Dr Alex Horton, Consultant Radiologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, discusses how the latest development in point-of-care ultrasound systems, SonoSite’s X-Porte™ Ultrasound Kiosk, combines good image quality and robustness in a way that is ideal for use in the interventional radiology suite.
Imaging has progressed at vertiginous paces since X-rays were invented, not only as a diagnostic tool but also as an invaluable partner in the realm of non-invasive medical intervention.
‘There are aspects of the heart’s physiology that we know about, but now we can see them, and this is absolutely different,’ said Patrizio Lancellotti, President of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Cardiac specialists in the UK have performed a world’s first operation on a 14-year-old boy suffering a severe heart condition, Mark Nicholls reports
Whether mechanical, temporary cardiac assist systems should pulsate in the same way as a biological heart is a discussion topic, which raises the pulse rates amongst all those involved within the industry and in hospitals.
The ‘Fire of Life’ developed by Schiller is an intuitive visual presentation of frequency-domain heart rate variability (HRV) that makes the assessment of 24-hour results fast and simple.
Evidence is scant on the cooling of comatose patients who have suffered cardiac arrest, stroke or traumatic brain injuries; nevertheless, new methods for cooling patients are continuously being developed.
What’s the ideal solution for vulnerable plaque imaging? ‘A non-invasive imaging procedure with high spatial and temporal resolution, and without radiation exposure, and which provides information on coronary plaque composition precisely and in series.’
Clinicians and companies remain committed to a procedure that failed to demonstrate efficacy against a sham-control group in pivotal clinical trial
A hospital with a reputation for trailblazing heart surgery has taken transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) onto the next step in the UK.
Someone once described the fusion of positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a great technology looking for an application.
A transplant team at a Birmingham hospital has achieved a world first after resuscitating a liver that would have previously been considered unviable.
Carestream is receiving orders from healthcare providers around the world for its new Carestream Managed Print Solutions (MPS), a comprehensive, web-based, pay per print programme that tracks laser imaging film usage, and remotely monitors and delivers film inventory according to each facility’s needs. This comprehensive programme saves both time and money for healthcare providers.
Recently, ways to improve trauma care, particularly the care of acutely injured victims of traffic accidents, was discussed by international experts gathered at the World Trauma Congress (held in Frankfurt/Main, Germany).
UK scientists are developing a hand-held testing device for use at the point of care and provide a disease diagnosis on the same day.
There is room for worldwide improvement of trauma care, as Congress President Professor Ingo Marzi, Frankfurt/Main (Germany), emphasised.
Siemens Healthcare announced today that the research firm KLAS has named the ACUSON S3000, Siemens’ ultra-premium ultrasound system, the recipient of its 2014 Best in KLAS Award in the category of Ultrasound – General Imaging.
At this year’s meeting of the German Radiological Society (DRK), Dr Mathias Langer, Head of the Radiology Clinic at Freiburg University Hospital and the society’s 2013 President, assured EH that CT is still the be all and end all in trauma surgery.
Acquisition to further industry innovation with a combined $650 million annual R&D investment Complementary client bases expand global presence.
Efforts to unify training and certification, a regulatory environment conducive to innovation and a growing bank of clinical evidence for key procedures, is helping interventional radiology (IR) to move to a new level.
Whilst participants at the ‘Boundary-less Hospital in Health Care Networks’ conference, organised by the Centre for Advanced Studies in Management (CASiM) at Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL) in mid-June agreed on the need as such, there was plenty of room to discuss exactly which changes could make the German healthcare system future-ready.
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have discovered a chemical alteration in a single human gene linked to stress reactions that, if confirmed in larger studies, could give doctors a simple blood test to reliably predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide.
On the leading edge of automation for medical laboratory testing, Siemens Healthcare rolled out an impressive suite of new products at IFCC WorldLab 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey that are ‘exactly aligned, and even anticipate, customer needs in central lab operations,’ according to Franz Walt, CEO for the Chemistry, Immunoassay, Automation and Diagnostics IT business unit within Siemens’ Diagnostics Division.
