[ RadSafe ] Infant goes through airport X-ray machine

LNMolino at aol.com LNMolino at aol.com
Wed Dec 20 16:49:38 CST 2006

In a message dated 12/20/2006 4:19:51 P.M. Central Standard Time,  
sandyfl at earthlink.net writes:

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.!

While I agree with you 100% + the fact is they would be condemned if they  
had NOT taken the kid to the hospital. 
Dammed by another set of folks (Anti-Nukes, etc.) that have LONG used the  
stuff of science fiction movies to "teach" radiation science to their peers and  
frankly their peer group is the man on the street and he buys what they  sell.
I would love to defend my fellow First Responders but alas I know way too  
many folks that wear badges that even after good solid training tend to think  
more like the 15 year olds did in 1950 when ever after watching some cheesy  
sci-fi movie as to the effects of radiation on humans and the like. 
A sad statement but a true statement none the less. 

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