News : Medical
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 : Robotics, Automation & 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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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...

News : Medical
Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

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...

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

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...

Global Innovations : Medical
Liquid Crystal Artificial Eye Lens
University of Leeds, UK
www.leeds.ac.uk

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...

Applications : 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,...

Products : Medical
BENCH Programmable Power Supplies

Versatile Power, Inc., Campbell, CA, announces the BENCH family of 600 watt programmable DC power supplies. Versatile Power offers six models of these USA-built supplies with available power output up to 600 Watts. The BENCH programmable power supplies are available for online purchase directly from Versatile...

Products : Medical
Profile Guide Rail Brakes

Nexen Group, Inc., Vadnais Heights, MN, introduces two new models of Profile Guide Rail Brakes, Generation II, increasing the range of sizes to 15 mm to 65 mm. These brakes provide fast engagement, offer maintenancefree operation, and are fully compatible with all 16 major rail manufacturers, making them an ideal...

Products : Medical
40A iAH Surface Mount DC-DC Converter

TDK-Lambda Corporation, National City, CA, announces the TDK-Lambda iAH series of POL (Point of Load) non-isolated, DC-DC converters. This surface- mount part has an ultralow profile of 10.2mm. Rated at 40A, the iAH can deliver a wide adjustable output voltage from either a 5V or 12Vdc bus. The converters...

Products : Motion Control
Airflow Temp and Velocity Scanner

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc., Norwood, MA, offers the ATVS- 2020 scanner which measures airflow temperature and velocity of inside electronic devices. The ATVS-2020 scanner accommodates up to 32 sensors for precise, multi-point field mapping of test domains, including housings and PCB surfaces. The ATVS-2020...

Products : Connectivity
Dual-Band Flexible Internal Antenna

Pulse Electronics Corp., San Diego, CA, introduces a new internal dualband flexible printed circuit antenna to provide connectivity and data transmission for IoT applications in medical/ telemedicine, sensors, wearables, and more. The Plume Series W3315B0100 WiFi very compact 6 × 45mm antenna has a maximum...

Products : Medical
Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4-55 Equipment

Graco, Inc., North Canton, OH, announces the release of the Fluid Automation F4-5 & F4- 55 liquid silicone rubber (LSR) dispensing equipment. The systems are designed to keep the dispensing of two-component LSR consistently precise, with two flow meters ensuring the material remains on-ratio. A helical...

News : Medical
​Simple Origami Fold Supports 'Pop-Up' Surgical Stents

A team at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has characterized a fundamental origami fold, or tessellation, that could be used as a building block for medical devices. The folding pattern, known as the Miura-ori, can be packed into a flat, compact...

News : Medical
Robotic Arm Supports Duchenne Patients

University of Twente engineers have developed the A-Gear: a robotic arm that supports the daily activities of people suffering from the muscular disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The first prototype, a body-connected support aid, can be worn under the clothing and support independent operation of the...

News : Medical
'Smart' Socks Detect Nerve Damage

The SenseGo smartphone application built by Hebrew University students links to pressure-sensing socks. The system warns patients of developing wounds and foot ulcers.

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