Medical & Scientific Products

DISCOVERY IGS 730 (* IGS = Interventional Guided System )

The Discovery IGS 730 is a laser-guided robotic interventional X-ray system. It has the mobility of a small C-arm with the power and image quality of a fixed system, enabling full patient access without having to suspend the device above the patient. Based on laser guidance, the C-arm is mounted on an advanced guided vehicle and is placed using predefined trajectories. Motion is predictable, precise and easy to use while creating sterility for a flexible and secure operating-room environment. It features one-touch back out and back in, enabling fast and easy system movement away from the patient and exact repositioning. Parking locations and back-out distances are customizable for different room configurations. Its wide-bore design allows for steep angles and ease in 3D C-arm-rotation acquisition, especially with large patients.

In the three years that the IGS 730 was developed, the design team had to tackle many challenges: make the system technically achievable and aesthetically perceptible as a premium design, be unique but consistent with other interventional guided systems, anticipate future hybrid room requirements and procedures, be adjustable to multiple room dimensions, enable fast installation and serviceability, limit collision but allow the system to move quickly, manage cables, develop controls at the advanced guided vehicle and the table side, be preventive without being invasive, keep the patient accessible, and be movable in case of power shut down. The integrated team (engineering, marketing, ergonomics and design) quickly developed a functional prototype based on worldwide observation research, vision validation and user testing following a common goal: revolutionize minimally invasive imaging.

The system combines engineering breakthroughs (laser-guided robotic system), with user empathy (by optimizing working footprint and system mass, which often stand in the way of the operator), which together form a surprisingly delightful new user experience for radiologists and surgeons. Patient stress was also reduced though reduced volume perception and by creating a calm shadow area around the patient’s head. The Discovery IGS 730 ensures that the highest quality images are captured using low X-ray dose emissions, for optimum patient safety.

The interventional market is mature and conservative, and the business decision to move forward with this product represents a bold step for GE. Design was a key driver of this concept and has enabled the interventional business to move forward in terms of market thought leadership in a truly come-from-behind manner.

Credits: GE Medical Systems and Jean-michel Marteau
Contact: Jean-michel Marteau: jean-michel.marteau@med.ge.com

 

Samsung XGEO GU60

The XGEO GU60 offers an ergonomic approach to taking X-rays that enhances efficiency and productivity. Through advanced technology from Samsung, radiation exposure can be lowered while still capturing high image levels. In addition, real-time monitoring ensures constant high-level performance.

The XGEO GU60 is a fully motorized system. To facilitate any examination in any position, it’s U-arm is fully automated and rotates between 30 and 120 degrees and the source to image-receptor distance (SID) travels between 100 and 180 centimeters. It also provides dual-speed movement to increase system throughput.

Before imaging even begins, the system offers guidance for patient positioning to ensure accurate results, and the anatomical programmed radiography (APR) mapping selects the filming method that corresponds to the parts being imaged. An APR database corresponding to the needs of the hospital is provided. Immediately after the images are captured, the clinician can review images to instantly decide if any need to be retaken.

The clinician can easily operate the system by hand, including the mounted 12-inch touch screen. The large screen provides complicated information effectively. Every component of the control panel, including the handle, speaker and buttons, are located on the same layer for ease of use; the grip on the back side improves user comfort while using the control panel. The swiveling arm is controlled with a handheld wireless LED remote control.

Credits: Samsung, Moon jae hwa, Moon jun pill, Kim ki soo, Kim yun su
Contact: Kim Yunsu: yunsu1106.kim@samsung.com

 

Samsung XGEO GC80

The Samsung XGEO GC80 is a ceiling type X-ray system with a simplified workflow, increasing throughput and improving the workspace. With its soft-handling technology, clinicians can easily operate the top head unit, even without a side handle.

The simple, intuitive graphical user interface maximizes the user experience by applying a consistent user interface to both the top head unit and the workstation. Different sounds and colors are assigned to each movement of the system. Applying an audio user interface to each movement helps clinicians determine the location of the top head unit while keeping patients under observation. Throughout the exam setup and during the exam itself, the components are illuminated, alerting clinician and patients as to the progress of the exam: blue when the components are moving, green for ready mode, orange when the X-rays are being taken and red to indicate an emergency. Embedded sensors also prevent any moving component from hitting patients.

