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Article • Imaging controversial

MRI breast cancer screening of high-risk women: benefits outweigh drawbacks

Breast MRI is increasingly being used as a primary breast cancer screening exam for young women. It brings benefits in women with dense breasts, who are at an elevated risk of developing breast cancer. The technique is also being ordered as a supplemental screening exam following mammography or breast ultrasound for women of all ages at high risk. But use of breast MRI as a screening tool is…

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Article • Affordable and widely accessible

Robotics applied in support of patient wellbeing

Keeping technology simple and affordable is key in helping patients to fully benefit from robotic systems, according to a leading expert in the field. While expensive and complex systems have been developed, Professor Heike Vallery believes the full potential of robotics in patient care will only be realised when they become more affordable and widely accessible. She also underlines the…

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Article • QC at AACC 2023

New risk-based quality control assessment for clinical labs

Juggling the cost of quality control (QC) resources versus the risk of testing error is a balancing act no clinical laboratory manager enjoys. It is an inexact process, itself prone to error, which can impact the operations of hospital labs and independent clinical testing companies. In the current resource-constrained healthcare environment, there is pressure to improve the cost effectiveness of…

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Article • During lumpectomy

Fluorescence-guided surgery identifies breast cancer in margins

Breast surgery is a traumatic experience for a woman, no matter whether breast-conservation surgery (BCS) or a mastectomy. Trauma levels are greatly enhanced, if pathological evaluation findings of an excised breast tumour following a lumpectomy suggest that additional cancer may still be in the margins, and a second surgical procedure is required. A new system with the ability to accurately…

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Article • Women's health

Osteoporosis and menopause: New measures to assess fracture risk

Bone fractures caused by osteoporosis are a common major global health risk. The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) reports that one in three women over the age of 50 will sustain a potentially life-threatening fragility fracture in their remaining lifetimes. Early diagnosis and proactive treatment to keep bones healthy, including prescription medication and lifestyle changes, has the…

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Portal Solutions

RadCentre Patientenportal

Highlights The RadCentre Patientenportal supports image and report communication between doctors and patients and improves utilization in medical facilities and clinics. Efficient appointment management for optimized processes Direct data exchange with referring physicians and patients Provision of information sheets and consent forms before examination

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Surgical Flat Panel C-Arms

Omniscop DReam S

HighlightsOrthopaedic / Urology / Cerebral / Thoracic / Pain therapy / Peripheral vascular using DSA function- Interventional RadiologySingle unit system, all components integrated into the C-arm standVery small footprint4 Mpixel 27" medical monitor on an articulated arm, adjustable height and angleDynamic FPD with high DQE and MTFAdvanced functions : APR, post-processings, DSADICOM…

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Artificial Intelligence

AI-Rad Companion

HighlightsThe AI-Rad Companion, is a family of AI-powered workflow solutions, available as cloud or hybrid deployments. It supports you in your diagnostic tasks and may increase your diagnostic precision when interpreting medical images.Its solutions provide automatic post-processing of imaging datasets through our AI-powered algorithms. The automation of routine workflows with repetitive tasks…

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Portal Solutions

iQ-WEB PORTAL

Highlights Share medical results, imaging studies and reports with your patients, referring or external reading physiciansAccess studies in full diagnostic quality via QR code, direct login or crypto web linksShare portal access e.g. via WhatsApp, paper-based QR codes or direct HIS/RIS/EMR integrationNo client installation or registration requiredHIPAA and GDPR compliant patient data sharing

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Reading

syngo.via

Highlightssyngo.via is the intelligent, integrated imaging software, which offers multi-­modality and fast 3D reading, innovative and AI-powered applications. It speeds up your routine and provides actionable imaging based results to enhance care delivery and outcomes.Simplifying Routine – streamlined reading and reporting with powerful tools and integrated reporting solutionsEmpowering…

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Article • Men are from Mars, women are from Venus

Sex differences in imaging cardiovascular disease

An interplanetary title for a quite down-to-earth topic: The symposium "Men are from Mars, women are from Venus" at the EACVI congress (European Association of Cardiovascular imaging) launched into the differences between the hearts of men and women. While the speakers could firmly establish that both sexes share the same home world, variations in their cardiac anatomy warrant a more…

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Mobile DR

FDR Xair

Highlights FDR Xair’s ultralight compact portable design provides a strong advantage when accessibility to normal medical treatment settings is difficultFDR Xair can provide a portable solution and a high-mobility workflow even in unconventional medical scenesThe built-in lithium polymer battery enables up to 100 images in environments where there is no electricity*Flat-surface design…

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Portal Solutions

Patient Portal (CD replacement)

Highlights Progressive solution for the exchange of medical data between institutions and patientsDigital alternative for physical patient CDProtection of data privacyEasy integration into RISLogin via token, capture, and optional request of further informationWorks with all smartphones or desktop computers; no installation required for patientsAutomatic transfer of images from every PACS

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RIS

RadCentre Cockpit & Speech Integration

HighlightsRadCentre is a comprehensive process and data management solution for radiology, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy. Based on latest technologies it offers high usability with an innovative user interface (Cockpit) and most efficient reporting with integrated speech recognition.Integration of received reports (specification depends on cooperating system) Fast and efficient creation…

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DR

X-DRS Floor Standard E

Highlights The X-DRS Floor Standard E is especially suitable for use in large medical practices, healthcare centres and small hospitals.Detector size: 10 × 12" – 17 × 17"Elevating tableModern designBucky tray on the table and on the wall stand are electromotively synchronised with the X-ray tubeIntuitive handling via the Examion X-AQS control consoleOption:…

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PACS

X-AQS

HighlightsUniversal software platform for radiological image acquisition and management of all medical image data.High quality images in a few clicksIntuitive GUI with clear menu structure and iconsModular architecture, adaptable to all needsCertified diagnostic viewer with comprehensive measurement functionsConvenient web viewer

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Testing Devices

QRM Customized Phantoms

HighlightsOur core competence is the development and production of customized phantoms in cooperation with our customers.We successfully collaborate with manufacturers in medical and industrial X-ray markets as well as with scientists and physicians working on research projects and studies.All standard phantoms can be modified according to your needs.We also offer customized phantoms for: PET,…

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MRI Coils

VARIETY 16-Ch Multipurpose Coil

HighlightsThe VARIETY 16-Ch Multipurpose Coil is your dedicated coil application for various diagnostic uses in orthopedics, pediatrics and veterinary medicine. Its dense 8+8 Ch coil array with high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and great acceleration factors is designed for excellent image quality. A slim design andoptional dedicated positioning aids enable the flexible examination of anatomically…

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Article • Experts explore impact of technology

AI in radiology: helper or bane of society and the environment?

