• Advanced Arm Dynamics (AAD; Redondo Beach, California) has introduced a new synthetic silicone skin protection for upper extremity amputees. AAD says this skin protection provides amputees with a more comfortable fit along with a significant increase (up to 50%) in their range of motion. The custom silicone skin protection eliminates the outside sleeve and creates an airtight seal. "We heard from our patients that the liners they were wearing under their prosthesis were uncomfortable and not very stable," said Chris Lake, Southwest clinical director for AAD. "So, as a team, we did a little testing and developed our own custom silicone skin protection specific for the upper extremity amputee. These liners are secure, and provide a stable suspension for the patient. Our patients have been very pleased with the fit and we continue to fine tune the process."

• Ascension Orthopedics (Austin, Texas) reported the release of the Ascension Silicone PIP system. This system features the smallest pre-flexed silicone proximal interphalangeal (PIP) implant offered in the orthopedic market today, according to the company. The Ascension has an anatomic pre-flexed design reproducing the natural resting position of the PIP joint and is designed to relieve pain, restore motion, and improve the cosmetic appearance of the joint. It is available in six sizes with custom color-coded instrumentation including cutting broaches and a captured osteotomy guide.

• Cardo Medical (Los Angeles) reported the femur-first versatility in surgical technique with its Uni-Compartmental Knee System. Uni-compartmental knee arthroplasty procedures are most commonly performed using tibial-first referencing surgical techniques. However, the Uni-Compartmental Knee system also provides surgeons with additional intra-operative versatility to adapt to femur-first surgical techniques. CEO Andrew Brooks said, "The Cardo Medical Uni-Compartmental Knee system ... enables surgeons the flexibility to choose between both a tibial-first or femoral-first referencing and resection surgical technique and approach. With its innovative alignment and conservative resection instrumentation, the system easily adapts to any surgeons' training and methodology, including use with mechanical or computer assisted surgical navigation."

• Dentsply GAC (Bohemia, New York) has introduced that OrthoPlex, which it says is the first digital modeling technology that enables orthodontists to create an accurate 3-D model and custom lab appliance from a single impression. The company says its advanced cone beam CT scanning technology creates highly accurate, digital models more quickly and cost-effectively than competitive systems. OrthoPlex offers the fastest model turnaround time three business days or less in the industry, according to the company.

• Guided Therapeutics (Atlanta) said its LightTouch non-invasive cervical cancer detection technology properly identified cervical disease missed by Pap tests and conventional pathology in a multi-site FDA clinical trial. The LightTouch technology systematically scans the cervix to identify cancer and pre-cancer painlessly and non-invasively by analyzing the wavelengths of light reflected from cervical tissue. The technology distinguishes between normal and diseased tissue by detecting biochemical and morphological changes at the cellular level. Unlike Pap or HPV tests, the LightTouch test does not require a tissue sample or laboratory analysis, and is designed to provide results immediately.

• iCAD (Nashua, New Hampshire) reported publication of peer-reviewed data on its SecondLook Computer-Aided Detection (CAD) technology in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. The article, titled "Detection of Breast Cancer with Full-Field Digital Mammography and Computer-Aided Detection," found the following: CAD with FFDM showed a high sensitivity in identifying cancers; The SecondLook CAD correctly marked 94% of biopsy-proven cancers; The sensitivity of iCAD's SecondLook CAD was not dependent on the size of the tumor; it was equally accurate with small and large lesions. iCAD says that the SecondLook Digital provides the most effective CAD technology that is designed to assist the radiologist in distinguishing cancers from other anomalies in the breast. SecondLook Digital is proficient at detecting subtle cancers, or those that are most likely to be missed. The company says SecondLook also provides workflow efficiencies that can improve the flow of patients within a mammography center.

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