Handbook of Active Materials for Medical Devices: Advances and Applications

Andres Diaz Lantada

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September 28, 2011 by Pan Stanford
Reference - 350 Pages - 160 Color & 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9789814303361 - CAT# N10471

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Features

  • Details the potential of active or intelligent materials for the development of sensors, actuators, and multifunctional systems linked to applications in the field of biodevices and medical appliances
  • Analyses the main biological and medical applications of different families of intelligent materials and includes case studies showing complete development processes
  • Covers synthesis, characterization, modeling, simulation, processing, and prototyping technologies as well as device testing and validation, linked to the main families of active or "intelligent" materials
  • Includes a proposed development methodology to help future researchers and developer of medical appliances and biodevices based on the capabilities of these novel materials
  • Provides an extensive bibliography for further reading and references to main manufacturers of several families of active materials

Summary

This book covers biodevices, mainly implantable or quirurgical, for the diagnosis or treatment of different pathologies, which benefit from the use of active materials as sensors or actuators. Such active or "intelligent" materials are capable of responding in a controlled way to different external physical or chemical stimuli by changing some of their properties. These materials can be used to design and develop sensors, actuators, and multifunctional systems with a large number of applications for developing biodevices and medical appliances.

Current work on these fields entails problems related to synthesis, characterization, modeling, simulation, processing, and prototyping technologies, as well as device testing and validation, all of which are treated in depth in this book, for the several types of active or intelligent materials covered. The research presented in this book helps further development of medical devices, based on the additional functionalities that the use of active or "intelligent" materials, both as sensors and actuators, supplies. The main results exposed may help with the industrial expansion of this kind of materials as part of more complex systems.