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Leica HD Video Microscopy for Bio Science Education

Leica HD Video Microscopy for Bio Science Education

Leica HD Video Microscopy for Bio Science Education

The HD camera module Leica ICC50 HD perfectly fits between the viewing tube and the microscope body.

Bringing High Definition Imaging into the Classroom

Heerbrugg, Switzerland. Viewing, capturing, annotating, and archiving images has become indispensable for the education of university-level microscopy classes. With a range of new High Definition Imaging Systems Leica Microsystems now introduces an innovative solution for the microscopy classroom. The new Leica ICC50 HD microscope camera and the Leica EZ4 HD stereomicroscope provide outstanding high resolution and fast live images. This allows the instructor and students to work in real time without sacrificing any detail in the specimen. Also, the new freehand drawing features of the microscope software LAS EZ (2.0) foster a creative learning environment. Combined with the Leica IMS500 Interactive Microscopy System, the Leica solution encourages students to take ownership of their images.

These new products complement the already introduced Leica EC3 camera and contribute to Leica Microsystems’ strategy to provide innovative solutions for university microscopy classrooms.

Leica EZ4 HD Stereomicroscope – fast high-resolution live imaging

Top-quality live microscope imaging is critical for displaying fine microstructures. The new Leica EZ4 HD stereomicroscope with integrated camera offers an economical, compact solution for viewing fast live images in High Definition (HD). The complete system allows the user to view specimens on the display and through the eyepieces, with or without a computer connection for versatile workstation possibilities.

Leica ICC50 HD – integrated and modular HD camera

The Leica ICC50 HD is a fast, high-resolution camera module that seamlessly fits into the Leica DM series (DM500, DM750, DM750 M and DM750 P). It delivers up to full HD resolution (1920×1080 Pixel). The user can either display the images on an HD display or save the images directly an SD card.

Leica LAS EZ – Easy-to-use software for the HD generation

Leica LAS EZ software is provided free with every Leica camera. This clever and easy-to-use camera software enables the student to control and capture images, annotate, take measurements and documents her or his project. With version 2.0, free hand annotation is now available on the live and saved image.

Leica Acquire – Providing Leica HD-Quality for Apple computers

Leica Acquire is a basic software for Apple computers. It’s designed for the Leica EZ4 HD stereomicroscope, as well as the Leica EC3, Leica ICC50 HD, and Leica IC80 HD digital cameras. It provides an ideal common, easy-to-use, consistent platform for basic education, industry and life science applications. Leica Acquire guides the user through the camera settings for high quality imaging and allows easy fine-tuning of the image to obtain the best quality.

Press Release Leica HD Products Education (English)

Press Release Leica HD Products Education (German)

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Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures. It is one of the market leaders in each of its business areas: Microscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy with corresponding Imaging Systems, Specimen Preparation, and Medical Equipment. The company manufactures a broad range of products for numerous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. It also offers system solutions for life science including biotechnology and medicine, research and development of raw materials, and industrial quality assurance. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 13 manufacturing facilities in 8 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The global management is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.

Share, Capture and Archive Images with the new HD Camera System Leica ICC50 HD

Leica ICC50 HD

The Leica ICC50 HD camera is a High Definition digital microscope camera which easily fits between the viewing tube and any manual DM microscope body. It is opimized fo the DM500 and DM750 microscope and offers a fast live High Resolution image on a computer screen or HD Display.

The camera can capture 3 Megapixel color images directly onto a SD card or to a connected PC. The intuitive Imaging Software allows for easy fine tuning, capture, and archiving of images. The LAS EZ software also allows for basic annotation and measurement.

The Leica ICC50 HD is also compatible with the full range of Leica Microsystems LAS Software e.g. Multifocus, Measurement and Extended Annotation.

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Leica has released a couple new products designed to bring full HD video microscopy to the classroom. The ICC50 HD is a camera that can be inserted into any of the Leica DM series microscopes to bring live video to a monitor or video projector. The Leica EZ4 HD is a stereo microscope with built-in video output and recording capabilities.

From the ICC50 HD product page:

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The camera can capture 3Mpixel color images directly onto a SD card or to a connected PC. The intuitive Imaging Software allows for easy fine tuning, capture, and archiving of images. The LAS EZ software also allows for basic annotation and measurement.

