In today’s talking points: China to use AI to diagnose lung cancer; World’s first customised 3D-printed tantalum knee used in knee-reconstruction surgery; Australian Government calls for input into Specialist Dementia Care Unit implementation plans
China to use AI to diagnose lung cancer
China is looking into implementing AI into scanners in order to improve medical diagnosis procedures. Through processing computed tomography scans and X-rays, the AI will have the ability to spot potentially dangerous lesions and nodules in patients before doctors can. With the hope of building a stronger medical industry and diagnosing patients more thoroughly, one Hospital in Shanghai has already commenced testing this method.
Read more at: HealthcareGlobal
World’s first customised 3D-printed tantalum knee used in knee-reconstruction surgery
This week one patient in China had his knee joint repaired through a customised 3D-printed tantalum metal pad, rather than the standard titanium alloy. There were many obstacles to overcome in order to use tantalum metal, as it cannot be used with standard 3D printers due to its high melting point of over 3,000 degrees. However, due to tantalum’s suitability for use in the human body, the procedure has so far proved a success. The first day after the operation, the patient was able to get out of bed and walk with assistance, leaving the hospital a week later for further treatment and training.
Read more at: China Daily
Australian Government calls for input into Specialist Dementia Care Unit implementation plans
The Turnbull Government is calling for input, from individuals and organisations with knowledge of and experience in dementia care, to shape the final stages of planned Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs). The SDCUs, which are part of the Government’s comprehensive strategy for dementia care and treatment, will assist people who have severe behaviours as a result of advanced dementia. Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said, “with an estimated 350,000 Australians already living with this condition, we understand the importance of doing everything we can to support improved dementia care, treatment and research.”
Read more at: The Department of Health