CES 2007 Innovation- Medical Future Tech

  CES 2007 is in full swing in Las Vegas.  As you know thi sis a pure consumer gadget conference.  What’s this got to do with med tech you ask?  Every year there is some new innovative technology shown that I predict could be used to enable some new development in medical tools.  Unfortunately, the […]

Last Grand Rounds of Year is Up!

Nick Genes the creator of Grand Rounds has taken the helm for this weeks Grand rounds – the best of the medical blogosphere.  This edition over at blogborygmi is the highlights of the best posts of the year. Officially edition 3.14 it is a great wide range of posts and styles.  Levity, medical news, poetics […]

FDA Humanitarian Device Approval for Fetal Surgery

        The FDA approved a device set for fetal surgery from Karl Storz Endoscopy America (KSEA) under its little known humanitarian device exemption (HDE) program.  Interestingly many of the devices approved under this program are artificial hearts or heart assist devices.  It’s worth checking out the link above to see what sort […]

Urban Robot Race

“Never underestimate the power of people willing to take on a challenge.” – Ron Kurjanowicz, Grand Challenge Program Manager, Urban Challenge Participants Conference, Reston, VA, May 20, 2006 DARPA has granted prize money of $3.5 million for its milestone urban robotics race next November. The urban road race is an unbelievable challenge.  First a bit […]

Sloppy Docs Miss The Diseases

    A paper in today’s New England Journal of Medicine concludes that sloppy docs suck.  In this very simple study of colonoscopy they showed that the docs who took longer to examine the colon with a telescope (ie were more careful and thourough) found more disease.  When I was in residency there was a […]

Another Biological-based Surgical Microrobot

  I have written before about the “fantastic voyage” surgical idea.  In this 1966 movie, a submarine and its scientis/doctor team are shrunk down and inected into the body to diagnose and treat a blood clot (they use a laser of course.  You can see past posts about rmars rover technology in medicine here, an implantable […]

Cell Phone Charger Could Transform OR Tools!

Engadget is reporting on a new electromagnetical induction device to charge your cell phone and pocket gadgets.  What’s the medical tie-in DITM? First here’s their report: Charge-by-contact pads have a real shot at practicality. We haven’t seen too much action on the wire-free charging front in quite some time. Thankfully, WildCharge is apparently stepping to […]

More on “Alternate Visualization”

    Medgadget posted on yet another IR based visualization gadget – this time for derm use.  I have been writing on my view of the upcoming radical transformation of medicine by future technology.  The first major step is the development of “Alternate visualization”- where doctors gain abilities their native bodies (or eyes) lack.  European […]

Awesome Army Videos-Terminator 2025 Battlefield Surgery Built NOW!

If you thought my post on military technology in the operating room was cool you will not believe the next generation videos here.  James Bond may have Q but the US military has DARPA.  On of their future battlefield medical projects is TraumaPod.  These videos from my friend Richard Satava, MD (Professor of Surgery and Program […]

Army Axing High-Tech Soldier of Tomorrow- MedTech Losses Predicted

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DefenceTech reports today that the US Army has decided to axe it’s $500 Million (so far) Land Warrior Soldier of the Future program.  If this goes through the fallout loss of future medical technology under development will be enormous. many do not realize the enormous amount of medical technology that trickles down from the military (such […]