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Dr. Richard Hart Md

251 County Rd 120
Saint Cloud MN 56303
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Three-Dimensional Strains in Human Posterior Sclera Using Ultrasound Speckle Tracking. - Journal of biomechanical engineering
Intraocular pressure (IOP) induced strains in the peripapillary sclera may play a role in glaucoma progression. Using inflation testing and ultrasound speckle tracking, the 3D strains in the peripapillary sclera were measured in nine human donor globes. Our results showed that the peripapillary sclera experienced through-thickness compression and meridional stretch during inflation, while minimal circumferential dilation was observed when IOP was increased from 10 to 19 mmHg. The maximum shear was primarily oriented in the through-thickness, meridional cross sections and had a magnitude slightly larger than the first principal strain. The tissue volume had minimal overall change, confirming near-incompressibility of the sclera. Substantial strain heterogeneity was present in the peripapillary region, with local high strain areas likely corresponding to structural heterogeneity caused by traversing blood vessels. These 3D strain characteristics provide new insights into the biomechanical responses of the peripapillary sclera during physiological increases of IOP. Future studies are needed to confirm these findings and investigate the role of these biomechanical characteristics in ocular diseases.
Mapping 3D Strains with Ultrasound Speckle Tracking: Method Validation and Initial Results in Porcine Scleral Inflation. - Annals of biomedical engineering
This study aimed to develop and validate a high frequency ultrasound method for measuring distributive, 3D strains in the sclera during elevations of intraocular pressure. A 3D cross-correlation based speckle-tracking algorithm was implemented to compute the 3D displacement vector and strain tensor at each tracking point. Simulated ultrasound radiofrequency data from a sclera-like structure at undeformed and deformed states with known strains were used to evaluate the accuracy and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of strain estimation. An experimental high frequency ultrasound (55 MHz) system was built to acquire 3D scans of porcine eyes inflated from 15 to 17 and then 19 mmHg. Simulations confirmed good strain estimation accuracy and SNR (e.g., the axial strains had less than 4.5% error with SNRs greater than 16.5 for strains from 0.005 to 0.05). Experimental data in porcine eyes showed increasing tensile, compressive, and shear strains in the posterior sclera during inflation, with a volume ratio close to one suggesting near-incompressibility. This study established the feasibility of using high frequency ultrasound speckle tracking for measuring 3D tissue strains and its potential to characterize physiological deformations in the posterior eye.
Intraoperative ultrasonography and surgical strategy in hepatic resection: What difference does it make? - Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
With modern advancements in preoperative imaging for liver surgery, intraoperative ultrasonography (IOUS) may be perceived as superfluous. Our aim was to determine if IOUS provides new information that changes surgical strategy in hepatic resection.We retrospectively analyzed 121 consecutive liver resections performed at a single institution. Preoperative computed tomography and/or magnetic resonance imaging determined the initial surgical strategy. The size, location and number of lesions were compared between IOUS and preoperative imaging. Reviewing the operative report helped determine if new IOUS findings led to changes in surgical strategy. Pathology reports were analyzed for margins.Of 121 procedures analyzed, IOUS was used in 88. It changed the surgical plan in 15 (17%) cases. Additional tumours were detected in 10 (11%) patients. A change in tumour size and location were detected in 2 (2%) and 3 (4%) patients, respectively. Surgical plans were altered in 7 (8%) cases for reasons not related to IOUS. There was no significant difference (p = 0.74) in average margin length between the IOUS and non-IOUS groups (1.09 ± 1.18 cm v. 1.18 ± 1.05 cm).Surgical strategy was altered owing to IOUS results in a substantial number of cases, and IOUS-guided resection planes resulted in R0 resections in nearly all procedures. The best operative plan in hepatic resection includes IOUS.
