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RFID Cabinet

The new RFID-Enabled Cabinet from Terso Solutions (Madison, WI) is suitable for operating room supply centers and catheterization labs. It has 25 cubic feet of storage space and measures 36" wide, 26" deep, and 80" tall. To access the cabinet, the user presents an electronic access control card to a cabinet-mounted scanner and...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sensor Connector

Hirose Electric (Simi Valley, CA) offers a sensor connector for users of blood glucose monitoring devices and strips. It increases mating cycles to more than 10,000. The connector incorporates an automated ejection mechanism for the blood sensor, which allows a more hygienic approach to strip removal. Users push a button to...

Products : Motion Control
Rotary Encoder

The MSR 40 modular steel tape rotary encoder from RSF Elektronik (Tarsdorf, Austria) is now available in North America through the HEIDENHAIN Corporation (Schaumburg, IL). The encoder is suitable for measurement applications with diameters of 6 in (150 mm) to 6 ft (~2 m). The steel tape of the MSR 40 utilizes the proven...

News : Materials
Sealing Wounds

A compound found in sunless tanning spray may help to heal wounds following surgery, according to research by biomedical engineers at Cornell University.

News : Medical
Tumor Marking

Researchers at Ohio State University have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear in MRI scans and during surgery, making the tumors easier for surgeons to identify and remove.

Features : Medical
Implants and Prosthetic Devices: Helping the Body Reach its Full Potential

Medical technology is currently capable of treating such physical hardships as loss of limb, eyelid paralysis, and chronic osteoarthritis – but researchers are continually finding ways to improve upon the effectiveness of these and other implanted and prosthetic device...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Going the Distance: Surgical Robotics and Remote Medical Care in the Battlefield

Providing medical care from afar using robotic technology is a fascinating concept that could save more lives in the battlefield. The technology still has a way to go, but it is starting to make its way into reality. One thing researchers are discovering is that...

Features : Medical
Image-Capture Devices Extend Medicine’s Reach

In spring 2008, Dr. Scott Dulchavsky diagnosed high-altitude pulmonary edema in a climber over 20,000 feet up the slope of Mount Everest. Dulchavsky made the diagnosis from his office in Detroit, half a world away. The story behind this long-distance medical achievement begins with a seemingly...

Features : Materials
Polymer Coats Leads on Implantable Medical Device

Langley Research Center’s Soluble Imide (LaRC-SI) was discovered by accident. While researching resins and adhesives for advanced composites for high-speed aircraft, Robert Bryant, a Langley engineer, noticed that one of the polymers he was working with did not behave as predicted. After...

Features : Medical
Medical Devices Assess, Treat Balance Disorders

You may have heard the phrase “as difficult as walking and chewing gum” as a joking way of referring to something that is not difficult at all. Just walking, however, is not all that simple – physiologically speaking. Even standing upright is an undertaking requiring the complex cooperation...

Features : Medical
Electrolyte Concentrates Treat Dehydration

For astronauts returning to Earth, adjusting to full gravity can be just as demanding as any of the challenges they faced in space. While readjusting to Earth’s gravitational pull, astronauts can experience difficulties moving and balancing, headaches, nausea, and even fainting spells.

Features : Medical
NASA Bioreactors Advance Disease Treatments

The International Space Station (ISS) is falling. This is no threat to the astronauts onboard, however, because falling is part of the ISS staying in orbit.

Briefs : Materials
Zinc-Doped Tricalcium Phosphate Ceramic for Surgical Implants

A ceramic body consisting of the phases of tricalcium phosphate and/or hydroxyapatite provides biocompatibility with hard tissues. When such a ceramic body is implanted in a bone, direct connection is formed between the bone and the ceramic body without intervention of any fibrous...

Briefs : Imaging
Micro-Electrode Visual Inspection System Utilizing Image Processing Tools

A system was devised to aid in the inspection of micro-electrode assemblies utilized in clinical lab instruments to conduct impedance measurements on living cells in a 384 bottomless well casing with the electrode layer bonded to the housing, creating the closed-cell,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power-Assist Control Interface for Wheelchairs

A computer-controlled, programmable control interface allows safe, intuitive manual control for motorized wheelchairs that operate in variable terrain. The key feature of this technology is its proprietary computer program that enables an operator to manage a load as if it were light and on a smooth...

Briefs : Medical
Neuroprosthetics and Solutions for Restoring Sensorimotor Functions

Advances in body armor and life-saving technology have increased survival rates of severely injured military personnel. Unfortunately, the survivors of improvised explosive devices are often left with amputations and/or spinal cord injuries. The increase in amputations and...

