The MedZilla.com Employment Report for January, 2014: FDA Approves Game-Changing Breast Cancer Diagnostic Tool
MedZilla.com reports: Amid the country's concerns about the sudden drop in unemployment being due to lower than usual participation, areas where innovation is pushing the market ahead could mean future employment stability for job seekers.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) January 16, 2014
January's unemployment numbers rocked the nation when a sudden drop caused many economists to question the new 6.7% number coupled with the significantly less promising 74,000 new jobs added to the economy. (bls.gov, 1/10/14) Although the labor force participation rate had changed little, edging down only slightly by 0.2%, it was enough for people to look to that figure for answers for the specific decline as opposed to people merely accepting some of the jobs that became available over the past few months.
John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a leading global outplacement firm, agrees that while the recovery from the recession has been slow, it's been steadily improving every year. (challengergray.com, 1/9/14)
However, in spite of the nation's reluctance to get their hopes up, there is positive momentum building all around the country. Innovations in medical device technology and the support services that depend on their design, construction, marketing and sales jobs will reap the benefits of these incredible advances.
"It's important to remember that different sectors have different economic influences. Different markets have different things which stimulate their job growth. When there are big technological innovations happening in a particular area, it's going to affect the jobs directly in that sector as those innovations begin to hit the market," encourages Del Johnston, Manager of Client Relations at MedZilla.com.
The FDA has just announced its approval for Delphinus Medical Technologies' new whole breast ultrasound tomography system. Ultrasound is currently being used as a follow-up to a mammogram in order to help diagnose breast lesions. However, Delphinus has taken this technology to a groundbreaking new level which could mean a complete game changer for identifying breast lesions and diagnosis. (dotmed.com, 1/7/14)
What they have been able to do is to create a device, called SoftVue, which uses a ring in order to send and receive the ultrasound imaging signals. In this way, the SoftVue device can detect signals from all directions surrounding and then gather the information as the signals move through the breast tissue, getting a picture of the entire breast. In time, the researchers at Delphenius believe this technology has the potential to expand into use exclusively for screening and diagnosis.
In one interview, Neb Duric, chief technology officer at Delphinus explained, "Ultrasound has done well with dense breast tissue but the main problem is it's operator dependent, so it's difficult to image the whole breast manually and it also doesn't provide quantitative information so it leaves lots of false positives. On both those fronts we've taken the risk out of it. Eventually, this could be used to screen patients quickly and inexpensively, and if there's a need for a call-back, the patient can be imaged with same device." (dotmed.com, 1/7/14)
John Burkhardt Managing Director of MedZilla.com says, "This is a really exciting advancement in and of itself. Clearly the science behind it will mean wonderful things for women and breast cancer detection. It is also another example of more and more new and innovative devices that have been pouring onto the market recently in this arena."