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September 18th, 2017 by Eugene Levitan
Hitachi has announced that the FDA granted the company clearance for its Supria True64 CT scanner. The device is designed to take less room in a busy clinical environment and to provide a 64-slice image quality using a 40 mm detector and 64 separate detector and electronics processing channels. Hitachi notes that many compact CT scanners actually image 32 slices and then use algorithms to upscale to what looks like 64-slice scans. The bore hole is 75 cm wide to accept larger than average patients and the accompanying table will hold...

September 18th, 2017 by Elena Fields Levitan
NuVasive, a company based in San Diego, California, is now making available its LessRay radiation dose-reduction system. It consists of a computer cart that connects to an operating room's fluoroscopy system. The fluoroscope can be set to a lower level of X-ray exposure, and the LessRay, using its proprietary software algorithms, then corrects the image to achieve a quality that would have been produced using a standard exposure. The system is expected to be used particularly during minimally invasive spinal surgical procedures, but should also be applicable in other applications when...
Medtronic won FDA approval and is releasing in the U.S. its Intellis spinal cord neurostimulation platform, which includes the world's smallest fully implantable spinal cord neurostimulator. The system delivers both high-dose and low-dose therapy, depending on the patient's needs, and tracks patient activity to help physicians improve how the therapy targets individual's pain. It is made to wirelessly, and securely, interface with a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablet which is used by the physician to adjust settings and set parameters that best address the patient's needs. The same tablet can be...
In 2009, the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists for the discover of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase. Today, telomeres, stretches of DNA at the ends of chromosomes, are used as part of a new, commercially available genetic test that helps individuals better understand how well they are aging. The test, TeloYears, was developed by Telomere Diagnostics (TDx), a molecular testing company begun in 2010. One of TDx's founders, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, was one of the three Nobel Prize recipients and a trailblazer in...
AtriCure, a firm based outside of  Cincinnati, Ohio, is now making available in the United States its AtriClip PRO•V Left Atrial Appendage (LAA) Exclusion System. The device, used to occlude the LAA as necessitated by other open heart procedures, received FDA clearance in March of 2016. The LAA is a cul-de-sac where blood experiences quite a bit of turbulence, which can result in the formation of a clot, especially if patient develops atrial fibrillation. Blood thinners are the preferred treatment, but many patients don't fare well on these drugs. LAA occlusion is...
While there are many types of drug ferrying nanoparticles already in existence and more under development, in order for them to be safe and effective in clinical practice they have to be uniformly manufacturable. Different sizes and shapes of nanoparticles can lead to inconsistent results. This can muddy studies and clinical results. Now researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany and University of Tokyo in Japan are reporting in the venerable journal Angewandte Chemie on a new method of producing nanoparticles uniformly, while giving scientists and engineers the ability to carefully control nano...
You may not think that the topic of fecal incontinence (FI) and management sounds very lucrative or interesting, and within demanding and stressful healthcare environments it is usually last to receive attention. Even if healthcare workers do think about these issues, they often do not have as much time as they would like to invest in fecal management, and they have had few options to choose from until now. Consure Medical has developed Qora, a novel stool management kit, that not only improves management, patient care, and provides ease of...

September 14th, 2017 by Elena Fields Levitan
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Medtronic is launching its new StealthStation ENT surgical navigation system for ear, nose, and throat procedures following both FDA and CE Mark clearances. The system works by setting up an electromagnetic field around the area being worked on, and then using this field as a coordinate system to accurately track the location of instruments. The field is established thanks to an emitter that is placed under the patient's head, effectively staying out of the way of clinicians working on the patient. StealthStation ENT sports a feature called "Virtual Endoscopy" that...
Endomag, a company with offices in Cambridge, UK and Austin, Texas, obtained the European CE Mark to introduce its Magseed injectable marker, a product already available in the U.S. It's intended to be used by radiologists to mark the location of a tumor within the breast so that the surgeon can easily spot during the resection or biopsy even weeks later. The Magseed takes only minutes to inject into the breast and, once positioned, the patient is free to go on with her normal daily routines. The company promises that...
At the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada researchers have developed and tested a new bio-ink that may serve as a critical building block for manufacturing replacement tissues and organs. The technology will hopefully speed up the quest to heal a great deal of conditions and diseases by implanting perfectly healthy body parts in place of faulty ones. The bio-ink is made of gelatin methacrylate (GelMA), a hydrogel, laden with living cells. Though it can be molded into different shapes and even extruded through the working tip of a 3D...
For years, Len Testa has been using mathematical models to help families answer one of their most challenging questions: how to optimize summer vacation by selecting the best theme parks with the shortest lines, the best restaurants, and the most cost effective hotels? His website, Touring Plans, provides all the decision making your family of four will hopefully need to make the most of your next trip to Disney World. Today, however, Len has his sights set on a bigger challenge: clinical decision making for diabetes management. Len's new interest is driven by his...

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