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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325031/magnetic-resonance-imaging-receiver-coil-decoupling-using-circumferential-shielding-structures
#1
Jhy-Neng Tasso Yeh, Fa-Hsuan Lin
We propose a flexible phased-array design using circular coils with circumferential shielding structure to achieve robust decoupling between coil elements when the array is either bended or on a flat plane. Two types of circumferential shielding were tested through numerical simulation and imaging experiment. The results demonstrated that our arrays have good decoupling between coils when they are on a curved surface with S21 <; -16.72 dB. Both types perform higher SNR images than a commercially available 32-channel adult head coil array...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325029/noninvasive-eeg-correlates-of-overground-and-stair-walking
#2
Justin A Brantley, Trieu Phat Luu, Recep Ozdemir, Fangshi Zhu, Anna T Winslow, Helen Huang, Jose L Contreras-Vidal
Automated walking intention detection remains a challenge in lower-limb neuroprosthetic systems. Here, we assess the feasibility of extracting motor intent from scalp electroencephalography (EEG). First, we evaluated the corticomuscular coherence between central EEG electrodes (C1, Cz, C2) and muscles of the shank and thigh during walking on level ground and stairs. Second, we trained decoders to predict the linear envelope of the surface electromyogram (EMG). We observed significant EEG-led corticomuscular coupling between electrodes and sEMG (tibialis anterior) in the high delta (3-4 Hz) and low theta (4-5 Hz) frequency bands during level walking, indicating efferent signaling from the cortex to peripheral motor neurons...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325023/an-affordable-cuff-less-blood-pressure-estimation-solution
#3
Monika Jain, Niranjan Kumar, Sujay Deb
This paper presents a cuff-less hypertension pre-screening device that non-invasively monitors the Blood Pressure (BP) and Heart Rate (HR) continuously. The proposed device simultaneously records two clinically significant and highly correlated biomedical signals, viz., Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Photoplethysmogram (PPG). The device provides a common data acquisition platform that can interface with PC/laptop, Smart phone/tablet and Raspberry-pi etc. The hardware stores and processes the recorded ECG and PPG in order to extract the real-time BP and HR using kernel regression approach...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325017/diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy-can-differentiate-high-grade-and-low-grade-prostatic-carcinoma
#4
Priya N Werahera, Edward A Jasion, E David Crawford, M Scott Lucia, Adrie van Bokhoven, Holly T Sullivan, Fernando J Kim, Paul D Maroni, J David Port, John W Daily, Francisco G La Rosa
Prostate tumors are graded by the revised Gleason Score (GS) which is the sum of the two predominant Gleason grades present ranging from 6-10. GS 6 cancer exclusively with Gleason grade 3 is designated as low grade (LG) and correlates with better clinical prognosis for patients. GS >7 cancer with at least one of the Gleason grades 4 and 5 is designated as HG indicate worse prognosis for patients. Current transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies often fail to correctly diagnose HG prostate cancer due to sampling errors...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325016/sleep-stage-classification-by-non-contact-vital-signs-indices-using-doppler-radar-sensors
#5
Masayuki Kagawa, Kazuki Suzumura, Takemi Matsui
Disturbed sleep has become more common in recent years. To improve the quality of sleep, undergoing sleep observation has gained interest as a means to resolve possible problems. In this paper, we evaluate a non-restrictive and non-contact method for classifying real-time sleep stages and report on its potential applications. The proposed system measures heart rate (HR), heart rate variability (HRV), body movements, and respiratory signals of a sleeping person using two 24-GHz microwave radars placed beneath the mattress...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325009/a-clinic-compatible-open-source-electrophysiology-system
#6
John Hermiz, Nick Rogers, Erik Kaestner, Mehran Ganji, Dan Cleary, Joseph Snider, David Barba, Shadi Dayeh, Eric Halgren, Vikash Gilja
Open source electrophysiology (ephys) recording systems have several advantages over commercial systems such as customization and affordability enabling more researchers to conduct ephys experiments. Notable open source ephys systems include Open-Ephys, NeuroRighter and more recently Willow, all of which have high channel count (64+), scalability, and advanced software to develop on top of. However, little work has been done to build an open source ephys system that is clinic compatible, particularly in the operating room where acute human electrocorticography (ECoG) research is performed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325006/a-simplified-state-space-model-of-biventricular-assist-device-cardiovascular-system-interaction
#7
Vivian C A Koh, Einly Lim, Boon Chiang Ng, Yong Kuen Ho, Nigel H Lovell
