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Albrecht cites MRI
incompatibility is perhaps the most serious issue. An MRI machine uses
powerful magnetic fields coupled with pulsed radio frequency (RF) fields.
According to the FDA's
Primer on Medical Device Interactions with Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Systems, "electrical currents may be induced in conductive metal implants"
that can cause "potentially severe patient burns."
a VeriChip implant need to know that the FDA has raised MRI incompatibity
as a potential risk," she said. "If it's a choice between a potentially
life-saving diagnostic procedure or a VeriChip implant, I believe most
patients would choose the MRI."
In addition to outlining a number of health risks, the FDA letter also cites the risk of "compromised information security" among its concerns. The VeriChip ID implant, about the size of a grain of rice, uses radio waves to transmit medical and financial account information to reader devices. There is a risk that these transmissions could be intercepted and duplicated by others or that the devices could be used to track an individual's movements and location.
"Once you're chipped, you can be identified by doorway portal readers without your knowledge," says Albrecht, referring to a VeriChip reader sold by value added resellers such as FindMe, LLC (http://www.findmellc.com/verichip_portal.asp). "That tracking potential, coupled with VeriChip's potential health risks make the VeriChip a very poor choice for medical patients seeking safety and security."
Albrecht said her group will be contacting the FDA to get more specifics about the dangers outlined in its letter. She also plans to contact the Digital Angel Corporation, manufacturer of the VeriChip; VeriChip, the technology licensee; and VeriChip's parent company, Applied Digital.
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