Embedded motion for compact medical devices
Transform large, expensive, and complicated-to-use instruments into small, affordable, and easy-to-use instruments and devices. We help designers embed precision motion into their next-generation systems for DNA sequencing, pathogen detection, clinical imaging, robotic surgery, medial research and more.
M3 modules move lenses, samples or image planes inside smaller instruments. Our customers are bringing laboratory-quality results to medical workers in clinical and remote settings.
- DNA Sequencing – precision motion of optics for laser/light source beam focus and shaping, and precision motion of samples.
- Handheld blood analyzers for fast, accurate, lower-cost near patient testing (NPT) in clinics, remote locations and resource-limited settings.
- Portable In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) systems with precision focus to identify cells or markers, or flow cytometry to count and sort cells.
- Portable and wearable devices for point-of-care diagnostics, home monitoring and telemedicine.
- Handheld optometry devices including fundus cameras, retinal cameras and autorefractors.
- Wearable assisted vision devices to improve quality of life for the vision-impaired.
- Miniature cameras for medical imaging and robotic surgery.
- Handheld video microscopes.
- Endoscope cameras.
- Laser scalpels small enough to fit in an endoscope.
- Active handshake stabilization systems.
Other Medical Applications
- Implantable devices that are adjustable in situ for drug delivery, orthopedics (bone growth and spine straightening), audiology, neurology, pain management, sleep apnea treatment and more. The implanted devices can be non-magnetic and MRI-safe.
- Electrophysiology research – Instruments for electrode and silicon probe positioning – read the case study to learn how we used standard M3 microstages to develop our Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System.
Piezoelectric UTAF and SQUIGGLE motors in our all-in-one modules generate no electromagnetic fields and can be made entirely from non-ferrous materials for use in or near MRI systems without affecting image quality or motor performance.
M3-LS Smart Stages move optics or samples in instruments for DNA sequencing and more.
M3 Smart Focus Modules enable high performance endoscope cameras.
Laser scalpel prototype with embedded motion for beam steering.
M3-LS Smart Stages in New Scale’s Multi-Probe Micromanipulator System for neural research.
New Scale Technologies' David Henderson recently spoke at a Design News webinar on the miniaturization of medical components. Motors and motion control components continue to shrink. The miniaturization trend allows manufacturers to install motors and motion control...
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Technical paper: “Endoscopic Laser Scalpel for Head and Neck Cancer Surgery”
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Technical article: “Low Power Piezo Motion: Reduced-voltage piezo motor breakthrough creates options for medical devices” article in Design News, May 2010.
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Technical article: “Piezo motor based medical devices” article in Medical Design Technology, April 2009.
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Technical paper: “Autonomous Positioning System for Implantable Hearing Aids Using Piezo Motors”
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Technical paper: “A Mobile Robot Driven by Miniature Onboard Motors for Cardiac Intervention.”
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Technical paper: “SQUIGGLE Motor Applications for Whole Body Small Animal MRI.”
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Add embedded motion in instruments for in vitro diagnostics, next generation sequencing, massively parallel sequencing, deep sequencing, digital cell morphology, automated digital cell morphology, automated digital pathology, 3D imaging, high content imaging, cellular imaging, high-content screening, high-content analysis, high-content imaging, cell sorting, automated cell counting, cytology, image cytometry and more.