Electronics
Heart Pump with Behind-the-Ear Power Connector
Posted in Bio-Medical, Drug Delivery & Dispensing, Electronics, Implants & Prosthetics, Electronic Components, Power Supplies, Power Management, Power Transmission, Fluid Handling, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Briefs, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013

One-third of patients with heart pumps develop infection at abdominal connection.

Cardiac surgeons and cardiologists at the University of Maryland Heart Center are part of a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the efficacy of powering heart pumps through a skull-based connector behind the ear. The pumps, called left ventricular assist devices (LVADs), support the heart’s main pumping chamber, the left ventricle. LVADs are implanted in the chest and powered with external batteries. Typically, these devices, which are used for patients with severe heart failure, are powered through an electrical cord connected at the abdomen, where potentially deadly infections can develop.
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Robotic Exoskeleton Vastly Improves Quality of Life
Posted in Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Implants & Prosthetics, Biosensors, Mechanical Components, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Power Transmission, Positioning Equipment, Medical, Orthopedics, Articles, Features, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Worldwide an estimated 185 million people use a wheelchair daily. A company based in Auckland, New Zealand, has developed an innovative robotic technology that helps people with mobility impairment get back on their feet— the Rex Bionics robotic exoskeleton. Its integrated maxon motors help to ensure smooth limb movement.
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High Voltage Magnetics
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Products, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Datatronics Romoland, Inc., Menifee, CA, says its 4283-1200 Series of hi-voltage flyback transformers, offering primary- to-secondary isolation of up to 7 KVdc, is ideal for applications requiring a high-voltage, low-power signal. Typical applications include line and portable medical devices such as defibrillators, imaging diagnostic equipment, brain therapy devices, and more. MD&M Minn, Booth 1710
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Sensor Assembly Solutions
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Medical, Products, MDB on Tuesday, 01 October 2013
Honeywell Sensing and Control, Golden Valley, MN, launched new customizable pressure and thermal sensor solutions, including modules with multiple sensors. Heaters, magnetic, magneto-resistive, infrared, optical, pressure, thermal, and humidity options are all available for customization. MD&M Minn, Booth 1030
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Circuit Protection Critical to Safeguarding Both Medical Devices and Patients’ Health
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Electronics, Electronic Components, Board-Level Electronics, Thermal Management, Power Management, Medical, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
Agrowing array of electronic devices are available to healthcare providers, patients, and their families, including glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and many others. To ensure safe, reliable performance of these devices, their designers must factor in circuit protection requirements from the earliest stages of the circuit design process. For example, a seemingly minor electrostatic discharge could easily render a portable medical device useless if it’s not properly protected, exposing the patient to the danger of misleading (or no) readings and the device’s manufacturer to legal liability if inaccurate results lead to improper treatment.
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Product of the Month: Projected Capacitive Touch Screens
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Electronic Components, Imaging, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Medical, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 September 2013
Molex Incorporated, Lisle, IL, announces its Projected Capacitive Touch Screens, which deliver multi-touch functionality that is responsive and intuitive to operate. The touch screens allow OEMs to meet customer needs by providing customized embedded software, multiple screen and glass styles, a variety of treatment finishes, and various output interface choices to meet the growing demand for touch screen technology in medical market applications, such as IV pumps, defibrillators, glucose meters, and pulse oximeters.
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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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