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Briefs: Medical
Loading, Release, Biodegradation, and Biocompatibility of a Nanovector Delivery System

A nanovector multistage system has been created to overcome or bypass sequential barriers within the human body, in order to deliver a therapeutic or imaging...

Briefs: Medical
Bioabsorbable Material Textile for Improving In Vivo Device Design

A non-woven absorbable scaffold has been designed for implant devices in orthopedics, cardiology, and general surgery, as well as other in vivo applications. Where classic tissue...

Briefs: Motion Control
Rotary Sensing Technologies for Medical and Robotic Shaft Angle Sensing Applications

Today’s sensor technologies for robotic and medical applications include many devices that have evolved from industrial applications. Because of this general...

Briefs: Medical
Functional Electrical Stimulation Technique May Improve Neural Implants

Electrical implants that shut down excessive activity in brain cells hold great potential for treating epilepsy and chronic pain. Likewise, devices that enhance neurons’...

Briefs: Medical
Monitoring Location and Angular Orientation of a Pill

A mobile pill transmitter system moves through, or adjacent to, one or more organs in an animal or human body, while transmitting signals from its present location and/or present angular...

Briefs: Medical
Molecular Technique to Reduce PCR Bias for Deeper Understanding of Microbial Diversity

Current planetary protection policies require that spacecraft targeted to sensitive solar system bodies be assembled and readied for launch in controlled...

Briefs: Medical
Improved Whole-Blood-Staining Device

Dramatic improvements have been made in NASA’s Whole Blood Staining Device (WBSD) since it was last described in “Whole-Blood- Staining Device,” NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 23, No. 10 (October 1999), page 64....

MDB: Medical
Magnetic Responsive Hydrogel Material Delivery System

Interest in the design of new drug delivery systems focuses on releasing the drug at a controlled rate and desired time. Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have shown great potential for use in...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Compact Green Disk Laser for Therapy Systems

The JenLas® D2.mini 5/8 W, recently introduced to the U.S. market, offers an output power of up to 8 Watts. Lasers of the JenLas D2 product line work in continuous wave mode, emitting green laser light...

Briefs: Medical
Implantable Prosthetic Interface Securely Integrates With Bone and Soft Tissue

A main limitation in deployment of prosthetic technology is the integration of the prosthetic device into the body. Using current procedures, effective prosthetic...

MDB: Imaging
Light Source Enables Endoscope Miniaturization

Physical space constraints continue to impact advanced procedures such as single-incision laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, and other minimally invasive surgical procedures. Additional...

Briefs: Medical
Wireless Tags Quickly Provide Details About Orthopedic Implants

Radio-frequency technology that uses human tissue instead of air as a conduit for radio waves is the basis of the first electronic “tag” system designed to track and monitor...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
New Thermal Management Strategies for Medical Devices

In an increasing number of medical device applications, thermal issues limit the overall performance and reliability...

Briefs: Medical
Improving Balance Function Using Low Levels of Electrical Stimulation of the Balance Organs

Crewmembers returning from long-duration space flight face significant challenges due to the microgravity-induced inappropriate adaptations in...

Briefs: Medical
Guidelines for Thermoplastic Color Control and Change Management

Color is an important factor in many aspects of medical devices, from design to how the device is used and by whom. In 2010, the FDA and regulatory bodies around the world increased...

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