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Where Medical Imaging is Headed

Most medical imaging technologies in widespread use today provide relatively low-resolution, black and white, 2-dimensional images that require significant training to interpret and understand. However, new technologies are being developed that are going to revolutionize medical imaging, allowing 3-dimensional, color images to be obtained. Some of those technologies can even yield video images in real [...]

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At-Home Diagnostics is Here

At-home diagnostics is about to have a major impact on healthcare systems world-wide. Healthy.io has just received FDA clearance to market their home diagnostic urinalysis system in the United States. It is already CE certified. For a simple explanation of the product, see this article in MedGadget. The Healthy.io website also has several excellent, short videos [...]

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Electronic Bandages

Flexible, wearable devices are being developed that could act as electronic bandages. Engineering researchers at a number of universities are collaborating on a device that would both monitor how a wound was healing and deliver drugs to the wound site as needed. This is an application of cutting edge technology to a basic and pervasive [...]

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Will Light be the Key to Curing Addiction?

Optogenetics is a tool that is being used extensively to learn how the brain works. In a study recently published in Nature, a research team was able to use optogenetic techniques to modify taste sensations in mice. By stimulating with light genetically altered areas of the brain, they were able to make the mice experience [...]

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Poor Usability Leads to Device Recall

Poor usability in Draeger Medical’s JM-103 and JM-105 Jaundice meters has led the FDA to issue a Class 1 recall of the devices. A Class 1 recall is the most serious, and indicates that use of the device could cause serious injury or death. The Draeger meters measure yellowness of subcutaneous tissue in newborns. Measurements [...]

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A Simple App to Encourage Behavior Change?

Medtronic and Nutrino  have partnered to offer the iPro2 myLog App that integrates with Medtronic’s iPro2 professional continuous glucose monitor (CGM). The app provides an easy way for diabetes patients to track the foods they consume – they simply take a picture of their meal. Artificial intelligence is used to analyze the food consumed and [...]

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New Battery Technology?

The medical press is filled with breathless hype about the potential of new technologies. I am guilty of that myself. While there are a lot of very interesting things going on in science that could be employed in medical technology, the fact is that it takes a very long time before something proved to be [...]

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Cell Processes Revealed

A new microscopy technique developed by a consortium of universities has enabled unprecedented imaging of processes occurring deep within living cell structures. The technique involves passing an ultra-thin sheet of light repeatedly through the target area, effectively creating slices of the target volume. A computer can stitch the image data captured to create a 3-dimensional [...]

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Low cost, Flexible Electronic Body-Worn Monitors

Flexible electronics have significant potential for applications in medical devices. Still mostly in the developmental stages, I believe it will be very soon that we will see them in commercial products. According to an article in Medical Design Technology, a team at the University of Texas at Austin has developed a way to manufacture flexible [...]

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More on Computer-augmented Imaging

I have written on numerous occasions about the fact that computer algorithms are being developed to enhance imagery from ultrasounds, MRI’s, CT scans and the like to provide far greater resolution and clarity. A recent story in Medical Device Technology reported that deep machine learning has been used to enhance images from smartphone cameras to [...]

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