We salute these visionaries who are making Atlanta a healthier place to live
From the road, the old gas station didn’t stand out much from its neighbors—a boarded-up brick two-story building and a green-awninged bodega—on this stretch of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard just west of the Georgia Dome.
Called a “flashlight” for cardiologists, a new device developed at Georgia Tech can record real-time, 3-D images—from inside the heart, coronary arteries, and even surrounding blood vessels. The doughnut-shaped array is a mere 1.5 millimeters across and can be inserted via catheter. It includes ultrasound transmitters and processing electronics, which relay image data at sixty frames per second along thirteen small cables. The feed of images gives cardiologists a much more 360-degree view inside vessels than current cross-sectional ultrasound. It could also allow more blockages to be cleared without surgery. Researchers plan to hold animal trials before eventually licensing the technology to a medical diagnostic company that can conduct clinical trials and seek FDA approval.
Atlanta-area partnerships lead the way in fighting influenza
f you were vaccinated against the flu this past winter, you had a 61 percent chance of emerging from the season without getting the bug. That’s according to the CDC, which—along with researchers at Georgia State, Emory, and Georgia Tech—is working to improve the odds even more.