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”

High-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation, developed by Swiss researchers

High-precision surgical robot

High-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation, developed by Swiss researchers

A team of surgeons and engineers of Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, and the ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research, University of Bern (Switzerland), have developed a high-precision surgical robot for cochlear implantation. In the same way that avionics allow a pilot to fly a plane by instrument solely based on read-outs from the cockpit, the surgical robot developed by the researchers for RCI has the capabilities to perform surgery that a surgeon cannot carry out manually without a robot.

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“Medical Design Trends for Wearables” – Presented by Robert Newberry, Sanmina

Medical Design Trends for Wearables- Presented by Robert Newberry, Sanmina
With rapidly growing healthcare expenditures, aging populations, and rising lifestyle diseases it has increasingly put demands on medical design solutions which can provide a wide range of health information to be used across diagnostics, healthcare, and consumer markets.  In many cases optical sensors are being integrated into the next generation wearable devices in order to provide novel biometric information not previously available as an integrated solution. Continue reading ““Medical Design Trends for Wearables” – Presented by Robert Newberry, Sanmina”

“Applications for optical spectrometers within the Medical/Life Sciences Sector” – Presented by Iain Kyle, Avantes

“Applications for optical spectrometers within the Medical/Life Sciences Sector” – Presented by Iain Kyle, Avantes. This presentation reviews the operation of optical spectrometers and the types of measurements they can make. It then focuses on specific applications/measurements within the Medical & Life science sector.

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“High-precision 3D printing for biomedical applications” – Presented by Ruth Houbertz, Multiphoton Optics

High-precision 3D printing for biomedical applications- Presented by Ruth Houbertz, Multiphoton Optics

The interaction of fs laser pulses with hybrid materials is of high interest. Since the triggered reactions are strongly confined to the focal region, the formation of free-form 3D-printed micro-/nanostructures can be easily carried out with highest precision. The method’s appeal is an intrinsic scalability from the 100 nm to the cm regime. For the restoration of diseased or damaged tissue, the growth of cells on 3D porous scaffolds for tissue engineering is a promising approach to generate autologous tissue. The influence of structure type and size is shown for primary human microvascular endothelial cells.

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Wired Wellness: Recent medical technology implemented by hospitals

Recent medical technology advances at Dubuque hospitals can provide patients information via their television screens and vital-sign information at a nurse’s fingertips.

“We are constantly implementing new technology or upgrading technology. There are things constantly going on,” said Kay Takes, president of Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque.

Devices and programs introduced or about to be unveiled streamline information delivery and increase precision during procedures.

“It’s grown exponentially in last 10 years,” said Diana Batchelor, chief nursing officer at UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. Continue reading “Wired Wellness: Recent medical technology implemented by hospitals”

“Operators leveraging their low-latency network to open gateway for next era of Computing”, Presented by Karthik Ranjan, ARM

Healthcare is going to a significant change in the market. The migration to value based pricing is set to disrupt incumbent value chain but also create a new world of opportunity for existing and new players to enter the space. One service that will play a significant role in this evolution will be Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). Turn-key RPM solutions which include a built-for-purpose gateway and sensors to treat chronic illness have been on the market for many years. Continue reading ““Operators leveraging their low-latency network to open gateway for next era of Computing”, Presented by Karthik Ranjan, ARM”

Smart Pills Enable Comprehensive Health Monitoring (Video)

Smart pills are ingestible medical devices consisting of elements such as sensors, cameras, patches and trackers that help in better diagnostics and monitoring.

These unique devices can be easily swallowed and offer a non-invasive thorough examination of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The smart pills also enables comprehensive health monitoring of various physiological metrics and measuring medication adherence in patients. Continue reading “Smart Pills Enable Comprehensive Health Monitoring (Video)”