Wireless Tags Quickly Provide Details About Orthopedic Implants
Written by University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA
A non-invasive system employing radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is designed to give physicians easy access to information about implants and patients.
Radio-frequency technology that uses human tissue instead of air as a conduit for radio waves is the basis of the first electronic “tag” system designed to track and monitor orthopedic implants. A 2009 RAND Corporation (Europe) technical report found that RFID technology offers several advantages to medical care in such areas as wireless data transfer and patient/object identification, and as a sensor.