Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear

Smart prosthetic leg

Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear

Traditional leg prosthetics depend on soft limb tissue to function and can be painful to wear, resulting in awkward walking motion and possible skin infection.

To overcome these limitations, the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) is partnering with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Naval Research Laboratory and several universities to develop MOIP (Monitoring OsseoIntegrated Prostheses).

“MOIP not only can improve quality of life, but also usher in the next generation of prosthetic limbs,” said Dr Liming Salvino, a program officer in ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department.

According to ONR, leg prosthetics most commonly fit amputees’ residual limbs via a socket that encloses the limb. Because the socket exerts pressure on the limb’s soft tissue, pain and chafing, sores and blisters, and infection can occur. Amputees often have their socket prosthetics adjusted, which is inconvenient and costly. Consequently, many amputees give up prosthetics for wheelchairs. Continue reading “Smart prosthetic leg equipped with sensors will alert users to wear & tear”

Water-based “Band-Aid” senses temperature, lights up, and delivers medicine to the skin (Video)

Typical synthetic hydrogels are brittle, barely stretchable, and adhere weakly to other surfaces.

“They’re often used as degradable biomaterials at the current stage,” Zhao says. “If you want to make an electronic device out of hydrogels, you need to think of long-term stability of the hydrogels and interfaces.” Continue reading “Water-based “Band-Aid” senses temperature, lights up, and delivers medicine to the skin (Video)”

Wearable Virtual Reality System Helps Coronary Artery Surgery

Maksymilian Opolski of the Cardinal Wyszynski Institute of Cardiology used a VR system combining a custom app and Google Glass to clear a blocked coronary artery. The patient had chronic total occlusion, which  is difficult to clear with catheter-based percutaneous coronary intervention.   Surgeons often cannot visualize the blockage with CTA imaging. Continue reading “Wearable Virtual Reality System Helps Coronary Artery Surgery”

Devices that hint at the future of healthcare

As humans become more and more reliant on technology, technology becomes more and more critical to human being’s well-being.

Think of all the technological advancements since the Industrial Revolution that have improved the mortality rate, quality of living and birth rate. The MRI, chemotherapy and even laser surgery are just a few we could mention off the bat, but something that’s becoming more entrenched in every day society is health consciousness.

Thanks to the internet of things, we can now keep track of our health without the need for a trip to the physician every day, and if we can’t necessarily make sense of the diagnosis ourselves, wearables are making doctor’s lives a lot easier too.

Here are five examples. Continue reading “Devices that hint at the future of healthcare”

Hospital Hack Shows How Vulnerable Firewalls and Medical Devices Are

In the fall of 2013, Billy Rios flew from his home in California to Rochester, Minn., for an assignment at the Mayo Clinic, the largest integrated nonprofit medical group practice in the world. Rios is a “white hat” hacker, which means customers hire him to break into their own computers. His roster of clients has included the Pentagon, major defense contractors, Microsoft, Google, and some others he can’t talk about. Continue reading “Hospital Hack Shows How Vulnerable Firewalls and Medical Devices Are”

Samsung’s bio-processor for wearables tracks multiple and dynamic biometrics with a single chip

Being able to monitor fitness in increasingly diverse and efficient ways is a major health priority.

It is no longer acceptable simply to provide a range of different bio-sensors. Built with small form-factor devices in mind, Samsung Bio-Processor empowers users with a combination of fitness sensors and continues to perform well with low battery power.

Easily implement a multitude of bio-data Continue reading “Samsung’s bio-processor for wearables tracks multiple and dynamic biometrics with a single chip”

Virtual Reality Technology Is Used for Treating Real Life Medical Conditions

Virtual reality may bring to mind video games and high tech graphics, but now, some medical professionals are using the technology for patient treatment in a range of areas.

For Michael Rosenzweig, air travel used to induce anxiety. So much that sometimes he would actually get off the plane before takeoff.

When he found out about a trial to face his fear using virtual reality, he jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading “Virtual Reality Technology Is Used for Treating Real Life Medical Conditions”

A Surgeon’s Perspective on Augmented Reality in the Operating Room

It is only a matter of time before augmented reality becomes a critical and useful tool in the operating room.  Surgeons will eventually be able to use holographic displays like Microsoft’s Hololens or Google’s Magic Leap for localizing tumors, highlighting specific anatomy, as a way for instructors to help guide trainees, and for other uses that are being discussed or that have not yet been explored.  It’s clear that augmented reality enhanced surgery will be incredibly cool and useful, but we do not yet know the best way for surgeons to control these headsets when they are “scrubbed in.” Continue reading “A Surgeon’s Perspective on Augmented Reality in the Operating Room”