Category Archives: Medical Device

Keeping tabs: When is antepartum fetal monitoring important?

Thanks to innovations in technology, antepartum fetal monitors have come a long way since the 1970s.

Today’s equipment is highly valuable in detecting heartbeat irregularities in fetuses in their last trimesters subject to increased risk of stillbirth. Often used in conjunction with real-time ultrasonography and umbilical artery Doppler velocimetry, the monitors can accurately inform on whether intervention is needed to restore a normal heartbeat and/or prevent intrauterine injury or neurological damage.

“In most cases, a normal antepartum fetal test result is highly reassuring, as reflected in the low false-negative rate of antepartum fetal surveillance,” notes a recent bulletin by the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Research. “Theoretic models and large clinical studies suggest initiating antepartum fetal testing no earlier than 32 0/7 weeks of gestation is appropriate for most at-risk patients. However, in pregnancies with multiple or particularly worrisome high-risk conditions (e.g., chronic hypertension with suspected fetal growth restriction), testing might begin at a gestational age when delivery would be considered for perinatal benefit.”

BT-350The monitors are typically recommended when the pregnant woman exhibits the following, reports American Family Physician:

  • Maternal conditions such as antiphospholipid syndrome; poorly controlled hyperthyroidism; hemoglobinopathies such as hemoglobin SS, SC or S-thalassemia; cyanotic heart disease; systemic lupus erythematosus; chronic renal disease; type 1 diabetes mellitus or hypertensive disorders.
  • Pregnancy-related conditions such as pregnancy-induced hypertension; decreased fetal movement; oligohydramnios; polyhydramnios; intrauterine growth restriction; post-term pregnancy; moderate to severe isoimmunization; previous fetal demise or multiple gestation with significant growth discrepancy.

Our Advanced Antepartum Fetal Monitor BT350 offers ease of use and accuracy through its 7-inch TFT color LCD monitor, waterproof probes, rechargeable built-in battery, storage capacity for 450 hours of patient data at any given time and ability to network with a PC (RS-232 or optional Bluetooth).

Cognitive measurement and management for non-specialists

​For a time, it was believed that identifying cognitive impairments or offering cognitive measurement tests was reserved for practices that specialized in neurological conditions and treatments.

But the Cognitive Measurement and Management System ​has been designed specifically for the non-neurologist to objectively measure and assess cognitive impairments over time.​ Among these are memory loss, anxiety, depression, dementia, traumatic brain injury, PTSD and others.​

Many tools used to assess memory loss, cognitive impairment, anxiety or attention deficit rely on tests that need to be analyzed by trained experts in the field. The Cognitive Measurement and Management System relies on objective, quantitative measurements that can be assessed by practitioners who do not have extensive training in neurology or cognitive behavior because of the advanced interpretation and clinical ability of the software​.

The system works using multiple electrophysiological technologies that provide functional measurements of the brain and cognition. The noninvasive technologies that are included in this portable device are: Electroencephalography (EEG), Electrocardiography (ECG) and Event-Related Potential (ERP).

Hooked into the system, the patient ​answers a very specific, symptom-focused questionnaire. Then, they go through ​a resting assessment with eyes open and closed, and finally a response measurement​. During this process, the electrophysiological technologies in the system measure key brain​ processing speeds​ and cognitive functions.

Designed to be used by general practitioners, primary care physicians and behavioral specialists, the ​system includes fully finished report generation with an easy-to-use reporting system that gives visual and statistical data on the patient’s biomarkers, visual and auditory processing, and memory.

This reporting system provides clinicians with quantitative information with which they can identify and assess a patient’s cognitive health. With this data, they can ​uncover mental health issues earlier, making more specific and objective diagnosis​.

In the end, wider use of this system will allow for more practices to ​transcend the limitations of a short mental health questionnaire as the only source of diagnosing their patients neurological health.

Phototherapy for newborn jaundice treatment

Jaundice, which commonly shows up in infants as the yellowish pigmentation of the skin due to high bilirubin levels in the blood, can be caused by a number of different medical conditions.

Many new or expectant parents are surprised to learn how common jaundice is in newborn babies. According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, jaundice shows up in approximately 60 percent of all newborn babies within the first week.

In most cases, infants exhibit nonpathological, or physiologic, jaundice that is not connected to any serious medical condition. Nonetheless, if untreated, the rising bilirubin levels may lead to further complications.

Fortunately, this common condition is easy to treat through phototherapy. The process is remarkably simple: specialized light is used to convert the excess bilirubin into water-soluble isomers the infant’s body can excrete.

