• Robotic Intubation

        A blocked airway is life-threatening, and every second counts. It can be especially challenging to intubate and open someone’s airway when they are obese, choking, or have difficult anatomies. But robots are stepping up to the challenge. Thanks to technology developed at Ohio State University, a robotic endoscopic device intubates using an electric motor controlled by a small computer. It receives 3-D mapping information from a small speaker that emits sound and magnetic...
  • Exoskeletons

        Soldiers might not be able to leap tall in buildings in a single bound, but they will be stronger and more agile when wearing this exosuit. Designed by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and DARPA’s Warrior Web program, the exoskeleton lightens the load for those boots on the ground. They often carry gear weighing more than 100 lb, which can cause musculoskeletal injury when worn during physically active missions. These lightweight suits—...
  • Bionic Arm

        Becoming a bionic man—or woman—is no longer the distant dream of futuristic writers. People with amputated arms soon will take advantage of the Luke Arm, a bionic prosthetic developed by New Hampshire–based DEKA, with funding from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). A complicated device with more than 800 parts, the arm uses sensors in the wearer’s shoe and limb stump to control the robotic arm. It’s dexterous enough to handle a grape and available for...
  • Nanoparticles to the Rescue!

         After an explosion, soldiers are at extremely high-risk for dangerous internal bleeding. Such bleeding in the lungs often is fatal, unless medics quickly get the injured to a military hospital. New nanotechnology might reduce lung injuries by prompting faster internal blood clot formation and reducing the inflammation that causes cell death. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Virginia Tech recently developed injectable hemostatic dexamethasone...
  • 10 Ways the Military Is Boosting Medtech

        The U.S. military has played a crucial role advancing medical technology. Here are 10 recent examples of military-related medtech advances that caught our eye.Suzy FrischThe military constantly contends with complex and evolving medical challenges for current and former soldiers, inspiring it to develop numerous medical advancements. These breakthroughs help soldiers stay safe in precarious battlefield situations and heal from significant medical problems. Ultimately,...
  • Analog Computers May Be Better at Body Simulations

    Researchers from MIT design a new analog compiler (Yes, that's right: analog.) that could pave the way to efficient and accurate simulations of organs and biological organisms.Kristopher SturgisVarious differential equations can be translated into voltages and current flows across an analog chip. (Image courtesy of Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)Last week MIT researchers debuted their new compiler for analog computers at the Association for Computing Machinery’s conference on Programming...
  • DNA Tests for Early Cancer Detection

        Illumina, one of the largest DNA sequencing companies, early this year announced the formation of a startup known as Grail, which plans to develop blood tests that can potentially detect many cancers for the cost of $1000 or less. The company said at the time that it hopes to make the technology available by 2019. It could be offered through a personal physician’s office, or possibly through a network of testing centers.Read the full Qmed story.Discover how medtech is...
  • How Motors Are Enabling a Pioneering Cardio Device

    An intra-aortic pump delivered by catheter holds promise to help heart failure patients' hearts rest and heal. But it needed the right motor.Qmed StaffProcyrion's Aortix required a special type of motor to do its job. (Image courtesy of Procyrion) Houston-based Procyrion has an intra-aortic pump, presently in the preclinical stage, that is only 6 mm by 6.5 cm long and is actually deployed with a self-expanding anchoring system downstream of the heart in the femoral artery. The...
  • 7 IVD Breakthroughs You Need to Know

         There have been a slew of major research advances in the field. Here are seven that especially stood out.Chris NewmarkerIt’s been the best of times for IVD. It’s been the worst of times.Silicon Valley darling Theranos, which promised widespread tests using only a single drop of blood, is mired in legal and business troubles amid a Wall Street Journal investigation that’s raised serious questions about its technology. Meanwhile, FDA has showed increased interest in...
  • Heart Attack Detector Runs on One Blood Drop

        Koninklijke Philips recently came out with a handheld blood test that it claims can cut the time to diagnose a heart attack from one hour to less than 10 minutes. The Minicare I-20 system measures cardiac troponin I (cTnI), a protein that is excreted by the heart muscle into the blood following a heart attack. The Minicare I-20 delivers on-the-spot test results comparable with those obtained in a laboratory, enabling the physician to decide on treatment without delay,...
  • A Photon Sensor for for Super-Fast Biodetection

