Implantable devices: issues and challenges

Bazaka, Kateryna & Jacob, Mohan V. (2013) Implantable devices: issues and challenges. Electronics, 2(1), pp. 1-34.

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Abstract

Ageing population and a multitude of neurological and cardiovascular illnesses that cannot be mitigated by medication alone have resulted in a significant growth in the number of patients that require implantable electronic devices. These range from sensors, gastric and cardiac pacemakers, cardioverter defibrillators, to deep brain, nerve, and bone stimulators. Long-term implants present specific engineering challenges, including low energy consumption and stable performance. Resorbable electronics may offer excellent short-term performance without the need for surgical removal. However, most electronic materials have poor bio- and cytocompatibility, resulting in immune reactions and infections. This paper reviews the current situation and highlights challenges for future advancements.

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ID Code: 92067
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: implantable electronic device, bioresorbable electronics, radio-frequency (RF) wireless powering, encapsulation
DOI: 10.3390/electronics2010001
ISSN: 2079-9292
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MATERIALS ENGINEERING (091200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Copyright Statement: This article is an open access article
distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Deposited On: 20 Jan 2016 03:26
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 03:55

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