News : Medical
Material Improves Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound technology could soon be improved to produce high-quality, high-resolution images, thanks to the development of a new key material by a team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station.

The engineered material, known as a...

News : Medical
Making Colonoscopies Safer

Research is being conducted at the Chevy Chase Clinical Research facility in Chevy Chase, MD, on a device that can measure the amount of force applied to the colonoscope during a colonoscopy, in order to make a colonoscopy safer and less uncomfortable.

Dr. Louis Korman of Capital Digestive Care and Artann...

News : Medical
Device Determines Stroke vs. Vertigo

A bedside electronic device that measures eye movements can be used to quickly determine whether the cause of severe, continuous, disabling dizziness is a stroke or something benign, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD.

To distinguish stroke from a more benign condition,...

News : Materials
New Silicone Rubber Developed

A physicist at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, invented a new material, a type of silicone rubber that is both rigid and fluid, called a “viscoelastic” solid, that can act like a memory foam, but with stretch and bounce. He foresees that it may have applications as a packaging tape, as a shoe...

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News : Medical
Bacteria Proven to Clog Devices Swiftly

A new study by researchers at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, examined how bacteria clogs medical devices, and found that the microbes join to create slimy ribbons that form tangles, trapping other bacteria, and creating a full blockage in a very short period of time. Their findings, they say, could...

News : Electronics & Computers
Medical Devices to Be Affected by RoHS Directive in 2014

In addition to the Chemicals Regulation REACH (Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances), medical devices will soon have to comply with the European RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) Directive on the restriction of...

News : Medical
Researchers Develop Rechargable, Wireless Brain Sensor

A team of neuroengineers based at Brown University, Providence, RI, has developed a fully implantable and rechargeable wireless brain sensor capable of relaying real-time broadband signals from up to 100 neurons in freely moving subjects. Several copies of the novel low-power device,...

News : Electronics & Computers
Scaling Up Production of Graphene Micro-Supercapacitors

The demand for ever-smaller electronic devices has led to the miniaturization of a variety of technologies, but energy-storage units, such as batteries and capacitors, have lagged behind. Now, researchers at UCLA say that they have developed an innovative technique using a DVD burner to...

News : Medical
Solar-Powered Sterilization for Remote Clinic Use

Researchers and students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, are trying to change how medical equipment is sterilized in remote clinics using sunlight, an abundant commodity. Their pilot project, conducted in Nicaragua has begun to show promising results.

To care for a...

News : Materials
Bioactive Film-Coated Spinal Implants Improve Bonding

Researchers at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, have successfully coated polymer implants with a bioactive film that, they say should improve the success rate of the implants, typically used in spinal surgeries.

The polymer contained in these implants, called...

News : Electronics & Computers
New Method of Controlling Tiny Devices

Electromagnetic devices all require an electric current to create the magnetic fields that allow them to function. But as devices become smaller, being able to efficiently deliver a current to create magnetic fields becomes more difficult. Researchers at UCLA say that they have developed a method to switch...

News : Materials
Adhesive Research Inspired by Stick-on Remoras

Remoras attach themselves to larger marine animals for transportation, protection, and food but just how they attach and detach from hosts without appearing to harm them has inspired a team of researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, to study the structure and tissue properties...

Briefs : Medical
Instantly Capture, Edit, and Store Medical Images via Online Applications

A new image capture software development kit (SDK), called the Dynamic Web TWAIN, allows the simplified creation of an online tool to manage images of patient records. It enables image application providers to deliver a method to capture images from medical devices, such...

Briefs : Medical
Managing Post-Traumatic Pain with Ultrasound Neuromodulation

The objective of this effort was to demonstrate the feasibility of using ultrasound induced neuromodulation (UNMOD) to manage pain. Pain management for acute trauma is generally accomplished with narcotics, which is less than ideal in a battlefield scenario. The technology of...

