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RFPi, a company out of Greenville, North Carolina, won FDA clearance for its iCertainty blood flow and perfusion imaging system. The technology gives clinicians the ability to essentially watch as blood saturates or drains in tissues being worked on, something that typically has to be done using invasive means. The new technology avoids injection of dyes and the use of fluoroscopes that emit ionizing radiation, and may be an alternative to interoperative MRI scanning in some cases. RFPi believes that many surgical procedures can be done faster, more easily, and...

January 15th, 2019 by ToeMate
Why topical nail fungus (onychomycosis) treatment needs a device Penetration For the medication to penetrate and reach the infection through nail keratin (which absorbs water and repels water insoluble drugs) the treatment must be at least partially water soluble. The most effective way is to immerse the infected nails in an antimicrobial that is dissolved in water to give nails absorption time. Of the 125 or so treatments for nail fungus, only three are at least partially water soluble (Kerydin, Loceryl and ToeMate Nail Soak). Scientifically, nail keratin is hydrophilic...
Medical imaging technologies have come a long way over the decades. They offer greater visual detail, but all that data often makes it difficult to see and understand the anatomy being studied. At CES 2019 we met with ARIS MD, a company that was introducing its 3D visualization technology that can automatically identify different organs, parts of organs, and other anatomical objects from standard DICOM imaging data, such as what comes from a CT scanner. The company's software makes it easy to view and analyze volumetric images of automatically segmented...
TransEnterix, maker of minimally invasive robotic surgery systems, received FDA clearance for its Senhance Ultrasonic Instrument System. The instruments are used on the TransEnterix Senhance robitically assisted surgical system. The technology allows for haptic remote control of laparoscopic tools that let surgeons feel what they're working with, as well as offers 3D visualization of the internal anatomy thanks to a pair of glasses and a matching 3D capable monitor. The new ultrasonic devices are used to cut or close-off different tissues, with minimal thermal effects on other nearby tissues. “The addition...
We are what we eat, but we're also the metabolism that does the eating. Each one of us has a unique metabolism, and that makes it important for us to tailor our diets and exercise to how we actually absorbs the nutrients in our food. This proposition sounds daunting, since most of us know little about the details of our own metabolisms, but a new device can certainly help. The Lumen, a product of Metaflow, a company based in Israel, is used to measure whether your body is currently burning...

January 14th, 2019 by Conn Hastings
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a smartphone app that can detect if someone is experiencing an opioid overdose. The app uses sonar to monitor the breathing rate of a user, which it can do from up to three feet away, to assess if someone is experiencing an overdose. So far, the technology has accurately predicted overdoses 90% of the time, and if it detects an overdose it can automatically connect the user to emergency services. It has been estimated that 115 opioid users die daily from opioid...
Whether we feel warm or cold is really dependent on how the brain interprets numerous signals it receives from the body. Temporarily fooling the brain to perceive warmth on cold days and coolness on hot days is the work of Embr, a company formed by researchers from MIT. Embr developed a device that is worn on the wrist that uses the Peltier effect to heat or cool the skin below it. The Embr Wave device can quickly change one's perception of the surrounding temperature and potentially make it easier to...
Learning how to read 12 lead ECG tracings can be a challenge for many, and existing methods don't leave much room for exploration and self-directed learning. A new technology, developed by a spinoff of Case Western University, creates ECG simulations that can be used to learn how to read tracings and how to respond to them. The technology has particular benefit for paramedics, medical students, and other healthcare professionals. We got to learn more and to check out the software at CES 2019: https://youtu.be/Av1LvC_xj2M Product page: 12 Lead Trainer... More...
Modern technological advancements have revolutionized the delivery of mail, how finances are handled, and many other spheres of our lives. We used to go to the bank and post office quite often, but most people deal with these places from a distance now. Medical care still mostly requires patients to visit their hospital, clinic, or doctor's office to receive services. Medically Home Group is a new company that's using high tech solutions to "create a temporary hospital unit in a patient's home". This involves installing the necessary equipment in the...
Brain surgery is a complicated business, requiring utmost precision when excising tumors and other maladies. BrainCarta, a Dutch firm, is showing off its Elonav technology that uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to create maps of lesions and provide helpful analysis about the nearby anatomy. The firm believes that Elonav can help surgeons perform ever more difficult procedures, remove more diseased tissue, and improve intraoperative efficiency. We got a chance to learn more about the technology at the Holland booth of CES 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xQ8LBvG84M&feature=youtu.be Product page: Elonav from BrainCarta...

January 11th, 2019 by Editors
Adhesives are constantly used on patients in hospitals and now with wearables that attach directly to the body there's greater need for new products that expand capabilities. Wearables require extended usage and adhesives that can last for days on the body have to stay on through sweat, being pulled and pushed, and that can breathe well. 3M is certainly a leader in the field of adhesives and the company now offers a variety of products designed for medical applications from silicone adhesives, transparent adhesives, and all kinds of other solutions....

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