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Thermal Imaging

Takashi Kumagai, Janina N Ladenthin, Yair Litman, Mariana Rossi, Leonhard Grill, Sylwester Gawinkowski, Jacek Waluk, Mats Persson
Tautomerization in single porphycene molecules is investigated on Cu(111), Ag(111), and Au(111) surfaces by a combination of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. It is revealed that the trans configuration is the thermodynamically stable form of porphycene on Cu(111) and Ag(111), whereas the cis configuration occurs as a meta-stable form. The trans → cis or cis → trans conversion on Cu(111) can be induced in an unidirectional fashion by injecting tunneling electrons from the STM tip or heating the surface, respectively...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Sajitha Biju, Sigfredo Fuentes, Dorin Gupta
Lentil (Lens culinaris, Medik.) is an important legume crop, which often experience drought stress especially at the flowering and grain filling phenological stages. The availability of efficient and robust screening tools based on relevant non-destructive quantifiable traits would facilitate research on crop improvement for drought tolerance. The objective of this study was to evaluate the drought tolerance of 37 lentil genotypes using infrared thermal imaging (IRTI), drought tolerance parameters and multivariate data analysis...
March 8, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Devin Vaswani, Adam N Wallace, Preston S Eiswirth, Thomas P Madaelil, Randy O Chang, Anderanik Tomasian, Jack W Jennings
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous image-guided thermal ablation in achieving local tumor control and pain palliation of sarcoma metastases within the musculoskeletal system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of 64 sarcoma metastases within the musculoskeletal system in 26 women and 15 men (total = 41) treated with ablation between December 2011 and August 2016 was performed. Mean age of the cohort was 42.9 years ± 16.0 years...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Shuhei Okuyama, Tadanobu Nagaya, Kazuhide Sato, Fusa Ogata, Yasuhiro Maruoka, Peter L Choyke, Hisataka Kobayashi
Near-infrared photoimmunotherapy (NIR-PIT), a promising cancer therapy utilizing an antibody-photoabsorber conjugate (APC) and NIR light, which induces rapid necrotic cell death only in APC-bound cells. Effective NIR-PIT in mouse models has been achieved using superficial light illumination (SLI) with light emitting diodes (LEDs) or lasers, but in the clinical setting, fiber optic diffusers have been employed to deliver light to deeper tumors. However, the performance of NIR light in tissue delivered by fiber optic diffusers is poorly understood...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Richard Rammo, Karam Asmaro, Lonni Schultz, Lisa Scarpace, Salim Siddiqui, Tobias Walbert, Steven Kalkanis, Ian Lee
Cerebral radiation necrosis (CRN) is a known complication of radiation therapy. Treatment options are limited and include steroids, bevacizumab, and surgery. This study seeks to determine the safety of laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) for CRN and identify the pattern of post-ablation volume change over time. Patients undergoing LITT for tumor treatment at Henry Ford Hospital between November 2013 and January 2016 with biopsy-confirmed CRN were prospectively collected and retrospectively reviewed with attention to ablation volume, survival, demographic data, steroid dose, and complications...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Sara Matteoli, Davide Coppini, Andrea Corvi
The imaging procedure shown in this paper has been developed for processing thermographic images, measuring the ocular surface temperature (OST) and visualizing the ocular thermal maps in a fast, reliable, and reproducible way. The strength of this new method is that the measured OSTs do not depend on the ocular geometry; hence, it is possible to compare the ocular profiles belonging to the same subject (right and left eye) as well as to different populations. In this paper, the developed procedure is applied on two subjects' eyes: a healthy case and another affected by an ocular malignant lesion...
