VMW Monthly - May 2010 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents May 2010 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
UTHealth receives $15 million for health information technology research
Will that cancer spread? New technology can tell early on
Tiny particles may help surgeons by marking brain tumours
Personalized medicine for cancer patients in a new technology era
New drug design technique could dramatically speed discovery process
 
Grid for Health
 
Harnessing the web and supercomputers to track pathogens as they evolve
Researcher simulates Alzheimer's 'protein misfolding' errors
High-performance computing reveals missing genes
Predicting protein evolution earns Clemson chemist $588.000 National Science Foundation award
Fifth EGEE User Forum to focus on Health e-Grids and Grid technology coming to the iPhone and Sony PlayStation 3
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
EHSI engages development partner and details capabilities for cutting edge medical iPhone app
Newly ratified ZigBee Health Care profile now available for public download
Plastic chips monitor body functions
Monitoring system for carrying out sleep study at home for identifying apnea-hypopnea syndrome
UCLA engineer invents world's smallest, lightest telemedicine microscope
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Health Matrix and CureMD announce strategic alliance to introduce ground breaking primary care technology in the Middle East
Carestream Health to play active role in molecular imaging and radiography
GE Healthcare invests $3 million In TRIL Centre, Ireland, to develop new technologies for independent living
Marvell drives telehealth revolution with Moby MED - always-on medical tablet
Ness Technologies, leader of a consortium with Lynx and others, wins phase one of Slovak eHealth System, for $24 million of $44 million total
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Simplifying complexity - new insights into how genomes work
Cataloguing cancer codes: International Cancer Genome Consortium plans to sequence 25.000 cancer genomes
Biosensor chip enables high-sensitivity protein analysis for disease diagnosis
Institute of Photonic Sciences is doing research to develop a device for early cancer detection
UK team reveals all three structures of single transporter protein
 
The 21st century hospital
 
University of Massachusetts Memorial health care develops fully integrated Electronic Medical Record
Saint Michael's Medical Center adopts IBM sensor technology for tracking medical equipment
Operating room radiography to transform surgery
Optimum Lightpath and GetWellNetwork to transform patient care experience at the Children's Hospital At Montefiore
Agfa HealthCare signs PACS, Information Systems and Data Center agreement with Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Tangent announces anti-microbial point-of-care terminal
At the Crossroads: NRTRC White Paper examines trends driving the convergence of telehealth, EHRs and HIE
robuBOX-Kompaï now available in Open Source
European collaboration seeks to create 'World Wide Web' for robots
Domestic robot helps sick elderly live independently longer
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic therapy helps stroke patients regain function
Launch of the Salon Series "Innovation in Global Health and Development"
GeckoSystems advances sensor fusion technologies due to elder care robot trials
New computer games for stroke sufferers tested
New patented technology for improving cardiac CTs receives NIH support
 

Leads May 2010 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
UTHealth receives $15 million for health information technology research
Full ArticleThe University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been awarded $15,3 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC). Health care practitioners will be able to reach out to the REC at UTHealth for technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices. RECs are designed to address unique community requirements and to support and accelerate health care provider efforts to become meaningful users of electronic health records.
Will that cancer spread? New technology can tell early on
Full ArticleNot all cancers are created equal. The debates currently raging as to when to screen for cancer revolve around a central issue: current diagnostic methods can determine whether an individual has breast cancer - or ovarian cancer or prostate cancer or colon cancer - but they cannot tell at an early stage whether it is a highly aggressive type of tumour that is likely to spread or not. New technology pioneered by Dr. Richard Caprioli of Vanderbilt University can analyze the protein molecules within cells to identify these differences - in minutes. Dr. Caprioli's approach could be in regular use within two to three years.
Tiny particles may help surgeons by marking brain tumours
Full ArticleResearchers have developed a way to enhance how brain tumours appear in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans and during surgery, making the tumours easier for surgeons to identify and remove. Scientists at Ohio State University are experimenting with different nanoparticles that they hope may one day be injected into the blood of patients and help surgeons remove lethal brain tumours known as glioblastomas.
