Surgery is the cornerstone of oncology treatment, and molecularly-targeted fluorescent imaging agents have the potential to guide surgical resection by highlighting the biological margins of the disease. However, development and testing of such molecular imaging agents has been lacking.
Patients having knee MRI examinations are significantly more likely to receive a negative finding if referred by physicians who have a financial interest in the imaging equipment being used, according to a study published online in the journal Radiology.
The structure of the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic low back pain, according to researchers who used brain scans. The results, published in the journal Pain, support the growing idea that the brain plays a critical role in chronic pain, a concept that may lead to changes in the way doctors treat patients.
On Tuesday, September 17, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a novel technique for imaging muscle function while in motion. Research in this area could uncover the root of musculoskeletal disorders, such as the development of osteoarthritis following ACL surgery.
Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. today announced they expect to complete both Phase Two and Phase Three of development of the colonoscope application during the remainder of 2013. The company will receive milestone cash payments for each stage of the development process.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Georgia Tech a $2-million research grant to unravel the mechanical forces at play in lymphedema, a poorly understood disease with no cure and little hope for sufferers. Lymphedema develops when the body fails to circulate lymphatic fluid, a mixture of immune cells, proteins, and lipids.
Just as wires must be insulated to effectively carry electrical impulses, nerve cells must be insulated by myelin to effectively transmit neural impulses. Using typical magnetic resonance imaging or MRI, one can visually distinguish parts of the brain that look white and parts that look gray.
A new EU project, METSY, develops and applies neuroimaging and bioinformatics tools to study how lipid metabolism is connected to psychotic disorders and metabolic co-morbidities such as metabolic syndrome and diabetes. The overall objective is to identify, prioritize and evaluate multi-modal blood and neuroimaging biomarkers...
In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed disruptive technology as it pertains to the medical equipment market. Due to the high cost of leading-edge medical technology, sales are lagging for the most cutting-edge systems, such as hybrid x-rays, which combine radiology/cardiology interventional x-ray systems.
Doctor visits tend to be quiet affairs, unless an MRI exam, or a root canal, is on the agenda. An MR scanner can generate noise in excess of 110 decibels, enough to rival a rock concert. There is a good reason why this happens. “An MRI scanner is like a huge version of a speaker in your home,” says engineer Bryan Mock, who manages GE Healthcare’s MRI products.
Any time a disruptive technology comes along, prior generations of similar technologies are impacted. In the consumer market, customers generally adopt new technology rapidly if the price is right. For higher-value equipment, though, prior generations may find a new lease on life while customers wait until new technology price points come down.
InnerVision Medical Technologies, Inc., a developmental-stage company engaged in research and development of high-resolution ultrasound systems, today announced completion of its prototype ultrasound device and early evaluation results for imaging morbidly obese patients.
Recently converted in one of the youngest residents of Silicon Valley, California, the high-tech Mexican enterprise Echopixel created software that allows the medical doctor to look and manipulate on their desk third dimension (3D) holograms of various organs obtained from ultrasound, CT or MRI scans.
Whole-body MRI may serve as a valuable noninvasive tool for assessing the risk of heart attack and stroke in diabetic patients, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. Diabetes is a metabolic disease characterized by an increased concentration of glucose in the blood.
High tech imaging has led to unnecessary, costly and risky treatment of low-risk cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the most recent issue of the British Medical Journal. Researchers examined use of various imaging techniques, finding that their use has spurred a surge in surgical thyroid removal in cases that may have been better left alone.
Scientists at Rice University have trapped bismuth in a nanotube cage to tag stem cells for X-ray tracking. Bismuth is probably best known as the active element in a popular stomach-settling elixir and is also used in cosmetics and medical applications.
A new laser-based technology may make brain tumor surgery much more accurate, allowing surgeons to tell cancer tissue from normal brain at the microscopic level while they are operating, and avoid leaving behind cells that could spawn a new tumor.
TauTona Group, a medical device incubator and investor focused on the rapid development of innovative surgical products, today announced the sale of its Surgical Marker technology to Novadaq® Technologies Inc. Novadaq is a developer of clinically-relevant imaging solutions for use in surgical and outpatient wound care procedures.
Durham, N.C.-based Heart Imaging Technologies won a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of efforts to build a "corelab of the future." HeartIT pioneered the WebPAX system, which the company calls the 1st FDA-approved zero-footprint medical imaging workstation.
Technology giant Philips awarded a 10-year contract for continuous access of its ultrasound devices to the cardiology department at Medical Center Leeuwarden, a teaching hospital in the Netherlands. The Dutch hospital will also receive training services and periodic structural upgrades as part of the deal.
With a five-year, $3 million R01 award from the National Institutes of Health, through the National Cancer Institute, a team of researchers led by Gregory Fischer, Ph.D. will test a new, minimally invasive approach to treating brain tumors that promises to accurately destroy malignant tissue while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.
Researchers from University Hospitals Case Medical Center have published findings that a new form of imaging -- PET/MRI -- is promising for several types of cancer. In an article titled "PET/MRI: Applications in Clinical Imaging," published in the September issue of Current Radiology Reports, the authors outline their initial clinical experience in diagnosing and staging cancer patients with this novel technology.
Innovative control technology offers medical professionals and technicians the potential to do much more with diagnostic imaging equipment. “A New Dimension in Diagnostics,” this issue's cover story, looks at intuitive controls for radiological applications.
A new system for visualizing the brain during surgery is helping neurosurgeons more accurately diagnose and treat patients and is even allowing them to perform some procedures that until now have been extremely difficult or even impossible.
The ability to measure brain functions non-invasively is important both for clinical diagnoses and research in Neurology and Psychology. Two main imaging techniques are used: positron emission tomography (PET), which reveals metabolic processes in the brain; and activity of different brain regions is measured on the basis of the cells’ oxygen consumption by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).