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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231589/ultrasound-elastography-in-diffuse-and-focal-parotid-gland-lesions
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Naglaa Mansour, Benedikt Hofauer, Andreas Knopf
In Europe, ultrasound (US) is the diagnostic gold standard for the visualisation of parotid gland disorders. While high-resolution B-mode US reliably visualises focal lesions, its diagnostic capacity to distinguish tumour entities or to characterise diffuse lesions remains poor. Strain elastography (SE) and shear wave elastography (SWE) are novel imaging techniques that provide additional information about tissue elasticity. SE analyses the strain or displacement in response to force or compression and, therefore, shows the relative tissue elasticity within a selected region of interest (ROI)...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229593/development-of-laser-structured-liquid-infused-titanium-with-strong-biofilm-repellent-properties
#2
Katharina Doll, Elena Fadeeva, Joern Schaeske, Tobias Ehmke, Andreas Winkel, Alexander Heisterkamp, Boris N Chichkov, Meike Stiesch, Nico S Stumpp
Medical implants are commonly used in modern medicine but still harbor the risk of microbial infections caused by bacterial biofilms. As their retrospective treatment is difficult, there is a need for biomedical materials, which inhibit bacterial colonization from the start without using antibacterial agents, as these can promote resistance development. The promising concept of slippery liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS) possesses enormous potential for this purpose. In the present study, this principle was applied to titanium, a common material in implantology, and its biofilm-repellent properties were demonstrated...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228509/the-use-of-clamping-grips-and-friction-pads-by-tree-frogs-for-climbing-curved-surfaces
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Thomas Endlein, Aihong Ji, Shanshan Yuan, Iain Hill, Huan Wang, W Jon P Barnes, Zhendong Dai, Metin Sitti
Most studies on the adhesive mechanisms of climbing animals have addressed attachment against flat surfaces, yet many animals can climb highly curved surfaces, like twigs and small branches. Here we investigated whether tree frogs use a clamping grip by recording the ground reaction forces on a cylindrical object with either a smooth or anti-adhesive, rough surface. Furthermore, we measured the contact area of fore and hindlimbs against differently sized transparent cylinders and the forces of individual pads and subarticular tubercles in restrained animals...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227118/shear-wave-elastography-using-wigner-ville-distribution-a-simulated-multilayer-media-study
#4
Pooya Sobhe Bidari, Javad Alirezaie, Jahan Tavakkoli, Pooya Sobhe Bidari, Javad Alirezaie, Jahan Tavakkoli, Javad Alirezaie, Jahan Tavakkoli
Shear Wave Elastography (SWE) is a quantitative ultrasound-based imaging modality for distinguishing normal and abnormal tissue types by estimating the local viscoelastic properties of the tissue. These properties have been estimated in many studies by propagating ultrasound shear wave within the tissue and estimating parameters such as speed of wave. Vast majority of the proposed techniques are based on the cross-correlation of consecutive ultrasound images. In this study, we propose a new method of wave detection based on time-frequency (TF) analysis of the ultrasound signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226917/development-of-a-planar-shear-sensor
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Bruce J P Mortimer, Gary A Zets, Brian J Altenbernd, Tharaka Goonetilleke, Bruce J P Mortimer, Gary A Zets, Brian J Altenbernd, Tharaka Goonetilleke, Bruce J P Mortimer, Tharaka Goonetilleke, Gary A Zets, Brian J Altenbernd
This paper describes a wearable sensor that simultaneously measures both shear and orthogonal force. The planar shear sensor is based on inductive coupling between a small target and a series of adjacent coils. Lateral movement of the target changes the coupling between a primary coil and a series of geometrically shaped and scaled sense coils. Design of the sensor and methods for calibration are investigated. The wearable sensor can be used for measurement of in-situ foot loading during ambulation and we postulate that this may be useful for biomechanical analysis including exoskeletons and balance rehabilitation applications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224160/particle-wall-tribology-of-slippery-hydrogel-particle-suspensions
#6
Heather M Shewan, Jason R Stokes, Michel Cloitre
Slip is an important phenomenon that occurs during the flow of yield stress fluids like soft materials and pastes. Densely packed suspensions of hydrogel microparticles are used to show that slip is governed by the tribological interactions occurring between the samples and shearing surfaces. Both attractive/repulsive interactions between the dispersed particles and surface, as well as the viscoelasticity of the suspension, are found to play key roles in slip occurring within rheometric flows. We specifically discover that for two completely different sets of microgels, the sliding stress at which slip occurs scales with both the modulus of the particles and the bulk suspension modulus...
