News : Medical
Imaging detects blunt cerebrovascular injury more frequently in trauma patients

Advances in diagnostic imaging technology have meant that more trauma patients are being diagnosed with blunt cerebrovascular injuries, and as a result, stroke and related death rates in these patients have declined significantly over the past 30 years. These changes...

News : Medical
Software allows for 'decoding digital brain data'

About 30 neuroscientists and computer programmers got together earlier this year to improve their ability to read the human mind. This hackathon was one of several that researchers from Princeton University and Intel, the largest maker of computer processors, organized to build software that can...

News : Medical
Erasing the line between imaging and analyzing

As imaging and sensing technologies grow in both sophistication and accessibility, they do more than just gather data and produce images. They are research tools in their own right, providing scientists with the means to deepen knowledge about fundamental biological processes and the causes and...

News : Medical
'Ghost imaging' with atoms demonstrated

A team of physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) has used a technique known as “ghost imaging” to create an image of an object from atoms that never interact with it. This is the first time that ghost imaging has been achieved using atoms, although it has previously been demonstrated...

News : Medical
3D printed foam outperforms traditional cellular materials in long-term stress

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists have found that 3D printed foam works better than standard cellular materials in terms of durability and long-term mechanical performance.

News : Electronics & Computers
Interactive screens on your packages

Instead of reading a label, consumers could be interacting with an electronic screen on packaging in the future, thanks to a development by scientists at the University of Sheffield. The scientists collaborated with technology company Novalia to create a new way of displaying information on packaging, a move...

News : Medical
Natural Protein Lubricants to Improve Testing of Prosthetic Design

A new study suggests that natural proteins can be used to test replacement hip and knee joints in the laboratory effectively. The work could help improve design in order to reduce wear and tear and increase the lifespan of prosthetics.

News : Medical
New twist for stretchable electronics

Electronic components that can be elongated or twisted (known as "stretchable" electronics) could soon be used to power electronic gadgets, the onboard systems of vehicles, medical devices, and other products. And a 3-D printing-like approach to manufacturing may help make stretchable electronics more...

News : Medical
MedTech Innovator Established as an Independent Nonprofit

MedTech Innovator, a nonprofit global competition and accelerator, has incorporated as an independent nonprofit based in Los Angeles, CA. Over the past five years, MedTech Innovator has grown from a project overseen by CEO Paul Grand during his years as a venture capitalist at RCT...

News : Medical
Legislation Includes Mandate to Permanently Repeal Medical Device Tax

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) has released legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act through a budget process known as reconciliation. The legislation is part of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act.

News : Medical
New Imaging Technique Could Speed Diagnosis of Cancer

Developing faster imaging techniques that can provide information on the chemical and structural properties of nonbiological macromolecular materials could provide better imaging of biological materials, particularly histology samples. The use of quantum cascade laser-based (QCL) infrared...

News : Medical
Metamaterial Could Reduce Weight of Prosthetics

Scientists are working on the development of a new material that could one day be used in the construction of prosthetic limbs. The new metamaterial — a lightweight, solid foam known as Isomax™ — is the world’s first to achieve the performance first proved by theory more than 40 years...

News : Medical
Nanomodified Polymer Improves Biocompatibility for Implants, Wound Care

Scientists have developed nanomodified polymer implants that are compatible with the human organism, dissolve within several years, and even have antibacterial properties. The nanomodified implants may enable restoration of limb functions even after loss of whole parts of...

News : Medical
Time is Running Out! Enter the “Create the Future” Contest by July 1

The 15th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest is now open for submissions and runs through July 1, 2017. Contestants are asked to submit innovative product design ideas that benefit society and the economy for the opportunity to receive global recognition and win a...

News : Medical
And the Winners Are...

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to cast their ballot to choose from our 12 Products of the Month the technology they felt was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2016. The selected products reflect advances that enable new innovations in medical technology. Here...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Maintaining Quality and Efficiency of Extrusion Tooling

Today's machining tolerances are held extremely close on multilumen and multi-layer medical tubing through the use of state-of-the-art production equipment and processes. Any misalignment of the tools may be exaggerated in the final product output.

