Drumroll, please. Here are the
10 medical devices we think were the most innovative,
useful or just plain cool from 2007.
Asthma sensor predicts
Photo: Dr Alexander Star
/ University of Pittsburgh
Asthma 'breathalyzer' predicts attacks
Your patients can predict an asthma attack weeks before
it happens by blowing into this nanosensor, and medicate
accordingly, say University of Pittsburgh researchers.
The hand-held device spits out a nitric oxide reading.
The gas levels spike as the airways become inflamed
Image courtesy of EchoSens
Ouchless liver biopsies have arrived
Spare your patients painful biopsies the FibroScan
assesses liver damage in minutes by sending out elastic
waves through the liver. Fast-travelling waves mean
healthy tissue, while slower waves indicate cirrhosis.
The LATITUDE system
Courtesy of Guidant.com
Remote cardiac control
Cardiologists can monitor their defibrillator implant
patients from a distance with LATITUDE. The device downloads
patient data heart rate, rhythm, delivered treatment,
weight and blood pressure when the patient stands
next to it. Docs then access the data by logging onto
a secure website.
SilhouetteMobile PDA for
Photo credit: Aranz Medical
Wounds ready for their close up
Keep picture records of your patient's wound as it heals
with SilhouetteMobile, a handheld computer with camera
attachment. It takes the guess-work out of measuring
tissue damage and extent of injury, and the pix can
be stored in your EHR system.
Detection of West Nile
virus using the GreeneChip
Image courtesy of Dr W Ian Lipkin
GreeneChip IDs infections in a flash
Patient with a rare infection? No worries, the GreeneChip
will identify it. This tiny lab-on-a-slide has 30,000
samples of genetic material from viruses, bacteria,
fungi and parasites. Just add a sample of your patient's
urine, stool or blood and presto! You've got your diagnosis.
3D heart scan produced
by CT Brilliance
Photo credit: BBC News/
Philips Medical Systems
CT heart slice 'n' dice
The Philips Brilliance 256-slice CT scanner produces
3D body images in under a minute and cuts your
patient's exposure to x-rays by 80%. Images can be rotated
and examined from different angles so docs can look
Courtesy of Intel
Mini-computer brings EHR into 21st century
The light-weight Motion M5 mini-computer allows instant
access to patient records, checks vital signs wirelessly
and has a built-in camera to help you monitor your patient's
The SmartPill capsule,
complete with pH meter
Source: SmartPill Corp
Fantastic Voyage for tummy troubles
The multivitamin-sized SmartPill has sensors and a radio
transponder inside. Once ingested, it travels through
the GI tract gathering data on pH, mechanical pressure
and temperature, then sends it to a receiver worn by
the patient. Download the data on your computer and
diagnose your patient in minutes.
gives quick read
Source: Integrated Sensing
Collapsed lung pinpointed in seconds
Electrosonics Medical Inc's pneumothorax detector is
a portable device that uses micropower-impulse radar
technology to scout air pockets around the lungs. It
would help EMT units spot a collapsed lung within seconds.
most innovative, useful and cool gadget of 2007 is …
New and improved, and
just plain nifty
Image courtesy HD Medical
Old faithful stethoscope gets high-tech makeover
The battery-powered ViScope comes loaded with an LCD
screen, an adjustable volume and a signal amplifier.
It monitors cardiac activity by bouncing low voltage
radio waves off the heart, then translates the outcome
into audio and video signals.