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Sunday, April 3, 2011

New Study Says TSA Full-Body Scanner Radiation Exposure `Trivial’

From the WSJ Middle Seat Terminal blog:
A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine says that regular exposure to full-body scan airport X-ray screening doses does not appear to pose a significant radiation threat. It would take about 4,000 trips through the scanner to equal the radiation of one mammogram, the report said.

“Based on what is known about the scanners, passengers should not fear going through the scans for health reasons, as the risks are truly trivial,’’ Pratik Mehta of the University of California, Berkeley, and Rebecca Smith-Bindman of the University of California, San Francisco, wrote.

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