NIST awards $1.2M to study radio waves for medical purposes

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS) at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a three-year, $1.2 million grant toward a study of the propagation of radio waves around and through the human body. 

Lead author Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of CWINS, and colleagues will work to further a new generation of wireless networks (body area networks, or BANs) that support a variety of medical applications, said the Worcester, Mass-based CWINS.

According to CWINS, BANs are comprised of compact medical sensors that can be worn by individuals or implanted in their bodies and can monitor the functioning of implanted devices to helping perform virtual endoscopic exams.

The grant is being funded through NIST’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Measurement, Science & Engineering Grants program.