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Research Applied – Enhancing Healthcare with Test Equipment

March 24, 2014 8:20 am | by Dipl.-Ing. Andrej Mahr, Applications Engineer, MTS Systems Corp. | Mts Systems Corp. | Comments

Spinal trauma has significant impacts on quality of life for patients requiring surgical treatment. Therefore, ensuring the best technology and techniques are utilized for an improved level of care is paramount. In this article, MTS helps...

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The Role of High-Temperature Films in the Manufacture of Medical Devices

March 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Ron Ducharme, Product Manager, FLEXcon | Flexcon | Comments

Medical device manufacturers are continually under scrutiny to produce products that will perform without issues throughout the life span of the product. This requires careful choice and testing of product components. However, an often...

Closed System Drug Transfer Device Delivers Safety with Elegance

March 18, 2014 2:42 pm | by Marino Kriheli, Product Manager, Equashield | Comments

Closed system transfer devices (CSTDs) are used to safely transfer hazardous drugs from one receptacle to another. For example, to prepare and administer chemotherapy drugs, which contain hazardous antineoplastic agents, the drugs need...

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Designing-In Batteries for Medical Devices

March 14, 2014 1:44 pm | by Rob Phillips, CEO, Accutronics | Comments

When developing an electronic medical device, there are many factors that need to be considered. Power is just one of the critical areas that must be correct and conform to a variety of considerations. This article looks at battery standards...

Earlier Detection of Cancer

March 13, 2014 3:30 pm | by Muneesh Tewari, Univ. of Michigan, and George Karlin-Neumann, Director of Scientific Affairs, Bio-Rad's Digital Biology Center | Comments

Finding treatments for advanced stage cancer isn’t easy. Therefore, early detection methods are paramount in the fight against the disease. Motivated by the opportunity to intervene as early as possible in the course of cancer, Dr. Muneesh...

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Contract Manufacturing Revisited

March 11, 2014 5:01 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Plastics One, Inc., Mikrotech, Metal Craft Machine & Engineering, SMC, Ltd. | Comments

Contract manufacturing has come a long way in terms of acceptance within the medical device industry. Not all that long ago (perhaps 10 to 15 years ago), OEMs were still quite cautious about the prospect of outsourcing processes or devices...

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Improving Patient Outcomes in the Development of Medical Devices: The Importance of Human Factor Testing

March 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by Raza Ahmed, MD, Worldwide Director, Medical Affairs, BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems, and Corinne Granger, MD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems | Comments

Human Factors Engineering (HFE)—the process of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body—involves a multidisciplinary approach with contributions from biomechanics, engineering, industrial design, economic theory, human...  

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Medical Device Polymer Biocompatibility Screening Test Using Zebrafish Embryos

March 10, 2014 3:25 pm | by Steven Richter, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer, Microtest Laboratories Inc. | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Comments

A new test has been developed for medical device manufacturers and biomaterials researchers to screen plastics, composites, and polymers for toxicity. This ZET test utilizes zebrafish (Danio rerio). Zebrafish are extensively used in drug...

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Caring Robots Get the Green Light

March 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Maria Lazarte, Communication Officer/Social Media Manager, ISO | Comments

From friendly Wall-E and helpful R2D2 to the dystopian worlds of the Matrix and Terminator, robots have captured our imagination and visions of the future for generations. But the time is fast approaching where interactions between humans...

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Securing Device Management Systems and Communications

March 6, 2014 3:11 pm | by Michael Campbell, Medical Technology Risk Control Manager, OneBeacon Technology Insurance | Comments

As more medical devices offer wireless functionality to enable ease-of-use for patients, they encounter a concern regarding safety. Medical devices must address the need for security in these untethered devices and put safeguards in place...

Safer Drug Delivery to the Brain

March 4, 2014 1:50 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D Magazine | Comments

Delivering drugs into the brain to treat neurological diseases and disorders has been a challenge. The current best and easiest way to get drugs anywhere in the body is to take them orally or to administer them intravenously. But the challenges...

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Why Should an IVD Manufacturer Consider ISO 13485 Certification?

March 3, 2014 5:33 pm | by Sarah Stec, Esq., Legal and Regulatory Director, GMED North America Inc. | Comments

In vitro diagnostic medical devices, or IVDs, are critical medical devices that can be used to help the patient, physician, and caregiver in reaching medical decisions. Their growing influence and added value in the worldwide medical device...

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Extruding the Best Out of Multilumen Tubing

March 3, 2014 2:29 pm | by Robert LaDuca, CEO, Duke Empirical | Comments

Advances in materials and processing refinements make new medical device designs possible and add to the toolboxes of competent design engineers. This article explores key factors of the multilumen extrusion process as they are used by... 

Tiny Camera Sees for the Blind

February 28, 2014 1:30 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

We have the hardware and software capabilities to develop devices that are approaching the same level as human vision. The devices can recognize objects, scenarios, and context. According to Erez Na'aman, OrCam Technologies vice president...

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Implementing an Effective Hardware Platform for Hearing Aids

February 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Christophe Waelchli, ON Semiconductor | Comments

As with the portable consumer electronics sector, hearing aid design is subject to pressures to enhance operational performance, add new functionality, and extend battery life, while simultaneously retaining compact form factors. This constant...

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