Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts

Posted on January 11th, 2010 by Kelley Luckstein

Since the thwarted Christmas day terrorist attack on an airline flight approaching Detroit, officials have announced plans to increase the use of fully body scans at U.S. airports, leaving some travelers wondering about the health effects of these devices…

 

Richard Morin, a medical physicist at the Mayo Clinic, said the real issue for passengers might be privacy, not safety. "From a radiation standpoint there has been no evidence that there is really any untoward effect from the use of this device [backscatter scanner], so I would not be concerned about it from a radiation dose standpoint -- the issues of personal privacy are a different thing," he said.

 

HealthDay, by Steven Reinberg, 1/11/2010

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