FDA Clears Masimo ’s Go Anywhere Pulse Oximeter and Respiration Rate Monitor
Masimo won FDA clearance for its Rad-G pulse oximeter, a rugged device developed with the help of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Originally created to spot-check patients for SpO2 (oxygen saturation), respiration rate from the plethysmograph (RRp), pulse rate (PR), perfusion index (Pi), and pleth variability index (PVi®), this latest generation of the Rad-G allows for continuous monitoring as well. Thanks to the new Rad-G sensor, the oximeter can be used on both adults and children, allowing the same device to be used on all patients without having to switch the sensor. However, the Rad-G can use any of Ma...
Source: Medgadget - October 1, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiology Emergency Medicine Geriatrics Pediatrics Public Health Source Type: blogs

Jet Suit Paramedic Reaches Stricken Hikers in Seconds
Arriving as quickly as possible to the site of a medical emergency is a critical goal for any paramedic. It may be easy enough in urban and even rural areas, but when someone is stuck high up a mountain there are often no expedient options. Drones may offer help in certain cases, such as delivering external defibrillators for bystanders to use, but nothing can replace having a professional medic onsite. England’s Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), which operates in areas where people go hiking through remote terrains, is now testing a jet suit as a way to get paramedics quickly to just about anywhere....
Source: Medgadget - September 29, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Emergency Medicine Military Medicine Source Type: blogs

$1 Hearing Aid for Age-Related Hearing Loss
Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed an ultra low-cost hearing aid, for which all the components cost in total less than $1. Designed to be worn by people with age-related hearing loss, the technology provides much of the functionality of conventional hearing aids, but at a tiny fraction of the price. The device may represent a lifeline for hundreds of millions of people worldwide who need a hearing aid but can’t afford one. Age-related hearing loss is very common, and it can be isolating for older people. “The ability to hear makes a critical quality-of-life difference, especially to older people who ...
Source: Medgadget - September 28, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: ENT Geriatrics Rehab Source Type: blogs

Wireless Brain Implant to Give Sight to Blind
Scientists in Australia are gearing up for clinical trials of a brain implant that may restore limited sight in blind people. Developed at Monash University in Melbourne, the Gennaris system involves bypassing the eye completely and targeting the vision center of the brain. A person would wear a pair of glasses outfitted with a camera that, via a computer, feeds what it is seeing to the brain implant. The wireless implant is positioned on the surface of the brain and it can generate 172 different bright spots that the person can see. By properly producing these so-called phosphenes, it should be possible to provide ...
Source: Medgadget - September 25, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Neurology Neurosurgery Ophthalmology Rehab Source Type: blogs

X-Rays and Electron Beams Print 3D Soft Objects at High Resolution
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, have developed a new technique to 3D print soft objects, such as hydrogels, at a higher resolution than previously possible. The technique uses X-rays or electron beams to crosslink the gels, helping to create complex structures at a nanometer scale. The technique could have potential in creating engineered tissue constructs for regenerative medicine applications. Soft materials, such as hydrogels, have significant potential in tissue engineering, given their mechanical properties and biocompatible...
Source: Medgadget - September 24, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Source Type: blogs

Orbit Subretinal Delivery System for Gene Therapy: Interview with Mike Keane, CTO of Gyroscope Therapeutics
Gyroscope Therapeutics, a retinal gene therapy company, has developed the Orbit subretinal delivery system (SDS). The technology is designed to deliver therapies to the retina without the need for invasive procedures, such as vitrectomies, which involve removing the gel-like substance within the eye, or retinotomies, which involve making a hole in the retina. The company hopes that by combining medical devices that allow minimally invasive delivery with innovative gene therapies they can develop transformative therapeutic strategies. Gyroscope Therapeutics recently announced that the FDA has granted 510(k) clearance...
Source: Medgadget - September 22, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Genetics Medicine Source Type: blogs

