A $10 microchip helps create 3D ultrasound images: Here’s how

Researchers have used the same accelerometer technology that comes in a smartphone to give $50,000 ultrasound machines 3D imaging capabilities using a $10 microchip. A team of doctors and engineers at Duke University and Stanford University have used a fingernail-sized microchip that is mounted on a traditional ultrasound probe to relay 2D images of what

Insightec wins most innovative medical technology of 2017

Insightec’s Exablate Neuro has won the Galien Foundation’s award for most innovative medical technology of 2017 at the 11th Annual Prix Galien USA Awards. The award ceremony took place on Oct. 26 at the American History Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Exablate Neuro is an ultrasound device that is FDA-approved to treat

Medtech stories we missed this week: Oct. 20, 2017

From InspireMD’s distribution deal to RenalGuard touting a new study, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. InspireMD inks Chile distribution deal InspireMD announced in an Oct. 12 press release that it has signed a distribution deal with CorpMedical Chile to distribute the MGuard Prime

Theraclion makes strides with echotherapy in Germany, Hong Kong

Theraclion (Malakoff, France) today announced wins when it comes to use of its echotherapy treatment in Germany and Hong Kong. The Heilfürsorge Bundespolizei (medical insurance of the federal German police force) now covers echotherapy for both breast fibroadenomas and thyroid nodules. “It is a strong mark of recognition for our technology that the German federal police

Medtech stories we missed this week: August 4, 2017

From MDCorp inking a European distribution deal to Align Technology’s North Carolina expansion, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. MDCorp inks distribution deal with Smart Endoscope Systems MDCorp announced in a July 31 press release that it has signed a distribution agreement with Smart Endoscope

Researchers create ‘ultrasound drill’ to attack thrombosis

North Carolina researchers have developed a new surgical tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down blood clots that could cause deep vein thrombosis. The ultrasound “drill”, called that because it can be aimed directly ahead, could allow physicians to better target clots and reduce treatment time, according to researchers from North Carolina State

Endra Life Sciences IPO to raise $8.4 million

Endra Life Sciences’s IPO offering, which closes tomorrow, is expected to raise $8.4 million as the company seeks to commercialize its Thermo Acoustic Enhanced Ultrasound (TAEUS) in Europe. Endra announced May 9 that the IPO would involve 1.68 million units – each including one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase an additional share of

The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2017

Medtech startups face more challenges than they have in the past, but several companies are developing products that take advantage of new technology and are specifically designed to meet healthcare’s evolving needs.    The number of medtech startups has declined. Thirty years ago, the medtech field averaged 1,500 startups; it slid to about 600 by

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Exact Imaging announces new app for micro-ultrasound system

Micro-ultrasound systems company Exact Imaging (Toronto) said today that it is offering a new FusionVu micro-US/MRI fusion application that complements its ExactVu micro-ultrasound system used in prostate imaging and biopsy. Exact Imaging officials describe the approach behind FusionVu as an easy, cost-effective “cognitive assist” for the urologist. The urologist can quickly import radiological reports from MRI scans

How to make ultrasound zap tumors in a moving organ

Researchers led by the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing think they’ve overcome the challenges standing in the way of using ultrasound to kill cancer tumors in organs that move with breathing. Until now, health practitioners have mostly limited ultrasound to treating prostate cancer, bone metastases and uterine myoma, according to the Fraunhofer Institute (Bremen, Germany). Organs

Medtech stories we missed this week: March 3, 2017

Several clinical study results were published this week, while other companies reached distribution deals. Here are some medtech stories we missed this week but were still worth mentioning. 1. Health Canada approves Ventripoint’s complete heart analysis system for 2D ultrasounds Ventripoint Diagnostics received a license from Health Canada for its new VMS-Plus machine and the 4-chamber

Konica Minolta’s new ultrasound system includes intuitive navigation

Konica Minolta Healthcare today announced the launch of its J5 Ultrasound System, a portable system with touch-screen intuitive navigation that it claims produces high-quality real-time images of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system. The new technology delivers the workflow benefits and diagnostic accuracy required to make critical point-of-care decisions during MSK evaluations. “The J5 release highlights our

How ultrasound could help fight inflammatory bowel disease

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have successfully delivered RNA strands to colon cells using ultrasound waves to reduce the production of a protein in inflammatory bowel disease in mice. The research team was able to use their 2015 research where they used ultrasound waves to enhance drug delivery

Whale Imaging launches G-Arm Duo imaging system

Whale Imaging, leading designer and manufacturer of the  G-Arm and Sigma Series ultrasound medical imaging systems, announced FDA 510(k) clearance of the G-Arm B6 Duo. The B6 Duo is the next generation of the G-Arm with major improvements including axial tilt and greater table access. “We’re thrilled to be launching this sooner than our original

Neural Analytics announces commercial launch of Lucid M1 Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System

Neural Analytics, a medical device company developing technology to measure, diagnose and track brain health, announced the commercial launch of its Lucid M1 Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System, a portable brain monitoring system designed to measure cerebral blood flow velocities within the head and neck. The company also said that it has joined the Society of