- By Dana Sparks
Science Saturday: Researching to invention
Over its 150 years of operation, Mayo Clinic has contributed heartily to the practice of medicine, medical research and the education of future health care professionals. The most pervasive may be showcasing the integrated, multispecialty group practice called the Mayo Model of Care.
The most obvious may be the Nobel Prize for discovering cortisol.
But the most recent show Mayo Clinic’s response to the changing medical ecosystem. Improving devices, capitalizing on digital opportunities and addressing unmet patient needs have led to exciting contributions to health care. Here are just 10 brought to you in part by Mayo Clinic Ventures and business collaborators.
1. A SCAN THAT FEELS YOU
A host of imaging technologies can tell you if something looks abnormal, but they don’t give physicians information on the health of the tissue. While many diseases cause scarring and damage to organs or tissues, examining the extent of the damage often required invasive biopsies or surgery. To provide a more comfortable and less expensive alternative, physicians and researchers at Mayo invented a new way to examine tissue flexibility called magnetic resonance elastography. This is an imaging technique where a paddlelike device emits low frequency vibrations aimed at targeted tissue. The vibrations travel through the tissue at different rates, depending on the tissue’s characteristics. The technique can assess the level of fibrosis in the liver or provide more information prior to brain surgery.
2. EMERGENCY MEDICAL RECORDS STAT
When you’re in the intensive care unit, health care providers are gathering information as quickly as possible to make the right decisions faster. But sifting through all that information can take time. To streamline that effort, Mayo physicians and scientists have developed a software interface that highlights the most immediately important information. The software, called Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation (AWARE), reduces the time it takes health care providers to make decisions as well as the number of medical errors that can take place in such a fast-paced situation. Read more on Discovery's Edge.
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