News : Medical
Smartphone-Based Device Spots Molecular Tumors

A device developed by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators provides rapid, accurate molecular diagnosis of tumors and other diseases. The smartphone-based technology collects detailed microscopic images for digital analysis of the molecular composition of cells and tissues.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Improve Magnetic-Field Detector

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector. The device could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical imaging.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Inkjet Technology Prints 'Soft Robot' Circuits

A new potential manufacturing approach from Purdue University researchers harnesses inkjet printing to create devices made of liquid alloys. The resulting stretchable electronics are compatible with soft machines, such as robots that must squeeze through small spaces, or wearable electronics.

News : Medical
Camera Chip Provides High-Depth 3D Resolution

Using an inexpensive silicon chip less than a millimeter square in size, a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI), developed by California Institute of Technology researchers, provides 3D maps with high depth-measurement accuracy.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Use Water to Improve Nanowires

Rice University graduate students and researchers have made nanowires between 6 and 16 nanometers wide. The wires are made from a variety of materials, including silicon, silicon dioxide, gold, chromium, tungsten, titanium, titanium dioxide, and aluminum. The development of sub-10-nanometer sizes...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
April 2015 Mid-Month Industry News

Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Medical
Biosensing Platform Quickly Diagnoses Disease

A biosensing platform from Florida Atlantic University could be used to diagnose disease, remotely monitor patients, and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coli, Staphylococcus aureas, and other bacteria. Using a drop of blood from a fingerprick, the platform provides clinically relevant...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Non-Invasive Method Detects Cancerous Cells

Using MRI, Johns Hopkins researchers developed a cancer detection method that does not rely on injected contrast dyes. The technique noninvasively finds telltale sugar molecules shed by the outer membranes of cancerous cells.

News : Medical
Brain-Machine Interface Controls Prosthetic Hand

A new algorithm allows a person to use his or her thoughts to grasp a bottle or other object. The non-invasive brain monitoring technique, developed by University of Houston researchers, will help the team understand the neuroscience behind the action of grasping.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New Adhesive Works Underwater

An adhesive technology helps to bond human tissue in wet or moist conditions. The chemistry is based on the environmentally-friendly adhesive qualities of mussels and other shellfish.

News : Medical
VA Study to Test Light Therapy on Brain Function

To address brain damage caused by explosions and neurotoxin exposure, researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System are testing the effects of light therapy. Veterans in the study wear a helmet lined with light-emitting diodes that apply red and near-infrared light to the scalp. Diodes, placed in...

News : Medical
New Microscopy Technique Zooms in on Organs

A biomedical engineer at UNSW Australia uses semiconductor technology to view organs of the human body, down to the level of a single cell. The imaging technology, developed by optical and industrial measurement manufacturer Zeiss, was originally created to scan silicon wafers for defects.

News : Medical
Implantable Micropacemaker Resides Entirely Within Fetus

A team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed an implantable micropacemaker designed for use in a fetus. The micropacemaker, designated a Humanitarian Use Device by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), will...

From the Editor : Electronics & Computers
From the Editor: April 2015

In December, we asked Medical Design Briefs readers to select the one product from our 12 Products of the Month that you thought was the most significant new introduction to the design engineering community in 2014. Thank you to all of our readers who voted and chose two winners for the 2014 Medical Design Briefs’...

Features : Medical
Thermal Management Solutions for Medical Electronics

Electronic devices used in the medical industry have thermal management needs similar to those in other fields. Their electronics must stay cool enough to run continuously and correctly within their operating temperature range. Sound thermal management allows excess heat to be efficiently...

Features : Medical
A “Particle” of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure: The Significant Benefits of Premarket and Postmarket Particulate Testing of Cardiovascular Devices

Particulate testing of cardiovascular medical devices is an important and valuable step on the road to regulatory clearance, market success, and patient safety. Device manufacturers that...

Imagine you are recovering from an operation and are fitted with wireless body sensors that allow you to move in the hospital bed or around the room in comfort. Once past...

Applications : Medical
Microprocessor-Controlled Prostheses Are a Step in the Right Direction

It’s not always easy to walk in someone else’s shoes. It’s even more difficult if those shoes belong to a person with an artificial leg. However, that’s exactly what a group of scientists, engineers, and clinicians at Orthocare Innovations are doing to help engineer...

Briefs : Materials
Treating Brain Aneurysms with Polymer Foam

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

A team of engineers at Texas A&M University, led by Duncan Maitland, a professor of biomedical engineering, along with the Mayo Clinic Medical School, aims to use special polyurethane-based shape memory polymer foams (SMPs) as a more effective and...

Briefs : Medical
Imaging Catheter Could Reduce Cardiac Complications

A team of scientists at RTI International, a leading research institute, have developed a 3D imaging catheter aimed at providing cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. The catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Precision X-Ray Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging

The need to image nanostructures and chemical reactions down to nanometer resolution requires a new class of x-ray microscope that can perform precision microscopy experiments using ultra-bright x-rays. The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has...

When bringing new medical equipment or portable mobile medical devices to market, manufacturers turn to packaging engineers to develop custom case solutions that can enhance and...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Semiconductor Laser Improves Imaging Quality

An interdepartmental team of scientists in applied physics, electrical and biomedical engineering, and diagnostic radiology at Yale University say that there has been an intense and ongoing search for the ideal light sources for high-speed, full-field imaging applications ranging from next-generation...

Global Innovations : Medical
Spinal Implant May Combat Paralysis
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Spinal cord injuries may no longer mean a lifetime of paralysis, say researchers at EPFL. They have developed a new neural stimulation implant that, they say, can be applied directly to the spinal cord without causing...

Technology Leaders : Materials
Guide Wire Coatings Put to the Test

Guide wires with a highly lubricious coating are an essential staple of many interventional procedures. In the operating room (OR), you can observe guide wires undergoing multiple passes, constant rotational forces, insertions, and extractions. Just how a design team tests a guide wire coating is essential to...

Technology Leaders : Materials
Surface Engineering in Medical Technology: From DLC to Plasma and Beyond

New materials and technological advances continue to proliferate the medtech industry at a rapid rate, and suppliers strive to offer innovative solutions to meet the demands of increasingly complex components and devices. A wide range of specialized materials are used...

Products : Materials
FluoroPEELZ™ Peelable Heat Shrink

Zeus, Orangeburg, SC, announces the release of FluoroPEELZ™, a new optically clear peelable heat shrink, which offers catheter manufacturers a new method to increase yield and improve safety. Removing recovered heat shrink from the outer shaft can be laborious. With FluoroPEELZ™, one simple linear tear...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
USB Arbitrary Waveform Generator

ACCES I/O Products, Inc., San Diego, CA, introduces a new USB high speed arbitrary waveform output board with flexible ranges and configurable digital I/O lines. Industry standard BNC connectors are used for the analog waveform output and the gate control input, while the utility digital I/O lines are accessed...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pneumatic Products & Solutions Catalog

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, has just released its new full line catalog. This new edition features more than ten new product lines including specifications, technical drawings, and application highlights throughout its complete line of miniature pneumatic products.

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Products : Photonics/Optics
Replacement Laser Optics for Marking and Engraving

Laser Research Optics, Providence, RI, announces that it can supply a full line of OEM compatible, field-replacement CO2 laser optics supplied plain or mounted for popular marking and engraving lasers available for overnight shipment. Featuring < 0.2% total absorption values, and optimized...

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