Today marks the first annual International Day of Medical Physics, recognizing the work of medical physicists worldwide in ensuring and improving the safety and quality of radiation in medicine. Medical physics is broadly divided in three categories: diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and nuclear medicine physics. In each discipline, medical physicists are responsible for developing and implementing new technologies to improve the diagnosis/treatment of patients while minimizing the exposure to ionizing radiation. Medical physicists are actively engaged in research and development, as well as clinical work to ensure the safety of patients and clinicians.
Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in both Physics and Chemistry for her pioneering theory of radioactivity and discovery of Radium and Polonium, and remains the only person to ever be awarded Nobel Prizes in multiple disciplines. Celebrated on the anniversary of her birth, the International Day of Medical Physics draws attention to her legacy and the future of radiation in medicine.
Cervical-cancer screening is one of the 20th century’s true public health successes. The incidence of a disease that once caused more deaths among American women than any other form of cancer has decreased dramatically since the introduction of routine Pap smears in the 1970s. In the modern era, most deaths due to cervical cancer occur among women who have never been screened or who have gone decades without screening. One of the main factors in helping to conquer this once-dreaded disease has been the availability of a cheap, effective screening test that can detect disease early, while it’s still very treatable. Yet increasingly, in my roles as the chief medical officer of a community health center and as a family doctor seeing patients in that system, I hear from women who are choosing to skip their screenings because of skyrocketing costs.
A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in research.
But looking beyond the questions of the moment and the political fight that’s holding America’s finances hostage, it’s already clear that the most severe consequences of the shutdown will be felt by those government agencies specializing in science, technology, health, and the environment.
Brookhaven National Lab’s Muon g-2 electromagnet departs Long Island for Chicago.
The first leg of the mighty Muon g-2 electromagnet’s journey to Fermilab went smoothly thanks to the engineering expertise of Emmert International. Watch these highlights of the 50-foot-wide, 17-ton ring’s move across Brookhaven Lab and out to Smith Point Marina. Catch the rest of the journey over the sea, up rivers, and across Illinois highways at http://muon-g-2.fnal.gov/bigmove/.
This is perhaps one of the more compelling use scenarios for wearable computers. Wristwatch-computers with biometric sensors for medical purposes not only will contribute to the “quantified-self" movement, but may further the role of data-driven personalized medicine.
Apple has allegedly hired a number of experts in the field non-intrusive medical sensors, ranging from vein mapping to glucose tracking, potentially revealing some of the company’s interests in developing a wrist-worn smart accessory.
Cortex: The 3D-Printed Cast
After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century. The Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.
The cortex cast utilizes the x-ray and 3d scan of a patient with a fracture and generates a 3d model in relation to the point of fracture.
By Jake Evill
A team of physicians and biomedical engineers create a bioresorbable airway splint for an infant using a high-resolution CT, computer-aided design and 3D printing technologies. An incredible glimpse at the future of personalized medicine.