January 2013

No other industry in the US is under more pressure than medical electronics, and those pressures continue mounting each year for greater innovation and products that...

Electrical equipment used in medical technology must not place patients or medical staff in danger. This, in turn, requires that designing safe equipment starts at the...

We’ve all purchased new technologies, trinkets, and toys that were so counterintuitive that it was surprising how the product ever made it to market. While a poor gadget may present...

LinkTech Quick Couplings, Ventura, CA, a global supplier of quick couplings and valves, is offering a new quick coupling made of Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Heat-Cure Colored Inks

NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, launched a new heat-cure colored inks series, MED-6613-X. The two-part, additioncure inks can be used for pad-printing and silk-screening for marking or coloring silicone rubber...

Contour Energy Systems, Inc., Azusa, CA, introduces its new Lithium/Carbon Fluoride (Li/CFx) primary batteries to be used in medical devices. A proprietary Fluoronetic fabrication...

Products: Medical
Customized Plastic Tubing

Plastic tubing and hose manufacturer NewAge Industries, Inc., Southampton, PA, now offers eight ways to customize tubing. These products, made to an engineer’s or buyer’s specifications, offer the following...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Wireless ELF 2 System

Tekscan, Inc., Boston, MA, has released a Wireless ELF 2 System, which eliminates wires and enables a laptop or PC to quickly capture and store force data for product research, quality assurance, and testing. Wireless...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Range of Silent DC Brush Motors

Crouzet has introduced the DCmind Brush range of direct current brush motors. These soundless motors, even under full load, offer exceptional efficiencies, long service life, and a wide range of gearboxes and...

Silica optical fibers are used more and more for delivering laser power in numerous medical applications. Many therapies require the reliable delivery of high laser power to ablate tissue....

Applications: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Formally Verifying Heart Pump Software with SPARK and Echo

The Ada-based SPARK programming language and toolset offer strong guarantees about the behavior of software systems. This powerful core underpins Echo, a complete approach to...

For medical device OEMs seeking compliance to the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 for their power supplies, what is quite clear by now are the regional dates for...

Sterile delivery devices can be created by integrating a medicine delivery instrument with surfaces that are coated with germicidal and anti-fouling material. This requires...

The first full-support, miniaturized ventricular assist device designed to be placed in the pericardial space, was approved by the FDA in late November. HeartWare...

Product development teams are under increasing pressure to engineer more complex products that combine numerous electrical systems within a single design, including visual interfaces,...

A new study at the University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY, shows that defibrillators, which are designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms, can be programmed to...

Global Innovations: Robotics, Automation & Control
Implantable Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Chalmers University of Technology,
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A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say...

From the Editor: Medical
From the Editor — Rapid Growth and Exciting Changes

You may have noticed that there have been some changes afoot at Medical Design Briefs. I’m very pleased to have been come aboard as the new Editor effective with the August 2012 issue. It’s an exciting time for the magazine, having just completed its first full year as a monthly, and...

They can release as much energy as tens of billions of hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time. They send protons and electrons rocketing at near the speed of light. They heat gas in the...

News: Medical
50 Tests from One Drop of Blood

A new device about the size of a business card, developed by scientists at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, could let health care providers perform up to 50 tests for insulin and other blood proteins, cholesterol, and even viral or bacterial infection all from...

News: Medical
Tracking Alzheimer's Disease using MRI

Using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease, to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Using an MRI-based algorithm effectively...

News: Medical
Pairing CT Scans Can Visualize Tumors Dying

Using two successive pairs of specialized CT scans, a team of Dutch radiologists working with researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, has produced real-time images of liver tumors dying after direct injection of anticancer drugs into the tumors and their surrounding...

News: Medical
Question of the Month: January

Some of the most innovative products realized in 2012 included an explosion of mobile healthcare apps, rapid advances in additive manufacturing, implantable robotics, bionic eyes, and more. What do you think was the most important medical product advance in 2012?

News: Medical
Ultrasound May Explain Why Astronauts Are Taller in Space

It is common knowledge among astronauts living aboard the International Space Station, that they grow up to 3 percent taller while living in microgravity. Then, when they return to Earth, they return to their normal height. Studying the impact of this change on the spine and advancing...

News: Medical
Onesie with Sensors May Protect Against SIDS

Breathing sensors built into onesie infant bodysuits could help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), where a sleeping infant suddenly stops breathing. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin used an integrated sensor system made from a...

News: Medical
Minimizing Licensing Fees for Medical Devices

The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has been instrumental in growing the medical device industry in Minnesota. Still, translation of device innovations from university labs to the marketplace has been challenging in today’s economic environment. Since the technologies developed at the...

News: Medical
Minimizing Licensing Fees for Medical Devices

The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has been instrumental in growing the medical device industry in Minnesota. Still, translation of device innovations from university labs to the marketplace has been challenging in today’s economic environment. Since the technologies developed at the...

