VMW Monthly - March 2006 - ISSN 1388-722X



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Contents March 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Biodesign and TGen form joint Center for Systems and Computational Biology
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
IBM and Scripps Research Institute to collaborate on pandemic research
Bridging the gap between basic science and medical practice
UltraClinics introduces a same day prostate cancer health care service and acquires EPO International
 
Grid for Health
 
Terra Soft offers Xserve bioinformatics cluster
i3ARCHIVE and IBM ink joint marketing agreement for health care disaster recovery solutions
Georgia Institute of Technology accelerates drug discovery with new IBM supercomputing cluster
Bioinformatics Consortium at the University of Missouri adds SGI technology for large-scale computational life sciences research
UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) chooses Sun to help improve the study of healthy and diseased human brains
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Optio Advanced Labeling supports RFID and bar-code technology, as well as on-demand printing from mobile devices
Wireless Strategies for Healthcare Provider Organizations
Exavera Technologies completes integration with Parco Wireless' API and SDK
Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD partner to improve patient outcomes by integrating clinical decision support into physicians' work flows
Sprint and Global Care Quest introduce mobile access to patient data
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
American Hospital Association endorses AT&T as preferred communications technology provider
Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging signs Letter of Intent with Franklin & Seidelmann
Horizon Patient Kiosk expands personal health management suite
Misys Healthcare Systems answers the call for interoperability with latest version of its EMR solution
Geisinger Health System selects Sun to improve health care through Pennsylvania Regional Health Information Organization
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Visualisation work brings award to United Kingdom
Workshop highlights satellite-based telemedicine solutions for Africa
Saarbruecken Clinic adds stocks of stored blood to its RFID pilot project
Med-e-Tel, the International Conference and Exhibition for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, announces highlights of 2006 event
ATKOSoft-Unisystems-Orco Alliance to sign agreement with Information Society for Integrated Regional Health Network in Crete
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Cancer research to be accelerated by Arizona State University and Mayo leading MAC5 attack
Ivinson Memorial Hospital selects Optio health care solutions
DbMotion selected as technology platform for a Netherlands-based Health Information Network
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center standardizes on Softricity's Application Virtualization Platform for major IT infrastructure upgrade
Foothills Health Information Network and Oconee Memorial Hospital select McKesson for e-prescribing and Electronic Health Records
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Innovative N-Metal technology allows for standards-compliant thru-metal RFID implementation
Work flow software and ultra-rapid whole slide imaging integrated for first time
Ascension to showcase catheter tracking at American College of Cardiology Conference
Diabetech selected by Zyvex to collaborate on continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes
Physician at Arkansas Children's Hospital develops technique for performing heart catheterizations without X-ray
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robarts Research Institute chooses SGI technology to enable advanced medical simulation for minimally invasive surgery
University of Texas Southwestern doctors test robotic surgeon for laparoscopy
Robot-assisted surgery more accurate than conventional surgery
Penn Neurosurgery goes 3D
SIGGAR1 trial selects the Viatronix V3D-Colon platform with Medicsight ColonCAD
 

