Israeli researchers have modified a machinery-monitoring technique employed in the Air Force to suit medical applications. As a result, the approach could someday take off in terms of evaluating and improving orthopedic implant design.
To determine whether a system could benefit from preventative maintenance, the Israeli and American air forces often use a method called ferrography. This technique entails the extraction and analysis of tiny iron particles—hence the name—from lubricants such as oil and grease that can indicate wear in machines.
In honor of MPMN's 25th anniversary, I recently hosted several roundtables with industry experts to pick their brains about how various fields have changed over the past 25 years and what technologies we can look forward to in coming years.
With patient care moving from the hospital to the home in many cases, telemetry systems and wireless technology are increasingly in demand. In an effort to cater to this demand while facilitating integration, Zarlink Semiconductor (Ottawa, ON, Canada) has introduced an application kit for the design, evaluation, prototyping, and development of wireless radiofrequency telemetry systems for medical implant applications.
Apropos of the 50th anniversary of the laser this year, laser technology seemed to be ubiquitous at last week’s BIOMEDevice trade show in San Jose. And it seems as though after 50 years, lasers for medical device manufacturing are primed for change.