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Scientists Bioengineer Kidneys That Work In Rats

April 16, 2013 9:05 am | by Michael Castillo | Articles | Comments

Rats have received working kidneys that were grown in a laboratory, possibly opening the door for scientists to be able to grow genetically-customized organs for human patients. This study reports important milestones toward engineering replacement kidney grafts [and] shows the potential for this strategy.

All-In-One Screen

April 15, 2013 10:46 am | by Ampronix | Ampronix | Product Releases | Comments

Ampronix created the new VERSAPAXX, an all-in-one screen that lets you capture images and video all in HD. It features advanced analytical and diagnostic tools to make your integration seamless.

Ind. Hospital First In Nation To Implant Breakthrough Aortic Heart Valve Device

April 12, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

Physicians at the Franciscan St. Francis Heart Valve Center found that infection had destroyed a patient's aortic valve and severely damaged the mitral valve. Although Gerdisch was able to repair his mitral valve, the aortic valve required replacement. Fortunately, the advanced On-X valve technology was available at St. Francis Heart Center.


Neurovascular Probes

April 12, 2013 10:26 am | by Koven Technology | Product Releases | Comments

Koven Technology, Inc. announces the introduction of new ULTRA-THIN Neurovascular probes. These new probes are available in fixed and flexible tip styles with widths of just 0.8 mm and 1.2 mm. These new thinner probes enable easier access to the artery and greater visibility.

Surgical Robots Gain Popularity And Scrutiny

April 11, 2013 1:28 pm | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Million-dollar, multi-armed robots assisted thousands of surgeons in ORs across the country this past year. But the FDA is now looking into reported problems and even deaths that may have resulted from surging use of these high-tech helpers.

One Hospital's Cutting-Edge Hybrid OR

April 11, 2013 9:32 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Florida-based Lee Memorial Hospital opened up a cutting-edge hybrid suite about a year ago. This one is devoted to a less-invasive heart valve replacement surgery. The multi-million dollar hybrid operating room is a must for the TAVR procedure.

Breakthrough In Robotic Gallblader Surgery

April 11, 2013 9:08 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Dr. David Lourié, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Huntington Hospital, discusses a new breakthrough in robotic gallbladder surgery, where the use of a single hidden incision through the belly button results in a virtually invisible scar. Learn more about how this procedure works.

Robotic Surgery Hot Among Surgeons, But Not Everyone Onboard

April 9, 2013 10:44 am | News | Comments

The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year. However, there is still debate over whether robotic surgery is at least as good or better than conventional surgeries.


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.

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