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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...

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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...                  

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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...

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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...

Google Glass App Turns Anyone Into A Rapid Diagnostic Test Expert

April 9, 2014 10:21 am | by American Chemical Society | Videos | Comments

The American Chemical Society recently released this video detailing a Google Glass application developed at UCLA for automatic interpretation of chromatographic tests. The app basically turns anyone into a rapid diagnostic text expert...

New Type Of Battery-Powered Defibrillator Keeps Hearts Going

April 7, 2014 10:29 am | by Jennifer R. Lloyd, San Antonio Express-News | Articles | Comments

With a weak heart muscle and heart valve problems, Ruben Rivera said he was apprehensive about having a new type of battery-powered defibrillator implanted under his skin that could shock his heart if it sensed an irregular rhythm. But the 62-year-old San Antonio resident has no regrets since becoming the first patient here to undergo the procedure late last month...

In The Line Of Sight: Evaluating Imaging Technology

April 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Recent estimates indicate more than 65 percent of surgical procedures utilize minimally invasive techniques and this percentage is only expected to increase with time. This statistic supports the widely-held belief among industry experts that the imaging technology that best allows the surgical team to see exactly what is happening inside the patient without opening will be preferred by all hospitals...

The NuBOOM S

April 3, 2014 10:51 am | by CompView Medical | Compview Medical | Product Releases | Comments

CompView Medical announces the NuBOOM S. The NuBOOM S provides HD images to surgeons during minimally invasive surgery, while providing an equipment organizational system that removes trip hazards and clutter to improve staff and patient safety. The NuBOOM S is the third in the family of NuBOOM models.

Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks In The ER

April 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics...

Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode

April 2, 2014 10:50 am | by Megadyne Medical Products | Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products recently launched the new Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode. It is the first and only universal patient return electrode approved for use on all patient sizes, 350 grams and up with no maximum weight limit. The new universal design also allows the pad to be used either side up, so the peri-operative team can locate the cable to the area most convenient to the electrosurgical generator.

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