Implantable Pulse Generators
The neuroengineering field is defined by the coupling of engineering and neuroscience; bringing together two different, but complimentary entities. Similarly, to create a successful implantable pulse generating device, it is necessary to couple the strengths of various, and sometimes distinctly different materials. Already, neurological devices using pulse generating technology have been successfully used to treat hearing loss, chronic pain, and epilepsy among other disorders. As these devices advance, soon Parkinson’s disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, obesity, and sleep apnea may be added to that list. The realm of possibility for applying neuroengineering to medical devices is vast, but options for pairing the materials to make these advancements is more limited.
Material & Adhesive Selections
Devices designed for neuromodulation or neurostimulation use a combination of metallic, thermoplastic, and silicone materials. For example, Neurostimulation Leads often utilize a conductive metallic wire encased in an insulative silicone and thermoplastic sheath to deliver very small pulses of electricity to a targeted area within the body.