Underreported: Airport Body Scanners and Cancer

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Full body X-ray scanners are now commonplace in airports across America. ProPublica reporter Michael Grabell tells us about a new report that has found that the U.S. government glossed over a number of safety concerns about the the devices—even ignoring concerns about a potential increased risk of cancer.


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Comments [4]

jd from manhattan

Why did you not just ask the obvious ? as to how does a full body scan compare with a tooth xray.

One chest X-Ray gives you about 10 mrem of radiation, or .01 rem.
A dental X-Ray emits 1 mrem, or .001 rem.

What does a fully body scan emit?

Lenny, u even brought up a tooth xray. I think you drank to much wine when you went to france. :))

Nov. 03 2011 02:24 PM

It's a sum. Not a multiplier effect as far as is known in radiation physics.
The interesting thing is that Mr. Chertoff of the Homeland Security "Corporation" back in 09 was involved in the corporation that manufactured these devices. Odd thing...Did the Underwear Bomber's act assist in deploying these devices and people in these companies profited thereby? Of course we all trust Homeland Security do we not ?

Nov. 03 2011 02:01 PM
Amy from Manhattan

What are the risks to the people operating the scanners?

Nov. 03 2011 01:57 PM
Richard Johnston from Manhattan upper west side

Do we know if there is a cumulative or a multiplier effect on an individual of repeated exposures to the scanner?

Nov. 03 2011 01:45 PM

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