New way of using Electrical impedance tomography allows visualizing lung function with high accuracy

Electrial Impedance Tomography (EIT) has been known and studied since early 1980s. Multiple research groups have been working on various applications including monitoring of gastric emptying, lung monitoring, lung perfusion, cardiac and neurological function. Despite the big potential of EIT technology, it still hasn’t been implemented in normal clinical practice. It appears that other methods like CT and MRI are dominant. But CT is dangerous procedure especially if there is a need for constant monitoring. MRI in other hand is expensive and not always accessible. Implementing EIT measurement is really complex due to body bioelectrical properties and small signals reaching 100µV meaning that different impedance distributions can generate same results. A decade ago, technology has been improved that allows building better EIT devices that could allow monitoring patients in the intensive care unit without side effects. Recent breakthrough was made by TU Wien, the Medical University of Vienna and the…

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How Medical Devices Are Helping Make Advancements In Medicine

The medical device industry is strong and it’s only going to get stronger as new technological advances help doctors and medical professionals improve medical research and patient care. The biggest and best technological advancements and innovations in medicine are often a huge blessing. Today’s technological advancements in the medical field help improve patient conditions more often than not. How does the medical profession benefit from today’s new technology? We’ll share the technological advancements that are improving the world of medicine.

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As Technology Expands, Medicine Often Benefits

Crunching The Numbers The human brain is a supercomputer unlike anything mankind has ever been able to design. Though technology doubles on itself every eighteen months, much how Moore’s Law describes, it has still yet to reach the potential of the mind. Still, it is ever advancing onward, and scientists believe a “singularity” will come. This singularity will be the point at which artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence. Thankfully, this event horizon is still several digital twilight hours away. In the meantime, the kind of technological development seen in the 21st century is quickly optimizing medical understanding and procedures by providing practitioners the requisite tools. One of those tools is digital information compendiums kept in blogs and on niche-centered websites. The kind of information available to someone who knows what to look for is essentially endless, giving practitioners more treatment ammunition than ever. Additionally, as discoveries are made, they are…

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How Health IT is Helping to Improve the Lives of Patients

Health IT has essentially created a new ecosystem that is helping to improve the lives of patients, while also making life easier for physicians.  In the past, if a patient was sick or needed help with anything, they either had to make an appointment to see a doctor, or drop in at the emergency room.  Patients can now, however, take advantage of the technology available to speed up care. It is now possible for patients to receive a diagnosis from a remote area by receiving a consultation via video chat.  Patients also have access to health wearables which can help to monitor everything from heart rate to blood glucose levels.  The data from these devices can be sent immediately to health care providers to ensure a patient is in adequate health.

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A basic understanding of Medical Research

What is medical research? Medical research can be described as any research conducted with the aim of supporting and furthering the development of medical knowledge. In recent years, medical research has directly resulted in the emergence of countless new treatments and vaccines, and has helped to increase scientists’ understanding of the workings of the human body and the mechanisms of diseases.

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The U.S. and the Changing World of Medicine

There is no doubt that as everything else is evolving with new technology, medicine is too. The issue is that in the US, our medical system is broken and the insurance companies are too rigid. Doctors and other medical personnel have managed to work even with these difficulties and still provide patient care that is excellent along with new techniques that are successful. With the advance of biomedical research, doctors will be able to better tackle health issues in ways that are cost effective. Automation is only one area where there is new technology coming to the fore. Because of this advancement, linear actuators are being used more often as opposed to hydraulic and pneumatic systems. They range in size from very small to very large ones. Aside from the changes that technology has seen, there are quite a few other reasons that have made these actuators necessary, such as…

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3 new ways technology is helping to advance medicine

Imaging Cameras improving cancer surgery Every year, 14 million people are diagnosed with cancer; of those, around eight million will die. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide; across the globe, doctors and scientists are fighting to reduce the number of cancer deaths by detecting cancer early and promoting new ways of battling it. In the past, imaging technologies such as radiography, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography have proved vital in the fight against cancer, helping doctors to diagnose the disease quickly to increase the chance of recovery. Now, near-infrared fluorescence (NRF) has emerged as a new, powerful imaging tool in the battle against cancer. NRF imaging is used during surgery to enable surgeons to easily distinguish between healthy tissue and cancerous tissue. Surgery is a highly effective method of treating cancer patients, but its success rate depends largely on how much of the cancer is…

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