Regional variation of bone tissue properties at the human mandibular condyle. - Bone
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) bears different types of static and dynamic loading during occlusion and mastication. As such, characteristics of mandibular condylar bone tissue play an important role in determining the mechanical stability of the TMJ under the macro-level loading. Thus, the objective of this study was to examine regional variation of the elastic, plastic, and viscoelastic mechanical properties of human mandibular condylar bone tissue using nanoindentation. Cortical and trabecular bone were dissected from mandibular condyles of human cadavers (9 males, 54-96 years). These specimens were scanned using microcomputed tomography to obtain bone tissue mineral distribution. Then, nanoindentation was conducted on the surface of the same specimens in hydration. Plastic hardness (H) at a peak load, viscoelastic creep (Creep/Pmax), viscosity (η), and tangent delta (tan δ) during a 30 second hold period, and elastic modulus (E) during unloading were obtained by a cycle of indentation at the same site of bone tissue. The tissue mineral and nanoindentation parameters were analyzed for the periosteal and endosteal cortex, and trabecular bone regions of the mandibular condyle. The more mineralized periosteal cortex had higher mean values of elastic modulus, plastic hardness, and viscosity but lower viscoelastic creep and tan δ than the less mineralized trabecular bone of the mandibular condyle. These characteristics of bone tissue suggest that the periosteal cortex tissue may have more effective properties to resist elastic, plastic, and viscoelastic deformation under static loading, and the trabecular bone tissue to absorb and dissipate time-dependent viscoelastic loading energy at the TMJ during static occlusion and dynamic mastication.Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Effect of PET before liver resection on surgical management for colorectal adenocarcinoma metastases: a randomized clinical trial. - JAMA
Patients with colorectal cancer with liver metastases undergo hepatic resection with curative intent. Positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography (PET-CT) could help avoid noncurative surgery by identifying patients with occult metastases.To determine the effect of preoperative PET-CT vs no PET-CT (control) on the surgical management of patients with resectable metastases and to investigate the effect of PET-CT on survival and the association between the standardized uptake value (ratio of tissue radioactivity to injected radioactivity adjusted by weight) and survival.A randomized trial of patients older than 18 years with colorectal cancer treated by surgery, with resectable metastases based on CT scans of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis within the previous 30 days, and with a clear colonoscopy within the previous 18 months was conducted between 2005 and 2013, involving 21 surgeons at 9 hospitals in Ontario, Canada, with PET-CT scanners at 5 academic institutions.Patients were randomized using a 2 to 1 ratio to PET-CT or control.The primary outcome was a change in surgical management defined as canceled hepatic surgery, more extensive hepatic surgery, or additional organ surgery based on the PET-CT. Survival was a secondary outcome.Of the 263 patients who underwent PET-CT, 21 had a change in surgical management (8.0%; 95% CI, 5.0%-11.9%). Specifically, 7 patients (2.7%) did not undergo laparotomy, 4 (1.5%) had more extensive hepatic surgery, 9 (3.4%) had additional organ surgery (8 of whom had hepatic resection), and the abdominal cavity was opened in 1 patient but hepatic surgery was not performed and the cavity was closed. Liver resection was performed in 91% of patients in the PET-CT group and 92% of the control group. After a median follow-up of 36 months, the estimated mortality rate was 11.13 (95% CI, 8.95-13.68) events/1000 person-months for the PET-CT group and 12.71 (95% CI, 9.40-16.80) events/1000 person-months for the control group. Survival did not differ between the 2 groups (hazard ratio, 0.86 [95% CI, 0.60-1.21]; P = .38). The standardized uptake value was associated with survival (hazard ratio, 1.11 [90% CI, 1.07-1.15] per unit increase; P < .001). The C statistic for the model including the standardized uptake value was 0.62 (95% CI, 0.56-0.68) and without it was 0.50 (95% CI, 0.44-0.56). The difference in C statistics is 0.12 (95% CI, 0.04-0.21). The low C statistic suggests that the standard uptake value is not a strong predictor of overall survival.Among patients with potentially resectable hepatic metastases of colorectal adenocarcinoma, the use of PET-CT compared with CT alone did not result in frequent change in surgical management. These findings raise questions about the value of PET-CT scans in this Identifier: NCT00265356.
Finite element modeling of the viscoelastic responses of the eye during microvolumetric changes. - Journal of biomedical science and engineering
A linear viscoelastic finite element model was built to investigate factors that influenced the intraocular pressure (IOP) elevations due to micro-volumetric changes in the eye at three different rates. The viscoelastic properties of the cornea and the sclera, including the instantaneous modulus, equilibrium modulus, and relaxation time constants, parametrically varied to examine their effects on IOP elevations at different rates of volumetric changes. The simulated responses were in good agreement with the previously reported experimental results obtained from porcine globes, showing the general trend of higher IOP elevations at faster rates. The simulations showed that all viscoelastic properties influenced the profile of the dynamic IOP due to volumetric changes, and the relative significance of a specific parameter was highly dependent on the rate of change.
