Main Newsletter
Mastery Series
Therapy Series
 
Bookmark and Share | Print Article | Items for the Week Previous | All Articles This Week | Next
This article originally posted and appeared in  Safety and Error PreventionMedical DevicesPublic HealthIssue 650

Airport Full-Body Scans Can Cause Malfunction of Insulin Pumps and CGMS Systems

A new report suggests people with diabetes who wear an insulin pump or a continuous glucose monitoring device may encounter a problem when going through a full-body scanning machine....

Advertisement

As the authors of the report note, insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring devices are at risk of electromagnetic malfunction if they are taken through imaging devices. More specifically, here is a list of diabetic medical devices and imaging equipment that may cause interference:

  • Insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitors, continuous glucose monitor transmitters, and the iPro Recorder (from Medtronic) can be affected by computer-assisted tomography (CAT), x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and airport body scanners.
  • All of these same medical devices are not affected by airport metal detectors

To be safe, therefore, anyone who has any of these devices should opt out of full-body scans and request a pat-down or to be checked with a regular metal detector. Medtronic, for example, provides patients with Airport Security Guidelines which explain that their continuous glucose monitoring devices and pumps can be taken through metal detection but that both devices must be removed if patients go through a full-body scanner.

The company also provides patients with information cards that can be shown to TSA screeners. Another pump manufacturer, Animas Corporation, recommends patients avoid exposing their pumps to x-rays and ask for a hand-wand inspection. Insulet Corp. has a pump system that uses a technology that makes it theoretically immune from electromagnetic problems.

The possibility that going through airport security could impact and damage insulin pumps brings to mind another security issue regarding insulin pumps and other implanted medical devices. Numerous experts have been investigating the possibility that hackers can remotely infiltrate insulin pumps, pacemakers, and other healthcare technology, causing them to malfunction.

So while advances in medical technology are helping improve the lives of individuals who have serious health issues, they also have the potential to makes those lives more complicated. For people who have insulin pumps or sensors, precautions should be taken when traveling to help ensure these critical medical devices don't become victims of airport security.

Cornish A, Chase H. Peter. Navigating airport security with an insulin pump and/or sensor. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics Oct 2012, doi:10.1089/dia.2012.0220 

Advertisement


 

Bookmark and Share | Print | Category | Home

This article originally posted 02 November, 2012 and appeared in  Safety and Error PreventionMedical DevicesPublic HealthIssue 650

Past five issues: Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series Issue 216 | Issue 756 | Diabetes Clinical Mastery Series Issue 215 | SGLT-2 Inhibitors Special Edition November 2014 | Issue 755 |

2014 Most Popular Articles:

New SGLT2 Inhibitor Likely To Be Approved for Type 2 Diabetes
Posted November 14, 2014
New Approach Targets Type 2's Poorly Controlled With Metformin
Posted November 14, 2014
Grapefruit Juice May Affect Insulin Resistance
Posted October 23, 2014
Very Low Carbohydrate, Low Saturated Fat Diet for Type 2 Diabetes Management
Posted November 07, 2014
Dietary Magnesium Intake's Role in Decreasing Metabolic Syndrome
Posted October 31, 2014
Exercise Promotes Preservation of Beta Cells
Posted November 14, 2014
Handbook of Diabetes, 4th Ed., Excerpt #16: Diabetic Neuropathy
Posted November 02, 2014
FDA Accepts Filing of NDA for Empagliflozin/Metformin Fixed-dose Combination
Posted October 23, 2014
What's Hiding in that Insulin Box?
Posted October 27, 2014
Interview with NuSirt CEO Joe Cook, Jr: Improving Metformin Treatment, Part 1
Posted November 02, 2014


Browse by Feature Writer & Article Category.
A. Lee Dellon, MD | Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP | Beverly Price | Charles W Martin, DD | Derek Lowe, PhD | Dr. Brian Jakes, Jr. | Dr. Fred Pescatore | Dr. Tom Burke, Ph.D | Eric S. Freedland | Evan D. Rosen | Ginger Kanzer-Lewis | Greg Milliger | Kristina Sandstedt | Laura Plunkett | Leonard Lipson, M.A. | Louis H. Philipson | Maria Emanuel Ryan, DDS, PhD | Marilyn Porter, RD, CDE | Melissa Diane Smith | Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP | Paul Chous, M.A., OD | Philip A. Wood PhD | R. Keith Campbell, Professor, B.Pharm, MBA, CDE | Richard K. Bernstein, MD | Sheri R. Colberg PhD | Sherri Shafer | Stanley Schwartz, MD, FACP, FACE | Steve Pohlit | Steven V. Edelman, M.D. | Timothy S. Hollingshead |

Cast Your Vote
If the U.S. Affordable Care Act is reversed in the new congress, what impact will that have on your patients?
CME/CE of the Week
Allan Hamdan, MD

Category: Vascular Therapy
Credits: .75


Advertisement


Search Articles On Diabetes In Control