‘Naked’ scanners may increase cancer risk

Posted: May 19, 2010 in Technology
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From the article:

US scientists are warning that radiation from controversial full-body airport scanners has been dangerously underestimated and could lead to an increased risk of skin cancer – particularly in children. University of California biochemist David Agard said that unlike other scanners, the radiation from these devices is delivered at low energy beam levels, with most of the dose concentrated in the skin and underlying tissue.

“While the dose would be safe if it were distributed throughout the volume of the entire body, the dose to the skin may be dangerously high,” Dr Agard said.

“Ionizing radiation such as the X-rays used in these scanners have the potential to induce chromosome damage, and that can lead to cancer.”

Of further concern is that a failure in the device – like a power or software glitch – could cause an intense radiation dose to a single spot on the skin.

I have read more and more of these types of articles, where some scientists are saying that this is really not good for the body to go through and the politicians tries to turn a deaf ear to the claims, which pisses me off a lot.

The skin is the biggest and one of the most radiation-sensitive organs of the body we need to be more careful what we do with it, it’s been built to run in the woods not to get bombarded with radiation.

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WOG out.

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