Keyword: Computer software and hardware

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Applications: Software

In 2005, Creaform (Quebec, Canada) launched the first Handyscan 3D scanner, based on an innovative technology using triangulation as a way to position itself in space, and...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Utilizing Machine Vision Engines for Advanced Quality Control and Object Detection

Incorporating machine vision engines into an OEM system with automated handling provides a wide range of benefits to the manufacturer. Machine vision engines are self-contained vision systems that include the optics, lighting, image sensor, electronics, and...

Features: Medical
What’s So Hard About Medical Device Software Compliance?

The IEC 62304 standard for medical device software is causing system engineers worldwide to step back and examine their software development methods with considerable scrutiny. Although at one time, software development and testing was an integral part of overall system design and...

Briefs: Medical

The MDMouse system incorporates a pre-existing medical device into a conventional computer control mouse. The tool is designed to measure blood pressure outside of the medical environment, and to provide that...

Features: Medical

Time to market is of critical importance for medical instruments. A difference of even a few months in the release of a product can significantly impact the ROI of the project,...

Briefs: Medical

In all domains of medical and scientific X-ray imaging, the replacement of film and analog video imaging techniques with a fully digital workflow is underway. The Xineos X-ray panel...

Briefs: Medical

Minimally invasive surgery has increasingly required imaging devices to have the smallest possible dimensions but also deliver high-resolution vision capabilities. There has also been a rising demand for...

Briefs: Medical

Whenever images are acquired with a large dynamic range, a problem arises in reproducing these images on a medium (i.e. CRT, paper). There are the restrictions of the recording apparatus (number of...

Mission Accomplished: Medical

Shifting work schedules can wreak havoc on a person’s ability to get enough sleep, resulting in poor performance on the job. Researchers funded by the National Space Biomedical...

Mission Accomplished: Software

Eye trackers have literally opened up the world to many disabled people who suffer from limited movement and speech. The sophisticated devices track eye movements — distinguishing the viewer’s precise...

Mission Accomplished: Software

On an exploration mission, an astronaut has an accident and appears to have serious injuries as the spacecraft speeds to its destination. The ensuing scene is hectic...

Mission Accomplished: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA-developed technologies have found new uses in a variety of medical-related applications. Here we highlight some of those spinoff innovations that had their roots in NASA.

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Briefs: Medical

Conventional endoscopes are the “gold standard” for investigating and evaluating mucosal disease of the esophagus. Free-swimming camera pills are large because they must carry camera,...

Applications: Medical

Fetal heart rate (FHR) detection is the primary methodology for antenatal determination of fetal well-being and assisting in the identification of potential hazards such as hypoxia and...

Briefs: Medical
Digital Microfluidics Sample Analyzer

Three innovations address the needs of the medical world with regard to microfluidic manipulation and testing of physiological samples in ways that can benefit point-of-care needs for patients such as premature infants, for which drawing of blood for continuous tests can be life-threatening in their own...

Mission Accomplished: Software

Astronauts, pilots, air traffic controllers, truck drivers, shift workers, and mountain climbers have something in common: All are at risk for impaired cognitive abilities due to stress or sleep...

Briefs: Imaging

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...

Briefs: Medical
Vibrating Quartz Sensor Characterizes Liquid Samples

A novel analytical technology characterizes liquids for healthcare applications. As a drop of liquid evaporates on a vibrating quartz sensor, it undergoes distinctive phase changes representing the unique chemical and physical characteristics of the sample. This unique “fingerprint”...

Briefs: Software
GUI To Facilitate Research on Biological Damage From Radiation

A graphical-user-interface (GUI) computer program has been developed to facilitate research on the damage caused by highly energetic particles and photons impinging on living organisms. The program brings together, into one computational workspace, computer codes that have been...

Mission Accomplished: Software

In 1985, a team of engineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore began developing software to manage various tasks for the Hubble Space Telescope. In the early phases of...

Mission Accomplished: Medical

For decades, NASA has been using advanced cameras to create images of the universe never before seen and then transmit these pictures back to Earth, where scientists then ask themselves,...

Mission Accomplished: Medical

As part of an internship in NASA’s Space Biology Program, Mary M. Yang had the opportunity to work in NASA’s Mission Control Center and see the first close-up images of Saturn being...

Mission Accomplished: Software

By mid-1963, American astronauts had visited space on six different occasions, all as part of NASA’s first human space flight program, the Mercury Program. During the final Mercury...

Briefs: Software
Quantifying Therapeutic and Diagnostic Efficacy in 2D Microvascular Images

VESGEN is a newly automated, userinteractive program that maps and quantifies the effects of vascular therapeutics and regulators on microvascular form and function. VESGEN analyzes two-dimensional, black and white vascular images by measuring important vessel morphology...

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: Medical
Quantifying Therapeutic and Diagnostic Efficacy in 2D Microvascular Images

VESGEN is a newly automated, user- interactive program that maps and quantifies the effects of vascular therapeutics and regulators on microvascular form and function. VESGEN analyzes two- dimensional, black and white vascular images by measuring important vessel...

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: Software

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...

Applications: Medical

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...

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John Chandler on Achieving Quality Motion Control

FAULHABER MICROMO brings together the highest quality motion technologies and value-added services, together with global engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing, to deliver top quality micro motion solutions. With 34 years’ experience, John Chandler injects a key engineering perspective into all new projects and enjoys working closely with OEM customers to bring exciting new technologies to market.

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Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.