Tag: surgery

Ultra Cheap Endoscope to Make Cancer Screenings More Common

Conventional endoscopes can get quite pricey these days, sometimes costing more than $100,000 a set. Moreover, they’re expensive to maintain because of intense cleaning regimens that are required to prevent transmission of infections. Engineers at the University of Leeds in the UK are working on bringing the price of endoscopes closer to $50 (Read more...)

HEMAsavR Helps to Recover More Intraop Blood

Ecomed Solutions, out of Mundelein, Illinois, is releasing its HEMAsavR device for blood capture and transfer during surgeries. The product helps to avoid allogeneic blood transfusions by not requiring specialized resources for collection and return to patient. Hospitals will therefore be able to gather more useful sterile and anti-coagulated blood (Read more...)

Surgical Electricity Used to Molecularly Reshape Tissues

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine and Occidental College have identified and are studying a new way performing surgery using electricity. Some tissues, such as the ears, cornea, and joints, have a collagen-rich extracellular matrix that can be manipulated using an electric current. The idea is that if you deform a piece of tissue, (Read more...)

Electrospinning Gun Protects Wounds with Nanofiber Mesh

An Israeli company called Nanomedic has begun showing off its impressive device for applying an electrospun material to the surface of wounds. Electrospinning involves using electricity to produce extremely fine polymer threads. This technology is almost always used during manufacturing. The SpinCare product is the first portable electrospinning de (Read more...)

Fingertip Elasticity Probe Helps Spot Breast Tumors

Our fingertips are incredibly sensitive biomechanical devices. They’re regularly used by physicians to feel out tumors during biopsy or excision surgeries. While reasonably effective, too many patients return for repeat procedures to remove missed bits of target lesions. Researchers at University of Western Australia have been working on (Read more...)

Mobilett Elara Max X-ray Cleared in the United States

Siemens Healthineers won clearance from the FDA for its Mobilett Elara Max X-ray system. The mobile device can be wheeled from room to room while the cables are safely hidden inside and the antimicrobial coating prevents the transfer of pathogens. The firm touts the system’s IT security features that help to maintain patient privacy whil (Read more...)

Microfluidic Device Measures Platelet Health in Minutes

Platelets are an important component of blood’s clotting mechanism. When platelets are not aggregating as well as they should, there might be a need for a platelet transfusion during clinical care. Platelet functionality is hard to determine quickly with current methods, but researchers at the University of Washington have developed a microfl (Read more...)

Diagnosing Esophageal Cancer More Accurately: Interview with Mark Rutenberg, CEO of CDx Diagnostics

Cancer of the esophagus is often related to chronic heartburn, something patients too often end up ignoring. The onset of the potentially deadly disease can be detected, though, given good enough imaging and regular screenings. The imaging component, that we’re particularly interested in, relies on physicians to take biopsies of random bits o (Read more...)