        For years researchers have understood the correlation between cancer and the mechanical properties of cells. But they lacked the ability to measure and use these mechanical properties diagnostically. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently developed a technique that will could that gap, and enhance our understanding of how diseases modify the mechanical property of cells in the human body.Read the full Qmed story.Continue >>[Image...
  • Artificial Intelligence to the Rescue

        There is growing evidence that artificial intelligence can truly help health providers spot signs of illness in patient, including such deadly maladies as cancer.For example, Samsung Medison now has an updated its RS80A ultrasound imaging machine with a feature called  S-Detect for Breast that analyzes breast lesions, recommending whether a particular lesion is benign or malignant.Meanwhile, it appears that existing algorithms and open- source, machine-learning tools are...
  • Listening to Knee Problems

        A research team led by a former NCAA discus thrower is working on a device that can transcribe snap, crackle, and pop sounds in the knee into a moving graph, according to the Georgia Institute of Technology, where the researchers are based. The knee band has microphones and vibration sensors to listen to and measure the sounds inside the joint. The goal is to identify sounds that would be useful for physicians trying to discern the extent of an injury. Read the full Qmed...
  • Finding Infection Fast

        Researchers from the Wyss Institute have developed a new pathogen detection technology that they claim quickly and efficiently reports the presence of infection in the body, even at the earliest stages. There are no current methods that can quickly detect systemic bloodstream infections that lead to life-threatening sepsis. Donald Ingber, MD, and founding director of the Wyss Institute, says this new diagnostic test could speed up the process of detection by days. Read...
  • A Hand-Held Concussions Test

        An analyst with GlobalData suggested earlier this year that Philips could have an IVD blockbuster in the works: a hand-held blood test to diagnose mild concussions. Philips is developing the test with with Banyan Biomarkers (San Diego); it is slated to hit the market by 2022. The test uses two brain-specific protein biomarkers that rapidly appear in the blood after a brain injury. Mild and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can both cause disability, but the milder...
  • How to Spot Infection in the Body Fast

    Researchers from the Wyss Institute develop a new pathogen detection technology that quickly and efficiently reports the presence of infection in the body, even at the earliest stages.Kristopher SturgisFcMBL proteins (grey) bind to the infectious E.coli bacteria (blue). (Image courtesy of Wyss Institute at Harvard University)The new technology would be a boon for doctors dealing with patients susceptible to infection, as there are no current methods that can quickly detect systemic bloodstream...
  • Are 3-D Printed Wheelchairs the Future?

    Benjamin Hubert and his London-based Layer design firm have created a 3-D printed wheelchair.Qmed Staff3-D printing appears to be especially useful for medtech because it offers the possibility of medical devices individually tailored to users.Case and point is the wheelchair—with a 3-D printed version created by Benjamin Hubert and his London-based Layer design firm, which partnered with 3-D printing company Materialise on the project. The GO wheelchair is a "made-to-measure 3-D printed...
  • Why Medical Device Design Centers Are Dumb

    Many Qmed readers tell us their medtech companies don’t have them—and they don’t want them.Qmed Staff"I guess the conference room was booked today."With design gaining importance in the medical device industry, companies are increasingly creating design centers, also called innovation centers, in their workplaces.The spaces are supposed to provide special, relaxing areas for workers to meet and get creative. But in a recent survey of Qmed readers, nearly two-thirds of the more than 50...
  • TAVR Could Have a Blood Flow Problem

    Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania followed patients with low-flow aortic stenosis.Nancy CrottiEdwards Lifesciences has been able to maintain TAVR market share with the launch of its Sapien 3 valve in the United States. (Image courtesy of Edwards Lifesciences)A study of 984 patients who had transcatheter aortic valve replacements to treat low blood flow showed that the device didn’t help one-third of them, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.Further,...
  • How Artificial Intelligence Could Stop Cancer

    Researchers have developed a series of AI-based systems that can interpret pathology images and identify the presence and absence of metastatic cancer. The AI systems could lead to new and improved diagnostic methods and treatment.Kristopher SturgisA group of researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Harvard Medical School in Boston have teamed up to develop new diagnostic methods based on artificial intelligence (AI). Humayun Irshad, PhD research fellow at Harvard...