Posts Tagged ‘x-rays’

Airport Backscatter X-Ray Smackdown: UCSF Faculty vs. The White House – National Opt Out Day Coming November 24th

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Get up to speed here on the whole airport security backscatter X-ray issue right here.

Since that time, Blogger Bob over at the TSA Blog took the time to say no biggee and point out this response from Health and Human Services.

Well, the UCSF crew remains unpersuaded:

Per John Sedat, a UCSF professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, “There are many misconceptions, and we will write a careful answer pointing out their errors. Because four people are working on this, it will not be done in one day.”

O.K. then.

And National Opt Out Day is coming up November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving. Are millions of travelers going to jam up the nation’s airports?

We’ll see…

Opting Out of Full Body Image Scanning at the Airport – UCSF Faculty Concerned Over X-Rays – 100x Stronger Than Assumed?

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Aviation journalist Joe Sharkey has just told the tale of what happened when he opted out of getting  a whole body image scan at O’Hare International. That article prompted the Tweeters at UCSF to recall this Letter of Concern that came from some UCSF faculty members earlier this year.

Basically, the energy from these low-energy X-ray machines gets concentrated into your skin, as opposed to your entire body. So, dermatologists and cancer experts are raising red flags now before these machines become more common.

You went to colledge, right? So you should have no trouble with the letter from the UCSFers. Check it out, after the jump.

The joys of air travel:

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All the deets, after the jump

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