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Researchers Make Powerful Muscles... From Fishing Line And Sewing Thread

February 21, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

The new muscles can lift a hundred times more weight and generate a hundred times higher mechanical power than the same length and weight of human muscle. Per weight, they can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, about the same mechanical power as a jet engine...

3D Technology And The Modern OR Debuts Feb. 24

February 19, 2014 8:45 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Surgical Products is tackling the topic of 3D in the OR with a three-part video series entitled "3D Technology And The Modern OR." The first episode will take a closer look at how the definition of OR visualization has changed in the last few years and cover the healthcare industry's initial response to 3D. Look for it to debut Monday, Feb. 24.

Why Hospitals Should Be Scared Of Cyberattacks

February 19, 2014 6:38 am | by Joe Flower | Blogs | Comments

If you are a CEO or COO of a health care organization, and your IT people have been trying to get your attention, it’s time to have a serious sit-down with them. If they haven’t been trying to get your attention, it’s time to have a more serious sit-down with them, complete with charts and graphs and arrows on flip charts. Here’s why...

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Radiance G2 High-Bright Display

February 18, 2014 10:53 am | by NDSsi | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring a long-life LED backlight and NDSsi’s proprietary Color Correction Technology (CCT), the 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. Ideal for use with HD endoscopic cameras, the 26” Radiance G2 HB supports two 3G-SDI inputs and an optional single-fiber input, making it suitable for the most advanced digital OR installations.

Surgeon Prints New Pelvis For Victim Of Bone Cancer

February 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Farmer and Cherrill Hicks | News | Comments

A British surgeon has used the latest 3D-printing techniques to create a new pelvis for a man who had lost half his original one to cancer. The patient is now able to walk with the aid of a stick after the transplant of the first pelvis of its kind...

I Can See Clearly Now: Talking OR Visualization

February 12, 2014 10:58 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

The development of products and devices designed to make it possible for hospital surgeons and staff to receive high-quality visual information in the operating room is always changing. Here are thoughts from three industry experts on the topic of OR visualization...

HD Remote-Head Camera

February 11, 2014 10:05 am | by Toshiba Imaging Systems Division | Product Releases | Comments

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division announces the release of the second in a series of HD remote-head cameras. The new IK-HR3H is a feature-rich, 1-chip CMOS, 2.1 megapixel video camera that provides optimal color accuracy and advanced noise reduction technology via a1/3-inch, 1080p high definition sensor.

Special Glasses Help Surgeons ‘See’ Cancer​​​​​​​​

February 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

High-tech glasses developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear. The wearable technology, so new it’s yet unnamed, was used during surgery for the first time today at Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine...

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CVD Early-Detection Efforts To Drive Global Diagnostic Cardiology Device Market To $913.2M By 2017

February 10, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Healthcare providers’ efforts to combat the rising incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) with early detection will help drive the global market for diagnostic cardiology devices 15 percent higher from 2012 to 2017, new research from IHS Inc. has forecast...

The Friday Four: The Man With The Bionic Hand

February 7, 2014 11:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. Happy Friday!                           

Amputee Naturally Feels Through Bionic Hand

February 6, 2014 9:50 am | by Medgadget | Videos | Comments

Italian researchers developed new technology that transmits what the fingers of a prosthetic are sensing as real tactile perception. They implanted electrodes in the remaining arm of a Danish patient at the median and ulnar nerves, which were then stimulated in response to the pressure sensors built into the prosthetic...

NDSsi's ZeroWire Ultra

February 5, 2014 10:32 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).

3D Mapping Biopsy Finds Three Times The Prostate Cancer Of Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy

February 5, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Ultrasound-guided biopsies miss prostate cancers that are detected by the slightly more expensive and slightly more invasive 3D mapping biopsies. Now, a University of Colorado Cancer Center study reports the locations of these most-missed pockets of prostate cancer...

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The Future Is Now -- The Ideal Integrated OR

February 5, 2014 9:53 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

An “integrated” operating room can take many forms, but a properly configured and designed one ends up being more than the sum of its components. In a perfect world, it accommodates a wide range of procedures both quickly and easily, and its users are free to maximize and leverage the tools they need to secure the best surgical outcomes...

A Vision For The Future -- 3D Visualization In The OR

February 4, 2014 10:24 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Technology has transformed the way sight is defined in the OR, and the innovative visualization tools being developed inside and outside the healthcare industry have surgeons and other hospital personnel excited for what the future may bring...

Teen Walking Again After 3D-Printed Hip Implant

February 4, 2014 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A 3D-printed hip implant is changing the life of a Swedish teenager who was facing the possibility of never walking again due to a rare hereditary condition...             

New Technique Offers Hope for Patients With Heart Valve Disease

January 31, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

For the first time in the U.S., doctors at Henry Ford Hospital have used an artificial heart valve designed for aortic valve replacement to repair a mitral valve that was narrowed with calcium buildup. And they did it all through a catheter...  

Handheld Ultrasound May Replace The Stethoscope

January 27, 2014 10:22 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A handheld ultrasound provides a picture of what is happening inside your body. Cardiologist Dr. Tara Narula discusses why this new technology could be replacing the stethoscope...           

Temple Surgeon Working To Bring New Stent For Aortic Aneurysms To Patients In The U.S.

January 27, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

Temple University Hospital (TUH) could be among the first U.S.-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm, a condition characterized by the formation of a potentially life-threatening bulge in the aorta... 

Luna Selling Shape-Sensing Technology To Intuitive Surgical

January 23, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

Luna Innovations said Wednesday that it is selling shape-sensing technology used in medical applications to Intuitive Surgical, which makes a robotic surgical system. Luna said Intuitive Surgical will make two upfront payments worth a total of $12 million. It could get another $18 million based on technical and commercial milestones.

Many CV Devices Approved By Process That Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval of prior versions of the device, according to a study...

New Energy Harvesting Technology Set To Reduce Number Of Open-Heart Surgeries

January 21, 2014 11:34 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a new technology that could dramatically reduce the number of open-heart surgeries for people with pacemakers. Professor Armaghan Salehian’s research group has developed wideband hybrid energy harvesters that use different types of smart materials to convert ambient vibrations into electricity...

Make The EHR A Safe Harbor From Criminal Prosecution

January 17, 2014 11:06 am | by Adrian Gropper, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Physician-patient confidentiality is important to public health, and networked electronic health records have both individual privacy and public health consequences. Privacy is essential in infectious disease testing, domestic violence, mental health, adolescent, reproductive, and addiction medicine. Subjecting clinical encounters to law enforcement surveillance beyond the physician’s discretion is life-threatening...

Should Doctors Ever Google Their Patients?

January 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Joyce Ho | Blogs | Comments

The most obvious cases I can think of for Googling patients are one in which the doctor suspects that the patient is lying to abuse the healthcare system. Malingering is intentionally faking illness for secondary gain, whether it is to get time off work, narcotics, disability insurance, avoiding jailtime, etc...

A Busy Doctor’s Right Hand, Ever Ready To Type

January 13, 2014 8:55 am | by Katie Hafner | Blogs | Comments

Without much fanfare or planning, scribes have entered the scene in hundreds of clinics and emergency rooms. Physicians who use them say they feel liberated from the constant note-taking that modern electronic health records systems demand. Indeed, many of those doctors say that scribes have helped restore joy in the practice of medicine, which has been transformed — for good and for bad — by digital record-keeping... 

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