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IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 1997 Sep;44(9):781-90.

Micromodular implants to provide electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles and limbs.

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Queen's University, Biomedical Engineering Unit, Kingston, Ont. Canada.


We describe the design, fabrication, and output capabilities of a microminiature electrical stimulator that can be injected in or near nerves and muscles. Each single-channel microstimulator consists of a cylindrical glass capsule with hermetically sealed electrodes in either end (2-mm diameter x 13-mm overall length). Power and digital control data can be transmitted to multiple implants (256 unique addresses) via a 2-MHz RF field created by an external AM oscillator and inductive coil. In vitro testing demonstrated accurate control of output pulsewidth (3-258 microseconds in 1-microseconds steps) and current (0-30 mA in two linear ranges of 16 steps each, up to 8.5 V available compliance voltage). Microstimulators were used successfully for chronic stimulation in hindlimb muscles of cats. Design and fabrication issues affecting yield and reliability of the packaging and electronics are discussed.

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