A simplified state-space model of biventricular assist device (BiVAD)-cardiovascular system (CVS) interaction is presented. The state-space equations includes a six-compartments CVS model incorporating the ventricles, the pulmonary and systemic circulations as well as the non-linear behavior of the valve flow, together with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and a right ventricular assist device (RVAD) component. The left and right pump speeds serve as the input variables for the state-space model. The model is simulated with three operational modes, i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324991/features-of-cerebral-oxygenation-detects-brain-injury-in-premature-infants
#8
John M O'Toole, Mmoloki Kenosi, Daragh Finn, Geraldine B Boylan, Eugene M Dempsey
Babies born prematurely can develop brain injury within days after birth. Early identification of high-risk infants enables appropriate clinical care to mitigate potential lifelong disabilities. Near infra-red spectroscopy is an established technology that can provide continuous measurements of cerebral oxygen saturation (rcSO2) over this critical period. We develop a feature set of the rcSO2 signal for the purpose of detecting brain injury. Our feature set contains amplitude, spectral, and fractal dimension features within 5 frequency bands...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324988/estimation-of-second-phase-insulin-secretion-in-the-zucker-fatty-rat
#9
Micaela Morettini, Francesco Di Nardo, Carla E Cogo, Emanuela Faelli, Sandro Fioretti, Laura Burattini, Piero Ruggeri
The purpose of the present study was to test the efficacy of the empiric index SPIR (Second-phase Insulin Release) in the quantification of second-phase insulin secretion in the Zucker Fatty Rat. SPIR index is defined as the area under the curve of insulin between 8 and 90 min after an Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test (IVGTT). The validation of such index was performed against the second-phase β-cell responsiveness index (Φ2) provided by C-peptide minimal model. To this aim, Φ2 and SPIR were simultaneously computed from IVGTT data, measured in six Zucker fatty rats (ZFR), 7-to-9week-old, and seven age-matched Zucker lean rats (ZLR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324980/effect-of-wearable-sensor-dynamics-on-physical-activity-estimates-a-comparison-between-sci-vs-healthy-individuals
#10
C Jayaraman, C K Mummidisetty, A Jayaraman
Accuracy of physical activity estimates predicted by activity monitoring technologies may be affected by device location, analysis algorithms, type of technology (i.e. wearable/stickable) and population demographics (disability) being studied. Consequently, the main purpose of this investigation was to study such sensor dynamics (i.e. effect of device location, type and population demographics on energy expenditure estimates) of two commercial activity monitors. It was hypothesized that device location, population studied (disability), choice of proprietary algorithm and type of technology used will significantly impact the accuracy of the predicted physical activity metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324947/a-sparse-laguerre-volterra-autoregressive-model-for-seizure-prediction-in-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#11
Pen-Ning Yu, Shokofeh A Naiini, Christi N Heck, Charles Y Liu, Dong Song, Theodore W Berger
A sparse Laguerre-Volterra autoregressive model has been developed as feature extraction from subdural human EEG data for seizure prediction in temporal lobe epilepsy. The use of Laguerre-Volterra kernel can compactly yield an autoregressive model of longer system memory without increasing the number of the coefficients. In 6 sets of seizure, we used a sparse Laguerre-Volterra autoregressive model with 6 coefficients and the decay parameter of 0.2 and obtained the 10-fold cross-validation prediction results of high Matthews correlation coefficients (0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324935/photoplethysmography-towards-a-non-invasive-pressure-measurement-technique
#12
H Njoum, P A Kyriacou
There is a need for non-invasive and continuous blood pressure measurements. This study explored the relationship between Photoplethysmography (PPG) and Pressure-Volume (P-V) changes in an in vitro model. We proposed and compared methods for an estimation of the pulsatile volume, termed as Normalized Pulse Volume (NPV) and Adjusted Pulse Volume (APV). To validate the methods, pressure, Red (R) and InfraRed (IR) PPG signals were recorded continuously in an arterial model utilizing a pulsatile pump. Flow rates were controlled by varying pumping frequencies at low and high stroke volumes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
#13
Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324889/evaluation-of-clinicopathological-factors-in-pd-1-response-derivation-and-validation-of-a-prediction-scale-for-response-to-pd-1-monotherapy
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Adi Nosrati, Katy K Tsai, Simone M Goldinger, Paul Tumeh, Barbara Grimes, Kimberly Loo, Alain P Algazi, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen-Kim, Mitchell Levesque, Reinhard Dummer, Omid Hamid, Adil Daud
BACKGROUND: Anti-PD-1 therapy has shown significant clinical activity in advanced melanoma. We developed and validated a clinical prediction scale for response to anti- PD-1 monotherapy. METHODS: A total of 315 patients with advanced melanoma treated with pembrolizumab (2 or 10 mg kg(-1) Q2W or Q3W) or nivolumab (3 mg kg(-1) Q2W) at four cancer centres between 2011 to 2013 served as the setting for the present cohort study. Variables with significant association to response on a univariate analysis were entered into a forward stepwise logistic regression model and were given a score based on ORs to calculate a clinical prediction scale...
