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Warning: Diabetes Devices May Be Damaged By Airport Security Scanners

Full-body or X-ray used for airport security screening may affect the function of or continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices. People with diabetes can present a travel letter obtained from their physicians to avoid possible damage caused by exposure to imaging equipment in airports. The risk to these sensitive devices posed by scanners and the low-pressure conditions on airplanes are the focus of the Editorial “Navigating Airport Security with an and/or Sensor,” published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from , , publishers. The Editorial is available free on the Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics website.*

Andrew Cornish and H. , MD, University of Colorado, Denver, caution that the motor of an insulin delivery pump or glucose monitoring device may experience electromagnetic malfunctioning when passed through an airport security scanner. However, little research has been published on the potential impact of that exposure.

“Given the increased use of , not only in the U.S., but around the world, with hundreds of thousands of people using this technology, it seems critical that more research is funded to better understand and potentially repair this problem,” says Irl Hirsch, MD, Senior Editor of Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics and Professor of Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center-Roosevelt, Seattle, WA.


* http://www.liebertpub.com/dia
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News