[ RadSafe ] Infant goes through airport X-ray machine
radproject at sbcglobal.net
Wed Dec 20 16:29:56 CST 2006
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the first thing physicians ordered at the hospital in checking out the infant was an x-ray or CT scan. :-)
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Sandy Perle" <sandyfl at earthlink.net>
To: <radsafe at radlab.nl>; <jacobusj at ors.od.nih.gov>
Sent: Wednesday, December 20, 2006 5:15 PM
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Infant goes through airport X-ray machine
> Received this courtesy of John Jacobus on another listserver:
> Note: The actions taken by TSA are beyond ridiculous. The X-ray
> machines used for checked bags emits such an infinitesimally small
> radiation exposure, significantly less than a chest x-ray. Yet they
> send the baby to a hospital and consider whether the baby received a
> "dangerous dose of radiation"! Guess you can pass film through the X-
> tray unit and not be concerned that there will be any fogging, but be
> concerned about a baby, knowing that there really is no dose! Look at
> the message this sends all of the other passengers, hospital
> personnel, EMT personnel, etc.!
> Story Highlights
> o Grandmother leaves infant in plastic bin at airport X-ray machine
> o Baby goes through machine at Los Angeles International Airport
> o Baby checked out at hospital and is fine
> LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) --
> A woman sent her 1-month-old grandson through an X-ray machine at Los
> Angeles International Airport, security officials said Wednesday.
> The woman, who spoke little English and was traveling to Mexico, put
> the infant in a plastic bin used to hold loose carry-on items for
> security scanning at the busy airport Saturday morning.
> Security screeners saw the baby as it started to pass through, pulled
> the bin out, and immediately sought medical assistance for the child,
> Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez said.
> The baby was examined at a local hospital and judged not to have
> received a dangerous dose of radiation.
> "The lady obviously mistakenly put the baby in the machine. It was an
> unfortunate incident," Melendez said.
> Airport officials said it was an innocent mistake by an inexperienced
> traveler and only the second such incident there since 1988, when a
> baby in a car seat went through an X-ray scanner.
> Sandy Perle
> Senior Vice President, Technical Operations
> Global Dosimetry Solutions, Inc.
> 2652 McGaw Avenue
> Irvine, CA 92614
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