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NeuroRecovery Technologies Inc. has developed both an implantable and external spinal cord stimulator to restore functional capacity that has been lost due to paralysis. The company’s neuromodulation technology is applied below the anatomical level of the injury to tap healthy nerve fibers ready to be activated, re-establishing connectivity and enabling motor response in paralyzed muscles.
New research findings presented at a joint meeting of FDA’s gastroenterology and radiological devices panels persuaded experts that CT colonography is safe and works well for screening adults over 50 for colorectal cancer.
Surgeons would like to know, sooner, rather than later, whether there’s progress toward fusion following spinal fusions. That’s the mission of OrthoData Inc., which is developing an implantable, wireless, microelectronic spine fusion sensor that measures load on the implanted hardware to reveal the fusion status of patients sooner than plain X-rays.
The current technologies for diagnosing spinal disease don’t consistently deliver what’s required of any medical diagnostic: good predictive value, high specificity, sensitivity, validity, reproducibility, and safety. This is a gap that several young, innovative companies have set out to fill.
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