stent and air travel

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hello, i have stent place in March of this year and started my work related travel from June onwards which is once a month. With 5 travels so far, everytime body scanner detects something in my back or groin area and has to go through pat down. Prior to my stent I have never faced this problem and wondering if something going on. I asked my Doctor and he don't think any relation but I have read that sometimes body scanner can detect some condition as well, hence my question. please let me know.

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    Your stent is probably an expandable mesh tube made of medical-grade stainless steel or cobalt alloy metal, which may be getting picked up by the detectors. Security scanners of this type arent 100% location specific - I have a lot of metal plates and bolts in one ankle following surgery to repair the leg after a bad accident - it sometimes alerts the scanner staff that the location is higher up around my thigh - about 2 feet away from the actual metal. It maybe just that theyre picking up on the metal from the stent.

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