Health, Medicine, & Biotechnology

Photochemical Tissue Bonding for Military Medical Applications

A two-wavelength laser and albumen stent easily repair separated vessels.Joining severed vessels is a recurring problem in trauma and surgery. The basic technology of joining vessels using sutures has been available for centuries, but remains a slow and tedious process. A complete system for micro-anastomosis of vessels was developed that involves a laser in a clinically useful form factor, and a novel albumen stent to support the vessel during the surgery.

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Magnetic Nanoparticles and Devices for Biomedical Uses

Potential applications include detecting selected biomolecules and treating some brain injuries.A program comprising several collaborative research efforts has been dedicated to advancing the art of utilization of magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical purposes. The research has been performed by three teams, each focusing on different aspects of the art:

Posted in: Treatment Devices, Bio-Medical, Briefs, TSP, Briefs, TSP, Coatings & Adhesives, Sensors

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Endotracheal Intubation Device with Built-in Stylet and Colormetric Indicator

This device requires no assembly, saving time in life-threatening situations.An endotracheal intubation device is utilized by doctors and paramedics to mechanically create an airway and to ventilate an injured person. The most common ventilating practice in the paramedic industry today requires assembly of a three-piece system at the time when intubation is necessary, which is typically in an ambulance at the time of an emergency. This is a cumbersome and time-consuming process. An endotracheal (ET) intubation device was invented for paramedics to save time and lives by reducing the number of parts used during endotracheal intubation.

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Edge Phantom Measures Sharpness of X-Ray Detectors

The corrected digital image can be used to enable computer-assisted diagnosis.Digital radiography makes use of Xray detectors that yield a radiographic image of the object or patient between the X-ray source and the detector. Tools have been developed to assess the image quality characteristics of radiation images. One tool is an edge phantom, placed between source and detector, to assess the sharpness of the radiation image obtained. The edge-like, spatial step-response of the system resulting from a sudden change in irradiation level, invoked by the phantom, can be used to calculate the modulation transfer function (MTF) in a particular direction. In this way, the sharpness of the detector can be assessed.

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Paracellular Drug Delivery Through Baker’s Yeast Microcapsules

The yeast has the ability to open up the junctions between cells to aid drug delivery. Oral mucosal drug delivery is an alternative method of systemic drug delivery that offers several advantages over both injectable and enteral methods. Since the oral mucosa is highly vascularised, drugs that are absorbed through the oral mucosa directly enter the systemic circulation, bypassing the gastrointestinal tract and first-pass metabolism in the liver. This avoids some of the problems typically experienced with traditional oral medication like analgesics that have to be absorbed by the lining of the stomach or the intestine, either of which they can irritate.

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Vibrating Quartz Sensor Characterizes Liquid Samples

This technology eliminates the need to run multiple tests to obtain a sample profile. A novel analytical technology characterizes liquids for healthcare applications. As a drop of liquid evaporates on a vibrating quartz sensor, it undergoes distinctive phase changes representing the unique chemical and physical characteristics of the sample. This unique “fingerprint” represents information that is not readily available from any combination of analytical methods currently in use.

Posted in: Bio-Medical, Briefs, Briefs, Patient Monitoring, Sensors

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Reducing Field Distortion in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

An unconventional magnetic-field configuration would be used in SQUID MRI. A concept for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that would utilize a relatively weak magnetic field provides for several design features that differ significantly from the corresponding features of conventional MRI systems. Notable among these features are a magnetic- field configuration that reduces (relative to the conventional configuration) distortion and blurring of the image, the use of a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer as the detector, and an imaging procedure suited for the unconventional field configuration and sensor.

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