Scientists Developed Transient Pacemaker That Dissolves in Body

Scientists from Northwestern and George Washington universities in the U.S. developed the first transient pacemaker, which is a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that completely dissolves in the body when a patient doesn’t need it anymore.Scientists Developed Transient Pacemaker That Dissolves in Body

This device, which is thin and flexible, can be used in patients who need temporary pacing after heart surgery or while waiting for a permanent pacemaker. It also doesn’t need any battery, as it takes energy from an external, remote antenna using near-field communication protocols. This technology is used in smartphones for electronic payments and in RFID tags.

One of the lead researchers, Igor Efimov from the George Washington University, says: “The transient electronics platform opens an entirely new chapter in medicine and biomedical research. The bioresorbable materials at the foundation of this technology make it possible to create a whole host of diagnostic and therapeutic transient devices for monitoring the progression of diseases and therapies, delivering electrical, pharmacological, cell therapies, gene reprogramming, and more.”

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