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Crystal Clear: Real-time 3D Motion Tracking Optimizes PET/MR Scans

June 11, 2013 10:48 am | by Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | News | Comments

One of the biggest hurdles of hybrid positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance (PET/MR) imaging is the prevalence of motion artifacts—blurring and ghostly visual anomalies caused by patient motion on the table during imaging. An MR technology has now been designed for PET/MR that employs tiny radiofrequency solenoids—metal coils integrated into hardware placed on the body—to track motion from those who do not or cannot stay put.


SPECT/MR Molecular Imaging System Makes Its Debut

June 11, 2013 10:43 am | by Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | News | Comments

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 Annual Meeting marks the unveiling of the successful application of a new preclinical hybrid molecular imaging system—single photon emission tomography and magnetic resonance—which has exceptional molecular imaging capabilities in terms of potential preclinical and clinical applications, technological advancement at a lower cost, and reduction of patient exposure to radiation.


'Heading' a Soccer Ball Could Lead to Brain Injury

June 11, 2013 10:40 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Soccer players who 'head' the ball with high frequency demonstrate poorer performance on memory tests and have brain abnormalities similar to those found in traumatic brain injury patients, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology.


Screening Fails to Affect Breast Cancer Mortality Statistics

June 11, 2013 10:39 am | by SAGE Publications | News | Comments

New research analyzing breast cancer mortality data spanning almost 40 years concludes that breast cancer screening does not yet show an effect on mortality statistics. The research, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, analyzed mortality trends before and after the introduction of the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme in 1988.


'Popcorn' Particle Pathways Promise Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

June 11, 2013 10:35 am | by DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have confirmed the particle-by-particle mechanism by which lithium ions move in and out of electrodes made of lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4, or LFP), findings that could lead to better performance in lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles, medical equipment and aircraft.

The Diabetes ‘Breathalyzer’

June 11, 2013 10:14 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Chemists at the University of Pittsburgh have demonstrated a sensor technology that could significantly simplify the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes through breath analysis alone. Their findings were published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).


The Body Electric: Researchers Move Closer to Low-Cost, Implantable Electronics

June 11, 2013 10:09 am | by The Ohio State University | News | Comments

New technology under development at The Ohio State University is paving the way for low-cost electronic devices that work in direct contact with living tissue inside the body. The first planned use of the technology is a sensor that will detect the very early stages of organ transplant rejection.


Reducing Unnecessary and High-Dose Pediatric CT Scans Could Cut Associated Cancers by 62%

June 11, 2013 10:01 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

A study examining trends in X-ray computed tomography (CT) use in children in the United States has found that reducing unnecessary scans and lowering the doses for the highest-dose scans could lower the overall lifetime risk of future imaging-related cancers by 62 percent. The research by a UC Davis Health System scientist is published online today in JAMA Pediatrics.


Abbott Initiates Randomized Clinical Trial in Japan to Evaluate the AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold

June 11, 2013 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that it has initiated the ABSORB Japan randomized controlled clinical trial to evaluate the AbsorbT Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common form of heart disease.


Exactech Introduces Conservative Treatment Hip Replacement System

June 11, 2013 8:30 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Exactech, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXAC), a developer and producer of bone and joint restoration products for hip, knee, shoulder, spine and biologic materials, announced today first implantations of a new hip replacement system designed to preserve a key portion of patients’ bone in total hip arthroplasty procedures.


Industry Update: Where is the Business of Medical Devices Headed?

June 11, 2013 7:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

With profit models under pressure and an eroding customer value proposition, medical equipment organizations are at the crossroads of a highly disruptive market.  For U.S. companies already sorting through the impact of the medical device excise tax, which led many organizations to downsize and restructure, they still must face significant disruptors on the horizon, with investment dollars flowing in the opposite direction.

Westpak Is Expanding HAZMAT Testing To Meet Demand From The Medical Device Industry

June 11, 2013 6:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical products may contain hazardous materials (HAZMAT) that are regulated under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).  The packaging systems may also be subject to several shipping rules and requirements from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), which follows the United Nations (UN) guidelines.  Westpak, Inc., is expanding their HAZMAT testing capacity in response to these growing needs.

Differential Amplifier: Low Input Noise Over Wide Bandwidth

June 10, 2013 5:39 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties (MEAS) now offers a 3-channel DC differential amplifier with an exceptionally low noise input of less than 20 µVrms. The new Model 121 enables precision measurement on up to three channels simultaneously. Offering programmable gain up to 9,999 and user-defined output scaling...

Battery Free Pressure Sensor Tag

June 10, 2013 5:35 pm | by MDT Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Vortex1 from Farsens S.L. is a battery free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated pressure data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag. The device features a LPS331AP pressure sensor from ST Microelectronics with an absolute pressure range from 260 to 1260 mbar.

PVDF Connectors Deliver High Purity, Compatibility

June 10, 2013 5:28 pm | by MDT Staff | Colder Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Colder Products Company has announced the addition of PVDF to the available material options throughout its FitQuik Connectors product line. This material addition creates more than 100 new FitQuik Connectors alongside the existing nylon, polypropylene and polycarbonate materials and configurations available.


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