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An active feedback system for isotonic studies of smooth muscle

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3 Author(s)
Sabourin, P.J. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Surg., Alberta Univ., Edmonton, Alta., Canada ; Kingma, Y.Jack ; Bowes, K.L.

A feedback system used to perform isotonic studies of smooth muscle is presented. This system is capable of applying a constant force to muscle samples regardless of their contractile activities. The force applied to the tissue is controlled using a proportional integral control system that drives a linear motor. The device is integrated into a sucrose gap tissue bath apparatus where measurements of displacement and electrical activity are also possible. The frequency of canine colonic smooth-muscle electrical oscillations was found to be positively related to applied force.

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Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

June 1991

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