New Products & Services

October 15, 2005

Minnetonka, MN--The Halo kidney stone basket from Sacred Heart Medical, Inc. features improved basket symmetry and stability to ensure complete capture and retrieval of small stones and fragments, as well as a 1.5F diameter sheath to permit simultaneous use of laser fiber for intracorporeal lithotripsy without compromising irrigation or visibility.

Basket captures small kidney stones, fragments

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Rochester, NY-Eastman Kodak Co. and 3G Ultrasound, Inc. (Ramsey, NJ) have signed a 3-year agreement giving Kodak's Health Group the exclusive worldwide post-sale service contract for 3G's Sonalis ultrasound unit. The mobile ultrasound unit uses SimulView technology for precise targeting of needle placement in brachytherapy, cryosurgery, and laparoscopic cryosurgery. Service will include telephone customer service, field installation, and on-site equipment repair and maintenance. The system will be available in the United States later this year.

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Side-firing laser device for BPH enters market

Irvine, CA-Trimedyne, Inc. has begun marketing the VaporMAX Side-Firing Laser Device for treatment of BPH. The device uses an 80-watt Holmium laser to vaporize tissue quickly, even in large prostates, to minimize procedure and operating room time, the company says. VaporMAX qualifies for the new Medicare reimbursement rate under Ambulatory Payment Classification Code 2525.

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