MEDICA 2009 has opened its doors

18th November 2009 : MEDICA 2009 the worlds largest medical technology exhibition opened its doors today. This 3 days even is one of the largest event for Biomedical Engineering and medical industry.

More then 4,300 exhibitors from around the world present themselves at the world’s largest medical trade fair. Read here what happened on the opening day of MEDICA.

Approximately 15% of all people suffer from some type of nerve damage at one point in their lives – the cause is very often unknown.
Hope lies in the so called nerve sonography. With a high-resolution ultrasound machine not only the nerve, but also surrounding structures can be accurately shown. Nerve tumors, nerve inflammation, nerve injury or nerve compression can be detected clearly and therefore be treated correctly. The Hamburger neurologist Dr. Henrich Kele is already using the procedure – with great success.

Here are featured products for Day 01 for MEDICA as reported on their web site

Polaris LED light, Dräger
polaris-led-op-lampeWhere there is light there is almost no shadow – thanks to a new OR light
If the surgeon takes a closer look, things can quickly be “cast in shadow”, because as soon as he bends over the patient, as his head gets in between the light source and the operating field. Dräger shows that this doesn’t need to be the case with its new “Polaris” range of OR lights, which it will present at MEDICA 2009. The special arrangement of the 108 LEDs in the Polaris 700 ensure that the light level in the operating field is only slightly reduced, even if several surgeons are working over the OR field simultaneously or if an object crosses the path of the light. In addition to this, the lights can also be adapted to use future LED technology, as the reflector modules are interchangeable.

Ultrasound system, GE healthcare
ge-ultrasound-system medica 2009GE is helping to transform the delivery of patient care with Venue™ 40, a miniaturized ultrasound system with advanced touch-screen technology. Venue 40 is portable, allowing physicians to quickly perform rapid diagnostics and needle-guided procedures right at a patient’s bedside, providing real-time results. Whether it is being used in the emergency room, operating room or sports medicine clinic, the lightweight system can be easily transported from location to location, offers high-resolution imaging, and is easy to both use and clean.

REMstar, Philips Respironics
philips remaster respironicsThe best night’s sleep you’ve ever had… The new system provides a range of therapy options for mild to severe sleep apnea patients and helps providers recognize changing patient conditions that may require different treatment. With new advanced event detection software and expanded reporting capabilities, Philips Respironics Sleep Therapy System has the ability to recognize and report when a patient may be experiencing symptoms beyond OSA. A sophisticated three-layer algorithm distinguishes between obstructed and clear airway apneas and periodic breathing, such as Cheyne-Stokes Respiration. Medical professionals now have easy access to sleep assessment parameters typically found on diagnostic equipment.

PowerTwin 21 Laser shower, MKW
powerTwin-21-laser-showerA laser shower to quickly heal inflammation
Light has healing powers! Working on this principle, MKW has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers in the field of low-energy laser systems. MEDICA 2009 will see the world debut of MKW’s “Power Twin 21”, a device with which laser light can be applied over a large area. It would be very time-consuming to treat many complaints such as injuries, inflammation or skin diseases using a pin-point laser system. The laser shower generated by the Power Twin 21, however, cuts the treatment time dramatically. The 21 laser diodes used by the device are arranged in such a way that it is capable of treating a surface area of 5,500 mm² homogenously. For special applications, various laser parameters such as the power or the frequency can be varied individually. The most special feature is that the laser shower can simply be changed into a laser comb at the click

waverunner-water-rescue“WaveRunner” for water rescue, Lührs Rescue
“WaveRunner” for water rescue in shallow waters
Lührs Rescue has regularly caused a stir at MEDICA in the last years with its specialised rescue vehicles for use on water and on land. MEDICA 2009 is no exception, as we anticipate the presentation of yet another spectacular product to the medical world: The “YAMAHA WaveRunner” for water rescue, especially for use in shallow waters. The jet boat is expected to see its operational debut next summer on the Baltic island of Usedom. On the beach and on the road the water rescue vehicle is transported on a specially designed trailer made by Harbeck. As well as featuring state-of-the-art blue lights using LEDs made by Hella, it also has an electronic siren and a medical kit for use by the emergency doctor on location.

Ultrasonic transoesophageal probe, Philips
ultrasonic-transoesophagealAt last! Intraoperative cardiac imaging for newborns
It will soon be possible to perform high-risk open-heart surgery on babies or small children with improved visual control – using ultrasound imaging to monitor entire operations in full. At MEDICA 2009, Philips will become the first manufacturer in the world to present such a small ultrasonic transoesophageal probe. The youngest and most seriously ill patients are set to benefit most from this giant technological leap. The probe, which is just 7.5 mm thin, is inserted into the oesophagus, from where it then transmits high-resolution images of the heart throughout the course of the operation, without the air in the lungs or the ribs obscuring the images. This allows the operation, for example to correct a complex heart defect, to be better planned and completed faster. Another advantage is that it is possible to check the success of individual steps of the operation while it is still underway, reducing the number of corrective re-operations. This tiny TEE ultrasound probe augments and completes the spectrum of ultrasound imaging in paediatric cardiology/surgery.

Heart monitoring system, Theme Park MEDICA Media
heart-monitoring-systemHeart monitoring system – integrated in clothing
When monitoring high-risk patients and patients with chronic diseases or in order to diagnose certain heart conditions, permanent, continuous monitoring of the vital signs is desirable. Using long-term compatible textile electrodes and a textile carrying system it is possible to combine permanent monitoring with ease of handling. If an adverse event such as ventricular fibrillation occurs, the device records it and sends the data to a smartphone via a wireless connection (Bluetooth). In future, it is hoped that this will send the information to a service centre, where experts can assess the data and decide what further action, such as calling an ambulance or notifying the patient’s GP, is necessary. The key thing is that not only does it record an ECG, it also records the person’s level of activity using acceleration sensors. This prevents the device from setting off an alarm if the patient’s heart rate and circulation rise just because they climbed a flight of stairs quickly. The device has not yet been approved, but is currently in trials being tested and will be presented in the special area of the MEDICA MEDIA Telemedicine Theme Park

Fitness machine, Technogym
fitness-machine-technogymA fitness machine for less stressful stretching
Stretching makes your body more flexible and relaxes your mind. To avoid injury and achieve optimum effects, Technogym, in cooperation with doctors and physiotherapists, has developed a special fitness machine to promote effective stretching. Using the FLEXability Line machines you can stretch the muscles of both the rear and front portion of the body, boosting the effectiveness of the exercise.


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