Leads March 2006 Issue

 
Cross-Atlantic state-of-the-art
 
Biodesign and TGen form joint Center for Systems and Computational Biology
Full ArticleTo help usher in a new era of molecular diagnostics and personalized medicine, Arizona State University's (ASU) Biodesign Institute and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have teamed up to establish the Center for Systems and Computational Biology. One of the first of its kind in the nation, the new centre will accelerate the pace of biomedical research, directly impact patient care and provide new funding opportunities for both TGen and ASU.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
Full ArticleComplementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine. Patients are increasingly turning to complementary and alternative medical (CAM) in order to enhance their health and well-being. CAM includes acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, osteopathic medicine, use of herbal remedies and other practices as an augmentation to more conventional medical treatments. The marketplace reflects this growing acceptance of complementary medicine by many patients and a small, but growing number of health care providers. By gathering and integrating health care information associated with the application of CAM procedures into a patient's electronic health record (EHR), more accurate measurement of outcomes can be generated. Best practices can then emerge showing which complementary medical practices are most effective when coupled with conventional medical treatments of specific disorders. Over this next decade, look for automated CAM software modules to emerge that will be integrated into the personal health record (PHR) systems of the future.
IBM and Scripps Research Institute to collaborate on pandemic research
Full ArticleIBM and the Scripps Research Institute have set up a collaborative initiative to conduct advanced research on pandemic viruses leveraging the industry-leading talent and technology from both organisations. The Check-mate Initiative will capitalize on Scripps Research's world class research in the areas of biochemical modelling and drug discovery and IBM's expertise in computational biology bio-patterning and supercomputing. The joint research team will exploit the use of IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer, the world's fastest supercomputer technology, and have access to Scripps Research's new state-of-the-art biomedical research facility, Scripps Florida, in Palm Beach County.
Bridging the gap between basic science and medical practice
Full ArticleThe University of California (UC) Davis School of Medicine is among 13 innovative graduate programmes in the United States to receive funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to foster the translation of basic science discoveries into new medical treatments. The goal of the $10 million national initiative is to train scientists with a better understanding of medicine so they are better equipped to conduct research that benefits the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.
UltraClinics introduces a same day prostate cancer health care service and acquires EPO International
Full ArticleOver 200.000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. UltraClinics Inc., a telehealth company based in Arizona, has developed a process that provides same day prostate cancer care services for men. With the UltraClinics prostate process, a patient can have a prostate biopsy, have the laboratory specimen processed in a rapid through-put laboratory at the same facility, and have "virtual slides" of the histopathology glass slides posted on a secure Internet server. A laboratory report is generated by an off-site telepathologist within hours of the biopsy procedures while the patient is still at the clinic. The patient can have an immediate consultation with a urologist for treatment planning, on the same day as the biopsy procedure. If cancer is present in a biopsy specimen, minimally invasive robotic prostate surgery can be performed by the same urologist in a timely fashion.
 
Grid for Health
 
Terra Soft offers Xserve bioinformatics cluster
Full ArticleTerra Soft Solutions, a developer of integrated Power Architecture Linux solutions, has released a mobile, pre-configured 8-node Xserve bioinformatics cluster. The Y-Bio Cluster is a natural follow-on offering to Y-Bio, Terra Soft's bioinformatics solution that combines over 100 genomics sequencing applications into a single, managed interface. Y-Bio Cluster enables bioinformaticists to conduct research in the time required to apply power, log-in, and upload data. No configuration or system administration experience is required. Terra Soft ships the cluster with the base user accounts pre-configured and pre-tested by the end-user via remote connection.
i3ARCHIVE and IBM ink joint marketing agreement for health care disaster recovery solutions
Full Articlei3ARCHIVE Inc. and IBM have signed a commitment to jointly market commercial disaster recovery and business continuity services to the medical imaging industry. Under this new agreement, i3ARCHIVE and IBM will focus on building awareness around the significant benefits that i3ARCHIVE's On-Demand, enterprise scale, medical imaging data management services can provide to health care institutions with limited financial resources.
Georgia Institute of Technology accelerates drug discovery with new IBM supercomputing cluster
Full ArticleOne of the world's most powerful supercomputing clusters will anchor Georgia Institute of Technology's new Center for the Study of Systems Biology. The Center will use IBM technologies to advance research into new drugs for the treatment of some of today's most life-threatening diseases, including cancer. The Center's research will be headed by one of the world's leading systems biologists, Dr. Jeffrey Skolnick, the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Computational Systems Biology.
Bioinformatics Consortium at the University of Missouri adds SGI technology for large-scale computational life sciences research
Full ArticleTo add significant computing and storage capacity to existing life sciences research infrastructure, the Bioinformatics Consortium at the University of Missouri recently purchased high-performance computing technology from Silicon Graphics and an SGI InfiniteStorage storage area network (SAN) with 8TB of capacity. The new SGI Altix server was specifically chosen for its shared-memory architecture and Linux operating environment, which will allow researchers, particularly in areas of molecular dynamics, molecular modelling, protein structure prediction, and a number of allied activities, to run larger-scale problems than ever before.
UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) chooses Sun to help improve the study of healthy and diseased human brains
Full ArticleUCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) selected Sun to create an affordable high performance computing (HPC) Grid to help improve the study of the brain. Based on the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Sun N1 Grid Engine, 306 Sun Fire x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers and Sun StorEdge L8500, the Grid will run complex and data-intensive algorithms to assist LONI in researching causes, cures and treatments for ailments such as Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, and analysing brain development.
 
