News : Medical
Wireless Sensors Could Use Sonar to Treat Heart Failure

Move over, “Fantastic Voyage”. Scientists at the University at Buffalo (UB), Buffalo, NY, are developing miniaturized sonar technology to be used inside the human body to treat diseases like diabetes and heart failure in real time, without shrinking scientists to enter a patient’s...

News : Medical
3D Printed Hearts Aid in Cardiac Surgery

Doctors at Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC, are creating new hearts to help cardiac surgeons. Not actual hearts, but three-dimensional synthetic models using a 3D printer. The only one of its kind at a Washington area hospital, the printer uses scans from individual patients to...

News : Medical
New Nerve and Muscle Interfaces Aid Wounded Warriors

In the past 13 years, more than 2,000 service members have suffered amputated limbs. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) research with advanced prosthetic limbs controlled by brain interfaces is well documented, but such research is currently limited to quadriplegics....

News : Medical
New Material Shows Promise for 3D Shaping

Combined with state-of-the-art micro-sculpting techniques, a new resin holds promise for making customized electrodes for fuel cells or batteries, as well as biosensor interfaces for medical uses.

A rabbit sculpture, the size of a typical bacterium, was one of several shapes created by a team of...

News : Medical
Cloud-Based System to Analyze Cancer Data Launched

The University of Chicago has launched the first secure cloud-based computing system that enables researchers to access and analyze human genomic cancer information without the costly and cumbersome infrastructure normally needed to download and store massive amounts of data.

The...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Monitoring Heart Health with Flexible Sensors

Chemical engineers at Stanford University, Stanford, CA, have discovered that they could combine layers of flexible electronics and pressure sensors to create a wearable heart monitor thinner than a dollar bill and no wider than a postage stamp. The flexible skin-like monitor, worn under an adhesive...

Briefs : Medical
The Next Generation of Cold Immersion Dry Suit Design Evolution for Hypothermia Prevention

A body at sea is vulnerable to hypothermia, which often leads to loss of life. Hypothermia is caused by the differences between the core body temperature and the surrounding air and seawater temperatures. The greater the differences between the body core...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Key Considerations for Integrating Wireless Technology in Medical Devices

Wireless technology increases the effectiveness of countless every day functions. While some simply are about the convenience factor, like being able to quickly transmit patient records from one hospital to another via email, others have the power to be lifesaving. Medical...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Opportunities for 3D Technology in Medicine

While physicians have largely been skeptical of the advantages of 3D technology, the findings of a new study by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), and Klinikum rechts der Isar university hospital in Munich, Germany, show that even experienced...

Features : Motion Control
Rovers Pave the Way for Hospital Robots

Before Curiosity came the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Before Spirit and Opportunity, came Pathfinder and Sojourner. Before Pathfinder and Sojourner, the Mars Global Surveyor, and before the Mars Global Surveyor, the Viking landers. Over the years, a host of Mars missions and programs...

Features : Medical
Early Team Integration Leads to Market Success

Developing a medical device requires sensitivity to the delicate balance between usefulness, usability, desirability, and manufacturability. Every medical device must be useful (meet a need) and usable (easy to understand and manipulate properly) in order to gain regulatory approval. The elements of...

Features : Medical
Thermoplastic Polyurethane for Healthcare Applications
Thermoplastic Polyurethane for Healthcare Applications

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is well known and specified in the medical industry for advanced medical and healthcare products, due to its high performance characteristics. Because of...

Thermoplastic Polyurethane for Healthcare Applications
Features : Materials
Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections with Active-Loaded Silicone Materials

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a major area of concern for providers, payers, and patients alike. These infections play a significant role in the estimated 44,000 to 98,000 preventable health care-associated deaths in America each year. Plus, with new...

Features : Medical
Reverse-Engineering Design Corrects Performance Failures in Laser Flow Cytometers

With numerous developments in medical equipment and software, physicians no longer have to wait three to five days for lab results for accurate and timely blood analysis. Now, specifically designed compact laser flow cytometers (blood analyzers) can conveniently...

Products : Medical
Medical Grade Polyurethane Resists Stress Cracking

Parker Hannifin Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT, a global leader in motion and control technologies, has created a medical grade polyurethane that not only displays characteristic polycarbonate resistance to oxidation and alcohol swelling, but also demonstrates expanded resistance to...

