News : Medical
Ultra-Sensitive Biosensor Enables Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have surpassed the fundamental limits of a conventional Field-Effect-Transistor (FET) by designing a Tunnel-FET (T-FET) sensor that is faster and four orders of magnitude more sensitive, opening doors to a new generation of ultra-sensitive biosensors that...

News : Medical
Fabrication Method May Improve Artificial Bone Scaffolds

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new method for the fabrication of artificial bone scaffolds that can assess important pore design factors such as porosity and their role in new bone formation. Their method's capablities for in vivo control of different scale...

News : Medical
Designing a Better Cervical Collar for Accident Victims

Cervical collars were first developed during the Vietnam War to stabilize the heads and necks of accident victims, but research has shown that this device may be overdue for an update. Students at Rice University tested a currently used cervical collar and found that when a patient's neck...

News : Medical
Neurofeedback: Training the Brain to Play Doctor

Neurofeedback — a type of biofeedback in which a person becomes aware of the physiological state of their body, and can manipulate and control this at will — has been proven to be an effective form of therapy for a variety of conditions, such as migraine, epileptic seizures, and ADHD. For...

News : Medical
An Rx for Px Development

The key to creative design isn't necessarily coming up with something entirely new, but rather, being aware of what problems exist, and conceiving of solutions to those problems. And, according to technology design and development firm Cambridge Consultants, a focus on "Px" development — the art and science of...

News : Medical
Sea Creature Inspires Design of Disease-Detecting Robot

Biology, the study of life, can (and often does) breathe new life into engineering. In one recent example of the potential benefits of this sort of interdisciplinary collaboration, an international team of scientists is working toward the development of the "Cyberplasm," a tiny robot that...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
New Thermal Management Strategies for Medical Devices

In an increasing number of medical device applications, thermal issues limit the overall performance and reliability of the system. Basic thermal management strategies such as liquid cold...

Briefs : Medical
Improving Balance Function Using Low Levels of Electrical Stimulation of the Balance Organs

Crewmembers returning from long-duration space flight face significant challenges due to the microgravity-induced inappropriate adaptations in balance/sensorimotor function. The Neuroscience Laboratory at JSC is developing a method based on stochastic...

Briefs : Materials
Guidelines for Thermoplastic Color Control and Change Management

Color is an important factor in many aspects of medical devices, from design to how the device is used and by whom. In 2010, the FDA and regulatory bodies around the world increased their scrutiny of colors as additives in all materials and are paying special attention to the...

Briefs : Medical
SFDC/DHR Interface Systems Add Parametric Data to Support Medical Manufacturers

In this era of ever more stringent FDA oversight and regulations, the responsibility for vigilance falls on medical manufacturers and their manufacturing partners or customers. Those companies that support a “best practices” medical manufacturing environment...

Briefs : Medical
EyeBrain Tracker for Early Diagnosis and Monitoring of Neurological Disease

The EyeBrain Tracker (EBT) is an eyetracking medical device, which uses algorithms to accurately track eye movements for the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The brain uses many different areas to produce eye movements, so if an area of the...

Features : Medical
Enhancing Personal Health Monitoring Systems With FPGA Technology

With growing health awareness and the escalating cost of worldwide medical care, there is increasing emphasis on new and advanced technologies for disease prevention and early diagnosis and treatment. Personal health monitors and other portable medical devices are making it easier...

Features : Electronics & Computers
Managing Mechatronic Challenges in Medical Electronic Product Development

Most medical electronic systems now depend on combinations of hardware and software, forming elaborate mechatronic systems that both monitor and regulate patient health metrics. To manage mechatronic challenges, product designs must seamlessly integrate embedded and...

Features : Software
Reliability Modeling Software Helps Designers Get a Jump on Testing

Reliability test plans are critical to the success of any new electronic medical device or technology. The tests selected must be stressful enough to identify defects but also show a correlation to realistic use environments. The preferred test plan development approach is to...

Applications : Software
Increasing the Accuracy of Prosthetic Valve Stress Analysis

Durability is a key measurement of prosthetic heart valve function. Assessment of fatigue life requires accurate estimates of the stresses induced during the cardiac cycle. Finite element (FE) studies have been used to estimate peak stresses in valves,1 and computational...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
Space Researchers Develop Ultrasound Technology That Detects, Treats Kidney Stones

Just the mention of kidney stones can cause a person to cringe. They are often painful and sometimes difficult to remove, and 10 percent of the population will suffer from them. In space, the risk of developing kidney stones is exacerbated due to environmental...

