Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
EOS NickelAlloy HX

EOS, Novi, MI, is expanding its portfolio of additive manufacturing metals with NickelAlloy HX. The heatand corrosion-resistant nickel- chrome-iron-molybdenum alloy has a high degree of strength and resistance to oxidization, even at high temperatures. Parts built from NickelAlloy HX can be subsequently heat-treated in order...

Products : Medical
First NC/NO Tactile Pushbutton Switches

MEC, an APEM Inc. company, Vista, CA, is launching its Multimec® 5 Series NC/NO switches, the market’s first NC/NO tactile pushbutton switch, to simplify design, increase functionality, and enhance safety features in their products. The switches offer NC (make), NO (break) and NC/NO (switch over,...

Products : Medical
High-Precision Capillary Tubes

Goodfellow Corporation, Coraopolis, PA, introduces a new line of glass capillary tubes available with inner diameters as small as 0.005mm and in a range of materials that can be sterilized, are inert, and are suitable for precision measuring.

Briefs : Imaging
Scanning and Imaging Facility Creates ‘CSI: Ocean’

No, “CSI: Ocean” is not the next installment of the television franchise that investigates crime scenes. Nevertheless, one group of scientists and engineers combine their access to specialized tools, ships, labs, and underwater vehicles with skill and knowledge to create a detailed...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Rehabilitation of Visual and Perceptual Dysfunction after Severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The aim of this work is to conduct preliminary evaluations of new rehabilitation strategies and new functional assessment methods for homonymous hemianopia (HH) and spatial neglect (SN), two disabling visual and cognitive perception conditions that...

Briefs : Medical
Implantable Spring for Knee Osteoarthritis

Healthy joints and cartilage are exposed to mechanical loads during everyday motion and activity. While normal joint loading can help maintain joint tissues, high loading due to obesity, or abnormal loading due to anatomy or trauma can contribute to microfractures, bone thickening, and cartilage...

R&D : Medical
R&D Roundup: January 2014

Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

A team of engineers and cardiology experts at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Children’s Center have teamed up to develop a biosensor that could alert doctors when serious brain injury occurs to an infant or child during heart surgery. By...

Technology Leaders : Materials
Medical Device Components 2.0: The Trend Towards a Healthier, PVC-Free Alternative

We’ve all learned in Wire & Cable 101 that poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) reigns supreme for its low cost, high temperature ranges, and multipurpose capabilities. PVC can be easily manipulated using various additives which contain halogens and phthalates to...

Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
Managing Risk in Medical Connectors

Every day, medical device manufacturers are getting better and better at managing risk. They know they have to. Changes have been introduced into international regulatory schemes that impact device design all the way down to the component level. Perhaps the most fundamental and wide-ranging of these has been...

Global Innovations : Medical
Electronic Bodysuit Could Treat Neurologically Impaired
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden,
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A specially-designed elastic bodysuit covered with electrodes, which was designed at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, in collaboration with health care and business partners, could be...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: January 2014

About a month ago, I had a chance to watch the award-winning documentary “The Incredible Bionic Man,” built entirely of prosthetic parts and implantable synthetic organs by leading scientists and roboticists, and hosted by the Smithsonian Channel. I was transported a future that was barely envisioned by the...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
Superconductors Enable Lower Cost MRI Systems

The future looks bright, light, and green—especially where aircraft are concerned. The division of NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics Program called the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project is aiming to reach new heights by 2025–2035, improving the efficiency and environmental impact of air travel by...

News : Medical
December 2013 Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Neural Prosthesis Restores Behavior After Brain Injury

A team of scientists from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and the University of Kansas Medical Center have restored behavior using a neural prosthesis in a rat model of brain injury. Ultimately, the team hopes to develop a device that rapidly and substantially improves...

News : Medical
Artificial Hand with Realistic Sense of Touch

With all of the mechanical advances in prosthetic limbs recently, few, if any, prosthetic limbs send sensory information back to the wearer, giving them a realistic sense of touch. That could soon, change, due to research being conducted at the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case...

News : Medical
CHOP and Drexel Team Up to Create Medical Devices for Children

Medical devices are not always one size fits all, especially with regard to child-sized devices. The Philadelphia Regional Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) brings together engineers and biomedical researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel...

News : Medical
Recycled Plastic Can Kill Drug-Resistant Fungi

Researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore, and California's IBM Research - Almaden (IBM) have discovered a new, potentially life-saving application for polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is...

News : Electronics & Computers
Novel Biological Sources for Implantable Battery Materials

Where will the next source of electrode materials for batteries to power edible medical devices come from? Would you believe, from marine cuttlefish? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, say that melanin pigments in cuttlefish ink provides the perfect chemistry and...

News : Medical
The Ten Biggest Medical Successes of 2013

Medical science had a banner year in 2013, including a development, according to Dr. Stephen Shrewsbury, that offers the first long-term proof that a much-discussed new medical technology can work, at least with one disease. Click the link to see the list.

News : Medical
Novel Medical Imaging Technique Developed

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed prototype calibration tools for an experimental medical imaging technique that offers new advantages in diagnosing and monitoring of certain cancers and possibly other medical conditions.

News : Medical
NIST Announces New Center for Materials Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) selected a consortium led by Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD) also includes the...

News : Medical
Mighty Morphing Composite Material

Experiments by researchers at Rice University, Houston, TX, found that new biocompatible, stable, and inert materials they developed that start as flat slabs can morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers. Materials that can change their shape based on environmental...

News : Electronics & Computers
Transistor for High-Performance Devices at Low Voltage

A team of scientists at Penn State, University Park, PA, say that a new type of transistor could make fast, low-power computing devices possible for energy-constrained applications such as implantable medical electronics, smart sensor networks, and ultra-mobile computing. Called a near...

News : Medical
December Mid-Month Industry News

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

News : Medical
Continuous Patient Monitoring with “Diagnostic Skin”

The routine action of taking a person’s temperature belies the critical importance of obtaining accurate body temperature to assess the health of a patient. Subtle variations in body temperature can indicate potentially harmful conditions, and as such, a number of technologies have been...

News : Medical
X-Ray Technology for Soft Tissues

Traditional X-rays generally cannot image the body’s soft tissues, except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected, and their resolution is limited. But a new approach developed by researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital could enable the most detailed images...

News : Manufacturing & Prototyping
The Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing is a method of making 3D objects by building up material, layer upon layer, using a digital design. And, the number of technologies customized and created using additive manufacturing processes is growing each year. But did you know that many of the foundational techniques for...

News : Nanotechnology
How to Optimize Carbon Nanotube Arrays

When designing devices, engineers often must join together materials that expand and contract at different rates as temperatures change. Such thermal differences can cause problems if, for instance, a semiconductor chip is plugged into a socket that can’t expand and contract rapidly enough to maintain an...

News : Imaging
MEMS Silicon Chip Improves Diagnostic Imaging

Small optical devices can be valuable as diagnostic imaging tools within the body, for instance, as optical probes with a 360-degree view in the gastrointestinal tract. A new microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) silicon chip developed by researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and...

News : Medical
Tongue Stud Used to Control Wheelchair

Powered wheelchair users, who are paralyzed from the neck down, can control their chair by sipping or puffing air into a straw mounted on their wheelchair to execute four basic commands that drive the chair. But, a new assistive technology, called the Tongue Drive System, can allow users to access...

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