I am currently on holiday in Rome, and want to tour the colosseum tomorrow. However after looking at the site today notice metal detectors that you have to walk through to get in. I do of course have my pacemaker card but I struggled to find any other ways into the colosseum without going through the detectors and wondered if anyone had been before. Cheers. 


metal detectors

by Tracey_E - 2019-05-08 09:17:27

I walk right on through them, per my doctor. The alloy they use doesn't set it off, and the pacers are well shielded and not affected by them. I haven't been to the Coliseum since I've been paced but I've been through metal detectors at airports, cruises, museums, concerts, amusement parks, courthouses. 

old wives tale

by ROBO Pop - 2019-05-08 12:46:49

Interference is an old tale. Even my wife stacking refrigerator magnets on mine hasn't caused problems. Relax and enjoy the sites

Pacemakers and Metal detectors

by IPGENG12 - 2019-05-09 18:47:46

I've been pacing dependent now for about 4 years and have walked through metal detectors multiple times with no issue.  I usually tell the security people first and ask them if they have the handheld wands (preferred method), if not, I just walk through the detector quickly.  Modern pacers and ICD's have a lot of engineering that goes into reducing the impact of electro-magnet interference, so the risk is very small with those metal detectors.

handheld wands

by Tracey_E - 2019-05-10 09:36:17

Actually it's just the opposite, hand helds are a concentrated version technology and more likely to affect us than walking through the metal detector. We should avoid wands above the waist. 


by AgentX86 - 2019-05-10 12:56:42

Tracey is exactly right. The magnetometer type of metal detectors can be a problem. Wands are hand-held magnetometers. Modern walk-through metal detectors use other technologies and are perfectly safe.

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