Artificial intelligence could prevent breast cancer false positives: Here’s how

Artificial intelligence could improve detection and diagnosis of breast cancer and eliminate false positives, according to new research out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). A team of researchers from MIT’s CSAIL, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School developed an AI system with machine learning that can

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 13, 2017

From Orthocell’s distribution deal to CorNeat unveiling its artificial cornea, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. OrthoCell inks Australian distro deal Orthocell announced in an Oct. 10 press release that it has signed a distribution deal with Surgical Specialities. The deal will make Surgical Specialities the

How a smartphone app can detect concussions on the sidelines

A new app from the University of Washington could screen for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries from a smartphone. Researchers at the University of Washington are currently working to develop a smartphone app that can detect brain injuries when they happen. The app’s goal is to detect the injuries on the sidelines of sports

7 breast cancer breakthroughs you need to know

As we mark another Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s worth noting the recent strides that have been made when it comes to diagnosing and treating the disease. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the U.S. Affecting one in eight women, breast cancer will be accountable for about 40,610 deaths

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How 3D Systems helped separate conjoined twins

As 3D visualization and printing technologies improve, healthcare providers are able to plan for and increase the success of difficult surgeries. 3D Systems has a precision healthcare solutions team that provides simulation, surgical planning, and manufacturing. The team was recently involved in a rare case, in which conjoined twins were born as part of triplets.

Promaxo closes $3.5 million Series A for office-based, high-res MRI

Promaxo said today that it closed a $3.5 million Series A round to fund its clinical validation and regulatory efforts for the company’s office-based, high-resolution MRI. MicroPort Scientific led the round and in connection with its investment, MicroPort was given exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights for Promaxo’s MRI tech in China. Get the full story at

How electrical currents could monitor lung functions from an ICU bed

Electrical currents from an electrode-filled belt could soon help monitor important bodily functions like lung function, according to Austrian researchers. Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a new imaging technique created by a collaboration between Technische Universität Wien, Medical University of Vienna and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. The electrode-filled belt is applied directly on

How squid ink could make going to the dentist painless

Squid ink could be used as a new imaging method at the dentist to check for gum disease, according to new research from the University of California at San Diego. Combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, engineers at UCSD have created a new dental imaging method that can painlessly and non-invasively examine a patient’s

Resilience Capital Partners creates Innovatus Imaging

Private equity firm Resilience Capital Partners recently announced that one of its funds has acquired three medical device service and manufacturing units, allowing the firm to establish a presence in the healthcare industry. The financial details of the deals were not disclosed. The firm acquired the Multi Vendor Service (MVS) unit of Bayer’s radiology business, Wetsco,

PeekMed receives CE Mark and ISO certification

PeekMed (Braga, Portugal) recently announced that it has received ISO 13485 certification and CE Mark for its flagship 3D pre-operative system for orthopedic surgeons. The new CE Mark allows PeekMed to sell its system in Europe. It is currently working on obtaining FDA 510(k) approval to market in the U.S. PeekMed helps orthopedic surgeons plan

How augmented reality could guide facial reconstruction surgeries

A Japanese research team has created an augmented reality (AR) system that allows them to create 3D simulations of facial reconstructive procedure results, projecting the images over a patient’s face during surgery. Researchers at Osaka Medical College in Japan reported that they have developed and tested the AR system for evaluating improvements of the body

New retinal imaging tech promises to help diagnose Alzheimer’s

New technology, developed by NeuroVision Imaging and Cedars-Sinai, is exploring the use of noninvasive eye imaging to detect Alzheimers disease, scanning the retina to identify protein deposits associated with the disorder. The system is designed to look for neurotoxic beta-amyloid protein deposits, which are also found in the brain in Alzheimers patients. Normally, such deposits

Fujifilm announces U.S. customer wins for Synapse imaging system

Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. said today that seven U.S. healthcare systems are picking up various products from the company’s Synapse enterprise imaging portfolio. The health systems includeHackensack Meridian Health and West Virginia University Health System – two of the largest healthcare networks in the mid-Atlantic region. Products bought include the Synapse 5 PACS, Synapse VNA, Synapse

Study: Annual mammograms would prevent the most deaths

(Reuters) – Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 would prevent the most deaths from breast cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Monday in a challenge to more conservative recommendations that take into account both the harms and the benefits of screening. The study, led by Dr. Elizabeth Arleo, a radiologist specializing in mammography at Weill Cornell Medicine

Non-invasive cell probing offers new insight into disease progression

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have figured out a way to assess the mechanical properties of a cell using simple observation. Usually, cells have to be probed with expensive instruments like atomic force microscopes and optical tweezers to determine the mechanical properties of a cell. Those methods make direct and invasive contact with the cells. The