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Commission details EU-funded medical tech projects

The European Commission has detailed two projects that have seen EU funds used to develop medical technology.On Thursday, the Commission announced the development of a device called the Woundmonitor, which is used to identify which bacteria are responsible for infecting the wounds of burn victims.
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The European Commission has detailed two projects that have seen EU funds used to develop medical technology.

On Thursday, the Commission announced the development of a device called the Woundmonitor, which is used to identify which bacteria are responsible for infecting the wounds of burn victims. The device does this by analysing the gases released by the bacteria. Identifying the bacteria quickly speeds up the process of treating that infection, the Commission said.

The other announcement, made on Tuesday, was that of the Hamam project, which is developing a prototype workstation to "help diagnose breast cancer by integrating multi-modal images resulting from mammography, magnetic resonance imaging and other technologies as well as patient information", the Commission said.

The Hamam project is using €3.1m (£2.5m) of EU money, while the EU has put €1.67m into the development of the Woundmonitor. Both projects will be shown off at ICT 2010, Europe's largest ICT research event, which will take place in Brussels from 27 to 29 September.

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