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Microchips Identify Medical Devices For Easy

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Microchips Identify Medical Devices For Easy

Microchips will offer information about devices and implants in the body…

When it comes to implanting objects in the body a substantial amount of research must be conducted to ensure the materials are safe. Unfortunately they don’t always get it right, take the recent PIP breast implant scare for example, which affected tens of thousands of European women.

Incidents like these stress the importance of maintenance on objects implanted in the body, and company called VeriChip is putting their hopes on a microchip known as a unique device identifier, or UDI, to provide important information about these implanted devices.

Veriteq is responsible for the current usage of tracking microchips in pets, and in 2004 the company was given the FDA’s approval to use these chips in humans.

In 2009 the company entered an agreement to implant its 8mm chips in Medcomp’s vascular access catheters. Scott Silverman, CEO of Veriteq, said,

“These microchips are the only microchips that are approved to live safely in the human body,”

“Back seven, eight years at this point, this product was only a unique identification device. Today it has become a diagnostic device.” [Fox News]

The chip is small enough that it can simply be injected into the skin, no invasive surgery necessary. Once the chip is implanted it can be scanned to reveal an identification number, which is logged in a database. So if there are any device recalls, the patient will know immediately if they are at risk.

Silverman told reporters how the company’s microchips are completely safe and have the potential to be put in any medial device, or cosmetic implant in the body.

Veriteq envisions microchips being the future of medicine, and is working on microchip sensors that can detect vital signs such as body temperature, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and blood oxygen levels.


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  1. Microchips the ‘future of medicine’. Fox News, 03/04/2012.
  2. Veriteq, 2012.

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