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Pulse transit time

Kenneth R Foster, Marvin C Ziskin, Quirino Balzano
This commentary evaluates two sets of guidelines for human exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy, focusing on the frequency range above the "transition" frequency at 3-10 GHz where the guidelines change their basic restrictions from specific absorption rate to incident power density, through the end of the RF band at 300 GHz. The analysis is based on a simple thermal model based on Pennes' bioheat equation (BHTE) (Pennes 1948) assuming purely surface heating; an Appendix provides more details about the model and its range of applicability...
July 2017: Health Physics
Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan
The measurement of aortic pulse transit time (PTT), the time for the arterial pulse wave to travel from the carotid to the femoral artery, can provide valuable insight into cardiovascular health, specifically regarding arterial stiffness and blood pressure (BP). To measure aortic PTT, both proximal and distal arterial pulse timings are required. Recently, our group has demonstrated that the ballistocardiogram signal measured on a modified weighing scale can provide an unobtrusive, yet accurate, means of obtaining a proximal timing reference; however, there are no convenient, reliable methods to extract the distal timing from a subject standing on the modified weighing scale...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
Margherita Citroni, Samuele Fanetti, Naomi Falsini, Paolo Foggi, Roberto Bini
How does a crystal melt? How long does it take for melt nuclei to grow? The melting mechanisms have been addressed by several theoretical and experimental works, covering a subnanosecond time window with sample sizes of tens of nanometers and thus suitable to determine the onset of the process but unable to unveil the following dynamics. On the other hand, macroscopic observations of phase transitions, with millisecond or longer time resolution, account for processes occurring at surfaces and time limited by thermal contact with the environment...
May 23, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tae-Hun Kim, Boncho Ku, Jang-Han Bae, Jae-Young Shin, Min-Ho Jun, Jung Won Kang, Junghwan Kim, Jun-Hwan Lee, Jaeuk U Kim
BACKGROUND: Radial pressure pulse wave (RPPW) examination has been a key diagnostic component of traditional Chinese medicine. The objective of this study was to investigate the changes in RPPW along with various hemodynamic variables after acupuncture stimulation and to examine the validity of pulse diagnosis as a modern diagnostic tool. METHODS: We conducted acupuncture stimulation at both ST36 acupuncture points in 25 healthy volunteers. We simultaneously assessed the RPPW by pulse tonometry; heart rate variability (HRV) by electrocardiogram; photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals, respiration rate, peripheral blood flow velocity and arterial depth by ultrasonography; and cardiac output by impedance cardiography, before, during and after a session of acupuncture stimulation...
May 22, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Shing-Hong Liu, Da-Chuan Cheng, Chun-Hung Su
In the last decade, cuffless blood pressure measurement technology has been widely studied because it could be applied to a wearable apparatus. Electrocardiography (ECG), photo-plethysmography (PPG), and phonocardiography are always used to detect the pulse transit time (PTT) because the changed tendencies of the PTT and blood pressure have a negative relationship. In this study, the PPG signal was replaced by the impedance plethysmography (IPG) signal and was used to detect the PTT. The placement and direction of the electrode array for the IPG measurement were discussed...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
David Campo, Hakim Khettab, Roger Yu, Nicolas Genain, Paul Edouard, Nadine Buard, Pierre Boutouyrie
BACKGROUND: Measurement of arterial stiffness should be more available. Our aim was to show that aortic pulse wave velocity can be reliably measured with a bathroom scale combining the principles of ballistocardiography (BCG) and impedance plethysmography on a single foot. METHOD: The calibration of the bathroom scale was conducted on a group of 106 individuals. The aortic pulse wave velocity was measured with the SphygmoCor in the supine position. Three consecutive measurements were then performed on the Withings scale in the standing position...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
Xiaoyue Zhou, Kaipin Xu, Pei Ni, Qun Chen, Shanmin Zhang
Most of the polymers are composed of a crystal part, an amorphous part, and a transitional interfacial part. These components present disparate physical and chemical characteristics. However, it always suffers from peak overlapping in solid NMR spectrum in order to acquire polymer's crystallinity. The polyethylene oxide (PEO) sample was tested using the Torchia pulse sequence combined with the Multivariate Curve Resolution (MCR) method. A two dimensional CP/MAS spectrum containing spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) information was acquired...
