In recent years, there has been great excitement about the use of neuromodulation to treat a wide array of medical conditions and diseases. The technology uses electrical signals to stimulate or block different nerve impulses in the body and is adapted from technology used in cardiac rhythm management. Advanced ceramic materials are playing an important role in the technology and are poised to play an even greater one as these medical devices flood onto the market to treat an increasing number of ailments.
Recent innovations in computer-assisted surgery are pushing the boundaries of modern medicine to new and exciting frontiers. As conventional surgical instrumentation continues to give way to advanced console- and camera-based systems, surgeons are able to operate on patients with exceptional precision.
In an effort to reduce the time-to-defibrillation interval and improve cardiac arrest survival, health service providers have increasingly turned to a strategy of wider access to defibrillation to augment emergency medical services. In some countries this is being implemented by providing automated external defibrillators (AED) for use by police, first aid volunteers, and even members of the general public.
In the field of electronics design, designing a “best in class” product with a competitive roadmap for the future is vital. For medical designs, in particular, it is especially important to use the highest quality components to ensure longevity, as these products go through long approval and use cycles. To accomplish this, system designers need to design the “right system.” But what does that mean?
Choosing Sensors to Improve Sleep Apnea Machine Efficiency, Accuracy, and Reliability, and Enhance Patient ComfortDecember 22, 2011 9:19 am | by A.J. Smith | Comments
Sleep apnea is a condition that impacts millions of people and can have a significant impact on their sleep. Treating such a condition can be challenging for medical device manufacturers. As such, this article looks at sensor solutions that can be used within a sleep apnea device, explains the differences, and provides valuable insight on the technology.
Wireless foot switch technology can be a preferred control mechanism for a variety of medical devices. However, there are a number of considerations designers need to consider before looking to use this technology. This article serves as a primer for many of those considerations while also providing an overview of the technology.
With more medical devices containing electronic components, the heat generated by these components becomes a greater issue for the designers of the finished products. As such, consulting with a thermal management expert prior to designing a new device becomes a high priority “to do” item. This article provides a number of additional tips to address thermal management challenges.
I remember as a kid I was fascinated with phones. The idea that you could pick up the phone, dial it, and talk to someone on the other end was pretty neat.
When considering the deployment and timing considerations for LTE and LTE Advanced, a well thought out migration strategy needs to be in place.
This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone.
Due to recent changes regarding the reimbursement (or lack thereof) for treatment of secondary infections that patients sometimes acquire during a hospital stay, great interest has developed in finding technologies to reduce and ultimately eliminate these problems. This article looks at how one material supplier specialist is addressing the challenge.
The Challenge: A company needed a fastener for an orthopedic device that would offer a high degree of repeatability in motion without a loss of function. The Solution: The Spiralock self locking fastener successfully survived load and fatigue testing to one-million cycles without loosening or backing out.
In this “Roundtable Q&A,” industry leaders provide insights on medical electronics topics, including the design impact of consumer electronics, obstacles to success with taking a product from wired to wireless, and the value of making devices “smart.”
With handheld medical devices getting smaller and smaller, consideration is being given to every component on the device. This includes the battery holder section. While often overlooked, taking this portion of the device into account early in the development process can result in a clever solution to prevent it from adding too much “bulk” to a device design.
Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shed light on the role of temperature in controlling a fabrication technique for drawing chemical patterns as small as 20 nanometers.