Biomedical Engineering IV. Recent Developments: Proceedings by Barry W. Sauer

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The reflectance for fibrosarcoma is maximum, for carcinoma minimum and intermediate values for muscle tissues· By combining the healthy and diseased tissues a composite model has been constructed· KEYWORDS He-Ne laser, reflectance, fibrosarcoma, carcinoma, muscle· INTRODUCTION The reflectance characteristics of the tissues show considerable variation in tissues of varying composition and blood flow. The changes introduced by artificial means can further lead to significant variation in reflectivity (Goldman and Rockwell, 1971)· In the tumor region, the tissue composition and associated blood flow pattern is changed· In some tumor areas, such as breast, the abnormal growth located at a depth presents a complex picture compared to that of normal tissues and most of these tissue abnormalities are detected at an advanced stage which makes its treatment difficult compared to its detection at its onset stage.

In addition, with the volume to fill the cuff known, the catheter and cuff can be aspirated and refilled with an amount of fluid that will allow the cuff to remain flaccid and be calibrated in situ. If the cuff is collapsed, either from inadequate filling or from loss of fluid across the membrane, there will be loss of the pressure waves. The addition of the proper amount of fluid should return the system to a functional state. If the catheter is completely or even overfilled, then a pressure tracing may be obtained, but the catheter will lose some of its sensitivity.

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