Image-guided and robot-assisted surgeries have made successful inroads into the western European market. The significant cost and clinical benefits offered by such advanced surgical systems has been key to boosting their adoption rates.
A new 3-D motion detection system could help identify baseball pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries, according to a new study. The system can be used on the field and requires only a laptop computer. Other systems that evaluate pitchers’ throwing motions require cameras and other equipment and generally are confined to indoor use.
Attention technologists, CEO’s, and health care consultants: your decisions can be as dangerous as a nurse with a syringe of over-concentrated heparin. When EMRs are implemented that take physicians eyes and minds away from the patient without demonstrable improvement in quality of care (and cause excess spending), patients can die.
More and more hospitals are using robots and robotic accessories to perform surgery to improve on human performance in the operating room. However, complications and concern are very much on the rise. What's really at issue here? What is the takeaway?
An algorithm has been developed for haptic rendering from time varying point clouds captured by an Xbox Kinect RGB-D camera. This technology enables the operator to feel remote objects and receive force feedback from the environment. Could this help improve surgery?
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have developed a new tool to help surgeons use X-rays to track devices used in “minimally invasive” surgical procedures while also limiting the patient’s exposure to radiation from the X-rays.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Advances in consumer technology are changing how we look at visualization in the OR.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.