CRISPR-Based Assay for Rapid and Inexpensive Malaria Testing
Researchers at the Harvard Wyss Institute have developed a rapid, inexpensive, and very sensitive malaria test that harnesses the power of CRISPR. The new technique does not require complicated sample preparation or processing, and it could allow for rapid on-site testing in low resource regions, aiding the campaign to eliminate malaria. Determining where malaria is being contracted is key to eradicating and treating it. However, such regions are usually remote and typically lack medical resources, making testing challenging. Current tests for malaria have poor sensitivity and often require expensive and cumbersome lab ...
Source: Medgadget - September 22, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Diagnostics Public Health Source Type: blogs

Philips Azurion Lung Edition for High Precision Bronchoscopy Procedures
Philips has just unveiled its Azurion Lung Edition system that combines a number of technologies that improve how minimally invasive procedures in the lungs are performed. The system relies on Cone Beam CT imaging, to provide a high resolution 3D view of the lungs, along with X-ray guidance for clear awareness of the anatomy being worked on and the tools within. A combination of additional hardware and software features work together to help with thoracoscopic surgeries, biopsies, and lesion ablations that are common when diagnosing and treating lung cancer. Using the Azurion Lung Edition it is possible to complete endobro...
Source: Medgadget - September 22, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Oncology Radiology Thoracic Surgery Source Type: blogs

EchoNous KOSMOS 3-in-1 Ultrasound, Electronic Stethoscope, and ECG Helps with COVID-19
EchoNous, a developer of novel ultrasounds, has found a way to leverage multiple critical clinical technologies within a single device. The result is KOSMOS, a handheld 3-in-1 device consisting of an ultrasound, electronic stethoscope, and an ECG, all linked via artificial technology. When COVID-19 was hitting NYC earlier this year, EchoNous was able to use KOSMOS to help diagnose COVID patients and to inform on treatment strategies. We had a lovely chat with Dr. Richard Hoppmann, a key member of EchoNous, Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina, and the Director of the Ultrasou...
Source: Medgadget - September 21, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Alice Ferng Tags: Cardiology Critical Care Diagnostics Exclusive Informatics Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Intestinal Organoids Mimic Human Gut
Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a mini intestine on a chip that closely mimics the morphology and cellular composition of the small intestine. The device could be useful for advancing personalized medicine, drug screening, and even paving the way for researchers to grow new tissues and organs in the lab for use in regenerative medicine. Creating organoids typically involves assembling stem cells to form miniature versions of tissues or organs. However, existing approaches are limited in how closely they can mimic native human tissues, and researc...
Source: Medgadget - September 17, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: GI Materials Medicine Source Type: blogs

Wireless EEG for Fast Prep and Easy Use: Q & A with Aswin Gunasekar, CEO of Zeto
Electroencephalography (EEG) devices are incredibly helpful in diagnosing and monitoring certain brain disorders, such as epilepsy and strokes. However, they are not particularly user-friendly or convenient, with specialized technicians performing time consuming procedures, such as skin preparation, to get patients ready to undergo the procedure. A combination of messy gels and wires also makes for an uncomfortable and inconvenient experience for patients. In response, Zeto Inc., a medtech startup based in California, has developed a new EEG device that sits on the head like a bicycle helmet. The headset does not requir...
Source: Medgadget - September 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Neurology Source Type: blogs

LightForce Orthodontics, Maker of 3D Printed Braces, Raises $14M Series B
The orthodontics market is expected to realize significant growth in the coming years with projected growth to $9.72 billion by 2026 ($4.06 billion in 2018). Technology advancement in the industry has largely been driven by invisible, clear aligners that can be removed for eating and cleaning. Aligners progressively reposition teeth through controlled force without the tightening required with traditional metal braces. Despite aesthetics and ease of use, an estimated 80% of patients have alignment problems that still require braces for treatment, restricting the market share that leading aligner solutions, like Invisal...
Source: Medgadget - September 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Dentistry Exclusive Source Type: blogs

