Ortho-K was indicated for twenty-three eyes of thirteen patients after refractive surgeries such as RK(1) ,PRK(2), and LASIK(3). The average of their Uncorrective Visual Acuity (UCVA) after surgeries was 20/30 or worse, and mean spherical equivalent (SE) was -2.42D. They were followed at least two years wearing of Advanced Ortho-K lenses during night. The following studies were examined on their auto-refraction, auto-keratometry, uncorrected and corrected visual acuity, intra-ocular pressure, corneal endothelium, corneal thickness, corneal curvature, and corneal shape for more than two years. 95% of the patients improved in UCVA up to 20/20 or better, 86% of them improved up to 20/15 or better, and 76% of them improved up to 20/10. The mean SEs improved to -1.20±1.02D during six months, -
1.03±0.83D during one year, and -0.73±0.64D during two years. Astigmatism also slightly decreased. Ophthalmologic examinations showed no abnormalities including flap formation, intra-ocular pressure, and endothelium. Among the refractive surgeries as well as RK and PRK, LASIK has been most popularly spread all over the world.
However, patient's quality of vision is not always satisfied during and/or after refractive surgeries, because of several complications such as instability of flap formation, unexpected keratoectasia, diffuse lamellar keratitis, epithelial ingrowth, irregularity of corneal surface which caused myopia regression. In such cases, additional surgical procedures should not be indicated easily. However, Ortho-K is safe and effective enough to correct refractive errors still remained or re-appeared after refractive surgeries. It enables to restore the corneal irregularity to the ideal shape.
In the field of oriental traditional medicine, precise analysis of tongue and skin condition such as color, moisture, bulging or swelling, and/or pulse condition such as palpation amplitude and stiffness is very important to reach reliable diagnosis. Such "live" inspection before the "live" objects is most desirable. However, if it can be obtained "virtually" using information technologies, physicians may diagnose their patients distantly.
In twenty-five patients of oriental traditional medicine, as well as usual physical examination from modern medicine, specific examination from oriental traditional medicine were performed. Patients were indicated to take their tongue and/or skin by high resolution digital camera or CCD camera attached to the cell phone and send to the clinic from their home through internet. Then we analyzed both "virtual" and "live" images personally.
As for the information of color and moisture from images of tongue and skin, it did not show much difference between the images from "live" and "virtual". As for the property of three-dimensional information such as bulging or swelling of tongue and/or skin surface, it was too hard to judge precisely from two-dimensional information.
The images from "virtual" inspection were thought to be enough for diagnosis of the patient condition even for the oriental traditional medicine. We suggested the reliability on application of tele-diagnosis even on the field of complementary and alternative medicine. For further study, we plan to evaluate three-dimensional information of tongue and/or skin surface and haptic information of pulse palpation.
To evaluate the corneal thickness and curvature changes after Orthokeratology contact lens wear, using the ORBSCAN II corneal topography system, corneal thickness and corneal curvature were measured on one hundred and twenty eyes of sixty patients before and after wearing the custom rigid gas permeable contact lenses for Orthokeratology. The contact lenses were specially designed for each eye. The subjects wore the orthokeratology lenses for approximately Four hours with their eyes closed. The corneal thickness of the subjects was increased on fifty-five eyes at not only the peripheral zone but also the center of the cornea. The average increase of central and peripheral corneal thickness was 18 micrometer and 22micrometer, respectively. The mean anterior curvature of corneal surface changed 1.25D. The mean posterior curvature of corneal endothelium side changed 0.75D.
This study addresses the development of an MRI-compatible spinal compression harness for use as a research and diagnostic tool. This apparatus adds valuable information to MRI imaging regarding the physiology/biomechanics of intervertebral discs and pathophysiology of back pain in patients and astronauts in space. All materials of the spinal compression apparatus are non-metallic for MRI compatibility. The compact design fits into standard MRI or CT scanners and loading is adjusted to specific percentages of BW with elastic cords. Previously this capability has not been available. Three healthy male subjects were fitted with a spinal compression harness and placed supine in a MRI scanner. Longitudinal distance between T7/8 and L5/S1 discs decreased 5.6 mm with 50% BW compression. Lumbosacral angle increased 17.2 degrees. T2 values of nucleus pulposus from L1/2 to L5/S1 discs increased 18.2±6.1% (±SD) during 50% BW compression and 25.3±7.4% (±SD) during 75% BW compression.