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Monday 16 July 2018
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Topic: Diagnostics

May 11, 2018
NHS failure to send invitations may have resulted in women having their lives shortened, according to estimates

Nearly half a million women in England have missed out on a routine breast screening appointment due to an NHS failure to send invitations. 

Up to 270 women may have had their lives shortened as a result, according to estimates. A computer error has been blamed for the missed invitations.

May 3, 2018
AI is now essential for automation in radiology and pathology, but it provides a means to support the human, not replace, writes Chris Scarisbrick, Sectra UK & Ireland

Will I be replaced by a robot? Mainstream media reporting on artificial intelligence has led many people to ask this question.

AI has gone from being the subject of science fiction and theory, to creeping into the reality of everyday life – either augmenting or starting to replace the way people carry out mundane tasks in their homes, in our supermarkets, on our roads and even where we work.

April 11, 2018
Protagen AG and Gustave Roussy have announced the start of a collaboration to utilise proprietary technology to help identify biomarkers that predict and monitor immune-related adverse events in cancer patients treated with checkpoint inhibitors

Checkpoint inhibitors offer enormous potential for the treatment of many cancer indications, including melanoma and renal cell carcinoma. Yet, only a subset of patients respond favorably to treatment and it is not currently possible to predict which patients will benefit from therapy.

April 9, 2018
New centres being set up across the country mark a "step change" in cancer care NHS England said

‘One stop shops’ aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis are being rolled out across the country, NHS England has announced (3 April).

Rapid diagnostic and assessment centres are being piloted in ten areas as part of NHS England’s drive to catch cancer early and help save lives.

March 2, 2018
Clinical validation was based on the PANOTPIC (PulmonAry NOdule Plasma proTeomIc Classifier) clinical trial, a large prospective lung nodule clinical trial

Integrated Diagnostics has announced the e-publication of full results of a large prospective clinical trial validating its Xpresys Lung 2® in the peer-reviewed medical journal, CHEST.

February 26, 2018
CE-IVD labelled PAXgene® Blood ccfDNA tube will be available in Western Europe

BD has announced the commercial availability of the CE-IVD marked PAXgene® Blood ccfDNA tube within the European Economic Area and Switzerland (Western Europe).

February 25, 2018
Because Parkinson's disease can affect nerve function outside of the brain, the research team hypothesised that any change in nerve function may be seen in the protein levels in tears

Tears may hold clues to whether someone has Parkinson's disease, according to a preliminary study that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, 21-27 April 2018.

February 15, 2018
With the current situation, diagnosis of atrial fibrillation is a lengthy and expensive process, sometimes taking years

KardiaMobile, a revolutionary and potentially life-saving heart monitor, is being distributed to the NHS in England.

February 15, 2018
With the current situation, diagnosis of atrial fibrillation is a lengthy and expensive process, sometimes taking years

KardiaMobile, a revolutionary and potentially life-saving heart monitor, is being distributed to the NHS in England.

February 15, 2018
Patient safety and clinical governance are major priorities for any NHS Trust, so ensuring both the accuracy and speed of a test result, and its confirmed match to the patient is essential

Radiometer Ltd has implemented its AQURE Enterprise point-of-care (POC) data management system at the University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Emergency Department.

February 8, 2018
Doctors have developed a new five-minute procedure to scan the blood vessels which offers hope for claustrophobic patients unable to tolerate the conventional longer test

Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam that takes pictures of the blood vessels. Physicians use the images to diagnose diseases of the blood vessels, such as aneurysms or blockages.
 

January 16, 2018
Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in understanding how the molecular machines that produce key proteins in the power packs of cells are cleaned and maintained.


Scientists have made a significant breakthrough in understanding how the molecular machines that produce key proteins in the power packs of cells are cleaned and maintained.


 
University of Sussex academics, working with colleagues around the globe on a project led by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), have shown that the enzyme EXD2 is critically involved in maintaining efficient protein production in mitochondria - the compartment responsible for making the energy required for cells to  survive and replicate.


January 9, 2018
Partnership will apply advanced analytics to in vivo data from GE’s medical imaging and monitoring equipment with in vitro data from Roche’s biomarker, tissue pathology, genomics and sequencing portfolio

Roche has announced that it has entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with GE Healthcare in order to jointly develop and co-market digital clinical decision support solutions.

