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Applications of Wireless Power Transfer in Medicine: State-of-the-Art Reviews

  • Julian Moore
  • Sharon Castellanos
  • Sheng Xu
  • Bradford Wood
  • Hongliang Ren
  • Zion Tsz Ho Tse
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Abstract

Magnetic resonance within the field of wireless power transfer has seen an increase in popularity over the past decades. This rise can be attributed to the technological advances of electronics and the increased efficiency of popular battery technologies. The same principles of electromagnetic theory can be applied to the medical field. Several medical devices intended for use inside the body use batteries and electrical circuits that could be powered wirelessly. Other medical devices limit the mobility or make patients uncomfortable while in use. The fundamental theory of electromagnetics can improve the field by solving some of these problems. This survey paper summarizes the recent uses and discoveries of wireless power in the medical field. A comprehensive search for papers was conducted using engineering search engines and included papers from related conferences. During the initial search, 247 papers were found then non-relevant papers were eliminated to leave only suitable material. Seventeen relevant journal papers and/or conference papers were found, then separated into defined categories: Implants, Pumps, Ultrasound Imaging, and Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy. The approach and methods for each paper were analyzed and compared yielding a comprehensive review of these state of the art technologies.

Keywords

Wireless power transfer Wireless charging Implants Medical devices 

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Acknowledgments

NIH does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Government nor does it constitute policy, endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Government or National Institutes of Health (NIH). Please reference U.S. Code of Federal Regulations or U.S. Food and Drug Administration for further information. This project is sponsored by the NIH Center for Interventional Oncology Grant. This study was also supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bench-to-Bedside Award, the NIH Center for Interventional Oncology Grant, the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps Team Grant (1617340), the Singapore Academic Research Fund under Grant R-397-000-227-112, NSF REU site Program 1359095, the UGA-AU Inter-Institutional Seed Funding, the American Society for Quality Dr. Richard J. Schlesinger Grant, the PHS Grant UL1TR000454 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award Program, and the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Center for Interventional Oncology, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, NIH Clinical CenterNational Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering & National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical EngineeringNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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