Personalized medicine for cancer patients in a new technology era
Full ArticlePublished on-line in Nature, a paper authored by over 200 members of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) describes the beginnings of a Brave New World, a new era of personalised medicine for cancer patients. Formed in 2008, the consortium brings together leading cancer researchers from around the world, working together to catalogue the genetic changes of the 50 most common cancers - 500 genomes from each cancer type - and make the results freely available on the internet.
New drug design technique could dramatically speed discovery process
Full ArticleScientists are taking the trial and error out of drug design by using powerful computers to identify molecular structures that have the highest potential to serve as the basis for new medications. Most drugs are designed to act on proteins that somehow malfunction in ways that lead to damage and disease in the body. The active ingredient in these medicines is typically a single molecule that can interact with a protein to stop its misbehaviour.
 
Grid for Health
 
Harnessing the web and supercomputers to track pathogens as they evolve
Full ArticleA new web-based application powered by supercomputers has the potential to inform public health decisions by visualizing genetic and evolutionary information about the spread of infectious diseases across time, geography, host animals and humans. In a journal article published in the April 2010 on-line issue of Cladistics, Daniel Janies, Ph.D., explains how Supramap was created to track the avian influenza virus (H5N1) and, more recently, to monitor the H1N1 virus. Cladistics refers to the scientific classification of living organisms, based on common ancestry, into evolutionary trees. Evolutionary trees are used by many researchers studying infectious diseases to understand the geographic and host origins of pathogens and how the pathogens change over time. Supramap puts phylogenies in a geographic context as well.
Researcher simulates Alzheimer's 'protein misfolding' errors
Full ArticleA University of Akron researcher is creating sophisticated computer simulations at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) to help understand how "misfolded" proteins in the brain contribute to degenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is the most common human neurodegenerative disorder, affecting as many as 5,1 million people in America alone, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Alzheimer's most often appears after age 60 and leads to progressive and irreversible memory loss, disability and, eventually, death. Disorders like Alzheimer's occur through a complex series of events that take place in the brain over a long period of time, probably beginning a decade or two before the most significant symptoms arise.
High-performance computing reveals missing genes
Full ArticleScientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech have used high-performance computing to locate small genes that have been missed by scientists in their quest to define the microbial DNA sequences of life. Using an ephemeral supercomputer made up of computers from across the world, the mpiBLAST computational tool used by the researchers took only 12 hours instead of the 90 years it would have required if the work were performed on a standard personal computer. The new study, reported in the journal BMC Bioinformatics, is the first large-scale attempt to identify undetected genes of microbes in the burgeoning GenBank DNA sequence repository that contains over 100 billion bases of DNA sequence. The genes uncovered may have important functions in the cell, but those functions need to be established by further experiment.
Predicting protein evolution earns Clemson chemist $588.000 National Science Foundation award
Full ArticleWhen molecules interact, they sometimes behave like they have minds of their own. Getting into the minds of those molecules is the job of Brian Dominy. A computational chemist at Clemson University, Brian Dominy tries to calculate how molecules - especially the proteins that are the biochemical workhorses of the human body - will adapt and change when they meet new partners, such as medicines.
Fifth EGEE User Forum to focus on Health e-Grids and Grid technology coming to the iPhone and Sony PlayStation 3
Full ArticleEnabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) is the world's largest multi-disciplinary computing Grid, supporting the research of thousands of scientists and bringing together to the processing power of hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The Grid and the software that glues it all together, known as middleware, is designed to run on a widely diverse range of computers. Cancer, heart and circulatory system diseases cause two thirds of all deaths in Europe. Three research projects at the Enabling Grids for E-sciencE (EGEE) User Forum in Uppsala, Sweden, have demonstrated ways in which modern computing techniques can investigate today's biggest killers. In addition, a team from Ireland has adapted the Grid software gLite to run on the Play Station 3. An Italian group has been able to use the iPhone to access Grid-enabled digital repositories.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
EHSI engages development partner and details capabilities for cutting edge medical iPhone app
Full ArticleEmerging Healthcare Solutions Inc. has engaged VITEB as their iPhone development partner for their new breakthrough MedAnywhere iPhone application. MedAnywhere is being designed to dramatically increase patient access to health care and the company expects that it will drastically cut medical costs for customers. The application is being configured to connect patients to doctors for diagnostic consultation and treatment from anywhere in the world at a fraction of the cost of a medical visit.
