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Briefs : 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
Briefs : 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
Briefs : 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
Features : 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 : Medical
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 : Imaging
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
Blog : Medical
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 : Medical
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 : Imaging
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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 : Tubing & Extrusion
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 : Test & Measurement
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 : Wearables
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 : 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
R&D : Semiconductors & ICs
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 : Medical
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 : Photonics/Optics
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 : Materials
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 : Imaging
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

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