August 2012

News: Medical
NSBRI Soliciting Research Proposals

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is soliciting ground-based, analog definition and flight definition proposals. NSBRI is soliciting proposals for six of its seven research teams. Topic areas include smart medical systems and technology to refine and validate plug-and-play sensor and...

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world. About 1.2 million Americans suffer from heart attacks every year. Approximately 2,000 Americans get heart...

Advancements in medical technology and material science have created new engineering challenges for medical devices used in minimally invasive interventional procedures....

Features: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biomaterials Unlock Potential of Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine (RM) holds the potential to address some of society’s most intractable health problems and restore or establish normal bodily function. Today, regenerative...

Surface texture and shape play critical roles in the successful integration, lifetime, and effectiveness of bioimplantable devices. A variety of techniques...

The OPB732 reflective sensor from TT electronics (Carrollton, TX) is suitable for automated handlers for medical diagnostics, able to detect the placement and position of test vials in real time. It is based on an Infrared...

The VSO® MI, a miniature proportional valve from the Precision Fluidics Division of Parker Hannifin (Hollis, NH), helps provide medical equipment manufacturers repeatable pneumatic control across various media...

Products
Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) offers the PM60 Series of medical power supplies that provide up to 60W for a variety of medical applications, including patient vicinity medical devices. The PM60 Series accepts a 90-264VAC universal...

Products
FPC Connectors

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has developed a new series of FPC connectors that can be mated by utilizing either its top or bottom contact points, providing engineers with enhanced product design flexibility. The FH39 Series of...

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has introduced the one-handed hemostasis valve Y connector that allows independent manipulation of multiple guidewires. The one hand control lever action allows for lock and release with...

Hypertronics (Hudson, MA) has introduced “Fixed- Fixed” coaxial contact technology, based on the COAXTAC ® double Hypertac® RF interconnect, available for both standard and customized operating environments....

Boyd Coatings Research Co. (Hudson, MA) has developed the CRC 8000-line medical grade coating for use in reusable medical devices/instruments. The coating line is available in a wide variety of colors, including...

Clariant Masterbatches (Holden, MA) offers color concentrates and pre-color compounds that serve as the basis for new colors for TOPAS cyclic olefin co - poly mer (COC), a material used for medical devices. New colors for...

Sensirion (Westlake Village, CA) has launched the digital SFM3000 mass flow meter for high-volume applications in medical devices, process automation, and burner control. The flow channel is designed to achieve a very low...

The EMERGE™ PC/PET 9500CR Advanced Resin from Styron (Berwyn, PA) is an advanced polycarbonate polyethylene terephthalate blend developed for powered medical equipment housing applications where it is necessary to...

The igubal® K-Series rod end bearings from igus (East Providence, RI) are now offered in a clip version with different ball materials. The new clip-in feature makes the dimensionally interchangeable rod ends more versatile....

The No. 984 electrically heated, 500 °F custom-designed toploading oven from Grieve Corporation (Round Lake, IL) is used for curing connector assemblies into long cables at the customer's facility....

Clippard Instrument Laboratory (Cincinnati, OH) has introduced the JPC Series of check valves, which works like a standard check valve, but can be operated with an air pilot signal providing for “free flow” in...

This technology helps technical application developers incorporate mathematical and statistical functionality in their applications, while providing the documentation...

For precise blood pressure monitoring in hospitals and surgeries, the accurate handling of medical devices is paramount. Human error or device failure can result in inaccurate...

A miniature atom-based magnetic sensor has passed an important research milestone by successfully measuring human brain activity. Experiments verified the sensor's potential for...

Briefs: Imaging
Hands-Free Transcranial Color Doppler Probe

Current transcranial color Doppler (TCD) transducer probes are bulky and difficult to move in tiny increments to search and optimize TCD signals. This invention provides miniature motions of a TCD transducer probe to optimize TCD signals.

Global Innovations: Imaging
Direct-to-Brain Bionic Eye
Monash Vision Group, Victoria, Australia
http://www.monash.edu.au/bioniceye/index.html

A brain implant developed at Monash Vision Group (MVG) — a collaboration between Monash University, Alfred Health,...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Tooling Techniques Enhance Medical Imaging

They can release as much energy as tens of billions of hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time. They send protons and electrons rocketing at near the speed of light. They heat gas in the Sun’s...

Research has shown that music has a profound effect on the human body and psyche. The practice of music therapy is based on well-researched clinical and empirical evidence. There...

