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R&D : Materials
Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs
Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs

Researchers have developed a low-cost, “intelligent” metamaterial that could revolutionize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), making the entire MRI process faster, safer, and more accessible to...

Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs
Briefs : Medical
Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging
Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging

National Institutes of Health researchers, along with researchers at Siemens, have developed a high-performance, low-magnetic-field MRI system that vastly improves image quality of the lungs and...

Low-Field MRI Improves Lung, Cardiac Imaging
R&D : Imaging
Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs
Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs

Scientists have developed plastic collimators that can replace their metal analogs used in radiation therapy. The team focused on the exact characteristics of the desired product, its...

Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs
INSIDER : Medical
Machine Learning, Imaging Technique May Boost Colon Cancer Diagnosis
Machine Learning, Imaging Technique May Boost Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers are developing a new imaging technique that can provide accurate, real-time, computer-aided diagnosis of colorectal cancer. Using deep learning, a type of...

Machine Learning, Imaging Technique May Boost Colon Cancer Diagnosis
INSIDER : Imaging
Producing Better Guides for Medical-Image Analysis
Producing Better Guides for Medical-Image Analysis

MIT researchers have devised a method that accelerates the process for creating and customizing templates used in medical-image analysis, to guide disease diagnosis.

Producing Better Guides for Medical-Image Analysis
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Each month, the editors of Medical Design Briefs choose a Product of the Month that has exceptional technical merit and practical value for MDB's design engineering readers.

Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
News : Medical
Computational Approach Speeds Up Microscopy Imaging
Computational Approach Speeds Up Microscopy Imaging

Researchers have developed a way to enhance the imaging speed of two-photon microscopy up to five times without compromising resolution. This record-fast imaging speed will allow scientists...

Computational Approach Speeds Up Microscopy Imaging
News : Medical
Artificial Intelligence Improves Biomedical Imaging
Artificial Intelligence Improves Biomedical Imaging

Scientists at ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich have used machine learning methods to improve optoacoustic imaging. This relatively young medical imaging technique can be used for...

Artificial Intelligence Improves Biomedical Imaging
News : Medical
Machine Learning Increases Resolution of Eye Imaging
Machine Learning Increases Resolution of Eye Imaging

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have devised a method for increasing the resolution of optical coherence tomography (OCT) down to a single micrometer in all directions, even in a...

Machine Learning Increases Resolution of Eye Imaging
News : Imaging
Imaging Reveals Results from Stem Cell Trial for Stroke
Imaging Reveals Results from Stem Cell Trial for Stroke

Researchers led by Sean I. Savitz, MD, reported in the journal “Stem Cells” that bone marrow cells used to treat ischemic stroke in an expanded Phase I trial were not only safe and...

Imaging Reveals Results from Stem Cell Trial for Stroke
R&D : Medical
Miniaturizing Medical Imaging, Sensing Technology
Miniaturizing Medical Imaging, Sensing Technology

Scientists have used a microchip to map the back of the eye for disease diagnosis. This is the first time that technical obstacles have been overcome to fabricate a miniature device able to...

Miniaturizing Medical Imaging, Sensing Technology
INSIDER : AR/AI
Artificial Intelligence Improves Biomedical Imaging
Artificial Intelligence Improves Biomedical Imaging

Artificial intelligence can improve quality of images recorded by a relatively new biomedical imaging method. This paves the way towards more accurate diagnosis and cost-effective...

Artificial Intelligence Improves Biomedical Imaging
R&D : Imaging
Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time
Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time

Researchers have developed a camera to detect and image radioactive tracers used in PET and in SPECT scans at the same time, with the hope of enabling doctors to scan patients for abnormalities in less...

Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time
Briefs : Medical
Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors
Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors

In a major step toward developing portable scanners that can rapidly measure molecules in pharmaceuticals or classify tissue in patients’ skin, researchers have...

Closing the Terahertz Gap: Tiny Laser Is Important Step Toward New Sensors
News : Medical
New Imaging Tool for Diagnosing Heart Disease
New Imaging Tool for Diagnosing Heart Disease

An international team led by scientists from Lawson Health Research Institute and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are the first to show that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to measure...

New Imaging Tool for Diagnosing Heart Disease
INSIDER : Medical
New Imaging Technology Could Revolutionize Cancer Surgery
New Imaging Technology Could Revolutionize Cancer Surgery

Cancer treatment could be dramatically improved by an invention designed to precisely locate the edges of tumors during surgery to remove them. The new imaging technology uses the way...

New Imaging Technology Could Revolutionize Cancer Surgery
News : Electronics & Computers
Lessons of Conventional Imaging Let Scientists See Around Corners
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...

Lessons of Conventional Imaging Let Scientists See Around Corners
News : Imaging
New Imaging Modality Targets Cholesterol in Arterial Plaque
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...

New Imaging Modality Targets Cholesterol in Arterial Plaque
News : Medical
Brain Tumor Imaging Technique Uses Protein Found in Scorpion Venom
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...

Brain Tumor Imaging Technique Uses Protein Found in Scorpion Venom
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Imaging
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 : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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 : FDA/Regulatory
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 : Medical
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 : Wearables
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 : Imaging
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 : AR/AI
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

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