February 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224070/combined-particulated-juvenile-cartilage-allograft-transplantation-and-medial-patellofemoral-ligament-reconstruction-for-symptomatic-chondral-defects-in-the-setting-of-recurrent-patellar-instability
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Armin Arshi, Dean Wang, Kristofer J Jones
Successful management of patellar osteochondral lesions has proved difficult, with unreliable outcomes reported using traditional cartilage repair and restoration procedures. Unique considerations for this type of defect include the multiplanar contours of the articular surface of the patella, high compressive and shear forces with knee range of motion that may disrupt graft healing, and the potential need for concomitant surgery to address patellar malalignment and instability. We describe our preferred method for treatment of a symptomatic chondral defect in the setting of recurrent patellar instability using particulated juvenile articular cartilage allograft transplantation and medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction with semitendinosus allograft...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222500/conventional-us-combined-with-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-imaging-arfi-for%C3%A2-prediction-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-and-the-risk-of-lymphatic-metastasis
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Huan Pu, Li-Xia Zhao, Ming-Hua Yao, Guang Xu, Hui Liu, Huixiong Xu, Rong Wu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the combination of conventional ultrasound (US) and acoustic radiation force impulse imaging (ARFI) in predicting triple-negative breast cancer and the likelihood of lymphatic metastasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total 178 women presenting from May 2013 to September 2015 with pathologically proven triple-negative (n = 60) or hormone receptor (HR)-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative breast cancer (n = 118) were reviewed...
February 4, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222002/friction-reduction-through-ultrasonic-vibration-part-1-modelling-intermittent-contact
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Eric Vezzoli, Zlatko Virdih, Vincenzo Giamundo, Betty Lemaire-Semail, Frederic Giraud, Tomaz Rodic, Djordje Peric, Michael Adams
Ultrasonic vibration is employed to modify the friction of a finger pad in way that induces haptic sensations. A combination of intermittent contact and squeeze film levitation has been previously proposed as the most probable mechanism. In this paper, in order to understand the underlying principles that govern friction modulation by intermittent contact, numerical models based on finite element (FE) analysis and also a spring-Coulombic slider are developed. The physical input parameters for the FE model are optimised by measuring the contact phase shift between a finger pad and a vibrating plate...
February 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Haptics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221811/deformation-localisation-in-molecular-layers-constrained-between-self-assembled-au-nanoparticles
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Guillaume Copie, Moussa Biaye, Heinrich Diesinger, Thierry Mélin, Christophe Krzeminski, Fabrizio Cleri
The localised deformation of molecular monolayers constrained between the spherical surfaces of Au nanoparticles is studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations. Alkyl or polyethylene glycol long-chain molecules were homogeneously distributed over the curved Au surface, pushed against each other by repeated cycles of force relaxation and constant-volume equilibration, at temperatures increasing from 50 to 300K, before being slowly quenched down to near-zero temperature. Plots of minimum configurational energy can be obtained as a function of the nanoparticle distance, according to different directions of approach; therefore, such simulations describe a range of deformations, from perfectly uniaxial compression, to a combination of compression and shear...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221749/high-interlaminar-shear-strength-enhancement-of-carbon-fiber-epoxy-composite-through-fiber-and-matrix-anchored-carbon-nanotube-networks
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Yilei Wang, Suresh Kumar Raman Pillai, Jianfei Che, Mary B Chan-Park
To improve the interlaminar shear strength (ILSS) of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy composite, networks of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were grown on micron-sized carbon fibers and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were dispersed into the epoxy matrix so that these two types of carbon nanotubes entangle at the carbon fiber (CF)/epoxy matrix interface. The MWNTs on the CF fiber (CF-MWNTs) were grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) while the single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) were finely dispersed in the epoxy matrix precursor with the aid of a dispersing agent -- polyimide-graft-bisphenol A diglyceryl acrylate (PI-BDA) copolymer...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218779/genotypic-and-allelic-frequencies-of-gene-polymorphisms-associated-with-meat-tenderness-in-nellore-beef-cattle
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M E Carvalho, J P Eler, M N Bonin, F M Rezende, F H Biase, F V Meirelles, L C A Regitano, L L Coutinho, J C C Balieiro, J B S Ferraz
The objectives of this study were to characterize the allelic and genotypic frequencies of polymorphisms in the µ-calpain and calpastatin genes, and to assess their association with meat tenderness and animal growth in Nellore cattle. We evaluated 605 Nellore animals at 24 months of age, on average, at slaughter. The polymorphisms were determined for the molecular markers CAPN316, CAPN530, CAPN4751, CAPN4753, and UOGACAST1. Analyses of meat tenderness at 7, 14, and 21 days of maturation were performed in samples of longissimus thoracis obtained between the 12th and 13th rib and sheared using a Warner Bratzler Shear Force...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217790/nanotribological-properties-of-nanostructured-poly-cysteine-methacrylate-brushes
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Omed Al-Jaf, Abdullah Alswieleh, Steven P Armes, Graham J Leggett
The nanomechanical properties of zwitterionic poly(cysteine methacrylate) (PCysMA) brushes grown from planar surfaces by atom transfer radical polymerisation have been characterised by friction force microscopy (FFM). FFM provides quantitative insights into polymer structure-property relationships and in particular illuminates the dependence of brush swelling on chain packing in nanostructured materials. In ethanol, which is a poor solvent for PCysMA, a linear friction-load relationship is observed, indicating that energy dissipation occurs primarily through ploughing...
