• Short Summary

    Israeli scientists and doctors have developed two new items of medical equipment from their experiences in the Yom Kippur war which may be great service to mankind.

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    Israeli scientists and doctors have developed two new items of medical equipment from their experiences in the Yom Kippur war which may be great service to mankind.

    The first is an instrument called the "X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer", which can determine the metallic content of any foreign body which may be imbedded in the eye. Previously, eye surgeons ere faced with a difficult situation when dealing with patients who had metallic particles in the eye. In such cases and operation might well be more dangerous than letting the foreign body remain indefinitely. But, if they do not operate, some metal fragments -- such as those made of copper -- would dissolve and damage the retina. Now, they can tell exactly when an operation has to be performed and when it would be safer to leave well alone.

    The second invention is a heart-beat detector the size of a torch. The detector is rugged and compact and very sensitive. When held against the chest of a patient, small red and green lights blink in response to his heartbeat. Its sophistication, small size and ruggedness make it ideal for use in emerge by or field conditions and it can be used safely by people with the minimum of basic medical training.

    SYNOPSIS: This is the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem where eye surgeons are suing a metal analyser -- invented by Israeli scientists -- to spot metal fragments in eye injuries. Such injuries are fairly common in industrial societies. Operations to remove metal fragments are often very dangerous and it's sometimes safer not to operate at all.

    The data provided by the X-ray machine goes to a multi-channel analyser. The eye surgeon can now decide whether to operate. He does this by noting whether the metallic content of the eye is normal, or increasing. The National institute of Health in the United States has awarded the Israeli scientists a grant to continue their research.

    Another Israeli invention is a new heart-bet detector, developed by the Weizmann Institute of Science.

    The blinking of the lights indicates the strength of the patient's heart beat. The sophisticated electronic system of the detector guarantees a reliable response -- even under unfavourable conditions. The need for such a compact detector was felt during the Yom Kippur War when it was difficult to determine sings of life in badly wounded casualties. It's easily operated and will be a interest to all medical workers facing emergency conditions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF39ZYH52AXTJ1DSKFMVS3NF52
    Media URN:
    VLVAF39ZYH52AXTJ1DSKFMVS3NF52
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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