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Powerful Surgical Table

November 30, 2010 10:56 am | Skytron | Product Releases | Comments

Skytron’s Hercules 6701B Surgical Table provides powerful 1,200-lbs. lift,  1,000 lbs. articulation and revolutionary full-body imaging capability for today’s most advanced general purpose and bariatric procedures, reducing the need for multiple support accessories and optimizing ease of patient set-ups.

How A Plumber Charges More Than A Neurosurgeon

November 30, 2010 10:55 am | by S. Irfan Ali, MD | Articles | Comments

So there was a neurosurgeon who called a plumber for a house visit. The plumber arrived and after spending an hour bestowed the neurosurgeon a bill of $500. The surgeon was stunned; he said, “Even I don’t charge this much after a surgery.” The plumber stood up, gave him a sly look and said, “well that is why I am a plumber now; I used to be a neurosurgeon.

High-Speed Display Controllers

November 30, 2010 10:54 am | Barco | Product Releases | Comments

Medical imaging specialist Barco has introduced a new line of display controllers for medical imaging. The brand-new boards deliver triple-head capabilities and better performance when handling large datasets as well as faster OpenGL and DirectX functionality, all of which are becoming increasingly common in high-end PACS environments.


Surgeons Of The Year Winners Announced

November 30, 2010 10:53 am | Articles | Comments

What makes a good surgeon? Pushing the acceptance of new technologies in the name of improving patient care and outcomes? Earning respect amongst one’s peers and co-workers? Being recognized with academic accreditations and awards? Staying in touch with patients and showing concern for more than just the procedure at hand? The answer, of course, is yes to all these questions.


Patient Monitor Selected For Chilean Miner Special Rescue Care

November 30, 2010 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chilean Health Minister, Dr. Jaime Mañalich, tests Spacelabs Healthcare’s élance patient monitor in preparation for the arrival of the Chilean miners, together with the hospital director.  Photo: Clarí Spacelabs Healthcare announced that the Company’s élance™ line of patient monitors played a vital role as part of the rescue operation of the 33 Chilean miners.

HD Surgical Camera

November 30, 2010 9:25 am | TRUMPF | Product Releases | Comments

The TRUMPF TruVidia HD, an in-light high definition (HD) surgical camera, captures and transmits razor true-to-life images with 1080 line resolution and 2 million pixels. The TruVidia HD provides technical consistency, matching the HD endoscopes and HD routing systems now used in integrated ORs.

Visualization Table For Diagnostic Imaging, Emergency Care

November 30, 2010 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sectra introduces the Sectra Visualization Table. This  solution for collaborative work improves decision making efficiency in acute care, allowing physicians to efficiently set the care strategy in multi-trauma cases. It also serves as a platform for medical education, clinical conferences and virtual autopsies.

The Reassurance Of A CT Scan In The Emergency Department

November 30, 2010 9:21 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Articles | Comments

There’s little question that CT scans are on the rise, especially in the emergency department. A recent paper from Radiology put a number to the increased frequency of the test, concluding, CT, a radiology tool that once took nine days to finish, was used 16.2 million times in 2007 to diagnose headaches, stomach aches, back pain, chest pain and the like.


Making Hospital Surgery Infection Rates Public

November 30, 2010 9:20 am | News | Comments

The Washington State Hospital Association is releasing hospital-specific surgical infection rate data. This is the first time this information has been made public. The website at provides data on infections following three important types of surgeries: cardiac, orthopedic, and hysterectomies.

Study: Mammography Not Enough For Some Women

November 30, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Women with a personal history of breast cancer should consider annual screening with MRI in addition to mammography, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines currently recommend annual screening with breast MRI in women with a known gene mutation or with a strong family history indicating a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20 percent.

Wristband Combines Medical Data With Multimedia

November 30, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

MEDICOM Technologies, Inc. has introduced a multimedia-enabled interactive Medical I.D. Wristband that can display an individual's complete medical history to emergency treatment personnel in critical situations. The patent-pending MEDICOM Medical I.D. Wristband also boasts an array of audio, video and voice-driven health and entertainment features.

Using A Patient's Own Blood To Treat Hamstring Injury

November 30, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers in London say they have found an effective two-part treatment for microtears in the hamstring. The process involves injections of the patient's own blood and a steroid, along with "dry-needling," in which repeated needle punctures cause controlled internal bleeding in the injured area.

Surgeon-Physician Marriages Place Stress On Careers, Emotional Health

November 30, 2010 5:14 am | News | Comments

Surgeons married to physicians face more challenges in balancing their personal and professional lives than do surgeons whose partners work in a non-physician field or stay at home, according to new research findings focused on surgeon marriages published in the November issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

Kimberly-Clark Sponsors HAI WATCHDOG Award

November 30, 2010 5:04 am | News | Comments

Healthcare-associated infections are a growing global challenge with more than 1.7 million cases at any given time across the world.  In the U.S. alone, HAIs cause at least 99,000 deaths per year and cost the healthcare system more than $4 billion. Kimberly-Clark Health Care created the HAI WATCHDOG Awards program to recognize the efforts of dedicated healthcare professionals helping to prevent HAIs in their healthcare facilities, and to allow healthcare providers to share best practices for infection prevention.

Photo of the Day: Haitian Survives Being 'Buried Alive'

November 30, 2010 4:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Kesner "Salvi" Salvent shows the surgical scar on the back of his neck in Lyman, Maine. Buried alive for four days after January's devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Kesner "Salvi" Salvent didn't know whether he would live to walk, see the sun or ride his motorcycle _ or pick up his brush to create more colorful paintings showing the landscape and people of his native country.


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