March 14, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Ewa Matuszczak, Artur Weremijewicz, Marta Komarowska, Anna Sankiewicz, Diana Markowska, Wojciech Debek, Ewa Gorodkiewicz, Robert Milewski, Adam Hermanowicz
THE AIM: to determinate the immunoproteasome concentration in blood plasma of paediatric patients with moderate and major burns, and its correlation with circulating proteasome and UCHL1 with SPRI biosensor. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study population comprised 30 patients with moderate (n=21), and severe burns (n=9), aged 9 months to 14 years. The control group represented 18 healthy, age matched patients, admitted for herniotomy. Exclusion criteria were: admission to the hospital later than 6 hours after burn, cardiovascular or immunological diseases, and severe preexisting infections...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Kenji Fugito Junior, Arthur Rodriguez Gonzalez Cortes, Ricardo de Carvalho Destro, Marcelo Yoshimoto
PURPOSE: The search for optimizing rehabilitation results with the use of osseointegrated implants has led oral surgeons to look for other technologies that can provide better predictability for treatments; however, effectiveness must be considered as well. This study aimed to compare temperature variation during preparation of implant surgical beds using conventional rotary implant burs versus ultrasonic tips and to study perforation effectiveness by analyzing the functional wear of both systems and the influence of such wear on the overheating of cortical bone...
March 2018: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
Simon Smith, Paul Jennings
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January 1, 2018: Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
Cristian A Linte, Jon J Camp, Maryam E Rettmann, Dieter Haemmerich, Mehmet K Aktas, David T Huang, Douglas L Packer, David R Holmes
In spite of significant efforts to improve image-guided ablation therapy, a large number of patients undergoing ablation therapy to treat cardiac arrhythmic conditions require repeat procedures. The delivery of insufficient thermal dose is a significant contributor to incomplete tissue ablation, in turn leading to the arrhythmia recurrence. Ongoing research efforts aim to better characterize and visualize RF delivery to monitor the induced tissue damage during therapy. Here, we propose a method that entails modeling and visualization of the lesions in real-time...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
Jukun Liu, Xin Jia, Weishu Wu, Ke Cheng, Donghai Feng, Shian Zhang, Zhenrong Sun, Tianqing Jia
This paper reports the ultrafast imaging on the formation of periodic surface ripples induced by a single 800 nm, 50 fs laser pulse. The evolution process is observed on a Si surface with a prefabricated nanogroove. The ripples emerge very quickly, only 3 ps after the laser pulse with a fluence of 0.18 J/cm2 irradiating on the surface, and last for several hundreds of picoseconds. The ultrafast dynamics of laser-matter interaction, such as free carrier excitation, carrier and lattice heating, surface plasmon polariton (SPP) excitation, etc, are studied theoretically...
March 5, 2018: Optics Express
James A Roberts, Karl J Friston, Michael Breakspear
Brain activity derives from intrinsic dynamics (due to neurophysiology and anatomical connectivity) in concert with stochastic effects that arise from sensory fluctuations, brainstem discharges, and random microscopic states such as thermal noise. The dynamic evolution of systems composed of both dynamic and random fluctuations can be studied with stochastic dynamic models (SDMs). This article, Part II of a two-part series, reviews applications of SDMs to large-scale neural systems in health and disease. Stochastic models have already elucidated a number of pathophysiological phenomena, such as epilepsy and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, although their use in biological psychiatry remains rather nascent...
April 2017: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Aaron Kobler, Christian Kübel
To relate the internal structure of a volume (crystallite and phase boundaries) to properties (electrical, magnetic, mechanical, thermal), a full 3D reconstruction in combination with in situ testing is desirable. In situ testing allows the crystallographic changes in a material to be followed by tracking and comparing the individual crystals and phases. Standard transmission electron microscopy (TEM) delivers a projection image through the 3D volume of an electron-transparent TEM sample lamella. Only with the help of a dedicated TEM tomography sample holder is an accurate 3D reconstruction of the TEM lamella currently possible...
2018: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Akhila Jose, Mrudula Surendran, Sajid Fazal, Bindhu-Paul Prasanth, Deepthy Menon
This work reports the potential of iron quantum clusters (FeQCs) as a hyperthermia agent for cancer, by testing its in-vitro response to shortwave (MHz range), radiofrequency (RF) waves non-invasively. Stable, fluorescent FeQCs of size ∼1 nm prepared by facile aqueous chemistry from endogenous protein haemoglobin were found to give a high thermal response, with a ΔT ∼50 °C at concentrationsas low as165 μg/mL. The as-prepared nanoclusters purified by lyophilization as well as dialysis showed a concentration, power and time-dependent RF response, with the lyophilized FeQCs exhibiting pronounced heating effects...
