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Big Data and Analytics Still a Driver for Future Change

December 26, 2014 8:02 am | by Andrew Rebhan, Analyst for Medical Devices & Healthcare IT, IHS Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Healthcare delivery models have already started the shift away from volume-based care in order to focus more on delivering higher value for patients. The need for integrated care and interoperability among disparate IT systems, along with the rise in newly...

Hybrid Cloud – A Safe Play for Medical Device Manufacturers

December 23, 2014 8:02 am | by Mika Javanainen, Senior Director of Product Management, M-Files Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When every new technology innovation or computing model has to be evaluated within the...

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking as Biomarker for Brain Function and Brain Injury

December 17, 2014 10:39 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the...

Microwave Imaging of the Breast

December 17, 2014 9:23 pm | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed...

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Imaging Catheter for Treatment of Heart Disease Could Reduce Cardiac Intervention Complications

December 17, 2014 10:28 am | by RTI International | News | Comments

An emerging 3D imaging catheter aims to provide cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. Developed by RTI International, the catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit...

Infographic: Outsourcing in the Development of Medical Devices

December 17, 2014 10:11 am | by Eileen Whitmore, Art Director, and Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | News | Comments

MDT sent out a survey to readers focused on their experience with outsourcing in the development of medical devices. The following infographic reflects their responses to a number of questions related to the topic. For additional insight...

What Do You Mean You Aren’t Outsourcing?

December 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

When I started covering this industry more than 15 years ago, using outsourcing service providers was something that was done sparingly and much less of a common practice when compared to today. Medical device manufacturers were not ready...

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Optical Technology Diagnoses Brain Damage from Concussions, Strokes and Dementia

December 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by Tufts University | News | Comments

New optical diagnostic technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering promises new ways to identify and monitor brain damage resulting from traumatic injury, stroke or vascular dementia--in real time and without invasive procedures...

Non-Invasive Imaging Tech Detects Cervical Cancer

December 15, 2014 11:53 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992...

The Future of Breast Cancer Screening

December 12, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

In 1965, French radiologist Charles Gros built the first X-ray machine dedicated to screening breasts and effectively launched mammography as a viable breast cancer test. The machine, which was built by Thomson CGR, used a special ...  

A Harmonic Convergence of MedTech

December 5, 2014 2:08 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Honestly, if you attend Medica and don’t find yourself exhilarated by all the creativity and innovation that’s happening in the medtech space, you’re in the wrong job. The event is not just an educational or networking opportunity, but rather an event that truly celebrates medical technology...

Friday 5: Connecting Healthcare with TE Connectivity's Thomas Medina

December 5, 2014 9:42 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I foresee a continuous transition from body-worn to body-integrated devices designed to deliver very specific, customized care. Device function will be monitored and controlled remotely, determined via gene-based diagnosis and therapies; and will be...

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World’s Fastest 2-D Camera May Enable New Scientific Discoveries

December 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by Tony Fitzpatrick, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world’s fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture...

Brain Representations of Social Thoughts Accurately Predict Autism Diagnosis

December 3, 2014 11:37 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Psychiatric disorders — including autism — are characterized and diagnosed based on a clinical assessment of verbal and physical behavior. However, brain imaging and cognitive neuroscience are poised to provide a powerful advanced new tool...

Green Light from FDA for CT Lung-Imaging Software

December 3, 2014 11:08 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

A technology that started in a University of Michigan Medical School lab may soon help lung disease patients around the world breathe a little easier, by helping their doctors make a clearer diagnosis and more individualized treatment plan. Imbio...

Photos of the Day: The Past 100 Years and the Future of Medical Imaging

December 3, 2014 10:06 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Thomas Edison’s light bulb patent was 16 years old when his colleague and GE co-founder Elihu Thomson modified his electric lamp technology and developed an early X-ray machine that allowed doctors to diagnose bone fractures and locate “foreign...

3D Mammography Offers Better Cancer Detection

December 2, 2014 10:18 am | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

A major new study being presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) has found that digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, has the potential to significantly increase the cancer detection...

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Novel Imaging System Offers Lower Radiation Exposure for Liver Cancer Patients

December 1, 2014 11:01 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers report that their test of an interventional X-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 has the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy...

Non-Invasive Device Helps in Diagnosis of Coronary Artery Disease

December 1, 2014 9:07 am | by FDA | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the HeartFlow FFR-CT software, which permits health care professionals to non-invasively evaluate blood flow in the coronary arteries of patients showing signs and symptoms of coronary...

Device Promises to Ease Mammography Discomfort

November 25, 2014 2:03 pm | by Radiological Society of North America | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new device that may result in more comfortable mammography for women. According to a study being presented next week at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, standardizing the pressure applied...

Designing a Wearable Brain Imaging Helmet

November 25, 2014 10:45 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

GE scientists are working on a wearable, high-resolution imaging “helmet” that would allow doctors to observe the brain on the cellular level. The portable device could also allow doctors to study motor activity in the brain, since patients will be...

Top 10 from Medica & CompaMed

November 20, 2014 2:37 pm | by John Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Welcome to MDT’s Top 10 list from the Medica and Compamed shows, which took place in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was my first visit to the event, so to say it was overwhelming, yet fantastic, would be an understatement. Watch my list of the ten best things I saw.

Penetrating Bone and Metal with Ultrasound

November 20, 2014 10:58 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called “aberrating layers...”

Handheld Ultrasounds Improve Physical Diagnosis

November 20, 2014 10:30 am | by The Mount Sinai Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that training medical students to use a handheld ultrasound device can enhance the accuracy of their physical diagnosis. The study was presented November 18 at the American...

Working More Closely With Hospital Systems and Payers

November 20, 2014 7:30 am | by Michael Pereira, Senior Vice President of Technology & Operations, Ximedica | Ximedica | Blogs | Comments

Innovations are occurring from multiple paths, all fueled from a consumerization of the medical industry. Our expectations as patients, or as clinicians, or even as payers are changing what is acceptable coming from the medical device industry...

Making the Case for Reusable Custom Cases

November 19, 2014 5:11 pm | by Tim Jennings, CEO, EPS | Articles | Comments

Customized cases provide medical device manufacturers and health care professionals with durable, sustainable and secure options for the transport, storage, and end use of expensive medical equipment. Available in countless configurations...

Preventing and Reducing Hospital Admissions

November 19, 2014 7:30 am | by Marc Dubreuil, Vice President of Business Development, Farm Design | Blogs | Comments

We are beginning to see more integration of capabilities in order to provide imaging, diagnostics, and tissue manipulation within a single device and procedure. This allows the clinician, after confirming suspicious tissue, to biopsy, ablate...

Imaging Nanoparticles Could Monitor Cancer

November 18, 2014 2:49 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT chemists have developed new nanoparticles that can simultaneously perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and fluorescent imaging in living animals. Such particles could help scientists to track specific molecules produced in the body, monitor...

Placing Medical Devices in a Position to Succeed

November 18, 2014 7:30 am | by Jim Ford, Manager of Corporate Product Management, Southco | Southco, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Positioning technologies — the adjustable mechanisms that safely support or suspend displays, doors, and panels for optimal use — are a key component of successful medical equipment. Though a smaller piece of the overall design, from the end...

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