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New Laparoscopic Design Facilitates a Consistent, Clear Image During Surgery

October 31, 2013 4:15 pm | by Dr. Wayne Poll, former Director of Robotic Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, and Founder, Minimally Invasive Devices Inc. | Comments

The growing field and practice of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery relies heavily on the use of medical instruments equipped with video and imaging technology. The quality of the image affects the efficiency, quality and safety of the surgery...

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Artifact-Centric Development Approach Simplifies Project Management and Design Transfers

October 29, 2013 3:03 pm | by Matt Harp, Product Marketing Director, Seapine Software | Comments

A new trend has been spotted in medical device companies, giving them improved visibility into project progress, simplifying the transfer of design assets between teams, and reducing the time spent on manual documentation. Results from... 

How ERP Systems Can Increase a Business’s Operational Efficiency

October 28, 2013 3:36 pm | by Aimee Claire | Comments

Every business wants to get ahead of the competition and increasingly looks to innovative ways of achieving effective solutions that cut costs but retain a smooth-running, efficient organization. Many businesses, especially in the medical field...

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Healthcare Technology and Big Data Collide

October 28, 2013 3:32 pm | by Alexander Makeyenkov, head of DataArt Switzerland GmbH | Comments

Over the past few years, there have been several major global market shifts in medical technology. Advanced technology, usually reserved for major hospitals, is showing up in local doctor offices and even in the homes of consumers. Another related...

High Quality Image Solution Powers Groundbreaking Innovation in 3D Mammography

October 25, 2013 2:41 pm | by Adam Scraba, NVIDIA | NVIDIA Corporation | Comments

Fujifilm's AMULET is the first 3D mammography tool that is based on stereoscopic imaging. AMULET captures images at zero degree and four degree views, mimicking the left-eye/right-eye perspective employed in stereoscopic 3D filmmaking...  

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Staying On Top

October 18, 2013 3:28 pm | by Stacey Wiebe, DP Technology | Comments

There is magic in machining. After all, job shops turn daydream concepts into those you can actually touch, and with nary an “Abracadabra” to boot. But Single Source, Inc.—no mom-and-pop job shop by any stretch of the imagination—is a place where parts go to be born.

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Positive Results from Factoring Material Properties into Spinal Implant Simulations

October 17, 2013 12:22 pm | by Thomas Mosnier, R&D Manager, Medicrea | Comments

One of the most promising surgical options for treating spinal injury and deterioration of spinal discs is the use of artificial discs to replace the patient’s natural spinal disc. The materials used in these artificial discs are an important factor in the development...

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Technology Meets Philosophy with 'Death Watch'

October 16, 2013 12:54 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

Smart watches keep you connected to your email, but this death watch counts down your remaining years to the second that you will die. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the Tikker, despite its morbid cognomen, hopes to inspire users to make every second count.

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Using M2M Technology to Measure Concussions

October 15, 2013 4:09 pm | by Stan Marszalek, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

Concussions, also known as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI), are a very serious topic in the world of sports today. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly four million MTBIs are reported each year due to impacts in sports and...

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Three Elements for Efficient Processing in Medical Imaging

October 14, 2013 3:36 pm | by Murtaza Ali, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Texas Instruments | Comments

Low power systems are key for portable imaging devices, and helps bring them closer to the patients. They allow these devices to be available in emergency vehicles, field hospitals and remote health care centers. To keep power low...   

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It’s Not About the Label: Taking a 360° View

October 11, 2013 3:57 pm | by Dave Taylor, VP of Global Products, Prisym ID | Comments

With a high percentage of voluntary recalls of medical devices caused by labeling and packaging defects, it’s easy to see why companies focus so much individual attention on the label as part of the production process. The implications of product recall...

A Better Way to Make Medical Instruments Come Clean

October 10, 2013 3:48 pm | by LMS | Comments

Founded in 1899, Miele is a world leader in premium domestic products such as cooking, baking, and steam-cooking appliances; refrigeration products; coffee makers; dishwashers; laundry; and floor-care products. Miele also produces specialized dishwashers, washer-extractors, and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilizers used in medical and laboratory settings.

Fluxgate Current Transducers Sharpen MRI Images

October 9, 2013 4:52 pm | by Claude Gudel, R&D Senior Engineer, LEM | Comments

MRI—magnetic resonance imaging—is a powerful medical technology that has revolutionized diagnosis of a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, greatly reducing or in many cases eliminating the need for exploratory surgery. It provides medical practitioners with two- and three-dimensional images...

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New Ultrafast Lasers Expand the State of the Art for Stent Manufacturing

October 8, 2013 12:47 pm | by Rajesh Patel, Spectra Physics, and Victor Matylitsky, High Q Laser | Comments

As medical device sizes shrink, their designs increasingly push the limits of feature complexity and material properties. Advances in fabrication technologies must keep pace with the demands of cost-effectively manufacturing these increasingly micro-scale, sophisticated devices.

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Design Note: Metal Injection Molding Design App

October 7, 2013 4:14 pm | by Kinetics Climax | Comments

Designing a medical device and pondering if metal injection molding (MIM) is the right technology for the project? As a design engineer, do the following questions come to mind when specifying MIM into a design: What type of material is best suited for my needs?

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