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Probing Red Blood Cell Morphology Using High-Frequency Photoacoustics

Overview of attention for article published in Biophysical Journal, July 2013
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#42 of 8,636)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (98th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

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Title
Probing Red Blood Cell Morphology Using High-Frequency Photoacoustics
Published in
Biophysical Journal, July 2013
DOI 10.1016/j.bpj.2013.05.037
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Authors

Eric M. Strohm, Elizabeth S.L. Berndl, Michael C. Kolios

Abstract

A method that can rapidly quantify variations in the morphology of single red blood cells (RBCs) using light and sound is presented. When irradiated with a laser pulse, an RBC absorbs the optical energy and emits an ultrasonic pressure wave called a photoacoustic wave. The power spectrum of the resulting photoacoustic wave contains distinctive features that can be used to identify the RBC size and morphology. When particles 5-10 μm in diameter (such as RBCs) are probed with high-frequency photoacoustics, unique periodically varying minima and maxima occur throughout the photoacoustic signal power spectrum at frequencies >100 MHz. The location and distance between spectral minima scale with the size and morphology of the RBC; these shifts can be used to quantify small changes in the morphology of RBCs. Morphological deviations from the normal biconcave RBC shape are commonly associated with disease or infection. Using a single wide-bandwidth transducer sensitive to frequencies between 100 and 500 MHz, we were able to differentiate healthy RBCs from irregularly shaped RBCs (such as echinocytes, spherocytes, and swollen RBCs) with high confidence using a sample size of just 21 RBCs. As each measurement takes only seconds, these methods could eventually be translated to an automated device for rapid characterization of RBC morphology and deployed in a clinical setting to help diagnose RBC pathology.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
Germany 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Finland 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Unknown 115 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 43 34%
Researcher 17 14%
Student > Master 14 11%
Other 8 6%
Student > Bachelor 6 5%
Other 19 15%
Unknown 18 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Engineering 36 29%
Physics and Astronomy 27 22%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 15 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 5%
Other 15 12%
Unknown 20 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 87. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 29 July 2021.
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#320,892
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Outputs from Biophysical Journal
#42
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Outputs of similar age
#2,602
of 168,357 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Biophysical Journal
#1
of 84 outputs
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