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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...

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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.

Placing Hospital Patients In Suspended Animation Is (Almost) A Reality

March 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The concept sounds like it was ripped directly from a Hollywood movie script. Doctors at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will test out an innovative emergency technique, one which will call for knife-wound or gunshot victims with life-or-death injuries to be cooled down and… get this… placed in suspended animation to aid treatment efforts...

Smart Fusion Ultrasound Technology

March 28, 2014 3:18 pm | by Toshiba America Medical Systems | Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ultrasound-guided biopsies are more accurate and safer with Toshiba’s Smart Fusion ultrasound technology, giving clinicians a worry-free experience to focus on what matters most. Smart Fusion syncs previously acquired CT and MR images with live ultrasound side by side on a single screen, helping to locate lesions and aiding in ultrasound-guided procedures.

IBM’s Watson Takes On Brain Cancer

March 28, 2014 2:57 pm | by IBM | Articles | Comments

IBM's Watson cognitive computing system will be designed to analyze the genomic data from a small group of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive and malignant brain cancers. Also the most common type of brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma kills more than 13,000 Americans each year...

New Guidance System Could Improve Minimally-Invasive Surgery

March 28, 2014 10:23 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

“In this work, we devised an imaging method that could overcome traditional barriers in precision and workflow. Rather than adding complicated tracking systems and special markers to the already busy surgical scene, we realized a method in which the imaging system is the tracker and the patient is the marker,” says Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine...

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Surgeons Give A Woman A New 3D-Printed Skull

March 28, 2014 9:56 am | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

A 22-year-old woman was in dire need of a life-saving operation because of a rare condition that caused her scalp to grow inward. The condition put incredible pressure on her brain, so doctors had to resort to unconventional treatment measures to deal with the unique circumstances of the patient's situation. The team of brain surgeons replaced the bulk of her skull with a "3D-printed dome." Take a look...

U.S. Marine Receives First-Ever Prosthetic Arm Controlled By Implantable Sensors

March 28, 2014 9:37 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Curiosity got the best of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides. When approached with the opportunity to serve as the first test recipient of a new, innovative, and potentially beneficial implantable myoelectric sensor (IMES) system for long-term use of prosthetics, Sides knew it was a chance not to be missed...

Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 27, 2014 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

NPR reported on a heartwarming story about the recovery of a young patient due to 3D-printed splints. Garrett Peterson was born with a condition known as tracheomalacia, which meant his trachea was so weak that it was very susceptible to collapsing during the most routine of acts. The collapsed trachea would leave him unable to breathe, and his mother reports watching him turn blue many times...

Artificial Hearts May Help Patients Survive Until Transplant

March 27, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

The largest single-center study of patients implanted with a total artificial heart finds the device may help patients in severe heart failure survive until they can receive a heart transplant, according to research. Researchers studied 22 patients implanted with total artificial hearts at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in 2012 and 2013 to look at the primary endpoints of death and incidence of stroke at 60 days...

This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

A new app, called The Phone Oximeter and created by LionsGate Technologies, is designed to track blood oxygen levels via a light sensor that can be attached to the patient’s finger. Once the rapid diagnosis is complete, the app can guide diagnosis and management of the problem...

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The Ongoing Experiment To Create 'The OR Of The Future'

March 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

This was not just another day at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was a laboratory billed as the "OR of the future," an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology, and teamwork...

Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective In Early Testing

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. At six millimeters in diameter and about 42 millimeters long, the wireless device is smaller than a triple-A battery...

Fluoroscopy Technology And Dose Tracking System

March 24, 2014 10:38 am | by Toshiba America Medical Systems | Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. offers its Spot Fluoroscopy technology and Dose Tracking System. Both dose reduction technologies are available for Toshiba’s Infinix-i cardiovascular X-ray systems.

NDSsi's ZeroWire Ultra

March 20, 2014 9:52 am | by NDSsi | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

The latest advancement in NDSsi's award-winning ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology, ZeroWire Ultra allows up to nine transmitter/receiver pairs to operate simultaneously within neighboring vicinities (75-feet radius). Utilizing an innovative system of “Time Frequency Coding,” ZeroWire Ultra units are programmed to change frequency bands in a specific sequence and timing, creating nine non-interfering channels.

3D Printer Saves Toddler Struggling To Breathe

March 19, 2014 9:46 am | Videos | Comments

Garrett Peterson was born with Tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve. More simply stated, he had a hole between the lower chambers of his heart. The condition put significant pressure on his lungs and caused his airways to collapse. Doctors struggled to address the pressure, which is known as severe tracheobronchomalacia...

Researchers Devise New, Stretchable Antenna For Wearable Health Monitoring

March 18, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. The extremely flexible antennas contain silver nanowires and can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices...

Surgeons Use 3D Technology In Brain Surgery

March 17, 2014 9:28 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Surgeons at Chicago's Northwestern Medicine hospital are pioneering a new and innovative approach to brain surgery. The facility is using 3D glasses and monitors to improve visualization in the OR. The hospital is one of only three in the country to regularly employ the technology to remove brain tumors...

Man's Face Rebuilt With 3D Printer After Crash

March 14, 2014 10:30 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A man seriously injured in a motorbike crash had his face reconstructed using a 3D printer. In a one-of-a-kind procedure, surgeons repaired Stephen Power’s cheekbone and eye socket using the cutting-edge technology in an eight-hour operation...

New MRI Can 'See Through' Metal Screws To Follow Patients After Hip Fracture Surgery

March 12, 2014 9:17 am | News | Comments

People who sustain the most common type of hip fracture, known as a femoral neck fracture, are at increased risk of complications. A special type of MRI developed at Hospital for Special Surgery in collaboration with GE Healthcare can show a detailed image following fracture repair, without the distortion caused by metal surgical screws that are problematic in standard MRIs...

Radiance G2 High-Bright Display

March 11, 2014 10:17 am | by NDS Surgical Imaging | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a long-life LED backlight and NDSsi’s proprietary Color Correction Technology (CCT), the 26” Radiance G2 High-Bright display is calibrated in accordance with the BT.709 color standard. This factory calibration provides consistent color reproduction and accurate grayscale response.

The Future Of 3D Technology In The OR: (Part 3)

March 10, 2014 9:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this third and final installment of “3D Technology And The Modern OR” we’ll try to predict how the healthcare industry’s view on 3D will evolve with time and how the products themselves will change in the coming years. We all know the need for greater visualization is there. What’s exciting, however, is that the potential for innovation is great. How will it all play out?

Prehospital Alerts Let Stroke Patients Skip The ER

March 6, 2014 7:20 am | News | Comments

Prehospital stroke alerts by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can shorten the time to effective treatment with "clot-busting" drugs for patients with stroke, according to a recent report...              

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