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Cancer

18 March 2011

Airport scanner safety remains controversial

Long-term health dangers from the type of airport body scanners that emit radiation are tiny, experts say, but controversy persists over the the collective cancer risks.

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 travellers who pass through them every year.

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.

Airport scanner radiation risk is small

 

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