A study of implanted and wearable body sensor networks

  • Ullah S
  • Higgin H
  • Siddiqui M
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Abstract

Recent advances in intelligent sensors, microelectronics and integrated circuit, system-on-chip design and low power wireless communication intro-duced the development of miniaturised and autonomous sensor nodes. These tiny sensor nodes can be deployed to develop a proactive Body Sensor Network (BSN). The rapid advancement in ultra low-power RF (radio frequency) tech-nology enables invasive and non-invasive devices to communicate with a remote station. This communication revolutionizes healthcare system by enabling long term health monitoring of a patient and providing real time feedback to the medical experts. In this paper, we present In-body and On-body communication networks with a special focus on the methodologies of wireless communication between implanted medical devices with external monitoring equipment and re-cent technological growth in both areas. We also discuss about open issues and challenges in a BSN.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Body sensor network
  • Implanted communication
  • Wearable computing
  • Wireless body area network

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