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Is a lack of medical engineers putting lives at risk?
21 September, 2014
A report released by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggests that the low priority given to NHS engineers is leading to problems caused by faulty medical equipment, cancelled operations and - inevitably - poor value for money for
Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake
21 September, 2014
Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The study, published in
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Secure CMX battery series coming soon
Accutronics : 21 September, 2014  (New Product)
UK-based battery manufacturer Accutronics is set to launch a new range of batteries on 12 November 2014 at the Compamed Exhibition in Dussledorf.
Mobile clinical technology features public-facing apps
Exco InTouch : 21 September, 2014  (New Product)
Exco InTouch, having pioneered mobile technology, increasing retention and compliance through engaging and supporting patients, and facilitating the delivery of ePRO via mobile devices, is now publishing public-facing apps on all three mobile operating platforms (iOS, Android and Windows8).
Ultrasound system visualises entire blood flow during valve procedures
Siemens Clinical Products Division (Munich) : 21 September, 2014  (New Product)
Siemens Healthcare is introducing the new Prime edition of its Acuson SC2000 ultrasound system at the annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). This new release of the premium cardiovascular imaging system is the first to offer live full-volume colour Doppler imaging of heart valve anatomy and blood-flow using a new true volume transesophageal echo (TEE) probe.
Ethernet I/O modules run cyclotron control system for neutron radiotherapy
Acromag : 21 September, 2014  (Application Story)
A Scanditronix MC-50 compact cyclotron was installed at the UW Medical Center in 1983. Its primary purpose is the production of fast neutrons (via 50.5 MeV protons on beryllium) for fast neutron radiotherapy. The original UWCC control system was run on a DEC PDP-11 with a custom centralised I/O system built around the Z80 processor and chipset. Ethernet is now used as part of the upgrade.
New network technology provides the mobility, reliability and connectivity to streamline healthcare delivery
Alcatel-Lucent Technologies : 21 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
A recent market report predicts the growth in medical-device connectivity is expected to grow over 800% worldwide between 2013-2019. But without the right network access, connectivity and management, wired or wireless devices will never realise their full potential to streamline healthcare delivery.
New methods enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging
University of Eastern Finland : 21 September, 2014  (Technical Article)
In a recent PhD study completed at the University of Eastern Finland, Tuija Kangasmaa, Lic. Phil, has invented a method which makes it possible to reduce the imaging time by up to 50%, making the scan session easier for the patient. Furthermore, the study also created two additional methods which correct errors resulting from patient movement during the scan. The methods were validated and they have already been taken into use in hospitals all over the world.
Multi-pedal footswitch/joystick selected for ophthalmic surgery microscope
Herga Technology : 21 September, 2014  (Application Story)
As an important part of its switching and sensing products range, Herga Technology designs and supplies hand and foot controls for medical equipment applications. One such application example is the 8-way footswitch/joystick controller supplied to the global medical and optical equipment manufacturer, Leica Microsystems, as an innovative option for its M220 F12 routine ophthalmic surgery microscope.
Molex Dongguan China achieves FDA Registration for Class I medical devices
Molex : 21 September, 2014  (Company News)
The Molex Dongguan China facility is now registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a compliant manufacturer of Class I medical devices. Manufacturers involved in the production and distribution of medical devices intended for use in the US must register annually with the FDA regulatory agency, which is under the auspices of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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