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January 21st, 2021 by Medgadget Editors
Siemens Healthineers won FDA clearance for its recently introduced MULTIX Impact C ceiling-mounted digital radiography (DR) system. The FDA also cleared the MULTIX Impact VA20, a new version of the existing parent DR system. Both devices are targeted toward clinics on a budget, but offer advanced capabilities, including helping to optimize settings to achieve the best acquisitions and image reconstructions. The systems include wireless detectors, motorized tube heads, and come with free-floating patient tables. A 10" touchscreen display right on the X-ray tube make things flow easier and allow technologists...Read More
2020 has been a challenging year in many ways, including for everyone's mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a spike in mental health problems with cases tripling in the number of adults experiencing depression. Existing sentiments and situations drag on now into 2021. Today, the mental health care system is not very efficient and in many cases, broken, due to a shortage of access for patients and a lack of lasting results. Following the increasing mental health problem trends, a study published in JAMA Network Open in September 2020 offered one of the first...Read More

January 20th, 2021 by Medgadget Editors
Eye surgeons at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel have successfully implanted the first artificial cornea into a bilaterally blind human patient. Once the bandages were removed, the 78 year old man was able to read and to recognize family members. This was all possible thanks to a device developed by CorNeat Vision, an Israeli firm, that consists of an optical component attached to a biocompatible material that resembles the human extracellular matrix. This material doesn't biodegrade, but provides both the physical structure and biochemical signals to allow it to...Read More
WhiteSwell, a medtech company based in Galway, Ireland, has developed a catheter system to treat acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). ADHF is often treated using diuretics to remove excess fluid, but this doesn’t work for every patient and can have side-effects. This latest technology consists of a catheter with an impeller pump that is designed to stimulate lymphatic drainage, and thereby aid with decongestion without the need for diuretics. The catheter creates an area of low pressure where the largest lymph vessel, the thoracic duct, connects with the venous system...Read More

January 19th, 2021 by Medgadget Editors
Seno Medical, a San Antonio, Texas firm, has won FDA approval to introduce its Imagio device that utilizes opto-acoustic imaging to help physicians identify whether breast lesions are benign or malignant. It is hoped that this non-invasive and radiation-free technology will help to reduce the number of biopsies that have to be performed. Opto-acoustic imaging combines ultrasound with laser optics to provide a combined view of tissue anatomy and the blood flow around it. Cancerous lesions commonly exhibit a high density of newly formed blood vessels (angiogenesis) and a lower...Read More

January 18th, 2021 by Scott Jung
CES 2021 took place this past week, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the annual electronics megashow show was completely virtual. While we certainly missed the free swag, a chance with lady luck at the Vegas casino tables, and the opportunity to reunite with many of you Medgadget readers, there were still a good deal of medical and health technology announcements this year. Here's a round-up of some of the notable products we encountered. Masks Everywhere In the age of COVID-19, face coverings have become a hot medical gadget...Read More

January 18th, 2021 by Conn Hastings
Applying an energy source, such as a laser, to cut through or cauterize tissue is already widely used in external surgeries, such as laser eye surgery, but using this technology safely and accurately during minimally invasive internal procedures is difficult. Current endoscopic technology does not permit lasers to be steered and manipulated with sufficient precision. Now researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute have developed a new technique to accurately steer a laser beam at the end of an endoscope for minimally invasive laser surgery. The approach relies on three small...Read More
Degenerative mitral regurgitation occurs when the mitral valve prolapses, causing blood to leak back into the atrium every time the heart beats. The condition can be asymptomatic for many people, but for some it can cause a variety of issues, including fainting, pain, and shortness of breath. Currently, open-heart surgery is considered to be the gold-standard treatment for degenerative mitral regurgitation, but the procedure is obviously highly invasive. The HARPOON system developed by Edwards Lifesciences aims to provide mitral valve repair through a small chest incision, with the procedure occuring...Read More

January 15th, 2021 by Medgadget Editors
Boston Scientific is releasing in the United States its Wavewriter Alpha line of spinal cord stimulators. The four Wavewriter Alpha pain management devices provide Bluetooth connectivity, allow patients to still be scanned under MRI, given certain precautions, and offer so-called Fast Acting Sub-perception Therapy (FAST). FAST is exciting because it provides near immediate pain relief without causing paresthesia, a tingling sensations that patients commonly report when utilizing spinal cord stimulators. Paresthesia-free stimulation therapies are already in existence, but they take a few days or even weeks to finally start working....Read More

January 13th, 2021 by Medgadget Editors
Siemens Healthineers just announced FDA clearance to introduce its Cios Flow mobile C-arm in the United States. Developed for use in orthopedics, vascular surgery, trauma, spinal surgery, and other fields, it's intended to be a general purpose C-arm that can be easily used in a variety of cases. The Cios Flow is a relatively compact and lightweight (606 lb (275 kg)) C-arm that features touch screen controls with an intuitive interface. As an example, when the operator clicks on a part of the body, the so-called SpotAdapt function of the...Read More
Researchers at the University of Washington have trialed a minimally invasive electrical stimulation technique that has resulted in remarkable improvements in the hand and arm function of spinal cord injury patients. The approach involves sticking band-aid-like patches onto the back of the neck of patients to deliver electrical pulses, helping to stimulate the nerves below. Spinal cord injuries typically have serious consequences for patients in terms of mobility and independence in performing everyday activities. Many such patients have very limited hand and arm control, making it difficult to live without...Read More

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Face Mask Sensor to Detect COVID-19

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