Hi, I’ve got an odd one for you all today, but this is SDMB so I’m not too worried.
Spinal Cord Stimulators ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_cord_stimulator ) are medical devices implanted in the bodies of patients, which administer light electrical pulses to the spinal cord to treat back pain.
Some of them have internal batteries to power this, while others have a radio antenna to allow external power. These are the interesting ones, because an antenna can’t magically discern whether the source of some power is the intended or unintended transmitter, though I suppose they can be directional.
Does anyone know what frequency these operate on? The Murder Mystery writer in me is running wild with ideas of some kind of terrorist broadcasting a powerful signal at the right frequency, frying the spinal cords of thousands of geriatric Americans.
Does anyone know of any cases of radio noise (e.g. a malfunctioning microwave) or other errant or malicious radio signals interfering with these or other similar devices? I’d take pacemaker stories but I’m more interested in the weirder implantables to be honest.
Obviously, if the people who designed these systems are smart, they chose a frequency in one of the attenuation bands of the atmosphere to limit the possibility of such a thing, but still!