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Perspectives on Combination Products, Part 1

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | Comments

The marriage of a medical device with a drug or biologic has been increasing significantly within healthcare. The combinations have resulted in numerous benefits that could not have been realized with just one of the elements being indicated on its own.

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Six Pitfalls of Medical Device Packaging Development

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Bill Limmer | Comments

A device's packaging is a critical component as it can protect it, keep it sterile, and help prevent tampering. However, for medical device designers, it is easy to overlook this aspect of the device and either come up short on what's needed or over do it and use too much packaging.

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Flowmeters Are the & quot;Eyes & quot; of Medical Devices During Heart Recovery

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Erik J. Rosaen | Comments

Flowmeters are typically found in machinery and equipment not usually associated with medical devices. However, two companies have determined how they can be used in a circulatory support system that is beneficial during heart recovery.

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Use of Expanded PTFE Membranes in Medical Filtration

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Eric C. Wigner and Keith Fritsky | W.L. Gore & Associates | Comments

PTFE and ePTFE offer medical device manufacturers a range of benefits for their finished products. Using the material as a filtration media, it is ideally suited to several application areas, such as in drug delivery, urine collection, and laparoscopic surgery.

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Handling a Three Molding Process Solution

August 28, 2009 12:02 pm | by Tobey Hayden | Comments

The Project: Design a bed handle that will fit onto existing Joerns beds, increase patient comfort, and enhance caregiver safety.

Coating on EMI Shielding

August 5, 2009 10:45 am | by Andrew Wang | Comments

As hospital rooms become more high tech, an important concern for today's medical device designer is electromagnetic interference (EMI). Much attention has already been given to the infamous cell phone case which highlights interference from radio frequency signals.

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Controversial Devices

August 5, 2009 10:45 am | Astrodyne Corporation | Comments

Most medical devices are designed for the purpose of assisting people who are sick or suffering.

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Staying Ahead of the Pack

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Ed Emerson | Comments

In a world of hungry microorganisms, it is critical that medical devices—designed to heal—do not inadvertently do the opposite by infecting the patient.

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Design Talk: Compression Improves Data Bandwidth Bottlenecks and Costs in Medical Imaging Systems

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Allan Evans, VP of Marketing, Samplify Systems | Comments

By Allan Evans, VP of Marketing, Samplify Systems Allan Evans is VP of marketing at Samplify Systems. Visit Samplify Systems at www.samplify.com .

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Design Talk: Miniaturized Motion for Portable and Home Devices

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Dave Beckstoffer | Comments

By Dave Beckstoffer Dave Beckstoffer is a project manager at Portescap. Visit Portescap at www.portescap.com . One example where miniaturization of medical devices and motion solutions is really making an impact is with portable and home devices.

Design Talk: Latching Solenoid Valve for Compact, Portable Medical Equipment

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Christopher Marchant | The Lee Company | Comments

By Christopher Marchant Christopher Marchant is product manager of the Control Valve Group at The Lee Company. Visit The Lee Company at www.theleeco.com .

Design Talk: Medical Meeting Power Needs With Standard Components

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Cochise Mapa | Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions | Comments

By Cochise Mapa Cochise Mapa is director of business development at Emerson Network Power. Visit Emerson Network Power at www.powerconversion.com .

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Design Talk: Micro-Miniature Circuits Prolong Life and Improve Quality of Life

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Randolph J. Sablich | Comments

By Randolph J. Sablich Randolph J. Sablich is the VP/GM of DRC Metrigraphics. Visit DRC Metrigraphics at www.drc.com/metrigraphics .

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Diagnostic Imaging Horizons: A Constantly Moving Target

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Kimberly Powell | Comments

The use of imaging technologies in the diagnosis of health concerns is experiencing very exciting growth and advancement. The technology displays images in much greater quality and in real time.

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Respiratory Motion Tracking for Robotic Radiosurgery

August 5, 2009 10:44 am | by Calvin R. Maurer, Jr., Ph.D. | Comments

Tumors in the thorax and abdomen move up to several centimeters during respiration. This intra-fraction motion impacts all forms of external beam radiation therapy and is an issue that is becoming increasingly important in the era of image-guided radiotherapy.

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