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Pilot study of investigational extravascular ICD system

Pilot study of investigational extravascular ICD system
Medtronic has announced the start of a pilot study of its investigational Extravascular Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (EV ICD) system, in which a lead is placed outside of the heart and veins to deliver lifesaving defibrillation and antitachycardia pacing therapy all in one system, with a device size similar to transvenous ICDs. The first patient implant was performed at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand, representing the first intended long-term patient use of the Medtronic EV ICD system.
13th August 2018

Optogenetic cochlear implants aim to improve quality of sound

Optogenetic cochlear implants aim to improve quality of sound
According to a report of the WHO, approximately 360 million people – 5% of the world’s population – suffer from disabling hearing impairment. When conventional hearing aids can no longer provide relief, auditory signals can be directly converted into neural impulses in the auditory nerve by cochlear implants, bypassing the impaired sound coding inside the cochlea.
9th August 2018

Magnetic surgical cement heals spinal fractures

Magnetic surgical cement heals spinal fractures
Patients with spinal fractures caused by tumours or osteoporosis usually undergo a procedure called kyphoplasty, where the fracture is filled with surgical cement. While kyphoplasty can stabilise the bone, cancer patients are still often left with spinal column tumors that are very hard to reach with conventional chemotherapy, which has to cross the blood-brain barrier when delivered intravenously.
2nd August 2018


Heart pump implant procedure receives FDA approval

Heart pump implant procedure receives FDA approval
Medtronic has received FDA approval for a less-invasive implant approach of its HVAD System, a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for patients with advanced heart failure. The HVAD System is the smallest commercially available LVAD, and the only LVAD approved in the U.S. for implant via thoracotomy, a small lateral, surgical incision between the patient's ribs on the left side of the chest.
16th July 2018

Neural implants modulate microstructures in the brain

Neural implants modulate microstructures in the brain
The diversity of structures and functions of the brain is becoming increasingly realised in research today. Key structures exist in the brain that regulate emotion, anxiety, happiness, memory, and mobility. These structures can come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and can all be physically near one another. Dysfunction of these structures and circuits linking them are common causes of many neurologic and neuropsychiatric diseases.
29th June 2018

First successful implants of StimRouter Neuromodulation system

First successful implants of StimRouter Neuromodulation system
Bioness has announced the first successful implants of its StimRouter Neuromodulation System for the treatment of chronic pain at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Following approval by Health Canada in January, the peripheral nerve stimulation device is now available in Canada, the United States and Europe, giving patients a non-opioid, permanent solution for the treatment of chronic pain of a peripheral nerve origin, excluding pain in the craniofacial region.
29th June 2018

Simulated procedures on virtual hearts

Simulated procedures on virtual hearts
One of the world’s most important conferences in the field of computer assisted radiology and surgery, CARS 2018, will take place from the 20th to 23rd June in Berlin. The Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Bremen will make an essential contribution to one of the conference’s key topics: How can minimally invasive heart procedures be performed more effectively and patient-friendly with the help of modern data and image processing algorithms?
19th June 2018

Modular robotic surgery systems for underserved countries

Modular robotic surgery systems for underserved countries
Despite decades of successful robotic-assisted surgeries in the US that have positively impacted millions of patients, there is still limited access to this technology in developing countries. The reason, according to Dr. Sudhir Srivastava, founder and CEO of SS Innovations (SSI), is related to the affordability and complexity of existing robotic surgery systems. These are the challenges that SSI is tackling head-on.
6th June 2018

Preparing for the surgical robot boom

Preparing for the surgical robot boom
With greater investment from healthcare organisations and surgical robot technology about to become generic, the conditions are perfect for a boom in the surgical robotics market. But how can design engineers and technical medical staff ensure these new systems operate reliably and safely? Michele Windsor, global marketing manager at surgical robot battery manufacturer Accutronics, has a solution.
5th June 2018

Surgical technique improves control of prosthetic limb

Surgical technique improves control of prosthetic limb
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioception, allows humans to precisely control their body movements. Despite significant improvements to prosthetic devices in recent years, researchers have been unable to provide this essential sensation to people with artificial limbs, limiting their ability to accurately control their movements.
4th June 2018


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