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The Leica ICC50 HD is also compatible with the full range of Leica Microsystems LAS Software e.g. Multifocus, Measurement and Extended Annotation.

More about the EZ4 HD:

Leica EZ4 HD stereo microscope offers high quality 4.4:1 zoom for university and college courses such as biology, anatomy and chemistry and provides over 20 years of bright LED illumination.

The 7 LEDs provide transmitted, incident and oblique light for high quality illumination and contrast of any application. The integrated High Definition digital camera offers a fast live Image on a computer screen or HD Display transforming a stereomicroscope into a USB microscope. It captures 3 Mpixel color images directly onto SD card or Windows or Mac computer.

Source : http://www.leica-microsystems.com/news-media/press-releases/press-releases-details/article/new-hd-products-from-leica-microsystems/

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Ultra High Resolution Video Used In Laparoscopic Surgery

Ultra High Resolution Video Used In Laparoscopic Surgery

Ultra High Resolution Video Used In Laparoscopic Surgery

FutureMed executive director Daniel Kraft, MD kicked off Rock Health‘s second Demo Day last week in San Francisco by summarizing some of the most exciting developments that have the potential to improve medicine. Kraft, who is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, started by looking “back to the future” at his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Mass General Hospital in Boston. Kraft had visited the hospital a number of months ago, some fifteen years after his residency, and realized that in many ways, not much had changed.

One of the things that has remained the same is that medicine in practice is still siloed into different specialties. “We are not just a bucket of body parts,” he said. “We are much more complex than that and we are in a new age.”

Although there are countless exciting medical innovations, when you look at the field as a whole, it has not seen the tremendous upheaval exemplified in other aspects of our lives. Over the course of the last decade or so, the way we pay for things, how we read and share the news, take and share photos, for instance, have been completely reinvented and reimagined.

Healthcare would do well to follow this path and ride the exponentially accelerating technologies that have made such innovation based on convergence possible in other aspects of our lives, and, to a certain extent, it is doing that. But much more is possible.

Another aspect of this convergence comes from people. “What is exciting about Rock Health in particular is that it has brought in all of these people who may have not initially been in healthcare and brought them into this really exciting era of convergence,” Kraft said.

Kraft then dove into a whirlwind summary of some of the recent developments that could ultimately have a big impact on medicine. Examples of these include:

Health Datapalooza.

Mobile-based technologies such as the FDA-approved iBGtar.

AliveCor’s iPhone ECG, which Kraft said is “getting close to FDA approval.”

The emergence of AI technology like Watson.

The emergence of new brain-computer interfaces.

Low-cost genomics. “Yesterday I got my exome back from 23 and Me,” Kraft said. “For a thousand dollars.”

The emergence of proteomics.

Synthetic biology, which will give scientists “the ability to do very powerful molecular biology in [their] own garage.” “If we are going to to address some of these huge challenges we have across the healthcare spectrum,” we need the spirit exemplified by the Maker Fair, Kraft said.

Advances in sensing technology and the ability to integrate data from them.

Move to a more towards a preventative paradigm in healthcare.

Augmented reality exemplified by projects such as Google Glass.

New ways of using data. Healthcare needs to learn how to do more with less, as Billy Beane showed in Money Ball.

Engaged e-patients “who are at the top of their data, and can chart it, see it, and share it in new ways.”

Predictive healthcare analytics.

Kraft, who is a pilot and a flight surgeon with the California Air National Guard, explained that there is much that healthcare can learn from aviation. “One of [those lessons] obviously is checklists.” And checklists can be appified.

Another, as the cockpits have shifted from analog to digital, is the fact that pilots now have improved their ability to see data in context. “If you are a pilot, or a physician, or a patient, you want to see that data in context. You want that heads up display so you can see that information that is relevant to you.”

Kraft concluded his talk citing the need to find inspiration to harness such exciting technologies such as these to solve some of the big problems in healthcare.

Our good friend Dr. Steven Palter has just performed the world’s first ultra high definition laparoscopic surgery using the Red One 4K camera. The imagery, at four times the resolution of standard high definition video, was later displayed in all its glory in 3D to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on a Sony SRXR-220 projector. Using equipment worth over a million dollars, this is truly the clearest view inside the body ever recorded.

