Chris Pericak and Dave Gaffin
A local news outlet in West Sussex, UK, recently released an article titled "New Factory to Produce Proton Therapy Systems", conjuring images of factory workers piecing widgets together in a systematic fashion that would make Henry Ford proud.
A closer read, however, reveals that the article is referring to UK-based Tesla Engineering, which makes superconducting magnets that play a role in bringing new small-scale proton therapy models to market. The construction of this new factory reflects a proton therapy supply chain that is readying itself for market proliferation of this technology.
Proton therapy made on an assembly line?
Single incision surgery was first introduced in 2007 and has since been used for applications in the fields of urology, gynecology, and general surgery. Despite initial enthusiasm for single incision surgery, skepticism persists amidst constant concerns regarding technical difficulty and questionable clinical gains. Even for its most proven application, cholecystectomy, the clinical merits of single incision surgery remain elusive as new publications continue to raise questions about the relative advantages of the modality.
Where does single incision gallbladder surgery stand today?
Perhaps not. This was the answer that a group of researchers recently arrived at after studying a group of surgical and non-surgical weight loss patients from 12 Veterans Affairs medical centers.
Does bariatric surgery actually reduce health care costs?