November/December 2014

Feature November/December 2014
Atomic View: The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility Explores X-ray Angiography
Above: The Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SSRF). Since its development in 1947, synchrotron radiation (SR) X-rays have had tremendous applications in many fields, including in physics, material science, the life sciences, and medicine. The bright X-ray beam produced by synchrotron allows... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
A Path to Extinguishing Ebola
Earlier this year, it appeared that the Ebola virus outbreak would be contained in West Africa; however, as seen of late, epidemics tend to be unpredictable. Instead, the Ebola virus has become an increasing concern and even more challenging since... Read more
It's a Question of Ethics November/December 2014
Considering the Ebola Epidemic and the Biomedical Engineering Ethical Mandate
Dr. Bernard Cohen, Chair of the IEEE EMBS Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, joins IEEE Pulse this month with his column “It’s a Question of Ethics.” We’ve asked Dr. Cohen to share with us some of his goals for the... Read more
Student's Corner November/December 2014
Looking Back at EMBC 2014: Students' Voices
The 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14) was held from 26-30 August 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The overall theme of the conference was “Discovering, Innovating, and... Read more
Feature November/December 2014
Creative Intelligence
What does intelligence mean for a hospital where the main problems aren’t incompatible computer systems and data overload but a lack of computers, of trained personnel, or even of basic resources such as clean water and pharmaceuticals? There are still many... Read more
Student's Corner November/December 2014
Making Health Care Universally Accessible
Can a case of the flu be diagnosed over Skype? Is it possible to learn the results of your computed tomography scan after midnight? Can a young mother receive care where a trained pediatrician can’t visit? The answer to all... Read more
From the Editor November/December 2014
Where Technology and Patient Care Intersect
Where do patient satisfaction, medical advancement, and innovation meet? The answer is here—right in this issue as we focus on the patient experience and consider how best to integrate technology into that experience, rather than allowing technology to define it.... Read more
State of the Art November/December 2014
Genetic Discrimination and Racism
Discrimination seems to be an intrinsic trait inherent in our very being. We, as people, seem to be disposed to discriminate either for or against those who, for one reason or another, are unlike us. This dissimilarity may be recognized... Read more
Retrospectroscope November/December 2014
Intracardiac Pressure–Volume Diagrams and Their Links with Thermodynamics
Work and energy, power and efficiency, all four involve concepts that seemingly belong only to machines… but much before they popped out of fire and coal, live beings possessed and used them as essential life-supporting intrinsic attributes. The main objective of... Read more
Continuing Education, November/December 2014
Tips on Scientific Writing and Manuscript Preparation
Technical communication entails conveying information about a technology to intended audiences in different fields, including science, engineering, biotechnology, and medicine, often in the form of publications and technical papers. The purpose is to disseminate the intended information in a useful... Read more