17 black innovators who made medtech better

From cardiology to endoscopy to blood transfusion, African Americans have played an important role as innovators in the history of medicine and medtech. To help mark African American History Month, here’s a look at some of their greatest achievements. Here are 17 black innovators who have made discoveries and invented devices to make medtech better.

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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

That time Roald Dahl invented a medical device

Roald Dahl is best remembered as an author of children’s books, particularly for works like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda. His stories have sold more than 250 million copies around the globe. But Dahl was much more than a storyteller: He also helped invent a medical device that has been used on nearly 3,000 children worldwide, according

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. 27, 2017

From RadiaDyne’s FDA expansion to NuVasive launching its new implants, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. FDA expands indications for RadiaDyne’s OARtrac dose monitor RadiaDyne announced in an Oct. 24 press release that it has received additional FDA clearance for its upcoming OARtrac. The OARtrac allows

The top 10 medical disruptors of 2018

Each year the Cleveland Clinic determines what the top 10 disruptors in healthcare will be for the following year. The criteria to be considered a disruptor is that it has to be so innovative that it could change healthcare in a significant way in the next year. Approximately 150 to 200 Cleveland Clinic physicians from

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Medtech stories we missed this week: September 8, 2017

From BrainScope’s pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device to EOS Imaging releasing new surgery planning software, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. BrainScope to develop pediatric traumatic brain injury assessment device BrainScope announced in a Sept. 7 press release that it will immediately start creating

Using robot assistance in neurosurgery for faster seizure mapping

Head shaved, a little boy rests on the operating table, deep under anesthesia. His parents have brought him to Boston Children’s Hospital in hopes of determining the cause of his seizures. Now, neurosurgeons Scellig Stone, MD, PhD, Joseph Madsen, MD, and their colleagues in the Epilepsy Center are performing a procedure designed to monitor seizure

7 ways neurostimulation could make our lives better

Neurostimulation is being used for a lot of different things that go beyond motor disorders and diseases. Neurostimulation is used to stimulate certain parts of the brain’s nervous system. It can be invasive with implants or it can be non-invasive with electrode-filled caps and ear clips. The neurostimulation market was worth an estimated $1.9 billion

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Brain implants last longer if they’re smaller: Here’s how

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have recently suggested that if electrodes implanted in the brain were smaller, the devices could last much longer. Diseases like Parkinson’s disease can be treated with electrical stimulations from electrodes that have been implanted in the brain. Implanted electrodes, however, can cause scarring which can make the electrodes less effective

New non-invasive brain stimulation method could treat autism and more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have figured out how to non-invasively deliver electrical stimulation to specific parts of the brain. In collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the IT’IS Foundation, the MIT researchers have placed electrodes on the scalps of patients to stimulate regions that are deep in the brain, making a

Researchers claim 100% cancer detection rate

Researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center say they have developed a multimodal optical spectroscopy probe that could provide better detection of common forms of cancer, enabling longer life expectancies and lower risk of recurrence. The team, which began work on the probe in 2015, have refined the invention and designed a new

Are we closer to a game-changing device for Parkinson’s disease?

University of Washington researchers say they’ve developed an advanced deep brain stimulation system to treat essential tremor and Parkinson’s without constantly being “on,” allowing for longer battery life and better treatment. The system utilizes electrodes on top of the brain to sense movement in parts of the body that experience essential tremor, alongside a deep

Algorithms gather brain data to train brain surgeons

Researchers in Europe have developed mathematical models and numerical algorithms that break down medical images like Lego bricks to help guide surgeons during brain surgery. University of Luxembourg and University of Strasbourg researchers collaborated to create algorithms to predict the deformation of the brain during surgery and give information pertaining to the current position of

Renishaw brings its stereotactic robot to Canada

The London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario, has installedRenishaw’s Neuromate stereotactic robot, the first instance of the robot in Canada. The procedure was a stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG), which uses an intracerebral electrode to measure electrical signals in the brain. The goal of the procedure is to figure out which part of the brain generate the sudden