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twenty-nine volunteers, with a total of 149 metal
implants, walked through the detector when it was set at normal
sensitivity and high-alert sensitivity.
Every total hip
replacement, and 90 percent of total knee
replacements, were detected at the normal setting.
But only 14 percent
of the plates were detected, and none of the
screws, wires or nails. Shoulder and wrist replacements also made it
cobalt-chromium implants were more likely to be detected
than stainless steel implants.
Metallic Orthopaedic Implants and Airport Metal Detectors;
The Journal of Arthroplasty
2002; Volume 17, number 1, pages 62-65; Kamineni
Since 9/11/01 the focus on Airport Security has significantly increased.
It has made travel for everyone more complicated and difficult.
authors concluded that Patients with metallic implants should prepare routinely
with documentation of their implant before traveling through security ports. In
addition, physicians should expect to hear frequent questions about such
security detection of metallic implants from their patients and be prepared to
educate their patients about these issues.
Artical # 2
NEWS USA TODAY 11/26/02 Business & Travel reports:
Bring verification of medical implant or other
device if it's likely to set off the alarm. Though not a Federal requirement, it
can help speed the process, the Transportation Security Administration says.
Artical # 3
Infections: Notify your Dentist, Physician
localize at the site of the artificial implant and can cause major
complications. Therefore, if at any time you should contract an
infection anywhere in your body, especially those that cause high fever,
your should have it treated immediately by your physician. The need
for special precaution during routine dental check-ups is controversial.
If your gums tend to bleed during the cleaning process, prior top having
dental work for tooth and gum infections and
before undergoing surgical processes,
antibiotics are recommended. Typically, 3 grams of Amoxicillin are
advised one hour before and 1.5 grams six hours following any dental root
canal or major dental procedure. Erythromycin stearate is
recommended if you are allergic to Amoxicillin or Penicillin (1 gram 1.5-2
hours before and 500 mg 6 hours later). You should notify your
physician or surgeon for other surgical procedures or infections so they
can prescribe the appropriate medication. Antibiotic coverage is
individualized according to the possible bacterial infection.