Contact and No-Compression Analysis of a Human Spine Segment: Theory, Method and Parametric Investigation
P. Nédli1, G. E. Stavroulakis2, and M. Kurutz1
1 Department of Structural Mechanics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary
2 Institute of Computational Mechanics and Optimization, Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece
Various two-dimensional models of lumbar spine segments, that is, lumbar functional spinal units (FSU) have been developed and studied here. FSU is the smallest part of the spine that has all the important features that the whole spine has. It consists of two adjacent vertebrae with the intervertebral disc between them and the surrounding ligaments.Since the spine segment has a symmetrical ...
O. Falou1, J. C. Kumaradas2, and M. C. Kolios1,2
1Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
2Dept. of Physics, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada
In this work, backscatter from an elastic sphere was used to validate the computational model against analytical solutions (Faran theory).Agreements between analytical and finite element solutions were found in the scattered far-field over a range of frequencies of interest (10 - 70 MHz). Oscillations of the elastic sphere at various resonance frequencies (peaks in the power spectrum) were also ...
O. Nicotra, and A. La Magna
CNR-IMM Sezione di Catania, Catania, Italy
One of the major applications for dielectrophoresis is the selective trapping and fractionation in lab-on-a-chip devices. Nevertheless, many-particle effects due to high concentrations of biological material around electrodes can cause a rapid decrease of trapping efficiency in dielectrophoretic devices. In this contribution we present a new approach based on a drift-diffusion dynamics to study ...
A. Chanda, A.R. Choudhury, G. Ray, K. Dasgupta, and D. Nag
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Atherosclerosis in arteries is caused by the formation of stenosis : fatty depositions, on the artery wall. In current medicine, the practice is to observe the maximum percentage occlusion at any arbitrary cross-section and diagnose the patient on that basis, which might not always present the real picture due to non-uniformity of the stenosis thickness. The present work attempts to simulate the ...
Multiphysics Modeling of Cellular Arrays Using Periodic Minimal Surfaces – A Drug and Gene Delivery Application
J.I. Rey, A.J. Llewellyn, R.J. Connolly, J.P. Jimenez, A.M. Hoff, and R.A. Gilbert
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA
Minimal surfaces are found in nature from crystalline structures to biological nano and micro structures such as biomembranes, and osseous formations in sea urchin. An application to electrically mediated drug and gene delivery is presented. Periodic level surfaces which approximate minimal surfaces are used to generate a geometric representation of tissue. A method to create such structures ...
Numerical Simulation of Magnetic Drug Targeting with Flow – Structural Interaction in an Arterial Branching Region of Interest
A. Morega, A. Dobre, and M. Morega
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
We report a numerical study on the blood – magnetic carrier aggregate flow in an external magnetic field, for applications such as magnetic drug targeting. The arterial system morphology is complex and patient-related therefore more realistic numerical simulations request medical image-based reconstruction to generate computational domains. Simpleware package is used to generate the ...
K. K. Sriperumbudur, P. J. Koester, M. Stubbe, C. Tautorat, J. Held, W. Baumann, and J. Gimsa
 University of Rostock, Chair of Biophysics, Gertrudenstr. 11a, 18057 Rostock, Germany
 Microsystem Material Laboratory, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), University of Freiburg, Germany
In spite of its low throughput, Patch-Clamp is the established method for intracellular measurements of the transmembrane potential. To address this problem, we have developed new biosensor-chips with micro-structured needle electrodes (MNEs). MNE-penetration of single cells growing on the MNE-tips leads to a situation comparable to the whole-cell mode in classical Patch Clamp. MNE-penetration ...
D. Krapohl, S. Loeffler, A. Moser, and U.G.Hofmann
Institute for Signalprocessing, University of Luebeck, Lübeck, Germany
Institute for Neurology, University of Luebeck, Lübeck, Germany
Department of Information Technology and Media, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been established as an effective treatment for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The stimulation is currently administered using tetrode-macroelectrodes that target the Subthalamic Nucleus (STN). This often leads to side effects which bias the surrounding areas, e.g. the speech centre. Targeting a specific brain region can better be achieved with ...
Image-Based Simulation of Electrical Impedance Techniques Applied on the Human Thorax for Cardio-Pulmonary Applications
F.K. Hermans, R.M. Heethaar, R.T. Cotton, and A. Harkara
VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Simpleware Ltd., Exeter, United Kingdom
For medical diagnostic purposes there is an increasing need for non- (or minimal) invasive techniques to measure all kinds of parameters that can provide insight in the functioning of cells, organs or organ systems. Currently, Impedance Cardiography (ICG) is used for measurements of the heart and Electric Impedance Tomography (EIT) is used for investigating lung tissue condition. This paper ...
BD Medical - Medical Surgical Systems, Helsingborg, Sweden
Anders B Nilsson graduated M. Sc. in engineering physics from Lund University in Sweden. He has been working in the R&D department at BD Medical as principal engineer and project leader since 2005. He uses COMSOL for a wide range of functions, such as early concept development and qualification of products.