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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?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Stephen Noga
Sometimes, especially when screening is more intense, like during red alerts...it pays to tell the TSA agent ahead of time so you do not receive a lot of "extra" attention.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Neurosurgery
In brief: Yes
It should not be a problem.

In brief: Yes
It should not be a problem.
Dr. Kevin Vaught
Dr. Kevin Vaught
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
In brief: Yes
Usually not enough metal to set off detector depends a bit on how many screws , court house detectors are often set more sensitive you can get a card to carry from surgeon or show them your scar I have had zero spine patients have trouble with this although the question is universally asked.

In brief: Yes
Usually not enough metal to set off detector depends a bit on how many screws , court house detectors are often set more sensitive you can get a card to carry from surgeon or show them your scar I have had zero spine patients have trouble with this although the question is universally asked.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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