Products : Motion Control
Touch-Free Door Opening System

Sanidoor (Daytona Beach, FL) offers a touch-free door-opening system designed to reduce the spread of germs in restrooms in hospitals and healthcare facilities. It can be retro-fitted to swinging doors and includes safety measures for impediment or entrapment protection. The system is ADA compliant and approved to...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Miniature Fiber Optics Spectrometers

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) offers the XR-Series of miniature fiber optics spectrometers that provide an optical resolution of 2.0 nm and cover wavelengths from ~200 to 1050 nm. This XR option is available for USB2000+, JAZ-EL200, and USB4000 spectrometers and custom systems. It features 500 lines/mm groove...

Products : Materials
Polycarbonate Resin

Bayer MaterialScience (Pittsburgh, PA) has introduced the Makrolon® Rx1851 medical-grade polycarbonate resin. This low-viscosity resin features enhanced internal mold release technology that is suitable for complicated parts, such as shallow draft angles and multi-cavity molds with long flow lengths. It meets the test...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Measurement System

Optical Gaging Products (Rochester, NY) offers the SmartScope® Specialist 300 multisensor dimensional measurement system and the Focus™ Specialist 16” horizontal contour projector. These systems are designed to verify dimensions of orthopedic implants. The Specialist 300 is an optical-based benchtop metrology system...

Products : Software
Data Logger

JRI Maxant (Paris, France) offers the Mini SPY RF® data logger for cold-chain monitoring in medical applications. The device communicates in RF (50 to 60 m) and can be programmed remotely. Data are uploaded automatically via USB. The solution allows a network of independent recorders and bidirectional communication between recorders...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Brushless Flat DC Motors

MicroMo Electronics (Clearwater, FL) offers brushless flat DC micromotors suitable for laboratory and medical applications. The motors deliver nominal voltages of 6 or 12 V. The 15 m-diameter motors provide continuous output torque of 0.6 mNm, while the 26-mm-diameter motors provide 3.8 mNm. Gearmotor versions of these...

Products : Medical
EMI Shielding Tape

Adhesives Research (Glen Rock, PA) offers ARclad and Flexshield 8269 pressure-sensitive EMI shielding tapes. The ARclad is 2.4-mil tape that is highly conductive, acrylic-based, and features a 1-ounce tin plated copper foil backing. The shielding effectiveness ranges from 80 dB to 95 dB in the 1 GHz to 18 GHz frequency range....

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Supply

The MTB080 Series switch mode power supply from International Components Corporation (Chicago, IL) features a power density of 12.5 watts per cubic inch. It measures 2 × 4 × 1" and is suitable for medical applications with limited space and little to no airflow. The MTB080 series delivers 80 watts of continuous output power with...

Briefs : Medical
Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa for Control of Combat-Related Hemorrhage

Blood loss is a major cause of death among combat casualties, accounting for nearly half of all deaths on the battlefield. The great majority of these deaths is due to intracavitary hemorrhage that cannot be controlled by traditional methods such as tourniquets or pressure...

Briefs : Medical
Biotic-Abiotic Interface Between the Body and an Artificial Limb

Because of its high mechanical properties, chemical stability, and biocompatibility, titanium is a commonly used material in dental and orthopedic applications. Its excellent biocompatibility allows titanium implants to be directly anchored to bone, or osseo-integrated. The...

Briefs : Medical
RF Device for Acquiring Images of the Human Body

A safe, non-invasive method for forming images through clothing of large groups of people, in order to search for concealed weapons either made of metal or not, has been developed. A millimeter wavelength scanner designed in a unique, ring-shaped configuration can obtain a full 360° image of the...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Selecting Motors for Medical Pumps

Creation of small, portable infusion pumps opened a new chapter in medical care. A patient can receive carefully metered and timed doses of medicine without requiring a visit to a medical practitioner, allowing life to be less restrictive. Ambulatory pumps have been developed to deliver insulin, nutritive...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Molded Interconnect Device Technology Enables Smaller Medical Devices

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

Features : Medical
Ingestible Thermometer Pill Aids Athletes in Beating the Heat

From the football turf to high above the Earth, heat exhaustion is a life-threatening concern. Heat exhaustion, or hyperthermia, is an acute condition caused by excessive exposure to heat and dehydration. It occurs when the body can no longer dissipate heat adequately because of...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

Anyone who has ever worked on a car’s engine or tried to fix a sink knows the frustration of trying to perform precision work in a hard-to-reach place. Now imagine conducting repairs on the International Space Station while floating nearly 200 miles above Earth. To ease this frustration, NASA...

