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...

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...

In this era of ever more stringent FDA oversight and regulations, the responsibility for vigilance falls on medical manufacturers and their manufacturing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 : Medical
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...

News : Medical
Nanotechnology's Big Medical Implications

Nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on a molecular scale, offers obvious advantages for the medical market. However, the question of nanotoxicology — the study of the toxicity of nanomaterials — may also play a role in the future of this technology. In 2006, the FDA formed the...

News : Medical
A (Texas) Toast to Biomedical Innovation

Texas...home of Johnson Space Center, the NSBRI, good BBQ, and now, for the first time, the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) show. Last week, in Fort Worth, TX, local exhibitors demonstrated evidence of the Lone Star State as an important hotspot for medical device development.

News : Medical
Imaging Tool Measures How Much Surgeons Feel the Heat

Simulated surgeries are a great tool for training surgical residents — but does a tool exist to determine precisely when a surgical resident is ready to move on to operate on a human patient? With this question in mind, an interdisciplinary team of University of Houston computer scientists...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Implantable Sensor Enables Non-Invasive Patient Monitoring After Surgery

Following an orthopedic procedure, surgeons usually rely on X-rays or MRIs to monitor the progress of their patients' recovery. A new implantable sensor developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute could provide surgeons with detailed, real-time information from the actual...

News : Photonics/Optics
New Laser Technology Detects Melanoma at Crucial Earlier Stage

Although often curable if detected early, melanoma causes the deaths of nearly 9,000 Americans each year. The incidence of melanoma is increasing at a rate faster than that of any of the seven most common cancers. A new medical diagnostic device invented by John A. Viator, Ph.D, an...

News : Imaging
Taking A Closer Look at Traumatic Brain Injury

Each year, upwards of 1.5 million cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) occur in the United States. Conventional imaging methods don't always provide physicians with as much detail as they would like when it comes to determining how the injury damaged the patient's brain tissue, predicting how the...

Development of medical devices that are molded from thermoplastics or that have plastic components should begin with collaboration between the OEM’s engineering team and the mold...

Ultrasound has long been associated with diagnostic imaging, but it is increasingly being explored and utilized as a beneficial, non-invasive tool for applications ranging from surgery to therapy....

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Antivibration Mounts

The V12Z06MA Series of conical antivibration base mounts from Advanced Antivibration Components (New Hyde Park, NY) are designed to dampen shock and vibration for compression loads up to 1632 kgf (3598 lbf). Their metric...

Products : Test & Measurement
Product Defect Analysis

NVision (Coppell, TX) has partnered with Materials Analysis (Dallas, TX) to offer product defect analysis that can potentially be introduced in product liability litigation to prove a manufacturer innocent of...

Products : Test & Measurement
Measurement in Motion

Werth (Old Saybrook, CT) has introduced an “OnTheFly” method for rapid measurement with image processing. ScopeCheck® and VideoCheck® coordinate measuring machines can now take measurements while in constant...

Products : Test & Measurement
Low-Power Sensors

Sensirion AG (Staefa, Switzerland) offers the SDP600 series of differential pressure sensors, featuring low energy consumption for long-term battery operation. The SDP606 and SDP616 sensors are designed to enter sleep mode...

Products : Materials
Elastomers

NuSil Technology (Carpinteria, CA) has added three new products to the VersaSil line, which is now a series of six high-consistency elastomers. The VersaSil 40, 60, and 80 present new ranges in durometer, offering versatility for...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Valveless Pump Heads

The STH and STQ pumps from Fluid Metering (Syosset, NY) are suitable for precision mixing, diulating, and proportional metering for OEM medical, analytical, and industrial instrumentation. The pumps consist of two FMI...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Image Sensors

AWAIBA (Madeira, Portugal) offers DRAGSTER 2x-8K-7um image sensors that process images at the intended velocities and send the information out via Camera Link (both Dual or Four Camera Link sockets) or alternatively via double...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Brushless Air Compressor

Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI), a Gardner Denver Company, offers the 2220 Series brushless DC oil-less air compressor designed for medical and other applications requiring a compact, lightweight compressor with...

Products
PDF Catalog

Value Plastics (Fort Collins, CO) offers a 2012 catalog coupled with an interactive PDF, featuring information on over 4,000 off-the-shelf parts as well as new products including the MQC Series of quick connect fittings and a new...

Products : Medical
False-Bottom Tubes

Sarstedt (Newton, NC) has introduced a 13 × 75 mm configuration to its existing line of false-bottom screw cap aliquot tubes. False-bottom tubes feature an elevated conical base that lifts serum/plasma yields to a more...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Green Wavelength Lasers

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) has announced the availability of PNF Series green wavelength spectrum lasers suitable for surgical and X-ray alignment applications on dark or pigmented skin. Green lasers are more...

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