May-Jun 2012
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Efficient, hygienic med tech mounts

Mounts and carrying arms for monitors and medical apparatus are part and parcel of life in a clinical environment. They are often only noticed when they are in the way or do not fit in optically with the high standards of the surrounding medical furnishings. However, they are far more than just mounts for medical technology. This is demonstrated by the systems manufactured by the German company CIM med. The company is active internationally and was at the Arab Health trade fair this year.

Research and development is always generating new ways and means to improve patient care. Medical apparatus also has to adapt to these developments. A host of international manufacturers showed their product innovations at the Arab Health 2012.

The trend: The technical details of the solutions were in far greater focus. When it came to medical technology, visitors – among them many experts – showed a lot of interest in individual components and the concepts involved in building them. What was important to them, was how med tech systems could be integrated safely, flexibly and in a visually pleasing manner into modern hospital areas, like intensive care units and operating theatres. How the constant proliferation of cables is handled plays a vital role. Another core issue for many visitors was the issue of greater hygiene.

In the technically advanced operating theatres and intensive care units, monitors and data management systems tend only to be noticed when they are in the way. The critical point is the mounting. In fact, mounts and carrier arms have quite a number of advantages on many levels. They can simplify the daily tasks of employees and thereby improve the monitoring of patients.

Companies like CIM med, a German company, develop and produce mobile and stationary carrier systems with integrated cable management. This provides manufacturers of medical apparatus (OEM) with solutions for their own products, hence components that are ideal as complements to their products. The CIM med carrier systems enclose all the cables and connectors used for data transmission and power supply. These are located inside the carrier arm itself.

Integrated cabling greatly simplifies handling: Considering the sheer amount of technical equipment in operating theatres and ICUs, these carrier arms help keep order and save space when it comes to calling up or inputting medical data. The German manufacturer made sure that changing devices or attaching monitors and keyboards for anaesthetic units or PACS systems can be done easily. This means the devices can be quickly adapted to patient monitoring. A sudden change in the patient’s condition necessitates standardised processes and efficient support from personnel using medical technology. Improved ergonomics can help clinical staff focus all their attention on the patient even during long and tiring operations.

And there is another important aspect that is not immediately obvious: In places like hospitals, where the environment is highly infectious, open cables are in fact a breeding ground for viruses and bacteria. Integrated cables reduce this danger.

In addition to meeting functional and aesthetic requirements, the carrying arms have to score points by being made of suitable materials. CIM med uses anodized and powder-coated aluminium that is resistant to all sorts of infections.

Because of this, these med tech mounts contribute to efficient and hygienic work processes. For more information, visit: www.cim-med.de




   

                              

Mevion Medical Systems hopes to make Proton Therapy more accessible

On March 14th, Mevion Medical Systems received the CE Mark for its innovative MEVION S250 Proton Therapy System. This approval represents the first launch in a major healthcare market for this system. The MEVION S250 will be used in the treatment of cancer and can deliver targeted radiation doses at predictable tissue depths allowing for precise radiation delivery. The availability of proton therapy has remained limited due to the enormous cost, immense size and technical complexity of current proton therapy systems. The MEVION S250 will provide hospitals and cancer centres with a system that offers all the benefits of traditional proton therapy system while removing the obstacles of size, cost and complexity.

Proton therapy uses a beam of protons to irradiate diseased tissue most commonly found in cancer. There are many advantages for the use of proton therapy for cancer patients. It is less invasive than many current therapies as it requires no surgical component, is more accurate than X-ray radiation therapy, and allows physicians to blast cancer with higher doses of radiation without damaging healthy tissue. By minimizing damage to healthy tissue, proton therapy reduces the common side effects often seen in standard X-ray radiation therapy.

The MEVION S250 technology is powered by Mevion’s innovative TriNiobium Core, the systems high energy proton source. It only measures six feet in diameter, yet is able to generate 250MeV protons and is capable of reaching targets as deep as 32cm. The smaller size of the power source and cost advantage of the Mevion system will hopefully allow proton therapy to be made more accessible for cancer patients. For more information, please visit: www.mevion.com



Siemens moves to make 3T MRI more accessible

Siemens is trying to make powerful 3 tesla MRI accessible to more people by offering a new MRI system – the Magnetom Spectra – with what they are saying is a very attractive priceperformance ratio. The company won’t discuss exact price as they vary from country to country. Siemens says It will be available on the market in the second half of 2012. The expanded offering of cost-optimised systems is part of Agenda 2013. Launched in November 2011, Agenda 2013 is a two-year global initiative aimed at improving Siemens Healthcare’s competitiveness.

