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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Airport Metal Detector (Overview)

Airport metal detectors do not use Xrays or other radiation, so they do not pose a hazard to your baby.


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Can silicone show up on an airport metal detector?

Can silicone show up on an airport metal detector?

SafeForBreastImplant: If you mean a metal-detecting wand,no.If you mean the "x-ray"machine that looks at your bags,etc on a conveyor belt,probably,if ti's thick enough.If you mean the machine you walk through that rings if you left your belt on,no.But: bear in mind that stuff can be added to silicone that makes it easier to find on x-ray and could set off an alarm if enough of a metal(say,metal powder) were added to it ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
4 doctors shared insights

Airport Metal Detector (Overview)

Airport metal detectors do not use Xrays or other radiation, so they do not pose a hazard to your baby.


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Does steel plate in arm show up on an airport metal detector?

Does steel plate in arm show up on an airport metal detector?

Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the metal plate or orthopedic device is, although it is getting better. ...Read more

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Are metal partials found by airport metal detectors?

Are metal partials found by airport metal detectors?

Not usually: By and large, partial dentures with metal frameworks fabricated in the us rarely cause issues with airport security. Once in a while, however, a patient with such partials may be asked to step aside for screening with a metal-detecting wand. ...Read more

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Can braces be detected in for example in airport metal detectors?

Can braces be detected in for example in airport metal detectors?

Probably.: Even if they are detected, they probably can be accounted for if the people in charge are told in advance. ...Read more

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Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Does pacemaker cause any problems with airport metal detectors?

Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the pacemaker is, although it is getting better. ...Read more

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Will my piercings set off the airport metal detectors.?

Will my piercings set off the airport metal detectors.?

Possibly: Like any metal (buttons, zippers, necklaces) if there is enough mass to register on the machine, it is possible that your piercings will activate the alarm. Rather than deal with the delay and the potential embarrassment, consider removing them before the tsa experience. ...Read more

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If someone has a total hip replacement or other hip surgery that uses some metal, how does this work when going through metal detector @ airport?

If someone has a total hip replacement or other hip surgery that uses some metal, how does this work when going through metal detector @ airport?

Need addit screening: Joint repair hardware will likely set off the alarm. TSA doesn't care about the card that says you have hardware. You should let them know going in that you have a joint replacement and they will figure out how to screen you, depending on airport. http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipkneereplacement/f/metaldetectors.htm http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/metal-implants ...Read more