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Kurtis H Dekker, Rubin Hazarika, Matheus A Silveira, Kevin J Jordan
Optical cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanning of radiochromic gel dosimeters, using a CCD camera and a low stray light convergent source, provides fast, truly 3D radiation dosimetry with high accuracy. However, a key limiting factor in radiochromic gel dosimetry at large (⩾10 cm diameter) volumes is the initial attenuation of the dosimeters. It is not unusual to observe a 5-10×  difference in signal intensity through the dosimeter center versus through the surrounding medium in pre-irradiation images...
March 16, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Andrew R Christiansen, Rami M Shorti, Cory D Smith, William C Prows, Jay T Bishoff
PURPOSE: Despite the increasing use of advanced 3D imaging techniques and 3D printing, these techniques have not yet been comprehensively compared in a surgical setting. The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of five different advanced imaging modalities during a complex renal surgical procedure. METHODS: A patient with a horseshoe kidney and multiple large, symptomatic stones that had failed Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) and ureteroscopy treatment was used for this evaluation...
March 15, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Yan Yang, Zhongyin Zhou, Rong Liu, Lu Chen, Hongyu Xiang, Na Chen
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is an important treatment for inoperable hilar cholangiocarcinoma (HCC). The aim of the present study as to evaluate the clinical value of three-dimensional visualization (3DV) and 3D printing (3DP) technologies for ERCP in patients with HCC. The clinical data of 15 patients with HCC admitted for ERCP were analyzed retrospectively, including 9 males and 6 females. Thin-sliced data of computed tomography and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) were acquired and imported into Mimics Innovation Suite v17...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xiao Zhou, Mani A Vannan, Zhen Qian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Damith Mohotti, P L N Fernando, Amir Zaghloul
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The aim of this research is to study the behaviour of a human head during the event of an impact of a cricket ball. While many recent incidents were reported in relation to head injuries caused by the impact of cricket balls, there is no clear information available in the published literature about the possible threat levels and the protection level of the current protective equipment. This research investigates the effects of an impact of a cricket ball on a human head and the level of protection offered by the existing standard cricket helmet...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Laura J Olivieri, David Zurakowski, Karthik Ramakrishnan, Lillian Su, Fahad A Alfares, Matthew R Irwin, Jenna Heichel, Axel Krieger, Dilip S Nath
BACKGROUND: Postoperative care delivered in the pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) relies on providers' understanding of patients' congenital heart defects (CHDs) and procedure performed. Novel, bedside use of virtual, three-dimensional (3D) heart models creates access to patients' CHD to improve understanding. This study evaluates the impact of patient-specific virtual 3D heart models on CICU provider attitudes and care delivery. METHODS: Virtual 3D heart models were created from standard preoperative cardiac imaging of ten patients with CHD undergoing repair and displayed on a bedside tablet in the CICU...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Teng-Sing Wei, Bok Yeop Ahn, Julia Grotto, Jennifer A Lewis
The growing demand for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) with higher capacity in customized geometries underscores the need for new battery materials, architectures, and assembly strategies. Here, the design, fabrication, and electrochemical performance of fully 3D printed LIBs composed of thick semisolid electrodes that exhibit high areal capacity are reported. Specifically, semisolid cathode and anode inks, as well as UV curable packaging and separator inks for direct writing of LIBs in arbitrary geometries are created...
March 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Bruno Sommacal, Miodrag Savic, Andreas Filippi, Sebastian Kühl, Florian M Thieringer
PURPOSE: To compare the suitability of a fused filament fabrication (FFF) consumer 3D printer with a professional digital light processing (DLP) printer for the production of surgical templates for guided oral implant surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eight virtual templates were printed with two different 3D printers. These were optically scanned and the incongruences between virtual and printed templates were determined after alignment of the surface scans and the virtual data...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Mario Fleischer, Alexander Mainka, Steffen Kürbis, Peter Birkholz
Recently, 3D printing has been increasingly used to create physical models of the vocal tract with geometries obtained from magnetic resonance imaging. These printed models allow measuring the vocal tract transfer function, which is not reliably possible in vivo for the vocal tract of living humans. The transfer functions enable the detailed examination of the acoustic effects of specific articulatory strategies in speaking and singing, and the validation of acoustic plane-wave models for realistic vocal tract geometries in articulatory speech synthesis...
2018: PloS One
Clarisse Ribeiro, Carlos M Costa, Daniela M Correia, João Nunes-Pereira, Juliana Oliveira, Pedro Martins, Renato Gonçalves, Vanessa F Cardoso, Senentxu Lanceros-Méndez
Poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and its copolymers are the polymers with the highest dielectric constants and electroactive responses, including piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric effects. This semicrystalline polymer can crystallize in five different forms, each related to a different chain conformation. Of these different phases, the β phase is the one with the highest dipolar moment and the highest piezoelectric response; therefore, it is the most interesting for a diverse range of applications...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Zishen Wang, Qin'e Zhang, Shichuan Long, Yangxi Luo, Peikai Yu, Zhibing Tan, Jie Bai, Baihua Qu, Yang Yang, Jia Shi, Hua Zhou, Zong-Yuan Xiao, Wenjing Hong, Hua Bai
We apply direct ink writing for the three-dimensional (3D) printing of polyaniline/reduced graphene oxide (PANI/RGO) with PANI/GO gel as printable ink. The PANI/GO gel inks for 3D printing are prepared via self-assembly of PANI and GO in a blend solvent of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone and water, and offer both shaping capability, self-sustainability, and electrical conductivity after reduction of GO. Interdigitated electrodes are fabricated by using the PANI/GO ink in 3D printing, and a planar solid-state supercapacitor is constructed, which exhibits high performance with specific capacitance of 1329 mF cm-2...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Nirav Patel, Aidan Fagan-Murphy, Derek Covill, Bhavik Anil Patel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Iain Rankin, Haroon Rehman, Mark Frame
Background: Traditional ACL reconstruction with non-anatomic techniques can demonstrate unsatisfactory long-term outcomes with regards instability and the degenerative knee changes observed with these results. Anatomic ACL reconstruction attempts to closely reproduce the patient's individual anatomic characteristics with the aim of restoring knee kinematics, in order to improve patient short and long-term outcomes. We designed an arthroscopic, patient-specific, ACL femoral tunnel guide to aid anatomical placement of the ACL graft within the femoral tunnel...
