Original article

Scand J Work Environ Health 1991;17(1):1-6    pdf

doi:10.5271/sjweh.1740 | Issue date: Feb 1991

Implanted medical devices in workers exposed to radio-frequency radiation.

by Hocking B, Joyner KH, Fleming AH

This paper discusses the management of radio-frequency radiation workers who have implanted medical devices which may be adversely affected by such radiation fields. The implants include orthopedic devices, cardiac pacemakers, and cochlear implants, but exclude dental work. The effect of radio-frequency radiation on the devices may be to increase heat load and/or produce signal interference. The mechanics of interaction are outlined and protocols for managing cases are described. The implications for safety standards are discussed.