BOWA offers high performance ligation with reusable instruments
Conventional electro coagulation reaches
its limit at vessels with a diameter of more
than approximately 2 mm. In this case, haemostasis and a permanent sealing can
only be achieved with ligation bipolar
vessel sealing: the bunched vessels or
tissue are gripped by a special instrument
and pressed together under a constant,
specified level of pressure. With the new,
quick Ligation ARC 350L V2.6 this procedure
lasts just 5 seconds on average and
stops automatically when finished.
Bipolar vessel sealing with the reusable TissueSeal and NightKNIFE has several
main advantages over other procedures
such as ligature, suture and the use of
clips: quick preparation, quick and safe
vessel sealing, no foreign bodies left in
the area of the
low costs. This
means that there is a shorter operating
time and less blood loss, which in
turn means better care for the patient.
The integrated cutting function on the NightKNIFE takes away any inconvenient
time loss caused by changing instruments
in laparoscopic procedures. The
angled and non-traumatic toothed tips of
TissueSeal enable safe tissue grip in
vaginal or open hysterectomy.
The high degree of efficiency due to the
concept of reusability is a particularly
strong economic incentive for using the BOWA NightKNIFE, TissueSeal and
LIGATOR ligation instruments. The
fields of application for these sealing
instruments extend from numerous open
and laparoscopic interventions to the
specialist areas of surgery, urology and
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New software helps improve breast cancer diagnosis
Siemens has introduced new software to
improve breast cancer diagnosis.
The latest version of Syngo Mammo
Report, the mammography software from
Siemens, now combines tomosynthesis,
3D ultrasound and 3D magnetic resonance
imaging with 2D mammography and
enables radiologists to display images from
different examinations for a single patient
simultaneously on a single workstation.
In addition to saving time, the direct
comparison of results allows for a more
The Syngo Mammo Report also supports
3D applications for ultrasound, mammography
and MRI. Three-dimensional
imaging techniques are becoming increasingly
important in the early detection of
breast cancer, particularly for patients with
dense breast tissue or with a family history of breast cancer.
The new software also allows users to
read images from other vendors' imaging
The workstation can be integrated into
the radiology information systems of
different departments, such as the breast
center or the radiology department.
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Intersurgical launches new supraglottic
airway for paediatric patients
Intersurgical has launched their new
supraglottic airway, i-gel, in four paediatric
as well as three adult sizes, making it
applicable for use with patients as small
as 2kg in weight.
i-gel was launched in 2007 and since then
has become the supraglottic airway of choice
in hundreds of hospitals in the across the
world. The rapid and easy insertion,
improved safety provided by the gastric
channel1, low postoperative complications
and high seal pressures, provide benefits to
both clinician and patient.
In the first global study of the paediatric
sizes2, conducted at the Hautepierre
University Hospital in Strasbourg and
presented as an abstract at the SFAR
conference in Paris and the ASA in New
Orleans in 2009, the overall insertion
success rate was 100%. Ventilation was
considered good or very good without
any episode of desaturation and in 33 of
the 50 cases, the authors commented
that the patients would have been intubated
had an i-gel not been available.
In a recent interview3, Professor Diemunsch, Chairman of the European
Airway Management Society and
University Professor at the Hautepierre
Hospital, commented: “The i-gel device,
due to its stability, allows the child to be
placed in the lateral decubitis position to
perform caudal anaesthesia, without this
causing a leak or the displacement of the
For those clinicians looking for a suitable supraglottic airway for paediatric
anaesthesia, i-gel offers an innovative
alternative to the traditional laryngeal
● For more information, visit: www.i-gel.com
1. The size one i-gel does not incorporate a
2. The i-gel in paediatric surgery: Initial series.
Claire Bopp, M.D., Georgio Carrenard, M.D.,
Chloe Chauvin, M.D., Claudine Schwaab,
M.D., Pierre Diemunsch, M.D., Ph.D..
Anesthesiology and Intensive Care,
University Hospital of Strasbourg, Strasbourg,
France. Abstract presented at the ASA in
New Orleans. 2009. No A147.
3. Interview with Professor Pierre Diemunsch.
University Hospital of Strasbourg. Capital
Medical Equipment. 2009. No 124.
3Ms new Littmann Electronic
Stethoscope 3000 range
launches in the Middle East
3M recently introduced to the Middle East the new
Littmann Electronic Stethoscope 3000 range
which includes two sophisticated electronic
stethoscopes, the 3100 and the 3200.
