• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Body Implants, Medical

Body implants can be classified as a subset of medical devices. Specifically, an implant is a human-made medical device that functions inside the human body. In modern medicine, body implants serve at least one of the following three purposes: diagnosis, prosthesis, and therapy. In diagnosis, an implant monitors a physiological variable (e.g., blood glucose) and transmits the acquired signal to the outside of the human body. In prosthesis, an implant replaces a lost organ (e.g., a tooth) or a natural biological function (e.g., hearing) due to a disease or an injury. In therapy, an implant delivers a therapeutic agent such as a drug, radiation, or electric stimulation, to an appropriate tissue (e.g., neural tissue) or fluid (e.g., blood stream) within the body.

There has been a ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles