Features : FDA/Regulatory
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 : Medical
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...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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 : Medical
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 : Medical
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 : Materials
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...

Applications : 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...

Applications : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
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...

Applications : Medical
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...

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 : Medical
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...

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.

Global Innovations : 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...

From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor: January 2013

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...

Mission Accomplished : Manufacturing & Prototyping
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...

News : Medical
December Year-End Industry Update

We here at Medical Design Briefs wish for a year of safety, peace, and plenty for all, and a healthy and prosperous new year for you. We are sincerely grateful for the ability to serve you and wish you the very best for the coming year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Beam of Sound as a Scalpel?

Using a focused beam of sound as a scalpel? That's not as far off as it sounds, according to a group of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor engineering researchers, whose research shows that a carbon-nanotube-coated lens that they developed converts light to sound and can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer...

News : Medical
50 Tests from One Drop of Blood

A new device about the size of a business card, developed by scientists at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, could let health care providers perform up to 50 tests for insulin and other blood proteins, cholesterol, and even viral or bacterial infection all from...

News : Medical
Device Helps Disabled Children Access Tablets

Digital devices can provide games, e-books, and learning apps to everyone who can operate them. But what if you can't work even the easiest of controls? Engineers at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, are working with children who have limited mobility that makes it difficult for them to...

News : Medical
Developing a Shared Medical Device Audit Program

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Australian Therapeutic Foods Administration (TGA), Brazilian Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA), and the Canadian Health Products and Food Branch (Health Canada) have all signed on to a statement of cooperation to develop a single audit program for...

News : Medical
Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Handles Routine Tasks

A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh (UP) School of Medicine and UPMC (Medical Center) are working with a woman with longstanding quadriplegia to accomplish "ordinary" tasks that once seemed impossible. Together, they have demonstrated, for the first time, that a person with...

News : Medical
Top 10 Device Challenges for Hospital Staff

Healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals working in hospitals say their top challenge is the management of medical devices and systems on information technology networks, according to a new survey commissioned by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation...

News : Medical
Intuitive Control for Implantable Prosthetic Arm

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 leg technology has advanced rapidly in the past decade, but prosthetic arm advances have been much...

News : Medical
Implanted Brain 'Pacemaker' for Alzheimer's Disease

Recently, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, MD, surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, the first such operation in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used...

News : Medical
December Mid-Month Industry Update

As we head into the holiday season, we want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate you, and to wish you every happiness at this festive time and throughout the coming New Year. Here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Please click the link for more.

News : Medical
Porcupine Quills Aid Device Design

Once a porcupine’s quill penetrates your skin, it’s very difficult to remove. That’s the inspiration behind research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, to develop new types of adhesives, needles, and other medical devices.

In a new study,...

News : Medical
Microneedle Vaccine Could Boost Measles Immunization

Measles vaccines given using nearly painless microneedle patches can immunize against measles just as well as with conventional hypodermic needles, according to research done by the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In...

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