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AIRPORT SCANNERS ARE THE LEAST OF YOUR WORRIES WHEN YOU FLY, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

No one likes airport security, but worrying about radiation dosage as you proceed through the scanner should drop off your list of concerns, a study reported in Archives of Internal Medicine concludes. The study cited the thousands of scans that would be necessary to cause just a very few new cases of cancer, a number of scans even frequent flyers would find difficult to accrue. Mahadevappa Mahesh, chief physicist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, concurs.

MAHESH: There is no significant threat of radiation from these type of backscatter scanners. This reconfirms what Iíve been all along writing and telling about because the radiation levels in these backscatter scanners is very low, in fact itís difficult to separate their exposure from any of this background radiation or from air travelerís experience of space radiation.       :23

Mahesh says simply flying exposes people to vastly greater amounts of radiation than airport scanners do. At Johns Hopkins, Iím Elizabeth Tracey.


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