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FDA Considering How to Tailor its Oversight for Next Generation Sequencing

February 8, 2015 11:00 am | by Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration | Blogs | Comments

FDA is weighing the appropriate regulatory approach to advances in technology that allow physicians to obtain information on large segments of a patient’s genetic makeup very quickly. This technology is known as next generation sequencing...

Molecular Breast Imaging Will Boost Breast Cancer Detection

February 8, 2015 8:30 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

As breast cancer detection can be improved by Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) as an adjunct to mammography, in comparison with mammography alone, manufacturers must pursue cost-effectiveness to ensure its widespread adoption, says an analyst...

Disposable Devices to Identify Allergies

February 6, 2015 2:39 pm | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

Gabriel Caballero Robledo from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) at Monterrey, Mexico, is working on the design of a small medical device capable of detecting allergies or diseases quickly and at a low cost. During his stay...

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FDA-Approved 3D Breast CT Doesn't Require Tissue Compression

February 6, 2015 2:32 pm | by Koning Corporation | News | Comments

Koning Corporation, a leading developer of advanced medical imaging systems announced today that the FDA has approved their Koning Breast CT (KBCT) system and KBCT-guided biopsy bracket. This approval signals that KBCT has undergone and... 

New Generation MRI Compatible Pacing System

February 6, 2015 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sorin Group, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced today that it has received approval from Japan’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) for its new KORA...

MRI Technique Developed for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children

February 5, 2015 1:34 pm | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Between 5 and 8 million children in the United States have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), yet most cases go undiagnosed. To help address this issue, researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine have developed a new magnetic... 

Simple Ultrasound Measure Can Diagnose Postoperative Urinary Retention

February 5, 2015 11:04 am | by International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) | News | Comments

In patients who don't resume normal urination after surgery, a simple ultrasound test can accurately diagnose the common problem of postoperative urinary retention (POUR), reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. Using ultrasound to...

15-Minute Diagnosis Using A Smartphone

February 5, 2015 9:11 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three...

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Microscopy Technique Allows Mapping Protein Synthesis in Living Tissues

February 5, 2015 8:53 am | by Jessica Guenzel, Columbia University | News | Comments

Researchers at Columbia Univ. have made a significant step toward visualizing complex protein metabolism in living systems with high resolution and minimum disturbance, a longstanding goal in the scientific community. In a recent study...

A Phone So Smart, It Sniffs Out Disease

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Jennifer Frey, American Technion Society | News | Comments

A research consortium headed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is developing a product that, when coupled with a smartphone, will be able to screen the user’s breath for early detection of life-threatening...

Super-Fast Cell Mechanical Screening

February 4, 2015 10:55 am | by Technische Universität Dresden | News | Comments

An entirely new approach for the mechanical characterization of cells, developed by scientists of the Technische Universität Dresden, has the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of a wide range of diseases. Cells, like any other material, have...

Live Long and Measure: Quest to Create Real-World Tricorder

February 4, 2015 9:35 am | by University of California, San Diego Health Sciences | News | Comments

Seeking to boldly go where medical science has not gone before, the Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI) at the University of California, San Diego has been named the official testing site for the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder...

Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Diagnostics and Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of ‘soft robotics.’ One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors...

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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...

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...

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...

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