April 27, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Ulrich Schreiber
Properties and performance of the recently introduced Dual/KLAS-NIR spectrophotometer for simultaneous measurements of ferredoxin (Fd), P700, and plastocyanin (PC) redox changes, together with whole leaf chlorophyll a (Chl) fluorescence (emission >760, 540 nm excitation) are outlined. Spectral information on in vivo Fd, P700, and PC in the near-infrared region (NIR, 780-1000 nm) is presented, on which the new approach is based. Examples of application focus on dark-light and light-dark transitions, where maximal redox changes of Fd occur...
May 11, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
Jian-Xing Wu, Chien-Ming Li, Guan-Chun Chen, Yueh-Ren Ho, Chia-Hung Lin
Atherosclerosis and resultant peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are common complications in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus or end-stage renal disease and in elderly patients. The prevalence of PAD is higher in patients receiving haemodialysis therapy. For early assessment of arterial occlusion using bilateral photoplethysmography (PPG), such as changes in pulse transit time and pulse shape, bilateral timing differences could be used to identify the risk level of PAD. Hence, the authors propose a discrete fractional-order integrator to calculate the bilateral area under the systolic peak (AUSP)...
April 2017: IET Systems Biology
Jia Xu, Robert Mueller, Eric Hazelbaker, Yang Zhao, Jean-Claude J Bonzongo, Justin G Clar, Sergey Vasenkov, Kirk J Ziegler
NMR techniques have been widely used to infer molecular structure, including surfactant aggregation. A combination of optical spectroscopy, proton NMR spectroscopy, and pulsed field gradient NMR (PFG NMR) is used to study the adsorption number for sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) with single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). Distinct transitions in the NMR chemical shift of SDS are observed in the presence of SWCNTs. These transitions demonstrate that micelle formation is delayed by SWCNTs due to the adsorption of SDS on the nanotube surface...
May 9, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Robert A Goodlad
The measurement of cell proliferation in vivo is usually carried out by the examination of static measures. These comprise the mitotic index or labeling indices using incorporation of DNA synthesis markers such as bromodeoxyuridine or tritiated thymidine, or intrinsic markers, such as Ki67 and proliferative cell nuclear antigen (PCNA). But static measures only provide a 'snapshot' of cell proliferation. Rate measures, including double labeling methods and the metaphase arrest method, can actually measure cell production rates but they are far less utilized at present...
May 5, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
Maria Makrinich, Rupal Gupta, Tatyana Polenova, Amir Goldbourt
The ability of various pulse types, which are commonly applied for distance measurements, to saturate or invert quadrupolar spin polarization has been compared by observing their effect on magnetization recovery curves under magic-angle spinning. A selective central transition inversion pulse yields a bi-exponential recovery for a diamagnetic sample with a spin-3/2, consistent with the existence of two processes: the fluctuations of the electric field gradients with identical single (W1) and double (W2) quantum quadrupolar-driven relaxation rates, and spin exchange between the central transition of one spin and satellite transitions of a dipolar-coupled similar spin...
April 21, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Muhammad Qazi Waqas, Johan Wiklund, Annika Altskär, Olle Ekberg, Mats Stading
People who suffer from swallowing disorders, commonly referred to as dysphagia, are often restricted to a texture-modified diet. In such a diet, the texture of the fluid is modified mainly by the addition of gum or starch-based thickeners. For optimal modification of the texture, tunable rheological parameters are shear viscosity, yield stress, and elasticity. In this work, the flow properties of commercial thickeners obtained from major commercial suppliers were measured both in shear and extensional flow using a laboratory viscometer and a newly developed tube viscometry technique, termed Pulsed Ultrasound Velocimetry plus Pressure Drop (PUV + PD)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Texture Studies
Fen Miao, Nan Fu, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Xi Hong, Qingyun He, Ye Li
Continuous blood pressure (BP) estimation using pulse transit time (PTT) is a promising method for unobtrusive BP measurement. However, the accuracy of this approach must be improved for it to be viable for a wide range of applications. This study proposes a novel continuous BP estimation approach that combines data mining techniques with a traditional mechanism-driven model. First, 14 features derived from simultaneous electrocardiogram and photoplethysmogram signals were extracted for beat-to-beat BP estimation...
