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Mapping Surgical Approaches for Auditory Brainstem Implantation

May 21, 2015 1:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins | News | Comments

A technique called auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for patients who can't benefit from cochlear implants. A team of US and Japanese experts has mapped out the surgical anatomy and approaches for auditory brainstem implantation...

Magnetic Stimulation Helps Map Motor Skills

May 21, 2015 10:40 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

A method known as navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) has been gaining importance...

A Commentary on Medical Tubing Innovation

May 20, 2015 3:08 pm | by Joe Rowan, CEO (USA and Europe), Junkosha | Blogs | Comments

Long seen as a source of yield loss, poor throughput, and ergonomic challenges, the removal of...

Beware FDA 'Approved' Robotic Prostatectomy Care

May 18, 2015 1:24 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

A South Florida-based urologist today has issued a stinging report critical of the Food and Drug...

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Food Dye and Near Infrared Light Aid in Breast Resection

May 15, 2015 12:01 pm | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

Roughly 1 in 4 women having breast conserving surgery (BCS) return to the surgical suite for further resection because of cancerous tissue left behind due to unclear margins. Investigators at the Optics in Medicine Lab at Dartmouth's Thayer...

'Nanoknife' Treatment to Kill Kidney Tumor

May 15, 2015 8:57 am | by University of Leeds | News | Comments

A pioneering procedure has been carried out in by a University of Leeds specialist using a hi-tech ‘nanoknife’ technology to destroy cancer cells using pulses of high voltage electrical current. The technique has been used in the UK previously...

Octopus Arm Inspires Future Surgical Tool

May 14, 2015 9:42 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through cluttered environments has been created by a group of researchers from Italy. Inspired by the eight arms of the octopus, the device has been specifically designed for surgical operations...

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MedTech Memoirs: Brain Surgery

May 12, 2015 1:33 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Brain surgery is perhaps one of the oldest practiced medical procedures. There is a surprising amount of evidence tracing it back to the Neolithic (late stone age) period. Many unearthed remains of successful brain operations and surgical instruments...

MedTech Innovation Everywhere, Even in Space

May 12, 2015 11:55 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

The coming demise of innovation in the medtech space has been extensively covered by an array of speakers, bloggers, and industry experts. Most often, the 2.3% excise tax on medical device sales is targeted as a primary reason. The FDA is also...

Implantable Microscope Allows Deep Brain Exploration

May 12, 2015 11:41 am | by University of Colorado Denver | News | Comments

A team of neuroscientists and bioengineers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have created a miniature, fiber-optic microscope designed to peer deeply inside a living brain. The researchers, including scientists from the...

Building a Better Shoulder

May 11, 2015 9:32 am | by University of Colorado Denver | News | Comments

Don Schiel was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 20 years ago and has lived with debilitating joint pain for the last decade. He worked telecommunications jobs in Boulder and Westminster until six years ago, when the pain disabled him...

Hacking a Teleoperated Surgical Robot to Reveal Security Flaws

May 7, 2015 3:39 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them. That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington engineering team who hacked a...

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Photoactive Dye Could Prevent Infection During Bone-Repair Surgery

May 7, 2015 10:06 am | by Thomas Jefferson University | News | Comments

Despite extensive procedures to sterilize small and large bone fragments used in joint replacement or reconstructive surgeries, the rate of infection remains around 5 percent and can reach 11 percent or even higher in bone repairs for gunshot...

Aetna Curtails Coverage of Surgical Tool Tied to Cancer Risk

May 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The health insurer Aetna is ending most coverage of hysterectomies performed with a once-popular device that has drawn warnings from federal regulators over a risk for spreading cancer. The nation's third-largest health insurer said Tuesday...

Clingfish Provides Model for Surgical Device Design

May 4, 2015 3:28 pm | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight...

World's Smallest and Most Powerful Micro Motors

May 4, 2015 9:41 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter...

A Dissolvable, 5mm Surgical Clip

May 1, 2015 9:49 am | by Kobe University | News | Comments

Kobe University has developed a safe surgical clip that dissolves and be absorbed by the body after a certain period of time. Clinical use of this clip is expected because it can reduce the rate of postoperative complications and minimize...

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Surgical Instrument Allows Surgeons to Obtain Real-Time Biopsies

April 30, 2015 4:08 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

New York College of Health Professions announces a valuable addition to their world class Intellectual Properties portfolio with U.S. Patent #8,996,098 donated by its Chairman under the College's Intellectual Properties policy. This patent...

Robotic Guidance System Successfully Completes Its 10,000th Procedure

April 29, 2015 9:44 am | by Mazor Robotics | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative guidance systems and complementary products, announced today that the 10,000th spinal surgery in which Mazor Robotics’ guidance system (Renaissance as well as the earlier Spine Assist) was used has...

MedTech Memoirs: Anesthesia

April 28, 2015 3:18 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

The concept of anesthesia has been around as long as people have been performing surgery. The first known instances of anesthetics were soporifics (sleep-inducing substances) or narcotics. The ancient Sumerians were believed to have cultivated...

Inflatable Penile Prosthesis FDA Approved for Ectopic Placement

April 24, 2015 10:41 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Coloplast, a leading medical device company, announced it has received approval from The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for changes in labeling of the Titan Inflatable Penile Prosthesis...

Might Consumer and MedTech Collaborations Win the Day?

April 23, 2015 2:31 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

While the traditional medical device OEMs are still focused on improving technologies and making healthcare devices more effective and efficient, they seem to be mired in a world of incremental innovation. Meanwhile, grabbing headlines and...

Osiris BioMed 3D Wins NYC Inside 3D Printing Expo Startup Competition

April 21, 2015 9:01 am | by Osiris BioMed | News | Comments

Osiris Biomed 3D won MecklerMedia’s New York Inside 3D Printing Expo’s Startup Competition held April 16-17 at the Javits Center. The Startup Competition at Inside 3D Printing is the hottest pitch event in the industry, with participants...

Device Control at Your Fingertips

April 20, 2015 3:01 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

There’s an interesting underlying paradox in device development – the more functions a gadget is able to perform, the more simplistic its interface must become. After all, what use is a tricorder going to be if it isn’t user friendly? It would...

3D Printed Heart Model Helps Toddler to Breathe Easier

April 16, 2015 10:39 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that a 20-month-old toddler is breathing and swallowing easier thanks to a team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, who used a full-color 3D printed...

Cold Plasma Device Used In World's First Surgical Procedure To Kill Cancer Tumor Cells

April 16, 2015 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgical team coordinated by the US Medical Innovations, LLC (USMI) family of companies, completed the world's first clinical procedure using cold plasma for the selective killing of cancerous tissue at Baton Rouge General Medical Center in Baton...

3D Printed Patient-Specific Implants Made in Real-Time Mid-Surgery

April 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Osiris Biomedical, LLC | News | Comments

Osiris Biomed 3D has been selected to compete in MecklerMedia’s New York Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo’s Startup Competition on Thursday April 16th at 11:45am at the Javits Center. The Startup Competition at Inside 3D Printing is the...

Solution-Grown Nanowires Make the Best Lasers

April 13, 2015 3:35 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed today [Monday, April 13...

3 Keys to Medical Device Development Excellence

April 13, 2015 11:29 am | by Mohan Ponnudurai, Industry Solution Director, Sparta Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Some of the future-looking technological developments in medicine, including surgeries enabled by virtual reality, remote surgery, needle free treatments and even electronic aspirin, all have the same mission in mind – to deliver the highest level...

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