How Can I Find and Remove an Embedded RFID Transponder?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Can I Find and Remove an Embedded RFID Transponder?
RFID Journal Staff asked 10 years ago

If someone had a chip implanted in his body, how would he know, what steps could he take to remove it and what risks would be involved?

—Name withheld


One way to pinpoint an embedded RFID transponder would be to have a whole-body X-ray scan performed. That might not be easy to arrange, so what you could do is simply look for a scar. The needle used to inject a transponder is large and would leave a mark—usually reddish skin in the shape of a small oval. If you notice such a mark, press hard around that area. You would be able to feel the glass-enclosed transponder beneath the skin, as it would not be embedded very deeply. To remove the chip, you would need to see a doctor. The risk of trying to cut it out yourself is that you could get a very serious infection. A doctor can remove the device during an office visit. Good luck.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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