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Performance of Implantable Folded Dipole Antenna for In-Body Wireless Communication

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4 Author(s)
Ho-Yu Lin ; Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan ; Masaharu Takahashi ; Kazuyuki Saito ; Koichi Ito

Implantable devices have been continually anticipated as a future tool for in-body wireless communication because of their potential to replace cable connectivity with biological telemetry monitoring. This paper presents an implanted compact folded antenna of 20.3 mm × 0.8 mm × 0.8 mm that is designed to operate at one of the UHF bands (0.951-0.956 GHz). The measurement is implemented with an equivalent human phantom such as layered phantom representing the human arm. When the proposed antenna is implanted into a human arm, it has a maximum antenna gain of -23.5 dBi and wireless communication is viable because the margin exceeds 20 dB, according to link budget calculations.

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IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 3 )