The new scanner is characterised by both premium imaging and a reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to common scanners in this product range. The lower price point of the Magnetom Spectra is expected to increase access to the 3T technology for hospitals and radiological institutes – and ultimately for patients. The 3T magnet provides excellent image quality and fast scan times. The new scanner is equipped with technologies designed to ensure efficient and easy operation.

Commenting on the new system, Axel McKenna-Küttner, MD, associate radiologist at the Joint Practice of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Frankfurt, and head of its radiology department in Bad Nauheim, Germany, where the system is already undergoing evaluation, said: “The Magnetom Spectra … will enable many radiologists to utilise 3-tesla imaging for the first time, so they can benefit from the excellent image quality and high performance.”

The new scanner employs Tim (Total imaging matrix) 4G technology, the latest Siemens coil generation. This modern array structure allows for a high spatial and temporal resolution. For that reason, and because of the good signal-to-noise ratio, Tim 4G delivers outstanding image quality. Until now, images of similar quality could only be produced by 3T high-end systems from the Siemens portfolio, which require a higher investment. Thus, the Magnetom Spectra gives even private radiology practices, imaging centres and clinics the chance to benefit from high imaging quality for their clinical routine despite tight budgets and intense time pressure.

Low energy consumption

Besides the purchase price, a further commitment to reducing TCO are the operating costs of the new MRI scanner. Magnetom Spectra has a low energy consumption compared to common 3-tesla scanners. Furthermore, the helium used to cool the magnet is contained in a closed loop. The costly gas does not escape and therefore does not need to be refilled. In addition, various components help users simplify the process of MRI examinations. For example, the cable-less direct-connect coils allow for quick and easy setup. Up to 120 coil elements can be combined.

Applications

Large scans with large anatomical coverage, up to whole-body scans (205 cm), can be performed in a single examination without having to reposition the patient or the coils. This increases efficiency. Magnetom Spectra can be used for a broad spectrum of applications, from diagnosing damaged cartilage in the ankle to dynamic examinations of the abdominal area and functional imaging of the brain. To reduce the complexity of MRI exams, the scanner is equipped with Siemens’ MRI workflow solution Dot (Day optimizing throughput), which allows an easy and fast selection of the best scan strategy, based on the patient’s condition and the clinical indication. Users are guided through the examination step-by-step, and decision-making aids are offered at critical junctures, supporting consistent and reproducible scans across patients. For more information, visit: www.siemens.com/spectra



The Whitestone – the dream workstation

The Whitestone workstation is AFC’s radiology dream station, loaded with valuable enhancements as well as a full array of electronics, lighting, power and cable management that facilitates performance, comfort, and ease of use.

Complete electronic adjustment capabilities are the foundation of this highly adaptable workstation – for surface height in sit or stand positions, surface tilt, and both vertical and horizontal adjustment of monitors. Digital readouts for all workstation settings – surface and monitor height and monitor focal length – enable every user to customise, preserve and easily restore optimal settings.

The monitor brackets support large monitors weighing up to 50 lbs, responding to a growing interest in larger images. We have added acoustical properties to our wraparound privacy partition to reduce extraneous sounds and create a quieter environment for concentration.

Ambient LED backlighting with dimmer control alleviates eye strain and improves the readability of images. A pop-up data port and USB unit is built into the work surface for convenient and tidy connection of almost any ancillary digital or electronic device. Multi-channel cable management keeps wires neat and unobtrusive and allows for important separation of power and electric wiring. An environmental heating and cooling system controlled at the workstation allows for direct regulation of temperature and alleviates heat generated by computer equipment.

The Whitestone delivers superior comfort and adaptability to the requirements of different users and the demands of the evolving digital world. For more information, visit: www.afcindustries.com/whitestone.htm




A new visual experience awaits surgeons with Karl Storz’s 3D endoscopy system

As a market leader in endoscopic imaging, Karl Storz continues its tradition by presenting their 3D System as a particular highlight revealing that Karl Storz are not only the pioneers, but the leaders in the medical 3D imaging innovation.

The Karl Storz 3D system offers easy handling, fast learning curve and high flexibility making it a significant addition to the operating room. The system provides exact depth perception inside the human body that is essential for any endoscopic procedure. Consequently, the surgeon will experience outstanding hand-eye coordination ensuring accurate positioning, which is valuable for surgical activities such as suturing and knotting.

