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Briefs : Medical
Scientists Discover New Way to Label Chemical Compounds for Medical Imaging

Researchers have found a versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development. While studying chemical...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Tiny Terahertz Laser for Imaging and Chemical Detection

Terahertz radiation — the band of the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and visible light — has promising applications in medical and industrial imaging and chemical...

Briefs : Medical
Acoustic Metamaterials Manipulate and Control Sound Waves

Metamaterials with zero, or even negative refractive index for sound offer new possibilities for acoustic imaging and for the control of sound at sub-wavelength scales. The...

Briefs : Medical
Low-Cost Mechanical Device for Minimally Invasive Surgery

A new type of mechanical instrument was developed to perform complex, minimally invasive procedures, also known as laparoscopic surgery. The technology could lead to less trauma for...

Briefs : Medical
Cell Processing Cartridge for Miniature Cytometer

Portable flow cytometers, especially in handheld or briefcase sizes, have not been available. One reason is the need to support complex, high-pressure fluidics and process cells using a centrifuge and mixing device. A need existed for point-of-care and/or point-of-analysis flow cytometry.

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Gallium-Infused Liquid-Solid Composites

Materials scientists are looking to nature — at the discs in human spines and the skin of ocean-diving fish — for clues about how to design materials with both flexibility and stiffness. The...

Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Lifelike, 3D-Printed Organ Models with Integrated Sensors

Currently, most 3D-printed organ models are made using hard plastics or rubbers. This limits their application for accurate prediction and replication of the organ’s physical...

Articles : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Products of Tomorrow: March 2018

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Briefs : Medical
Self-Powered, Paper-Based Devices for Medical Diagnostics

A new medical diagnostic device made of paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses — powered only by the user’s touch — and reads...

White Papers : Medical
Stopcocks for Infusion Therapy: Evidence and Experience

Stopcocks have been used for decades to deliver infusion therapy in all health care settings. This integrative literature review and clinician practice survey analyzes the published evidence and reports of actual practices with stopcocks. Because of the extreme importance of infection...

White Papers : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Guides For The Next Generation Of Medical Machines

Not too long ago, the motion systems used in medical and lab automation equipment had technical requirements that were easy to satisfy. However, medical motion systems have had to become more sophisticated in other respects to keep pace with unfolding trends and developments in the...

News : Medical
New Exoskeletons and Exosuits Standards Group Outlines First Steps

ASTM International’s new committee on exoskeletons and exosuits (F48) held its first meeting Feb. 13–14 in Philadelphia, PA, near the organization’s global headquarters. The need for technical standards has grown alongside the rising use of exoskeletons in manufacturing,...

Blog : Medical
'Antibiotic-Eluting Resorbable Tubes' Aim to Transform Pediatric Ear Treatment
Tech Briefs spoke with Dr. Lishan Aklog about an innovative pediatric ear treatment: antibiotic-eluting resorbable ear tubes.
White Papers : Medical
Establishing Bioburden Alert & Action Levels

Most national and international standards regarding bioburden, sterilization, or environmental testing refer to establishing alert and action levels to assist in demonstrating continued control over a process or product. The standards sometime include guidance on evaluating the data but seldom go any...

Blog : Robotics, Automation & Control
Shape-Morphing Materials Add 4th Dimension to 3D Printing

3D printing uses computer control to fuse layers of polymers or powders into a three-dimensional object. Rutgers University researchers found a way to add to a fourth dimension –...

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