The climate crisis and AI – arguably two of the most hotly-debated and relevant topics of our time – share an intricate relationship: While computation of complex AI routines commands an immense carbon footprint, it is these algorithms that might be the very key to mitigate the effects of global warming. In a dedicated session at ECR 2023, radiologists explored the societal and environmental…

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RIS/PACS

ORCA – OR Cloud

Highlights The medical cloud ORCA offers two exciting applications: ORCA Archive and ORCA Share. ORCA Archive transfers and stores image files from direct sources (e.g. digital X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound systems) as well as from Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). At the same time, ORCA is a platform for sharing data with external partners. The application ORCA…

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DR Detectors

Medici DR upgrade

Highlights Upgrading to digital made easy! X-ray detector retrofit for your existing stationary and mobile X-ray system Two versions of the system are available: DR retrofits with wireless X-ray detector incl. dicomPACS DX-R acquisition and diagnostic software for X-ray images with touch screen DR retrofits with tethered X-ray detector incl. dicomPACS DX-R acquisition and…

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PACS

iQ-4CLOUD

HighlightsCloud PACS solution to access, view, store, import, print and share medical images efficiently and securely – without having to worry about IT issuesUniversal platform supporting virtually any data from any specialtyWeb-based image access through zero-footprint diagnostic viewerFlexible image viewing on smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop PCReduced IT costs and responsibilities

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DR

FWFC

HighlightsAffordable and flexible imaging solution for medical imaging centers and urgent care facilities Digital display of SID and tube angleEasy installation - floor to wall or floor to ceiling tube tracksPressure activated 180° column rotationHigh quality table with four-way floating tabletop and 318 kg patient weight limitSpace efficient wallstand for wireless detectors with 148 cm…

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LIS, Middleware, POCT

LabCentre

Highlights:LabCentre is a laboratory and ­pathology information management system. It helps doctors, scientists, technologists and management staff to track samples and testing processes, communicate results to other health professionals, and monitor costs and reporting.LabCentre supports the following disciplines:Blood SciencesMicrobiologyHygieneTransfusion MedicinePathologyBillingOrder…

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Blood Collection

Multi-Safe Disposal Boxes

Highlights:Our wide, tailor-made range of Multi-Safe disposal boxes corresponds to the current European directive on the prevention of needle stick injuries.With our extensive product range of Multi-Safe boxes, we are able to meet any disposal need in the field of medicine and laboratory.With the various options, from the convenient 200 ml format to the autoclavable 60 l disposal box for clinical…

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LIS, Middleware, POCT

MIPS – MIPS vianova Labor

Highlights: Clinisys vianova Labor – high effi ciency, rapid communication of results, standardised workflows Clinisys vianova Labor is a unique, patient- oriented LIS system that allows users to manage a wide range of laboratory processes, simply through configuration. It is the ideal solution wherever high effi ciency and rapid information availability are needed. Clinisys…

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Clinical Chemistry

Antipsychotic Drug Monitoring

Assays: Clozapine, Risperidone, Aripiprazole, Olanzapine, Quetiapine, Paliperidone Highlights:Antipsychotic drug monitoring provides healthcare professionals accurate and vital information.Testing of antipsychotic drugs can help manage patient therapy by providing greater clarity on the causes of treatment failure (i.e., adherence, drug resistance, drug-drug interactions and drug…

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Immunoassays

CL-8000i Chemiluminescence Immunoassay System

Dimensions: 2305 × 1150 × 1180 mm (w × h × d)(Single module + SD)Weight: 789 kg (Single module + SDM)Sample throughput: 500 tests/hSample position: 300Reagent position: 36Assays: 67Highlights:The CL-8000i is an upgraded immunoassay analyzer with high throughput up to 500T/H. CL-8000i helps improve medical quality and operational efficiency using technologies such as VU-Mix…

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Automation

ASP SortPro ALSR4 for Sumetzberger hospitals and laboratories transport system

Highlights:With ASP and Sumetzberger, accessioning, sorting and distribution of samples can be fully automated in medical laboratories. The modified sorter ASP SortPro was specially designed for Sumetzberger and is integrated directly into Sumetzberger’s laboratory transport system. The samples from up to three stations are automatically unpacked, recorded in the sorter, registered and…

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News • Battle of the AI large language models

Elicit: A better ChatGPT for medical research?

Researchers explored the potential of two generative AI models for answering clinical questions and literature selection for medical research – one fared signifcantly better than the other.

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Article • Tackling gender inequality

Radiology – still a “man’s world”?

Gender equity is a key factor in achieving excellence in academic medicine. So far, however, this is only partly reflected in reality: In Europe, women represent 54% of physicians and 40% of radiologists. However, female representation in radiology decreases at increasing levels of leadership. A panel of experts assessed the challenges women have to face in radiology and explored strategies to…

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Article • Knowledge gaps in gender medicine

Covid-19 and sex: higher mortality of male patients

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected scientific research in numerous ways – for example by highlighting knowledge gaps in gender medicine. In many studies differences in morbidity and mortality between women and men surfaced incidentally. While the extent and causes of these differences remain largely unexplored, the preliminary insights confirm the need for further research.

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News • Based on image-based flow cytometry

Rapid test to predict severe Covid-19 infections

Researchers have developed a method for assessing the number and structure of aggregated blood platelets (or thrombocytes) that can potentially help quantify the risk of a severe Covid-19 infection. As a result, they have identified a predictive biomarker for the seriousness of a Covid-19 infection. This will allow physicians to adjust treatment at an early stage. The researchers used a method…

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News • Lack of photos in published studies

The unseen faces of psiorasis in science

Scientific articles about psiorasis suffer from a shortage of actual patient images, according to a new study. This makes it hard for patients to grasp the condition, the authors argue.

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Article • Trade fair presence

Taiwan blends tech and tradition at Medica 2023

AI features for automation, integrated systems and more: the role of medical technology has never been as vital as today, and MedTech companies from Taiwan are putting their best foot forward to contribute. At the 2023 Medica trade fair, visitors of the Taiwanese pavilion not only had the opportunity to see the latest medical products on display, but also get acquainted with Taiwanese culture in…

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Upload-Portal

HighlightsWith this, patients can provide medical data or clinical results from home – even before the hospital stay. Easy patient registrationUpload of radiological images (CD, DICOM) and other documents (PDF, JPEG, etc.) by the patientClinical staff can view patient information before the appointment and transfer it to their primary systems (e.g. HIS/RIS)Works with all smartphones…

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Injectors

Accutron MR3

HighlightsThe integrated infusion pump enables simultaneous administration of fluids during an MRI examinationWorks with select pre-filled syringes to increase throughput via quick use and improved patient turnaround timesIntegrated infusion pump enables simultaneous administration of additional medication needed by some patients to undergo MRI examination1 CM/NaCl/2 Infusion pump 

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Article • Infection control

The strain typing technologies of tomorrow

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a non-profit hospital and medical research institution in Los Angeles, is setting new standards for quality and innovation in patient care by successfully introducing typing of Candida auris species – a procedure that could prove crucial in protecting patients from infection outbreaks caused by these microbes in healthcare settings.

