News : Medical
Chip-Based Sensors Offer Incredible Sensitivity

An optical whispering gallery mode resonator can spin light around the circumference of a tiny sphere millions of times, creating an ultrasensitive microchip-based sensor for multiple applications. Engineers have developed an innovative way to grow on-chip glass microspherical shells with...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Proto Labs Reaches Agreement to Acquire RAPID, Expands Services with Sheet Metal Fabrication

Proto Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held company Rapid Manufacturing Group. Rapid is a New Hampshire-based custom parts supplier specializing in quick-turn sheet metal fabrication and CNC machining. With the...

INSIDER : Medical
Device Can Diagnose Diseases Based on Eyelid Motion

Researchers have developed a device that can diagnose diseases by means of an eyelid motion monitor. Glasses fitted with a hardware and software system monitor and interpret eyelid movements.

INSIDER : Medical
Skin-Like Microfluidic System Could Change the Future of Wearables

A soft, flexible microfluidic system is the next generation of bio-integrated wearable technology. The Lab on the Skin device couples perfectly with the skin to capture and analyze the chemistry of sweat — yet is as thin and flexible as a temporary tattoo. The Lab reports on...

INSIDER : Medical
Kevlar-Based Artificial Cartilage Mimics the Magic of the Real Thing

The unparalleled liquid strength of cartilage, which is about 80 percent water, withstands some of the toughest forces on our bodies. Synthetic materials couldn’t match it — until the development of Kevlartilage.

INSIDER : Wearables
Microfiber Sensor for Health Monitoring, Diagnosis

A soft, flexible, and stretchable microfiber sensor has been developed for real-time healthcare monitoring and diagnosis. The novel sensor is highly sensitive and ultra-thin with a diameter of a strand of human hair. It is also simple and cost-effective to mass produce.

INSIDER : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Improving Early-Stage Detection of Brain Injury in Athletes

Researchers have found a method of identifying biological markers in small amounts of blood that they believe could be used to detect diseases, infections, and medical conditions at early stages, including early detection of traumatic brain injury in athletes.

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improving Quality in Laser-Aided Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing techniques have great potential to improve productivity and energy efficiency during part fabrication. Even small defects in fabricated parts can have a large impact on performance and safety, which is why manufacturers need to be on the lookout for several types of...

INSIDER : Medical
3D Printing Gets a Turbo Boost

A major drawback to 3D printing — the slow pace of the work — could be alleviated through a software algorithm developed at the University of Michigan. The algorithm allows printers to deliver high-quality results at speeds up to two times faster than those in common use, with no added hardware costs.

INSIDER : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Making Automation and Robotics Accessible to Small Manufacturers

The AMRC Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) has opened a new facility designed to enable smaller companies to more easily conduct research into machining and assembly technologies on a new ‘reconfigurable factory’ research cell.

INSIDER : Connectivity
Medical Devices Part of Healthy U.S. Manufacturing

In the past two decades, output growth in U.S. manufacturing has declined, but the largest firms have managed to thrive, notes a new report form McKinsey & Company. The tech sector, however, including medical device manufacturing, has posted rapid growth in value added since the 1990s.

News : Medical
Soft Sensor Could Bring New Tactile Tech

A new type of soft and stretchable sensor could find uses in applications ranging from athletics and health monitoring to prosthetics and virtual reality. The technology, called iSoft, is capable of sensing in real-time, or without delay, and can perform “multimodal” sensing, or sensing a variety of...

News : Medical
Stronger Silk Offers Biomedical Applications

Engineers have found they can make a material that is more than twice as stiff as its natural counterpart and can be shaped into complex structures such as meshes and lattices.

News : Medical
New Keystone Facility Expands Capabilities and Service Levels

Keystone Electronics, which manufactures electronic interconnect components and hardware, recently moved its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations to a new facility that the company says is designed to greatly improve efficiencies and productivity. Located in New Hyde...

