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November 14th, 2018 by Editors
Canon Medical won FDA clearance to bring to the U.S. market its brand new Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. It features a wide 71 centimeter bore and quiet operation thanks to its Pianissimo and Pianissimo Zen technologies. Pianissimo makes all scanning sequences quieter, while Pianissimo Zen allows certain scans to be performed at near ambient noise levels. To help young patients and those uncomfortable inside a scanner, Canon offers an immersive virtual experience called MR theater that combines audio and video to keep the person's attention on something other...
Mental illness can be notoriously difficult to diagnose in many cases, since symptoms may be invisible to physicians and those that are can be misleading. Objective methods that don't rely on a direct observation would help to improve diagnosis. Researchers at Draper, the famous engineering firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have developed a system consisting of a number of different sensors that work together to analyze various vital signs and physical parameters to help with screening, diagnosing, and monitoring mental health conditions. The sensors include headset, wrist bands, and an ankle...
It's that time of the year when we call on technological visionaries, medical futurists, and creative people of all kinds to submit medical science fiction stories to our annual Medgadget Sci-Fi Writing Contest. At Medgadget, we keep a record of the progress of medical technologies and hope to inspire you to imagine a future where medicine is able to do things that are currently deemed impossible or, even better, have not yet been imagined. Medicine, and the people that work within this field, can be influenced by new ideas and technologies, and we hope...
REVA Medical, out of San Diego, California, has released its Fantom Encore bioresorbable scaffold. The implant is made with the company's own Tyrocore polymer that is absorbed by the body over a period of time, eventually disappearing while native tissue takes over. The process helps to make sure that the lumen stays open while cells grow and rebuild the native structure of the vessel. This is the company's third generation of bioresorbable scaffolds, and it is CE Marked in Europe and available in a number of countries. The new device has thinner...
Hospitals can be famously difficult to navigate, and conventional GPS mapping apps don't really help get through an indoor maze. Cedars-Sinai medical center in Los Angeles is solving this problem with its own smartphone app. The new Cedars-Sinai app has a built-in interactive map that gives step-by-step walking directions between any two points within the hospital. It can help find different clinical departments, as well as bathrooms, dining areas, and things like ATMS and parking. Speaking of parking, the app can help save your parking spot and lead you right...
Heavy bleeding during menstruation, known as menorrhagia, is often treated by endometrial ablation. There's a number of methods of doing so, including delivery of heat, cold, and microwaves, but each has a number of downsides and limitations. AEGEA Medical is a Silicon Valley company that has developed a unique technology, called adaptive vapor ablation, that allows physicians to treat menorrhagia in a five minute procedure that doesn't require cervical dilation, nor any direct contact with the uterine fundus. We were curious and wanted to find out more and had an...
Medtronic won European CE Mark approval to introduce its Valiant Navion thoracic stent graft for treating lesions within the descending thoracic aorta such as thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA), blunt traumatic aortic injuries (BTAI), and penetrating atherosclerotic ulcers (PAU). The system received FDA approval in October of this year. The Valiant Navion is particularly beneficial for patients with narrow iliac arteries, in whom previously developed minimally invasive access could has been difficult and additional procedures may have been required just to get started. The new product is based on the Valiant Captivia thoracic...
Vivasure Medical, a Galway, Ireland company, is launching in Europe its PerQseal closure device for use in large vessel femoral arteriotomies following large-bore transcatheter procedures, such as aortic valve replacements. Though minimally invasive transcatheter procedures have revolutionized cardiovascular care, closing the access sites created for them can be challenging. The PerQseal device is sutureless and, once placed, fully absorbable into the body. The synthetic-material patch seals the vessel from the interior, slowly dissolving and letting the vessel heal naturally. “In my first clinical experience with PerQseal, I found the device intuitive and...
BReast CAncer gene one (BRCA1) is one of the best-known genes linked to breast cancer risk. Unfortunately, the technology to spot the gene requires a lab and expertise at interpretation. Researchers at Louisiana State University have now developed a smartphone-based system called FLuoroZen that can test for the cancer-related BRCA1 mutation at the point-of-care within twenty minutes. The FLuoroZen analyzes DNA within saliva or blood when the sample is placed on nitrocellulose paper, itself placed on a glass slide. The device then detects the fluorescent oligonucleotide spots on the nitrocellulose paper...
Delivering drugs directly into skin cells using microscopic nanoneedles may allow for highly effective treatment of skin conditions without injuring the cells that are treated. Silicon nanoneedles have been developed in the past that can do such a trick, but they're stiff and can be painful, in addition to quickly losing their effectiveness. This is because the nanoneedle arrays are normally placed on rigid silicon wafers. “To tackle this problem, we developed a method that enables physical transfer of vertically ordered silicon nanoneedles from their original silicon wafer to a...

November 12th, 2018 by Editors
Researchers at Children’s National Health System, working with engineers from Medtronic, have created a pacemaker appropriately tiny enough to implant into infants. Measuring only one cubic centimeter, about the size of a large pill, it allows the device to be implanted inside the child in a minimally invasive fashion. Currently, because of their size, pacemakers implanted into very small children either remain outside the body or require open surgery with large incision. The new pacemaker is so small that a one centimeter incision is all that's necessary to place it under...

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FDA Clears Canon's Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI

Canon Medical won FDA clearance to bring to the U.S. market its brand new Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. It features a wide 71 centimeter bore and quiet... November 14th, 2018

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FDA Clears Canon's Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI

Canon Medical won FDA clearance to bring to the U.S. market its brand new Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. It features a wide 71 centimeter bore and quiet... November 14th, 2018

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FDA Clears Canon's Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI

Canon Medical won FDA clearance to bring to the U.S. market its brand new Vantage Orian 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. It features a wide 71 centimeter bore and quiet... November 14th, 2018

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