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Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik

Joint Journal of the German Society for Biomedical Engineering in VDE and the Austrian and Swiss Societies for Biomedical Engineering and the German Society of Biomaterials

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On the feasibility of a liquid crystal polymer pressure sensor for intracranial pressure measurement

Preedipat Sattayasoonthorn
  • Center for Biomedical and Robotics Technology (BART LAB), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University, Salaya, Thailand
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  • Neurosurgery Division, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
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Published Online: 2019-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2018-0029

Abstract

Intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring is crucial in determining the appropriate treatment in traumatic brain injury. Minimally invasive approaches to monitor ICP are subject to ongoing research because they are expected to reduce infections and complications associated with conventional devices. This study aims to develop a wireless ICP monitoring device that is biocompatible, miniature and implantable. Liquid crystal polymer (LCP) was selected to be the main material for the device fabrication. This study considers the design, fabrication and testing of the sensing unit of the proposed wireless ICP monitoring device. A piezoresistive pressure sensor was designed to respond to 0–50 mm Hg applied pressure and fabricated on LCP by standard microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) procedures. The fabricated LCP pressure sensor was studied in a moist environment by means of a hydrostatic pressure test. The results showed a relative change in voltage and pressure from which the sensor’s sensitivity was deduced. This was a proof-of-concept study and based on the results of this study, a number of recommendations for improving the considered sensor performance were made. The limitations are discussed, and future design modifications are proposed that should lead to a complete LCP package with an improved performance for wireless, minimally invasive ICP monitoring.

Keywords: hydrostatic experiment; intracranial pressure (ICP); liquid crystal polymer (LCP); MEMS; moist environment; piezoresistive pressure sensor; strain gauge; Wheatstone bridge

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About the article

Received: 2018-02-26

Accepted: 2018-09-26

Published Online: 2019-03-15


Author Statement

Research funding: FY2016 Thesis Grant for Doctoral Degree Student under National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) through Mahidol University.

Conflict of interest: Authors state no conflict of interest.

Informed consent: Informed consent is not applicable.

Ethical approval: The conducted research is not related to either human or animals use.


Citation Information: Biomedical Engineering / Biomedizinische Technik, 20180029, ISSN (Online) 1862-278X, ISSN (Print) 0013-5585, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/bmt-2018-0029.

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