Sensors & Wearables

Sensors

Medical sensors are being used in the biomedical electronics industry to measure pressure, flow, liquid-level, and more. See how today's sensors are supporting medical devices like respiratory systems, spirometers, anesthetic devices, videoscopes, dialysis machines, and more.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Engineering Systems for Special Needs Children

A group of engineers and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, is developing technology to improve the health and quality of life for children with severe developmental disabilities.

News : Medical
Permanent Eye Sensor Could Track and Monitor Glaucoma

A team of engineers at the University of Washington, Seattle, have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye to track changes in eye pressure. The sensor would be placed during cataract surgery and would detect pressure changes instantaneously, then...

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 : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Detecting Concussions in Real Time

A team of engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, say they have developed a wireless health-monitoring system that could continuously monitor an entire team of football players for physiological signs of concussion. The system includes a dry, textile-based nanosensor and...

News : Medical
Pressure Sensor for Bladder Control

Spinal injuries can damage the nerve supply to the bladder, meaning that people cannot tell when their bladder is full. This can create excessively high pressure on the bladder, which affects the kidneys and can lead to organ damage.

News : Medical
New MRI Sensor Could Track Oxygen Uptake

A team of scientists at MIT has developed a new sensor that, they say, can enable long-term monitoring of oxygen levels in cancerous tumors, which may advance diagnosis and treatment.

News : Medical
Knee Joint Sensors May Diagnose Own Failure

Tasked with developing intelligent prosthetic knee joints that are capable of detecting early failure before a patient suffers, a team of scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland developed sensors that are integrated into the polyethylene part of the...

News : Medical
Stretchable Antenna for Wearable Health Monitoring

Researchers at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, say that they have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices.

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Elastic Patches for Wireless Health Monitoring

A team of engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, have demonstrated thin, soft stick-on patches that stretch and move with the skin and incorporate commercial, off-the-shelf chip-based electronics, can support sophisticated wireless...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Belt Measures Longest ECG Ever
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Patients with cardiac diseases may ignore symptoms for months before an emergency arises. Then, seconds count. A long-term recorded electrocardiogram (ECG) may help physicians determine if an emergency is pending. A sensor belt developed at Karlsruhe Institute...

News : Medical
Pressure Sensor for Bladder Control

Spinal injuries can damage the nerve supply to the bladder, meaning that people cannot tell when their bladder is full and needs to be emptied. This can create excessively high pressure on the bladder, which affects the kidneys and can lead to damage that may be life-threatening. Measuring this pressure is...

News : Materials
3D Printing Creates Implantable Heart Device

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, say that they have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could treat cardiac disorders.

News : Medical
Testing Head-Impact Sensors to Understand Concussions

Hot on the heels of the Super Bowl, comes new research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on concussions and head hits in football players and how the head reacts to impacts. Using crash test dummies wearing helmets and a laboratory drop tower, the researchers approximated the force...

News : Medical
Rating Differences in Injury Risk Between Football Helmets

When rhinos charge each other, their heavy skulls protect them from serious damage. But football players must rely on helmets that may not prevent concussion or other serious head injuries that may occur. To improve the odds of a safer helmet, researchers at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,...

News : Robotics, Automation & Control
Sensitive Electronic Whiskers for Robotics

Researchers with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, say that they have created tactile sensors from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles similar to the highly sensitive whiskers of cats and rats. These new e-whiskers respond to...

News : Medical
Monitoring Cerebral Pressure in Hydrocephalus

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg, Germany, have developed a sensor that can measure and individually adjust brain pressure if the pressure is too high in the brain of a patient with hydrocephalus, commonly known as “water on the...

News : Medical
Wearable Nanowire Sensors Hold Promise for Prosthetics

A team of scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that, they say, could be used in biomedical applications, including new prosthetics or robotic systems. The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch,...

Products : Sensors/Data Acquisition
digiVIT, Digital Inductive Displacement Sensor

Kaman Precision Products, Colorado Springs, CO, introduces the first eddy current sensor for position/displacement/ proximity sensing with a self tuning bridge, eliminating the need to connect to a PC to download a configuration file when changing sensors or doing high level calibrations. The...

News : Test & Measurement
Sensor Screw for Precision Measurements

How can you measure forces acting between two components within a device without drilling holes or sticking on a sensor? Researchers at the Technischen Universität Darmstadt, Germany, have developed a simple solution: a screw with an integrated sensor.

Products : Medical
Sensor-Enabled RFID Tags

ams AG, Unterpremstaetten, Austria, announces its next-generation sensor-enabled radio-frequency identification RFID tags, the SL13A and SL900A, which enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications. The devices include an onboard temperature sensor, an interface to an...

News : Medical
Designing Spacesuit Tools and Sensors to Keep Astronauts Healthy

A team of researchers at Kansas State University, Manhattan, are developing improvements for astronauts' outerwear. The team, which includes electrical and computer engineering professors and more than a dozen students, envisions a future spacesuit that could monitor astronauts'...

News : Medical
Biosensor Could Help Detect Brain Injuries During Heart Surgery

A team of engineers and cardiology experts at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Children’s Center have teamed up to develop a fingernail-sized biosensor that could alert doctors when serious brain injury occurs during heart surgery. By doing so, the device could help doctors...

News : Medical
Robotics Technology Advances Artificial Legs

Recent advances in robotics technology enables prosthetics that can dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, and significantly reducing their risk of falling, say a team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
New Report on Disposable Medical Sensors Market

A new report forecasting the growth of the Disposable Medical Devices Sensors Market to 2018 has been issued that says that the global disposable devices sensors market is technology driven and marked by the "threat of obsolescence," wherein technologies and their adoption change very rapidly. The...

News : Medical
Breathalyzer to Monitor Blood Glucose in Diabetics

A researcher at Western New England University, Springfield, MA, has created a novel hand-held, noninvasive monitoring device that uses multilayer nanotechnology to detect acetone has been shown to correlate with blood-glucose levels in the breath of diabetics. Ronny Priefer, PhD, created the...

News : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Long-Term Nanotube-Based Sensor Implants

Nitric oxide (NO) carries messages within the brain and coordinates immune system functions. It appears to have contradictory roles in cancer progression, and researchers at MIT in Cambridge, MA, are working to understand this better by creating a new tool to measure it in the body in real time. They have...

Features : Medical
Designing an ASIC Chip to Control an Implantable Glucose Measurement Device

Diabetes is a widespread metabolic disorder, and having it puts people at increased risk for heart disease and stroke. There are two types of diabetes patients: type 1 patients for whom the pancreas is not producing any insulin, and type 2 patients for whom the body...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Air in Line Sensors

Morgan Technical Ceramics, Fairfield, NJ, announces its range of piezo ceramic Air in Line sensors, ideal for use in medical equipment, including infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps, and dialysis equipment. The sensors are available as either a standard or custom-manufactured model to suit specific OEM needs, and can be...

News : Medical
Providing Surgical Robots with New Intelligence

Providing surgical robots with a new type of machine intelligence to make them easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new five-year grant from the National Science Foundation given to a collaboration of research teams at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN;...

News : Electronics & Computers
Restoring Sense of Touch to Laparoscopic Surgeons

A small, wireless capsule has been developed by a team of doctors and engineers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, that, they say, can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to laparoscopy or minimally invasive surgery.

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