Briefs : Materials
Silk Microneedles Deliver Controlled-Release Drugs Painlessly

Bioengineers have developed a new silk-based microneedle system able to deliver precise amounts of drugs over time and without need for refrigeration. The tiny needles can be fabricated under normal temperature and pressure and from water, so they can be loaded with sensitive...

Briefs : Medical
Portable Intravenous Fluid Production Device for Ground Use

There are several medical conditions that require intravenous (IV) fluids. Limitations of mass, volume, storage space, shelf-life, transportation, and local resources can restrict the availability of such important fluids. These limitations are expected in long-duration space...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Development of a Low-Cost, Portable Biosensor for Blood Protein Detection

Current blood testing procedures are expensive and time consuming, and the equipment required is often bulky and difficult to transport. A new low-cost, portable technique has been developed to quickly and reliably detect specific proteins in a sample of human blood. The...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Non-Invasive Instrument for Skin Cancer Screening
Non-Invasive Instrument for Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in humans, with annual rates continuing to climb from their current estimate of just over three million new cases each year. Although all skin...

Non-Invasive Instrument for Skin Cancer Screening
Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sterilization with Nitrogen Dioxide Gas: A New Tool for Designers and Manufacturers

Noxilizer has developed a room temperature sterilization process for medical devices that is based on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) gas. Currently, industrial sterilizers and contract sterilization services using NO2 gas are being offered to medical device...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Hypothermia Emergency Vest for Cardiac Arrest Patients

Scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim have developed textile cooling pads to be used to prevent neurological damage after successful resuscitation in cardiac arrest patients. The system does not require electric power, making it ideal for first aid in case of cardiac...

Features : Imaging
Hyperpolarized Metabolic Imaging Visualizes ‘Real-Time’ Disease Progress

Most major diseases are somehow linked to metabolic alterations. But being able to see the changes as they occur and to see if a treatment is working in ‘real time’ is now nearer at hand thanks to Hyperpolarized Metabolic Imaging. This technology has created new...

Features : Imaging
New Digital Interface Technology Will Transform Automated Slide Scanning Systems

For decades now, the medical industry has been automating to improve throughput, yield, and performance of medical devices. Slide scanning, for example, has been automated to reduce the time required to process each sample and collect test data. Today, slide...

Features : Medical
Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods
Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods

Single- and multiple-use medical devices typically require sterilization prior to their use in order to provide for patient safety....

Advances in Polycarbonate Color Compensation Technology to Withstand Sterilization by Irradiation Methods
Features : Medical
Project Aims to Improve upon Silicone Rubber Speech Valve

Morgan Technical Ceramics (MTC) (Cleveland, OH) worked with the UK-based University of Hull to develop a new valve used to restore vocal function for patients with throat cancer. The new tracheo-esophageal fistula speech valve uses Zyranox™ bio-compatible yttria partially-stabilized...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Testing Out a Practical Alternative to PVC Tubing

PVC has long been the material of choice for tubing. Increasingly, however, issues such as those focusing on the phthalate plasticizers used to make PVC flexible are causing some tubing producers or their device manufacturer customers to look for alternative materials. Until now, the proposed...

Features : Medical
BYU Engineers Conceive Disc Replacement to Treat Chronic Low Back Pain

In between the vertebrae of the human spine are 23 Oreo™ cookie-sized, cartilage-filled discs that hold the vertebrae together and allow for spine movement.

Products : Medical
Universal Serial Bus Foot Control

Linemaster Switch Corporation (Woodstock, CT) has introduced the Universal Serial Bus (USB) foot switch, offered in various wired and wireless configurations to suit most applications. It performs multiple functions like emulating a mouse or keyboard keystroke. Certain models are field-programmable and supplied...

Products : Medical
Rubber Covered Fluoropolymer Hose

PAGE International Hose of Parker Hannifin Corp. (Fort Worth, TX) offers USP Class VI certified RCTW (Rubber Covered Fluoropolymer Hose) to transfer materials without contaminating the integrity of the product. USP Class VI certification includes stringent testing of the tube materials to determine...

Products : Medical
Lithium Battery Holders

Keystone Electronics (Astoria, NY) has introduced a new selection of polarized SMT and THM CR2 and CR123A lithium battery holders. With polarized contacts, these holders accommodate all CR2 or CR123A batteries from major manufacturers. Equipped with heat-resistant Nylon housings, these are suitable for traditional...

