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Products : Medical
Product of the Month: AlphaView Mobile Wireless Surgical Video Display

Quest International, Inc., Irvine, CA, a leading supplier of medical imaging display technologies and information technology solutions, introduces the AlphaView® battery-powered mobile video cart. The new wireless HD video, surgical display system features a 2.3 megapixel...

Features : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Navigation Aids Enhance Foot Control Usability

The ever-increasing functional capabilities of emerging medical de vices have precipitated new requirements for the multi-function foot controls used to operate the equipment. These foot controls typically consist of multiple actuators, one for each required control function.

News : Medical
Using Hand Gestures to Review MRI Images?

Surgeons may soon be able to use a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, are creating a system that uses depth-sensing cameras and...

Features : Medical
Implantable Robotic Arm Controlled by Thought
Chalmers University of Technology,
Gothenburg, Sweden
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A team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, say that they have created the world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts. Prosthetic...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Using Beam of Sound as a Scalpel?

Using a focused beam of sound as a scalpel? That's not as far off as it sounds, according to a group of University of Michigan at Ann Arbor engineering researchers, whose research shows that a carbon-nanotube-coated lens that they developed converts light to sound and can focus high-pressure sound waves to finer...

Features : Medical
Creating a Healthier Future

The 10th annual “Create the Future” Design Contest, attracted more than 950 innovative product ideas from engineers and students in 65 countries. The Medical category itself received 92 outstanding entries from 21 countries.

News : Medical
Developing Tiny Robot to Remove Brain Tumors

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, were awarded a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue their work on developing a small robot that may someday air neurosurgeons in removing difficult-to-reach...

News : Medical
Fiberoptic Laryngoscopy Simulation App

A study presented by Raymond Glassenberg, MD, from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting demonstrated that an iPhone application called iLarynx™ he created was extremely effective at simulating a fiberoptic bronchoscopy.

When...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrating Microprecision into Surgical Tools

For a skilled surgeon performing general surgery, tiny hand tremors are usually not a serious risk for patients. But what if the surgeon is operating inside the human eye or repairing microscopic nerve fibers?

Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and...

Features : Imaging
Advances Abound in Medical Robotics: From ‘Nursebot’ to Surgeon

Authors, filmmakers, and television programs have given us visions of robots serving humanity for most of the past 100 years. Some of the most iconic fictional ones include the benevolent Robby in the 1956 movie “Forbidden Planet,” the chatty C-3PO from all six of the...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Columbus Discovers Transoral Robotic Surgery Safer

Robotic surgery though the mouth is a safe, effective way to remove tumors of the throat and voice box, according to a study published in in the journal, Head and Neck, by surgeons at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH, Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard...

News : Medical
Real-Time MRI Catheterization Shows Promise

An experimental MRI method may be safer and just as swift as standard X-ray procedures in guiding surgical interventions in the heart. The finding, from a small clinical study by scientists at NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), suggests that MRI might one day offer a...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Smart Sutures Can Detect Infections

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has created coated sutures with sensors that could monitor wounds and speed up healing. The electronic sutures, which contain ultra-thin silicon sensors integrated on polymer or silk strips, can be threaded through needles and, in animal tests,...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Students Create New Suturing Device

To head off possible postoperative problems, undergraduate biomedical engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have invented a disposable suturing tool. Their invention, called FastStitch, guides the placement of stitches and guards against accidental puncturing of internal organs after abdominal...

News : Medical
Asia Developing Device Regulations

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a regional economic organization consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam is developing a combined regulatory system for medical devices to cover all member countries.

The ASEAN...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Creating Elastic Conductors Using Silver Nanowires

Scientists at North Carolina State University have developed highly conductive and elastic conductors made from silver nanoscale wires that may be used to develop stretchable electronic devices. Stretchable circuitry has many potential uses in the medical field, such as providing an electronic...

