Innovative Medical Devices of 2018 – Part 1

We are just 4 months short of 2019 and it’s probably a good time to summarize some of the most innovative medical devices of the year gone by. Let’s take a brief look at some of them.

FreeStyle Libre System

Iot medical devices

A glucose measuring system, Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre System eliminates the need for finger sticks or finger stick calibrations by measuring glucose levels through a small sensor that is applied to the back of a user’s upper arm. According to the company, the sensor is the size of two stacked quarters which gives real-time readings for up to 10 days and is also able to read glucose levels through clothes.

Providing three pieces of data with each scan, namely real-time glucose results, an eight-hour historical trend and a trend arrow showing the direction their glucose is headed, the device’s accompanying touchscreen reader can hold up to 90 days’ worth of data to allow people to track glucose levels over time.


The Axios stent and electrocautery enhanced delivery system, designed by Boston Scientific offers therapeutic endoscopists to safely and accurately access a pancreatic fluid collection from the gastrointestinal tract to place an Axios stent. The system uses a cautery-enabled access catheter with the therapeutic Axios stent for an exchange-free procedure.

The Axios catheter is energized and deployed through tissue walls and into target structures under EUS guidance. The catheter sheath is retracted which allows the stent to be deployed. Then, the delivery system is withdrawn.

Keep watching this space to know more about such innovative medical technology devices of 2018.

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