News : Test & Measurement
Sterigenics International Changes Name to Sotera Health

Sterigenics International has changed its parent company name to Sotera Health. Its three operating companies — Nelson Labs™, Nordion®, and Sterigenics® — will continue to maintain their current names. The new parent company name signals a more integrated and...

INSIDER : Medical
A $10 Microchip Turns 2D Ultrasound Machines to 3D Imaging Devices

Technology that keeps track of how your smartphone is oriented can now give $50,000 ultrasound machines many of the 3D imaging abilities of their $250,000 counterparts — for the cost of a $10 microchip.

INSIDER : Medical
Plastic Nanoparticles Inspired by Nature Could Improve Cancer Drug Delivery

Scientists have developed a way to control the shape of polymer molecules so that they self-assemble into nonspherical nanoparticles — an advance that could improve the delivery of toxic drugs to tumors.

INSIDER : Medical
Spider Silk Improves Hearing Aid Microphones

New research shows that fine fibers like spider silk actually improve the quality of microphones for hearing aids. The microphone improves the directional sensing across a wide variety of frequencies that are often too quiet for microphones to pick up on. For someone with a hearing aid, that means...

INSIDER : Medical
Jellyfish-Inspired Electronic Skin Glows When It Gets Hurt

Electronic-skin technologies for prosthetics and robots can detect the slightest touch or breeze. But oddly, the sensors that make this possible do not respond effectively to a harmful blow. Now researchers report the development of a jellyfish-inspired electronic skin that glows when...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: Making Sure Medical Devices Play Nice Together

In this world of increasingly smart technology, the one place that interconnectivity is critical is in healthcare. Patients and their care givers should be confident that the devices that are “talking” to one another are doing so safely and without error.

Global Innovations : Medical
Compact Device Can Detect Rheumatoid Arthritis
University of TwenteEnschede,
The Netherlands
www.utwente.nl/mira

According to a clinical study published in the scientific journal Photoacoustics, the University of Twente and various European partners have designed a device that shows the difference between healthy fingers and...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Molecular Thermostat Makes Heaters Simpler, Safer and More Stable

Many medical applications require heat for optimal performance. For patient comfort, effective treatment, and a variety of diagnostic processes, equipment and fluids must be raised to, or kept at, specific operating temperatures. Medical heating applications can have strict...

Features : Medical
Quartet H2O LDD Actively Cooled Lateral Surgical Fiber Optic

Infrared surgical lasers, e.g., CTH:YAG @ 2100 nm and TM:YAG @ 2000 nm, are wonderful tools for minimally invasive surgery such as laser vaporization of hyperplastic prostate tissue (BPH), but they are completely incompatible with right angle, off-axis delivery. Fiber optics find great...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Fluid Control: Valveless Design Offers Accuracy and Precision

Healthcare providers now, more than ever, make critical patient care decisions based on the test results obtained from medical diagnostic instrumentation. The accuracy, precision, and reliability of clinical chemistry and immunoassay analyzers not only rely on the inherent design and...

Features : Medical
High-Visibility Biopsy Needles

Longer life expectancy in conjunction with improved knowledge of cancers has resulted in increased demands for core needle biopsies. Additionally, cancer diagnosis typically occurs earlier and hence biopsy specimens are required from smaller tissue masses.

Researchers at the University of Southampton, UK, have chosen low-density thermopolymer to create various parts of the next generation of its innovative Southampton-Remedi prosthetic...

Technology Leaders : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Choosing the Right Fluid Dispensing Pump

Choosing the right fluid dispensing pump for a given application is critical. Whether it’s accuracy and precision or the need to perform for millions of cycles, understanding the most suitable types of pumps available is the first step. This article describes several pumps commonly used for medical...

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care...

Features : Medical
Kid: A Telemedicine Solution for Retinopathy of Prematurity

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a disease that affects premature infants. It is the leading cause of childhood blindness. Although effective treatments exist, many infants are still at-risk due to the small window of time for detection. The current standard of care consists of...

Four lasers can be used for micro welding: pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG), continuous wave (CW) fiber, quasi continuous wave (QCW)...

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