Mobile radiation can interfere with implants such as Pacemakers. Photo: Rainer Sturm

Mobile radiation can interfere with implants such as Pacemakers. Photo: Rainer Sturm

In a recently published report by the Academy, people with implants are in a high-risk group to electromagnetic fields. The parties concerned must inform the employer of the implant, so that appropriate safety measures can be taken. This is because even magnetic name tags in the vicinity of implants, as well as audio/video multimedia devices, can for example affect a pacemaker. If active implants are placed in close proximity to electric or transmitting devices such as power drills, D-network phones, etc., they can be disturbed. This was firmly presented by the Bavarian State Office for Occupational Safety, Occupational Medicine and Safety Technology in its study entitled “Electromagnetic fields in the workplace”. According to the so-called Irnich study (12) a failure of pacemakers with unipolar and bipolar electrodes is possible by D-net phones up to a distance of about 20cm, but apparently only during DTX mode (connection setup, pauses) not in normal conversation.

Wires act as antennas

Hearing aids, insulin pumps, prosthetic hands or pacemakers all count as implants. If an implant serves to stimulate muscles or nerves, the signals have to be sent through wires to the desired location by the implanted control unit. These wires act as antennas and therefore generate induction currents, says Dr. Dipl.-Ing. Michael S. Lampadius, sworn expert for cardiac pacemakers, in his presentation at the symposium “Valleyer Information Days” (published on These currents can be so big, that it can undesirably cause muscle or nerve irritation. People who have implanted muscle stimulators that pass through electronic antitheft systems can display involuntary spasms, which can lead to injuries to them and others. Strong electric field can lead to scarring of the brain in patients with brain stimulators, which are used to control shaking palsy.

Metal in teeth

Metal implants that serve as teeth replacements may also enter into dangerous interactions with electromagnetic fields from outside the body, warns Dr. med. Dent. Manfred Kübler of the Center for Holistic Dentistry in Waldshut (D). This applies, for example, to mobile phone use. Metals in the oral cavity may act as an amplifier and trigger body interactions by forwarding the current though the nerves in the teeth. In contrast, ceramic would be the material of choice without electromagnetic properties. Implants made from ceramic are also particularly suitable due to its high biocompatibility and durability.

Our Future

Implants are not an unknown in medicine. But the future of medicine is very diverse as Yahoo News reports. For example, implantable chips that replace the birth-control pill, cyber pills that report to the doctor if a patient’s medication is not regularly taken, Tattoos that measure the processes in our body, or Bio-batteries that initially supply implants with energy and then simply melt.


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