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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228006/ultra-thin-pyrocarbon-films-as-a-versatile-coating-material
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Tommi Kaplas, Polina Kuzhir
The properties and synthesis procedures of the nanometrically thin pyrolyzed photoresist films (PPF) and the pyrolytic carbon films (PCF) were compared, and a number of similarities were found. Closer examination showed that the optical properties of these films are almost identical; however, the DC resistance of PPF is about three times higher than that of PCF. Moreover, we observed that the wettability of amorphous PPF and PCF was almost comparable to crystalline graphite. Potential applications executed by utilizing the small difference in the synthesis procedure of these two materials are suggested...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227998/monitoring-of-thermal-treatment-by-linearly-chirped-fiber-bragg-grating-sensors-feasibility-assessment-during-laser-ablation-on-ex-vivo-liver
#2
F Napoleoni, M Caponera, A Polimadei, D Tosi, P Saccomandi, E Schena, F Napoleoni, M Caponera, A Polimadei, D Tosi, P Saccomandi, E Schena, A Polimadei, P Saccomandi, D Tosi, F Napoleoni, F Schena
In this work a spatially-resolved fiber optic temperature sensor has been characterized in a wide range of gradient applied on its active area (from -35 °C to +35 °C). Preliminary experiments to assess its feasibility for application in laser ablation have been performed. The sensor under test is a linearly chirped fiber Bragg grating (FBG), with 1.5 cm-length of active area. It can be considered as a chain of several FBGs, each able to sense local temperature. The sensor response to the gradient has been analyzed in terms of its spectrum width (full width at half maximum)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227950/designing-and-testing-a-wearable-wireless-fnirs-patch
#3
Mohammadreza Abtahi, Gozde Cay, Manob Jyoti Saikia, Kunal Mankodiya, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Gozde Cay, Manob Jyoti Saikia, Kunal Mankodiya, Manob Jyoti Saikia, Kunal Mankodiya, Gozde Cay, Mohammadreza Abtahi
Optical brain monitoring using near infrared (NIR) light has got a lot of attention in order to study the complexity of the brain due to several advantages as oppose to other methods such as EEG, fMRI and PET. There are a few commercially available functional NIR spectroscopy (fNIRS) brain monitoring systems, but they are still non-wearable and pose difficulties in scanning the brain while the participants are in motion. In this work, we present our endeavors to design and test a low-cost, wireless fNIRS patch using NIR light sources at wavelengths of 770 and 830nm, photodetectors and a microcontroller to trigger the light sources, read photodetector's output and transfer data wirelessly (via Bluetooth) to a smart-phone...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227922/evaluation-of-effects-of-electrical-stimulation-in-the-retina-with-optical-coherence-tomography
#4
A Gonzalez-Calle, J D Weiland, A Gonzalez-Calle, J D Weiland, A Gonzalez-Calle, J D Weiland
Retinal prostheses provide the capability to blind patients to detect motion and locate large objects. To avoid activating axons of passage, which can create streak-like perceptions, long pulse stimulation can be used to bypass axons and achieve focal retinal activation. Safety is a concern because long pulses require more charge than short pulses to elicit a response from neural tissue. Future implants will require smaller electrodes to improve resolution, but increased charge density may result, which is another safety concern...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227891/design-and-preliminary-assessment-of-a-smart-textile-for-respiratory-monitoring-based-on-an-array-of-fiber-bragg-gratings
#5
C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, C Massaroni, M Ciocchetti, G Di Tomaso, P Saccomandi, M A Caponero, A Polimadei, D Formica, E Schena, G Di Tomaso, M A Caponero, E Schena, M Ciocchetti, C Massaroni, A Polimadei, P Saccomandi, D Formica
Comfortable and easy to wear smart textiles have gained popularity for continuous respiratory monitoring. Among different emerging technologies, smart textiles based on fiber optic sensors (FOSs) have several advantages, like Magnetic Resonance (MR)-compatibility and good metrological properties. In this paper we report on the development and assessment of an MR-compatible smart textiles based on FOSs for respiratory monitoring. The system consists of six fiber Bragg grating (FBG) sensors glued on the textile to monitor six compartments of the chest wall (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227890/in-vitro-identification-of-shoulder-joint-and-muscle-dynamics-based-on-motion-capture-and-musculoskeletal-computation
#6
