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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.

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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. ...

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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...

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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,...

Lawyer Foresees 100s More Claims Against Medtronic in Infuse Lawsuits

March 27, 2013 7:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

There may be "hundreds and hundreds" of patients with complaints against medical device giant Medtronic and a spinal surgeon accused of performing experimental surgeries without informed consent. It's the latest development in the dramatic saga of Medtronic's controversial Infuse bone morphogenetic protein.

Misonix BoneScalpelT Subject of New Clinical Paper Focused on Spine Surgery

March 26, 2013 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Misonix, Inc. (NasdaqGM: MSON), an international surgical device company that designs, manufactures and markets innovative therapeutic ultrasonic products for spine surgery, skull-based surgery, neurosurgery, wound debridement, cosmetic surgery, laparoscopic surgery and other surgical ...

COWIN Helps Sensaris Certify the ZAO Biomedical Sensor

March 25, 2013 10:13 am | by COWIN | News | Comments

Sensaris has announced that it has developed a novel, multi-sensor device for monitoring vital signs. Called the ZAO, it is currently going through the certification process and will be available mid 2013. Roughly the same size as a thick paperback book, it is designed to provide professional level diagnostic data so that it can be used by medical professionals and yet its low target volume price point of around €550 means that it can also be used by the home health market.

Mako Surgical Sues Stanmore Implants over Robotic Surgery Patents

March 22, 2013 11:15 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Mako Surgical filed a pair of lawsuits against Stanmore Implants alleging patent infringement over robotic surgery technology, and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission over the alleged violations. The lawsuits accuse Stanmore of violating three patents covering haptic guidance systems for robotic surgery applications with its Sculptor robotic guidance arm.

Spine Surgeons Embrace Uniquely Effective Valeo Interbody Fusion Devices As Amedica Announces 10,000 Implantations

March 22, 2013 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

SALT LAKE CITY, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amedica Corporation, a spinal and reconstructive medical device manufacturer, today announced the 10,000th worldwide implantation of its Valeo Interbody Fusion Devices. The Valeo Interbody Fusion Device System, made of Amedica's...

Ethicon Receives 510(K) Clearance for ENSEAL® G2 Cordless

March 20, 2013 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 20, 2013--In an effort to continue improving physician experience, while helping to simplify the operating room, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (Ethicon) today announces the 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the ENSEAL®G2 Cordless Tissue...

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