Experts warned that patients having radiation treatments might falsely activate the sensitive security alarms used in airports. The warning prompted new guidelines, warnings and “radionuclide cards” to be issued after Radioactive treatments.
The warning came after a 46-year-old passenger set an alarm off in a US airport 6 weeks after he had radioiodine therapy. He was strip searched, interrogated and released after a long delay and embarrassment.
The incident was backed by medical journals related to previous incidents dating back to 1986. Radioactive particles are used for medical diagnostic and therapeutic reasons including the treatment of thyroid problems and scans.