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[en] The objective of this paper is to examine the Pulse Transit Method (PTT) as a non-invasive means to track Blood Pressure over a short period of time. PTT was measured as the time it takes for an ECG R-wave to propagate to the finger, where it is detected by a photoplethysmograph sensor. The PTT method is ideal for continuous 24-hour Blood Pressure Measurement (BPM) since it is both cuff-less and non-invasive and therefore comfortable and unobtrusive for the patient. Other techniques, such as the oscillometric method, have shown to be accurate and reliable but require a cuff for operation, making them unsuitable for long term monitoring. Although a relatively new technique, the PTT method has shown to be able to accurately track blood pressure changes over short periods of time, after which re-calibration is necessary. The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of the method.
[en] Impedance of two vacuum chamber components, Bellows and BPM, is considered in some detail. In order to avoid generation of Higher-Order Modes (HOM's) in the NSLS-II bellows, we designed a new low-impedance RF shielding consisting of 6 wide and 2 narrow metal plates without opening slots between them. The short-range wakepotential has been optimized taking into account vertical offset of RF fingers from their nominal position. The results were compared with data of bellows designed at other laboratories. Narrow-band impedance of the BPM Button has been studied. TE-modes in the BPM button were suppressed by a factor of 8 by modification of existing housings. Two new types of housings are shown. The total impedance of the NSLS-II storage ring is discussed in terms of the loss factor and the vertical kick factor for a 3mm-Gaussian bunch.
[en] Skin and extremity dosimetry has been set up in order to avoid deterministic effects which might be observed following an important partial exposure. For all that, dose equivalent to skin and extremities have to be measured at the most exposed areas. For that purpose, both the most expose area has to be known and an appropriate dosimeter has to be placed there. It is all the more difficult because the source term is complex and the exposure conditions can vary. It is the case for the extremity dosimetry at MELOX facility. The variety of the working conditions leads to the fact that the most exposed extremity area is not the same for all the operators and can vary due to both workstation features and duration of intervention procedures. Due to these facts, to put a dosimeter at the right position is a matter of concern. The approach presented here consists in characterizing the exposure received by extremities, i.e. in 'mapping' the dose equivalents at the level of forearm and hand according to exposure conditions. Following the results obtained, the estimation of the maximum dose equivalent to extremities stemming from a measurement made at a precise point, becomes possible. (authors)
[en] The device presented in this paper is a sensor for monitoring pulse by measuring the bioimpedance of the thumb in an unobtrusive way. The sensor is based on magnetic induction measurement, a non-contact technique for measuring impedance changes of objects . The sensor head of the presented system has the form of a ring and is worn on the finger. The developed technique renders the possibility of easy and unnoticed pulse recording during every day activities without the need for, e.g. electrodes, a pulse belt around the chest, or a pulse photoplethysmographic finger or ear clip.
[en] This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of general and occupational characteristics musculoskeletal symptoms in Radiological Technologist who working in present department more than 1 year. Standardized questionnaire of NIOSH and organized questionnaire for related musculoskeletal was to 72 Radiological Technologist, employed in 6 general hospital in Seoul in September, 2003. The symptom prevalence rate of musculoskeletal symptoms were neck (33.3%), shoulder (33.3%), arm(12.5%), hand(13.9%), spine(34.7%) leg/knee/foot (31.9%), arm/wrist/hand (16.5%).
[en] Distribution of microorganisms were examined for the bucky tables in the radiology rooms of the department of radiological technology, the aprons, handles of various apparatus, handles of mobile radiological apparatus, and hands of the radiological technologists. As a result, relatively larger amounts of bacteria were found on the handles of the mobile radiological apparatus and the aprons. Among the isolated bacteria, Acinetobacter baumanni (7.3%), Klebsiella pneumoniae (6.7%), Staphylococcus aureus (3.9%), Serratia liquefaciens (1.7%), Enterobacter cloaceae (0.6%), Providenica rettgeri (0.6%) are known as the cause of nosocomial infection (hospital acquired infection). In addition, similar colonies were also found on the hands of the radiological technologists such as microorganisms of Klebsiella pneumoniae (8.4%), Staphylococcus aureus (6.6%), Yersinia enterocolotica (5.4%), Acinetobacter baumanni (4.2%), Enterobacter cloaceae (2.4%), Serratia liquefaciens (1.8%), Yersinia pseuotuberculosis (18%), Enterobacter sakazakii (1.2%), and Escherichia coli (0.6%). In particular, this result indicates clinical significance since Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli show strong pathogenicity. Therefore, a continuous education is essential for the radiological technologists to prevent the nosocomial infection.
