RFID-Enabled Implants Give Physicians and Patients Improved Visibility

By Doug

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A manufacturer of medical breast and body-shaping implants has begun selling some of its breast implants with a radio frequency identification tag built in, with the goal of providing information about the implant to a patient long after the device has been inserted into her body. The implants, containing passive low-frequency (LF) RFID tags, enable a physician to identify the model, the size and other details about that implant. A doctor who needs to remove one could ascertain, prior to beginning the surgical procedure, the type of implant used and, therefore, how best to remove it. Learn how the technology can also extend to all types of implantable and reusable medical devices.