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Energy Transmission Transformer for a Wireless Capsule Endoscope: Analysis of Specific Absorption Rate and Current Density in Biological Tissue

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4 Author(s)
Shiba, K. ; Grad. Sch. of Eng., Hiroshima Univ., Higashi-Hiroshima ; Nagato, T. ; Tsuji, T. ; Koshiji, Kohji

This paper reports on the electromagnetic influences on the analysis of biological tissue surrounding a prototype energy transmission system for a wireless capsule endoscope. Specific absorption rate (SAR) and current density were analyzed by electromagnetic simulator in a model consisting of primary coil and a human trunk including the skin, fat, muscle, small intestine, backbone, and blood. First, electric and magnetic strength in the same conditions as the analytical model were measured and compared to the analytical values to confirm the validity of the analysis. Then, SAR and current density as a function of frequency and output power were analyzed. The validity of the analysis was confirmed by comparing the analytical values with the measured ones. The SAR was below the basic restrictions of the International Commission on Nonionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). At the same time, the results for current density show that the influence on biological tissue was lowest in the 300-400 kHz range, indicating that it was possible to transmit energy safely up to 160 mW. In addition, we confirmed that the current density has decreased by reducing the primary coil's current.

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Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 7 )