ReStore Exosuit Shows Positive Trial Results for Stroke Rehab
Soft exosuits that provide assistive force during movement could be a game changer for patients with mobility issues. Such devices can help enhance rehabilitation and assist patients while they perform everyday tasks. The idea with such technology is that the soft suit feels almost like a piece of clothing and applies force gently and evenly to affect natural movement. This latest suit, the ReStore exosuit from ReWalk Robotics, has been FDA cleared for use in patients who have experienced a stroke and now have a mobility issue. A recent trial has assessed the ReStore exosuit in terms of safety, feasibility, and reliabil...
Source: Medgadget - September 15, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Neurology Rehab Source Type: blogs

Graphene Facemask to Deactivate Coronaviruses and Bacteria
Researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have developed a face mask containing laser-induced graphene that can kill bacteria and has demonstrated potential in deactivating coronaviruses. The graphene layer has antibacterial properties and can generate heat when exposed to sunlight, which may underlie its ability to deactivate coronaviruses. The researchers hope that such masks could help to reduce viral transmission and infection during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Face masks are an important part of our arsenal in the fight against COVID-19, but if used incorrectly, they can pose an infection risk. Viral parti...
Source: Medgadget - September 14, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Public Health Source Type: blogs

Artificial Iris Inside Smart Contacts Corrects Vision Disorders
The pupil of the eye allows light to reach the retina, and a number of vision disorders are related to irregularities in the iris that surrounds the pupil. People with aniridia, for example, have some or all of the iris missing, exhibiting a large pupil that results in unfocused vision. Now, a collaboration between Imec, a Belgian research institution, Ghent University, Spain’s Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Fundación Jiménez Díaz, and Holst Centre in The Netherlands, has led to the development of an artificial iris integrated inside a contact lens that can automatically set the p...
Source: Medgadget - September 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials Ophthalmology Source Type: blogs

Oxygen-Releasing Bioink to Enhance Cell Survival in 3D Printed Structures
Researchers at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation in Los Angeles, California have developed an oxygen-releasing bioink that may be useful in 3D printing bioengineered cell constructs. This can help live cells to survive in limited oxygen environments, such as those that exist inside of 3D printed devices, in the first days after implantation. Heart cells in a bioink (top) without oxygen support and (bottom) with oxygen-releasing capabilities. Live cells are stained green, dead cells in red. Developing cell-encapsulating constructs, consisting of regenerative cells in a supportive biomaterial matrix, hol...
Source: Medgadget - September 10, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Medicine Plastic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Hyperpolarized Gas MRI for Pulmonary Disease Assessment: Interview with Richard Hullihen, CEO of Polarean Imaging
Polarean Imaging, a company based in North Carolina, is pursuing regulatory approval for clinical use of its hyperpolarized gas MRI. The technology is intended to assist in diagnosing respiratory conditions, something that would be particularly useful during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, Polarean produces equipment to generate hyperpolarized 129Xenon (HPX) or helium gas. In practice, the patient inhales some of the hyperpolarized gas, and then undergoes a 10-20 second MRI scan. Data published to date about the technology suggests that HPX MRI can enhance the MRI signal by 100,000-fold. Such an enha...
Source: Medgadget - September 9, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiology Diagnostics Exclusive Pathology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Laser-Controlled Microrobots Small Enough for Injections
Microrobotics researchers have been working for decades, in a seemingly futile attempt, to keep up with the miniaturization that has been achieved in the field of microelectronics. Although rudimentary microscopic robots have been developed, they have failed to take full advantage of conventional silicon electronics and so are limited in their functionality. Specifically, no one has developed an actuator at micrometer resolutions that can work with semiconductor processing and be triggered using conventional electronic signals. Now, researchers from Cornell University are reporting in the journal Nature that they have ...
Source: Medgadget - September 9, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials Nanomedicine Surgery Source Type: blogs

Electrocorticography Implant for Plug and Play Brain-Computer Control
Researchers at UC San Francisco have used an electrocorticography (ECoG) implant to develop a brain-computer interface that does not need to be recalibrated and retrained each time it is used, allowing an experienced user to plug in and begin using the system at any time. The technique could allow for brain controlled prosthetic limbs or wheelchairs for disabled people. “The brain computer interface field has made great progress in recent years, but because existing systems have had to be reset and recalibrated each day, they haven’t been able to tap into the brain’s natural learning processes. It&rsqu...
Source: Medgadget - September 9, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Neurology Neurosurgery Rehab Source Type: blogs

