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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335494/cooperative-opportunistic-pressure-based-routing-for-underwater-wireless-sensor-networks
#1
Nadeem Javaid, Muhammad, Arshad Sher, Wadood Abdul, Iftikhar Azim Niaz, Ahmad Almogren, Atif Alamri
In this paper, three opportunistic pressure based routing techniques for underwater wireless sensor networks (UWSNs) are proposed. The first one is the cooperative opportunistic pressure based routing protocol (Co-Hydrocast), second technique is the improved Hydrocast (improved-Hydrocast), and third one is the cooperative improved Hydrocast (Co-improved Hydrocast). In order to minimize lengthy routing paths between the source and the destination and to avoid void holes at the sparse networks, sensor nodes are deployed at different strategic locations...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335284/graphene-enabled-electrodes-for-electrocardiogram-monitoring
#2
Numan Celik, Nadarajah Manivannan, Andrew Strudwick, Wamadeva Balachandran
The unique parameters of graphene (GN)-notably its considerable electron mobility, high surface area, and electrical conductivity-are bringing extensive attention into the wearable technologies. This work presents a novel graphene-based electrode for acquisition of electrocardiogram (ECG). The proposed electrode was fabricated by coating GN on top of a metallic layer of a Ag/AgCl electrode using a chemical vapour deposition (CVD) technique. To investigate the performance of the fabricated GN-based electrode, two types of electrodes were fabricated with different sizes to conduct the signal qualities and the skin-electrode contact impedance measurements...
August 23, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335260/a-label-free-microelectrode-array-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-chitosan-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-thionine-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen
#3
Huiren Xu, Yang Wang, Li Wang, Yilin Song, Jinping Luo, Xinxia Cai
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been an extensively used tumor marker responsible for clinical early diagnosis of cervical carcinomas, and pancreatic, colorectal, gastric and lung cancer. Combined with micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) technology, it is important to develop a novel immune microelectrode array (MEA) not only for rapid analysis of serum samples, but also for cell detection in vitro and in vivo. In this work, we depict a simple approach to modify chitosan-multi-walled carbon nanotubes-thionine (CS-MWCNTs-THI) hybrid film through one-step electrochemical deposition and the CS-MWCNTs-THI hybrid films are successfully employed to immobilize anti-CEA for fabricating simple, label-free, and highly sensitive electro-chemical immune MEAs...
July 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330373/readout-segmented-echo-planar-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-the-assessment-of-orbital-tumors-comparison-with-conventional-single-shot-echo-planar-imaging-in-image-quality-and-diagnostic-performance
#4
Xiaoquan Xu, Yanjun Wang, Hao Hu, Guoyi Su, Hu Liu, Haibin Shi, Feiyun Wu
Background Readout-segmented echo-planar imaging (RS-EPI) could improve the imaging quality of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in various organs. However, whether it could improve the imaging quality and diagnostic performance for the patients with orbital tumors is still unknown. Purpose To compare the image quality and diagnostic performance of RS-EPI DWI with that of conventional single-shot EPI (SS-EPI) DWI in patients with orbital tumors. Material and Methods SS-EPI and RS-EPI DW images of 32 patients with pathologically diagnosed orbital tumors were retrospectively analyzed...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325438/fetal-ecg-extraction-via-type-2-adaptive-neuro-fuzzy-inference-systems
#5
Hajar Ahmadieh, Babak Mohammadzadeh Asl
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: We proposed a noninvasive method for separating the fetal ECG (FECG) from maternal ECG (MECG) by using Type-2 adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference systems. METHODS: The method can extract FECG components from abdominal signal by using one abdominal channel, including maternal and fetal cardiac signals and other environmental noise signals, and one chest channel. The proposed algorithm detects the nonlinear dynamics of the mother's body. So, the components of the MECG are estimated from the abdominal signal...
