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With penguins to the MRI scan

Dear Sir or Madam,

Virtual Reality, Gamification and mHealth are no longer foreign words in medicine. Games and apps have great potential to manage diseases and support examinations. That's also what researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen thought. They developed the Pingunauten Trainer, a VR app designed to relieve children's fear of MRI scans. In our interview you can find out what role penguins play in this.

I wish you a nice week,

Elena Blume
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

PS: Our current video also deals with a mobile system!

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Topic of the Month: Brain mapping with fMRI
Interview: Pingunauten Trainer
Video: RAS-Q for COPD patients
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Brain mapping: preoperative planning with functional MRI

Topic of the Month

Image: close-up of a woman lying in an MRI device; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Craig Robinson
A surgery already begins before the patient is lying on the operating table – namely with the planning. For example, if brain surgery is imminent, the brain must first be mapped. This makes the activity level of certain brain areas visible. Functional magnetic resonance imaging makes this possible.
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
Brain mapping: preoperative planning with functional MRI
Functional imaging: a look at the command center
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Public Health & Associations, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Inhalers: Critical errors common in children with asthma

In the first study to evaluate inhaler technique in children hospitalized for asthma - the group at highest risk for complications and death from asthma - researchers found that nearly half of participants demonstrated improper inhaler use, which means they routinely were not taking in the full dose of medication.
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Public Health & Associations, Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica

World Laboratory Day 2019 – working behind the scenes of medicine

They are working in the background, but the things they do often decide about the right therapy or can even be life savers: labs and laboratory technology are probably the most important part of today’s medicine. This is why World Laboratory Day aims to draw attention to this "hidden" part of medicine.
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Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Economy & Markets, Information and Communication Technology

Software aims to reduce variability in ELISA biomarker tests

A new computational approach has been developed to reduce variability in common research biomarker tests, a promising step in improving the ability of biomedical researchers and basic scientists to reproduce data and facilitate more consistent results across laboratories and long-term projects.
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Gamification: how penguins help children overcome their MRI fear

Interview

Image: Screenshot of the VR app: a small penguin sitting on the treatment table of the MRI device; Copyright: Entertainment Computing Group, Uni DUE & LAVAlabs Moving Images
It's noisy, tight and scary - that's how children feel about a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. Because they are scared, they are often too fidgety and anxious during the procedure, causing the images to blur or the scan to be stopped. Researchers have now developed a VR app called Pingunauten Trainer that’s designed to gently prepare the little patients for MRI scans.
Read the interview here:
Gamification: how penguins help children overcome their MRI fear
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Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Temperature-triggered devices for gastrointestinal therapies

Gastrointestinal devices such as stents, endoscopic tubes, balloons and drug delivery systems can help clinicians treat patients with a range of conditions. But currently available methods for triggering where and when drugs are released or when a device is triggered to disassemble or change shape are often slow, which can restrict the utility of such tools.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

Medical imaging: roadmap for AI use

In August 2018, a workshop was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., to explore the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging. The workshop was co-sponsored by NIH, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and The Academy for Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research (The Academy).
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Laboratory Equipment, Diagnostica, Research & Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

New microscopy technique peers deep into the brain

In order to understand the brain, scientists must be able to see the brain--cell by cell, and moment by moment. However, because brains comprise billions of microscopic moving parts, faithfully recording their activity comes with many challenges.
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Research & Technology, Information and Communication Technology, Electromedicine, Medical Technology

AI performs as well as experienced radiologists

UCLA researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence system to help radiologists improve their ability to diagnose prostate cancer. The
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RAS-Q - Mobile blood gas exchange for COPD patients

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Image: Preview image of the video
According to WHO, about 251 million people worldwide had Chronic Obstructive Pumonary Disease in 2016. COPD denotes not a single, but several diseases that are caused by smoking and air pollution, among others. Patients at a later disease stage often need ventilation and are thus bound to the location of their devices.
Watch the video here!
RAS-Q - Mobile blood gas exchange for COPD patients
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