News : Medical
Closed-Loop Stimulation Improves Parkinson's Disease Therapy

A closed-loop stimulation technique developed by University of Freiburg researchers promises fewer side effects for patients with neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease.

News : Medical
Non-Invasive Glucose Monitor Uses Far Infrared Light

Diabetes patients traditionally monitor their daily blood glucose levels by sampling blood from the finger tips. Tohoku University researchers have developed a non-invasive method of measuring blood glucose using far infrared light.

Camera Software Development Kit

DolphiTech (Raufoss, Norway) announced that a Software Development Toolkit (SDK) for the DolphiCam Ultrasound Camera System will be released in 1Q 2016. The SDK will enable developers and integrators to create customized NDT applications for the DolphiCam. The initial version of the SDK will contain C library...

News : Medical
Bending Nanotubes Enable Advanced Medical Wearables

Iron-dotted boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs), made in Yoke Khin Yap's lab at Michigan Technological University, feature a flexibility and electronic behavior that support new wearable technology.

News : Medical
Low-Power Chip Supports Navigation for Visually Impaired

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a low-power chip for processing 3D camera data. Using the device, the MIT team built a prototype of a complete navigation system for the visually impaired.

News : Medical
Researchers Question Validity of Wearable Health Devices

The market for smartwatches and fitness bands is growing, but how effective are today's wearable health devices? A study from Lancaster University, the University of the West of England, and Nottingham Trent says that the technologies are marketed under the premise that they will help...

News : Medical
Handheld Microscope Spots Cancerous Cells

Mechanical engineers from the University of Wisconsin are building a handheld microscope to help doctors and dentists distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells. The tool captures details up to a half millimeter beneath the tissue surface, where some types of cancerous cells originate.

News : Materials
Worm-Inspired Adhesive Performs in Wet Conditions

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed an underwater adhesive that can be used in tissue repair applications. The technology replicates the adhesion strategy of the Sandcastle worm (Phragmatopoma californica), a segmented marine invertebrate commonly found...

News : Medical
Wearable Sweat Sensor Tracks User's Health

A two-part system created by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California-Berkeley detects and analyzes a profile of chemicals in sweat. The flexible sensors and flexible circuit board stick to the skin and provide a health-monitoring device that continuously tracks a user's...

News : Materials
New Vitamin-A Material Reduces Scarring

To prevent scar formation within blood vessels, a team from Northwestern University has created a biodegradable material with built-in vitamin A. The soft elastic material can be used to treat injured vessels or make medical devices, such as stents and prosthetic vascular grafts.

News : Motion Control
Soft Electronics Can Aid Robotic Movement

Scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, say that their research into soft electronics for a new type of gripper can change the way robots can touch and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper. This lightweight gripper could be incorporated into...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Open-Source Laser Fabrication Supports Cancer Research

Rice University bioengineers have reprogrammed a laser cutter to etch 50,000 microwells per hour. The open-source, low-cost method for making microwells could reduce the cost of mass-producing metastatic microtumors and therapeutic microtissues for screening and research.

Briefs : Medical
LED Probes to Map the Brain

Tiny LEDs light up neural pathways.

A team of researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor, are using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as small as neurons to begin to unlock the secrets of neural pathways in the brain. They have built and tested in mice neural probes that hold what are believed to...

Briefs : Medical
Making Electronics More Flexible with Self-Healing Gel

First of its kind gel repairs circuits.

A team of engineers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a novel self-healing gel that, they say, can repair and connect electronic circuits, which could lead to advancements in the...

Briefs : Medical
3D-Printed Airways Continue to Save Lives

Additive manufactured tracheal splints provides life-saving support as needed.

Previously, Medical Design Briefs reported on a baby boy whose life was saved using a custom 3D-printed tracheal splint, a groundbreaking procedure pioneered at the University of Michigan. He is now nearly four years...