Briefs : Materials
Environmental Awareness Leads to PVC-Free Assemblies

Over the last several years, the medical industry has become more aware of the toxic side effects of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The American Public Health Association passed a resolution in November 2011 urging hospitals, schools, and nursing homes to reduce the amount of PVC they use.

Briefs : Materials
Prosthetic Foot Uses Unique Aerospace Material

Formerly used only in the aerospace arena, Flexeon is a radical departure from the rigid carbon fiber materials found in most prosthetic feet. It’s a specially- formulated reinforced fiberglass material that is nearly indestructible, extremely flexible, and available exclusively on Ability Dynamic...

News : Medical
From the Editor: March

In The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein says: “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

Features : Medical
Improved MRI to Image Joints Being Created
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A new system to allow specialists to image difficult areas of the body, which could potentially improve the way procedures such as knee replacement surgery are carried out, is being developed by researchers at Imperial College...

Features : Imaging
Handheld Brain Hematoma Detector Provides Faster Diagnosis in Field

An estimated one and half million individuals seek medical treatment for head trauma in the US each year, and annually about 10 million individuals seek treatment for head trauma worldwide. Intracranial hematomas resulting from a traumatic brain injury are a life-threatening,...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Winning Competitive Advantages with a Device Design and Manufacturing Partner

Facing multiple challenges including cost pressure, global competition, and evolving market de mands, medical device companies may consider engaging with a design and manufacturing services company to achieve important goals. The right manufacturing partner can provide...

Features : Software
Meeting the Chronic Disease Care Challenge with Secure Medical Devices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, in 2005, 133 million Americans suffered from at least one chronic disease. The magnitude of the effect of chronic diseases on society, both in terms of cost and quality of life, is often more than a statistic,...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Machining Critical Features into Stamped Parts Can Be Cost Effective

Producing basic features by stamping, and then incorporating more critical features by computer numerical control (CNC) machining can result in a much lower cost part than a fully machined part. Stamped metal and springs are used in millions of products across the gamut of...

Features : Medical
Dip Molded Products Play Vital Role in Medical Equipment Design

Dip molding may not be a term that readily comes to mind when surgeons begin complicated procedures. Yet without this sophisticated, highly controllable process, many medical devices used daily in hospitals could not meet stringent certification requirements.

Features : Medical
Electronic Access for Medical Equipment

The need for physical security in the health care industry is no longer limited to grounds, buildings, and rooms. Today, security must extend down to medical enclosures, including cabinets, dispensing carts, charting stations, and new portable diagnostic equipment. For many health care facility owners and...

Products : Imaging
Product of the Month: AlphaView Mobile Wireless Surgical Video Display

Quest International, Inc., Irvine, CA, a leading supplier of medical imaging display technologies and information technology solutions, introduces the AlphaView® battery-powered mobile video cart. The new wireless HD video, surgical display system features a 2.3 megapixel...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Analytical Electronic Valves

Clippard Instrument Laboratory, Inc., Cincinnati, OH, introduces a new series of electronic valves designed for the analytical industry, and for applications where cleanliness is especially important. The pneumatic valves utilize a unique patented system with a low power consumption of only 0.67 watts, a response...

Products : Motion Control
New BS22 – 1.5 Spindle Drive

MICROMO, Clearwater, FL, introduces the BS22 -1.5 spindle drive from the FAULHABER Group. High-precision lead screws in combination with DC-micromotors, brushless DC-servomotors or stepper motors make it possible to convert rotational movement into linear stroke or tensile movements. This is ideal for demanding...

Products : Photonics/Optics
LMV1000G 532nm Green Diode-Pumped Laser Marker

The LMV1000G diode-pumped high speed precision laser from Miyachi Unitek, Monrovia, CA, is specifically designed for laser engraving or marking applications on plastics and reflective metals. Its focus spot diameter is 50 percent smaller, and the energy density is four times stronger than the 1064nm...

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