Date of Award

2-2011

Degree Name

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Department

Biomedical and General Engineering

Advisor

Robert Crockett

Abstract

The development of neural stimulations devices may help treat many patients who suffer from migraines and chronic headaches via an electrical stimulation to the patient’s nerve. The electrical stimulation will mask the pain associated with these diseases. The system is subcutaneously implanted into the back of the neck and recharged via inductive coupling. Discussed is the transmission of signals in nerve fibers and the testing involved with neural stimulation implantable devices. Research was performed for preliminary testing on the charging rates, tests to analyze the heat dissipated during recharging, ergonomic factors to be considered, developing a model to simulate an in vivo environment.