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The Biomedical engineering division is a group for Engineers Ireland members working in the MedTech sector. It provides opportunities for networking and knowledge-sharing in this fascinating, diverse and life-changing division of engineering.

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Engineers hack off-the-shelf 3D printer towards rebuilding the heart

As of this month, over 4,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a heart transplant. With failing hearts, these patients have no other options; heart tissue, unlike other parts of the body, is unable to heal itself once it is damaged. Fortunately, recent work by a group at Carnegie Mellon could one day lead to a world in which transplants are no longer necessary to repair damaged organs. "We've been able to take MRI images of coronary arteries and 3D images of embryonic hearts ...

New tech automatically ‘tunes’ powered prosthetics while walking

When amputees receive powered prosthetic legs, the power of the prosthetic limbs needs to be tuned by a prosthetics expert so that a patient can move normally – but the prosthetic often needs repeated re-tuning. Biomedical engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have now developed software that allows powered prosthetics to tune themselves automatically, making the devices more functionally useful and lowering the ...

Prototype, pilot and production - outsourcing manufacturing for medical devices

  Author: Bill Peatman, CIRTEC Medical Systems Medical device manufacturing can be roughly divided into three phases: prototype, pilot and production. A prototype is typically a working model of a design that demonstrates a device’s appearance and functionality. The pilot product is the version of the device used in clinical trials to prove a device’s safety and effectiveness, and to win clearance from regulators. Production units are the final version of the device that is sent to ...

One in four patients with defibrillators experiences boost in heart function over time

  A Johns Hopkins-led study of outcomes among 1,200 people with implanted defibrillators — devices intended to prevent sudden cardiac death from abnormal heart rhythms — shows that within a few years of implantation, one in four experienced improvements in heart function substantial enough to put them over the clinical threshold that qualified them to get a defibrillator in the first place. A report on the study, published in the August 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of ...

MGH team develops transplantable bioengineered forelimb in an animal model

  A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators has made the first steps towards development of bioartificial replacement limbs suitable for transplantation.  In their report, which has been published online in the journal Biomaterials, the researchers describe using an experimental approach previously used to build bioartificial organs to engineer rat forelimbs with functioning vascular and muscle tissue.  They also provided evidence that the same approach could be applied ...

Biosensing platform diagnoses disease and monitors treatment remotely

  In much the same way that glucometers and pregnancy tests have revolutionised in-home diagnostic testing, researchers from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and collaborators have identified a new biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other bacteria. Using a drop of blood from a finger prick, this novel biosensing platform provides clinically relevant specificity, sensitivity and detection of ...
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