Keep A Breast Foundation and Carbon Health Partner on Self-Check App
Over 300,000 women in the US are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, with an estimated 12,000 of those diagnosed expected to be under the age of 40. Early detection is pivotal to ensuring a high likelihood of survival, which is why the Keep A Breast Foundation is doubling down on the importance of self-checks with their enhanced mobile app. According to Keep A Breast Medical Director Dr. Joel Evans, “The breast self-check is the simplest and easiest way to protect your breasts. Knowing your ‘normal’ is the only way to know if something needs further evaluation, which is the most importa...
Source: Medgadget - September 8, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Exclusive Informatics Medicine Ob/Gyn Oncology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Breaking Records – Traditional FDA 510(k) Cleared in 18 Days
On August 14, 2020, Arazy Group received its fastest Traditional 510(k) clearance via the FDA’s new expedited 30-day Triage Quick route. This is an option that the Triage Quick program is offering any Traditional 510(k) submission that meets its criteria. The Traditional 510(k) submission, K202068, which was sent for Triage Quick review on July 27, 2020 and was cleared only 18 days later. “Arazy Group’s clearance rate of eighty-four Traditional 510(k)s applications over the past 3 years is an average of 150 days. Through using its regulatory technology, LICENSALE® – Global Medtech Regi...
Source: Medgadget - September 8, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Arazy Group Consultants Tags: Releases - Featured Source Type: blogs

Wearable Ozone Therapy Device for Chronic Wound Treatment
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a wearable device that can administer antibacterial ozone gas to chronic wounds to help disinfect them. The technology could allow people to disinfect chronic wounds at home, and would be helpful in cases where wounds have been colonized by drug-resistant bacteria and aren’t responding to antibiotic therapy. Approximately 6 million patients in the U.S. have a chronic wound. This includes many patients with diabetes who develop foot ulcers. These wounds can have a significant impact on quality of life, mobility, and the ability to work. In many cases, chronic wounds c...
Source: Medgadget - September 8, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Medicine Plastic Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Soft Electronics for Advanced Heart Catheters
Researchers at George Washington University and Northwestern University have developed a new class of soft devices that can provide new functionality for catheters used in cardiac procedures. The new materials are soft electronics, including stretchable sensors and actuators, that when applied to the surface of a catheter system, could greatly assist in diagnosing and treating cardiac conditions. Catheter-based therapy for conditions such as cardiac arrhythmias is well-established. However, current catheters are quite rigid and do not conform particularly well to the soft tissues in which they are used. This makes it di...
Source: Medgadget - September 8, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiac Surgery Materials Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Jada System for Postpartum Hemorrhage: Interview with Rob Binney, CEO of Alydia Health
Alydia Health, a company based in Menlo Park, California, has developed the Jada System, a device designed to stop postpartum hemorrhage. The condition involves heavy bleeding after delivery of a baby. Affected women can experience extended hospital stays, and, unfortunately, can sometimes die. In fact, postpartum hemorrhage is a leading cause of maternal death in the US. Current treatments for the condition are not ideal, and include medications that can be too slow to work, and an inflatable balloon that slows or stops the bleeding, but takes 12-24 hours to work and can be uncomfortable.   These issues inspire...
Source: Medgadget - September 3, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Ob/Gyn Surgery Source Type: blogs

Electronic Skin Senses Pain, Temp, Pressure as Fast as Human Dermis
Scientists at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have announced the development of an artificial skin material that can sense pain, temperature, and pressure. It’s remarkable because it replicates how real skin responds to stimuli, which sends appropriate electric signals through neural pathways to the brain. The technology is slated to allow for life-like transmission of tactile sensations through prosthetic arms and legs, and may even help replace skin grafts with artificial solutions. According to RMIT, the electronic skin “replicates” how our native skin detects pain, sending out signals j...
Source: Medgadget - September 3, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials News Rehab Source Type: blogs

