Anatomically correct heart models: Medical Simulation Corp. of Denver released a set of precise cardiac models, the Hearts in Hand Collection, comprised of three hearts with defects modeled on actual patient organs: Aortic stenosis, foramen ovale, and atrial septal defect.
New radioactive PET imaging agent for melanoma discovered: A collaboration of Australian scientists identified a new imaging radiotracer as an excellent PET contrast agent for melanoma in laboratory mice. The [18F]N-(2-(Diethylamino)ethyl)-6-fluoronicotinamide marker is scheduled to begin clinical trials sometime next year, according to the press release by the American Chemical Society.
Automatic drug-ferrying capsules: Research scientists at Queen Mary University of London developed microcapsules capable of storing pharmaceutical chemicals in the body for later release. The smart “micro shuttles” can be set to release their payload under certain conditions; for example, low blood glucose levels could trigger the opening of insulin-carrying capsules.
Innovative laparoscopic surgical retractor: EZ Surgical of Yoqneam, Israel inked a distribution deal with Medline Industries of Mundelein, Ill., to sell its A-lap retractor for pushing away organs during laparoscopic surgeries.
A weekly roundup of new developments in medical technology, by MedGadget.com.