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

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

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

Medacta launches new hip implant and celebrates 20,000 GMK Sphere Knee implants

Medacta International, the privately held family-owned global designer of innovative joint replacement and spine surgery products, showcased its new MasterLoc Hip System and GMK Sphere Knee at the 26th American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Annual Meeting, held from November 10 to 13, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. “Medacta’s commitment to surgical innovation is on display

For malignant biliary obstruction, plastic stents may be cost-effective alternative

Preoperative biliary drainage (PBD) with stent placement has been commonly used for patients with malignant biliary obstruction. In PBD, the placement of fully covered self-expandable metal stents (FCSEMSs) may provide better patency duration and a lower incidence of cholangitis compared with plastic stents. But a new study suggests that plastic stents may provide similar outcomes

Lightpoint Medical’s surgical robotics product wins top engineering prize

Lightpoint Medical’s surgical imaging system, LightPath, has won ‘new electronic product of the year’ and the coveted ‘grand prix’ at the British Engineering Excellence Awards. The LightPathTM Imaging System helps surgeons to precisely locate cancer cells, ensuring diseased tissue can be cleared in a single operation. It is the first commercially available imaging device with this

Medical augmented reality to reach inflection point by 2018-2019, says ABI Research

Medical augmented reality (AR) activity is tentatively used today in first responder training and education. But ABI Research predicts that the market, particularly smart glasses or head-mounted devices, will hit an inflection point between 2018 and 2019. The report, “AR in Telemedicine, Training and First Responder Medical Applications” predicts that after first responders adopt the technology, the

In-utero heart surgery patient is now 3 and healthy

At just 24 weeks of gestation, Tucker Roussin underwent fetal surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to treat a life-threatening tumor connected to his heart. Now, he is a healthy 3-year-old preschooler, the hospital reported today. Intrapericardial teratoma is a rare, rapidly growing tumor that can be detected while the child is in utero.

Titan Spine initiates full U.S. launch of new nanoLOCK Surface Technology

Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on developing innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced that it has expanded the distribution of its line of endoskeleton titanium implants featuring the company’s new proprietary nanoLOCK surface technology nationwide. The full U.S. launch follows the successful alpha introduction of the nanoLOCK technology initiated recently in

Dutch Mellon Medical unveils major innovation in surgical suture technology: Single-handed suturing using the Switch

Mellon Medical is unveiling a patented ground-breaking global innovation in suturing technology. The company has developed a platform technology for suturing with a single hand. The Switch, a disposable precision-suturing instrument, enables surgeons to suture tubular and layered structures about twice as fast as the conventional technique. The technology is expected to reduce the risk

Robot in the cath lab takes surgeons out of radiation’s way

A recently devised robotic system aimed at cath-lab interventions reduces the radiation exposure of surgeons by 95% while still allowing precise sub-millimeter measurement and 1 mm advancement accuracy. Physicians who have used the equipment say that by optimizing stent selection and positioning, the CorPath Vascular Robotic System lets them position the right stent in the

HSE presents the new MiniVac Gas Evacuation Unit

The MiniVac Gas Evacuation Unit from Hugo Sachs Elektronik provides an ideal way to safely scavenge gas anesthesia used in small animal surgical procedures. The MiniVac can be used in conjunction with either the Fluosorber or the F/air filter canisters. Alternatively, it can be integrated directly to the main exhaust of the building. The MiniVac