WIRELESS DEVICE SUPPORTING INDUCTIVE AND RADIO FREQUENCY COMMUNICATION WITH AN IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-29
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This paper describes a wireless device supporting dual-mode interfacing to implantable medical devices. Patients that are IMD recipients can be provided with a single device, whether the IMD uses inductive, radio frequency, or dual-mode communications. The single device approach could potentially cover an entire IMD product line and could also allow streamlined customer support and maintenance for just a single device, rather than for separate devices for inductive- and radio frequency-based IMDs. In addition, in a further embodiment, enhanced dual-mode wireless devices could further include programming functionality for IMDs for use by clinicians, which could preferably be provided through the inductive interface.