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17 December 2018
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Features

Crack under pressure – mitigating environmental stress damage
Environmental stress cracking is a huge issue for medical device manufacturers. It can affect any device containing polymers, especially those that will be implanted in the body or need to be heavily disinfected. What are manufacturers doing to mitigate the problem, and what can other industry stakeholders do to help? Abi Millar speaks to Professor James Runt of Pennsylvania State University to find out how this issue can be resolved.

Bionic human – the evolution of 3D-printed medical devices
From stretchable electronics compatible with human skin to functioning ears, there seems to be no end in sight for 3D-printed medical devices. With technology progressing at a dizzying pace, Michael McAlpine, associate professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota, tells Bradford Keen how to regenerate nerves, the importance of biocompatibility, the need for high-speed, plug-and-play 3D medical printers, and what this could mean for manufacturers.

Automated imaging – radiology motor control technology
Motor-control technology is rapidly expanding in the world of radiology machinery. Ergonomically advanced, automated machines, high-tech robotics with gesture recognition, and every other whizz and bolt you can think of are being introduced. Jay Hill, general manager of imaging technology and VCP at GE Healthcare talks to Medical Device Developments about how motor and motion control is going to change in the medical device industry with the use of robotics.

Hit the mark – the process of laser marking
What benefits will the spread of laser marking bring to medical device manufacturers? Medical Device Developments looks into how the process can aid the industry in providing better traceability for its products, and the ways in which manufacturers can use the process to ensure safety and security are easily achieved. Andrew Putwain speaks to Professor Peter Ogrodnik from Keele University, who has written about laser marking’s effect on medical devices, how the process works and what manufacturers need to know.

Hospital hackers – mitigating hospital cybersecurity risks
Patient safety is only the beginning of the cybersecurity hazards posed by medical internet-of-things devices. Steve Abrahamson, GE Healthcare’s senior director for product cybersecurity, talks to Eleanor Wilson about the risks of legacy products and the need for open collaboration.


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