The clinician can easily operate the system by hand, including the mounted 12-inch touch screen. The large screen provides complicated information effectively. Every component of the control panel, including the handle, speaker and buttons, are located on the same layer for ease of use; the grip on the back side improves user comfort while using the controls. The swiveling arm is controlled with a handheld wireless LED remote control.

Credits: Samsung Electronics, Jae Hwa Moon, Jung Hoon Kim, Jun Pill Moon, and Yun Su Kim
Contact: Jung Hoon Kim: junghoon.kim@samsung.com

 

Samsung Digital X-ray XGEO UX

This simple and intuitive graphical user interface design maximizes the user experience of the Samsung XGEO line of X-ray systems by applying a consistent user interface design to both the top head unit and the workstation. Although radiographers are the primary users, patients were also kept in mind during the design process because the X-ray device is also a part of their holistic experience in hospitals.

Radiographers can easily become fatigued because of the repetitive yet complex nature of taking X-rays. The primary challenge was to prioritize key information and streamline it within a limited design space so that the cognitive load of radiographers can be minimized. In addition, since radiographers are used to traditional X-ray systems, the learning curve of this new design needed to be minimized. Finally, consistency in the graphical user interface between the workstation and the top head unit had to be maintained in order to produce a reliable user experience.

Information and measures needed to be clearly delivered, so the designers aimed for high legibility with the use of brightness and contrast. A simple design was considered to ease fatigue. Many design concepts from consumer electronics devices were applied, such as an image preview option and easily accessible help function. Automatic functions, such as auto positioning, auto centering and smart stitching, were designed to minimize user errors.

Credits: Samsung Electronics, Hyewon Lee, Sungnam Kim, Sung Park, Haeung Jung, Jinho Yim, Youngjun Hong and Jonghyun Shin
Contact: Sung Park: sung76.park@samsung.com

 

sleepToo™

The sleepToo™ is a virtual family room for hospital rooms. This revolutionary, fully-renewable seating unit has an integrated height-adjustable table and a three-seat sofa that transforms in a chair with ottoman or a twin-sized bed. It enables a patient’s family to stay for a day or overnight or for weeks on end, both in comfort and in the knowledge that they are valued contributors to the healing process. And it does all that in as little as 18 square feet.

With the integrated table docked in its base position, the sleepToo is a comfortable sofa with a side table. Docked in its mid-position, the raised table can be used as a work surface or where a child can do homework. With the table docked in its highest position, it’s now perfect for a young couple celebrating the birth of their child to share a dinner, or for a doctor to discuss findings with a concerned parent. With the built-in ottoman, a family member can change positions and relax, and by pushing the actuation button, the back automatically rises up and folds over into a twin-sized mattress on which one can sleep, too, hence the name: sleepToo.

The challenge was incorporating many functions into one fully renewable sleep-sofa strong enough to meet the rigorous demands of a hospital environment, compact enough to fit into the allotted footprint, while being aesthetically compelling enough for the discerning health-care designer. Its strength is seen in the fact that the seats can absorb an amazing 750 pounds dropped from 6 inches, and the sturdy cantilevered table a remarkable 500 pounds. Its compactness is seen in the fact that only 18 square feet is required. And finally, design sensitivity is seen in the fact that sleepToos’ multiple functions, which could have distorted it in to a clunking contraption, were all cleverly concealed within classic lines, tight reveals and crisp corners.

The sleepToo relieves the significant tension generated when hospital designers attempt to reduce square footage requirements while still creating an environment that increases positive patient outcomes. Those two imperatives do not easily coexist. The average cost to operate a hospital is as high as $43 a square foot. The pressure to drive down square footage is, therefore, understandably immense. The principal problem caused by this pressure, however, is that as square footage is reduced, the patients’ families are squeezed out.

While it’s now universally acknowledged that nothing contributes to a positive patient outcome more than the sustained, supportive presence of family members, at the same time, family members are being afforded less and less space as the room becomes more and more unwelcoming for them. The people who are essential contributors to patient recovery barely have space to sit, let alone relax, eat, work and sleep. And there’s the dilemma: It’s essential that the patients family be made welcome in the patient room with amenities to support their needs too, but it’s impossible to provide the space for all of that. Until now.

Credits: Blair Wieland
Client: Sauder MFG
Contact: Blair Wieland: bwwieland@gmail.com

 

Cocoon Open MRI Chair

The Cocoon Open MRI Chair concept is dedicated to spinal exams, focusing on the anatomy of the vertebrae, the disks, the spinal cord and the spaces between the vertebrae. Its design redefines the spine exam, increasing patient comfort and decreasing patient fear. The design uses a shell metaphor, which is associated with a cocoon and provides a welcoming, nonthreatening feeling when patients enter the exam room.

