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EndoChoice Holdings releases Lumos Adaptive Matrix Imaging system

EndoChoice Holdings releases Lumos Adaptive Matrix Imaging system

EndoChoice Holdings, Inc. announced the release of Lumos, a novel and proprietary imaging software system as part of the Fuse Full Spectrum Endoscopy platform. Scientists and engineers at EndoChoice created Lumos based upon Adaptive Matrix Imaging which analyzes and selectively enhances the vascularity, surface texture, and color of abnormal tissue, providing better clarity for physicians. [More]
Loyola offers multidisciplinary digestive health program

Loyola offers multidisciplinary digestive health program

Loyola University Health System now offers a multidisciplinary digestive health program to treat digestive tract and related medical conditions. Bipan Chand, MD, FACS, FASGE, FASMBS, and Neil Gupta, MD, MPH, are co-directors of the new program. [More]
Cantel Medical to buy Sterility Assurance Monitoring Products division of NAMSA for $13.5 million

Cantel Medical to buy Sterility Assurance Monitoring Products division of NAMSA for $13.5 million

CANTEL MEDICAL CORP., has entered into a definitive agreement with North American Science Associates, Inc. to acquire NAMSA's Sterility Assurance Monitoring Products division for $13.5 million in cash consideration. For the year ending December 31, 2015 this business had adjusted sales of $5.7 million. [More]
Certain ethnicities diagnosed with colorectal cancer at younger ages

Certain ethnicities diagnosed with colorectal cancer at younger ages

Even though the possibilities of colorectal cancer increases with age, a new study found that certain ethnicities are starting to be diagnosed with the condition at younger ages than ever before. [More]

Remaining Pentax Italia shares acquired by Pentax GmbH

PENTAX Europe GmbH has acquired the remaining stock of PENTAX Italia S.r.L. from Movi S.p.A. This further investment by PENTAX Europe GmbH into the Italian healthcare market strengthens PENTAX Medical’s position in Italy and will bring enhanced customer and professional education services to its Italian customers. [More]
Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty treatment may offer new solution for obese patients

Endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty treatment may offer new solution for obese patients

In the fight against obesity, bariatric surgery is currently the most effective treatment; however, only 1 to 2 percent of qualified patients receive this surgery due to limited access, patient choice, associated risks and the high costs. A novel treatment method -- endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty -- might offer a new solution for obese patients. [More]
Chromoendoscopy superior to other surveillance methods in detecting dysplasia in IBD patients

Chromoendoscopy superior to other surveillance methods in detecting dysplasia in IBD patients

Chromoendoscopy is superior to random biopsy or white-light colonoscopy in detecting dysplasia in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a long-term surveillance study led by James F. Marion, MD, Professor of Medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of Education and Outreach at The Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Center at The Mount Sinai Hospital, published online in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. [More]
Endoscopic submucosal dissection appears to be effective treatment for patients with throat cancer

Endoscopic submucosal dissection appears to be effective treatment for patients with throat cancer

According to a study in the December issue of GIE: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) appears to be a safe and effective minimally invasive treatment for patients with superficial pharyngeal (throat) cancer. [More]
Family members of CUP patients at higher risk of developing CUP themselves

Family members of CUP patients at higher risk of developing CUP themselves

Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3 percent to 5 percent of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer begins is unknown. In these individuals a cancer diagnosis is made because it has metastasized to other sites. Patients with these so-called "cancers of unknown primary," or CUP, have a very poor prognosis, with a median survival of three months. [More]
Instratek announces record revenue growth for 10th straight year and release of ToeTac implant

Instratek announces record revenue growth for 10th straight year and release of ToeTac implant

Instratek, a privately held medical device company focused on minimally invasive endoscopic surgery and extremity implants, announces record revenue growth for the 10th straight year. The company recorded solid year over year revenue growth of its extremity endoscopy business and extremity implants, including the recently released nitinol fixation staple, STAPiX. [More]
Olympus introduces EZDilate balloon dilator for improved control in endoscopic balloon dilation procedures

Olympus introduces EZDilate balloon dilator for improved control in endoscopic balloon dilation procedures

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced today its new 510(k) cleared EZDilate multi-stage endoscopic balloon dilator for improved precision and control in endoscopic balloon dilation procedures. [More]
Advances in image sensor modules for endoscopic imaging: an interview with Martin Wäny

Advances in image sensor modules for endoscopic imaging: an interview with Martin Wäny

The miniaturisation, and in particular the usage of semiconductor miniaturisation technologies, allows us to build smaller in volume and lower priced endoscopic cameras. This enables the proliferation of disposable endoscopes for a wide range of applications. [More]
Stony Brook Medicine expert shares tips to minimize heartburn during holiday season

Stony Brook Medicine expert shares tips to minimize heartburn during holiday season

The holiday season is upon us and most days and nights will be filled with delicious festivities! However, with millions of Americans suffering from heartburn, fear may set in when anticipating these celebrations. [More]
First patient enrolled in Phase 2 clinical trial of Immune's bertilimumab in Ulcerative Colitis

First patient enrolled in Phase 2 clinical trial of Immune's bertilimumab in Ulcerative Colitis

Immune Pharmaceuticals Inc. announced today that the first patient has been enrolled into the Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its first in class fully human monoclonal antibody, bertilimumab in Ulcerative Colitis (UC). [More]
VISERA 4K UHD endoscopy system gives surgeons 4x resolution

VISERA 4K UHD endoscopy system gives surgeons 4x resolution

Olympus launches the VISERA 4K UHD system across the UK. Surgeons will benefit from particularly sharp images thanks to integration of 4K Ultra HD technology. [More]
Gastric balloon in a pill helps patients lose weight without surgery or endoscopy

Gastric balloon in a pill helps patients lose weight without surgery or endoscopy

A new gastric balloon that can be swallowed like a pill and then filled while in the stomach, helped patients lose more than 37 percent of their excess weight over four months, according to new research presented here at ObesityWeek 2015, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity. The weeklong conference is hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS). [More]
Dusseldorf will be the meeting point for MEDICA and COMPAMED this week

Dusseldorf will be the meeting point for MEDICA and COMPAMED this week

In the coming week, from 16 to 19 November 2015, Düsseldorf will again become the central meeting point of the international health business. Then, for the first time on the new set of dates from Monday to Thursday (previously: Wednesday to Saturday), the world’s largest medical trade fair, MEDICA, and the international leading supplier specialist trade fair, COMPAMED taking place at the same time, are going to start. [More]
EndoGastric Solutions announces assignment of relative value units for new CPT code covering TIF procedure

EndoGastric Solutions announces assignment of relative value units for new CPT code covering TIF procedure

EndoGastric Solutions® (EGS), a leader in incisionless procedural therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), today announced the Federal Register has posted coding and payment information specific to the new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)® code covering the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®) procedure. [More]
Medigus announces CMS’ publication of fee schedules for endoscopic fundoplication procedures under CPT code 43210 effective January 2016

Medigus announces CMS’ publication of fee schedules for endoscopic fundoplication procedures under CPT code 43210 effective January 2016

Medigus Ltd., a medical device company developing minimally invasive endosurgical tools and a leader in direct visualization technology, today announced that following the American Medical Association’s (AMA) decision earlier this year to create a new Category I Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code for esophagogastric fundoplast... [More]
Experts call for better risk profiling for GI cancers

Experts call for better risk profiling for GI cancers

Cancers of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract continue to exert their toll across Europe, with many diagnosed too late for effective treatment. Bowel cancer screening programmes are now underway in most European countries, but screening for other GI cancers is patchy and not necessarily well-targeted. [More]
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