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As detail and resolution increases surgeons will see and perform better. For this reason I set out to see if images 4 times the resolution ofHD could be obtained through our surgical scopes and if the next generation of Hollywood 4k cameras could be used for surgery. In a pilot project we successfully connected the camera of the future to our surgical scope and obtained the highest resolution surgical images of body ever directly in the procedure.

By increasing resolution to this level we allow the surgeon to be actually immersed in images that surpass the live surgical experience. The resolution approaches that of the human eye but it is combined with 10 fold magnification through the telescopes which operate just inches away from the disease. The progress from regular surgical film technology is like comparing sitting in an HD home theater to watching a video on a cell phone.

sonypro Ultra High Resolution Video Used In Laparoscopic SurgeryAmazingly, the surgeons in the conference were able to visualize the surgery they were watching better than if they had been in the operating room live. If it can transform the immersive experience of the movies with unprecedented realism wouldn’t you want that degree of vision in your surgeon’s hands? By combining unprecedented resolution and magnification the surgical images were beyond what a surgeon would have standing live in the operating room. Those in the audience predicted this technology would further revolutionize minimally invasive surgery as it becomes incorporated into the OR of the future.

Source : http:what-healthcare-needs-convergence-driven-by-exponentially-growing-technologies.html

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Simple video game can help children with serious anger problems

Simple video game can help children with serious anger problems

Children with serious anger problems can be helped by a simple video game that hones their ability to regulate their emotions, finds a pilot study at Boston Children’s Hospital. Results were published online October 24 in the journal Adolescent Psychiatry.

Noticing that children with anger control problems are often uninterested in psychotherapy, but very eager to play video games, Jason Kahn, PhD, and Joseph Gonzalez-Heydrich, MD, at Boston Children’s Hospital developed “RAGE Control” to motivate children to practice emotional control skills that they can later use in challenging life situations.

The fast-paced game involves shooting at enemy spaceships while avoiding shooting at friendly ones. As children play, a monitor on one finger tracks their heart rate and displays it on the computer screen. When heart rate goes above a certain level, players lose their ability to shoot at the enemy spaceships. To improve their game, they must learn to keep calm.

“The connections between the brain’s executive control centers and emotional centers are weak in people with severe anger problems,” explains Gonzalez-Heydrich, chief of Psychopharmacology at Boston Children’s and senior investigator on the study. “However, to succeed at RAGE Control, players have to learn to use these centers at the same time to score points.”

The study, led by first author Peter Ducharme, MSW, a clinical social worker at Boston Children’s, compared two groups of 9- to 17-year-old children admitted to the hospital’s Psychiatry Inpatient Service who had high levels of anger. To qualify for the study, the children had to have a normal IQ and not need a medication change during the five-day study period.

One group, with 19 children, received standard treatments for anger including cognitive-behavioral therapy, presentation of relaxation techniques and social skills training for five consecutive business days. The second group, with 18 children, got these same treatments, but spent the last 15 minutes of their psychotherapy session playing RAGE Control.

After five sessions, the video gamers were significantly better at keeping their heart rate down. They showed clinically significant decreases in anger scores on the State Trait Anger Expression Inventory-Child and Adolescent (STAXI-CA), and specifically on:

the intensity of anger at a particular time

the frequency of angry feelings over time

expression of anger towards others or objects.

The gamers also had a decrease in suppressed, internalized anger that reached marginal statistical significance. In contrast, the standard-treatment group showed no significant change from baseline on any of the above measures.

The video gamers gave their therapy experience high marks for helpfulness (5 to 6 on a scale of 7). “Kids reported feeling better control of their emotions when encountering day to day frustrations on the unit,” says Ducharme. “While this was a pilot study, and we weren’t able to follow the kids after they were discharged, we think the game will help them control their emotions in other environments.”

More studies in progress

The investigators are now conducting a randomized, controlled clinical trial of RAGE Control in the outpatient clinic at Boston Children’s that adds a cooperative component. The children team up with a parent for 10 game sessions at the clinic; if either the parent’s or the child’s heart rate goes up, neither of them can shoot, forcing them to help calm each other. (Click here for more information.)

The research team plans another clinical trial to test whether letting children take RAGE Control home, to play with parents and siblings, will increase its effect.

In addition, Kahn is spearheading a team effort to develop toys to enhance emotional regulation skills in children too young for RAGE Control. These toys include racing cars that stop if a child gets too excited and, for even younger children, a cooperative game where children try to help each other stack blocks (if heart rate goes up, the table becomes wobbly and the blocks topple).

