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Photos of the Day: Electric Skin Connects Patients' Data with Doctors

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:06am
National Institute of Biological Imaging and Bioengineering

A number of technologies have been developed to detect skin temperature changes that can serve as early indicators of disease development and progression. At the other end of the technology spectrum, paste-on temperature sensors provide simple, single-point measurements. Although both technologies are accurate, infrared cameras are expensive and require the patient to remain completely still, and while paste-on sensors allow free movement, they provide limited information.

Now, an international multidisciplinary team including researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) has developed an entirely new approach: a sophisticated ”electronic skin” that adheres non-invasively to human skin, conforms well to contours, and provides a detailed temperature map of any surface of the body.

Read: Ultrathin "Diagnostic Skin" Allows Continuous Patient Monitoring

The array laminates without adhesives onto the surface of the skin by soft contact much like a temporary transfer tattoo. Contact is maintained despite normal stretching or pinching of the skin. Source: John Rogers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Components of a 1 x 2 centimeter array include transistors, an antenna, power coils, and temperature sensors. Source: John Rogers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

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