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Sustainability

Lab-on-a-chip for a low-carbon future

The field of lab-on-a-chip needs to meet important challenges around sustainability. This includes not only the development of smart analytical systems that are able to sense the changes that are occurring within the environment but also, more generally, the mitigation of single-use plastics in analysis and the use of low-power, recyclable microsystem technologies.

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News • Medical trade fair

MEDICA 2023: Düsseldorf at the centre of the global healthcare industry

The world's leading medical trade fair MEDICA 2023 starts on Monday in Düsseldorf with more than 5,300 exhibiting companies from almost 70 nations and the kick-off event for the accompanying 46th German Hospital Day, which will be attended by Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (via video link) and NRW Health Minister Karl-Josef Laumann. COMPAMED 2023 will take place parallel to MEDICA. As…

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Wearable monitoring device

Wireless ultrasound patch monitors vital signs in deep tissues

A team of researchers and scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a stick-on ultrasound patch, the first fully integrated wearable system for evaluating cardiovascular function while people walk, run, or even ride a bicycle. This Ultrasonic system-on-patch (USoP) is the result of several years of research conducted by nanoengineering department engineers.

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Article • Portable imaging

Going mobile: advances in point-of-care ultrasound

Ultrasound technology now plays a vital role in clinical diagnosis and management. Significant advances in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) have made it a versatile tool for assessment, diagnosis, and follow-up across various fields. New developments continue to expand its applications, improving patient care and outcomes.

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Article • Need for diversity in training datasets

Artificial intelligence in healthcare: not always fair

Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are playing an increasingly important role in medicine and healthcare, and not just since ChatGPT. This is especially true in data-intensive specialties such as radiology, pathology or intensive care. The quality of diagnostics and decision-making via AI, however, does not only depend on a sophisticated algorithm but – crucially – on the…

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News • Platform for new companies

MEDICA 2023: Start-ups are shaking things up

MEDICA trade fair (Nov 13-16, Düsseldorf) is a major event for start-ups entering the health sector. Hundreds of young developers seek business contacts for cooperation concerning funding, production, approval, marketing or sales of their products.

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Article • Potential of large language models for nursing and health science education

ChatGPT: the next big thing in cardiology?

Hardly a day passes without new headlines about ChatGPT, the AI-powered large language model, and its potential applications in healthcare. First results have been somewhat sobering after the initial hype, with the AI’s “hallucinations” often replacing scientific truth. Still, Professor Philip Moons is convinced that the chatbot might bring actual benefits to nursing and health science…

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Single Plane

Alphenix Sky+ High Definition Detector

Highlights Nowadays 3D plays a key role in high risk procedures such as aneurysm coiling, AVM / Fistula embolization, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, etc. The Alphenix Sky+ incorporates state-of-the-art technologies allowing 3D body coverage at 80°/sec covering a range of 210°, from head to toe without any patient or table movement and free head access. Helping clinicians…

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News • Message from our partner

Unleash the full potential of AI and robotics with Automa+ Health 2023

Machines are getting smarter every day, and companies across the world are discovering new ways in which they can use AI to significantly enhance engagement and customer experience. That is why decision-makers from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and healthcare providers gather to network and discuss the latest innovations, as well as the potential for both AI and robotics, at Healthcare…

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Article • RFA, MWA, CRYO and IRE under scrutiny

Thoracic interventions: new tools in the arsenal

Experts presented state-of-the-art and emerging techniques to treat chest tumours and discussed common issues in the management of pneumothorax at RSNA 2022. Current ablation methods in the thorax include radiofrequency ablation (RFA), microwave ablation (MWA), cryoablation (CRYO), irreversible electroporation (IRE) and pulsed electric field.

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Article • Disaster victim identification

Radiology in DVI: distressing insights and “hidden gems”

Identifying victims of major disasters remains a significant challenge for investigators. Often, identification can take weeks or longer but new approaches are paving the way for greater accuracy and quicker identification whilst preserving the body without unnecessary invasive investigation. An expert session at ECR heard about how new imaging technology can help with disaster victim…

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Article • Supplemental imaging

The next breast screening advancement: Contrast-enhanced mammography

With the recent recommendation changes from the European Council in 2022, how radiologists screen for breast cancer is changing. Mammography has long been an essential technology in screening for breast cancer, and in the recommendations the Council formally recognized the advantages of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). This landmark acknowledges the research on and benefits of DBT, advocating…

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Article • Sustainability

The challenge of "greening" medical technologies

Under the impulse of the European Commission, the in vitro diagnostic industry is developing emerging technologies to implement sustainable practices in medical laboratories. As sustainability has been a growing priority of the European Union (EU) in the last decade, ‘the medical technology sector, particularly the IVD sector, must comply with European legislation in this field like all other…

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Article • Flow cytometry

Detecting and measuring nanoplastics in the blood stream

Plastics are a part of everyday life, and an increasingly concerning factor of global environmental pollution. They also have infiltrated our bodies as microparticles (MPs) and nanoparticles (NPs), found even in placentas supporting foetal life. And they are in our blood. Now, researchers in Spain have developed a new method to detect and measure nanoparticles in human peripheral blood that is…

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Sponsored • Health & Care Expo

Taiwan goes “beyond healthcare”

Post-pandemic problems, ageing societies, the impact of climate change on human health: To find solutions for new and ongoing healthcare challenges, thinking outside the box is crucial. This year’s Medical Taiwan Health & Care Expo took this approach to heart: True to its motto “beyond healthcare”, the event showcased a wide range of innovative products, promising start-up presentations…

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Article • Experts outline European infrastructure

AI in health imaging: computational power isn’t everything

What will the future structure for artificial intelligence in health imaging across Europe look like? While the algorithms show great promise in collecting, storing, analysing, and using data to advance healthcare, delegates to a session on the topic at ECR 2023 in Vienna, also heard that it was important for the use of AI to move from research and more toward practical applications for patients.…

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Article • Impact of ICM packaging and delivery systems

Contrast media bottles: benefits of switching to multi-dose

Iodinated contrast media (ICM) enhance CT imaging, but its single-dose packaging is increasingly proving at odds with modern, more sustainable imaging practices. New award-winning research by a radiology resident and faculty members at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, proposes a promising alternative: A switch from using single-dose injectable contrast media kits to…

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Article • Progress, limitations, and opportunities

Precision oncology: incredible potential, but not a miracle cure

Unanswered questions are hampering clinicians in their efforts to get the best out of a precision medicine approach for their patients. Speaking at the Genomics and Precision Medicine Expo in London at the end of May, cancer educator Dr Elaine Vickers said the benefits of being matched to an investigational drug remain questionable for most people with advanced cancer.

