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InsiderOnline Blog: November 2010

Happy Thoughts for Your Holiday Traveling

About those back scatter X-Ray scanners:

Because this device can scan a human in a few seconds, the X-ray beam is very intense. Any glitch in power at any point in the hardware (or more importantly in software) that stops the device could cause an intense radiation dose to a single spot on the skin. Who will oversee problems with overall dose after repair or software problems?

The TSA is already complaining about resolution limitations; who will keep the manufacturers and/or TSA from just raising the dose, an easy way to improve signal-to-noise and get higher resolution?

This missive comes from a letter sent by four scientists from the University of California at San Francisco to John Holdren, President Obamas science adviser, back in April. The letter details a variety of other concerns about the health consequences of deploying the scanners. Grim reading. [Via Mary Theroux at The Beacon.]

Posted on 11/24/10 10:12 AM by Alex Adrianson

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