Mission Accomplished : Medical
“Smart” Sunglasses That Block Blinding Glare

The days of being blinded by glare from the sun, despite the $300 sunglasses straddling your face, may soon be over. Since 2003, Chris Mullin, PhD, and CEO of Dynamic Eye (Pittsburgh, PA), has teamed up with University at Buffalo electrical-engineering professor Albert Titus, PhD, to develop...

Global Innovations : Design
Improving Wheelchair Ergonomics

Engineers at Empa, a Swiss interdisciplinary research and services institution, are working together with the firm «r going» to develop an ergonomic seat for electric wheelchairs that encourages the user to move around frequently. The aim is to enhance the freedom of movement of wheelchair users with a range of...

Products : Medical
Fluid Control Solutions

Gems Medical Sciences (Plainville, CT) offers ISO 13485 certified products for the specialized fluid control and handling requirements of the medical device, diagnostic, life science, and biotechnology market segments. The company recently announced the opening of a 4,000 sq. ft. Medical Processing Area in its...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Cable Carrier

A newly redesigned System E6 Energy Chain® cable carrier from igus (East Providence, RI) is suitable for applications requiring quiet, low-vibration cable management at high speeds and accelerations. The “polygon effect” that can occur when a cable carrier is unrolled is reduced to a minimum of 37 dB(A). It is...

Products : Motion Control
Integrated Motion Solution

Mdrive® integrated motor products from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) are now available for EtherNet/IP™ systems, allowing OEMs to simultaneously control and configure intelligent motion control devices over one network for a range of industrial applications. The motion systems feature integrated...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Transient Voltage Suppressor Arrays

Microsemi (Aliso Viejo, CA) has introduced two new non-magnetic, 500-watt transient voltage suppressor (TVS) arrays. The devices were designed specifically for MRI machines to guard against circuit damage caused by electrostatic discharge, electrical fast transients, and the effects of secondary lighting. The...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Controller

Maxon Precision Motors (Fall River, MA) has introduced the ESCON 36/2 DC, a 4-quadrant PWM servo controller for use with DC motors up to 72 Watts. This digital current controller provides drift-free yet dynamic speed behavior through a speed range of 1 to 150,000 RPM. The servo controller is controlled by means of an analog set...

Products : Imaging
Laser Scanning Microscope

The LSM 780 confocal laser scanning microscope from Carl Zeiss Microscopy (Thorn wood, NY) features a high-sensitivity GaAsP detector, software functions for single molecule and high dynamic range imaging, and a 355nm CW laser. It is suitable for research in neurobiology, physiology, and developmental biology.

Products : Photonics/Optics
Marking System

Telesis Technologies (Circleville, OH) offers the EV4G diode-pumped solid state (DPSS) 532nm laser marking system for marking and processing difficult materials such as colored plastics and acrylic and polymer materials in the medical industry. This DPSS system features optimized laser beam and Q-switched pulse characteristics for...

Design & Development

Pro-Dex, Inc. (Irvine, CA) accelerates the design and development of medical devices that can withstand harsh environments by adhering to a concurrent engineering process. This approach takes the complete life-cycle of the product into account early in the design phase and obtains input from multidisciplinary teams before...

News : Medical
Device Aims to Make Physical Exams Less Touch and Go

The first gateway to the detection of potentially cancerous tumors or lesions often occurs during the physical exam at the doctor's office, which is performed through touch. As one might imagine, conclusions made from such a test could be very subjective, depending on the physician's...

News : Medical
Upgraded Endoscope Can Target Cancerous Tumors

A marriage between the endoscope and a new field of medical imaging — Cerenkov Luminescence Imaging (CLI) — may allow surgeons to more completely remove cancerous tumors. The technique, called Cerenkov Luminescence Endoscopy (CLE), offers advantages over both traditional endoscopic and imaging...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Inexpensive Sensor May Speed Up Detection of Life-Threatening Disease

An integrated microfluidics-waveguide sensor developed at Stanford University School of Medicine has the potential to simplify the diagnosis of diseases ranging from life-threatening immune deficiencies to the common cold. The device sorts and counts cells in small samples of...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Origami-Inspired Paper Sensor Offers Diagnostic Capabilities

Inspired by the paper-folding art of origami, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a 3D paper sensor that may be able to test for diseases such as malaria and HIV for less than 10 cents a pop. One-dimensional paper sensors, such as those used in pregnancy...

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