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The Future of Energy-Based Surgical Systems

May 6, 2013 2:43 pm | by Steven Walsh, Ph.D., VP of R&D, and Nikolay Suslov, Ph.D., EVP and CTO, Plasma Surgical | Blogs | Comments

Unique energy-based surgical devices afford broad clinical use in the cutting, coagulation, and ablation of tissues using a high velocity jet of thermal plasma, and the PlasmaJet surgical system is one example of this medical device evolution. Plasma is formed when sufficient energy is added to remove outer electrons from a gas to form ions.

Minimal Dose CT Superior to Chest X-Ray for Detection of Recurrent Lung Cancer

May 6, 2013 11:11 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Lung cancer is associated with very high mortality, in part because it is hard to detect at early stages, but also because it can recur frequently after surgical removal. The question arises as to what is the best way to follow lung cancer patients after surgery in order to spot problems early enough, before symptoms become obvious, so that patients may still be eligible for new interventions.

Polycom Helps Healthcare Organizations Reduce Unnecessary Rehospitalizations, Supports Prevention and Wellness with New Video Collaboration Solutions for Robotics, Mobile Devices and Web Browsers

May 6, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 6, 2013--AMERICAN TELEMEDICINE ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE– Helping healthcare organizations improve medical care, and supporting prevention and wellness initiatives with HD video collaboration, Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based...

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Hansen Medical to Exhibit Magellan Robotic System at 8th Annual European Symposium of Vascular Biomaterials in France

May 6, 2013 8:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced that it will be exhibiting its Magellan™ Robotic System at the 8th Annual European Symposium of Vascular Biomaterials (ESVB) from Friday, May 10th to Monday, May 13th at the Strasbourg Hilton in...

Kips Bay Medical Announces the First eSVS Mesh Implant by the Mayo Clinic

May 3, 2013 9:37 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Manny Villafaña, Chairman and CEO of Kips Bay Medical announced that on April 30, 2013, the Mayo Clinic performed its first implant of an eSVS Mesh at its Rochester, Minnesota facility. This implant was performed as part of the Kips Bay Medical eMESH I clinical feasibility trial currently being conducted for the U.S. FDA in a number of preeminent cardiac surgery centers in both Europe and the United States.

iCAD’s Xoft Intraoperative Radiation Therapy System Featured at American Society of Breast Surgeons Conference

May 3, 2013 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NASHUA, N.H. & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2013--Booth #303 -- iCAD, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICAD), a leading provider of advanced imaging and radiation therapy technologies for the detection and treatment of cancer, today announced that the Company’s Xoft ® Axxent ® Electronic Brachytherapy System...

Obesity Treatment Devices

May 3, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Obesity is a major public health concern in the United States and has been linked to many health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep disorders, and breathing problems. Obesity (an excessive amount of body fat)...

Make Two Models and Call Me in the Morning

May 2, 2013 2:47 pm | by Joe Hiemenz, Technical Communications Manager, Stratasys Inc. | Articles | Comments

A prototype lab is tasked with inventing solutions to design challenges presented to them by surgeons with medical device ideas. Utilizing a fused-deposition modeling machine and design software, engineers are able to create physical prototypes of medical devices that are able to be put through functional testing.  

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Robotic Design Inspired by Seahorses

May 2, 2013 2:08 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Videos | Comments

The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s exceptional flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other.

Seahorse's Armor Gives Engineers Insight into Robotics Designs

May 2, 2013 12:18 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail’s flexibility is due to its structure, made up of bony, armored plates, which slide past each other. Researchers are hoping to use a similar structure to create a flexible robotic arm equipped with muscles made out of polymer, which could be used in medical devices.

Plasma Surgical Announces Expanded Indications for Use for the PlasmaJet® Surgery System

May 1, 2013 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

ROSWELL, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2013--Plasma Surgical, creator of the PlasmaJet®, an advanced energy medical device designed as a safe and effective alternative to traditional electrosurgery instruments, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug...

Study Finds Possible Alternative to Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

May 1, 2013 11:02 am | by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center | News | Comments

Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center used a catheter to re-direct the flow of bile from the bile duct into the small intestine, producing the same metabolic and weight-loss benefits as bariatric surgeries such as gastric by-pass. They named the procedure bile diversion, or BD.

