1. Accenture touts AI-powered app for visually impaired
Accenture announced in a July 28 press release that it has developed an artificial intelligence–powered way to help the visually impaired experience their surroundings. The method involves a program called Drishti that is a smartphone-based assistant that uses AI technology like image recognition, natural language processing and natural language generation capabilities. All of those combined help describe the world around the user. It is able to tell the user the number of people in a room, their ages, gender and emotions as well as narrate books and documents like money.
2. Quantel Medical wins FDA nod for photocoagulator
Quantel Medical got approval from the FDA for its Easyret fully integrated 577nm yellow photocoagulator, according to a July 27 press release. The photocoagulator is designed to treat certain forms of macular edema and peripheral retinal pathologies. It has a wide range of settings to treat the pathologies and allows surgeons to select a Multispot mode to target multiple areas. It also has a SubLiminal mode that allows it to perform short pulses to manage the thermal effect on targeted tissues.
3. Orofacial Therapeutics wins CE mark
Orofacial Therapeutics announced in a July 27 press release that its QuickSplint interim oral appliance has received CE mark approval. The QuickSplint can be fabricated quickly and easily during dental procedures. It is one of the only applications that can be used for two to four weeks. It gives patients same-day treatment for acute jaw and orofacial pain, diagnostic aid for bruxism and offers a post-op healing aid after periodontal surgery, oral surgery and other long dental procedures.
4. 4WEB launches 3D-printed lateral spine device
4WEB Medical has announced that the first surgeries using its Lateral Spine Truss System were successfully performed, according to a July 27 press release. The 3D printed device was designed to solve surgical problems that come with legacy annular implant designs. With its unique bi-convex dome, loads are distributed across a large surface. It has three times more surface topography than other spine implants.
5. Cogstate wins FDA 510(k) for Cognigram cognitive assessment
Cogstate announced in a July 27 press release that its Cognigram cognitive assessment system has received FDA 510(k) clearance. The device is classed as a Class II Exempt Medical Device. The clearance allows for the company to market the device in the U.S. Cognigram is a digital cognitive assessment tool that can be done in a clinic or at home.It is designed to aid healthcare professionals with objective measurements of cognition for people who are ages 6 through 99 years old.
6. Agfa gets 510(k) clearance for Xero enterprise imaging platform
Agfa Healthcare has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Xero Xtend functions of its Enterprise Imaging zero-footprint viewer, according to a July 27 press release. The device has been cleared for use on desktop devices and adds 3D processing and advanced clinical applications to the Xero Viewer.
7. Rayovac wins Health Canada nod for hearing aid batteries
Rayovac announced in a July 27 press release that its zinc air hearing aid batteries are the first hearing aid batteries to receive a medical device license from Health Canada. Hearing aid batteries are considered Class II medical devices and require special licensing to be marketed.