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Acutus Medical, a company headquartered in Carlsbad, California, won FDA clearance for its AcQMap High Resolution Imaging and Mapping System, as well as the accompanying AcQMap 3D Imaging and Mapping Catheter. The catheter uses ultrasound and more traditional electrical tissue conduction mapping to create a unique live view inside the heart that combines the physical mechanics of the organ with its electrical activity. This should be particularly useful during cardiac ablation procedures when monitoring the heart's response to treatment. "We are extremely excited to have participated in the early clinical work...
BRH Medical, a company based in Jerusalem, Israel, won FDA clearance for its BRH-A2 system that uses ultrasound and electricity to heal deep and chronic wounds. Using the two methods allows to speed up the healing of the wound while reducing pain during treatment. Both electric fields and ultrasound energy are delivered into and under the wound, treating it from all sides. To cover a wide range of treatment options in one session, the device varies the frequency and strength of the electric and ultrasound stimulations. The device can be...
Athletigen is a genetics company with offices in Halifax and Toronto, Canada, that offers advice to athletes and exercise enthusiasts to help maintain and improve their health, based on their genetic data. Customers can get their DNA sequenced, and then based on their unique genetic traits, Athletigen will identify genetic variants that can impact a variety of performance and disease parameters. For example, a casual runner might be concerned about joint health, and if their genetic data indicates that they are at increased risk for osteoarthritis, they could help to...
Lymph nodes are common pathways for certain cancers to spread, requiring surgical removal. These days lymph nodes are visualized using gamma ray imagers that spot the radioactive Technetium-99m tracer that's injected near a tumor. This is a slow process that exposes patients to a good deal of radiation, but augmented reality (AR) technology may help overcome this. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research in Darmstadt, Germany have developed a system that uses indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescent dye as a non-radioactive tracer that is spotted using infrared cameras and augmented...
Healcerion, based in South Korea, was the first company to receive FDA clearance for their wireless, app-based ultrasound system back in 2015. The groundbreaking work done by South Korean engineers and scientists laid the foundation for the development of an ultrasound transducer that works with most smartphones or tablets. Since introducing the SONON 300C convex transducer, the company has been making progress to further advance this branch of ultrasound devices. Their latest, the SONON 300L linear transducer, weighs only 13 ounces (370 grams) including the battery, and features color doppler...
Portable ultrasound technology is improving and becoming more affordable, allowing it to be used in places previously impossible due to size and cost. Full size ultrasound imagers can do some impressive stuff, such as creating 3D reconstructions obtained from 2D probes. Now researchers at Duke University are introducing incredibly cheap and easy to integrate technology that can convert any 2D ultrasound into a 3D imaging system. It works thanks to a $10 sensor chip that detects the orientation of an ultrasound probe. As the probe is used to scan the...
In an age in which data is generated at faster rates than ever before, the struggle to streamline and interpret the plethora of available information has been the core driver for many business analytics companies. The challenge is arguably more pressing in an environment as complex as a hospital, where data is constantly gathered at every bedside and where decisions often differentiate between life and death. While healthcare institutions have historically attempted to keep track of best practices, it remains difficult for high-level administrators to consider the holistic picture and...

November 2nd, 2017 by Mohammad Saleh
Every summer the business analytics and data management company, Information Builders, holds a conference to bring together thousands of company employees, representatives from international conglomerates, and a variety of other attendees. With upwards of 140 presentations and technical workshops spanning three days, there is always something to learn for everyone. This year, Medgadget was invited to attend Summit to learn about Information Builders’ most recent forays into the Healthcare sector. The summit kicked off with a keynote presentation by the CEO of Information Builders, Gerald Cohen, announcing a variety of...

November 2nd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
[caption id="attachment_1349585" align="alignright" width="298"] Fluorescence image of the artificial beta cells. (Gu Lab, UNC-NC State)[/caption] Researchers from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University have developed artificial beta cells that can release insulin in response to rising glucose levels in the blood stream. The technology could be used to treat diabetes through subcutaneous injections of the cells into patients, or gradual delivery using a skin patch. The idea is that the cells could replace the repeated and painful insulin injections that patients with diabetes currently have to...
Traditional vital signs monitors found in most patient hospital rooms can't be taken into the MRI suite, as that may lead to tragicomic consequences. A patient requiring close monitoring has to be transferred to a specialty monitor attached to a heavy cart that prevents it from being sucked into the bore of the MRI's magnet, or monitor has to be kept outside of the the MRI room. That's about to change thanks to FDA clearing the Iradimed 3880 MRI compatible patient vital signs monitoring system. The patient can now be...
Kids born with jaundice have to spend a good deal of time in an illuminated incubator before they can metabolize bilirubin hepatically. Nobody likes this, as the child has to be taken away from the parents to spend time inside a glass box. At the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), a new illuminated fabric has been developed that can be used to make baby pajamas that literally blanket the child in light. There are technologies that resemble this, such as the Biliblanket, but Empa's technology integrates optical fibers...

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