Most clinical laboratories use immunoassays routinely to measure 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OH D) in serum. The metabolites of vitamin D are important in the regulation of calcium and bone metabolism.
New molecular technologies to screen drug-resistant TB are replacing, for example, culture-based tests that are slow, require experienced personnel, and need stringent microbiological safety precautions.
‘Better hygiene’ is the frequently and loudly recommended panacea in the intensifying struggle against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). However there are currently no evidence-based studies that evaluate the efficacy of additional hygiene measures.
Researchers from the University of Heidelberg and the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have developed a new method that uses light to control processes in living cells.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), mental illness is associated with a significant burden of morbidity and disability.
Ultrasound is playing an increasing role in the management of the upper and lower airways, particularly in interventional procedures and emergency situations. It is also used to enhance patient safety
Violence from patients or their relatives is no longer unusual in hospitals, with A&E doctors and nurses particularly affected, as confirmed in the recent study Violence against Staff in the A&E Department.
A receptionist threatened with a butcher’s knife in Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère); gunshots in an emergency unit in Delafontaine, at Saint-Denis, near Paris; a nurse wounded with a knife in a Marseille hospital – three separate incidents in just one week last August brought into sharpe focus what has become a worrying phenomenon.
Some time this year, exact date unknown, Google Glass – a miniature computer attached to a pair of glasses – is expected to make its consumer debut.
Analysis from Frost & Sullivan suggests that the Western European next-generation sequencing (NGS) market is poised for steady growth with the emergence of new applications, such as non-invasive prenatal testing and comprehensive oncology panels.
“The Saudi Arabian government’s response to the new virulent Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has recently been criticized, following high-level dismissals within the Saudi state healthcare service. Criticism has been leveled at the slowness of the government’s response to the outbreak, as well as in-fighting between physicians", says Andrew Thompson, Ph.D., GlobalData’s Senior Analyst covering In vitro Diagnostics.
Agfa HealthCare announces today that it has signed an agreement with Real Time Medical (RTM) to support the needs of collaborating or consolidated hospitals and imaging networks.
USA - Oocyte modification to eliminate inherited mitochondrial defects in a human embryo was the subject of a globally scrutinised Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing held in February.
Having convinced medical labs across Denmark that its suite of image analysis software can provide a solution to the crushing burden of in vitro diagnostics (IVD), VisioPharm is offering it to pathologists worldwide
A Birmingham hospital trust is to lead a major research study over concerns that one of the commonest sexually transmitted infections is becoming resistant to current treatment.
This April, in San Jose, California, the portable lab took central stage at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s (AACC) annual forum for emerging clinical diagnostic technologies – a most appropriate topic for the Silicon Valley venue where so many world-changing computer and communications innovations have been born.
Bracco Imaging, a global company in diagnostic imaging, announced important changes in the product information of its ultrasound contrast agent SonoVue in the European Union.
Expert estimates suggest that women eating more poultry, fish, nuts and legumes and less red meat might have lower risk
UK surgeons have to revalidate every five years to prove that they are still fit to practice. This example could be followed by other European countries, experts said at the 15th EFORT Congress in London. The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology promotes a harmonisation of orthopaedic education in Europe.
Europe will now have just one international neurological association. The two European societies – the EFNS and the ENS – have merged during the Joint Congress of European Neurology in Istanbul to create the new European Academy of Neurology (EAN). Prof Günther Deuschl from Kiel, Germany, was elected the first President of the new organisation.
At the Joint Congress of European Neurology in Istanbul, researchers from Austria and Belgium have presented a study exploring innovative methods for communicating with coma patients. Their aim is to be able to communicate with patients by detecting brain activity even in people with inhibited consciousness.
COCIR, that represents the European Medical Imaging, Electromedical and Healthcare ICT Industry, announces the preliminary results of its Medical Imaging Equipment Age Profile and Density report.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced that the company has reached an agreement with Medtronic to settle all outstanding patent litigation between the companies, including cases related to transcatheter heart valves.
