Features : Medical
Draw-Tower Gratings in Multicore Fiber: A Paradigm Shift in Curvature Sensing

Fiber-optic curvature sensing has great potential for a number of medical and industrial applications because alternative solutions are practically nonexistent, at least for similar small sizes. FBGS has shown the feasibility of performing curvature sensing using a...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Lasers: The Perfect Tool for Industry 4.0

With the advent of Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing promises speed, directness, and flexibility — so it needs a tool that meets those demands. Fortunately, the right technology has been evolving and is poised to step into that role. Laser systems have long played an integral part in the evolution of...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Advanced Tactile Sensors Drive the Next Generation of Blood Pressure Devices

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the number one risk factor for premature death worldwide, affecting 70 million American adults (one out of three). Day-to-day blood pressure measurement is the best way to monitor and mitigate the risks of hypertension.

Features : Medical
Plasma-Applied Silicone Coatings for the Next Generation of Medical Devices

For many medical device manufacturers, the application of proprietary coatings and surface treatments can play a critical role in differentiating their products as they develop new devices and reimagine the next generation of their existing products. For products such as...

Features : IoMT
Additive Manufacturing Revolutionizes Medical Device Production

For years, the medical device industry has been leading the adoption of additive manufacturing. With the evolution of high-precision printers that span a large offering of performance resins, thermoplastics, and metals, the small size and high customization requirements of today's...

Features : IoMT
Plastic Welding Technologies for Medical Device Design and Assembly

The structures of most medical devices are far too complex to mold as a single piece. Therefore, it is necessary to assemble their components into a finished product. While this may be done with mechanical fasteners or adhesives, plastic welding may offer significant advantages....

Features : Information Technology
Open Core Engineering: New Freedom for Machine Automation Programming

The increasing sophistication and complexity of medical devices is compounded by strict regulatory requirements that demand systems that can produce consistent, repeatable results. Automation has been key to achieving these goals while maximizing output and minimizing...

Products : Medical
New Products: April 2017 Medical Design Briefs

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH — Introducer Sheath

Freudenberg Medical, Jeffersonville, IN, has launched a new introducer sheath for medical device companies looking to accelerate time to market with a unique white label device. The FlexSeal® introducer sheath is designed for companies looking to...

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New Products & Services: April 2017 Medical Manufacturing & Fabrication

Pulsed Fiber Laser Welding System

Amada Miyachi America, Monrovia, CA, has added a new pulsed fiber laser welding system to its LMF series of lasers. The 70-W LMF70-HP is ideal for welding small components and thin metals up to 0.01-in. (0.25 mm) thick. It is...

News : Medical
BrainGate and Electrical Implant Stimulate Muscle Movement

New research from Brown University (Providence, RI) describes how the BrainGate brain-computer interface, combined with a functional electronic stimulation system implanted in the arm of a Cleveland man with quadriplegia, allowed him to move his arm and hand again to eat mashed...

News : Medical
New Ultrasound Method Improves Treatment of Tumors

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a breakthrough therapeutic technique used to treat tumors. The principle of this noninvasive, targeted treatment is much like that of focusing sunlight through a lens, using an ultrasonic transducer like a convex lens to concentrate ultrasound into a...

News : Medical
Exoskeleton Device to Help People with Arthritic Knees

A University of North Texas (Denton, TX) graduate student is taking a step toward making exoskeletons available to help more people. Typically, exoskeletons, which are wearable mobile machines that allow for more limb movement, increased strength, and endurance, are extremely expensive and...

News : Medical
New Technology Detects, Monitors Zika Faster

Researchers from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) are developing an integrated biosensing platform aimed at detecting and monitoring mosquito-borne diseases faster and cheaper than current methods, to aid in preventing virus outbreaks and their devastating effects.

News : Medical
New Type of CT Scanner Shows Fine Bone Details

Jeffrey Siewerdsen, professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), and a team of researchers have designed a new type of CT scanner that has recently been approved for commercial use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

News : Materials
New Material Regrows Bone

A team of researchers repaired a hole in a mouse’s skull by regrowing “quality bone,” a breakthrough that could drastically improve the care of people who suffer severe trauma to the skull or face. The work by a joint team of Northwestern Engineering and University of Chicago researchers was a resounding success,...

News : Medical
Mobile App Simplifies Testing for Zika Virus

Smartphone technology is helping to make rapid, mobile testing possible for Zika and other viruses. Researchers have developed a smartphone-controlled, battery-operated diagnostic device that weighs under a pound, costs as little as $100, and can detect Zika, dengue and chikungunya within 30...

News : Medical
Blocking Fibrosis Extends Life of Implants

Medical devices implanted in the body for drug delivery, sensing, or tissue regeneration usually come under fire from the host’s immune system. Defense cells work to isolate material they consider foreign to the body, building up a wall of dense scar tissue around the devices, which eventually become...

News : Materials
Coating Method Could Improve Temporary Implants

A strategy for coating complicated surfaces with biodegradable polymers has been pioneered by a team of researchers. It could enable development of coatings for implants that dissolve in the body, such as drugs to improve healing. Until now, it was impossible to take a suture that biodegrades and...

News : Medical
CVRx President and CEO Nadim Yared Named Chairman of AdvaMed’s Board of Directors

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) today announced that CVRx President and CEO Nadim Yared has been named chairman of the AdvaMed Board of Directors for a two-year term.

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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 : Packaging & Sterilization
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.

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