New Urology Products and Services

November 1, 2009

New urology products and services from Roche, Accuray Inc., American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Primal Pictures, Life-Tech, and Mpathy Medical.

For more information, visit http://www.rocheusa.com/products/valcyte/.

Sunnyvale, CA-Accuray Inc. has launched the CyberKnife Access Remote Service, a real-time customer service and support option for its CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System. Using the Axeda ServiceLink technology and a secure Internet connection, a team of engineers and customer support technicians at a remote site diagnose and address service needs of customers immediately without the interruption of on-site service calls.

For more information, visit http://www.accuray.com/.

Artificial urinary sphincter cuff available in smaller size

Minnetonka, MN-American Medical Systems has expanded its AMS 800 male artificial urinary sphincter product line with the 3.5-cm Occlusive Cuff. The new, smaller cuff is designed specifically for men with a small urethra who present with stress urinary incontinence. The 3.5-cm device is an option to the transcorporeal procedure in men with urethras smaller than 4.0 cm. Its features include a contoured shell, curved adapter, and reinforced fastener to maximize performance and effectiveness.

For more information, visit http://www.americanmedicalsystems.com/.

Re-launched Web site encourages med students considering urology

Seattle-Developed with support from Boston Scientific, http://Urologymatch.com/ is an online community designed to aid medical students interested in pursuing a career in urology. The re-launched site gives students information and tools to navigate the application and match process, advice and analyses from experts in urology, questionnaires and surveys from residency directors and program chairs, and active forums for students, residents, and faculty to exchange questions and answers online. Post-residency training content includes sections on fellowship training and a jobs board. An expanded digital atlas of surgical cases facilitates a review of urologic procedures, and the interactive video library allows users to view and upload part or all of a procedure online.

For more information, visit http://www.urologymatch.com/.

Urologic DVD-ROM combines 3-D anatomy, animation

London-Developed by Primal Pictures in collaboration with the European Association of Urology, this DVD-ROM allows clinicians and students to view 50 detailed, accurate 3-D models of hundreds of labeled views of the urinary system, pelvis, and abdomen. Main views can be rotated and anatomic layers added/removed. The disc includes four 3-D animations of pelvic floor contractions and 26 surgical videos covering incontinence, laparoscopic nephrectomy, and prostatectomy. Users can export and print images for presentations and patient/student handouts, royalty free.

For more information, visit http://www.primalpictures.com/.

Compact uroflowmeter is economical, efficient, durable

Stafford, TX-Life-Tech's economical Microflo II uroflowmeter offers one-button calculation of urine flow over time and reports all standard clinical uroflow measurements and prints the study in under 2 minutes. Its under-scaling feature optimizes the appearance and readability of the printed record. The device can be wall mounted to conserve space.

For more information, visit http://www.life-tech.com/.

Full-length sling is efficacious for female stress incontinence

Raynham, MA-Mpathy Medical's Omnisure is a full-length sling for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence. An ongoing, multicenter study of 61 women with stress incontinence who were implanted with the sling showed a 92.4% cure rate (reported as "dry") after the procedure. Evaluated after the minimally invasive procedure and at 4 to 6 weeks follow-up, 100% of patients reported being satisfied with the outcomes. Transient thigh and buttock pain were reported by three patients. The device, which has received 510K approval, is installed using the narrowest needle option available for an incisionless exit at skin level. Its SmartFix technology reduces the amount of mesh in the obturator space, resulting in minimal complications.

For more information, visit http://www.mpathymedical.com/