Features : Medical
Magnetic Separator Enhances Treatment Possibilities

Since the earliest missions in space, NASA specialists have performed experiments in low gravity. Protein crystal growth, cell and tissue cultures, and separation technologies such as electrophoresis and magnetophoresis have been studied.

Briefs : Motion Control
Controlling Devices Using the Ear as an Output Source

Current methods of device control include joysticks, which involve using one or both hands, external microphones that are cumbersome and pick up ambient noise, and external arrays that are also cumbersome and can restrict a user’s movement. Additionally, the external microphone and array...

Briefs : Medical
Wireless Patient Monitoring Based on Personal Area Networks

The Wireless Patient Monitoring System deploys the Zigbee standard to create a Personal Area Network (a wireless network with a coverage area of around 10 m) that is capable of integrating into the same wireless network used by monitoring systems such as an electrocardiogram, pulse...

Briefs : Materials
Particle Distribution on Webs or Cloths

This technology provides a methodology and products that are formed from fibrous substrates or film-like surfaces by uniform impregnation with a particulate that is subsequently firmly attached. The extremely uniform distribution of the particulate is accomplished by 1) electrically charging a fibrous...

Briefs : Imaging
Apparatus for Cold, Pressurized Biogeochemical Experiments

A laboratory apparatus has been devised as a means of studying plausible biogeochemical reactions under high-pressure, low-temperature aqueous, anaerobic conditions like those conjectured to prevail in a liquid water ocean on Europa (the fourth largest moon of the planet Jupiter). The...

Briefs : Medical
Hollow Radiopaque Bioactive Microspheres Carry Drugs in Embolization Procedures

The number of applications of synthetic biomaterials continues to expand. However, the imaging of injected biomaterials is important to control the treatment procedure in real time, to avoid complications, and to assess therapeutic success. Embolization is the...

Briefs : Medical
Isolation of Resistance-Bearing Microorganisms

Strategies were explored for inactivating resistance-bearing microorganisms, focusing on a new species (Bacillus horneckii sp. nov.) discovered on the surfaces of the Kennedy Space Center cleanroom facility in which the Phoenix lander was assembled. Two strains that belong to this novel species were...

Briefs : Medical
Growing B Lymphocytes in a Three-Dimensional Culture System

A three-dimensional (3D) culture system for growing long-lived B lymphocytes has been invented. The capabilities afforded by the system can be expected to expand the range of options for immunological research and related activities, including testing of immunogenicity of vaccine...

Briefs : Materials
Liquid Cooling/Warming Garment

The NASA liquid cooling/ventilating garment (LCVG) currently in use was developed over 40 years ago. With the commencement of a greater number of extra-vehicular activity (EVA) procedures with the construction of the International Space Station, problems of astronaut comfort, as well as the reduction of the...

Briefs : Imaging
Oscillating Cell Culture Bioreactor

To better exploit the principles of gas transport and mass transport during the processes of cell seeding of 3D scaffolds and in vitro culture of 3D tissue engineered constructs, the oscillatory cell culture bioreactor provides a flow of cell suspensions and culture media directly through a porous 3D scaffold...

Briefs : Medical
Dual Optics/Ultrasound Imaging and Contrast Media for the Detection and Characterization of Prostate Cancer

Detection of prostate cancer has frequently been plagued with inadequate sensitivity and specificity. Hypoxia is the hallmark of malignancy because aggressive cancers outgrow their blood supply. Optical imaging is emerging as a physiologic...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Photochemical Tissue Bonding for Military Medical Applications

Joining severed vessels is a recurring problem in trauma and surgery. The basic technology of joining vessels using sutures has been available for centuries, but remains a slow and tedious process. A complete system for micro-anastomosis of vessels was developed that involves a laser...

Briefs : Nanotechnology
Magnetic Nanoparticles and Devices for Biomedical Uses

A program comprising several collaborative research efforts has been dedicated to advancing the art of utilization of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical purposes. The research has been performed by three teams, each focusing on different aspects of the art:

Products : Electronics & Computers
AC/DC Power Supply

Daitron (Wilsonville, OR) has released the MFS series of low-noise AC-DC power supply products that provide 50W of switching power for noise-sensitive medical applications. They feature an output noise of less than 10mV (rms) range and meet EMI class 8 requirements. Leakage current is less than 75 μA at 264VAC input...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Athermal Laser Machining

Norman Noble (Highland Heights, OH) offers Noble UltraLightTM, an athermal laser machining process designed to create precise features in materials such as bioabsorbable polymers, shape memory metals, and other exotic alloys without producing any heat affected zone (HAZ). This ultrashort pulse (USP) laser enables the...

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