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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077785/the-diagnostic-performance-of-shear-wave-speed-sws-imaging-for-thyroid-nodules-with-elasticity-modulus-and-sws-measurement
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Dan Wang, Ya-Ping He, Yi-Feng Zhang, Bo-Ji Liu, Chong-Ke Zhao, Hui-Jun Fu, Qing Wei, Hui-Xiong Xu
To evaluate the diagnostic performance of a new technique of shear wave speed (SWS) imaging for the diagnosis of thyroid nodule with elasticity modulus and SWS measurement. 322 thyroid nodules in 322 patients (216 benign nodules, 106 malignant nodules) were included in this study. All the nodules received conventional ultrasound (US) and SWS imaging (Aplio500, Toshiba Medical Systems, Japan) before fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and/or surgery. The values of E-max and E-mean with elastic modulus (61.27 ± 36...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070698/drug-coated-microneedles-for-rapid-and-painless-local-anesthesia
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Sung-Hyun Baek, Ju-Hyung Shin, Yeu-Chun Kim
This study showed that drug-coated PLLA (Poly (L-lactide)) microneedle arrays can induce rapid and painless local anesthesia. Microneedle arrays were fabricated using a micro-molding technique, and the needle tips were coated with 290.6 ± 45.9 μg of lidocaine, the most widely used local anesthetic worldwide. A dip-coating device was newly designed for the coating step using an optimized coating formulation. Lidocaine coated on the arrays was released rapidly into PBS within 2 min, and its stability in storage lasted 3 weeks at 4, 25, and 37°C...
March 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069164/ex-vivo-thickness-measurement-of-cartilage-covering-the-temporomandibular-joint
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Fereshteh Mirahmadi, Jan Harm Koolstra, Frank Lobbezoo, G Harry van Lenthe, Vincent Everts
Articular cartilage covers the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and provides smooth and nearly frictionless articulation while distributing mechanical loads to the subchondral bone. The thickness of the cartilage is considered to be an indicator of the stage of development, maturation, aging, loading history, and disease. The aim of our study was to develop a method for ex vivo assessment of the thickness of the cartilage that covers the TMJ and to compare that with two other existing methods. Eight porcine TMJ condyles were used to measure cartilage thickness...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067416/a-novel-technique-of-delivering-viral-vectors-to-trigeminal-ganglia-in-rats
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Hu Long, Lina Liao, Yang Zhou, Di Shan, Meiya Gao, Renhuan Huang, Xin Yang, Wenli Lai
The objective of this study was to develop a viable and reliable technique of delivering viral vectors to rat trigeminal ganglia. Adult Sprague-Dawley rats (200-300 g) were used, and lentiviral vectors containing enhanced green fluorescence protein and calcitonin gene-related peptide short hairpin RNA (shRNA) were generated. Following general anesthesia, viral vectors were delivered to rat trigeminal ganglia using the technique described in this study. Both X-ray and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) were employed to verify the position of the needles when injecting the vectors...
January 9, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057168/evaluation-and-optimization-of-blood-micro-sampling-methods-serial-sampling-in-a-cross-over-design-from-an-individual-mouse
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Nita J Patel, Enaksha Wickremsinhe, Yu-Hua Hui, Alexandar Barr, Nicholas Masterson, Kenneth Ruterbories, Jennifer Weller, Jennifer Hanes, Tom Kern, Everett Perkins
PURPOSE: Current practices applied to mouse pharmacokinetic (PK) studies often use large numbers of animals with sporadic or composite sampling that inadequately describe PK profiles.  The purpose of this work was to evaluate and optimize blood microsampling techniques coupled with dried blood spot (DBS) and LC-MS/MS analysis to generate reliable PK data in mice.  In addition, the feasibility of cross-over designs was assessed and recommendations are presented. METHODS: The work describes a comprehensive evaluation of five blood microsampling techniques (tail clip, tail vein with needle hub, submandibular, retro-orbital, and saphenous bleeding) in CD-1 mice...
October 2016: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009845/improvement-of-depth-profiling-into-biotissues-using-micro-electrical-impedance-spectroscopy-on-a-needle-with-selective-passivation
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Joho Yun, Hyeon Woo Kim, Jong-Hyun Lee
A micro electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)-on-a-needle for depth profiling (μEoN-DP) with a selective passivation layer (SPL) on a hypodermic needle was recently fabricated to measure the electrical impedance of biotissues along with the penetration depths. The SPL of the μEoN-DP enabled the sensing interdigitated electrodes (IDEs) to contribute predominantly to the measurement by reducing the relative influence of the connection lines on the sensor output. The discrimination capability of the μEoN-DP was verified using phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) at various concentration levels...
