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color and length. Material offerings include latex, TPE, PVC and custom
compounds along with assembly and packaging capabilities to meet
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Strategic Marketing Director, Honeywell Sensing and Control
Medical equipment, driven by patient convenience and cost
reduction, is moving from the hospital to the home. In ad-
dition, typical home-use products, like CPAP machines are
becoming smaller and more sophisticated. In a hospital or clinical envi-
ronment, medical professionals are entrusted to maintain and operate the
equipment, but in a home environment that responsibility often resides
with the end user, their family, and caregivers. The lower level of over-
sight requires that medical equipment be simple to operate and extremely
safe. To make the product simpler for the user often means additional
demand is placed on having smart sensors inside the medical devices.
Products like CPAP machines, infusion pumps, and peritoneal dialysis are
getting smarter, smaller, and providing new levels of performance.
These products require high-performing sensors. The sensors must
be highly robust, accurate, consistent, and durable. As equipment gets
smaller, the space available for sensors is also reduced. Pressure sensors,
for example, are getting smaller by combining MEMS structures with
sophisticated electronics to obtain better accuracy in a smaller package.
Some pressure sensors contain integrated ASICs, which reduces the need
for additional circuitry for signal conditioning and A/D conversions.
Some sensors are used to measure the pressure of fluids in the body.
Sensors that contact body fluid are often single-patient use, enhancing
safety against communicable diseases such as AIDS and Ebola. Today’s
pressure sensors are provided at high volumes and price points that facilitate single-use applications. MDT
Mila Heeman-Iliëva, Ph.D.
Senior Marketing Manager, Teledyne DALSA
The introduction of thin-film-transistor (TFT) flat X-ray
detectors in the late 1990s rapidly changed the landscape
of the dynamic X-ray imaging market. In less than 10
years, the incumbent technology, the image intensified
CCD (IICCD), has been replaced in more than 90%
of the Cath Labs worldwide with flat detector (FD) technology. The
many advantages flat detectors provide have made the transition possible and justified the significant price difference between FD and IICCD.
In the mobile C-arms market, however, the situation is different.
Nearly 10 years after the first introduction of TFT flat detectors in
mobile C-arm systems in early 2001, barely 10% of those systems
are equipped with flat panel. The major reason is the unsatisfactory performance of the TFT flat panels at low dose, which cannot
outweigh the advantages of their slim form factor.
This is about to change. The next generation of CMOS flat X-ray
detectors, combine and, by far, surpass the advantages of the two
established technologies in dynamic X-ray imaging — the low dose
image quality of the IICCDs and the flat form factor of the TFT
flat detectors. In 2015, we will witness new offerings, including new
mobile C-arm systems with CMOS detectors. MDT
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