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EU-ME2 Ultrasound Processor

May 2, 2014 10:37 am | by Olympus | Olympus America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus announced today the launch of the next-generation EU-ME2 Ultrasound Processor, which can integrate endoscopic and endobronchial ultrasound (EUS/EBUS) on a single workstation. With its high-resolution imaging and an image display that promotes clear visualization, the EU-ME2 brings superb clarity to EUS and EBUS procedures, supporting better detection and characterization of lesions in the gastrointestinal tract and airways.

endoPRO iQ 7.6

May 1, 2014 10:55 am | by PENTAX Medical Company | Pentax Medical Company | Product Releases | Comments

PENTAX Medical Company, a healthcare industry leader in endoscopic imaging, announced the U.S. and Canada launch of the endoPRO iQ 7.6, the company’s newest version of its information technology (IT) and image management software for endoscopy units. The new software promotes industry best practices for endoscopic documentation, reporting, and analysis of quality, efficiency and equipment utilization data.

Man Without A Human Heart Completes 4.2-Mile Walk

May 1, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

Randy Shepherd's 4.2-mile walk in Pat's Run in the Phoenix area was more than a test of his endurance. It was part of his training for the most crucial event of his life—a heart transplant. Last June 20, Shepherd, 40, had his life saved by the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. His walk as the first person without a human heart to enter and complete Pat's Run also helped get him in better physical condition...

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Is Your Facility Ready To Leverage The Benefits Of Cutting-Edge OR Solutions?

April 30, 2014 10:36 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Hospitals can enjoy better analytics, improved mobility, and solutions that tackle specific areas of the surgical continuum. The only question is whether a particular facility is ready to leverage the benefits of OR management technology to address operational needs and wants...

CT In The OR Allows More Precise Removal Of Small Lung Cancers

April 30, 2014 10:08 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

A new technique that brings CT imaging into the operating room will allow surgeons to precisely demarcate and remove small sub-centimeter lung nodules, leaving as much healthy tissue as possible, according to Raphael Bueno, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston...

Engineering Breakthrough Will Allow Cancer Researchers to Create Live Tumors With A 3D Printer

April 28, 2014 8:11 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Using a mixture of cervical cancer cells and a hydrogel substance that resembles an ointment balm, a person can print out a tumor model that can be used for studying their growth and response to treatment. This living model will give cancer researchers a better look at how tumors behave and a more accurate measure of how they respond to treatment...

New Ultrasound Device May Aid In Detecting Risk For Heart Attack, Stroke

April 25, 2014 9:19 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke...

Engineers Help Make Advances In Virtual Artificial Heart Implantation

April 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Rosie Gochnour and Joe Kullman, Arizona State University | Articles | Comments

Some firsts in the history of artificial heart implantation are being achieved by an Arizona State University research group and medical professionals at Phoenix Children’s Hospital...                  

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Overcoming The Challenges And Concerns Related To Renovating Your OR

April 23, 2014 11:16 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products and Brett Estabrook, Director of Design & Development, BERCHTOLD Corporation | Articles | Comments

Are you looking to renovate an operating room at your facility? Are you not sure where to start, or do you have some concerns about either the process or the end results of a renovation effort? Brett Estabrook, Director of Design & Development, BERCHTOLD Corporation, answered a handful of questions about OR renovation during a recent conversation with Surgical Products...

Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Sp Single Port Robotic Surgical System

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Medgadget | Videos | Comments

Intuitive Surgical received FDA approval to market its new da Vinci Sp single port robot assisted surgical system. The system is designed for urologic minimally-invasive procedures that are already performed via a single incision. Intuitive Surgical will wait to release it to market until it’s been made fully compatible with the latest da Vinci Xi robot...

The Man With The 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson, and cat...

Intelligent Design: Getting Better Through OR Integration

April 22, 2014 10:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Cassandra Whitney had a significant problem on her hands. Having arrived at Florida-based Memorial Hospital Pembroke in 2007 as its Director of Surgical Services, she immediately realized her entire surgical department was quite out of date. Everything looked old. The functionality of the equipment was less than ideal. Whitney recognized she had her work cut out for her...

Color Coding Barcode Data Matrix

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surg-I-Band Data Matrix Color Coding Barcode from Scanlan International 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.

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Team Seeks To 3D Print Working Human Heart

April 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Doctors and researchers at the University of Louisville are attempting to make a copy of a sick patient's heart by using the person's own fat cells. A 3D printer would 'print' what scientists are calling a 'bioficial" heart...                  

Glasses Could Revolutionize How Surgeons Treat Cancer

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

A doctor recently invented glasses that could revolutionize the way surgeons and other physicians treat cancer patients. The innovation allows doctors to detect cancer cells injected with dye. Check it out...           

Micro-Organs To Shape The Future Of Personalized Medicine

April 18, 2014 7:09 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are developing an artificial liver as part of a larger system of synthetic organs being built to test drugs. If successful, the technology will not only change the way drugs are developed and tested, but also provide doctors with a way to personalize treatment for patients with conditions like heart disease and cancer...

New Smartphone Apps Remind Patients To Take Their Meds

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits that cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion a year. To help combat the problem, many doctors are trying a more high-tech approach: They're recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one...

Control OR

April 16, 2014 4:28 pm | by FSN Medical Technologies | FSN Medical Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Control OR from FSN Medical Technologies is the solution for compact, robust medical video integration. The system manages up to 10 separate input sources and maintains signal integrity to output displays. Control OR’s intuitive tablet interface can route video, adjust picture layouts, freeze images, or make subtle changes to individual user settings.

A New Take On Surgical Navigation

April 16, 2014 10:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

“Good enough” is never enough in today’s modern healthcare landscape. Nothing illustrates that concept better than the latest efforts from a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The group published information highlighting its work to improve surgical navigation through the development of a unique computer algorithm meant to improve patient safety...

Researchers Transplant Regenerated Esophagus

April 16, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Tissue engineering has been used to construct natural oesophagi, which in combination with bone marrow stem cells have been safely and effectively transplanted in rats. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that the transplanted organs remain patent and display regeneration of nerves, muscles, epithelial cells, and blood vessels...

The Exciting Potential Of Google Glass In Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice...

3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors? 3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors

April 11, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

A group of researchers in China and the U.S. have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumor using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic 3D representation of a tumor's environment and could help in the discovery of new drugs and cast new light on how tumors develop, grow, and spread throughout the body...

Doctors Thrilled With Progress Growing Body Parts In Lab

April 11, 2014 10:10 am | by Malcom Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels, and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs...

Scientists Employ 3D Printer To Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person...

Surgically-Implanted Electrical Device Helps Paralyzed Men Move Legs

April 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development but warn that the experimental treatment isn't a cure. When the implanted device is activated, the men can wiggle their toes, lift their legs, and stand briefly...

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