Archive March 2017 XVIII, No. 3

Product News

Mobile C-arm

Flat-panel Technology in Full-size Mobile C-arms
Ziehm Imaging has developed the first full-size C-arms equipped with a flat-panel detector technology known as CMOS (complementary-symmetry metal-oxide-semiconductor), which are said to offer superior image quality with minimal dose. The CMOS detectors are available on the Ziehm Solo FD and Ziehm Vision RFD (pictured). ziehm.com



Balloon Catheter

Balloon Catheter Treats Eustachian Tube Dysfunction
The Aera Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is the first balloon catheter device for persistent Eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD), a condition marked by ear pain, pressure and dulled hearing. An ENT uses a catheter to insert a small balloon through the patient's nose and into the Eustachian tube. Once inflated, the balloon opens up a pathway for mucus and air to flow through the Eustachian tube, which may help restore proper function. acclarent.com


Hand Sanitizer

No More Empty Hand Sanitizer Dispensers
Hand hygiene has gone high tech. Now you can receive an alert when it's time to refill or replace the batteries in your soap and hand sanitizer dispensers by signing up for Smartlink Service Alerts from Gojo, the makers of Purell hand sanitizer. Smartlink predicts and alerts you via web portal, email or mobile device when it's time to refill a Gojo dispenser. gojo.com


Imaging

Monitor Combines 4K and 3D Imaging
A monitor that combines 3D's exceptional depth of field with 4K's incredible resolution and clarity? Yes, Sony says its newest medical monitors are the industry's first to combine 4K and 3D imaging technologies. The 55-inch (pictured) and 31-inch monitors are designed for use with surgical microscopes and 3D endoscopes. The monitors will display 2D and 3D content in 4K or HD, and are designed to reproduce the same level of image quality currently found in 4K/3D endoscopes and other compatible medical tools. sony.com/medical


Magnetic Surgical System

Magnetically Retract and Maneuver the Gallbladder
The Levita Magnetic Surgical System takes a novel approach to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. As the first magnetic surgical technology to receive FDA clearance, the Levita system uses a magnetic grasper device with a detachable tip to grasp the gallbladder and then retract it by way of a magnetic controller. The disposable device eliminates the need for a dedicated trocar and shafted instrumentation. Because the surgery does not damage the abdominal wall, patients will experience less bleeding, reduced post-procedure pain and less visible scarring. levita.com


Nerve Locator

Peripheral Nerve Locator and Neuromuscular Block Monitor
EZstim III can take the place of 2 devices, serving as either a full-function nerve locator or a neuromuscular block monitor. This handheld device was developed to help clinicians monitor the effects of muscle relaxants during general anesthesia and to enhance the effectiveness of catheter placement during continuous peripheral nerve blocks, says the company. It includes an audible indicator of open circuit or high-resistance condition, detachable, function-specific lead sets to guard against inappropriate use, and a built-in bumper to protect it from breakage. The large, bright LCD screen continuously displays all instrument settings and battery life. halyardhealth.com

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