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Big Data – best diagnosis?

Dear Sir or Madam,

Can you imagine getting a diagnosis from an algorithm? That may well be possible some day. Due to the permanent collection of medical data and the question how to evaluate it, artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly coming into focus. Read more about the potential of Big Data in our current Topic of the Month.

Have a midsummery week,

Elena Blume
Editorial team MEDICA-tradefair.com

image: 12 - 15 November 2018, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: Big Data
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How big data leads to diagnosis

Topic of the Month

Image: Young female physician concentratedly looks at several pictures that float around her; Copyright: panthermedia.net/HASLOO
Physicians usually diagnose like this nowadays: They examine the patient and talk to him about his problems, they compare his symptoms to disease pictures they know, and, in complex cases, they research the literature or bring in colleagues. But could it happen in the future that physicians simply collect the patient data and feed it into an algorithm that then names the most likely diagnoses?
Read more in our Topic of the Month:
How big data leads to diagnosis
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Research & Technology

New diagnostic blood test helps rule out need for CT scans

Research conducted at the Wayne State University School of Medicine has helped confirm the effectiveness of a blood biomarker that can indicate if patients with a head injury can avoid a costly CT scan because the blood test results indicate no traumatic brain injury (TBI).
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Magnetic surgical cement heals spinal fractures

Patients with spinal fractures caused by tumors or osteoporosis usually undergo a procedure called kyphoplasty, where the fracture is filled with surgical cement. While kyphoplasty can stabilize the bone, cancer patients are still often left with spinal column tumors that are very hard to reach with conventional chemotherapy, which has to cross the blood-brain barrier when delivered intravenously.
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Breath test for Parkinson's

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremor, loss of smell and neuropsychiatric problems. However, many people are not diagnosed until their disease is well-advanced, which could limit their treatment options.
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3D super-resolution imaging to see Alzheimer's

Recent studies show that 40 percent of Americans over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's disease, and that the disease begins 10 to 20 years before people show up at the doctor's office with memory problems.
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Company News

​One million custom sensors and counting

Variohm Eurosensor Ltd

Variohm EuroSensor delivered its one millionth customised sensor in December 2017. The Towcester based sensor and transducer specialist has steadily expanded its in-house design and manufacturing...
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