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Plate Handler Adds Automation in Medical Laboratories

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35504
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Peak Analysis and Automation (PAA), Farnborough, UK, has designed a budget-friendly plate handler that works in a tight laboratory footprint, developing an innovative product that could be a game-changing development in the medical community.

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Wearable Sensors Could Reduce Stillbirths

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35511
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A new technique could allow expectant parents to hear their baby’s heartbeat continuously at home with a noninvasive and safe device that is potentially more accurate than any fetal heart rate monitor currently available on the market.

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A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User and Robotic Control

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35516
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands — in particular for amputees — that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested on three amputees and seven healthy subjects. The results are published in a recent issue of Nature Machine Intelligence.

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Method Makes Transistors and Electronic Devices from Thread

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35467
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A transistor has been made from linen thread, enabling the creation of electronic devices made entirely of thin threads that could be woven into fabric, worn on the skin, or implanted surgically for diagnostic monitoring. The flexible electronic devices could enable a range of applications that conform to different shapes and allow free movement without compromising function.

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Camera Enables Surgeons to More Easily Identify Cancerous Tissue

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35429
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Many surgeons rely on sight and touch to find cancerous tissue during surgery. Large hospitals or cancer treatment centers may also use experimental near-infrared fluorescent agents that bind to tumors so surgeons can see them on specialized displays. These machines are costly, making them difficult for smaller hospitals to procure. They also are very large, making them difficult to fit into an operating suite and integrate smoothly into surgery, and they require the lights to be dimmed so the instruments can pick up the weak fluorescent signal, making it difficult for the surgeons to see.

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Motion-Powered, Fireproof Sensor

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35431
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have created a motion-powered, fireproof sensor that can track the movements of firefighters, steelworkers, miners, and others who work in high-risk environments where they cannot always be seen. The sensor alerts someone outside if the movement ceases.

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Tiny Lensless Endoscope Captures 3D Images of Objects Smaller Than a Cell

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35476
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a new self-calibrating endoscope that produces 3D images of objects smaller than a single cell without a lens or any optical, electrical, or mechanical components. The tip of the endoscope measures just 200 microns across — about the width of a few human hairs twisted together. As a minimally invasive tool for imaging features inside living tissues, the extremely thin endoscope could enable a variety of research and medical applications.

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Recovering Color Images from Scattered Light

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35478
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Engineers at Duke University have developed a method for extracting a color image from a single exposure of light scattered through a mostly opaque material. The technique has applications in a wide range of fields from healthcare to astronomy.

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Diamond Technology Enables Low-Cost Medical Imaging

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35435
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines are employed to locate cancerous tumors and aid in the development of treatment plans, while nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machines are used to examine the atomic-scale structure and chemistry of drug compounds and other molecules. Diamonds are the key to a technique that could provide a very-low-cost alternative to these expensive medical imaging and drug discovery devices.

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Reducing Risk with Geometric Transition Extrusion

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35498
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

In an effort to design smaller, more intricate and complicated medical devices without running afoul of increasingly stringent national and international regulations, many designers are looking to geometric transition extrusions manufactured of high consistency rubber (HCR) silicone. This process reduces total cost of ownership for the original equipment manufacturer while improving part quality and greatly enhancing the types of devices being sought by healthcare providers.