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Lumenis wins U.S. & Japanese clearance for retinal laser treatment

November 15, 2013 1:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Lumenis Ltd. announced today regulatory wins in the U.S. and Japan for its Array LaserLink pattern scanning device for multi-spot laser photocoagulation for use during retinal surgery. The Array LaserLink, which turns an "examination slit lamp"...

FDA lowers regulatory oversight of scleral plugs for eye surgery

November 15, 2013 12:28 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The FDA this week issued its final rule on scleral plugs, down-classifying them to a lower-risk category of medical devices in need of less stringent review. The FDA ruled to move the plugs to Class II, 510(k) premarket notification with special...

Cataract Surgery Saves $123.4 Billion in Direct, Indirect Costs

November 15, 2013 11:05 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | News | Comments

Cataract surgeries performed over one year eventually save $123.4 billion over 13 years and delivers a 4,567 percent financial return on investment to society according to the results of a cost-utility study, published online today in the Academy's...

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Medtronic’s Surgical Device Reduces Thermal Damage in Breast Surgery

November 14, 2013 2:53 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will affect women in the United States in 2013. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer...

Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System to Be Presented at 40th Annual VEITHsymposium

November 13, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc., a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced it will exhibit its Magellan™ Robotic System at the 40th Annual VEITHsymposium™ from November 19th-23rd at the Hilton New York in New York City. The Company will...

1,200th Worldwide Implant of the SynCardia Total Artificial Heart Occurs in Indiana

November 12, 2013 4:15 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

An Indiana man has become the 1,200th person in the world to be implanted with the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart. Patrick O'Hara is the first person in Indiana to receive the life-saving device and the first Hoosier to be discharged...

Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

November 11, 2013 4:43 pm | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins engineers and cardiology experts have teamed up to develop a fingernail-sized biosensor that could alert doctors when serious brain injury occurs during heart surgery. By doing so, the device could help doctors devise new ways to...

Snap to Attention: Polymers that React and Move to Light

November 11, 2013 4:39 pm | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating polymers that "snap" when...

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NICO Corporation introduces new shallow tip version of BrainPath

November 11, 2013 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indianapolis medical device maker NICO Corporation has added to its recently introduced BrainPath product line with the BrainPath ST-Gold, a tool clinically essential for accessing surface brain abnormalities. The NICO BrainPath provides a unique...

Titan Spine Reaches Milestone of 18,000 Implanted Devices

November 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, today announced it has reached 18,000 implantations of its Endoskeleton ® interbody fusion devices since its inception...

Ethicon Energy Launches ENSEAL® G2 Articulating at AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology

November 11, 2013 8:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) has announced that its first-to-market ENSEAL ® G2 Articulating Tissue Sealer is now available nationwide. The new device will be featured this week at the 42nd American Association of Gynecologic...  

Possible Bloodstream Contamination Leads to Class I Recall

November 8, 2013 4:03 pm | by David Mantey, Executive Editor | News | Comments

On September 23, 2013 Montreal, Canada-based Baylis Medical Company sent an urgent device recall letter to its customers. As reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 6, 2013, the Class I recall affects 1,035...

Samsung Aims to Be Top Medical Device Maker

November 6, 2013 10:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung wants to be the top medical device maker through acquiring companies and developing its own technologies. In the last three years, Samsung spent $1 billion to buy 14 companies in medical equipment, mobile software and services ...

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Photos of the Day: Space Robots Diagnose Cancer

November 4, 2013 2:43 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The goal for a team of collaborative researchers with the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii) in Canada is to help speed the diagnosis of breast cancer. They are scheduled to enter an advanced platform into ...    

Special Camera Detects Tumors

November 4, 2013 10:11 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

Cancer patients have the highest probability of recovering if tumors are completely removed. However, tiny clusters of cancer cells are often difficult for surgeons to recognize and remove. A camera makes hidden tumors ...   

AngioDynamics Achieves CE Approval for AngioVac

November 1, 2013 2:18 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

AngioDynamics, a leading provider of innovative, minimally invasive medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology, today announced EU CE Mark approval for its AngioVac venous drainage cannula and...

Overmolding Increased Benefits onto Medical Devices

October 31, 2013 4:39 pm | by Lee Fox, Regulatory Compliance Manager; Randy Pell, Senior Staff Design Engineer; Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Senior Technical Development Engineer; and Joan Magrath, VP, Sales & Engineering | Mackmedical/Mack Molding | Blogs | Comments

Surgeons are becoming increasingly enamored with soft-touch handles on surgical instruments, which improve grip and minimize slipperiness. Handles can be overmolded in an ergonomic shape that fits the surgeon’s hand, but can still interact...

New Laparoscopic Design Facilitates a Consistent, Clear Image During Surgery

October 31, 2013 4:15 pm | by Dr. Wayne Poll, former Director of Robotic Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Founder, Minimally Invasive Devices Inc. | Articles | Comments

The growing field and practice of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery relies heavily on the use of medical instruments equipped with video and imaging technology. The quality of the image affects the efficiency, quality and safety of the surgery...

Technology Helps Surgeons See Cancer Tissue

October 31, 2013 11:30 am | by Purdue Research Park | News | Comments

OnTarget Laboratories LLC has teamed with partners in academia to test a novel optical imaging technology developed at Purdue University that could help surgeons see cancer tissue during surgery. The technology, developed by Philip Low...  

PENTAX Medical Company Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of OF-B194 Gas/ Water Valve

October 31, 2013 10:16 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

On September 16, 2013, PENTAX Medical Company initiated a voluntary nationwide recall of 76 PENTAX Gas/ Water Valves, model OF-B194. The valves were offered as a separate purchase for use with PENTAX GI Video Endoscopes (90i/90k series...

DJO Surgical, a DJO Global Company, Announces the First Match Point System™ Shoulder Surgeries

October 31, 2013 7:35 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

DJO Global, Inc., a global provider of medical device solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management, today announced the first surgical uses of its Match Point System™ patient-specific shoulder instrumentation in...

Unique Nano Carrier Targets Drug Delivery to Cancer Cells

October 29, 2013 10:42 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

The first-of-its-kind nanostructure is unusual because it can carry a variety of cancer-fighting materials on its double-sided (Janus) surface and within its porous interior. Because of its unique structure, the nano carrier can do all of the following...

Covidien to Sell Confluent Surgical Product Line to Integra LifeSciences

October 28, 2013 4:05 pm | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Covidien, a leading global provider of healthcare products, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Integra LifeSciences Corporation to sell its Confluent Surgical product line. The transaction is expected to close by...

Reports: Fewer Complications with Robotic-Assisted Surgery Compared with Open Surgery for Urologic Cancers

October 25, 2013 10:08 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

In two independent analyses comparing robotic-assisted surgery and open surgery performed on patients with urologic cancers, researchers found that robotic-assisted surgery results in fewer overall complications during and after surgery, less...

Report: Financial Incentives Of PODs Leads To Increased Surgeries

October 24, 2013 5:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Max Baucus (D- Mont.), and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said today that a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) shows a direct correlation...  

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