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News : Medical
‘Electronic Skin’ for Prosthetics Communicates Pressure

While touch may be subtle, the information it communicates can be understood and acted upon quickly. For the first time, scientists are reporting that they have developed a stretchable “electronic skin” that can detect not just pressure, but also which direction it’s coming from....

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Exploring Batteries for Micromachinery
Exploring Batteries for Micromachinery

A team of researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, along with other institutions, has developed a toolset to allow them to explore the interior of...

Exploring Batteries for Micromachinery
News : Medical
FDA Signs Agreement with Dassault for Living Heart Project

The FDA has signed a five-year collaborative research agreement with Dassault Systèmes Vélizy-Villacoublay, France, a world leader in 3D design software, for the development of testing paradigms for insertion, placement, and performance of pacemaker leads and other cardiovascular...

Features : Medical
Non-Contact, Light-Based Measurements for Medical Balloons and Catheters

One of the most prevalent measurement devices in a medical balloon or catheter manufacturing facility is the micrometer gauge. It is simple and inexpensive. But, this measurement technique is subject to a high degree of operator variability. Another limitation is that it...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Simulating the Release Mechanism in Drug-Eluting Stents

Treating arteries in the heart that have been blocked by plaque is a common challenge for medical professionals. Known as stenosis, this condition restricts blood flow to the heart, resulting in symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain. It is sometimes resolved using...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Medical Device Coating Repels Bacteria

Any medical device implanted in the body or in contact with flowing blood faces two critical challenges: blood clotting and bacterial infection. Now, a team of scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, Boston, say they have developed a new surface coating for medical...

News : RF & Microwave Electronics
Treating Tumors with Antennas

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are working to commercialize a new technology that could yield less invasive radiation therapies for cancer patients using ablation.

News : Medical
Less Invasive Brain Surgery Through the Cheek

Treating those most severely affected by epilepsy traditionally meant drilling through the skull intothe hippocampus area of the brain where the seizures originate, which is invasive, dangerous, and requires a long recovery. A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, wanted to find...

News : Connectivity
Wireless Pressure Sensor Relays Tumor Pressure

Interstitial pressure inside a tumor is often quite high compared to normal body tissue and may impede the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents as well as decrease the effectiveness of radiation therapy. Medications can temporarily decrease tumor pressure, but identifying the optimal time to initiate...

News : Medical
Halo Device Busts Clots to Treat and Prevent Stroke

A new device that fits around the head like a halo, developed by a physician at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a researcher at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, delivers therapy to quickly bust blood clots that could cause stroke. When ultrasound is typically used...

News : Materials
Creating Custom Medical Implants with 3D Printers

A team of engineers at Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, has developed an innovative method of using off-the-shelf 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.

News : Medical
Disposable Biosensor Could Determine Feeding After Surgery

Following surgery, a physician generally listens to the abdomen of a patient for signs of digestion before allowing that patient to be fed, in order to avoid a condition called post-operative ileus, a malfunction of the intestines. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, a professor of medicine at the...

News : Materials
Preventing Fatal Blood Loss with Injectable Foam

In a combat situation, a wounded soldier can bleed to death quickly without prompt attention. But depending on where the injury is, like a deep wound at the neck, shoulder, or groin, traditional treatments, such as tourniquets, may not be able to staunch the blood loss. So, engineering students at...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Phase-Shifting Materials May Dramatically Improve Surgical Robots

A new phase-changing material built from wax and foam that’s capable of switching between hard and soft states could allow surgical robots to shape-shift and move through the body to reach a particular point without damaging any of the organs or vessels along the way, say...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New Tool Helps Guide Brain Surgery

A study conducted by Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, successfully used a new tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue during surgery.

News : Imaging
Touchless Technology in the OR

A collaborative team of UK scientists from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, along with Microsoft Research, Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, and King's College London has done pioneering research in touchless technology for vascular surgery.

News : Medical
NASA Robot Inspires Exoskeletons and Rehabilitative Therapy

Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors, which was developed to serve astronauts in space, has been on the International Space Station since February 2011. Researchers have tested the robot’s ability to perform dull or dangerous tasks that free up human crew...

News : Test & Measurement
Elastic Technology Creates ‘Soft’ Machines

A team of engineers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, say they have developed a technique that could produce “soft machines” made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices, and consumer electronics.

News : Medical
Making Laser-Like Beams with 250x Less Power

Using precarious particles called polaritons that straddle the worlds of light and matter, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, researchers have demonstrated a new, practical and potentially more efficient way to make a coherent laser-like beam. They say that their first-time polariton laser is fueled...

News : Materials
Introducing the Bionic Man

The NIH’s Bionic Man site helps viewers visually explore some of the latest bioengineering creations from research funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. From prosthetics to artificial kidneys, these technologies are changing lives now and in the future.

News : Imaging
Making Augmented Reality Easier on the Eyes

Augmented reality is quickly becoming more integrated into everyday usage, such as smartphone apps that can identify landmarks, constellations, and more. Head-worn goggles, like Google Glass can superimpose computer-generated images onto your direct view of the physical world. But, moving your eyes...

News : Medical
Super Fast Robotic Arm Catches Moving Objects

A robot developed by researchers at the at the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA) at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) can react on the spot, grasping flying objects thrown at it with complex shapes and trajectories in less than five hundredths of a...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Students Print Prosthetic Arm for Teen

Three biomedical engineering seniors in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, MO used a 3D printer to design and create a robotic prosthetic arm out of bright pink plastic for a teenage girl for a total cost of $200, a fraction of the price of standard...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Endoscopic Microscope Can Detect Diseases Sooner

A biomedical engineer at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, has developed an inexpensive, endoscopic microscope that, he says, can produce real-time, high-resolution, sub-cellular tissue images. The fiber-optic device, which is portable, re-usable, and easily packaged with conventional...

News : Photonics/Optics
New Lens Design Dramatically Improves Lithotripsy

A team of mechanical and materials engineers at Duke University, Durham, NC, have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy—the crushing of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, they say that all it took was cutting a groove near the perimeter of the...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
New Surgical Guidance System for Minimally Invasive Surgery

A team of researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, has designed a computerized imaging process to make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room.

News : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Help Certain Heart Patients

Physicians at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Regents University, Augusta, say that the intra-aortic balloon pump, one of the most frequently used mechanical circulatory assist devices in the world may have untapped potential. One of its many uses is helping ensure adequate...

News : Medical
Student-Built Painting Robot Could Someday Aid Surgeons

Timothy Lee, a student at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, has built a robotic painting arm that can replicate the lines and shapes a surgeon makes with a scalpel using a paintbrush and canvas. His creative invention, a blend of art and science, could one day lend doctors a hand...

News : Medical
Using Lightwaves to Improve Brain Surgery

First-of-its-kind research being done at the Innovation Institute at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a tumor that attacks tissue around nerve cells in the brain.

Features : Medical
Developing and Commercializing the First Robotic-Assisted System for the Catheterization Lab

The path to innovation is often long and full of challenges. For Corindus Vascular Robotics, the journey to develop the CorPath Vascular Robotic System took 10 years and required overcoming several engineering challenges along the way. Now, a year after...

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