Source : http://www.news-medical.net/news/20121025/Simple-video-game-can-help-children-with-serious-anger-problems.aspx

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AirXpanders AeroForm Tissue Expander for Breast Reconstruction CE Marked

AirXpanders AeroForm Tissue Expander for Breast Reconstruction CE Marked

AirXpanders AeroForm Tissue Expander for Breast Reconstruction CE Marked

PALO ALTO, CA, Oct 25, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — AirXpanders Inc., a company developing novel technology for women who require tissue expansion for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, today announced that it has received European CE Mark approval for AeroForm(TM), a needle-free, patient-controlled tissue expansion system.

The CE Mark enables AirXpanders to commercialize the AeroForm system in Europe and other select markets around the world. The company plans to work with leading plastic surgeons across the European Union to generate post market clinical data on European patients to support widespread commercialization in the region.

“We are extremely pleased that the AeroForm has received this important regulatory milestone that will give women outside of the United States access to a patient-friendly option for tissue expansion when undergoing breast reconstruction after a mastectomy,” said Scott Dodson, AirXpanders President and Chief Executive Officer. The company will begin the formalization of its International distribution plan over the next few months while we simultaneously complete our ongoing IDE trial in the United States.

AeroForm allows women to complete their expansion at home, without needles and at their own pace based on their level of comfort.

A current method of breast reconstruction involves tissue expansion followed by placement of a breast implant. In the traditional method for expansion, a surgeon places a saline tissue expander under the skin and pectoral muscle following the mastectomy. During subsequent office visits, the surgeon inserts a needle through the skin and muscle into a magnetic port to inject a bolus of saline into the expander to the level tolerated by the patient. The series of saline inflations needed to fill the expander, can take up to six months while the AeroForm has been shown to achieve full expansion in as little as 14 days, according to a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in October of 2011.

About AirXpanders

AirXpanders Inc. ( www.airxpanders.com ), is a tissue-expansion company focused on the area of breast cancer reconstruction. By employing a revolutionary patient-controlled expander, activated by a wireless remote control, the often painful process of reclaiming one’s body after cancer can potentially be eased with this needle-free technology. This technology is designed for ease of use and may enable the patient to proceed to a permanent implant much faster than the current standard-of-care. At this time, AirXpanders’ products are not cleared or approved for sale in the United States. AirXpanders is backed by Vivo Ventures, GBS Venture Partners, Prolog Ventures, Heron Capital, Shalon Ventures, Correlation Ventures and Western Technology Investments.

Though mastectomies are often a necessary and even welcome intervention to save the lives of women suffering from breast cancer, they also may contribute to the overall physical and emotional trauma facing the patients. In order to alleviate some of these problems, surgeons have developed breast reconstruction procedures that usually entail restoring the mound by implanting a silicone sac filled with salt solution (saline) or gel under the skin and pectoral muscles. The traditional process to prepare for implantation of the sac may be long and sometimes painful because it involves weekly bolus saline injections (sometimes up to 22 weeks) in order to create a pocket of sufficient size.

A potential alternative solution is being developed by AirXpanders, a med tech start-up in Palo Alto that focuses on tissue expansion for breast reconstruction following cancer. Their system, known as AeroForm, just recently received an Investigational Device Exemption from the FDA so that its efficacy may be tested in a randomized, controlled, open-label study. In terms of how the system works, according to the press release:

AirXpanders designed the AeroForm tissue expander to address the limitations of traditional saline expanders. The system consists of a technologically advanced self-contained tissue expander and a small hand-held wireless remote control. The AeroForm system uses compressed carbon dioxide that is gradually released through a small internal valve, in place of invasive saline injections, to fill the expander. Following a standard procedure to implant the expander, the patient can use the remote control at home to perform the expansion process as directed by the surgeon.

During the company’s feasibility trial in Australia, the average expansion time associated with the AeroForm remote-controlled tissue expander was 15 days, a fraction of the time typically required using traditional saline expanders.

