News : Medical
New Nanotech Fiber Looks Like Thread, Acts Like Wire

It may have taken more than 10 years for this nanotechnology breakthrough, but when it came, it was still a shock say researchers at Rice University, Houston, TX. A team of scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force, and Israel's Technion Institute unveiled a new...

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Mid-January Industry Update

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

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Hand Gestures to Review MRI Images?

Surgeons may soon be able to use a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, are creating a system that uses depth-sensing cameras and...

News : Medical
3D Color X-Ray Imaging Improved

Scientists at The University of Manchester in the UK developed a camera that can take powerful three-dimensional color X-ray images, in near real-time, without the need for a synchrotron X-ray source. Its ability to identify the composition of the scanned object could radically improve medical imaging, as well as...

News : Medical
Minimizing Licensing Fees for Medical Devices

The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has been instrumental in growing the medical device industry in Minnesota. Still, translation of device innovations from university labs to the marketplace has been challenging in today’s economic environment. Since the technologies developed at the...

News : Medical
Minimizing Licensing Fees for Medical Devices

The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, has been instrumental in growing the medical device industry in Minnesota. Still, translation of device innovations from university labs to the marketplace has been challenging in today’s economic environment. Since the technologies developed at the...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Onesie with Sensors May Protect Against SIDS

Breathing sensors built into onesie infant bodysuits could help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), where a sleeping infant suddenly stops breathing. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin used an integrated sensor system made from a...

News : Medical
Ultrasound May Explain Why Astronauts Are Taller in Space

It is common knowledge among astronauts living aboard the International Space Station, that they grow up to 3 percent taller while living in microgravity. Then, when they return to Earth, they return to their normal height. Studying the impact of this change on the spine and advancing...

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Question of the Month: January

Some of the most innovative products realized in 2012 included an explosion of mobile healthcare apps, rapid advances in additive manufacturing, implantable robotics, bionic eyes, and more. What do you think was the most important medical product advance in 2012?

News : Medical
Pairing CT Scans Can Visualize Tumors Dying

Using two successive pairs of specialized CT scans, a team of Dutch radiologists working with researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, has produced real-time images of liver tumors dying after direct injection of anticancer drugs into the tumors and their surrounding...

News : Medical
Tracking Alzheimer's Disease using MRI

Using an MRI can effectively and non-invasively screen patients for Alzheimer's disease, to determine the root cause of a person's dementia, according to a new study by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Using an MRI-based algorithm effectively...

News : Medical
From the Editor

You may have noticed that there have been some changes afoot at Medical Design Briefs. I’m very pleased to have been come aboard as the new Editor effective with the August 2012 issue. It’s an exciting time for the magazine, having just completed its first full year as a monthly, and experiencing rapid growth.

Features : Medical
Quality Management: Key To Medical Electronics Assembly and Manufacturing

No other industry in the US is under more pressure than medical electronics, and those pressures continue mounting each year for greater innovation and products that are faster, better, at lower cost, and in total compliance with regulatory standards. Those standards are...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Safety in Medical Electrical Equipment Starts with the Power Connection

Electrical equipment used in medical technology must not place patients or medical staff in danger. This, in turn, requires that designing safe equipment starts at the point where the power is supplied. Power connectors and power entry modules with or without a powerline...

Features : Design
For FDA Approval, It All Boils Down to the Validation

We’ve all purchased new technologies, trinkets, and toys that were so counterintuitive that it was surprising how the product ever made it to market. While a poor gadget may present little more than inconvenience or frustration, in the medical device community, user confusion creates real...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Optical Fiber Performance in High-Power Applications

Silica optical fibers are used more and more for delivering laser power in numerous medical applications. Many therapies require the reliable delivery of high laser power to ablate tissue. In addition, the power being delivered continues to increase in an effort to reduce procedure time and...