Healthcare compunetics
 
Optio Advanced Labeling supports RFID and bar-code technology, as well as on-demand printing from mobile devices
Full ArticleAttendees of this year's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in San Diego are learning about the newest product release from Optio Healthcare. Optio Advanced Labeling, a solution that allows health care facilities to generate thermal, bar-code and RFID labels and print them on-demand from Windows desktop computers and mobile devices, are being showcased this year at HIMSS at Optio Healthcare booth.
Wireless Strategies for Healthcare Provider Organizations
Full Article

As the American population increasingly carries portable telephones and personal computer devices, Federal agencies are continually seeking new cost-effective ways to bring Government to the people instead of making people come to "fixed" government offices during normal "business hours". Whether it involves using mobile van offices at shopping centres or setting up additional government portals for citizens to use on the Internet, wireless communications will play a key role in providing improved services to citizens across the country in the coming decade.

The scope of wireless and/or mobile computing is expanding daily. It is no longer enough to just know about available mobile devices and applications to gear up an organization's wireless strategy. One must now be aware of the wireless architecture, wireless standards, special security needs for wireless devices, the growing range of application choices, and the unique support and maintenance requirements needed for wireless systems and users of mobile devices.

The use of wireless modalities in settings such as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and home care is becoming well established. The proliferation of software applications and use of mobile computing devices in health care settings indicates that the wireless landscape is finding a secure place within our health care settings. This specifically holds true for any major health care organization.

One of the greatest risks related to the acquisition and implementation of wireless technologies is to focus on technical features before addressing the issues of privacy and security. Privacy and security of transmissions of sensitive patient information within the health care setting must remain a high priority to prevent any breach of patient confidentiality and leakage of data about any individual's health condition.

It is essential that stakeholders across the health care arena become fully aware of the wireless architecture, mobile computing devices, mobile computing applications, the scope of benefits and limitations, alternative solutions available for different health care settings, security risks, guidelines for implementation success, and the end-user experience. Becoming more knowledgeable is essential before a health care organization takes any major steps forward towards acquiring and implementing wireless solutions.

Exavera Technologies completes integration with Parco Wireless' API and SDK
Full ArticleExavera Technologies and Parco Wireless have collaborated to develop new integrated asset and personnel tracking packages designed to reduce the overall cost of RFID ownership to hospitals. Featuring converged wireless systems, the combined solution will enable hospitals to deploy RFID tracking systems into more areas within the facility at substantial savings.
Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD partner to improve patient outcomes by integrating clinical decision support into physicians' work flows
Full ArticleIn an ambitious undertaking that promises a fundamental change in supplying on-demand knowledge affecting true clinical decision support for physicians, Thomson Micromedex and MercuryMD Inc. are joining forces to offer a comprehensive solution of evidence-based content integrated with mobile and desktop access to complete patient information for integrated delivery networks and hospitals. Thomson Micromedex' visionary guidebook "Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support: An Implementer's Guide" is one of two recipients of the HIMSS 2005 "Book of the Year" award.
Sprint and Global Care Quest introduce mobile access to patient data
Full ArticleSprint and Global Care Quest Inc. have made a significant step in the health care industry, by announcing their agreement to offer the Integrated Clinical Information System Mobile (ICIS Mobile) solution to health care providers. This secure remote solution, available on select Sprint handheld devices and smart phones, delivers critical real-time patient information to intensivists - physicians specializing in the care of intensive care patients - both inside and outside the hospital.
 