We look forward to learning how the study, known as XPAND, progresses and will be sure to keep you up-to-date!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmu6v9kbyUY&feature=player_embedded

Source : http://www.marketwatch.com/story/airxpanders-announces-european-ce-mark-approval-for-aeroformtm-patient-controlled-tissue-expander-for-patients-undergoing-breast-reconstruction-2012-10-25

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Nidek AFC-330 Automated Fundus Camera

Nidek AFC-330 Automated Fundus Camera

Nidek AFC-330 Automated Fundus Camera

All in one with built-in camera and computer

Five automated functions for enhanced ease-of-use

Monitor and indicator for operator assist

Navigation of stereo and panorama photography

Low flash intensity and quiet shutter sound

All in one with built-in camera and computer

The AFC-330 has an integrated CCD camera and microcomputer in one compact unit without requiring an external camera and PC. It is virtually “ready to use out of the box”.

Five automated functions for enhanced ease-of-use

With five automated functions – 3-D auto tracking, auto focus, auto switching from anterior eye to fundus, auto shot, and auto print / export – the AFC-330 enables seamless photography from start to finish.

Five automated functions

Monitor and indicator for operator assist

The anterior eye monitor allows an operator to constantly verify alignment. The focus split indicator shows the amount of focus deviation in the fundus observation screen.

Monitor and indicator

Navigation of stereo and panorama photography

The AFC-330 navigates stereo and panorama photography with target marks displayed on observation screen*.

Navigation of stereo and panorama photography

* Stereo image observation and panorama composition are available with the NAVIS-EX software.

Low flash intensity and quiet shutter sound

The AFC-330 reduces flash intensity by 40% and sound of the shutter by 50% compared to its predecessor, the AFC-230 / 210.

Low flash intensity and quiet shutter sound

Related Products

Non-Mydriatic Auto Fundus Camera AFC-230 / 210

Optical Coherence Tomography RS-3000 Advance

Optical Coherence Tomography RS-3000 Lite

Digital Ophthalmoscope F-10

Auto Fundus Camera ORION

Micro Perimeter MP-1

NOTE: The availability of the products differs from country to country depending on the status of approval in each country. Specifications and design are subject to change.

NIDEK (Gamagori, Japan) has received FDA clearance to market its AFC-330 fundus camera in the U.S. The unit is an all-in-one system that contains both the camera and the processing computer, negating the need for another machine to remain nearby.

The device is the company’s most automated model, and features automatic alignment along the three axis, uses a lower brightness flash, and has dampened mechanical components, among other advances.

More details about the AFC-330 from the product page:

All in one with built-in camera and computer

The AFC-330 has an integrated CCD camera and microcomputer in one compact unit without requiring an external camera and PC. It is virtually “ready to use out of the box”.

Five automated functions for enhanced ease-of-use

With five automated functions – 3-D auto tracking, auto focus, auto switching from anterior eye to fundus, auto shot, and auto print / export – the AFC-330 enables seamless photography from start to finish.

Monitor and indicator for operator assist

The anterior eye monitor allows an operator to constantly verify alignment. The focus split indicator shows the amount of focus deviation in the fundus observation screen.

Navigation of stereo and panorama photography

The AFC-330 navigates stereo and panorama photography with target marks displayed on observation screen.

Low flash intensity and quiet shutter sound

The AFC-330 reduces flash intensity by 40% and sound of the shutter by 50% compared to its predecessor, the AFC-230 / 210.

Source : http://www.nidek-intl.com/products/diagnosis/afc-330.html

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Freedom Inguinal Hernia System Reduces Post-Op Pain

Freedom Inguinal Hernia System Reduces Post-Op Pain

Freedom Inguinal Hernia System Reduces Post-Op Pain

Surgeon Training:

Insightra Medical provides multiple training resources for the Freedom Inguinal Hernia Repair System.

• Training Centers – Our surgical training programs are conducted around the world and have welcomed world renowned hernia surgeons to a hands on, multiple day program that includes the entire Freedom Hernia product line.

• Surgeon Collaboration and Proctoring – Other surgeons are willing to share their knowledge and experience of the Insightra Medical Freedom Hernia Products.

• Inservice Training – Insightra Medical authorized representatives are available for in house training and product support during initial cases.

More than 800,000 inguinal hernias are performed each year in the United States, with a majority of surgical procedures involving some form of prosthesis such as surgical meshes or plugs. These systems are often fixed in place using sutures, tacks or other methods that hold the devices firmly in place. This “fixation” is thought to be one of the reasons for the syndrome of postoperative chronic hernia pain. Flat meshes have been shown to shrink up to 30%, while plugs are as high as 70%. In both cases the implant can pull on the fixation, become rigid or feel like a hard, fibrotic foreign body.

