Testing and Monitoring

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Oxygen level sensor to prevent spread of infections

Oxygen level sensor to prevent spread of infections
DOXS Technology Systems, a Pennsylvania firm, has developed a single-use oxygen level monitoring sensor for measuring the fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2), or the percentage of oxygen involved in the gas exchange performed by a patient’s lungs. Currently used galvanic oxygen sensors have been in existence for decades, but they have a couple downsides that together create potential problems.
20th April 2017

Hitting the helmet on the head for improving safety

Hitting the helmet on the head for improving safety
The University of Alabama at Birmingham's (UAB) Department of Mechanical Engineering is approaching a touchdown with the new ways of testing and analysing football head injuries caused by helmet-to-helmet hits. The team there are developing new testing methodologies using crash test dummies to improve helmet testing and ultimately reduce concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). 
19th April 2017

Myeloma patients may finally avoid painful biopsies

Myeloma patients may finally avoid painful biopsies
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are white blood cells produced in bone marrow that churn out antibodies to help fight infection. When plasma cells become cancerous, they produce abnormal proteins, and the cells can build up in bone marrow, ultimately seeping into the bloodstream. The disease is typically diagnosed through a bone marrow biopsy, in which a needle is inserted near a patient’s hip bone to suck out a sample of bone marrow — a painful process for many patients.
7th April 2017


Contact lens could measure blood glucose in the future

Contact lens could measure blood glucose in the future
Transparent biosensors embedded into contact lenses could soon allow doctors and patients to monitor blood glucose levels and a host of other telltale signs of disease without invasive tests. Scientists say the bio-sensing lenses, based on technology that led to the development of smartphones with more vivid displays, also could potentially be used to track drug use or serve as an early detection system for cancer and other serious medical conditions.
6th April 2017

Wireless stick-on thermometer receives FDA clearance

Wireless stick-on thermometer receives FDA clearance
VivaLnk has announced that Fever Scout, a soft, wearable thermometer that continuously measures temperature, has received 510(k) clearance from the Federal Drug Administration and is now available for purchase. The revolutionary device offers parents and caregivers the flexibility to continuously and remotely monitor a child or patient's fever, safely and accurately using a smartphone or tablet.
6th April 2017

Modernisation of quality assurance through digital radiography

Modernisation of quality assurance through digital radiography
In the aerospace industry safety relevant parts need to be tested with X-ray technology. VisiConsult X-ray Systems & Solutions has successfully upgraded the old and analogue X-ray system for rotor blades of Airbus Helicopters to modern digital radiography. In times of lighter materials and higher pressures in the aerospace industry, the quality assurance is of increased importance.
3rd April 2017

App screens for arrhythmia using smartphone camera

App screens for arrhythmia using smartphone camera
MIT Media Lab spinout Cardiio has developed a mobile app that uses a smartphone camera to detect facial signs of a heart arrhythmia associated with strokes. It does so by measuring and analysing minute changes of light reflected on the skin as the result of the underlying pulse. Cardiio is the startup behind the popular fitness app of the same name, launched in 2012, that calculates heart rate based off facial light reflection.
29th March 2017

Flu test is easy as breathing and presents faster results

Flu test is easy as breathing and presents faster results
A method for diagnosing flu virus from breath samples could soon replace invasive nasal swabs and deliver better results faster. There’s a short window for detecting influenza virus, because as the infection takes hold – the concentration of the virus lessens. So if the patient isn’t tested soon after exposure, conventional methods run the risk of a giving a false negative result.
29th March 2017

Method analyses cholesterol distribution on cells

Method analyses cholesterol distribution on cells
Researchers from UCLA and the University of Western Australia have developed a way of visualising the distribution of cholesterol in cells and tissues. Their research provides insights into the movement of cholesterol into and out of cells and could eventually identify mechanisms linking cholesterol to coronary artery disease. Using a high-resolution imaging mass spectrometry approach called NanoSIMS, the team could visualise and quantify a pool of cholesterol called “accessible cholesterol” on the surface of cells.
29th March 2017

BIOTRONIK launches its lightest MR-conditional pacemakers

BIOTRONIK launches its lightest MR-conditional pacemakers
With the launch of the Edora series, BIOTRONIK has brought the highest functionality to its smallest pacemakers as well as cardiac resynchronisation therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps). The new devices are equipped with features geared towards improving patient safety, therapy and comfort. Moreover, Edora pacemakers are significantly smaller and lighter than preceding models, achieving compactness and full functionality without compromising battery life.
27th March 2017


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LASER World of PHOTONICS 2017
26th June 2017
Germany Messe Munchen