Industrial Chemist's Corner
 
American Hospital Association endorses AT&T as preferred communications technology provider
Full ArticleAHA Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA), and AT&T Inc. have agreed that AHA will endorse AT&T voice and data networking products as the preferred communications solutions for AHA's membership of nearly 5000 hospitals and health care organisations and 37.000 health care professionals.
Spectrum Diagnostic Imaging signs Letter of Intent with Franklin & Seidelmann
Full ArticleSpectrum Diagnostic Imaging LLC, a provider of outpatient diagnostic imaging services, has selected Franklin & Seidelmann Subspecialty Radiology (F&S), a national subspecialty radiology interpretation provider, to provide its radiology interpretation services. The comprehensive Letter of Intent, which is expected to be finalized within 60 days, calls for F&S to provide all of Spectrum's radiology interpretation services for 14 of its sites. The F&S network of virtual subspecialty radiologists will work as a team in conjunction with Spectrum's on-site expert radiologists.
Horizon Patient Kiosk expands personal health management suite
Full ArticleIn the latest expansion of its personal health management suite, McKesson has added Horizon Patient Kiosk, a touch-screen solution for hospitals and physician offices that enables patients to electronically check in for appointments and procedures at the point of service. They can also access and review their own demographic information, view appointments, check outstanding balances and co-payments, and electronically sign consent forms. By automating routine processes, patients enjoy shorter wait-times while medical staff eliminate paperwork and increase throughput. McKesson is showcasing Horizon Patient Kiosk and other solutions in its market-leading personal health management suite at the HIMSS 2006 Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California.
Misys Healthcare Systems answers the call for interoperability with latest version of its EMR solution
Full ArticleMisys Healthcare Systems, a market expert in health care IT, is showcasing the latest version of its EMR solution, Misys EMR 8.0, at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference in San Diego, California. When released this spring, Misys EMR 8.0 will greatly expand interoperability capabilities and support of health care communities by connecting physicians and patients through automated clinical and practice technology. The solution will integrate and operate seamlessly with other IT systems, enhancing medical practices' revenue through improved billing practices and charge capture.
Geisinger Health System selects Sun to improve health care through Pennsylvania Regional Health Information Organization
Full ArticleGeisinger Health System selected Sun Microsystems Inc. to power several major components of its Regional Health Information Organization (RHIO) in Pennsylvania. The Geisinger RHIO will initially connect three area hospitals, enabling them to electronically share health information and laboratory results, with a planned expansion to up to eight additional health systems within three years. Geisinger's ultimate goal is to join with other statewide RHIOs to form a larger coalition that will eventually connect into the National Health Information Network (NHIN). Regional networks are considered a critical step in developing the NHIN, a primary goal of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and many Congressional leaders.
 
Planet Europe in Action
 
Visualisation work brings award to United Kingdom
Full ArticleProfessor Nigel John has brought an international award to the United Kingdom for the first time. Professor John of the University of Wales, Bangor, was awarded the 2006 Satava Award, which recognises and rewards unique vision and commitment to the improvement of medicine with the use of advanced technology.
Workshop highlights satellite-based telemedicine solutions for Africa
Full ArticleA one-day workshop with the aim of better understanding how satellite telecommunications might be useful for improving and complementing African health care systems was held in Brussels on 27 January 2006. The workshop addressed not only improvements to existing health care systems but also how to efficiently respond to major health needs in remote areas of Africa and landlocked countries. Experts presented concrete examples of telemedicine-via-satellite services in order to demonstrate the relevance of space technology.
Saarbruecken Clinic adds stocks of stored blood to its RFID pilot project
Full ArticleNow that blood bank supplies at Saarbruecken Clinic are equipped with RFID chips, patients can in the future be even more confident that there will be no mix-ups with transfusions and other blood-based treatments. In a combined effort, Siemens Business Services, Intel, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, RpDoc Solutions and IMP Computersysteme AG are set to extend the RFID pilot project already up and running in the clinic.
Med-e-Tel, the International Conference and Exhibition for eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT, announces highlights of 2006 event
Full ArticleThe Med-e-Tel exhibition and conference, taking place on 5-7 April 2006 in Luxembourg, focuses on the convergence of information and communication technologies (ICTs) with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, work flow efficiency, improved disease management and medication compliance, clinical decision support systems and widespread availability of health care services.
ATKOSoft-Unisystems-Orco Alliance to sign agreement with Information Society for Integrated Regional Health Network in Crete
Full ArticleThe Information Society S.A. has signed a contract with the alliance of the companies ATKOSoft, Unisystems and Orco, for the implementation of an Integrated Regional Health Network for Crete.
 