The new inguinal hernia system from Insightra Medical contains the ProFlor™ – flower shaped implant; an open structure made of polypropylene that recoils when compressed. Using a special delivery device, the implant is loaded under compression and then released into the inguinal hernia defect where it stabilizes in the tissues without the need for fixation.

Initial clinical results from two studies in Italy have shown that the implant stays in place and the implant has shown excellent post-operative pain scores. The product has been available outside of the USA in a limited clinical launch for over 3 years and has been implanted in over 200 patients, some of the patients with a follow up beyond 36 months. Results in terms of complications, pain, discomfort and recurrence remain very encouraging.

A key to the Freedom Inguinal Hernia System is the relatively simple implantation technique that can be performed through a small incision under local anesthesia. The delivery device helps to deliver a small pre-peritoneal disk attached to the implant core, which helps to cover the defect from behind.

Insightra plans to conduct ongoing studies and begin a U.S. training program for physicians. In conjunction with the release, the company has hired sales executive Todd Perz as its Vice President of North American Sales, and is building a North American sales force.

Insightra Medical (Irvine, CA) received FDA clearance for its Freedom Inguinal Hernia System that was developed to help address some of the causes of post-operative pain.

The system consists of the ProFlor implant and a delivery device that sort of works like a syringe. The flower-like implant is compressed into the delivery device, which is in turn inserted into the inguinal hernia defect and deployed. The implant immediately uncoils (blooms?), providing stability but without the use of tacks or sutures that are often associated with post-operative chronic hernia pain.

From the announcement:

Initial clinical results from two studies in Italy have shown that the implant stays in place and the implant has shown excellent post-operative pain scores. The product has been available outside of the USA in a limited clinical launch for over 3 years and has been implanted in over 200 patients, some of the patients with a follow up beyond 36 months. Results in terms of complications, pain, discomfort and recurrence remain very encouraging.

A key to the Freedom Inguinal Hernia System is the relatively simple implantation technique that can be performed through a small incision under local anesthesia. The delivery device helps to deliver a small pre-peritoneal disk attached to the implant core, which helps to cover the defect from behind.

Insightra plans to conduct ongoing studies and begin a U.S. training program for physicians.

Here’s a short video demonstrating the loading and delivery procedure for the Freedom system:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9TnOtqiSrg&feature=player_embedded

Source : http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb9989991.htm

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Nidek AFC-330 Automated Fundus Camera Cleared in U.S.

Nidek AFC-330 Automated Fundus Camera Cleared in U.S.

Nidek AFC-330 Automated Fundus Camera Cleared in U.S.

FREMONT, Calif. and JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NIDEK, a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of ophthalmic equipment, announces the FDA 510(k) Clearance for the AFC-330, their most automated fundus camera yet.

A photo accompanying this release is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=12900

“The AFC-330 represents NIDEK’s 3rd generation of automated fundus camera. We are both proud and excited to be leading the way designing and producing fundus cameras that are faster, easier, and more versatile than ever. We anticipate increasing our fundus camera market share with our market expansion with MARCO Ophthalmic.”

Motoki Ozawa, President and CEO of NIDEK

“We couldn’t be more excited about adding the Nidek AFC-330 automated fundus camera to our full product line of diagnostic technologies. The AFC-330 fits perfectly into Marco’s successful model of increasing efficiency with the kind of powerful, easy-to-use, and high-quality instrumentation that our customers have come to expect.”

David Marco, President and CEO of MARCO

The AFC-330 makes quantum leaps improving the operator and patient interface, simplicity, automation, and total practice efficiencies. This camera offers an all in one compact design, auto alignment on the X-Y-Z axis, and a wide range of automated features including auto stereo for Glaucoma Management. The lower flash intensity and sound-dampening internal movements mean less retakes and improved patient comfort. No other Non-Mydriatic camera provides both this level of advanced automation and image quality.

While NIDEK will continue to sell to the Ophthalmology market in the United States, MARCO, the leader in Vision Diagnostics, will sell the NIDEK AFC-330 to the Optometry market. This market expansion is to increase the distribution channels and better serve new and existing customers for both companies.

