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Medical optics and photonics technologies support lab diagnostics, X-ray imaging, ophthalmic lasers, and a variety of other essential devices. Read the latest news and expert advice about medical optics and photonics companies, industries, and research labs.

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Global Innovations: Photonics/Optics
Researchers have developed an ultra-tiny endo-microscope that could help improve breast cancer treatment and cut NHS waiting lists.
Supplements: Packaging & Sterilization
In our summer edition of the MDB Resource Guide, learn about new cleaning requirements and find the right company to match your medical-design needs.
R&D: Imaging

Researchers have developed an ophthalmological device that can be used to diagnose some degenerative eye disorders long before the onset of the first symptoms. In early clinical trials, the prototype was...

Global Innovations: Medical
Engineers have developed an innovative surgical needle whose trajectory can be corrected on the fly, thanks to a flexible tip controlled with a simple button.
Briefs: Medical
Researchers have created a flexible needle-like endoscopic imaging probe that can acquire 3D microscopic images of tissue.
INSIDER: Medical

A team of scientists received a four-year, $3.7 million NIH grant to attempt what they say would be a medical first: performing robotic heart catheterization while the patient is inside a...

INSIDER: Medical

A new national collaborative — Biomedical Technology Research Resource — will develop label-free optical imaging technologies for medical and biological applications. Researchers...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The range of laser applications in the field of medicine and aesthetics in medicine is vast and varied.
From the Editor: Medical
Connectomics, the field of understanding brain connectivity, is poised to change the future of neuroscience.
R&D: Medical
Using an office-based human-sized version of this non-invasive device, it may prove possible to cure Alzheimer’s by delivering drugs and genes to specified tracts in the brain under real-time imaging guidance.
R&D: Medical
The sensors have already been used to monitor the curvature of structures and robotic arms. But measuring both the magnitude and direction of the spine’s curvature presents an additional challenge.
Briefs: Materials
The new class of materials is insoluble, so it can be used over and over again. Such catalysts could be used to coat tubing and perform chemical transformations on reactants as they flow through the tube.
Products: Medical
The new products and services in November 2022.
R&D: Photonics/Optics

Scientists have designed tiny smart bed sensors embedded in hospital mattresses could put an end to painful and potentially life-threatening pressure sores, thanks to new technology. The...

Briefs: Photonics/Optics
Using the device, assorted functional imaging was demonstrated to satisfy clinical needs.
Global Innovations: Medical

Researchers have successfully developed a novel optical fiber design allowing the generation of rainbow laser light in the molecular fingerprint...

Products: Electronics & Computers
UV-Enhanced Photodetectors

A family of photodiodes for medical applications is available from Opto Diode Corp., Camarillo, CA. The photodiodes operate from 190 to 400 nm and are available in two different...

INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

Researchers have developed a new kind of ultrasensitive optical sensing instrument. It combines the advantages of the two types of interferometers that are currently...

Products: Imaging
Compact Digital Microscope

Vision Engineering, New Milford, CT, has launched a new, compact digital microscope for a wide range of applications. The VE Cam digital microscope is available in two variants with...

R&D: Medical

Engineers have created a deep-ultraviolet (UV) laser using semiconductor materials that show great promise for improving the use of UV light for sterilizing medical tools, among other applications....

Briefs: Imaging

A telerobotic system helps surgeons quickly and remotely treat patients experiencing a stroke or aneurysm. With a modified joystick, surgeons in one hospital may control a...

White Papers: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Endoscopy and CMOS

Endoscopy enables minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions, from cancers to heart disease. Although endoscopy has existed for decades, legacy technology based on charge-coupled device (CCD)...

Features: Medical

Fluorescence endoscopy is becoming increasingly important in many medical diagnostic tests. Based on the molecular absorption of light, this technique works by revealing...

Features: Test & Measurement

Over the last few decades, additive manufacturing (AM)/ 3D printing has fundamentally changed the way that manufacturers approach product development. Industry is now...

News: Imaging

Advanced imaging technology developed by Yale researchers has helped them confirm that the destruction of brain synapses underlies the cognitive deficits experienced by patients with...

News: Medical

Researchers have used MRI imaging to map visual brain activity in stroke survivors with sight loss, giving new hope for rehabilitation and recovery.

News: Imaging

Thanks to 20 years of seismic data processed through one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, scientists have created the first complete, 3D visualization of a mountain-size rock...

News: Medical

Microscopes are an important tool in biomedical research because they allow for detailed observation and imaging of tissues. Since biological materials are opaque by nature,...

INSIDER: Medical

Researchers have developed a new way to 3D print glass microstructures that is faster and produces objects with higher optical quality, design flexibility and strength. They...

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Rapid Precision Prototyping Program Speeds Medtech Product Development

Rapid prototyping technologies play an important role in supporting new product development (NPD) by companies that are working to bring novel and innovative products to market. But in advanced industries where products often make use of multiple technologies, and where meeting a part’s exacting tolerances is essential, speed without precision is rarely enough. In such advanced manufacturing—including the medical device and surgical robotics industries — the ability to produce high-precision prototypes early in the development cycle can be critical for meeting design expectations and bringing finished products to market efficiently.

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