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.

  • Rapid imaging of granular matter
    on September 21, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Granular systems such as gravel or powders can be found everywhere, but studying them is not easy. Researchers have now developed a method by which pictures of the inside of granular systems can be taken 10,000 times faster than before. […]

  • Medicine of the future: New microchip technology could be used to track 'smart pills'
    on September 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Chemical and electrical engineers team up to create a new breed of microdevices for medical diagnostics. […]

  • New guidelines discourage use of brain imaging as a 'lie detector' for chronic pain
    on September 9, 2017 at 12:54 am

    A task force consisting of researchers from around the world has released a set of recommendations that advise against the use of brain imaging as a test for chronic pain. […]

  • New dental imaging method uses squid ink to fish for gum disease
    on September 7, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Squid ink could one day make getting checked for gum disease at the dentist less tedious and even painless. By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team led by engineers has developed a new dental imaging method to examine a patient's gums that is noninvasive, more comprehensive and more accurate than the state of the art. […]

  • Quantum tech has its sights set on human biochemistry
    on September 6, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Scientists have developed a new tool for imaging life at the nanoscale that will provide new insights into the role of transition metal ions such as copper in neurodegenerative diseases. […]

  • Glowing cancer tool illuminates benign, but dangerous, brain tumors during pituitary surgery
    on September 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    An experimental imaging tool that uses a targeted fluorescent dye successfully lit up the benign brain tumors of patients during removal surgery, allowing surgeons to identify tumor tissue, a new study shows. […]

  • Medical camera makes light work of seeing through the body
    on September 5, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Scientists have developed a camera that can see through the human body. The camera is designed to help doctors track medical tools known as endoscopes that are used to investigate a range of internal conditions. […]

  • New technique to aid IVF embryo selection
    on August 29, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    An advanced new imaging technique that can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos has now been developed, investigators report. […]

  • Scientists develop novel 'dot' system to improve cancer detection
    on August 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Researchers have advanced a tumor-imaging nanosystem for enhanced diagnostic imaging, outlines a new report. […]

  • New imaging technique spots prostate tumors starved of oxygen
    on August 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    A new imaging technique uncovers oxygen levels in prostate tumors and could lead to a non-invasive way to determine which tumors are more difficult to treat, according to study. […]

  • A pair of medical magnets shows promise as a new tool for creating an anastomosis
    on August 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    An experimental device that employs a pair of magnets offers surgeons a new safe and simple alternative to standard methods for creating an anastomosis for the first time in nearly 50 years. […]

  • Nanotechnology helps rewarm fast-frozen donor tissue, enabling long-term viability
    on August 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Researchers have developed a new method for thawing frozen tissue that may enable long-term storage and subsequent viability of tissues and organs for transplantation. The method, called nanowarming, prevents tissue damage during the rapid thawing process that would precede a transplant. […]

  • New Bioimaging technique is fast and economical
    on August 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    A new approach to optical imaging makes it possible to quickly and economically monitor multiple molecular interactions in a large area of living tissue -- such as an organ or a small animal; technology that could have applications in medical diagnosis, guided surgery, or pre-clinical drug testing. […]

  • New terahertz imaging approach could speed up skin cancer detection
    on August 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Researchers have developed a new terahertz imaging approach that, for the first time, can acquire micron-scale resolution images while retaining computational approaches designed to speed up image acquisition. […]

  • Multicolor MRIs could aid disease detection
    on August 16, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Researchers have developed a method that could make magnetic resonance imaging -- MRI -- multicolor. Current MRI techniques rely on a single contrast agent injected into a patient's veins to vivify images. The new method uses two at once, which could allow doctors to map multiple characteristics of a patient's internal organs in a single MRI. The strategy could serve as a research tool and even aid disease diagnosis. […]

  • Print no evil: Three-layer technique helps secure additive manufacturing
    on August 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Researchers have developed a three-layer system to verify that components produced using additive manufacturing have not been compromised by malicious activity or quality issues. […]

  • Early diagnostic imaging to prevent kidney disease
    on August 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Researchers have developed neuroimaging tools to study renal fibrosis in the rat kidney. The technique is expected to replace the invasive biopsies currently used to identify patients at risk of developing chronic kidney disease. […]

