Luca Breschi

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An echographic method is proposed in order to detect and differentiate carotid vessel plaques. The method based on a novel spectral processing procedure for the radiofrequency echo signal is named RULES (Radiofrequency Ultrasonic Local EStimators). It allows the extraction of local spectral parameters related to the organization and mechanical properties of(More)
BACKGROUND Laser ablation (LA) with a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser is a minimally invasive approach able to achieve a high rate of complete tissue necrosis. In a previous study we described the feasibility of EUS-guided Nd:YAG pancreas LA performed in vivo in a porcine model. OBJECTIVE To establish the best laser setting of(More)
The acid-etch-technique has provided an ideal surface for bonding to enamel by using 30-40% phosphoric acid. The resulting etch pattern is characterized by the profuse formation of microporosities which allow the penetration of monomers into those porosities to form resin tags that provide micromechanical retention. Successful attempts of bonding to dentin(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the in vitro resistance to fracture and microleakage in composite-amalgam combined restorations. METHODS Seventeen Class I cavities with unsupported enamel walls prepared in extracted permanent molar teeth were treated with a bonding agent (Scotchbond MP, 3M Dental), the buccal cusps were reinforced with a composite resin (Z-100, 3M(More)
Nine noncarious human molars were extracted and stored in saline solution. Three standard occlusal cavities with beveled enamel margins were prepared on each tooth and etched with the etching solutions of three dentinal adhesive systems: (1) 37% phosphoric acid solution, (2) 4.3% oxalic acid and 2.6% aluminum salts solution, and (3) 10% maleic acid(More)
The aims of this work are to investigate the response of the ultrasonic contrast agents (UCA) insonified by different arbitrary-shaped pulses at different acoustic pressures and concentration of the contrast agent focusing on subharmonic emission. A transmission setup was developed in order to insonify the contrast agent contained in a measurement chamber.(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the morphology of the enamel surface along margins of class V restorations following exposure to cariogenic solution. Restorations were placed in vitro in human third molars. The specimens were divided into groups according to resin composition: (1) Scotchbond 1 + Filtek Flow, (2) Scotchbond 1 + F2000, and (3) Prompt(More)
In recent years, the nonlinear properties of materials have attracted much interest in nondestructive testing and in ultrasound diagnostic applications. Acoustic nonlinear parameters represent an opportunity to improve the information that can be extracted from a medium such as structural organization and pathologic status of tissue. In this paper, a method(More)
Ultrasound contrast agents (UCAs) have been widely studied in recent years in order to improve and develop new, sophisticated imaging techniques for clinical applications. In order to improve the understanding of microbubble-ultrasound interactions, an acoustic dynamic characterization of UCA microbubble behavior was performed in this work using a high(More)