News: Medical
3D Color X-Ray Imaging Improved

Scientists at The University of Manchester in the UK developed a camera that can take powerful three-dimensional color X-ray images, in near real-time, without the need for a synchrotron X-ray source. Its ability to identify the composition of the scanned object could radically improve medical imaging, as well as...

News: Imaging
Using Hand Gestures to Review MRI Images?

Surgeons may soon be able to use a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, are creating a system that uses depth-sensing cameras and...

News: Medical
Mid-January Industry Update

Happy New Year! Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Nanotechnology
New Nanotech Fiber Looks Like Thread, Acts Like Wire

It may have taken more than 10 years for this nanotechnology breakthrough, but when it came, it was still a shock say researchers at Rice University, Houston, TX. A team of scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force, and Israel's Technion Institute unveiled a new...

News: Medical
Nine Companies Pledge to Make Devices Interoperable

The inaugural Patient Safety Science & Technology Summit, held this week in Laguna Niguel, CA, made history when, for the first time, nine leading medical device companies publicly pledged to make their devices interoperable.

The pledges will make patient data collected and displayed...

News: Medical
Northwestern Offers Fellowships to Develop Devices

Northwestern University's Center for Device Development (CD2), Chicago, IL, is offering one-year paid fellowships to clinicians and engineers to team up and develop their medical device idea at Northwestern in a supportive environment with entrepreneurial and innovative mentors.

CD2...

News: Medical
Nanofibers for New Drug Delivery System

Researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, have embedded needle-like carbon nanofibers into an elastic silicone membrane, creating a flexible “bed of nails” that may open the door to the development of new drug delivery systems, they say.

Scientists are interested in discovering...

News: Medical
Polymer Film Can Generate Electricity

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on water vapor. The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down. Harnessing this...

News: Medical
Tiny device to Screen Esophageal Lining

Researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, have developed an imaging system enclosed in a capsule about the size of a multivitamin pill that creates detailed, microscopic images of the esophageal wall and has several advantages over traditional...

News: Medical
New Imaging Method to Study Diabetes

A group of researchers at Umeå University Center for Molecular Medicine in Sweden have developed a new biomedical imaging method using optical projection tomography (OPT) to study insulin-producing cells in diabetes.

Initially the method could only be used on relatively small preparations, but five...

News: Imaging
Multi-Photon Microscopy Improves Brain Imaging

At Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, scientists have demonstrated a new way of taking high-resolution, 3D images of the brain's inner workings by a three-fold improvement in the depth limits of multiphoton microscopy, a fluorescence-based imaging technique.

News: Medical
January Month-End Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News: Medical
Growing Realistic Lung Tissue with Maglev Technology

Scientists from Rice University, Houston, TX, used magnetic levitation to grow very realistic lung tissue, which could lead to faster and more effective toxicity tests for airborne chemicals.

The research is part of an international trend in biomedical engineering to create laboratory...

News: Medical
Creating Artificial Muscle with Graphene

A team of engineers at Duke University, Durham, NC, are layering atom-thick lattices of carbon with polymers to create unique materials with a broad range of applications, including artificial muscles. Because of its unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties, graphene is used in electronics,...

News: Medical
Mobile Device Uses ‘Cloud’ to Speed Diagnostic Testing

Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University, New York, using his previously developed lab-on-a-chip and developed a way to check a patient’s HIV status anywhere in the world, and synchronize the results automatically and instantaneously with...

News: Medical
Public Policy Advances for Telehealth in 2013

According to Jonathan Linkous, CEO of The American Telemedicine Association (ATA), Washington, DC, after 40-plus years of development, telemedicine is finally becoming mainstream in transforming the delivery of care. He said that more than five million Americans had their medical images read...

News: Medical
FDA Issues Final Rule on Combination Products

The Food and Drug Administration published a final rule governing Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) requirements for combination products, that is products that combine devices, drugs and/or biologics, usually regulated by separate FDA divisions. This rule is intended to provide...

News: Medical
New Vaccine Delivery System Using Film

Vaccines usually consist of inactivated viruses that prompt the immune system to launch a strong defense if it encounters an active virus. But, for certain viruses, like HIV, even this is taking too much of a chance.

In recent years, scientists have been exploring DNA as a potential alternative...

News: Photonics/Optics
Treating Seizures with Fiber Optics

University of California-Irvine neuroscientists have developed a unique method to stop severe episodes of epileptic seizures with fiber optic light signals.

Using a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy, the research team created an EEG-based computer system that activates hair-thin optical strands...

News: Medical
Restoring Independent Breathing in Patients on Ventilators

Using a device that supplies humidified oxygen is more effective than a technique that reduces positive airway pressure delivered to the lungs to wean patients from a ventilator to breathe on their own, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The research...

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