Medical Body Area Network
A Medical Body Area Network, or MBAN is a network of multiple devices about the human body which exchange data continually, and of which, at least one or more of the devices are continuously monitoring aspects of the body's vital senses. Typically, a MBAN incorporates a network of inexpensive disposable sensors worn on, or even implanted in, the body.
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A detailed and in-depth article by the singularity hub, on the quest for integrating the human body with a sensory network, and what such will mean for us as individuals, health and life-wise.
Telehealth care and ubiquitous monitoring go hand in hand. Sometimes that leads to the creation of novel technologies. More often, it involves repurposing technologies from several other fields and combining them as one. In the case of the wearable electrocardiograph developed by Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), it's a little of both.
For the last 25-30 years, physicians and engineers around the world have been envisaging an interconnected medical network, of which every device is a part. That is what the standards of DICOM and PACS work towards. But what about going further? Not just making the data compatible, but the devices themselves?
Originally designed with Olympic events in mind, the INCA camera is a tiny recording device that is also perhaps the first SimStim device in existence. It is capable of interfacing with any body area network to record metadata of temperature, heart rate, breathing, potentially even mood of the subject on screen, and transferring that data directly onto the video file itself, as additional data.
FlexVision XL is a hefty medical flat screen monitor. It is a 56 inch (125 cm) display that functions like a GeoWall. The size of six normal monitors, the Flex in its name is from the design decision that the display area can be dynamically resized and split into as many virtual screens as the medical practitioner desires.
At the start of April 2009, a US firm, Oticon, started shipping a rather interesting concept, essentially hearing aids that plug into the local wireless network as you walk around. Whilst this company may be the first, it's a definite interest area for others.
The Dextroscope is a holographic display system designed specifically to help surgeons visualize and practice on the area to be operated on, prior to actual surgery.
This book is predominately a medical textbook, designed for students. However, it is a heavily illustrated tome, with detailed diagrams and explanations of lower body prosthetics lavishly slapped over a great many of its pages. It looks at when prosthetics might be necessary, and how they would be integrated into the body.
Participants in modern internet-controlled, heavily graphics-orientated virtual worlds often confuse fps and lag. When an area cluttered with graphics, and a complex drawing area slows down, all too often people say that the area is laggy, or their Internet connection is not sufficient to handle it. This is patiently untrue, and continued perpetuation of this idea leads people to invest in hardware they do not need, which has no effect on the problem.
We are so caught up in our desire for ever greater realism and ever greater accuracy when using VR and modelling tools to render the human body for diagnosis in whole or in part, that we often forget the benefits of simplicity. HemoVis, a medical VR tool for assessing weak points in the coronary system, achieves far better results with a 2D system than 3D with all the bells and whistles used more commonly in diagnosis.
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Pocket gadgets hold ever more information, but are still mostly unconnected islands of data.
One of the most promising ways to change that is to link up a person's devices by using the human body as a conduit. The same appro...
Electronics giant Philips has develop a wireless sensor network that transmits data from a patient's body to a central computer system.
blood pressure levels, blood oxygen levels and electrocardiograms can be transmitted to ...
RUB researchers find altered connectivity in the brain network for body perception - The weaker the connection, the greater the misjudgement of body shape
When people see pictures of bodies, a whole range of brain regions are active. This network is altered in women with anorexia nervosa. In a functional magnetic resonance imaging study, two regions that are important for the processing of bo...
Is it possible to have the illusion that your body has changed radically, or that a different body is your body?
Mel Slater, Professor of Virtual Environments at UCL Computer Science, describes the findings and scientific app...
Anatomists, along with bio-chemists and medical illustration students at the University of Buffalo in New York, USA, have crafted a detailed, real-time explorable map of the innards of a complete human body.
Starting the year...