Safer, faster heart scans in view
- A team of Oxford University researchers have developed a technique that could improve heart scans giving more information about the heart than the traditional scans and without any injections, making them safer and faster.
- Using a property of hydrogen atoms to create a pixel-by-pixel map of the heart, called a T1-map, which allows examination of healthy and diseased heart tissue in greater detail than before, in a non-invasive way.
Biopsy robot combines MRI, ultrasound
- A biopsy robot that combines the best features of MRI and ultrasound, aiming to improve the diagnosis of breast cancer and muscle diseases is being worked upon in Netherlands.
- Ultimately, the University of Twenteresearcher FoadSojoodiFarimani says, the technology should be suitable for all diagnoses where a small piece of human tissue needs to be removed from the body.
- The goal is to significantly reduce this percentage of false negatives.
Needle-Free Diabetes Care
- Echo Therapeutics from Philadelphia is developing technologies that would replace the poke with a patch. As diabetes care brings the constant need to draw blood for glucose testing.
- They are working on a transdermal biosensor that reads blood analytes through the skin without drawing blood.
- The technology involves a handheld electric-toothbrush-like device that would remove just enough top-layer skin cells to put the patient’s blood chemistry within signal range of a patch-borne biosensor. The sensor would collect one reading per minute and sends the data wirelessly to a remote monitor, triggering audible alarms when levels go out of the patient’s optimal range and tracking glucose levels over time.