Electromagnetic and thermal effects of IR-UWB wireless implant systems on the human head

Kasun Maduranga Silva Thotahewa, Jean-Michel Redoute, Mehmet Yuce

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The usage of implanted wireless transmitting devices inside the human body has become widely popular in recent years. Applications such as multi-channel neural recording systems require high data rates in the wireless transmission link. Because of the inherent advantages provided by Impulse-Radio Ultra Wide Band (IR-UWB) such as high data rate capability, low power consumption and small form factor, there has been an increased research interest in using IR-UWB for bio-medical implant applications. Hence it has become imperative to analyze the electromagnetic effects caused by the use of IR-UWB when it is operated in or near the human body. This paper reports the electromagnetic effects of head implantable transmitting devices operating based on Impulse Radio Ultra Wide Band (IR-UWB) wireless technology. Simulations illustrate the performance of an implantable UWB antenna tuned to operate at 4 GHz with an -10dB bandwidth of approximately 1 GHz when it is implanted in a human head model. Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), Specific Absorption (SA) and temperature increase are analyzed to compare the compliance of the transmitting device with international safety regulations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2013
Subtitle of host publicationOsaka, Japan; 3-7 July, 2013
EditorsToshiyo Tamura
Place of PublicationPiscataway NJ USA
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781457702150
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2013 - Osaka International Convention Center, Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 Jul 20137 Jul 2013
Conference number: 35th
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/6596169/proceeding (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2013
Abbreviated titleEMBC 2013
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