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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227479/a-low-cost-3-d-printed-stethoscope-connected-to-a-smartphone
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Carlos Aguilera-Astudillo, Marx Chavez-Campos, Alan Gonzalez-Suarez, Jose L Garcia-Cordero, Carlos Aguilera-Astudillo, Marx Chavez-Campos, Alan Gonzalez-Suarez, Jose L Garcia-Cordero, Jose L Garcia-Cordero, Alan Gonzalez-Suarez, Marx Chavez-Campos
We demonstrate the fabrication of a digital stethoscope using a 3D printer and commercial off-the-shelf electronics. A chestpiece consists of an electret microphone embedded into the drum of a 3D printed chestpiece. An electronic dongle amplifies the signal from the microphone and reduces any external noise. It also adjusts the signal to the voltages accepted by the smartphones headset jack. A graphical user interface programmed in Android displays the signals processed by the dongle. The application also saves the processed signal and sends it to a physician...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226489/3d-printed-microfluidic-mixer-for-point-of-care-diagnosis-of-anemia
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Kimberly Plevniak, Matthew Campbell, Mei He, Kimberly Plevniak, Matthew Campbell, Mei He, Matthew Campbell, Mei He, Kimberly Plevniak
3D printing has been an emerging fabrication tool in prototyping and manufacturing. We demonstrated a 3D microfluidic simulation guided computer design and 3D printer prototyping for quick turnaround development of microfluidic 3D mixers, which allows fast self-mixing of reagents with blood through capillary force. Combined with smartphone, the point-of-care diagnosis of anemia from finger-prick blood has been successfully implemented and showed consistent results with clinical measurements. Capable of 3D fabrication flexibility and smartphone compatibility, this work presents a novel diagnostic strategy for advancing personalized medicine and mobile healthcare...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225616/a-straightforward-approach-for-3d-bacterial-printing
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Benjamin A E Lehner, Dominik T Schmieden, Anne Sara Meyer
Sustainable and personally tailored materials production is an emerging challenge to society. Living organisms can produce and pattern an extraordinarily wide range of different molecules in a sustainable way. These natural systems offer an abundant source of inspiration for the development of new environmentally-friendly materials production techniques. In this paper, we describe the first steps towards the 3-dimensional printing of bacterial cultures for materials production and patterning. This methodology combines the capability of bacteria to form new materials with the reproducibility and tailored approach of 3D printing systems...
February 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213254/chips-how-to-build-and-implement-fluidic-devices-in-flow-based-systems
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Víctor Cerdà, Jessica Avivar, Daniel Moreno
The development of automatic analyzers based on flow techniques involves the use and continuous innovation of fluidic devices. New trends tend toward miniaturization of sophisticated fluidic platforms requiring continuous advances in this field. The availability of a mechanic and electronic workshop together with the know-how to build new fluidic devices provides the tools for the creation of innovative instrumentation and stimulates the creativity of analytical chemists. Thus, in this review we present how to build and use flow-based fluidic devices, together with the tools required, such as computerized controlled lathes, milling machines, laser engraver machines, low-temperature co-fired ceramics technology and 3D printers, highlighting their strong and weak points...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211058/a-feasibility-study-of-a-hybrid-breast-immobilization-system-for-early-breast-cancer-in-proton-beam-therapy
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Takeshi Arimura, Takashi Ogino, Takashi Yoshiura, Mitsugi Matsuyama, Naoaki Kondo, Hideki Miyazaki, Akari Sakuragi, Takayuki Ohara, Etsuyo Ogo, Yoshio Hishikawa
PURPOSE: We aimed to develop a new breast-immobilizing system for proton beam therapy (PBT) of early breast cancer (EBC) that would provide the optimum breast shape during the treatment as well as increased fixation reliability by reducing the influence of respiratory movement. METHODS: The breast-immobilizing system (HyBIS; Hybrid Breast-Immobilizing System) consists of a whole body immobilization system (WBIS), position converting device (to change patient position), photo scanning system, breast cup (made using a three-dimensional printer), breast cup fitting apparatus, breast cup holding device (to ensure the breast remains lifted in the supine position), and dedicated stretcher fixed to the WBIS (to carry the patient)...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208299/open-source-based-3d-printing-of-thin-silica-gel-layers-in-planar-chromatography
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Dimitri Fichou, Gertrud E Morlock
On the basis of open-source packages, 3D printing of thin silica gel layers is demonstrated as proof-of-principle for use in planar chromatography. A slurry doser was designed to replace the plastic extruder of an open-source Prusa i3 printer. The optimal parameters for 3D printing of layers were studied, and the planar chromatographic separations on these printed layers were successfully demonstrated with a mixture of dyes. The layer printing process was fast. For printing a 0.2 mm layer on a 10 cm × 10 cm format, it took less than 5 min...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203052/early-experiences-of-planning-stereotactic-radiosurgery-using-3d-printed-models-of-eyes-with-uveal-melanomas
