Wearable Antennas for Medical Application: A Review

  • Shreema MannaEmail author
  • Tanushree Bose
  • Rabindranath Bera
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 443)


Wearable devices for monitoring different biological signals are now gaining huge interest now a day. Use of textile material as substrate material for antenna design is growing rapidly. In order to reduce the effect of human body the performance of antenna several different antenna structures have been proposed. This article reveals research on different designs and development of wearable antennas for biomedical application at different frequency bands.


Wearable antenna ISM band Microstrip antenna Textile antenna Radiation pattern 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shreema Manna
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tanushree Bose
    • 1
  • Rabindranath Bera
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Sikkim Manipal Institute of TechnologySikkim Manipal UniversityMajitarIndia

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