Exact Models of Aortic Heart Valves Help Prepare for Minimally Invasive Procedures
Complex transcatheter cardiac procedures, such as valve replacements, are often difficult to prepare for. Small anatomical differences can make big impacts on outcomes. Clinicians and researchers have been using models, both virtual and 3D printed, to improve procedural outcomes, design new devices, and to invent new therapeutic techniques. These models generally help professionals to understand nuances between patients, but they don’t reproduce the exact shapes and dynamics of moving tissues and structures. Now researchers at the University of Minnesota, with help from Medtronic, have developed a way of 3D print...
Source: Medgadget - August 31, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Materials Radiology Source Type: blogs

Elon Musk ’s Neuralink Shares More About Its Implantable Brain Stimulator
Neuralink, one of Elon Musk’s newest ventures, was founded in 2016 but little has been known about the startup other than that it would somehow actualize Musk’s vision of a revolutionary implantable brain device. During a webcast last week, Musk and his team unveiled a bit more about what the company has been up to, including a live demo involving a trio of pigs. The Neuralink implant, known as the “Link,” is essentially a miniaturized version of a deep brain stimulator. It’s a coin-sized device with a bundle of tiny wires, each five times thinner than a strand of human hair, protrudin...
Source: Medgadget - August 31, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Neurology Neurosurgery Source Type: blogs

LG Air Purifier Mask Makes Breathing Easy
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, companies around the world have been working on solutions to improve how the world responds to the crisis. LG, the giant South Korean electronics manufacturer, has just announced that it has developed a face mask that is an air purifier that cleans the air and makes it easy to breathe at the same time. The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier features two replaceable H13 HEPA filters that the firm already employs in its house air purifiers. Two built-in fans push air through, coordinated with the wearer’s breathing thanks to a sensor that detects respiratory activity in real time. ...
Source: Medgadget - August 28, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: OTC Public Health Source Type: blogs

Colon Explorer for Automatic Imaging and Biopsying of Polyps
Millions of colonoscopies are performed every year to spot cancer as early as possible. The routine nature of these procedures and the constant need for them to be performed has led researchers at University of Colorado Boulder to develop a robotic tank-like device for traversing, imaging, and even biopsying the colon and maybe even much of the rest of the GI tract. There are ingestable electronic pills that can take pictures of the gut as they travel from one end of the digestive system to the other. However, these are fairly limited devices and can’t pause to look over a suspect lesion, move to change their poin...
Source: Medgadget - August 27, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: GI Source Type: blogs

Origami Surgical Manipulator to Perform Microsurgeries
Robotic surgical assistants, such as the da Vinci systems from Intuitive Surgical, are now routinely used during laparoscopic procedures to improve operative precision, flexibility, and to manipulate multiple tools at once. Such devices can be quite complex inside and so they tend to be quite large, often taking up much of the space of an operating room. Moreover, they are still too cumbersome to operate on particularly fragile tissues and smaller anatomical structures. Now, a pair of researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and Sony Corporation have come up with a tiny robotic surgical assistant that’s as ...
Source: Medgadget - August 26, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials Neurosurgery Ophthalmology Plastic Surgery Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs

Ultrasound Imaging Using Only Piezoelectric Organic LEDs
At North Carolina State University, researchers have performed a remarkable trick, namely producing ultrasound images using nothing but piezoelectric organic light emitting diodes. This may be a big deal, as existing ultrasound devices rely on electronics and image reconstruction algorithms to convert sonic waves captured by transducers into intuitive renderings. Avoiding these altogether may allow for much cheaper, smaller, and more capable ultrasound systems, potentially revolutionizing the entire industry. The researchers believe that conventional devices, that currently cost tens of thousands of dollars, may soon be re...
Source: Medgadget - August 21, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Materials Radiology Source Type: blogs

