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Perspectives on Robots in the OR - A.J. Smith

April 26, 2013 2:41 pm | by A.J. Smith, Director of Product Marketing, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Blogs | Comments

Will the OR of the future see robots completely replace human surgeons? Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms.  

Photo of the Day: 4 Medical Advances Made Possible by BLDC Motors

April 25, 2013 5:19 pm | by Sinotech | Sinotech | News | Comments

The medical world is full of devices that wouldn’t be possible—or as effective—without the brushless DC motor. This infographic features four of them: sleep apnea treatment, bodily fluid testing, blood clot prevention, and mobile breathing assistance.

Photos of the Day: The CAVE for Design

April 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya | News | Comments

The new CAVE system is currently being used in applications related to the visualization of museum pieces, cooperative ship design and medicine, although its sphere of application is broader still, covering industrial design, visualization of simulation results, molecular design, architecture and urbanism, archaeology and the study of monuments, and geonavigation.


Photos of the Day: Robotic Surgeons, All Hype?

April 9, 2013 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery.

Photos of the Day: Spleen on a Chip

March 25, 2013 10:50 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | News | Comments

The Spleen-on-a-chip, developed at the Wyss Institute, will be used to treat bloodstream infections that are the leading cause of death in critically ill patients and soldiers injured in combat.

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part II

January 17, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Minifab, Tci Precision Metals, Intertech Development Company, Munro & Associates, Inc., Medical Murray, Inc. | Articles | Comments

  Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? Contract manufacturing continues to shift from just “manufacturing” to include a full road map of your finished products, including design, test, manufacturability, and distribution.  

Global Healthcare Trends & Top Ten Companies in Telemedicine Technologies

January 16, 2013 12:46 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Today, healthcare is one of the top economic and social problems across the globe. Put simply, the problem comes down to two factors: accessibility and affordability. The global focus on the use of telemedicine as a tool to cut down healthcare...

Perspectives on Industry Insight, Part I

January 16, 2013 12:00 am | by MDT Staff | Syspro, Honeywell Sensing And Control, Portescap, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Would you please comment on the medical device industry as we move into 2013? The need for medical device manufacturers to have product recall plans in place was reaffirmed by the release of the latest figures on medical device unit recalls. According to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index released August 22, 2012, over 123 million medical device units were recalled in the second quarter of 2012...


List of Nucleic Acid Based Tests

December 10, 2012 12:00 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

This is a list of nucleic acid-based tests that have been cleared or approved by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health. These tests analyze variations in the sequence, structure, or expression of deoxyribonucleic acid and ribonucleic acid...

Perspectives on Supplier Differentiator, Part II

October 19, 2012 2:10 pm | by Deborah Kacera, Daniel Rudolf, Dan Walsh, Christine Forcier, and Bill Leverich | Pilgrim Software, Inc., RBC Medical Innovations | Articles | Comments

The next evolution is the focus on the supply chain and ensuring the detailed processes are in place and that products/processes provided by downstream suppliers are validated and real. With globalization as the post facto now, it will require more stringent supplier controls from the initial selection of suppliers through the monitoring phases. How will suppliers select and monitor their supplier base?

Perspectives on Supplier Differentiator, Part I

October 19, 2012 11:49 am | by Joe Rotino, Alan Walsh, Aidan Petrie, Carol Tucker, and Michelle Lott | Pro-Dex, Logic PD, Inc., Ximedica, Vention Medical, Inc., Xeridiem | Articles | Comments

As external industry influences like excise taxes, longer approval process time, and reimbursement pressures bear down on device manufacturers, development partners must look to areas of opportunity and how to best support medical firms in these pursuits. While opportunities such as the growing and aging population and emerging markets are getting a lot of play, it’s also important to realize that progress (i.e., technological advances) poses perhaps the most significant area of opportunity in transforming healthcare.

Perspectives on Evolution of Miniaturization

October 17, 2012 3:39 pm | by Steve Kuckworth, Jessica Willing-Pichs, Ian Hardy, Chad Marak, John Beigel, Trygve Olsen, and Chris Ault | Clariant Corporation, Ximedica, Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Littelfuse, Inc., Meder Electronic Inc. | Articles | Comments

As medical devices migrate from the hospital to the patient’s home or workplace, two concepts will become increasingly important: manageability and security. Remote medical devices must often provide continuous care, regardless of their location. Consequently, IT teams will need to manage and control the devices remotely...

Photo of the Day: New Device Combines MEG & MRI Technology

July 30, 2012 10:47 am | by Aalto University | News | Comments

The innovative MEG-MRI device combines the whole-head magnetoencephalography (MEG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology.


Perspectives On A Question of Safety

July 25, 2012 11:54 am | Accutek Testing Laboratory | Articles | Comments

How has news questioning the safety of medical devices misled the public about testing protocols?

Five Steps to Validating the Cleaning Process of Medical Devices

June 6, 2012 10:03 am | by Patrick Kenny, Director of Analytical Services, Microtest Laboratories | Microtest Laboratories, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Many modern medical devices are composed of high-tech materials such as metallic alloys or synthetic plastics. Their production may require the use of various agents to aid in the manufacturing process or produce contaminants that require...

Perspectives on First Step in Design, Part II

June 5, 2012 12:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Once a new medical device idea is formulated, what is the critical first step to help ensure its success through to market launch?

Perspectives on First Step in Design, Part I

June 5, 2012 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Once a new medical device idea is formulated, what is the critical first step to help ensure its success through to market launch?

Perspectives on Battling HAIs

June 5, 2012 11:28 am | Articles | Comments

What impact does the effort to reduce the incidence of hospital acquired infections have on the development of new medical devices?

Perspectives on Design Challenges

June 5, 2012 10:37 am | Articles | Comments

Would you please share one of the most challenging design obstacles you have faced in the development of a medical device?

Perspectives on Prototyping, Part II

June 5, 2012 8:39 am | Articles | Comments

Has design software reached the point where it can serve as an acceptable replacement for physical prototypes in medical device manufacturing?

Perspectives on Prototyping, Part I

June 5, 2012 8:23 am | Articles | Comments

Has design software reached the point where it can serve as an acceptable replacement for physical prototypes in medical device manufacturing?

Happy 50th Birthday Breast Augmentation! The Top 10 Myths According to Dr. John Anastasatos, Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

April 12, 2012 3:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty years have passed since the first breast augmentation was performed in 1962 and yet the public still has wrongful information and many misconceptions about this most popular cosmetic operation. In my Beverly Hills Plastic...

Perspectives on Miniaturization

January 5, 2012 9:47 am | Articles | Comments

In the effort to make medical devices smaller, what has been the most challenging obstacle you have faced and how were you able to resolve this problem?

Top 10 Tips for Efficient Thermal Management

December 20, 2011 6:38 am | by W. John Bilski, Senior Engineer, Thermacore Inc. | Thermacore, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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...

Perspectives on Balancing Development Success, Part II

October 28, 2011 12:12 pm | WuXi AppTec | Articles | Comments

With the development of a medical device, how do you best achieve a balance between time to market, cost savings, and regulatory compliance?

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