April 28, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Gregory B Gajda, Stephen H Bly
Guidelines for prevention of peripheral nerve stimulation from exposure to low frequency magnetic fields have been developed by standard-setting bodies. Exposure limits or reference levels (RLs) are typically set in terms of the maximum root-mean-square amplitude of a sinusoidal waveform; however, environmental flux densities are often periodic, non-sinusoidal waveforms. This work presents a procedure for deriving RLs for any generalized periodic waveform using the empirical nerve-stimulation threshold data obtained from human volunteer MRI experiments...
June 2017: Health Physics
Yan Zhang, Yinsheng Xu, Chenyang You, Dong Xu, Junzhou Tang, Peiqing Zhang, Shixun Dai
Chemical stoichiometric Ge-As-S glasses were prepared, and their thermal properties, refractive index (n), optical bandgap, Raman gain, and femtosecond laser damage were examined. Results revealed that the n and density (ρ) of the glasses decreased as Ge concentration increased, whereas the bandgap and glass transition temperature (Tg) increased. The Raman gain coefficients (g<sub>R</sub>) of the samples were calculated on the basis of spontaneous Raman scattering spectra. g<sub>R</sub> decreased from 2...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Chenxi Yang, Negar Tavassolian
This work proposes a novel method of pulse transit time measurement. The proximal arterial location data is collected from seismocardiogram (SCG) recordings by placing a MEMS accelerometer on the chest wall. The distal arterial location data is recorded using an acoustic sensor placed inside the ear. The performance of distal location recordings is evaluated by comparing SCG-acoustic and SCG-Photoplethysmogram (PPG) measurements. PPG and acoustic performances under motion noise are also compared. Experimental results suggest comparable performances for the acoustic-based and PPG-based devices...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Jan Menser, Kyle Daun, Thomas Dreier, Christof Schulz
The temporal luminescence behavior of silicon atoms during and after laser-heating of gas-borne silicon nanoparticles was investigated. Silicon nanoparticles were formed in the exhaust stream of a microwave plasma reactor at 100 mbar. The observed prompt atomic line intensities correspond with thermal excitation of the evaporated species. A prompt signal at 251.61 and 288.15 nm originating from the 3s<sup>2</sup>3p<sup>2</sup>→3s<sup>2</sup>3p4s transitions showed a lifetime of 16 ns that matches the documented excited-state lifetime for the respective transitions...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
A A Ünal, A Parabas, A Arora, J Ehrler, C Barton, S Valencia, R Bali, T Thomson, F Yildiz, F Kronast
The antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition in FeRh can be induced globally by either heating the material above its phase transition temperature or applying a combination of external stimuli (such as mechanical strain, electric/magnetic fields) on the material preheated close to its transition temperature. On the other hand, to locally induce this phase transition is more desirable for applications and requires a confined source of energy such as a focused laser beam. Here we combine laser excitation with X-ray magnetic imaging to determine the effect of laser heating on the local and transient magnetization of FeRh using time-resolved photoelectron emission microscopy...
April 4, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
M Ouali, S Coulibaly, M Taki, M Tlidi
We investigate the spatio-temporal dynamics of a ring cavity filled with a non-instantaneous Kerr medium and driven by a coherent injected beam. We show the existence of a stable mixed-mode solution that can be either extended or localized in space. The mixed-mode solutions are obtained in a regime where Turing instability (often called modulational instability) interacts with self-pulsing phenomenon (Andronov-Hopf bifurcation). We numerically describe the transition from stationary inhomogeneous solutions to a branch of mixed-mode solutions...
March 6, 2017: Optics Express
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