Newly ratified ZigBee Health Care profile now available for public download
Full ArticleThe Board of Directors of the ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer electronics applications, has ratified ZigBee Health Care and made the standard publicly available. ZigBee Health Care offers new ways to help people of all ages live healthier and more independent lives while lowering health care costs.
Plastic chips monitor body functions
Full ArticleA small blood lab that fits into the pocket of a jacket can quickly analyze the risk of blood clots in legs prior to a long distance flight; a sensor wristband for measuring electric smog can warn pacemaker patients of life-threatening exposure: "Smart plastics" can turn such tools into reality. The scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) in Munich are intensely working on these topics.
Monitoring system for carrying out sleep study at home for identifying apnea-hypopnea syndrome
Full ArticleThe sleep study or test is key for diagnosing apnea-hypopnea syndrome but, given its high cost, few resources are earmarked to it. Computer scientist at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Mr. Alfredo Burgos, has presented a thesis that aims to solve this problem. Apnea-hypopnea sleep syndrome is a condition that causes problems of respiration while sleeping. It is a serious problem because, on not gaining suitable sleep, it affects the daily life of the patient. In order to undertake a diagnosis, it is essential to study the alterations of the patient during sleep, but the techniques used to date are expensive and uncomfortable - the patient has to sleep in the hospital in order to be monitored. Now, however, a doctor in Information Technology, Alfredo Burgos, has developed a cheap and comfortable alternative to carry out the sleep study, based on latest-generation mobile technology. His PhD thesis is entitled "Telemonitorisation in real time of Sleep Apneas-Hypopneas Syndrome (SAHS) using domiciliary pulsioximetry".
UCLA engineer invents world's smallest, lightest telemedicine microscope
Full ArticleAydogan Ozcan, whose invention of a novel lensless imaging technology for use in telemedicine could radically transform global health care, has now taken his work a step further - or tinier: The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) engineer has created a miniature microscope, the world's smallest and lightest for telemedicine applications. The microscope, unveiled in a paper published on-line in the journal Lab on a Chip, builds on imaging technology known as LUCAS - Lensless Ultra-wide-field Cell Monitoring Array platform based on Shadow imaging, which was developed by Aydogan Ozcan, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and a researcher at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
Health Matrix and CureMD announce strategic alliance to introduce ground breaking primary care technology in the Middle East
Full ArticleCureMD Corporation, a health care information management provider, has joined forces with Health Matrix Corporation, a renowned international health care IT distributor, in an effort to accelerate health care IT adoption in the greater middle eastern region. This partnership will extend CureMD's distribution network in the middle eastern region for advanced, award winning, web based CureMD - an all-in-one suit of enterprise level electronic health records, practice management and patient portal applications and related services - allowing Health Matrix to exclusively distribute, implement and support CureMD products and services providing organisations superior choice when it comes to advanced primary care technology.
Carestream Health to play active role in molecular imaging and radiography
Full ArticleMemorial Hospital of York, Pennsylvania, purchased all three products in Carestream Health's innovative portfolio of imaging systems based on its wireless, cassette-size DRX-1 detector: the CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, the CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution and the CARESTREAM DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit. Carestream Health also reported strong customer demand for its wireless, cassette-size CARESTREAM DRX-1 System, along with its CARESTREAM DRX-Evolution suite throughout Canada. These products can help streamline overall imaging work flow, while simultaneously improving productivity and enhancing patient care.
