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A Strip You Can Rely On: Tips for Designing Blood Glucose Test Strips

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35335
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

When it comes to diabetes management, accurate blood glucose readings are paramount. And when it comes to generating accurate readings, the quality of the test strip is dependent upon the materials used in its design — each layer has to be able to perform its function without interference from other layers or external contamination.

Hydration Sensor Could Improve Dialysis

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35344
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

A new portable sensor can accurately measure patients’ hydration levels using a technique known as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxometry. Such a device could be useful for not only dialysis patients but also people with congestive heart failure, as well as athletes and elderly people who may be in danger of becoming dehydrated.

Medical Camera Could Cut Costs and Time

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35346
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have developed a camera to detect and image radioactive tracers used in PET and in SPECT scans at the same time, with the hope of enabling doctors to scan patients for abnormalities in less time, while reducing the amount of patient exposure to radiation.

Automation: The Future of Medical Manufacturing

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35367
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Manufacturers in the medical industry face unique challenges in terms of product mix, throughput requirements, quality standards, and regulatory guidelines. Whether a company is developing imaging equipment, orthopedic implants, or diagnostics, the manufacturing process must be absolutely error free while delivering high throughput. Device companies are looking more and more to factory automation to ensure that they are addressing these disparate requirements.

The Future of 3D Printing: From Prototyping to Production

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35370
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing, has been evolving for the last 30 years. Now it’s set to enter the mainstream, and evolving technology including new printers and 3D printed metals have the potential to transform manufacturing and logistics across multiple sectors.

Metal Stamping: Converting Parts for Cost Savings

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35372
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

In today’s world of medical device manufacturing, cost pressures are very real. At the same time, cost savings can be just as real, especially when companies examine their manufacturing processes for greater efficiencies. One area that is gaining particular attention is metal stamping of previously machined, metal injection-molded, or laser-cut parts.

Q&A: Wearable Motion Sensors Could Save Unborn Babies

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35275
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Negar Tavossolian is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. She led a project to develop a lightweight, non-invasive sensor to monitor fetal heart rate and motion that could sense abnormalities warning of possible stillbirths.

Hydrogel Fights Orthopedic Bone Infections

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35329
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers have a developed a double-duty hydrogel that both attacks the bacteria and encourages bone regrowth with a single application containing two active components.

Protecting Medical Consumable Revenue Streams with RFID

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35332
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Hardware manufacturers, including medical device manufacturers, and their product line managers are constantly challenged to increase revenue and profit. For many, the strategy to increase revenue is simple; sell more of the product they produce. Yet, the dynamics and pace of business in this competitive world make that harder than it sounds. This article explores the use of wireless RFID to protect and secure valuable medical technology.

Less Training Needed for Brain-Machine Interfaces

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35338
Published 2019-10-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are rarely found outside of medical clinics, where the disabled receive hours or days of training in order to operate wheelchairs with their minds. Now the largest-ever BMI experiment Mental Work, conducted as an experimental artwork at EPFL's Artlab, has provided preliminary evidence that training time can be shortened, the use of dry electrodes are a robust solution for public BMI and that user performance tends to improve within a relatively short period of time.