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Increased security at U.S. airports has increased the probability of orthopaedic implants being detected by metal detectors. A study published in the April 2007 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) examined 129 volunteers with a total of 149 implants to determine which devices are most likely to trigger detectors.

The major findings of the study were:

The abstract of the study can be viewed at:

http://www.ejbjs.org/cgi/content/abstract/89/4/742