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Covidien Completes Acquisition of Given Imaging

February 27, 2014 7:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Covidien plc today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Given Imaging Ltd., providing the company additional scale and scope to serve a significant medical specialty, the multibillion dollar global gastrointestinal (GI) market. PillCam...

‘Lighting Up’ Tumors with Scorpion Venom and a Laser

February 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. The experimental...

3D Technology and the Modern OR (Part 1)

February 25, 2014 11:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In the inaugural edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR,” we’ll take a look at how the technology that supports OR visualization has evolved in the last several years and how the latest 3D products on the market has been received by...

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Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

Single Chip Device Provides Real-Time 3D Images from Inside the Heart

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed the technology for a catheter-based device that would provide forward-looking, real-time, three-dimensional imaging from inside the heart, coronary arteries and peripheral blood vessels. With its volumetric imaging...

Photos of the Day: Imaging the Heart from the Inside

February 19, 2014 10:07 am | by Rob Felt, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The device integrates ultrasound transducers with processing electronics on a single 1.4 millimeter silicon chip. On-chip processing of signals allows data from more than a hundred elements on the device to be transmitted using just 13 tiny...

Recent Diagnostic Ultrasound Acquisitions Light the Way for Positive 2014

February 19, 2014 9:32 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

Major deals concluded within the diagnostic ultrasound imaging market throughout 2013 translate into “a year to look forward to” in 2014, as innovation is fueled by heightened demand in what has previously been considered a technologically...

Editorial Guidance

February 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial...

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Superbright and Fast X-Rays Image Single Layer of Proteins

February 18, 2014 10:53 am | by Mary Beckman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

In biology, a protein's shape is key to understanding how it causes disease or toxicity. Researchers who use X-rays to take snapshots of proteins need a billion copies of the same protein stacked and packed into a neat crystal. Now, scientists...

Study Disputes Value of Routine Mammograms

February 14, 2014 12:41 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not...

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...

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 | 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...

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...

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