PACS and Breast Imaging

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Supports PACS and breast imaging in color and grayscale

On 16 October 2014, healthcare visualization expert Barco announces the release of Coronis Uniti, the first diagnostic display explicitly designed for both PACS and breast imaging. Lynda Domogalla, Vice President of product marketing for Barco’s Healthcare division, said that with nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare imaging, we understand the radiology market and the challenges the industry is facing today. It’s this experience that led to the development of Coronis Uniti, a diagnostic display system that unifies the workflow for radiologists. Coronis Uniti has a unique representation of calibrated color and grayscales. It is remarkable in its 2D and 3D capabilities and capable of both static and dynamic imaging. It combines PACS and breast images on one workstation, pushes productivity and speeds up reading sessions.  Every Coronis Uniti display is calibrated to meet the DICOM standard for grayscales and to guarantee consistent, perceptually linear color so everything that will be seen on the big, 12 MegaPixel screen is sharp and precise. It is designed with ergonomics in mind, mirroring a human’s natural field of vision to optimize your reading experience. It reduces reflection, enhances image sharpness, reduces eye fatigue, Limits head, hand, and eye movements and increases reading comfort. It will help to see more patients per day, simplifies control and management of the display network and leads to major reductions in display cost. Coronis Uniti has technologies that enhance productivity such as RapidFrame to ensure crisp and in focus moving images, touchpad for faster control and smooth image manipulations, Ambient Light Compensation.

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A Cancer Detection Device

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Using Miroculus kit, a simple blood test can tell you, at the molecular level, the exact type of disease you have and its severity before presenting any symptoms. Using the same test, the success of the treatment will be monitored. Miroculus detect and monitor disease at the molecular level in three steps and it is accurate, easy to use, non-invasive, decentralized, operator independent and affordable microRNA detection platform for molecular data gathering, analysis and interpretation. Let me discuss the three steps I have said earlier. First is the microRNA profiling, it extracts the total RNA from the patient’s blood sample and pipette it in a standard 96 well plate. Without the need of a specialized technician or expensive lab machinery, the proprietary chemistry in it can detect microRNAs from body fluids or tissue. Each well of this plate has patented biochemistry is looking for a specific microRNA. This biochemistry  acts like a trap that closes when the microRNA is present in the sample and when a trap closes, green color will shine.  Second is it will prepare and load the 96 well plate in the device. the device will make microRNA detection more affordable than ever. We need to wait for about 60 minutes for the reaction to run. Your smartphones is the one that will process the results, match the wells that shine with specific microRNAs and analyze how much and how fast they shine. This will tell us whether the microRNAs that are present in the sample are over-regulated or down-regulated. The last step is to login to visualize the patient’s results. You can get the results in real time.

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Talk With A Deaf Person Anytime And Anywhere

Diagram on how Transcense works

According to studies, five percent of the world population suffers from disabling hearing loss, and struggle to follow conversations especially in groups. It’s really hard to read lips in group situations. Only 25 percent of English can be read on lips. You may have missed a change of topic and end up confused if you miss a few words due to change of speakers. Transcense is the first mobile app that makes group conversations between deaf and hard of hearing people and their hearing peers, finally possible and effortless.In real time, it shows you who says what around you and in result, you can answer in time and be part of the discussion. Transcense will not let you miss a conversation again. It will transcribe a group conversation such as a business meeting, a family dinner, or a moment with friends. It connects to multiple smartphones and leverages their microphones to listen and to interpret the convesation right into the participants screen.For those who’s having hearing disabilities to understand discussions, this will be your affordable personal interpreter for group communications anytime and everywhere. You wouldn’t bring an interpreter or a captioner to a date, lunch or family gathering because Transcense can be your private companion that will give you privacy and information. The developers  of Transcense technology worked on this for over a year, they have talked to more than 300 audiologists, deaf, hard of hearing, seniors, speech and behavioral design expert to help design the solution to this problem. It is now in private Beta on Android.

