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Miniaturized Blood Pressure Telemetry System with RFID Interface

Department of Engineering, University of Bergamo, Viale Marconi 5, Dalmine (BG) 24044, Italy
Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri”, Via Stezzano 87, Bergamo 24126, Italy
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Academic Editors: Enzo Pasquale Scilingo and Gaetano Valenza
Electronics 2016, 5(3), 51;
Received: 23 May 2016 / Revised: 5 August 2016 / Accepted: 22 August 2016 / Published: 30 August 2016
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This work deals with the development and characterization of a potentially implantable blood pressure telemetry system, based on an active Radio-Frequency IDentification (RFID) tag, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 15693 compliant. This approach aims to continuously measure the average, systolic and diastolic blood pressure of the small/medium animals. The measured pressure wave undergoes embedded processing and results are stored onboard in a non-volatile memory, providing the data under interrogation by an external RFID reader. In order to extend battery lifetime, RFID energy harvesting has been investigated. The paper presents the experimental characterization in a laboratory and preliminary in-vivo tests. The device is a prototype mainly intended, in a future engineered version, for monitoring freely moving test animals for pharmaceutical research and drug safety assessment purposes, but it could have multiple uses in environmental and industrial applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: blood; embedded; energy harvesting; implantable; in-vivo; ISO 15693; low-power; pressure; RFID blood; embedded; energy harvesting; implantable; in-vivo; ISO 15693; low-power; pressure; RFID

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Caldara, M.; Nodari, B.; Re, V.; Bonandrini, B. Miniaturized Blood Pressure Telemetry System with RFID Interface. Electronics 2016, 5, 51.

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