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Frequently asked questions about glucose sensor

On this page, frequently asked questions related to glucose sensing have been compiled.

On this page, you will find frequently asked questions about acquiring a glucose sensor and its use in different situations.

A glucose sensor can be provided free of charge for long-term use to individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes for self-monitoring through individual's own wellbeing service county's care supply distribution service. To obtain the sensor, a referral to the supply distribution service from your care provider is needed. The aim is to ease insulin dosing in varying situations, promote the achievement of treatment goals, and prevent excessively low blood sugars.

Some care providers may be able to provide a free glucose sensor also for short-term use, for example, for a 2-week period for the planning and monitoring of diabetes management, regardless of the type of diabetes. This can be done if treatment objectives have not been achieved with conventional lifestyle or medication therapy. It is particularly useful in the planning of insulin therapy.

You can also purchase a glucose sensor at your own expense either from an importer or from an online store. Many private medical clinics also offer services related to the glucose sensor for those who are self-paying.

Preferably not. As a general rule, it is recommended that a planned X-ray be scheduled for when the sensor is being changed.

In the case of emergency imaging, the sensor can be left in place if it is not located within the imaging area. After the imaging, the reliable functioning of the sensor should be verified.

You cannot. The glucose sensor must be removed before magnetic resonance imaging.

You can go through a metal detector with a glucose sensor, but not a body scan. The glucose sensor must not be placed on the X-ray conveyor belt.

Manufacturers of glucose sensors typically provide device-specific instructions for flying and going through security checks with the sensor. Please carefully review the instructions for your device.

Updated 30.9.2023