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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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