December 21, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939854/bayesian-analysis-of-high-resolution-ultrasonography-and-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-in-diagnosis-of-palpable-thyroid-nodules
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Niranjan Sahu, Rabindra Nath Padhy
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate diagnostic accuracy of high-resolution ultrasonography in differentiation of benign and malignant thyroid nodules in comparison to results of guided fine needle aspiration cytology based on the Bayes rule. OBJECTIVE: To assess the validity of ultrasonography results of thyroid nodules in comparison to guided fine needle aspiration cytology findings. METHODS: This study was done on randomly chosen 80 patients presented with palpable thyroid nodules, undergone real-time sonographic evaluation of thyroid nodules to characterize features, internal consistency, margins, echotexture, calcification, peripheral lucent halo and vascularity...
November 17, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917703/principles-of-the-kenzan-method-for-robotic-cell-spheroid-based-3d-bioprinting
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Nicanor I Moldovan, Narutoshi Hibino, Koichi Nakayama
Bioprinting is a technology with the prospect to change the way many diseases are treated, by replacing the damaged tissues with live, de novo created bio-similar constructs. However, after more than a decade of incubation and many proofs-of-concept, the field is still in its infancy. The current stagnation is the consequence of its early success: the first bioprinters, and most of those which followed, were modified versions of the 3D printers used in additive manufacturing, redesigned for layer-by-layer dispersion of biomaterials...
December 4, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897312/the-feasibility-of-micro-ultrasound-as-a-tool-to-image-peripheral-nerves
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A Chandra, R Eisma, P Felts, S Munirama, G A Corner, C E M Demore, G McLeod
Despite widespread use of ultrasound imaging to guide needle placement, the incidence of transient and permanent nerve damage as a complication of regional anaesthesia has not changed over the last decade. In view of the controversy surrounding intraneural injection there is a need to understand the structural changes caused by subepineural and subperineural needle penetration. Clinical ultrasound machines do not provide adequate anatomical resolution, and anaesthetists have difficulty judging the precise location of the needle tip relative to the epineurium...
November 29, 2016: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884664/bacterial-contamination-of-saline-used-for-epidural-procedures-in-an-obstetric-setting-a-randomised-comparison-of-two-drawing-up-techniques
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M Onofrei, M Y Wee, B Parker, N Wee, S Hill
BACKGROUND: There is little evidence to inform practice regarding the optimum aseptic technique of drawing up saline for epidural insertion. Our regional practice is to draw up saline from a non-sterile packaged plastic ampoule, therefore introducing the risk of bacterial contamination. Usually, the anaesthetist draws up saline directly from the vial held by an assistant using a needle (needle technique). Alternatively, the saline vial is emptied onto a sterile tray by an assistant and then drawn up by the anaesthetist (tray technique)...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845552/breast-angiosarcoma-with-exophytic-growth
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Donya Farrokh, Elaheh Modoodi, Yalda Fallah Rastegar
Primary angiosarcoma of the breast is a rare malignant tumor. Diagnostic breast imaging includes mammography and ultrasound, which are usually nonspecific. A 42-year-old woman with angiosarcoma of the breast is presented. Physical findings showed a hard exophytic mass in the upper part of the left breast, with skin discoloration overlaying the mass. Mammography revealed a high density well defined mass in the left breast, without any micro-calcification and speculation. On ultrasound examination, a hypoechoic mass with a well-defined margin and heterogenous echogenicity was detected...
November 2016: Archives of Iranian Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802934/commentary-on-micro-needling-depth-penetration-presence-of-pigment-particles-and-fluorescein-stained-platelets-clinical-usage-for-aesthetic-concerns
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Des Fernandes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782598/design-and-construction-of-keda-space-plasma-experiment-kspex-for-the-investigation-of-the-boundary-layer-processes-of-ionospheric-depletions
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Yu Liu, Zhongkai Zhang, Jiuhou Lei, Jinxiang Cao, Pengcheng Yu, Xiao Zhang, Liang Xu, Yaodong Zhao
In this work, the design and construction of the Keda Space Plasma EXperiment (KSPEX), which aims to study the boundary layer processes of ionospheric depletions, are described in detail. The device is composed of three stainless-steel sections: two source chambers at both ends and an experimental chamber in the center. KSPEX is a steady state experimental device, in which hot filament arrays are used to produce plasmas in the two sources. A Macor-mesh design is adopted to adjust the plasma density and potential difference between the two plasmas, which creates a boundary layer with a controllable electron density gradient and inhomogeneous radial electric field...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770923/in-situ-synthesis-of-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-nanofibre-composites-using-electrospinning
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Luke Burke, Chris J Mortimer, Daniel J Curtis, Aled R Lewis, Rhodri Williams, Karl Hawkins, Thierry G G Maffeis, Chris J Wright