January 9, 2018
Partnership will apply advanced analytics to in vivo data from GE’s medical imaging and monitoring equipment with in vitro data from Roche’s biomarker, tissue pathology, genomics and sequencing portfolio

Roche has announced that it has entered into a strategic, long-term partnership with GE Healthcare in order to jointly develop and co-market digital clinical decision support solutions.

November 17, 2017
It is estimated that up to 5000-6000 nurses and 2000-3000 doctors use point of care testing equipment 24 hours a day

Genmed has announced that it has been selected as a vendor neutral managed services provider by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) to work with its point of care team (POCT). The appointment is initially for a five-year period with an option to extend by agreement.

November 15, 2017
Chris Wilkinson, Head of Sales for Healthcare for Siemens Financial Services in the UK, examines how smart finance is helping healthcare providers invest in faster and more accurate diagnostics

Diagnostics play a central role in the practice of preventative medicine and are integral to our understanding of disease.1

September 14, 2017
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Roche Diagnostics introduce pioneering approach to lung cancer diagnosis

A simple test which can detect gene mutations in tumour DNA from blood samples is giving new choices to lung cancer patients with faster diagnosis and improved access to life changing drugs.

September 14, 2017
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Roche Diagnostics introduce pioneering approach to lung cancer diagnosis

A simple test which can detect gene mutations in tumour DNA from blood samples is giving new choices to lung cancer patients with faster diagnosis and improved access to life changing drugs.

August 9, 2017
Morecambe Bay and Lancashire hospitals move away from National Programme for IT contracts, using Sectra technology to integrate ‘ologies’ with each other and frontline medicine, and to support regional working across hospitals

Two NHS trusts in the North West of England have taken the lead in breaking down barriers between diagnostic departments and frontline clinical staff, in a move that healthcare professionals say is changing how they can view and diagnose patients, and that is improving collaboration between hospitals across the region.

July 24, 2017
The time for diagnoses based on incomplete datasets is at an end; we must connect the ‘ologies’ with all of medicine, writes Brendan Devlin, a practising radiologist and Senior Clinical Advisor to Sectra

There are some who might feel uneasy about integrating the way we work in diagnostics. Disciplines, sometimes dating back to the beginnings of modern medicine, have had their own way of working, their own culture, philosophy and an established place in patient care.

September 26, 2016
Study finds 57% relative increase in breast cancer detection in dense breast tissue when ABUS used together with mammography

The European Asymptomatic Screening Study (EASY) aimed to evaluate the impact of ABUS in conjunction with full field digital screening mammography (FFDSM) in 1668 women aged 40–74 with dense breasts. The study showed a 57 %1 relative increase in breast cancer detection in dense breast tissue, or 6.6 cancers detected per 1000 women screened, compared with 4.2 cancers per 1000 women for mammography alone. 2

July 25, 2016
Roche Diagnostics has launched the first mobile and tablet application specifically designed to help point-of-care coordinators manage their workload remotely


As the interface between pathology services and the ward, the demands on point-of-care coordinators (POCCs) require them to complete much of their work away from a desk. This can be challenging, as managing many important tasks have traditionally required access to a PC. The cobas® infinity POC app from Roche Diagnostics changes this, by allowing POCCs to monitor the status of Roche and non-Roche devices from their mobile device and carry out most essential routine tasks with ease.
 

July 7, 2016

 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued evidence-based guidelines recommending the use of a minimally-invasive blood test to test for and monitor advanced liver fibrosis in people diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

June 17, 2016
The government is making serious pledges to improve cancer survival. A new model for NHS diagnostics is needed to follow through, writes Jane Rendall, managing director at Sectra

A distant memory already, George Osborne’s November Spending Review made vital pledges for cancer survival and essential new NHS care models that cannot be forgotten.

Investing an extra £300m per year in cancer diagnostics was one positive outcome from the Autumn Statement. But push the headline figures aside, and there is another promise that could now make real the mission to save an additional 11,000 lives each year as a result of earlier cancer diagnoses.