May 2010

Medical technology is currently capable of treating such physical hardships as loss of limb, eyelid paralysis, and chronic osteoarthritis – but researchers are...

Providing medical care from afar using robotic technology is a fascinating concept that could save more lives in the battlefield. The technology still has a way...

You may have heard the phrase “as difficult as walking and chewing gum” as a joking way of referring to something that is not difficult at all. Just walking, however, is not all that simple...

Products: Materials
Adhesives

Avery Dennison (Pasadena, CA) offers medical-grade adhesives in a range of biocompatible acrylic, porous acrylic, synthetic rubber-based, silicone, and absorbent hydrocolloid adhesive formulations. Custom formulations are also...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Connectors

Fischer Connectors (Saint-Prex, Switzerland) offers AluLiteTM connectors that can endure more than 5,000 mating cycles within a temperature range of -50 °C to 150 °C. The anodized finished connector housing is engineered with an...

Products: Medical
Silicone Coating

NuSil Technology (Carpinteria, CA) has introduced MED-6670, a curable coating that decreases the coefficient of friction of a cured silicone surface by a minimum of 50 percent when compared to a non-coated silicone surface....

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Auto-Calibration Fluid Sensor

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) offers the OCB350 Series fluid sensor that features automatic calibration circuitry. It is available with multiple output states for medical applications. Designers can initiate...

Products: Motion Control
DC Motor

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the AthlonixTM high-power density brush DC motor that features a compact, lightweight package (15 to 53 grams, depending on frame size), and output power of up to 9 watts. The...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Surgical Light

The Ortho-Light™ from Lumitex MD® (Strongsville, OH) is designed to help orthopedic surgeons improve visualization in small-incision hip, shoulder, or knee surgeries. The light attaches to any retractor using a...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sanitary Fittings

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) offers sanitary fittings that feature a pre-attached platinum-cured silicone gasket. Hose barbs in sizes from 1/4” to 3/4” with flanges adhering to both the “Mini” and “Maxi” standards are...

Products: Medical
Piezoelectric Material

Morgan Technical Ceramics (Cleveland, OH) offers the PMNT-28 family of single-crystal piezoelectric material for sonar projector, medical imaging, and actuator applications. The increased coupling and displacement of...

Products: Medical
Filtration Technology

GE Energy (Kansas City, MO) offers Aspire™ microfiltration and venting membranes that can be integrated into a range of product designs and filter housings. The polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membranes present a...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Circular Connectors

Hypertronics (Hudson, MA) offers miniature circular connectors as an extension of the circular push-button D Series connector design. The connectors feature Hypertac® hyperboloid contacts in a 0.3 mm pin size,...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Kink-Resistant Tubing

Vesta (Franklin, WI) has introduced medical-grade silicone kink-resistant tubing, which consists of a silicone inner and outer layer, with an imbedded reinforcing member that includes a spiral wind the length of the...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Peristaltic Pumps

Watson-Marlow Pumps Group (Wilmington, MA) offers 313VBM/D and 520VBM/R OEM panel mount VBM peristaltic pumps with brushless DC gearmotor drives, suitable for automated flexible batch cell culture. These pumps are designed...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Medical Socket Strip

Interpower (Oskaloosa, IA) has introduced a medical socket strip with an attached hospital-grade power cord and six NEMA hospital-grade outlets. It features a manual reset circuit breaker, no inlet or outlet covers, and...

Products: Materials
Thermoplastic Elastomer

The THERMOLAST® M thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) from KRAIBURG TPE (Duluth, GA) is suitable for medical applications. It features short cycle times for 1K and 2K injection molding and extrusion, and resistance against isopropanol is available. The product line also allows for the use of ethylene oxide, superheated steam...

Products: Motion Control
Touch-Free Door Opening System

Sanidoor (Daytona Beach, FL) offers a touch-free door-opening system designed to reduce the spread of germs in restrooms in hospitals and healthcare facilities. It can be retro-fitted to swinging doors and...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Miniature Fiber Optics Spectrometers

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) offers the XR-Series of miniature fiber optics spectrometers that provide an optical resolution of 2.0 nm and cover wavelengths from ~200 to 1050 nm. This XR option is available...

Products: Materials
Polycarbonate Resin

Bayer MaterialScience (Pittsburgh, PA) has introduced the Makrolon® Rx1851 medical-grade polycarbonate resin. This low-viscosity resin features enhanced internal mold release technology that is suitable for complicated...

