The Cleveland Clinic has released their annual list of the top ten medical innovations of next year. Their criteria for selection include innovations that have a high probability of success, are supported by data, on or close to market, and that are likely to have significant clinical impact. And now to the list…
1. Use of Circulating Tumor Cell Technology:
Use of new technology to measure circulating tumor cells as a predictor of success of chemotherapy.
2. Warm Organ Perfusion Device:
Warm organ perfusion device to preserve organs for transplantation during transplant.
3. Diaphragm Pacing System:
Improvements in multi-spectral image analysis to assess multiple protein pathway configuration in a single sample/cell.
4. Multi-Spectral Imaging Systems:
Use of a diaphragm (phrenic nerve) stimulator to enable paralyzed patients to breath without the assistance of a mechanical ventilator.
5. Percutaneous Mitral Valve Regurgitation Repair:
Use of a special clip to percutaneously repair mitral valve regurgitation (MVR).
6. New Strategies for Creating Vaccines for Avian Flu:
Use of new strategies for creating vaccines for avian flu, including genetically-engineered virus-like particles (VLPs) as the basis for vaccines.
7. LESS and NOTES Applications:
Laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) and Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy (NOTES) for nephrectomy, cystectomy, prostatectomy, colon resection, and other applications.
8. Integration of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (Tractography):
Integration of diffusion tensor imaging (tractography) with surgical navigation of the brain to minimize damage to fiber tracts during brain surgery.
9. Doppler-Guided Uterine Artery Occlusion:
Doppler-guided non-invasive transvaginal uterine artery occlusion for treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids.
10. Private Sector National Health Information Exchange:
Use of a common exchange standard among participants to enable access through the Internet regardless of provider source.
Lists like these give us a clue to how well we’ve been doing covering medical innovations over the years. Check out our previous coverage of these hot technologies to stay up to date!
Flashbacks: Beating heart transplant, diaphragm pacing, virus-like particles, percutaneous mitral valve repair, and detecting circulating tumor cells
Read more about Cleveland Clinic’s top ten list here…