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    Friday, March 5, 2010

    Does Radiation Exposure From Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Full-Body Scanners Pose Health Risks For Passengers?

    Most of the scanners deployed in the US use x-rays to look for objects hidden under clothes. While "exposure to x-rays, to radiation, can increase the risk of cancer," according to "the machine's manufacturers, and an independent study...the scanners pose little risk."

    The American College of Radiology has issued" an official statement that the group "is not aware of any evidence that either of the scanning technologies that the TSA is considering would present significant biological effects for passengers screened."
           
    James Thrall, MD, FACR, of the American College of Radiology and chief of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, said, "All of the concerns that we have about the medical use of X-rays really don't apply to" the two types of scanners, millimeter wavelength imaging and backscatter X-ray scanners, because "the exposure is extremely low."

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