What is the role of metal detectors in the workup of pediatric foreign body ingestion?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Gregory P Conners, MD, MPH, MBA, FAAP, FACEP; Chief Editor: Dale W Steele, MD, MS  more...
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  • Metal detectors

    • The use of handheld metal detectors to identify the location of ingested metallic objects (especially coins) has proven sensitive and specific. [22] In the case of aluminum (eg, flip top of a soda can), a metal detector may be more sensitive since aluminum is often radiolucent. [23] The operator should have experience with this modality before using it for patient care.

    • Patients with coins localized to the abdomen may be safely observed. However, patients with coins localized in the esophagus probably should have confirmatory plain radiographs.

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