News : Medical
Wearable Artificial Lung Under Development

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, with the support of a $3.4 million National Institutes of Health grant, are working to develop an artificial lung to serve as a bridge to transplant or recovery in patients with acute and chronic lung failure.

The project aims to develop a compact...

Briefs : Medical
Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Signals Measure Neuronal Activity in the Cortex

Functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an emerging optical neuroimaging technology that indirectly measures neuronal activity in the cortex via neurovascular coupling. It quantifies hemoglobin concentration ([Hb]) and thus measures the same...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Using CT Scanning to Test/Inspect Medical Devices in the Design or Production Phase

The rapid advance of medical technology has created a growing need for ever more precise technologies to measure and inspect medical components. One of the most accurate scanning technologies, and one whose use is growing in the medical equipment community, is CT...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Force Feedback Modulated Joint Control for Prosthetic Ankle

Human gait is an infinitely variable and complex feedback system to maximize efficiency and stability in movement. Typical prosthetic technology utilizes fixed springs to maximize energy return but do nothing to adapt to the variable environment experienced by users. The Magellan...

Features : Medical
Heart Imaging Simulator Advances Echocardiography Training

As cardiovascular disease has increased globally in recent decades, clinical demand for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has risen along with it. In TEE, a clinician inserts an ultrasound probe by mouth and guides it through the esophagus to capture images of the functioning heart....

Features : Materials
New Hydrogel Destroys Drug-Resistant Biofilms

Researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore, in collaboration with IBM Research say that they have developed the firstever antimicrobial hydrogel that can break apart biofilms and destroy multidrug-resistant superbugs upon contact.

Features : Medical
3D Rehearsal Platform Aids Complex Neurosurgeries

For a patient experiencing a brain aneurysm, every second in the operating room counts in quickly and successfully clipping the aneurysm to stop blood flow and prevent permanent damage. Today, thanks to a new patented 3D surgical rehearsal platform created by Surgical Theater LLC, neurosurgeons...

Features : Medical
Endotoxin Testing: FDA Update Prompts Time for Review

The recent publication by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Guidance for Industry Pyrogen and Endotoxins Testing: Questions and Answers, dated June of 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services updated the agency’s thinking regarding pyrogen and bacterial endotoxin...

Features : Medical
Eye on the Medical Device Industry: Technology Is Key to Compliance

The medical device industry is a highly competitive arena, and earning market recognition depends on the ability to keep innovating. To remain competitive, medical device companies are pushing products out the door to be the first to market while working on the next best...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Passive Thermal Management Options for EMS Devices

High-frequency pulsed electromagnetic stimulation (EMS) devices are more powerful and effective than ever before. These devices are finding applications in many areas, including as treatments for stress and depression, osteoporosis, and soft tissue injuries. Electromagnetic therapies stimulate...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Move to Rapid Prototyping Cut Costs by Millions

Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, MA, is a worldwide manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents, and controls for use in hospitals and independent clinical laboratories. The company’s product lines include critical care systems, hemostasis systems, and information...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
MIKRON HSM 200U LP Milling Machine

GF AgieCharmilles, Lincolnshire, IL, introduces its new high-speed MIKRON HSM 200U LP milling machine. Available in 3- and 5-axis versions, the MIKRON HSM 200U LP (linear performance) brings speed, efficiency, and precision to the machining of small, highly complex components, such as medical implants and...

Products : Materials
Tubing Products and Processing

Judson A. Smith Co., Boyertown, PA, a leading manufacturer of precision, custom tubular parts and machined components in most materials, specializes in fabricating tubular parts and assemblies used in a wide range of applications, with emphasis on products for minimally invasive surgery. Fabrication processes...

Products : Medical
Duo 400 Parts Washer

MecWash Systems, Aurora, OH, introduces the Duo 400, a compact, fully automatic, and selfcontained aqueous cleaning system that meets the highest “visually clean and dry” cleanliness and inspection standards. This highly versatile single chamber rotational cleaning system features immersion/ spray wash, spray rinse, and...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Chroma Sync Hipot Tester

Chroma Systems Solutions, Inc., Foothill Ranch, CA, a leading provider of electrical power test equipment and systems, announces its new 19020 Series Multichannel Hipot tester, which allows one unit to perform 10 channel sync output and measurements at the same time, and conduct tests on a maximum of 100 devices...

