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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915382/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-treatment-in-patients-with-refractory-glaucoma
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Giuseppe Giannaccare, A Vagge, C Gizzi, A Bagnis, S Sebastiani, C Del Noce, M Fresina, C E Traverso, E C Campos
PURPOSE: To assess the safety and efficacy of ultrasound coagulation of the ciliary body in refractory glaucoma. METHODS: This prospective multicenter interventional study was conducted in two Italian university-affiliated glaucoma centers: St. Orsola-Malpighi Teaching Hospital (Bologna, Italy) and University Eye Clinic of Genoa (Genoa, Italy). The main inclusion criterion was the diagnosis of glaucoma with a baseline intraocular pressure (IOP) ≥ 21 mmHg while on maximum topical and systemic medical hypotensive treatment...
December 3, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915198/a-new-approach-to-the-rapid-separation-of-isomeric-compounds-in-a-silybum-marianum-extract-using-uhplc-core-shell-column-with-f5-stationary-phase
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Jakub Fibigr, Dalibor Šatínský, Petr Solich
In this paper, a new ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method using a core-shell column with a pentafluorophenyl stationary phase for separation of seven active compounds of a Silybum marianum extract was developed and validated. Silymarin, an extract of Silybum marianum, is known for its abilities to protect the liver from toxic substances, hepatitis therapy, and anti-tumour activity. Silymarin is currently being widely used in commercial preparations and herbal teas. Separation of seven compounds contained in the Silybum marianum extract (taxifolin, silychristin, silydianin, silybin A, silybin B, isosilybin A, isosilybin B) and other substances occurring in real samples was performed on the Kinetex 1...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915126/stroke-risk-stratification-and-its-validation-using-ultrasonic-echolucent-carotid-wall-plaque-morphology-a-machine-learning-paradigm
#3
Tadashi Araki, Pankaj K Jain, Harman S Suri, Narendra D Londhe, Nobutaka Ikeda, Ayman El-Baz, Vimal K Shrivastava, Luca Saba, Andrew Nicolaides, Shoaib Shafique, John R Laird, Ajay Gupta, Jasjit S Suri
Stroke risk stratification based on grayscale morphology of the ultrasound carotid wall has recently been shown to have a promise in classification of high risk versus low risk plaque or symptomatic versus asymptomatic plaques. In previous studies, this stratification has been mainly based on analysis of the far wall of the carotid artery. Due to the multifocal nature of atherosclerotic disease, the plaque growth is not restricted to the far wall alone. This paper presents a new approach for stroke risk assessment by integrating assessment of both the near and far walls of the carotid artery using grayscale morphology of the plaque...
November 27, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914648/atomization-method-for-verifying-size-effects-of-inhalable-particles-on-lung-damage-of-mice
#4
Chen Tao, Yue Tang, Lan Zhang, Yonggang Tian, Yingmei Zhang
To explore the size effects of inhalable particles on lung damage, aqueous aerosol containing cadmium was studied as a model to design a new type of two-stage atomization device that was composed of two adjustable parts with electronic ultrasonic atomization and pneumatic atomization. The working parameters and effectiveness of this device were tested with H2O atomization and CdCl2 inhalation, respectively. By gravimetrically detecting the mass concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 and analysing the particle size with a laser sensor, we confirmed the particle size distribution of the aqueous aerosol produced by the new device under different working conditions...
December 1, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914445/coherent-and-incoherent-ultrasound-backscatter-from-cell-aggregates
#5
Romain de Monchy, François Destrempes, Ratan K Saha, Guy Cloutier, Emilie Franceschini
The effective medium theory (EMT) was recently developed to model the ultrasound backscatter from aggregating red blood cells [Franceschini, Metzger, and Cloutier, IEEE Trans. Ultrason. Ferroelectr. Freq. Control 58, 2668-2679 (2011)]. The EMT assumes that aggregates can be treated as homogeneous effective scatterers, which have effective properties determined by the aggregate compactness and the acoustical characteristics of the cells and the surrounding medium. In this study, the EMT is further developed to decompose the differential backscattering cross section of a single cell aggregate into coherent and incoherent components...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914438/dynamic-sound-scattering-field-fluctuation-spectroscopy-with-singly-scattered-ultrasound-in-the-near-and-far-fields
#6
M L Cowan, J H Page, T Norisuye, D A Weitz
Dynamic sound scattering (DSS) is a powerful acoustic technique for investigating the motion of particles or other inclusions inside an evolving medium. In DSS, this dynamic information is obtained by measuring the field autocorrelation function of the temporal fluctuations of singly scattered acoustic waves. The technique was initially introduced 15 years ago, but its technical aspects were not adequately discussed then. This paper addresses the need for a more complete account of the method by describing in detail two different implementations of this sound scattering technique, one of which is specifically adapted to a common experimental situation in ultrasonics...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914415/a-self-reciprocity-calibration-method-for-broadband-focused-transducers
