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Design of an Implantable Slot Dipole Conformal Flexible Antenna for Biomedical Applications

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9 Author(s)
Maria Lucia Scarpello ; Department of Information Technology (INTEC), Electromagnetics Group, Gent, Belgium ; Divya Kurup ; Hendrik Rogier ; Dries Vande Ginste
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We present a flexible folded slot dipole implantable antenna operating in the Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band (2.4-2.4835 GHz) for biomedical applications. To make the designed antenna suitable for implantation, it is embedded in biocompatible Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The antenna was tested by immersing it in a phantom liquid, imitating the electrical properties of the human muscle tissue. A study of the sensitivity of the antenna performance as a function of the dielectric parameters of the environment in which it is immersed was performed. Simulations and measurements in planar and bent state demonstrate that the antenna covers the complete ISM band. In addition, Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) measurements indicate that the antenna meets the required safety regulations.

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IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation  (Volume:59 ,  Issue: 10 )