Medtech stories we missed this week: May 25, 2018

From Mauna Kea receiving FDA clearance to Medacta getting clearance for its pedicle screw placement guide, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Mauna Kea wins FDA nod for neurosurgery indication Mauna Kea announced in a May 24 press releasethat it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for

This portable device detects low white blood cell counts

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a portable device that has the potential to be used to monitor white blood cell levels at home without the need for blood samples. A sharp drop in white blood cell counts is a major side effect of chemotherapy, leaving patients with the potential of developing a serious

Medtech stories we missed this week: May 11, 2018

From ReShape submitting an approval application to Health Canada to Conavi receiving FDA clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. ReShape submits for Health Canada approval of ReShape balloon ReShape announced in a May 10 press releasethat it has submitted an application to the Medical Devices Bureau of

Zeiss touts new enhanced software technology

Zeiss recently launched its new software modules with enhanced imaging technology. The technology, known as Zeiss Zen Connect, is designed for structural analysis, examination of cellular processes, localization of cells and more. Zeiss Zen software takes into account the functions of day-to-day work with microscopes and stands. The company says it enhances research with its

Wearable MRI glove gives new perspective to hand anatomy

A glove-shaped MRI component has shown the first clear images of bone, tendons and ligaments moving together, according to a new study from the New York University School of Medicine. The NYU study showcased how a MRI element design that is woven into garment-like detectors can create high-quality images of moving joints. The researchers suggest

How MIT researchers think calcium-based MRIs could boost brain imaging

MIT scientists have created a new magnetic resonance imaging sensor that monitors neural activity deep inside the brain by tracking calcium ions. Calcium ions are known to be directly linked to neuronal firing, which is different from the changes in blood flow that other MRI sensors detect. The new sensing method from MIT could let

Synopsys releases new Simpleware version

Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.) recently announced version N-2018.03 of its Simpleware 3D data visualization software, which is used in both life science and advanced materials and manufacturing applications. Improvements in the new version of Simpleware, announced in March, include: There’s automatic import and alignment of datasets. For example, there’s co-registration of MRI and CT scans

This augmented reality system projects medical images on the body

Augmented reality is helping doctors visualize what’s inside the body without having to pick up a scalpel, thanks to a new system from the University of Alberta. The system ProjectDR projects medical images like CT scans and MRI data directly onto a patient’s body in a way that moves with the body. “We wanted to

Zeiss adds Xradia Context microCT to X-ray portfolio

Zeiss has launched its new X-ray imaging instrument the Xradia Context microCT, which is a large field-of-view, non-destructive 3D X-ray microcomputed tomography system. The new Zeiss system is a tomographic imaging solution for 3D characterization and inspection needs for a variety of applications. The system allows users to easily adjust the system to enable imaging

How augmented reality and virtual reality devices are boosting medicine

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices have immense disruptive potential, with the capacity to change how the healthcare industry delivers patient care and provider training. These technologies are helping to take medicine outside clinical spaces and will present a wide range of opportunities for innovators as professionals continue to adapt. Tim Jennings,  Custom

How a new MRI technique is improving patient comfort

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have created a new technique for administering magnetic resonance imaging tests that helps patients be more comfortable and decreases testing time while increasing accuracy and reliability. The new test is called MR Multitasking and tackles a common problem cardiologists face which is getting a still image when the heart

Aranz Medical launches two new image capture products

Aranz Medical (Christchurch, New Zealand) has launched its two new smartphone-based imaging products in a multi-site clinical trial through Promore Pharma and in New Zealand’s Capital and Coast Digital Health Board. The new imaging apps SilhouetteLite+ and SilhouetteLite are portable and easy-to-use. They deliver accuracy and image consistent and collect measurement and documentation data securely

Masimo launches UniView data integration system

Masimo (Irvine, Calif.) recently announced that it has launched its UniView system to help promote data sharing and team coordination between multiple clinicians. The UniView system is an integrated display of real-time data and alarms that others its information from a number of Masimo and third-party devices. It helps clinicians in operating rooms, intensive care

This fluorescent dye could create clearer biological imaging

Massachusetts researchers have repurposed a commercially-available dye that has been around since the 1950s to make short-wave infrared easily available for clearer imaging. Fluorescence imaging is often used to visualize biological tissues or blood vessels during reconstructive surgery to see if vessels are connected properly. Currently, researchers use a dye that runs at the near-infrared

Medtech stories we missed this week: April 6, 2018

From CHF Solutions’s distribution deal to Guided Therapeutics’s licensing agreement, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but throught were still worth mentioning. 1. CHF inks Spanish distribution deal CHF Solutions announced in an April 5 press release that it has signed a distribution agreement with Dimedix Surgical. The distribution agreement will allow