Briefs : Medical
Software Corrects for Inhomogeneities in Digital Radiographic Images

When radiographic images are recorded, they are subject to inhomogeneities due to the construction of the radiation source and to the properties of the detection medium (detector or screen). As a result, erroneous results may appear when the digital images are processed to...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Nano-Pervaporation Membrane With Heat Exchanger Generates Medical-Grade Water

A nanoporous membrane is used for the pervaporation process in which potable water is maintained, at atmospheric pressure, on the feed side of the membrane. The water enters the non- pervaporation (NPV) membrane device where it is separated into two streams —...

Briefs : Software
Medical Information Network Decision Support System

In order to facilitate a more rapid and systematic transfer of new medical knowledge and capabilities into mainstream clinical practice, a new Medical Information Network Decision Support (MINDS) system was developed. This system is intended to be a platform for storing and fusing medical data...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Wireless Brain Implant Using a Telemetric Electrode Array System
Wireless Brain Implant Using a Telemetric Electrode Array System

The ability to monitor the activities of ensembles of single neurons is critically important in understanding the principles of information processing in the brain that...

Wireless Brain Implant Using a Telemetric Electrode Array System
Briefs : Medical
Digital Wound Measurement and Tracking System

Historically, the subjective nature of wound treatment has lead to many trial-and-error therapies to match wounds with the right treatment. The WoundMatrix™ digital wound measurement and tracking system provides an objective and qualitative tool and method to track, document, and measure the...

Features : Medical
NASA-Developed Software Improves Diagnostic Imaging

Developed by Dr. James Tilton, a computer engineer with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center’s Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (Greenbelt, MD), Hierarchical Segmentation (HSEG) software allows for advanced image analysis. Dr. Tilton first began developing...

Features : Medical
Automated Anesthesia System Performs with Programming Software

When conducting a surgical procedure, doctors typically administer anesthetics to block all sensation for the patient, including pain and distress. Based on the type of procedure, patients can receive a local, spinal, or general anesthetic. When using local or spinal techniques, only...

Features : Medical
Splitting Hairs Measuring Thin Medical Wire

Ultra-fine shaped wire, frequently one-tenth the thickness of a typical human hair, is the basis of critical components in many medical instruments. Minute defects in such wire can lead to life-threatening complications in microsurgery. With life literally hanging by a thread, this micro-thin wire must...

Products : Software
Radiology Software

The Interventional Radiology module, part of the LUMEDX suite of software, is available from LUMEDX (Oakland, CA). The software collects interventional radiology procedural information at the point of care, delivering data capture for both general and vascular procedures. The software automatically documents JCAHO and patient...

Products : Medical
Dual-Rate Syringe Pump

KD Scientific (Holliston, MA) offers the Gemini 88 syringe pump that features two independent pumping channels linked through hardware and software. The pump can infuse simultaneously at different rates, or infuse with one syringe and withdraw with the other. When combined with a valve box, the pump can provide continuous...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Data-Matrix Marking

Avicenna Technology (Montevideo, MN) offers data-matrix marking services for the medical device industry, including laser, mechanical, and organizational energy services. Laser machining capabilities include data-matrix marking that allows data to be stored in a very small space. The process typically is used for marking...

Products : Motion Control
Swivel Fittings

Air Logic (Racine, WI) offers a selection of swivel fittings with an o-ring seal located above the 10-32 UNF threads. The additional bottom seal ensures a leak-free connection. Three barb configurations are available: swivel elbows, swivel tees, and straight swivels. The design allows the barb to swivel 360 degrees in the...

