November 13, 2013

The 3 Most Interesting Things I Saw at CHEST 2013

I recently attended CHEST 2013, the annual conference of the American College of Chest Physicians. Held this year at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, the show covers the latest developments in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. As a primary venue for education and information on clinical chest medicine, the meeting was well-attended by both physicians and vendors. Some of the highlights:
  1. Our Hyperion 300™ light source at work in the booth of one of our customers. Using it, they were demonstrating their ability to compare two bronchial views: an actual visualization, and a simulated view based on CAT (Computerized Axial Tomography) scans. 
  2. An exciting new pattern recognition software product. This software was able to detect a probe’s location in the trachea by comparing the image with a CAT scan. The company representative told me that it reflected an investment of several years and $40 million in R&D, working with a government project. 
  3. A training device that helps users learn to navigate a flexible endoscope. A trainee can insert an endoscope into the small, brick-sized electro-mechanical apparatus and view a simulated area of the body. It felt similar to a video game, with a target the trainee needed to navigate to and even a score based on how well the trainee performed. I found it a fun and effective way to train.
I’m glad to have had the opportunity to attend CHEST 2013. Exploring thought-provoking exhibits and meeting knowledgeable people always helps us bring back new perspectives we can use to become even better for our customers.

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