News: Medical
New Prosthetic Implant in Development

Thousands of veterans return to the U.S. with limb amputations, and for many, standard prosthetics are not an option due to skin issues or short remaining-limb length. These amputees require something other than the typical socket-type attachment systems.

Researchers and surgeons from the University...

News: Medical
Knee Simulator May Help Improve Implant Design

Scientists at Clemson University (Clemson, SC) have designed and built a knee simulator on which specimens from cadavers can be mounted to study the effects of different unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) alignment and ligament configurations on movement, as well as contact pressure...

News: Software
Open Source Comprehensive 3D Modeling Software Debuts

On Monday, Aug. 6, University of Southern California Computer Science Professor Jernej Barbič released the world's most comprehensive library of 3D deformable modeling software for free open source download.

The package, called Vega, allows users to simulate and move complex objects,...

News: Medical
Singapore Eases Market Entry for Lower-Risk Devices

Singapore's Health Sciences Authority (HSA), the country’s medical device market regulator, has implemented new rules in order to expedite market access for lower-risk medical devices.

The rules will exempt all Class A medical devices (except sterile Class A products) from HSA...

News: Medical
VA Developing New Pulse Ox Device

Pulse oximetry is widely accepted as a standard measurement of a patient’s oxygen saturation and heart rate because it can give clinicians an early warning of low arterial oxygen saturation levels.

But low body temperature and low blood perfusion can cause conventional pulse oximeters to report...

News: Medical
Soft X-Ray Could Improve Breast Cancer Imaging

A team of engineers at the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) have built a laboratory-scale device that sensitively detects what are called “soft X-rays” that they say offers tremendous potential in breast cancer detection and treatment.

“There’s nothing available on the...

News: Medical
Asia Developing Device Regulations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional economic organization consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam is developing a combined regulatory system for medical devices to cover all member countries.

The ASEAN...

News: Medical
Bioactive Coating Improves Implants for Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) holds great promise to treat neurological disorders ranging from Parkinson's disease to depression. But the current electrode used for implanting in DBS tend to induce an immune response in patients that reduces the treatment's efficacy. over time....

News: Medical
Using Biometrics to Avoid Device Hacking

Computer scientists at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, are working to develop a wearable electronic device that identifies a person’s unique physiological responses, such as heart rate, skin response, or other physiological data. The worn device could then use that information to coordinate and protect...

News: Medical
Bacteria-Resistant Material Discovered

Scientists in the schools of Pharmacy and Molecular Medical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, have discovered what they say is a new class of polymers that are resistant to bacterial attachment. These new materials could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections and...

News: Medical
Students Create New Suturing Device

To head off possible postoperative problems, undergraduate biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have invented a disposable suturing tool. Their invention, called FastStitch, guides the placement of stitches and guards against accidental puncturing of internal organs after abdominal...

News: Medical
Artificial Retina Restores Sight

Three blind mice? No longer, say two researchers in the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Cornell Medical College who deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code. Then, they linked this information to a novel prosthetic device that restored sight to blind mice. In addition, they say that they...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Predicting a Fall in Advance

Electrical and computer engineers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, are developing a technology to predict when a person might fall. They created a small prototype wireless sensor that analyzes posture and gait, and sends an alert when there is a break in routine.

The alert could signal muscle or vision...

News: Medical
Diabetes Testing for Glucose in Saliva and Tears

As diabetes becomes more prevalent across the globe, it is clear that a new method to test blood glucose levels needs to be found. Sampling with needle pricks is pricks is unpleasant at best and places a significant burden on the patient population.

Researchers at Purdue University, West...

News: Medical
Robotic Sensor Glove Detects Breast Cancer Lumps

Two engineers and a Harvard Medical School student have teamed up to enhance the human capabilities of touch with a robotic sensor glove. The glove could take the potential of a diagnosis altering physical exam and put it into the hands of patients.

Its primary goal, they say, is to bring...

News: Medical
August 2012 Medical Design Briefs News Wrap-up

With this article, we will begin posting a semi-monthly online wrap-up of Industrial Leadership, Expansions, and Mergers and Acquisitions short news items of interest to our readers. If you have news items that should be included in this category, please feel free to send them to the editor, Beth...

News: Medical
Device to Test for Disease Is Out of This World

The Canadian Space Agency will soon be testing a new device to rapidly diagnose the health of astronauts in space on the International Space Station (ISS). Microflow, a miniature flow cytometer that uses a unique fiber optics technology to test for diseases and bacterial infection within minutes,...

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