The following technical briefs were submitted, peer-reviewed, and accepted for presentation at the 2013 University of Minnesota's Design of Medical Devices (DMD) Conference ( held April 9–11, 2013 at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis, MN. We especially wish to acknowledge Dr. Just Herder, who tirelessly chaired the review process, recruited appropriate paper reviewers, and kept us on schedule.

Each year, this leading international forum invites high quality technical submissions from the academic, clinical, and/or industry medical device community. Accepted papers are placed into one of the following technical scientific poster session tracks: cardiovascular, computer modeling and simulation, design and human factors, engineered tissues, medical device product development process, MEMS and nano, neuroengineering, orthopedics, regulatory and intellectual property, rehabilitation, special devices, surgical tools, and urologic.

One of the primary goals of the DMD conferences is to provide a neutral forum to bring medical device designers, manufacturers, researchers, and representatives...

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