At 3-by-5-by-1 in., General Electric's thumb-operated ultrasound device offers a color Doppler readout; a virtual autopsy table; ultra-high-resolution laparoscopy; and the annual TEDMED conference hits sunny Coronado Island.
GE releases pocket ultrasound: At 3-by-5-by-1 in., General Electric's thumb-operated Vscan offers a color Doppler readout and can store voice recordings. Although it's gotten the green light from the Food & Drug Administration and its counterpart in the European Union, GE plans to run a real-world clinician-use study before releasing it into the marketplace.
Virtual autopsy table cleans up a dirty business: Sweden's Norrköping Visualization Center, in collaboration with the Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization, has developed a flatscreen virtual autopsy system. Using CT or MRI scans of the body under investigation, the system's software can filter the resulting images based on tissue density, luminance and other criteria.
Ultra-high-resolution laparoscopic surgery video: Using the Red One 4K camera developed in Hollywood, Dr. Steven Palter filmed a laparoscopic procedure at four times the resolution of standard high-definition video, approaching that of the human eye but with 10-fold magnification.