Briefs : Medical
Microfluidic Mixing Technology for a Universal Health Sensor

A highly efficient means of microfluidic mixing has been created for use with the rHEALTH sensor — an elliptical mixer and passive curvilinear mixing patterns. The rHEALTH sensor provides rapid, handheld, complete blood count, cell differential counts, electrolyte measurements, and...

Briefs : Medical
Microwell Arrays for Studying Many Individual Cells

“Laboratory-on-a-chip” devices that enable the simultaneous culturing and interrogation of many individual living cells have been invented. Each such device includes a silicon nitride-coated silicon chip containing an array of micromachined wells sized so that each well can contain one cell...

Briefs : Medical
Convergence Nanoparticles for Multi-Modal Biomedical Imaging

A project is underway to develop a novel, versatile, multi-functional convergence nanoparticle system that utilizes inorganic nanoparticles for advanced biomedical applications. Inorganic nanoparticles exhibit improved optical, magnetic, and electronic properties compared to classical...

Briefs : Medical
Trans-Skull Ultrasound Scanner for Diagnosis of Rhino-Sinusitis

Rhino-sinusitis, or sinus infection, is an inflammation of the paranasal sinuses, which can be caused by different conditions (bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic, or autoimmune). Bacterial rhino-sinusitis is currently assessed by puncture or imaging techniques (x-ray or CT) in order...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Microfluidic Extraction of Biomarkers Using Water as Solvent

A proposed device, denoted a miniature microfluidic biomarker extractor (μ-EX), would extract trace amounts of chemicals of interest from samples, such as soils and rocks. Traditionally, such extractions are performed on a large scale with hazardous organic solvents; each solvent...

Briefs : Medical
Identifying and Inactivating Bacterial Spores

Problems associated with, and new strategies for, inactivating resistant organisms like Bacillus canaveralius (found at Kennedy Space Center during a survey of three NASA cleanrooms) have been defined. Identifying the particular component of the spore that allows its heightened resistance can guide...

Briefs : Medical
Crashworthy Seats Would Afford Superior Protection

Seats to prevent or limit crash injuries to astronauts aboard the crew vehicle of the Orion spacecraft are undergoing development. The design of these seats incorporates and goes beyond crash-protection concepts embodied in prior spacecraft and racing-car seats to afford superior protection...

Briefs : Materials
Droplet-Based Production of Liposomes

A process for making monodisperse liposomes having lipid bilayer membranes involves fewer, simpler process steps than do related prior methods. First, a microfluidic, cross-junction droplet generator is used to produce vesicles comprising aqueous-solution droplets contained in single-layer lipid membranes....

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Surgical Robots Provide Helping “Hands” in the OR

As human beings become more comfortable sharing their space with robots, we can expect that robotic technologies will infiltrate even more aspects of our lives. For the past decade or so, robotic systems for surgery have been tested, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA),...

Features : Medical
Rebuilt Body Parts: Technology Puts a New Face On Disease and Disability

Soldiers returning from the conflict in Iraq, accident victims, cancer patients, or those with muscle-wasting diseases often end up with grossly misshapen bodies for which there is no off-the-shelf prosthetic. For these individuals, obtaining reconstructed, rebuilt body...

Features : Medical
Retina Implant Treats Disease-Related Blindness

Millions of people with diseases that starve eye tissue and nerves of oxygen may avoid blindness with a procedure developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the University of Southern California, and the University of Tennessee.

Products : Electronics & Computers
AC-DC Power Supplies

Astrodyne (Mansfield, MA) has introduced the PMK/PMMK AC-DC switching power supplies that deliver 450W with active PFC. They are qualified for medically approved AC-DC power supply applications. The series provides standard output voltages of 5, 12, 24, 36, and 48V, and are available in two styles: one contains an enclosed...

Products : Medical
Sanitary Dial Thermometers

OMEGA Engineering (Stamford, CT) offers bimetal sanitary dial thermometers with all-316/316L stainless steel wetted parts with a 3-A certified design. The hermetically sealed thermometers have an easy-to-calibrate reset screw, along with a standard glass lens. The thermometer is designed for direct insertion into...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Micro-Components

Kugler of America (Somers, CT) provides micromachining technologies for producing single parts and series production of micro-components for the medical industry. Production series or prototype parts using production steps based on micro-precision cutting or laser machining processes. The company provides high-speed production...

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Alternating Syringes

Qosina (Edgewood, NY) has introduced alternating syringes in 1, 3, 5, and 10 ml sizes. The single-use reciprocating syringes provide a single-handed solution for injection and aspiration. Two syringes, in a molded finger grip housing, work in tandem via a pulley system. This allows the index and middle fingers to remain...

