Medical & Health

Venue – Ultrasound for the Critical Moment

Venue is a high-performance diagnostic and guidance ultrasound system designed specifically for point-of-care physicians. It facilitates simple, fast and precise image acquisition from critically ill or injured patients. Its unconventional design may also be useful for traditional users in a variety of clinical settings. The multitouch gesture-recognition interface—great for quick clean up—has an automated set of tools to simplify and accelerate clinical workflow. Designed and tested for ease of use, the toolset minimizes training, helps reduce fatigue and has the familiar feel of contemporary consumer devices. 

Designed by: Robert Meurer, Ross Stalter, Craig Loomis, Alex Sokolovski & Cindy Owen for GE Healthcare Point of Care Ultrasound

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Spinamic for scoliosis patients

Spinamic is a vest-type spinal scoliosis corrector composed of a fiber material that encourages wear time. Three percent of the world suffers from scoliosis, half are teenage girls. Standard scoliosis braces are rigid, made of conventional hard plastic. Many patients suffer from pain after wearing rigid braces for 18 hours a day, psychological stress from the stigma of the armor-like appearance, and side effects such as rib fractures, lowering of musculoskeletal growth and unsanitary conditions. To combat these shortcomings, Spinamic was made with neoprene, mesh and Velcro, making the vest much lighter and more comfortable. Spinamic is simply worn by putting it on and zipping it up. It is also equipped with a pressure regulator inside the calibrator that applies appropriate pressure according to the patient's spinal curvature, allowing for more accurate treatment.

Designed by: Paul Roe, Aiden Cho, Jihye Song, Jake Lim, Zinie Park, Woogi Min of VNTC

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Philips Ingenia Ambition

Ingenia Ambition is a first-of-a-kind sealed MRI scanner with touch control that upgrades the hospital workspace with its fresh, calming, hygienic-looking color palette. The front color reduces the volume perception to decrease patient anxiety. The new control panels give operators more functionality at the scanner, and a ridge below the touch screen aids blind operation, ensuring maximum attention on the patient during movement. Built around the fully sealed BlueSeal magnet, the Ingenia Ambition was designed to simplify installation, reduce lengthy and costly disruptions in service, and help MR departments transition to productive helium-free operations.

Designed by: Philips Design for Philips

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Ion Endoluminal System

The Ion Endoluminal System is a new robotic platform for minimally invasive biopsies deep in the peripheral lung. The system features an ultrathin human-controlled robotic catheter that allows physicians to navigate into hard-to-reach airways with unprecedented stability and precision. The innovative shape-sensing technology measures the full shape of the catheter hundreds of times per second, providing precise location and shape information throughout the entire navigation and biopsy process. The biopsy is enabled by the FlexisionTM flexible needle, which bends with the catheter and is able to pass through tortuous airways. When designing the system, designers focused on ensuing that the technology would integrate with existing environments and workflows. Portability and a small footprint were key objectives so the system could be nimble enough to be placed in a standard bronchoscopy suite setup without requiring special accommodations. 

Designed by: Intuitive Global Design Team

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I-neb Advance

The I-neb Advance is an intelligent, portable breath-activated nebulizer that makes it easier to do multiple treatments per day. It simplifies the experience for young and old patients while making treatments as effective and discreet as possible. Integrated sensors and software ensure medication is delivered at the right pressure and flow, and vibration feedback guides patient breathing. This reduces wasted medication and speeds up delivery. The handset is easy to set up and hold for the duration of treatment, and an intuitive interface guides patients through treatments. A streamlined filling process is much more natural and reduces the risk of errors.

Designed by: Philips Design for Philips

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GE Air MRI Head Coil

The Air MRI Head Coil is used in brain tumor surgery for patients who get an MRI during the procedure to determine if the entire tumor has been removed. The Coil is an antenna that collects signals that are converted into an image by the MRI system. The device satisfies the needs of both imaging and surgery personnel by using a minimum mechanical cross section to maximize access to the tissue for the surgeon while also placing the coil close to the tissue to optimize image resolution.

Designed by: Joseph Burge, IDSA of GE Healthcare

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The CALNEO Xair is an ultralight portable X-ray machine that uses the weakest possible X-rays while weighing only 3.5 kilograms. These weak X-rays reduce the exposure to the necessary minimum during treatment aided by a high-sensitivity image receiver. The unobtrusive simplicity of the design belies a carefully crafted structure that balances ease of use with optimization of treatment to create an experience that facilitates examination. Crafted to reduce the physical and psychological burden on both doctor and patient, the machine broadens the range at which care can be provided in light of the increasing global need for expansive at-home care of aging populations. 

Designed by: Ryosuke Ogura & Keiichiro Takahashi of FUJIFILM Corporation

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EXPEDIUM® Advance Reduction Derotation System

The EXPEDIUM® Advance Reduction Derotation System is a streamlined instrument set used in spinal surgeries to correct spinal deformities and scoliosis. The instrument set works as part of the EXPEDIUM® 5.5 Spine System to assist with both reduction and derotation, demanding surgical maneuvers that properly align a patient's spine. EXPEDIUM combines formerly separate instruments into one system, eliminating multiple instrument exchanges. It also provides a secure locking feature, quick release tabs and a streamlined instrument set. 

Designed by: DePuy Synthes / J&J Medical Devices Companies

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DynaClip Bone Fixation System

The DynaClip Bone Fixation System is an bone staple system that provides internal fixating fusion of small bones in fracture and osteotomy surgical procedures in the foot and hand. It includes a nickel titanium memory staple, an inserter tool and a universal drill guide. The surgeon creates an anchor hole in each of the bone fragments to be fused and bridges them with the staple. The superelastic properties of nickel titanium are leveraged by inserting the staple in an opened (strained) state, thereby applying continuous compression throughout the healing process even as the bone resorbs/retracts. 

Designed by: Creature, LLC, Enginuity Works Corp. and MedShape, Inc.

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Distek BiOne 1250 Bioprocess Control Station

The Distek BiOne 1250 is a laboratory instrument that controls bioprocess reactions in both mammalian and microbial models used in research and development for things like vaccine and pharmaceutical development. The actual reaction takes place in the accompanying vessel where variables such as temperature, pH, air composition and agitation rate are varied to achieve the desired outcome. The BiOne incorporates a series of OEM rotometers or optional gas flow modules to meter gasses as well as one or two banks of OEM peristaltic pumps to meter base or acid solutions into the reaction. All processes are programmed and adjusted via a touch screen interface.

Designed by: Eric Schneider and Akiva Rubin of Phase One Design and Jeff Brinker, Shawn Craig, and Ryan Vrabel of Distek

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