Wireless Power Transfer for Implanted Medical Application : A Review

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2837
Number of pages30
Journal / PublicationEnergies
Issue number11
Online published2 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020



With ever-increasing concerns on health and environmental safety, there is a fast-growing interest in new technologies for medical devices and applications. Particularly, wireless power transfer (WPT) technology provides reliable and convenient power charging for implant medical devices without additional surgery. For those WPT medical systems, the width of the human body restricts the charging distance, while the specific absorption rate (SAR) standard limits the intensity of the electromagnetic field. In order to develop a high-efficient charging strategy for medical implants, the key factors of transmission distance, coil structure, resonant frequency, etc. are paid special attention. In this paper, a comprehensive overview of near-field WPT technologies in medical devices is presented and discussed. Also, future development is discussed for the prediction of different devices when embedded in various locations of the human body. Moreover, the key issues including power transfer efficiency and output power are addressed and analyzed. All concerning characteristics of WPT links for medical usage are elaborated and discussed. Thus, this review provides an in-depth investigation and the whole map for WPT technologies applied in medical applications.

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  • Medical devices, implantable devices, magnetic resonance, wireless power transfer, nerve stimulation, pacemaker, endoscopy, drug delivery, wireless charging

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