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Preventing HCAIs with Innovative Material Solutions

January 30, 2014 3:58 pm | by Cathleen Hess, Director of Healthcare Marketing, SABIC Innovative Plastics | Sabic Innovative Plastics | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a dangerous and costly challenge impacting the healthcare sector on a wide scale. Based on data from the World Health Organization, hospital infections represent the most frequent adverse event...

Nearly Everyone Uses Piezoelectrics; Be Nice to Know How They Work

January 30, 2014 2:40 pm | by NIST Tech Beat | News | Comments

Piezoelectrics — materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again — are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives. Loud speakers. Medical ultrasound. Sonar. Though piezoelectrics are a widely used technology...

High-Tech 'Whole Body' Scan Could Improve Treatment of Bone Marrow Cancer

January 29, 2014 12:35 pm | by Institute of Cancer Research | News | Comments

The new type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan could improve care for a type of cancer called myeloma and reduce reliance on bone marrow biopsies, which can be painful for patients and often fail to show doctors how far the disease...

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Measuring Brain Activity in Premature Infants

January 29, 2014 12:14 pm | by The Journal of Visualized Experiments | News | Comments

On January 29, JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, will publish a procedure to identify newborns and children at-risk for developmental problems, especially those born prematurely. The technique is an infant friendly way of measuring...

Imaging Autoimmune Diabetes

January 29, 2014 12:06 pm | by Lund University | News | Comments

Researchers at Lund University have managed to develop a technique whereby they can study the inflammatory process that takes place in the pancreas during the natural development of type 1 diabetes, allowing for real time and repeated non...

Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’

January 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE, Director of Special Assignments, Industrial & Power Conversion Division, STMicroelectronics | Blogs | Comments

A revolution in healthcare is quietly brewing. The “Internet of Things”—a global system that could eventually comprise billions of devices and applications—including sensors, actuators, microcontrollers, mobile-communication devices, nano...

A Silk Coat for Diamonds Makes Sleek New Imaging and Drug Delivery Tool

January 28, 2014 10:40 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Silk and diamonds aren't just for ties and jewelry anymore. They're ingredients for a new kind of tiny glowing particle that could provide doctors and researchers with a novel technique for biological imaging and drug delivery. The new...  

Facelift Complications Eased with Help of New 3D Imaging Technique

January 28, 2014 10:17 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Millions of people each year remove wrinkles, soften creases and plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called “liquid facelifts” and are said to be minimally...

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New Biomedical Diagnostics Using Personalized 3D Imaging

January 27, 2014 12:16 pm | by Universidad Carlos III of Madrid | News | Comments

This innovation enables 3D images of living organisms to be obtained with greater speed and precision. In broad terms, helical optical projection tomography consists in rotating a sample while moving it vertically in order to then obtain...

New Microscopy Technique Improves Imaging at the Atomic Scale

January 27, 2014 12:09 pm | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

When capturing images at the atomic scale, even tiny movements of the sample can result in skewed or distorted images – and those movements are virtually impossible to prevent. Now microscopy researchers at North Carolina State University...

Expanding Our View of Vision

January 27, 2014 12:05 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you’re seeing. Now, for the first time, MIT neuroscientists have noninvasively mapped this flow of information in the human brain with unique...

‘Seeing’ Radiation Treatment in the Human Body

January 27, 2014 11:01 am | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center | News | Comments

A scientific breakthrough may give the field of radiation oncology new tools to increase the precision and safety of radiation treatment in cancer patients by helping doctors “see” the powerful beams of a linear accelerator as they enter...

Photos of the Day: Imaging Radiation Beams in the Human Body

January 27, 2014 10:51 am | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center | News | Comments

As a first step, engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth modified a regular camera with a night vision scope to take photos of radiation beams as they passed through water. What appeared on the photos is the Cherenkov...

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Multiphysics Models Create New Biomedical Information

January 23, 2014 2:58 pm | by Tim Studt, Editorial Director, R&D Magazine | Articles | Comments

Multiphysics software simulations are used by biomedical equipment developers to reliably design complex mechanisms for enhancing the human physical condition. These medical devices can include tools for treating cancers, enhancing hearing...

Medtronic Pacing Systems First to Be Approved for Full Body MRI Scans Without Positioning Restrictions

January 23, 2014 11:10 am | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. has announced that the Medtronic SureScan pacing systems—the first and only pacing systems in the United States that have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with magnetic resonance imaging...

EOS imaging Announces 61% Revenue Surge in 2013 to €15.2 Million

January 22, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

EOS imaging, the pioneer in 2D/3D orthopedic medical imaging, today released its consolidated revenue for the full year and fourth quarter of 2013. Strong top-line growth in 2013 buoyed by record sales of EOS® Systems EOS imaging posted...

3D Imaging Provides Window into Living Cells, No Dye Required

January 22, 2014 11:25 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures—all with conventional...

Photos of the Day: Moving Kidney Stones with Ultrasound

January 22, 2014 11:04 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Besides guiding kidney stones to help them pass naturally, other applications could be to reposition a stone before or during surgery; to displace a large stone obstructing the ureter to relieve the patient’s pain and avoid emergency surgery...

Using Ultrasound to Move Kidney Stones

January 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Hannah Hickey, University of Washington | News | Comments

A new device developed at the University of Washington would let doctors use ultrasound to move kidney stones inside the body and help them pass by natural means. “Ultrasound is used today to break up large stones. That’s not what we’re...

The First Research Results from the Neurobiology Centre

January 21, 2014 12:05 pm | by Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology | News | Comments

Do dyslectic children have a slightly different brain structure than their colleagues? What chemical reactions cause the immune system to support the development of malignant brain tumours? Why are certain events etched so firmly in our...

Looking Ahead at Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Adrian Wilson, Head of Technologies, Element Six | Blogs | Comments

Today’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies, aiding the measurement of illness diagnose and treatment, even when stretched to their limits, have not allowed for resolution beyond a few micrometers and traditionally require expensive...

Tissue Sample Marking Technology Takes the First Stage of Cancer Detection Beyond the Microscope-Assisted Eye

January 20, 2014 9:55 am | by PathXL | News | Comments

New software developed by biotechnology specialists PathXL in Belfast, Northern Ireland, provides pathologists with the potential to measure hundreds of cancer characteristics in tissue, improving what can be achieved with the naked eye...

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series on Health App Development Under FDA Regulation

January 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

Today, the Consumer Electronics Association announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading... 

Unwanted Side Effect Becomes Advantage in Photoacoustic Imaging

January 16, 2014 2:54 pm | by Beth Miller, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

Biomedical engineer Lihong Wang, PhD, and researchers in his lab work with lasers used in photoacoustic imaging for early-cancer detection and a close look at biological tissue. But sometimes there are limitations to what they can do, and...

Engineer Pursues Development of Five-Dimensional Imaging Technology

January 16, 2014 2:42 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech biomedical engineering faculty member Guohua Cao, director of the X-Ray Systems Laboratory, is leading an effort to develop a new type of X-ray scanner that is an unprecedented five dimensional technology. Cao is using his...

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