About FDA

Laboratory of Electromagnetic and Wireless Technology

Laboratory leader: Howard Bassen 301.796.2472 howard.bassen@fda.hhs.gov

Overview: This program centers on issues related to the interference and compatibility of medical devices that are exposed to electromagnetic (EM) fields. The program also focuses on the application and, measurement of electromagnetic fields, and the characterization of EM-induced tissue heating.  The Electromagnetic and Wireless Laboratory applies this research to the pre- and post-market characterization of a wide range of medical devices and non-medical equipment, including implantable cardiac pacemakers, implantable neurostimulators, insulin pumps, body worn devices, motorized scooters, RFID implantable systems, MRI, hearing aids, hand-held radars, respirators, implantable cardiac defibrillators, infusion pumps, blood-glucose monitors, surgical control systems with wireless control, powered wheelchairs and scooters, RFID readers and tags, cell phones, portable and mobile radios, ventilators, and walk-through metal detectors. The published research and practical testing conducted in this laboratory forms a scientific basis for regulatory decision making, safety standard development, and appropriate guidance documents.

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