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Turner Imaging Systems announced it will be releasing its Smart-C X-ray device, which is a tiny C-arm designed for imaging the extremities at the point of care. The device can be used inside clinical offices, surgical suites, and even taken in the field for help with disaster relief. The Smart-C weighs in at only 16 pounds (7 Kg) and can be carried by one person without too much trouble. Since it's powered by a battery, there's not even a need to have a power outlet to use it. The wireless...
All too often after tumor resections cancers end up spreading to other parts of the body. Metastasis is not well understood, but researchers at University of California, Los Angeles, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou and Fudan University in China, have developed and tested a remarkable new gel that seems to prevent it from occurring. The spray gel is designed to be used following a removal of tumors, applying it to the area following treatment. The gel is infused with calcium carbonate nanoparticles that hold onto an...
Contego Medical, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, landed FDA clearance for its Vanguard IEP peripheral balloon angioplasty system. The product features the Congego's proprietary Integrated Embolic Protection (IEP) technology that captures embolic debris breaking off from occlusions being treated within the superficial femoral artery. It was cleared last year in Europe under the CE Mark. The IEP component is a parachute-like filter that captures anything larger than 150 microns in diameter, thanks to tiny pores that let blood through but blocks most of the plaque that can dislodge from an occlusion. The device...
The concept of customer service is changing rapidly across many industries. Medical professionals expect more effort from the companies they do business with than a simple call center phone number with limited and often frustrating interactions. Today, traditionally defined customer service is but one small part of the client interaction model, with brands seeking to differentiate themselves through delivering a seamless and superior customer experience. One industry where the switch in focus from customer service to experience has become a keenly felt brand differentiator is in the field service industry. In a traditional consumer...
Unlimited Tomorrow, a medical device startup based in Rhinebeck, NY, is developing inexpensive custom prostheses for upper limb amputees. Their approach involves 3D-printing inexpensive custom robotic devices that allow users to experience a sensation of touch, by providing live feedback on the forces that act on the prosthetics. While there are 30 million amputees globally, unfortunately only 5% have access to prostheses. A large part of this is the prohibitive cost of these devices. For example, a prosthetic arm can cost as much as $80,000. Unlimited Tomorrow aims to increase...
Hologic is releasing in the U.S. its new Omni three-in-one hysteroscope, a device that gives physicians an option of three different sheaths on the same system. Using the Omni, one is not required to switch between diagnostic and operatives scopes, as it can serve different functions thanks to the three available sheaths. The product won FDA clearance earlier this month, according to Hologic. “Experts agree that direct visualization of the uterine cavity in women with abnormal uterine bleeding is the gold standard that allows physicians to accurately identify and collect...
Subtle Medical, a firm headquartered in Menlo Park, California, won both FDA clearance and the European CE Mark of approval to introduce its SubltePET system on both sides of the Atlantic. The system uses artificial intelligence techniques to improve the quality of fast positron-emission tomography (PET) scans, allowing patients to go through exams faster than before without suffering from poorer image resolution. The technology not only improves the patient's experience during scans, but clinics can image more patients and get a lot more usability out of a given PET scanner. "Focusing Subtle...
Olympus landed FDA approval for its Spiration Valve System, a product designed to treat people suffering from severe emphysema. It's used to perform bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) procedures, which channel air away from hyperinflated portions of the lungs to healthier areas. In many patients this results in easier breathing and considerably improved quality of life. The implantation procedure is minimally invasive and the flexible valve can be positioned in pretty challenging airways, including in the upper lobe segments. The system has European approval already for treating of air leaks and...
HUMM, a San Francisco-based tech company, has developed the Edge headset, a wearable electrical stimulation device that the company claims can boost learning and memory. The device consists of a headband that delivers electrical stimulation to the brain, and using it for just 15 minutes is reported to provide certain cognitive enhancements for at least one hour. In an increasingly fast-paced and competitive world, researchers have been exploring electrical brain stimulation as a way to enhance our cognitive abilities at the flick of a switch. People think nothing of using...
POPS! Diabetes Care, a company based outside of Minneapolis, won FDA clearance for its unusual, but certainly innovative, POPS! one blood glucose monitoring system. The system consists of a device that can (optionally) stick to the back of your smartphone. It is used to take readings, which are immediately shared with and displayed on the phone. A coaching app is provided that can be used to analyze the readings and help get blood sugar levels under control. The physical device has built-in needles that are used to creata pricks on...
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability around the world. In the United States alone, nearly 800,00 people suffer from a stroke each year. Many of those who are lucky to survive continue to live with various long-term physical disabilities, including upper limb motor impairment. Studies have shown that early motor rehabilitation is one of the most important factors to help minimize disability and regain function after a stroke. This rehabilitation period usually includes multiple intensive and highly repetitive exercises designed to help the brain rewire itself and...

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