OCTANe Medical Technology Investors Forum gears up for healthcare value

Medical technology leaders continue to discuss the best ways to approach the changing landscape of healthcare. In offering higher levels of healthcare value, Bill Carpou, CEO of OCTANe, told Medical Design & Outsourcing that improving patient outcomes will be driven by artificial intelligence, augmented reality and virtual reality. OCTANe will be showcasing these and other

Self-propelled catheter moves through bronchi like an earthworm

Japanese researchers have created a catheter that can navigate by itself through some of the thinnest branches of the bronchi. Pulmonary lesions are biopsied to diagnose or treat respiratory illnesses like lung cancer. Bronchoscopy is the standard method for manual biopsies. The bronchi branches into different directions and progressively gets thinner and more difficult to

UK design firm touts new device as the ‘Nespresso of auto-injectors’

People living with chronic diseases often have to treat themselves at home using a medical device like an auto-injector. The process can be nerve-wracking, because it requires the patient to follow a number of important steps – like properly storing their drugs and warming them to the correct temperature at the time of injection. These

Spinal cord stimulator could curb opioid prescriptions: Here’s how

The first implantation of Nuvectra’s Algovita Spinal Cord Stimulation System was recently performed in Northern California. The FDA-approved Algovita SCS System was able to successfully treat a injured veteran’s chronic pain to reduce the use of opioids to battle the pain. “Following injuries sustained in the line of duty, this particular patient had multiple surgeries

How a smartphone app can detect concussions on the sidelines

A new app from the University of Washington could screen for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries from a smartphone. Researchers at the University of Washington are currently working to develop a smartphone app that can detect brain injuries when they happen. The app’s goal is to detect the injuries on the sidelines of sports

This paper-based test quickly diagnoses Zika

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a paper-based test that is able to diagnose the presence of Zika virus in 20 minutes. The MIT-developed test is a cheap, portable and easy-to-use diagnostic test that could be used in countries where Zika is prominent, but tests that measure viral RNA in the bloodstream are not.

Researchers build flexible electronics quickly and inexpensively

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created one of the most functional flexible transistors in the world. The process to create it is fast, simple and inexpensive enough that it is easily scalable to the commercial level, according to the researchers. The advance could enable manufacturers to create “smart” wireless capabilities for a number

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

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

Avacen receives Health Canada nod for fibromyalgia pain relief device

Avacen’s medical device designed to treat joint pain from arthritis recently received licensing from Health Canada to use the device for treating fibromyalgia. The Avacen 100 Class II medical device was previously licensed to treat joint pain that comes with arthritis for a drug-free muscle relaxer. Before the device’s new licensing, the only way to

6 innovative pediatric devices you need to know

The creators of six innovative pediatric devices received a total $250,000 in prize money at the fifth annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium, co-located this year at AdvaMed’s The MedTech Conference in San Jose, Calif. The event – organized by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System and sponsored by National

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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

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