From the Editor : AR/AI
From the Editor — Giving the 510(k) Pathway a Much-Needed Makeover

Making changes to a regulatory process is usually difficult, slow, and often painful — after all, it involves lots of bureaucracy and many “cooks in the kitchen.” But I’m encouraged by FDA’s recent announcement that it plans to modernize the 510(k) pathway. In...

Features : Design
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone

Device functionality is usually the starting point when designing devices. Another element that needs to be considered when designing devices and their subsequent components...

Design for Manufacturing: Tips for Molding Components in Silicone
Features : Medical
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing
Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing

Long-term patient comfort is a key part in any implant surgeries. Accurate placements of implants, of knees, hips, and other medical devices, is crucial to reducing the risk of discomfort and the...

Customizing Implants With 3D Image Processing
Features : Medical
Biosensors: Bringing Diagnosis to the Point of Care
Biosensors: Bringing Diagnosis to the Point of Care

Biosensors and point-of-care devices are poised to change the delivery of healthcare. Biosensor technology can be used in cheap, disposable point-of-care devices, or it can be used to...

Biosensors: Bringing Diagnosis to the Point of Care
Features : Design
Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2
Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2

As the medical device and engineering industry grows, there is also demand for better devices and equipment. Trends such as smaller and more...

Thinking Ahead Thermally: A Guide to Thermal Management Considerations for Medical Devices, Part 2
Features : Medical
Special Metals Make Unparalleled Medical Devices Possible
Special Metals Make Unparalleled Medical Devices Possible

Around the world, people are living longer with more active lifestyles thanks to continuing advancements in medical technology. This evolution in technology stems from the development...

Special Metals Make Unparalleled Medical Devices Possible
Features : Medical
Tackling Clinical Evaluation Head On
Tackling Clinical Evaluation Head On

When a medical device is placed on the market, it is critical for the manufacturer to demonstrate through appropriate Conformity Assessments (CAs) that the device complies with the Essential Requirements...

Tackling Clinical Evaluation Head On
Features : Medical
Electrical and Antibacterial Hydrogel Developed for Brain Implants
Electrical and Antibacterial Hydrogel Developed for Brain Implants
University of the Basque Country
Leioa, Spain
www.ehu.eus/en

Hydrogels with electrical and antibacterial properties suitable for neural interfaces have...

Electrical and Antibacterial Hydrogel Developed for Brain Implants
Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Product of the Month: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product of the Month: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Ultrasonic Welding Platform

Emerson, Danbury, CT, has launched a highly configurable ultrasonic welding platform. The Branson GSX is a modular system that enables users to...

Product of the Month: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
Product Focus: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Product Focus: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Motors and Gear Motors

Allied Motion Technologies, Amherst, NY, has released a line of fractional horsepower PMDC motors and gear motors. These Globe motors are available...

Product Focus: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
New Products & Services: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
New Products & Services: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs

Image Sensor Testing

Presto Engineering, San Jose, GA has developed a custom, computer-controlled testing solution that illuminates sections of CMOS image sensors wafers in...

New Products & Services: January 2019 Medical Design Briefs
R&D : Medical
Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged
Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged

Landmark test results suggest a promising class of sensors can be used in high-radiation environments and to advance important medical, industrial, and research applications.

Photonic Radiation Sensors Survive Huge Doses Undamaged
R&D : Medical
Device Allows Patients to Monitor and Control Anticoagulant Dose

Researchers have developed a biosensor device that allows them to monitor their anticoagulants such as Sintrom (aceno-coumarol). This device would allow the patient or doctor to regulate the dose and achieve the optimal effect, something key in people medicated with...

R&D : Photonics/Optics
Shedding a New Light on Optical Trapping and Tweezing
Shedding a New Light on Optical Trapping and Tweezing

Researchers have found a way to use the full beam of a laser light to control and manipulate minute objects such as single cells in a human body, tiny particles in small volume chemistry,...

Shedding a New Light on Optical Trapping and Tweezing
R&D : Medical
Simple Urine Test Could Diagnose Bacterial Pneumonia
Simple Urine Test Could Diagnose Bacterial Pneumonia

A nanoparticle-based technology could be used to improve the speed of diagnosis. This type of sensor could also be used to monitor whether antibiotic therapy has successfully treated the...

Simple Urine Test Could Diagnose Bacterial Pneumonia
R&D : Medical
Engineers Explore Microfluidics with LEGO Bricks

MIT engineers have introduced an element of fun into microfluidics. The field of microfluidics involves minute devices that precisely manipulate fluids at submillimeter scales. Such devices typically take the form of flat, two-dimensional chips, etched with tiny channels and ports that are...

