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Richard N. Fogoros, M.D.

Are Airport Security Full Body Scanners Safe With Pacemakers and ICDs?

By November 23, 2012

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The new full body scanners have been in use in many airports for a few years now, so you would think that somebody, somewhere must have figured out by now whether it's OK for people who have pacemakers or implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to go through them.

And while it in fact appears that it is probably quite safe to do so, just try finding any written advice to that effect, either by the medical device manufacturers or by the government.

Read what is known about the safety of going through a full body scanner with a pacemaker or ICD - and why nobody (except your humble Guide) is willing to put it in writing.

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