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Nanocomposite electrodes for smartphone enabled healthcare garments: e-bra and smart vest
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The financial burden of hospital readmissions and treatment of chronic cardiac diseases are global concerns. Point of Care (POC) has been presented as an elegant solution for healthcare cost reduction. However, large scale adoption of POC systems requires an intuitive, unobtrusive and easy to use health monitoring system from patient’s perspective. Healthcare textiles are sensor systems mounted on textile platform that function as wearable unobtrusive health monitoring systems. Although much work has been done in the development and demonstration of textile mounted monitoring systems, material and production costs are still high. Nanomaterials based devices and technology can be employed in these healthcare textiles for improved electrical characteristics of the sensors, lowered cost due to less material consumption and compatibility to varied manufacturing techniques. Carbon nanotube composite ink based printable conductive electrodes is such a textile adaptable nanomaterial technology. Screen printed Nanocomposite electrodes made of carbon nanotubes and an acrylic polymer can be used in undergarments like vests and brassieres, for cardiac biopotential (Electrocardiography, ECG) sensing. A Bluetooth module and a smartphone can then be used to provide cyber-infrastructure connectivity for the healthcare data from these healthcare garments. They can be used to monitor young or elderly recuperating /convalescent patients either in hospital or at home, or they can be used by young athletes to monitor important physiological parameters to better design their training or fitness program. In this study, we evaluate screen printed CNT-acrylic Nanocomposite electrodes for ECG signal quality and any CNT leaching hazard that might lead to skin toxicity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2012
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8548, Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine, 85481O (24 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.946029
Show Author Affiliations
Prashanth S. Kumar, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Pratyush Rai, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Sechang Oh, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Hyeokjun Kwon, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Vijay K. Varadan, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)
Global Institute of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8548:
Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine
Sang H. Choi; Jin-Ho Choy; Uhn Lee M.D.; Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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