Contact Medical Device Test Center

For more information about these
technologies and services, please contact:


Ralph Herkert,

Center Director 

ralph.herkert@gtri.gatech.edu

Phone: 404-407-7337

Fax: 404-407-6258

 

Medical Device Test Center
Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory
Georgia Tech Research Institute
925 Dalney St.
Atlanta, GA 30332-0810

Available for Purchase


 

 

RFID Technology and Applications
edited by Stephen B. Miles, Sanjay E. Sarma, John R. Williams

Featuring the chapter authored by EOSL researchers: Gisele Bennett and Ralph Herkert, “Deployment Considerations for Active RFID Systems.”

 

Using specific industry examples the challenges, trends and key business questions in RFID development and implementation are addressed using insights from world-leading laboratories. For researchers, practitioners and managers in electrical engineering.

 

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RFID Technology and Applications
edited by Stephen B. Miles, Sanjay E. Sarma, John R. Williams

Featuring the chapter authored by EOSL researchers: Gisele Bennett and Ralph Herkert, “Deployment Considerations for Active RFID Systems.”

 

Using specific industry examples the challenges, trends and key business questions in RFID development and implementation are addressed using insights from world-leading laboratories. For researchers, practitioners and managers in electrical engineering.

 

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Medical Device Test Center

Electromagnetic emissions from security and logistical technologies surrounding us can produce potential interference with implanted and externally-worn medical devices. EOSL's Medical Device Test Center simulates real-world exposure to identify interactions and help manufacturers improve compatibility.  

 

Research Focus

 

The Test Center examines the interactions between medical devices and security and logistical systems, including electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems, tag deactivators, radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, and airport metal detectors. The interactions between multiple medical devices used by one patient (such as an implanted pacemaker and an external bone healing system) are also researched in the Test Center.    

 

Center Capabilities

  • 1278 ft2 secure laboratory

  • 2 computer-controlled positioners

  • 2 torso simulators

  • 9 EAS systems

    • magnetic

    • accousto-magnetic

    • radio frequency

  • 6 tag deactivators (includes 2 book check units)

  • 5 airport metal detectors

  • RFID systems

    • testing to temporarily installed systems

    • acquiring permanently installed systems

  • Test procedure and protocol development

  • Medical device-to-external electromagnetic environments testing

  • Inter-medical device interference testing

Methodology

 

Medical devices are tested by simulating how people typically interact with security and logistical systems. The device is mounted in or on a torso simulator containing saline solution that simulates the electrical characteristics of body tissue and fluid. The torso simulator moves along an automated track, exposing the medical device to representative technologies. Different orientations of teh device to the source emissions are used to represent the different ways people may come into contact with such fields in real-world situations.  

 

A Quality, Independant Testing Facility

 

GTRI's Medical Device Test Center has tested more than 600 devices since its inception, including:

  • pacemakers

  • defibrillators

  • implantable hearing devices

  • drug-infusion pumps

  • neurostimulators

  • cardiac monitors

  • glucose monitors

  • ventricular assist devices

  • bone-hearing systems

  • spine fusion stimulators

The Test Center has developed and published a standardized test protocol, available for download here. The testing of medical devices in the Test Center helps increase medical device compatibility with security and logistical system environments. Collaborative testing with medical device manufacturers helps improve device performance while meeting FDA requirements.   

GTRI medical Device Test Center Logo with human figure and electromagnetic waves

  


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