Products : Medical
Test Connectors

FasTest (Minnetonka, MN) offers the ME001 Series of miniature test connectors for medical device leak testing available with metric thread options. The connectors provide mounting and media connection for testing medical devices and sealing ultrathin hypodermic and catheter tubing. Capable of sealing outside diameters down to...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensors

Microbridge Technologies Corp. (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced Nano-Air-Flow differential pressure sensors for medial respiratory applications. The devices incorporate a thermal anemometer element and CMOS analog conditioning circuitry with a microflow channel that allows accurate sensing of low differential pressures over a wide...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Custom Rubber Parts

ProtoFast custom medical parts from Rubber Industries (Shakopee, MN) are available in custom rubber and liquid silicone rubber. The ProtoFast service uses production-grade tooling and dedicated molding equipment to produce prototype quantities. Various silicone and rubber formulation options for color and performance can be...

Products : Medical
Hydrophilic Coatings

Bayer MaterialScience (Pittsburgh, PA) has introduced a family of hydrophilic coatings that combine lubricity and hemocompatibility with the mechanical properties of polyurethane. They are used in medical devices such as guidewires, catheters, leads, and endoscopes. The coatings are custom-designed and are based on...

Products : Medical
Product Focus: MD&M Midwest Exhibitor Preview

Product Focus: MD&M Midwest Exhibitor Preview

See these and other products at MD&M Midwest, September 22-24, Rosemont, IL (www.mdmmidwest.com)

Briefs : Medical
Three-Dimensional Optical Coherence Tomography

Three-dimensional (3D) optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an advanced method of noninvasive infrared imaging of tissues in depth. Heretofore, commercial OCT systems for 3D imaging have been designed principally for external ophthalmological examination. As explained below, such systems have been...

Briefs : Medical
Isolation of Precursor Cells From Waste Solid Fat Tissue

A process for isolating tissue-specific progenitor cells exploits solid fat tissue obtained as waste from such elective surgical procedures as abdominoplasties (“tummy tucks”) and breast reductions. Until now, a painful and risky process of aspiration of bone marrow has been used to...

Briefs : Medical
Benchtop Antigen Detection Technique Using Nanofiltration and Fluorescent Dyes

The designed benchtop technique is primed to detect bacteria and viruses from antigenic surface marker proteins in solutions, initially water. This inclusive bio-immunoassay uniquely combines nanofiltration and near infrared (NIR) dyes conjugated to antibodies to...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Wireless, Handheld Electronic Medical Record Application

PocketChart™, available in numerous medical specialty editions, is a wireless, handheld electronic medical record application that will help physicians increase productivity, reduce transcription costs, and increase revenue through improved code levels. PocketChart enables a PocketPC to...

Briefs : Medical
Identification of Bacteria and Determination of Biological Indicators

The ultimate goal of planetary protection research is to develop superior strategies for inactivating resistance-bearing micro-organisms like Rummelibacillus stabekisii. By first identifying the particular physiologic pathway and/or structural component of the cell/spore that...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Further Development of Scaffolds for Regeneration of Nerves

Progress has been made in continuing research on scaffolds for the guided growth of nerves to replace damaged ones. The scaffolds contain pores that are approximately cylindrical and parallel, with nearly uniform widths ranging from tens to hundreds of microns. At the earlier stage of...

Briefs : Medical
Chemically Assisted Photocatalytic Oxidation System

The chemically assisted photocatalytic oxidation system (CAPOS) has been proposed for destroying micro-organisms and organic chemicals that may be suspended in the air or present on surfaces of an air-handling system that ventilates an indoor environment. The CAPOS would comprise an upstream...

Briefs : Materials
Use of Atomic Oxygen for Increased Water Contact Angles of Various Polymers for Biomedical Applications

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of atomic oxygen (AO) exposure on the hydrophilicity of nine different polymers for biomedical applications. Atomic oxygen treatment can alter the chemistry and morphology of polymer...

Briefs : Medical
Open-Access, Low-Magnetic-Field MRI System for Lung Research

An open-access magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is being developed for use in research on orientational/ gravitational effects on lung physiology and function. The open-access geometry enables study of human subjects in diverse orientations. This system operates at a magnetic...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
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...

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