New Urology Products & Services

December 31, 2012

The latest products and services from Coloplast, Galt Medical (Theragenics Corp.), the Medical Group Management Association, SullivanLuallin, Accuray Inc., the Simon Foundation for Continence, Varian Medical Systems, FAIR Health, Patient Point, UroMed, Cure Medical, and Three Ten LLC.

Sling system combines lightweight material with two-way tensioning

Minneapolis-The recently launched Altis Single Incision Sling system from Coloplast is a minimally invasive sling that combines two-way tensioning with a light, knitted monofilament polypropylene material. Altis does not require passage through abdominal skin for anchoring or tensioning. It features two anchors: a static anchor and one with dynamic motion allowing for adjustability and tensioning. The new sling received FDA clearance in November 2012.

For more information, visit www.us.coloplast.com.

Needle and catheter system provides improved drainage

Buford, GA-Theragenics Corp.’s Galt Medical subsidiary has launched its Centeze Centesis Drainage Catheter line, a needle and catheter system for draining and aspirating fluid from the body. The device features large side ports for improved centesis drainage and a secure compression fit needle interface for the drainage site.

For more information, visit www.theragenics.com.

Tool allows easy benchmarking of patient satisfaction scores

San Antonio-The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)-SullivanLuallin Group Patient Benchmarking Tool combines technology from MGMA and benchmarking data from SullivanLuallin to help practices determine their patient satisfaction levels. The web-based tool features an interface that compares top-box patient survey scores with SullivanLuallin Group questions. It can provide the data needed to participate in or prepare for accountable care organizations.

For more information, visit www.mgma.com.

New radiation system offers faster, more flexible treatment delivery

Sunnyvale, CA-Accuray Inc. has launched the TomoHDA System, which the company said is designed to deliver faster, higher quality 3-D image-guided radiation therapy for prostate and other cancers. The system features the TomoEDGE dynamic jaws technology, which provides users with flexibility in treatment delivery by sharpening dose fall-off and accuracy. It also features VoLO Technology, which has a new dose calculation algorithm and advance graphics technology for increased clinical efficiency. TomoHDA is a part of the new TomoTherapy H Series.

For more information, visit www.accuray.com.

Real-life experiences of incontinence can inspire patients

Chicago-The Simon Foundation for Continence has published a new book, “Managing Life with Incontinence,” for patients living with bladder and/or bowel incontinence. The book is designed to provide patients with inspiration and easy access to information for the management of their condition. It features the stories of 11 patients from around the world who share their day-to-day experiences with incontinence. While intended for patients, the Simon Foundation says the book can help physicians understand the day-to-day life of their patients.

For more information, visit www.simonfoundation.org.

Radiosurgery suite provides real-time tumor tracking

Boston-Varian Medical Systems has introduced the EDGE Radiosurgery Suite, a fully integrated system for performing advanced radiosurgery. The product features real-time motion management tools, allowing for the real-time tracking of tumor motion during treatment. Also included with the platform is the PerfectPitch treatment couch, which provides more options for disease site treatment access by allowing adjustment of the patient’s position along six axes of motion versus the four used in earlier generations of the technology.

For more information, visit www.varian.com.

Fee estimator offers database of procedure fees nationwide

New York-FAIR Health has launched the FH Fee Estimator, a database that allows health care providers to determine charge information for millions of medical procedures, amassed from plan administrators and insurers across the country. Accessible via download or online, the program has benchmark fees for more than 40 medical specialties and over 500 geographic regions, according to FAIR Health.

For more information, visit www.feeestimator.org.

Brochures provide incontinence, catheter information to patients

Suwanee, GA-Patient Point, a provider of point-of-care patient and physician engagement solutions, has partnered with UroMed and Cure Medical to create patient education materials for specific urologic concerns. The brochures cover topics such as incontinence and catheterization, and will be available in urology exam rooms, providing discussion starters for physicians and medical illustrations to facilitate explanations of health conditions.

For more information, visit www.uromed.com.

App helps patients log incontinence data, track progress

Oakmont, PA-Three Ten LLC has introduced the iDry app for the iPhone and iPad. The app helps individuals suffering from urinary incontinence log data on their incontinence events, provides reminders for exercises to help control the condition, and enables users to share progress with their physician. The app can also provide predictions for future success. It is available in a free version and a premium version that allows users to create their own interventions and e-mail charts and log data to their doctor, among other features.

For more information, visit www.idry.org.

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