Features : Materials
Disposables

The potential for environmental stress cracking is a common concern when plastics are used in medical devices. According to materials expert Jeffrey Jansen of The Madison Group, environmental stress cracking (ESC) is considered a leading cause of plastic part failure. “It is the premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking of a...

Features : Medical
Tactile Force Sensors

In the past, surgeons relied on simple tools, training, and their own interpretations to perform their surgical procedures. The innovative minds behind designing new medical devices focused on developing tools that produced quantifiable data, which in turn improved the integrity of the surgical procedure.

Features : Medical
Powerful Processors, Touch Panels Drive Advances in X-Ray Imaging

According to a report from Markets and Markets, the diagnostic imaging market is expected to reach nearly $36.43 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.6 percent from 2016 to 2021. The report notes that technological advancements in diagnostic imaging modalities are driving the growth of...

Features : Medical
Keeping Your Eye On UDI

As medical technology accelerates at an almost incomprehensible pace, regulations and requirements increase correspondingly. With rapid innovation and the desire to speed time to market comes more rigorous requirements for safety and effectiveness, which drives the establishment of programs such as FDA’s unique device...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: July 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Product of the Month: Self-Clinching Steel Locknuts

Self-clinching steel locknuts from PennEngineering, Danboro, PA, integrate a unique Tri-Dent® locking feature to hold mating screws tight over time by providing sufficient torsional resistance to withstand...

Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. This approach, known as deep brain...

Patients undergoing a positron emission tomography (PET) scan in today’s bulky, donut-shaped machines must lie completely still. Because of this, scientists cannot use the...

A new project aims to develop a disposable, point-of-care biosensor for rapid diagnosis and health monitoring, supported by a four-year, $1.8 million Smart and Connected Health award...

For the millions of people every year who have or need medical devices implanted, a new advancement in 3D printing technology developed at the University of Florida promises...

The human heart beats approximately 35 million times every year, effectively pumping blood into the circulation via four different heart valves. Unfortunately, in over four million people each...

A new, noninvasive test developed by researchers at the University of Georgia shows how exercise can help people with neurological injuries and illnesses. Until now, evaluating the muscle...

Researchers from UCLA and the University of Connecticut have designed a new biofriendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor, which operates using...

Technology Leaders : Medical
8 Key Decisions to Make When Designing Motor Drives

Engineers designing their own motor drives must accomplish many different tasks, from selecting a microcontroller to choosing the right connectors and power supply for mechanical integration. Yet knowing the right questions to ask before beginning a design, and what decisions must be made at...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Drug-Delivery Systems: Building in Reliability

Systems that deliver medication — whether implanted or at the patient bedside in the hospital — are often vital for the survival of patients. Drug-delivery devices include ambulatory infusion pumps, patch pumps for insulin delivery, linear peristaltic pumps, rotary peristaltic pumps, and tiny...

Global Innovations : Medical
Thin-Silicon Implantable Chip Gives Patients More Control over Haptic Prosthetics
ImecAntwerp, Belgium
www.imec-int.com

A prototype implantable chip aims to give patients more intuitive control over their arm prosthetics. The thin-silicon chip is a world’s first for electrode density and was developed by Imec, a research and...

An optical probe that detects cancerous brain cells in real time is impressive enough. Scientists in Montreal say they’ve developed one that is “infallible.”

News : Medical
New Chemical Method Could Revolutionize Graphene

Scientists have discovered a new chemical method that enables graphene to be incorporated into a wide range of applications while maintaining its ultrafast electronics. Graphene, a lightweight, thin, flexible material, can be used to enhance the strength and speed of various medical processes, as...

News : Medical
Photoacoustic Imaging Aims to Ensure Surgeons Completely Remove Cancer

Researchers report that they have developed a technology to scan a tumor sample and produce images detailed and accurate enough to be used to check whether a tumor has been completely removed. Called photoacoustic imaging, the new technology takes less time than standard...

INSIDER : Medical
Sensors and Smartphones — Simpler, More Affordable Detection of Diseases

When it comes to testing for cancer, traditional sensors can help. The challenges are that they often are bulky, expensive, nonintuitive, and complicated. Now, one team reports that portable pressure-based detectors coupled with smartphone software could provide a...

News : Medical
Energy Harvester Uses Only Body Heat to Power Wearables

Engineers have designed a flexible thermoelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wearable electronic devices using body heat as the only source of energy.

News : Medical
Rapid Screening Test Helps Find Superbug

A new test helps quickly identify people who may be infected with the superbug MRSA when admitted to hospital. Currently, when patients are admitted to hospital they are tested for MRSA — a form of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that is resistant to a number of antibiotics. Such so-called superbugs...

News : Materials
Wet-Tolerant Adhesive Patch Inspired by Octopi

Researchers have developed an artificial, biologically inspired, reversible wet/dry adhesion system that is based on the dome-like protuberances found in the suction cups of octopi. To mimic the architecture of these protuberances, they use a simple, solution-based, air-trap technique that involves...

R&D : Medical
Ultrasound ‘Drill’ Targets Deep Vein Blood Clots

Researchers have developed a new surgical tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis. The tool is the first ultrasound “drill” that can be aimed straight ahead, allowing doctors to better target clots — which holds...

R&D : Medical
Microhole Chip Allows Analysis of Single Cells

A microhole chip allows single cells to be picked out of the blood sample, placed on separate holes in the substrate for analysis, and removed individually afterwards. A slight underpressure is applied to the cells that holds each one in its allotted place by suction.

R&D : Materials
Smart Materials Used in Ultrasound Behave Like Water

A team of researchers is gaining new insight into the smart materials used in ultrasound technology, finding striking similarities with the behavior of water. They investigated a behavior of smart material called piezoelectricity, which is the interchange of mechanical energy with electrical...

R&D : Medical
New System Eliminates Need for Pacemaker Batteries

Researchers have developed a piezoelectric system that converts the heart’s vibrational energy into electricity to power pacemakers, eliminating the need for batteries. Unlike conventional pacemakers, leadless pacemakers are about the size of an AAA battery. They are delivered via a catheter...

News : Medical
Custom Knees Outperform Standard Implants, Study Shows

Data published in Arthroplasty Today demonstrate that patients treated with customized knee implants had significantly lower adverse event rates and transfusion rates, were significantly less likely to be discharged to a rehabilitation or other high-cost post-acute care facilities, had a...

News : Medical
MW Industries Launches Medical-Focused Company

MW Industries, Rosemont, IL, has launched MW Industries Medical Solutions to help address the specific needs of medical devices and other healthcare products. The newly formed company brings together four MW Industries divisions under one umbrella brand. The business units — Economy Spring,...

News : Medical
Researchers control adhesive material remotely with light

Adhesive mechanisms in the natural world, as used by geckos and other animals when they walk upside down on the ceiling, have many advantages. They are strongly adhesive – without glues or residues. Scientists at Kiel University are researching how these mechanisms can be artificially...

News : Medical
‘Most stretchable 3D printable elastomer’ in the world

Due to its excellent material properties of elasticity, resilience, and electrical and thermal insulation, elastomers have been used in a myriad of applications. They are especially ideal for fabricating soft robots, flexible electronics, and smart biomedical devices that require soft,...

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