Features : Motion Control
How Autoclavable Brushless DC Motors Can Simplify Surgical Instrument Design
How Autoclavable Brushless DC Motors Can Simplify Surgical Instrument Design

Today, powered surgical hand tools are used in almost all surgical specialties: ENT, Orthopedics, Neurology, Eye, and Plastics. Initially pneumatic powered,...

How Autoclavable Brushless DC Motors Can Simplify Surgical Instrument Design
Features : Medical
Three Criteria for Materials in Application Development

Application development for medical devices requires knowledge of material properties to support function, chemical compatibility with sanitizing cleaners and sterilization methods, as well as issues of biocompatibility based on intended use. Material suppliers are challenged to not only...

Features : Manufacturing & Prototyping
ER Doc, Sandia Engineer Join Forces to Develop Better Trauma Shears

An Albuquerque physician teamed with a Sandia National Laboratories engineer to improve the design of doctors' trauma shears so emergency personnel can get to the injuries they need to treat more quickly. “Sometimes seconds count. This product will make a difference for the...

Video : Robotics, Automation & Control
Robots Get A Feel For The World

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering have demonstrated that a specially designed robot can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures - paving the way for advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots, and...

Briefs : Medical
Rotary Sensing Technologies for Medical and Robotic Shaft Angle Sensing Applications

Today’s sensor technologies for robotic and medical applications include many devices that have evolved from industrial applications. Because of this general migration, they are not ideally suited to the requirements in new robotic and medical products....

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Research 'Sprints' to a Scalpel-Free Future

Could the demise of the scalpel be close at hand? Researchers in Europe are developing innovative micro-robotics technology could make surgeries less complicated, invasive, and costly — benefiting surgeons and patients alike.

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Compact Green Disk Laser for Therapy Systems

The JenLas® D2.mini 5/8 W, recently introduced to the U.S. market, offers an output power of up to 8 Watts. Lasers of the JenLas D2 product line work in continuous wave mode, emitting green laser light at 532 nm. The infrared laser light is converted into green laser light by an intracavity frequency...

Features : Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Design Considerations and Performance-Critical Components for Ophthalmic Surgical Laser Systems

The application of femtosecond laser systems for eye surgeries has been a tremendous success story, not only driven by developments in new and improved laser sources, but also due to the continued development of optical systems to deliver the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
High Flex Silicone Cables

Cicoil (Valencia, CA) offers highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables that are designed for use on surgical robotics systems. The cables are naturally more flexible than round PVC or stiffer flat PTFE cables, allowing for a tighter bend radius, weight/space savings, greater current carrying capacity, noise...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Green Wavelength Lasers

Power Technology (Little Rock, AR) has announced the availability of PNF Series green wavelength spectrum lasers suitable for surgical and X-ray alignment applications on dark or pigmented skin. Green lasers are more visible to the human eye against dark or pigmented skin than traditional red wavelength surgical lasers,...

Products : Medical
Battery-Powered Surgical Driver

The battery-powered Pro-Driver from Pro-Dex, Inc. (Irvine, CA) offers an alternative to time-consuming and arduous placement of screws and plates in a variety of surgical procedures, such as small bone, neuro, spine, and cranial maxillofacial. OEMs can increase sales of their implant system and help their...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Open-Source Opens Doors for Surgical Robots

Raven II, a robotic surgery system developed at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Washington, is being shared on an open-source basis with five other universities. Researchers hope that this will enable users to share software, replicate experiments, and collaborate in other ways — and ultimately...

Features : Medical
Fast, High-Precision Eye-Surgery Robot

A smart eye-surgery robot, developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands, allows eye surgeons to operate with increased ease and precision on the retina and the vitreous humor of the eye. It also extends the effective period during which ophthalmologists can carry out these...

Features : Medical
Open Surgical Simulation Platform Trains Trauma Surgeons and Surgical Residents

While surgeon and surgical educator Howard Champion was conducting research and training for improving U.S. military combat care, he noticed the need for the development of a simulation-based platform for training surgeons in open surgery. Hoping to address this...

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