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Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision to Medicine

September 12, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Zooming in on diseased tissue or scanning fragile biological samples are essential tools in medicine and biological research, but this often requires peering through layers of tissue and other materials that can blur and distort the image...

A Potential New Route to Stopping Surgical Bleeding

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Articles | Comments

Surgical and trauma patients are at significant risk for morbidity and mortality from...

Bone Cancer Surgical Team Sees Success in New Application of Surgical Aid

September 9, 2014 10:25 am | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | News | Comments

An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully...

Google Glass Could Detect, Diagnose Emotion

September 9, 2014 9:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

Well, there you go. Google Glass is more than just an ostentatious gadget for filming things,...

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Olympus Launches New Hemostasis Clip with Advanced Control for GI Endoscopy

September 8, 2014 10:28 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared QuickClip Pro hemostasis...

Cynosure Acquires Assets of RF Medical Device Manufacturer Ellman International

September 8, 2014 8:51 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Cynosure, Inc., a leader in laser- and light-based aesthetic treatments for non-invasive and minimally invasive applications, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Ellman International, Inc. for approximately $13.2 million in...

Device for Safely Accessing the Brain Wins Indiana Innovation Award

September 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Indianapolis medical device maker NICO Corporation was recognized with the Indiana Innovation Award for its BrainPath technology used for safely and atraumatically accessing emergent and hard to reach brain abnormalities that may have once...

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Turkish Doctor Claims Unique 3D Usage in Plastic Surgery

September 3, 2014 11:21 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Turkish doctor who says he is the first person to use 3D printing in rhinoplasty and aesthetic surgery, is employing the technology to show patients a realistic preview of how their planned surgical procedures will look. Joel Flynn has more...

Handheld Scanner Could Make Brain Tumor Removal More Complete

September 3, 2014 11:03 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Cancerous brain tumors are notorious for growing back despite surgical attempts to remove them — and for leading to a dire prognosis for patients. But scientists are developing a new way to try to root out malignant cells during surgery so...

Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgical Navigation Systems

September 2, 2014 10:08 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, Surgical Navigation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets, the global market for surgical navigation systems was valued at $419.7 million in 2013. Driven by the need for replacement of existing...

Chinese Boy Implanted with 3D Printed Vertebra

August 28, 2014 3:14 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A 12-year-old boy suffering from bone cancer has become the first recipient of 3D printed artificial vertebra replacement. The five hour surgery was performed at Peking University in China where the boy is still recovering. Ben Gruber reports...

Heart Hospital to Implant Portico Transcatheter Aortic Valve System as Part of Clinical Trial

August 28, 2014 9:27 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On Aug. 26, 2014, physicians at Heart Hospital of Austin became the first in Texas to implant the new Portico Re-sheathable Transcatheter Aortic Valve System—an innovative, repositionable aortic heart valve and delivery system. Heart Hospital...

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3D Printing Solutions Reduce Costs and Surgical Procedure Times

August 28, 2014 8:51 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd., a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today announced that UK medical 3D printing specialist, Replica 3DM, is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support 12 National Health Service (NHS) hospitals...

3D Printing in Reconstructive Facial Surgery Must Overcome Reimbursement Challenge

August 27, 2014 9:57 am | by GlobalData | News | Comments

While three-dimensional (3D) printing has been lauded as a game-changing development in the medical devices industry, the technology is battling to convince surgeons that it is a financially viable treatment for craniomaxillofacial (CMF)...

ETHICON Features Three New Devices for Bariatric Surgery at IFSO 2014

August 26, 2014 1:10 pm | by Ethicon, Inc. | News | Comments

Ethicon is introducing three new endocutter and energy products designed to help address the unique challenges of bariatric procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass. The announcement was made today at the 19th World...

Robot-Assisted Prostate Removal Surgery Sees Widespread Adoption

August 26, 2014 12:44 pm | by Wiley | News | Comments

A new study reveals that the US has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive...

University of Michigan First in Nation to Implant Device for Tricuspid Valve Replacement

August 26, 2014 11:37 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center is the first heart center in the nation to perform percutaneous implantation of the Edwards SAPIEN valve to replace a patient’s tricuspid valve. Percutaneous interventions...

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Imaging System Guides Brain Tumor Removal to Improve Patient Outcomes

August 26, 2014 10:34 am | by National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Engineering | News | Comments

During tumor surgery, surgeons work to remove tumor tissue without damaging surrounding healthy tissue. This is particularly critical when removing brain gliomas, as damage to adjacent healthy brain tissue can have significant effects on...

Violinist Plays Instrument During DBS Surgery

August 25, 2014 2:57 pm | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

You may have heard the story of a professional musician who played the violin while having brain surgery at Mayo Clinic. That journey started back in 2009. A surgical team implanted electrodes into his brain to stop a tremor that could have...

FDA Clearance for Arthrosurface’s Hallux Valgus Correction System

August 22, 2014 11:35 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Arthrosurface, Inc., a developer of novel joint technologies, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the KISSloc Suture System, a mini plate and suture implant intended for the correction of a Hallux Valgus deformity. The KISSloc Suture System...

$1.5 Million Invested in Esophageal Cooling Device

August 21, 2014 4:30 pm | by Advanced Cooling Therapy | News | Comments

Chicago-based emerging medical device firm Advanced Cooling Therapy (ACT) has closed a $1.5 million Series A financing round to support the full commercial launch of its first product, the Esophageal Cooling Device (ECD) to control patient temperature. Investors include...

Space Station Inspired Robot to Help Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 2:46 pm | by Jessica Eagan, International Space Station Program Science Office | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys...

Photos of the Day: Space Robots Heal Kids

August 21, 2014 2:45 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

KidsArm is a robot that allows surgeons to quickly navigate to surgical sites in the body. It has an advanced imaging and control system that makes it extremely precise, and it is designed to explore the potential for automating certain...

Covidien Opens Advanced Medical Technology Center in Brazil

August 21, 2014 10:36 am | by Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help educate clinicians in... 

First Endoscope-Guided Pedicle Screw System for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Launched

August 19, 2014 2:44 pm | by Aesculap Implant Systems | News | Comments

Aesculap Implant Systems announced the availability of the new S4 Element MIS System, the only posterior lumbar pedicle screw fixation system to utilize endoscope technology to gain direct visualization, providing the advantages of minimally...

Benefits of the Connected Hospital

August 19, 2014 10:46 am | by Laird | Videos | Comments

The Connected Hospital is a vision of a fully integrated hospital where wireless technology allows care givers and patients to roam throughout the hospital while providing accurate and timely monitoring. The Connected Hospital collects the...

Surgeons First in U.S. to Implant Device to Treat Cluster Headaches

August 18, 2014 4:08 pm | by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center | News | Comments

For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical...

Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Baxano Surgical as a Leader in MIS Spine Innovation

August 18, 2014 8:56 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Based on its recent analysis of the minimally invasive spinal surgical solutions market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Baxano Surgical, Inc. with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership...

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

August 15, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Patients with low blood levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of death and serious complications after noncardiac surgery, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The researchers analyzed the relationship between vitamin D level and surgical outcomes in approximately 3,500 patients who ...

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