October 2012

News: Imaging
New Optical Mammography Technology

Medical Design Briefs News Online is kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with new optical imaging technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering, Medford, MA, that may provide doctors with new ways of both identifying breast cancer and monitoring individual patients' response to initial...

News: Medical
Testing Lung Function with a Smartphone

Asthma? There’s an app for that. Currently, those who suffer from asthma or other chronic lung problems only get a measure of their lung function at the doctor’s office a few times a year by blowing into a specialized piece of equipment – the spirometer. But, more frequent testing at home could...

News: Medical
Dissolvable Electronic Implants

Researchers at the University of Illinois (UI), Champaign, in collaboration with Tufts and Northwestern universities, have created a new class of electronic devices: biocompatible and biodegradable electronics for medical implants that can dissolve completely in water or in body fluids.

“We refer to this...

News: Medical
SMARTCAP Award Seeks Medical Technology for Space Use

Is your company developing a medical product that could help solve a health or human performance challenge in space? Have you developed a biomedical product for the space program that could also improve health on Earth?

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s (NSBRI)...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Columbus Discovers Transoral Robotic Surgery Safer

Robotic surgery though the mouth is a safe, effective way to remove tumors of the throat and voice box, according to a study published in in the journal, Head and Neck, by surgeons at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard...

News: Medical
Integrating Microprecision into Surgical Tools

For a skilled surgeon performing general surgery, tiny hand tremors are usually not a serious risk for patients. But what if the surgeon is operating inside the human eye or repairing microscopic nerve fibers?

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and...

Authors, filmmakers, and television programs have given us visions of robots serving humanity for most of the past 100 years. Some of the most iconic fictional ones include...

Every day, a healthy human heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Given this demanding workload, it’s not surprising that people can suffer heart...

Competition amongst device companies in the institutional market has energized the use of colors for brand recognition amongst physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. With the rise...

The need to minimize healthcare costs is creating greater demand for medical electronics equipment that, among other things, improves and expands patient...

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fluid Handling in Medical Device Design

Among medical devices, there is a range of fluid management needs, each with its own unique needs and functions.

The field of fluidics may broadly be divided into macro- and micro-applications....

Hypertronics Corporation (Hudson, MA) has expanded its Shielded HyperGrip® connector line. In addition to the 19-position HG3, the product series is now also available in a 12- position HG2 and a...

Products: Medical
External Power Supplies

ICCNexergy (Chicago, IL) has launched a 20 Watt desktop power supply line for both medical (MWA020) and ITE/Commercial (FWA020) applications. It meets EISA, EuP level V efficiency standards and is available in both...

Products: Medical
Heavy-Duty Box Furnace

The 954 electrically heated 2,000 °F inert atmosphere heavy-duty box furnace from Grieve Corporation (Round Lake, IL) is used for heat treating titanium. 57 KW are installed in nickel chrome wire coils, supported by...

Products: Medical
Remote Control Unit

On Line Controls (Hudson, MA) has introduced a new remote control unit for MicroAir II ultra-low air pressure controllers used in the manufacture and extrusion of medical, catheter, and automotive tubing. The unit is...

Nameplates for Industry (New Bedford, MA) has introduced custom fabricated front panel graphic overlays for high-end medical devices and laboratory instruments or equipment. The graphic overlays feature...

Products: Medical
Low Power MEMS Accelerometer

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduces the ADXL362, a 3- axis, digital MEMS accelerometer that operates at 300 nA in motion sensing wake-up mode, consuming 60% less current than the closest competing sensor in...

Products: Medical
Latex-Free TPE Tubing

Kent Elastomer Products (Kent, Ohio) has released its line of Pro-Free™ non-latex tubing as a stock product in four standard sizes and packaged in 50 foot continuous lengths in a poly-lined re-shippable carton. This...

Products: Medical
Two-Component Silicone

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) offers a two-component silicone MasterSil 153 that is a self priming system, can be cured over wide surface areas, and features easy handling with precise application. MasterSil 153 has a...

Pletronics (Lynnwood, WA) has released its TCG4 Series temperature-compensated voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (TCVCXO) for small hand-held electronic devices where a highly stable, precision...

Interface Catheter Solutions (Laguna Niguel, CA) introduces high-efficiency water jackets to improve balloon yields and balloon forming cycle times. A water jacket is the balloon forming machine module...

Products: Medical
Foot Mount Catalog

Advanced Antivibration Components (New Hyde Park, NY) has published a new 192-page products catalog “Foot Mounts Catalog V120,” featuring more than 4,000 components in polyamide, stainless steel, and steel bases. It...

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) released a new version of its 36 mm OD G4 linear actuator, which includes a special adapter plate allowing the smaller unit to replace 42 mm and 46 mm units in...

The CSRF series from Stackpole Electronics, Inc. (Raleigh, NC) is a foil on ceramic carrier technology that can achieve lower resistance values than thick film technology and offers excellent TCR of as low as...

The school of thought surrounding most orthopedic implant coatings is that the more porous and “rough” the surface is, the better the implant (hip, knee, etc.) will grip to, and connect...

Briefs: Medical
Method and Apparatus for Automated Isolation of Nucleic Acids from Small Cell Samples

RNA isolation is a ubiquitous need, driven by current emphasis on microarrays and miniaturization. With commercial systems requiring 100,000 to 1,000,000 cells for successful isolation, there is a growing need for a small-footprint, easy-to-use device that can...

