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

Medtech stories we missed this week: July 13, 2018

From Angiodroid receiving CE Mark approval to Masimo launching its vital signs app, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Angiodroid wins CE Mark for Angiopulse IABP Angiodroid announced in a July 11 press releasethat it has received CE Mark approval for its AngioPulse intra-aortic balloon pump

MedPlast completes Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics acquisition, rebrands as Viant

MedPlast announced that it has finished the acquisition of Integer Holding’s Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics business. The company plans to rebrand as Viant to showcase the new strategic direction. “Today marks an exciting day for our company. The addition of Integer’s business expands our capabilities and offerings and enables us to achieve our goal of

Integer sells advanced surgical, ortho lines to MedPlast

Integer (NYSE:ITGR) has completed the spinoff of its advanced surgical and orthopedics products lines to MedPlast, LLC for $600 million in cash. Announced in May, the deal will double MedPlast’s top line and bolster the balance sheet for Integer, which missed expectations with its first-quarter earnings. MedPlast also announced that it will rebrand under the name

Johnson & Johnson launches new self-shortening Dynacord suture

Johnson & Johnson through its DePuy Synthes franchise has announced the U.S. launch of its Dynacord suture for soft tissue repair in areas such as the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The Dynacord suture, available on Healix Advance anchors, is part of the DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine portfolio. J&J launched Dynacord today at the San

Turns out graphene can fight bacteria on implants

Graphene flakes that are arranged like spikes can kill bacteria and stop infections during implant surgery procedures, according to new research from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. Bacteria moves around the body in fluids like blood looking for an area to stick to. Once they find a place, the bacteria starts to grow

Minor orthopedic implant market to be worth $2.2 billion by 2021, analysts say

The minor orthopedic replacement implant market will grow from $1.5 billion in 2017 to $2.2 billion in 2021, according to analysts from The Business Research Co.. The company’s  Minor Orthopedic Replacement Implants report said the industry will experience an annual growth rate of over 7%,  driven by a higher rate of arthritis and fractures. Osteoarthritis

MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

K2M leads the pack with 3D printing for spine, analysts say

K2M (Nasdaq: KTWO) continues to lead the 3D printed spine device market with its new 3D printed Mojave expandable cage and its Cascadia family of 3D printed implants, according to a new equity research report out of Barclays. Leesburg, Va.–based K2M presently has a 3D printed portfolio with 10 approved products making up about 12%

13 orthopedic products from AAOS 2018 you need to know

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’s annual meeting is an opportunity for industry professional to come together and showcase some of their latest orthopedic solutions, research and technology. The meeting is being held in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center, March 6-10. This year, a number of orthopedic companies have launched some of their latest

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9 wearable medtech companies at the Wearable Technology Show

Digital health wearables are increasingly making medtech strides: They can measure heart vitals, temperature and even track when someone falls. The Wearable Technology Show 2018 — March 13–14 in London — is highlighting some of the latest wearable devices in the digital health realm. Showcased technologies include sensors to help orthopedic surgery patients, a watch to

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FX Solutions opens U.S. subsidiary FX Shoulder

FX Solutions (Viriat, France) recently opened its new U.S. subsidiary FX Shoulder in Dallas. The establishment will help FX Solutions expand its shoulder implant footprint into U.S. markets. As of Jan. 1, FX Shoulder is the exclusive distributor of products from FX Solutions. It products have been FDA approved since 2016, starting with the Humelock II

Qioptiq introduces new X-ray diagnostics system

Excelitas Technologies’ Qioptiq has introduced a new X-ray system lens and camera optimized for spine diagnostics. SlimLine for X-ray Diagnostics featuring Spine Mode is meant to enable automatic optimization of overexposed images. The goal is maximum contrast and visibility of the spine. When it is in its spine mode, SlimLine steadily searches for the interesting part of the picture. It optimizes

Medtech stories we missed this week: Jan. 19, 2018

From Privi Medical’s FDA clearance to OrthoXel getting FDA clearance and CE Mark approval, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Privi Medical wins FDA nod for hemorrhoid device Privi Medical has received FDA clearance for its Instalief Hemorrhoids Treatment device, according to a Jan. 18 news

Robotic spine surgery is getting a real-time image guide boost

For the first time, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital were able to harness real-time image guidance during a robotic spine surgery procedure to insert screws into a patient’s spine. The process offers a marked improvement over the accuracy of placement compared with other image-guided procedures. Dr. Nicholas Theodore – professor of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University