Briefs : Medical
Implantable Microsystems for Anatomical Rewiring of Brain Circuitry

It has been demonstrated that after a stroke-like lesion in the cerebral cortex of non-human primates, the remaining intact tissue undergoes extensive neuro-physiological and neuroanatomical remodeling. The ability of cortical areas remote from the infarct to form new...

Products : Materials
Adhesives

Avery Dennison (Pasadena, CA) offers medical-grade adhesives in a range of biocompatible acrylic, porous acrylic, synthetic rubber-based, silicone, and absorbent hydrocolloid adhesive formulations. Custom formulations are also available. The adhesives meet FDA and ISO requirements for safety and efficacy.

The adhesives are...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Connectors

Fischer Connectors (Saint-Prex, Switzerland) offers AluLiteTM connectors that can endure more than 5,000 mating cycles within a temperature range of -50 °C to 150 °C. The anodized finished connector housing is engineered with an anticorrosive aluminum alloy. Cable diameters range from 1.4 to 10.7 mm. The series is available in...

Products : Medical
Silicone Coating

NuSil Technology (Carpinteria, CA) has introduced MED-6670, a curable coating that decreases the coefficient of friction of a cured silicone surface by a minimum of 50 percent when compared to a non-coated silicone surface. This two- part, low-coefficient of friction silicone coating is dispersed in xylene. Once cured, the...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Auto-Calibration Fluid Sensor

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) offers the OCB350 Series fluid sensor that features automatic calibration circuitry. It is available with multiple output states for medical applications. Designers can initiate the calibration procedure at any time by grounding the J1-pin-4, which allows the device to be remotely...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
DC Motor

Portescap (West Chester, PA) has introduced the AthlonixTM high-power density brush DC motor that features a compact, lightweight package (15 to 53 grams, depending on frame size), and output power of up to 9 watts. The energy-efficient coreless design includes optimized self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit, which delivers...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Surgical Light

The Ortho-Light™ from Lumitex MD® (Strongsville, OH) is designed to help orthopedic surgeons improve visualization in small-incision hip, shoulder, or knee surgeries. The light attaches to any retractor using a biocompatible, two-sided adhesive and inserts directly into the surgical cavity. This disposable, single-use device is...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sanitary Fittings

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) offers sanitary fittings that feature a pre-attached platinum-cured silicone gasket. Hose barbs in sizes from 1/4” to 3/4” with flanges adhering to both the “Mini” and “Maxi” standards are available. They are Class VI, animal-additive-free, and gamma- or autoclave-sterilizable. Three types of...

Products : Materials
Piezoelectric Material

Morgan Technical Ceramics (Cleveland, OH) offers the PMNT-28 family of single-crystal piezoelectric material for sonar projector, medical imaging, and actuator applications. The increased coupling and displacement of the material results in improved bandwidth, sensitivity, and source level. For transducer applications, the...

Products : Materials
Filtration Technology

GE Energy (Kansas City, MO) offers Aspire™ microfiltration and venting membranes that can be integrated into a range of product designs and filter housings. The polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) membranes present a barrier to liquids, particles, and aerosols that may contain viable bacteria and viruses. The edges are...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Miniature Circular Connectors

Hypertronics (Hudson, MA) offers miniature circular connectors as an extension of the circular push-button D Series connector design. The connectors feature Hypertac® hyperboloid contacts in a 0.3 mm pin size, and maintain five signal contacts rated at 1A each, with a dielectric withstanding voltage rating of 750V....

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Kink-Resistant Tubing

Vesta (Franklin, WI) has introduced medical-grade silicone kink-resistant tubing, which consists of a silicone inner and outer layer, with an imbedded reinforcing member that includes a spiral wind the length of the extrusion. The tubing is available with inner diameters from 1 mm to 6 mm.

Products : Materials
Thermoplastic Elastomer

The THERMOLAST® M thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) from KRAIBURG TPE (Duluth, GA) is suitable for medical applications. It features short cycle times for 1K and 2K injection molding and extrusion, and resistance against isopropanol is available. The product line also allows for the use of ethylene oxide, superheated steam...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Medical Socket Strip

Interpower (Oskaloosa, IA) has introduced a medical socket strip with an attached hospital-grade power cord and six NEMA hospital-grade outlets. It features a manual reset circuit breaker, no inlet or outlet covers, and no connector locks. It is rated for a maximum of 15A with service at 125V. The attached power cord can be...

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