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The World in Medicine
August 17, 2005

False Alarms at Airports

JAMA. 2005;294(7):787. doi:10.1001/jama.294.7.787-d

Patients who undergo a scan that involves radioisotopes should be cautioned that they could trigger radiation security alarms in airports for up to a month after the procedure (Iqbal et al. Lancet. 2005;366:342).

Physicians from Royal Brompton Hospital in London described a case in which a 55-year-old commercial pilot was detained by airport security officers after setting off radiation detection alarms. The patient had undergone a diagnostic thallium scan 2 days earlier.

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