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Medical technology against human trafficking

Dear Sir or Madam,

We often relate medical technology to the curing of human beings. At MEDICA 2017, the Fraunhofer IBMT showed a completely different scope: The institute presented a non-invasive handheld ultrasound scanner that can be used to identify underage victims of human trafficking. Read our current interview to learn what is behind the scanner and how it works.

Have a nice week,

Timo Roth
Editorial team

MEDICA Trade Fair with Forums and Conferences
Monday to Thursday
12 to 15 November 2018
Düsseldorf, Germany

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Interview: Handheld ultrasound scanner
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Image: Vials in a rack; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf
If you are interested in laboratory medicine and come to the MEDICA 2017, you will quickly notice that Exhibition Halls 1 and 2 were demolished. A new state-of-the art hall is meant to take their place. Until then, exhibitors from the field of laboratory medicine will be showcased at their temporary new location in the lightweight hall structures 3a and 18 on the fairgrounds. What's more, they will feature their own Forum.
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MEDICA 2017: all about laboratory medicine at the MEDICA LABMED FORUM
MEDICA 2017: New events for every interest
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Research & Technology

Researchers discover specific tumor environment that triggers cells to metastasize

A team of bioengineers and bioinformaticians at the University of California San Diego have discovered how the environment surrounding a tumor can trigger metastatic behavior in cancer cells. Specifically, when tumor cells are confined in a dense environment, the researchers found that they turn on a specific set of genes and begin to form structures that resemble blood vessels.
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Study opens new avenue in quest to develop TB vaccine

A team of scientists led by the University of Southampton has taken an important step forward in research efforts that could one day lead to an effective vaccine against the world's deadliest infectious disease.
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Using ultrasound for verification: proof of legal age via handheld scanner


Image: forearm bone is scanned in the ultrasound hand scanner; Copyright: Fraunhofer IBMT
Human trafficking is a global crime that often preys on underage persons and forces them into prostitution and forced labor. In most cases, people are smuggled across borders with fake passports. Scientists at the Fraunhofer IBMT have now developed a non-invasive, handheld smartphone-compatible scanner that uses ultrasound to determine whether a person has reached full legal age.
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Using ultrasound for verification: proof of legal age via handheld scanner
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