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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 | Texas Instruments Inc. | 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.

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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 | Spectra Physics | 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?

Pumping Up Device Design

October 7, 2013 9:30 am | by Michael L. Hill, VP & GM, Gorman-Rupp Industries | GRI Pumps | Comments

Handling fluids within a medical device can be a messy, but critically important, task. It is vital for medical device designers to ensure they are making the best selection when it comes to the components that are involved in this portion of the device. This article attempts to clarify the significant considerations in selecting the right pump for a project.

Design Note: 3D Design Software for All Engineers

October 3, 2013 3:35 pm | by Allied Electronics | Allied Electronics, Inc. | Comments

Allied Electronics and RS Components have developed a 3D design software solution called DesignSpark Mechanical, a 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all, totally free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical will bring major benefits to design engineers around the world and is available in multiple languages.

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Bringing Image-Guided Laser Surgery to Endoscopy

October 2, 2013 3:40 pm | by David Henderson, CTO and CEO, New Scale Technologies | New Scale Technologies, Inc. | Comments

In an effort to advance the benefits that lasers can offer to surgeons, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center partnered with a motor and motion control specialist to fabricate an endoscopic laser scalpel that incorporates a remote-controlled beam steering device right in the endoscope head. This article highlights the efforts of that collaboration.

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Therapeutic Coatings for Medical Device Implants

October 1, 2013 3:27 pm | by Nathan Lockwood, Ph.D., Senior Manager of R&D, SurModics Inc. | SurModics, Inc. | Comments

Drug delivery coatings are not a new technology to the medical device industry. However, as more implantable devices are tasked with achieving a greater level of healthcare, they do offer great benefit to design engineers. This article reviews drug coating technology and looks at application areas where it has made a significant impact.

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7 Important Things to Know Before Financing Equipment

September 30, 2013 2:30 pm | by Philip A. Bruno, Chief Marketing Officer, Marlin Leasing Corporation | Comments

Most manufacturing and industrial businesses are familiar with equipment leasing and financing, but may not know the kinds of specific information they need to make the best financing decisions for their investments in equipment or software. Understanding the ways in which leasing fits your company’s particular needs can help to build a solid business case for financing as well as determine which financing option to choose.

Air Tool Measures Thousands of Orthopedic Tapers

September 27, 2013 4:03 pm | by Mahr Federal | Mahr Federal, Inc. | Comments

A manufacturer of orthopedic implants needed to improve measurement and documentation proficiency of parts with literally hundreds of configurations. Air gaging from Mahr Federal was chosen because it could quickly and accurately measure precision tapers, along with being simpler and cheaper to engineer than any mechanical gages.

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Medical Devices: How Secure Are They?

September 26, 2013 4:21 pm | by Jon Jarboe, Senior Technical Manager, Coverity | Comments

Medical devices are increasingly dependent on software, evolving from the use of a simple two-transistor circuit for early artificial cardiac pacemakers to sophisticated modern systems supporting infusion pumps, electrocardiogram analysis, and image-guided surgery.

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The Shoes of the End User Are a Developer’s Most Important Tool

September 25, 2013 2:39 pm | by Lorraine Chapman, Director of Research and Experience Design, Macadamian Technologies | Macadamian | Comments

Two-thirds of health IT executives in the U.S. believe the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. But how will the form and function of this technology be defined? How can the designers of technology ensure the best fit with the needs of the healthcare professionals who will make use of it?

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3D Printed, CNC Machined, or Molded Prototypes: Which and When?

September 25, 2013 10:38 am | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

When it comes to component fabrication for production ready parts, designers typically have a good idea which process they’d like to specify. However, when it comes to prototyping, they may not be as clear on the best process for their needs. This article looks at three common fabrication processes—3D printing, machining, and molding—and clarifies which to use when for prototype parts.

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