Akihiko Murai, Yusuke Kawano, Ko Ayusawa, Mitsunori Tada, Noboru Matsumura, Takeo Nagura, Akihiko Murai, Yusuke Kawano, Ko Ayusawa, Mitsunori Tada, Noboru Matsumura, Takeo Nagura
Dynamics properties of shoulder joint and muscle are experimentally identified under different musculoskeletal conditions for a digital human model with accurate dynamics. Passive swing motions of scapula and upper limb bones in cadaveric specimen with and without muscles are measured by an optical motion capture system. External forces that are applied to the scapula bone are simultaneously measured by a force plate. The dynamics identification process consists of 3 steps: 1) identify the inertial parameters of the cadaveric specimen with and without muscles respectively, 2) identify the viscosity of the glenohumeral joint from the specimen without muscles, and 3) identify the viscosity of the shoulder muscles from the specimen with muscles and the identified joint viscosity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227858/compensation-of-pulsation-artifacts-during-optical-imaging-with-and-without-cranial-chamber
#7
Alejandro Romero-Santiago, Philipp Flotho, Karsten Schwerdtfeger, Jacek Szczygielski, Matthias Hulser, Lars Haab, Daniel J Strauss, Alejandro Romero-Santiago, Philipp Flotho, Karsten Schwerdtfeger, Jacek Szczygielski, Matthias Hulser, Lars Haab, Daniel J Strauss, Daniel J Strauss, Alejandro Romero-Santiago, Jacek Szczygielski, Karsten Schwerdtfeger, Philipp Flotho, Lars Haab, Matthias Hulser
Functional Optical Imaging (OI) through the opened skull forms a group of Neuroimaging techniques characterized by a high temporal and spatial resolution on a meso-to macroscopic scale. State of the art OI experiments are generally difficult to execute, with a very timely surgical preparation preceding the experiment, that requires a skilled surgeon to mount a sealed imaging chamber onto the skull. The chamber reduces brain pulsation artifacts and swelling of the brain through movement restriction. In this work, we present preliminary results of a novel approach that does not rely on the usage of an imaging chamber with the goal to facilitate heavily the surgical animal preparation and to allow straightforward joint Electroencephalography - Optical Imaging recordings in the future...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227857/light-source-depth-estimation-in-porcine-skin-using-spatially-resolved-diffuse-imaging
#8
Kieran A Brennan, Bryan P Ruddy, Poul M F Nielsen, Andrew J Taberner, Kieran A Brennan, Bryan P Ruddy, Poul M F Nielsen, Andrew J Taberner, Bryan P Ruddy, Andrew J Taberner, Poul M F Nielsen, Kieran A Brennan
We present an inexpensive imaging system for measuring the diffuse surface radiance profile produced by a light source within a turbid medium. The diffusion model of light propagation in multiple scattering media is used to estimate the optical properties of a sample and subsequently approximate the depth of an optical source. The system is shown to accurately estimate the relative changes in source depth in a homogeneous phantom. The absolute depth estimate may be improved with a better estimate of the optical parameters...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227854/3d-reconstruction-of-cochlea-using-optical-coherence-tomography
#9
Tuukka Karvonen, Yuki Uranishi, Tatsunori Sakamoto, Yosuke Tona, Kazuya Okamoto, Hiroshi Tamura, Tomohiro Kuroda, Tuukka Karvonen, Yuki Uranishi, Tatsunori Sakamoto, Yosuke Tona, Kazuya Okamoto, Hiroshi Tamura, Tomohiro Kuroda, Yuki Uranishi, Hiroshi Tamura, Tatsunori Sakamoto, Yosuke Tona, Tomohiro Kuroda, Kazuya Okamoto, Tuukka Karvonen
Recently, in vivo visualization of the cochlea and the smaller structures inside of it has been achieved by optical coherence tomography (OCT). This makes it possible to use OCT imaging for diagnosis of diseases such as Meniere's disease through measuring the degree of endolymphatic hydrops. To this end, we present a novel method for 3D segmentation of these cochlear OCT images that is based on superpixels and diffusion maps. The method takes as input grayscale volumetric OCT images and outputs a binary image with the segmented cochlea...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227827/a-novel-tool-and-procedure-for-in-situ-volumetric-calibration-of-motion-capture-systems-for-breathing-analysis
#10
C Massaroni, E Schena, P Saccomandi, S Silvestri, C Massaroni, E Schena, P Saccomandi, S Silvestri, C Massaroni, P Saccomandi, E Schena, S Silvestri
Optical motion capture systems are widely used in biomechanics although have not been significantly explored for measuring volumes and volume variations yet. The aim of this study was to propose and test a completely novel procedure for the calibration of motion capture systems for the breathing analysis in terms of volume measurements, by the use of a tool consisting in an ad-hoc designed in-situ calibration device (CD) and two algorithms for calibration. Both the calibration tool and the calibration procedure performed in the range 0-2780mL on an Optoelectronic Plethysmography (OEP) system are presented...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227812/the-development-of-real-time-pcr-micro-device-with-optical-sensor-for-early-detection-of-cancer
