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3D Images Generated from PET/CT Scans Help Surgeons Envision Tumors

October 18, 2013 11:11 am | by Jefferson Medical College | News | Comments

Researchers at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia have developed a hologram-like display of a patient’s organs that surgeons can use to plan surgery. This approach uses molecular PET/CT images of a patient to rapidly create a 3D image of...

Intuitive Surgical slides hard but beats The Street in Q3

October 17, 2013 5:44 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

California medical device maker Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) managed to tromp analysts' expectations during its 3rd quarter, even as the company wrangles with the public relations nightmare growing out of a series of patient injury lawsuits...

Hydrogels: Building a Better Wound Dressing

October 17, 2013 2:14 pm | by Gregory Robb, VP Operations, Alliqua, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

If you look up the term “hydrogel” in a medical dictionary, you’ll probably find a definition that runs something like this: “A three-dimensional cross-linked network of water-soluble polymers capable of numerous chemical configurations.” Although strictly speaking...

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Lawsuits Increasing over Skin-Related Laser Surgery

October 17, 2013 11:52 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

Skin-related laser procedures such as hair removal remain one of the most popular elective types of laser surgery performed in the United States today. To meet demand, more non-physicians are performing these procedures than ever before... 

Photos of the Day: A Minimally Invasive Surgical Touch

October 16, 2013 10:40 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

In order to provide the benefits of palpation to minimally invasive surgery, a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University has designed a special-purpose wireless capsule equipped with a pressure sensor that fits through the small ports...

Restoring Surgeons’ Sense of Touch During Minimally Invasive Surgeries

October 16, 2013 10:33 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify...

Legal: Ivera takes another swing at rival catheter cap maker

October 15, 2013 1:00 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Ivera Medical is taking a new tactic in targeting rival Catheter Connections, accusing the company of falsely advertising its catheter protection caps as U.S.-made. Ivera is asking for a jury trial to determine whether Cather Connections' label...

Rapid Reversal of Diabetes after Gastric Banding Surgery

October 15, 2013 11:34 am | by Garvan Institute | News | Comments

Clinical researchers from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research and St. Vincent’s Hospital have shown that a form of weight loss surgery, known as ‘gastric banding’, brings about reversal of diabetes in some patients, and dramatic...

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Newly Discovered Mechanism Propels Micromotors

October 15, 2013 10:12 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Scientists studying the behavior of platinum particles immersed in hydrogen peroxide may have discovered a new way to propel microscopic machines. The new mechanism is described in The Journal of Chemical Physics, which is produced...   

Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Health Depends on Type of Surgery, Patient Characteristics

October 15, 2013 10:07 am | by Kaiser Permanente | News | Comments

The impact of bariatric surgery on risk factors for cardiovascular disease depends on a variety of factors, including the type of surgery, sex of the patient, ethnic background, and pre-surgery body mass index, according to a Kaiser Permanente...

Teleflex Releases White Paper on Reducing PICC-Related Infection and Thrombosis

October 14, 2013 7:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Teleflex Incorporated, a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, announces the release of a new white paper to aid clinicians in preventing catheter-related infections and thrombosis. White paper author Nancy Moureau...

Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery Among First in Nation to Perform Colorectal Procedures with EndoWrist® Robotic Stapler

October 11, 2013 2:22 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at St. David's North Austin Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform colorectal procedures using the new daVinci® EndoWrist® Stapler. "This new robotic stapling platform provides surgeons...

Weight loss: USGI launches ambitious study of incision-free bariatric surgery

October 11, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

USGI Medical will enroll up to 350 patients in an FDA-approved clinical trial of the g-Cath EZ suture anchor delivery catheter, an incision-free bariatric surgery technology that has already been used on more than 2,000 patients, mostly in Europe...

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Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New 'mPACT' Program for Fixation and Fusion Procedures

October 11, 2013 11:26 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine* announced the global launch of "mPACT" (medialized Posterior Approach Cortical Trajectory), a program that combines implants, education, clinical research and procedural support for posterior mini open fixation and fusion...

DePuy Synthes Spine And Brainlab To Advance Image-Guided Spine Surgery

October 10, 2013 8:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine announced it is expanding its collaboration with Brainlab through the worldwide launch of navigation-ready instrumentation for its leading spine systems, and an exclusive global agreement to co-market Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT...

HelpMeSee Celebrates World Sight Day By Successfully Testing Leading Edge Virtual Cataract Eye Surgery Simulator

October 10, 2013 5:11 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

In recognition of World Sight Day, HelpMeSee – global campaign to eliminate cataract blindness  – and Moog – a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems – have achieved a significant milestone...

Robots that Make You Stronger

October 10, 2013 2:19 pm | by TEDxTalks | Videos | Comments

William Durfee is Professor and Director of Design Education in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He received the A.B. degree in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard University and the M.S. and Ph.D...

The Pulse: Peanut Butter & Urine Diagnose Diseases

October 10, 2013 9:56 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are diagnosing Alzheimers with a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler, using urine to test for eye disease, and taking a look at how the government shutdown is inflicting long-term damage on ...   

Invuity® Transforms Visualization in Orthopedic Reconstruction and Trauma Surgery with Eigr™ Saber Waveguide with Yankauer

October 10, 2013 9:00 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Invuity, a leading developer of advanced visualization devices to transform minimally invasive and minimal access surgeries, today announced the full commercial launch of the Eigr™ Saber Waveguide with Yankauer at the Orthopedic Trauma... 

VeriTeQ Partner Establishment Labs Receives CE Mark Approval to Market Motiva Implant Matrix Ergonomix Breast Implant with VeriTeQ’s Q Inside Safety Technology

October 10, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital Angel Corporation announced that its breast implant partner Establishment Labs has received CE Mark approval for its Motiva Implant Matrix Ergonomix™ with VeriTeQ’s “Q Inside Safety Technology.” CE Mark approval enables EL to market...

BSD Reports Successful Promotion of the MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System at CIRSE by Terumo Europe (NV)

October 9, 2013 9:15 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

BSD Medical Corporation, today reported the successful promotion of the MicroThermX® Microwave Ablation System (MicroThermX) at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE) conference in Barcelona, Spain...

Intuitive Surgical still has some friends on Wall Street

October 8, 2013 1:36 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device maker Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) is still a good buy for long-haul investors, according to analysts at William Blair, who defense of the company comes in the midst of some harsh words from fellow researchers. Intuitive Surgical...

The FDA’s UDI Rule is Final! What Now?

October 8, 2013 12:02 pm | by Ken Koldan, Business Development Manager, FLEXcon | Blogs | Comments

The FDA published the final rule for the unique device identification system (UDI) during the UDI Conference in Baltimore, MD and released it on September 24, 2013. This much anticipated rule will provide a consistent way to identify medical devices and ensure that proper safety regulations are being followed.

MedShape raises $11M

October 8, 2013 11:17 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

MedShape Inc. said it raised $11 million to advance its pipeline of shape memory devices. The Atlanta-based medical device company said the proceeds will go toward "further development and commercialization of pipeline products,"...    

Torque Fast Series of Disposable Surgical Instruments Launched

October 8, 2013 9:45 am | by ECA Medical Instruments | ECA Medical Instruments | News | Comments

ECA Medical Instruments, a designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments, unveiled its disposable Torque-Fast instruments for safe and accurate securing of medical device implants...   

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