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Surgical Techniques

Image: Atherosclerosis is treated by inserting and inflating a balloon to expand the artery (Photo courtesy of University of Kansas)

Ultrasound-Assisted Laser Technique Vaporizes Artery Plaque

Researchers have developed a method that combines a low-power laser with ultrasound to remove arterial plaque safely and efficiently. More...
26 May 2022
Image: Colonoscopies performed with AI increased detection of precancerous polyps (Photo courtesy of Pexels)

AI-Assisted Colonoscopy Identifies More Precancerous Polyps than Traditional Colonoscopy

A study has found that colonoscopies performed with computer-aided detection, or AI saw an increase in the overall rate of detection of adenoma, or cancerous and precancerous polyps, by 27% in average-risk patients. More...
25 May 2022
Image: Bio-glue enables near-instantaneous gelling, sealing and healing of injured tissue (Photo courtesy of Pexels)

Game-Changing ‘Bio-Glue’ Could End Use of Surgical Sutures and Staple

A new ‘bio-glue’ has the capability to replace and revolutionize tissue adhesives (like fibrin glue) currently utilized in clinical settings, triage situations and mass casualty incidents. The discovery of the new bio-glue designed using materials already approved by the US FDA for other applications may mean an end to surgical sutures and staples made of plastic or stainless steel. More...
24 May 2022
Image: Novel miniature microelectromechanical devices could find medical applications (Photo courtesy of KAUST)

Single-Actuator System Allows Sensor-Free Precision Control of Miniature Surgical Instruments

The ability to precisely control the position and movement of miniature devices is now being taken into new territory with scientists developing tinier and simpler devices without a single sensor. More...
24 May 2022
Image: XACT ACE Robotic system (Photo courtesy of XACT Robotics)

CT-Guided, Robotic System Enables Fast, Accurate and Hands-Free Insertion and Steering of Ablation Probes

A robotic system integrates image guided planning and real time monitoring with precise robotic insertion and non-linear steering to deliver various instruments to a desired target in the body with enhanced accuracy and consistency. More...
24 May 2022
Image: Novel surface treatment could prevent deadly hospital infections without antibiotics (Photo courtesy of Penn State)

Novel Surface Treatment Stops Microbes from Adhering to Medical Devices

A novel surface treatment developed by scientists could help improve the safety of medical devices like catheters, stents, heart valves and pacemakers, whose surfaces often become covered with harmful bacterial films, thus easing the economic burden on health care systems. More...
23 May 2022
Image: Ultrathin fuel cell uses the body’s own sugar to generate electricity (Photo courtesy of MIT)

Glucose Fuel Cell Uses Sugar Present in Blood to Power Medical Implants

In recent years, scientists have been investigating glucose fuel cells as potentially smaller power sources, fueled directly by the body’s abundant glucose which is the sugar we absorb from the foods we eat. Glucose powers every cell in our bodies and could now power tomorrow’s medical implants. More...
20 May 2022


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