April 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325031/magnetic-resonance-imaging-receiver-coil-decoupling-using-circumferential-shielding-structures
#6
Jhy-Neng Tasso Yeh, Fa-Hsuan Lin
We propose a flexible phased-array design using circular coils with circumferential shielding structure to achieve robust decoupling between coil elements when the array is either bended or on a flat plane. Two types of circumferential shielding were tested through numerical simulation and imaging experiment. The results demonstrated that our arrays have good decoupling between coils when they are on a curved surface with S21 <; -16.72 dB. Both types perform higher SNR images than a commercially available 32-channel adult head coil array...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324970/development-of-data-acquisition-components-for-simultaneous-recording-of-3d-epicardial-and-surface-ecg-signals-in-the-langendorff-perfusion-apparatus
#7
Ryan Wade Selby, Anup Jonchhe, Chen Kaplan, Coeli M Lopes, Behnaz Ghoraani
Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) claims 7 million lives per year. The importance of myocardial electrogram (EGM) repolarization alternans and surface electrocardiogram (ECG) T-wave alternans is gaining traction for understanding the underlying SCD mechanisms. However, the relationship between the 3D spatial distribution of myocardial EGMs and surface ECG with respect to SCD has yet to be investigated. To make this happen, a modified data acquisition system has been developed and fabricated in conjunction with the Langendorff perfusion system to enable simultaneous recording and analysis of the 3D spatial distribution of myocardial EGMs and the surface ECG...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324965/high-dielectric-material-in-mri-numerical-assessment-of-the-reduction-of-the-induced-local-power-on-implanted-cardiac-leads
#8
Eugenio Mattei, Elena Lucano, Federica Censi, Leonardo M Angelone, Giovanni Calcagnini
High dielectric materials (HDM) have been proposed in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the images acquired while reducing the radiofrequency (RF) absorption in tissue. The aim of this study is to assess the potential merit of using HDM to reduce power induced at the tip of an endocardial lead in patients undergoing MRI. Numerical simulations were performed using a commercial finite-differences time-domain (FDTD) software to model the RF field generated by a birdcage body coil at 64 MHz on a human body model...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321330/ct-venography-after-knee-replacement-surgery-comparison-of-dual-energy-ct-based-monochromatic-imaging-and-single-energy-metal-artifact-reduction-techniques-on-a-320-row-ct-scanner
#9
Masafumi Kidoh, Daisuke Utsunomiya, Seitaro Oda, Takeshi Nakaura, Yoshinori Funama, Hideaki Yuki, Kenichiro Hirata, Masahiro Hatemura, Tomohiro Namimoto, Yasuyuki Yamashita
BACKGROUND: An optimal metal artifact reduction (MAR) technique is needed for a reliable and accurate image-based diagnosis. PURPOSE: Using a 320-row scanner, we compared the dual-energy computed tomography (CT)-based monochromatic and the single-energy metal artifact reduction (SEMAR) techniques for CT venography (CTV) to identify the better imaging method for diagnosing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients who had undergone knee replacement surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-three consecutive patients with suspected DVT after unilateral knee replacement surgery underwent dual-energy CT (135/80 kVp)...
February 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320682/deformable-registration-based-super-resolution-for-isotropic-reconstruction-of-4d-mri-volumes
#10
Geetha Soujanya Chilla, Cher Heng Tan, Chueh Loo Poh
Multi-plane super-resolution (SR) has been widely employed for resolution improvement of MR images. However, this has mostly been limited to MRI acquisitions with rigid motion. In cases of non-rigid motion, volumes are usually pre-registered using deformable registration methods before SR reconstruction. The pre-registered images are then used as input for the SR reconstruction. Since deformable registration involves smoothening of the inputs, using pre-registered inputs could lead to loss in information in SR reconstructions...
March 13, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319821/application-of-p4-polyphase-codes-pulse-compression-method-to-air-coupled-ultrasonic-testing-systems
#11
Honggang Li, Zhenggan Zhou
Air-coupled ultrasonic testing systems are usually restricted by low signal-to-noise ratios (SNR). The use of pulse compression techniques based on P4 Polyphase codes can improve the ultrasound SNR. This type of codes can generate higher Peak Side Lobe (PSL) ratio and lower noise of compressed signal. This paper proposes the use of P4 Polyphase sequences to code ultrasound with a NDT system based on air-coupled piezoelectric transducer. Furthermore, the principle of selecting parameters of P4 Polyphase sequence for obtaining optimal pulse compression effect is also studied...
March 3, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316880/optimizing-the-use-of-a-sensor-resource-for-opponent-polarization-coding
#12
Francisco J H Heras, Simon B Laughlin
Flies use specialized photoreceptors R7 and R8 in the dorsal rim area (DRA) to detect skylight polarization. R7 and R8 form a tiered waveguide (central rhabdomere pair, CRP) with R7 on top, filtering light delivered to R8. We examine how the division of a given resource, CRP length, between R7 and R8 affects their ability to code polarization angle. We model optical absorption to show how the length fractions allotted to R7 and R8 determine the rates at which they transduce photons, and correct these rates for transduction unit saturation...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302073/image-quality-improvement-using-model-based-iterative-reconstruction-in-low-dose-chest-ct-for-children-with-necrotizing-pneumonia
#13
Jihang Sun, Tong Yu, Jinrong Liu, Xiaomin Duan, Di Hu, Yong Liu, Yun Peng
BACKGROUND: Model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR) is a promising reconstruction method which could improve CT image quality with low radiation dose. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the advantage of using MBIR for noise reduction and image quality improvement in low dose chest CT for children with necrotizing pneumonia, over the adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR) and conventional filtered back-projection (FBP) technique. METHODS: Twenty-six children with necrotizing pneumonia (aged 2 months to 11 years) who underwent standard of care low dose CT scans were included...
March 16, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301390/pre-and-postoperative-binaural-unmasking-for-bimodal-cochlear-implant-listeners
#14
Benjamin M Sheffield, Gerald Schuchman, Joshua G W Bernstein
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear implants (CIs) are increasingly recommended to individuals with residual bilateral acoustic hearing. Although new hearing-preserving electrode designs and surgical approaches show great promise, CI recipients are still at risk to lose acoustic hearing in the implanted ear, which could prevent the ability to take advantage of binaural unmasking to aid speech recognition in noise. This study examined the tradeoff between the benefits of a CI for speech understanding in noise and the potential loss of binaural unmasking for CI recipients with some bilateral preoperative acoustic hearing...