Tapping into the human brain to understand its functions in daily life — as well as its malfunctions in illness — has long been a challenge for researchers. Mapping brain activity...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biosensor May Improve Disease Detection

A quick, inexpensive and highly sensitive test that identifies disease markers or other molecules in low-concentration solutions could be the result of a Cornell-developed nanomechanical biosensor,...

A readily portable miniature microscope weighing less than 2 grams and tiny enough to balance on your fingertip has been developed. The scope is designed to see fluorescent...

Brain-computer interfaces are at the forefront of treating neurological and psychological disorders, in cluding Parkinson’s, epilepsy, and depression. Among the most...

Researchers at Aalto Uni versity in Finland have de veloped the world’s first device designed to map the human brain that combines whole-head magnetoencephalo graphy (MEG) and...

With medical costs rising year after year worldwide, it becomes increasingly important to make the correct diagnosis, yet keep diagnostics costs contained. Conventional imaging...

News: Medical
First Medical Device Reprocessing Training Program

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, has established the first program to train engineers to recycle and reprocess medical devices. Medical device reprocessing was identified as a core component of green technology, so in response, the university’s Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus...

News: Medical
Plain Paper-based Diagnostic Testing

Manufacturers are always trying to find ways to make things better, faster, and cheaper. In a search to find new ways to make medical tests meet that criteria, a University of Washington, Seattle, bioengineer developed a way to make plain paper stick to medically interesting molecules that may be used to...

News: Medical
Nanotech Research Centers on Health Monitoring

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, will lead a national nanotechnology research effort to create self-powered medical monitoring devices to help people monitor their own health.

The National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of...

News: Medical
October Mid-Month Industry News

Heading into Fall, here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Click the link for more.

Leadership News

Z-Laser , Freiburg, Germany, a manufacturer of laser modules and laser projection systems, has named Stefan Randak as its new CEO. Kurt-Michael Zimmermann , founder and...

News: Medical
New Method of Lung Imaging Could Improve COPD Treatment

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, has used a technique called parametric response mapping (PRM) to analyze scans of the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD. By analyzing the computed tomography (CT) scans...

News: Medical
NASA Robotic Exoskeleton Could Aid Those on Earth

A technology derived from NASA’s Robonaut 2 project could help astronauts stay fit in space and may someday aid paraplegics in walking on Earth. Working with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL, and engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, NASA...

News: Medical
Developing an Artificial Implantable Cornea

Disease and damage to the cornea can cause blindness. While corneal transplants could save sight, donor corneas may be hard to come by, and may not be tolerated. A safe artificial cornea could be a solution to saving the vision of those affected.

In cooperation with the Aachen Centre of...

News: Medical
Eliminating Bacteria from Medical Textiles

Researchers in the Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC), in Barcelona, Spain, have improved the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles using an enzymatic pre-treatment combined with simultaneous deposition of nanoparticles...

News: Medical
Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Simulation App

A study presented by Raymond Glassenberg, MD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting demonstrated that an iPhone application called iLarynx™ he created was extremely effective at simulating a fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

When...

News: Imaging
iPad Helps Researchers Visualize Cardiac Images

A team of researchers from Duke University, Durham, NC, speaking at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting revealed that they have created an advanced tool to permit trainees in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to use an Apple iPad to obtain real-time instruction in viewing and interpreting...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
Developing Tiny Robot to Remove Brain Tumors

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work on developing a small robot that may someday air neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach...

News: Medical
FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance for eCopy for Device Submissions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled "eCopy Program for Medical Device Submissions,'' for industry and FDA staff. The purpose of the draft guidance is to explain the new electronic copy (eCopy) program for medical...

News: Medical
Retina Scan to Predict MS Brain Damage

A five-minute eye scan using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to scan nerves deep in the back of the eye, can be used to accurately determine brain damage in people with the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis (MS). It can also be used to predict how quickly the disease is progressing, say researchers...

News: Medical
Using Lean Manufacturing to Save Stroke Victims

Using “lean” manufacturing principles to speed up treatment times for stroke victims may improve the effectiveness of a clot-busting protein used to treat to treat and reduce brain injury after embolic or thrombotic strokes, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s...

News: Medical
First Annual International Day of Radiology Celebrated

Today, November 8th, marks the first International Day of Radiology, marking the anniversary of the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 of the electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range commonly known as X-rays. It celebrates the tremendous advances in patient care...

News: Medical
$2 Million Prize to Cure Blindness by 2020

Singer Art Garfunkel, Sanford Greenberg, chairman of the Wilmer Eye Institute's Board of Governors, and Jerry I. Speyer, a New York-based real estate tycoon, have joined in donating $2 million in gold bullion to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine,...

News: Medical
Breast Cancer Scans with 25X Less Radiation

Great news for the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Scientists say that they have developed a technology to produce 3D X-ray breast images with a radiation dose much lower than the currently used 2D radiography. This new method enables the production of 3D diagnostic computed tomography (CT)...

News: Medical
Bringing New Life to the Study of Diseases in Old Bones

It's almost Halloween and, to honor that, there’s news that researchers at The University of Manchester in the UK have demonstrated that a technology that can analyze millions of gene sequences can quickly and accurately identify diseases even in old skeletons.

The scientists used...

News: Medical
October Month-End News from Industry

Happy Halloween! Here is the latest news from the medical products community.

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