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BodyEcho, A Serious Sleep Tracking Device

BodyEcho Vitals Monitor for More Advanced Sleep Tracking (VIDEO)

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Other Sleep devices and applications may only measure your movement in bed, BodyEcho offers the most accurate and powerful sleep tracking solution available. It uses advanced sensor technology to give you clear insights into sleep stages, unconscious disturbances in you sleep, sleeping position, interruption of breathing, changes in blood oxygen saturation, tossing and turning, heart rate and snoring. You can develop better sleeping habits that will allow you to feel more energized and healthful by using the BodyEcho. You sleep data will be displayed as an easy to understand mobile app and companion web portal, listening to your body- even while your mind rests. Hyperachievers, parents, grandparents, even plugged-in teenagers or everyone who wants to take true control of their sleep can all benefit. You just need to follow four easy steps to use BodyEcho. First is to place the BodyEcho headband on, next is to set the smartphone app to “Sleep Mode” then sleep and when you wake up, the BodyEcho will have your sleep analysis waiting for you. BodyEcho has a tiny sensor that brings oximetry, heart rate, motion, temperature and respiratory rate all together.Combining oxygen with more commonly-tracked factors enables you to better analyze your sleep quality, track any disturbances and understand the stages of sleep. What’s unique about the BodyEcho is, at the core of it, is a laboratory grade oximeter which measures your heart rate and oxygen level to the highest degree of precision available in consumer sleep sensors, combining it with an accelerometer which senses both small vibrations as snoring and larger movements like turning from side to side.

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The Bionic Eye

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Bionic Vision Australia or BVA, a national consortium of researchers, together with the people from Bionics Institute, The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, the Centre for Eye Research Australia and the National Information Communications Technology Australia,  developed bionic eye devices to restore a sense of vision to people with retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration. It mimics the function of the retina, restoring slight for those with severe vision loss.   It uses a retinal implant connected to a video camera, converting images into electrical impulses that activate remaining retinal cells which then carry the signal back to the brain. The video camera will capture and process images which will be sent wirelessly to a bionic implant at the back of the eye, stimulating dormant optic nerves to generate points of light that form the basis of images in the brain. Electrodes on the implanted chip convert these signals into electrical impulses, which passed down along the optic nerve to the vision processing centers of the brain, to stimulate cells in the retina that connect to the optic nerve. For the patients to use this, patients need to have a functional visual pathway from the retina to the brain along the optic nerve, as well as some intact retinal cells. Bionic Institute is one of the group working on the bionic eye. It is an independent, not-for-profit medical research organization working in the field of medical bionics and the role of this institute is to use its engineering expertise and its experience in safety and biocompatibilty studies to establish safe surgical procedures and effective electrical stimulation strategies to improve vision.

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Battle With A Deadly Instestinal Disease

Catherine Duff underwent fecal transplants to fight a deadly intestinal disease

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year in the U.S., Clostridium difficile bacteria or C. diff causes 250,000 infections requiring hospitalization, and 14,000 deaths. Catherine Duff, a 58 year old woman who’s suffering from C. diff was in renal failure after the antibiotics that had been given to her to fight the infection and life-threatening diarrhea weren’t working. Antibiotics are frequently fail to treat the infection, it even allows more C. diff bacteria to take hold. The doctors decided to remove her colon, even they weren’t sure if she could survive after the surgery. Duff said that she felt 95 percent better after the surgery.  A fecal transplant uses the healthy bacteria from a normal stool sample. It will reseed a weakened intestine so it ca fight off infections naturally. Transplants have been given via a colonoscopy, which requires daylong prep, anesthesia and an outpatient clinic, but researchers are now working for a newer methods that are less costly, easier and can be done in an office of a physician. An associate professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School, Elizabeth Hohmann, M.D., has been testing frozen stool sample given through a tube in the nose or during colonoscopy, as well as capsules containing frozen material that are swallowed with water. Both of which have resulted in 90 and 91 percent success rate. she said that the procedure worked on children as young as 2 and adults as old as 90. Some patients are too repulsed to try it and saying that they’d rather die but for Duff, who had C. diff eight times between 2005 and 2012 and underwent two fecal transplants, the experience was transformative.

