[ RadSafe ] baby in x-ray scanner
Muckerheide, Jim (CDA)
Jim.Muckerheide at state.ma.us
Sat Dec 23 11:11:29 CST 2006
Two additional measures:
1. Stimulating genes, proteins, enzymes, immune cells, etc. responses down to < 1 rem (100 mSv) - still no infant x-ray response.
2. We are communicating less effectively than the radiation fear-mongers. (Instead of "blame the public" for being radiophobic, blame ourselves for our "failure to communicate!")
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Sent: Sat 12/23/2006 11:15 AM
To: stahler at kvmr.org; radsafe at radlab.nl
Cc: Alan Stahler
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] baby in x-ray scanner
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.
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From: Alan Stahler <stahler at kvmr.org>
> What sort of damage/biomarkers would medical personnel
> look for after a pass thru the scanner?
> Alan Stahler
> 401 Spring St.
> Nevada City, CA 95959
> stahler at kvmr.org
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