February 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214021/arfi-elastography-changes-after-direct-acting-antiviral-treatment-in-transplanted-livers-with-relapse-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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M Alfageme Zubillaga, T Fontanilla Echeveste, I Pérez González, A Royuela Vicente, A M Duca, R M Ruiz Peralbo, C González Hernando
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in the values obtained in acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography of the liver after antiviral treatment in patients with liver transplants and hepatitis C virus (HVC) infection recurring after transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We studied 15 patients infected with HVC who had received liver transplants where an HVC infection recurring in the graft within one year after the transplant was treated with direct-acting antivirals...
February 14, 2017: Radiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212709/erythrocyte-deformability-and-aggregation-responses-to-intermittent-and-continuous-artificial-gravity-exposure
#15
Grau Marijke, Abeln Vera, Vogt Tobias, Bloch Wilhelm, Schneider Stefan
Artificial gravity protocols are used to improve g-tolerance of aviators and discussed as countermeasure during prolonged space flight. Little is known about the impact of artificial gravity on the red blood cells (RBC). The purpose of the study was to test how artificial gravity affects RBC deformability and aggregation, which are important determinants of microcirculation. Nine male subjects were exposed to two hypergravity protocols using a short arm human centrifuge: a continuous (CONT) protocol with constant +2Gz for 30min and an intermittent (INTER) protocol with repeated intervals of +2Gz and rest...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211801/effect-of-shear-induced-platelet-activation-on-red-blood-cell-aggregation
#16
Hoyoon Lee, Kisung Lee, Byoung-Kwon Lee, Alexander V Priezzhev, Sehyun Shin
Mechanical shear stress is one of the important factors for platelet activation. Although shear stress has been frequently utilized in many applications of diagnostic bio-equipment, there has been little consideration as to whether shear stress induces platelet activation and consequently alters hemorheological characteristics. Therefore, we investigated the effect of shear-induced platelet activation on red blood cell (RBC) aggregation. The hypothesis of the present research is as follows: Platelets activated by high shear stress secrete substances, which can affect hemorheological characteristics to promote RBC aggregation...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211170/endothelial-glycocalyx-as-a-critical-signalling-platform-integrating-the-extracellular-haemodynamic-forces-and-chemical-signalling
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REVIEW
Ye Zeng
The glycocalyx covers the human mammalian cells and plays important roles in stroke, inflammation and atherosclerosis. It has also been shown to be involved in endothelial mechanotransduction of shear stress. Shear stress induces the remodelling of the major component of the glycocalyx including glypican-1, a cell membrane heparan sulphate proteoglycan. Other factors, such as sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), protect the glycocalyx against syndecan-1 ectodomain shedding and induce the synthesis of heparan sulphate...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210000/high-velocity-deformation-of-al0-3cocrfeni-high-entropy-alloy-remarkable-resistance-to-shear-failure
#18
Z Li, S Zhao, H Diao, P K Liaw, M A Meyers
The mechanical behavior of a single phase (fcc) Al0.3CoCrFeNi high-entropy alloy (HEA) was studied in the low and high strain-rate regimes. The combination of multiple strengthening mechanisms such as solid solution hardening, forest dislocation hardening, as well as mechanical twinning leads to a high work hardening rate, which is significantly larger than that for Al and is retained in the dynamic regime. The resistance to shear localization was studied by dynamically-loading hat-shaped specimens to induce forced shear localization...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209345/multiobjective-optimization-of-cartilage-stress-for-non-invasive-patient-specific-recommendations-of-high-tibial-osteotomy-correction-angle-a-novel-method-to-investigate-alignment-correction
#19
Keke Zheng, Corey J Scholes, Junning Chen, David Parker, Qing Li
Medial opening wedge high tibial osteotomy (MOWHTO) is a surgical procedure to treat knee osteoarthritis associated with varus deformity. However, the ideal final alignment of the Hip-Knee-Ankle (HKA) angle in the frontal plane, that maximizes procedural success and post-operative knee function, remains controversial. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to introduce a subject-specific modeling procedure in determining the biomechanical effects of MOWHTO alignment on tibiofemoral cartilage stress distribution...
February 13, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208491/dynamic-shear-jamming-in-dense-granular-suspensions-under-extension
#20
Sayantan Majumdar, Ivo R Peters, Endao Han, Heinrich M Jaeger
Unlike dry granular materials, a dense granular suspension like cornstarch in water can strongly resist extensional flows. At low extension rates, such a suspension behaves like a viscous fluid, but rapid extension results in a response where stresses far exceed the predictions of lubrication hydrodynamics and capillarity. To understand this remarkable mechanical response, we experimentally measure the normal force imparted by a large bulk of the suspension on a plate moving vertically upward at a controlled velocity...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
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