In vitro study of the electromagnetic interaction between wireless phones and an implantable neural stimulator.

Bioelectromagnetics

PubMedID: 15197759

Grant H, Heirman D, Kuriger G, Ravindran MM. In vitro study of the electromagnetic interaction between wireless phones and an implantable neural stimulator. Bioelectromagnetics. 2004;25(5):356-61.
Several clinical and laboratory studies have demonstrated electromagnetic interaction between implantable medical devices like pacemakers and cell phones being operated in close proximity. Those devices are largely now immune to phone interaction or procedures have been established to limit their interaction. The use of cell phones near people with implanted neural stimulators has not been studied. This research was initiated to investigate electromagnetic interaction between current cell phone technology and specific models of Cyberonics neural stimulators. Out of 1080 test runs conducted for this study, no interactions were observed, and it was concluded that the phone technologies examined in this study did not adversely affect the Cyberonics NeuroStar (Model 102) NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis (NCP) System. This article provides details on the experimental procedure that was used, which can also be used to test other neural stimulators and test technologies, and the results obtained.