Remote Control of Ventilators for COVID Patients Protects Clinicians from Infection
When dealing with patients infected by a contagious disease and that are suffering from acute respiratory distress, protecting clinicians is critically important. However, much of the bedside equipment that interfaces with patients in the intensive care unit has to be directly controlled, putting staff in close proximity with those infected. Now, a team at Johns Hopkins has developed a system that allows just about any device with a touch screen to be remotely operated. The new approach very much resembles a computerized engraver, or any similar tool with two orthogonal pairs of rails that move a stylus over a flat...
Source: Medgadget - August 20, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Cardiology Critical Care Public Health Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Alginate Biomaterial Evades Immune System to Enhance Stem Cell Therapy
Researchers at Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have developed an immuno-evasive alginate biomaterial hydrogel that can enhance stem cell therapy after myocardial infarction. Stem cells delivered to the heart within the biomaterial survive in greater numbers and for a longer period than cells delivered alone, resulting in a significant enhancement in healing. Stem cells hold huge promise as regenerative therapeutics, but they also demand specific requirements for successful use. One of the most important is their ability to stay and survive at the site of delivery. Simply injecting these cells into a tissu...
Source: Medgadget - August 19, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Cardiac Surgery Cardiology Materials Medicine Source Type: blogs

Smartphones Monitor Users ’ Movements to Detect Alcohol Intoxication
According to a new study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, your smartphone can tell you if you’re drunk. While this may seem like common sense to those who have witnessed the unsteady walk and unsavory speech from a friend who likely had a few too many drinks, a smartphone could be a proactive, real-time tool to complement a breathalyzer, help prevent drunk driving, and even reduce alcohol consumption for those trying to come clean. The premise is simple: in the same way that our smartphones use an accelerometer to help track our steps by monitoring our walking movements, this motion sensor...
Source: Medgadget - August 18, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Informatics OTC Rehab Source Type: blogs

Wearable Sweat Sensor Made from Microbial Nanocellulose
Researchers in Brazil have developed a wearable sweat sensor made from microbial nanocellulose. The natural polymer provides a breathable interface with the underlying skin and allows sweat to travel through for electrochemical analysis using printed electrodes. The system can measure a wide variety of metabolites and biomarkers present in sweat, and could be useful for monitoring conditions such as diabetes. Wearable sensors are developing apace, and hold significant promise in monitoring various biomarkers. However, developing materials that interface well with the skin is a challenge, with many sensors, including pla...
Source: Medgadget - August 18, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Materials Medicine Sports Medicine Source Type: blogs

Smartphone App And Deep Learning Help Detect Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the world’s top causes of disease and death, affecting more than 450 million people worldwide. While technology has come a long way in helping to detect and manage diabetes, it still typically involves blood draws and clinical tools. Moreover, around half of all people with diabetes aren’t even aware that they have the disease. Researchers at UC San Francisco have now come up with a promising method of detecting diabetes using a smartphone camera and some deep learning, utilizing the publicly available Instant Heart Rate app from Azumio to capture photoplethysmography (PPG) measurement...
Source: Medgadget - August 18, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Cardiology Diagnostics Informatics Medicine Source Type: blogs

Pivoting to PPE – A Plastic Manufacturer’s Response to the Covid Pandemic: Interview with Jay Baker, President, Jonestown Plastics
Businesses across industries have felt and reacted to the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While many have faced challenges to their traditional business models, some have taken those challenges in stride and turned their responses into opportunities for new growth or strategic pivots. Jamestown Plastics, a family-owned, New York-based developer of thermoformed products and packaging, is one such company. At the onset of the pandemic, Jamestown was fortunate in its ability to continue operations as an essential service to healthcare organizations that comprise a portion of Jamestown’s client base. Howe...
Source: Medgadget - August 17, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Exclusive Materials Public Health Source Type: blogs

Swoop Portable MRI Cleared in U.S. for Bedside Scans
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become an integral part of medical care throughout much of the world, but access to this technology remains limited. Conventional MRI scanners need dedicated rooms with entry protocols, quench venting, and safety measures, and patients have to be taken to where the machine is located, often at a distant corner of a hospital. Earlier this year, Hyperfine, a company with offices in New York City and St Guilford, Connecticut, won the first FDA clearance for a portable MRI that can be taken into patient rooms. Now, the company has obtained FDA clearance for its second generation portable MR...
Source: Medgadget - August 17, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Critical Care Emergency Medicine Neurology Orthopedic Surgery Pediatrics Radiology Source Type: blogs

