Features : Photonics/Optics
Catching Sneaky Biofilms Behind the Eardrum

Ear infections are so common that three out of four children have at least one by the time they reach age three, says the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health. Chronic ear infections can damage children’s hearing and often require...

Products : Medical
Projected Capacitive Touch LCD Panels

Renesas Electronics America (Santa Clara, CA) has developed three mid-size color LCD modules based on projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel technology. The 10.4-inch XGA, 10.6-inch WXGA and 12.1-inch WXGA LCD modules offer increased durability, smooth operator interface, multi-touch function and clear...

Products : Medical
ITE-rated Desktop Switcher Delivers up to 40W

The GT-43006 Series 40W desktop power supplies from GlobTek (Northvale, NJ) can deliver 12V at 3.3A with no minimum load required for output regulation. The Level-V Energy Star RoHS-compliant power supply has a line regulation of ±1% and an output ripple of 1% or 150mV, whichever is greater, with a...

Products : Medical
Dual Check Valves

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has added several new Dual Check Valves in their catalog of stock components. Dual Check Valves enable injection and aspiration from separate ports of a single connector. They are molded from medical grade materials — a polycarbonate housing with valves made from silicone — and are available in a...

Products : Medical
Improved Motorized Micromanipulator with Plastic Enclosure

Instrument Co. (Novato, CA) collaborated to improve Sutter’s MP-225 Motorized Micro - manipulator by replacing its metal enclosure with a custom-made plastic one that is lighter weight and less expensive. The MP-225 micromanipulator is designed to move micropipettes in...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Sigma XY Fiber Laser Cutting System

Miyachi Unitek Corp., (Monrovia, CA) announces its new Sigma XY fiber laser cutting system, which enables high speed precision laser cutting of thin metals using a rigid linear drive, gantry-based motion system. For fast cut cycle times and superior laser cutting quality, the Sigma XY fiber laser cutting...

Products : Medical
Lens Design Software

The latest version of OSLO lens design software from Lambda Research (Littleton, MA) is available. The OSLO 6.6 release is now fully compatible with Windows 7. Program improvements include STEP file export, TOPS merit functions, NotePad++ editor, user selectable private folder, Q-Type Asphere improvement (Premium edition),...

Products : Medical
MicroSD Extreme Temperature Socket

Ironwood Electronics, (Eagan, MN) introduced a new MicroSD socket (SBTMicroSD- 01) addressing high performance requirements for Speed Class Rating, which guarantees a minimum rate at which data can be written. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per pin and cycle life of 500,000...

Products : Medical
Extended Range of Terminal Enclosures

METCASE (Bridgeville, PA) has extended its UNIDESK range of aluminum terminal enclosures with three new models with external dimensions from 7.87" × 7.87" × 4.01" to 15.74" × 7.87" × 4.01". The front enclosures are designed for desktop and wall mounted electronic systems. METCASE can also customize these...

Products : Medical
Single-Axis Motion Controller

Galil Motion Control, (Rocklin, CA) released its latest drive option for the DMC-30000 Pocket Motion Controller Series. The new DMC-30016 combines a single-axis motion controller with a 1.4A/phase stepper drive in a compact unit, that drives a two-phase bipolar stepper motor in full-step, half-step, 1/4 step or 1/16...

Products : Medical
Ethernet Gateway for MDrive Serial Products

Machine automation Ethernet systems can now benefit from integrated motion, using MDrive® motor+driver serial products over Ethernet via the new Ethernet Gateway from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT). The Ethernet Gateway enables the use of MDrive serial products over Ethernet networks...

Products : Medical
Piezoelectric Motor Catalog Available

PI LP, the US operation of Physik Instrumente (Auburn, MA), a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo systems, piezo motors and actuators for bio-nano-technology, semiconductor, medical engineering, and photonics applications, has released a new catalog on piezoelectric motors,...

Products : Medical
High-Density 275 W Power Supply

SL Power Electronics (Ventura, CA), has added the MINT1275 to its high-density, single output, open frame AC/DC medicalgrade power supply family. The MINT1275 models are ideal for a variety of medical devices with space and airflow constraints, as well as in portable imaging, surgical, and therapeutic medical...

