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Flexible Drop-In Doppler Probe

March 13, 2013 10:23 am | by VTI | Product Releases | Comments

VTI offers the new Flexible Drop-In Doppler probe for use in laparoscopic and robotic procedures for positive identification of vasculature.

Medicine's Mobile Future

March 11, 2013 9:16 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Is wireless medicine just a passing fad, or will healthcare professionals be able to find ways to leverage powerful hardware and software tools to better prevent or treat injury and illness? Time will tell. In the meantime, we should monitor its growth and hope it realizes its immense potential. 

First Telescopic Implant In Connecticut For Macular Degeneration

March 8, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

About the size of an eraser tip, the Implantable Miniature Telescope shows promise for some patients who are legal blind due to macular degeneration.  The telescope implant focuses and enlarged image onto healthier parts of the macula and retina at the back of the eye.  The other eye provides the necessary peripheral or side vision for walking and performing other tasks.


Elderly Pennsylvania Man Gets New Lease On Life With Artificial Heart

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

During a five-hour procedure earlier thus year, a medical team removed Bob Phillips’ irreparably damaged heart and replaced it with an artificial heart. The following month, Phillips celebrated his 74th birthday with the medical staff that saved his life.

Breakthrough In Artificial Intelligence-Based Robotics Neurosurgery

March 8, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Imaging and robotic technologies have the potential to help neurosurgeons perform precise, fast, and more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery, identification of cancer type, grade and tumor margins and help them navigate through the brain, according to Akash Singh , PhD.

Surgical Procedure Pack Identification System

March 8, 2013 9:53 am | by Medline Industries | Medline Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc., introduced the first-of-its kind surgical procedure pack identification system to help improve OR efficiency, eliminate waste, and enhance patient safety. Featuring easy-to-read color-coded labels and forms, Medline’s EMPOWER system features easy-to-read, color-coded outer packing labels and matching color-coded insert forms that easily identify each pack and reduce the chance of selecting the wrong pack.

Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery

March 7, 2013 11:16 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Christopher Duma discusses the developing environment of minimally invasive approaches to brain surgery, some of which can be performed as outpatient procedures.

Hybrid OR At The Cleveland Clinic

March 7, 2013 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

Cleveland Clinic feels their Hybrid Operating Room give surgeons the flexibility to tailor procedures to best fit each patient, leadsing to less invasiver procedures and better clinical outcomes.


Kinecting In The OR

March 7, 2013 10:25 am | Videos | Comments

A hands-on lookat how the capabilities of the Kinect gaming system could be utilized in the operating room.

Wii-playing Surgeons May Improve Performance On Laparoscopic Procedures

March 4, 2013 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Surgeons who played games on Nintendo Wii improved certain metrics of performance on laparascopies.

Round Or 'Shaped' Implants Yield Good Results In Breast Reconstruction

March 4, 2013 2:21 pm | News | Comments

For women undergoing breast reconstruction using implants, most patient-reported outcomes are similar with two different shapes of silicone gel-filled implants, reports a study.

Compensating For The Lack Of Progress In EHRs

March 4, 2013 1:10 pm | by Jessie Gruman, PhD | Blogs | Comments

I know that tremendous effort and resources are directed toward solving the problem of organizing and coordinating patients’ health information, and I don’t doubt that within four or five years, this problem will fade.

New Treatment Offered For Patients With Peripheral Artery Disease

March 4, 2013 10:03 am | News | Comments

OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital is now treating patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) with the first drug-eluting stent to be used outside of the heart.


EASY-TAG Tracking System

March 4, 2013 9:48 am | by Scanlan | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A custom message, combined with the unique advantages of the EASY-TAG  Tracking System, offers a powerful combination – providing a cost-effective, secure method of tracking instruments, trays, equipment, and repairs through cleaning, decontamination, and sterilization processes.

Teen Takes Artificial Heart To School As She Waits For Transplant

March 4, 2013 9:22 am | by Katie Moisse | Articles | Comments

Diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy at age 10, 13-year-old Kyah DeSimone lived with the slow stretching of her heart until it became too weak to pump. In October 2012, she was rushed from a friend's sleepover to a local hospital. Now she needs a heart transplant.

Fully Implantable Wireless Brain-Machine Interface Announced

March 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Gene Ostrovsky | Articles | Comments

A team from Brown University, working with help from the folks at BrainGate, has developed a fully implantable sensor that both shares its readings and recharges wirelessly. The researchers have reported that the new device has been successfully working  in three pigs and three macaque monkeys for over a year.

declipseSPECT Viewer

February 27, 2013 10:19 am | by SurgicEye | Product Releases | Comments

SurgicEye introduces its declipseSPECT viewer, a solution for 3D navigated radio-guided surgery. Developed in cooperation with leading surgical oncologists, it will enable healthcare professionals to increase the efficiency of surgery with marked tumor structures, providing 3D imaging and navigation in the operating room.

Study Raises Questions About Robotic Surgery For Hysterectomy

February 26, 2013 9:28 am | by Roni Caryn Rabin | Articles | Comments

The cost of robotic surgery for hysterectomy is rarely mentioned. But last week, a new study that evaluated outcomes in more than a quarter of a million American women raised a number of critical questions.

Using 3-D Printing And Injectable Molds, Scientists Create Bioengineered Ears

February 25, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

 Cornell bioengineers and physicians have created an artificial ear – using 3-D printing and injectable molds – that looks and acts like a natural ear, giving new hope to thousands of children born with a congenital deformity called microtia.

New Fat Transfer Technique A Possible Breakthrough For Cosmetic Surgery

February 25, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

New technology and surgical techniques are helping Orlando-area patients improve their looks using one of the most hated parts of the body: fat.


February 25, 2013 9:57 am | by Adlink | Product Releases | Comments

Adlink introduced the first of its new Topaz line of medical computers, the 3rd edition of EN-60601-1 certified TPZ-1300. The TPZ-1300 is ruggedized and provides wireless support, making it ideal for mobile environments such as telemedicine, NIS (nursing information systems), and medical administration.

Suturing Module

February 25, 2013 9:35 am | by Simbionix and Intuitive Surgical | Intuitive Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Simbionix and Intuitive Surgical developed simulation-based suturing training for the da Vinci system. This Suturing Module is a highly realistic educational solution that provides suturing and knot-tying tutorials with performance feedback.

FDA OKs New Silicone Gel Breast Implant

February 25, 2013 9:27 am | Articles | Comments

The FDA has approved a new silicone gel breast implant for augmentation and reconstruction of women's breast tissue. The Natrelle 410 Highly Cohesive Anatomically Shaped Silicone-Gel Filled Breast Implant is indicated for women ages 22 and older for augmentation, and for women of any age in reconstruction, the agency said.

Technology Is Being Held Back From Transforming Healthcare

February 25, 2013 9:14 am | by Michael Cetta, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Information technology in healthcare is still stuck in the 1980s. As an emergency room physician, I can attest that the technology we do have does more to slow me down than help me deliver better, more efficient care.

Artificial Heart Patient With End-Stage Renal Failure Recovers Kidney Function

February 22, 2013 11:45 am | News | Comments

At only 20 years old, Tiernee Gonzalez has been battling two major diseases for most of her young life: heart failure and kidney failure. When she became the first patient at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to receive the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart on Nov. 9, her doctors hoped it would bring her one step closer to winning her battle against end-stage heart failure. What they didn't expect, was that it would also help save her one remaining kidney.

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