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Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System

Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System

The Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System is a small, lightweight, ergonomic handheld monitor for continuous and spot-check pulse oximetry monitoring. This supports a robust data set, including real-time SpO2 and PR values, SatSeconds alarm management, pleth waveform, blip bar and tabular trend data. It supports standard and home-care modes for use in hospital, hospital-type facilities, transport, mobile environments and home-care environments. It also supports Sleep Study Mode, which enables the clinician to dim the LCD display and silence alarms to prevent disruption of patients’ sleep. The Nellcor advanced processing technology delivers reliable operation even in difficult monitoring conditions. The LoSat expanded accuracy range is 60 percent to 100 percent SpO2 when used with Nellcor adhesive sensors with OxiMax technology. Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System is compatible with the complete line of Nellcor™ single-patient-use, reusable and specialty sensors with OxiMax™ technolog. It has 80 hours of data storage capability and supports data export to an personal computer for data analysis and printing functions. Providing accurate, reliable SpO2 and pulse rate readings, this portable, easy-to-use device is an ideal solution for critical screenings like six minute walk test, where is used to provide an objective measurement of a patient’s exercise capacity. It evaluates the response of all systems involved during exercise such as the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, systemic circulation, peripheral circulation, blood, neuromuscular units, and muscle metabolism. The Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System is also ideal to use for all new babies because most of the time babies are required to leave the hospital in a car sear if they are traveling by car especially for premature babies because improper positioning in child safety restraint systems can possibly lead to respiratory compromise.

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A Device for Blood Filtration

Aehtlon Medical’s Hemopurifier

It is nice to know that there are technologies already in existence that may be able to treat infected patients like the device from Aethlon Medical, the Hemopurifier. It is capable of filtering blood of impurities like viruses and exosomes that are related to tumor growth. Hemopurifier is also being used to filter the blood of a Ugandan doctor who contracted Ebola while on a WHO mission in Sierra Leone. It can be used with standard dialysis and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) machines without requiring any special hardware upgrades. According to Aethlon Medical, Hemopurifier is a first-in-class device with broad-spectrum capabilities against viral pathogens, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and numerous bioterror and pandemic threats. Studies shows that this device is safe and it provides average viral load reductions of greater than 50% during for-hour treatment periods in both HCV and HIV infected individuals without the administration of antiviral drugs. Studies have also documented that the Hemopurifier captures exosomes underlying cancer, including colorectal, lymphoma, melanoma, ovarian, and breast cancer. Studies were conducted at the Apollo Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Sigma New Life Hospital, and the Medanta Medicity Institute, all located in India and in result, Hemopurifier therapy has been successfully administered in approximately one hundred treatment experiences in health compromised HIV and HCV infected individuals. These In vitro validation studies that demonstrated the ability of the Hemopurifier to capture Zaire and other strains of ebola virus were conducted by researchers at the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Surgery

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In medicine, surgery (from the Greek χειρουργική, or chirurgical, and latin chirurgiae meaning “hand work”) is a medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate and/or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, to help improve bodily function or appearance, or sometimes for some other reason. An act of performing surgery may be called a surgical procedure, operation, or simply surgery. In this context, the verb operating means performing surgery. The adjective surgical means pertaining to surgery; e.g. surgical instruments or surgical nurse. The patient or subject that the surgery is being performed on can be a person or an animal. A surgeon is a person who performs operations on patients. Persons described as surgeons are commonly medical practitioners, but the term is also applied to podiatrists, dentists and veterinarians. Surgery can last from minutes to hours, but is typically not an ongoing or periodic type of treatment. -Source

Laparoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopy, or minimally invasive surgery, is not a new procedure. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s after a significant advance in the technology for laparoscopic clip appliers that the use of this surgical technique became widespread.

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Thanks to this advancement in modern surgery, patients now enjoy much faster recovery times due to the advantages that the small incisions bring such as less pain, decreased bleeding, and reduced risk for infections. And while surgery using laparoscopic techniques means a longer time under the knife, it’s a pretty good swap considering that you can leave the hospital the day after the surgery. Besides, you’ll be asleep the whole time the surgery is being done anyway.

As for the issue on scarring, laparoscopy also wins over traditional open wound surgery since smaller cuts meaning smaller scars. This might seem trivial beside the other perks but is still important since it can affect a person’s perception of their own beauty.

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