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Curve.jpgBrainlab launches new Command and Control Center for Image-Guided Surgery

Brainlab announced this month the launch of Curve™, a command and control center for image-guided surgery. The device offers 3D, “beyond HD” (1900×1200 pixels) displays, and cameras with motorized adjustment. Mobile networking lets users stream and record and colleagues can watch, in digital HD, the live navigation stream and streaming video from integrated sources like scopes and intra-operative imaging platforms through the hospital’s ‘Brainlab OR web portal.’

And, yes, it has iPod docking facilities.

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UsoundMRI Guided Focused Ultrasound Shows Promise for Essential Tremor Treatment

A Press release from Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation reports about the preliminary results from a clinical trial using MR-guided focused ultrasound to treat Essential Tremors (ET). In the first 10 patients studied there was a reported 78% improvement in contralateral tremor scores in the hand.  Patients’ functional activities scores also greatly improved. The study uses MRI imaging to identify and pinpoint delivery of focused ultrasound to the thalamus.


MR-guided Focused Ultrasound blends the accuracy of MRI imaging and the technology of high intensity focused ultrasound to deliver energy with extreme precision to target tissue in the body as small as 1 mm in diameter.  Up to 1000 intersecting ultrasound beams can converge on a particular location in the body allowing for high intensity energy delivery.


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Providence Medical’s Percutaneous Posterior Cervical Decompression Implant
Providence Medical Technology, Inc., San Francisco has announced CE Marking of its DTRAX Facet System. The new system is designed for minimally invasive treatment of cervical degenerative disc disease.

From the Press release: DTRAX is placed within the facet joints under x-ray guidance through 1 cm access tubes. The implant provides indirect decompression and stabilization to treat neck and arm pain associated with cervical degenerative disc disease.

Read more in MedGadget.


SoletraMedtronic Brain Stimulator Missed Study Goal

According to The Wall Street Journal the FDA said a study looking at Medtronic Inc.'s "deep-brain stimulation" system in epilepsy patients failed to meet a study goal looking at a reduction in the seizure rate over a three-month period.

The missed study goal was influenced by one patient who developed a different type of seizure after the device was turned on, both the FDA and Medtronic said. When the device's power was lowered, the seizures stopped.

A panel of outside medical experts voted 7 to 5, saying the device should be approved with certain conditions, including a post-approval study. The FDA usually follows the advice of its panels but often considers close votes a split decision.

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VertexOccipitocervical Spinal Reconstruction System

In a News Release Medtronic announced the U.S. launch of the VERTEX SELECT® Reconstruction System.

According to the News Release: When a patient has a spinal condition that requires fusion or a procedure that must be performed from the back of the spine, also known as a posterior approach, the VERTEX SELECT® Reconstruction System contains implants and an instrument set for performing this surgical procedure.

Conditions of the spine, such as degenerative disc disease, tumor, or trauma, can lead to instability and pain for patients. To treat the instability, surgeons perform a spinal fusion, which involves joining two or more vertebrae together.

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