Closest to Operating on a Live Patient - Simulated Training for Vascular Surgeons and Cardiologists

May 1, 2013 10:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Simbionix USA Corporation, the world's leading provider of medical education and simulation training, is proud to announce the release of various training modules for the ANGIO Mentor™ endovascular simulator.

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MD&M East 2013

April 30, 2013 4:30 pm | by MDT Staff | Events

The newly reformatted MD&M East four day conference running alongside the tradeshow, covers everything you need to know from concept development to supplier management, giving you the essential updates to successfully management every step in the product development efficiently and cost effectively.

InBreath Scaffold and Bioreactor Used in First U.S. Transplant of a Regenerated Trachea

April 30, 2013 12:12 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Harvard Bioscience has announced that the InBreath tracheal scaffold and bioreactor system manufactured by Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology, Inc. (HART), its wholly owned regenerative medicine technology subsidiary, were used in the first successful transplant of a regenerated trachea in the United States.

Surgeons Perform First-Ever 'Blindfolded' Simulated Robotic Procedure

April 30, 2013 12:01 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Despite all of the advances in robotics, the ability to provide the operator of a robotic system with a sense of touch (haptics) still remains a significant problem. This is no more dramatically illustrated than in the use of robots in surgical procedures.

Mount Sinai Robotic Prostate Cancer Surgeon Calls for National Standards

April 29, 2013 4:51 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

As the popularity of robotic surgeries climb, so too do claims of surgical errors. Why the sudden jump in robotic surgery mishaps? Some say odds, some say lack of surgeon experience. According to prostate cancer expert, Dr. David B. Samadi, more stringent robotic surgery training requirements are needed to further protect patients.

Photo of the Day: Surgeries by Age Group

April 29, 2013 3:54 pm | by CompHealth | News | Comments

Going Under the Knife—Millions of Americans will have surgery this year. Whether it’s the result of an emergency, an exploratory procedure, or even elective, some surgical procedures are more common depending on your age. An infographic by the team at Top Surgeries Graphic - CompHealth.

Perspectives on Robots in the OR - Michael Berthelot

April 29, 2013 11:57 am | by Michael Berthelot, CEO and President, Pro-Dex Inc. | Pro-Dex | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? While there are some ways in which robots can replace human involvement during surgery, it’s unlikely that robots will completely replace human surgeons. This is because human intuition, reasoning, and experience will continue to be invaluable.

Monteris® Medical First-In-Humans Trial Published

April 29, 2013 11:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PLYMOUTH, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 29, 2013--Monteris Medical announced that their First-In-Humans clinical trial with the NeuroBlate ® System for neurosurgical ablation has been published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. This study was a thermal dose-escalation trial to assess the safety and...

athenahealth Hosts Health Care Hack-a-Thon

April 29, 2013 8:45 am | by GlobeNewswire | News | Comments

athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based services for electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and care coordination, in partnership with MIT's H@cking Medicine, invites the health care, technology and scientific communities to participate in a Hack-a-Thon on May 4 and 5 at athenahealth's headquarters in Watertown, Mass.

Spanish Group Patents an Automatic Suture System for Colon Cancer Operations

April 26, 2013 3:08 pm | by Plataforma SINC | News | Comments

The Spanish research center Innotex has developed a device that enables automatic suturing of the large intestine after being sectioned during cancer colon surgery. The novelty of the system, called Insewing, is that it allows the use of absorbable suture material instead of metallic staples which are currently used and could cause intestinal stiffness and obstruction.

Perspectives on Robots in the OR - A.J. Smith

April 26, 2013 2:41 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.  

Las Palmas Medical Center Among First in Nation To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

April 26, 2013 9:30 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

EL PASO, Texas, April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at Las Palmas Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a hysterectomy using a new single-site platform for robotic surgery. "This single-site robotic...

Ketchikan Medical Center Implements The SurgiCount Safety-Sponge® System

April 26, 2013 6:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

IRVINE, Calif., April 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SurgiCount Medical, Inc., the wholly-owned operating subsidiary of Patient Safety Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: PSTX), today announced that Ketchikan Medical Center (KMC) in Ketchikan, Alaska will become the first hospital in the...

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