Living Innovation Blog
A blog about important topics for medical device and healthcare innovators.
Perspective: How One Medical Device Found Its Way to Honduras
As an electrical engineer at Ximedica, I derive much personal satisfaction from solving difficult problems, something we do every day. But “I think, therefore I am” does not fully convey the sense of positive being I find here. Ultimately, I work in the medical field because it contributes to a greater good: helping others. These two important aspects of medical device design recently converged at Ximedica in the form of a wireless dental polishing tool for hygienists.
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Posted on Sep 30, 2011
4 Rules of Integrating Human Factors Into Medical Device Design
With the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) increased scrutiny on device usability, being able to understand and demonstrate the importance of human factors and intuitive use in device design has become a critical work tool.
Understanding the following 4 principles provides a fundamental knowledge base to be able to successfully design and engineer innovative medical products that incorporate the needs of multiple users and influencers, complex, existing workflows and the challenges of their sensory and physically demanding use environments while remaining FDA compliant.
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Posted on Sep 21, 2011
Advancements in Portable Medical Devices: Ultrasound Diagnostics
In the case of trauma, the focus of course is on getting the patient to medical care as safely and as quickly as possible. This is particularly critical in the case of head trauma, where early care can mean the difference between brain damage and a full recovery — or life and death.
For two years now, I’ve been thinking a lot about this as part of my research role in a new acoustics technology that may one day help doctors better diagnose brain hemorrhages on-site where they occur. The technology measures the vibration of tissue in the cranial cavity using a combination of ultrasound transducers. A force excitation first generates waves in the tissue. The presence of a hematoma causes changes in the physical properties of the medium altering the wave pattern and creating a contrast that can be observed.
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Posted on Sep 08, 2011