This is a collection of student research papers for Professor Ashim Datta's Biomed BEE 4530/Computer-aided Engineering course for 2008.

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  • Hand-Injectable Acrylic Bone Cement Applicator for Skull Base Bone Replacement 

    Gonos, James; Levatich, Mark; Smith, Ryan; Zappacosta, Corinne (2009-05-08)
    One of the only existing procedures to remove brain tumors at the skull base is endoscopic endonasal neurosurgery. The most difficult part of this surgery is closing the hole created in the skull, which currently is solved ...
  • Modeling a Freeze-Thaw Cycle to Treat Lung Cancer 

    Dugard, Lauren; Hayes, Scott; Holter, Tara; Leviter, Julie (2009-05-08)
    This study examines the effects of pre-freezing on the RF ablation of lung cancer, a widespread disease in the United States. While current treatments utilize cryosurgery or RF ablation to destroy lung tumors, neither ...
  • Paclitaxel Drug Elution from a Biodegradable Stent 

    Lam, Gary; Lee, Jason; Nguyen, Nam; Wu, Kevin (2009-05-08)
    Recently, drug-eluting stents have become a common treatment for coronary heart disease. These stents are usually loaded with a drug that prevents restenosis. Unfortunately, there are risks associated with the placement ...
  • Modeling Heat Transfer in the Eye during Cataract Surgery 

    Akkar, Sona; Bharadwaj, Koonal; Paya, Naweed; Shai, Adam (2009-05-08)
    Cataract surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the world, and it involves using a technique called phacoemulsification. With this technique, the cloudy, crystalline lens in the eye is ...
  • The Way to Spray: Modeling Nasal Spray Deposition 

    Mahtani, Amrita; Mendoza, Guilly; Yang, Weilin; Zhou, Robin (2009-05-08)
    Intranasal drug delivery is an alternative method in addition to traditional oral and intravenous doses. Nasal drug delivery has proven to be a very effective technique for nicotine cessation (Hjalmarson et al., 1994), the ...
  • Use of Microneedle Arrays for the Treatment of Second Degree Burns 

    Cutter, Caitlin; Ince, Aylin; Matlock, Lauren; Rutkowski, Tomasz (2009-05-08)
    Although a hypodermic needle inserted through the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin, and into the tissue can deliver drugs effectively, it can lead to infection and be very painful. Transdermal drug delivery ...
  • Laser Hair Removal: Comparative Study of Light Wavelength and its Effect on Laser Hair Removal 

    Cheung, Ling; Mitrea, Diana; Suhrland, Cassandra; Zeng, Henry (2009-05-08)
    For some people, hirsuteness (having excess body hair) can be an embarrassing problem. Many attempts have been made to find a solution to these problems, including electrolysis, tweezing, shaving, and waxing. However, most ...
  • The Heat Transfer Modeling for Minimization of Thermal Necrosis in Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty 

    Baskind, Daniel; Kim, Hyunjin; Min, Flora; Park, Hyeongsu (2009-05-08)
    In the past, the only option for replacing broken or otherwise malfunctioning hip bones was total hip replacement (THR), which involved the removal of the body's natural hip joint and replacing it with an entirely synthetic ...
  • Biodegradable Implant with TGF-beta Delivery for Enhanced Healing of Bone Tissue: A Computational Model 

    Eckes, Kevin; Post, David; Sutermaster, Bryan; Villarreal, Sarah (2009-05-08)
    In most common fractures, bone is able to heal itself over a six week time period. Catastrophic fractures, however, may require that shards of bone be removed surgically, leaving critical size defects in fracture areas ...
  • Vaporization of Prostatic Tissue to Treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia 

    Currie, Dan; Griffo, Elaina; Kim, Jin; Wheeling, Sarah (2009-05-08)
    The prostate is a key component of the male reproductive system. Often, due to age, the prostate becomes enlarged resulting in a condition known as Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). While pharmacological options are ...
  • Controlled-Release of Tegretol-XR for Treatment of Epileptic Seizures 

    Cheung, Tracy; Floyd, Laura Autumn; Kim, Sunmin; Velott, Anthony (2009-05-08)
    Fifty million people around the world are currently affected by epilepsy. Fortunately, the disease responds to treatment 70% of the time, but many of the medications prescribed require multiple dosages per day. To ensure ...
  • Convection Enhanced Drug Delivery for the Treatment of Brain Gliomas 

    Brennan, James; Colangelo, Nicholas; Pendery, Leslie; Skeans, Weston (2009-05-08)
    Malignant brain gliomas are almost always fatal, with a five year survival rate of only 3%. This is due in part to the difficulty of treating tumors chemically or surgically. They are often deep within the brain, where ...

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