We demonstrate a facile, one-step process to form polymer scaffolds composed of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) contained within electrospun nano- and micro-fibres of two biocompatible polymers, Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and Poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP). This was achieved with both needle and free-surface electrospinning systems demonstrating the scalability of the composite fibre manufacture; a 228 fold increase in fibre fabrication was observed for the free-surface system. In all cases the nanoparticle-nanofibre composite scaffolds displayed morphological properties as good as or better than those previously described and fabricated using complex multi-stage techniques...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752098/uniting-superhydrophobic-superoleophobic-and-lubricant-infused-slippery-behavior-on-copper-oxide-nano-structured-substrates
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Sanjeev Kumar Ujjain, Pritam Kumar Roy, Sumana Kumar, Subhash Singha, Krishnacharya Khare
Alloys, specifically steel, are considered as the workhorse of our society and are inimitable engineering materials in the field of infrastructure, industry and possesses significant applications in our daily life. However, creating a robust synthetic metallic surface that repels various liquids has remained extremely challenging. The wettability of a solid surface is known to be governed by its geometric nano-/micro structure and the chemical composition. Here, we are demonstrating a facile and economical way to generate copper oxide micro-nano structures with spherical (0D), needle (1D) and hierarchical cauliflower (3D) morphologies on galvanized steel substrates using a simple chemical bath deposition method...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713547/hierarchical-micro-nano-porous-acupuncture-needles-offering-enhanced-therapeutic-properties
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Su-Ll In, Young S Gwak, Hye Rim Kim, Abdul Razzaq, Kyeong-Seok Lee, Hee Young Kim, SuChan Chang, Bong Hyo Lee, Craig A Grimes, Chae Ha Yang
Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention has been widely used for treatment of many pathophysiological disorders. For achieving improved therapeutic effects, relatively thick acupuncture needles have been frequently used in clinical practice with, in turn, enhanced stimulation intensity. However due to the discomforting nature of the larger-diameter acupuncture needles there is considerable interest in developing advanced acupuncture therapeutical techniques that provide more comfort with improved efficacy...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701917/sensitivity-improvements-of-a-resonance-based-tactile-sensor
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Yoshinobu Murayama, Olof A Lindahl
Resonance-based contact-impedance measurement refers to the application of resonance sensors based on the measurement of the changes in the resonance curve of an ultrasonic resonator in contact with a surface. The advantage of the resonance sensor is that it is very sensitive to small changes in the contact impedance. A sensitive micro tactile sensor (MTS) was developed, which measured the elasticity of soft living tissues at the single-cell level. In the present paper, we studied the method of improving the touch and stiffness sensitivity of the MTS...
February 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693432/pharmaceutical-and-biomaterial-engineering-via-electrohydrodynamic-atomization-technologies
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REVIEW
Prina Mehta, Rita Haj-Ahmad, Manoochehr Rasekh, Muhammad S Arshad, Ashleigh Smith, Susanna M van der Merwe, Xiang Li, Ming-Wei Chang, Zeeshan Ahmad
Complex micro- and nano-structures enable crucial developments in the healthcare remit (e.g., pharmaceutical and biomaterial sciences). In recent times, several technologies have been developed and explored to address key healthcare challenges (e.g., advanced chemotherapy, biomedical diagnostics and tissue regeneration). Electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) technologies are rapidly emerging as promising candidates to address these issues. The fundamental principle driving EHDA engineering relates to the action of an electric force (field) on flowing conducting medium (formulation) giving rise to a stable Taylor cone...
September 28, 2016: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681360/targeting-of-sebaceous-glands-to-treat-acne-by-micro-insulated-needles-with-radio-frequency-in-a-rabbit-ear-model
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Tae-Rin Kwon, Eun Ja Choi, Chang Taek Oh, Dong-Ho Bak, Song-I Im, Eun Jung Ko, Hyuck Ki Hong, Yeon Shik Choi, Joon Seok, Sun Young Choi, Gun Young Ahn, Beom Joon Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Many studies have investigated the application of micro-insulated needles with radio frequency (RF) to treat acne in humans; however, the use of a micro-insulated needle RF applicator has not yet been studied in an animal model. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a micro-insulated needle RF applicator in a rabbit ear acne (REA) model. STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we investigated the effect of selectively destroying the sebaceous glands using a micro-insulated needle RF applicator on the formation of comedones induced by application of 50% oleic acid and intradermal injection of P...
September 29, 2016: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667019/in-situ-mechanical-and-molecular-investigations-of-collagen-apatite-biomimetic-composites-combining-raman-spectroscopy-and-stress-strain-analysis
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Konstantinos Chatzipanagis, Christoph G Baumann, Monica Sandri, Simone Sprio, Anna Tampieri, Roland Kröger
: We report the design, fabrication and application of a novel micro-electromechanical device coupled to a confocal Raman microscope that enables in situ molecular investigations of micro-fibers under uniaxial tensile load. This device allows for the mechanical study of micro-fibers with diameters in the range between 10 and 100μm and lengths of several hundred micrometers. By exerting forces in the mN range, the device enables an important force range to be accessed between that of atomic force microscopy and macroscopic stress-strain measurement devices...
September 22, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
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