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Implantable blood pressure sensor for analyzing elasticity in arteries
Author(s): Marco Franco-Ayala; Fernando Martínez-Piñón; Alfredo Reyes-Barranca; Salvador Sánchez de la Peña; José Alfredo Álvarez-Chavez
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Paper Abstract

MEMS technology could be an option for the development of a pressure sensor which allows the monitoring of several electronic signals in humans. In this work, a comparison is made between the typical elasticity curves of several arteries in the human body and the elasticity obtained for MEMS silicon microstructures such as membranes and cantilevers employing Finite Element analysis tools. The purpose is to identify which types of microstructures are mechanically compatible with human arteries. The goal is to integrate a blood pressure sensor which can be implanted in proximity with an artery. The expected benefits for this type of sensor are mainly to reduce the problems associated with the use of bulk devices through the day and during several days. Such a sensor could give precise blood pressure readings in a continuous or periodic form, i.e. information that is especially important for some critical cases of hypertension patients.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 March 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7291, Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2009, 72910B (31 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.814666
Show Author Affiliations
Marco Franco-Ayala, Ctr. de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (Mexico)
Fernando Martínez-Piñón, Ctr. de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (Mexico)
Alfredo Reyes-Barranca, Ctr. de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados (Mexico)
Salvador Sánchez de la Peña, Escuela Nacional de Medicina y Homeopatía (Mexico)
José Alfredo Álvarez-Chavez, Ctr. de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica (Mexico)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7291:
Nanosensors, Biosensors, and Info-Tech Sensors and Systems 2009
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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