Products : Medical
Fusion Laser Products

Epilog Laser, Golden, CO, has added the Fusion and FiberMark Fusion to its product line with upgraded motion control system for increased engraving and cutting speed and vector edges. The Epilog Laser Fusion is a CO2 system designed for precise laser engraving and cutting on a variety of materials, while the FiberMark...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Front End Power Supplies

TDK Corp., San Diego, CA, expands its Lambda HFE1600 range of 1.6kW high-density, front end power supplies with the addition of a 32V model. The HFE1600-32 operates from a universal 85 to 265Vac input. In addition to the 32V model, supplies are available with other voltages, and each HFE1600 supply has two variable-speed...

Products : Medical
Werth EasyScope

Werth, Inc., Old Saybrook, CT, introduces a low cost machine with a high-end image processor optical system that evaluates all pixels in the field of view, which enables filtering and image enhancement that goes beyond the limitations of the old edge detector optics. The new EasyScope machine has a measuring range of 200 x 150 x...

Products : Medical
Polarized Nano Connector Line

Omnetics Connector Corp., Minneapolis, MN, offers a new Polarized Nano connector line, the PZN series of ultra-miniature connectors using military style pin and socket designs to provide uninterrupted electrical connections for portable applications. PZN connector contact spacing is set at 25 one thousandths of an...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Femtosecond Laser JenLas D2.fs

JENOPTIK I Lasers & Material Processing, Jena, Germany, has improved the laser parameters of its JenLas® D2.fs. The pulse repetition rate has been increased to more than 500 kilohertz and the output power by 25 percent. This femtosecond laser can be used in micro-processing as well as medical applications where...

News : Medical
Sunshine at Last

Now that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published its long-awaited final rule implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Federal Register, February 8, 2013), medical device manufacturers can move forward to carry out a familiar task: complying with regulations.

Products : Electronics & Computers
VT305 Gas Flow Analyzer

Fluke Biomedical, Everett, WA, introduces its new VT305 Gas Flow Analyzer, which is small, lightweight, simple to use, and provides quick results. Featuring an intuitive fourbutton control panel, auto-orienting color LCD screen, and single flow channel, the VT305 provides instant readable graphs that can be saved using an...

From the Editor : Electronics & Computers
From the Editor: April 2013

At the time of this writing I am just back from MD&M West in Anaheim. What a pleasure to meet with representatives from so many of the companies who have graced these pages and more still to come. This, coming right after BIOS/Photonics West in San Francisco, officially kicks off the medical device conference...

News : Medical
March Month-End Industry News

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

News : Medical
Seeking Space Research Postdoctoral Fellow Applications

The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is now open. The two-year fellowships are available in any US laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research.

Applicants are required...

News : Medical
Tiny Laboratory Implanted Under the Skin

A team of scientists at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, have developed a tiny implantable device that can analyze the concentration of up to five proteins and organic acids in the blood simultaneously, and then transmit the...

News : Materials
FDA Drafts Guidance to Label Non-Latex Accurately

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft recommendations to medical product manufacturers for providing consumers with more accurate information about products not made with natural rubber latex (NRL), which can cause sensitivity or allergy in users.

News : Medical
Fine-Tuning Cochlear Implants

Longtime cochlear implant users are reporting dramatic improvements in their hearing, thanks to new image-guided programming methods developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Using a patent-pending nonsurgical process, audiologists can fine-tune and customize cochlear implant programming,...

News : Medical
Brain Data Released to Scientific Community

The Human Connectome Project, a five-year project to link brain connectivity to human behavior, has released a set of high-quality imaging and behavioral data to the scientific community. The project has two major goals: to collect vast amounts of data using advanced brain imaging methods on a large...

News : Nanotechnology
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...

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