As hospital rooms become more high tech, an important concern for today's medical device designer is electromagnetic interference (EMI). Much attention has already been given to the infamous cell phone case which highlights interference from radio frequency signals.
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The use of imaging technologies in the diagnosis of health concerns is experiencing very exciting growth and advancement. The technology displays images in much greater quality and in real time.
An Editorial By Rick Schrenker Rick Schrenker is the systems engineering manager in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Biomedical Engineering. He can be reached at 617-726-7534 or email@example.com .
The Project: Eliminate the issues that exist with the uncoated acrylic over the LCD flat-panel display on a cosmetic system. The Solution: Use an abrasion-resistant optical-grade acrylic sheet that functions like glass, but is significantly lighter and more durable.
The Project: Gain a better understanding of how the RF transceiver interacts with the nuclei in MRI systems in order to be able to design the next generation. The Solution: Use electromagnetic simulation software to demonstrate how these interactions occur. By Dr. Christopher M.
China has been the subject of much debate throughout the manufacturing industry as more companies have considered it an option for reducing costs. However, quality concerns and increasing economic factors have caused some to rethink this outsourcing strategy.
Outsourcing using concurrent engineering practices provides the hands-on approach for a company that enables it to gain the most in efficiencies from manufacturing. It can be used by virtually any company of any size and applied to any medical device, product, or component.
The latest signal chain components available for medical imaging systems enable designers to improve signal chain density and power consumption without compromising dynamic performance. Additionally, these technologies allow systems to improve their image quality, power consumption, and size.
Some might point to FDA as an obstacle to achieving true device innovation to provide enhanced healthcare. Others view the agency as a necessary element to help ensure patient safety and provide regulated oversight.
Rigorous human factors testing and iterative product design are critical in the development of medication infusion devices, particularly with the current emphasis on preventing medication errors in the hospital setting.
Electronic components used in medical devices can often experience much shorter lifecycles than the products in which they are used. With the additional challenges that come from replacing a part in a finished device, it is best to be as prepared for this inevitable process as possible.
Safety labels seem like a basic enough component of a product to not warrant serious consideration, but for medical device manufacturers, that type of thinking could lead to serious consequences.
Worldwide demand for quality medical equipment ensures that many device manufacturers will have to engage in a reverse logistics scenario in order to extract the greatest potential from their products.
A breakthrough technology uses CAD functionality to convert CT and MRI scans into individualized, minimally invasive articular replacement systems. The end result, customizable orthopedic implants, could become much more commonplace for patients who require this type of treatment.
The Sentinelle Vanguard Breast MR Auxiliary Table with eight channel coil array transforms a GE MRI into a dedicated system for Breast MR imaging and intervention. The Variable Coil Geometry of the eight channel array allows the position of the coils to be customized for every patient.
Providing doctors with a handheld, portable ultrasound unit with which to help diagnose patients would be a tremendous tool for enhancing patient care.
NVIDIA Corp., a leader of programmable graphics processor technologies, and Planar Systems, makers of specialty displays, are cooperating closely to produce display systems that will enable doctors to more effectively screen for breast cancer.
By Ed Sullivan Biolase Technology Inc., a leading manufacturer of laser-based dental systems, found that partnering with a highly experienced touch screen manufacturer can help OEMs avoid design pitfalls and even accelerate new product speed to market.
The ThermaCool NXT is Thermage's next-generation system for non-invasive skin tightening and contouring. The system has a flat-panel LCD screen, which is attached to a moveable cart. The NXT screen has a large viewing area with an enhanced display that is bright, crisp, and easy-to-read.
Virtual reality simulators are often associated more with entertainment or video game technology than something that would serve a true medical benefit; however, that’s not proving to be the case when it comes to using simulators with medical devices.
The Project: Find an ERP software solution that will enhance operational efficiency while also reducing costs. The Solution: Syspro’s integrated ERP/CRM offering provides a robust package that satisfies the requirements while also helping to facilitate regulatory compliance.
Parylene is an excellent option for medical device manufacturers seeking a device coating for their product. Unfortunately, specific factors limit its use in certain applications. A new variation offers benefits that address these concerns.
Medical imaging applications, such as CT scanning, move extremely large amounts of data through a system at a very high rate.
By adding robotics to the production line, a company can turbocharge its product quality, reliability, and speed to market. This article will focus on what characteristics should be examined when considering a robotic solution for various tasks.