Top 10 for 2009

#1 Use of Circulating Tumor Cell Technology

#1 Use of Circulating Tumor Cell Technology

Use of new technology to measure circulating tumor cells as a predictor of success of chemotherapy.


#2 Warm Organ Perfusion Device

#2 Warm Organ Perfusion Device

Warm organ perfusion device to preserve organs for transplantation during transplant.


#3 Diaphragm Pacing System

#3 Diaphragm Pacing System

Use of a diaphragm (phrenic nerve) stimulator to enable paralyzed patients to breath without the assistance of a mechanical ventilator.


#4 Multi-Spectral Imaging Systems

#4 Multi-Spectral Imaging Systems

Improvements in multi-spectral image analysis to assess multiple protein pathway configuration in a single sample/cell.


#5 Percutaneous Mitral Valve Regurgitation Repair

#5 Percutaneous Mitral Valve Regurgitation Repair

Use of a special clip to percutaneously repair mitral valve regurgitation (MVR).


#6 New Strategies for Creating Vaccines for Avian Flu

#6 New Strategies for Creating Vaccines for Avian Flu

Use of new strategies for creating vaccines for avian flu, including genetically-engineered virus-like particles (VLPs) as the basis for vaccines.


#7 LESS and NOTES Applications

#7 LESS and NOTES Applications

Laparoendoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) and Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy (NOTES) for nephrectomy, cystectomy, prostatectomy, colon resection, and other applications.


#8 Integration of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (Tractography)

#8 Integration of Diffusion Tensor Imaging (Tractography)

Integration of diffusion tensor imaging (tractography) with surgical navigation of the brain to minimize damage to fiber tracts during brain surgery.


#9 Doppler-Guided Uterine Artery Occlusion

#9 Doppler-Guided Uterine Artery Occlusion

Doppler-guided non-invasive transvaginal uterine artery occlusion for treatment of symptomatic uterine fibroids.


#10 Private Sector National Health Information Exchange

#10 Private Sector National Health Information Exchange

Use of a common exchange standard among participants to enable access through the Internet regardless of provider source.


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