Products : Medical
BPL Series of Tubing Connectors

Value Plastics (Ft. Collins, CO) introduces its BPL Series of tubing connectors, an alternative to Luer fittings. These connectors incorporate a quarterturn design commonly used in blood pressure cuffs. Features such as a 10-point grip coupled with BPL’s winged male fitting provide superior ergonomics, while the...

News : Medical
October Month-End News from Industry

Happy Halloween! Here is the latest news from the medical products community.

News : Medical
Bringing New Life to the Study of Diseases in Old Bones

It's almost Halloween and, to honor that, there’s news that researchers at The University of Manchester in the UK have demonstrated that a technology that can analyze millions of gene sequences can quickly and accurately identify diseases even in old skeletons.

The scientists used...

News : Medical
Breast Cancer Scans with 25X Less Radiation

Great news for the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Scientists say that they have developed a technology to produce 3D X-ray breast images with a radiation dose much lower than the currently used 2D radiography. This new method enables the production of 3D diagnostic computed tomography (CT)...

News : Medical
$2 Million Prize to Cure Blindness by 2020

Singer Art Garfunkel, Sanford Greenberg, chairman of the Wilmer Eye Institute's Board of Governors, and Jerry I. Speyer, a New York-based real estate tycoon, have joined in donating $2 million in gold bullion to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine,...

News : Medical
First Annual International Day of Radiology Celebrated

Today, November 8th, marks the first International Day of Radiology, marking the anniversary of the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895 of the electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range commonly known as X-rays. It celebrates the tremendous advances in patient care...

News : Medical
Using Lean Manufacturing to Save Stroke Victims

Using “lean” manufacturing principles to speed up treatment times for stroke victims may improve the effectiveness of a clot-busting protein used to treat to treat and reduce brain injury after embolic or thrombotic strokes, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s...

News : Medical
Retina Scan to Predict MS Brain Damage

A five-minute eye scan using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to scan nerves deep in the back of the eye, can be used to accurately determine brain damage in people with the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis (MS). It can also be used to predict how quickly the disease is progressing, say researchers...

News : Medical
FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance for eCopy for Device Submissions

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a draft guidance entitled "eCopy Program for Medical Device Submissions,'' for industry and FDA staff. The purpose of the draft guidance is to explain the new electronic copy (eCopy) program for medical...

News : Medical
Developing Tiny Robot to Remove Brain Tumors

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work on developing a small robot that may someday air neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach...

News : Imaging
iPad Helps Researchers Visualize Cardiac Images

A team of researchers from Duke University, Durham, NC, speaking at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting revealed that they have created an advanced tool to permit trainees in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) to use an Apple iPad to obtain real-time instruction in viewing and interpreting...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Simulation App

A study presented by Raymond Glassenberg, MD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting demonstrated that an iPhone application called iLarynx™ he created was extremely effective at simulating a fiberoptic bronchoscopy.


News : Medical
Eliminating Bacteria from Medical Textiles

Researchers in the Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology Group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTech (UPC), in Barcelona, Spain, have improved the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles using an enzymatic pre-treatment combined with simultaneous deposition of nanoparticles...

News : Medical
Developing an Artificial Implantable Cornea

Disease and damage to the cornea can cause blindness. While corneal transplants could save sight, donor corneas may be hard to come by, and may not be tolerated. A safe artificial cornea could be a solution to saving the vision of those affected.

In cooperation with the Aachen Centre of...

News : Medical
NASA Robotic Exoskeleton Could Aid Those on Earth

A technology derived from NASA’s Robonaut 2 project could help astronauts stay fit in space and may someday aid paraplegics in walking on Earth. Working with the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL, and engineers from Oceaneering Space Systems of Houston, NASA...

News : Medical
New Method of Lung Imaging Could Improve COPD Treatment

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, has used a technique called parametric response mapping (PRM) to analyze scans of the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, known as COPD. By analyzing the computed tomography (CT) scans...

News : Medical
October Mid-Month Industry News

Heading into Fall, here is the latest batch of news from the medical products community. Click the link for more.

Leadership News

Z-Laser, Freiburg, Germany, a manufacturer of laser modules and laser projection systems, has named Stefan Randak as its new CEO....

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