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Matthew Urich, Alan R Denton
Microgels are soft colloidal particles that, when dispersed in a solvent, swell and deswell in response to changes in environmental conditions, such as temperature, concentration, and pH. Using Monte Carlo simulation, we model bulk suspensions of microgels that interact via Hertzian elastic interparticle forces and can expand or contract via trial moves that allow particles to change size in accordance with the Flory-Rehner free energy of cross-linked polymer gels. We monitor the influence of particle compressibility, size fluctuations, and concentration on bulk structural and thermal properties by computing particle swelling ratios, radial distribution functions, static structure factors, osmotic pressures, and freezing densities...
October 24, 2016: Soft Matter
Yubin Liu, Yating Wang, Zhen Yuan
We developed a homemade dual-modality imaging system that combines multispectral photoacoustic computed tomography and ultrasound computed tomography for reconstructing the structural and functional information of human finger joint systems. The fused multispectral photoacoustic-ultrasound computed tomography (MPAUCT) system was examined by the phantom and in vivo experimental tests. The imaging results indicate that the hard tissues such as the bones and the soft tissues including the blood vessels, the tendon, the skins, and the subcutaneous tissues in the finger joints systems can be effectively recovered by using our multimodality MPAUCT system...
2016: BioMed Research International
Seung Jae Paek, Ji Yong Yoo, Jang Won Lee, Won-Jong Park, Young Deok Chee, Moon Gi Choi, Eun Joo Choi, Kyung-Hwan Kwon
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study are to evaluate the lip morphology and change of lip commissure after mandibular setback surgery (MSS) for class III patients and analyze association between the amount of mandibular setback and change of lip morphology. METHODS: The samples consisted of 14 class III patients treated with MSS using bilateral sagittal split ramus osteotomy. Lateral cephalogram and cone-beam CT were taken before and about 6 months after MSS. Changes in landmarks and variables were measured with 3D software program Ondemand™...
December 2016: Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Neimar de Paula Silva, Rejane de Souza Reis, Rafael Garcia Cunha, Júlio Fernando Pinto Oliveira, Marceli de Oliveira Santos, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira, Beatriz de Camargo
BACKGROUND: Several maternal and birth characteristics have been reported to be associated with an increased risk of many childhood cancers. Our goal was to evaluate the risk of childhood embryonal solid tumors in relation to pre- and perinatal characteristics. METHODS: A case-cohort study was performed using two population-based datasets, which were linked through R software. Tumors were classified as central nervous system (CNS) or non-CNS-embryonal (retinoblastoma, neuroblastoma, renal tumors, germ cell tumors, hepatoblastoma and soft tissue sarcoma)...
2016: PloS One
B B Calegari, R E Reis
A new species of Gelanoglanis is described based on specimens collected in the Tocantins River, a tributary of the Amazon Basin. The new species is distinguished from congeners by unusual features to the genus such as the pelvic fin falling short of the urogenital opening by a distance larger than the anal-fin length, the first unbranched dorsal and pectoral-fin rays not ossified as spines, the dorsal-fin spinelet absent and the adipose fin in adults preceded by a long fleshy ridge. The new species is further distinguished from congeners by its soft, sinuous snout tip and morphometric proportions of the body and head...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Marcin Kozakiewicz, Leszek Olbrzymek, Ludomir Stefanczyk, Marek Olszycki, Piotr Komorowski, Bogdan Walkowiak, Bartłomiej Konieczny, Michał Krasowski, Jerzy Sokołowski
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to present a new possibility to create radio-opaque implant material for craniomaxillofacial reconstruction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The test disks made of the own compound of polyethylenes with addiction of 2, 4, and 6 % of weight TiO2 was investigated for cytotoxicity [each group 15 disks respectively]. Next, computed tomography of the disks was performed in environment of muscle and fat. Hardness, tensile modulus and strength, and compressive modulus and strength were tested too...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
Belfor Antonio Galaz, Rodrigo Hernan Acevedo
Ultrasound poroelastography is an imaging modality used to characterize the temporal behavior of soft tissue that can be modeled as a solid permeated by interconnected pores filled with liquid (poroelastic medium). It could be useful in the stage classification of lymphedema. Generally, time-constant models are applied to strain images, and precision of the fitting process, computational cost and versatility in response to changes in tissues properties are crucial aspects of clinical applications. In the work described here, we performed creep experiments on poroelastic phantoms and used rheologic models to visualize the changes in viscoelastic response associated with fluid mobility...