#7
Shuzeng Zhang, Christopher M Kube, Yongfeng Song, Xiongbing Li
A procedure is developed for self-calibration of broadband, spherically focused ultrasonic transducers based on reciprocity. The input and received signals are measured in a pulse-echo configuration. These signals are used in conjunction with a multi-Gaussian beam model to obtain the electromechanical transfer function of the transducer. This calibration procedure is advantageous because it reduces the experimental configuration to a single transducer and a reflector. Experimental results indicate that the transfer function is insensitive to on-axis reflector placement...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914389/discrimination-of-frequency-modulated-sweeps-by-mice
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Laurel A Screven, Micheal L Dent
Mice often produce ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs) that sweep upwards in frequency from around 60 to around 80 kHz and downwards in frequency from 80 to 60 kHz. Whether or not these USVs are used for communication purposes is still unknown. Here, mice were trained and tested using operant conditioning procedures and positive reinforcement to discriminate between synthetic upsweeps and downsweeps. The stimuli varied in bandwidth, duration, and direction of sweep. The mice performed significantly worse when discriminating between background and test stimuli when the stimuli all occupied the same bandwidths...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914388/ultrasonic-method-to-characterize-shear-wave-propagation-in-micellar-fluids
#9
Carolina Amador, Bruno L Otilio, Randall R Kinnick, Matthew W Urban
Viscoelastic micellar fluid characteristics have been measured with mechanically generated shear waves and showed good agreement to shear oscillatory methods. In this paper, shear waves in wormlike micellar fluids using ultrasound were successfully generated and detected. Micellar fluids of different concentrations (100, 200, 300, and 400 mM) were studied with ultrasound-based and conventional rheology methods. The measured micellar fluid complex modulus from oscillatory shear tests between 0.001 and 15.91 Hz was characterized with an extended Maxwell fluid model...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914382/multichannel-processing-for-dispersion-curves-extraction-of-ultrasonic-axial-transmission-signals-comparisons-and-case-studies
#10
Kailiang Xu, Dean Ta, Didier Cassereau, Bo Hu, Weiqi Wang, Pascal Laugier, Jean-Gabriel Minonzio
Some pioneering studies have shown the clinical feasibility of long bones evaluation using ultrasonic guided waves. Such a strategy is typically designed to determine the dispersion information of the guided modes to infer the elastic and structural characteristics of cortical bone. However, there are still some challenges to extract multimode dispersion curves due to many practical limitations, e.g., high spectral density of modes, limited spectral resolution and poor signal-to-noise ratio. Recently, two representative signal processing methods have been proposed to improve the dispersion curves extraction...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914376/mode-converted-ultrasonic-scattering-in-polycrystals-with-elongated-grains
#11
Andrea P Arguelles, Christopher M Kube, Ping Hu, Joseph A Turner
Elastic wave scattering is used to study polycrystalline media for a wide range of applications. Received signals, which include scattering from the randomly oriented grains comprising the polycrystal, contain information from which useful microstructural parameters may often be inferred. Recently, a mode-converted diffuse ultrasonic scattering model was developed for evaluating the scattered response of a transverse wave from an incident longitudinal wave in a polycrystalline medium containing equiaxed single-phase grains with cubic elastic symmetry...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914335/studies-on-the-influence-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-graphene-oxide-and-its-synergistic-activity-to-the-electrochemical-detection-of-nitrobenzene
#12
Murugan Velmurugan, Natarajan Karikalan, Shen-Ming Chen, Zi-Chi Dai
The impact of the β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) on the graphene oxide (GO) was considerably altered the activity of electrochemical sensors. Hence, the present study, we scrutinized the electrocatalytic determination of nitrobenzene (NB) by changing the different loading level of β-CD on GO modified electrodes. The composites were prepared by the simple ultrasonication method and characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope. Interestingly, the synergistic electrocatalytic activity was appeared for the 1...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914306/a-contactless-ultrasonic-surface-wave-approach-to-characterize-distributed-cracking-damage-in-concrete
#13
Suyun Ham, Homin Song, Michael L Oelze, John S Popovics
We describe an approach that utilizes ultrasonic surface wave backscatter measurements to characterize the volume content of relatively small distributed defects (microcrack networks) in concrete. A simplified weak scattering model is used to demonstrate that the scattered wave field projected in the direction of the surface wave propagation is relatively insensitive to scatterers that are smaller than the propagating wavelength, while the scattered field projected in the opposite direction is more sensitive to sub-wavelength scatterers...
