Channel Models for Medical Implant Communication
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Information regarding the propagation media is typically gathered by conducting physical experiments, measuring and processing the corresponding data to obtain channel characteristics. When this propagation media is human body, for example in case of medical implants, then this approach might not be practical. In this paper, an immersive visualization environment is presented, which is used as a scientific instrument that gives us the ability to observe RF propagation from medical implants inside a human body. This virtual environment allows for more natural interaction between experts with different backgrounds, such as engineering and medical sciences. Here, we show how this platform has been used to determine channel models for medical implant communication systems.
KeywordsChannel model Implant communication system Immersive visualization system Body area networks
The authors would like to thank Mr. Steven Satterfield from the high performance computing and visualization group of the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division, ITL, for his assistance in the system setup and his ongoing contribution in the development of tools for the NIST immersive visualization system.
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