Features : Materials
Common Causes for Adhesive Problems

High-tech adhesives are very reliable and issues do not occur often. When used correctly, these adhesives can resolve many design issues while also saving money, time, and effort. However, there are many potential reasons for a possible failure when using these materials. Failure can be defined as no adhesion...

Briefs : Medical
3D Breast Imaging with Less Radiation

Preliminary testing shows that a new device may enable existing breast cancer imagers to provide up to six times better contrast of breast tumors, while maintaining the same or better image quality and halving the radiation dose to patients. The advance is made possible by a new device developed for 3D...

Briefs : Medical
Wearable System Predicts Asthma Attacks

Researchers have developed an integrated, wearable system that monitors a user’s environment, heart rate, and other physical attributes to help predict and prevent asthma attacks. The system, called the Health and Environmental Tracker (HET), is composed of a suite of new sensor devices and was developed...

Briefs : IoMT
Cybersecurity Standards for Medical Devices

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and UL (Underwriters Laboratories) announced a signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) program to create medical device cybersecurity standards and certification approaches. CRADA was established as part of the Federal Technology...

Briefs : Medical
Electric Mesh Helps Heart Beat

A research team led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Seoul National University has developed a new electric mesh device that can be wrapped around the heart to deliver electrical impulses and improve cardiac function in experimental models of heart failure. The study points to a...

Briefs : Medical
Software Simplifies Use of Online Data

The fast-growing Internet of Things (IoT) consists of millions of sensing devices in buildings, vehicles, and elsewhere that deliver reams of data online. However, this wide-ranging resource involves so many different kinds of data, sources, and communication modes that its myriad information streams can be...

Briefs : Medical
CMOS Technology Makes Electronic Nose Affordable

A team of engineers at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas is working to develop an affordable electronic nose that can be used in breath analysis for a wide range of health diagnoses. Existing devices built with compound semiconductors can conduct breath analysis, but they...

Briefs : Medical
Interface Improves Artificial Limb Control

Being able to manipulate virtual fingers, or even fingers attached to a functioning prosthetic device, is not the same as feeling like the device is part of your own body. Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have set out to change that. Bradley Greger, associate professor of biomedical...

Global Innovations : Medical
Making Robot Caregivers Safer
University of Twente Enschede, The Netherlands
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According to a study conducted at the Robotics and Mechatronics department at the University of Twente in The Netherlands, robots carry out their tasks more safely if they are controlled by another technology. This makes them...

News : Medical
Foot Device Controls Video Game Action

A group of graduate students from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, devised a sandal-like controller that allows a video game player to control the on-screen action with his feet. The team — dubbed GEAR, for Game Enhancing Augmented Reality — created the device for amputees or those with...

News : Medical
Ultrathin, Flat Lens Captures Chirality And Color

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Being able to observe and analyze the chirality of an object is very important in numerous fields. However, current chiral imaging techniques to resolve polarization and...

News : Medical
3D Printing Creates Artificial Hair

Researchers in MIT’s Media Lab, Cambridge, MA, have created “Cilllia,” a new computational method for designing and 3D printing artificial hair. 3D printers have been unable to print hair, fur, and other dense arrays of extremely fine features that require a huge amount of computational time and...

News : Medical
Electron Microscope Measures With Atomic Resolution

Capturing all transmitted electrons allows quantitative measurement of a material’s properties, such as internal electric and magnetic fields, which are important for use of the material in memory and electronics applications. A research group at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, has developed...

News : Medical
Smartphones Help Improve Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke patients must typically undergo arduous and repetitive rehabilitation to relearn the basic skills they lose. A team of students from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY, is using smartphones to improve the process.

News : Medical
Injectable Computers Broadcast From Inside The Body

Professors David Blaauw and David Wenzloff of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, are designing millimeter-scale, ultra-low-power sensing systems that can be injected into the body through a syringe. Unlike other similarly-sized radios, these...

Features : Test & Measurement
Solving the Compliance Puzzle for Medical Startup Companies: The Entrepreneur’s Basic Guide to Understanding Product Regulations & Testing

Often, the last thing first-time and even serial entrepreneurs think about is how the result of their passionate, innovative imagination is going to stand up to product testing and regulatory compliance...

