EETD Distinguished Lecture: Toward the Bionic Human: Medical Devices and How They are Powered

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Date: 
July 20, 2011 - 2:00pm
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Building 50 Auditorium

Treatment of human disease was transformed with the development of powered implantable devices. The first powered implantable device in widespread use was the cardiac pacemaker. Since the first implants, a diverse set of implantable medical devices has been developed to treat a broad spectrum of disease states. The devices including pacemakers, neurostimulators, drug pumps, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs), and heart assist/replacement devices will be discussed. The power sources used in the devices vary, but there are general requirements that remain constant for all the cells, including: safety, reliability, low weight/small size, predictability of performance, low self discharge and end-of-life indication. These parameters along with key device performance factors will be discussed.

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