March 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324874/strategies-and-outcomes-of-repeat-mitral-valve-interventions-after-failed-mitraclip-therapy
#15
Carmelo Grasso, Sergio Buccheri, Davide Capodanno, Antonio Popolo Rubbio, Maria Elena Di Salvo, Salvatore Scandura, Sarah Mangiafico, Tatiana Salerno, Stefano Cannata, Veronica Dezio, Giuseppe Castania, Marco Barbanti, Piera Capranzano, Corrado Tamburino
Percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) with the MitraClip system (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA) is a valid therapeutic option for patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) deemed to be at high or prohibitive surgical risk. Despite the reassuring data on efficacy and long-term durability of the procedure, the proportion of patients with residual or relapsing severe MR after MitraClip therapy is not negligible. In light of the detrimental prognostic impact of severe MR, repeat interventions are increasingly performed in clinical practice using different techniques...
March 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324856/quantification-of-groundwater-recharge-in-urban-environments
#16
Isabel Tubau, Enric Vázquez-Suñé, Jesús Carrera, Cristina Valhondo, Rotman Criollo
Groundwater management in urban areas requires a detailed knowledge of the hydrogeological system as well as the adequate tools for predicting the amount of groundwater and water quality evolution. In that context, a key difference between urban and natural areas lies in recharge evaluation. A large number of studies have been published since the 1990s that evaluate recharge in urban areas, with no specific methodology. Most of these methods show that there are generally higher rates of recharge in urban settings than in natural settings...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324847/species-identification-in-forensic-samples-using-the-spindel-approach-a-ghep-isfg-inter-laboratory-collaborative-exercise
#17
Cíntia Alves, Rui Pereira, Lourdes Prieto, Mercedes Aler, Cesar R L Amaral, Cristina Arévalo, Gabriela Berardi, Florencia Di Rocco, Mariela Caputo, Cristian Hernandez Carmona, Laura Catelli, Heloísa Afonso Costa, Pavla Coufalova, Sandra Furfuro, Óscar García, Anibal Gaviria, Ana Goios, Juan José Builes Gómez, Alexis Hernández, Eva Del Carmen Betancor Hernández, Luís Miranda, David Parra, Susana Pedrosa, Maria João Anjos Porto, Maria de Lurdes Rebelo, Matteo Spirito, María Del Carmen Villalobos Torres, António Amorim, Filipe Pereira
DNA is a powerful tool available for forensic investigations requiring identification of species. However, it is necessary to develop and validate methods able to produce results in degraded and or low quality DNA samples with the high standards obligatory in forensic research. Here, we describe a voluntary collaborative exercise to test the recently developed Species Identification by Insertions/Deletions (SPInDel) method. The SPInDel kit allows the identification of species by the generation of numeric profiles combining the lengths of six mitochondrial ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene regions amplified in a single reaction followed by capillary electrophoresis...
March 7, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324833/simplified-purification-approach-of-urinary-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-by-tangential-flow-filtration-and-ion-exchange-chromatography
#18
Kunal K Shukla, Shamkant B Badgujar, Paresh B Bhanushali, Sushma G Sabharwal
This investigation reports a simplified approach for the purification of urinary siderocalin known as neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL). Urinary NGAL was purified by tangential flow filtration and ion exchange chromatography. Isolated NGAL was analyzed by SDS-PAGE, immunoblotting and mass spectrometry (MS). The relative molecular mass of NGAL is 23674Da. Peptide mass fingerprinting of the purified NGAL yielded peptides that partially matched with known sequence of P80188 (NGAL_HUMAN). The tryptic digestion profile of isolated NGAL infers that it may be unique and additive molecule in the dictionary of urinary proteins...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324809/the-internet-as-a-source-of-information-used-by-women-after-childbirth-to-meet-their-need-for-information-a-web-based-survey
#19
J Slomian, O Bruyère, J Y Reginster, P Emonts
OBJECTIVE: the aims of this survey were: (a) to evaluate the need of information after childbirth and what questions do 'new' mothers ask themselves; (b) to assess why and how women use the Internet to meet their need of information; (c) to describe how the respondents evaluate the reliability of the information found; (d) to understand how the information found on the Internet affects women's decision-making; and (e) to appreciate how health professionals react to the information found by the women...
March 14, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324776/microstructural-evolution-of-ti6al4v-in-ultrasonically-assisted-cutting-numerical-modelling-and-experimental-analysis
#20
Wei Bai, Ronglei Sun, Jürgen Leopold, Vadim V Silberschmidt
This paper aims to elucidate the effect of ultrasonically assisted cutting (UAC) on microstructure in a machined surface and a chip of Ti6Al4V alloy. To investigate microstructural evolution, a FE-based cutting model with an enhanced material formulation and temperature dependent material properties was developed. A Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) model for the Ti6Al4V alloy was employed to simulate dynamic recrystallization and predict a resultant grain size. Due to a specific thermomechanical load in UAC, the distributions of strains, strain rates and temperatures in a workpiece in the machining process were investigated...
March 9, 2017: Ultrasonics
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