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Sponsored • Safe blood collection products and value-based care

Protecting patients and healthcare workers

In the last decade, regional and global health organizations have pushed for making safety a central pillar of procurement, with a directive that cost should not be a barrier. The crucial question is: How easy is that to implement? How can a confident decision be reached that protects patients and healthcare workers without straining costs?

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Article • Radiation protection debate

Patient shielding: a relic from the past of radiology?

Against a backdrop of changing technology and reduced patient dose, a new momentum is emerging within radiology to eradicate patient shielding. The subject has been extensively debated and researched in recent years but there is now a growing consensus to end the practice, apart from with a few exceptions. The topic was the focus of a session at ECR 2023 in Vienna where different perspectives…

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Article • Evolving technology

Exosuits for human augmentation and assistance

Exosuits are adding a new dimension to rehabilitation and human augmentation options for people with limited movements after sustaining injury. High-tech sensors, actuators, controllers and soft textiles are advancing the possibilities of exosuits, with 3D printed components further enhancing the power and accuracy of the devices. The latest innovations were outlined by exosuit expert Professor…

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Article • “Embracing the future: Making robots for humans” at ICRA

Conference unveils the latest developments in robotics and automation

Ever-more sophisticated robots are advancing healthcare across a wide range of areas. Latest developments and research are being showcased in London from May 29 to June 2 at the 40th International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). The event is set to be the world’s largest gathering on robotics and automation with pioneers, inventors and innovators coming together with academics,…

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Article • Confirming initial positive findings

First-tier rapid serology testing for Lyme disease

Lyme disease, the most common tick-transmitted bacterial infection in the world, is challenging to diagnose. Initial early-stage symptoms may include skin rash, fever, headache, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, and/or body and joint aches. However, these symptoms are also associated with many other diseases and medical conditions.

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Article • Project EU-JUST-CT

CT scans: systematic evaluation of benefits and risks

When is a CT scan justified, i.e. when do the benefits of a CT scan for the patient outweigh possible risks associated with radiation? Justification has been a major issue among radiologists ever since CT has become widely available and widely used. With regard to dose the answer is the well-known ALARA principle: “As low as reasonable achievable“. Now, the European coordinated action on…

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Article • Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT)

New EU recommendations for breast screening enhance opportunities for early detection

Mammography has been an essential imaging technology for breast cancer detection for decades. As the industry has continued to innovate, one advancement in mammography has particularly changed the landscape of breast imaging: digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), also known as 3D mammography.

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News • Imaging of focal breast complaints

Study confirms ultrasound as effective modality for diagnosing localized breast lumps

Ultrasound is an effective standalone diagnostic method in patients with focal breast complaints, according to a study published in Radiology, a journal of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Focal breast complaints can refer to pain, lumps, nipple discharge or other symptoms and conditions confined to a specific area of the breast.

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Article • RESTORE hospital programme

Facilitate recovery from hip fracture surgery by geriatric patients

Caregivers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, have developed a programme designed to facilitate recovery by geriatric patients following hip fracture surgery. The Returning Seniors to Orthopedic Excellence (RESTORE) programme is designed to provide stellar comprehensive collaborative co-managed care for older adults with orthopaedic injuries.

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Article • Existing solutions need to mature, experts find

Interactive mobile cancer apps: promising, but formative

Interactive mobile apps have become ubiquitous in daily life. The Covid-19 pandemic has escalated the use of disease-specific monitoring apps. Mobile apps enabling cancer patients to self-manage their physical condition and symptoms can help them to evaluate toxic side effects of their treatments, offer artificial intelligence (AI)-generated recommendations to minimize them, and alert them to…

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News • Expert roundtable at ECR 2023

How AI will shape the future of radiology

The future of medical imaging will be shaped by AI, according to an expert panel hosted by Bayer at ECR in Vienna. Participants explored key trends in radiology and how AI innovation can help patients and their treating physicians.

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Article • Stepping outside of healthcare to help the planet

Radiologists as champions for health equity

Climate change will impact health and complicate access to care for the most vulnerable, but radiologists can do more than just sticking to their jobs. They should step outside the confines of their specialty and promote health and wellbeing in their communities, an eminent American radiologist explained at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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Article • Good-bye “surgery first”

Interventional radiology: out of the shadow and into the light

Using imaging guidance, interventional radiology – a sub-discipline of diagnostic imaging – allows targeted and ultraprecise diagnostic and therapeutic procedures without anesthesia and without large incisions. Nevertheless, surgery continues to be widely considered the procedure of choice, making interventional radiology the Cinderella of the discipline. Professor Dr. Marco Das, Medical…

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Interview • Interview with President Adrian Brady

ECR 2023: Going back to normal – with a few twists

ECR 2023 returns to its traditional date in March, but delegates can expect novelties with sessions touching not just cutting-edge science, but also archaeology and palaeontology, and putting trainees in the spotlight, Congress President Professor Adrian Brady told Healthcare in Europe in an exclusive interview.

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Article • Patient-specific parameters in ionizing radiation usage

A more tailored approach to dose reduction

Radiation exposure in diagnostic and interventional radiology is steadily being reduced, but some important parameters have hardly been taken into account so far, says Dr Kerstin Jungnickel. The medical physics expert explains how patient-specific protocols can improve radiation protection and outlined new findings on the radiosensitivity of certain body regions and their impact.

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Article • Webcams in neonatology offer clinical value

Baby on-screen 24/7

True or false: Webcams have only recently been introduced in neonatology and are a patient-side component of the Digital Health Portfolio. False! Already in 1989, Professor Dr Roland Wauer at Charité Berlin built his DIY system to transmit images from the neonatology ward.

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Sponsored • Optimization for CT

An update for contrast agent injection

The Accutron CT-D Vision is the next generation of the leading contrast agent injector for computed tomography from Medtron AG. Focusing on the needs of the user, the latest development stage of the Accutron CT-D improves the usability of the CT double-piston contrast agent injector and optimizes its integration into the radiological environment.

