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Are Metals Being Muscled Out of Medical Implants?

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 30, 2010
PEEK-Optima, manufactured by Invibio, has replaced metal in some implantable applications.Thanks to their mechanical strength and other desirable properties, metals have been a mainstay in medical implants f...Continue

Light and Sound Combine to Yield Microscopic Imaging Capabilities

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 24, 2010
By combining photoacoustic tomography (PAT) with gold nanobeacons (GNBs), a team of St. Louis-based researchers have achieved what they claim is an unprecedented level of imaging detail. If commercialized, the imaging technology could allow for earlier diagnosis of disease as well as the elimination of the need for invasive biopsies....Continue

Air Force Technology Lands Role in Orthopedic Implant Design

Posted in Orthopedics by Shana Leonard on November 24, 2010
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....Continue

What's Next for Medical Electronics?

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 23, 2010
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....Continue

Application Development Kit Simplifies Design of Wirelessly Enabled Implants

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 22, 2010
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....Continue

10 Tips for Medical Micromolding

Posted in Molding Services by Shana Leonard on November 17, 2010
SMC offers 10 tips to OEMs that require micromolding of parts.As everyone in the medical device industry knows, miniaturization is the future....Continue

Is Being First to Market All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Posted in Medical Device Business by Shana Leonard on November 16, 2010
Being first to market with a novel product design that meets an unmet need is the holy grail of the medical device industry. But should it be?...Continue

Taking the Pulse of Medical Device Laser Processing

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 16, 2010
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....Continue

Wound-Care Technology Offers Infection Indication To Dye For

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 8, 2010
An indicator dye can be incorporated into dressings to provide a visual cue for infection.An indicator dye developed by German researchers could simplify wound care while improving infection prevention....Continue

Biosensing Protocol Could Enhance Sensing for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Posted by Shana Leonard on November 5, 2010
A novel approach to biosensing is rooted in identifying changes in optical transmittance of a specialized solution.A biosensing protocol developed by Japanese researchers may provide a rapid, highly sensitive, inexpensive, and homogenous approach to quantifying biorecognition processes....Continue
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