Biaxial mechanical testing of posterior sclera using high-resolution ultrasound speckle tracking for strain measurements. - Journal of biomechanics
This study aimed to characterize the mechanical responses of the sclera, the white outer coat of the eye, under equal-biaxial loading with unrestricted shear. An ultrasound speckle tracking technique was used to measure tissue deformation through sample thickness, expanding the capabilities of surface strain techniques. Eight porcine scleral samples were tested within 72 h postmortem. High resolution ultrasound scans of scleral cross-sections along the two loading axes were acquired at 25 consecutive biaxial load levels. An additional repeat of the biaxial loading cycle was performed to measure a third normal strain emulating a strain gage rosette for calculating the in-plane shear. The repeatability of the strain measurements during identical biaxial ramps was evaluated. A correlation-based ultrasound speckle tracking algorithm was used to compute the displacement field and determine the distributive strains in the sample cross-sections. A Fung type constitutive model including a shear term was used to determine the material constants of each individual specimen by fitting the model parameters to the experimental stress-strain data. A non-linear stress-strain response was observed in all samples. The meridian direction had significantly larger strains than that of the circumferential direction during equal-biaxial loadings (P's<0.05). The stiffness along the two directions was also significantly different (P=0.02) but highly correlated (R(2)=0.8). These results showed that the mechanical properties of the porcine sclera were nonlinear and anisotropic under biaxial loading. This work has also demonstrated the feasibility of using ultrasound speckle tracking for strain measurements during mechanical testing.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Correlation between biomechanical responses of posterior sclera and IOP elevations during micro intraocular volume change. - Investigative ophthalmology & visual science
This study tested the hypothesis that intraocular pressure (IOP) elevations, induced by controlled increase of intraocular volume, are correlated with the biomechanical responses of the posterior sclera.Porcine globes were tested within 48 hours postmortem. The first group of globes (n = 11) was infused with 15 μL of phosphate-buffered saline at three different rates to investigate rate-dependent IOP elevations. The second group (n = 16) was first infused at the fast rate and then underwent inflation tests to investigate the relationship between IOP elevations (ΔIOP) and scleral strains. The strains in the superotemporal region of the posterior sclera were measured by ultrasound speckle tracking. Linear regression was used to examine the association between ΔIOP due to micro-volumetric infusion and the scleral strains at a specific inflation pressure.The average ΔIOP was 14.9 ± 4.3 mm Hg for the infusion of 15 μL in 1 second. The ΔIOP was greater for the faster infusion rates but highly correlated across different rates (P < 0.001). A significant negative association was found between the ΔIOP and the tangential strains in both the circumferential (R(2) = 0.54, P = 0.003) and meridian (R(2) = 0.53, P = 0.002) directions in the posterior sclera.This study showed a substantial increase in IOP, with a large intersubject variance during micro-volumetric change. A stiffer response of the sclera was associated with larger IOP spikes, providing experimental evidence linking corneoscleral biomechanics to IOP fluctuation. In vivo measurement of corneoscleral biomechanics may help better predict the dynamic profile of IOP.
Use of x-ray film implant for the repair of orbital fractures. - Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
To evaluate the experience with sterilized x-ray film in the repair of orbital blow-out fractures (BOFs).A retrospective review of case notes from 56 patients with orbital BOF repaired using sterilized x-ray film onlay implants at 2 institutions between November 2004 and December 2010. Patient demographics, timing of surgery, surgical approach, postoperative complications, and length of follow up were recorded.Fifty-six patients (44 men, 12 women) received sterilized x-ray film implants during the 6-year study period. Mean age at the time of repair was 29 years (range 4-85 years). For 68% of patients, surgical repair was performed within 2 weeks of injury. Average length of postoperative follow up was 5.5 months (range 1-36 months), 48% had follow up >3 months. Following surgical repair, diplopia in primary or down gaze reduced from 98% to 4% and enophthalmos ≥2 mm reduced from 21% to 5% cases. One patient required a second operation for repositioning of an incompletely reduced fracture. A second patient presented 9 months postoperatively with recurrent episodes of proptosis, and the implant and its surrounding pseudocapsule were subsequently removed. There were no cases of visual loss, implant infection, or migration.This series has demonstrated that in selected orbital fractures sterilized x-ray film can provide a safe, effective, and low-cost onlay implant.
In vivo confocal microscopy of climatic droplet keratopathy. - Clinical & experimental optometry
We describe the corneal microstructural changes in a patient with spheroidal degeneration using in vivo confocal microscopy. Multiple hypo- and hyper-reflective spherical lesions were observed in the anterior corneal stroma and Bowman’s layer ranging from 45 to 220 mm in size. The corneal epithelium, posterior stroma and endothelium were otherwise unaffected. In vivo confocal microscopy demonstrates good correlation with excised histological samples in climatic droplet keratopathy. It provides a non-invasive technique to examine the living cornea for degenerative disease and acts as a bridge between clinical and laboratory observations.

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