Health Care

NDT: Nanobiotechnologies for diagnostics and innovative therapies: opportunities and scenarios

In a study by the NIH (National Institutes of Health, in the USA) reported in Science in 2006 to identify ‘Grand Challenges for Global Health’, two of the 14 priorities involved diagnosis and measurement of patients’ health statuses: first ‘’develop technologies that allow assessment of individuals for multiple conditions or pathogens at point-of-care’’, and second …

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BR.I.NA: Contents and technologies for the next-generation wide-band access

Wide-band technology is a “fact” which allows the present access to advanced telephone services, internet and video-on-demand. Meanwhile, the most quoted observers foresee that the present wide-band is just the beginning of a further evolution which will provide customers with an even larger bands, both to improve the present services and to offer new ones. …

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F.L.A.G. – Future of Lenses and Glasses

The sponsoring company Luxottica suggested two separate streams of research: developing new products or improving the current production process located in Lauriano (To). Thinking about such broad themes as emerging technologies, product features, changes in society at large and consumers’ behaviour was required. Research on the improvement of the current production process led students to …

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InfMed: Quantitative methods in cancer treatment: engineering supports the clinical analysis

The project was created on the basis of evidences suggesting that the use of quantitative methods in medical diagnostics is a rapidly growing field. There is a common consensus that qualitative methods, based on past human experience and pictorial descriptions, can be supported by quantitative measures and analysis. For instance, image segmentation, statistical data analysis, …

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ORTHOROB: ORTHOpaedic Surgery and ROBotics

In total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures, the surgeon is required to correctly orient the cutting guides to ensure the surgical operation outcome. Navigation systems and medical robotic systems are becoming part of surgical practice, but they are still not easily accepted in clinics due to their disadvantageous cost benefit ratio: they offer solutions which are …

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SPH: Sustainable planning of hospitals in urban areas

Regional Council of Lombardia approved the hypothesis of an “agreement plan” in order to realize a new health centre near Milan. It will be named the “Health City” and will be built in the area of Sacco Hospital as well as the neurological institute Besta and the national tumour institute. New compound will arise in …

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Willchair: Reinventing the wheels… into wills

The scope of the willchair project, from its very beginning, was left intentionally broad and unfocused aiming at having the students find their way in the complex world of assistive technologies for mobility impaired people. Students have been encouraged to apply a User Centered Design approach in order to change the project paradigm starting from …

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SustHealth: Sustainable High Quality Healthcare

One of the most significant problems of today’s society is the unsustainable way of living. To guarantee a better future, people should change their habits and behavior in many fields, not neglecting the most difficult and complex issues. Healthcare structures are by definition very complex realities, since they include numerous services, various kinds of facilities …

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CLONE: Clone your home in a safe place

In a consistently aging society, improving the life quality of fragile people, both in protected facilities and at home, represents an utmost challenge. This project applies the same objective to the context of “Il paese ritrovato” (Monza), a pioneering care center where patients with Alzheimer can get all the necessary treatments while leading an almost …

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