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Sony Announces First East and West Coast Installations of 3D Imaging Solution for Ophthalmic Surgery

April 11, 2013 11:17 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

PARK RIDGE, N.J., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics, a leader in providing innovative imaging solutions for microsurgery, announces the first east and west coast installations of its end-to-end 3D imaging solution for ophthalmic surgery.   Robert Cionni, M.D.,...

NuVasive(R) to Exhibit Innovative Products and Procedures at AANS 2013

April 11, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce their participation at the 81st American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Scientific Meeting from Saturday,...

Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System

April 10, 2013 12:21 pm | by Michael Levey, Olympus | News | Comments

Olympus has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System. The Olympus Articulating HD 3D Laparoscopic Surgical Video System delivers value to surgeons and patients by reducing surgical errors and improving the speed, accuracy, and precision of surgical tasks...

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Photos of the Day: Robotic Surgeons, All Hype?

April 9, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery.

Robot Hot Among Surgeons; FDA Investigates

April 9, 2013 9:12 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier. But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it and the high cost of using the robotic system.

AdvaMed 2013: The MedTech Conference

April 8, 2013 3:37 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

AdvaMed 2013 is the leading MedTech conference in North America, bringing more than 1,000 companies together in a uniquely multifaceted environment for business development, capital formation, innovative technology showcasing, world-class educational opportunities and networking.

Technique Finds Software Bugs in Surgical Robots

April 8, 2013 1:38 pm | by Byron Spice, Carnegie Mellon | News | Comments

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.

Adhesive Force Differences Enable Separation of Stem Cells

April 8, 2013 11:50 am | by John Toon, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

A new separation process that depends on an easily-distinguished physical difference in adhesive forces among cells could help expand production of stem cells generated through cell reprogramming. By facilitating new research, the separation process could also lead to improvements in the reprogramming technique itself and help scientists model certain disease processes.

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MAKO Surgical Corp. Secures Court-Ordered Permanent Injunction Against Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.

April 4, 2013 8:45 pm | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp. (Nasdaq: MAKO) today announced that it has obtained an Order Granting Permanent Injunction enjoining Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. from engaging a former MAKO employee and requiring the destruction of all proprietary MAKO business information in Blue Belt's possession.

Notre Dame Specialists Create 3D Images to Aid Surgeons

April 4, 2013 4:09 pm | by University of Notre Dame | News | Comments

University of Notre Dame researchers have successfully created three-dimensional anatomical models from CT scans using 3D printing technology, a process that holds promise for medical professionals and their patients.

Laser Technology Expands Treatment Options For Cataract Surgery

April 4, 2013 12:33 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

For the millions of people needing cataract surgery each year, there is now a new option in the way doctors can perform the procedure. In this new technique, surgeons use an FDA approved device called the "Femtosecond Laser" to aid in performing a number of the steps in cataract surgery.

The Heart and Vascular Center Bad Bevensen Treats First Patients in Germany With Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System

April 3, 2013 4:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that the Heart and Vascular Center Bad Bevensen has performed the first successful cases with the Magellan™ Robotic System in Germany. These cases were performed by Dr. Thomas Nolte, Director...

LensAR Lands Another FDA Clearance for Cataract Laser Surgery

April 3, 2013 11:46 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The laser cataract surgery market has another player, now that the FDA's cleared its laser surgery device for another type of incision used during cataract surgery procedures. LensAR said it won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its laser cataract surgery device for arcuate incisions to the edge of the cornea.

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SonaCare Medical Successfully Launches New Products at European Association of Urology (EAU)

April 2, 2013 4:18 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SonaCare Medical, a leader in minimally invasive high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology, successfully launched two new products at the recent European Association of Urology (EAU) Congress in Milan, Italy. ...

FDA Clears Medtronic's Affinity Fusion Blood Oxygenation System

April 2, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medtronic said the FDA granted 510(k) clearance for its Affinity Fusion blood oxygenator, used during open heart surgery to replace the function of the lungs. The Minneapolis-area medical device company, which is the world's largest pure-play medtech maker, said the Affinity Fusion is designed to filter a patient's blood to remove particles and air during oxygenation.

Breaking Ground in Robotic Cervical Surgery

April 2, 2013 10:07 am | by utmb Health | News | Comments

Performing surgery on a pregnant patient is a delicate matter. Risks to both mother and baby must be carefully weighed in every decision a surgeon makes. Recently, at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, a surgeon performed a groundbreaking robotic laparoscopic procedure on a 35-year-old pregnant patient whose cervix was too short to sustain a pregnancy.

Apollo Endosurgery's OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing Platform Launches in Europe

April 2, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., a company focused on the development of devices that enable a new generation of endoscopic surgical procedures, announced that its OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System has received the European Union's CE Mark. The company plans to immediately launch the system to...

Robotic Surgery: Experience Drives Success

April 1, 2013 11:50 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Recent headlines are taking aim at robotic surgery, highlighting an increase in surgical complications and subsequent lawsuits. As the viability of the da Vinci Surgical System is called into question, Dr. David Samadi says one thing remains certain, "The surgeon, not the robot, is responsible for surgical outcomes."

Bingham Memorial Hospital to be First to Offer Reflux Procedure in Intermountain West

April 1, 2013 11:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BLACKFOOT, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 1, 2013--Bingham Memorial Hospital today announced it will be the first hospital in the Intermountain West Region to offer the new LINX procedure for patients suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), a chronic disease allowing gastric fluid to...

Covidien Awarded $176.5M in Patent Lawsuit

March 29, 2013 2:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Irish drug and medical device maker Covidien said Friday that a federal court in Connecticut has awarded it $176.5 million after ruling that a Johnson & Johnson unit infringed on three of its ultrasonic surgical products patents. The lawsuit against J&J's Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. was...

Covidien Awarded $176.5 Million Verdict in Patent Litigation against Ethicon Endo-Surgery

March 29, 2013 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW HAVEN, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 29, 2013--Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced that it has won a patent infringement suit against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, relating to Ethicon's Harmonic® line of...

Intuitive Surgical Can't Dodge Robot-Assisted Surgery Training Lawsuit

March 28, 2013 3:19 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A Washington judge this week threw out Intuitive Surgical's bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the company failed to provide doctors with sufficient training on the da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system. The lawsuit was filed by the family of Fred Taylor who in 2008 underwent prostate removal by a doctor using the da Vinci device without supervision.

Gamma Knife Perfexion System Supplied by American Shared Hospital Services Begins Treating Patients at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida

March 28, 2013 8:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 28, 2013--AMERICAN SHARED HOSPITAL SERVICES (NYSE MKT:AMS), a leading provider of turnkey technology solutions for advanced radiosurgical and radiation therapy services, announced today that the Gamma Knife ® Perfexion TM system it supplied to Sacred Heart...

Cutting-Edge Tool for Virtual Dissection

March 27, 2013 9:51 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Students at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will be the first in Southeast Asia to do virtual dissection on the latest Anatomage Table, which offers an interactive 3D experience.

NuVasive to Exhibit at ISASS 2013

March 27, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce their participation at the 2013 International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) Conference from Tuesday,...

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