From the Editor : Connectivity
From the Editor — Revolutionary New Radio Architecture Brings the Long Battery Life Needed for IoMT

The IoMT has ushered in a new era for connected medical technology. But battery life is often mentioned as one of the impediments to the advancement of IoMT. Batteries in medical devices need a long lifespan so that users aren’t having to...

Features : Test & Measurement
Key Human Factors Drive Design for Disposables, Test Kits and IFUs
Key Human Factors Drive Design for Disposables, Test Kits and IFUs

Bring to mind your last straight-out-of-the-box experience with a disposable medical device of any kind. Without a doubt, everyone has experienced the same frustrations:...

Key Human Factors Drive Design for Disposables, Test Kits and IFUs
Features : Test & Measurement
Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices
Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices

Globally, the use of medical consumables continues to rise due to an aging population and the increasing prevalence of day surgeries. As the use of medical...

Biaxial Testing of Medical Devices, Consumer Products, & Drug-Delivery Devices
Features : Medical
Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance
Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance

Medical device manufacturers often use silicone adhesives to bond parts together when assembling products such as catheters, pacemakers, cochlear implants, aesthetic...

Effects of Surface Preparation on Medical Silicone Adhesive Performance
Features : Test & Measurement
Catheter-Delivered Pump Uses Innovative Approach to Fight Heart Failure
Catheter-Delivered Pump Uses Innovative Approach to Fight Heart Failure

Walking up the stairs to your room one evening, you stop to catch your breath and think “I haven't always felt this tired.” Week by week, you start to notice even...

Catheter-Delivered Pump Uses Innovative Approach to Fight Heart Failure
Features : Medical
Glow-in-the-Dark Paper Provides Rapid Test for Infectious Diseases
Glow-in-the-Dark Paper Provides Rapid Test for Infectious Diseases
Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
www.tue.nl

Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Keio University...

Glow-in-the-Dark Paper Provides Rapid Test for Infectious Diseases
Products : Electronics & Computers
New Products and Services: December 2018 Medical Design Briefs
New Products and Services: December 2018 Medical Design Briefs

Medical Power Supply

Bear Power Supplies, Phelps, NY, has designed a CF-rated medical power supply for surgical instruments and other medical applications. The rugged...

New Products and Services: December 2018 Medical Design Briefs
Products : Medical
Smart Wheelchair Seats, Prosthetics
Smart Wheelchair Seats, Prosthetics

A smart seat cushion uses changes in air pressure to redistribute body weight and help prevent the painful ulcers caused by sitting for long periods of time in a wheelchair.

Smart Wheelchair Seats, Prosthetics
Products : Medical
Product Focus December 2018: Test & Measurement
Product Focus December 2018: Test & Measurement

Measurement Software

Hexagon Manufacturing Software, North Kingstown, RI, has launched the latest edition of its measurement software. PC-DMIS 2018 R1 provides continued service pack...

Product Focus December 2018: Test & Measurement
R&D : Materials
Smart Surfaces for Safer Implants
Smart Surfaces for Safer Implants

Researchers have engineered surface coatings that can repel everything, such as bacteria, viruses, and living cells, but can be modified to permit beneficial exceptions. The discovery holds significant...

Smart Surfaces for Safer Implants
R&D : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Origami, 3D Printing Make Complex Structures
Origami, 3D Printing Make Complex Structures

By merging the ancient art of origami with 21st century technology, researchers have created a one-step approach to fabricating complex origami structures whose light weight, expandability, and...

Origami, 3D Printing Make Complex Structures
R&D : Medical
Nerve-on-a-Chip Makes Neuroprosthetics More Effective
Nerve-on-a-Chip Makes Neuroprosthetics More Effective

Scientists have developed a nerve-on-a-chip platform that can stimulate and record from explanted nerve fibers, just as an implanted neuroprosthetic would. Their platform contains...

Nerve-on-a-Chip Makes Neuroprosthetics More Effective
R&D : Medical
Wearable Artificial Kidney
Wearable Artificial Kidney

Scientists have developed a new urea sorbent that could accelerate progress toward the development of a lightweight, wearable artificial kidney with the potential to make dialysis more convenient, comfortable and...

Wearable Artificial Kidney
From the Editor : Medical
From the Editor — EU MDR: Many Device Makers Unprepared as Impending Deadline Draws Near

With a 2020 deadline looming for the European Union’s Medical Device Regulation (MDR), medical device makers “lack understanding of the new rules that govern the ability to sell products in one of the world’s largest markets,” according to a survey...

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