The objective of this study was to investigate if people with implantable medical devices are protected by the current electromagnetic safety guidelines. This study, based on generic implants, showed that a 1°C temperature increase in the tissues around the tips of the implant can be reached for field strengths much smaller than 1% of those in the basic restrictions. The impact of perfusion was investigated and was found to result in a reduction in the peak local temperature increase by only 1.6–3 times. Additional simulations inside an inhomogeneous anatomical model confirmed that the heating was similar to that observed in the generic model.
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