Features : Medical
On the Cutting Edge of Hearing Aid Research

In the United States, nearly 20 percent of the population is reportedly hearing impaired — although that figure could be higher because many people are reluctant to admit they have a hearing problem. Those who are treated rely on miniature and discreet hearing aid devices to improve their hearing,...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: September 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Dynamic Inclination Sensor

A dynamic inclination sensor is available from ASM Sensors, Elmhurst, IL. The POSITILT® PTK29 sensor compensates for dynamic influences to give correct values even when in motion. The sensor measures inclination between ±180° with...

Features : Medical
New HAI-Prevention Cleaning Protocols Reinforce Need for Material Consideration for Medical Device Housings

As in any industry, new technologies and material choices present new opportunities and challenges for OEMs looking to build brand equity, bring products to market faster, and meet consumer demand. Medical device manufacturers are faced...

Features : Medical
Designing Cybersecurity into Connected Medical Devices
Designing Cybersecurity into Connected Medical Devices

Cyber threats to health delivery organizations (HDOs) and the medical device industry as a whole have hit a new level of maturity in the last year. A decade ago, the attack scene was...

Designing Cybersecurity into Connected Medical Devices
Features : Electronics & Computers
Understanding Proper Cleaning Procedures for Medical Device PCBs

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are critical components in many medical devices. Prior to shipment to the OEM, PCBs must undergo a thorough cleaning process to remove excess solder, rosins, and other contaminants at the end of the manufacturing cycle. If not cleaned properly, PCBs...

Features : Medical
Skin-Worn Wearable Devices: Tomorrow’s Vision, Today’s Realities
Skin-Worn Wearable Devices: Tomorrow’s Vision, Today’s Realities

In the fast-expanding world of wearable medical devices, an entrepreneurial spirit is driving dreams of a digital health future into reality. Collaboration on material...

Skin-Worn Wearable Devices: Tomorrow’s Vision, Today’s Realities
Features : Medical
Embedded System Design and Development for ARM-Based Laboratory Analyzers

What’s the most efficient way to design the appropriate embedded logic into a laboratory device? More and more often, the answer is to use computer-on-modules, even for ARM-based designs. Heitec used an NXP i.MX6-based Qseven module from Congatec in the design of a...

Features : Medical
Metamaterial-Enhanced MRI Technology Provides Higher-Quality, More Detailed Images

Scientists from the Netherlands and Russia have developed a new technology for enhancing the local sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. The metasurface-based MRI has been tested on human test subjects for the first time. The metasurface...

Features : Medical
Ensuring a Safe Medical Design

Until recently, developers and manufacturers of medical devices have not been required to consider security in their products. New guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and expanded European Union requirements for personal data protection now make security design in medical devices a necessity....

Features : Medical
The Benefits of Magnesium Alloy for Medical Implants

The use of medical devices has hit an all-time high, with the global industry currently valued at $200 million and strong growth predictions through to 2023.1 These devices include surgical implants, which cover a broad range of applications such as artificial joints, lap-bands,...

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New Products and Services: August 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Reflective Optical Sensor

TT Electronics, Woking, UK, has introduced a reflective optical sensor that provides dependable edge and presence detection of reflective media under a wide range of ambient light conditions. Integrated into a 4 × 2.2 × 1.5 mm surface-mount package,...

R&D : Medical
Cutting Down on Cancer Surgeries

Engineers have developed an imaging technology that could help surgeons removing breast cancer lumps confirm that they have cut out the entire tumor — reducing the need for additional surgeries.

R&D : Medical
Waterproof Wheelchair Runs on Compressed Air

A new waterproof motorized wheelchair uses high-pressured air as an energy source instead of heavy batteries and electronics. The chair weighs about 80 lb overall and takes just 10 minutes to recharge, compared with eight hours to charge an electric mobility device.

R&D : Medical
Pad Combines Pressure and Gel to Heal Scars

An innovative pad combines both reinforcing pressure and occlusion to treat hypertrophic scars from burns, surgeries, and trauma. The Smart Scar-Care pad showed good performance in reducing pigmentation and vascularity, improving elasticity and preventing dehydration in a clinical trial. Patients...

R&D : Medical
Graphene-Based Sensor Could Improve Treatment of Asthma

Scientists have created a graphene-based sensor that could lead to earlier detection of looming asthma attacks and improve the management of asthma and other respiratory diseases, preventing hospitalizations and deaths. The sensor paves the way for the development of wearable devices that...

