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Trial Begins for MRI-Compatible Robot Designed to Improve Accuracy of Prostate Biopsies

September 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Worcester Polytechnic Institute | News | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot, in...

Innovative X-ray Technology – An Option for Improved Breast Cancer Diagnosis

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Thomas Kron, Technical Writer | Articles | Comments

The benefits of mammography for breast cancer screening have been discussed for years. By...

Scientists Pioneer Microscopy Technique that Yields Fresh Data on Muscular Dystrophy

September 18, 2014 12:33 pm | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Scientists at USC have developed a new microscopy technology that allows them to view single...

The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva...

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Photos of the Day: 4D Ultrasound Enables a Prenatal View

September 18, 2014 9:34 am | by GE Healthcare | News | Comments

There were people who thought that Italian priest and scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani had bats in the belfry. But he had bats on his mind. Working in the late 1700s, Spallanzani showed that blindfolded bats could still catch flies...

Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 10:24 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their...

Stony Brook Researchers Develop New Method to Measure Cerebral Blood Flow

September 16, 2014 11:49 am | by Stony Brook University | News | Comments

One thing leads to another, especially in research. When Stony Brook University School of Medicine scientists developed a new method to measure how cocaine disrupts blood flow in the brains of mice, doctors and researchers got a way to form a...

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GE Healthcare’s SenoClaire to Invigorate US Breast Tomosynthesis Market

September 16, 2014 11:33 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The recent approval of GE Healthcare’s SenoClaire by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will end Hologic’s monopoly of the US digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) market, offering greater choice for hospitals and patients, according to...

Neuroimaging Technique Identifies Concussion-Related Brain Disease in Living Brain

September 16, 2014 11:27 am | by The Mount Sinai Hospital / Mount Sinai School of Medicine | News | Comments

An experimental positron emission tomography (PET) tracer is effective in diagnosing concussion-related brain disease while a person is still alive, according to a case study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and at...

Photos of the Day: Cell Phone Microscope for a Dollar

September 16, 2014 11:21 am | by Susan Bauer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Rebecca Erikson, who works at The U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has developed a sleek, simple and inexpensive way to turn a cell phone into a high powered, high quality microscope that can be used to...

Want to Print Your Own Cell Phone Microscope for Pennies? Here's How

September 16, 2014 11:11 am | by Susan Bauer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape...

3D Systems Introduces New Simbionix Virtual Reality Surgical Simulation Training Module

September 15, 2014 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

3D Systems announced today the addition of a new Simbionix ultrasound training module for the practice of transvaginal ultrasound exams (GYN TVS) at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ISUOG) exhibition in...

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Fighting Lung Cancer: Faster Image Processing for Low-Radiation CT Scans

September 12, 2014 4:17 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

A new $1.9 million study at the University of Michigan seeks to make low-dose computed tomography scans a viable screening technique by speeding up the image reconstruction from half an hour or more to just five minutes. The advance could be...

Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision to Medicine

September 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Zooming in on diseased tissue or scanning fragile biological samples are essential tools in medicine and biological research, but this often requires peering through layers of tissue and other materials that can blur and distort the image...

Monitoring the Response of Bone Metastases to Treatment Using MRI and PET

September 11, 2014 9:50 am | by European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer | News | Comments

Imaging technologies are very useful in evaluating a patient's response to cancer treatment, and this can be done quite effectively for most tumors using RECIST, Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors. However, RECIST works well for...

New Ultrasound System Delivers Three Times the Imaging Information

September 10, 2014 10:28 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Analogic Corporation, enabling the world's medical imaging and aviation security technology, has announced the launch of its new bk3000 ultrasound system, the newest addition to its industry-leading family of ultrasound products. The bk3000...

New Infrared Marker for Bio-Imaging

September 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | News | Comments

Far-red shifted fluorescent tissue markers make it possible to visualize structures and processes with advanced bio-imaging. This permits new insights into organisms and creates the potential for a wide range of applications – from more exact...

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Contrast-Enhanced CT Scan Safe for Most Patients

September 9, 2014 10:38 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

According to new research performed at the Mayo Clinic, iodine-based contrast material injected intravenously to enhance computed tomography (CT) images can be safely used in most patients. The study appears online in the journal Radiology...

New Methods Enhance the Quality of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

New methods that enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In her PhD study, Tuija Kangasmaa, Lic. Phil., invented a method which makes it possible to...

Ultra-Thin, High-Speed Detector Could Enable Imaging Just Below the Skin

September 8, 2014 11:53 am | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

New research at the University of Maryland could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects. Using the special properties of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is only...

Researchers Developing Noninvasive Method for Diagnosing Common, Painful Back Condition

September 5, 2014 12:17 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team in the Cedars-Sinai Biomedical Imaging Research Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Regenerative Medicine Institute and Department of Surgery received a grant from the National Institutes of Health...

Advances in Medical Imaging Could Enable Revolutionary Proton Therapy Cancer Treatment

September 4, 2014 2:14 pm | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Advances in medical imaging technology which could make proton beam therapy a viable treatment for many more cancer sufferers will be described on an international stage. The University of Lincoln’s Professor Nigel Allinson MBE will deliver...

Visualizing Plastic Changes to the Brain

September 4, 2014 10:47 am | by AlphaGalileo | News | Comments

Tinnitus, migraine, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's: all these are examples of diseases with neurological causes, the treatment and study of which is more and more frequently being carried out by means of magnetic stimulation...

FDA Approval of GE's SenoClaire - New Breast Imaging with 3D Tomosynthesis Solution

September 3, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE Healthcare has announced the FDA approval of SenoClaire, GE’s new breast tomosynthesis solution designed with a three-dimensional imaging technology. In collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital, GE developed SenoClaire technology...

New Method for Non-Invasive Prostate Cancer Screening

September 2, 2014 3:16 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Cancer screening is a critical approach for preventing cancer deaths because cases caught early are often more treatable. But while there are already existing ways to screen for different types of cancer, there is a great need for even more...

Philips Debuts New Affiniti Ultrasound System at the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2014

September 2, 2014 10:17 am | by Philips Healthcare | News | Comments

Royal Philips has announced the launch of Affiniti, a new ultrasound system designed to enable global hospitals and health systems to overcome the demands of increasing patient volumes and cost pressures. Making its debut at the European...

Computer Software and Mathematical Theory to Improve Imaging Systems

August 28, 2014 3:59 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Sina Farsiu wants to figure out how to peer into your soul...or at least your brain. An expert in designing computer image processing algorithms, Farsiu is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Duke Medicine who recently accepted a primary...

Quantum Physics Enables Revolutionary Imaging Method

August 28, 2014 2:55 pm | by University of Vienna | News | Comments

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with...

New Technology May Identify Tiny Strains in Body Tissues Before Injuries Occur

August 27, 2014 3:31 pm | by Washington University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. The technology, which needs to be refined before it is used in patients, one day...

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