BT-400_imageTo be effective, phototherapy needs to employ a specific kind of light that can be absorbed by the infant. One of the most effective treatments available, the BT-400, uses blue-light phototherapy, a far more effective treatment option than either halogen or ultraviolet lights.

The BT-400 is lightweight, compact, has two adjustable levels of intensity and boasts an incredible 20,000 hours of operating time. Because neonatal jaundice is so common, this simple and highly effective instrument has a place in any practice that treats infants or families.​

Detecting peripheral artery disease through ABI systems

​Similar to coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a vascular disease that involves a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, legs, arms and head. While this condition is serious and can lead to loss of limbs or a heart attack, it is also a condition that can often go undiagnosed. People who suffer from PAD may experience pain while walking or exercising but are not always aware that this pain relates to a problem with their heart.

Like most medical conditions, early detection is crucial to keeping PAD in check and ensuring patients get the treatment they need to continue to lead a healthy life.

abi_250_imageThe Summit LifeDop ABI 250 Reimbursable Vascular Doppler is an effective and portable way to diagnose PAD.

It works by employing a bi-directional Doppler, which helps you study upper or lower extremity arteries with ease. The display shows the direction of blood flow and frequency of the Doppler signal, giving the practitioner the ability to detect signs of PAD in a patient.

In addition, this portable, noninvasive method features a fast, waveform printer that can easily print out adhesive labels for reimbursement report forms.

Simple to use, effective and designed to meet reimbursement criteria, the Summit LifeDop ABI 250 is a powerful piece of equipment that helps patients and makes financial sense for practitioners.​

The new generation of portable ultrasounds

Of all the things people can now do with their laptop, from having face-to-face video conferences with people from around the world to shopping for virtually anything, many are surprised to learn just what a laptop is capable of in a medical setting.

SeeMore_Ultrasound_ProbeThe SeeMore General Purpose Abdominal Probe is one such next-generation device, a handheld ultrasound that plugs directly into your laptop, transforming it into a portable ultrasound device. Recognized as one of the top ten innovations of the year by the International Academy of Science, this revolutionary device can be used in clinical applications involving the kidney, liver, gallbladder, abdominal aorta, uterus and bladder, as well as for a FAST (focused assessment with sonography for trauma) exam. And it can do so for a fraction of the cost of other portable ultrasound devices.

Capable of displaying 256 shades of gray, and featuring an autoscan as well as scan and view modes, you can easily save, store and print images, and at an incredibly low price point. With its built-in measurements, calculations, annotations, cine loop, zoom functions and more, you can be sure you get clear, precise images every time you use it.

For a firsthand look at the power of this portable system, download the SeeMore Software and SeeMore Pictures.

Finding the root of nerve pain

Pain, and how to adequately treat it, is one of the most daunting challenges facing the medical profession today. It’s estimated that 50 to 80 percent of spinal surgeries fail. One of the major reasons for this isn’t treatment, but misdiagnosis of the nerves causing the pain.

Axon_II_Sample_ReportUsed to diagnose the root cause of many common pain symptoms, the Axon Nerve Test provides a simple test that can accurately identify the exact level and side of the nerve root causing the pain. This test can be used as part of a successful treatment of almost all sorts of bodily pain, from back to wrist to neck and much more.

The way the test is administered is simple. The doctor or practitioner places a small electrode to a specific pain point on a patient. The practitioner then increases the level of intensity until the patient reports feeling a sensation. This otherwise innocuous stimulus sends an electrical signal that selectively stimulates A-delta nerve fibers. Technology built in to the system verifies the firing of each nerve, leading to an accurate and objective pinpointing of the damage.  This, in turn, is one of the reasons for its’ 97% sensitivity.

Other benefits of using this specific technology is a membership to the American Association of Sensory Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AASEM), Unlimited phone support, Training videos and Online Textbook, and more.

Precision cryosurgery

As opposed to cauterization, which uses heat in a surgical setting, cryosurgery uses extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissues such as tumors, cysts or precancerous legions. When used as a cancer treatment, cryosurgery, or cryotherapy as it is often called, uses liquid nitrogen to instantly kill the tumors with which it comes into contact.

Though relatively safe compared to other cancer treatments, cryosurgery does involve some risks, such as blisters, scarring, infection and more. To reduce the risks associated with this procedure, the cryosurgical system in use needs to be extremely precise so that no healthy skin or tissue is destroyed in the process.