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Alena Furdová, Miron Sramka, Andrej Thurzo, Adriana Furdová
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the use of 3D printed model of an eye with intraocular tumor for linear accelerator-based stereotactic radiosurgery. METHODS: The software for segmentation (3D Slicer) created virtual 3D model of eye globe with tumorous mass based on tissue density from computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging data. A virtual model was then processed in the slicing software (Simplify3D(®)) and printed on 3D printer using fused deposition modeling technology...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194964/direct-production-of-microstructured-surfaces-for-planar-chromatography-using-3d-printing
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Niall P Macdonald, Sinead A Currivan, Laura Tedone, Brett Paull
Through optimization of the printing process and orientation, a suitably developed surface area has been realized upon a 3D printed polymer substrate to facilitate chromatographic separations in a planar configuration. Using an Objet Eden 260VS 3D printer, polymer thin layer chromatography platforms were directly fabricated without any additional surface functionalization and successfully applied to the separation of various dye and protein mixtures. The print material was characterized using gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry and spectroscopic techniques such as infrared and Raman...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192527/the-efficacy-of-a-scaffold-free-bio-3d-conduit-developed-from-human-fibroblasts-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-in-a-rat-sciatic-nerve-model
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Hirofumi Yurie, Ryosuke Ikeguchi, Tomoki Aoyama, Yukitoshi Kaizawa, Junichi Tajino, Akira Ito, Souichi Ohta, Hiroki Oda, Hisataka Takeuchi, Shizuka Akieda, Manami Tsuji, Koichi Nakayama, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Although autologous nerve grafting is the gold standard treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, several alternative methods have been developed, including nerve conduits that use supportive cells. However, the seeding efficacy and viability of supportive cells injected in nerve grafts remain unclear. Here, we focused on a novel completely biological, tissue-engineered, scaffold-free conduit. METHODS: We developed six scaffold-free conduits from human normal dermal fibroblasts using a Bio 3D Printer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192281/design-of-a-head-phantom-produced-on-a-3d-rapid-prototyping-printer-and-comparison-with-a-rando-and-3m-lucite-head-phantom-in-eye-dosimetry-applications
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Peter Homolka, Michael Figl, Andreas Wartak, Mathias Glanzer, Martina Duenkelmeyer, Azadeh Hojreh, Johann Hummel
An anthropomorphic head phantom including eye inserts allowing placement of TLDs 3 mm below the cornea has been produced on a 3D printer using photo-cured-acrylic resin to best allow tissue equivalence. Thus Hp(3) can be determined in radiological and interventional photon radiation fields. Eye doses and doses to the forehead have been compared to an Alderson RANDO head and a 3M Lucite skull phantom in terms of surface dose per incident air kerma for frontal irradiation since the commercial phantoms do not allow placement of TLDs 3 mm below the corneal surface...
February 13, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187783/development-of-three-dimensional-prints-of-arthritic-joints-for-supporting-patients-awareness-to-structural-damage
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Arnd Kleyer, Laura Beyer, Christoph Simon, Fabian Stemmler, Matthias Englbrecht, Christian Beyer, Jürgen Rech, Bernhard Manger, Gerhard Krönke, Georg Schett, Axel J Hueber
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) result in severe joint destruction and functional disability if left untreated. We aim to develop tools that help patients with RA and PsA to understand and experience the impact of inflammatory joint disease on the integrity of their (juxta-articular) bone and increase adherence to medical treatment. In this study, we used high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) to develop 3D prototypes of patients' finger joints...
February 10, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186188/all-in-one-3d-printed-microscopy-chamber-for-multidimensional-imaging-the-universlide
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Kevin Alessandri, Laetitia Andrique, Maxime Feyeux, Andreas Bikfalvi, Pierre Nassoy, Gaëlle Recher
While live 3D high resolution microscopy techniques are developing rapidly, their use for biological applications is partially hampered by practical difficulties such as the lack of a versatile sample chamber. Here, we propose the design of a multi-usage observation chamber adapted for live 3D bio-imaging. We show the usefulness and practicality of this chamber, which we named the UniverSlide, for live imaging of two case examples, namely multicellular systems encapsulated in sub-millimeter hydrogel shells and zebrafish larvae...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183437/cardiac-3d-printing-and-its-future-directions
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REVIEW
Marija Vukicevic, Bobak Mosadegh, James K Min, Stephen H Little
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is at the crossroads of printer and materials engineering, noninvasive diagnostic imaging, computer-aided design, and structural heart intervention. Cardiovascular applications of this technology development include the use of patient-specific 3D models for medical teaching, exploration of valve and vessel function, surgical and catheter-based procedural planning, and early work in designing and refining the latest innovations in percutaneous structural devices. In this review, we discuss the methods and materials being used for 3D printing today...
