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Call for Papers – JTEHM 2017 Special Issue: IEEE-NIH Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies (HI-POCT’16)
We are pleased to announce the JTEHM 2017 Special Issue on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies. Accepted papers will be published in July/August 2017 in the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.
Inferior Breast-Chest Contour Detection in 3D Images of the Female Torso
Stereophotogrammetry is finding increased use in clinical breast surgery, both for breast reconstruction after oncological procedures and cosmetic augmentation and reduction. The ability to visualize and quantify morphological features of the breast facilitates pre-operative planning and postoperative outcome assessment. The contour outlining the lower half of the breast is important for the quantitative assessment of breast aesthetics.
Non-Invasive Neuromodulation using Time-Varying Caloric Vestibular Stimulation
Caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS) to elicit the vestibulo-ocular reflex has long been used in clinical settings to aid in the diagnosis of balance disorders and to confirm the absence of brainstem function. While a number of studies have hinted at potential therapeutic applications of CVS, the limitations of existing devices have frustrated that potential. Current CVS irrigators use water or air during short-duration applications, however, this approach is not tenable for longer duration therapeutic protocols or home use.
The National Institutes of Health Affordable Cancer Technologies Program: Improving Access to Resource-Appropriate Technologies for Cancer Detection, Diagnosis, Monitoring and Treatment in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
This Article is Featured in the Special Issue NIH-IEEE POCT 2015
Point-of-care (POC) technologies have proved valuable in cancer detection, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment in the developed world, and have shown promise in low-and-middle-income countries (LMIC) as well. Despite this promise, the unique design constraints presented in low-resource settings, coupled with the variety of country-specific regulatory and institutional dynamics, have made it difficult for investigators to translate successful POC cancer interventions to the LMIC markets.
Image-guided High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) System for Large Animal Nerve Ablation Studies
High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a form of thermal ablation technique which can treat a variety of medical afflictions. One promising therapeutic use is the permanent destruction of nerves non-invasively in patients with severe spasticity or certain types of pain (e.g. phantom limb pain). To this end, HIFU requires ultrasound guidance which allows the non-invasive, target-specific deposition of thermal energy to the targeted nerve thereby blocking axonal conduction.
A System for Simple Real-Time Anastomotic Failure Detection and Wireless Blood Flow Monitoring in the Lower Limbs
Current totally implantable wireless blood flow monitors are large and cannot operate alongside nearby monitors. To alleviate the problems with the current monitors, we developed a system to monitor blood flow wirelessly, with a simple and easily interpretable real-time output. To the best of our knowledge, the implanted electronics are the smallest in reported literature, which reduces bio-burden. Calibration was performed across realistic physiological flow ranges using a syringe pump.