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The Doctor Is In... The Smartphone

May 13, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural Maryland home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his laptop. Welcome to the virtual house call, the latest twist on telemedicine...

Remotely Monitoring Heart Patients With Implanted Defibrillators Lowers Risk Of Death

May 12, 2014 11:09 am | by Yale | News | Comments

Patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) have significantly lower risk of death and re-hospitalization if they are followed through an automatic, wireless remote monitoring system, a Yale clinical study has found. Results of the study are being presented at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society...

Leadless Pacemaker Showing Promising Results After One Year

May 12, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

The findings, which assessed device performance and patient outcomes through 12-months of follow-up, show pacing thresholds (0.43 volts) and sensing (10.32 mV) of the leadless pacemaker device are equivalent to those in traditional pacemakers. In addition, there was no experience of infections or failure to sense, pace, or communicate with the pacemaker...

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EndoVue SE

May 9, 2014 10:41 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

NDSsi has developed a new surgical display designed to bring the latest imaging technology to cost-sensitive emerging markets. Offering an advanced feature set including LED-backlight technology, the 21” EndoVue SE delivers the image quality of a high-definition (HD) surgical display in an affordable solution. The 21” EndoVue SE display provides medical-grade reliability, and is specially engineered for multiple applications within any OR setting.

Surgeons ‘Light Up’ GI Tract to Safely Remove Gall Bladder

May 9, 2014 10:31 am | by University of Illinois - Chicago | News | Comments

A green fluorescent dye is helping surgeons at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System perform robotic gall bladder surgery more safely. UI Health surgeons used near-infrared light to make the indocyanine green dye light up, allowing them to better see the biliary tract...

Access To Electronic Health Records May Influence Care

May 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Medical College of Wisconsin | News | Comments

Unlike medical records kept in paper charts, electronic health records (EHR) provide numerous access points to clinicians to review a patient's medical history. A new study has found access to electronic health records in acute care situations may influence the care given to that patient, and in some cases, failure to review the EHR could have adversely affected the medical management...

3D Mirror Reveals Internal Organs

May 6, 2014 10:57 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A three-dimensional digital mirror which reveals the interior of a person's body has been developed by a team of researchers in Paris. Straddling the worlds of art and science, the mirror could one day find a place in hospitals and doctors' offices as an educational tool for patients facing surgery...

HDBaseT Extenders

May 6, 2014 10:47 am | by Opticomm-EMCORE | Opticomm-EMCORE | Product Releases | Comments

Opticomm-EMCORE offers its lines of HDBaseT extenders, in the form of the compact, stand-alone c-linx Series and the rugged card-based Optiva OTC Series products. With Emcore’s CATx technology, video sources such as media players, Blu-ray, DVD players, laptops and video cameras can transmit over a single, reliable CATx cable to a display or projector.

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Is Google Glass The New Stethoscope?

May 5, 2014 8:57 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A group of medical professionals, who are first-adopters of Google Glass, discuss the technology's potential for shaping the future of healthcare. The doctors were all featured guests at the MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge...   

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...

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...

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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...                  

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.

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...

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