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Space Shuttle's Robotic Arm to Assist Child Surgery

March 9, 2015 1:27 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Today, Industry Minister James Moore visited The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to witness first-hand how Canada's investment in space science research and development will be used to help drive improvements to surgical care...

Shifting Paradigm in Healthcare Industry

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on minimally invasive surgery (MIS) devices and equipment, the growing number of surgical procedures has created a multibillion-dollar market for specialized devices and instruments used for these practices...

Wearable Technology: One Step Closer to Mobile Healthcare

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Boccone, GreyBox Communications | Blogs | Comments

"Telehealth is changing the way patients and families experience the continuum care. Healthcare providers will increasingly need to create effective and convenient home based, high touch and high tech solutions that work in a value based...

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Moving Organs with Magnets to Ease Surgery

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective. “In 2007, a team of University of Texas researchers did some basic experiments using magnets in laparoscopic...

4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 11:18 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015...

Neuromonitoring System Protects Nerve Tissue During Surgery

March 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic...

True 3D Images...Glasses-Free

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

3D Icon’s imaging technology is poised to profoundly impact medical device development as well as healthcare practices. An upgrade on existing 3D imaging systems, “CSpace” provides an incredibly realistic display that you might as well be...

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Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

Making It Smaller Isn't so Simple

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Metrigraphics, LLC, American Swiss Products Co., Inc., Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

“Smaller” is a word that most medical device designers are hearing more often these days. It keeps in step with a trend that has been happening in this industry for many years. Perhaps getting the biggest initial push from the demand for...

Medical Tools and Technologies from Solutions Found in Nature

February 20, 2015 8:46 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature...    

Lab Tests and Ultrasounds Identify Children Who Need Surgical Treatment for Appendicitis

February 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain--when combined--can improve the ability of emergency department physicians and pediatric surgeons to identify those patients who should be...

'Google Lens' to Improve Surgery and New Doctor Training

February 17, 2015 3:23 pm | by Wichita State University | News | Comments

Wichita State University professors Jibo He and Barbara Chaparro continue to find ways to be creative and innovative -- this time inventing a device that could have positive ramifications in the medical field and beyond... 

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New Laser Technology Can Vaporize Cancer

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Florida Atlantic University | News | Comments

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine...

Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 12, 2015 9:04 am | by AAOS | News | Comments

According to an extensive survey of hundreds of physicians that was conducted by iData Research nearly half of surveyed orthopedic surgeons who attended the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Conference...

Revolutionary New Probe Zooms in on Cancer Cells

February 12, 2015 8:53 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, and Polytechnique Montréal...

Analyzing Cures Before They Reach Veterans

February 10, 2015 2:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A new testing center for medical products used to help veterans has been opened at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Pittsburgh, the VA announced on Jan. 30. The Center for Medical Product End-user Testing is responsible for evaluating...

May the Force Be with You in Developing 6 Medical Devices from Star Wars

February 9, 2015 4:06 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Continuing on with my beloved theme of innovative medtech making its debut in classic sci-fi, this past weekend I sat down with a few friends and embarked on the seven-hour journey of watching the original Star Wars trilogy. (This is a tri-yearly...

First Spinal Fusion Patient Treated with New Interbody Fusion System

February 9, 2015 12:02 pm | by Benvenue Medical, Inc. | News | Comments

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, announced that the first spinal fusion patient in the U.S. has been treated with the new minimally invasive Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System. The surgery was...

Maintaining a Laser Focus on the Medical Device Industry

February 6, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

New processes for conceptualization, design, production, and even collaboration, will yield all new medical devices. It will continue to be that each progressing year, and certainly each half century, reveals new innovations. As our exposure in medical R&D...

Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 5, 2015 8:30 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

In 2001 the medical world got its first real taste of remote robotic surgery when operating surgeons in New York performed a gallbladder removal procedure on a patient in France. A three armed robot was at their disposal, and the surgery was a...

KFx Medical Defends Patent for Reconstructive Surgery Procedure

February 4, 2015 3:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

KFx Medical won a $35 million patent infringement case against Arthrex Inc. regarding three patents related to a procedure for anchoring soft tissue to bone in reconstructive surgery. KFx first filed a complaint against Arthrex in August of...

First FDA-Approved Tissue Adhesive for Internal Use

February 4, 2015 11:04 am | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved TissuGlu, the first tissue adhesive approved for internal use. TissuGlu is a urethane-based adhesive that a surgeon can use to connect tissue flaps made during surgery to remove excess...

Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Diagnostics and Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 9:07 am | by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of ‘soft robotics.’ One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors...

A Day in the Life of a Medical Device Testing Technician

February 3, 2015 3:57 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Last week, I was invited to attend the ECRI Institute's 2015 C-Suite Watch List Media Event. It was an interesting look at what's going on at one of the country's only independent organizations that tests and evaluates medical device technology...

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