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Orthopaedic Devices Triggering Airport Metal Detectors

A study published this Spring examined 129 volunteers with a total of 149 implants to determine which devices are most likely to trigger detectors in airports.

Among the findings:

  1. More than half of all orthopaedic devices may trigger metal detectors.
  2. All total hip replacements were detected.
  3. 90% of total knee replacements were detected.
  4. Upper extremity prosthesis such as total shoulder replacements, total wrist replacements and radial head replacements were not detected.