October 17, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Ryo Suzuki, Kohta Ito, Taeyong Lee, Naomichi Ogihara
Accurate identification of the material properties of the plantar soft tissue is important for computer-aided analysis of foot pathologies and design of therapeutic footwear interventions based on subject-specific models of the foot. However, parameter identification of the hyperelastic material properties of plantar soft tissues usually requires an inverse finite element analysis due to the lack of a practical contact model of the indentation test. In the present study, we derive an analytical contact model of a spherical indentation test in order to directly estimate the material properties of the plantar soft tissue...
September 22, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Leonardo Pacheco Roquero, Sandra Camelo-Piragua, Carl Schmidt
Cerebral air embolism is a recognized life-threatening complication, sometimes iatrogenic. Its timely diagnosis is essential because it can result in neurologic deficits or death. We report a case of a 58-year-old man who died from cerebral air embolism diagnosed by nonenhanced computed tomography scan of the head after a cardiac bypass surgery with Biventricular Assist Device and multiple vascular line placements. Autopsy revealed extensive subcutaneous emphysema, intravascular and perivascular air bubbles in the central nervous system and associated cerebral and cerebellar hemorrhagic infarction...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
Hsueh-Yu Li, Yu-Lun Lo, Chao-Jan Wang, Li-Jen Hsin, Wan-Ni Lin, Tuan-Jen Fang, Li-Ang Lee
Surgical success for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) depends on identifying sites of obstruction in the upper airway. In this study, we investigated sites of obstruction by evaluating dynamic changes in the upper airway using drug-induced sleep computed tomography (DI-SCT) in patients with OSA. Thirty-five adult patients with OSA were prospectively enrolled. Sleep was induced with propofol under light sedation (bispectral index 70-75), and low-dose 320-detector row CT was performed for 10 seconds over a span of 2-3 respiratory cycles with supporting a continuous positive airway pressure model...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michael McConnell, Rajendra Kumar, Behrang Amini, Patrick P Lin, Wei-Lien Wang
We present the case of an 83-year-old man who had painful swelling of right knee for 6 months. Radiographs showed a large intra-articular soft-tissue mass with small calcifications, whereas MRI detected a multilobulated intra-articular tumor with bone erosions at the distal femur. Histopathology of ultrasound-guided biopsy specimen of the synovial mass revealed it to be a poorly differentiated metastatic carcinoma. Abdominal computed tomography with intravenous contrast medium administration found a heterogeneously enhancing large right renal mass with calcifications, which was shown to be a renal cell carcinoma on histopathology...
October 20, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Asif Ali Fakhri, Paul David Rodrigue, Amena Fatima Fakhri
Extramedullary plasmacytoma is rare in patients with diagnosed multiple myeloma. Soft tissue plasmacytoma of the gallbladder is particularly uncommon and has been described in only a handful of cases. Diagnosis of gallbladder plasmacytoma with fluorine 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (F18-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has not previously been reported. We present a 65-year-old female with a history of multiple myeloma who underwent a restaging F18-FDG-PET/CT which showed a focal area of hypermetabolic activity, corresponding to a nodular lesion within the posterior gallbladder wall...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
Zeynep Maraş Özdemir, Ayşegül Sağır Kahraman, Cemile Ayşe Görmeli, Reşit Sevimli, Nusret Akpolat
BACKGROUND: Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH), typically found in children, is a rare single or multisystem disorder with a wide range of clinical and radiological manifestations. Unusual presentations of LCH are occasionally encountered and it may be difficult to distinguish LCH from an infection or a benign or malignant tumor. RESULTS: A 35-year-old female presented with pain in her back and left buttock, malaise, and weight loss, with a duration of several months...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
David Christian, Hyuma A Leland, Walter Osias, Seth Eberlin, Lori Howell
Morel-Lavellée lesions are soft tissue degloving injuries resulting from shearing trauma that induces separation of the superficial and deep fascias creating a potential space that becomes filled with hemolymph. Here we present a case of a 28-year-old male presenting with a persistent Type I Morel-Lavallée lesion 2.5 years after an automobile versus pedestrian accident. These lesions can be visualized via computed tomography, plain film and ultrasound, but magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice for their identification and characterization...
