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Extending the TET System for Improved Patient Comfort

June 24, 2015 - Lucke L, Bluvshtein V. Presentation at ASAIO 61st Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 24-27, 2015

Recently, Minnetronix and Penn St. University developed an implantable motor controller and transcutaneous energy transmission system to support continuous flow VADs. The goal of this work was to...



Safety Considerations for Wireless Delivery of Continuous Power to Implanted Medical Devices

August 26, 2014 - Lucke L, Bluvshtein V. Presentation at 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, August 26-30, 2014

Wireless power systems for use with implants are referred to as transcutaneous energy transmission systems (TETS) and consist of an implanted secondary coil and an external primary coil along with supporting electronics. A TETS system could be used to power ventricular assist systems and eliminate driveline infections. Understanding the limits for...



A Totally Implantable Controller for Use with Rotary LVADs

June 18, 2014 - Lucke L, Mondry JM, Kurkowski J, Scott S, Weiss W. Presentation at ASAIO 60th Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 18 - 21, 2014

Penn State/3M and Minnetronix developed an implantable motor controller and TETS system for the total artificial heart (TAH) system to eliminate the percutaneous cable. The system was successfully implanted in several animals. Results are reported for updating both the TETS and implantable controller for use with LVADs to improve the...



Cost Effective Reliability Analysis and Testing of Medical Devices

April 7, 2014 - Whitehurst J, Lucke L. Presentation at Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 7-10, 2014

In order to deliver safe and reliable medical devices to the field, stress testing and analysis can be done in both the design and manufacturing process. Depending on the characteristics of the system and stringency of product requirements, tests can be framed to optimize reliability confidence levels that ...



Reliability Analysis and Testing of Medical Devices

October 15, 2013 - Whitehurst J. Presentation at IEEE, 2013 Workshop on Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR), San Diego, CA, October 9-11, 2013

John Whitehurst, Principal QA Engineer at Minnetronix, discussed using reliability testing and analysis during design and manufacturing, including...