[ RadSafe ] baby in x-ray scanner

osuleiman at comcast.net osuleiman at comcast.net
Sat Dec 23 10:15:24 CST 2006

These security scanning systems, even the ones designed to directly radiate the subject yield extremely low doses.  We're talking microSieverts.  Comparable to hours of background radiation, add a day or two.

Biomarkers- think chromsomal aberrations, think 10 - 50 rem thresholds (sorry I still think old units).

Skin erythema- think hundreds of R.

To expect any kind of physical biometric indicator of radiation dose from any of these scanners is extremely ridiculous, however the pyschological effect, which is biological, does indeed impact, but we can't quantify it very well.


-------------- Original message -------------- 
From: Alan Stahler <stahler at kvmr.org> 

> What sort of damage/biomarkers would medical personnel 
> look for after a pass thru the scanner? 
> Alan 
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