The Karl Storz 3D camera - 3D TIPCAM – with its slender, lightweight design is an excellent 3D endoscope. The 3D TIPCAM design is based on the 0° endoscope with mounted camera head making the transition easier for the user from a normal endoscope. The light and data cable which are placed at the proximal end of the endoscope provide the surgeon with additional flexibility. Two image sensors at the distal end of the 3D TIPCAM are precisely aligned mechanically. The state-of-the-art electronics in the endoscope and 3D CCU generate stereoscopic images that are true to life.

The Karl Storz 3D system includes medical-grade FULL HD monitors in 32 or 24 inches, enabling for both 3D and 2D display. The 3D Cameral Control Unit (3D CCU) offers easy video or still image recording in 2D due to its integrated USB interface. Combined with the latest 3D monitor technology, the Karl Storz 3D system offers the surgeon reduced fatigue even after long hours of OR surgery. For further information, visit www.karlstorz.com or send an email to
info@karlstorz-emg.com




Dräger expands Polaris family with two new surgical lights

Dräger is expanding its range of LED lights with Polaris 100 and 200. The development is focussed on providing a high quality surgical light while taking into account the financial concerns of hospitals. The integrated LEDs (light emitting diodes) deliver a homogeneous light with a spectrum similar to that of natural daylight.

With an outer diameter of only 620 mm, the Polaris 200 integrates a total of 66 LEDs and reaches a maximum brightness of up to 160 klux. The 48 LEDs of the Polaris 100, with the same outer diameter, delivers a brightness of up to 120 klux. Both versions are dimmable to 40 klux. For endoscopic surgical procedures an additional LED provides ambient light, while the major light is switched off.

Homogeneous light

Each individual LED is embedded in a special lens reflector system that bundles the light beams. The result is a homogeneous column of light with 200 mm diameter, providing a depth of illumination of 750 mm (L1+L2 at 60% of maximum strength). Polaris 100 and 200 offer deep cavity illumination with no need for focus adjustment.

True colours

At a colour temperature of 5,600 K, which corresponds to natural daylight at noon, Polaris 100 and 200 ensure excellent contrast and natural colours. The rendering index R9 of 93 is exceptionally good. The R9 value specifies the rendering quality of red tones which are crucial for the evaluation of different tissue.

Efficient thermal management

Like all light sources LEDs generate heat which influences significantly the life span of LEDs. In order to increase the service life and the efficiency of the light Dräger has developed a thermal management system that protects the components and ensures that the maximal temperature of the upper side of the light head does not exceed 35 degrees Celsius. With an average of 30,000 operating hours, the LEDs of Polaris 100 and Polaris 200 are efficient and need almost no maintenance.

These new OR lights feature the wellproven classic round design of the Polaris family with circular handles on the top which allows non-sterile personnel to position the light heads easily. Sterile personnel can adjust the lights by using a sterile central handgrip. All settings are accessible via the intuitive control panel at the light head and the optional wall mounted control unit. For more information, visit www.draeger.com



Biotronik releases world’s first MRI compatible ICD & CRT

Biotronik has released the new Lumax 740 ICDs (implantable cardiac defibrillators) and CRT-Ds (cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators) in the European market. The Lumax 740 is the world’s first ICD and CRT-D series approved for magnetic resonance imaging, giving ICD and CRT-D patients access to vital MR scans with the company’s ProMRI technology.

Currently patients with standard ICDs are not allowed to have MR scans for safety reasons, yet 50–75% of them will be indicated for an MR scan during the lifetime of their device, according to research. Worldwide, the population of patients who need an ICD is growing at a rate of about 10–15% annually. At the same time, the need for MR scans is also increasing at a rate of about 10% each year. Approximately 30 million scans were performed in 2006, and in 2010, there were already about 50 million MR scans conducted worldwide.

The Lumax 740 also offers unique therapy options such as the world’s only single-chamber ICD with complete atrial diagnostics – the Lumax 740 VR-T DX. Innovative solutions for heart failure patients are integrated in the Lumax 740 HF-T device that enables enhanced CRT effectiveness and includes a new research feature which measures the Intracardiac Impedance (ICI). The new sensor analyzes changes in impedance during the cycle of the heart and is being evaluated in clinical studies. This new feature aims to enhance therapy for heart failure patients in the future.

“The Lumax 740 system also integrates a sophisticated remote patient management system. Biotronik Home Monitoring and the Heart Failure Monitor enhance a patient’s quality of life, and patients know that with these features their physicians can track their conditions remotely. It brings them great peace of mind to know they are being monitored and that any adjustments to their therapies can be made earlier,” Professor Antonio Curnis, MD, Director Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology Lab, University of Brescia, Brescia City Hospital, Italy, explained.

For more information, visit: www.biotronik.com


      


 Date of upload: 20th Jun 2012

 

                                  
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