UV Disinfection of Medical Equipment: Interview with Jeremy Starkweather, President of UV-Concepts
With the COVID-19 pandemic set to continue for the foreseeable future, efforts to deal with the virus in healthcare facilities are of the utmost importance. Reducing viral transmission will protect patients and clinicians alike. A key part of this is disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, including those of portable medical equipment such as wheelchairs. Medgadget recently featured the UV-C Enclosure from UV-Concepts, an Englewood, Colorado firm. The device acts to disinfect medical equipment through short wavelength UV light, and can process even large items such as a wheelchair. Along with SARS-CoV-2, the syste...
Source: Medgadget - August 14, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Exclusive Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

Canon Medical Unveils SOLTUS 500 Portable X-Ray
Canon Medical is releasing a compact new mobile digital X-ray. The SOLTUS 500, powered by a 40kW generator, has touch screens both at the main unit and at the collimator, making it easier and quicker to operate it around patients. Detectors are charged right on the device and stored within a special bin, plus special Canon technology allow the detectors operate at a long range when necessary. “Today’s hospitals are challenged with productivity demands and it’s imperative that their X-ray systems are able to perform seamlessly where and when they need them,” said Jay Aboujaoude, managing director...
Source: Medgadget - August 14, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Diagnostics Emergency Medicine Orthopedic Surgery Radiology Sports Medicine Source Type: blogs

Targeted Therapeutics for Critical Illnesses: Interview with Jason Springs, CEO of Endpoint Health
With the COVID-19 pandemic, critical illnesses, such as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and sepsis are coming into the spotlight. Despite their severity and risk for patients, critical illnesses remain understudied and lack the number of treatment options of many other diseases with a similar level of mortality and morbidity. Part of the challenge lies in the time sensitivity of such conditions, whereby clinicians have little time to make treatment decisions and typically can’t tailor the treatment for individual patient needs. The quest to develop more tailored treatments for such illnesses is what drives End...
Source: Medgadget - August 13, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Critical Care Exclusive Informatics Medicine Source Type: blogs

Smart Capsule for Sampling Microbiome of GI Tract
The details of what goes on within the GI tract are still largely unknown to medical science. Bacteria come in a huge variety and the microbiome within the gut can be radically different from place to place. To better understand the bacterial composition of the human GI tract, researchers at Purdue University have developed a 3D printed ingestable capsule that can capture samples throughout the gut and safely transport these outside the body for testing. The technology consists of a resin pill-like device that has a pH sensitive tip. When the capsule reaches an area of the gut with the appropriate pH level, the cap ...
Source: Medgadget - August 13, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: GI Materials Medicine Source Type: blogs

Smartwatch Tracks Levels of Medication in the Body for Personalized Dosing
Researchers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and the Stanford School of Medicine have developed a smartwatch that uses electrochemical analysis to track levels of a drug in the body by analyzing a patient’s sweat. The system could help with finding the correct drug and dose for a given patient in order to maximize therapeutic potential and avoid side-effects. At present, most drugs are prescribed based on standard guidelines and can be tailored based on parameters such as age and weight, but this rarely includes any additional personalization. However, there are dramatic differences in how people respond ...
Source: Medgadget - August 12, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Conn Hastings Tags: Medicine Source Type: blogs

Robotic Clinicians for Taking Nasal Swabs During Covid Pandemic
A cornerstone of the world’s response to Covid-19 has been mass testing of as many people as possible for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The very act of taking a nasal swab can put a clinician performing it, or one nearby instructing the patient on how to do it, at risk. Now, a new robot has been unveiled by Brain Navi, a Taiwanese firm, that performs nasal swabs all on its own. It may make it possible to expand testing for the virus that causes Covid-19, while preventing its possible spread at the testing site. The Nasal Swab Robot was unveiled at the Bio Asia Taiwan 2020 exhibition where Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s ...
Source: Medgadget - August 12, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Medicine Public Health Source Type: blogs

