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MIT Technology Review

Where’s the Scalpel?

October 27, 2010

Courtesy of Haldor Advanced Technologies

Surgeons sometimes leave instruments or sponges inside their patients, typically necessitating a second surgery to retrieve these inadvertent souvenirs. A new system uses portable antennas located around the operating table that read button-size RFID tags attached to the items used in surgery. This automates the tracking process, so that physicians preparing to sew a patient up can be sure nothing’s been left behind.

Product: ORLocate

Cost: $99,500 per operating room

Availability: Now

Source: www.orlocate.com

Company: Haldor Advanced Technologies