Medtech companies raised more than $738 million in Q2

Venture capital firms invested more than $738 million during the second quarter of 2018, $1 million less than the first quarter of this year, according to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and CB Insights. There was a total of 61 deals during Q2, an increase from the 48 that the industry saw during Q1.

3D color X-rays could help diagnose cancer, heart disease and more

New Zealand scientists performed the first-ever 3D, color X-rays on a human, using technology that could improve medical diagnostics in oncology, cardiology, neurology and orthopedics. Based on traditional black-and-white X-ray technology, the scanner incorporates the Medipix3RX detector chip, a particle-tracking technology developed for the CERN Large Hadron Collider. It was developed by the Medipix3 Collaboration, which

Band-aid-like patch boosts fluorescence brightness in diagnostic tests

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a high-tech metal nanostructure patch that increases fluorescence intensity by 100 times in medical diagnostic tests. Fluorescence-based biosensing and bioimaging technologies have been used to detect and image different biological species. It is convenient to use, but they have poor sensitivity. For example, the fluorescent signal

How a Slurpee straw inspired a smudge-free laparoscope

Engineering students at the University of Texas at Austin have created a laparoscope designed like a 7-Eleven Slurpee straw that keeps a laparoscopic camera smudge-free. Laparoscopes are fiberoptic camera tools used during minimally invasive procedures. Surgeons use the cameras to see inside the body, but some times the lens can get smudged. The device, called

Medtech stories we missed this week: July 6, 2018

From Zetta getting FDA clearance to Prescient Medical receiving CE Mark approval, here are five medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Zetta wins FDA clearance for Zoom MRI software Zetta announced in a June 25 press release that its MRI software has received FDA 510(k) clearance. The software, known as

How light-based imaging can help track cancer progression

University of Illinois researchers have developed a microscope system that images living tissue in real-time and in molecular detail to create a new tool for tracking tumor progression. The microscope system images living tissue without the need for chemicals or dyes. The technique, called simultaneous label-free autofluorescence multi-harmonic (SLAM) microscopy, uses precisely tailored pulses of

This algorithm analyzes medical images 1,000 times faster than usual

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that makes it easier and 1,000 times quicker to analyze medical images and 3D scans. Medical image registration is a technique that uses two medical images, such as MRI images, to compare and analyze the anatomical differences in detail. In this technique, doctors overlay images from

Medtech stories we missed this week: June 22, 2018

From Accuray’s India approval to Masimo and PositiveID launching a Bluetooth-enabled thermometer, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. India approves Accuray’s Radixact X9 radiation therapy device Accuray announced in a June 21 press release that it has received an Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Type Approval in India

Medtech stories we missed this week: June 8, 2018

From Royal Philips receiving FDA clearance to NeuroPace launching its epilepsy treatment device, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA clears Philips’s Ingenia Elition 3.0T MR scanner Royal Philips announced in a June 5 press release that it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Ingenia

This robotic system can automatically adjust ultrasound equipment

Neural Analytics today announced that it has won FDA clearance for a robotic system that can automatically adjust the company’s ultrasound equipment to monitor blood flow through the brain from outside the body. NeuralBot was designed to work with the company’s previously approved Lucid M1 transcranial Doppler ultrasound system, a portable all-in-one ultrasound system designed

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