Electronics

Early Team Integration Leads to Market Success

Developing a medical device requires sensitivity to the delicate balance between usefulness, usability, desirability, and manufacturability. Every medical device must be useful (meet a need) and usable (easy to understand and manipulate properly) in order to gain regulatory approval. The elements of desirability (customer appeal) and manufacturability (efficient and reliable production processes) must also be woven into a medical device’s identity to satisfy business objectives.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Mechanical Components, Automation & Controls, Medical, Patient Monitoring

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Reverse-Engineering Design Corrects Performance Failures in Laser Flow Cytometers

With numerous developments in medical equipment and software, physicians no longer have to wait three to five days for lab results for accurate and timely blood analysis. Now, specifically designed compact laser flow cytometers (blood analyzers) can conveniently sit on a countertop in the physician’s office and analyze blood samples in fewer than 15 minutes. This technology breakthrough has become the new standard for providing on-site, real time feedback for critical blood analysis.

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LED-Optimized Medical Electronics Coating

Dymax Corp., Torrington, CT, has introduced MD® 1901-M, a flexible, high-performance, LEDcurable coating for medical micro circuits typically used in hearing aids, wound-care devices, and medical pumps. This low-durometer, flexible coating is suited for flex circuits due to its ability to resist cracking or delamination while the board is being flexed. MD&M East, Booth 3531.

Posted in: MDB, Products, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Medical

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Pedestrian-Powered Medical Devices?

It could happen someday, say a group of mechanical engineering students at Rice University, Houston, TX. As a project required for graduation, four seniors created PediPower shoes that extract and store energy with every step to power portable electronics and, maybe even medical devices.

Posted in: MDB, News, Electronics, Power Supplies, Medical

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Researchers Helping to Validate Spintronics

Scientists at the University of Delaware, Newark, say that they have confirmed the presence of a magnetic field generated by electrons, which scientists had theorized existed, but had never been proven until now. This finding, they say, could help to lay the groundwork for electronics of the future. Their finding expands the potential for harnessing the "spin" or magnetic properties of electrons, which adds a fundamental new building block to the pioneering field of spintronics.

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Micro-Endoscope as Thin as a Human Hair

Single fiber endoscope increases resolution fourfold over previous similar devices. Engineers at Stanford University have developed and demonstrated a prototype single-fiber endoscope that, they say, quadruples the resolution over existing designs, which might lead to the development of needle-thin, minimally invasive endoscopes able to view features out of reach of today’s instruments.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Electronics, Imaging, Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Fiber Optics, Optics, Photonics

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Removing Need for Leads in Cardiac Monitoring

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) measurements typically involve time-consuming skin preparation, lead application, conductive gels, and even shaving of body hair. More recently, dry contact sensors have come into use in some sports and home health monitoring units, but these frequently experience contact problems, particularly in users with dry skin.

Posted in: Features, MDB, Electronics, Diagnostics, Imaging, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Sensors

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