Navigation Links
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners
Date:3/17/2011

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

THURSDAY, March 17 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term health dangers from the type of airport body scanners that emit radiation are tiny, experts say, but disagreement lingers over the collective cancer risks because of the sheer mass of travelers who pass through them every year.

In a pair of competing articles in the April issue of Radiology, radiation experts David J. Brenner and David A. Schauer debate the benefits and potential hazards posed by backscatter X-ray scanners, which are used to screen up to a billion travelers annually at airport security checkpoints in the United States.

Another type of scanner, which uses millimeter wave technology, does not emit ionizing radiation and has no proven health effects, which Brenner and Schauer agree is the ideal. But U.S. airports use a mix of both scanner types, with the only alternative being the controversial full-body pat-down.

The makers of the backscatter scanners, Rapiscan Systems, have said that the devices emit a dose of radiation equivalent to 1/1000 of a dental X-ray.

"The individual risks are obviously extremely small," said Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University in New York City. "A good analogy ... is that it's like a lottery. You buy a ticket, and the chances of winning are minuscule -- but that doesn't mean no one will win the lottery."

"So we won't know who it is who gets these radiation-induced cancers," he added, "but it's going to be someone."

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration started using advanced imaging technology as an extra security precaution in 2007, expanding it to a primary measure in early 2010 after the unsuccessful attempt by a passenger to blow up a plane with explosive powder.

