This week’s Diagnostic Reading include: researchers develop a way to tune the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals; 3D printers can create detailed models that help surgeons prepare for complex operations; an implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk; a genetic test can determine risk of having children with cystic fibrosis or spinal muscular atrophy; and radiology practices must grow to maintain viability.
Research shows way to “tune out” chronic pain – Clinical Innovation+Technology
Researchers from the U.K. have uncovered a method to control chronic pain by changing the frequency of brain waves. Chronic pain effects up to 30 percent of people, with 62 percent of people over the age of 75 experiencing pain. The team studied nerve cells and their frequency of communication to the body to develop a way to “tune” the brain to a frequency that blocks pain signals.
Unlocking the potential of 3D printing in radiology – Health Imaging
A 3D printing lab in the radiology department can bring a wide range of benefits, including improved surgical preparation, trainee education and inter-departmental collaboration, according to Mayo Clinic physicians. 3D models are used to prepare doctors for complex surgical and image-guided interventions. For example, surgeons practice deploying aortic grafts on detailed hearts, complete with simulated blood pumping through artificial veins, and use the models to determine the best way to approach a tumor resection.
Implant helps paralyzed monkeys walk – Clinical Innovation+Technology
A team of neurosurgeons has successfully implanted a device in paralyzed monkeys that allows them to walk, which may lead to improved care for humans with paralysis. A surgeon was able to place electrodes in the brain responsible for controlling leg movement and the spinal cord. The device can be turned on and syncs with brain signals to allow the patient to walk. Implanted electrodes communicate with a wireless transmitter on the outside of the skull and record muscle activity.
Amazon brings genetic testing to your front door – Clinical Innovation+Technology
Genetic testing can determine a parent’s risk of having children effected by cystic fibrosis (CF) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). One company developed a genetic test that is available from Amazon. The test takes the saliva of both parents and tests for both CF and SMA. This can be crucial knowledge, since one in 19 Americans are a carrier of CF or SMA, which means the child of two carrier parents has a 25 percent chance of having these diseases.
Private radiology practices must expand or get left behind – DotMed Healthcare Business News
The latest Radiology Business 100 survey of private radiology practices came out last month and the message is clear: radiology practices need to grow to maintain viability. While the study did not reveal specific revenue data, in general the revenue picture for large practices is better than smaller practices. Average practice size crept up from 52 full time equivalent radiologists in 2015 to 53.5 in 2016.
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