#11
Yusuke Kimura, Keigo Osada, Yoshinori Inoue, Masashi Ikeuchi, Koji Ikuta, Yusuke Kimura, Keigo Osada, Yoshinori Inoue, Masashi Ikeuchi, Koji Ikuta, Koji Ikuta, Yoshinori Inoue, Keigo Osada, Yusuke Kimura, Masashi Ikeuchi
We can detect cancer in the early stages by validating the expression of cancer specific nucleic acids in the blood. In this report, we have developed the micro device for performing real-time polymerase chain reaction (real-time PCR), one of the methods used for determining the quantity of nucleic acids, using a small volume of reagent. This all-in-one device can perform real-time PCR with the inclusion of heating control and the analyzing system with optical sensor.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227682/development-of-ocular-viscosity-characterization-method
#12
Shu-Hao Lu, Guo-Zhen Chen, Stanley Y Y Leung, David C C Lam, Shu-Hao Lu, Guo-Zhen Chen, Stanley Y Y Leung, David C C Lam, David C C Lam, Shu-Hao Lu, Guo-Zhen Chen, Stanley Y Y Leung
Glaucoma is the second leading cause for blindness. Irreversible and progressive optic nerve damage results when the intraocular pressure (IOP) exceeds 21 mmHg. The elevated IOP is attributed to blocked fluid drainage from the eye. Methods to measure the IOP are widely available, but methods to measure the viscous response to blocked drainage has yet been developed. An indentation method to characterize the ocular flow is developed in this study. Analysis of the load-relaxation data from indentation tests on drainage-controlled porcine eyes showed that the blocked drainage is correlated with increases in ocular viscosity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227677/multipoint-temperature-monitoring-in-liver-undergoing-computed-tomography-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-with-fiber-bragg-grating-probes
#13
P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, F M Di Matteo, J Marescaux, E Schena, M Diana, G Costamagna, P Saccomandi
In this work, we investigated the temperature increment experienced by biological tissue during radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The measurements were performed by using two custom-made thermal probes based on fiber optic sensors (fiber Bragg gratings, FBGs). The two probes embed a total of 9 FBGs. Experiments were performed during RFA of an ex vivo healthy porcine liver. The RFA heating module was equipped with 5 thermocouples. Results show that the temperature increment close to the applicator (i.e., 0.6 cm-0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227671/imquant-an-image-based-fluorescence-reader-for-quantitative-lateral-flow-immunoassays
#14
Kaushik Basak Chowdhury, Jayaraj Joseph, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Kaushik Basak Chowdhury, Jayaraj Joseph, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraman Kiruthi Vasan, Mohanasankar Sivaprakasam, Jayaraj Joseph, Kaushik Basak Chowdhury
Fluorescence immunoassays (FIA) have strong potential in enabling rapid quantitative immunological testing at point of care. Existing state of the art instruments employ laser scanning of FIA test kits, which require the use of electromechanical systems, making the instrument bulky, heavy and less reliable in the long term. There is a growing need for an extremely compact and reliable, motion-free, automated reader for accurate quantification of immunoassays. Here, we present ImQuant, an image based FIA reader with integrated monochromatic excitation source, optical filtering and real time image capture, assisted with an intuitive graphical user interface...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227670/diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy-can-differentiate-high-grade-and-low-grade-prostatic-carcinoma
#15
Priya N Werahera, Edward A Jasion, E David Crawford, M Scott Lucia, Adrie van Bokhoven, Holly T Sullivan, Fernando J Kim, Paul D Maroni, J David Port, John W Daily, Francisco G La Rosa, Priya N Werahera, Edward A Jasion, E David Crawford, M Scott Lucia, Adrie van Bokhoven, Holly T Sullivan, Fernando J Kim, Paul D Maroni, J David Port, John W Daily, Francisco G La Rosa, John W Daily, Adrie Van Bokhoven, E David Crawford, J David Port, Priya N Werahera, M Scott Lucia, Holly T Sullivan, Paul D Maroni, Edward A Jasion, Francisco G La Rosa, Fernando J Kim
Prostate tumors are graded by the revised Gleason Score (GS) which is the sum of the two predominant Gleason grades present ranging from 6-10. GS 6 cancer exclusively with Gleason grade 3 is designated as low grade (LG) and correlates with better clinical prognosis for patients. GS >7 cancer with at least one of the Gleason grades 4 and 5 is designated as HG indicate worse prognosis for patients. Current transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies often fail to correctly diagnose HG prostate cancer due to sampling errors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227669/green-lasers-are-beyond-power-limits-mandated-by-safety-standards
