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Photos of the Day: Diagnosing Cancer in Minutes

February 7, 2014 10:16 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington scientists and engineers are developing a low-cost device that could help pathologists diagnose pancreatic cancer earlier and faster. The prototype can perform the basic steps for processing a biopsy, relying on fluid...

The Pulse: Powering Implants with the Heart & Playing Stroke Hero

February 6, 2014 11:22 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on The Pulse, we are powering implants with the heart, vacuuming out blood clots, controlling the TV remote with a wink, and playing stroke education video games. This episode features...        

Photos of the Day: Feeling Prosthetics

February 6, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To feel what you touch – that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.      

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Photos of the Day: The Portable Lab

February 5, 2014 12:48 pm | by youris.com | News | Comments

A new device revolutionizes lab analysis and performs faster and works more efficiently than a traditional laboratory. The core of the system is a disc with the diameter of a CD. Researchers in South Germany have invented this mini-lab...  

New Developments in 2014 Bring Challenges for Designers

January 31, 2014 1:53 pm | by Mike Brousseasu, Manager — Safety Group, and Joe Langton, Business Service Line Leader — Chemical, Intertek | Blogs | Comments

In the coming year, medical device manufacturers will need to focus on getting their products compliant, available, and possibly re-designed to keep up with the ever-changing standards associated with the medical device industry. The Affordable...

Photos of the Day: Studying Sleep at Home

January 31, 2014 10:48 am | by SleepRate | News | Comments

SleepRate has released the first affordable sleep improvement solution based on proprietary sleep analysis algorithms as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) protocols exclusively licensed from Stanford University School...

5 Reasons for Medical SMBs to Leverage PLM for Enterprise Quality Management

January 29, 2014 4:02 pm | by Chuck Cimalore, CTO and Co-Founder, Omnify Software | Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

The fast pace of new technology, emerging market opportunities, and competition, leave medical device executives, particularly those in the small to medium size (SMB) space, in an environment where they must continually innovate with flawless...

Photos of the Day: First Argus 'Bionic Eye' Implanted

January 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center | News | Comments

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is surgically implanted in one eye. The individual wears glasses equipped with a camera that captures images and converts them into a series of small electrical pulses. The pulses are transmitted wirelessly...

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Photos of the Day: Drug Delivering Sponge

January 28, 2014 9:47 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Created by chemists at the University at Buffalo and Penn State Hazleton, this sponge-like crystal contains many pores that change shape when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. In addition, the normally colorless crystal blushes in the... 

Transforming the Medical Devices Industry Through Unique Device Identification

January 27, 2014 12:36 pm | by Rajeev Kapoor & Chris Paddison, A.T. Kearney | Articles | Comments

As consumers, of course, we’re all familiar with bar codes. But consider the profound transformations resulting from this universal product identifier. Today’s consumer-goods industries rely on bar code–powered innovations in inventory... 

Thermal Management Solutions for MedTech

January 27, 2014 12:21 pm | by Matt Connors, Engineering Group Leader, Thermacore, Inc. | Thermacore, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of whether the 2.3% medical device tax is here to stay or not in 2014, regulatory and competitive pressures are forcing medical OEMs to consider new technologies to reduce costs. Active thermal management technologies, such as...

Photos of the Day: Imaging Radiation Beams in the Human Body

January 27, 2014 10:51 am | by Norris Cotton Cancer Center | News | Comments

As a first step, engineers at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth modified a regular camera with a night vision scope to take photos of radiation beams as they passed through water. What appeared on the photos is the Cherenkov...

Photos of the Day: Integrated Biometrics to Aid in Handling Stress

January 24, 2014 10:15 am | by Immersion | News | Comments

Industrial designer, Sam Matson, has developed a working concept that could help gamers deal with stress. Gamer rage, as it's dubbed, is a growing phenomenon characterized by ...           

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Photos of the Day: Developing Better Robotic Prostheses

January 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A major motivation for this research is to build neurally controlled prosthetics to improve quality of life for amputees and individuals with paralysis. For these patients, signals in the brain that would ordinarily control arm movement...

Securing Patient Information Is the Top Priority

January 22, 2014 12:46 pm | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions, Southco | Southco | Blogs | Comments

With HIPAA audits scheduled to begin in 2014, many healthcare providers are concentrating their efforts on their approach to how patient information is secured. With audits focusing on breach notification, it is essential that healthcare...

Photos of the Day: Moving Kidney Stones with Ultrasound

January 22, 2014 11:04 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Besides guiding kidney stones to help them pass naturally, other applications could be to reposition a stone before or during surgery; to displace a large stone obstructing the ureter to relieve the patient’s pain and avoid emergency surgery...

Motors on the Go

January 21, 2014 11:50 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Lin Engineering, New Scale Technologies, Inc., Pro-Dex, Performance Motion Devices, Inc., Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Articles | Comments

With an influx of wireless, portable medical devices continuing to hit the market, often used by patients in their home or on the go, suppliers need to accommodate designers’ needs for smaller, more energy efficient device components. Since...

Photos of the Day: Robotic Rehab for the Ankle

January 21, 2014 11:22 am | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Among the innovations in the device are sensors made of a touch-sensitive artificial skin, thin rubber sheets that contain long microchannels filled with a liquid metal alloy. When these rubber sheets are stretched or pressed, the shapes...

Looking Ahead at Imaging Technology

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by Adrian Wilson, Head of Technologies, Element Six | Blogs | Comments

Today’s magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies, aiding the measurement of illness diagnose and treatment, even when stretched to their limits, have not allowed for resolution beyond a few micrometers and traditionally require expensive...

Photos of the Day: Swimming Bio-Bots for Drug Delivery, Surgery

January 20, 2014 10:51 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that can traverse the viscous fluids of biological environments on their own. The bio-bots are modeled after single...

MedTech Strategic Convergence Set for 2014

January 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by Deb Kacera, Regulatory & Industry Strategist, Pilgrim Software Inc. | Pilgrim Quality Solutions | Blogs | Comments

In 2014, we will see the next evolution of the most effective utilization of resources across the medical device industry, based on “smart” information that will touch almost every healthcare stakeholder, where key data will have a tighter...

Photos of the Day: Google Eyes Glucose Monitoring

January 17, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is testing a contact lens for tear glucose detection. After years of scalding soldering hair-thin wires to miniaturize electronics, Brian Otis, Google X project lead, has burned his fingertips so often that he can no longer feel the...

Wireless Electronic Home Healthcare for All

January 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Texas Instruments Inc., Analog Devices, Inc., Ximedica | Articles | Comments

These days, it’s as though the medical device industry is more synonymous with the electronics industry than it is with healthcare. Obviously an exaggeration, but there seems to be very few device sectors where electronics are not an integral...

Direct Part Marking for UDI Needs

January 16, 2014 3:01 pm | by Gerry Gunderson, CPP, VP of Engineering, Quality Tech Services | Quality Tech Services, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The Final Rule for FDA’s Unique Device Identification (UDI) mandate is now released and will be in focus in 2014. Class III device manufacturers will need to comply by September 2014, unless granted an exception (and excluding grandfathered...

Developing Medical Devices at a ‘Sprint’ Pace

January 15, 2014 2:04 pm | by Eric Sugalski, Founder and CEO, Boston Device Development | Boston Device Development | Blogs | Comments

In 2014, the medical device industry will see increasing interest in “agile development,” a process of iteration that has become a mainstay in software development. Rather than following the standard waterfall process, teams will rely on...

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