Cancer risk from airport scanners extremely low, study finds

General Health, Health Headlines
My previous blogs on airport scanners (see list below) have been particularly popular among readers for obvious reasons. Now, Bloomberg News is reporting, "Airport body scanners pose little radiation risk to travelers, emitting less than 1 percent of the dose a person would get from cosmic rays while flying at high altitudes," according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (more…)
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Are full-body airport scanners safe?

Cancer, General Health
Air travel has not been the same since September 11, 2001, when 3 commercial airplanes were hijacked and transformed into lethal weapons. Air passengers have since become accustomed to increased security, but the latest attempt to detect would-be terrorists has been mired in controversy. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has begun to ramp up the deployment of whole-body backscatter scanners at security checkpoints in airports across the United States. These scanners deliver narrow, low-density x-ray beams over the entire person, front and back. The radiation is delivered at high speed and reflects off the body and presumably on objects that may be hidden on the person; the aim is to detect any hidden weapons or explosive devices. However, despite assurances from the TSA and the US Food and Drug Administration…
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Physicians’ group and FDA say radiation risk from TSA scanning is “miniscule”

General Health
With all the news today about the new body scanners that TSA is using, I thought it might be reassuring for my readers to understand that the radiation exposure in these scans is incredibly low. In fact, a national group of radiologists is now saying that it would take 1,000 TSA whole body scans in one year to reach the effective dose of radiation a person gets with one standard chest X-ray. USA Today reports,"The nation's Homeland Security chief asked for air travelers' 'cooperation' and 'patience' with full-body scanning and pat downs this holiday season amid a growing public backlash that the airport tactics are intrusive." But, "some consumer, civil rights and pilots groups are protesting new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) methods," in part because they "could emit dangerous radiation,"…
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