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Many trauma patients require implantable hardware for treatment of their spinal and bone injuries. One of the concerns patients frequently raise is whether this may cause a problem at TSA airport screening checkpoints (Transportation Safety Administration).

The answer in the past was probably “yes” because screening used more metal detection and less RF scanners.  If you travel into a country like Mexico regularly as I do, metal detection is still the defacto screen because it is cheaper than the new RF scanners used in the USA and EU.

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