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November/December 2014

December 9, 2014 3:56 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the November-December 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

New Siemens Angiography Applications Enable Greater Diagnostic Confidence

December 8, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

At the 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 30-Dec. 5 in Chicago, Siemens Healthcare presented two new clinical applications for angiography. ...  

Breast Cancer Screening on 'Threshold of an Incredible Exciting Stage'

December 5, 2014 12:22 pm | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Some 40 percent of women in the U.S. have what physicians call “dense breast tissue,” which can mask the visibility of tumors on a traditional mammogram. ...                

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Rib Device Could Help Children With Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome

December 5, 2014 12:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine* today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the VEPTR®/VEPTR II™ Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Devices for the treatment of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS), a rare congenital condition where severe deformities of the chest, spine or ribs impair breathing and lung growth in children.

Study: ALS Patients Have More of a Genetic Link Than Previously Thought

December 5, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Genetics may play a larger role in causing Lou Gehrig's disease than previously believed, potentially accounting for more than one-third of all cases, according to one of the most comprehensive genetic studies to date of patients who suffer from the condition also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ...    

3-D Printed Heart Could Reduce Surgeries in Children

December 5, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

New 3D printed heart technology could reduce the number of heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease, according to Dr. Peter Verschueren who spoke on the topic today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014. ...       

Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. ...                     

GE Celebrates Past and Future of Medical Imaging at RSNA Show

December 4, 2014 11:42 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Thomas Edison’s light bulb patent was 16 years old when his colleague and GE co-founder Elihu Thomson modified his electric lamp technology and developed an early X-ray machine that allowed doctors to diagnose bone fractures and locate “foreign objects in the body.” The machine, which Thomson built just one year after Wilhelm Roentgen discovered and tested X-rays on his wife, launched GE into the healthcare business. ...

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US Patent Innovations Opens State-of-the-Art Facility

December 4, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

US Patent Innovations, LLC (USPI) recently announced the opening of its state-of-the-art research laboratory facility, through its newest affiliate, the Jerome Canady Research Institute for Advanced Biological and Technological Sciences, Benefit LLC (JCRI), an in-house clinical research hub specializing in the fields of Biomedical, Proteomics, Molecular Biology, Regenerative and Translational Biology. ... 

New Camera Technology Provides 'Fantastic Voyage' Into Future

December 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Ralph Basile, Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, surgical instruments were relatively simple tools, designed for cutting, spreading, chiseling and closing. Thankfully for most "consumers" of surgical services, those days are long past. ...                     

IDT and Ubiquitome Partner to Develop Mobile Ebola Test

December 3, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), and Ubiquitome recently announced a partnership to develop the Ubiquitome Freedom4 Real-Time RT-PCR Ebola Virus Assay for easy use in the field. This rapid test is designed to be run on Ubiquitome’s hand-held, battery powered real-time PCR device, the Freedom4. ... 

Siemens Promotes Future of Industry With Radiology Leadership Institute Donation

December 3, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Siemens Healthcare is pleased to announce its financial contribution to Leading Radiology into the Future, a campaign to fund the Radiology Leadership Institute (RLI). The five-year pledge is part of Siemens’ ongoing efforts to help shape the future of radiology and educate those in the industry who will continue to take the profession to new heights. ...

Interventional Radiology Preserves Uterus In Patients With Placenta Accreta

December 3, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

Researchers reported today on a procedure that can preserve fertility and potentially save the lives of women with a serious pregnancy complication called placenta accreta. ...             

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Researchers Explore 3-D Microsurgical Anatomy of Brainstem

December 2, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

A study using intricate fiber dissection techniques provides new insights into the deep anatomy of the human brainstem--and helps to define "safe entry zones" for neurosurgeons performing brainstem surgery, according to a special article published in Operative Neurosurgery, a quarterly supplement to Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. ...

Milwaukee Hospital Uses 3-D Technology to Navigate Through Delicate Liver Surgery

December 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

"OK. So, this is our guy," said the surgeon, T. Clark Gamblin. "This is his liver." A precise, three-dimensional image of a human liver floated along the computer screen, rotating slowly. The liver was shaded light blue and a few red blood vessels snaked through it. On the liver's left side was an area shaded brown ...

Researchers Use 3-D Printing to Guide Human Face Transplants

December 1, 2014 11:29 am | News | Comments

Researchers are using computed tomography (CT) and 3-D printing technology to recreate life-size models of patients' heads to assist in face transplantation surgery, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).... 

Complication Rate Low in Nose Job Using Patient's Rib Cage

December 1, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

Using a patient's own rib cartilage (autologous) for rhinoplasty appears to be associated with low rates of overall long-term complications and problems at the rib site where the cartilage is removed, according to a report published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. ... 

Artificial Pancreas Treatment Shown to Improve Type 1 Diabetes

December 1, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

The world's first clinical trial comparing three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes was conducted in Montréal by researchers at the IRCM and the University of Montreal, led by endocrinologist Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret. ...      

Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery Has Setbacks

December 1, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

McMaster University researchers have found that current evidence does not support the routine use of minimally invasive surgery to remove herniated disc material pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in the neck or lower back. ...    

Fasting Before Surgery Falling Out of Flavor

November 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune | News | Comments

Pushed by a new protocol developed in Europe, the midnight fast before surgery is gradually falling out of favor with American doctors and creating a potential sweet spot for one local company. ...       

Breast Cancer: New Insights Into Spread Could Yield Better Tests, Treatments

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

A study combining tumor cells from patients with breast cancer with a laboratory model of blood vessel lining provides the most compelling evidence so far that a specific trio of cells is required for the spread of breast cancer ...    

New Back Surgery Technology Gives Ailing Woman Promising Future

November 26, 2014 10:47 am | by Meghan Yost, WTNH.com | News | Comments

At the recent weddings of both her son and daughter, Julie Chasse danced the night away. “I actually bent my knees and kind of wiggled,” Chasse recalled. But that almost wasn’t possible. “I’ve had back pain for years, and as the years passed, it started radiating down my left leg and then to my right leg and my sciatica,” Chasse explained ...

New App Gives Family Peace of Mind During Surgery

November 26, 2014 10:14 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

There's no doubt surgery can be a stressful experience for not only the patient but family members as well. However, thanks to a new app, loved ones can get messages or reassurance directly from the operating room ...      

Team Finds Drug Repurposing Signal In E-Health Records

November 25, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

With research and development costs for many drugs reaching well into the billions, pharmaceutical companies want more than ever to determine whether their drugs already at market have any hidden therapeutic benefits that could warrant putting additional indications on the label and increasing production ...

eShield Promises To Keep Gadgets Safe and Clean

November 25, 2014 11:19 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The use of electronics in the operating room, hospitals or doctors’ offices are becoming the norm with doctors and nurses carrying around many different types of gadgets to record patient information. How do they keep their gadget germ free and sterile in an environment that must remain sterile and safe? 

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