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AI-Driven COVID-19 Tools to Interpret, Quantify Lung Images
Qualitative interpretation is a good thing when it comes to reading lung images in the fight against coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19), but quantitative analysis makes radiology reporting much more comprehensive. To that end, several research groups have begun looking to artificial intelligence (AI) as a tool for reading and analyzing X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, and helping to diagnose and monitor COVID-19... Read more

COVID-19 Is Straining Mental Health—Could Technology Be the Answer?
One of the most pernicious side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is a steep rise in stress and mental health problems. According to a poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of American adults say that worry and stress about the pandemic is hurting their mental health. There are plenty of factors feeding into this phenomenon... Read more
Tracking COVID-19: There’s an App for That
In march 2020, before COVID-19 laid claim to the United States, Vice President Mike Pence briefed the press about the coronavirus outbreak, which at the time was a threat to passengers aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship moored off the coast of California [1]. At the time, cases had spiked in Iran, Italy, and Spain, but the disease was still an abstraction to most Americans... Read more
Healing Gets a Helping Hand
The human body is miraculous in its capacity to heal but it can always use a little help. Wound care traditionally consists of little more than a protective barrier, possibly with an antibacterial agent, to cover the damage while the body works its magic. Now, a new technology has opened up a more active approach to encouraging healing... Read more
The Future of Wound Care
Wounds, especially chronic wounds, represent a significant clinical, social, and economic challenge. A recent retrospective analysis of Medicare beneficiaries in the United States identified that about 8.2 million people had at least one type of wound, with surgical wounds and diabetic ulcers among the most common and expensive to treat... Read more
Managing Weight With Technology
More than 30% of the world’s population is overweight or obese. That is double the percentage in 1980, and it is getting worse [1]. That excess weight has been linked to numerous health conditions, notably type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes, the prevalence of which has also nearly doubled since 1980 [2]. Eating less and exercising more is good advice, but it doesn’t work for everyone. Other options such as gastric bypass surgeries and systemic weight-loss drugs are also not suitable for everyone, and can carry risks of their own... Read more
Health and Safety of 5G: Addressing Misinformation
As wireless network providers begin to roll out 5G networks, in similar fashion to the introduction of other new technologies—from the microwave oven to smart meters—public concern regarding the safety of the technology has emerged, particularly due to the use... Read more
COVID-19 Testing: What New Mexico Did Right
Unlike many other states across America that struggled to get enough diagnostic tests for coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) this past spring, New Mexico was able to not only meet the demand for testing symptomatic patients, but was able to begin... Read more
Unmasked Behavior
Faced with the evidence, scientists ponder why everyone doesn’t wear a mask After initial assertions that the wearing of face masks was an unnecessary public health tool in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the advice coming out of the... Read more

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IEEE Journal of

Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine

The IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine Volume 8 has been published.
Performance Evaluation of Mixed Reality Display for Guidance During Transcatheter Cardiac Mapping and Ablation
Cardiac electrophysiology procedures present the physician with a wealth of 3D information, typically presented on fixed 2D monitors. New developments in wearable mixed reality displays offer the potential to simplify and enhance 3D visualization while providing hands-free, dynamic control of... Read more
Adaptive Maximal Blood Flow Velocity Estimation From Transcranial Doppler Echos
Objective: Novel applications of transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasonography, such as the assessment of cerebral vessel narrowing/occlusion or the non-invasive estimation of intracranial pressure (ICP), require high-quality maximal flow velocity waveforms. However, due to the low signal-to-noise ratio of TCD spectrograms,... Read more
IEEE Transactions on

Biomedical Engineering

TBME, Volume 67, Issue 9, September 2020
Millimeter-wave Substrate Integrated Waveguide Probe for Skin Cancer Detection
This work presents an innovative, low-cost, easy-to-fabricate, and simple-to-use probe that can detect early-stage skin cancer. As can be seen above, the probe scans the suspected skin area to enable capturing the reflection coefficient at each position. The collected data is then processed to infer the presence of skin cancer through a differential approach. In order to do this, a novel imaging function is utilized to enable the detection of relative permittivity changes with respect to the healthy region surrounding the suspected one, resulting in the 2D image depicted above... Read more
Compact Optical Neural Probes with up to 20 Integrated Thin-Film μLEDs Applied in Acute Optogenetic Studies
Slender silicon-based optical probes comprising up to 20 thin-film micro light-emitting diodes (µLEDs) are realized as compact devices for optogenetic research. The μLEDs are structured on GaN-on-sapphire and transferred onto silicon using a wafer-level bonding and laser lift-off process. This technology allows processing the GaN layer stack from both sides, thereby maximizing the µLED efficiency to an emittance of 56 mWmm−2 at 5 mA. The thermal characterization of the optical probes reveals a temperature increase of up to 1.5 K. Acceptable neuronal responses are elicited at radiant flux values between 1.36 μW and 17.5 μW, successfully demonstrating layer-specific cortex stimulation... Read more