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Photos of the Day: The CAVE for Design

April 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The new CAVE system is currently being used in applications related to the visualization of museum pieces, cooperative ship design and medicine, although its sphere of application is broader still, covering industrial design, visualization of simulation results, molecular design, architecture and urbanism, archaeology and the study of monuments, and geonavigation.

A New High-Performance Cave with Gesture Recognition

April 19, 2013 9:47 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya has built a new multi-projector CAVE, an immersive virtual reality system that is a pioneering design at world level, and it is adaptable and based on widely available consumer electronics and computer technology.

Ethicon Unites Businesses Under One Brand; Renews Focus To Better Serve Customer And Patient Needs Worldwide

April 18, 2013 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. today announced the launch of a new brand strategy that will unify the brands of Ethicon, Inc. and Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. - two companies with long histories of medical innovation - to create the most comprehensive and global surgical care organization in the world. The new...

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FDA Clears Microline Surgical Flexible Ligating Shears for Advanced Tissue Sealing

April 18, 2013 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BEVERLY, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 18, 2013--Microline Surgical, Inc., a leading manufacturer of reposable instruments for minimally invasive surgery, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Flexible Ligating Shears, enabling...

Class I Medical Device Recall: Stryker Orthopaedics - ShapeMatch Cutting Guide

April 18, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Stryker Orthopaedics has become aware of potential issues associated with internal processes for planning cases and producing ShapeMatch Cutting Guides. The parameters of the manufactured cutting guides did not meet the surgeon’s pre-operative planning parameters entered via the web application.

War Medicine Is Now Helping Boston Bomb Victims

April 17, 2013 9:23 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The bombs that made Boston look like a combat zone have also brought battlefield medicine to their civilian victims. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has sharpened skills and scalpels, leading to dramatic advances that are now being used to treat the 13 amputees and nearly a dozen other...

Weight Loss Surgery Frees Construction Worker Matt Brown to Live His Life

April 17, 2013 4:22 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Camarillo resident and construction worker Matt Brown is a big man, and, for a long time, he didn't see anything wrong with that. However, there was a limit. He hit that limit in February of 2013 when he made the decision to have a sleeve...

STAAR Surgical Celebrates Over 350,000 Successful Visian® ICL™ Implants at ASCRS Symposium in San Francisco

April 17, 2013 3:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

MONROVIA, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today announced its significant participation in the upcoming annual Symposium of the American Society for...

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Advantages of OptiMedica’s Catalys® Precision Laser System to Be Validated in 31 Clinical Presentations at ASCRS 2013

April 17, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 17, 2013--OptiMedica Corp. has announced that its Catalys Precision Laser System will be the subject of 31 accepted clinical presentations at the 2013 American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) conference, April 19 - 23, in San Francisco....

Covidien Introduces New Surgical Access Devices at SAGES 2013

April 17, 2013 7:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 17, 2013--Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, is launching two new surgical access devices at the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), which starts today. At the meeting, the...

Global Medical Robotic Systems Market is Expected to Reach USD 13.64 Billion by 2018: Transparency Market Research

April 17, 2013 6:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ALBANY, New York, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research (http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com) "Medical Robotic Systems Market (Surgical Robots, Non-Invasive Radiosurgery Robotic Systems, Prosthetics and...

Five French Execs in Breast Implant Scandal on Trial

April 17, 2013 6:26 am | by LORI HINNANT - Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of women who received faulty breast implants gathered Wednesday in a makeshift courthouse in the south of France for the fraud trial of five executives accused of using cheap industrial silicone to fill tens of thousands of implants that were sold around the world. Jean-Claude Mas, who...

Robotic Surgery vs. Radiation, Chemo for Throat Cancer

April 17, 2013 3:06 am | by Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

It was quite a shock for Rod Sinn when he learned the persistent sore throat he'd had for five months, initially diagnosed as tonsillitis, was actually an increasingly common form of throat cancer caused by the human papilloma virus. Equally unpleasant was the news that the standard...

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Encision Inc. and Virtual Ports Ltd. Announce Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Laparoscopic Surgery Devices

April 16, 2013 1:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Encision Inc. ("Encision") (ECIA: PK) is pleased to announce an agreement with Virtual Ports Ltd. ("Virtual Ports") for exclusive distribution rights to the Virtual Ports' laparoscopic organ retraction products in the United States. Under the terms of the agreement, Encision will market and...

Leica Microsystems and Bausch + Lomb Sign Global Agreement for Surgical Operating Microscopes

April 16, 2013 12:00 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and WETZLAR, Germany, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leica Microsystems, a leading manufacturer of microscopes and scientific instruments, and Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, today announced that Bausch + Lomb will distribute Leica ophthalmic surgical...

Researchers Devise X-ray Approach to Track Surgical Devices, Minimize Radiation Exposure

April 16, 2013 11:53 am | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) have developed a new tool to help surgeons use X-rays to track devices used in “minimally invasive” surgical procedures while also limiting the patient’s exposure to radiation from the X-rays.

Robot-assisted surgery lawsuits to begin this week

April 16, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

The 1st in a series of lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical's (NSDQ:ISRG) is set to begin this week in Washington, with a state court prepared to hear opening arguments accusing the company of failing to provide sufficient training to surgeons using the device.

Boston Scientific acquires, launches fiXate suturing system

April 15, 2013 2:41 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Medical device maker Boston Scientific acquired the fiXate tissue band from Anulex Technologies, launching the suturing system right away. The fiXate device is a semi-automatic suturing system designed to secure spinal cord stimulator leads and pain pump catheters, touting deployment in under 1 minute in bench testing, according to a press release.

Monteris wins U.S. and Canadian nods for its NeuroBlate tumor "cooker"

April 15, 2013 2:29 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Monteris Medical won a regulatory nod in the U.S. and in Canada for its NeuroBlate MRI-guided tumor ablation device, the company said. Monteris calls NeuroBlate a tumor "cooker" which uses an MRI-guided laser system to heat and kill brain tumors.

CIVCO to Feature New trUpoint ARCH SRS/SRT System at the 2nd ESTRO Forum 2013

April 12, 2013 10:04 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CORALVILLE, Iowa, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CIVCO Medical Solutions, the leading provider of comprehensive motion management solutions, will showcase trUpoint ARCH™, a new stereotactic radiosurgery solution, Protura™ Robotic Patient Positioning System, and the...

Experienced Surgeon Vs. FDA-Approved Robot

April 11, 2013 4:33 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

NEW YORK, April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 4,500 robotic prostate surgeries under his belt, David Samadi, MD may be the last person you'd expect to welcome an FDA investigation of robotic surgery. But late Tuesday he appeared on Fox 5 News saying, "Let the FDA do their...

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...

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.

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