Applications : Medical
Optical Design of a Prototype Cardioport with Imaging

Nikolay V. Vasilyev, MD, and Pedro J. del Nido, MD, in the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, are developing novel, prototype cardioports for beating heart, image-guided intracardiac surgery for pediatric patients. The...

Applications : Motion Control
Treatment for Space Atrophy Finding Application on Earth

The lack of gravity in space reduces the mechanical loading seen by both the muscles and bones of the body, especially those related to standing and moving. The body adapts to reduced loading by losing bone mass and muscle mass. In long-duration space flights this leads to “disuse...

Briefs : Materials
Sterilization of Bioresorbable Polymers

Bioresorbable polymers for medical devices encompass a broad class of materials with two of the more common materials being poly(L-lactic acid) and poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid). Some terminal sterilization processes may result in changes in materials properties, thereby significantly impacting the...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Laser Marking for ID and Traceability Within the Medical Industry

The use of lasers to mark surgical instruments has become of greater significance, however, the parameters used in these applications are not always fully appreciated. The medical industry, in particular, has utilized laser technology primarily to mark, weld, and cut medical...

R&D : Medical
R&D Roundup: September

Glass Scaffolds for Bone Implants

Engineers at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, have developed a glass-based scaffold that could one day be used as an implant to repair injured weight-bearing bones. Previously, they had developed a glass implant strong enough for walking or lifting. But, this...

Global Innovations : Medical
Analyzing Single Cells at the Patient’s Bedside

Imagine a tool the size of a credit card that can analyze single cells with a throughput of more than 2 million cells per second. Moreover, the tool retains each cell of interest for downstream molecular analysis. The first steps towards this vision are being made in the Belgian research...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: September 2013

The Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and the Medical Device Manufacturers Association announced in July that medical device manufacturers have now paid $1 billion to the Internal Revenue Service for the medical device excise tax. Their statement said,...

Mission Accomplished : Photonics/Optics
Telescope Innovations Improve Speed, Accuracy of Eye Surgery

One of the main components of NASA’s vision for the future of space exploration will actually have a keen eye for the past. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in 2018, will have spectacular sight—after it reaches orbit, one of its main goals is to observe...

News : Medical
August Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Penn State-Developed Heart Pump Sees Successful Human Testing

A team of researchers at The Pennsylvania State University Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) and Materials Science Department, University Park, have seen the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) minimally invasive heart pump they developed between 2005 and 2011 transitioned to its...

News : Medical
Replacing Standard TB Test with Microneedle Patch

Every year, millions of people get a tuberculosis (TB) skin test to determine if they have the bacterial infection, which usually attacks the lungs. But the standard diagnostic test is difficult to give, because a hypodermic needle must be inserted at a precise angle and depth in the arm to...

News : Medical
Stents Better than Bypass in Blocked Leg Arteries

New research conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, reported online in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, suggests that people who undergo minimally invasive placement of stents to open clogged leg arteries are significantly less likely than those who have...

News : Medical
Creating New Device Coatings from Cocoa Compounds

Researchers at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, discovered that natural products, like green tea leaves, red wine, dark chocolate, and cacao beans could inspire excellent antibacterial coatings. That’s because they all contain polyphenols, naturally occurring plant molecules that defend...

News : Medical
New App for Tablet PCs Aids Surgeons in the OR

Until now, surgeons had to memorize the precise location of important blood vessels in organs and where tumors were likely to be found. But, a new app for tablet computers developed by Fraunhofer MEVIS research institute in Bremen, Germany, could help surgeons reduce the rate of complications during...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detecting Malaria with One Drop of Blood

A team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have discovered a way to detect early-stage malarial infection of blood cells by measuring changes in the infected cells’ electrical properties. The researchers built an experimental microfluidic device that uses a single drop...

News : Government
Safeguarding Internet-Enabled Devices from Cyber Attacks

The Center for Internet Security (CIS), East Greenbush, NY, announced a new initiative to help bolster the protection of Internet-enabled medical devices from cyber attacks. CIS, a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing cyber security readiness and response, issued a request for...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Biochip Functions as Radiation Exposure Detector

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, are working to develop a tiny chip that could quickly determine whether someone has been exposed to dangerous levels of ionizing radiation. The first-of-its-kind chip has an array of nanosensors that can measure the concentrations...

News : Medical
Smartphone Platform to Function as Artificial Pancreas?

In a study to evaluate the feasibility of a wearable artificial pancreas system, researchers from the University of Virginia (UVA), Charlottesville, Center for Diabetes Technology, concluded that smartphones work well enough to provide nearly continuous, closed-loop, outpatient control of...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Treating Brain Clots Robotically

A new image-guided surgical system is under development at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, that employs steerable needles to penetrate the brain with minimal damage and suction away the blood clot that has formed. Part of an ongoing collaboration between a team of engineers and physicians, the steerable...

News : Medical
Micro-Machines for Bionic Body Parts and Medical Devices

A team of electrical and mechanical engineers at Israel’s Tel Aviv University (TAU) has developed a way to print biocompatible components for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), making them ideal for use in medical devices, like bionic prosthetic arms. MEMS are usually fabricated from...

News : Medical
August Mid-Month Industry News

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News : Communications
FDA Issues Guidance on Wireless Technology in Medical Devices

The FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research issued a Guidance document on “Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices” containing recommendations to assist industry and...

News : Materials
Break Up to Make Up Stronger Materials

Scientists at Duke University, Durham, NC, report that microscopic stresses and tears in a new kind of man-made material could help the substance bulk up like an athlete building stronger muscles. They predict that the stress-induced strength from the new materials could be used to make better fluids or...

News : Medical
Adding Color to 3D Medical Imaging

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) announced that they have developed the first technique to offer full color infrared tomography. They say that they combined Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR)...

News : Medical
Silver Printed Fabric for Wearable Electronics

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory, Middlesex, UK, Electronics Interconnection group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be...

News : Medical
Seeking Research to Support Astronaut Health

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, (NSBRI) is soliciting research proposals to augment the project portfolios of its Cardiovascular Alterations, Human Factors and Performance, Musculoskeletal Alterations, Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors, Sensorimotor Adaptations, and Smart...

News : Materials
Bio-Inspired Coating Creates Non-Stick Glass

A new transparent, bio-inspired coating makes ordinary glass tough, self-cleaning, and incredibly slippery. Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Boston, say that the new coating could be...

News : Medical
Speeding Medical Imaging with Auto Lubricant

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have built an experimental device that, they say, could speed up medical imaging using amorphous silicon and a surprising simple inexpensive ingredient—an engine lubricant called molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, which has been sold in...

News : Medical
Computerized Methods to Diagnose and Treat Autism

A team of researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, says that they have developed a quantitative screening method to diagnose and track autism in children after age 3. The technology works by tracking a child’s random...

News : Medical
3D Simulation Trains Surgical Residents

An interactive 3D simulation software platform gives surgical residents the unique opportunity to practice diagnostic and patient management skills, and then have their skills evaluated, according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Using an...

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