Deep space diagnostics in the latest Medical Technology

14 November 2019 (Last Updated November 14th, 2019 10:36)

In this issue: Deep space diagnostics, dirty duodenoscopes, smartphone-based sperm testing, at-home asthma management, and much more.

Deep space diagnostics in the latest Medical Technology

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Despite estimates that 40% of fertility problems stem from the male partner, a significant proportion of the fertility tech market is angled towards women. We take a look at a user-operated smartphone-based sperm testing kit designed to increase men’s awareness of their own fertility.

Also, we find out how video game technology is being used to train astronauts to treat medical issues during deep space missions, shine a light on the dirty problem of cleaning duodenoscopes, and explore why a combination of materials engineering and neurobiology could be key to understanding the brain.

Plus, we examine a new app helping to improve at-home asthma management, take a look at the challenge of foetal monitoring with Nottingham University professor Barrie Hayes-Gill, and debate the benefits of the NHS’s newly launched AI lab.

Finally, we review the hurdles standing in the way of 3D printing organs and get the latest insight and analysis from Verdict and GlobalData.

 

In this issue

Exceeding expectations: home sperm testing in the fertility tech market
With 40% of fertility problems faced by heterosexual couples stemming from the male partner, tech start-up ExSeed has developed a user-operated smartphone-based sperm testing kit designed to increase men’s awareness of their own fertility. But how accurate is the technology, and where does it place men in the fertility tech conversation? Chloe Kent finds out.
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Space simulation: how gaming tech is being used to medically train astronauts
Medical gaming company LevelEx is working with NASA to virtually simulate how the human body is affected by space. The model will help to train astronauts to deal with emergency medical situations during missions. Allie Nawrat finds out how the space simulation works and why a solution is needed as NASA looks towards longer missions to Mars.
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Duodenoscopes: a dirty problem
Duodenoscopes, with their many small working parts, are notoriously difficult to sterilise after use. The FDA has called for major manufacturers Olympus, Pentax and Fujifilm to carry out more post-market research on these instruments, after reporting that infections from duodenoscopes caused three deaths and 45 infections in a six-month period. Is the industry doing enough to reduce the risk of infections? Chloe Kent finds out.
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Mobile mind control: material engineering meets neurobiology 
A tiny neural implant, capable of delivering multiple medications and coloured lights and controllable from a smartphone, could speed up research into neuropsychiatric diseases such as addiction and depression. Natalie Healey explores why a meeting of materials engineering and neurobiology might be key to furthering our understanding of the brain.
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Breathe easy: improving at-home asthma management
Cambridge-based Aseptika subsidiary Activ8rlives has created an app to help paediatric patients to better manage their asthma outside of hospital. What are the current challenges in at-home management of asthma for children, and how could this device transform patients’ lives? Chloe Kent reports.
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Q&A: the challenge of foetal monitoring with Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill
Foetal and newborn heart-monitoring best practice can be the difference between life and death. But the current technology has several disadvantages. Natalie Healey speaks to Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill about designing devices to give expectant mothers and their healthcare professionals greater peace of mind.
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Roundtable: debating the benefits of the NHS’s newly launched AI lab
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged £250m investment into an NHS AI lab, which will exist within NHSX, the service’s digital-focused segment. Chloe Kent spoke to a range of experts across the industry about this development, and whether it will be a worthwhile investment for the NHS.
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The long road to reliable organ printing
Bioprinted organs could be a revolution in transplantation and regenerative medicine, but a daunting list of scientific challenges stand in the way of the future. What are the main unresolved challenges in the field, and how are academics and the med tech industry working to solve them? Chris Lo finds out.
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Next issue preview

In the next issue of Medical Technology, we track the controversial use of vaginal mesh implants from the 1980s to the present day, unwrap the FDA’s new voluntary programme for medical devices, and find out how a device that delivers electromagnetic waves to the brain could reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Also, we examine how manufactures redesign older devices to stave off competition, explore ways that drones are being used to help transport medical supplies, and take a look at an innovative diagnostic app for respiratory disease that could help speed up diagnosis.

Plus, we find out how AI is being used to tackle post-traumatic stress disorder, ask if technological advancements are pushing us toward an age of diagnosis without doctors, and, as always GlobalData analysts provide insight into the biggest trends and innovations in the industry.