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Snakes on a (Surgical) Plain

Posted on: Sunday, April 6th, 2008 in: Cardiology, Treatment modalities

Laparoscopic and robotic surgery has been the standard for a number of abdominal and pelvic surgical procedures for some time, but researchers are now pushing the envelope further with “keyhole” and “pinhole” surgery using ever smaller and more flexible robotic tools. One recent advance, called CardioARM(tm), is being developed jointly by Carnegie Mellon University and [...]

What if we were transparent?

Posted on: Monday, February 11th, 2008 in: Cancer, Cardiology, Imaging

We all know about sending sound waves through body tissues and analyzing the reflections with an ultrasound machine. The computer software and processor of the ultrasound machine then recreates a “picture” of what is inside. Ever wonder why can’t we just send light waves into a person and “see” what is inside in the same [...]

Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring

Posted on: Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 in: Cardiology, Intensive care, Screening and Diagnosis

An Israeli company has recently received FDA approval for a bedside non-invasive monitor that can give real-time cardiac output determinations. The system, called the Cheetah Reliant(tm) provides continuous tracking of cardiac output and other important measures of heart function including left ventricular ejection time, heart rate and cardiac contractility. Instead of having to place a [...]