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Article • Cervix, vulva and vagina

More certainty with methylation tests for early detection of cancer

A second-generation lab test for early detection of cervical cancer is the most recent addition to Oncgnostics’ portfolio. In particular, the company’s solution will help women in countries with limited cancer screening. Moreover, new research on the early detection of vulval and vaginal cancer might soon enable the development of tests for these cancers.

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Sponsored • Outlook for 2023

Hygiene in endoscopy: What’s next?

For many endoscopy wards, 2022 has been a year of transition and transformation. The field saw the advent of innovative reprocessing techniques, but also increasing strain due to personnel shortage and the demand for greater sustainability. We spoke with Paul Caesar, Reprocessing and Infection Control Leader EMEA at Pentax Medical, about the company’s upcoming solutions for the year ahead.

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Article • Inks and polymers

3D printed pharmaceuticals for personalized therapies

60 percent of all administered drugs do not have the desired therapeutic effect. Even worse: in Germany alone about 60,000 deaths per year are caused by medication. With these shocking statistics Professor Dr Christian Franken started his presentation on “Pills from the 3D printer” at last year’s Medica in Düsseldorf. He hopes that his vision of personalized medication based on 2D and 3D…

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Sponsored • Promising combination: AFP, AFP-L3, DCP and GALAD score

Enhanced early detection of liver cancer

Worldwide, about one million people are suffering from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In Germany alone, there are 9,000 new patients each year, most of them men between 50 and 60 years. When liver cancer is detected early, the prognosis is excellent, says Professor Dr. Ali Canbay, Director of the Medical Clinic at the University Hospital/Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum. While, unfortunately,…

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News • Enabling neuronal tissue growth

A hydrogel to heal the brain

Synthetic hydrogels were shown to provide an effective scaffold for neuronal tissue growth in areas of brain damage, providing a possible approach for brain tissue reconstruction.

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Article • How to bring about better patient outcomes with health data

Propelling innovation in healthcare with the help of health data spaces

January 28 saw the celebration of the “Data Protection Day” as it is called in Europe, or respectively the “Privacy Day” as it is referred to outside of Europe. It marks the date on which the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108” was opened for signature back in 1981. According to the Council of Europe, it is the ‘only international,…

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Sponsored • Boehringer Ingelheim relies on Rein Medical for monitors and digital door signs

Safety guaranteed, requirements fulfilled

Pharmaceutical research companies impose very high security standards on themselves for good reasons, as they are potential victims of cyberattacks and espionage attempts. This is no different at Boehringer Ingelheim. Its systems must be particularly secure, which means they need to meet high standards. The company checks this regularly. One way to ensure this is to separate the systems from the…

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DR

ZooMax 2 Small Animal Veterinary System

HighlightsFully Integrated DR System with Medical quality ComponentsHighly Customizable Generator Control Console with Remote diagnosticsPowerful single- or three-phase operationHeavy-duty Construction and Space-saving DesignFast and easy Assembly

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DeepUnity Discovery

HighlightsDeepUnity Discovery offers a PACS-centric reporting option. Radiologists, cardiologists and nuclear medicine physicians have the option to create structured diagnostic reports directly in the PACS instead of switching systems to create them in their RIS. Diagnostic images and findings can be easily managed in one system to ensure a seamless workflow in the reporting phase.

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DeepUnity PACSonWEB

HighlightsDeepUnity PACSonWEB is a cloud-native PACS that provides you with diagnostic functionalities and a portal to share medical images and reports over the internet with requesting physicians, patients and across healthcare institutions. It reduces your IT burdens, since no installations and initial larger investment are needed. Moreover our solution provides you clearer financials through a…

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DeepUnity PACSonWEB

HighlightsDeepUnity PACSonWEB is a cloud-native solution that allows you to distribute, share and visualize medical images and reports over the internet with requesting physicians, patients and across healthcare institutions. It reduces your IT burdens, since no installations and initial larger investment are needed. Moreover our solution provides you clearer financials through a “pay per…

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DeepUnity DICOM Services

HighlightsDeepUnity DICOM Services is our efficient medical image archiving system. It allows healthcare providers to store, manage and view medical images (DICOM). Different archive possibilities:DICOM Archives & DICOM Cache ArchiveDICOM Thin Slice ArchiveTeaching File ArchiveImport Archive Our medical image archive is built on a microservice architecture and Kubernetes, a…

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DeepUnity Diagnost

HighlightsDeepUnity Diagnost is our most advanced PACS Client and registered as a medical device. It comes with many additional functionalities to improve your daily workflow, such as advanced visualization and postprocessing tools for radiology and cardiology. Besides DeepUnity Diagnost we offer two other non-medical devices for less demanding tasks – solutions based on your needs.

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DeepUnity Viewer

HighlightsDeepUnity Viewer is a web-based solution and meant to be a universal viewer. It integrates seamlessly into your workflow and provides you secure access to all medical data and images (DICOM and non-DICOM) within the whole institution. You will get a holistic view of your study cases, no matter which system the data comes from. DeepUnity Viewer is built on a microservice architecture and…

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Accessories / Complementary Systems

MediCO2LON

HighlightsColonic Insufflator for CT colonography. The MedicCO2LON provides ­auto­mated colonic distension with CO2 gas for CT colonography procedures, providing reliable colon distension while improving patient comfort.State of the art design allowing ease of operationNear silent operationLarge, colour touchscreen LCDLED backlight and wide view angleCompact, lightweight…

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Mobile CT Solutions

CT Hybrid

Highlights Canon Medical’s CT Hybrid is developed to support the need for a semipermanent additional imaging solution. The CT Hybrid is easily accessible for all staff and patients because it’s placed close to ground level. Inside, an Aquilion Prime CT scanner is installed, including Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE). Additionally, the solution is fully equipped with a…

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Artificial Intelligence

Transpara

HighlightsScreenPoint Medical is the leading developer of AI driven image analysis technology for automated reading of 2D and 3D mammograms. Transpara is in clinical use in over 30 countries and is the most advanced commercially available multivendor AI solution (CE marked and FDA cleared for 2D and 3D). Find us at ECR 2022 or visit https://www.screenpoint-medical.com

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Artificial Intelligence

CT Image Reconstruction

HighlightsThe power of AI is brought to routine and spectral CT imaging by Canon Medical’s Deep Learning Reconstruction technologies: Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE) and Spectral Reconstruction. AiCE is a fully integrated DLR technology for noise free CT images while PIQE reconstructs cardiac scan in super resolution. AI in Spectral Reconstruction results in a zero temporal…

