Medical Safety

Garrett Metal Detectors™ makes every effort to ensure its products are safe for use. Extensive research by Garrett has produced no information which would indicate that its products have any adverse effects on medical implants, pregnancy, recording media or magnetic strips. Garrett makes every effort to cooperate with medical device manufacturers and to communicate with agencies such as the United States Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada as a means of assuring product safety. The electromagnetic fields produced by Garrett products are similar to those encountered in the daily environment and meet U.S. and International standards for electromagnetic emissions.

Garrett recognizes that certain medical devices may have additional requirements which may require special care. Users of medical devices should follow specific information provided by medical device manufacturers and medical practitioners. This information is often in the form of informational booklets and information cards. If, for any reason, (e.g. doctors orders, etc.), a patron objects to being scanned with a metal detector, it is recommended that alternative procedures be used.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting medical device manufacturers directly or by searching topics such as Metal Detectors, Security Systems, and Travel on websites such as:

The following should be considered when developing a security checkpoint screening plan.

Traffic Flow: Traffic flow should remain consistent and encourage unrestricted traffic flow as a means of minimizing the time a person remains within the archway of a walk-through metal detector.

Alternative Screening: Alternative screening methods such as scanning with a hand held metal detector, hand searching or denial of access should be clearly defined in checkpoint screening procedures as approved alternatives to screening with the walk-through metal detector.

Personnel Training: Security screening personnel should be instructed in the care of persons with special medical needs and use of alternative screening methods that meet the requirements of medical practitioners or medical device manufacturers.