This in-body GPS system could track tumor movement in real-time

Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Laboratory have developed a wireless system that acts like an in-body GPS, allowing doctors to use sensors to track tumors or dispense drugs. The system, known as the ReMix, is able to pinpoint the location of ingestible implants inside the body by using low-power wireless

How sensors could help doctors determine effective cancer treatment options

Chemical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a sensor that could help doctors determine what the best cancer treatment option is based on how cells react to different types of chemotherapy drugs. The sensors are designed to detect hydrogen peroxide in human cells, which could help researchers determine new cancer drugs that increase

This biosensor chip detects genetic mutations with higher sensitivity

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a chip that can detect a genetic mutation and send results wirelessly to a smartphone, computer or other electronic device. The chip detects the genetic mutation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). The researchers suggest that the chip is at least 1,000 times more

NIH gives cancer detection a gigantic image boost

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has made public more than 32,000 annotated cancer lesions identified on CT images to help radiologists improve their cancer-detection accuracy. Large enough to train a deep neural network, the DeepLesion database could enable the scientific community to create a large-scale universal lesion detector with one unified framework, according to

How light-based imaging can help track cancer progression

University of Illinois researchers have developed a microscope system that images living tissue in real-time and in molecular detail to create a new tool for tracking tumor progression. The microscope system images living tissue without the need for chemicals or dyes. The technique, called simultaneous label-free autofluorescence multi-harmonic (SLAM) microscopy, uses precisely tailored pulses of

Power morcellation: Questions linger for controversial tech

Dr. Amy Reed’s tragic case brought to light the cancer risks posed by power morcellation. Her death hasn’t stopped lingering questions about the technology. Power morcellators were used for 20 years to laparoscopically remove fibroids, benign tumors of the uterus, raising not a single adverse event report with the FDA. That all changed in 2013,

MIT researchers send drug-ferrying nanoparticles across the blood-brain barrier

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated in an animal study that nanoparticles shuttling two different cancer drugs could effectively cross the blood-brain barrier and target tumor cells. The team of scientists evaluated the drug combination in mice that had gliobastoma – an aggressive form of brain cancer that is notoriously hard to treat. […]

How 3D printing is boosting cancer treatment

Radiologists are creating patient-specific, life-sized 3D printed models to show the location of tumors in bones, organs, nerves and blood vessels. The 3D printing method could help doctors plan treatments for different types of cancers and tumors. In the past, 3D printing has been a valuable tool for clinicians to plan surgeries and make implants

This portable device detects low white blood cell counts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a portable device that has the potential to be used to monitor white blood cell levels at home without the need for blood samples. A sharp drop in white blood cell counts is a major side effect of chemotherapy, leaving patients with the potential of developing a serious

Your fitness tracker could help evaluate and treat cancer patients

Wearable fitness trackers like FitBit could be used to evaluate and help treat cancer patients, according to new researcher from the University of Texas Southwestern. UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center conducted study of older cancer patients who were willing to wear physical activity monitors (PAMs) for 10 weeks or more. The researchers gathered data from

This new technology could help surgeons clear out leftover cancer cells

In some instances, as many as 30% of patients need repeat surgeries to get rid of cancerous cells initially left behind. The team from Lumicell wants to change that — and improve outcomes for cancer patients. After his wife died of breast cancer in 2003, David Lee stepped away from a decades-long career in the semiconductor

Cooling particle accelerators: What you need to know

When it comes to cooling particle accelerators, advanced liquid cooling systems don’t have to extend the design cycle or the budget, according to Laird. Greg Ducharme, Laird Particle accelerators, such as linear accelerator (LINAC) and cyclotron systems, increase the kinetic energy of particles for use in a variety of applications, ranging from scientific studies on particle

17 black innovators who made medtech better

From cardiology to endoscopy to blood transfusion, African Americans have played an important role as innovators in the history of medicine and medtech. To help mark African American History Month, here’s a look at some of their greatest achievements. Here are 17 black innovators who have made discoveries and invented devices to make medtech better.

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This remote-controlled immunotherapy system targets and kills cancer cells

University of California researchers have developed a remote-controlled therapy system that identifies and kills cancer cells using ultrasound. The ultrasound-based system is able to non-invasively and remotely control the genetic process in immune T cells to identify and kill cancer cells. According to the researchers, the ability to non-invasively and remotely manipulate cells at a

How modern medicine changed ancient antidotes

Modern medicine is revolutionary in comparison to how different diseases and disorders were treated in ancient times. Without regulation, its no surprise that methods like drilling a hole in the skull to relieve a headache and using enemas to treat asthma were normal practice. With the FDA’s founding in 1906, many devices and practices have