Injecting Computerized Medical Devices into the Body

Injecting Computerized Medical Devices into the Body

Miniature radio device can communicate through human tissue with external devices.

By Michigan Engineering06.20.16

With a radio specifically designed to communicate through tissue, Professors David Blaauw and David Wentzloff from the University of Michigan’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are adding another level to a computer platform small enough to fit inside a medical grade syringe. With this enabling technology, real time information can be applied to devices monitoring heart fibrillation as well as glucose monitoring for diabetics. This new radio, designed by Graduate Student Research Assistant Yao Shi, can transmit information from inside the body up to one foot to a data base receiver, more than five times the distance from any known radio of equal size.
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