July 2016: Journal of Radiology Case Reports
Wei-Tao Wu, Andrea Blue Martin, Alberto Gandini, Nadine Aubry, Mehrdad Massoudi, James F Antaki
This study is motivated by the development of a blood cell filtration device for removal of malaria-infected, parasitized red blood cells (pRBCs). The blood was modeled as a multi-component fluid using the computational fluid dynamics discrete element method (CFD-DEM), wherein plasma was treated as a Newtonian fluid and the red blood cells (RBCs) were modeled as soft-sphere solid particles which move under the influence of drag, collisions with other RBCs, and a magnetic force. The CFD-DEM model was first validated by a comparison with experimental data from Han et al...
2016: Microfluidics and Nanofluidics
Yuichi Arai, Keiichi Ito, Kazuyoshi Tachi, Akio Koga, Yusuke Shinchi, Ayako Masunaga, Makoto Isono, Tomohiko Asano
A 73-year-old male patient underwent a right nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma in 2008, and interferon-alpha was initiated as adjuvant treatment. Computed tomography (CT) scans showed lymphadenopathy above the left diaphragm, and treatment with interferon-2 was subsequently initiated in 2009. Nasal bleeding manifested in February 2010, and CT scans showed a soft-tissue density mass mainly located in the ethmoid sinus. A biopsy of the lesion was performed, and metastatic renal cell carcinoma was diagnosed...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
Tatsuya Umemoto, Takeshi Nomoto, Satoshi Kuroda, Takahiro Ogawa, Kentaro Nagao, Yuki Shimizu, Nobuyuki Nakajima, Hakushi Kim, Masahiro Nitta, Kazuya Hanai, Akio Hoshi, Toshiro Terachi
A 40-year-old woman was referred to our hospital with right lower back pain as the chief complaint. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) showed a partially-solid tumor within a cyst measuring approximately 6 cm in diameter in the right renal hilum. The solid part was enhanced in the early phase and contrast medium was washed out earlier in the solid part than in the parenchyma in the equilibrium phase. Plain CT revealed partial cyst wall calcification. A soft tissue shadow approximately 10 mm in diameter in the dorsal inferior vena cava at the upper pole of the kidney and a solid tumor adjacent to the iliopsoas muscle and the kidney were detected...
September 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
Massimo Del Fabbro, Stefano Corbella, Patrick Sequeira-Byron, Igor Tsesis, Eyal Rosen, Alessandra Lolato, Silvio Taschieri
BACKGROUND: When primary root canal therapy fails, periapical lesions can be retreated with or without surgery. Root canal retreatment is a non-surgical procedure that involves removal of root canal filling materials from the tooth, followed by cleaning, shaping and obturating of the canals. Root-end resection is a surgical procedure that involves exposure of the periapical lesion through an osteotomy, surgical removal of the lesion, removal of part of the root-end tip, disinfection and, commonly, retrograde sealing or filling of the apical portion of the remaining root canal...
October 19, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Awaneesh Singh, Olga Kuksenok, Anna C Balazs
Using computational modeling, we design a composite that encompasses a thermo-responsive gel and photo-responsive fibers that extend from the surface of the gel. By simulating the effect of light and heat on the sample, we isolate scenarios where cooperative interactions within the system allow the gel to actuate the "finger-like" motion of the embedded fibers. To achieve this distinctive behavior, we consider a gel formed from poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm), which shrinks when heated above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST)...
October 19, 2016: Soft Matter
Cai-Hua Wang, Chuan-Cai Xu, Jun-Hong Jiang, Yan-Bin Chen, Sheng-Hua Zhan
Primary pulmonary synovial sarcoma (PPSS) is a rare disease. Diagnosis is made postoperatively following resection of the tumor. We describe the case of a 39-year-old non-smoking woman whose chest imaging revealed a heterogeneous mass (5.4 cm × 4.6 cm), with soft tissue density in the right upper lobe and pleural effusion in the right hemithorax. The tumor was enhanced on a computed tomography scan, in which enlargement of the mediastinal lymph nodes compressing the adjacent superior vena cava was observed...
September 10, 2016: Thoracic Cancer
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