alternating polarity; (iii) zero-crossing rate (ZCR) estimation-based VTVF detection; and (iv) peak-to-peak interval (PPI) feature based VT/VF discrimination. The proposed method is evaluated using 18,000 episodes of different ECG arrhythmias taken from 6 PhysioNet databases...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Tricia Adjei, Daniel Abásolo, David Santamarta
Hydrocephalus is a condition characterised by enlarged cerebral ventricles, which in turn affects intracranial pressure (ICP); however, the mechanisms regulating ICP are not fully understood. A nonlinear signal processing approach was applied to ICP signals measured during infusion studies from patients with two forms of hydrocephalus, in a bid to compare the differences. This is the first study of its kind. The two forms of hydrocephalus were idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) and secondary normal pressure hydrocephalus (SH)...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Jun Sakuma, Daisuke Anzai, Jianqing Wang
Wearable electrocardiogram (ECG) is attracting much attention in daily healthcare applications, and human body communication (HBC) technology provides an evident advantage in making the sensing electrodes of ECG also working for transmission through the human body. In view of actual usage in daily life, however, non-contact electrodes to the human body are desirable. In this Letter, the authors discussed the ECG circuit structure in the HBC-based wearable ECG for removing the common mode noise when employing non-contact capacitive coupling electrodes...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Giuseppe Ruvio, Antonio Cuccaro, Raffaele Solimene, Adriana Brancaccio, Bruno Basile, Max J Ammann
This Letter introduces a feasibility study of a scanning system for applications in biomedical bone imaging operating in the microwave range 0.5-4 GHz. Mechanical uncertainties and data acquisition time are minimised by using a fully automated scanner that controls two antipodal Vivaldi antennas. Accurate antenna positioning and synchronisation with data acquisition enables a rigorous proof-of-concept for the microwave imaging procedure of a multi-layer phantom including skin, fat, muscle and bone tissues. The presence of a suitable coupling medium enables antenna miniaturisation and mitigates the impedance mismatch between antennas and phantom...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Sotiris Avgousti, Andreas S Panayides, Antonis P Jossif, Eftychios G Christoforou, Pierre Vieyres, Cyril Novales, Sotos Voskarides, Constantinos S Pattichis
This Letter proposes an end-to-end mobile tele-echography platform using a portable robot for remote cardiac ultrasonography. Performance evaluation investigates the capacity of long-term evolution (LTE) wireless networks to facilitate responsive robot tele-manipulation and real-time ultrasound video streaming that qualifies for clinical practice. Within this context, a thorough video coding standards comparison for cardiac ultrasound applications is performed, using a data set of ten ultrasound videos. Both objective and subjective (clinical) video quality assessment demonstrate that H...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Efthyvoulos Kyriacou, Iolie Nicolaidou, George Hadjichristofi, Stelios Kyprianou, Synesios Christou, Riana Constantinou
Τhe performance of rescuers and personnel handling major emergencies or crisis events can be significantly improved through continuous training and through technology support. The work done in order to create a system has been discussed which can support both resources and victims during a crisis or major emergency event. More specifically, the system supports real-time management of firefighter teams, rescue teams, health services, and victims during a major disaster. It can be deployed in an ad hoc manner in the disaster area, as a stand-alone infrastructure (using its own telecommunications and power)...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
George Milis, Panayiotis Kolios, Gaby Van Melick, Toni Staykova, Ira Helsloot, Georgios Ellinas, Christos Panayiotou, Marios Polycarpou
The medical emergency response comprises a domain with complex processes, encompassing multiple heterogeneous entities, from organisations involved in the response to human actors to key information sources. Due to the heterogeneity of the entities and the complexity of the domain, it is important to fully understand the individual processes in which the components are involved and their inter-operations, before attempting to design any technological tool for coordination and decision support. This work starts with the gluing together and visualisation of the interactions of involved entities into a conceptual model, along the identified five workspaces of emergency response...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Christoph Beck, Julius Georgiou
In this Letter, the authors describe the characterisation design and development of the authors' wearable, multimodal vitals acquisition unit for intelligent field triage. The unit is able to record the standard electrocardiogram, blood oxygen and body temperature parameters and also has the unique capability to record up to eight custom designed acoustic streams for heart and lung sound auscultation. These acquisition channels are highly synchronised to fully maintain the time correlation of the signals. The unit is a key component enabling systematic and intelligent field triage to continuously acquire vital patient information...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Ferhat Canbay, Vecdi Emre Levent, Gorkem Serbes, H Fatih Ugurdag, Sezer Goren, Nizamettin Aydin
The authors aimed to develop an application for producing different architectures to implement dual tree complex wavelet transform (DTCWT) having near shift-invariance property. To obtain a low-cost and portable solution for implementing the DTCWT in multi-channel real-time applications, various embedded-system approaches are realised. For comparison, the DTCWT was implemented in C language on a personal computer and on a PIC microcontroller. However, in the former approach portability and in the latter desired speed performance properties cannot be achieved...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Bhoopal Rao Gangadari, Shaik Rafi Ahamed
In biomedical, data security is the most expensive resource for wireless body area network applications. Cryptographic algorithms are used in order to protect the information against unauthorised access. Advanced encryption standard (AES) cryptographic algorithm plays a vital role in telemedicine applications. The authors propose a novel approach for design of substitution bytes (S-Box) using second-order reversible one-dimensional cellular automata (RCA(2)) as a replacement to the classical look-up-table (LUT) based S-Box used in AES algorithm...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Syed Anas Imtiaz, James Mardell, Siavash Saremi-Yarahmadi, Esther Rodriguez-Villegas