The 21st century hospital
 
Cancer research to be accelerated by Arizona State University and Mayo leading MAC5 attack
Full ArticleIn terms of a medical diagnosis, nothing is more devastating than hearing the "C" word - cancer. But now, Arizona State University (ASU) and Mayo Clinic are hoping that five different C's will become the best arsenal against the big C. The organisations have teamed up to introduce a new research entity called MAC5. MAC5 is short for the Mayo Clinic - ASU Center for Cancer-related Convergence, Co-operation and Collaboration. The new effort will leverage the distinct roles of basic science, technology and clinical medicine to translate discoveries into clinical advances.
Ivinson Memorial Hospital selects Optio health care solutions
Full ArticleIvinson Memorial Hospital, a 108-licensed bed, QHR-managed facility in Laramie, Wyoming, has selected the Optio QuickRecord and MedEx Suites to provide electronic health record and forms automation solutions. QHR, a provider of health care management services, has a strategic services partnership with Optio Software that enabled Ivinson to enter into this agreement. In the near future, Ivinson also plans to offer neighbouring clinics and referring physicians the ability to securely access relevant patient information stored in QuickRecord Suite on a cost-effective, subscription basis.
DbMotion selected as technology platform for a Netherlands-based Health Information Network
Full ArticleLeiden University Medical Center (LUMC), one of the major academic medical centres in The Netherlands, will utilize the dbMotion Solution as the platform for a newly-formed Health Information Network (HIN) initially targeted at improving care for geriatric patients. Ness Technologies, a global provider of information technology (IT) services and solutions, will serve as the prime contractor for the project. The announcement was made at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference in San Diego.
St. Luke's Regional Medical Center standardizes on Softricity's Application Virtualization Platform for major IT infrastructure upgrade
Full ArticleSt. Luke's Regional Medical Center, Idaho's largest health care provider, has selected Softricity's application virtualization platform to expedite deployment and management of over 200 applications for more than 3500 users across the organisation as part of a major IT infrastructure refresh. Major health care enterprises have purchased the Softricity Desktop, and existing customers have extended their initial departmental installations to establish Softricity as the foundation of their enterprise-wide infrastructures. The Softricity Desktop simplifies, expedites and radically improves efficiencies of IT operations by virtualizing hundreds of applications for thousands of diverse users in these health care organisations.
Foothills Health Information Network and Oconee Memorial Hospital select McKesson for e-prescribing and Electronic Health Records
Full ArticleFoothills Health Information Network and Oconee Memorial Hospital have signed an innovative agreement to utilize McKesson's practice management, electronic prescribing and ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) solutions. Foothills' unique, physician-led technology initiative will link community physicians together with the Oconee Memorial Hospital and other local health care service providers in the Seneca, South Carolina, area via a virtual private network. The arrangement is designed to speed the adoption of electronic health records across the community to achieve greater continuity of care and enhanced patient safety. As part of the arrangement, Foothills will facilitate access to needed software by physicians, while providing maintenance and technical support.
 
