And now there is something new for air travelers to consider as they attempt to get through the security checkpoints.
Have you had any of the following medical diagnostic tests / procedures:
- isotope procedure for diagnosis or treatment of thyroid disease
- certain kinds of lung, heart, or bone scans?
- had radioactive seeds implanted to treat prostate or other cancer?
According to Dr. Theodore Rosenfeld in the Los Angeles Time Parade magazine, there are several radioactive isotopes that can set off the detectors at airports and federal buildings. The residuals from these isotopes may have an effect on the detectors for up to 95 days after the procedure.
The solution? If you have a procedure a few days before a flight, ask your doctor if any radioactive material was used. If so, get a letter from the doctor documenting the date and nature of the test and show it to security personnel at the airport or federal building. This may save a lot of time and trips through the security queue.