March 2010

Features: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Motors for Medical Pumps

Creation of small, portable infusion pumps opened a new chapter in medical care. A patient can receive carefully metered and timed doses of medicine without requiring a visit to a medical practitioner,...

The need to minimize healthcare costs is creating greater demand for equipment that, among other things, improves and expands patient diagnostics, both inside and outside...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Athermal Laser Machining

Norman Noble (Highland Heights, OH) offers Noble UltraLightTM, an athermal laser machining process designed to create precise features in materials such as bioabsorbable polymers, shape memory metals, and other...

Products: Electronics & Computers
AC/DC Power Supply

Daitron (Wilsonville, OR) has released the MFS series of low-noise AC-DC power supply products that provide 50W of switching power for noise-sensitive medical applications. They feature an output noise of less than 10mV...

Products: Motion Control
Electric Cylinders

EC1 electric cylinders from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) provide a linear positioning alternative to pneumatic and hydraulic systems in applications requiring continuous thrust of ≤150 pounds. They feature controllable speed...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
FPC-to-Board Connectors

Hirose Electric (Simi Valley, CA) has introduced the BM10 series of flexible printed circuits (FPCs)-to-board connectors that are RoHS-compliant and halogen-free. They are available with stacking heights of 0.6 to 0.8...

Products: Materials
No-Drip Adhesive

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) offers the EP42HT-2ND2, a no-run, two-part medical adhesive that has a paste-like consistency to facilitate application when bonding vertical surfaces. It cures at ambient temperatures, complies...

Products: Medical
Passive Voltage Dividers

BI Technologies (Fullerton, CA) offers the SFN06VDKIT, a passive voltage divider engineering sample kit that contains eight SFN Series voltage dividers, including two ultra-stable precision thin film resistors. The...

Products: Materials
Thermoplastic Elastomers

Teknor Apex (Pawtucket, RI) has developed thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds that feature double the adhesive strength of standard TPEs when overmolded onto high-density polyethylene (HDPE) substrates, according...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Rod and Cylinder Sensor

The Model CR rod and cylinder sensor from MTS Systems Corp., Sensors Division (Cary, NC), integrates a standard Model CS or CM sensor inside a rugged, thick steel mechanical package that protects the electronics from...

Products: Imaging
Mutation Detection Kit

Transgenomic (Omaha, NE) has introduced the SURVEY-OR Scan K-RAS kit, a mutation detection kit that features the SURVEYOR Nuclease and WAVE® HS DHPLC platform. It uses PCR amplification reaction and hybridization to form heteroduplex DNA molecules in samples with K-RAS mutation. K-RAS mutation status is a strong predictor...

Products: Materials
Thermoplastic Elastomers

PolyMedex Discovery Group (Putnam, CT) offers NanoMedTM thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) formulations for minimally invasive medical devices. These formulations increase flexural modulus (stiffness) of polymers while...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

Protek Power North America (Hudson, MA) offers the PM42 Series of AC/DC power supplies that provide 30-48W and compliance to both EN60101-1 medical safety standards and EN60950-1 ITE safety standards. They are suitable for a...

Products: Electronics & Computers
RF/EMI Shields

Photofabrication Engineering (Milford, MA) has introduced a line of EMI/RF shields with snap-on/snap-off covers, allowing access to components within the shields. The shields are designed to protect components from radio...

Products: Materials
Hydrophilic Filter Cartridges

PureFlo® PES Mini filter cartridges from JALT Technologies (Manassas, VA) are highly retentive hydrophilic polyethersulfone (PES) membrane filters in an all-polypropylene construction for chemical...

Briefs: Medical
Controlling Devices Using the Ear as an Output Source

Current methods of device control include joysticks, which involve using one or both hands, external microphones that are cumbersome and pick up ambient noise, and external arrays that are also cumbersome and can restrict a user’s movement. Additionally, the external microphone and array...

The Wireless Patient Monitoring System deploys the Zigbee standard to create a Personal Area Network (a wireless network with a coverage area of around 10 m) that is capable of...

This technology provides a methodology and products that are formed from fibrous substrates or film-like surfaces by uniform impregnation with a particulate that is subsequently firmly attached. The...

A laboratory apparatus has been devised as a means of studying plausible biogeochemical reactions under high-pressure, low-temperature aqueous, anaerobic conditions like those...

The number of applications of synthetic biomaterials continues to expand. However, the imaging of injected biomaterials is important to control the treatment...

Briefs: Medical
Isolation of Resistance-Bearing Microorganisms

Strategies were explored for inactivating resistance-bearing microorganisms, focusing on a new species (Bacillus horneckii sp. nov.) discovered on the surfaces of the Kennedy Space Center cleanroom facility in which the Phoenix lander was assembled. Two strains that belong to this novel species were...

Briefs: Medical
Growing B Lymphocytes in a Three-Dimensional Culture System

A three-dimensional (3D) culture system for growing long-lived B lymphocytes has been invented. The capabilities afforded by the system can be expected to expand the range of options for immunological research and related activities, including testing of immunogenicity of vaccine...

Briefs: Medical
Liquid Cooling/Warming Garment

The NASA liquid cooling/ventilating garment (LCVG) currently in use was developed over 40 years ago. With the commencement of a greater number of extra-vehicular activity (EVA) procedures with the construction of the International Space Station, problems of astronaut comfort, as well as the reduction of the...

Three-dimensional (3D) tissuelike assemblies (TLAs) of human bronchoepithelial (HBE) cells have been developed for use in in vitro research on infection of humans by respiratory...

Briefs: Medical
Oscillating Cell Culture Bioreactor

To better exploit the principles of gas transport and mass transport during the processes of cell seeding of 3D scaffolds and in vitro culture of 3D tissue engineered constructs, the oscillatory cell culture bioreactor provides a flow of cell suspensions and culture media directly through a porous 3D scaffold...

Detection of prostate cancer has frequently been plagued with inadequate sensitivity and specificity. Hypoxia is the hallmark of...

Briefs: Medical
Photochemical Tissue Bonding for Military Medical Applications

Joining severed vessels is a recurring problem in trauma and surgery. The basic technology of joining vessels using sutures has been available for centuries, but remains a slow and tedious process. A complete system for micro-anastomosis of vessels was developed that involves a laser...

A program comprising several collaborative research efforts has been dedicated to advancing the art of utilization of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical purposes. The research has...

An endotracheal intubation device is utilized by doctors and paramedics to mechanically create an airway and to ventilate an injured person. The most common...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

Anyone who has ever worked on a car’s engine or tried to fix a sink knows the frustration of trying to perform precision work in a hard-to-reach place. Now imagine conducting repairs on the...

From the football turf to high above the Earth, heat exhaustion is a life-threatening concern. Heat exhaustion, or hyperthermia, is an acute condition caused by excessive exposure...

Since the earliest missions in space, NASA specialists have performed experiments in low gravity. Protein crystal growth, cell and tissue cultures, and separation technologies such as...

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