Friday, January 26, 2007

MedGadget on Women's Health Technology

Medical technology blog medGadget reviews two women's health-related products today. The first, the Z-Tech breast scanning device, is still in testing but is intended to be "a painless, radiation-free, and less costly alternative to mammography for women at high risk for the disease." MIT Technology Review also has a piece on the device, which raises questions about whether it would lead to a high rate of false positives (finding a problem when it's not really there). medGadget previously covered these concerns in an April 2005 post.
Note: the photo accompanying the medGadget post is not safe for work, unless you work in radiology.

The second XX device is the FemSuite FemEye One, described as "the Cadillac of intravaginal scopes." The portion of this scope/videocamera device that is inserted in the vagina is apparently only 8mm wide, or about 1/3 of an inch. It's handheld, and portable, and costs about $300.

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