/>
X

When the body's organs are damaged, they cry out for help

Diseased organs can be identified by examining the distinct wave patterns formed by the biochemical reactions occurring within them, according to a new study.
nusca-techonomy2013-640x465.jpg
Written by Andrew Nusca on

Diseased organs can be identified by examining the distinct wave patterns formed by the biochemical reactions occurring within them, according to a new study.

Texas A&M University researcher Zhengdong Cheng has developed a model that simulates how these wave patterns are generated by modeling cells in a biochemical environment.

Cheng's system uses two types of resin beads to represent cells: one type, "active" represent living cells and are loaded with a catalyst; the other, "inactive," represent diseased or dead cells and are without the catalyst.

Examining for the first time the effects of the inactive beads -- particularly the effects of significant increases in the inactive bead population within a system -- Cheng found that as the population of inactive beads increases, the resulting wave patterns transform from target-shaped to spiral-shaped.

As tissue of an organ becomes more diseased and greater numbers of cells die, Cheng infers that the biochemical reactions involving that organ will produce spiral wavelets instead of target wavelets.

That inference just so happens to correspond with electrocardiogram results, which change from pane-wave to spiral wavelets as normal sinus rhythm becomes ventricular fibrillation, a cause of cardiac arrest.

The importance of this is clear: by recognizing these wave patterns, scientists and doctors can more quickly and accurately diagnose if an organ is diseased and the extent of the damage.

His findings were published in the October issue of the journal Physical Review E.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Related

Apple politely explains why iPhone cases are a waste of money
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple politely explains why iPhone cases are a waste of money

Apple
The 8 best iPhone models of 2022
iphone-12-models.png

The 8 best iPhone models of 2022

iPhone
Delta Air Lines just made a callous admission that customers may find galling
screen-shot-2022-07-18-at-5-18-46-pm.png

Delta Air Lines just made a callous admission that customers may find galling

Business