Medical Technology

Medical Technology News -- ScienceDaily Latest developments in medical technology. News from universities and research institutes on new medical technologies, their applications and effectiveness.

  • Flexible ultrasound patch could make it easier to inspect damage in odd-shaped structures
    on March 23, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Researchers have developed a stretchable, flexible patch that could make it easier to perform ultrasound imaging on odd-shaped structures, such as engine parts, turbines, reactor pipe elbows and railroad tracks -- objects that are difficult to examine using conventional ultrasound equipment. The ultrasound patch is a versatile and more convenient tool to inspect machine and building parts for defects and damage deep below the surface. […]

  • Diagnosing breast cancer using red light
    on March 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Optical Mammography, which uses harmless red or infrared light, has been developed for use in conjunction with X-rays for diagnosis or monitoring in cases demanding repeated imaging where high amounts of ionizing radiation should be avoided. […]

  • New brain scanner allows patients to move freely for the first time
    on March 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    A new generation of brain scanner, that can be worn like a helmet allowing patients to move naturally whilst being scanned, has been developed. It is part of a five-year Wellcome funded project which has the potential to revolutionize the world of human brain imaging. […]

  • World's first continuous room-temperature solid-state maser built using diamond
    on March 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    The breakthrough means masers -- the microwave version of lasers -- could now be used more widely in a range of applications. […]

  • Ultrasound to enhance cancer drug delivery
    on March 20, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Medical researchers are testing the use of pulsed sound waves to direct and focus cancer drug therapies. […]

  • Designing diamonds for medical imaging technologies
    on March 19, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    Researchers have optimized the design of laboratory-grown, synthetic diamonds. This brings the new technology one step closer to enhancing biosensing applications, such as magnetic brain imaging. […]

  • Portable brain imaging system to shed light on concussions
    on March 19, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    It's one of the most talked about injuries in sport today, concussion. Yet, there is no accepted way to image a concussion. Scientists hope to change that. They have developed a portable brain imaging system that uses light to detect and monitor damage in the brain from concussion. […]

  • Clinically-validated 3-D printed stethoscope
    on March 14, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    A team of researchers have developed an open-source, clinically validated template for a 3-D printed stethoscope for use in areas of the world with limited access to medical supplies -- places where a stethoscope could mean the difference between life and death. […]

  • Clearer vision of what's inside a tumor and what's going on in there
    on March 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Researchers have succeeded in combining tumor data from imaging methods and high-throughput technologies with high precision. The goal is to make metabolic processes in tumors visible in their entirety and thus to better understand them. […]

  • New approach uses single PET scan to personalize cancer treatment
    on March 1, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    Researchers have developed a same-day, noninvasive PET-based imaging approach to assess PD-L1 positive tumors, which could help guide cancer treatment decisions and assess treatment response. […]

  • Individual quantum dots imaged in 3-D for first time
    on February 27, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Researchers have developed an imaging technique that uses a tiny, super sharp needle to nudge a single nanoparticle into different orientations and capture 2-D images to help reconstruct a 3-D picture. The method demonstrates imaging of individual nanoparticles at different orientations while in a laser-induced excited state. […]

  • Histology in 3-D: New staining method enables Nano-CT imaging of tissue samples
    on February 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    To date, examining patient tissue samples has meant cutting them into thin slices for histological analysis. This might now be set to change, thanks to a new staining method. This allows specialists to investigate three-dimensional tissue samples using the Nano-CT system. […]

  • Bringing high res magnetic resonance imaging to nanometer scale
    on February 21, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    A new technique that brings magnetic resonance imaging to the nanometer scale with unprecedented resolution will open the door for major advances in understanding new materials, virus particles and proteins that cause diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. […]

  • Brain aging may begin earlier than expected
    on February 20, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Physicists have devised a new method of investigating brain function, opening a new frontier in the diagnoses of neurodegenerative and aging related diseases. […]

  • NIR light may identify breast cancer patients who will benefit most from chemotherapy
    on February 12, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    A new optical imaging system uses red and near-infrared light to identify breast cancer patients who will respond to chemotherapy. The imaging system may be able to predict response to chemotherapy as early as two weeks after beginning treatment. Findings are from a first pilot study of the new imaging system -- a noninvasive method of measuring blood flow dynamics in response to a single breath hold. […]

