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News : Medical
Lessons of Conventional Imaging Let Scientists See Around Corners

Along with flying and invisibility, high on the list of every child's aspirational superpowers is the ability to see through or around walls or other visual obstacles. That capability is now a big step closer to reality as scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and...

News : Imaging
New Imaging Modality Targets Cholesterol in Arterial Plaque

In an article published in the peer-reviewed SPIE publication, Journal of Biomedical Optics (JBO), researchers are demonstrating a new imaging modality that successfully identifies the presence of cholesterol in the arterial plaque. The article is "Frequency-Domain Differential...

Medical Blog : Medical
Brain Tumor Imaging Technique Uses Protein Found in Scorpion Venom

A novel imaging technique that uses a synthesized form of scorpion venom to light up brain tumors has shown promise in a clinical trial. The imaging system enables neurosurgeons to better see malignant growths that often are difficult to fully eliminate.

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes
New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes

One day, scopes may no longer need to be inserted into the body — such as down the throat or under the skin — to reach the stomach, brain, or any other organs for...

New Optical Endoscopy Using Ultrasound Could Replace Scopes
Briefs : Materials
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease

Engineers have shown it is technically possible to guide a tiny robotic capsule inside the colon to take micro-ultrasound images. Known as a Sonopill, the device could one day...

Miniature Robot Could Check Colons for Early Signs of Disease
R&D : Medical
Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening
Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind palm-sized 3D ultrasound imaging system for radiation-free scoliosis assessment. Named “Scolioscan Air,” the system is designed to bring...

Palm-Sized 3D Ultrasound for Scoliosis Mass Screening
R&D : AR/AI
AI Enables Low-Dose CT Scans
AI Enables Low-Dose CT Scans

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technique that uses image post-processing to rapidly convert low-dose computed tomography (CT) scans to images of superior quality, compared to low-dose...

AI Enables Low-Dose CT Scans
Features : Materials
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1

With medical devices approved for more demanding cardiovascular applications such as transcatheter aortic and mitral valve repair (TAVR/TMVR), the long-term structural...

Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 1
Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing

Orthopedic devices play a crucial role in providing pain relief, improving mobility, and enhancing the quality of life for patients suffering from musculoskeletal...

Industrial CT is Hip: Quality of Life Enhanced with Additive Manufacturing
R&D : Imaging
Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors
Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors

Using sound vibrations and pulses of near-infrared light, a new “virtual biopsy” device can quickly determine a skin lesion's depth and potential malignancy without using a scalpel. The...

Virtual Biopsy Device Detects Skin Tumors
INSIDER : Photonics/Optics
Electronic Chip Mimics the Human Brain
Electronic Chip Mimics the Human Brain

Researchers have developed a device that replicates the way the brain stores and loses information. The technology creates opportunities to better understand how the brain is affected by disorders that...

Electronic Chip Mimics the Human Brain
Features : Medical
Using Data-Centric Connectivity to Drive Innovation in Medical Imaging
Using Data-Centric Connectivity to Drive Innovation in Medical Imaging

Today's imaging systems save lives by making the unseen visible to a degree never before possible. Medical professionals can now view systems within the human body in...

Using Data-Centric Connectivity to Drive Innovation in Medical Imaging
R&D : Medical
Cable-Free Brain Imaging
Cable-Free Brain Imaging

Existing electrophysiological and fluorescence-based brain imaging techniques in mice are generally invasive, require head fixes or cables, and are not suitable for long-term recordings. While there have been recent...

Cable-Free Brain Imaging
R&D : Medical
AI Spots Lung Cancer Before Radiologists
AI Spots Lung Cancer Before Radiologists

Deep learning — a form of artificial intelligence — was able to detect malignant lung nodules on low-dose chest computed tomography (LDCT) scans with a performance meeting or exceeding that of...

AI Spots Lung Cancer Before Radiologists
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors
Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors

Researchers have demonstrated that a long-elusive kind of laser diode based on organic semiconductors is indeed possible, paving the way for the further expansion of lasers in applications such as...

