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Mobile Devices in Medicine: Opportunity or IT Dilemma?

October 1, 2014 | by Charles Settles, Product Analyst, TechnologyAdvice | Comments

Integration, network architecture, and maintenance of electronic medical devices has long been the purview of medical information technologists (ITs). However, the rise of consumer mobile devices presents a new and growing problem — or opportunity...

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Intelligent Structural Material for Medical Technology

September 26, 2014 8:30 am | by Bayer | Bayer Materialscience, Llc | Comments

Medical technology suppliers such as Swiss-based Emaform AG have high expectations when selecting appropriate structural materials. The polyurethane integral skin foam systems Baydur 66 FR and 110 FR from Bayer MaterialScience are right at...

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Medical Device Miniaturization and Thermal Management

September 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Thermacore, Inc. | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating...

Designing a Heart Rate Monitor for Wearable Devices

September 24, 2014 8:30 am | by Anand Udupa, Praveen Aroul, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments Inc. | Comments

Within a few years about 170 million wireless devices are expected to be able to track personal health. Optical heart rate monitoring (OHRM) on an intelligent platform like a smartwatch or a smartphone provides the capability to continuously...

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Flexibility, Porosity Design Leads to Regeneration of Soft Tissue

September 23, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Torbjorn Mathiesen, Chief Technology Officer, Novus Scientific | Comments

The design of surgical biosynthetic mesh for breast surgery, whether reconstructive or cosmetic, and for hernia or abdominal surgery involves creating material and design that promotes faster healing with natural human tissue regeneration...

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Pressure Ulcer Prevention for Wheelchair Users: Cushion Design and Selection

September 22, 2014 8:30 am | by Kara Kopplin, Senior Director of Efficacy Research, Standards and Compliance, ROHO, Inc. | Comments

As deadly as pressure ulcers can be, it is remarkable how poorly they have been understood and how common they remain. But some groundbreaking research coming out of the laboratory of Dr. Amit Gefen at Tel Aviv University in Israel is changing...

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Innovative X-ray Technology – An Option for Improved Breast Cancer Diagnosis

September 19, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Thomas Kron, Technical Writer | Comments

The benefits of mammography for breast cancer screening have been discussed for years. By screening, some say that tumors are discovered earlier, save lives and eliminate the need of having to go through strenuous therapies. Others say that...

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3-D Printing for Blood Recycling, Medical Developments

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Stratasys Inc. | Comments

Imagine your religious beliefs lied between you and your life. This is what happened in mid-April to Julie Penoyer, a 50-year-old U.K. heart patient and Jahovah’s Witness. Following her religious beliefs, her request when undergoing open-heart...

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FDA Issues Final Guidance for In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices

September 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Jonathan S. Kahan, Susan Tiedy-Stevenson, and Randy Prebula, Hogan Lovells US, LLP | Comments

On July 31, 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA” or “the agency”) announced the publication of a final guidance to industry describing the agency’s current thinking about the development and regulation of in vitro companion diagnostic...

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Polymer Tubing: The Hidden Hero Behind Innovative Neurovascular Procedures

September 16, 2014 8:30 am | by Emily Barnes, Market Specialist, Zeus, Inc. | Zeus | Comments

For nearly 50 years, Zeus polymer technology has been a precursor and enabler for the advancement of innovative therapies and lifesaving technologies within the neurovascular field. Our history as a critical supplier of delivery device components...

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Robotics in the Field of Cardiovascular Medicine

September 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Dr. Thomas Kron, Technical Writer | Comments

Within the scope of modern medicine, highly complex medical technology has become inevitable, be it in the fields of intensive care, neurology or oncology. Cardiology and cardiac surgery are no exceptions. The spectrum of high-tech products...

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A Potential New Route to Stopping Surgical Bleeding

September 12, 2014 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Comments

Surgical and trauma patients are at significant risk for morbidity and mortality from bleeding and/or leaking bodily fluids. With the number and complexity of surgeries rising, so is the need for better hemostatic agents to stop bleeding as...

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3D-Printed Mold Components Save 80% in Prototype Development Costs

September 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Diversified Plastics, Inc. | Diversified Plastics, Inc. | Comments

Development costs and time are critical considerations for today’s manufacturers when developing prototype parts. Accurately evaluating the geometry, design, performance and feel of plastic injection molded parts is necessary before creating...

Potential New Diagnostic Test to Identify Infected Necrotic Pancreatitis

September 10, 2014 8:30 am | by Jen Jenkinson | Comments

Acute pancreatitis accounts for nearly 275,000 hospital admissions each year in the US and severe cases are often complicated by infected necrosis within the pancreas, accounting for between 10 and 17% of cases. The sooner this infection is...

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Overcoming Challenges and Misconceptions of Extrusion

September 4, 2014 3:52 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Vesta, Inc., Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Teleflex Medical OEM | Comments

Medical device designers can select from an array of component fabrication processes for the necessary parts for a project, such as molding, machining, and even 3D printing. While extrusion may be most often associated with medical tubing...

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Metal Injection Molding for Medical Device Manufacturers

August 27, 2014 10:57 am | by Becky Cater, MIM Product Manager, Proto Labs | Proto Labs, Inc. | Comments

Component fabrication for medical devices must often enable the manufacture of strong, durable parts in intricate shapes and designs. The ability to mold metal in an injection molding process moves developers much closer to this goal. The fact...

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