Tag: surgery

Photoacoustic Computed Tomography May Replace Mammographies for Breast Cancer Screening

Though mammography helps to provide early detection of breast cancer, it is a modality that suffers from limitations, particularly in dense breasts. A new technology, developed at Caltech, may have the potential to eclipse mammographies for spotting cancerous lesions. The photoacoustic system sends near-infrared laser light into breast tissue and d (Read more...)

Health Technology Briefs from the ITF Demo Floor

Medgadget was recently invited to attend the imec Technology Forum (ITF) conference in Antwerp, Belgium. One of the highlights of the conference was the demo floor where imec, which is a non-profit R&D innovation organization, had the opportunity to show off some cool technologies from their research teams, spinoff companies, and partner organi (Read more...)

TransEnterix Senhance Surgical Robotic System Cleared for Hernia Repair and Gallbladder Removal

TransEnterix, the first real competitor to have emerged to Intuitive Surgical in the assisted surgical robotics field, just won FDA clearance for new indications for its Senhance System. Specifically, laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) procedures can now be performed with the Senhance. The Sen (Read more...)

Cold Plasma Made Useful to Sterilize Medical Equipment

Cold plasma is a popular topic of research at Purdue University, including as a potential tool for killing cancer cells. It’s cold in the sense that only the electrons within the material are heated up to thousands of degrees, while the rest of the gaseous substance remains near room temperature. Now researchers at Purdue University [… (Read more...)

PLASMAT Combines Cold Atmospheric Plasma with Electro or Photoporation to Kill Cancer Cells

  Purdue University is reporting on a new method of targeting cancer cells, developed by scientists in its Nuclear Engineering department. Dubbed PLASMAT, the technique combines cold atmospheric plasma, an ionized gas that brings with it active oxygen or nitrogen species, and either laser-based or electric-based way of opening the membranes of (Read more...)

MasSpec Pen Spots Cancer on Surgical Samples

Most people undergoing a tumor excision go in knowing that the entirety of the offending tissue may not be removed successfully. Typically, tumors look just like healthy tissue and it takes quite a bit of time between when a sample is sent to the pathology lab and when the results come in. Therefore, repeat surgeries […]

4Dx Uses Algorithms to Better Visualize Lung Function

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects millions of people in the United States. The main method of diagnosis is the pulmonary function tests (PFTs), in which a patient breathes into a machine that measures pulmonary parameters. The disadvantage, however, is that pulmonary function tests take an “average” of a patient’s lung (Read more...)