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September 25th, 2017 by Anya Kozorez
Mazor Robotics, an Israeli firm, announced that its Mazor X Surgical Assurance Platform has received the European CE Mark of approval. The system, used to perfect spinal surgeries, is being co-marketed by Medtronic, which just invested $40 million into Mazor Robotics. The Mazor X consists of a pre-op software package that helps to establish a surgical plan using 3D tools. Thanks to computer vision segmentation algorithms, the software recognizes different anatomical structures. This helps to quickly and accurately lay down path lines for instruments to follow. During surgery, the system relies...
More than 200 million people worldwide, including approximately 8.5 million Americans, suffer from Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). In the U.S. and Europe, PAD is responsible for around 240,000 amputations every year. Nearly a quarter of patients die within 30 days and almost half within a year of their limb amputation. With the number of diabetic patients increasing annually, a group at high risk for arterial blockages, safer, faster, more effective, and less expensive treatment options have never been as important. DABRA is an innovative new technology from Ra Medical Systems that can combat...
Now celebrating its 25th gathering, the MedTech Investing Europe Conference brought together over 100 participants from throughout Europe, and further afield, to London. Attendees included startup companies and medtech industry innovation specialists, along with sector-specific professional investment firms, as well as angel and family office investors. There were also a number of people from regional governments and embassies with strategic links to the medtech sector present. As part of the program, around 25 pre-vetted startup companies were each pitching their novel technologies for investment at both seed and series A rounds....

September 22nd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Scientists in the UK have developed a microscopic molecular machine that can be used to assemble individual molecules. The technology could allow scientists to build drug molecules from scratch, as well as help with drug discovery. The molecular robots are only a millionth of a millimeter in size and each has a tiny robotic arm. They use their arm to move and manipulate molecules, and can join molecules together to generate more complex structures. Each device consists of only 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms, and a pile of them,...

September 22nd, 2017 by Conn Hastings
Researchers have developed a laser device that can tell in real time whether tissues in the body are receiving enough oxygen. The laser system relies on resonance Raman spectroscopy, and could help doctors to predict cardiac arrest, as low oxygen levels in heart muscle is a warning sign that the heart could stop pumping. “With current technologies, we cannot predict when a patient’s heart will stop,” says John Kheir, of the Boston Children’s Heart Center, who was involved in the research. “We can examine heart function on the echocardiogram and measure...
In a nondescript office building in downtown Palo Alto, I enter a conference room with the furnishings of a typical Silicon Valley tech company. Suddenly, my view changes, and I am transported to the inside of a brightly lit operating room, myself fully gowned and staring down at the exposed knee of an anesthetized patient. I turn my head to the right, pick up an orthopedic insertion handle, and slowly step toward the patient. So begins my meeting with our own Medgadget editor, Dr. Justin Barad, who is co-founder and CEO of Osso VR, a...
Siemens Healthineers has just unveiled their brand new MAGNETOM RT Pro edition for MAGNETOM Vida, a 3 Tesla MRI scanner specifically designed for planning radiation therapy procedures. It has a new magnet, a pretty large 55x55x50 field of view, and an optional 60/200 XT gradient system that the firm believes may improve geometric distortions. The new device sports the company's "BioMatrix Technology," which generates an improved image by taking into consideration the anatomical and physiological variability from patient to patient. The so-called "RT Dot Engine" offers a bunch of protocols to quickly and...
  Clarius Mobile Health, a Canadian firm, is a pioneering company specializing in portable solutions for ultrasound diagnostics. Since its debut, it has surprised and impressed us with its tiny portable ultrasounds. Clarius offers the only app-based, wireless ultrasound scanner that can be taken to the point of care even in the most rugged conditions. The multi-purpose Clarius C3 scanner comes with transducer clip-ons, transforming the convex scanner that can image heart, lungs, and deep structures, into a linear or virtual phased array scanner. Although these clip-ons are not meant to...
Many of the limitations of existing electronic medical implants, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, arise from the internal batteries. The batteries are rigir, requiring the implants to have a strong metal structure that makes them bulky. At Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland researchers have been working on developing supercapacitors that can store a great deal of electric charge while being flexible and biocompatible with the human body. Their latest prototype supercapacitor is made of an organic polymer-biopolymer materials and non-flammable electrolytes, making it safe for implantation. It is made...
Arkis BioSciences, a young medical technology company out of Knoxville, Tennessee, won FDA clearance for its CerebroFlo external ventricular drainage catheter. The device indicated for positioning within the ventricular cavity of the brain and establishing a drainage channel to release cerebrospinal fluid. The company touts the use of Endexo, a coating material from Interface Biologics (Toronto, Canada), on the surface of the new catheter. It stops platelet activation and reduces coagulation activity in its vicinity, helping to prevent infections, occlusions, and other potential problems, which the firm says is backed up...
Masimo won FDA clearance and just announced full market release of its Rad-97 Pulse CO-Oximeter. It's available as is, or with either a built-in blood pressure cuff or a capnography (CO2) attachments. The monitor comes with Masimo's well established Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion SET pulse oximetry and its rainbow technologies. The device has a narrow, space saving design, sporting a high definition touch screen through which all the settings are accessed. It has an internal rechargeable battery that provides enough juice for about four hours. It seems like it would be perfectly...

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