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Spinal cord computational model

Alberto Gómez, Manuel Nieto-Díaz, Ángela Del Águila, Enrique Arias
Transparency in science is increasingly a hot topic. Scientists are required to show not only results but also evidence of how they have achieved these results. In experimental studies of spinal cord injury, there are a number of standardized tests, such as the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan locomotor rating scale for rats and Basso Mouse Scale for mice, which researchers use to study the pathophysiology of spinal cord injury and to evaluate the effects of experimental therapies. Although the standardized data from the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan locomotor rating scale and the Basso Mouse Scale are particularly suited for storage and sharing in databases, systems of data acquisition and repositories are still lacking...
March 2, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Xiao Wu, Ajay Malhotra, Bertie Geng, Vivek B Kalra, Khalid Abbed, Howard P Forman, Pina Sanelli
Importance: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) continues to be performed for cervical clearance of obtunded blunt trauma, despite poor evidence regarding its utility after a normal computed tomographic (CT) finding. Objective: To evaluate the utility and cost-effectiveness of MRI vs no follow-up after a normal cervical CT finding in patients with obtunded blunt trauma. Design, Setting and Participants: This cost-effectiveness analysis evaluated an average patient aged 40 years with blunt trauma from an institutional practice...
March 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Srdjan Cirovic, Robert Lloyd, Jelena Jovanovik, Holger A Volk, Clare Rusbridge
BACKGROUND: Syringomyelia is a pathological condition in which fluid-filled cavities (syringes) form and expand in the spinal cord. Syringomyelia is often linked with obstruction of the craniocervical junction and a Chiari malformation, which is similar in both humans and animals. Some brachycephalic toy breed dogs such as Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS) are particularly predisposed. The exact mechanism of the formation of syringomyelia is undetermined and consequently with the lack of clinical explanation, engineers and mathematicians have resorted to computer models to identify possible physical mechanisms that can lead to syringes...
March 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Aldo Zaimi, Maxime Wabartha, Victor Herman, Pierre-Louis Antonsanti, Christian S Perone, Julien Cohen-Adad
Segmentation of axon and myelin from microscopy images of the nervous system provides useful quantitative information about the tissue microstructure, such as axon density and myelin thickness. This could be used for instance to document cell morphometry across species, or to validate novel non-invasive quantitative magnetic resonance imaging techniques. Most currently-available segmentation algorithms are based on standard image processing and usually require multiple processing steps and/or parameter tuning by the user to adapt to different modalities...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marco Virgolin, Irma W E M van Dij, Jan Wiersma, Cécile M Ronckers, Cees Witteveen, Arjan Bel, Tanja Alderliesten, Peter A N Bosman
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to establish the first step towards a novel and highly individualized 3D dose distribution reconstruction method, based on CT scans and organ delineations of recently treated patients. Specifically, the feasibility of automatically selecting the CT scan of a recently treated childhood cancer patient who is similar to a given historically treated child who suffered from Wilms' tumor is assessed. METHODS: A cohort of 37 recently treated children between 2 and 6 years old is considered...
February 12, 2018: Medical Physics
Kendell Pawelec, Jacob Koffler, Dena Shahriari, Angelica Rose Galvan, Mark Tuszynski, Jeff Sakamoto
In a previous study, we demonstrated a novel manufacturing approach to fabricate multi-channel scaffolds (MCS) for use in spinal cord injuries (SCI). In the present study, we extended similar materials processing technology to fabricate significantly longer (5X) porous poly caprolactone (PCL) MCS and evaluated their efficacy in 1 cm sciatic peripheral nerve injury (PNI) model. Due to the increase in MCS dimensions and the challenges that may arise in a longer nerve gap model, microstructural characterization involved MCS wall permeability to assess nutrient flow, topography to understand cell integration, and microstructural uniformity to evaluate the potential for homogeneous linear axon guidance...
