May 2009

Features: Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robots Provide Helping “Hands” in the OR

As human beings become more comfortable sharing their space with robots, we can expect that robotic technologies will infiltrate even more aspects of our lives. For the past decade or so,...

Soldiers returning from the conflict in Iraq, accident victims, cancer patients, or those with muscle-wasting diseases often end up with grossly misshapen bodies for...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure-Indicating Sensor Film

Pressurex® flexible Mylar-based sensor film from Sensor Products (Madison, NJ) captures and permanently records pressure distribution and magnitude between mating or contacting surfaces in the...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Power Sensor

OmniVision Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) offers the OV6930 medical image sensor. It is a low-power, 400 × 400 pixel square graphics array, or SquareGA™, CMOS image sensor with an optical format of 1/10”, and a packaged...

Products: Motion Control
RF-Wireless Foot-Operated Controls

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced wireless foot-operated controls that are CE-, TUV-, and UL-compliant. The units feature spread-spectrum, frequency-hopping technology for interference-immune...

Products: Electronics & Computers
AC-DC Power Supplies

Astrodyne (Mansfield, MA) has introduced the PMK/PMMK AC-DC switching power supplies that deliver 450W with active PFC. They are qualified for medically approved AC-DC power supply applications. The series provides...

Products: Medical
Sanitary Dial Thermometers

OMEGA Engineering (Stamford, CT) offers bimetal sanitary dial thermometers with all-316/316L stainless steel wetted parts with a 3-A certified design. The hermetically sealed thermometers have an easy-to-calibrate...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micro-Components

Kugler of America (Somers, CT) provides micromachining technologies for producing single parts and series production of micro-components for the medical industry. Production series or prototype parts using production steps...

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has introduced alternating syringes in 1, 3, 5, and 10 ml sizes. The single-use reciprocating syringes provide a single-handed solution for injection and aspiration. Two syringes, in a molded finger...

Products: Medical
Medical Device Silicones

Henkel Corp. (Rocky Hill, CT) has released singlecomponent light- and moisture-curing silicone adhesives for use on medical devices that incorporate silicone materials or require flexible bond joints or coatings. The...

Products: Electronics & Computers
External and Embedded Modems

Radicom Research (San Jose, CA) offers a series of external and embedded modems designed to meet medical requirements. Avail - able in both serial TTL and USB interfaces, the modems operate under Windows, Linux,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Device Manufacturing

Texcel (East Longmeadow, MA) offers custom medical device development and manufacturing, including surgical, interventional, and implantable devices such as endoscopic instruments, spinal/orthopedic implants, and...

Products: Medical
Digital Pressure Gauge

Automation Products Group (Logan, UT) offers the PG5 digital pressure gauge that features a five-digit display. The gauge uses MEMS-based sensing technology, and incorporates user-selectable setup features. It provides...

Products: Motion Control
Brush DC Motors

The Athlonix™ high-power-density brush DC motors from Portescap, a Danaher Motion company (West Chester, PA), feature output power up to 9 watts and a coreless design with a self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit. They...

Products: Software
Infusion System

Hospira (Lake Forest, IL) has introduced the GemStar® SP infusion system with GemStar™ Infusion Suite software. The system is designed to help caregivers better incorporate patient safety best practices at the patient’s bedside. The GemStar Infusion Suite software is a standalone PC-based application that enables efficient...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensors

Kavlico, a unit of Custom Sensors & Technologies (Moorpark, CA) has introduced the P6060 pressure sensors for air pressure measurements in oxygen concentrators, respirators, and ventilators. The lightweight sensors have a...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Supply

GlobTek (Northvale, NJ) has introduced the GS-1549 power supply that delivers up to 50W of continuous output power. It features dual regulated outputs of +12 Vdc at 2A, and variable 10-100 Vdc at 26W. The power supply also...

Millions of people with diseases that starve eye tissue and nerves of oxygen may avoid blindness with a procedure developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge...

Three-dimensional (3D) optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an advanced method of noninvasive infrared imaging of tissues in depth. Heretofore, commercial OCT systems for 3D imaging have been...