#16
M H Lee, K Fox, S Goldwasser, D W M Lau, B Aliahmad, M Sarossy, M H Lee, K Fox, S Goldwasser, D W M Lau, B Aliahmad, M Sarossy, B Aliahmad, M H Lee, K Fox, D W M Lau, M Sarossy, S Goldwasser
There has been an increasing number of reports of people losing vision from laser exposure from pocket laser pointers despite the safety limit of 1 milliwatt (1mW) imposed by the Australian government. We hypothesize that this is because commercially available red and green laser pointers are exceeding their labeled power outputs. We tested the power outputs of 4 red and 4 green lasers which were purchased for less than AUD$30 each. The average of 10 measurements was recorded for each laser. We found that 3 out of 4 red lasers conformed to the 1mW safety standard; in contrast, all of the green lasers exceeded this limit, with one of the lasers recording an output of 127...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227656/accuracy-assessment-and-kinematic-calibration-of-the-robotic-endoscopic-microsurgical-system
#17
Lihang Feng, Paul Wilkening, Yunuscan Sevimli, Marcin Balicki, Kevin C Olds, Russell H Taylor, Lihang Feng, Paul Wilkening, Yunuscan Sevimli, Marcin Balicki, Kevin C Olds, Russell H Taylor, Paul Wilkening, Russell H Taylor, Kevin C Olds, Marcin Balicki, Lihang Feng, Yunuscan Sevimli
This paper explores the general stereotactic accuracy of the Robotic Endoscopic Microsurgical System (REMS) by calibrating with a standard optical tracking system. Based on a simple yet effective test protocol, the proposed calibration method combines hand-eye calibration with Bernstein polynomials to improve our kinematic pose accuracy.
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227655/development-of-a-snake-like-dexterous-manipulator-for-skull-base-surgery
#18
Suat Coemert, Anzhu Gao, John P Carey, Mattias F Traeger, Russell H Taylor, Tim C Lueth, Mehran Armand, Suat Coemert, Anzhu Gao, John P Carey, Mattias F Traeger, Russell H Taylor, Tim C Lueth, Mehran Armand, Anzhu Gao, Russell H Taylor, Mattias F Traeger, Mehran Armand, Suat Coemert, Tim C Lueth, John P Carey
Petrous apex lesions constitute considerable surgical challenges due to their location in the skull base and close relationship with critical structures such as inner ear, carotid arteries, facial nerves and jugular bulb. These lesions often cannot be treated completely with rigid tools due to the limited accessibility. We are aiming to develop a snake-like manipulator to assist surgeons with the infralabyrinthine treatment of petrous apex lesions with increased dexterity. This snake-like dexterous manipulator (SDM) with 3...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227626/design-and-prototyping-of-a-wristband-type-wireless-photoplethysmographic-device-for-heart-rate-variability-signal-analysis
#19
M Ghamari, C Soltanpur, S Cabrera, R Romero, R Martinek, H Nazeran, M Ghamari, C Soltanpur, S Cabrera, R Romero, R Martinek, H Nazeran, R Martinek, R Romero, C Soltanpur, S Cabrera, M Ghamari
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) signal analysis provides a quantitative marker of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) function. A wristband-type wireless photoplethysmographic (PPG) device was custom-designed to collect and analyze the arterial pulse in the wrist. The proposed device is comprised of an optical sensor to monitor arterial pulse, a signal conditioning unit to filter and amplify the analog PPG signal, a microcontroller to digitize the analog PPG signal, and a Bluetooth module to transfer the data to a smart device...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227600/modeling-the-debye-dielectric-response-in-the-time-domain-for-a-liquid-crystal-based-biopotential-optrode
#20
Hrishikesh Srinivas, Amr Al Abed, Francois Ladouceur, Nigel H Lovell, Leonardo Silvestri, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Amr Al Abed, Francois Ladouceur, Nigel H Lovell, Leonardo Silvestri, Hrishikesh Srinivas, Nigel H Lovell, Francois Ladouceur, Leonardo Silvestri, Amr Al Abed
Multielectrode arrays (MEAs) are widely used for recording biopotentials, with an ongoing research effort to improve their characteristics and performance. In this spirit, we are currently investigating a novel concept for a liquid crystal-based optical electrode (optrode) that has the potential to overcome some of the limitations of MEAs, including that of wiring complexity. In this paper we present a model to fully describe the electrical response of the proposed optrode to biopotentials, taking into account dielectric relaxation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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