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This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

A new app, called The Phone Oximeter and created by LionsGate Technologies, is designed to track blood oxygen levels via a light sensor that can be attached to the patient’s finger. Once the rapid diagnosis is complete, the app can guide diagnosis and management of the problem...

The Ongoing Experiment To Create 'The OR Of The Future'

March 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

This was not just another day at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was a laboratory billed as the "OR of the future," an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology, and teamwork...

Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective In Early Testing

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. At six millimeters in diameter and about 42 millimeters long, the wireless device is smaller than a triple-A battery...

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Fluoroscopy Technology And Dose Tracking System

March 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Toshiba America Medical Systems | Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. offers its Spot Fluoroscopy technology and Dose Tracking System. Both dose reduction technologies are available for Toshiba’s Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray systems.

NDSsi's ZeroWire Ultra

March 20, 2014 9:52 am | by NDSsi | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

The latest advancement in NDSsi's award-winning ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology, ZeroWire Ultra allows up to nine transmitter/receiver pairs to operate simultaneously within neighboring vicinities (75-feet radius). Utilizing an innovative system of “Time Frequency Coding,” ZeroWire Ultra units are programmed to change frequency bands in a specific sequence and timing, creating nine non-interfering channels.

3D Printer Saves Toddler Struggling To Breathe

March 19, 2014 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

Garrett Peterson was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve. More simply stated, he had a hole between the lower chambers of his heart. The condition put significant pressure on his lungs and caused his airways to collapse. Doctors struggled to address the pressure, which is known as severe tracheobronchomalacia...

Researchers Devise New, Stretchable Antenna For Wearable Health Monitoring

March 18, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. The extremely flexible antennas contain silver nanowires and can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices...

Surgeons Use 3D Technology In Brain Surgery

March 17, 2014 9:28 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Surgeons at Chicago's Northwestern Medicine hospital are pioneering a new and innovative approach to brain surgery. The facility is using 3D glasses and monitors to improve visualization in the OR. The hospital is one of only three in the country to regularly employ the technology to remove brain tumors...

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Man's Face Rebuilt With 3D Printer After Crash

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A man seriously injured in a motorbike crash had his face reconstructed using a 3D printer. In a one-of-a-kind procedure, surgeons repaired Stephen Power’s cheekbone and eye socket using the cutting-edge technology in an eight-hour operation...

New MRI Can 'See Through' Metal Screws To Follow Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture, known as a femoral neck fracture, are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare can show a detailed image following fracture repair, without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs...

Radiance G2 High-Bright Display

March 11, 2014 10:17 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a long-life LED backlight and NDSsi’s proprietary Color Correction Technology (CCT), the 26” Radiance G2 High-Bright display is calibrated in accordance with the BT.709 color standard. This factory calibration provides consistent color reproduction and accurate grayscale response.

The Future Of 3D Technology In The OR: (Part 3)

March 10, 2014 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this third and final installment of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll try to predict how the healthcare industry’s view on 3D will evolve with time and how the products themselves will change in the coming years. We all know the need for greater visualization is there. What’s exciting, however, is that the potential for innovation is great. How will it all play out?

Prehospital Alerts Let Stroke Patients Skip The ER

March 6, 2014 7:20 am | News | Comments

Prehospital stroke alerts by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can shorten the time to effective treatment with "clot-busting" drugs for patients with stroke, according to a recent report...              

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Star Trek Healing Devices Are Coming To Your Hospital

March 6, 2014 6:41 am | by Allegra Sparta | Blogs | Comments

Maybe we can transport patients with hover-stretchers and flying ambulances, too. Announcements like this are bound to raise a few eyebrows, but we live in a world where 3D-printed hearts and other highly advanced surgical procedures are slowly becoming commonplace...

Computer Simulations Meant For Aircraft Design To Improve Surgical Treatment Of Breathing Disorders

March 5, 2014 7:41 am | by Dawn Fuller | News | Comments

A more accurate and successful, yet complex approach used in designing an airplane is now taking off in the healthcare industry. The end result is helping patients with pulmonary disorders breathe easier, as well as their surgeons in considering novel treatment approaches...

'Wearable Robot' Helps Paraplegics Walk

March 5, 2014 7:23 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Patients and researchers testing the ReWalk exoskeleton at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York are hoping the device gets approved by the FDA for home use. That would allow paraplegics to walk, climb stairs, and avoid the health complications that come with being inactive in a wheelchair...

Color Coding Barcode Data Matrix

March 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surg-I-Band Data Matrix Color Coding Barcode offers hospitals a system to organize and track surgical instrumentation and devices. Combining the benefits of Surg-I-Band color coding with the technology of bar coding, Surg-I-Band Data Matrix is designed to offer a fast, easy, and precise organizational system. According to the company, it is also Censitrac compatible.

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers' Traumatic Wounds

March 3, 2014 11:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. Michael Heggeness, the program director and chair of orthopedics of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, believes a so-called "bone putty" could be a viable alternative to typical treatment options for military veterans with serious lower-limb wounds...

3D Imaging Sheds Light On Apert Syndrome Development, Treatment

March 3, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Three dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans...

Merging Healthcare With Modern Communications Technology

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture of a patient’s health and how it is changing. Electronic health records, too, enable more accurate information to be available to each provider involved in a patient’s care...

3D Technology And The Modern OR: Benefits Of 3D (Part 2)

March 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll take a close look at some of the expectations and benefits of 3D visualization in the OR and why facilities of varying size and type have decided to invest in its potential...  

The Lesson Of Dr. Charles Dotter: Never Stop Innovating

February 28, 2014 9:56 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

It takes a certain type of person to challenge the status quo. It takes a truly exceptional person to make the status quo a thing of the past. Dr. Charles Dotter was blessed with both keen intelligence and a tremendous innovative spirit. His work, which includes performing the first percutaneous transluminal angioplasty 50 years ago this year, transformed the field of medicine. The effects are still felt by physicians and patients today...

3D Heart Replica Saves Baby's Life

February 27, 2014 9:35 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

A 3D plastic replica of a baby's heart helps doctor perform life-saving surgery on 14-month-old Roland, who is suffering from serious heart issues...                        

3-D Printer Creates Transformative Device For Heart Treatment

February 26, 2014 9:41 am | by Beth Miller (via Washington University in St. Louis) | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive 3-D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could transform treatment and prediction of cardiac disorders. Igor Efimov, PhD, The team has created a 3-D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart’s epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart...

3D Technology And The Modern OR (Part 1)

February 24, 2014 9:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In the inaugural edition of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll take a look at how the technology that supports OR visualization has evolved in the last several years and how the latest 3D products on the market has been received by the healthcare industry.

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