November 9, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913454/the-anti-bat-strategy-of-ultrasound-absorption-the-wings-of-nocturnal-moths-bombycoidea-saturniidae-absorb-more-ultrasound-than-the-wings-of-diurnal-moths-chalcosiinae-zygaenoidea-zygaenidae
#14
Athanasios Ntelezos, Francesco Guarato, James F C Windmill
The selection pressure from echolocating bats has driven the development of a diverse range of anti-bat strategies in insects. For instance, several studies have proposed that the wings of some moths absorb a large portion of the sound energy contained in a bat's ultrasonic cry; as a result, the bat receives a dampened echo, and the moth becomes invisible to the bat. To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to bat predation drives the development of higher ultrasound absorbance, we used a small reverberation chamber to measure the ultrasound absorbance of the wings of nocturnal (Bombycoidea: Saturniidae) and diurnal moths (Chalcosiinae: Zygaenoidea: Zygaenidae)...
December 2, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913341/quantification-of-shear-wave-scattering-from-far-surface-defects-via-ultrasonic-wavefield-measurements
#15
Alexander J Dawson, Jennifer E Michaels, Joseph W Kummer, Thomas E Michaels
Nondestructive evaluation methods rely on prior knowledge of the expected interaction of ultrasonic waves with defects to inform detection and characterization decisions. Wavefield imaging, which refers to the measurement of signals originating from a spatially fixed source on a two-dimensional rectilinear grid, can be applied to visualize the effect of a subsurface scatterer on surface-measured wave motion. Here, obliquely-incident shear waves are directed at the far surface of a plate containing a through-hole using the well-known angle-beam ultrasonic inspection method...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913339/a-parametric-study-for-the-design-of-an-optimized-ultrasonic-percussive-planetary-drill-tool
#16
Xuan Li, Patrick Harkness, Kevin Worrall, Ryan Timoney, Margaret Lucas
Traditional rotary drilling for planetary rock sampling, in-situ analysis and sample return, is challenging because the axial force and holding torque requirements are not necessarily compatible with lightweight spacecraft architectures in low-gravity environments. This article seeks to optimize an ultrasonic-percussive drill tool to achieve rock penetration with lower reacted force requirements, with a strategic view towards building an Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (UPCD) device. The UPCD is a descendant of the Ultrasonic/Sonic Driller/Corer (USDC) technique...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913331/lamb-wave-multitouch-ultrasonic-touchscreen
#17
Kamyar Firouzi, Amin Nikoozadeh, Thomas E Carver, Butrus Pierre T Khuri-Yakub
Touchscreen sensors are widely used in many devices such as smart phones, tablets, and laptops with diverse applications. We present the design, analysis, and implementation of an ultrasonic touchscreen system that utilizes the interaction of transient Lamb waves with objects in contact with the screen. It attempts to improve on the existing ultrasound technologies, with the potential of addressing some of the weaknesses of the dominant technologies, such as the capacitive or resistive ones. Compared with the existing ultrasonic and acoustic modalities, among other advantages, it provides the capability of detecting several simultaneous touch points and also a more robust performance...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913330/ex-vivo-hifu-experiments-using-a-32-times-32-element-cmut-array
#18
Hyo-Seon Yoon, Chienliu Chang, Ji Hoon Jang, Anshuman Bhuyan, Jung Woo Choe, Amin Nikoozadeh, Ronald D Watkins, Douglas N Stephens, Kim Butts Pauly, Butrus T Khuri-Yakub
High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been used as noninvasive treatment for various diseases. For these therapeutic applications, capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) have advantages that make them potentially preferred transducers over traditional piezoelectric transducers. In this paper, we present the design and the fabrication process of an 8 ×8 -mm (2) 32 ×32 -element 2-D CMUT array for HIFU applications. To reduce the system complexity for addressing the 1024 transducer elements, we propose to group the CMUT array elements into eight HIFU channels based on the phase delay from the CMUT element to the targeted focal point...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913325/increasing-axial-resolution-of-ultrasonic-imaging-with-a-joint-sparse-representation-model
#19
Junbo Duan, Hui Zhong, Bowen Jing, Siyuan Zhang, Mingxi Wan
The axial resolution of ultrasonic imaging is confined by the temporal width of acoustic pulse generated by the transducer, which has a limited bandwidth. Deconvolution can eliminate this effect and, therefore, improve the resolution. However, most ultrasonic imaging methods perform deconvolution scan line by scan line, and therefore the information embedded within the neighbor scan lines is unexplored, especially for those materials with layered structures such as blood vessels. In this paper, a joint sparse representation model is proposed to increase the axial resolution of ultrasonic imaging...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913176/rotary-ultrasonic-bone-drilling-improved-pullout-strength-and-reduced-damage
#20
Vishal Gupta, Pulak M Pandey, Vadim V Silberschmidt
Bone drilling is one of the most common operations used to repair fractured parts of bones. During a bone drilling process, microcracks are generated on the inner surface of the drilled holes that can detrimentally affect osteosynthesis and healing. This study focuses on the investigation of microcracks and pullout strength of cortical-bone screws in drilled holes. It compares conventional surgical bone drilling (CSBD) with rotary ultrasonic bone drilling (RUBD), a novel approach employing ultrasonic vibration with a diamond-coated hollow tool...
November 29, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
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