Bayer HealthCare has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Interventional device business to Boston Scientific for $415 million (about EUR 300 million), including fees for transitional services. The sale will include the AngioJet (thrombectomy) and Jetstream (atherectomy) systems, and the Fetch2 Aspiration Catheter used in cardiology, radiology and peripheral vascular procedures.
Ahead of the Irish Infection Prevention Control Conference to be held in Portlaoise on 16 May 2014, Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), a Division of Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is calling on Irish healthcare practitioners to consider the significant economic burden of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) on hospitals, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the wider Irish economy.
Using pictures and symbols, rather than handwritten words, on prescriptions helps illiterate patients take their medicines correctly when they leave hospital, say doctors today. The idea was first tested in a hospital in Pakistan using simple pictures of the sun, moon and stars to help patients understand when and how long to take their medication for.
Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, introduced its next generation OAE Hearing Screener, a fast, objective pediatric hearing testing device that can be administered at the push of a button.
Atlas Copco has launched a new online tool that enables users to calculate the energy costs they can save by using state-of-the-art purge control technology for Atlas Copco and BeaconMedæs medical air plant installations.
Every organ transplant patient faces the potential danger of his/her body rejecting a new organ, as heart, kidney or liver. Immunosuppressant drugs are required to help prevent rejection.
Over the next few years, the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht and Quirem Medical will be working closely together to maximize the benefits of using holmium microspheres to treat liver cancer patients worldwide.
The world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and the leading international trade fair for suppliers of the medical technology industry, the COMPAMED, are always going to take place in November on the days running from Monday to Thursday from 2015 on.
UK retail ‘star’ to examine the healthcare sector. Sweet Valentine’s Day, when the government’s Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt described Sir Stuart Rose, former Executive Chairman (2004-2011) of the British fashion, food and furnishings chain stores Marks & Spencer (M&S) as ‘…one of the country’s most inspirational leaders’.
Doctors slam claims of 18,800 preventable hospital deaths in just one EU country.
Despite a slight drop in sales in 2013 compared to the previous year, for 2014 the German medical diagnostics manufacturers anticipate a positive business development, according to the trend indicator presented by the business association Verband der Diagnostika-Industrie (VDGH) in Berlin.
You’ll find Élie Azoulay everywhere during this year’s International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM).
Around 50% of surgical patients experience moderate to severe postoperative pain, and ‘minor’ surgery patients receive little pain care
Among the big players in retailing specialist medical products in the German healthcare market, Henry Schein Medical GmbH is one of around 40 subsidiaries of Henry Schein Inc. based in Melville, New York. The firm’s medical, dental and veterinary sectors are represented in 14 European countries.
Hybrid operating theatres that combine conventional surgical tools with image-guided diagnostic tools, allow cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery (MIS).
Radiotherapy is being proposed to treat heart diseases, specifically for hypertension and atrial fibrillation (AF).
No need to ask who was really shocked by the Halle Shock trial, followed by the multi-centre Shock II trial.
In uncomplicated stable angina cases no evidence suggests that angioplasty reduces heart attacks or death risks, Mark Nicholls reports
By recognition and early intervention against the most significant risk factors, many heart diseases can be prevented.
CardioSecur, a personalised mobile 12-lead ECG system with four electrodes for iPhone and iPad, enables patients to monitor their symptoms and transmit the data to their physicians in less than a minute.
The significant benefits of cardiac catherisation remain undisputed. However, cross-sectional imaging modalities are serious competitors when it comes to arriving at the right diagnosis.
The heart is a structure in three dimensions and today we see it in three dimensions,’ Jose Luis Zamorano Gomez MD declared with satisfaction.
PET-MRI, according to many experts, is the best clinical procedure to confirm coronary heart disease (CHD).
A cardiac surgeon, Wolfgang Goetz MD once stitched together custom aortic valves in the operating room. Today he is CEO of Transcatheter Technologies in Regensburg.
