Health, Medicine, & Biotechnology

Positioning Technology for Digital Displays on Mobile Medical Equipment

Mounting arm is useful for mobile ultrasound and X-ray applications.

As hospitals and surgical centers add more portable medical equipment, the precision and positioning of digital displays become critical to staff efficiency, comfort, and health. Dispensing quality healthcare depends on providers having easy access to the right tools and supplies. Clinicians and technicians need information at their fingertips to perform their jobs in situations where every second counts. Point-of-care portable medical equipment — for diagnostics, monitoring, and treatment — has helped speed up patient service, but it frequently comes with tradeoffs for healthcare workers. Mobile-mounted video displays and computer screens are not always well suited for sharing among workers of different body proportions, causing user frustration and, frequently, physical pain. This includes repetitive motion ailments, sore necks and backs, and eyestrain from less-than-optimal viewing angles.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Mechanical Components, Bio-Medical, Diagnostics, Medical, Medical equipment and supplies, Displays, Displays, Customization
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Implantable Contact System for Medical Pulse Generation Devices

Stack integrates electrical contacts and isolation seals to serve as a scalable solution for lead interfaces in implantable devices used in cardiac rhythm management and neuromodulation.

An integrated seal and electrical contact system for medical implantable pulse generators (IPGs) has been engineered to help large and small OEMs accelerate the development process, reduce device volume, and improve functionality.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Connectors and terminals, Connectors and terminals, Prostheses and implants, Seals and gaskets
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Dynamic Optical Phantom of a Living Body and Method for Producing It

The effectiveness of diagnostic and treatment equipment may be accurately evaluated using this technology.

An optical phantom enables dynamic changes in the physiological state of muscles, the brain, and blood flow to be measured. The medical diagnostic and treatment equipment that utilizes light is usually applied in order to establish the location of diseased tissue regions, diagnose the presence or absence of such a diseased tissue region, and treat diseased tissue regions. For the development of these equipments, their effectiveness may be accurately evaluated based on the present invention in simulating the human body and other living bodies optically and also various diseased parts and tissue functions. Moreover, a method for producing the optical phantom is shown in this invention.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Simulation and modeling, Optics, Optics, Anatomy, Diagnosis
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Self-Assembling Hydrophobin Useful for Coating Surfaces

This heat-tolerant compound can be used to treat medical implants.

This technology provides isolated polynucleotides comprising a nucleotide sequence encoding a mature thermophillic hydrophobin polypeptide suitable for a recombinant DNA technology production process. This compound self-assembles at interfaces and is applicable to a broad variety of surfaces. It is extremely heat-tolerant — up to 50 °C. Applications include coatings for medical implants and drug delivery solutions.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Prostheses and implants, Coatings Colorants and Finishes, Coatings, colorants, and finishes, Materials properties
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Advanced Data Analysis for Resistance Weld Monitoring

Weld monitoring instrument supports process development, production monitoring, and data requirements for medical device development.

Medical device manufacturers are experiencing an ever-increasing emphasis on process accountability. ADAM (Advanced Data Analysis Monitor) is a technology developed for resistance welding that gives manufacturers the information they need to support process development and production monitoring. It also supplies the data necessary to document quality requirements contained in ISO (International Organization for Standardization), good manufacturing practice (GMP), and total quality management (TQM) programs. The instrument monitors not only what happens after the trigger point of a typical weld monitor, but also before the trigger point, giving a 360-degree view of the process.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Imaging, Bio-Medical, Medical, Software, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Medical equipment and supplies, Data management, Productivity, Welding
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GigE-Vision®-Compliant Receivers for the Networked Operating Room

A new type of system offers ultra-low-latency image transmission and low jitter for surgical environments.

When vision system integrators are designing systems for hospital operating rooms, they have a number of technologies to choose from. The video interfacing technology with which the system will transmit imaging data to PCs or other system elements has traditionally been limited to point-to-point connections. However, as medical diagnostics and image-guided surgery grow in sophistication and demand, the need for a networked video architecture in the operating room also grows.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Bio-Medical, Diagnostics, Medical, Architecture, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Architecture, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Surgical procedures, Displays, Displays
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Preserving Phase for Bionic Implants by Rearranging a Signal’s Components

A method uses basic mathematical theories to provide original phase information and improve end-user perception experience in users of cochlear and other bionic implants.

Any signal can be decomposed into components of sinusoids. This pioneer technique expands the theory of interchangeability of phase and a shift of time (or a shift of another variable). It faithfully preserves phase information by mathematically rearranging the signal’s component to another time or place and assigns all the processed components a single user-defined phase. Since reconstructing the processed single-phase components highly approximates the original signal, this fundamental method can be widely used in fields that require phase preservation by single-phase stimulation, such as bionic implants (e.g., cochlear implants and retinal implants), and areas that need to preserve phase reliably and make all signal components share one universal phase.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Bio-Medical, Implants & Prosthetics, Medical, Communication protocols, Wireless communication systems, Communication protocols, Wireless communication systems, Prostheses and implants
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Thermographic Printing Using Organic Silver Salts

Light-sensitive and light-insensitive materials generate black and white images by the use of heat; no ink is required.

The materials presented allow the writing on a single sheet of these materials without ink, but only by heat, thereby revealing a black and white image. This process is called thermographic writing or printing.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Bio-Medical, Diagnostics, Medical, Heat treatment, Materials properties
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Retractor System for Abdominal Surgery

The operating field can be increased or decreased using one hand to move the retractor hooks.

Adjusting abdominal clamps to open up a larger operating field during surgery typically requires the use of two hands: one hand to unscrew the clamp, and the other hand to pull the clamp to increase the operating field. Furthermore, one hand has to retain the clamp in position while the other is used to fasten the tension screw. This can be inconvenient during a surgical procedure when the surgeon may only have one hand available. If this happens during an emergency and one of the surgeon’s hands is occupied, assistance is required to move the retraction hook to a new position. Due to limited space around the operating table, this is particularly difficult when the retraction hook needs to be moved in the direction of where the surgeon stands.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Mechanical Components, Bio-Medical, Medical, Medical equipment and supplies, Surgical procedures
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Repeatable, Low-Cost UV Assembly of Biosensors

UV spot curing system ensures greater accuracy for automated and manual manufacturing of biosensors.

A biosensor is an analytical device that converts a biological response into an electrical signal. It is increasingly being used as a cost-effective diagnostic tool that offers the capability to render efficient, easy-to-use, and accurate diagnosis. While technological advances in biosensors are allowing this technology to cater to an extensive range of applications in a number of fields, such as industrial and environmental testing, the largest applications have been in the healthcare sector, including glucose detection, pregnancy testing, blood testing, breath analyzers, and cancer diagnosis.

Posted in: Briefs, MDB, Briefs, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Bio-Medical, Medical, Patient Monitoring, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Sensors and actuators, Biological sciences, Assembling
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