Blood brain barrier

A new approach to conquer the 'fortress of the brain'

Scientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier.

‘Global General Radiography Product Line Strategy Leadership Award 2017’

Shimadzu achieves Frost & Sullivan award

Shimadzu, a worldwide leading manufacturer of diagnostic imaging equipment, achieved the ‘Global General Radiography Product Line Strategy Leadership Award 2017’.

Phosphatidic acid phosphatase

A fat-regulating enzyme could hold the key to obesity and diseases

It had already been known that the enzyme known as phosphatidic acid phosphatase plays a crucial role in regulating the amount of fat in the human body. Controlling it is therefore of interest in the…

Latest headlines

Joint course from ESR and ESHI on Hybrid Imaging

For the second time, the European Society of Radiology (ESR) and European Society for Hybrid Medical Imaging (ESHI) celebrate successful second joint course on Hybrid Imaging. To accomodate the 157 attendees from 34 countries, the session had to be moved to the Messe Vienna. Information on further courses can be found at ESR and ESHI.


EURO-CAS at eHealth Forum

The eHealth Interoperability Conformity Assessment Scheme for Europe (EURO-CAS) will present its initial work and results on 21 October 2017 in Athens, Greece, as part of the eHealth Forum held 19-24 October 2017. At this event, speakers from the consortium will present the outline and elements of the eHealth Conformity Assessment Scheme for Europe (CASforEU). More details about the timing and content of the EURO-CAS session are available on www.euro-cas.eu.

Synthetic biology

Apps, downloads, virtual machines: 'Programming' cells to fight disease

Cells can be programmed like a computer to fight cancer, influenza, and other serious conditions – thanks to a breakthrough in synthetic biology by the University of Warwick.

Prenatal cardiology

Ultra-early ultrasound can detect foetal cardiac defects

Study shows a simplified examination can be performed routinely on low-risk populations during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Emergency medicine

Streamlining management of cardiac arrest with the aid of point-of-care ultrasound

Point-of-care ultrasound plays an important role in the emergency sector, enabling hospital clinicians and paramedics responding to an urgent call for medical assistance to assess a patient’s condition. Dr Matthew Reed, an Emergency Medicine consultant at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, explained how ultrasound contributes to the management of cardiac arrest.

TrueVue

Philips ultrasound innovations provide lifelike 3D images

Philips TrueVue, GlassVue, aReveal A.I. and TouchVue improve workflow and diagnostic confidence, enhancing the connection between clinicians and their patients.

Perinatology

Diagnostics and treatment of congenital heart defects

Today, many congenital heart defects can be diagnosed in the unborn child – and even treated in utero. Monique Haak (46), gynaecologist-perinatologist and fetal surgeon at Leids University Medical…

Congenital heart defects

All unborn babies need foetal echocardiography

Acknowledging the need for faster ultrasound automation, Dr Alexander Weichert explained how automated procedures can assist in the early detection of cardiovascular disease and prenatal dia­gnostic…

Neurodegeneration

Scientists discover genetic timetable of brain's aging process

Brain scientists from Edinburgh have identified a genetic programme that controls the way our brain changes throughout life. The programme controls how and when brain genes are expressed at different…

Therapy study

Vaccine and medication might stop Alzheimer’s years before it begins

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) are tackling Alzheimer’s disease with a new study that intervenes decades before the disease develops.

Algorithmic tool

Google screens for depression - is that really a good thing?

With one in five Americans experiencing clinical depression in their lifetime, should Google offer an online screening test for depression? US based clinical psychiatrist Ken Duckworth says providing…

Bone thinning

Largest ever genetic study marks likely osteoporosis treatment target

Scientists are honing in on a potential treatment for osteoporosis, after performing the largest ever genetic study of the common age-related bone-thinning disease.

Cinematic Rendering

Siemens visualization experts nominated for 2017 German Future Prize

Siemens Healthineers employees Dr. Klaus Engel and Dr. Robert Schneider have been nominated for the German Future Prize along with Professor Franz Fellner, MD, for the development of the…

Tomosynthesis

Hologic’s 3Dimensions mammography system now available in Europe

Hologic, Inc. announced that the 3Dimensions mammography system, the fastest, highest resolution breast tomosynthesis system ever, is available for purchase in Europe.

