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Across the Atlantic ocean, Abbott has received European CE Mark (Conformite Europeene) approval for the FreeStyle Navigator® Continuous Glucose Monitoring System for people with diabetes.
The Navigator uses a sensor that's worn for five days just under the skin, where it senses glucose in the interstitial fluid. The sensor is attached to a sensor mount, which adheres to the skin like a patch. The transmitter snaps into the sensor mount on the skin's surface, and it transmits information from the sensor wirelessly to the receiver.
The receiver, about the size of a pager, receives the information from the transmitter every minute. Using that data, it's able to display glucose values, directional glucose trend arrows, and rate of change. It also has high and low glucose alarms, and it stores data for later analysis by the user or by a healthcare provider. Furthermore, it's got a built-in FreeStyle meter that's used to calibrate the system.
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