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Mobile RIS/PACS Viewers

Xero Viewer & Microsoft Teams Integration

HighlightsBy integrating Xero Universal Viewer and Teams, Microsoft and Agfa HealthCare have created a secure virtual meeting space that enables “anywhere, anytime” instant connection and sharing, all from a single, familiar platform. Care team members from across multiple specialties can meet remotely to discuss medical cases and provide treatment-decision support, for efficient…

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Artificial Intelligence

Transpara

HighlightsScreenPoint Medical is the leading developer of AI driven image analysis technology for automated reading of 2D and 3D mammograms. Transpara is in clinical use in over 30 countries and is the most advanced commercially available multivendor AI solution (CE marked and FDA cleared for 2D and 3D). Find us at ECR 2022 or visit https://www.screenpoint-medical.com

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Artificial Intelligence

Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine for MR

HighlightsThe power of AI is brought to routine MR imaging by Canon Medical’s deep learning reconstruction technology: Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE). AiCE is the world’s first fully integrated DLR technology for MRI and produces exceptionally detailed MR images. AiCE intelligently removes the noise from the images, which results in higher SNR enabling increased…

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Bi-Plane

Alphenix Biplane High Definition Detector

HighlightsThe Alphenix Biplane is designed to take advantage of the latest technological innovations to reduce dose for patients and staff.A revolutionary graphic user interface and multi-tasking computer enable the system to fully meet your requirement for high image quality, safety, ease of use, efficiency and improved workflow. In addition to helping clinicians perform their neuro, peripheral,…

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Radrex

HighlightsCanon Medical’s cost-effective Radrex digital radiography systems provide  clinical efficiency to meet your radiographic imaging demands today and into the future. Fitted with Canon’s high-quality flat panel detectors and its imaging and patient management software, Radrex provides outstanding versatility, high patient comfort and superior workflow for your facility

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Ultrasound

Viamo sv7

HighlightsPortable ultrasound system Multi touch screen, Tablet mode possible Single transducer input, expandable to three transducers Battery and AC operation, very fast boot time (< 10 s from standby to scanning), three hours battery support High colour sensitivity, exceptional image quality Highly programmable Touch Screen, few buttons, easy to operate, protocol…

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RIS / PACS

RIS /PACS

HighlightsOur RIS / PACS solutions are designed for multisite and manufacturer-independent networks. The WinRadiolog RIS product portfolio implies the whole patient management for your medical institution. Our PACS product portfolio comprises a proven DICOM archive, an intuitive operating reporting 3D ImageVision workstation, teleimaging and mobile solutions, patient CD system dosemanagement…

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Mobile CT Solutions

CT Rapid Response 2.0

Highlights With the CT Rapid Response 2.0, Canon Medical offers a deployable imaging solution that enables uncompromising workflow and imaging performance as well as personal safety anywhere and at any time. This unit can be transported by air, sea, road, and rail to any location. The latest model CT scanner of your choice including the latest Advanced intelligent Clear-IQ Engine (AiCE)…

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Single Plane

Alphenix Core+ High Definition Detector

HighlightsThe flexible Alphenix Core+ is designed to take advantage of the latest technological innovations to reduce dose for patients and staff. A revolutionary graphic user interface and multi-tasking computer enable the system to fully meet your requirement for high image quality, safety, ease of use, high efficiency and improved workflow. In addition to helping clinicians perform their…

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Article • Appeal to healthcare providers and medical device vendors

ECRI reports top 10 health technology hazards for 2023

ECRI’s annual top ten technology hazard list alerts hospitals and healthcare providers of situations, products, and procedures they need to diligently monitor and/or take steps to improve. This non-profit technology Pennsylvania research firm has worked for over 50 years to make healthcare safer. The list reflects the organization’s collective judgment about the health technology risks that…

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Article • High-intensity focused ultrasound

HIFU ablation treatment for benign thyroid nodules

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation is a noninvasively treatment for benign thyroid nodules that are causing distress to patients. Brian H. H. Lang, MD, Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Hong Kong, and chief of the Division of Endocrine Surgery at Queen Mary Hospital, is a preeminent investigator, proponent, and pioneer of this technique. He…

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Article • Centralised image library and archive

From regional to national: digital pathology network transformation

Transforming a regional digital pathology network into a national programme across the UK has the potential to save the NHS around £100m a year. Such a network – one that sees a centralised digital pathology image library and archive, as opposed to individual hospitals having their own infrastructure and teams to manage it – can also offer a range of other benefits alongside significant cost…

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News • Promising reseach results

Using artificial DNA to kill cancer

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have used artificial DNA to target and kill cancer cells in a completely new way. The method showed promising results against various cancers in lab tests on mice.

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Article • Emergency care crisis in the UK

Severe impact of ambulance handover delays

Rows of ambulances held in queues outside emergency departments waiting to admit patients to hospital is becoming an increasingly familiar scene in the UK. Senior figures across the health sector are becoming increasingly concerned at the levels of harm this bottleneck is causing patients. Patient care has hit a massive roadblock as delays in handovers between ambulances and emergency departments…

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Article • Imaging investigation and diagnosis

Multiparametric ultrasound: the future of the modality

Multiparametric ultrasound will play an increasing role in imaging investigation and diagnosis as more subspecialities reap the benefits from the modality, Professor Paul Sidhu believes. The leading expert predicts that it will be more cost-effective and comfortable for patients and take point-of-care-testing onto a new level by embracing other parameters in the imaging process.

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Sponsored • Digital solutions for radiology

How to accelerate healthcare innovation in AI

Tapping the thriving Radiology AI ecosystem, Bayer recently announced three collaboration agreements for its digital platform, Calantic Digital Solutions, as well as an AI accelerator program.

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Article • Cancer screening

The need for breast imaging for transgender patients

The need for breast cancer screening of transgender individuals has been a topic of uncertainty until recently, due to lack of reliable patient data, consensus by radiologists, published research, and recommended guidelines. A 2021 survey of Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) members revealed that ‘breast radiologists differ in their practice and knowledge regarding screening of transgender…

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Sponsored • Disease management

Multiplex Testing: A Solution to Manage Surge in Respiratory Illnesses as Concerns over “Multi-demic” Rise

Eunsin Bae, M.D. specializes in laboratory medicine and leads the Institute of Clinical Research at Seegene Inc. Her research focuses on microbiology, molecular biology, and hematology. Dr. Bae is currently working toward implementing a global clinical study and establishing an international network of clinical investigations.

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Article • Radiology & artificial intelligence

How to integrate AI in the clinical workflow: 7 lessons

In radiology, it is not about if but about when artificial intelligence (AI) will be used, said Professor Dr Tim Leiner of Utrecht University Medical Center at this year’s European Congress of Radiology in Vienna. For all those who are new to AI, the Dutch radiologist gave an overview of the lessons he and his team have learnt so far.