Radiopharmaceutical tracers

Diagnosing and treating tumors with radioactive metal complexes

A team under the direction of chemist Prof. Dr Peter Comba is investigating radioactive metal complexes for use in the diagnosis and treatment of tumors.

Nutrition

Fermenting fish to reduce cholesterol

Compounds in a fermented fish paste used as a condiment in Indonesia efficiently inhibit an enzyme involved in cholesterol synthesis, reports a study published in the Pertanika journal Tropical…

Transmission prevention

One-two punch against malaria

Combining a new compound with old drugs could provide an effective remedy against malaria and drug-resistant parasites.

New diagnostic system

Painting for Parkinson's

Researchers have developed an automated and affordable system to diagnose early-stage Parkinson’s disease through a simple drawing task.

Circulation

Can height increase risk for blood clots in veins?

The taller you are, the more likely you may be to develop blood clots in the veins, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics.

Handheld mass spectrometer

This pen may be mightier than cancer

A team of scientists and engineers at The University of Texas at Austin has invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in…

Cell biology

Improved stem cell transplantation may be on the horizon

Researchers in Germany have demonstrated that hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplants can be improved by treatments that temporarily prevent the stem cells from dying.

"FRAiL" study

New assessment predicts fracture risk for patients in long-term care

Researchers from Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research have developed and validated a new assessment to predict the risk of falls in long-term care patients.

Lung function impairment

Respiratory tract infections in children linked to asthma

Respiratory tract infections in young children are linked to an increased risk of asthma and worse lung function in later life, according to new research to be presented at the European Respiratory…

Oncology

A tiny device offers insights to how cancer spreads

As cancer grows, it evolves. Individual cells become more aggressive and break away to flow through the body and spread to distant areas. What if there were a way to find those early aggressors? How…

Cooperation

Pentax and Hitachi launch new ultrasound video bronchoscope

Pentax Europe, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, and Hitachi Medical Systems Europe, a leading company in medical imaging, recently announced renewed joint collaborative efforts to…

Study

Zika virus could be used to treat brain cancer

Recent outbreaks of Zika virus have revealed that the virus causes brain defects in unborn children. But researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of…

Perception research

Why do we see colors the way we do?

Dr. Wolf M. Harmening from University Eye Hospital Bonn, together with American colleagues, studied color vision by probing individual sensory cells – photoreceptors – in the human eye. The…

Raising awareness

Radiometer sponsors World Sepsis Day 2017

In continuation of Radiometer’s commitment to the fight against sepsis – one of the world’s deadliest diseases - Radiometer is proud to sponsor World Sepsis Day for the second consecutive year.

Research subjects

Mice and men - not as equal as medicine would like to think

The mouse is the most widely used model organism to understand human genetics, biology, and diseases in the research setting. But new research findings have revealed important divergences between the…

Cardiology

Is your walking pace a predictor of heart-related deaths?

A new study suggests that middle-aged people who report that they are slow walkers could be at higher risk of heart disease compared to the general population.

Substance exchange

Shuttling proteins work like a revolving door

New research reveals how shuttling proteins known as importins control the function of nuclear pores. An insight that could help in the fight against cancer.

Neurology

Biologists find new source for brain’s development

A team of biologists has found an unexpected source for the brain’s development, a finding that offers new insights into the building of the nervous system.

Recovery

Stroke patient improvement with a brain-computer interface

University of Adelaide researchers have shown that it is possible for stroke patients to improve motor function using special training involving connecting brain signals with a computer.

OnSight extremity system

High-quality 3D imaging for orthopaedic surgeons

Carestream will demonstrate its CARESTREAM OnSight 3D Extremity System that uses cone beam CT (CBCT) technology to capture high-quality, low-dose 3D extremity exams at the American Society for…

Evolution of a field

Will software steal the heart of cardiology?

Celebrating 40 years of PCI, cardiologists fret over their future with big data, machine learning and robots.

Combination approach

Radiation treatment extends life expectancy for patients with inoperable lung cancer

Patients with unresectable, or inoperable, lung cancer are often given a dismal prognosis, with low rates of survival beyond a few years. Researchers exploring combination therapies have recently…

Magnetic resonance imaging

Multicolor MRIs could aid disease detection

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have developed a method that could make magnetic resonance imaging—MRI—multicolor.

