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'Flight Simulator' Technology Gives Neurosurgeons a Peek Inside Brain Before Surgery

June 23, 2014 3:49 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

NYU Langone Medical Center is now using a novel technology that serves as a "flight simulator" for neurosurgeons, allowing them to rehearse complicated brain surgeries before making an actual incision on a patient. The new simulator, called...

A Better Imager for Identifying Tumors

June 23, 2014 8:59 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Before they excise a tumor, surgeons need to determine exactly where the cancerous cells lie. Now, research published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) journal Optics Letters details a new technique that could give surgeons cheaper and...

Advanced CLARITY Method Offers Faster, Better Views of Entire Brain

June 19, 2014 4:56 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

For decades, researchers’ understanding of brain structure and function has remained fragmented due to difficulties integrating observations and insights at the levels of individual brain cells, neural circuits and systems-level information...

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Quantum Mechanism to Trigger the Emission of Tunable Light at Terahertz Frequencies

June 18, 2014 5:05 pm | by University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have found that two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures with asymmetric design enable a new quantum mechanism, triggering the emission of tunable light at terahertz frequencies—with unprecedented efficiency. The researchers, from...

MedTech Prices Lag Behind CPI, Other Medical Goods

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

Medical technology prices continue their trend of consistently low growth, increasing at approximately one-third the rate of prices in the overall economy and one-fifth the rate of prices for other medical goods and services over a 23-year...

3D Breast Imaging Could Revolutionize Cancer Screening

June 18, 2014 10:19 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | News | Comments

In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate, and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with...

Technique Could Make Sub-Wavelength Images at Radio Frequencies

June 18, 2014 9:30 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Imaging and mapping of electric fields at radio frequencies (RF)* currently requires the use of metallic structures such as dipoles, probes and reference antennas. To make such measurements efficiently, the size of these structures needs...

Photos of the Day: Walking Smarter

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

The SmartGait is designed as a tool to aid health care officials in assessing a person's risk of falling and identifying ways to avoid injury. It captures the gait length - the distance from the tip of the front foot to the tip of the back...

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Smartphone Adapted to Measure Person's Gait, Reduce Falls

June 17, 2014 8:29 am | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have shown how to modify a smartphone so that it can be used to measure a person's walking gait to prevent falls in people with compromised balance, such as the elderly or those with Parkinson's disease.The innovation, being...

Portable Brain Scanners Will Change Everything We Know About Concussions

June 17, 2014 8:26 am | by Humboldt State University | News | Comments

A portable imaging tool could change the way the medical community analyzes and understands the long-term effects of sports-related concussions. Research conducted by Humboldt State Kinesiology professor Rock Braithwaite has played a...   

Fiber Optic Sensors Enable New MRI Applications

June 16, 2014 3:07 pm | by Dennis Horwitz and Robert Rickenbach, Micronor Inc. | Micronor Inc. | Articles | Comments

Fiber optic sensors have become a critical technology enabler behind the latest functional MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) suite upgrades and new MRI equipment designs. It is increasingly desirable to synchronize certain patient activity...

Unleashing Clinical Measurements

June 16, 2014 2:38 pm | by Angelo Corsaro, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, PrismTech | Blogs | Comments

Medical devices are an essential element of modern medicine as they provide accurate clinical measurements such as oxygen saturation, blood pressure and temperature, x-ray and ultrasound imaging, as well as automatically administer intravenous...

Nanoparticles Aid in Microscopic Cancer Detection

June 16, 2014 11:52 am | by INM - Leibniz-Institut für Neue Materialien gGmbH | News | Comments

Assemblies of proteins, known as protein complexes, have important functions in cells; protein complexes embedded in the cell membrane, for example, are responsible for the exchange with the extracellular environment. But because they are...

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Producing Hyperpolarized Xenon Gas on a Microfluidic Chip

June 16, 2014 11:08 am | by Rachel Berkowitz, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

While big machines were once the stuff that scientific dreams are made of, analytical spectroscopy instrumentation has trended to smaller products that are portable, affordable, and fit into locations far removed from a standard laboratory...

Sixteen Nanometres in 3D

June 16, 2014 10:52 am | by Paul Piwnicki, Paul Scherrer Institut | News | Comments

Tomography enables the interior of a vast range of objects to be depicted in 3D – from cellular structures to technical appliances. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI) have now devised a method that opens up new scales of...

How to Market Your Device

June 16, 2014 9:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Medical devices marketed in the United States are subject to the regulatory controls in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the regulations in Title 21- Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) Parts 1-58, 800-1299... 

Nanoscale Composites Improve MRI

June 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Submicroscopic particles that contain even smaller particles of iron oxide could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a far more powerful tool to detect and fight disease. Scientists at Rice University and The Methodist Hospital Research...

Manipulating and Detecting Ultrahigh Frequency Sound Waves

June 13, 2014 12:22 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

An advance has been achieved towards next generation ultrasonic imaging with potentially 1,000 times higher resolution than today's medical ultrasounds. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National...  

Imaging Tools Help Radiologists Diagnose Lung Cancer, Save Lives

June 13, 2014 12:02 pm | by Rochester Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Medical-imaging software under development at Rochester Institute of Technology could someday give radiologists a tool for measuring the growth of nodules in patients at risk of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United...

Improvements in MRIs on the Horizon

June 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by Mike Janes, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories, along with collaborators from Rice University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, are developing new terahertz detectors based on carbon nanotubes that could lead to significant improvements in ...

Radioluminescence Tells the Story of Single Cells

June 10, 2014 4:18 pm | by Kimberly Brown, Society of Nuclear Medicine | News | Comments

With a new molecular imaging system powerful enough to peer down to 20-micrometer resolution, researchers can now use radioluminescence to examine the characteristics of single, unconnected cells. The result is a fascinating picture of diversity among ...

Enzyme-Inhibition Could Revolutionize Molecular Imaging

June 10, 2014 4:16 pm | by Kimberly Brown, Society of Nuclear Medicine | News | Comments

The prominent role a single enzyme plays in cancer imaging has eluded researchers for years, but not anymore. This discovery could pave new avenues in nuclear medicine. The enzyme, called neutral endopeptidase (NEP), has a way of ...  

Inside the Adult ADHD Brain

June 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

About 11 percent of school-age children in the United States have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While many of these children eventually “outgrow” the disorder, some carry their difficulties into adulthood ...

Hansen Medical's Sensei X Robotic Catheter System to Be Featured at Cardiostim Congress

June 9, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in intravascular robotics, will showcase its new Sensei X2 Robotic System prototype at Cardiostim Congress from June 18 - 21 at the Acropolis Convention Center in Nice, France. The Sensei X2 features...

A New Diagnostic Tool for Dementia Diseases

June 6, 2014 2:26 pm | by University of Eastern Finland | News | Comments

A new diagnostic tool helps clinicians to differentiate between Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Presented in the doctoral thesis of MD Miguel Ángel Muñoz Ruiz at the University of Eastern Finland...

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