Wearable electrical stimulation to improve lymphatic function

Wei, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-6195-8595, Yang, K., Browne, M., Bostan, L. and Worsley, P., 2019. Wearable electrical stimulation to improve lymphatic function. IEEE Sensors Letters. ISSN 2475-1472

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Abstract

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. It plays a vital role in transport mechanisms and overall functioning of tissues. Lymphoedema is a long-term condition caused by impaired lymphatic drainage. It can lead to skin damage, recurring infections and reduced body functions. This work has developed and tested a fabric based wearable electrical stimulation device for lymphoedema management. The electrodes and conductive interconnections were directly printed onto an everyday clothing fabric using screen-printing technique. The wearable device is lightweight, highly flexible, breathable, conformable, and can be cleaned to enable reuse. Lymphatic imaging was used to identify changes in lymph behaviour resulting from use of the e-textile device. Preliminary results confirm increase in lymphatic function through use of the wearable device.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: IEEE Sensors Letters
Creators: Wei, Y., Yang, K., Browne, M., Bostan, L. and Worsley, P.
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Date: 19 January 2019
ISSN: 2475-1472
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1109/lsens.2019.2893478DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Jan 2019 16:25
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 16:27
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/35679

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