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Airport scanning radiation risk much worse than previously thought

(UK) Airport body scanners deliver radiation dose 20 times higher than first thought, warns expert  Daily Mail  30th June 2010 Full body scanners at airports could increase your risk of skin cancer, experts warn…. scientists say radiation from the scanners has been underestimated and could be particularly risky for children. They say that the low level beam does deliver a small dose of radiation to the body but because the beam concentrates on the skin – one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the human body – that dose may be up to 20 times higher than first estimated…..
The most likely risk from the airport scanners is a common type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, …..Dr David Brenner, head of Columbia University’s centre for radiological research said: ‘There really is no other technology around where we’re planning  to X-ray such an enormous number of individuals. It’s really unprecedented in  the radiation world.’ Airport body scanners deliver radiation dose 20 times higher than first thought | Mail Online

June 30, 2010 - Posted by | health, UK | , , , , ,

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