Electronics
A New Way to Control Imaging Equipment
Posted in Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Imaging & Diagnostics, Electronics, Automation & Controls, Medical, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
Medical imaging technology is improving at a remarkable speed, but most imaging technicians and physicians still use a mouse and keyboard to manipulate in two dimensions the complex ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) images generated from this technology.
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A New Alloy for Medical Electronics Applications
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
History Although the deadline for RoHS compliance for medical device manufacturers is nearly a year away (July 22, 2014), there is more than ten years of testing and in-service data that can be used to ensure a smooth transition to lead-free medical devices and equipment.
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Silver Printed Fabric for Wearable Electronics
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical, Patient Monitoring, News, MDB on Monday, 12 August 2013
Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory, Middlesex, UK, Electronics Interconnection group has developed a new method to produce conductive textiles. This new technique could make integrating electronics into all types of clothing simple and practical by enabling lightweight circuits to be printed directly onto complete garments.

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Guiding Nanowire Growth for Self-Integrated Circuits
Posted in Electronic Components, Electronics, Medical, Semiconductors & ICs, News, MDB on Thursday, 08 August 2013
Those scientists working with tiny components in nanoelectronics say that the nano-components are so small that arranging them with external tools is impossible. Their only solution is to create the proper conditions for them to assemble themselves. Previously, researchers had developed methods for growing semiconductor nanowires vertically on a surface, but the structures were short and disorganized. After growing, these nanowires must be "harvested" and aligned horizontally so that they can be integrated into electric circuits.
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Tips for Selecting Insulating Materials for Medical Electronics
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Thermal Management, Medical, Features, MDB on Thursday, 01 August 2013
Insulating and jacketing material options for wire and cable are innumerable, even if the field is narrowed to those with some qualification for use in medical electronics. Material selection for medical electronics is a complicated decision that begins with defining “qualification” and “medical”. Device manufacturers rely on a combination of inhouse experiences, cable suppliers, testing laboratories, consulting services, standards, guidance documents, and other publications. Their requirements for new devices may be defined strictly by the FDA, or may further incorporate application, market, or manufacturer preferences. For example, there are a great number of materials that will meet FDA requirements for surface contact patient monitoring cable materials, but a flexible and highly durable, silky-textured, cost competitive material may be preferred by the user. A specification may also call for a higher level of biocompatibility than is strictly required by the FDA. This may be the result of existing qualifications obtained with those materials, or it may be an over-specification that should be explored.
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Elastic Electronics Grows Own Wires
Posted in Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Nanotechnology, News, MDB on Monday, 29 July 2013
A team of engineers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, found that networks of spherical nanoparticles embedded in elastic materials could make the best stretchy conductors. Flexible electronics have a wide variety of possibilities, they say, from bendable displays and batteries to medical implants that move with the body.
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Building 3D Structures with Liquid Metal
Posted in Electronics, Medical, News, MDB on Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Scientists at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, developed a 3D printing technology to create free-standing structures made out of liquid metal at room temperature. They discovered that a liquid metal alloy of gallium and indium reacts to the oxygen in the air at room temperature to form a “skin” that allows the structures to retain their shapes, they said.
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