These 7 antique medical devices will make you shudder

It’s a good thing we live in the times of modern medicine. Historically, medical devices have been scary and unorthodox – and sometimes amounted to downright quackery. Surprisingly, a lot of these devices were thought to be useful in their era, long before the U.S. FDA started preapproving devices (which wasn’t until the 1970s). You

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How WiFi could monitor sleep disorders

Monitoring sleep disorders could be as easy as measuring the radio waves around a patient through WiFi, according to new research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Massachusetts General Hospital. Traditionally, physicians measure sleep disorders through electrodes or other sensors attached to a patient. The new method, however, is a device that uses an advanced

How RFID-coded weld tools add security to medical assembly

Herrmann Ultrasonics will be at MD&M West, Feb. 7–9 in Anaheim, Calif., to introduce 2 features ensuring more safety when changing welding tools within the production process. A Radio Frequency Identification reader has been integrated into the tooling which guarantees that the right tool is installed for the production. Not only is it built into the

Photo Research and JADAK join forces

Photo Research (PR) has merged with its Novanta sister company JADAK, a manufacturer of machine vision, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and bar code products for the health care and life science industries. Photo Research is a leader in world-class light and color measurement solutions serving the flat panel display, automotive, aerospace and related industries. Effective June 13,

Two forms of radiosurgery for brain metastases are equally effective

While two advanced radiosurgery approaches—Gamma Knife and RapidArc—offer different strengths, they are equally effective at eradicating cancer in the brain, say researchers at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. Their study, published online Jan. 25, 2016 in Frontiers in Oncology, compared the two different devices in brain radiosurgery. Six patients, each with 3 or 4 brain metastases,

New process improves form and function of MID

A-Laser’s Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) and its Molded Interconnect Devices (MID)-enabling capability improved form and function. While MIDs are found in multiple markets, they are particularly useful in the medical device arena, where marrying integrated circuit traces and molded thermoplastic parts offers tremendous benefit for devices that can deliver more immediate diagnostic results. Applications include hearing

Fairview Microwave introduces new RF Power Combiners operating up to 6 GHz

Fairview Microwave Inc., a supplier of on-demand microwave and RF components, introduces a new line of broadband RF power combiners. These new combiners are commonly deployed in systems using components such as power amplifiers, antenna feeds, attenuators and switches, often for combining individual power amplifiers together into a large power block in an amplifier system.

Varian inks licensing deal with Fraunhofer for novel multi-criteria optimization tool for radiotherapy treatment planning

Varian Medical Systems recently announced that it will be adding a new tool to its radiotherapy treatment planning software that will enhance both planning efficiency and treatment plan quality.  Licensed from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (Fraunhofer ITWM), the sophisticated multi-criteria optimization (MCO) radiotherapy treatment planning tool enables clinicians to quickly compare plans and select the

Satel’s latest product sets a new milestone in radio manufacturing

The new Satelline TR4, from the Finnish manufacturer of radio data transmission systems, Satel sets a new milestone. The compact UHF transceiver with transmitting power of 1,000 mW is compatible with the protocols of Pacific Crest, Trimble and Satel. The type certifications in all important regions of the world make the TR4 ideal for integration