GE Healthcare invests $3 million In TRIL Centre, Ireland, to develop new technologies for independent living
Full ArticleThe Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Centre, Ireland has signed up a new industry partner, GE Healthcare. TRIL is a groundbreaking research initiative, founded in January 2007 by Intel Corporation and the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland, to explore the physical, cognitive and social consequences of ageing and design technologies to help address them. The addition of GE Healthcare as an industry partner will help TRIL to extend and expand its research programme. GE joins the TRIL Centre as its second industry partner for 2010, alongside co-founder Intel and academic partners University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and NUI Galway. GE Healthcare is investing $3 million in the TRIL Centre.
Marvell drives telehealth revolution with Moby MED - always-on medical tablet
Full ArticleMarvell, a worldwide expert in integrated silicon solutions, has launched a bold new health care initiative to drive high performance mobile tablets based on its leading silicon solutions. Marvell's Moby MED initiative promises to give consumers much greater command over their own health care and pro-active wellness information and decisions. The Moby MED tablet platform is an always-on, high performance multimedia reference design featuring live, real-time content, 1080p full-HD, 3D capabilities, and full Flash Internet. Marvell's Moby MED tablet platform is designed to allow physicians to consult with patients remotely in real-time, allow consumers to manage their own health histories in a highly-secure, encrypted environment, make it possible to send and read high-resolution diagnostic imagery, and give consumers access to on-line medical information in a light-weight, long-running device.
Ness Technologies, leader of a consortium with Lynx and others, wins phase one of Slovak eHealth System, for $24 million of $44 million total
Full ArticleNess Technologies Inc., a global provider of information technology solutions and services, as the leader of a consortium with its partner Lynx Ltd., has won a public tender with the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic to provide the first phase of an Electronic Healthcare Services system, valued at 32,4 million euro, or approximately $44 million, excluding VAT. The term of the initial phase is 24 months.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Simplifying complexity - new insights into how genomes work
Full ArticleA genome is a complex system of genes and factors that regulate them. A European research team has clarified how such dynamic systems work, leading to a new way to predict genetic regulators. As an organism develops and interacts with its environment, suites of genes are constantly being turned on and off, orchestrating every aspect of life. Researchers worldwide are trying to understand transcriptional networks, the intricate webs of genes and regulatory agents that control the growth and functioning of every organism from Escherichia coli to Homo sapiens.
Cataloguing cancer codes: International Cancer Genome Consortium plans to sequence 25.000 cancer genomes
Full ArticleThe International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) has set out its bold plan to decode the genomes from 25.000 cancer samples and create a resource of freely available data that will help cancer researchers around the world. The publication outlines research design and projects as well as the important ethical framework for this science. New projects in Italy and the European Union will contribute to efforts already underway in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. As the United Kingdom's arm of the ICGC, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute will decode hundreds of breast cancer genomes as part of the Consortium's international efforts.
Biosensor chip enables high-sensitivity protein analysis for disease diagnosis
Full ArticleIn the battle against cancer and other diseases, precise analysis of specific proteins can point the way toward targeted treatments. Scientists at the Technische Universität München (TUM), together with Fujitsu Laboratories of Japan, have developed a novel biosensor chip that not only recognizes proteins that are characteristic for specific diseases, but also can show if these proteins are changed through the influence of disease or drugs.
Institute of Photonic Sciences is doing research to develop a device for early cancer detection
Full ArticleThe SPEDOC project will create the precursor to future devices for individualized diagnosis and monitoring of cancer therapy, which will allow the illness to be treated in earlier stages and at lower doses, reducing or preventing current secondary effects. Physicists and oncologists from Spain, France and Switzerland have joined efforts on a project to develop a novel ultra sensitive platform for early cancer detection. The project called SPEDOC - Surface Plasmon Early Detection of Circulation Heat Shock Proteins - is co-ordinated by Professor Romain Quidant, from the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), affiliated with the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Romain Quidant is a researcher contracted through a Catalan Government programme at the Catalan Institution for Advanced Research and Studies (ICREA).
