Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc., an industry leader in magnetic resonance (MR) technology, reached a significant achievement in installing its 800th Vantage™ 1.5T MR system at Elkview General Hospital in Hobart, Okla. Elkview is using the Vantage system for orthopedic, neuro and abdominal imaging. As Elkview remodeled its imaging facility to create a more inviting environment for patients, they looked for an MR system to provide the highest quality images while addressing patient comfort issues like claustrophobia and noise. "During the remodeling process, we went to great lengths to create an environment that would reduce patient anxiety during the exam.
Researchers have developed a new technology that helps Parkinson's patients overcome the tendency to speak too quietly by playing a recording of ambient sound, which resembles the noisy chatter of a restaurant full of patrons. "People with Parkinson's disease commonly have voice and speech problems, " said Jessica Huber, an associate professor in Purdue's Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. "At some point in their disease they will have some form of voice or speech disorder that generally occurs a little later in the disease." Parkinson's affects 1.5 million people in the United States and is one of the most common degenerative neurological diseases.
Researchers in Singapore are reporting development of a new electronic sensor that shows promise as a faster, less expensive, and more practical alternative than tests now used to detect DNA. Such tests are done for criminal investigation, disease diagnosis, and other purposes. The new lab-on-a-chip test could lead to wider, more convenient use of DNA testing, the researchers say. Their study is scheduled for the Sept. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a weekly publication. In the new study, Zhiqiang Gao and colleagues note that current methods for detecting DNA involve the used of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
Antithrombotic agents (anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs) are some of the most frequently prescribed medications in Australia and yet they are also often associated with adverse drug reactions. It is common to see antithrombotics used in various combinations, and in the elderly, which further increases the risk of adverse events, a situation made even more pertinent to pharmacists with a number of new antithrombotic medications available in Australia. As part of the AACP program at this year's Pharmacy Australia Congress, a session presented by Dr Luke Bereznicki will provide some context to the appropriate use of antithrombotic agents available including some background into thrombosis and its consequences, the rationale for pharmacotherapy, appropriate drug choice and the importance of clinical monitoring.
Philips Introduces FullLife Full-face Mask As Minimal-contact Alternative For Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients
Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) today announced the introduction of the FullLife full-face mask for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This revolutionary mask covers both the nose and mouth, while being compact and offering a clear line of sight for patients. The mask is being launched first in the U.S., followed by Canada; a global launch is planned for September 2009. Representing a new generation of full-face masks, the FullLife is smaller and lighter, yet made of durable materials. The conventional forehead pad was eliminated to provide a clear line of sight. A newly designed, dual-textured cushion reduces leaks and creates a solid seal even with patient movement.
GE Healthcare Introduces Wide Bore MR System To Address Demand For Larger Systems With High-Quality Imaging
As the need for wider MR systems increases, the industry has grappled over technology barriers preventing larger systems from offering advanced image quality. Addressing this issue, GE Healthcare introduces Optima MR450w, an MR system with a wider bore that provides the most advanced image quality, and in less scans. The system serves the needs of obese and claustrophobic patients requiring 'larger' imaging systems. The system is clinically optimized for specific anatomies, including industry leading breast imaging capabilities. The large field of view scans more anatomy and the wide bore provides enhanced patient comfort. "GE has overcome the traditional limitations that sacrificed image quality for size of scan, " says A.