Technology Leaders : Test & Measurement
Medical Design Briefs: 2019 Technology Leaders
Medical Design Briefs: 2019 Technology Leaders
Learn about 2019's stand-out manufacturers and cutting-edge applications in special metals, coatings, robotics, and more.
Medical Design Briefs: 2019 Technology Leaders
Features : Connectivity
The Future of Connected Health
The Future of Connected Health

The three main global goals of healthcare continue to be: improving the quality of care, universal access to care, and keeping costs under control. Technologies and remote connected healthcare are touted as the...

The Future of Connected Health
Features : Design
Making a Great Cardio Product Even Better: The Next-Generation Zio Heart Patch
Making a Great Cardio Product Even Better: The Next-Generation Zio Heart Patch

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease. This group of over 121 million people are often diagnosed with potential...

Making a Great Cardio Product Even Better: The Next-Generation Zio Heart Patch
Products : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs

External PSUs

XP Power, Tokyo, Japan, has released two series of external power supplies that are intended for modern medical applications, including safety approvals for...

New Products and Services: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Motion Control
Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control
Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control

Voice Coil Motor

Moticont, Van Nuys, CA, has added a new high force voice coil motor to its GVCM family of voice coil motors with an internal shaft and bearing. The new GVCM-095-089-03 linear...

Product Focus: Motors & Motion Control
Products : Medical
Product of the Month: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs

Flexible Printed Circuit

Trackwise, Tewkesbury, UK, offers advanced flexible printed circuits (FPCs) that are ideal for catheter construction. The FPCs can be fed inside a...

Product of the Month: January 2020 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Medical
AI Blood Test Spot Signs of Brain Tumors

Researchers have developed a test that works by detecting chemical clues shed by brain tumors into the blood. They say it could help improve brain tumor survival by making diagnosis quicker and more efficient.

R&D : Medical
3D Printed Plastics with High-Performance Electrical Circuits
3D Printed Plastics with High-Performance Electrical Circuits

Engineers have embedded high-performance electrical circuits inside 3D printed plastics, which could lead to better-performing biomedical implants. They used pulses of high-energy...

3D Printed Plastics with High-Performance Electrical Circuits
R&D : Medical
Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs
Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs

Researchers have developed a low-cost, “intelligent” metamaterial that could revolutionize magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), making the entire MRI process faster, safer, and more accessible to...

Magnetic Metamaterial Could Improve MRIs
R&D : Medical
Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs
Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs

Scientists have developed plastic collimators that can replace their metal analogs used in radiation therapy. The team focused on the exact characteristics of the desired product, its...

Scientists Replace Metal Collimators with Plastic Analogs
R&D : Medical
Implantable Bioartificial Kidney Achieves Preclinical Milestone
Implantable Bioartificial Kidney Achieves Preclinical Milestone

Scientists successfully implanted a prototype kidney bioreactor containing functional human kidney cells in large animals without significant safety concerns. The device, which...

Implantable Bioartificial Kidney Achieves Preclinical Milestone
R&D : Robotics, Automation & Control
Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials
Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials

Stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and put in your pocket have been developed by a team using a new way of embedding artificial muscles and electrical adhesion into soft...

Embedding Artificial Muscles into Soft Materials
Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
Cost-Effective Interconnects for Autoclaved Medical Devices
Cost-Effective Interconnects for Autoclaved Medical Devices

The medical market is becoming more and more impacted by influences of emerging market mega trends including expanding global markets, where products must be made to meet the...

Cost-Effective Interconnects for Autoclaved Medical Devices
Technology Leaders : Electronics & Computers
How to Protect Patients from Potential Electrical Failure
How to Protect Patients from Potential Electrical Failure

People and power don’t mix well, and this is particularly true when people are medical patients. Aside from the more usual environment of a medical facility, patients are also...

How to Protect Patients from Potential Electrical Failure
Global Innovations : Medical
Implants: Protective Membrane Reduces Tissue Buildup
Implants: Protective Membrane Reduces Tissue Buildup

Scientists have developed a special protective membrane made of cellulose that significantly reduces the buildup of fibrotic tissue around cardiac pacemaker implants, as reported in a...

