Blood metal ion levels help determine low-risk ARMD patients

A new study suggests that blood metal ion levels can determine patients who have a low risk of having adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD). Patients who receive metal-on-metal artificial hips tend to be at risk of having complications due to ARMD. However, researchers discovered that blood metal ion levels that are specific to the

How Abiomed became a major medical device company

Abiomed has quickly climbed MDO’s Big 100 list, landing this year at 90th, and it has done so without major acquisitions. Fueling the global medtech company’s growth is a device with unique indications and a patient-centered business strategy. More than 60,000 patients have been treated using Abiomed’s Impella heart pumps – and every time the

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 6, 2017

From Intellijoint’s CE Mark to Patrona Medical and Kopis’ new partnership, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Intellijoint CE Mark for flagship hip navigation Intellijoint surgical announced in an Oct. 4 press release that it has received CE Mark for its Intellijoint HIP System in

Pediatric cardiac patients have better quality of life with ECMO

A new study has shown that cardiac patients who have been treated for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) have had overall favorable outcomes among survivors. ECMO gives breathing and heart support to critically ill children – artificially removing carbon dioxide and oxygenating red blood cells outside the body – while doctors treat other illnesses, according to

This cardiac catheter uses light and ultrasound to measure plaques

Researchers at the University of California at Davis combined ultrasound with light into a catheter probe to view the tiny arteries of the heart. The device uses intravascular ultrasound and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) to retrieve structural and biochemical information about plaque in the arteries to help predict heart attacks more reliably, according to the

What are orthopedic coatings?

Here are some important facts medical device designers need to know about orthopedic coatings, courtesy of Orchid. An orthopedic coating is used on implants to help improve the functionality of an implant. Usually, the coatings can help define the geometry and the mechanical strength of an implant, according to Orchid (Holt, Mich.). Coatings can be applied to

How Integer is creating cutting-edge disposable ortho surgical tools

With health providers increasingly demanding single-use devices, Integer successfully created disposable bone-cutting tools for its orthopedic device customers. Gary Victor, Integer Within healthcare today, there is a heightened focus on “value” – on the episode of care and the need to deliver improved patient care outcomes and lower overall costs. A related trend in the

Mellon Medical raises nearly $7 million for suturing tech

Dutch suturing tech company Mellon Medical said today that it has raised €6 million (equivalent to about $6.6 million) to advance its Switch instrument. Mellon Medical officials boast that their Switch single use precision-suturing instrument enables surgeons to suture tubular and layered structures about twice as fast as conventional methods. Reduced clamp time for many cardiovascular procedures

How 3D Systems helped separate conjoined twins

As 3D visualization and printing technologies improve, healthcare providers are able to plan for and increase the success of difficult surgeries. 3D Systems has a precision healthcare solutions team that provides simulation, surgical planning, and manufacturing. The team was recently involved in a rare case, in which conjoined twins were born as part of triplets.

This app turns your smartphone into an ultrasound to measure heart health

Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have turned a smartphone camera into an ultrasound to non-invasively give detailed information about someone’s heart health. Ultrasound scans take 45 minutes using the machine. Using the Caltech-developed app, the procedure is cut down to a minute or two. Huntington Medical Research Institute engineers created a technique that

Titan Medical adds Columbia University Med Center to Sport feasibility trials

Titan Medical (TSX:TMD) said today it inked a deal to add Columbia University Medical Center to the feasibility and validation studies of its robotic Sport surgical system. The Toronto-based company said it expects the study to commence at Columbia by the 4th quarter of 2017 and into 2018. “Single port robotic surgery has tremendous potential to be […]

Invuity is back with its PhotonBlade

Invuity has reintroduced its PhotonBlade to the market, more than three months after it recalled the minimally invasive surgery light due to “unintended energy discharge” during procedures. The new and improved PhotonBlade includes what Invuity officials describe as enhancements to improve energy delivery and provide optimized illumination performance.  The new PhotonBlade will ship to customers

Edwards Lifesciences has ‘key events’ around TAVR this week

Edwards Lifesciences is planning some important TAVR reveals during the PCR London Valves 2017 course that is underway. The Irvine, Calif.–based cardio devices company said yesterday that it plans to introduce the new Sapien 3 Ultra valve during the event, which runs until tomorrow. Edwards officials expect the Sapien 3 Ultra to receive CE Mark

How Abbott is making good on investor promises

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) has won FDA approval of MR-compatible ICDs – an indication that it could be making good executing on key priorities it inherited when it acquired St. Jude Medical for $25 billion early this year. The news today “lends incremental credibility to our thesis that ABT can and will have a positive impact on STJ

This pen can diagnose cancer in tissue in seconds

Scientists and engineers in Texas have created a pen-like device that can accurately recognize cancer in tissues during surgery. A team at the University of Texas at Austin has invented a tool used during surgeries that can give results in about 10 seconds, which is 150 times faster than current technology, according to the researchers.