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At the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting, Siemens Healthineers has unveiled its RT Pro edition for Biograph Vision PET/CT scanner and MAGNETOM Sola 1.5 Tesla MRI machine to help with radiation therapy planning. Both systems are specifically designed to aid in planning of radiotherapy procedures and each features some major improvements over previous devices. The RT Pro Edition for Biograph Vision PET/CT comes with a brand new detector that has the highest available sensitivity characteristics and produces higher image resolutions. Its 78 cm bore lets large bodies slide in and out...
Pacey Medtech, based in Vancouver, Canada, has developed the Pacey Cuff, a urethral control device for urinary incontinence in men, post-prostate cancer treatment. Treating prostate cancer can sometimes lead to urinary incontinence, which can have significant consequences for patient confidence and comfort. The psychological impact of incontinence can be enormous, and can affect people’s ability to work and socialize. The Pacey Cuff has been proposed as a solution to the issue. It fits around the penis, and applies pressure to the urethra to prevent urine leakage. However, what makes the...
Nearly half of women have dense breasts, a risk factor for breast cancer. For proper screening, spotting dense breast tissue is important, as it can hide the presence of tumors. Currently, dense tissue is identified by radiologists viewing mammography images, but their evaluations are subjective and therefore can vary from physician to physician. A team of scientists from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have now created a piece of software that can automatically assess whether a given woman's breast tissue is dense or not, with an accuracy matching that of...
Tyto Care, based in Israel, won the European CE Mark, allowing it to introduce its telemedicine system on the continent. This product lets people perform exams on each other under the guidance of a physician who is able to see and hear what's going on in real time and is able to review the various measurements. The Tyto at-home device has a stethoscope, otoscope, tongue depressor with a built-in camera, and thermometer that can be used to examine the heart, ears, throat, abdomen, and other parts of the body. The physician...
mhealth’s SnapECG is a medical-grade handheld single-lead electrocardiograph that connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone. It gives a recording of the heart’s electrical pulses, and stores the data to be given to a doctor later. It has received CE mark in Europe and approval from the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). It can be used to screen patients who may be suspected to have appropriately-detectable cardiac pathologies such as atrial fibrillation. It’s strikingly similar to the AliveCor KardiaMobile EKG monitor in form: two metal squares connected by a plastic...
Transseptal Solutions, a firm based in Israel, has been given clearance to introduce its flagship TSP Crosser Transseptal Access System in the U.S. The device is used to provide a path and to deliver catheters into the left atrium of the heart. Most minimally invasive cardiology procedures have been performed on the right side of the heart, but now mitral valve repairs, LAA closures, and ablation therapies are being performed on the left side more frequently. The TSP Crosser helps to get to the site of treatment by puncturing the...
Flexible electronics make possible new wearable and implantable medical devices that conform to the body's complex curvatures. While a great deal of progress has been made to make such technologies a reality, a lot of them are hard to manufacture, suffer from problems such as poor breathability, and don't perform well inside the body. Now scientists at Purdue University are reporting on the development of paper-based electronic devices (EPEDs) that they have dubbed as "smart stickers". Made of cellulose, they are made to be able to be wirelessly powered and to...
At the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) researchers are working on integrating therapeutic drugs into textiles that can release them into the skin as needed. The researchers envision pain medication to be administered as soon as the body severely during a sports injury, or an antibiotic can be released as soon as a wound forms on the skin. The researchers are using biodegradable polymers and making them release the drugs that are embedded within them in a controlled manner. Polymers can be made to break up by the...
Brain-computer interfaces are typically systems which measure neural activity and convert it into artificial output. These systems have shown great potential for assisted movement in patients with motor impairments. The interfaces typically work by directing the patient to think about making a movement and allowing the system to repeatedly record the neural activity associated with that movement. Through supervised learning methods, the interface learns to associate specific activity patterns with intended movements. However, because the baseline firing of neurons can shift from day-to-day based on a variety of factors, the...
Continuing our series of conversations with healthcare thought leaders about the burgeoning world of blockchain technologies, Medgadget spoke with Chief Technology Officer of the Nicholson Center, Dr. Roger Smith. The Nicholson Center is a medical research and training center founded in 2001, which operates within the Florida Hospital network. Dr. Smith has been researching blockchain in healthcare and has spoken about how blockchain technology has the potential to impact billing and insurance, drug verification, research distribution, and electronic health records. Notably, Dr. Smith has made an effort to demystify the complexity...
Smith & Nephew is launching its brand new PICO 7Y negative pressure therapy system designed to be able to treat two wounds at the same time. The system uses a single pump that can support two dressings via a special Y extension, helping with cost savings while reducing the amount of gear worn by the patient. This can be particularly beneficial for women choosing to undergo a double mastectomy. The PICO 7Y relies on the company's AIRLOCK technology that makes sure to evenly distribute the negative pressure, while evaporation and...

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