Features : Electronics & Computers
Understanding Proper Cleaning Procedures for Medical Device PCBs

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are critical components in many medical devices. Prior to shipment to the OEM, PCBs must undergo a thorough cleaning process to remove excess solder, rosins, and other contaminants at the end of the manufacturing cycle. If not cleaned properly, PCBs...

In the fast-expanding world of wearable medical devices, an entrepreneurial spirit is driving dreams of a digital health future into reality. Collaboration on material...

Global Innovations : Medical
Metamaterial-Enhanced MRI Technology Provides Higher-Quality, More Detailed Images

Scientists from the Netherlands and Russia have developed a new technology for enhancing the local sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. The metasurface-based MRI has been tested on human test subjects for the first time. The metasurface...

Features : Medical
Ensuring a Safe Medical Design

Until recently, developers and manufacturers of medical devices have not been required to consider security in their products. New guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and expanded European Union requirements for personal data protection now make security design in medical devices a necessity....

Features : Medical
The Benefits of Magnesium Alloy for Medical Implants

The use of medical devices has hit an all-time high, with the global industry currently valued at $200 million and strong growth predictions through to 2023.1 These devices include surgical implants, which cover a broad range of applications such as artificial joints, lap-bands,...

Products : Test & Measurement
New Products and Services: August 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Reflective Optical Sensor

TT Electronics, Woking, UK, has introduced a reflective optical sensor that provides dependable edge and presence detection of reflective media under a wide range of ambient light conditions. Integrated into a 4 × 2.2 × 1.5 mm surface-mount package,...

Applications : Medical
Embedded System Design and Development for ARM-Based Laboratory Analyzers

What’s the most efficient way to design the appropriate embedded logic into a laboratory device? More and more often, the answer is to use computer-on-modules, even for ARM-based designs. Heitec used an NXP i.MX6-based Qseven module from Congatec in the design of a...

Combining a new hydrogel material with a protein that boosts blood vessel growth could improve the success rate for transplanting insulin-producing islet cells into persons with...

There hasn’t been a gold standard for how orthopedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive...

People who suffer a stroke often undergo a brain scan at the hospital, allowing doctors to determine the location and extent of the damage. Researchers who study the effects of strokes would love to be...

About 300,000 patients each year receive a heart valve replacement that is either a mechanical device or produced from animal tissue. Although these valves generally improve...

Flexible electronic parts could significantly improve medical implants. However, electroconductive gold atoms usually hardly bind to silicones. Researchers from the University of Basel have...

A study led by scientists from the Regenerative, Modular, and Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) and the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research in Medical Devices,...

News : Materials
Using Spider Silk, Surgeon Hits a Nerve

Christine Radtke, a Professor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Austria’s MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital, has 21 spiders. The silk obtained from the Tanzanian golden orb-weavers offers Radtke and her team a valuable material to repair nerve and tissue.

News : Medical
NPI/Medical Invests Over $1 million in Molding, Quality Equipment

NPI/Medical, Ansonia, CT, has has invested more than $1 million in molding and quality equipment in the past few months to enable accelerated product development and faster speed-to-market for its medical device, life sciences, and healthcare customers, according to the...

News : Medical
Qosina Acquires Alpha Industries

Qosina Corporation has acquired Alpha Industries, Inc., a disposable component manufacturer headquartered in Clearwater, FL. The entire range of Alpha Industries’ plastic forceps, clamps, and bowls are now available on qosina.com as an extension to its existing inventory stock components.

INSIDER : Medical
Ear-Worn Sensor Monitors Body Temp in Real Time

Researchers have developed a 3D printed sensor worn on the ear that measures one of the most basic medical indicators of health in real time: core body temperature.

News : Materials
New Gel Coatings May Lead to Better Catheters

A new gel-like material can be coated onto standard plastic or rubber devices, providing a softer, more slippery exterior that can significantly ease a patient’s discomfort. The coating can even be tailored to monitor and treat signs of infection.

News : Medical
This Breath Test Could Save Your Life

Researchers have developed a sensor that can diagnose certain diseases by analyzing exhaled breath. The technology, which uses protein-encapsulated nanocatalysts, enables early monitoring of various diseases through pattern recognition of biomarker gases related to diseases in human breath.

News : Medical
Medical Development Group and Tech Briefs Media Announce Partnership, Launch Event

Tech Briefs Media Group (TBMG) and Medical Development Group (MDGBoston) have formed a partnership to benefit the medical technology community. The two groups will jointly produce a full-day medical technology conference next year in Boston. In addition, MDGBoston...

News : Energy
Screen-Printed Batteries Could Power Disposable Medical Devices

Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality. The solid-state batteries are a thin, flexible format—printed in a roll-to-roll process—that can be adapted to almost any shape. Potential...

News : Medical
3D Printed Heart Valves Mimic Qualities of Real Valves

Standard medical imaging and new 3D printing technologies are being used to create patient-specific heart valve models that mimic the physiological qualities of the real valves. Their aim is to improve the success rate of transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVR) by picking the right...

INSIDER : Medical
Tiny Embedded Electrodes Give Big Boost to Prosthetic Limbs

A new microelectrode array clearly recorded multiple nerve signals simultaneously, demonstrating the device’s success in a medium-sized animal for the first time. The electrode was embedded in a dog’s sciatic nerve. Researchers are seeking to tap into nerve signals using microscopic...

News : Medical
Your Cyberattack Wake-Up Call

We’ve been hacked. Forbes reports that the WannaCry ransomware did, in fact, infect a Bayer Medrad radiology power injector in U.S. hospitals. Thankfully, no safety-related functions were affected directly, but what about next time?

R&D : Medical
Cutting Down on Cancer Surgeries

Engineers have developed an imaging technology that could help surgeons removing breast cancer lumps confirm that they have cut out the entire tumor — reducing the need for additional surgeries.

R&D : Medical
Waterproof Wheelchair Runs on Compressed Air

A new waterproof motorized wheelchair uses high-pressured air as an energy source instead of heavy batteries and electronics. The chair weighs about 80 lb overall and takes just 10 minutes to recharge, compared with eight hours to charge an electric mobility device.

News : Medical
Pad Combines Pressure and Gel to Heal Scars

An innovative pad combines both reinforcing pressure and occlusion to treat hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries, and trauma. The Smart Scar-Care pad showed good performance in reducing pigmentation and vascularity, improving elasticity and preventing dehydration in a clinical trial. Patients...

News : Medical
Graphene-Based Sensor Could Improve Treatment of Asthma

Scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths. The sensor paves the way for the development of wearable devices that...

Features : Medical
Advantages of Servo-Actuated Molds for Manufacturing Medical Devices

Electric servo motors are rapidly replacing mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic actuation systems in plastic injection molds, particularly those used in medical cleanrooms, where clean, precise mold actuation can make a significant difference to part quality. In general, servo...

Features : Medical
Piezoelectric Motors Enable MRI-Guided Prostate Ablation

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American men, with approximately one in seven diagnosed in their lifetime. Most patients receiving conventional prostate cancer therapies such as surgery or radiation have good oncologic outcomes; however, these therapies are often...

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