Making handheld ultrasound easier to use

Lommeultralyd (Vscan) i bruk. Foto Geir Mogen NTNU.

Handheld ultrasound will become easier to use for general practitioners and in emergency medicine through further research and development of technological solutions, says the Ultrasound group at the Department for circulation and medical imaging (ISB) at NTNU. The greatest barrier against more widespread use of ultrasound in pre-hospital emergency medicine…

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Predicting complications after heart surgery


Predicting the risk of heart problems and the need for prolonged respirator treatment after heart surgery is now possible before the patient enters the operating theatre. “Our models may be used to identify high-risk patients in order to provide a basis for a meaningful informed consent; for making decisions on…

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Do teenagers adopt chronic pain from their parents?

Kvinne med hodepine. Foto: iStock

There is an association between chronic pain experienced by parents and chronic, unspecific pain experienced by teenagers, according to recent research from the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children’s and Women’s Health (LBK) at NTNU. “This is an interesting find, and it is probably caused by a mix of environment and…

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MR method gives more breast cancer answers

MRS resultater av brystkreft

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women in Norway, and the search for new diagnostic tools and better treatments is continuous. Researchers at the MR Centre at NTNU have mapped the metabolic profiles of different types of breast cancer and hope that this can lead to…

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Minimizing diving risk in extreme environments

Oppvarmet tørrdrakt.

With increasing activities in Arctic and Antarctic waters for scientific and commercial purposes, it is becoming ever more important to reduce the risks associated with diving in extreme environments. This has been the focus of a recently completed PhD thesis at the Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB) at…

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MR and MRS give better prostate cancer diagnosis

MR resultater fra prostatakreft.

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in Norway, but so far the clinical diagnostic tools have not been able to say much about where in the prostate gland the cancer is, or its aggressiveness in individual patients. A new method developed at the MR Centre…

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CP – risks and treatment

X-ray of hips of patient with cerebral palsy.

Every year 120 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) in Norway. The causes are many and complex, and there are also different methods for treating its complications. Researchers are now working on an overview of risk factors and treatment methods to improve prevention and treatment. PhD-candidate Areej Ibrahim Elkamil…

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Closer to an understanding of prostate cancer

Prostate biopsies.

A new method for gathering tissue samples from patients having undergone prostate cancer surgery is giving researchers better tools for understanding the mechanisms behind the disease, which affects more than 4000 Norwegian men annually. With time, it could lead to better diagnosis and more targeted treatment. “Today there is no…

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Playtime at the lab

Hand function test in children with CP.

A test based on play is being developed at NTNU to measure and analyse spontaneous hand use among children with cerebral palsy (CP). The aim is to contribute to better treatment, making everyday life easier. “We know little about the development of hand function among children with cerebral palsy affecting…

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Omega-3 slows growth in some cancer cells

Caroline Hild Pettersen

The health benefits of omega-3 are well known, and now researchers have found that the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can reduce growth in some cancer cells. Cand.scient. Caroline Hild Pettersen and colleagues at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children’s and Women’s Health (LBK), NTNU, have studied omega-3 fatty…

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