News : Medical
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 : Medical
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.

When...

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....

News : Energy
Nanotech Research Centers on Health Monitoring

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, will lead a national nanotechnology research effort to create self-powered medical monitoring devices to help people monitor their own health.

The National Science Foundation Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of...

News : Medical
Plain Paper-based Diagnostic Testing

Manufacturers are always trying to find ways to make things better, faster, and cheaper. In a search to find new ways to make medical tests meet that criteria, a University of Washington, Seattle, bioengineer developed a way to make plain paper stick to medically interesting molecules that may be used to...

News : Medical
First Medical Device Reprocessing Training Program

Clemson University, Clemson, SC, has established the first program to train engineers to recycle and reprocess medical devices. Medical device reprocessing was identified as a core component of green technology, so in response, the university’s Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus...

News : Medical
New Optical Mammography Technology

Medical Design Briefs News Online is kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with new optical imaging technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering, Medford, MA, that may provide doctors with new ways of both identifying breast cancer and monitoring individual patients' response to initial...

News : Medical
Testing Lung Function with a Smartphone

Asthma? There’s an app for that. Currently, those who suffer from asthma or other chronic lung problems only get a measure of their lung function at the doctor’s office a few times a year by blowing into a specialized piece of equipment – the spirometer. But, more frequent testing at home could...

News : Medical
Dissolvable Electronic Implants

Researchers at the University of Illinois (UI), Champaign, in collaboration with Tufts and Northwestern universities, have created a new class of electronic devices: biocompatible and biodegradable electronics for medical implants that can dissolve completely in water or in body fluids.

“We refer to this...

News : Medical
SMARTCAP Award Seeks Medical Technology for Space Use

Is your company developing a medical product that could help solve a health or human performance challenge in space? Have you developed a biomedical product for the space program that could also improve health on Earth?

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s (NSBRI)...

News : Medical
Columbus Discovers Transoral Robotic Surgery Safer

Robotic surgery though the mouth is a safe, effective way to remove tumors of the throat and voice box, according to a study published in in the journal, Head and Neck, by surgeons at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrating Microprecision into Surgical Tools

For a skilled surgeon performing general surgery, tiny hand tremors are usually not a serious risk for patients. But what if the surgeon is operating inside the human eye or repairing microscopic nerve fibers?

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and...

Features : Imaging
Advances Abound in Medical Robotics: From ‘Nursebot’ to Surgeon

Authors, filmmakers, and television programs have given us visions of robots serving humanity for most of the past 100 years. Some of the most iconic fictional ones include the benevolent Robby in the 1956 movie “Forbidden Planet,” the chatty C-3PO from all six of the...

Features : Materials
Cardiovascular Applications of Biomedical Materials

Every day, a healthy human heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. Given this demanding workload, it’s not surprising that people can suffer heart complications. People are living longer lives and the number of patients with cardiovascular disease is growing....

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Coloring Polymers for Today’s Medical Devices

Competition amongst device companies in the institutional market has energized the use of colors for brand recognition amongst physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers. With the rise in home healthcare, many devices are now entering consumer markets where branding and aesthetics help...

Features : Electronics & Computers
The Right Connections Help Medical Equipment Designers Satisfy Demanding Applications

The need to minimize healthcare costs is creating greater demand for medical electronics equipment that, among other things, improves and expands patient diagnostics inside and outside healthcare facilities. For example, portable medical instruments such as...

Features : Medical
Fluid Handling in Medical Device Design

Among medical devices, there is a range of fluid management needs, each with its own unique needs and functions.

The field of fluidics may broadly be divided into macro- and micro-applications. The former encompasses situations where moderate or bulk quantities of material must be moved through an...

Videos : Medical
Latex-Free TPE Tubing

Kent Elastomer Products (Kent, Ohio) has released its line of Pro-Free™ non-latex tubing as a stock product in four standard sizes and packaged in 50 foot continuous lengths in a poly-lined re-shippable carton. This tubing is comprised of a low durometer TPE blend that is designed to provide the same high level of...

Products : Medical
External Power Supplies

ICCNexergy (Chicago, IL) has launched a 20 Watt desktop power supply line for both medical (MWA020) and ITE/Commercial (FWA020) applications. It meets EISA, EuP level V efficiency standards and is available in both class I and class II designs. The product line features fully regulated DC output in 5V, 9V, 12V, and 24V...

Products : Medical
Heavy-Duty Box Furnace

The 954 electrically heated 2,000 °F inert atmosphere heavy-duty box furnace from Grieve Corporation (Round Lake, IL) is used for heat treating titanium. 57 KW are installed in nickel chrome wire coils, supported by vacuum-formed ceramic fiber, to heat the load. Workspace dimensions are 30" wide x 48" deep x 30" high. The...

Products : Medical
Remote Control Unit

On Line Controls (Hudson, MA) has introduced a new remote control unit for MicroAir II ultra-low air pressure controllers used in the manufacture and extrusion of medical, catheter, and automotive tubing. The unit is contained in a small box with up/down control buttons and a digital display that can be located 100 feet away...

Products : Imaging
Custom Front Panel Graphic Overlays

Nameplates for Industry (New Bedford, MA) has introduced custom fabricated front panel graphic overlays for high-end medical devices and laboratory instruments or equipment. The graphic overlays feature high-resolution digital printing with fine lines, full-color images, unlimited colors and color gradients,...

Products : Medical
Low Power MEMS Accelerometer

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) introduces the ADXL362, a 3- axis, digital MEMS accelerometer that operates at 300 nA in motion sensing wake-up mode, consuming 60% less current than the closest competing sensor in the same mode. In full measurement mode, the ADXL362 uses 2 μA at a 100 Hz data rate, using 80% less power...

Products : Medical
Two-Component Silicone

Master Bond (Hackensack, NJ) offers a two-component silicone MasterSil 153 that is a self priming system, can be cured over wide surface areas, and features easy handling with precise application. MasterSil 153 has a low exotherm and long working life at room temperature and bonds to most metals, plastics, glass, ceramic,...

Products : Medical
Temperature-Compensated Crystal Oscillator

Pletronics (Lynnwood, WA) has released its TCG4 Series temperature-compensated voltage-controlled crystal oscillator (TCVCXO) for small hand-held electronic devices where a highly stable, precision clocking source is needed. The series is available in supply voltages from 1.8V to 3.3V, and clipped-sine...

Products : Medical
High-Efficiency Water Jackets Module

Interface Catheter Solutions (Laguna Niguel, CA) introduces high-efficiency water jackets to improve balloon yields and balloon forming cycle times. A water jacket is the balloon forming machine module that facilitates mold heating and cooling during the manufacturing process. This creates a more uniform...

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