Schauer, executive director of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements, contends that adding up trivial risks ove
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Local Carrollton Center Hosting More than 50 Autism Experts from Coast-to-Coast
2. Experts call for acceleration of research and interventions for prematurity and stillbirth
3. Verizon Health Care IT Experts to Present at Atlanta Conference on March 2, 3
4. FDA Appoints Highly Qualified Scientific Experts to Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee
5. Experts call for further research into the relationship between insulin therapy and cancer
6. Experts support new federal center for Medicare and Medicaid innovation
7. David Wolfe Hosts 3-Day Longevity Conference: Top Wellness Experts Reveal Tomorrow's Best Natural Health and Nutrition Information Today
8. Alert: Bloomberg to Gather Healthcare Experts in Chicago, April 27th
9. Bipartisan Capitol Hill Media Event: Health Experts, Lawmakers to Urge Federal Government to Fix the Funding Failure for Chronic Viral Hepatitis
10. Two Top Sleep Experts Team Up On New Pillow Collection
11. Experts Say Its Not So Bad to Go a Little Mad
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Not Even Experts Agree on Safety of Airport Scanners
(Date:5/4/2015)... (PRWEB) May 04, 2015 Getting patients ... manage their health is critical to achieving the “triple ... reducing costs, but this will require a shift in ... also demands that health systems move beyond their traditional ... took part in the third live meeting of the ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... May 04, 2015 Johnson & Wales University ... engineering and science academic center on Wednesday, April 22. , ... for land made available by the re-alignment of Interstate-195. JWU’s ... of Friendship and Chestnut streets in Providence, is scheduled to ... a parcel of land the university purchased in 2012. , ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... “ LiveSchool ” was featured on ... a look at the latest and coolest applications on ... the host of AppWatch and technology expert, conducted the ... allows teachers to reward students with good behavior. , ... in the classroom. And the good people at ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... Healthcare Solutions is proud to be a sponsor at ... in Baltimore, MD from May 11 – 13, 2015. ... opportunity for clients to gather to network, attend educational ... to sponsoring the event, TROY Healthcare Solutions will be ... can stop by the TROY booth and see sample ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... NJ (PRWEB) May 04, 2015 The ... organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and ... education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – is ... the historic Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ on ... nearly $500,000 for innovative research programs through LRF. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:AJMC’s ACO Coalition Explores the New Rules of Patient Engagement 2Health News:AJMC’s ACO Coalition Explores the New Rules of Patient Engagement 3Health News:AJMC’s ACO Coalition Explores the New Rules of Patient Engagement 4Health News:Johnson & Wales University “Breaks Ground” On New $40 Million Engineering and Science Academic Center 2Health News:Johnson & Wales University “Breaks Ground” On New $40 Million Engineering and Science Academic Center 3Health News:An Application for Teachers to Reward Students with Good Behavior Was Featured on NewsWatch Television 2Health News:TROY Healthcare to Exhibit at the Cerner North Atlantic Regional User Group Conference 2Health News:TROY Healthcare to Exhibit at the Cerner North Atlantic Regional User Group Conference 3Health News:Lymphoma Research Foundation Set to Host Annual Ace Lymphoma Luncheon at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, NJ 2
... very famous Texan, the late Byron Nelson, is considered one ... his unprecedented, still-unbroken record of 11 consecutive tournament wins (18 ... of his short 15-year professional career ending in 1945, his ... excellence not only in sport, but in every aspect of ...
... of virus, genome should make finding a vaccine easier, CDC ... the genes that make up the new H1N1 swine flu ... a decade, researchers reported Friday. , Scientists at the U.S. ... genomes of more than 50 samples of the swine flu ...
... Honored by National Coalition for Homeless VeteransWASHINGTON, May 22 ... Unsung Hero Award at the 2009 Conference of the ... Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division. In 2006, ... sustained devastating injuries from an IED explosion that cost ...
... 22 Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry yesterday signed into ... reform legislation ever passed by the Oklahoma legislative and ... passage of the comprehensive reform by a vote of ... Oklahoma House of Representatives earlier that day by an ...
... Event raises $480,000 to make vital health and human ... More than 5,000 people converged on Angel Stadium ... annual rally against HIV/AIDS. Donations from OC AIDS ... and children are living with HIV/AIDS in our community. ...
... Texas, May 22 Animal welfare advocates throughout Texas ... position to oppose House Bill 3180, a bill to ... mills. "The TVMA,s decision to put the commercial ... animals suffering in puppy mills is appalling," said Cile ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:The Byron Nelson: Championship Philosophy, Timeless Excellence 2Health News:The Byron Nelson: Championship Philosophy, Timeless Excellence 3Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 2Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 3Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 4Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 5Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 6Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 7Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 8Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 9Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 10Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 11Health News:Swine Flu Genes Went Undetected for Years: Report 12Health News:Oklahoma Passes Comprehensive Tort Reform: Governor Brad Henry Signs Reform Legislation 2Health News:Thousands Rally in Anaheim to Help People With HIV/AIDS 2Health News:Veterinary Group Opposes Bill to Clean Up Puppy Mill Industry 2
(Date:5/4/2015)... LOS ANGELES , May 4, 2015 ... on FOX News online last week where he discussed ... device to be FDA-cleared. The FOX segment shows firsthand ... effective and affordable hair loss solution that will not ... light stimulates the mitochondria at the base of the ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... , May 4, 2015 Thirty-six million ... seek help. During May – National Hearing Month – ... could be missing out on the sounds of spring, ... trees. To ensure that you won,t be ... color our world, Oticon, Inc. offers practical advice: ...
(Date:5/4/2015)... , May 4, 2015 ... private equity firm, announced today that it ... company, BioPharm Communications. BioPharm specializes in the development ... for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. ... to its shareholders half of their invested ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:FOX News Features Theradome as the Take-Home Solution to Tackle Baldness 2It's Better Hearing Month 2Southfield Capital and BioPharm Communications Announce Dividend Recapitalization 2
... Jan. 9 ESBATech AG, a leading developer of ... the Phase I/IIa clinical development of its anti-TNF ... double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled Phase I/IIa clinical study is ... on pain with ESBA105 applied locally via intra-articular ...
... If you are taking prescription medicine,and forgot to ... people taking,prescription medicine don,t take it as prescribed. The ... priorities, or make a conscious,decision not to. Noncompliance has ... Surgeon General Everett Koop commented, "Drugs don,t,work in people ...
Cached Medicine Technology:ESBATech's Antibody Fragment Enters Phase I/IIa Clinical Development in Osteoarthritis with the Potential for Disease-Modifying Activity 2ESBATech's Antibody Fragment Enters Phase I/IIa Clinical Development in Osteoarthritis with the Potential for Disease-Modifying Activity 3ESBATech's Antibody Fragment Enters Phase I/IIa Clinical Development in Osteoarthritis with the Potential for Disease-Modifying Activity 4Good Medicine: Smarter Smartphones for People With Chronic Disease 2
... physician preference card system as well as ... the supply management requirements of the surgical ... with a broad array of inventory management ... operating suite supply and charge capture workflow. ...
... Esteem™ External Vacuum Therapy System restores sexual ... men. Non-invasive and low cost vacuum therapy, ... desirable outcome", makes it the ideal therapy ... Therapy System causes penile rigidity that can ...
Easy to Use manual vacuum system features a pumping mechanism that can be operated with one hand....
... The D.O.R.C. Associate is an ... a Peristaltic and Venturi pump, allowing ... mode for Phaco or Vitrectomy procedures.,The ... is a microprocessor-controlled vacuum system that ...
Medicine Products: