New Digital Radiography (DR) equipment captures DR images using conventional x-ray equipment and procedures. Wireless cassette-size DR detectors can capture digital images and transmit them to a DR system’s capture console. Untethered detectors also enable cordless positioning, which results in greater patient comfort and faster exams. Typical detectors are 14 in. by 17 in. and only .05 in...
Murata aims to be a player in the medical space. And they’ve got a series of products to prove it. The company is paying particular attention to small and easy-to-use health-care equipment for the prevention of illness. Some of the product categories the company participates in includes wireless communication modules such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Smart module, and NFC (Near Field Communication...
The KNF Neuberger Type NMP05 diaphragm micropump for sampling air and gases combines high performance with precision miniature packaging, resulting in efficient and reliable operation for portable, battery-operated equipment, including industrial hygiene devices, air samplers, and medical analyzers. This miniature OEM pump measures 17 by 26 by 31 mm and weighs just 18 g. Features include a bolted...
By integrating more than 150 passive components on a 5-x-6-mm PICS die, an electronic pill can be manufactured in dimensions as small as 15 mm long and 6 mm in diameter. For medical implantable devices, such as cardiac rhythm management devices and cochlear implants, to get better, they also have to get smaller, writes Franck Murray, of silicon passive components supplier IPDiA, in an...
Wearable electronics are gaining momentum. As our sister site Design News reports, heart monitors could soon become a kind of fashion accessory.  IMEC already has an ECG necklace, but if you're worried it might not match your outfit, the Belgium-based nanoelectronics firm and others are working on cardiac monitoring devices that are a bit more discreet. The inspiration for their designs...
On the heels of the world’s tiniest video camera, there’s another big (er, small?) development in miniaturization. Boston Scientific today announced the launch of the world’s smallest, thinnest high-energy devices to treat heart failure and sudden cardiac death. The first implants of Energen and Punctua cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-Ds) and implantable...
Small is the new big. Just look at cell phones, cars, and purses. Following the downsizing trend, endoscopic device developer Medigus (Omer, Israel) today announced it has developed an itsy-bitsy video camera—the smallest in the world, the company claims. Designed for small-diameter endoscopic devices, the 0.99-mm Medigus cameras feature image resolution of 45,000 pixels. They will be used...
Over at MD+DI, Thomas Blair writes: With the 510(k) controversy simmering at a low boil for now, FDA has introduced yet another pathway to get new medical devices to market—an “innovation” pathway, to be precise.   The agency’s proposed “Innovation Pathway” would put “pioneering medical devices” on the fast-track to review, with CDRH drawing up...
Check out the blog posted by David Niewolny of Freescale. David recently attended the DesignMED conference, which was aimed at designers of medical electronics equipment. Freescale presented a few of the classes and have posted the slides from their presentations. Those slides are included in David’s blog. The classes were centered around the company’s Tower prototyping system and how...
Reducing the component count in a system is usually a good thing. When you can reduce components and add functionality at the same time, then you really have a potential win. That’s exactly what Analog Devices claims to have done with its ADAS1000 electrocardiogram (ECG) analog front end (AFE). Dubbed as diagnostic-level silicon, the fully integrated part offers a performance level that...
DesignMED is only five weeks away. Co-located with MD&M West, DesignMED is a technical conference aimed at designers of medical electronics systems. So if you’re designing the hardware or software or all aspects of a medical system, this is the place for you. It’s being held in Anaheim, Calif., from February 8-10. If you can’t make it to DesignMED, fear not. We’ll be...
Miniaturization continues to be a trend in medical electronics, and an upcoming project from Medtronic seems to capture the essence of less is more. The company is working on a new mini pacemaker that is about the size of a large vitamin. The device has been in development for about a year now, and Medtronic says it is about five years away from the market (assuming FDA approves it)....
Oregon State University engineers have come up with a way to speed the production rate of nanoparticles by 500 times. What does this mean for nanotechnology? For starters, this advance could make nanotechnology products more commercially practical.   In addition to an arrayed microchannel reactor, the engineers used a laminated architecture made up of parallel stacked sheets...
A team of researchers at UCLA is working to develop a tiny version of lithium-ion batteries, which is the battery type often found in laptops, cellphones, and iPods. Although the research is in its infancy, this technology could one day power miniature electronic devices.   "We're trying to achieve the same power densities, the same energy densities as traditional lithium ion...
We have just released the call for abstracts for the 2011 DesignMED Conference. DesignMED is aimed at designers and developers of medical electronics systems and subsystems. The conference is broken down into roughly seven tracks, each of which will contain a series of one-hour classes. The tracks are likely to cover: Imaging Diagnostics and Monitoring Implantable Devices Personal and Home...
A producer of nanominiature connectors has announced the addition of a threaded metal shell circular to its nano family of products. Appropriate for body-worn medical monitoring equipment, the threaded metal shell provides a positive lock while compressing an O-ring to provide a waterproof interfacial seal. With the ability to withstand high shock and vibrations while maintaining electrical...
  MINIATURIZATION       (click to enlarge)Pin-compatible ICs, such as the AD9272/73, enable designs to be leveraged across multiple ultrasound systems. Hospitals, medical clinics, and mobile emergency units are increasingly relying on large and small ultra-sound equipment for a broad spectrum of patient care. In addition, ultrasound applications that were...
  Originally Published MEM Fall 2008 MINIATURIZATION       High-density manufacture is essential to keep ahead of an increasingly competitive market. Product size is often a key sales driver and, while greatly influenced by processors and large complex components, packing densities are just as strongly determined by the size and interspacing of passive components. This is...
  Originally Published MEM Fall 2008 MINIATURIZATION       (click to enlarge) A micro-to-nano internal transition cable addresses the need for miniaturization and high reliability. Medical instrumentation is benefiting from developments in the silicon chip industry, adding functionality, capabilities, and processing power. The changes are largely due...
  MINIATURIZATION       (click to enlarge) A magnified view of gold stud bumps that ensure adequate flip-chip bonding. The brave new world of tomorrow is here, and it's about the size of your thumb. Those are roughly the dimensions to which electronic medical devices are shrinking. Such devices are necessary to be easily implanted into people who are suffering...
Originally Published MEM Fall 2002 Manufacturing Precision Manufacturing: A New Technology for Microdevice Fabrication Using computer-aided design, complex 3-D microdevices can be fabricated by electroplating multiple, patterned layers. Chris Bang Figure 1. Instant Masking provides a template for patterned deposition (a). A blanket of material is rapidly deposited...
A Medical Electronics Manufacturing Fall 1996 Feature     Steve Makl By combining discrete passive components into multielement packages, designers can save more board space than by simply reducing the size of the components themselves. Miniaturization has been a key contributor to advances in electronic technology. Certainly, miniaturization has been made possible mostly through...