Synthetic Model of Human Tissues for Evaluating Wireless Transmission of EM Waves in the Range of Ultra-wide Band Frequencies

Universitat Politècnica de València Background
Recently, there has been a growing interest in the use of new telecommunication devices that facilitate clinical diagnosis when implanted in the organism. These units can be integrated inside capsules and taken orally. This is the case for sensors and medical monitoring systems that register biological information inside the body and later transmit it outside.
Technology Overview
According to UPV researchers, these devices wirelessly communicate sending electromagnetic waves through the body, which acts as a transmission medium. In order to develop and test them before they are marketed, it is necessary to perform tests on animals and humans.
Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València have developed new synthetic models (phantoms) that simulate the electromagnetic properties of several human tissues and organs, such as complex relative permittivity, dielectric constant, loss factor and conductivity. These models may be of interest for developing new technologies for medical screening, and in general, for testing 5G mobile communication devices. The researchers also devised the methodology to create the phantoms.
In fact, the models and methodology developed by the researchers and patented by the Universitat Politècnica de València will reduce testing on animals and humans. They will help to assess the transmission of electromagnetic waves in UWB (ultra-wide band) frequency, which is between 3.1 and 10.6 GHz; and will take part on future personal area networks, as well as other networks of narrower bands, such as ISM networks.
Stage of Development:
Currently researchers have designed and experimentally evaluated synthetic models of tissues or organs such as muscle, heart, pancreas, colon, liver or cartilage, in liquid and/or gel form.
Benefits

Using animal and human testing to develop and test wireless devices that are expected to be used as sensors or implanted monitoring systems.
Can be simulated on demand from an electromagnetic point of view.
It is possible to simulate the electromagnetic properties of tissues or organs in a very broad frequency band.
Contribute to the international standards for specific absorption rates (SAR) and for testing mobile devices.
Can be contained in a polymerical net (gel), which is not biodegradable and set in the liquid mixture.

Applications

Preclinical analysis of developing electronic devices for diagnosis and clinical monitoring, such as oral or endoscopic administration capsules, sensors, etc.
Evaluation of the propagation of electromagnetic waves of devices or systems developed or under development, both for communication to the outside of the body from the inside, as well as for external use.
Chemical formulation to simulate each of the tissues of an anthropomorphic mannequin.

Opportunity
UPV is searching for companies interested in establishing agreements to patent the license.

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