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Point-of-Care Ultrasound Proves Accurate for Kids with Suspected Appendicitis

February 14, 2014 10:33 am | by Mount Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Using portable ultrasound as a first-line imaging study in kids with suspected appendicitis helps reduce emergency room length of stay and reduces the need for CT scans, according to a team of Mount Sinai researchers. Bedside ultrasound...

Graphene Balloon Yields Unprecedented Images

February 7, 2014 12:33 pm | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

A graphene water balloon may soon open up new vistas for scientists seeking to understand health and disease at the most fundamental level. Electron microscopes already provide amazingly clear images of samples just a few nanometers across...

Nanoparticle Pinpoints Blood Vessel Plaques

February 7, 2014 10:36 am | by Case Western Reserve University | News | Comments

A team of researchers, led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University, has developed a multifunctional nanoparticle that enables magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to pinpoint blood vessel plaques caused by atherosclerosis. The technology...

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World's First Patients Treated Using MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy

February 5, 2014 5:55 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The ViewRay system, the world's first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system, is being used to treat patients at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. The ViewRay...

3D MRI Heart Imaging to Improve Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

February 5, 2014 10:45 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

A University of Utah-led study for treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (A-fib) provides strong clinical evidence for the use of 3D MRI to individualize disease management and improve outcomes. Results of the Delayed-Enhancement...

Global Diagnostic Ultrasound Market to Witness Modest Growth by 2019

February 5, 2014 8:58 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

The global diagnostic ultrasound market value will experience a slight increase over the coming years, climbing from $3.6 billion in 2012 to $4.9 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.4%, says research and consulting...

X-Ray in the Digital Age

February 4, 2014 2:10 pm | by Stephen Holloway, MDT Editorial Advisory Board Member | Blogs | Comments

As the relentless dawn of the “digital age” builds momentum, new opportunities for medical component suppliers are emerging. One area that is already embracing the new age is the $10 billion medical X-ray market, where digital X-ray systems...

FDA Approves Pill Camera to Screen Colon

February 3, 2014 2:13 pm | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A kinder, gentler approach to one of the most dreaded exams in medicine is on the way: U.S. regulators have cleared a bite-size camera to help screen the large intestine of patients who have trouble with colonoscopies. The ingestible pill...

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Capturing Ultrasharp Images of Multiple Cell Components at Once

February 3, 2014 9:51 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

A new microscopy method could enable scientists to generate snapshots of dozens of different biomolecules at once in a single human cell, a team from the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University reported...

Given Imaging Receives FDA Clearance for PillCam COLON in Patients Following Incomplete Colonoscopy

February 3, 2014 1:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd, a world leader in GI medical devices and pioneer of capsule endoscopy, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared PillCam COLON as a new modality to provide visualization of the colon...

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...

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...

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...

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