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Sponsored • Portable X-ray and ultrasound systems

Taking medical imaging to remote and rural locations with Fujifilm Healthcare

Medical imaging is critical across many fields of healthcare – but accessing it in remote or rural locations can be a struggle, resulting in missed appointments or delayed diagnoses. Fujifilm Healthcare Europe is a leading provider of medical imaging solutions across all modalities, and offers a range of portable imaging systems that allow imaging solutions to be taken closer to the patient.

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Article • “Taiwan Excellence” at Medica 2022

Sustainable solutions for post-pandemic healthcare

Innovative gastrointestinal imaging, medical panel PCs with hygiene optimisation, smartphone-based diagnostic tools, and sustainable hardware setups: At Medica 2022, manufacturers from Taiwan again showed their capability to adapt and provide solutions for a world radically changed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the “Taiwan Excellence” banner, outstanding products from the island nation’s…

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Article • AI-based personalized medical care

I³lung: EU launches lung cancer initiative

This summer, The European Commission launched I3lung, a new research initiative as a part of Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation program. This research initiative aims to create a cutting-edge, decision-making tool to help clinicians and patients select the best lung cancer treatment based on each patient’s specific needs and circumstances.

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Article • Digitisation in the OR

Robotic duo pushes boundaries of microsurgery

One robot supports the surgeon’s control of tiny instruments, while another automatically keeps an eye on what is happening: With this novel combination, surgeons in Münster have successfully performed fully robot-assisted microsurgery for the first time. Presenting the new procedure at the Hornheide Specialist Clinic, the experts explain how the interaction of both robotic systems ensures…

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Sponsored • Periprosthetic protection

Bone cements containing antibiotics for infection prophylaxis – quo vadis?

Periprosthetic infections and revisions are on the rise in Germany and worldwide, with significant consequences for affected patients as well as for the healthcare systems. Precisely because the number of patients at higher risk of infection in arthroplasty continues to rise, attention is increasingly focused on how this dreaded complication can be avoided.

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Article • Imaging resource management

Managing the CT contrast media shortage with clinical decision support tools

On March 31st, 2022, a city-wide lockdown to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Shanghai, China, shuttered the GE Healthcare manufacturing facility that produces 80% of the global supply of iodinated contrast media agents iohexol (Omnipaque) and lodixanol (Visipaque). Although the plant was able to operate at 50% capacity by mid-May, the shutdown resulted in a substantial contrast media…

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Article • Tissue-engineered glioblastoma model

3D brain tumour in a dish to personalize cancer treatment

It is the size of a common pencil eraser, but it could have a huge impact on the therapy of glioblastoma: Scientists in Virginia have developed a novel 3D tissue-engineered model of the brain tumour microenvironment, which can be used to assess how the glioma cell invades healthy tissue, proliferates, and reacts to chemotherapy drugs.

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News • Stereoscopic viewing and virtual work

Passive 3D stereo monitors in medical applications

Volumetric 3D images and 3D models are becoming increasingly important in medical technology. Schneider Digital's high-resolution 3D PluraView stereo monitors are a perfect fit for 3D stereo display of medical data, especially from CT and MRI scanners.

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Article • Implementing the electronic patient record in the hospital

EPR: Step by step into the digital future

In Europe, Germany has been bringing up the rear in implementing the electronic patient record (EPR) for years. While the EMRAM score of German hospitals continues to be negligible – on the international as well as on the European level – there are signs of progress that give reason for hope.

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Article • Custom parts made in the lab

3D printed implants on demand

A custom-made new hip, a knee or maybe a piece of bone? The technology and possibilities for 3D printing are (almost) there. And such an implant from a 3D printer has many advantages, not only for the patient, but also for the surgeon who has to perform the operation. Koen Willemsen, physician, and medical engineer at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), was at the cradle of the 3D lab…

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Article • Developing a sustainability calculator

Tackling the eco-footprint of healthcare

There is a growing awareness of the healthcare sector’s adverse impact on the environment due to its emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). A recent report from the non-profit organisation Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) finds that globally, healthcare is responsible for 4.4 % of total net GHG emissions.

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Article • Wearables at Medica 2022

Smart ring medical device for 24/7 blood pressure monitoring

A smart-ring medical device is emerging as an effective and discreet wearable for round-the-clock blood pressure monitoring. Using photoplethysmography (PPG) signals to measure the bloodstream 24/7 through the wearer’s finger, a new feature of the “Cart-I plus” ring from manufacturer Sky Labs enables it to constantly monitor hypertension without user intervention.

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Article • Targeted Real-time Early Warning System for hospitals

Early detection of sepsis with the help of AI

Sepsis, a life-threatening, systemic, toxic bodily reaction to infection, is often difficult to detect in its early stages. Its symptoms, including fever, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and confusion, are associated with many medical conditions of hospitalized patients. But if not treated rapidly, a patient may die. The Targeted Real-time Early Warning System (TREWS) for sepsis detection…

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Sponsored • 3D single-port surgery and 3D endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty

Keep 2D endoscopy but see 3D vision

One of the world’s leading endoscopic imaging system companies, MedicalTek (MDTK) from Taiwan, launches its brand new endoscopic visualization system, Darwin MS-301. While keeping the main feature – conversion of 2D endoscopic images to 3D – from its predecessor MonoStereo, Darwin delivers the twice-better performance, more intuitive control, and Rigid and Flexible scope modes.

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Article • Visceral imaging

Endosonography: AI takes on the “supreme discipline”

Endosonography poses unique challenges for medical professionals, because two demanding disciplines have to be mastered at the same time. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) could help speed up the notoriously slow learning curve of the procedure, says Prof Dr Christoph F. Dietrich. At the Visceral Medicine Congress in Hamburg, the expert explained how AI can help endosonography achieve…

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Article • Early detection approach

Multi-cancer blood tests could shake up screening

New tests can identify over 50 types of cancer and boost detection of traditionally elusive cancers from tumour DNA in blood, researchers showed at the ESMO congress in September. These multi-cancer early detection (MCED) tests in development can spot common cancer signals and predict where the signal comes from in the body, results from a prospective investigation suggest.

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Article • Trade fair special

EUROPEAN HOSPITAL @ MEDICA 2023

EUROPEAN HOSPITAL is at MEDICA 2023! We cover the most exciting topics of the leading trade fair, with reports on AI-assisted healthcare, innovative approaches to radiology and lab medicine, and more. Click here to read the ePaper.