Virtual snap shots
 
Innovative N-Metal technology allows for standards-compliant thru-metal RFID implementation
Full ArticleRoxen CSE Sàrl, headquartered in Vaumarcus, Switzerland, has concluded an exclusive distribution agreement for N-Metal, a newly developed and innovative technology that gives commercially available and standards-compliant low-frequency Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and readers the ability to communicate through metal-encapsulated environments.
Work flow software and ultra-rapid whole slide imaging integrated for first time
Full ArticleMark Newburger, CEO of Apollo Telemedicine Inc., a provider of open system, Digital Pathology Software Solutions, has partnered with DMetrix Inc., a provider of ultra-rapid array-microscope whole glass slide digital imaging devices, to incorporate DMetrix's DX-40 scanner into Apollo's comprehensive Enterprise Digital Pathology Solution suite.
Ascension to showcase catheter tracking at American College of Cardiology Conference
Full ArticleAscension Technology will showcase its latest developments in micro-miniature sensors for tracking and localizing interventional catheters at the American College of Cardiology Conference (ACC'06), in Atlanta, Georgia, March 11-14, 2006. Ascension's medically compliant microBIRD tracker now supports instantaneous 3D tracking of sensors as small as 1,3mm wide. microBIRD employs DC magnetic field sensing technology to overcome metal and noise limitations of earlier tracking devices.
Diabetech selected by Zyvex to collaborate on continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes
Full ArticleZyvex Corporation, a molecular nanotechnology company specializing in micro and nanomanufacturing, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and nanomaterials has selected Diabetech LP as its medical device development and commercialization partner for their wireless sensor implant targeting real-time blood glucose levels in the body. Diabetech provides the know-how and patented technologies necessary to develop the innovative patient's handheld device for not only displaying the glucose levels from the implant to the patient but also for automatically relaying that information in real-time to GlucoDYNAMIX, Diabetech's clinical management system. Diabetech will also be responsible for commercializing this leading-edge medical device technology as part of its Virtual-Loop Programme.
Physician at Arkansas Children's Hospital develops technique for performing heart catheterizations without X-ray
Full ArticleThe use of fluoroscopy, or X-ray, is not safe for any patient, especially children, because of the potentially damaging health effects later in life. Recently, Paediatric Cardiologist/Electrophysiologist Dr. Volkan Tuzcu, Director of Electrophysiology and Pacing at Arkansas Children's Hospital and associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, began performing heart catheterization procedures involving rhythm and conduction system assessment and treatment without the need for X-ray for the majority of his patients. His new technique uses a computerized three-dimensional mapping system, eliminating the need for real-time X-ray imaging to visually navigate the catheter through the heart.
 
VMWC news bites
 
Robarts Research Institute chooses SGI technology to enable advanced medical simulation for minimally invasive surgery
Full ArticleTo further its mission to minimize invasive surgery Robarts Research Institute, Canada's only independent centre for medical research, recently installed high-performance visualization technology from Silicon Graphics as well as SGI InfiniteStorage and Visual Area Networking systems. For minimally invasive surgery simulation and modelling Robarts focuses on brain, prostate, breast and heart surgery. Minimally invasive procedures decrease trauma to the patient and thereby reduce recovery time, serious complications or death, the length of hospital stays and the total cost of surgery. In addition to the installed Silicon Graphics Prism visualization system, Robarts has just purchased an SGI Altix high-performance computing system to complement its research in image-guided surgery and therapy, including the treatment and surgery for cancer.
University of Texas Southwestern doctors test robotic surgeon for laparoscopy
Full ArticleHaving a surgeon with four arms is one of the advantages of the latest robotic technology now being studied at University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center. The $1,4 million robot named da Vinci can hold a camera in one hand while manipulating tiny laparoscopic surgical tools in its other hands. And it never tires like its human counterparts. With a human surgeon at the controls, da Vinci filters out tremor, enhances precision, offers three-dimensional imaging and eliminates the inverted manipulation of instruments usually required in laparoscopic procedures.
Robot-assisted surgery more accurate than conventional surgery
Full ArticleA new study from Imperial College London shows that robot assisted knee surgery is significantly more accurate than conventional surgery. The team of surgeons tested whether Acrobot, a robotic assistant, could improve surgical outcomes for patients undergoing partial knee replacement. Acrobot works by helping the surgeon to line up the replacement knee parts with the existing bones.
Penn Neurosurgery goes 3D
Full ArticleNeurosurgeons and neuroradiologists at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are now using virtual reality, three-dimensional (3D) imaging for surgical planning, evaluation, and education. Prior to walking into the Operating Room, Penn neurosurgeons can now use a Dextroscope to create interactive, 3D images of their patient's brain to plan the best surgical approach in dealing most effectively with a diagnosed condition.
SIGGAR1 trial selects the Viatronix V3D-Colon platform with Medicsight ColonCAD
Full ArticleMedicsight PLC, a majority owned subsidiary of Medicsight Inc., and a developer of computer-aided detection (CAD) technologies and software, and Viatronix Inc., a Stony Brook, New York-based industry expert in 2D/3D clinical solutions, have agreed that Medicsight ColonCAD, integrated as part of the Viatronix V3D-Colon workstation, will be used in the SIGGAR1 clinical trial to interpret CT colonography or virtual colonoscopy studies. Vertec Scientific, a Viatronix U.K.sales and service provider, will install the combined Viatronix/Medicsight imaging systems into all 15 SIGGAR1 trial sites around the United Kingdom.
 

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