7 medtech stories we missed this week: June 30, 2017
[Image from unsplash.com]From ConforMIS touting its knee replacement study to Consulting Radiologists’s new breast cancer detection tool, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. Study: Low-dose CT scanning improves Ankylosing Spondylitis assessment A new study has shown that low-dose computed tomography (LD-CT) is more sensitive than X-rays for monitoring disease progression in people who have Ankylosing Spondylitis, according to a June 15 press release. LD-CT has previously been proven to be sensitive and reliable when assessing bone growth in different patients. The new study is designed to compare how well it can show the formation of new bony growth (syndesmophytes) and an increase in size in syndesmophytes. The study showed that LD-CT was more consistent when detecting these bone growths in AS patients than X-rays. About 30% of the patients in the study showed bony proliferation at three or more sites using LD-CT, while only 6% showed on conventional X-rays. The lead author was Dr. Anoek de Koning from the Leiden University Medical Centre in Leiden, Netherlands. 2. ConforMIS touts total knee replacement implant study ConforMIS announced in a June 13 press release announced study results for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients treated with customized individually made (CIM) implants or standard off-the-shelf (OTS) implants. There were 248 participants in the study. About 3.3% had events at discharge with...
ConclusionBy conducting this systematic review on 8 valid studies, it was found that the cost-effectiveness of an imaging test strongly depends on the pretest likelihood of disease. The included studies on cost-effectiveness provide conflicting evidence in support of the use of SPECT in diagnosis of coronary artery disease. This study showed that the cost-effectiveness of an imaging test varied between subgroups of patients.
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: European UrologyAuthor(s): Felix Preisser, Elio Mazzone, Sebastiano Nazzani, Marco Bandini, Zhe Tian, Michele Marchioni, Thomas Steuber, Fred Saad, Francesco Montorsi, Shahrokh F. Shariat, Hartwig Huland, Markus Graefen, Derya Tilki, Pierre I. KarakiewiczAbstractCytoreductive radical prostatectomy (CRP) may offer a survival advantage, according to several retrospective analyses. However, few data are available regarding the morbidity of radical prostatectomy in the metastatic setting. We addressed intra- and postoperative complications of CRP relative to radical prosta...
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: European UrologyAuthor(s): Ilaria Cavarretta, Nicasio Mancini, Andrea Salonia
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: European UrologyAuthor(s): Atiqullah Aziz, Matthias May, Oliver W. Hakenberg, Sabine D. Brookman-May
CONCLUSIONThe significance of BDR for pT2 or higher advanced GBC without biliary infiltration was equivocal because the patients received no survival benefit by undergoing BDR.
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: European Journal of Surgical OncologyAuthor(s): Maria Anna Smolle, Michael Parry, Lee Jeys, Seggy Abudu, Robert GrimerAbstractObjectivesSynovial sarcoma, a distinct subtype of soft tissue sarcomas (STS), is typically found in young patients. Long history of symptoms and heterogeneous clinical presentation sometimes delays diagnosis. Children have been reported to have a better prognosis than adults in some series.The main emphasis of this study was to determine differences between children and adults and to investigate prognostic factors regarding cancer specific survi...
ConclusionTPE is an invasive treatment for rectal cancer with high 30-day mortality in elderly patients. Oncological outcomes are similar in elderly and younger patients. Therefore, TPE should not be withheld because of high age only, but careful patient selection is needed.
ConclusionsThe nomograms were able to more accurately predict 3- and 5-year OS and CSS of patients with GISTs than were existing models.
Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: The Lancet Respiratory MedicineAuthor(s): Sanjeevan Muruganandan, Maree Azzopardi, Deirdre B Fitzgerald, Ranjan Shrestha, Benjamin C H Kwan, David C L Lam, Christian C De Chaneet, Muhammad Redzwan S Rashid Ali, Elaine Yap, Claire L Tobin, Luke A Garske, Phan T Nguyen, Christopher Stanley, Natalia D Popowicz, Christopher Kosky, Rajesh Thomas, Catherine A Read, Charley A Budgeon, David Feller-Kopman, Nick A MaskellSummaryBackgroundIndwelling pleural catheters are an established management option for malignant pleural effusion and have advantages over talc slurry pleurode...
ConclusionDiagnostic accuracy of FLAIR in detection of acute subarachnoid hemorrhage in patients presenting with severe headache taking lumbar puncture as gold standard is higher and reliable.
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