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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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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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Can 3 screws in my metacarpal set off metal detectors in airports?

Can 3 screws in my metacarpal set off metal detectors in airports?

Possibly: I would not think that 3 small screws in a metacarpal bone would set off metal detectors but they could with the advances in scanning technology at airports. If you have any documentation relating to the surgery you received that could be helpful. If not I am sure they would just use a wand scanner to focus on areas of concern and only your hand should trigger a positive response. ...Read more

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Will stainless plate in arm set off alarms at airport? Told to carry note by surgeon

Will stainless plate in arm set off alarms at airport? Told to carry note by surgeon

Airport alarms: There is no need to carry a card or letter when you travel. If the security monitor is made more sensitive, hardware or total joint implants can set off the alarm. In this scenario, you will be pulled aside and either scanned by hand by tsa, or some other form of exam. There is nothing you can provide the tsa agent that would prevent the additional exam. Good luck! ...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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Can "x rays films" go through airport scanners?

Yes: There is no problem as long as the film has been used to take x-rays. Unexposed film can't be scanned. ...Read more

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How come vp shunts don't set off the metal detectors at airports? Will titanium plates/screws set them off? Does it depend on the size of the metal?

How come vp shunts don't set off the metal detectors at airports? Will titanium plates/screws set them off? Does it depend on the size of the metal?

Not iron: Vp shunts, although visible on x-ray, are not metallic and will not set off a magnetometer at the airport. Similarly, titanium is not ferromagnetic and does not set off these metal detectors as strongly as iron does. Some titanium implants are iron alloys and react more strongly in the detectors. And yes, the size of any implant makes a big difference in how much it sets off the detector. ...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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Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?

Does anyone know if a metal plate with 6 screws in ankle will set off the detectors in the airport?

Non Magnetic: They probably will not set off the metal detector as they are non-magnetic. And I have had no patient mention to me that their fracture hardware set off the detector. ...Read more

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Can 2 screws in my foot set off a metal detector?

Can 2 screws in my foot set off a metal detector?

No, because: Titanium is a special metal that will not set off the airport detectors. ...Read more

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How long after surgery to fix a fractured wrist plate and screw fixation can you drive a manual car?

How long after surgery to fix a fractured wrist plate and screw fixation can you drive a manual car?

Healing: Of a wrist fracture take somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks. Your doctor needs to evaluate your healing through x-rays and the films/images will show when your fracture is healed and ready for any activity. ...Read more

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Broken fibula, plate and screws were put in place currently in fiber glass splint. 2 weeks post surgery getting a boot, when will I be able to walk?

Broken fibula, plate and screws were put in place currently in fiber glass splint. 2 weeks post surgery getting a boot, when will I be able to walk?

4-6 weeks: It varies somewhat based upon the nature of the fracture, but we will usually let our patients begin walking while wearing a boot by about 4-6 weeks postoperatively. I would discuss your specific case with your surgeon. ...Read more