Smaller is Often Better in Medical

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Ryan Mahoney

 Ryan Mahoney is a Product Development Engineer and the Medical Product Lead at Alpha Wire.

As medical device advancement continues, overall device size is becoming smaller.  As an example, MRI machines which once required multiple rooms to house the magnet, power supply and controls, now commonly fit into a single room.  Ultrasound machines have gone portable and fit on mobile carts.  Consumer medical devices fit in the palm of the hand.  This size reduction is often called miniaturization and is a trend which is picking up steam in medical applications.


Miniaturization allows for reduced space requirements in installation, transport and storage.  Going smaller typically allows for improved diagnostic capabilities and sensitivity since power requirements and distance to the subject are reduced.  Smaller medical devices can be less susceptible to noise from outside sources – such as building wiring or other nearby devices.


In wire and cable, too, miniaturization has benefits.  Cable with a smaller cross-section can be more flexible.  Also, a cable with smaller diameter can be bent more tightly while still maintaining the specified minimum bend radius.   Smaller cable means lighter cable which can aid the ease of deployment as well as just seem less cumbersome when laid on a patient.


Alpha Wire’s EcoGen™ product lines are smaller, lighter and have other impressive features, such as lower outgassing, being halogen free and 100% recyclable.  Our latest offering, the EcoCable® Mini, is a great choice to aid device miniaturization for 300 V medical applications.


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