[ RadSafe ] Pilots urged to avoid body scanning

Mark Ramsay mark.ramsay at ionactive.co.uk
Sat Nov 13 07:44:30 CST 2010

Agree, my comments relate to the Rapiscan SK1


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On 13 Nov 2010, at 13:39, "Doug Huffman" <doug.huffman at wildblue.net> wrote:

> There seems to be some confusion of 'scanners' using millimeter radar with X-ray backscatter scanners.
> On 11/12/2010 11:15, Mark Ramsay wrote:
>> Agree...
>> Without getting too hung up about exact figures.
>> Typical back scatter scan - 0.06 micro Sv (effective dose)
>> Typical dose rate at 37,000 above the UK - 5 micro Sv/h (high energy
>> radiation / neutrons etc etc).
>> (We could have a separate debate about low energy x-rays delivered at
>> very high dose rate to the skin vs. High energy penetrating radiation -
>> another day!).
>> I think the health issue is a red herring, but might be used to enhance
>> their cause (i.e. do not want to be scanned).
>> That said, I have questioned various cabin crew / pilots when flying for
>> work and in most cases they appear to pretty much unaware of the
>> magnitude of the radiation dose received during their work. If this is
>> so then it might well be that they are worried about the back scatter
>> systems - in which case some education is needed at flying school!
>> Rgs
>> Mark
>> www.ionactive.co.uk
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