Marisa A. Schmidt

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The summed electrical discharges generated by a contracting skeletal muscle constitute a dynamic system conveying electromyographic (EMG) information indicative of muscle physiological status. "Steady states" of activity can be achieved with light loads, but with heavy loads the dynamic system experiences continuous status transitions that culminate in task(More)
A disadvantage of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the high level of noise produced (peaking between 122 dB and 131 dB). We used otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) as a method to quantify the effect of MRI-generated noise on the cochlea. OAEs were measured in 16 patients before and after MRI and in 16 controls. OAEs decreased in patients after MRI, but the(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this scientific study was to assess epidermal micrografts for formation at the dermal-epidermal (DE) junction, cellular outgrowth, and growth factor secretion. Epidermal harvesting is an autologous option that removes only the superficial epidermal layer of the skin, considerably limiting donor site damage and scarring. Use of epidermal(More)
OBJECTIVE A new epidermal harvesting tool (CelluTome; Kinetic Concepts, Inc, San Antonio, Texas) created epidermal micrografts with minimal donor site damage, increased expansion ratios, and did not require the use of an operating room. The tool, which applies both heat and suction concurrently to normal skin, was used to produce epidermal micrografts that(More)
The gene for von Recklinghausen neurofibromatosis (NF1), one of the most common autosomal-dominant disorders of humans, was recently mapped to chromosome 17 by linkage analysis. The identification of two NF1 patients with balanced translocations that involved chromosome 17q11.2 suggests that the disease can arise by gross rearrangement of the NF1 locus, and(More)
We observe the coherence of the supercontinuum generated in a nanospike chalcogenide-silica hybrid waveguide pumped at 2 μm. The supercontinuum is shown to be coherent with the pump by interfering it with a doubly resonant optical parametric oscillator (OPO) that is itself coherent with the shared pump laser. This enables coherent locking of the OPO to the(More)
We numerically investigate the band structure and guided modes within arrays of metallic nanowires. We show that bandgaps appear for a range of array geometries and that these can be used to guide light in these structures. Values of attenuation as low as 1.7 dB/cm are predicted for arrays of silver wires at communications wavelengths. This is more than 100(More)
The static magnetic field of MRI scanners can be affected by environmental factors. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and functional imaging with single-shot echo-planar imaging (EPI) are particularly vulnerable to the movement of lifts, vehicles, trains and other large metallic masses in the vicinity. This work investigates the sensitivity of two different(More)
Protocols for contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) of the iliac arteries were optimized by computer simulations based on an impulse response function (IRF) of contrast agent (CA) concentration as a function of time obtained for 20 patients. Protocols with sequential, centric, and elliptical k-space coverage, different repetition rates(More)
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