All UK airports to have naked body scanners
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All UK airports to have naked body scanners

London : United Kingdom | May 05, 2012 at 5:53 AM PDT
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After scientists have declared the naked body scanners safe, there is a strong possibilty that they are going to be introduced at all the airports in Britain.

Earlier all the trials were halted over fears of harmful radiation by European commission. But the recent study has shown the results to be somewhat different. According to an EU report, there is a very minimum or 'almost zero' risk from the scanner. This research might motivate the European commission to approve the technology and to install such scanners everywhere especially airports.

The report describes that radiation from this procedure is equivalent to the radiation which we get from the ground within an hour or ten minutes flight. It added that the doses per scan were 'well below the public dose limit'.

Regarding the negligible harm to human body, UK Health Protection Agency and US health authorities have already done their tests which are quite positive, thereby increasing the chances of introducing the scanners.

A Manchester Airport spokesman told: 'We've been waiting for this report which, in summary, says the scanners are safe.'

'We knew the report would say this because the UK and U.S. government had already carried out studies and concluded the same thing.'

'The EU took a bit longer about it.'

However, Dr David Brenner, the director of the Centre for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York, says his research shows that the radiation from such scanners might cause an extra 100 cases of cancer in Americans each year.

The scanner device known as back scatter scanner has been installed at the Manchester Airport since 2009 which use X-rays to scan through clothing to produce images of passengers.The rays reach to the depth of 10mm to produce an outline of the person's body which is then used to detect concealed, potentially dangerous objects.

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The scanner X-rays to the depth of 10mm to produce an outline of the person's body which is then used to detect concealed, potentially dangerous objects
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