Medrobotics Otolaryngology and Colorectal Robotic Surgery System CE Approved

Medrobotics Corp. received CE Mark regulatory clearance in Europe for colorectal applications with the Flex® Robotic System. Medrobotics is the first robotic company to offer minimally invasive, steerable and shapeable robotic products for colorectal procedures. With this expanded indication, the Flex® Robotic System becomes the first robotic surgical platform offering the ability to access hard to reach anatomy in both otolaryngology and colorectal procedures without the limits imposed by straight, rigid instruments.

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Smart-device ultrasound for ambulatory and home use by healthcare professionals

Royal Philips announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its innovative S4-1 cardiac transducer for Lumify, its smart-device diagnostic ultrasound solution. The pocket-sized and lightweight S4-1 transducer now offers advanced sensitivity and exceptional high-resolution 2D image quality, along with new exam pre-sets, allowing clinicians to quickly triage and assess their patients like never before.

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Fortimedix launches single-port laparoscopy in USA

Fortimedix Surgical today announced the official launch in the U.S. of symphonX™, the world’s first single-port surgery solution that is compatible with a standard 15mm trocar for use in minimally invasive abdominal laparoscopic surgery, during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress.

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A step forward in building functional human tissues

Human proximal tubule cells adhere to the hollow channel, forming a functional, 3D renal architecture. Credit: Lewis Lab/Wyss Institute at Harvard University
Human proximal tubule cells adhere to the hollow channel, forming a functional, 3D renal architecture. Credit: Lewis Lab/Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Toward the ultimate goal of engineering human tissues and organs that can mimic native function for use in drug screening, disease modeling, and regenerative medicine, a Wyss Institute team led by Core Faculty member Jennifer Lewis, Sc.D., has made another foundational advance using three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting.

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Patients to get faster access to cost effective treatments under proposed changes to NICE process

The proposals announced today, which are part of a joint consultation by NICE and NHS England, would see the introduction of a ‘fast track’ option for appraising technologies which offer exceptional value for money.

This would mean treatments that have a likely cost per QALY (quality adjusted life year) of up to £10,000 would be dealt with more quickly under a ‘lighter touch’ process.

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Novel Imaging Technique with Potential for Medical Diagnostics

Physicists Gordon Cates and Wilson Miller
Physicists Gordon Cates and Wilson Miller

A unique new imaging method, called “polarized nuclear imaging” – combining powerful aspects of both magnetic resonance imaging and gamma-ray imaging and developed by physicists in the University of Virginia’s departments of Physics and Radiology ­­– has potential for new types of high-resolution medical diagnostics as well as industrial and physics research applications.

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