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Problems at airport - Radiation levels detected
buddycage posted:
I had Brachytherapy 7 months ago, and everytime I travel I get detained by US customs as they detect high levels of radiation, my doctors says this is not possible, the half life is 60 days, why is this happening, is it possible they made a mistake and put the wrong seeds in my prostate, has anyone else had this problem.
Fairwind responded:
It will take about a year, a year and a half before your radiation levels get low enough so the detectors will ignore you. Like, you might be carrying material for a "dirty bomb"....
buddycage replied to Fairwind's response:
thks for your answer, It is strange my doctor feels after 60 days the customs people would not be able to detect.
Fairwind replied to buddycage's response:
They use very sensitive will take 6 half-lifes before they ignore you...
RayCap replied to Fairwind's response:
Actually it will take at least 10 half-lives for it get to very low level and even at that their instruments are sensitive enough to possibly pick that up.
bcfisher responded:
It has been 2 months since my seed implants. I've flown to asia and a couple of domestic flights. I preempt the problem by handing TSA a letter from the Oncologist. No problems.
bonix replied to Fairwind's response:
This happened to me once during international flight

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