• Kristina Müller
    The Smart Magazine About Medical Technology Innovations

    Kristina Müller

    Kristina Müller is a freelance journalist writing mainly about nautical and medical issues.

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    Prosthetics have been in use for thousands of years. Although early devices cannot be compared with contemporary ones, we know that ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Romans were able to replace missing body parts as long as 3,000 years ago.   The first milestone in the subsequent evolution of prosthetics was the...

    Saving time always matters. In hospitals, it means saving lives. Nuance Communications, supplier of speech and imaging technologies, offers with Dragon Medical One dictation technology that may significantly reduce the time spent by physicians typing patient records.   Dragon Medical One is a secured cloud-based...

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    Customed, German provider of IT solutions for medical technology and cardiology, revealed at the conhIT Conference in Berlin from 19-21 April its new Custo watch, an easy-to-use long-term ECG. As opposed to conventional electrocardiograms with adhesive electrode pads attached to patient’s body, the company’s...

    The German manufacturer EIZO presented new operating room software at the conhIT Conference in Berlin from 19-21 April. CuratOR Caliop offers centralized control of image and video management systems with the option of integrating all important patient data. The software allows the user to select video signals easily...

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    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine reported in mid-February in Nature Biology successfully printing tissue with a custom-designed 3D printer, called ITOP (Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System). The structures proved to be functional when implanted in animals. MedicalExpo talked to Dr. Anthony...

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    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine reported in mid-February in Nature Biology successfully printing tissue with a custom-designed 3D printer, called ITOP (Integrated Tissue and Organ Printing System). The structures proved to be functional when implanted in animals. MedicalExpo talked to Dr. Anthony...

    A revolution is underway in dentistry: 3D printing. Today, temporary crowns and bridges are already produced using 3D techniques. Important challenges remain before permanent teeth can be printed.   “It begins with the intraoral scanner that replaces the traditional dental impression,” explained Gil Lavi, Vice...

    “The bigger the better” does not always apply. The miniscule lab-on-a-chip recently developed by Rutgers University researchers measures only several square centimeters. Nevertheless, it is capable of performing the same assays as a normal laboratory by using microfluidics technology. The huge advantage, apart from...

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    A new software tool for orthopedic and biomedical engineers was introduced in 2015. Autodesk Within Medical is design software for creating medical implants using a 3D printer. More and more implants are created with 3D printing techniques and successful osseointegration (properly integrating the implant into existing...

    CARLO might become the surgeon’s best assistant when it comes to cutting bone. The acronym evokes a promising technique in osteotomy. A Cold Ablation Robot-guided Laser Osteotome is a robot-assisted device for cutting bone with a laser. During an operation, CARLO guides the laser beam with great precision. This...

    The Dot Watch is the first Braille smart watch for visually impaired people. The device gives blind users fast, mobile access to information. It is lighter than previous Braille readers, terminals and books, and is claimed to be much cheaper. The watch can be connected to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Its...

    Cynteract is a new hand rehabilitation system relying on a wearable glove and virtual reality. When a patient puts on the glove, little motors inside it send impulses to the fingers and help manage rehabilitation exercises. In order to motivate patients to use it regularly, the glove is connected via Bluetooth or...

    Bestic is an eating assistance device that enables patients with neurological disorders to eat autonomously. This 35-centimeter-high, 2.3 kilogram unit has a robotic arm with a removable spoon and comes with a plate. At meals, Bestic is positioned in front of the user, who can control it with the help of a small...

    A common way for deafblind people to communicate is the hand-touch alphabet, Lorm. Researchers from Berlin have developed the Mobile Lorm Glove. It is worn like a normal glove but can do much more. Fabric pressure sensors on the palm enable the user to “lorm” messages onto the hand. They are then sent to his mobile...

    The Hand of Hope is a therapeutic rehabilitation device that helps patients with hand injuries to re-learn how to move these body parts. To accomplish this, the impaired hand is attached to a robotic hand. Additionally, two electromyography (EMG) sensors are placed on the extensor and flexor muscles of the patient’s...

    Oren Tamari, CEO and creator of UPnRIDE Robotics, explained to MedicalExpo what makes the convertible stand-up wheelchair special. MedicalExpo: The market offers many standing wheelchair solutions. How does the UPnRIDE differ? Oren Tamari: The existing products on the market are usually only for indoor use, and...

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    Even if measuring blood pressure is one of the most common examinations, most physicians do not know how medicine achieved the capability to determine exactly what is happening inside our veins. Like most other modern medical technologies, devices for blood pressure measurement depend on the research of doctors from...

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    With the 92 cm-diameter Sigma 36 Hyperbaric Chamber, Perry Baromedical offers the largest chamber in its class. The monoplace hyperbaric therapy system offers patient comfort, reliability, safety and a high level of customization. The quiet compartment accommodates patients up to 320 kilogram, who can even use the...

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    The Swedish Adjustable Gastric Band VC (SAGB VC) is a laparoscopically implanted medical device for the treatment of morbidly obese patients who want to achieve long-term weight reduction. It consists of a reinforcing band, a high-volume balloon and radiopaque tubing. The pre-curved implant by Ethicon (part of the...

    News in the bariatric surgery market—the 5-mm bariatric laparoscopic instruments by Stryker Endoscopy are now available in a 45-cm version. Since they are 12 cm longer than the smaller laparoscope in the same product line, it is especially suited for bariatric procedures. The special Milled Radel Shaft Insulation...

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    Usually, obesity goes hand-in-hand with high blood pressure and cardiovascular problems. Schiller’s Cardiovit CS-200 Office is one of the latest generation digital electrocardiography (ECG) exercise test systems to detect cardiac abnormalities. Cardiovit CS-200 Office digital electrocardiography (ECG) exercise test...

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    Shoes off, hands on! The Tanita MC-980MA is a new extra-high capacity segmental body composition analyzer based on the latest BIA technologies (bioelectrical impedance analysis, particularly used in body fat determination). In 30 seconds it carries out a complete body measurement. Body mass index, fat-free mass,...

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    Even if the stethoscope is often presented as the spontaneous brainchild of René Théophile Hyacinthe Laennec (1781-1826), there is a longer story behind this 1816 invention. When Docteur Laennec rolled up a notebook in order to better listen to a patient’s chest, it seemed to have been done on impulse. But the idea...

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    With the M1042 Mobile Clinical Assistant by Arbor nurses may no longer have to push a cart holding medical devices. At only 1.3 kg and 2.6 centimeters high, the e-health computer resembles a netbook, but is vastly more powerful. Equipped with a barcode scanner, RFID reader, electromagnetic digitizer and an internal,...

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    The Patient Infotainment Terminal (PIT) series by Taiwanese computer producer Advantech constitutes a win-win approach. It solves the problem of patient boredom while hospitalized or in home treatment, as well as offering caregivers access to electronic patient records at the bedside and the possibility of sharing...

    Coronis Uniti was launched on the market in 2014 as the world’s first and only diagnostic display designed for both PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) and breast imaging. One of the innovations of Barco Healthcare’s all-in-one screen is that it makes obsolete the use of several workstations to display...

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    Cerner’s Acute Care Electronic Medical Record (EMR) is an intelligent database for the integration of patient information from one or more medical facilities into a single digital system. The developers of Cerner EMR spent a lot of time in different hospital services to understand and optimize workflow. The stated...

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    Egyptologists believe that embalmers might have used knife and scalpel blades made of a very particular raw material— obsidian. As Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, told MedicalExpo, “Obsidian was, according to Herodotus, used to make the embalming cut. Although obsidian,...

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