UK team reveals all three structures of single transporter protein
Full ArticleA team of researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Oxford and Imperial College London have captured the 3D atomic models of a single transporter protein in each of its three main structural states, a goal of researchers from around the world for over 25 years. The discovery offers remarkable insight into the function of one of the body's most fundamental processes - the movement of essential chemicals into cells of the body - and creates the opportunity to develop brand new drugs.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
University of Massachusetts Memorial health care develops fully integrated Electronic Medical Record
Full ArticleUniversity of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care is undertaking an electronic medical record integration project of incredible scope. Known as Cornerstone, the project is a multi-year, multi-entity corporate initiative to implement common patient clinical and financial systems and to reduce variability in processes and work flows across the system. Currently in full design and implementation mode and continuing over the next four years, the way University of Massachusetts Memorial collects, views, shares, manages, and interacts with all patient information will drastically change and improve.
Saint Michael's Medical Center adopts IBM sensor technology for tracking medical equipment
Full ArticleSaint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, has turned to IBM for real-time tracking of medical equipment to ensure that life saving medical devices are instantly available and expertly maintained. As health care systems become smarter, complex medical and diagnostic equipment that provides vast amounts of data are moving closer to the patient. However, with new portable tests and imaging devices, equipment is often moved from a patient to decontamination and then to another patient, or shared among different departments, yet it is common for hospitals to lose track of these mobile assets. For example, a portable telemetry device used to record electrical activity of the heart can easily get lost in bed sheets and sent to the laundry, costing thousands of dollars to replace.
Operating room radiography to transform surgery
Full ArticleIn a move that could change the way many patients undergo surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has installed five state-of-the-art Siemens Artis zeego medical imaging systems that provide faster, more accurate 3D images of the body with a quality never before attainable. With more complete information, surgeons can better assess a patient's condition, devise a detailed surgical plan, and provide more targeted surgical treatment.
Optimum Lightpath and GetWellNetwork to transform patient care experience at the Children's Hospital At Montefiore
Full ArticleOptimum Lightpath, a market expert in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, through its exclusive relationship with GetWellNetwork Inc., a specialist in interactive patient care, will supply Interactive Patient Care (IPC) to the Children's Hospital At Montefiore (CHAM). CHAM will implement Interactive Patient Care in all 130 beds throughout the hospital at no cost to patients. The advanced patient care service, which will be deployed for the first time in the New York Metropolitan area, will empower the renowned children's hospital to improve entertainment, education, patient safety, clinical care outcomes, and bed turnover rates while creating new work flow efficiencies for hospital staff.
Agfa HealthCare signs PACS, Information Systems and Data Center agreement with Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam
Full ArticleAgfa HealthCare, a provider of diagnostic imaging and health care IT solutions, has signed an agreement with the Academisch Medisch Centrum (Academic Medical Center Amsterdam - AMC) in The Netherlands to upgrade its existing Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and install a Radiology Information System (RIS) and Nuclear Information System (NIS). To support the University Hospital's regional care requirements, the company has also signed an agreement for the installation of its IMPAX Data Center. Agfa HealthCare's solutions were selected after an extensive review process involving five vendors and an independent ICT advisory consultancy.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Tangent announces anti-microbial point-of-care terminal
Full ArticleTangent Inc. has launched the Medix T22, a medical grade, point-of-care terminal with a sharp and clear 22-inch wide-screen TFD display. Medix T22 is a secure, practical health care terminal for patients and practitioners. The Medix T22 is UL60601-1 approved for patient safety and available with an optional touch screen panel that is IP65 rated for dust-free and water-proof operation so it can be sprayed and wiped down without the risk of damage. It is also available with spill resistant peripherals and an array of medical accessories.
