The world’s smallest medical implant has recently been revealed by a group of scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. The device measures 14 millimeters only but can provide accurate data used to analyze levels of sugar in the blood, lactate and ATP. It is also capable of feeding data about the activity of the body as well as information about diseases like diabetes.
While implants aren’t really something new in today’s world, this new medical device can transmit data to smartphones via Bluetooth. Basically, data will be sent wirelessly to the owner’s smartphone, which will tell that he or she is about to get a heart attack, which is known to be a silent killer.
In case you’re wondering how this works – The implant will be induced into the part of the body that has few activities so its functions wouldn’t be disturbed. It is coated with an enzyme that reacts with blood-borne elements so that detectable signals can be sent to devices like smartphones. The implant has proven to be effective in preventing heart attack not because it directly interacts with the body’s activity but because it provides consistent information on levels of data it is programmed to read.
A heart attack, according to medical practitioners and experts, do not happen in a second. It is a progression and a process that can be prevented if only the subject knows what’s happening inside of him or her.
Hours leading to a heart attack, muscles starve for oxygen and when they couldn’t get enough, they break and fragments are carried out by blood in the circulation. These are among the things this medical implant could detect. If data are immediately fed to the smartphone, the user would know he or she needs to do some preventive measures or contact a physician immediately.
The implant can be recharged using a 100-milliwatt battery pack outside the body via inductive wireless charging and uses the skin to send off electrons.