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Metal Test Could Improve Breast Cancer Diagnostics

A simple blood test that detects zinc in the body could help in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. By using zinc isotope analysis, a technique usually used to study planet formation, Oxford University researchers looked at how metals are processed in the human body.

  • Microwave Imaging System Could Improve Breast Cancer Screening
    Microwave Imaging System Could Improve Breast Cancer Screening

    As a possible complement to routine mammography, a new microwave imaging system may be able to detect whether a lump is benign or malignant. The system provides 3D reconstructions of tissue, which are obtained without compressing the breast.

  • Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Demonstrates Power Of Prosthetics
    Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Demonstrates Power Of Prosthetics

    Using just her thoughts, a quadriplegic woman used a robotic arm to pick up objects with diverse shapes and orientations. The mind-controlled robotic device she used operated in 10-dimensional space and illustrated the technology’s potential to improve the quality of life for many patients.

  • Philips To Acquire Volcano Corporation For $1.2 Billion
    Philips To Acquire Volcano Corporation For $1.2 Billion

    Royal Philips NV recently announced that it has agreed to purchase catheter-based imaging company Volcano Corporation for $1.2 billion in cash, or $18 per share. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015 after regulatory and customary closing conditions are met.

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INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVES

  • Hearing Health In Latin America Needs Awareness, Investment To Become More Than A Potential Market
    Hearing Health In Latin America Needs Awareness, Investment To Become More Than A Potential Market

    Accounting for nearly twice the population of the United States and experiencing an increase in over-65 population, Latin America has significant market potential for hearing devices. In Latin America, 4% to 6% of the population is affected by a disabling hearing loss, whereas the rates among North American and European countries are between 2% and 4%, according to World Health Organization estimates. There are approximately 32 million people in Latin America who suffer from mild to severe hearing loss, making up about 9% of the world’s total hearing impaired population.

  • What To Expect From The Upcoming ISO 13485 Revisions, Part 3
    What To Expect From The Upcoming ISO 13485 Revisions, Part 3

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is currently in the process of revising ISO 13485, the international quality standard for medical devices. When the final version is released — potentially in 2015 — it will be the first revision to the standard in over a decade. In this three-part article series, we are looking at the proposed changes to ISO 13485, to help you prepare for its eventual publication and enforcement.

  • A Guide To Device, Label, And Package Requirements Of The UDI Rule
    A Guide To Device, Label, And Package Requirements Of The UDI Rule

    On the surface, unique device identification (UDI) is a simple concept. Put the device identifier (DI) on the device label in machine‑readable form. Include the production identifiers (PI) that you have selected, and make sure they are both machine‑readable and human‑readable.

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ARTICLES

  • Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat
    Liquid Silicone Rubber Takes The Heat

    Unlike thermoplastics, which soften when heated, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) is created in high heat and can easily withstand high-heat applications. As such, LSR is ideal for medical devices because it is capable of withstanding the high temperatures associated with sterilization. In this article, Proto Labs discusses the many merits of LSR, including an overview of LSR, a comparison between thermoplastics and thermosets, and design considerations for LSR parts.

Medtech Outsourcing: Is The Past Any Indication Of The Future?

As outsourcing in the medical device space becomes more prevalent, there are many variables to consider when making the decision to involve a third party. This paper will explore why companies should consider outsourcing, the keys to successful implementation, the potential problems associated with outsourcing, and when it may not be the best model for your company.

Could Ultraviolet Light Technologies Help Prevent The Spread Of Ebola?

The Ebola virus continues to spread through West Africa, with new outbreaks surging in Monrovia, Liberia. Healthcare workers are struggling to contain the spread of the virus, and unfortunately they risk contracting the virus in their efforts to care for those infected. While experimental vaccines are being developed, worldwide health organizations are searching for ways to protect healthcare workers on the frontline. This article discusses the use of ultraviolet germicidal irradiant (UVGI) devices, which use ultraviolet light to alter the DNA structure of viruses and prevent them from replicating.

Connector Selection: Ten Considerations For Getting It Right

This white paper provides a step-by-step guide for engineers to help them determine the proper connector for their device. Topics include contacts, sealing, materials, functionality, and cable assembly requirements, with short discussions on miniaturization and working with supplier engineering teams.

Six Trends In Robotics In The Life Sciences

Life science is one industry that is currently undergoing a turbulent development environment. Changes in government regulations and market conditions are forcing life science OEMs to build their products using faster, smaller, and more modular technologies. This article outlines the six major industry trends that have arisen from this dynamic environment.

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FROM THE EDITOR

  • How Dexcom Plans To Eliminate The Finger-Stick (And Bring CGM To The Masses), Part 2
    How Dexcom Plans To Eliminate The Finger-Stick (And Bring CGM To The Masses), Part 2

    In Part 2 of this Q&A, we continue our conversation with Dexcom CEO Terry Gregg, getting his insights on artificial pancreas technology, how Dexcom competes (and partners) with the major players in the diabetes device space, what startups should do to procure funding, and other topics.

  • How Dexcom Plans To Eliminate The Finger-Stick (And Bring CGM To The Masses), Part 1
    How Dexcom Plans To Eliminate The Finger-Stick (And Bring CGM To The Masses), Part 1

    Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) has completely transformed the way diabetes is managed. However, the technology is currently approved only as a complement to the good, old-fashioned finger-stick, not a replacement for it. I recently spoke with a man whose company intends to change that — Terry Gregg, CEO of Dexcom, Inc. During our conversation, we discussed Dexcom's current and future plans for CGM, the company's regulatory strategy, how it competes with much larger device makers, artificial pancreas research, and much more.

  • 5 Big Trends Affecting Polymer Material And Process Selection For Medical Devices
    5 Big Trends Affecting Polymer Material And Process Selection For Medical Devices

    I recently joined a group of medical device makers, material suppliers, contract manufacturers, and other members of the medical plastics community at a one-day conference called Technology Advances in Plastic Materials and Processing for Medical Devices. The event crammed a whopping 14 technical presentations into eight hours, covering everything from emerging polymer formulations to injection molding challenges to new surface finishing technologies. Throughout the course of the event, several recurring themes emerged during presentations and conversations with attendees. Here are 5 major trends medical device OEMs should take into consideration when selecting plastic materials and manufacturing processes for their designs.

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SnapShot Multispectral Camera: PixelCam

SnapShot Multispectral Camera: PixelCam

The PixelCam is a multispectral camera ideal for applications involving aerial mapping, product screening, water quality measurement, biomedical imaging, machine vision, surveillance, and authentication. The camera can also be customized for integration into OEM products.

Production Prototyping: P3

Production Prototyping: P3

PTI’s P3 prototyping service differentiates itself from other prototyping services in that the same tool used for the prototyping and testing phase can also be used in the initial product run. The result is a reduced time-to-market window, lower overall costs, and functional injection-molded products.

Feedthrough Technology for Medical Implants and Sub-Assemblies

Feedthrough Technology for Medical Implants and Sub-Assemblies

Developing and manufacturing hermetically sealed feedthroughs for medical device implants and/or sub-assemblies requires knowledge in materials science, design and process engineering, wet chemical conditioning, high-vacuum metallization, resistance welding, micro sandblasting, hermeticity testing, visual inspection, and more.

APC Series: Couplings

APC Series: Couplings

The 1/4" flow APC Series couplings feature a plastic thumb latch, fewer moving parts, and a smooth contoured design to deliver ease-of-use and excellent flow in a compact size. The APC Series has been expanded to include couplings with valves and thumb latch shrouds. A more rugged design on some models adds durability to increase the APC's application range.
Custom Manufactured Achromats

Custom Manufactured Achromats

Achromats are a specialty at LaCroix Optical Co. Our manufacturing engineers will work with production specialists to optimize the manufacturing process utilizing a combination of CNC and conventional manufacturing methods. Special proprietary alignment devices are used to ensure the optical axis of the elements can be maintained to within seconds.

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) for Additive Manufacturing

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) for Additive Manufacturing

Selective laser sintering is an additive process that draws on a bed of thermoplastic powder to create a fully sintered, Nylon-based part. This technique is ideal for parts with highly complex geometries.

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LATEST HEADLINES

  • Metal Test Could Improve Breast Cancer Diagnostics
    Metal Test Could Improve Breast Cancer Diagnostics

    A simple blood test that detects zinc in the body could help in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. By using zinc isotope analysis, a technique usually used to study planet formation, Oxford University researchers looked at how metals are processed in the human body.

  • Lens-Free Microscope Could Lead To Cheaper, Portable Imaging Tech
    Lens-Free Microscope Could Lead To Cheaper, Portable Imaging Tech

    Research from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has led to a new, lens-free microscope that can detect cellular abnormalities like cancer. The portable system has a similar accuracy to the larger, more expensive equipment often found in pathology labs, so it may enable diagnostics in more remote areas.

  • Double Amputee Is First To Control Two Robotic Arms Simultaneously
    Double Amputee Is First To Control Two Robotic Arms Simultaneously

    History was made recently when a bilateral, shoulder-level amputee learned to operate a pair of robotic prostheses. The patient performed complex tasks using both artificial limbs simultaneously. The modular prosthetic limbs (MPLs) are a product of Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and the patient became quite proficient with just a small amount of training.

  • China Stops Anti-Dumping Probe Into Foreign Dialysis Kit Makers
    China Stops Anti-Dumping Probe Into Foreign Dialysis Kit Makers

    The Chinese government recently announced that it is halting an anti-dumping investigation involving manufacturers of dialysis equipment from the European Union and Japan.

  • Microwave Imaging System Could Improve Breast Cancer Screening
    Microwave Imaging System Could Improve Breast Cancer Screening

    As a possible complement to routine mammography, a new microwave imaging system may be able to detect whether a lump is benign or malignant. The system provides 3D reconstructions of tissue, which are obtained without compressing the breast.

  • Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Demonstrates Power Of Prosthetics
    Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm Demonstrates Power Of Prosthetics

    Using just her thoughts, a quadriplegic woman used a robotic arm to pick up objects with diverse shapes and orientations. The mind-controlled robotic device she used operated in 10-dimensional space and illustrated the technology’s potential to improve the quality of life for many patients.

  • Philips To Acquire Volcano Corporation For $1.2 Billion
    Philips To Acquire Volcano Corporation For $1.2 Billion

    Royal Philips NV recently announced that it has agreed to purchase catheter-based imaging company Volcano Corporation for $1.2 billion in cash, or $18 per share. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015 after regulatory and customary closing conditions are met.

  • LabCorp Introduces A Test To Identify Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68)

    Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) announced recently the availability of a reflex test to identify enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which is associated with severe respiratory illness that primarily affects children.

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Design Controls 101: Beyond Regulatory Requirements

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