Briefs : Medical
Portable Acoustic Holography Systems for Therapeutic Ultrasound Sources

High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a rapidly developing medical technology that relies on focusing acoustic waves to treat remote tissue sites inside the body without damaging intervening tissues. HIFU can be used to treat benign and malignant tumors, dissolve blood...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Keeping Prosthetic Legs from Tripping

While trips and stumbles leading to falls can be common for amputees using leg prosthetics, a new robotic leg prosthesis being developed at Carnegie Mellon University promises to help users recover their balance by using techniques based on the way human legs are controlled.

Briefs : Medical
Gaming Technology Takes Aim at X-Rays

Xbox technology could make X-rays more precise.

A team of scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a new approach to imaging patients, Based on the Microsoft Xbox gaming system, they say that their research can produce high-quality X-rays with minimal...

Features : Medical
Precision Manufacturing of Medical Devices Using Ultra-Short Pulse Lasers

The rapid pace of innovation in the medical device industry puts ever increasing pressure on manufacturers to achieve greater geometrical precision, increase device lifetime and reliability, and simultaneously reduce the cost of making diverse portfolios of products. A key...

Features : Design
California's Medtech Pipeline: World Class Resources, Entrepreneurial Spirit, and a Great Climate for Innovation

While the headquarters of the world’s largest medical device and diagnostics corporations have historically been located, well, elsewhere, California has long occupied a role of central importance for the advancement of medical...

Features : Medical

According to the late, great David Bowie, “the stars look very different today”. After two years of collecting the 2.3% Medical Device Excise Tax, the tax has now been suspended for all of 2016 and 2017 when President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. The tax was expected to raise almost $30 billion...

Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game
Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game

Data drives results. Today, medical devices give feedback and insight like never before. Advances in engineering medical devices has led to smarter devices, improved...

Thin Film Force Sensors: Changing the Medical Device Design Game
Features : Medical
9 Tough Questions to Ask About Your Dispense Valves

Dispensing plays an important role in medical device manufacturing. There are many stringent requirements for accuracy, reliability, repeatability, dispensing speed, and throughput. In addition, the dispensing processes require a wide variety of fluids with a broad range of viscosities. With...

Features : FDA/Regulatory
Selecting Power Supplies for Medical Equipment Designs

When it comes to medical equipment, nothing is more important than the safety of patients and health care personnel. From diagnostic tools such as ultrasound devices to home health equipment like dialysis machines, human safety is top priority. To ensure that devices and equipment are not...

Features : Wearables
Liquid Crystal Artificial Eye Lens

A postgraduate research student, Devesh Mistry, in the University of Leeds School of Physics and Astronomy, UK, is working with liquid crystal to create a truly adjustable artificial eye lens, made from the same material found in smartphone and TV screens. The new lens, he said, could...

Features : Medical
Controlling Backlash in Mammography Systems

Medical imaging equipment, water handling systems, conveyors, robotic systems, and rotary and linear actuators are among the many devices that may be fitted with electric friction brakes to hold their loads in place when the power is off or disrupted.

Products : Medical
Multiphysics and COMSOL Server, Version 5.2

COMSOL, Inc., Burlington, MA, has released Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ 5.2 simulation software environment, which delivers new features, improved stability and robustness, and faster execution. Major upgrades to the Application Builder include the new Editor Tools for easy creation of user...

Products : Medical
260 Types of Strain Gauges

HBM, Inc., Marlborough, MA, now offers a total of 260 types of strain gauges in stock for immediate delivery through its HBMshop web ordering tool designed to speed up ordering. Its online catalog, “Strain Gauges: Absolute Precision from HBM,” provides detailed specifications on the full line and identifies the...

Products : Medical
Copper Oxide Coated Foam Heat Sinks

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, provides microporous copper foam coated with a thin, hard layer of copper oxide that provides outstanding performance as a low-profile heat sink in passive cooling environments. Goodfellow supplies copper oxide coated foam in thicknesses of 4mm, 5mm, and 10mm, with other sizes...

Products : Medical
Hybrid Photon Counting Technology

DECTRIS Ltd., Baden, Switzerland, announces its Hybrid Photon Counting technology based on the newest IBEX ASIC platform for X-ray medical imaging equipment. The IBEX ASIC senses every single photon in an X-ray, and provides the flexibility of two readout modes: a high-resolution mode to detect subtle details,...

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