Category Archives: medical devices

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.​

Proper use of an eyewash fountain

Emergency eye wash stations, while performing a simple but vital function, come in a variety of models. While portable units allow one to set up these important emergency stations in virtually any location, they have limited water supply and don’t function as well as fixed eye rinse stations that hooked into a water system.

329200_imgThe Opti-Klens I Eyewash Fountain is a simple adapter that can transform most lab faucets into an eyewash system. With no special plumbing required, it’s easy to set up.

Once installed, be sure to review the following steps for properly rinsing your eyes.

  1. Don’t wait or second guess. Go immediately to the eye wash fountain. Better to be overly cautious than risk a permanent eye injury.
  1. Use your fingers to hold open your eyes.
  1. Roll your eyeballs around, up and down, from right to left. This will ensure fluid is reaching and flushing all areas of your eyes.
  1. Continue to do this for 15 minutes. You need to be sure you are diluting the chemical and flushing it from your eye. This cannot happen in under 15 minutes!
  1. Take out your contacts. Don’t stop to take them out before beginning the process; do this while flushing your eyes.
  1. Seek professional help. Once you have completed flushing your eyes, visit a doctor. There may be important steps you need to take to preserve your vision.

Diagnose OSA with the SleepView Monitor

Some medical conditions can’t be diagnosed by visiting the clinic or through lab work, but require the patient to actively administer the test themselves. To many in the medical field, this may seem daunting as the margin for error can be relatively high when left to nonprofessionals.

However, engineers and designers have gone to great lengths to make it easy for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to properly diagnose their condition.

SleepView MonitorThe SleepView Monitor works when the provider suspects a patient may be suffering from OSA and orders a sleep test to be performed. The patient leaves with the SleepView Monitor and, following the easy instructions their health care provider gave them, sets up and runs the test in their own home. In some ways it’s as simple as strapping on a heart and airflow monitor, sleeping through the night, then returning the collected data to the clinic’s office. From there, a board-certified sleep physician interprets the data and makes a recommendation for treatment.

The convenience and precision of this self-administered sleep test is ideal for clinics or health care services with multiple locations. Regardless of the specialists on hand, it allows for a maximum number of patients to be tested for OSA and for an expert to make sense of the data and provide an accurate diagnosis. This allows for more people to be diagnosed, treated and to live better lives.

Ophthalmoscopes: The most critical tool for eye doctors.

12800_imgAs the medical world continues to be transformed by digital technology and increasingly sophisticated instruments that promise more precise and accurate diagnostic features, some things remain unchanged. For ophthalmologists, one of the most basic, yet critical tools used to diagnose eye conditions remains the ophthalmoscope.

In many ways, these tools are better than ever, but proper use still depends on a high degree of competence that comes with training and practice.

Regardless of the model you use, be sure your ophthalmoscope has both a rheostatic control switch that allows you to manually adjust the amount of light emitted and a range of aperture selections. These features give you maximum control over light levels, allowing you to truly customize the tool to suit your individual patients. To ensure you get the most out of your equipment, follow these best practices:

  • Eye examinations should take place in a dimly lit room.
  • Before the examination begins, conduct a red reflex test. The results of this test may indicate various eye disorders.
  • When examining a patient’s left eye, use your left hand. Likewise, when examining a patient’s right eye, use your right hand.
  • Examine the optic disk first.
  • Following an evaluation of the optic lens, look at the retinal arteries and the four vascular arcades. Doing this helps to position yourself opposite of the eye’s movement.
  • Finally, have the patient look directly into the light and examine their macula. This part comes last because for many patients it is the most uncomfortable part of the procedure

11810-imgThe revolutionary PanOptic provides easy entry into the eye, together with a wider field of view to more easily observe conditions such as hypertension, diabetic retinopathy, and papilledema. It’s the newest and has the 5x larger view of the fundus vs. standard ophthalmoscopes in an undilated eye. It also provides 25º field of view vs. the standard 5º field of vi