Advances in Healthcare Technology: Shaping the Future of by Gerhard Spekowius, Thomas Wendler

By Gerhard Spekowius, Thomas Wendler

Enhancing healthcare and staying fit is without doubt one of the so much mentioned and significant matters in our society. expertise has performed and may play an enormous position in lots of features of the healthcare approach, and it bargains new and higher how you can resolve the most important illnesses of the hot century. This e-book describes valued contributions of know-how for bettering clinic and residential healthcare, and provides a viewpoint on how they'll effect severe points of destiny treatment. It presents an outline and dialogue of traits, provides the cutting-edge of significant learn components, and highlights contemporary step forward leads to chosen fields, giving an outlook on game-changing advancements within the coming a long time. the fabric is prepared in 6 components and a complete of 31 chapters. The healthcare parts addressed are: basic advances and traits in healthcare expertise, diagnostic imaging, integration of imaging and treatment, molecular drugs, scientific info expertise and private healthcare.

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Diagnostic Imaging 27 and corresponding collimation control (see details in Chapter 13). Another oncology procedure is based on non-invasive High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) ablation devices, which are integrated into MR systems. In this combination, the MR system is used for targeting control of the ultrasound focus volume and for monitoring of the resulting 3D temperature distribution. A detailed overview on this technique is given in Chapter 12. 4. NOVEL IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES Besides the imaging modalities that are already established in clinical practice, there are a number of imaging principles currently in the research phase with the aim to develop them into clinically useful tools for imaging in humans.

This new field includes three linked sub-specialties: • • • Molecular imaging: Leveraging the use of specific contrast agents designed to target expressed biomarkers to disclose the location and extent of the disease at its onset as well as its fate after and during therapy. g. proteins) that are expressed in body fluid or tissue to be used to diagnose disease even before clinical symptoms of the disease become evident. Molecular therapy: Gene-based therapies including targeted drug delivery and targeted cancer drugs.

Fluoroscopic imaging initially relied on fluorescent screens. But since doctors then would stare directly into the X-ray beam, such screens were quickly replaced by image intensifiers / television camera combinations after 1954, the year of introduction. Figure 2-2 shows one of the first commercial image intensifier systems from the year 1954. Figure 2-2. The first commercial surgical image intensifier system (BV 20) from Philips. 2. Diagnostic Imaging 19 After the introduction of radiographic detectors based on amorphous silicon technology end of the 1990s, it was only a question of time when the more challenging implementation of fluoroscopic detectors on the same technology would be introduced14,15.

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