  • Electro-mechano-optical NMR detection
    on February 1, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Researchers develop an NMR system which converts radio-frequency signals into optical ones, promises higher sensitivity for MRIs. […]

  • Light-triggered nanoparticles show promise against metastatic cancer
    on January 29, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    A new anti-cancer strategy wields light as a precision weapon. Unlike traditional light therapy -- which is limited to the skin and areas accessible with an endoscope -- this technique can target and attack cancer cells that have spread deep inside the body. […]

  • Optical biopsy tool detects disease in seconds
    on January 24, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    A recent article reports how Resonance Raman spectroscopy, a tool previously used to provide molecular information in science, is now being used in medicine and biomedicine to provide an optical biopsy that offers more detailed, faster detection. […]

  • New instrument lets doctors view the entire eye with unprecedented level of detail
    on January 18, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Researchers have developed the first instrument that can provide a detailed image of the entire eye that can produce higher quality images than currently available. […]

  • An eNose is able to sniff out bacteria that cause soft tissue infections
    on January 16, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    A recent study has concluded that an electronic nose (eNose) can be used to identify the most common bacteria causing soft tissue infections. […]

  • Novel PET tracer clearly identifies and tracks bacterial infection in lungs
    on January 8, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated that a new radiotracer, 2-18F-fluorodeoxysorbitol (18F-FDS), can identify and track bacterial infection in lungs better than current imaging methods and is able to differentiate bacterial infection from inflammation. […]

  • Next-generation medical scanning
    on January 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Researchers have developed a new way to magnetise molecules found naturally in the human body, paving the way for a new generation of low-cost magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that would transform our ability to diagnose and treat diseases including cancer, diabetes and dementia. […]

  • Milestone' for new noninvasive heart test medicare now covers FFR-CTcoronary artery test
    on January 4, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    On Jan. 1, Medicare began covering a new noninvasive test for heart disease called FFR-CT. "Medicare coverage is a major milestone," said Loyola Medicine cardiologist Mark Rabbat, MD. "Millions of Americans now can potentially benefit from this game-changing technology." […]

  • Scientists design bacteria to reflect 'sonar' signals for ultrasound imaging
    on January 3, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Scientists have designed bacteria to reflect sound waves like submarines. The technology could eventually allow doctors to image therapeutic bacteria in the body using ultrasound. […]

  • Total-body PET: Maximizing sensitivity for clinical research and patient care
    on January 3, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    The new total-body PET/CT scanner could revolutionize our understanding and treatment of disease through analysis of better imaging data from the whole body. Scientists have outlined the development and benefits of this innovative diagnostic tool and explained how maximizing PET sensitivity will advance clinical research and patient care. […]

  • State-of-the-art MRI technology bypasses need for biopsy
    on January 2, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    The most common type of tumor found in the kidney is generally quite small (less than 1.5 in). These tumors are usually found by accident when CAT scans are performed for other reasons and the serendipitous finding poses a problem for doctors. […]

  • Fluorescent nanomedicine can guide tumor removal, kill remaining cancer cells
    on December 21, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Scientists have developed a nanomedicine platform for cancer that can help doctors know which tissue to cut out as well as kill any malignant cells that can't be surgically removed. […]

  • Technique makes NMR more useful for nanomaterials, exotic matter research
    on December 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Researchers show how nuclear magnetic resonance probes can be optimized for studying the properties of nanomaterials and strange states of matter. […]

  • Breakthrough sensor for photography, life sciences, security
    on December 18, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Engineers have produced a new imaging technology that may revolutionize medical and life sciences research, security, photography, cinematography and other applications that rely on high-quality, low-light imaging. […]

  • 3-D nanoscale imaging made possible
    on December 15, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Imaging at the nanoscale is important to a plethora of modern applications in materials science, physics, biology, medicine and other fields. Limitations of current techniques are, e.g. their resolution, imaging speed or the inability to look behind opaque objects with arbitrary shapes. Scientists have now demonstrated a method for meeting this challenge with stunning properties. […]