ICDs and other cardiac devices from St. Jude Medical are particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to investment advisor Muddy Waters Capital, calling the risk “orders of magnitude more worrying than the medical device hacks that have been publicly discussed in the past.” St. Jude denied the accusation.
The Thermocool Smarttouch SF catheter has cleared FDA approval and will be used in ablation procedures for atrial fibrillation. The SMART-SF trial previously showed an 18.7% reduction in procedure time and a 14.2% drop in ablation time for this device compared to its predecessor, the Thermocool Smarttouch.
Israel’s Arineta SpotLight CT scanner — said to lower the cost of CT imaging by scanning only the heart — won the FDA’s 510(k) clearance. The device will be marketed by GE Healthcare in the U.S.
The Ovation Alto Abdominal Stent Graft System was implanted in its first patients: two individuals in New Zealand. It is an option for patients undergoing endovascular aortic repair who have aortic necks that are not easy to navigate.
Government scientists have “4D”-printed a stent that can expand after collapse via exposure to heat, they reported. Their secret: a conductive polymer ink developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “If you can print with these polymer composites you can build things and electrically activate them to unfold. Instead of a dumb lump, you are left with this sentient, responsive material,” said staff scientist James Lewicki.
Some of the first post-approval uses of the newly approved Absorb resorbable stent were in patients who wouldn’t have been included in the product’s pivotal trial, researchers said.
A 9-year-old with a pacemaker was denied alternative screening by security officials at a Phoenix airport despite medical documentation provided by the family.