Products : Medical
Brushless Flat Motor and Encoder

The EC 90 flat motor from Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) is now equipped with the EC 90 flat MILE (Maxon’s Inductive Little Encoder), offering precision with resolutions of up to 3,200 impulses per turn, and a high nominal torque of 175 mNm. It operates on the detection of high-frequency inductivity, which...

Products : Medical
Pitch Connectors

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. (Oyster Bay, NY) has added right angle options to its line of .070" pitch connectors. These single-row right-angle sockets and headers can be combined with vertical .070" pitch connectors for a variety of interconnect configurations. Additionally, the .070" pitch spacing allows for higher density packaging...

Products : Medical
Low-Volume Valveless Metering Pump

Fluid Metering (Syosset, NY) has introduced its low-volume valveless metering pump for precision dispensing of air-sensitive, crystal-forming fluids. These “H” Series pump heads are now available with an isolation gland to provide a fluid barrier between the pumped process fluid and atmosphere. They include...

Products : Medical
Custom Fluid Administration Sets

B. Braun (Bethlehem, PA) offers an array of standard and custom fluid administration sets to meet a variety of needs. The OEM Division has manufacturing facilities flexible enough to produce everything from high-volume quan - tities to customized, low-volume products requiring manual assembly. Products include IV...

Products : Medical
Miniature Diaphragm Pump

Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI), a Gardner Denver Company, has introduced the 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump for medical and other applications requiring a compact package. At 3.3" × 1.2" × 2.1", this pump is lightweight (0.4 lbs/180 g) and is EMC suppression qualified to EN55011-B on some designs. Maximum...

News : Medical
Device to Test for Disease Is Out of This World

The Canadian Space Agency will soon be testing a new device to rapidly diagnose the health of astronauts in space on the International Space Station (ISS). Microflow, a miniature flow cytometer that uses a unique fiber optics technology to test for diseases and bacterial infection within minutes,...

News : Medical
August 2012 Medical Design Briefs News Wrap-up

With this article, we will begin posting a semi-monthly online wrap-up of Industrial Leadership, Expansions, and Mergers and Acquisitions short news items of interest to our readers. If you have news items that should be included in this category, please feel free to send them to the editor, Beth...

News : Medical
Robotic Sensor Glove Detects Breast Cancer Lumps

Two engineers and a Harvard Medical School student have teamed up to enhance the human capabilities of touch with a robotic sensor glove. The glove could take the potential of a diagnosis altering physical exam and put it into the hands of patients.

Its primary goal, they say, is to bring...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Diabetes Testing for Glucose in Saliva and Tears

As diabetes becomes more prevalent across the globe, it is clear that a new method to test blood glucose levels needs to be found. Sampling with needle pricks is pricks is unpleasant at best and places a significant burden on the patient population.

Researchers at Purdue University, West...

News : Medical
Predicting a Fall in Advance

Electrical and computer engineers at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, are developing a technology to predict when a person might fall. They created a small prototype wireless sensor that analyzes posture and gait, and sends an alert when there is a break in routine.

The alert could signal muscle or vision...

News : Medical
Artificial Retina Restores Sight

Three blind mice? No longer, say two researchers in the Institute for Computational Biomedicine at Weill Cornell Cornell Medical College who deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code. Then, they linked this information to a novel prosthetic device that restored sight to blind mice. In addition, they say that they...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Students Create New Suturing Device

To head off possible postoperative problems, undergraduate biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have invented a disposable suturing tool. Their invention, called FastStitch, guides the placement of stitches and guards against accidental puncturing of internal organs after abdominal...

News : Medical
Bacteria-Resistant Material Discovered

Scientists in the schools of Pharmacy and Molecular Medical Sciences at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, have discovered what they say is a new class of polymers that are resistant to bacterial attachment. These new materials could lead to a significant reduction in hospital infections and...

News : Medical
Using Biometrics to Avoid Device Hacking

Computer scientists at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, are working to develop a wearable electronic device that identifies a person’s unique physiological responses, such as heart rate, skin response, or other physiological data. The worn device could then use that information to coordinate and protect...

News : Medical
Bioactive Coating Improves Implants for Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) holds great promise to treat neurological disorders ranging from Parkinson's disease to depression. But the current electrode used for implanting in DBS tend to induce an immune response in patients that reduces the treatment's efficacy. over time....

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