Tag: Cardiac Surgery

Magnetic Tracking System for Flexible Surgical Robots

Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a magnetic tracking system for surgical robots to operate with dexterity within the body. The technology does not require patient or clinician exposure to radiation, and is much less expensive that pre-existing monitoring techniques. A magnet is embedded in the tip of the robot an (Read more...)

Optimizer System for Cardiac Contractility Modulation: Interview with Dr. Ishu Rao, Medical Director of Impulse Dynamics

Impulse Dynamics, based in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, has developed the Optimizer system, a device designed to improve myocardial contractility in patients with heart failure. The system is intended to improve the quality of life of heart failure patients by reducing the severity of their symptoms. At present, many heart failure patients have few opti (Read more...)

Respirix for Non-Invasive Cardiopulmonary Monitoring: Interview with CEO Eric Kriegstein

For patients with cardiopulmonary illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or congestive heart failure (CHF), few technologies exist to effectively monitor and manage their conditions in a convenient way. Pulmonary artery catheters and implants, that can help with monitoring, have successfully reduced heart failure hospitalizat (Read more...)

Universal Biomedical 3D Printing Ink Developed

3D printing is already used in medicine in many applications, but there’s still a great deal that custom-built implants could offer to patients. Bioinks, the materials from which bespoke implants can printed, may be the most important focus of research aimed at expanding the use of additive manufacturing, another term for 3D printing, in medi (Read more...)

Cardiovalve Wins FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement System

Cardiovalve announced that it received FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for its Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Replacement System. The company also received approval for an Early Feasibility Study of the device for tricuspid and mitral valve regurgitation indications. The Cardiovalve transcatheter system is designed for treatment of mitral a (Read more...)

nView Medical’s Fast 3D Intraoperative Imaging with Less Radiation: Interview with CEO Cristian Atria

Fluoroscopy is used in surgical procedures to visualize structures and tools in real-time, allowing surgeons to monitor the movement of a device, instrument, or body part. However, fluoroscopy is a 2D technology that can lead to surgical inaccuracies. Alternative 3D imaging systems provide higher accuracy, but they sometimes require pausing the sur (Read more...)

Artificial Self-Assembled Blood Vessels

A team of researchers headed by groups at University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University London have come up with a smart material that forms into new blood vessels. Made out of graphene oxide and a protein, the material is 3D printed and naturally forms into tubular shapes that are very similar to blood vessels. […]

On-X Ascending Aortic Prosthesis Cleared in EU

CryoLife, based in Kennesaw, Georgia, won EU regulatory clearance for the On-X Ascending Aortic Prosthesis (AAP) as a treatment option for people with poorly functioning aortic valves with a nearby ascending aortic aneurysm. The device, which combines a prosthetic valve and an ascending aortic prosthesis, can be implanted to address injured, damage (Read more...)