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling
Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling

Applying fluid dynamic principles to extrusion tooling design benefits any medical device company involved with continuous extrusion. Benefits include improved product tolerances, reduced...

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Extrusion Tooling
Briefs : Medical
Soft Robot Offers New Treatment Option for Heart Failure
Soft Robot Offers New Treatment Option for Heart Failure

Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that fits around a heart and helps it beat, potentially opening new treatment...

Soft Robot Offers New Treatment Option for Heart Failure
Briefs : Medical
Blood-Repellent Materials: A New Approach to Medical Implants
Blood-Repellent Materials: A New Approach to Medical Implants

Medical implants like stents, catheters and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection — a perpetual problem for many patients.

Blood-Repellent Materials: A New Approach to Medical Implants
Briefs : Medical
Researchers Use Nature's Weaving Formula to Engineer Advanced Functional Materials
Researchers Use Nature's Weaving Formula to Engineer Advanced Functional Materials

For the first time, biomedical engineers have woven a “smart” fabric that mimics the sophisticated and complex properties of one of nature's ingenious...

Researchers Use Nature's Weaving Formula to Engineer Advanced Functional Materials
Briefs : Nanotechnology
Sound Waves Create Whirlpools to Round Up Tiny Signs of Disease
Sound Waves Create Whirlpools to Round Up Tiny Signs of Disease

Mechanical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated a tiny whirlpool that can concentrate nanoparticles using nothing but sound. The innovation could gather proteins and...

Sound Waves Create Whirlpools to Round Up Tiny Signs of Disease
Briefs : Medical
Wearable ‘Watches’ to Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Wearable ‘Watches’ to Monitor Your Blood Pressure

What if there were a wearable fitness device that could monitor your blood pressure continuously, 24 hours a day? Unfortunately, blood pressure measurements currently require the use of a...

Wearable ‘Watches’ to Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fixating on Innovation: A Revolution in Spinal Fusion Surgery

When a person suffers from degenerative disc disease, spine trauma, or cancer of the spine, the result is decreased stability that can produce pain — often severe — during normal activities. Surgeons will first attempt conservative measures such as cortisone injections and...

Features : Medical
Connector Technology: Miniaturization in Medical Devices

Connectors are getting smaller and denser. The question is, how small can connectors go? To answer this question, it is important to remember that the applications that use connectors demand a number of performance and reliability requirements, particularly in medical devices.

Features : AR/AI
MES as a Single Source of Truth: Achieving Regulatory Compliance at Sparton

A couple of years ago, contract manufacturer Sparton Corporation faced increasing demand for high-quality, highly complex products that were delivered as quickly as possible. The multisite contract manufacturer serves highly regulated end markets, including the medical...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Improving Outcomes: 3D Printed Models for Simulating Surgery

The Department of Neurological Surgery at St. Louis University has partnered with the university's School of Engineering to begin quantifying how advanced manufacturing practices such as 3D printing can enhance the training as well as the surgical practice for neurosurgeons. The...

Features : Medical
Device Combines Ultrasound and Photoacoustics to Improve Imaging

In collaboration with various companies, scientists at the University of Twente's MIRA biomedical research institute have recently developed a prototype for a handheld device that combines ultrasound technology with photoacoustics.

Products : Medical
New Products: March 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — High-Strength Alloy

Foster, Putnam, CT, has introduced compounds for medical device components that require high strength, yet cannot use metals or traditional reinforced plastics. The Nanomed MAX® compounds, based on an alloy of meta-xylene diamine polyamide (MX...

News : Medical
Portable Sickle Cell Monitor May Help Patients Manage Disease

Researchers are developing a small, portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients. The engineers and doctors hope to make the device as useful as the at-home insulin monitors diabetes patients use to manage their disease.

News : Medical
Stretchable, Thermally Conductive Rubber Offers Rapid Heat Dissipation

A thermally conductive rubber material represents a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics. The new material, nicknamed “thubber,” is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits an unprecedented combination of metal-like thermal...

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