Features : Medical
Good News/Sad News

For much of our recent Editorial & Sales Meeting, we discussed trends that we are seeing in the marketplace, in the news, and in discussion with contributors to evaluate coverage for this year and to help sharpen our editorial focus for next year. Manufacturing will continue to see greater coverage as we increase the...

Features : Medical
New Medical Device EMC Requirements

Implementation of IEC 60601-1-2, 4th edition is on the horizon. This collateral standard to the IEC 60601-1 medical safety standard specifies the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements for medical devices and systems. The fourth edition was issued by the International Electrotechnical Commission...

Features : Medical
Transdermal Drug Delivery Poised for Growth Thanks to Microneedle Technology

When science and nature combine in just the right amounts, the results can be astounding. Take transdermal drug delivery, which is expected to grow substantially in the next decade, with microneedle-based delivery devices expected to reach annual sales of 485 million...

Features : IoMT
The Internet of Things and UDI Compliance

Consider for a moment the modern automobile. A car’s computer can pinpoint for a mechanic exactly what’s going wrong, and provide a thorough history of how things have been working (or not) in recent weeks. Data networks keep tabs on recalls and alert drivers when parts need to be replaced. In some...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
J750 3D Printer

Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, MN, introduces an industry first with its new 3D printer, the J750. This solution enables customers for the first time to mix and match full color gradients alongside an unprecedented range of materials to achieve one-stop realism without post-processing. This, together with the system’s...

Applications : Medical
Advancing Ablation Technology Using Simulation Science

Ablation, or the use of high-frequency electromagnetic (EM) energy to destroy soft-tissue tumors, has been in existence for a few decades, but in recent years its underlying technology has evolved.

Applications : Medical
A Guide to Thermoforming Heavy-Gage, Complex Parts: From Material Selection to Custom Tooling

In many instances, thermoforming of heavy-gauge plastics (thicknesses of 1.5 mm/.060 in. or greater) is the technology of choice for manufacturers and new product designers. Using this process of vacuum forming heated plastic sheets is ideal for many...

Briefs : Medical
Soft Tissue Robotic Surgery Outperforms Standard Surgery

Children’s National Health System, Washington, DC

Surgeons and scientists at the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation have demonstrated that supervised, autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery on a live subject in an open...

Briefs : Medical
Developing Mini Artificial Lungs

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

What if there were a way to test how lungs react to toxins without actually putting a subject at risk? That’s what scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are attempting to test by developing a miniature, tissue-engineered artificial lung that can mimic...

Briefs : Medical
Creating Super Stretchy Artificial Muscles

Chemical engineers at Stanford University discovered that a new elastomer synthesized there had too much elasticity for the testing equipment the lab possessed. In fact, the clamping machine typically used to measure elasticity could only stretch about 45 inches from a one-inch sample of material....

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
How Sensors Can Help Save Preterm Babies

“Preterm labor is related to high morbidity, high mortality, and significant cost,” said Rubin Pillay, MD, PhD, assistant dean for global health innovation at the UAB School of Medicine. “If we can develop a device that can predict when a patient is at risk for preterm labor, we can prevent it or...

Briefs : Medical
Finding Flaws in 3D-Printed Titanium

Titanium found its initial use in aircraft because it is strong but light. Today, it’s found everywhere, from eyeglass frames and jewelry to sports gear, tools, surgical and dental implants, and prosthetics. What’s making this manufacturing explosion of titanium parts possible is additive manufacturing,...

Technology Leaders : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robotics: The Evolution of a Medical Technology

For a long time, the ability of robots to interact with humans in our daily lives was more myth than reality— and the idea of robotics performing exceptionally complex tasks such as...

Technology Leaders : Medical
An Overview of the Most Popular Rotary Motion Technologies

The ability to provide accurate rotary motion is critical in a wide range of applications in the automation equipment, medical device, machine tool, energy, welding, robotics, automotive, aerospace, semiconductor, and heavy equipment industries, as well as many others.

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