These products and services are from manufacturers that are exhibiting at the American Urological Association annual meeting in San Diego. Exhibit hall booth numbers have been included so that you can search for product demonstrations and exhibits that are of particular interest to you.
Ureteral access sheath functions
as working wire and safety wire
The Flexor Parallel rapid-release ureteral access sheath allows urologists to use a single wire guide that functions as both a working wire and a safety wire, according to manufacturer Cook Medical. The Flexor Parallel has a slit on the dilator that guides the wire outside of the sheath. When the dilator is withdrawn, the sheath and the wire guide remain parallel to each other, which leaves a clear working channel through the sheath.
AUA Booth #4533, 4751
For more information, visit www.cookmedical.com.
Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp.Investigational agent for BPH
currently undergoing phase III trials
NX-1207 is an investigational first-in-class treatment for BPH that is currently in phase III U.S. trials. The therapy is office based, administered in minutes, requires no anesthetic and no analgesic, and is catheter free. Superior efficacy and side effect profile, including no sexual side effects, will make NX-1207 a potential attractive new alternative treatment for BPH, according to manufacturer Nymox Pharmaceutical Corp.
AUA Booth #5313
For more information, visit www.nymox.com.
Mimic Technologies, Inc.
Online program offers forum
for sharing robotic training curricula
MShare provides an online forum for surgeons and hospital administrators worldwide to communicate and share curricula that have been validated by new research. A first-of-its-kind program for surgeons, it is now being used by a team of researchers that will help identify which training programs are working for robotic surgery, according to developer Mimic Technologies, Inc.
AUA Booth #3751
For more information, visit www.mimicsimulation.com.
SonaCare Medical, LLCCompany showcases new HIFU
consoles for prostate cancer
The Sonablate 500 high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) system has been completely retooled to include a sleeker, more modern mobile console and a redesigned software platform featuring new treatment planning and enhanced simulation capabilities that significantly reduce planning time and expand the physician’s functionality for whole-gland, focal, and salvage prostate treatments, according to manufacturer SonaCare Medical, LLC (formerly U.S. HIFU). In addition, the company’s Sonatherm HIFU Surgical Ablation System uses HIFU energy to ablate a wide variety of soft tissues from the ultrasound focal point back to the surface of the targeted tissue.
AUA Booth #3611
For more information, visit
CIVCO Medical SolutionsPatient positioning system can be
integrated with imaging platform
The FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for Protura Robotic Patient Positioning System integration with AlignRT 3D Imaging System. Protura’s ability to interface with existing image-guided radiation therapy-enabled interfaces supports sub-millimeter patient positioning and corrections with six degrees of freedom, according to manufacturer CIVCO Medical Solutions. This integration allows the AlignRT user to apply calculated translation and rotational shifts automatically to the Protura system from within the simple and intuitive AlignRT interface.
AUA Booth #1635
For more information, visit www.CIVCO.com.
Coloplast Corp.All-in-one catheter features discreet
packaging, hydrophilic coating
The SpeediCath Compact Set is an all-in-one intermittent catheter and attached bag that is small enough to fit in a pocket or handbag, says manufacturer Coloplast Corp. With its discreet packaging, hydrophilic coating, and all-in-one design, SpeediCath Compact Set is an easy, less time-consuming way to catheterize.
AUA Booth #3123
For more information, visit www.coloplast.com.
Astellas Pharma U.S., Medivation, Inc.Pharmaceutical manufacturers
to feature prostate cancer product
Astellas Pharma U.S., Inc. and Medivation, Inc. will feature a product for prostate cancer at the 2013 AUA annual meeting. Visitors can learn about the product’s efficacy, safety, dosing, mechanism of action, and more at an engaging interactive booth.
AUA Booth #2517, 1815
For more information, visit www.astellas.us and
Terumo Interventional Systems
Company known for guidewires launches urology-specific group
Terumo Interventional Systems has launched a new, dedicated group focused on direct sales, marketing, support, and distribution of key products to the urologic specialty. The move is part of the company’s commitment to strengthening a direct relationship with urologists nationwide that currently use the company’s Glidewire hydrophilic guidewire family of products, which are used in about one-third of minimally invasive urologic procedures in the U.S. This new strategy marks the end of a distribution agreement of Glidewire guidewire products to U.S. urology customers between Boston Scientific Corp. and Terumo Interventional Systems.
AUA Booth #3333
For more information, visit www.terumois.com.
Predictive Biosciences, Inc.Tissue-based test for prostate biopsy
confirmation now available
Epigenomics AG and Predictive Biosciences have made commercially available a novel tissue-based test for prostate cancer biopsy confirmation using Epigenomics’ proprietary DNA methylation marker GSTP1. Predictive has a unique portfolio of assays for prostate and bladder cancer.
AUA Booth #4710
For more information, visit www.predictivebiosci.com.
HealthTronics, Inc. (Endo Health Solutions Inc.)EHR companies partner to create
integrated, urology-specific package
CareCloud, a provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health record, revenue cycle management, and medical billing software and services, recently announced that it has partnered with HealthTronics, Inc. to bring to market a new integrated EHR and practice management offering specific to urology practices across the nation. Under the terms of the agreement, HealthTronics will combine CareCloud’s practice management solution, CareCloud Central, with its UroChartEHR and meridianEMR urology-specific EHR systems to provide urologists with a fully integrated clinical and financial platform to help enhance patient care and drive improved practice performance.
AUA Booth #2533
For more information, visit www.healthtronics.com.
Analogic Corp.Ultrasound systems offer improved contrast resolution
Analogic Corp.’s expanded line of products, including the gold standard BK Medical branded ultrasound systems, innovative ultrasound systems from Ultrasonix, and exclusive transducer technology from Sound Technology, address the growing needs of urology imaging from large university medical centers to small clinics and physicians’ offices worldwide, according to the company. At the AUA annual meeting, Analogic will be highlighting the Flex Focus 800 (shown), Flex Focus 500, and the Ultraview 800 ultrasound systems. All three systems incorporate quantum technology, which offers image quality enhancements including improved contrast resolution, as well as gray scale maps and image pre-sets, making it easier and quicker to obtain the highest quality images, according to Analogic.
AUA Booth #1933
For more information, visit www.analogic.com.
Quest DiagnosticsPanels for congenital adrenal hyperplasia introduced
Quest Diagnostics has extended its endocrine diagnostics menu with the introduction of four new test panels for congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). The panels are designed to overcome limitations in conventional testing to provide faster, high-quality diagnosis of CAH in a single analysis. The new offerings feature a comprehensive panel for newborn screening for CAH, according to Quest Diagnostics.
AUA Booth #1733
For more information, visit www.questdiagnostics.com.