March 15, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299494/high-pitch-low-dose-abdominopelvic-ct-with-tin-filtration-technique-for-detecting-urinary-stones
#15
Gu-Mu-Yang Zhang, Bing Shi, Hao Sun, Hua-Dan Xue, Yun Wang, Ji-Xiang Liang, Kai Xu, Ming Wang, Man Wang, Min Xu, Zheng-Yu Jin
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate urinary stone detection, radiation exposure, image quality, breathing-motion artifacts, and scanning time with high-pitch tin filter-based abdominopelvic CT. METHODS: Sixty-three consecutive patients with urolithiasis underwent non-enhanced abdominopelvic CT with both regular (120 kV, pitch 0.6) and low-dose (Sn150kV, pitch 3.0) protocols on a third-generation dual-source CT. Stone characteristics, image noise (SD), signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), subjective image quality on a 5-point likert scale breathing-motion artifacts, and scanning time were evaluated...
March 15, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297454/evaluation-of-cassette-based-digital-radiography-detectors-using-standardized-image-quality-metrics-aapm-tg-150-draft-image-detector-tests
#16
Guang Li, Travis C Greene, Thomas K Nishino, Charles E Willis
The purpose of this study was to evaluate several of the standardized image quality metrics proposed by the American Association of Physics in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 150. The task group suggested region-of-interest (ROI)-based techniques to measure nonuniformity, minimum signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), number of anomalous pixels, and modulation transfer function (MTF). This study evaluated the effects of ROI size and layout on the image metrics by using four different ROI sets, assessed result uncertainty by repeating measurements, and compared results with two commercially available quality control tools, namely the Carestream DIRECTVIEW Total Quality Tool (TQT) and the GE Healthcare Quality Assurance Process (QAP)...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297334/assessment-of-diffusion-tensor-image-quality-across-sites-and-vendors-using-the-american-college-of-radiology-head-phantom
#17
Zhiyue J Wang, Youngseob Seo, Evelyn Babcock, Hao Huang, Stefan Bluml, Jessica Wisnowski, Barbara Holshouser, Ashok Panigrahy, Dennis W W Shaw, Nolan Altman, Roderick W McColl, Nancy K Rollins
The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of assessing quality of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) from multiple sites and vendors using American College of Radiology (ACR) phantom. Participating sites (Siemens (n=2), GE (n=2), and Philips (n=4)) reached consensus on parameters for DTI and used the widely available ACR phantom. Tensor data were processed at one site. B0 and eddy current distortions were assessed using grid line displacement on phantom Slice 5; signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) was measured at the center and periphery of the b=0 image; fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) were assessed using phantom Slice 7...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296730/image-quality-evaluation-for-care-kv-technique-combined-with-iterative-reconstruction-for-chest-computed-tomography-scanning
#18
RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Bin Yang, Zheng-Liang Li, Yi Gao, Ya-Ying Yang, Wei Zhao
BACKGROUND: To investigate the radiation dose and image quality for iterative reconstruction combined with the CARE kV technique in chest computed tomography (CT) scanning for physical examination. METHODS: A total of 130 patients who underwent chest CT scanning were randomly chosen and the quality reference value was set as 80 mAs. The scanning scheme was set and the patients were randomly divided into groups according to the scanning scheme. Sixty patients underwent a chest scan with 100 kV using the CARE kV technique and SAFIRE reconstruction (value=3) (experimental group) and the other 70 patients underwent chest scanning with 120 kV (control group)...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295027/improved-shear-wave-motion-detection-using-coded-excitation-for-transient-elastography
#19
Xiao-Nian He, Xian-Fen Diao, Hao-Ming Lin, Xin-Yu Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Shen, Si-Ping Chen, Zheng-Di Qin, Xin Chen
Transient elastography (TE) is well adapted for use in studying liver elasticity. However, because the shear wave motion signal is extracted from the ultrasound signal, the weak ultrasound signal can significantly deteriorate the shear wave motion tracking process and make it challenging to detect the shear wave motion in a severe noise environment, such as within deep tissues and within obese patients. This paper, therefore, investigated the feasibility of implementing coded excitation in TE for shear wave detection, with the hypothesis that coded ultrasound signals can provide robustness to weak ultrasound signals compared with traditional short pulse...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294962/a-novel-high-performance-beam-supported-membrane-structure-with-enhanced-design-flexibility-for-partial-discharge-detection
#20
Chenzhao Fu, Wenrong Si, Haoyong Li, Delin Li, Peng Yuan, Yiting Yu
A novel beam-supported membrane (BSM) structure for the fiber optic extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) sensors showing an enhanced performance and an improved resistance to the temperature change was proposed for detecting partial discharges (PDs). The fundamental frequency, sensitivity, linear range, and flatness of the BSM structure were investigated by employing the finite element simulations. Compared with the intact membrane (IM) structure commonly used by EFPI sensors, BSM structure provides extra geometrical parameters to define the fundamental frequency when the diameter of the whole membrane and its thickness is determined, resulting in an enhanced design flexibility of the sensor structure...
March 15, 2017: Sensors
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