The size of an MRI system is relative to its power. Therefore, improving image quality implies a larger volume, which can hamper patient comfort and increase stress and which consumes more space in the hospital, implying increased cost. Therefore, both the problems of space and stress reduction were correlated in this challenge. The anxiety related to lying inside a tunnel is also due to a patient’s mental perceptions of the system prior to entering. Turning this first impression into a positive experience that reduces patient stress is one of the greatest benefits inherent to this technology.

The Cocoon Open MRI Chair is helpful for examining patients who are fearful of being in a closed space. The system’s reduced footprint is more welcoming to patients; the chair configuration further reduces the perception of mass, so patients will think in terms of space instead of volume. Once patients are placed in the chair, an interior light and openings on each side of the patient provide a safe and open feeling. A video can be projected onto an adjustable, transparent glass to occupy patients during the exam. By reducing patient anxiety, physicians don’t need to prescribe mild sedatives.

The decreased volume of the Cocoon Open MRI Chair concept gives clinicians better access. Being able to position the system in the middle of the room provides more flexibility during the workflow. The user interface, a tablet PC, can be placed on the left or right side of the opening, optimizing the clinician’s access to information. Locating the interface so close to the opening also allows clinicians to focus more of their attention on the patient during the preparation of the exam.

The Cocoon Open MRI Chair concept features a simple, light and welcoming configuration that relieves patient stress, increases value for hospitals, improves interaction for clinicians and contributes to the brand statement of GE Healthcare.

Credits: GE Healthcare, Lionel Wodecki, GE Healthcare and Ludovic Avot, Graphic Designer
Contact: Lionel Wodecki: lionel.wodecki@ge.com

 

EMS400 Variable Voltage Power Supply

The EMS400 is the backbone of a professional tattoo artist’s equipment. Artists apply designs using several machines with various needle configurations in concert. These are plugged into and powered by the EMS400 and operated using a footswitch. With clear feedback on the custom LCD, touch controls and built-in timer, artists can quickly switch between machine presets, tweak settings and keep track of their progress.

Credits: Wingspan Design, Mike McGuire, Mark Simmons, Roy Eng, Matt Herlihey, Eikon Device Inc., Dean Byrnes, Ben Campbell and Monika Stengele
Corporate Sponsor: Eikon Device Inc.
Contact: Mike McGuire: mike.mcguire@wingspan-design.ca

 

nECG

The nECG platform allows for the capture of a dynamic ECG via an innovative system that is cost-effective, wearable, remote, continuous and noninvasive. It provides a proven and protected product platform for remote cardiac monitoring.

Credits: Nuubo, Daniel Llorca, Jorge Alberola, Roberto Beretta, Christian Vicente and Agustín Maciá
Contact: Llorca Daniel: dllorca@nuubo.com

 

Glucose Sensor Serter system

The Serter system is used by people with diabetes to insert a continuous glucose monitoring sensor into their bodies. A user loads the sensor into the Serter, places it on the skin and presses a button to place the sensor beneath the skin and activate the needle-safe feature. A new sensor needs to be inserted about every six days.

Credits: Medtronic Minimed Inc. (credit for mechanical eng), Uli Rankers, Eric Larson, Andrew Bryan, Jose Ruelas, Bridge Design Inc (credit for conceptual design), Phillip Halbert, Ronaldo Carreon and Bill Evans
Contact: Uli Rankers: uli.h.rankers@medtronic.com

 

ENSEAL® G2 Super Jaw and ENSEAL® G2 Curved and Straight Tissue Sealers

The ENSEAL® G2 line of Super Jaw (for open procedures) and Curved and Straight Tissue Sealers (for open and laparoscopic procedures) provides sterile single-patient-use surgical instruments for coagulating and transecting vessels up to and including 7 mm in diameter as well as tissue bundles. These devices are designed for colorectal, gynecology, urology, thoracic and general surgery.

Credits: Matt Miller, IDSA, Industria, Enseal R&D Team of Ethicon, Endo-Surgery, Bill Clem and  IDSA of StrategixVision
Client: Ethicon Endo-Surgery
Contact: Cory Kimball: ckimbal4@its.jnj.com

 

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