About NIDEK:

Founded in Gamagori, Japan in 1971, NIDEK continues to be a global leader in research and development, design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic equipment. The United States subsidiary based in Silicon Valley, California, provides sales and service for ophthalmic lasers, refractive lasers, and many advanced diagnostic devices.

The Nidek Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=1006

About MARCO:

Founded in Jacksonville, FL, in 1967, MARCO continues to expand its position as ‘The Leader in Vision Diagnostics’ with a product line that encompasses classical lane equipment and NIDEK high-tech, automated refractive and retinal instrumentation. MARCO continues to provide unparalleled training and support to its expanding United States customer base.

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All in one with built-in camera and computer

Five automated functions for enhanced ease-of-use

Monitor and indicator for operator assist

Navigation of stereo and panorama photography

Low flash intensity and quiet shutter sound

NIDEK (Gamagori, Japan) has received FDA clearance to market its AFC-330 fundus camera in the U.S. The unit is an all-in-one system that contains both the camera and the processing computer, negating the need for another machine to remain nearby.

The device is the company’s most automated model, and features automatic alignment along the three axis, uses a lower brightness flash, and has dampened mechanical components, among other advances.

More details about the AFC-330 from the product page:

All in one with built-in camera and computer

The AFC-330 has an integrated CCD camera and microcomputer in one compact unit without requiring an external camera and PC. It is virtually “ready to use out of the box”.

Five automated functions for enhanced ease-of-use

With five automated functions – 3-D auto tracking, auto focus, auto switching from anterior eye to fundus, auto shot, and auto print / export – the AFC-330 enables seamless photography from start to finish.

Monitor and indicator for operator assist

The anterior eye monitor allows an operator to constantly verify alignment. The focus split indicator shows the amount of focus deviation in the fundus observation screen.

Navigation of stereo and panorama photography

The AFC-330 navigates stereo and panorama photography with target marks displayed on observation screen.

Low flash intensity and quiet shutter sound

The AFC-330 reduces flash intensity by 40% and sound of the shutter by 50% compared to its predecessor, the AFC-230 / 210.

Source : http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/news.html?d=256233

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Eulerian Video Magnification Technology Reveals Moments That Occur in the Blink of an Eye

Eulerian Video Magnification Technology Reveals Moments That Occur in the Blink of an Eye

Eulerian Video Magnification Technology Reveals Moments That Occur in the Blink of an Eye

An example of using our Eulerian Video Magnification framework for visualizing the human pulse. (a) Four frames from the original video sequence. (b) The same four frames with the subject’s pulse signal amplified. (c) A vertical scan line from the input (top) and output (bottom) videos plotted over time shows how our method amplifies the periodic color variation. In the input sequence the signal is imperceptible, but in the magnified sequence the variation is clear.

An example of using our Eulerian Video Magnification framework for visualizing the human pulse. (a) Four frames from the original video sequence. (b) The same four frames with the subject’s pulse signal amplified. (c) A vertical scan line from the input (top) and output (bottom) videos plotted over time shows how our method amplifies the periodic color variation. In the input sequence the signal is imperceptible, but in the magnified sequence the variation is clear.

Here’s a video overview of some interesting research that’s being done in the area of video processing. By taking standard video as an input and doing some fancy technical mojo on it, researchers are able to amplify information in it to reveal things that are virtually invisible to the human eye. For example, you can detect a baby’s heartbeat by simply pointing a camera at his/her face. The method is able to visualize the pulsating flow of blood that fills the face.

MIT researchers are developing some interesting technology that could supercharge our cell phone cameras. Dubbed “Eulerian Video Magnification”, the project’s goal is to amplify “hidden” information by revealing the subtle changes in standard video too difficult for the naked eye to detect. For example, you can input a video of a person simply staring at the camera, process it with the video magnification technology, and it’ll output a video that shows the person’s face pulsating red to visualize the actual flow of blood in and out of the face. The technology is powerful enough to even detect the pulsations of the radial artery in a video of one’s wrist. It’s amazing stuff, and it brings a lot of potential for contact-free medical sensors and monitoring devices.

Take a look at the video below explaining the technology and demonstrating some examples. There’s a lot of technical jargon, so you may want to skip ahead to the 1:25 mark to see the really cool stuff.

Source : http://www.petapixel.com/2012/06/13/magnifying-the-subtle-changes-in-video-to-reveal-the-invisible/

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