News / Medical Devices

Mild Sleep Apnea Linked to Increased High BP Risk

Obstructive sleep apnea need not be severe in order to heighten risk of hypertension, as individuals in a population-based study with mild, even asymptomatic sleep apnea still had a fourfold increase in rates, a researcher said here. But the risk was largely confined to people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, reported Alexandros N. Vgontzas, [...]

July 28th, 2017|News|

Philips to acquire US firm RespirTech

Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Respiratory Technologies (RespirTech), a US-based provider of an innovative airway clearance solution for patients with chronic respiratory conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis. The expansion of Philips’ leading respiratory care portfolio with RespirTech’s vest therapy solution and capabilities will further strengthen Philips’ [...]

July 26th, 2017|News|

Novel PET tracer detects small blood clots

Blood clots in veins and arteries can lead to heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism, which are major causes of mortality. In the featured article of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine's (JNM) July 2017 issue, German researchers show that targeting GPIIb/IIIa receptors, the key receptor involved in platelet clumping, with a fluorine-18 (18F) labeled ligand [...]

July 24th, 2017|News|

3D-printed biopsy robot aims to fight cancer

The world's smallest and most accurate 3D-printed biopsy robot has been revealed by its developers. The Stormram 4, as the robot is named, is made from 3D-printed plastic and is driven by air pressure. The advantage of plastic is that the robot can be used in an MRI scanner. Carrying out a biopsy (removing a [...]

July 22nd, 2017|News|

GE Healthcare and HeartFlow announce global collaboration

GE Healthcare and HeartFlow have entered into a global collaboration agreement with the goal of increasing the clinical availability and adoption of HeartFlow FFRct. Announced at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT; 6­–9 July, Washington DC, USA), the collaboration will involve computed tomography (CT) scanners from GE Healthcare with [...]

July 20th, 2017|News|

3-D heart valve models could transform TAVR

Researchers may have found a way to boost the success of transcatheter aortic valve replacements, thanks to advances in 3-D printing technology. In a new study published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, researchers reveal the creation of 3-D printed models that could enable doctors to predict how well a prosthetic heart valve will fit a patient, [...]

July 18th, 2017|News|

Conjoint Studies for Medical Device & Healthcare Markets

IDR Medical has successfully completed dozens of projects where conjoint analysis has been involved. We specify 4 aspects which require special attention in preparing conjoint studies for medical device & healthcare markets: sample, design, attributes and levels. Although we will discuss them one by one, they are all interconnected and influence each other.   Sample [...]

July 7th, 2017|Articles|

New skin-adhesive diagnostic patch detects sleep apnea across all severity levels

Results of a definitive clinical trial show that a new, disposable skin-adhesive diagnostic patch effectively detects obstructive sleep apnea across all severity levels. Results show that the total rate of clinical agreement between the patch and standard in-lab polysomnography was 87.4 percent with 95 percent confidence interval of 81.4 percent to 91.9 percent. According to [...]

July 6th, 2017|News|

Northwell Health Partners & Peerbridge Health on Remote Patient Monitoring in Cardiology

Northwell Health announced in July a new partnership agreement with Peerbridge Health Inc., to explore the future of remote patient monitoring in cardiology. Peerbridge technology enables remote patient monitoring through multiple on-body wireless sensors. To better understand the potential of this partnership, Peerbridge Health and Northwell conducted a clinical trial to measure the performance of [...]

July 5th, 2017|News|

Hill-Rom introduces Monarch airway clearance system

Hill-Rom Holdings, a global medical technology company, has introduced Monarch airway clearance system. Building on decades of leadership with The Vest Airway Clearance System, the Monarch system represents Hill-Rom's debut in mobile therapy and the next chapter in the company's patient-centered respiratory care solutions. The Monarch system is a mobile device that provides high frequency [...]

July 4th, 2017|News|