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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. Chad Levitt
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Airport Metal Detector (Definition)

Airport metal detectors do not use Xrays or other radiation, so they do not pose a ...Read more


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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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Could braces make the metal detector go off at the airport ?

Could braces make the metal detector go off at the airport ?

No: Metal detector is a magnetometer. Braces are non-magnetic stainless steel. They also will not rust, will not attract lightning, and will not make you nose-heavy when you go swimming. ...Read more

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I have metal screws in my back from a spine fusion. Will I be able to go through a metal detector at the airport?

I have metal screws in my back from a spine fusion. Will I be able to go through a metal detector at the airport?

Alarm may go off: Surgical plates and screws may be detected by airport passenger scanners, so one should carry a doctor's explanation when traveling, in case an alarm is triggered. ...Read more

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I have a pacemaker and accidently walked through the metal detector at the airport. Could my pacemaker unit be damaged?

I have a pacemaker and accidently walked through the metal detector at the airport. Could my pacemaker unit be damaged?

No. : The metal detector does not affect the functioning of a pacemaker. The only thing that will affect it is a strong magnet, which the metal detectors In the airports don't have. You'll be OK no need to panic. ...Read more

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I just had screws placed in my ankles after surgery. Will it set off the metal detector at the airport?

I just had screws placed in my ankles after surgery. Will it set off the metal detector at the airport?

Unlikely...: That you will set off the metal detectors. My group did the largest study on this and found that no implants set off the gate type detectors, but depending on the size of the hardware they could be detected in some cases by wand-type detectors. The reference is: bluman et al(2006): detectability of commonly used foot and ankle implants by security screening devices. Foot ankle int 26:1096-1102. ...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

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Today my wife cried alot and she also took lots of tension..will it cause harm to baby as she is 21 week pregnant?

Today my wife  cried alot and she also took lots  of  tension..will it cause  harm to baby as she is 21 week pregnant?

No, not if she: continues to get adequate fluids, nutrition and rest, and avoids alcohol and other drugs which are sometimes used inappropriately to relieve tension. Depression is not uncommon, so that if her symptoms continue, please speak to her OB about this, as an Rx may be indicated. ...Read more

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Can accidentally electrically shocking onself during 2nd trimester of pregnancy ever cause harm to baby or a miscarriage?

Can accidentally electrically shocking onself during 2nd trimester of pregnancy ever cause harm to baby or a miscarriage?

Not if minor: Youre asking a theoretical question. Fetal well being can be checked by ultrasound / biophysical profile if you are worried that a recent exposure to electricity caused any harm. ...Read more