Microdevices in medicine

Dennis L. Polla, Arthur G. Erdman, William P. Robbins, David T. Markus, Jorge Diaz-Diaz, Raed Rizq, Yunwoo Nam, Hui Tao Brickner, Amy Wang, Peter Krulevitch

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The application of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to medicine is described. Three types of biomedical devices are considered, including diagnostic microsystems, surgical microsystems, and therapeutic microsystems. The opportunities of MEMS miniaturization in these emerging disciplines are considered, with emphasis placed on the importance of the technology in providing a better outcome for the patient and a lower overall health care cost. Several case examples in each of these areas are described. Key aspects of MEMS technology as it is applied to these three areas are described, along with some of the fabrication challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-576
Number of pages26
JournalAnnual Review of Biomedical Engineering
Issue number2000
StatePublished - 2000


  • BioMEMS
  • Biosensors
  • Diagnostic microsystems
  • MEMS
  • Mass spectrometer
  • Microelectromechanical systems
  • Microfabrication
  • Microsystems
  • Piezoelectricity
  • Stepper motor
  • Surgical microsystems
  • Therapeutic microsystems


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