Maquet launches versatile
Alphastar Pro OR table
Maquet has recently launched the new
Alphastar Pro OR table.
Its modular design makes it suitable for
all surgical disciplines. It has an extensive
range of accessories that can be easily
connected using the simple ‘Easy-Click’
system. This allows the rapid deployment
of a broad range of socket-mounted
modules. The accessories enable the table
to be used for a wide range of patient sizes
and for orthopaedic, traumatology, cardiology
and neurosurgical interventions.
A new, multi-sectioned table top
ensures the anatomically correct positioning
of the patient and can be adjusted
for the corresponding surgical intervention.
360° radiotranslucent carbon fibre
modules enable intraoperative monitoring
with imaging processing. Additionally, a
seat plate extension can be connected to
give optimal radioscopy of the urogenital
area. The motor-powered, exceptionally
stable, leg plates are a significant improvement,
particularly with gynaecological and
The flexible height adjustment, from
598 mm to 1120 mm, allows the surgeon to
work in an ergonomic position during
operations, whether seated or standing.
The OR table is controlled using an IR
or cable-corded hand control and guarantees
safe operation, even at critical phases
of the surgical procedure. Safe handling is
also possible with the illuminated keypad,
even in darkened operating theatres.
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BOWA’s NiteKNIFE –
quick, efficient, safe
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
Bipolar vessel sealing with the reusable
BOWA TissueSeal and NightKNIFE has
several advantages over other procedure such as ligature, suture and the use of
including: quick preparation, quick and
safe vessel sealing, no foreign bodies left in
the area of the operation, and 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 ultimative safe tissue
grip in vaginal or open hysterectomy.
The reusable device reduces costs and is
a particularly strong economic incentive
for using the BOWA NiteKNIFE,
TissueSeal and ligator ligation instruments.
The fields of application for these
sealing instruments extend from numerous
open and laparoscopic interventions to
specialist areas of surgery, urology and gynaecology.
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US FDA to review Hologic’s
revolutionary 3D breast imaging
A US-based company, Hologic, has revolutionised breast imaging
by developing 3D imaging of the breast through a process called
The US FDA announced recently that they were setting up a
panel to look at Hologic’s Selenia Dimensions 3D digital
mammography tomosynthesis system. Hologic says they expect
FDA approval sometime next year. The product has been
commercially available in Europe since the end of 2008.
Andy Smith PHD, physicist and author of a white paper on
breast tomosynthesis, says: “There hasn’t been a revolution of this
magnitude since the beginning of breast imaging.
“There have been incremental improvements over the years,
but really this is what is going to make a big difference in breast
In tomosyntheses the breast is viewed from multiple angles, so
2 objects that are superimposed in 2D become separated in
tomosysnthesis. Hologic’s system takes 15 images in an arc over
the breast. These images are mathematically synthesised into a
‘tomogram’ which shows the breast tissue as layers. This shows an
entire 3D restructuring of the breast providing an image of the
breast every millimeter – so if the breast is 5 centimetres you end
up with 50 one-millimetre slices that can be viewed up and down
through the breast. These slices can be looked at individually or
shown in dynamic ciné mode.
Tomosynthesis imaging consists of a series of low dose exposures,
with every acquisition about 5-10% of a normal single-view
mammogram. Because each exposure is low dose, it is essential
that the image receptors have a high quantum efficiency and low
noise. Because images are being acquired at a rate of several
images per second, rapid imaging is a benefit of this procedure.
Hologic says the scan is quick. It can do the entire tomogram in
around five seconds.
The clinical benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis are
improved diagnostic and screening accuracy, higher cancer detection
rates, fewer recalls, fewer biopsies, greater radiologist confidence,
and 3D lesion localisation.
● For more information read the white paper – Fundamentals of
Breast Tomosynthesis, by Andrew Smith, PhD.
