Real-time bone health monitoring using Osseosurface electronics


Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed real-time bone health monitoring sensors that could communicate with doctors wirelessly.

This is a microscopic sensor that can be embedded in human bones.

From the beginning of technological evolution, researchers have been working on several bio-electronic interfaces that can help humans in different conditions.

Devices like Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) and pacemakers are helping differently-abled persons for over a decade.

And now, a sensor named Osseosurface electronics can determine the bone health of a patient.

It was too difficult for orthopedic surgeons to track down how fast a bone fracture heal and how the healing process takes place in individuals. 

Doctor examining Bone


But after the arrival of this microscopic sensor, doctors can easily determine the real-time bone health of a patient using their smartphone or computer.

Osseosurface electronics will provide every possible data of a patient’s real-time bone health directly to the smartphone.


This sensor is too nano-sized, which means it is as thin as a piece of paper and doesn’t need a battery to operate.

That’s right we’re talking about Near Field Communication (NFC).

There’re several NFC-enabled smartphones available that can transmit data and power to the near NFC-enabled chip and vice versa.

Osseosurface electronics is a silicon-based semiconductor device packed with several sub-sensors that can determine different conditions of bone health. 

After the collection of bone health data, the sensor is ready to transmit the collected data to an NFC-enabled device.


When a smartphone (NFC enabled) is paired with the sensor inside the human body, the sensor will send those data to the doctor’s smartphone wirelessly. Thus, the doctor can determine and track down a patient’s bone health and healing progress easily.

The device has been completed a trial experimental job successfully on animals. Now it’s our turn. 

But before that, several studies need to be conducted on this device.

“Being able to monitor the health of the musculoskeletal system is super important, With this interface, you basically have a computer on the bone. This technology platform allows us to create investigative tools for scientists to discover how the musculoskeletal system works and to use the information gathered to benefit recovery and therapy.” 

says Philipp Gutruf, co-senior author of the study.

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