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PATIENTS’ WITH TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENTS, SHOULD EXPECT TO ACTIVATE AIRPORT SECURITY SYSTEMS

 
     
 

Researchers’ advise doctors to alert patients to reduce their anxiety and avoid travel delays.

 
     
 

Portland, OR - - August 7 th, 2008 - - A recent article in Orthopaedics Today Europe (July, 2008: 11:17), by Susan M. Rapp - - reported that British researchers found that patients with total knee replacements are likely to set off the walk-through airport security scanners and hand-held scanners because of the metal in their implants.

 
     
  The researchers from the University of Cambridge suggest educating patients that their implant has the potential to activate security systems, will help to reduce their anxiety before they travel. Patients should carry a card to show airport security personnel stating they have a metal prosthesis, so that they can make arrangements to arrive early and expect to be check individually with a hand-held scanner  
     
  The study found that 90% of patients experience their implants setting off walk-through airport detectors. If the person had both knee joints replaced “this number went to 100%,” Ian McNamara, the leading researcher, said. McNamara also noted; “Interestingly, of those patients who had unicompartmental knee replacements, either one side or both side, none … actually activate the metal detectors.”  
     
 

If you’ve had a joint replaced by an Orthopedic & Fracture Clinic surgeon, cards with your name on it are available, and state that you have had a total joint replacement and/or a permanent metal implant. Ask your doctor for this card at your next visit or before you travel next.

 
     
 

Full article:

 
 

Most patients should expect TKR implants to activate airport security systems

 
 

By Susan M. Rapp