Bluetooth-controlled, bioresorbable pacemaker clears safety hurdle

The technology for transient electronic devices is likely to be widely adopted in medicine, bioengineers say

A temporary cardiac pacemaker that is completely wireless and dissolves in the body has been shown to be safe in animal studies, researchers say.

In a proof-of-concept study, the team has demonstrated the feasibility and safety of a biodegradable electronic device that can temporarily monitor the heart and permit minimally invasive cardiac control after cardiac surgery.

"This paper is a result of about a decade of work of our laboratories,” co-developer Dr Igor Efimov, of Northwestern University in Illinois, US wrote in