At the Crossroads: NRTRC White Paper examines trends driving the convergence of telehealth, EHRs and HIE
Full ArticleFrom the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the newly passed health care reform legislation to emerging reimbursement models and shifting consumer health trends, a confluence of events are driving radical change in the United States' health care system and bringing about the convergence of telehealth, electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE). That is the focus of "The Crossroads of Telehealth, Electronic Health Records & Health Information Exchange: Planning for Rural Communities", a new white paper from the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC).
robuBOX-Kompaï now available in Open Source
Full ArticleAt the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010), the French company Robosoft introduces the Open Source release of the robuBOX-Kompaï, the Software Development Kit of the Kompaï R&D robot, designed to develop interactive robots that assist ageing and dependent persons.
European collaboration seeks to create 'World Wide Web' for robots
Full ArticleA World Wide Web for robots - this is the aim of a joint initiative of six European research institutes, among them Technische Universität München (TUM). This worldwide database will enable robots in health care and industry to learn from each other's capabilities, thus speeding up the process of adopting new operations. The project, funded by the European Commission, will take four years and has a budget of 5,6 million euro.
Domestic robot helps sick elderly live independently longer
Full ArticleTo enable elderly people to live at home as long as possible, a group of European researchers, co-ordinated from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), will link robots and 'smart homes'. The robot, a 'sensible family friend', will ensure that home is a nice place to stay. And that patients do the right things. The recently started research project, which has been named KSERA - Knowledgeable Service Robots for Aging - focuses in particular on COPD patients, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In 2030 this disease will be the third cause of death worldwide, according to expectations of the World Health Organization. The disease especially affects old-aged people.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robotic therapy helps stroke patients regain function
Full ArticleStroke patients who received robot-assisted therapy were able to regain some ability to use their arms, even if the stroke had occurred years earlier, according to a new study published on-line in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, which examined the effectiveness of a class of robotic devices developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), indicates that in chronic stroke survivors, robot-assisted therapy led to modest improvements in upper-body motor function and quality of life six months after active therapy was completed; these improvements were significant when compared with a group of stroke patients who received the traditional treatment.
Launch of the Salon Series "Innovation in Global Health and Development"
Full ArticleThe International Virtual e-Hospital working together with the Embassy of Slovenia, European Union Delegation in the United States, Global Health Council, the Center for Global Health at the George Washington University, and the Pan American Health Organization/WHO organized on April 7, 2010, The World Health Day, the first Salon Event in the series of "Salon Lectures", which are dedicated to the topics in "Innovation in Global Health and Development."
GeckoSystems advances sensor fusion technologies due to elder care robot trials
Full ArticleGeckoSystems International Corporation has incorporated numerous improvements to their suite of "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security, and Service" due to insights gained from their ongoing, world's first elder care robot trials. The company has also performed an on site visit of Sparton Corporation's Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) in Brooksfield, Florida. GeckoSystems is a dynamic expert in the emerging Mobile Service Robot industry revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security, and Service".
New computer games for stroke sufferers tested
Full ArticleResearchers at the University of Ulster have been carrying out trials of specially designed computer games to help rehabilitate stroke sufferers. Ulster's School of Computing and Information Engineering in Coleraine has collaborated on the project with fellow researchers at the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the Jordanstown campus.
New patented technology for improving cardiac CTs receives NIH support
Full ArticleCardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and a tremendous burden on the health care system. Better detection of hardening or clogging of arteries and other blood vessels before symptoms occur is needed. With funding from the National Institutes for Health (NIH), researchers from Virginia Tech and GE Global Research Center are developing novel cardiac computed tomography (CT) architectures and methods, including a newly patented approach to a long-standing challenge in local CT image reconstruction (Patent 7,697,658 "Interior Tomography and Instant Tomography by Reconstruction from Truncated Limited-angle Projection Data" issued April 13, 2010). The research team will also evaluate the performance of various cardiac CT system designs to determine the most promising designs and demonstrate their clinical feasibility and utility.
 

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