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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651289/a-validated-method-for-the-quality-control-of-andrographis-paniculata-preparations
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Anastasia Karioti, Patricia Timoteo, Maria Camilla Bergonzi, Anna Rita Bilia
Andrographis paniculata is a herbal drug of Asian traditional medicine largely employed for the treatment of several diseases. Recently, it has been introduced in Europe for the prophylactic and symptomatic treatment of common cold and as an ingredient of dietary supplements. The active principles are diterpenes with andrographolide as the main representative. In the present study, an analytical protocol was developed for the determination of the main constituents in the herb and preparations of A. paniculata...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651119/experimental-ultrasonic-characterization-of-polyester-based-materials-for-cultural-heritage-applications
#2
Andres Arciniegas, Loic Martinez, Arnaud Briand, Sophie Prieto, Stéphane Serfaty, Nicolas Wilkie-Chancellier
For several years, the Réunion des musées nationaux - Grand-Palais has produced polyester resin reproductions in order to replace marble sculptures that have weakened by outdoor exposure. These objects are made of a complex multilayered polyester composite material including reinforcements to ensure the mechanical strength of the final structure and mineral fillers that allow to imitate the original aesthetics. However, the final structure also weakens because of constant outdoor exposure and ageing. This observation leads today to conduct research related to the structural health monitoring of reproductions for preventive conservation of cultural heritage...
June 17, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650811/regularized-spectral-log-difference-technique-for-ultrasonic-attenuation-imaging
#3
Andres L Coila, Roberto J Lavarello
The attenuation coefficient slope (ACS) has the potential to be used for tissue characterization and as a diagnostic ultrasound tool, hence complementing B-mode images. The ACS can be valuable for estimation of other ultrasound parameters such as the backscatter coefficient. There is a well-known trade-off between the precision of the estimated ACS values and the data block size used in spectral-based techniques such as the spectral log difference (SLD). This trade-off limits the practical usefulness of spectral-based attenuation imaging techniques...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650810/expanding-acquisition-and-clutter-filter-dimensions-for-improved-perfusion-sensitivity
#4
Min Woo Kim, Craig K Abbey, Jamila Hedhli, Lawrence W Dobrucki, Michael F Insana
A method is explored for increasing the sensitivity of power-Doppler imaging without contrast enhancement. We acquire 1-10 s of echo signals and arrange it into a 3-D spatiotemporal data array. An eigenfilter developed to preserve all three dimensions of the array yields power estimates for blood flow and perfusion that are well separated from tissue clutter. This method is applied at high frequency (24 MHz pulses) to a murine model of an ischemic hindlimb. We demonstrate enhancements to tissue perfusion maps in normal and ischemic tissues...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650809/beam-diffraction-effects-in-the-backward-wave-regions-of-viscoelastic-leaky-lamb-modes-for-plate-transmission-at-normal-incidence
#5
Magne Aanes, Kjetil D Lohne, Per Lunde, Magne Vestrheim
Plane-wave theory for fluid-embedded isotropic plates is often used in ultrasonic guided-wave applications, and to estimate wall thickness, corrosion, or sound velocities in plates and pipes. In such structures, measured ultrasonic transmission through the solid material is affected by acoustic beam diffraction effects, and the results may deviate from plane-wave descriptions, which are insufficient to describe the complex effects that occur. When exciting a fluid-embedded steel plate with a pulsed ultrasonic beam at normal incidence, resonance frequency downshift, axial sound pressure level (SPL) increase, and beam narrowing have been observed, for measured resonance peaks in the frequency regions of certain leaky Lamb mode branches of the plate...
June 26, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649078/3-4-chlorophenyl-1-2-3-oxadiazol-3-ium-5-olate-and-its-4-formyl-analog-ultrasound-assisted-synthesis-and-in-vitro-anticancer-evaluation-against-human-tumor-cell-lines
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Sachin K Bhosale, Shreenivas R Deshpande, Rajendra D Wagh
The title compound, 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-4-formyl-[1, 2, 3] oxadiazol-3-ium-5-olate 5 was synthesized under ultrasonication by formylation of 3-(4-chlorophenyl)-[1, 2, 3] oxadiazol-3-ium-5-olate 4 and characterized by spectral studies. The ultrasonic method of synthesis was found to be simple, ecofriendly, economical, reduces reaction time and gave good yield when compared with traditional methods of synthesis. Anticancer activity of the compounds were tested against 60 human tumor cell lines and compared with standard drug vincristine sulphate...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649022/a-portable-rgb-sensing-gadget-for-sensitive-detection-of-hg-2-using-cysteamine-capped-qds-as-fluorescence-probe
#7
Bin Chen, Jun Ma, Tong Yang, Lin Chen, Peng Fei Gao, Cheng Zhi Huang
A facile one-pot method was proposed to synthesis cysteamine capped CdTe QDs with a high quantum yield 30%. In the synthesis process, nitrogen protection, ultrasonic treatment, and light irradiation were unnecessary. Additionally, potassium tellurite was used instead of Te powder as Te source, avoiding of the time-consuming Te powder dissolution process. The prepared QDs were found to be Hg(2+) sensitive. The detection linear range for Hg(2+) was from 5 to 300nM, and the detection limit was calculated to be 1nM...
