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
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 : Imaging
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...

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...

Technology Leaders : 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...

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...

Global Innovations : Medical
Thin-Silicon Implantable Chip Gives Patients More Control over Haptic Prosthetics
ImecAntwerp, Belgium
www.imec-int.com

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 research and...

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...

R&D : 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...

Features : Medical
Integration Drives the Future of Portable Healthcare Devices

The global home healthcare services industry is already worth billions of U.S. dollars and, with a growing and aging population, this is expected to continue to increase. The industry includes any service that provides care in the home by trained professionals and, not surprisingly,...

Features : Tubing & Extrusion
Reinforced Silicone Tube Options for Kink, Wear, or Burst Resistance

Its biocompatibility, flexibility, and durability have made extruded silicone the top choice for tubing in many medical devices. Of course, designing devices that will be attached to or be lodged within the body is not the easiest of tasks, even given the positive qualities of...

Features : Medical
What's Trending in 3D Printing for Healthcare

In the last three years, there has been an explosion of published content in medical journals related to 3D printing in medicine. This is a great testament to the uptick in innovation and application development around 3D printing and patient-specific 3D data, and how the combination of the two is...

Features : Medical
Reliable Protection for the Latest Advances in Diabetes Management Technologies

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 29 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States alone, and an additional person is diagnosed every 23 seconds. As the disease has turned into an epidemic, medical manufacturers have...

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

Optical Encoders

US Digital, Vancouver, WA, has introduced high-resolution versions of miniature optical encoders to its existing E4T line. The high-resolution optical encoders operate at 400 and 500 cycles per revolution (CPR) resolutions. Specifically designed for robotics,...

Global Innovations : Medical
Solar-Powered Skin Offers New Possibilities for Prosthetics
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland
www.gla.ac.uk/news

A new way of harnessing the sun's rays to power ‘synthetic skin’ could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. Engineers from the University of Glasgow,...

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Polycarbonates Play Pivotal Role in Growing Disposable Medical Device Market

The definition of a disposable device can vary. At one end of the spectrum are completely disposable, single-use devices that are designed for use on one patient during a single procedure. These items are packaged sterile by the manufacturer, and remain sterile until...

Features : Medical
12 Techniques For Better Fluid Dispensing Control

In any manufacturing environment, including life science manufacturing, it is difficult to evaluate a process that cannot be quantified and measured. But today's precision dispensing technologies provide many ways for medical OEMs to achieve accurate, repeatable, and measureable results.

Features : Photonics/Optics
Nanotechnology Developments Drive the Future of BIOPHOTONICS

The global biophotonics market is estimated to reach $91.31 billion by 2024, according to a report by Grand View Research, San Francisco, CA. The developments in optical technologies, increasing investigations by researchers, and mounting demand for early diagnosis are anticipated to...

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

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Titanium Components

Tech-Etch Plymouth, MA, supplies thin component parts made from titanium for use in medical devices. Titanium is a versatile material because of its low weight, high strength, and corrosion resistance. Because it is inert and completely...

Technology Leaders : Medical
Maximizing Power in Wearable Heart Monitors

Measuring multiple parameters, accurate readings, and having a long battery lifetime: these are the most critical parameters for a wearable device that monitors cardiovascular health. Wearable devices that were initially meant for sports and wellness purposes are now being designed for medical...

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