The 3200 model incorporates Bluetooth
technology which enables medical
professionals to wirelessly transmit
sounds in real-time to a PC for
further analysis, attachment to electronic
medical records or for
reviewing online with colleagues.
This advanced model includes Zargis
StethAssit sound analysis software
which visualises heart, lung and
other body sounds, playback in bell,
diaphragm or extended range, display
and print as phonocardiogram, and has
the capability to save patient information.
The 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscope series is easy to
operate, lightweight and comfortable, has a worry-free power
system and a convenient LCD Interface.
The new stethoscopes provide excellent sound detection with
the following features:
Ambient noise reduction
The 3200 model cancels out, on average, 85% of ambient background
noise that can interfere with the auscultation experience,
without eliminating critical body sounds. With this technology
medical professionals are much less likely to miss the sounds they
need to hear in noisy work environments.
Acoustic Seal Eartips
3M Littmann Snap Tight Soft-Sealing Eartips provide a comfortable
fit but also create an excellent acoustic seal. It means a tighter
seal from ambient noise entering through eartip connections.
Advanced sound sensor
Built to stringent specifications, this new stethoscope provides a
life-like 3M Littmann sound experience similar to a high-end cardiology
Frictional noise reduction
A number of changes in the chest piece help reduce handling
noises compared to earlier electronic stethoscopes.
Up to 24X Sound Amplification
The 3M Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3200 allows
medical professionals to capture a sound for later playback during
which faint sounds that may be important can be amplified.
● For more information, visit: www.3M.com
facilitates direct stenting
Svelte Medical Systems, has
received the CE Mark to market its
(SOAW) Bare Metal Coronary
Stent System in the European
Union. The Acrobat SOAW
stenting system has been
shown in clinical trials to
facilitate direct stenting
and has the potential to
provide substantial procedural
time and cost
savings, says the company.
These savings are realised
by eliminating the need
for a coronary guidewire and balloon dilatation catheters.
Furthermore, the Acrobat stent allows reduced use of contrast
medium which is a benefit to many patients. Another advantage
is that the operator and patient radiation dosing is significantly
reduced. The extremely low crossing profile of the
Acrobat stent makes it well suited for stenting via the radial
artery approach which provides additional comfort and safety
benefits to the patient.
Svelte’s President and CEO, Mark Pomeranz said: “This is a
significant milestone for the company. We successfully
concluded our First-In-Man (FIM) clinical evaluations at the
end of July and with receipt of the CE Mark we will be able to
make this exciting product commercially available to a broad
range of physicians and patients.
The Company plans to initiate US clinical trials on the
Acrobat SOAW technology in 2011. A drug eluting version of
the Acrobat stent is now under development using a novel noninflammatory
carrier for the drug.
● Visit: www.sveltemedical.com
Mediflex introduces Mini-Bookler
Table-Mounted Retractor System.
Inspired by John R. Bookwalter, MD, FACS , Mediflex has
made significant design changes to their Bookler Table-
Mounted Retractor Systems to meet “today’s most challenging
By recognising the needs of surgeons performing small incision
procedures and combining the genius of Dr Bookwalter’s
original designs with other Mediflex innovations, the
company is introducing the new Mini-Bookler System for
Pediatric and Neo-natal Surgery.
The rings, ratchets and blades of the Mini-Bookler System
look like the original. However, they are significantly smaller.
This gives the surgeon a smaller, lower profile system that still
provides the vital exposure that was Dr Bookwalter’s goal.
Additionally, the system
is attached to the OR
Table with Mediflex’s
Flex Arm or StrongArm
Surgical Holders and
devices can be oriented
to minimise the overall
height of the system
allowing surgeons to
work unencumbered by vertical table posts.
An assortment of rings and blades are available for a wide
variety of procedures, such as thyroid, carotid, open appendix,
open hernia and perineal procedures. The system is also ideal
for neo-natal surgery.
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DTR Medical responds to surgeons’
needs with new Shea Ear Specula
DTR Medical – the leading manufacturer of sterile single-use
surgical instruments – is launching the Shea Ear Specula after
surgeons’ feedback called for a new oval design. This product is the
fourth pattern to join DTR Medical’s specula range, complementing
the Tumarkin, Rosen and Oval models.
