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25 September 2014
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A Special Issue of Medical Equipment Design
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Portability: the Final Frontier
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Portability: the Final Frontier
 
With the goal of putting "healthcare in the palm of your hand," the global Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition has been narrowed down to 10 finalists. Wireless, consumer-oriented devices submitted by design teams from India, Taiwan, Canada, England, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, and the U.S. must diagnose 15 diseases and record five vital signs. Intended to expand direct access to precision diagnostics for individual use anywhere, anytime, the array of devices features sleek user interfaces, lab-on-a-chip technology, and proprietary algorithms. View the entries in a Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry slideshow; three will split the $10 million prize in 2016.
 
 
 
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Raytheon ELCAN Medical & BioPhotonics
 
Raytheon ELCAN Medical & BioPhotonics
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Raytheon ELCAN is the global partner-of-choice for product design and high-volume manufacturing. Small start-up companies need Raytheon ELCAN's experience, stability, innovation, talented people, and fully integrated capabilities to help bring new products quickly and profitably to market.
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DOD Mobile Shipping Cases from Wilson Case
 
DOD Mobile Shipping Cases from Wilson Case
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Wilson Case's DOD Mobile Shipping Cases make it easy to rapidly deploy sensitive equipment safely. Our custom and stock shipping cases are mobilizing weapons, instruments, SATCOM, and other communications equipment around the world for the U.S. DOD. We can design a shipping case to transport anything safely, and we offer many options to make deployment easier: table legs, shockmount, rackmount, ramps, multi-entry, drawers, bins, power strips, vents, and more. Get more info at Wilson Case.
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Prototype Expedites Biothreat Detection
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Prototype Expedites Biothreat Detection
 
In the wake of the current Ebola outbreak, this prototype handheld device could provide diagnostic results at airports and other screening areas in 15 minutes instead of the hours required by laboratories. Downsized from an 800 lb machine to a compact 2 lb size by a U.S.-based developer over the course of a decade, the Firefly uses polymerase chain reaction chemistry to assay blood samples for various diseases.
 
 
 
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Medical Cords for International Applications
 
Medical Cords for International Applications
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Even though the power cords are 100% tested for continuity, the clear plug gives the end user an extra comfort level because it allows them to inspect the connections. Until now, this was unavailable for medical equipment being used outside of North America and Australia. Learn more...
 
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Bioabsorbable Polymers for Medical Devices
 
Bioabsorbable Polymers for Medical Devices
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The ability to safely remain in the body for controlled lengths of time makes bioabsorbable polymers particularly suitable for various medical applications, presenting an alternative to traditional polymers or metal components. Zeus, Inc.'s bioabsorbable material processing capabilities and formulations are the most advanced in the industry.
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Very Economical Electrochemical Probe
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Very Economical Electrochemical Probe
 
A 2 oz (57 g) electrochemical analyzer, now being field tested in India, brings medical testing to underdeveloped regions at a manufacturing cost of $25. Resembling a glucose meter, the portable device detects malaria and glucose in blood samples and measures heavy metals in water. Gizmag notes that Harvard University designers included an audio-out port to allow data transmission via cellphone to an online server.
 
 
 
DNA Sequencer Ready to Travel
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DNA Sequencer Ready to Travel
 
Bring laboratory-quality DNA diagnostics into the field with this handheld sequencer developed at University of Otago, New Zealand. The battery-powered device connects to a laptop or a smartphone for data analysis and display, and demonstrates precision in assaying swine flu, E. coli, and other infectious agents. CNET says results are comparable to those from larger laboratory machines.
 
 
 
Sensor Supports Small-scale Design
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Sensor Supports Small-scale Design
 
Engineers at California-based Anitoa, Inc. know that designing for portability requires miniaturization of all device components. Fabrication of a complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) ultra-low-light image sensor will allow the realization of more compact microfluidic and other diagnostic platforms. The low-power CMOS imager is now being incorporated into a handheld quantitative polymerase chain reaction system.
 
 
 
Lighting Up Blood Sugar
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Lighting Up Blood Sugar
 
An alternative to the tried-and-true but invasive finger prick for monitoring blood glucose uses a quantum cascade laser to harness mid-infrared light. Directed at the palm, the laser targets dermal interstitial fluid and detects the amount of light absorption by sugar molecules. Princeton University researchers look to improve accuracy beyond its current 84%, and to shrink the workbench-sized machine to a portable device.
 
 
 
Heading off TBIs
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Heading off TBIs
 
Portable blood tests to detect concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are under development by the U.S. Department of Defense and Abbott Labs, IL. Assays will be developed for use with Abbott's handheld diagnostic i-STAT system, now used for other point-of-care applications. The tests will register proteins indicative of head injury, providing verification of concussions not detectable by conventional scanning.
 
 
 
Speedier TB Detection
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Speedier TB Detection
 
The time needed to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) can be cut from weeks or months to less than 30 min. The one-step test resulting from a collaboration between Stanford University and Texas A&M University researchers combines a fluorescent substrate, sputum samples, and a reactive chemical that targets a specific TB enzyme. The portable tabletop device identified infected subjects with 86% sensitivity and 73% specificity, reports Futurity.
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