News : Medical
‘Smart Bandage’ Detects Bedsores

A new “smart bandage” from engineers at UC Berkeley uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes. The device could potentially be carried by a nurse for spot-checking target areas on a patient, or incorporated into a wound...

News : Medical
Mobile System Captures High-Res Retinal Images

A Rice University mobileVision system monitors eye health and spots signs of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.The patient-operated, portable device can be paired with a smartphone to give clinicians finely detailed images of the macula – the spot in the center of the eye where vision...

News : Medical
Medical System-on-a-Chip Reduces Hardware Failure Rate

The Desyre project couples a reconfigurable substrate with runtime-system software support in such a manner that the medical system-on-a-chip can adapt on demand to various types and densities of faults, system constraints, and application requirements.

News : Medical
2 New AAMI Standards to Prevent Tubing Misconnections

AAMI, the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, is leading the small-bore connectors initiative, an international effort to decrease tubing misconnections and increase patient safety. Recently, AAMI has released two additional standards focusing on how to design...

News : Medical
Researchers Use Magnetic Fields to Stimulate Brain Tissue

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles. The technique allows direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without the need for...

News : Medical
Reprocessing Reusable Medical Devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new actions to enhance the safety of reusable medical devices and address the possible spread of infectious agents between uses. FDA’s guidance document, titled “Reprocessing Medical Devices in Health Care Settings: Validation Methods and Labeling”...

News : Medical
Sprayable Elastic Material Conducts Electricity

University of Maryland researchers have developed a spray-on material that stretches and reliably conducts electricity. The process could be used in electronic fabrics or artificial skin.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Researchers Developing Bionic Heart

Scientists at the Texas Heart Institute are working to create a permanent artificial heart.

News : Medical
March 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
High-Speed Space Camera Can Spot Skin Diseases

The European Space Agency (ESA) has adapted a high-speed camera to detect changes in human skin cells. Developed for ESA by the Belgian company Xenics, the Proba-V camera allows the small satellite to build a full picture of the planet’s flora every two days.

News : Medical
PolySTAT Polymer Strengthens Blood Clots

University of Washington researchers have created PolySTAT, a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots. The polymer, administered in a single shot, addresses internal injuries and reduces blood loss.

News : IoMT
FDA Amends Reporting Rules to Align with UDI Program

Medical device regulators at the FDA have issued correcting amendments to their post-market electronic Medical Device Reporting (eMDR) requirements to eliminate any disparities between those rules and their Unique Device Identification (UDI) system.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Bioengineers Create 'Heart-on-a-Chip'

A “heart-on-a-chip,” built by UC Berkeley bioengineers, houses human heart tissue derived from adult stem cells. The system could one day replace animal models for drug safety screening.

News : Medical
Robotic Gloves Support Stroke Patients

Researchers at the University of Hertfordshire have developed a robotic glove prototype for stroke sufferers. The device can be used in homes to support rehabilitation and personal independence.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Devices Aid Laparoscopic Surgery

Vanderbilt University researchers have created magnetically-driven laparoscopic instruments.

News : Medical
New Material Self-Stretches

A University of Rochester team has fabricated a material that self-stretches as it cools. The rubber-like polymer reverts back to its original shape when heated.

News : Medical
Researchers 'Draw' Sensors to Measure Glucose

A new tool developed by nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego, allows users, including physicians and patients, to easily build their own sensors.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Artificial 'Smart Skin' Detects Subtle Pressures

A Seoul National University professor developed a synthetic technology that reproduces the sense of touching real human skin. The artificial skin senses pressure, temperature, strain, and humidity. The soft material is also embedded with self-heating elements.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotic Ankle Keeps an Eye on the Road

Mo Rastgaar, a Michigan Technological University mechanical engineer, and his team have developed a robotic ankle that "sees" where it is going.

News : Medical
Researchers Create Flexible Nanosensors for Wearable Devices

Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed nanosensors capable of sticking on uneven surfaces and biological surfaces like human skin.

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: March 2015

Recently, FDA commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, announced that she was stepping down at the end of March. One of the longest-serving FDA commissioners, Hamburg started in the position in May of 2009. Her job has been demanding and intense, dealing with everything from the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, to...

Features : Medical
A Recipe for Electroforming Success: Making Ultra-Precise, Ultra-Small 3D Structures

Precision electroforming is an additive process in which two and three-dimensional (3D) microstructures are formed by electrochemically depositing metal into a precisely formed photoresist mold. Electroforming is ideal for fabricating micron-scale, metallic...

Features : Electronics & Computers
DOEs Rescue Questionable Medical Electronics PCBs

Board cleaning is perhaps one of the most overlooked aspects of printed circuit board (PCB) assembly. But savvy medical electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have a keen sense of the importance it plays to ensure their products are free of miniscule flaws, defects, debris, and dust....

Features : Electronics & Computers
Using Surge Testers for Design Verification and Production Testing

Not only are medical devices expected to function as intended, they must meet ergonomic, safety, FDA and functional requirements. They must be designed to function in adverse environments; sometimes in the operating room; sometimes in an emergency vehicle for example. If a device...

Medical device manufacturers operate in a challenging environment filled with stringent regulatory requirements and industry pressures. With a rise in mainstream...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

NASA has patented a new technology called the Vision Chip, an implantable device that has the potential to restore or supplement visual function in a diseased or damaged retina. This technology could benefit millions of people in the US and globally who suffer from degenerative diseases of the...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
NIH Funding Projects to Develop Assistive Robots

New research in robotics to help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the projects now being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This...

Briefs : Materials
Improved Suit Design for Ebola Caregivers

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have designed an advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients. The design is one of the first five awardees in a federal funding contest from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at quickly devising new...

Mission Accomplished : Photonics/Optics
3D Endoscope Boosts Safety, Cuts Costs of Surgery

"A lot of things are not easy to solve when you’re trying to break through a new technology right from the get-go,” says Harish Manohara, supervisor of the Nano and Micro Systems Group and principal member of the technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Trust a supergroup...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: Custom Tuned and Terminated Micro-coaxial Assemblies

High Speed Interconnects, Scottsdale, AZ, announces custom, fine-wire and fine-pitch diagnostic imaging assemblies for medical device OEMs producing next-generation ultrasound equipment.

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