2018: Open Orthopaedics Journal
Tochukwu C Okwuosa, Cindy Soares, Verena Golwitzer, Rober Habashy, Peter Timmins, Mohamed A Alhnan
A method for the production of liquid capsules with the potential of modifying drug dose and release is presented. For the first time, the co-ordinated use of fused deposition modelling (FDM), 3D printing and liquid dispensing to fabricate individualised dosage form on demand in a fully automated fashion has been demonstrated. Polymethacrylate shells (Eudragit EPO and RL) for immediate and extended release were fabricated using FDM 3D printing and simultaneously filled using a computer-controlled liquid dispenser loaded with model drug solution (theophylline) or suspension (dipyridamole)...
March 11, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
F L Chan, R House, I Kudla, J C Lipszyc, N Rajaram, S M Tarlo
Background: 3D printers emit potentially hazardous ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. Workers using 3D printing technologies may be at risk of respiratory illness from occupational exposure. Aims: To assess whether 3D printing is associated with health effects in occupational users. Methods: This was a preliminary survey. Workers in 17 companies using 3D printing, including commercial prototyping businesses, educational institutions and public libraries, in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, were asked to complete survey questionnaires concerning demographic, occupational and health information...
March 10, 2018: Occupational Medicine
Alexander Pavlosky, Jennifer Glauche, Spencer Chambers, Mahmoud Al-Alawi, Kliment Yanev, Tarek Loubani
The modern acoustic stethoscope is a useful clinical tool used to detect subtle, pathological changes in cardiac, pulmonary and vascular sounds. Currently, brand-name stethoscopes are expensive despite limited innovations in design or fabrication in recent decades. Consequently, the high cost of high quality, brand name models serves as a barrier to clinicians practicing in various settings, especially in low- and middle-income countries. In this publication, we describe the design and validation of a low-cost open-access (Free/Libre) 3D-printed stethoscope which is comparable to the Littmann Cardiology III for use in low-access clinics...
2018: PloS One
Vlad Ciobotaru, Nicolas Combes, Claire A Martin, Eloi Marijon, Eric Maupas, Augustin Bortone, Eric Bruguière, Jean-Benoit Thambo, Emmanuel Teiger, Pénélope Pujadas-Berthault, Julien Ternacle, Xavier Iriart
AIMS: To assess the predictive value of simulation based on 3D-printed models before left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO) for peri-device leaks (PDL) and the impact on procedural outcomes compared to conventional imaging. METHODS AND RESULTS: 76 patients referred for LAAO with double disc device underwent construction of a 3D-printed LA model using flexible photopolymer resin. An implant simulation was performed retrospectively in Group 1 (55 patients), blinded to implanted device size, and prospectively in Group 2 (21 patients)...
March 13, 2018: EuroIntervention
Joseph Tracey, Danny Arora, Christopher E Gross, Selene G Parekh
BACKGROUND: Third generation total talar prostheses (TTPs) are viable options for talar avascular necrosis (AVN) in the absence of neighboring joint pathology. The use of modern three-dimensional (3D) printing allows the production of custom implants that exactly mimic the patient's anatomy. The aim of this study is to determine the accuracy of 3D printing in reproducing a synthetic talus and, in doing so, restoring more normal anatomical relationships. We hypothesize that this mode of replication will restore and maintain normal radiographic alignment of the ankle, subtalar, and forefoot joints in the setting of talar AVN...
March 1, 2018: Foot & Ankle Specialist
Chengpeng Chen, Alexandra D Townsend, Elizabeth A Hayter, Hannah M Birk, Scott A Sell, R Scott Martin
We present an insert-based approach to fabricate scalable and multiplexable microfluidic devices for 3D cell culture and integration with downstream detection modules. Laser-cut inserts with a layer of electrospun fibers are used as a scaffold for 3D cell culture, with the inserts being easily assembled in a 3D-printed fluidic device for flow-based studies. With this approach, the number and types of cells (on the inserts) in one fluidic device can be customized. Moreover, after an investigation (i.e., stimulation) under flowing conditions, the cell-laden inserts can be removed easily for subsequent studies including imaging and cell lysis...
March 14, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Michael A Luzuriaga, Danielle R Berry, John C Reagan, Ronald A Smaldone, Jeremiah J Gassensmith
Biodegradable polymer microneedle (MN) arrays are an emerging class of transdermal drug delivery devices that promise a painless and sanitary alternative to syringes; however, prototyping bespoke needle architectures is expensive and requires production of new master templates. Here, we present a new microfabrication technique for MNs using fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing using polylactic acid, an FDA approved, renewable, biodegradable, thermoplastic material. We show how this natural degradability can be exploited to overcome a key challenge of FDM 3D printing, in particular the low resolution of these printers...
March 14, 2018: Lab on a Chip
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