A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine states that full body airport scanners pose no risk to passengers’ health.
The study, conducted by Rebecca Smith-Bindman and Pratik Mehta, two doctors at the University of California in San Francisco, confirmed what many experts had said previously.
According to the study, passengers passing through the scanners are exposed to an amount of radiation comparable to one to three minutes of flight-time.
Despite the safety reassurances, the study’s authors stressed that the scanners should only be used if they are proven effective.
“The scanners should not be deployed unless they provide benefit — improved national security and safety — and consideration of these issues is outside the scope of our expertise,” they wrote.
Source: Washington Post