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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.

Briefs : Medical
Single Photon Camera Offers High Speed and High Resolution

Photon counting detectors with high spatiotemporal resolution are key tools of imaging techniques where picosecond timing and micrometer position imaging are required, such as time...

Features : Medical
CMOS Imaging Sensors: Direct, Real-Time Color Imaging in Cardiovascular Devices

Advances in CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) imaging sensor (CIS) module technology are shrinking pixel size, allowing more pixels to fit into a...

Features : Imaging
More than Just Measurement: Dimensional Inspection FAQs

With the ever-increasing influx of automation in the manufacturing industry, the process of prioritizing accurate measurements is needed now more than ever to ensure that products are not only being manufactured on time, but that production is repeatedly accurate. In this continuous,...

Briefs : Medical
Micro-Optomechanical Pressure Sensor Advances Pressure Monitoring in Biomedical Applications

A new type of pressure sensor is based on micro-optomechanical systems (MOMS) technology. Developed by imec, a research and innovation hub focusing...

Features : Medical
Nd:YAG or Fiber Laser? Choosing the Best Option for Your Micro Welding Application

Four lasers can be used for micro welding: pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG), continuous wave (CW) fiber, quasi continuous wave (QCW)...

News : Medical
Handheld Laser Probe Detects Cancer in Real Time

An optical probe that detects cancerous brain cells in real time is impressive enough. Scientists in Montreal say they’ve developed one that is “infallible.”

Briefs : Medical
Wearable ‘Watches’ to Monitor Your Blood Pressure

What if there were a wearable fitness device that could monitor your blood pressure continuously, 24 hours a day? Unfortunately, blood pressure measurements currently require the use of a...

Features : Medical
Ultrafast Lasers for Medical Manufacturing

Ultrafast or ultrashort pulse lasers offer unique material processing possibilities, because the laser’s pulse duration is less than the target material’s conduction time. Essentially this means that cold machining of parts is possible — with material being removed by sublimation. This...

Briefs : Materials
Glass Fibers with Potential Far Beyond Transmitting Light

Glass fibers do everything from connecting us to the Internet to enabling keyhole surgery by delivering light through an endoscope. But as versatile as today’s fiber optics are,...

News : Photonics/Optics
Optical Waveguides Help Robotic Hand Feel

Most robots achieve grasping and tactile sensing through motorized means, which can be excessively bulky and rigid. A group of researchers has devised a way for a soft robot to feel its surroundings internally, in much the same way humans do. The group has published a paper describing how stretchable...

News : Photonics/Optics
Probe Detects Difference between Cancer and Normal Tissue

Researchers have developed an optical fiber probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue, potentially allowing surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. The device could help prevent follow-up surgery, currently needed for 15–20% of breast cancer...

Products : Medical
Photonics Alignment Platform

Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, introduced the FiberMaxHP second-generation photonics alignment platform. The noncontact, direct-drive technology is capable of 2-nm linear and 0.05-μrad rotary minimum incremental motion with speeds to 400 mm/s. FiberMaxHP is available with three to six axes of direct-drive alignment, and...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Fiber Optic Microswitch

Micronor, Camarillo, CA, introduced the MR386 ZapFREE® Microswitch — a fiber-optic microswitch for MRI, medical, and industrial applications. It is interchangeable with the industry-standard V15-series electrical microswitch. The Micronor MR386 nonelectrical, passive sensor provides EMI and RFI immunity, isolation from...

Features : Medical
Manufacturing Polymer Optical Components: The Good, the Bad…and the Learning Curve

There are some key, fundamental considerations when manufacturing optical components: designing molded optical parts, designing and building the molds to produce them, injection molding, and handling components that manage light. Some are obvious, others less...

Features : Medical
Lasers: The Next Generation of Fetal Monitoring

Researchers have developed a novel monitoring system using optoacoustic technology to provide accurate, real-time measurement of cerebral venous blood oxygen saturation in fetuses during late-stage labor. This pre-clinical patient monitoring system from Noninvasix, Inc., Galveston, TX, enables...

