All articles by Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards

Pocket ultrasound: a new era of medical imaging

US-based tech company Butterfly has produced a portable, pocket-sized ultrasound scanner that plugs into an iPhone and can be controlled using an app. Butterfly Network president Gioel Molinari explains more about the scanner and its potential impact on healthcare.

Medical technologies to fight air pollution in our cities

Air pollution is a serious health concern in many parts of the world, from Delhi to London. But can personal medical devices play a part in mitigating the effects of poor air quality? We take a look at the options out there.

Beyond BMI: Bioelectrical impedance analysis

Body composition monitoring is a familiar concept to anyone who has ever had their BMI tested. In such scenarios, BMI testing will give a reasonably accurate sense of weight and health but not much more. Now scientists are working to conduct body composition monitoring in far greater detail in the hope that much more comprehensive information could lead to new treatments, as specialists from Tanita explain.

Neuron-mimicking brain implant could offer safer brain study and treatments

Researchers at Harvard University in the US have designed a probe that looks, acts and feels like a real neuron so that the brain does not identify it as a foreign object and try to attack it.

Philips showcases augmented reality for image-guided therapies

Royal Philips has unveiled a new mixed reality concept to aid in minimally invasive surgeries, which it has developed with Microsoft, at the MWC 2019 mobile technology conference in Barcelona, Spain.

UK government considers creating compulsory medical implant register

The UK government is considering creating a compulsory medical device register, which could register every implantable device in every patient so that healthcare professionals will be able to tell if a medical device is causing harm to a patient.

Detecting language problems: a tech-assisted vision for earlier diagnosis

A team at San Diego State University is using advanced computerised comprehension tasks to detect language problems in children. Using the program, the team has been able to spot problems a full two years earlier, a development which could lead to significant improvements for conditions that often hamper a child’s progress. San Diego State University psychology professor Margaret Friend explains the potentially life-changing technique.

The critical moment: can machine learning save lives in sepsis care?

Researchers from MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital have developed a predictive model that could guide clinicians in deciding when to give potentially life-saving drugs to patients being treated for sepsis. First author of the study Varesh Prasad explains how the technology works.

National Heart Month: blood pressure monitors are changing diabetes care

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, increases a patient’s chances of developing a potentially life-threatening condition such as a heart attack. As diabetes and high blood pressure are closely linked, equipment manufacturer Omron believes blood pressure monitoring is key for diabetic patients. On National Heart Month, Omron Healthcare UK general manager Charlie Fox discusses the company’s latest blood pressuring monitoring technology.

PET/CT imaging agent could improve acute venous thromboembolism diagnosis

Researchers based at the University of Ulsan College of Medicine in the Republic of Korea have found that the positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) tracer 18F-GP1 results in high image quality and a high detection rate for acute venous thromboembolism (VTE).