Tag: healthcare

Celebrating International Day of Radiology (IDoR)

Every year on Nov. 8, we celebrate International Day of Radiology.

This year, on the 127th anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen’s discovery of the X-ray, we would like to tell you about Interventional Radiology.

The genesis of interventional radiology can be credited to Charles Dotter, a pioneer vascular radiologist who first discussed the idea of interventional radiology in 1963 (1). He suggested that an innovative approach to the use of an angiographic catheter could have important therapeutic implications. The last few decades have witnessed exponential growth in the field of interventional radiology and medical devices, including the development of diagnostic imaging techniques, embolization and tumor ablation techniques and arterial stents and grafts, etc.

Fujifilm has introduced various dedicated modalities and minimally invasive technological tools over the years to facilitate the fast and stress-free image-guided treatment of medical conditions.

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Breath- In harmony with nature for the future of health care

Breath – what is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of it? Nature, the feeling when fresh air flows into the lungs, a clear blue sky and letting your gaze wander to the horizon? Perhaps you feel liberated and weightless the longer you open yourself to the impressions of nature.

In today’s world, this feeling of being free in a natural environment is often becoming harder and harder to achieve. Unfortunately, the health sector is not yet the first place where one would expect a relaxed and calming atmosphere connected to nature. But here it seems even more important to connect with nature on closer inspection.

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MRI scan stressful for paediatric patients? Not with the help of Little Lucy!

To undergo an MRI scan can be a stressful experience for paediatric patients. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be that way. Preparing the children for the upcoming scan is an important element to mitigate stress, fear, and anxiety. How? With a little help of the young patients’ new best friend: Little Lucy.

Stress factors of paediatric patients undergoing an MRI scan

Before looking at how the stress of young patients who have to undergo an MRI scan can be reduced, let’s first look at the factors causing the stress:

  • Often, children experience stress before the MRI scan actually takes place. They are afraid of the big machine and of the noise it makes.
  • Sometimes they are scared to lay in the narrow space.
  • Also, having to lay still during the scan can be both boring and fatiguing for them.

All in all, enough factors that can cause the young patients stress and enough reason to find a way to reduce it.

How to mitigate children’s ‘MRI scan stress’?

The above-mentioned stress factors can luckily be reduced. Not only by using the new(er) MRI systems, such as the OASISTM and APERTO Lucent PlusTM ,which, compared to the traditional MRI systems, are more open and silent, but also by preparing the children for what they can expect of the MRI scan. By playfully introducing them to all the steps involved in undergoing an MRI scan, the children will feel more comfortable and at ease. This is exactly the reason FUJIFILM Healthcare started Project Little Lucy.

Little Lucy helps children to be prepared for the MRI scan

Project Little Lucy is built around the illustrated story ‘The great adventure of Little Lucy’. It is about a small bear who gets hurt and undergoes an MRI scan. In the story, Little Lucy bravely goes through her medical examination, just like real little patients. She learns how the examination takes place and intrigued, asks the doctors many questions about the device.

The book includes colouring pages and is accompanied by gadgets such as pencils, soft toys and a shirt, as well as with graphics for the walls and devices. While reading and playing, the children identify with Lucy’s experience and will learn what they can expect. When the examination is over, the children leave with their ‘Brave Patient’s Diploma’. Everything to keep the little ones busy, make the wait in the waiting room more pleasant and to round off the examination on a positive note.

Learn more about stress-free MRI scans for paediatric patients

Like you, FUJIFILM Healthcare aims to mitigate stress in children that need to undergo an MRI scan. Don’t we all want them to feel comfortable and safe in medical facilities? Learn more about Project Little Lucy and our paediatric MRI and other medical imaging systems here.

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World Cancer Day 2022

World Cancer Day – every 4th February – is a global initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Starting more than 20 years ago, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone to face one of our greatest challenges in history. By raising global awareness, improving education and  collective action, we are all working together to reimagine a world where millions of lives can be saved through preventive care and access to life-saving cancer treatment is equitable for all.

While we live in an era of impressive advances in healthcare – from artificial intelligence to hyper-technological devices – many of us seeking cancer treatment encounter barriers at every turn: income, education, geographical location and discrimination. That is why the Union for International Cancer Control has chosen as the theme for this year’s World Cancer Day, #ClosetheCareGap. To raise awareness of this gap that affects people all over the world, in both high- and low- and middle-income countries.

And we, at Fujifilm, are also promoting this initiative. For years, our goal has been to find solutions for society’s problems. One of the main goals of our Sustainable Value Plan 2030 is to improve access to healthcare globally, reduce the burden on patients by providing innovative solutions for medical imaging and enable early detection of diseases using AI and IT.

Last year – on 4 February 2021–we inaugurated NURA*, a Fujifilm cancer screening center in India. Its cancer screening program includes 10 tests, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer. With NURA, our vision is to introduce the culture of regular health screening. We will continue to support the development of healthcare by providing state-of-the-art products and services that help improve the health and quality of life of people around the world to #CloseTheCareGap.

*In partnership with Dr Kutty’s Healthcare