Products: Medical
Measurement System

Optical Gaging Products (Rochester, NY) offers the SmartScope® Specialist 300 multisensor dimensional measurement system and the Focus™ Specialist 16” horizontal contour projector. These systems are designed to verify...

Products: Software
Data Logger

JRI Maxant (Paris, France) offers the Mini SPY RF® data logger for cold-chain monitoring in medical applications. The device communicates in RF (50 to 60 m) and can be programmed remotely. Data are uploaded automatically via...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Brushless Flat DC Motors

MicroMo Electronics (Clearwater, FL) offers brushless flat DC micromotors suitable for laboratory and medical applications. The motors deliver nominal voltages of 6 or 12 V. The 15 m-diameter motors provide...

Products: Materials
EMI Shielding Tape

Adhesives Research (Glen Rock, PA) offers ARclad and Flexshield 8269 pressure-sensitive EMI shielding tapes. The ARclad is 2.4-mil tape that is highly conductive, acrylic-based, and features a 1-ounce tin plated copper...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Supply

The MTB080 Series switch mode power supply from International Components Corporation (Chicago, IL) features a power density of 12.5 watts per cubic inch. It measures 2 × 4 × 1" and is suitable for medical applications with...

Briefs: Materials
Zinc-Doped Tricalcium Phosphate Ceramic for Surgical Implants

A ceramic body consisting of the phases of tricalcium phosphate and/or hydroxyapatite provides biocompatibility with hard tissues. When such a ceramic body is implanted in a bone, direct connection is formed between the bone and the ceramic body without intervention of any fibrous...

A system was devised to aid in the inspection of micro-electrode assemblies utilized in clinical lab instruments to conduct impedance measurements on living cells in a...

Briefs: Medical
Power-Assist Control Interface for Wheelchairs

A computer-controlled, programmable control interface allows safe, intuitive manual control for motorized wheelchairs that operate in variable terrain. The key feature of this technology is its proprietary computer program that enables an operator to manage a load as if it were light and on a smooth...

Advances in body armor and life-saving technology have increased survival rates of severely injured military personnel. Unfortunately, the survivors of improvised explosive...

It has been demonstrated that after a stroke-like lesion in the cerebral cortex of non-human primates, the remaining intact tissue undergoes extensive neuro-physiological...

Briefs: Medical
Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Control of Combat-Related Hemorrhage

Blood loss is a major cause of death among combat casualties, accounting for nearly half of all deaths on the battlefield. The great majority of these deaths is due to intracavitary hemorrhage that cannot be controlled by traditional methods such as tourniquets or pressure...

Because of its high mechanical properties, chemical stability, and biocompatibility, titanium is a commonly used material in dental and orthopedic applications. Its excellent...

A safe, non-invasive method for forming images through clothing of large groups of people, in order to search for concealed weapons either made of metal or not, has been developed. A...

In spring 2008, Dr. Scott Dulchavsky diagnosed high-altitude pulmonary edema in a climber over 20,000 feet up the slope of Mount Everest. Dulchavsky made the diagnosis from his office in...

Langley Research Center’s Soluble Imide (LaRC-SI) was discovered by accident. While researching resins and adhesives for advanced composites for high-speed aircraft, Robert Bryant, a...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Electrolyte Concentrates Treat Dehydration

For astronauts returning to Earth, adjusting to full gravity can be just as demanding as any of the challenges they faced in space. While readjusting to Earth’s gravitational pull, astronauts can...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
NASA Bioreactors Advance Disease Treatments

The International Space Station (ISS) is falling. This is no threat to the astronauts onboard, however, because falling is part of the ISS staying in orbit.

News: Medical
Tumor Marking

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear in MRI scans and during surgery, making the tumors easier for surgeons to identify and remove.

News: Medical
Microorganisms In Microgravity

A team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send an army of microorganisms into space to investigate new ways of preventing the formation and spread of biofilms - or clusters of bacteria - that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts.

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The Perks of Biosensors

The field of biosensors may be getting a boost from an unlikely source: coffee rings. UCLA researchers are studying the "coffee ring" phenomenon - the observation that many liquids, when spilled, evaporate to leave a darker ring around the perimeter that contains a much higher concentration of particles than the center. A...

News: Medical
Tattletale Pill

University of Florida engineers have developed a prototype of a "tattletale pill" by adding a tiny microchip and digestible antenna to a standard pill capsule. The prototype opens up the possibility that mass-produced pills will someday be equipped to inform doctors and loved ones that patients have ingested their medication.

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