BioSig taps Minnetronix to develop new cardio display system

BioSig Technologies has contracted with Minnetronix to develop the first version of its Pure EP system, according to a letter to shareholders disclosed Friday. BioSig, based just outside Minneapolis, is developing a cardiac signal acquisition and display system which is designed to assist electrophysiologists in making clinical decisions for patients with abnormal heart rates and rhythms, including

Augmented reality will change the way you view surgery

Royal Philips, a leader in integrated image-guided therapy solutions, recently developed an augmented reality approach to spinal surgery, helping surgeons perform image-guided open and minimally-invasive surgery. When placing pedicle screws, the augmented reality (AR) technology had an overall accuracy of 85%, compared to the 64% accuracy of non-AR assisted surgical navigation. Ronald Tabaksblat, senior vice president and

Physio-Control has a battery problem with its LifePak 1000 AED

Physio-Control said last week that it is launching a voluntary field action for its LifePak 1000 defibrillator, after reports that the device can shut down unexpectedly during treatment. The Redmond, Washington–based company has received 34 reports describing instances when customers have attempted to use the LifePak device and it has shut down due to an

Oventus announces U.S. launch of O2Vent T device for sleep apnea

Oventus, a Brisbane-based medical device company seeking to change the way sleep disorders are treated, announced the U.S. launch of O2Vent T, the first and only FDA-cleared sleep disorder device that provides relief for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) via a unique, separate airway that avoids multiple sites of obstruction, including the nose, the soft palate

How simulation software is enabling human-like robots

MSC Adams simulation software helped researchers at Japan’s Kyusyu Sangyo University design robots that move like people, providing a new tool for testing medical technologies.  MSC Software One of the most prominent areas of focus in the robotics industry today is the design of more human-like robots. Giving human features to robots offers tremendous advantages

Touch Surgery simulations are even more amazing: Here’s how

Touch Surgery, which already boasts a community of 1.5 million using its mobile surgical simulations, is upping its game when it comes to making the platform even more immersive. Touch on Friday announced a partnership with DAQRI to add augmented reality capabilities to the simulations using  DAQRI smart glasses. “To date, we have delivered our

Surgical equipment market to double to more than $20 billion

The global surgical equipment market is poised to reach a value of $20.3 billion by 2025, according to a report from Grand View Research. The worldwide market for surgical equipment was $9.9 billion in 2015 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.6% over the next seven years. The study says the rise of minimally invasive procedures is

Medical robotics has a future in China

A host of medical robotics outfits have emerged in China in recent years as companies seek to take advantage of the country’s growing need to automate medicine, GCiS China Strategic Research analyst Siao Tin Soh writes in Robohub. China’s medical robots market was up more than a third in 2016, to 791 million Chinese yuan

Mitral versus aortic valves: Here’s another reason they’re different

Aortic and mitral heart valves use different strategies to stay alive when they become cut off from oxygen and diseased, according to new research out of Rice University. The findings surprised the Rice bioengineers, led by professor Jane Grande-Allen, who used both physical and computer models of heart valves in their study. They custom-designed bioreactors

Balloon catheters: What are some key design considerations?

Katie Karmelek/Product Manager/Vention Medical Balloon catheters are used in a wide range of minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including dilating vessels, opening blockages, delivering stents, and more. There are many factors to consider when designing a balloon catheter, including the application, type of balloon, type of catheter, and device performance requirements. Applications The application for

CytoSorbents gains on German reimbursement win

CytoSorbents Corp. (NSDQ:CTSO) shares jumped 9% to $5.35 apiece today after the company reported that it landed a permanent reimbursement procedure code for its CytoSorb therapy in Germany. The Monmouth Junction, N.J.-based company developed its blood purification therapy to treat inflammation in critically-ill patients and for use during cardiac surgery. CytoSorb is an extracorporeal cytokine

What is co-extrusion tubing?

Tom Moore/Technical Sales Manager/Raumedic Inc.  Co-extrusion presses two or more materials through a single die, resulting in one piece. It requires two or more extruders, each providing a pre-measured quantity of molten plastics for the end product. Co-extruded tubing serves many purposes in the medical market, particularly with medical devices. Co-extruded tubes can contain internally hardened tubes

Circulatory support without surgery for heart failure patients

Chronic heart failure patients draw hope from a new technology. A team of life science entrepreneurs in Houston, Texas has developed the first catheter-deployed circulatory assist device intended for long-term use. Procyrion’s Aortix provides a minimally-invasive treatment option for the more than two million chronic heart failure patients in the U.S. alone who are too

Array of implanted electrodes stimulates nerve cells in spinal cord injuries

Researchers from the Oregon State University College of Engineering and the University of Utah demonstrated how patients with spinal cord injuries could regain use of paralyzed limbs using a tiny array of electrodes. The team’s work was published in Frontiers in Neuroscience. When the spinal cord is damaged, it interrupts the flow of electrical signals

Adams simulations help diagnose knee problems

Despite great strides in biomechanics, there are surprising gaps in our understanding of the human body and how it works. For example, the knee joint is at the center of a kinetic chain that starts at the foot and eventually connects the pelvis. But the connection between the tibia and femur provides little geometric constraint.