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Title: Digital electronic bone growth stimulator

A device is described for stimulating bone tissue by applying a low level alternating current signal directly to the patient`s skin. A crystal oscillator, a binary divider chain and digital logic gates are used to generate the desired waveforms that reproduce the natural electrical characteristics found in bone tissue needed for stimulating bone growth and treating osteoporosis. The device, powered by a battery, contains a switch allowing selection of the correct waveform for bone growth stimulation or osteoporosis treatment so that, when attached to the skin of the patient using standard skin contact electrodes, the correct signal is communicated to the underlying bone structures. 5 figs.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
46302
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; SCA: 551000; PA: EDB-95:079237; SN: 95001384507
Patent Number(s):
US 5,413,596/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-158,290
Contract Number:
AC09-89SR18035
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 9 May 1995
Research Org:
Westinghouse Savannah River Co
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
55 BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, BASIC STUDIES; BONE TISSUES; ANIMAL GROWTH; STIMULATION; ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT; DESIGN

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