Implants: Protective Membrane Reduces Tissue Buildup
From the Editor : IoMT
From the Editor: Building an Improved Network for Connected Medical Devices
From the Editor: Building an Improved Network for Connected Medical Devices

AT&T is building up its FirstNet network, while also rolling out 5G New Radio — both of which are part of the future of connected of healthcare. FirstNet is a...

From the Editor: Building an Improved Network for Connected Medical Devices
Features : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection
Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection

Health and wellness monitoring is a primary way to manage personal health and awareness for a healthy lifestyle. Many wearable activity tracking devices, smart watches,...

Using 24 GHz Doppler Radar Sensors for Noncontact Human Vitals Detection
Features : Materials
Innovations in Orthopedic Elastomers Enhance Durability and Appearance
Innovations in Orthopedic Elastomers Enhance Durability and Appearance

The history of silicone rubber is synonymous with advancements in medical materials. Silicones, a family of biocompatible elastomers, provide an attractive balance of...

Innovations in Orthopedic Elastomers Enhance Durability and Appearance
Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 2
Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 2

The long-term structural integrity of the substrate is critical for the development of medical devices approved for demanding cardiovascular applications such as transcatheter...

Effects of Tube Processing on the Fatigue Life of Nitinol: Part 2
Features : Materials
Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing
Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing

When a patient experiences 70 percent or greater stenosis in the carotid artery — a condition that can cause lack of cerebral blood flow, stroke, and in some cases, death —...

Bioresorbable Patch Offers New Alternative for Arterial Healing
Products : Materials
New Products & Services: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Composite Tubing

Polygon, Walkerton, IN, has released a high-performance composite tubing for surgical applications. PolyMed® composite tubing is ideal for...

New Products & Services: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Imaging
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Each month, the editors of Medical Design Briefs choose a Product of the Month that has exceptional technical merit and practical value for MDB's design engineering readers.

Vote for the 2019 Annual Readers’ Choice Awards
Products : Test & Measurement
Product Focus: Test & Measurement
Product Focus: Test & Measurement

Hardness Tester

L.S. Starrett, Athol, MA, has introduced two new digital Rockwell/Superficial Rockwell benchtop hardness testers with fully automated load/unload procedures and capable of providing...

Product Focus: Test & Measurement
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Ultrasonic Welder

Cycle time, changeover, and downtime can be significantly and efficiently reduced with a new ultrasonic welder from Hermann Ultrasonics, Bartlett, IL. The...

Product of the Month: December 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Medical
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices

A new interface takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables, or computers.

Artificial Skin Creates Ticklish Devices
R&D : Materials
New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials
New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials

A new technique could be used to print soft biomaterials that could be used to repair defects in the body. The method offers an alternative to existing techniques that use gels that have been minced...

New 3D Printing Technique for Biomaterials
R&D : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Kirigami Inspires New Method for Wearable Sensors
Kirigami Inspires New Method for Wearable Sensors

Researchers have applied kirigami architectures to graphene, an ultra-thin material, to create sensors suitable for wearable devices. Simulations were done using online software on a...

Kirigami Inspires New Method for Wearable Sensors
R&D : Wearables
Wearable Trackers Predict Death Risk
Wearable Trackers Predict Death Risk

A recent study shows that wearable accelerometers — mechanical sensors worn like a watch, belt, or bracelet to track movement — are a more reliable measure of physical activity and better than patient...

Wearable Trackers Predict Death Risk
R&D : Medical
Researchers Compare Shape-Memory Alloys
Researchers Compare Shape-Memory Alloys

Researchers have compared two copper-based SMAs of the same composition but fabricated differently. After annealing, the samples were cooled at different rates. Then both samples were heated inside the...

Researchers Compare Shape-Memory Alloys
R&D : Medical
VR Helps Amputees ‘Feel’ Prosthetic Limbs
VR Helps Amputees ‘Feel’ Prosthetic Limbs

Scientists have shown that amputees can actually be convinced that the prosthetic hand belongs to their own body. They do this by going beyond the “seeing is believing” idiom based on...

VR Helps Amputees ‘Feel’ Prosthetic Limbs

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Tie Layer — Improved Catheter Construction

Zeus' new Tie Layer improves liner-to-jacket bond strength for a stronger and more consistently performing catheter. With bond strength increased by more than 2½x, Tie Layer reduces the risk of delamination while setting the stage for improved patient safety.

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