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Privacy versus radiation risk in airport scanning

though the radiation dose may be low, it may be intense where it hits certain parts of the body like the cornea, the testicles or the skin.

Would You Rather Risk Getting Cancer Or Just Get Your Privates Patted? – David Whelan –  ForbesNov. 12 2010 That seems to be the trade-off these days. Get ready to decide when choosing which security line to go through in airport security. I’d probably rather get patted. I’m no expert on radiation exposure but the way these things usually work–with CT scanners, or cell phones–is that authorities start out saying “relax, everything’s perfectly safe.” Then a few years later they admit that well, maybe not, please accept our deepest apologies for exposing you to danger……

The federal government has insisted ever since the TSA decided to install 300 full-body scanners, or strip searchers as critics call them, that getting a small dose of radiation is safe. Or it’s a small price to pay to avoid another Christmas Bomber.

The feds even got seals of approval from the major medical societies, like the Radiology Society of North America. But it could be a bit of a smokescreen…….
A University of California, San Francisco med school professor made a splash today by saying beware of scanners.

I first saw the story here on CNET. Professor Joe Sedat says that even though the radiation dose may be low, it may be intense where it hits certain parts of the body like the cornea, the testicles or the skin. His point is basically: why take the risk. Seems like a good one. Here’s more from Sedat.…….

Would You Rather Risk Getting Cancer Or Just Get Your Privates Patted? – David Whelan – Health Dollars – Forbes

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November 15, 2010 - Posted by | general | , ,

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