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Journal of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 963187, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/963187
Research Article

A Self-Powered Medical Device for Blood Irradiation Therapy

Faculty of Engineering, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, Israel

Received 4 March 2012; Accepted 7 May 2012

Academic Editor: Pietro Ferraro

Copyright © 2012 Avigail D. Amsel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Implantable wireless devices may allow localized real-time biomedical treating and monitoring. However, such devices require a power source, which ideally, should be self-powered and not battery dependent. In this paper, we present a novel self-powered light therapeutic device which is designed to implement blood irradiation therapy. This device is self-powered by a miniaturized turbine-based generator which uses hydraulic flow energy as its power source. The research presented in this paper may become the first step towards a new type of biomedical self-operational micromechanical devices deployed for biomedical applications.