French authorities have given the green light for continuing the clinical trial for the first fully implantable mechanical heart after a four-month review of the device and the causes of death of the first patient to receive the prosthesis
In studies on prostate cancer, scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) simultaneously investigated the genetic and epigenetic development of the tumors.
Medical technology still is among the fastest growing industries worldwide. However, the growth of the demand volume even in emerging markets is less based on volume expansion but more driven by targeted investments in modern systems and procedures.
The risk of terrorist attacks, nuclear-radiological hazards, power outages and epidemic-pandemic infections as well as earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and fires are increasing worldwide. Mass casualty incidents, or MCIs, provide a constant reminder of why hospitals need a plan in place to be able to function optimally during and after a catastrophe.
The numbers of ‘suicide tourists’ going to Switzerland to take their own lives has doubled within the space of four years, reports a study published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Sepsis kills around a hundred and thirty patients daily In Germany alone. This systemic disease is mostly caused by bacterial pathogens, and less frequently by fungal organisms or parasites.
Treat a proficiency testing (PT) sample just like a patient sample. But don't. That has been the message labs have struggled with and in some cases lost their CLIA certificates over.
Developers of medical apps will have the opportunity to present their creations live at the App Competition during Medica 2014, World Forum for Medicine, to be held from November 12 – 15, 2014 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Health analysts have predicted that DNA sequencing will shift from a laboratory-based setup to point of care testing within the next five years.
Frost & Sullivan Life Sciences Senior Research Analyst Sriram Radhakrishnan discusses the available screening options to enable early detection of the virus.
Imaging procedures are rarely used to diagnose and treat asthma – but this may well change in the future.
Beckman Coulter, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR), announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the clinical microbiology business of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.
No provider has yet been able to cover all IT topics and processes in laboratory software. The solutions currently marketed either support key lab tasks, from requests down to results, or they cover topics such as quality assurance and billing, according to Dr Markus Neumann MD of Dr Neumann & Kindler.
As many laboratories face demands to turn around faster, more accurate patient test results against a backdrop of increasingly stringent quality control and tighter budgets, the search is on for tools to help meet ever-stretching targets.
The Norovirus, which affects around 267 million people and is attributed to cause over 200,000 deaths annually (usually among the very young, elderly or immune-suppressed, or in 3rd world areas) can be rapidly destroyed by copper and copper alloys, scientists at the United Kingdom’s University of Southampton confirm.
Even though a lot of us don’t do it, let’s say you know that washing your hands is the first, and the best thing, you can do to stop sharing nasty bugs that are especially dangerous for patients.
Free fertility treatment should be banned for those making "lifestyle" reproductive choices, such as sterilisation reversal or single motherhood for fertile women. And fertility clinics should be subject to carbon capping schemes, in a bid to help curb climate change, argues a bioethicist in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Frost & Sullivan: Health information technology providers must develop dynamic and easy-to-install information systems to dispel client concerns about interoperability and compatibility
While the Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now (GAIN) Act of 2012 has been a significant step in the right direction for encouraging novel antibiotics research, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) remains one step behind its European equivalent, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Ten recommendations drawn up to improve care of the dying in the United Kingdom, will provide data to help hospitals to identify good and poor practice and to make changes to enhance learning in this care area.
Smoking prevalence is 50% higher in this group; Researchers say that more effort is needed to help them quit.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges.
The survival of premature newborns in England is 30% higher in specialist units treating large numbers of neonates, reveals an analysis of national data published in the online journal BMJ Open.
New cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease (EVD) continue to be reported by the Ministries of Health in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The Robert Koch Award will be shared between Professors Casanova and Fischer; Professor Bujard is being awarded the Robert Koch Gold Medal
A recent study from the Heidelberg-based company Sciomics, a spin-off from scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), has presented an advanced method to predict the recurrence of bladder cancer after surgery. The method, which can help avoid frequent cystoscopy examinations in a majority of patients, is based on an analysis of the protein composition of cancer tissue obtained during surgery.
Some years ago telepathology – a complex but well developed procedure where histology specimens are photographed using a camera mounted on a microscope and transmitted – was thought to be the wave of the future.