  • MRI contrast agents accumulate in the brain
    on August 7, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    Experts have provided new guidance in the use of contrast agents during MRI scans. Emerging research suggests gadolinium-based contrast agents, injected in a patient's veins to brighten tissues in MRI images, accumulate in the brain. More than 300 million doses of such drugs have been administered since their introduction in 1987. […]

  • Optical coherence tomography with XUV radiation at laboratory scale
    on August 7, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    For the first time, physicists used extreme ultraviolet radiation (XUV) for this process, which was generated in their own laboratory, and they were thus able to perform the first XUV coherence tomography at laboratory scale. This radiation has a wavelength of between 20 and 40 nanometers - from which it is therefore just a small step to the X-ray range. […]

  • New OCT technique provides better 3-D imaging of the cellular structure of the eye
    on August 7, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution live imaging technique that can be used for early detection of retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration , diabetes-related conditions, glaucoma or vascular occlusions, for example. However, in order to obtain cellular resolution of the retina and hence even better results, it has so far been necessary to use expensive adaptive lenses to correct the image aberrations that occur. However, using a new technique, so-called Line Field OCT, researchers have now managed to simplify looking into the cellular processes in the eye to allow even more accurate diagnosis. […]

  • Lifelike 3-D cinematic imaging promises numerous medical uses
    on August 1, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Newly developed 'cinematic rendering' technology can produce photorealistic 3-D images from traditional CT and MRI data, with potential applications in medical education, communication with patients and physicians, and early disease detection, according to an article. […]

  • New MRI contrast agent tested on big animals
    on July 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Experiments in dogs, rabbits and monkeys show the efficacy and biocompatibility of a new MRI/MRA contrast agent in detecting stroke. This T1 MRI contrast agent based on ultrasmall iron oxide nanoparticles could become a possible alternative to clinically used gadolinium-based agents. […]

  • Glowing tumor technology helps surgeons remove hidden cancer cells
    on July 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Surgeons were able to identify and remove a greater number of cancerous nodules from lung cancer patients when combining intraoperative molecular imaging (IMI) -- through the use of a contrast agent that makes tumor cells glow during surgery -- with preoperative positron emission tomograph y (PET) scans. This study shows how effective the combination of IMI with the tumor-glowing agent can be when combined with traditional PET imaging. […]

  • Seeing more with PET scans: New chemistry for medical imaging
    on July 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development. […]

  • Sophisticated medical imaging technique proves useful for automotive industry
    on July 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    A new approach analyzing car paint based on the medical imaging technique optical coherence tomography (OCT) provides the car industry with a practical way to automatically analyze these metal flakes, which until now have been difficult to image, in order to improve the efficiency of the automotive finishing process. […]

  • Imaging of scar tissue formation
    on July 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    Organs respond to injuries with the formation of new fibrous tissue, which can result in scarring. This process called fibrogenesis can now be monitored noninvasively on a molecular level, as scientists report. They have created a new gadolinium-based probe for magnetic resonance imaging that specifically reports the proteins involved in fibrogenesis. The imaging method may provide a quantitative assessment of the formation of the potentially harmful scar tissue. […]

  • New harmless radiopaque glue to seal bleeding and guide surgery
    on July 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    First nanoparticle-based adhesive with imaging contrast effect in CT and ultrasound was successfully tested in animals and showed less toxicity than the FDA-approved glue CA-Lp. […]

  • Lighting up the study of low-density materials
    on July 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Low-density materials, from laminate layers in airplane wings to foams and epoxies that cushion parts, have been the focus of new study. In studying these materials, scientists borrowed and refined a technique being studied by the medical field, X-ray phase contrast imaging, to look inside the softer side of things without taking them apart. […]

  • New device detects tumor cells in blood
    on July 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Researchers have patented a portable device that can detect tumor cells in blood. The device counts the number of tumor cells in a blood sample and is a highly effective tool for improving the monitoring, treatment and diagnosis of cancer. […]

  • Metal-free MRI contrast agent could be safer for some patients
    on July 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    A metal-free MRI contrast agent has been developed that could be safer for certain patients. The compound contains organic molecules called nitroxides instead of metal and may be used to generate more informative MRI scans of tumors. […]