Case Studies

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Enabling a quantitative approach to cardiovascular disease diagnostics

Over a third of all deaths in the EU are caused by disorders of the heart or blood vessels collectively described as cardiovascular disease (CVD), making it the leading cause of mortality. As well as the significant social toll, CVD is also estimated to cost the EU economy around €210 billion a year. The current ‘gold standard’...

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Measurement traceability for 3D printing

More than 500 000 medical devices are on sale in Europe, generating around €51 billion annually and accounting for one third of the market worldwide. This sector could potentially benefit from the rapidly expanding additive manufacturing (AM) industry. Commonly known as 3D printing this technique could allow the low-cost fabric...

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Protecting health through new ultrasound measurements

Around 22.6 million people in the EU live with untreated, disabling hearing loss. As well as its social effects it also costs the European economy around €185 billion each year, €25 billion more than the EU budget for 2018. In Germany four to five million workers are exposed to harmful occupational noise and the German social a...

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Support for Balkan mammography services

In Europe 1 in 8 women develop breast cancer before the age of 85, and early diagnosis increases survival chances. National x-ray screening programmes are being introduced throughout the EU, underpinned by a measurement traceability hierarchy to ensure the quality of the services provided. This includes checking that EU safety ...

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MRI standards spur innovation

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic tool used to detect serious medical conditions, including cancers, heart disease and strokes. Thirty million MRI scans are performed in the EU each year providing doctors with valuable 3D images without the need for invasive investigations or patients being exposed to ionizing ra...

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High resolution brain scans

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a highly effective technique for peering into the body and looking for evidence of serious problems such as tumours and damaged blood vessels. Over 30 million patients already have MRI examinations annually across the EU, and now higher resolution 7T MRI scanners are able to offer even better...

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