by Lee Nelson
, Contributing Reporter | January 13, 2017
7. New Repositioning Table for Robotic Surgery – Intuitive partnered with Hill-Rom/Trumpf Medical to create a new operating room table integrated with the da Vinci Xi robotically-assisted laparoscopic surgery (RALS). The two components are able to communicate with each other through software. When the table gets moved, the robotic arms move automatically without coming out of the patient’s body. This can be quite useful in operations such as colorectal surgery because surgeons frequently have to reposition a patient.
8. Better Endoscopic Visualization – Endoscopic surgery is getting a boost with fluorescence imaging techniques. These were widely used by ophthalmologists and cardiologists. It’s called indocyanine green (ICG) imaging, and it can visualize malignant tissue undetectable under conventional light.
9. New Help for Those with Crohn’s Disease – Ovasave is a personalized T-cell immunotherapy being used on those with refractory Crohn’s. Also, two companies are developing stem cell treatments for the disease.
10. Vaccines for Type 1 Diabetes – Ten diabetes vaccines are in trials right now to prevent or cure Type 1 diabetes in children and adults.
“As new technologies come and go, ECRI remains steadfast in its mission to keep health care leaders’ technology decisions tethered to their patients’ needs while keeping an eye trained on evidence-based research,” said Diane Robertson, director, Health Technology Assessment Information Service at ECRI.
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