AI System Decides When to Help Diagnose X-Rays
Artificial intelligence is playing an ever larger role in modern clinical care. For example, there are already imaging processing systems that are able to automatically spot polyps during colonoscopies and help analyze head CT scans for hemorrhage and mass effect. A universal issue with such systems is that they do not take into account how experienced, busy, or in need of actual help a given clinician is. A team of MIT researchers has now developed a machine learning system that can adjust how it makes clinically relevant decisions, whether to let an expert decide something or to do so itself, and to do so while taking in...
Source: Medgadget - August 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Informatics Radiology Source Type: blogs

Neurostimulation Device Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms of Kids Born Addicted to Opioids
Children born to mothers addicted to opioids suffer through withdrawal in their first few weeks of life. Morphine is commonly used in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) to alleviate symptoms while the kids are weaned from drug dependency. This typically takes two to four weeks, all the while the children are kept in the NICU. Adult version of Spark Biomedical’s tAN therapy device. A new electrical device, called Roo from Spark Biomedical, is now undergoing testing, that may help shorten the weaning time to ten days or less by stimulating the cranial nerve branches on and near the ear. The therapy it administe...
Source: Medgadget - August 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Medicine Neurology Pediatrics Rehab Source Type: blogs

PulseNmore At-Home Tele-Ultrasound for Pregnant Women
During these trying COVID days, patients have been limited in the care they receive because clinics have been limiting access and because patients themselves have been wary of visiting medical facilities. Pregnant women are a particularly vulnerable group and require frequent office visits, including receiving ultrasound exams. A new device has just been unveiled by PulseNmore, an Israeli firm, that allows patients to perform ultrasound exams themselves and share the results immediately with their sonographers or physicians. The device is a dock for a smartphone, the bottom being the ultrasound transducer. An a...
Source: Medgadget - August 10, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Ob/Gyn Public Health Radiology Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

MicroPort and Osso VR Partner on Hip and Knee Surgery Training
Earlier this year, Medgadget reported on how Osso VR, a virtual reality (VR) surgical training and assessment platform, has prioritized expanding its curriculum across multiple resident specialties. This was to ensure ongoing education of medical students and residents despite the current lack of in-person training due to COVID-19. This month, Osso VR announced the launch of a VR training module for MicroPort Orthopedics’ SuperPATH Hip Technique and Evolution Medial-Pivot Knee System. MicroPort Orthopedics, a maker of products and techniques for total hip and knee replacement solutions, sees the partnership a...
Source: Medgadget - August 10, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Education Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs

Samsung Announces Health-Focused Galaxy Watch3 Smartwatch
Electronics giant Samsung recently held their virtual “Galaxy Unpacked” event where they announced the latest upgrades to their popular mobile devices. Along with phones, tablets, and earbuds, Samsung unveiled the newest version of their smartwatch, the Galaxy Watch3. The Watch3 has several new features and upgrades that make it a worthy competitor to the Apple Watch, but perhaps where it stands out this year is its emphasis on health management. Like other smartwatches, the Watch3 contains an accelerometer, gyroscope, and optical sensors to monitor your heart rate, track your workouts and exercises,...
Source: Medgadget - August 7, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Scott Jung Tags: Cardiology Informatics OTC Sports Medicine Source Type: blogs

Endologix Alto Abdominal Stent Graft for AAA Cleared in Europe
Endologix, based in Irvine, California, won clearance in the European Union for its ALTO Abdominal Stent Graft System. The implant is intended to open up endovascular aortic repair to a wider range of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) patients, particularly those with short and challenging aortic necks. Ideally, the aortic neck where the stent graft creates a seal is regular and smooth. In many cases, this is simply not so and a conventional mechanical seal doesn’t work sufficiently. The ALTO features a novel polymer seal that seals tightly even irregularly shaped lumens, and which has been shown to keep a stable ne...
Source: Medgadget - August 6, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Medgadget Editors Tags: Vascular Surgery Source Type: blogs