Briefs: Medical
Isolation of Precursor Cells From Waste Solid Fat Tissue

A process for isolating tissue-specific progenitor cells exploits solid fat tissue obtained as waste from such elective surgical procedures as abdominoplasties (“tummy tucks”) and breast reductions. Until now, a painful and risky process of aspiration of bone marrow has been used to...

The designed benchtop technique is primed to detect bacteria and viruses from antigenic surface marker proteins in solutions, initially water. This inclusive...

PocketChart™, available in numerous medical specialty editions, is a wireless, handheld electronic medical record application that will help physicians increase productivity, reduce...

Briefs: Medical
Identification of Bacteria and Determination of Biological Indicators

The ultimate goal of planetary protection research is to develop superior strategies for inactivating resistance-bearing micro-organisms like Rummelibacillus stabekisii. By first identifying the particular physiologic pathway and/or structural component of the cell/spore that...

Progress has been made in continuing research on scaffolds for the guided growth of nerves to replace damaged ones. The scaffolds contain pores that are approximately cylindrical...

Briefs: Medical
Chemically Assisted Photocatalytic Oxidation System

The chemically assisted photocatalytic oxidation system (CAPOS) has been proposed for destroying micro-organisms and organic chemicals that may be suspended in the air or present on surfaces of an air-handling system that ventilates an indoor environment. The CAPOS would comprise an upstream...

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of atomic oxygen (AO) exposure on the hydrophilicity of nine different polymers for...

Briefs: Medical
Open-Access, Low-Magnetic-Field MRI System for Lung Research

An open-access magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is being developed for use in research on orientational/ gravitational effects on lung physiology and function. The open-access geometry enables study of human subjects in diverse orientations. This system operates at a magnetic...

Briefs: Medical
Microfluidic Mixing Technology for a Universal Health Sensor

A highly efficient means of microfluidic mixing has been created for use with the rHEALTH sensor — an elliptical mixer and passive curvilinear mixing patterns. The rHEALTH sensor provides rapid, handheld, complete blood count, cell differential counts, electrolyte measurements, and...

Briefs: Medical
Microwell Arrays for Studying Many Individual Cells

“Laboratory-on-a-chip” devices that enable the simultaneous culturing and interrogation of many individual living cells have been invented. Each such device includes a silicon nitride-coated silicon chip containing an array of micromachined wells sized so that each well can contain one cell...

A project is underway to develop a novel, versatile, multi-functional convergence nanoparticle system that utilizes inorganic nanoparticles for advanced biomedical applications....

Rhino-sinusitis, or sinus infection, is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which can be caused by different conditions (bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic, or...

A proposed device, denoted a miniature microfluidic biomarker extractor (μ-EX), would extract trace amounts of chemicals of interest from samples, such as soils and rocks....

Briefs: Medical
Identifying and Inactivating Bacterial Spores

Problems associated with, and new strategies for, inactivating resistant organisms like Bacillus canaveralius (found at Kennedy Space Center during a survey of three NASA cleanrooms) have been defined. Identifying the particular component of the spore that allows its heightened resistance can guide...

Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Crashworthy Seats Would Afford Superior Protection

Seats to prevent or limit crash injuries to astronauts aboard the crew vehicle of the Orion spacecraft are undergoing development. The design of these seats incorporates and goes beyond crash-protection concepts embodied in prior spacecraft and racing-car seats to afford superior protection...

Briefs: Materials
Droplet-Based Production of Liposomes

A process for making monodisperse liposomes having lipid bilayer membranes involves fewer, simpler process steps than do related prior methods. First, a microfluidic, cross-junction droplet generator is used to produce vesicles comprising aqueous-solution droplets contained in single-layer lipid membranes....

Mission Accomplished: Medical
LED Device Illuminates New Path to Healing

ong NASA’s research goals is increased understanding of factors affecting plant growth, including the effects of microgravity. Impeding such studies, traditional light sources used to grow plants...

Conventional periodontal probing is indeed invasive, uncomfortable for the patient, and the results can vary greatly between dentists and even for repeated measurements by the same...

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