February 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168520/creating-vascular-models-by-postprocessing-computed-tomography-angiography-images-a-guide-for-anatomical-education
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Figen Govsa, Mehmet Asim Ozer, Suzan Sirinturk, Cenk Eraslan, Ahmet Kemal Alagoz
BACKGROUND: A new application of teaching anatomy includes the use of computed tomography angiography (CTA) images to create clinically relevant three-dimensional (3D) printed models. The purpose of this article is to review recent innovations on the process and the application of 3D printed models as a tool for using under and post-graduate medical education. METHODS: Images of aortic arch pattern received by CTA were converted into 3D images using the Google SketchUp free software and were saved in stereolithography format...
February 6, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168128/three-dimensional-printing-of-a-hemorrhagic-cervical-cancer-model-for-postgraduate-gynecological-training
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Michael Bartellas, Stephen Ryan, Gregory Doucet, Deanna Murphy, Jacqueline Turner
INTRODUCTION: A realistic hemorrhagic cervical cancer model was three-dimensionally (3D) printed and used in a postgraduate medical simulation training session. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Computer-assisted design (CAD) software was the platform of choice to create and refine the cervical model. Once the prototype was finalized, another software allowed for the addition of a neoplastic mass, which included openings for bleeding from the neoplasm and cervical os. 3D printing was done using two desktop printers and three different materials...
January 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166189/evaluation-of-three-dimensional-printed-materials-for-simulation-by-computed-tomography-and-ultrasound-imaging
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James J Mooney, Nabeel Sarwani, Melissa L Coleman, Joseph S Fotos
INTRODUCTION: The use of three-dimensional (3D) printing allows for creation of custom models for clinical care, education, and simulation. Medical imaging, given the significant role it plays in both clinical diagnostics and procedures, remains an important area for such education and simulation. Unfortunately, the materials appropriate for use in simulation involving radiographic or ultrasound imaging remains poorly understood. Therefore, our study was intended to explore the characteristics of readily available 3D printing materials when visualized by computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound...
February 4, 2017: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165927/is-3d-printing-safe-analysis-of-the-thermal-treatment-of-thermoplastics-abs-pla-pet-and-nylon
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Szymon Wojtyła, Piotr Klama, Tomasz Baran
The fast development of low-cost desktop three-dimensional (3D) printers has made those devices widely accessible for goods manufacturing at home. However, is it safe? Users may belittle the effects or influences of pollutants (organic compounds and ultrafine particles) generated by the devices in question. Within the scope of this study, the authors attempt to investigate thermal decomposition of the following commonly used, commercially available thermoplastic filaments: acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), polylactic acid (PLA), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and nylon...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162773/enabling-microfluidics-from-clean-rooms-to-makerspaces
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REVIEW
David I Walsh, David S Kong, Shashi K Murthy, Peter A Carr
The traditional requirement for clean rooms and specialized skills has inhibited many biologists from pursuing new microfluidic innovations. Makerspaces provide a growing alternative to clean rooms: they provide low-cost access to fabrication equipment such as laser cutters, plotter cutters, and 3D printers; use commercially available materials; and attract a diverse community of product designers. This Opinion discusses the materials, tools, and building methodologies particularly suited for developing novel microfluidic devices in these spaces, with insight into biological applications and leveraging the maker community...
February 2, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152039/individualized-3d-printing-navigation-template-for-pedicle-screw-fixation-in-upper-cervical-spine
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Fei Guo, Jianhao Dai, Junxiang Zhang, Yichuan Ma, Guanghui Zhu, Junjie Shen, Guoqi Niu
PURPOSE: Pedicle screw fixation in the upper cervical spine is a difficult and high-risk procedure. The screw is difficult to place rapidly and accurately, and can lead to serious injury of spinal cord or vertebral artery. The aim of this study was to design an individualized 3D printing navigation template for pedicle screw fixation in the upper cervical spine. METHODS: Using CT thin slices data, we employed computer software to design the navigation template for pedicle screw fixation in the upper cervical spine (atlas and axis)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144830/cost-effective-personalized-3d-printed-liver-model-for-preoperative-planning-before-laparoscopic-liver-hemihepatectomy-for-colorectal-cancer-metastases
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Jan Sylwester Witowski, Michał Pędziwiatr, Piotr Major, Andrzej Budzyński
PURPOSE: Three-dimensional (3D) printing for preoperative planning has been intensively developed in the recent years. However, the implementation of these solutions in hospitals is still difficult due to high costs, extremely expensive industrial-grade printers, and software that is difficult to obtain and learn along with a lack of a defined process. This paper presents a cost-effective technique of preparing 3D-printed liver models that preserves the shape and all of the structures, including the vessels and the tumor, which in the present case is colorectal liver metastasis...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
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