June 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648918/acoustic-and-elastic-properties-of-glycerol-in-oil-based-gel-phantoms
#8
Luciana C Cabrelli, Felipe W Grillo, Diego R T Sampaio, Antonio A O Carneiro, Theo Z Pavan
Phantoms are important tools for image quality control and medical training. Many phantom materials have been proposed for ultrasound; most of them use water as the solvent, but these materials have disadvantages such as dehydration and low temporal stability if not properly stored. To overcome these difficulties, copolymer-in-oil gel was proposed as an inert and stable material; however, speed of sound for these materials is still lower than what is described for most biological tissues. Here, we propose the glycerol dispersion in oil-based gels to modify the acoustic and elastic properties of copolymer-in-oil phantoms...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648863/two-phase-amorphous-amorphous-solid-drug-dispersion-with-enhanced-stability-solubility-and-bioavailability-resulting-from-ultrasonic-dispersion-of-an-immiscible-system
#9
Luz María Martínez, Marcelo Videa, Tania López Silva, Samuel Castro, Adolfo Caballero, Víctor J Lara-Díaz, Fabiola Castorena-Torres
Amorphization of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and the preparation of solid dispersions are strategies that can be synergized to improve the solubility of oral drugs. Immiscibility between an API and a carrier in the molten state that could be perceived as a problem in the preparation of solid dispersions, may actually introduce an advantage. In the present work, a two-phase amorphous-amorphous solid dispersion (AASD) was prepared by ultrasonicating a molten immiscible mixture of indomethacin (IND) and glucose (GLU) prior quenching...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648298/slightly-acidic-electrolyzed-water-combined-with-chemical-and-physical-treatments-to-decontaminate-bacteria-on-fresh-fruits
#10
Charles Nkufi Tango, Imran Khan, Paul-François Ngnitcho Kounkeu, Rubab Momna, Mohammad Shakhawat Hussain, Deog-Hwan Oh
Effect of sequential combination of slightly acidic electrolyzed water (SAEW) with chemical and physical treatments on bacterial decontamination on fruits was investigated in this study. Effect of treatments on microbial and sensory quality was also analyzed after subsequent storage at 4 °C and room temperature (RT, 23 ± 0.15 °C). Whole apple and tomato fruits were inoculated with cocktail strains of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes. Uninoculated and inoculated fruits were washed first with distilled water (DW), calcium oxide (CaO), fumaric acid (FA), and SAEW at RT for 3 min...
October 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647883/casper-computer-aided-segmentation-of-imperceptible-motion-a-learning-based-tracking-of-an-invisible-needle-in-ultrasound
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Parmida Beigi, Robert Rohling, Septimiu E Salcudean, Gary C Ng
PURPOSE: This paper presents a new micro-motion-based approach to track a needle in ultrasound images captured by a handheld transducer. METHODS: We propose a novel learning-based framework to track a handheld needle by detecting microscale variations of motion dynamics over time. The current state of the art on using motion analysis for needle detection uses absolute motion and hence work well only when the transducer is static. We have introduced and evaluated novel spatiotemporal and spectral features, obtained from the phase image, in a self-supervised tracking framework to improve the detection accuracy in the subsequent frames using incremental training...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646759/free-standing-graphene-vanadium-oxide-composite-as-binder-free-electrode-for-asymmetrical-supercapacitor
#12
Lingjuan Deng, Yihong Gao, Zhanying Ma, Guang Fan
Preparation of free-standing electrode materials with three-dimensional network architecture has emerged as an effective strategy for acquiring advanced portable and wearable power sources. Herein, graphene/vanadium oxide (GR/V2O5) free-standing monolith composite has been prepared via a simple hydrothermal process. Flexible GR sheets acted as binder to connect the belt-like V2O5 for assembling three-dimensional network architecture. The obtained GR/V2O5 composite can be reshaped into GR/V2O5 flexible film which exhibits more compact structure by ultrasonication and vacuum filtration...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646708/piezoelectric-parametric-effects-on-wave-vibration-and-contact-mechanics-of-traveling-wave-ultrasonic-motor
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Dongsheng Zhang, Shiyu Wang, Jie Xiu
Elastic wave quality determines the operating performance of traveling wave ultrasonic motor (TWUM). The time-variant circumferential force from the shrink of piezoelectric ceramic is one of the factors that distort the elastic wave. The distorted waveshape deviates from the ideal standard sinusoidal fashion and affects the contact mechanics and driving performance. An analytical dynamic model of ring ultrasonic motor is developed. Based on this model, the piezoelectric parametric effects on the wave distortion and contact mechanics are examined...