Products : Medical
LMWS Laser Marking Workstation

Miyachi America Corporation, Monrovia, CA, announces its new LMWS Laser Marking Workstation, specifically designed for benchtop operation featuring improved functionality, narrow width for lean manufacturing, and CDRH Class 1 safety. Integrated with Miyachi’s fiber laser marker, LMWS offers the widest range of...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Fabrication Technique Prints Silicon on Paper

Using a single laser pulse, a group of researchers at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands has devised a method that allows silicon, in the polycrystalline form used in circuitry, to be produced directly on a paper substrate from liquid silicon ink. The process can be expanded to...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Precision X-Ray Microscope for Nanoscale Imaging

Microscope produces tiny beam down to 10nm

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...

Products : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Replacement Laser Optics for Marking and Engraving

Laser Research Optics, Providence, RI, announces that it can supply a full line of OEM compatible, field-replacement CO2 laser optics supplied plain or mounted for popular marking and engraving lasers available for overnight shipment. Featuring < 0.2% total absorption values, and optimized...

Briefs : Medical
Semiconductor Laser Improves Imaging Quality

New laser could enable a wide range of imaging.

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,...

Spinoff : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Micromachined Parts Advance Medicine, Astrophysics, and More

NASA Technology

Anyone who remembers the Micro Machines line of toys might be surprised to learn that the tiny model vehicles are positively gargantuan compared with actual micromachine manufacturing. While specimens of the miniature toy collection may indeed have been...

Features : Medical
Surface Engineering in Medical Technology: From DLC to Plasma and Beyond

New materials and technological advances continue to proliferate the medtech industry at a rapid rate, and suppliers strive to offer innovative solutions to meet the demands of increasingly complex components and devices. A wide range of specialized materials are used...

Products : Medical
Orion 200i2 Advanced Micro Welder

Sunstone Engineering, Payson, UT, unveils the Orion 200i2 advanced micro welder featuring advances in design and use that simplify all aspects of micro pulse arc welding. The Orion 200i2 introduces an all-inone head unit containing the welder and touch screen user interface; mounted upon a singlepoint- attached...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

This chip can be used as an electrical or optical sensor for the retina.

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...

Features : Photonics/Optics
3D Endoscope Boosts Safety, Cuts Costs of Surgery

"A lot of things are not easy to solve when you’re trying to break through a new technology right from the get-go,” says Harish Manohara, supervisor of the Nano and Micro Systems Group and principal member of the technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Trust a supergroup...

Products : Medical
Developer’s Kit for M3-FS Focus Module

New Scale Technologies, Inc., Victor, NY, announces its new developer’s kit for its M3-FS focus module. This miniature all-in-one focus module delivers precision lens motion in small spaces to help OEMs create next-generation handheld, portable, and mobile devices. The M3-FS focus module has 0.5...

Features : Photonics/Optics
Laser Material Removal Drives Wire Stripping Production

Many medical device applications require stripping outer layers of polymers from small diameter wire, and a laser is well suited for this material removal task. Offering a non-contact process that is very repeatable, lasers can selectively remove wire layers or areas. Easily automated, the...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Retinal Light Processing Using Carbon Nanotubes

This chip can be used as an electrical or optical sensor for the retina.

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...

Products : Photonics/Optics
OmniCure AC Series UV LED Curing Solutions

Excelitas Technologies, Missisauga, Canada, announces the expansion of its OmniCure AC Series UV LED curing solutions with its new PLC2000 multipurpose external controller device and OmniCure AC Optical Adapter. These accessories complement the OmniCure AC Series of high power UV LED systems and provide...

News : Imaging
Portable Lens-Free Microscope Can Diagnose Cancer

A team of researchers at UCLA has developed a lens-free microscope that, they say, can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes. This could lead to cheaper, more portable technology to...


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