Airport metal detectors and orthopedic implants. The responses of arch and hand-held devices

Acta Orthop Scand. 1993 Dec;64(6):643-4. doi: 10.3109/17453679308994588.

Abstract

8 subjects with a variety of orthopedic implants were examined by the security staff at an international airport using arch and hand-held metal detectors. None of the subjects caused activation of the alarm on the arch, although the presence of metal was registered in 2 at a level below the alarm threshold. The hand-held detectors alarmed over the larger superficial implants. A substantial tissue screening effect was noted.

MeSH terms

  • Alloys
  • Aviation
  • Chromium Alloys
  • Humans
  • Metals*
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Security Measures*
  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Travel

Substances

  • Alloys
  • Chromium Alloys
  • Metals
  • Stainless Steel
  • titanium alloy (TiAl6V4)
  • Titanium