Why X-rays in shoe stores were a really bad idea

Vanessa Burrows, FDA historian X-rays have enhanced healthcare in a variety of ways since their discovery in the late 19th century. But like many cutting-edge scientific developments, the technology has also inspired uses of uncertain therapeutic value. That was the case with the shoe-fitting fluoroscope, the subject of the latest episode of FDA’s history video

Endra Life Sciences IPO to raise $8.4 million

Endra Life Sciences’s IPO offering, which closes tomorrow, is expected to raise $8.4 million as the company seeks to commercialize its Thermo Acoustic Enhanced Ultrasound (TAEUS) in Europe. Endra announced May 9 that the IPO would involve 1.68 million units – each including one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase an additional share of

B. Braun Medical to bring Christie Medical’s VeinViewer to more hospitals

Christie Medical Holdings, with its vein-finding VeinViewer system, has announced a strategic alliance with B. Braun Medical, a major player in infusion therapy and pain management. “Aligning the VeinViewer technology with one of the top companies in the United States’s peripheral IV catheter market provides our customers with a seamless solution for improving peripheral IV access,” said

This test can detect tiny ovarian tumors sooner than current tests

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a way to detect ovarian tumors that are smaller than 2 mm in diameter, allowing for detection 5 months earlier than existing tests. A synthetic biomarker, which is a nanoparticle that works with tumor proteins to release fragments into the urine for detection, helps the MIT-developed test create

Philips’ digitized biopsied tissue slides wins FDA authorization

Philips recently received FDA permission to market its Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution (PIPS) – touted as the first whole slide imaging system over which pathologists can review digital versions slides prepared from biopsied tissue. The FDA permission, which the agency announced April 12, marks the first time the agency has allowed the marketing of a

How deep learning could change diagnostic imaging forever

Computational imaging is a passion for Fabein Beckers. As the CEO of Arterys, Beckers thinks he can revolutionize how doctors on a global scale work with imaging diagnostics. In that vein, Beckers and his team launched Arterys, which enables clinical visualization and accurate quantification of blood flow inside the body. It measures 7 dimensions of data (3 in

Philips sees image-guided therapy transforming healthcare: Here’s how

Officials at medtech giant Royal Philips see image-guided therapy as key when it comes to health practitioners providing care that is both efficient and effective. The Dutch multinational’s work in the field provides a great example of how the ever-growing need for cost-effective healthcare around the world is driving the strategies of medical device companies.

New fluorescent probe could light up cancer

What if you could plaster cancer cells with glowing “Here We Are” signs, so surgeons could be confident that they’d removed every last speck of a tumor? That’s what Haiying Liu has in mind for his new fluorescent probe. “Doctors need to pinpoint cancer tissue, but that can be hard,” said Liu, a chemistry professor

This LED-based device predicts radiation skin damage

Researchers at UC Irvine’s Beckman Laser Institute are developing imaging to predict the skin damage that breast cancer patients will experience from radiation treatment, The Optical Society reported today. “We use visible and near-infrared light at very low power and project it onto the breast. We are trying to characterize the skin damage during radiation

Exact Imaging announces new app for micro-ultrasound system

Micro-ultrasound systems company Exact Imaging (Toronto) said today that it is offering a new FusionVu micro-US/MRI fusion application that complements its ExactVu micro-ultrasound system used in prostate imaging and biopsy. Exact Imaging officials describe the approach behind FusionVu as an easy, cost-effective “cognitive assist” for the urologist. The urologist can quickly import radiological reports from MRI scans

Imaging detects difference between depression and cognitive disorders

Researchers claim that single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging can accurately help differentiate between depression and cognitive disorders like dementia. The study examined 4541 people in total — 847 with dementia, 3269 with depression and 425 with both. SPECT imaging measures the blood flow and activity in the brain and the researchers saw that

Canfield Scientific launches Vectra WB360 whole body imaging solution

Canfield Scientific has commercially launched a version of its whole body, 3D imaging system, the Vectra WB360. It announced the launch during the 75th annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology in Orlando, Fla. The Vectra WB360 imaging system is able to capture the entire exposed skin surface with 46 stereo vision pods and

MR Solutions offers MRI imaging solution for cardiologists

MR Solutions has created 9.4 tesla cryogen-free, preclinical scanners that are ideal for use among cardiologists. The new helium-free Flexiscan and Powerscan scanners are powerful and have multi-modality by integrating PET and SPECT capabilities. The Flexiscan doesn’t need a specialist to operate and can be used by running pre-defined settings. The SPECT image system works by

Cydar lands Roche exec for 3D imaging software play

Cydar EV, a medical software startup, said this week that it hired several new directors, including Roche’s recently-retired chairman Franz Humer. The U.K.-based company is developing cloud-based software to produce 3D images of a patient’s blood vessels in X-ray guided endovascular surgery. Cydar said Humer will bring a “wealth of commercialization” and key developmental insights

Biotronik simplifies MR-Conditional cardiac system selection

Biotronik, a global leader in cardio and endovascular medical technology, has developed an online tool called the ProMRI Configurator that allows physicians to select the right MR-conditional heart monitor, pacing or ICD system for their patients with ease. The ProMRI Configurator is an intuitive, user-friendly tool that allows physicians to select the desired MRI conditions,