Laser Diode Based on Organic Semiconductors
News : Photonics/Optics
Medical Fiber Optics Market to Benefit from Increasing Use for Improving Patient Care: Study
Medical Fiber Optics Market to Benefit from Increasing Use for Improving Patient Care: Study

Technological advancements pertaining to the electronics and healthcare industries is driving the medical fiber optics market. The adoption of...

Medical Fiber Optics Market to Benefit from Increasing Use for Improving Patient Care: Study
Briefs : FDA/Regulatory
Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors
Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors

Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of...

Imaging System Helps Surgeons Remove Tiny Ovarian Tumors
Features : Electronics & Computers
The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors
The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors

For many high-power RF applications, the “Q factor” of embedded capacitors is one of the most important characteristics in the design of circuits. This includes products such as cellular/telecom...

The ‘Relativity’ of High Q Capacitors
Products : Photonics/Optics
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Optical Distance Sensor

A highly accurate optical distance sensor is available from Werth Messtechnik, Giessen, Germany. The Werth Chromatic Focus Point sensor can measure...

New Products & Services: June 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Medical
MRI Sensor Can Image Activity Deep Within the Brain
MRI Sensor Can Image Activity Deep Within the Brain

A new way to image calcium activity is based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and allows them researchers to peer much deeper into the brain. Using this technique, they can track...

MRI Sensor Can Image Activity Deep Within the Brain
R&D : Photonics/Optics
Tiny Optical Elements for Miniature Endoscopes
Tiny Optical Elements for Miniature Endoscopes

A research team has developed tiny optical elements from metal nanoparticles and a polymer that one day could replace traditional refractive lenses to realize portable imaging systems and...

Tiny Optical Elements for Miniature Endoscopes
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Molecular Device Uses Novel OPT Arrays
Molecular Device Uses Novel OPT Arrays

Converting light into electrical signals is essential for a number of future applications including imaging, optical communication, and biomedical sensing. Researchers have developed a new molecular...

Molecular Device Uses Novel OPT Arrays
Briefs : Medical
Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications
Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications

The Polymerization Process Research Group of the Polymat Institute of the UPV/EHU–University of the Basque Country has efficiently encapsulated semiconductor nanocrystals...

Encapsulated Nanoparticles Offer Promise for Biomedical Applications
Features : Materials
Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes
Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes

As often happens in the medical industry, innovative ideas hatched in university research settings spawn innovative companies, which create innovative products. A...

Digital Manufacturing Helps Medtech Firm's Goal to Improve Patient Outcomes
Products : Imaging
Product of the Month: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Image Signal Processors

OmniVision Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, has expanded its medical image signal processor (ISP) family, designed to pair with its high-performance...

Product of the Month: April 2019 Medical Design Briefs
News : Medical
Safer and Cheaper 3D Medical Imaging
Safer and Cheaper 3D Medical Imaging

A new study led by the Australian National University (ANU) has discovered a promising way to significantly lower doses of x-rays, which has the potential to revolutionize 3D medical imaging and make...

Safer and Cheaper 3D Medical Imaging
News : Medical
Chip-Based Imaging Devices for Cars and Phones
Chip-Based Imaging Devices for Cars and Phones

For the first time, researchers have shown that the non-conventional imaging method known as ghost imaging can be performed using a low-cost, chip-based light-illuminating device. This important...

Chip-Based Imaging Devices for Cars and Phones
News : Medical
High-Contrast Imaging for Cancer Therapy with Protons
High-Contrast Imaging for Cancer Therapy with Protons

Medical physicist Dr. Aswin Hoffmann and his team from the Institute of Radiooncology — OncoRay at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) — are the first researchers...

High-Contrast Imaging for Cancer Therapy with Protons
News : Imaging
New Tool Enables Imaging of Neural Activity with Near-Infrared Light
New Tool Enables Imaging of Neural Activity with Near-Infrared Light

A groundbreaking tool for visualizing neural activity has implications for understanding brain functions and disorders, according to new research by University of Alberta...

New Tool Enables Imaging of Neural Activity with Near-Infrared Light
INSIDER : Medical
Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds
Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds

Scientists have created such a mobile skin bioprinting system — the first of its kind — that allows bi-layered skin to be printed directly into a wound. The bioprinter, filled with a patient’s...

Mobile Bedside Bioprinter Can Heal Wounds

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