November 2018

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis have developed a surgical camera inspired by the eye of the morpho butterfly. The...

IMPLANTABLE SENSOR TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR ADVANCED PROSTHETIC CONTROL

The Implantable Myoelectric Sensor (IMES) system transmits localized myoelectric signals...

Healthcare-related tubing is used for fluid management and drainage as well as with anesthesiology and respiratory equipment, IVs, catheters, peristaltic pumps, and...

The 16th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest for engineers, students, and entrepreneurs worldwide, sponsored by COMSOL, Inc., and Mouser...

As the miniaturization trend continues to take the medical device world by storm, manufacturing with metal injection molding (MIM) and additive processes such...

Meeting the requirements for patient-connected medical devices can present challenges for power system designers. There are several key elements to consider, including isolation,...

The medical device and engineering industry continues to grow and evolve year over year. As technology improves, the population expands, and...

Features: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Micro Devices Deliver Big Blood Results
RMIT University
Melbourne, Australia
www.rmit.edu.au

When you’re working with a fluid as hypersensitive as blood, it pays to have specialists on board.

Products: Motion Control
Product Focus: Manufacturing Equipment
Extrusion Crosshead

Guill Tool & Engineering, West Warwick, RI, has introduced a crosshead with mechanically assisted gum space (MAGS) adjustment.

Compact Linear Induction Motor

H2W, Santa Clarita, CA, has developed a compact linear induction motor that can generate 10.6 lb [47 N] at a 15 percent duty cycle....

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Product of the Month: November 2018 Medical Design Briefs
Lifting Column

LINAK, Louisville, KY, has launched a new actuator for healthcare equipment. The LA40 HP handles heavy loads by delivering a push of 8,000 N at full stroke and...

Briefs: Medical
Kit Containing Stem Cells and Cytokines for Use in Attenuating Immune Responses

Stem cells have two distinct characteristics that distinguish them from other cell types. First, they are unspecialized and can self-renew for long periods without significant changes in their general properties. Second, under certain physiologic or experimental...

Fabricated using inexpensive and widely available organic pigments used in printing inks and cosmetics, an artificial retina was developed that consists of tiny pixels like a digital camera sensor on...

An electronic capsule that measures gases in the gut to revolutionize the diagnosis of gut disorders could be available within four years, following an agreement between RMIT and Atmo...

Duke University researchers have developed a handheld probe that can image individual photoreceptors in the eyes of infants. The technology, based on adaptive optics, will make it easier for...

Self-powered devices that can be fit directly on human skin or tissue have great potential for medical applications. They could be used as physiological sensors for the real-time...

Traditional handheld surgical tools continue to provide benefits where surgeons need instruments to be more rigid and have strong holding power to withstand complex procedures. The...

The general public might think of the 21st century as an era of revolutionary technological platforms, such as smart-phones or social media. But for many...

Researchers at Washington State University have developed an implantable, biofuel-powered sensor that runs on sugar and can monitor a body's biological signals to detect, prevent and diagnose...

Application Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Imaging Innovation for Spinal Care

Motion capture (Mocap) is a technique used in the film industry to digitally track a human actor's movements and precisely transfer those motions to an animated figure. But it has other applications as...

Researchers are investigating the use of time reversal (TR) signal processing to focus waves sound with high amplitudes in a room. In biomedical applications, focused ultrasound can be...

Researchers are developing an artificial bone that can be used for treating of the most common joint disease — osteoarthritis. The bi-functional composite imitates the complex osteochondral...

Without a way to prove that a new MRI technique is safe for all women, clinical MRIs haven't been able to keep pace with the latest advances in MRI research. More informative cancer...

A system lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without ever having seen them before. The system, called Dense Object...

A new electro-optic laser imposes microwave electronic vibrations on a continuous-wave laser operating at optical frequencies, effectively carving pulses into the light. Probing...

Luminescent quantum dots are finding new and exciting applications in current nano-science research, including improved solar energy collectors, LEDs, and quantum computers. A recent thrust from the...

Medical technology continues to evolve toward diagnosis and treatment devices that are closer to the patient, or even in the patient's home. Compression therapy, wound therapy, dialysis,...

News: Medical
3D Imaging Opens Door to Fascinating Leaf Complexity

The field of plant science is in the process of being profoundly transformed by new imaging and modeling technologies. These tools are allowing scientists to peer inside the leaf with a clarity and resolution inconceivable a generation ago.

News: Photonics/Optics
CT Expands Possibilities of Imaging Ancient Remains

Researchers in Sweden using computed tomography (CT) have successfully imaged the soft tissue of an ancient Egyptian mummy's hand down to a microscopic level. Non-destructive imaging of human and animal mummies with X-rays and CT is a boon to the fields of archaeology and paleopathology. They...

News: Medical
Chemists Create Circular Fluorescent Dyes for Imaging

University of Oregon chemists have created a new class of fluorescent dyes that function in water and emit colors based solely on the diameter of circular nanotubes made of carbon and hydrogen. The six-member team is now exploring their potential use in biological imaging.

News: Medical
Enhanced 3D Imaging Advances Brain Treatments

Researchers have developed a combination of commercially available hardware and open-source software, named PySight, to improve rapid 2D and 3D imaging of neuronal activity in the living brain and other tissues. PySight serves as an add-on for laser scanning microscopes. Such an advancement in...

With a 2020 deadline looming for the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR), medical device makers “lack understanding of the new rules...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Silk + Nanotubes = Biomedical Devices

According to new research, silk combined with carbon nanotubes may lead to a new generation of biomedical devices and so-called transient, biodegradable electronics.

A new wireless, Band-Aid-like sensor could revolutionize the way patients manage hydrocephalus and potentially save the U.S. health care system millions of dollars. A...

Researchers have developed a contactless method for measuring blood flow in the upper limbs. The method is based on video recording of the skin surface under green light measuring the...

INSIDER: Electronics & Computers
Making MRIs More Precise

Researchers have discovered that radio frequency probes with structures inspired by microstrip patch antennas increase MRI resolution in high-frequency MRI machines, when compared to conventional surface coils...

An increase in the incidence of vascular disorders, blockage of blood vessels, and high blood sugar has led to a rise in usage of vascular grafts for treatment. Researchers...

As of September 2018, Instron’s Calibration Laboratory in Norwood, MA USA (NVLAP Lab Code 200301-0) expanded its global reach to include Europe into its existing operations. This...

A shoe insole could help make the healing process more portable for the 15 percent of Americans who develop ulcers as a result of diabetes.

A contact lens patch with microneedles could provide a painless and efficient alternative to current methods of treating eye diseases such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.

Researchers have created an easy-to-make, low-cost injectable hydrogel that could help wounds heal faster, especially for patients with compromised health issues.

Researchers have developed a new approach to pressure distribution measurement using tactile imaging technology.

News: Medical
Strong but Uneven Spending in Medical and Health R&D Across Sectors

Total U.S. investment in medical and health research and development (R&D) in the U.S. grew by 27 percent over the five-year period from 2013 to 2017, led by industry and the federal government, according to U.S. Investments in Medical and Health Research and Development, a...

Freudenberg Medical, part of the Freudenberg Group and a global manufacturer of medical devices, components, and minimally invasive solutions for the...

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Dan Sanchez on How to Improve Extruded Components

Improving extruded components requires careful attention to a number of factors, including dimensional tolerance, material selection, and processing. Trelleborg’s Dan Sanchez provides detailed insights into each of these considerations to help you advance your device innovations while reducing costs and speeding time to market.

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