Wallach LL100_imageSuch precision is at the core of the Wallach LL100 Cryosurgical System. With twice the freeze power of other systems, the LL100 is able to perform tasks more efficiently than ever before. But it’s the exclusive two-trigger design that lets the physician precisely control both the freeze and defrost functions. What this does is allow surgeons to almost instantly freeze or defrost an area they are working on, leading to more accurate and better results.

In addition to giving the surgeon precise control, the LL100 has been designed for versatility and ease of use. For example, there are a wide range of different-sized cryotips to be used in a number of different situations, plus, without shutting off the gas, the cryotips can be changed at any time.

To learn more about this state-of-the-art surgical system, and how you might be able to finance a unit, contact us today at 877-646-3300.

A Portable Breathalyzer for Your Smartphone

Breath alcohol tests are perhaps the most common way to measure blood alcohol levels. With many different methods available to determine the level of alcohol in the breath and in the blood, hospitals, medical practices and individuals enjoying a drink or two want to know the best and most portable way there is to measure the alcohol level in an individual.

BacTrack_vio_Smartphone_Alcohol_Tester_imageA new development in breathalyzer technology incorporates a smartphone, allowing users to track blood alcohol content (BAC) as well as estimate the rate of oxidization and the timing of when the BAC will return to 0 percent.

Via Bluetooth, the ultra-compact BACtrack Vio Smartphone Breath Alcohol Tester can wirelessly connect to your smartphone, syncing up with the BACtrack app to give real-time measurements and predictive estimates.

The advanced MicroCheck sensor is not only highly reliable but small enough that it can fit on a keychain or easily slide into a purse or a front pocket, giving users a quantifiable measurement of their blood alcohol level. This is the perfect testing instrument for anyone who wants to stay safe while having a night out.

The MiniOmni Bone Densitometer

​Bone density scanning, which is often referred to as dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, uses small amounts of ionizing radiation to map and measure the amount of bone loss in a patient, usually on the lower spine or the hips. This is one of the quickest and most reliable ways to assess the patient’s risk for bone fractures and to diagnose osteoporosis.

MiniBone_DensitometerThe Sunlight MiniOmni Bone Densitometer is one of the most cost-effective bone sonometers currently available and provides these features:

  • Accuracy — Based on Sunlight Omnipath quantitative technology, the MiniOmni provides unrivaled accuracy for multiple bone density readings taken from multiple points on the patient’s body.
  • Portable — At around the size of a hardcover book, the MiniOmni is lightweight and can be taken virtually anyplace people can go.
  • Non-invasive — Taking a bone density scan is quick, easy and requires no special preparation on the part of the patient.
  • Versatile — Comes with a database containing four ethnic references for men, women and children, allowing for an even more specific and accurate reading.
  • Cost-effective — At almost half the price of other densitometers, we currently offer special pricing on this unit. In addition, the MiniOmni comes with a one-year warranty.

Portable, accurate and affordable, the MiniOmni can serve a wide range of practices and is particularly useful for general practitioners who may need to treat a number of different patients suffering from bone-related complaints.​

CPT Code 76977: Ultrasound bone density measurement and interpretation, peripheral site(s), any method. hold a $7.16 national Average reimbursement; tests for 15 minutes.

Battery-Operated Cauteries

​For decades, Bovie Medical has been a leader in the design and manufacture of battery-operated cauteries. Engineered for safety and precision, their units have continually evolved and now feature a safety-enhanced snap design and recessed button to reduce the chances of it accidentally turning on.

Bovie Medical makes more models of cauteries than any other company in the world. From single-use pens to units with replaceable tips and various shaft lengths to meet the needs of any number of medical or surgical procedures, Bovie Medical has something suitable for most medical practices. Here’s an overview of the options:

AA00_imgSingle use. Each single-use cautery pen comes in its own sterile wrapper. Practitioners simply peel open the package, insert the required batteries and remove the cap.


DEL1Change-A-Tip models. 
For medical practices where reusing a unit is a priority, the Change-A-Tip models allow you to switch out the tips and adjust sizes as needed.

 

AA01High-temperature cauteries. For controlling diffuse bleeding to any operation that requires pinpoint hemostasis, Bovie Medical’s high-temperature cauteries range between 1,600 and 2,200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Low-temperature cauteries. The four low-temperature models manufactured by Bovie are designed specifically for ophthalmology. Ranging between 700 and 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit, these units have a four-year lifespan and are ideal for surgeons who require pinpoint hemostasis.

To learn more about battery-operated cauteries or any other medical device, contact a Medical Device Depot representative today.​