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Enhancing Your Perception Through a Vest

March 26, 2015 3:19 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Employing motors similar to those used in cell phones, this vest offers sensations to a person’s back based on the inputs provided. As illustrated through the video, that input can be generated by sound, news feeds, stock market data, or...

Direct Brain Communication with Carbon Nanotubes

March 26, 2015 9:29 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate...

Now Available On-Demand! MDT Live: The Impact of 3D Printing on Healthcare

March 25, 2015 1:23 pm | by Jon Dipierro and Sean Fenske | Videos | Comments

3D printing is emerging as a truly disruptive technology, affecting an array of industries...

Device Protects Nerve Tissue During Bowel Surgery

March 25, 2015 10:32 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now...

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Improving Cellular Response to Intervertebral Fusion Surgery Materials

March 24, 2015 8:40 am | by Peter Ullrich, CEO, Titan Spine | Blogs | Comments

Intervertebral fusion surgery poses a uniquely challenging situation in the spinal medical device market. Ultimately, it is the only place in the body where physicians aim to hold apart two bones (the vertebral bodies) and then induce them to fuse...

New Surgery Simulators Made by 3D Printing Pioneers

March 23, 2015 3:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Virtual reality training simulators may be able to provide surgeons with the next-best experience save actually operating on a patient. 3D Systems has released two new modules for its Simbionix Anthro Mentor arthroscopic training simulator: a hip...

Benefits Seen for First-in-Field Brain Shield Used with TAVR

March 21, 2015 9:11 am | by American College of Cardiology | News | Comments

An investigational device that deflects debris away from the brain during transcatheter aortic valve replacement seems to improve in-hospital safety outcomes and cognitive scores at discharge, according to preliminary findings from a small...

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3D Printing Medical Devices in Just Minutes

March 20, 2015 10:57 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Blogs | Comments

Today, I was honestly flabbergasted over what crossed my path. In a TED video, I watched as Joseph DiSimone, CEO of Carbon3D, spoke about a new approach to 3D printing that didn’t involve layer after layer of 2D printing being performed to create a 3D part...

6 Ways Electrical Engineers Have Changed the Face of Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:48 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

One of the most prominent industries to benefit from the aid of electric engineering is the field of medicine. With more intelligent innovations regularly being made, doctors and medical professionals are able to work with stronger and more...

Photos of the Day: How Electrical Engineers Are Impacting Healthcare

March 17, 2015 9:35 am | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineers are professionals dedicated to developing electrical solutions and equipment. They are responsible for providing a variety of industries with powerful, long-term solutions, designed to help solve many types of problems...

Warming Blanket to Maintain Surgery Patients' Body Temperature

March 16, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smiths Medical, a leading global medical device manufacturer, announced today it has launched a new Snuggle Warm poncho-style convective warming blanket to help maintain a patient’s body temperature before, during, and after surgery. The...

Photo Etching: Stimulating Innovation in Medical Product Design

March 13, 2015 11:26 am | by Albert Tsang, Technical Manager, Precision Micro | Precision Micro, Ltd. | Articles | Comments

Across industry, there is a concerted and accelerating trend towards miniaturization, and nowhere more so than in the medical device sector, where demand for minimally invasive diagnostic and treatment devices is growing exponentially...

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Include Test Application Engineers to Get the Details Right

March 12, 2015 8:30 am | by Jacques Hoffmann, President, InterTech Development Company | Blogs | Comments

Failsafe testing of medical devices is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for release of a device to the market.  Most realize that simplistic truth but there are far too many who do not appreciate the “devils in the details” of test applications...

Continued Pressure to Make Products Smaller, Lighter, More Reliable

March 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Peter Ladwig, Ph.D., Director of Technology Development, Hutchinson Technology Inc. | Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The need for miniaturization is driving the development of new process technologies to manufacture complex components. In some cases, it is impossible to manufacture separate pieces for separate functions and attach them together to manufacture...

‘Silver Bullet’ Implantable Device Prevents Infection

March 10, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

It costs more than $1.6 billion annually to treat post-surgical infections in patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery, but a researcher from North Carolina State University is working on a device that could reduce this number...

Space Shuttle's Robotic Arm to Assist Child Surgery

March 9, 2015 1:27 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Today, Industry Minister James Moore visited The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to witness first-hand how Canada's investment in space science research and development will be used to help drive improvements to surgical care...

Shifting Paradigm in Healthcare Industry

March 8, 2015 9:30 am | by BCC Research | News | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report on minimally invasive surgery (MIS) devices and equipment, the growing number of surgical procedures has created a multibillion-dollar market for specialized devices and instruments used for these practices...

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Wearable Technology: One Step Closer to Mobile Healthcare

March 4, 2015 8:30 am | by Steve Boccone, GreyBox Communications | Blogs | Comments

"Telehealth is changing the way patients and families experience the continuum care. Healthcare providers will increasingly need to create effective and convenient home based, high touch and high tech solutions that work in a value based...

Moving Organs with Magnets to Ease Surgery

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective. “In 2007, a team of University of Texas researchers did some basic experiments using magnets in laparoscopic...

4 Medical Devices that Changed from 'Oops!' to 'Eureka!'

March 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

You know the old axiom: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” One would think this philosophy can’t possibly apply to medical device development, because design engineers are working tirelessly to make sure that nothing on their device breaks...

Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 11:18 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery--with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation, and patient safety, according to a special paper in the March 2015...

Neuromonitoring System Protects Nerve Tissue During Surgery

March 2, 2015 9:58 am | by Fraunhofer | News | Comments

After bowel surgery, more than half of the patients suffer from irreparable nerve damage. Now scientists have developed an assistance system that warns surgeons about the risk of inflicting possible injury during operations in the pelvic...

True 3D Images...Glasses-Free

February 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

3D Icon’s imaging technology is poised to profoundly impact medical device development as well as healthcare practices. An upgrade on existing 3D imaging systems, “CSpace” provides an incredibly realistic display that you might as well be...

Top 5 Medical Applications for Smart Fabric Technology

February 26, 2015 4:13 pm | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor, @SamISureAm | Blogs | Comments

Smart fabric technology has a great deal to offer patient monitoring. Sensors integrated right into the textile provide the least annoying way to monitor vitals, because you’ll notice it about the same as you would notice any other type...

Making It Smaller Isn't so Simple

February 26, 2015 8:30 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, @SeanFenske | Metrigraphics, LLC, American Swiss Products Co., Inc., Hutchinson Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

“Smaller” is a word that most medical device designers are hearing more often these days. It keeps in step with a trend that has been happening in this industry for many years. Perhaps getting the biggest initial push from the demand for...

Medical Tools and Technologies from Solutions Found in Nature

February 20, 2015 8:46 am | by TEDMED | Videos | Comments

Jeff Karp, bioengineer and Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, illuminates the art and science of developing medical tools, treatments, and technologies from solutions found in nature...    

Lab Tests and Ultrasounds Identify Children Who Need Surgical Treatment for Appendicitis

February 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain--when combined--can improve the ability of emergency department physicians and pediatric surgeons to identify those patients who should be...

'Google Lens' to Improve Surgery and New Doctor Training

February 17, 2015 3:23 pm | by Wichita State University | News | Comments

Wichita State University professors Jibo He and Barbara Chaparro continue to find ways to be creative and innovative -- this time inventing a device that could have positive ramifications in the medical field and beyond... 

New Laser Technology Can Vaporize Cancer

February 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Florida Atlantic University | News | Comments

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine...

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