Airport Body Scanners May Harm Diabetic Devices
The X-ray body scanners used at the airports for passenger screening may affect the usage of insulin pumps or continuous glucose monitoring devices (CGMs) used by the diabetic patients.
Medical News Today reports that an editorial titled “Navigating Airport Security with an Insulin Pump and/or Sensor” and published in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics focuses on the potential risks of scanners to these devices as well as the problem posed to them by the lower pressure conditions on airplanes.
When the insulin pump or glucose monitoring device is exposed to the X-ray body scanners, the motor of these diabetic devices may face electromagnetic malfunctioning.
Patients are advised to carry a letter from their physician certifying that they use insulin pumps and should be exempted from going through body scans at the airports, reports Medical News Today.