[en] Underactuated gripper has a broad application in the field of space robot and industrial robot because of its better shape-adaptation. However, because of the underactuated characteristics, it is a great challenge to accurately obtain the displacement of the contact point between the finger and grasped object, which makes it difficult to control the gripper grasp stably, especially the environmental parameters are unknown. This paper develops the identification of the unknown environmental parameters using a tactile array sensor based on the recursive leastsquares (RLS) method. The unknown environments are described as linear systems with unknown dynamics, and the environmental parameters are identified using the measured contact force and the derived displacement of the contact point which is obtained through the underactuated gripper dynamics. Meanwhile, an impedance adaptive control is presented to match the variability of the environment parameters, and the desired impedance model is imposed to the underactuated gripper to achieve stable grasp. A cost function that measures the contact force, velocity and displacement error is defined, and the critical impedance parameters are found to minimize it. At last, a co-simulation of ADAMS and MATLAB for an underactuated gripper grasp is implemented to show the feasibility of environmental parameters identification and its adaptive method.
[en] Bellows are frequently required in accelerators and colliders. Usually RF-shields with spring fingers are employed to screen the bellows. The lack of accessibility in cryogenic systems can be a problem and asks for alternate solutions to eliminate possible overheating, sparking, etc that occurred in intensive beams. This note addresses an alternate kind of RF shield, which uses capacitive contact instead of mechanical contact. The analysis, as well as numerical example of a superconducting cavity structure, shows that the capacitive RF shield satisfies the impedance requirements of both beam and HOMs. The capability of thermal isolation is also analyzed
[en] A long and slender finger can serve as a simple 'test bed' for different phase-ordering models. In this work, the globally conserved, interface-controlled dynamics of a long finger is investigated, analytically and numerically, in two dimensions. An important limit is considered when the finger dynamics is reducible to area-preserving motion by curvature. A free boundary problem for the finger shape is formulated. An asymptotic perturbation theory is developed that uses the finger aspect ratio as a small parameter. The leading-order approximation is a modification of the Mullins finger (a well-known analytic solution) whose width is allowed to slowly vary with time. This time dependence is described, in the leading order, by an exponential law with the characteristic time proportional to the (constant) finger area. The subleading terms of the asymptotic theory are also calculated. Finally, the finger dynamics is investigated numerically, employing the Ginzburg-Landau equation with a global conservation law. The theory is in very good agreement with the numerical solution
[en] The aims of this study are to assess external radiation exposed doses of body and hands of nuclear medicine workers who handle radiation sources, and to measure radiation exposed doses of the hands induced by a whole body bone scan with high frequency and handling a radioactive sources like 99mTc-HDP and 18F-FDG in the PET/CT examination. Skillful workers, who directly dispense and inject from radiation sources, were asked to wear a TLD on the chest and ring finger. Then, radiation exposed dose and duration exposed from daily radiation sources for each section were measured by using a pocket dosimeter for the accumulated external doses and the absorbed dose to the hands. In the survey of four medical institutions in Incheon Metropolitan City, only one of four institutions has a radiation dosimeter for local area like hands. Most of institutions uses radiation shielding devices for the purpose of protecting the body trunk, not local area. Even some institutions were revealed not to use such a shielding device. The exposed doses on the hands of nuclear medicine workers who directly handles radioactive sources were approximately twice as much as those on the body. The radiation exposure level for each section of the whole body bone scan with high frequency and that of the PET/CT examination showed that radiation doses were revealed in decreasing order of synthesis of radioactive medicine and installation to a dispensing container, dispensing, administering and transferring. Furthermore, there were statistically significant differences of radiation exposure doses of the hands before and after wearing a syringe shielder in administration of a radioactive sources. In this study, although it did not reach the permissible effective dose for nuclear medicine, the occupational workers were exposed by relatively higher dose level than the non-occupational workers. Therefore, the workers, who closely exposed to radioactive sources should be in compliance with safety management regulations, and take actions to maximally reduce locally exposed dose to hands monitoring with ring TLD.