Products : Materials
Ultrasonic Sealing Technology

Rinco Ultrasonics, Danbury, CT, a leading manufacturer of ultrasonic welding equipment, was awarded a US patent for its PPS0145 film sealing technology for ultrasonic film sealing of flexible packaging. This technology, with its interlocking tooling design, increases seal strength, improves aesthetics, allows seals...

Products : Medical
EMI/RFI Shielding Solutions Catalog

Tech-Etch, Inc., Plymouth, MA, has released a new interactive PDF version of its 2013 catalog offering standard and custom EMI/RFI shielding product lines in an easy-to-use format that lets the user click from page to page and download drawings of selected products. The 52-page catalog features to-scale...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Engineered Metal Solutions

ATW Companies, Inc., Warwick, RI, is highlighting its technologies used in a new disposable metal laparoscopic scalpel device, which was manufactured using capabilities from two different ATW companies. Parmatech’s MIM facilities were used to near-net shape for dramatic cost savings, while Judson’s precision...

Products : Medical
FlexShield Medical Device Pouch

UFP Technologies, Georgetown, MA, introducesFlexShield™, a medical device pouch for screws, rods, plates, and other instruments that provides puncture and abrasion resistance in order to safely ship medical instruments without incurring damage to external packaging. Made from a durable plastic film, FlexShield...

Products : Medical
Vision Hardware and Software

Matrox Imaging, Montreal, Canada, a supplier of machine vision components to OEMs, machine builders, and integrators in manufacturing industries including packaging, announces new hardware and software for traceability, inspection, and guidance. Design Assistant 3.0 is the latest release of the flowchart-based...

Products : Medical
Tecothane Soft TPU Technology

Lubrizol LifeScience Polymers, Wickliffe, OH, has broadened its line of Tecothane™ soft polymers designed specifically for medical applications. This technology features good mechanical properties, excellent resilience and recoverability, while providing a range of material hardnesses. They also feature low...

Products : Materials
LED-Optimized Medical Electronics Coating

Dymax Corp., Torrington, CT, has introduced MD® 1901-M, a flexible, high-performance, LEDcurable coating for medical micro circuits typically used in hearing aids, wound-care devices, and medical pumps. This low-durometer, flexible coating is suited for flex circuits due to its ability to resist...

Features : Medical
Speeding the Path to Commoditization

Over the past decade, the power of physician preference has steadily diminished in the face of hospital and physician consolidation, continuing pricing pressures, and structural changes in payment systems brought about by US healthcare reform. While physicians continue to exert strong influence over health...

Briefs : Medical
Fifty Years of Small Diameter High Quality Precision Tube Technology

Over the past fifty years, thin wall small diameter precision metal tubing has undergone quite a transformation. From its use in the mid-1960s as pointers for analog meters, tubes have become essential components in the most cutting edge medical devices. To make that...

Features : Imaging
Physician Uses Multiphysics Simulation to Improve Dialyzer Designs

Steven Conrad, MD, PhD, an emergency and critical care physician at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, New Orleans, is not your typical physician. When he’s not conducting rounds on patients or teaching residents in internal medicine, emergency medicine, or...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: June 2013

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) launched its “Coalition to Walk and Run Again,” an effort to aid uninsured and underinsured victims of the April 15th Boston Marathon terror attack. The bombing killed 3 people and left more than 200 injured, several of whom lost portions of their legs as a...

News : Medical
New Class of Transparent, Stretchable Electrodes Created

Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST), South Korea, has created contact lenses fitted with inorganic light-emitting diode, and tested them on a live rabbit with no side effects. This new class of hybrid transparent and stretchable electrodes, they say, could pave the...

News : Materials
Celtic Knot Designs Inspire Polymer Breakthrough

A slow-motion method of controlling the synthesis of polymers, inspired by trees and Celtic Knot designs, could open up new possibilities in areas including medical devices, drug delivery, elastics, and adhesives, say an Irish research team.

News : Electronics & Computers
Security Risks in Sensors for Medical Devices

According to a new study conducted in controlled laboratory conditions, sensors that pick up the rhythm of a beating heart in implanted cardiac defibrillators and pacemakers are vulnerable to hacking. In experiments using simulated human models, an international team of researchers demonstrated that...

News : Photonics/Optics
Revolutionary Spray-On Optical Lens Created

Nearly all lenses, whether natural, like the lens in your eye, or man-made, such as in a camera or microscope, are curved, which limits the amount of light that enters. But, using a spray-on technology, a team of researchers made an advancement in flat lens technology that could revolutionize the way...

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