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A Day in the Life of a Medical Device Testing Technician

February 3, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Last week, I was invited to attend the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was an interesting look at what's going on at one of the country's only independent organizations that tests and evaluates medical device technology...

Improving Blood Volume Measurements In Critical Care

February 3, 2015 3:00 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

FAST BioMedical Inc. announces the conclusion of a Phase II clinical trial for a technology designed to provide timely, precise and convenient plasma volume and kidney function measurements. This is especially useful for patients undergoing...

'Egg-on-a-Chip' Could Be Valuable Diagnostic Tool

February 3, 2015 2:37 pm | by Science China Press | News | Comments

Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems have registered tremendous progress over the past 20 years. Myriad "chip" schemes have already emerged, ranging from the lung-on-a-chip and heart-on-a-chip to the liver-on-a-chip and kidney-on-a-chip. However, an...

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Photos of the Day: Visiting the 'Consumer Reports' of MedTech

February 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was a great "introduction" to the medical device testing organization (I was already somewhat familiar with them, but this was my first time at their...

Lab Rats? No, Lab Chips

February 3, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

One small chip may put an end to animal testing by letting researchers gain realistic test results from a fusion of microcircuits and cell samples. The “mini-organism” housed inside a chip was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material...

3 IVD Trends to Keep an Eye On In 2015

February 2, 2015 4:35 pm | by Kalorama Information | News | Comments

Kalorama Information says LDT regulation, new markets, and better sequencing tools are among the trends to watch in 2015. The healthcare market research firm specializes in in vitro diagnostic market forecasts and trends and said that 2015 may...

The CARDIS Project: Detecting Early-Stage Cardiovascular Disease

February 2, 2015 3:55 pm | by Imec | News | Comments

Imec, Medtronic, Ghent University and their project partners today announced the launch of the CARDIS project. Together they will develop and validate an early-stage cardio vascular disease detection platform using integrated silicon photonics...

Real-Time Imaging Technique Allows 3D Biopsy Measurement

February 2, 2015 11:26 am | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

This technique uses Optical Projection Tomography, which is "similar to X-rays, but uses light," explains UC3M researcher Jorge Ripoll, from the UC3M Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering. With this technique, it is possible to...

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Single Blood Drop Diagnostics Enhance Healthcare

January 30, 2015 3:10 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

Diagnostics technology is experiencing a bit of an innovation revolution with advances and discoveries impacting the space seemingly more often today than ever before. As research continues, more diseases and medical concerns are being detected...

Mayo Clinic Expert Explains Telemedicine Benefits and Policy Changes

January 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

If you haven’t already experienced telemedicine, you may soon have the option. Technology is helping people connect with their physicians in new ways and from a distance, and interest is growing in updating state and federal policies to help...

3D Printing Stands to Change the Face of Healthcare

January 30, 2015 8:26 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

The most exciting aspects of the medical device industry for me is focused in two parts. First, the future potential of 3D printing in the medtech sector continues to excite. The apparent ease of using 3D printing to produce unique-patient implants...

Detecting Concussions and Other Brain Injuries

January 29, 2015 4:21 pm | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Neurosurgeon and PhD researcher Uzma Samadani is the cofounder of Oculogica, a neurodiagnostic company that specializes in using eye-tracking technology to detect concussions and other brain injuries that are invisible to radiologic scans. She...

Making Science Fiction a Reality: 3 Medical Devices Straight from Star Trek

January 29, 2015 3:56 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

While we haven’t quite been able to achieve light-speed travel or teleportation just yet, science fiction has forecasted a number of technologies that are anything but fiction. Star Trek in particular offered surprising insight into technological...

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Eye-Tracking Technology Detects Concussions and Head Injury Severity

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere... 

Rapid Test Kit Detects Dengue Antibodies from Saliva

January 29, 2015 9:32 am | by Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI) | News | Comments

Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow...

Speeding Up Diagnosis and Embracing Telehealth in 2015

January 29, 2015 8:30 am | by Dan Piekarz, Vice President of Business Development, Life Sciences, DataArt. | Blogs | Comments

Technology implemented well is greatly increasing our ability to understand the human body and how to care for it. In 2015, next generation genetic sequencing techniques will be revolutionizing diagnosis of infectious disease, but the FDA's...

Targeted Fusion-Guided Biopsy Enhances Prostate Cancer Detection

January 28, 2015 10:47 am | by University of Maryland Medical Center | News | Comments

Targeted biopsy using new fusion technology that combines magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with ultrasound is more effective than standard biopsy in detecting high-risk prostate cancer, according to a large-scale study published today in...

Agilent Technologies Microarray Scanner Approved in China

January 28, 2015 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced that the China Food and Drug Administration has approved the company’s SureScan Dx microarray scanner as a medical device for in vitro diagnostic use.“Bringing microarray scanning...

Micromotors Powered by Stomach Acid

January 27, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer...

Though Tiny, Nanomachines Offer Huge Potential for Medical Applications

January 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Holly Evarts, Columbia University | News | Comments

As nanomachine design rapidly advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work. This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications, for instance, for medical uses...

Photos of the Day: Will Digital Pathology Retire the Microscope?

January 27, 2015 10:15 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Three years ago, Ian Cree, professor of pathology at Warwick Medical School in Coventry, UK and his team started testing a machine that allows them to digitally scan images of tissue slides and patient histories, attach matching barcodes and upload...

Digital Pathology is Revolutionizing Diagnostics

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Digital technology is changing medicine, but many pathologists still use old-fashioned microscopes to ply their trade. They load them with tissue samples, analyze them through the eyepiece and dictate findings to a voice recognition system...

Smartphone Matches Lab Instrument for Quality of Diagnostic Tests

January 27, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Illinois - Department of Bioengineering | News | Comments

The internal camera of a smartphone can function as a high-resolution laboratory spectrometer to provide measurements that match the sensitivity performance of large and expensive laboratory instruments for popular analytic tests used in medical...

Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 27, 2015 9:12 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more attractive...

Getting Inside: Implantables and Technologies that Deliver Them

January 27, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Ximedica, Interface Catheter Solutions, Bal Seal Engineering, Inc., Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

There are several significant drivers of innovation in the medical device space. Miniaturization is certainly a major one, while moving technology out of the hospital and enabling it to be used at home and on the go is another. In addition, there...

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