● For more information about Hologic visit:
Carestream Health showcases
new DRX-1C detector
At the annual meeting of the American
Healthcare Radiology Administrators
(AHRA) in August, Carestream Health
showcased their new Carestream DRX-
1C detector, the latest expansion to its
family of imaging solutions based on its
wireless, cassette-size DR detectors. The
new detector uses a cesium iodide scintillator
to deliver exceptional image quality,
with DQE (detective quantum efficiency)
that is substantially higher than the
The Carestream DRX-1 system allows
healthcare facilities to quickly and cost
effectively upgrade existing analog x-ray
rooms from film or CR systems to DR technology
in less than a day
The new detector is wireless and
cassette-size, and uses the same battery and
electronics as the existing DRX-1 detector.
Like the DRX-1 detector, the DRX-1C
detector is designed to be used with all
three DRX-based imaging solutions: the
Carestream DRX-1 System, Carestream
DRX-Mobile Retrofit kit and Carestream
DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kit
Also at the show, Carestream Health
announced that that DRX-Mobile Retrofit
Kit, in addition to supporting select GE
and Siemens mobile units, would soon be
ready to support three Shimadzu systems,
enabling these systems to convert to wireless
DR technology. The retrofit kit can
currently be integrated with GE AMX-4,
GE AMX-4 Plus, Siemens Mobilett Plus,
Siemens Mobilett XP and Siemens
Mobilett XP Hybrid. Beginning in
October, it will also support Shimadzu
MobileArt, Shimadzu MobileArt Plus and
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Siemens Healthcare releases ACUSON S2000 version 2.0
Siemens Healthcare has released version 2.0 of its ultrasound
system. This premium multi-specialty system offers advanced applications,
such as Virtual Touch HD technology, the second generation
implementation of Acoustic Radiation Forced Impulse
imaging, as well as Cadence contrast agent technology and comprehensive
3D/4D imaging capabilities. The system has advanced
workflow clinical applications and excellent ergonomic design.
Siemens says the new ACUSON S2000 covers the entire
continuum of care from screening to diagnosis to therapy and
follow-up. It features applications across general imaging, including
obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as vascular and cardiac imaging.
Some of the new key facets include:
● Tissue strain analytics. Similar to a physical palpation exam –
tissue strain analytics adds an independent parameter to the
existing morphological diagnostic process by interrogating and
measuring the mechanical strain properties or stiffness of tissue
often correlated with pathology.
● Siemens’ implementation of ARFI, Virtual Touch Tissue Imaging
and Virtual Touch Tissue Quantification, have been further optimised
on the ACUSON S2000 2.0 ultrasound system to perform in
high definition (HD).
● Dynamic TCE tissue contrast enhancement technology features
a powerful new algorithm which provides advanced speckle reduction
and enhanced contrast resolution.
● Improved Cadence contrast pulse sequencing technology,
providing increased detection and display of contrast agents.
● Visit: www.siemens.com
SoftView technology improves
visibility of soft tissue in the lungs
Siemens has enhanced its digital radiography systems with technology
that produces a soft tissue image of the chest. Riverain Medical’s
SoftView Enhanced Chest Imaging technology automatically
suppresses the ribs and clavicles to improve the visibility of soft tissue
structures in the lungs, allowing the physician to interpret pulmonary
nodules with greater certainty. Furthermore, as SoftView uses the
existing chest X-ray to produce the soft tissue image, it eliminates
additional dose and motion artifacts commonly associated with dual
Siemens is offering SoftView from Riverain Medical with Ysio,
their latest digital radiography system.
SoftView can also be acquired as an upgrade for other digital radiography
systems from Siemens. The software can easily be integrated
and requires no adaptation of the clinical protocols for chest X-rays.
The products mentioned here are not commercially available in all
countries. Due to regulatory reasons the future availability in any
country cannot be guaranteed. Further details are available from the
local Siemens organisations.
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Medical Illumination International
introduces SYSTEM TWO MH
Medical Illumination International has introduced their new
series of surgery lighting – the SYSTEM TWO MH series. With
total emphasis on “green” engineering, the MH series uses 74%
less electricity than its Halogen counterpart, has a superb colour
temperature of 4,300º Kelvin, utilises a 10,000-hour rated bulb
and produces virtually cold light output. Importantly, the heat
has been virtually eliminated.
As part of the SYSTEM TWO
series, the MH lights are available in a wealth of mounting options including
the combination of video camera and video monitoring systems.
● Visit: www.medillum.com
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