Manufactured to surgeons’ specifications and patients’ needs, the
new specula’s bevelled oval shape allows it to sit comfortably inside
the ear shaft, making it suitable for many procedures, including
stapedectomy. It is available in five sizes to meet a range of clinical
requirements; its matt black finish makes it highly visible under
microscope; and it is available both sterile for theatres, and nonsterile
The Shea Ear Specula, like all of DTR Medical’s products, is a
cost effective single-use disposable. Single-use products significantly
reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
The Shea Ear Specula, from the ENT range, is one of many new
sterile single-use products manufactured by DTR Medical. Other
catalogue specialities include neurosurgery, vascular and general
surgery and gynaecology. Mainstay products include: crocodile
forceps and aspirating dissectors (ENT); Spackman and Tischler
biopsy punches (Gynaecology); retractors and tapered suction
(Neurosurgery); and Tibbs Cannula and Poole suction handles
(Vascular and General).
DTR Medical continues to expand its international network of
distribution partners who offer excellent service and delivery. Refer
to the website or contact DTR Medical directly to determine your
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SonoSite introduces proprietary
Enhanced Needle Visualization
Developed over the past two years, SonoSite’s engineers
collaborated with physicians worldwide and challenged the
conventional principles of ultrasound system design to
break new ground for needle visibility. As a result, the revolutionary
Enhanced Needle Visualization technology was
introduced for SonoSite ultrasound systems.
SonoSite’s Enhanced Needle Visualization is a significant
development in ultrasound imaging that enables
improved needle tracking with increased confidence
during deep needle procedures. It is a proprietary imaging
technology that intensifies the brightness of the needle,
making it clearly visible during a steep angle approach to a
deep target, conditions under which the needle has previously
been difficult to image. This technology is also the first fully-integrated
solution to resolve the “lost needle phenomenon”, which has
been an accepted constraint for needle-guidance since the creation
of ultrasound imaging.
Enhanced Needle Visualization supports SonoSite’s continuous efforts to provide
physicians with innovative
solutions to improve patient safety. It can
be operated with a simple on/off button,
enabling physicians to potentially decrease
procedure time and considerably reduce
costs per procedure.
• The technology is currently offered
as a part of a software upgrade for SonoSite’s M-Turbo and S Series
systems and is compatible with
SonoSite’s HFL50 and HFL38
transducers for peripheral nerve
● Visit: www.sonosite.com
Siemens develops 3-D in
angiography software to simplify workflow for keyhole heart valve implantation
Siemens presented new
processing software at the
recent congress of the
European Society of
Cardiology 2010 in
ValveGuide has been
developed to assist cardiologists
and cardiac surgeons
to prepare and perform
transcatheter aortic valve implantations (TAVI). The software automatically
reconstructs a 3D representation of the aortic root from
CT-like cross-sectional images acquired with the angiography
system. Syngo Aortic ValveGuide segments the aortic root in threedimensional
mode from Syngo DynaCT Cardiac images. With the
aid of anatomical landmarks in the 3D representation of the vessel,
Syngo Aortic ValveGuide calculates the exact perpendicular view
on the aortic root. The C-arm adjusts to the corresponding angulations
for live fluoroscopy. In this way the physician obtains real-time,
three-dimensional guidance in the patient’s body while navigating
the new valve to its intended location.
Since Syngo Aortic ValveGuide only requires a short fluoroscopy
time prior to the procedure, the patient's exposure to radiation and
contrast agent can be reduced considerably.
Commenting on the new software, Dr Jörg Kempfert, heart surgeon at
the Heart Center Leipzig, said: “With Syngo Aortic ValveGuide, we can
now find the optimal angulation with a perpendicular view on the aortic
root easier and faster than before, because the software automates so
many work steps.” The software is not yet commercially available.
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Rimage provides automated medical
disc publishing solutions
Large hospitals, clinics and private radiology
cabinets have made the move to
CD, DVD and more recently, Blu-ray
Disc publishing systems, not only to
reduce their operational cost but also to
gain the benefits of viewing and using
digital images. Replacing expensive film
has initially been the driving force in this
evolution but just as printers have
multiple applications (you can scan,
email, fax, copy, print and even archive
paper documents), disc publishing
systems need to become multi-functional
in order to manage DICOM images.
Automated output of DICOM images to
patient CD/ DVD/Blu-ray Discs is the basic
functionality of disc publishing systems.
However, additional requirements must
often be met such as adding reports, image forwarding, image compression and
secure encryption, high performance
and business continuity. The application
must be user friendly, available in any
language and preferably web-based to
allow access from any workstation.
Germany-based Rimage disc
publishing solutions provides this
flexibility and automates the
uploading, reconciliation and
complete reporting of patient data
with your PACS/RIS.
In combining the software suite
and the disc publishing system, Rimage offers a cost-effective, multifunctional
"front to end" DICOM
image management solution.
● For more information visit: www.rimage.com
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