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Article • Session on sex differences

Championing gender-sensitive medicine

A session at the Medica Health IT Forum will focus on the important topic of gender-sensitive medicine and raise critical points within the field. While a key challenge remains in raising awareness and acceptance that there are medical differences between men and women, session chair Dr Martina Kloepfer points out that gender-sensitive medical care is the ‘lowest common denominator of…

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Article • At-home diagnostics

Making remote patient monitoring simple

Increasing accessibility of remote and home monitoring for patients with pulmonary diseases can help improve treatment and rehabilitation adherence, and support health systems and hospitals in tackling waiting lists. The various advantages of remote monitoring systems will be highlighted in a Medica session focusing on “Preventing chronic diseases with diagnostics and analytics”.

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Lab-on-a-chip

Multiplexed lab-on-a-chip bioassays for testing antibodies against SARS-CoV 2 and its variants in multiple individuals

The coronavirus pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 and its variants is still a major public safety issue worldwide. The “alpha” variant B.1.1.7, the “gamma” variant P.1, the “beta” variant B.1.351, and the “delta” variant B.1.617 are of particular concern because of their high prevalence. Large-scale vaccination and sensitive detection are vital for preventing the spread of Covid-19.

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Sponsored • A tool to empower healthcare organizations

Eliminating silos and improving patient outcomes

Clinician and nurse burnout is a frequently discussed topic in the healthcare community in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to an analysis of the NHS published earlier this year, more than 400 workers in England have left the NHS to restore work-life balance within this past year. Burnout and cases of post-traumatic stress disorder after working through the Covid-19 pandemic are major…

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Article • Diagnostic assistant systems

AI in endoscopy: helper, trainer – influencer?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing its foothold in endoscopy. Although the algorithms often detect pathologies faster than humans, their use also generates new problems. PD Dr Alexander Hann from the University Hospital Würzburg points out that the use of AI helpers can affect not only the reporting of findings – but also the person making the findings.

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Supervised learning approach

A new deep learning-based algorithm to predict relapse-free survival in papillary thyroid carcinoma

The tall cell variant (TCV) is an aggressive subtype of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Sebastian Stenman, researcher from the Institute for Molecular Medicine, and the Department of Pathology at the University of Helsinki, Finland, is developing and training a deep learning algorithm using supervised learning to detect and quantify the proportion of tall cells in PTC.

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Malignant tumour management

’Our machine learning model achieved 88.9% accuracy in predicting the sarcoma-specific survival rate’

Clinical management of soft tissue sarcoma is particularly challenging. Dr Sebastian Foersch, researcher at the Institute of Pathology at the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany, has used a deep learning model for diagnosis and prognosis prediction of soft tissue sarcoma using conventional histopathology slides.

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Article • Prediction for breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial carcinoma

New test detects four women’s cancers from cervical screening samples

What if a test analysing cervical cells from a gynaecological swab could be used to detect four different female cancers at an early stage and also predict cancer risk over a healthy woman's lifetime? Researchers at the EUTOPS Institute in Innsbruck, Austria, are developing tests to do just that for breast, ovarian, cervical, and endometrial cancer detection.

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Article • AI provides prognostic information

Next-generation deep learning models predict cancer survival

Deaths from cancer are currently estimated at 10 million each year worldwide. Conventional cancer staging systems aim to categorize patients into different groups with distinct outcomes. ‘However, even within a specific stage, there is often substantial variation in patient outcomes,’ Markus Plass, academic researcher from the Medical University of Graz, Austria, explained to Healthcare in…

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Article • Alternative to open surgical procedures gains traction

The future of minimally invasive interventions

In the future, many types of open surgeries will be replaced with minimally invasive interventions, predicts Kevin Cleary, PhD, engineering lead at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Hospital, and Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology at George Washington University, both in Washington, D.C. Surgeons and interventional radiologists will be able…

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News • Assessing bone quality via blood sampling

New device for diagnosing bone fragility

A new device for diagnosing bone fragility invented by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) and the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has been approved for marketing in the European Economic Area and Switzerland. The device is based on a new approach to assessing bone quality via blood sampling.

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Article • Patient front and centre

One-Stop Clinic: diagnosis and treatment in one day, on one site, by one team

Cancer – one word that turns the patients’ world upside down. In addition to uncertainty and fear, they often face an unnerving series of exams and treatments. With its new One-Stop Clinic concept, GE Healthcare now wants to help make this journey as smooth as possible. At a single location, in an environment designed for comfort, the patients undergo all necessary steps within a short period…

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News • Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma

Promising new treatment for deadly pediatric tumor

Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma is a rare pediatric tumor. For more than 40 years there has not been any new development regarding treatment. Research led by Prof. Dr. Anton Henssen at Charité University Berlin has now identified a new therapeutic option, using a drug that is currently under investigation for other types of cancer.

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Article • Sex differences in heart failure

Why a closer look at a woman’s heart matters

The hearts of men and women are different – while this insight has been established for quite some time now, it might even surprise cardiologists just how deep these differences really run. In her presentation at this year’s ESC, Diana Bonderman, MD, gave a comprehensive roundup on sex differences in risk factors and subtypes of heart failure.

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Article • Overheard at AACC

The complexities of drug testing in urine and hair

Urine screening tests using only immunoassays are the most common procedures used to identify drug abuse. They are inexpensive, automated, and produce rapid results. But they may generate false-positive or false-negative results, which vary based on the drug, drug class, and the assay used. Hair toxicology analysis is another form of drug testing which, unlike urine tests, enable analysis of drug…

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Article • Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction

HFpEF poses increasing burden on health services

With the life expectancy of populations improving, experts believe the rising diagnosis and prevalence of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) will have a significant impact on healthcare services going forward.

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Article • Possibilities and risks

AI in cardiology: so much is feasible – but is everything useful?

It might sound like science fiction but it is reality in cardiology: with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) physicians can recognize from a patient’s headshot whether the person is suffering from coronary artery disease and is therefore at risk of myocardial infarction. But is that knowledge really useful? Professor Dr David Duncker calls for a differentiated and careful assessment of…

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Article • Preventing clinical errors

Supporting transgender health in the clinical laboratory

Clinical laboratories need to be proactive to attract transgender patients for testing and to ensure that they are comfortable with the services provided. This issue is of great importance to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), which conducted a scientific session on transgender health at its recent annual meeting in Chicago.

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Sponsored • User report

Robotic assistance brings benefits for paediatric patients

Robot-assisted surgery has seen marked advances in the past years and thus become a viable tool for more interventions. For example, the challenging field of paediatric surgery can benefit greatly from the new possibilities, reports Prof Wim van Gemert. Using the Senhance Surgical System from Asensus, the expert details on the advantages of the solution.