News : Medical
Studying Complex Molecules with New Instrument

A team of graduate students along with a chemistry professor at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, say that they have invented a new scientific instrument—the world’s first fully automated dual-frequency, two-dimensional infrared spectrometer.

News : Medical
February 2014 Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Medical
Testing Head-Impact Sensors to Understand Concussions

Hot on the heels of the Super Bowl, comes new research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on concussions and head hits in football players and how the head reacts to impacts. Using crash test dummies wearing helmets and a laboratory drop tower, the researchers approximated the force...

News : Medical
Rating Differences in Injury Risk Between Football Helmets

When rhinos charge each other, their heavy skulls protect them from serious damage. But football players must rely on helmets that may not prevent concussion or other serious head injuries that may occur. To improve the odds of a safer helmet, researchers at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,...

News : Materials
Diamonds and Silk Combine for New Imaging Tool

Silk and diamonds are the ingredients for a new kind of tiny glowing particle that could provide researchers with a novel technique for biological imaging and drug delivery. The particles, just tens of nanometers across, are made of nanodiamonds covered in silk.

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Lightwaves to Improve Brain Surgery

First-of-its-kind research being done at the Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a tumor that attacks tissue around nerve cells in the brain.

Features : Medical
Developing and Commercializing the First Robotic-Assisted System for the Catheterization Lab

The path to innovation is often long and full of challenges. For Corindus Vascular Robotics, the journey to develop the CorPath Vascular Robotic System took 10 years and required overcoming several engineering challenges along the way. Now, a year after...

Briefs : Medical
Updated Facts on 2015 HCFC-225 Usage Ban

In 1974, Sherwood Rowland and Mario Molina discovered that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were depleting the ozone layer, and in 1995, they received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for this work. In response, the United Nations Environment Programme called an international conference to discuss the issue....

Briefs : Medical
Using Molded Foam Makes Assembly a Snap

Today, medical devices are made using a variety of plastic materials and manufacturing processes. Advances in plastic processing make it possible to obtain virtually any shape, form, or function. In addition, the vast assortment of plastics available allows designers to design for the optimal balance of...

Briefs : Medical
Diagnosing Wrist Problems in Motion with MRI

Moving images could be invaluable when it comes to diagnosing wrist problems say a group of researchers at University of California-Davis. The multi-disciplinary team of radiologists, medical physicists, and orthopaedic surgeons say that they have found a way to create “movies” of the wrist in...

Briefs : Medical
Assessment of Microbial Bioburden Within Aerogel Matrices

A makeshift apparatus has been designed composed of a sealed, hydrophobic 2-propanol/SiO2 aerogel component to filter outside air particles. Following verification and assessment, the apparatus was crafted with a Buchner funnel. Aerogel matrices were tightly fitted into filter...

Features : Medical
Top Challenges for Today's Medical Device Designers: Winning the Space Race

The phrase, "May you live in interesting times" certainly applies to today's medical device design engineers, as they face unprecedented opportunities and challenges created by a rapidly evolving market. Perhaps the most pressing challenge is creating sensor elements...

Features : IoMT
‘Intelligent’ Fluid Couplings Communicate Critical Device and Process Data

Like many other devices these days, a select group of fluid connectors can now be found in the growing ranks of “intelligent” products. In addition to moving fluids, these high-tech connectors move data, thanks to the innovative use of wireless communication...

Features : IoMT
BLE and Beacon Technology: Great Potential in the Medical Market

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) forms part of the Bluetooth V4.0 specification that has been ratified by the Bluetooth SIG since June 2010. But, in the last 12 months, it has begun to see significant explosions in applications and products coming to the mass market. Recently, these...

Features : Medical
Oxygen Assessments Ensure Safer Medical Devices

NASA Technology

When the first Apollo mission to carry humans to the Moon ended in a fire that took the lives of three astronauts, NASA undertook a thorough investigation. The final accident report identified a lack of understanding concerning the dangers posed by the use of pure oxygen...

Products : Medical
Product of the Month: CNC Assembly Technology

Transformix Engineering, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has launched CNC Assembly™, patent-pending new technology for flexible high-speed assembly of small parts. CNC Assembly responds to manufacturers’ need to get more productivity and versatility from their production equipment. Assembly machines...

Products : Medical
Precision Metal Electroforms

Servometer, Cedar Grove, NJ, manufactures specialty electroforms, which can be made in unusual shapes, miniature sizes, and close tolerances. They are rugg ed and extremely lightweight. These very precise, thin-walled, metal components can be made as small as 0.5 mm, with walls as thin as .013 mm, in nickel, copper,...

Products : Medical
TI Designs Reference Library

Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX, introduced TI Designs, the industry’s most extensive reference design library, spanning a portfolio of analog, embedded processor, and connectivity products. TI Designs include test data, a schematic or block diagram, bill of materials, and design files to explain the circuit’s...

News : Medical
R&D Roundup: February 2014

Pierced Tongue Used to Control Wheelchair

Powered wheelchair users, paralyzed from the neck down, can control their chair by sipping or puffing air into a straw to execute four basic commands that drive the chair. But, a new assistive technology, called the Tongue Drive System, developed at Georgia Tech,...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: February 2014

While most of the country is in the grip of the polar vortex, I’m thinking warm thoughts about places with palm trees—places like Anaheim, California, where I’ll be this month for MD&M West. February kicks off the first round of medical technology trade shows.

News : Medical
January 2014 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Materials
Portable Diagnostics Using Holograms

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, UK, are working to develop portable medical tests and devices, which could be used to monitor conditions such as diabetes, cardiac function, infections, electrolyte or hormone imbalance easily and inexpensively using color-changing holograms that react in the...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Sensitive Electronic Whiskers for Robotics

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, say that they have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats. These new e-whiskers respond to...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Monitoring Cerebral Pressure in Hydrocephalus

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg, Germany, have developed a sensor that can measure and individually adjust brain pressure if the pressure is too high in the brain of a patient with hydrocephalus, commonly known as “water on the...

News : Medical
Bio-Inspired Robotic Rehabilitation Device

A soft, wearable device that mimics the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the lower leg could aid in the rehabilitation of patients with foot-ankle disorders such as drop foot, said Yong-Lae Park, an assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

News : Medical
Maximizing Mobility with Minimum Energy

Studying how primitive man learned to walk upright, say researchers in the College of Engineering at Oregon State University, Corvallis, could lead to improved prosthetic lower limbs. Their findings outline a specific interaction between the ankle, knee, muscles, and tendons that improve understanding of...

News : Medical
Google's Smart Contact Lens

Google is currently testing a smart contact lens built to measure glucose levels in tears by use of a tiny wireless chip and miniaturized glucose sensor embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wearable Nanowire Sensors Hold Promise for Prosthetics

A team of scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that, they say, could be used in biomedical applications, including new prosthetics or robotic systems. The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch,...

News : Medical
Smart Hydrogels Deliver Medicine on Demand

Researchers at the University of Delaware, Newark, have developed a “smart” hydrogel that can deliver medicine on demand, in response to mechanical force. What’s new about their material, is its ability to release medicine in response to force, a major challenge for people with osteoarthritis,...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Creating Low Cost 3D Printed Prosthetic Sockets a World Away

A University of Toronto lab is partnering with an international NGO and a Ugandan hospital to use 3D scanning and printing to speed the process of creating and fitting sockets for artificial limbs. While 3D printing has been around for some time, a new generation of fast, cheap 3D...

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