Body MRI is showing a steep incline in procedure volume. Better clinical outcomes and the consecutive cost savings for avoiding ineffective treatment are fueling this trend.
Coping with the side effects of chemotherapy treatment is challenging for people with cancer. When fatigued or nauseous, it is not easy to assess if these conditions are acceptable treatment side effects or require medical assistance.
Argentina’s team doctor, Dr Alejandro Rolon, is taking no chances with his star-studded world cup team in Brazil. A complete medical imaging department has been created at Argentina’s training base that includes a dedicated MRI system at the training centre itself, and extends to ultrasound scanning of injuries ‘on-pitch’ if required.
Two companies with similar core values, providing high quality products for acute care and point-of-care testing worldwide
Imec, the world-leading nano-electronics research center announced today that it is collaborating with Samsung Electronics to accelerate innovation and collaboration among technology companies and researchers working in the burgeoning mobile wearable field.
Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma, according to results of a study conducted by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and other institutions.
Postoperative infections after knee or hip joint replacements are among the most feared complications in orthopaedic surgery. At the EFORT Congress in London current research was presented that provides new insights in this field: Fracture patients are especially vulnerable to infection. New biomarkers should improve early diagnosis of risky infections.
Finnish pharma company Orion and German healthcare giant Bayer have entered into an agreement for the development and commercialisation of a novel drug targeting prostate cancer.
Future of DNA sequencing will shift from a laboratory-based setup to point of care testing in the next 5 years
Reliable results can only be achieved in urine diagnostics, if correct preanalytical conditions are ensured. Urine collection, specimen transport and further storage are critical influential factors for sample quality and can affect the results.
Royal Philips today announced the launch of EmboGuide, its latest innovation in interventional oncology, to treat difficult-to-reach tumors or tumors in patients who are deemed unsuitable for surgery. EmboGuide is a live 3D image guidance tool that supports the increasing number of minimally-invasive procedures in oncology.
Curetis AG, a developer of next-level molecular diagnostic solutions, today announced that it has launched its new Unyvero i60 Implant and Tissue Infection (ITI) cartridge in Europe. The new cartridge for the Unyvero system was developed to rapidly identify more than 90 pathogens and more than 20 resistance markers common in eight clinical indications.
Royal Philips today announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Stockholm County Council (SCC) to jointly innovate in health care.
Bayer has agreed to acquire the consumer care business of U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA, for a purchase price of USD 14.2 billion (EUR 10.4 billion).
Bracco Imaging, a global leading company in diagnostic imaging announced the launch of MultiHance (active ingredient: adobenate dimeglumine) in Russia.
Bright young researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals can as of now apply for the Falling Walls Lab Vienna on June 04, 2014 to present their research work in 3 minutes. Applications are due by May 16, 2014.
In the world's first collaboration on wireless transmission of height and weight to patient monitors, seca and Welch Allyn help users to save time and effort while optimizing routine medical procedures.
Cost-saving solutions enhance adoption rates and support electronic medical records and healthcare information systems compliance.
A small prick to sample blood instead of complex pathological or other diagnostic procedures – this is how early cancer diagnosis will be in the near future. Blood tests to diagnose tumorous diseases early are already being researched for clinical use.
Raise your intake of low-fat fermented dairy products, including all yoghurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses, and you could lower your risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28%, according to new research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes).
Many physiological and observational studies indicate that non-invasive ventilation (NIV) after both thoracic and abdominal surgery is helpful and non-randomised trials have indeed confirmed the benefits.
Patients in intensive care units in hospitals across the UK are benefiting from a combination of new techniques and technology with changes in clinical practice that help to dramatically cut incidences of infection.
Value contributions matter most as hospital supply chains undergo a major transformation. With the rising demand for medical services and expenses, cost control is paramount in the USA’s healthcare sector – as in most countries.
Fully implantable mechanical hearts bring hope to 121,000 heart failure patients who will never receive a heart transplant