Continuous patient monitoring systems acquire enormous amounts of data that is either manually analysed by doctors or automatically processed using intelligent algorithms. Sections of data acquired over long period of time can be corrupted with artefacts due to patient movement, sensor placement and interference from other sources. Owing to the large volume of data these artefacts need to be automatically identified so that the analysis systems and doctors are aware of them while making medical diagnosis. Three important factors are explored that must be considered and quantified for the design and evaluation of automatic artefact identification algorithms: signal quality, interpretation quality and computational complexity...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Georgia Spiridon Karanasiou, Evanthia Eleftherios Tripoliti, Theofilos Grigorios Papadopoulos, Fanis Georgios Kalatzis, Yorgos Goletsis, Katerina Kyriakos Naka, Aris Bechlioulis, Abdelhamid Errachid, Dimitrios Ioannis Fotiadis
Heart failure (HF) is a chronic disease characterised by poor quality of life, recurrent hospitalisation and high mortality. Adherence of patient to treatment suggested by the experts has been proven a significant deterrent of the above-mentioned serious consequences. However, the non-adherence rates are significantly high; a fact that highlights the importance of predicting the adherence of the patient and enabling experts to adjust accordingly patient monitoring and management. The aim of this work is to predict the adherence of patients with HF, through the application of machine learning techniques...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Christophoros Christophorou, Styliani Kleanthous, Dimosthenis Georgiadis, Donato M Cereghetti, Panayiotis Andreou, Cindy Wings, Eleni Christodoulou, George Samaras
Based on the demographic changes and the rapid increase of older population in Europe, major challenges are expected to rise, both in the economy as well as the society, whether the dominant care model for supporting elderly in living independently at home continues to rely on informal and formal caregivers' assistance. To respond to the above challenges, assistive technologies are called to develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services for supporting seniors to remain active and independent, for as long as possible, in their chosen home environment...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Andreas K Triantafyllidis, Vassilis G Koutkias, Ioanna Chouvarda, Ilia Adami, Angelina Kouroubali, Nicos Maglaveras
Sensor-based health systems can often become difficult to use, extend and sustain. The authors propose a framework for designing sensor-based health monitoring systems aiming to provide extensible and usable monitoring services in the scope of pervasive patient care. The authors' approach relies on a distributed system for monitoring the patient health status anytime-anywhere and detecting potential health complications, for which healthcare professionals and patients are notified accordingly. Portable or wearable sensing devices measure the patient's physiological parameters, a smart mobile device collects and analyses the sensor data, a Medical Center system receives notifications on the detected health condition, and a Health Professional Platform is used by formal caregivers in order to review the patient condition and configure monitoring schemas...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Neha Mathur, Ivan Glesk, Arjan Buis
Elevated skin temperature at the body/device interface of lower-limb prostheses is one of the major factors that affect tissue health. The heat dissipation in prosthetic sockets is greatly influenced by the thermal conductive properties of the hard socket and liner material employed. However, monitoring of the interface temperature at skin level in lower-limb prosthesis is notoriously complicated. This is due to the flexible nature of the interface liners used which requires consistent positioning of sensors during donning and doffing...
June 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Panagiotis Bountris, Elena Topaka, Abraham Pouliakis, Maria Haritou, Petros Karakitsos, Dimitrios Koutsouris
Cervical cancer (CxCa) is often the result of underestimated abnormalities in the test Papanicolaou (Pap test). The recent advances in the study of the human papillomavirus (HPV) infection (the necessary cause for CxCa development) have guided clinical practice to add HPV related tests alongside the Pap test. In this way, today, HPV DNA testing is well accepted as an ancillary test and it is used for the triage of women with abnormal findings in cytology. However, these tests are either highly sensitive or highly specific, and therefore none of them provides an optimal solution...
June 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Ahmed Alqaraawi, Ahmad Alwosheel, Amr Alasaad
Heart rate variability (HRV) has become a marker for various health and disease conditions. Photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors integrated in wearable devices such as smart watches and phones are widely used to measure heart activities. HRV requires accurate estimation of time interval between consecutive peaks in the PPG signal. However, PPG signal is very sensitive to motion artefact which may lead to poor HRV estimation if false peaks are detected. In this Letter, the authors propose a probabilistic approach based on Bayesian learning to better estimate HRV from PPG signal recorded by wearable devices and enhance the performance of the automatic multi scale-based peak detection (AMPD) algorithm used for peak detection...
June 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
Dayananda Goswami, Kanak C Sarma, Anil Mahanta
The wireless body area network (WBAN) has gaining tremendous attention among researchers and academicians for its envisioned applications in healthcare service. Ultra wideband (UWB) radio technology is considered as excellent air interface for communication among body area network devices. Characterisation and modelling of channel parameters are utmost prerequisite for the development of reliable communication system. The path loss of on-body UWB channel for each frequency band defined in IEEE 802.15.6 standard is experimentally determined...
June 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
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