Reliable listen-before-talk mechanism for medical implant communication systems

Kulaç S., Arslan H.

18th IEEE International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services, Healthcom 2016, Munich, Germany, 14 - 17 September 2016 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/healthcom.2016.7749531
  • City: Munich
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: Adaptive Frequency Agility, IMD Programmer, Listen Before Talk, MetAids Band, MICS Band, Wireless IMD Communications
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Health care applications of wireless communication have been finding places dramatically. One of these applications is communication of implantable medical devices (IMD)s. It is expected that the number of IMDs will increase greatly in the near future. As a result, significant congestion will be experienced in medical implant communication service (MICS) band, leading to interference problems. In this study, we propose reliable listen-before-talk (LBT) mechanism at low signal-to-noise ratios (SNR)s for medical implant communication systems in order to mitigate the interference effects. In our method, we have just brought out power difference between mean peak and mean lowest power spectral values and it provides reliable and simple monitoring of MICS channels' occupation fastly. Our proposed method has superior performance when threshold power level is considered according to the federal communication commission (FCC) Part 95 regulatory standard.