May 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645796/preclinical-testing-of-frequency-tunable-capacitive-micromachined-ultrasonic-transducer-probe-prototypes
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Martin Pekař, Alexander F Kolen, Harm Belt, Frank van Heesch, Nenad Mihajlović, Imo E Hoefer, Tamas Szili-Török, Hendrik J Vos, Johan G Bosch, Gijs van Soest, Antonius F W van der Steen
In intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) it may be beneficial to generate ultrasound images acquired at multiple frequencies, having the possibility of high penetration or high-resolution imaging in a single device. The objective of the presented work is to test two frequency-tunable probe prototypes in a preclinical setting: a rigid probe having a diameter of 11 mm and a new flexible and steerable 12-Fr ICE catheter. Both probes feature a forward-looking 32-element capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer array (aperture of 2 × 2 mm(2)) operated in collapse mode, which allows for frequency tuning in the 6-MHz-18-MHz range...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645693/male-mice-ultrasonic-vocalizations-enhance-female-sexual-approach-and-hypothalamic-kisspeptin-neuron-activity
#15
Akari Asaba, Takuya Osakada, Kazushige Touhara, Masahiro Kato, Kazutaka Mogi, Takefumi Kikusui
Vocal communication in animals is important for ensuring reproductive success. Male mice emit song-like "ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs)" when they encounter female mice, and females show approach to the USVs. However, it is unclear whether USVs of male mice trigger female behavioral and endocrine responses in reproduction. In this study, we first investigated the relationship between the number of deliveries in breeding pairs for 4months and USVs syllables emitted from those paired males during 3min of sexual encounter with unfamiliar female mice...
June 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645666/color-masking-measurement-for-ceramic-coating-of-titanium-used-for-dental-implants
#16
Khaldoun Ajlouni, Waleed Elshahawy, Raed Ajlouni, Abdelfattah Sadakah
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Poor implant placement or thin gingival tissue and progressive bone resorption may lead to the dark metal color showing through the peri-implant soft tissue. Whether the dark color can be adequately masked is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to test the color masking effect of porcelain applied on titanium used in fabricating the polished collar of tissue level implants. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Type 4 commercially pure titanium disks and 5 porcelain dentin shades (A2, A3, B2, C2, and D3) were used...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644964/determination-of-absolute-material-nonlinearity-with-air-coupled-ultrasonic-receivers
#17
David Torello, Nicholas Selby, Jin-Yeon Kim, Jianmin Qu, Laurence J Jacobs
Quantitative evaluation of the microstructural state of a specimen can be deduced from knowledge of the sample's absolute acoustic nonlinearity parameter, β, making the measurement of β a powerful tool in the NDE toolbox. However, the various methods used in the past to measure β each suffer from significant limitations. Piezoelectric contact transducers are sensitive to nonlinear signals, cheap, and simple to use, but they are hindered by the variability of the interfacial contact between transducer and specimen surface...
June 3, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644643/first-demonstration-of-a-scintillating-xenon-bubble-chamber-for-detecting-dark-matter-and-coherent-elastic-neutrino-nucleus-scattering
#18
D Baxter, C J Chen, M Crisler, T Cwiok, C E Dahl, A Grimsted, J Gupta, M Jin, R Puig, D Temples, J Zhang
A 30-g xenon bubble chamber, operated at Northwestern University in June and November 2016, has for the first time observed simultaneous bubble nucleation and scintillation by nuclear recoils in a superheated liquid. This chamber is instrumented with a CCD camera for near-IR bubble imaging, a solar-blind photomultiplier tube to detect 175-nm xenon scintillation light, and a piezoelectric acoustic transducer to detect the ultrasonic emission from a growing bubble. The time of nucleation determined from the acoustic signal is used to correlate specific scintillation pulses with bubble-nucleating events...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644620/nanofibrous-smart-fabrics-from-twisted-yarns-of-electrospun-piezo-polymer
#19
Enlong Yang, Zhe Xu, Lucas Chur, Ali Behroozfar, Mahmoud Baniasadi, Salvador Moreno, Jiacheng Huang, Jules Gilligan, Majid Minary-Jolandan
Smart textiles are envisioned to make a paradigm shift in wearable technologies to directly impart functionality into the fibers rather than integrating sensors and electronics onto conformal substrates or skin in wearable devices. Among smart materials, piezoelectric fabrics have not been widely reported, yet. Piezoelectric smart fabrics can be used for mechanical energy harvesting, for thermal energy harvesting through the pyroelectric effect, for ferroelectric applications, as pressure and force sensors, for motion detection, and for ultrasonic sensing...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644431/an-in-vitro-study-on-the-efficacy-of-removing-calcium-hydroxide-from-curved-root-canal-systems-in-root-canal-therapy
#20
Ying Wang, Li-Yang Guo, Hong-Zhi Fang, Wen-Ling Zou, Ying-Ming Yang, Yuan Gao, Hui Yang, Tao Hu
To compare the efficacy of various irrigants (citric acid, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and NaOCl) and techniques in removing Ca(OH)2 in two types of curved root canal systems, simulated root canals with specific curvatures were used to investigate the effects of different irrigants and instruments on Ca(OH)2 removal. The optimal methods were verified on extracted human teeth. Simulated root canals were assigned to one of two groups based on the irrigation solution: 10% citric acid or 2.5% NaOCl. Each group was divided into four subgroups according to the technique used to remove Ca(OH)2...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Oral Science
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