February 27, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Reiko Ashida, Ken-Ichi Kawabata, Takashi Maruoka, Kazuhiro Yamanaka, Hideki Yoshikawa, Tatsuya Ioka, Kazuhiro Katayama, Sachiko Tanaka
Bubble-seeded histotripsy (BSH) is a newly developed ultrasound-based mechanical fractionation technique using locally injected phase change nanodroplets (PCNDs) as sensitizers. The PCNDs are a kind of microbubble precursor compressed into submicron-size in droplets form, which were designed for local administration and will expand into microbubbles under ultrasound exposure. Previously, we reported that a combination of PCNDs injection and pulsed high-intensity focused ultrasound (pHIFU) with an acoustic intensity as low as about 3 kW/cm2 at 1...
March 7, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
K Obi Reddy, C Uma Maheswari, M S Dhlamini, B M Mothudi, V P Kommula, Jinming Zhang, Jun Zhang, A Varada Rajulu
With increasing awareness of protecting the environment, the demand for renewable and environmental materials is increasing. In this work, the cellulose single fibers (CSFs) were extracted from the African native Napier grass fibers (NGFs) by chemical process. NGFs and CSFs were characterized for their chemical composition, structure, morphology, crystallinity and thermal properties using, chemical analysis, FTIR, 13C CP/MAS NMR, SEM, XRD and TGA techniques. The resulted CSFs had higher α-cellulose content, crystallinity and thermal stability than the pristine NGFs...
May 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Marta Michalska-Sionkowska, Beata Kaczmarek, Maciej Walczak, Alina Sionkowska
In this study polymeric blends based on collagen, chitosan and hyaluronic acid in the form of thin films with the addition of gentamicin sulfate were obtained. Surface morphology of films was evaluated based on atomic force microscopy images. Surface free energy was measured and its polar and dispersive components were calculated. Moreover, oxygen and water vapor permeability through the material were measured as well as the water content in materials was studied. Thermal stability was determined by differential scanning calorimetry...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Dae Gon Lim, Racelly Ena Prim, Eunah Kang, Seong Hoon Jeong
The self-organizing complexes with hyaluronic acid (HA) and polydopamine (PDA), an adhesion mediator via hydrogen bonding, were investigated for use as protein drug carriers. The complexes were prepared with HA of different molecular weights (20 kDa and 200 kDa) and various molar ratios of dopamine and lysozyme, a model protein. Dopamine-conjugated HA (HADA)/PDA complexes were prepared by one-pot synthesis by relying on the self-polymerization of dopamine under oxidative, weakly basic conditions. Lysozyme was bound via coacervation and hydrogen bonding into HADA/PDA complexes...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sandra M Londoño-Restrepo, Natalia Rincón-Londoño, Margarita Contreras-Padilla, Beatriz M Millan-Malo, Mario E Rodriguez-Garcia
This work is focused on the chemical, structural, morphological, thermal, IR vibrational, and pasting characterization of isolated white, yellow, and purple Arracacha starches from Colombia. Inductive couple plasma showed that these starches are rich in potassium. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images show that the starch granules are formed by ovoid fully filled Lego-like starch microparticles, the circular cross-section has a diameter between 9 and 15 μm and mayor axis between 20 and 30 μm. Each one of these ovoids is formed by irregular wedge-shaped 6 to 10 isolated starch granules with an average size between 4 and 12 μm...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Shachi Mishra, Pallavi Awasthi, Jagriti Singh, Rahul K Gupta, Vikram Singh, Ruchir Kant, Ram Jeet, Debabrata Goswami, Atul Goel
A facile synthesis and detailed photophysical investigation of E/Z-isomerization of fluorescent diphenylamine tethered stilbene derivatives (DPASs) under white light exposure have been carried out to understand the effect on fluorescence, electrochemical properties and photo-stability under various activation/deactivation pathways. In solution state, under dark, E-isomer of DPASs (6a-d) exhibited high fluorescence quantum yields (Φfl ≈ 53% to 60% in DMSO). However, on white light exposure 1H NMR and HPLC studies revealed that pure E-isomer of the DPAS 6a (~ 9...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
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