Wirelessly Heating Stents via Radiofrequency Resonance toward Enabling Endovascular Hyperthermia

Adv Healthc Mater. 2019 Nov;8(22):e1900708. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201900708. Epub 2019 Oct 18.


Thermal therapy known as hyperthermia has served as an effective method for cancer treatment. This therapeutic approach has also been attracting attention for treatment of in-stent restenosis, the most common complication of stenting. Mild heating of stents has been shown to be a possible path to addressing this problem. Despite various studies on stent-based thermotherapy, this area still lacks a clinically viable method and technology. Here, a radiofrequency-powered "hot" stent prototype is reported in vitro and in vivo. An implantable stent device based on medical-grade stainless steel acts as an electrical resonator, or an efficient wireless heater operating only when resonated using tuned external electromagnetic fields. The system architecture uses a custom-developed power transmitter for wireless resonant powering/heating of the stent. An eight-shaped antenna is shown to be highly effective for near-field power transfer to the device and potentially to other smart implants, revealing stent heating efficiencies of up to 120 °C W-1 , 206% of the level provided by a conventional loop antenna. Testing with swine models, the prototyped system achieves stent heating in blood flow by powering through air and skin tissue in vivo in a fully controlled manner. The results advance stent hyperthermia technology toward possible future clinical application.

Keywords: hyperthermia; radiofrequency antennas; resonant stent heating; restenosis; stents; wireless power transfer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperthermia, Induced / methods*
  • Stents*
  • Swine
  • Wireless Technology*