February 7, 2018: Biomedical Materials
Stefania Gedrova, Jan Galik, Martin Marsala, Monika Zavodska, Jaroslav Pavel, Igor Sulla, Miroslav Gajdos, Imrich Lukac, Jozef Kafka, Valent Ledecky, Igor Sulla, Martina Karasova, Peter Reichel, Alexandra Trbolova, Igor Capik, Viktoria Lukacova, Katarina Bimbova, Maria Bacova, Andrea Stropkovska, Nadezda Lukacova
This study investigated the neuroprotective efficacy of local hypothermia in a minipig model of spinal cord injury (SCI) induced by a computer-controlled impactor device. The tissue integrity observed at the injury epicenter, and up to 3 cm cranially and caudally from the lesion site correlated with motor function. A computer-controlled device produced contusion lesions at L3 level with two different degrees of tissue sparing, depending upon pre-set impact parameters (8N- and 15N-force impact). Hypothermia with cold (4°C) saline or Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM)/F12 culture medium was applied 30 min after SCI (for 5 h) via a perfusion chamber (flow 2 ml/min)...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Shayna E Rich, Ronald Chow, Srinivas Raman, K Liang Zeng, Stephen Lutz, Henry Lam, Maurício F Silva, Edward Chow
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy is an effective modality for pain management of symptomatic bone metastases. We update the previous meta-analyses of randomized trials comparing single fraction to multiple fractions of radiation therapy in patients with uncomplicated bone metastases. METHODS: A literature search was conducted in Ovid Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Central Register. Ten new randomized trials were identified since 2010, five with adequate and appropriate data for inclusion, resulting in a total of 29 trials that were analyzed...
January 31, 2018: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Sofia Rita Cardoso Fernandes, Ricardo Salvador, Cornelia Wenger, Mamede Alves Carvalho, Pedro C Miranda
Our aim was to perform a computational study of the electric field (E-field) generated by transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) applied over the thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal cord, in order to assess possible neuromodulatory effects on spinal cord circuitry related with lower limb functions. Approach. A realistic volume conductor model of the human body consisting of 14 tissues was obtained from available databases. Rubber pad electrodes with a metallic connector and a conductive gel layer were modelled...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Ursula S Hofstoetter, Brigitta Freundl, Heinrich Binder, Karen Minassian
Epidural electrical stimulation of the lumbar spinal cord is currently regaining momentum as a neuromodulation intervention in spinal cord injury (SCI) to modify dysregulated sensorimotor functions and augment residual motor capacity. There is ample evidence that it engages spinal circuits through the electrical stimulation of large-to-medium diameter afferent fibers within lumbar and upper sacral posterior roots. Recent pilot studies suggested that the surface electrode-based method of transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation (SCS) may produce similar neuromodulatory effects as caused by epidural SCS...
2018: PloS One
Zhan Li, David Guiraud, David Andreu, Anthony Gelis, Charles Fattal, Mitsuhiro Hayashibe
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a neuroprosthetic technique to help restore motor function of spinal cord-injured (SCI) patients. Through delivery of electrical pulses to muscles of motor-impaired subjects, FES is able to artificially induce their muscle contractions. Evoked electromyography (eEMG) is used to record such FES-induced electrical muscle activity and presents a form of [Formula: see text]-wave. In order to monitor electrical muscle activity under stimulation and ensure safe stimulation configurations, closed-loop FES control with eEMG feedback is needed to be developed for SCI patients who lose their voluntary muscle contraction ability...
December 25, 2017: International Journal of Neural Systems
Marco Capogrosso, Jérôme Gandar, Nathan Greiner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Nikolaus Wenger, Polina Shkorbatova, Pavel E Мusienko, Ivan Minev, Stephanie P Lacour, Gregoire Courtine
We recently developed soft neural interfaces enabling the delivery of electrical and chemical stimulation to the spinal cord. These stimulations restored locomotion in animal models of paralysis. Soft interfaces can be placed either below or above the dura mater. Theoretically, the subdural location combines many advantages, including increased selectivity of electrical stimulation, lower stimulation thresholds, and targeted chemical stimulation through local drug delivery. However, these advantages have not been documented, nor have their functional impact been studied in-silico or in a relevant animal model of neurological disorders using a multimodal neural interface...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Elena E Foditsch, Gratian Miclaus, Irina Patras, Ioan Hutu, Karin Roider, Sophina Bauer, Günter Janetschek, Ludwig Aigner, Reinhold Zimmermann
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to develop a minimal invasive complete spinal cord injury (SCI) minipig model for future research applications. The minipig is considered a translationally relevant model for SCI research. However, a standardized minimal invasive complete SCI model for pigs has not yet been established. METHODS: Adult Göttingen minipigs were anesthetized and placed in extended prone position. After initial computed tomography (CT) scan, the skin was incised, a needle placed in the epidural fatty tissue...
January 12, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
Hong-En Qu, Chuanxin M Niu, Si Li, Man-Zhao Hao, Zi-Xiang Hu, Qing Xie, Ning Lan
Essential tremor, also referred to as familial tremor, is an autosomal dominant genetic disease and the most common movement disorder. It typically involves a postural and motor tremor of the hands, head or other part of the body. Essential tremor is driven by a central oscillation signal in the brain. However, the corticospinal mechanisms involved in the generation of essential tremor are unclear. Therefore, in this study, we used a neural computational model that includes both monosynaptic and multisynaptic corticospinal pathways interacting with a propriospinal neuronal network...
December 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
Vasanthan Sakthivel, Ganesh Kadirampatti Mani, Sunil Mani, Raghavendiran Boopathy, Jothybasu Selvaraj
Objectives: The aim of this study is to estimate second cancer risk (SCR) in intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) using a mechanistic radiobiological model. The model also takes into account patient age at exposure and the gender-specific correction factors of SCR. Materials and Methods: Fifty IMRT and VMAT plans were selected for the study. Monte Carlo-based dose calculation engine was used for dose calculation. Appropriate model parameters were taken from the literature for the mechanistic model to calculate excess absolute risk (EAR), lifetime attributable risk, integral dose and relative risk (RR) for lungs, contralateral breast, heart, and spinal cord...
October 2017: Journal of Medical Physics
Nicole L Ramo, Snehal S Shetye, Femke Streijger, Jae H T Lee, Kevin L Troyer, Brian K Kwon, Peter Cripton, Christian M Puttlitz
Despite efforts to simulate the in-vivo environment, post-mortem degradation and lack of blood perfusion complicate the use of ex-vivo derived material models in computational studies of spinal cord injury. In order to quantify the mechanical changes that manifest ex-vivo, the viscoelastic behavior of in-vivo and ex-vivo porcine spinal cord samples were compared. Stress-relaxation data from each condition were fit to a non-linear viscoelastic model using a novel characterization technique called the direct fit method...
December 26, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
Juan Henao, Hubert Labelle, Pierre-Jean Arnoux, Carl-Éric Aubin
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical analysis of the spinal cord and nerves during scoliosis correction maneuvers through numerical simulations. OBJECTIVE: To assess the biomechanical effects of scoliosis correction maneuvers and stresses generated on the spinal nervous structures. BACKGROUND DATA: Important forces are applied during scoliosis correction surgery, which could potentially lead to neurologic complications due to stresses exerted on the nervous structures...
January 2018: Spine Deformity
J A Messina, Alison St Paul, Sarah Hargis, Wengora E Thompson, Andrew D McClellan
The contribution of left-right reciprocal coupling between spinal locomotor networks to the generation of locomotor activity was tested in adult lampreys. Muscle recordings were made from normal animals as well as from experimental animals with rostral midline (ML) spinal lesions (~13%→35% body length, BL), before and after spinal transections (T) at 35% BL. Importantly, in the present study actual locomotor movements and muscle burst activity, as well as other motor activity, were initiated in whole animals by descending brain-spinal pathways in response to sensory stimulation of the anterior head...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
Shawn Mishra, Maribel Vazquez
Electric fields have been studied extensively in biomedical engineering (BME) for numerous regenerative therapies. Recent studies have begun to examine the biological effects of electric fields in combination with other environmental cues, such as tissue-engineered extracellular matrices (ECM), chemical gradient profiles, and time-dependent temperature gradients. In the nervous system, cell migration driven by electrical fields, or galvanotaxis, has been most recently studied in transcranial direct stimulation (TCDS), spinal cord repair and tumor treating fields (TTF)...
November 21, 2017: Biosensors
G Pizzichelli, B Kehlet, Ø Evju, B A Martin, M E Rognes, K A Mardal, E Sinibaldi
Intrathecal delivery is a procedure involving the release of therapeutic agents into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hrough a catheter. It holds promise for treating high-impact central nervous system pathologies, for which systemic administration routes are ineffective. In this study we introduce a numerical model able to simultaneously account for solute transport in the fluid and in the spinal cord. Using a Discontinuous Galerkin method and a three-dimensional patient-specific geometry, we studied the effect of catheter position and angle on local spinal cord drug concentration...
November 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
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