Cios Spin | Another Focused Ultrasound First | Phones Down

“Imagine a race where all the runners have different obstacles on their way to the finish, but they all must reach the target at the exact same moment.That is what we are doing with focused ultrasound.”

Howard M. Eisenberg, MD, professor and chair of neurosurgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine and neurosurgeon at University of Maryland Medical Center, helping us wrap our minds around how they are using MRI-guided ultrasound to find and stop neuropathic pain.



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Cios Spin FDA Approved
The US FDA cleared Siemens Healthineers’ Cios Spin mobile C-arm, making the intraoperative system available stateside one year after its European announcement. The Cios Spin provides surgeons with intraoperative “CT-like” 3D images for quality assurance during complicated procedures (orthopedic, trauma, and spine), helping them perform corrections and confirm their results. The system launches with a surgery-ready feature set and is preceded by a pair of already-announced surgery partnerships with NuVasive (spine surgery) and Storz Medical (urinary stone treatment, possibly EU-only) that should help support the system’s surgery positioning and expand its route to market.


Helium Beats iPhone
It’s not very often that an MRI story makes it onto Vice.com, LinkedIn news, and the UK’s Daily Mail, but an MRI helium leak at Morris Hospital in Illinois did just that. The MRI installation-related leak disabled 40 Apple iPhones, iPods, and Apple Watches at the facility (while Android-based systems kept running). This created quite a stir online, before it was revealed that the malfunctions were due to the way that helium interacts with Apple’s new MEMS silicon chips. Turns out that if Apple still used its old Quartz-based MEMS chips, this never would have happened. PS – Imagine the panic (and productivity) that would ensue if everyone in your company’s iPhone broke simultaneously?


Another Focused Ultrasound First
Focused Ultrasound Foundation-funded research recently scored another “first,” as University of Maryland Medical Center researchers treated a patient with chronic neuropathic leg pain using MRI-guided focused ultrasound for the first time in the US (this comes shortly after a first-time Alzheimer’s treatment with focused ultrasound). During the 3.5-hour procedure, the doctors used MRI to target the right part of the patient’s brain and then applied Insightec’s Exablate Neuro device to destroy the nucleus responsible for amplifying the neuropathic pain. Next up is larger trials to expand the method to other types of neuropathic pain, which combine to afflict an estimated 100 million Americans and bring $530 billion in annual healthcare costs. That’s quite a target market and a lot of patients to help.


AHRA’s Neutral News
The AHRA’s Q4 2018 Medical Imaging Confidence Index survey (n=150) revealed that imaging provider managers (hospitals and imaging centers) are highly confident that their radiology scan volume will grow, their costs will remain stable, and their profits will either grow or remain stable in Q4. However, respondents we not confident that they will receive adequate Medicaid reimbursements and were neutral on the likelihood of being able to access capital for new imaging systems and other imaging IT, resulting in a neutral overall composite score for the quarter.



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  • NIH announced $220 million in funding for over 200 new awards (to over 100 research institutions) through the Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, with the goals of “fundamentally understanding the neural circuits that underlie the healthy and diseased brain” and finding new ways to battle the opioid crisis. Yes, there will be imaging-related research, including the creation of a wireless optical tomography cap for scanning human brain activity (and surely much more).



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