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Technique Finds Software Bugs In Surgical Robots And Helps Developers Fix Flaws

April 8, 2013 10:36 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.

How Dummies And Drills Aid Medical Training

April 8, 2013 9:54 am | by David Pogue | Articles | Comments

Every med school hires standardized patients. But these days, simulated patients have gone high tech -- with mannequins that can simulate heart attacks, make urine, breathe, blink their eyes, even go into coma. Are they robots? Well... sort of.

Study: New Minimally Invasive, MRI-Guided Laser Treatment For Brain Tumor Found To Be Promising

April 5, 2013 11:08 am | News | Comments

The paper describes the treatment of the first 10 patients with this technology.  These patients, who had a median age of 55, had tumors which were diagnosed to be inoperable or "high risk" for open surgical resection because of their location close to vital areas in the brain, or difficult to access with conventional surgery.


Scientists Work Toward Creating Human Issue Using 3D Printers

April 4, 2013 10:52 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Imagine being able to make a liver to use for a transplant using a 3D printer. Scientists in Edinburgh, Scotland, are one step closer to being able to create human tissue using a 3D printer, with stem cells as "ink."

Apps Help Ease Surgery Anxiety

April 4, 2013 9:50 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

With the help of mobile apps and cameras, some doctors are helping their patients get through surgeeries with less anxiety by giving them a preview of what they'll face.

Now You See It

April 3, 2013 2:42 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Advances in consumer technology are changing how we look at visualization in the OR.

Battery-Powered Mobile Video Cart

April 3, 2013 10:24 am | by Quest International | Quest International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Quest International, Inc. announced the availability of the AlphaView Battery-Powered Mobile Video Cart. The newly announced wireless HD video, surgical display system features a 32 inch, 2.3 megapixel medical-grade LCD on a heavy-duty battery-powered mobile cart.

SynTrack OR-Max

April 3, 2013 10:10 am | by IBSS | Product Releases | Comments

SynTrack OR-Max from IBSS is designed to dramatically increase efficiency in the OR. Use the new-found efficiency to increase case throughput, adding another case per O.R. daily using current resource levels; or substantially reduce costs of current caseloads.


Medtronic Gets U.S. Clearance For Breathing System

April 2, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Tuesday it received U.S. clearance for a new artificial lung system that breathes for patients who are undergoing open heart surgery.

Portable Heart Pump Gives Teen Time

April 1, 2013 10:57 am | by Cynthia McCormick | News | Comments

After a frightening brush with heart failure, the eighth-grader Kyah DeSimone became the first patient at Boston Children's Hospital to be implanted with a heart pump small and portable enough to restore her to normal life while she waits for a transplant.

Texas Physician Breaks Ground In Robotic Cervical Surgery

March 29, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

Dr. Sami Kilic, chief of minimally invasive gynecology and research at UTMB, is the first surgeon in the world reported to have used robotically assisted, ultrasound-guided laparoscopic surgery to successfully tighten a pregnant patient’s incompetent cervix.

Smartphone App A Useful Surgical Training Tool

March 27, 2013 1:47 pm | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Four surgeons recently came up with the idea for a surgery app. Launched six months ago, the app allows trainees to train for a procedure prior to going into the operating room for the first time.

DST400 Industrial Thermocouple Thermometer

March 27, 2013 10:20 am | by Wahl Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Wahl Instruments, Inc. announces the addition of the new DST400 Industrial Thermocouple thermometer to its line of Digi-Stem digital thermometers. Featuring the rugged and reliable construction the Digi-Stem is known for, the vibration resistant DST400 is compatible with five different thermocouple types.


Only One Company Can Deliver The Perfect EMR: Google

March 26, 2013 9:36 am | by Rob Lamberts, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

What constitutes a "good" EMR? Here are the things I think are most important.

Robotic Surgery Controversies Simmer

March 22, 2013 9:35 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

A number of unusual and often devastating complications of robotic surgery are surfacing, which has prompted one state, Massachusetts, to issue an advisory to hospitals. Defenders of the robot say it's not the technology itself but rather the surgeons who are at fault.

Intermountain Medical Center Uses SynCardia Total Artificial Heart To Bridge 31-Year-Old Father To A Heart Transplant

March 21, 2013 11:47 am | News | Comments

SynCardia Systems, Inc. announced today that Andrew Weaver, a 31-year-old husband and father of one who arrived at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City in grave condition, has been successfully bridged to a heart transplant with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart and discharged home.

New Transplant Procedure Keeps Lungs 'Breathing' Outside Body

March 21, 2013 11:10 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

A revolutionary surgery at UCLA may change the way the medical community performs transplants. The procedure involves keeping transplant lungs "breathing" outside the body.

Medical Device Saves Teen from Lifetime On Ventilator

March 20, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

In January, 18-year-old Reggie Lamour 's neck was broken while he played in a rugby game in Naples, Florida. In one moment, the active, athletic young adult with a bright future faced a life-time of ventilator dependency. But there was hope. Lamour's injury qualified him to receive a cutting edge implant through Broward Children's Center.


March 19, 2013 9:47 am | by New Wave Surgical | New Wave Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

New Wave Surgical’s Defogging Heated Endoscopic Lens Protector system (D-H.E.L.P) provides optimum visualization during laparoscopic or robotic surgery. The compact unit affixes to patient drapes allowing quick access to the defogging/cleaning system using only one hand.

SynTrack OR-Max

March 18, 2013 9:59 am | by IBSS | Product Releases | Comments

SynTrack OR-Max from IBSS is designed to dramatically increase efficiency in the OR. Use the new-found efficiency to increase case throughput, adding another case per O.R. daily using current resource levels; or substantially reduce costs of current caseloads.

Robotic Surgery Not Best Option For Women Who Need Hysterctomy

March 15, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Pricey robotic surgery should not be the first or even second choice for most women who need a hysterectomy, says advice issued Thursday to doctors who help those women decide.

High Resolution Endoscopes As Thin As Human Hair?

March 15, 2013 9:11 am | by John Hewitt | Articles | Comments

A new kind of endoscope technology with a factor of four image improvement over any previous design has recently been demonstrated by researchers from Stanford University.  It may lead to flexible endoscopes producing about 80,000 pixels at a resolution of three-tenths of a micron, as compared to 10,000 pixels at three micron resolution for current state of the art.

The Value Of Robotic Surgery

March 14, 2013 10:00 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Recent published research is questioning the use of robotic surgery for a gynecologic hysterectomy. Now surgeons from the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center specializing in minimally invasive surgery are speaking out regarding the news coverage of this research.

Doctor Surpasses 550 Robotic Assisted Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedures

March 13, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

Dr. John Velyvis says that from his first contact with Robotic Knee Preservation and Restoration, he knew the days of radical total knee replacement being used as the go-to surgery for arthritic knee pain were numbered.

Updated 'Stereo EEG' Workflow Simplifies Planning Of Epilepsy Surgery

March 13, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

For patients with "drug-resistant" epilepsy requiring surgery, an updated stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) technique provides a more efficient process for obtaining critical data for surgical planning.

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