Airport Body Scanners Not Safe
I am a pat-down guy, not a scan guy. The upside of getting irradiated with x-rays, no matter how safe, is 0 – while the downside is potentially disasterous. It turns out the x-rays aren’t as safe as we are led to believe. According to a group of experts in radiology at UCSF, the government did the math wrong on calculating the impact of the airport x-ray scanner and the dosage to the skin is actually 100 – 1,000 times higher than what has been communicated. In any case, it would seem to make sense to test these devices over time to fully understand the impact over time before deploying them on the majority of the population.
You can read the entire letter by clicking on the link here: UCSF Letter.