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Groundbreaking Diagnostics Approach

November 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Cambridge Consultants | News | Comments

Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants is working with Singapore-based start-up Endofotonics on a groundbreaking endoscopic instrument development to improve pre-cancer diagnosis. It’s the world’s first device to give clinicians real-time...

Laser Eye Surgery Tech Has Roots in Space

November 5, 2014 2:16 pm | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Laser surgery to correct eyesight is common practice, but did you know that technology developed for use in space is now commonly used to track the patient’s eye and precisely direct the laser scalpel? If you look at a fixed point while tilting...

5 Indicators the Medical Device Industry Is Hitting Its Midlife Crisis

November 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Dave Powell, Partner A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The medical device industry, which has enjoyed the enviable position of gaining five percent average annual growth and operating margins between 23 and 25 percent, is next in line to get turned on its head by industry disruptors. The future of...

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Cut to the Bone

November 5, 2014 7:30 am | by Nicole Ashton, Global Marketing Communications Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Articles | Comments

With an aging population comes a host of medical diseases and conditions. One of those is osteoarthritis, the most common type of knee arthritis. It is a very slow progressing degenerative disease where the joint cartilage gradually wears away...

Be Thankful Marketing Isn't Running the R&D Lab

November 4, 2014 3:53 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

In such a highly regulated marketplace that so strongly depends on relationships, is your absence at an industry trade event going to significantly impact the perception your customers or manufacturing partners have? If it does, perhaps you haven’t…

U.S. Surgical Hemostat, Internal Tissue Sealant, Adhesion Barrier Market to Reach Nearly $2.9B by 2023

October 29, 2014 10:40 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the United States market for surgical hemostats, internal tissue sealants and adhesion barriers will grow rapidly through 2023 to reach a value of nearly $2.9 billion. The market will be driven by ...  

New Surgical Device Improves Targeting of Radiation Therapy

October 28, 2014 3:57 pm | by Focal Therapeutics, Inc. | News | Comments

A new surgical device enables breast cancer patients to be treated with dramatically improved targeting (precision) of radiation when being treated for breast cancer. Findings were presented at the 18th SIS World Congress on Breast Healthcare...

Robotically Assisted Bypass Surgery Reduces Complications, Cuts Recovery

October 28, 2014 12:29 pm | by Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada | News | Comments

Robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting surgery is a rapidly evolving technology that shortens hospital stays and reduces the need for blood products, while decreasing recovery times, making the procedure safer and less risky, says a study presented...

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Creating Medical Devices with Dissolvable Metal

October 28, 2014 10:55 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

University of Pittsburgh researchers recently received another $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a combined multi-university, private-industry effort to develop implantable medical devices made from biodegradable metals...

Streamlined Process for Wire-Reinforced Catheters and Delivery Devices

October 28, 2014 8:30 am | by Ronelle Decker, Market Development Manager, Avalon Laboratories | Avalon Laboratories, LLC | Articles | Comments

Balloon catheters, stent and stent delivery systems, atherectomy, and occlusion and neurovascular catheters, as well as other catheter-based devices, advance over a guide wire until it reaches the stenosis, obstruction, or stent delivery site...

Millions Lost in Unused Medical Supplies in Operating Rooms Each Year

October 27, 2014 4:11 pm | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

A Johns Hopkins research team reports that major hospitals across the U.S. collectively throw away at least $15 million a year in unused operating room surgical supplies that could be salvaged and used to ease critical shortages, improve surgical care and boost public health in developing countries...

Navigation Aids Enhance Foot Control Usability

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Peter M. Engstrom, Managing Director, Steute Meditech, Inc. | Steute Meditech, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical devices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot controls typically consist of multiple actuators, one for...

Robot-Assisted Surgery is Safe But More Expensive

October 22, 2014 1:30 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery, which has become the main choice for surgically removing cancerous prostate glands during recent years, is as safe as open surgery for Medicare patients over age 65. Those are the primary findings of a newly published nationwide patient...

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Doak Table Surgical Bed to Help Military on the Battlefield

October 22, 2014 11:51 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Atlanta startup signed seven-figure contract for surgical beds The Doak Table was created in a Baltimore garage in 2006 by a tinkering retiree equally at home in a boardroom or a machine shop. Today, the portable field surgical table has been tested and used worldwide...

October 2014 Digital Edition

October 21, 2014 3:22 pm | by MDT Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

With the advantages plastics can offer, along with the flexibility in material selection and physical characteristics, it’s no wonder why molding is used to some degree in a large percentage of medical device designs. Moving Molding Forward is a Roundtable feature that highlights...

Divergence System Offers New Approach to Anterior Cervical Fusion

October 21, 2014 12:02 pm | by Medtronic | News | Comments

Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the DIVERGENCE Anterior Cervical Fusion System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease today at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting in Boston. The DIVERGENCE System represents a new approach...

3D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Medical World as We Know It

October 21, 2014 8:30 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

3D printing has undoubtedly revolutionized the engineering world, and the medical industry is on the forefront of some of the most innovative applications to date. The technology has proven itself a robust and versatile one, as more companies...

Why Might the Medical Device Industry Lose $34 Billion?

October 20, 2014 11:05 am | by A.T. Kearney | News | Comments

The medical device industry has enjoyed stability, strong growth, healthy margins and above average price-to-earnings ratios over the last 20 years. However, disruptive change is already underway and the future of the industry will be different...

First Use of Intuitive Surgical’s Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver

October 17, 2014 4:21 pm | by Mercy Medical Center | News | Comments

Dwight D. Im, M.D., FACOG, Director of The Gynecologic Oncology Center at Mercy and The National Institute of Robotic Surgery at Mercy in Baltimore, became the first surgeon in the world to successfully perform a minimally-invasive hysterectomy...

Diagnosing Healing Complications Before Surgery with Simple Test

October 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Loyola University Health System | News | Comments

As many as 35 percent of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications, due to radiation they receive before surgery. Now a study has suggested that a simple test called transcutaneous...

Surgical Robot Enables Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

October 16, 2014 10:47 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of...

Gaming Through Clinical Trials

October 13, 2014 2:41 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I saw a news piece out of Carnegie Mellon University where researchers supported the use of “video game” style trials of life science hypotheses to prevent the instance of error and fraud. Massive online laboratories would be established...

3D-Printed Cardiovascular Model Listed as a Class 1 Medical Device

October 13, 2014 12:14 pm | by Materialise NV | News | Comments

Materialise NV has listed its 3D-printed cardiovascular HeartPrint models as a medical device in the USA and EU markets. After years of 3D printing anatomical models for educational and research purposes, the Company addressed the need for models that can assist with...

RFID Technology Localizes Breast Tumors

October 10, 2014 11:40 am | by UW-Madison | News | Comments

Breast cancer may inspire more public discussion, advocacy, and charitable giving than almost any other disease besides HIV and AIDS. But people rarely talk about the specific experiences to which cancer patients are subjected. Especially the...

Implantable Medical Devices that Dissolve When No Longer Needed

October 10, 2014 9:53 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | News | Comments

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate...

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