Products : Materials
Medical Device Silicones

Henkel Corp. (Rocky Hill, CT) has released singlecomponent light- and moisture-curing silicone adhesives for use on medical devices that incorporate silicone materials or require flexible bond joints or coatings. The adhesives cure within 30 seconds on exposure to a suitable UV/visible light source. They eliminate part...

Products : Electronics & Computers
External and Embedded Modems

Radicom Research (San Jose, CA) offers a series of external and embedded modems designed to meet medical requirements. Avail - able in both serial TTL and USB interfaces, the modems operate under Windows, Linux, or Mac environments. The mo dems are safety, emissions, and telco compliant to meet most medical device...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Medical Device Manufacturing

Texcel (East Longmeadow, MA) offers custom medical device development and manufacturing, including surgical, interventional, and implantable devices such as endoscopic instruments, spinal/orthopedic implants, and artificial hearts and neurostimulators. The company specializes in bone-fastening devices, cardiac assist...

Products : Medical
Digital Pressure Gauge

Automation Products Group (Logan, UT) offers the PG5 digital pressure gauge that features a five-digit display. The gauge uses MEMS-based sensing technology, and incorporates user-selectable setup features. It provides 0.01-digit resolution through 100 PSI, and is available with ranges from vacuum to 500 PSI, and from 0 to...

Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Brush DC Motors

The Athlonix™ high-power-density brush DC motors from Portescap, a Danaher Motion company (West Chester, PA), feature output power up to 9 watts and a coreless design with a self-supporting coil and magnetic circuit. They are available in 12-, 16-, and 22-mm frame sizes. The motors offer maximum continuous torque up to 16.5...

Products : Medical
Infusion System

Hospira (Lake Forest, IL) has introduced the GemStar® SP infusion system with GemStar™ Infusion Suite software. The system is designed to help caregivers better incorporate patient safety best practices at the patient’s bedside. The GemStar Infusion Suite software is a standalone PC-based application that enables efficient...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensors

Kavlico, a unit of Custom Sensors & Technologies (Moorpark, CA) has introduced the P6060 pressure sensors for air pressure measurements in oxygen concentrators, respirators, and ventilators. The lightweight sensors have a piezoresistive sense element in a low-profile surface-mount package. The sensors measure 21.29 × 16.71 mm....

Products : Electronics & Computers
Power Supply

GlobTek (Northvale, NJ) has introduced the GS-1549 power supply that delivers up to 50W of continuous output power. It features dual regulated outputs of +12 Vdc at 2A, and variable 10-100 Vdc at 26W. The power supply also features a PCB frame style and Class B EMI filter, and accepts universal input of 85- 264 Vac. It measures...

Products : Motion Control
RF-Wireless Foot-Operated Controls

STEUTE Meditech (Ridgefield, CT) has introduced wireless foot-operated controls that are CE-, TUV-, and UL-compliant. The units feature spread-spectrum, frequencyhopping technology for interferenceimmune performance. Operating in the ISM 2.4-GHz band, the short-range technology (up to 10 meters) provides...

Products : Materials
Electrospinning Technology

Zeus (Orangeburg, SC) offers an electrospinning platform for the medical device and filtration industries. Electrospinning produces polymer fibers with thicknesses from the nano scale to the micro scale. Fabrics with complex shapes can be developed from solutions, pastes, and bioabsorbables. The electrospun polymer...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Low-Power Sensor

OmniVision Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) offers the OV6930 medical image sensor. It is a low-power, 400 × 400 pixel square graphics array, or SquareGA™, CMOS image sensor with an optical format of 1/10”, and a packaged footprint of 1.8 × 1.8 mm. It is designed for camera applications that require less than 2.8-mm outside...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure-Indicating Sensor Film

Pressurex® flexible Mylar-based sensor film from Sensor Products (Madison, NJ) captures and permanently records pressure distribution and magnitude between mating or contacting surfaces in the injection-molding of medical devices. After being clamped up and placed around the parting line of a mold, the sensor...

Features : Photonics/Optics
LED Device Illuminates New Path to Healing

Among NASA’s research goals is increased understanding of factors affecting plant growth, including the effects of microgravity. Impeding such studies, traditional light sources used to grow plants on Earth are difficult to adapt to spaceflight, as they require considerable amounts of power and...

Features : Medical
Periodontal Probe Improves Exams and Alleviates Pain

Conventional periodontal probing is indeed invasive, uncomfortable for the patient, and the results can vary greatly between dentists and even for repeated measurements by the same dentist. It is a necessary procedure, though, as periodontal disease is the most common dental disease, and...

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