September 2010

Over the last several years, the technology that enables optical coherence tomography (OCT) has significantly improved. When it first debuted, OCT was a natural fit for...

Features: Electronics & Computers
The Ins and Outs of Connectors in Medical Equipment

Medical equipment manufacturers are placing greater emphasis on higher resolution imaging, viewing, and displays in diagnostic equipment. As a result, EMI and RFI requirements are critical...

CGI Inspection (Eden Prairie, MN) offers the Pearl-700 Desktop 3D scanning and inspection system with Spec.Check software to establish cross-sections through the 3D point cloud. It is suitable for first...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Molded Parts

Xcentric Mold & Engineering (Chesterfield, MI) offers custom molded parts for medical products using all-electric machines that use 80% less energy than hydraulic oil machines. Press sizes range from 50 ton to 400 ton...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Tuohy Borst Adapter

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) and Merit Medical Systems have introduced a tuohy borst adapter that accepts up to 9 French and incorporates a tri-cut silicone valve technology that provides a leak-proof seal. With a polycarbonate...

Products: Connectivity
RF Wireless Foot Control

Linemaster (Woodstock, CT) offers an RF wireless foot control with up to 5 digital and 3 analog switch functions with additional switch functions available upon request. The RF technology utilizes IEEE 802.15.4...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Luer-Activated Stopcocks

Halkey-Roberts (Saint Petersburg, FL) offers 4-way swabable luer-activated stopcocks (available in a lever or T-handle configuration) that provide the safety of a closed system with a leak-free aseptic swabable port....

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

Protek Power (Hudson, MA) offers the PMP31 Series of medical desktop power supplies that provide 30 watts of power in a compact 1.96" × 4.64" × 1.26" package. The series is approved to UL60601-1, CSA22.2 No. 601.1, and...

Products: Materials
Fluorosilicone Coating

The MED-6655 fluorosilicone dispersion from NuSil (Carpinteria, CA) is comprised of 60% solids with a medium durometer. Because it is a room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) material, it is suitable for spraying and...

Products: Motion Control
Medical-Grade Foot Control

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced the Medical-Grade Series RF-MED full-perimeter actuation foot control for medical equipment. It is all aluminum,

CE-compliant, and features a mechanical life...

Products: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Aseptic Pumphead

The model 114 aseptic dental irrigation pumphead from Watson-Marlow Pumps Group (Wilmington, MA) features an automatic tube stretch for error-free loading and four rollers to reduce pulsation and deliver up to 300 mL/min of...

Fetal heart rate (FHR) detection is the primary methodology for antenatal determination of fetal well-being and assisting in the identification of potential hazards such as hypoxia and...

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) has been used for decades as a biomaterial in joint replacements. Recently, this technology was refined to...

When a patient’s heart disease cannot be treated, heart transplantation is required, but only a few people can receive transplants. These rare opportunities for...

This ultrasonic echo apparatus can measure tissue inside living bodies, non-invasively. The developed probe has a film-like piezoelectric sensor installed on the contact...

Briefs: Medical
Modifying Polyethylene Oxide for Melt-Processability

Generally, high-molecular-weight polyethylene oxide (PEO) can present processing challenges due to its high melt viscosity and poor melt drawability; it can be difficult to form into fine-gauge film or small-diameter fibers. There is the alternative technology of solution casting, which has...

Briefs: Medical
Topical Compositions and Glove for Protection and Shielding Against Radiation Exposure

Over the past several decades, there has been a proliferation of medical diagnostic and treatment devices that involve the use of X-rays, beta rays, gamma rays, and radioactive isotopes. In addition, there has been recent concern regarding possible radiation...

Briefs: Medical
Digital Microfluidics Sample Analyzer

Three innovations address the needs of the medical world with regard to microfluidic manipulation and testing of physiological samples in ways that can benefit point-of-care needs for patients such as premature infants, for which drawing of blood for continuous tests can be life-threatening in their own...

Briefs: Medical
Process to Selectively Distinguish Viable From Non-Viable Bacterial Cells

The combination of ethidium monoazide (EMA) and post-fragmentation, randomly primed DNA amplification technologies will enhance the analytical capability to discern viable from non-viable bacterial cells in spacecraft-related samples. Intercalating agents have been widely...

Briefs: Medical
Radiation Protection Using Carbon Nanotube Derivatives

BHA and BHT are well-known food preservatives that are excellent radical scavengers. These compounds, attached to single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), could serve as excellent radical traps. The amino-BHT groups can be associated with SWNTs that have carbolyxic acid groups via acid-base...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Tiny Technology With a Big Heart

When undergoing medical treatment, physicians frequently determine that a patient's vital signs — such as blood pressure and heart rate — need to be closely monitored. For most patients today, this means a variety of wires and sensors will be attached to their bodies. But thanks to technology developed at...

Mission Accomplished: Medical
Monitoring Outpatient Care

Each year, health care costs for managing chronically ill patients increase as the life expectancy of Americans continues to grow. To handle this situation, many hospitals, doctors’ practices, and home-care providers are turning to disease management, a system of coordinated health care interventions and...

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has given the world amazing images of the distant stars, planets, and galaxies. The cutting-edge imaging technology that enhances the...

Mission Accomplished: Materials
‘Contact’ in Space Leads to New Lenses

While gravity has its advantages in keeping us balanced and grounded here on Earth, scientists often find that they are at a disadvantage when trying to conduct research under its powerful, pulling...

Mission Accomplished: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A New Frontier for Cardiac Monitoring

Hemodynamics is defined as the study behind the forces involved with blood circulation. Previously, monitoring these forces presented a costly and invasive procedure, but because of NASA funding and...

News: Medical
Inorganic, Artificial Skin

Engineers at UC Berkeley have developed a pressure-sensitive electronic material from semiconductor nanowires. The material functions like human skin, incorporating the ability to feel and touch objects, said Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and head of the UC Berkeley...

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