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New nanowire wearable sensor clears path to long-term monitoring

Researchers from have developed a new, wearable sensor that uses silver nanowires to monitor signals, such as electrocardiography (EKG) or electromyography (EMG). The new sensor is as accurate as the “wet electrode” sensors used in hospitals, but can be used for long-term monitoring and is more accurate than existing sensors when a patient is moving.

Long-term EKG, EMG Monitoring
A new electrophysiological sensor developed at North Carolina State University is as accurate as the ‘wet electrode’ sensors used in hospitals for EKGs and EMGs, but can be used for long-term monitoring and is more accurate than existing sensors when a patient is moving.
Credit:Yong Zhu


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An uncorrected proof of the paper, “Wearable silver nanowire dry electrodes for electrophysiological sensing,” was published online Jan. 14 in RSC Advances, immediately after acceptance. Lead author of the paper is Amanda Myers, a Ph.D. student at NC State. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Helen Huang, an associate professor in the joint biomedical engineering program at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. DOI: 10.1039/C4RA15101A

The work was supported by the National Science Foundation through the ASSIST Engineering Research Center at NC State, under grant number EEC-1160483.

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