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Implantable electronic devices technology challenges for long-term human implantation

Vanhoestenberghe, A; (2009) Implantable electronic devices technology challenges for long-term human implantation. Sensor Review , 29 (4) 345 - 348. 10.1108/02602280910986593. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to discuss the requirements for long-term implantation of electronic devices with a focus on packaging and encapsulation.Design/methodology/approach - Owing to their intended long-term use in the human body, implants for electrical stimulation present specific challenges to the engineers. The respective roles of packaging and encapsulation must be clearly understood to make the most of new materials and modern machining technologies. This paper offers an introduction to the current situation and highlights challenges for future developments.Findings - The innovative application of modern technologies may be useful to tackle key issues of encapsulation and sealing of small electrical devices for long-term implantation.Originality/value - Two examples of innovative application of alternative package manufacture and sealing method are described.

Type: Article
Title: Implantable electronic devices technology challenges for long-term human implantation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1108/02602280910986593
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/02602280910986593
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © UCL 2009.
Keywords: Packaging, Electronic equipment and components, Electrical medical equipment
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Ortho and MSK Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/87299
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