Tech Briefs

Briefs : Medical
Computational Model Aids Biofilm Detection
http://news.nd.edu/news/56829

An applied mathematician and an environmental biotechnologist at the University of Notre Dame have teamed up to develop a new computational model that simulates the mechanical behavior of biofilms. Their model, they say, may lead to new strategies for studying a...

Briefs : Medical
Blending High-End Imaging Techniques

A team of scientists at Vanderbilt University have achieved the first “image fusion” of mass spectrometry and microscopy, which, they say, could dramatically improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, among other advancements.

Briefs : Medical
Focusing on Glaucoma Solutions

The primary focus of diagnostic exams for glaucoma, and follow-up testing, is measuring pressure inside the eye. A rise in pressure indicates that the disease is worsening, and all current glaucoma treatments work by reducing that pressure. But, say researchers at the University of Alabama (UAB), intraocular...

Briefs : Medical
Cancer Detection Device Receives SXSW Award

An optical probe to detect skin cancer designed by a team of researchers at the at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas (UT) was a hometown favorite to win an innovation award at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in March. The event honors emerging technologies, as well as...

Briefs : Medical
FDA Adopts Three Nanotechnology Standards

The FDA recently adopted three nanotechnology standards as part of a major update to the administration’s List of Recognized Standards. The documents comprise a Technical Specification (TS) developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 229 on...

Briefs : Medical
Understanding How Materials’ Behaviors Change

A group of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, say that to understand how nanomaterials behave, it’s necessary to understand the atomic-scale deformation mechanisms that determine their structure...

Briefs : Markets
Drug-Encapsulated Prosthetic Enhancement

This invention places a drug delivery system inside a prosthetic implant to circumvent the physical issues encountered after fitting the implant. Implants being relatively large in size would be able to house the drug-carrying device inside them without compromising the structural integrity or the...

Briefs : Materials
Treating Brain Aneurysms with Polymer Foam

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

A team of engineers at Texas A&M University, led by Duncan Maitland, a professor of biomedical engineering, along with the Mayo Clinic Medical School, aims to use special polyurethane-based shape memory polymer foams (SMPs) as a more effective and...

Briefs : Medical
Imaging Catheter Could Reduce Cardiac Complications

A team of scientists at RTI International, a leading research institute, have developed a 3D imaging catheter aimed at providing cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. The catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Precision X-Ray Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging

The need to image nanostructures and chemical reactions down to nanometer resolution requires a new class of x-ray microscope that can perform precision microscopy experiments using ultra-bright x-rays. The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, has...

Briefs : Medical
Engineering and Construction Process for Custom Device Cases
Engineering and Construction Process for Custom Device Cases

When bringing new medical equipment or portable mobile medical devices to market, manufacturers turn to packaging engineers to develop custom case solutions that can enhance and...

Engineering and Construction Process for Custom Device Cases
Briefs : Medical
Semiconductor Laser Improves Imaging Quality

An interdepartmental team of scientists in applied physics, electrical and biomedical engineering, and diagnostic radiology at Yale University say that there has been an intense and ongoing search for the ideal light sources for high-speed, full-field imaging applications ranging from next-generation...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

NASA has patented a new technology called the Vision Chip, an implantable device that has the potential to restore or supplement visual function in a diseased or damaged retina. This technology could benefit millions of people in the US and globally who suffer from degenerative diseases of the...

Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
NIH Funding Projects to Develop Assistive Robots

New research in robotics to help with stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs, and assist children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are some of the projects now being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). This...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Improved Suit Design for Ebola Caregivers

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University have designed an advanced protective suit for health care workers who treat Ebola patients. The design is one of the first five awardees in a federal funding contest from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at quickly devising new...

Briefs : Packaging & Sterilization
Making the Right Choice for Primary Packaging
Making the Right Choice for Primary Packaging
Technipaq, Inc.,
Crystal Lake, IL

At the onset of a project it seems there are a myriad of things that an engineer or packaging professional should consider when choosing an...

Making the Right Choice for Primary Packaging
Briefs : Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetics

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. As reported in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, wearers of the robotic leg could walk on a moving treadmill nearly as...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

NASA has patented a new technology called the Vision Chip, an implantable device that has the potential to restore or supplement visual function in a diseased or damaged retina. This technology could benefit millions of people in the US and globally who suffer from degenerative diseases of the...

Briefs : Medical
TÜV Urges OEMs to Consider New EMC Requirements

The International Electrotechnical Commission, Geneva, Switzerland, introduced the fourth edition of IEC 60601-1-2:2014, the standard specifying electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) requirements and tests for medical equipment and systems. TÜV Rheinland, a leading global certification...

Briefs : Medical
Motor Selection for Electronic Pipetting

The pipette is a basic fluid control tool for transferring tiny amounts of liquids. Electronic or motorized pipettes are an ergonomic alternative to manual pipettes and an efficient way to increase sample throughput with precision and accuracy.

Briefs : Medical
Making Lower Limb Prosthetics More Comfortable

Diabetes is the leading cause of limb loss, accounting for more than 65,000 amputations a year nationwide. In addition, there were more than 1,500 major limb amputations from US battle injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2013. That’s a lot of people needing comfortably fitting...

Briefs : Medical
Drug Wrap Could Prevent Stent Scarring

Each year, more than a half-million Americans undergo stenting procedures to have a narrowed coronary artery propped open. The procedure helps to restore blood flow and is common for certain patients who’ve experienced a heart attack or other arterial blockages.

Briefs : Wearables
SMART Bandage Measures Tissue Oxygenation

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Senors and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, has created a paint-on, transparent “SMART” bandage that can protect severe wounds and burns while also...

Briefs : Medical
Developing Novel Customized Therapies

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Arlington, VA, is developing a new Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program exploring neuromodulation of organ functions to help the human body heal itself.

Briefs : Medical
Biofeedback System for Optimal Athletic Performance

ZONE (Zeroing Out Negative Effects) is a method of biofeedback training for optimal athletic performance. ZONE is designed to improve athletes’ responses to stress, anxiety, and loss of concentration during competition. In the training environment, when the user successfully attains an...

Briefs : Medical
Imaging Method Might Mean Earlier Cancer Detection

Engineers at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, say that a new medical imaging method they are developing may help physicians detect cancer and other diseases earlier than before, speeding treatment, and reducing the need for invasive, time-consuming biopsies. Their technique uses...

Briefs : Imaging
Gigapixel Camera Images Entire Body

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough, it is usually curable. Researchers at Duke University, Durham, NC, say that they have created a camera that can take high-resolution images of the entire human body, to help doctors spot...

Briefs : Tubing & Extrusion
Revitalizing Product Development with Aluminum Extrusions

To control product development costs without sacrificing quality, medical device OEMs are giving new life to their product development process by turning to aluminum extrusions instead of other more costly materials to manufacture their components.

Briefs : Medical
Biospleen Device Can Transform Sepsis Treatment

When a patient has sepsis, in which bacteria or fungi multiply too swiftly in a patient’s blood for antibiotics to help, the result is often deadly. However, a new device inspired by the human spleen and developed by a team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering,...

Briefs : Medical
Open Source Designs Let Researchers Print Syringe Pumps

Furnishing a research lab can be pretty expensive. To combat some of the costs, a team of scientists led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, has published an open-source library of designs that will let researchers slash the cost of one commonly used piece of...

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