Kenneth MacCallum

Temperature Measurement and the Application of NTC Thermistors 

NTC ThermistorsWhen I say temperature sensors, you’ll likely think thermocouples. But today I’d like to discuss NTC thermistors. Medical devices regularly need to measure  temperature. Often engineers overlook or under-estimate the inherent challenges. Whether designing in thermal measurement and control capability or just temporarily instrumenting up a test rig, it’s worth thinking about how the device measurement is going to work.

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Astero StarFish

5 tips for a productive EMC lab visit

EMC Lab Visit
EMC (Electromagnetic compatibility) compliance is an essential requirement for all electronic medical devices. Usually, designers partner with EMC labs (certified testing) facilities in order to assess device compliance. In this blog members of the StarFish Electrical Engineering team share tips for a productive and successful assessment during your EMC lab visit.

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Astero StarFish

Why do a beta medical device? – commercialization implications

beta medical deviceAn alpha device may look like it’s finished, but it’s not a medical device.

A basic principle of medical device commercialization is that even though an alpha device looks like it’s finished – cool housing, looks like a device – it’s not a medical device until it passes regulatory standards and receives regulatory clearance, after which it’s fairly burdensome to make changes.

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Dana Trousil

Three Considerations for Water Ingress in Medical Devices

Water Ingress in Medical Devices
Navigating water ingress in medical devices can be tricky, as one of the key requirements for ISO 60601-1 is the protection against ingress.  With so much development focused on the functioning of the medical device, ingress protection can be overlooked or left late in the development phase as something that is easily solvable.

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Martine Janicki

Managing Medical Device Software Projects: Realities and Tips

Medical Device Software Very few medical devices consist solely of electro-mechanical technologies these days. Most have firmware to drive the core therapeutic or imaging modalities. Medical device software (including an algorithm to compute results), and data transfer logic connect the devices to hospital networks and populate enterprise data warehouses.
In my experience, writing, testing and debugging medical device software code is much more prone to drive a project over time/over budget compared to more predictable building and integrating tangible components such as hardware, electronics and industrial embodiment. Here are my set of project realities of software development and some tips to manage them.

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Peter Kazakoff

Silicon photomultipliers: low-light sensing in medical instrumentation

Photomultiplier TubeSilicon photomultipliers are an exciting technology enabling applications previously only available with large, bulky PMTs to be implemented in small, low-cost, low-power form factors. If you have demanding low-light detection requirements for an upcoming project where a PMT would be too bulky, expensive, or fragile, I strongly encourage you to take a look at silicon photomultipliers.

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Ryan Field

10 Optics Lab best practices to produce great data

Optics Lab Best practices
Over many years of working in optics labs, I’ve come across a variety of lab practices ranging from admirable to appalling.  These practices can have a significant impact both on the quality of data and the efficiency with which it’s collected. Below, some optics lab best practices to help create an optics lab environment that is clean, organized, efficient, and produces great data.

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Astero StarFish

Insights and observations that spark medtech innovation

Improve your medical device innovation process

 Medtech Innovation

Everyone has a mental toolkit of innovation – a series of patterns that innovative people find. They take something and they break it into pieces or they take pieces and put them together or they put things upside down or they hollow them out or they turn them inside out or they…what else do we do? We think about it backwards or what if some piece was missing. How much difference would that make with the outside in and inside out? What if we actually thought of it from the other perspective altogether?

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Dana Trousil

Tips to help prototype a medical device on a budget

prototype medical devices

Figure 1: Cardboard models are inexpensive and yet very elaborate

There are so many methods available to prototype that I’d like to expand upon an earlier blog. In this article I share the low-cost tips and methods on how to prototype a medical device on a budget that I use in my New Product Introduction (NPI) work. Just as importantly, I explain when I use these methods. Not everything needs to be a painted, fully functional prototype.

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Chrystal Palaty

6 Commercialization insights from serial medtech entrepreneurs

Medical device commercialization insightsParticipant’s takeaways from 2019 Medical Device Playbook

Medical Device Playbook was conceived as a way to inspire entrepreneurship and connect the many players in the Medical Device world. In seven words, I would describe this as an “informative and inspirational storytelling event, great people.”
Medtech innovators and investors described their first-hand commercialization, partnership, regulatory, and financing experiences. My key medical device commercialization insights:

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