Evaluation and applications of radiotelemetry in small laboratory animals

Physiol Genomics. 2003 May 13;13(3):197-205. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00164.2002. Epub 2003 May 13.


Radiotelemetry is the "state of the art" for monitoring physiological functions in awake and freely moving laboratory animals, while minimizing stress artifacts. For researchers, especially those in the fields of pharmacology and toxicology, the technique provides a valuable tool for defining the physiological and pathophysiological consequences derived from advances molecular, cellular, and tissue biology and in predicting the effectiveness and safety of new compounds in humans. There is ample evidence that radiotelemetry systems for measuring physiological functions has been sufficiently validated. Today, the technology is an important tool for collection of a growing number of physiological parameters, for contributing to animal welfare (reduction and refinement alternatives), and for reducing overall animal research costs.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Animal Welfare
  • Animals
  • Animals, Laboratory / physiology*
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Electrocardiography / instrumentation
  • Electrocardiography / methods
  • Electrodes, Implanted
  • Heart Rate / physiology
  • Humans
  • Telemetry / instrumentation
  • Telemetry / methods*
  • Telemetry / standards*