Features : Medical
Advantages of Servo-Actuated Molds for Manufacturing Medical Devices

Electric servo motors are rapidly replacing mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic actuation systems in plastic injection molds, particularly those used in medical cleanrooms, where clean, precise mold actuation can make a significant difference to part quality. In general, servo...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Piezoelectric Motors Enable MRI-Guided Prostate Ablation

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer affecting American men, with approximately one in seven diagnosed in their lifetime. Most patients receiving conventional prostate cancer therapies such as surgery or radiation have good oncologic outcomes; however, these therapies are often...

Features : Materials
Disposables

The potential for environmental stress cracking is a common concern when plastics are used in medical devices. According to materials expert Jeffrey Jansen of The Madison Group, environmental stress cracking (ESC) is considered a leading cause of plastic part failure. “It is the premature embrittlement and subsequent cracking of a...

Features : Medical
8 Key Decisions to Make When Designing Motor Drives

Engineers designing their own motor drives must accomplish many different tasks, from selecting a microcontroller to choosing the right connectors and power supply for mechanical integration. Yet knowing the right questions to ask before beginning a design, and what decisions must be made at...

Global Innovations : Medical
Thin-Silicon Implantable Chip Gives Patients More Control over Haptic Prosthetics
ImecAntwerp, Belgium
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A prototype implantable chip aims to give patients more intuitive control over their arm prosthetics. The thin-silicon chip is a world’s first for electrode density and was developed by Imec, a...

Features : Medical
Tactile Force Sensors

In the past, surgeons relied on simple tools, training, and their own interpretations to perform their surgical procedures. The innovative minds behind designing new medical devices focused on developing tools that produced quantifiable data, which in turn improved the integrity of the surgical procedure.

Features : Medical
Powerful Processors, Touch Panels Drive Advances in X-Ray Imaging

According to a report from Markets and Markets, the diagnostic imaging market is expected to reach nearly $36.43 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 6.6 percent from 2016 to 2021. The report notes that technological advancements in diagnostic imaging modalities are driving the growth of...

Features : Medical
Keeping Your Eye On UDI

As medical technology accelerates at an almost incomprehensible pace, regulations and requirements increase correspondingly. With rapid innovation and the desire to speed time to market comes more rigorous requirements for safety and effectiveness, which drives the establishment of programs such as FDA’s unique device...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Drug-Delivery Systems: Building in Reliability

Systems that deliver medication — whether implanted or at the patient bedside in the hospital — are often vital for the survival of patients. Drug-delivery devices include ambulatory infusion pumps, patch pumps for insulin delivery, linear peristaltic pumps, rotary peristaltic pumps, and tiny...

Products : Medical
New Products and Services: July 2017 Medical Design Briefs

Product of the Month: Self-Clinching Steel Locknuts

Self-clinching steel locknuts from PennEngineering, Danboro, PA, integrate a unique Tri-Dent® locking feature to hold mating screws tight over time by providing sufficient torsional resistance to withstand...

R&D : Medical
Ultrasound ‘Drill’ Targets Deep Vein Blood Clots

Researchers have developed a new surgical tool that uses low-frequency intravascular ultrasound to break down blood clots that cause deep vein thrombosis. The tool is the first ultrasound “drill” that can be aimed straight ahead, allowing doctors to better target clots — which holds...

R&D : Medical
Microhole Chip Allows Analysis of Single Cells

A microhole chip allows single cells to be picked out of the blood sample, placed on separate holes in the substrate for analysis, and removed individually afterwards. A slight underpressure is applied to the cells that holds each one in its allotted place by suction.

R&D : Medical
Smart Materials Used in Ultrasound Behave Like Water

A team of researchers is gaining new insight into the smart materials used in ultrasound technology, finding striking similarities with the behavior of water. They investigated a behavior of smart material called piezoelectricity, which is the interchange of mechanical energy with electrical...

News : Medical
New System Eliminates Need for Pacemaker Batteries

Researchers have developed a piezoelectric system that converts the heart’s vibrational energy into electricity to power pacemakers, eliminating the need for batteries. Unlike conventional pacemakers, leadless pacemakers are about the size of an AAA battery. They are delivered via a catheter...

Technology Leaders : Medical
The Critical Role of Material Performance and Processing Data

Successfully using liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and other advanced silicone technologies in medical devices often depends upon access to a deep and broad repository of research and test data, paired with specialized expertise in the multiple ways that material properties and...

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