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CertasNew CODMAN CERTAS programmable valve


In a Press Release Codman announces the launch of a new shunt valve - the CODMAN CERTAS Programmable Valve.


The CODMAN® CERTAS Programmable Valve has eight settings to control the rate of drainage of CSF from the brain to the abdomen, virtual off to test shunt independence, and resistant to MRI influence up to 3 Tesla (Codman recommends that the clinician confirm the valve setting after MRI).


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MeftyDr. Ossama Al-Mefty receives the Olivecrona medal

Each year, the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, honors an international neurosurgeon for his or her contribution to brain and spinal cord surgery or research. Professor Herbert Olivecrona (1891-1980) was an internationally renowned neurosurgeon who is credited as being the father of modern neurosurgery in Sweden. He was professor of neurosurgery at the Karolinska Institute from 1935 to 1960.

The Olivecrona Award includes an invitation to the Laureate to deliver the Olivecrona Lecture at the Olivecrona Symposium held at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm in December, which is followed by a gala dinner. The Laureate receives the Olivecrona Medal and Diploma.

Dr. Ossama Al-Mefty, Harvard School of Medicine Boston, USA, will receive the 2011 Herbert Olivecrona Award in recognition of his important contributions to the field of skull base surgery, pioneering surgical techniques, as well as teaching neurosurgeons worldwide through numerous publications. His scientific contributions are reflected in over 350 publications that include authoring or editing seven books and 130 peer reviewed journal articles. He is a sought-after lecturer and has made over 400 presentations and over 50 Visiting Professorships at national and international universities.

Read more on http://www.olivecrona.eu

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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NeuRx.jpgNeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System for treating ALS

Synapse Biomedical, Inc. announces in a News Release that the U.S. FDA has approved NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System (DPS)® for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients who have stimulatable diaphragms and are experiencing chronic hypoventilation.

The FDA Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) marketing approval is based on demonstration that NeuRx DPS® could help ALS patients live longer and sleep better than the current standard of care, alone. These findings are the result of a multicenter clinical trial.

Read more on Medgadget.


iOFlex.jpgStart of the Spondylothesis Treated with an iO-Flex System Enabled Decompression study

In a Press Release Baxano, Inc. has announced the first patient enrollment for its post-market STRiDE (Spondylothesis Treated with an iO-Flex System Enabled Decompression) study. Baxano, Inc. is a medical device company specializing in tools for lumbar decompression procedures

The STRiDE study  will evaluate the effectiveness of the iO-Flex system in treating patients with moderate to severe spinal stenosis with stable grade 1 degenerative spondylothesis compared to the current standard of care.

GliaSite.jpgFDA Clearance for GliaSite Brachytherapy Balloon Catheter for Brain Cancer

In a News Release IsoRay, Inc. announced that the FDA has cleared its GliaSite® radiation therapy system, a balloon catheter device used in the treatment of brain cancer.

The catheter has a dual balloon system, with the inner balloon designed to hold a liquid radioactive source and the outer balloon providing an extra safety layer in case of damage to the inner balloon. It is inserted into the surgical cavity after tumor removal and inflated with radioactive liquid. This way, high doses of radiation can be delivered locally at the tumor site and its surroundings where recurrence is most likely.


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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.


Free Neuroanatomy IPAD apps reviewed

On Neurocirurgia (about Neurosurgery) we found a link to the following Youtube clip with a review of three free Neuroanatomy Ipad apps:

  • BrainView
  • 3D Brain
  • Sylvius MR (partly free)



Medtronic Launches Kyphon Xpander II IBT System

In a News Release Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT) announced the commercial release of the Kyphon Xpander II Inflatable Bone Tamp (IBT) and the Kyphon Inflation Syringe - the Kyphon Xpander II IBT System – for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures with minimally invasive Kyphon® Balloon Kyphoplasty.

During the minimally invasive balloon kyphoplasty procedure, a needle and tube are used to create a small pathway into the fractured bone. Orthopedic balloons are inserted and then inflated inside the fractured bone in an attempt to return it to its correct position. Inflation of the balloons creates cavities in the vertebral body that are filled with bone cement, forming an “internal cast” to stabilize the fracture.

Read more on MedGadget.

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Migrain.jpgRandomized Clinical Trial Data Demonstrating Benefit of Neuromodulation for Chronic Migraine

In a Press Release, St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) announces the study results on the safety and efficacy of peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) of the occipital nerve for the management of pain and disability associated with chronic migraine.

The study shows statistically significant improvement across multiple measures including a reduction in the number of headache days per month and improvement in quality of life. This is the largest clinical study to date evaluating the use of PNS via an implanted medical device for the treatment of chronic migraine.

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