Features : Medical
Formally Verifying Heart Pump Software with SPARK and Echo

The Ada-based SPARK programming language and toolset offer strong guarantees about the behavior of software systems. This powerful core underpins Echo, a complete approach to practical formal verification developed at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, by Dr. John Knight and...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Risk Assessment for Power Supplies to Comply with IEC 60601-1 3rd Edition

For medical device OEMs seeking compliance to the 3rd Edition of IEC 60601-1 for their power supplies, what is quite clear by now are the regional dates for enforcement, the required risk management at the medical electrical equipment or system level, the new definitions...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Implantable Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Chalmers University of Technology,
Gothenburg, Sweden
www.chalmers.se/en/pages/default.aspx

A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say that they have created the world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts. Prosthetic...

Features : Medical
NASA Tooling Techniques Enhance Medical Imaging

They can release as much energy as tens of billions of hydrogen bombs exploding at the same time. They send protons and electrons rocketing at near the speed of light. They heat gas in the Sun’s atmosphere to tens of millions of degrees Celsius. They send a blast of gas and particles toward...

Products : Medical
Radel Replaces Acetal in Quick Couplings

LinkTech Quick Couplings, Ventura, CA, a global supplier of quick couplings and valves, is offering a new quick coupling made of Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA specially designed for surgical sterilization equipment. The quick coupling consists of a body, internal...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Heat-Cure Colored Inks

NuSil Technology LLC, Carpinteria, CA, launched a new heat-cure colored inks series, MED-6613-X. The two-part, additioncure inks can be used for pad-printing and silk-screening for marking or coloring silicone rubber parts, such as catheters. Because their cure is accelerated with heat, these inks are suitable for...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Li/CFx Cells Enhance Battery Performance in Medical Devices

Contour Energy Systems, Inc., Azusa, CA, introduces its new Lithium/Carbon Fluoride (Li/CFx) primary batteries to be used in medical devices. A proprietary Fluoronetic fabrication technique combines multi-layered carbon nano-materials with new manufacturing processes to achieve long...

Products : Medical
Customized Plastic Tubing

Plastic tubing and hose manufacturer NewAge Industries, Inc., Southampton, PA, now offers eight ways to customize tubing. These products, made to an engineer’s or buyer’s specifications, offer the following tubing customization methods: custom extrusions, Hot Bond® thermally bonded tubing, heat-formed shapes,...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Wireless ELF 2 System

Tekscan, Inc., Boston, MA, has released a Wireless ELF 2 System, which eliminates wires and enables a laptop or PC to quickly capture and store force data for product research, quality assurance, and testing. Wireless ELF 2 combines ultra-thin (0.008”) piezoresistive FlexiForce single-element load sensors with a...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Range of Silent DC Brush Motors

Crouzet has introduced the DCmind Brush range of direct current brush motors. These soundless motors, even under full load, offer exceptional efficiencies, long service life, and a wide range of gearboxes and accessories. The motors have a noise level of only 35db — 20db less than the current motor standard...

Briefs : Medical
Medicine Delivery Device With Integrated Sterilization and Detection

Sterile delivery devices can be created by integrating a medicine delivery instrument with surfaces that are coated with germicidal and anti-fouling material. This requires that a large surface-area template be developed within a constrained volume to ensure good contact...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Less-Invasive Ventricular Assist Device for Late-Stage Heart Failure

The first full-support, miniaturized ventricular assist device designed to be placed in the pericardial space, was approved by the FDA in late November. HeartWare International, Inc., Framingham, MA, an innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies...

Briefs : Software
Integrating Electrical Systems into 3D Mechanical Models

Product development teams are under increasing pressure to engineer more complex products that combine numerous electrical systems within a single design, including visual interfaces,...

Briefs : Medical
Defibrillator Setting Change Leads to Health Gains

A new study at the University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester, NY, shows that defibrillators, which are designed to detect and correct dangerous heart rhythms, can be programmed to help users live longer, better lives, than they currently do.

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