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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...

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...

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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...

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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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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.

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.

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.

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