Omnidirectional, Wireless Design Facilitates Data Transmission and Recharging
This omnidirectional, wireless helix antenna provides power to implanted medical devices and capsule endoscopes, while allowing these devices to better relay health information for easier diagnosis and treatment. Every year in the U.S., more than $85 billion is spent on implanted medical devices, including $5.5 billion and $4.5 billion on defibrillators and pacemakers, respectively. These implanted devices and other medical technologies, such as wireless capsule endoscopes, need to be able to communicate information back to healthcare providers who use this data to diagnosis illnesses and make treatment decisions. Wireless capsule endoscopes allow for better visualization of the gastrointestinal tract than traditional endoscopes. Their performance, however, suffers from antennas that provide spotty coverage. University of Florida researchers have addressed this problem by developing a durable dual mode antenna with improved efficiency and omnidirectional radiation capabilities and wireless power transmission.
ApplicationA wireless, rechargeable antenna that facilitates the communication of health information by implanted medical devices and capsule endoscopes
- Allows wireless capsule endoscopes and implanted medical devices to function better, enhancing healthcare providers' ability to diagnose and treat disease
- Provides omnidirectional radiation capabilities, reducing the risk of signal loss
- Enables both data communication and power transmission in a single antenna device, removing the need for a second antenna
- Contains a rechargeable power supply, allowing for the development of smaller medical devices that require fewer batteries