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  •  reason why backscatter is not as safe as they say (13+ / 0-)

    What they ( teh gubmint ) say, is the dose of radiation is less than you will receive during your cross country flight. What they don't say is that you receive that dose in a second instead of over many hours. Can you say skin cancer? Never mind lifetime radiation dose considerations.
    Frequent flyer? Better get used to the enhanced pat down.

    •  Not to mention the dose is concentrated (4+ / 0-)

      on the skin. That just happens to be the organ I am most prone to getting cancer in anyway. Both my parents have had a couple different types of skin cancer including the dreaded melanoma. Luckily that melanoma was caught extremely early.

    •  Compare and contrast to medical devices (0+ / 0-)

      Before a medical x-ray machine can be used, it has to go through a careful design process, be maintained by well-trained technicians, and be continuously monitored for proper operation.

      Even with those precautions there have been disasters.

      Now, compare that to something rushed into service and operated by TSA people, who (anyone got a citation?) supposedly aren't even allowed to have dosimeters.

      •  don't believe your first paragraph (0+ / 0-)

        there are amazingly common failures of everything after the design process. Plus you have no way of knowing what model is being used on you. It could be an old machine which puts out a lot more radiation than newer machines. the older mammography machines were a much higher dose than newer machines have.

        I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

        by samddobermann on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 04:48:11 AM PST

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