Health economics

Atrial fibrillation imposes a high burden in Europe

The first health economics data from the Global Anticoagulant Registry in the Field – Atrial Fibrillation (GARFIELD-AF) was presented at ESC Congress 2017, organised by the European Society of…

AI in hospitals

‘Radiologists are about to disappear’

San Carlos Hospital in Madrid has undertaken a number of projects to promote artificial intelligence (AI) use in clinical practice. Dr Julio Mayol, Medical Director and Head of the Innovation Unit,…

Extreme environments

Cardiology in outer space and Polar Regions

Cardiology in extreme environments takes centre stage at the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) annual conference.

Autoimmune disorders

Allergies? Exhausted Regulatory T Cells might be to blame

Researchers have evidence that specialized T cells are vulnerable to exhaustion that may contribute to allergic reactions.

Neuron activation

Memories “Lost” to Alzheimer’s May Be Retrievable

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have found that it may be possible to access memories “lost” to Alzheimer’s disease, if their discoveries about memory loss in mice also apply to…

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Developing a new active ingredient against chronic infections

Chronic lung infections caused by the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa require complex and, in most cases, long-term treatment with antibiotics—new medication is badly needed.

Breast & ovarian cancer

Few women take a recommended genetic test

Of the nearly 4 million women in the United States who have had either breast cancer or ovarian cancer, at least 1.5 million have a high risk of carrying certain types of genetic mutations that could…

Cardiovascular diseases

Repairing damaged hearts with self-healing heart cells

Researchers discover a new molecule, ‘Singheart’, that may hold the key to triggering the regeneration and repair of damaged heart cells.

Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4)

Obesity, fatty liver, insulin resistance: Liver enzyme might be to blame

German researches have linked the increased production of a certain enzyme in the liver to fatty liver and insulin resistance.

Professional standards

The role of sonographers: future professionals across Europe?

Ultrasound is often the first line of imaging used in the diagnostic pathway of a patient’s journey into hospital. Additionally, the increased prevalence of chronic conditions and changes in the…

Study

Mushroom protein could be used in leukemia treatments

A protein found in the edible mushroom known as "shaggy ink cap" might be able to kill a type of leukemia cell, new research suggests.

Backlog I

A worrying age increase of imaging equipment

A recent Medical Imaging Equipment Age Profile report from AXREM provides worrying reading. The report highlights the continuing increase in the age of the installed base of medical imaging equipment…

Backlog II

Ten percent of radiology scanners should be scrapped

One in ten CT scanners and one in five MRI scanners are technically obsolete. The European Society of Radiology (ESR) is sounding the alarm.

Backlog III

‘One in three scanners are obsolete’

Obsolescence and strategies to manage equipment data to benefit patients were at the centre of debates during the Radiology Triangle meeting in Madrid earlier this year.

Young at heart

Cardiac stem cells from young hearts could rejuvenate old hearts

Cardiac stem cell infusions could someday help reverse the aging process in the human heart, making older ones behave younger, according to a new study from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute.

Light microscopy

An image is worth a thousand words

Light microscopy today offers a wealth of techniques that provide fascinating insights into life on subcellular level. “In light microscopy these days there are so many new techniques that each of…

Medication testing

The birth of the amazing organoids

Professor Hans Clevers, researcher and group leader at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, the Netherlands, invented the organoids, a ground-breaking new technique to grow new ‘organs’ and to test…

Rheumatoid arthritis

Hibernation causes inflammation

A research team found that in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, a special cell population called innate lymphoid cells are in a state of hibernation which is why these patients suffer…

Multimodality imaging

Algorithms define prosthetic valve dysfunction

Cardiologists have highlighted the importance of all imaging modalities – including echocardiography and cardiac CT – to evaluate prosthetic heart valves in a new series of recommendations.…

Long-term effects

Targeted radiotherapy limits side effects of breast cancer treatment

Breast cancer patients who have radiotherapy targeted at the original tumour site experience fewer side effects five years after treatment than those who have whole breast radiotherapy, and their…